Summer is nearly here and what better way to cool down than an icy cold, fruity, refreshing cocktail? Bibi’z Restaurant and Lounge invited us in to try two new summer cocktails that scored high in terms of taste, refresh-factor and smoothness. This restaurant continues to stick to its tradition of unusual, thoughtfully-crafted dishes and cocktails, emphasizing local, seasonal fare.
Ida Martin, founder of Bibi’z, gave us a demonstration of the new cocktails recently. Her new margarita, Good Karma, is a subtle combination of refreshing orange slices which is complemented by fresh basil leaves. Ida slightly muddles up the two ingredients before adding a touch of Karma tequila, a splash of lime juice as well as a splash of triple sec topped off with sour soda. After shaking everything up, Ida adds a final touch of orange juice. This colorful drink is a delicious concoction with a lovely balance of flavor and subtle sweetness.
Ida also introduced us to her revisited SummerLemonade made with pineapple vodka and an infusion of watermelon and cucumber. The drink consists, on one hand, of a splash of sour soda, a fair amount of lemonade, topped with pineapple vodka. Ida then muddles up on the side the watermelon and the cucumber before adding the mix to the rest of the drink along with ice. The cocktail is a surprising marriage of flavors that together are the tastes of summer with a little bite. This elegant cocktail keeps its promise of offering a refreshing delight.
It always seems to be happy hour at Bibi’z – although it’s officially offered six days a week from 3.00PM to 6.30PM. But these cocktails are recommended equally for a relaxing brunch, lunch or dinner as they offer sexy sipping that is equal parts summer and refreshing.
Bibi’z Restaurant | Lounge
Fri-Sat 12p-11p (Bar until 12a) Sun Brunch 11a-3p | Dinner 3p-9p
284 Center Avenue
Westwood, New Jersey 07675
OCT 8: Wine’down Wednesday at 6:30 pm featuring delicious peach and raspberry infused prosecco courtesy of Fabellini Wines. The event is free of cover charge and ALL wine is 25% off without dinner.
OCT 22: The Opera is coming to Bibi’z on Wednesday at 6:30 pm. The event will feature a night of fab food and operatic pleasure to benefit Peace4Paws. Tickets are $55 per person including tax and gratuity. Peace4paws is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit public charity based in Northern New Jersey. Since 2007, it has been dedicated to supporting sanctuary and forever homes for the animals retired from work in research and related fields through our foster & adoption program, fundraising events involving music, yoga, animal friendly events & more plus student outreach to kids from kindergarten through college.
Bibi’z Restaurant | Lounge, a Bergen county pioneer in offering gluten-free and vegan menu options, is now sourcing quiche, muffins, scones, focaccia and pizza dough from Englewood, NJ gluten-free baker Deliciously Alicia.
“I am thrilled to support a local small businesswoman while giving my patrons delicious, healthy gluten-free options that are a great alternative to wheat-based baked goods,” said Ida Martin, Bibi’z founder and co-owner. “The demand for gluten-free baked goods and menu offerings has exploded in recent years and we’ve tirelessly worked to create tasty options for our customers who cannot eat wheat. Deliciously Alicia Focaccia is the perfect foundation for a crispy GF flatbread appetizer and the pizza dough will be a canvas for more culinary creations. Texture, mouth feel, taste and quality ingredients are essential components of delicious gluten-free baked goods and dough.”
Bibi’z uses Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free all purpose flour with corn meal to make the restaurant’s acclaimed mini corn dogs’ tender, golden crust. Also, their Chicken Florentine is dredged in all purpose flour before cooking to create the perfect exterior. Bibi’z also carries gluten-free beer and vodka. The menu displays a “V” or “GF” next to items which are vegan or gluten-free. The restaurant also welcomes requests for GF alternative preparations to entrees on its menu.
About Bibi’z Lounge
Founded by Ida Martin in 2011, Bibi’z offers Global American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. Located at 284 Center Avenue in Westwood, NJ, Bibi’z is open Tuesday-Thursday from 12:00-10:00PM, Friday and Saturday from 12:00PM – 11:00PM and Sunday 11:00AM – 9:00PM. Bibi’z bar is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Happy hour is offered six days a week from 3:00-6:00PM. Catering and private dining facilities are available. Bibi’z offers thoughtfully- sourced, eclectic cuisine in healthy renditions, much of it coming from local sources. The restaurant provides top shelf organic and conventional spirits, wine, and beer.
Bibi’z also offers “Girls Night Out” every Thursday with happy hour drinks all night long in the dining room and lounge.
