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How to Make Mulled Hungarian Wine the Easy Peasy Way

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Benedek Pinot Noir (Palinkerie Fine Hungarian Imports)

I don’t remember the point at which the simple days of working on a wishlist of gifts in the days leading up the the holidays were over. All I know is this time of year hasn’t exactly been a time to kick back and relax for a long time. As much as I love shopping for gifts and the festivities surrounding it, it’s time consuming and takes a lot of work. Add to it, work on putting together a massive market, and you are going to want to look for some short cuts. But since we’ve set a high bar on creative seasonal cocktails that are served at the markets, we didn’t want to dilute quality either. Continue reading

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Try on a Beautiful Leather Throne Watch at the Duke’s Annex Pop-up

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If you don’t live on Franklin Street, you may not have noticed the great series of pop-up stores that have begun to occupy Duke’s Annex, the small space next to Duke’s Liquor Box. Throne Watches is the current pop-up store, and we were curious about their beautiful leatherwork, so we asked Travis Alexander, one of Throne’s founders, about their watches and what you can expect to find at their pop-up store. And now they’ve extended their Duke’s stay, so now you can catch them through the end of December. Continue reading

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Make it Through the Holidays Looking, Feeling & Doing Good with Deals at Sparrow Salon

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That time of year is upon us, when we are supposed to be thinking about family and friends and happiness and cheer, while trying to deflect all the stress and pressure the season also brings. Sometimes a little pampering can help do the trick. Whether you gift it to yourself or a loved one, no one is going to want to return a massage or a great hair cut.

At Sparrow Salon in Greenpoint “everything is intertwined. If you look good you feel good. If you feel good you can do good. If you do good you feel good. And if you feel good you look good. You can’t take one away without the others suffering.” That’s the key behind Sparrow’s blend of massage, hair styling, and sustainable gifts and beauty products.

And for Cyber Monday get 15% off all gift certificates with code “HappyHolidays” and 20% off all retail in the shop or online with code “HolidayGifts”.

Every day get $20 off the first massage and $20 off the first Hair Cut or Color. Just mention this deal during service.

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Easy Like Sunday Morning Coconut Macaroons!

When a friend invites you to a party and you ask, “Can I bring anything?” be prepared for “How about dessert?” And if you don’t want to take the easiest route and go to the bakery, try this incredibly simple and festive macaroon recipe.

Aside from how tasty they are, there are two things I love about this recipe: 1. most of the ingredients (aside from coconuts) are in my cabinets and 2. I can easily remember all the ingredients. They also survived despite our wonky oven temperature fluctuations. Continue reading

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Gift Guide: Cafe Grumpy Gift Box Makes BEST Last Minute Gift

Well folks there are only 2 days until the big Christmas Day and many of us are scrambling. Maybe we forgot about our sister-in-law or that weird cousin no one talks about. Well everyone loves coffee – especially Cafe Grump Coffee. So when you’re getting your first or third daily espresso, grab a gift box before its too late! You don’t want to remember in the airport or on the road and be forced into buying a snow globe. (Nothing against snow globes)

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Coquito – That Funny Feeling Christmas Drink Popular Among the Puerto Ricans

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When I was a kid my Titi Pat, whom my Dad called “the Irish woman,” (her real name was Patria) would drop off a big bottle of Coquito during Christmas. My parents don’t know it but I took swigs of the stuff. It was like coconut vanilla ice cream and made me feel so – funny.

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Coquito is Puerto Rican, coconut flavored, rum laced eggnog. It is creamy, tropical and still promises that happy rum feeling.

It takes about 10 minutes to make and it’s the perfect drink to bring to any holiday party – especially when it’s presented in a mason jar with sharpie scribbled on it. Thats the good stuff, your alcoholic friends will think. Warn the fearful ones, it’s just rum but take small sips.  Continue reading

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Kale Pies Are Back at Paulie Gee’s: Gift Guide

Do your parents ask you, “What do you want for Christmas?” and you never have any idea? Why not ask them for a gift certificate to one of your favorite local restaurants? Paulie Gee’s, Greenpoint’s best pizza restaurant, offers gift certificates!

Nothing is better on a cold winter night than warming up to delicious pizza out of a hot wood fired oven.

Is your Mom like mine? Does she actually make you get the present and then wraps it and gives it back to you? In that case it’s so easy – just call or stop in one hour before opening – around 5pm to grab your gift certificate from Paulie Gee’s.

And BIG NEWS – Kale Pies are back!

See the menu at pauliegee.com

Paulie Gee’s
60 Greenpoint Ave
(347) 987-3747

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Harry & The Potters, Cookie Party & A Very Metal Christmas– What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (12/18-12/24)

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• Pictures With Santa @ Community Garden near the McCarren Park Dog Run,  SATURDAY (12/21), 12-4pm, FREE, put your furry friends in their best seasonal sweaters (ideally you have one to match) and get your family photo snapped with Santa! Holiday card, complete.

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WEDNESDAY 12/18
• How Metal Stole Christmas Trivia Extravaganza @ Trash Bar (256 Grand St) 7:30-10pm, FREE, Grinch it up at this black Christmas revelry, with cheap drink specials and bonus points to any team who comes dressed in leather or as a grumpy cat
♫ BestNewBands.com Showcase with Honduras / Shy Hunters / The Wendigo / Spirit Plate / Jumpers @ Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, $7, RSVP
♫ Every Time I Die / LetLive / Code Orange Kids / Angel Du$t @ Saint Vitus Bar (1120 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, SOLD OUT, RSVP
# Rarities from the Cellar @ Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St) 8pm, $20, Sample craft beers from the hidden Diamond vault, while munching on smoked schevre and aged cheddar (drool), More Info
♫ Lilith Velkor / Larp / Dirt Bikes / (E) Motion Picture @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8pm, FREE, RSVP

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Gift Guide: Crystalyn Kae Handbags (DISCOUNT!)

Crystalyn Kae handbags are made sustainably in the USA

The new trend that is sticking in fashion is sustainable designs made right here in the USA. Crystalyn Kae’s handbag are just that and the designs are functional works of art!

Rain or Shine - Crystalyn Kae handbags are durable and vegan!

Since 2001, Crystalyn Kae Accessories has designed and produced women’s handbags and accessories from ethically sourced and reclaimed materials. Crystalyn Kae products are available in over 40 specialty boutiques, our online store and featured in the press.

These one of a kind hobos, laptop totes and cross-body bags are created in a unique blend of vegan fabrics and recycled leather to enhance your personal style.

Crystalyn’s bags are durable enough to carry everything you need: rain or shine. With adjustable straps, and versatile inner pockets, you will stay organized and ready for work, play, or travel.

Discount code 15% off + Free shipping w/code: MADEINNYC until Dec. 16.

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Grand St Holiday Windows Contest Designed by HS Students! Vote Saturday (12/14)

Last Year's Window Design Entry on Grand St!!! WATCH OUT SANTA!!!

This Saturday December 14th, 2013 will be the 2nd Annual Grand St Holiday Window Display Competition in Brooklyn! Continue reading

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