We are getting ready for what can only be described as one of the best summers ever. Coming out of the shadow of the pandemic and looking forward to bright days ahead is a perfect reason to celebrate.
Here are some of favorite ways to say cheers.
For a gathering with friends at a casual park picnic try Campo Viejo. Everything about this brand is friendly and makes you want to just hug your gal pals when you see them after a year away. These are grapes with some sweet loving in them. Using the most advanced techniques available allow modern twists on traditional winemaking methods. Their rosé is just delightful. You cannot go wrong with this choice and it has a very hip price point that works for those last minute get togethers.
G.H Mumm Grand Cordon Rosé is intense and fruity. When you open this bottle you get a romantic vibe with rich aromas of wild red and black berries, typical of the Pinot Noir grape variety cultivated in Maison Mumm’s legendary vineyards in the Champagne region of France. This is a perfect selection for that romantic date on the Central Park lawn you have been waiting for all week. All this time on lockdown you may be coming out for a first date, or perhaps a re-connection with an old flame. Pandemic days have taught us to love again. Indulge in the powerful sips here with a perfect champagne to savour the moment.
And, for that incredibly special meeting you have with a family member you have not seen in person in a while we pick Blason Rosé. Hug your aunt again and kiss your grandmother as you picnic with this beautiful selection. Characteristic notes of red and black fruit retain a delicacy typical of Maison Perrier-Jouët. The Belle Epoque Rosé comes to life in each sip with a well-rounded aroma of red fruits combined with blood orange and grapefruit, followed by hints of nuts, brioche, honey, and caramel. Indulge in the moment and gave thanks for your loved ones as you drink a toast to brighter days ahead.
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Start You Up This Morning with The Rolling Stones and Keurig
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.
Tabitha Brown That’s Your Business Farmer’s Market in NYC
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
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
La Pulperia Honors Our Armed Forces This Memorial Day Weekend
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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An Evening At 33 Seaport Hotel’s Restaurant Pearl
With reporting by Isabella Japal
A quick ten-minute walk from the Fulton Street station takes you to 33 Seaport Hotel’s newest eatery, Restaurant Pearl. Pearl’s menu has a Korean influence evident throughout. Menu offerings include the customary Korean banchan, aka the small side dishes shared amongst the table alongside the main meal (at Restaurant Pearl the banchan consists of vegetables served in an array of styles, ranging from roasted corn to napa cabbage kimchi), meat, seafood and vegetables served on a hot stone reminiscent of a Korean BBQ experience, and of course the quintessential K-fried chicken and soju-laden cocktails—but that’s not all. Last week we at the Times Square Chronicles had the privilege of trying out Restaurant Pearl for ourselves. Here are some of our dining highlights:
Like most restaurant experiences, our introduction to Pearl’s capabilities started with their drinks. I went for the Soju negroni, which followed the standard negroni layout (gin, vermouth, Campari) aside from the Soju and orange bitters twist while my friend, Azra had the Garden Shine cocktail (Soju Shine, lemon and lime juice, mint, prosecco). My negroni was sweet but still tasted like I was drinking, well, a hard drink (just how I like it!) whereas Azra’s was light and refreshing, like a lemonade spritzer with some edge—ideal for the truly warm weather we are beginning to experience here in New York.
For our first course we had grilled scallops and beef tartare. The grilled scallops were straightforward but delicious, cooked in a brown butter sauce and plated on a bed of arugula next to a lemongrass aioli drizzle. If these accompaniments aren’t your thing, then feel free to skip as the scallops were tasty enough to hold their own, but I found that combining all three just made this plate all the more mouthwatering. As for the tartare, instead of your standard circular serving of beef, it was served on three individual mini puff pastries, held together with a combination of gochujang and hollandaise sauce and topped with fresh chives.
We decided to go the more “balanced” route for the second part of the meal and chose the grilled salmon and Korean barbecue glazed roasted cauliflower. The salmon was fresh and paired beautifully with the kabocha squash puree and lemongrass beurre blanc. The roasted cauliflower, however, was the real scene stealer. Like an underdog football team pulling ahead in the final quarter, who knew cauliflower could be so damn delicious? It wasn’t just the barbeque glaze and the bed of roasted garlic pea puree it was presented on, but the cauliflower itself. It was roasted perfectly—slightly charred, but not burnt and nowhere near dense, and sliced in a way that was approachable even to the pickiest of vegetable eaters.
What I like about Restaurant Pearl is that the menu is extremely straightforward. Want to avoid that heavy, stuffed feeling? Look under the “Lighter” section for an array of plant-based options. Celebrating and looking to share a memorable meal with a loved one? Look no further than “Share Indulgence” where you’ll find the 38 oz 45-day aged prime ribeye steak served with a gochugaru au poivre sauce and three banchan additions.
Aside from the food, the restaurant’s interior is both luxurious yet comfortable, with lounge style seating and glossy wood paneling contrasting against deep blue brick walls. Only a door and hallway away is the hotel’s Jewel bar. Date night or girls’ night (heck, why not both?), Restaurant Pearl is a sure-fire add to any foodie’s to do list this summer.
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