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Margarita Day Drink Guide

Just in time for National Margarita Day, 1800 Tequila, the world’s most awarded tequila line introduces a delicious line up of 1800 The Ultimate Margarita, the #1 premium margarita that’s ready to serve! Made with real tequila and the extract of lime, 1800 The Ultimate Margarita is available in refreshing flavors including Classic, Peach & Watermelon! Perfect for any at-home celebration, all flavors are best enjoyed on the rocks and chilled/blended with ice. As a premium offering, 1800 The Ultimate Margarita is packaged in 1800 Tequila’s signature pyramid glass bottle.

If you’re looking to put a spin on the classic margarita, check out these cocktail ideas from 1800, all of which can also be made with their refreshing, new flavors below:

La Rita
2 oz 1800° Silver
1 oz Lime Juice
½ oz Agave Syrup
½ oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake and strain into salted rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

La Rosita
2 oz 1800® Silver Tequila
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
0.5 oz Curacao
0.5 oz Rosemary Honey Syrup
Rosemary Sprig

To make the rosemary honey, add 2 parts honey to 1 part water and let simmer with some rosemary for 3–5 minutes.

Measure out all ingredients, add to a shaker with ice, and shake. Strain into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Rising Star
2 oz 1800® Silver Tequila
0.75 oz Lemon Juice
0.75 oz Simple Syrup
3–4 Whole Blackberries
5–6 Mint Leaves
Seltzer Water

Lightly muddle mint leaves and blackberries in a shaker or mason jar. Add lemon juice, simple syrup, tequila and ice, and shake for 10 seconds. Pour into a glass over ice and top with seltzer water. Garnish with fresh mint and a blackberry.

All of these recipes can also be made with 1800 Tequila’s deliciously dangerous margarita flavors:

1800 Tequila x Jarritos Tamarindo Tango Margarita

Mix in fresh lime juice & Chile de Arbol and serve on the rocks with chile salt rim & lime wheel

1800 The Ultimate Margarita Original

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled and salted Margarita glass

1800 The Ultimate Margarita Peach

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled and salted Margarita glass

1800 The Ultimate Margarita Watermelon

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled and salted Margarita glass

A Very Harry Winter

BY POPULAR DEMAND, REPLAY LINCOLN PARK EXTENDS “A VERY HARRY CHRISTMAS” TO “A VERY HARRY WINTER” This high-demand pop up invites all witches, wizards, and muggles alike to celebrate the wonderful wizarding world of Hogwarts throughout the month of January, featuring new photo opportunities at Diagon Alley, Hog’s Head Inn, Honeydukes Candy Shop, and more! Get out your time-turners! Replay Lincoln Park is expanding their limited-time pop-up, A Very Harry Christmas, to A Very Harry Winter. Take to the skies with broomstick in hand to head to Chicago’s favorite pop-up bar, Replay Lincoln Park, 2833 N. Sheffield, for their latest pop-up installment now running through the month of January. This pop-up has expanded into the upper bar, featuring new custom artwork and several fun photo opportunities with iconic destinations, characters and objects from the popular series. There are also some hidden Easter eggs that only Harry Potter mega-fans will spot, like Dobby looming somewhere in the distance. This event and all of the games are free, with no reservations, tickets, or tokens required. This limited time pop-up, which Replay first hosted back in 2019, features spectacular homages to fan favorite moments from the series such as the Chamber of Secrets, The Whomping Willow, Umbridge’s Cat Office and Molly Weasel’s, along with Hagrid’s House, the Burrow Spoon Clock, and more.  Expanding to the upper level, new featured moments like Diagon Alley, the iconic 9 3/4 platform, Zonko’s Joke Shop, Honeydukes Candy Shop, and Hog’s Head Inn will help fans get even more immersed in the wizarding world.  The themed pop-up will also feature a cosplay costume pageant for fanatics to dress as their favorite wizard, plus magic shows throughout the month, trivia, and more. An extensive specialty cocktail menu is also available for the duration of the pop-up, featuring concoctions such as the Dementor’s Kiss, Pumpkin Juice, Polyjuice Potion, Rowena’s Diadem, shots of Voldemalort, and much more.  “We were blown away by the support we received for A Very Harry Christmas,” says Mark Kwiatkowski, owner of Replay. “Extended by popular demand, this pop-up will continue to be a delight for Chicagoans and Harry Potter fans alike through the end of January, so everyone can have an opportunity to come by and enjoy.” The A Very Harry Winter inspired pop-up is 21+ and is reservation free. Covid-19 restrictions will be practiced, and protocols will be strictly observed to ensure the safety of patrons and employees. Please note, this is not an official event sanctioned by Warner Bros. Advance tickets are available to purchase for $20 each which include two cocktails and a fast-pass entry.  ABOUT REPLAY LINCOLN PARKReplay Lincoln Park features over 60+ free vintage arcade games, including pinball, air hockey, skeeball, and more. With no cover or tokens needed, Replay Lincoln Park invites guests for great fun from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Monday – Thursday, Friday 3 p.m. – 2 a.m., 12 p.m. – 3 a.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. – 2 a.m. Sunday. 

