Friday, December 9, 2011

Spot-Light: Lantern’s Keep

When the Light’s on…
Lanterns Keep Room View ShoesNBooze
The rushing crowds and frenetic energy of Midtown Manhattan can be electrifying for newcomers and tourists, but if you’re among the horde of area worker bees, it’s actually more frazzling than anything. For a respite from the madness, duck into the Iroquois Hotel on West 44th Street and head straight back to Lantern’s Keep. You’ll step into an intimate (seats 30 people) turn of the century Parisian salon with a beautiful working fireplace, dim lights and romantic settees.
Lantern's Keep Theo Lieberman
If the calm ambiance doesn’t help you breathe a sigh of relief, the retro-inspired cocktails- many crafted by head bartender, Theo Lieberman- will definitely do the trick. They’re all decidedly simple in construction because Theo (who’s like the Doogie Howser of mixology) likes the idea of someone enjoying a drink at the bar and then being able to go and make it at home. If your drink happens to require a straw, look forward to sipping from a stainless steel spoon straw, and don’t be surprised if you order the same drink twice, but the glasses aren’t identical. Lantern’s Keep uses a rotation of vintage glassware, some of which comes from Theo’s personal collection and all of which is stored in a chiller until it’s time to come out and play.
Lantern's Keep Regal Rum Rickey
Those who enjoy a refreshing tropical tipple will delight in a Regal Rum Rickey. It’s tart, tangy and quite tasty.
2 oz Flor de Cana 7 year
.75 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar & water)
.85 oz lime juice
Mix ingredients in a shaker and serve in a Collins glass.

Lantern's Keep Theo in Action
My personal favorite was the Stay Up Late (from the Stork Club, 1946). Unfortunately I managed to drink the ENTIRE glass of complex, citrusy goodness without snapping one photo. However, Here’s the recipe:
1.5 oz Beefeater Gin (Their well gin for shaking)
.5 oz cognac
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
Shake, pour into a Collins glass, top with soda and garnish with an orange wedge and a cherry.
I recently attended a press event at Lantern’s Keep and joked to a table mate that it seems like the kind of place a man might bring his mistress. She replied, “I’d bring my husband here.” I upped the ante and suggested that she have him meet her and then pretend to be a mistress. Though the vibe is calm and chic, for some reason, there’s a slight air of mischievous sensuality in the air. Maybe it’s the lingering scent of grapefruit zest (ask Theo about his love for the fruit).

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Almost There Thursday- World AIDS Day- (Belvedere) RED

Red Means STOP

Sometimes it’s mind boggling how quickly a week goes by. It’s like one minute, you’re fighting Monday blues, and the next minute it’s Thursday already. Add to that the fact that it’s December 1, and you have simultaneous “where did the week go?!” and “how is it already the end of the year?!” moments. It’s also World AIDS Day, which deserves a at least a pause in consideration of not only those we’ve lost to the disease, but moreso those who are surviving- no- living with it. I hope it’s also inspired you find out your status and take full responsibility of your sexual safety. There’s no shame in having an STD talk prior to getting between the sheets. If you’re uncomfortable talking about sex and its consequences, then you probably shouldn’t be having it. (OK off the soapbox and onto shoes.) As a visual observance of the day, consider wearing red pumps, like Tibi’s Firebird Pump (available at, where I’m an affiliate). The embroidered detailing makes it perfect for the holiday season, and the 3 1/5 inch heel makes it practical enough for the office. (You may also want to look into The Red Pump Project, which aims to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/ AIDS on women and Girls)

Earlier this year, Belvedere Vodka announced a partnership with (RED)™ to release the special edition bottle, (BELVEDERE) RED. In support of the fight against AIDS in Africa, Belvedere Vodka will donate 50% of profits from the sale of (BELVEDERE) RED to the Global Fund. They also enlisted Usher as their celebrity ambassador for the partnership in hopes that his notoriety and their contributions will get us all closer to an AIDS free generation in 2015. Do your part and sip a (BELVEDERE) RED Pom Pom today at happy hour. It’ll be a sweet, effervescent reminder that while we’re close to the end of another week and another year, we’re that much closer to accomplishing goals and new beginnings. That definitely deserves a CHEERS!
Splash lime juice
Top with Fever Tree Ginger Beer
Float grenadine on top
Build in highball and garnish with raspberry

