Davio’s Aperitif Mondays

Aperitif Mondays: Enjoy Spritz Cocktails at Davio’s Manhattan

Typically Monday is the least liked day of the week. You’ve most likely heard the phrase “someone has a case of the Mondays”, but those saying it are not referring to anything enjoyable. What if we told you we know of a way to make your Mondays a deliciously enjoyable day? Davio’s Manhattan presents Aperitif Mondays, a wonderful happy hour experience of delicious spritz cocktails.

Davio’s Aperitif Mondays

Every Monday, Davio’s Manhattan boasts a Happy Hour menu from 2:30 PM – 7:00 PM featuring libations made with Italian apéritifs, Aperol and Pallini Limoncello. The Happy Hour is dedicated to the classic Spritz cocktails, which are designed to take you from day to night. Aperol is an Italian apéritif made of gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona, along with a few other herbs and roots. Pallini Limoncello is a traditional Italian lemon-flavored liqueur made from Sfusato lemons.

Davio’s Aperitif Mondays

If you didn’t already know, Spritz cocktails are the ultimate summer drinks. It is a simple cocktail with only three ingredients. The Spritz is a sparkling, low-alcohol quencher that is easy to make and quite delicious. Along with the delicious Spritzes, you can also enjoy some incredible complimentary eats at Davio’s Manhattan’s Aperitif Mondays. We had the pleasure of sampling a variety of bar bites, including Truffle Fries, Fresh Tomato Pizza with Mozzarella and Basil Leaves, and Crispy Fried Calamari. 

For dessert, we enjoyed mouth-watering blueberry frosted Donuts and some must-try Aperol Cotton Candy.

The full happy hour menu, with prices, includes the following:

$7 Aperol Spritz

$7 Limoncello Spritz

$6 Select Red and White Wines

$6 Prosecco

$6 Seasonal Beer

Complimentary Bar Bites

If you are looking for refuge from your Monday blues, Aperitif Mondays at Davio’s Manhattan is the place to be.  After one visit, Mondays will no longer be your least favorite day of the week. Davio’s Manhattan is located at 447 Lexington Avenue. Happy Spritzing!

Game Night: Tuesdays Are Backgammon Night At The Playboy Club NYC

For many, having bragging rights of attending exclusive events and places is the stuff of legends. We all want to wow friends, family, and strangers with our own inside tales of things and places not accessible to us mere mortals. One of those places is the Playboy Mansion, many have dreamed of getting access to what’s behind those famous doors. While the mansion may not be available to you, the Playboy Club NY is and it promises continuous nights of fun. We had the pleasure of attending one such night – Backgammon night.

There are many things we’ll never know about Hugh Hefner. We do know he was an iconic figure. We know he was groundbreaking, and we know he changed men’s lives forever. But we also found out one more thing, Hugh Hefner was a passionate Backgammon aficionado. Not only did he play the game, but he also held numerous backgammon parties at the Playboy Mansion during the 1960s and 1970s. His son, Cooper Hefner honors that tradition with the time-honored tradition of Backgammon night at his new Playboy Club NYC.

Tuesday nights are Backgammon nights. Members (you can join for exclusive experiences) and attendees can relax in the Lounge where Backgammon games are set up. You can either play and enjoy specialty cocktails and light bites or not play at all. If trying your hand at one of the oldest known board games is not your strong suit, you can head over to the restaurant to enjoy the Playboy Club NYC’s weekly Jazz Dinner Party, with music curated by the Diego Campo Quartet.

We had a wonderful time getting to know the Playboy Club NYC cocktails. Some of these cocktails, created by Mixologist Fred Dex, included A Bunny Thing, Hefe, Honey Ryder, and Decadence; as well as enjoyed Crispy Shrimp with spicy yuzu & cilantro, and Truffle Fries with white truffle & chives.

The Playboy Club NYC Appetizers

As previously mentioned, you can become a private member of the Playboy Club NYC. Your membership allows customized and curated experiences, as well as exclusive access and VIP Treatment synonymous with Playboy. The Playboy Club membership is organized in four membership tiers. It includes access to private areas of the Club, luxury concierge services, invitations to Members-only events, and access to worldwide events.

