Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in United States and Canada as a day giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and the preceding year, you can also observe that several other places around the world have similar celebrations.
Thanksgiving day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada and this holiday has a historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.
Each year on November, American families gather together for a day of feasting, football and good times. Even if today’s thanksgiving celebrations would likely be unrecognizable to attendees of the original 1621 harvest meal, it continues to be a day for Americans to come together around the table and enjoy some updates to the pilgrim’s menu.
History of Thanksgiving Holiday
In 1621, the Plymouth colonist and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledge today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanks were celebrated by individual colonies and states, and it wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held in November.
In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers. An assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith ad other individuals lured by promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World, and after a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of Hudson River.One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.
Holiday Thanksgiving Traditions
Many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, people only centers on cooking, and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, a thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621.
Today nearly 90 percent of Americans eat their turkey, whether roasted, baked or deep-fried on thanksgiving according to the National Turkey Federation. Other traditional foods including stiffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. In some places volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day activity, and communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the people less fortunate.
In the United States cities and towns across the country parades have also become an integral part of the holiday. This have been presented by Macy’s department store since 1924, New York City’s Thanksgiving Day parade is the largest and most famous, attracting around 2 to 3 millions or more spectators along its 2.5-mile route and drawing an enormous television audience.
Make sure this year you enjoy with your family, sharing the table and most of all make sure you give thanks for your family and all you have and for the good things that are yet to come.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Barrique Restaurant and Wine Bar
Restaurant, Barrica in Boro Boca, Queens|
Restaurant, Barrica in Boro Boca, Queens
Looking for a place where you can have a nice meal or a glass of wine in the areas of Long Island? Barrique Kitchen and Wine Bar is the perfect place you can visit in Babylon area.
Barrique is all about enjoying life and having fun with good wine, and good friends. Barrique is derived from the old world, french, italian and spanish dialects meaning a small oak barrel used in making fine wines. Barrique kitchen and Wine Bar offers global food, wines and spirits in a lively and welcoming atmosphere with attentive personal service while letting the guest set the pace.
They have the wines you love, with over 150 carefully selected wines. Their list has strong slant on American wines, although they have many global choices, offering priced vino, you can find a wine over $100 with most under $30. There are almost 50 half bottle and 30 wines by the glass to choose from and if they have the entire wine list available by the glass (2 glasses minimum is require).
Small plate approach has an emphasis on sharing and you can go in groups of any size, ensuring a tempting and upbeat experience. Offering fabulous rustic food, artisanal cheeses, cured meats, thin crust pizza, pan pressed sandwiches, mini desserts and much more in the menu.
When you walk to Barrique you can appreciate the brick alleyway entrance to the warm, woodsy decor, the atmosphere inside this Babylon wine bar is remarkable European. In a makeover coup, the former Emerson's space has been expanded and redone using rustic brick, timbers, even a communal table made from an old barn door.
If you are ever in the area of Babylon and you love wine, this is a place that you can visit and relax while choosing your favorite wine from the list, glass or bottle that is your decision.
Barrique Kitchen & Wine Bar
69 Deer Park Ave
Open Monday to Sundays
Long Island has great places to enjoy and you don't have to go that far or out of town to find a nice restaurant, vineyard to relax and have a good time with family and friends.
Barrique Kitchen & Wine Bar in Babylon, NY
Paumanok Vineyard in Long Island
1074 Rte. 25 Aquebogue NY
If you are a wine lover, in Long Island you can find great places to visit for wine tasting with a group of friends or only you and your loved one. The Paumanok was founded in the spring of 1983, the 103 acre estate is entirely owned and managed by Ursula and Massoud and their three sons, wine has always been a part of their life and you can enjoy a beautiful experience too at the Paumanok Vineyard.
At this place you will find your favorite wines, premium grapevines are planted, consisting Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The Traditional dense planting of the vineyards at 1100 vines per acre produces more concentrated fruit and therefore higher quality wines and at Paumanok only grown grapes are used.
In the tasting room you may choose from six flights of wine consisting of 2 to 4 wines per flight. A tasting is a small serving, about half an ounce, the flight range from $6 per person to $12 per person. If you purchase for bottles or more, your tasting fee will be credited toward your purchase (Paumanok Club members are not charged for wine tasting).
Paumanok is a beautiful setting to enjoy a glass of wine with some cheese or a charcuterie platter in the permitted areas, in the outdoor deck overlooking the vineyards. Paumanok offers a menu supplied by The Petulant Wino, in Aquebogue, Paumanok also offers a selection of local regional cheese and charcuterie platters as well as (fresh oysters on saturdays during the summer months).
