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Friday
Aug312007

I Heart Dr. Oetker Organic Brownie Mix

I love anything with chocolate and I'm not ashamed to admit it. That's why my fellow choco fans will appreciate the rich cocoa flavor in Dr. Oetker Organics' Organic Brownie Mix. It produces an unbelievably chewy texture that resembles made-from-scratch versions. This mighty box of cocoa goodness packs a punch in flavor, but it's not so bad in the calorie department. It only calls for a 1/4 cup of butter, vs. the typical 1 stick in other mixes. Not only can you tell your friends you made it from scratch (they won't know the difference, trust me), you won't have to feel that guilty about gobbling up that second or third piece. oetkermix.jpg www.oetker.ca See ya in the kitchen, Tami

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Tuesday
Aug282007

Get Gorgeous Hair with John Masters Organics & Kiss My Face

Summer is almost over, but that doesn't mean you're gonna be sloppy with your precious locks. If spending too much time at the beach has turned your hair into a dry frizzy mess, try the following hair care products from John Masters Organics & Kiss My Face for instant damage control. I like how my hair gets that squeaky-clean feel with John Masters Organics' Lavender Rosemary Shampoo . Great for normal hair, the gentle paraben/sodium lauryl sulfate-free formula is pretty concentrated, so you don't need to use a lot of it. The heady lavender scent makes me wanna linger in the shower. I also like to follow up with their amazing Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor. Not only does it smell heavenly, the intense nutrients (honey, hibiscus, bergamot, patchouli) leaves your hair feeling like a curtain of silk. It reminds me of the sleek texture your hair feels after leaving the hair salon. It's that good. Lavender%20Rosemary%20Shampoo.jpg An everyday shampoo I like to use is the Kiss My Face Miss Treated Shampoo. Infused with Palmarosa and Peppermint oils, it's a great organic cleanser for colored hair. Paired with the matching Miss Treated Conditioner, both products are paraben/SLS free, so they won't strip the natural oils from your hair. Other nourishing ingredients include rosemary and eucalyptus oils, providing an uplifting scent that brightens your mood. Miss%20Treated%20Conditioner_Kiss%20My%20Face.jpg Available at www.johnmasters.com and www.kissmyface.com -Tami

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Sunday
Aug262007

Go Wild With Hog Island Oysters

Oyster gourmands will be impatient to try new and classic recipes in Jairemarie Pomo's The Hog Island Oyster Lover's Cookbook. A great kitchen reference book, it shows you step-by-step instructions on shucking these sweet little jewels, as well as advice on buying and identifying oyster varieties. There's also an interesting chaper on the history of the famed Hog Island Oyster Company. HOYS%20Hog%20Island%20Oyster%20Lover%20Ckbk.jpg With 40 ways to enjoy these bivalves, your taste buds will be crying for Fried Oysters with Cilantro Aioli, Champagne Mignonnette and Oysters, and Serrano Ham-Wrapped Oysters with Chipotle Mayonnaise. If those are not enough for you, celebrity chefs Alice Waters and Bobby Flay have also developed their special recipes for the book. Wow, my mouth is already watering. Check out the recipe below - I promise you will carry a love affair with oysters for years to come. See you at the oyster bar, Tami SakeOysters.jpg Oysters with Cucumber, Lime, and Sake Rodney’s Oyster House in Toronto, Canada, is famous for the variety of fresh oysters they serve. Rodney himself holds one of the first oyster-shucking titles in the region. This refreshing oyster appetizer features an unusual combination of flavors in perfect balance. 2 dozen extra-small (2 to 3 inches long) Pacific or small (3 to 4 inches long) Eastern oysters on the half shell, on a bed of crushed ice 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and shredded 6 limes, quartered 1 3⁄4 cups chilled dry sake Top each oyster with a pinch of shredded cucumber. Squeeze a lime quarter over each oyster. Carefully pour sake over each oyster, just to the rim of the shell. Serve immediately. Makes 24 Reprinted with permission from The Hog Island Oyster Lover’s Cookbook: A Guide to Choosing & Savoring Oysters, with 40 Recipes. Copyright © 2007 by Jairemarie Pomo, Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA. Photo Credit: Leigh Beisch Available at local booksellers or by contacting Ten Speed Press at 800-841-2665 or online at www.tenspeed.com.

