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Dynamic instructor for the wine and spirits industries. The author of Become a Genius Mixologist in 5 Minutes or Less: The Nobrainer Guide to a Career in Creativity. Become a Wine Genius in 5 Minutes or Less: The Nobrainer Guide to Training Staff on Wine. If you have questions about food and drink I'm your gal! Send questions to sandiegowinelady@yahoo.com.
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Shhhh! I have the biggest crush on Joey Lawrence and have had it since he was on Blossom.
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I have developed recipes for over 75 different flavored brownies! My personal favorite is Chocolate Cheesecake Brownie but, my friends love my Chocolate Cherry Brownies and Spicy Chocolate Mole Brownies. I sent a care package of 100 brownies over to our troops for Xmas.
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Living life on your own terms.
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I pour over several newspapers five days a week over a glass of Champagne and a cup of fresh coffee. I follow up by dining out regularly and traveling both domestically and internationally.
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Interacting with people who enjoy food, wine, beer, creative cocktails and microbrews. I love to see and hear what people like and how they socialize. It's infectious.
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Food prices in the U.S. will skyrocket. China and India will lead the luxury market.
Human-Hiding Floratography
Human-Hiding Floratography
Cecelia Webber Creates Digital Art Incorporating Painted Models
Artist Cecelia Webber uses several mediums to express her ideas. Whether Webber chooses painting, film, dance, her new webcomic or digital photography, the artist's interest in the outdoors, the human… MORE
Conquistador Accessories
Conquistador Accessories
Nicole Akong Creates Jewelry Lines Inspired by Tribal Conquerors
Jewelry designer Nicole Akong found inspiration for her Fall/Winter 2011 collection from the travels of famous world conquerors. She took hints from the colorful textiles of South American Andean tribes… MORE
Military Marching Couture
Military Marching Couture
Oscar De La Renta Brings Russian-Inspired Style for Fall 2011
After a few seasons of paired-down fashions to reflect leaner economic times, the tides are turning toward a fleshier economic future. Oscar De La Renta brings opulence to his fall 2011 line by taking… MORE
Broken Skateboard Art
Broken Skateboard Art
The Haroshi Hydrant is Another Addition to the Artist's Upcycled Work
Self-taught Japanese artist Haroshi is most famous for his painted sculptures, with the Haroshi Hydrant as the latest addition to his large collection. When on the hunt for forgotten boards and parts (which… MORE
Paper-Crafted Pinwheels
Paper-Crafted Pinwheels
Artist Mia Liu Features Artwork Made from Recycled Materials
When an artist crosses her love for donuts along with an interest in creating art made from recycled products, you get these paper pinwheels by Mia Liu. Liu is an amazing artist who has inventively taken… MORE
Matryoshka Seating
Matryoshka Seating
Brothers Georgi and Peter Slokoski Create Chairs Inspired by Nesting Dolls
Russian nesting dolls, known as matryoshka dolls, continue to inspire design in everything from clothing to furniture. The innovative design team of Georgi and Peter Slokoski have taken the concept of… MORE
Pizza Box Branding
Pizza Box Branding
Footmark and Hi Panda Serve Up Limited-Edition Jeans in Eye-Catching Packaging
Chinese retailer Footmark, which specializes in streetwear for males and females, has created a limited-edition denim line with popular Chinese fashion label Hi Panda. Footmark has set up a temporary pop-up… MORE
Monochromatic Fall Fashion
Monochromatic Fall Fashion
Blumarine Fall/Winter 2011 Collection Defies the Drab Autumn Palette
Fall and winter wear is usually associated with neutral colors that blend in with the grayish weather, but not this year. The Blumarine fashion house out of Italy is going to brighten up winter blahs with… MORE
Vibrant Leopard Fashion
Vibrant Leopard Fashion
Blumarine Spring/Summer 2011 Features Color-Popping Animal Prints
Italian fashion house Blumarine has captured two things that women love wearing: yummy colors and fun animal prints. The combination of the two is sexy and playful. The Spring/Summer 2011 line is perfect… MORE
Sustainable Oil-Guzzling Tractors
