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Super Bowl Sips

Drinking less beer  now-Americans more and more quench thirst with specialty red options like mineral water + functional beverages.

Still a party atmosphere with choices-still expected-but the liquid selections lean more 'upscale'-matching the global-sophisticated eats...that go beyond fast food fare.

TRY: A multi-tasking red wine:

From Spain-Rioja is a well balanced, value priced (imo) red wine made from 100% Tempranillo grapes-that pairs well with everything from pizza, Buffalo chicken wings, tasty Middle Eastern spreads---- to South Asian or South of the border spicier snacks.


Portugal's PORTS

HAIL all things 1990s  revered for 2019...Portuguese Port wines, like Sherry from neighbor Spain...are now newly appreciated by younger inhibiters enjoying their grandparents cherished after dinner libations

To sip-as an appetizer-or more appropriately (imo)-to pair with our snack culture's offerings...aged and ready to drink anytime Port-with its deep rich berry flavors or raisons-fig gold amber tones, add a level of liquid comfort to cold days.


...lie down and let the machines do all the work.

A new shapely you-no gym hours need-just the bucks to pay for it

WHAT: Fat melting devices and the latest technology-courtesy of Eastern Europe,  EMSculpt by BTL Aesthetics-that builds up targeted muscles like the most intense workout you'll never do.

USING: Radio frequency, ultrasound and electromagnetic waves...bombard the targeted areas...somewhat reminding us of that college physics class taken.

First off-what we actually tried for five minutes....the much hyped EMSculpt treatment. And yes we were impressed.

New Year's Getaways-Italy

Off season travel-to the typical summer hot spots-are enjoyable NOW, especially mild winter destinations.

Always popular Italy  is convenient to get to from this side of the Pond-via the country's signature airline, Alitalia. Direct flights from the USA East coast are frequent with this year's addition of flights from  Dulles/DC adding 5 weekly jaunts (to+fro') in May 2019.

Currently attainable seasonal fares for the leisure travel sections and the awesome plush premium business class, are available to Rome or Milan area airports.

BONUS: Getting to the city centers are hassle free too- via user friendly efficient trains connections- in addition to other flights/train connections-to many domestic + exotic intercontinental locales like  the holiday bucket list go to-the Maldives. And -no hassle meaningful stopovers are easy to arrange.


Tuscany-off season doesn't mean off -as the beautiful countryside near Florence-always beckons with scenic byways, incredible…

New Year's Getaways-NY State of Mind

Big Apple based day-or get outta town weeklong excursions-are value friendly.

Under January's  blue(r) skies, enjoy sporty mountain endeavors-all within reach of one of the greatest cities on earth.

BONUS: Upgrades and freebies abound.

·Gore Mountain(North Creek, Essex County)anticipates biggest snowmaking season with its new new snowmaking machines-serving 14 lifts, 110 trails for beginning - expert skiers  In addition, new grooming machines will ensure a smooth experience on the nine sides of four peaks of alpine terrain. For those looking forward to après ski, the Tannery Pub and Restaurant will also double the size of its facilities.
·West Mountain’s(Queensbury, Warren County) nearly $3 million investment includes treetop aerial adventure includes new SMI snowmaking sticks and 49 snowmaking fans to create optimal ski conditions, a new chairlift for a more enjoyable ride to the top of the mountain with views of the Hudson River and the Adirondacks,  a two-mile zip lin…

A New Year's Full of Getaways

Late year holidays might be for large gatherings...but early year weeks are for escaping  to travel destinations without the vacationing crowds.

PART One: 

Winter Wonderland : COLORADO 

Now it's easier than ever to arrive hassle free- to some of the best snowy terrains-blessed with great powdery fluff, abundant sunshine,  no chairlift lines AND Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resortsDISCOUNTS :-)

BONUS-In season flights to Colorado's big name-and smaller mountain resort towns abound-all shuttle connected (and an express train connecting Denver-Winter Park) - so no car rental - driving needed either.

Planning ahead? 

The Gems Card, which provides either two buy-one-get-one or two 30 percent off adult lift tickets at 11 ski areas in Colorado for just $25, provides families a great chance to visit multiple ski areas across the state.

New to winter's vertical worries! January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month-country wide...and Colorado ski areas offer so…