Clean Green: ECOS Earth-Friendly Cleaning Products

We’re definitely past spring house cleaning, but this feature isn’t about spring cleaning, it’s about eco and healthy cleaning of your home. Today we highlight a responsible company that cares about this planet and us, its inhabitants. We were introduced to ECOS Earth-friendly cleaning products (celebrating their 50th anniversary this year) a while back and after using it in our homes, we’re absolutely hooked on these hypoallergenic, naturally formulated and scented cleaning products.

Finding cleaning and other products that are safer for you, your family, and the environment should be easy, and ECOS Earth-friendly cleaning products are easy to find; in fact, ECOS offers over 200 environmentally friendly products. Derived from replenishable resources, this range of plant-powered products is full of award-winning eco-friendly home cleaning products including household cleaning products, laundry detergents, bathroom and kitchen cleaners, dishwashing liquids, pet, and baby products.

The plant-derived ECOS All Purpose Cleaner Parsley Plus will get almost any surface clean with the fresh and unique scent of Parsley. The perfect for everyday use cleaner is also available in Ginger Plus, and Orange Plus, with a concentrated version in Orange Plus. The ECOS Dishmate Hypoallergenic Dish Soap is concentrated with powerful, plant-derived cleaning agents that doubles as a hand soap. It’s available in the above Lavender, as well as Bamboo Lemon, Almond, Grapefruit, Pear, Apricot, and Free & Clear. The ECOS Hypoallergenic Hand Soap, available in Orange Blossom, Lemongrass, and Lavender, is blended with nourishing vitamin E and antioxidants. It cleanses and softens your hands with Non-drying, plant-derived ingredients that also leaves a delicate, refreshing aroma. The last product we tried was the ECOS Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent with Enzymes (the #1 selling green laundry detergent in the world), a concentrated formula with plant-derived cleaning agents and a built-in fabric softener; this hypoallergenic laundry detergent boasts scents made with aromatic natural fragrances and essential oils, such as Magnolia & Lily, Honeydew, Fresh Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, and Free & Clear.

ECOS products are made in the USA at one of four manufacturing facilities that are carbon neutral, water neutral and Zero Waste Platinum certified, saving over 53 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually and diverting over 95% of all waste from landfills.

Are you ready for a healthy home for yourself and your family with the safer, green plant-powered cleaners from the range of ECOS Earth-Friendly Cleaning Products? Learn more about ECOS by visiting www.ecos.com.

Event Recap: Campari Negroni Week Kickoff Event at Lovage Rooftop

We hope you guys had a wonderful time celebrating the fifth year of Campari Negroni Week because we certainly did. We had the pleasure of celebrating the apéritif at the Negroni Week VIP kickoff event with Imbibe Magazine at Lovage, the rooftop bar with 360-degree views. The Campari Negroni Week kickoff event featured several cocktail stations, where guests enjoyed several variations of the Campari cocktail.

The evening was a journey through many modern day interpretations of the Negroni cocktail, in various forms. We started our Campari Negroni Week cocktail journey with the Mai Tai Unigroni, a delicious concoction created by Joshua Anthony Campbell of Leyenda. This Negroni version of a Mai Tai was one of the favorites of the event’s guests, it was definitely one of ours.

For our next cocktail, we wanted something out of the world that would transport us (and our tastebuds) to another dimension, and the iridescent Galaxy Negroni Sbagliato, by Naren Young of Dante, was the perfect galactic cocktail to get us there.

We took a break from cocktails to enjoy one of the amazing Negroni edible treats, including the Negroni Pop Tarts from Scotch & Butter, Negroni Donuts from The Doughnut Project, and the most delightful Negroni Gelatin Balls.

After we had our fill, we continued on to our next cocktail, a frozen delight called the Frogoni, created by Julie Reiner, of the Clover Club. This slushy cocktail, whose ingredients included Campari and fresh strawberries, was the perfect way to cool down.

