Celebrate Bar Pa Tea One Year Anniversary With Lulu’s Art

To commemorate its first anniversary, Bar Pa Tea is collaborating with artist Yueming Lulu Qu on an art series titled “Celebrate.” Inspired by Bar Pa Tea and its home city, the pieces feature New York’s diverse personalities through its distinct inhabitants and iconic landmarks, unified by their shared penchant for constant reinvention and, of course, bubble tea.

Here are some photos of the One Year Anniversary Celebration Night at July 26th!


Art, fashion, passion, love, food, multi-cultural melting pot…this is how we often describe our city, no? Our city has millions of stories going on within every block every day. Don’t you agree we are so lucky to live in an amazing city that brings so many inspirations? I do.

Four years ago, I moved from Beijing for graduate study at Fashion Institute of Technology; this accounts for my second MFA – if there were such a thing as a PHD in Illustration I would pursue it. My first was an MFA in traditional Chinese Painting from Central Academy of Fine Arts. For Chinese painting, I use ink, gouache and soft brushes, which I still use in my current illustrations. Similar to how America brings all cultures together, I use traditional Chinese painting methods to illustrate New York City’s modern topics; predominantly fashion lifestyles and our beloved city landscapes. I think of fashion lifestyle as not only about high fashion during certain weeks, but more importantly about anyone who loves their life with a sense of pride. They are positive, they are kind, they are beautiful inside out, they are bravely chasing their dreams, and of course they have their own unique fashion styles.


Fashion Institute of Technology

The Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing, China)

Minzu University of China






Patrick showcases flavor over sweetness at Bar Pa Tea, creating a more healthful alternative to the original beverage without compromising the distinct taste and experience of traditional bubble tea. The recipes feature tapioca pearls that are free of additives and drinks sweetened with pure cane sugar instead of corn syrup.

Bar Pa Tea provides a menu of highly customizable drinks, allowing the customer to adjust sweetness in increments and choose whether they would prefer it hot or cold. Bar Pa Tea even offers alternatives to the traditional tapioca pearls, most notably their signature “miniature bubbles.”

The selected menu showcases the flagship’s favorite and most popular items, creating a uniquely refined bubble tea experience.

Those who share Patrick’s love for both the nostalgia of bubble tea and the goal of a healthful lifestyle will find true satisfaction in the choices that Bar Pa Tea offers.

Location:  85 KENMARE ST, NEW YORK, NY 10012


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Hidden Valley Original Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix Shaker

It’s the Original Ranch® Seasoning Dip & Salad Mix but in a new, convenient way to measure and shake it out. It’s also a great option to have on your tabletops so it’s easily accessible when you’re cooking or eating!

You can use the shaker in many ways. Shake the seasoning onto meats or poultry before and after cooking, or use it to add delicious ranch flavor to fries, veggies or popcorn just before serving.

Shake in as much as your heart desires but we recommend taste-testing along the way. You can also check out HiddenValley.com for delicious recipes using the Original Ranch® Shaker. Hidden Valley® is best if used within one year of manufacture. Hidden Valley is always adding fresh and delicious new recipes to our site! Discover all the great meals and snacks you can make in our Recipes section.

Hidden Valley® Shakers are available online and in stores nationally. Visit the product page of the item you’re looking for and click “Buy Now” to discover online retailers selling the specific Hidden Valley® product you’re craving. Or, head to your local supermarket! If you can’t locate a particular flavor in your local supermarket, try talking to a store manager to see if it can be obtained for you or through this link, https://www.hiddenvalley.com/.



2 teaspoons Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix

1 lb. gemelli or elbow pasta

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

4 tablespoons flour

3 cups whole milk

2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese, plus more for garnish

Recipe Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it begins to foam. Whisk in the flour until smooth and cook, whisking, for about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the milk and ranch seasoning mix and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Fold in the cheese and stir until melted.
  3. Add the cooked pasta to your saucepan and mix well. Serve hot.



