I was at a friends house right on the beach drinking wine and eating lunch, as I went to take my plate into the kitchen I noticed Barefoot Pinot Noir bottle. She told me we were drinking Pinot Noir yet never mentioned the brand. I am no wine snob but I do pay a bit extra when I purchase pino’s. A quick review, it was smooth as I have already stated, smooth with a bit of spice, dark cherry, berry but more wild raspberry, a lot of fruit up front and a light earthy flavor. We were eating vegetable lasagna, yet I would pair the taste of this wine with just about any lunch I had this week. Another great thing about Barefoot Pinot Noir is the price at just over $6 it tastes like it could be $12. Barefoot, Wine, Beach.
A great way to detox and cleanse your body is to do a juice fasting, or juice cleansing. I juice everyday, yet I do at least one day fast a week, only fresh juice that I make myself so I know what is going in. The longer you’re juice fasting, the deeper the cleanse becomes, you can do three to five days before or after the holidays. What happens is, the toxins that could be endogenous to the cells release into the blood stream, move through to the liver, and are released in normal waste functions. In longer cleanses, other waste gasses throughout the body look for the easiest means out, through bowel movements, urine, farts, belches, tears… Inflammation throughout the body is the build up of waste and causes pain and will lead to illness.
If you don’t have a juicer, you can go to many places to buy fresh juice, New York has a great place called Juice Press they have over 20 locations in New York and they ship everywhere in the USA. Everyday I am in NYC I go to Juice Press for a Mother Earth and a Volcano, a great way to stay on the juice when your traveling.
The Stick, A toothbrush for your muscles! The Stick is a simple product that keeps muscles relaxed during rollout. Construction is simple a flexible stick, with rollers in between two grips at each end. You can use it directly on the skin on through light clothing. It is waterproof and designed to bow without fear of breaking. I now use it before, sometimes during and after my workouts (who am I kidding I use it when I watch TV, on the phone…).
The Stick benefits, I must start with how it relieves pain and increases range of motion, promoting flexibility and accelerating recovery time. You can also roll out knots of muscles, providing myofascial release and trigger point therapy. It warms muscles, increases circulation and encourages nutrient-rich blood flow.
Ultimate muscle hygiene, just roll sides of neck stay on the muscle and off the spine. You can use it on the back, just roll one side at a time, and stay off the spine. And my favorite is forearms; biceps, butt cheeks and legs remember again stay off the shin this is for the muscles.
Fun, The Stick is so enjoyable it is tough to put down, I do have a soft foam floor roller that I use, yet I must say The Stick gets a lot more attention.
Bloody Mary’s are real good, especially when you use the Hotmixology Party Box Bloody Mary Mix, just add 80 proof vodka. Hotmixology makes it easy, the creators of the Party Box launched the Party Box Bloody Mary Mix. An award winning, premium Bloody Mary mix, the recipe includes a hint of Horseradish, a touch of onion, garlic, red pepper, Tabasco, Worcestershire and other spices that bring all these flavors together, creating the perfect mix. If you want to add more spice, heat or a secret ingredient just add it when you add your spirit and then shake it all up together.
Created by the host of Hotmixology Dave Elger and his mixologists, they created the perfect Bloody Mary mix, a great addition to the line of Hotmixology Party Box Mixers. Hotmixology Party Box Bloody Mary Mix is easy, you can prepare it in a few minutes before your guests arrive. No need to worry about making drinks individually, enjoy the party. It’s also economical I spent less than $15 on the Party Box Mix and a little bit more for a bottle of vodka.
Here is how it works, Hotmixolgoy Party Box is made with two spouts one on top- open to add your favorite spirit (750ml – 1.75ml) then reseal, shake it for a minute, then use the second spout on the side to pour a perfect cocktail. Party Box comes with 3 liters of premium mix there is room to add 2 more liters of spirits, it will make just over 2 dozen cocktails. Compare this to a pitcher with ice that creates ice melt if it is not consumed right away, this invention makes the perfect cocktail that stays perfect for the duration of the party and if there is any left you can enjoy it days later.
