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Southern Hospitality Meets Luxury at Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee

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Linger Longer at the Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee. Located just 90 minutes from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, on the aptly named, Linger Longer Road, is the entrance to a community that is an integration of residential living, club lifestyle and full service resort. At the center of Reynolds, situated on the shores of Lake Oconee is The Ritz Carlton Resort.

Image courtesy of The Ritz Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee

The Resort: It’s all in the details.

This AAA Five Diamond resort and spa located between Atlanta and Augusta is surrounded by deep green landscape, sky high trees and the sparkling waters of Lake Oconee.Read more

Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless Earbuds 6 Key Features

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There is nothing like taking a long walk on a warm day with my favorite music playing in my ear to keep me energized. I just needed to find a solution to the poor sound quality and ever tangled earphone cords!  That’s when I learned about the new Push™ from Skullcandy Truly Wireless earbuds. 

Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless earbuds

The Six Key Features

The first time I tried them, the music came through so clear with such a rich sound that totally immersed me in the rhythm of the songs. While these are not meant to be noise cancellation earbuds, the way they fit in my ear with their secure FitFin™ Gels, does help to block the external sounds.… Read more

A Seafood Lovers Vacation to the Florida Gulf Coast

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Exploring the Ringling, shopping on St. Armand’s Circle and dining at seafood restaurants across Tampa, Sarasota and Long Boat Key while on vacation on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Sandy white beaches, sunshine, seafood and a slower pace were the goals of my recent trip to Florida’s Gulf Coast. My ultimate destination was Long Boat Key, exploring Sarasota’s dining and art space along the way.

Flying in to Florida’s Gulf Coast

While choosing the airport you fly into is usually based on other factors than the food scene within the terminal, this was actually a decision maker for me. Having learned that the Tampa International Airport did a massive $154 million renovation with a focus on their design, culinary and concessions, I wanted to see what this meant from a traveler’s standpoint.… Read more

22 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Dad Who Has Everything

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Who’s the most difficult person to buy gifts for in your family? DAD! No question. With Father’s Day fast approaching, I went searching for creative gift ideas for the man who rarely gives us hints of what he wants. Whether he is The Chef in your family, The Bartender at every party, always On The Go, or just needs some Well Rested time, here are 22 Father’s Day gift ideas that will make Dad happy.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

The ChefThe Chef kitchen tools and food

When Dad loves to cook or grill, everyone benefits!

1. MEATER+ is the world’s first truly wireless leave-in meat thermometer.… Read more

17 Finds from the 2019 National Restaurant Show

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eli's cheesecake from the National Restaurant Show

2019 is the 100 year anniversary of the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. Record attendance with more than 65,500 exhibitors, restaurant operators, retail foodservice professionals, equipment dealers, food distributors and many others. This massive show takes over three halls at McCormick Place in Chicago. Given the demand, in 2020, their will be a fourth exhibit hall! 

17 Finds from the 2019 National Restaurant Show

Chicago’s own, Eli’s Cheesecake, created a 1,200 pound cheesecake that was cut during the opening ceremony. Chef Rick Bayless and LT. Governor, Juliana Stratton were present. 

Chef Rick Bayless, LT Governor Juliana Stratton

As I walked the show, my goal was to find new products, cooking tips, tabletop ideas and overall trends.… Read more

Celebrate National Strawberry Month with these 3 Sweet Treats

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What are your favorite foods to look forward too when warm weather season approaches? I am all about the fresh fruit! Did you know May is National Strawberry Month? What better way to celebrate this fruity holiday than with delicious, strawberry flavored snacks and drinks that remind us of summer. 

fresh strawberries in a bowl

3 Fruity Treats for National Strawberry Month 

 

For Those Who Want A Guilt-Free Frozen Snack

Have you heard of mochi? It is a small, round confection consisting of a soft, pounded sticky rice dumpling formed around an ice cream filling. The ice cream flavors the confection while the mochi adds sweetness and texture.… Read more

Easy Carrot Cake Recipe Baked in Lodge Wedge Pan

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I just got the “funnest” new pan and I want to share it with you. Cast iron cookware has been around for a very long time as most people know. After this year’s International Home and Housewares Show where I spent time talking with the nice folks from Lodge Cast Iron, I am making it my mission this year to learn all about it.

Easy Carrot Cake Recipe Baked in Lodge Wedge Pan

I know that cast iron cookware is traditionally passed down from generation to generation especially in the South. But the demand for this style of cookware is expanding rapidly. Lodge cookware is a brand that has been designing and manufacturing cast iron cookware since 1896 in the small town of South Pittsburg, Tennessee.… Read more

Favorite Finds from the International Home and Housewares Show

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After five days of exploring the 2019 International Home and Housewares Show, I can honestly tell you that I still love going to this show! With more than 60,000 attendees and 2,200 exhibitors, there is so much to see and learn about. The show is held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center in three of its enormous halls. 

What never ceases to amaze me is the creativity of products shown. Yes, all the major brands are there but so are small, soon-to-be-well-known (in my opinion) companies from all over the world. If you have ever wondered how a product comes to life, consider that someone had a need and made it happen. 

Like Get It Right, a company owned and operated by a female entrepreneur who was frustrated with the way her spatulas broke while in use in her kitchen.… Read more

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

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Leprechauns. Four leaf clovers. A pot of golf at the end of the rainbow….it’s that time of year where Chicago turns the river green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. There are some food traditions, too, in honor of this day. If baking bread is something you’ve always wanted to do but are hesitant to try it, then this Irish Soda Bread recipe is for you.

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe

This simple recipe has just 8 ingredients in it. Chances are you already have them in your home. If not, a quick run to Tony’s Fresh Market and you are back in the kitchen within the hour.… Read more

Wine Tasting Around The World

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Wine tasting and exploring three wineries from around the world including VIK from Chile, Ruffino from Italy and Kim Crawford from New Zealand.

How much fun would it be to travel the world touring wineries, tasting wine, learning about their history and operations and even talking food and wine parings? If you are a wine drinker, sampling wines from a variety of vineyards is part of the enjoyment you get from each glass. Having the opportunity to explore wines from around the globe just enhances not only the taste but the education on how each bottle is produced.

I recently had the opportunity to meet with 3 winemakers from Italy, New Zealand and Chile.… Read more