PepsiCo to Host Super Bowl Celebration in New York City’s Winter Village at Bryant Park

Public to Have Free Access to Festivities as PepsiCo Expresses Appreciation and Thanks to New York, New Jersey and their Residents

First-Of-Its-Kind, Dome-Enclosed Space Called #PEPCITY will Feature Unique PepsiCo Food and Beverage Offerings from Celebrity Chefs David Burke, Marc Forgione, & Michael Psilakis; Concerts from Austin Mahone, Prince Royce, & Ziggy Marley; and Works by Artists Snarkitecture & Playwright Lemon Andersen

PepsiCo will present a free, three-day celebration of Super Bowl XLVIII and its hosts, New York and New Jersey, at Bryant Park in New York City. The food and beverage company today announced plans to transform a section of Bryant Park and offer the public complimentary tastes of unique, artisanal fare that features PepsiCo products while incorporatingBroadway, art, sports and culture displays into multi-dimensional presentations of classic city experiences.

PepsiCo will host a Super Bowl celebration in New York City's Bryant Park on January 29, January 30 and February 1.  (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

PepsiCo will host a Super Bowl celebration in New York City’s Bryant Park on January 29, January 30 and February 1. (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

Designed to serve as a large-scale “thank you gift” to New York, the enclosed event experience, coined #PEPCITY, will span 10,000 square feet in midtown Manhattan’s Bryant Park, and include an 80 foot wide by 40 foot high custom-designed dome that will house numerous stages and a rotating continuum of diverse performances that celebrate the heart and soul of the city. Open to the public on Wednesday, January 29, Thursday, January 30, and Saturday, February 1, from 2 PM to 6:30 PM, #PEPCITY will convert to a free, ticketed performance space each evening at 8 PM, with performances by Austin Mahone, Prince Royce and on Saturday evening, headlining and closing out the event, Ziggy Marley. Tickets will be distributed online in advance of the performance, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

PepsiCo, headquartered in Purchase, NY, is an official sponsor of the National Football League and the company has enjoyed a successful 30-year relationship with the league. The Super Bowl represents the culmination of a season-long NFL activation for PepsiCo and its brands, which include Pepsi, the sponsor of the Super Bowl Halftime Show; Doritos, which is back this year with its hugely successful “Crash the Super Bowl” contest; Gatorade; Quaker; and Sabra, the official dip of the NFL.

PepsiCo has a long and successful history both in the state of New York and with the National Football League, and #PEPCITY is a true celebration of both relationships,” said Indra Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo. “It’s our honor to provide New York area residents and its many visitors with a truly special experience featuring our portfolio of iconic food and beverage brands, in innovative ways, in advance of one of the biggest games of the year.”

Inside #PEPCITY, PepsiCo food and beverage items will receive special treatment at the hands of three famed celebrity chefs – David Burke of Townhouse, Kitchen, Fishtail, and FromagerieMarc Forgione of Marc Forgione, and Michael Psilakis of FISHTAG, Kefi, and MP Taverna – all based in either New York or New Jersey. Each chef will create specialty menu items that incorporate PepsiCo products into unique recipes, reflective of their individual styles. Food will be offered at eight individual stations. Upon entering the space, guests will receive a “Taste of PepsiCo” passport that will enable them to sample and stamp each selection. All food samples will be provided for free.

PepsiCo is known around the world for offering food and beverage brands consumers love,” said Burke. “I am looking forward to celebrating the excitement of Super Bowl XLVIII by using PepsiCo brands to inspire what I believe will be the most delicious Super Bowl party dishes New York has ever tasted. #PEPCITY will be a culinary experience unlike any other.”

Ticketed Evening Concerts
In the evenings, #PEPCITY will function as a concert venue and host musical performances by popular entertainers, each free with advance ticket registration. Tickets will be distributed through Eventbrite, at specified web sites for each concert.

Austin Mahone sponsored by Aquafina FlavorSplash
Seventeen-year-old American pop star Austin Mahone , recipient of the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards’ “Artist to Watch,” will perform on Wednesday, January 29.

Tickets to be available on Friday, January 24th at 12 PM EST, via link: PEPCITYJan29.eventbrite.com.