The flow of cocktails didn’t stop as we moved on to enjoy a few more libations. This time we went for the more classic Negroni cocktails. First up was The Red Planet Negroni, a classic looking drink boasting bold flavors by Leo Robitschek from The Nomad (you may remember his name as the creator of the amazing Red Velvet Swing cocktail from our holiday event with Campari).

Our next and last cocktail of the evening was the Classic Negroni, the perfect end to an event honoring the iconic cocktail. With the help of Mr. Negroni (and an ever-flowing Negroni fountain), we savored the simple, sophisticated cocktail as the event came to an end.

And that, dear readers, is how we celebrated Campi Negroni Week. We hope you had a great time honoring the week long event as well.

 

 

Grand Opening: Dr. Smood Opens Location in NY’s NoMad Neighborhood

Just like we do to our homes every spring season, we believe in doing the same for our bodies. A seasonal cleansing can do wonders for you internally. Getting rid of what may be causing you harm, aging you faster, etc. Of course, when we say cleansing, we’re not talking about the unhealthy cleansing trends and fads. You can cleanse your system while nourishing it thanks to the great range of organic smart foods from Dr. Smood, all of which are developed by scientists, nutritionists, doctors and raw vegan chefs. We had the pleasure of getting to know Dr. Smood, at the grand opening of their second New York location in NoMad (North of Madison Square Park).

Dr. Smood is the first smart food boutique café specializing in health beneficial organic food and beverages. The cafes (more locations will be opening soon) offer certified organic juices, coffees, teas, sandwiches, salads, soups and nutrient-rich grab-and-go snacks that not only boast real nutrition, minerals, and basic vitamins but are also very delicious. They also offer signature organic coffee, sandwiches made with their proprietary Performance Bread and pastries created from the pulp of their cold-pressed juices. Not only are Dr. Smood’s products tasty, they are life-prolonging, curative and energizing. Their slogan of “Smart food for a good mood” really is true, with choices that benefit your body, mind and your general well being. Each Dr. Smood cafe is designed for maximum comfort and wellbeing. Like all their other locations nationwide, the NoMad location offers comfortable seating, free WiFi, charging stations for your mobile devices, even specially devised music playlists for different times of the day.

We had the opportunity to try one of their detox programs, the Dr. Smood Intermediate Detox Program, for a week, and the results were amazing. The program offers a product selection system that allows you to choose your mood: yellow for immunity, blue for energy, purple for health, pink for beauty, green for detox and orange for power. Our program included drinking five juices, one mylk, and one booster every day.

The first thing we noted was of course how delicious the juices and smoothies were. The second thing we noticed, and this was very important to us, was the lack of headaches and migraines. In the past when we’ve tried juice cleansing, we’ve always experienced migraines because although we were cleansing our bodies, we were not being properly nourished. With Dr. Smood, we never had that issue, and we never felt hungry at any point during our week-long cleansing. The third wonderful thing about our Dr. Smood experience, which of course truly excited us was our clothes fitting a bit looser, as well as being able to get into clothes that we couldn’t previously get into. The compliments about our glowing skin and happier disposition didn’t hurt either.

If you’re ready to try a cleansing program that has no negative side effects, we urge you to stop by Dr. Smood’s new NoMad location at 1151 Broadway, or any of their other cafe locations nationwide.

 

Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive: Free Up Space On Your iPhone & iPad

We bet you complain about the storage space on your phone at least once a day, or that you have too many photos. But these photos are your life’s experiences and you cannot delete those memories, even if it is to free up your phone’s dwindling storage space. What if you didn’t have to? What if you could keep all your photos and still have an abundance of storage space on your phone? What if your gallery was as empty as when you first bought your smartphone but you still had access to all your photos and videos? In other words, could you use more storage on your smartphone? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive is the answer to your prayers.

With the Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive, you never have to worry about not having enough phone storage space to take or watch photos or videos. This wonderful little gadget offers many incredible features and advantages, which allows you to free up storage space on your phone. It’s an easy way to free up space on your iPhone or iPad quickly, automatically back up your iPhone or iPad camera roll anytime the drive is connected without using the cloud, watch popular format videos (.WMV, .AVI, .MKV, .MP4, .MOV) so you can store and watch videos straight from the drive, is designed with a flexible connector to plug directly into your iPhone or iPad without having to remove your case (there’s also a version built for the OtterBox uniVERSE case system), and the ability to transfer files in a flash through your computer’s USB 3.0 port.

