Join Us for the Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala on Friday, February 22, 2019

Join your friends and colleagues on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 for the 5th Annual Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala! Enjoy the mystery and celebration of a Venetian Carnival. Masks encouraged.

Proceeds provide professional mental health support for children and teenagers in central Texas who are coping with a parent’s serious illness.

Questions about tickets, tables or sponsorship?
Contact Rachelle Shuttlesworth at 512-329-5757, Ext. 107 or rachelle@wondersandworries.org.

The Tipsy Alchemist to Mix it Up on Rainey Street This Summer

SBBC Hospitium Partnering with David Nguyen to Open Popular Concept with an Austin Spin at 70 Rainey 

SBBC Hospitium and Austin-based Operating Partner David Nguyen are excited to announce plans to open a new location of The Tipsy Alchemist on Rainey Street this summer. Located on the second level of 70 Rainey, the elevated cocktail bar will offer Austinites the same popular cocktail menu from the Dallas location in addition to a more casual patio setting with an outdoor stage for local music acts and an extended menu complete with local craft beer and a selection of shareable cocktails.

 “When we decided to open The Tipsy Alchemist in Dallas, our mindset was to break the rules, have our own style, and elevate people’s nightlife experience,” says Dallas Managing Partner Stephen Underhill Jr. “After two years of support and thinking outside the box, we are finally ready to grow, and I can’t think of a better city to open our second location of The Tipsy Alchemist than Austin.” 

The Bramble

The Bramble

With unmatched attention to detail, The Tipsy Alchemist creates cocktails with a touch of science, art, and technique. The cocktail menu features a diverse list of libations, including The Edison, made with rum that is blended with nitrogen-frozen mint and lime and then served in a light bulb on ice, and The Mad Hatter, which is created with vodka, vermouth, lemon, cucumber, and watermelon and then placed into a pneumatic tube transport system—similar to the tubes you deposit checks through at the bank—which encircles the bar so the cocktail is mixed via transport and then served at the other end of the bar.

The Edison

The Edison

Designed by Coeval Space Design and Concepts, The Tipsy Alchemist will bring a fun and energetic atmosphere to the Rainey Street bar scene with lounge seating spread throughout the 2,269 square-foot interior and 3,271 square-foot patio. Seating will be comprised of high-tops and modular furniture that is easily moved around to accommodate any type of private event.

Paper Plane

Paper Plane

The Tipsy Alchemist will be located at 70 Rainey, Suite 200. For more information on The Tipsy Alchemist, please visitwww.thetipsyalchemist.com.

ABOUT THE TIPSY ALCHEMIST

The Tipsy Alchemist is an elevated bar and lounge featuring well-crafted cocktails with a touch of science, art, and technique. With an existing location in Dallas, The Tipsy Alchemist is opening their second location in Austin in summer 2019. Soon to be located on the second level of 70 Rainey, the Austin location will offer a similar cocktail program, an extended menu complete with local craft beers and a selection of shareable cocktails, and casual patio seating with an outdoor stage. For more information on Tipsy Alchemist, please visit www.thetipsyalchemist.com.

Broadway in Austin Presented by Texas Performing Arts

BROADWAY IN AUSTIN PRESENTED BY TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS ANNOUNCES SIX-TIME TONY AWARD® WINNER DEAR EVAN HANSEN AND DISNEY’S ALADDIN TO ANCHOR THE 2019-20 SEASON WITH ANTICIPATED AWARD-WINNERS AND AUSTIN PREMIERES  

Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts 2019-20 Season Lineup is headlined by the six-time Tony Award® pop culture phenomenon DEAR EVAN HANSEN; a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, Disney’s ALADDIN and a new mesmerizing production launches in Austin JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Rounding out the incredible Season: HELLO, DOLLY!, COME FROM AWAY and A BRONX TALE.  Make it a 7-show package with LES MISÉRABLES.

LES MISÉRABLES: September 10-15, 2019: (ADD ON)

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: October 8-13, 2019

DEAR EVAN HANSEN: December 10-15, 2019

HELLO, DOLLY!: January 21-26, 2020

COME FROM AWAY: February 18-23, 2020

DISNEY’S ALADDIN: March 11-22, 2020

A BRONX TALE:  May 5-10, 2020

Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX

Subscribers can renew their Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts 2019-20 Season subscription at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12; starting at $224 for six shows and $249 for seven shows.  Subscribers may add the return of LES MISÉRABLES to make it a 7-show package. For more information, patrons can visit BroadwayInAustin.com or call Broadway in Austin at 800-731-SHOW (7469), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The deadline for current Season Subscribers to renew their seats is March 12. Groups of 10 or more are also available by calling 877-275-3804 or via email at Austin.Groups@BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com. Individual show ticket sales will be announced at a later date. 

Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts is thrilled to announce it’s 2019-20 Season; the ONLYnational touring Broadway series in Austin.  “We’re amid an amazing 2018-19 season, and Broadway in Austin has done it again – blending a season of favorite gems with new powerful, moving and just plain fun shows sure to become favorites.  I can’t wait!” states Rachel Durkin-Drga, Texas Performing Arts Senior Associate Director.

Season Subscribers enjoy the best seats in the house for Broadway hits all season long, plus the option to purchase tickets before the general public. Subscribers also receive great benefits including ticket exchange and replacement services, the opportunity to request a seating upgrade for the season ahead, and much more. The renewal deadline for current subscribers is March 12. 

Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts 2019-20 Season features seven incredible productions from September 2019 to May 2020 at Bass Concert Hall.  The six and seven-show packages include:

 

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

October 8-13, 2019 

“AN ADRENALINE-PUMPING PRODUCTION.”

The New York Times 

“ A GORGEOUS, THRILLING, HEAVENLY MUSICAL”

The Guardian

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America and launches in Austin. With music and lyrics by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winners Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice,JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival. 

 

DEAR EVAN HANSEN

WINNER OF SIX 2017 TONY® AWARDS INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL AND THE 2018 GRAMMY® AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM

December 10-15, 2019 

“ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE SHOWS IN MUSICAL THEATER HISTORY.”

The Washington Post 

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

DEAR EVAN HANSEN has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post who says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre

history.” The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”

DEAR EVAN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal). 

 

HELLO DOLLY!

January 21-26, 2020 

“IT IS, IN A WORD, PERFECTION”

TIME OUT ADAM FELDMAN 

Winner of four Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival, HELLO, DOLLY! is the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” and the Los Angeles Times says “distills the mood-elevating properties of the American musical at its giddy best.”  Director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). After breaking box office records week after week and receiving unanimous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! is now touring America, paying tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!” 

 

COME FROM AWAY

February 18-23, 2020 

“IT TAKES YOU TO PLACES YOU NEVER WANT TO LEAVE!”

Newsweek

This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. 

 

DISNEY’S ALADDIN

March 11-22, 2020 

“EXACTLY WHAT YOU WISH FOR!”

NBC-TV 

From the producer of THE LION KING comes the timeless story of ALADDIN, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle.  It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Hailed by USA Today as “Pure Genie-Us,” ALADDIN features all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony® and Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Newsies) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast),Tony Award winner Tim Rice (The Lion King, Aida), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer). 

 

A BRONX TALE

May 5-10, 2020

“JERSEY BOYS MEETS WEST SIDE STORY.”

amNewYork

Academy Award® nominee Chazz Palminteri’s teamed up with Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks to create A BRONX TALE, based on Chazz Palminteri’s true life story. This streetwise musical has The New York Times hailing it as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”

Make it a 7-Show Package

 

LES MISÉRABLES

September 10-15, 2019 

“LES MIZ IS BORN AGAIN!”

NY1

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. 

CURRENT SUBSCRIBERS CAN RENEW NOW! 

2019-20 Season packages are only available to current, renewing subscribers.  New patrons are encouraged to sign up for the official waiting list at BroadwayinAustin.com and will be notified once new subscriptions become available. 

The six or seven show Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts 2019-20 Season subscription packages go on sale beginning 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12; prices start as low as $224.  Season Subscribers may add the return of LES MISÉRABLESas a seventh show to complete their package for as little as $249.

For more information patrons can visit BroadwayInAustin.com or call Broadway in Austin at 800-731-SHOW (7469), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The deadline for current Season Subscribers to renew their seats is March 12. Groups of 10 or more are also available by calling 877-275-3804or via email at Austin.Groups@BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com. Individual show ticket sales will be announced at a later date. 

TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS is situated on the main campus of one of the largest and most prestigious research universities in the country.  Texas Performing Arts serves The University of Texas at Austin campus and the Austin community at large through a diverse season of world-class fine arts performances, educational activities, and collaborative partnerships.  Texas Performing Arts presents an international season of music, theatre, dance, and conversation in our multiple venues, as well as the best in touring Broadway productions and concert attractions. As a university-based arts center it is also committed to serving the academic mission of the College of Fine Arts by supporting the work of our students, faculty and staff on our stages, classrooms, studios and production shops; and in the educational outreach programs it provides for the Austin community.

Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office.  Led by 13-time Tony-winning theater producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 44 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Presentations include Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera and Hamilton. Current and past productions include The Band’s Visit, Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Hairspray, Mean Girls, The Producers and Waitress.

Presented by Texas Performing Arts. Broadway Across America provides production services for Texas Performing Arts. Sales tax exempt pursuant to Texas Tax Code Section 151.3101(a)(3).

Cheers! Celebrate National Drink Wine Day by Helping Your Heart, Gut, and Brain

Rosé Piscine, a rosé wine specifically made to drink over ice, serves up some of the health benefits

February 18th is National Drink Wine Day, which is a day each year that celebrates the love and health benefits associated with wine. According to the consulting group BW 166, wine sales in the U.S. topped $72.2 billion in 2018, which was nearly a 5 percent increase over the prior year. Clearly, we are nation that loves a good glass of wine, and the more we learn of the health benefits, the more likely more of us will add a bottle to our grocery list.

“People were enjoying a good glass of wine long before the research showed that there are health benefits,” explains Blake Helppie, managing partner at Rosé Piscine, a rosé wine specifically made to drink over ice. “Now we can enjoy our glass of wine and feel good about what it is doing for our body, too. Rarely do we find something that we enjoy so much that also provides health benefits.”

Wine enthusiasts can rejoice as they celebrate National Drink Wine Day this year, because the drink has plenty of research pointing to the fact that it’s a healthy beverage to drink in moderation. What exactly is moderation? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), moderate drinking is up to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. One drink is defined as being four ounces of wine. Further, they recommend that number is not the average consumed over a week, but the amount consumed on any given day.

Most people who enjoy having a glass of wine with their meal love the taste, but they may not be aware of the way it’s helping their body. Here are some of the many health benefits that have been associated with making wine a part of your diet:

  • Heart health. The National Institutes of Health reports that studies have shown that adults who drink light to moderate amounts of alcohol may be less likely to develop heart disease than those who do not drink at all or are heavy drinkers.
  • Gut health. The April 2017 issue of the journal Current Opinion in Biotechnology included the research results of a study on the health benefits of fermented foods, including wine. The study found that fermented foods, including wine, provide health benefits well beyond the starting food materials, and contain living microorganisms of which some are genetically similar to strains used as probiotics.
  • Diabetes health. The April 2017 issue of the journal Endocrine reports that the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association recommend a Mediterranean diet for improving glycemic control and cardiovascular risk factors in type 2 diabetes. It also reports that studies show that higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet is associated with a 20-23 % reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The Mediterranean diet is one that includes drinking wine in moderation.
  • Brain health. Research out of the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2018 found that drinking wine in moderation was associated with reducing inflammation and helping the brain to clear away toxins, including those that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

“From the brain to gut to your heart, drinking a little wine has health benefits for most people,” added Helppie. “It’s nice to feel good about what you are drinking, whether with dinner, at a party, or at the beach. You can drink some wine and know you are doing your body good.”

Rosé Piscine, a wine that has sold millions of bottles in France and Brazil, recently became available for sale in the United States. Uniquely, it is a wine that has been created to be served over ice. Rosé Piscine is made by Pascal Nacenta in southwest France. The French rosé is 100 percent destemmed, fermented for 20 days with cold stabilization at 60 degrees and then filtered. The final product emerges from stainless steel tanks, offering a floral aroma of white flowers and rose and an exotic fruits finish. Rosé Piscine can be purchased at select stores around the country and online. To find a store near you or to order online, visit the site at: www.rosepiscine.com.

About Rosé Piscine

A unique wine in that it has been created to be served over ice, Rosé Piscine is taking the nation by storm. Over two million bottles of it have already been sold in France and Brazil, and it is now available in the U.S. Rosé Piscine is pale salmon in color, light to medium in body wine and is made from Négrette, a locally indigenous varietal known for its powerful aromatic qualities. For more information on Rosé Piscine or the company, visit the site at: www.rosepiscine.com.

