What We’re Loving — Beermo Ladies Bottle Mustaches
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Because everything is more awesome with a mustache on it.
Attach these fun tools to your drink for an instant stylish stache!
Is your party or summer barbeque lacking some enthusiasm? Are you searching for a way to add some fun and spice to your get-together without the high price tag? Check out these hilarious Beermo Ladies Bottle Mustaches that will instantly break the ice. As if they needed more incentive, how could they not be eager to grab a bottle of ice-cold beer if there is a mustache on it!
Also, the fun doesn’t have to end when the party is over. Wrap one of these elastic staches around a water bottle, musical instrument, microphone or around a baby’s pacifier and laugh hysterically as you watch an infant rock a giant mustache.
Each pack comes with 6 reusable silicone mustache clips in pink, orange, green, brown, black, and yellow for only $9.49, and each mustache measures 3.25 inches wide. At such an affordable price, there is no reason not to add some ‘stache and style to your life with these bottle mustaches.
Talking NYC Wine & Food Festival 2017 with John Trumble
New York City Wine & Food Festival is one of the most highly anticipated undeniably the biggest and baddest annual events in town. Every year, NYCWFF brings together high-profile celebrity chefs and influential personalities in the food and drink world for an incredible cause.
Bringing together over 50,000 revelers annually, 100% of the net proceeds benefit the Food Bank For New York City and the No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger in America and the five boroughs of New York City. To date, NYCWFF has raised over $10.5 million to help fight hunger.
As the festival celebrates its 10th anniversary, we chat with the Managing Director and all around cool dude, John Trumble.
What are some of your favorite craft cocktail bars in NYC?
Nothing better than PDT, gang is kill’n it. Always been a big fan of EO. I wish I could grow a handlebar mustache as well as those boys. I love a bar that transports you into a different time and place, even if it’s just for a couple of hours. That’s probably why I’m obsessed with speakeasy’s even though the concept may be a bit tired.
Walking into a place like Blacktail and its old Havana vibe where all the bartenders are wearing Panama Jack hats and Guayabera’s, the cocktails are authentic and on point, makes me want one of their rum specialties right now! Pro tip: they give you a 4-rum daiquiri to wet the palette. I had two.
Where do you live and what is your local bar?
Greenwich Village, Reservoir on University, been going there for 15 years. I’d put their chicken fingers up against anyone in the city!
You are also involved in South Beach Wine & Food Festival. What are some of your favorite Miami bars?
I love the Broken Shaker. I also want to drop in to the new EO location on Washington.
What’s your current drink order?
It kinda depends on the shoes I’m wearing. In the summer when I’m wearing flip-flops, you couldn’t pry a bottle of rosé out of my cold-dead hands. Anything from Provence will do.
As fall approaches and I’m digging out my lace-ups, a good Manhattan will do the trick. Tried-and -true-stand-by, though, just give me a Grey Goose rocks, squeeze of lemon.
You probably get some baller drinks perk with your job. What is the most #goals worthy tipple you’ve ever experienced?
Since I live and work in the concrete jungle, I’ll keep it local. One of the most famous restaurants in Paris, Caviar Kaspia did a pop-up at Spring Place in Tribeca last year. My wife and I went with another couple and had the place all to ourselves. It’s an exact replica of the original, right down to the silver and anything goes attitude. The vodka was ice cold and the beluga caviar was plentiful. It was definitely one of the most decadent meals I’ve ever had.
Who is the most fun Chef for a fun party night?
PJ Calapa of the The Spaniard is always down for a good time! PJ’s gonna be man’n the grill at Burger Bash on Friday night, stop by!
Feels like you could get into some trouble with Marc Forgione as well! See him at our Iron Chef Showdown on Saturday night of the festival.
For a real stretch, Bourdain. Bourdain would be epic. I bet that guy has stories for days.
What crafty drinks events should cocktail enthusiasts NOT miss at NYCWFF?