Bibi’z Restaurant/Lounge specializes in global American fare with a decidedly Mediterranean twist. In response to popular demand, the Bergen County restaurant is adding its prime Angus beef shoulder tenderloin special as a feature on its menu. The…
Refreshing summer cocktails tease and tickle the palate, particularly those served at Bibi’z Restaurant|Lounge when fragrant summer fruits and herbs combine to create earthy, floral and herbaceous notes. Bibi’z Blossom, a flowery, feminine and seductive libation, blends St. Germain Elderflower liqueur and whole Australian hibiscus flower preserved in raspberry and rhubarb-infused simple syrup, is the quintessential feminine summer cocktail.
The delicate Hibiscus blossom is edible, and floats seductively in a soft pink hued combination of organic fruit juice, vodka, liqueur and a splash of lemon-lime soda. The taste and fragrance of handpicked elderflowers married with Australian hibiscus provides earthy, herby undertones that add delicate balance to the sweetness of organic fruit juice and fruit-imbued citrus soda.
“Summer cocktails are in a class by themselves and give the mixologist an opportunity to bring color, taste, fragrance and vibe together in one elegant, refreshing libation,” said Ida Assaf, founder of Bibi’z Restaurant|Lounge. “The Bibi’z Blossom is so classy and feminine, melding delicious flavor combinations with pear-flavored vodka to whimsically celebrate the spirit and true flavors of summer.”
White Peach Sangria is another classic summer bar favorite, perfect for both men and women wanting refreshing fruitiness and the bracing qualities of an iced cocktail. This versatile sangria is delightful when sipped before dinner or paired with a variety of grilled proteins like fish, beef or chicken.
“White Peach Sangria marries delicate sparkling wine such prosecco, moscato or cava with organic ginger ale, freshly squeezed orange juice and bite-size chunks of organic summer fruits, whether stone fruit or berries, creating a drink that is cooling, delicious and bright with citrus and fruity notes,” explained Assaf. “White Peach Sangria is a versatile, elegant concoction and delights the palate with tiny bubbles, muddled fruit and a hint of peach schnapps for sweetness. It offers thirst-quenching deliciousness that compliments nibbles, salads as well as hearty grilled fare.”
The Skinny Karma – Rita is a delicious, low-calorie (70 calories) play on the classic margarita using Karma Natural Tequila, Agave Nectar and fresh lime juice. The delicate flavors are balanced by a salt kissed martini glass rim.
“Skinny Karma – Rita is light, refreshing with a subtle sweetness thanks to agave, a natural Mexican sweetener with low sugar input,” explained Assaf. “Weighing in at a mere 70 calories, the Skinny Karma – Rita is a guilt – free pleasure.”
A celebration of flower blossoms and seductive wild hibiscus
2 oz. Absolut pear vodka
1 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
½ oz. organic apple juice
Splash of cranberry juice
Splash of lemon-lime soda
Garnish with 1 wild hibiscus flower in syrup
Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.
White Peach Sangria
A refreshing, easy-to-drink and versatile cocktail for warmer weather
2 oz. sparkling prosecco, moscato or cava
1 oz. fresh orange juice
½ oz. crème de peche or peach schnapps
Strong spritz of organic ginger ale
Splash of Aperol or Campari
Garnish with your favorite chopped organic fruits
Add ingredients to tall glass of ice, stir.
Skinny Karma – Rita
A thirst – quenching and low cal cocktail
1.5 oz. Karma Natural Tequila
2 heavy dashes of Agave Nectar
Juice of ½ lime
Splash of sour mix
Splash of Triple Sec
Shake well over ice, pour into martini glass with salted rim and serve with a piece of fresh lime.
About Bibi’z Restaurant and Lounge
Founded by Ida Assaf in 2011, Bibi’z offers global American fare with a Mediterranean twist. Located at 284 Center Avenue in Westwood, NJ, Bibi’z is open Tuesday-Thursday from 12:00-10:00PM, Friday and Saturday from 12:00PM – 11:00PM and Sunday 11:00AM – 9:00PM. Bibi’z bar is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Happy hour is offered six days a week from 3:00-6:00PM. Catering and private dining facilities are available. Bibi’z offers soul-satisfying food in healthy renditions, much of it locally sourced, along with top shelf organic and conventional spirits, wine, and beer.
Bibi’z also offers “Girls Night Out” every Thursday with happy hour drinks all night long in the dining room and lounge. For more information, please call (201) 722-8600 or visit www.bibizlounge.com.
Westwood’s 4th Annual “Green Screen” Brings Educational and Entertaining Environmental Films to Bergen County
Northern New Jersey’s First & Only Environmental Film Series Kicks Off With Reception at Bibi’z Restaurant, January 31
Westwood’s Fourth Annual “Green Screen” — a week-long festival of fascinating and informative environmental films — will kick off on Thursday, January 31, 2013 and run through February 6, 2013 at the Westwood Cinema, 182 Center Avenue, Westwood, NJ and at the Westwood Public Library, 49 Park Avenue, Westwood, NJ. The Green Screen film series is Northern New Jersey’s only environmental film festival and features six award-winning, widely acclaimed films not shown in local theaters. As the festival’s premiere event, the new Sundance-winning documentary, Chasing Ice, will be shown for the first time in Northern New Jersey. Other films in the series, PLANEAT and FRESH, focus on healthy eating and sustainable farming; the latter’s free screening featuring a talk from Ramsey native and Blooming Hills organic farmer Guy Jones.
