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:

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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

Alcohol Photography: Blend of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey and Rye Whiskey

Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Releases Limited-Edition Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye

Contrary to popular belief, not every woman wants a “girly” drink. We can love a great bourbon whiskey just as much (in some cases more) as a cosmo. As any woman will attest, the life of a woman can be extremely stressful and sometimes calls for a drink that’s as tough as we are. If you’ve ever had a shot of bourbon whiskey, then you know there’s nothing “girly” about his spirit. Which is why we were so excited to help Basil Hayden’s Bourbon celebrate the release of their new Limited-Edition Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye.

Alcohol Photography: Blend of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey and Rye Whiskey

If you are not familiar, Basil Hayden’s Bourbon is one of the fastest growing super-premium bourbons on the market. We’ve enjoyed a glass or two of the small batch whiskey since our introduction to the brand in 2013. First their Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, their deeply spiced Rye Whiskey, their one-of-kind Dark Rye, and now the Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye. This latest addition boasts an unprecedented blend of two Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskies and two Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskies. Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye breaks the category norms to offer whiskey fans the best of both worlds: the full spiciness of rye, complemented by the sweet characteristics and finish of bourbon.

Alcohol Photography: Blend of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey and Rye Whiskey

Two by Two Rye offers a premium blend of two ryes and two bourbons, which have been artfully combined to find the perfect complement in one another. With a balance of 5-year-old Kentucky Straight Rye, a 7-year-old “high-rye” Kentucky Straight Rye, a 13-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, and a 6-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, the result is a wholly unique golden honey hued whiskey that makes a name for itself. It features an aroma of rich caramel and brown sugar with a sumptuous, woody rye flavor profile. It is smooth and medium-bodied with a balanced blend of sumptuous rye and brown sweets with an ample woody accent which finishes with a pleasant, long lingering warmth.

Alcohol Photography: Blend of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey and Rye Whiskey

“Basil Hayden’s has always been known for its distinctive spicy finish, so innovating in the rye category continues to be an exciting venture for the brand, especially as interest in the category grows exponentially,” said Rob Mason, Vice President Marketing, Whiskey at Beam Suntory. “While Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye upholds our trademark spice and approachability, this blend also challenges the status quo and encourages fans to discover the versatility of rye.”

The 80 proof Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye continues Basil Hayden’s pursuit of innovation within the rye whiskey category. The launch of Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye builds on momentum set by the brand’s two recent launches, Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey and Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye. Both were met with impressive reception and acclaim, with Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey being awarded “Rye Whiskey of The Year” at the 2017 New York International Spirits Competition.

Alcohol Photography: Blend of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey and Rye Whiskey

Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye is best enjoyed sipped neat or on the rocks. The limited edition blend is now available nationwide at a suggested retail price of $44.99 for a 750mL bottle. Look for it packaged in a light tan and deep green, hand-applied parchment bib and wrapped with the copper belt iconic to Basil Hayden’s. For more information about visit www.basilhaydens.com.

Rosé with an Edge: Celebrating the Launch of Three Olives Rosé Vodka

Spring and summer may be the season of rosé wines but that doesn’t mean we have to give up other spirits. Of course, this does beg the question, what if you had to choose between two spirits? What if you could either have a glass of rosé or a vodka cocktail? Luckily you don’t have to choose between the two, and you don’t have to wait until warm weather to enjoy. We’re celebrating the best of the rosé and vodka worlds with the latest from Three Olives Vodka, the new Three Olives Rosé Vodka.

Teaming up with Betches Media, Three Olives held a launch party celebrating their Three Olives Rosé Vodka, an absolutely intriguing Rosé-flavored vodka with actress Busy Philips. This new flavored vodka combines the refreshingly fruity taste of rosé wine with Three Olives’ signature smooth, crafted vodka. The result is beguiling.

Together with  Betches Media’s  “rosé all day” lifestyle, expect to see custom social content, limited-edition merchandise, and events (check out this rosé vs. vodka rap battle music video, it’s hilarious – Three Olives Vodka vs Rose Rap Battle) rolling out all summer long honoring Three Olives Rosé Vodka. At 30% ABV is extremely mixable in a variety of day-party and cocktail party drinks, from frosé to sangria and spritzers. At the launch event, we enjoyed several delicious rosé vodka cocktails that are sure to make your summer 100% better. They included Frosé Vosé (a frozen delight), Spritz & Giggles, Busy’s Rosé Gold-Tini (pictured directly below), and Red, White, and Rosé (also pictured below).

