DIFFA 2016 table inspiration
DIFFA 2016 table inspiration
DIFFA 2016 table inspiration
DIFFA 2016 table inspiration
DIFFA 2016 table inspiration
DIFFA 2016 table inspiration
DIFFA 2016 table inspiration
DIFFA 2016 table inspiration
DIFFA 2016 table inspiration
DIFFA 2016 table inspiration
DIFFA 2016 table inspiration
DIFFA 2016 table inspiration
DIFFA 2016 table inspiration

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DIFFA 2016 table inspiration

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How to Set Your Table Now: Scenes from DIFFA 2016 New York City

Every year DIFFA brings together top talent to transform raw space into a plethora of fantastic, imaginative, sensational dining rooms.

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St Patrick's Day Primer

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The Saint Patrick’s Day Primer

We’ve come up with a myriad of ways to celebrate the luck of the Irish. Of course, the color green

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Irish Whiskey Cocktails and Toasts to Ace Your St. Patrick’s Day Tear

It’s only appropriate to spend March 17 with the real deal. Enjoy these splendid cocktails from Teeling Irish Whiskey and

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green food

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Eat Your Greens: Recipes That Show Your Irish Spirit

St. Patrick’s Day fare calls for greens. Interpret this idea creatively with a table full of only green food. Hobnob

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forever by pete hamill

Coffee-table Book

Forever: A Novel by Pete Hamill

For Those Who Love a Little History with Their Fiction and Tales of Ireland and NYC From the NYC newspaper

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Assorted cheeses, brie, parmesan, irish cheddar, blue and smoked cheddar cheese.

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Cruise and Taste: Irish Cheese & the Wines That Love Them

Enjoy NYC views from the water while enjoying a delicious assortment of the best Irish cheeses. The lush green grasses

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vegan shake

Recipe

Vegan Recipes for Celebrating the Luck of the Irish

Go green in a big way by serving these vegan recipes at your gathering. They come from Farm Sanctuary‘s website

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Sweetheart Soirée at Norwood Valentine's Day

Out & About

Sweetheart Soirée for a Jazzy, Glamorous Valentine’s Day

If you are looking for a classy, NYC venue for Valentine’s Day, look no further. Join bandleader Michael Arenella, at

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Show Your Love: A 6-Step Plan for a Very Special Valentine's Day

Theme

Show Your Love: A 6-Step Plan for a Very Special Valentine’s Day

We’ve got the formula for an intimate, caring, at-home-celebration-of-love. Skip the restaurant scene (and madness) and start the night with

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Paul Austin owner of The Missing Ingredient catering company

Chef

French Obsession: Cassoulet, the Dish That is a True Labor of Love

What could be a better tribute and service than to cook for the one you love? With a “Slow Food

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Valentine's Day Fashion

What to Wear

Valentine’s Day Fashion: What the Heart Desires

Real love is patient, true love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

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Sengled Pulse speakers

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Instant Music Set-Up: Screw-In Wireless Speakers by Sengled Pulse

Turn it on, and turn it up! Sengled Pulse speakers house the high-quality audio of a JBL Bluetooth speaker in

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Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rosé Minis

Wine Picks Etc

Bubble-licious! Tickle Your Lover’s Taste Buds with Sparkling Rosé Minis

Serious, not so serious? Who cares? Take a light, and tickle-y approach to your Valentine’s Day sipping. Martini & Rossi

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Lomography Instant Camera

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Create Romantic Keepsakes: Instant Photography Old-School Style by Lomography

Share intimate moments this V-day in an instant. Lomography brings back “polaroid” photography with extra benefits. The Lomo’Instant Marrakesh, in

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Hansgrohe shower handheld

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Showering with a Loved One? Do It Right with Enhanced Water Technology

According to a new survey by Hansgrohe about the nation’s showering habits, Americans are seeing the benefits of sensual showers.

