Summer time is here and that means pool parties, BBQ and, of course, margaritas. Part of Jimmy Buffett’sMargaritaville 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.
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.
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.
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.
Motif Seattle went through a three-year, multi-million dollar renovation. Starting with the common areas, it’s 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.