Award-winning, internationally acclaimed pastry chef Claude Escamilla has opened an entirely reimagined pastry shop, SWEET SIN by Claude Escamilla, at The LINQ Promenade. With an enormous, handcrafted chocolate fountain as its centerpiece, the location represents the first eponymous European-style pastry shop for Escamilla, who previously served as executive pastry chef on the Las Vegas Strip for 17 years. SWEET SIN by Claude Escamilla is situated between the entrance to The LINQ Hotel + Experience and Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar on the Promenade.
SWEET SIN by Claude Escamilla boasts new décor, featuring a sleek, white pastry display case handcrafted in Italy and a brilliantly polished, towering chocolate fountain custom-made by elite artisans in France. The chocolate fountain is composed of three, 7-inch-diameter, curvilinear pipes that cross the ceiling, culminating in three taps behind the pastry case. Each tap dispenses a different, irresistible variety of confectionaries—dark chocolate, white chocolate or caramel—which is poured before customers’ eyes onto menu items such as crepes, chocolate-dipped strawberries and hot chocolate.
From the ceiling, more than 50 whisk-shaped pendant lights hang suspended above guests as they browse the shop’s offerings. Adorning the walls are cheerful polka dots in bright hues of raspberry, tangerine, lemon, lime, turquoise and plum, as well as playful phrases spelled out in neon script. Meanwhile, an elaborate, rotating case displays an artistic assortment of 400 handmade macarons in every color of the rainbow, as well as sweet souvenirs and other SWEET SIN by Claude Escamilla merchandise.
In addition to macarons and crepes, the shop offers 13 flavors of gelato, omelets, breakfast sandwiches, sweet and savory pastries, a tempting array of homemade European desserts and traditional coffee beverages as well as cold brew coffee on draft.
“SWEET SIN by Claude Escamilla elevates the typical pastry shop concept to a new level with the addition of the crowd-pleasing chocolate fountain, and we are excited for our guests to stop by and enjoy the shop’s unique offerings,” said Tonia Chafetz, General Manager of The LINQ Promenade.
“This pastry shop represents my dream come true,” adds Escamilla. “It incorporates years of imagination and planning, and I am grateful to see my vision come true and share it with everyone who visits The LINQ Promenade.”
Escamilla grew up in the south of France, where he began his pastry arts career while studying at La Chambre des Metiers in Perpignan. He graduated with a professional aptitude certificate in 1995 and a master’s degree in pastry in 1998. During school, he regularly interned with renowned French chefs and spent weekends creating pastries in his father’s bakery. While still in France, he gained further experience developing pastries and menus for a large-scale catering company and decorating for a pastry shop helmed by one of France’s most celebrated pastry chefs.
In 1999, Escamilla arrived in Las Vegas, where he worked as assistant pastry chef at Bellagio, before being promoted to assistant executive pastry chef for the resort and overseeing all pastry shop production and 65 employees. In 2009, he became executive pastry chef for Bellagio Patisserie and Aria Patisserie, where he managed 115 employees spanning the kitchen and front-of-house locations.
In addition to holding executive roles at top-tier patisseries, Escamilla’s career includes several national and international championship titles. He is a two-time World Pastry Champion and two-time U.S. Pastry Champion, and he was named one of the Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America by Pastry Arts Design magazine and Pastry Chef of the Year by the Nevada Restaurant Association.
HIGH ROLLER OBSERVATION WHEEL, I LOVE SUGAR AT THE LINQ PROMENADE CELEBRATE FIRST RESPONDERS ON NATIONAL SUPERHERO DAY, APRIL 28
To celebrate first responders on National Superhero Day, Wednesday, April 28, the High Roller Observation Wheel and I LOVE SUGAR at The LINQ Promenade will offer specials for first responders.
First responders and medical professionals can enjoy $5 off rides aboard the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, offering spectacular views of the Las Vegas Strip and beyond. Guests can reserve tickets in advance, while supplies last, using the online booking code “HRWFR5” for rides on April 28 only. Also, all locals always receive a 50 percent discount on tickets purchased at the box office.
Meanwhile, I LOVE SUGAR will feature its complimentary “Sugar Hero Box” with a minimum $25 purchase. I LOVE SUGAR is the 14,000-square-foot candy destination on The LINQ Promenade at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. The candy wonderland carries all things sweet, including candy sushi, gummy candy pizza, giant candy boxes and its signature Candy Martini Bar. I LOVE SUGAR’s Sugar Hero Box, a $12.99 value, contains assorted candies such as jawbreakers, cinnamon hearts, rock candy crystals, sour worms and gummy bears. To receive their Sugar Hero Box, first responders must show a valid ID. For more information about I LOVE Sugar, visit their website.
PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE:
The LINQ Promenade has implemented Caesars Entertainment, Inc.’s (“Caesars”) new health and safety protocols, which enhance its existing plans and practices in these areas. All Caesars properties are focused on the well-being of Team Members, guests and the community, and continue to work to create an environment with high standards of sanitization and physical distancing practices. Among the enhanced health and safety protocols include more frequent cleaning and sanitization. Caesars has also implemented a health screening program for all Team Members. Team Members and guests are required to wear masks, which the Company makes available, at all Caesars properties.
