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Go Fig or Go Home with Black Infusions Vodka

Martini’s… shakin’ not stirred. Highballs…on the rocks or straight up? Whatever your poison there are a plethora of choices when it comes to selecting ones five o’clock libation. Let’s put beer and wine aside for a moment and take a look at the spirits industry. It’s on fire. According to a recent report by Grand View Research, Inc.,” the global craft spirits market is expected to reach USD 80.43 billion by 2025.” Michael Davidson is the owner and CEO of Black Infusions and is celebrating five years with his Distilled Spirit Specialties. He’s developed a product that is taking...

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Old Fashioned with a Twist

Cocktail trends may come and go, but one staple remains a fixture on drink menus two centuries after its invention – the Old Fashioned. There are many competing stories about the origins of the “first” true cocktail recipe, but nearly all agree that the modern-day cocktail was first mixed in the early 1800s, and the recipe was generally the same Old Fashioned recipe still mixed in bars around the world today: liquor, sugar, water and bitters. Bourbon is traditionally the spirit of choice for an Old Fashioned, but contemporary versions may substitute virtually any type of liquor, from rye...

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Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive Go Bold for the Holidays

  The second annual BOLD Holidays campaign kicks off on November 15 from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. with the highly anticipated Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration.  This multi-generational event is sponsored by the Rodeo Drive Committee in partnership with the City of Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau and Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce. The event will be hosted by TV and social media personality Dawn McCoy.  The festivities will include live music from electro hip hop violinist and America’s Got Talent contestant, Svet, and a specially curated 20-piece #BOLDBH band which will be playing a mix...

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Belmond Cadogan Hotel Provides A New Stylish Option In The Heart Of London

Travelers searching for a new level of luxury in London can look forward to discovering Belmond Cadogan Hotel, opening early 2019. The hotel is celebrating its opening with a special offer available only to guests who reserve their stay through an advisor affiliated with leading global luxury travel network Virtuoso®. Travelers who book from February 1 to April 30, 2019 will receive a guaranteed suite upgrade at the time of their reservation upon availability. After that date, the hotel will provide an upgrade upon arrival if available. Belmond Cadogan Hotel will also provide the following complimentary advantages on an ongoing basis exclusively for clients of Virtuoso travel advisors:...

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Fast, Flavorful and Festive Holiday Dishes

From office potlucks and cocktail parties to family dinners and beyond, the mealtime celebrations during the holidays are endless. Whether you’re serving as a host or bringing your signature dish to a get-together, these tips can help you own the holiday season without breaking a sweat: Stick with fewer, easy-to-find, high-quality ingredients. Look for products that help you cut down on time but don’t skimp on flavor, like Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork, which is pre-seasoned and comes in a variety of cuts and flavors. Sprinkle and decorate finished dishes with fresh, seasonal herbs for a festive touch. To help...

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Ring in the New Year at the Iconic Rainbow Room and Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room

Ring in 2019 at New York’s most iconic venues in the sky. Rainbow Room and Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room will both host grand New Year’s Eve celebrations from 65 floors above Times Square. Two amazing parties, for one special night. Quintessential New York glamour finds its home at the iconic Rainbow Room. The New Year’s Eve Black Tie Bash offers a modern twist on old-world charm. The night will start with a cocktail hour boasting magnificent views, a premium open bar and passed canapes in The Gallery. Guests will then enter the famed Rainbow Room for an elegant four-course tasting menu, open...

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Award-Winning Wine and Spirits Producer Brent Hocking Announces Launch Of Mod Sélection Champagne in the United States

Mod Sélection Champagne today announced its release in the United States. Produced in an exclusive enclave of the Vallée de la Marne for over five generations, Mod Sélection has a legacy and authenticity dating back to 1892. Selected as the finest house in Champagne by award-winning wine and spirits producer Brent Hocking for its exceptional dedication to purity, balance and finesse. Only now has this superior Cuvée become available for release. Mod Sélection is the purest expression of balance and terroir in Champagne. Prized for its delicate extraction and superior juice selection, Mod Sélection distinguishes itself from the overtly autolytic characteristics of many...

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Pacha Mamas

As Virtuoso Travel Consultant, Speaker, and International Event Planner & Fundraising Specialist, I have had the privilege of travelling to some of the most magical and mystical places around the globe. Each has its own beauty, charm and spirit. When I plan any trip for my clients I use my own experiences and global connections to create memorable and unique itineraries. Through my years of travel, I have seen some awe inspiring scenery and met interesting people, however, some trips remain with me longer and touch me deeper than others. My recent journey throughout South America has proven to...

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Chef Adrianne Calvo Shares Her Thanksgiving Secrets

If you close your eyes, you can almost smell the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven. Yes, it’s that time of year when we start planning our holiday menus. What side dishes will accompany your holiday bird? Should we serve white or red wine? Chef Adrianne Calvo was kind enough to share some of her Thanksgiving secrets, including her recipe for “Your Best Turkey Ever!” and Evergreen Autumn side dish. Chef Adrianne Calvo just released a two-volume set of cookbooks, publishing her 100 finest recipes, entitled The A-List: Vol. I and II. Chef Adrianne delves into starters, desserts, and everything...

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Island Time, Ohio style

Most people, even residents of the Midwest, are incredulous when they hear there are islands in Ohio, I was born and raised in Chicago and I’m embarrassed to admit I knew nothing of their existence. I had to look at a map for proof, but it wasn’t until I actually visited the area that my doubts were dispelled. Known as the Lake Erie Islands, these bodies of land are clustered together in the lake’s western basin, north of Ohio’s mainland. Easily accessible from the metropolitan centers of Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo, they’re regarded as the Jersey Shores of the...

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A Quality Afternoon Time in Beijing for the Most Sophisticated Palates

Waldorf Astoria Beijing is collaborating with prestigious Swiss watch and jewelry brand, Chopard, to give guests a romantic and flavorsome treat. Continuing to set standards for stylish sophistication and impeccable service, the hotel is offering “Chopard Jewelry Themed Afternoon Tea” from 1st November 2018 to 28th February 2019. This is a unique celebration of the culinary delights from Waldorf Astoria Beijing and aesthetic excellence from Chopard. Chopard originated in Switzerland. For 158 years, it has continued the spirit of pursuing excellence and innovation. Similarly, Waldorf Astoria Beijing’s talented pastry team bring their common spirit into this new themed afternoon tea, providing guests with quality and...

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Arrival of 35-foot Fraser fir signals the start of Christmas at Biltmore

A towering 35-foot Fraser fir tree arrived at America’s Largest Home this week, the finishing touch after weeks of decorating Biltmore House for the holidays. Christmas at Biltmore, the estate’s annual holiday celebration, formally begins Saturday, Nov. 3 and runs through Jan. 6, 2019. The 35-foot Banquet Hall tree is Christmas at Biltmore’s star attraction each year. Santa rode aboard a horse-drawn carriage to usher the tree to the front door of Biltmore House. It took more than 40 staff members to hoist the tree onto their shoulders and carry it into the Banquet Hall, where a system of ropes secured the tree in place....

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