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National Licorice Day only comes once a year, but the Red Vines team wants to make it a year-round celebration for one lucky licorice lover.

With the launch of a new Red Vines mascot comes the task of finding the perfect name, and the American Licorice Company is seeking the creativity of candy fans everywhere with a new contest and the chance to win free candy for an entire year!

Through National Licorice Day on April 12th, participants can submit their vote to name the new Red Vines company mascot via American Licorice Company social pages or by logging onto the Red Vines landing page. The Red Vines team will hand- select the most creative submission for the brand’s new mascot on May 6th to receive free candy for a year! The top five suggestions will go live for voting on the Red Vines landing page from April 22nd through April 30th, with all participants to receive a 25% discount in return for voting on the website.

“There are few things more exciting than seeing the creativity of our loyal candy fans,” says Kristi Shafer, VP of Marketing for American Licorice Company. “While Red Vines has been around for over a hundred years, we’re always looking for innovative ways to celebrate, and National Licorice Day couldn’t be more perfect!”

As part of the National Licorice Day celebrations, candy lovers can look forward to limited-edition merchandise on the Red Vines landing page and a complimentary 5oz tray of Red Vines with all American Licorice Company website orders placed in April.

To learn more about the contest and enter for a chance to win, please visit www.redvines.com/NLD.

ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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Rosie O’Grady’s To Shut Down

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COVID takes down another victim. Rosie O’Grady’s, located on 7th Avenue and West 52nd Street along with its event space, Manhattan Manor, will shut its doors on July 1st. For over 43 years the steak and seafood restaurant was a favorite of theatre goers. Owner Mike Carty rent of over $3 million per year as a significant burden has made it impossible to sustain business operations. Carty’s has also made it clear that he plans to re-open the establishment somewhere else.

Neil Diamond, who was a customer for over two decades, stated “It honestly broke my heart.”

SL Green and Carty had been in a rent dispute that went to arbitration. The panel ruled in SL Green’s favor, who plans on seeking another tenant for the space.

 

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Start You Up This Morning with The Rolling Stones and Keurig

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For coffee lovers who love to rock, we love the new Keurig partnership with The Rolling Stones. Of course, we all wish we had a summer break like being a kid again, but for the adult who has to report to work duty in the morning we could not think of a more splendid thing!

The limited edition “Start Me Up” iced coffee kit makes the perfect cup of coffee to jump start you day and will have you singing all day long. A special blend made just for this edition has a nutty roast that’ll start you up with electrifying notes of strawberry.

 

Each of the “Start Me Up” iced coffee kits includes a custom designed K-Iced brewer and tumbler, “Start Me Up” K-Cup Pods designed to be perfect over ice, as well as access to an exclusive Spotify playlist curated by the iconic band to rock out to while you sip.

It will start you up in a way you never knew possible! The kits are available to purchase on Keurig.com.

 

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Tabitha Brown That’s Your Business Farmer’s Market in NYC

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Tabitha Brown is coming to NYC! On Tuesday, June 6th. Vegan actress and social media personality Tabitha Brown and McCormick will be hosting the free one-day-only “That’s Your Business” Farmer’s Market pop up from 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM (or until supplies last) at Studio 525 in Chelsea, NYC. Tabitha will be on-site to meet attendees and share all her favorite healthy eating tips and tricks!

 The event will be in celebration of the recent launch of five new salt-free, vegan seasoning blends and recipe mixes as part of the McCormick by Tabitha Brown collection and will highlight local produce with family-friendly games and photo moments. 

The location is at Studio 525, 525 W 24th Street.

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Sip in Style: Discover the 6 Hottest Coffee Trends of 2023

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Coffee enthusiasts are always looking for new and exciting flavors and brewing techniques to satisfy their cravings. This 2023, the world of coffee is brimming with creativity, offering an array of trends to suit every taste. From the velvety smoothness of nitro cold brew to the visually appealing dalgona coffee, there’s something to tantalize everyone’s palate.

This article will discuss the most talked-about coffee developments of 2023.

Artisanal cold brew

Cold brew has been steadily gaining popularity in recent years, and in 2023, we are witnessing a surge in artisanal cold brew offerings. Crafted with meticulous care, this brewing method produces a smooth and rich coffee concentrate, perfect for beating the summer heat.

