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This tea from Organic India is made with tulsi (also known as Holy Basil) which is used in ayurvedic medicine in order to support the body's natural immune system

by: Sylvie Greil

In an effort to reduce caffeine consumption, we have been relying increasingly on holistic herbal teas to make it through that afternoon slump. Our favorite new panacea is Tulsi Ginger Tea. Tulsi, or holy basil, is one of the most revered herbs in India. It is used in ayurvedic medicine and said to function as an adaptogen. This means if you are stressed out, it will calm you. If you are feeling sluggish, it will give you a boost. Tulsi in combination with uplifting ginger is amazing and delicious. This tea by Organic India delivers the spicy lift of ginger without too strong of a kick. With a bit of honey, it’s a smooth and soothing brew that literally tickles the taste buds. In addition, ginger is also a great digestive, so after a too- heavy lunch or stomach upset over looming deadlines, it offers tummy-settling relief.


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It Happened in Saint-Tropez movie poster

It Happened in Saint-Tropez movie poster

Three and a half stars


Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed by: Danièle Thompson
Starring: Eric Elmosnino, Kad Merad, Monica Bellucci, Lou de Laâge, Valérie Bonneton
Released by: Pathé Distribution
Year: 2012

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by Alain Gayot

The 17th annual COL•COA French Film Festival debuted at The Director’s Guild Theater Complex in Los Angeles, where director Danièle Thompson’s “It Happened in Saint-Tropez” was presented by Axel Cruau, French Consul General in Los Angeles. Once the Champagne de L’Argentaine and food from some of LA’s popular restaurants like Church & State, K-ZO and Estérel at the Sofitel Los Angeles was enjoyed, a throng of VIPs, actors (including Robert Forster and Shannon Wilcox), directors and other moviegoers proceeded into the theater. The screening of the short “Clean” was followed by the feature presentation of “Des Gens qui s’embrassent” AKA stateside “It Happened in Saint-Tropez.” The title was inspired by the Frank Sinatra song “It Happened in Monterey” which is featured in the movie along with the crooner’s hit “My Way.” Coincidentally, the music for that song was co-written by Claude Francois, whose movie biography “My Way” was the opener at the 2012 COL•COA! After the credits rolled, writer/producer/director Edward Zwick (Defiance, The Last Samurai, The Siege) moderated a bilingual Q&A session.

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by Sophie Gayot


If chef Joël Robuchon’s restaurant at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is the best restaurant in the world, there are thirty nine others that made the GAYOT 2013 Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. in the Annual Restaurant Issue.


Discover the restaurant with the exclusive video above with executive chef Claude Le Tohic; and finish the culinary tour de force with pastry chef Kamel Guechida.

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Domaine Chandon 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir

Domaine Chandon 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir

Price: $35

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Carneros, California

Varietal: 100 percent Pinot Noir

Alcohol: 14.5 percent

Tasting Notes: An elegant, medium-bodied wine, the Domaine Chandon 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir features aromas and flavors of damson plum, dark cherry and bright boysenberry. Silky tannins in the mouth are complemented by hints of tobacco and smoke.

Food Pairings: Grilled trout, smoked salmon, poultry

Other Pinot Noirs we have tasted

Check out our Napa/Sonoma Travel Guide

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Tea cappuccino

Tea cappuccino (photo credit : CBTL)

by Anneli Rufus

Just when you thought the world could not possibly produce another frothy caffeinated beverage, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has just launched a new concept: Tea Cappuccino. Since the word “cappuccino,” when first applied to coffee drinks, referred only to the hooded brown robes of Italian Capuchin friars and not to anything specifically coffee-ish, it can just as aptly be appended to a tea drink — or a bean dish or anything else that is richly brown, come to think of it.

Debuting recently at all CBTL locations, Tea Cappuccino combines freshly brewed tea, whole-milk foam and vanilla bean sauce in three different flavors: chai, Scottish Breakfast and Anniversary Blend. The latter blend marks CBTL’s fiftieth anniversary; the company was founded in Southern California in 1963.

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To the Wonder movie poster

To the Wonder movie poster

Three and a half stars

Genre: Drama, Romance
Rated: R
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Starring: Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams
Released by: Magnolia Pictures
Run time: 112 minutes
Year: 2013

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by Alain Gayot

Writer/director Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line) is a cinema pioneer. His unique directing style is evident in his newest release “To the Wonder,” in which he ignores theatrical conventions to create an abstract slideshow of romance and drama with sparse dialogue.

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The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Children by Kim Horton Levesque

The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Children by Kim Horton Levesque

All too often, the difference between the fantasy of traveling with children (wee ones skipping along in wonder against a majestic European backdrop) and the reality (jet-lagged children who won’t leave the hotel) can be vast. Thanks to The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Children, you don’t have to wait until your kids are in college to visit Paris.

Paris with Children guides you through visiting Paris’ most important sights in a child-friendly way.  Organized around places to play, eat, shop and stay, the book allows you to plan your day around activities that both you and your children will love.

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by Sophie Gayot

Want to know the hottest restaurants around? For the first time ever, we have published a list of the Hot 40 Restaurants in the U.S. as part of’s Annual Restaurant Issue. Some of them are old classics, while others opened recently, but you can be sure that they are very busy, and that it can be difficult to get a table.

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Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining

Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining is a winning mix of Martha Stewart and The Paleo Diet

A winning mix of Martha Stewart and The Paleo Diet, Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining is more than another diet book about eating like cavemen. Designed as a Paleo lifestyle guide, Gather is a cooking manual for festive occasions and family gatherings.

In other words, this is diet food that is not supposed to taste like diet food.

The glossy, illustrated pages are filled with elegant recipes such as “smoked elk loin with wild pear” and “apple scented venison roast.” There are also plenty of weekday-friendly recipes for more relaxed occasions. Comfort food staples like “General Tso’s chicken” — normally a mess of deep fried cornstarch — are re-imagined with the help of coconut aminos and arrowroot flower.

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Southern Comfort

on April 09th, 2013
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Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry

Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry

If It Tastes Like a Whiskey…

by Jeff Hoyt

What is Southern Comfort? If you think it’s a whiskey as many do, you’re mistaken, but don’t feel too bad. The original formula did contain whiskey, while today it features just whiskey flavoring. The iconic brand founded in 1874 is actually a liqueur that has been a favorite of rockers like Janis Joplin.

We’ve never been too partial to this sweet concoction with the great name. But something magical happens when you blend it over ice with another sweet mixer, such as Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper or fruit juice. Somehow the sweets cancel each other out, and you’re left with a refreshing, tasty drink that is way too easy to over-indulge in on a hot day.

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