1 ½ pounds broccoli

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix

¼ cup grated Parmesan

Recipe Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Divide broccoli into small, individual florets and chop up thicker stems.
  2. Toss the broccoli with the oil and Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix until well coated. Spread evenly on a baking sheet.
  3. Roast for 30 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through to brown evenly. Serve immediately with grated parmesan cheese.



4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

2 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil

2 teaspoons Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix

Recipe Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place chicken breasts into a Glad® sandwich bag and pound until they ¾ of an inch thick (optional). Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish to fit. Brush with the melted butter or olive oil on both sides. Sprinkle or shake the ranch seasoning mix over the chicken on both sides. If there is any remaining butter or oil, drizzle over the seasoned chicken.
  2. Place in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, until cooked through and no longer pink in the center. Remove from the oven and let rest for a few minutes. Serve hot.
The Story of Hidden Valley

Over 50 years ago, Nebraska-born cowboy Steve Henson dreamed of striking it rich. So, along with his high school sweetheart Gayle, he did what so many young men before him had done and headed west.
Outside Santa Barbara, Steve stumbled onto 120 acres of sprawling land nestled in the mountains and filled with streams, waterfalls and picturesque views. The family bought the land in 1954 and the Hidden Valley® Guest Ranch was born.At the ranch, guests enjoyed the great outdoors by day and home-cooked meals by night. But it was something else that brought them back again and again: delicious, homemade buttermilk salad dressing made with a special blend of herbs and spices, lovingly prepared by the proprietor – the Original Ranch®dressing.

Guests loved it and asked for jars to take home to family and friends. Soon there was so much demand for the dressing that a mail-order business began shipping Hidden Valley® Ranch dressing to an ever-growing fan base.

Today, Ranch is America’s favorite dressing, sold across the United States and in more than 30 countries, found in thousands of restaurants, and enjoyed on everything from salads to pizza. You can still enjoy the perfect taste of Original Ranch® as well as tons of great new flavors born from the rich heritage.


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Eight O’Clock Coffee Introduces The Great Coffee Break: A Digital Escape Room Game People Can Play to Win a Year of Free Groceries

Players can visit GreatCoffeeBreak.com

from June 17 through August 11 

to solve coffee-themed puzzles in Eight O’Clock’s digital game

designed by Escape the Room

Eight O’Clock Coffee, America’s original gourmet coffee, today announces the release of The Great Coffee Break: a digital escape room game that people can play for the chance to win a year of free groceries! The Great Coffee Break is the first Augmented Reality-triggered digital game designed by Escape the Room and can be launched by scanning any Eight O’Clock Coffee package with the Shazam app – or by going directly to GreatCoffeeBreak.com. Set in a fictitious animated roastery, players will solve coffee-themed puzzles to help bags of Eight O’Clock “escape the roastery.” The Great Coffee Break will run from June 17 through August 11, 2018, and eight people will win the grand prize: free groceries for a year.*

Since 1859, generations of Americans have been connecting over Eight O’Clock – enjoying rich, smooth coffee as they share conversations, celebrate special moments, and play games together. The Great Coffee Break will provide consumers with a new way to experience their love of coffee and gaming by leveraging the escape room trend that has grown exponentially in recent years.

Players of the Great Coffee Break will explore different virtual rooms within the roastery to find clues, solve puzzles, and complete the mission. Eight O’Clock Coffee’s game is designed to facilitate the satisfying feeling of discovery that players experience in physical escape rooms – which may be the reason that they have grown in the US from 22 in 2014 to about 2,300 today.

“With the Great Coffee Break, we are tapping into one of the hottest emerging trends in a way that is meaningful to coffee drinkers and relevant to today’s lifestyle,” said Michael Scalera, Senior Brand Manager at Eight O’Clock Coffee. “Our fans tell us all the time that enjoying Eight O’Clock Coffee is key to their day – and it’s certainly key to solving the Great Coffee Break. Plus, while people are ‘escaping the room’ they’ll have a chance to escape their grocery bill for a year.”

