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Popbar Welcomes the WafflePop, A NEW Winter Snack

We’re taking a short break from NYFW to celebrate another of our loves – delicious snacks. We were recently introduced to the Popbar, a delightful snack bar that offers all natural, handcrafted, customizable gelato on a stick. As if the delicious idea of authentic Italian gelato, sorbetto, and yogurts on a stick, weren’t enough, they came out with an even more delicious snack, the WafflePop. A simultaneously warm and cold treat made with the variety of gelato, sorbetto, or yogurt popsicles Popbar has available.

It will be love-at-first-bite when you sink your teeth into the layers of flavors and textures. What makes the WafflePop so damn delicious? Well, it’s a pop sandwiched between two hot waffles customized with chocolate drizzle and toppings of your choice. First, you select your preferred flavor of Popbar’s all-natural, handcrafted, and customizable pops (there are over 40+ flavors); then select your chocolate of choice for full or half drizzling; your creation is then sandwiched between two freshly made waffles and topped with your choice of toppings. We decided on a Coconut popGelato with milk chocolate and pink sprinkles. See our delicious creation below and check out the video of our WafflePop being created on our Instagram page:

PopBar NYC WafflePop Dessert PopBar NYC WafflePop Dessert

If you’re thinking of a fun thing to do for Galentine’s Day with friends, deepening your bond over your mutual sweet tooth at Popbar is a must. If you are looking for a sweet treat on Valentine’s Day, we recommend visiting the Popbar with your sweetheart. Whether you’re enjoying a romantic stroll or killing time before or after your romantic dinner, this sweet treat will not disappoint. In fact, we know you will also love another Popbar offering, their delicious gelatoShakes.

PopBar NYC gelatoShake

This innovative and decadent frozen drink is a twist on the classic milkshake. This delicious 16oz bottle of yum is served in a milk-jug style cup with a chocolate-dipped waffle cone overflowing with whipped cream. Yes, it is as incredibly delicious as it looks. The gelatoShake is made with 100% all natural ingredients.  It is available in six delicious flavors including green tea, strawberry, vanilla caramel, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. As with Popbar treats, the gelatoShake is handcrafted and made to your desire. It is the perfect way to enjoy a lot of love…..deliciously!

To experience the Popbar and all the decadence it has to offer, head over to the West Village at 5 Carmine St. (@ 6th Ave.).

Indulgent Valentine’s Day Cocktails Regardless Of Relationship Status

If you picked 10 random people from your local coffee shop and asked them how they felt about Valentine’s Day, you’d probably get 10 different answers. Some people view the love-themed holiday as a capitalistic cash cow, some spend months looking forward to a special day with their loved one. While others resent those doe-eyed couples for reminding them of their singledom.

No matter your connection, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate a loving relationship with anyone in your life. With half of the American population identifying as single and a quarter of them planning on doing something for Valentine’s Day, this holiday is no longer reserved for those with a romantic partner.

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For single women especially, the concept of “Galentine’s Day” has given this time of year an entirely new meaning. Coined by Leslie Knope on the sitcom Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s Day is held on February 13 and focuses on celebrating friendships between women. People around the world have latched on to this alternate version of the heart-filled holiday. It gives anyone with any type of relationship status the chance to get in on the worldwide celebration of love.

Champagne Glasses and Bottles

Whether you’re planning on inviting your closest gal pals over for a night of drinking and debauchery or planning a romantic dinner for two, these Valentine’s Day cocktails are sure to make even the most cynical feel the love.

  • Figgy Sparkler
    Along with chocolate, flowers, and giant teddy bears, champagne is a key ingredient for a classic Valentine’s Day celebration. Luckily, it is also a key ingredient in the figgy sparkler. This unique drink pairs vodka and Prosecco with figs and cranberries for a distinctly fruity palette. If you want to amp up the fig’s flavor even further, infuse your vodka with the dark fruit.
  • Love Potion #9
    This dessert-like drink is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. The recipe even calls for vanilla ice cream, the most popular flavor in a survey of International Ice Cream Association member companies. Combine the well-loved ice cream with chocolate liqueur with an option of clear, vanilla, or strawberry vodka to get this boozy smoothie. Top it off with a strawberry, and you’ll have Valentine’s Day in a glass.
  • Kir and Kir Royale
    A wine cocktail for all time, the Kir is a simple addition to any celebration of love, romantic or platonic. The star of the drink is blackcurrant, a lesser-known aphrodisiac for those who want to romance their partner. All you need to do is pour creme de cassis in a glass and top with white wine. If you’re among the 32% of people who are worried about the look of their teeth, choose a white wine with low sugar content and maintain the integrity of your pearly whites.
  • Besame
    Spanish for “kiss me,” this drink will have anyone dreaming of a sunny summer day spent swimming, the fourth most popular sports activity in the country. As you think of warmer days in blue waters, you’ll taste Agavero, the centerpiece of the Besame. This tequila-based liqueur is flavored with the essence of the Damiana flower. Mix it with passion fruit juice and Chambord, and then pour the cocktail over muddled raspberries and lime to concoct this refreshingly fruity drink.