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miami report 2016

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Miami Mischief and Mayhem: Where to Eat, Drink, and View Art

Seeing the year come to an end in 2015 in Miami was a total blast. This vibrant city is in a

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Miami Scene 2016 hotel

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Miami 2016: A Scenic Stroll Through South Beach and Beyond

Highlights of a New Year’s Eve trip to Miami, we hope will inspire a trip of your own. The slideshow:

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Miami Report 2016 MIXOLOGY

Mixology

Miami 2016: Mixology is Alive and Well with a Variety of Venues to Love and Adore

You could say we drank our way around Miami and not be wrong. We chose only the best spots for

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Miami Report 2016 RESTAURANTS

Chef

Miami 2016: Best Places to Eat and Be Treated

Bring an appetite for upscale tastes to these Miami hot spots. If You Want to Experience Elegant, Old-School Service with

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Theater Broadway HUGHIE

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HEAD TO THE THEATER: UPLIFTING AND INSPIRING LIVE PERFORMANCES MAKE FOR A SPECIAL NIGHT

A trio of plays that will have you leaving the theater refreshed! HUGHIE boasts: Life’s a gamble. Two to one

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Shops South Street Seaport

Out & About

SHOP AND TRY ON CLOTHES: THE PERFECT INCENTIVE FOR STICKING TO A PLAN

For a little positive reinforcement, spend the day lolling around and picking the pieces you are going to add to

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iTrain Gym Queens, NYC

Know-How

TRY A NEW GYM CLASS: GET IN THE BEST SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE

As we all have experienced, doing the same old workout loses its effect on the physique. It’s time to mix

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Jan NoCal Activities

Out & About

SEE A MOVIE: ESCAPE WINTER FOR A FEW HOURS IN A COZY, DARK THEATER

There’s a trio of movies out right now with a focus on strong women characters. JOY, is inspired by the

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wishing you a sweet 16

Theme

Six Fun, Zero-Calorie Activities to Start the Year Off Right

Grab a buddy and have some fun—sans calories. Our list will keep you social, mobile, and engaged. [1] See a

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MoMA and FIT exhibits

Out & About

CHECK OUT SOME ART: A DUO OF MUSEUMS WITH HOT COLLECTIONS ON DISPLAY

The Museum at FIT Denim: Fashion’s Frontier Through May 7 This exhibit explores the multifaceted history of denim and its

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TAKE A HEALTHY COOKING CLASS: LEARN THE BASICS OF GOOD EATING

Know-How

TAKE A HEALTHY COOKING CLASS: LEARN THE BASICS OF GOOD EATING

The best way to monitor calories is to take control of preparing all your meals. Head to Haven’s Kitchen in

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Hosting Guests for the Holidays

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How to Host Weekend Guests: The Winter Holiday Edition

Holidays are the times when people get together, which means hosting—and often, out-of-town guests. We’ve got the formula for a

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Instant Success: Shortcuts to a Sensational Dinner Party

Ingredients

Instant Success: Shortcuts to a Sensational Dinner Party

With weekend guests, you need to have stuff on hand. HOBNOB suggests stocking your pantry and freezer with these sophisticated

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Mixology Rafael Reyes Rum Cocktail

Mixology

Rafael Reyes on Serving Cocktails at Home with Style and Ease

Mixologist Rafael Reyes and his wife love throwing parties in their lovely Brooklyn apartment. HOBNOB stopped in to investigate the

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Winter Weekend Fashion

What to Wear

Dressing Appropriately for a Winter Weekend Getaway

Ladies, being a proper weekend guest requires a bit of finesse. There are rules to follow—that is if you plan

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Most Unusual Holiday Gift Guide

Stuff

A Most Unusual Gift Guide for the Hard-To-Buy-For People in Your Life

HOBNOB rounded up the most thoughtful, and uncommon, choices to thrill every person on your gift-buying list. You may now

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CHEF Massimiliano Eandi of Mulino a Vino and His Super Wine-Driven Menu

