BIBO® is THE ULTIMATE™ cocktail machine

BIBO The Ultimate Cocktail Machine: Cocktails in 20 Seconds

Do you know how much cocktails cost in a bar or restaurant these days? If you’ve ever eaten out, then you know a night out will cost you a lot per glass. What if you can enjoy bar or restaurant quality cocktails right at home at the touch of a button? Thankfully that “what if” question has become a reality thanks to BIBO The Ultimate Cocktail Machine. The spectacular BIBO Barmaid cocktail machine will give you a great bar and restaurant perfected cocktail in 20 seconds.

BIBO® is THE ULTIMATE™ cocktail machine

Whether you’re making a cocktail for a night in alone for entertaining guests, the BIBO The Ultimate Cocktail Machine lets you make and enjoy mixologist-crafted cocktails in less time than it takes to place an order at a bar. The minimal counter-space taking home appliance comes equipped with a shaker/shot glass, and three sample Bibo Cocktail mixers made in the USA (ours had the Cucumber Melon Martini, Tangerine Paloma, and Margarita).

BIBO® is THE ULTIMATE™ cocktail machine BIBO® is THE ULTIMATE™ cocktail machine Cocktail Mix Pouches

The Bibo Cocktail Mix Pouches come in a variety of popular cocktail flavors to make your next big party or casual get-together a success. They include Appletini, Cucumber Melon Martini, Margarita, Tangerine Paloma, Mai Tai, and Rum Punch. There’s a delicious cocktail for everyone to enjoy. Just slide each Bibo cocktail mix pouch into the machine, and add the appropriate spirit to the mix to enjoy the perfect cocktail every time. Each pouch contains the right amount to make a single cocktail serving. For our first cocktail, we did the Cucumber Melon Martini with Finlandia grapefruit vodka.

As we mentioned before, BIBO The Ultimate Cocktail Machine is lightweight and takes a minimal amount of kitchen or bar counter space. It’s also incredibly easy to clean and can continuously make cocktails as long as you have Bibo Cocktail Mix Pouches on hand. Can you imagine the amount of money you will save in bar tabs? The average cocktail costs around $17 – $20 each and the BIBO The Ultimate Cocktail Machine retails for $199.99. You are sure to get your money’s worth in no time with this amazing machine.

To get your own BIBO The Ultimate Cocktail Machine in either black or red, visit www.bibobarmaid.com. We also recommend getting the Bibo Variety Pack 24-Count Cocktail Mix Pouches, $49.99, to try out all the cocktail mixes.

The Ginger People Ginger Products

Food Trends: All Things Ginger From The Ginger People

For the past several weeks, while office AC units have been set to Siberia levels of cold, overindulging in delicious foods and drinks, interacting with a few sick people, not getting enough sleep, and basically running ourselves ragged. Normally, all of this would result in us being very sick right now, but NOT surprisingly we’re not and that is thanks to products from one brand – The Ginger People. No, we’re not talking about a group of cool redheads; we’re talking about the makers of the most wonderful ginger-based products we’ve ever had.

The Ginger People Ginger Products

We are now all aware of the amazing health benefits that ginger has to offer and the products from The Ginger People are what we have to thank for getting us healthily through everything we mentioned above. Ginger energizes and stimulates the circulatory system, it helps with nausea, is an amazing anti-inflammatory food, a powerful anti-Cancer, helps with digestive issues and anti-flatulence, is a fantastic cold and flu remedy, a great migraine reliever, highly antioxidant, and of course wonderful as an aphrodisiac. We had the pleasure of getting to know the delicious product from The Ginger People including Ginger Rescue Ginger Shots, Turmeric Latte Mix, Gin Gins Ginger Candy, Ginger Soother Tonics, Arjuna Organic Ginger Bites with Turmeric, and Ginger Rescue Chewable Ginger Tablets.

Ginger Rescue Ginger Shots

The Ginger People Ginger Shots

Enjoy a healthier day with one shot of caffeine-free boost of energy. The Ginger Rescue Shots are available in three flavors: Wild Turmeric, Lemon & Cayenne, and Coconut. All three offer a potent supply of proven health benefits your body will thank you for. Each shot is intense and made with 30% ginger juice. Non-coffee drinkers will love this as a caffeine alternative. You’ll love the sweet creaminess of the coconut, the earthy and peppery taste of the Wild Turmeric, and the hot and spiciness of the Lemon & Cayenne. We highly recommend this for those sluggish feeling days.

