#SCBDExclusive: Spring Trends Luncheon with DailyFashionista.com CEO, Dana Prigge’

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I never thought I’d say this but I’m really getting into fashion lately! This past Saturday, Dana Prigge’, Editor in Chief of Dailyfashionista.com and popular
columnist at Joonbug shared her must-have Spring pieces at Neiman
Marcus in Garden State Plaza and I had the honor of attending.

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Dana at Neiman Marcus

Some of the trends that Dana highlighted were: Florals, Arm
Candy, Flirty Footwear, Colorful Clutches, Retro-sunglasses and
Bowties.

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Dana showing the spring trends

.I learned that pastels are a huge trend for this spring, which is something I am already on top of! Also, high top sneakers are making a come back. Some of my
favorite looks were the DVF wrap-dress, McQueen mirror sunglasses, Rachel Zoe lucite
jewelry, Pop of orange Zanotti cut-out heels, Lavendar Rebecca Minkoff
cross body bag with grommet details, Balenciaga purple purse,Alice and Olivia moto jacket, Ash wedge sneaker, and the AG distressed denim jeans. I definitely plan on purchasing wedges similar to the Ash wedges Dana showed us.

My favorite wedges

My favorite wedges

After eating our delicious salads provided by Neiman Marcus, the luncheon ended with a delicious dessert, banana pudding & cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery. We also received a beautiful Neiman Marcus bag filled with perfumes and chocolate by Bellina Chocolate for the event.

If you haven’t heard of Dana, here’s a bit of information about her:

Dana Prigge’, Editor in Chief of Dailyfashionista.com  comes from a family of journalist. Dana is emerging as a resource for various respected media entities and has been quoted in The New York Post, many popular online fashion & media sites, along with being featured as the Style Editor of Swimspot.com, popular Lifestyle Columnist at JoonbugNY and can be found interviewing celebs on the red carpet.She attends some of the most exciting NYC events, sits at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, interviews celebrities & socialites, reports on the hottest trends and attends exclusive charity functions. Ever the enthusiast, Dana created Dailyfashionista.com as a positive web site that celebrates the inherent beauty that is within all of us. Looked to for her daily dose of fashion inspiration, Dana provides inner power and confidence to people everywhere.

Look out for more of my favorite fashion and beauty products!

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Think Spring! Cups Froyo opening in Rockaway, NJ this Thursday!

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One of my favorite froyo companies– CUPS Frozen Yogurt – That’s Hot™, the beach-themed self-serve fro-yo concept, will open its first franchise location at 7 pm on Thursday, March 28 at Rockaway Townsquare, 301 Mount Hope Avenue in Rockaway, New Jersey.

From March 28 to March 31, the Rockaway CUPS will donate 15 percent of sales to the Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Also, during the grand opening week, each Rockaway customer will be given a “scratch off” card, which contains prizes such as wristbands, beach balls, water bottles, beach towels and  CUPS coupons. One lucky winner will receive free fro-yo for a year. Susan Witham, the Rockaway CUPS franchisee, is a successful businesswoman and long-time supporter of the Rockaway community.

Since opening the first CUPS in Clifton, New Jersey in 2010, CUPS has taken the Tri-State area by storm, becoming the local hot spot for teenagers and adults alike who make their own fro-yo concoctions choosing from 24 yogurt flavors and over 50 different toppings and three sauces.

The Rockaway CUPS will be open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 11:00 am – 11:00 pm Friday and Saturday and from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm on Sunday. For more information, call 973-328-1730 or visit their site, here.

Here’s to more froyo weather!! 😀

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How to Drink Beer Like a Sir: Raise Your Glass

So you want to drink beer like a Sir, eh?

Well you’ve clicked on the right blog!

After reading the introduction to this serious of swag-ness, you are now ready to proceed to the next step: Raising Your Glass

Did you really think you could just drink any old can or glass of beer and magically obtain the qualities of a Sir? I think not.

The second rule of drinking beer like a Sir is to always drink from a sir-worthy glass.

Now, thanks to Beer Advocate we can review and understand why the following glasses are more than just sir-worthy. Beer Advocate also displays the beers that go best with each glass!

Beer Advocate, you deserve a Sir-tificate for Raising your Glass.

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So why does the glass matter?

Because sir-worthy beers deserve sir-worthy glasses.

You would never see a delicious Stella Artois at its full potential being enjoyed from silly little can, would you? Maybe the glass bottle that it comes in…but there are exceptions when it comes to football season and other outing events. BUT when you’re in the comfort of your own quarters enjoying a spectacular Stella Artois, YOU ARE NOT going to settle for the glass it’s packaged in.