Valentine’s Day isn’t about how much money you spend on your special someone, but the experiences you share together. Whether you join the masses at the movie theatre, go on one of the 27% of trips that are taken solely to attend an organized sporting event, or serve up these uniquely themed cocktails, you’re sure to make memories that will last a lifetime. Or at least until next Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Day Beauty from Glo Skin Beauty

Valentine’s Day Beauty: Turn Heads with these Glo Skin Beauty Looks

One of our favorite things about attending NYFW the Shows is seeing the backstage makeup looks that will be walking down the runway. Our favorite way of seeing those looks is the lead makeup artist’s proposed look on paper. Since Valentine’s Day falls the day after the last day of NYFW, we thought we’d share some stunning Glo Skin Beauty looks. You won’t believe the amazing things you can do with this mineral makeup brand.

Valentine's Day Beauty from Glo Skin Beauty

The great thing about these makeup looks is how easy they are to achieve. So whether you’re getting ready for date night, girls’ night Galentine’s Day celebration or a staying in for relaxing night of self-care, these products will help you get the look you want.

DATE NIGHT

Valentine's Day Beauty from Glo SKin Beauty

Eyes

Start with Glo Skin Beauty Eye Shadow in Twig in the crease and as a transition shade; follow with Dolce eye shadow on the lower lid and blend into Twig. Use the same shade mix for the lower lash line. Follow with Eclipse eye shadow along the upper lash line and on to lid creating a winged shape and along lower lash line deeper towards outer ⅓ of eyes blended on top of Dolce and Twig.

Cheek

Glo Skin Beauty Contour Kit and a little Cream Blush in Fig on apples of cheeks.

Lips

Line your lips with Glo Skin Beauty Precision Lip Pencil in Acorn and follow with Cream Glaze Crayon in Chiffon to top and fill in lips.

GIRLS’ NIGHT

Valentine's Day Beauty from Glo Skin Beauty

Eyes

Glo Skin Beauty Cream Stay Shadow Stick in Canyon on inner and outer areas of eyes blend into the crease, then buff Canyon into the lower lash line.  Add Glo Skin Beauty Blush in Papaya right on top of Canyon (upper and lower) and Blush in Passion along inner and outer ⅓ of upper lash line fuzed into Papaya, then add Passion lightly lining the outer edge of the lower lash line.

Cheek

Glo Skin Beauty Shimmer Brick in Glean and Blush in Flower Child

Lips

Glo Skin Beauty Precision Lip Pencil in Coral Crush and Lipstick in Parasol

NIGHT IN

Valentine's Day Beauty from Glo Skin Beauty

Face

Glo Skin Beauty Restorative Mask – this restorative mask is deeply nourishing and is the ultimate remedy for dry, dehydrated skin.

What are your thoughts on these stunning makeup looks for the most romantic day of the year? Will you be rocking one of these amazing looks on Galentine’s or Valentine’s Day?

A Love Potion Made for Two: Valentine’s Day at The Tuck Room NYC

Have you got solidified plans for tonight’s Valentine’s Day celebrations? Could you use a little help on some last minute plans that will wow your date? Look no further than the modern New York City Speakeasy, The Tuck Room, for an evening filled with delicious aphrodisiacs. For Valentine’s Day at The Tuck Room, you and your date are definitely going to feel the love with you sip on their limited edition Valentine’s Day curated cocktail, Love Potion for Two. Created with their proprietary Heizenberg, Love Potion for Two takes you on a journey reminiscent of a whirlwind romance (without the heartbreak of course because this specialty cocktail does not disappoint). Ladies, this is the perfect way to impress your Valentine with an amazing V-Day experience that’s as delicious as it is sensuous.

