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Soak Up the Ryokan Vibes at Ten Thousand Waves

It’s a bit embarrassing to wake up and find yourself drooling like a baby, especially when there’s someone else to witness this cringe-worthy moment. I laughed self-consciously, hoping to deflect the situation humorously. Thankfully, my massage therapist kindly helped me save face by explaining that this was a clear sign I had reached total relaxation during my deep stone treatment. I told her she was a wizard with hot rocks.   It was the prospect of a deep stone massage that drew me to Ten Thousand Waves. That and soaking in one of the tubs at this unique spa-centric...

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Required Reading for Black History Month: Streetcar to Justice

One hundred years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, a black schoolteacher named Elizabeth Jennings was violently removed from a segregated streetcar in Manhattan, setting into motion a major civil rights court case in New York City. The story, famous in its day, was all-but-forgotten until HarperCollins published a new book, Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York. The author of the book, Peabody Award-winning journalist Amy Hill Hearth, researched the topic for more than twenty years. Hearth wrote the book, which is...

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Game Day Eats and Treats

Score major points with delicious dishes If the crew is coming over to root for your favorite team, it may be time to spice up the menu. Whether you’re hosting the weekend get-together or watching the game after work, switch up your typical spread and serve something new to leave your guests cheering for more. When it comes to choosing an ingredient that can lend a winning assist to nearly any dish and score you some major points, look no further than California Ripe Olives. Variety is key when mapping out food for a crowd, regardless of the event....

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Denmark Wins the Bocuse d’Or 2019

As many of you know, I’ve attended and followed Bocuse d’Or for a decade. It is everything you would expect and more in a true “Olympics of Chefs and Fine Dining.” Norway and Sweden have been in the winners circle at least since 2009. It is wonderful to see Denmark join this year by earning the gold. Because the press release is so well written, we are including it to give you a sense of the excitement that is generated and view the various competition plates. I want to thank again French Master Chef Herve Laurent for introducing me...

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Chocolate for Valentine’s Day: The Food of Love?

Shakespeare suggested that music was the food of love, but judging by the tens of thousands of heart-shaped boxes presented to wives and sweethearts on Valentine’s Day, that honor should be shared with chocolate. Not only is chocolate delicious, it has been celebrated as a food that holds the promise of significant health benefits similar to those in red wine and green tea. Like wine and green tea, cocoa beans are rich in flavonoids–phytochemicals (plant compounds) with powerful antioxidant properties. While the research on chocolate’s benefits may be relatively new, it has had a long and distinguished history. Ancient...

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Wine and Wings? Getting Creative for the Big Game

Everyone enjoys a hearty spread of comfort food for the big game. The range of flavors and textures in these dishes tend to run the gamut from salty, spicy, and meaty, to creamy, crunchy, and cheesy, making beer the natural pairing. However, if your drink of choice is wine, finding the right selection can be tricky. Sauvignon Blanc is very food-friendly, particularly when paired with many game day favorites like nachos, guacamole, salsas and chicken with some heat. Those from the Marlborough region of New Zealand, such as Infamous Goose Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (SRP $14.99), are crisp, with bright...

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London’s 20 Most Expensive (and Exclusive) Streets

THE LONDON STREETS WITH A MULTI-MILLION POUND PRICE TAG New research by MoneySuperMarket reveals the most exclusive streets to buy property over the last two years 80% of London’s most expensive streets are in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea The most expensive road outside of London in the UK is in Surrey With recent news suggesting a slump in the property market, there are still many streets in London where you’d have to be a multi-millionaire to even consider buying a property. To highlight and compare the range of potential price tags attached to property across the UK, leading...

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Death Valley’s Luxury Resort

I was curious to visit Death Valley during the government shut-down. Would all the sites be closed? I knew The Oasis at Death Valley was open and recently completed $100 million in renovations. Both The Inn and The Ranch at Death Valley are celebrating a renaissance in 2019. Located a little over four hours from Los Angeles or a two-hour drive from Las Vegas, is an oasis in the middle of the vast desert of Death Valley National Park. Driving from Los Angeles, we stopped at the Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station to pay our $30 entrance fee. We noticed the self-pay...

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The New York Times Travel Show Promises the World

The New York Times Brings a World of Experiences to the Javits Center January 25-27, 2019 New York has always been considered a real melting pot of ethnic, culinary and cultural diversity. For the 16th consecutive year, the New York Times brings the world to its readers, travel enthusiasts from the tristate area and anyone in town who wants to explore the world with all their 5 senses. You will have opportunities to see, hear, touch, taste and smell authentic experiences proudly showcased by tourism boards, tour companies, cruise lines, educational programs, wellness, animals, eco-friendly travel, food, fashion and of...

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Five of the best wedding cake ideas for non-traditional couples

A wedding cake is a perfect way of adding a few more personal touches to your big day. Your wedding is a celebration of you and your partner’s union and what better way to embrace the excitement of the special day than with a cake that represents who you are as a couple. But, if you’re not into all of the age-old traditions of white floral decorations and matured fruit fillings, not all is lost as there are spectacular modern wedding cake designs out there you can choose from. Create a personalised masterpiece that your whole wedding party can...

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Unconventional Underwater Photography Tips

“Marine photography is just another form of photography, and if one learns more from what has been done before—on land or by the great artists—one can bring this with oneself underwater and create better images.” – Amos Nachoum When we started our Third Age Expeditions column here on Luxe Beat, we promised to provide some photography tips and tricks from time to time. This month we are sharing some tips to help improve your underwater photography. If you’re seeking something more enlightening than just being told, “Get Close, Get Closer and Shoot at an Upward Angle,” then you’re in...

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Tips to Throw the Best Parties this Awards Season

It’s awards season, which means that it’s time to celebrate the talent behind all your favorite movies and television shows. Planning to host friends for a watch party? Here is how to bring the elegance and excitement of Hollywood right into your living room: • Encourage evening wear: While your guests may not be delivering acceptance speeches to millions of viewers nationwide, that’s no reason for your crew not to look their best. Invite friends to wear their most fabulous frocks so everyone can feel glamorous like those on screen. • Lay down the red carpet: In your walkway...

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