Four Roses Bourbon for Valentine’s Day

We’ve always found the alluring, dark hue of bourbon whiskey quite sensuous; as if there are many fascinating secrets to be found behind its translucid amber tones. So when we were approached to come up with a Valentine’s Day cocktail recipe featuring the aptly named Four Roses Bourbon Small Batch Whiskey (you can’t really enjoy valentine’s day without roses), we jumped at the chance to dive into the allure of this spirit.

Four Roses Bourbon Small Batch Whiskey is known for a palate that bears a hint of cherry, so we knew we wanted to enhance that hint with a cocktail where cherries were the starlet of our little tasty production. We also wanted to amp up the spiciness a little with a little ginger. The result was an irresistible success (we think so anyway, at least, based on our drink count), an enhanced sensory overload for the tongue and nose (it looks pretty darn sexy too). So without further ado, we present our Four Roses

Four Roses Cherry Seduction

1oz Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
1oz cherry juice
1/2 oz amaretto
1/2 oz ginger brandy
2 oz cherry cola
5 maraschino cherries
Muddle the five cherries at the bottom of the glass, then add ice. In a cocktail shaker add Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, cherry juice, amaretto and ginger brandy (we recommend Hiram Walker Ginger Brandy but feel free to find your own favorite). Pour over ice, top it off with the cherry cola and stir. Add additional cherries as a garnish if desired.

We hope we’ve left you with a new, enjoyable cocktail to add to your drink list for this Valentine’s Day, and beyond. We certainly enjoyed making this Four Roses Bourbon Cherry Seduction cocktail. Whether you’re enjoying it with your partner, your single girlfriends, or solo, you’ll love the smooth, spicy, and sweet taste of this cocktail.

Tell us what you think of our Four Roses Bourbon Valentine’s Day cocktail, do you think we have a winning recipe? To see other recipes and learn more about Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, click

I’m As Comfortable As My Drink: A Basil Hayden’s Valentine’s Day Cocktail

Let’s discuss what real comfort is.  With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, some of us may choose to sit up in bed, gleefully watch and embrace it as it comes over the horizon. However, there are also those of us who would rather pull the covers over our heads and rouse ourselves from a too-long slumber well after the horizon, high noon and sunset has taken place.  For whatever motivates, thrills, ails, or annoys you about Valentine’s Day, take comfort in this fact. Whether you are with the one you love, searching for that one you love, crying over that one you love or in a great place not having to deal with love at the moment, there’s comfort to be had.  That comfort comes in a glass of Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Isn’t it funny how when we’re sad, we drink. When we’re depressed, we drink.  Lonely?  Pour me a glass! On the prowl? Fill’er up!  In love, ‘how about we share a glass’? Content, ‘then pour a glass to celebrate my life’.


Comfort foods are supposed to be looked upon as enjoyable little fattening concoctions with not much thought given to waistlines and gym memberships.  So while they don’t consider certain pleasantries of life, they do still bear the moniker of comfort. That also makes me ask that if we don’t find little bits of enjoyment every now within the disciplines and abandonments in life, is it still living?

Dave, Basil and Toddy's Somalian Retreat

So for Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share my own Basil Hayden’s recipe for two memorable points of comfort I had this winter.  In late 2015 I enjoyed the most amazing hot toddy in Midtown and last month I had a delightful culinary experience with a Somalian tea in Harlem.  So when thinking of my profound bachelorhood this Valentine’s Day it made me realize that in the downtime between relationships while you’re getting to know yourself again, you find those times to teach, enlighten pamper and comfort yourself through discipline, introspection and of course dining.

I call this “Dave, Basil & Toddy’s Somalian Retreat”


2 ounces Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Why:  It’s a great bourbon when spiciness and a full-bodied flavor profile that really enhances a toddy
1 Tablespoon of Coconut Sugar
Why:  I didn’t want it too sweet and I find that honey sometimes overpowers
1 cup of hot water
1 Fresh nutmeg grated to a pinch
2 -3 Cloves
1/4 – 1/2 Teaspoon of Cardamom
1 Fresh Cinnamon stick grated to a small pinch
Fresh Ginger grated to a pinch
2 Tablespoons of Milk
1 Lemon
Why: The presence of lemon & milk will curdle, so the lemon is here mainly for a little bit of the zest)
Black tea bag
Add the boiling hot water to a cup then add the Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.  Next add in your nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger.  Stir then add sugar, more or less to taste and milk and stir again.  Finally, run your lemon over your zester 2-3 times, throw in the grated cinnamon stick and the tea bag and you’re done.  (The tea bag is really just to slowly permeate through the toddy with an intensifying flavor/garnish).