ABOUT THE LINQ PROMENADE The LINQ Promenade is the world-renowned, award-winning open-air district featuring more than 30 unique entertainment, retail and dining. Home to High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, and Fly LINQ, the only zipline in the world to offer riders the ability to fly simultaneously on 10 side-by-side lines. With the addition of the only zipline on the Strip, The LINQ Promenade is now the center for world-class attractions. High Roller quickly emerged as an instantly recognizable part of the already-iconic Las Vegas skyline and consistently ranks as one of the best, “must see” attractions by media outlets and websites around the world, ranging from Travel + Leisure to USA Today and Trip Advisor. For more information, go to The Linq’s website or the Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas media room Find The Linq on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
With Easter right around the corner, and spring blossoming all around the United States, many people are finding a reason to celebrate. Easter usually means chocolate bunnies and colorful eggs, but this Easter consider these gifts to liven up your loved ones’ baskets.
Sugar Plum Gourmet Easter Egg Hunt Set
Sugar Plum has put together an imaginative set of handsomely decorative metal Easter eggs that have been engineered from the ground-up to turn any Easter egg hunt from “blah” to “oooh-la-la!” faster than that Easter Bunny can come on hoppin’ down the bunny trail.
Featuring a reusable plastic egg carton and handsomely festive metal eggs that can be refilled over and over again, the Gourmet Easter Egg Hunt Set promises a fashionably fun (and tasty!) time with those you care about most year after year!
This year after coloring eggs, add a new Easter activity to the agenda for you and the kiddies – matching manis! Dashing Diva’s fun and colorful collections are sure to keep the festivities going and make them feel just like their mamas! Also not to mention, a great addition to any Easter gift basket (and an easy way to swap out some chocolate).
Whether it’s smiley faces, friendly fruit or Old McDonald’s barnyard friends – MAGIC PICK KIDS nail stickers will have the kids beaming from ear to ear. And we can’t forget about you, mamma! Dashing Diva’s Powder Pastels collection will give you that simple springtime manicure and ability to color coordinate with the kids or if you’re feeling even more festive, check out So Egg-stra or Bunny Hop. \
As the weather warms up, more and more people are gathering outdoors. The good news is you don’t need to break the bank to get a new fire pit. Baby Fire Pits offers two sizes of small firepits that are perfect to stay warm and they begin under $100. They come with gorgeous teal detailing that will make a statement in the center of your outdoor table. The fire pit is handcrafted in the USA and made with copper and steel.
Each fire pit is one-of-a-kind, as the color of the patina design varies depending upon the humidity levels in the production of each item. Each fire pit includes one can of TerraFlame gel fuel which is odorless, smokeless, and nontoxic so it can be used indoors and outdoors!
The newly launched interactive, learning activity, Alphapals, is designed to specifically help keep your house clean and tidy! Each Alphapals set is equipped with 26 plush letters, each with a unique personality and signature embroidered smiley face, that conveniently packs into a comfy bean bag when playtime is over. Alphapals is a perfect tool for your little ones learning the alphabet or practicing spelling and reading. It promotes learning in a fun, interactive way.
Alphapals are available in rainbow and neutral color schemes. They are the perfect fun learning gift for any child this easter. Letters are sold separately as well as in a set! Plus the letters are machine washable.
Kidrobot is excited to present The Simpsons Stupid Sexy Flanders 8″ Vinyl Figure. This premium vinyl art figure features Ned Flanders showing off his ski suit and some of his other assets as he joins his neighbor Homer on the slopes. “Feels like I’m wearing nothin’ at all!”
This iconic scene from The Simpsons has burned its place in our hearts and become a beloved meme-worthy moment that will be forever captured in your collection. Kidrobot has a variety of gifts perfect for anyone that loves The Simpsons. From pins to plushes, this website will not disappoint. Pre-order this exclusive vinyl figure right now at Kidrobot.com and find other Simpson exclusives.
Canopy and The Sill have come together to bring optimized beauty and wellness to your home. Canopy’s humidifier is compatible for aroma diffusion via the diffuser puck, on which essential oils from The Sill’s aroma kit can utilized. This new home fragrance kit promotes healthier skin, families, and houseplants. Inspired by where flowers and greenery reign supreme, the collection features three scents: Forest (transparent amber, wild jasmine, green musk), Greenhouse (eucalyptus, trailing ivy, pear blossom), and Flower Market (blue hydrangea, hyacinth, pink grapefruit.)
The evaporative technology circulates filtered, bacteria free, moisture back into your home, revitalizing your living spaces. By using Proprietary Smart Persistent Airflow (SPA (technology and embedded UV LEDs, mold growth is prevented. If there does become any build up in your aroma diffuser, all parts are easy to clean and are dishwasher safe. These diffusers are perfect to set on nightstands to make the surrounding space smell clean and fresh up to 500 sq ft. With a run time of up to 24 hours, this aroma diffuser keeps your space consistently clean and fragrant. To purchase Canopy’s humidifier, please visit their website.
