Saturday, October 27th, marks Navy Day, so we raise our fully filled glasses to celebrate our brave men who have served in the Navy. Norman 'Sailor Jerry' Collins, after whom the rum is named, joined the army at the age of 19, went on to become a famous tattoo artist, and his company created one of the tastiest rums-- Sailor Jerry. In order to properly celebrate, here are some delicious cocktail recipes to get you in the American spirit.
1.5 oz. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
1 oz. mango juice
1 oz. orange juice
topped with wheat beer
Add rum to bottom of beer pint. Add juice and top with beer and a dash of angostura bitters.
On Tuesday, New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets (NYCLASS) hosted A Night of New York Class to help raise awareness for the fight against the New York carriage horse industry. The horses in the city are forced into terrible conditions, with already 14 horse deaths this year. The horses not only pound the pavement pulling heavy loads all day long, but they are also forced to battle through the elements, like snow and extreme heat, wear blinders so they cannot see traffic, and are often forced to stand throughout the night with not enough room to get a good nights sleep. NYCLASS is promoting an alternative to horse carriages, a horseless carriage modeled after the turn of the century vehicles.
One way to rebuild this great city might be to offer NYers some serious fine dining. Check out some of the latest openings around town. What could be better than giving your tastebuds a tantalizing adventure while supporting budding small businesses too.
El Toro Blanco: John McDonald of Lure Fishbar fame and chef Josh Capon are bringing fresh Mexican cuisine to the West Village. The restaurant will feature a 10-seat tequila bar with more than 100 labels, as well as a guacamole bar. Chef Capon, along with Scott Linquist, developed the pan-Mexican menu, which emphasizes seasonal grilled items. The space features a fiery grill, glazed bricks, and cozy paneled walls.
Personalized: This season it's all about personalizing your metals. New-age charms are all the rage and Poor Cat Designs knows just how to measure up to the new fad. Their jewelry embodies the hip chic who knows just what she wants...and what she wants to wear. The company often mixes materials, like pairing gold or silver with silk ribbon to create one of a kind pieces. Poor Cat has a number of personalized designs to choose from, as well as charms to fit your personality.
Fall is the perfect time of the year to experience the outdoors as they should be...with plenty of nature in sight! Since this is so hard to come by in New York City, the options are minimal. That's why we suggest taking a tour of the famous sights of the city by cruising around the harbor. Check out the most festive Fall cruises the city has to offer!
Hornblower Cruises: Their Sights of the Season Cruise sets sail for the next two weekends (Oct. 27 & Nov. 3), allowing guests to enjoy a 360 degree view of the Hudson Valley foliage. The luxury yacht will serve continental breakfast, a fall-inspired lunch menu, never ending cider (spiked for those who wish), and a narration of the historic sights along the way. The cruises will take place from 11am-4:30pm and enjoy special delights from City Winery and Jacques Torres Chocolate. Tickets for adults are $159.
Marisa Churchill, a former contestant on Top Chef, loves to put healthy spins on yummy classics. Her cookbook, Sweet & Skinny ($24), is chock full of delicious desserts that won't have you hitting the gym twice as hard after you eat 'em. Last week, Marisa shared with us her recipe for PB&J Cookies. This week, it's all about macaroons. Check out her low-cal recipe below!
MexiBBQ, located in Astoria, is not one to skimp out on Halloween. In addition to the handful of pumpkin and Halloween-themed beers they'll be serving, make sure to stop in for some of their Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Apple Cider Donuts. Nothing says its October like a good dose of apple cider, and there's no better way to enjoy it than in a decadent donut.
Chef Francois Payard is offering scrumptious Pumpkin Macarons at both his Francois Payard Bakery and Francois Payard Patisserie. The macarons are filled with a traditional pumpkin pie flavored ganache and can be ordered in sets of 12 ($29) and 24 ($49), as well as individually ($2.25). A macaron gift box will make someone very happy if you're in the market for gifts!
Countdown to Halloween: 1.5 weeks.
With the goriest of holidays right around the corner, it's no surprise that Halloween is one of the best excuses to get drinking. Whether you hail from Texas, Florida, Boston, or beyond, we've got a round-up of the best cross-country spots to imbibe, as well as recipes you can whip up yourself in case you are too much of a zombie to leave the house!
Corpse Reviver #2 (Served at Peche, Austin, TX)
1 oz. gin
1 oz. Cointreau
Earlier this week, City Harvest, a New York City-based food rescue organization, hosted their 18th Annual Bid Against Hunger gala, raising a whopping $1 million. The event hosted over 70 of the city's best chefs and cuisine from their restaurants. The event, which took place at the Metropolitan Pavilion, not only had an ample amount of delicious food, but both a live and silent auction, as well. Available auction items included exclusive dinners with top chefs, vacation packages, sports memorabilia, concert tickets, and much more. The C'est Magnifique auction package included a private wine class at Le Bernardin hosted by Aldo Sohm, as well as dinner for two and a private tour of the kitchen with Eric Ripert and was sold for $50,000! Famous chefs in attendance include Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, Marc Murphy, Marcus Samuelsson, Francois Payard, and many more.