DAILY BITES
The Buzz Around Toro

The word count on the menu at Toro reads more like a short story than a group of small plates. Extensive and potentially overwhelming, the choices at the new tapas local span from Spanish bites like pan con tomate and larger paellas, to the twists on tapas that makes Toro a coveted dinner spot. Options like miso butter in an otherwise traditional sea urchin sandwich are the ones that make Toro slightly different.

The New York outpost of Boston chefs Ken Oringer (Clio, Uni) and Jamie Bissonnette (Toro, Coppa – both with Oringer) has been consistently mentioned with intrigue since its open in September of last year. As a former Nabisco factory along the Westside highway, it provides lofty ceilings and ample natural light, something coveted in New York spaces. It holds 120 seats and with a consistent waitlist, the buzz of voices is nothing short of a crowded nightclub. Masquerading as a dining experience, the loud music and crowded nature offer a club for people who would rather taste than dance. Even two-tops are clustered together in one long table, meshing an intimate dining experience with close proximity to a social atmosphere.

LIQUID COURAGE
It's National Gin Day!


Today is National Gin Day,which means that you should take some time to appreciate everybody’s favorite use of juniper. Here are some things you should know to get you psyched for gin’s big day.

The Genesis of Gin

Unlike the spirit, the origins of gin are a little unclear, but some attribute it’s invention to Dutch physician Franciscus Sylvius. Distilled gin evolved from Genever, a spiced mulled wine that had been used medicinally by the Dutch since the early 13th century. By the middle of the 17th century, “Gin” (a shortening of “Genever”, the Dutch word for “juniper”) was produced by a number of small Dutch distillers. It was still used medicinally, sold in pharmacies to treat stomach and kidney problems, as well as gallstones and gout. As the distillation process became more refined, gin became a recreational rather than a medicinal beverage.

ONLY IN NYC
Sippin on Gin and Juice

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CULINARY OCCASIONS
Bombay Sapphire Happy Hour

If you’re a gin drinker and love tennis, then there is little reason for you not to attend tomorrow’s Bombay Sapphire Happy Hour at perhaps Miami’s best and most elegant restaurant, db Bistro Moderne. Celebrating the start of this year’s Sony Open Tennis Tournament, Chef Daniel Boulud’s outpost of his famed NYC restaurant will be offering half priced cocktails and exquisite bar bites. Gin lovers will also sample and learn how to make perfect gin cocktails from Bombay Sapphire’s mixologists, and DJ Michael Sarysz will be present to add a little rhythm to the ambience. Tennis fans will also get the chance to win a pair of tickets to the Sony Open as they are raffled out every half hour.

RESTAURANT 101
Whitehall: Indulge in a Gin Cocktail or a Great Meal

The owners of Highlands, a contemporary Scottish gastropub, and Mary Queen of Scots have done it again, and this time with Gin. Whitehall, located on Greenwich Avenue in the West Village, is a Restaurant/Bar that is trying to capture the quintessence of modern British cuisine while crafting cocktails celebrating the complex, and beautiful aromatic flavors of an underrated spirit, gin.

The dim lit restaurant sweeps you off the streets of New York City, and brings you to London where the structure and decor of the restaurant have been influenced by the city's green gardens and train stations, according to Whitehall's website. The modern light bulbs produce a romantic, intimate yet comfortable atmosphere, making it the perfect place to have a first date or dine with your closest friends.

ENTERTAINING ISH
Palm Beach
So this is short and easy. You need a drink for New Year's. This is a drink. Once you put them together you have yourself a tasty treat. grab: 1 1/2oz of gin 1/4oz of sweet vermouth 1/2 tbsp of grapefruit juice 3-5 ice cubes Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass. Happy New Year!
ENTERTAINING ISH
Resolution Martini

Hopeful about the new year? Great! Or have you just had a few too many of these martinis? Why not make trying this new drink your first New Year's Resolution?

3 oz gin

1 oz apricot brandy

1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker or mixing glass filled with ice.

Stir well.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Now sit back and welcome the New Year with some stiff gin and laid-back friends.

RESTAURANT OPENINGS
Sapphire Lounge opens at Adrienne Arsht Center

Looking for a place to go for a drink before of after a show? Need an after work cocktail, or just a few drinks before a night on the town? Well, the Adrienne Arsht Center has got the pefect place for your party to start! This gin-themed lounge offers a selection of specialty cocktails featuring the award winning BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin’s master mixologist Milo Rodriguez. The beautiful atmosphere of Sapphire Lounge is located at street level in the Adrienne Arsht Center’s iconic Carnival Tower includes a neon blue bar, and also offers outside seating as well as a small-plate menu, ranging in price from $6 - $15, that include Truffle Parmesan Fries, Crispy Moo Shoo Duck, Beet Salad, Tortilla Twins,Tuna Tartare and Lobster Rolls.