Holiday Gift Guide

Hip, Fresh, and Happening – Downtown Napa Valley’s Andaz Hotel

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Ever since Chateau Montelena put Napa Valley on the map with their award winning 1973 Chardonnay, people have been flocking to the region. Touted as the ultimate destination for its hotels, spas, and of course, wines, Napa has long been the place to be for anyone seeking a luxury travel experience. While that is certainly […]

Salt Licks or Sweet Stakes? What Flavor Is Your Kentucky Derby Sorbet?

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You can bake up your best Derby Pie and muddle up a round of Mint Juleps, but there’s just very little “wow” factor in that.  Don’t get me wrong, everyone loves a great Kentucky Derby favorite, but if you really want to impress your guests, serving up a unique custom ice cream flavor to honor […]

Sustainable Living Snacks: Test and Review of Sedona SD-9000 Digitally Controlled Food Dehydrator

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Sometimes, “old-school” drying methods for produce are still the best school of thought.  For example, air drying herbs is quick, easy and cost effective. Unless you live in an ideal climate, though, with relatively low humidity and long high-temp sunny days, efforts to dry fruits, vegetables and meats is not nearly as simple or ultimately, […]

Get Cheesy with ‘Wiki-cheese-ia’ During National Grilled Cheese Month

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The combination of cheese and bread is the staple when it comes to grilled cheese, but in honor of National Grilled Cheese Month, Sedgwick’s Bar and Grill has taken the American favorite to the next level! With three times the amount of cheese and an added mound of smoked meat in between a pretzel bun, […]

Chinese Almond Cookie Day Brings a Sweet Treat for Everyone at TL’s

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Since 1986, Chiu Quon Bakery, in Chicago’s Chinatown, has been serving up their classic recipe of the traditional Chinese Almond Cookie and on April 9, TL’s Four Seasons guests can get a complimentary taste of the sweet treat. TL’s Chef/Owner Shawn Li will be offering the golden, crunchy desserts to each and every cookie lover on […]

Kentucky Derby-Worthy Tableware Handcrafted from Beatriz Ball

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Billy Turner, a famous American Thoroughbred trainer, is noted as saying: “This is the day for anyone involved with horse. The dream is to win the Kentucky Derby, because there’s nothing like it.” Deep down in the hearts of the artists at Beatriz Ball, these words must resonate as they echo in each masterful detail […]

Now That’s a Sexy Kitchen Mat! Fabio Viviani Comfort Mats

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In our quest for the perfect Italian meatball to serve with our homemade sauce, my husband and I stumbled upon Fabio Viviani’s Chow Ciao on Yahoo and, in a moment of profound kismet, we found “The Perfect Italian Meatball.” Around three hours later, after soaking in every episode and polishing off a bottle (or two) […]

Untitled Celebrates International Whisk(e)y Day with a Tasting Affair

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International Whisk(e)y Day is upon us. Not only does this give us reason to drink more whisky than usual, but also gives us reason to celebrate the greatest spirit in the world. On Thursday, March 27, Untitled will open each of its five uniquely decorated rooms to set up a global whisky tasting affair arranged by geographical […]

Spice It Up: The Orange Jalapeno Margarita

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Orange Jalapeno Margarita Makes 2 3 oz Silver tequila Juice of one tangerine 1.5 oz Lime Juice 1 oz Agave Nectar Splash of Cointreau 2-4 Jalapeno Slices 1 pinch fresh Cilantro Garnish Smoked Paprika Cayenne Pepper Sea Salt Pinch of sugar Lime slice for rim Rim directions: Mix all garnish ingredients in a shallow bowl […]

Collard Green Dip with Bacon

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COLLARD GREENS DIP WITH BACON  2 tablespoon olive oil 2 bunches fresh collard greens, rinsed and chopped 4 bacon slices, chopped 1/2 yellow onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, chopped 1/4 cup dry white wine 12 ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces 1 (8-oz.) container plain yogurt 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes Kosher salt and freshly […]