Best Snob-Approved Bubbly Under $20 (and a couple under $10)

By: Jetta Bates

 

The need for good bubbly never stops.

You may not have the money for, or the inclination to splurge on, a bottle of 1995 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires ($150) or even the Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label ($42). It’s like that sometimes. No worries; here are six of my favorite bubbly alternatives under $20 (some under $10) that are yummy and you can feel good about bringing to ANY party (even to that friend’s house who traveled all over Europe for a year sipping wine ):

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Chicago, Love Drinking Local? Go Here…

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Drink Local presented by Social Power Hour is a one-day showcase of domestic, American distilleries, breweries, and wineries with a special focus on Chicago’s popular bar and restaurant scene. This is going to be a tasty evening, but be sure to eat before you come as there will be tons of sampling going on. If not, food will be available for purchase.

Event Details:

Where: Chicago Marriott at the Medical District/UIC

When: Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 6:00pm-10:00pm.

How much: General Admission is $40 (includes samples from Drink Local vendors from 7:30pm-10:00pm)
VIP Admission is $60 (includes samples from Drink Local vendors from 6:00pm-10:00pm). This is a great option if you want to avoid lines.

Click HERE to purchase tickets

For Mummies with Style, Visit The Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, Sicily

Yeah, these mummies in the catacombs in Palermo, Sicily were so spooky-cool-fascinating…and some of the outfits they were wearing, like ascots and gloves, just proves how seriously the Italians take their commitment to style.

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Check it out if you dare…

 

 

 

Six Boss Bottles that Spirit Lovers Should Buy Now

By: Jetta Vasilatos

There is nothing better than a great bottle of something smooth and tasty to celebrate special moments in life…or just enjoy after a long day. For those who love spirits, or are looking to treat someone in their life that enjoys a quality sip, these are absolutely worth a try:

 

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Auchentoshan Three Wood (average price, $65.00)

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Chicago Welcomes HBO’s Insecure Premier

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Awkward, insecure, and passive aggressive are far from what HBO’s new series Insecure will cause you to feel this season. Created by media mogul in the making Issa Rae, this series will be sure to bring some relatable comedic moments that most of us know all too well.  Issa and Molly are two women trying to figure out how this thing called life works, all while juggling relationships, careers, and most of all, the conflicts in and outside of black culture.

 

I had the pleasure of attending HBO’s private screening at the Chicago Cultural Center to get a sneak peak of what the season holds. I took a brief moment to catch up with the creator herself to chat it up a bit and get the inside scoop on what’s next for her whole also revealing one of her favorite destinations visit.

Q:  With the success of your web series and book, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, along with your new HBO series Insecure, you are now considered as one of the new media moguls along with Shonda Rhimes and Ava Duvernay.  What are the new exciting things you look forward to working on next?

“Um, I want to tackle everything. I want to do film. I want to do a podcast. I want to collaborate with other diverse underserved voices.  At the end of the day, I want to have a studio. That’s my biggest goal and that’s when I’ll be like, ok, I’ve made it. I made a goal.”

Q: As a part of Jettasetting, we believe that travel and experiencing new things is one of the best things you can do for yourself. With that being said, what’s your favorite place to travel and why?

“My favorite destination…it’s definitely Dakar, Senegal. That’s where my dad is from, that’s where my family is from. I always have a great time there. I want to explore more of Africa, but that’s definitely when I feel I’ll be back with my roots.”

Issa Rae has definitely made a name for herself in the media space and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store in her future projects.  Make sure you catch the season premier of Insecure on HBO October 9th at 10:30 pm.

Jettasetting Cocktail Convo with Ketel One’s Carl Nolet Jr.

“Whatever you do, do with passion and integrity…

—Carl Nolet Jr.

We had a great family dinner experience with Ketel One’s CEO Carl Nolet Jr. at Frontier in Chicago to celebrate 325 Years of Nolet Family Distilling.

 

Carl gave us the scoop on doing business well, the creativity that goes into creating his spirit brands, and best places to sip. Check out the interview below:

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Gelato World Tour Brings Artisan Deliciousness to Chicago

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Before you hit the Beyoncé concert this weekend, stop by Millennium Park (Chase Promenade South – Millennium Park 188 E Monroe St.) and check out the Gelato World Tour; a tasty festival which includes a competition traveling worldwide to determine the world’s best gelato.

This weekend’s event, which is free and open to the public from 12:00 PM noon until 8:00 PM, runs from May 27-29, and will feature gelato produced from artisans across North and South America (and yes, Chicago is representing). If looking at the gelato is not enough, you can purchase a $10 ticket (CLICK HERE) that will allow you to taste eight selections and vote on your favorite. The top three winners go on to complete globally at the Grand Finale of the Gelato World Tour in Italy.

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Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” and the Corporate Experience

I love “Lemonade”. Love. It. 

