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Jonathan Van Ness & Smirnoff Celebrate Pride w/ the House of Pride Event

What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riot than to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. With a long-standing commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community, Smirnoff and Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness hosted a House of Pride event toasting to World Pride and Pride Month. The House of Pride event, which also celebrated Smirnoff’s 2019 “Welcome Home” campaign, featured a home-inspired, immersive pop-up experience features six insta-worthy rooms; each painted one of the colors of the pride flag.

The “red” room boldly stated “My Bed. My Business” and featured a giant bed with room for many; an orange room which featured a vintage kitchen; a yellow room which promised makeovers and playing dress-up; and a green room with a garden of Eden-like swing.

The event featured so many stunning drag queens who sprinkled utter fabulousness throughout the entire event. Forgive us for not getting all their names but once the Smirnoff started flowing…you know how that goes.

Numerous cocktails flowed as Fashion Designer and Celebrity DJ, Timo Weiland, kept the crowd moving with some of the most iconic songs by LGBT+ loved artists old and new. The “blue” room featured international cocktails, almost all of which were made with the classic Smirnoff 21 “Love wins” vodka.

As the event was underway, host Jonathan Van Ness made his entrance in epic pride fashion, arriving in a rainbow taxi. sipped on specialty Smirnoff cocktails while toasting to Pride Month and the LGBTQIA+ community with guests. Check out Jonathan Van Ness’ Welcome Home speech on our Instagram.

Jonathan Van Ness and Smirnoff celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and ongoing fight for equality with House of Pride pop-up on June 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Smirnoff)Driving home the global celebration of Pride, and Smirnoff’s Welcome Home campaign, were the bottles of Smirnoff vodka which boasted the word “welcome” in various languages including English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

The revelry continued well into the night as the Jonathan Van Ness and Smirnoff House of Pride event was the place to be. When we left, the party was still in full swing and the vodka cocktails still flowed.

Vinho Verde Wine Experience Returns to NYC for 3rd Year

Last year we celebrated National Rose Day by attending the 2nd Annual Vinho Verde Wine Experience and sampling some amazing rose, white, and red wines. Although the day of celebrating rose wine has passed, we’ll be returning to the Vinho Verde Wine Experience to enjoy its 3rd year of amazing Portuguese wines in NYC.

Herald as one of the most anticipated NYC summer events, over 30 top, specially curated wineries from the Vinho Verde region of Portugal will be on-hand to share their varietals. The day-long festival will feature three tasting sessions. Also with ever-flowing wine, sommeliers hosting informative sessions about Vinho Verde, mixologists custom curating delicious beverages at the Vinho Verde Cocktail Bar, live music, food bites from some of NYC’s hottest restaurants, and a photo booth.

Vinho Verde Wine Experience

Wine enthusiasts and foodies can enjoy the following sessions on Saturday, June 15, 2019:

Session 1 VIP + GA: 12pm – 3pm
Session 1 GA: 1pm – 3pm
Session 2 VIP + GA: 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Session 2 GA: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Session 3 VIP + GA: 7pm – 10pm
Session 3 GA: 8pm – 10pm

The wine event takes place in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood at Second Floor’s amazing indoor and outdoor spaces, located at 849 6th Ave.  Some of the winemakers in attendance include Adega Ponte da Barca | Viniverde, Adega de Monção, Quinta da Lixa, Arcas, Casa de Mouraz, Adega Ponte Lima, Vecoope, Manuel Costa & Filhos, Encosta do Xisto, José Maria da Fonseca, Aveleda, Campelo, Quinta da Calçada, Enoport Wines, Provam, and much more!

Vinho Verde is a diverse region that produces many different types of wine: White, Rosé or Red, Sparkling or Spirits. Whether blended or single grape variety, dry or sweet, still or sparkling, floral or fruity, all of them have one thing in common: their authenticity and fresh flavor. Born in a coastal region, characterized by fruity and floral aromas, Vinho Verde wines have the perfect level of acidity, providing a long-lasting sensation of harmony in the mouth.

All wine tastings stop 15 minutes prior to the end of the session time. For more information including ticket purchase options and additional event details, head over to www.vinhoverdewineexperience.com. If you’re posting from or following the event on social media, use hashtag #VinhoVerdeWineExperience.

Effen Vodka Launches Effen Rosé and Effen Yuzu Citrus Flavors

National Vodka Day isn’t until October but thankfully we don’t have to wait until then to enjoy the latest flavor launches from Effen Vodka. Just in time for and perfect for summer, are Effen Rosé and Effen Yuzu Citrus flavors. The two new super-premium vodka flavors join the already exciting range of flavors. These flavors include Black Cherry, Raspberry, Cucumber, Blood Orange and Green Apple. Let’s get to know the new Effen Rosé and Effen Yuzu Citrus vodka flavors.

