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.

 

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.

NYC Event Alert: You’re Invited to Campari’s Fifth Annual Negroni Week

There’s much to celebrate next week, and we plan on raising a glass, a spoon and an appetite as tribute. For those of you not familiar, Campari’s fifth annual Negroni Week kicks off on Monday, June 5th. Negroni Week, presented by Imbibe Magazine and Campari, is a week-long international Campari cocktail celebration from June 5th-11th, that brings bartenders, restaurants, and Campari lovers together to celebrate one of the world’s greatest cocktails, the Negroni.

Commemorating its fifth year, Negroni Week will be celebrated at 6,000 bars and restaurants around the world, who will be mixing classic Negronis and Negroni variations for a great cause. This week-long event not only celebrates one of the world’s great cocktails, like the one featured below, it also helps to raise money for charities around the world.

The Red Planet Negroni Created by Leo Robitschek, The NoMad (NYC)


1 oz. Campari
1.5 oz. Cinzano 1757
2 oz. Bulldog Gin
Clarified Milk Mixture*

Follow instructions below to create clarified milk punch. Serve in a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with two star-shaped orange twists.

*Clarified Milk Mixture
3 oz. Milk
1 oz. Lemon Juice
1.5 oz. Spice Rooibos Tea Syrup
1.5 oz. Pineapple Juice
Heat up milk until just under a simmer. Take the pot off the heat and add the lemon juice. Stir slowly until the curds and the whey separate. Add the remaining ingredients and mix. Pour all of the ingredients slowly through a superbag until the punch becomes clear, and the repeat the filtering process.

Some of the delicious treats and concoctions Negroni fans will be able to enjoy during the week-long celebration include classic Negroni cocktails, the above Red Planet Negroni cocktail, Mai-Tai Unigroni cocktail, and Galaxy Negroni Sbagliato cocktail.

Galaxy Negroni Sbagliato Created by Naren Young, Dante (NYC)


1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Cinzano 1757
Cinzano Prosecco to top
Pour Campari and Cinzano 1757 over ice in a collins glass that has been sprayed with a chamomile tincture. Add 3 dashes of chamomile tincture and a pinch of edible silver glitter. Top with Prosecco.

Other delights include a Grapefruit Negroni Creamsicle from Tipsy Scoop (pictured directly above); Negroni Ice Cream Sandwiches ($8.00) from Breakroom 86 + Coolhaus, an almond biscotti cookie sandwich with coconut Campari ice cream;

Negroni Pop Tarts ($6.00 each), classic treats filled with a Negroni custard and topped with an orange and Campari icing, and sprinkles, from Butter & Scotch; Negroni Nuggets; and Negronuts, Negroni donuts filled with Carpano Antica Whipped Cream, topped with Campari Glaze and drizzled with Orange Compote, from The Doughnut Project.

A portion of proceeds from Negroni Week goes to the charity of the vendors choice, such as City Harvest, Mercy Corps, and the WILD Foundation. Will you be partaking in the week-long international celebration? How will you be celebrating Campari’s fifth annual Negroni Week?

Uncork and Unwind: An Evening with MWC Wines

We’re lucky enough to preview and be introduced to a variety of products and brands and of course, we’re more than happy to share these new introductions with you. Recently we headed down under for some amazing wine from Central Victoria, Australia, that is new to the US market. Say hello to MWC Wines, which we had the pleasure of enjoying at Aussie-owned restaurant, Banter NYC in Greenwich Village.

MWC Wines, part of the Mcpherson Wine Co., a family owned and operated winery in Victoria, AU, are a collection of soft, savory earthy wine styles with a European influence. The MWC Wines are rustic style, full of interesting and complex characters – made for those who love great, honest wines. Available varietals include 2015 Pinot Gris, 2014 Shiraz Mourvedre, 2014 Pinot Noir, 2015 Pinot Noir, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2015 Shiraz Mourvedre, all of which retail for under $20.00.

As huge fans of white wines, we were extremely happy to indulge in MWC’s only white wine, a complex, textural and slightly savory Pinot Gris with aromatic nuances of pears, lychees, and exotic spice, with hints of spicy pear and red apple that appear on the palate. Although we were more than happy to drink the delicious Pinot Grigio all day, we decided to be more open and try some of the reds – the MWC Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 and Pinot Noir 2015 to be exact (we didn’t try the Shiraz).

The MWC Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is a perfectly balanced, medium bodied wine that displays notes of rich black fruits and berries complemented with elegant oak and a nuance of chocolate. It features a firm, smooth tannin structure, and finishes with an enduring length of ripe fruit and cedary oak. We usually find Cabs too oaky and woodsy but we found the MWC Cab delightfully balanced with the ideal level of sweetness thanks to the blackcurrant. It is neither too sweet or too dry and oaky; this is a red we’d definitely revisit.

Lastly, the MWC Pinot Noir 2015, our favorite of the two reds we tried. This heavenly red boasts an aroma of intense plum, cherry and strawberry fruit with a hint of spicy oak, a finish of vibrant plum and dark stone fruits with some firm acid, beautiful tannins, and integrated oak. A pleasantly smooth red from start to finish.  We loved it so much, we may have had multiple glasses throughout the evening. And now thanks to Hudson Wine Brokers, the US Distributor for MWC Wines, we’ll be able to enjoy all three varietals locally. We look forward to enjoying several more glasses of Australia’s MWC Wines.

 

Verday Chlorophyll Water: Antioxidant & Cleansing Green Water

Welcome to the spring season, the time of renewals, rebirths, and spring cleaning. It is the time we purge ourselves of the things we don’t use or need anymore; a chance to make our lives a little lighter, a little less clogged. Of course what’s true for our wardrobes and apartments is very much true for our bodies. Could your body use a spring cleaning? But of course you do, we all could! We were recently introduced to Verday Chlorophyll Water, an antioxidant and cleansing, thirst-quenching water that provides the antioxidant and cleansing benefits of a green juice, and will help your body’s spring cleaning efforts.

