Saturday, May 17, 2014

Summer Cocktail Program

OK, people, listen up. Next weekend is Memorial Day Weekend, aka, The Official Start of Summer. Here in the Northeast we’re praying for some warm sunshine to herald in the long awaited season and cast off the memories of that dismal, never-ending winter.

Added this year to my repertoire of summer food and beverage is Jack Rudy Tonic.  Tonic, you say? All this lead up for tonic? Yes, my friends, tonic. What I’ve discovered through a friend-in-the-know from the Southland is a handcrafted tonic that is going to ramp up your G&T or V&T to dizzying new heights.

Based in the South where they know a thing or two about cocktails, Jack Rudy Tonic combines quinine with a delicate mix of botanicals. Pair this with your favorite vodka or gin, a slice of tart lemon or lime, and you will have, IMHO, probably the finest summer drink you’ve tasted in a long, long time.

If the thought of a lazy afternoon on your back porch with an icy cold beverage in your hand, sounds like a little slice of heaven, then procure yourself a bottle of this tonic, and set about to making it happen. Summer is short, my friends, better get started.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

House of Cupcakes Grand Opening in Clifton!

Cook's Tour Readers, we have exciting news!

House of Cupcakes, founded by Ron and Ruthie Bzdewka, best known for their win on season two of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars is opening this weekend in Clifton, NJ. Not only will they offer over 35 varieties of delicious, made-fresh-daily cupcakes, but also mini-cupcakes, cheesecakes, special occasion cookies, and ice cream.

Here's part one of the exciting news: they are giving away 1,000 cupcakes this Friday, May 9 starting at 3pm; and Saturday, May 10, starting at 1pm (500 each day).

And if that's not enough, or if for some reason you miss out on the freebies at the store, The Cook's Tour can help. Next week, we will have an interview with Ron & Ruthie AND host our own giveaway for a random drawing of one dozen cupcakes!

So if you are in the north Jersey area this weekend, head on over to the Summerhill Square Shopping Center (next to Trader Joe's). Then come back next week to The Cook's Tour for your chance to win! It's a win-win! Sorry, couldn't pass that up. :-)

House of Cupcakes
259 Allwood Road
Rt 3 West
Clifton, NJ