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Drink in the Fire: Torani Launches “Sweet Heat” Syrup

Ever had a beverage that you wish packed more of a punch in flavor? One that brought some heat, some fire, to liven up your drink? We’ve recently seen many alcohol brands launch spicy or peppery flavors and Torani, makers of innovative syrup flavors for the past 85 years introduces a new flavor that combines equal parts fiery heat and sweet.

This summer, get ready to add an intensely hot and deliciously sweet flavor to all your beverages thanks to Torani‘s award-winning Sweet Heat Syrup. This newest flavor addition, which combines the fiery heat of ghost peppers with the sweetness of pure cane sugar to your hot or cold drinks – like lemonade, coffee, cocktails, teas, and smoothies – adds the perfect balance of hot and sweet, without changing the flavor of your drink.

“Ghost peppers, or Naga/Bhut Jolokia as they are known in India, are 125 times hotter than the hottest jalapeños and have been a Guinness World Records holder for heat. Torani spent three months tinkering with perfecting the balance of warmth and sweetness for Sweet Heat, sampling over 15 combinations.”

Sweet Heat joins the recently added successful, on-trend flavors from Torani, like Blood Orange Watermelon Habanero, Chicken ‘n Waffles and the very popular Bacon Syrup. Sweet Heat was also just given the Best New Product and People’s Choice awards from the Specialty Coffee Association of America. The 750ml bottle retails for $7.99 and is available online now at http://shop.torani.com.

Shopping NYC: PONO Jewelry Summer Sample Sale

The summer sample sale season is upon us and while we try our best to fight the urge to chop, we can’t help but be lured by these amazing prices. Starting Monday, June 9th thru Friday, June 13th, join us in indulging in the PONO Jewelry Summer Sample Sale, conveniently located in midtown. Welcome summer with pieces from this great jewelry line with discounted prices 50-80% off.

Get your hands on a few elegant accessories like PONO’s signature Italian resin Antonia Link Necklace, now $100.00 down from $215.00; the cool and chunky Aurora B iridescent choker, originally $190.00, now a steal at $75.00; five stellar, colorful resin bangles for $25.00, or 2 beautiful Horn bracelets for $100.00, originally $60.00 per piece.

What’s more, you have the opportunity to get real insight into the brand and the woman behind the beautiful pieces, designer Joan Goodman, at the sale. If you have some free time during the week June 9th thru June 13th from 9am–6pm, head to the following address to check out the pieces:

347 W 36th St. suite 405
btwn 8th and 9th Aves

Zippo Interactive Media Experience & Limited Edition #SharethePain Lighter Giveaway

How would love like to win a Limited Edition lighter from Zippo, the makers of the incredible, iconic symbol, which has been around for nearly eight decades? We had the great pleasure of attending a Zippo interactive media experience, which featured first-hand connection stories shared by Zippo owners and their families with some amazing lost/found stories received over the past 80+ years. To celebrate these heartfelt and sometimes hilarious stories, we are giving away five of the below #SharethePain Zippo Windproof Lighters to some lucky readers….just in time for Father’s Day (more details at the end of this post).

During the “Share the Pain” Interactive Media Experience, we got the opportunity to take a mobile walking tour through time and listen to first person accounts (via provided headphones) of lost Zippo stories while walking through the displays. The experience featured examples of past customized pieces, and other Zippo lifestyle products, including lighters, wallets, cologne and watches.

From lighters eaten by bears, swallowed by fish, and even one lighter that was found after four decades, there were tons of extraordinary tales of lost Zippos shared. The event also gave us the chance to check out the Zippo car. Fun fact: the original Zippo car, a 1947 Chrysler New Yorker Saratoga, was actually lost in 1950’s after being taken to a Pittsburgh Ford dealer for renovation and to this day has still never been found. What you’re seeing below is the second Zippo car purchased and customized in 1996.

Although the handwritten letters have changed to tweets, Zippo continues to receive stories of lost lighters (and some found lighters) with the #sharethepain hashtag.

As stated at the beginning of this post, we are giving away five limited Edition Zippo Windproof Lighters, which make excellent gifts for Father’s Day. If you or someone you know has lost their Zippo lighter, this is a great time to surprise them with a new….and special lighter. To enter, check out the rafflecopter entry form below:

TECH NEWS: Pre-Order TYLT’s Award-Winning Energi 2K Travel Charger on Kickstarter

We’ve swooned over TYLT and their amazing products for a while now, some of which we’ve shared with you. Their ALIN Screen Protector currently protects the screen on our smartphone, their VÜ Wireless Charger is a visual and charging wonder, and we have our eyes on the Y-CHARGE Dual USB Car Chargers. TYLT is expanding their modern tech accessories with a launch of a new travel charger that will be an essential gadget to everyone who travels, whether it be across the country, the world or to your local Starbucks or workspace. TYLT recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for its highly anticipated Energi 2K Travel Charger (pictured below). Utilizing the company’s game changing, patented technology, the brightly colored Energi 2K travel charger, available in four colors, is an affordable 2-in-1 USB, wall charger that also doubles as a portable battery for on-the-go charging.

Previously unveiled at the 2014 CES show, where it was named a Best of Show Finalist by iLounge and one of Travel + Leisure’s Best New Travel Gadgets for 2014, the Energi 2K charger will double your phone’s battery capacity. Along with it’s other features (see below), we see this must-have charger as the most convenient travel charger available.

