ENTREE has you covered for the holidays:
FOR THE TRAVELER:
Traveling, whether for work or pleasure, seems to become more of a hassle every year. Long security lines at the airport, baggage fees, cramped leg room on the plane are all annoying irritants that we wish were not part of the travel experience, but nothing is worse than being trapped on a freezing cold airplane for hours with no blanket, sweater or socks. Because you have to take your shoes off in the security line, many women have resorted to wearing flip flops or shoes that can easily be slipped off like lace-less sneakers or flats. Which leaves their feet and toes exposed and frigid once the AC kicks on during takeoff, unless they know about the best travel accessory since the donut neck pillow–Keysocks. Key socks are ultra soft knee socks with a strategically placed keyhole cut out on the top of the foot so the socks are invisible when worn with sneakers, flats, even pumps. They keep legs toasty, eliminate painful rubbing and blisters than can be caused by wearing some shoes barefoot, and depending on your fashion preferences can be worn as a flashy statement piece. http://www.keysocks.com
Toba Remedies’ Sore Point Pain Relieving Muscle and Joint in a handy gel roll on. Toba also makes a noteworthy product called “EnRoute” for people who take long/stressful journeys. Get them on http://www.amazon.com
FOR THE GOURMET:
As 2017 is just around the corner, it’s time to start preparing those ‘New Year, New You’ pieces. However, the challenge with these articles is that it’s easy to say the same thing—work out, eat right, etc. – and unfortunately, that can start to seem a little old. Luckily, The Ranch is offering a new service The Ranch Daily, which not only enhances the concept of healthy eating, giving you a fresh spin on a recycled topic, but shows how to achieve these goals—making the idea of wellness less intimidating to those not fitness-minded. Inspired by years of results from The Ranch’s wellness programs and the desire to make eating healthy, delicious meals easy and accessible, The Ranch Daily delivers chef-prepared, plant-based and nutritionally balanced meals to Southern California homes. This new service allows all to start eating right, taking that first step on the journey to a healthier ‘new you’, while catering to customer’s schedule and taste preferences; making for the perfect addition to any New Year feast. http://www.theranchdaily.com
In time for the holiday season, Little Acre Gourmet Foods’ unique Bourbon & Berry Cranberry Sauce is now available to customers nationwide at http://littleacregourmet.com/collections. Perfect for the Thanksgiving or Christmas table, the sauce’s smooth southern bourbon and tart cranberries combine for a bold depth of flavor. Especially delicious with roast turkey or as a glaze for grilled chicken, Bourbon & Berry Cranberry Sauce can also be used as a jam or preserve and to jazz up leftovers. Produced in small batches in Meredith, New Hampshire, every Little Acre Gourmet Foods product is handcrafted by the husband and wife team of Trina and Bill Ahrens. The pair uses ingredients that are natural and gluten-free to make their flavor combinations. There are no artificial colors or flavors and all Little Acre condiments are vegetarian-friendly. Little Acre’s Bourbon & Berry Cranberry Sauce is available for $7 per 7.5oz jar. Little Acre products also come in handsome gift boxes, ideal as stocking stuffers or holiday gifts for foodies. Little Acre Gourmet products are available nationwide at http://littleacregourmet.com/collections.
BOOKS THAT WILL NEVER DISAPPOINT:
BUDDHA’S DIET by Tara Cottrell and Dan Zigmond, the ancient art of losing weight without losing your mind. An attainable path to weight-loss Nirvana. http://www.runningpress.com
ART DECO: Living with the Art Deco Style, published by Miller’s/Mitchell Beazley, $39.95, explores all the key collecting areas with chapters on furniture, glass, ceramics, sculpture, metalwork, silver and jewelry, prints and posters, rugs and textiles. With price codes and biographies of key makers and designers. A must have for anyone fascinated by this movement.
National Geographic’s WILD BEAUTIFUL PLACES–Picture Perfect Journeys Around the Globe, tempting, unexpected and gorgeous destinations from the masters. From national parks and the Seven Wonders of the World to secluded, rarely-photographed sites, this is the complete package–a total of 50 incredible locations dramatically photographed accompanied by first-hand accounts from the photographers as well as useful travel information that will turn wanderlust into reality.
With a foreword by George Stone, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Travel and National Geographic Magazine.
