Devotion Vodka Continues to Expand and Hires Seasoned Spirits Experts to Head Sales and Distribution


Devotion Vodka, the world’s smoothest American made vodka, continues to make its mark on the spirits industry. After launching in San Francisco and New Jersey, the Casein-infused vodka is expanding to Las Vegas, Southern California, New York and Arizona. Devotion Vodka infused with Casein (protein) is quickly transforming cocktails across the country. The company is already in its second round of production, as the first round sold out in four and a half months (it was expected to last one year).

Devotion is also defining a new generation of vodka aficionados who devote themselves fully to everything they do in life. “People who drink Devotion aren’t afraid to stand out and take charge; we’ve always worked hard and played harder. That is the mantra of the Devotion brand,” says Devotion founder Andrew Adelman.

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The Juice to Go Series Will Continue Through the Summer

Rouge Tomate, which was voted the Best Juice Bar in 2009 by New York magazine, will launch a Juice To Go series through the summer, beginning Friday, May 28th in time for Memorial Day Weekend.  As a celebration of summer, there will be a 2-for-1 offer on Friday, May 28th and Saturday, May 29th.  One of the greenest restaurants in Manhattan, Rouge Tomate will be using 100% biodegradable cups for the transportation of their signature combinations.  All of the non-alcoholic “Mocktails” currently listed on the bar menu will be available as a “to go” option for $8.00 each and can be ordered from the host or directly at the bar. 

Rouge Tomate’s juice menu is managed by beverage director, Pascaline Lepeltier who works in conjunction with Natalia Hancock, Rouge Tomate’s culinary nutritionist to create the spectacular, yet healthy concoctions.  The menu currently features drinks such as the Cucumber Cooler made from cucumber, lemon dill and seltzer.  Also featured is the Amber Palmer with a hint of jasmine complimenting the green tea, rosemary-grapefruit juice, mint and seltzer.  A staple on Rouge Tomate’s menu is the Green Tornado which features a green juice made from tarragon, spinach, basil, butter lettuce along with mint and lemon juice.  Other seasonal options are the Rouge Tomate Lemonade, the Velvet Sienna and the Red Tornado (as featured last month on a Dr. Oz. Show segment).  

“During the summer everyone wants to be outside, specifically in Rouge Tomate’s backyard, Central Park. We wanted to offer our guests a way to enjoy their favorite juices while taking in some sun around Manhattan,” said Peter Esmond, Director of Operations at Rouge Tomate.  “Our beverages are amazingly refreshing, full of nutritional benefits and we use only local and seasonal ingredients to match the celebration of summer. We are very excited to officially launch the juice to go series.” 

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Carlson Hotels

Carlson Hotels, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announced the opening of its 14th Park Inn property in North America and the second of two hotels joining the brand in Texas. The opening of the Park Inn Dallas Fort Worth South, Texas, and a second hotel which opened recently in Houston, are part of Carlson’s Ambition 2015 growth strategy.

"Park Inn, a leading, award-winning mid-scale brand in Europe and the Middle East, has great potential in North America," said Steve Mogck, executive vice president for Park Inn. "The strong visual identity and contemporary design of the brand provide a fresh approach to the mid-scale segment."Internationally the brand has achieved major milestone recognition. In 2009, J.D. Power and Associates rated Park Inn number one in Europe for guest satisfaction in the mid-scale segment. With 110 hotels in operation globally and 60 hotels currently in development, Park Inn provides affordable accommodations that are efficient, uncomplicated, practical and comfortable.