Mondays are also a great night at the Playboy Club NYC; every Monday is Playboy Live, where New York’s rising Broadway stars and vocalists perform the songs that inspire them on stage. For those looking to indulge, the Playboy Club NYC is located at 512 West 42nd Street.

Honoring A Legend: Josefina Howard And The Origins Of Rosa Mexicano

Cuisine is culture! Whether you’re in Japan indulging in sushi or the heart of Tuscany savoring truffle pasta, you’re experiencing the life of another nation through the foods, spices, and cooking styles they’ve perfected over the centuries. Unsurprisingly, it is much harder to bring those along if you move abroad; when Josefina Howard introduced fine-dining Mexican fare to the New York restaurant scene with Rosa Mexicano in 1984, she succeeded where so many others had failed.

Despite being born in Cuba, her love of Mexican cuisine allowed her to develop her own authentic recipes and techniques that are still used at Rosa Mexicano today. Her style, class, joy for life, and passion for the flavorful dishes — and the culture they originated from — gave her the opportunity to share that passion with those who might not have ever experienced it otherwise; through her food, she shared her love of Mexico and Mexican culture.

This impressive feat earned her the recognition of the New York City Council: on March 4, 2019, Josefina Howard was honored with a moving proclamation and newly commissioned portrait.

“WHEREAS: Ms. Howard truly distinguished herself as an immigrant, a woman, an entrepreneur and an incredible champion of Mexican culture and cuisine, and she will always be worth the esteem of her fellow New Yorkers,” the proclamation stated. “BE IT KNOWN: That the New York City Council honors the incredible life and indelible legacy of Josefina Howard for her extraordinary achievements and her enduring contributions to New York City and the nation.”

As we wrap up Women’s History Month, it’s vital that we not neglect those who contributed to our great nation in small ways as well as the big. Josefina Howard founded a restaurant that continues to thrive in the bustling metropolis of New York City; her drive, courage, and strength of character allowed her to push past the criticisms and discrimination to create something truly remarkable. As a nation that loves wine (we consume 949 million gallons of the stuff on average every year), let’s raise a glass to Josefina Howard and her legacy.

Plant-Based Goodness: Getting Slutty Vegan on a Cold Day in Harlem

So….let’s catch up. How did you spend your President’s Day this year? I opted for a little excitement this year, and I wasn’t alone. True Story. Here’s my confessional:

I got a little Slutty on our National Holiday when I heard that Slutty Vegan came to Harlem NYC.

Slutty Vegan, an Atlanta based fast food company specializing in fast, and yummy plant-based foods, held their first pop-up in New York City ever. Their menu places a shining spotlight 100% Vegan versions of the All-American fast-food favorite, the hamburger. It’s irresistible, insatiable, forever side-piece, french fries. I went with an open mind to try something new and exciting and to have a little fun. And I didn’t leave until I had a One Night Stand. No pork, just vegan bacon.

The outstanding pop-up event, held at the Cove Lounge in heart of Harlem, was a kickoff to the larger Slutty Vegan Tour. It will stop at a number of major cities along the East Coast in celebration of the Grand Opening of their new brick and mortar location in Atlanta – 1542 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd.

Back in New York, with lines wrapping around the block for hours. Over 900 people were served a taste of these delicious and satisfying burgers. We came to get the stuff that’s so good we waited in the cold for it!

3 FAST & SLUTTY OPTIONS CAME NEW YORK:

The Fussy Hussy
Impossible Burger patty loaded with pickle, vegan cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and slutty sauce on a vegan Hawaiian bun.

The Sloppy Toppy
Impossible Burger patty loaded with jalapeños, vegan cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and slutty sauce on a vegan Hawaiian bun.

The One Night Stand*
Impossible Burger patty loaded with vegan bacon, vegan cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and slutty sauce on a vegan Hawaiian bun.
*We had a good time together. Now we are on a Down To Fork basis

If you’ve never had an Impossible Burger – you don’t know what you’re missing! If you are steering your diet to be more plant-based right now, start here! The Impossible Burger Patty is made of a proprietary mixture of wheat, potato proteins, coconut oil, and heme. It tastes so much like meat, that you will open your burger, thoroughly examine how beautiful the patty is, whisper sweet devotion while you put it back in the bun and ravish the whole thing.