Chef

Massimiliano Eandi of Mulino a Vino Offers an Elegant First Course for a Dinner Party

Chef Eandi brings his Michelin-trained talent to this sweet, cozy Italian hideaway near Meatpacking in NYC. The menu at this

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BOOK Friends Food Family by Sasha Wilkins aka the Modern Hostess

Coffee-table Book

Easy Bang Bang Chicken to Serve the Gang from Sasha Wilkins Author of Friends, Food, Family

Fashion editor and founder of LibertyLondonGirl.com, Sasha Wilkins knows a thing or two about being a modern hostess. Wilkins has

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Thoughtful Touches for Hosting Weekend Guests

Know-How

Thoughtful Touches to Make Your Weekend Guests Feel at Home

When guests come in from out of town, you want to give them the “home away from home” feeling, or,

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#BestDressedSomm

What to Wear

Sharp-Dressed Men Converge at the 2nd Annual Search for USA’s “Best Dressed Somm”

Penfolds, Australia’s leading winemaker, and GQ Magazine, teamed up to discover the USA’s “Best Dressed Somm” at an elegant party

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Savino wine preservation system

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A Simply, Functional Wine Saver Preserves Wine for a Week

Savino is an elegant wine preservation system that allows you to open any bottle with confidence, knowing that you can

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playlist for entertaining guests

Playlist

A Background Music Mix for Your Dinner Party

A lengthy mix of songs that are chilled and downtempo, yet uplift the mood. Keep this mix on in the

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invitation to holiday party

Invitation

A Formula for Reuniting Friends for the Holidays

Get the gang in the holiday spirit with this stylish, snowy depiction. Promise them a weekend full of fun. We’ve

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color appliances: Miele Truffle Brown

Stuff

New Color in Appliances Plus A Winter Grillhouse Getaway for Your Backyard

Stainless steel appliances, your days are numbered. Manufacturers from the US and abroad have embraced a range of colors in

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Transitional wines of fall

Wine Picks Etc

Autumn Leanings: Sauvignon Blanc, Cider and a Pair of Rosés

Tickle your cool weather cravings with this selection of wines that go with the season. [1] Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

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Apple Cider Cocktail

Signature Cocktail

Late Autumn Flavors, Ciders, and Colors Rule the Bar

The assortment of sweet and spicy notes in these ingredients are perfect for the late fall season and the focus

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brussels sprouts with black truffle dip

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Healthy Party Snack: Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Black Truffle Dip

The perfect healthy snack to serve while guests await the main attraction. Brussels sprouts get a heavy hit of truffle

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roasted cod with lemon beurre blanc sauce

Recipe

Quick & Decadent: Roasted Cod in Lemon Beurre Blanc Sauce

Creamy, buttery, white wine elements mingle with the roasted cod for a full fledged effect. Your weekend guests deserve a

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roasted winter vegetable medly

Recipe

A Colorful Medley: Mini Cubes of Roasted Winter Vegetables

Assorted colors, textures, and flavors mix beautifully in this seasonal dish. As part of HOBNOB’S weekend guest hosting plan, we’ve

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palacinky slovak crepes

Recipe

Creative Crepes for Breakfast & Lunch: Palacinky (Slovak Crepes)

A super breakfast treat for those occasions when you really want to indulge. This is the very first dish I

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Butternut Squash Soup

Recipe

A Satisfying Winter Lunch: Red Curry Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

What’s better than a cup of creamy soup when temperatures drop? If you are following our weekend guest plan, then

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Segedin Goulash with Steamed Dumplings

Recipe

Sauerkraut at Its Finest: Segedin Goulash with Steamed Dumplings

A heavenly combination of savory and sour, this pork goulash definitely falls into the comfort food category. The sauerkraut and

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Day of the Dead Party Plan

Theme

Day of the Dead Party: A Tribute and Celebration in Orange & Black

Think of all those people we love who have passed on. Take a moment to honor the good times you’ve

