The Vibe Agency offers destination management services throughout the world. From October 1 – 7, Valerie Bihet traveled to Istanbul to assist with all logistic aspects of a major bank convention. We would like to feature this grand city as a highlighted destination for future clients. Included are fun facts, “in the know”, where to eat and drink, where to shop, and most importantly a few venue selections.
- Istanbul is historically also known as Byzantium and Constantinople.
- Istanbul is the largest city in Europe with a population of 15 million
- It bridges the continents of Europe and Asia, with parts of the city on either side of the Bosporus Strait.
- Turkey is famous for its carpets, baths, textiles, ceramic tiles, tea and coffee, and a visitor will get a generous sampling of all.
- It is illegal to photograph Turkish military installations, hardware or personnel.
In the Know:
- Nazar Boncugu is a round bead in the shape of an eye made from blue glass with a hole in the middle. Nazar means “evil eye” in Turkish. Turks believe it will protect them from nazar powers.
- Tipping in restaurants is optional.
- It is impolite to refuse the offer of a drink when in a person’s home or place of work.
- It is impolite to blow your nose in public and do not show the soles of your feet when sitting.
Read on for places to eat, drink, shop and venue selections
The VIBE Agency is proud to announce that Valerie Bihet has been named “Goddess of the Week” by Marley Majcher, The Party Goddess. Be sure to check out her website for information on food, party ideas and blogs at http://thepartygoddess.com/. A special thank you goes out to Majcher for all of her support and guidance. You can read about Bihet as “Goddess of the Week” at http://thepartygoddess.com/blog/.
Follow the VIBE Agency on an expedition this Columbus Day weekend. We hope you experience an unforgettable voyage and offer some tips on how to celebrate this weekend. Here at the VIBE, we loved the idea of the drink titled “East Meets West.” We have included the recipe for your journey.
EAST MEETS WEST
– 1 1/2 oz Armagnac
– 1 oz Sake
– 3 Shiso leaves
– 1/2 oz Jasmin syrup
– 1 1/2 oz Ginger beer
Garnish: Mint leaves
Mix Armagnac, Sake, Japanese shiso leaves, jasminm syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass over ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with mint leaves. (Cocktail created by Cocktail Times Master Mixologist, Junior Merino)
For families, this is an opportunity for valuable family time. Make your own mini versions of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria! This project is “green” friendly and requires the use of recycled material. For more arts and crafts ideas visit http://www.kaboose.com/.
What you’ll need:
- 3 cardboard egg cups
- Brown acrylic craft paint
- ¼ cup modeling clay or play dough
- 6 toothpicks
- 1 sheet white paper
- White craft glue
How to make it:
- Paint the egg cups inside and out with brown paint. Set aside to dry.
- Cut sails from white paper. You will need 6 large sails (1.5” x 1”) and 18 small sails (.5” x .75”).
- Set aside three of the toothpicks for the large sails. Break or cut the other three toothpicks in half, giving you 6 halves.
- Put a line of glue through the middle of one of the small sails. Place the cut or broken end of one of the toothpick halves onto the glue line.
- Roll it in the glue to cover both sides, then place another sail on top, sandwiching the two sails together. Flatten the sails together with your fingers and set aside to dry.
- Repeat step number 5 with each toothpick half and 2 small sails (each).
- Following the guide in step number 5, make the larger salls. For each large sail you will need a toothpick, 2 small sails and 2 large sails. Glue the small sail to the end of the full toothpick, and then glue the larger sail beneath it, leaving a small gap between the top and bottom sail. Set aside to dry.
- Roll a small amount of clay in your palm, enough to line the bottom of the egg cup. Place in the egg cup and flatten to cover bottom.
- Insert open end of large sail into the middle of the clay. Insert two small sails, one on either side of the large sail, into the clay.
- This project can also be made with open walnut shells.
- The Nina and the Pinta were both smaller ships, but the Santa Maria was much larger. Make a larger version of the Santa Maria by using margarine tubs, craft sticks and larger pieces of paper.
The VIBE Agency wishes all of our clients, bloggers and readers a wonderful and safe Columbus Day weekend!