Prince Royce sponsored by Pepsi
Latin superstar Prince Royce , whose most recent single “Darte un Beso” has been No. 1 for more than 13 weeks on Billboard’s Latin charts, will perform on Thursday, January 30. Royce’s highly anticipated English album will debut in 2014.

Tickets to be available on Friday, January 24th at 12 PM EST, via link: PEPCITYJan30.eventbrite.com.

Ziggy Marley
On Saturday, February 1, Ziggy Marley will headline and close out the event.

Tickets to be available on Friday, January 24th at 12 PM EST, via link: PEPCITYFeb1.eventbrite.com.

To complete the overall experience, the food items will be teamed with a series of staged tributes that pay homage to New York City. Performances will occur on a rotating basis, and include segments dedicated to Broadway, Art, Sports and Culture.

Entrance Experience
The entrance area of the experience will feature two original pieces by acclaimed contemporary American collaborative practice Snarkitecture. The Entrance Experience will present the image of a fictionalized New York City skyline, incorporating elements from different locations and historic periods into a unified silhouette, as well as an installation based on the famed Pepsi-Cola sign on the East River.

Broadway
A sampling of the best of Broadway will be on display, with performances from PippinNewsiesMotown, RockyMamma Mia!, and Chicago , appearing on stage throughout the day.

Art
Capturing the energy of New York City’s cultural arts scene, playwright Lemon Andersen will perform an excerpt from his critically acclaimed stage memoir. Beginning with a recounting of his win at the Tony Awards, Andersen then takes the audience through a vivid portrait of his coming-of-age experiences growing up in Brooklyn.

As he performs, three artists – Jolt, Valerie Carpender, and Marcela Gutierrez, will surround him and create real-time visual art pieces.

Sports
The passion and rivalry synonymous with New York sports will be brought to life in a dramatic rap battle between rappers Yonas and Dylan Owen. Radio host L. Boogs of Hot 97 will serve as referee. The musicians will face each other in a battle of rhyme and rap, as they represent their respective Super Bowl teams.

Culture
A model of New York’s ubiquitous living quarter – the diverse apartment building – will have a home inside the experience. A multi-media, multi-sensorial piece titled “Blackout” will be presented in five screens, and provide a look into the private lives of five extraordinary New York apartments and their respective inhabitants.

Created by artists collective Six01, the experience will be set to an original score and Ziggy Marley remix. Chris Holmes and Kerry Brown will create the soundscape for the experience.

TRIPADVISOR ANNOUNCES WORLD’S BEST ACCOMMODATIONS WITH 2014 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARDS FOR HOTELS

12th Annual Global Awards Honor Top Hotels Overall and in Categories Including Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Family, Luxury, Romance, and Small Hotels

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the winners of it 2014 Travelers’ Choice® Awards for Hotels. In the 12th year of the awards, the world’s most outstanding properties were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Family, Luxury, Romance, and Small Hotels.

The Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina, Switzerland is the #1 hotel in the world, according to the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Hotels. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

The Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina, Switzerland is the #1 hotel in the world, according to the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Hotels. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

Top 10 Hotels in the World: Top 10 Hotels in the U.S.:
1. Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina, Switzerland 1. The Grand Del Mar, San Diego, California
2. The Upper House, Hong Kong, China 2. French Quarter Inn, Charleston, South Carolina
3. Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, Lankanfushi, Maldives 3. Bardessono, Yountville, California
4. Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica 4. Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg, Oregon
5. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India 5. Five Pine Lodge & Spa, Sisters, Oregon
6. Casa Gangotena, Quito, Ecuador 6. 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville, Bentonville, Arkansas
7. Lindos Blu, Lindos, Greece 7. Tivoli Lodge, Vail, Colorado
8. The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Punta de Mita, Mexico 8. The Sherry-Netherland Hotel, New York City, New York
9. The Oberoi, Mumbai, Mumbai, India 9. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
10. Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, Toronto, Canada 10. The Oxford Hotel, Bend, Oregon

We’re excited to recognize the world’s best properties, based on the opinions of those who know them best – the millions of travelers around the globe who come to TripAdvisor to share their experiences,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “For those seeking inspiration for their 2014 travel planning, this list of spectacular accommodations that received 2014 Travelers’ Choice awards is a perfect place to start.”