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A Guide to Hosting a Holiday Dinner

Holiday dinners are a great chance to reunite and catch up with loved ones you haven’t seen for a while. Life is so busy that you may not get to see your friends and family as much as you’d like, so picking out a date that works for everyone is essential to throwing a great get-together. Once you have that date figured out, you’re ready to start planning a party that will keep your loved ones gushing about it for years to come.

1. Select a Theme

The one thing you’ll continue to come back to throughout the party planning process is your theme. You may choose to base it on an upcoming event or holiday, or you may select more of an umbrella theme like fall or winter.

Whatever the case, make sure you stick to the theme, as well as any specific colors or decorations you have planned. If you plan to host a New Year’s Eve dinner party, you wouldn’t still want your Christmas decorations hanging around. Make sure everything is cohesive to give your guests a put-together feel when they attend your holiday party.

2. Send Out Invitations

Whether your event is formal or informal, you want to send out invitations. They give an “official” feeling to your dinner party, and your guests will more than likely put it on their calendars if they have to RSVP to your event.

If your event is informal, consider creating a survey form for guests to fill out and send it to them through text, email or social media. If you are inviting older folks who don’t have access to the Internet, consider calling them. For formal events, though, you’ll want to design and send out cards. The way you ask people to RSVP reflects the tone of your event.

Having an RSVP option will give you a headcount on food. You can also use this response as a tool to see whether any of your guests have any dietary restrictions, such as lactose intolerance or low-sugar lifestyles.

3. Overestimate the Guest Count

Once you know which of your loved ones are attending your holiday dinner party, you can plan how much food you’ll need. Remember, the more appetizers you create, the less food you may need for the main course, as people tend to fill up on them. Still, creating many different dishes may take more time, so you should balance your to-do list effectively.

Even if you know exactly how many guests are coming, you can never be sure how many people will show up in your home. Couples may bring children with them, or some people could forget or not attend the party without saying anything to you. As such, it’s best to estimate for guests to eat around one pound of food — so take the resulting number and add to it with as much leeway as you see fit.

4. Pick the Right Menu

Make sure your possible menu adheres to your theme. This is key to a successful dinner party. Collect any additional nutritional information from the responses on your RSVP and ensure they line up with everything you had planned.

If you’re planning to have alcohol at your party, make sure it complements your food well. For holidays like Thanksgiving, picking the right wine as an accessory to your menu could make or break a meal. Wines with added spices or richer flavors are great for fall dinner parties.

Analyze your menu once again before you finalize it. Is it realistic? How soon will you have to start cooking or baking to keep it all fresh but have it finished before guests start arriving? Can you make all the food yourself, or will you have to call in help? Having the answers to these questions is vital, as it could affect the time your dinner party begins.

5. Plan a Strategic Setup

If the dinner party takes place in your home, you’ll have to find an effective way to keep the flow of traffic moving. Before you set dinner on the table, consider placing appetizers around your home to get people walking around and talking to one another. If you’ve decorated your whole house, luring people to different areas is a great way to show it off.

6. Find Some Entertainment

You can’t just have a sit-down dinner and nothing else. While it might be nice to catch up with guests, they deserve to have a little excitement, too. Plan holiday-themed games and activities for people of all ages to enjoy. If your group is more reserved, consider opting for something they can play from their phones. Either way, you’re bound to have fun while getting to know one another better and making memories that will last throughout the magnificent holiday season.

7. Build a Playlist

One of the elements of a party that you can’t forget is the music. You’ll have to analyze your guests to understand what kind of tunes would resonate with them. Would they appreciate songs pulled from the top of the charts recently, or would a throwback playlist be more fitting? Playing music can also fill in any awkward silences, as people may feel less pressure to talk while eating or enjoying themselves.

Music can add to the atmosphere of a party, too. Your whole mood can change at dinner, depending on what you’re listening to. Upbeat music can cause people to eat faster, which isn’t ideal if you plan on spending as much time with your guests as you can. Stick with soft or classical music during dinner. That way, guests will also focus less on the lyrics and more on what others have to say.

8. DIY What You Can

You don’t have to buy tons of new decorations to make your holiday party pop. Pinterest is an excellent tool for looking up crafts you can make from the comfort of your home. You can search by the type of decoration you’d like to create, and many posts show you how to craft something in one easy picture.

If you plan to DIY some of your decor, one of the best ideas is to make centerpieces that your guests can take home. They can even double as a prize for winning a game earlier in the evening. Letting your guests take home a centerpiece can give them a souvenir of sentimental value to remember the night by.

But if you don’t have enough time, you can always order party decorations online with next day delivery.