Turmeric Latte Mix

The Ginger People Ginger Turmeric Latte

Another of The Ginger People’s great turmeric and ginger combinations is their Turmeric Latte Mix. It’s double the health benefits in an addictive hot creamy beverage. This caffeine-free, plant-based powdered mix is supercharged with ginger and Curcumin, the power behind turmeric. All you have to do is add your favorite milk and prepare to indulge in this nourishing hot drink. If you’ve ever enjoyed a golden milk, this will blow you away.

Ginger Soother Tonics

The Ginger People Ginger Soothers

Say goodbye to your upset stomach with these delicious, soothing tonics. These stomach-settling ginger elixirs are available in two flavors: Lemon & Honey and Turmeric. They are made with antioxidant-rich, fresh-pressed punchy Peruvian ginger, lemon juice and pure honey and wild Fiji Red “Aromatica” turmeric respectively. These should be your go-to drink whenever you and your stomach has a disagreement.

Gin Gins Original Chewy Candy

The Ginger People Ginger Candy

Chewy ginger candy is one of our favorite things and to say we’re addicted to The Ginger People’s delicious original ginger chews is an understatement. As the #1 selling ginger candy in North America, we know it will be your favorite as well. You’ll never worry about the fear of nausea again once you grab a bag of these. In fact, the only thing you have to worry about is how to stop eating Gin Gins. We’re still working on that.

Ginger Rescue Chewable Ginger Tablets

The Ginger People Ginger Rescue Chewable Tablets
For those who need a little more potent way to fight nausea, just grab a pack of The Ginger People’s 24 chewable and tasty tablets. These drug-free tablets boast greater ginger actives to help promote digestive health, relieve motion sickness, and ease gas and indigestion. Available in two options, Strong and Mighty Mango for kids and those with sensitive stomachs, one tablet works wonders, especially when you need fast relief.

If you’ve been looking for a way to integrate ginger into your health and wellness regime, check out all the products from The Ginger People. You’ll thank us.

Truly Spiked and Sparkling Rosé Water

Truly Refreshing: Introducing Truly Spiked and Sparkling Rosé

Are you looking for a new and healthier way to rosé? Truly Spiked and Sparkling, the gluten-free spiked sparkling water, is debuting its newest style: Truly Spiked and Sparkling Rosé. This rosy-hued spiked sparkling water boasts lots of refreshing bubbles and a wonderfully light taste. You may remember we highlighted this range of light and refreshing low-calorie, clean and simple spiked sparkling water a few months ago. So we’re really excited for this new flavor addition. Believe it or not, this refreshing spiked water does not contain any liquor or spirits. The alcohol in Truly Spiked & Sparkling comes entirely from fermenting all-natural cane sugar.

Truly Spiked and Sparkling Water Rose

Truly Spiked and Sparkling Rosé is a delicately sweet, slightly tart, and perfectly refreshing with a hint of California Chardonnay grapes. According to a recent survey of over 1,400 alcohol beverage drinkers, conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of Truly Spiked and Sparkling, half of alcohol beverage drinkers (50%) wish there was a healthier alternative for rosé wine. Truly Spiked and Sparkling Rosé takes its cues from rosé wine, so you’ll enjoy everything you love about rosé wine. And like all other Truly flavors, Truly Rosé only has 100 calories, is gluten-free, has only 1g of sugars, 2g of carbs, and a 5% ABV. So guilt-free rosé enjoyment is literally right in this can and in your hands.

Truly Spiked and Sparkling Rosé Water

This truly refreshing sparkling beverage will help you beat the heat this summer wherever the season takes you. Available in 12 oz slim cans that made for any on-the-go summer adventure, you’ll enjoy every refreshing drop of Truly Rosé. Want to enjoy this new way to rosé now? Pick up a can or a 12-pack to go from Whole Foods, Duane Reade, 7-Eleven Stores, Fresh Direct, and Target. Or sit and enjoy a can with a meal at Embassy Suites, Intercontinental Hotels, and Buffalo Wild Wings locations.

Product Photography: JOY Mini Clothes Steamer

Wrinkle-Free Clothes On-the-Go: JOY Go Mini Steamer with Storage Bag

If you’re like us, ironing is not your favorite thing to do. You may find most people hate ironing. We’ve always found steaming our clothes to be a quicker and much more efficient way to get those wrinkles out. Plus there is no way you’ll ever accidentally burn your clothes with a steamer, something we’re guilty of with an iron. But all steamers are not the same, we’ll show you why. There are some that leak, some with a subpar flow of steam, and the ones that burn you. The wonderful steamer we’re highlighting today has none of those issues.  In fact, the JOY Go Mini Steamer by Joy Mangano is the best mini steamers we’ve tried in a very long time.