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Dark and Delicious Treats for a Foodie Halloween and After

Ingredients

Dark and Delicious Treats for a Foodie Halloween and After

In keeping with the orange and black color scheme of this party, we’ve unearthed some authentic chocolate treats from Mexico,

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Cast Iron Pans to hand down to the next generation

Tools

Heirloom-Worthy Cast Iron Pans With Modern Form

Cast iron cookware has long been the choice for those in search of searing, enduring heat, and pieces that only

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Color by Abigail Ahern How to Infuse Bold Color into Your Home

Coffee-table Book

Learn How to Infuse Rich and Vibrant Hues into Your Decor: Color by Abigail Ahern

We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto. In her newest title, Color, Abigail Ahern, a world renowned interior designer, ushers us

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VICTORIAN INSPIRED FASHION

What to Wear

Artistically-Inspired Victorian Fashion for a Day of the Dead Gathering (or Halloween)

Recently, we ran into Nina, and entourage, celebrating her birthday at the National Arts Club with a Victorian fashion event.

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HL Schaeffer author H is for Healing

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Psychic. Healer. Medium. Meet HL Schaeffer, Author of H Is For Healing

known for: I consider myself a human telephone pole between our world and the Spirit world. I am a one

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Samantha Berger, Author of Boo-La-La Witch Spa

Personality

The Hilarious Samantha Berger, Author of Boo-La-La Witch Spa, Tells Her Tale

What are you known for? Well there are a LOT of inappropriate and hilarious ways to answer that question, but

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crystal ball

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The Best Way to Host a Party with a Psychic/Medium

A promise of having a future told, problem solved, or a chance to connect with someone who’s passed is a

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Remee Klos of Holiday Cocktail Lounge

Mixology

Remee Klos of Holiday Cocktail Lounge Shares a Couple of Cool Cocktail Recipes

It’s so commendable, and quite rare, to see a NYC neighborhood stand-by come back to life without losing its original

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Barbara Sibley of La Palapa and Her Extraordinary Day of the Dead Celebration

Out & About

Barbara Sibley of La Palapa and Her Extraordinary Day of the Dead Celebration

October 26 marks the start of a seven day tribute—an exuberant, sensual and remarkably life-affirming fiesta for the dead—an annual

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La Palapa Mole Negro de Oaxaca by Barbara Sibley

Chef

An Intoxicating Mole Recipe by Barbara Sibley of La Palapa

We couldn’t think of a better person to get a recipe for Mole. Chef Barbara Sibley, of La Palapa, has

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The Chocoholic Cocktail ingredients

Signature Cocktail

The Chocoholic Featuring Exotic & Fancy Dark Rum with Pineapple

The Day of the Dead party gets even more spooky with this shadowy cocktail. See ingredient details below. [1] Signature

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Haunting Accessories for a Trick’d Out Halloween Scene

Stuff

Haunting Accessories for a Trick’d Out Halloween Scene

Black and orange tones—and a ghostly presence—compete for your ghoulish affection. HOBNOB found an assortment of items for displaying at

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Playlist Day of the Dead Party

Playlist

Spooky Music to Rock Your Halloween and Day of the Dead Party

Our first mix is an eerie, yet upbeat set of tunes that cover the topic of life and death—in the

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Invitation to the Day of the Dead party

Invitation

Get the Gang Together for a Joining of Kindred Spirits

There’s a gorgeous, abstract, party feel in this month’s invitation selection. We’ve teamed up with Paperless Post so you can

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Add Spooky Presence with Bloody-Good Red Wine Wrapped in Eerie Labels

Wine Picks Etc

Add Spooky Presence with Bloody-Good Red Wine Wrapped in Eerie Labels

Blended beauties that reek of mystery, and outstanding layers of flavor. We picked a trio of blood-red wines to accompany

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Mexican Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

