230 FIFTH, Manhattan’s Largest Rooftop Bar, Introduces Bubble Tents to Roof Deck to Offset Frigid Temperatures

New Installation Provides New York City’s Most Weather-Proof High Altitude Outdoor Experience

230 FIFTH Rooftop Garden & Penthouse Lounge –Manhattan’s largest rooftop bar – has taken the winterization of its outdoor roof deck to new heights with the addition of four transparent custom-made “bubble tents.” 230 FIFTH‘s new installation is the first rooftop bar worldwide to use the cutting-edge inflated shelters made from crystal clear one millimeter thick PVC. Impervious to wind, rain and snow, they have made areas of 230 FIFTH‘s roof deck New York City’smost winter weather-proofed high altitude outdoor destination. The see-through igloo-like tents enable rooftop revelers to relish 230 FIFTH’s magnificent Manhattan skyline views from an unimpeded 360 degree perspective, while being cosseted by the homey comforts of heat, sofas, lamps, rugs and TVs.

New weather-proof bubble tent igloo on 230 FIFTH's roof deck overlooking Manhattan skyline.  (PRNewsFoto/230 FIFTH)

New weather-proof bubble tent igloo on 230 FIFTH’s roof deck overlooking Manhattan skyline. (PRNewsFoto/230 FIFTH)

Open from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, 230 FIFTH is located at 230 Fifth Avenue, at the corner of 27th Street.  Accommodating up to 12 each, the furnishings of the four FIFTHgloos can be re-configured to suit a number of purposes, from an unforgettable romantic rendezvous to a gathering of fans for game watching, during 230 FIFTH’s normal operating hours through March 31, when they will be retired for the season. Reservations and a minimum food and / or beverage expenditure required. Special packages for Super Bowl and for Valentine’s Day will be available.

Transparent bubble tent "igloos" on 230 FIFTH's roof deck weather proof the rooftop bar's spectacular Manhattan views.  (PRNewsFoto/230 FIFTH)

Transparent bubble tent “igloos” on 230 FIFTH’s roof deck weather proof the rooftop bar’s spectacular Manhattan views. (PRNewsFoto/230 FIFTH)

Originally designed for camping to afford a closer connection with the surrounding environment with the minimum amount of impact, the no-stakes-or-infrastructure-needed tents have been used for hotel rooms in France, beach cabanas in California and street promotions in China.  However, they have not previously been incorporated into an outdoor bar / restaurant operation at either ground or roof level.

Our offering complimentary robes to guests to off-set winter temperatures set a new precedent for rooftop bars and the bubble tents represent another 230 FIFTH first,” states Sal Rozenberg, director of 230 FIFTH.  “The tents – or FIFTHgloos as we’re calling them – give a new, whimsical all-weather winter dimension to the roof deck.  Everyone who sees them wants to reserve one, because they’re so completely unique!

To reserve a FIFTHgloo, call (212) 725-4300.  And for more information about 230 FIFTH, visit www.230-fifth.com.

Return to Pure Romance in San Luis Obispo County, California

If you haven’t yet acted on your New Year’s resolution to rekindle romance with your partner, San Luis Obispo County’s got you covered this Valentine  s Day and beyond.

Located mid-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California  s Central Coast — San Luis Obispo County – known as SLO County to the locals — invites lovers to slow down and savor the moment with pure play.  After a visit to

San Luis Obispo County Visitors and Conference Bureau logo.  (PRNewsFoto/San Luis Obispo County Visitors and Conference Bureau)

San Luis Obispo County Visitors and Conference Bureau logo. (PRNewsFoto/San Luis Obispo County Visitors and Conference Bureau)

our soul-stirring beaches, pristine forests, majestic mountains and charming coastal and wine country towns, couples will learn why our area in recent years was named the“Happiest Place in North America” – and take that feeling home long after Valentine’s Day is over.

To get you started – and see why Peter Greenberg of CBS NEWS just named our region as “Best of 2014” — Visit San Luis Obispo County has rounded up some special Valentine’s Day hotel and activity packages, from rustic to racy romance:

Hotel Packages

Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo:  Starting at $847.65 the “Rustic Romance Package” includes a scenic horseback trail ride, overnight stay in one of the celebrated themed rooms, bottle of champagne, personalized mini-heart cake, one-hour couple’s massage, $100 dining credit from Gold Rush Steak House and more. Good throughout February.

The Cliffs Resort & Marisol, Pismo Beach:  Get in the mood with the “Suites for your Sweet!” package, starting with a three-course Aphrodisiac Dinner prepared by Chef Wangard. Have dessert sent up to your oceanfront suite, where red wine and other indulgent treats await during your overnight stay. Offer is goodFeb. 14-16 and costs $459. Package available in February without dinner starting at $249.

