global coffee culture

July 10th, 2014

The New York Times recently reported that the place to find great coffee in NYC is everywhere. Cult roasters and specialty ateliers are king.  Starbucks is out.  Dunkin’ Donuts who? Sipping Muganjo at Kaffe1668 and browsing cafe-slash-design shop Budin has put us in a coffee state of mind.  Let’s take a closer look at coffee culture across the continents. How do you take your coffee? Elephant dung or two shots of rum?

 

CALIFORNIA
Dotting the vineyards of Napa Valley are specialty coffee shops serving brews with coffee ice cubes. The sun shouldn’t water down your morning routine.

GERMANY
Nothing says “guten Morgen” like two shots of rum, a cube of sugar, and whipped cream. Oh, and coffee, of course. You will typically find Pharisӓer coffee in Northern Germany. In the shopping-savvy Cologne or the posh-centric Düsseldorf, seek out the locals-only spots.

 

THAILAND
Brought to you by the elephant you rode in on, Black Ivory Coffee is made from native Arabica coffee beans that have been consumed by the local elephants, digested, dried, and then brewed in a special 19th century Austrian-style siphon.

 

ITALY
Affogato (literally meaning “drowned”) is a “hot-meets-cold” specialty, adding the richness of vanilla gelato to Italian espresso.  Enjoy a cup on your break from winding around the Venitian canals or navigating the Roman ruins.

 

JAPAN
The Tokyo bustle leaves no time for waiting in coffeeshop lines. While on the go, pick up a Boss coffee from local vending machines. Depending on the season, this delicious canned coffee can warm you in the winter, or cool down your summer.

AUSTRALIA
Made from caffeine-free wattleseeds, the Wattlecino is popular for its chocolate, coffee, and hazelnut profile. Enjoy buzz-free relaxation at the Sydney harbor, beverage in hand.

 

MOROCCO
While shopping the Souks of Marrakech, stop for a café des épices. Stall owners brew their choice of spices into coffees laced with everything from ginger, black pepper, sesame, cardamom, and more.

 

ampr seeks talented operations and engagement coordinator

August 27th, 2012

Alice Marshall Public Relations, a highly regarded luxury lifestyle public relations firm in NYC, is seeking an Operations and Engagement Coordinator. Position requires a dependable, organized, creative thinker with a genuine spirit.  We are a warm, team-oriented agency with a can-do attitude.  We have fun and feel proud of our achievements. We’re looking for like-minded candidates who are dedicated, accountable, and see things through to completion.

Responsibilities:

  • Assistant to owner of the company
  • Organizing and coordinating office operations
  • Play an active role in recruiting
  • Manage Internship Program
  • Manage IT vendors
  • Responsible for executing Alice Marshall social media strategy
  • Organize office celebrations and events
  • Help create and maintain office templates and systems
  • Scheduling

Qualifications:

  • BA in Management, Liberal Arts or related subject
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Thoroughly organized
  • Flawless attention to detail
  • Able to prioritize and multitask
  • Adept at social media
  • Basic understanding of office IT systems

Please email resume and writing samples to:  prresponse10011@yahoo.com.

Salary commensurate with experience.  Health benefits. 401 K.

ringing in julia’s 100th with a berry tart from oléron

August 23rd, 2012

At AMPR, we’re lucky to work a stone’s throw away from the Union Square Greenmarket. With August’s cornucopia of locally grown produce, it’s hard to shake that “so-many-recipes-so-little-time” feeling while meandering through the various stalls. But fruit-wise, delicate berries from the Hudson Valley – in our opinion – always steal the show.

Fruit tarts are a common sight in France, a country that’s home to a number of exciting properties represented by AMPR. Last week would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday, and we’re celebrating her legacy of French cooking with a classic tart native to windswept Oléron, a scenic island off France’s Atlantic coast. The recipe is featured in Ruth Reichl’s book Tender at the Bone (a joy to read, by the way!) preceded by a few descriptive lines that had us chomping at the bit to get our hands in the flour:

Danielle took her finger out of her mouth and took a bite. I watched her. She took another. And another. I took a bite myself.

It was magnificent. The fruit was intoxicatingly fragrant and each berry released its juice only in the mouth, where it met the sweet, crumbly crust. “Why is this so much better than other tarts?” I asked.

Madame Deveau looked at me with something like interest. “The American wakes up,” she commented. “It is that the products here are so good,” she said. “Good butter from fat cows and wild berries grown in the island air.”

