A View from the Bridge

•August 29, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I survived my first “hurricane.” I feel bad putting it in quotations because there were hundreds of thousands of people in the tri-state area who were affected by power loss and flooding, but the storm lacked the bite that forecasters predicted and Bloomberg prepared for. Stores were shuttered with eerie duct taped X’s over the windows and the lines at Key Foods were reminiscent of Soviet Era bread lines – no exaggeration.

By 5pm on Sunday, the day where conditions were supposed to be at their worst, I went for a walk along the promenade in Brooklyn Heights to survey the scene. Sure, it was windy, but couples sat on benches, runners dotted the path along the East River and parents walked with kids in strollers.


L3 Lounge at the Empire Hotel – Fashion Week

•February 16, 2011 • Leave a Comment

It’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week so NYC is ripe with celebs, athletes and rockstars. On Monday night they descended onto the Penthouse suite of the Empire Hotel for the first ever L3 Lounge presented by New Era and hosted by celebrity stylist, Phillip Bloch. The chic suite overlooked the steps of Lincoln Center and was transformed into a fashion oasis for men (and this girl). Brands such as DL 1961 Premium Denim and New Era hats (yep snagged a fab white Yankee hat that made it into the night) were readily avail and John Allan’s Salon offered complimentary services. Dewar’s Scotch was flowing behind the bar and it kept the party going with signature cocktails like the Dewar’s Smash – very light and refreshing – kind of like a scotch mojito. I didn’t see them…but spotted at the lounge was Gabe Saporta (lead singer of Cobra Starship), Sex and the City Alum, Mario Cantone, 30 Rock’s Scott Adsit and the Real Housewives of NYC couple du jour.

Fashion Week: The Kim Crawford Dispatches

•February 11, 2011 • Leave a Comment

This week is all about fashion and Kim Crawford Wines is the exclusive vino of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center (Feb 10th – Feb 17th). The Wine Bar is a haven for celebs, designers and jet-setters. It’s a faux pas to eat at Fashion Week (I learned that at my first fashion weekcouple of ye when I was noshing on a cupcake at a Betsey Johnson show…hey at least I was wearing Thakoon and leather…) so drink up my friends…drink up.

This season Kim Crawford Wines has partnered with NYC nightlife guru – Mr. Patrick Duffy – to host and curate exclusive events in the space. Stay tuned for more deets on those events.

Crowds came out for the fashion week kickoff event of The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection. Kim Crawford Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc were the varietals du jour and could be seen in the hands of Patti LaBelle, Dita Von Teese, Camilla Alves and Matthew McConaughey – who sent their reps out to beg for bottles to bring back to them. One bottle, two glasses each.


After walking the catwalk Eve, Taraji P. Henson and Ann Curry, who, when asked about how she felt when walking the runway for the first time, said “I was petrified. Totally petrified. But I just kept telling myself ’I am here to love you all, I am here to love you all.”

We love you too, Ann Curry.

Beefeater Winter Edition

•February 10, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Wanna know what winter tastes like?

For some palates, gin is a tricky spirit. More often than not imbibers either love it or hate it. I’d venture to say that it’s the botanicals and unique flavor profile of the spirit that has the tendency to overwhelm or scare newbies. Some are haunted by their Gin & Tonic college days and others can’t handle a traditional gin martini. But gin is a lady, albeit a complex one, and for
some reason I picture gin having the personality of Mae West.

I also happen to heart gin. I’m fascinated by the vast array of proprietary botanical recipes that
distillers employ to set their spirit apart. And as I headed to the Lamb’s Club in New York last
month, I was eager to try the latest display of gin craftsmanship – Beefeater Winter.

Master Distiller Desmond Payne opted to combine the traditional tastes and flavors of winter
to bring the limited edition gin to life. Cinnamon, nutmeg, pine, and Seville Orange peel were
combined with the classic flavors of Beefeater London Dry to create the winter edition. It’s
only available in New York and San Francisco but that shouldn’t deter any one from getting out of the vodka rut and reaching for the nearest bottle of gin (I like Beefeater, New Amsterdam and Bombay Sapphire).

Don’t be intimidated by the spirit. When in doubt go for gin and lemon San Pellegrino
sparking water with a sprig of mint.


Beefeater cocktail combo’s to try:

24:75 – Beefeater 24, Sencha Tea syrup, lemon juice, champagne
French 75 – Beefeater, lemon juice, simple syrup, champagne
Ruby Negroni – Beefeater, Campari, Tawny Port, raspberry syrup, prosecco

For more info and additional drink inspiration visit http://www.beefeatergin.com/.

The Macallan and Lalique: $460K for Charity:Water

•November 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I popped by Southeby’s for a glimpse (wish it was a taste) of a rare single malt Macallan that was being auctioned off to benefit one of my favorite charities. The Macallan and Lalique set a record for a bottle of whisky sold at auction, with all proceeds going to charity: water, an organization that provides access to clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. The Macallan 64 Year Old in Lalique: Cire Perdue sold for $460,000. It’s one of the most unique collaborations to date between The Macallan and Lalique, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting Scott Harrison’s (founder) non-profit. Lalique’s bespoke, one-of-a kind crystal decanter, created using the “cire perdue” or “lost wax” method, houses the oldest and rarest Macallan ever bottled by the distillery, a 64-year-old single malt whisky. It’s been on a 12-city “tour du monde” since April, and each stop along the way has raised funds and awareness for charity: water.

Rémy Martin Hosts Mad Men Dinner

•November 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Paying homage to the classic gentlemen, Rémy Martin, a cognac best known as an after dinner drink, reinvented their time honored spirit and incorporated it into fine cocktails. Gone are the days when Rémy is sipped neat post-dinner – it’s a lovely base spirit that can be and should be used as the foundation of a classic cocktail (Sidecar or Manhattan). I’m currently obsessed with the Gold Rush (Remy 1738 Accord Royal, Lime Juice and Honey). The intimate seated dinner at the Lambs Club was an exclusive tasting of Rémy Martin’s 1738 Accord Royal hosted by Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser and the show’s Emmy Award-Winning Costume Designer, Janie Bryant. Loved it. For additional deets on the evening check out the recap’s from Blackbook and the Wall Street Journal.

2010 Stella Artois World Draft Master Competition

•November 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I had the privilege of being one of five U.S. media to travel to London to experience the Stella Artois Draft Master Competition. It was three days filled with fish & chips, pub crawls, beer drinking and a mastering of the 9-Step Pouring ritual. Stella takes pouring beer seriously. It’s an art form; similar to decanting wine, pouring a beer in specific manner will reap the most flavor rewards. Chris Meyers from Madison, Wisconsin was crowned the winner and he’ll be traveling around the world educating culinary types re: the 9 – Step Pouring Ritual.