The Ultimate Guide for you to make the best of Fall this year
Fall is an amazing time of year, the temperatures cool down and you can slowly bring out your sweaters and seasonal menu options return to your favorite restaurants (safely of course). Also, it’s a good opportunity to add some flair to your home now that you may be working or teaching from home!
Fall in NYC is everything you could hope for in a season and while this year will be different, it doesn’t mean that you still can’t enjoy this magical season. We are going to help your Fall be a memorable one with this guide. Take a look below for some safe food options, travel ideas, cocktails, essential/home items and much more!
Where To Eat
MR CHOW, the iconic restaurant known for serving authentic Beijing cuisine including the Beijing Duck and famed Noodle Show is finally re-opening their NYC locations. Since closing due the pandemic they are now ready to serve guests in their updated outside dining space. See below for topline information regarding each NYC location.
- 57th Street — Opened in 1979, the restaurant described by Givenchy as a “Precious Jewel Box” is one of the most beautiful and successful restaurants in New York City. Over the years, it has become famous for hosting some of New York’s most exciting and important parties for museums, artists and fashion houses.
- Tribeca — Opened in 2006, this is the second post in NYC to the original on 57th Street. Mr Chow’s latest & hippest NYC location attracts clients from the music, art and fashion industries. The Dining Room is designed in black and white lacquer with original artworks by Julian Schnabel, Andy Warhol and Helmut Newton.
CUT NY has created an outdoor dining space on Church and Barclay St. with socially distanced tables. The restaurant is open for outdoor dining Tuesday — Sunday from 5:30PM — 9:30PM with the menu created by Executive Chef Ben Small.
Reservations are recommended: https://www.sevenrooms.com/reservations/cutnyc
CUT is still doing to-go and delivery orders too! https://bbot.menu/cutnycdeliveryorpickup/
Strangeways — the lush new garden restaurant from chef Ken Addington [Five Leaves, Picholine, Town, Eight Mile Creek, Soho Diner] reopened last month in Williamsburg.
Addington reunited with Australian restaurateur Jamie Webb on the project, which features a 1700 square foot outdoor dining space with design from Manscapers (stars of the Bravo show Backyard Envy). Strangeways offers a wide-ranging menu of eclectic dishes from Addington, as well as frozen drinks and cocktails from Shannon Tebay [Death & Co, Pouring Ribbons, The Happiest Hour] and a wine list from Nate Lithgow [Holy Ground and Cafe Altro Paradiso].
The newly opened NAIA restaurant and lounge in Southampton at the Capri Hotel kept summer sexy with farm-to-table global cuisine and a one-of-a-kind dining experience in a European beach-chic setting.
NAIA is committed to following all of New York State’s recommended guidelines including diners being seated at every other table indoors and outdoor diners are spaced out as per guidelines from local and state health officials.
NAIA’s dinner menu includes Smoked Salmon Pinwheels with cucumber, cream cheese and chives, Lavraki with lemon and broccolini and Cacio e Pepe spaghetti with grated pecorino romano and black pepper. While lounging poolside, indulge in the Watermelon Feta Skewers with mint, Prosciutto Flatbread with prosciutto, mozzarella and pineapple and Lobster Mini Rolls with toasted butter brioche, scallion and chips.
Indulge in Bottomless Brunch daily from 11am — 2pm with dishes like their Summer Salad with baby spinach, strawberry, mandarin orange and honey mustard dressing and the NAIA omelette with sun-dried tomato, kalamata, pepper, spinach, kefalograviera and home fries. For dessert, enjoy a Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with vanilla beans, cream cheese and graham cracker crust, a Citrus Olive Oil Cake with orange, olive oil and syrup or the NAIA Bougatsa with custard, phyllo and cinnamon sugar.
Tulum-based Grupo Gitano, who has made their return to NYC with their summer pop-up, Garden of Love. The dramatic restaurant and mezcal bar brings a unique point of view to hospitality and the entire experience with its open, pared back, tropical, minimal approach to design and its modern Mexican cuisine.
Framed by the Freedom Tower and the downtown NYC skyline, guests are transported to the lush, tropical jungle of Tulum as they enter through through a wood pergola, punctuated with the iconic GITANO pink neon sign, onto a long, stone runway lined with 30-foot coconut palms.
The restaurant newly appointed Executive Chef, Antonio Maldonado, has revamped the menu by adding a variety of new fall dishes and drinks that take inspiration from his Mexican heritage, including Sopa De Tortilla Poblano, Truffle Tlayuda, Chipotle Albondigas, Cochinita Pibil & Hoja Santa, Hot Chocolate with Banks Rum & Toasted Marshmallow, Hot Hibiscus Tea with Mezcal and more.
Additionally, Founder and Owner, James Gardner, has made the space more comfortable for the cooler temperatures with a transparent terrarium, multiple heaters throughout, black and white curtains around the dining decks and custom-made fleece blankets embroidered with the pink Gitano monogram, which are also available for purchase.
Prime 1024 is the beautiful modern Italian steakhouse on Long Island in Roslyn. Owned by the Spyropoulos family (co-owners of Limani (Long Island and New York) and Oniro (Long Island), the restaurant features glass and dark wood partitions between each of the tables and offers outdoor dining also separated by glass partitions and curtains for a “cabana style” experience that ensures the premier safety of its diners.
Chef Greg Yarrow (Limani, Oceana, Maysville) serves a delicious and tender 10 oz. Filet Mignon, which can be accompanied by Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus or Creamy Truffle Spinach.
Pair your steak with one of their specialty cocktails like the Spicy Passion Fruit Margarita, jalapeño infused Exotico tequila, passion fruit and pineapple, or their expertly curated selection of Italian wines.
Finish the night with the homemade Tiramisu or the Lemon Strawberry sorbet! Freshen Up Your Home for Fall
MIFUNE New York, the Michelin-recognized Japanese restaurant focuses on modern Washoku cuisine. The menu is available from 4pm-6pm Tuesday — Saturday along with Happy Hour and highlights mixologist Shingo Gokan’s (the winner of the 2017 Tales of the Cocktail International Bartender of the Year Award) signature drinks like the Stray Dog (gin, Skinos Mastiha liqueur, cucumber, pineapple and lemongrass) and Oharu (Lychee-cello, Dassai 45 Nigori Sake, Grapefruit and Orange Blossom) for $10 each.