The  Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive is available in four capacities: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, all equipped with a Lightning™ Connector and USB 3.0 interface. Through the iXpand Mobile App, available from the App Store, you can easily manage and watch your photos and videos directly from the drive. The Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive can be purchased at www.sandisk.com, BestBuy, and B&H Photo, www.amazon.com, Staples, and www.CDW.com.

Beat the Heat with San Bernardo Italian Escapes Ice Cream

As the saying goes, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream”, and we’ve been screaming for the decadent San Bernardo Italian Escapes Ice Cream flavors since winter. Since Mother Nature has finally realized we’re in the warmer months, we can finally sing the praises of (and keep cool with) the sinfully delicious, and utterly indulgent range of San Bernardo Italian Escapes Ice Cream pints, commanded by Owner and President, Jonathan Tammara. The family owned San Bernardo Ice Cream has been in business for over 40 years by the same family and offers signature flavors created with natural flavors and the finest ingredients from around the world.

We were first introduced to San Bernardo Italian Escapes Ice Cream last winter, not the best season to enjoy frozen treats, but we survived thanks to the tropical heat setting in our apt. That’s a very different story now that we’re experiencing 90+ degree days. The San Bernardo Italian Escapes Ice Cream pints are available in seven delicious flavors: Amaretto Praline Pecan, Biscotti, Cannoli, Italian Cheesecake with Raspberry Swirl, New York Style Cheesecake, Spumoni, and Tiramisu. These most famous Italian ice creams flavors are made with only natural, quality ingredients for a pure, creamy and delicious ice cream experience. It is quite difficult to select a favorite, and every time you think you have one, the next flavor blows you away. Like their other “escape” ice cream collections, the San Bernardo Italian Escapes Ice Creams contain no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, and no high fructose corn syrup.

Amaretto Praline Pecan

The ultimate old-world indulgence, a rich amaretto ice cream filled with crunchy, sugar-covered pecans.

Italian Biscotti

An all-time Italian favorite transformed into a creamy frozen treat. It boasts biscotti ice cream with a vanilla base, with a dash of almond and finished up with almond slivers, chocolate-covered biscotti pieces, and a thick caramel sea salt swirl.

Cannoli

Even better than you remembered it. Painstakingly crafted with ricotta cheese and blended with pieces of chocolate-covered cannoli shell, this cannoli ice cream evokes the warmth of an authentic Italian kitchen.

Italian Cheesecake with Raspberry Swirl

In true Italian cheesecake fashion, this ice cream base includes real mascarpone cheese and is topped off with a thick, decadent raspberry swirl.

New York Style Cheesecake

This luscious, authentic New York-style cheesecake ice cream conjures up the Big Apple with the magic of graham cracker pieces, real cream cheese, and rich sour cream.

Spumoni

A traditional Italian dessert, taken to the next level. Bernardo’s signature Spumoni includes chocolate swirled with pistachio, strawberry and vanilla ice creams, mixed with fresh sliced cherries and pieces of almonds, and topped off with a tantalizing hint of amaretto.

Tiramisu

The only thing better than tiramisu is tiramisu ice cream. This fabulous re-creation of an old Italian classic includes marsala wine and an authentic mascarpone cheese base to complete the experience.

The San Bernardo Italian Escapes Ice Cream collection is available in 16oz Pints and 48oz Scrounds and are a delicious way to cool down in this sudden and instant heatwave we’re experiencing. Get to know more about San Bernardo and their ice creams by visiting their website, www.sanbernardoicecream.com.