It speaks to me far beyond the Bey/Jay/male/female dynamic. As a matter of fact, I didn’t think about their relationship, or ANY romantic relationship, while watching. What married folks do is SO their business. As I experienced “Lemonade”, here’s what was going through my head:

 

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When Beyoncé walked down the street using “hot sauce” to smash windows, I thought about breaking through glass ceilings.

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Inside Look: Hammam Spa at JW Marriott Chicago

There is nothing better than some spa time after a long journey (or just a super hard day). Jeff and I arrived into Morocco from a multi-leg flight from Chicago as part of the cast for Bravo’s “Tour Group”. Between packing, no sleep, and last-minute running, we were exhausted.

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8 Quick Tips: How to Rock Out Your Personal Brand

Talking about personal branding at Northwestern University’s  “Personal Branding and Network Management” immersive two-day workshop was super fun! It was nice to present to people who were serious about managing their brands; they were on top of taking those notes.

For those who were not able to make it; here are a few quick personal branding tips to tide you over until the next event.

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Surprise!! Personal branding is not all about self promotion. It is about what you can do for others.

 

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Control your narrative. Tell your story before someone else tells it for you.

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Tasty Sips: Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky

 

Those who partied with us over the holidays had the chance to taste Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky – and people are still texting me asking how to drink it…or for cocktail ideas.  Auchentoshan triple distills every single drop (which is unique) – and there is no wrong way to enjoy it.

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“A Case for Giving” Event: You Save up to $100 and Charities Get Donations When You Trade Up to Briggs & Riley

 

You know that perfectly good piece of luggage that you are just “over”…or may have one too many scuff marks for your liking? 

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How to Leverage Big Mistakes…(Lessons Learned from the Steve Harvey/Miss Universe “Situation” )

By: Jetta Bates Vasilatos

 

Steve Harvey’s slip-up at the Miss Universe pageant was super awkward for him and the beautiful contestants. But as a communications and branding strategist, I couldn’t help but appreciate how he took responsibility right off….and kudos to the ladies – as they handled it the best they could. For those who may have mixed feelings about Steve Harvey (like I sometimes do), he showed strength of character when he stepped up and owned his global gaffe. He really let the world know what he is truly made of, and may have won some new fans in the process.

Moving forward, here’s some additional advice I’d share with him:

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Curly Girls Night Out: Cool Styles + Hot Hair Trends

Nothing better than Jettasetting with a room full of curly girls at an event – it is a rare experience. Creme of Nature’s Hair Color Crush Meetup in Chicago gave me precious time with other lovers of beauty PLUS I scored some hair care tips and trend insight from top hair bloggers.  

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Valuable Takeaways from TechWeek Chicago – even if YOU are NOT a TECHIE.

By: Cle Andrea Hayden

Packed with exhibitors and a schedule full of workshops, panel discussions and sponsored parties, TechWeek Chicago proved to be a valuable experience for techies, entrepreneurs and those who just like to be “in the know” of the tech world. Check this list of tips that I gained during my first TechWeek experience:

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Tasty Night Out Chicago: Tocco In Wicker Park

There is nothing like enjoying fresh Italian in a modern, sexy space.  Chef Bruno Abate is as authentically Italian as his food; he has lived and tasted his way across Italy.

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Cocktails, Celebs, Stogies and More: THIS is New Orleans

From ESSENCE Music Festival, to bacon bourbon, to baller trucks (and everything in between), New Orleans has fun covered…and Jettasetting has the pics to prove it.

Photos of notables were taken by celebrity photographer Bennett Raglin of BP Photography who travels the world taking sizzling pics that can be seen in media outlets like  Rolling Stone, Elle Magazine, People Magazine…and now, Jettasetting!

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Jettasetting’s Wine Wednesday: Wine Enthusiast’s Red & White Bash Chicago

 

THIS is how you start the weekend right: Wine Enthusiast’s Red and White Bash Chicago

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Let there Be Snow: Jerusalem

NYC and Chicago, you are not alone in the battle of snow.  December also gave Jerusalem some snow shade – and my fave Israel tour guide and history sherpa Ofir Jacobson, PhD, sent me some pics of the “once-in-a-century” storm, deemed thusly by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  Interesting how snow can be both fun and fraught with drama.

Currently, Jerusalem is back up to 40+ degrees – but winter CLEARLY is a fickle mistress…so they may want to keep their gloves and shovels handy.  Trust.  I threw in some Chi and NYC pics in the slide show as we are snow sister cities…

Icy kisses!

Jetta

Jettasetting Weekend: Chicago Gourmet, presented by Bon Appétit, Sept. 27-29 (yes, there are still tickets, but..)

This is going to be super YUMMY!

A true foodie fête, Chicago Gourmet, presented by Bon Appétit, is a true celebration of food and wine showcasing more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers, and premium breweries from around the world.

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