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sketchual Heeling: Giuseppe Zanotti Spring 2012


Drawing Attention

I can’t get enough of Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. They’re sexy, fun, unique and still quite classy. I also adore designer shoe sketches, so I feel compelled to share when awesome illustrations cross my computer screen. What do you think of these works of art from the Spring 2012 collection?


Giuseppe Zanotti Spring 2012 Sketches1


Giuseppe Zanotti Spring 2012 Sketches2


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Monday, November 28, 2011

5 Gifts for the Shoe Lover’s Wishlist


Deck the Heels…

As the holidays approach, friends friends and family often say something to the effect of “what do you want for Christmas? I can’t afford to buy the shoes you like so pick something else.” I’m sure other shoe minded women hear similar statements, so I’m hoping this little list will give the elves in our lives some guidance. Since it’s Cyber Monday, quite a few are available online.

1. Kurt Adler Shoe Ornaments

kurt adler high heel ornaments RBW

Kurt Adler Jungle Shoe Ornaments






Kurt Adler Shoe Ornaments

When I spotted them on AHAlife, I immediately fell in love. These mini ornaments look like shoes I’d actually wear! Plus, once they’ve completed their stint on the tree, they make great desk décor. Check out the for more styles and where-to-buy information. 

2. A Shoe Coffee Table Book

IT’s hard to go wrong with a beautiful coffee table book. I’ll never forget how happy I was when I opened the copy of Blahnik by Boman: Shoes, Photographs, Conversation my mom bought me a couple of Christmases ago, and  ended up under the tree for me, it would be a perfect addition to my budding collection. If you’re putting this book on your list, make sure you’re on Santa’s “nice” list, though.

3. Shoe Playing Cards

4. Shoe- themed Glassware

You’re here, so chances are you like both haute heels and cool drinks. Toast to both at once with a cocktail glass like this "Love Shoes & Cocktails!" Martini Glass. You’ll never mix your glass up with your friend’s again at girls’ night in.

5. Shoe Clips



New heels may be a tall order, but that doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade your shoe wardrobe this Christmas. Shoe clips- like these from Tisha Mae’s Trinkets (available via Accessory Remix)- are an easy way to add extra pizazz to shoes you already own. Give your favorite black pumps an on-trend punch with houndstooth, or add an old school touch with a retro-inspired bow.



Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Booze Clues: 5 Thanksgiving Cocktails to Compliment your Turkey


Cheers to Being Thankful

Whether you’re traveling to see your family or hosting the big dinner at your house, you’ll probably be washing down your dinner with a cocktail or two. Here’s a handy little guide that’s sure to have the perfect drink for you.

Herradura Thanksgiving Margarita (tart, tangy)


Herradura Thanksgiving Margarita

1.5 oz. Herradura Reposado Tequila

2 oz. Cranberry Juice

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

.5 oz. Honey Syrup



Add all ingredients into shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass with ice. Garnish with a sprinkle of cranberries (fresh or dried)

*By Mark Drew


Russian Standard Thanksgiving in Russia (somewhat sweet, but nutty)


Russian Standard Thanksgiving in Russia

1 ½ oz. Russian Standard Vodka

¾ oz. Pumpkin puree

½ oz. Frangelico Hazelnut liqueur

½ oz. Lime juice

¼ oz. Agave nectar



Rim glass with graham cracker crust or top with a seasonal fruit. Shake and double strain into cocktail glass and garnish with nutmeg.