Reebok’sPump Omni Zone II “White” Sneakers
In honor of the 30th Anniversary return of Dee Brown’s coveted Pump Omni Zone II “No Look Dunk” earlier in 2021, Reebok is now rereleasing the Pump Omni Zone II “White” sneakers ($140, G57540), dropping May 21 at 10am EST on Reebok’s website, Foot Locker, Finish Line and Champs Sports, among other local retailers.
This past March, for the first time since its initial release in 1991, Reebok revived the iconic Pump Omni Zone II in the true high-cut design adorned by rookie high-flyer Dee Brown as he covered his eyes and soared to a dunk contest. The notable sneaker is now returning with its second original colorway released in ’91: white. The Pump Omni Zone II features the iconic, orange dimpled “Pump” button and a custom-fit air bladder extending downward from a futuristic rubberized tongue. Seated atop a retro multicolor outsole is the classic white/black/orange layered upper built from the ‘90s blacktop. TPU overlays advances the wearer’s quickness, while adding durability and style to the chunky retro design. To learn more, please visit Reebok’s website.
G-Shock’s New Women’s Collection
The G-SHOCK GMAS2100 collection boasts the distinctive, octagonal bezel of the original men’s GA2100 timepiece in an updated, slimmer case. It also features new complementary metallic color accents on the dial, and a Carbon Core Guard Structure that ensures the watches are trendy on the outside, yet strong on the inside.
The collection arrives in four colorways including white with silver accents, blush pink with rose gold accents, and black with rose gold accents. The fourth colorway is a limited-edition watch that boasts a hot pink case with rose gold metallic accents. All four watches offer the perfect combination of strength and style, creating the perfect accessory to go from day to night.
G-SHOCK‘s latest Full Metal GMWB5000 series unveils their newest model, the GMWB5000TR-9 wristwatch. This model features a new titanium material called “Tran Tixxii.” This titanium was developed by both Casio and Nippon Steel Corporation, creating a sustainable watch that has the hardness of approximately twice that of pure titanium. Further, the surface is all-mirrored, and comparable to the look of stainless steel. The watch also features a refined, multi-colored Ion-Plated Band, and a mirror finished bezel.
Ditch the novelty Easter basket and treat yourself to something you’ll use every day of the year– G-SHOCK’s GMWB5000TR-9 model. The watch will become available mid-May at select G-SHOCK retailers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store, and on G-SHOCK’s website.
AREA15, the brand new immersive entertainment and art complex in Las Vegas, is hosting Halloween events to get visitors of all ages in the spirit.
Oct. 30 beginning at 4 p.m. and lasting until midnight is ScAREA15, an event that encourages guests to represent their favorite horror B-movie. Friendly to social distancing, there will be candy shoots, performances inside AREA15’s The Portal, costume contests, prizes and even more.
Early entry costs $5 while children aged ten and younger can enter for free. Early entry begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. and focuses on family-friendly events.
Late entry, which is geared toward adults, costs $15 for all guests. Late entry begins at 8 p.m. and ends at midnight.
Food is also available to purchase from The Beast Pop-up at an additional charge.
The second event is the Future Carnival Oct. 31 from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.. Again, early entry begins at 4 p.m. and lasts until 7 p.m. with family-friendly events. Late entry begins at 8 p.m. and lasts until 2 a.m. and is aimed at adults but allows visitors of all ages.
Early entry is $5, and late entry is $25 for every guest.
The Future Carnival is described as “part costume bash and part trippy transformation.” Costumed guests are invited to this event that includes acrobats, stilt walkers, fortune tellers, candy shoots, prizes and galaxy games. There will also be live performances inside The Portal along with costume contests.
The Lindt Home of Chocolate, a 65,000-square-foot museum complete with interactive exhibitions, the world’s largest Lindt chocolate shop, a ‘Chocolateria’ and the world’s largest chocolate fountain, will open its doors in Zurich on September 13.
Designed by the Basel-based architectural firm Christ & Gantenbein, the contemporary, light-filled museum building in Zurich’s Kilchberg suburb will complement the historic Lindt and Sprüngli factory building, which dates back to 1899.
Multimedia chocolate exhibitions will cover the origins of the cocoa bean, the history of the production process and the food’s cultural legacy. In the ‘Chocolateria,’ participants can create their own masterpieces as Lindt Master Chocolatiers in training. The pièce de résistance is the chocolate fountain, standing more than 30 feet tall in the imposing entrance, the largest chocolate fountain in the world.
Going back to school this year is different from every other year. Instead of loading up on pencils, notebooks, markers and erasers, students are logging into computers every morning to attend virtual versions of their classes. Teachers are also preparing in a way they’ve never had to. Online lesson plans and zero face-to-face contact are making it more difficult for teachers to engage with students.
Sugarfina, a luxury candy store specializing in candy for grown-ups, recognizes that struggle. Accordingly, they have put together care packages for anyone in need of a little bit of sweetness during this time.
Sugarfina is also giving away one of these care packages every day from August 17 to August 31. They’re encouraging Instagram users to nominate someone deserving of a special treat by posting a video with #TreatItForward.
Scott LaPorta, the CEO of Sugarfina, said Sugarfina was inspired by people sending each other candy during the quarantine period.