Meet Costume Designer Dan Lawson at the DL for PONO Fall 2017 Event

Calling all fans of The Good Wife, it’s sequel series, The Good Fight, BrainDead, and all things jewelry and accessories. Emmy-nominated Costume Designer Dan Lawson, the man behind the fabulous fashion for these three tv shows, is hosting a special event to launch his DL for PONO Fall 2017 Collection of handcrafted Italian resin jewelry and accessories……..and you’re invited!!

If you love the fashion from his shows, this is the perfect time to preview the stunning DL for PONO Fall 2017 Collection with Jewelry Designer, Joan Goodman (before they make their television debuts), and perhaps pick his brain on all thing fashion and costume design. This event, which will be held next Thursday, June 15th at the Museum of Art & Design in Columbus Circle, promises baubles, bubbly, and even appearances by Good Wife VIPs. The event also allows you to shop the pieces from the luxury jewelry collection, available at the Museum of Art & Design.

There are many inspirations that help to forge the beautiful pieces from DL for PONO Fall 2017 Collection such as the stunning dark green hue of malachite, represented in an eye-catching two-sided necklace, the cool blue, white ice hues, and raw look of an iceberg, and metal etched by fire. The bold jewelry collection is not for the timid fashionista, DL for PONO loves wearers who love to make a bold statement with their style. We love the mix of colors and textures (many times this mix varies from piece to piece, making the jewelry pieces one of a kind), and love the idea that they embrace those of us who love to stand out. We promise you’ll love it too.

So if you are free next Thursday, June 15th and want the chance to see some gorgeous jewelry, speak with a renown Costume Designer, and Jewelry Designer, and enjoy a glass or two of wine, head over to the Museum of Art & Design in Columbus Circle between 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Hope to see you fellow jewelry lovers there.

 

MURAD Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment for Acne Awareness Month

There are so many notable things to observe this month, we’ve honored and made note of a few, now it’s time to bring attention to another. It’s observation of a skin problem that plagues just about every teenager on Earth, and quite a few adults, with sufferers totaling in the double-digit millions, that skin condition? Acne! While many may only experience an occasional breakout or one or two pimples, zits, or blemishes here and there, many severe acne sufferers are quite emotionally impacted by this skin disease. As almost lifelong acne sufferers ourselves, we’re always on the lookout for solutions to our acne issues, and with June being National Acne Awareness Month, what better time to explore new acne fighting solutions, like the NEW Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment.

Just in time for Acne Awareness Month, Murad has added a new acne fighting solution to their sought after, and award-winning Acne Control collection (some of which are pictured below in their Advanced Breakout Control Regimen 7-Piece kit), scientifically proven to clear current breakouts and help prevent new blemishes from forming. We sometimes experience large, red, and painful breakouts called cystic acne, a painful annoyance that can take weeks to fully disappear, the perfect blemish candidate to try Murad’s latest acne relief on.

The Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment, which launched on June 1st, is a fast-acting, invisible gel that reduces blemish size and redness in just four hours. This newest acne fighter boasts a powerful, next-generation formula, and features the maximum strength of Salicylic Acid (2%, the highest percentage available without a prescription) to clear pores, smooth skin and treat acne at the source by killing bacteria.

The Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment is formulated with a patented complex that features thyme and pine extracts to fight irritants while preserving your skin’s natural balance. Horse chestnut and oat extracts help to reduce redness and soothe the skin, for an even and clearer complexion. A recent Murad sponsored study showed that 97% of acne sufferers agreed their blemish appearance improved after just one day of using the Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment, something we can attest to as well.

The 0.5 oz tube of Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment is available now nationwide and retails for $22.00. Like all other Murad skincare products, you will find this newest product on www.Murad.com.

National Doughnut Day with Drunken Doughnuts at The Tuck Room NYC

Is there anything better than the deep-fried and sweet mounds of yumminess that are doughnuts? If there ever was a sweet treat to be celebrated, it is doughnuts. It’s impossible to dislike them, and thankfully we got to properly celebrate the dessert! In honor of this very important desert food, acclaimed mixologist Adam Seger hosts Drunken Doughnuts at The Tuck Room NYC, the newest hotspot located in New York’s South Street Seaport EVERY Thursday evening. The months’ old bar (it’s just a little over 6 months old) is lively and intimate all at once. We had the pleasure of partaking in this amazing blend of confectionery and cocktail heaven just in time for National Doughnut Day.

