Fun Fact: It was the ancient Babylonians who first brewed beer. They took their brewing so seriously that if anyone brewed a bad batch, they were drowned in it as punishment! Depending on how much you like beer, it might not be the worst way to go!
August 7th is International Beer Day so, naturally, we will celebrate by having some beer. Perhaps it will be a craft beer – Lagunitas or Dogfish? Or, maybe we’ll have a beer cocktail. We wouldn’t mind trying a Beer Bloody Mary with our brunch. Or, if we’re feeling tropical, we’ll give a Lemon-ade-rita a try.
If you don’t want to drink it, try cooking with beer. Bake some bread, steam some clams or add it to your cheese dip. Beer contains almost all of the minerals that we humans need to survive. So, pour yourself a tall one and enjoy!
You’re the PB to my J. You’re the Gayle to my Oprah. You’re the Piglet to my Pooh. You’re the poo to my TP? Hm. Well, whatever the case may be, you and your bestie are clearly meant for each other.
Through the good times and the bad, having that person who really “gets” you is so important. Thanks to technology, even if your bestie is far away, you can still connect if too much time passes between face to face visits. But, if you’re able to be together on August 2 (Friendship Day), go to lunch, take a walk, watch a movie… Just be together, and celebrate what makes your friendship special and unique.
And if you are lucky to have more than one BFF, make it a party!
Did you know that over 25 million hot dogs are sold at baseball stadiums each year? Before they made their way to this country, evidence shows that sausages were served at coronations in Germany, back in the 13th century. By the late 1800s, here in the US, frankfurters and wieners eventually came to be served on rolls, possibly because the sausages were too hot to handle with bare hands. But, it was a NY Post cartoonist who coined the name “hot dog” when he couldn’t spell dachshund.
Variety is the spice of life
Purists like them plain (so do most kids!) but others love to smother their dogs in chili, sauerkraut, even sriracha! Whatever your preference, go ahead and grill ’em, boil ‘em, broil ‘em, pan fry ‘em or cook ‘em on a stick over a campfire! Get your hotdogs and get cookin’!
Don’t you hate those people who talk really loudly into their blue tooth earpieces as you try desperately to keep your personal space from being invaded by the 900 other people on the cross town bus? Yea. So do we.
And while YOU would, clearly, never be so rude, here are our top 4 cell phone etiquette rules you’ll never break again:
- If you’re in a public place (ie restaurant, movie theatre, place of worship), turn off your phone or, at least, put it on vibrate.
- If you must take a call in a public place, try to keep a distance of at least 10 ft between you and the person closest to you. And, lower your voice so no one else has to hear your private business.
- Be present, both mentally and physically, when you are hanging out with friends and family. So, put the phone down. If the phone rings, keep it brief and offer to call back at a more convenient time.
- Don’t text and drive. It can wait.
Have some friends who need to brush up on their cell phone etiquette this month? We’ve got a board full of pins that you can share.
Why does happy have to be limited to just one hour?
What began as a marketing ploy to bring in more business for bars, restaurants and bowling alleys has become a cultural phenomenon. It’s a time to kick back, loosen your tie, mingle with your co-workers and try the two for one special cocktail.
So, if you like piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain… grab an umbrella and let’s go because it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!
Back in the day, if you wanted your friends in distant locations to know what was going on in your life you might have written a letter, picked up the phone or, maybe, waited until you were in the same city to catch up. Nowadays, you can just tag them in your Facebook post, or make sure they are following you on Twitter. Social Media has truly changed the way we keep up with our friends, our family and even the Kardashians (did we just admit that?!). Snapchat and Youtube are great for keeping the general population entertained but businesses have also acknowledged the value of social media and embraced it for marketing products, planning events, connecting with clients, and receiving and processing feedback.
What’s the best way to celebrate Social Media Day (June 30)? Well, that’s pretty obvious! Start a hashtag, upload a photo, and update your status! And, of course, check out our Pinterest board!
Oh, say can you see… a bowl filled with star shaped chunks of watermelon? Or, wait, are those blueberries and pomegranate seeds in those ice cubes? Hey, it must be the 4th of July!
Food: You’ve got to eat so you might as well make it festive, and decorating for Independence Day is always so much fun and so easy too. Swirl a little food coloring into your cupcake batter before you bake, and, voilà patriotic dessert!
Décor: Paint some mason jars, tie red and blue ribbons around them and fill with white carnations – presto! Patriotic centerpieces.
Fashion: If you are handy with a sewing machine (and even if you’re not) scraps of denim can be turned into napkin rings, bandanas can become table runners and rags can be transformed into garlands.
When the work is done, and the day has turned to night, settle in with the ones you love to watch those fireworks blaze through the skies.
Did you know that when you eat sushi, if you consume the fish in order from lightest to fattiest you’ll maximize the flavors? Did you know that rubbing your chopsticks together is considered an insult to the establishment?
Sushi is can be a delightful experience. Each roll is like a miniature work of art, and when multiple rolls are displayed together, it’s a veritable feast for your senses. It’s the perfect party food because there’s a little something for everyone, even for those who don’t care to partake of the raw (California roll, anyone?). And, sushi is really quite healthy, if you stick to the basics.
So, hold the mayo and put your soy sauce on the fish, not the rice. Eat a piece of ginger between rolls to cleanse your palate and, if you overdo it on the wasabi, breathe rapidly through your nose to ease the burn.
Grab your chopsticks and let’s roll!
What’s your poison? Sidle on up to the bar, hop onto the barstool and place your order. Gin Day is the official day to celebrate the juniper based spirit. Fill your glass with G&T, raise it high and toast to good times ahead. Then, check out the board we’ve created for some fabulous bar stools and bar cart essentials.
When was the last time you bought your father a new tie? Oh, wait. Was that just last year, on Father’s Day? Hm. Well, maybe you need a few new gift ideas for the man who pushed you on the swing for hours, helped you bait the hook when you got too grossed out by the worm, taught you how to change a tire, and slipped you some cash “just in case”.
He is our hero, he is our first love. And, he rocks. Happy Father’s Day, Dad.