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Two of My Favorite Things…Décor and Dessert!

I always have my eye out for great products that can be used in various ways.  Now that we’re in spring, my eye is drawn to bright and fresh colors.  So when I saw these little sparkling balls of fun I had to stop and smell the roses so to speak.  To my delight, I discovered that they contained another of my favorites – dessert.  Decadent chocolate in fact.  I was instantly inspired and decided to share a little springtime joy with you.

These great little bonbon creations add a little sparkle and magic to any soiree you’re putting together and the ways to use them are only limited by your creativity.  Add a stick and fun design possibilities come to life.  From bedazzled cupcakes, to Bonbon floral arrangements and glittering wedding cakes, the possibilities are endless.

Serving as both dessert and décor, they are the perfect way to incorporate that little extra touch of color, charm and creativity into all your spring (or any season for that matter) celebrations!

So, here’s the scoop!

They come in twenty four  stock colors, and if you need to custom color match, well they can do that too! Periwinkle?  NO problem.   Tangerine?  NO problem.  Send a color swatch and see what happens.

Now if all the colors weren’t enough to excite you, they have six different flavored Bonbons to choose from.

  • Original:  Blend of dark and milk chocolates from Swiss and Belgium.
  • Raspberry:  A light undertone of raspberry flavor.
  • Mint:  Remember Andy’s Candys?  Buttery and light.  (not Altoid strength)
  • Hazelnut:  Love Nutella?  You’ll love these.
  • Extra Dark:  made from 65% Cocoa and  they are Non Dairy
  • Peanut Butter:  A popular flavor with the kids!

The glitter is REALLY edible and melts in your mouth. Yes, really.  For a taste test, take a blindfold, and then taste one without the glitter and one with the glitter.  You will NOT be able to tell the difference.  They also will send out a sample to you.  Just pay shipping and handling.  Easy, right?

Recently, they just added a new product, Bonbon Pops.  They can be made in any shape and size.  Let your imagination run wild…from red stilettos to beautiful butterflies, the flexibility of the product is amazing.

We’ve included some pictures of what designers have done to add that little extra touch of color; charm and creativity into all their celebrations…we hope they will inspire you to come up with your own ideas. In the meantime, I think I’ll taste test a couple of these little beauties and see what ideas come to MY mind.

If you would like more information on where to get these sinfully delicious treats, please reach out to me at valerie@thevibeagency.com.

*This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions. We write for our own purposes. However, we may be influenced by our background, occupation, religion, political affiliation or experience.

 

**The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

 

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COOLHAUS: Mobile Food Craze Hits Miami!

At the VIBE Agency, we always love finding new and cool products and COOLHAUS has definitely cornered the market on cool, not only in concept, deliciousness and designer food – but for your next event as well!

 If you don’t know COOLHAUS, let us tell you a little about them.

Let’s start with three intriguing words that when stuck together create something that might raise your eyebrow – artisanal ice cream.  Yep, you read that right!

 It’s no secret that food trucks have taken Los Angeles by storm and are popping up in cities nationwide.  In act, I’d say there’s a cult following that is ready to take the whole country by storm.    If you’re not hip to the secret…you can now get cuisines from all over the world served up from trucks that we used to call the Roach Coaches.  Mixing a great idea with a foodie’s dream, mobile dining is reaching new heights on the “coolest thing ever” billboard.

These designer spin-offs are nothing like their predecessors and offer up delicious gastronomy in a variety of styles while inspiring flash mob style gatherings wherever they show up. COOLHAUS has taken the concept of mobile dining to another level with their take on savory and sweet ice cream sandwiches and architecture…and…they are RIGHT HERE IN MIAMI!

COOLHAUS, an architecture- inspired ice cream truck owned by partners Natasha Case and Freya Estreller, can usually be found parked at farmers markets, crafts fairs and the like. Their only product is an American favorite, an ice cream sandwich – AKA a generous scoop of gourmet ice cream wedged between a pair of chewy cookies, and served in edible rice paper.

