Create Fun-Filled Holiday Memories For All Ages At Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco

The Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco invites guests to create lasting memories this holiday season with an array of festive experiences. Calm the body and mind with an assortment of personalized, soothing treatments at The Spa; indulge in delectable menus from the world-class kitchen at Brasserie S&P; or take part in an exclusive afternoon of holiday celebration and tasty treats at the Ho-Ho-Homes for the Holidays gingerbread house event.


The 158-room Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco is located in the heart of the city and offers unparalleled panoramic views of the bay and beyond from the top 11 floors of San Francisco’s third tallest building, 345 California Center. Having recently completed an extensive refurbishment during its 25th Anniversary year with the addition of Brasserie S&P restaurant and bar, and an 8,000 square foot Spa and Fitness Center, the hotel is consistently ranked among the world’s top hotels by leading authorities. Features include Conde Nast Traveler ‘Hot List’ 2013 and Readers Choice Awards 2012 ‘Top 25 Hotels in N. California’, Institutional Investor’s ‘World’s Best Hotels 2012’, Travel + Leisure ‘World’s Best Hotels’ Awards 2011, U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Hotels in the USA’, and is one of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report’s 2011 ‘Top 20 City Hotels in the World’.

Embrace the Holidays at The Spa

Escape the stresses of the holiday season with two spa offers that will relax the mind and body. Guests will receive a 1 hour and 20 minute Customized Aromatherapy Facial followed by a 20 minute Revitalizing Eye Treatment for USD200. As the festivities begin, guests can get celebration-ready with a two-hour Mandarin Oriental Manicure and Pedicure with Gelish application for USD145. Both offers are available November 18 to December 31, 2013. Guests can also enjoy a twist on November 29, Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, with a special deal on the Mandarin Oriental Pedicure, results driven Ultimate Radiance Facial and a1 hour and 50 minute Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Therapy Massage. Continue reading

Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc.’s John Frank Awarded Prestigious “Sake Samurai” Title For Outstanding Contributions To The Sake Category

John Frank, Vice Chairman of Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc., has been named a 2013 “Sake Samurai” by the Sake Samurai Association, a council for the Japan Sake Brewers Association, for his hard work and exemplary leadership in the industry. Mr. Frank was bestowed with this great honor for his outstanding contribution to the understanding, appreciation and promotion of Sake during his nearly 40 year commitment to Gekkeikan Sake’s success. The ceremony was held earlier this month at Shimogamo Shrine, one of the oldest shrines in Japan, and recognized only six individuals from around the world.

John Frank Awarded Prestigious "Sake Samurai" Title For Outstanding Contributions To The Sake Category.  (PRNewsFoto/Sidney Frank Importing)

John Frank Awarded Prestigious “Sake Samurai” Title For Outstanding Contributions To The Sake Category. (PRNewsFoto/Sidney Frank Importing)

It has been both an honor and privilege to serve as the sole agent in the United States for Gekkeikan Sake Company, Ltd.,” says Mr. Frank. “Throughout the last four decades, Gekkeikan Sake has become the largest sake in the U.S. with sales of over 400,000 cases a year.”

Founded in 1637 by the Okura family, The House of Gekkeikan has been making sake for almost 400 years and has 14 generations of sake brewing experience, making it one of the oldest family-operated businesses in the world and one of the most respected names in sake. Gekkeikan means “Crown of Laurel,” a testament to the company’s commitment to excellence.

The House of Gekkeikan’s portfolio is extensive and comprised of an array of 14 top quality sakes and plum wines that appeal to sake novices and sake aficionados alike. Over the centuries, Gekkeikan has refined the sake brewing techniques to combine culture and tradition with innovation, resulting in a comprehensive line of sakes that are versatile, ideal for food paring and adaptable for various consumption methods. Gekkeikan Japan is located in the prestigious Fushimi region within the Kyoto Prefecture. Fushimi, meaning “hidden water,” refers to the pristine waters of the region, renowned for their softness and low mineral content, which produces smooth, well-rounded refined sakes that are lightly fragrant and extremely versatile.

Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc. first began importing Gekkeikan Sake in 1972, the year the company opened its doors with just 4 employees. Today, the privately held and family owned importing company staffs more than 165 full-time employees and remains the exclusive importer in the United States for the world’s most popular sake, Gekkeikan. All sakes from the House of Gekkeikan are sulfite and gluten free. Gekkeikan Sake is imported by Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc., New Rochelle, NY 10801.