“Whether you’re treating a classmate, hard-working teacher, first responder, or fellow homeschool parent, this set is the perfect gift to put a smile on their face,” LaPorta said.
Sugarfina will also take entries into the “Thinking of You Sweepstakes” between August 20 and August 31. Anyone looking to share a $2,500 care package with a loved one can enter right here.
The standard care packages are $24 by themselves or $28 with a hand-written note and are available online or in Sugarfina boutiques.
BAD CHILD SHARES THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR LATEST SINGLE, “CANDY” TRACK FEATURED ON THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK FOR NETFLIX FILM, TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU
Canadian singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist known as BAD CHILD unveils the energetically charged music video for his latest single, “Candy”, released earlier this year via Capitol Records stateside alongside 21 Entertainment and Universal Music Canada and Virgin Records in the UK: WATCH HERE. BAD CHILD’s creativity shines throughout the video with the use of his crafted drawings intertwined with psychedelic overlay effects and bright neon lights. The spirited video expresses his authenticity and bold energy, leaving everyone watching with the urge to dance. On the new music video, BAD CHILD notes: “I wanted to work on something interdisciplinary and I found it was a perfect medium to explore animation. Like the song I wanted to create a truly multimedia experience.” “Candy” was included as part of the tracklisting of the original soundtrack for the Netflix film, To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, the sequel to the most-watched Netflix film of 2018 – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. BAD CHILD appears on the soundtrack as the only Canadian artist with other songs by Chaz Cardigan, Marina, Sofi Tukker and more. Listen to the original soundtrack HERE. The “Candy” music video arrives as follow up to the latest BAD CHILD project, “I”, released in February. Presented as a couplet of two tracks; “Candy” and “Behave”, “I” is the first installment of a series of new releases over the course of the year. Listen to “I” HERE BAD CHILD’s eccentric music and unique vision landed him on the festival circuit last summer playing some of the world’s most prestigious line ups including; Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and Osheaga. This year is no different as he gears up to join grandson for four Canadian shows in Toronto Montreal and Kingston then heads out with German recording artist NoMBe for 32 dates across North America. See full list of upcoming shows below.
BAD CHILD is an artist looking to come to terms with his childhood and his upbringing. After losing his mother at a young age and dealing with heartbreak, he sought refuge from the world in music. Since then he’s been breaking new ground with his genre-bending and distinguished sound palette. Last year, he released his debut EP Sign Up and became one of Canada’s most exciting exports; profiled in Wonderland Magazine, Complex, HillyDilly, Sidewalk Hustle, Atwood Magazine and the Toronto Star. BAD CHILD’s first radio single “Breathing Fire” peaked at top five on alternative radio in Canada plus he has been nominated for 2019 SOCAN Songwriting Prize alongside Dilly Dally, grandson and Kaytranda and was recently chosen as one of 33 artists selected for the Music Video Production (MVP) Project sponsored by RBC and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.
BAD CHILD UPCOMING SHOWS
03/28 – Toronto, ON (The Danforth Music Hall+)
03/29 – Toronto, ON (The Danforth Music Hall+)
03/30 – Montreal, QC (Club Soda+)
04/01 – Kingston, ON (The Ale House+)
04/21 – Tucson, AX (191 Toole*)
04/22 – Phoenix, AZ (Valley Bar*)
04/23 Las Vegas, NV (Bunkhouse Saloon*)
04/24 – Salt Lake City, UT (Kilby Court*)
04/25 – Denver, CO (Marquis Theater*)
04/27 – Santa Fe, NM (Meow Wolf*)
04/30 – Dallas, TX (HOB Dallas Cambridge Room*)
05/01 – Austin, TX (Antone’s*)
05/02 – Houston, TX (House of Blues Houston*)
05/03 – New Orleans, LA (House of Blues*)
05/05 – Orlando, FL (The Abbey*)
05/06 – Fort Lauderdale, FL (Culture Room*)
05/08 – Atlanta, GA (Aisle 5*)
05/09 – Nashville, TN (The Basement East*)
05/12 – Philadelphia, PA (The Fillmore Philadelphia*)
05/13 – Washington, DC (Songbyrd Music House*)
05/15 – New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom*)
05/16 – Boston, MA (Brighton Music Hall*)
05/19 – Montreal, QC (Le Belmont*)
05/20 – Toronto, ON (The Velvet Underground*)
05/22 – Detroit, MI (Saint Andrew’s Hall*)
05/23 – Chicago, IL (Lincoln Hall*)
05/24 – Saint Paul, MN (Amsterdam Bar and Hall*)
05/27 – Seattle, WA (The Crocodile*)
05/28 – Vancouver, BC (Venue Nightclub*)
05/29 – Portland, OR (Hawthorne Theatre*)
05/30 – Boise, ID (Neurolux*)
06/01 – Santa Cruz, CA (The Catalyst Atrium*)
06/02 – San Francisco, CA (August Hall*)
06/04 – Santa Barbara, CA (Soho Restaurant & Music Club*)
06/05 – San Diego, CA (Music Box*)
06/06 – Los Angeles, CA (The Belasco Theatre*)
+ Support for grandson *Support for NoMBe
Will An Apple A Day – Along With Checkups – Help Keep Tooth Decay Away?
