LIQUID COURAGE
Farm to Shaker: Local Ingredients Take Over Cocktails

West Village staple Barrio 47 launched their Farm to Shaker Series this past Monday to great success. Every Monday, mixologist Miguel Aranda (of Apotheke) will visit the bar to craft a new cocktail with the freshest ingredients from a local farm, shaken or stirred to perfection. The cocktails will sell for $14 each. The first to be debuted was the Strawberry & Fennel cocktail. For a look at what the future has to offer, check out the cocktails lined up next in the series:

Strawberry & Fennel: Fennel infused vodka, muddled strawberries and fennel, lime, and cane sugar

Lavender Margarita: Lavender infused tequila, Combier liquor, fresh agave, lime and orange

The Ride of Passion: Fresh pineapple infused mezcal, pink peppercorn and chipotle with a spicy pink Himalayan salt rim

THRILLS & DEALS
Merlot Monday: Half Off Wine Tonight!

That's right folks, Paprika, the northern Italy eatery in the East Village is taking half off bottles of vino, every Monday night, all night. Now instead of dreading Mondays, you can at least have something to look forward to once the work day is over! The concise but adventurous wine list features wines from all over Italy, with the majority from northern Italy, including Piedmont, Alto Adige, Friuli, Veneto, and Lombardy, with a special focus on Valtellina, where the chef and owner Egidio Donagrandi hails from. Regularly prices bottles are between $28 and $91. Talk about a deal! Get over those Monday blues and turn them into mad Mondays!

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Finally, A Cure For The Case Of The Mondays
DAILY BITES
Two People Burned in Food Truck Explosion

A propane tank exploded in Frites 'n' Meats' food truck on Monday, causing a massive fire that burned two workers and shutdown a large stretch of the West Side Highway.

The popular hamburger truck was stationed on West St. serving lunch when the propane tank exploded, rippling a bomb-like sound throughout Tribeca. The owner of the truck and an employee were rushed to the hospital where they're being treated for serious, but fortunately nonlife-threatening burns.

DAILY POP
Mixtape Mondays – The Pleasure is all mine

Today I got some steady rocking grooves for ya’ll. Some hard hitting Tech-Funk beats to a soulful Indie rock ballad. You guys are going to love this one, This being my first post I thought I would treat you to my life story in the form of other peoples music.

First off… PLEASUREKRAFT!

It’s been 10 years since Green Velvet released the original La La Land. The track is now considered to be a classic in the club scene and with Pleasurekraft’s “Sideshow” Remix it has made a hell of a comeback.

A sideshow it is, This track will get you jumping up in your seat asking for more while making you ask yourself if you are on an intense acid trip. Don’t worry, you are completely sane! You are just experiencing the intense vocoded funk that is Kalle Ronngardh & Kaveh Soroush AKA Pleasurekraft.

AQUAVIT
Mondays in the City

Monday may not be the most popular night to go out in NYC, but some restaurants around the city are promoting some tempting deals to lure you out of the apartment.

At Vero Wine Bar ordering a glass of wine, beer, or cocktail entitles you to a free panini. Prosciutto, spinach, and sopressata are among the little flat sandwich choices. Doubt a panini will stave off those hunger pains? Head over to Tre to take advantage of bottomless spaghetti, lamb meatballs and all-you-can-drink sangria for only $19, or bring your own bottle of wine with no fee. Bar Blanc Bistro is promoting Moules Frites Monday (aka a bowl of mussels, frites, and a draft beer for $18) while over on Gansevoort Street Macelleria is serving bottomless gnocchi for $12.99.