Tea Is Good For The Soul, So Have Some Kusmi

A little Kusmi mint tea :)

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
― C.S. Lewis

When I have a bad day, when I want to relax, when I wish to spend time with those I love or even get to know someone new – I enjoy a good cup of tea.

Black. Green. Peppermint. Yerba Mate. Green Pea. Vanilla Rooibos. Masala. Prince Vladimir. Earl Grey. English Breakfast.

I suppose you could say I’m a bit of a connoisseur of specific tastes, like notes are to perfume.

That’s why I like Kusmi Tea. I’ve always been fascinated by the French brand (originally Russian), their sheer elegance and the cool vibe they give off.

Kusmi Tea makes the perfect gift for someone special or for yourself because of its uniqueness, versatility of taste-hues, quality and beautiful packaging. [Read more...]

Live in New York City? Learn to Cook with Asphalt Green Battery Park Culinary Center!

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This post is image heavy and EVERYTHING shown was handmade by me and my 3 other classmates at Culinary Boot Camp!
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I can bake, but I really can’t cook. Not at all.

You know rice burns, taco shells melt and ummm stuffed tomatoes are more like pure mush.

So when I got the opportunity to take a cooking boot camp class I was all about it.

Culinary Boot Camp at Asphalt Green in Battery Park City is a 3-week class for beginners and semi-experienced cooks alike who want to take their skills to the next level.

[Read more...]

Rekorderlig Cider Makes it American Debut

Me at the Rekorderlig press dinner

America is about to get just that little more beautiful with the launch of Rekorderlig, the “Beautifully Swedish” cider that’s previously been a massive hit in both the UK and Australia.

This fall, the premium hard cider will be available in key on and off-premise locations in New York, New Jersey and Florida. [Read more...]

Little Pink Mixology: 5 Devilish Halloween Martinis

By: Ashley Bryce and Liana Cole

“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.” Halloween is the time pull out the cauldron and brew magical potions. Halloween is also a time to party with witches and vampires, to interact with ghost and ghouls, and to party with the undead.

But since we are mere mortals I have five martinis that are sure to get you into the Halloween spirit.

Enjoy!

Candy Corn Martini

Ingredients: [Read more...]

NYFW SS12: Elettra Wiedemann’s Pop-Up Restaurant GOODNESS

With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in full swing, super model, Elettra Wiedemann (daughter of Isabella Rossellini and face of Lancôme) launched her first ever Fashion Week pop-up restaurant, GOODNESS featuring the city’s hottest chefs across the street from Lincoln Center. [Read more...]

Empire State of Sasha: Maison Ladurée Opens in New York

Hello rose petal, black-currant violet and salted caramel macarons and goodbye-slender waistline!

In a city overloaded with cupcakes, a new, extremely unique and dainty opponent has come into town.

A hundred years from now, when culinary historians are discussing the Great Cupcake Wars of the 21st century in New York City, they will discuss August 30, 2011 as the day Maison Ladurée opened its doors on the Upper East Side in the island of Manhattan. [Read more...]

Rémy Cointreau and OPI Nails Launch Unique Cocktail Concoction

A little late, but I love, and I mean absolutely love this beauty-mixology concoction. We always knew duty-free shopping was awesome, but now it’s so much better!

The cocktail and club scene has long been the domain of the beautiful people and now eon of the top nail polish brands (and one of my personal favourites) is dating one of the world’s best-known and loved cocktail liqueurs. [Read more...]

Harry Potter Mixology: Lord Voldemort, Harry Potter, Horcrux, and the Golden Snitch Cocktail Concoctions

By: Ashley Bryce and Liana Cole

“The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches … born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies … and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not … and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives … the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies …”

- Sybill Trelawney prophesying to Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)

The prophecy that was overheard by Severus Snape set into motion a series of events that connected Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter altering their lives forever.

Lord Voldemort sought out to stop the prophecy instead brought it to life, giving Harry a lightning scar and himself becoming mangled.

Destiny is best described both sharing striking similarities: half-bloods, orphaned, and viewed Hogwarts as their first real home.

But it is the differences that ultimately mattered with Voldemort caring about no one but himself and Harry holding a love of others.

The final drink Mixology post is dedicated to the Dark Lord and the Boy Who Lived! [Read more...]