Definitely look out for Femme Fatale with the ladies of Speed Rack hosted by Anne Burrell, it’s a new event this year and we’re all very excited about it. Great list of female bartenders creating some of the best craft cocktails out there and we’re pairing them with great food! Tacos & Tequila is always one of my favorite events at the festival. Pigs & Pints with Robert Irvine is a great option for some good day-drinking at the Standard. If you’re looking for me on Sunday, though, I’ll probably be at Rooftop Rose with Katie Lee & Elvis Duran drowning myself in summer water!
Can you tell us a little about the very important charity elements of NYCWFF?
Celebrating its 10th Year Anniversary in October 2017, NYCWFF has raised over $10.5 million dollars to end hunger. The festival has two unbelievably dedicated partners and beneficiaries in this fight, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign and Food Bank for New York City. There are so many worthy causes to support, but everyone has to eat and no one should have to wonder where their next meal is coming from. Jump in and be a part of the solution in the fight to end hunger.
Curiosity of Yore: The Puzzle Jug
Antique pottery is often very prized. The delicate nature of ceramics and their glazes means that most of these objects haven’t survived into the modern era. But, when an old piece does live on the value can be quite exceptional.
Some of these older items seemingly have no purpose in today’s world. Ceramic pieces like mustache mugs to keep one’s mustache dry, shaving sets, and bone dishes (for delicately placing discarded fishbones) are not commonly used today. There’s another obscure item we’re interested in today: the puzzle jug.
The oldest puzzle jug dates back to the 1300s. At that time finished ceramics were highly prized and rare when compared to today’s tableware. There are many designs of puzzle jug, but most followed the same format: a bulbous bottom where liquid was held, a perforated or latticework neck, and several spouts or channels at the top. Puzzle jugs also had a handle as well. They were sometimes also called suction jugs.
While some puzzle jugs were adorned with patterns of the day, others were decorated with a riddle, rhyme, or call to action. Basically, these poems dared people to try and figure out how to drink from the vessel without spilling any of the liquid inside. This was nearly impossible, of course, thanks to the holes in the top section.
The puzzle 18th century jug above reads:
- Here Gentlemen come try your skill
- I’ll hold a wager if you will
- That you don’t drink this liquor all
- Without you spill or let some fall
Betting on whether someone could figure out the puzzle became a popular tavern game. As it turns out the trick was often to cover a secret hole in the handle and suck through the nearest spout as if it were a straw. But, the average person didn’t know this and probably had a heck of a time trying to make it work. It didn’t help that only one of the spouts would work, which meant a lot of fumbling to get it figured out.
These jugs were particularly popular in the 18th century when Delft blue pottery, while still expensive, was a far cheaper option over exotic blue and white ceramics shipped from China or lusterware shipped from Ottoman Empire. However, word got back to Chinese ceramicists who then also made puzzle jugs for export back to Europe.
The popularity of puzzle jugs continued into the 19th century. These objects were highly decorated and some of the more elaborate designs required 4 firings to complete the glaze work.
Antique puzzle jugs today can fetch hefty sums in the hundreds. We’ve even seen them for sale for as much as $650.
Anyone interested in these unique pieces should know that the market is now flooded with puzzle jugs created in the 20th century as souvenir pieces in Europe. These more modern jugs can sell for as little as $5 or $10, though particularly gorgeous examples can sell for much more. Always look for signs of age and wear on ceramics. If something looks new, it probably is.
Why Gray Hair Turns Yellow
If you have silver and white hair that is turning yellow, there are a few reasons why this might be happening. For some seniors, when their hair loses pigment, it has a yellow tone that naturally shows through, so hair color changes may be age-related or genetic. For the majority of seniors, however, a yellow hue is a result of external responses to both pigment loss, as well as the surrounding environment.
Environmental Causes of Yellowing Hair
Environmental reasons might include:
- Residue from shampoos
- Chemicals from hair products or over-processing
- Natural oils on the scalp
- Mineral deposits from the water coming into your shower
- Discoloration from smoke
- Pollutants in the air, including smog and car exhaust
- Chlorine from a swimming pool
If you're into meal prepping
On Sunday, whip up a veggie frittata you can reheat (or enjoy cold) during the week. Whisk a half dozen eggs, and then add a quarter cup of unsweetened almond milk, a half tablespoon of Dijon, a half teaspoon each of minced garlic and Italian seasoning, and an eighth teaspoon each of black pepper and sea salt. Set aside.