Sustainable Oil-Guzzling Tractors
Temecula Olive Oil Company Uses Leftover Olive Oil for Fuel
The Temecula Olive Oil Company located right outside of San Diego, California has a little over 7 acres of Mission olive trees. Thom Curry manages the olive oil company and production, and started the… MORE
Crescent-Shaped Wigs
Crescent-Shaped Wigs
Kate Cusack Creates Creative Costumes with Unusual Materials
Costume designer Kate Cusack always puts a theatrical flair into the costumes she creates, but what makes her work different are the clever ways she uses materials. Cusack takes unusual everyday materials… MORE
Molded Media Pendants
Molded Media Pendants
Designer Griffin Yang Creates Whimsical Necklaces
These resin pendants created by designer Griffin Yang depict an obsession with photography and TV. Sure to put a smile on any lookers face, the Griffin Yang jewelry collection is awesome because it's so… MORE
Sprocket-Exposing Cameras
Sprocket-Exposing Cameras
The Powershovel Brand Creates Camera with Sprocket Patterns
The Blackbird Fly 35MM Twin-Lens Reflex camera by Powershovel is inspired by the old-school iconic Rolleiflex camera of the 1920s. This new beauty has been revived by Japanese cult brand Powershovel. The… MORE
Marshmallow-Painted  Muses
Marshmallow-Painted Muses
Painter Derek Buckner Creates Comforting Pictures with Marshmallows
Marshmallows are the muse in a series of paintings by artist Derek Buckner. Don't they just fit today's American mood? People are becoming tired of worrying about what is going to happen next, and would… MORE
Honeycomb Buzzing Boutiques
Honeycomb Buzzing Boutiques
Hermes Opens Remodeled Paris Location to Showcase New Furniture Line
After 170 years of Hermes' original location in Paris the luxury retailer decided to move to a new store at 17 Rue de Sevres in the neighborhood of Germain-des-Pres. The new store which was a mixture of… MORE
Fashion House Furniture
Fashion House Furniture
Hermes Launches New Furniture Line at Milan Design Week 2011
Famous French fashion house Hermes is launching its new high-end furniture line at the Salone de Mobile in Milan, Italy. It is the first time in the history of the company that it has made such a venture… MORE
Blossoming Diamond Jewelry
Blossoming Diamond Jewelry
The Piaget Limelight Garden Collection is Astonishing and Fresh
The time for cherry blossoms is here, and the Piaget Limelight Garden collection recognizes that it would be lovely if one could wear a garland of blossoms around the neck. The Cherry Blossom necklace… MORE
Toadstool-Sprouting Jewelry
Toadstool-Sprouting Jewelry
H.Stern Launches Jewelry Line Inspired by Alice in Wonderlan
Jewelery extraordinaire H.Stern moves away from the classic style of well-crafted, but traditional jewelry to a fun and fanciful line made of diamonds, gold and pure imagination. Inspired by the Tim Burton… MORE
Quirky Technicolor Toys
Quirky Technicolor Toys
Sculptor Abe Lincoln Jr. Releases First in a Series of Resin Toys
Sculptor and painter Abe Lincoln Jr. has released the first two figurines in a series of resin toys for Titanium Toyz. Lincoln calls the Furby-looking toy Globulon. The artists’ relationship with the friendly,… MORE
Distorted Architectural Art
Distorted Architectural Art
Gabor Ekecs Digitally Alters Photographs of Disney Hall
Photographer Gabor Ekecs uses his work to express humans' busy everyday lives and how their constant rushing interrupts their ability to see what is in plain sight. The artist shows that people see only… MORE
Recession-Defying Art Auctions
Recession-Defying Art Auctions
Zhang Xiaogang Sells Painting for $10.1 Million at Sotheby's
A painting by Chinese artist Zhang Xiaogang called Forever Lasting Love has been sold for the recordbreaking amount of $10.1 million by the Sotheby's auction house. (What recession?) The sale of the painting… MORE
Somber Musician-Made Sketches
Somber Musician-Made Sketches
Cody Critcheole is a Creative Mind Who Makes All Forms of Art
Cody Critcheloe is the lead singer of the band SSION (pronounced “shun”) and a visual artist. In an interview with Charlotte Street Foundation, Critcheole loosely described his work as being about… MORE
Personal Stylists for Dogs
Personal Stylists for Dogs
Dana Foster Shows Pets and Their Owners How to Live Stylishly
Dara Foster, a former fashion magazine editor, changed careers and now is a successful stylist for dogs. Foster is a regular guest on TV shows, logging appearances on the Today Show, the Wendy Williams… MORE
