Happy almost holidays! Here are a few more Holiday Drink ideas using Steven Soderbergh’s Singani 63 for your holiday indulgences with friends and family at home or wherever you choose to celebrate the season. Cheers to a better 2021!
The new year is right around the corner, and it looks as if we’ll still be spending most of our time at home, so now is the perfect time to stock the perfect bar cart. From unusual ciders to mixers, there are a variety of ideas that will most definitely impress.
Owners and husband/wife duo, Gina & Jake of Sans Wine Co., the organic canned wine company based in Napa Valley, have paired a very special family recipe with their first ever bottled wine - Carignan.
This recipe is for Grandma Marlene’s Christmas Eve Pasta Casserole. Marlene (Spadafore) Schober was Gina’s Grandma and Christmas Eve was HER holiday - she looked forward all year long to Christmas Eve.
Her ancestry is Southern Italian and this is a great family recipe to prepare for the holidays. Enjoy!
With the holidays around the corner, Q Mixers, a line of premium carbonated mixers asked consumers about their holiday cocktail consumption and found that 95% of consumers feel that they deserve a great cocktail this holiday season and 91% of consumers are excited to create cocktails at home this holiday season. And making cocktails at home should not only be delish, but easy – and these cocktails prepared with Q Mixers require just a few ingredients, many of which you probably have on hand. Enjoy being your own mixologist!
As part of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s World Food Day celebrations taking place online, the documentary In Good Taste had its World Premiere at United Nations World Food Day. The film brings together the insights of recognized physicians, foragers, ocean and regenerative farmers, designers, educators, and journalists to explore what it means to have ‘good taste’. It delves into our current food system by focusing on unsustainable demand perpetuated by our singular concepts of quality, rarity, and deliciousness: our tastes. The film invites the viewer to evaluate and adapt the decisions they make daily, through introducing concepts like mouthfeel, context, and monoculture.
Are you a ramen lover? Then this National Noodle Day, you are in for a treat! Nissin Foods Top Ramen, the inventor of instant ramen, has announced the ultimate dream job of Chief Noodle Officer (CNO). Whether you are a noodle connoisseur or self-proclaimed chef, Nissin knows that Top Ramen wouldn’t be what it is today without the tasty creations born in kitchens coast-to-coast in the United States, so in honor of the brand’s 50 year anniversary (and, of course, National Noodle Day), they’re turning one talented fan into an honorary member of the Top Ramen team. Read on to learn how...
What better way to bring in fall than with some festive seasonal recipes. To help celebrate, CBDistillery, the leaders behind the #CBDMOVEMENT – have created some fun seasonal recipes that are infused with CBD and easy-to-follow no matter your baking skill level. See here for complete directions and all of CBDistillery’s CBD infused recipes and products. Meanwhile, here are a few simple recipes to entice.
A sweet tea Margarita recipe to enjoy the summer season sounds like a great way to celebrate National Relaxation Day. Sip on this libation to get the weekend started.
Seafood lovers rejoice as it is National Oyster Day! If you prefer not to takeout from your favorite local seafood restaurant to indulge in either raw or cooked oysters, celebrate indoors with chef Erica Barrett from SOCU Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar teaching you to make the perfect charbroiled oysters. The restaurant, which opened last year, was created by Barrett, a Mobile, Alabama native and chef, who started her lifestyle and food brand in 2012 - and has gained national buzz from being featured in Shark Tank and CNBC’s The Profit. From Fried Lobster Deviled Eggs to Oprah’s Favorite Shrimp & Grits, the focus of restaurant is seafood and elevated southern food with a reinvention of classic southern traditions.
Not that we need a reason, but it is World Cocktail Day (5/13) so while we won’t be rubbing elbows with our closest friends, or staying out late at our favorite bar, we can enjoy a tasty cocktail from the comfort of our homes. Here are some Summers Go-To Classics and Staycation Cocktail Ideas to help celebrate!
As happy hour has been moved from your favorite bar to your favorite couch, Saline Restaurant at Hotel Joaquin is giving you the recipes (and images provided) to three of their favorite spritz preparations that will take your taste buds on a mini vacation from the comfort of your home to the coast of Laguna Beach. Mix things up with the 985, The Master or their signature welcome cocktail, the Auric Spritz - all three will impress your virtual happy hour friends. The light and fresh fruit flavors of these summer inspired drinks are perfect to enjoy with lunch or dinner, from Magdalena Rum to Nardini Mandorola Grappa and of course a lot of Prosecco, take your pick and have fun!