Eight O’Clock Coffee has long provided a meaningful way to bring people together, as does Escape the Room – so putting our brands together was a natural fit,” said Victor Blake, Founder and CEO, Escape the Room. “Bringing both of these experiences to life virtually in a way that makes sense for a solo player was my primary inspiration for The Great Coffee Break game. I’m thrilled with how the game turned out, and I think people will really enjoy playing…hopefully with a cup of Eight O’Clock in their hand.”

Scalera adds, “The Great Coffee Break is a game, not a true reflection of the process at our roasting facility in Landover, MD. We have to keep some secrets, after all.”

The Great Coffee Break promotion runs from June 17, 2018 through August 11, 2018 and was conceived and executed by The S3 Agency in Boonton, NJ. The game is being supported by in-store and digital advertising, social media, and public relations outreach.

To play the Great Coffee Break and for complete rules and details, go to www.GreatCoffeeBreak.com.

*Each Grand Prize of is a year of free groceries, defined as $8,000 awarded in the form of a check. No purchase is necessary to enter. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States or D.C., age 18 or older.

To learn more about Eight O’Clock Coffee, visit www.eightoclock.com. For more information about Escape the Room, visit EscapeTheRoom.com.

About Eight O’Clock Coffee

An American family tradition since 1859, Eight O’Clock Coffee joined the Tata Global Beverages family of brands in 2006. This beloved brand with whole bean coffee heritage has been brewed with passion for over 150 years and remains a top five brand in the U.S. coffee segment today. Eight O’Clock has a full range of varieties, medium to dark roasts, single origin and indulgent flavors, available in whole bean, ground and single-serve forms. Eight O’Clock Coffee’s Center of Excellence sources its high-quality Arabica beans from the world’s best origins; the beans are then expertly blended, roasted and packaged at the brand’s facility in Landover, MD.  Headquartered in Montvale, NJ, Eight O’Clock Coffee extends the reach of Tata Global Beverages with its national distribution at leading U.S. retail customers.  According to Nielsen Homescan, the brand continues to rank highest in consumer loyalty and repeat among packaged coffee buyers, which is further validated with 4+ star product review scores.  A true original, Eight O’Clock has crafted a coffee legacy by delivering consistent quality, great taste and value.  For more information about America’s original gourmet coffee, please visit www.eightoclock.com and follow us at www.facebook.com/eightoclockcoffee.

About Escape the Room

Starting with one game played in New York City in October of 2013, Escape the Room has grown into what is now known as the premiere live game and entertainment company in the United States. Developed by an all-star team of puzzle designers, theme park engineers and set designers, Escape the Room creates interactive, immersive games rooted in hyper-realistic scenarios with state of the art technology that sets the bar for experiential entertainment. With dozens of “rooms” in multiple cities across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scottsdale, St. Louis, and Washington, DC, Escape the Room brings gaming into the real world. For more information, visit www.escapetheroom.com.

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INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival 2018 August 4 & 5 on the Western Queens Waterfront

INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival, named by the New York Times as one of “15 Summer Dance Festivals, Portland to Vail” to see this summer, is a unique event presented in four public parks along the East River waterfront in Queens. For two days in August, neighborhood residents and visitors are invited to discover LIC through cutting edge site-specific contemporary and urban dance.

Now in its second year, INSITU 2018 will transforms the Western Queens waterfront into one giant stage on August 4 & 5 from 1 pm to 8pm daily. Twenty new commissioned works by regional, national and international choreographers selected from over 200 applications will be presented in Hunters Point South Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Queensbridge Park and Socrates Sculpture Park, including new site-specifics works by Douglas Dunn (NYC), Chantal Caron/Fleuve Espace danse (Canada), Sarah Elgart | Arrogant Elbow (Los Angeles) and Alice Gosti (Seattle). 144  performances representing 32 hours of dance will be organized into 4 performance rounds per park per day, each lasting approximately 75 minutes and all starting at the same time in each park at 1 PM3 PM5 PM and 7 PM. Additionally, INSITU 2018 will offer audiences the opportunity to interact directly with several choreographers from last year’s festival in a 20-minute workshop presented after the first three performance rounds. The choreographers are Melissa Riker/Kinesis Project dance theatre, JoAnna Mendl Shaw/The Equus Projects, Christopher Nunez, and Cecelia Fontanesi/Parcon NYC.

