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February 2013

Oscar Hangover

February 25, 2013 No comments

So you stayed up later than you should have on a "school" night to see which movie took home the coveted Oscar and you woke up this Monday morning exhausted. What to do? How about squeeze a bunch of oranges with your trusty Rabbit Citrus Juicer to get some vitamin c flowing!

And while you're in recovery mode, let's take a quick look at the history of the Oscars.

Last night was in fact the 85th annual Academy Awards, which began as a private brunch in the Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929 with an audience of about 270 people. Fifteen statuettes were awarded, honoring artists, directors and other personalities of the filmmaking industry. The post Awards party was held at the Mayfair Hotel, a far cry from the extravagant parties thrown these days. In the beginning, winners were announced several months prior, but that was changed by the time the second Awards rolled around 1930. Since 1941, the Academy has used a secret ballot—usually revealed via an envelope opened on stage by a celeb—to reveal the name of the winners.

The first Best Actor awarded was Emil Jannings, for his performances in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh. He had to return to Europe before the ceremony, so the Academy agreed to give him the prize earlier; this made him the first Academy Award winner ever.

Flash forward to last evening when Daniel Day Lewis won the best actor award for Lincoln, preceded by Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook and finally—at a few minutes before midnight—the best picture award went to Argo.

While most of us (on the east coast, anyway) went to bed shortly thereafter, one thing we can be pretty sure of is that most of the winners went to a party (or parties!), where they celebrated with champagne, cocktails and/or a glass of wine. The difference between now and 85 years ago? Today's revelers have Metrokane's wine and bar accessories to make opening and serving everything a lot easier!

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President's Day

February 18, 2013 No comments

For many, President's Day, which fell this past Monday, is nothing more than a federal holiday on which there is no mail, the banks are closed and kids have off from school. The official holiday—launched in 1879—was created to celebrate George Washington's birthday and was the first federal holiday selected to honor an American citizen. Today the holiday also honors Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday fell on February 12th (Washington's was February 22nd).

So where do Metrokane products fit in? Wine has long been a tradition in celebrations and dinners of the U.S. Presidency. One of the best known wine connoisseurs in the White House was Thomas Jefferson, who was the ambassador to France in the 1780s. His favorite wines were Burgundies from the Cote d'or, Hermitage Rhones, and Medoc Bordeauxs. For dessert he enjoyed Sauternes and Tokaji.

It took a few years before American wines began to be accepted by the White House. It was not until 1861, when Lincoln was president, that they were served at an official White House function. It was Mary Todd (aka Sally Field!) who originally put the local wines on the menu.

Lincoln, like Jefferson, had quite the connection with wine and drink - his father was a distillery hand, and he himself ran a number of taverns. Think of how much easier it would have been for them to be able to open their bottles with the Rabbit collection of wine tools!

Valentine's For All

February 8, 2013 No comments

The thing about Valentine's Day is that, often, one feels that if they don't have a significant other they have nothing to celebrate. Hogwash! The trick is to broaden your idea of a Valentine's can be. Remember back in second grade when you got a box full of CVS bought cards from girl friends and play dates and even (yuk!) members of the opposite sex? Back then it was less about romance (and pressure!) and more about just plain friendship, candy and glitter.

Following you'll find ways to celebrate VDay that work whether or not you're in the midst of a torrid romance (but that one works well too).

ALONE
Treat yourself (Ask Men's Guide to Valentines Day Alone)
Valentine's Day is normally a day to spend an exorbitant amount of money on gifts that normally cost half the price the other 364 days of the year: flowers, candy and even dinner prices get tripled because of all the suckers going all out on every Valentine's Day purchase. Since you don't have to worry about spending half your mortgage on gifts that don't make it to the end of the week, take half of that money and spend it on yourself. Buy that gadget (our suggestion) you've been eyeing since before Christmas, splurge on a new wardrobe or just drop it all on a guilty pleasure like a massage. Be your own Valentine. Do whatever the hell you want. Declare it a "Me Day" and go out and have fun. No one will even notice. They are all too busy crying and whining because they are not in—or sometimes because they are in—a relationship.