*by Duane Fernandez, Jr. of Entwine Bar in New York


Belvedere Smoky Martini (strong and smooth)


Belvedere Smoked Martini

2 oz Belvedere Vodka

Dash liquorice bitters

Stir Belvedere over ice and strain into a smoked dust* coated glass. Drop a dash of the bitters into glass and serve.

To make smoked dust:
Gently toast a piece of white bread with a blow torch. Once the bread starts to go dark brown (not burnt), crumble the bread and pound with a pestle and mortar.

*By Claire Smith


Tequila Avion Harvest Moon (sweet, almost creamy)


Tequila Avion Harvest Moon

1 ½ parts Tequila Avión Aňejo

1 part Apple Flavored Liquor

¼ part Pear Juice

Splash of Egg White

Dash of Fresh Lemon

Pinch of Ground Cinnamon

In a shaker add all ingredients over ice then shake and strain. Harvest Moon can be served either straight up or on the rocks and garnish with a thinly sliced pear.


Toasty Toddy (strong, sweet)


Toasty Toddy

1.5oz Dewar’s White Label

1oz Disaronno

1 Bar spoon of honey

.75oz Lemon Juice

3-4oz Hot Water

1 Cinnamon Stick Cracked


In a mixing glass add one cracked cinnamon stick, lemon juice, bar spoon of honey, Disaronno, Dewar’s White Label and 2 oz of Hot Water. Stir contents until honey has properly dissolved. Pour contents into toddy glass or wine goblet. Add 1or 2 more ounces of hot water, and garnish with a twist of lemon oil on top

*by Willy Shine of 1534 in New York


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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Booze Review: Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka


Whip it Good

When Smirnoff Vodka sent the bottle of their new Fluffed Marshmallow vodka to try, they also sent one of their Whipped Cream flavor. Consequently, my review crew and I tried both on the same day. Here's what happened when we tried Smirnoff Whipped Cream vodka.

The Sip…

Our first sip…


The Shot…

We took a shot to test for strength, smoothness, etc.


The Mix…

Our bartender mixed it with a little tonic


The Verdict: Smirnoff Whipped Cream is pretty darn yummy. It has a bit more bite than the Fluffed Marshmallow, but it’s still quite sweet. It’s a good shooter but a great vodka to mix. Though I like the flavor of the Fluffed Marshmallow more, I appreciate that the Whipped Cream provided a little more warmth going down.


El Fin

Again, special thanks to Claudia Mora of Matrix Public Relations, Enovia Bedford of Accessory Remix and the folks at DV Depot. Also, Erika, I appreciate you taking a little break from fashion styling to be our bartender.


Booze Review: Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow


Fluffy, not Stuffy…

Unless you totally avoid all bars, restaurants and liquor stores, chances are you’re familiar with Smirnoff Vodka in some way. However, I’m willing to bet that you haven’t had their Fluffed Marshmallow flavor yet. They sent Shoes N Booze a complimentary bottle to check out, so I rounded up my review crew and headed to DV Depot in New York to sit at the bar and give it a try.


Claudia Mora (Entertainment Publicist), Enovia Bedford (Jewelry Designer) and I met at the DV Depot bar in New York to try out Smirnoff’s 2 new flavors.

The Sip…

We took our first sip of Smirnoff’s new Fluffed Marshmallow flavor…

The Shot…

We took a shot to see whether or not it goes down smoothly

The Mix…

Our bartender, Erika, mixed it with a bit of cola to see if it plays well with others

The Final Verdict: We all loved Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow. It was sweet with a bit of a creamy mouthfeel (you’ll have to taste it to fully understand what that means, but it basically tasted like I was sipping a creamy treat although it was straight vodka). It was also strong enough to provide a buzz pretty quickly. We agreed that it tastes like a holiday drink and will go well into hot chocolate and other warm sippers. My only issue was that you can barely taste the alcohol, so you could almost overindulge before you realize it.

