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I recently spotted a tiny and bubbly Sofia sitting across from me in one of my favorite Japanese restaurants. And I was thinking how lucky can one girl be? Sofia Coppola with a killer wardrobe & friends like Marc Jacobs and all her various fashion ad campaigns including her very own designed handbag for Louis Vuitton plus being a talented director in her own right…you’d think that that would be enough for one person right?
Apparently in Hollywood you can never be over marketed because right now she also comes in a can. That’s right. Her famous director dad Francis Ford (co-owner of the Niebaum-Coppola spectacular winery in Napa) has her all packaged up and ready to go in individually sized serving cans that come with their own straws, and sold in four-packs. And in pink too.
Sofia blanc de blancs, made by Niebaum-Coppola Winery, is hoping to appeal to younger drinkers, especially clubgoers. But I like it too! Part of the plan has been to market Sofia not merely as premium wine without a bottle but as a clubgoers’ drink: ordered by name, easy to hold at a bar and ideal for resort poolside where glass is a no-no.
The cans are meant to appeal to a kind of “Sex in the City” crowd: sophisticated female city-dwellers, from just over drinking age and up. I do fit into this category.
It’s a different audience than most wine drinkers. I’ll take it to my next beach picnic. Hell, it even fits nicely in my purse.
A distinctive blend as unconventional as the woman who inspired it. Mini is for the impromptu, impetuous, live passionately for the moment kind of person. The kind of person who lives like there is no tomorrow!
The Sofia Blanc de Blancs bursts with rich pear, honeysuckle, and exotic passion fruit aromas. Crisp apple, melon, and juicy tangerine flavors fill the palate, with notes of bright lemon and honey evident on the refreshing, mouth-tingling finish.
70% Pinot Blanc, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Muscat Cannelli
Oh NO….I’m still in the process of figuring out how to record on my TV. I lost something in Dropbox today and don’t even talk to me about making changes to my website. And then somebody sends me this youtube little glimpse into what’s coming! I better get with the program.
It gets better – the video is from Corning as in “CorningWare” the same people who make that thermal shock cookware that you can use on your stovetop. Everyone owns a piece.
I’ve never posted a link on its own but YOU MUST take a moment to view this youtube video if you haven’t already. Take my word – This is MIND BLOWING!
SOMETIME SOON…..In the near future – a world made of GLASS…..
A stunning glimpse into the future courtesy of Corning: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=6Cf7IL_eZ38&vq=medium
Baking calms the mind and feeds the soul, but all that buttery goodness can pack on the pounds. If looking to make healthier baked goods, omitting some or all of the butter from your favorite recipes greatly reduce the amount of calories, fat, and cholesterol in your sweet treats. There are countless ways to replace eggs in recipes, and here are healthier alternatives to using butter. These substitutes are great for vegan bakers too.
Earth Balance: Replace all of the butter with Earth Balance to reduce saturated fat and cholesterol. Using Smart Balance rather than Earth Balance will also save some calories, but note that Original Smart Balance contains whey, so it’s not vegan.
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Street Food Vancouver was thrilled to show off the best of our local food trucks during this year’s Dine Out Vancouver. I went yesterday on the last day and there was definitely something to satisfy everyone’s palate. Actually it was difficult to make a choice.
Nine of the city’s top food carts congregated at the Vancouver Art Gallery this past weekend allowing diners to sample a wide range of freshly prepared, internationally influenced flavors in one convenient location while receiving special discounts and freebies. The best part? After making their selections, diners were able to cozy up despite the rain in an outdoor food court complete with heaters, tents, tables and chairs.
“Vancouver’s street foods were once limited to hot dogs and roasted chestnuts – but for the last few years, our food cart vendors have been dishing out some of the city’s most creative, fresh and delicious cuisine ,” said Lucas Pavan, festival coordinator. “Street Food City showcases not only the diversity of our local food culture, but also the evolution of Dine Out from a restaurant-focused promotion to an all-encompassing dining festival.”
