National Rum Day: Captain Morgan’s Favorite Holiday

If it’s Christmas, you write a letter to Santa Claus, when it’s National Rum Day, you hit up Captain Morgan. We sure did and he responded with some magnificent ways to celebrate National Rum Day as only the Captain can. Not only do we have two delicious rum cocktails made from the iconic Original Spiced Rum, we’re excited to introduce you to the new coconut shot offering, LocoNut. Of course these two simple, yet delicious cocktails are not quite enough, we’ve included two specialty treats, the recipes for rum gelatins shots and freeze pops. These two unconventional “cocktails” are made with the Original Spiced Rum, and LocoNut respectively. What better way to close out the summer than to celebrate the distilled alcoholic beverage that represents summer, tropical escapes, and fun.

Morgan Mule

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
4 oz. Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer
Mint Sprig
Lime
Muddle mint and lime in the bottom of a tall glass. Add ice, Original Spiced Rum, and ginger ale. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wheel. Stir and serve.

Morgan Mule Gelatin Shots

6 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
8.5 oz. ginger ale
1.5 oz. fresh lime juice
2 envelopes of lime gelatin (approx. 5.5 teaspoons)

Loco & Coco

3 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut
4 oz. Coconut Water
Combine Captain Morgan LocoNut and coconut water into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice.

The Miami Vice

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut
1.5 oz. Coconut Water
0.75 oz. Captain Morgan White Rum
1.5 oz. Strawberry Daiquiri Mix
0.75 oz. Water
Combine Captain Morgan LocoNut and coconut water. Stir to combine. Separately, combine Captain Morgan White Rum, strawberry daiquiri mix, and water. Stir to combine. Fill a plastic freezie sleeve halfway up with strawberry daiquiri mixture. Top with LocoNut mixture and freeze overnight before serving.

Does the Captain have your attention? Will you join him in celebrating the month of rum? Which of these delicious recipes are you dying to try first? However you celebrate the remaining days of summer, make sure you invite the Captain. If you’re looking for more rum recipe ideas, the captain is sure to share his secrets.

Breakfast is Ready: NestFresh Eggs and Godshall’s Quality Meats

The most important meal of the day doesn’t have to be a quick bite on the go. It can be a delicious and hearty breakfast featuring the best ingredients like free-range, non-GMO eggs and artisan meats. When it comes to these simple and healthy ingredients, look no further than NestFresh Eggs and Godshall’s Quality Meats. We had the pleasure of being introduced to these wonderful and hearty products a few weeks ago. Using these great NestFresh Eggs and Godshall’s Quality Meats, we’ve satisfied both our healthy meal guidelines and our almost insatiable foodie appetites.

NestFresh Eggs

NestFresh believes in the humane treatment of egg laying hens, which is why they only offer cage free eggs, organic eggs and pasture raised eggs. The NestFresh hen is 100% cage free and enjoys a more natural way of life. Trust us when we say, the treatment of NestFresh hen is reflected in the absolutely delicious taste of these eggs. Not only did they have a richer flavor, they just tasted fresher too. We found our NestFresh Eggs at the Fairway Market on 26th Street in NYC, but you can also find them at Whole Foods, ShopRite, Kings, etc.

Godshall’s Quality Meats

What goes better with eggs than bacon, and Godshall’s Quality Meats is just what you need. Known for their premium, real wood smoked meat specialties, like their Turkey, Chicken and Beef Bacon, Godshall’s has been satisfying households since 1945. To keep up with our healthier routine, indulged in Godshall’s Quality Meats’ newly launched products: Artisan Butcher Turkey Breast, Uncured Turkey Bacon Crumblz, and Fully Cooked Uncured Turkey Bacon. All Godshall’s products were all natural and flavorful. The Fully Cooked Uncured Turkey Bacon boasts the same real meat, real wood Smoked Turkey Bacon taste, with No Nitrates or Nitrites! The Uncured Turkey Bacon Crumblz was a revelation on salads, pizzas, in our soups, and of course, it was perfect with the NestFresh Eggs.

