Girls Night In – A Read & Sip Book Club Event with Ketel One Botanicals

From time to time, certain women on the go all have a little voice in their heads that sometimes asks, “Hey girl, why don’t we just stay in instead, curl up with our king size body pillow with some wine and a good read tonight?” Ketel One Botanicals knows – and partnered with the best kind of book club, (the one with an open bar) and paired it with an event to answer that inner-homebody that loves to read. For the women who enjoy having a cocktail or two in a cozy space, but also, meet other people who listen to that little voice regularly too – there was the Read & Sip Book Club Event with Ketel One Botanicals.

A Read & Sip gettogether feels like you’re visiting a good friend at her apartment just nearby, after work, for a few bites and a catch-up. Held at the Witness apartment in NYC, the intimate space welcomed all with the creature comforts of home, lots of cozy corners with fuzzy throws, plush chairs and ottomans to sit and chat.

A very tasty vodka cocktail menu of light and fragrant Ketel One Botanical cocktails (a sophisticated vodka base of Grapefruit & Rose, Cucumber & Mint, or Peach and Orange Blossom – 30% ABV and only 73 calories per refreshing serving) paired with nourishing bites, nibbles, and flatbreads to keep you fueled up for conversations.

 

Alisha Ramos, Founder & CEO of Girls’ Night In, moderated leadership and female power -focused discussion of the October book selection ‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller alongside Liz Breeden and Cara Meiselman who heads up the Girls Night In BK chapter. Alisha started Girls Night as a newsletter in 2017 and it grew exponentially to over 100,000 women! The newsletter, combined with the book clubs which are currently in major cities such as New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC and Alexandria, VA to create both a space and a guide for women to immerse themselves in a community that reminds them to regularly re-fill the self care tank. You can socialize in their own unique way – which is a welcome change from typical “get the heels on the dance floor” night out!

Read: “Why I Quit My Job to Build Girls’ Night In” for the full origin story behind the Girl’s Night In lifestyle and the events and gatherings that support it. Sign up for Girl’s Night In’s weekly newsletter! You’re just in time to join in for November’s book of the month, ‘Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay”, written by Phoebe Robinson of Two Dope Queens. Why not take your book club experience to the next level with Ketel One Botanicals.

Friendsgiving with Basil Hayden’s: An Asian Twist to the Traditional Thanksgiving

There’s been a slight shift in how we celebrate Thanksgiving. While many still travel to spend the holiday with their families, there’s a growing few that celebrate the traditional holiday with friends. With economic challenges, family feuds, and sometimes, a lack of family, quite a few will celebrate Friendsgiving instead of Thanksgiving. We had the opportunity to attend two Friendsgiving with Basil Hayden’s events with the culinary twist. This will be about the first one, a preview of what was to come later on. Hidden away in the heart of NYC’s Chinatown, is an amazing cocktail bar called Peachy’s. Located right below Chinese Tuxedo, a contemporary Chinese restaurant set in a former opera house on historic Doyers Street, this was to be the location of our first Friendsgiving with Basil Hayden’s bourbon whiskey.

Partnering with a local Chef Paul Donnelly, Basil Hayden’s put a Chinese cuisine twist on the traditional holiday meal and created a unique menu for the evening. We were truly in for a treat of small and large dishes, sides, and dessert that would make anyone pass on the traditional turkey dinner. With a trio of delicious Basil Hayden’s cocktails to compliment the evening’s meal.

In order of appearance, the small dishes included Tuxedo BBQ Pork Buns, Pan Fried Tuxedo Dumplings, King Prawn Spring Rolls, and Strange Flavor Buratta. The large dishes included Hamachi sushi, Chili Crab Rice, and Crispy Lamb Ribs. Sides included Spicy Cucumbers, Roasted Golden Beets, Salad of Watercress, and Stir Fried Iceberg Lettuce. Dessert was a delicious Chocolate Mousse.

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To commemorate the Friendsgiving with Basil Hayden’s event, Basil Hayden’s had Calligrapher Nancy Moy on hand to create personalized coasters perfect for serving Friendsgiving cocktails. We can’t wait to use these wonderful keepsakes during and beyond the holiday season.

It was an evening of wonderful food, drinks, and conversation with old and new friends. We love the Asian twist on the traditional holiday menu. We can’t wait to repeat this night with Basil Hayden’s. We know what we’re doing for Thanksgiving, what about you? Will you be enjoying a Friendsgiving or traditional Thanksgiving?

Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork

Workplace Wellness: Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork

Let’s face it, work has completely taken over our lives. We, as humans, have put our work life ahead of everything else, and our own wellbeing on the back burner. Thankfully there are companies that remind us that even at our busiest, workplace wellness is important. Take Ketel One Botanical, the vodka distilled with real botanicals and infused with natural fruit essences for example. Ketel One Botanical Vodka has partnered with interior design firm Homepolish to launch the Ketel One Botanical Oasis, a private space for WeWork Irving Place members that simply want to escape their stressful work life for a moment.