Eating may be a necessity, but when it comes to your teeth and gums, all that munching also can lead to quite a battle raging in your mouth.
Some of those foods – especially the sugary and starchy ones – act like invading forces, feeding the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease, even as the saliva in your mouth fights back as best it can, trying to ward off the detrimental effects of the acids and enzymes.
“Tooth decay can be a problem for people of all ages – children, teenagers and adults – and yet it’s completely avoidable,” says Dr. Seth Newman (www.asktheorthos.com), an orthodontist and co-author with Dr. Steve Giannoutsos of Giving It To You Straight: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Orthodontics But Were Afraid To Ask.
Newman and Giannoutsos say that there are plenty of ways that what’s in your diet affects not just your weight, but also your teeth and gums.
“Most people know that sugar and processed snacks can lead to tooth decay, even if they don’t always avoid those foods,” Giannoutsos says. “But there are other foods that also can be troublesome, and many people may not realize that.”
He and Newman provide a few tips for making sure your diet isn’t harmful to your oral health:
Watch out for bread – and chips. Chomp down on a candy bar and you might think to yourself that you better brush soon, lest the sugar go to work on your teeth before you can head it off. But the same thought might not occur to you when you’re eating breadsticks. Yet, foods that are high in carbohydrates and starches – such as bread, chips, pasta and crackers – contribute to the plaque acid that attacks tooth enamel.
Braces come with extra concerns. Beyond the usual dental care, there are additional dietary worries to consider when you have braces. People wearing braces should avoid foods that are too hard, sticky or chewy, Newman says, such as gum, nuts, corn chips, hard taco shells, hard candy and popcorn, just to name a few.
Develop good food-choice habits. When you’re grocery shopping, always check the nutrition labels. “Selecting snacks that are low in sugar can help combat tooth decay,” Giannoutsos says. “If poor nutrition continues, your oral health will decline, potentially resulting in gum disease and tooth loss.” Fruits and vegetables that are rich in fiber are a good choice for improving your oral health. Examples are apples, carrots and celery. In addition, milk, cheese and other dairy products are excellent options because of the calcium, phosphate and vitamin D they contain. Finally, drink fluoridated water as much as possible. If your tap water doesn’t include fluoride, check with your dentist for a fluoride supplement.
Ultimately, more is at stake than your teeth and gums. Left untreated, Giannoutsos and Newman say, oral-health problems can have a detrimental effect on your overall health, contributing to such conditions as heart disease and diabetes. That’s an additional reason why regular checkups – along with brushing and flossing – are so critical.
“It’s hard to resist your inner sweet tooth, so I wouldn’t say that you should never indulge in treats,” Newman says. “But when you do, brushing your teeth as quickly as possible afterwards will help decrease the risk of decay.”
About Seth Newman, DDS
Dr. Seth Newman (www.asktheorthos.com) is an orthodontist and co-author, with Dr. Steve Giannoutsos, of Giving It To You Straight: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Orthodontics But Were Afraid To Ask. He owns orthodontic practices in the New York City area. Dr. Newman completed his dental training at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, where he was a member of the National Dental Honor Society. He was a clinical instructor of the Invisalign system at the NYU School of Dentistry.
About Dr. Efstathios “Steve” Giannoutsos
Dr. Efstathios Giannoutsos, or “Dr. G.” as he is commonly called, was born in Astoria, Queens, just outside of New York City. He graduated from St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens, with high honors and a BS in Biology. He is also the co-author with Dr. Seth Newman of Giving It To You Straight: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Orthodontics But Were Afraid to Ask(www.asktheorthos.com). He completed his dental training at NYU, where he graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. He was also accepted into NYU’s highly competitive orthodontic residency program. During that time, he also discovered a passion for treating children and adults with facial deformities. Coinciding his passion, his research thesis to attain specialty certification involved children with cleft deformities.
G-SHOCK MR-G – sleek, stylish arm candy. Perfect for the guy in your life. As seen, retails for $6200. Handcrafted in Yamagata, Japan, the limited edition luxury MR-G GPS Hybrid Gold Hammer Tone timepiece is the second collaboration with third generation master metal craftsman Bihou Asano, who individually hammered each bezel and band of 300 watches using the traditional Japanese Tsu-i-ki technique. Each timepiece features a titanium case and bracelet band, non-reflective sapphire crystal, GPS satellite synchronization system for accuracy, Multiband 6 and Tough Solar capabilities.
ACouplePuns High quality paper goodies that are equally cute, as they are clever. All cards are illustrated by the owner and entrePUNeur, Angelica Hanley. She “draws” inspiration from pop culture, things she loves and places she travels. A card for every imaginable occasion, ACouplePuns delivers sweet messages accompanied by disarmingly darling drawings on superb card stock that is scored, folded and packaged by hand!
Barrow Watches Masculine in style, classic in simplicity.The Barrow Modello Coal features a worldly, clean design that scoffs at basic smart watches too many people are wearing. Included is an additional free strap with each watch, meaning you can easily smarten things up when day turns to night. Swiss movement, sapphire crystal glass, a solid steel case, and all comfortably priced, sets Barrow apart from other brands that are less than.