Recipe

Halloween Display: Mexican Tomato Soup with Rye and Cheddar Grilled Cheese

Soup is a super easy way to get copious bites onto your party buffet. This Mexican version of tomato soup

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Marinated Black Olive Bruschetta

Recipe

Back in Black for Halloween: Marinated Black Olive Bruschetta

Make olives that much more enticing by marinating for three days in flavors sweet, spicy and savory. We chose crinkly

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Roasted Carrots with Creamy Kale Dip

Recipe

A Harvest Splendor: Tricolor Roasted Carrots with Creamy Kale Dip

The trifecta of carrots come alive in this harvest dish. We’ve caramelized the carrots for extra flavor and sweetness, and

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Squid Ink Pasta with Shrimp

Recipe

Pitch Black Squid Ink Pasta with Shrimp & Toasted Breadcrumbs

Turn pasta serving on its head with this inky, black pasta in a heady garlic-white wine sauce—a truly satisfying combination

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Brown Tomato Chipotle Salsa

Recipe

Salsa with a Ghoulish Presence: Brown Tomato Chipotle Salsa

Brown tomatoes create a darker salsa for a more sultry presence. We chose to serve it with blue corn tortilla

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Apricots Stuffed with Pistachios & Cream

Recipe

A Slippery, Creamy Dessert: Apricots Stuffed with Pistachios and Cream

Who knew that dried apricots could be resurrected to their original succulent state? These were soaked overnight, then cooked with

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HOST A SPORTING EVENT WITH STYLE

Theme

Up Your Game: Invite Your Buds Over To Watch the Game in Five-Star Fashion

A sporting event is the perfect excuse to gather with your buds and root for the home team. But that

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Luis Antonio Bolaños

Personality

Colombian Soccer Star Luis Antonio Bolaños

Luis Antonio Bolaños was part of an historic victory of an elite group of football (soccer) players that in 1971

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sporty fashion

What to Wear

Sporting Athletic, Bold Fashion to Show Off Your Physical Side

Choosing the right kind of look for this party requires no nonsense. Maybe this is the perfect time for you

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Classic Recipes for Modern People by Max and Eli Sussman

Coffee-table Book

Lamb Ribs Elevated: From Classic Recipes for Modern People by Max and Eli Sussman

When a cookbook’s introduction tells you to “crank up the Stairway to Heaven, pop on some Ray-Bans, strip down to

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Gourmet for Watching the Game

Ingredients

Gourmet for Watching the Game: Pâté, Chili Mix, Nuts, and Hi-Protein Gelato

Shortcuts and stellar ingredients can turn a ho-hum gathering into something special. We’ve discovered some meaty delights in pâté and

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Javelina NYC True Tex Mex

Chef

Richard Caruso of Javelina Shares his Recipe for Spicy Habanero Glazed Chicken Wings

Those looking for a taste of Tex-Mex in NYC have been gathering at Javelina, which is known for its boisterous

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Gregory Buda of The Dead Rabbit

Mixology

A Cognac & Sherry Cocktail from Gregory Buda of The Dead Rabbit

This issue’s cocktail comes from the renowned bar all the way downtown, NYC. The Dead Rabbit models itself on a

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funky fire extinguishers

Tools

Fight Fire in Fierce Style with These Unique Fire Extinguishers

When it comes to parties of any size, a little safety can go a long way. Here’s a line of

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Sports Bar Locator NYC: Find the Best Spot to Watch the Game

Know-How

Sports Bar Locator NYC: Find the Best Spot to Watch the Game

Locate the spot, and rally friends together, with this app. SportChaser gives you the deets on which bars favor which

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Second Label wines from Bordeaux Millesima

Wine Picks Etc

Drink Like a French Local: Millesima’s Second Label Bordeaux

Enjoy Bordeaux from top estates at a fraction of the cost, just as locals do in France. Since the 18th