9. Hammer Out a Timeline

While strictly adhering to a timeline might make the dinner party seem less fun, it can help you stay on track and make sure you get to all you have planned. For example, you can encourage people to start snacking while you finish setting the table. After dinner, you can orchestrate an activity or game to keep everyone entertained. How you set up the evening is dependent upon your tastes and your guests’ availability.

Having a loose timeline as your guide can help you know when to start wrapping up the night. You can encourage your guests to start heading out when they hear the last song on the playlist or once every game has been played. As much as you love your guests, you wouldn’t want them staying all night.

10. Make Cleanup Effortless

Cleaning as you go is the key to maintaining a neat space throughout your party. Having trash cans readily available in multiple rooms can encourage guests to toss their garbage rather than leaving it out or searching for a bin. Make sure to take note of when trash bags are packed and take them outside.

Staying on top of your trash receptacles can also help you at the end of the night. When everyone is gone, you’ll need to tackle the cleanup process. You’ll eliminate an hour or so of work just by streamlining your cleaning process and picking up as you go.

Crafting a Holiday Dinner Party from the Heart

Unfortunately, no party can be perfect. Try as you might, something may still go wrong or upset you or a guest in some way. As long as there’s no actual harm done, you can roll with any mistakes and still have a great time. Planning things to the best of your ability can minimize the chances of running into any issues. Hope for the best and lay out the details, and you and your loved ones will have the time of your lives.

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Halloween Party Guide

NEFT Vodka

Have you been waiting for something truly unique to enter the already crowded vodka market? Enter NEFT Vodka, an all-natural, ultra-premium spirit with a taste so pure and smooth we challenge you to put it up against any other brand whether neat or in your favorite cocktail. Distilled in Austria, NEFT is made from only two ingredients, 100 percent ancient rye grains and pure Austrian Alps spring water with no additives of any kind. This decidedly rare combination results in a flavorful vodka with hints of lemon, black pepper, and creamy vanilla for a slightly sweet finish. With holiday content in the works and Halloween coming soon, I thought this might be a great fit for a highlight!

Packaged in a one-of-a-kind unbreakable barrel that keeps the chilled vodka cold for up to six hours in any season, NEFT is the perfect addition to holiday celebrations and can be taken anywhere you plan to go. With Halloween season right around the corner, you can enjoy a spooky cocktail made with this NEFT Vodka recipe.

Flying Purple People Eater

1.75 oz NEFT vodka

0.75 oz white peach juice

0.25 oz lychee liqueur

2 dashes blue butterfly pea powder

Directions: Drizzle thin layer of orange oleo saccharum (or, orange cake frosting) around the inside of a martini glass. Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into glass. Garnish with a pellet of dry ice.

NEFT Vodka is $37 for a 750-mL barrel and available online.

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D’USSÉ

Naturally confident and boldly outrageous, D’USSE is providing a cognac cocktail for Halloween. Whether you’re hosting a spooky Halloween bash or spending the night cozied up to the fire with festive treats, this is the ultimate cocktail to sip on.

D’USSE Cognac’s Friday the 13th cocktail filled with VSOP Cognac, Blood Orange Syrup and more. The VSOP is naturally aged for at least four and a half years, the bold and full-bodied blend of D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac is made from a selection of the finest eaux-de-vie, including some that were carefully matured in the cellars of the Château de Cognac. On the nose, it reveals a powerful bouquet, rich in woody notes layered with touches of cinnamon and floral notes. Distinctively and unexpectedly smooth, each taste reveals hints of spices and almonds with undertones of honey and dried fruits as the grand finale.

Friday The 13th

2 Parts D’usse VSOP Cognac

1 Part Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 Part Blood Orange Syrup

Top with Ginger Beer

Highball & Lemon Wedge

Add D’USSÉ, lime juice and blood orange syrup into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with ginger beer.

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Santo Spirits

Halloween is right around the corner, and it would not be complete without spooky cocktails crafted with the best BOOze in town. Skip the tricks this year and treat yourself to Santo Spirits, premium tequilas made with 100% Blue Weber Agave.

Legendary Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar and culinary icon, Guy Fieri teamed up to bring to life a portfolio of authentic agave expressions with smooth and bold flavors that are sure to elevate you to a “higher spirit” this coming Halloween. Whether you are getting ready to go out and about or staying in to binge your favorite horror movies, these spooky drinks are easy to create and even easier to enjoy.

Bloody Citrus

  • TheBloody Citrus is the perfect cocktail to kick off mischief hour! Featuring the Santo Tequilla Blanco, it is a Santo Spirits fan favorite that will have you rolling over in your grave. Combining citrus fruit galore, this sweet cocktail is the trick to satisfy your sweet tooth this Halloween and is dressed up in spooky orange and blood-like red color.

2 oz. Santo Tequila Blanco

1/2 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur

1 oz. House-made fresh lemon sour

1 1/2 oz. Clementine and Peach flavored sparkling soda

1/2 oz. Blood orange soda

Directions: Combine all ingredients but the blood orange soda in a shaker. Shake and strain over a tall rocks glass filled with ice. Add floater of blood orange soda.

