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Wine and Chocolate Pairing Tips from Wine Spectator

Owen Dugan, features editor at Wine Spectator recently published the article “Matched” in the February 2015 issue. He breaks down the complexities of pairing wine and chocolate, into five simple tasting guidelines. This Valentine’s Day, explore the dimensions and experience, the right blend of wine and chocolate with your special someone. TASTING GUIDELINES There are few hard rules in matching wine and chocolate, but the following general principles will help focus your aim. • Taste broadly. Don’t limit yourself to the planned. matches; happy matches can come from unexpected, combinations, and the more you taste the sharper your palate...

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ECJ Luxe Collection Opens At Mizner Park, Boca Raton

If you looking for a luxury retailer to fill your needs, ECJ Luxe Collection has just opened at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. They are showcasing everything from exotic cars, timepieces, jewelry, fine art, to over-the-top, posh experiences. ECJ Luxe Collection,  an ultra luxury superstore concept offering rare timepieces, fine diamonds, private aviation, rare super automobiles, collectibles and one-of-a-kind experiences, opened its doors to the public today at its new store in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park. This is the third location for the ritzy retailer, with showrooms on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, and in Sunny Isles Beach. The...

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Imàgo Special Valentine’s Day Menu

There is still time to book a romantic Valentine’s Day table at Imàgo. The Hotel Hassler Roma’s Michelin starred restaurant Imàgo has prepared a special Valentine’s Day menu featuring local specialties and seasonal ingredients, available this February 14th. Exclusively created by Executive Chef Francesco Apreda, the seven-course dinner includes unique dishes such as Cinnamon-singed foie gras, shrimp and pink lady apple; Prawn and lime Raviolo with tandoori-style quail, and for dessert, Truffle tiramisù, wild strawberries and rose petal essence.  The menu is priced at Euro 175 (approximately US$198) and can be viewed here. A special “Roman Valentine” package is also on offer, which includes the Valentine’s...

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Romancing the Palate at Fisher Island Club Hotel & Resort

Romancing the Palate Fisher Island Club Hotel & Resort presents romantic culinary escape, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Those with a taste for opulence and an appetite for the finest flavors can enjoy romance served on a silver platter this season. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Fisher Island Club Hotel & Resort – the fascinating private vacation destination for the world’s most exclusive guests – is romancing palates through a gilded culinary-themed retreat for privileged gourmands. A place of intrigue, mystery and splendor—with its historic Vanderbilt mansion, Bahamian white sand beaches, exceptional luxury and tantalizing menus—Fisher Island naturally...

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Valentine’s Day “Donuts for Grown Ups”

Valentine’s Day “Donuts for Grown Ups” Sweet Dreams Mini Donuts have partnered with Uisce Beatha (ish-ka-ba-ha) Real Irish Whiskey to supply “Donuts for Grown Ups” to all Valentine’s Day love bugs nationwide! Sweet Dreams Mini Donuts founded by Todd Jones, better known as “the Donutologist,” is a luxury catering company whose aim is to give their customers a one of a kind product that they can’t get. “The Donutologist” is no stranger to the donut world. With over 40 years of experience in the donut business, he is well known for his tasty mini donuts treats all over the world. His catering...

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Hall Cabernet Wine and Food Pairing Challenge 2015 Event

Hall Cabernet Wine and Food Pairing Challenge 2015 Event The HALL Cabernet Cookoff will return for its sixth year on April 25th! The Cookoff will be featuring an all-star line-up of both Napa Valley and San Francisco-based chef teams. Bringing together foodies and wine for a culinary pairing challenge, chef teams will compete before a panel of all-star judges including Ken Frank, Virginie Boone, Ian White and Lars Kronmark, for a local charity of their choice by creating small bites paired with HALL 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. During the event, guests will be invited to taste farm-to-table dishes...

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Valentine’s Day Alternative That is Bite-sized…

Gentleman, if you’re searching for something to replace the traditional box of chocolates this Valentine’s Day, bite-size cupcakes are the answer. Specifically, cupcakes from Baked by Melissa, they are scrumptious and adorable. Your special someone will coo over the delectable little nibbles of Heaven that are dressed in holiday pink, red and white. Personally, I’ll take a cupcake over a piece of candy any holiday. I have given Baked by Melissa cupcakes as a gift before, and they are always a hit. I’ll be sending my two favorite Valentine’s some of Melissa’s goodies to let them know I’m thinking...

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Chinese Automaker Unveils Unmanned Concept Car

Chinese Automaker Unveils Unmanned Concept Car Chinese automaker Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor CO., LTD (GACM), which manufacturers and markets passenger cars under the Trumpchi brand (including the Trumpchi E-Jet plugin and other vehicles from the line featured in the Hollywood blockbuster movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction”), unveiled its highly anticipated new unmanned concept car, the “WITSTAR,” at the preeminent North American International Auto Show held in Detroit during a press conference held on January 12th, 2015. The company concurrently revealed its new fuel efficient SUV, the GS4, along with an overview of its global strategy “designed to further elevate...

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