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Best Long Island Wineries Of 2017

Posted On: February 15, 2017

Best Long Island Wineries of 2017 


One of the greatest things about long island is its booming wine country; very few things are better on a warm spring day then a trip out to the vineyards. A time honored tradition, most of our 2,753,918 residents have at least tried one of the wines from the multitude of vineyards Long Island has on its east end. Today we are going to take a closer look at 3 of Long Island’s most popular vineyards.

 

Beginning with Pindar Vineyards, Pindar was manifested from the dream of Dr. Herodotus Damianos in the early 1980’s when vineyards were unheard of on Long Island. It was Dr. Damianos who shaped the wineries out on the east end with Pindar being one of the best-known wine producers out there. One can almost always find a reason to pick up a bottle of winter white, or relax after a long day with a bottle of merlot reserve barrel select, or one of our all-time favorites, their late harvest Riesling dessert wine. My time spent at this vineyard is always time well spent, they have an incredibly knowledgeable sommelier on staff who is always able introduce me to something new with each visit.

 

Next on the list is Duckwalk, as you enter into a large room with the wine bar dead center you select your wines and make your way to the back deck where you will find live music and an unbelievable view of their vineyard. The go to’s here are the Gatsby red which invokes a time long forgotten when alcohol was outlawed and still in very high demand. Another great selection is the Aphrodite which is a late harvest gewürztraminer, a dessert style wine, that pairs well with cheese, named after the Greek god of love, nothing could be more romantic then sharing a bottle with your better half after finishing a picturesque dinner. Dr. Herodotus Damianos and his son alexander also founded Duckwalk back in 1994. The building has hints of Normandy chateau architecture and is a staple in the Hamptons community.

 

Next on our tour is Raphael vineyard. Raphaels was born from the vision of proprietor John Petrocelli who named the winery in honor of his father, and continues a centuries old family tradition of wine making. As you walk into one of the most stunning rooms outside of Europe you quickly realize the main room was heavily inspired by Mediterranean architecture. At this location we opted for a wine flight and we were leaning very heavily toward reds, starting with La Fontana, a Bordeaux blend with a full body and a very complex flavor, followed by the estate merlot, a medium body with a balanced acidity, we finished with the cabernet franc, and with a soft hue and rich body this was definitely the favorite of the day. On a personal note, with its old world charm, this is a place I could see myself getting married.

 

And last on our tour is Vineyard 48, not known for their wine but for the party food and atmosphere. No trip is complete until you stop at Vineyard 48, this is the place to be for the young and the young at heart. Often touted as one big drunken dance party, this is in reality more of a wine bar in a prime location. With free food on a grill and large buckets of wine with fruit in it, not exactly a sangria, but some wine based concoction, you are not likely to leave here with an empty stomach. We love this place for its party life style and low-key atmosphere and it is a good end to a relaxing and beautiful day in Long Islands wine country.

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Top Five Sushi Houses' Of 2017

Posted On: February 02, 2017

    Top Five Sushi Houses’ Of 2017

    


                                                  

One of the great things about living in New York, and especially on Long Island, are your dining options. We have so much good food to choose from, Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Seafood, you name it we have it, and all of it is good!   Today we want to take a look at 5 of the absolute greatest Sushi restaurants on Long Island. With a multitude to choose from this was a hard list to put together, please read on to discover what our critics have come up with.

 


First on our list is a Long Island staple. Kotobuki, in Babylon, has been a favorite for many Long Islanders for the last thirty years and is showing no signs of slowing down. Walking in you are greeted by the distinctive large marlin sculpture, you then flow into the dining area which is small and modest and adds to the allure and charm of this place. The decor over all is very traditional Japanese with the hard woods and light colored walls, but sometimes simple is best when it comes to finding great food in an over saturated market. Contrary to their décor their menu is constantly being reinvented, the challenge with Kotobuki is deciding to try something new or falling back to your tried and true favorites.                                                              

 


 In the last few years a trendy contender has arisen. Aji 53 offers a more posh take on the sushi market with a modern approach to their décor and music. Even their menu and their plating emphasize and more modern feel for a date night or a girls night out. Despite their relative newness and their break from the traditional their food is executed with a culinary precision that is only achieved after years of practice. The vibrant colors of their dishes are complemented by the freshest ingredients and combine to create a beautiful plate and presentation that is almost too good to eat. Almost. 

