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Lake Worth Beach Restaurant Viva La Playa Opens to Great Success During the Pandemic – Offers International Journey of Taste with International Menu

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While most people are limited on travel due to the pandemic protocols set in place, one restaurant is bringing international flair to the food scene. 

Lee Lipton, Jeremy Hanlon Max Lipton

Entrepreneurs Lee and Max Lipton have a long-standing business relationship with Executive Chef Jeremy Hanlon that has been applauded in the South Florida market for nearly a decade. Their latest venture called Viva La Playa has them partnering up once again to create a new concept restaurant with mindfully cultivated signature dishes that take you on an intoxicating journey.

The famed restaurateurs joined up to cultivate international cuisine curated in fashionable style that pleases the senses at the Lake Worth Beach establishment off the coast of Florida. Thoughtful and passionate creations originate from Hanlon’s travel, cooking and education throughout the world. His immense background and unique experiences are brought to the table to collectively take you on a sensory experience that leaves you satisfied yet craving more. 

And, at a time when most people have cut back on travel due to pandemic protocols and country borders on lockdown, the taste of travel has never been sweeter. 

“The earlier part of my career was based on little to zero income learning from the best in the culinary world,” stated the executive chef. “Working endlessly to pursue my love for the culinary craft was my schedule. Daniel Boulud was my mentor at his (New York City) flagship, Restaurant Daniel, where I proceeded to work my way through the kitchen mastering each aspect of the kitchen. I cultivated corporate business sense in over 30 countries while assisting International franchisees and tailored my ability to speak publicly and teach via Food Network.”

Over the years Max Lipton has developed a unique passion for dining. He has globetrotted the continents to discover the world’s best restaurants that he has chronicled on the hit Instagram @max_vs_food. Throughout these experiences he has gained a wealth of culinary and service knowledge that proudly influences the alluring experience at Viva La Playa. 

Lee Lipton brings a different dynamic to the table. His strong roots in New York City fashion and entertainment are celebrated. A powerful clothing empire that encompassed Calvin Klein and a top-rated nightclub notably including The Underground are just a few places enriched with his Midas touch. Lee is often seen with famous athletes, actors, and entrepreneurs at his restaurants. 

The well-balanced blackboard foundation of these three men has created Viva La Playa’s bold Latin American approach to cuisine – featuring flavors from Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Cuba and Brazil among many other remarkable places.

“After countless rounds of menu engineering in our kitchen I am proud of the entire menu,” reflected Hanlon about the process to launch the restaurant after the team’s initial success with legendary Benny’s on The Beach that launched nearly seven years ago. 

To experience Viva La Playa is to indulge in adventure. This Latina cocina features authentic international and artisanal delights. 

Our focus is on developing flavor from our key ingredients,” continued the chef. “Where it is commonly a mistake to make flavors muddy, we focus on pulling out all of that great flavor with less ingredients to enhance the dish, making a lasting impression.”

Inspired plates include: Cerviche with citrus poached wahoo, tomatillo ginger juice, avocado, onion, pickled cucumber, and choclo; Tamal with pork shoulder and blackberry, mustard green sauce; and Empanadas with beef short rib or rotisserie chicken. 

One can dine solo or be entranced at a shared table over such menu items as Queso Caliente with warm cheese sauce, spice toasted chorizo, poblano pepper stew, queso fresco, and tortilla; or Nachos Chilaquiles with salsa verde, poblano, fresh jalapeno, pickled onion, warm queso, salsa, and egg. 

Take joy in also sampling unique salads and soups such as Pozole with savoy broth, hominy, braised pork, cilantro, radish and tortilla; or Strawberry Chiptole with baby carrot, tomato, yellow beets, purple cauliflower, radish, blackberry, scallion, baby greens, and strawberry chipotle dressing. 

There is also a superb cocktail menu with local fresh market ingredients and cold press juices. Each signature beverage is meticulously crafted — developed after endlessly testing flavor profiles and preparation methods in effort to perfectly pair the bold flavors that come from the kitchen. Sourced from different regions of Latin America there is a strong focus in agave spirits. Menu highlights include: Coconut Caipirinha with leblon cachaca, rumhaven, coconut water, and cane sugar; Diabla with sombra mezcal, Chambord, beet, cassis, and ginger beer; and Azul Fresco with Gray Whale gin, Mediterranean tonic, rosemary, black peppercorn, and spirulina. Also to note are fantastic flights of featured mezcal, tequila, and cane. The mezcal includes a Leyenda of Durango, San Luis, and Oaxaca. 

