Tap Talk with Fry

John RyanBy: John Ryan Fry

 

OktoberfestWell folks I will be the first to come out of denial that summer is wrapping up.  Goodbye shorts, beach days and bikinis.  However, there are some great distractions to keep us warm during the unforgiving winter.  Things like the great American game of football, the warm fireplace at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room, and of course (to go with the fire) Oktoberfest!  Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival celebrating beer; held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.  Running from late September to the first weekend in October, it is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world’s largest fair with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year.  To the locals, it is not called Oktoberfest, but “die Wiesn”, after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds themselves.  The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810.  Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event.  Traditional recipes for the Oktoberfest beer is a Märze. Märzenbier is full-bodied, rich, toasty, and typically dark copper in color with a medium to high alcohol content. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day!

By: Jackie Brigante

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to rejoice: celebrate your friendships, relationships with loved ones and even revel yourself.

This day is celebrated in many countries around the world, and is associated with Saint Valentine; who was imprisoned for performing marriage ceremonies for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. While this background may not be quixotic, the meaning behind this genuine undertaking has been celebrated for centuries.

In today’s society, we find stores filled with red, white and pink hearts filled with fancy candies, romantic dinner packages offered at our favorite restaurants and commercials encouraging consumers to indulge and pamper their partners. But for those of you who may find this holiday a but commercialized, remember that we are celebrating love – and that can relate to any relationship!

Are you a pet-lover? The ASPCA has compiled a pet-friendly Valentine’s Day guide to pamper your pooch including non-toxic plants and pet approved chocolate! Your pet will appreciate your kindness and hopefully pile on extra unconditional love!

Need to entertain the kiddies? Consider a themed arts and crafts day. Using white paper, have the kids write down things they love about their siblings or family – and only in red or pink! They can also create a list of Valentine’s Day specific words and make their very own word finds. Help them out by cutting red or pink construction paper in to the shape of a heart and penciling on grid lines to keep their lines straight.

On a budget, but want to impress? At home dates with your partner are special! Surprise your loved one with all of the ingredients to their favorite at-home meal – and prepare it together. Eat at the dinner table sitting side-by-side with the table set, lights dimmed and your favorite scented candle lit. Turn off your phones and have a conversation with no distractions. Eat slowly and enjoy your time together!

Ready for a night or weekend out? A special dinner for two is just the thing you need! Many restaurants offer a prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day; just remember to make your reservations! Spending the weekend in a hotel with your partner can be extra special: quiet, comfortable and private! The Nassau Inn offers an Escape to Romance package year-round, but why not spoil yourself and your partner this February 14th with a retreat?

Whether your Valentine’s Day is spent with your partner or your family and friends, it is important to remember that this day is meant to celebrate togetherness – and you can achieve that sentiment with gusto!

The Art of Princeton

By: Jackie Brigante

September in Princeton is always an exciting time. As the leaves change and the acorns drop, we get the highly unique experience of being subjected to Princeton art. As the university offers a variety of art classes, students work dubiously around downtown painting, drawing and photographing the scene to capture it in an eternally pure form. Continue reading

September Marketing Corner

By: Jackie Brigante

With school back in session and sports in full swing, time seems to slip away from everyone. While the summer is great for relaxing, spending time at the beach and taking prime advantage of every outdoor patio within a 20 mile radius of your house (or down the shore…thank you Tiki Bar) there are still great ways to spend the shortened fall days with the kids and post-summer dates.

Terhune Orchards is great during any time of the year, but during the fall they offer a Pick-Your-Own fruit calendar bountiful of great snacks! Fall raspberries start out the season, followed by 18 different varieties of apples. As an avid apple fanatic, I can only imagine how many tasty desserts I could make!
http://www.terhuneorchards.com/pick_schedule.html

If you fare better inside during the crisp fall days, McCarter Theatre is the place for you! Their fall season kicks off with the play “Ten Cents a Dance” which will run through September and October. Get tickets online or at the theater door.
http://ticketing.mccarter.org/ticketing/calendar/index.aspx

The Princeton Public Library also offers indoor activities for children and adults alike. Live readings in different languages and specific interests can keep all family members entertained. There are also educational seminars and movie viewings!
http://princetonlibrary.engagedpatrons.org/Events.cfm

The Princeton University Art Museum is probably my favorite place in Princeton to visit during the colder part of the fall; which is the entire season. The Art Museum not only has great paintings and sculptures, but also has a continuous display of classic exhibitions that will get anyone excited about artwork.
http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/exhibitions/

While I would love to say meet me every weekend at Terhune Orchards during apple picking season (I will be the girl with the latte), I am much more excited to offer you a variety of activities that all ages will enjoy. Throw on those old jeans and your favorite sweatshirt and go outside and enjoy this wonderful month of September; as it will soon be forgotten.

Princeton Summer Happenings – Fun Activities for All to Enjoy!

If you’re already thinking about hightailing it into the fall and getting the kids back in school; I need you to take a step back, take a deep breath and listen: The summer is not even close to being over! Princeton has a lot of fun and exciting happenings to take advantage of while we still have plenty long, sun filled days to soak up.

A fun activity to do with the kiddies is Lunchtime Music on the Green. This event is hosted by Palmer Square and takes place right on the green! Between noon and 2 p.m., you can enjoy live jazz music while having a leisurely lunch from one of the many Princeton eateries. The last event will take place on Thursday, August 18th featuring Sophiztajazz.

