A Different Couscous

Make virtually any meal more delicious with this healthy concoction. Couscous, while typically made by steaming granules of wheat, gets a bit of a makeover with this Warm Cauliflower Couscous Salad. Mince up cauliflower in a food processor before cooking and draining it (as if it were rice). Next, mix in fresh lemon juice, olive oil and herbs before taking this recipe’s final step. To complete your salad, throw in crumbled feta cheese and pumpkin seeds and garnish with a few micro greens.   Now that your [... more]

Six Pack That Lasts

Sure, you can use that cardboard six-pack holder when you pick out some craft beers at your local grocery. You can even use it as a sauce holder for the picnic table for summer barbecues. But after you have one or two, the rest just become trash. Or you could walk into your local craft beer store or brewery in style with this Walnut Spartan Carton leather six-pack holder that will last for years to come.   It is made to hold up to the elements and [... more]

In the Jungle

Long subway commutes and road trips can leave you searching for entertainment that you could easily carry with you. This has largely been taken care of by smartphone gaming apps, but oftentimes playing on a small, hard-to-control touch screen gets frustrating quickly. The Razer Junglecat ($100) phone case is designed to make the gaming experience on your phone a much more enjoyable and efficient one. The case is designed with a D-pad, ABXY action buttons and bumpers on a sliding gamepad case that is lightweight and ultra-slim, making [... more]

Oats of Flavor

Creating tasty desserts in the summertime calls for a little innovation. The dense and heavy treats of that accompany winter get replaced with lighter, fresher options. One delicious example of a perfect summertime post-dinner dessert is the Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Bar. The indescribably good taste of the crumbly cookie-like crust comes from a combination of nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar and other spices. Rolled oats get thrown in the mix for a bit of added texture. The delicious tangy swirl is made from sliced rhubarb and fresh strawberries [... more]

Yeah Boy, Bok Choy

A small number of eclectic ingredients combine to make this Bok Choy and Wild Mushroom Miso Soba Bowl both intriguing and satisfying. The soup-like bok choy and wild mushroom miso soba bowl forces ordinary pasta bowls to bow down. Much of this dish’s inspiration comes from Japanese cuisine, starting with flavorful soba noodles. Diced tofu adds protein while also complementing the hearty, earthy bok choy leaves. Red miso flavoring packs a punch and brings out the essence of each ingredient in the bowl. Throw in a package of [... more]

Switch to Strapless

While large handbags and totes are great for carrying your entire life around with you on a daily basis, they often become cumbersome during an active summer day. Instead of the heavy bag half your body size, reach for a lightweight clutch that fits easily in your hand or tucked under your arm. Clare V.’s Foldover Clutch is just large enough to hold your essentials without becoming clunky, and comes in a large variety of colors and leathers. Whether a casual sporty stripe, sassy animal print or dressed-up [... more]

Boutique Bowling in the ATL

When you think of bowling allies you probably imagine sticky plastic seats, smelly shoes, cheap beer and screaming children – but that’s all about to change. The Painted Pin is an upscale boutique bar, bowling, and entertainment venue located in the heart of Buckhead’s Miami Circle in Atlanta. Complete with 20 bowling lanes surrounded by leather Chesterfield couches, personalized ball and shoe delivery, and superb food and cocktail menus, this is the perfect place to come have a little fun, maintain your dignity, and still feel like a [... more]

Two-Bite Macaroni

The boxed macaroni and cheese we all loved as children gets a serious upgrade with these Macaroni and Cheese Baked Cheese Balls. These delicious fried pockets ooze cheesy flavor with each bite you take. A perfect, portable alternative to the classic but messy comfort food, these balls are perfect to take to work or as an on-the-go snack. They also make a great addition to the dinner table as a side dish or appetizer that is sure to please. Covered in tasty, crispy breadcrumbs, this dish will [... more]

Stand Out From the Pack

Guys don’t have nearly as many options as women when it comes to carrying their stuff around. There’s the business briefcase, the sporty backpack, the utilitarian messenger bag, and…that’s about it. The San Francisco-based company Everlane combines the function of a backpack with the utilitarian style of a messenger bag with its casual chic Twill Snap Backpack ($65). Relatively small in size, this backpack will hold all of your necessary day-to-day and travel needs without being bulky or cumbersome. As a brand, Everlane designs and produces its [... more]

Delectable Doughnuts

Doughnut shop doughnuts, step aside. These Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts with Fresh Strawberry Glaze will make you wonder why you didn’t start making your own doughnuts sooner. With no hot oil in sight and fresh fruit used in the icing, these pastries might just trick you into thinking they’re healthy. A cake-like consistency delivers a fluffy, tender texture with each bite you take. The light, sweet icing is the perfect topping to these doughnuts and combines just three ingredients: freshly cut strawberries, powdered sugar and milk. Spending a [... more]

A Fig Concoction

Top your bread with a combination that will not only engage your eyes, but your palette as well. This recipe for Crostini with Arugula Walnut Pesto, Blue Cheese and Fresh Figs will undeniably wake up your taste buds. Start off by toasting slices of your favorite bread, sprinkled with olive oil, in the oven until golden brown. Then it’s time for the pesto, which is made by combining all the traditional pesto ingredients with a little arugula and chopped walnuts for a unique flavor. A heaping spoonful [... more]

Men Have Skin Too

Men often overlook their bodies’ largest organ, their skin, thinking it may seem feminine to take care of it with lotions, balms and creams. However, since you’re going to be stuck in your skin just as long as any lady is, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start paying attention to it. Guys, let us introduce you to Ursa Major. The company’s line of skin care products, targeted specifically for men, provides a combination of all-natural ingredients coupled with a highly pleasurable experience for its users. [... more]

Flea Market Fly

If and when you get the itch to window shop or browse the aisles of your local flea market, do it in style and comfort. We love the color combination of J. Crew’s coral-orange Gilded Brocade Shorts and Ann Mashburn’s olive-green Silk Camp Shirt, accented with splashes of turquoise jewelry for even extra pop.  Tie the look together with a leather cross body bag, like the Borda Belt Bag by Patricia Nash, and a sandal with a sturdy heel idea for a day spent bargain hunting for [... more]

Slow Down. Pace Yourself.

You’re not going to slow down time, but you can slow down the way you look at it. The Slow Watch is a new approach to seeing time that lets you see the day as a whole, rather than split into two 12-hour shifts. The single hand rotates in a full circle only once every 24 hours. When you glance down you have a general idea of where you are in the day, instead of rushing through every moment. Of course, there are still deadlines, meetings and [... more]

Rocking Chair Not Included

Looking for a light and refreshing summer beverage? Well, look no further. The Citrus Mint Spritzer provides the perfect tart to crisp ratio and quenches the thirst that accompanies a hot Southern day. Start by boiling some sugar-water in a saucepan before letting it cool and pouring into a chilled glass. Add in a mixture of orange juice and lemon juice for a bit of tart flavoring. Pour in a little Sprite before garnishing it all off with a few citrus fruit slices and a couple of [... more]

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