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Chocolat Chaud: Parisian Indulgence

In The Imbibery and Distillery by Christine McKellar

As a special holiday treat, imagine you’re sitting in a small French Cafe 0n The Avenue des Champs-Élysées sipping some exquisitely elegant Parisian “chocolat chaud”. If France isn’t on your Christmas list, you can console yourself in your own cozy kitchen with some homemade hot chocolate based on the French recipe below. Joyeux Noël! Profitez de votre boisson spéciale! French Hot Chocolate …

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The Threat of Sticky Figgy Pudding

In Foodie Tips & Tidbits by Christine McKellar

*Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer. We won’t go until we get some- There must be a reason so many minstrels have sung praises to the traditional  Christmas Figgy pudding, the origins of which date back to 16th century England.  The carolers in the classic Christmas standard, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, clamor for this …

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Vegas Holiday Highlights, Shows, Dining Specials

In Vegas VIP Scene-ery by Jackie Brett

BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW contributed by Jackie Brett CIPRIANI NOW OPEN INSIDE NEW WYNN PLAZA SHOPS: Italian restaurant Cipriani Las Vegas opened this month in Wynn Plaza Shops at Wynn providing a true taste of Venice with Cipriani’s Bellini, created in 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani Sr. at the original location, Harry’s Bar. This is the brand’s first West Coast location. Known …

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Vegas Holiday Highlights, Comedy Film Festival and More

In Vegas VIP Scene-ery by Jackie Brett

BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW contributed by Jackie Brett VANDERPUMP PLANNING A NEW KIND OF GARDEN AT CAESARS PALACE: Television star and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump partnering with Caesars Palace is set to open Vanderpump Cocktail Garden, her first Las Vegas venue serving cocktails, food and wine, early next year. The cocktail garden will take a page from Vanderpump’s successful restaurants and lounges: Villa …

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A Crock Full of Wassail!

In The Imbibery and Distillery by Christine McKellar

After October, it’s time to bring on the real holiday cheer: what could be better than the aromatic fragrance of a spiced and fruity Wassail wafting through the house as it simmers in the crock pot? Keep it simple for all to enjoy or add a thimble or two (or four or more) of your favorite rum, whiskey or even …

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Vegas Author Has A Hefty Toolbox

In Vegas Only Bookstore by Christine McKellar

Big surprises come in small packages, so they say. With the print debut of “The Trainer’s Toolbox”, a 115-page, step-by-step manual for the serious seminar planner, Las Vegas author Margit E. Macchia proves that tons of tools can also be found in a relatively compact toolbox.   The Trainer’s Toolbox is what every seminar leader and trainer needs in order …