Bubba Essential Bags Fashionable yet functional! Bubba bags have a shiny or matte quilt fabric with strong reinforced stitches. They are water resistant and repels light rain or simple spills. The large center compartment fits up to 15″ laptop or tablet and the adjustable straps are padded for easy wear comfort. Their main line of backpacks includes the Classic Collection and Matte Collection. Both contain bags that come in regular and mini sizes. Bubba Essential Bags are Canadian-born and designed, but after a successful distribution throughout the world, Bubba is approaching the U.S. first with distribution on Amazon. Find them available for purchase at www.amazon.com/bubba. They’re also taking social media by storm on Facebook @bubbabags, global spanish instagram @bubbabags and U.S. instagram @bubbabagsusa.
Grand Trunk Have an adventurous guy in your life? Upgrade his travel gear with theCozy Pillow and Blanket Bundle Pack! The pillow had a portable Carry Bag with drawstrings for easy storage and the blanket had a cozy foot pocket to keep it in place on a plane or in a hammock. Definitely snuggle worthy!
Hippy Feet By offering basic skill training in inventory management, packaging, shipping and sales, Hippy Feet is able to give homeless youth an opportunity to transition out of homelessness, into the workforce, and back on their feet. In addition to employment opportunities, for every pair of socks sold, another pair will be donated to a person in-need. All products are made in the USA using environmentally friendly materials.
Dreampad Designed to help with falling and staying sleep, the Dreampad offers highly researched sleep technology hidden within a comfortable pillow. It works by triggering the body’s relaxation response, resulting in a more relaxed state of mind which is conducive to sleep.
Mistymate MistyMate®’s full line of personal misters gives you the ability to take continuous mist wherever you go. The misty operates without batteries, motors, electronics or fans enabling them to deliver high-pressure mist with virtually “no moving parts”. Perfect for anyone your active Valentine!
For your Gal
Lavish Leathers Arm candy is old news! It’s all about ear candy! LL is constantly adding new styles to their collection – keeping a devoted follower of fashion trends perfectly equipped from season to season! All items are handcrafted and are truly like no other.
Leaders Cosmetics Leaders Cosmetics brings you the best in Korean sheet masks by combining innovative technology with proven natural ingredients. Every formulation is developed by a group of 15 leading dermatologists – providing pure, natural and effective skincare that you can trust. Leaders empowers women to take care of themselves from the inside out with skincare products and formulations that work in just 20 minutes of “me time”.
Sur La Cote These stunning Mallorca Pants are inspired by balmy summer nights and picturesque views found in this Spanish destination. High-waisted, fitted through leg with flare from knee. Cut slightly short for our petite gals. Thick waist band to flatter and smooth in just the right places.
Sips by™ For the Love of tea! Warm up your sweetie all winter this Valentine’s Day with a personalized collection of tea, delivered monthly. Each box is personalized to her tea preferences, features 4 unique tea brands totaling 15 cups of tea at only $15 a month. Sips by™ is an Austin-based brand started by tea lovers who want discovering tea to be fun, personalized and affordable!
nyl Skincare Keep her skin looking fresh and dewy with nyl Skincare! A collection of all-natural products handmade weekly in a kitchen — not a factory. nyl focuses on delivering clean, yet effective products that won’t harm you or the environment. Free of toxins, animal products, parabens, and petroleum products, everything nyl makes is vegan and cruelty-free.
Sunshine and Glitter The Sunshine & Glitter’s Gypsy Collection is made with Biodegradable glitter ready for partying from day into night. Beach Gypsy SPF 30+ offers Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection with 80 minutes of water resistance and Biodegradable glitter. As the sun goes down, Day is Done After Sun is a gorgeous glitter aftersun with nourishing aloe and cooling lidocaine in case you needed some cooling.
Uncommon Green These beautifulStemmed andStemless Maps Champagne Flutes which are available in EVERY U.S. City/Town and 1000+ iconic Topographic Map locations around the world. The glasses are the perfect way to say I love You—celebrate her with a glass featuring the map where she grew up, met her partner, went to college, got married, etc. The glasses feature an intricately designed map which is etched entirely around it and extends from top to bottom, achieving a striking effect that makes any beverage more fun to prepare, serve, and drink. Stumped on the perfect gift to get your guy? These glasses come as Rocks and Pints too!
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Blendtique Is your Valentine a Wino? Blendtique Wine Company is a fun, hands on wine experience. You can create and design a personalized wine blend from the comfort of home. For the first time, you –the enthusiast- can take part in the winemaking process, not simply to taste, but to blend, experiment, and even package a wine created thoughtfully by you, for you.
Fredericksburg, Texas the destination of historical sites and culture welcomes us. With the hidden treasures of food, wine and goods the Texas Hill Country is a must-visit.
Beginning with a stay at the one and only Hanger Hotel. This hotel has a WWII hangar of the romantic 1940’s to it’s design with fine woods and custom carpets. Famous for the Observation Deck on the second floor with views adjacent to the airport to see the planes come and go from one end of the runway to the end.
