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Executive Chef Ryan O’Flynn Never Let the “Big City Boys” Intimidate Him. Now He’s One of Them

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“Surrender your cellphones and all communication devices! Standby for pat downs. Open your knife kits for inspection – no food or spices allowed.” An excerpt from an episode from prison dramedy, Orange Is the New Black? ” Not quite. Executive Chef Ryan O’Flynn is reminiscing about the culinary referee’s missive to chefs prior to the Black Box competition – part of …

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After A Life – Changing Accident, Serendipity Winery A Winner

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“Serendipity: The real magic in life – the moments of unexpected but fortunate discovery. It is the affirmation of optimism revealed to those with an open heart.” JK Like the innocuous apple that was said to have fallen on Newton’s head triggering his discovery of gravity, Judy Kingston’s Serendipity Winery on the Naramata Bench could not have been more aptly named. …

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Black Hills Estate Winery – Passionate Winemaking with a Distinctive Celebrity Vintage

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Longevity for many hot young stars is somewhat of an anomaly in Hollywood unless they parlay their talents in many different directions. Vancouver-born Jason Priestley, who played teen heartthrob Brandon Walsh, in the ‘90s hit TV series Beverly Hills 90210, recognized that early, directing 19 episodes in the show’s 10-season run. The handsome 47-year-old Priestley made his feature film directorial debut with Cas & Dylan starring Richard Dreyfuss …

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Wine, Design, De-Stress and Dine Makes 50th Parallel Estate Winery A Destination For All the Senses

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I’m imagining floating in one of Sheri-Lee Turner-Krouzel’s vino therapy treatments absorbing all those antioxidants (and if that doesn’t work, I can always drink the treatment!) Dreaming is what got the enterprising Sheri-Lee and husband, Curtis Krouzel into the winery business in the first place. Their 10,000 square-foot, high-tech 50th Parallel Estate Winery in Lake Country, Okanagan, Canada’s wine capital,  has been constructed in …

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Ruth Reichl Unmasked – My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life

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Ruth Reichl is not wearing a disguise. I admit that part of me was hoping to meet Molly Hollis, one of the personas Reichl created (with the help of her mother’s old friend, Claudia Banks, a retired acting coach,) so as the Restaurant Critic for the New York Times, she could review restaurants anonymously. “Molly” was an unfashionable Midwestern wife as …

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A Modernist Nod To Mad Men’s Iconic Design: Liquidity Winery VIP Suite & Home

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“I worked in advertising for many years in Montreal, but without all that drinking and smoking in Mad Men,” laughs MacDonald. “What that experience did give me was an appreciation for art and layout, all driven by branding. I’ve applied that knowledge and need to engage the public at Liquidity Winery, through all aspects of design, landscaping, sculpture, food and wine …

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Desserted In Paris Puts You In Tal Spiegel’s Choux

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This may sound like a script for a Woody Allen film: Our protagonist, intrepid Israeli pastry chef, Tal Spiegel, is Desserted In Paris. He’s on a quest to find his life’s passion in the form of a great pair of shoes and spectacular, color co-ordinated desserts in the “City of Light.” (Let’s face it, movies have been produced with lesser …

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Simply, Nigella Lawson

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With a delicious wit and down-to-earth demeanor, Nigella Lawson’s Feel Good Food mantra is “cooking great food without the stress.” Yes, she’s gorgeous in person. And, yes, she oozes sensuality even in a red plaid lumberjack shirt over black leggings. Now that we’ve gotten appearance out of the way, Simply Nigella Feel Good Food is Lawson’s 10th cookbook and a sort of an …

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Butter Baked Goods – How Sweet It Is When Baker, Rosie Daykin Celebrates ALL the Holidays

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I never met a cookie I didn’t love. While that may be the downfall for many of us, Rosie Daykin, baker extraordinaire, parlayed what started as a childhood hobby at six-years-old, into a phenomenal success story. Her newest book, Butter Celebrates! A Year of Sweet Recipes to Share with Family and Friends published by Appetite Random House, boasts recipes for …