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A Brief History In 1784, the earliest recorded mention of Merlot (under the synonym of Merlau) appeared in the notes of a local Bordeaux official who labeled wine made from the grape in the Libournais region as one of the area’s best.  Since then, Merlot wine has been labeled as the more affordable alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon. How did this labeling happen? Well, it is partly because of the inexpensive commercial Merlot wine that has provided the varietal an unsatisfactory reputation. It is perhaps the perfect time to set the record straight. This varietal is first class. Merlot wine does…

A Brief History In 1918, Diet and Health: With Key to the Calories by American physician and columnist Lulu Hunt Peters (1873–1930) became the first weight-loss book to promote calorie counting and the first weight-loss book to become a bestseller.  Whether you want to lose weight or lead a more active lifestyle, there are so many diets to pick from, making it more confusing than ever to know which one is best for you. To make the selection that little bit easier, here are five tips for finding the right diet that works for your body, helping to keep you…

A Brief History On July 29, 2019, we celebrate National Lasagna Day, a day to revel in the wonderfulness of Italian style cooking.  We love the layered pasta, cheese, meat and tomato sauce baked deliciousness of lasagna, with or without a nice Chianti.  A highly versatile dish, lasagna can be made with different cheeses, different spice combinations, different sauces and different meats, including ground beef, ground turkey or pork, slices of chicken or sausage (Italian, Chorizo, or Hot), or even with no meat at all!  Your imagination and personal tastes dictate how you choose to enjoy this family favorite food. …

A Brief History In November 1979, Wendy’s became the first fast-food chain to introduce the salad bar, giving fast-food seeking patrons seeking a healthier option than was previously available.  Indeed, like rats on a treadmill, we are always on the run. To keep up with a healthy lifestyle can be tough. It is easier to control your breakfast and dinners as we are often at home for those meals. For lunch, we often give into calorie bombs like fast food. Even gourmet restaurants make food loaded with calories and unhealthy fats.  The simplest way to control what you eat is by preparing…

A Brief History On July 19, 2019, as our nation celebrates National Daiquiri Day, that wonderful concoction with Rum and fruit juices, usually served over ice or as a “frozen” drink, we reflect on those other liquid refreshments that are also named after a place.  Previously we discussed “10 Favorite Foods and Drinks Named After a Place” and today we do it again, but this time limited to fluid libations.  (On that previous list we mentioned Champagne, Pilsner/Pilsener Beer, Bourbon Whiskey and Scotch Whisky.) Digging Deeper 10. Long Island Iced Tea. How many drinks from New York could you name…

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