NYC Foodie Event: Village Voice Announces 8th Annual Choice Eats 2015

If you found yourself drooling over our previous coverage of Village Voice Choice Eats post and thought, I wish I was there, you will soon have your chance to indulge, just like we did. The must-attend foodie event is back for another year of culinary delights to sate every palette. With 18 restaurants already signed up (the event will feature over 50 handpicked restaurants from all five boroughs that have been reviewed and heralded in the famed newspaper), the Village Voice will hold its 8th Annual Choice Eats tasting event on Friday, March 13th, from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Metropolitan Pavilion.The Village Voice has also released the first round of 18 participants including 2 Duck Goose, 606 R&D, Awadh, Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter, Butter & Scotch, Commerce Restaurant, The East Pole, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Huertas, John Brown Smokehouse, Littleneck, Luke’s Lobster, MAX , No. 7, The NoMad , Spicy Pot, Thai Rock, Tuome and many more to be announced. All Choice Eats guests will be able to enjoy unlimited sampling of the best dishes from the 50+ restaurants, along with desserts, complimentary craft beer pairings, wine and liquor beverages.

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UPDATE: The following restaurants have been added to the final list of participating restaurants, bringing the total to 68 restaurants: Ample Hills Creamery, Brooklyn Kolache Co., Casa Mono and Bar Jamon, Gloria’s Carribean Cuisine, Mable’s Smokehouse, The Queens Kickshaw, and Robicelli’s, The Blue Stove, Brucie, Bustan, Butter Lane, Carlo’s Bakery, Coppelia, Delaware and Hudson, Doughnut Plant, Edi & The Wolf, Egg, El Atoradero, Fay Da Bakery, Fort Defiance, Genuine, Grandaisy Bakery, Juliette, Los Tacos No 1, Luca & Bosco Ice Cream, Papa’s Kitchen, Pickle Shack, Recette, Rubirosa, Sigmund’s Pretzels, Sugar Couture, Venturo Osteria, Veselka Restaurant, Wilma Jean, and Xe May Sandwich Shop.

This year’s Choice Eats will feature three tiers of ticket options – General Admission tickets ($65.00), Early Entry Preview tickets ($85.00) and VIP tickets ($99.00) – all of which will be available for pre-sale now through Tuesday, January 13th using the exclusive press release pre-sale code: EATSPR. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, January 14th at 12:00 pm. The Early Entry Preview ticket will allow guests to get a half hour head start on tasting and sipping, along with the ability to skip the line and beat the crowd. The VIP ticket grants guests admission to the full event one hour early, with access to a private VIP room, and an exclusive VIP gift bag. For more details on this year’s three ticket options, visit: www.villagevoice.com/choiceeats.

The Voice will also offer ticket buyers access to a limited number of Choice Eats/Choice Streets combo tickets for an additional 10% off savings. Both VIP combo tickets ($170.00) and GA combo tickets ($115.00) are available until supplies last and will offer guests tickets to Choice Eats as well as the 4th annual Choice Streets Food Truck event at The Intrepid on May 5th with a sampling of 20+ of NYC’s more popular food trucks.

This year marks the 7th year working with the non-profit organization Slow Food NYC as the charitable partner of Choice Eats, whom a portion of proceeds will be shared with. Slow Food NYC is the New York City chapter of Slow Food, a non-profit, member-supported organization founded in 1989 to counteract the culture of fast food. Slow Food stands against the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

New Year, New Skin w/ Med Spa 44’s Laser Genesis Skin Therapy from Cutera

Many of you are currently working on diet plans to change your body, eating habits, and health. While it’s always great to work on getting a healthy body, let’s not forget healthy skin as well. Just as you would work to remove the bad stuff from your body, you should do the same for the skin on your face. we had the pleasure of enjoying an amazing facial, called the Laser Genesis Skin Therapy from Cutera at Med Spa 44 Medical Spa, an elegant, full-service spa, located half a block away from Grand Central Station in NYC, which offers a wide range of luxurious face and body services including waxing, facials and a variety of other leading edge treatments. It’s a new year, we think now is the perfect time for some fresh, new glowing skin.
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Med Spa 44’s Laser Genesis Skin Therapy from Cutera battles excessive redness, large pores, uneven texture, scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and other skin irregularities can be successfully addressed through Cutera Laser Genesis facial rejuvenation. This innovative treatment promotes vibrant, healthy-looking skin in men and women. It ideally treats rosacea, acne, scars, dilated pores, oily skin, fine lines and texture issues. It can be used on all skin types, including Caucasian, Asian, Hispanic, and Black skin.

