So I am not sure how many women out there read this website, but I figured I would give you women a great valentines day gift idea. Granted, there is absolutely no chance of it shipping in time for Saturday – but really cool to give even if it’s a few weeks late.
A while back my fiancé got me a Barrel from Bluegrass Barrels. I actually mentioned/featured the barrel in my article on Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey, back a few months ago. This is a great way to keep and age spirits, such as whiskey, bourbon, scotch, tequila…etc. The barrels are handmade in Kentucky, with American White Oak with a medium char on the inside. They have three sizes to choose from between 1 – 3 liters, with a choice between the metal used for the hops that hold the barrel together.
To personalize the barrel, you can put up to two lines of text with a maximum of 10 letters per line. Additionally, these barrels can feature your favorite NCAA logos.
So for Christmas I bought my fiancé, and my two little cousins, classes to goto Momofuku Milk Bar. Unless you have been living under a rock, I will assume you know what Momofuku is – if not, I guess I can try to explain. Momofuku was created by David Chang, and their Milk Bar is probably one of the best creations known to man. They take classic desert items, and put their own crazy twist to it, and the end product is fucking amazing. So wouldn’t it be nice to have these snacks whenever you like – thats where my idea formed. BUY THIS CLASS for your girlfriend, wife, mistress, someone else’s wife … JUST DO IT. At the end of the day, you will be the one reaping all the benefits.
The classes will cost you $95/per person and I definitely suggest grabbing the Milk Bar Cookbook, so she can make these items whenever she (you) would like. Just in time for Valentines Day, I just gave you one of the best options ever. Also, even if she wants you to go with here – its not that bad, and they serve Brooklyn Lager during the class. The minute we got done with the class, both my fiancé and cousins were going on about how they can’t wait to make crack pie, cakes, truffles …etc.
Go to their link, Classes @ Momofuku Milk Bar, and look at their schedule and I can guarantee she will be extremely happy, but more importantly you are the true winner. The classes are in their Williamsburg Location, and last about 2 hours.
Let’s face it, New Years Eve might be one of the worst holiday’s to go out. It is almost as big of an amateur hour as Thanksgiving Eve. For these two horrible events, you can usually come across an ‘Open Bar’ which becomes so pack, within the 4 hour time-frame, you have possibly 3 drinks. A few years back, me and a few friends decided to say screw the bar/club scene and lets goto The Smith. For $135/per person you get Full Open Bar (10:00pm-1:00am) along with food – choice of one appetizer, one main, and one dessert. For additional you can order some oysters, sides, other options. My suggestion, pickup their Mac and Cheese and Pretzel for the table. I personally would suggest the East Village location since the crowd is generally better, and I hate passing 14th Street for non-work activities.
For Christmas one of my family members shipped over possibly one of the best gifts – to my parents house. I received fifteen bottles of wine, seven of their favorite whites, seven of their favorite reds – and one Bordeaux. The best part, in 3 months – I get an additional 15 bottles – with no shipping charges and for $70.00. Also, there are some options in terms of the redelivery – i.e. send only reds, send only whites, send mix …etc.
Since I just got this – only tried one of the bottles which was the 2012 Collezione di Paolo Chianti. The bottle retails for around $16 in stores, and received an 82 out of 100 on Wine-Searcher. Bottle was nice, we crushed it pretty quickly. Reviews to come over the next few weeks.
Click the link (www.wsjwine.com) to checkout this program and custom tailor a package to your taste.
Below is a breakdown of some of the bottles I will be receiving over the next few months.
J-P Moueix Bordeaux 2010 (Retail ~20.00 per bottle)
Collezione di Paolo Chianti 2013 (Retail ~16.00 per bottle)
Schroeder Estate Patagonia Pinot Noir 2013 (Retail ~20.00 per bottle)
Pagos de Tahola Rioja Reserva 2007 (Retail ~20.00 per bottle)
J Opi Malbec 2014 (Retail ~13.00 per bottle)
Domaine Ginestieres Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Retail ~12.00 per bottle)
The Inaugural R Collection by Raymond Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Retail ~16.00 per bottle)
Las Barracas Gran Reserva Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Retail ~25.00 per bottle)
Meridion par Pierre Perrin Cotes du Rhone 2012 (Retail ~13.00 per bottle)
Corsiero Nero 2013 (Retail ~16.00 per bottle)
Stonewall Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (Retail ~19.00 per bottle)
HJ Fabre Chardonnay-Torrontes 2014 (Retail ~15.00 per bottle)
Sonoma Vineyards Chardonnay 2012 (Retail ~22.00 per bottle)
Principe Strozzi Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2013 (Retail ~10.00 per bottle)
Sendero des Santos Albariño 2013 (Retail ~20.00 per bottle)
Swiss Watchmaking meets British Style, definitely something I am looking forward to picking up this year. The line I really like, the KULOR– which has a 40mm dial, and nylon strap which comes in different color schemes. For USD 300 – You have an awesome watch to cruise around the Hamptons with. Guarantee you wont see many people with these stateside – yet. www.larssonandjennings.com
A year ago, I purchased two Polk Audio bookshelf speakers from PC Richards in Union Square. Now, you can pick these up from the store for $99/each and they are an amazing deal. They are loud, crisp, and have great range. On top of that, for a little bass, I am using my older Polk Audio 10” subwoofer – which for a small living room is definitely overkill, but it sounds amazing. Between this and the projector, we basically never leave the apartment. Look into these speakers, as they will give you exactly what you are looking for
A while back my girlfriend found an awesome dinner, which was a Crawfish Boil and Wine Paring. At the time, I was just getting back from New Orleans and obsessed with the little bastards, so I was definitely into the idea. When we arrived, it was a wine store in Tribeca with a kitchen and dining room in the back. The table sat about 25 guests, and the host began pouring the wine as the chef prepared the crawfish. During this, we got tanked – as did the rest of the crowd and the host. The pairing was not stuffy and a ton of fun, and the food was great. By the end of the night we were all taking shots of Tequila out of the crawfish caucuses while we tried to remember the difference between old-world and new-word wines. Since then, I have been tracking their website and have come across some great dinners – such a Television show themed dinners, i.e. Game of Thrones, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad.
This is something I highly recommend, whether it’s a first date or night out with the wife. You can check out their calendar via their website below and enjoy.
I am not saying I know your aunt, or that I know she is a bad cook. But even if there is a chance she is a good cook, she cannot compete with PARM. For $90 you could pickup from their Mulberry Street location Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, and Gravy – which feeds 4-6 people. Pretty awesome deal, especially if you are looking to do one of those douchey friends-givings parties. If you are interest, send them over an email for more details.
248 Mulberry Street (bwtn Spring and Prince)
New York, NY