While we can’t comment on how the Big Apple’s Greenmarket compares to the fat cows and island berries of Oléron, we can happily confirm that this tart is a welcome taste of summer – anywhere , anytime.  Now, be inspired!

Oléron Raspberry Tart

Serves 8-10

Ingredients

Pastry:

1½ c. sifted flour

¼ c. sugar

1 stick unsalted butter, chilled and cut into ¼-inch squares

2 tbs. heavy cream

1 egg yolk

Filling:

¾ c. blanched almonds, toasted

¾ c. sugar

3 tbs. unsalted butter, softened

3 egg yolks

1 tsp. vanilla extract

4 c. raspberries

2 tbs. currant jam and/or powdered sugar, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Place sugar and flour in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Add the butter squares to the flour mixture and blend using a pastry blender or forks until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.  Add cream to the egg yolk and pour into flour mixture. Mix lightly with a fork until the pastry holds together in a small ball. If it’s not moist enough, add a tablespoon or so of water.

Sprinkle some flour across a counter and push the dough with the heel of your palm until it has been worked through. Do not over-mix. Gather the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, and let rest in the refrigerator for at least three hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the dough and allow to warm on the countertop for ten minutes. On a floured surface, flatten the ball and roll it into an eleven-inch circle. Fit gently into an eight- or nine-inch tart pan with a fluted edge and removable bottom. Press into pan gently, being careful not to stretch the dough. Trim off the edges and freeze for ten minutes to firm.

Line the tart shell with aluminum foil and fill with rice or dried beans. Bake 20 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and filler and bake for five minutes more or until golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool while making the filling.

Blend the almonds and three tablespoons of the sugar in a food processor until it is a fine powder. In a separate bowl, cream butter with the remaining sugar, and then add the yolks. Fold in the almond-sugar mixture and vanilla to combine.

Spread the almond mixture into the pre-baked crust and top with two cups of the fresh berries. Sprinkle the tart with two tablespoons of sugar and bake for 40 minutes or until just set. Cool at least two hours.

Just before serving, cover the tart with the remaining two cups of raspberries. Garnish with powdered sugar or brush the top with a simple glaze made from two tablespoons currant jam heated with one tablespoon of water. Bon appétit!

Photo was taken by Ben from the AMPR team.

ampr seeks top talent

July 13th, 2012

Our highly regarded luxury lifestyle public relations firm in NYC is seeking an account executive with two to four years of PR agency experience in luxury travel, spas, and/or luxury goods. The position requires a dependable, organized, creative thinker with a genuine spirit.  We are a warm, team-oriented agency with a can-do attitude.  We have fun and feel proud of our achievements. We’re looking for like-minded candidates who are dedicated, accountable, and see things through to completion.

Responsibilities:

  • Pitch stories
  • Maintain regular direct contact with clients
  • Develop and maintain editorial/journalistic/media contacts
  • Contribute to the development of client PR plans and projects
  • Strategically create press releases, pitches, client correspondence, and reports
  • Manage social media
  • Organize and host press trips
  • Oversee monthly client reports

Qualifications:

  • BA in Liberal Arts, English, Journalism, or related subject
  • 2-4  years of PR agency experience in luxury hotels, lifestyle goods
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Flawless attention to detail
  • Strong media contacts and relationships
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Adept at social media
  • Familiar with Cision

Other:

  • Fluent in foreign languages a plus
  • Strong interest in travel, culture, and geography
  • Passion for news
  • Trend spotting
  • Curiosity a big plus
  • Candidate must live in New York City

Please email resume and writing samples to:  prresponse10011@yahoo.com.

Salary commensurate with experience.  Health benefits. 401 K.

NOW HIRING: Talented Account Executives!

April 26th, 2012

HIGHLY REGARDED BOUTIQUE PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRM SEEKS TALENTED ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES

We are looking for several executives to help promote our amazing roster of high end hotels, spas, beauty  and luxury goods. Candidate will have two to six years agency experience publicizing luxury hotels and beauty products. Experience in other luxury goods sectors will also be considered. Position requires a dependable, thoroughly organized, resourceful, creative thinker with a genuine and positive attitude.  A love of pitching creative stories to a receptive roster of media and editors a must.  Experience in forging luxury brand partnerships a plus.

Must be capable of managing and overseeing multiple tasks/projects and have proven experience working with media and generating coverage for clients. Our staff is organized so that everyone pitches in; the person we are looking for shall be willing to take over responsibility for several clients and projects, and see things through to completion. Excellent writing skills, excellent contacts and reputation, attention to detail, and the appreciation of a warm, team-oriented work atmosphere are necessary.

