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July has been a hot month. With these cool drinks ideas yous are sure tool off in style.

For Wine Lovers –

Nina Dobrev and Julianne Hough’s Fresh Vine Wine is a perfect Sauvignon Blanc for the season. varietal. Characterized by its light, golden straw color and aromas of key lime, fresh melon, and California citrus blossoms it will have you singing lovely songs with your best your friend over a park picnic or sitting next to the pool.

White peach withripe Meyer lemon, and pomelo, as well as a luscious, refreshing finish of ruby red grapefruit are all just as sweet as the 98 calories lower calorie serving fact. We love this refreshing way to drink wine with less sugar this season.

 

For Scotch Lovers –

The luxurious sophistication of Buchanan’s Special Reserve is an adventure so phenomenal that you will feel like you have been crowned royalty after one sip.

Not everyone can go on fancy trip to Europe or Bali this summer, but you do not have to when you are blessed enough to try it. It transports you to a magical place. Sip with fancy as the cool summer breeze rolls over you on your patio and feel the journey of truly divine selection carrying you away to a magical place.  Aged for a minimum of 18 years, its rich, silky finish features sweet notes of dark chocolate, toffee and honey. It won the Gold award at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and a 94 along with the Tried & True Award at the 2020 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. Best served neat or on the rocks.

 

For Tequila Lovers –

Milagro Tequila is a a bright pop of color.


The 100% blue agave tequila renowned for its fresh agave flavor and exceptional smoothness blends well with your curated cocktails or just on the rocks. Reflecting the bright, vibrant, artistic world of Mexico City, master distiller Pedro Juarez has created a modern tequila that is traditional and well-balanced. It fully encompasses a freshest taste with smoothness.

 

For Bubbly Lovers –

Chandon By The Bay evokes a perfect setting in a glass this summer. Be transported to a setting of divine sense of luxury and joy with a crisp taste of sweetness that is perfect way to cool you down on a warm summer day.

With a name that pays tribute to the San Francisco Bay Area, Chandon By The Bay Reserve Blanc de Blancs is a celebration of Carneros, one of Napa’s most renowned wine-growing regions, where cool Bay breezes create a cuveé expressive of Chandon’s signature vibrancy and elegance. We love the way this glass brings a smile to your face as you look lovingly at the summer sky. Every day will be a beautiful memory with a sips of this.

 

For Canned Drink Lovers –

The options are a variety of wonderful styles and tastes.

The Finnish Long Drink is an incredibly refreshing alcoholic beverage and drinking ritual in Finland. Traditionally served chilled on tap and made with premium gin and fresh, sparkling citrus, its low-abv aligns with the slow and steady pace of Finland’s drinking culture. The bold taste tingles your senses and leaves you with joy. There is no bitter aftertaste and are especially in love with the great zero sugar option that is perfect for those looking to keep their drinks healthier.

CANTEEN brings so much happiness to your summer day. We adore the flavors in the portfolio, with a special shout out for their Watermelon Vodka Soda.CANTEEN Spirits is an Austin-based, ready-to-drink cocktail brand specializing in refreshing, better for you, spirits-based canned cocktails. There are seven amazing expressions including lime, black cherry, cucumber mint, watermelon, strawberry, ruby red, and pineapple. The modern drinker loves everything about these delightful drinks. 

 

AVEC comes from Brooklyn. Far away from Europe and rooted in the good home quality of New York, these delightful cocktail mixers are a real treat. Co-founded by Denetrias ‘Dee’ Charlemagne and Alex Doman, every original flavor is a mind-blowing sensation. The brand name AVEC comes from the  French word for “with,” because that’s how they’re meant to be enjoyed: With alcohol, with friends, with family. Given the company’s dedication to diversity, environmental stewardship, and high-quality ingredients, you’ll want to drink with AVEC, too.

There are as well so many other offerings to really bring bliss to your summer days. National Sidecar Day is July 30. Torres Brandy, appropriately named for the motorcycle, creates a lovely cocktail for the holiday. National Spritiz day around the corner on August 1 and Lillet, a French, wine-based aperitif that makes for the perfect summer drink.

And truly everyone is loving the summer drink, even the biggest celebrities in the world. Hollywood loves Cointreau. Dan Levy, Andy Cohen, Jessica Alba, Martha Stewart and many more are known to be sipping a cocktail with Cointreau, whether it be a Margarita or The Cosmopolitan. For your next sip like a star enjoy and take in this fun drinking game fact of the day! The margarita was originally created when Dallas socialite Margarita Sames mixed her two favorite spirits, Cointreau and tequila, together with lime juice while on vacation in Acapulco back in 1948. This original recipe has stood the test of over 70 years’ time.

And, finally, another celeb is getting in the summer drinks action. Rémy Martin and Grammy award-winning musical artist Usher  launched the “Usher x Rémy Martin 1738: A Taste of Passion” global campaign, featuring a limited-edition bottle and NFT, whose design was inspired by A.I. integrated technology.

The new Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal bottle entitled “Usher x 1738 A.I. Powered,” touts a new-age bottle design and is coupled with the debut of “A Taste of Passion Experience”– a multi-sensory, immersive experience that will accompany Usher’s My Way Las Vegas Residency.

And even fashion designer Vera Wang has got that love for the season.

PARTY Prosecco Rosé, the first expansion of PARTY, is Wang’s lovely premium Italian prosecco. It is made for celebrating life’s moments, big and small. The pop of color will bring the party to the park or your backyard. It’s all just a part of the big summer fun we have all been waiting for!
Cover Art by – Taylor Simpson 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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68th Annual Summer Fancy Food Show Highlights

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Specialty food and beverage products from 2,400+ exhibitors came to New York City at Javits Center for the 68th Annual Summer Fancy Food Show.

Speciality Foods Association brought the important and beloved event to the Big Apple this June.

Like Air Puffcorn

More than 29,000 specialty food and beverage industry professionals came together for the sold-out show that hosted exhibitors from 56 international countries across dozens of specialty food and beverage categories.

Brooklyn Bread

In addition to makers and buyers, event attracted industry affiliates, press, influencers, investors, and trendspotters.

Raincoast Crisps

“This year’s Show highlighted our incredible specialty food community in so many different ways, and SFA appreciates everyone who participated,” said SFA President Bill Lynch. “It was the place to be for a captivating keynote with Whole Foods Market CEO Jason Buechel and an insightful fireside chat with Kristen Kish, who also hosted our SFA Awards Gala. The exhibitors brought their best to the Show yet again, and the collective energy this year was palpable. We saw innovations in product format, flavor, and more that will reverberate through the wider food industry in the months to come.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethel’s

The winners of the five sofi Grand Honors Awards were revealed at the SFA Awards Gala on Monday, June 24, hosted by Kristen Kish of Bravo’s Top Chef.

Smul

The 2024 Grand Honors Award winners:

  • Outstanding Packaging: Strawberry Soft-Serve Milkshake by Fanci Freeze and Pivot North Consulting
  • Outstanding New Product: Flash Frozen Guinness Beef Stew by Jane Foodie
  • Outstanding Classic: Uncured Wagyu Beef Salami by Alef Sausage Inc.
  • Product of the Year/Beverage: Barcoop Bevy Bloody Mary with Smoked Sea Salt and Chiles by Bittermilk LLC
  • Product of the Year/Food: Molasses Spice Cookies by Girl In The Little Red Kitchen, LLC

The SFA operates an Exhibitor Food Donation Program in partnership with City Harvest to ensure unused food makes it to New Yorkers in need. 125 volunteers rescued 95 pallets of specialty food, which were then delivered to six of City Harvest’s partner agencies around New York City.

Jack Daniel’s Coffee

The next Fancy Food Shows are the 2025 Winter Fancy Food Show(Opens in a new window), January 19-21 in Las Vegas and the 2025 Summer Fancy Food Show(Opens in a new window), June 29-July 1, in New York City.

 

 

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A Sweet Day of Fun with Malibu Rum on National Piña Colada Day

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The Royalton Park Ave was the sweet place to be for the National Piña Colada Day celebration with Malibu Rum.

Some favorite Malibu Piña Colada Recipes were enjoyed at the poolside affair. Malibu is the number one white rum-based coconut spirit in the world. Try these at home today!

Malibu Coconut Water Piña Colada

1.5 parts Malibu Original

1.5 parts Coconut Water

2 parts Dole® Canned 100% Pineapple Juice

0.5 parts Fresh Lime Juice

Garnish: Slice of pineapple

Ice

Method

Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker

Shake until cold and strain into a chilled glass filled with ice cubes

Top with a slice of pineapple

Malibu Sparkling Piña Colada 

Ingredients

1 Part Malibu Original

⅓ parts Dole® Canned 100% Pineapple Juice

⅓ parts Cream of Coconut

2 parts Sparkling Wine

Garnish: Pineapple wedge

Ice

Method

Pour all ingredients (except sparkling wine) into an ice-filled shaker

Shake until cold, pour sparkling wine into shaker and stir

Strain into a chilled glass and top with a slice of pineapple

 

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NOFLEX Korean Dinning Surrounded By Art and Technology

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NOFLEX, located at 286 5th Avenue  right off 30th street us the first media art loungeThis contemporary Korean restaurant and bar is managed by Next Dining, a distinguished hospitality group from Korea.

The art on the walls

The art on the walls

The restaurant offers inventive Korean cuisine made with fresh ingredients and diverse flavors. The ambiance of the space is unparalleled, with a 72-foot LED wall and vibrant lighting that will transport you to Seoul.

The Bar

There is also an upstairs, overlooking the fun.

You can enjoy an impressive selection of cocktails, wine, sake. We tried The Pornstar Mojito’s ($17) Sparkling Wine with lime, mint and passion fruit. Refreshing and cooling served with a flower.

