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Sex and the City 2 Week – A Conversation with Stanford, the Broom

The Sex and the City 2 Opening Week Celebration was in full force. Starting with the Premiere at Radio City on Monday evening, continuing with a private party for SATC stylist extraordinaire Patricia Field at her swimwear disco soiree and fashion show, and ending with a 9-hour Sex and the City Hotspots Tour on the film’s opening night from On Location Tours. The evening ended with an exclusive interview with Willie Garson, best known for his role as Stanford Blatch, ?Carrie’s best male friend in the films and television series.

Patricia Field

Julie Spira and Patricia Field

Since I was in New York, where Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha frolicked in style, it seemed fitting to spend the evening on the Sex and the City Hotspots Midnight Madness Tour before going to the midnight show.After all, New York is the city that doesn?t sleep.?I already knew my favorite scene was the wedding scene with Liza Minnelli singing Beyonce’s All the Ladies.

Our tour guide was as knowledgeable as a Sex and the City encyclopedia, if one did exist. She started by asking how many Samantha?s were on the bus. Only one person raised their hand. It appeared most women thought they were Carrie or Charlotte, or a combination of the two.

The Plaza Hotel

We started in front of the Plaza Hotel, where Carrie had said goodbye to Mr. Big in a scene based on the film The Way We Were. We drove past several locations that one could not forget, including Trey and Charlotte?s visit to Tiffany to pick out her diamond engagement ring.

We had the opportunity to jump off the bus and stop at the Pleasure Chest, where Charlotte bought her first ?rabbit? and the trendy Buddakan, the location for Carrie and Big?s rehearsal dinner for the wedding that wasn?t.

It was a hot and humid New York evening, so I was thrilled to stop for a signature Cosmopolitan at O?Neals Grand Street Bar in Little Italy, along with Betty Confidential and New York Post writer, ?Carrie Seim as well as??Single Gal in the City blogger, Melissa Braverman. The bar was known as “Scout” in the television series.

On the tour, we learned the following:

* SATC 2 had 114 costume changes
* Carrie Bradshaw spent $40,000 on shoes in one year.
* Carrie’s annual salary was estimated at $54,000
* Charlotte York was 32 when she asked a man out for the first time

When Aidan was going to be written out of the series, fans and loyalists around the world sent furniture made out of toothpicks and popsicle sticks to HBO and said, ?Please don?t let Aidan go out of business?

Willie Garson (Stanford in SATC)

After dinner, I met up with Willie Garson, ?who had just gotten off the phone with Sarah Jessica Parker in London. Before introducing the film to the crowd, Willie shared with us his thoughts about Sex and the City 2.

I asked the Sex and the City star who came up with the term ?broom,? a combination of bride and groom, during the gay marriage wedding scene. Willie replied with, ?Michael. We have the best writer in the business. If you asked him right now he?d write ten more movies, he?s so smart.? I have a feeling there will be many more brooms in days to come.

Willie added, ?There?s a funnier line in this movie, but we can?t say it on television.? It?s Kim?s line about the guy in the desert. My God is that a funny line.?

Of the two weddings, one in the first film and one in the second, I asked him which was his favorite. He replied with, ?Oh, wow. That?s hard to say. We don?t have favorites in Sex and the City. It?s all one story about these ten people.?

And finally, I asked, ?Should one kiss and tell?? His reply was, ?Always. You should kiss and tell someone, you shouldn?t kiss and tell everyone.? I have to agree with Stanford Blatch on this one.

In real life, Willie has been a friend of Sarah Jessica?s for 25 years. They talk almost daily.

If you missed the Midnight Madness tour and are a SATC fan, no need to fret. You can book your Sex and the City Hotspots Tour at your convenience.

Julie Spira is known worldwide as the Cyber-Dating Expert. She is the author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online. Visit her at CyberDatingExpert.com

Love Potions – Sex and the City Inspired Cocktails

As part of our Sex and the City 2 Celebration Week, we’re featuring SKYY??Vodka’s SATC-inspired cocktails.

SKYY created recipes in honor of the film’s release which included: ?Glamour Gal,? ?Red Over Heels,? ?Park Avenue Princess,? ?Blonde Ambition? and the ?Mr. Manhattan.?

