#SCBDReview: .@LangostaLounge–Back from Superstorm Sandy

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It was a dark and stormy night. Truly it was. This winter just wouldn’t let up on us down the Jersey Shore. And so it was on a dark, rainy night with impending snow that Sara and I went to visit the Langosta Lounge. Arriving at the entrance right on the Boardwalk in Asbury Park is pretty cool even in the nastiest of weather. A weeknight in bad weather in the winter, we were lucky enough to snag a table with a view of the Boardwalk and ocean. But the place filled up shortly after we were seated.

What a unique place. Vacation inspired cuisine. I know that means the chef-owners vacations, but just going there is like a vacation away from your everyday. If you haven’t been yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. Ahh,maybe you wanted to read my review first?

 

We started with one of their house inspired cocktails each. I had The Fashionista- Absolut Ruby Red Vodka, ruby red grapefruit juice, triple sec, fresh lime & cranberry because I love grapefruit juice and Absolut so I was starting as a happy camper. Sara had The Market Mojito- Fresh mint and strawberries; she tries to make her drinks healthy too. A little fruit, fresh, and that muddled mint. Can you smell it yet? They also have a unique wine offering. It is wine on tap. I know you are thinking, must be crappy stuff. But quite to the contrary, it is wine from France. In May, there should be a sampling evening.

They brought out their breadsticks and sundried tomato butter. So much better than plain butter, ya know? Then we tried a few appetizers. We had Thai street food, not what you think, unless you’ve been to Thailand. These were steamed Chinese buns with braised short rib and kimchi. So delicious.

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It was then that Marilyn Schlossbach, the Executive chef here, popped out to say hello. This is no ordinary woman, I know I could write quite a few pages about her alone. Suffice it to say, she runs numerous restaurants, does work in many communities, and is raising twin toddlers. So, I asked her where her Superwoman cape was? She is a passionate woman and it is obvious in her restaurant.
Back to the food. We had lobster esquite on a stick. We had Cuban corn and curry lobster. We had Tuscan sausage with greens, cheese and white beans and then topped it off with Lobster Carbonara Pizza. Oh, yeah, we just had appetizers! Yikes, was there room for dessert? After we were told about the Passionfruit Pannacotta cheesecake and Jennies moms cookie sundae, we said YES. Coffee? Sure. So pleased when it came in a full sized mug. Perfect to wrap our hands around on this damp night. And the desserts were as delicious as they were beautiful.
So, if you haven’t been, you MUST go. And if you have been, when are you going back?

SCBD’s POV: Before Arlene and I dined at Langosta Lounge this last time, we actually went 4 years ago for my 21st birthday, it was also before Superstorm Sandy hit the Jersey Shore. I didn’t understand food like I do now so I didn’t exactly appreciate it but I knew the food was great. I’m so happy we came back when we did. Langosta Lounge is owned by Chef/Restaurateur Marilyn Schlossbach, She owns a few restaurants in the area including Pop’s Garage, a traditional Mexican concept next door. Langosta Lounge’s theme is based around food that Marilyn has ate on vacation and the dishes range from Thai Street Food to Lobster Carbonara Pizza. It’s definitely creative comfort food. As Arlene mentioned the Mixology program is phenomenal. Her Fashionista cocktail was a great mix of vodka and juices. My mojito was great too, you could taste how fresh the ingredients are. The desserts were just as delicious and perfectly prepared as dinner was. The cookie sundae was great but I really loved the Passion Fruit Pannacotta cheesecake, it knocked me off my feet.

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They also have a lot of events going on that support different charities and the community, check them out, here.

Planning to go to the shore this Spring or Summer? Make sure you make Langosta Lounge one of your dining destinations.

Find out other restaurant’s Marilyn owns, here.

Dined there already? Tweet us @ArleneGaona & @Smchickbigdeals and let us know what you thought of it!

 

*Disclaimer: The PR team paid for our meal. I was not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*

#SCBDExclusive: St. Patrick’s Day Fun in the Tri-State!

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Whether you’re Irish by blood or Irish in spirit, you can find tons of fun ways to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day in New Jersey. The top bars and restaurants are hosting events all weekend long to help celebrate the Luck of the Irish! Check out these cool events happening in your neighborhood:

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NCAA March Madness at The Village Pourhouse Hoboken | Sunday, March 17th – Monday, April 7th

The only place to watch the NCAA March Madness tournament is with us! With specials on everything from pitchers of beer, to our signature wings and burgers, and enough HDTV’s to watch every minute of every game….how could you say no? Join us for “March Madness” and reserve your space now! For additional information and reservations, visit this site!