In a medium sauté pan over low heat, combine a tablespoon of EVOO, a cup of chopped kale or spinach, and a cup of chopped veggies of your choice, such as broccoli florets, onion, and bell pepper. Pour egg mixture into frittata pan. Evenly spoon in veggies, along with a cup of black beans. Bake in a preheated 350 F oven for 40-45 minutes.
Apple Cinnamon Muffin Mix
To prepare, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together: Apple Cinnamon Muffin Mix, raisins and/or nuts, 1 cup apple juice, 2 Tbsp. oil, 1/2 cup applesauce.
Stir just until combined. Spoon into lightly greased muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. While still warm, dip in melted margarine and then topping. Makes 12-15 muffins.
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We’ve Done the Research & These Are the Best Porn Sites for Women
We have a bit more at-home time these days to spend being our own safest sex partner, so it only makes sense that we’re all embracing our social distancing time taking extra care of ourselves. As a connoisseur of online porn, I have to admit right here and now that it is still tough as heck in 2020 to find a website featuring hot, good porn that doesn’t overwhelmingly prioritize the male gaze or the male orgasm. Sure, you can wade through the various and sundry videos to find one where female pleasure and the female orgasm are the focus &mdash but even then, there’s the distinct feeling that because of the way she’s being filmed and the way she’s encouraged to act and speak, there is still a man calling the shots. And underneath that a feeling that the porn you’re trying to enjoy isn’t for you.
So, where are the porn sites that cater to the female gaze, that honor female sexuality in all its beautiful forms and that don’t objectify women in a way that will have you ready to take a shower immediately after viewing? Where are the porn sites that feel current and up to date with what we want from sexual media today? And where are the porn sites that don’t distract you from how good you want to feel?
Fear no more, friend, because I have found some legitimately great porn sites for you. If you’re tired of porn that feels overwhelmingly straight, cis-man-centric, you’ll be pleased by the following selection of sites. And while we’re at it, it’s probably a good time to treat yourself to some new sex toys too. Please take care, though and don’t browse this one at your desk &mdash because you’ll be able to access some NSFW websites from here on out. Click with caution and, when it’s time for You-time, have fun!
A version of this story was published on April 2018.
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The New Speakeasy: Cocktails in a Stranger’s Kitchen
He is a tour guide by day and mixologist by night. She is a photographer with a knack for snacks. Together, they are offering a new way to drink with strangers.
&ldquoI just really enjoy the performative aspect of all this,&rdquo said Matt Levy, left, who mixes drinks for anyone who is interested, in his kitchen. Credit. Dina Litovsky for The New York Times
On a chilly Saturday night in late January, a handful of strangers huddled outside a townhouse on a quiet street in Bushwick. A small neon sign in its window, “Cocktails Here,” was the only indicator that they had come to the right place. Covert Cocktail Club, a modern, speakeasy-like experience, only accommodates 10 people per evening. Bookings, during which customers are given a date and time to show up and a vague address, sell out months in advance.
At 9 p.m., the front door of the townhouse opened and Matt Levy ushered his guests inside.
Mr. Levy, 38, mixes cocktails for strangers in his home, which he shares with his wife, Jennifer MacFarlane, 41, and their two young daughters. Guests sit around the couple’s kitchen table as Mr. Levy mixes cocktails from a rotating menu. A prix fixe of $80 will get you four drinks and some assorted snacks prepared by Ms. MacFarlane. Guests are also encouraged to bring their own booze if they want something specific once, a guest from North Carolina brought her own bottle of house-infused lavender gin.