BW 166. US Beverage alcohol spending hits $253.8 billion in 2018. https://bw166.com/2019/01/13/u-s-beverage-alcohol-spending-hits-253-8-billion-in-2018-5-1-versus-2017/.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Moderate drinking. https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/moderate-drinking.htm.

Current Opinion in Biotechnology. Health benefits of fermented foods. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27998788.

Endocrine. Mediterranean diet for type 2 diabetes. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27395419.

National Institutes of Health. Wine and heart healthhttps://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001963.htm.

Science Daily. Low levels of alcohol good for the brain. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180202085241.htm.

A Wine Made to be Served on the Rocks? You Bet!

Rosé Piscine, a rosé wine specifically made to drink over ice, is now available in the US and will keep you sipping ice cold wine

Until now, serving wine over ice would be unheard of. After all, as the ice melts the wine would become watered down and lose its great taste. But that’s just not the case with a new wine that has already sold over two million bottles in France and Brazil, and now it’s available in the U.S. Uniquely created to be served on the rocks, Rosé Piscine is taking the nation by storm. From the beach to the dinner table and everywhere in between, the new creation is getting wine enthusiasts to sit up and take notice. From its sleek, uplifting bottle appearance, to the one-of-a-kind over ice concept, it’s a wine that everyone will want to try.

“Rosé Piscine is not your average bottle of wine; we’ve gone to great lengths to ensure this is differently delicious,” explains Blake Helppie, managing partner at Rosé Piscine, a wine specifically made to drink over ice. “Not only is Rosé Piscine served on the rocks, but the ice melting in the glass doesn’t diminish its natural floral flavors, which is a win-win.”

Rosé Piscine is a wine that those who partake in the drink will want to add to their grocery list. Here’s what you need to know about Rosé Piscine:

  • The wine has been selling in France and Brazil and just recently has been released in the United States. It’s available at select stores around the country, and can be ordered online.
  • It’s uniquely a wine that has been created to be served over ice. Rosé Piscine is made by Pascal Nacenta in southwest France.
  • The French rosé is 100 percent destemmed, fermented for 20 days with cold stabilization at 60 degrees and then filtered.
  • The Rosé Piscine tasting notes include being pale salmon in color, with a light to medium body. On the bouquet, it offers hints of Meyer lemon, skin of peach, vanilla, kiwi and McIntosh apple. Mineral quality to the bouquet. On the palate, it offers rounded, well-balanced tannins and acidity, with a long finish.
  • Rosé Piscine is made with an indigenous varietal of southwest France: Négrette, which is a small, very dark and tough-skinned grape known for its powerful aromatic qualities. The fruit is sourced in Côtes du Frontonnais, which is located just southwest of Gaillac and just north of the city of Toulouse, on the western bank of the Tarn river. Rosé Piscine is one of very few French rosés made with the Négrette grape, mainly due to the limited geographic availability of this unique varietal.
  • Wine Enthusiast named Rosé Piscine’s region in France the Wine Region of the Year 2017.
  • Rosé Piscine was originally created by Jacques Tranier, the president of Vinovalie, a group of producers in the French Southwest. In 2003, he was on a vacation in Saint Tropez when he saw many women drinking rosé wine over ice in large wine glasses. He ordered one to give it a try, only to be disappointed in the diluted taste of the wine. This set him on a mission to create a rosé wine that could maintain its integrity while being served on ice.

“Our wine doesn’t need to be pre-chilled or kept in an ice bucket, which means you can enjoy it anywhere and at anytime,” added Helppie. “Once people give Rosé Piscine a try, it quickly becomes one of their favorites. We love hearing that type of feedback.”

To find a store near you or to order online, visit the site at: www.rosepiscine.com.

About Rosé Piscine

A unique wine in that it has been created to be served over ice, Rosé Piscine is taking the nation by storm. Over two million bottles of it have already been sold in France and Brazil, and it is now available in the U.S. Rosé Piscine is pale salmon in color, light to medium in body and is made from Négrette, a locally indigenous varietal  known for its powerful aromatic qualities. For more information on Rosé Piscine or the company, visit the site at: www.rosepiscine.com.

Say Hello to 2019 at Carpenter’s Hall

Join the fine folks at Carpenters Hall for a New Year’s Celebration as they say good riddance to 2018 and hello to 2019!

To celebrate, Chef Grae Nonas and team have prepared a festive 5-course menu that pays homage to classic hotel dishes (think Beef Wellington and Baked Alaska).