Salary commensurate with experience.  Health benefits. 401 K.

Applications will be accepted via email only. Please write to  prresponse10011@yahoo.com, include your resume and any appropriate writing samples.

 

spotted: celebrities galore in the maldives

January 27th, 2012

Newly engaged Chrissy Teigen and John Legend; Anantara Kihavah Villas. Photos courtesy of gatagat.com; Anantara Resorts & Spas.

Of course you know that John Legend proposed to Chrissy Teigen in the Maldives, but do you know at what resort?  It is no secret that the island nations of the Maldives, taking the #27 spot on The New York Times’ “45 Places to Go in 2012” list, is a hotbed for celebrities. But with over 80 different resorts throughout the necklace of islands, where are they all hiding?

Well, we’ve spotted supermodel Chrissy Teigen with R&B musician John Legend, soccer stud Cristiano Ronaldo, tennis champion Roger Federer, and British bombshell Jenny Frost all at the luxurious Anantara Kihavah Villas. Whether they spent their time relaxing on the white-sand beaches, picking up a few tips from a cooking class at Salt, sipping on some bubbly at the underwater restaurant, Sea, or popping the question à la John Legend, it is clear that this resort is hot on the celebrity circuit! Whether you are a star or starlet, or just like to pretend that you are, all guests of Anantara Kihavah Villas receive five-star treatment.

where in the world is matt lauer?

November 10th, 2011

Well, today we found him at the “top of Europe”, at Jungfraujoch’s Sphinx Observatory, located 11,745 feet above sea level in the Swiss Alps. Most well-known for as the setting for the 1969 James Bond film, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, Mr. Lauer arrived by train to the highest railway station in Europe  this morning.

Accessible only by cable car, the Swiss Alps are an outdoor sports enthusiasts’ dream come true. The majestic mountain peaks offer the world’s best Alpine skiing and snowboarding, as well as some incredible lower altitude activities on the crystal clear mountain lakes, such as boating and ice skating. Besides the vast array of activities available in the Alps, it is also incredible just to sit with a glass of champagne and enjoy the extraordinary scenery. From the glittering snow-capped peaks to the impossibly blue lakes, it is a sight to be seen at least once in a lifetime.

The Alps stretch through France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, and Slovenia; but we found Mr. Lauer in Interlaken, Switzerland, the home of the beautiful Victoria Jungfrau Grand  Hotel & Spa.

Read more about Matt’s Swiss adventures here and be sure to stay tuned to see where Matt will be tomorrow!

 

we’re hiring!

October 31st, 2011

Do you have a passion for travel? Are you just as interested in the finer things in life as you are in the cool and the quirky? Are you a creative thinker with a genuine and positive attitude, and a can-do spirit? Are you dependable and organized?

Here at Alice Marshall Public Relations we are looking for an account executive to join our New York-based team. If you answered “Yes!” to all of the above, and have 2-4 years of public relations experience promoting luxury hotels, resorts, spas, and/or luxury goods, then we want to hear from you!

The candidate must be capable of handling multiple tasks/projects and have proven experience working with the media and generating coverage for clients. Our staff is organized so that everyone pitches in; the person we are looking for should be collaborative and capable of taking on responsibility for client projects and seeing them through to completion. Excellent writing skills, attention to detail, and the appreciation of a warm, team-oriented work atmosphere are necessary.

Responsibilities:

- Maintain regular direct contact with clients and journalists

- Actively contribute to the development of client PR plans and projects

- Demonstrate ability to effectively develop full range of written materials including press releases, pitches, client correspondence, and reports

- Social media management and maintenance for our clients

- Develop and maintain editorial/journalistic/media relationships

- Organize and host press trips

- Oversee monthly client reports

Qualifications:

- BA in Liberal Arts, English, journalism, or related subject

- 2-4 years of public relations experience in promoting luxury hotels and goods

- Strong media relations skills and contacts

- Strong and creative writing skills

- Able to juggle many projects at once and to prioritize

- Adept at social media; familiar with Cision

Other:

- Languages a plus, as are internships for hotels, spas, and beauty brands

- Strong interest in the world, travel, culture, etc.

- Passion for all types of news; ability to spot trends; curiosity a big plus

- MUST live in New York

Salary negotiable. 401K/403B program. Health coverage.

For immediate consideration, please email your resume and cover letter describing relevant experience and interests, along with writing samples (a pitch letter, blog post, and press release) to prresponse11@gmail.com

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