FEARFUL FIERI

  • TheFearful Fieri brings the heat by combining the unique favors of Guy Fieri’s Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Australian Aromatic Bitters and a Chipotle Chili Sugar Rim with Santo Mezquila. The liquid shines as its smokey notes blend with the sweetness of the brown sugar and spicy hint of chipotle that are sure to turn things up a notch this Halloween!

2 oz Santo Mezquila

1 oz Agave Nectar

1.5 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

0.5 oz Guy Fieri’s Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Australian Aromatic Bitters

Garnish: Chipotle Chili Sugar Rim

THE HAUNTED SPIRIT

  • The Haunted Spirit takes your taste buds to a new levelwith the unique combination of Santo Mezquila, Aperol and Yellow Chartreuse. This simple and spooky cocktail is perfect pairing for your scary movie marathon.

1 oz. Santo Mezquila

0.75 oz. Aperol

0.5 oz. Yellow Chartreuse

0.75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

0.25 oz. Agave Nectar

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Sparkling Iced Spiked

In case you needed more cocktails to try out, Sparkling Ice Spiked has released their limited-edition festive flavors that just hit the seltzer scene: Cranberry Orange, Apple Cider, Raspberry Truffle and Grapefruit Juniper.

In addition to these festive flavors, Spiked is hosting a sweepstakes, called Holiday Hero, which gives 21+ consumers in eligible states the chance to win $5,000 to help fund their upcoming celebrations in true hero fashion.

Juniper Gin & Tonic

8 oz. Sparkling Ice Spiked Ruby Fizz​

1 oz. Gin​

1 oz. Simple Syrup​

Grapefruit Slices​

Lime Slices​

Garnish: Grapefruit Wedge, Sage

Directions: ​Muddle fruit in a cocktail shaker. Add simple syrup and gin and shake with ice until chilled. Pour over ice in a tall glass. Fill with Sparkling Ice Spiked Grapefruit Juniper. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and fresh sage.

Apple Cider Aperol Spritz

6 oz. Sparkling Ice Spiked Apple Cider​

1 oz. Aperol ​

Sliced Apple ​

Cinnamon Stick ​

Garnish: ​Thyme Sprig, Cinnamon & Sugar

Directions: Rim wine glass with water and dip into cinnamon sugar mix.  Fill wine glass with ice and add Aperol. Fill with Sparkling Ice Spiked Apple Cider. Stir with cinnamon stick and garnish with an apple slice and sprig of time.

Raspberry Truffle Floats

Sparkling Ice Spiked Raspberry Truffle​

1 Scoop Raspberry Sorbet

Garnish: ​Chocolate Shavings​

Directions: In a wine glass add one scoop of raspberry sorbet. Fill with Sparkling Ice Spiked Raspberry Truffle. Garnish with fresh raspberries and chocolate shavings.

INDOGGO® Gin

With its laid-back California style, INDOGGO® Gin is like no other in the world. It’s gluten-free, sugar-free, low-calories, and will leave you wanting more. Easy to mix, easy to drink, hard to forget. Iconic rapper Snoop Dogg created this remix on the traditional spirit, and these flavor-packed cocktails only require a few simple ingredients that you most likely have on hand and are perfect to sip on while watching classic Halloween films or to serve at your ghostly get togethers! Take a look at the below recipes and try them out for yourself at home.

WITCHES LEMONADE

The Witches Lemonade is a classic go-to cocktail for Halloween. This drink consists of the perfect combination of lemonade and INDOGGO® Gin for everyone to enjoy.

2 oz INDOGGO®

6 oz Fresh Lemonade

Ice cubes

Lemon slices for garnish

Directions: Combine INDOGGO® and lemonade to a glass and stir to combine. Top with ice and lemon slices.

GHOST COCKTAIL

The Ghost Cocktail is a vibrant mix of INDOGGO® Gin, coconut milk, and a squeeze of lemon for a fresh flavor. Take your Halloween festivities to the next level with this spooky Cocktail!

1.5 oz INDOGGO®

2 oz Coconut Milk

¾ oz Lemon Juice

¾ oz Vanilla Syrup

Optional: 3-4 drops of CBD Oil Tincture

Directions: In a cocktail Shaker add INDOGGO®, coconut milk, lemon juice and vanilla syrup. Add ice and shake. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with CBD leaf and oil (optional).

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Myx Fusions Announces New Beverages

After many years of success with MYX Fusions Moscato and Sangria, MYX Beverage LLC, a company created by Nicki Minaj, builds on its reputation for revolutionizing the wine industry, with new lower-calorie and low alcohol wines.

Perfect for holiday entertaining, MYX is excited to offer consumers what they are demanding—two new high-quality wines with great flavor, fewer calories, and less guilt, all packaged in convenient 4-packs of cans.

The single-serve cans are great for holiday entertaining, whether you are hosting a few or a crowd this holiday season. Take them outdoors to the pool or beach, veranda, or terrace, they offer a convenient and more hygienic way to enjoy delicious and refreshing wines while entertaining this season.