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Wednesday
Aug222007

Shu Uemura Fall Mode Makeup Event 8/31 - 9/1 (San Francisco)

Fall makeup update for San Francisco Bay Area beauty addicts! Glam looks are here again for this coming Fall season, and here’s your opportunity to try out Shu Uemura's elegant Komon 2007 Fall collection. Inspired by nature, this beautiful 125th Limited Edition collection features colors that are depicted in traditional kimonos from the Edo Period. Komon.jpg Sip on some bubbly and groove to fab DJ tunes as you get made over into a glorious diva that you really are. The friendly and expert Shu Uemura team will also be available to advise on your current makeup regimen and skin care needs. Try out their new and lovely Pleasure of Japanese Bath oil collection! Call today to reserve your spot! (415) 395-0953 Friday & Saturday, August 31 & September 1 (11am - 6pm daily) 1971 Fillmore Street, San Francisco www.shuuemura-usa.com See you at the makeup counter! Tami

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Sunday
Aug192007

Andy's Orchard - Heaven on Earth

Folks who are lucky enough to be in the SF Bay Area can drive to Andy's Orchard to taste and pick the amazing heirloom fruit (nectarines, peaches, plums, pluots, etc.). Rich in flavor and aroma, most of the 250 varieties are not available in commecial markets. fruitbasket.jpg Their store offers mail-order gift boxes (also sells dried fruit, candies, etc.) for those who live too far away to pick their own fruit. My personal faves are the Ambre nectarine (perfumed, papaya aroma that melts on your tongue), Baby Crawford peach, Zephyr nectarine and the Mirabelle & Greengage plums. To die for! Considered one of the best orchards in the nation (was featured in Gourmet), you might never eat commercially-produced fruit again, after tasting these juicy, intensely-flavored jewels... www.andysorchard.com 1615 Half Rd. Morgan Hill, CA 95037 Store: (408) 782-7600 See you in the orchard! -Tami

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Thursday
Aug092007

Limited edition El Tesoro Anniversio tequila celebrates distillery's 70th anniversary

Tequila connoisseurs will be excited to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the El Tesoro distillery. Carlos Camarena, owner and Master Distiller, will be in San Francisco to celebrate this milestone with the launch of a limited edition El Tesoro Anniversio tequila. This special edition is aged seven years and was lovingly created in memory of his grandfather, Don Felipe, who built the distillery La Altena in the mountains of Jalisco Mexico in 1877. El Tesoro distillery still utilizes the artisan methods of traditional ovens and crushing methods for the agave plant. El Tesoro is the only 100 percent blue agave tequila double distilled at 80 proof and bottled without water added. tequila.JPG For Northern California folks, there will be two special events held in honor of this special anniversary. Check out the following details and RSVP to the email listed below. *Special Events in San Francisco* -Bottle Signing, meet & greet with Master Distiller Carlos Camarena. Bring your own or purchase on site. To honor 70 years of quality and tradition, Carlos, third generation and master distiller of El Tesoro Tequila, is proud to present a limited edition El Tesoro Anniversario tequila. When: Wednesday August 15, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Where: John Walker, 175 Sutter Street -A conversation and tasting with Carlos Camarena. A Q&A and discussion about the history of El Tesoro. When: Wednesday, August 15, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Where: Cantina, 580 Sutter Street (at Mason next to Hotel Rex) ****Please RSVP to darizzo@gmail.com -Tami