I’m no chef or mixologist, but I am an avid foodie and do relish in a nice flavor profile and I really enjoyed my Basil Hayden’s “comfortable” little mash-up of my favorite comfort drinks this season.  With whatever or whoever you’re doing this Valentine’s Day or this winter, may it bring you comfort enough to either land a screw or be just fine with screwing the 14th.

As always please remember to drink responsibly. 

Bald Guy Greetings: Not Your Typical Valentine’s Day Cards

Do you find yourself to be a bit more on the blunt side when it comes to expressing yourself emotionally? Maybe you self-describe as anti-Valentine’s Day, but still need a card for your partner. Or maybe you just haven’t found a Valentine’s Day card that properly states how you really feel about the one you love? If you’re looking for VDay cards that perfectly capture your wicked sense of humor, then you’ll love the following hilarious, sometimes sarcastic greeting cards from Bald Guy Greetings. These funny cards are sure to perfectly sum up your real feelings, despite the overly sugary sweet sentiments that normally surround this holiday.


Valentine’s Day is not at all short on sappy, overly sentimental greeting cards, but let’s face it, not everyone likes or wants these Saccharin greeting cards. For those of us who appreciate a little dirty humor, the Valentine’s Day cards from Bald Guy Greetings are just hat the love doctor ordered. The above are just three of our favorites from the fourteen available cards that are just waiting to be sent off to your love. So if you’re looking for “a refreshingly honest, sometimes brutal, always sarcastic, but never the less very caring card”, head over to the greeting card company that tells it like it is. f the above three do not catch your attention, maybe one of the others we’ve featured below is more your speed.


The Valentine’s Day cards from Bald Guy Greetings retail for $3.50 each, and can be purchased directly from, or just use their store locator to find the nearest retailer near you. What do you guys think of these biting greeting cards from Bald Guy Greetings, would you give your significant others one of these funny cards, or would love to receive one? Let us know in the comments below.

Restaurant Review: Fromage Garage Grill Shop & Belly Repair

Welcome fellow foodies, to another culinary discovery and adventure with my partner in good food, David White. Today’s restaurant review takes us to Brooklyn, to indulge in Fromage Garage Grill Shop & Belly Repair, which promises (and delivers) “suped up grill cheese sandwiches”. Join us as we journey through some of the many offerings from this mechanic’s garage-themed eatery, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at 441 Metropolitan Avenue.

For those who may think there’s nothing revolutionary about grilled cheese sandwiches, get ready to have your mind blown away, and for those who like things their way, you will love the overall concept of Fromage Garage. You can either enjoy many of the dishes available on the menu as is or you customize items like your salads and grilled cheese sandwiches and make them as epic as you want. Let’s begin our food journey with the first course.



David: A smoked gouda round served with chickpea basil pesto and a balsamic reduction, EVOO, tomato, and arugula. The flavor was a nice marriage of salty with a touch of sweet along with a nice balance of the smoky grilled cheese with the freshness of tomato, pesto, and fresh greens. The familiar acidity of the balsamic reduction rounded off the intense flavor profile with a nice tart edge.

Glasgow: I loved many things about this first course which boasted both an elegant and rustic look. I loved the savory aspect of the warmed gouda round, chickpea basil pesto, and smokiness, and the added hint of sweetness is what really got my eyes rolling back in complete enjoyment. This was the perfect starter to begin the night with.



David: An easy but fresh and clean salad that worked well with or without the addition of cheese. The kale, avocado, carrots, roasted red peppers, chickpeas, and sesame ginger dressing created satisfying proof that with the right accompaniments, kale is a wonderful buoyant green. The textures were perfect together.

Glasgow: You salad, or Green Machine, can be customized how you want it. You begin with a selection of Kale, Spinach, Arugula or a mix of all, then choose your Parts (you can select up to 5 parts from the list of 19), such as avocado, mushroom medley, roasted red peppers, various meats, caramelized onions, etc, then you top it off with your Lubricant (salad dressing). This non-kale fan was head over heels for this salad (I usually stay away from anything that even hints at the word Kale), and our custom Green Machine was especially amazing with the Ginger Sesame dressing.


