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Guinness Cocktails

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Jasper's Corner Tap

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Guinness is more than just a tasty stout you drink on St. Patrick's Day. The complex, malty bitterness makes it a fantastic mixer in a range of cocktails (and even frozen drinks) being served now from Boston to Virginia. Ever heard of a Black Velvet?

 

 

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Wine Wednesday

5 to Try: Real Bottles from Burgundy

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Photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York.

The wine world can't stop talking about last week's arrest of Rudy Kurniawan, a Los Angeles–based collector who had allegedly been selling counterfeit wines for years. The U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI announced five counts of fraud charges that could each result in 20 years behind bars, and bloggers swarmed over the government's photos—most notably, a shot of a file cabinet in Kurniawan's home that was stocked full of brand-new-looking labels for highly desirable old wines, like 1950 Pétrus. Guess how much these bottles would have gone for...

 

 

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Surprise Avocados Make an Appearance

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Spicy Chicken, Avocado and Mango Salad

© Tina Rupp / Chicken Salad

During a recent visit to the Pasadena, California, farmers’ market, LA Weekly’s Felicia Friesema discovered a new, thin-skinned and supercreamy avocado. Aptly named the Surprise, this dark black fruit—a cross between the Hass and Zutano varieties—can be eaten whole, save for the small, marble-size pit. The rich, silky-smooth avocado's season is almost over, but its popularity should mean that more Surprises will turn up in markets next February. Whether you track down a Surprise or just have a perfectly ripe Hass on hand, this Spicy Chicken, Avocado and Mango Salad drizzled with a citrusy chile-lime dressing makes for a fast, tropical lunch or a light dinner.

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Kitchen Trash

"Mob Wives" Star Big Ang's Guide to Cooking for Wise Guys

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Big Ang from VH1's Mob Wives

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Big Ang, a.k.a. Angela Raiola, the breakout star of VH1’s hit reality series Mob Wives shares her secrets to wooing a wise guy.

“They like a lot of hot things. Like me.” >

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Winemakers

Bachelor-Worthy Wines

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Bachelor and winemaker Ben Flajnik

Courtesy of Sonoma Magazine

 

Ben Flajnik, the star of the latest season of ABC’s The Bachelor, is—contrary to what people might guess—a legitimate, honest-to-God winemaker. In 2008, he started Sonoma’s Envolve Winery with partners Mike Benziger and Danny Fay, focusing on small-production organic and biodynamic bottlings from top vineyards around the region. We asked him for his favorite date wines. >

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