Another important element of INSITU 2018 will be the Community Dance Workshop series, July 10, 2018-August 2, 2018 hosted by Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement located at 10-25 41st Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101, and facilitated socially engaged choreographers over four weeks in July. This year, INSITU offers two specific workshops, one for young adults guided by choreographer Quilan “Cue” Arnold, and one for 50+ adults led by choreographer Nubian Nene throughout the month of July. The INSITU Young Adult Dance Workshop, called “onC.U.E.” meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 PM on July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 and August 2. The INSITU 50+ Dance Workshop, called “The Essence Experience” meets on Wednesdays from 10:00-11:30 am on July 11, 18, 25 and August 1. Each workshop will culminate in a short performance at INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival on August 4 + 5 in Queensbridge Park. Workshops are free, no dance experience necessary. For more information, visit insitudancefestival.com/workshops.

INSITU is free and open to the public, offering an exciting way to experience dance in unusual public spaces. Inspired by natural and urban landscapes of the public parks, the diverse line-up of 20 contemporary and urban dance companies will maneuver through playgrounds, partner with benches, appear in hidden corners and dance on piers, staircases and shorelines. Other sites within the parks include a beach, historic railway ties, piers, promenades, lounge chairs, thicket of trees, a stone platform, and more. Audiences will be led through continuous dance performances several times throughout the day, setting up a chain of dynamic and immersive performances throughout the four parks.

A festival map, with performance schedule and locations, will be available at each park as well as available on the INSITU 2018 website, insitudancefestival.com/program.

INSITU’s mission is to activate public spaces through dance, spark dialogue and create community through the arts. It’s an initiative that aims to strengthen, bridge and celebrate the diverse communities living along the Long Island City waterfront by using dance as a tool for deeper community engagement. INSITU aspires to make dance accessible, connect artists with audiences, and raise awareness of the  power of movement by bringing it into public spaces of our community. INSITU is a supportive platform for artists to develop new work and strives to increase the visibility of the arts in Queens.


My Mighty Magnet is the Perfect Dorm Accessory to Keep a Wall of College Memories

With a small closet and half a room, a college kid needs to optimize the use of their dorm room space. My Mighty Magnet provides a smart and creative solution to display those cherished memories from the high school days or showcase their college friends.

The Perfect way to hang and display everything from pictures to Christmas cards, invitations to artwork or anything that matters! Looking for a quick, fun and easy way to display photos or artwork and declutter your room?

Easily hang photos, make collages and say goodbye to those space-hogging picture frames and clutter! Simply hang the cable, display the item and place the decorative, super strong Mighty Magnet in place.

My Mighty Magnet is an incredibly smart, versatile and unique system that is simple for use in dorm rooms, the office and classrooms. My Mighty Magnet ads fun and whimsical style to any home decor. With over 60 unique My Mighty Magnet designs, the strong cable system can be hung literally anywhere! Simply hang the cable, display the item and place the decorative, super strong Mighty Magnet in place.

My Mighty Magnet avoids damaging the dorm room walls. By using a command hook, there are no holes in the walls and you’ll never use tape, nails or staples. This leaves the end of the year dorm room walls just like the student found them in the beginning of the year.