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David: Next I sampled the Timing BeLT, a medley of cheddar, chive butter, kale, tomato, chipotle mayo and bacon on brioche. This was also a great dipping sandwich as the zesty blends of spicy and salty made harmonious culinary magic together for a provocative and very satisfying flavor profile. The salty smoky perfect bacon, the sharpness of the cheddar, the crunch of the kale and the creaminess of the butter were textural delights together.

Glasgow: As stated above, you can customize your grilled cheese but we decided to go with one of Fromage Garage’s custom builds already on the menu. I too wanted to see how the owner, Eddy, could rev up the traditional BLT, and he did not disappoint. First we must note, all of Fromage Garage’s breads are made in-house (with a gluten-free option), our Timing BeLT boasted cheddar, chive butter, kale, tomato, chipotle mayo, and bacon on crispy, buttery brioche bread. I for one will never go back to an ordinary BLT, not when this exists.

David: I found the soup of the day to be a great half of the grown and hearty remix to the soup and sandwich pairing. Kale and potato with a hint of ginger, was it? It was perfect for dipping my Fuel Injection Grilled Cheese Sandwich, a combination of gouda and fontina with scallion butter, ham spinach, tomato jam and truffle oil on brioche. This was a delicate Latin sandwich that reminded me of the Croque Monsieur with the perfect blend of smoky gouda and aromatic fontina grilled with ham and spinach for a delicate and comforting flavor. The tomato jam and the truffle oil brought in an earthy almost herbal flavor to seal the deal.

Glasgow: The soup/dipping sauce has to be commented on separately because it deserves it’s open separate praise. As I’ve stated, not much of a Kale fan, but I found myself devouring this delicious Kale Potato Soup/dipping sauce. It actually reminded me of a Caribbean dish that originated in West Africa called Callaloo, a very thick leafy soup that I thoroughly enjoyed during my childhood. I love a dish that brings back happy memories. I could eat several full bowls of this delicious soup.


Dessert fans should run (or drive), don’t walk to Fromage Garage, if only to indulge in their sweet tooth offerings. whether there’s room for dessert, trust us when we say, make room!


David: I thoroughly enjoyed Eddy’s remix of the Dominican tres leches cake made with grilled brioche and tres leches creme. The addition of the pineapple and guava jams were just the perfect touch of island sweetness for the creamy cheeses and warm soft bread

Glasgow: I’ve never heard of a grilled Dominican Sponge Cake or of anyone grilling a Tres Leches cake….until now! Eddy’s interpretation of the traditional Tres Leches Cake was phenomenal. from the first bite to the last, down to the additional drops of milk and the tropical fruit jam, it was divine.


David: Talk about sweet and creamy. As the gooey sweet dulce de leche, tart and sweet mascarpone and sweet fruit chutney slid down my throat I had sweet tooth nirvana anchored by the soft chewy bite of the perfectly grilled brioche.

Glasgow: As you can expect from a restaurant that’s all about grilled cheese, one of our favorite desserts naturally involved cheese, Mascarpone to be exact. The Don Eddy was the perfect amount of sweet and creamy. I loved the addition of the sweet fruit chutney, taking the side dish and putting it on display. Once again, I was delighted to see those telltale grill marks on my brioche.


David: It was hard to choose a favorite dessert but this was it. The guava paste with the citrus zest was pure island delightfulness. Then when paired with the cream cheese, it was like dessert meets breakfast chewy bread and the cream cheese just melted orgasmically together with the citrus for an explosive flavor profile.

Glasgow: For those who want a little island style, let this the guava paste, and citrus zest cream cheese in this El Gomero satisfy your palate with its refreshing burst of flavor. You won’t want any bite go to waste.


David: Eddy at Fromage Garage must’ve taken inspiration from the rise of the boutique experience that’s been taking over department stores and quaint little streets everywhere from Bushwick to SoBro. Fromage Garage’s layout was a kitchy and intensely charming homage to Eddy’s pop who was a mechanic. While waiting with the heady aromas of grilling cheese in the air, I found myself constantly catching some interesting way in which he linked the idea of his love of grilling with the love of his dad and his profession.

Glasgow: Inspired by his father, Eddy Fontana created Fromage Garage as an homage to his father, who was a Mechanical, Civil and Structural Engineer, whose image is the first thing you see as you enter the restroom. Everything from the decor to the music playing is exactly what you’d expect to see and hear at a garage. We were quite impressed ith the small details, such as the drum sink and truck side mirror in the bathroom, the cogs, and gears cemented into the counter, the wall of license plates, the tires, and garage lights hanging overhead, the mechanic shirt uniforms, and the windshield sneeze guard.