Talk about flavorful! The combination of NestFresh Eggs and Godshall’s Quality Meats blew our taste buds away. Although the above was a simple dish, every bite was a delight and met all our expectations of a healthy, hearty meal. We highly recommend you give these two brands a try and make sure they gain a spotlight during your breakfast. Godshall’s Quality Meats are available at Sam’s Club and Acme Supermarket.

Cruzan Rum: A Diamond in the Rum for National Rum Day

As we’ve stated before, summer is the season of Rum, and August is when we honor the distilled alcohol made from sugarcane or molasses. August is National Rum Month, and Wednesday, August 16th is National Rum Day. What better way to celebrate than to taste the authentic spirit of the island of St. Croix with Cruzan Rum cocktails.

We recently highlighted their newest rum, Tropical Fruit Rum, to ring in Rum month, and wanted to share some more for National Rum Day. You will find four delicious cocktail recipes from some very talented mixologists from Austin, Chicago, Miami, and Atlanta.

Cruzan Aloe Can You Go (Serves 4-6)
Recipe by Justin Lavenue, Austin, TX

5 parts Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
1 part Cruzan Vanilla Rum
1 part Cruzan Black Strap Rum
1 part Falernum
4 parts Aloe Juice
2 parts Coconut Cream
2 parts Lime Juice
1 part Grapefruit Juice
Build ingredients in a cocktail bucket or punch bowl. Fill with crushed ice and stir well. Garnish with cucumber slices, mint sprigs, and grated nutmeg. Serve with 4-6 straws and enjoy!

Cruzan Star (Single serving)
Recipe by Julia Momose, Chicago, IL

1 1/2 parts Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1/2 part Ambre Vermouth
1/4 part Simple Syrup
2 dashes Orange Bitters
Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with fresh pineapple, and enjoy!

Cruzan Crush (serves 4-6)
Recipe By Teddy Collins, Miami

4 parts Cruzan Vanilla Rum
4 parts Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
6 parts Pineapple Juice
3 parts Lemon Juice
3 parts Apricot Simple Syrup*
Fresh Mint and Thyme
Combine lemon juice, apricot simple syrup, and pineapple juice into a cocktail bucket or punch bowl. Lightly smack 10 mint leaves and drop into the bucket along with 2 stems of thyme and muddle softly. Add rums, crushed ice and stir. Garnish with fresh mint, thyme, and 4-6 straws. Enjoy!

*Apricot Simple Syrup Instructions: Over medium heat, combine equal parts sugar and apricot juice. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Set aside and cool.

Cruzan LocoCoco (Serves 4-6)
Recipe By Tiffanie Barriere, Atlanta

8 parts Cruzan Tropical Fruit Rum
8 parts Coconut Water
2 parts Pineapple Juice
Method: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail bucket or punch bowl and stir for 30 seconds with a swizzle stick. Fill the bucket with fresh ice, stir once more and garnish with fresh pineapple, four straws, and enjoy!

There you have it, four great Cruzan Rum cocktails to help you celebrate National Rum Day. Which one of these rum cocktails is your favorite recipe?

IHOP Premieres French Toasted Donuts for a Limited Time

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. At IHOP, it can also be the most delicious. IHOP continues to break the rules of breakfast with three distinctive dishes hot off the test kitchen griddles. Elevating the breakfast treat that is french toast by combining it with donuts, IHOP is taking breakfast to another level of delicious. The IHOP French Toasted Donuts feature classic donuts dipped in sweet vanilla batter and then French toasted. The new lineup is available in three decadent, mouthwatering flavors ranging from savory to sweet.

