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Author: Maralyn D. Hill

Le Royal Makes Your Skin Feel Luxurious

Gold is a color frequently associated with royalty and the color that Le Royal picked to showcase its high-end beauty line, which is infused with 24K. There are numerous creams and serums with the finest ingredients that make your skin feel pampered and rejuvenated. All of the expensive and innovative products are infused with some 24K, hence carrying the gold through to your skin. According to LeRoyal: LE ROYAL LUXURY 24K GOLD INFUSED SKIN CARE IS THE LATEST INNOVATION IN THE INDUSTRY.  Le Royal 24K  products are currently available in some of the most expensive Chain Stores, Cosmetic Stores, Spa’s...

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Gogi’s Restaurant in Jacksonville, Oregon

During October of 2008, I had the pleasure of discovering Gogi’s Restaurant in Jacksonville, Oregon, while on a trip with my late husband Norm and dear friend Brenda Hill. It is almost ten years later and Gogi’s is still thriving. Two brothers, chef Gabriel Murphy who runs the kitchen and Jonoah Murphy who runs the front of the house including the bar, own this successful establishment that continues to please its customers. Gogi’s is located at the foot of the lovely Britt Gardens. The Murphy brothers pride themselves on using local organic products whenever possible, with much of it coming...

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Psagot’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – A Harmonious Discovery

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 vineyards...

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USA Wins the 30th Bocuse d’Or

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 of...

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

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 outside...

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Sam Zien, Sam the Cooking Guy

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 at...

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Casa Velas: A Boutique Treasure in Puerto Vallarta

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 which...

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Best Casinos In The Caribbean

The Caribbean is one of the best travel destinations for anybody looking for some sun, sand and sea. Full of culture and a friendly atmosphere the Caribbean is a popular destination for holiday makers all around the world, but it isn’t as well known for its casinos – which it has plenty of. In fact, the casinos in the Caribbean rival some of those more well-known casinos in gambling destinations such as Las Vegas and Macau, and the atmosphere of the Caribbean islands really do make gambling there even more special. We’ve put together a list of the best...

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Clara Kasavina: The Luxury of Elegance

Recently, a Clara Kasavina “Peggy” clutch was given to me as a gift. Someone knew what would bring a smile to my face, a twinkle to my eyes, and certainly what would accompany me on my upcoming crossing on the QM2. It also sparked my interest in the Clara Kasavina Collection. Clara and her husband started their business in New York thirty years ago and have handcrafted luxury items since. There were so many beautiful handbags and clutches, I would not have been able to pick a favorite. I could get one or two a year and be happy. What...

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Juicepresso for a Healthy New Year

It’s a common trend to start the New Year off with something healthy. What better way to do that than with a Juicepresso? The ad was good, but it did not convince me that this product was the answer to my needs. Most of the juice presses I’ve seen were cumbersome, and I wasn’t really sure about all the accolades. But since I really wanted a juice press, I decided to give the Juicepresso a try. After my Juicepresso arrived and was unpacked, it went together quite easily and did not take up much counter space. I picked some oranges and grapefruit from my yard and cut the fruit into one-to-two-inch pieces, as recommended by the manufacturer. Now for the first test. Feeding the fruit into the Juicepresso went very quickly. The pulp came out of the second outlet easily–and the juice was delicious! The next test would be the cleaning. Everything came apart smoothly and went into the dishwasher. Nice and easy–I love it. Facts from the manufacturer: Health benefits: Ten servings of fruits and vegetables in one glass Nutrients enter the bloodstream in minutes May increase energy levels Can jumpstart and support weight loss efforts May help protect against various diseases. Why Cold Press: 40% more juice volume Higher nutrient retention than centrifugal juicers because it doesn’t generate heat that destroys some of the potency Lasts longer – 72-hour juice life Looks great...

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Dining in Luxury – Behind the Scene

There are so many ways to define dining in luxury. In this article I’m going to focus on the ultimate achievements. For some it would be a James Beard Award or three Michelin star award. For me and many others, Bocuse d’Or is the ultimate in culinary competition and talent worldwide. January of 2015 celebrated its twentieth year of excellence and it keeps improving. I find it outstanding as it provides the opportunity for young talent to be discovered. Young chefs around the world are preparing to compete to represent their country at Bocuse d’Or in 2017. We thought...

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Chef Damien Jones of Lydiard in Ballarat

While visiting Ballarat, I had dinner at the Lydiard Wine Bar, winner of a number of Golden Plate Awards, with Head Chef Damien Jones in the kitchen. After dinner, there was time for a brief interview, during which he shared one of his favorite recipes, salad of pomelo and prawns with lemongrass. The featured image is just one of the dishes I enjoyed at Lydiard during my visit. Maralyn: How did you get started? Damien: I always knew I wanted to be a Chef and I consider myself lucky that I when I applied for my first job (at only...

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