The purpose of the Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork Irving Place is to integrate wellness in their workplace through the use of conscious design, focused activity, and technology. A zen escape is a much-needed escape in today’s very stressful work environment, not just for the coworking space, but as a general need for all.

We had the pleasure of attending a Ketel One Botanical panel at WeWork Irving Place. The topic of conversation was implementing wellness into your work life and workspace. The panel featured Emma Beryl, a designer from Homepolish, Personal Trainer and Nutritionist Jennifer Giamo of AAPTIV, Olessa Pindak, COO of Mind, Body, Green, Head of Wellness Avi Yehiel of Rise By We, and panel moderator Ellie Burrows, CEO of MNDFL.

The event began with a 10-minute guided meditation by Ellie Burrow, closed with a Ketel One Botanical cocktail hour, and ended with a tour of the Ketel One Botanical Oasis (see the photos above).

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We love the idea of companies including wellness rooms for their employees and hope WeWork not only implements this in more locations but also inspires other companies to do the same. We can attest to not taking enough time for peaceful moments for ourselves and attending this event has inspired us to take a few “breather moments” throughout our day. We hope you do the same. The Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork Irving Place is available for WeWork members until the end of November. We hope you take advantage if you are a member.

Rosa Mexicano Celebrates Day of the Dead with a Special Menu

Tomorrow is more than just Halloween; it is the beginning of the Day of the Dead, also known as Día de Los Muertos. In honor of Mexico’s holiday remembering and honoring the dead, we partook in Rosa Mexicano’s Night of Spirits; a special evening of savory food, exotic drinks paired with desserts, with entertainment by Agave L’Amour and DJ jojoSoul. Known for serving New Yorkers authentic and innovative Mexican cuisine since 1984, we were beyond excited to enjoy an evening at Rosa Mexicano Union Square, where they are serving a special Day of the Dead menu at all 11 locations nationwide from Oct. 31st through Nov 4th. The menu will not only honor your loved ones, it will celebrate the memory of Rosa Mexicano Founder, Josefina Howard.

We had the chance to preview the featured menu which boasted a traditional Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) feast, prepared by Joe Quintana, Regional Executive Chef for Rosa Mexicano. We began with the very special and delicious Maravilla Punch, a blend of Hibiscus and Mezcal, served in a traditional handmade Mexican punchbowl (featured above). Foodies will love the Roasted Bone Marrow, a Chipotle-piloncillo sauce, grilled jalapeño , and toast; the Estofado De Cordero, a Lamb shank stew with roasted vegetables and epazote gremolata; and the Costillas A La Barbaco, a Tequila-pomegranate BBQ ribs served with charro beans and jalapeño cornbread.

 

The evening celebrated the powerful rituals of Mexico’s Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which included the Ofrenda, an altar where you may display portraits of your departed loved ones, in a moving ceremony of remembrance. Four desserts were paired with a unique variety of four Agave spirits: Mezcal, Raicilla, Bacanora, and Sotol.

All four spirits have been specially curated by Rosa Mexicano’s Courtenay Greenleaf, one of New York City’s few Master Mezcaliers. Agave Spirit Sponsors For Night Of Spirit Events + Calavera Cocktail included Montelobos Mezcal, Casa Noble Tequila, Bacanora Rancho Tepúa, Fidencio Mezcal, LA HIGUERA. la Venenosa raicilla, Ancho Reyes, Tromba Tequila, Derrumbes Mezcal and Milagro Tequila).

 

The Rosa Mexicano Day of the Dead menu of meals include:

Appetizers:
Empanadas de Camote (Corn and sesame empanadas, stuffed with sweet potato, peas and spiced pecans). Served with chipotle sauce.

Roasted Bone Marrow (Served with chipotle-piloncillo sauce, grilled jalapeño and toast) – see second food photo
Paired with: Tromba Añejo tequila.

Entrees:
Estofado de Cordero (Lamb shank with roasted vegetables and epazote gremolata)  – see first food photo

Trucha a la Parilla (Whole grilled trout over pumpkin seed pipián, topped with citrus salad)

Costillas a la Barbacoa (Tequila-pomegranate BBQ ribs with charro beans and jalapeño corn bread) – – see last food photo above

Dessert:
Tamal y Camote (Roasted sweet potato and cajeta tamale served with pomegranate sauce and vanilla ice cream).