The #1 hotel in the U.S. is The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, California, according to the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Hotels. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

The #1 hotel in the U.S. is The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, California, according to the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Hotels. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

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Valentine’s Day 2014: Bite-Sized Valentine’s Day Treats Get to the Heart of the Holiday

Nothing says ‘I love you’ on Valentine’s Day more than heart-shaped homemade treats. This year try individual treats to make each gift recipient feel extra special. You’ll love the fact that they are simple to create. With a little help from Wilton you can bake to your heart’s desire this Valentine’s Day.

We Heart Valentine’s Day – Hearts are by far the top shape of the season. From giant heart shaped cookie pans to cookie cutters to Heart Pop pans, Wilton has a variety of bakeware options.

A Sweet Heart for Your Sweetheart – Create mini cakes, brownies or cookies with the Bite Sized Heart Dessert Shell pan. Once cooled, drizzle with red, pink and white colored Candy Melts candy for the perfect personalized heart-shaped treat.

Homemade Box of Chocolates – Make your own candies using shaped Candy Molds. Choose between hearts, lips, flowers and more. Fill the mold with the Candy Melts candy, color and flavor of your choice, and watch as you melt the hearts of your Valentines!

Give a Little Love – Valentine’s Day is a top gift-giving holiday. Give your made-from-the-heart homemade treats the gourmet treatment with festive packaging like heart-shaped boxes, colorful gift bags and brightly colored baking cups.

Though small in size, mini-treats deliver a big message to all of the Valentines on your list,” said Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton. “Decorating these treats is quick and easy thanks to Candy Melts Candy – a pantry staple for any decorating project.

Chocolate Heart Petit Fours

Chocolate Heart Petit Fours

Chocolate Heart Petit Fours

1             cup all-purpose flour
1/2         cup cocoa powder
3/4         teaspoon baking powder
1/2         teaspoon baking soda
1/2         teaspoon salt
6            tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, softened
2/3         cup firmly-packed brown sugar
1            egg
1/2         teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2/3         cup buttermilk
1/2         cup peanut butter, chocolate fudge ice cream topping or cherry pie filling
2            containers (14 oz. ea.) Chocolate or Vanilla Icing Glaze (optional)
Jumbo hearts sprinkles (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 20-cavity bite-sized heart dessert shell pan with Cake Release pan coating.

In large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract; beat until well combined. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk in three additions, beating until just combined. Spoon one tablespoon batter into each pan cavity.

Bake 9-11 minutes or until tops of cakes spring back when touched. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Cool completely on cooling grid.

To decorate, place cakes on cooling grid with cookie pan below. Pipe 1/2 teaspoon peanut butter, chocolate fudge or cherry pie filling into shell; fill only to top of cavity. If desired, warm glaze according to package instructions; carefully pour over shell and tap pan to smooth. If desired, add jumbo heart sprinkle.

Makes about 40 mini cakes.

For more Valentine’s Day recipes, baking tips and gift inspiration, visit www.wilton.com.

Create the Perfect Sweet Treat with Candy Melts Candy from Wilton Enterprises

If you’re crazy about candy, you’ll find Candy Melts® Candy  by Wilton Enterprises  offers endless opportunities to create beautifully decorated treats in a fun and easy way. With nearly two dozen colors and flavors to choose from, there are plenty of ways to dress up your favorite treats for any holiday or celebration.
The latest candy tools from Wilton allow you to create a professional look with minimal effort. No experience is needed to create these eye-appealing, scrumptious snacks. Mouthwatering Candy Melts candy is delicious and easy to melt, so you can dipdrizzle and decorate a variety of tasty treats that are sure to impress.

Stir up some creativity with these decorating ideas:

Ombre Candy Dipped Cookies

Ombre Candy Dipped Cookies

Ombre Candy-Dipped Cookies

Lattice Candy Shell Cupcakes

Lattice Candy Shell Cupcakes

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Meet the finalists for the H&M Design Award 2014

H&M is pleased to announce the eight finalists for the H&M Design Awards 2014. Each has been chosen from design schools around the world as one of the most promising talents of their generation.

