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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Apple has a new version of the iphone smartphone the iPhone 6. New features Retina HD Display, and bigger screen (4.7”), 5.5” Retina HD Display, 64-bit A8 chip, and an M8 next-generation motion coprocessor iPhone 6 will be 84-times faster than the original iPhone, better battery life, 150 Mbps LTE technology and VoLTE for clearer sound, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi calling, 8MP iSight camera, Apple’s new iOS 8 software, these features jumped out at me but there is so much more packed into the new iphone 6. The phone can be purchased in te U.S. on September 19th, or preorder September 12th, two-year contract.
16GB iPhone 6, $199 or iPhone 6 Plus, $299
64GB iPhone 6, $299 or iPhone 6 Plus, $399
128GB iPhone 6, $399 or iPhone 6 Plus, $499
I will see you all in line, I will definitely be one of the first to have the iphone 6!
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At this years Acushnet Apple & Peach Festival I picked up a few things at the Silverbrook Farm tent. They had their Pereira Bakery Sweet Bread, which was amazing just on it’s, own. Silverbrook Farm Old Fashioned Peaches, Homestyle Apple Butter, Cinnamon Pear Jam, Strawberry Jam, Chunky Peach Salsa, Honey and a whole lot more. My Favorite was the their Pumpkin Pie and Apple Pie from their Pereira Bakery. They were a both a hit with everyone who got a piece, delicious.
The Silverbrook Farm is a fully operational agriculture facility serving the Southern New England Region. It’s Family owned and operated for nearly two decades, with their famous homemade Pies, Horse Drawn Hayrides, Expanding Produce and Livestock Programs, and colorful seasonal Events, Silverbrook Farm is becoming the standard in traditional products and entertainment. Also, Ice Cream, you can even purchase a Christmas tree from their Tree Farm.
Operating with the motto, “Start a New Family Tradition at Silverbrook Farm!”, Silverbrook strives to hold dear the values and components of traditional New England living while incorporating the updated attractions of the modern day.
Silverbrook Farm is on 934 Main Street Acushnet, MA 02743 www.thesilverbrookfarm.com for more information on any of their great products.
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Dunkin’ Donuts first location in CA, located at 12th and Wilshire in Santa Monica, California. What a treat every time I hit New York or Florida I have to stop by for some French Vanilla Coffee and a couple of my favorite frosting filled powdered donuts or dozen assorted munchkins (donut holes). Now I can pop in and enjoy DD’s after my morning run to the pier.
Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. based in Massachusetts also has Baskin-Robbins (7,300 shops), Dunkin’ Donuts nearly 11,000 locations in 33 countries. In New York City there are more Dunkin’ Donuts than Starbucks, it is a company with a big following of loyal consumers. I like a bit of variety when I drink my morning coffee, my plans are to add DD’s into my mix of Starbucks, Intelligentsia, Peet’s, Coffee Bean, Krispy Kreme… and all my secret mom and pop coffee shops I love to go to.
This is the first of a few hundred Dunkin’ Donuts that will open in the next few years. “I’m at Dunkin’ Donuts do you want me to pick you up something” yes it’s time to pop in to Dunkin Donuts and find out what your favorites are. If it’s your first time may I recommend the hot French Vanilla Coffee and any donut they have mastered both.
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Los Angeles Times The Taste was August 29-31 at Paramount Pictures Studios presented by Citi (www.latimes.com/thetaste or #tastela). I wanted to write about the event, yet I decided to just share some photos and some kind words on some of the many brands that I had the pleasure of tasting. I know I missed a lot but there was too much to taste. I did attend Opening Night, Field To Fork, Dinner With A Twist and Sunday Brunch yet most of this is from the last event Flavors Of L.A. hosted by Jonathan Gold and Michael Cimarusti.
Some of my many highlights include, Stella Artois with Daniel Joly, owner and executive chef of Mirabelle at Beaver Creek, CO. Tasty food from Little Sister, Manhattan Beach, CA. Sitting in top of the line new Buick cars, while listening to the staff, very well informed girls who own Buicks. Don Julio had the Airstream Speakeasy, Matt from Zaca Mesa had many wines from the vineyard. Kara turned me on to a bourbon I had not had before J.R. Ewing Bourbon, it’s a private reserve 4 year old bourbon from Kentucky, I had to taste it more than once, so good. Twice The Vice (www.twicethevice.com) had some amazing chocolates with liquor inside, they blend alcohol into the ganache center of each piece all there products are gluten free. Christiaan Rollich from A.O.C. and Lucques made cocktails with Basil Hayden and he makes his own ingredients all made from scratch by his side Merry Tungka Co-Host of The Gary Garver Show. Bolla Rosé Sparkling Wine and Placido Chianti from Italy. Sukkah Hill Spirits had both the Etrog Liqueur and the Besamim Aromatic Spice Liqueur. Matura had both the 2012 Marlborough Pinot Noir and 2013 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Hornitos Tequila set up there own little cantina, they featured the new Hornitos Black and Hornitos Lime Shot. Whispering Angel poured their Cotes de Provence Rose from magnums. The whole crew from Apartment A was there making cocktails with La Niña del Mescal Espadin. Jim Beam had their Jim Beam Maple, Fire and Honey, it went well with Mexikosher right next door. One of my favorites was the Mezcal Mule a cocktail made by Forrest Cokely (www.adrinkwithforrest.blogspot.com) featuring Mina Real Silver Mezcal, Barritts Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer and Boy Drinks World Serrano Cocktail Spice (indiegogo www.spicemybeer.com). Kirin Ichiban had a couple frozen draft machines so cool. Many amazing brands and the passionate owners, distillers, brewers… there to tell you all about them also Southern Wine and Spirits A Team present with lot’s of information on their brands.
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Walking down the Venice Boardwalk I noticed bikinis hung on a clothesline, the first thing that came to my mind was nude beach, as that is what you see at a nude beach. I soon realized that they were a new line of bikinis for sale from, Iwalani Designs. Iwalani Designs was created to adventure into the unknown and creatively innovate the future of fashion. The company it self was founded by CEO Gabi Iwalani Hall in hopes to display her passion for design in multiple fields. Associated with Iwalani Designs is Sparkle a collection which included swimwear, intimates, and soon to be womens daily wear fashion. Our Sparkle Swimwear is unique because of our reversible Brazilian cut bottoms and beloved reversible 808 tops. This Sparkly collection is so refreshing and fun we just cant get enough. Being in a Sparkle bikini should make you feel sexy and free to shine bright. The inspiration behind the line evolved from the love of Sparkles and freedom of expression. Each print is paired with a solid contrast color that accents the printed side. Having the luxury of a reversible bikini not only maximizes color options but also adds variety to the ordinary. Gabi can be found on Saturdays and Sundays down at Venice beach selling these hot bikinis as she models one herself, head down to visit her and let her know you read about her at the Secret Blogger.
Also a new Intimates collection consists of bralletes, garters, and sexy little panties. They have incorporated lace and mesh to create a sexy chic look for all occasions. They encourage rocking the intimates not only as undergarments but in every day where as well. Visit www.iwalanidesigns.com for more information on these hot designs.