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Attention Brooklyn friends: Don’t Miss The PopUp Dinner BK

Attention Brooklyn friends: Don’t Miss The PopUp Dinner BK

Imagine a night where thousands come together, dressed in white, with food and wine to decorate tables and dance: In celebration of the unusual, the unexpected, and the unforgettable. The PopUp Dinner Brooklyn presented by Acura is an elegant, graceful pop-up flash dinner picnic that will be held in a secret location in Prospect Park; and all proceeds of the evening will benefit The Prospect Park Alliance. On Saturday, June 28, guessed are going to dress elegantly in white as they decorate, design lavish table decor, and bring their own inspired cuisines with their favorite beverages of choice to enjoy an unforgettable summer evening with friends in Brooklyn. And it’ll include a special performance from Ben Folds!! The pre-sale advance tickets sold out in...

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Tomorrow: #JustBrewIt Twitter Party With Keurig — Win one of 15 Special Edition Brewers

Tomorrow: #JustBrewIt Twitter Party With Keurig — Win one of 15 Special Edition Brewers

I’ve spent just about every day of Passover hanging with my mom – even coerced her to come over to my mess of an apartment yesterday to help me declutter, and I’ve realized — Mother’s Day should really be every day. Keurig agrees. I’ve teamed with One2One for a “cool beans” (couldn’t resist!) Keurig #JustBrewIt Twitter Party devoted entirely to the awesomeness of our moms and making their day special (and every day special!). The party is going to be tomorrow and I hope all of you will be there! My co-host for the party will be the lovely Angela Sellari of About a Mom  — who may know a thing or two more about being a mom than I do, meaning we’ll have a lot to talk about! There’ll be some...

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Giveaway: Win a Nescafe Dolce Gusto just in time for your Ultimate Oscar Viewing Party!

Giveaway: Win a Nescafe Dolce Gusto just in time for your  Ultimate Oscar Viewing Party!

The Oscars are coming very very soon. And whether you are watching the red carpet just to snark at the beauty choices, or you are very invested in who wins or loses, chances are, you are going to need to be fortified. Many of us will be having viewing parties that night, and those include the need for star-quality snacks as well! Nescafe Dolce Gusto recently asked Mario Lopez about his own fancy party beverage ideas, and  he breaks out the Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine to create alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. Mario’s specialty is the Espresso Martini. Combine Bourbon, Amaro and Espresso (made with the Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine) and then add ice. Stir with a long spoon (don’t shake), strain into an up glass and garnish with one Luxardo cherry. SO...

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I know all of the Starbucks secret recipes! (Also, a big Starbucks GIVEAWAY!)

I know all of the Starbucks secret recipes! (Also, a big Starbucks GIVEAWAY!)

While engaging in my morning procrastination, I came across a really cool run down of all the secret Starbucks recipes. If my season wasn’t already holiday beverage-centric, it certainly went up a notch. Nutella frappuccino? Really?! Actually, one of the most important part of the Christmas season (for me!) is the introduction of the Starbucks red cup, and the yumminess inside is a fabulous bonus. It’s here — but that’s not all. So is Starbucks Christmas Blend. I have always loved it because it’s everything I love — a sweet, spicy blend of the liveliness of superb Latin American coffees with the mellow smoothness of Asia-Pacific coffees as well as aged Sumatra beans. I’m so excited I’m giving away a package of this...

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Giveaway: Check out these Black Friday/Cyber Monday Nescafe Dolce Gusto deals (and win a Melody 2!)

Giveaway: Check out these Black Friday/Cyber Monday Nescafe Dolce Gusto deals (and win a Melody 2!)

