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The pleasure found in drinking Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Brut 2013.

Joyful essence is found in just one sip that creates an everlasting impression. Memorable moments you create when you drink it are reflective of the beautiful celebration of the 120th Anniversary of Belle Epoque. Fresh and delicate, with distinctive aromas of white fruit and flowers will transport to you a land that dreams are made of – heavenly is just the beginning of the way to describe this superb selection.

The divine translucent gold of the liquid is simply as stunning as the bottle, which is designed by Austrian design duo mischer’ traxler. The glorious example showcases the Japanese anemone designed by Emile Gallé with a mix of seventy species from the vineyards of the Champagne Region. This is not just another drink – this is a work of masterful art through and through.

 

FOR WINE LOVERS

Kenwood Vineyards is a lovely option for the wine lover.

Six Ridges Pinot Noir  is a rich and full-flavored Pinot Noir. An exceptional red wine it pairs perfectly with mild cheeses. We love the way this smooth, high-quality bottle relaxes the senses and helps you escape to a land of wonder. Another great selection from the portfolio is the Discoveries Cabernet Sauvignon. This Cabernet Sauvignon is layered with blackcurrant, bay leaf and baking spices on the nose. The smooth and soft with flavors of black cherry, savory notes and white pepper layer to create a velvety feel. Fall into a thick cloud of escape as you sip on this delightful wine on a cold winter day.

Be the life of the party when you bring a bottle of Campo Viejo Tempranillo. 

This popular selection brings joy to the season in an affordable way that everyone will appreciate. cherry, raspberry and cocoa, pairing perfectly with light cheeses and grilled vegetables that you often find on party platters at gatherings. Friends will raise a glass and simply smile. We also adore from the portfolio Campo Viejo Reserva. Adding a layer of complexity, this rich discovery has fruity displays with hints of clove, pepper, vanilla, and coconut; pairing perfectly with red meat, blue cheeses, and mushroom risotto. This a sweet choice to bring to the holiday dinner party that showcases dishes with red meat. It’s also a smooth and velvety texture that leaves you sailing away from all seasonal stress and just to a place of glorious enjoyment.

Happy Holidays!

 

Cover art by Artem Kniaz on Unsplash

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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Jackie Siegel’s New Premium Brand, Queen Of Versailles Coffee Is A Luxurious Coffee Delight

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I was invited to an intimate tasting of a fabulous new premium brand coffee by Michael Glowoski. I headed to 8 East 48th Street to Benny John’s where socialite, actress, model and philanthropist turned entrepreneur, Jackie Siegel — AKA, ‘The Real Queen of Versailles’ brought her new venture Queen of Versailles Coffee to New York’s influencers.

Jackie Siegel

The ground coffee and espresso beans are picked, sorted, and specially blended on-site in the volcanic mountaintops in Acatenango, Guatemala. The flavor has a rich taste of sweet honey, warm vanilla, and smooth bourbon notes. It was truly the best coffee I have ever tasted.

American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, and Suzanna Bowling

Adam Weiss and Angela Gorman

On site was also American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, the writer of the new musical Queen of Versailles Lindsey Ferrentino, Italian restaurateur and master coffee blender Matteo Drocco.

Jackie Siegel, American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

Jackie Siegel and her dog

The event was well done serving treats, but most of all, a taste of this exquisite coffee, that you will be addicted to once you taste it.

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Spring Petals and Hairy Crab: Kintsugi Aligns with a Golden Touch

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Tucked away in a slate-colored corner of otherwise colorful SoHo, Kintsugi stands in contained eloquence as a testament to the exquisite fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine and modern culinary artistry. Named after the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, Kintsugi embraces imperfections, celebrating the beauty of resilience and transformation in post-pandemic NYC.

At Kintsugi, guests are treated to an omakase experience unlike any other, where every dish tells a story of meticulous craftsmanship and innovative flavor pairings. The menu, curated by Executive Chef Victor Chen (formerly of New York Sushi Ko), offers three tiers of premium omakase, each highlighting seasonal ingredients and Chef Victor’s imaginative creations.

The dining experience began with the house signature cocktail, made with sake, yuzu, and violet syrup—a whimsical nod to the restaurant’s otherwise classic Japanese ambiance. The upbeat jazz music playing in the background added a lively contrast to Chef Victor’s quiet focus, creating a dynamic and engaging atmosphere.