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This was certainly not your usual facial. Our facialist was Medical Skincare Specialist, Carmen Fernandez, who showed us why the Cutera machine and Med Spa 44’s Laser Genesis Rejuvenation Facial is amazing. The device felt like hundreds of miniscule pin pricks tickling our face, as opposed to painful pricks. We got used to it after 10 seconds. Check out video of our brief interview with Carmen:

After our session with the Cutera machine, Carmen used the amazing line of skincare products from NIA 24 Skincare, a range of Niacin-Powered Skin Therapy products that improves skin’s texture, tone, and resilience.

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Our skin truly felt wonderful and a bit clearer than before. Of course we’d need for sessions for our skin to really get the full benefits of the machine’s skin beautifying skills, Carmen herself said she’s used it and you see how amazing her skin looks. We hope to get the chance to fit more sessions into our hectic schedule. Are you adding a new skincare regime to your new year’s resolutions?

Travel Pain Free with AccuRelief by Carex Health Brands

While we’re enjoying our holiday staycation, many of you are spending hours travelling by bus, train, or airplane to visit family or friends. While we love travelling, one drawback has always been the pain and stiffness of our knees, back and joints from being stuck in a seated position for hours on end. We usually rely on pain medication to relieve the various pains but some medication leaves you drowsy and of course there is the danger of over medicating yourself. But fear not, there is a solution for those of us who do not want to constantly feel drowsy or limit the prospect of over medication, and that solution is the AccuRelief by Carex Health Brands.

Above is the AccuRelief™ Wireless Remote Control TENS Device, a wireless compact electrical TENS unit that delivers powerful targeted pain relief for those hard-to-reach areas with a remote control, and one of the first complete line of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) therapy that is FDA-approved for full body, over-the-counter use. This noninvasive, non-addictive, drug free treatment alternative unique design includes two gel pads which
allows you to surround your pain. It features a combination program that delivers gentle electrical pulses with three therapeutic phases of alternating therapy to bring relief to pain sufferers without the risk of addiction and the annoyance of messy creams, odor, pills and shots. With 25 levels of adjustable
intensity, finding a comfortable level of relief is simple and quick.

AccuRelief™ is easy to use, and is available without a prescription and FDA cleared for safety. it is a simple, drug-free solution for arthritic, muscular, joint and back pain relief. This small and compact device features a lightweight, flexible design which contours to almost any body part that can be worn discreetly under clothing. AccuRelief™ automatically shuts off after every 30 minute treatment. Comes complete with two electrode controllers, two reusable electrode gel pads with snap connectors, one remote control, six (6) AAA long-life batteries, instruction manual, quick start guide, electrode placement guide and a convenient drawstring carrying case.

Are you ready to travel pain-free? We advise you to get the AccuRelief™ Wireless Remote Control TENS Device in your life stat.

Customize Your Gadgets w/ These Tech Accessories

In this day and age, your cellphone or mobile device is more than just your phone, it is an extension of you. And when we think accessories, tech gadgets are now included in this category. Customizing and adding great accessories to your tech devices is another way to show off your personality. We are always looking for interesting products to accessorize our devices and are excited to share these must-have tech accessory find, from Flygrip, and the wonderful gadgets from must-visit tech accessory website, My Gifts and Gadgets, including JackGems, BeatBuds, and Stik-Kit. We’ve fallen head over heels for these items.

Flygrip

FlyGrip has become our most cherished tech accessory. It allows you to free up one hand and multi-task without the fear of dropping your phone and it also doubles as a kickstand in both portrait and landscape viewing angles. We can’t begin to tell you how many times we’ve accidentally experienced mis-clicks because of our phone’s touchscreen; with FlyGrip our phone is secured in the grip on our fingertips, not in the palm of our hand, which allows for a much greater range of motion for your thumb. Texting, and taking photos is so much easier and there is a harder chance for anyone to snatch your device out of your hands.

JackGems Phone Accessory

Are you looking for a fashionable (and functional) accessory for your mobile phone, tablet, MP3 player or any device that has a standard headphone socket? If you are, you’ll love the JackGems Phone Accessories. Not only do they prevent dust, dirt, and germs from entering your phone, tablet, or MP3 player, they are quite attractive and an attention getter. Just plug in your choice of colored JackGems into your headphone jack to protect your gadgets and stop the spread of dirt and germs. With 8 stunning colors – red, blue, pink, purple, yellow, green, orange, and clear, you can buy your favorite color or collect them all to change your JackGems every day to match your outfit or phone case.