Halloween is the biggest candy holiday of the year that sends a sugar rush throughout the country. Everyone is aware of the health implications linked to candy and for some, such as diabetics or vegans, this holiday may exclude those with food allergies or sensitivities. This year instead of serving a pile of sugar to trick-or-treaters take into consideration some of the following items and include a sign outside that states, “Ask me for non-sugar treats.”
– Stickers – Give out Halloween themed stickers.
– Chalk or crayons
–Sugar-free candy – A healthy alternative for everyone.
– Temporary tattoos – EVERY kid wants a fake tattoo!
– Fake money – Advise the kids not to spend it all at once! They can use this money for play time and learning purposes.
– Glow Sticks – Great for safety at night during trick-or-treating.
– Slime – A fun way for goblins to add to their costume.
– False teeth –These are fun and can be used the same night!
– Halloween printed pencils –Pencils are a necessity for all students from kindergarten throughout college.
– Fake spiders – Kids and adults love the opportunity to scare someone by mysteriously placing a fake spider on a sibling’s pillow, chair or personal area.
– Tiny plants packages – Visit your local Home Depot for these inexpensive mini plants that include a pot, soil, seeds and directions.
Makesandtakes.com offers a varity of at home arts and crafts ideas for children and adults. Here is an idea we loved from their website!
Supplies for Lacing Spider Webs:
- hole punch
- circle paper – preferably cardstock
- plastic spider ring – you could make your own spider from yarn or pipe wire as well
First, take your circle paper and punch holes around the edge, as far or close as you want. The more holes, the more web you’ll have.
Cut some yarn, fairly long to lace around the whole circle, and tie it tight at the top through the first hole. Now lace your yarn through each hole. We tried to stay going in a circle to end back up at the top, but you’re welcome to go crazy and lace in any order.
Now you’ll need to attach your spider somewhere in the yarn. You’ll loop him through your yarn on the way to another hole. If you want the spider to slide the best up and down it’s web, attach it before the last hole, then it doesn’t get stuck.
Once you go through the last hole, tie the yarn together in a knot and it’s ready for hanging.
We found a great website for cool coctails for every occasion! Check out cocktailtimes.com
– 2 oz Stoli vodka
– 1/4 oz pumpkin puree
– 1 tsp lemon juice
– 2 oz orange juice
Place a large soup pot filled with water on the stove to boil. Carve the tops from the pumpkins and set aside. Scope out the interior and seeds, leaving a think shell. Discard the seeds and flesh, or use in another recipe. Place the pumpkins in the boiling water and boil for about a minute. Remove and drain. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into the pumpkin. Serve with a black straw.
– 2 oz bourbon
– 3 oz orange juice
– juice of half lemon
– Ginger ale
– Garnish: Halloween olive
Mix bourbon, orange juice and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into a tall glass. Top with ginger ale and garnish with Halloween-faced olives. (To make the Halloween olives, choose large unpitted green olives)
– 1 part 42 Below vodka
– 2 parts dark grape juice
– 1 teaspoon of raw sugar
– 4 slices of fresh ginger
– 4 blackberries
Garnish: 2 blackberries
In a mixing glass, muddle together blackberries, ginger and sugar, add vodka and dark grape juice. Fill with ice, shake well, and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with 2 blackberries.
Filed under Food, Holidays
Bri-ecolo Idea: dinosaurs pick-candy for Halloween: It is a great idea to take a look around your home for ideas to recreate this Halloween. For example, here we use an empty laundry soap pitcher and turn into a pretty pitcher-shaped dinosaur, which will be used to collect candy on Halloween night.
Bri-ecolo idea: Pitcher has an Halloween candy: Here is another idea using Tide’s laundry soap container. Get creative and match which ever costume you are planning to wear for the night.
Here is a fun craft, a monstrous spider made from recycled materials.
– End of fabric, felt, cardboard color …
– 8 Swabs
– Seeds of spices: pink pepper, cardamom, star anise,
– Modeling clay, blue gum (sticker)
Black Cat of Halloween :
– Empty container of liquid laundry
– Paint: black, white, pink
– Tennis ball or other round
– 6 toothpicks
– Felt, piece of cloth, cardboard color
– Buttons recovered
– Hot glue
These tips will save you money and allow for quality time with children. Enjoy!