• Travel,  WorldWide

    Fleet Clubs: Private Aviation, Travel Sustainability, Luxury, and White Glove All in One

    With the new craze of transitioning from private planes to private memberships on the horizon, introducing a unique new business membership model that is taking the country by storm — Fleet Clubs.

    Fleet Clubs services passengers in a first-class Boeing 737 jumbo jet containing 60 forward-facing seats. Its sister company has had tremendous success with sold-out routes from California to Hawaii and a new service from Los Angeles to Cabo (which also sold out in three weeks).

    Now the new offshoot Fleet Clubs is launching two new routes: Miami/Eagle (Colorado) and Miami/New York.

    This expansion targets the most trafficked routes – South Florida and New York alone account for 20% of the country’s private jet movements. Committed to using Sustainable Aviation Fuels whenever possible, Fleet provides the finest hospitality in private aviation and the most environmentally responsible way to fly privately. Passengers achieve a remarkable 90% reduction in carbon vs. business jet travel and are offered various carbon offset opportunities. 

    Fleet Clubs provide 2-3 weekly round trips all year long, with annual membership packages beginning at $50,000 for 20 round trips.

    About Fleet Clubs 

    Fleet Clubs, a collection of boutique flying memberships, has introduced their newest routes providing 200 members and guests exclusive access to custom-configured Boeing 737s. The Long Island Fleet Club offers scheduled year-round service between the Signature Aviation private FBO at Miami International Airport (MIA) and the Modern Aviation FBO at Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) in New York. Eagle Fleet Club offers scheduled year-round service from the Signature Aviation private FBO at MIA and the Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) in Colorado.

    From all your business needs to leisure requirements, Fleet Clubs takes care of everything with an extra layer of luxury offering a leading crew-to-guest ratio and white-glove in-flight services. Journeys begin with door-to-door transfer services, including a fleet of chauffeur-driven Range Rovers, helicopter, and seaplanes. The Fleet Clubs is also pet friendly and allows dogs to fly onboard.

    The custom airliners feature:

    • Air purification system

    • Two by two, all first-class configuration with extra legroom seats

    • The seats have adjustable headrests and footrests

    • Loro Piana bedding in a chic hunter-green colorway

    • Venetian glassware and tableware

    • Tailored meal planning

    • Sustainable Aviation Fuels

    • Complimentary Wi-Fi

    • Elevated wine selection, including LVMH spirits portfolio

  • WorldWide

    Carnival Cocktails – Recreate Mardi Gras Vibes At Home

    People all over the globe will soon be celebrating Mardi Gras with street parades, music and colorful costumes. Meaning ‘Fat Tuesday’ in French, Mardi Gras began as a religious day observed before Lent, when people were meant to use up all the fats in their home in preparation for fasting. Today, however, it has evolved to encompass weeks of partying, starting in early Jan and building to the climax of the official Mardi Gras, which is 21st February this year.

    The most famous Mardi Gras carnivals are in New Orleans in the US and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, where thousands of people descend on these cities to take part in the festivities and enjoy delicious party food and drinks.

    For those who can’t make it to southern Louisiana, our mixologists at The Mixer have hand-picked the perfect cocktails to help recreate the carnival vibes at home.

    How to Make a Classic Sazerac Cocktail

    If you’re reading up on Sazerac cocktail ingredients, we’d like to welcome you to the very first page of known cocktail history. It is here that the mystery and magic of mixed drinks first started to unfold, so follow us on a jaunt down this most iconic memory lane if you please… 

    2 Oz Wild Turkey Rye Whiskey
    0.33 Oz absinthe or anise liqueur
    1 sugar cube per cocktail
    A few dashes of bitters per cocktail
    To garnish, a lemon twist per cocktail
    1. Chill a rocks glass by filling it with ice and setting it aside as you prepare the rest of the cocktail
    2. Soak the sugar cube with the bitters and muddle it in a mixing glass, crushing the cube
    3. Add the Wild Turkey Rye Whiskey and stir
    4. Take the ice out of your chilled glass and rinse it with a small amount of absinthe – swirl the liquor around and then discard
    5. Pour the Wild Turkey Rye Whiskey mixture into the chilled, absinthe-rinsed glass
    6. Squeeze the lemon twist gently over the drink to release its oils – some will use it as a garnish on the rim of the glass afterward, but rarely drop it into the drink itself