The Sake Samurai Association was established in 2004 to protect both sake and Japanese traditions at home and to promote them internationally. Since 2006, the association has awarded annual “Samurai” titles to individuals committed to upholding the following three tenets: love both Sake and the beautiful culture of Japan, strive to gain a deeper understanding of sake culture and work on behalf of its further development and spread the word about Japanese sake around the world with pride and passion.

Founded in 1972, Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc. of New Rochelle, NY, currently owns or imports: Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur – the number one selling imported Liqueur and shot brand in the United States; Gekkeikan Sake – the world’s finest sake with nearly 400 years and 14 generations of sake brewing experience, American Harvest – an organic vodka that boasts a distinctly smooth and crisp, clean taste; Barenjager Honey Liqueur – the German imported original honey liqueur made with generous amounts of premium natural honey; Barenjager Honey & Bourbon – a delicious blend of premium honey liqueur and Kentucky bourbon whiskey; Barenjager Honey & Tea – premium honey artfully blended with tea liqueur; Barenjager Honey & Pear –  a delightful combination of premium honey liqueur and Williams pear brandy; VnC Cocktails – the naturally spirited premium, all natural, low calorie ready-to-serve line of cocktails from New Zealand; Hudson’s Bay Scotch – a smooth blend of 100% Scotch Whiskies distilled and blended in Scotland and St. Vivant Armagnac – the premium French brandy steeped in tradition dating back to 1559.

Kahlua® Spreads The Spirit of the Holidays Through Pinterest Sweepstakes, Giving One Fan The Ultimate Party This Holiday Season

One Lucky Pinner Will Win $5,000 to be the Perfect Party Hostess and Make Their Holiday Entertaining Dreams Come True, Courtesy of Kahlua® and Allrecipes

This week, Kahlua® in partnership with, launches the Kahlua  “Taste the Spirit of the Holidays” Holiday Entertaining Sweepstakes, where one lucky fan will have the opportunity to be the ultimate hostess through winning $5,000 to plan their own incredible holiday party.


Fans can enter the sweepstakes by visiting, where they’ll be asked to pin a Kahlua-inspired image to a Pinterest* board that represents their idea of the ultimate holiday party. Fans have the option to either create a new board or pin their image to one that already exists.  The official entry form can then be completed, and the entrants will be encouraged to follow Kahlua on Pinterest for more cocktails, recipes, and entertaining ideas. Any fans in need of more “pinspiration” can visit for festive Kahlua holiday cocktail and food recipes, as well as engaging videos on how to incorporate these recipes into holiday entertaining all season long.  For official rules of the Pinterest contest, fans can head to**


In addition to classic Kahlua, fans can also experiment with recipes and entertaining ideas using the brand’s limited-edition, seasonal flavors – Kahlua Pumpkin Spice and Kahlua Peppermint Mocha. A perfect addition to winter cocktails and holiday treats, the luxurious blend of 100% Arabica coffee beans and sugarcane spirit make any Kahlua flavor an essential for holiday entertaining. Available at major retail locations, Kahlua is 20% Alc./Vol. (40 proof) and retails for a suggested price of $16.99 per 750 ml bottle.


For more information about the Kahlua Holiday Entertaining Sweepstakes and to review the official rules and regulations, please visit  For more information about Kahlua flavors, cocktails and recipes visit, and keep up with Kahlua on Facebook at

* This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Pinterest®.

** No Purchase Necessary. Sweepstakes ends 12/10/13.  To enter and for official rules, visit Drinking responsibly is muy delicioso.

Caribou Coffee and Faribault Woolen Mill Co. Partner for Exclusive Co-Branded Holiday Collection


This holiday season, Caribou Coffee will be partnering for the first-time-ever with the iconic Faribault Woolen Mill Co. to provide fans with a luxurious co-branded holiday collection. This wide variety of high-quality merchandise will bring the warmth of Caribou's coffeehouses and the rich history of these two beloved brands to the homes of its fans across the country. In addition to these one-of-a-kind items, Caribou Coffee will also be offering limited-time-only holiday beverages such as the Spicy Mocha, an array of gift sets, ornaments, seasonal treats, drinkware and more to celebrate the holidays this year. (PRNewsFoto/Caribou Coffee)

