Broken Shed Vodka, founded in 2009 in New Zealand, has finally made its way to America. Integration into the US market began in June and has been well-received so far. The vodka is distilled four times from New Zealand whey, additive-free, and uses multiple water sources from New Zealand.
“New Zealand is the perfect place to make vodka,” said Mark Simmonds, co-founder. “We have excellent water — some of the most desired and tastiest in the world —and the purest spirit made from whey. Combined with our craft blending and filtering techniques, we’re able to make a smooth and award-winning vodka, without any additives.”
Yilin Chen, the mastermind behind Yiliy, was born and raised in Taipei and Montreal and had a successful career in the art world as the chief designer for a New York based handbag line. In 2011, she debuted her inaugural line of handbags under the label Yiliy. Yiliy bags are both functional and elegant and come in a vast array of styles. The Yiliy Fall/Winter 2012 line has great bags for the modern woman. From over-sized clutches to backpacks, Yiliy supplies handbags for every type of woman out there. We've selected six of our fave bags to carry with you into Fall.
The Sanctuary Hotel hosted the Ave Swimwear White Party on Wednesday night and despite the rain, there was quite a crowd there to get a first look at Ave's newest collection. Hotel owners Hank and Brandon Freid welcomed guests at the lobby bar with cocktails and dinner. Models paraded around the tables in the Brazilian 1960's-inspired swimwear collection. Guests of the event were also treated to complimentary oxygen facials courtesy of Equinox and DJ Jacques Dumas was spinning beats into the night. The new swimwear collection takes a modern spin on nostalgic silhouettes in bold prints and nautical details.
You can shop all of Ave Swimwear's unique designs here!
Bull & Bear Steakhouse at The Waldorf Astoria is keeping up with the times this summer (the financial times, that is).
Back in the day, New York City's movers and shakers would head to the Waldorf after the closing bell during the stock market's heyday. Sticking true to their history, Bull & Bear has an awesome summertime special going on based on Facebook stock. Since Facebook has often been ending the day in the red, daily cocktail discounts based on the stock market's performance that day are being offered until August 31st.
Pier NYC, a new seasonal waterfront cafe, located on the West Promenade of Roosevelt Island, will be hosting Comedy on the Water August 16th at 8pm and it's free to attend with a 2 drink minimum. Stand Up NY, one of the city's oldest comedy clubs, has played host to some of the biggest names in comedy, such as Jerry Seinfeld and Jon Stewart. The venue has partnered with Pier NYC, a great spot for outdoor relaxation on the water to bring you this great event. The evening's comedians include Jonathon Randall, Mike Vecchione, Ryan Reiss, Brian McGuinness, and Kyle Grooms. Each performer has only fifteen minutes in which to make the audience roar with laughter, so be careful when eating.
Gather round Manhattanites, it's time to venture out. Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater, NJ is hosting a fun summer event not to be missed (and not hard to get to) August 18th.
Celebrate Obon, a traditional Japanese summer festival similar to Thanksgiving, where families gather to give thanks and honor family traditions. Outside of Mitsuwa Marketplace (the largest Japanese supermarket in the US), over fifteen vendors will be gathered doling out classic Japanese fare. Grab spoonfuls (er, chopstickfuls) of Ramen, Yakitori skewered chicken, yakisoba pan fried noodles, grilled lobster, and many more delicacies, all for a steal at $5 and below. There will also be Japanese festival games, as well as plenty of unique items from Japan inside the supermarket.
The Strawberry Theatre Festival, which takes place from August 3rd-18th at The Theater at St. Clements, has introduced a new play into its repetoire this year-- Stripped The Play, which has just come off its successful run off-off Broadway has been added to the line-up. The next performance during the festival is on August 12th at 10pm (Tickets are $22 and can be purchased here). The show, which was written by Geoffrey Cantor and Steve Stanulis, delves into the world of male strippers and there's more than just g-strings to this story. Catching up with Steve Stanulis, writer of the play, and former cop and dancer, we find out all about the show and the real world of stripping. Stanulis came up with the concept of the show because he wanted to create something that was appealing to a wider audience than just bachelorette parties. This show is for everyone, from male to female, gay or straight, and if you don't believe me, just find out more for yourself below!
Sushisamba, the well-known ethnic restaurant that has spots on Park Ave. and 7th Ave., is no stranger to keeping things fresh. They are constantly introducing new characters to their menu; such as their innovative quinoa rolls and their summer brunch menu.
Sushisamba is stepping up their game once again with new additions, this time, to their dessert menu! Pastry Chef Michelle Duran wanted "to bring innovative and interesting ingredients to the menu, which will keep our guests guessing and coming back for more."
Jazz pioneer Louis Armstrong would have celebrated his 111th birthday last week were he still alive. Luckily, his music lives on and Resorts World Casino decided to throw a bash in his honor. The casino recently unveiled an art exhibit in their Fifth Avenue Atrium comprised of iconic photos of the musician from all around the world.
The small opening event hosted the media along with the Louis Armstrong House Quartet, who serenaded event attendees with classic Armstrong tunes. The exhibit will be featured in the atrium permanently, with classic Louis tunes playing for a week. “Though Armstrong was born in New Orleans, it was Queens, he chose to call home,” said Michael Speller, Resorts World Casino president.