See My Mighty Magnet in action here: https://youtu.be/48r6FDo1xqc

Key Features:

  • Hangs vertically or horizontally and holds up to 8 pieces of paper with one Mighty Magnet
  • Each My Mighty Magnet comes with 9 super strong Mighty Magnets and a 5 foot weighted cable with a loop on top for easy hanging
  • There are more than 60 unique and trendy My Mighty Magnet themes available for every age group, interest and demographic
  • Ideal for dorm rooms, stocking stuffers, graduation and teacher gift

Display what matters to you with the My Mighty Magnet System. www.mymightymagnet.com

About My Mighty Magnet

Each My Mighty Magnet comes with a 57 Inch Cable and 9 super strong mighty magnets. The cable can be hung vertically or horizontally and have a loop on top and a weight on the bottom. My Mighty Magnets are typically hung with a command hook so that they do not damage the walls in any way. We feature and stock over  60 different designs which are age and interest appropriate for everyone from a grandparent to a toddler. We are always adding more designs and exhibiting at retail and wholesale events to see what is trending. My Mighty Magnets can be used virtually anywhere! From hanging up your pictures and holiday cards at home to decluttering your office at work, these photo cables are an essential part of any room!

My Mighty Magnets make ideal gifts for all the people on your list. They work for Christmas and holiday cards, invitations, kids’ artwork, or really anything that matters to you. They are ideal gifts for Graduation, Teachers, Birthdays, Stocking Stuffers, House Warming, Big Sisters, Grand Parents, Nursing Homes and co-workers.  They are typically hung in dorm rooms, over the mantle, classrooms, craftrooms, cubicles, offices and anyplace with wall space. The more you put together, the more of a collage you create and the more of your world is cascading around you.


The Hip-Hugging Friend for Your Back End – Booty Shawl

Do you ever have the awkward feeling after your workout with the gym pants on? Especially you have a date after gym and no time to go back to change! What should you do? You should know about this – Booty Shawl! It’s a versatile and trendy layering accessory your female audience will adore!

In 4 different styles and an array of fabrics, colors and sizes (XS- 2X), these hip wraps can easily be worn with any outfit you can imagine! Dress them up over skinny jeans, keep it casual over yoga pants, rock them at the gym over leggings, or wear it as a swimsuit coverup. And that’s just for starters.

Ways to rock your Booty Shawl:

Amp Up Your Workout

  • Throw on a tee and  Isabella Wrapalini over leggings for a polished athleisure look.
  • Crossover construction on both side legs for enhanced mobility in yoga, pilates, barre class.
  • Feel confident and comfortable even when there’s not enough down there.
  • Go-to getup before, during and after workouts.
  • Convenient pocket in tummy-holding waistband for essentials while working out or running errands.

Easy Breezy Day Looks

  • Dress up your favorite pair of skinny jeans for a confident and sexy look with the Stella Draper style.
  • Smooth your silhouette over leggings. No more wardrobe malfunctions, even with the sheerest tights.
  • Perfect layering piece paired with short tops.
  • Slight cross-over construction highlights your assets.
  • Ideal for travel, wrinkle-resistant and easy care.

Dress It Up

  • Infuse your wardrobe with fresh new flair with Lauren Bashawl
  • Pair it with boots and a jacket for business edgy.
  • Take it up a notch for a night out with heels and a blouse.
  • Pull on ease with 4” wide tummy-taming waistband.
  • Go from 9-5 to after-5. Office casual to festival fabulous.
  • Integrated waistband pocket keeps essentials close.

Sophisticated SwimSuit Coverup

  • Create poolside panache with Audrey Hipburn
  • Polish your profile at the pool or beach. Pull on ease, dries fast for a sexy, understated look.
  • Wrinkle-resistant fabrics: new luscious laces, silhouette-slimming spandex, breezy burnouts, gauzy knit blends.
  • Fold over waistband and ingenious pocket options for phone, ID and essentials.
  • Booty Shawl is made in the USA. Female owned and operated.

Every woman loves the feeling of looking her best. No matter what shape or size or age, you look your best when you feel strong, confident and at ease. So in today’s world of skinny jeans, tights, leggings and yoga pants, there should be an accessory that’s fashionable as well as flattering. Something simple to pull on, tie on and go. Booty Shawl was born.

Booty Shawl is dedicated to bringing out the creative, self-assured, playful side of every woman.