Christmas Eve Dinner Churrascaria Style

Rio’s Churrascaria
360 Park Avenue South, at 26th Street


Rio’s Churrascaria is the perfect setting for Christmas Eve dinner this year. Guests are served an authentic rodizio-style dinner, which features a variety of meats grilled to perfection and carved on skewers tableside. The meats are cooked in a traditional rodizio grill, and a breathtaking hot and cold buffet and salad bar, which features over 40 different freshly prepared offerings accompanies it.

Rio’s Churrascaria boasts a sophisticated, truly elegant atmosphere, but the churrascaria is all about fun, and whether you are in a large group or dining as a couple, the experience of having so many cuts of meat to sample, each prepared in traditional Brazilian preparation and grilled to true succulent perfection, makes for a festive and memorable evening, full of authentic Brazilian soul.

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The Jockey Club Returns to Embassy Row

The Jockey Club Returns to Embassy Row

Legendary Restaurant Reopens as The Fairfax at Embassy Row Completes Historic Restoration


The legendary Jockey Club, for decades considered the “place to be” in Washington, D.C. has returned – and with it returns the elegant, classic fare and impeccable service that made The Jockey Club one of the most beloved dining destinations in our nation’s capital. After an extensive multi-million dollar restoration that embraces its rich history, The Fairfax at Embassy Row, home to The Jockey Club, has also reemerged as one of Washington D.C.’s preeminent luxury hotels.

During its four decade reign The Jockey Club hosted eight different Presidents and their First Ladies. Today The Jockey Club has reopened its doors to a new generation of Washington leaders and the world’s power brokers. Martin Garbisu, a leading personality in The Jockey Club’s original incarnation, is back as Maitre d’ to welcome guests to the return of a legend.

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YOU CAN AFFORD MANHATTAN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!, Manhattan’s Premiere Vacation Rental Company

Announces 35% off Its Spacious Lofts

Think that you can’t afford to vacation in Manhattan this year? Well think again!, Manhattan’s premiere vacation rental company has slashed 35% off 5-night stays at all its Manhattan lofts – just in time for the holiday season! Treat yourself or someone special to the ultimate gift, a stay in a spacious and comfortable loft in the heart of the city.

Based in Manhattan since 1998, has been connecting domestic and international visitors with high quality short-term vacation rental spaces throughout the borough. Their attention to detail, high standards, reliable reservations system and safe and secure monetary transactions have made them the most trusted service of their kind in New York City. loft properties, 3 downtown and 1 in midtown Manhattan offer all the amenities of home, including queen and king

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Fabio Piccolo Fiore Four-Course Christmas Dinner

Fabio Piccolo Fiore Four-Course Christmas Dinner

If you long to spend Christmas Eve with family but don’t want to slave away at the stove, make your way to Fabio Piccolo Fiore where Chef Fabio Hakill will make sure you feel right at home. Always known for indulging the customer’s specific desires, Fabio has put together a classic menu that’s guaranteed to be a sure-fire crowd pleaser—and at a value price, too.

Fabio Piccolo Fiore Restaurant
230 East 44th Street, NYC 10017
T. 212.922.0581 F. 212.922.0553

Fabio Piccolo Fiore
Four-Course Christmas Dinner

Starters (Choice of)

Lobster Bisque

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2009 Loire Valley Wine Tours

Select Wine Journeys Announces

2009 Loire Valley Wine Tours



Week-long journeys of wine-tasting and more in the Central Loire region of France:Vouvray, Bourgueil, St. Nicolas de Bourgueil, Chinon and Montlouis-sur-Loire.

Discover new wine in The Garden of France



Select Wine Journeys has announced its 2009 program of wine tours in the historic Touraine region of France’s Loire Valley. The Loire Valley is often referred to as “The Garden of France” for its diverse and world-class vineyards, abundance of fresh food and generous markets, as well as its gentle landscape of meandering rivers, rolling vine-covered slopes and open skies. The setting is a visual delight, and a brief visit will confirm why it was the favoured home of many royals through the centuries.

Four Tour Themes

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Karlsson’s GOLD vodka that is – even Goldfinger would drink to that!

How to create a martini good enough for Bond

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The “Shaken or Stirred” debate began back when James Bond ordered a vodka martini in Casino Royale, the novel. Many years and over a handful of blockbuster hits later, the age-old martini debate lives on. With the next Bond flick (Quantum of Solace) opening November 14, bartenders and imbibers alike will still be arguing over the best martini techniques. Some prefer their martini shaken (like Bond), while others like theirs stirred. Stirring a martini allows the ice to melt while chilling the liquor, adding more water to the drink than shaking does – an essential element in creating a martini. While the traditional martini is made with gin, Bond is responsible for making the vodka martini popular.

Most vodkas are distilled multiple times, leaving them flavorless. But if you’re going to drink a vodka martini, shouldn’t it have flavor? Karlsson’s GOLD vodka, from Sweden, is distilled just once to ensure a rich, complex flavor unlike any other. Noted spirits writer David Wondrich describes Karlsson’s as “a high-quality vodka that’s got the one thing so many vodkas are missing these days: taste.” Wine & Spirits magazine just named Karlsson’s one of the Best Spirits of 2008. Made from seven varieties of virgin new potatoes, Karlsson’s possesses a unique, vegetal flavor – ideal for sipping. Karlsson’s martinis are best enjoyed topped with fresh cracked black pepper to bring out the savory taste.

Rick Pitcher of Gotham Bar & Grill in New York City offers tips on how to create a martini good enough for Bond:

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“Recession Special” for both Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Meli Melo, the French bistro at 110 Madison at 30th, 212-686-5551, is having a “Recession Special” for
both Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The menu is the same for both and is the same as last year but is 20% cheaper! The price for Christmas is $38 and New Year’s Eve is $55 which includes a glass of champagne to ring in the new year.

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