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By New York Natives Staff




We’re buying…


Stolen Rum

Stolen is not your average rum. The process for each sip-ably smooth bottle starts in Trinidad — hand blended with Fenugreek, Columbian Coffee, and Madagascan Vanilla — followed by no less than two years aging in ex-bourbon oak barrels. For the final flourish, the rum is passed through smoking American hardwood.

The finished product is reminiscent of a whiskey, yet maintains the sweet nose of a rum, with hints of coffee and smoke, and is, in a word, delicious. Put a smokey twist on your classic bloody mary, or simply enjoy it neat with an orange wedge; the only wrong way to try Stolen is to not try it at all.

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We’re eating…


Union Pizza Works

If you believe that variety is the spice of life, and you also believe in pizza, then a visit to Union Pizza Works should be in your future. Located in Bushwick, UPW doesn’t just serve delicious, wood-fired pies; the small pizza sizes are great for family-style dining (and for those of us who can never quite decide what type of pizza we’re in the mood for) — so get a few and share with the table.

UPW offers great indoor/outdoor dining with a garage-esque patio and dining room, and while you’re there, be sure to try the spicy olive oil that’s set on each table — it goes perfect with every pizza. And if great pizza in a great setting wasn’t enough incentive already, UPW has live music every Monday night. What else do you need?

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Staff Pick: I’m watching…


Pitch Perfect 2

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Get ready, aca-ballers — it’s sequel time. With each released trailer, my anticipation for Pitch Perfect 2 has grown exponentially. Having grown up doing choir, marching band, and musical theater, it should come as no surprise to anyone that I’m a huge fan of a film — shot largely on the campus of my alma mater, no less (Geaux Tigers!) — about sassy, showtunes-singing underdogs.

Sure, I’m a bit concerned that Pitch Perfect 2 might fall victim to the all too common “sequel slump,” especially since the first movie managed to be so great with so little fuss; Pitch Perfect never tried too hard. There’s no certainty that Pitch Perfect 2 will survive the pressure and live up to our (read: my) lofty expectations. But one thing is for sure: I’ve yet to have a bad time watching anything involving Anna Kendrick or Rebel Wilson, so consider me ready to get pitch slapped.

 

 

 

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