Rosa Mexicano’s Día de los Muertos meal will be available at these locations:

  • New York City: First Avenue, Lincoln Center, Union Square, Tribeca
  • New Jersey: Riverside
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Washington, DC: Penn Quarter
  • Maryland: National Harbor
  • South Beach, Miami
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco

Tech Review: PureGear Glass Screen Shield with Perfect Alignment Tray

For the 10 of you that can effortlessly put on a screen protector on your smartphone with ease, you can bypass this post. For everyone else, we’ve got the answer to your unsteady hands, the PureGear Glass Screen Shield with Perfect Alignment Tray for Samsung. Whether you’re always having issues applying your phone’s screen protector or doing it for the first time, this is what you need. Say goodbye to bubbling, uneven applications, and bits of dust that always seem to get stuck to the sticky side of your screen protector. The PureGear Glass Screen Shield with Perfect Alignment Tray for Samsung makes applying your screen protector as easy as counting to three.

Made just for the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, S9, and S9+, the PureGear Glass Screen Shield with Perfect Alignment Tray for Samsung features curved tempered glass perfect for the curved screen of the Samsung Galaxy. The tempered glass is scratch resistant, precision engineered for touch and swiping, boasts high clarity, and is unmistakably easy to install. Thanks to this great smartphone tool, you’re left with a bubble-free, case fit-friendly device that retains its high definition screen. PureGear provides premium quality products at an affordable price; and for the first time in a long time, our screen looks as clear as when we first purchased our phone without losing touch sensitivity.

Don’t have a Samsung smartphone? No worries, the PureGear Glass Screen Shield with Perfect Alignment Tray is also available for iPhone, Motorola, LG, and Google devices. PureGear also has screen shield options for blue light protection, extreme impact protection, and anti-glare. They are the go-to for what you need in screen protection and mobile device accessories.

What are your thoughts on this PureGear Glass Screen Shield? Could mobile device use some extra protection?  The PureGear Glass Screen Shield with Perfect Alignment Tray, which retails for $44.99, is available on www.pure-gear.com, www.walmart.com, and www.jet.com.

Acne Solutions for Acne Breakouts

Breaking Out During the Fall/Winter Seasons? Try These Acne Solutions

We don’t know about you guys but for some reason, every fall and winter, we experience intense acne breakouts. This may happen for many reasons. It may be due to the change in temperature, stronger winds, or just the colder, drier climate. Whatever the cause we notice it’s happened every year without fail and we’re not the only ones affected. It seems many of you are experiencing acne breakouts during the transition to the colder seasons. For those who do, we have acne solutions for you from Alba Botanica, Glo Skin Beauty, Kamedis, and Hero Cosmetics.

Acne Solutions for Acne Breakouts

Let’s get to know these acne solutions that are sure to be your skin’s new best friends.

Alba Botanica Fast Fix for a Pimple: Kiss those blemishes goodbye naturally with this tinted botanical cream. this lightly tinted zit zapper with willow bark extract and sulfur instantly blurs the blemish while treating the underlying cause of acne.

Alba Botanica Pimple Patches: Don’t try to pop those pimples. Eliminate your pimples while protecting them from your germy hands with these small, transparent, pimple-sized hydrocolloid dots. Apply to your blemishes and see how it immediately starts to heal acne spots. The occlusive barrier prevents bacterial contamination and eliminates the urge to touch, pick or pop your pimples.

Glo Skin Beauty Clear Skin Set: Raise your hand if you experience skin congestion and breakouts! If you do then this set is for you. Decrease oil production and purify your skin by eliminating bacteria, reducing inflammation and healing breakouts with these clear skin essentials. This set includes a travel size Clear Skin Cleanser, Renew Serum, Oil Control Emulsion and retail size Protecting Powder SPF 20, so you can take it on-the-go.

Kamedis Clear Acne Kit: a set of three non-drying products formulated with botanical purslane that can be used together or individually. We met these powerful acne solutions at the most recent Beautypress event.

  • The Clear Acne Spot Treatment ($13.99) is a powerful gel treatment that is clinically proven to deliver clearer skin in only 12 hours.
  • Kamedis’s Clear Acne Face Moisturizer ($17.99) helps clear up oily skin symptoms like acne while working to prevent their recurrence and foster healthy, resilient skin.
  • The Clear Acne Face Cleanser ($10.99) is a lightly foaming, oil-free face wash that works to maintain a clear complexion. It’s good for adults and children as young as 10. It has no steroids, benzoyl peroxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens or dyes.

Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Invisible+: We love the idea of using acne patches as go-to acne solutions; we much prefer using it as an alternative to acne creams. We love them so much we wanted to share another favorite. The Mighty Patch, which you remember we discovered during the Indie Beauty Expo,  uses the highest grade hydrocolloid to draw out pus and other impurities from your pimple. This reduces the blemish, speeds up the healing process all while protecting your skin.