“At IHOP, we’re always looking for fresh new ways to excite our guests and bring unexpected flavors together,” said Chef Nevielle Panthaky, Vice President, Culinary at IHOP. “This is a delicious mash-up of the classic donut everyone knows and loves, dipped in a creamy vanilla batter, French toasted to a light golden brown and topped off with flavors such as maple glaze and hickory-smoked bacon. And who better to do it than IHOP, the brand that has owned all-day breakfast for almost six decades?”

Bacon & Maple French Toasted Donut

The Bacon & Maple French Toasted Donut is a Bavarian cream filled donut, dipped in vanilla French toast batter, griddled, then topped with rich maple glaze and savory hickory-smoked bacon crumbles.

Strawberries & Cream French Toasted Donut

The Strawberries & Cream French Toasted Donut is a Bavarian cream filled donut, dipped in vanilla French toast batter, griddled, then topped with strawberries in a juicy glaze and powdered sugar.

Apple Fritter French Toasted Donut

The Apple Fritter French Toasted Donut is a warm apple fritter dipped in vanilla French toast batter, griddled, then topped with sweet cinnamon apples, powdered sugar and whipped topping.

We had the pleasure of getting an exclusive first taste of all three of these decadent breakfast donuts at an event with Chef Nevielle Panthaky, VP of Culinary at IHOP. It was an evening of ultimate decadence as we satisfied our almost insatiable appetite for these sinful breakfast treats. We also had the opportunity to recreate or create our own French Toasted Donut, thanks to the wide variety of available toppings made available to us.

The French Toasted Donuts are available from July 31st through September 24th at participating IHOP restaurants nationwide. The new menu items can be enjoyed on their own or as part of a combo meal with the choice of eggs, bacon, sausage or ham, and more.

Batteroo Boost: Battery Life and Performance Extender

We’re all experienced this – your smoke detector beeps non-stop, your remote control stops functioning, or the flashlight you haven’t used in a while is dead. What do you do? You take out the batteries and toss them in the trash, right? What if we told you there’s actually more power in those “dead” batteries, and we know how to get full use of it. We’re happy to introduce you to Batteroo Boost, the micro-thin sleeve that slides over regular disposable batteries to give them improved life and performance. It can bring your perceived dead or “Zombie” batteries back to life.

Many of the batteries you are about to throw away, still have unused energy left. It’s just that the battery’s power has gone below the needed voltage level for these devices to work. To get the full power from these “perceived dead” batteries, slip on a Batteroo Boost as it taps into all that unused energy and watch your “Zombie” batteries come to back to the land of the living.

Don’t waste money on new batteries to get great performance, just slip on a Batteroo Boost from the start and your device will perform at its best until all the energy is used up. Whether your device is an active load device, like a digital camera or a TV remote, or a passive load device, like a flashlight or a motorized toy, Batteroo Boost will extend your device’s battery life by tricking batteries into thinking they are new. Batteroo Boost works with any battery size, and one of our favorite features is that you can use three double A batteries in a C sleeve and four double A batteries in a D sleeve to create a C or D battery.

The only devices Batteroo Boost doesn’t work with is LED. Since some LED drivers use constant current circuitry for LED lights, these devices may not benefit from the Batteroo technology. so it is not recommended to use Batteroo with LED flashlights, LED candle lights, and similar devices.

A 4-pk of AAA and AA Batteroo sleeves retails for $9.99, and a 4-pk of C and D Batteroo sleeves retails for $19.99. And coming soon Batteroo ReBoost for Rechargeable Batteries!

Pereg Natural Foods Debuts New Super Foods and Ancient Grains

Attending the Summer Fancy Food Show in NYC has always been an amazing and informative experience. We’re always introduced to new, innovative foods and food products, or rediscover healthy ingredients that have been around for centuries. Take for example the recent launches from Pereg Natural Foods, producers of all-natural products that includes ancient grains and ancient grain blends, gluten free pasta, couscous, rice, gluten-free cereal and much more. Responding to the ongoing demand for natural, farm-to-table and healthy foods, Pereg Natural Foods introduces a new range of new super foods and ancient grains.