I really enjoyed my “ze pig” french baguette sandwich from “Ze Bite” french cuisine food truck while imagining eating it walking along Ze Seine. I recommend sampling the local truck stops around town.
Or in my case -borrowship. But here is a list of the TOP 10 HEALTH BENEFITS of having a pet according to Dr. Dave Hepburn who owns a Havanese pup named Leo.
3 Pets are great for mental health. Patients who have pets are less depressed or anxious and show lower scores on the depression severity scale. So, if you’re feeling blue take two Shih Tzu and call me in the morning.
4 A study out of the University of Missouri showed that within minutes of petting a dog, there is a massive release of beneficial hormones ( in the petter) known to be associated with health and feelings of well being.
5 Dogs are beneficial in speech and language development. (My Spanish is already getting better). Dogs are instantly loyal and eager to please — perfect companions during sometimes difficult speech- therapy sessions.
6 Pets help blunt pain. By initiating and maintaining the relaxation response, a pet can distract a patient’s focus from his or her pain and elevate his or her mood.
7 Pet owners often feel needed and responsible, which may stimulate the survival incentive. There is the feeling of the need to pull through a surgery or major illness to take care of their pets. Many cancer patients with pets admit to striving hard to live longer because they felt that their pets need them and only them.
8 Pets in the home teach empathy and responsibility and even raise IQs. In fact, dogs can improve children’s reading scores. Trained teams of dogs and humans help children who have trouble reading to jump grade levels in just a few months in a program where children read to dogs.
9 Seniors who have pets have far fewer doctor visits and sleep better.
10 To many researchers, the most exciting facet of these studies is that positive human- animal interaction may delay production of harmful body chemicals associated with diseases such as cancer. Studies indicate an improvement in body chemicals associated with a healthy immune system. We may see a time when people at risk for certain illnesses including cancer may be prescribed a Chihuahua.
Dr. Dave Hepburn, Postmedia News. Watch Dr. Dave on “Buyologic” on OWN, Tuesdays at 6: 30 p. m.
Besides the fact that I love all three – the Missoni clad stuffed bears & elephants can be found at Holt Renfrew until sold out.
Holt Renfrew says “we have always been slightly obsessed with the iconic Missoni zig zag pattern. The abstract patterns in a rich kaleidoscope of colors immediately signals the work of the Italian fashion house and we can’t seem to get enough.”
Over the holidays, Holt Renfrew partnered with Missoni to create a limited-edition, worldwide-exclusive bear and elephant. They have been designed by Missoni exclusively for Holt Renfrew in support of Orphan-Aid Africa, a non-profit organization with the goal to ensure that orphans and vulnerable children in Ghana grow up in safe and permanent family settings with appropriate care and protection.
“I began volunteering with Orphan Aid Africa nine years ago, in its early days, said Missoni. “To see the changes and impact we have made to better the lives of children is incredible and rewarding. We are very pleased to have joined forces with Holt Renfrew. The funds raised will further strengthen our cause.”
Your purchase will help Holt Renfrew reach its goal of raising $100,000 for children and families through Orphan Aid Africa. Bonus: they’re now only $25 so you can buy two.
Short video with Margherita Missoni at http://www.holtsmuse.com/fashion/worldwide-exclusive-missoni-x-holt-renfrew/
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Fala is a fashion designer with her own line, a friend and someone I worked with at 4th Ave. Boutique. She’s a quadruple threat….young, smart, talented and beautiful. Fala currently spends her time jetting between New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai & Taiwan. She recently showcased her newest collection at New York Fashion week where she garnered attention from the media and was named new up and coming designer. You go girl!
Fala’s signature: simple, playful garments, each with its own unique personality like dresses that can be worn inside out, dress and jacket alter-egos with adjustable sleeves and other adaptable combinations. As Fala says, “fashion should be fun and playful.”
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