#SCBDRecipe: Celebrate Passover with These Fun and Easy Recipes!

scbdrecipe   Passover begins on Monday, April 14th, kicking off a series of festive spring holidays. What better way to observe Passover than with some delicious dishes for you and your family? The following recipes are easy to make and put a modern twist on traditional Jewish dishes. If you celebrate Passover, then you’re aware that matzo is a staple in Jewish cuisine. Kings Food Market, located in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, offer up some fun ways to spice up your matzo with these dishes:

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  • Matzo Pizza: Unlike the regular greasy variety, this Passover pie calls for just a few basic, natural ingredients: matzo, canned tomatoes, kosher mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, basil leaves, and some healthy fats courtesy of olive oil.
  • Matzo Lasagna:  Leave the lasagna noodles behind and use matzo instead. The rest of the recipe is basically the same as the non-kosher-for-Passover variety: marinara sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, and some nutrient-dense spinach.
  • Matzo S’mores: When life hands you matzo, make matzo s’mores. Drizzled with melted chocolate and topped with toasted (kosher for Passover) marshmallows, this simple, savory-and-sweet snack is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

The ingredients used for these recipes, along with any other festive feast, can be found at your local Kings Food Market! Passover means spending quality time with family and friends, but doesn’t need to be spent in your own kitchen!

In her new book, Living a Real Life with
Real Food: How to Get Healthy, Lose Weight and Stay Energized–THE
KOSHER WAY, Beth Warren shares healthy and delicious recipes that will
make your holiday a hit.

In LIVING A REAL LIFE WITH REAL FOOD: HOW TO GET HEALTHY, LOSE WEIGHT,
AND STAY ENERGIZED–THE KOSHER WAY (Skyhorse Publishing, February
2014, hardcover) Beth Warren, a registered dietician and certified
nutritionist, offers a comprehensive plan for getting healthy using
kosher principles and the latest science. She also shares fifty simple
and delicious recipes, many of which would make a great addition to
your Passover table.

Adapted from: Eatingwell.com.

Syrian Potato Salad

Syrian Potato Salad

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 6 medium potatoes*
  • 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 4 scallions, chopped

*I leave the peels on for added fiber and nutrients, along with lowering the glycemic index of the potatoes.

Directions

Boil the potatoes in large pot until tender, about 20 minutes. Cut the potatoes in small squares and place in medium mixing bowl. Add the olive oil and lemon juice, then the seasonings. Gently mix the potatoes and place sliced eggs on top.

Per serving: Calories 226; Fat 11.3 g (Saturated 1.9 g); Cholesterol 62.0 mg; Sodium 415.4 mg; Carbohydrate 26.8 g; Fiber 3.2 g; Protein 6.2 g

Chicken and okra

Chicken and Okra

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1 whole organic chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, separated
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1–2 packages baby okra*
  • 1 small can tomato paste (6 oz.)

Directions

Wash and clean the chicken. Place chicken pieces at the bottom of a small roaster. In a small bowl, combine the spices and oil. Brush the spice mixture around the piece of chicken. Add 4 tablespoons of water to the roaster. Cover and bake for 350 for 45 minutes. Take the roaster out of the oven and place the chicken pieces on a glass plate. Add in 1–2 packages of baby okra, fresh or frozen, into the chicken juices. Mix in 1 small can of tomato paste. Add the chicken back to the roaster and embed the pieces within the okra. Bake for 1 hour at 350° F.

*You can also substitute the okra with Yukon potatoes, cubed, which would count towards the starch portion of your plate. The recipe contains meat.

Per serving: Calories 144; Fat 4.7 g (Saturated 1.0 g); Cholesterol 63.4 mg; Sodium 355.9 mg; Carbohydrate 2.7 g; Fiber 1.5 g; Protein 21.7 g

ADDITIONAL TIPS

Worried about overeating at Passover? Warren will offer original tips
that you can use on Passover and any other day to eat in moderation.
They include:

  • Tell a joke–you can’t eat when you’re laughing.
  • Give a hug or compliment to your host or loved one. It will switch your focus and you’ll be comforted by warmth and closeness–instead of food.
  • Have fun after the feast. Organize a group activity, like taking a walk, playing a game, or signing a song. This will keep you from pigging out on the deserts.