The menu also features appetizers that serve as the perfect bite to complement the cocktails with options like Black Angus Beef Tataki with a ponzu sesame sauce and Octopus Frites, served under a green bean salad tossed in a Japanese onion dressing and a roasted red pepper-yuzu kosho sauce.
The restaurant is open for outdoor dining with 32 seats and canopies, so whether it rains or not MIFUNE New York has you covered.
Main Street Tavern, from the team behind Highway Restaurant & Bar, made their debut last month in Amagansett . They’ll be offering dinner in their outdoor (safely social distanced) beer garden and takeout to start.
Kimika, the new Japanese-Italian restaurant in Nolita from Erika Chou and Doron Wong of Rivers and Hills Hospitality Group, the team behind the popular Lower East Side Thai restaurant Wayla. Executive chef Christine Lau, most recently of Bar Chuko Izakaya, offers a menu that highlights seasonal, locally sourced produce and Japanese and Italian ingredients, from crispy flatbreads with Greenmarket toppings like heirloom tomatoes, summer squash, and shiso, to fresh seafood pastas. Kimika offers a bright and airy space for outdoor seating filled with lush greenery for socially distant dining or cocktails, in addition to takeout and delivery.
located near Bryant Park.
This concept was created by Savory, a boutique, multifaceted hospitality company based in the heart of New York City, in response to the current challenges in the industry as a result of COVID-19. Though the offerings at Midtown Social differ from the company’s traditional fine dining catering, Chef Stephen Cardello has created a street food inspired menu, that is rooted with the same philosophy and passion in which Savory was built.
Open Monday — Friday from 11am — 9pm, their craveable menu is perfect for outdoor dining or a picnic in the park. From Tacos to Hawaiian Hot Dogs, stand out menu items include Chili Citrus Shrimp Tacos, Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich, Doctored Fries, disco style finished with mole, cotija, truffle parmesan and kimchi, the Choco Taco for dessert and many more outdoor eats. You will also find specialty cocktails and drink specials such as a $4 Beer, with purchase of two or more sliders or tacos, and Wine Wednesday, where all bottles of wine are 35% off.
If you don’t mind going downtown, you should checkout the Lower East Side spot Tzarevna’s new menu and a fresh, contemporary Russian restaurant serving classic dishes with organic ingredients.
Expect authentic dishes with a modern influence including organic Cornish Hen done in the ‘tabaka’ style, served with a tkemeli sour plum sauce to Duck Shashlyk with pistachio puree, charred onions, pomegranate molasses. Classic housemade zakuski boards will be available including a house-cured fish board featuring seasonal varieties, served with bliny, roe, and smetana.
During the pandemic, the owners, who are also the chef, discovered while trying out some fusion dishes when working out the new menu and interactions with customers, that the guests loved Tzarevna’s dishes that were traditionally Russian.
With so few options of authentic Russian dining in Manhattan, and without the usual decor tropes, they want Tzarevna to be contemporary Russian food, culture, and aesthetic.
Extra Virgin has been serving the West Village for 16 years, showcasing a menu of imaginative Italian, French and Mediterranean dishes in an energetic environment where hospitality and attentive service is the top priority. Owned by Michele Gaton, (General Manager of Union Square’s Coffee Shop) and partner Executive Chef Joey Fortunato (Manhattan Ocean Club, Layla, Picholine, Tribeca Grill), Extra Virgin was opened quite serendipitously, as the pair only had one day to seal the deal after finding the perfect location. The duo rolled up their sleeves and poured their hearts into creating what has become a quintessential neighborhood eatery.
With the loving support of the community that the team has faithfully served for almost two decades, the restaurant has been able to remain open throughout the entirety of this pandemic, feeding the local frontline workers and pioneering the reopening phase of the West Village restaurants. Michele and Chef Fortunato have learned the ins and outs of how to run a business during this trying time. They have officially opened outdoor seating for Phase Two and are already prepared for Phase Three with a restaurant design using clear glass partitions between the tables to ensure the safety of their diners.
Owner Michele Gaton is currently championing a petition to help her beloved block. She is asking Mayor de Blasio to close West 4th Street between Charles and Perry Street to traffic and open it up to help accommodate extra outdoor space for restaurants and businesses. Michele strongly believes this will not only help to keep customers and residents safe, but also assist with the businesses that have taken a severe economic hit during this time. The petition can be found on Change.org here: https://www.change.org/p/mayor-bill-de-blasio-west-4th.
With the space that the restaurant does have Michele has created an intimate outdoor dining area with up to 24 seats currently, in which the tables are set six feet apart and cute little trees are expertly placed between each. The ordering system has also changed and will now allow guests to scan a QR code with their phone, bringing up a digital menu and ordering with a waiter to eliminate the need for hard copy menus. To assist with the weekend crowds, the team has also brought on a security guard to ensure the safety of their patrons.
The Stand will be transitioning from outdoor to indoor dining in October. With about 9600 square feet of space, The Stand is confident they can safely conduct service with adequate space. They will most likely be seating what they are seating now outdoors, which is around 40 to 50 patrons.
Though they are appreciative of the effort by Governor Cuomo, the majority of their venue unfortunately remains dark. Live comedy is still not allowed indoors or out.
“We are urging our elected officials to join State Senator Michael Gianaris and Senator Chuck Schumer in the fight to Save our Stages. We have joined the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and our local NY chapter NYIVA to bring as much attention to this fight. Without government help we will not only be in danger of closing but so will thousands of venues across the country. These venues employee thousands of New Yorkers and Americans for the Governor to not address a huge industry desperately needing attention was disappointing. Our hope is that he now turns his sights on getting us all back in business. Please visit saveourstages.com for more information.” — Cris + Paul Italia
Cris Italia also recently published a rebuttal,”A Challenge to Save New York” to the New York Post’s “NYC is dead forever — here’s why: James Altucher” sharing his thoughts on the current state of New York.
Outdoor dining is here to stay and the newly reopened Kyma in Flatiron (15 W 18th St) has created the perfect outdoor garden setup in partnership with Chateau D’esclans’ Whispering Angel to take you from summer to Fall (while satiating some of your travel wanderlust too!).
