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Wine and Chocolate Pairing Tips from Wine Spectator

Owen Dugan, features editor at Wine Spectator recently published the article “Matched” in the February 2015 issue. He breaks down the complexities of pairing wine and chocolate, into five simple tasting guidelines. This Valentine’s Day, explore the dimensions and experience, the right blend of wine and chocolate with your special someone. TASTING GUIDELINES There are few hard rules in matching wine and chocolate, but the following general principles will help focus your aim. • Taste broadly. Don’t limit yourself to the planned. matches; happy matches can come from unexpected, combinations, and the more you taste the sharper your palate...

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ECJ Luxe Collection Opens At Mizner Park, Boca Raton

If you looking for a luxury retailer to fill your needs, ECJ Luxe Collection has just opened at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. They are showcasing everything from exotic cars, timepieces, jewelry, fine art, to over-the-top, posh experiences. ECJ Luxe Collection,  an ultra luxury superstore concept offering rare timepieces, fine diamonds, private aviation, rare super automobiles, collectibles and one-of-a-kind experiences, opened its doors to the public today at its new store in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park. This is the third location for the ritzy retailer, with showrooms on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, and in Sunny Isles Beach. The...

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Imàgo Special Valentine’s Day Menu

There is still time to book a romantic Valentine’s Day table at Imàgo. The Hotel Hassler Roma’s Michelin starred restaurant Imàgo has prepared a special Valentine’s Day menu featuring local specialties and seasonal ingredients, available this February 14th. Exclusively created by Executive Chef Francesco Apreda, the seven-course dinner includes unique dishes such as Cinnamon-singed foie gras, shrimp and pink lady apple; Prawn and lime Raviolo with tandoori-style quail, and for dessert, Truffle tiramisù, wild strawberries and rose petal essence.  The menu is priced at Euro 175 (approximately US$198) and can be viewed here. A special “Roman Valentine” package is also on offer, which includes the Valentine’s...

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Romancing the Palate at Fisher Island Club Hotel & Resort

Romancing the Palate Fisher Island Club Hotel & Resort presents romantic culinary escape, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Those with a taste for opulence and an appetite for the finest flavors can enjoy romance served on a silver platter this season. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Fisher Island Club Hotel & Resort – the fascinating private vacation destination for the world’s most exclusive guests – is romancing palates through a gilded culinary-themed retreat for privileged gourmands. A place of intrigue, mystery and splendor—with its historic Vanderbilt mansion, Bahamian white sand beaches, exceptional luxury and tantalizing menus—Fisher Island naturally...

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Valentine’s Day “Donuts for Grown Ups”

Valentine’s Day “Donuts for Grown Ups” Sweet Dreams Mini Donuts have partnered with Uisce Beatha (ish-ka-ba-ha) Real Irish Whiskey to supply “Donuts for Grown Ups” to all Valentine’s Day love bugs nationwide! Sweet Dreams Mini Donuts founded by Todd Jones, better known as “the Donutologist,” is a luxury catering company whose aim is to give their customers a one of a kind product that they can’t get. “The Donutologist” is no stranger to the donut world. With over 40 years of experience in the donut business, he is well known for his tasty mini donuts treats all over the world. His catering...

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Hall Cabernet Wine and Food Pairing Challenge 2015 Event

Hall Cabernet Wine and Food Pairing Challenge 2015 Event The HALL Cabernet Cookoff will return for its sixth year on April 25th! The Cookoff will be featuring an all-star line-up of both Napa Valley and San Francisco-based chef teams. Bringing together foodies and wine for a culinary pairing challenge, chef teams will compete before a panel of all-star judges including Ken Frank, Virginie Boone, Ian White and Lars Kronmark, for a local charity of their choice by creating small bites paired with HALL 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. During the event, guests will be invited to taste farm-to-table dishes...

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Carlous Palmer: Fashion in a Prehistoric Paradise

Fashion designer Carlous Palmer is known for his artistry, but also his advocacy for the environment. For his education, Palmer became the first student to graduate from the Baltimore School for the Arts with a focus in fashion design. Carlous also attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and Baltimore City Community College under a full tuition scholarship based on his skills in fashion design and illustration abilities. He has studied under artists like Carole Byard and Joyce Scott. Since then, Carlous Palmer has used his classical artistic talents and environmental sensibilities to create his designs out of...

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Smartphones and Tablets Top the List of Vacation ​Essentials for the New “Digital Elite”

Survey reveals over 60 percent use their mobile device as much or more on vacation than at home. The growing use of mobile technology when planning travel has spawned a new class of traveler – the Digital Elite – those who own and use two different mobile devices: smartphones and tablets. And this Digital Elite group of travelers is growing faster and spending more on vacations than less-connected travelers. These insights come from the just-released 2014 Portrait of Digital Travelers™, authored by travel and hospitality marketing communications firm MMGY Global, a national survey of the travel habits, preferences and...

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Top 10 Most Expensive Houses In The World

There’s an odd-looking building in South Mumbai in India that looks like it’s under construction, only that it’s finished and furnished. And by how much. Called the Antilia, after mythical island in the Atlantic, the building is famous not for its odd structures of extra high ceilings and protruding floors; it’s the second most expensive house today at $1 billion. Barring the Buckingham Palace, which is valued at $1.55 billion, it would have been our most expensive house in our list, as Forbes.com has named it in 2014. In fact, Forbes cited that it’s the first house (other than...

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Cellar Door Social: Selling Wine Online

Originally published on The Lead with permission from the author, Rebecca Dolan. A wine lover might like their white wine dry – but when it comes to marketing that wine, social media engagement should be anything but. A study by marketing researcher Rebecca Dolan from the University of Adelaide’s business school shows the best way to succeed at social is to treat customers like old friends. “With wine brands it’s easy to be a bit more light-hearted. It’s quite a social product so it’s easy to put that across on social media,” Dolan says. The key to engaging effectively...

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Matcha Inspired Cocktails: The Revamped Martini

To kick off the New Year, we have cocktail recipes inspired by the trending ingredient for 2014 and 2015 called Matcha. These two hip revamped Martini’s are brought to you by Aiya, one of the biggest producers and distributors of the versatile green powder, with the help of OneMartini, a popular blog. Matcha is a perfect ingredient to revamp your cold weather cocktails. These recipes are sure to be delicious for a cold winter’s night in. Green Monk Serves 1 Ingredients: 1-1/2 ounces gin 3/4 ounce ginger honey syrup* 1/2 ounce fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice 1/4 ounce Green...

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Cocktail Hotspots in NYC

Whether you want to hear it or not, here’s the cold hard truth – winter is upon us and keeping warm when a chill is in the air is a must. What better way to heat up during a cold winter night than with a warm cocktail. New York City is booming with cocktail hotspots and we have the scoop on where the best hot toddies can be found.  Here’s a list of venues throughout NYC, serving up warm concoctions to get you through another season of polar vortexes. Cloud Social Cloud Social at nyma, the New York Manhattan...

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