National Absinthe Day falls on March 5th this year and apart from obviously drinking in its honor, it's important to look and feel great for the occasion. Don green if you're feeling spirited and make sure to prep and pamper in green fairy fashion. Spritz on some eau de absinthe, make sure your breath is ready to take on the night, moisturize those hands that'll be all over cocktails all day long and make sure they look fab while you're sipping.
Absinthe Mints: If you aren't quite in for the adventure that is absinthe, try these absinthe mints. Completely harmless, but with an absinthe taste. Bonus - it leaves you with fresh breath to take on the night! ($4.95)
Pennsylvania 6 is a new hot spot parked right near Penn Station (go figure), giving commuters an alternative place to booze and dine. But it's so damn good that we have a feeling locals will be flocking here, too. Hailed as a cross between Oak Room and Oyster Bar, owner Chris Coco brought on Culinary Director Brian Cooke and Chef Scott Swiderski to oversee the creation of the menu. Executive Chef Humberto Leon (formerly of STK Downtown) serves patrons classic American cuisine such as beer braised short ribs and succulent organic roasted chicken. The menu also emphasizes the raw bar, which shells out fresh oysters and shellfish. Pair any dish with their out-of-this-world side dishes, like the sweet corn pudding, and prepare to be in heaven.
Last week, Joonbug had the pleasure of learning all about the newly rebranded Rakuten.com Shopping, one of the world's largest e-commerce marketplaces. The Japan-based business focuses on making products from small businesses and local merchants available to the masses. Rakuten was so successful in Japan that they have decided to open up shop in the United States as Rakuten.com Shopping (formerly Buy.com). It differs from other similar sites such as eBay and Amazon in that instead of focusing on the lowest prices, it focuses on the quality of the product. Roger Andelin, President and CTO comments: "Rakuten.com Shopping is for the online shopper who expects quality over quantity and enjoyable shopping experiences over ambiguous transactions. We are very excited about raising the bar for online shopping and continuously improving to meet the modern shopper’s wants and needs."
How did you come up with the idea for a concert series?
I think it just grew out of the idea that there's moments at concerts where nothing happens on stage and feeling like what if you could fill those moments by communicating messages you believe in? Originally, To Write Love on Her Arms was introduced to a lot of people by me coming on and speaking before a show at concerts, so it was expanding on that idea. It's become a part of our story - nights with music, relationships with artists. So now tonight's a three hour show and there's not a single moment when nothing is happening on stage. It's either music or a poet or a speaker and it's constantly evolving.
If you're looking for an escape from the dreary winter weather, look no further than Gansevoort Park Avenue's amazing rooftop soirees. The rooftop venue is twenty stories high, giving guests prime views of New York City, it has a 40 foot indoor/outdoor heated pool, fireplaces, and terraces, to offer a true oasis amidst the snow and rain. Earlier this month, the rooftop started three new weekly parties that are sure to wet your whistle. Check them out!
From the hotel that brought you New York City’s first indoor/outdoor rooftop pool, distinctive tri-level rooftop, and celebrated summer music series, comes a weekly “Adult Swim” program. Bring your bikini, throw on your shades, order your cocktail, and let go of your worries with a dip in the sizzling 90 degree indoor/outdoor rooftop pool during “Adult Swim” at Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC every Tuesday from 6:00 – 9:00pm. For the first time ever, Gansevoort Park Avenue will open its coveted rooftop pool to bar patrons with no table reservations required – a rare opportunity typically reserved for hotel guests only!
Get it while it's hot! Jetson Bike has launched the Jetson E-Bike, the first eco-friendly and stylish electric bike. Perfect for busybodies, city dwellers, and even towns folk, this bike runs on a high grade rechargable battery -- all you have to do is plug it in, charge it up, and wheels away! The bike has the nice, sleek look of a vespa but is actually environmentally friendly. Probably the best feature of this new bike is that you no longer need to spend half your paycheck on gas and spend half an hour looking for a parking space.
With the biggest award show falling this weekend, it's imperative to be prepared -- all the celebs are, after all. As you watch the hottest start walk the red carpet, sip on Oscar-worthy cocktails, full of bling, posing power, James Bond appeal. Whip up one of these camera-ready concoctions and get ready for your close up!
Pucker Bold Berry Bling
1 ½ parts Pucker Vodka Raspberry Rave
3 Fresh Blackberries
2-3 Fresh Basil Leaves
1 part Soda
1 part Lemon-Lime Soda
Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Gently squeeze the juice from the blackberries and add the berries to the shaker. Tear basil into small pieces and add. Add vodka and shake vigorously. Add soda, lemon-lime soda and pour into a Collins glass.
There's a whole lotta lady around these days, and we aren't just talking about Lady Gaga. Lady Starlight, Lady Gaga's friend and opening act for the recently postponed Born This Way Ball tour, is having a one night only Lil Monsters Heavy Metal Disco show at The Gramercy Theatre this Saturday, February 23 at 11pm. Joining her for this fun rock 'n' roll cabaret are Breedlove, The Dirty Pearls, and Arianna & The Rose. Lady Starlight, is a unique DJ and performer in her own way. She mixes heavy rock and metal into her sets and is intent upon bringing it back to pop culture. We got to chat with the budding star about opening for Lady Gaga, her upcoming performance, and what's on tap for the future.