Just in time for the harvest in Provence, Kyma has created an outdoor dining patio that allows guests to feel like they have been transported to their favorite European getaway.
The patio embraces the vibe of the South of France, utilizing vines not only to help create safe social distancing setups, but to symbolize the grapes and wine making process, while incorporating the regions signature blue hydrangea. Twinkle lights, leafy palms, lavender, and various bottles of Whispering Angel were incorporated into the installation to add to the whimsical romance of the setup.
Cocktails including the Roséy Lemonade (Whispering Angel, lemonade, lavender syrup, mint, and raspberry) accompany the elevated Greek comfort food that Kyma patrons have come to love including Kyma Chips (crispy slices of zucchini and eggplant with tzatziki), Tomato Salad (Kyma’s classic Greek salad), Grilled Octopus (with roasted peppers, onions and capers), Lamb Chops and Branzino.
Kyma’s outdoor garden will be open through winter, Tuesday — Thursday from 4:30pm-10pm, and Friday + Saturday: 4:30pm-11pm. DJ Nico Blu spins Friday and Saturdays from 7–11pm, playing a mix of Greek and pop music.
Freshen The Home Up For Fall
Amid COVID-19, Elephant in a Box realized a need in the shifting movers market and created a sofa that can be assembled in less than five minutes and disassembled in less than two — making it extremely easy to pack and up and take with you wherever you’re headed. With their patented honeycomb technology (same material used in aircrafts), consumers can adjust the size of their sofa to fit through and in any space and withstands 3,000+ lbs of pressure.
This month, the brand debuted innovative add-ons to make consumer’s lives easier and more customizable, including:
- Armrest Desk: This ergonomic new option allows consumers to turn their dynamic sofa into a workstation instantly and disassembled easily when you’re off the clock. Perfect for small apartment living.
- Vegan Leather Covers: Sold as a bundle or separately, the vegan leather sofa covers bring a new vibe to Elephant in a Box’s standard sofa.
There is no house too big or small, no schedule too busy, no hallways too awkward and no moving crews too small for Elephant in a Box!
Elephant in a Box’s core sofa retails at $849
TALL, DARK & HANDSOME — Make an impression without screaming for attention with this edgy, modern platform bed design. A striking deep espresso faux leather upholstery and padded headboard with vertical stitching pull together your room with sophistication. Steel framework and foam padding add comfort and longevity; underbed clearance space of 9.8 inches is great for storage; twin size supports a maximum weight capacity of 250 lbs, while all other sizes can support up to 500 lbs.
SMEG has launched a NEW refrigerator design, the Portofino! This is the first time SMEG has introduced a new refrigerator design beyond the Retro Collection in the United States in several years.
Portofino’s modern lines, bold hues and tech features make it a dreamy kitchen accessory. The sleek new fridge features an illuminated, spacious interior cabinet that holds up to 26 bags of groceries, with an EnergyStar® rating and a Life Plus Drawer to keep meat, fish, and cheese fresh for an extended time period. Available in bold hues, including Red, Black, Anthracite, White, and Stainless Steel, Portofino retails for $2,999; you can purchase the luxurious appliance at AJ Madison or check SMEG’s store locator.
FinaMill is a NEW kitchen gadget designed to simplify home-cooking: meet FinaMill, the only battery-operated spice grinder that uses interchangeable, refillable spice pods. FinaMill provides users with a single-handed, sanitary and more efficient way of seasoning meats, veggies, pastas and more while cooking.
With one click, FinaMill’s body pairs with pods that perfectly mill dried spices or herbs ranging from the exotic to staples with the push of a button, delivering freshly-ground spices to enhance the flavor of your favorite meals. See how it works HERE.
Inspired by the chemist’s iconic Florence flask, the Florence™ Decanter is derived from scientific principles for the ideal purification and expression of light to medium-bodied wines. Enjoy the ideal flavor profile of your favorite chilled wines with this innovative decanter, offering half the air exposure of a traditional decanter for the ultimate purified wine experience. SRP: $129.99 / Ullowine.com and Williams-sonoma.com
· Intended for purifying and serving your favorite chilled roses, light bodied reds, and full whites
· Includes Üllo® Wine Purifier, 6 selective sulfite capture filters and velour travel bag
· Hand blown crystal
· Hand wash recommended
If you know someone who loves cooking or needs a little pick-me-up, consider giving them a piece from the Made For You Collection by DEMDACO. Dishware and kitchen accessories from this line are a wonderful way to gift loved ones a homemade dish prepared with love. When they finish eating, they can even keep the dishware to use in preparing meals for their families.
Prepare freshly baked bread or a casserole in this Made For You Loaf Pan. It is a great keepsake or way to gift some delightful treats to a loved one. This off-white pan has two handles and is rimmed in a thin black line. The pan features the script sentiment, “Made For You.” It is microwave, dishwasher, and oven safe. The DEMDACO Everyday Made For You Collection Ceramic Loaf Pan is made from stoneware.
Designed and optimized for cutting fruits and vegetables, the Hurom Fruit & Vegetable Knife Set will provide the precision and durability needed for all juice recipes. The set consists of a 7-inch Santoku Knife for cutting hard ingredients like beets and celery, a 4-inch Citrus Knife for cutting any citrus staple, and a 3.5-inch Paring Knife for extra precision.
HUROM’S latest innovation, the Celery & Greens Slow Juicer, is made specially for juicing celery, wheatgrass, leafy greens, and root vegetables like beets and ginger. The Celery & Greens Slow Juicer yields the optimal amount of juice while leaving no pulp residue inside.
Wines, Cocktails & More
For whiskey and wine lovers alike, Beringer Brothers Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon is aged for 60 days in second pass charred American Oak barriques which previously held Bourbon. The resulting wine bursts with aromas of ripe black cherry, dark chocolate and vanilla with a palate showcasing toasted hazelnuts, toffee and blackberry preserves on the finish.
Check out country star Kelsea Ballerini sipping this wine in her latest music video for ‘Hole in the Bottle’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUHQ0j6qrCM”
Autumn is finally here, which means it’s time to break open those wines with a bit more power and spice. The Rioja Reserva category of wines is the top choice for the season and the best value for your dollar. We have for you the timeless classic Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Reserva, one of the founding fathers of Rioja, with their 2015 vintage.