Made from premium French wheat, Effen Vodka uses a continuous distillation process, along with all-natural ingredients to create a smooth taste on the palate. This results in a flavored vodka that is smooth yet crisp with flavors that are unsullied by an aftertaste. We had the pleasure of enjoying several cocktails made with the new Effen Rosé and Effen Yuzu Citrus vodkas. Great music kept us company as we enjoyed a very informative flight bar led by Bartender, Amy Probasco. We enjoyed the new flavors neat and paired with a variety of ingredients. We recommend trying different fruits and herbs to enhance the natural flavors of each new flavor.

The night ended too quickly but we each took home a keepsake cocktail shaker designed by Street Artist, AJ Lavilla.

The Effen Rosé Vodka combines the bright, smooth flavors of a classic Rosé with an accent of vanilla and honey to round out its flavor. The liquid itself is a beautiful pink-hue and adds no additional sugar. The two featured Effen Rosé cocktails included the Raspberry Rosé Spritz, a great summer drink; and the Rosé & Soda, perfect for those who want a low-calorie and low sugar cocktail.

The one of a kind Effen Yuzu Citrus Vodka uses Yuzu citrus fruit; it’s known for its use and origin from Japan and East Asia. This Asian citrus fruit is exploding with popularity across the US, and already can be found in many products. The taste is a complex blend of citrus, grapefruit, and herb to truly embody the subtle beauty of the Yuzu fruit and flavor. This is the first Yuzu Vodka we’ve experienced and we are in love. We loved the light and refreshing citrus taste.

Thanks to the Effen Yuzu Citrus cocktail, we’ve found out new “adult lemonade” and the Yuzu Citrus & Grapefruit Soda is another low-calorie and low sugar winner. No matter which flavor you enjoy, we promise the Effen Rosé and Effen Yuzu Citrus vodkas will be a hit.

Why Should You Attend The Makeup Show NYC On May 5th & 6th?

First of all, if you love beauty you definitely should but there are several other reasons to attend The Makeup Show NYC. For starters, The Makeup Show is the largest pro beauty event in the world! The two-day beauty experience introduces beauty lovers to both indie brands and pro-favorites. Over 120 beauty brands will be showing their products. As an attendee, you will be among the first to see these beauty brands launch their new products. You will witness pro-artists setting new beauty trends, and so much more.

Want to know more about the beauty industry from the Pros? The Makeup Show NYC will have 8 stages of hands-on beauty education and workshops. These workshops will feature strong women in the beauty industry, including Tabatha Coffey, Natasha Denona, Erin Parsons, Danessa Myricks, and more. Get the inside scoop on bridal beauty, makeup for photography, color correction and theory, complexion and skincare, etc. Check out a peak of a part of the show’s layout and some of the brands:

For the first time, ever The Makeup Show welcomes an International Stage where makeup professionals from all over the world are featured. These global artists include Vanessa Davis, Mia Connor, Einat Dan, Darya Kholodnykh, Isabelle De Vries, Lorcan Jude Devaney, Pepe Gutierrez, Daniel Takahashi, Bastian Russ, and Ederson Oliveira.

If editorials and beauty shots are your weakness, you’ll love the Art Gallery with Photographer Matthew Jordan Smith. Along with his work with Revlon and HBO, Matthew has shot many major celebrities; some of these celebrities include Oprah Winfrey, Queen Latifah, and Angela Bassett. He’s also published three books, one of which you can see above.

Last but certainly not least, beauty brands and local makeup artists come together to present the NYC Nights Fashion Show. To celebrate the iconic New York nightlife, The Makeup Show NYC presents a cocktail event with a fashion presentation. The fashion show will take place on Sunday, May 5th, 6:00pm-7:30pm on the 5th Floor in the Main Stage area.

The Makeup Show NYC will be held Sunday, May 5th, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Monday, May 6, from
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 W. 18th Street. Get a complete list schedule of events and scheduled and your tickets to the world’s largest beauty event today.

CHEESE WEEK 2019 - 3rd EDITION

Celebrate All Things Cheese During the 3rd Annual Cheese Week NYC

Did you know that Cheese Week NYC started today? For the third consecutive year, Jean-François Hesse and Transversal FR bring all things fromage to New York. The best part, you don’t have to be in Vermont, Italy, Switzerland or even France to enjoy some of the most amazing cheeses in the world. The 3rd Annual Cheese Week NYC brings them all to you in a series of in-store and restaurant events from April 28th – May 4th.  We had the pleasure of enjoying a wonderful cheese brunch at Rôtisserie Georgette, an experience we’ll be sharing soon. Check out some of the great cheese events happening this week

CHEESE WEEK 2019 - 3rd EDITION

Stores in New York

Murray’s Cheese (254 Bleecker St and 89 E 42nd St)
April 28th – May 4th
Demonstrations Daily – 3 to 6pm
• The Murray’s Cheese locations at 254 Bleecker Street and Grand Central Terminal will host
demonstrations daily.
• Murray’s Cheese Bar (264 Bleecker Street): special cheese-and-wine flights all week long