“The MYX Fusions team worked hard with the winemaker to produce these amazing wines.  These wines represent a milestone in winemaking, using age-old methods of early harvest and creative innovation,” says Peter D. Reaske, MYX Beverage LLC CEO. “We knew if we entered the on-fire ‘light’ category, we needed a product that didn’t compromise taste or quality, and at 75 calories per serving, MYX Light delivers exactly what consumers are looking for–great-tasting, ‘sessionable,’ refreshing, easy-to-drink, lower-calorie wines.”

MYX Light Chardonnay is a slightly dry wine with fresh, crisp notes of apple, Romagna pear, and lemon. MYX Light Rosé is delightfully refreshing and made from Barbera grapes showcasing hints of strawberry, raspberry, and citrus.

  • Available June 21, 2021
  • 75 calories per serving (5oz serving)
  • 125 calories per 250ml can
  • 13g total carbs per 250ml can
  • 5% alcohol by volume
  • Sold in 4-packs of 250ml cans
  • Imported from Italy
  • Gluten-free, Kosher certified
  • $12.00 per 4-pack SRP

About MYX Beverage LLC

Formed in 2013, MYX Beverage LLC is the parent company for MYX Fusions beverages. The company is composed of strategic partners committed to taking the growing wine industry by storm. Myx Fusion Beverages was created by Nicki Minaj.

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Lanea Celebrates National Taco Day

Praised for being the “Best Mexican on the Westside, Lanea in Santa Monica will be celebrating National Taco Day (Oct. 4) on Saturday, Oct. 2nd with All-You-Can-Eat Street Tacos from Barbakush and a cocktail (of your choice) for $25 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (*2 Hour Time Limit). The Santa Monica cocktail bar and taqueria will also be hosting a pop-up taco bar on their expanded satellite area on The Promenade (across from the Apple store) throughout the day. The festivities will continue into the evening with an 80’s Themed Broadway Block Party at Lanea, The Independence, and Cult from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. with DJs and live entertainment, and Barbakush Tacos available at Lanea until 10:00 p.m. 

The All-You-Can-Eat Barbakush Street Tacos include Barbacoa (lamb wrapped in agave leaves and pit-roasted underground for 36 hours), Asada (grilled steak with Petra’s seasoning), Cesina (thinly sliced and tenderized beef with Petra’s seasoning), Pollo (grilled chicken with Petra’s seasoning), Pescado con Mango (tilapia topped with mango, green & red pepper, avocado, and Mexican cream), Camaron con Mango (shrimp topped with mango, green & red pepper, avocado and lettuce), Beyond Meat (beyond meat seasoned with Petra’s seasoning), and Vegetarian (spinach and mushrooms).

Petra Zavaleta, from East LA’s street food operation Barbakush, is the chef behind Lanea and is known as the “Barbacoa Queen of Los Angeles.” Petra serves traditional lamb barbacoa by way of Puebla, Mexico. Her and her husband, and her sons work together to create their lamb barbacoa, which is a true labor of love. They source the lamb locally from Chino Hills and build a traditional underground barbecue oven in their backyard cooking the entire lamb over wood and maguey leaves coals.  Petra learned this ancient method of butchering and barbecuing from her parents and grandparents in Puebla at age 10, and became an LA Legend with a secret restaurant at her house before joining forces with Lanea in 2019 to offer her famed barbacoa tacos on the Westside of Los Angeles. Petra’s barbacoa tacos pair perfectly with Lanea’s cocktail program including over 400 varieties of Mezcals and tequilas, and hand-crafted cocktails. 

About Lanea

Lanea is a spirit-driven cocktail bar located one block from the beach, that focuses on an extensive selection of over 400 hand-selected mezcals and tequilas. Lanea brings the spirit of Mexico to Santa Monica with authentic Mexican cuisine from Petra Zavaleta’s East L.A., family-run restaurant Barbakush. Their cocktail program incorporates wellness-driven ingredients as well as the food and beverage programs utilize a no-waste philosophy using the stems from herbs to develop syrups for cocktails and bones from the barbacoa to make a consome that is served with chipotle chickpeas. Lanea is located at 217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA, and is open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

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New WELLNESS WELL PACKAGE at Las Catalinas

Dedicated to creating a way of life that is healthy, sustainable, fulfilling, and fun, Las Catalinas is pleased to invite guests to experience it as a Wellness Well with a new package by the same name that will undoubtedly deliver a remarkable sense of wellbeing and rejuvenation while enjoying Las Catalinas and all that this seaside gem of a (car-free!) town has to offer.