Excerpted with permission from Living a Real Life with Real Food: How to Get Healthy, Lose Weight and Stay Energized–the Kosher Way by Beth Warren, MS, RD, CDN, Copyright 2014, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

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If you’re looking to get out of the house this holiday, then stop by Bustan on the Upper West Side. Native Israeli chef Efi Nehan and Guy Goldstein will be directing the kitchen and front-of-house, respectively, and will offer a multi-choice three course dinner at $65 per person. Chef Nahon describes the menu as “rooted in familiar tradition, but given some gustatory panache by the application of some mixing and matching of culinary customs based on the geographical heritage of Jewish communities throughout the Mediterranean region.” Highlights of Bustan’s Passover menu include: Matzo Pie, artichoke, smoked duck breast, fava bean, potato & truffle oil and Tunisian Bastil potato dumpling stuffed with ground beef & hardboiled egg among the appetizers. While Passover palates will be tempted by entrees, including Lamb Shank, artichoke, snap peas, Swiss chard & fresh mint; Braised Short Rib, grilled potato, mushroom & chipollin; and Poached Moroccan Halibut, spicy tomato sauce, fire roasted peppers, fresh chickpeas & cilantro. Some 15 – 20 Israeli wines priced at $40 to $140 a bottle will be available to complement the menu. Bustan is located at 457 Amsterdam Avenue between 83rd and 84th street and will be serving their special Passover menu on Monday, April 14th between 5PM and 11PM, along with their regular dinner menu. To make reservations or for more information, contact them at 212-595-5050.

#SCBDEvent: .@EPassyunkAve Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Family Brunch

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On Saturday, April 5, 2014, East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) presents its annual Easter Egg Hunt from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on the lawn of the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center (1430 East Passyunk). Children are invited to decorate egg collecting bags with Occasionette, enjoy treats from Beneficial Bank, dance to family-friendly tunes, hunt for prize-filled eggs and meet the EasterBunny.  Egg Hunt times are staggered by age group, with four and under at 11:00 AM, five to seven at 12:00 PM and eight to ten at at 1:00 PM.  After the festivities, families are invited to enjoy special brunch menus and bakery discounts at participating eateries.  The Egg Hunt is free and open to the public. For more information, go towww.visiteastpassyunk.com or call 215-336-1455.

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After your little tykes work up an appetite, bring them over to participating restaurants for a delicious brunch with great deals for the whole family, including:

** Black N Brew (1523 EPA) – Zara’s Breakfast (one egg, one pancake bacon and sausage) for $5.00, Pigs in a Blanket (two pancakes two sausages) $5.00, Kids Grilled Cheese $2.95 and Kids PBJ $2.95. Adults are welcome to BYO.
** Cantina Los Caballitos (1651 EPA) – Kid specials include fruit salad with granola and yogurt, plus Fire Roasted Salsa Mac ‘n’ Cheese.
** Chhaya (1823 EPA) – Free kid sized Belgian Hot Chocolate with purchase of kids brunch item.                                                                                                                   ** POPE (1501 EPA) – Specially-priced kids brunch menu. For the parents, $3.00 Bloody Marys & Mimosas.

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While strolling the Avenue, shop for spring gifts and fashions at East Passyunk businesses, plus stop by the CityKids Consignment Sale at Neumann Goretti High School (1736 S. 10th Street) from 10:00am to 7:00pm. For info visitwww.southphillyparents.org

This free event is held rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, bags of candy will be handed out at 11:00 AM in front of the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center (1430 East Passyunk). For weather updates, visit East Passyunk Avenue on Facebook or @epassyunkave on Twitter. For additional information, visit  www.visiteastpassyunk.comor call 215-336-1455.

#SCBDEventRecap: NYC Craft Beer Fest: Spring Seasonals

scbdeventrecapNot only was this our favorite NYC Craft Beer Fest yet, but it gave us a chance to sample NYC’s most delicious up and coming craft beers!

On February 28th, I had the pleasure of attending my favorite craft beer festival. Always on the look-out for the next big thing, I found so many that I had to narrow it down to my top 3 picks.

