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Beaujolais Nouveau, Winter’s Wine

For many, November 15th came and went as a Tuesday might have normally would have. The daily grind, the 9 to 5, the coming home to chores or episodes of The New Girl. For others, there was a mandatory stop at the wine store. Some left with a bottle or two, some left with a case. It was Beaujolais Nouveau Day. Marketed now as a “Thanksgiving Day wine”, Beaujolais nouveau is a fantastic option to pair with heavier winter meals.

Made from grapes from the Beaujolais region of France, Beaujolais nouveau is only fermented for a few weeks before it is bottled and shipped around the world. Like all European wines, it’s named after the region it’s produced, not the grape it’s made of. Unlike American wines, there are strict laws regulating its harvest – the gamay grapes must be hand harvested and the wine is fermented with whole berries to emphasize the fruit rather than extract the tannin in the grape skins. This is why you get hints of banana, fig and pear when you drink it. It’s an end of harvest wine, ready to drink about 2 months after it is harvested, and until after World War Two, was only available for local consumption. Now 49 million liters are made and exported across the globe.Continue reading

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A Glamorous New Beginning


Last summer, I found the apartment of my dreams. Spacious but cozy, with high ceilings, big windows and lot’s of natural light, it was almost perfect. Why almost? Well, the apartment needs a complete renovation. With a gutted kitchen, uneven floors, doors with cut out holes for (I suspect) cats, and a bathroom that looks like it’s housing several diseases,  this is no “move-in” ready deal. With a little imagination though, you can definitely see its beautiful potential. Plus, it’s  in the same neighborhood that I already live in and have grown to love, and even after doing a full-renovation, it will still be way under the price of other “move-in” ready apartments I had seen in the same area. So, after months of struggling with a co-op board to be able to begin remodeling the place, we’re finally on our way. Of course, this means the hard part has begun.Continue reading

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The Old Navy Sweetheart Jean: Best Ever?

As a thirty year old suburbanite, I need something to entertain myself while I wait in the long checkout lines in the grocery store after a long day at work. Frankly, I don’t care who wore it better or who is dating who in Hollywood. My sex life is fine thank you. So I usually flip through Marie Claire because, despite thinking Nina is the worst judge on Project Runway, I enjoy the how-tos and the product reviews. Every fall, many magazines do a piece on how to pick the perfect jeans for your body type. Many women don’t know how to buy the proper pair of pants; upstate NY might be the world’s capital for muffin-top. There’s nothing worse than body-spillage to make a person look misshapen and larger than they truly are.

I have my own personal interest in the matter. Sir Mix A lot raps that some girls have an L.A face, but an Oakland bootie. This is my fate. It’s called having an hour-glass figure – narrow, high waist and a full hip, thigh and, well, you know. The junk in the trunk. No matter how much weight I lose, I cannot lose my caboose.Continue reading