DIY, I like to do a Bloody Mary buffet/build your own Bloody Mary it’s social and a lot of fun. Hotmixology Party Box does all the work, no need to individually make a Bloody Mary for each guest. Start by adding vodka to the Hotmixology Party Box Bloody Mary Mix. Prepare a tray of glasses, a bowl of ice, a saucer with salt and one with celery salt (for rimming). Add a few garnishes I like to do lemon and celery stalk, and done. You can customize your Bloody Mary Bar a bit more by adding things like cracked/cayenne pepper, salt, sea salt, pickles, bacon, garlic, pickled okra, jalapeño, asparagus, cucumber, crushed red pepper, Himalaya salt, shrimp… add a comment with things you like to add to your Bloody Mary.
Margarita Monday is my favorite day of the week, as it becomes more popular week after week it was taking a bit longer to get a margarita. Problem solved with the best invention since margarita mix, Hotmixology Party Box Margarita Mix.
If you’re my age or green and care about the environment you used to pick up a keg and party all weekend, return the keg wash the glasses and rest up for next weekend. That tradition continues yet I have added Margarita Monday to my weekly celebrations and thanks to the Hotmixology Party Box Margarita Mix I have very little preparation. They created a premium margarita mix to be the perfect blend when mixed with premium tequila, not too sweet or too sour, a great melody of lemon and lime flavors with a citrus finish. They suggest you add 100% agave tequila (750ml-1.75ml) for what they call the Ultimate Margarita, I call it the Never Ending Margarita. DIY, I prepare a tray of glasses, a bowl of ice, a saucer with salt (for rimming) and a bowl of limes cut into wedges. It’s like a margarita buffet/build your own margarita, yet Hotmixology Party Box does all the work, no need to individually make margaritas and no watered down pitcher of margaritas.
Hotmixolgoy Party Box was made with two spouts one on top to pour your favorite spirit in (a 750ml works yet I use a 1.75ml for Margarita Mondays) then reseal, shake it for a minute, then use the spout on the side to pour a perfect cocktail. Party Box is 3 liters of premium mix there is room for 2 more liters so plenty of room to add your spirits, making just over 2 dozen cocktails. When you make a pitcher and add ice you tend to get a lot of ice melt, this invention makes the perfect cocktail that stays perfect for the duration of the party and if there is any left you can enjoy it days later. A great idea if you have a house full of guests is to make up a batch and put it in your refrigerator, Party Box will be there 24/7 making you the perfect host. Hotmixology Party Box Margarita Mix has won awards in this very competitive segment. A gold medal from the Denver International Spirits Awards, a gold medal from Craft Competition and 92 Points from Hollywood Rated. Impressive yet I still think I’m the winner each time I buy the Party Box as I get 3 liters of premium margarita mix.
Here is how it works, it’s like a bartender in a box making margaritas for everyone at the party. The host of Hotmixology Dave Elger came up with this idea, working with his mixologists to create the perfect margarita mix, then he create a way to multiply it into the Hotmixology Party Box. The Hotmixology Party Box Margarita Mix is so easy, you can make margaritas in a few minutes before your guests arrive, no need to worry about making drinks individually, just enjoy the party. It’s also economical I spent less than $15 on the Party Box Mix, a little bit more for the tequila and I found 10 limes for a dollar, at that price I should do Margarita Muesday , Margarita Mednesday, Margarita Mhursday…
I went to support Covenant House California and to watch the mixology competition and in the process I found my new favorite vodka. It’s the Skybar at the Mondrian in LA so yes a lot of beautiful people (too many to list) and amazing spirits. The Mixology competition was among 10 mixologists using spirits that were set up at tables where you could taste the cocktails, taste the base spirits and meet the mixologists, ambassadors and owners of the spirits used in the cocktails. The competition was entertaining as 10 went to 4 finalists and they added a secret ingredient and gave the finalists 15 minutes to create a cocktail. The winning cocktail was made by a girl from the bar Bestia in Los Angeles and was made with No. 209 Gin. But as you can see from the photos, each and every mixologist and brand was a winner. To get your brand in front of these consumers is where you have the opportunity to switch a person from their current brand to your brand. I am a vodka drinker and as I love vodka I was drawn to Glass Vodka. Glass Vodka is smooth, I tasted it neat where it has a very refined finish, then on the rocks so smooth and then in the cocktail made by the mixologist, and I was hooked. Glass Vodka is unique, it is distilled from grapes, which gives it a very distinct taste. Glass Vodka Distillery is in Seattle, Washington where they source grapes from local vineyards. I guess it is no surprise, I love grapes, I love wine and now I love Glass Vodka. Enjoy the photos from the event and do yourself a favor and swing by the Skybar to taste Glass Vodka.