So here they are folks:

Weyerbacher Insanity. This wonderfully interesting beer is a barleywine. It’s aged in oak bourbon barrels. At 11.1%, it’s a bit more hefty than a regular beer, all the while keeping a pleasing fruity overtones.

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Great Divide Orabelle. This Denver brewing company has brought us a variation to the Tripel, a traditional Belgian beer. This variation is brewed with spices, offering a solid, refreshing beer.

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Original Sin Cherry Tree Cider. We’ve had Original Sin’s wonderful ciders many times before, but this time we’re brought a variation of their wildly popular cider. Cherry Tree has a dry cherry flavor that compliments the already wonderful apple flavor of Original Sin.
But seriously, what’s better than an unlimited supply of beers to try? Unlimited beers AND delicious food. That’s right, every year the New York Craft Beer Fest features a few of the most delectable food from around the city.


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My favorites were the giant, mouthwatering pretzels from the Brooklyn Pretzel Company and Morris Grilled Cheese, which is always a fan favorite.  The beer fest also gives attendees the opportunity to attend free workshops! We went to a workshop that talked specifically about New York craft beers and the best places to find them. Overall, we learned that the best places to find them are where you’d least expect them to be! You know, those hole-in-the-wall bars that you just randomly stumble upon? Yes, you got it.


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But, I saved the best for last.

Anyone like jelly?

Well, every year Potlicker attend the festival and brings her incredible variations of jelly! From jelly made with different kinds of beers to veggies and fruit, this shop can satisfy any taste. So of course, I just had to buy a few. (;

My favorites include Carrot Cake Jelly and IPA Jelly! check out her Etsy shop, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter!

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But seriously, you need to try this stuff!

If you ever plan on going to a beer festival, I highly recommend this one. This is my third time going and it honestly never gets old! The craft beer selections are different every time, and there are plenty of ciders for non-craft beer peeps to enjoy.

Feel free to check out my past reviews about the New York Craft Beer Festival and follow them on twitter for updates!

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#SCBDTravels: Do #LA the right way in 72 hours!

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About a month ago, I had the opportunity to travel to LA for my job at the time. It was my first time ever traveling to to the West Coast and I loved every bit of it. I stayed in Downtown LA in the Little Tokyo area which meant having ramen was a must.

Here are some of the spots I loved and checked out while I was in DTLA for 72 hours:
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1. El Pollo Loco (various locations)- It’s a chain but a great one, you can find down South in Texas and a long the West Coast. They serve some of the best rotisserie chicken, tortillas, rice and beans that fills you up!

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2. Ford’s Filling Station (Culver City) – My first night in LA, I spent going out with my cousin who lives in the area and we went to Ford’s for dinner. They serve homestyle classic American food with a Modern twist. I’d definitely come back since it was hip spot. The food was delicious and filling like they mention in the title.

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3. Sprinkles Cupcakes (various locations)- Home of the first cupcake shop in the US. Sprinkles is a staple in LA. The cupcakes are delicious and all they are cracked up to be. I enjoyed a classic cupcake– chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. The cupcakes are delicious and #SCBDApproved.

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4. The Original Pantry Cafe (DTLA)- This downtown LA restaurant is a staple in the area. They serve a homestyle breakfast so I decided to go with sausage gravy with biscuits. It was delicious and I’d definitely go back but keep in mind they only take cash!

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5.  Citadel Outlets (Citadel) – About a 20 minute drive from DTLA (without traffic), this outlet is huge and even has an American Apparel Outlet Store in it. I loved and had a great time shopping there. I would definitely come back on a weekend when I had more time on my hands.

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6. Daikokuya Ramen (Little Tokyo)- For about $10 and change you can get a hefty bowl of ramen and a soft drink. It’s delicious and LA local favorite. Keep in mind that they only take cash and be ready to wait and put your name down before your seated. It’s totally worth the wait!

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7. LA Live- The new place to eat, drink, and enjoy LA sports teams. I went to the Yardhouse while I was there and the spot was definitely the place to be. Check out there website, to see what other restaurants that are in LA Live.

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8.  JiST Cafe (Little Tokyo) – JiST is a hidden breakfast nook in Little Tokyo. They serve classic breakfast dishes with an Asian twist. I got chocolate chip and banana pancakes and the serving was huge and delicious! It was a perfect breakfast before my last day working in LA.