Blue Dolphin Inn, Cambria:  Wine and waves lovers can book the “Coastal Romance Package ” which includes a two-night stay and a four-hour Wine Wrangler Tour of Paso Robles, which was just named2013 Wine Region of the Year. Starting at $425, the package also includes a complimentary bottle of wine, artisanal chocolate-covered strawberries and gourmet Picnic Breakfast to Go.

Paso Robles Hotel Month: During this special month, lovers can “Stay Two Nights and get the Third Night Free” during February and get a bottle of local Cabernet Sauvignon wine and special amenities from each of the eight participating hotels.

Click here for more hotel packages.

Activity Packages

Nature Corps’ Valentines Eco-Voluntours & Wine Tasting Weekend, Morro Bay:  Find romance through voluntourism Feb. 14-16, where couples can restore beautiful coastal habitat, go wine tasting, kayak on the bay and tour Hearst Castle. Book by Jan. 31 and save $200.

Margarita Adventures, Santa Margarita: Sweep your sweetie off their feet with a “Zipline Tour of the historic Santa Margarita Ranch .” For just $99 per person, you’ll soar over vineyards, learning about the ranch’s sustainable winegrowing practices, wildlife habitats and role as part of California’s famed Mission Trail. Cap it off with a tasting at Ancient Peaks Winery.

Breakaway Tours, Paso Robles/San Luis Obispo:  Be your own Valentine with a “Singles Only Wine Tour  in Paso Robles (Feb. 15) and/or San Luis Obispo (Feb. 16) and make new friends.  For just $119per person, these five-hour tours include tastings at several wineries, a winery picnic lunch, candy and wine pairing and a fun surprise at the last winery.

Point San Luis Lighthouse Tours, Avila Beach:  Set in Avila Beach – recently named among Sunset magazine’s Top Winter Wonderland destinations – these trolley tours of the historic lighthouse make the perfect romantic setting.

Hearst Castle Tour – Travel back in time and experience America’s renowned castle on the “Enchanted Hill” in San Simeon.  Famous for William Randolph Hearst’s celebrity-packed parties, you can easily imagine Charlie Chapman, Clark Gable and Greta Garbo walking the romantic grounds. Tours start at $25per person. If you want to really wow your Valentine, pre-arrange a private four-hour tour of the Castle for$750 (up to three couples in one tour). Click here for more activity packages.

Please call partners directly for the most updated information. For more information on pure play year-round in San Luis Obispo County, go to www.VisitSanLuisObispoCounty.com.

2014 Valentine’s Day: Share the Love with fashionandyou.com

There’s no better occasion than Valentine’s Day to sprinkle some funky doses of love all around. Online retailer www.fashionandyou.com can help you turn your house in to a lover’s den with signature home décor that is just apt for the occasion of Valentine’s Day. Until January 31st, you can choose from a wide range of cuddly soft toys, cushion covers, gift pouches, gift bags, heart shape decorations, Valentine special wine bottle covers and much more.

Pick from cushion covers that come with a cuddly teddy bear or a mug and rose to greet your partner when he or she comes home. Say it with a pillow from brands like MGB with sprawled messages like ‘I love you every day and twice on Sunday’ or ‘You make my heart smile’. And best of all, use an adorable LUV gift bag or a special ring cushion in case V-Day is your D-day to pop the question or simply gift your beloved a ring.

2014 Valentine’s Day: INTRODUCING LOVE2LOVE, The Romantic New Fragrance Collection

When the right pair connects, the spark between them is captivating. Conversations flow, laughter comes easily and bonding is a breeze. Life is so much sweeter when they are together. Simply put, they are the perfect match. The Love2Love Fragrance Collection was inspired by a spectrum of colors that express a woman’s joy and sheer happiness. Each shamelessly feminine scent will speak to the woman who loves the idea of being in love. One spritz will make her smile as she imagines the exciting possibilities a new day could bring. Each scent was designed to capture a stylish duo of ingredients that reflect perfect pairs in love.

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Fresh Rose + Peach
Two create a fragrance of lasting happiness. This luscious scent opens with juicy notes of peach nectar, lychee and fresh cassis buds to evoke joy and optimism. The middle notes of geranium and Bulgarian rose oil infuse innocence and femininity into the fragrance while the blend of musk and orris at the base provide a dose of comforting warmth and tenderness.