Flavors are named after well-known architects.  Try out delicacies like Brown Butter and Candied Bacon ice cream on Chocolate Chip cookies. Or maybe our seasonal Olive Oil Rosemary ice cream on Brioche cookies will do the trick. Going classic never hurt either – Mies Vanilla Rohe (Vanilla ice cream + Chocolate Chip cookie) or Frank Berry (Strawberry ice cream + Snicker doodle cookie) are both very respectable choices.  Designer and ice cream lovers should seek out the pink-topped, converted postal truck to indulge in a unique take on everyone’s favorite snack!

On top of just being plain cool, COOLHAUS is SUSTAINABLE!

But first and foremost is our dedication to quality and sustainability. Every COOLHAUS Ice Cream Sandwich is all-natural, handmade and organic whenever possible. Our dairy is sustainably produced and artificial growth hormone free. We use local and seasonal farmer’s market fresh ingredients. Plus, every ice cream sandwich is wrapped in a customizable edible wrapper that is all-natural and calorie-free. Talk about being Green! Instead of throwing away your wrapper, you get to eat it! Not to mention, the wrapper can be printed on with edible ink, which means it can sport your company logo, birthday mug-shot, or a message to friends.  Now if that deal wasn’t sweet enough on its own, we can book them for your next private event.  With packages to rival any sweet tooth or tickle the fancy of a the most distinguished palate here is a new take on food for your event that will have your guests going wild. We agree that it’s the perfect marriage of creativity and sustainability.

So, where can you find these outrageously delicious ice cream “sammies”?  Check out their website at www.eatcoolhaus.com or follow them on Twitter @COOLHAUSMIA to find out when they will be near you, or you can reach us at valerie@thevibeagency.com to get information and a sweet deal for your next event.

*This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions. We write for our own purposes. However, we may be influenced by our background, occupation, religion, political affiliation or experience.

**The owner of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.  

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Go Ninja For Your Event!

Earlier this month, we learned about this amazing restaurant in NYC from our friends at The Party Goddess.  We loved it so much that we wanted to share the idea with our readers!  We hope you will like it as much as we did!!!

Looking for an experience for a small group in the Big Apple? Then you might want to consider NINJA New York. With the latest rage being dining experiences ranging from blind dining to extravagant environments, NINJA takes it over the top.

Mystique abounds as guests enter into a re-creation of a 15th century Japanese castle. There are no servers in this restaurant, but only ninjas who guide diners through a series of twists and turns, across a drawbridge, and, finally, to a cave-like table. The dining room is like a Japanese garden or grotto and tables are nicely separated from each other.

The waiters are all “trained ninjas” and perform magic tricks and interact with you throughout the evening. It’s a one of a kind dining experience combined with high-end Japanese cuisine. “Servers” deliver specialty Ninja Art Dishes which all involve some kind of theater as they are served including, smoke, fire and very sharp knives. You’ll want to pay close attention as the theater experience is almost as good as the food.

Though an ala cart menu is available, most diners opt for Chef Michinobu Okamoto’s tasting menu. We think the NINJA New York is great for a small exclusive group that wants to have an adventurous and entertaining evening as well as great food.

Check out this video we found on YouTube. We think you’ll be most pleasantly surprised.    NINJA New York

When you’re ready to experience dining, NINJA style, give the Vibe Agency a call. We think you’ll love  this venue but we also have many others to help you create extraordinary and exciting experiences for your group.

Contact valerie@thevibeagency.com for more information on The Vibe Agency and find out how we can create a custom program for you and your guests.

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We Had an Epiphany!

As if the Christmas and New Year holiday parties didn’t stuff us full enough of buttery and sugar filled deliciousness, now there’s more.  In France we continue the excuse for imbibing in scrumptious goodies into the New Year when we celebrate Epiphany on January 6th.   Epiphany is the day when the Three Kings visited the Baby Jesus and is also the close of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

The traditional Galette des rois, Gâteau des rois otherwise known as the French King cake is a cake/tart celebrating this wonderful holiday and is traditionally sold and consumed a few days before and after the 6th of January. As part of French custom, a bean or small china feve (favor) is hidden in the cake. The person who finds the feve in his or her slice becomes king or queen for the day.

