This is my curated homage to opulent living that is seldom about money, yet is rich in spades. This collection of discovery is an itinerary for those who believe that life is elevated when an array of small joys are thoughtfully strung together.


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Make Your Own Moscow Mule


The Moscow Mule is the “It” cocktail of the moment. It was created in the early 1940s but has recently enjoyed a surge in popularity. I personally have been averaging 1.9 Moscow Mules a week since Halloween. Made with vodka, ginger beer and lime, the Moscow Mule makes for one delightfully refreshing cocktail. As if that wasn’t Read More

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How to Saber a Bottle of Champagne


There are only four holiday shopping days left, but there are eleven days to learn how to win friends and influence people by sabering a bottle of Champagne on New Year’s Eve. What exactly, say you, does it mean to saber a bottle of champagne?  Well, when one sabers a bottle of Champagne, one doesn’t Read More

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How to Fully Enjoy a Pomegranate


My fingers and lips are deliciously stained from pomegranate seeds. The taste of a pomegranate seed bursting in your mouth is like none other, but there’s so much more to appreciate. We mortals have been in awe of the pomegranate since the beginning of time. Pomegranates were the chosen fruit of the ancient gods, and Read More

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Blackberry Cordial: The Verdict


So, yeah, about that Blackberry Cordial I began making a little more than a month ago—effing awesome! I tried the cordial neat (undiluted and served at room temperature) and it was mighty tasty, although I wouldn’t suggest operating heavy machinery afterwards.

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Whatever Lola Wants: iFlask


I could have really used this flask masquerading as an iPhone in college for tailgating and Dave Matthews concerts. Nonetheless, it’s  a great way for a lady to have her libations and still look like a lady. That is, if you don’t think it’s terribly unladylike to drink from a headphone jack. iFlask Features Holds 5oz of Read More

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Got the blues? 6½ ways ginger root will make you instantly happy


I don’t believe that lasting happiness is typically achieved through stuff like a job promotion, a new home or adopting a puppy, although there’s no doubt that such happenings deliver a jolt. According to the new documentary Happy, status (career, relationship status, income) only account for 10% of the differences in our levels of happiness. Read More


Red wine only good for the metabolically challenged?


So you know how I’ve been trying to add more red wine in my life? Yeah, I know, life is tough. Well a new study testing women of normal weight reveals that “blood pressure, heart rate, C-reactive protein levels (a measure of inflammation), LDL, HDL and total cholesterol were unaffected by resveratrol,” the component in red wine found to improve metabolism in Read More

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