Jasmine + Sparkling Mimosa
Two create a fragrance of pure joy. Lighthearted and fresh, this fragrance represents the spirit of a radiant, carefree woman. It kicks off with a youthful, energetic blend of dewy peony, raspberry kiss and sparkling mimosa. That burst of freshness mingles with middle notes of honeysuckle, intoxicating jasmine and sweet pea then joins with skin musk, warm rosewood and decadent almond blossom at the base to wrap you in a subtle veil of sensuality.

Freesia + Violet Petals
Two create a fragrance of elegant sensuality. This timeless, alluring scent is almost impossible to resist. It begins with a delicately sweet mix of peach blossom, lily petals and lavender blooms then gives way to classic, feminine heart notes of freesia, rose and violet blossom. The base notes of sheer musk, heliotropine and cedarwood almost seem to emerge spontaneously.

Orange Blossom + White Musk
Two create a fragrance of indulgent pleasure. A refreshing cocktail of sparkling bergamot and juicy orange notes open up this fragrance. The citrusy pair captures the feeling of unbridled happiness. Orange blossom and soft peony at the heart of the scent create an element of femininity and the trace of orris, white musk and cozy sandalwood add an intriguing, sensual aspect to the mix.

The Love2Love Collection will be available in February 2014 at http://www.walmart.com and Walmart stores nationwide

Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes® Celebrates Father/Daughter Bond Through Partnership With U.S. Olympic Hopeful Ski Jumper Sarah Hendrickson

For dads looking to connect with their daughters, it might be as easy as a game of catch or an afternoon on the ski slopes. A new Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes® survey reveals that sports are a primary way for dads to bond with their daughters. As the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games approach, Frosted Flakes will celebrate the father/daughter relationship by showcasing U.S. Olympic Hopeful ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson and her father, Bill, and by encouraging dads everywhere to share their passion for sports with their girls.

Kellogg's Frosted Flakes Celebrates Father/Daughter Bond Through Partnership with U.S. Olympic Hopeful Ski Jumper Sarah Hendrickson.  (PRNewsFoto/Kellogg Company)

Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Celebrates Father/Daughter Bond Through Partnership with U.S. Olympic Hopeful Ski Jumper Sarah Hendrickson. (PRNewsFoto/Kellogg Company)

Bill Hendrickson is a former ski jumper who shared his love for the sport with his daughter. First on skis at the age of two, Sarah, now 19, has grown into one of the premier ski jumpers, and won the 2013 world championship. On Jan. 22, Sarah was nominated to the first-ever Team USA™ women’s ski jumping roster for the Sochi 2014 Games.

The Frosted Flakes survey of young female athletes[1] reveals that fathers are the most powerful influence in creating an affinity for sports, and that sharing sports enables more meaningful life moments between dads and daughters.  Among the survey findings:

  • More than half (53 percent) of female student athletes say their dads were the single most important influence in creating their love of sports.  Dad was cited four times more often than any other influencer including friends (14 percent), moms (11 percent) and coaches (11 percent).
  • Female athletes say that, on average, about half of all their quality time spent with dad involves sports – and more than one in three say that their favorite memory with dad is sports-related.
  • 85 percent of daughters say that they feel closer to their dad than usual when they are playing or watching or talking about sports together.

“We were inspired by Sarah and Bill’s story that shows how sports helps build the connection between dads and daughters,” said Matt Lindsay, director of marketing for Frosted Flakes. “We know that special moments happen when dads share what they love – whether that’s a bowl of Frosted Flakes, or their passion for sports, and that’s exactly what we saw with Sarah and her dad.”

My entire family has been incredibly supportive in my goal to be part of Team USA, and I think it’s even more special because my dad was a jumper, too,” said Sarah Hendrickson. “When you share what you love with who you love, it’s amazing what can happen.

Frosted Flakes will feature Sarah and Bill Hendrickson in a television ad which will air during the U.S. Olympic trials and Games.  In the spot, the two share their thoughts on their shared passion for ski jumping, and compare their personal records.  Sarah Hendrickson is not the only young woman who takes after her dad in her sport of choice – theFrosted Flakes survey also revealed that 6 in 10 female student athletes play the same sport that their dad plays, or played when he was younger.  And Sarah, who has bested her father’s longest jump by almost 100 meters, is not the only daughter whose skills outrival dads: nearly 7 in 10 (68%) female student athletes say they likely could outperform their dad in their sport – even when he was in his prime.

I am thrilled that sharing my passion for skiing has helped lead to this incredible moment – my daughter is nominated to represent Team USA in the Winter Olympics.  While not every dad gets to be dad to an Olympian, every dad can share the things he loves and create memories that will last a lifetime,” said Bill Hendrickson.