The space is very modern and has a club-like vibe, so I am sure after hours is very different than at dinner time, which was cool inviting and relaxed.

Looking at the menu

The menu is extensive and if you like seafood and sushi NOFLEX is sure to please. I am not exactly a seafood lover, however my guest and I went on a exploration of shrimp. 
We started our journey with Hand Rolled Cigar Rolls filled with beef and shrimp, served with aside of truffle aioli ($19). As far as food goes this was my favorite dish. The truffle aioli was fantastic, I ended up dipping everything in this sauce. These were crispy, juice and delectable.

Onto the Deep Fried Shrimp Skewers ($21) 6 pieces of lightly crispy shrimp in a wasabi mayo. The batter was more like the texture of coconut, and they were light and filling. Both were easily shared.

For entrees, we tried the Shrimp Scallion Pancakes ($25). Each slice was filled with a whole shrimp and there were eight slices. I would have preferred the shrimp to be cut up with scallions, as the garlic was barely a taste, however the truffle aioli  sauce from the cigars, perked these up and help immensely.

Also for an entree the Gambas ($33) which is shrimp in a spicy, garlic sauce served with slices of baguettes. This was Roger’s favorite dish.

And then there was dessert….. Roger and I would go to NOFLEX strictly for their Brûlé Banana Nutella Croffle ($17). This dessert is  a cross between a croissant and waffle, with ice bream. This was seriously sensational. First of all, I am not even a fan of bananas, but done in the Brûlé style they were out of this world and a Croffle with Nutella is a serious culinary adventure.We also tried the Silky Vanilla Cheesecake ($17) that was also excellent. What made this so good was that it was light with these fabulous cookie crumbles that elevated this classic dessert.

Bibi

We found out our fabulous server Bibi created these treasures.

NOFLEX is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood and has one of the best desserts I have ever had.

NOFlEX, 286 5th Avenue off of 30th closed on Monday’s and opened for dinner at 5pm.

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A Weekend In The Hamptons

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I started off my weekend in The Hampton’s at an event for Hamptons Social Magazine.

Ilene Smith and Roger Sichel

Erika Katz and her daughter

The event was at Zadig & Voltaire East Hampton. The beautiful jewlery by Stacy Engman, was highlighted.

Stacy Engman

We were treated to some delicious ice cream and wine.

Then our friend photographer, artist and festival producer, Roger Sichel had a showing of some of his art at at Romany Kramoris Gallery, 41 Main Street in Sag Harbor. We attended his opening

Roger is prolific in creativing experiences that span generations and genres. From creating one of New York’s first erotic film festivals with judges Andy Warhol, Gore Vidal and Milos Forman to producing rock concerts with the Doors, Four Seasons and Isaac Hayes nationwide, Roger identifies most as a cultural observer and photographic journalist. Sichel has now entered the next phase of his artistic career and is choosing to explore neo-pop mixed media, inspired by his own life, as well as current events, while simultaneously preserving the legacy of his work in photojournalism.

Ann Liguori

Ann Liguori

Ann Liguori

The next day we attended the book signing at Barnes and Nobles of  Ann Liguori, sports Radio and TV Personality. Ann is the author of a new book called “Life on the Green, Lessons & Wisdom from Legends of Golf.” Hopefully we will have her on “Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents,” because this book sounds fascinating.

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Serendipity 3 is Opening In Times Square

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Just in time to beat the heat, the iconic place for Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, as well as oversized and outrageous sundaes with names like Forbidden Broadway and Unicorn Bliss, foot-long hotdogs and self-proclaimed Infamous Truffle Burger are arriving to the center of the universe, Times Square. The location will be on West 47th Street as part of the OYO Times Square hotel, but will have its own entrance. It’s the first time the world-famous brand, has established itself anywhere in New York City beyond Manhattan’s East Side, since it opened in 1954 — first on East 58th Street, before moving a few years later to its larger and present-day space on East 60th Street. Though Serendipity 3 has been licensed in Las Vegas, Japan and Dubai, they have all closed. The “3” in the name refers to the restaurant’s three original partners, not the number of locations in the city or elsewhere.

The roughly 3,100-foot Times Square space, currently under construction, will seat 110 and will be similar in size to the East 60th Street location, which holds 140. The design of the new restaurant glass artist Allison Eden and installed by D&E Tile and Stone, a company with roots in Italy. I meet Eden surprisingly enough last night at the Bay Street Gala.

Look for our interview on “Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents” with Allison Eden

Serendipity 3 is beloved by celebrities such as Warhol, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Jimmy Fallon, Marilyn Monroe, Cher and Gloria Vanderbilt (plus Vanderbilt’s son, Anderson Cooper). Kim Kardashian reportedly flew to New York earlier this year with her daughter North and celebrated the preteen’s 11th birthday at Serendipity 3.

 

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