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STP Gas Booster Concentrated Fuel System Treatment

STP Gas Booster Concentrated Fuel System Treatment

by Michael Gately

Unless you’re a hard-core gearhead, you might not know that the condition of your car’s fuel system, which transports fuel from your gas tank to the engine, can have an enormous effect on the engine’s performance.

The fuel system (including the fuel tank, fuel pump and filter, emission control system and fuel injector) is susceptible to all types of harmful deposits that can gradually reduce engine power, fuel efficiency and driveability over time.

Enter the STP Gas Booster Concentrated Fuel System Treatment – a powerful fuel additive designed to eliminate these deposits in order to restore your engine to peak performance.

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From Napa to Tuscany in Search of Great Wine

By Nick Wise

(Omnibus, 2013)

Celebrity Vineyards: From Napa to Tuscany in Search of Great Wine by Nick Wise

Celebrity Vineyards: From Napa to Tuscany in Search of Great Wine by Nick Wise

Movie moguls… chefs… musicians… even porn stars! There are a lot of celebs in the wine industry today. The burning questions we all want to ask are: How involved are they really in the winemaking process? Are their wines any good? And what draws these personages to wine in the first place?

Author Nick Wise answers these questions in Celebrity Vineyards by examining sixteen different celebrity-owned operations. They are a varied and diverse lot, from the historic Inglenook estate owned by director Francis Ford Coppola and the rustic Tuscan wines of porn star Savanna Samson to the tiny Sonoma vineyard plot owned by chef Charlie Palmer and the modern, state-of-the-art Anta Banderas winery in Spain of actor Antonio Banderas.

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The King Room at The Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection in New Orleans

The King Room at The Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection in New Orleans

by Becky Sue Epstein

In the lobby of this stylish hotel, everything is oversized, from ceiling height to furniture. Peering through the sheer white curtains to the left, guests will see a sprinkling of cool-looking people around the pool table at any hour of the day or night. Behind another set of white sheers on the right is the restaurant Tempt, with a menu that claims to be an “updated takes on Southern and New Orleans cooking.” In-room dining, handled by the same kitchen, is offered from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. As an antidote, the gym is complimentary.

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Bold Italian Taste Minus the Jitters

by Julia Mason

Many decaf drinkers miss the taste of “real” coffee. Luckily, these decaf Italian Roast K-Cups from Barista Prima Coffeehouse have a satisfying, full-bodied flavor gratifying enough to fool even the most nostalgic decaf drinker into feeling they’re sipping the real McCoy. Made from high-quality Arabica beans, this dark roast has a pleasant aroma and a smoky flavor that’s bold without being bitter. Continue reading “Barista Prima Decaf Coffee, Italian Roast K-Cup Review” »



Tru Alka is an alkaline water with a pH of 9-10

Go Alkaline with Tru Alka

by Julia Mason

Alkaline water — also known as “high pH” water — has recently become increasingly popular as a wellness trend, in part thanks to “alkaline diet” devotees such as Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The basic premise of the “alkaline movement” is that the consumption of beverages and foods with a low acid content – meaning a higher pH level – can boost the immune system by neutralizing acid in the body. While the human body is naturally alkaline, a diet high in meat, alcohol, caffeine and processed foods can radically increase the amount of acid in the blood. This stresses out the digestive system and promotes inflammation, which can lead to disease.

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Artesana 2011 Tannat

Artesana 2011 Tannat

Price: $20

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Canelones, Uruguay

Varietal: 100 percent Tannat

Production: 490 cases

Alcohol: 15 percent

Tasting Notes: A wine varietal native to France, Tannat is now considered to be Uruguay’s signature varietal, where it produces full-bodied red wines boasting dark fruit flavors with spicy, peppery notes. The Artesana 2011 Tannat is well-balanced and surprisingly light on the palate, considering its high alcohol content.

Food Pairings: Strong cheeses, roasted or grilled meats

Other red wines we have tasted

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Panna Cotta with candied kumquats, raspberry purée and whimsical Saltine streusel

Panna Cotta with candied kumquats, raspberry purée and whimsical Saltine streusel

by Anneli Rufus

May 23 is National Chardonnay Day, which the folks at Livermore’s Wente Vineyards celebrated with a televised live toast and gala dinner whose four courses — created by executive chef of catering Jeff Farlow— were paired with four Wente Chardonnays. And where better to mark this occasion with what promises to become an annual affair than this panoramic property a stone’s throw from San Francisco which is credited with introducing Chardonnay to the USA?

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House cured salmon with honey dill mustard

House cured salmon with honey dill mustard

by Cara Trump

We’ve been a fan of Stefan’s at L.A. Farm in Santa Monica since its launch almost four years ago. Chef Stefan Richter opened his restaurant after competing on season 5 of “Top Chef,” in which he was a runner-up. Monday night, we had the opportunity to sample his delicious new menu for summer 2013, as chef Stefan mingled with guests and posed for photos.

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Three-quarter view of iBeetle

Three-quarter view of iBeetle

Months after shipping Siri out on the road in select Honda models, Apple is now further infiltrating the auto market with the iBeetle, the stylish, high-tech product of a partnership between Volkswagen and the Silicon Valley giant. Available in both coupe and convertible forms, this special-edition Beetle not only offers Apple-inspired design features and color schemes, but also advanced integration for the iPhone and other Macintosh products. Along with an in-dash iPhone dock that allows easy access to Apple’s Siri personal assistant and navigation system, Volkswagen and Apple have also teamed up for an app that allows your phone to communicate directly with your car. Offering Spotify and iTunes integration, a detailed vehicle monitoring system, and a variety of social media platforms that keep drivers connected while on the road, the iBeetle blurs the lines between computer and car. Check back for more information on this innovative vehicle as we near its release date early next year.

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Sequoia Grove 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay

Sequoia Grove 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay

Price: $28

Rating: 14/20

Region: Napa Valley, California

Varietal: 100 percent Chardonnay

Alcohol: 14.2 percent

Tasting Notes: A complex, food-friendly wine, the Sequoia Grove 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay features fresh lemongrass, golden apple and baked bread aromas. Crisp and clean in the mouth, it reveals mineral and almond notes with hints of nutmeg on the finish

Food Pairings: Herb salad, white fish, brie cheese

Other Chardonnays we have tasted

Check out GAYOT’s Napa Valley Travel Guide

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