Your V-Day Plans, Simplified

Your V-Day Plans, Simplified

Dedicated Video: The Vow

All that stands out about last Valentine’s Day’s prix fixe are the stomach issues you suffered for three days following.

This year make a date that promises romance to remember: See The Vow, in theaters now.

Starring Rachel McAdams (The Notebook) and Channing Tatum (Dear John), the film follows two lovers struggling to retain their relationship after a car accident leaves one with severe memory loss.

Accompanying beaus and BFFs alike will agree: Between the undeniable chemistry, emotion, and anticipation, The Vow encapsulates exactly what this holiday is all about.

Watch the trailer now. Learn more online at thevow-movie.com.

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Entertainment

What's Big and Gay and Delicious All Over?

What's Big and Gay and Delicious All Over?

The Beloved Truckers Go Brick and Mortar

Lyrics to “Thank You for Being a Friend”
(Slightly revised.)

Thank you (Big Gay Ice Cream) for being a friend.

Traveled down the road and back again (in your beloved little ice cream truck).

Your heart is true (why else would you open a store in early August so we could enjoy you anytime without stalking your Twitter feed to find out the truck’s whereabouts?).

You’re a pal and a confidant (we could hang out with your charming owners, featured in today’s video, all day).

And if you threw a party (your crazy toppings, like wasabi dust, pumpkin butter, spicy pistachios, and toasted coconut make every day a fiesta),

Invited everyone you knew (after all, you’re going to be selling treats from your pals, like Danny Macaroons, Treats Truck, and La Newyorkina),

You would see the biggest gift would be from us (nah, the mural on your wall of a unicorn wearing a Bea Arthur pendant is the best gift of all. That, and your homemade sauces and milk shakes.)

And the card attached would say, “Thank you for being a friend.” (Enough said.)

Big Gay Ice Cream, 125 East 7th Street, between First Avenue and Avenue A (212-533-9333 or biggayicecream.com). For the exact opening date, follow @biggayicecream on Twitter.

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Food & Drink

How to Make a Bea Arthur (Ice Cream Treat)

How to Make a Bea Arthur (Ice Cream Treat)

The Big Gay Ice Cream Guys' Sweet Homage

We’ve been fans of Bea Arthur for years. And we certainly love the Big Gay Ice Cream recipe named in her honor. The debut of BGIC’s first brick-and-mortar shop proved the perfect excuse to film its ice-cold creation (and the resulting golden goodness).

Big Gay Ice Cream, 125 East 7th Street, between First Avenue and Avenue A (212-533-9333 or biggayicecream.com). For the exact opening date, follow @biggayicecream on Twitter.

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Entertainment

Laura Gibson Performs "Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed"

Laura Gibson Performs "Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed"

Mason Jar Music World Premiere

We’ve all been sucked into marathon YouTube cat video sessions once or twice (watching a fat fur ball play in a shoe box never gets old).

A better way to mesmerize yourself on the Net without depleting brain cells? Introducing Mason Jar Music, a group of NYC-based musicians and filmmakers who take a song by a solo artist, create an original orchestral arrangement for it, and perform it with the artist and backing instrumentalists in an industrial space. All in front of a camera.

The result: beautiful videos with Josh Garrels, Abigail Washburn, and — premiering today on DailyCandy — Portland singer/songwriter Laura Gibson. The unreleased song, “Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed,” was recorded in New York’s Metropolitan Building with clarinetist Aleksandr Karjaka.

Top that, Keyboard Cat.

For more information and to watch more videos, go to vimeo.com/masonjarmusic or the group’s recently funded Kickstarter page.

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Entertainment

Easy-as-Pie Profiterole Recipe

Easy-as-Pie Profiterole Recipe

French Food Blogger Kerry Saretsky's Simple Instructions

If you saw Midnight in Paris (or even if you didn’t), you can’t help but want to be Marion Cotillard, the captivating muse who wooed every 1920s expatriate in the City of Light. Le sigh.

Channel your inner Francophile on Bastille Day (next Thursday) by whipping up simple, classic recipes from French Revolution blogger/Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Kerry Saretsky.

In today’s videos, Saretsky shows us how to make flawless profiteroles (above), a croque monsieur, and an updated frozen Kir Royale. The first two were inspired by Saretsky’s Gallic mother, who made them throughout the writer’s childhood.

