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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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Sartori’s Master Cheesemaker Pam Hodgson

Cheese is the most important staple in our house, next to orange juice. Forget the milk and bread, we have an entire refrigerator drawer dedicated to our cheese supply. When the opportunity to interview Sartori’s Master Cheesemaker Pam Hodgson, presented itself, I couldn’t resist. From the first nibble of their MontAmoré® Cheddar I was hooked. It’s a Small Cheese World To be frank, Sartori cheese was a brand I was unfamiliar with. Along the way, I shared my appreciation for their product with friends and family and discovered how notable they are. There was a Sunday brunch I was...

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5 Luxury Hotels in Cape May

A few holidays back, my siblings and I decided to send our parents on trip and we chose the picturesque Victorian town of Cape May, New Jersey. Researching this Garden State destination was my first introduction to this idyllic seaside town and I’ve been sharing this little gem with friends ever since. I spent several weeks up and down the Jersey Shore some summers ago and cannot wait to make my way back! There is something unique about Jersey beaches that just leaves you wanting more. Cape May is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a...

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Design as a Determining Factor in Real Estate

By Stephanie Anton, President of Luxury Portfolio International® While in real estate, we often say it’s “location, location, location” and yet, for today’s savvy, sophisticated consumer, architecture and interior design can often play nearly as strong a role as location when it comes to selecting a property. While it is true, most buyers begin by looking in a particular area, for luxury buyers in particular, a known designer can be the differentiating factor in choosing a particular residence. This concept of “designer as brand” becomes particularly important when it comes to new construction as we’ve seen many global luxury...

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Ritz-Carlton Charlotte: Ideal Weekend Getaway for Cocktail & Craft Beer Aficionados

When you have a busy travel schedule as I do, it’s nice to feel at home when you’re on the road. There is no place more like home than the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, North Carolina, where a recent visit was a pure delight. My trip to The Queen City was inspired by the summer weekend getaway package, Pints and Provisions, offered by the Charlotte Ritz.  Though I wouldn’t be able to spend the weekend, I wanted to learn about the ultimate craft cocktail and beer weekend, which starts with an early 2 p.m., Friday check-in. As I sat in the lobby enjoying...

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Hollywood Dreams Come True in Morocco

Hollywood is what dreams are made of, or so the story goes. Actress turned travel adventurer, Linda Kozlowski left the glamour of life on the silver screen to start living her own dream life in Morocco.  “Reality is better than make believe.” she told me, in a recent interview.  Best known for her work in the “Crocodile Dundee” films, the acclaimed actress has co-founded a bespoke Moroccan tour company with longtime tour specialist Moulay Hafid Baba. They call their luxe getaway enterprise, Dream My Destiny (DMD). The title is fitting and together, they curate customized journeys to fulfill their...

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10 Fun Facts About Real Housewife of New York City, Kristen Taekman

The Real Housewives Of New York City’s newer member is Kristen Taekman. Not only is she a reality star, but also a wife, mother, professional model, philanthropist and blogger. I met her in California with her husband Josh to introduce EBOOST to Southern Californians shopping in Whole Foods. Josh’s company EBOOST has two new EBOOST products: Spruce, an on the go green juice and POW, a pre-workout powder. After standing for hours in front of Whole Foods, Kristen was happy to sit down with me to talk about her marriage, family, being on The Real Housewives of New York...

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Emeril Reacts to Fisher’s Menu in Orange Beach, Alabama

Two days before Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina opened to the public, Emeril Lagasse tied up his yacht within walking distance to the restaurant. A big game fishing enthusiast, he was there for the Orange Beach Billfish Classic. Johnny Fisher invited Emeril ashore to check out his new menu. Back in the kitchen, Johnny’s team was anxiously lighting ovens and firing up kitchen equipment for the very first time. Stress levels were high. Emeril accepted Johnny’s offer bringing his crew of eight along as well. “There was no time to treat Emeril as anything but another restaurant guy,” Fisher...

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