Later a stop to the Pioneer Museum Complex preserved from the 19th century German Pioneer days. In the mid-1840s Germans faced every obstacle to come to Texas and create a unique German colony in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. The Museum strives to preserve and tell this story. With a combination museum and historical site, it reaches over 3.5 acres on Main Street in downtown Fredericksburg.
Dinner at Das Peach Haus that houses delicious jams, jellies and sauces made by Fischer and Wieser Speciality Foods. The Historic roadside fruit stand offers gourmet products with unique flavor combinations. The Tasting Room offers tastings from two Texas wineries, which change out every two months. Vintage wines are paired with international assortment of cured meats and cheeses. Fischer and Wieser include more than 70-award-winning products, which each inspire culinary adventures around the world by being able to purchase online.
Clear River Ice Cream and Bakery does things differently with hot-from-the-oven baked goods, homemade ice cream and house deli. Homemade ice cream with high-quality ingredients has been voted as the third best ice cream in Texas. For a bite to eat the deli and salad selection is notable with house favorites like the Chipotle Ranch Chicken Wrap. Fresh baked goods can satisfy any sweet tooth with an Apple Strudel, Peach Cobbler and everything in between.
Tour at the George H.W. Bush Gallery at The National Museum of the Pacific War dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater in World War II. The Museum is noted for its historic materials with iconic elements of the Pacific War era. Guided tours debut the newly renovated Pacific Combat Zone, a realistic environment for a deep understanding of the momentous struggle between Allied Forces and Japanese forces.
For lunch we enjoy an Arts District Stroll through the Peach Tree Gift Gallery and Tea Room. With the Cottage style restaurant, you will find a combination of fresh, homemade breads, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. For over 39 years this family owned business has been a destination in Fredericksburg, because of the seasonal fruits and vegetables they use.
After lunch, we took an art tour through the streets of Fredericksburg to meet with the area’s top galleries. Insight Gallery represents the cities artists and sculptors that today work on landscape, figurative, impressionistic, still life, wildlife and western art. The Good ART Company is beautiful with a contemporary fusion in a restored 4,000+ square foot historical building with high ceilings and limestone walls. The gallery features an array of genres with some of the best regional, national, and international artists. Koch Gallery owned and operated by Bert E. Koch a trader/broker for traditional, contemporary and modern Native American Art. For over 30 years it continues its long tradition of providing important works of art from all major cultural regions in North America. Artisans Gallery makes your artistic dreams reality with unique pieces that come in every medium, size and price range. RS Hanna a jewel for fine arts with original works of acclaimed artists. Workings range from oil, watercolor, bronze and wood. Gallery 330 is the newest addition to the art scene representing contemporary established artists whose works include sculpture, painting and prints, serigraphs and watercolors.
The Holiday Wine Trail takes us to Texas’s countryside to travel along Wine Road 290 with visit to award winning wineries.
The trail begins at Stout’s Trattoria at Grape Creek Vineyards a 100-acre vineyard estate. With oaks and vines surrounding the tasting rooms there is a romantic Tuscan setting that is truly unforgettable. The Vineyards have won over 100 medals in the last two years for their wines.
In the heart of the Texas Hill Country, 4.0 Cellars offers a relaxing and elegant setting to discover the infamous Texas Wines. In a private tasting room we enjoy a wine and chocolate pairing. With four award-winning chocolate truffles from local chocolatier with four carefully selected dry red wines.
Dinner at August E’s, known for it’s organic produce and superb local suppliers. August E inspired by his Thai roots and years in various culinary pursuits throughout the world has created a Nouveau Texas Cuisine. Utilizing ingredients like: Niman ranch Natural Premium Aged Angus steaks and local farmers fruits and vegetables year round. Menu specials change seasonally based on the creative mood of Chef Leu like duck from Maple Leaf Farms and Sashimi Grade Fish.
A favorite in the Texas Hill, we enjoy dinner at Otto’s German Bistro. Menu changes weekly with the season so each visit is an exciting adventure. Dedicated to local, organic produce ingredients that are always fresh and the highest quality.
We enjoy breakfast at Java Ranch a locally owned coffee stop. The ranch serves the finest hot or iced coffee drinks anywhere including lattes, cappuccinos, Hill Country roasted brewed coffee, Americanos and mochas. To start the day off we dive in a breakfast taco or kolaches, house favorites.
We take a visit to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park for a “Texas style” morning. During his administration, Johnson signed more education bills into law than any other president. In respect to that we see his first school where he signed the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education act of 1965. Other stops include the family cemetery and the LBJ Ranch Show.
In the afternoon we endow in lunch and a beer tasting at Altstadt Brewery Fredericksburg’s newest brewery an authentic Bavarian brewery. Dedicated to creating the purest drinking beers the 120-acre old world destination features a fine dining restaurant, brewery tours and a beautiful venue. Brewery exclusives include traditional brews like Schwarzbier, a traditional German “Black Beer.”