The new launches include a new line of Kaňiwa (baby quinoa), as well as new blends and flavor-infused varieties of Freekeh, Teff, Farro, Basmati Rice and Quinoa, as well as other all-natural, and kosher certified products. Some of the new launches are pictured.

Baby Quinoa


Dark reddish-brown in color and about half the size of a tiny quinoa seed, kañiwa cooks up quickly to resemble a smaller version of red quinoa. Unlike regular quinoa, kañiwa doesn’t have saponins, the coating that gives quinoa a somewhat soapy, slightly bitter flavor if not rinsed properly. Kañiwa is actually easier to process due to the absence of saponins. (Note that all quinoa from Pereg is pre-rinsed and ready to cook from the package.) Another advantage kañiwa has over quinoa is that it’s an even better source of iron. Kañiwa is also an excellent source of complete protein and amino acids and is gluten-free. This grain cooks up with a crunchy texture and offers a nutrient rich food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Retail: 5 oz. boxes ($3.57); Re-sealable 16 oz. bags ($5.50).

Freekeh Grain


Pereg’s Freekeh is available in green roasted, ginger sesame and vegetable flavor blends. Freekeh is young, green wheat that is roasted over an open flame to give this grain a delicious slightly smoky flavor and chewy texture similar to bulgur. Freekeh is lower in fat than brown rice, higher in fiber than quinoa or brown rice, also a great source of calcium. It can be used in soups, casseroles or enjoyed seasoned up as a side dish; freekeh makes a great alternative to rice or couscous. Retail: $3.99

Teff Porridges


Pereg’s Teff porridges are available in brown or ivory varieties as well as mixed with nuts and berries or with chocolate. In addition to being gluten-free, Teff is higher in protein than wheat, is a great source of iron, calcium and amino acids. This ancient whole grain has a pleasantly sweet nutty flavor, and the small size makes it easy to digest. Whole brown and white teff can be toasted and used to add a little crunch to salads and muffins; boiled teff can be prepared with milk or water for a sweet porridge or spiced up as a side dish; raw teff can be ground into flour and baked into injera bread, a traditional Ethiopian dish. Pre-seasoned, flavored teff porridge makes a delicious breakfast, side dish, or even a healthy dessert. Just add water and boil this easy to prepare any time of day meal. Retail: $3.99

Farro Side Dishes


Farro side dishes from Pereg are offered in plain, or blended with mushrooms or new roasted garlic flavor. Farro is a hardy ancient grain and is a variety of wheat savored for its rich texture and mild flavor.It is a healthful grain that’s an excellent source of fiber, protein, magnesium, and iron. Farro is deliciously seasoned up as a side dish as an alternative to rice or quinoa, tossed with some protein and vegetables in a hot or cold salad, in soups or stews. For an extra boost of flavor try boiling farro in vegetable broth instead of water. Retail: 5 oz boxes, $3.99; Roasted garlic 12 oz canister, $5.99

Basmati Rice
In addition, Pereg will feature new flavors of Quinoa side dishes, including ginger sesame, quinoa with lentils, quinoa with nuts and berries, and quinoa with roasted garlic in 6 oz boxes retailing at $3.99. New re-sealable 16 oz bags of grain from Pereg will include buckwheat, black lentils, baby quinoa, brown and ivory teff.

Pereg products are available at select retailers throughout the US and Canada, and directly to you on www.pereg-gourmet.com.

Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear: Eliminate Tired, Puffy Eyes in Style

When it comes to our writing, you can find us up late almost every night updating our blog, setting up drafts, or editing our photos. This nightly ritual comes at an expense of course……..tired and puffy eyes. Naturally, we try to combat this with eye creams, cold compresses and cucumber slices on our eyes, and of course, a chic pair of sunglasses. Ever wonder how effective it would be if you could combine two of those solutions, without looking silly of course. We’re here to let you know, you can eliminate tired, puffy eyes while looking stylish, with Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear. Freeze Frames provides the benefits of an ice eye mask through the ease and stylish look of sunglasses.