Artisanal cold brew takes the concept a step further by infusing unique flavors like lavender, cinnamon, or even citrus fruits into the brewing process. Mystic Monk Coffee’s “Coffee of the Month” is highly recommended for those desiring to experience these distinct flavors. The result is a refreshing and tantalizing beverage that will make your taste buds dance with delight.

Nitro cold brew

Nitro cold brew is a type of coffee that undergoes a special infusion process with nitrogen gas, resulting in a remarkably smooth and creamy texture. It is served on tap, similar to a refreshing pint of beer. The nitrogen infusion creates tiny bubbles that lend the coffee a rich, velvety mouthfeel.

Dalgona coffee

Dalgona coffee took the world by storm in 2020, and its popularity continues to flourish in 2023. This whipped coffee delight is created by mixing instant coffee, sugar, and hot water together until it transforms into a light and frothy concoction. The result is a beautifully layered beverage that can be enjoyed either hot or cold.

Mushroom Coffee

Mushroom coffee is a delightful blend of ground coffee beans and medicinal mushrooms, such as reishi or lion’s mane. These mushrooms are renowned for their potential health benefits, including immune-boosting properties, enhanced focus, and stress reduction.

In addition to the natural energizing effects of coffee, mushroom coffee provides additional health perks. By incorporating mushrooms into your coffee routine, you can relish the taste and the potential health advantages.

Coffee cocktails

Coffee cocktails have been making waves as more and more people explore the fascinating intersection of coffee and mixology. These creative concoctions blend the rich flavors of coffee with spirits, liqueurs, and other ingredients to create unique and indulgent drinks.

Sustainable coffee

As the demand for coffee continues to rise, it is crucial to prioritize sustainability in the coffee industry. Sustainable coffee practices ensure that coffee is grown and harvested in an environmentally and socially responsible manner, considering factors such as biodiversity conservation, fair wages for farmers, and reducing chemical inputs.

Wrap up

Coffee enthusiasts will have a plethora of exciting trends to investigate and appreciate in 2023. From the velvety texture of nitro cold brew to the visually appealing appearance of dalgona coffee, there is a trend for every taste preference. Therefore, leave your comfort zone and embark on a flavorful, innovative, and sustainable coffee journey.

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La Pulperia Honors Our Armed Forces This Memorial Day Weekend

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This Memorial Day weekend, La Pulperia, the innovative Latin American cuisine restaurant located in Hell’s Kitchen will honor our Armed Forces with a 30% discount to all active military personnel and veterans on Friday (5/26) through Monday (5/29) with proof of military ID.

La Pulperia, provides diners with fun, innovative Latin American cuisine and cocktails, showcasing renditions of familiar dishes infused with cross-cultural flair. The kitchen is led by Executive Chef Miguel Molina, who prides himself on his creativity in reimagining dishes from Latin and South American countries like Peru, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico to create and plate dishes that are unique.

The menu features classic Latin dishes reimagined and intricately plated showstoppers, which mirror performances on Broadway located just a few blocks away. Highlight dishes include but are not limited to: Hamachi Tostada, yellowtail tuna over smoked sun-dried tomato tapenade, avocado, jalapeños, and radishes, topped with crispy fried leeks and a dusting of ancho chile powder, Moqueca Mixta, a twist on the national dish of Brazil made with squid, langoustine, mussels, white fish, scallops, clams, cod, and Spanish chorizo in a dandelion-based broth, topped with green coconut-cilantro rice, Argentinian Parrillada for two that includes a New York strip sirloin, skirt steak, short ribs, chicken, chorizo, morcilla, salsa criolla, papas a la provençal, and a green salad, served with chimichurri, among other options.

Desserts include Volcano Chocolate, a chocolate lava cake in dulce de leche, topped with orange mascarpone cream, and Churros served warm with dulce de leche.

The cocktail menu is composed of classic cocktails redesigned with South American spirits.  Also included in the beverage program are red and white Sangrias and Sparkling Wine served to guests in an oversized wine glass.

T2C reviewed La Pulperia and enjoyed their food immensely.

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