Head to Grape & Vine at The Jade Hotel in Greenwich Village for a cocktail that’s as rejuvenating as it is tasty. We all know that health food is both fashionable and smart, so why not also gussy up your alcohol choices with nutrients and vitamins too? Grape & Vine’s Jene Genie, is more than just a wittily-named drink (a reference both the thin white duke’s classic song, as well as Grape & Vine bartender Gene). The Jean Genie features antioxidant-rich coconut water, helping you to relieve your guilt, as well as wet your whistle.
2 oz Old Forester Bourbon
1.5 oz Waiola Coconut Water
.5 oz of Maraschino liqueur
.5 oz of lemon juice
Combine ingredients, shake in mixing glass, strain and serve in a coupe or martini glass.
Help to build community and get the chance to explore new facets of the LGBT experience at the 16th annual Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Based in sunny South Beach, the festival offers a tempting alternative to the beach. From May 2-11, the festival will screen 65 LGBT-related films that cover various cultural and historical perspectives on the queer experience.
The festival’s claim to fame is that with every calendar year, it is the first major LGBT film festival to occur. So, these early-bird attendants will get a good sampling of what’s to come though the rest of the gay film festival season. Don’t miss this fantastic cultural event!
You’ve probably heard the buzz about the web service Airbnb—a cursory glance at Google News will show that the website is a hot topic. While San Francisco has made headlines for its banning of the DIY apartment-rental service, Airbnb is becoming increasingly popular as an option in lieu of expensive hotel rates. But convenient, affordable, and hyped as the service may be, some people (even those outside SF) have hangups about the website. Like any connection we make over the Internet, Airbnb involves an x-factor — the person at the other end of the wireless connection.
Misterbnb, a web service launched last spring, takes an Airbnb-esque approach to finding lodging, but it tailors its service to LGBT people and their allies, helping to assure users their experience will be an open and respectful one. As co-found Matthieu Jost puts it: “I realized the limitations of apartment rental sites. I could sometimes notice how apartment owners felt uncomfortable with me staying with my boyfriend.”
If you’ve been dying to try Airnbnb but felt concern like Jost’s holding you back, Misterbnb might be the right choice for you. The service is available worldwide.
Celebrate the LGBT community at Asia’s largest Pride event, Phuket Pride from April 20-27. Pride week will consist of 25 events over eight days including three sporting events, an educational film screening, a sunset beach party, street parties in Sol Paradise, a charity auction, pool party, a charity dinner and wine tasting, and a grand Pride parade through the streets of Patong watched by thousands.
It’s good news and sweet dreams for those who fly coach internationally with Delta! The airline is making an effort to cater to its coach passengers with the announcement last week that they will be providing complimentary sleep kits (pictured above) for long international flights. Featured in the sleep kit are luxurious and practical amenities, including a light-blocking face mask, ear buds and plugs, as well as bottled Dasani water.
To many, Delta has earned a reputation as having an ascetic approach to flying, so this is a major step in the right direction for the company. Look around at coach passengers on your next int’l Delta flight, and it’s almost a sure bet they’ll be comfy—curled up with the usual complimentary blankets, and swag from their brand-spanking-new kit.
A five-decade embargo on travel to Cuba hasn’t stop a record number of Americans who are finding ways to visit the island nation. According to a recent travel study, within just the first three months of 2014 more Americans visited Cuba than in all of 2013 from England, Germany, or France. How many exactly? Around 173,550 visited in just these three months. “The data confirms, although the Cuban government does not recognize it publicly, that the United States, even with the effect of the embargo, is the second greatest source of tourists to Cuba after Canada,” Emilio Morales who consulted in the study said. “The push in the first trimester has been huge,” he added.
Most visitors to the island are Cuban Americans who are visiting family, but a significant portion of people are coming via academic and cultural programs—another legal way to enter. And thanks to President Obama, it’s getting easier for Americans to visit. According to the Seattle Times: “In 2009, Obama lifted a limit put in place by former President George W. Bush allowing Cuban-Americans to travel to island country no more than once every three years to visit relatives. And in 2011, he reinstated the so-called ‘people-to-people’ trips, allowing U.S. citizens to apply for a travel license to participate in educational activities that promote contact with ordinary Cubans.”
Does the right garnish make or break your in-flight cocktail? If so, heads up: this news is for you! You might have noticed that lime prices are through the roof at the grocery store. The reasons for this are complex, and they include Mexican cartels’ market control of limes, as well as biological/ecological anomalies. The rise in prices has made it difficult for companies that are bulk-buyers of limes to keep up with the usual demand. Particularly affected by this change is the airline industry, whose in-flight drink services have been hit hard.
While airlines have not point-blank stopped serving limes with beverages, they will only be available for select flights. So if you like a G&T to calm those mile-high nerves, you might want to get to the drawing board and brainstorm some alternatives! (Lemons are unaffected.) [h/t Jaunted]
Vodafone, the UK’s largest cell phone provider, has released a heartwarming and viral new ad as a part of its #firsts campaign, which aims to, as Vodafone itself puts it via the campaign’s official Twitter account, “[connect] people with technology to empower them to do amazing things for the first time.”
In the new ad, Vodafone has recruited two elderly Dutch women (An and Ria) to fly on an airplane for their first time. While Ria is immediately game, An is petrified—to prepare her, Vodafone hooks her up with a roller coaster ride. This moment, and other terrific antics are included in the fun ad, which is available for view via the official Vodafone Firsts website, or via YouTube. Check it out after the jump…
Early on Wednesday, the Minnesota House passed a bill (69-63) that will strengthen the state’s anti-bullying laws and by the end of the day, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill into law. The Safe and Supportive Schools Act is the 16th (plus D.C.) in the nation to protect students from bullying by legally defining bullying. “This provides a strong set of tools to create a strong local anti-bullying policy and create safe educational climates in Minnesota,” said Rep. Jim Davnie, DFL-Minneapolis who was the bill’s sponsor. Thanks to the bill, schools will be legally required to “…track and investigate cases of bullying and require schools to better train staff and teachers on how to prevent it. Current law requires school districts to have a bullying policy but omits details on what the policy should contain,” according to Star Tribune.
Prince William and Duchess Kate recently arrived in New Zealand for their son Prince George’s first major public event. The royal couple met with New Zealand parents whose children were born within two weeks of Prince George. Considering the recent legal advances in England , Wales, and Scotland with regard to gay marriage, it seems only fitting that one of the Kiwi couples who participated in the event was same-sex.
Gay fathers Jared and Ryan Mullen were selected to participate in the event with their daughter Isabella. Jared, an American from Oregon and Ryan from Australia, were selected as representation of the ever-increasing numbers of gay couples in New Zealand.
For the event, Kate and William let their hair down, sharing in the kinds of conversation that all new parents want to have. As the Telegraph reported in the lead-up to the event, “The lucky ten families who have been chosen to meet [the royal family]…were looking forward to swapping anecdotes about the trials and tribulations of being first-time parents.”