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New Year's Eve Blog

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Bubbly & Rosy!
  • This is a simple, simple salad that will add a sparkle to your New Year's Dinner.
  • 2 tbsp Champagne vinegar 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp mild olive oil 8 cups loosely packed mixed young red lettuces (red leaf, lolla rossa, red oak and red romaine) torn into bite-size pieces 4 cups loosely packed mixed young red greens (red endive, baby kale, chard, radicchio and red mustard) torn into bite-size pieces
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    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!
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    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.

    NYE 2011
    If The Shoe Fits...
    COOL SHIT
    Soundproof That Annoying Friend

    Unattractive object right? Hey, looks aren't everything. You'll be thrilled to have this when the awkward friend of the group wants to start karaoking at the adult New Year's party.

    If karaoke is an every weekend kind of hobby for them than you might have an issue. Needless to say, don't think your friend will notice what kind of microphone it is if the drinks are flowing.

    Just hand them this soundproof microphone and even the most tone deaf entertaining-ish person will bring in the new year with the perfect tune.

    TIMES SQUARE
    The Lyrics To Auld Lang Syne

    The crowd’s thunderous voices count down to midnight, everyone kisses, raises a glass and the singing starts. The lyrics and voices always start out strong for the first two lines but than the voices fade out as people become lost. Does anyone really now the rest of the lyrics for Auld Land Syne?

    Blame it on to many cocktails before midnight or bad memory but the singing at the party is never like the movies. To fix the confusion, here are the lyrics. Good luck remembering them.

    Should old acquaintance be forgot,
    and never brought to mind ?
    Should old acquaintance be forgot,
    and old lang syne ?

    NEW YORK CITY
    What's Dark, Shiny, and Glamorous All Over?

    NYE party plans? Check. LBD? Check. Bedazzling eyes? Check - once you've watched YouTube sensation and beauty guru Michelle Phan's tutorial below, that is. In this episode, she dishes out her recipe for a gaze so glamorous that once you've locked eyes with that dreamboat across the bar, he won't be able to look away.

    Sounds great, right? And it's super-easy, too. Phan always makes her various guises look like effortless (how does she do it without a mirror?!), but this look really is quite simple and only requires a few key products beyond what you most likely already have.

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    Dust Off The Brandy Snifters!
  • 6 large lemons, thinly sliced

    1 1/2 quarts brandy

    1 lb lump sugar

    1 large block of ice

    orange and lemon slices

    First disolve the sugar in boiling water then remove from heat and add the lemons. Mix the sugar syrup with brandy and let it sit over night. Finally, to serve, pour the mix over a large ice cube into a punch bowl and decorate with orange and lemon slices if desired. Enjoy your Bimbo Punch.

    NYE BEAUTY
    Fresh-Faced NYE

    Space is always limited in our tiny evening clutches, understandable because no one wants to dance the night away with a brick on their arm. This year, you'll have more room for cocktail cash because we found five products to keep you looking fresh all night long.

    1. Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner by Urban Decay: Most of us leave the glitter out of our daily beauty rutine, but New Year's Eve is a night to shine. Glam up your look with this clear-based glitter liner. They come in five fabulous colors and best of all once it's dry it won't budge.

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    Meatsicles

    Meat on a stick is one of those fundamental rights of every person on the planet. Whether it's corn dogs or popsicles there is a singular brand of magic when mundane food stuff is impaled with bamboo and enjoyed portability like any cell phone on the market. Well my food infatuated friends I bring you... KEBABS (courtesy epicurious.com). What's so special about kebabs? Well aside from the aforementioned practicality of stick mounted food, these particular kebabs are armed with their own minted yogurt and black pepper dipping sauce. The chicken (or beef) itself is impregnated with the flavor of garlic, herbs, citrus, and all the flavors known to bring grown men to their feet.