1st: Atlantico Dominican Crawl, 3/14/10
Location:Washington Heights, NY:
1. Elsa, La Reina de Chicharron, Dominican street food 2. Cana y Cafe,Dominican restaurant 3. Fumee, cigar club 4. Tabaco y Ron, club
Video Tour link(A MUST SEE): http://bit.ly/9Xtu57 *It will take a few seconds to download*
I don't know how much I can say about this great Dominican rum! I've written about it in the past for the launch and now we're celebrating the spirit in the heart of NY's largest Dominican community, Washington Heights!
This authentic exploration through the Heights was an experience to remember! The brand ambassador, Effie Panagopoulos and Atlantico's owner Brandon Lieb escorted us through the streets via van and on foot.
The street food was the first stop, in order to experience what Dominicans eat for an inexpensive fare. Second, was the elegant Cana y Cafe restaurant where we had the delicious cuisine at this 4.5 star hot spot.
Next, was an absolute treat! The members only "Fumee" cigar club. We played poker, smoked some great cigars and relaxed with the members.
On the last leg of this tour, was a Dominican club,"Tobaco y Ron". We had an impromptu cocktail challenge, featuring Atlantico. Heck, I even got in on the mayhem! After we danced out little toes out on the dance floor, we hopped into our Atlantico caravan in pure happiness!!
Video Credit: Atlantico
**PLEASE CHECK OUT THE LINK ABOVE TO EXPERIENCE THE ATLANTICO TOUR: A MUST**
Photo Credit: Omnibibulous.com
2nd: Gin Symposium, 3/22/10
Location: W hotel(Union Square), NYC
What a great treat to get a chance to listen and learn from the very best of the gin world! Anistastia Miller and Jared Brown was on hand to speak about the history of gin along with Beefeater's Master Distiller, Desmond Payne, cocktail aficionado/author, Gary Regan and Plymouth gin's Master Distiller, Sean Harrison.
The all-star mixologist cast: Dan Warner, Simon Ford, Nick Strangeway, Giuseppe Gonzalez was also in attendance speaking on new and classic gin cocktails, such as the original martini, Monk's Gimlet, The Rouge, The Alaska, The Jolly Stomper, and the English Breakfast.
To wrap this marvelous afternoon up, Audrey Saunders, owner of Pegu Club, talked about why she use's different gins in her cocktails for perfect pairing in the libations.
I want to thank Plymouth and Beefeater for this special opportunity, which I've learned so much and was honored to be in the presence of greatness!!
3rd:Whisky Live 2010, 4/7/10
Location:Pier 60,Chelsea Piers,NYC
This is the one of the finest whisky experience NYC has to offer! This time I didn't attend any of the Master classes, because I was so excited to meet several brands and wanted to speak to them and sample their spirits before all of the other massive whisky fans invaded the event! 1st, I had to pad my belly with the delightful buffet selection. Next, I walked over to the the Jazz Chef lounge, and experienced the various whiskies with chocolate pairings. I have to admit that I didn't know that I wanted chocolate with my whisky, until now!
Tasting the brands: With so many whiskies under one roof, It was only a handful that I was interested in and haven't tasted. Here's is the list of spirits that dazzled my taste buds:
- Balblair Highland Single Malt
- Glen Garioch Single Malt
- Tomatin 12 year
- Tomatin 18year
- Sheep Dip
After everything wrapped up, we headed over to the Brandy Library and finished the evening with more whisky and great conversation with good whisky friends.
Photo Credit: Keith Allison
4th: Blogger's Brunch #2, 4/25/10
Location: Rye House, NYC
Miss Selena Ricks from the Dizzy Fizz has put together her Blogger's brunch -part duex. The first one in January was amazing and I was wondering what she would do this time to make it just as great.
Selena was in confluence with Ann Tuennerman, founder of Tales of the Cocktail, who lead the Herbsaint tasting with 3 cocktails consisting of Frappe's, Fizz's, and Herbsaint drips.
The Sazerac 6 year brunch menu had many options to choose from, and I went with the mac+cheese to accompany my RYEhouse burger. For dessert, I had the tasty Pecan Ice cream, while Ann gave away prizes from the raffle.
During the brunch, Ann spoke to us about Tales of the Cocktail and what to expect this year(7/21-7/25) and she also enjoyed meeting so many people in the NYC social media industry.
It was a great brunch and I thank Selena, Ann, and the RYE House for such a special afternoon!!
Photo Credit: Lush Life Productions