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Ring in the New Year With Bubbles

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Noche Vieja is a night to celebrate with family and friends, and nothing says “Cheers” like a glass of cold bubbly. While Champagne often tops our list, we are also fans of more affordable but still delicious Prosecco from Italy and Cava from Spain. The finest Italian sparklers are made in the metodo classico, while the best bubbles from Spain are produced using the métode tradicional, both of which mean they are made the same way Champagne is made—with a second fermentation inside the bottle. That’s where those fun little bubbles that tickle the tongue come from. Here are a few of our favorites.

Cava: Spain’s sparkler is made from three main grapes, Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarel-ho, but can also be made using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and a couple of other varieties. It’s ideal on its own for a holiday toast and also goes well with seafood dishes and jamon Iberico.



Albet I Noya Cava Brut Reserva: Grown using organic and biodynamic practices, the grapes used in this restrained and delicate Cava are equal proportions of Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo, and Chardonnay. Tiny bubbles and flavors of almond and buttered toast are a delight to your taste buds. 

Paul Cheneau Lady of Spain Cava Brut (left): Don’t be fooled by Lady of Spain’s festive bottle featuring a fan-waving senorita in primary colors. This is a serious Cava at a party-ready price. Flavors of lemon, apple, and baking bread will keep the crowd happy from the ball drop to breakfast. 

Anna De Codorniu Brut Rosé: Made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this pink sparkler has delicious flavors of strawberry, cherry, and Granny Smith apple. Sparkling wine is always fun at a fiesta, but throw in a little pink and you’ve taken it to a whole new level.

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New Year's Eve Party Round-Up

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This has been a crazy year for the food world and we can’t wait to see what fresh craziness awaits us in 2014! We must celebrate, and nothing says ¡feliz año nuevo! quite like laughing with loved ones while enjoying some amazing food and a glass of champagne (or five). We’ve rounded up a list of some of our favorite spots to ring in the new year, just for you. Whether you’re looking for an early bite, an all-night musical extravaganza, a festive sit down meal, or a great place to stay, we’ve got you covered. So let’s toast! To fresh slates, to new chances, and of course, to full plates! ¡Felicidades!

West House HotelNew York City

If you want to party with Gatsby (and who doesn’t?), you’re in luck. New York’s sophisticated Art Deco-styled West House is offering two New Year’s Eve packages Daisy Buchanan wouldn’t’t turn her nose up at. For $1,245 per room per night, this luxury hotel provides a room with direct view down to the Times Square Ball Drop and  bottle of Dom Pérignon 2003 to go with it. Guests can look forward to spending time in the hotel Den where they will be offered breakfast presentations, afternoon tea, hors’ d’oeuvres, and evening canapés. Guests who opt for the Dinner and Ball Drop package will, for an extra $300 per room per night will have all this as well as a prix-fixe dinner at Saju French Bistro where you can pair your delicate glass of bubbly with oysters on the half shell and filet mignon before being escorted beyond the masses to an up close and personal view of the Ball Drop. Finish the night at an after midnight cocktail reception and you’ll welcome the new year with the highest of hopes. For more information, click here.

The James Royal Palm Hotel, Miami, Florida

With it’s night of live music and Latin-inspired fare, The James Royal Palm is out to prove that a cool South Beach New Year’s Eve is every bit as amazing as a Ball Drop. Family friendly ambiance or stocked bar, no matter what you’re looking for, the Royal Palm offers it. Children 12 and under enter at a discounted price of $36 and adult tickets go for $75. For those looking for something stronger than the prosecco, wine, beer, and a champagne offered with the standard ticket, there is also the Premium Bar Package for $30 that includes even more spirits. For more information, click here.

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5 Tired Food Trends of 2013

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It’s hard to see past the perfect storm of shopping, gift wrapping, holiday cooking, and deadlines, but the end of the year is fast approaching! Another year gone, a fresh start colored with promise and possibilities awaits us on the other side…

In the spirit of new beginnings, we’ve focused on what we can do without this upcoming year. Here are five 2013 food trends we’re tired of! Sure, we loved them but it’s time these followed the cupcake craze and made way for a host of all new delicious obsessions. 

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