There is a hitch though.  There is one person that doesn’t get to partake in “draw the kings” on Epiphany because of etiquette – the President of France.  It would be improper to crown a king inside the Elysée Palace, so President Nicolas Sarkozy and his beautiful First Lady Carla will have to have their traditional galette without the figurine or feve.

For the rest of us, here’s how to partake in the ritual of the Galette des rois:

  • Gather friends and family around the kitchen table.
  • Nominate one person (typically the youngest child and also the most nimble) to crawl under the table and act as “la main innocente“.
  • Nominate someone else (typically the oldest, or at least the most honest) to act as the “distributeur des parts“.
  • Serve the galette, in French we say “tirer les rois”. The distributeur cuts the galette into slices that are held up one by one and served to the person named by the child under the table. This elaborate process ensures a random distribution of the feve so that no one cheats.
  • Proceed to lovingly devour the galette, perhaps with a glass of cider or a nice medium red dessert wine.
  • 99 times out of 100, someone will suddenly announce that they have found the feve and they are the one that gets crowned the king or queen for the day.  Hopefully they don’t find it by breaking a tooth.
  • Crown the finder king or queen with a paper crown you’ve had the kids make to keep them busy while you were preparing the galette.

We thought it might you might enjoy making your own Galette des rois to crown your royalty for the day, so we’ve included a recipe for you here.

Galette des Rois

Yield: Makes 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup pure almond paste (2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 (17 1/4-oz) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
  • 1 dried bean such as a lima bean (optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar

Preparation

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Purée almond paste, granulated sugar, butter, and a pinch of salt in a food processor until smooth. Add 1 egg, vanilla, and almond extract and purée until incorporated. Add flour and pulse until incorporated.

Roll out 1 puff pastry sheet into an 11 1/2-inch square on a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin, then brush off excess flour from both sides. Cut out an 11-inch round by tracing around an inverted plate with tip of a paring knife. Transfer round to a buttered large baking sheet (not dark metal, or pastry may brown too much), discarding trimmings, and chill. Repeat procedure with second pastry sheet, leaving round on floured surface.

Beat remaining egg with a fork and brush some over top of second round. Score round decoratively all over using tip of knife, then make several small slits all the way through pastry, at about 2-inch intervals, to create steam vents.

Brush some of egg in a 1-inch-wide border around edge of chilled pastry round (on baking sheet). Mound almond cream in center of chilled round, spreading slightly, and bury bean in cream. Immediately cover with decorated round and press edges together lightly. Holding a small spoon with side at an angle, press around edge to seal galette decoratively.

Bake galette in lower third of oven until puffed and pale golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Dust galette with confectioners’ sugar and bake in upper third of oven until edge is deep golden brown and shiny, 12 to 15 minutes more. Transfer to a rack to cool slightly, 5 to 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Have some fun introducing family and friends to a new custom that is celebrated worldwide, but as usual we French have turned into a gastronomical tour de force….Bon Appetite!!!

Now where’s the gym?

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The Vibe Agency presents Halloween Horrors Part I

Halloween is right around the corner! Are you excited? I have to admit, I am! This holiday is celebrated by many cultures around the world and symbolic of everything from the end of summer days to the celebration of the dead.  It is so fun to see what kind of creative costumes will pop up year after year and, I’m sorry, seeing and hearing little children dress up and yell “Trick-or-Treat” never gets old.

If you plan on throwing a party for this special evening perhaps you’ll find some useful information below that will guarantee a night to remember!

Invitation Ideas. Looking for a creative way to invite your guests to a night of fun and horror? Try sending them these customized Halloween Candy Bars to set the tone for the evening. You’ll leave them wondering if they are receiving a welcoming invite to the grand festivities or a warning them of things to come.

http://www.stumpsparty.com/party/Cemetery-Personalized-Candy-Bar.cfm

Setting the mood. Upon your guests arrivals you are going to want to set the tone for the evening. My suggestion would be to purchase a fog machine and either place it near the walkway leading up to your front door or in the foyer for once they step inside.