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The finalists have each won €5,000, and will now present their work to a grand jury which will decide the overall winner. The winner will receive €50,000 and the chance to show the winning collection at Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week on January 28. The winner will also develop selected pieces from their collection to be sold at selected H&M stores this autumn.

This year’s grand jury includes designer Erdem, actress Michelle Dockery, style expert Michelle Harper, executive fashion editor of Vogue UK Serena Hood, senior fashion editor of Vogue Italy Sara Maino, as well as H&M’s creative head of design Ann-Sofie Johansson, and H&M’s creative advisor Margareta van den Bosch.

I am so excited by the finalists for the H&M Design Award 2014. Each has their own unique creativity, amazing technical skills, and the vision to push fashion forwards. I can’t wait to see who will win!” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s creative head of design.

THE FINALISTS

EDDY ANEMIAN – 24 year old Eddy is from Saint Chamond in France, and is currently studying at La Cambre in Brussels. For the H&M Design Award, he presented his 4th year collection, inspired by Tilda Swinton in the movie I Am Love, and the French painter Ingres.

CAMILLA BLASE WOODMAN – Camilla, 26, was born in Bristol in the UK, and studied knitwear at the Royal College of Art in London. Her collection takes inspiration from the dystopian vision of the future found in the 1988 movie They Live, resulting in graphic metallic knits matched with fuzzy knits inspired by white noise.

JIA HUA – Chinese-born Jia, 25, studied on the MFA program at Parsons in New York. Jia’s collection was inspired by artists such as Dan Flavin, Mickalene Thomas and Caroline Larsen. She mixes traditional craft techniques with contemporary sportswear, bringing different types of materials together, such as chiffon with sporty meshes. Continue reading

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT VEGASUNCORKED.COM FOR THE EIGHTH ANNUAL VEGAS UNCORK’D BY BON APPÉTIT

ARIA and The Venetian Join Bellagio, Caesars Palace and MGM Grand for the Largest Ever Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit May 8-11

Four days in the Las Vegas sun celebrating 70 of the world’s best chefs, 20 of the most talented Master Sommeliers and 50 amazing events is my perfect weekend.Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, entering its eighth year, is not to be missed. ” — Bon Appétit editor in chief Adam Rapoport.

The country’s leading culinary festival, Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred®, 65289-logo-originalfeatures an extraordinary lineup of star-studded chefs, sommeliers and mixologists from ARIA, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand and The Venetian, May 8-11. The four-day celebration offers rare access for food lovers to interact and rub shoulders with their favorite big-named chefs. This year’s program will be hosted by celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Buddy Valastro, Daniel Boulud, Giada De Laurentiis, Joёl Robuchon, Julian Serrano, Guy Savoy, Mario Batali, Pierre Gagnaire, Masayoshi Takayama, Michael Mina, Nobu Matsuhisa, Royden Ellamar, Shawn McClain, Thomas Keller and more. Tickets goes on sale today at VegasUncorked.com
Bon Appétit hosts the 7th annual Vegas Uncork'd on Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Las Vegas. (David Becker for Bon Appétit)

Akira Back, Michael Mina, Julian Serrano, Todd English, Royden Ellamar, Jason Smith and other Bellagio chefs posed with Bon Appetit’s Adam Rapoport at the 7th annual Vegas Uncork’d on Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Las Vegas. (David Becker for Bon Appétit)

New and notable this year:

