Here’s another one of Sebastian Errazuriz’s “Shoe Sculptures” from his 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers Exhibit seen at the most recent Art Basel in Miami. The Heart Breaker shoe is, in a word: Brilliant. But also, ultimately wearable.
Not exactly Starry Eyes, but something similar.
Are you on the lookout for a few fantastic new cocktail recipes to provide liquid refreshment for your Valentine’s Day / Eve festivities? Then you’re in luck, because Cascade Ice just sent me a selection of their latest delicious and unique flavors including Cranberry Pomegranate, Black Raspberry, Pomegranate Berry, Blueberry Watermelon and Peach Mango. Yummy!
Cascade Ice fruity sparkling waters – which are free of calories, sodium, caffeine, gluten and sugar – have a delightful “fizz” combined with natural fruit juices and are absolutely ideal as cocktail mixers. I always try to have a few bottles chilling in the fridge. Here are three easy and delicious cocktail recipes that are fully appropriate to the mood of the day!
Love Potion Pizzazz:
To mix up the irresistible potion, mix 2 oz of Cascade Ice Pomegranate Berry with 1 oz of vodka. Add a garnish of fresh cherries and you’re ready to go!
Passion Pucker-Up Cocktail:
Mix up this tantalizing drink by pouring 1.5 oz of tequila and 3 oz of Cascade Ice Black Raspberry over crushed ice into your mixer. Next, add the juice of a lime wedge and a handful of raspberries. Garnish the cocktail with an orange wedge and you’re ready to serve!
Mix 1 oz of whipped cream vodka, 4 oz of Cascade Ice Pink Grapefruit, the juice of a lemon wedge and a handful of ice in a mixer. Pour the cocktail into a chilled glass and garnish with lemon wedges.
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Happy Valentines Day!
In a week that includes not only the events of New York Fashion Week but also Valentines Day and My Birthday, it goes without saying that we will be doing a lot of drinking. Since February is also National Grapefruit Month, we are going to feature some Pink Grapefruit flavored cocktail recipes today made with Sparking ICE, one of our favorite zero calorie mixers. Enjoy!
Pink Grapefruit Sparkler (Pictured Above)
2 oz. Pink Grapefruit Sparkling ICE
3 oz. white wine, preferably Moscato
Mint leaves for garnish
Pour white wine over ice.
Top with Pink Grapefruit Sparkling ICE. Garnish with mint leaves.
3 oz. Pink Grapefruit Sparkling ICE
1 ½ oz. Vodka
1 oz. lime juice
Sliced fresh jalapeño
Chili salt for rim of glass (Kosher salt mixed with chili powder)
Use a lime wedge to rub the entire rim of a chilled martini glass, and dip into chili salt mixture.
Combine vodka and jalapeno slices with ice in a shaker.
Strain and pour into the chilled martini glass.
Top with Pink Grapefruit Sparkling ICE.
Garnish with a few Jalapeno slices.
Find out more about Sparkling ICE Beverages at This Link!
NYC Mixed gender quartet, Total Slacker supposedly has some kind of fan-type “thing” for Paris Hilton, but let’s not hold that against them. Their latest single, “Keep the Ships at Bay” flaunts a wall of guitar sound that aurally resembles a massive swarm of winged insects coming to eat your face off. Trust me, you want to hear this.
In this artfully shot, mostly Black & White video you will see front man/guitarist Tucker Rountree (sporting an Andy Warhol-esque fright wig) and bassist Emily Oppenheimer shop for / steal guitars, wreak havoc in a Mini Mart and huff paint, interspersed with the group performing the song live in (appropriately) what appears to be someone’s garage. Supporting roles in the video’s True Crime Story are provided by guitarist David Anthony Tassy, who kicks the whole thing off with his admonition of a “Good band gone bad” and drummer Zoë Brecher playing the undercover cop who unsuccessfully tries to bust the trouble-making duo. Acting!
“Keep The Ships at Bay” is lifted from Total Slacker’s upcoming new disc, Slip Away, which comes out, just in time for all of you Valentine’s Day lovers, on February 11th, 2014 on Black Bell/ADA. Their press release assures us that it “isn’t the sort of hack [90s] revivalism that’ll make you want to burn your copy of Bleach.” So, we can at least be grateful for that, because Bleach is awesome.
According to their publicist, Total Slacker “retains their original ethos — to blur the lines between the genuine and the satirical, the earnest and the sarcastic.” And this song kicks some ass as well. Enjoy!
Nothing says “I Love You” on Valentine’s Day quite like a really amazing meal that you don’t have to cook yourself! Luckily, Raymi Peruvian Kitchen and Chef Erik Ramirez are providing couples the necessary ingredients to spice up their romance with a Peruvian influenced Valentine’s Day. I’ve been to Raymi before and I can tell you, the place is gorgeous and the food is excellent!
Starting at 5:00 PM on the 14th, the Flatiron favorite is offering a six-course tasting menu (in addition to its regular a la carte menu) giving diners an array of options depending on their appetite. The six-course tasting menu ($65 per person) will feature three starters, two main courses and a decadent dessert to share. An additional wine pairing is available for $25 per person to compliment the blended flavors in the vibrant cuisine.
Each dish at Raymi is created to excite and tempt the palate from the first bite of aphrodisiac oysters all the way through to the rich chocolate dessert. Potential paramours will start with Oysters, followed by Lobster (causa, aji amarillo potato puree, avocado, spicy mayo) and Beets (mizuna, crème fraiche, haucatay, pistachio). For a third course, diners transition to the main courses of Halibut (a lo macho, mussles, shrimp, calamari, aji panca cream sauce) and Braised Short Ribs (seco, cilantro). A decadent chocolate dessert for two will complete the meal on a sweet note.
Every guest who participates in the tasting menu will receive a complimentary glass of champagne to start off the night and a rose will be placed on the table. Further setting the fine mood of the evening, Diners can revel in the romantic melodies of a live band, Christelle Durandy Quartet who will be performing a collection of Latin American genres such as Peruvian Valses, boleros and tangos.
If six courses is a bit too indulgent, Raymi’s full menu, featuring traditional and modern plates such as hanger steak, prepared in two different ways, seafood with jasmine rice, or the choice of an array of flavorful ceviches and tiraditos, will also be available. At the end of a deliciously romantic evening, every guest will take home a small gift bag containing housemade granola and a card for a free Pisco sour to be used at a later date.
Raymi Peruvian Kitchen is located at 43 West 24th Street (between 5th and 6th Aves). Please call 212-929-1200 for Reservations.