Archives for January 2010

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Beer Tour: Denver

When you think of great beer cities, you think of Amsterdam or Dublin or Munich or New York or even Seattle. Denver doesn't pop into your mind. And knowing that Denver's the city that Coors built doesn't help matters one bit. But strike all the memories of guzzling dank Coors Light in a basement while you strike out with a hot chick from your mind. Because Denver, good friend, is on …

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6 Best Beer and Grub Combos

We are not so arrogant as to say we can make beer taste better, but you can read on and say it for us. The art of matching a quality brew to a tasty meal is unknown; they think that is what you do with wine. Well, beer has its own flavor complexities and similar to wine, its presence can enhance, or be enhanced by, your dish. In college, this task was easy – beer went well with pizza. Today, your …

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How To Make Jello Shots With Liquor

If you’re look for a sure-fire way to make a statement at your next party, then make Jello shots with liquor. No longer just for the college crowd, Food & Wine magazine reports that these tasty treats are taking center stage in fancy Manhattan restaurants and sophisticated at-home soirees alike, and its editors have even created a recipe for a haute Jello shot with bacon …

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10 Best Whiskey Cocktails

The best whiskey cocktails find the way to blend top-notch whiskey with other flavors and bring the best out of all ingredients. Whiskey is one of the most powerful liqueurs to be found, but good whiskey cocktails are still hard to find. Celtic Coffee For those who love coffee, this whiskey cocktail (combining iced coffee and Celtic Crossing Irish Liqueur) is a breeze to ma …

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The White Castle Valentines Day Dinner

It started as a customer suggestion – one that management actually implemented. In 1991 White Castle franchises in St. Louis and Minneapolis offered sit-down dining service to customers on Valentine’s Day. The promotion was a hit. That is why today, if you live near one of the 420 White Castle franchises in the Midwest and Northeast, you can make a dinner reservation for Feb. 14 at White Castle. M …

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5 Best Bourbon Cocktails

Here are five of the best bourbon cocktails. Unlike most liquors, Bourbon didn’t start out as a cocktail base, but it has held its own over the years. Check out some of the best examples. Kentucky B + B One of the simplest bourbon cocktails you’ll ever make. Just pour bourbon and Benedictine into a glass and stir. It’s the perfect cocktail to sit and enjoy …

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10 Best Vodka Cocktails

The ten best vodka cocktails are hard to choose. Vodka is one of the most popular liqueurs in circulation and has maintained its title as one of the most commonly mixed liqueurs in the world. Below are ten of the best vodka cocktails, even if they aren’t the most well-known.   Bloody Mary This particular drink is famous, but deserves notice anyway. Vodka, tomato juice, lemon …

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Beer Tour: Seattle

Perhaps the only thing easier than finding a coffee shop in Seattle is locating a pint of delicious beer. Seattle is a beer haven, trying to keep pace with its little brother, Portland, and thus any competitive bar in the area will feature at least a couple locally produced favorites. The trick is to find a joint that compliments its draft lineup with something you're in the mood for, or, of cours …

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How to Find A Classy Watering Hole

Let's face it... you've outgrown the dive bar on the corner. And unless it's the Superbowl, who needs to hit up a sports bar any more? You're a grown man and you require a fifth of nice whiskey, a fine beer and classy watering hole. Finding one isn't as easy as it seems though. Which is why we're here, bud. You're welcome. Finding a classy spot online There's a science to finding a good bar on t …

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Beer Tour: New York

As you know, beer isn't just for cooking... it's also for drinking! Duh. And every region of the world claims their beer is the best. And you know what? We agree. Beer is good. It's delicious. And it makes us drunk. And we like our beer how we like our women -- freezing cold. No, wait, we meant to say "with variety." So in an effort to give all the exciting regional beers shine, we're pa …

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10 Best Gin Cocktails

Gin is a versatile alcohol that can be used in a huge variety of drinks from sweet and subtle to bitter and strong…and everywhere in between, making it tough to come up with a list featuring only the 10 Best Gin Cocktails. We took one for the team and taste-tested a myriad of gin cocktails to come up with this definitive list. The drinks on this list encompass the full flavor spectrum of gin cockt …

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The New Caveman Diet

There is a small band of scrappy upstarts just trying to make their way in the Big Apple today. There’s a lot of danger there, and it’s not easy. That’s why it’s important to think and eat like a caveman. And, according to the NY Times, that’s exactly what they’re doing. Here’s the gist of it: The caveman lifestyle, in Mr. Durant’s interpretation, involves eating large quantities of meat and t …

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Hot Sauce With Conviction

 Jail House Fire Hot Sauce advertises itself as “the only hot sauce created by inmates.” And, really, do you need any more reason beyond that to buy it? You’re a man, as you know.If you think you’re the toughest guy on the block while you’re slathering your chicken with some TGIFriday’s weak sauce, then you better think again. Now, if you’re cook …

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10 Best Champagne Cocktails

10 Best Champagne Cocktails Stock up on a case or two of champagne and get tasting with our 10 Best Champagne Cocktails for 2010. Got an occasion? We've got the recipe! 10 Best Champagne Cocktails #1: Kir Royale some champagne some cassis - any bottle that claims to be from Dijon is likely to be the authentic stuff (More Kir and Cassis-based recipes). The classiest of all …

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How To Make A Whiskey Sour

If you don’t know how to make a Whiskey Sour, then you’re missing an essential cocktail in your repertoire. This vintage libation is clearly a crowd-pleaser, and learning how to make a Whiskey Sour is a quick way to add a sense of sophistication to your next celebration.   To make a Whiskey Sour, you’ll need: Whiskey (any kind you prefer) Lemon Juice …

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5 Best Winter Cocktails

Choosing the five best winter cocktails is a tough one. There are so many out there that it’s practically impossible. Here’s a few ways to narrow it down and pick the best winter cocktail for you. If it’s winter and it’s cold, try something warm. Winter is full of holidays and themes so try something festive that fits your mood. Time to stay at home and sit by the fire plac …

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5 Easy Summer Cocktails

Some of the easy summer cocktails to make are fruity and/or citrus flavored to quench a thirst when the temperature is scorching. Summer cocktails should be light and refreshing; here are five of the most light and refreshing summer cocktails to get your party started.  Mai Tai A Mai Tai is a fruity, tropical inspired drink that includes two or three different rums (usually a dark and …

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5 Best Healthy Cocktails

In composing this list of the five best healthy cocktails, taste, volume and caloric values were given equal consideration, as a really great healthy cocktail should satisfy your tastebuds and not at the expense of your health.  Keep in mind that if you don't like a particular liquor or brand of liquor, you may substitute another, provided you avoid malt liquors and liquors mixed with sug …

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5 Best Champagne Food Pairings

It will always be a good time when Champagne is involved, but when you've got a the bubbly and these five best Champagne food pairings, that good time is guaranteed. Champagne tends to go well with many foods, but there are some that accompany the dry, slightly acidic, bubbly beverage. Typically, lighter foods go better with champagne than heavy foods such as red meats and sugary desserts. …

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10 Best Rum Cocktails

Here are the 10 Best Rum Cocktails - and remember, the best way to learn about them is to try them...hope you enjoy learning about them as much as we did! Rum and Coke. The number one best rum cocktail has got to be a Rum and Coke. It's a classic combination that's popularity is long-living for a reason; it's darn good! Mojito. The second best rum cocktail is one tha …