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Where to Experience True Italian Aperitivos in New York This Summer

Jul 22, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Time and again, the concept of aperitivo Italiano is directly compared with the American deal-fest that we so lovingly refer to as happy hour. However, there are some striking differences between the two that should be discussed. Taking place primarily in northern Italian cities like Milan and Turin, aperitivo normally happens between 7 and 9 p.m. and serves as a socializing appetizer before Italians enjoy their decidedly late dinners. Though discounted prices aren't at play (those who advertise discounted prices are usually just catering to tourists), they do often come with small tapas-like plates to accompany guests' beverages.

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First Look: The New Kettner Exchange Eatery in Little Italy Slated to Open This Fall

Jul 9, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Rooftop restaurants and bars in San Diego are a sacred part of our culture. Because of our (almost) year-round warm, sunny weather, any time we can escape to enjoy tasty food and drinks al fresco, we’re there. So you can imagine our excitement to hear about the latest project from restaurateur Matt Spencer (FIREHOUSE American Eatery & Lounge, Vin De Syrah, Analog) and partner Tyler Charman, a Progressive American restaurant in Little Italy with a spacious rooftop bar.

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Experience La Bauhinia Restaurant in Paris for East Meets West Cuisine

Jul 9, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

When Prince Roland Bonaparte—explorer, geographer, botanist and grand-nephew of the famed French emperor—made this present-day hotel his home, he probably didn’t imagine his passion for travel would live on through the exotic flavors now emanating from the kitchen of La Bauhinia restaurant.

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The Power of La Dolce Vita: 5 Things New Yorkers Can Learn from Italian Traditions

Jul 9, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

New Yorkers are a busy people, running to and fro from one meeting to the next, from happy hours to dinners and elegant balls, they are a people group that seems to constantly be in a rush. While this constant flow is a part of the city’s charms, it’s also why residents can oftentimes feel exhausted on a daily basis. So how do we remedy this? Maybe New Yorkers should start taking a cue from their Italian neighbors and begin living la dolce vita.

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Can You Guess Which Oscar Winner Co-Created a New Multinational Spirit?

Jun 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

For anyone who loves experimenting with new recipes, either on the plate or in the glass, there are fewer things more fun than discovering a slew of new cocktails to try out — even better if actor Robert De Niro is attached to them. As a way to celebrate the United States launch of VDKA 6100 (that's read as "vodka," in case you were wondering), which premiered in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey earlier in the month, the brand shared eight recipes that promise a "twist of tomorrow."

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6 Reasons You Should Have Gone to Veuve Clicquot 7th Annual NYC Polo Classic

Jun 17, 2014  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

This year marked the 7th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic held on May 31, 2014. The event was sold out in minutes, but here are some of the reasons you should have made it your priority to be in attendance.

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Does Temecula Valley's Wine Country Measure Up To Its Northern Neighbor, Napa Valley?

Jun 13, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

With the pull of a lever, puffs of fire shot up above our heads, warming the surrounding air and filling the checkered-rainbow hot air balloon as we rose higher and higher. Lofty Idea, as she is called, slowly moved farther and farther from the ground, quietly showing you how small you really are. On this crystal clear day the wind was tranquil, which meant the women piloting this Wizard-of-Oz vessel would have to heavily rely on finding just the right air space to cause the balloon to move right or left.

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Bostonia Public House Moves Onto State Street With New Farm-to-Table Fare

Jun 12, 2014  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

When Kitty O’Shea’s finally closed its doors on State Street, we were curious to find out what would eventually go into the space. Finally, on April 13, we were able to see the new restaurant filling its space, the Bostonia Public House

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Upstairs at the Kimberly Gives New Yorkers Another Reason to Enjoy Rooftop Lounging

Jun 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

When the weather in New York makes its long awaited shift from unbearably bitter cold to warm and sunny, you can actually feel the city come alive. New Yorkers are energized from their winter hibernation and waste no time partaking in their favorite summertime activities — for some it's running in the park or brunching al fresco, and for me, it's hitting up rooftop bars (and I have many, many allies in this).

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The Facundo Paraiso: Bacardi Lineage Produces a New Rum to Sip & Savor

Jun 4, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

A rum to sip and savor, Facundo's Paraiso is much more than a mere libation and you wouldn't dare mix this with cola — it's an experience unto itself. Straight from the private reserves of the Bacardi family, the Facundo line of rums is considered to be the best to ever be released by the company. In fact, Paraiso itself is at the top of the collection. 

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel's Camélia Restaurant a Delectable Treat in the City of Light

May 31, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Paris, in the haute couture district of the City of Light, offers several dining options including Camélia, a secluded terrace garden in the hotel’s inner courtyard. We recently visited the dining venue during an enchanting evening in May, and opted for an al fresco meal.

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Manhattan Cocktail Classic Kicks Off New Trends With Worldwide Flavors

May 28, 2014  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  1 Comment

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic, which was held in May for its fifth time this year, is more than just an opportunity for spirits brands and cocktail experts from around the world to mingle in the Big Apple. The event is also an ideal place to check out cocktail trends on the horizon and see what’s in store for summer sips. Here are some delicious ideas from MCC experts and others we trust!

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Check Out the Secret History Behind 13 of Your Favorite Cocktails

May 9, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

It seems like a new craft cocktail bar opens every weekend, with mixologists scrambling to create the next coolest drink. As much as we love innovation, sometimes you really can't beat the tried and true mixed drinks that have been around forever. Besides, most of the new guys are just modern variations of what our grandparents drank with breakfast.

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Celebrate the Kentucky Derby With These Modern Mint Julep Cocktails

May 2, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The 2014 Kentucky Derby is in full swing and if you're not lucky enough to be there this weekend, you're seriously missing out. This year's event has a lot going on, from the anticipation surrounding pre-race favorite California Chrome to all of the parties (and the hats), and we're sure it hurts a little not being part of it.

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Who Won the Top Awards at 14th Annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition?

Apr 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The 14th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition took place on March 21-24, and ever since we have been waiting patiently for the results. Hosted at the Hotel Nikko in downtown SF, the event saw 1,474 submissions from 41 states and 64 countries, covering 89 classifications.

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