BeatBuds Headphone Tips

Want to add some contrasting color to your in-ear headphones? The BeatBuds Memory Foam Headphone Tips are perfect for replacing the standard silicone ear tips that come with your in-ear phones. BeatBuds come in 3 different sizes: small, medium and large, so you’ll get the perfect fit for you. These colorful tips are compatible with ALL standard in-ear headphones and are unlike anything else currently available. With 10 colors available: red, pink, purple, dark blue, light blue, green, yellow, white, grey and black, these luxurious memory foam buds mold to the shape of your ear to provide unrivaled comfort, and minimizes sound bleeding, so your phone calls and music remain private.

Stik-Kit

We’re told you about an item to secure your phone and tablet while on the go, so here is one to secure your gadgets, as well as other essential items like keys, to any smooth surface wherever you go, say hello to Stik-Kit, a super lightweight, versatile, and super small gadget that sticks. Use Stik-Kit to keep your phone in place ready to use your hands-free, FaceTime or GPS, whenever you need it. To use, just secure your gadgets to any smooth surface and enjoy perfect selfies, and hands-free conversations at home or on-the-go.

Have we intrigued you with these amazing gadgets? Head over to My Gifts and Gadgets to get your own JackGems, BeatBuds, and Stik-Kit, and visit Flygrip for your preferred Flygrip color.

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for The Home Chefs & Homemakers

We’ve recently been discovering the homemaker that’s been hidden deep down inside ourselves. What started off as experimenting with flavors has awoken a fire inside of us. While we’ve always had a love of cooking, we’ve discovered a desire for kitchen appliances that not only helps us create some delicious recipes, but gives us the gifts of time, convenience, and a more enjoyable kitchen experience. We are loving the following kitchen appliances from Tiger Corporation, BerryBreeze, and KitchenAid, which make wonderful Christmas gifts for the home chefs and homemakers in your life.

 Tiger Rice Cooker

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We are guilty of being so engrossed in writing that we have forgotten our rice cooking. Some of you may be familiar with the experience of burning rice and horrendous taste of it. Thankfully, being forced to eat burnt rice can be a distant memory, thanks to rice cookers. They make great holiday gifts for the foodies or busy homemakers on your Christmas list. The JAJ-A55U 3-Cup Rice Cooker from Tiger Corporation has a modern square design and is available in pink or white (we’re of course partial to the pink). The above is a tacook rice cooker, which can also make risottos, soups, and even cakes, without the bother of heating up an oven or stove. it allows you to cook two dishes at one time and save electricity and is small enough to sit on a counter, even in a small kitchen. The Tiger Rice Cooker boasts a drop-down front panel that reveals an easy-to-use, micro-computerized menu settings and comes with an exclusive cookbook. Grab your own or gift your loved one for only $155.00.

BerryBreeze

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 Since we’ve found ourselves cooking more often, we buy more groceries and end up with more leftovers. Naturally we want our food to stay fresh, and while we grew up with the sight of Arm & Hammer in our mother’s refrigerators, ours houses something a bit more futuristic and definitely all natural. Thanks to the revolutionary and very affordable BerryBreeze, we don’t have to worry about premature aging in fruits, veggies, and meats. This amazing device is the perfect gifts for the home, whether you’re a homemaker or not. It releases chemical-free activated oxygen that naturally kills odors, molds, yeasts, and fungus, all of which are known to spoil refrigerated fresh foods for up to ten days longer. It also neutralizes bacteria and other harmful microbes which of course keeps you healthy, and it saves you money by reducing your food waste. it is easy to set up the BerryBreeze in your refrigerator, just follow these easy steps:
  • Step 1: Smell your fridge
  • Step 2: Put BerryBreeze on the top shelf
  • Step 3: Wait 24 hours and take another whiff

The result is one fresh smelling fridge. BerryBreeze is available online and at select retailers nationwide for the great price of $49.95.

KitchenAid Multi-Cooker

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The KitchenAid® Multi-Cooker delivers consistent culinary results with more than 10 cooking methods for amazing versatility. With EvenHeat™ technology it constantly monitors the temperature of the cooking pot from 110° to 450° F for precise temperature control. The digital display shows step-by-step instructions, temperature, and timer for up to 12 hours of cooking. It features a Stir Tower attachment that boasts three speeds to mix, flip, stir, scrape and incorporate ingredients, and a 2-in-1 reversible steam basket and roasting rack. This great kitchen appliance allows you the freedom to go about your day while preparing lunch or dinner for the family. Get it in black or candy apple red for $349.99.