Here are a few other decorations your guests might like:

http://www.halloweeneffects.us/

Lighting Ideas. On a scream-induced evening such as this, nothing would be scarier than having poor lighting during your event! To get your guests in the mood try replacing your light bulbs with orange and black lights and setting up these candles all over your house. Remember to keep the candles up high should you have any little monsters running around.

www.thewickedcandles.com

Food & Drinks. The night isn’t complete without stocking up on appropriately themed drinks and appetizers. Prevent your guests from turning into hungry werewolves at the end of the night by offering them the following food and drink recipes:

Witches Brew

2 Bottles of Champagne

1 Gallon Orange Juice

1/2 Gallon Orange Sherbert

1 Bunch peeled Black Grapes 
Sugar to taste

1 Bottle (2l) Lemon-Lime Soda*

*for lower alcohol content 1/2 Bottle vodka

1/2 Bottle Vodka**
**to raise the alcohol content

Small pieces of Dry Ice

Bunches of Grapes for Garnish

Combine Champagne and orange juice in large punch bowl. Scoop sherbert into bowl until it has produced a nice scum over the top. Add sugar to taste if desired. Float peeled grapes in mixture, and garnish bowl with the rest of the grapes. Drop in pieces of dry ice for steaming effect, but note that no one should put dry ice in his/her mouth. If you want to raise or lower the alcohol content in the punch, add vodka or clear soda respectively.

Pizza Mummies

Ingredients

•                English muffins

•                Pizza sauce

•                Black olives

•                Scallions

•                Red or green pepper

•                Cheese sticks or slices

Instructions

1.              Heat the oven to 350º F. For each mummy, spread a tablespoon of pizza sauce onto half of an English muffin (toast it first, if you like).

2.              Set olive slices in place for eyes and add round slices of green onion or bits of red or green pepper for pupils.

3.              Lay strips of cheese (we used a pulled-apart cheese stick) across the muffin for the mummy?s wrappings.

Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the muffin is toasty

I hope you enjoyed this fun list of creative, yet simple and affordable, Halloween ideas.  Stay tuned for Part II of Halloween Horrors, which will give you more great ideas for throwing an unforgettable night of horror, courtesy of The Vibe Agency.

The Vibe Agency excels at providing personalized service with a creative flair for developing unique brand experiences. Contact us today to get started on planning your next personal or corporate event.

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Ferragosto 2010

Background

Traditionally celebrated in Italy , marking the mid of summer and the end to working in the fields. It was first started by the Romans calling it ” Feriae Augusti” August Rest( after Emperor Augustus),and they celebrated and grave praise to the gods-in particular Diana.

Over time the Catholic Church has adopted this date as a Holy Day of Obligation, to commemorate the Virgin Mary.Now as days Italians take a short holiday usually around the peak day of the Perseid meteor shower. This year its August 12th! Activity has already started and last until the 24th of August.

Ferragosto has become a day of feasting and celebrating for those in Italy so start preparing yourself for August 15th. With the United States Ferragosto is also celebrated on the 15th of August-So see what events are taking place near you or in your local ” Little Italy.”

Ideas

Decor


Grab what you can that’s red, green, and white and add little accents every you can!

Food


Two- Pepper Bruschetta, tomato, mozzarella and basil platter, italian bread sticks, grilled vegetable antipasto, and apple and prosciutto sandwhiches ,Fritto Misto, spagetti with marina, penne with meat, smoked bacon minestrone, fresh pesto and basil, Tiramisu

Events

Callifornia

( San Diego )

When in Rome” a night as a roman citizen, this cocktail function will be one you won’t want to miss if you have  never celebrated ferragosto before. Hosted at Amici Park, there couldn’t be a better venue to meet friends and make new ones.

Try-out some of San Diego’s best Italian restaurants, such as: Cupid’s Catering, Bencotto, The Glass door, Toast, The Big Easy, Sogno Divino, Trattoria Tiramisu, and mush more.

