Author: Maralyn D. Hill

Psagot’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – A Harmonious Discovery

Share: When thinking of wine regions of the world, Israel is not necessarily at the top of my list and that is my oversight. As I’ve discovered the Israeli wines are emerging quite well in today’s market and none more so than those from Psagot’s Winery, founded in 2003 by Yaakov Berg. Psagot’s Winery produces eight different wines including single vineyards designates and range in price from around $18 to $65. By 2013, production had increased to 200,000 bottles with a large amount being exported to countries around the world in search of good award winning kosher wine. The...

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USA Wins the 30th Bocuse d’Or

Share: Thirty years ago in 1987, Paul Bocuse created what is considered to be the most prestigious cooking competition in the world. There are twenty-four countries that are fortunate to make it to participate in the grand finale of the Bocuse d’Or, which is at the heart of the Sirha trade exhibition. These young chefs are some of the most promising in the world and experiencing two days of intense competition. They had to first earn their qualifications via various continental events (Bocuse d’Or Europe, Bocuse d’Or Asia Pacific and Bocuse d’Or Latin America), individual qualifications, or attributed one...

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Are you Forgetting Your Lips? Simple Tips to Beautify Your Lips

Share: Some people tend to concentrate on certain areas of their face like their eyes or skin, but the lips are sometimes overlooked. Some put a little lipstick on their lips, but the fact is that lips matter. America’s interest in lips seems to be growing, which some have linked to the social media boom. The following are just a few tricks to help make those lips pop. Tips to Beautify Your Lips To take care of your lips, you will need a little knowledge. For example, lips do not have oil glands, which means that the protective layer to fight...

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Sam Zien, Sam the Cooking Guy

Share: You’ll not find Sam Zien, known as “Sam the Cooking Guy,” cooking in a restaurant or local pub. Instead, you are more apt to discover him when flipping through the channels on TV. This fourteen-time Emmy winner is a firm believer in “food that is big in taste and small in effort.” He’s the guy who shows you the easy way to cook and who provides tips. Unlike the majority of chefs I’ve interviewed, Sam did not know at an early age that he wanted to cook. As you read my interview with him, you may be surprised...

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Casa Velas: A Boutique Treasure in Puerto Vallarta

Share: When a friend and I were invited to experience Casa Velas, we were expecting just another nice Puerto Vallarta hotel. We had both visited the area numerous times, but were unfamiliar with this 80-suite boutique hotel. Upon our arrival we were escorted to comfortable sofas and offered a refreshing glass of a cold herbal tea and fruit mixture and shoulder massage to relax us after our flight. Attractive woven bracelets were placed on our wrists, so hotel staff would know we were guests. After we enjoyed our warm welcome, we were escorted to our lovely suites, each of...

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