Tempranillo, the main grape of Rioja, is known for its structure and playful contrast between bold red fruit and earthy characteristics. The ideal candidate for extended oak aging as its brave personality can withstand the ingress of oxygen and barrel flavors- a significant element of the Rioja Reserva style. The extended aging requirements of the Reserva category encourage the development of tertiary flavor aromas adding layers of elegant complexity, all while maintaining the fruit purity and typicity of the iconic Spanish region.
It’s getting a little cooler, which means its time for red wine! Maison Marcel offers a full-bodied merlot — the French Velvet ($18.99) with intense flavors of ripe plum, cherry, and a hint of chocolate that would pair perfectly with a few smokey BBQ dishes. Masterfully created by Xavier Vignon, one of Châteauneuf- du-Pape’s most respected winemakers, French Velvet is a truly generous and unique expression of South Rhône.
Maison Marcel wine is made with low sulfites and no added sugar and comes in a variety of expressions including, Ocean Bound which is a crisp Sauvignon Blanc and still and sparkling Rosé. Each wine is carefully crafted to deliver vibrant, fruit-forward tasting notes.
Stella Rosa Royale
The Riboli Family of San Antonio Winery is taking the popular Stella Rosa brand to the next level with the launch of Stella Rosa Royale. For years, Stella Rosa fans have asked for a wine with the same great flavor, but with more alcohol. Our response? Stella Rosa Royale.
Inspired by the classic Stella Rosa Rosso, Stella Rosa Royale is darker, bolder, and has a higher alcohol percentage than its predecessor at 8% compared to 5% in Rosso; however, Royale still maintains that semi-sweet, semi-sparkling taste that fans know and love. Born from rich, ripe grapes grown in the sun-drenched hills of Piemonte, Italy, its richer taste gives Stella Rosa Royale versatility, making it the perfect wine to pair with food.
Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay — Standing as America’s #1 selling Chardonnay for 26 years and counting, Kendall-Jackson’s classic Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay ($17/bottle) is a true crowd-pleaser and pairs perfectly with any number of summertime events thanks to its tropical pineapple and papaya notes with hints of vanilla. Wine lovers can also feel good about popping open a bottle as the 2017 varietal now carries the CCSW (Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing) logo on its label. Where to Buy: Drizly or Kj.com
Ruinart x Samsung Partnership
This fall, Ruinart and Samsung are teaming up to provide Samsung Galaxy Z Premier members access to Ruinart’s exclusive champagne service tied to their most prestigious cuvee, Dom Ruinart. The exclusive private client Dom Ruinart service will offer the opportunity to access top experts to help source hard-to-find bottles of the extraordinary and dynamic Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blanc 2007 and Dom Ruinart Rose 2007.
In addition, Galaxy Z Premier members will gain access to unique content and monthly virtual webinars on The Art of Champagne with Ruinart Oenologist Louise Bryden hosted from Reims, France. The benefit, which is available from September 18 — Dec 31, 2020 is limited to 750 for the private client champagne sourcing service and 100 members each for the 3 Art of Champagne webinars. Samsung’s Galaxy Z Premier is available to owners of Samsung’s Galaxy Z devices in the United States, including the new Galaxy Z Fold2 5G which went on sale September 18.
Veuve Clicquot Champagne has recently announced a new collaboration with world-renowned Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama, highlighting the portfolio’s prestige Cuvée, La Grande Dame.
The partnership will include a special limited-edition Kusama-designed gift box of La Grande Dame champagne ($195 SRP) plus a select number of Kusama floral sculptures that uniquely fit a magnum bottle of La Grande Dame ($36,000+ SRP). The collection will be available for pre-sale beginning September 17, and then officially on shelves in October — timed to the release of the newest vintage, La Grande Dame 2012
For background, La Grande Dame (meaning “The Great Lady”) is a champagne created in honor of Madame Clicquot, who trailblazed the industry with her innovations and audacity as a female entrepreneur in the early 1800s. As a modern-day La Grande Dame and iconic name in the design and art world, Yayoi Kusama infuses her signature dots and artistic style into these limited-edition pieces — serving as a beacon of hope, joy, and inspiration during these times of uncertainty.
For the rosé fans, the award-winning Mumm Napa Brut Rosé is the perfect treat. On the palate, it has vivid aromas of black cherries, red berries, and citrus followed by soft red fruit flavors.
If you are looking for something little crisper, Mumm Brut Prestige is the quintessential Napa Sparkling wine — filled with bright citrus, red apple, stone fruit and creamy vanilla aromas. It is a versatile Brut with a lingering, rich finish.
Perrier-Jouët — New Female Cellar Master & Eco Friendly Gift Box
Perrier-Jouët’s Cellar Master Herve Deschamps is retiring this fall after 35 years and is handing the baton to the Champagne house’s first ever female Cellar Master Severine Frerson. Severine, who will become the 8th Cellar Master of the Maison, has a very exciting background, and one of her main goals for the brand will be to continue their sustainability efforts.
Perrier-Jouët is also releasing a new, eco-friendly gift set collection across its non-vintage cuvee range — Grand Brut, Blason Rosé and Blanc de Blancs. The gift box designs are inspired by the chalky subsoil of the vineyard and wine cellars, and are produced from 100% natural fiber, sourced from certified forests in Northern Europe and are nearly 30% lighter than previous gift box offerings. The sets are crafted using a special embossing technique which minimizes the consumption of ink and helps to deliver a 100% recyclable design.The gift sets will be available for purchase on Perrier-Jouet.com beginning October 2020.
2.5 parts BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho
0.25 parts Sugar syrup
1 part Freshly-pressed apple juice
2 dashes Orange Bitters
Build over ice rocks until perfectly diluted. Float apple juice last. Garnish with an apple slice.
Spiced & Cola
2 parts BACARDÍ Spiced Rum
4 parts cola
Fill a highball glass with cubed ice. Pour in the BACARDÍ Spiced Rum, followed by the chilled cola. Give it all a gentle stir. Garnish with a lime wedge.
California Old Fashioned
2 oz. Argonaut Speculator Brandy
¼ oz. Simple Syrup
2–3 dashes of Aromatic Bitters
Garnish: Expressed Orange peel w/ an Argonaut Brandied Cherry
Add ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice and stir together to combine/chill. Strain into a double old fashioned rocks glass filled with rock ice. Express the oils of an orange peel over the glass, rubbing the peel around the rim. Add peel into the cocktail along with a brandy cherry.