LOVE POTION FOR TWO

1 Cup Brewed Lemon Berry Meritage Tea (Rareteacellar.com)
1 Cup Banana, Almond and Cinnamon-infused Blanco Tequila
2 oz Ginger Syrup
1.5 oz Cranberry
1.5 oz Passion Fruit Juice
Juice of 1 Lemon
Serve in the rocks in a big stemmed glass with two straws and rose petals

Inspired in part by the movie, Fifty Shades, we promise you this magical concoction will not disappoint in taste, visual appeal, or sensuality. If you want to go the extra mile and really wow your date, ask The Tuck Room’s Chef Bartender and Corporate Sommelier, Adam Seger, to see just how this sinfully delicious Heizenberg Aphrodisiac infused cocktail is created. You will be presented to what we can only be described as a “cocktail altar worthy of the gods” (you can see in the photo directly above). We could worship at the Heizenberg cocktail altar all day! Want to know more about the Love Potion for Two? Check out the video below where Adam Seger breaks down what makes this cocktail so special:

The Love Potion for Two Valentine’s Day cocktail is available tonight for $32.00 (each serving is for two people…..hence the name). If you have no plans or want to include a late night treat for your and your Valentine, head over to The Tuck Room at 11 Fulton St in NYC. Ready to try this love potion?We’d love to hear your thoughts on the Valentine’s Day at The Tuck Room. Let us know in the comments.

The Best Things in Life are Sweet: Dana’s Bakery for Valentine’s Day

It is the week of Valentine’s Day, so if you haven’t already picked up a sweet treat for the love of your life or your Galentine, here’s your chance to wow them with something really yummy. Everyone’s favorite sweet spot, Dana’s Bakery, has some delightful, and delicious sweet treats that are perfect for gift-giving this Valentine’s Day. Known for their exquisite traditional French macarons with an American twist, you can easily spoil your Valentine or Galentine.  Say “Be Mine”, I Luv U, and “Kiss Me” in the sweetest and yummiest way possible from the Dana’s Bakery for Valentine’s Day offerings. Check out the limited edition Valentine treats below:

Dana’s Bakery Sweethearts Box

Share the very special message of love, featuring special messages with the Dana’s Bakery Sweethearts Box. This 12-piece macaron gift is available for now Valentine’s Day and comes with six different macaron flavors, each with a special message of love. Enjoy the delicious flavors of Milk Chocolate Molten, Dark Chocolate Raspberry, Milk Chocolate Caramel, Milk Chocolate Pistachio, Dark Chocolate & Orange, and Milk Chocolate Passionfruit.
Each 12-piece Dana’s Bakery Sweethearts Box is $36.00 and they’re perfect for anyone on your V-Day gift list.

Dana’s Bakery Love Box

 

Want your Valentine to know how much you love and care for them? Let them know with every bite of the macarons from the limited edition Dana’s Bakery Love Box. This limited edition heart-shaped Valentine’s Day gift comes with four macaron flavors: Raspberry Jam, Chocolate Molten, Red Velvet, and Cookie Dough. Just like the Sweethearts Box, the Dana’s Bakery Love Box is $36.00 for a box of 12 macarons.

All of Dana’s Bakery macarons are gluten free, made with almond flour, and certified Kosher Dairy by Kof-K, and can be shipped nationwide. What are your thoughts on the above Dana’s Bakery for Valentine’s Day offerings? Which of these delicious macaron flavors are your favorites?

 

 

Love Out Loud: Send Your Love these Teleflora Valentine’s Day Flowers

When it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day and being at work, your Valentine just wants to hear those six little words, “there’s a flower delivery for you!” No matter what anyone says, having the world (or at least everyone at your office) know that you are loved is one of the most gratifying feelings in the world. When we’re in love, we want everyone to know, we want to love out loud, to shout it from the rooftops. This is especially true on Valentine’s Day, which is why flowers remain the number one gift to give on the day of celebrating love. And this Valentine’s Day, Teleflora’s got you covered with their #LoveOutLoud Collection. We know we definitely want  a bouquet or two (we’re greedy) of these Teleflora Valentine’s Day flowers.

There’s no better time to share your public display of affection than by gifting your Valentine a gorgeous bouquet of one or more of these Teleflora Valentine’s Day flowers for everyone to see. What exactly can you expect from the world’s leading floral gifting service for this Valentine? Check out Teleflora’s Valentine’s Day flowers below:

TELEFLORA’S RED HAUTE BOUQUET (available on Teleflora.com for $79.95)


Embarrass her in a good way by sending this stunning floral arrangement filled with red roses, carnations, and white alstroemeria nestled within this red haute glass lantern with lace detail and heart charm that will spark the romance for years to come.

