#SCBDExclusive Last Minute Guide to #CincoDeMayo

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Don’t feel like celebrating #CincoDeMayo at home this year? Here are some great options if you plan on going out!

Galli (45 Mercer St, NY) will be having $5 Margherita, Lili’s Curves:

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Ingredients:

  • two ounces of Esplon Silver
  • one ounce fresh lime
  • one ounce black pepper infused simple syrup
  • spoonful of purated strawberries
  • two dashes of orange bitters

Combine, mix, serve, and enjoy!

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo or better yet Cinco de Derby at Jacques 1534 and enjoy $10 select cocktails including Fishermans Julep, El Diablo Loco, or Uptown at The Pitch & Fork with $10 Mint Juleps and Margaritas!

Come sit, relax, and sip on the rooftop at Social Bar & Grill they will have $20 Corona buckets & $5 Margaritas to celebrate.

Upper West side restaurant Amigos (2888 Broadway) is the perfect place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with  your amigos! And there are more than enough options for every taste and mood: the Bull Dog, a frozen margarita with a Corona; the Mexi-Cali Lunazul tequila, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice; a Hot Tamale with Corralejo Reposado tequila, fresh jalepeno, lime juice, mango, and a chili salt rim; Los Amigos with El Mayor Plata tequila, Barenjager honey liqueur, and cinnamon orange garnish; and the El Gallo Avion Plata tequila, passion fruit liqueur, and lime juice.

Crystal Springs Resort (1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ) is celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Sunday May 5 with a free tequila tasting, a special Mexican-inspired menu and signature cocktails at Crystal Tavern.

From 1pm – 4pm, representatives from Patron tequila will be pouring free samples of Patron Silver, Reposado, Anejo, XO Café and Citronge, and giving away free gifts

All day, Crystal Tavern will serve special cocktails and a menu of Mexican favorites in addition to the regular a la carte menu. Cocktails ($12) include  Cilantro Julep Patron Anejo, fresh lime juice, pineapple juice, amber agave nectar and cilantro leaves; Ginger Lemon Spice Patron Silver, Patron Citronge, simple syrup, fresh ginger, fresh lemon juice, pineapple juice; Mexican Espresso Martini Patron XO Café Dark, Patron XO Café, espresso; Sweet Orange Patron Reposado, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, bitters; Pina Coronado Patron Silver, fresh lemon juice, pineapple juice, elderflower liqueur, vanilla/cinnamon syrup.

Cheers! Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

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The #SCBDAnniversary Dinner at Sotto 13, NYC

Last Friday, I met up with two of the SCBD team members at Sotto 13 in NYC to celebrate the anniversary. Sotto 13 is an ideal space for a night out with the girls or for an intimate date. Everything at the restaurant is meant to be shared whether it be one of their artisanal pizzas or crostini. They also have an awesome cocktail program with a great and affordable wine list.

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In order: Jessica, Sara Monica (Founder of SCBD), and Tiffany of SCBD at Sotto 13!

I started off with glass of wine and chose the ‘1’ Argentinian Malbec that they offer while I waited for the team to arrive. Once everyone was settled in, had a glass of water, and a cocktail of choice on hand we were ready to order our tapas. After finishing my wine I decided to try their signature Acai-Lychee Martini which was perfect!  We started off with the Ricotta, Lemon, and Truffle Honey Crostini and the Wild Mushroom PIzza. I was really impressed with both of those. We were unsure what to get next so the manager decided to send out crowd favorites which included the Crispy Shoe String Zucchini, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Rosemary Thyme & Garlic Shrimp, and Fennel Sausage & Roasted Pepper. My favorites were the shrimp, pizza, and the crostini. They all had a great amount of flavor and were perfect shareable servings.

Just when I thought I couldn’t hold anymore we were asked if we wanted dessert. Since it was the anniversary dinner we figured why not, so they sent us out this very, rich chocolate dessert which was delicious but a bit too rich for my taste and cream puffs which were my favorite.