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9. In & Out Burger- No trip to LA or even to the West Coast is complete without stopping here. Yes, it’s fast food but its the bomb. I really loved my burger and fries and will be asking for animal sauce next time. It was such a deal and was only $5 too! No complaints!

I still can’t believe I went to as many places as I did in 3 days while I was in Cali! I definitely would love to live there eventually but until then I’ll be finding my way to vacation back! I got to take a peek into so many places I’d love really get to spend a day or two at to get the full experience, including Santa Monica Blvd.

Stay tuned for more travel posts!

Cheers,

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#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.

 

#SCBDExclusive: Celebrate the Luck of the Irish with These Top Philly Picks for St. Patrick’s Day + Weekend

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This St. Patrick’s Day, Philly is the city to be in for the best food, festivals, and fun! All weekend long, the top Philly bars, restaurants, and spas will be celebrating the Luck of the Irish with delicious menu options and awesome deals for all.

 

FESTIVALS AND PARTIES 

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INAUGURAL HEADHOUSE IRISH FESTIVAL

Head to South Street Headhouse District and celebrate before and after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 16th, from 11am to 7pm, with live Irish music, Irish dance performances, classic Irish food, drinks and food under the Shambles (Second Street between Pine and Lombard). Second Street will be closed between Locust and Pine, leaving plenty of room for dancing and partying.

Beer pouring during the festival will include Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp, Magners Irish Cider, Yuengling, and Coors Lite. In keeping with the Irish theme, you’ll also be able to get 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey, Jameson and Fireball shots. Seating will be available to enjoy the many Irish foods including Bangers and Mash, Lamb Stew, Shepherd’s Pie and Corn Beef Quesadillas. Kid friendly fare includes chicken tenders and hot dogs. Entertainment will include live music from Mark Monahagn Trio, a DJ, Irish dancers and the 2nd street Irish Society Pipes & Drums Brigade (after they head back from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade).

Presented by Cavanaugh’s Headhouse and O’Neals Pub. All ages welcome, 21 to drink. FREE admission.

KISS ME I’M IRISH AND GAY

Join the official Gayborhood St. Patrick’s Day Party at U Bar (1220 Locust Street) with Kiss Me I’m Irish and Gay on Monday, March 17th, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Tickets are only $20 at the door and include one free drink, discount drink specials, discount beer specials, complimentary food from Terra, door prizes, a benefit raffle, music and surprises – including some good ole Irish fun and frolic. EVERYBODY is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day so dress in green to win prizes. The event is open to everyone, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders and family, friends and allies, from 21 to all ages. This annual event benefits City of Hope Philadelphia and QUEERtimes.net.

FOOD AND DRINK 

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SERRANO AND TIN ANGEL

Serrano Restaurant and Tin Angel (20 S. Second St.) present a fun-filled weekend with live music, a new flaming drink and Irish food specials – plus special Monday hours.

At Serrano downstairs, owner Donal McCoy (who hails from Belfast) presents dishes and drinks that celebrate his favorite Irish flavors.

** Flight Agus Bite – A flight of four that showcases the diversity of Ireland. Enjoy two Irish whiskies (Jamison and Bushmills) from opposite ends of the spectrum, a pour of Harp Lager, paired with a Deconstructed Ulster Fry (Sausage, potato croquette, mushroom, housemade potato and soda bread).

** Wee Taste Of Ireland Cheese Plate – Three artisan Irish cheese with accompaniments include Cashel Irish Bleu, Cahill’s Irish Porter Cheese a traditional Irish Cheddar. Paired with housemade potato and soda bread.

At the bar, head bartender Shawn Gormley (past owner PBR in Old City) conspires with McCoy on two special new libations:

** The McIlhatton Manhattan – A classic Manhattan only with a twist – Irish whiskey will be used instead of American, bourbon or Rye.

** Flaming Irish Potato – This special shot is sure to put on a show by itself as it is lit on fire with unique sparks for a tongue-in-cheek poke at the rotten American candy! Featuring Malibu Coconut Rum, Bailey’s Cream and cinnamon.