Thanks to Enovia Bedford (reach her via @accessoryremix on twitter or and Claudia Mora (reach her via @claudiadecali on twitter or Extra special thanks to our bartender, Erika (@Erikasnstyle on twitter), and to the folks at DV Depot ( @dvdepot on twitter). Please see the next post for our review of Smirnoff Whipped Cream vodka.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Booze News: Bellus Wines Lauches (With Cheat Sheet Labels)


New to Wine? Don’t Whine…

Bellus Wine ShoesNBoozeI’m pretty well versed about cocktails and spirits. However, wine often makes me want to don a dunce cap. Granted, I’m learning (and giving you tidbits of info when they come my way), but it’s a wide wine world out there (and it can be a bit intimidating).

Jordan Salcito, wine director of New York’s Crown restaurant, realized that lots of us get a bit lost among the vines in the wine store and decided to place a few bread crumbs along the trail with Bellus Wines. Launching today with the goal of empowering wine newbies to learn more about their palate preferences, Bellus retails for around $19.99 (a percentage of the proceeds from each bottle sold will go to the Tory Burch Foundation). The inaugural release, a 2007 Girasole, is a Super-Tuscan red made from Sangiovese, Cabernet, Sauvignon and Merlot grapes (if only you could see the question mark on my face). Apparently, it boasts notes of dark cherry and roasted herbs (sounds um… interesting) and plays well with tomato-based foods and red meats. (I’d so love a bottle for a Booze Review.)

The cool part about this wine, though, is the label, which Salcito joined forces with a Tory Burch designer to conceptualize. The trademarked PALA-TABLE actually has icons on it to indicate its acidity, body, tannins, minerality, oak and complexity. I guess that gives you everything you need to decide whether you’ll like it (except a sip). The wine is available exclusively through Gilt Taste for the next three days and will then be sold by the Crush Wine Company and on

Friday, November 11, 2011

Shoe View: Versace for H&M


Flash & Dazzle


Versace for H&M Blue Booties ShoesNBooze

There’s been much ado among fashion savvy folks about the Versace for H&M collection. Right before its launch, though, there was almost more talk about the event’s performers than the actual clothes (can you say Prince and Nicki Minaj?). However, the main fixation at Shoes N Booze was the footwear. Shoe-la-la! The collection featured contrasting cap toe booties and zig-zag strapped sandals in scrumptious hues that are right in line with the upcoming resort season’s color palette. I’m a fan.

Versace for H&M pink sandal ShoesNBooze

Versace for H&M pink bootie ShoesNBooze









Versace for H&M gold sandal ShoesNBooze

I just hope the shoes hit the stores in the fun colors at some point… so far all I see on the website is the bootie in all black and the sandal in black and pewter.

**All photos are courtesy photos from H&M taken by DAN AND CORINA LECCA (with a little zoom in on the shoes by moi).


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Shoe Review: Cougar Mirage Boots


Cougar Boots

I’m not a big fan of winter. Snow, slush, cold, black ice… none of those things are stiletto-friendly. Actually, they’re not even cute flat boot friendly in many cases. Granted, I have a few pairs of high heeled snow boots, but there are days when I want something a bit more comfortable. I think the shoe gods hear my laments last winter, so they sent a little birdie to mention Shoes N Booze to the folks at Cougar Boots, who then sent me a complimentary pair of Mirage winter boots for review.

Funny thing- the boots arrived right before that freak snowstorm that hit the Northeast a couple weeks ago, so I actually got to test them in some snow. They were AWESOME! Their “Polar Plus” lining feels like Heaven and is sure to keep me warm on frosty days (apparently they’re rated effective in temps down to –22 degrees Fahrenheit). They also feature a very cushy insole, so it felt like I was walking on some type of cloud. They’re not bad looking, either. They’ll be great with jeans or leggings and a sweater this winter. Will I wear them to parties or to get cocktails with friends? No. Will I be glad I have them when walking around New York in the aftermath of a snowstorm? You bet!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wild Wednesday: Brian Atwood Mixie


In the Mix


Brian Atwood Mixie ShoesNBooze

If there’s a party or social gathering worth attending, you’re in the know about it. Chances are, you’ll be there working the room, and your ensemble will be the talk of the room. Give ‘em something to talk about in an attention-grabbing pair of snakeskin heels like Brian Atwood’s “Mixie”. With its 5 1/2 inch heel and 1 inch platform, you’ll have no choice but to strut, and the stud detailing gives them a devil-may-care edge. However, it’s the multicolored snakeskin and contrasting suede piping that makes them truly unique. They give new meaning to the term “mixed medium”.