  • Krug Chef’s Table at Master Series Dinner: Dinnertime Decadence with Guy Savoy, Thursday, May 8: Experience exclusive like never before and be one of six at the Chef’s table – the only portal into renowned chef Guy Savoy’s den at Caesars Palace. At the only Krug Chef’s Table in the U.S., guests will sip luxurious Krug Champagne and dine on a special menu prepared by the Michelin-starred chef himself.
  • The Night Market: East Meets West, Thursday, May 8:Join top chefs from The Venetian such as Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Buddy Valastro and Justin Quek, as well as the outstanding chefs from Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands as they bring the true night market experience to you with an array of Asian-inspired dishes and drinks.
  • Second Annual Chase Sapphire Preferred Grill Challenge, Thursday, May 8: Two Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts students will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete with two world-class chefs, including Buddy Valastro, from the hit television series Cake Boss. The teams will battle it out during The Night Market at The Venetian for a $20,000 scholarship, courtesy of Chase Sapphire Preferred.
  • A Twist on Dinner: The Perfect Pairing of Shawn McClain and Pierre Gagnaire, Thursday, May 8: Join Mandarin Oriental’s Pierre Gagnaire, a Michelin three-star chef, and ARIA award-winning chef Shawn McClain as they put their signature fresh-flavor twists on a unique dinner featuring thought-provoking wine pairings.
  • Sushi & Sake with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Friday, May 9:Culinary master and sushi connoisseur Nobu Matsuhisa shows lucky attendees how to roll sushi and sip the best of sakes at Caesars Palace. Discover his inventive “Nobu Style” that fuses classic sushi-making techniques with unexpected ingredients.
  • The Perfect Pairing: Art & Wine, Friday, May 9: Soak up fine works of art while sipping an array of wine in this high-culture pairing from Bellagio’s Master Sommelier and Wine Director Jason Smith and Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Executive Director Tarissa Tiberti. Light bites from Picasso will be served.
  • Michael Mina’s Poolside Pig Roast & Beer Garden, Friday, May 9: Michael Mina hosts a full-on outdoor shindig complete with succulent whole roasted pig, barbecue favorites, and a bevy of ice-cold beers. Chill outside to the sound of upbeat live music and savor special dishes from Michael Mina’s PUB 1842 at MGM Grand.
  • Legendary Lunch with Le Cirque, Saturday, May 10:Enjoy fabulous views of The Fountains of Bellagio during this extraordinary luncheon at AAA Five Diamond Award-winning restaurant Le Cirque. Executive Chef Paul Lee will create a spectacular four-course meal perfectly paired with wines hand selected by Flower’s Winery Master Sommelier Larry Stone.
  • Fire & Ice: A Flame-Grilled Feast Over Cool Cocktails, Saturday, May 10: Royden Ellamar, Executive Chef of Sensi at Bellagio, will heighten senses as he explores the ancient methods of cooking meat with live fire, ash and smoke while Master Mixologist Ricardo Murcia cools things down with creative cocktails incorporating ice and fire by the pool at Bellagio. Prime beef and game will get charred by white oak embers while a whole lamb roasts over pecan logs. Farmers’ market vegetables will cook in the ashes of a smoldering fire pit and a bespoke ice smoking chamber will be filled with seafood and wisps of orange wood smoke.
  • Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch, Saturday, May 10:Brush elbows with all-star chefs including Shawn McClain and Masa Takayama at this chic day party at ARIA where guests will dine on a bountiful brunch paired with world-class wines. Continue reading

LORAC Cosmetcis Launches Fresh, Fun, New 2014 Collection

POREfection Foundation - Group

POREfection Foundation – Group

LORAC Cosmetics is thrilled to announce their NEW Spring 2014 Collection on www.loraccosmetics.com. A highlight from the new series is the POREfection Foundation ($36). The hero product was inspired by celebrity makeup artist and LORAC founder Carol Shaw and her passion for creating complexion offerings that are great for sensitive skin while offering red carpet worthy results. The SPF 20 medium-to-full coverage makeup offers countless benefits such as anti-aging antioxidants (Vitamins A & E, Olive Leaf Extract, Lemon Extract and Papaya Extract) which help to smooth, nourish and rejuvenate the skin while SPF 20 provides protection from UVA/UVB rays to help keep skin healthy, youthful and radiant. To find your perfect LORAC complexion match, try LORAC’s new Complexion Perfection Finder: www.loraccosmetics.com/complexion-perfection-finder/. Get a poreless-looking, silky-smooth !nish and achieve complexion POREfection® with LORAC! SRP: $36

In addition to POREfection Foundation, the spring collection includes 8 hour lipstick stains in bright, matte shades as well as double-ended eyeliners and much more.

LIP LUXE 8 HOUR LIP COLOR: Get a strong, sexy pout with LORAC Lip Luxe 8 Hour* Lip Color. These long-lasting, velvety-smooth lip colors are paraben-free and infused with anti-aging antioxidants of Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed and Vitamins C & E to help your luscious lips look healthy and full. This highly-pigmented, 8 hour formula stays put without bleeding or feathering with luxurious matte color that lasts! SRP: $16 Continue reading