                                                             

 

Kumos, located in Bayshore, offers a fresh take on high end sushi and hibachi, and is always a great time. In a day and age where Sushi has become so commonplace, where once it was considered an adventurous fair, Kumos is still a house for the Sushi connoisseur. Your first impression of this house is how new everything looks, fresh, crisp and clean. Their menu is exotic by todays standards, some of their fish is hard to come by and includes such rarities as Bonita sea urchin and Bluefin tuna, each piece of which is painstakingly presented almost as if feng shui is used in plating their food.   The atmosphere is perfect for a quite date night or a party with friends if you want to head into the back too the hibachi tables.

 

                                                     

Our newest hang out, you can find one of us on any given day of the week haunting the tables of this casual Sushi house. Formally Shieki, Ohayo rose from its proverbial ashes. Ohayo’s simple lay out offers another take on casual sushi. We’ve never had to wait long to grab a great piece of fish. If you want to relax in a low-key environment, hang out with friends, enjoy a meal and have some great drinks this is the place to go.

 

 

And last but not least is this quaint little sushi house in Islip. Koi Kokoro is the quintessential sushi hang-out.   It is tiny and personal and also within walking distance to all the local bars and shops in Islip. A great take on sushi allowing for mixing of rolls and great kitchen food, like hot stone bowls, it is a family run business that doesn’t try to be anything more and lends a comfortable and personal feel to their establishment. They even have a sign in ledger where you can leave critiques and comments and contact information so they can get in touch with you.

 

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The 2017 Lincoln Continental

Posted On: November 27, 2016

The 2017 Lincoln Continental


 

With a bold and stunning new look Lincoln unveils its latest achievement, the all-new Continental.   Not since The L series Town car has any vehicle held such promise for the executive car service industry. An elegant design combines with a multitude of amenities and features to create the ultimate in executive travel.

 

It begins with the unique new Lincoln star mesh signature grill guaranteed to get your attention. The star mesh signature grill is flanked by two dynamic adaptive headlamps that swivel side to side with the turn of the steering wheel; these headlamps include options such as speed control and full LED reflectors. The headlamps combine with the luxurious looking Lincoln star mesh to create a front end that is simply jaw dropping. The lines of this car break boundaries and with the above mentioned star mesh grill, an elegant boat bottom roof, and integrated LED tail lamps that lay flush with the hood Lincoln's top shelf design team is really raising the bar. To us this vehicle is Lincoln’s greatest aesthetic achievement.

 

But beauty is not enough, when it comes to executive car service performance and comfort are equally as important, and the 2017 Lincoln Continental does not disappoint. In fact with power lumbar support, heating and ventilation capabilities, more then amble legroom, reclining rear seat options, Weir Deepsoft leather seating, genuine wood accents and a 30 way perfect position seats riding in this vehicle is nothing short of a privilege. These features only scratch the surface and help to offer a rear-seating package that is more comfortable then most people’s living rooms.   With how quite and smooth the ride and engine are the Revel 19 speaker sound system seems a bit over the top, but in true Lincoln style the Revel delivers every note too your ears with a crisp clear quality unmatched by most entertainment systems.

 

Overall the 2017 Continental by Lincoln exceeds expectations, and their tag line “Let Anticipation give way to elation” is well deserved. The most gorgeous of designs combines with a handcrafted interior and the latest technologies to create a truly unbelievable driving experience. The Continental will set the new standard for executive and corporate travel.

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The Power of Positivity

Posted On: October 07, 2016

The Power of Positivity

 



Negative and positive, the good and the bad, polar opposites that battle one another for control of our daily lives. The power of positive thought is an amazing thing. Some of you, I am sure, are asking why, some of you look at the optimist and shake your heads arguing that reality is what it is and oftentimes it is not all sunshine and rainbows. So why should we turn a blind eye to the negative?

 

 Life, in large part, is about perspective. Our world is what we ourselves make it or allow it to be. We have the power to shape the reality around us. If you think things are bad, or that they are going to be bad, then they will be. If you walk into a job interview doubting you will get hired, chances are you won’t. If you think that girl you have a crush on is out of your league most likely you will never go out with her.


It goes beyond the psychological self-fulfilling prophecy; our state of mind has a physiological effect on our body chemistry. Happy, positive thinking releases endorphins that give us energy and strength, they shade our view of things in a good way.   In addition what scientists have recently discovered is of even greater importance, it has recently been shown that positive or negative emotions create neural pathways in our brain, the same way that performing an action or leaning something does. What this means is that the more often you put yourself in a positive frame of mind the easier it is to feel that way, the same is true with negative thoughts or emotions. After all practice makes perfect. Having an optimistic or positive demeanor can also impact the people around you, ask yourself would you rather be around someone who’s happy all the time or someone who is constantly miserable?