“If vodka, rosé, and summer had a baby, their love child would be called Vosé,” said Jordana Abraham, Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer of Betches Media. “Summer is a type of feeling, not a season, and that feeling begins when you pop your favorite bottle of rosé vodka. We are always looking for a great way to upgrade our fun, and we’ll be saying ‘yes way Vosé’ this summer to our very own cocktail creation, Three Olives Rosé Vodka with a splash of prosecco.”

Now available nationwide, Three Olives Rosé Vodka retails for $17.99 per 750mL bottle. For cocktail recipes visit www.threeolives.com and visit www.Shopbetches.com to shop limited edition merchandise, like the below “Vodka or and Rose” Tee,  and celebrate rosé all day and all night.

Are you ready to indulge in Three Olives Rosé Vodka? You can’t go wrong when you’re living that rosé all day lifestyle

It’s In the Bag: Christopher Belt and Harrian Launch New Handbag Line

Multiple Independent Designer Awards winner, Christopher Belt has teamed up with Seoul, Korea Handbag brand Harrian to launch a new affordable luxury handbag collection and we had the pleasure of attending the launch event. The Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag line features a collection of mid-tier to high-end handbags created with inspiration from the world of architecture, furniture, and fashion. Handbag designer Christopher Belt is a fan of angular lines and details that are prevalent throughout the collection.

What started out as a small Manhattan boutique in 2014 is primed to become one of the most sought-after ranges of handbags. Each item in the Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag line is carefully created to reflect wit, elegance, and style while maintaining a “go anywhere” functionality. Chic and street-sensible, the Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag collection features something that will appeal to virtually every woman.

Every handbag from the Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag collection is beautiful but we do have our ultimate favorite styles. Top design choice for us is the hexagon shaped Galeforce Tote (the first handbag pictured). The minimal style handbag features short handles and a long shoulder strap in a two-way style that screams luxury. The circular Ticktock Crossbody (featured below in red) is inspired by the concept of time. The bag features Hermes embossed leather in a trendy circular shape with a triangular bar decoration to represent the hand of the clock, a short handle, and a removable long shoulder strap. The chic Cherry Bomb Retro Mini Cross Back boasts imported Italian leather, is decorated with gold cherries all over the front, and features an adjustable shoulder strap.

For those who love classic and minimal styles handbags and purses, styles like the rectangular shaped Empire, the rounded bottom Velocity, and trapezoid-shaped Scamper bags are perfect fits for your sophisticated and timeless tastes. We love these stunning bags and look forward to seeing more from Christopher Belt and Harrian New York.

What are your thoughts on this new handbag line? Which styles are your favorites?

The Perfect Pairing: Santa Margherita Wines and The Salty Donut

There are some things that just go together, peanut butter and jelly, Ying and Yang, cheese and crackers, and wine and donuts. Yes, you read that correct, wine and donuts. Thanks to Santa Margherita Wines and The Salty Donut, we not only discovered but thoroughly enjoyed this pairing. We had the pleasure of experiencing this non-typical, yet perfect pairing to celebrate the launch of Santa Margherita‘s two new sparkling wines, Sparkling Rosé and Prosecco Superiore DOCG.

Just in time for the holidays, world-renowned Italian winery, Santa Margherita Wines, and The Salty Donut, makers of small-batch artisanal donuts, collaborated to create exclusive Sparkling Rosé & Prosecco Superiore donuts. These two decadent, limited edition, artisan donuts are for lack of a better word, quintessential desserts. We say quintessential mainly because they incorporated the Santa Margherita wines into the donut and frosting, adding to their decadence.

We watched in awe and anticipation, as the Chefs created donut hole sized versions of the Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG Donuts. We took extreme pleasure in filling each of our donut holes with a special concoction that added the finishing touch to our crafted donut. Of course, nothing compared to the drool-inducing beauty of the limited edition donuts from Santa Margherita Wines and The Salty Donut.

Founded in 1935, Santa Margherita is a world-renowned Italian winery that prides itself on its deep-rooted values of provenance, character, and craftsmanship. We must note that we tasted a taste similarity between the two new wines, which we attribute to the Glera grapes, which are present in both (the rosé at 40%, and the prosecco at 100%).

Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé ($29.99)

A pink hue introduces a subtle succession of floral fragrances lifted by white fruits and delicate hints of red berry fruits while offering a versatile drinking experience. This pale pink wine brings a full bouquet of pleasing floral aromas with hints of red berry, artfully crafted with a blend of white wine made from Chardonnay and Glera grapes and a red varietal, Malbec. Its flavor is delicate, but vibrant and well rounded, remaining on the palate and making this a deliciously easy-drinking wine.

Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG ($27.99)

A sparkling wine with a clean, pleasantly fruity bouquet, reminiscent of rennet apples and peach blossom. its flavor is rounded and well-balanced. This sparkling wine has fine bubbles winding through its bright straw yellow color and greenish reflections. Its flavor includes fruity hints of pineapples and Rennet apples.