Founded in 2018 by Pinky Cole in Atlanta Georgia’s West End community, the Slutty Vegan Dream Team started with the purchase of a restaurant-grade food truck. The goal was to provide fresh, top quality prepared vegan comfort foods to an area underserved by flavorful vegan eats. A reminder and benchmark to everyone across the country that plant-based eating can be absolutely delicious and affordable.

The Slutty Vegan tour went on to Baltimore, DC, and Maryland, Greater Georgia, New Orleans, Houston, and will end in Los Angeles at the end of March 2019.

 

Tullamore D.E.W. and IrishCentral Launch O’Everyone Campaign

You know how every St. Patrick’s Day, many of you pretend to be Irish for the day as you bar hop enjoying several mugs on green beer. This year you don’t have to pretend. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Tullamore D.E.W. and IrishCentral launch the O’Everyone Campaign. Tullamore D.E.W. whiskey is celebrating how everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s Day by transforming non-Irish bars and restaurants into Irish-fusion pop-ups in four cities this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. We had the pleasure of attending a delicious and fun Irish mashup event where James Beard Award Nominee JJ Johnson’s subterranean NYC bar, Gibson + Luce, was turned into O’Johnson’s.

The O’Everyone campaign celebrations highlight the unique blend of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey and the love of celebrating other cultures. To bring your own Irish spirit to life, t-shirts (O’insert-your-last-name or nickname) are available at www.OEveryone.com for purchase, ensuring that truly everyone can become a part of the celebration, in uniform, on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Now the O’Connors and O’Sullivans will be joined by O’Johnsons, O’Rousseaus, O’Spinellis, and of course, O’Everyone.

Throughout the holiday weekend, people from all backgrounds can join into experience St. Patrick’s Day festivities without green beer and shamrocks; instead, they can combine your own culture with the fun and delicious ways the Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

O’Everyone Campaign revelers can enjoy custom Irish-fusion food and drinks menus, selected by IrishCentral in the following four cities:

In New York, we saw Chef JJ Johnson’s Caribbean/American South concept Gibson + Luce become O’Johnson’s (see above photos). The O’Johnson’s menu included Crispy Irish Potato Cake with Eggplant Curry, Guinness Braised Jerk Chicken Wings, and a Corned Beef Smash Burger. Cocktails included The Shaking Shamrock and Pot of Gold.

Also in New York, French Champagne spot Flute Bar will become O’Flute’s, and hip Indian/Australian eatery Babu Ji will be, you guessed it, O’Babu Ji’s.

In Los Angeles, Santa Monica’s Mexican standby Gilbert’s El Indio will become O’Gilbert’s; the refined Indian eatery O’Bombay’s will showcase Irish stout and curry mashups; Malibu’s beachfront beauty Gladstones will become O’Gladstones, and Hollywood’s old-timey cocktail lounge Spare Room will be O’Spare Room.

Chicago’s Mexican restaurant by day, nightclub by night spot El Hefe will transform into O’Hefe; Bub City’s Country Western Honky Tonk will become O’Bub’s, and BIG Bar at the Hyatt Regency will become O’BIG’s.

Boston will play host to a never before seen tropical Irish hybrid with O’Tiki Rock; the classic Southern dive Loretta’s Last Call will become O’Loretta’s, and Menetomy’s patriotic tavern will become O’Menotomy’s.

“As the leading Irish digital media company in the U.S., we are proud to share our culture and partner with these versatile bars and restaurants, all representing new and unexpected St. Patrick’s Day destinations for our readers to reinterpret our country’s traditions,” said Michelle Hanley, Manager of Brand Partnerships at IrishCentral. “America is quickly becoming a melting pot of ex-pats from all over the world, and we feel that O’Everyone reflects the fact that today you’re you, but on St. Patrick’s Day you can be an adopted member of the Irish community.”