GIRLFRIENDS
Party at Home (Top 10 Gifts for Singles Awareness Day)
Are there other Single friends you normally hang out with or good friends whom you have not met for some time? You can organize a Singles Party at Home and have a blast with likeminded friends. Blogger's suggestion: Don't forget the cocktails and the Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer!

BOYFRIENDS (the operative word being "friends")
Tear it up with your buds
Men always have at least one or two single friends. It's just the law. Spend the night with the other guys who don't have a significant other. Don't settle for the typical night; make it a really big night. Go for dinner, drinks, to a bar or even for just a night of gambling at someone's house (Blogger's note: bring a bottle of wine and a Rabbit Zippity 2-Step Corkscrew)! Blow off some steam and forget all about the love-and-hearts crap. You also don't have to worry about any of the holiday talk creeping into the conversation unless it's: "Man, am I glad I don't have to waste time on that Valentine's junk."

MARRIED COUPLE
Go on a date (Romantic Dates for Married Couples)
Plan a traditional Valentine's Day date with a movie and a dinner. Leave the kids with a babysitter or at a friend's place so that you can spend the evening with your better half without worrying about what's going on at home. You could catch the latest blockbuster at the movie theater or perhaps an opera or a concert if you both are lovers of classical music. Follow this up with a cozy dinner at your favorite dining place and if there is a dance floor, don't hesitate to tug at your partner for a dance. Alternately, you can recreate your first date to add a twist to the Valentine tradition. Meet your spouse where you both had gone for the first time, order the same dishes and if possible, dance to the same music. This will not only enable you both to revive memories of days of youthful passion but also let you reaffirm your love for each other. Bloggers note: Don't forget that special bottle of wine!

HOT ROMANCE (Valentine's Day for New Couples)
What about getting Valentines gifts? Do not go over the top for this initial Valentine's Day together. Sure, purchase gifts for each other, but don't waste masses and in its place concentrate on stuff your other half will savour and utilize. (Your lover a wine aficionado? Find some great ideas on our site) A simple and effective Valentine's Day evening in together for new couples would be to prepare something together at either your house or theirs. That way you can chat and start to know each other much better while the two of you prepare dinner for the evening ahead. No matter how you spend the holiday, be sure to spread the love!

New Blog

February 4, 2013 No comments

Hi! And welcome to Metrokane's new blog! Every week or so we will fill you in on all the latest news from the maker of the famous Rabbit and Houdini, world's two leading lines of wine accessories and bar tools. We will give you tips and suggestions for entertaining from the company that provides everything you need to open, serve and preserve wine and the perfect cocktail tools for parties and entertaining.

But first, a little history. Metrokane was founded in 1983 by Riki Kane whose background was in advertising. But it wasn't until seventeen years later, when the company introduced its Rabbit line of wine openers, that Metrokane found its dharma. The one hundred and fifty plus product line, from the Rabbit Wine-Chilling Carafe to the Rabbit Swish, is distributed to 42 countries, including Russia and South Africa.

With February 14th fast approaching, we thought we'd share some fun facts about Valentine's Day, which according to Wikipedia, is the second most celebrated holiday around the world, second to New Year's Day.

St. Valentine's Day actually began as a liturgical celebration of one (or more!) early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers (who were forbidden to marry) and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire.

The day was first associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love first flourished. By the 15th century, Valentine's Day had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their feelings by presenting flowers, chocolate and sending mushy cards (which for many of us, began with a swap of Winnie the Pooh themed cut-outs in grade school).

These days, most people are happy if they get an evening (sans kids) with a nice dinner and bottle of wine (best opened with a Rabbit Electric Corkscrew, natch!) or—for those unattached—with friends and fancy pink cocktails (power up your Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer and one of these recipes.

Either way, love is in the air! Celebrate!

More next week!