Local restaurants and bars nationwide were serving these signature cocktails along with Patricia Field-designed giveaway items.

Rather stay inside and sip? SKYY has shared their specialty drink recipes with us.

GLAMOUR GIRL

2 oz. SKYY? Vodka
.5oz. fresh lemon juice
.5 oz simple Syrup or 1 tsp. sugar
Drop of Cr?me de Cassis

Rim a martini glass with Cr?me de Cassis and sugar.
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Strain into the martini glass.
Finish the cocktail with a drop of Cr?me de Cassis.

PARK AVENUE PRINCESS

1.5 oz. SKYY Infusions? Grape Vodka
3 oz. 7 UP?
.25 oz. fresh lemon juice
.25 oz red wine

Squeeze and drop half a lemon into a cocktail shaker.
Add SKYY Infusions Grape Vodka and 7Up with ice and stir.
Strain into a tall Collins glass with fresh ice.
Float red wine over top of drink.

RED OVER HEELS

2 oz. SKYY Infusions? Ginger Vodka
1 oz. honey syrup*
.75oz. fresh lemon juice

Shake ingredients with ice.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with an orange peel.
*Combine .5oz. water with .5oz. honey to make honey syrup.

BLONDE AMBITION

2 oz. SKYY Infusions? Pineapple Vodka
1 oz. fresh lime juice
.75 oz. triple sec
.75 oz. Clear Cr?me de Cacao

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with a lemon peel.

MR. MANHATTAN

2 oz. SKYY Infusions? Cherry Vodka
.5 oz. Wild Turkey?101
.5 oz. cola

Combine ingredients with ice into a cocktail shaker and stir.
Pour into a double rocks glass.
Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

To download a printable version of the recipes, click here>>>

Win 2 Tickets to Opening Night of Sex and the City 2

New York is filled with excitement for Sex and the City 2 week. On Wednesday night at midnight, you can be one of the first to see the film in New York at the Premiere Experience at the Ziegfeld Theatre.

I’m thrilled to be offering this special to those who stop by the book signing for The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online at Book Expo America. I will be signing free copies of my book from 9:30am – 10:30am at BEA in the Authors Autographing Area at table 21.

The winner will receive:

  • Two reserved seating tickets to the midnight show
  • Walk the Red Carpet at the Ziegfeld
  • Have popcorn and soda delivered to your seat
  • Complimentary “cosmopolitan” non-alcoholic drink.

No purchase is necessary. You must register at Book Expo America (BEA) on May 26, 2010 at table 21 from 9:30am-10:30am. Registration to Book Expo America is a separate entry. Winners will be announced by 2:00pm on the day of the show.

Live from New York – Sex and the City 2 World Premiere, BookExpo and more

I’m quite excited to be back in New York. This week, the excitement can’t be missed with tonight’s World Premiere of Sex and the City 2.

I’m on my way to Radio City Music Hall to attend the premiere, happily dressed in a Herve Leger dress worn by Kim Cattral in the first film to get in the mood. If you can’t make it to Radio City, make sure you check out the live stream of tonight’s Red Carpet event starting at 6:00pm, ET.

On Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 1:00pm, I hope you can join me at the Meet the Author Series at the New York Public Library during New York Book Week. You’ll hear some of my personal stories from ?my book, The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online. I’ll be discussing some of the similarities of Sex and the City and my memoir. A book signing will follow.

Book enthusiasts, publishers, and agents will all be at Book Expo America on May 26-28th. Join me at 9:30am on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 in the Authors Autographing Area where you will receive a complimentary signed copy of The Perils of Cyber-Dating. I’ll be at Table 21 from 9:30am – 10:30am. The lines start early, so put it on your calendar now.

On Wednesday evening, join me at the Opening Night for Sex and the City with the Midnight Madness Tour from On Location Tours. Get your tickets before it sells out. You’ll see real sights from the film and tv show, have dinner, and meet Willie Garson, best known as Carrie Bradshaw’s?pal, Stanford Blatch from Sex and the City before our midnight screening of the film. Click here for tickets>>>

The excitement will continue all week long, so grab your Skyy Vodka Cosmos and Moet Chandon Champagne and enjoy the week.