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  • Post-Summer S’mores!
    Posted: August 27, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    S’mores are often thought of as summer staple, but this ooey gooey dessert isn’t just for campfires anymore! Check out some of our favorite twists and tricks to help you get your fix of this classic sweet treat well through the cool weather season.

    Spiced: Start with chocolate graham crackers, your favorite mint chocolates and either toasted marshmallows or marshmallow spread.  Sandwich together and serve with a hot chocolate shooter sprinkled with cinnamon, nutmeg and chipotle for an extra kick.

    Nutty:  Start with gingerbread cookies.  Spread one side of each cookie with a chocolate hazelnut spread followed by a toasted marshmallow or marshmallow spread.  Sandwich together and finish off by dipping half in melted semi-sweet chocolate. Place dipped cookie on parchment paper, sprinkle with crushed toasted hazelnuts and allow the chocolate to set.

    Deconstructed:  Break it down! Start with toasted (or untoasted) marshmallow. Dip the top half of the marshmallow in melted caramel candy and allow to set. Once cooled, dip again in melted milk chocolate. Finish by dipping coated marshmallow into a bowl of crushed graham crackers and mini chocolate chips for some extra crunch.

    **Marshmallows can be toasted  indoors over a gas stove on a metal skewer or in a toaster oven on parchment coated in cooking spray.

  • Make This Drink: Strawberry Vodka Tea
    Posted: August 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm

  • Featured Wedding: Lauren & Alex
    Posted: June 30, 2014 at 11:25 am



    Alex had arranged an elaborate scheme with an event planner to transform their entire Manhattan apartment into a romantic candlelit haven while they were out for dinner together that night.  Not a detail was spared – dozens of red roses, countless candles, crystal champagne flutes and gifts, chocolate-covered strawberries, and framed photographs of special moments the couple has shared together bedecked their home, creating the most intimate setting. Upon arriving home from dinner, Alex gently opened the door to their apartment, and Lauren immediately saw the rose petals on the entrance floor.  Alex guided her through the glowing apartment to the windows where, on bended knee, he proposed.   


    Romantic elegance & candlelit fantasy. “Utilizing a palette of white and blush tones, we softened The Lighthouse’s modern space by artfully draping sheer curtains and embellishing with candles throughout.  Candles adorned the walls and floors, hung from the floral table centerpieces, and were suspended from the ceiling to create a starry effect,” says Lauren. “The Lighthouse magically felt like a floating cloud uniquely nestled in Manhattan against a backdrop of waterfront skyline. “


    Lauren: Beef with Crispy Ravioli

    Alex: Grilled Baby Lamb Chops


    “Never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined that we would crowd surf at our black tie wedding,” says Lauren. “Each of us, as well as my father, were lifted overhead by our dancing guests beneath the starry candlelit ceiling.  It was truly surreal.”


    “Well after they chanted my father’s name to extend the party overtime, our guests continue to rave that our wedding was one of the most fun affairs they’ve attended,” says Lauren. “They were impressed by every detail: from the extraordinary food (in particular, the freshest sushi) to the enchanted décor to the ridiculous music entertainment and meticulous service.”


    floral design: Atlas Floral Decorators Inc. | photography: Fred Marcus Studio | entertainment: Hank Lane – Erik Marshall’s Band | wedding dress: Oscar De La Renta | groom’s attire: custom | bridesmaid dresses: Monique Lhuillier | photobooth: photobooth planet

  • Up Your Guacamole Game!
    Posted: June 25, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    We all know that guacamole is a staple dip at parties — especially at summer gatherings when margaritas are involved! But when it comes time for mix-ins don’t just limit yourself to the basic ingredients. Make your guacamole stand out above the rest with these out-of-the-box ideas!

    Start with your favorite guacamole recipe that includes lime, garlic, onion, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro and salt. From there mix and match any of the combinations below to make your own unique avocado-based dip. Serve alongside plantain chips, crudité, tortilla chips, rice crackers, BBQ potato chips, or grilled pineapple slices.

    Smoky: smoked paprika, chipotle, smoked salt

    Fruity: mango, pineapple, peach, grapefruit

    Boozy: splash of tequila, rum, Corona or rye

    Seafood-y: lump crabmeat, smoked salmon, wasabi tobiko (flying fish roe)