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Margaritaville Frozen-Concoction Maker

Summer time is here and that means pool parties, BBQ and, of course, margaritas. Part of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville line, the DM0500 Bahamas Frozen-Concoction Maker has what it takes to get any shindig started.  It features dual motors for shaving ice and blending beverages and manual shave and blending options for customized drinks. This product even comes with a shot glass and delicious margarita recipes to help you host the perfect get-together. The 450-watt maker blends up to 36 ounces and measures 14 by 8 by 18 inches. The blender also features an ice reservoir big enough to make one full pitcher of margaritas. With easy instructions and dishwasher-safe parts, this Bahamas Frozen-Concoction Maker will have you shouting “Fiesta!” in no time.

Reviewed by Bridget Johnson

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  • pinitbutton Donelan 2011 Two Brothers Pinot Noir   Wine of the Week Review
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Donelan 2011 “Two Brothers” Pinot Noir

Price: $55

Rating: 16/20

Region: North Coast, California

Varietal: 100 percent Pinot Noir

Production: 900 cases

Alcohol: 14.4 percent


Tasting Notes: Made with Sonoma and Mendocino County grapes, the 2011 “Two Brothers” Pinot Noir is an elegant, medium-bodied wine. It boasts fruit-forward black cherry and raspberry flavors, notes of brown sugar and spice and silky tannins.


Food Pairings: Roast turkey, grilled chicken, duck, fresh salmon


For more information, visit www.donelanwines.com

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The Celebrity Solstice at sea


Gastronomy at Sea


Sometimes cruising is less about the destination and more about the journey itself. Cruise ships have evolved into giant floating resort complexes, getting bigger and better as years go by. Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice Class is a prime example with thirteen decks of luxurious staterooms and facilities, including a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center with breathtaking views, indoor and outdoor pools, a theater, a glass-blowing workshop, a shopping galleria, the first Lawn Club at sea and a running track. But the star of the Solstice Class is the dining and beverage program.

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Bourbon aging in the barrel at Buffalo Trace Distillery


by Barnaby Hughes


Is the American whiskey industry becoming the victim of its own success? According to distillers like Buffalo Trace, producer of brands such as Blanton’s and Pappy Van Winkle, bourbon is currently in such high demand that shortages seem inevitable, despite an increase in production. Part of the problem, they say, is the many years of aging required to make a quality product. This means that production can’t be suddenly ramped up to satisfy demand.

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The outdoor lounge at Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails


As the flagship of Red Lion Hotels’ chain makeover, Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue in Seattle is undergoing a major overhaul. Starting with the common areas, they’ve upped the ante in terms of décor, with vibrant, contemporary colors, new furniture and modern art in what was once a Red Lion Inn. The new restaurant, Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails, sports a gorgeous interior and inviting outdoor patio (weather permitting, that is). There is a fitness room, as well as plans to add a spa.

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“Man of Steel” official movie poster

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Genre: Action, Superhero
Rated: PG-13
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe
Released by: Warner Bros.
Run time: 143 minutes
Year: 2013

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It’s a puzzling paradox that has plagued comic book lovers, rabid film buffs and observers of pop culture alike: why has Hollywood been unable to create a truly great portrayal of Superman, the international icon and perhaps America’s first transcendent superhero? While the last attempt, 2006’s “Superman Returns,” debuted to healthy box office returns and generally decent reviews, it has been largely forgotten and consigned to the dustbin of cinematic history.

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Abu Dhabi Airport GoSleep sleeping pods


Power Nap in a Pod in Abu Dhabi


During your next layover at Abu Dhabi International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, chill out in one of their brand new sleep capsules designed by Uni in Finland. Abu Dhabi International Airport is now offering its transit passengers individual GoSleep pods right in the terminal, which transform from a chair into a bed, complete with sliding shade for privacy and noise reduction.

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  • pinitbutton Cocktails: Fancy & Delicious Recipes for all Tastes   Book Review

Cocktails: Fancy & Delicious Recipes for all Tastes

By Eliq Maranik

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Cocktails: Fancy and Delicious Recipes for all Tastes


What’s summer without cocktails? Well, any time of the year is a good time for a stiff mixed drink, but rising mercury really puts us in the mood for Mojitos and Mai Tais.


If you’re a cocktail aficionado, it’s likely you already know how to mix a stand-up dry Martini. But why not ramp up your bartender repertoire with the creative concoctions in Cocktails – Fancy and Delicious Recipes for all Tastes? From a girly Pink Summer to a manly Hemingway Special or seductive Blackberry Bellini, simple recipes in this new book cover long drinks, short drinks, frozen ones, shooters and more.

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Actor David Arquette with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


We can all thank actor David Arquette for welcoming us to his beautiful Beverly Hills house for the 2013 Vintage Hollywood 12th Annual Wine & Food Tasting Event.


Some Los Angeles chefs offered delicious tasting bites like the scallop ceviche by littlefork, an array of grilled cheese sandwiches by chef Eric Greenspan, tuna tartare tacos by soon-to-open Del Frisco’s Grille in Santa Monica, and burgers by probably the best burger chain The Counter. Let’s not forget the oysters by Christophe Happillon‘s The Oyster Gourmet, and the savory finale of cheeses from the celebrated Cheese Store of Beverly Hills.

 

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  • pinitbutton Jericho Canyon 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon   Wine of the Week Review
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Jericho Canyon 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $90

Rating: 15.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Calistoga), California

Varietals: 95 percent Cabernet Sauvignon & 5 percent Merlot

Production: 420 cases

Alcohol: 14.5 percent


Tasting Notes: Drinkable now, yet capable of aging well for another decade or two, the Jericho Canyon 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon boasts an excellent balance of fruit, tannins and acidity. Offering orange zest and toffee on the nose, it reveals intense, concentrated black fruit flavors in the mouth with a hint of coffee.


Food Pairings: Lamb shank, filet mignon, venison, goat cheese

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