Niagara-on-the-Lake is famous for a lot of things – picturesque scenery, a charming British manner. But the town is best known for its ice wine, a dessert wine made from grapes that have been allowed to freeze on the vine.
The Niagara Icewine Festival takes place every January (hey, that’s now!). Guests at the Riverbend Inn and Vineyard can and should check it out, but if you can’t make it across the border so quickly, fear not: ice wine is readily available everywhere.
And you know what? It’s Monday, so how about a little ice wine cocktail recipe courtesy of Food and Wine.
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Ice Wine Martini
- 10 large seedless green grapes, plus 2 halved grapes for garnish
- 2 ounces ice wine
- 2 ounces vodka, preferably Ciroc
In a blender, puree the 10 whole grapes with the ice wine and vodka. Pour the puree through a tea strainer into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain again into a large chilled martini glass and garnish with the grape halves.
Guests staying at The Blakely tonight have a front row seat at one of the biggest, and certainly the most famous, New Year’s Eve celebrations in the world. The hotel is just blocks from Times Square, where revelers watch as that famous crystal ball signals the official flip of the calendar every December 31.
Of course, New York isn’t the only city that knows how to throw a New Year’s celebration. Here are a few scenes from other cities around the world.
Clockwise from top: Sydney, courtesy of Sydney New Year’s Eve; Tokyo, courtesy of Wikipedia; San Francisco, courtesy of sffuncheap.com; Paris, courtesy of freshbeautystudio,com
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‘Tis the season for laughter and good cheer. And there’s no better place to put a smile on your face than at The Second City in Chicago. The comedy club and school of improvisation is only a few blocks from the Hotel Lincoln, and has been the place to go for all things funny for more than 50 years.
Comedy greats, such as Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Mike Myers and Bill Murray, as well as many others, are alumni of the school and once joked their way across this very stage. Shows take place every evening, so check the calendar to find out what’s playing when you’re in town.
Picture this: You’ve just polished off a gourmet cupcake at one of 50 food stalls and trucks, and you’re about to make your way to the Beer Pavilion for a refreshing pint. As live music drifts across Pennsylvania Avenue and the sun sets over the Capitol Building, you think to yourself: God Bless America (and $3 tasting menus).
When it comes to food trucks, we consider ourselves experts. This year’s Taste of DC event crossed our radars because of its many eateries, live music and—for the truly daring—2nd Annual World Chili Eating Championship. And it’s located just a short stroll from many of D.C.’s finest hotels (we’re currently loving Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel).
Taste of DC takes place from October 6th through the 8ththis year. Trust us—you won’t want to miss this.
Photo courtesy of Taste of DC
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