Palmer Square is also hosting the Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale – this year taking place on Friday, August 18th through Sunday, August 21st. This event will feature live music and great deals from some of your favorite local Palmer Square shops.

The Princeton Tour Company is also in full swing for the summer! With these tours, you can see where Albert Einstein lived, famous architecture in Princeton and see which of your favorite places is haunted with ghosts! You are able to choose from group and private tours to accommodate your group!

Every Thursday you can have a pleasurable outdoor lunch, listen to live music and enjoy fresh local produce and the Princeton Farmer’s Market located on Witherspoon Street in front of the Witherspoon Grill and the Princeton Public Library. Some vendors include: Tassot Apiaries for local honey, beeswax candles and soaps; The Witherspoon Bread Company showcasing and selling freshly baked breads and pastries and Tico’s Juice Bar where you can get freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices.

If you are looking for some indoor fun, the Morven Museum & Gardens is presenting The Stars and Stripes: Fabric of the American Spirit which is running now through October 31st. This exhibit follows the American Flag from its 1777 creation into the twentieth century. You can follow the history of each flag while visually experiencing each edition.

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room is also hosting weekly Acoustic Thursday, every Thursday night on the Yankee Doodle Tap Room patio in August! The Tap Room will be featuring CJ Barna on August 11th & August 25th. August 4th & August 18th will feature Greg Nease and Suzannah Sabin.  CJ Barna will also be performing live acoustic sets on August 3rd, August 17th and August 31st.

Kicking back and relaxing through the end of the summer is important for your personal Zen and mental health. Before you start back to school shopping, creating lunch schedules and getting the car pools set take advantage of the vitamin D that is shining and waiting for you! Keep your kids entertained and treat yourself to some yummy summer cocktails. Be sure to check back next month for some more great tips!

Pi Day Princeton


Guest blog by: Mimi Omiecinski of Princeton Tour Company

Designed by Joy Cards www.joycards.com

During Geek Freak Weekend ……. Nerds will RULE in Princeton!

Einstein was born on March 14th – 3.14 – the numeric equivalent of Pi. The entire town of Princeton celebrates this amazing coincidence with tons of hysterical events during the 2nd Annual Pi Day Princeton:
• Pub Crawl
• Pi Recitations
• M-Athlete Events
• Pie Throwing Events
• Pie Eating Contests  (@ Nassau Inn!)
• Re enacter Tours
• Pie Judging Contests
• A No-Socks Sock Hop
• Pi Pricing from local merchants
• The Einstein Look-A-Like Contest
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Nine Steps to Choosing the Right Wedding Photographer for You

by: Janna Morishima

Of all the wedding vendor categories, photography might be one of the most crowded – there are hundreds of wedding photographers in New Jersey alone. So how do you separate the wheat from the chaff and find the best photographer for you?

1. Decide on how important photography is to you.

If you care strongly about the photography, allocate your budget accordingly. Expect to pay more than $6000 for a high-end photographer; between $2000 and $6000 for most professionals; and less than $2000 for a hobbyist or someone just starting out. You can find amazing photographers in each of these categories – and you can find mediocre work in each of them, too! So it pays to do your homework.

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Helpful Tips to Reception Planning

There are so many elements to planning your wedding reception.  Everyone has their own opinion on what the “perfect” reception should be for them.  Here are a few things, the Do’s and Don’ts to think about while planning your special day.

Want the perfect designer shoes to walk down the aisle in?  One thing to keep in mind for the reception is to bring a comfortable pair of shoes, even flip-flops, to change into after your first dance.  You feet will be happy you did!

Don’t forget an emergency kit for the day of the wedding that can include anything from a needle and thread to clear nail polish, superglue, safety pins and bobby pins.  You never know what will happen when you least expect it and this will be a life saver.

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Valentine’s Day

This post is co-written by: Jackie Brigante

Red roses, box of chocolate and expensive jewelries are the images that pop into my head when I hear people talking about Valentine’s Day.

Of course the holiday for love is a lot more than just mere material things, it’s a chance that comes once a year for admirers to confess their love to the admired, it’s a chance for a young couple to celebrate their new found love for one another and it’s also a chance for a husband to rekindle his love to his wife and relive the younger days when their love was still new and full of unknown excitements. Continue reading

Celebrating the Year of the Rabbit!

Happy Chinese New Year

2011 is the Year of the Rabbit.

Chinese New Years are named after a cycle of twelve animals that go in the order of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig.  This coming year is the year of the Rabbit and it officially begins on February 3, 2011.

The legend of the Chinese New Year includes a story on why the Cat never made the zodiac list.

The 12 Chinese Zodiac Cycle

Once upon a time, the Jade Emperor thought it would be better to assign an animal to each year so people could more easily remember the Zodiac cycle. He decided to hold a meeting with all the animals so that he could choose twelve of them to be the Zodiac animals. At that time, Cat and Rat were close friends. They were very excited about the meeting and decided to go early; however, Cat was a sleepyhead.  He hardly ever woke up before noon. On the night before the meeting, he asked Rat to wake him early the next morning. When morning came, Rat got up early and quietly left for the meeting alone. When Cat finally awoke in the afternoon, he knew it was too late. Feeling betrayed, he vowed that henceforth Rat would be his enemy. This is probably the main reason Cats are always chasing after Rats.

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