This 4-night package includes fresh green juice daily from Copper & Stone Gourmet Market;  a $100 credit at Pots & Bowls Food Truck, which opened this year and offers a fantastically fresh, healthy new twist with true farm-to-table cuisine and extensive raw vegan options; an all-access pass to CORE by ChakFitness, which also just opened and offers an exciting array of classes, including Beach Boot Camp, Bosu Boot Camp, Core Conditioning, Flinstones-esque free weights in the “Sand Box” (literally on the beach) and more; one complimentary matcha latte (almond and soy milks available) with all bike, SUP and kayak rentals at Pura Vida Ride; and a $50 credit at Wake Day Spa, which offers some of the best spa services on earth and also features an especially lovely boutique.

The Wellness Well package also includes a day trip to a secluded and magical farm surrounded by the lush Costa Rican rainforest and waterfalls on the slopes of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano, where you can wade in the remarkable “blue lagoon” whose spring water comes directly from the volcano and is naturally tinted an electric turquoise. During the farm visit, taste delicious homemade cheeses, traditional tortillas and Costa Rican coffee, and finish the day with lunch at a beautiful restaurant nestled in the middle of the jungle beside the lagoon. Rates for the Wellness Well Package start at $1500, including airport transfers and private accommodations with breakfast daily at the Santarena Hotel and all else noted above. All Las Catalinas reservations can be made via its preferred travel partner, Beach Town Travel; to book this package please visit Beach Town Travel.

Las Catalinas is designed to be a place to maintain or regain one’s physical and mental equilibrium and provides an ideal environment for feeling comfortable, healthy and happy. It is a place to rediscover the freedom of one’s own two feet and the joy of exploring. Whether wandering the streets, hiking through the forest, or strolling the beach, it’s easy to connect with nature, oneself and others in Las Catalinas. The beautiful natural world and charming town provide ample opportunities to ease the body and mind: Set out in the early morning mist on a paddleboard or kayak; engage in sunrise or sunset yoga on the beach; enjoy hiking and mountain biking through stunning coastal terrain. In conjunction with Pura Vida Ride, Las Catalinas offers one of the best playgrounds in the world for water sports and trail fanatics. Specializing in the rental and sale of standup paddle boards, mountain bikes, kayaks and other ocean and mountain sports equipment, Pura Vida Ride is located on Playa Danta in the heart of Las Catalinas and not only offers lessons and expeditions, but is also a full service bike repair shop and general store serving coffee, pastries, drinks and snacks. Las Catalinas together with Pura Vida Ride provide a special and truly unique place where people can enjoy first class sporting activities with ease.

About Las Catalinas

The conscious community of Las Catalinas is taking shape as Costa Rica’s newest desirable beach town. This highly walkable destination on Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Coast is well underway with 21 acres of land under development, a Beach Club and several full-time residents. When complete, there will be approximately 180 residences, 10 restaurants (four currently operating), several thousand square feet of office space, a town hall, over a dozen plazas and various other merchants. The town’s core values and beliefs include environmental stewardship, connection to one another and to the rhythms of nature.

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Lanea Celebrates Labor Day Weekend

Praised for being “the best Mexican food on the Westside” and “Best Bar in LA”, Santa Monica’s premiere cocktail bar and Mexican Taqueria, Lanea, will be celebrating Labor Day Weekend with a variety of Picnic Packs complete with tacos, canned cocktails, pico de gallo, serape blanket and piñata to take to the beach, and All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Tacos and cocktail of choice for only $25.  Guests can also sip cocktails curbside with their expanded outdoor dining area, following County of Los Angeles health guidelines. 

For Labor Day Weekend, patrons can grab one of Lanea’s popular Picnic Packs perfect for a day at the beach including:  Mini Fiesta Pack with four street tacos, two JAJA cocktails, chips & pico de gallo and a mini piñata for $29, The Picnic Pack that includes six street tacos, two cocktails, chips & pico de gallo and a Mexican serape blanket for $49, or the Grande Fiesta Pack which contains eight street tacos of your choice, chips and pico de gallo, four JAJA cocktails, Mexican serape blanket, and a piñata for $69. 

Guests can also enjoy Lanea’s All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Street Tacos and Cocktail for $25 all weekend long. Additional breakfast items include Huevos Con Chorizo (scrambled eggs, queso, spicy pork sausage), Huevos Con Bacon (scrambled eggs, queso, bacon bits), Huevos Con Sausage (scrambled eggs, queso, sausage link bits), Huevos Con Veggie (scrambled eggs, queso, sauteed spinach and mushrooms), Huevos Con Queso (scrambled eggs, queso), and Huevos Con Beyond Meat (scrambled eggs, queso, beyond meat with Petra’s seasonings). All of Lanea’s Brunch Street Tacos are handmade to order on 100% gluten-free corn tortillas. 

Located two blocks from the beach, Lanea offers an extensive variety of over 400 hand-selected Mezcals and tequilas. Their authentic Mexican cuisine is prepared by Petra Zavaleta, who hails from Tepeaca, Puebla, and rose to foodie fame with her underground barbacoa pop-ups, and later opened their eatery Barbakush in East L.A. Praised as one of the best Mexican eateries on the Westside, Petra and her family source their lamb locally from Chino Hills and prepare their barbacoa in an earthen pit, cooking it slowly over an open fire. Offering five different styles of classic tacos on their handmade-to-order corn tortillas, as well as chips and guacamole, they are the perfect complement to Lanea’s unique cocktail menu.