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What’s Hot in the Hamptons for Summer 2010

On Your Way to the Hamptons:


o Offering guests an unparalleled culinary experience, Executive Chef Gregory Baumel shares his imaginative take on Eclectic cuisine – everyday food with a twist – crafted with the season’s freshest ingredients, many of which are organic and locally sourced.

o A playful sense of whimsy and fun has returned to fine dining, as guests step inside The Stone Turtle Restaurant, they are greeted by a brightly colored décor, met with exposed brick and wood embodies the eatery’s casual elegance and charm.

o Stone Turtle’s Small Plates are ideal for those seeking a quick bite on the road and include Screaming Oysters (Freshly Shucked East Coast Oysters lightly poached in a sauce of Sake, Oyster Sauce, Chilis and Cilantro served with Crostini). Thirsty? Try the Hare of the Turtle (Bacardi® Superior Rum, club soda, mint leaves, jalapeno, lime, sugar, topped with Cotton Candy garnish), or the Stone Turtle Beer Sampler, which includes four 5oz. draft beers from the eatery’s twelve-beer selection. For those with a sweet tooth be sure to indulge with a selection or two from the Chocolate and Nothing But Chocolate Dessert Menu— the decadent, all-chocolate menu offers playful signature sweet treats such as The Dirty Ashtray and Chocolate Jalapeno “Chipwich Sandwich.

o If you can’t make the stop, Executive Chef Gregory Baumel also makes “House Calls” upon request, personally crafting and creating a special menu based upon his client’s tastes and wishes.

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Island Park, NY 11558

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The centrally-located hotel offers a true taste of Chicago with personalized service, top-notch amenities and value-driven packages

Visitors to the Windy City can look forward to a host of new and exciting ways to spend their springtime and summer getaway in Chicago. The Palmer House Hilton, the country’s longest continuously operating hotel, is pleased to offer a diverse set of warm-weather packages this season. Conveniently located in Chicago’s Loop neighborhood, the hotel is within walking distance to Chicago’s famed cultural, business and shopping destinations.
With its $170 million restoration complete, the 1.7 million-square-foot Palmer House Hilton remains an icon, with its roots dating back to 1871. Combining modern amenities and old-world grandeur, the hotel features 1,639 beautifully appointed guest rooms, 44 deluxe suites, 10 hospitality suites and one lavish 3,700-square-foot penthouse. With something for everyone-girlfriends, families and couples -spring and summer package offerings include:     
Historic Package -With roots dating back to 1871,the Palmer House Hiltonis a true architectural and historic gem. One of the United States’ 26 remaining grand palace hotels, the Palmer House Hilton is a destination for history lovers. From the world famous lobby to some of history’s greatest inventions – including a special dessert invented during the World’s Fair of 1893 – the guided tour lasts just over an hour and ends with a small memento to take home. The Historic Package must be booked a minimum of three days prior to arrival and is based upon availability. Available seven days a week through December 31, 2010. Rates start at $209 and are based on double occupancy for one night.

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Esperanto Spiced Oil Now Available Online!


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Esperanto Spiced Oil is ready to come to your home!

Now you can get your own bottle of Esperanto’s liquid gold delivered right to your door!  Since opening over 10 years ago, denizens have been flocking to the East Village pan-Latin restaurant for flavorful food and drink in a festive and fun atmosphere.  Besides its authentic Brazilian and South American menu items, its spiced oil, served with rustic bread, has been a favorite among many guests.  Now, Esperanto is offering its unique blend for sale at the restaurant and on the web.

Esperanto Spiced Oil is a zesty combination of olive and canola oils and fennel seeds, cumin seeds, pepper corns, hot pepper flakes, salt and garlic.  Originally formulated for dipping, Esperanto Spiced Oil is also perfect for use in marinades, sauces and dressings or whenever your dish could use a little of the exotic.

If you can’t get to Esperanto, which is located at 145 Avenue C at 9th Street (212-505-6559), now you can visit  and click on the “Buy Our Esperanto Spiced Oil” button to place your order at $7.00 for one 12 oz bottle, $13.00 for two bottles or $18.00 for 3 bottles (plus shipping).   Esperanto Spiced Oil is $6 per bottle at the restaurant.

Add a little zip to your favorite dish with Esperanto Spiced Oil!