“If ye don’t have an O in your last name, we’re here to give ye one and say anybody can be Irish on St. Paddy’s Day,” said Tim Herlihy, National Ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey. “We’re proud to be working with this killer group of talent from all backgrounds in the food and cocktail world, and we’re excited to celebrate with everyone on our favorite holiday of the year.”

For more information on the O’Everyone campaign festivities (and to order your shirt), please visit www.OEveryone.com, www.tullamoredew.com or www.IrishCentral.com.

D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War

Battle for Cassoulet Supremacy: D’Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War

Some foods fill you with joy, some excite you, then there are the ones that bring you back home. For us, it’s Cassoulet; the hearty, slow-cooked casserole-like meal traditionally made with gamey meats, pork skin, and white haricot beans. Everything about cassoulet is a delight for the senses. It looks, smells and tastes divine, like home. Of course, we jumped at the opportunity to attend the D’Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War. What better way to try as many Cassoulets as our stomachs would allow. There’s a great quote by Chef Andre Daguin that perfectly describes our Cassoulet adventure,

“Cassoulet is not a recipe; it’s an argument between villages.”

D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War

The culinary event, which anyone who purchases a ticket can attend, boasted 30 notable chefs who battled it out for cassoulet supremacy. So while there is a classic method and recipe to this traditional southern French dish, it can have many interpretations. And that’s what the Cassoulet war is about, honoring those interpretations. While we grew up enjoying a thicker Cassoulet, the D’Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War allowed us to enjoy varieties we never anticipated. We’d love to say we tried all 30 but even with the small portions we were served, we barely made it to 13. If we haven’t mentioned before (and if you’re unfamiliar), cassoulet is very filling.

D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War

If you’re looking to enjoy the fare of esteemed chefs from some of the US’s most renowned restaurants, this event is for you. We enjoyed Cassoulet from the chefs from Bar Boulud, Gramercy Tavern, Untitled at the Whitney, Gaby Brasserie Française, Fond, Ardyn, Villanelle, and much more from around the US. There were two Cassoulet categories in the war. One pitted the chefs take of the traditional recipe and ingredients; the other allowed the chefs to be adventurous with the ingredients and format in the “Revisited” Cassoulet category. For example, instead of the traditional white haricot beans, we saw Black Eyed Peas and Sea Island Peas; andouille sausage, brown sugar baked ham, and bacon replaced a few gamey types of meat; and in one instance, the traditional Cassoulet was reimagined as Beef Wellington.

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During the war, each attendee had to vote for their favorite. As you can imagine, this was quite difficult. We had several favorites but narrowed it down to the following Cassoulets: Phillippe Lievre of Le Rendez-Vous Bistro, Ryan Lory of Ardyn, and Dieter Samijn of Bar Boulud as out top three out of the few we tried. I’m sure if our appetites were bigger, we’d absolutely have more on our list.

D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War

Judges for the war included Philippe Bertineau, David Campigotto, Erwan Caradec, Christian Constant, Jean-Louis Dumonet, Elizabeth Falkner, Christophe Fazan, Sara Moulton, Andre Soltner, Jean-Jacques Rachou, Jean-Pierre Xiradakis, and Antoine Westermann. Winners of the Cassoulet War included Chef Andy Knudson of Marc Forgione, winning the best “revisited” category;  Phillippe Lievre of Le Rendez-Vous Bistro, winning the People’s Choice, and Dieter Samijn of Bar Boulud, won the judges’ decision.

D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War

As if the D’Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War couldn’t get more amazing, D’Artagnan showed support in ending world hunger by making a donation to Action Against Hunger, a charity organization that helps to eradicate hunger worldwide.

D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War

Although we could barely move, we fully enjoyed attending the D’Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War. We highly recommend you attend next year’s battle.

Captain Morgan x Adam Devine Get Romantic this Valentine’s Day

For Valentine’s Day, Captain Morgan Rum and Captain Morgan Chief Party Officer Adam Devine brought fun, delicious rom-com and Valentine’s Day themed rum cocktails to the “Isn’t It Romantic” movie premiere. What better time for some Captain Morgan x Adam Devine romance than Valentine’s Day.

