The Luxury of Grace

Grace
February 12, 2016

What is Grace? Many years ago, when I was dissolving a marriage and trying to decide whether to leave Houston for Southern California, I came to the humbling realization that I was nothing more than a student in life. This despite the fact that I had been a college instructor and once thought myself wiser than most. Yeah right. It was such a relief to acknowledge my student status and the permission/acknowledgment…

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Amazon Echo Review

Amazon Echo Review
April 9, 2015

by Roberta Murphy My new best friend in the kitchen is Alexa, also known as the Amazon Echo. She plays my favorite music, answers quirky questions, reports weather, and was amazingly simple to set up. The 360 sound is very good and carries well throughout the downstairs area–and even carries well into the back patio and yard area. Alexa’s size is both elegant and unobstrusive, with a diameter of a little…

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The Luxury of Wine on Tap

Wine on Tap
August 27, 2013

Haven’t heard of wine on tap? If so, you’re not alone. The concept is still foreign to the average beverage connoisseur. In fact, if most people were to walk into their favorite bar or restaurant and notice their wine was being served through a tube, they would do a double-take. However, an increasing number of luxury restaurants and bars across the U.S. are jumping on the trend, and for good…

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Taking BMW to the Matte

Matte Gray BMW M3
May 5, 2013

by Roberta Murphy–I’m not really into the luxury of high maintenance–especially when it comes to cars. But could this this gun metal grey BMW that is otherwise not as the Frozen Gray M3 Coupe be an exception? It’s a sexy, slinky-looking car to be sure, but the exterior maintenance is sure to be a pain. Owners must fill out a special stack of paperwork before taking possession of their new…

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The Luxury of Expression–and an Audience

Today, I saw two different posts on Facebook from and about two different and unrelated people. Both stopped me in my tracks and had me wondering how much I had missed in life as both an observer–and performer. They are magically and somehow connected, The first is a classic tale, the other a contemporary dance at busy LAX Airport. It doesn’t matter, the free performances are largely ignored by all….

January 10, 2013
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The Luxury of a $170.00 Sandwich

Years ago, Chef Madelyn in Big Bear Lake offered a $99 peanut butter and jelly sandwich picnic–paired with a bottle of Dom Perignon. It was a relative bargain, considering cost of the wine. It also caused more than a few chuckles among pilots who flew in and out of the little Big Bear Airport, where her restaurant was located. In London, though, BBC TV chef Martin Blunos has crafted a…

September 11, 2010
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How About a Free MIT Education?

by Roberta Murphy Sometimes we stumble across unexpected treasures, including articles written a couple of years ago. This one is too rich not to share again: A Free MIT Education. Thanks to a web-based electronic publishing initiative, this incredible opportunity from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is being generously funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and MIT with support of the Ab Initio…

September 11, 2010
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A Temecula Wine Country Winner

Hart Winery in Temecula a Winner
March 6, 2009

by Eve Sieminski I’ve been visiting the Temecula Valley for wine tastings over the years–usually as a substitute for the richer (and more distant) wine experiences to be found along California’s Central Coast and the Napa/Sonoma wine countries. A couple of weeks ago, we had a visitor from Europe who wanted a California wine experience. Not having the time for a long drive North, we headed out to Temecula, just…

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Twittering a Really Twisted Wine

by Eve Sieminski When not engaged in San Diego real estate, cooking, travel and other ventures, you just might find me twittering on Twitter. In fact, by keeping my Mac PowerBook close at hand, I just might be reporting on and following thoughts, ideas and friends via Twitter, that ubiquitous social networking site (just follow me @EveSieminski). Six months ago, I would never have dreamed of discovering a favorite wine…

December 3, 2008
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Grant Street Zinfandel: So Lovely

by Eve Sieminski Most of our readers know that I tend to recommend wines under $20 per bottle, but Grant Street Vineyard’s 2005 Zinfandel justifiably pushes the pricing envelope at $25 for a surprising and beautiful wine. I received this Zin yesterday via UPS (yes you can order it online), opened it at 5 to breathe and took my first sip at 6.  I immediately considered it a really nice…

November 19, 2008
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