If you are looking for a hot, modern, and innovative date spot then Sotto 13 is the place for you. It was perfect for our celebration and I’d highly recommend it to anyone.

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That was just what I thought but here is what Tiffany and Jessica point of views of our team anniversary dinner…

Tiffany’s POV:

The amount of flavor in every dish was continuous while visiting Sotto 13. From my initial cocktail to the Wild Mushroom pizza that we ordered, the flavor just kept coming. The Wild Mushroom pizza made me a believer in Sotto 13 because I am not a huge mushroom person due to my preference with texture, but their touch on mushrooms in this pizza was a winner! I was amazed in how flavorful the pizza was and even had a second slice. Now that I’ve gushed about the flavor of the food, lets talk aesthetics. Sotto 13 is nothing like your “mom and pop” eatery. In fact, the decor was very modern and perfect for a New York location. From the outside, the touch of a red awning doesn’t fully prepare you for the beauty inside. The use of details shows in the decor of the restaurant as their were cracks in their walls, a mix of booths and expandable wooden tables. As a New Yorker who appreciates a traditional “mom and pop” location, a part of adores a well decorated locale with non expensive prices. This restaurant would be ideal for a night out on the town with your gals or guys, friends or date. The tone is intimate and inviting and the flavors will keep you yearning for more!

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Jessica’s POV:

What a great night out with the team of SCBD!  We were all happy to celebrate the one year anniversary of the blog and we’re excited about what the next year will bring!  Sotto 13 was a great place to celebrate with its unique atmosphere and menu!

The restaurant is separated into 2 main sections with a bar and some seating in the front, and a bigger dining room in the back.  One of the highlights of the design is a huge skylight over the dining room, which only adds to the tasteful and modern interior design.

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Sotto 13 serves tapas and pizza family style – which means everyone gets to try a little of everything!  Family style dining can pose some issues for a vegetarian dining amongst meat eating friends, but Sotto 13 had a great variety of meat free dishes that everyone wanted to try!  My personal favorite was the Ricotta, Lemon, & Truffle Honey Crostini.  They didn’t stay on our plates very long!  Another favorite was the Crispy Shoestring Zucchini which was served with a sliced lemon to squeeze on the zucchini.  The lemon gave the zucchini that extra punch of flavor making them hard to resist.  I was a little more hesitant to try the Roasted Brussels Sprouts, but I was pleasantly surprised.  They were browned to perfection making them much more appealing than your usual Brussels Sprouts!  And last but certainly not least I sampled the Wild Mushroom pizza.  You can’t go wrong with this selection!  The mushrooms are cut up finely, so if you are not a fan of the texture of mushrooms, you may like this pizza more than you think! We finished up our celebration with a sampling of Sotto 13‘s desserts.  I really enjoyed the cream puffs which were light, airy, and not too sweet – this blogger’s favorite kind of dessert!

I will definitely visit Sotto 13 again – whether it’s for another SCBD event, or with my own family and friends.

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

#SCBD Halloween Spooktails!

Halloween would not be complete without a cocktail or two. Here are some delicious cocktails some of New Jersey & New York’s finest are offering during their Halloween parties this week and weekend:

Devils Tuxedo (Blue Moon Mexican Cafe)

  • 2 oz Patron XO Cafe
  • 1 oz Irish Whiskey

Devils Tuxedo!

Oktoberfest Milkshake (Big Daddy’s)

  • Vanilla Milkshake
  • Oktoberfest Beer
  • Whip cream
  • Caramel

Oktoberfest Shake

The Spooky Spicy Bloody Mary (Maxwell’s)

  • Stoli vodka
  • Maxwell’s house made old bay bloody mary mix

Shaken & served over ice!

Bloody Spooky Mary

Killer Transfusions (Maxwell’s)

  • Stoli Vodka
  • Ginger ale

Served over ice with a splash of grape juice!

Killer Transfusions

Blood Orange Margarita (Maxwell’s)

  • Tequila
  • Simple Syrup
  • Blood Orange Extract
  • Fresh Lime

Shake and serve in a martini glass!

