As you may know- we attend a trade show now and then! I attend shows as both an exhibitor and/or as a buyer for my store, On Paper. Whenever we travel we try to seek out greener hotels and two new faves when we head to NYC are ELEMENT where we stayed last trip and YOTEL where we stayed last week while attending the New York International Gift Show.
We highly recommend ELEMENT - It's new, has many truly green features but during the NYIGF it was completely booked - which is a good thing and means more and more people are putting eco at the top of their reservation list! You can check out the hotel on their website here.
Yotel is brand new. If you can get past the name and the somewhat Vegas/60's/motel-ie exterior- Yotel is a pretty great NY find. And super cheap if you can snag one of the NYIGF rates.
Before selecting the hotel, I read that if Steve Jobs were to design a hotel- this would be it. Say no more- good enough for me!
Check-in is on the street level and features self check in kiosks- super easy- and a robot for storing luggage. Fear not, there are real people too- who hand you your key and will happily handle your bags.
The rooms are super tiny (repeat after me- tiny!) But warned in advance I found much appreciation in the incredibly well designed multi-functional space. And compared with several hotels where I've stayed- this felt roomy in spite of it's pint size.
Photos via yotel.com
The most clever part of the room design is the bed that raises and reclines serving double duty as bed/sofa. It's a great concept and leaves you wondering why no one has done this sooner.
Also clever and true to green design, the hotel maximizes it's open space providing common areas that are vast both indoors and out. The hotel boasts a fabulous outdoor terrace and it's fantastic on a summer evening.
Overall- Yotel is a great eco sensitive hotel. It's not glitzy and definitely not a be-seen scene. And make no mistake- it's not "luxury" as they claim. But it's cool- innovative technology focused efficient design, low key and best of all - a short walk to Javits!
The Caipirinha - is the designated cocktail of Brazil! It has simple ingredients: Cachaça, limes, superfine sugar and crushed ice.
The primary ingredient is Cachaça, pronounced "KA SHA SA", the most popular distilled spirit in Brazil. Cachaça is often thought to be similar to rum, but rum is usually produced using molasses and Cachaça is produced using cane sugar juice.
Most of the Cachaça on the market is produced in Brazil. And we've found one that is organic and quite possibly has some of the best bottle graphics on tap anywhere. Abelha. Call us graphic-holics- but graphics reign!
What's special about Abelha?It's organic... no artificial chemical fertilizers or pesticides are used at any stage in the production. Also the fields of sugar cane aren’t burnt prior to harvest. This is common practice in the production of non-organic Cachaça and leads to major air pollution problems in sugar cane producing regions of Brazil.
Abelha is distilled in "small batches", which means it is produced in a number of batches, instead of as a continuous process. This results in better control of the distillate. It is produced by smaller farms all around Brazil. The cachaça has more flavors, different scents like flowers, bananas, cut-grass, and is generally warmer on the tongue.
Cachaça* Limes Superfine sugar [organic if such a thing exists!] Crushed ice "Rocks" or "Old-Fashioned" glass A pestle (from a mortar and pestle -- or something similar) for the muddling
1. Cut the ends off of the lime and discard. 2. Cut the lime in half lengthwise and cut out the white pith in the middle. 3. Cut the lime in half, and cut one half of the lime into four wedges and place in the glass. If your lime is small, you will need to add more lime to the glass. 4. Add one to three tablespoons of sugar. The amount of sugar depends on your personal taste as well as the size of the lime you are using. 5. Use the pestle to "muddle" the limes and sugar together. Basically, you want to crush the limes so that they mix in well with the sugar. Be careful not to break the skin of the lime. When you've gotten all of the juice out of the lime, you're done. 6. Pack crushed ice in the glass all the way to the top. 7. Add cachaça all the way to the top of the glass. (It's really only about 2 oz.) 8. Use a larger glass or bottom of a cocktail shaker and put it over the top of your drink. Shake very well for at least 15 seconds. 9. Garnish with a wedge of lime. 10. Drink...and enjoy the best Caipirinha!
* Note: The U.S. is the only country in the world which makes the Brazilians label their Cachaça as "Brazilian Rum"