TELEFLORA’S SWIRLING DESIRE BOUQUET (available on Teleflora.com for $99.95)

Declare your soul mate status with this gorgeous floral bouquet bursting with a dramatic array of red roses, hot pink oriental lilies, gerberas, and red Valentine’s Day blooms that arrives ready to enjoy in this striking glass vase.

TELEFLORA’S MAD CRUSH BOUQUET (available on Teleflora.com for $54.95)

Spoil your crush with this pretty floral arrangement of red and lavender roses, carnations, purple chrysanthemums, lavender and huckleberry that arrives in a unique swirling red ceramic vase with a metallic finish.

TELEFLORA’S YOUNG AT HEART BOUQUET (available on Teleflora.com for $54.95)

Remind her how lucky you are with this whimsical silver cube vase adorned with hand-applied rhinestones. Your sweetheart is sure to be charmed when this chic cube arrives filled with hot pink roses, pink carnations, and purple alstroemeria.

With these four new love-inspired floral arrangements, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect way to show your Valentine that you adore them. Which of these Teleflora Valentine’s Day flowers would you love to receive?

Cheers to Love: 15 Fabulous Cocktails to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

We’ve got 15 ways to toast to love. Whether you’re enjoying the day with your Valentine, Galentine, or family, we have 15 fabulous cocktails to help you and yours celebrate Valentine’s Day. Are you celebrating love with that special someone? Drowning your sorrows with your single friends? Either is the perfect excuse to whip up one of these 15 fabulous cocktails to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Ranging in shades of sumptuous scarlet to blush pink, each one makes adulting (with or without cupid) a little more delicious (and probably less lonely)…..and will have you cheering to love even if you’re dateless.

If you find yourself dateless this V-Day, why not stay in and enjoy them. Trust us, with these 15 cocktails to celebrate Valentine’s Day, February 14th will not disappoint. Please enjoy these recipes….responsibly, of course.

BLEEDING HEART (serves 6- 8)

1 cup Van Gogh Pomegranate
1 750ml bottle LBD Cabernet Sauvignon
1 lemon sliced
I orange sliced
1 cup fresh blueberries
12 oz. club soda
Combine all ingredients but club soda in a large bowl or pitcher and chill. When ready to serve, add club soda, stir, and pour into individual glasses.

SERENADE (serves 6- 8)

2 cups Van Gogh Pomegranate
3 cups lemonade
1/2 cup club soda (or top to taste)
Combine ingredients in a pitcher or punch dispenser with ice. Add lemon wheels for color. Serve over ice with a lemon wedge and mint.

LE PUNCH (serves 2)

3 oz. Ron Abuelo Añejo Rum
3 oz. Guava Juice
3 oz. Orange Juice
3 oz. Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz. Grenadine
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Stir all ingredients together in a mixing glass and pour into two tall glasses. Garnish with a peeled blood orange wheel and orange twist

CHOCOLATE COVERED RASPBERRY MARTINI (serves 2)

4 oz. Van Gogh Raspberry
2 oz. Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate
1 1/2 oz. Crème de cassis
Shake ingredients very well with ice. Strain into two chilled martini glasses. Garnish with raspberries on a pick.

FORBIDDEN FRUIT (serves 2)

4 oz. Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka
2 oz. cranberry juice
2 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. apple juice
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir well with ice. Strain over fresh ice into two tall glasses. Garnish with an apple slice.

BLUSH APPLE MARTINI

1 3/4 oz. Caorunn Gin
1 1/4 oz. Pressed Apple juice
3/4 oz. Lemon juice
1/4 oz. Gomme syrup
3 raspberries, for garnish
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice; shake and strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass. Garnish with raspberries on a pick.

HONEY BE MINE

1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Vodka
1/2 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and warm water, dissolved)
1/2 fresh squeezed lemon
2 oz. sparkling water
1 strawberry
Muddle strawberry in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add vodka, honey syrup, and lemon juice and shake well with ice. Strain over ice into rocks glass. Top with sparkling water. Garnish with a mint sprig and lemon wheel.

CAITHNESS COBBLER

1 3/4 oz. Old Pulteney Stroma Liqueur
4 blackberries
1/4 oz. Crème De Mure
3/4 oz. Port
1/4 oz. Vanilla syrup
Add 2 blackberries and remaining ingredients to shaker, muddle together, add ice and shake for 10 seconds, strain over cracked ice and garnish with remaining blackberries and mint sprig.