 

Having an optimistic perspective is important for so many reasons. The best part about how you view your life is that you have total control over it. Your frame of mind can be leaned, practiced and strengthened. Do yourself and those around you a favor, walk through life with a smile not a scowl.

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Five Fall Festivities

Posted On: September 24, 2016

Five Fall Festivities


 


One of the great privileges of growing up in the Northeastern United States is experiencing the changing of the seasons.  Autumn in New York is beautiful.  The leaves change color; the weather gets a little cooler and its pumpkin season!  If your looking for something different to do this Fall read on…

 

1)   Check out the vineyards; Spring is not the only time to head out east or upstate to do some wine tasting.  In fact the fall can be an even better time to head out to the vineyards.   Not only can you experience all the wineries on the North Fork or up in Hudson valley, but now its harvest season, mix up your wine tasting with a little apple picking or head over to a place like Briermere Farms and get a fresh homemade blueberry pie.

  

2)   If you’ve done the North fork to death then try heading up state to the Hudson Valley wine trail, the wineries up there have a bit more of a “homey” feel, less commercialized, and the trip up and back will be gorgeous if you time it right wit the foliage.

 

3)    Spook yourself; Long Island and NYC are home to some of the most horrifying haunted houses in the country.   Whether your looking to have a truly frightening experience or just a little fun with the kids you can take your pick.  Want the ultimate haunted house experience check out Blackout in NYC.  Looking for a more authentic or traditional scare, Long Island has several famously haunted attractions, go visit The Amityville Horror house, or Katie’s in Smithtown, you will not be disappointed.

 

4)   Experience the season; If you want to really enjoy what is at the heart of Autumn in the northeast go and visit one of the many arboretums on Long Island.  Some of the best are Old Westbury Garden, The Oakdale Arboretum and the cutting fields in Oyster bay.

 

5)    Participate in the celebrations; Due to the popularity of this season in this region there are tons of parades, festivals and celebrations that take place this time of year.  Check out Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, or The Rise of The Jack-o-lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens.  Both of these events are ones that should not be missed.

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Three Proven Ways To Generate Customer Loyalty

Posted On: July 22, 2016

Three Proven Ways To Generate Customer Loyalty

 


 

Customer loyalty and branding are not what they used to be.  Years ago if people had a positive experience with a company, or they bought a product they liked, they would keep coming back.  After all, why wouldn’t they? The challenge back then had to do with the difficulty in researching a new product or service, finding someone you trusted who owned or had already tried the service and then taking the chance that the new product will be as good as the one you previously purchased.  It was a time before internet reviews and amazon, a time when fathers and sons bough the same model automobile because they new it was tried and true.  These days are gone. 

 

In a market that is ever expanding and ever changing there are constant innovations and fierce competition for a relatively static customer base.   There is always someone who can do it better, cheaper or faster, willing to lie, cheat and steal to acquire your hard won customer.  So how, in this day and age, can we keep our valued clients?  What keeps our customers from getting sold or stolen by the competition?  Here are three tactics that even in today’s fast paced business environment will win you customers and clients for life.

 

1)   Have a consistent and quality service or product.  Everyone can be good once, if they were not able to shine when pulling out all the stops they wouldn’t be in business very long.  The key here is to be good consistently.  To offer a product or service that does not disappoint.  If your business is able to execute an exceptional service day in and day out, your client would never even think of Googling your competition.  And even if he were so inclined if you always make him happy why would he take the chance on someone else?

 

2)   Place value on your customers and treat them fairly.  Even though our world and the way we do business has become increasingly disconnected (the days of the handshake are far behind us)  it is important  to still be conscious of the fact that on the other end of the phone is a human being.   These people on the other end of the line are giving you their hard earned money, it is important that you treat them with respect and show them that their business is valuable to you.  This is not something that can be faked, maybe once or twice you can force a smile and fool your customer, but today’s consumers are not stupid and they are very well informed.  To keep a customer you must be genuine, show them they matter to you, and treat them as you yourself would like to be treated.