A couple in their mid-30s, Chris Donohoe and Wesley Loden, actually live down the street from Mr. Levy and Ms. MacFarlane. “We’ve always been so curious to come here,” Mr. Donohoe said. “We always see that sign and get jealous.” Mr. Loden was actually in the middle of doing “Dry January,” but when a reservation at the club opened up, he decided to shift his priorities.
Once everyone was settled around the kitchen island, Mr. Levy handed his guests an aperitif — this evening, it was a rum pineapple Pimms punch — and introduced himself as the bartender and host. He looked the part in a gray short-sleeved button-up shirt, maroon chinos with a tropical palm tree print and a dark brown belt with an oversize Statue of Liberty buckle. His mustache even curled a little at the ends.
Mr. Levy has never bartended professionally. He has honed his technique by reading a lot of books. “I just really enjoy the performative aspect of all this,” Mr. Levy said. His official interest in cocktails was piqued when he observed a bartender in Tokyo cutting a giant ice cube. “I was mesmerized, and suddenly, I thought: I want to try this too!”
He became a “cocktail fanboy” and began experimenting at home. He spent years learning bartending techniques, memorizing recipes, figuring out how to hand-cut ice (he owns two ice saws from Japan) as well as how to set drinks on fire.
Mr. Levy designs all the cocktails, and sometimes take inspiration from local current events. In December, he created the “Astoria Borealis” after the power plant explosion in Queens turned the skies an eerie blue. The rum-based cocktail has blue Curaçao (for color) and banana liqueur (because, as Mr. Levy put it, the whole thing was “bananas”). Shaken and strained over crushed ice, the final flourish is a splash of Rum Fire, which Mr. Levy briefly sets on fire.
“It is so delicious,” Mr. Donohoe said after taking a sip. Mr. Levy will occasionally allow himself a drink with his guests but keeps it limited to two or three. “Otherwise I’ll get blind drunk and won’t be able to make cocktails,” he said.
The idea for a cocktail club in his kitchen came to him after the 2016 presidential election, when he thought people might appreciate a distraction. So he started an Instagram account and waited for cocktail enthusiasts to discover it. They did, but business was slow at first, with only about half a dozen bookings in three months. Mr. Levy was undaunted. He continued posting photos. Then Punch, the online food and drink magazine, posted an article about the club. It was booked solid for the entire summer.
Both Mr. Levy and Ms. MacFarlane regard the venture as their creative outlet. Mr. Levy, who has studied performance art and poetry, runs a company with his father, The Levy’s Unique New York!, which creates personalized tours for individuals and small groups. Ms. MacFarlane is a wedding photographer. “We are both very outgoing and social — we just love to host and entertain,” she said. “But we’re also New York hustlers, you know. We always need to be doing something different.”
That said, the couple prioritizes the social aspects of what they do over turning a profit, emphasizing that they are not running a business. “It is an informal intimate social gathering of friends, strangers, and friends of friends via word of mouth,” they wrote in an email. “We do no advertising whatsoever. And we do not have “open or closed times” — people just shoot us an email and we set it up.”
It almost seems as if the couple were destined to do something like this. Ms. MacFarlane’s great-grandparents were bootleggers in Prohibition-era New York. Her grandfather was a singing waiter in the West Village, who hung out with burlesque dancers. “I just remember our house always being full of these strange and wonderful people when I was growing up,” she said. “It feels nice to carry on that tradition. Sometimes my oldest daughter asks me, ‘Who are all those people downstairs?’”
Instagram and word-of-mouth from a community of “boozehounds,” as Mr. Levy calls them, keep the club hopping. Mr. Levy said that even professional bartenders have come calling. One bartender visiting from Ottawa had such a great time that he sent Mr. Levy a bottle of his homemade jerk-spiced bitters and a handwritten recipe book.
Mr. Levy originally wanted to curate the conversation between his guests to ease the awkwardness. He was adamant that they stay away from five topics in particular: work, real estate, children, the weather, and commuting horror stories. “But then I realized I can’t really tell people that they can’t talk about something,” he said. “That’s not exactly in the spirit of this whole thing.”
The couple decided to let the alcohol do most of the work.
