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London’s Afternoon Teas: A Feast for the Eyes

For me, a proper afternoon English tea is the perfect meal: properly brewed tea, a good selection of sandwiches and freshly baked scones with double Devonshire cream, some lemon curd and preserves. I haven’t found too many places that serve the perfect tea this side of the Atlantic. (The Palm Court at New York’s Plaza Hotel does a beautiful tea, but unfortunately it’s priced at $75–more if you add a glass of champagne.) However, the city London is a movable feast for tea lovers, and there are delectable teas in every price range and to suit every taste. London’s Afternoon...

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Interesting Facts About 6 Common Words’ Origins

Ever stopped for a moment and wondered how the common words you use in your daily life came into being? Probably you have been too busy to ponder upon that mystery and did not use numerology to find your strengths. Well, as a matter of fact, some of the words we use numerous times on a daily basis have really interesting origins that are worth looking into. So, read on and increase your knowledge of the unknown facts:- Nightmare Nightmares are the bad dreams we encounter during night, so the name rather makes some sense. But what has mare...

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Chinese Soul Food

Today kicks off Chinese New Year 2018 and the Spring Festival will be celebrated through March 2. It’s the Year of the Dog. Don’t just order take-out, why not try cooking at home. Grab your wok and a copy of Chinese Soul Food: A Friendly Guide for Homemade Dumplings, Stir-Fries, Soups, and More by Hsia-Ching Chou. If you want to jump right in you’ll find three of her classic recipes below; Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao), Red-Braised Pork Belly and Dry-Fried Green Beans. Hsiao-Ching Chou is an award-winning food journalist, cooking instructor and author.  Chinese Soul Food is a collection of 80...

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Sex, Food & Rock N Roll With Chef Giovannina Bellino

We sat down with Giovannina Bellino, the creator of the Flavor Bombs, cook and personality extraordinaire to discuss inspiration, cooking and more. What do you do? I produce and sell a food product called flavorbombs and I am a cookbook author; Cooking With Flavor Bombs. I have a website and blog called Sex~Food~Rock & Roll because these are important topics to most people and it puts a smile on our faces. How did you get into your profession?  I LOVE cooking for my family and always tried to streamline the process. I’m a vegetable gardener and I made pesto and soffritto...

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Literary Home Decor Ideas From 8 Famous Writers’ Bedrooms

  Great writers are known for their genius prose, not necessarily their visual style. But what we frequently find we love about an artist is reflected in the way they dress, the places where they spend their time, and the things they surround themselves with. Few places are closer to a writer’s heart than their bedroom and work space. If you’re looking to renovate your room or office, consider drawing inspiration from your favorite iconic author’s decorative style. Virginia Woolf 1,2 The author of A Room of One’s Own truly appreciated the necessity for personal space and the freedom to express herself....

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Book Review: On The Road With The Cooking Ladies, Let’s Get Grilling

Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, The Cooking Ladies, have outdone themselves one more time with another exceptional, entertaining, easy to follow cookbook. At Luxe Beat Magazine we are familiar with their outstanding work, as they are contributors, and I personally met them when I was president of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association. These two women continue on an ongoing lifelong journey of food and exploration. You may see their stylish motorhome on the highways or back roads of Canada and the United States, but they have also made it to Mexico and the Arctic Circle. On...

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Beverly Hills is a City of WELLTH

Beverly Hills is one of the most luxurious destinations in the world. Recently the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau (BHCVB) announced its new campaign: WELLTH, bringing wellness and health opportunities to locals and visitors. Kicking off the campaign was an expert panel including Supermodel and Actress Christie Brinkley and mindbodygreen founder Jason Wachob. Sitting on the rooftop of Alo Yoga on Canon Drive, Wachob led a the discussion of  how one can attain health, purpose and happiness, while living a less materialistic lifestyle. Julie Wagner, CEO of BHCVB introduced the pillars of WELLTH: Move, Eat, Restore, Gratitude and Explore....

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Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt

Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt by Kristin Hersh University of Texas Press Reviewed by Christopher Klim, The US Review of Books. “Hope’ has always stuck in my head. You hated hope, said it was misguided.” If your introduction to Vic Chesnutt was the benefit album Sweet Relief II, you quickly moved past the great celebrity performances and asked: Who is this songwriter and why haven’t I heard of him before? If you still haven’t heard of Chesnutt—or the author of this book for that matter—you’d better go record shopping this afternoon before someone spots your musical...

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Hollywood’s Wizarding World

Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the most popular sightseeing destinations in California. Now with the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening before the summer, it will draw even more families and Harry Potter fans to Los Angeles. First there was a Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Next, the attraction opened in Osaka, Japan, and now Hollywood, California officially opened a Scottish Hogsmeade Village on April 7, 2016. Inspired by the best selling author J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters and Warner Brothers films, it’s an ideal multi-generation activity that everyone...

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The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil

Whether you’re hosting a party, going to one and not sure what bottle to bring, or looking for the perfect gift for any wine lover in your life, The Wine Bible is here to help! Filled with extensive tried and true food pairings, tips on how to choose great glassware at any price point, and fun explorations of topics such as why champagne has bubbles, the options for holiday coverage are endless. Karen MacNeil traveled the globe for the revision, tasting over 10,000 wines in 5 years and producing what has been thought of as the most compelling, entertaining, and comprehensive book...

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Panini: The Simple Tastes of Italian Style Bread

Recipes from “Panini, the simple tastes of Italian style bread” (New Holland Publishers, 2015) by Veronica Lavenia. Her next book “The Rustic Italian Bakery” (New Holland Publishers, 2015) will be released November 2, 2015. Carrots and capers sauce A source of inspiration for many recipes – both sweet and savory – carrots are one of the most versatile and tasty vegetables. This sauce is a fresh and light idea to use carrots in a different way. Sicilian capers give a truly unique flavor to a very tempting sauce. Great for stuffing toast and classic panini, or over a slice...

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From Hemingway to Cash: Arkansas’ Literary and Musical Past

Arkansas usually is short-shifted when it comes to recognizing cultural geniuses of the past. What most Americans do not realize is that Ernest Hemingway came to Arkansas via his second wife Pauline Pfeiffer. In the 1930s, Pauline’s parent converted the barn on their property into a place where Hemingway could write while visiting. He completed parts of A Farewell to Arms and several short stories here. Johnny Cash and his family moved from Kingsland to Dyess, Arkansas in the 1935, and occupied a house in the Dyess colony through 1953. Arkansas was the influence and roots of his budding beginnings as a musician and singer.

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