This year, in addition to the outstanding films, the Green Screen invites filmgoers to attend a pre-festival reception on Thursday, January 31st at 6:00 p.m. at Bibi’z Restaurant, 284 Center Avenue, Westwood, NJ where organic and sustainably produced hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and wines will be served. The pre-festival reception is tickets-only. The price of all six films plus the Pre-Film Reception at Bibi’z Restaurant is $35. All films are priced separately or are free. For a full schedule and pricing information, or to purchase tickets, go to: http://westwoodpubliclibrary.weebly.com/4th-annual-green-screen.html.
Organized by the Westwood Public Library and Westwood Cinema along with the non-profit groups United for Earth and Pascack Sustainability, the 4th Annual Green Screen brings to Bergen County an outstanding lineup of award-winning documentaries focused on key environmental issues, from the undeniable evidence of climate change in the melting Arctic glaciers, to an emerging global sustainable food movement, to the hazards of automobile idling and plastics in our environment. Co-sponsors to the festival include: ClimateMama, Food & Water Watch NJ, and 350.orgNJ. The festival’s media sponsor is Community Life.
Chasing Ice tells the story of National Geographic photographer and former climate skeptic James Balog, who uses time-lapse cameras to capture glaciers in motion as they disappear at an astonishing rate. The film earned Best Cinematography at Sundance Film Festival and Best Documentary by the Environmental Media Association and will be shown at Westwood Cinema at 8:00 p.m. on January 31st. Co-sponsors Harriet Shugarman of ClimateMama, Aditi Sen of United for Earth, and Rosemary Dreger Carey of Pascack Sustainability & 350.orgNJ will lead a discussion after the film. Tickets for the screening are $10.
PLANEAT (72 mins.) — The story of a search for a diet that is good for our health and good for the future of the planet. Through personal interviews with a top scientist, a leading physician, world class chefs and farmers, the film explores the link between diet and disease, and how our food choices contribute to global warming, land use and oceanic dead zones. PLANEAT will be shown on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm at Westwood Cinema. Tickets are $10.
Dear Governor Cuomo (75 mins.) — This award-winning documentary uses music and cautionary narrative to explain the threats of the controversial energy drilling process known as “fracking” and to motivate people to rise up against the practice. With music-direction by Natalie Merchant, the film features actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo, environmental biologist Sandra Steingraber, and musicians Joan Osborne, Citizen Cope, Medeski Martin and Wood and The Felice Brothers. Dear Governor Cuomo will be shown on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm at Westwood Cinema. Tickets: $10. Co-sponsor Matt Smith of Food & Water Watch NJ will provide information before and after the film.
In addition to the films shown at Westwood Cinema, the Green Screen Film Festival will feature free documentary films and opportunities for discussion at the Westwood Public Library, 49 Park Ave., Westwood NJ:
Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic? (78 mins.) What started as a documentary about plastic bags evolved into a wholesale investigation into plastics and their effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies. Discussion after film will include an invitation to join the Bag It movement and decide for yourself how plastic your life will be. The film will be show on Saturday, Saturday, February 2 at 2:00 p.m. Westwood Public Library. Admission is free. Co-sponsors Pascack Sustainability & 350.orgNJ will lead a discussion after the film.
FRESH (72 mins.) celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system by forging healthier, sustainable alternatives. The film will be shown Sunday February 3 at 3:00 p.m. at Westwood Public Library. Co-sponsor Pascack Sustainability and local farmer Guy Jones of Blooming Hill Farm, Blooming Grove, NJ will lead a discussion after the film. Admission to the film is free.
IDLE THREAT (60 mins.) is an inspiring documentary film about one man’s resilient struggle with the NYPD to enforce a 38 year-old anti-engine idling law in order to reduce air pollution and battle global warming. Against all odds, he succeeds and in the process, gets worldwide recognition, and improves the quality of life in New York. The film will be shown Monday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Westwood Public Library. Admission to the film is free.
Pascack Sustainability Group is a non-profit with a mission to raise environmental awareness and promote sustainable practices in the Pascack Valley towns of Northern New Jersey. For more information, visit http://www.pascacksustainabilitygroup.org.
United for Earth is a non-profit organization which with its subsidiary Kids for Earth offers workshops, earth fairs, and kids scouting programs that are designed to enable both young and old to embrace sustainable living habits. For more information, visit http://www.unitedforearth.org and http://www.kidsforearth.org.