Archives for the month of: January, 2016

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There’s never a better time for some escapism than the winter months, when the roads are snow-covered and icy, and there’s a roaring fire in the fireplace and a hot toddy with your name on it.

Meg, by Steve Alten (www.AMPublishers.com), is a spellbinding tale about the pursuit of a 70-foot, 100,000 pound prehistoric cousin of the Great White shark in the waters of the Mariana Trench. The recently released new revised and expanded edition contains a never-before released prequel.  Alten is a masterful storyteller and manages to help the reader feel like they are right in the center of all of the exciting and terrifying action. Meg is a great choice if you like action/adventure stories and have a passion for ocean mysteries.

Meg by Steve Alten – Gotta Love It!

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If a friend or family member has welcomed a new addition to their household, or maybe it’s you who has welcomed a new child into your life, Jennifer More has released a wonderfully gentle program targeted at new mothers called Postnatal Vinyasa Yoga with Jennifer More. (www.dolphinmethod.com).

There are 5, 10 and 30 minute yoga practice sessions on this DVD, along with a guided relaxation and some very informative information about how the new mother’s body is changing and needs special care in the weeks and months following delivery. More’s approach is warm, friendly and geared toward having women be kind and gentle to themselves during one of the most special times in their lives.

Postnatal Vinyasa Yoga with Jennifer More  – Gotta Love It!

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Even though the holiday season is over, that doesn’t mean your beverage choices have to lose their festive character! The January doldrums are the perfect time to discover a new beverage option!

Sparkling Ice  (www.sparklingice.com) offers a variety of bottled sparkling waters featuring bold fruit flavors such as crisp apple and black raspberry. These taste very refreshing served chilled or over crushed ice, with zero calories. Every glass of Sparkling Ice is also fortified with vitamins and antioxidants. These flavored sparkling waters also make great mixers to quickly create some amazing cocktails for the upcoming Hollywood award season!

Sparkling Ice – Gotta Love It!

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Those creative brewmasters at New Belgium in Colorado (www.newbelgium.com) have concocted the perfect beverage for a freezing night spent warming yourself at a roaring fire.

Their Blackberry Barley Wine Ale is the perfect combination of sweet and fruity flavors with rich caramel overtones and a gorgeous ruby-amber color. Perfect for sipping by itself or accompanied by your favorite fruit and cheese platter. And the beautifully decorated bottle is definitely a keeper for crafters after it’s empty!

New Belgium Blackberry Barley Wine Ale – Gotta Love It!

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Few stars in Hollywood today can hold a candle to the legendary John Wayne. His son Ethan, and the editors of John Wayne Magazine, have created a nostalgic and loving tribute to The Duke, based on the wide array of rib-sticking recipes he enjoyed sharing with family members and friends. (http://us.macmillan.com/publishers/media-lab-books).

In addition to fully color illustrated recipes ranging from sides and soups to stews, steaks and desserts, The John Wayne Way to Grill is filled with great photographic remembrances of Wayne and family trivia tidbits recalled by son Ethan and others. This is a well-thought-out culinary compendium of the Duke’s favorite dishes, a must-have for any fan of Wayne’s or any fan of great grilled foods.

The John Wayne Way to Grill – Gotta Love It!

 

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Now it’s possible to make tofu in your own kitchen, thanks to a new DIY kit launched by Morinaga Nutritional Foods (www.morinu.com).

Each “Make Your Own Tofu” kit contains six boxes of soy milk packaged in individuals aseptic boxes, accompanying packets of a coagulent known as nigari, along with a tofu press. Within 15 minutes you can have soft tofu, freshly made, for use in healthful, vegetarian recipes to get the New Year started right! We found the process easy and simple, with the results satisfying.

Morinaga “Make Your Own Tofu Kit” – Gotta Love It!

jkchocolates

We came across a very empowering quote over the holiday period from the Dalai Lama, one that encourages the individual to go someplace the person has never been before at least once a year.

That’s good advice when it comes to making New Year’s resolutions for 2016 and we add our encouragement that readers be as adverturesome as possible when it comes to trying new foods, new products, unfamiliar books and previously undiscovered services. One of our promises to ourself is to explore the world of quality chocolate this year, and what better place to start than John Kelly Chocolates, based in Los Angeles and an award-winning chocolatier founded in 2005.

We were recently treated to their rich truffle fudge squares topped with sea salt, a delectable juxtaposition of rich, savory chocolate and piquant sea salt flavors. This decadent chocolate was the perfect accompaniment to a glass of red wine for dessert! Check out their full array of ultra-luxury artisan chocolates at http://www.johnkelleychocolates.com), all available, weather permitting, for mail order.

John Kelly Chocolates – Gotta Love It!