CMX CinéBistro New York 62nd St

CMX CinéBistro New York Elevates the Dinner & A Movie Experience

The term dinner and a movie have long been stated, but CMX Cinemas has elevated the traditional date night experience to new delicious heights with the opening of the NEW CMX CinéBistro New York experience. CMX Theaters, the eighth largest movie theatre chain in the U.S, promises and delivers a VIP movie-going experience at the CMX CinéBistro New York. With a full bar and kitchen, guests are able to enjoy the full experience of enjoying a 5-star dinner and the latest movie release in one location. We had the pleasure of partaking in a VIP dinner-and-a-movie experience prior to the grand opening; enjoying an array of remarkable curated cocktails, and delectable culinary dishes by Chef Isaac Stewart.

CMX CinéBistro New York 62nd St

The 45,500 sq. ft, newly enhanced CMX CinéBistro New York theatre comes complete with cutting-edge audiovisual technology. Luxury-seeking moviegoers will enjoy an upscale and relaxing experience with its high-end décor, oversized upholstered reclining seats with leather accents, in-seat dining with seamless service and an exceptional assortment of wines and handcrafted cocktails made to order by top mixologists. We loved the option of seeing what seats were available and selecting our own seat.

The theater has six auditoriums, two on each level, ranging in size from 46 to 64 seats; and immersive bars in the common areas. Since the CMX CinéBistro New York theatre has on-site bars, you must be 21 and over to attend after 6pm.

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During our CMX CinéBistro New York VIP experience, we truly enjoyed the personalized service allotted to all guests. Our evening started off with a cocktail created by one of the on-site mixologists. The immersive bars offer a variety of artisanal cocktails ranging from classic to stylish modern options. Before our movie, we opted for the wonderfully crafted and equally delicious Strawberry Mango Lemon Drop. While seated, we opted for the equally delicious Pomegranate Elderflower Soda.

CMX CinéBistro New York 62nd St

To take advantage of the in-theatre dining at the CMX CinéBistro New York theatre, guests must arrive 30 minutes before showtime. This allows time to place your order and have plenty of time to sit back, relax and enjoy your meal. Speaking of meals, while we could order the typical movie fare of popcorn and soda, we wanted to experience the full VIP service. We ordered the Lobster Cannoli as our starter; the BBQ Spiced Rubbed CAB Cowboy Ribeye as our main; and the Caramelized Banana Cheesecake for dessert.

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The CMX CinéBistro New York theatre offers a wonderful, sophisticated and varied menu. Check out some of the dishes below:

CMX CinéBistro New York 62nd St

Don’t worry vegans, you are not left behind; CMX CinéBistro New York theatre offers such dishes as Korean Cauliflower Wings, Meatless Cobb Salad, and Lentil Kefta Veggie Burger. All in all, the experience was top notch. The staff was incredibly friendly and attentive; the cocktails and dinner were divine; it’s the perfect dinner and a movie date night….elevated, of course. Well worth the return visits.

CMX CinéBistro New York 62nd St

Comsi Comsa Apple Dry: NEW Dry Sparkling Apple Wine

Did you know that grapes are not the only fruit that can be fermented to make a delicious wine! You may remember we introduced you to Sauvage’s Comsi Comsa Sparkling Apple Crisp Wine, and Comsi Comsa Oak Aged Apple Wine. We’re more than happy to present to you the latest launch in Sauvage’s sparkling wine range, Comsi Comsa Apple Dry. A dry version of their delicious sparkling apple wines.

Comsi Comsa Apple Dry is a medium-bodied, dry apple wine with a pale gold color. It boasts a crisp, refreshing, clean, and elegant taste that you will absolutely enjoy. The beauty of Comsi Comsa Apple Dry is that you can drink it any time of year. Don’t let the fact that it is made of apples make you think it’s only to be enjoyed during the fall season, Apple Dry is wonderful year’ round. Like it’s predecessors, Comsi Comsa Apple Dry is made in the classic champagne style from all natural ingredients. It is produced with a variety of apples sourced from local New York State farms, boasts persistent bubbles, has little to no residual sugar, and a 12% ALC/VOL.

Comsi Comsa Apple Dry is very much like a brut champagne. It is a sparkling wine that is dry to the taste; like its name, is “like a bubbly and like a cider.”

The best way to enjoy Comsi Comsa Apple Dry is served chilled. It is perfect as an apéritif and is a compliment to virtually any meal, thanks to its balanced acidity. Like Comsi Comsa Apple Crisp, Comsi Comsa Apple Dry is all natural, gluten-free, and kosher. This dry varietal is available now in 750ml bottles across the five New York City boroughs.  You can find the Comsi Comsa range of sparkling wines at 55th Wine & Spirits, 67 Wine & Spirits, W & J WInes, Cabrini Wine & Spirits, and many more locations.