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Kegs & Eggs “Green Breakfast” St. Patty’s Weekend at Manhattan’s SideBAR | Saturday, March 15th – Monday, March 17th

iAdventure.com and SideBAR (115 E 15. St, NYC) bring Manhattan their 3rd Annual Kegs & Eggs “Green Breakfast” weekend bash! Join us for a weekend of everything green…Green Beer, Green Eggs, Green Bagels, Green Pancakes & of course, Lucky Charms. Tickets, including our breakfast buffet & open bar options, are available here.

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Carnival Style Deep-Fried Oreo & Ice Cream Sliders | Little Town Hoboken

Little Town’s Executive Chef Jordan Andino is whipping up his New “Secret Menu Item!”

Try chef’s Carnival Style Deep-Fried Oreo & Ice Cream Sliders, with a scoop of Chocolate, Vanilla & Strawberry ice cream sandwiched between each warm cookie. For more information & menus please visit their website.

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities @ Red Knot @ Galloping Hill Golf Course

From Executive Chef Ralph Romano: a series of delicious Dinner Specials, including Corned Beef Sandwiches, Shepherd’s Pie and Guinness-Steamed Mussels as well as (of course!) a traditional Corned Beef Dinner ($18) with potatoes, cabbage
and carrots. Irish Soda Bread, too.

This special menu will be available Friday night, March 14th through Monday night, March 17th. Additionally: From Friday to Monday, Red Knot will be decorated for the holiday and (recorded) Irish music will be playing BUT on Saturday night, a Live band playing Irish music will be featured!

For more information and to register for these events, visit the Galloping Hill Golf Course website.

 

#SCBDEvent: Mardi Gras Celebration @WHotelsNYC

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Tonight The W New York – Downtown will be hosting a Mardi Gras celebration featuring complementary cupcakes, signature cocktails straight from the French Quarter, and the chance to win a trip to New Orleans! 

Join them this evening at 5 PM for a taste of the Big Easy without having to leave the Big Apple. Kick off the celebration with the Taylor Bird Sazerac, a $9 cocktail that hails from the W French Quarter’s SoBou restaurant. If you’re curious to see what you’re getting yourself into, check out the recipe before you take the dive:

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Taylor Bird Sazerac Cocktail $9

1 oz. Cognac

1 oz. Rye whiskey

1 barspoon Steen’s cane syrup (or extra-rich 3:1 demerara syrup)

2 dashes orange bitters

4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Absinthe rinse

Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer

Glass: rocks

Garnish: lemon twist

Rinse a chilled rocks glass with absinthe to coat. Stir the remaining ingredients in a mixing glass with cracked ice and strain into the rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist after expressing its oils over the drink.

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With the purchase of the Taylor Bird Sazerac, you’ll receive a complementary King Cake cupcake from Billy’s Bakery. One of these delicious cupcakes contains a surprise ingredient: a baby! Whoever finds the baby hiding underneath their creamy purple and green frosting will win a two-night stay for two in New Orleans.

For those of you who aren’t lucky enough to find the baby and win the trip, the W New Orleans is offering several specialty packages in honor of Mardi Gras. Check out their website to snag a five night stay at the W New Orleans and get a chance to march in the Krewe of Orpheus parade or grab some daily “to-go” cocktails from SoBou.

If you’re looking for an authentic Mardi Gras celebration with some New York flair, then the W – Downtown is the spot for you! The celebration starts at 5 PM tonight on 123 Washington Street. As they say in the Big Easy, laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

#SCBDRecipe: @CruzTequila and @TresAgaves Margaritas for National Margarita Day!

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Today marks one of my very favorite days of the year, National Margarita Day. In honor of this joyous celebration, we present you with these delicious, easy to make recipes from two delicious tequila brands.

Cruz has become well known for it’s smooth tequila that’s made from the finest blue agave in the Los Angeles region. Their gold and silver tequila make an excellent addition to any cocktail including this one:

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CRUZ Citrus Margarita

-2 parts Cruz Silver Tequila

-¾ parts agave nectar

-1 lime squeezed

-½ lemon squeezed

-½ orange squeezed

-1-2 parts filtered water

-A couple sprigs of mint

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

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Tres Agaves is another quality brand that’s famous for it’s organic cocktail mixes and quality tequila.

The Real Fresh Margarita 

They don’t call this the “real” margarita for nothing! All the ingredients used to make this delicious cocktail are all natural and as organic as it gets.

-2 parts Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila

-1 part Tres Agaves Cocktail-Ready Agave Nectar

-1 part fresh-squeezed lime juice

-Lime wheel or wedge, for garnish (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Mix ingredients, shake, pour over ice. Salt the rim or add a fresh lime wedge for garnish.

Each of these margarita recipes can be enjoyed over ice or blended, and are perfect for a girls night in!

