Hoboken Gifts for the {Booze Lover} in Your Life

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us, and one thing is certain; you are about to spend a lot of money on gifts. A long list of names and a shortage of ideas can be intimidating–but it’s likely a portion of the people in your life would appreciate a theme that comes into play all year long: alcohol. In Hoboken, our small businesses go beyond wine bags and ribbons and venture into Jack Daniel’s coffee and bacon salt for the rim of your cocktail, so shop at one of these local spots this holiday season, and get the right gift for the booze lover in your life.

 

Washington General Store

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Washington General Store has a gift for every single booze enthusiast in your life. Mule mugs, wine stoppers, cork holders, brew-your-own-beer kits, Bloody Mary mix…the list goes on and on.

Gingerbread Old Fashioned

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This one’s for whiskey lovers. The drink mix comes with the glass and the recipe card, making it one bottle of Crown Royal away from a complete gift…and a righteous hangover.

Rescued Wine Candles

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The scents are all your favorite wines (Pinot Noir, Rosé, Champagne, etc.) and the candles are served  in repurposed glass–also known as recycled wine bottles. Pair it with a set of matches and add a bottle of their favorite wine–but maybe encourage them to light the candle and knock back the wine separately.

 

Francesca’s

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Francesca’s has all the super-cute drinking accessories that everybody wants (and nobody needs). Extra large wine glasses, silly drink markers, shot glasses for your favorite holiday movies, holiday onesies–and don’t get caught assuming this store is just for the ladies.

Christmas Vacation Shot Glasses

francescasHallelujah! Holy $h*+! Where’s the Tylenol?

The Art of the Bar Cart Book

hhh francescas2A select number of my friends are aggregating all their booze into a “cart” and calling it adulthood–so why not endorse the charade and get them a book to sit on top of it?

 

Little City Books

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Continuing the book trend, the ones over at Little City Books can school you on anything from wine appreciation to a guide on whisky–impress a pro or create a new one.

Rosé All Day

hhh little city books1The rosé trend has held strong for a few years now–and this book explores it from its origins back to King Louis XIV. And if they’re not here for the history, placing it on their coffee table or bar cart can at least create the illusion of a well-read owner.

 

Hudson Paperie

paperieYou can get your recently engaged friend some wedding-themed champagne glasses or your cheeky friend this all-too-truthful set–then get them professionally wrapped and topped with a cute card, all in one stop, at the Hudson Paperie.

 

Hoboken Wine House

hoboken wine shopThis uptown shop is a good stop for when you’re exiting town northbound and need to grab a gift on the way. Snag libations ranging from a $13 dollar Spanish red to a $300 dollar bottle of scotch, or some Game of Thrones craft beers.

 

Dear Hannah

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A smaller selection at this mostly-clothes-and-accessories story, but these glasses are perfect for the friend whose version of “lifting their spirits” involves raising a cocktail to their lips that reads “cheer up f##ker.”


Written by Brittany Temple

Brittany is a bona fide Jersey girl (sans stereotypical sky-high hair) with an obnoxious laugh and a super fast-paced walk. You can hear her on-air and behind the scenes at SiriusXM where she serves as the Executive Producer on the political talk show “Make It Plain with Mark Thompson.” She’s not yelling at you–that’s just her natural volume.

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Christmas Giveaway: Win a Two-Night Stay at the Villa Suami, Bali!

A fabulous weekend away with 10 friends

 

It may just be the beginning of December, but party season has well and truly arrived in Hong Kong. Christmas lights and decorations are adorning the streets, mulled wine is on shop shelves and we’re more than excited for festive feasts to come. But what do we do when it’s all over? We all know that the January blues can hit hard. So, there’s nothing better than planning ahead and having something to look forward to in the New Year. Luckily, with a helping hand from leading luxury villa booking portal, The Luxe Nomad, we are bringing you an amazing giveaway that will see you through the New Year slump. Read on to find out more about how you can win an exclusive two-night stay at the five-bedroom Villa Suami in Canggu, Bali

Christmas Giveaway: Win a Two-Night Stay at the Villa Suami, Bali!

Managed exclusively by The Luxe Nomad, the Villa Suami in Canggu, Bali stretches over 35,000 square-feet, has expansive lawns, and not one, but two swimming pools. Along with its stunning, open-plan, contemporary design (by renowned Spanish architect Felipe Gonzalez Jimenez De La Espada!), the villa features five generously sized en-suite bedrooms, with open views onto the garden. The perfect place for entertaining, the villa even comes fully staffed including: a villa manager, assistant manager, private chef, housekeepers and security guards. So, all that’s left for you to do is to round up a group of friends to share this fabulous prize with!