“We focus on details and intentional service to enhance a guest’s experience,” proudly states the chef. “Our food tells a story of indigenous origin and heightened creativity.”

Take a culinary journey here with them as your experienced tour guides and indulge in genuine service in a resort style atmosphere with authentic quality food and beverage offerings.

VivaLaPlaya.com

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Memorial Day Weekend Sips That Sizzle

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Summer, summer time is here!

Get ready for days in the sun that sizzle this Memorial Day Weekend with these amazing sips. Mix a cocktail or have it easy, breezy and straight from the can or bottle. All of these options will bring joy and delight to your picnic on the beach to your backyard BBQ!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

For Tea Lovers with a Twist – Lipton Hard Iced Tea

 Lipton Hard Iced Tea is the tangy twist on a classic that you will love. Crafted from a triple-filtered, premium malt base and real brewed Lipton tea, it’s a perfect way to enjoy the best tea with a level of sweetness that will dazzle your senses. Whether you’re firing up the grill, hitting the beach, or simply enjoying some outdoor fun, Lipton Hard Iced Tea has you covered. With flavors like Lemon, Peach, Strawberry, Citrus Green Tea and Half & Half, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

For Wine Lovers Who Love Sophistication – Miraval

Miraval Rosé is a perfect summer day in a glass. With blend of fruits aromas and freshness, made on an exceptional terroirs in Provence.

Attractive bright and translucent colour,  its divine aromatic bouquet combines fresh fruit, freshly cut currants and roses, seasoned with a zest of lemon. A glass can be perfectly enjoyed with a luxurious meal with friends as the sun sets.

For the Traditional Lovers – Jefferson’s Bourbon

For Those Looking for Perfect Summer Refreshment –

Topo Chico Sabores is a collection of premium flavored sparkling waters with filtered sparkling water, crisp bubbles and blend of minerals added for taste, meant for everyday drinking. It’s the first-ever Topo Chico sparkling water available in a slim, aluminum can. Best served cold, Topo Chico Sabores can be enjoyed alone, on-the-go or over ice paired with your favorite meal or occasion.

Flavors are delicious and free of added sugar and artificial ingredients. They include Lime with Mint extract, Tangerine with Ginger Extract and Blueberry with Hibiscus Extract. Each is the refreshing and delightful sip you are looking for this season.

 

Cover art by Lucas Sankey on Unsplash

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The Abbot of Athos and The Consulate Midtown A Tale of How Food Can Bring Peace

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Greece and Macedonia, have had decades of tension, but yesterday at The Consulate Midtown, 44 West 56th Street The Holy Father, Geron Nektarios, Abbot of the Kalyve of Holy Cross in Skete of Saint Anne in Mount Athos and Kiril Mihajlov, showed how great food and conversation can give way to peace.

The Holy Father, Geron Nektarios, Abbot of the Kalyve of Holy Cross in Skete of Saint Anne in Mount Athos, Kiril Mihajlov

I met the Abbott in Greece last summer and he graciously agreed to have lunch with me and some guests I invited, before he returned to Greece.

Margarita Parlionas, Captain John Woodall

Margarita Parlionas is a business owner, who brought with her Captain John Woodall who runs Camp4Heroes, a place where Vets can get some much needed help.

Suzanna Bowling, The Holy Father, Geron Nektarios, Abbot of the Kalyve of Holy Cross in Skete of Saint Anne in Mount Athos, Kiril Mihajlov and George Tower

George Tower, is contributing writer for the, T2C, and speaks fluent Greek.

The Abbot, Margarita and Captain Woodall all supped on the Hangover Burger ($28) 8oz grilled patty, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, topped with a fried egg on a brioche bun, which they all claimed was the best burger they had ever had.

George had the Salmon Eggs Benedict ($26) poached eggs, smoked salmon, toasted brioche, espelette hollandaise sauce and was completely happy.

T2C’s Suzanna Bowling had her favorite Avocado Toast with Bacon ($24) scrambled eggs, Canadian bacon and mixed greens. If you want sensational food with a elegant atmosphere, I highly recommend The Consulate Midtown.

The Abbot gifted a book about his life written in both Greek and English to the guests.