Bice offers  specials through the month of August to celebrate ferragosto all month long. Thrillist gives you all the details.

New York

( New York )


Ferragosto in Brazil , where Italy meets Brazil in New York. Make your way to the Eden Bar  celebration

Australia

( New South Wales )


The City of Canada Bay’s 13th annual Italian festival, Ferragosto will be held from 10am-4pm on Sunday, 15 August on Great North Road, Five Dock.

Get with the VIBES and see what’s happening in your area for Ferragosto 2010 or plan your own event!

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MIAMI SPICE 2010

Hope everyone is hungry because Miami Spice Month is starting in a few days…the kick of event and fundraiser will be this Thursday the 29th and Friday the 30th.

They have rolled back the price of a Miami Spice lunch to $22 and dinner to $35. Make sure you take advantage of these great deals.  (www.iLoveMiamiSpice.com)

Want to find a restaurant near you!(Miami Dining)

Event Schedule:

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Taste of the Nation: Miami
Fairmont Turnberry Resort – 19999 West Country Club Road
Chef Chair Andre Bienvenu of Joe’s Stone Crab and Event Chair, Chef Allen Susser of Chef Allen’s and Taste Gastropub, invite you to join Miami’s finest chefs and restaurants for an incredible night of fine food, scintillating spirits, wonderful wine and a whole lot of fun with the single purpose to end childhood hunger in our community. This year, funds raised through Taste of the Nation will support No Kid Hungry™, Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015, as well as other international efforts. Click here for details and ticket information.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Miami Spice Kickoff Event & Fundraiser

Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive
(305) 539-3000
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Miami Beach Convention Center invite you to enjoy the 1st Annual Miami Spice Kickoff Event & Fundraiser, featuring tastings from a selection of participating Miami Spice restaurants and celebrity chefs selling and signing cookbooks. Proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength and Madison’s Wish.

6–10 p.m. VIP • 7–10 p.m. General Admission

VIP†: $75 in advance – $100 day of event
† VIP Tickets include open bar, special advance tasting preview from 6–7 p.m., and complimentary valet parking.

General Admission: $35 in advance – $50 day of event

Limited capacity. Must be at least 21 to enter.

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
You may purchase tickets through Ticketmaster, at the Colony Theatre box office or at the Miami Beach Convention Center box office. There is NO service charge on tickets purchased at the Colony Theatre or the Miami Beach Convention Center. Please see details below:

Colony Theatre
1040 Lincoln Road
Days Open: Tuesday – Saturday
Times Open: Noon – 5 p.m.
Cash, American Express, MasterCard, Visa
No phone orders; you must come in person.

Miami Beach Convention Center
Box Office Location: Hall D, located at 1901 Convention Center Drive
Days Open: Thursday and Friday
Cash, American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Times Open: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

MIAMI SPICE KICKOFF EVENT OFFICIAL AFTER-PARTY:
Venue: Louis Bar – Lounge at Gansevoort Miami Beach
Miami Spice Kickoff Event ticket holders will receive complimentary admission (10 p.m. – 12 a.m.) and 1 free drink.
*Dress code is strictly enforced: NO sneakers, beach sandals, caps, shorts, cut-off sleeve shirts, etc.
For Bottle/Table reservations please contact Chad Weller 614/634-3031

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions.

Participating Partners:

94th Aero Squadron
A Fish Called Avalon

Ago Restaurant

Anacapri on Ponce
Area 31

Asia De Cuba at Mondrian
Atrio Restaurant
B.E.D.


Bizcaya
BLT Steak at The Betsy
Blue Door at Delano
Bourbon Steak Miami
Cane Fire Grille
Chef Allen’s
China Grill South Beach
D. Rodriguez Cuba
Gibraltar
The Grill on the Alley
Ideas Restaurant
Kaspia
La Riviera – Sofitel Miami
Lido Restaurant at The Standard



All information is complimentary from ilovemaimispice.com
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