National Tequila Day Is July 24: Seize The Day With Avión, Recipes


Tequila Avión Silver stands out for National Tequila Day, this July 24th!National Tequila Day is Thursday, July 24 and it is NOT to be confused with National Margarita Day which falls on dreary cold February 22.An exceptional pour, this tequila hails from Jalisco, Mexico, and is an affordable gift for any party host or tequila […]

Wine of the Month: Franciacorta ’61 Brut, ’61 Rosé Plus Recipe


July 2014: This month’s wine pick is Franciacorta ’61 Brut and Franciacorta ’61 Rosé, both an under $30 bottle of sparkling wine and a stellar deal.We are heading to Italy this month for a well-priced fantastic alternative to champagne and pedestrian Prosecco. First, understand the differences between the two.Champagne and Prosecco are sparkling wines that […]

EAT! “MasterChef” Fourth of July Recipes With Photos

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It’s here: July 4th! Time to market and prepare the spread for the family.“MasterChef” Fourth of July Recipes below feature great, healthy ideas and combinations from their celebrity chefs. As summer is now upon us, it’s time to elevate the grillin’ routine to new levels. Don’t roll me no Hot Dog!  Grilling a few, well […]

July 4th Cocktails and Dessert Drink Recipes That Set Off Fireworks

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July 4th is in two days, and along with the veggie, appetizers, seafood trays, cheese spreads and barbecue plans, make sure you have the perfect drinks to serve that can combine dessert and after-dinner drinks so people don’t feel like they overdid it.The weather demands a lighter and more festive cocktail, and Tequila is perfect […]

Wine of the Month: Skinnygirl 2012 Chardonnay Plus Recipe


June 2014: This month’s wine pick is a California white, Skinnygirl 2012 Chardonnay, an under $12 bottle of white (you can find this on sale at Total Wine and BevMo often times for less than $10) that is layered with notes of citrus fruit, vanilla and toasty oak making it refreshing, light and perfect wine […]

Drink This Not That: July 4th Deserves The Piper-Heidsieck Lightbox Treatment

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Did you know New York City has the biggest fireworks display in the United States and that three U.S. presidents died on July 4? John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on July 4th.Our wonderful summer federal holiday has a storied past and is a fantastic time to celebrate with family and friends.Independence […]

The Rare Honey Moon: Friday the 13th Cocktails

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This Friday sees the rare Honey Moon – we have Friday the 13th Cocktails for this auspicious occasion!For the first time since 2000, Friday the 13th and a full moon will align this Friday, June 13, 2014, so you might be thinking that it’s a good night to stay in.The June Full Moon falls closest […]

Drink This Not That: Purefizz Soda Maker by Mastrad, Save Money And Calories


We love recommending the Purefizz Soda Maker by Mastrad after using it all weekend and making all sorts of concoctions with homemade lemonade and other beverages (even coffee and wine) that worked beautifully, including plain old carbonated water.The new Purefizz Soda Maker by Mastrad is an easy and very green way to make carbonated beverages at […]

Eat This Not That: Summer Peeps Make S’Mores More Fun

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New Peeps have arrived just in time for summer!I bet you didn’t know that Peeps aren’t just a fun and tasty Easter snack. Peeps are a year round treat. As worldly and in the know as I claim to be and I just found that bit of information out myself! I was recently introduced to […]

Grill Right With Food Network Star Robert Irvine’s ‘Healthy BBQ Recipes’


Food Network Star Robert Irvine not only rehabs poorly run restaurants, he advises the top gym in America on how fitness minded people should be eating and preparing meals.Gold’s Gym, the leading authority on health and fitness, and Celebrity Chef (and Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute Member) Robert Irvine have teamed up to help consumers trim […]