We want all of these and are keeping our fingers crossed  for all of them making it under out tree this holiday. What are your thoughts? Which of these great kitchen appliances would make the perfect holiday gifts for the home chefs and homemakers in your life?

K-Y® Liquibeads® | The Freedom to be Spontaneous When #TheMoodStrikes

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We all know that healthy skin is properly hydrated and moisturized, especially during those very cold winter months. Having dry skin is quite uncomfortable and for many people, very painful. Luckily there is something that can be done. There is a great product that will keep you moisturized during those cold winter months. Of course we’re not talking about body moisturizers, we’re talking about personal lubricants, specifically lubricants for women. Ladies, while many of us concentrate on the dryness of our exterior skin during the harsh winter months, we tend to ignore our internal skin. We forget that we need to be moisturized, not only for daily comfort, but for enjoyment during amorous activities. The same way your eyes and the inside of your mouth gets dry and need to be hydrated, a woman’s private parts can also get dry, especially as we get older, or after having children. K-Y® Liquibeads® is a great way to moisturize internally. Think of it as hydration for your private parts.

And when you feel properly hydrated from within, that’s when the magic happens again, and again. K-Y® Liquibeads®, which is easily found in the feminine and personal care aisles at Walgreens, Target, and Walmart, is a personal vaginal moisturizer that eliminates dryness and provides soothing lubrication to enhance ease and comfort when you’re intimate.

Get ready to say goodbye to your discomfort, and hello to feeling more sensual, a much happier partner, more enjoyable intimate moments, and lots of window fogging this winter, when you welcome K-Y® Liquibeads® into your life. This no-mess product is easy to use; just insert a clear, quick-dissolving bead into the enclosed applicator and insert it into yourself, once every few days, to keep you and your body revving to go. You will find yourself more than ready whenever the mood strikes. Insertion is just as easy (maybe easier) than inserting a tampon or feminine douche wash. Because K-Y® Liquibeads® gently releases soothing lubrication that lasts day and night, you may find the mood will strike you quite often.

No longer will you be embarrassed or in pain. Your partner will be happy in the knowledge that they are keeping you fully satisfied, and you just may find yourself becoming more vivacious in and out of the bedroom. So whether you’re in a committed relationship or enjoying the single life, welcome these beads of joy in and enjoy the ride. There’s just one stipulation to using K-Y® Liquibeads®, it should not be used during pregnancy or while nursing, other than that, you are free to feel and be your sexiest. To get you on your way to adding the spice back in your love life, click on the following link for $1 coupon off any KY product, available at coupons.com. 

Holiday Gift Guide: Stylish Spirits from Disaronno, Moet & Chandon, and Dewar’s

When one thinks of stylish things, they tend to think of fashion, accessories, people, or footwear. We’re adding another addition to under this umbrella – alcohol. We’re not talking cocktails, although we know that there are cocktails that are very stylish. Today we’re highlighting the very stunning holiday packaging from Disaronno, Moet & Chandon, and Dewar’s that will brighten up everyone’s holiday. You already know how delicious these three spirits are, and anyone would be more than happy to receive them as gifts. We know we’d love to be gifted with any of these beautiful bottles. If you’re looking for a special and fabulous gift for that very stylish person in your life, look no further than these fab finds.

FOR THE FASHIONISTA – DISARONNO wears VERSACE

DISARONNO, the world’s favorite Italian liqueur, and fashion house Versace have teamed up to launch the ultimate holiday gift for the stylish spirits lover – the DISARONNO wears VERSACE bottle (suggested retail $27.99). The bottle, which launched last month, will be available through the holiday season while supplies last at www.ReserveBar.com/DisaronnoWearsVersaceand at high end retailers nationwide.
The fashion house takes its inspiration for the bottle from the famed Versace Home Collection print, Tresor de la Mer. Glamorous and decadent, this keepsake beautiful bottle is the most fashionable accessory to any home bar, making it the perfect holiday gift. This partnership is not just fashionable but philanthropic too as proceeds from the sale of this limited edition bottle will support the charity Fashion 4 Development, a global campaign sponsored by the United Nations, using fashion to tackle issues in Africa.