Christmas Giveaway: Win a Two-Night Stay at the Villa Suami, Bali!,

Located just a 10-minute drive from Batu Bolong and Old Man’s surf beach, and a quick 20-minute drive from the shops and restaurants of trendy Seminyak, the villa is in a perfect location to explore Bali. Whether you’re looking to shop, surf, or just sunbathe in your own private pool, it’s sure to be an unforgettable weekend for you and your group of friends. Simply enter your details in the form below for your chance to win! January is looking to be just as merry and bright, after all…

*Terms and Conditions: Travel dates between 8 January and 14 February, 2018; 22 February and 23 March, 2018; 9 April and 27 April, 2018; 2 May and 15 June, 2018; 3 September and 14 December, 2018 (subject to the availability of the villa, dates are non-transferable). Guests have exclusive use of the villa. Guests have to separately pay for the additional nights’ stay, breakfast, meals in the villa, airport transfer and other additional rental items. Guests will have to pay a security deposit of USD $1,000 prior to their stay to insure against any damages to the property and this amount will be refunded after check out.

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What to Do in Phuket: Natai Beach, Phang Nga Province

Escape the crowds and head north to Natai Beach

 

A quick four-hour flight from Hong Kong, Phuket has always been a go-to destination for beach holidays, but we know it can get a little overwhelming with pushy vendors and busy tourists. If you’re looking for a quiet and peaceful vacation away from the hustle and bustle of Patong Beach, we suggest heading to Natai Beach in the nearby Phang Nga Province – a mere 6km north of Phuket and only 40 minutes from Phuket International Airport. With 10km of unspoiled beach and no crowds, we promise it will be your new secret getaway spot! 

Read more: A Weekend in Nha Trang: Where to Stay and What to Do

What to Do in Phuket: Natai Beach, Phang Nga Province

Where to stay:

Due to strict building laws on Natai Beach, no hotels in the area can have more than 80 rooms, so you know you’re in for an exclusive treat when booking your accommodation.

Recently opened, Baba Beach Club Phuket is our pick for a girls trip, bachelorette party or even if you’re just looking for chill vibes, great company and mouth-watering food. The luxury beachfront hotel and beach club boasts 16 hotel villas and suites, all designed with music lovers in mind (the Funktion-One sound system is not playing around!). They also offer a variety of residential villas with private pools, perfect for a group vacay.

Part of the internationally acclaimed Sri Panwa Hotel Group, Baba Beach Club delivers the same standard of five star service and luxury facilities – so you can count on your every need being taken care of! This includes an in-room spa, a stunning pool complete with a beach bar and a selection of restaurants offering cuisines ranging from Thai to Italian (how good does a Tom Yum pizza sound though?).

The best part? You’re mere steps away from a 200 meter stretch of pristine sand with unbelievable views of the sunset, so you can Instagram your heart out (#priorities).

If you’re looking for alternative options, we would also recommend checking out Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa (and its EDGE Beachfront Restaurant) or Akyra Beach Club Phuket, known for its sunset White Parties!

Read more: Travel Bali: Top Picks and Local Favourites

What to Do in Phuket: Natai Beach, Phang Nga Province

Where to eat:

Because Natai Beach is so secluded and resides away from the tourist heavy sections of Phuket, food options here tend to be attached to hotels and residential properties along the beach. Rabian Lay Thai Seafood is one of the few independent beachfront restaurants on Natai, which serves local Thai dishes for 100 to 200 Baht each. You can also head to the nearby town of Khok Kloi for more local food and convenience stores to stock up on the essentials. We suggest trying Co-Sea House Thai Food & Beverage for authentic flavours with an affordable price tag. 

What to Do in Phuket: Natai Beach, Phang Nga Province

What to do:

Defintelty take advantage of the stunning natural parks and breathtaking cliffs around Phang Nga bay. Many hotels and independent companies run day trips to take you kayaking around the sea caves in Phang Nga Bay, or to visit James Bond Island, made famous in “The Man with the Golden Gun” – you would recognise the limestone cliffs jutting out of the water instantly! You can also explore one of the many local fishing villages including Ko Panyi, which is entirely built on stilts.

Phang Nga Province also pays homage to many beautiful temples open to the public to explore. One of the biggest attractions is the cave temple, Wat Suwan Kuha, known for its dominant figure of the reclining Buddha inside. You can climb past the Buddha and the cave eventually opens into the forest – it’s picture perfect! Outside the cave, you can (cautiously) make friends with the multitude of monkeys – a few bananas should do the trick – but be careful as they’re known to steal belongings from visitors!

