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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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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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: A Novel by Pete Hamill

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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 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 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

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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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

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

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

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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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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

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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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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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Instant Success: Shortcuts to a Sensational Dinner Party

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Instant Success: Shortcuts to a Sensational Dinner Party

Stock your pantry and freezer with sophisticated flavors that will make you look like a hosting pro: American caviar, intense

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Winter Weekend Fashion

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Dressing for a Winter Weekend Getaway

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

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The Most Unusual and Thoughtful Gifting Guide

We’ve got the most uncommon choices assembled here to thrill everyone on your list. Check holiday shopping off your list

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

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

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Hosting Tips from Sasha Wilkins a.k.a. Liberty London Girl

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

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

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Kitchen Makeovers in Color Plus A Winter Grillhouse Getaway for Your Backyard

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Transitional wines of fall

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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

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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

Creamy, buttery, white wine elements mingle for the full effect. Weekend guests deserve a nice welcome, and these roasted fillets

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roasted winter vegetable medly

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Roasted Winter Vegetable Medley

Assorted colors, textures, and flavors mix beautifully in this seasonal dish. Make extra for use in Saturday’s lunch, which houses

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palacinky slovak crepes

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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

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Red Curry Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

What’s better than a cup of creamy soup when temperatures drop? It’s time to parlay that butternut squash you roasted

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Segedin Goulash with Steamed Dumplings

A heavenly combination of savory and sour, this pork goulash definitley falls into the comfort food category. Best served over

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Dark and Delicious Treats for a Foodie Halloween and After

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Dark and Delicious Treats for a Foodie Halloween and After

Authentic chocolate treats from Mexico, plus black chimichurri sauce, charcoal crackers, and a salsa with a new ingredient. [1] Hernán

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Cast Iron Pans to hand down to the next generation

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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

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Learn How to Infuse Rich Hues into Your Home with Color by Abigail Ahern

We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto. In her newest title, Color (Quadrille Publishing, August 2015), Abigail Ahern, a world renowned

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VICTORIAN INSPIRED FASHION

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

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

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Remee Klos of Holiday Cocktail Lounge

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How Remee Klos of Holiday Cocktail Lounge Stays on Constant Holiday

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

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

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Day of the Dead Party Plan

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Day of the Dead Party: A Celebration of Life

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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The Chocoholic Cocktail ingredients

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The Chocoholic Featuring Exotic & Fancy Dark Rum with Pineapple

The Day of the Dead party gets even more spooky with this shadowy cocktail. [1] Signature Cocktail:The Chocoholic Dark and

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Haunting Accessories for a Trick’d Out Halloween Scene

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Haunting Accessories for a Trick’d Out Halloween Scene

Black and orange tones—and a ghostly presence—compete for your ghoulish affection. [1] Stelton Pure Black Knifes Show off your slicing

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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

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A Joining of Kindred Spirits

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

Blended beauties that reek of mystery, and outstanding layers of flavor. [1] Bacio Divino Cellars 2012 Napa Valley Artful Red

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Mexican Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

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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

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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

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Roasted Carrots with Creamy Kale Dip

The trifecta of carrots come alive in this harvest dish. Caramelize the carrots and pair with creamy and healthy kale,

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Squid Ink Pasta with Shrimp

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

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Brown Tomato Chipotle Salsa

A darker salsa for a more sultry presence. Serve with blue corn tortilla chips to continue the serious mood. Removing

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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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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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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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Coffee-table Book

Recipes for Real Men: 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: Pâté, Chili Mix, Nuts, and Hi-Protein Gelato

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Gregory Buda of The Dead Rabbit on Working at the World’s Best Bar

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Sporting Songs to Get Fans Rallied for the Game

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Get Your Buds Over for the Big Game

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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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Stuffed Pork Loin with Caramelized Plantains

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A Smoky Tea and Red Wine from South Africa

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Chris Hill Science TV Fabricator and Inventor

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