The full Santa Margherita portfolio is comprised of Pinot Grigio Alto Adige and Valdadige, Chianti Classico Riserva, Sparkling Rosé, and Prosecco Superiore DOCG. For more information of all four wines, visit www.santamargheritawines.com. What do you think of the Santa Margherita Wines and The Salty Donut’s wine-based donuts? We think they should add it to the Salty Donuts’ menu, don’t you?

Spanish Fashion & Lifestyle Brand KIMOA Launches In The U.S.

It’s not often that race car driving and fashion mix, but that is exactly what happened with the new fashion and lifestyle brand that’s coming out of Spain. Say hello to KIMOA, a casual beach collection for men and women (today we’re only highlighting the women’s collection), inspired by the relaxed seashore culture of Southern California.

The beachy collection is the brainchild of Formula 1 race car driver Fernando Alonso, who launched this first line of apparel and accessories in the U.S. market after his recent debut at the Indianapolis 500, where he won the Rookie of the Year award. Based in Madrid, KIMOA is comprised of soft, easy to wear tanks, t-shirt, and sweatshirts for staying warm after a surf or skate session, easy dresses for those special summer moments, and rompers (also known as playsuits) for women, and swim shorts, hoodies, tees, and super soft sweaters for men. We love the idea that someone’s who’s career revolves around moving at such great speeds, would introduce an easygoing fashion and lifestyle brand that encourages you to relax and take things a bit slow.

The new collection also includes a complete line of sunglasses in a selection of round, square and aviator styles, ball caps, beach towels, skateboards, and surfboards. All wearable apparel and accessories within the collection are priced at under $100.00, with skateboards running around $300.00, and surfboards around $675.00. For us, the most standout detail from the collection was the incredible softness of the fabrication. The tees felt especially butter soft and lightweight to the touch, the dresses comfortable, and the sunnies were solid and smooth. The KIMOA Cape Town Sunglasses were absolute favorites.

Spanish artist and close friend of Fernando, Domingo Zapata, gave a warm introduction to the crowd, followed by a short speech from Fernando and the premiere of the KIMOA campaign video. Notable attendees included Spanish model Jessica Goicoechea and Italian model Linda Morselli.

Are you ready to fall in love with KIMOA? Get to know this California beachy brand at www.kimoa.com/int_en.

Kiehl’s Launches Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream w/ Summer Party

Kiehl’s brought a little sunshine and summer fun into our winter lives right before the snowstorm. The wonderfully fun event was to celebrate their newest skincare launch, the Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream. From the outside decor, we knew we were in for a wonderful night of summer enjoyment, despite the cold temperatures outside, and boy were we right. Guests were invited to don their favorite summer fashions for a bit of fun in the “sun”. Many attendees complied, rocking shorts, sun dresses, and lots of bold colors.

The summer themed event with filled with lots of fun, interactive details and all the things you’d find at the perfect pool deck – a ball pit made to look like a swimming pool, lifeguards on duty, palm trees, cool flotation devices, relaxing deck chairs, Tiki bar serving delicious and refreshing lemonade and ice tea drinks, and of course stations to try out the new Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream.

What makes the Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream so amazing? (We’ve been using the sample we received and we must say, our skin has never felt this soft and supple during the winter months.) To create this new wonder skincare product, Kiehl’s harnessed the power of two natural ingredients sourced from Eastern and Western medicine, each known for their potency and amazing benefits.

Kiehl’s used the ancient botanical, Korean Red Ginseng Root, for its revitalizing properties and its ability to accelerate cell renewal, improve texture and vitality, leaving you with vibrant glowing skin. The New Zealand-based Manuka Honey strengthens your skin’s barrier to smooth fine lines, helps to improve your skin’s resilience and its ability to recover. We’re loving the results after one week of use, we can’t wait to see our skin after a month of use. As usual, it’s always a pleasure to say hello to and thank Kiehl’s President, Chris Salgardo, who showed some leg in short shorts.

Other favorite guests included famed Fashion Designers, Jeffrey Costello, and Robert Tagliapietra, of fashion house Costello Tagliapietra. It’s always a pleasure to see these super sweet and iconic designers at Kiehl’s events, and singer Kehlani, who performed a great set at the launch event

As always, we had a great time celebrating with Kiehl’s and look forward to having our skin be completely and properly protected from the upcoming frigid winter days. The Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream. is available now both online and at all Kiehl’s retail locations. The 1.7oz. Jar retails for $60.00, and the 2.5oz. Jar for $79.00. Have you tried the newest member of the Kiehl’s skincare family for yourself?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.