Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Six Sides to Try on the Grill This Summer

Summer is so close, we can taste the salty air and feel the sand beneath our toes! One thing we've already noticed, especially as Memorial Day approaches, is the smell of some good old barbequing. Anything cooked on the grill accompanies the warm weather so well. That's why today, we're bringing you six sides you can char for that added sizzle to accompany any meal all summer long. Yum!


Move over pineapple, avocados are the new go-to fruit for grilling. Serve them on a burger, fill 'em with a summer grain salad, or eat them as is! Get the recipe here.

These can be stuffed and served solo or diced and sprinkled on top of a salad, either way, you'll definitely add grilled avocado to your favorite meals all summer long!



What's better than fresh fruit in the summer? Caramelized fresh fruit! The grill intensifies the natural sweetness while infusing an unexpected smoke flavor. Is you mouth watering yet?


Yes, even bacon gets better on the grill. Make sure to use thick-cut bacon and grill the slices over a medium flame to slowly crisp them up without burning. Get the recipe here.

Sure, you may add bacon to your burger in the summer months, but have you actually tried scorching it a bit on the grill before using it as a topping? Make sure to use thick-cut bacon and grill the slices over a medium flame to slowly crisp them up without burning. Mmmm, bacon!



One of our favorite summertime accompaniments is cornbread! This unexpecting side can pack a whole lot of flavor. Turn cornbread into a sweet and smokey snack by charring it on the grill and slathering it with some chive butter!


This flavor-packed snack proves that smoke and salt are two peas in an (edamame) pod. Get the recipe here.

We've never seen edamame grilled before but we're dying to try it out! The saltiness of these gems intensifies when it meets the smokiness of the barbeque. A snack you won't be able to put down this summer!



Serve these untraditional pastries with whipped cream and fresh berries for the perfect summertime dessert. Get the recipe here.

We hope these six sides have got you excited for grillin' season and you're getting ready to devour the details of every meal this summer!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday Mashups: Less Is More with Nestea

Over the last decade, minimalists have been able to follow their dreams when it comes to comfortable living at a condensed rate with the boom in tiny houses. This movement has shown the world how less can be so much more for people across the globe. Many companies have been inspired by this change, especially those in the food and beverage industry; utilizing only natural ingredients and keeping product recipes as simple and transparent as possible. Recently, Nestlé Water used a tiny-house activation to launch a line of Nestea drinks, emphasizing the idea of paring down to the bare essentials. The event supported the company’s new “less is more” slogan behind a group of reformulated teas that have been stripped of artificial ingredients.

<p> Visitors were greeted by a sign made of grass spelling out the drink-maker's name.</p>

Held Wednesday, May 17 in Herald Square Park, directly across the street from the flagship location of Macy’s, the event was expected to draw more than 10,000 passersby but attracted an additional 2,000 visitors thanks to free tea on the city’s hottest day of the year to date. Thank you Mother Nature! The tiny house included brand messaging such as Nestea’s logo on the doors and welcome mat, along with paintings of the tea-purveyor’s simplistic bottle design. The activation also included carts that held iced-tea bottles, large Adirondack chairs, and a topiary rendering of the Nestea name.

<p> The bright green entrance, and exit to the tiny house, carried over the color of Nestea's logo.</p>

To design the house, Nestlé enlisted the help of personalities behind the lifestyle blogs Inspired By Charm, Southern Bite, and Hapa Time, which all exemplify the message of living a simpler life. We support the inclusion of these bloggers 100%! Brand activations become so much more successful when consumers can vouch for the product.

<p> Steps connecting the first and second floors of the tiny house, which provided built-in storage, were decked out with...

The event was staffed by a dozen brand ambassadors and featured an appearance by actress Anna Camp, whom Karen Ress, Vice President and General Manager of tea brands for Nestlé Waters, described as having a “less is more” lifestyle. Best known for her role in the movie Pitch Perfect, Camp “grew up in Georgia and drank iced tea on the porch with her mother and grandmother,” Ress said. Camp is also married to Pitch Perfect co-star Skylar Astin, whom we adore. We can totally picture this perfect couple indulging in Nestea's new ice teas this summer just as Camp did when she was growing up!

Image result for anna camp and skylar astin

This brand activation was the first creation of its kind for Nestea but Manhattan won't be the only place you'll see their tiny house popping up. That's right! They're taking the portable space on the road and making stops in cities such as Boston and Chicago in the coming months. Keep your eyes peeled this summer for Nestea's reformulated beverages and stop by to devour the details of their minimalist experience in a city near you!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Spend Your Summer Glamping at Sandy Pines

Glamping, as defined by Urban Dictionary, is going camping, but with a touch of glamour; a combination of the two words. It's like regular camping, but with nicer things than usual, being warmer, and more comfortable. Glamping pivots on a high level of service that focuses on the complete ease of the guests. The amenities found at glamping destinations far exceed anything recreational campers experience. And Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine knows how to provide just that! Perfect for a birthday getaway, girls night out or bachelorette party, you'll definitely want to book your glamping weekend at this campground!

Go GLAMping!:

Sandy Pines is a new 320-site campground with plenty of spaces for old-fashioned tent and RV camping, but for those who want to chic up their camping experience, there will be 12 glamp tents available all summer long (two to rent and 10 to buy)! The one-of-a-kind, 430-square-foot luxe tents will each include a bed, seating area, lights, a mini fridge, heaters, fans, a deck, sheets, towels, and access to a shared bathhouse. Each of the tents was furnished by an interior designer and has a theme, such as “Nomad: A Bohemian Retreat” and “Nautical Nights.” Inside the tents, visitors will find special touches, such as antique furnishings and a chandelier made of oyster shells, making the experience 'oh so glamorous'!

What is Glamping? Four Generations One Roof:

The campground opens June 24, and you can rent a tent for between $129 to $149 per night beginning July 3. Glampers using the tents must stay a minimum of three nights in the months of July and August. Not a bad price to split between a few people! Sandy Pines Campground, formerly known as Salty Acres Campground, was purchased by Kennebunkport hoteliers Tim Harrington and Debra Lennon last summer. The new owners poured $5 million into the camping facility, updating the entire infrastructure and adding upscale amenities such as the glamp tents.

What is Glamping? Four Generations One Roof:

Among the tall pine trees and saltwater marshes are the revamped campground amenities that include a general store, a farm stand, an old-fashioned ice cream cart, a heated saltwater pool, rentals for bikes, paddle boards, and kayaks, a playground, a craft tent for kids, and a lobster delivery service.
That’s right: The campground will deliver lobsters, either alive or precooked, right to your tent. What an accommodation! You can count us in on doing this! If you want some added fun to your trip, Sandy Pines Campground is just minutes from pristine Goose Rocks Beach and bustling Dock Square, filled with shopping, restaurants, and art galleries. Many places to explore!

Sandy Pines Camping - Kennebunkport, Maine

Get ready to spend your summer glamping and devour the details of an outdoor experience unlike any other (including a lobster delivery service) at Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine!