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Food Experiences in New Zealand

By Dan Levin The world is a fantastic place to be, especially with top food adventures to experience. Each culture offers an exquisite taste, new foods, exotic delicacies or basic food stalls from your favourite vendors. New Zealand has it all when foodies feel the craving coming on for either a specific taste, craving or thirst quencher. The views are breathtaking in New Zealand to boot, the perfect surrounding to any meal. Taking a look at some of the best food experiences in New Zealand may just lead you to try something new and perhaps even lead to unknown...

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4 Favorite Dishes You Didn’t Know Pair with Champagne

While you may think of Champagne as just for toasting, experts point out that it can actually be quite food-friendly. “Champagnes with a higher proportion of Chardonnay in their blends — such as the signature style of Champagne Taittinger — can be particularly versatile when it comes to food pairings,” says Chicago-based sommelier, Belinda Chang. For this purpose, Chang recommends the family-owned and operated champagne house, which offers a distinctive, light and delicate style, a longer aging period before release and sustainable production processes. “Every self-respecting foodie and wine geek knows to pair Champagne with a towering icy plateau...

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The Trendy Duniway Hotel Portland

What makes The Duniway Portland, a Hilton Hotel special is their friendly and thoughtful staff, especially Concierge Extraordinaire John Conway. Stepping into the warm, eclectic, living-room style lobby, one admires the trendy furniture and tchotchkes on the wall behind the reservation desk. There is a glass-encased Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the Ghostbusters franchise, an iconic camera, and a record player with a stack of vinyl records to play. Curated books from the largest independent book store Powell’s are on display. Conway is usually one of the first people to welcome guests. He stands near nostalgic items that include an old typewriter,...

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Cunard Invites Guests to Dance the Atlantic as New Partnership With English National Ballet Is Announced

In a ground-breaking partnership – the first of its kind – luxury cruise line Cunard is proud to announce that the world renowned English National Ballet will join Queen Mary 2 for a unique voyage from Southampton to New York from 11th – 18th August 2019. Guests on the seven night Transatlantic Crossing will have the opportunity to meet the leading dancers from the British ballet company, including Lead Principal Erina Takahashi and First Soloist James Streeter, watch their morning ballet class and drop in on afternoon rehearsals. Guests will also enjoy spectacular performances in the ship’s beautiful Royal Court Theatre, including extracts from the enthralling all-time classic...

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Long Lost Painting by Daniel Ridgway Knight Surfaces

Rehs Galleries Inc., a New York gallery specializing in 19thand 20th-century works of art, sells In Winter, a long-lost painting by the American artist Daniel Ridgway Knight (1939-1924). Born in 1839, Ridgway Knight received his formal training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where he was a classmate of Mary Cassatt and Thomas Eakins.  In 1861, he continued his studies in Paris under Alexandre Cabanel and Charles Gabriel Gleyre.  Knight returned to the United States in 1863 to serve in the Civil War and then traveled back to France in 1872, where he would remain for the rest of his life. Once Knight settled in France, he befriended Renoir, Sisley, and Meissonier. In 1874, he traveled to Barbizon to...

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Comforting Dishes for Cooler Days

There’s almost nothing like a warm dish to help melt away the chills of winter. Combining classic flavors and a blend of comforting spices, this Roasted Turkey and Cranberry Soup is a warm-up waiting to happen on a cold day. For a hearty breakfast option, Sweet Orange and Cranberry Muffins can feed the whole family – simply bake the flavorful pastries a day ahead then warm the morning of for a quick, hot breakfast. If the craving for comfort food strikes when you don’t have time for a home-cooked dish, consider scratch-made options available at restaurants like Sweet Tomatoes...

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Mionetto’s Last Minute Thanksgiving Cocktail and Entertaining Tips

Pop the bubbly…we’re less than 24 hours away from Thanksgiving! Mionetto has shared with us some of their favorite spritz cocktails to kick-off your Thanksgiving holiday celebration. Spritz is Italy’s most popular aperitivo cocktail. The Mionetto Spritz is as easy to make as 3-2-1…pick the one that suits your taste!  Mionetto’s Prosecco is one of my favorites. It has the right amount of bubbles and is not too sweet. The Mionetto Aperol Spritz, Mionetto Elder Flower Spritz and Mionetto Limone Spritz cocktail recipes follow the holiday entertaining tips. Cin Cin! Mix It Up With a DIY Garnish Bar Cart...

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The Chemistry Behind Humboldt Distillery

What defines a mad scientist, one could say is his passion for his craft. In this case, Abe Stevens is the chemist behind Humboldt Distillery and mad about distilling organic spirits in the small town of Fortuna, California. With a degree in chemistry and biochemistry, this fifth generation Humboldt county proprietor is concocting award-winning craft spirits. Abe founded his distilling playground in 2012 after several years of working in the pharmaceutical industry. He was ready to take a break and contemplate where he was headed next. He says it’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment he made a decision,...

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WÜSTHOF A Cut Above

Carving the Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham is a symbolic ritual that signifies a celebration is underway. As I started formulating my plans for the holiday season, the majority of my lists revolve around food, cocktails and desserts. Once the menus are established, I move on to tableware, accessories and the like. My mind wanders and I reflect back to holidays past. In my family, we’re all very particular as to the specific knife used for the bird or dessert pie. We still laugh about my grandma using the long serrated bread knife to reach across the table to...

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Hermès Birkin Bag Becomes Even Harder To Acquire In 2018

The chasm between demand and supply of Hermès Birkin handbags is greater than ever according to the latest market research conducted by ultra-luxury consignment service, Baghunter. Factors such as a growing US economy and celebrities continually pictured with Birkin bags have both contributed to an increase in demand. Meanwhile, a decrease in Birkin owners willing to sell their coveted possession has brought about a mini-Hermès drought across the secondary market. As one of the largest consignors of Hermès bags in the United States, Baghunter has analyzed company data including the number of clients and collectors inquiring about selling or consigning...

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Celebrate the Holidays at National Harbor, Md.

Washington, D.C. region’s  premier waterfront escape features Santa, larger-than-life ice sculptures, performers, stunning holiday décor and displays National Harbor has quickly become one of the nation’s top holiday waterfront destinations, offering both family activities and romantic getaways for couples. Each year, National Harbor welcomes Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center’s amazing ICE! This year, the fun begins on November 16 and runs through January 1, 2019.  The world-famous interactive ICE! attraction will showcase the true meaning of Christmas with its rendition of the ever-popular Peanuts holiday story, A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz. Beloved characters including Charlie Brown,...

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Creative Entertaining: Giving Thanks Tips

By Rana Florida Thanksgiving entertaining doesn’t have to be a stressed-out ordeal. The real focus should be on gathering family and friends for a festive feast and an opportunity to reflect and to give thanks. There are so many amazing ideas, from cocktails to food to tabletop décor that will work for both the intimate dinner and the big family gathering alike. But the key to keeping it stress-free is to keep it stylish, yet simple. The key to enjoying your holiday is to do most of the work before your guests arrive.  Set the table a few days...

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