The Abbott has been in America since April visiting Boston, Washington, Chicago, Milwaukee, The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Queens and NYC. His message is of gratitude, love and healing. He has been raising funds to expand and offer more to men who want a spiritual retreat, which is what Mount Athos does.

T2C’s Suzanna Bowling and The Holy Father, Geron Nektarios, Abbot of the Kalyve of Holy Cross in Skete of Saint Anne in Mount Athos

If you wish to know more you can go to Athonite Foundation.

 

 

 

 

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Del Maguey VIDA Puebla Delights with Dazzling Twist on Cocktails

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This week in New York City the tastemakers in town got to delight in a dazzling twist on cocktails.

Del Maguey launched an incredible Twist on a Classic campaign, encouraging drinkers to swap out the spirit in any classic cocktail and sub in Del Maguey VIDA Puebla, the newest addition to Del Maguey’s line of artisanal Mezcals that was crafted specifically to be the perfect cocktail base.

The surprising and bold sips were both refreshing and full of joyful expressions. For those who are new to Mezcal this is not only the best on the market – it is also deeply meaningful. With 25 unique expressions, there is a world of wonder that is yours to discover. You will fall in love.

To celebrate this launch, the brand perfectly partnered with Los Angeles based designer With Love, Lenny – whose brand is known to take classic denim and twist it with customizations. Together they are creating a line of Del Maguey VIDA Puebla cocktail designs.

Here are some amazing drinks you need to try to make your summer sizzle with delight. ENJOY!

VIDA Negroni

    • 1 part Del Maguey VIDA Puebla
    • 1 part Sweet Vermouth
    • 1 part Campari
    • Build in a mixing glass, add ice, stir. Pour over a large cube
    • Garnish with an orange peel, (and cherries for With Love, Lenny style).
    • Serve in a rocks glass.

VIDA-Rita

    • 2 parts Del Maguey VIDA Puebla
    • ¾ parts lime juice
    • ¾ parts agave syrup
    • Method: shale, pour, top with ice
    • Garnish with a lime wedge
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Nathan’s Famous and Major League Eating host a Hot Dog Eating Contest with Jen Catron & Paul Outlaw

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A time-honored tradition rewarding the most skillful engorgement, Nathan’s Famous and Major League Eating will host a real deal hot dog eating contest under the shadow of the most imposing frank of all, Hot Dog in the City. Featuring both reputable competitors and amateur eaters alike, the top male and female finishers from the Times Square-based qualifying event will compete at the ESPN-televised 2024 Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island on July 4th.

According to Nathan’s Famous, the origin story of this celebrated competition is rooted in a performance of patriotism — supposedly on July 4th in 1916, four European immigrants were arguing about who amongst them is more American, and decided to settle it with a hot dog eating contest. Regardless of its true roots, the annual Coney Island event has sparked a bona fide endurance sport and storied American spectacle. Join us to witness champion chewers take on the seemingly impossible with maximum bravado in Times Square.

Hot Dog in the City Public Programming & Events Schedule:

Daily, April 30 – June 13, 2024 | 12pm

Confetti Celebrations

Broadway & 46th St

Friday, May 3, 2024 | 6-8pm

Condiment Wars: A Wrestling Match featuring EWA and Choke Hole

Broadway & 46th St

RSVP Encouraged

Friday, May 10, 2024 | 5-6pm

The Hottest Dog Show: A Canine Beauty Pageant with AKC Museum of the Dog

Broadway & 46th St

RSVP Encouraged

Friday, May 17, 2024 | 12-1pm

Hot Dog Eating Contest with Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs & Major League Eating

Broadway & 46th St

RSVP Encouraged

Sunday, June 9, 2024 | 12-5pm

To Be Frank: A Hot Dog Summit with The Town Hall

The Town Hall, 123 W 43rd St

Tickets Required

Thursday, June 13, 2024 | 12pm

Closing Ceremony & Election Results

Visit tsq.org/hotdog for more information on upcoming Hot Dog in the City programming and events.

The Hot Dog Eating Contest will be held on Duffy Square in Times Square, at Broadway & W 46th Street. The sculptural installation, Hot Dog in the City will be on view on the Broadway pedestrian plaza between 46th and 47th Sts through June 13, 2024.

Closest subway lines include 1, A, C, E at 50th Street Station; B, D, E at 7th Avenue; B, D, F, M at 47-50 St-Rockefeller Center; N, Q, R, W at 49th Street Subway Station.