This holiday season, Caribou Coffee will be partnering for the first-time-ever with the iconic Faribault Woolen Mill Co. to provide fans with a luxurious co-branded holiday collection. This wide variety of high-quality merchandise will bring the warmth of Caribou’s coffeehouses and the rich history of these two beloved brands to the homes of its fans across the country. In addition to these one-of-a-kind items, Caribou Coffee will also be offering limited-time-only holiday beverages such as the Spicy Mocha, an array of gift sets, ornaments, seasonal treats, drinkware and more to celebrate the holidays this year. (PRNewsFoto/Caribou Coffee)

Caribou Coffee ( announced that for the first time ever this holiday season, it will be partnering with Faribault Woolen Mill Co., a historic mill in Minnesota established in 1865, to provide fans with luxury items that are not only perfect for holiday gifts, but are also a piece of history.

With strong regional ties and a commitment to quality and artistry, these two Minnesota-based brands are proud to offer Caribou guests this first-ever co-branded holiday collection, which naturally speaks to the companies’ shared values of community and tradition.

For nearly 150 years, Faribault woolen products have been woven into the fabric of American life and Caribou is truly honored to partner with another Minnesota company that is equally as defined by its commitment to artisanal, premium products and the communities it serves as we are,” said Mike Tattersfield, president and CEO of Caribou Coffee. It is our hope that these exclusive products bring warmth to our guests not just this holiday season, but for years to come.”

The collection will include a wide variety of high-quality merchandise such as coffee sleeves, phone sleeves with pocket, tablet sleeves, key chains, ceramic tumblers with sleeve and lodge style throws. With limited quantities at each Caribou location, these exclusive products are holiday “must-haves” for Caribou fans.

The Faribault Woolen Mill Company is an American manufacturing company specializing in the production of woolen and other woven-fiber goods. Established in 1865 on the banks of the Cannon River in Faribault, Minnesota, this family-owned mill has been dedicated to designing, weaving, and distributing the finest quality products from its extensive line of experienced craftsmen. It remains a living testament to the ever-fading art of American-made excellence and one of the only mills left in our country fully integrated to produce product from start to finish under one roof.

At Faribault, we couldn’t be more excited about partnering with another iconic Minnesota brand like Caribou,” said Paul Mooty, president and CFO of Faribault Woolen Mill Co. “These co-branded warm blankets and woolen products are reflective of the cozy coffeehouse environment that Caribou provides in its coffeehouses, and we’re thrilled to share the mill’s rich history with Caribou guests this holiday season with gift offerings that are destined to become heirlooms.”

Additionally, back by popular demand and starting on November 7th, Caribou Coffee will once again feature the limited-time-only Spicy Mocha on its extensive beverage menu. Made with real chocolate chips and a kick of ancho and chipotle chilies, this rich chocolate mocha fan-favorite is a zesty and delicious way to stay warm and spice up the holidays.

Along with the launch of Spicy Mocha, Caribou will begin offering its other annual holiday favorites to kick-off the season:

—  Reindeer Blend: A holiday coffee with components of spicy ginger, clove and sweet cinnamon.

—  Fa La Latte: Creamy eggnog mixed with espresso, whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg.

—  Ho Ho Mint Mocha: Milk, dark or white chocolate mocha with mint syrup, topped with crushed peppermint candy and whipped cream.

—  Gingerbread: A moist, lightly spiced slice of traditional gingerbread topped with buttercream icing.

Caribou will also offer an array of gift sets, ornaments, seasonal treats, drinkware and more – all of which help fans to bring the merriment and coziness of Caribou to the comfort of their own homes.

And for the first time starting this holiday season, Caribou guests can conveniently give an electronic gift card. Beginning this week, guests who visit will be able to select a gift amount and create a customizable eGift card that can be shared instantly to friends and family. All eGifts can be redeemed at participating Caribou coffeehouses nationwide.

To connect with Caribou Coffee, please visit Caribou Coffee’s Facebook page at or follow Caribou on Twitter at @Caribou_Coffee. For more information, visit the Caribou Coffee web site at and

Belk Unwraps Exciting Plans for Holiday Selling Season



With six fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, Belk today announced a line-up of special events and sales promotions aimed at ensuring customers can get the gifts they want without a hassle, and at prices that will please the most discerning shoppers. A total of ten company-wide sales promotions are planned before year end, plus additional cyber sales on

Belk kicked off its holiday selling period with the semi-annual Charity Sale this Saturday, Nov. 9, from 6 – 10

Belk, Inc. is a Charlotte, N.C.-based department store company.  (PRNewsFoto/Belk, Inc.)