When the sun is setting in Southern California you will find Sebastian setting up shop, bike lights for sale. $10 bike lights $15 and he will install them on your bike. He is located on the bike path right where Venice Beach meets Santa Monica Beach. He sells many different colors & multicolored lights, they just click on around your tires so your ready to roll in a few minutes. Super visible once you have the lights installed, safety first. Even if you don’t live near the beach this is a cool thing to do with the kids, put the bikes on the car meet up with Sebastian at sunset, get your lights installed, then head down the bike path like your in your own parade. This basic LED rope light really lights up your ride, making it both cool and safe to bike at night.
In the Cognac world VS means Very special and XO means Extra Old, so Grey Goose VX is Very Extra!
The world’s best tasting French wheat vodka masterfully finished with a hint of precious Cognac grapes from France’s Champagne region. I was encouraged to try it chilled neat or on the rocks. It tried it chilled neat then with a couple ice cubes and I have to say it is amazing chilled neat. I tasted fruit, dried fruit, some citrus and sweet. I look forward making a Grey Goose VX martini stirred with a lemon twist, it could very well be my new cocktail. The bottle is beautiful, it comes in an elegant gift box when you open it you see a very well designed impressive decanter. Grey Goose VX, what Grey Goose calls vodka exceptionnelle finished with a hint of precious cognac, also printed on the bottle “exclusive edition” so stock up. It is sold at fine retailers and restaurants nationwide, with a retail price of $75.00/750 ml; it goes quick so I would encourage you to buy two at a time, Santé.
Ralph’s Coffee, the first-ever coffee shop from Ralph Lauren. Ralph’s Coffee in NYC, the address is, 711 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 1122 (www.ralphs-coffee.com), or right across the street from the world famous St. Regis Hotel New York. Located on the second floor of the three story Polo Ralph Lauren flagship store.
First impressions I loved that it was very clean and a simple menu, also organic grown beans that make a great cup of coffee. We enjoyed a cup of Ralph’s Coffee and a pastry, regular drip coffee $3.00 and they only have one size so no lines no indecisive consumers. You can get a latte or cappuccino for $4.50, and you can buy the Ralph’s Coffee beans to take home. We tried a few pastries and special sandwiches are featured daily.
Helping to market Ralph’s Coffee will be a retro style food truck, selling Ralph’s Coffee and an assortment of pastries. Enjoy a cup of Ralph’s Coffee.
Apple introduced a new Apple smartwatch it is called the Apple Watch. This is a wearable device, one combines health and fitness monitoring with mobile computer capabilities. It is a computer small in size that is strapped to your wrist. Fitness tracking computers seem to be the growth in the sports watch segment so Mr. Cook head of Apple decided to get a new product out that can take things to the next level. Available in stainless steel or 18 karat gold, with interchangeable watchbands, screen can also be customized with many different options. It is not an iPhone, but it will pair well with your iPhone letting you access apps from your Apple Watch. It charges with a magnetic charger, priced at $349, access photos, health and fitness apps, heart rate, calories consumed… Other developers are already developing apps for this device, W Hotels from Starwood Hotels will allow you to wave your Apple Watch instead of a key to get into your hotel room, baseball scores, American Airlines boarding passes, BMW app wil show you charge level on your electric car, music, weather, calendar, iTunes, photos, passbook, maps… way too much to list everything. For more info go to www.apple.com.
I have not worn a watch in years but I am looking forward to sporting an iWatch!