With over 150 specialty shops, shopping is one of the primary reasons visitors come to Fredericksburg. In store we see everything from clothing, upscale home accessories, to unique collectibles and more perfect items for holiday shopping. Blackchalk Home and Laundryoriginally an old laundromat had been transformed into an electric home goods store. The hip store features gifts, kitchen goods, and one of a kind rugs. The infamous Christmas Store open year round specializes in collectibles. For collectors, this store is paradise with Department 56 miniature villages and Christopher Radko blown glass ornaments. The Hill Country Outfitters and The Grasshopper offer products to fit the hill country lifestyle in downtown Fredericksburg. Brands like Ugg and The North Face are housed in the Outfitters. The Narrow Path Tasting Room inside is an intimate space with French cafe feelings in the air.
To continue the Holiday Wine Trail, a stop at Signor Vineyard in the rolling hills of Central Texas. Where the Pedernales River meets Grape Creek, established by a friendship spanning three generations of two Texas families. Their focus is growing premium varietal fruit with soulful wines reflective of the unique terroir.
Our stay is perfect timing for the Fredericksburg’s 61st Annual Holiday Home Tour. A self guided tour showcasing unique local homes decorated in their holiday finest. With more than 22 vendors each year selling personal gifts, homemade foods and holiday items.
For dinner we dine at Navajo Grill, which encompasses an unusual blend of Hill Country craftsman design. Enjoying Southern cuisine composed with old and New Mexican flavors with a touch of Creole & Caribbean influences. Specialties like the Sunday Chicken Fried Steak dinner are served with housemade sauces and dressings.
After dinner drinks at Elk Store Winery & Distillery. Since 1895 the business has carried a family tradition that pays homage to the spirit of realizing the American Dream. In the footsteps of their great grandfather Todd Smajstrla along with Scott Hladky, produced moonshine, gin, rum, and whiskey. Since then, the business serves Incredible wines from all over the world. Along with small batches of handmade liquors by the bottle or cocktails.
Dinner at Rathskeller a full-service breakfast, lunch and dinner spot in downtown Fredericksburg. The menu selection is extremely versatile featuring German dishes and daily specials. On Friday and Saturday nights enjoy live music that house the restaurant.
Nothing better than the taste of handmade tortillas for breakfast at Hilda’s Tortillas. Hilda’s is a small family owned and operated business. Specializing in authentic Mexican fare their breakfast tacos and burritos are a must try. Twice a week 300 or more pounds of tortilla chips are produced within the restaurant.
For some fresh air we bike the quiet country backroads with Jack and Adams Bicycles. At Jack and Adams you can rent out Road, Tri-bike, Cruisers and even kid bicycles and accessories from a variety of brands. The Hill Country scenes with its rolling hills and panoramic views, is considered the cycling capital of Texas.
In addition to the speciality shops we visited above there is a collection of shops specializing in different festive treats. Emma + Ollie bakeshop takes classic treats we grew up loving and elevated them. The shop prides themselves on using only fresh ingredients; no processed foods, no artificial sweeteners, just pure dessert. The founder Rebecca Rather wanted the shop to feel as if customers stepped into an upscaled version of their own grandma’s kitchen. Chocolat store creator, Lecia Duke, was the first to introduce European-Style, liquid centered chocolate in the U.S. The truffle chocolates are of course a house favorite as the delicate shell gives way to the pure liquid flavor casades in your mouth. In addition there is also colette’s, creams, silk fudges, nut clusters, barks, and caramels. Fredericksburg Pecan Company provides fine quality of pecan products grown in the Texas Hill Country. Owners are dedicated to providing excellent quality pecans available for online order at reasonable prices with the best customer service. Pecans are flavored and glossed in everything from pecan brittle to pecan coffee.
Rustlin Rob’s Texas Gourmet Food is not your ordinary gourmet food, not limited to people who cook but to “foodies” of all ages. The store is enjoyable because it caters to anyone who loves to eat. With over 350 gourmet foods we can sample from ranging from peanut butters, mustards, bread mixes, and some 5 Alarm hot sauces.
Fredericksburg Pie Company mission is to serve pie that is as good as, or better than your mothers or grandmothers made. In store pies are made from scratch and selections change daily with up to 20 kinds of pie. While here, we enjoy an option of coffee, milk, and more with our slice of pie and even a book selection. Sugar free pies are also available with a call in a day before.
Lunch at the Farm Haus Bistro in the Fredericksburg Herb Farm, with an American menu with French and Italian influences. Owners Dick and Rosemary Estenson take us on a tour of the B&B Cottages based upon the design of the early historic Fredericksburg “Sunday Houses. These houses are inspired by German settlers who built these small “city houses” to use on the weekends to buy provisions and attend Sunday church. We also visit the Nature Spa area dedicated to a truly unique relaxing experience.
Exploring Main Street is incredible when we can enjoy Eisban, an outdoor ice skating on real ice. Alongside Marketplace and the Christmas Pyramid. Afterwards a trip to Luckenbach, Texas made famous by Waylon Jennings’ and Willie Nelson’s 1976 classic country hit.
For our last destination Dinner and wine pairing at local Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant. Chef/Owner Ross Burtwell’s wish is to create a lasting impression of culinary craft where guest feel at home. Known for his speciality in preparing the freshest seafood, Certified Angus Beef, wild game and ranch fare. The wine selection is also superb with over 75 selections from around the State of Texas. Tripadvisor has ranked the restaurant Top 10 in the nation and we know why.
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