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- How to deep clean your freezer
- How to turn your wall into an in-home art gallery
- New mom Penelope Cruz hangs out with her little brother Eduardo in LA!
- Why you should never make perfume an impulse buy
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- PopSugar City NYC: Spring things to do in Central Park
- 5 apps for busy moms
- Video: Jessica Simpson touches down in NYC in style
- What rising airfare costs could mean for your Spring vacation
- New low-cal alcohols to make cocktails a little more diet-friendly
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- How to keep your social network profiles private
- Quick and healthy vegan upside-down pineapple cakes
Posts for March 23rd 2011
2 ounces (1/4 cup) fresh grapefruit juice
1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) rye whiskey
1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons grenadine
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, then add all ingredients and shake 15 seconds.
- Strain into a Martini glass.
I've had a longtime love affair with the wines of New Zealand, not only for their affordability, but also for their lack of pretension. From Babich to Kim Crawford, I've quaffed my share of Sauvignon Blanc from the famed Marlborough region, but at a trade tasting yesterday, I got my first taste of the area's fine Gewürztraminer.
There was only one Gewürzt on pour, a 2010 Spy Valley, but it's quality, not quantity, that counts. The creamy, soft, and highly aromatic wine nearly won me over before it hit my lips, arresting me with its intoxicating scent of soft garden roses, ripe peaches, and just-peeled lychees. In one word, it reminded me of Spring. And at just $20 retail, I could easily envision the white paired with my favorite Thai and Burmese takeout.
New Zealand isn't quite as known for its Gewürztraminer as it is for Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, but it's enjoyed some growth over the past several decades. Here's to hoping we see more of it stocked on wine shop shelves stateside. What's your favorite New Zealand white?
Get ready for more Starbucks in your life. At its annual meeting today, the coffee giant revealed more of its plans for this year, and as usual, they're nothing short of ambitious. Although representatives didn't want to comment on the speculation that Starbucks will buy Peet's, we did learn a little more about what's in store.
Starbucks plans to permeate multiple aisles in grocery chains and warehouse clubs across the nation. The company's hoping to capitalize on the single-cup market, and has inked a deal with both Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to sell single-cup coffee pods of Starbucks and Seattle's Best coffees, as well as Courtesy Products to offer a one-cup coffee brewer. Bonus: as an incentive for shoppers, the chain will also expand its rewards card program to include Starbucks products in grocery stores, such as coffee beans and bottled Frappuccinos.
In its stand-alone locations, Starbucks is adding more content to its in-store digital network, including access to new partners such as the Economist, Mediabistro, Marvel Comics, and ESPN Insider. Clearly, it's not just about coffee anymore, is it?
I hosted a belated Mardi Gras dinner last night (I know it is Lent, but I am not really Catholic) and made King Cake. I used a mix, but it was still very involved, so I was proud of how it turned out. Unfortunately I forgot to take a pic before cutting it!
Although I would love to be the proud owner of a tagine, a special cooking pot with origins in Morocco, at this point in my life, I don't have the funds or space for this utilitarian cooking vessel. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy a homemade tagine every now and then — I simply use my slow cooker to braise the meat for a long period of time. This lamb version is my current favorite tagine. It combines chunks of savory lamb shoulder with aromatic spices (like cumin, cinnamon, and saffron), sweet dates, and lots of broth. The resulting dish is an exotic blend of flavors and textures that's ideal for entertaining. Get the surprisingly simple recipe after the jump.
We were mighty surprised Monday to hear that Carl's Jr. and its brother restaurant, Hardee's, were going the healthy route with a new turkey burger under 500 calories — but far less shocked to hear about its commercial campaign featuring a scantily clad Miss Turkey in a bikini. After all, she'd only be following in the footsteps of Paris Hilton, Padma Lakshmi, Audrina Patridge, and Kim Kardashian.
Thankfully, there's no silly statement from Miss Turkey about growing up with fond Carl's Jr. memories. The commercial does have a twist, however: there's even more burger than meets the eye. Check out the spot when you read more.
Even if the weather isn't reflecting the season quite yet, the markets in Northern California are showing signs of Spring. What better way to celebrate than by inviting friends over for a delicious meal? I've looked through our recipes and created a menu that's perfect for entertaining at this in-between time. It features the beloved produce of the season (strawberries and asparagus!) and the majority of the dishes are vegetarian, but more importantly, they can be made in advance, which is a must in my book for any successful dinner party.