This weekend, I was on a press trip, and one night at dinner, a conversation arose about divisive foods. My friends and I were discussing items like cilantro, beets, mushrooms – generally, you either love them or hate them — and there’s very seldom middle ground. When it comes to holiday shopping, I think the same may be said for Black Friday. Whether you’re hitting the stores at 4 am on Black Friday (I don’t recommend it) or logging on from your couch – there’s great deals to be had. Check out this preview of the deals Nescafé Dolce Gusto is offering. Save 50% off of Melody 2  Only $50 for Piccolo + Travel Mug +1 box of coffee bundle (this is CRAZY PANTS) Save 20% on three or more boxes of coffee As you may recall,...

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Cuteness: Starbucks and Alice + Olivia Launch Holiday Gifts!

Cuteness:  Starbucks and Alice + Olivia Launch Holiday Gifts!

If there’s anything I love — it’s Starbucks and the holiday season. But I also love  alice + olivia, so I’m excited they have partnered for a holiday gifts collection. The gifts are available now at StarbucksStore.com and will arrive in Starbucks stores starting November 12, and include really fun stuff like a blinged out ceramic tumbler and the Bearista Bear. (Super cute!!!) Stacey Bendet, founder and designer of alice + olivia, used her signature black and white palette for the gift items. I want. Keep in mind. (My birthday is very...

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An ode to my Dolce Gusto machine (Spoiler: It’s true love.)

An ode to my Dolce Gusto machine (Spoiler: It’s true love.)

I’ve had my Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine for a few months now — and we’re pretty much BFF. It was a hard start to our relationship — an instant attraction, of course (look how handsome he is!) — but I had other loves. In fact, I was still living with my Keurig and Verismo. Those prior embodiments in my life — I still look back upon them quite fondly. We had some really good times. But I’ve heard…when you meet “the one” — you just sort of know. My Keurig and I had built a relationship on the variety it afforded in my life — we could be Starbucks Pike Roasting one day, Caribou-ing another. I’m all for variety — it’s the spice of life and keeps things interesting in a long-term...

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Today’s weird find: A BREAD BED?!

Today’s weird find: A BREAD BED?!

While generally I’m all about any avenue existing that allows me to appreciate the mighty carb WITHOUT gaining weight, sometimes people are just a bit ridiculous. For example, I have discovered Japanese online store named Felissimo is selling beds that resemble different breads. (My desire? The sunflower seed baguette. They, however, did not consult me.) There are tons of beds shaped like everything from toast and rolls to pastries. And, yes, no worries — you can TOTALLY get a red blanket inspired by your favorite type of berry jelly. The pastry-shaped cushions can be found here. The bed breads cost 16,800 yen each, which is about $171 U.S. — quite a value, I suppose, though I’m not exactly sure how long you can cuddle with this before you...

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What’s in your pups’ bowl?

What’s in your pups’ bowl?

When I received an invite to a breakfast hosted by Oprah’s former personal chef, Art Smith — not to mention his dog!! — I was all over it. When I found it was for IAMS So Good!, I was even more into it. If you haven’t noticed before, let me illustrate JUST how much I love my fur babies via Frankie’s birthday video, taken earlier tonight: My babies are my everything, and knowing what is in their bowl is paramount to me. The IAMS event invited pet owners to learn exactly what it is their dogs are eating, and discover the wholesome ingredients in “So Good!” — this was must-have knowledge. What I did learn was: 1 – I should have brought the babies. But…they are a little afraid of other dogs. And traveling. And...

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Giveaway: $50 American Express Gift Card

Giveaway: $50 American Express Gift Card

As a girl who lives alone in a tiny studio apartment, I don’t get to entertain nearly as much as I’d like. Last night, though — as it was a balmy 98 degrees outside my window and I was hanging with my family, there was no way I was going to turn on the oven, no matter how much I enjoy cooking. As I’ve mentioned in early posts this week, my air-conditioner fried in the middle of this intense heat wave and I JUST (as in yesterday!) got a new one. It’s been intense, I’m a bit shell-shocked. In an effort to keep my apartment cool, I avoid turning on my oven unless it’s really necessary. That means I grill a lot, and find ways to make creative snacks that involve no heat at all. Frito-Lay had recently shared some recipes and...

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