Harry Potter Mixology: Hagrid, Hermione, Ron, and Sirius Cocktail Concoctions

By: Ashley Bryce and Liana Cole

Harry Potter never grew up in a caring household with a loving family, so when he entered the magical world he found friendships and a surrogate family.

His best of friends and the two men who were like father figures become treasured companions.

This post is dedicated to Harry Potter’s closest confidants. [Read more...]

Harry Potter Mixology: Dumbledore, McGonagall, Lupin, Snape Concoctions

By: Ashley Bryce and Liana Cole

The Harry Potter world would not be as magical if it wasn’t for the professors at Hogwarts Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The students are taught to brew, to charm, to transfigure, to take care of magical plants, and to defend themselves against the darkest arts.

Without these amazing teachers Harry would not have learned the hardest of lessons.

I dedicate these drinks to Harry’s greatest advisers. [Read more...]

Harry Potter Mixology: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin Concoctions

By: Ashley Bryce and Liana Cole

By Gryffindor, the bravest were
Prized far beyond the rest;
For Ravenclaw, the cleverest
Would always be the best;

For Hufflepuff, hard workers were
Most worthy of admission;
And power-hungry Slytherin
Loved those of great ambition.

-Sorting Hat (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

Hogwarts is divided into four living and learning communities named after the four founders: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin.

As Professor McGonagall stated in the Sorcerer’s Stone, [Y]our house will be something like your family. You will have classes with the rest of your house, sleep in your house dormitory and spend free time in your house common room. [Read more...]

Harry Potter Mixology: Butterbeer, Firewhiskey, Pureblood and Mudblood Concoctions

By: Ashley Bryce and Liana Cole

A recent family trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has inspired some creative concoctions.

A spiked Butterbeer, a strong Firewhiskey, and Pureblood and Mudblood shots are drinks dreamed up by a visit to that magical park.

So enjoy these creations based on the wonderful world of Harry Potter. [Read more...]

Harry Potter Mixology: The Death Eaters Cocktail Concoctions Edition

By: Ashley Bryce and Liana Cole

“They were a motley collection; a mixture of the weak seeking protection, the ambitious seeking some shared glory, and the thuggish gravitating toward a leader who could show them more refined forms of cruelty.”

- Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)

The Death Eaters are the followers of Lord Voldemort.

They are known for their black hoods, masks, and the Dark Mark burned on to their left forearms.

Cruel and ruthless, Death Eaters fought for pure-blood ideals and to take control over muggles and the wizarding world alike.

Devoted to the leader, they both feared and revered, they fought valiantly in his honor knowing deflection and disloyalty meant torture and ultimately death.

In celebration of this evil group, prepare for cocktails that prove being bad never tasted so good. [Read more...]

Harry Potter Mixology: The Goblet of Fire Cocktail Concoctions Edition

By: Ashley Bryce and Liana Cole

“Eternal glory! That’s what awaits the student who wins The Triwizard Tournament, but to do this that student must survive three tasks. Three extremely dangerous tasks.”

- Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire film)

The Triwizard Tournament was comprised of four Champions from three of the largest wizarding schools in Europe: Fleur Delacour from the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, Viktor Krum from Durmstrang Institute, and Cedric Diggory and Harry Potter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Chosen from the Goblet of Fire, each of the Champions risked their lives to bring honor to their schools, and glory to themselves.

It is only fitting that they be honored with cocktails that represent each of their unique talents (Harry Potter will be featured at a later date).

The Goblet of Fire

The Goblet of Fire is an impartial judge used to decide which Champion from each school will compete for fame, fortune, and eternal glory.

Impartial but dangerous, once a name is chosen from the Goblet the participant must compete, entering into a binding magical contract.

Pyromaniacs get excited, lets set this Goblet on fire. [Read more...]

Harry Potter Mixology: Fred, George, Luna, Neville, Draco Cocktail Concoctions

Image via Sasha Muradali

By: Ashley Bryce and Liana Cole

We have all grown up reading J.K. Rowling’s masterpiece series Harry Potter.

It has been 14-years since the Philosopher’s Stone was released in the UK and now with the release of the final movie fast approaching, we are going to want something stronger than pumpkin juice to toast the end of an era, or at the very least something strong to drown away the no more Harry Potter blues.

What better way to commemorate the Harry Potter legacy than to create cocktails for the most beloved (or despised) characters. [Read more...]

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