** Watch for weekend Harp and Guiness specials at the bar.

Upstairs at Tin Angel, on Saturday, March 15th, Don McCloskey returns to the Tin Angel for his annual St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza. Tickets are only $12.00. Doors open at 9:30pm, with the show starting at 10:00pm. Don McCloskey is an independent artist based in Brooklyn, NY who infuses folk music with elements of rock, hip-hop, electronica, country, pop and world music. His lyrics often deal with the themes of love, sex, war, spirituality, world religions, American politics, his hometown (Bristol), literature and pop culture.
On Monday, March 17th, Serrano will open at Noon with the above specials and a full dinner menu. Normally Serrano is dark on Mondays.

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All three SliCE locations (Rittenhouse, South Philly, South Jersey) bring the luck of the Irish to the love of pizza. On Friday, March 14th, kick-off the weekend with “Free Friday” and find samples of the new “The St. Patrick’s” pie at the end of the rainbow. This new creation features a special family recipe of braised ham and cabbage, bacon and swiss cheese, topped with a spicy mustard. No purchase necessary for pizza samples. The pie will be available through St. Patrick’s Day and until the end of March. During the weekend, watch for in-house deals and special slices to welcome tourists traveling on the Erin Express.

Addresses:
Rittenhouse – 1740 Samson Street, 19103
South Philly/East Passyunk – 1180 S. 10th Street, 19147
South Jersey – 137 Egg Harbor Rd, Washington Township, 08080

NICK’S ROAST BEEF IN OLD CITY

Nick’s Roast Beef in Old City District (16 S. 2nd Street) kicks off a weekend of St. Patrick’s inspired fun – kicking things off early with a special Guinness Benefit on Thursday, March 13th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Support Dennis Leary’s Rescue Me Foundation and earn a chance to win a fireman’s shirt and jacket. Money raised will support local fire houses in Philly’s smallest neighborhoods. Look for beer specials and promos, giveaways and other fun!

On Friday, March 14th, Saturday, March 15th and Sunday, March 16th, Nick’s serves as home venue for the Luck of the Irish St. Paddy’s Day Bar Crawl with food and drink specials. Ticket info is found here.

On Saturday, March 15th only, Nick’s features a special St. Patrick’s Day Karaoke Party starting at 9pm with Old City Karaoke and DJ Lars Peterson.

On Sunday, March 16th, head to Nick’s before or after the St. Patrick’s Day parade for Corned Beef, Cabbage and Potatoes at only $8.99, plus Leprechaun Balls shots featuring Irish Whiskey and Baileys for only $3.00. Bud Light Aluminum Bottles (16 oz) will be specially priced at $4.00. Opens at 11am.

On Monday, March 17th, Nick’s opens bright and early at 11am to get your St. Patrick’s Day day-drinking on. Corned Beef, Cabbage and Potatoes, Leprechaun Balls shots and Bud Light Aluminum Bottle special will be served again. For those with empty pockets after the weekend party, Nick’s serves up lunch specials for only $6.95! Day-drinking and lunch starts at 11am.

GREEN SPA TREATMENTS 

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Go green for St. Patrick’s Day with specials at the region’s eco designed and operated spa! Eviama Green Spa and Boutique in Midtown Village (109 S. 13th Street) offers three discounted and specially designed services perfect for the lasses (and leprechauns) to pamper and rejuvenate themselves.

After a long weekend of some wee Irish spirits, detox with a special “Tea and Aromatherapy Wrap” featuring Nettle, Ginger, Holy Basil and Immortelle to get your system humming again. Featuring dry brushing and a special trip to the infrared sauna. For a warm fuzzy place at the end of the rainbow, enjoy a special trip to the infrared sauna without a service for $5.00 off all weekend.

Will the luck of the Irish bring spring days ahead? Find out with our Back Work Kansa Wand and Citrus Body Scrub to prepare with strokes from the Kansa wand, exfoliate with aromatherapy blended Himalayan Sea Salts, and finish with one of the enchantingly rich Dr.Hauschka Body Moisturizers.

Finally, luxuriate in the amazing array of Dr.Hauschka formulas through a Dr.Hauschka Classic Treatment. Eviama is an exclusive retailer for this world-wide organic collection. Transition to the new season with your unique inner clock reset. This two hour rhythmical transformation includes lymph brush for the face, aromatherapy, foot soak and rub, head and arm stretches and much more. Plus save at the boutique on Dr. Hauschka shopping.