Captain Morgan Chief Party Officer and Isn’t It Romantic costar, Adam Devine, at the movie’s premiere at The Nomad Hotel in Los Angeles.

Isn't It Romantic Movie Premiere

Celebrities and guests enjoyed hanging out at the Captain Morgan bar while sipping a specialty Captain Morgan Love Bites cocktail named appropriately for the movie and of course Valentine’s Day. After the movie screening, guests attended the Captain Morgan sponsored afterparty at the NoMad Hotel. Along with enjoying more specialty cocktails, they also partook in an on-site photobooth and pose for photos in front of the Captain Morgan floral wall (as Adam Devine shows above).

Captain Morgan cocktails

To make your Valentine’s Day a little extra special, we’re sharing two Captain Morgan x Adam Devine’s Isn’t It Romantic-inspired rum cocktails that you can create at home. Whether you’re celebrating with your best friend or want to woo the love of your life with a delicious libation, we’ve got you covered. Check out cocktail recipes for The Best Friend and The Leading Lady cocktails below:

THE BEST FRIEND

1.5 oz Captain Morgan White Rum
1.5 oz Passion Fruit Juice
2.5 oz Champagne
Pour in Captain Morgan White Rum and Passion Fruit Juice. Stir and top with Champagne.

THE LEADING LADY

1.5 oz Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.75 oz Mixed Berry Preserves
.5 oz Simple Syrup
Seltzer Water
Berries for garnish
Combine Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, Fresh Lemon Juice, Mixed Berry Preserves, Simple Syrup, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake (what ya mama gave ya or like a polaroid picture) and strain into a highball glass over ice. Top with seltzer water and garnish with berries.

We hope you enjoy these two amazing Captain Morgan rum cocktails and have fun celebrating the day of love.

NYFW: Greta Constantine Fall/Winter 2019 Presentation

NYFW THE SHOWS: Greta Constantine Fall-Winter 2019 Collection

Our first show of the NYFW season was quite the statement maker. In a time when we’re seeing the negative effects of fast fashion and fashion houses choosing to be more sustainable, designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong are boldly “shopping their closets” – specifically their fabric closets. The duo behind Greta Constantine has decided to revisit past fabrications available in their coffers for their Fall-Winter 2019 Collection. This eco-friendly decision is a great step forward for any designer; of course, the fabrics were the last things on our minds as we were captivated by the bold looks from the Greta Constantine Fall-Winter 2019 Collection.

NYFW: Greta Constantine Fall/Wnter 2019 Presentation

With this Fall-Winter 2019 Collection, Greta Constantine answered the question, “is it possible to be demure and provocative?” Of course, that answer is yes. Nary a sight of bare skin was shown except for the models’ faces. With volume, lots of layering, and a sense of chasteness, the Greta Constantine Fall-Winter 2019 Collection proves that a woman isn’t boring just because she’s covered up.

NYFW: Greta Constantine Fall/Wnter 2019 Presentation NYFW: Greta Constantine Fall/Wnter 2019 Presentation

The collection boasted high collars, lots of sparkle (especially bodysuits, and turtlenecks), a mix of classic and bold hues, and of course volume. The volume we saw in oversized sleeves, shoulders, and pant legs, elongated sleeves, and lengths. We loved several looks from the Greta Constantine Fall-Winter 2019 Collection. Favorites included an oversize sequin tee, high-neck tulle jacket, puffy brocade jacket, and a dark grey wool dress layered over a yellow gold sequin turtleneck.

NYFW: Greta Constantine Fall/Wnter 2019 PresentationNYFW: Greta Constantine Fall/Wnter 2019 Presentation

The ready-to-wear womenswear collection has been around since 2006. Based and founded in Canada, the Greta Constantine collection is available in over 40-doors worldwide across 15-countries. You can find past collections at Hudson’s Bay, Nordstrom, and online at Moda Operandi and Farfetch.

With this foray into more demure fashion, we have to ask? Are you ready to give up your bodycon fashion pieces for a more modest style? Will you welcome looks like those in this collection into your wardrobe? We’d love to hear your responses.