CAMPARI, THE RED HEART OF THE NEGRONI
1 part Campari
1 part Sweet Red Vermouth (Campari recommends 1757 Vermouth di Torino)
1 part Gin (Campari recommends BULLDOG Gin)
Pour all ingredients directly into a rocks glass filled with ice
Garnish with an orange slice
Vanilla Old Fashioned
1.5 oz Crown Royal Vanilla
.25 oz simple syrup
1–3 dash(es) house bitters
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled.
Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with orange peel.
Captain Morgan Apple Crisp
1oz Captain Morgan Sliced Apple
.5oz Lemon Juice
Lemon Wedge for Garnish
Pour Captain Morgan Sliced Apple and lemon juice into a shaker over ice.
Shake and pour into shot glass.
Garnish with lemon.
Shake and serve over ice.
1.5 Oz Volcán Tequila Blanco
1.5 Oz Fresh Watermelon Juice
.5 Oz Lemon Juice
.75 Simple Syrup
Pinch Of Salt
1 part Seagram’s® Watermelon Twisted Gin
4 parts fresh lemonade Lemon
HOW TO MIX
Slice Lemons into thin wheels.
In a highball glass, line sides with lemon slices
Pour ingredients over ice
Spellbinding Brew (Serves 8)
2 cups RumHaven
1 cup Fresh Lime Juice
1 cup Grenadine
Top w/ Ginger Beer
8 Lime wheels
Combine RumHaven, lime juice and grenadine into a pitcher filled with ice and lime wheels. Top off pitcher with ginger beer and stir gently. Serve in ice-filled Collins glasses and add a drizzle of grenadine to each cocktail for additional garnish.
San Diego distillery Cutwater Spirits recently released a brand-new, ready-to-enjoy canned cocktail: a Long Island Iced Tea, the 13.2% ABV throwback everyone needs right now. Cutwater’s elevated interpretation of the notorious dive bar classic features four of the brand’s award-winning spirits: Vodka, Rum, Gin and Tequila, along with citrus notes and a splash of cola.
Cutwater Spirits’ top shelf take on the Long Island Iced Tea resurrects the infamous libation with real, quality spirits in a can, so it can be enjoyed beyond the bar. Tasting notes include iced sun tea, bold spirit, tart citrus, and honeysuckle.
Austin Cocktails, has launched a new line of sparkling canned cocktails, joining the expanding RTD category, which has grown by 80% since March.
Austin Cocktails’ sparkling canned cocktails are made with premium spirits and natural ingredients, while maintaining naturally low-calorie count, plus a higher ABV than standard canned cocktails.
The cans offer a crisp, refreshing taste with no artificial flavors, and are the first canned cocktail to mimic a true bar-quality cocktail with 12.5% ABV. With a higher ABV, each 8.4 ounce can contains two cocktails and ensures an authentic cocktail experience.
Currently, the canned offerings include: Cucumber Vodka Mojito, Fred’s Ruby Red Sparkling Cocktail, and Bergamot Orange Sparkling Margarita. They will be available in 14 states, with a four-pack SRP of $14.99-$15.99.
Picnic Brunch, a premier canned cocktail company based in New York, has announced the launch of its first canned cocktail products: Mimosa and Bloody Mary.
The canned cocktails will be made available in select markets starting this month including Portland, Sacramento, and the Bay Area through Running Man Distributing and Mindful Distributors, respectively.
The Mimosa is 6.9 percent ABV and is made with orange juice, dry white wine, filtered water, and other natural ingredients. Best served chilled, the Mimosa is available in packs of four 12 oz. cans.
The Bloody Mary is 5.5 percent ABV and is made with tomato puree, orange wine, filtered water, cane sugar, and other natural ingredients. Similar to the Mimosa, the Bloody Mary is available in packs of four 12 oz. cans.
ēlicit Wine Project — an innovation hub from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates that was created to deliver one-of-a-kind brands and varietals grounded in rich consumer desires.
The centerpiece of the new project is the ēlicit Wine subscription service
- The subscription service offers unparalleled flexibility and allows your readers to customize the frequency, quantity, and specific wines they want delivered.
- Shoppers can browse not only by varietal or brand but also by occasion — “special occasions”, “weeknight hang”, and “day drinking” to start, with additional curated selections added.
Available for single bottle purchase at your local grocery, instant delivery via Drizly, or via subscription at elicit.wine, these wines will delight a plethora of palates and upgrade your bar cart’s visual aesthetic. Individual bottles and 2-pack cans start at $12.99 and $10.99, respectively, and the subscription service is available for 1–12 bottles starting at $13.99.
With schools across the country now starting to open, we want to share some information from a recent study Michelin conducted on safe back-to-school driving habits that shows parents are rightfully concerned about their kids’ safety. Additionally, according to findings in the study…
- 70 percent of parents prefer to drive their kids to school than have them take the bus
- 45 percent are taking extra care to practice safe driving during the pandemic
- 39 percent of parents surveyed said they’re practicing car maintenance more than usual, knowing they will be driving more on busier roads
To offer parents’ peace of mind when they hit the road with a car full of children, Michelin launched the CrossClimate 2 (their most advanced and versatile passenger tire in 20+ years) to help families navigate safely.
William Murray and cocktails go hand-in-hand and while irreverence plays a big part in who we are — so does classing it up, on occasions. For relaxing times, make it William Murray time with these new Whiskey Golf Ball Chillers.
Any amateur can grab a handful of plain ol’ ice out of the freezer. The true gentleman thinks a few steps ahead and preps a pair of golf ball-style, mini glaciers for a proper Old Fashioned.
Pro tip from the man, the myth, the Murray — perception is reality — so let ’em think you’re always running a first-class operation.
As you’re already aware, we’ve seen huge improvements in home cleaning supplies through the use of more sustainable materials and cleaner ingredients — saving you money, space and the planet. With a goal of reducing the environmental impact of personal care and cleaning products, and offering non-toxic alternatives, many new companies have emerged in recent years with creative solutions.