#SCDBExclusive: Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

scbdexclusiveThe holiday season is not complete until we celebrate the love we have for one another, If you are looking for the perfect gift for your mother, lover, or significant other; we have got you covered!

ULTA Beauty

ULTA Double Duty Lipstain & Balm in Romance, $8.00

PHILOSOPHY Loveswept Shower Gel, $24.00

TARTE Cheek Stain in True Love, $30.00

BAREMINERALS True Romantic Trend Collection Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Feel The Love, $18.00

TOO FACED Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Berry, $30.00

TOO FACED Candy Bar Palette & Phone Case, $25.00

JUICY COUTURE Couture La La Malibu Eau de Toilette 2.5 oz, $72.00

Berlucchi Franciacorta Rosé

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Berlucchi Franciacorta Rosé (SRP: $34.99) – Intense salmon pink in color, this delightful rosé has elegant notes of wild berry-fruit melded with subtle hints of yeast and crusty bread.  Refined and elegant with great body, this sparkling wine is an exceptional gift to romance your loved one.

Gerardo Cesari

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Gerardo Cesari launches love message in a bottle this Valentine’s Day. Thanks to the agreement with the company Brentapack of Labrenta Group (www.labrenta.com) which uses a modern technology to print letters and phrases on corks, Cesari had the idea to run off a William Shakespeare’s love quote on its Mara Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore.

#SCBDRecipe: Maker’s Mark Set the Bar for Superbowl Sunday

scbdrecipeYour party is not complete without these Maker’s Mark recipes.

Chef Lee Anne Wong, winner of Iron Chef America, editor of the Maker’s Mark® Cookbook and host of her new Cooking Channel series ‘Food Crawl’, has created several delicious game-day snack recipes using Maker’s Mark® Bourbon – handcrafted from the heart of Kentucky and the only bourbon versatile enough to shine from behind the bar and in the kitchen.

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Bourbon Apple Glazed Chicken Wings

Serves 4

2 lbs chicken wings, trimmed

1 cup Maker’s Mark® Bourbon

1 can frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed (12 ounces)

½ cup soy sauce

¼ cup cider vinegar

¼ cup dark brown sugar

4 large cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 tablespoon maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium pot. Bring to boil on high heat and then reduce to a simmer for 30-40 minutes until the wings are tender and the glaze has reduced, coating the wings.

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Remove the wings from the pot and transfer to a parchment lined sheet tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the wings begin to color and the glaze becomes shiny. Garnish with minced scallions and apple. Serve immediately.

Bourbon Onion Dip

Serves 6-10

4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 large sweet onions/vidalias, peeled, halved, sliced thinly with the grain

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup Maker’s Mark® or Maker’s 46™ Bourbon, plus 1 tablespoon

¾ cup Greek yogurt

½ cup fresh ricotta cheese

½ cup sour cream

Few drops lemon juice

Pinch sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

Crudite vegetables and chips for dipping

Directions:

  1. In a wide heavy-bottomed pot, heat the olive oil over high heat. Add the sliced onions and the teaspoon of salt. Sauté the onions, stirring often until they begin to soften, 5 to 6 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to stir and cook the onions until they begin to color, about another 15 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of bourbon to the pan and stir in. Reduce the heat to low and cook the onions for another 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions have colored and caramelized. Remove the onions from the pan and spread on a plate or baking sheet to cool in the fridge.

  1. Using a food processor or blender, combine the ricotta and yogurt and process until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Fold in the sour cream. Once the onions have cooled, rough
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Stay warm inside and toast to your favorite team with this refreshing cocktail in hand:

1 ½ parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon

Cold ginger beer

In a tall pilsner (beer) glass, add cubed ice. Pour in Maker’s Mark® Bourbon and fill to top with ginger beer.

YUM!

 

 

 

#SCBDRecipe: A New Year, A New Drink- Cosmopolitan Fizz-Punch

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New Year’s day we always have a family party for New Years and my sisters birthday. This year my brother bought a moose punch bowl and matching cups from Christmas Vacation movie. So we decided to make a punch! My good friend recommended about four different types of punches to try. A Punch Cosmopolitan sounded delicious! So I searched online and came across this awesome recipe from the Food Network! We took this and changed it a bit by adding more liquid and liquor to it.

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The first recipe is the original, and the second is our revamped one. Both ways, this was such a good combo and I highly recommend trying this yourself! Enjoy and don’t drink and drive.

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This is the Original Recipe

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This is our recipe

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#SCBDRecipe: Tequila Mockingbird and Other Literary Cocktails

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#SCBDRecipe – Tequila Mockingbird and Other Literary Cocktails

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“Look, Kelly,” the Producer said to me, “it’s your two favorite things: literature and books!” Bingo, I just got the perfect simple Christmas present that will be used time and time again. He gifted me Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle, a hardcover cocktail recipe book with a literary twist! All of the cocktails in the book, along with a few mocktails and bar bite recipes, are puns of various works of classic literature. There are two main sections of the book: Drinks for Dames and Gulps for Guys.