 

3)   When things go wrong or a customer is dissatisfied do the right thing.  This may be the most important of the three tips, and it is when your business has an opportunity to show a client how you operate when their worst fears are made manifest about a service or product.   When people shop they are taking a risk, they are giving you their trust and they are saying ok I believe in your company enough to think that you will do what is advertised, and I trust my expectations will be met.  When this does not happen the customers trust is lost and you have dropped the ball in the worst way.  Unfortunately even the best and biggest companies have their bad days and sometimes things happen that are not in our control.  The good news is that gives you the opportunity to create the strongest bond possible with your client and to show they how you operate when you are at your worst.  This is when it is most important to give refunds, offer free service and do whatever it takes to turn that negative into a positive.  Do more then what the customer expects in return, give them a new product that works and a discount on future products, refund them the cost of the meal and give them a gift certificate for the next time.  This way the customer sees how you handle a bad situation. Now they will not only continue to use you but they will be more willing to refer your business to friends as they have seen the worst and you made it more then right.  The fear is gone and it now becomes nearly impossible for you to disappoint.  This is the best way to ensure continued customer loyalty and to generate that life long client.

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2015 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

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Full Throttle Events

Posted On: June 16, 2016

Full Throttle Events


 

 

If you have ever planned a wedding, or been at someone’s side who was planning a wedding, you know how incredibly stressful the process can be.   Weddings, especially Long Island and NYC weddings, are grand affairs with a multitude of time sensitive moving parts all intertwining with one another and typically costing a lot of money.  Combine this with the once in a lifetime milestone status of a wedding and planning one can quickly become overwhelming.  Enter the event planner. 

 

Now when you are hiring someone to execute your dream wedding, there are a few things you must make sure of.  Firstly this individual is responsible for manifesting your personal vision, your dream, this person must completely understand what you are looking to do.   Secondly this person must have an intimate understanding of the industry, they must have good connections, they need to know whose reliable whose not, they should have relationships that garner discounted services or insider perks, these are a main part of the reason to hire a wedding coordinator.  Finally they must be organized and they must be able to control and coordinate all the different vendors involved on your wedding day.  Failure to be able to do any of these things will do more harm then if you were to completely forgo the idea of a planner.  The expression too many cooks in kitchen comes to mind. 

 

A company like Full throttle events will fit this bill nicely.  Francesca, the owner of Full Throttle events, will do as much or as little as you need, flexible enough to accommodate any need from full and complete planning to simple one time consultations, they are a good fit for any bride and groom.  Empathic and relaxed they approach with a confident and optimistic air that will instantly set your mind at ease.  Years of experience in the industry and an intimate knowledge of many of the vendor types commonly found at a wedding, Full Throttle events is fully capable of can executing and manifesting your dream wedding day.

 

In conclusion if you are the type that gets easily overwhelmed, or you have a tendency to overthink certain situations an event planner might be the way to go for your wedding.  Find a company that you trust, that has experience, that makes you feel comfortable and that has the ability to do as much or as little as you need.  A good place to start your search is with a company like Full Throttle Events.

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2015 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest! 

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High Style Bridal Make Up

Posted On: May 27, 2016

High Style Bridal Make Up


 

 

Do you want to look like a movie star on your wedding day?  Have you ever seen someone who was maybe a little ordinary looking look completely amazing on their wedding day, and wondered how did she do that?  Maybe you also wondered wow if she can look that good why doesn’t she do it every day?  The answer is makeup.  Not just the makeup that most girls learn how to do growing up, but techniques and artistic secrets known only to masters that have hones their skills for decades.   If you are looking to achieve this once in a lifetime illusion High Style Bridal Make Up is your company.

 

Many people claim they have the ability to do bridal makeup, and it is not that they are wrong it is simply that a company like High Style operates on a different level.  When actors and actresses walk around off screen they don’t look too much different form you or me.  There are secrets and special tricks for making an average person look extraordinary, or a great looking person look completely surreal.  The artists at High Style Bridal Make Up come from a Hollywood background.  Years of working with stars and celebrities have allowed them to hone their skills to perfection.  With a resume that includes names like Heidi Klum, Kathy Ireland and Christie Brinkley, High Style Bridal Make up stands head and shoulder above the competition.

 

If you have ever wondered what the secret is to making a bride look beyond gorgeous on her wedding day look no further.  The artists at High Style have the ability to make anyone look like a movie star.  With years of experience working with Hollywood’s elite, master artist Cloe Vitale and her team are now able to offer there expertise to Long Island Brides.  If you are going for the look of a lifetime on your wedding day High Style is the way to go.

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2015 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest! 

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