 

#SCBDFashion: What to Wear: Valentines Day

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So, you have your Valentine’s Day plans figured out but don’t know what to wear? Whether you are having a low-key night at home, hitting the town with your girls or doing it big with you sweetie here are some easy, yet eye-catching, looks you can put together easily.
Low-key night:
Girl’s Night Out:
 Date Night:
 Makeup product ideas for any outfit:

#SCBDFavorite: #ValentinesDay treats

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Whether you are hosting an evening with some friends, hanging solo or spending quality time with your boyfriend (or girlfriend) you will want some festive snacks to nibble on. Below are some easy, quick, festive and eye-pleasing ideas!
Pretzels with Frosting and Sprinkles
Marshmallows Dipped in Chocolate and Sprinkles
What clever and cute ideas do you have for Valentine’s Day treats? What will you be making and snacking on??

#SCBDEventRecap: New York Craft Beer Fest 2013 – Winter Harvest!

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This past fall we had the great pleasure of returning to Lexington Armory for the New York Craft Beer Festival – Winter Harvest.

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the return of many amazing breweries, many from the New York area.

The festival also featured great food venders. The Morris Truck toted amazing grilled cheese and spicy tomato soup.

This festival we had the privilege of attending a very informative seminar on using beer in specialty cocktails and the world of bitters. Several talented bartenders showed the merits of using beer as a base, as well as covering some great beer/bitters pairings.

My favorite brewery was the 16 Mile Brewery. This brewery, based in Georgetown, DE, had quite the selection of their wonderful beers. We were able to try the Responders Ale (American Session), and the Harvest Ale (Southern English Brown Ale).

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My favorite beer by far was Widmer Brothers Brrrbon. This amazing ale is brewed in bourbon barrels. It brings the wonderful taste of bourbon into an extremely drinkable dark ale. It brings a unique competitive edge to the world of craft beer with it’s bourbon twist.

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Stay tuned for more information about The New York Craft Beer Best Spring Seasonal event! Get your tickets here: http://nyccraftbeerfest.com/tix

HURRY! The early bird tix are selling out quick!

Here’s a few extra pics we took!

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#SCBDReview: BirchBox Monthly Review: November 2013

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This is my review on my November Birch Box!

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I received a sample size shampoo and conditioner, Beauty Protector. It is a Protect & Shampoo and Protect & Condition. They are sulfate free and both smell sweet almost like cotton candy. It was so refreshing to smell. The shampoo was not favorite; I felt like it tangled my hair up and made it dry. The conditioner on the other end was great. It instantly detangled my hair and made it feel so soft and knot free. The conditioner states that it hydrates with shea butter and pearl powder. I would use this with my normal shampoo.

pic 1The next item was a Color Club nail polish. The color is on the Rocks. This color is fabulous for the holidays; it is bright silver and lasts long. It goes on smoothly and dry’s pretty fast.

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My all-time favorite item from Birch box has to be Dr. Jart+ Water Infused Beauty Balm with SPF25. It is an anti-aging tinted moisturizer that I apply under my makeup. I am obsessed with this, and by obsessed I mean I used up the sample within a week and now am purchasing the full sized one. I am in love with this. It helps even out my skin tone and hides any blemishes or marks on my face. I actually wake up and put moisturizer on under it, because in the winter my face is really dry. Then right before I apply my makeup, I put on the Dr. Jart BB cream. Then I apply my normal make up over it. This cream also helps my makeup stay on longer and no oil! I also have some red tint to my cheeks and nose, and this helps dull it down. I highly recommend this product!

pic 4Juicy Couture created another perfume, I loved their first one. Personally

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this one, which is called Viva la Juicy Noir, is not a favorite of mine. It has a deep scent of berry and honeysuckle. Don’t get me wrong, it smells very nice, but it is not for me.

pic 5Finally, my box this time came with a “B Find”, this was a Ghirardelli Toffee Crunch chocolate bar. This is always a great gift, that I shared with my entire family! Yum!

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Another great month and now I cannot wait until the next Box arrives!

 

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