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Smart Home Technology: The New Frontier In Luxury Living

Luxury properties often evoke images of opulent gardens, large pools, marble in the bathrooms, and grand chandeliers in the foyer. But there’s a new side to luxury living that you may not know about: smart home technology. This technology is a step up from your Amazon Alexa sitting in the living room or kitchen; this smart technology takes luxury living to a brand new level. What Is A Smart Home Now? Smart home technology is changing, and consumers are staying interested. More than 80% of consumers either already own or would like to purchase connected home products for their...

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Hassle Free Summer Sips: Premium Canned Wine from ON Y VA

As recently as a few years ago, the concept of wine in a can wasn’t exactly a luxurious one. No more! Canned wine has only increased in popularity in recent years, and as the demand has increased, so has the quality. Now, consumers can have delicious, high quality wines in a convenient canned package. No more need for corkscrews and cups, just open the can and go! Exceptional wine can be enjoyed anywhere you are, without the hassle. That’s what French wine importer David Milligan Selections is aiming for with their entry into the canned wine market, ON Y...

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Street Food on the Edge: Buffalo’s Food Truck Experience in Larkin Square

Growing up in Buffalo, New York good food is everywhere. Buffalo wings from Anchor Bar or Duff’s, a sub from John and Mary’s, or Beef on Weck from just about any local eatery. Biscotti or fresh Italian bread from DiCamillo’s or a peanut donut from Paula’s. The list is endless. When I plan a trip back to the Queen City the menu of good eats gets top prority. A few summers ago I was thrown an unexpected curve-ball when my folks introduced me to Food Truck Tuesdays at Larkin Square. My parents are regulars and they have been bragging...

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UK’s Honest Burgers: Succulence in Every Bite

Taking a bite of an Honest Burgers hamburger changed my life. It’s been over five years since UK’s best burger chain rocked my world, and I’m still dreaming about the succulent delicacy in every bite. It was my first trip to London, and I was traveling with a dear friend, chef Katherine Frelon. Katherine is a Brit, living in France, and we were in town for a cooking class she was giving in the city. Katherine is an incredible tour guide, and she insisted there was one stop we had to make. Honest Burgers in Brixton Market. Forget Big...

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Chef Eric LeVine’s Top Tips for Grilling a Better Burger

“The mindset of opulence and great living. No compromise on quality or level of excellence.” -Luxury defined by Chef Eric LeVine When it comes to grilling and making a better burger, Chef Eric LeVine is our go-to guy. May is National Burger Month, and with summer barbecues and long holiday weekends just ahead, we asked Chef Eric if he would share with our readers some of his burger grilling secrets. This multi-award-winning chef, restaurateur and author has just launched this third cookbook, Burgers, Bowls, Jars – Season by Season. Perfect timing! Who is Chef Eric? While most kids were...

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Realm of the Giant Pacific Octopus

“Below the thunders of the upper deep, Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea, His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep The Kraken sleepeth…” (excerpt from The Kraken, by Lord Alfred Tennyson) “Supple as leather, tough as steel, cold as night!” was how Victor Hugo described the writhing tentacles of a giant octopus in his 1866 novel, Les Travailleurs de la Mer. Hugo wrote of an unimaginable account of a man embroiled in a life or death struggle with a malevolent blood-thirsty cephalopod.  Indeed, what could be more horrible than to find oneself suddenly trapped in a nightmarish death struggle with...

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Futuristic Gardens by the Bay is a Feast for the Senses

You might think you’ve stepped onto another planet at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. The park, a well-known attraction in the city, takes the traditional conservatory concept up more than just a notch or two. With its Supertrees, suspended walkway and ginormous domed glass greenhouses, the place is a horticulture wonderland with a futuristic vibe. The Gardens is a must-see destination for travelers to Singapore. It’s a showpiece of innovation and artistry that presents the plant kingdom in a fresh, new way. This “green jewel” simultaneously entertains while educates visitors about plants from around the world, ranging from species...

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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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Go Fig or Go Home with Black Infusions Vodka

Martini’s… shakin’ not stirred. Highballs…on the rocks or straight up? Whatever your poison there are a plethora of choices when it comes to selecting ones five o’clock libation. Let’s put beer and wine aside for a moment and take a look at the spirits industry. It’s on fire. According to a recent report by Grand View Research, Inc.,” the global craft spirits market is expected to reach USD 80.43 billion by 2025.” Michael Davidson is the owner and CEO of Black Infusions and is celebrating five years with his Distilled Spirit Specialties. He’s developed a product that is taking...

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Something About Mary Jurek Design

Entertaining is more than just cocktails and crudités. Décor, ambiance and good company (of course!) are the secret ingredients to successful entertaining. The style of the hostess’s tableware is influential in setting the tone of any given soirée. It’s an extension of the host’s personality. Would martinis be so popular if not served in the decadently iconic cocktail glass? I think not! The luxury of design is what draws us to classically elegant pieces. Like those designed by artisan Mary Jurek. I discovered Ms. Jurek’s tableware collections and was immediately drawn to her work. I reached out to her...

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Honolulu Cookie Company: Unexpected Hawaiian Treat

Close your eyes and imagine you’re on a Hawaiian beach. A cold pineapple cocktail in hand, the smell of the ocean rolling off the waves, the sound of a luau off in the distance. You shuffle your feet and feel the sand between your toes and you’re nibbling on…cookies. Cookies? Yes, scrumptious shortbread cookies from the Honolulu Cookie Company. Impressing my palate doesn’t happen too often. Savory is more my style, so something sweet falls down on my list of edibles. When I do look for a dessert it’s not chocolate I crave, but something along the line of...

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