Given our current non-travel situation almost anywhere in the world, here’s a recipe to get your home-cooking skills put to the challenge! One of Napa Valley’s first and most renowned wineries, Inglenook was established in 1879. Inglenook’s Estate Chef Alex Lovick crafts memorable dishes from the organically-farmed estate and culinary garden. As he’s spending time at home right now, he’s pleased to share his recipe for Scalloped Potatoes – a dish his dad used to make, and we could all use a little comfort food right now.
Hope you are healthy and staying safe during this time. Many of us are pretty much at home full-time at this point and truly making the most of the pantry staples lying around. I’ve been a fan of Starkist tuna since forever now. My go-to recipe is to make a tuna sandwich for a quick weekday lunch between work calls and when I have the time I like to indulge with tuna and potato fishcakes, or even a quick tuna onion stir fry with seasoning to savor over a bed of rice and lentils. Will share recipes for those later but if you have some StarKist tuna as a pantry staple then these quick and easy healthy recipes are great to try.
Planning to throw things on the grill for the Fourth of July? BBQ Hall of Famer Melissa Cookston’s star-spangled spread of recipes will make you the grill champion for America’s 243rd birthday this year! I usually head to a party at a friend's place, to the beach, enjoy an outdoor concert or picnic with friends or check out some of the amazing events in and around my city. But here are a few ideas for you from chef herself to consider should you slant more toward firing up that grill to host family and friends for the long summer weekend.
When thinking about new ways to freshen up your diet with plant protein, summer is the season to see soyfoods in a whole new light. Soyfoods such as edamame make it easier to create complete meals that fit in with busy lifestyles. For picnics and casual entertaining, simply add edamame (fresh green soybeans) to classic summer dishes like three bean salad and chilled pasta salads.
It might not feel like it, but grilling season is just around the corner. And for you to be suitably prepared, this new book from CharBroil called Char-Broil Grilling for the Family: 300 Delicious Recipes to Satisfy Every Member of the Family, which launches April 2019 from Creative Homeowner, is just the perfect resource. Here you'll find 300 mouth-watering recipes for everything from hamburgers, drumsticks, kebabs, and chops, to fajitas, wings, deep-fried turkey and more. What makes this book unique is the fact that it's intended for family grilling - there's something in here that everyone will love. Make sure your next grilling day will be one that the whole tribe will enjoy. And you could win a free copy so read on!
Easter is a time for creative cooks to show off their most impressive mini egg-hatching cakes and decadent chocolate desserts. I can usually see my feed on social filled with ideas of hosting brunches and dinners. But why not spend the weekend cooking up an Easter feast for your friends and family? While the famous Lindt chocolate bunny rules the holiday season, savory Easter dishes often get sidelined. I agree!
National Pancake Day was yesterday but don't worry - if you are celebrating belatedly, you now have a legit reason to indulge in tempting batter creations no matter the style or choice of toppings! You probably have a fave near you but here are a few options worldwide to get your pancake fix at whenever you travel next. Additionally all of these hotels mentioned here are members of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World so you know you are in for a one-of-a-kind experience. You are welcome.
Valentine's is just about a month away – are you the type that cares to plan way ahead, just the day before or don’t bother at all? Either ways, I had the opportunity to review some lovely Lucy Meifield Chocolate over the holidays and wanted to put it on your radar should you have chocolate on your shopping list for the occasion. The three-pack taster sampler I received from LMC included Milk, Dark and Guatemala bars.
It is officially International Chocolate Day today so here are a few tasty cacao confections to treat yourself with and honor the day. I think I will head out for a hot chocolate and a chocolate pancake and maybe some chocolate dessert too! You can meanwhile check out this great list of chocolate picks I’ve got together for you. All products are linked so you can directly go shop if any of these choco suggestions here strike your fancy (and no, I don’t get compensated in any way and these are not affiliate links)!
Dirty Vegan is the all-in-one vegan-style cookbook that makes eating vegan fun by letting you prepare delicious vegan cuisine that anyone and everyone can enjoy. Showcasing the sheer variety of amazing recipes you can create, all while remaining vegan, the book provides healthy, vegan alternatives to the sorts of delicious comfort foods that everyone craves.
For too long, the vegan lifestyle has been seen as limiting--a laundry list of all the things vegans can't or shouldn't have so Dirty Vegan makes it easier than ever to live the vegan lifestyle, featuring delicious recipes that use common ingredients available in any grocery store.
We’re talkingover 100 rich, indulgent recipes including Vegan Ravioli Dippers, Cheddar Bread Ring, S’mores Pancake, “Steak” Tips and Sweet Potatoes, Italian Wedding Soup, Vegan Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossoms and many more!