“It’s been a difficult time for Santa Monica’s small businesses to overcome the hurdles the pandemic has brought us. Petra and I, who are both immigrants, alongside our other partners, are really thankful and humbled by the local support as we continue to offer a safe, affordable outlet for the local community,” says owner Peter Trinh. “Come by and check out our new to-go small batched cocktails, canned in-house or our handmade gluten-free tacos.”

Lanea has revamped their landscape and dining experience to safely accommodate customers, implementing the necessary protocols, to enhance the safety of patrons with regards to COVID-19. Lanea has added outdoor dining and UV-light sanitizing, and hand sanitizer is readily available with contactless ordering and payment to further project from the spread of COVID-19.

Patrons can enjoy a variety of taco offerings including Barbacoa Tacos, wrapped in agave leaves and pit-roasted underground for 36 hours; Asada Tacos, grilled steak seasoned with Petra’s seasoning; Pollo Tacos grilled chicken seasoned with Petra’s seasonings; Vegetarian Tacos, with mushrooms and spinach; Pescado con Mango Taco, tilapia served with mango, green & red pepper, avocado and Mexican cream. All tacos are handmade-to-order on 100% gluten-free corn tortillas, with the option to make any of the tacos into quesadillas.

About Lanea

Lanea is a spirit-driven cocktail bar located one block from the beach, that focuses on an extensive selection of over 400 hand-selected mezcals and tequilas. Lanea brings the spirit of Mexico to Santa Monica with authentic Mexican cuisine from Petra Zavaleta’s East L.A., family-run restaurant Barbakush. Their cocktail program incorporates wellness-driven ingredients as well as the food and beverage programs utilize a no-waste philosophy using the stems from herbs to develop syrups for cocktails and bones from the barbacoa to make a consome that is served with chipotle chickpeas. Lanea is located at 217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA, and is open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

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Soneva Jani Unveils New Spa Unlimited Offering

Soneva Jani, the award-winning luxury resort in the Maldives’ Noonu Atoll, has unveiled a brand-new Spa Unlimited offer for guests staying in one of its original “Chapter One” overwater or island villas.

Priced at US$500 per day, the new Spa Unlimited offer includes limitless massage therapies from around the globe, healing Ayurvedic rituals, all-natural Sodashi facial treatments and targeted wellness programs, as well as private yoga and meditation sessions, personal training and consultations with the resident Ayurvedic doctor.

With expansive pool terraces, light-filled living spaces and uninterrupted ocean views, Soneva Jani’s Chapter One villas have set the standard for overwater luxury. Ranging from a 4,425-square-foot One Bedroom Water Retreat to a palatial 13,200-square-foot Four Bedroom Water Retreat, each is designed in harmony with the natural surroundings. Known for its impeccable service, Soneva Jani’s villas come with dedicated Barefoot Butlers, while guests also have unlimited complimentary access to the resort’s chocolate, cheese and ice cream parlors and the kids’ club at The Den.

For the ultimate indulgence, guests staying in any Chapter Two Water Reserve or Island Reserve will experience Soneva Unlimited – an exceptional offering that enables guests to enjoy everything at the resort, with no limits. This includes unlimited dining across all Soneva Jani restaurants (including with visiting chefs), unlimited wellness therapies, massages and spa treatments, unlimited experiences (including diving) and complimentary shared seaplane transfers between Soneva Jani and Malé.

Stays at Soneva Jani are priced from US$1,840 per night in a Chapter One villa, and from US$3,550 per night in a Chapter Two villa, excluding fees and taxes.

For more information about Soneva, visit here. Please see link for the Soneva Jani Spa Menu.

About Soneva

Soneva is a pioneering family of award-winning resorts in outstanding natural locations. At Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani and Soneva in Aqua in the Maldives, and Soneva Kiri in Thailand, true ‘luxury’ is defined by peace, time and space. Each day, guests are encouraged to discover the SLOW LIFE, reconnecting with themselves and the natural world through rare experiences that inspire and enthrall. Soneva has led the way for responsible tourism, combining a conscientious, proactive approach to sustainability with exquisite luxury and intuitive personalized service.

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Bricoleur Vineyards Gains Award-Winning Chefs

James Beard Award-Winning Chefs Charlie Palmer and Nate Appleman Partner with Bricoleur Vineyards as Culinary Advisors

The winery’s first joint event with Chef Palmer is Project Zin on August 21st, which is already sold out

Bricoleur Vineyards is excited to announce that James Beard Award-winning chefs Charlie Palmer and Nate Appleman are joining the Bricoleur Vineyards team as Culinary Advisors. The winery’s first join event with Chef Palmer will be Project Zin, a sold out fundraiser for Down Syndrome Association North Bay, at Bricoleur Vineyards on August 21st. 

