Did you know that James Bond has now been around for 50 years? It's true, and in order to celebrate, Apple Core Hotels are calling all double agents to visit them with their "Live and Let SPY" vacation package. The much anticipated release of the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, is upon us, and because of the 50 years of Bond, this amazing package deal will be available for 50 days, from September 19th - November 9th.
You probably know Ramona Singer from her enthusiastic and quirky demeanor on Real Housewives of New York, but the savvy businesswoman is a lot more than a housewife. The reality star announced the newest addition to her collection of Ramona Wines, called Ramona Red. The wine will be a Sangiovese Merlot Blend and will be produced by Opici Wines. In 2011, the star released Ramona Pinto Grigio to much success and is following up with a much needed darker wine. We know from the current season of RHONY that Ramona is no stranger to wines - she can blindly pick out her delicious vinos from a bunch.
The East Village is home to some of the best boozy bars in the city, so it's no surprise that two new spots have opened up, dishing out creative cocktails.
Evelyn Drinkery is not only a cocktail mecca, but it's also budget friendly, which we all know is hard to find in the city that never sleeps. The cocktail bar resembles an old-style saloon, split distinctly into two parts -- the front room, which has masculine features such as wooden benches and exposed brick, while the back room has a more feminine appeal with banquettes and cocktail waitresses. The Drinkery is brought to you by Drummer Hoff Hospitality, which was founded by Jared Shepard, Justin August Fairweather, and Christian Sanders, who have had extensive experience in the cocktail industry. The cocktail program at the bar is broken down into four categories: juleps, collins, cocktails, and spirited phosphates. If you're wondering what that last one is exactly, it's booze-infused housemade sodas (carbonated cocktails are hot right now). Not only are their phosphate drinks to die for and their liquor concoctions unique and tasty, but they surprise you with a non-traditional pricing for the city, clocking in between $7 and $11. With bargains, booze, and an 'all are welcome' attitude, this is sure to be the new 'it' desitination this Fall.
Since she was ten years old, Yana Benhuri has been obsessed with fashion. From fashion model to designer, Yana knows fashion from the inside out. Yana is now the brains behind YBCouture, having studied fashion in Europe, she has a skill of bringing classic modern looks into a simple, yet glamourous design. Her designs have been worn at big name events such as The Golden Globe Awards, The Academy Awards, and The Tony Awards. Most recently, Yana showed her Spring/Summer 2013 Collection at Nolcha Fashion Week in New York City. We were able to chat with the talented designer on her upcoming projects, her design esthetique and what celebrities she wants to dress.
Last Saturday, City Harvest fed Brooklynites at a fun-filled fundraising event featuring artisanal food and activities. The event was held at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park from 11am-6pm and what a day it was! The weather cooperated with City Harvest and had event-goers leaving happy and completely full.
Over 75 artisanal vendors were in attendance, showcasing their delicious snacks-- from craft beer and wine to local and gourmet food items. There was also a Tasting Tent with private seating, featuring food and drinks from some of Brooklyn's best venues, including Benchmark Restaurant, Momofuku Milk Bar, The Good Fork, and more. The Tasting Tent was curated by Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli of Frankies Spuntino and Prime Meats.
New York always has Italian restaurants popping up, one more average than the next. That's why it's a breath of fresh air to dine at Tre Stelle, the new Italian restaurant located in the Flatiron District. This resto takes a departure from the norm with a classic, rich design, featuring Italian artwork by Andrea Rusin, modern oversized hanging lamps, and a unique slotted wooden garage door that separates the bar from the dining area and can be used to create a private event space. There is even outdoor dining available.
Popular Manhattan wine bar, Terroir is expanding its territory to Brooklyn. Opening tonight, Park Slope residents will now be able to enjoy Marco Canora and Paul Grieco's sips and eats. The new location will have 74 seats, retractable garage doors that will stay open for warm weather, and a similar menu to its sibs in Manhattan.
However, the Brooklyn venue will have some exclusive menu items of its own, including ballpark hot dogs, cracker jacks and Korean cut short sibs.
This will be Terroir's fifth location, having just opened a seasonal location early this summer. So oenophiles, get ready to pounce on this new joint!
Just because summer is over, it's no reason to have dry skin and a dull complexion. We've scoured the shelves and tested out some of the best make-up products, lotions and potions to provide you with a beautiful summer glow all-year long. Check out Joonbug's top picks for head to toe beautification.
Protection: Pretty much the coolest innovation since blue sunscreen, Brush on Block ($24.95) is the answer to your sun protection prayers. This SPF is offered up in powder form, so no mess, no goo and best of all, it won't explode in your suitcase! The translucent SPF 30 powder is water-proof and does not clog pores or irritate the skin, unlike oily sunscreens. This unique and easy way to protect your skin was created by Susan Posnick, who is a seasoned makeup artist and a cancer survivor.
Cupcakes on the go are all the rage these days - first with Sprinkles Cupcakes ATMs, and now with Baked by Melissa's cupcake pod machine. The cupcake dispenser, which resembles a giant gumball machine, made its debut during New York Fashion Week, but those who were hoping to see it gracing city streets are out of luck.
The pod machine is now only available to rent for events, with a 1,000 cupcake minimum for five hours, which fills half the machine. Make a selection between either 1,000 standard variety cupcakes for $4,200 or 1,000 custom cupcakes for $4,300. Up your game by ordering 2,000 minis for $5,000 or $5,200, depending on which cakes you order. Any additional cupcakes go for $1.30 each.
Fans of Dirty Bird To-Go can breathe happy now that the West Village eatery has opened its second location in Tribeca. This larger location offers up fried and rotisserie chicken in three different ways - dipped in buttermilk and fried, slow-roasted, and fried chicken tenders. All the chicken is sustainable, free-range and locally sourced for the best quality meat. Chef Justin Crooks of North End Grill heads up the premises with additional signature menu items such as mac n cheese, sauteed garlic kale and plenty of daily specials. Specialty drinks such as The Dirty Palmer (lemonade, peach supreme iced tea), La Colombe coffee and more are all available at the new location.