Glasgow: Thanks to Eddy and the delicious menu at Fromage garage, I have learned that I don’t hate Kale, I just hadn’t had it served so deliciously before. I also know that a truly amazing meal can bring back wonderful childhood memories and that grilled cheese sandwiches are no longer just for kids. I will be back for brunch. We hope to have inspired you to take a visit to Fromage Garage Grill Shop & Belly Repair.
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Vodka Wishes and Cocktail Caviar Dreams

We’ve highlighted so many delicious and innovative cocktails, and of course, inventive way to enjoy them, whether it be portable, pre-filled glasses like LIQSTwisted Shotz, or Zipz Wine, as a frozen popsicle. Today we introduce you to a new way to enjoy your favorite spirit, Cocktail Caviar, a delicious and sophisticated collection of burstable pearls of naturally flavored vodka, originated right here in Brooklyn.

If you enjoy caviar and the moment each “roe” bursts in your mouth, you will love this product, if you enjoy the delicious taste of alcohol, you will love this. Basically, you can’t help but enjoy this wonderful product. the best thing about Cocktail Caviar, besides it’s innovative form, is you can freeze them and use them as ice in a cocktail, garnish your favorite dessert with any of the five Cocktail Caviar flavors you desire for an adult taste, treat your guests to an avant-garde shot, serve it as a crowd-pleasing aperitif, include it as a fun, new aspect to jello shots, or add it as a pearl at the bottom of a glass of wine.

“Create vibrant dimensionality to your favorite drinks and desserts with Cocktail Caviar – quality crafted pearls infused with spirits destined to delight the senses,” says Steven Hollenkamp, Founder, and CEO of Cocktail Caviar.

Cocktail Caviar is available in five delicious flavored spirits, all made with premium vodka (25 proof/12.5% alcohol by volume) and natural fruit flavors and colors from fruit extracts, including Autumn Apple Vodka, Blueberry & Wildflower Vodka, Raspberry Vodka, Strawberry Vodka, and  Lychee Vodka. Each flavor of Cocktail Caviar comes in 375ml stackable glass jars and retails for $25.00 each. Look for this ultimate signature ingredient for your cocktails at your local wine and spirit retailers or visit for more information.

What are your thoughts on Cocktail Caviar, are you up to trying this innovative alcohol treat?

Shore Projects Watches: Time for Change

New York Fashion Week is in two weeks and naturally, we’re getting ourselves ready. The two most important things for us during this very hectic and fashionable week (besides the shows we’re attending), is time (staying on schedule is essential and can be difficult at times) and of course wardrobe (looking effortlessly cool, chic, and comfortable can be a pain while you’re running around from show to show during winter). Luckily one fashionable accessory is helping us get our time and wardrobe together for NYFW the Shows, Shore Projects Watches.

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Shore Projects Watches is a timeless, unisex watch brand whose timepieces are inspired the British seaside, and influenced by vintage designs with modern features. These classic style watches are the perfect accessory for men and women and boast an innovative strap mechanism that makes it super easy to swap straps every day if you desire, in mere seconds. To make your Shore Projects Watch truly yours, just choose from more than 14 watch faces, and 30 watch bands to celebrate your personal style. The straps are available in a host of various materials including classic nylon, leather, mesh, and polka dot, which equals about 400+ varied style choices. The watch brand also recently launched their new Silicone watch bands, which are also available in multiple colors (some of which can be seen below), giving you the opportunity to create even more style and pattern choices.

Shore Projects Watches

These timepieces offer much more than just their stylish exterior, Shore Projects uses the most reliable Japanese Miyota Quartz movements and precision manufacturing processes, allowing the watches to withstand the demands of everyday living as well as personal style choices. The watches are waterproofed to 325ft (or 100m), which makes them perfect for swimming at the beach, lake or pool this summer. Shore Project watches also boast 316L marine grade stainless steel cases, scratch resistant crystal sapphire glass, and the finest quality leather sourced from Italy.

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Do you find yourself feeling bored with your current watch? Then we highly recommend getting acquainted with Shore Projects Watches to celebrate your own personal style with a customized watch. Why not make your everyday style standout.