We recommend throwing a party and serving all three.

The only way it can get better is if Owen Wilson magically appears.

For more French-inspired recipes and information on Saretsky, go to frenchrevolutionfood.com.

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Entertainment

Croque Monsieur Recipe

Croque Monsieur Recipe

French Food Blogger Kerry Saretsky's Easy Instructions

What could be better than a ham and cheese sandwich? A ham and cheese sandwich made with bechamel sauce and mustard, that’s what. In this video, French Revolution blogger Kerry Saretsky shows us how it’s done.

For more French-inspired recipes and information on Saretsky, go to frenchrevolutionfood.com.

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Entertainment

Frozen Kir Royale Recipe

Frozen Kir Royale Recipe

French Food Blogger Kerry Saretsky's Easy Instructions

No Bastille Day fete would be complete without an adult beverage (or three). French Revolution blogger Kerry Saretsky’s take on a Kir Royale mixes sorbet, pink champagne, and vodka.

For more French-inspired recipes and information on Saretsky, go to frenchrevolutionfood.com.

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Food & Drink

Beecher's Handmade Cheese Opens

Beecher's Handmade Cheese Opens

The Best Mac and Cheese Recipe in the World

If cheese were a person, we’d marry it and have its babies. So when Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, a new 8,000-square-foot shop/factory/restaurant, finally opened in Flatiron, we ran to the altar. To showcase its heavenliness, we filmed a few editors scarfing down the good stuff and procured the recipe for what is arguably the restaurant’s most famous dish.

Beecher’s World’s Best Mac and Cheese
Serves ten

Ingredients
12 oz. good-quality penne pasta
4 tbsp. butter
1/3 c. flour
3 c. milk
14 oz. Beecher’s Flagship Cheese, grated
2 oz. Monterey Jack, grated
½-1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chipotle chile powder
½ tsp. garlic powder

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish and set aside.

2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Cook penne for 2 minutes less than recommended on the package. Rinse in cold water; set aside. Pasta should still have a slight crunch.

3. Melt butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat; whisk in flour. Continue whisking and cooking for 2 minutes.

4. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly until sauce has thickened (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat.

5. Add cheeses (reserve 2 ounces to top final dish), salt to taste, half of the chile powder, and all of the garlic powder. Stir until cheese has melted and all ingredients are well incorporated (about 3 minutes).

6. In a medium bowl, mix together cooked pasta and sauce gently but thoroughly. Pour pasta into prepared baking dish; sprinkle with remaining cheese and chile powder.

7. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, 900 Broadway, at 20th Street (212-466-3340 or beechershandmadecheese.com).

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Kids

Put an End to Your Postpartum Paunch

Put an End to Your Postpartum Paunch

Exercises That Re-engage Your Abs

Your rallying cry from May through September: “Long live the maxidress.”

But sooner or later, you’re going to have a midriff reveal (the beach, swimming lessons, bra fitting, sex). And though a little jiggle in the middle is a well-deserved badge of honor, the truth is you’d be prouder of rock-hard abs.

So we asked fitness guru Tracy Anderson for her tips on re-engaging the core after having a baby. With her help, you’ll be on your way to a bikini faster than you can say crop top.

Want to keep going? Check out all our exercise videos with Anderson (including combating love handles, batwings, and saddlebags). To buy her Metamorphosis DVD collection, go to tracyandersonmethod.com.

this week in kids!

woon idolls!Woon iDoll
One sleepyhead’s lullaby (crashing waves from a sound machine) is another child’s nightmare. Tune into something more musically inclined with a Woon iDoll. The plush bedtime companions are what happens when a Sleep Sheep meets an Uglydoll meets your iPod.

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Fashion

How to Do Cat Eyes

How to Do Cat Eyes

Makeup Artist Annamarie Tendler’s Tricks

We’re fighting the urge to say “meow” right now. The cat eye, as demonstrated by makeup artist Annamarie Tendler, just looks that good. In this video, she reveals her method, including her preferred liner and brush.

For more beauty tips or information on Tendler, go to her Tumblr or amtendler.com.

