Showing posts from December, 2011

Ring In a Spirit Filled New Year’s

It’s going to be a quiet New Year’s for me this year, but if you don’t have plans yet, there’s still a little time to make some interesting plans. Here are some suggestions for celebrations. Enjoy! Atlantic City, New Jersey It may not be beach weather, but there’s plenty going on in this Jersey Shore hotspot. The Goo Goo Dolls are playing at the Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars , which will also have a selection of party options at the Toga Bar. Over at the Tropicana , Gladys Night will be toasting the new year on stage, while Brand New will be at the House of Blues at Showboat Resort & Casino . If you are looking for some laughs to start off next year, you can see Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers perform at the Borgata Casino Resort & Spa or the legendary Don Rickles at Harrah’s Resort , where The Pool will be having a champagne filled celebration. Check with the individual hotels for overnight packages. Chicago, Illinois It’s a Bootlegger’s Ball –

Holiday Cocktails You Want to Try

Whether you are gathering around a Christmas Tree, Menorah or Kinara, holidays are a time for celebrating. Dress up the festivities with some holiday cheer. Happy Holidays Everyone! Mistletoe Delight* 1 ½  oz Grand Marnier 1 ½ oz Cranberry juice ½ oz fresh Lemon juice ½ oz Simple Syrup Fresh Rosemary needles In a shaker with filled with ice, shake the first four ingredients together. Garnish with rosemary needles. Poinsettia* ½ oz Cointreau or Triple Sec Champagne 3 oz Cranberry Juice Chill all of the ingredients beforehand. Pour the Cointreau and cranberry juice into a chilled champagne flute. Stir well and top with champagne. (cocktail pictured right) *If you don’t feel like making these cocktails yourself, stop by Texas de Brazil and let the bartender make one for you! Herradura Pomegranate Swizzle 1 ½ oz Herradura Reposado Tequila 2 oz Pomegranate Juice (unsweetened) ½ oz Vanilla Syrup 1 oz Heavy Cream Candy Cane &am

Gizmos, Gadgets and Wine….

I was traveling quite a bit this fall, which means the boxes have been piling up in my apartment. I still have a lot to go through, but I’ve sifted through some and I thought I would pass along some great finds so you can add them to your holiday shopping list. Tugo It’s one of those simple little things that makes a world of difference to a traveler. The Tugo is easy and lightweight. It attaches to your luggage and acts as a cup holder. No more trying to balance your drink and your luggage (and ultimately spilling it all over your clothes). Buy one before your next trip. Showoffs When I was first approached with the idea of designer bags that meet the TSA Ziploc requirement, I thought it was a bit much, but since receiving them I have to change my opinion. Showoff’s are more like buying cosmetic bags than a Ziploc – cosmetic bags that are clear enough and the right side to go through security. For $15, you get three colorful and sturdy quart size bags, three ref

Must Enter Trip Contests

People always ask me if I pay for travel and the truth is, I don’t because it’s part of my job. It’s a fun and wonderful job that I wouldn’t trade for the world. The fact is, though, I am working when I’m traveling for Wine And Spirits Trave l, as well as many other publications. In addition to the day of going to wineries, checking out hotels, eating at great restaurant and those dreaded (lol) spa treatments, there's the part of making deadlines. I’m up at dawn at the computer and often back there late at night. It’s a lot different for most of you so I’m happy to pass along ideas for vacations – especially when you can even do them for free. It just happens that I was hit with three contests this week for places that are on my bucket list for 2012 so I thought I’d pass the information along.  I hope to hear that one of my lucky readers will be enjoying their very own free trip! Anguilla Anguilla is in the Leeward Island chain of the Eastern Caribbean. It’s small