Product Photography: Joy Mangano JOY Mini Clothes Steamer

This powerful little steamer is lightweight, and perfect for traveling. It is a must for college students going back to school. The 900-watt little steamer makes it easy to remove wrinkles from your shirts, slacks, and dresses whether you’re at home, school, or a hotel room. It features a triangle head that makes targeting wrinkles easier and more precise. Its unique shape also prevents tipping and spillage, therefore makes using it virtually fool-proof. With ordinary tap water, the JOY Go Mini Steamer produces steam within 2-3 minutes. We love the water-level view window because it shows you just how much water you have left. Check out the JOY Go Mini Steamer in action in the video below:

Storage of the JOY Go Mini Steamer is easy thanks to the included zippered bag. It’s great for storing away your mini steamer in your closet, car, or suitcase. Available in a variety of eight colors, you can even color coordinate your mini steamer with your decor. Get it in Black, Bright Teal, Fuchsia, Linen, Purple, Red, Sapphire, or White for only $19.95 on www.hsn.com.

Are you ready to give up your iron for the more efficient steamer?

Beverage Photography: BOS Iced Teas

Sip This Tea: What We Love About BOS Rooibos Iced Tea

If you haven’t noticed from our social media bio, our tea posts, and coverage on our site, we LOVE tea! All kinds of teas. We are known to enjoy a cup or two of hot tea all year round. We also go completely out of the box with experimenting with flavor mixing for both hot and iced teas. This is why we were so excited when we were first introduced to BOS Rooibos Iced Tea, a delicious range of South African flavored Rooibos iced teas. Thanks to creators, Grant Rushmore, and Richard Bowsher, we may have come upon our favorite flavored iced teas.

Beverage Photography: BOS Iced Teas

We love these delicious iced teas for several reasons. First, we love Rooibos tea! For those not “in the know”, Rooibos is a ridiculously healthy plant that only grows in South Africa. This red tea is only slightly less in antioxidants than green tea. It helps slow down the aging process, helps you detox, and helps reduce wrinkles. We love its superb full bodied and refreshing flavor. The flavor combinations of BOS Rooibos Iced Tea reminds us of our own tea flavor experiments. It’s sweetened with organic sugar cane. You can enjoy it anytime, day or night. And because BOS gives back. BOS Rooibos Iced Tea plants and maintains one tree in under privileged areas of South Africa for every 2,000 cans that are sold.

Beverage Photography: BOS Lemon Iced Teas

Get ready for an ice tea with a refreshing zest. You think you’ve tasted all lemon flavored iced teas? Think again. The BOS Lemon Iced Tea just might change your mind.

Beverage Photography: BOS Yuzu Iced Teas

This Japanese super fruit is already amazing on its own with triple the amount of vitamin C as a lemon. Combined with the antioxidant packed Rooibos and this The BOS Yuzu Iced tea is unstoppable.

Beverage Photography: BOS Peach Iced Teas

What else says summer than sun-ripened fruits! You’ll love the combination of flavors in this peachy-keen beverage.

Beverage Photography: BOS Berry Iced Teas

Boasting a multitude of red berries, your taste buds will appreciate the boisterous flavors of the BOS Berry Iced Tea.

Beverage Photography: BOS Lime & Ginger Iced Teas

Fresh and fiery, the combination of flavors brings out the best of the BOS Lime & Ginger Iced Tea.

BOS Rooibos Iced Teas are available in 12.oz cans and make a fantastic mixer for tea-based cocktails. BOS Rooibos Ice Tea is available in five refreshing ice teas which boasts the combination of organic Rooibos and natural fruit flavors – Lemon, Green Rooibos & Yuzu, Peach, Berry, and Lime & Ginger. Almost all five varieties of BOS ice teas have only five to six ingredients, with the exception of the Lime & Ginger, which has eight. Our favorite flavors were the Yuzu, and Lime & Ginger. There’s something about these refreshing exotic flavors that really resonated with us. We know you’ll feel the same upon first sip.

Food Photography: Cafe Centro Monday Mariage Rose and Crudo Pairing

The Perfect Pairing: Monday Mariage Wine Series at Cafe Centro

We had so much fun the first few times we dined at French Brasserie, Cafe Centro (especially during French Restaurant Week), that we wanted to indulge one more time in the talents of Executive Chef Christina Towers. Which is why we were really excited to hear about the Monday Mariage Wine Series at Cafe Centro. In French, “mariage” means a “blend of two things”, so every Monday night this summer Executive Chef Christina Towers is featuring a menu of perfectly crafted food and beverage pairings.