Visit the Kellogg’s® YouTube page to watch Sarah and Bill in Sarah’s Start Story video, “Share What You Love,” to learn more about her journey toward the Sochi Games. Find opportunities to share what you love with who you love on Twitter by following @realtonytiger and using #sharewhatyoulove.

[1] Online survey of 501 competitive female high school and collegiate athletes (ages 14-23) who have spent at least some time with their fathers – conducted by an independent, third-party research firm 12/23/13 – 1/1/14

 

Renee Fleming To Sing The National Anthem At Super Bowl XLVIII On FOX

World-renowned soprano RENÉE FLEMING will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl XLVIII pregame festivities at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday, February 2, the NFL and FOX announced today. The performance will be televised live on FOX prior to kickoff.

More than 164 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s Super Bowl, the most-watched television program in history.  The pregame show, including the National Anthem and Super Bowl XLVIII will be broadcast worldwide.

In addition, actress AMBER ZION will perform in American Sign Language the National Anthem.

Fleming will make her Super Bowl and is among many great performers who have been honored with singing the Super Bowl National Anthem including: Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick, Jr., Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Jewel, Cher, Faith Hill, the Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Beyoncé Knowles,Christina Aguilera and many more.

Fleming, known as “the people’s diva”, is a four-time Grammy winner, including the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo.  One of the world’s most beloved and celebrated singers, she captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice and consummate artistry, both on the world’s greatest opera stages and in concert halls; even extending her reach to include indie rock, jazz, film soundtracks, and other media.  Fleming has performed at other major events worldwide including the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II, the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, and during the Olympics in Beijing. At a White House ceremony last July, the President awarded Fleming the National Medal of Arts, America’s highest honor for an individual artist.

THE REPUBLIC OF TEA RELEASES NEW ORGANIC SUPERHERB™ TEA

Premium Teas Inspired By Ancient “Wonder” Herbs, Unique In Flavor And Functionality

The Republic of Tea, leading purveyor of premium teas, is proud to announce the launch of a new USDA Organic tea in its current line of fortifying SuperHerb™ Teas, ORGANIC DANDELION SUPERHERB TEA. As with all of The Republic of Tea’s SuperHerb Teas, this all-natural, caffeine-free, Certified Gluten-Free, Kosher-certified herbal tea contains various nutrients and antioxidants that assist in attaining peak performance, strength, longevity and can be an easy and satisfying part of a daily health and wellness regimen.

The collection is now comprised of four unique and innovative blends:
ORGANIC DANDELION SUPERHERB TEA – Tea for Peak Health: While this small, yellow flower dots meadows around the world, the root is known as a powerhouse of benefits. The deep, full-bodied flavor of the roasted dandelion root, which has a reputation as a natural aid to digestion, is enhanced with a touch of exotic vanilla.

• MORINGA SUPERHERB TEA (mor-IN-ga) – Tea for Nourishment: This blend boasts leaves from the “miracle tree” (Moringa oleifera), which packs an extraordinary amount of nutrition into a small, vibrant leaf. The Moringa leaves in this particular tea are combined with green rooibos from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms to intensify its beneficial effects while a touch of mango adds a sweet note to the grassy, herbal base. Non-GMO Project Verified.

JIAOGULAN SUPERHERB TEA (JEE-ow-goo-lan) – Tea for Stability: Made with leaves from the “immortality herb” (Gynostemma pentaphyllum). This tea is infused with monk fruit, a celebrated zero-calorie, all-natural sweetener, and a hint of spicy ginger root. Benefits of the jiaogulan leaf have been recognized in Chinese culture for anti-aging, anti-anxiety and antioxidant properties. Non-GMO Project Verified.

BAOBAB SUPERHERB TEA (BAH-oh-bab) – Tea for Centering: This tea is made from the baobab leaf (Adansonia digitata), which has a reputation for fighting asthma and soothing inflammation and fatigue. The earthy, light notes are blended with a touch of mint for a grounding, healthy tea experience. The Baobab SuperHerb tea also bears the Brunswick Lab’s ORAC certified seal, meaning the tea has met specific antioxidant testing criteria. The Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity testing method was developed by the USDA and Tufts University to quantifiably measure the potency of antioxidants found in foods and beverages that protect cells from damage by oxidative stress. Non-GMO Project verified.

Each of these caffeine-free, premium herbal teas come in sleek tins that hold 36 tea bags and retail for $13.00. The Organic Dandelion SuperHerb Tea debuted at the SFA’s 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show and be available for purchase nationwide beginning in February 2014. Existing teas in the collection (Moringa, Jiaogulan and Baobab) are now available for purchase nationwide at natural and specialty food stores, through the company website, (www.REPUBLICofTEA.com), mail-order
catalogue and by calling 800.298.4TEA (832).