French Cheese Board (41 Spring St)
May 3rd – 5.30 to 7.30pm
• Class is in Session! Join Chef Greg from Savencia Cheese USA
This class includes how to create amazing cheese pairings with Saint Agur, Le Montagnard, Le Cayrol, Esquirrou, and Saint Andre

Zabar’s (2245 Broadway at 80th Street)
Demonstrations Daily – 3 to 6 pm:
May 2nd – 3 to 6pm: Join Gourmet Foods International for a tasting of P’tit Basque, Fromager D’Affinois Brie
and La Bonne Vie Goat Pyramid.
May 3rd – 3 to 6pm: Join Savencia Cheese USA for a tasting of Esquirou, a PDO Ossau Iraty cheese, winner
of the 2018 World Championship Cheese contest.

Le District (225 Liberty Street)
April 28th – May 4th
The offer is a choice of 3 kinds of cheese (cheese plate) and a flight of 2 wines for $35.
The cheese options include: Excellence Triple Creme – France St. Andre -Le Bonne Vie Chante -La Bonne Vie
Goat -St Agur 60%
-St Andre Mini
The two wines are: Combe Saint-Jean, Bourgogne Chardonnay 2015 and Château de la Dauphine, Delphis
Fronsac 2015

Taste Wine Company (50 3rd Ave)
May 2nd
Sit-down wine & cheese pairing class & tasting from 7 to 9pm. Price: $40
Reservations : 212-461-1708

Restaurants in New York

Rôtisserie Georgette (14 East 60th Street between Madison and 5th)
April 28th
Reserve for anytime between 12 noon and 2pm
« Fête du Fromage » Sunday Brunch
4 courses $49.00
Asparagus Velouté, Warm Savory Madeleines
Cheese Soufflé – or – Croque Monsieur
Artisanal Cheese Buffet
Tropical Fruit Sorbets, Mignardises
Reservations: 212-390-8060 or www.rotisserieg.com

Bagatelle (1 Little W 12th St)
3-course tasting menu with wine pairing
All week for dinner. $60.00
Reservations: 212-488-2110

Cocotte (110 Thompson St)
Cheese and Wine Fest throughout the week
Reservations: 212-965-9100

AOC East (1590 1st Avenue)
Happy Hour the entire week from 4 pm to 7 pm. Cheese and Wine: $15.00
Reservations: 646-998-5749

Bistro Vendôme (405 E 58th Street, NY)
Cheese and Wine tasting all week long
Reservations: 212-935-9100

Experience Tribeca Film Festival at the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier Lounge

The Tribeca Film Festival is known as one of the coolest things happening in New York. You’d think nothing can make it any cooler but you’d be wrong. As part of its latest Frontier Works project, Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey has collaborated with leaders in art, tech, and design. Together they will debut one of the most technologically advanced bar experiences: a 3D-printed experience. This experience will feature a 3D-printed bar and 3D-printed cocktails. Yes, you read that correctly, 3D-printed cocktails!! You’re invited to experience the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier Lounge. In collaboration with the architecture and design practice FAR frohn&rojas, the 3D fabrication team at Machine Histories, popular bartender Melissa Markert, and robotics pioneer from Print A Drink Benjamin Greimel, Bulleit brings its 3D Printed Frontier experience to Tribeca Film Festival.

During a series of private events at the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier Lounge, a team of noted NYC bartenders will serve some of the world’s first 3D printed cocktails.

Guests will also enjoy music from cutting-edge New York-based DJs, Odalys and Angel and Dren; a series of high-tech lighting projections featuring content from some of the films debuting at this year’s Festival. This is sure to be a truly immersive futuristic experience. The bar design, which was inspired by the iconic Bulleit Bourbon label and award-winning whiskey, will find a permanent home at the new Visitor’s Center at The Bulleit Distilling Company in Shelbyville, KY; however, it will stop at several cultural hotspots along the way starting in Oakland, California.

At the 3D Printed Frontier Lounge, Bulleit will host actors, filmmakers, and celebrities, for post-film screening afterparties for several films. Some of which include Crown Vic, Plus One and the 25th-anniversary celebration of Emmy Award-winning cultural sensation, In Living Color.

OAKLAND, CA – Phillip Hornung (L) and Benjamin Greimel attend the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier Launch at 16th Street Station on December 6, 2018, in Oakland, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Bulleit Frontier Whiskey)

The Bulleit Frontier Works Experience previously made stops in several cultural hotspots; Oakland, CA at the city’s historic Sixteenth Street Station, and Austin, TX ahead of this year’s SXSW conference and Festival.

Fans and festival-goers 21 years of age and older can visit https://guests.bulleit.com for a chance to experience the space from 7-10pm ET beginning Wednesday, April 24th through Friday, April 26th. Please note that space is limited and therefore confirmed RSVPs will be accepted on a “first-come, first-serve” basis.

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.

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.