Having fun doesn't always mean that you have to spend tons of money, you only have to take the time and plan day out with that special person, a group of friends or your office co-workers. A day on a vineyard is a perfect idea to relax and to have a good time in Long Island.
Paumanok tasting room is open for tasting and sales 7 days a week from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Paumanok is closed for 4 special days, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving.
Think about it and plan a day of fun and relax!!!
Friday, November 7, 2014
The Argyle Grill & Tavern
Looking for a place to have lunch, dinner or just a drink to relax? Well then, The Argyle Grill & Tavern is a good place to visit and is located in the area of Babylon Village by Park Ave.
The Argyle Grill & Tavern’s original site was constructed in the early 1940’s and according to the local legend that by 1966 the location became known as John’s Bar, which had relocated from across the street. It was at this time when the back room was added.
In 1993, the ownership had changed hands and became Still-mans and still-man’s established itself as an old time family run business catering to the local with fine food and spirits. As with many restaurants and taverns there have been several changes, but the tradition is never lost and purpose of serving people with fine and delicious food.
But keeping with the tradition of Babylon, The Argyle Grill & Tavern was created as a tribute to the once Grand Argyle Hotel. This was a 350 room hotel that stood at Argyle Lake, and it was a destination for people traveling to Babylon in the early part of the century.
The Argyle Grill & Tavern equals grand room and good times; this is a high, nice looking area, setting for causal new American cooking. There is worth polished, dark wood, the look is testament to considerable investment in art direction and set decoration. Black and white photos decorate the place with images of Babylon Village and the old fashioned up front style and appearance give a long established ambience to The Argyle Grill & Tavern.
Their menu is contemporary American, offering fresh seafood, pasta, poultry and center cut steaks, plus delectable and delicious desserts.
The Argyle is open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch.
Argyle Grill & Tavern is also a great place to have a drink after a long day at work, call your friends or co-workers and relax while enjoying your favorite drink at the bar.
Make your reservation or just walk in and enjoy your favorite item in the menu!!!
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
The Post Office Café in Babylon, NY
If you are looking for a place where you can have a and enjoy some quality time with your family, friends or your partner, then Post Office Café is a good place to visit. You can either set a date to have a lunch, dinner or you can just meet a friend at the bar while enjoying appetizers and your favorite drink.
The Post Office Café is a place with a great and friendly atmosphere, and the staff always greets you with a smile and warm welcoming. A sixth generation, family owned and operated business, Lessing’s has been dedicated to quality and excellence in food service since 1890.
Founder Maxwell Lessing built the Lessing’s brand with his vision of providing service to coffee shops in lower Manhattan. But, by 1917, the company grew into a downtown operation.
Lessing’s is one of the most recognizable names that offer hospitality in Long Island, they owned and operate some of the area’s finest dining establishments. Lessing’s full service restaurants include four stars Mirabelle featuring world class ambiance paired with the finest French cuisine, the waterfront view Restaurant offering the best seafood Long Island has to offer and trademark ‘Main street’ locations serving moderately priced American fare including Post Office Café, Maxwell’s, Library Café, Finnegan’sand the Southside Hotel.
Soups & salads
Main Street Specialties
And there is more to choose from the menu at Post Office Café, you won't regret visit this place and having a good time, whether you do it during the week or the weekend. All in Long Island
Post Office Café
130 West Main Street
They also do private events with catering menus services!!
Have a cold ice adventure!!!
This time of the year means fun for many people in New York City, because we all know that it wouldn't be winter without a spin around the city’s most celebrated traditions. Each time winter at Rockefeller Center visitors lace up their skates and swirl away at The Rink in Rockefeller Center.
This time of the year you will find New Yorkers and visitors from around the world, enjoying their day off or having one of a lifetime vacation, swirling and twirling with the bustling crowds, living the moment with sparkling lights as a unique urban backdrop.
The room is design to have only 150 skaters at a time, it is an awesome experience and an incredible opportunity to have a great time with whoever you wish to share this experience and for people that are visiting for the first time this will be a memory to save for a lifetime.
Arrange you First Skate
Get up and start your day off right with a healthy and invigorating spin around The Rink at Rockefeller Center. The first skate of the day allows you to reserve at 7:00am this first session allows you to get on the ice faster, before than anyone else, you just need simply check in, get your skates and get on the ice!!!
This place offers you at each first skate session, your skate rentals are included and they'll treat you with a complimentary coffee or hot chocolate.
Something New this Year
Now you can have a delightful morning because it doesn't have to end when you return your skates! Now you can select the first skate plus a bountiful breakfast package and head over to the comfortable dining room at Rock Center Café after your first skate session to be treated to a relaxing, delicious breakfast prepared for you by professional chefs.
Whether you are heading to the office, shopping or to enjoy another adventure, there is no better way to start your day in Manhattan this holiday season.