Food Photography: Cafe metro Monday Mariage Rosé and Crudo Pairing

The Monday Mariage Wine Series at Cafe Centro begun on July 9th with an Oysters and Sancerre pairing and will end on August 13th with what we’re sure will be an amazing pairing of Rosés and Duck and Chicken Rillettes. We had the pleasure of experiencing the July 16th pairing of a trio of Rosés and Crudos (pictured above). All wonderfully priced at $30.00 per person. From right to left you will find the Domain de Cala Classic Rosé paired with Scallops with grapes, verjus and lavender; the Domaine de Cala Prestige Rosé paired with Tuna with watermelon, citrus vinaigrette, and black radish; and last but not least the Bouchard Aine & Fils Rosé paired with Branzino and bell pepper, basil, and rosemary. Here are the bottles featured below:

Wine Photography: Cafe metro Monday Mariage Rose and Crudo Pairing

We were quite pleased with the results and our favorite pairing was a tie between the Domaine de Cala Prestige Rosé with Tuna and the Bouchard Aine & Fils Rosé with the Branzino. Not that we didn’t like the Domain de Cala Classic Rosé paired with Scallops, we very much loved it as well. Prices for the Monday Mariage Wine Series at Cafe Centro range from $25.00-$30.00 unless otherwise specified on their menu. Please note that this menu is offered in addition to their a la carte menu, but is one-night-only for that Monday evening. Because of this, we enjoyed the wine pairing as our appetizers and ordered the Roulade de Saumon (a perfectly grilled Salmon with a lovely char, with watercress, roasted fingerlings, set in the most delicious Riesling sauce), and the Poulet Basquaise (a hearty braised chicken with piperade and pureed potatoes).

Food Photography: Cafe metro Monday Mariage Salmon Entree
Food Photography: Cafe Centro Monday Mariage Poulet Basquaise

Chef Towers also surprised us with side orders of Macaroni Gratin with Boursin cheese and tomato (this was swiftly devoured), Hand-Cut Pomme Frites with truffle and parsley, and succulent Green Asparagus with garlic and lemon. Sadly there was no room for dessert.

Food Photography: Cafe Centro Monday Mariage French Macaroni and Cheese
Food Photography: Cafe Centro Monday Mariage Truffle French Fries
Food Photography: Cafe Centro Monday Mariage Green Asparagus

Upcoming Monday Mariage Wine Series pairings at Cafe Centro include:

JULY 30 | LANSON CHAMPAGNE PAIRING | $25.00
back by popular demand! all 3 pairings are included in the price
BLACK LABEL BRUT NV + COMPOSED CRAB SALAD
granny smith apple, hearts of palm, avocado
ROSÉ LABEL BRUT NV + CROQUE MADAME
quail egg, Parisian ham, gruyère
WHITE LABEL SEC + PORTOBELLO-STUFFED MUSHROOM
short rib, fourme d’ ambert

AUGUST 6 | RIESLING + SLIDERS | $25.00
1 glass of Riesling + 3 Sliders
FOIE GRAS SLIDERS
truffle honey, Asian pear

AUGUST 13 | ROSÉS + RILLETTES | $25.00
2 glasses of Rosé + Duo of Rillettes
DOMAINE DE CALA PRESTIGE + DUCK RILLETTE
cornichons, whole grain mustard, baguette
DOMAINE DE CALA CLASSIC + CHICKEN RILLETTE
cornichons, whole grain mustard, baguette

Food Photography: Cafe Centro Monday Mariage Wine Series Pairing

We highly recommend experiencing this wonderful wine pairing series. We promise it will make your Mondays anything but mundane. As always, it’s always a pleasure to speak directly with the Chef. We loved having the opportunity to praise Executive Chef Christina Towers (pictured above) on the success of the Monday Mariage Wine Series pairings at Cafe Centro.

Please be sure to check back for updates as Cafe Centro announces new menus.

The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience

The Cask Diaries: The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience

There are some experiences we’ve added to our “amazing time” list and recently had the pleasure of adding another one. This latest experience was to celebrate the new era of The Macallan (world renown Scotish whisky) with an immersive experience that highlighted The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience. This visitor experience gave us an insight into the process, production, people and passion that makes The Macallan single malt whisky so special.

The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience

The Weylin was transformed into a whisky-loving haven. As we waited to be alerted for our turn on the virtual tour, we indulged in a few cocktails and explored the gorgeous space. We started at The Macallan 1824 Bar, stood in awe of the collection of vintage Macallan Scottish whiskys, the oldest of which was from 1938.