O3waterworks takes that even a step further with the release of their new all natural on-demand spray sanitizer that turns everyday tap water into a non-toxic, chlorine free & alcohol-free cleaner (free of fragrances + dyes!) that is refillable and a planet friendly alternative to the countless cleaning products stowed under our kitchen sinks.
The Sanitizing Spray Bottle priced at $199 is ideal for small-scale home applications such as: kitchen counters, exercise equipment, meat + veggies, face masks, pets, kids toys and much more — lasting 3–5 years with 600+ refills, saving a household approximately $700 a year! Did we also mention it also kills odors, mildews + mold and has been proven to eliminate 99.9% of harmful germs and pathogens in 30 seconds, as well as other viruses such as E. coli, Salmonella, Klebsiella and pneumoniae.
simplehuman’s best-selling sensor pumps are the perfect fall essential to ensure you’re keeping hands germ-free as we continue to tackle the novel Coronavirus. Comptabilite with both foam ($60) and liquid ($60) soap, these hands-free products make washing hands easier than ever, without the concern of touching a dirty dispenser.
Cleaning up after a big school arts and crafts project? Simply move your hands closer to the pump to signal the need for more soap. Each pump also comes complete with a free sample of simplehuman’s mandarin soap so you never have to worry about running out. Offering a variety of refill packs of diverse scent profiles, choose from simplehuman’s wide-ranging options or use your favorite soap of choice.
iRobot Genius™ Home Intelligence — a state-of-the-art robot intelligence platform — iRobot has expanded its Roomba® robot vacuum lineup with the launch of the Roomba® i3+ ($599). The i3+ is a stylish and intelligent home robot that empties itself and partners with users to provide a high-level, personalized cleaning experience.
The Roomba i3+ brings a thoughtful new design that fits well into consumers’ homes and is packed with advanced features such as:
Clean Base® Automatic Dirt Disposal — the robot empties its bin on its own without the user ever needing to touch the robot.
Intelligent navigation — purposefully and logically cleans multiple rooms within the home, across hard floors and carpet.
High-Efficiency Filter — Captures 99% of pollen, mold, dust mites and cat and dog allergens.
3 -Stage Cleaning System — Effectively clean corners and often-dirty areas with 10X Power-Lifting Suction and Dirt Detect Technology.
Use the redesigned iRobot Home App powered by iRobot Genius™ to customize your cleaning experience.
The Roomba i3+ is available today in the US on iRobot.com and in retailers later this month.
One thing about Fall is the return of all the TV shows we love to binge, but more importantly, streaming Halloween movies! Nothing screams Halloween like a night watching scary movies! Use your Fire TV Stick 4K to watch scary (and silly!) Halloween movies from your favorite apps like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and more. For a surround sound experience, connect your Fire TV device with compatible speakers and make the scary moments come to life.
Lasko’s USA-Made Heaters
Lasko Products, market leader in home comfort, continues its commitment to the expansion of domestic production by announcing the launch of the USA-Made Cyclonic Digital Ceramic Heaters.
The Cyclonic Digital Ceramic Heaters are specifically designed to heat larger rooms more efficiently. The Cyclonic Heaters improve the user experience by pulling cooler air in through the bottom of the unit and distributing heat further into the room from the top.
The USA-Made Cyclonic Ceramic Heaters are available in two models:
- CC24920: This heater features touch sensing technology controls, a first for the industry and Lasko. Additional features include adjustable thermostat, 8-hour auto-off timer, two quiet heat settings and an easy-to-clean filter that will keep the unit running proficiently.
- CC24910: This heater features a multi-function remote control with additional features including an adjustable thermostat, 8-hour auto-off timer and two quiet heat settings.
Both units feature 1500 watts of comforting warmth, are fully assembled upon purchase, have an easy-carry handle, and come with a three-year limited warranty. The CC24920 is available exclusively at Walmart for $77.93 and the CC24910 is available at Home Depot for $99.97.
RioBabe’s Hair and Skin Beauty Vitamins are the world’s first flower beauty gummies. These vitamins were created by women, and made for women using all-natural, healthy, and delicious ingredients! RioBabe’s Vitamins contain over 6000mcg of Biotin (more than anyone else on the market), Marine Collagen for flawless skin, PABA to keep that gorgeous hair color intact and tastes just like delicious passion fruit!
100% natural, non-GMO, cruelty-free, hormone-free, cGMP approved, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free. Highlighted ingredients below and full list of ingredients here.
- Biotin: Here Comes Queen B! Biotin is a B vitamin that helps provide the necessary building blocks for healthy hair and nail production.
- Folic Acid: Stress-Free Skin! Folic Acid plays an essential role in helping the skin maintain its natural vitality. Its concentration of antioxidants also limits the amount of oxidative stress to the surface of the scalp leading to hair growth.
- Marine Collagen: Shine Bright Like a Diamond! One of the most well-known benefits of Marine Collagen is its ability to promote glowing and vibrant skin, leading to a forever youthful appearance!
- PABA: Don’t Lose Your Breath Now! The word may be difficult, but it’s easy to understand. Para-aminobenzoic, or simply PABA, has antioxidant properties that stimulate hair growth and fullness, while also inhibiting premature gray hair growth.
- Passion Fruit: A Great Dosage of Love Just for You! This superfruit is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which help boost skin health and delay the signs of aging.
- Vitamin C: Zest for Life! An antioxidant that hampers free radicals from damaging the skin. Vitamin C is an essential ingredient for healthy collagen production and maintenance.
Brand new for 2020, SaltWorks has curated a selection of (6) of its signature salt fusions housed in a limited edition recipe box along with (6) different recipes. Salt selections include Black Truffle Sea Salt, Wild Porcini Mushroom, Vintage Merlot, Espresso Brava, Lime Fresca and Spanish Rosemary.
SaltWorks uses its proprietary process to bind natural ingredients to each sea salt crystal to create a new generation of all-natural infused salts that are more flavorful — from the vibrancy of tart limes, to the savory richness of wild porcini mushrooms, to the clean taste of fresh rosemary, to the inimitable aroma of roasted espresso beans. From Grilled Lamb Chops with chimichurri to Prawns with garlic and cilantro, the home chef mom or dad will enjoy playing around with this unique selection of salts.
Pretzel Crisps Cheddar Cheese are baked with real cheddar cheese resulting in that classic cheesy flavor with delicious crunch. Just like its other flavor counterparts, Pretzel Crisps Cheddar Cheese are great for dipping, topping or straight out of the bag making them perfect for any snacking occasion.
