2016 Wimbledon Tournament

Witness top tennis players compete on the court during Wimbledon 2016
Witness top tennis players compete on the court during Wimbledon 2016

The world’s best tennis players will soon gather in London to compete in the world’s oldest tennis tournament. The Championships, Wimbledon is being conducted at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, where it has been held since 1877.

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KAHLÚA, Old and New

Kalua coffee liqueur
KAHLUA coffee liqueur

We grew up with the iconic coffee liqueur, and remember walking back across the border with a newly-purchased bottle the first time we visited Mexico. But we were surprised to learn that the more-than-70-years-old brand had diversified greatly.

While the original flavor has been around since 1936, there are currently five other KAHLÚA’s available for cocktails, spiking coffee and even cooking. (Not to mention two pre-mixed cocktails for lazy bartenders).

We enjoyed a dinner at the Lotería Grill in which each of the dishes was prepared with KAHLÚA, including a flaming cheese and chile botana on which KAHLÚA Especial had been poured and set aflame.


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Jeff Hoyt gets airborne
Jeff Hoyt gets airborne via flyboard at Big Bear Lake, CA

Above Big Bear Lake Without a Net

To speed across the water, first came surfboarding, then sailboarding, paddleboarding, wakeboarding and kiteboarding. Now there’s a way to speed across and above the water: flyboarding.

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Vino at Valentino

Le Corti dei Farfensi "S. Joseph" Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC 2009 and Pileum "Massitium" 2009
Le Corti dei Farfensi “S. Joseph” Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC 2009 and Pileum “Massitium” 2009

by Jeff Hoyt

Italian cuisine restaurants have been popular in the U.S. for decades. And what better way to enjoy Italian food than accompanied by fine Italian vino? We recently enjoyed an evening of Italian wines at Valentino, Piero Selvaggio‘s Santa Monica restaurant that celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, as part of the Vino California celebration. Other events around town included dinners at Aventine Hollywood, Enoteca Drago and a Grand Tasting.

“In only its third year, Vino California has quickly become an iconic fixture on the national wine landscape,” said Letizia Miccoli, Executive Director of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West. “We are thrilled to bring such an extensive taste of Italy to Los Angeles which is filled with experienced wine consumers and professionals that are eager to learn more about old world wines.”

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Southern Comfort

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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