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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.
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
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
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