    Your Go-To French 75 Cocktail Recipe

    The French 75 cocktail recipe has a colorful, multicultural origin story — it’s was dreamed up in New York City by a Scottish bartender who named it after a French field gun! Not to mention the fact that it was first stirred up at the height of American Prohibition of course… 

    The story goes that barkeep Harry MacElhone chose the name because the drink had a fair amount of kick, which he likened to the firepower of the French 75mm field gun that was used during World War I. Today, the French 75 martini is still enjoyed around the globe, with the same reputation for packing a strong punch.  

    The best French 75 cocktail recipe

    French cocktails are classics for a reason – it’s glamour in a glass. To start you off here is a short and sweet explanation of what’s in a French 75 and how to make it at home:  

    1 Oz Gin
    2 Oz Champagne or prosecco
    0.5 Oz Lemon juice
    0.25 Teaspoon simple syrup (or to taste)
    Sugar and a lemon slice (for the rim of the glass)
    Maraschino cherry, to garnish
    1. Prepare the glass by running a slice of lemon around the rim and dipping it into a shallow bowl or saucer with sugar
    2. Add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a shaker with ice – cover and shake
    3. Strain the mixture into your prepared glass
    4. Top off with Champagne or prosecco
    5. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry and enjoy

    About The Mixer

    The Mixer is a new all-in-one drinkspiration destination, powered by Campari Group, to discover new ways to create sparkling and memorable moments with your loved ones through quality cocktail making at home. From delicious recipes with expert tips to trendy new serves and ideas, The Mixer encourages connectivity and good times, whether you’re new to hosting or a cocktail pro. For cocktail recipes and advice, please visit https://www.themixer.com/en-us.

  • Gaming,  Gift Guide,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    DISC COVER – A party game where people have to match music and a disc cover

    Music brings people together, and the music you listen to sounds like you! In Disc Cover, turn up the volume and travel through the musical worlds of your friends and family. Match the best cover to the song you’ve chosen or identify the one selected by the other players.

    Between cacophony and harmony, will you manage to match each member of your entourage?

    In Disc Cover, turn up the volume and travel through music and images by sharing your playlist:

    1 – Play music of your choice.
    2 – Match it with the best cover or identify the one selected by the other players.
    3 – Reveal your choices to score points.

    Match up with everyone around you to win!

  • New York,  pet,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    Three unique oil blends, carefully curated to support your dog’s health and wellbeing.

    Supercharge your doggies every meal with K9 Natural’s Oil Supplements .There are three unique blends of oil supplements supporting Skin & Coat Health, Hip & Joint Health and Brain & Eye Health. Simply drizzle over your dogs regular diet to supercharge their meal. One drizzle can make all the difference.

    Skin & Coat Health Oil is formulated to support healthy immunity, Skin & Coat Health is a premium blend of New Zealand cold-pressed Flaxseed, Hoki, and Botanical Borage Oil, and is a great supplement for glossy skin and coat in dogs of all ages.

    • Rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids with EPA and DHA
    • Assists in maintaining a healthy immune system
    • Made from New Zealand cold-pressed Flaxseed Oil and Hoki Oil
    • Combined with Botanical Borage Oil to provide a natural source of Omega 6
    • Store in a cool dark place and refrigerate once opened
    • Shake well before each use and use within 3 months of opening

    Hip & Joint Health Oil is perfect for older dogs or those suffering from hip issues, this unique blend of ingredients supports your dog’s everyday movement. Formulated to support healthy mobility, Hip & Joint Health is a premium blend of New Zealand cold-pressed Flaxseed, Hoki, and Green Mussel Oil, and is a great supplement for active and senior dogs.

    • Rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids with EPA and DHA,
    • Assists in supporting healthy mobility
    • Made from New Zealand cold-pressed Flaxseed, Hoki, and Green Mussel Oil
    • Store in a cool dark place and refrigerate once opened
    • Shake well before each use and use within 3 months of opening
    Brain & Eye Health Oil is formulated to support cognitive health, Brain & Eye Health is a premium blend of New Zealand cold-pressed Flaxseed, Hoki, Blackcurrent Seed, and Avocado Oil, and is a great supplement for developing puppies and aging dogs.
    • Rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids with EPA and DHA
    • Assists healthy maintenance and development of the brain and eye, especially with aging dogs
    • Made from New Zealand cold-pressed Flaxseed Oil and Hoki Oil
    • Blended with New Zealand grown Avocado Oil and Blackcurrant Seed Oil
    • Store in a cool dark place and refrigerate once opened
    • Shake well before each use and use within 3 months of opening

    Inspired by our beautiful New Zealand environment and guided by world leading science, K9 Natural provides the best blends of nature in nutrition for your dog. While the expansive flat plains of Ōtautahi, Christchurch in New Zealand are where you can trace their beginning, their global community of pet adorers are what truly drives them. K9 Natural curates the absolute best in superior nutrition to serve those memorable moments between
    pets and the ones who love them most.

    New Zealand has one of the cleanest supply chains in the world. All K9 Natural wholefood ingredients are sourced in New Zealand, are grass-fed, free-range and traceable from farm gate to your pet’s plate. Free from grains, gluten, gelling agents, artificial flavors or preservative, all K9 Natural diets and supplements offer solutions that ensure your pet truly thrives.

  • pet,  WorldWide

    Save Cats from Dying in Laboratories and Help Felines Find Their Forever Homes

    National Cat Day, celebrated on Saturday, October 29th, is a day to encourage cat adoption and learn more about ways to improve the lives of cats. A federal bill gaining attention in Congress aims to ensure that felines used in laboratories have a chance to find their forever homes across the country.

    More than 18,000 cats – along with 60,000 dogs and 140,000 rabbits – are used in experiments in the United States every year, with many suffering and dying in cruel, unreliable tests.Even when cats (and other animals) survive an experiment, they are often killed and discarded if they are considered no longer useful to the laboratory, when they could instead be released for adoption into loving homes.

    Cats are used in many experiments including those involving vision and hearing, sleep patterns, paralysis and the brain, strokes and parasites. Such studies may involve invasive and gruesome procedures including drilling holes in their skulls to implant electrodes, or being intentionally deafened and blinded. Over 5,400 cats are used in experiments known to cause pain and some are purposely performed without pain relieving drugs. Cats may be selected for experiments because they are easy to handle and house, are inexpensive and easy to acquire. Hundreds of cats are held in laboratories but not used in experiments and even these cats may be killed if they are deemed “surplus” to the laboratory.

    Now, the Companion Animal Release from Experiments [CARE] Act, championed by Californian Congressman Tony Cárdenas, could ensure that cats, as well as dogs and rabbits, are put up for adoption rather than killed when no longer wanted for experiments in laboratories that receive taxpayer funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    The Bill was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives in October 2021 and is currently open for lawmakers to add their names to it in support, to make legislative progress more likely.

    Congressman Cárdenas said, “It’s simple: if a research facility uses pets for research, then they must work to find them homes. We experiment on over 200,000 dogs, cats, and rabbits each year. The least we can do is give these living beings a chance at life in a loving home. My bill requires research facilities funded by the NIH to develop adoption policies for those animals. This is part of a larger effort to move away from animal-based testing and research wherever possible and toward more humane and sound scientific research.”

    Monica Engebretson, Cruelty Free International’s North America Head of Public Affairs, said, “While we believe that these experiments shouldn’t be happening in the first place, we are pleased that the CARE Act has the potential to save hundreds of animals with a desire to live free from suffering. Organizations across the U.S. are ready to help laboratory survivors find happy endings. Anyone who cares about animals should support the CARE Act.”

    People can help to advance the CARE Act by contacting their Representative and asking them to become a cosponsor of the bill to #SendSurvivorsHome. Representatives can be contacted at bit.ly/CAREAct22.

  • food,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    Heroes Deserve Good Coffee and So Do You!