Although a few ladies nights have gotten “a bit messy” at the club, it mostly plays host to first, second, or third dates. One couple visited on their third date they returned six months later, and again a year and a half later. They’re now married. Mr. Levy estimates around 40 percent of the visitors are returning guests. For the most part, everyone is respectful. “Their expectations are managed by the experience — they know it’s our home, and that we have kids. We’re open about that. Sometimes if we’re too loud, I’ll shush everyone.”
Mr. Levy has no aspiration to own a bar. If anything, the club has turned him off the idea. “I’d definitely feel out of place behind a bar. This is much more fun,” he said, patting the kitchen bench. “I like putting strangers in a strange space together and seeing what happens.”
Creamy Coconut-Lime Floats
Can someone please explain something to me? What’s up with the mustache thing? Kate and I have had many conversations with one another trying to figure out how on earth how mustaches (especially ones on sticks) became a “thing.” Like, trendy enough that you find sweaters like the one below in the middle of Target. And trendy enough that people are somehow convinced they need to jump on Pinterest crazes and make mustaches a part of important life events like one’s WEDDING DAY. I predict 50 years into the future there will be grandchildren all over the world looking at antique photos asking, “Grandma, why is everyone at your wedding making weird expressions and holding fake mustaches up to to cover their faces?” And Grandma will then drop her head in shame and wonder the same darn thing. Think about it people, think about it. Ironically enough, the same day I took a picture of this ridiculous sweater at Target to send to Kate (because that’s what we spend half of every day doing: sending pictures of weird things to each other) I also bought…mustache straws. How could I not? They have Irish mustaches on them. And everyone knows that while a long black hairy mustache is weird, a fluffy orange Irish one is fun, festive, and adorable.
I had straws, so I wanted to make a fun drink. My St. Patrick’s Day recipes around here usually default to things that are mint chocolate because that’s one of my favorite flavor combos, and well, it’s green. But everyone knows the infamous “Shamrock Shake” is basically just vanilla ice cream with peppermint and food coloring and I feel like it’s totally been overdone on food blogs, so I wanted something green, but not minty, and something my kids would still like. They’re all about fruity and fizzy and I’m all about coconut and lime-y so I went with that. These would be super easy to whip up on Sunday and a great one for kids to help with.
Start with some ice in your blender
and add in some cream of coconut. Cream of coconut is not coconut milk. You can find it in either a can or preferably a squeeze bottle in the section of the grocery store where you find alcoholic drink mixers like pina colada and margaritas, etc. We use cream of coconut in a lot of recipes, so you’ll have plenty of reasons to use the leftovers!
Next in is some half and half. Don’t use milk- that’s just weird. Cream? A-Ok if you’re feeling that naughty.
And if you want to make these green like I did, add in a drop or two of food coloring. You’ll get a cold, frothy mixture that will taste super delicious. Pour that into your glasses.
Next, scoop in a big ol’ scoop of lime sherbet,
And then pour your favorite lemon-lime soda over the top (Sprite, 7-Up, Sierra Mist, etc.) Those creamy frothy bubbles are one of the best things about any flavor of float.
Top with a little whipped cream, and if you like- some flecks of gold to attract those sneaky little leprechauns.
Also, a mustache on a stick. But make sure it’s an Irish one.
Creamy Coconut-Lime Floats
Recipe by Our Best Bites
1/2 cup crushed ice
1/2 cup half and half
4 tablespoons cream of coconut
1 cup lemon-lime soda
optional: green food coloring
Place ice, cream of coconut, and half & half in a blender and blend until smooth. Add green food coloring if desired. Divide mixture between 2 large glasses or 4 small ones. Scoop in one large scoop of sherbet into each glass. Top with about 1/2 cup soda in each glass (That’s if you’re making 2 servings. If you’re making 4 small glasses, use about 1/4 cup soda in each glass). Top with whipped cream and gold sprinkles if desired.
10 Super Cool Star Wars Desserts for the Geek in All of Us
Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.
In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.
Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.
The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.
Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)
What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.
How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.
Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.
For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!