We intend to hold this outdoor event in (light) rain or shine, but we will monitor the weather and share updates closer to event dates if necessary. Events may be canceled should severe weather conditions be forecasted.

There will be is ADA Accessible seating/viewing area. For guests needing special accommodation, please email Times Square Arts at arts@tsq.org.

Frankfurters, wieners, Coneys, red hots! Dynamic artist duo Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw take street meat to new heights with a 65 foot long sculpture of the iconic New York City style hot dog. Complete with hydraulics and bursts of confetti, this spectacular animatronic installation sited in the heart of Times Square will also be an anchor for serious talks, playful performances, and political debate. With equal parts spectacle, celebration, and critique, Catron and Outlaw symbolically supersize the all-American hot dog to examine consumption, capitalism, class, and contemporary culture. Hot Dog in the City builds upon the artists’ layered conceptual practice which spans elaborate large-scale sculptures, kinetic installations and immersive experiences, often infused with humor and camp to prompt cultural and political commentary.

Jen Catron (b. 1984, Bluford, Illinois) and Paul Outlaw (b. 1980, Fairhope, Alabama) are collaborative artists who create elaborately staged large-scale sculptures, kinetic installations, participatory performances that oscillate between the tragic and absurd. The duo’s enduring fascination with gastronomy and performance took them all the way to the reality TV show “Chopped,” which became the pinnacle of their performative fish fry food truck project. Catron and Outlaw often use humor, camp, and spectacle as a subtle veil for subversion, and their layered conceptual works become a genuinely playful and entertaining platform for pointed cultural and political commentary. The two first met and joined forces while studying at the Cranbrook Academy of Art located outside of Detroit, Michigan. After graduation, they relocated their art practice to Brooklyn, New York, where they continue to live and work. Their work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Cranbrook Art Museum, and Postmasters Gallery.

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Kentucky Derby Party at Blu Mar Southampton With Victoria Schneps and Hampton Events For May

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The Hampton’s summer kicked off with a Kentucky Derby Party at Blu Mar Southampton With Victoria Schneps. T2C’s friend and contributor Roger Sichel and his wife Ilene had invited me but I was quadruple booked.

Roger Sichel and his wife Ilene

Zac Erdem Restaurant owner of Blu Mar

Phil Boyle President and CEO of OTB Suffolk County

guests

 

Fascinato -istic Dan and Vickie

All pics are thanks to Roger Sichel.

 

The 13th Annual Montauk Music Festival happens May 16th – 19th at the Montauk Yacht Club. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Lucia’s Angels & East End Coalition for Women’s Cancers. For up-to-date schedules, artists, and venue information…. click here.[We know there are a few tech issues which we are working on fixing before the festival.

 

On May 19th Farm 2 Fork, an immersive food experience of the High Country taking you on a taste sensation journey. Your day begins with a fun-filled farm trail, visiting three of the High Country’s most acclaimed local producers, followed by a delicious long-table lunch prepared by much-loved celebrity chef and raconteur Alastair McLeod (Channel 7’s Weekender). At 9am from Chapman Park, Hampton, you board a coach that will take you to a mystery farm for a meet-and-greet tour, before moving on to the second and third farms. Your fourth and final destination will be a magnificent venue where you’ll sip a signature cocktail from Pechey Distilling on arrivalThen it’s time for the mouth-watering four-course meal, prepared by Chef Alastair. The menu will showcase fine local ingredients and be matched with wonderful wines from award-winning Rosalie House.

On May 26th the Hamptons kickoff event of the summer on Memorial Day weekend the Rosé Soirée Presented by Wilmington Trust. Celebrate with the seasons unofficial drink….rosé! Enjoy flowing rosé wine from around the world and on the East End. Eats from top chefs around the NY area including exclusive opportunities to taste from private chefs and Emmy nominated chefs as they join the best restaurant cuisine.

Tickets include tastings from over twenty rosé wines sourced from the best wineries throughout the South Fork, North Fork and top wine regions from across the world, as well as over fifteen top chefs offering up their best bites. Plus enjoy a full bar of craft beers, speciality cocktails, DJs, live music and lots of fun.

Tickets include all food, rosés, drinks and entertainment

General Admission enjoys the party from 6:30-9PM

VIP enjoys early entry to the party along with an exclusive Hampton Water afterparty 6-10:30PM

 

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