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Happiness Is a Perfect Cosmo

I admit, I’m a sucker for a new place to drink. After all I’m a

working mother. If that doesn’t tune your radar to good watering holes

nothing does. My favorite phrase is "It’s always happy hour somewhere

in the world." But you don’t have to be a working mother to crave a

Cosmo. Just watch CNN for five minutes and you’ll pine for a nice

Pinot Noir. Just open your mailbox, see the bills, and you’ll run for

a rum and Coke.

My favorite places to squeeze a lime wedge into a tall cool vodka

tonic or stir a celery stalk in a perfectly-spiced Bloody Mary are

those with cushy couches and a very good bar menu – I mean very good –

no mozzerella sticks in sight. I like places where you feel like

you’re in someone’s living room – that is, someone with a very big

living room, exquisite taste, and well-honed culinary skills. To date,

I would have to give the bar at the Swan Hotel in Lambertville my top

rating in this category for an indoor bar and 90 Main in New Hope for

an outdoor bar.

Now we get to try somewhere new. On Thursday, May 12, the Westin opens

Bar 10, billing it as "Princeton’s only martini lounge." According to

a press statement, Bar 10, located in the hotel lobby, is "modeled

after a new breed of highly succesful martini lounges located in urban

hotels like the W in New York City, where a new generation of hip,

sophisticated clientele are flocking for fine drinks and good company

in a ‘living room’ environment."

Although Princeton is seriously lacking in supermodels – the key

adornment in New York’s most successful bars – Bar 10 looks, at first

blush, like a place where you can sink into a comfortable armchair or

couch, sip an elegant drink, and get in touch with your inner cool.

Eddie Rouse, the Westin’s food and beverage manager, who designed Bar

10’s new look and menu, will debut such concoctions as the "Luxury

Cosmopoli-10" – Grey Goose Citron, Cointreau, cranberry, and lime, and

the "Cinnamon-Tini," Grey Goose vodka and Aftershock Cinnamon Liqueur.

When your stomach starts rumbling, you can choose from such items on

the bar menu as chicken and cashew spring roll, dragon shrimp, New

Orleans chicken wings, the reuben tortilla, Asian shrimp wrap, a

classic burger, and more.

The other things that matters to me when I choose a bar is when last

call is, i.e. how late can I drink? – and when does the kitchen close,

i.e. how late can I get something to eat? Bar 10 hits the high mark on

both. It’s open seven days a week; last call Monday through Thursday

is midnight, Friday and Saturday 1 a.m.; kitchen is open until 11 a.m.

seven days a week.

The grand opening on May 12, starting at the golden hour of 5 p.m.,

will feature live music, specialty cocktails, and free hors d’oeuvres

– and the opportunity to sink into a cushy couch indoors, or outdoors

on the Bar 10 patio. Cheers.

– Jamie Saxon

Grand Opening, Bar 10 at the Westin Princeton, Princeton Forrestal

Village, Thursday, May 12, 5 p.m. 609-452-7900.

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Peddie Community Players has open audition for world premiere of new

comedy "Exhibit This!" on Wednesday and Thursday, May 25 and 26, 7 to

9 p.m. in the choral room of the Swig Arts Center, Peddie School,

Hightstown. Written by New Jersey playwright Luigi Januzzi, the

contemporary play is set in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

City. Performances July 8 to 17. Male and female actors should be age

20 and up. Visit www.peddie.org/capps or call 609-490-7550.


Camp Quality New Jersey seeks volunteer companions for children with

cancer at camp Sunday, June 26, to Friday, July 1. Requirements

include being 18 or over, references, police check, personal

interview, and attendance at a training class. Visit

www.campquality.org or call 732-780-1409.

Build-A-Bear Workshop in partnership with UNICEF is sending 40,000

teddy bears to children affected by the tsunami. Project Bearlift

seeks 200 people on Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. to make a bear for

free to donate to children in Myanmar, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and India.

Quakerbridge Mall, 215 Quakerbridge Mall, Lawrence.

American Red Cross now offers online services to find convenient

locations and to register to donate blood. Visit

www.pleasegiveblood.org or call 800-GiveLife for information.

World Fair Trade Day

Ten Thousand Villages, Whole Earth Center, and Salty Dog join fair

trade stores and organizations and offer in-store sales on Saturday,

May 14. Retailers provide the markets for fair trade products and

focus on small-scale farmers and artisans in poor countries. For

information the stores listed above at 609-638-4464, 609-924-7429, or


Stroke Alert

American Stroke Association offers programs Saturday, May 14, to

Saturday, May 21, for American Stroke Month. Stroke awareness, risk

assessment, and screening programs are offered through New Jersey.

Visit www.strokeassociation.org or call 888-4-STROKE for information

and schedule.

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