Next Video: How to Do Cat Eyes
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Beauty

Exercises with Immediate Results: Core

Exercises with Immediate Results: Core

Personal Trainer Will Torres Shows Us His Moves

Wouldn’t it be awesome if full-coverage wet suits were this summer’s go-to beach style?

Maybe not. But it’s that kind of logic that led us to film three exercise videos with Will Torres, the handsome, muscled trainer behind the new private gym Willspace, in the West Village.

We asked Torres for moves that would give us immediate results (as in, how to make biceps look tank top-ready in five minutes or less). He gave us nine: three each for abs (above), legs, and arms.

We’ll tell you right now: They’re pretty tough (our out-of-shape editor had to lie down between takes).

But they’re easier than trying to figure out how to wear Spanx under a bathing suit.

Willspace (201-780-0351 or willspace.com). Want to keep exercising in front of your computer? Check out the videos we did with Tracy Anderson.

Music: “Test Drive,” by Zapac

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Entertainment

Exercises with Immediate Results: Arms

Exercises with Immediate Results: Arms

Personal Trainer Will Torres Shows Us His Moves

You’ve got your sunscreen, towel, and bathing suit. But are you fully armed for the beach? In this video, trainer Will Torres demos three exercises that’ll make your biceps appear more toned immediately.

For more information on Torres and his new West Village personal training gym, go to willspace.com.

Music: “Test Drive” by Zapac

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Beauty

Exercises with Immediate Results: Legs

Exercises with Immediate Results: Legs

Personal Trainer Will Torres Shows Us His Moves

One of our editor’s first concerts was ZZ Top. A vivid memory? When they performed “Legs,” the crowd went wild. It’s with that same enthusiasm we present trainer Will Torres’s three exercises to get your gams in shape. No out-of-control beard required: All you need is a towel.

For more information on Torres and his new West Village personal training gym, go to willspace.com.

Music: “Test Drive” by Zapac

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Entertainment

Bartenders Share Their Dating Tips

Bartenders Share Their Dating Tips

How to Approach Someone, What to Order, and Common Mistakes

The prevalence of short shorts, upper lip sweat, and ghostly white legs can mean only one thing: Summer has arrived. (Hooray!)

And with it a renewed vigor to go out and — if you’re single — meet new people. It’s easier said than done.

In today’s video, DailyCandy staffers solicit advice from bartenders at a few of our favorite Manhattan watering holes. What do people do right and wrong when introducing themselves? Should girls send guys drinks? What’s the sexiest thing to order? And, of course, how should you hit on the bartender?

As we suspected, they’ve seen a lot — from men talking about themselves too much on a first date to a wife confronting her cheating husband.

It’s gettin’ hot in here.

Want more dating advice? Get it from some precocious 5-year-olds or, as always, our Office Guy.

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Food & Drink

How to Grill Fruit to Perfection

How to Grill Fruit to Perfection

Chef Sam Talbot Shows Us How It's Done

Normally, we scoff at fruit as dessert, but chef Sam Talbot’s dish made us reconsider. In this video, he whips up papaya, pineapple, and crenshaw melon with just a little honey, oil, and sea salt.

Hungry for more? Watch Talbot grill fish tacos, Daniel Boulud cook the perfect stove-top burger, and Tamara Reynolds whip up four delicious picnic recipes. And check out Talbot’s quick list of must-have grilling tools

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Ask the Office Guy

Can I Be the Big Spoon? I'm Squished as the Little One.

Can I Be the Big Spoon? I'm Squished as the Little One.

Ask the Office Guy No. 43

You’re never going to believe this. A Nigerian prince emailed our male editor/advice giver, Dan, and offered to send him $1 million.

While we’re holding our breath, Dan is kind enough to answer more reader-submitted dating questions as part of our Ask the Office Guy video series. Today’s queries: When spooning, can you be the big spoon even if you’re smaller (above, guest starring Puppy)? And should you call it quits after seven years of dating and no proposal?

Since spring fever is upon us, we encourage you to watch his videos on how to flirt, what to do if you’re not initially attracted to a new date, and — most hard-hitting of all — the proper course of action for when you hate a guy’s shoes

No credit card or social security numbers required. 

Have a dating question you want answered? Email Dan at theofficeguy@dailycandy.com. Nigerian princes are always welcome.