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Fergie's Voli Light Vodka, and Diet Secrets

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Fergie poses with her new vodka, Voli Light.

© Russell James for Voli Light Vodkas.

After eight nonstop years of touring with the Black Eyed Peas, musician Fergie’s taking an indefinite break to focus on other projects, like her new low-calorie vodka, Voli, which comes in six flavors: Original Lyte, lemon, orange vanilla, pear vanilla, raspberry cocoa and espresso vanilla.
 
“I think a lot of people with healthy lifestyles like me, who love to work out, work hard, socialize and have a drink at the end of the day, have been craving something like Voli,” says Fergie. “I put the cocoa fusion or orange vanilla over ice, and it’s perfect. There are no extra sugars, and it’s a drink that doesn’t need any mixers.”
 
Although she works out almost every day and uses a meal delivery service to stay in shape, she does break her healthy habits for certain restaurants. Here's How Fergie Cheats on Her Diet.

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Cocktails with House-Distilled Spirits

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Mile High Spirits

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As interest in locally made spirits grows, a handful of small craft distilleries are now serving their own cocktails. In Denver, Mile High Spirits serves only liquors made on premises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seattle's Foodie Roots

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Chicken with Olives and Lemons

© Richard Gerhard Jung / Chicken with Olives

Recently ranked number one in Travel + Leisure's list of the Best Cities for Hipsters, Seattle is also one of the best cities for food lovers (see: coffee culture, doughnuts, Best New Chefs). But it hasn't always been that way. Seattle Magazine traces the city's obsession with food back to the 1962 World's Fair. Not only did the fair give the city its iconic Space Needle, but it also introduced Seattle to global cuisine, showcased foods of the Pacific Northwest and paved the way for today's terrific Seattle chefs such as Lark's Jonathan Sundstrom, who created this terrific recipe for Mediterranean Chicken with Olives and Preserved Lemon.

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Mob Wives' Big Ang Scores Spin-off

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Big Ang from VH1's Mob Wives

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VH1 announced yesterday that Mob Wives star Big Ang, a.k.a. Angela Raiola, is getting her own spin-off this July. Producer Jennifer Graziano recently called Big Ang her "secret weapon" after Ang emerged as the most popular character on the reality show about Italian American women who love mafiosos.
 
The owner of Staten Island's Drunken Monkey Bar & Grill, Big Ang earned a rep as a plastic surgery lover who pines over handsome "wise guys" and has a contagious Herman Munster-like laugh. As we've discovered, she also takes pride in cooking. Besides her voluptuous frame, those wise guys fall hard for her cutlets (as do family and friends) and Ang told us she's working on a cookbook. Since the new show will bring even more attention to Staten Island, we wanted to find out where she eats out. Here, Big Ang’s favorite restaurants.

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Recipes from Louis Armstrong, Jazz Legend and Food Lover

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Louis Armstrong at Carnegie Hall in 1947.

 

 

A super-rare Louis Armstrong recording included a booklet of the the trumpeter's most-loved recipes. Now, it's getting a wide release. Learn to make the jazz icon's favorite red beans and rice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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