These alcohol-infused, bite-sized doughnuts bring new meaning to the term Amuse-bouche because your mouth (along with your taste buds and stomachs) will be so happy once they indulge in these boozy doughnut holes. Our night’s indulgence included two types of doughnut holes, Old-fashioned Glazed, and Double Valrhona Fleur de Sel (chocolate covered holes topped with sea salt). What makes these doughnuts “drunken” are the accompanying boozy sauces and sides including the decadent Bourbon Dulce de Leche Sauce, Boyd & Blair 151 Vodka Cardamom Whipped Cream, Pimm’s Spiked Mango, Pineapple, Habanero Marmalade, Dark Rum & Cognac Chocolate Sauce, and last but certainly not least, a boozy Cereal Milk Ice Cream.

Fair warning to those of you who will no doubt enjoy this experience, these boozy sauces, and sides do not have “essence of alcohol” or “flavored with alcohol”, these are made with full on booze, you can definitely get tipsy off this experience. The whipped cream and marmalade by themselves are enough to knock you off your sober feet. To experience Drunken Doughnuts at The Tuck Room NYC, you’re escorted to a secret room behind a bookcase called the Green Room, a dimly lit hidden enclave few will notice if not paying attention.

Surrounded by bottles of alcohol, walls filled with photos of iconic, framed photos, and a vast library of infused spirits curated by Master Bartender and Advanced Sommelier Adam Seger, created with The Tuck Room’s Heizenberg machine, you and your guests will greatly enjoy this modern speakeasy’s secret room.

All this was enjoyed at the end of this adventurous evening. Our evening of Drunken Doughnuts at The Tuck Room NYC begun with some very interesting and amazing Heizenberg infused cocktails. We decided to go with whatever cocktails were placed in from of us by the wonderful and attentive bar staff, Adam called it “Autopilot”.

The cocktails we enjoyed included the DrinkupNY, consisting of Balsam Magnolia Blossom Oolong New York Aperitif Wine, Perrier, and lemon; a modern interpretation of a Sidecar, featuring an infusion of Luxe Pierre Ferrand, California Nectarines, Nutmeg, and Sage with a float of Prosecco on top; a libation inspired by an English cocktail with Ginger bitters, Chartreuse, Cognac, and Fresh Lemon Juice; and a cocktail infused with Tequila, Fresh Cherries, Pomegranate, and lime. Since man can’t live by cocktails alone, we dined on wonderful starters by James Beard Award-winning chef Sherry Yard.

REUBEN CROQUETTES

These savory balls of yumminess were the perfect foodie delights to begin our culinary journey with The Tuck Room NYC. Each bit is filled with delicious crispy pastrami, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and sits upon a “thousand island” sauce.

BRIOCHE CRUSTED CRAB CAKES

Just when I thought I’d tasted heaven with the Rueben Croquettes, the crab cakes, which featured Old Bay Remoulade, Frisée + Citrus Salad, and Yuzu Vinaigrette took that feeling to another level.

SPICED + SWEET PORK BELLY WRAPS

Last but not least on the foodie adventure before our sweet tooth journey begun was the above pork belly wraps featuring Butter Lettuce, Nuoc Cham Caramel, Limes, Radishes, Jalapeño, Fresno Chile Aioli, and Cilantro.

All this was enjoyed while sitting at the bar, listening to what could only be called as the perfect classic bar music, as episodes of BarTales (the new single-city documentary series featuring Dale DeGroff, Gaz Regan, Adam Seger, and David Wondrich) plays on the flat screen directly above. This entire evening felt like we crossed something off our bucket list. We promise you will enjoy everything about Drunken Doughnuts at The Tuck Room. So if you’re looking for an amazingly delicious and intoxicating foodie experience, head over to the South Street Seaport and indulge in a night of Drunken Doughnuts at The Tuck Room NYC.