    Meet the Firefighter, Veteran-Owned Brand Brewing Up Delicious Coffee and More

    Fresh, delicious coffee is not necessarily a staple in firehouses around the country. Paul Clarke can attest to that. He found a caffeinated reason to elevate the coffee drinking experience for firefighters like himself by starting Fire Grounds Coffee Co., a fantastic brand to highlight for Veteran’s Day (soon to be on America’s new investment TV show, America’s Real Deal). 

    Yet, initially, life put a temporary hold on his brilliant idea that came to him at 2 a.m. with sirens roaring and lights flashing. He was deployed to Iraq as a Marine officer and would spend the next nine months overseas. The specialty coffee business would have to wait until his return.

    Today, Paul, along with co-founder, veteran, and fellow firefighter Kyle Lund, are brewing some fine cups of coffee with the brand that does so much to help others. Over 1,000 pounds of coffee have been donated to first responders and the goodness continues (for every five bags of coffee sold, one is donated to a first responder). The coffee selections are named for the comradery found in firehouses and police districts, such as Bubba Brew, Rescue Roast, Old Tige 5, and Back The Blue

    Its Caffeinate-A-Station Program also allows anyone to purchase 5 lb. bags of coffee and donate straight to any fire station, police station, or hospital of their choice at a discounted price! 

    It’s one thing to enjoy a great cup of coffee that’s roasted on demand. It’s also quite satisfying to know that the sale of this premium, 100% Colombian air-roasted coffee provides first responders with access to mental health resources and advocacy. 

    Tackling more than the coffee business, the partners understand the mental challenges that go hand-in-hand with a first responder’s lifestyle. Their success in building a brand from the ground up (pardon the pun) has meaning beyond profitability – heroes deserve good coffee and so do you! They see it as their duty to give back to first responders that go out of their way to serve and protect and to let them know they’re appreciated. For Paul and Kyle, it’s personal as PTSD and suicide can affect anyone in our community, as they’ve witnessed firsthand.

    “A huge part of what we do is our giving back,” says Paul. “We love giving coffee to first responders through our caffeinate-a-station program, but, more importantly, we are partnered with a nonprofit called Next Rung. Mental health is a huge issue amongst first responders and is often overlooked because it’s such a ‘macho’ job. Alcoholism, drug use, and suicide is rampant across all first responder jobs. We have had four members attempt to commit suicide within the last six months in my own department and two of them were successful. I was actually really close to one of them and it shocked everybody. So this issue is near and dear to my heart.” 

    Next Rung provides counseling and resources anonymously across the nation to anyone who needs it. The brand shares the literature with every order, and they donate a portion of proceeds from its events to the non-profit.

    A synopsis of what sets Fire Grounds apart from other coffee brand competitors:

    • For every five bags of specialty coffee sold, one bag is donated to a first responder as a thank you to this valuable group of men and women whose heroism and commitment to serving and protecting our communities do not go unnoticed. 

    • Six first responder-inspired coffee selections, with fun names such as Bubba Brew, Rescue Roast, Old Tige 5, and Back The Blue, to satisfy every coffee lover’s palette.

    • Artisanal Coffee Pods for brewing made easy.

    • Subscriptions so that great coffee is always on hand.

    • Their Caffeinate-A-Station Program, where you purchase 5 lb. bags of coffee and donate straight to any fire station, police station, or hospital of your choice at a discounted price!

    • The coffee also helps provide first responders with access to mental health resources and advocacy when needed as the brand partners with the nonproft, Next Rung.

    For Veteran’s Day, I’d love to work together on a piece from this inspiring brand I love so much! Paul and Kyle, currently firefighters in Dallas, are media darlings and are happy to share their heartwarming story with your audience. Let’s make that happen and chat soon.

    About Fire Grounds Coffee Co.:

    Fire Grounds Coffee Co. is built on the belief that heroes deserve the best quality coffee. The company was founded by two U.S. veterans who now serve as firefighters and paramedics in the Dallas area and are all about putting first responders – first. For every five bags of specialty coffee sold, one bag is donated to a first responder as a thank you to this valuable group of men and women whose heroism and commitment to serving and protecting our communities do not go unnoticed. As for the coffee itself, what sets Fire Grounds apart from other premium craft coffee is that our coffee is air roasted on demand, per order, which means you get only the freshest brew possible with every cup. Follow us on Instagram @firegroundscoffeecompany.