Of course, there will be a few sparkling surprises along the way, including a midnight toast. An optional wine pairing will feature Grower Champagne and special magnums.

Let’s eat, drink, and be merry!

You can book your reservation and see the full five course menu here.

One Tip for Choosing a Safer Video Game for Kids

While many parents and others shopping for young people know to look out for violence and sexual content in video games, they may not be aware of something else found in many popular games that is raising serious public health concerns.

Research shows that exposure to images of tobacco — its use still the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S. — can influence young people to start smoking. In fact, 44 percent of adolescents who start smoking do so because of smoking images they see in movies. Tobacco use in video games is likely to promote youth smoking in similar ways and may even pose additional concerns since video games are more active and intense experiences. Some games even include storylines or elements where tobacco use benefits a player.

Despite the risk, tobacco content in video games is not a well-known issue. Here are some important things to be aware of so you can avoid games with tobacco content.

Many youth- and teen-rated games include tobacco.

Just because a game is rated appropriate for youth and teens does not mean it is free of tobacco imagery. While a methodical review of games on the U.S. market has yet to be conducted, it is clear from past research that tobacco use is frequently depicted in video games geared toward young people.

For example, between 1994 and 2011, 60 out of 78 large video game publishers included tobacco imagery in at least one, and often more, of their games rated appropriate for youth. A 2012 paper on the prevalence of tobacco in games found a significant increase in tobacco content in games rated for young adolescents since 2005.

More recently, Truth Initiative, the national public health organization behind the tobacco public education campaign truth, conducted a partial review of 2016 releases from top publishers and found more than a dozen video games with tobacco imagery, including at least five rated “Teen.”

Warnings and content descriptors are not always reliable.

Video game content descriptors often fail to mention tobacco use, making it difficult for parents to use them to monitor for tobacco imagery.

A 2015 survey by the University of California, San Francisco, confirmed tobacco content in 42 percent of the video games that participants reported playing; however, only 8 percent of these games had tobacco warnings from the Entertainment Software Rating Board, the gaming industry’s self-regulatory organization that rates video games and apps.

In its report, “Played: Smoking and Video Games,” Truth Initiative called on the ESRB to consistently identify and disclose if any game contains tobacco use or tobacco references. The organization is also urging game developers and publishers to stop including tobacco use and tobacco images in their games, particularly those marketed to or played by youth, regardless of their ESRB rating. Research suggests that pressure on movie producers has succeeded in decreasing tobacco imagery in youth-rated movies, and the same efforts should be used to influence game developers and publishers.

Even as national smoking rates have declined to record lows, smoking continues to be portrayed positively on screens. Glamorizing and re-normalizing smoking, and making it appear “cool,” could threaten the progress the U.S. has made in decreasing tobacco use, which kills 1,300 Americans every day.

For more on the topic of tobacco in video games, visit truthinitiative.org. (BPT)

Best Places to Watch Fireworks this New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is usually a time for over-the-top parties, but with that comes uber surcharges and high drink costs. Five condo complexes are offering a solution: celebrate New Year’s at home with some of the best South Florida firework views.

Below, we’ve shared some of the top places to catch the fireworks in each city. The key to getting in? Just become a resident (or find a friend who is).

Brickell

  • Panorama – At 868-feet and 85-stories high, Miami’s tallest building promises some of the best firework views. Here’s a view from the top to give you an idea. With amenities including a social lounge, wine tasting rooms and on-site cocktail bar, there’s no need to go anywhere else.

Downtown

  • CANVAS – Art museum? Condo? At CANVAS, enjoy both in one building. CANVAS is the spot for creatives to party this New Year’s Eve, with 225 original pieces of art throughout the 37-story condominium tower. For the best views, head up to the top floor to catch unobstructed firework views in Miami’s Art & Entertainment District.

 

  • X Miami – Beyond amazing views, X Miami offers a huge pool deck and lawn with a covered bar, grilling entertainment patio, and cocktail lounge for the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration.


Sunny Isles

  • Muse – Nestled between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, this beachfront spot allows you to have your own private party with some of the best firework views in town. Choose between private outdoor living spaces complete with an entertainment system or head up to the building’s vanishing edge pool for drinks overlooking the fireworks.