No Sir!

You are a strong, independent lad or lass and you TAKE PRIDE in your beer so you grab that tulip glass, RAISE IT HIGH, and cheers to the INCREDIBLE LIFE that gave you the PRIVILEGE of drinking this beer!

I mean, Stella Artois does use a tulip glass in their advertising, so it’s completely justified.

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So there you have it. Choose your glass wisely because you have a variety to choose from! From a Weizen glass to a Pilsner glass, your beer deserves to be treated like a Sir. Don’t let me down ladies & gents; I know you will make me proud with your beer-filled, fancy-named glasses.

Have an impressive sir-worthy glass that you would like to share? Tweet @stephaniirosee and show it off!

Be sure to check out my next post: How to Drink Beer Like a Sir: Choose Your Target, Good Sir

Until next time folks,

Fräulein Rose

#SCBD Last Minute Passover Seders

Tonight starts the beginning of Passover, don’t feel like cooking a full seder?

Here are some options if you feel like dining out:

Enjoy a traditional and delicious Seder and time with family and friends at Fairway Market’s  second annual Passover Seder on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26 at 5:30 pm in the Upper West Side Café & Steakhouse (2127 Broadway). Let Mitchel London, Fairway’s Chef du Cuisine, and his staff do all the work so you can relax and be served a full menu of traditional holiday foods, including chicken soup with matzo balls, chopped liver, braised brisket, roast chicken in pan juices, potato pancakes, macaroons, ambrosia and more. A Haggadah (the text read during the ritual meal which tells the story of the Israelites liberation from slavery in Egypt) and a Seder plate will be provided for each table.  For reservations, please call (212) 994-9555. Tickets are $45 per person, and $25 for children 12 and under. 

In celebration of Passover, Bill Telepan will serve a Seder-style dinner at his Upper West Side restaurant on Mon/March 25 & Tue/March 26.  Bill will offer his take on the traditional Seder meal with a four-course menu of flavorful dishes such as spring vegetable soup with matzo balls & dill oil and hanger steak and brisket. Pastry chef Larissa Raphael will end the meal with pineapple-lemon sorbet and flourless chocolate cake. Reservations open on Thu/Feb 28, and can be made, here  or (212) 580-4300.

Passover Seder Plate courtesy of Tumblr

Passover Seder Plate courtesy of Tumblr

March 25th and 26thSarabeth’s Tribeca (339 Greenwich Street) will be offering a special Passover menu by Executive Chef Lee Scheffler. To start, enjoy a bowl of light yet flavorful Matzo Ball Soup filled with hearty vegetables ($9). For the entree, try the juicy Lamb Chops accompanied with a potato pie and asparagus and cooked in a red wine sauce ($31) or the Stuffed Whitefish atop Matzo farfel with glazed carrots and red beet horseradish ($24). Finish off the meal with Sarabeth’s famous Flourless Chocolate Cake ($8.50).
BLT Fish (21 West 17th Street, 3rd Floor) will also offer a few specials by Executive Chef Amy Eubanks. Chef will prepare a Salmon Belly with freshly grated horseradish, parsley and celery ($14), as well as a dessert of roasted apples and walnuts with cinnamon ice cream ($11).  While it is not a special, the made-for-two Loup de Mer with yellow beets and citrus sabayon ($32 per person) can certainly be a great Passover alternative.


L’Chaim!

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#SCBDFavorite: One Pot Dinners Cooking Class at Sur La Table, Hell’s Kitchen

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For my birthday this year I got a gift certificate to take a cooking class at Sur La Table in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. I looked at the schedule and the One Pot Dinners presented by Food & Wine Magazine sounded like an awesome class plus it came with a one year subscription to Food & Wine magazine.

The class started at 11:00 am in the studio kitchen in the store. We were greeted by our instructor Giselle and her assistants, who grabbed us a cup of coffee. Giselle told us a bit about herself and how she went to culinary school and how when she’s not teaching she is a pastry chef at Momofoku Milk Bar. After she explained how the class worked and gave us a packet with the recipes we’d be making in class.

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My favorite recipe we made.

We started the class making an easy Mexican Chicken Pozole Verde. Giselle would show us how to do each step and assist us along with the help of her assistants. It was a great class and each team worked together really well. After the Pozole, we made my personal favorite– Beef & Vegetable Potpie with Cheddar Biscuits, followed by Rice Pilaf with Chorizo, Olives & Fennel, and last, Smoky Paella with Shrimp & Squid.