We couldn’t be more thrilled. Our family has long admired Chef Palmer and Chef Appleman’s talent, said Bricoleur Vineyards’ co-founder Mark Hanson. Our culinary team already creates amazing wine & food experiences for our guests, which will be enhanced by working with Chef Palmer and Chef Appleman. A mutual friend introduced us, and we really connected with Chef Palmer and Chef Appleman on our shared values of supporting philanthropy, our local community, and great wine and food. We’re excited to add their expertise and collaborative enthusiasm to our team.

Bricoleur Vineyards opened in the Sonoma County town of Windsor, just south of Healdsburg, last spring in the midst of the pandemic and in a short time has already earned recognition from San Francisco Bay Area press as the region’s Best New Emerging Winery and Most Romantic Winery.  A 40-acre picturesque destination with 21 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards that have produced critically acclaimed, award-winning wines, the sustainably farmed estate also features expansive culinary gardens, fruit trees, olive groves, chickens, and honeybees.

Chef Palmer brings his signature Progressive American Cooking to Bricoleur Vineyards and will team up with the estate’s culinary team on menu creation and concept to further elevate the winery’s already robust offerings. With 13 acclaimed restaurants and rooftop bars across the United States, Palmer has chosen Sonoma County as his home, designing wine-forward tasting menus for Bricoleur Vineyards that emphasize the fresh, seasonal produce grown on the estate, reflecting the bounty of the land that Palmer knows so well.

I’m excited to work with the team at Bricoleur Vineyards as Culinary Advisor, said Palmer. A close friend brought me to the estate for a tasting earlier this year and I was impressed with their tasting menus and the way their wines pair so beautifully with dishes made from their estate-grown fruits and vegetables. I cannot wait to collaborate further on wine and food experiences and events in the future.

In keeping with their shared devotion to philanthropy and supporting the local community, Chef Palmer is excited to host the 11th Annual Project Zin event at Bricoleur Vineyards on August 21, 2021. Project Zin is a celebratory event hosted by Winemaker Clay Mauritson and Chef Palmer that benefits Down Syndrome Association North Bay. Palmer and Mauritson launched Project Zin in 2012, and the annual event has raised over $1,000,000 for DSANB. This year’s event is sold out, but to learn more about Project Zin and Down Syndrome Association North Bay, please visit their website.

At Bricoleur Vineyards, we’re all about celebrating life’s moments with wine and food, while supporting charities across the country and here at home, added Bricoleur Vineyards’ co-founder Sarah Hanson Citron. Bricoleur Vineyards is a beautiful place to gather, where social connections are fostered, and communities are built. Chef Palmer and Chef Appleman share our enthusiasm for bringing people together and we’re excited to welcome them to our team.

Bricoleur Vineyards is open Thursday – Monday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. by appointment only and reservations can be made by visiting their website or by calling 707-857-5700. Bricoleur Vineyards is close to the Santa Rosa airport, which accommodates both commercial and private planes, and it’s only an hour north of San Francisco. Bricoleur Vineyards is located at 7394 Starr Road in Windsor, California and can be found on Instagram.

Here is a link that includes photos of Chef Palmer, Chef Appleman, Mark Hanson, Sarah Hanson Citron, and beauty shots of Bricoleur Vineyards.

About Bricoleur Vineyards

Bricoleur Vineyards, which launched its first vintage in 2017 and opened its tasting room in 2020, is tucked away in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley – just south of Healdsburg. Founded by the Hanson family, Bricoleur Vineyards can be found at the end of a winding road in the charming, bucolic town of Windsor, only an hour north of San Francisco – and very close to the Santa Rosa airport. The distinctive name, Bricoleur, is French for one who starts building something with no clear plan, adding bits here and there, cobbling together a whole while flying by the seat of their pants.

The Bricoleur Vineyards estate produces two families of critically-acclaimed, award-winning wines – Bricoleur and Flying by the Seat of Our Pants. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé of Pinot Noir and Zinfandel are crafted under the Bricoleur label, while Rosé of Grenache and Brut are produced under the humorous, irreverent Flying by the Seat of Our Pants label. The wines are crafted by veteran Winemaker Cary Gott and Assistant Winemaker Tom Pierson.

In addition to Bricoleur Vineyards, the Hanson family also owns Kick Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma County’s Fountaingrove District AVA. The Hanson family’s roots run deep in Sonoma County. Mark Hanson was born in Santa Rosa, and Beth Wall Hanson’s great grandfather, Pietro Carlo Rossi, was the original oenologist for Sonoma County’s historic Italian Swiss Colony. Rossi revolutionized California winemaking in the 19th century and under his direction, the Italian Swiss Colony became one of America’s leading wineries. 

Bricoleur Vineyards is open Thursday – Monday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. by appointment only and reservations can be made by visiting their website or by calling 707-857-5700. Bricoleur Vineyards is located at 7394 Starr Road in Windsor, California and can be found on Instagram.