Boca

  • Akoya – After enjoying a night at Mizner Park and Boca Town Center, bring in the new year with close friends and family minutes away at Akoya. The secluded luxury condominiums boast stunning views and luxury accommodations.

Warm Up with Sweet and Savory Comfort Food

If chocolate for dinner sounds too good to be true, it’s because chocolate is usually associated with decadent desserts. However, it can also take comfort food to a whole new level when paired with savory ingredients like red meat.

A bit of bittersweet cocoa powder helps balance out the richness of red meats like duck. Although it’s leaner and lower in saturated fat than other red meats, duck has a bold flavor and texture similar to steak.

In this Mocha-Rubbed Duck Breast recipe, cocoa powder, ground coffee and savory spices are rubbed onto the meat before it’s seared and smothered with a luscious sweet cherry and red wine sauce. The toasty, nutty flavor of coffee complements the cocoa while dark sweet cherries, red wine and toasted almonds complete the sweet and savory dish.

Find more comfort food recipes and tips for cooking with duck at mapleleaffarms.com.

Mocha-Rubbed Duck Breast with Cherry and Red Wine Pan Sauce

Prep time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4

Mocha Rub:

  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2       teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground coffee
  • 2          teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1          teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2       teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 4          Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breasts, thawed

Cherry and Red Wine Pan Sauce:

  • 2          tablespoons reserved duck fat
  • 1/2       cup minced shallots
  • 3/4       cup dry red wine
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 5          ounces frozen dark sweet cherries, thawed and halved
  • 5          sprigs fresh thyme
  • salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • toasted sliced almonds, for garnish
  1. To make Mocha Rub: In small bowl, mix brown sugar, paprika, coffee, salt, pepper and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  2. Pat duck breasts dry and score according to package directions. Use half of rub on meat side of breasts. Cover breasts and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. In cold saute pan, place duck breasts skin-side down. Place pan over low-medium heat 8-12 minutes, or until fat is rendered and skin is crisp and brown.
  4. Turn breasts over and sprinkle remaining rub on skin side. Cook breasts 1-2 minutes skin-side up. Turn breasts back to skin-side down 1-2 minutes to caramelize rub. Reserve approximately 2 tablespoons duck fat for sauce.
  5. Heat oven to 350° F.
  6. Place duck breasts skin-side up on rimmed baking sheet; bake 5-6 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 155° F. Let breasts rest 4-5 minutes before slicing. Temperature will rise during resting period to reach 165° F.
  7. To make Cherry and Red Wine Pan Sauce: Place saute pan with reserved duck fat over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until softened. Add wine to pan to deglaze. Stir in balsamic vinegar, sugar, cherries and thyme sprigs; simmer until reduced. Remove thyme sprigs. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Serve sauce over cooked duck breasts. Garnish with toasted almond slices. (Family Features)

SOURCE:
Maple Leaf Farms

Twin Liquors Raffling Off a Chance to Purchase Rare Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 12 Year Bourbon

Winner Will Take Home Highly Sought After Bourbon at a Great Price

Twin Liquors is raffling off the opportunity to purchase a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 12 Year Bourbon, a spirit so scarce it can be sold for up to $1,500. However, starting December 18th, Pappy Van Winkle fans can enter a contest to have the opportunity to purchase a bottle at Twin Liquors for only $149.99.

To qualify, download the Twin Liquors app and create an account, enabling push-notifications. Those who already have the app should ensure their account is current with push notifications enabled in order to qualify. The contest will run from December 18 through December 31; one winner will be announced by January 4 through the app. The winner must be 21 or older and will need to purchase the bottle through the Twin Liquors online shopping cart and pick it up in person at a Twin Liquors Austin location.

Tuesday, December 18 – Monday, December 31, 2018

Twin Liquors App; See official rules here

ABOUT TWIN LIQUORS FINE WINE & SPIRITS:

Born and raised in downtown Austin, Texas, Twin Liquors began as one small store and has emerged into a successful, homegrown Austin company that has a reputation throughout the United States for having impeccable team members, outstanding customer service, conveniently located stores, extensive selections of fine wines and premium spirits from around the world, and substantial community involvement. Known for its associates’ vast knowledge and friendly service, Twin Liquors currently operates more than 90 neighborhood stores in Central Texas and continues to grow to meet the response of its dedicated customers. For more information on Twin Liquors, visit twinliquors.com. Follow on Facebook at @TwinLiquorsFan and on Instagram @TwinLiquors.