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Cooking in class at Sur La Table, Hell’s Kitchen NYC

We took a little break while some of the entrees cooked and had a tour of the store with our instructor Giselle. She told us what she recommended we purchase and what was used during class. We could also buy what we wanted then, but most of us waited until class ended. After our little tour, we came back to class and finished preparing then eating all the dishes. As I mentioned, my favorite was Beef & Vegetable Potpie with Cheddar Biscuits, it was delicious and perfect for a meal. It’s definitely a dish I’d love to conquer myself one night!

If you ever decide to take a class at Sur La Table, a huge plus is that all students receive a 10% off coupon that is good for a week. Since I still had money on my gift card, it definitely gave me an upper hand. I decided to purchase my very own food processor and scraper to add to my kitchen collection.

I’d highly recommend a cooking class at Sur La Table to any beginner in the kitchen, they really help you out and all the dishes are pretty easy. They have many cooking studio locations throughout New York and New Jersey and  have a huge roster of classes, you can see, here. They also aren’t costly and range between $55-99 which is not bad for a professional cooking class.

Plan on taking a class at Sur La Table?

Let me know what you thoughts here or tweet me @smchickbigdeals!

Happy Cooking! 😀

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The Brewlight’s On: NYC Craft Beer Festival 2013

So Ladies & Gents,

Small Chick Sara and I are brewing up for the NYC Craft Beer Festival! It is on Saturday, March 30th at 68 Lexington Ave in the big apple. Not only does this exciting event bring out your inner Sir, but gives you access to awesome seminars such as Do You Know Your Craft led by Giancarlo Annese and Sarah Annese from their fantastic site Beer Union.

From the delicious Angry Orchard’s Apple Crisp Cider to Weyerbacher’s Double Simcoe, this festival is taking the tasting of craft beers by storm. Here’s a little history behind the famous craft beer festival of NYC:

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A picture says a thousand words, and since there are so many wonderful things to tell you about this festival, I think you should come and see for yourself!

LOOK AT ALL THE CRAFT BEER TABLES.

That, my friends – is a paradise fit for a Sir.

Now as for the craft beer selection – I have a few down on my list that I must try, but I am also looking for some follower suggestions! Tweet @stephaniirosee and let me know what craft beers you recommend! Click here now and tweet it to me! NYC Festival Craft Beer Selection 2013

Stay tuned for the second post for How to Drink Beer Like a Sir: Raise Your Glass, but in the meantime check out the intro post! How to Drink Beer Like a Sir: An Introduction

Forever brewin’,

Fräulein Rose

#SCBDFavorite: Quality Italian at Cafe Luna in Old Bridge, NJ!

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As I mentioned in my 10th Ave Burrito piece earlier, I’ve been taking a few short & long trips home this month. On one of my short trips home when I was there for basically a day, my mom decided to take me and her boyfriend out to a late lunch. I was craving a tartare (I still am) and really wanted to go to a nice, restaurant that wasn’t a typical bar. Nick, my mom’s boyfriend suggested we go to Cafe Luna in Old Bridge, since he heard tons of great things about it. I checked out the menu, which looked amazing so we did.

Cafe Luna has a great location and is right off Route 9 North, the dining room is spacious and seats were comfortable.Our waiter greeted us and took our drink order. I ordered the sangria, which was good and had tons of flavor. Since we were hungry we decided to order appetizers, we ordered the bruschetta and calamari (on bottom of pic below).

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The calamari (pictured above) was delicious, not as crispy as I’d prefer but it still had good  flavor and breading. The bruschetta was delicious: fresh tomatoes and onions on big pieces of crostini, it hit the spot. For an entree I got the Filetto di Pomodoro (middle), my mom, Arlene got the Anneletti (left), and her boyfriend Nick got the Linguine Nere (right). We all enjoyed our meals and had some leftovers, but they were pretty filling. I really like that Cafe Luna makes their own pasta, which is a rare find in restaurants in that area.

16510_10151263599230588_586002293_nOf course, our meal would not be complete without dessert. We decided to try their homemade tiramisu which was delicious. It had just enough alcohol flavor in it, and it was so light, one of the lightest I’ve had. Heck, I’d go back just for that with cappucino.

Next, time your in the Monmouth County area and looking for homemade Italian I highly recommend Cafe Luna in Old Bridge, NJ!

Buon Apetito!

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