The boldly-hued battery packs boasts the following features:

  • An early bird Kickstarter price of $20.00, a 50% discount from the $40.00 retail price 
  • A foldable AC wall prongs that allows you to recharge anywhere
  • Internal, rechargeable 2,200mAh battery 
  • Passthru charging, charges your phone first then the internal battery of the Energi 2K
  • Universal USB port
    1 amp circuit for rapid charging 
  • LED battery status indicator
  • Auto shut off to save power
With two previously successful Kickstarter campaigns for their Energi+ Backpack and the aforementioned, VU Wireless Charger, this latest launch from TYLT is already gaining fans in the Kickstarter community. TYLT is seeking $50,000 for UL testing fees and an initial production run and plans to deliver product to backers in July 2014. 
We are definitely looking forward to adding this newest device to our mobile commuting arsenal, there’s nothing worse than not being able to send a text/email or take a great phone and your phone battery dies.

The Village Voice’s Third Annual “Choice Streets” Food Truck Tasting Event

We had the great opportunity to indulge in another culinary delight, one that we feel everyone should attend at least a few times in their lifetime…..trust us, it’s worth it. No longer are food trucks only regulated to post late night partying satisfaction (although you can’t deny the brilliance of cornering that market) and since variety is the spice of life, we were excited to sample the delicious eats from the 22 food trucks participating in this year’s tasting event. We had the pleasure to sample (and I use that one loosely because some well beyond filling) a wide variety delicious, international foods. Upon entry (we were given early access…yay!!), we were given a passport card, which was punched by every food truck we visited…sadly we only made it to about half the vendors. This year’s event saw the addition of five new food trucks including Carl’s Steaks, Valducci’s Pizza, Kelvin Natural Slush Co., Uncle Gussy’s and Shanghai Sogo. Our system for sampling was to go in the order the trucks were lined up in, but we were just so full, we couldn’t sample anymore.

The 22 Food Trucks newly were parked on Pier 86 of the NYC Landmark, The Intrepid; the five new food trucks (named above) joined the seventeen previously announced participating trucks: Big D’s Grub Truck, Comme Ci Comme Ca, Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches, DUB Pies, Hibachi Heaven, Korilla BBQ, Love Mamak & Lucky Yim, Luke’s Lobster, Luzzo’s La Pizza Napoletana, Mike N’ Willie’s, Moo Shu Grill, Nuchas, Solber Pupusas, Souvlaki GR, Sweet Chili, Taipan Fusion Express and Toum. below are some of our favorite, mouthwatering dishes (in no articular order):

VALDUCCI’S – The best pizza we’ve ever had hands down and we love that is comes in a Green (biodegradable) pizza box whose cover can be used as plates. If you see this truck, we highly suggest you try their amazing Thin Crust Sicilian Pizza or the regular slice, or everything.

CARL’S STEAKSeach bite of this Authentic Philly Cheesesteak (with Cheez Whiz and White American cheese – with/without grilled onions) was so deliciously juicy, it definitely made you want to go back for seconds (if only we could).

LUKE’S LOBSTER – we discovered this cult favorite at the Village Voice Choice Eats Restaurants Event, and have sort of been stalking them every since. While they are called Luke’s “Lobster”, we were delighted to try their Maine Shrimp Rolls.

MIKE N’ WILLIE’S – if you love pulled pork, you must try their Lil Piggie Slow Roasted Pulled Pork Sandwich. The juicy treat is marinated in their homemade Chipotle BBQ Sauce topped with Chipotle Lime Slaw set on a Brioche Bun. What more can you ask for….well….seconds of course.

We wish we could fit photos of all our favorites continuously but that would be a very long post, please find more culinary delights below:

What makes this event even more amazing is that it benefits a great cause. The Village Voice once again partnered with non-profit organization, Slow Food NYC, and will donate a portion of all ticket sales from Choice Streets to the foundation.

Although we were too full to visit all the wonderful sponsors for Choice Streets 2014, we hope to do so next time. participating sponsors included: Shock Top, Aperol, Fairway Market, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Verizon FIOS, New York Botanical Gardens, Southern Wines and Spirits, World View Travel, Four Roses Bourbon, Ste Michelle Wine Estates, Sidney Frank, Casamigos Tequila, Focus Camera, Pedal, City Tech, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Green Mountain Energy and Frames.

Moliabal Milano Luxury Hair Accessories

Everyone who knows me can hardly find an instance where I’m not wearing a headband (yes I wore them before they were as fashionable as they are now) and I’m always on the lookout for new fashionable hair accessories so when I was introduced the the very chic collection of luxury hair accessories from Moliabal Milano, I instantly fell in love.

Founded/designed by Monica Masini, the chic Moliabal Milano line of hair accessories, whose name is a combination of the first two letters of hers and her friends first names – Licia, Abele and Alberto – was established when Monica couldn’t find anything exciting in hair accessories. Deciding it was time to create her hair ornament collection, she became focused on finding new materials and inspirations from everything she saw around her, thus creating the first Italian line completely dedicated to luxury hair accessories.


Moliabal Milano offers many styles of French pins, snap pins, ponytail holders, combs, claws which retail between $10.00 – $50.00 each. The line features products made of silk, cotton, beads and chiffon, etc. The concept of the entirely Black & White Collection is “easy chic and classic style”. This concept gives the line the ability to satisfy women of all ages, making it perfect for every occasion, day or night. Each item is presented and sold in a branded organza bag (pictured above) which comes in three sizes – small, medium and large, matching the size of the accessories.

A self proclaimed perfectionist, Monica notes that she has re-made a sample 10 times until she found it perfect, sometimes driving her suppliers crazy but it’s all done in the name of her passion and love of her brand. Monica herself has a very rich history in fragrance and private label accessories. From the age of five, she was travelling around the world with her father, a distributor of cosmetic brands and fragrances in the Italian market. To find out more on Moliabal Milano, check out their Facebook page – Moliabal Milano on Facebook.