If you love tacos, then these two recipes shared from the new book Taco! Taco! Taco! by Sara Haas will be a treat. Tacos are perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, even dessert and versatile when it comes to ingredients you can work with. The book features 100 savory and sweet taco recipes that are as easy to prepare as they are to love, with options for omnivores as well as vegetarians and vegans alike. Enjoy these two delicious recipes from the book!
Island Grille Shakes Things Up With Margarita-Inspired Nail Polish Collection and $2.22 Margaritas
Bahama Breeze Island Grille is celebrating National Margarita Day on Feb. 22 with the return of $2.22 Classic Margaritas and the release of an exclusive nail polish collection. Get those drinks in your hands and the vibrant colors on your fingertips matching the Caribbean-inspired restaurant’s margarita offerings!
Nail polish supplies are limited, but the good news is you can get your margarita fix online and in-restaurant. A limited quantity of 500 nail polishes is available for just $5 each with www.sophinailpolish.com/margaritasfree shipping online starting February 22 at 10 a.m. EST. Each of Bahama Breeze’s 39 restaurants in 15 states will give away 100 bottles of nail polish for free, with purchase of food or drink, on February 22.
The nail polish collection is inspired by three margaritas from the Bahama Breeze menu - On the Rocks: a lime color inspired by Bahama Breeze’s Classic Margarita, Hot for Hibiscus: – a fuchsia hue inspired by Bahama Breeze’s drink of the same name and (Blood) Orange Ya Thirsty?!: a vibrant blood orange shade inspired by Bahama Breeze’s brand-new shareable Mighty Blood Orange Margarita. The collection is created in partnership with SOPHi, a natural nail polish brand, which is non-toxic, odorless and hypoallergenic.
But what’s a margarita-inspired manicure without a frosty, salt-rimmed glass to wrap it around? This National Margarita Day, breeze up to the bar for $2.22 Classic Margaritas, offered all day in-restaurant on February 22.*
And the party is just getting started—National Margarita Day is the kickoff to Viva la ‘Rita, a seven-week celebration that puts margaritas front and center. This year Bahama Breeze is introducing two new drinks—Piña Paradise: a frozen mash-up of a Prickly Pear Margarita and a classic Piña Colada, along with the shareable Mighty Blood Orange Margarita. New island-inspired fare is also joining the menu, including a new spin on sliders with Buttermilk Fried Chicken Jibaritos and a sweet ending in the Coconut Grande dessert.
After National Margarita Day, keep an eye on Bahama Breeze’s Instagram for opportunities to complete their margarita-inspired nail polish collection each week during Viva la ‘Rita. Meanwhile, want to keep the party going anyways? Here’s the Hibiscus Margarita recipe inspired by the Bahama Breeze menu:
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The story begins on October 16th, 1817 with a single line in a brewer’s log. The handwritten note reveals the first eight barrels of Guinness beer – a porter to be exact – meant for America would make their arrival in South Carolina. Ever since then, the bond between America and Ireland has continued to grow, from Irish immigrants searching for a better life to community leaders to, of course, Guinness and the countless pints – shared responsibly – with the people of the United States. The anniversary is a celebration of a 200-year love affair between a brewery and a people: Guinness and America. The Guinness brand says thank you to America by introducing the limited-edition Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout; bringing back a few favorite stout releases for a festive variety pack; and hosting a pair of public events in New York City and Los Angeles.
What site do tourists and locals use when seeking the best steakhouses in the U.S.? BestSteakRestaurant.com
The website is the brainchild of award-winning culinary journalist David Lissner, also known as “The Food Dude©. He wanted to compile an aggregate list of the best steakhouse restaurants in large American cities. Beginning this journey in 2001, he curated a list of the best steakhouses in Chicago. The qualifications were specific: the steakhouse must feature USDA Prime Steak. If the steakhouse met the qualifications, David went into more depth about the steakhouse including its accompanying menus, details about their wine list, what the space was like and local and national press that the restaurant acquired. Due to his unwavering devotion to finding the best steaks in Chicago, he founded ChicagoBestSteak.com, which rapidly expanded its cachet and reach by activating in 16 states and 20 metropolitan cities, including New York (NYBestSteak.com), Miami (MiamiBestSteak.com), Las Vegas (LasVegasBestSteak.com) and under the umbrella site www.beststeakrestaurant.com, are the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles among many others.
So if you are planning on checking out some of the best steakhouses in the country, especially in the top cities, then you now have a go-to resource as a handy cheatsheet!
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