Read more: What to Do in Laos: Luang Prabang, Mekong and Vang Vieng

What to Do in Phuket: Natai Beach, Phang Nga Province

If you’re on the more adventurous side, we would suggest checking out Pung Chang Cave. An exploration through exotic rock formations, the guides will take you first by canoe, then raft and then on foot through the caves where you can observe limestone stalactites with beautiful colours and designs you wouldn’t believe occur naturally. Arrive between 10am and 2pm to take the full tour (headlamps provided on site) and wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet as you’ll be walking in shallow water. Pro tip: as you enter, take a peek at the ceiling to see bats up close and personal!

Read more: What to do in Cambodia: Backpacking Siem Reap and Koh Rong Island

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Hong Kong Stands Out as A Fine Dining Haven with the Announcement of the MICHELIN Guide 2018

Number of starred restaurants has tripled in 10 years!

 

We were a city full of happy Hong Kongers yesterday when the new selection of restaurants for the MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2018 was announced. It’s no secret that we’re pretty lucky when it comes to dining, but with an incredible 81 one, two and three stared restos located in Hong Kong alone, and a further 63 in Macau, we’ve never been prouder to call this city home.

Amongst those honoured in the guide, Bo InnovationL’Atelier de Joël RobuchonLung King Heen8 ½ Otto e Mezzo-BombanaSushi ShikonT’ang Court all managed to retain their prestigious three-star rating. With Rech by Alain Ducasse, Arcane, Imperial Treasure, Yee Tung Heen and Ying Jee Club all receiving their first stars. For new comers to the Hong Kong dining scene, Reche and Ying Jee Club (which both opened earlier this year), the star rating is a huge honour – truly showing how much of a dynamic dining location Hong Kong is becoming.

Read more: Rech: Seaside Vibes with a Stunning view

Michael ELLIS, International Director in charge of the MICHELIN Guides comments, “Ten years after the introduction of the very first MICHELIN guide selection for Hong Kong Macau, we are pleased to note the vibrancy of the local culinary scene: the number of starred restaurants has been multiplied by three!”. We can only agree with him, and hope that our culinary scene continues to grow with such vibrancy in the years to come. Now, who’s up for booking a celebratory dinner this weekend?

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5 Things to Look Forward to in Hoboken {in December}

How are we already in the last month of 2017?! Although this year flew by, there are still plenty of fun things to do in Hoboken before we have to say goodbye. Get ready for holiday cheer and lots of beer!

Hoboken City Hall Holiday Craft Fair

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Head to the Holiday Craft Fair and check out unique handcrafted gift items for sale, including: jewelry, soaps, candles, body products, pottery, photography, hand knit hats & scarves, fashion accessories, wooden cutting boards & home decor, clothing for children, Silly Chilly Hot Sauce, Hoboken Farms Big Red Tomato Sauce and much more. Also bring the kids because Mrs. Claus will be doing face painting both days!

 

Christmas Tree Lighting

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On Tuesday, December 5th at 5:00pm come watch at City Hall as the annual Christmas Tree Lighting takes place! Listen to local schools sing songs for the Holidays and of course, visit Santa!

 

Hoboken Santacon 2017

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Ready or not, Santa Claus is coming to town! Whether you are a fan of this day and bring out the Santa suit, or throw your own party with your friends to avoid the bars, this is for sure a day of celebrating. Check back in with us soon as we’ll share the Do’s and Don’ts of how to spend this Saturday!

 

Hoboken Jingle Bell 5K

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Hoboken Jingle Bell 5K Facebook Event

Come join the first annual Hoboken Jingle Bell 5K & 1-mile fun run! This event is family friendly, so anyone can join! Both races will start and finish at Pier A. CHeck out more information on how you can join here.

 

New Year’s Eve in Hoboken

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One of the biggest party nights of the year! Forget the last minute plans, check out our Complete Hoboken {New Year’s Eve} Party Guide!


Written by Rachel Willson

Originally from Upstate New York, Rachel moved to Hoboken two years ago to pursue her passion for all things marketing and fashion. Rachel lives for her weekends and takes pride in making sure all her friends social calendars are full. In her free time, when she isn’t crossing off items on her Hoboken bucket list, Rachel is typically finding joy in things out of her budget, speaking fluently in sarcasm, and crawling her way down Washington St. because yesterday was leg day.

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