The exciting spring menu babied us with glow-in-the-dark Firefly Squid as well as eels so delicate one would think they’re about to enjoy a bowl of glass noodles. A hairy crab peered at us over one course, sheltering a tangy salad made from its tender meat. Such creatures are common fare on the spring tides of the large Japanese coastline, chef informed us. An array of seasonal sea urchin species always brings a knowledgable crowd to Kintsugi, so book early for that summer treat.

While the atmosphere became increasingly lively as the evening unfolded and the guests got to know each other and the staff, the omakase culture at Kintsugi is one of careful curation and attention to detail. Guests can expect to pay a deposit and be patient, as Chef Victor and his team are focused and diligent in providing a truly exceptional dining experience. From bespoke sushi tailored to individual tastes to over 40 pieces of expertly crafted nigiri, every dish at Kintsugi is a work of art.

As you embark on your culinary journey at Kintsugi, be prepared to be transported to a world where every bite tells a story of tradition, innovation, and the beauty of impermanence. The latter of which is precisely what Chef Victor loves about sushi. “All of that work and it all goes into one bite” he says quietly as he gently sears a fat slice of sable fish. “Perhaps it is chewed a few more times, rolled around and savored for that moment and then its forever gone.”

In artful consideration of framing, each course is presented on dinner ware in collaboration with EM Ceramics and Spark Bird Studio who created an exclusive line of handcrafted, gold-fused dinner ware for Kintsugi. Experience for yourself the zen magic of this divine space and discover why, as host Klaus puts it, “everyone needs some Kintsugi after Covid.”

Kintsugi recently launched The Lunch Rush Omakase, a 12- course one- hour experience for $60. It is served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from12–3 p.m. Also available is an optional seasonal beverage pairing (3) for $35 per person.

Kintsugi Omakase

28 Grand Street New York, NY www.kintsuginyc.com 646-983-4616
@kintsuginyc

Hours of operation:
Lunch: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12–3 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5–11 p.m.
Closed on Wednesdays

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Dream Tea NYC Dazzles with Delicious Sips

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Calling all tea lovers!

Anney Norton has created a fabulous brand that is both delicious and a user-friendly way to create their  blend. Welcome to the wonderful world of Dream Tea NYC.

She has elegantly found a way to craft your own blend of tea from the highest quality organic ingredients. Each canister delivered to your door is full of flavor that is uniquely curated to your heart’s desire. From chamomile with whisps of apples, honey to responsibly sourced rose and lavender, there are hundreds of premium ingredients from dozens of quality sources to take the dreamer on an epic journey to discover amazing tea.

Custom tea blends are sent to your door. What is delivered to your doorstep is magical. Simply take their blend quiz by share a little bit about yourself and your flavor preferences. They then create the perfect custom blend for you.

It’s not just the special blend that will rock your world. The cutest and perfectly paired accessories help further produce a sophisticated culinary experience.

The Dreamy Tea Scoop is the perfect addition to your tea set. Using natural, non-toxic, food-grade steel, this brushed gold scoop is a safe and effective way to get the perfect amount of tea for every personal serving. In addition, Starry Sachet Bags are the only tea sachets using natural, non-toxic cotton fibers to help make a safe and effective way to brew the perfect cup.

Here is to creating your perfect sip today. For more information, please visit here.

 

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B|STRO 38 A Hidden Gem Of Culinary Delights

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In Need Of Some Chinese Food and Culture…Try The Dragon Fest

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Dragon Fest is a annual outdoor Chinese food & culture festival with experiential activities, tastings, and market fairs that showcases the vibrant food, art and cultural traditions from China. It is a cultural platform that connects people in New York to Chinese restaurants, food vendors, artists and local communities.

The event happens on different days and places. Today is the opening and the fest will happen at 828 Broadway, between 12th – 13th Street from 10am – 6pm.

Expect tasty food and drink options, experiential activities and market fairs showcasing local artists and cultural traditions.

Dragon Fest attracts over 200,000 attendees.

You can check out the full lineup at the Dragon Fest website, as well as the calendar for the other festival dates and locations below. Score free tickets to the April 6th opening event on Eventbrite, taking place at 828 Broadway from 10am to 6pm.

 

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