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Dress Festive. Sip Seasonal. Give Back.

Tonight, the masses will gather 'round Rockefellar Center for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Tomorrow, from 7 - 10 p.m., the uptown and elegant, Pierre Hotel's TwoEBar is hosting a Christmas cocktail party that's open to the posh lovin' public and will also celebrate the lighting of their brilliantly, big tree.

Dress in your best, festive look and hit a toy store on the way to the TwoEBar. For every patron that brings a toy as a donation for Toys for Tots, they will delight in a custom complimentary cocktail created by one of NYCs best bartenders.

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Weekend Picks: Concert, Club & Foodie Fulfillment

For the Club-Hopper

Watch Your Favorite Headliners this Weekend

This Friday at Greenhouse New York, Sunday Attire will be headlining with an opening set by Michael Fusco. Also on deck at Lilium, Andrew Miller will headline with support from Spaceplant and DJ Tr3vor. And, this Saturday at The Red Room at Gansevoort Park, hailing from the legendary borough of the Bronx, DJ Chris Wonder will be on the ones-and-twos. Tables are filling up fast for all 3 parties so e-mail Brittany@joonbug.com to RSVP and snag a seat.

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Weekend Picks: Eat Up Buttercups!

This weekend, it’s all about eating across Manhattan. Not that all weekend’s aren’t but these next few days serve up the kick-off of New York Food and Wine, the last weekend of Madison Square Eats and the grand-opening of Jeepney Filipino Gastropub. Here’s the delish round-up.

New York City Food & Wine Festival

Tomorrow night, kicks off the fifth annual New York Food and Wine Festival. This foodie fest is all about eating and drinking for a fantastic cause, as a part of all event proceeds go toward initiatives to end hunger. Filling your belly with fine food and drink has never been so fun or forthgiving. Choose from a slew of epicurean-focused events, seminars and festivities from The Slanted Door Dinner hosted by Charles Phan to a Paula Deen Brunch. Juniper fans will delight in the Gin Revolution! seminar at The Vault at Pfaff’s while beer lovers can chug their lunch at the Beer Glass Tasting with Spiegelau & Captain Lawrence. Most of the Food Network star hosted events are sadly sold-out, but you can still get your starry fix at the Times Talks seminar with Bobby Flay & Giada De Laurentis. Happy wining & dining!

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Empire in the Making

Meet Nicole Ponseca, Superstar Entrepreneur, Owner and General Manager of whirlwind restaurant success Maharlika Filipino Moderno. Ponseca did not begin her journey in the restaurant biz -- rather working as an ad executive at Saatch & Saatchi when she realized New York lacked even mediocre Filipino cuisine.

Thus began her upward climb to acheive a new goal. She began taking on multiple jobs in bars and restaurants to learn about the industry and started researching Filipino food. Eventually, Nicole opened up Maharlika as a pop-up serving only brunch, allowing her to experiment with the menu and work on establishing her brand. Next came pop-up dinner and finally, a full fledged restaurant establishment!

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Filipino Cuisine Served Straight Up with a Moderno Twist
Some of the most frequently used ingredients in Filipino dishes would be patis (a fish sauce), calamansi, which is a citrus, kind of a cross between a mandarin and lime, rice, and garlic. The national Filipino dish is adobo and adobo is anything that can be cooked with these five ingredients - peppercorns, bay leaf, garlic, salt, and vinegar. So we do an adobo chicken, we switch it up during the week sometimes we do a squid adobo! And most of those five ingredients are used in everyday cooking.