Social Typing Networks
Social Typing Networks
Vintage Typewriter Gatherings Bring People Together With Type-Ins
Vintage manual typewriters have attracted young new converts. Many of these new fans weren't even born when manual typewriters were being manufactured. Unlike the office typist, these admirers don't confine… MORE
Anti-Gravity Furniture
Anti-Gravity Furniture
Designer Florian Gross Creates Modern Shelving System for Konnex
Here’s a new shelf system that doesn’t sacrifice looks for function. Designed by Florian Gross for Konnex, the system allows the owner to customize the look of their furniture based on their taste and… MORE
Clustered Bubble Lamps
Clustered Bubble Lamps
The D Light by Diana Lin is a Versatile Lighting Set Made From Silicone
When it comes to decorating the home, it's always best when form and function come together; the D Light from industrial designer Diana Lin shows that lighting designs need not sacrifice any of these important… MORE
Upscale Border Town Restaurants
Upscale Border Town Restaurants
Chef Javier Plascencia Brings Fine Dining to Tijuana, Mexico
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Crafty Art Installations
Crafty Art Installations
The Aram Gallery in London Shows Designs From Three Artists
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Primary Color Chandeliers
Primary Color Chandeliers
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Heirloom Champagne Releases
Heirloom Champagne Releases
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Dead Pet Photography
Dead Pet Photography
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Collaborative Funhouse Artwork
Collaborative Funhouse Artwork
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Wheelbarrow Bookshelves
Wheelbarrow Bookshelves
Nils Holger Moorman Creates Fun Designs for Book Lovers
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Jack-O-Lantern Facades
Jack-O-Lantern Facades
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Japanese Tepee Cottages
Japanese Tepee Cottages
Suppose Architecture Creates Modern Habitat in Traditional Hiroshima
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Bone-Shaking Evening Wear
Bone-Shaking Evening Wear
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$65 Million Manly Musicals (UPDATE)
$65 Million Manly Musicals (UPDATE)
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Conquistador Accessories
Conquistador Accessories
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Paper-Crafted Pinwheels
Paper-Crafted Pinwheels
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Paint-Box Plaid Apparel
Paint-Box Plaid Apparel
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Blossoming Diamond Jewelry
Blossoming Diamond Jewelry
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Clustered Bubble Lamps
Clustered Bubble Lamps
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Fashion House Furniture
Fashion House Furniture
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Surreal Circus Act Art
Surreal Circus Act Art
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Crafty Mobile Restaurants
Crafty Mobile Restaurants
The Urban Food Stall that Cooks Pig Heads to Perfection
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Jack-O-Lantern Facades
Jack-O-Lantern Facades
Architecture Firm Johnston Marklee Creates a Minimalist Statement
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Fashionable Fight Clubs
Fashionable Fight Clubs
Friday Night Throwdown is the New Forbidden Pastime
Friday Night Throwdown aka Model Boxing is an old sport with a new twist--handsome or "pretty boy" male models.  These underground fights take place in a Manhattan warehouse and aren’t disclosed until… MORE
Communal Creativity Projects
Communal Creativity Projects
Ron Miriello Calls Artists to Collaborate on the 100 Worlds Project
Sculptor and graphic designer Ron Miriello has poured his passion for socializing, creating art and building communities into his 100 Worlds Project.  To date the designer has created a body of work with… MORE
Wheelbarrow Bookshelves
Wheelbarrow Bookshelves
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Modern Greek Eco Resorts
Modern Greek Eco Resorts
Costa Navarino in Greece has a Positive Impact on the Environment
Costa Navarino is a brand new resort that offers an eco-friendly getaway location to explore. Recently opened in Messina, Greece, the resort grounds look as though they have been pulled from a mystical… MORE