Blood Orange Margarita

Cheers to a great Halloween!

#SCBD Places to Celebrate Halloween in NJ & NYC!

Halloween is quickly approaching and there are tons of parties throughout New York & New Jersey starting this weekend. If I were you I’d grab your costume & an appetite for night of fun.

Here are some the hottest parties in Jersey:

Blue Moon Mexican Cafe (Englewood & Wyckoff locations) will be holding an Adult Halloween Costume Party on this Friday 10/26! It will be a night filled with live Bands, a costume contest and a Patron XO Dark Promo Party with fun giveaways.   First place winner of the costume contest will win a $200 BMMC gift card and $100 BMMC gift card for runner up.

Also, On Halloween, they have their annual family contest – all children who dine at the Blue Moon in costume are entered to win one of 3 prizes $100 to Toy Store, $50 to Toy Store or Dinner for 4 to BMMC.

Village Pourhouse in Hoboken will be holding a carnival on Halloween night. Drink specials include $4 Sailor Jerry Redrums, Sailor Jerry RIP Rum Punch, Devil’s Cut shots & cocktails,  and Vision Vodka Blood Bath Cocktails. $3 Coor Light drafts, & $6 pumpkin pie cocktails & pumpkin bombs! Cheers!

If you plan on celebrating in the city, here are some places to go:

Maxwell’s Bar in Tribeca is hosting their Halloween Party this Saturday, October 27th starting at 9PM. Cover is $10 at the door but proceeds go directly to the LGS foundation. They will have a Dj and drink specials throughout the evening– costumes are a must! Insiders note– they will also be serving a special Halloween menu on Halloween including a Blood Orange Margarita, The Spooky Spicy Bloody Mary, or The Killer Transfusion for $10.

Maxwell’s Halloween decor!

Love bakeries as much as I do? Then you are in for a treat Halloween night at Ivy Bakery in SoHo! Make sure you attend the Halloween “Truck or Treat” EventCelebrate some of Divine’s darkest flavors at the “Truck or Treat” Food Pop Up Event during New York City’s Halloween Parade on October 31st. Presented by Ivy Bakery and Farm2Me, in conjunction with NYC Food Truck Association and Cheap Eats, the fun kicks-off at Ivy Bakery138 West Houston St (between MacDougal and Sullivan) at 5pm.

From 5-8 pm, Divine Chocolate’s Trick or Treat station at Ivy Bakery will feature wicked samples of our 70% Dark, 70% Dark with Raspberries and our Limited Edition bars, including Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle and Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts and Cranberries. They have samples for Milk Chocolate lovers, too!

Now the question is where to celebrate– in Jersey or the city?

Decisions, decisions– maybe I’ll see you at one of the parties mentioned above!

Cheers! 😀

The leaves are FALLing and the Drinks Are Flowing!

Fall is here! Apple picking is in full spin and pumpkin picking has begun as October is quickly approaching. In honor of the new season, here are a few cocktail recipes to celebrate with:

PUMPKIN PATCH

Stone Rose Lounge, Lilium, Whiskey Blue, Whiskey Park, Living Room

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon light brown sugar

1 teaspoon honey

3 dashes of pumpkin spice seasoning

¾ ounces fresh lime juice

1 egg white of medium size egg

1 ¾ ounces 100% apple cider

1 ½ ounces Avion Silver Tequila

Instructions: In a shaker glass add light brown sugar, honey, pumpkin spice seasoning, fresh lime juice, and egg white. Shake vigorously until dissolved and add apple cider and Avion Silver Tequila; garnish with pumpkin spice seasoning.

CALABAZA-TINI

Havana Central

Ingredients:

1 ounce Bols pumpkin smash liqueur

½ ounce hazelnut liqueur

½ ounce high proof rum

½ ounce gold rum

2 ounces ice cream base

Pinch of cinnamon sugar

Instructions: Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with cinnamon and sugar.