Makers Mark Apple Manhattan

While your shoes may give your like an extra edge, you’ll want to sip something this evening that’ll quickly take the edge off your mood. Try a Maker’s Mark Apple Manhattan. It’s a simple drink with a complex flavor, and it packs more than a slight punch.


2 parts Maker's Mark®

1 part Berentzen® Apple Liqueur

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a granny smith apple wheel.

As I said, this drink will pack a punch, so sip slowly. Be the talk of the town for your wild sense of style, not your wild behavior.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Shoe News: Shoe Privee & Refinery29 Hold Ultimate Shoe Closet Sweepstakes




Wouldn’t be great if you got a free pair of hot heels delivered to your door every month for a year? Well Shoe Privee (a shoe club that offers shoelovers VIP access to exclusive sales featuring brand name shoes) and Refinery29 (one of my favorite online destinations for style, fashion and trends) are giving you a chance to win just that. To enter, just go to and fill out the entry form before November 11. Then click your heels or cross your fingers and wait until the winner is announced sometime around January 15. In the meantime, you might as well catch up on the latest in style news at and start scouting the sales at (after you’ve checked in here, of course).


Monday, October 31, 2011

No Mess Monday- BCA Month: Nicholas Kirkwood Pink Loafer Pumps


Smart Peep-le

Nicholas Kirkwood Loafer Pump ShoesNBooze

Happy Halloween! Not every office is costume friendly, but you’re one smart cookie, so you know you can dress up as a nerd and still adhere to protocol. You also want to keep your chic. Lucky for you, bookworm inspirations are a big trend for Fall 2011. These Nicholas Kirkwood loafer pumps (available at Kirna Zabete for $995) put a playful spin on a serious look. The tassel and kiltie details are quite proper, and the 5 inch heel is definitely severe. Still, the pink suede with metallic leather trim is ultra femme (and tres apropos for the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month). Wear them with a plaid mid length skirt, a fitted button up shirt, suspenders, cardigan and thick rimmed glasses. Don’t forget slightly mussed hair and a pen behind your ear for good measure.


Since it’s Halloween and all, you might as well go the spooky route at happy hour. Ask your bartender for a Bleeding Heart Martini (image and recipe via at happy hour. Though it has a pink tint, it’s not the fruity concoction you might expect. In fact, it’s not sweet at all, but you’re a tough cookie in addition to being a smarty, so you prefer it that way.


Dry vermouth
Bombay Sapphire Gin
Pickled baby beet placed on a cocktail skewer


Chill martini glass. Add the vermouth; swirl to coat the glass, then pour out. Add gin to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled. Garnish with a skewered pickled baby beet, and serve immediately.

*Chances are you won’t guzzle this drink. However just in case… remember that even the most intelligent girl tends to make dumb decisions after too many drinks. Be responsible.


Booze Clues: 4 Halloween Cocktails to Try


Putting the BOO in Booze

Belvedere Bloodsucker

Belvedere BloodSucker1.5 oz Belvedere Pink Grapefruit
1/2 oz. Campari

Shake with ice and pour over cubed ice into a rocks glass. Top with 1.5 oz Tru Blood Beverage and garnish with a blood orange wedge. Just so you know, Tru Blood is a blood orange flavored carbonated beverage from HBO and doesn’t contain alcohol.