Say goodbye to tired, puffy eyes through this, innovative and never-before-seen unisex range of sunglasses. Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear, invented by LA-based specialty nurse Alison Read, is the first conceptualized fashion accessory that is a dual-purpose device providing both 100% UVA-UVB protection, and cooling eye therapy. Boasting reusable Gel-Pads that magnetically clicks into place on the Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear casing, you are free to discretely target zone-specific problematic eye areas while looking as chic as ever.

Up until the introduction of Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear, the only solution for “puffy eye” days left you limited to messy ice packs and dripping compresses. No longer will swollen eye sufferers forced to remain indoors, cowering out of sight, feeling unattractive and unable to do anything else. The patented Gel-Pad attachments that come with the Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear soothes your puffy and tired eyes with a gentle cooling compression similar to how a nurse might apply ice to swollen, symptomatic eyes.

The Gel-Pads first go in the freezer or a cup of ice for a recommended 20 to 60 minutes before use. Place each gel-pad attachment in the designated areas of your Freeze Frames targeting your lower, upper eye and/or nose-bridge areas. Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear are ideal to wear after a spa or medical treatment to decrease pain and bruising while also increasing the healing. Use them to soothe allergic puffiness, PMS inflammation, computer and dry eye strain, or revitalize your eyes after a long flight. Our favorite benefit of Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear is the fact that it works wonders in relieving headache and migraine symptoms.

The Gel-Pads remain cool for 15 to 20 minutes and can be repeated throughout the day at 20-minute intervals. Be advised that cold therapy applications to sensitive tissue areas should be limited to 15-20 minutes at a time. Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear is available exclusively online at www.FreezeFrames.com for $89.95, with more styles and colors to follow soon.

Wine it Up for Less: Five Summer Wines (Mostly) Under $15.00

Summer is the season of wines, but let’s face it, the continuous and multiple purchases of summer wines can become expensive, especially if you want a good wine. Or does it? We’re here to tell you it doesn’t! Today we share five amazingly delicious, and inexpensive perfect-for-summer wines that you can enjoy without destroying your budget. From white to red, and sparkling, these five summer wines retail for under $15.00…….mostly.

Bollicini Cuvée and Rosé Sparkling Wines ($12.00/4-pack) – We’ve enjoyed our share of wine in a can but these single serve cans of Bollicini Italian sparkling wines are not just light, crisp and refreshing, they are absolutely delicious! Add in the fact that they are packaged in convenient and attractive mini cans (how adorable are these pink and blue cans), and you’re sure to wow at any party. Straws are optional!

Gratien & Meyer Crémant de Loire ($15.00) – We all know summer is the season for Rosé wines and who doesn’t enjoy a glass of pink bubbles? Especially when it’s from a winery who has over 150 years of winemaking heritage and tradition. This creamy and well-balanced wine has notes of red fruit which pairs well with fish, white meat or dessert.

Schloss Johannisberg Gelblack ($30.00) – Produced by the architect and first 100% Riesling estate in the world, this off-dry wine has notes of white flowers, lemon peels, and pears. It’s a perfect accompaniment to salads and roasted chicken.

Capezzana Barco Reale ($15.00) – The bright red fruit flavors of this Sangiovese dominant blend, is sure to please the crowd. The lush, velvety texture and dark berry fruit flavors lend to the wines versatility and pairs well with an array of dishes including pasta, red and white meat entrees.

Pertinace Barbera d’Alba ($15.00) – This red is ideal for your next BBQ as it pairs well with a variety of grilled meats. The blackberry and black cherry fruit flavors lead to a long, lingering finish.

Could these delicious five summer sippers help you beat the heat, please your palate, and keep your wallet happy? Absolutely! Trust us when we say you’ll enjoy every last sip of these summer wines.