HONEY POMPOM

11/2 oz. Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka
3/4 oz. pomegranate juice
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and warm water, dissolved)
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake very well with ice and strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

GOODNESS ROSE

2 oz. Caorunn Gin
1 barspoon Raspberry jam
5 drops Rosewater
3 drops Orange bitters
1 1Ž4 oz. Pink grapefruit juice
Shake and strain with cubed ice into an Old Fashioned glass, then add crushed ice on the top. Garnish with a lemon twist and rose petal.

LOVIN’ THE BLUES

2 oz. Van Gogh Açai-Blueberry Vodka
1/2 oz. cranberry juice
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and warm water, dissolved)
5 blueberries
Muddle the blueberries in the lime juice and honey syrup. Add remaining ingredients with ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with two raspberries and a lime wheel on a pick.

LBD MINT ROSÉ

4 oz. of LBD Rosé
1/2 oz. of Elderflower Liqueur
4 fresh mint leaves
3/4 oz. simple syrup
In a shaker muddle mint with simple syrup. Add ice. Add raspberries to a stemless wine glass. Pour all ingredients over raspberries.

THE BOUDOIR

1 oz. Ron Abuelo 7 Años
3/4 oz. Van Gogh Cool Peach Vodka
1 oz. Sparkling Wine
1 tsp Maraschino Liqueur
1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 tsp Homemade Grenadine
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker mixed with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a brandied cherry.

WEE PINK ROSE

1 1/4oz. Caorunn Gin
1/2 oz. Lemon juice
1/4 oz. simple syrup
2 strawberries
3/4 oz. Sauvignon Blanc
1/2 oz. Rose Liqueur or Rose Syrup
1/2 egg white
Muddle strawberries well, add remaining ingredients and shake well with ice. Fine strain into a flute. Garnish with a slice of strawberry.

CRANACHAN COCKTAIL

1 1/4 oz. Caorunn Gin
1/2 oz. Calvados
1/2 oz. Honey Syrup
1/2 oz. Freshly squeezed lemon juice
5 raspberries
3/4 oz. Pasteurized egg white
Soda water
Shake first six ingredients then double strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and dust with cinnamon sugar.

What are your thoughts on these delicious 15 cocktails to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Any favorite you want to try?

Gourmet Gift Baskets for your Sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

We all know Valentine’s Day is the celebration of love, a sweet sentiment that deserves to be celebrated……..with something equally sweet. Does the love of your life have a sweet tooth? Do they love things like chocolates, cookies, brownies, and other decadent treats? Then keep reading on for some amazing Valentine gift ideas from Gourmet Gift Baskets. Offering the best in all sweet treats, as well as popcorn, fruits, nuts, and beer and wine, Gourmet Gift Baskets is your go-to for Valentine’s Day gift baskets filled with delightful champagnes, decadent chocolates, and a variety of exquisite treats that are sure to make your sweetheart weak in the knees. Check out a few of them below:

Send A Bear Hug Care Package, $49.99

Whether your Valentine is close by or far away, receiving this Bear Hug Care Package is sure to inspire a smile. This adorable Send A Bear Hug Care package is stocked full of decadent chocolates that everyone loves, some very gourmet cookies, and a sweet and cuddly teddy bear that’s perfect for snuggling.

“Happy Valentine’s Day” Cookie Cake, $29,99

Say “I Love You” in the sweetest way possible! This 9″ Valentine’s Day Cookie Cake is a heart-shaped, soft, and chewy cookie stuffed with milk chocolate chips and hand decorated with creamy vanilla frosting. This great, big, heart-shaped chocolate chip cookie is the equivalent of 30 regular-sized cookies.

“Be Mine” Valentine’s Day Brownie Cake, $29.99

Does the love of your life prefer brownies over cookies? The “Be Mine” Valentine’s Day Brownie Cake is a great alternative. This heart-shaped, extra chocolaty, brownie cake will easily win their hearts and win you best V-Day gift giver, plus the two of you will get even closer enjoying this very yummy gift that’s big enough to share.

Red Velvet Cake – $34.99 to $49.99

A delectable and different type of sweet gift for you and your sweetheart to enjoy together, whether it’s dessert after a first date or a treat after 40 years of Valentine’s Day dinners together. This double layered cake is made with only the finest ingredients like natural cocoa powder and fresh buttermilk. The rich red color is finished off with a vanilla infused cream cheese frosting and cake crumbles.

We would be completely ecstatic to receive any of these wonderfully sweet and loving gifts for Valentine’s Day. What about you? What are your thoughts on these Gourmet Gift Baskets? Which of these Gourmet Gift Baskets Valentine’s Day gifts would you love to receive from your sweetheart?