Dollar Shave Club’s Ball Spray — is finally back in stock!
Ball Spray (yes, a spray for balls) flew off virtual shelves after launching on July 8th and went out of stock online in less than two weeks. It became one of the fastest products to sell out in DSC history, helping 100,000 balls feel a little fresher.
Since it sold out, over 14,800 people signed up for a waitlist to get their hands on Ball Spray. The day has finally come and it’s officially back in stock!
Designed to take care of your precious cargo, Ball Spray creates a smooth barrier to keep hot zones feeling dry and features precise targeting for a less-mess application. The no talc and no zinc formula absorbs moisture and reduces chafing with all the benefits of a powder without any of the extra mess.
Ball Spray is available at dollarshaveclub.com for $6.
Lasko’s All Season Comfort Control Tower & Heater in One is also perfect year-round with its high-reaching tower fan design for maximum air delivery. With the included digital remote control, you can heat the room you’re in with Automatic Electronic Thermostat technology, allowing you to maintain comfort while using less energy.
Additional product features include (4) quiet fan speeds, 3-speed ceramic tower heater with gentle warmth and versatile settings, widespread oscillation, easy-to-clean filter for increased heater unit efficiency and simple “no tool” assembly. Available on Walmart.com
September is Happy Healthy Cat Month! Celebrate your furry friend by gifting them (and you) with PrettyLitter — an odor-controlled and health monitoring cat litter delivered straight to your door through subscription services ($22 starting price).
PrettyLitter changes color to tell you when your cat has a potential health issue, so you can get them help before it becomes an urgent medical situation. This could save you big money on expensive vet bills, not to mention it could save your cat’s life! Customers have also enjoyed the worry-free monthly shipments straight to their door — saving them a trip to the store during the pandemic.
With the weather looking more like fall everyday, it’s time to break out the boots! Invest in a new pair of boots from Wolverine’s BLVD series — a collection of boots that are meant for both work and play and at an affordable price point!
The men’s collection comes in four key silhouettes, the plain toe boot, cap toe boot, Chelsea boot, and a Western-style pull-on boot. Each style is made with premium materials and Goodyear Welt construction, which allows boots to be resoled for years of wear. From day to night, work to play, avenues to out of the way, Wolverine BLVD boots have you covered at every step.
As we approach the crisp days of fall, iconic slipper brand Dearfoams is excited to introduce the new Alpine Collection — a new selection of sustainably crafted slippers made with outdoor comfort in mind.
Available for purchase on Dearfoams.com, each pair of Alpine slippers feature the brand’s new eco-friendly Colorado outsoles made from harvested algae, which fuels the global cleanup effort to restore balance to our environment and water resources. Even better, each pair is machine washable and features built in temperature regulating technology, as well as new patent-pending arch support insoles which offer 360° cushioning for maximum comfort!
Retailing from $49-$59, the new Alpine collection is offered in a range of styles including booties, clogs and scuff slides to fit any wardrobe with sustainability in mind.
This coat comes out of the wardrobe to show your most modern and cosmopolitan side. With diagonal strips of different fabric in tweed, houndstooth and colour and with a hooded neck of sweatshirt that gives it the added original and modern value worthy of a very urban man.
Desigual’s knit jumper with round neck and elastic on the cuffs and waist shows a series of horizontal friezes that create the illusion that you are precisely wearing the garment inside out.
Jeans should move with you — not constrict, and that’s exactly the idea behind these ultra-stretchy yet sophisticated grey jeans in a slimming fit.
Add some color to your hoodie game with Psycho Bunny’s mens Drake hoodie. The Drake is crafted to the same rigorous standards as the Psycho Bunny hoodies you love; it’s made with 100% French terry cotton, while taped seams and reinforced stitching add comfort and durability. An oversized, two-tone Psycho Bunny embroidered logo and matching metal-tipped drawstrings add an unmissable pop of color. The Drake is a colorful hoodie for colorful characters.
Banana Republic VOTE Face Masks
Launched last week, a new series of reusable, non-medical grade cloth face masks with VOTE FOR A BETTER REPUBLIC and VOTE messaging available on BananaRepublic.com, with $5 for every $15 face mask sold donated to Rock the Vote.
· Washable, cloth mask with a multi-layer design and over the ear adjustable straps
· Adjustable wire at the nose for a comfortable, secure fit. Internal pocket for insert
· Machine wash with like colors, tumble dry low. *Masks must be laundered prior to first wear
Wind, light snow, cold drizzle — you love to be out there no matter the conditions. Built for trail runs but able to handle a wide range of high output activities, the Trino SL Hoody is superlight, highly breathable, and created to handle damp, windy, late season weather. Made from GORE-TEX INFINIUM™, it blocks wind, breathes exceptionally well, and repels light rain and snow. A knit backer adds some warmth, Teslin™ underarm panels improve ventilation, and the low-profile hood adds protection.
Technically comfortable and pure Arc’teryx, these joggers are designed to be worn all the time. Pull them on for warm-up and cool down, walking the dog and working from home, errand running and surfing — channel surfing. Brushed for warmth, the DryTech™ fabric blends organically grown cotton’s natural comfort with moisture-wicking polyester fibres for some off-the-couch performance. Elastane adds stretch for freedom on the move, and three pockets stash your keys, wallet, and phone.
Fall Getaways (Safely)
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort plans to reopen its doors on October 1st, welcoming guests back to the finest address in the Maldives! Following its closure earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the exquisite resort property will reopen with enhanced cleaning and safety measures guided by Marriott’s Cleanliness Council, along with newly reimagined dining experiences and features for a rarefied sense of privacy and the finest expression of luxury.
Situated amongst the crisp, colorful fall foliage that decorates the woodlands above New York’s Lake Placid sits majestic Whiteface Lodge. A sparkling lakefront property that evokes the best of the celebrated Adirondack region, the AAA Four Diamond-rated all-suite resort offers guests a rustic getaway complete with cozy cast-iron fireplaces in-suite, warm homemade cookies at turndown, and access to a wide array of seasonal activities. Of course, an autumnal visit means leaf peeping all around, as Lake Placid boasts one of the longest fall foliage seasons in the country.