VuQo Black Cat

VuQo Black Cat1 1/2 oz. VuQo
1 oz. black cherry schnapps
2 oz. Cola
2 oz. Cranberry Juice

FYI, VuQo Premium Vodka is actually distilled from coconut using a process based on ancient technology practiced in the Philippines.



Corpse Reviver # 2011

Corpse-Reviver-20113/4 part Hendrick’s Gin

3/4 part Lillet Blanc

3/4 part Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur

3/4 part fresh lemon juice

2 drops absinthe

1 drop ROOT


Combine ingredients and shake well

Double strain into a chilled martini glass


White Ghost

Ole Smoky Moonshine White Lightnin1 oz Ole Smoky Moonshine Whight LIghtnin’ Corn Whiskey
2 oz lemon lime soda

Serve over ice. Garnish with Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherries or a licorice stick.



Thursday, October 27, 2011

Shoe News: Manolo Blahnik’s Green Line


Heel and Sustain

Marcia Patmos for Manolo Blahnik ShoesNBooze

Manolo Blahnik and socially conscious designer, Marcia Patmos have teamed up to create the Marcia Patmos for Manolo Blahnik collection, a sustainable addition to his Spring 2012 offerings made entirely of raffia, discarded tilapia skins and cork. The collection, which is Blahnik’s first eco-minded endeavor, will feature two styles: a double strap, open-toe flat and a high-heeled strappy sandal in 4 colorways. Each will cost around $895 at Manolo Blahnik stores.

*Image and info source: WWD

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wild Wednesday- BCA Month: Sole Boutique Leopard Booties



Sole Boutique The Leopard Shoe

Daring. Untamed. Unconventional. That’s you. But you’re also quite sweet and very playful. Your footwear should reflect your personality, so try a pair of pink animal print shoes like *Sole Boutique’sThe Leopard Shoe” ($42 at Leopard spots on pink fabric adds an eye-catching touch of funk to one of this season’s key trends. The 6.25 inch heel and 1.25 inch platform give them a little sex appeal, but since the heel isn’t a stiletto, it’s tamed enough to wear with a short skirt without looking like you’re on the prowl. Though a certain fashion favorite platform this season gives a Herman Munster vibe, bout this shoe is cutely chunky without being clunky.


Pink Raspberry Margarita ShoesNBooze

You don’t shy away from the unusual, so you appreciate a drink with a little pizazz. This evening at happy hour, order a Pink Raspberry Margarita (image & recipe via The funny thing about this cocktail is that the only ingredient it really has in common with a margarita is the tequila. Still, it’s a creamy, sweet, strong concoction that you’ll be glad you tried.

  1. Rim a chilled margarita glass with sugar.
  2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into the prepared glass.

*Your heels today are chunky, but if you drink too many of these cocktails it may feel like you’re walking on stilts. That said, drink responsibly.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cutesy Tuesday- BCA Month: Milk and Honey Breast Cancer Awareness Shoe


Cutesy for A Cause


Milk N Honey Breast Cancer Awareness Shoe

You’ve always been known for your compassion, and because you realize how many women are affected by Breast Cancer each year, the cause is near and dear to your heart (literally and figuratively). You’re also quite the girly girl, so it’s no surprise that pink is a staple color in your closet. Well, here’s a chance to put the two together. When you buy Milk & Honey’s Breast Cancer Awareness shoe, 100% of profits go to the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated solely to helping young women with breast cancer as they struggle to coordinate the daily challenges of their treatment and their “real lives”. Designed by site director, Abby Gardner, the “Pretty in Pink” leather shoe has a raspberry suede 4 inch heel, half inch platform, cap toe and T-strap. They’re about as classically feminine as a work shoe can get.

Pink Lady Cocktail ShoesNBooze

Since you’re feeling prim today, sip a Pink Lady (image & recipe via The Hostess with The Mostess) at happy hour. Cocktails featuring egg whites and other classic ingredients are increasingly popular these days, so you may get a cool point or two from your bartender. If you happen to be placing your order with a newbie, sweetly instruct him or her to shake and strain 1.5 oz Beefeater Gin, 1 teaspoon grenadine, 1 teaspoon light cream and 1 whole egg white into a chilled cocktail glass. Don’t forget to wink when you tip.