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Saturday
Aug042007

Blueberry bliss with new Eminence collection

For those who are big skin care fans, they shouldn't miss the latest summer goodies from Eminence. Their Blueberry Bliss collection is another heavenly winner, with over 15 power nutrients working overtime to deliver nature's very best to your skin. It doesn't hurt that everything smells like a fresh blueberry smoothie either. The Blueberry Soy Repair Masque and the Blueberry Soy Night Recovery Cream (my new fave cream) are packed with a scrumptious puree of whole fruit blueberries for ultimate hydration and skin repair. Paired with non-GMO soy yogurt, these lovely products are also packed with Vitamins C, E and other anti-aging weapons (evening primrose oil, coenzyme Q10, etc.) to fight cellular damage and restore elasticity. BlueberryProductGroupingWSouffle%20HR.jpg After days of frolicking at the beach, your body will also appreciate the Soy Blueberry Body Wash or Blueberry Soy Sugar Scrub to replenish the much-needed moisture. Your skin will be thoroughly silky! Sun protection is also key to ageless skin, so I highly recommend their new translucent Sun Defense SPF 30. The clear shade is also great for men and children, as it blends right into the skin. Waterproof and super easy to use (comes in a handy brush tube), it's the perfect thing to put into your purse, backpack or beach tote before heading into the sun and sand. Unlike conventional liquid sunscreen, it doesn't have the problem of greasy leaky bottles. SunBrushBox0%20Translucent%20HR.jpg Available at your local spa or check out www.eminenceorganics.com -Tami

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Tuesday
Jul102007

86 Ways To Impress Your Dinner Guests

Here's another fabulous way to wow your dinner guests, thanks to the folks behind 86 Recipes. Their latest collection, 86 San Francisco, features popular recipes culled from top establishments of the City by the Bay. Easy to follow and organized alphabetically by restaurant name, you have a grand choice of each genre, from apps to entrees to dessert. It comes with pointers on how to use the cards, how to prepare each dish, and notes on special equipment needed/ingredient substitution. Each card also features information on each restaurant with all the important contact info. How handy is that? You don't even need to look it up online, it's right there on the recipe card.

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Available at www.86recipes.com

-See you in the kitchen,

Tami

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Sunday
Jul012007

Sprinkles Cupcake Mixes - Sweet Heaven Right At Home

The new Sprinkles' cupcake mixes are now available to the masses! Having inspired a cult following (a few Hollywood celebs are regulars), Sprinkles' lovely cupcakes can now be easily replicated in your own kitchen.

Available in Vanilla, Chocolate, Red Velvet, and Lemon, these easy-to-follow mixes include the same quality ingredients (Callebaut cocoa and Nielsen-Massey vanilla) used in Sprinkles’ trademark recipe, along with 12 modern dot decorations and instructions for making their famous frosting. The results are a moist cake crumb, rich flavor and a decadent frosting. Whether you're baking for a tea party, bridal shower or birthday party, they are truly a bite of sweet heaven.

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These cute canisters are available online www.sprinklescupcakes.com as well as at Sprinkles' Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, and Dallas locations and Williams-Sonoma stores nationwide.

See you in the kitchen,

Tami

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Friday
Jun222007

White Sangria - Summer's Magical Elixir

Summertime is officially here, and the best way to celebrate is with a lovely drink. Here's a delicous white sangria recipe from Heidi Swanson's new cookbook, Super Natural Cooking: Five Ways To Incorporate Whole & Natural Ingredients Into Your Cooking. Give it a whirl - it might inspire you to experiment with healthier alternatives in your bar and kitchen!

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White Sangria with Agave Nectar and Drunken Peaches

Makes 1 large pitcher, enough to serve 6 to 8

2 or 3 peaches, peeled, pitted, and cut into eighths
3 cups seedless grapes of mixed colors, halved
1/ 3 cup agave nectar
2 (750-ml) bottles sauvignon blanc
¬Ω cup apricot brandy
1 (1-liter) bottle sparkling water

Combine the peaches, grapes, agave nectar, wine, and brandy in a 1-gallon jug. Stir gently so the fruit doesn’t break up, then chill in the refrigerator for a few hours or, even better, overnight.
Serve in tall glasses, making sure each has a nice assortment of the wine-soaked fruit; top each with a generous splash of sparkling water.

Reprinted with permission from Super Natural Cooking: Five Ways to Incorporate Whole & Natural Ingredients Into Your Cooking by Heidi Swanson. Photographs by Heidi Swanson. Copyright 2007. Published by Celestial Arts.

Enjoy!

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