For travelers looking for a chance to be amongst nature, the resort is minutes away from popular hiking destinations like High Falls Gorge, Whiteface Landing, Catamount Mountain and Whiteface Mountain — all prime spots to take in the grandeur of the Adirondacks, which covers more than six million acres and boasts the largest trail system in the nation. Lake Placid visitors are assured the best of hiking, biking and fishing, or simply enjoying the expansive views that serve as the backdrop to the perfect fall getaway.
After working up an appetite during the day, guests can enjoy fine dining to-go from the resort’s premier restaurant, KANU, craft cocktails and socially-distanced lounge dining at Peak 47, or outdoor drinks and bites at one of its two open-air lean-tos equipped with concierge service. And for much deserved pampering, the Spa at Whiteface Lodge offers luxurious massage treatments inspired by the calming mosaic of the region.
High Peaks Resort in the heart of Lake Placid offers plenty of space to study, work and get out of each other’s hair, with three unique lodging experiences overlooking Mirror Lake and the Adirondack Mountains: The Resort, a traditional hotel featuring 105 guest rooms and suites (newly renovated earlier this year); the modern retro-vibe Lake House with 44 guest rooms; and the private and serene Waterfront Collection, featuring 28 guest rooms including 10 suites on the shores of Mirror Lake.
Take a break from studying or work with a dip in the indoor or outdoor pool, paddling Mirror Lake, hiking, biking, golfing and more. Dogs are welcome, with special canine-friendly treats and amenities. Travelers can save up to 30% with the Best Dates, Best Rates package, with rates starting at $125 per night excluding taxes and fees.
If you still don’t want summer to end, then you have to check out the new Mondrian South Beach launching this Fall. Designed for the post-2020 traveler in mind, the iconic waterfront oasis on Miami Beach’s Biscayne Bay is undergoing a $20 multi-million dollar property-wide transformation, brought to life by local Miami-based designers Peter Oleck and Danny Cubes of OS Design Group, featuring new amenities, decor, cuisine and more.
Guests can expect a complete property rehaul including a new indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar, new breezy and open-air common areas, luxury guest rooms, socially-distant meeting spaces, a renovated spa and wellness center, and the focal point of the property — Baia Beach Club — an exclusive membership club led by world-renowned boutique restaurant group, LDV Hospitality, known for Scarpetta, Dolce Italian, American Cut, The Seville and others.
First opened in 2008, the bayside retreat is again setting out to redefine trends for today’s traveler in mind with a new modern tropical look, feel, and experience. Located on West Avenue with direct marina access, the 220-room property is accepting reservations starting October 1, 2020 and will cater to guests looking to enjoy an individual experience and those looking to travel with others.
The renovation is being led by hotel partners Russell Galbut, of Crescent Heights and Chairman of Norwegian Cruise Line, and Michael S. Liebowitz, CEO and Founder of Harbor Group Consulting. The grand re-opening of the Mondrian South Beach is scheduled for November 16, 2020.
This desert retreat embodies a sunny mix of minimalist, modern-desert urbanity with contemporary design, sculptural geometry, modernist forms and the city’s only rooftop pool (only open to hotel guests during this time). With its prime location anchoring the very center of downtown Palm Springs, the 153-room Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs is perfect for the modern explorer and offers idyllic views of the San Jacinto Mountains and desert landscape. The Rowan is currently operating at 50% capacity and has implemented additional measures to help safeguard guest and team members’ health.
EAST Miami is the ultimate urban oasis offering the perfect mix of city and beach resort — ideal for couples, friends and families to get together and unwind safely as they explore outside their homes this year.
The property offers an abundance of indoor and outdoor greenery, with fresh air flowing in and out at their restaurant patio, suite terraces, rooftop bar and poolside to enjoy some R&R time while still maintaining a safe distance from other guests.
Travelers can get an amazing escape this year at EAST Miami and take advantage of the property’s Travel for Tomorrow offer via Porter & Sail. Road trippers and nearby Florida residents can book their stays and save up to 25%; $300 stays receive $400 in hotel credit to enjoy while on property. The offer is valid from now through February 28, 2021 and includes the following:
- Discounted branded bike rentals to explore Miami’s Brickell neighborhood and nearby parks/beaches
- Pets under 25 pounds are welcome for an additional $100 per stay, and receive complimentary amenities such as toys and treats
- Families receive complimentary amenities for kids such as teepees for indoor camping adventures, DIY dinosaur cookie kits, and dinosaur stuffed animals
- Direct access to the Brickell City Centre shopping mall that includes a VIP movie theater, selection of luxury retail stores and kid’s salon & spa
Just two hours north of Miami, Club Med Sandpiper Bay reopened on June 12th, offering an all-inclusive getaway sans passport. This family-friendly resort is great for families seeking an affordable getaway with a variety of activity options for all interests, like windsurfing, sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking, or land-sports like golf, flying trapeze and tennis. Adults can relax by the adults-exclusive pool, on the beach that is situated alongside the St. Lucie River, or at the Club Med Spa, while kids enjoy time at the children’s clubs with unlimited land and water activities.
To ensure all guests feel comfortable and safe, Club Med launched their Safe Together initiative, enhanced hygiene and safety protocols to meet today’s new standards of health and cleanliness.
Travel Deal for local residents:
- Deal: 10% off with the promo code “SANDPI” at checkout for residents of Florida, Georgia, North & South Carolina; available for booking through October 31, 2020 with select travel dates through November 20, 2020.
- About: Enjoy a family-friendly, all-inclusive getaway sans passport with affordable rates and a variety of activity options for all interests, like windsurfing, sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking, or land-sports like golf, flying trapeze and tennis. Adults can relax by the adults-exclusive pool, on the beach that is situated alongside the St. Lucie River, or at the Club Med Spa, while kids enjoy time at the children’s clubs with unlimited land and water activities. For added flexibility and peace of mind, Club Med also offers:
- Free Cancellation policy, which allows those who book stays prior to July 2, 2021 to receive a full refund should they need to cancel their stay (up to 15 days prior to the anticipated travel date).
- Emergency Assistance Program, newly created to provide all guests traveling before April 30th, 2021 with coverage for emergency medical expenses during their stay, including those related to COVID-19. Full details are here under the section titled “Emergency Assistance Program”.