Belk, Inc. is a Charlotte, N.C.-based department store company. (PRNewsFoto/Belk, Inc.)

a.m. The event featured incredible discounts on rarely discounted brands and at the same time will benefit thousands of charities in communities throughout the company’s 16-state Southern market area. The public was invited to participate in the event by purchasing a $5 ticket at the store or from a participating charity.  All proceeds from ticket sales go to the charities, and customers receive $5 off their purchases during the sale.

Belk stores will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the earliest ever for Belk, to allow customers extra time to enjoy shopping with friends and family over the holiday weekend. From 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 through 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, stores will offer more than 350 Earlybird specials while quantities last and extraordinary holiday bargains and limited time offers on other merchandise throughout the store. The promotion will feature hundreds of special deals in every department, including top fashion brands and styles for the whole family, exclusive cosmetics and fragrances and a wide selection of merchandise for the kitchen and home.

The first 250 customers at each store at the 8 p.m. opening on Thanksgiving will receive a free Belk gift card with a value ranging from $5 to $1,000, and with a guaranteed $1,000 gift card winner in each of the company’s 301 stores.

Thanksgiving is a holiday centered around good food, family and friends,” said Jon Pollack, Belk, Inc. executive vice president, sales promotion, marketing and eCommerce. “Over the years that tradition has evolved into one that includes shopping and other activities that families enjoy together outside of the home. It’s in response to that trend that we open our doors to customers at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night for their shopping convenience. The Belk After-Thanksgiving Sale is our biggest, most exciting event of the season and an opportunity for customers to purchase their favorite brands and gift items at incredible savings.”

Here’s a preview of some of the top Belk After-Thanksgiving Earlybird specials:

$19.99 ND New Directions sweaters

$39.99 ND New Directions 5-piece luggage set

$19.99 Rampage boots

$99.99 Keurig Elite single serve brewer (plus $20 Belk gift card by mail-in rebate)

$19.99 iLive portable Bluetooth music player

$24.99 Sharper Image camera binoculars

40 – 60% off men’s and women’s casual and athletic shoes

50 – 70% off men’s and women’s watches

50% off handbags

55 – 75% off Belk and Co. Fine Jewelers jewelry

60% off kids’ dresswear and sportswear

55 – 65% off women’s favorite brand better sportswear

50 – 65% off women’s designer brands

45 – 60% off kids’ toys, games and more

35 – 70% off luggage, throws, towels and more

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Lexus Features All-New 2014 IS And GX At Miami International Auto Show

Lexus will showcase its full model lineup, including the all-new 2014 Lexus IS sedan and 2014 Lexus GX luxury utility vehicle, at the 2013 Miami International Auto Show this week.

Lexus features all-new 2014 IS at Miami International Auto Show.  (PRNewsFoto/Lexus)

Lexus features all-new 2014 IS at Miami International Auto Show. (PRNewsFoto/Lexus)

Lexus’ exhibit space offers show-goers an up-close look at its newest vehicles. The all-new 2014 Lexus IS, which Esquire magazine recently named as its “Car of the Year,” features daring exterior and interior styling as well as greatly enhanced driving dynamics. The newly-released 2014 GX has been redesigned with the brand-signature spindle grille and added standard features at a reduced starting MSRP from the previous model year.

The Lexus exhibit will also feature the Lexus Listening Lounge, which shines a spotlight on talented, up-and-coming music artists. Each event allows guests to experience musical expression and Lexus’ luxurious style.

The new vehicles showcase the design direction Lexus is implementing across its entire model lineup. Lexus has introduced new versions of the IS, ES and LS sedans, as well as the GX, RX and LX sport utility vehicles – all brandishing the new signature spindle grille. After Lexus saw its 2012 sales jump 31 percent over the previous year, the luxury car manufacturer expects an even brighter 2013 with its revamped lineup.