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top notch tequilas

Signature Cocktail

Host an Exotic Tequila Tasting, Featuring Easy Prickly Pear Margaritas

Tequila is what we like to call the cognac of Mexico. You have to appreciate the artisanal quality of the

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buidling the ultimate man cave pool table

Stuff

20 Style Essentials for Setting Up the Most Enviable Man Cave

Man caves, that place for escape and lavish entertainment, are a must for those who have the space. For the

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playlist for sports event

Playlist

Sporting Songs to Get Fans Rallied for the Game

We’ve assembled the perfect playlist to get guests motivated to rally behind their team. Perfect for pre-game happy hour, tailgating,

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invitation for a sporting event

Invitation

Get Your Buds Over To Watch the Big Game

This design as our #1 choice—so to speak—for this party’s invitation. We’ve teamed up with Paperless Post so you can

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meatballs w port reduction

Recipe

A Rich and Decadent Hors D’oeuvre: Beef & Veal Meatballs & Port Reduction

Present a rich taste of decadence, in the form of a ball. The flavors of both meats mesh well with

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20SPORTS recipe Sliced Steak

Recipe

A Steak Sandwich Supreme: Sirloin Toasts with Zesty Crumbs

Generally speaking, men love sports just as much as they love steak, which is why it had to be incorporated

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chicken bites with smoked cumin mayo

Recipe

Chicken a Whole New Way—Dressed in a Smoked Cumin Mayo

The addition of smoke into the mayo truly makes this dish special. We accomplished this with The Smoking Gun by

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SEARED TUNA IN MISO GINGER SAUCE

Recipe

For the Health-Conscious: Sesame-Crusted Tuna in Miso Ginger Sauce

Here’s some healthy party fare to impress even your pickiest friends. This seared tuna gets dressed up in black and

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stuffed pork loin w caramelized plantains

Recipe

Sweet & Savory: Gorgeous Stuffed Pork Loin with Caramelized Plantains

Make this party-perfect pork for serving during game breaks. It will be a welcome slice of hearty meat-and-side-dish in-one. Select

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A savory dip with smoked almonds

Recipe

Light & Healthy Not-So-Sweet Dessert: Smoked Almond Dip with Apples

Fans of savory desserts will think this dip’s smoky nut flavor adds extra pleasure to game watching. Pair it with

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HOBNOB Party Like a Greek

Theme

How to Party Like a Greek: Recipes and Wine Suggestions

Greece has been getting a lot of attention lately. And we want to sympathize with the trouble that they are

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Pam Wiznitzer of Seamstress

Mixology

Wellness Cocktail: Pam Wiznitzer of Seamstress Shares a Low-Alcohol Summer Sipper

This month’s cocktail recipe, by the lovely Ms. Wiznitzer, is a lightly-sweet blend, with low-alcohol content, ideal for daytime parties.

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Chris Hill BBC Science Show fabricator and inventor

Personality

Chris Hill Science TV Fabricator and Inventor

known for Building the fastest vehicle powered by a standard office fire extinguisher [47mph], renovating a 17th century barn in

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Modern Grecian Fashion headband and pleated white maxi

What to Wear

Modern Grecian Style

Greek goddess inspired, fashion lesson number one: the color blue. Lesson number two: go to long lengths and expose your

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cookbook Smashing Plates by Maria Elia

Coffee-table Book

Greek Flavors Through the Eyes of a Preeminent Chef: Smashing Plates by Maria Elia

Raised in a restaurant owned by her Greek Cypriot father and English mother, Maria Elia knew from the early age

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Mary Bemis founder Insiders Guide to Spas

Personality

Spa Truth Delivered: Mary Bemis, Founder of Insiders Guide to Spas

known for Her visionary look at the world of spa traditions and healing, her signature long tresses, and a devotion

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Portable Games Perfect for parties

Know-How

Fun Games to Bring to Your Next Summer Party or Getaway

Summertime often includes a certain type of togetherness: friends sharing a house, family coming together, and treks to strange lands.

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