The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor ExperienceThe Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience

Continuing on with its history, we got to know the spirit more with the history of The Macallan wall, which featured a the timeline from the Easter Elchies House being built for Captain John Grant in 1700, all the way to the new product launches of today.

The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience

We then journeyed to the next room which housed an interactive bar with cocktails made with The Macallan Double Cask 12 Whisky and highlighted the latest launch, the limited edition Edition No. 4.  It is said this new edition “embodies the craftsmanship and pioneering design of the new Macallan Distillery and demonstrates the mastery of whisky making on the estate since 1824.”

The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience

At this bar, your cocktail was determined by the glass you chose – a highball or an Old Fashioned glass. The cocktail choices were a Rooftop Rickey or the Easter Elchies Old Fashioned. We went the Rooftop Rickey.

The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience

Halfway through our Rooftop Rickey cocktail, it was our turn for the virtual tour of The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience. We were ushered upstairs, handed Glencairn whisky glasses of the limited edition Edition No. 4 to get acquainted with. The copper-hued spirit is crafted from a combination of both American and European oak casks. It is a zesty, vibrant and invigorating single malt of rounded honey, sweet toffee, and citrus fruits. We were then ushered throw another door, given headphones and directed into a cube-shaped area for the final part of The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience.

The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience

The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience virtual tour featured an audio and visual tour of the facilities and the entire collection. The complete immersive Distillery and Visitor Experience came to life for all to see at Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall for three days, following this event. After our tour, we ended the night in a grand hall where we ate and drank to our heart’s content, and took in another virtual tour at the VR Bar.

The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience

We ended the evening enjoying several glasses of the beet juice-based The Ruby Queen cocktail and the equally delicious The Hillside Sour cocktail (both of which are featured below). They both paired perfectly with the delicious array of food that was made available at the event.

The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience

As we stated at the beginning, The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience is definitely on our list of amazing times we’ve had and we hope to enjoy the real thing one day.

Beauty Photography: Peel-Off Facial Masks

Out of This World Glow: I Dew Care Sugar Kitten and Space Kitten Peel-Off Masks

Hey beauty lovers, we have a question for you. What is your favorite beauty product? We don’t mean brand, we mean actual products. Is it something in the makeup, skincare, or haircare category. For us, it’s facial masks of all kinds. We love how clean, refreshed, and youthful our skin looks and feels after we treat ourselves to a mask. We love the way they purge the unwanted things that can leave your skin dull and unhealthy. Who can say no to glowing skin? We were recently introduced to the I Dew Care Sugar Kitten and Space Kitten Peel-Off Masks, and boy are we having fun with them.

Beauty Photography: I Dew Care Peel-Off Facial Masks

We’re enjoying them for more than just the benefits to our skin, just look how fun they are! With adorable names like Sugar Kitten and Space Kitten, and their out of this world looks, we see why everyone loves the K Beauty brand, I Dew Care.

I Dew Care Sugar Kitten Peel-Off Mask

Beauty Photography: I Dew Care Holographic Hydrating Peel-Off Mask

This hydrating, holographic peel-off mask that uses real ruby and pearl powder plus rose water and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and revitalize dry skin for a dewy, post-facial glow. Ruby and Pearl Powder gently exfoliates and visibly brightens your skin, rose water boosts your skin’s elasticity and calms irritated skin, while Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and visibly plumps your skin. The mask starts out a shimmering iridescent pale emerald color (as you can see above) then transforms into a soft holographic pink upon application. Check out this insta video to see our application of the I Dew Care Sugar Kitten Peel-Off Mask. Once you peel it off (it magically peels off a mint color) ,you’re left with skin that’s smooth and hydrated.

I Dew Care Space Kitten Peel-Off Mask

Beauty Photography: I Dew Care T-Zone Clearing Black Facial Mask

If you’re like us, then you’re using a continuous amount of blotting sheets for your T-Zone. If you’re looking to cut down on the usage, get yourself the I Dew Care Space Kitten Peel-Off Mask. This exfoliating, galactic black peel-off mask uses charcoal, topaz, diamond powder, volcanic ash and witch hazel to gently exfoliate skin, absorb impurities, and control sebum to reveals a brighter complexion. This T-Zone clearing peel-off facial mask shimmers with royal blue glitter for a fun, out-of-this-world look. Your T-Zone won’t know what hit it.

The 85ml/2.87 fl. oz. jars of I Dew Care Sugar Kitten and Space Kitten Peel-Off Masks retail for $23.00 each and are available at www.ulta.com, Ulta Stores, www.urbanoutfitters.com, and select Urban Outfitters stores.