FOR THE HOSTESS – Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut

In addition to this newest vintage release, Moët & Chandon is once again The Official Champagne of New Year’s Eve in Times Square. As the official drink of the world’s biggest, most momentous New Year’s celebration, Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut will lead the country in its first toast, shared by over 1 BILLION viewers worldwide. Known for making ANY moment an occasion to remember, the world’s most beloved Champagne, will enliven the party at the Crossroads of the World, as well as any home celebration by adding a special sparkle to the moment. The stunning bottle is decorated in an elegant “Golden Sleeve”, a brilliant, sparkling wrap that will add elegance to the New Year and your holiday parties, bringing gold shimmer to the table to elevate any celebration.
Moet Imperial is adored for its bright fruitiness, seductive palate and elegant maturity, and is widely available in all 50 states for a suggested retail price of $41.00. The Limited Edition, Golden Sleeve Moët & Chandon is available throughout the US and on www.sherry-lehmann.com.

FOR THE MAN IN YOUR LIFE – DEWAR’S 15

Sweep your man off his feet with DEWAR’S limited edition, premium marque for the holidays: DEWAR’S 15 The Monarch. This 15 year aged blended whisky is not only a new marque for the brand, but is also one of the only 15 year aged blended whiskies available in the US. DEWAR’S 15, which retails for $45.00, was created by DEWAR’S master blender Stephanie Macleod. This exquisite blend has matured in sherry and bourbon casks and, once blended, put back into specially selected oak casks to marry for greater smoothness and a longer, lingering finish. The blend features tasting notes of honey, golden toffee, warm and complex, along with rich succulent exotic fruits with hints of coconut and vanilla aromas including citrus and green apple notes and lest we forget the delicate and exquisitely scented floral aromas with a smooth, well-round and long and warming finish.

Have we wet your appetite with these amazing gift ideas? Find yourself jotting these down for yourself as well? Add these to your holiday shopping list and your gift recipients, as well as your budget, will thank you this holiday season.

GOQii Life | More Than Just a Fitness Tracker

For the past few months, we’ve been upping our fitness level and overall healthier lifestyle with the combination of a fantastic advanced wearable technology device, the world’s leading experts, a great personal coach (hey Neha) that is not only an expert in the field of fitness and nutrition but are themselves are part of the program, and some Karma (more on that later) that allows you to #BetheForce for good. For the past few months, we’ve been living the GOQii Life. The GOQii Fitness Band is not just another fitness tracker; while other fitness bands just measure your activity and provide you with the information, GOQii Life is a community of health and wellness coaches advising and encouraging you, an app that helps you develop healthy physical activity, nutrition, sleep and stress management habits, as well as using your Karma points to help others.

The GOQii Fitness Bands are made out of silicone, are water-resistant (not waterproof  so no swimming), but it will resist rain, sweat, shower and a splash of water. The straps are adjustable and changeable to any of the cool colors – Passion Red, Power Black and Persistence Red+Black – with more color options coming soon. The GOQii Core can connect to your computer or device via Bluetooth and will automatically sync every time it is within 10-15 ft of your smartphone. Not only is your information updated on your end, your GOQii Coach is also automatically given your activity, which allows them to better advise and applaud you (it’s a bit like working out with a friend).

While other bands concentrate on your body, GOQii aims to bring happiness to your body, mind and soul. Our coach, Neha, has been our cheerleader, fitness trainer, and adviser on everything from our fitness routine, sleep patterns (we’re happy with anyone who tells us we need to take a nap during the day), eating habits, and mental well-being, with daily tips and encouragements. The GOQii Band does an amazingly precise job of measuring your Activity and Sleep. In the Active mode, it focuses on measuring steps, calories burnt, distance traveled, activity time and Karma points. In the Sleep mode, it measures time slept and quality of sleep. Additionally the GOQii Band will also display time and an envelope symbol when you have a message from your Coach.

If you feel so inclined, the GOQii app gives you the ability to share your updates via social media, interact with other GOQii Life users, and donate your karma points to great causes. You may be thinking, what exactly are Karma points. As we previously stated (and as you can see in the photo above), it’s a way to do good by help great charitable organizations. Essentially you earn points based on the number of steps you take in a day, these points can then be donated to any charity organization linked in the GOQii app. It gives you a great sense of happiness to know that just by walking, not only are you heading towards a healthier lifestyle, but you’re also helping people in need. In other words, you do good and feel good, and as GOQii says #BetheForce. What’s better than that?