Pineapple Mango Habanera Salmon

Pineapple Mango Habanera Salmon

A few years back up in Napa, my mother bought a jar of Pineapple Mango Habanara. I couldn't remem....read more

iBeacon: Apple’s New Indoor Tour Guide

iBeacon: Apple’s New Indoor Tour Guide

Have you ever walked into a superstore on a Saturday afternoon in hopes to find that last minute ....read more

The Art and Science of Landscape Design

The Art and Science of Landscape Design

When you spend time outside observing nature, you notice the delicate balance and harmony between....read more

Life’s a Beach: Summer in a Bottle, Part 1

Life’s a Beach: Summer in a Bottle, Part 1

Every year, nothing makes me happier than the start of summer. Life becomes simpler and more relaxed....read more

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Makeup: Recycle the Old and In With the New

Big question: what’s the shelf life of makeup? Some products don’t get used up within the expiration time and then others, such as mascara or foundation, a girl can run through them. 

One Month to Sochi Winter Olympics

2014 marks the first time the Russian Federation will host the Winter Olympics, and not since 1980 have they hosted any Olympics at all. As we look to see which athletes will make the US Teams, we also look to see which political ideologies will come front and center to the world’s attention as well.

Happy Hour Drink of the Week: Cucumber Martini

For all of you who’ve made a New Year’s resolution to “eat better”, here’s a cocktail recipe that can have you drinking better too. It’s spicy twist of lining the rim with chili-lime powder will have you smacking your lips with this cool as a cucumber martini.

Is Siri Jealous of “Her”?

Leave it up to the smart people at Apple to poke a little fun at themselves and the movie “Her”. In Spike Jonze’s new film starring Joaquin Phoenix as depressed Theodore Twombly, the film has Theodore admitting his eternal love to the artificial intelligent voice (Scarlett Johansson) named “Samantha” inside his new smartphone.

The Perfect Breakfast

I recently had the pleasure of a consultation with Gelson’s Staff Dietitian, Jessica Siegel, MPH, RD. For those of you who are shoppers at Gelson’s you might recognize her recipes in the Deli Counter like her delicious Kale Salad or you may follow her online to see shopping suggestions

7 Top Exercise Trends for 2014

As we look at another year of torture to improve strength, conditioning, body weight and muscle mass–and the idea of another session filled with dumbbells, medicine balls, thick ropes, sandbags, sledgehammers, sprints, intervals and more brings on an impending sense of doom and failure…fear not.

7 Tips for New Year, New You

With the holiday season coming to an end, many of us are gearing for the New Year. What are we looking forward to and what do we wish to leave behind us? What do we resolve to change and what are we hoping will stay exactly as is? Are we going to revert to the same old resolutions

American Hustle Review

Expectations were high for this impeccable ensemble cast of Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner, and none of them fail. This entertaining comedy takes a 70′s political scandal and gives it romping life in the irrisistable hands of director/writer David O. Russell.

Are Gift Cards A No No?

According to NBC.com, “Retail gift cards are extremely convenient: You never give the wrong size or color because the recipient buys whatever he or she wants,” and Modern Manners expert, William Norwich, agrees, “In theory, a gift card is just as acceptable as something wrapped under the tree as long as

The Fashion Wink: Puffer Vests

The hottest item for winter is the Puffer Vest, and many stores such as Neiman Marcus, Saks and Nordstrom are selling out of these items almost as soon as they put them up for sale or pre-sale. The upside: finally you can stay warm with down, and still have some figure flattering style. 

Perfect Every Time Turkey Gravy

Forget about lumps, this is a no fail gravy taught to me by a chef from the Four Seasons Hotel in NYC. He cooked his gravy right in the pan that he had roasted his turkey in, but you can make this in a pot too. The bay leaves and the fresh thyme add a depth of flavor, but it’s the cooking of the roux until it’s toasty that makes this brilliant.

Butternut Squash & Cauliflower Soup

This soup is fantastic. And seriously the hardest thing about it is peeling and cutting the butternut squash–buy that already cubed and you’re almost done. The original recipe called for garam masala spice, but as I didn’t have it on hand, I opted for massaman curry paste. Massaman curry was picked as #1 in CNN’s 50 Best Foods of the World.