Lexus earned top honors in two categories of U.S. News & World Report’s “2013 Best Cars for the Money” awards for its outstanding value. The RX 350 luxury utility vehicle was named the Best Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV for the Money, and the RX 450h hybrid luxury utility vehicle won the Best Hybrid SUV for the Money award. This is the fifth year in a row that the RX 350 has won this award, while the RX 450h has received the top honor in its category for the past two years.

Collingwood Whisky Releases Limited Edition 21-Year-Old Rye


Collingwood blended premium Canadian whisky announces the release of Collingwood Rye 21-Year-Old, a one-time only bottling of 21-year old Canadian rye whisky available in select markets within the United States and Canada beginning in November.

Collingwood Whisky releases its limited edition 21-Year-Old Rye in select United States and Canada markets.  (PRNewsFoto/Collingwood)

Collingwood Whisky releases its limited edition 21-Year-Old Rye in select United States and Canada markets. (PRNewsFoto/Collingwood)

21 years ago, a small unnamed batch of malted rye whisky identified only as lot 41-06-91 was crafted at the distillery in Collingwood, Ontario. This whisky has now become Collingwood Rye 21-Year-Old which has been fermented and distilled from a unique recipe of 100 percent malted rye and pure spring water from Ontario’s Georgian Bay. Collingwood Rye 21-Year-Old has matured for 21 years in seasoned oak barrels and in its finishing step, this unique Canadian whisky rests with toasted Maplewood to complete its smooth character.

Collingwood Rye 21-Year-Old is presented at 80 proof with limited quantities available in Ontario and 16 U.S. markets: Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. The suggested retail price for this 750ml offering is $69.99.

Collingwood Rye 21-Year-Old is a rare style of Canadian whisky,” said Senior Brand Manager Pedro Berrueco. “This special offering is exceptionally well-balanced and creates a unique flavor profile due to its toasted Maplewood finish combined with a 21-year maturation period.”

Tasting Notes:

Color: Rich, dark brown.

Aroma: A complex mingling of delicate spice, floral and fruit character subtly sweetened with hints of caramel and vanilla.

Taste: Citrus and rye spice notes coat the palate followed by hints of soft oak and grain.

Finish: Long and fruity.

Collingwood ( is a product of Brown-Forman Corporation, a producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands such as Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Korbel, Tequila Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, and Tuaca. For more information on Collingwood, please visit or on Facebook at

Campari Unveils Stunning 2014 Calendar Featuring Vibrant Worldwide Celebration

Campari Calendar 2014 Intro Featuring Uma Thurman

Campari Calendar 2014 Intro Featuring Uma Thurman

Yesterday in Milan, Campari® is officially unveiling the full imagery for the 2014 Calendar which is entitled ‘Worldwide Celebration’. The Calendar is the 15th edition in the prestigious collection and stars Hollywood actress Uma Thurman enjoying 12 intriguing and vibrant festivals from around the world. The 2014 Campari Calendar, of which only 9,999 copies are printed, will not go on sale but will be distributed to friends of Campari internationally.

From Spring Festival in Beijing, the biggest celebration in China, to Hanami in Japan, where people enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms of spring, the 2014 Calendar provides a window on the world and invites fans of Campari to embark on a global voyage of discovery. The celebrations in the Calendar span every continent and also include Midsummer’s Eve in England, during which revelers celebrate the Summer Solstice at the historic Stonehenge, and the bright and exhilarating Reveillon in Brazil, the biggest New Year Celebration in the world. Uma stars as the Calendar heroine adorned in a collection of beautiful dresses and shoes from luxurious fashion houses such as Versace, Stella McCartney and Chopard, to name just a few.

On starring in the 2014 Campari Calendar, Uma Thurman comments: “The 2014 Calendar is a stunning piece of artwork which perfectly conveys the positive energy and pleasure which Campari lovers around the world can enjoy through our worldwide celebration. The Calendar photographer, Koto Bolofo, has been fantastic to work with and inspired me throughout the shoot. There is nothing more enjoyable than a celebration and I feel confident that people around the world will enjoy the worldwide celebration which the Campari Calendar provides.”


The 15th edition of the Campari Calendar was shot by noted fashion photographer, Koto Bolofo, renowned for his lively and dynamic imagery. Bolofo was born in South Africa, raised in the UK and now resides in France so is a true world citizen himself and the perfect choice to convey the Calendar’s worldwide celebration. Continue reading