Monday, October 24, 2011

No Mess Monday- BCA Month: Lara Bohinc Orbit Shoe Boots


Planetary Punch

Lara Bohinc Orbit Bootie ShoesNBooze

Where did the weekend go? Your body’s at your office, but it’s like your mind is someplace in outer space today. Still, you have work to do and challenges to overcome today. Maybe you’ll be a little more connected if you focus on your feet today (because they’re what connects you to the world anyway, right?). Wear some out-of-this-world booties like Lara Bohinc’s Orbit Shoe Boots ($990). Their pointy toe, coupled with their complex contours, angular metal plated 4.7 inch heel and .75 inch platform give them a somewhat severe look. However, the bright pink color and python trim add enough fun to make them a great Venus + Mars combo.


Agave Negro

When the time comes to sip away today’s stresses, go for something that’s strong, but still a bit girly, like an Agave Negro (Image and recipe via . Because it’s made with reposado tequila, it’ll give you the kick you want, but the bite will be mellowed out by a little simple syrup and Chambord.


2 blackberries, plus 1 blackberry and 1 lime wheel skewered on a pick
1 cup ice
1 1/2 ounces reposado tequila
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
3/4 ounce Simple Syrup
1/2 ounce Chambord
1 ounce chilled club soda

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the blackberries. Add the ice, tequila, lime juice, Simple Syrup, and Chambord. Shake well and pour into a rocks glass. Stir in the club soda and garnish with the skewered blackberry and lime wheel.

*Note: This cocktail is tasty and refreshing, but tequila is no light matter. Mind your sips and avoid slips.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Spot-Light NY: Haru Sushi Midtown


Hip Hip! Haru!

Haru Broadway ShoesNBoozeLet’s say you’re in Times Square, and you decide you want to catch a good happy hour nearby with friends, but you also want to eat something other than typical bar food without it costing a lot. A first thought might be to walk down to 8th Avenue in search of something fun. However, a better bet would be to check out Haru Sushi near the corner of 43rd Street and Broadway. Well lit, casual and surprisingly affordable (especially considering its location), it’s great for hanging out without having to get glammed up.

I was recently invited to try a few drinks from their Fall sake cocktail menu (just in time for Global Sake Day on October 1), and my taste buds were quite pleased.

Haru Ultimat Saketini ShoesNBooze

First, there was the Ultimat Saketini ($12), a crisp concoction comprised of Ultimat Vodka, sake and plum wine. It was potently refreshing, and though one isn’t really supposed to eat the garnish on a drink, I couldn’t resist the sake soaked cucumber shreds. Call it the antidote to post-office tension.





Haru Cherry Blossom ShoesNBoozeNext I tried the Cherry Blossom ($12), which combines Svedka Cherry Vodka, nigori sake, peach puree and cranberry juice. I’m normally not one for really sweet drinks, but this one managed not to be syrupy, so it was cool. If you’re into girly drinks, this one is for you. However, it’s also one that’ll sneak up on you if you drink too many too fast.




Haru Mr Beams Sake Cider ShoesNBoozeLastly, there was the Mr. Beam’s Sake Cider. Since I’m a bourbon gal, I was especially looking forward to tasting this combination of Jim Beam Black, Reiko Cold Sake and fresh apple cider. The bad news was that they were out of cider. The good news was I had a skilled bartender who was able to whip up a very tasty substitute (which I’ve heard may now get added to the menu). The drink I tried substituted fresh pressed apple juice for cider and added bitters and ginger ale.

Ladies, I’m not sure if this is the place to go cruising for guys, but it’s definitely a spot for great drinks in a laid back atmosphere, whether you’re coming straight from work or stopping in before a night out.

For more information on Haru Sushi, its menus and locations, visit