Available in five delicious natural flavors: Blueberry, Watermelon, Coconut, Cucumber, and Lemongrass & Ginger, Verday has zero calories, zero diet sweeteners, zero preservatives, and is vegan, non-GMO, paleo, and gluten-free. The secret to Verday Chlorophyll Water is, of course, Chlorophyll, the nourishing green nutrient that allows plants to harness energy from the sun. Chlorophyll is considered a super food, it promotes healthy skin, it curbs your cravings for junk food and lowers your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, helps to boost your immune system by promoting the formation of hemoglobin and red blood cells in the body, and promotes healthy digestion.

As previously stated, Verday Chlorophyll Water comes in five flavors, the newest being Blueberry Chlorophyll Water (our favorite flavor), and is just the right blend of juicy sweet and fresh berry tart. The Lemongrass & Ginger Chlorophyll Water has a touch of zing and spice; the refreshing and natural Cucumber Chlorophyll Water is exhilaratingly crisp and cool; the Coconut Chlorophyll Water is refreshing and deliciously tropical, and the Watermelon Chlorophyll Water is sumptuously summer-esque.

Each bottle of Verday Chlorophyll Water is packed with 100mg of Chlorophyll, the same amount of Chlorophyll in two shots of wheatgrass, four cups of spinach, or twelve cups of arugula! Get a 12 pack of 16 oz. bottles of Verday Chlorophyll Water for $39.99 on www.drinkverday.com.

Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water Launches New Ruby Rose Flavor

Last year, while attending the Summer Fancy Food Show, we were introduced to several wonderful drinks and beverage brands, once of which was an all-natural and organic sparkling beverage, Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water, which we highlighted in our Good for You Summer Drinks blogpost. During our introduction to Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water, we feel in love (at first sip) with their delicious flavors: Ginger Blossom, Lemon Flower, Mojo Berry, Summer Pear, and Zesty Orange. We were more than happy to get reacquainted with them as they launch their newest flavor, Ruby Rose.

The newest refreshing flavor to join the Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water range of sophisticated sparkling beverages is a combination of organic grapefruit, honey, and rosemary extracts. It has a refreshing, tangy kick from the grapefruit, with slightly sweet hints of honey, and a fragrant finish of rosemary. As with their other sparkling flavors, the Ruby Rose is USDA certified organic and lightly sweetened with agave. At the launch event, we were treated to some refreshingly delicious cocktails made with the new Ruby Rose flavor, as well as Zesty Orange and Lemon Flower. The three refreshing flavors were paired with Gin, Tequila, and Vodka respectively.

“We are really excited to be adding our sixth flavor to the line,” said CEO/Founder Beth Wilson-Parentice. “As with our other flavors, Ruby Rose’s ingredients are culinary-inspired, perfect for enjoying with a meal or mixing in a cocktail. I’m really looking forward to hearing feedback about the flavor at Expo East.”

We can honestly say that the new Ruby Rose flavor of Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water is our new favorite flavor taking over the title from Sipp’s Ginger Blossom – but not by much. When we had those few days of 90+ degrees, a cold 12oz bottle of this invigorating, sparkling beverage was just what the doctor ordered. Sipp Ruby Rose is available now and is available at Whole Foods, Fairway, Balducci’s, Wegman’s, Target, etc.

Mighty Mug with Smartgrip Technology: No More Coffee and Tea Spills

We have many memories of ruined paperwork, homework, receipts, and so forth from the numerous accidental tea spills, we’ve endured during our lifetime. Thankfully those days are well behind us thanks to the innovative creation, the Mighty Mug, a wonderful travel mug that won’t fall over. While we are still a bit clumsy, at least all our important documents are safe from knocked over mugs of hot tea and/or water and juice.

The Mighty Mug is what happens when tech and everyday home goods combine, and frankly we the clumsy, and over stressed are breathing a sigh of relief and appreciation that this fun and innovative gadget exists. Whether you use it at home, work, or while on-the-go, their range of products (they make mugs for both hot and cold beverages, and even for the bar) ensures that even the clumsiest person will be accidental spill-free. In other words, if Mighty Mug was a boxer, he would be the opponent that never goes down……..don’t believe us, check out the video below:

Featuring the brand’s Smartgrip technology, which gives the Mighty Mug its gripping power so you won’t accidentally knock it, this amazing mug also lifts naturally, and never wears out. The mugs boast two Double walled vacuum insulated Stainless Steel to keep beverages warm for 6 hours and cold for 12 hours. They are BPA free, car cup friendly, and dishwasher Safe. As stated above, Mighty Mug offers more than just hot drink cups, your work is also safe from your ice cold drinks with Mighty Mug Ice, and cocktails with the Mighty Mug Barware.

These innovative chill mugs, constructed of durable Tritan plastic, also boast a double wall construction and patented Smartgrip™ Technology to grip any surface, this tumbler will keep your hands dry and your beverages chilled.

Say goodbye to stained and ruined carpets, laptops, and clothes. The Mighty Mug Barware collection, made with Crystal Clear Unbreakable Tritan Plastic, grips to any smooth and solid surface such as your table, desk, counter, or bar. We promise you won’t be disappointed with the performance of these mighty mugs.

The Mighty Mugs range from $16.99 – $19.99 for singles, $29.99 for a set of two barware, and  $59.98 – $89.96 for bundles of four. All can be purchased on www.themightymug.com. Could you use a Mighty Mug in your daily life?