Here are my favorite Drinks for Dames

ONE FLEW OVER THE COSMO’S NEST

Ingredients:

1 ½ ounces vodka

1 ounce cranberry juice

½ ounce triple sec

½ ounce lime juice

Steps:

1)      Combine the ingredients with ice in a shaker.

2)      Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass

PARADISE SAUCED

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Ingredients:

Sugar, for cocktail rim

1 ½ ounces vodka

1 ounce sour apple schnapps

½ ounce lime juice

½ teaspoon granulated sugar

Steps:

1)      Rim a chilled cocktail glass in sugar and set aside.

2)      Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into the glass.

THE TURN OF THE SCREWDRIVER

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Ingredients:

Theory One – She’s Perfectly Levelheaded

4 ounces orange juice

2 ounces vodka

OR

Theory Two – She’s Nuts

4 ounces sparkling orange soda (like Orangina)

2 ounces vanilla vodka

Steps:

1)      For either variation, pour the ingredients in a highball glass.

Here are my favorite Gulps for Guys:

DRANKENSTEIN

Ingredients:

1 ounce melon liquor

1 ounce tequila

1 (12-ounce) can club soda

Steps:

1)      Pour the liquor and tequila over ice in a highball glass.

2)      Fill to the top with the club soda.

THE LAST OF THE MOJITOS

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Ingredients:

5 fresh blueberries, washed

3 small, fresh strawberries, washed

8 sprigs fresh mint, washed

½ ounce lemon juice

1 ounce agave nectar

1 ½ ounces light rum

1 (12-ounce) can club soda

Steps:

1)      Muddle the berries, mint, juice, and nectar in a Collins glass.

2)      Add 2 handfuls ice and the rum, give a good stir, and top off with the club soda.

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEAGRAM’S

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Ingredients:

2 ounces whiskey (like Seagram’s)

1 (12-ounce) can lemon-lime soda

Kumquat, for garnish

Steps:

1)      Combine the whiskey and lemon-lime soda over ice in a highball glass.

2)      Bait ‘n’ float your kumquat.

3)      Don’t sip and sail.

Cheers!

** Photos and Cocktail recipes from Tim Federle’s Tequila Mockingbird **

CONTACT

Thank the author @TimFederle for this literary masterpiece!

#SCBDRecipe: .@Veev & Lemonade cocktail

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I’ll admit, I am a sucker for a good, handcrafted cocktail. I have so much respect for all the mixologist out there. Before the new year, I was sent this awesome acai spirit, VeeV. I love that it’s a sustainable and relatively healthy spirit. They also donate 1% of their sales to rainforest preservation and environmental causes.

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My favorite way to drink it is simple, with homemade lemonade and it is so delicious. Jason also got me a juicer for Christmas so now I can make it anytime and its so easy and fun. Here’s the recipe:

Homemade Lemonade & VeeV

  • 2 lemons, juiced or squeezed
  • 1-2 cups of water
  • Sugar, sweeten to your liking
  • 1 shot VeeV

Instructions:

Mix homemade lemonade with VeeV  and enjoy!

 

Cheers!

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*Disclaimer: The PR team sent me this product. I was not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*

#SCBDFavorite: Happy National Champagne Day!

scbdfavoriteWant to know how to pick a great, tasty (but still pocket-book-friendly) bottle of bubbly – and avoid the nasty champagne hangover?? And, what are the differences between Brut, Extra Brut, Dry and Sec? We’re here to help answer your questions!
  • Extra Brut – a bone-dry style, made with extremely low levels of sugar. (.6% sugar)
  • Brut – dry to the taste, referred to as dry in style, with very low levels of sugar left in the bottle. (1.5% sugar)
  • Extra Dry – usually slightly sweeter than Brut. It would seem that this style would taste drier than Brut but that is typically not the case. (1.2-2% sugar)
  • Sec – French for “dry or lean.” The sec styles often highlight a slightly sweet taste. (1.7-3.5% sugar)
  • Demi-sec – a little sweeter yet. “Half-dry” or semi-sweet in taste. (3.3-5% sugar)
  • Doux – meaning “sweet” in French, this champagne is the sweetest. A dessert champagne. (over 5% sugar)

The most common style today is Brut.

Also, check out this fantastic video from Blue Ribbon Hunter that includes tips on how to pick the perfect bottle of champagne for any occasion and budget. I was especially excited to find this video because there is a mini how-to, toward the end, for a party trick I have been dying to master!

Champagne 101 from Blue Ribbon Hunter

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