Skinnygirl Candy Launches at Dylan’s Candy Bar

It is said that alcohol and candy are two indulgences that have the most calories, mostly because of their very high sugar content. Real Housewives of New York castmember and lifestyle product mogul, Bethenny Frankel, has already gifted us with some great, 100 calorie alcoholic beverage options with her range of Skinnygirl Cocktails (a delicious range of alcohol we’ve highlighted several times) and now she’s bringing that same delicious joy to the candy market. Join us in welcoming Skinnygirl Candy, a premium line of Belgian chocolates, gummies and mints.

We walked into candy wonderland that is Dylan’s Candy Bar in Union Square, not with sugar plum fairies dancing in our heads, but with visions of decadent milk and dark chocolates, fruit gummies, and cool mints, and that’s exactly what we got. Boasting delicious gummies and chocolates that are individually packed in 100 calorie servings, along with  zero calorie mints, you’re giving up the guilt of indulging in these decadent sweet treats. The delicious, low-calorie range of Skinnygirl Candy includes Dark, and Milk Chocolate Coated Almonds, Elderberry and Sweet Lemon Gummies, Annabella Cherry and Mango Gummies, Dark Chocolate Mini Bars with Pistachio and Caramel, Milk Chocolate Mini Bars with Nougat and Almonds, Sugar-Free Mints in Lemon Lime, Mocha Cappuccino, and Pomegranate Green Tea, Dark Chocolate Truffles with Almonds, Milk Chocolate Truffles with Mint Cookie Crumble, and Milk Chocolate Truffles with Sea Salt Toffee.

Dylan Lauren and Bethenny Frankel

photo courtesy of Skinnygirl Candy

Frankel, whose hair we absolutely love, sat down for a Q&A with Dylan’s Candy Bar Founder, Dylan Lauren, before greeting and serving guests some of her wonderful treats…all of which were caught by BravoTV cameras (so look for this sweet treat to be featured on an upcoming episode of Real Housewives of New York. For those who are really health conscious, please note the Skinnygirl Candy chocolates and gummies contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives and they’re made from premium Belgian Chocolate and gummies. Although the products are low calorie, the chocolate, and gummy products are not sugar-free, and the chocolate products are gluten free with the exception of the Mint Cookie Crumble Truffles. For those of you with peanut allergies,  a few products do contain nuts, but their production facility is peanut-free.

Of course, the sweet treats were not the only low-calorie enjoyment e had at the event. Along with Skinnygirl Candy, guests were also treated to some low-calorie cocktails from Skinnygirl Cocktails, tea, and hot chocolate. We confess in our indulging in one or two

Want to know more aboutSkinnygirl Candy? Visit for more information on each product line and where to buy. Are you excited to try Skinnygirl Candy? let us know in the comments below.

7 Things You Didn’t Know: NYFW vs Super Bowl Infographic

Many may not know this, but during this time of year, New Yorkers segment themselves into two groups, those who worship at the altar of the 50-yard line, and those who have a passion for fashion. With both events starting in early February, the team at was curious (we admit we were as well) about how the two events stacked up against each other in the all important categories, so they came up with this very informative NYFW vs Super Bowl Infographic comparing such categories as revenue generated, expense, social media impact, etc.

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According to the NYFW vs Super Bowl Infographic, NYFW is winning the revenue race, bringing in twice as much money than the Super Bowl, generating a whopping $900 million. While NYFW is winning in money earned, the Super Bowl has got the viewership numbers all locked up with 114.4 million viewers tuning in to see who tackles their way to taking the Vince Lombardi Trophy home, this is probably something to do with the fact many viewers often place a bet on which team they think will win using a site such as and others, no one is going to miss the real-time results of their gameday bets! When it comes to food, we have to give it to Super Bowl viewers, while they’re relaxing on their couches, continuously indulging in delicious comfort foods like chicken wings (an estimated 1.25 billion chicken wings are eaten on game day), NYFW attendees are left to guzzle down quick cups of coffee, and Fiber One bars while running from fashion show to fashion show (although the coffee and healthy snack industry are going pretty well since 26,000 cups of espresso and 45,000 Fiber One bars are consumed by fashionistas). When it comes to social media, while the numbers were close, fashion still rules! Last year the #nyfw hashtag was reportedly used 31.6 million times in Instagram engagements, and the #superbowl hashtag garnered a total of 28.4 million tweets! That’s a lot of dedication for these two major US events, but we’re not surprised.

Which will you be tuning in to? Are you a NYFW fashionista or a Super Bowl super fan? Let us know in the comments, and thanks to for this amazing infographic.