DISARONNO APPLE COBBLER

DISARONNO

Ingredients:

2 parts DISARONNO

1 part cranberry juice

1 part apple juice

¼ part fresh lemon juice

Instructions: In a rocks glass, mix ingredients over ice. Garnish with an apple slice.

HOLIDAY DELIGHT

DISARONNO

Ingredients:

1 ounce aged rum/ whiskey/ cognac

1 ounce DISARONNO

1 heaping bar spoon of pumpkin pie mix

½ ounce heavy cream

1 whole egg

Instructions: Place all ingredients into a mixing glass. Dry Shake (shake without ice so as to ‘whip’ the ingredients together). Then shake again with ice. Strain into a rocks glass without any ice. Top with freshly grated Cinnamon.
CINNAMON OLD FASHION

KOI Bryant Park

Ingredients:

½ ounce cinnamon simple syrup

1 dash bitters

2 ounces Overholt Rye Whiskey

Orange pieces

2 cherries

Instructions: Muddle orange pieces and cherries with cinnamon simple syrup. Add bitters, Overholt Rye Whiksey, and shake with ice. Strain over fresh ice; garnish with a cherry and cinnamon stick.

 

AUTUMN CRISP

KOI Bryant Park

Ingredients:

1 ounce lavender scented cucumber purée

1/2 ounce simple syrup

2 squeezed lemon segments

2 ½ oz bull dog gin

Instructions: Shaken and strained into a martini glass.

 I don’t know about you but I love the Fall– here’s to a wonderful season! If you know of more Fall cocktails please comment below! I love trying new cocktail recipes! Who knows I may just post it on the Small Chick Big Deals Facebook page too!

Cheers! 😀

Wine & Dine at George & Martha’s

If you don’t know Morristown, New Jersey I’ll give you quick bit of history about it now. George Washington’s Headquarters were located in Morristown during the Revolutionary War during the winter of 1779-1780. Now you’re probably wondering why I am telling you this and what’s the point? Well, here’s why– it’s because the restaurant I am reviewing is rightfully called George & Martha’s for that reason. It’s a hip American restaurant with a twist of history in the heart of good ol Morristown.

George & Martha’s (67 Morris Street, Morristown, NJ 07960)

Customer Service: 5- I went with my school’s Young Alumni Association that I am on the board of and our waiter was on top of everything and got all our orders right. That was until I wanted my desert wrapped and we had already paid but other than that– no complaints.

Atmosphere/Cleanliness: 4.5- Since it’s located in the heart of Morristown, we had a view of Cluck-U and a shopping plaza across the street and of course the sound of the ambulance wasn’t great either but that’s what you get in a city and since the restaurant is small you’ll hear anything. The decor inside was impressive and they can hold a crowd in the restaurant which made up for the noise and view outside.

Food/Drink Quality: 5- The food was great and you could tell it was made fresh. I got the Flat Iron Steak that came with fresh steamed veggies and mashed potatoes. It was cooked to order and I even had leftovers which tasted great the next day. Everyone in my group was satisfied with what they got. I even got dessert which was good enough to bring back. I got their chocolate mousse cake which was great. We all enjoyed the cocktails we got and they were served in an orderly fashion.

Price: $$ – Yes the food is a bit pricey but it’s well worth it. It also doesn’t have to be incredibly pricey depending on what you get. I’m sure if you got appetizers and drinks it wouldn’t put a whole in your pocket. But if it’s a great place to go on a date or just enjoy a dinner with friends or family after a long week or to celebrate. It’s also a very classy location to hold events for networking, dinners, and more!

Final Score: 14.5/15- Did I mention how great my leftovers were the next day? Yes, they were just as good as they were the night before. I highly recommend their steak’s because they are made to order and cooked to your liking. The sides were great and they do a great job with presentation. It’s a classic American grille so you can’t go wrong. The drinks are as amazing as the food is. I’m pretty sure some people at FDU would gladly take a night off from the cafe so I’d love to see some more FDU presence there!

So with that said, go enjoy a meal with someone you love or some great friends at George & Martha’s— it’s been Small Chick Approved. 🙂

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