OneRepublic Has Rockin’ Malibu Rum Recipes For Your Weekend

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Event recap: Malibu Rum hosted OneRepublic at the Hollywood Bowl!Last night, consumers experienced the second stop on the OneRepublic Native Summer tour at the Hollywood Bowl as part of Malibu’s Best Summer Ever.The band in partnership with Malibu is helping to kick-off one of the most unforgettable summers complete with high-energy experiences to continue the […]

Drink This Not That: Summer Cocktails 2014 Spotlight On Brugal Rums

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Drink this not that: Dominican Republic’s Brugal was a brand I was completely unfamiliar with up until a month ago. We tested and tried the Brugal Especial Extra Dry, a cask-aged white rum that is made in their dry Brugal house style, completely opposite of what you imagine white rum and most rum to taste […]

Eat This Not That: Summer 2014 Best Newcomers In Chip And Dip Category


Eat This Not That: Summer 2014 Best Newcomers In Chip And Dip Category:Heluva Good! Roasted Garlic & Caramelized Onion DipRW Garcia TortatosWhy we liked it:  This is chip and dip season, parties by the pool, graduation, Fourth of July, and tons of summer soirees and camping outings in general. The criteria for us are that the […]

Drink This Not That: Memorial Day Weekend Best Bets, Recipes

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Memorial Day Weekend. This opens the season of summer as we reflect on the sacrifice of the living and the dead servicemen and women to our country. They served so we can live free and celebrate, and for this the remaining living veterans and their families deserve our support for their benefits and care here […]

Wine of the Month: Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir 2011 Plus Recipe


May 2014: This month’s wine pick is a California red, Gloria Ferrer, 2011 Carneros Pinot Noir, a 13.5 percent, under $30 bottle of red that is a complex and layered, high-toned fruit finish. The wine has a berry aroma with lingering black cherry, plum flavors that makes it a balanced palatable wine you can be […]

MasterChef’s Christine Ha Interview, Bonus Mother’s Day Recipes!


A special Mother’s Day Bonus for fans of “MasterChef”!!“MasterChef” season three winner Christine Ha was inspired by her own mother’s ability to cook and is still incorporating her mother’s recipes to this day. Sadly, Christine’s mother is no longer with us, which is why it’s so special to her that she continue cooking with her […]

Drink This Not That: Cinco De Mayo Cocktails from Milagro


We have your Cinco De Mayo covered!The Mexican holiday is nearly upon us and everyone has the same cocktail in mind, The Margarita.Limes are at an all-time high, so we were tasked with some creative ways to serve tequila other than the traditional lime based margie.  Tequila lovers need to acquaint themselves with Milagro Silver […]

Cinco de Mayo No Lime Margaritas, Plus Original Salsa Recipe

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The Mexican  St. Patrick’s day is nearly here, yes… Cinco de Mayo, which non Mexicans and Mexicans alike set aside a day devoted to drinking tequila-laced drinks and eating delicious foods that were made to accompany the agave based liquor that traditionally comes in different aged varietals.There’s a fly in the ointment this year.  Lime […]

‘Mad Men’ Inspired Classic Cocktails From Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin

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Have you upped your fashion game since Mad Men is back on the air?This is the last season of the period TV drama on AMC that has made everyone acutely aware of foundational garments, perfectly arched eyebrows, men’s accessories, suits and the little touches that made everyone so much more “put together” back in the […]

Eat This Not That: Best in the Best of Sports Venue Eats


There is nothing so wholesome, so typically Americana as a family spending the day together at one of the many beautiful stadiums, arenas, fields or sports venues across this great land of ours watching young men and women barely out of high school, many of whom can barely speak English play in some of our […]

Drink This Not That: Decottopia Tonics Make Cocktail Hour Slimming


The hot Italian Comfort food Diet that whittled 30 pounds of “So Y0u Think You Can Dance” star Mary Murphy and KFI-AM radio personality and comedian Monique Marvez is growing by leaps and bounds in the USA.Already a household name throughout Europe and a staple at five star hotels and restaurants on the Island of […]