LAYERED DESSERTS published by Ryland Peters & Small, 60 delicious tired treats from tiramisu and pavlova to layer cakes and sweet pies from UK Master Chef Hannah Miles, a spectacular array of simple classics and more adventurous ideas.
THE MONSTER’S COOKBOOK published by Mitchell Beazley, everyday recipes for the living, dead and undead, the classic collection of 70 monstrously delicious recipes with ghoulish names and disgustingly appropriate illustrations.
John Szabo’s VOLCANIC WINES: Salt, Grit and Power, Jacqui Small LLP, takes a novel approach to the world of wine using volcanic soil and the overarching theme and link between a wide range of grapes and wine regions. A well-researched resource on the history, unique characteristics and wine styles and most celebrated producers in each volcanic region. Eloquent but accessible, playful prose.
Lovepop, a collection of fun, unique and insanely awesome popup cards for every occasion. They’ve got a wide variety of “home” cards that serve as a fun gift for new home owners, as well as realtors and interior designers. The cards are a fun conversation piece and are cool enough to double as decoration. http://www.lovepopcards.com
Look to Menaji ClearShave for “water-free luxury.” The company has always been a pioneer in men’s grooming. Made in the U.S. with natural botanicals, Menaji is known best for its undetectable concealers for men. Their latest initiative is bringing awareness to consumers who care about water scarcity with their products that are effective and help save water such as the Power Hydrator and ClearShave 3-in-1 Formula. Coincidentally, as people became more aware of water scarcity, Menaji’s concerns for convenience also grew to include concerns for the environment, so executives created a shave product that allowed makeup artists to shave male actors on set without needing a single drop of water. Menaji’s ClearShave 3-in-1 Formula shave gel in a travel size. From the inside out, the multi-functional shave product is designed to be a cut above regular shave gels that leak, are unsanitary, and in general create a mess inside a man’s Dopp kit. By using an Airless Pump Delivery system, MENAJI ensures that a measured amount of product is delivered with every use, and keeps contaminants out, extending the life of the product. And because it is a clear gel, a man can shave his face, head and chest quickly and precisely.
TO MAKE SOMEONE (OR YOURSELF) MORE BEAUTIFUL:
Dr. Fedoreno True Organic™ BUG STICK™, SUN STICK™, and SKIN STICK™ , a perfect stocking stuffer. Created by Naturopath and Clinical Herbalist Julia Fedorenko-Bitton and her mother and partner Dermatologist Dr. Larissa Fedorenko, M.D. and hand crafted in Sag Harbor, New York, Dr. Fedorenko True Organic skin care line includes BUG STICK, a certified organic, chemical-free and DEET-free formula to repel ticks and mosquitoes; SUN STICK, an organic, chemical-free sunscreen; and SKIN STICK, an organic, chemical-free and fragrance-free moisturizer to rescue rough skin on elbows, hands, and knees. All Dr. Fedorenko True Organic skin care products are 100% natural, with certified organic butters and essential oils, no synthetic fragrances or colors, no chemicals or DEET, paraben and phthalate free, dairy and soy free, and gluten free. Dr. Fedorenko True Organic products can be found in specialty shops in the Hamptons, New York City and Miami Beach, and online at http://www.drfedorenko.com. Full size products are $19 and travel size are $11.
We dread those extra minutes—maybe even hours—of battling with the razor in the shower, only resulting in left over stubble and small cuts down your legs. Instead of pushing off this tedious task and hiding behind long pants, have your best shave yet with essentials from Art Naturals, Surya Brasil, Lavido and MY SKIN. Exfoliate: with Art Naturals Arabica Coffee Scrub. By exfoliating first, the hair roots will open up for a closer shave. Made with dead sea salts, kona coffee, shea butter and sweet almond oils, the Arabica Coffee Scrub provides a deep exfoliation while ridding skin of bacteria and harmful chemicals. $18, available online via http://www.artnaturals.com.
Perfecting the art of shaving: Surya Brasil Sapien Women Shave Gel or their moisturizing Shave Cream for Men –experience your best shave yet with this vegan, organic and all natural shaving gel that protects your skin while shaving. Made with exotic organic Amazonian ingredients like cupcaçu butter, pracaxi oil and macadamia oil will prevent drying and protect sensitive skin. Aloe vera juice and vegetable glycerin will promote intense hydration. $20.39, available online via http://www.suryabrasilproducts.com.
Treat: MY SKIN Roll-On Liquid Treatment: This easy-to-use roll-on method is made with organic tea tree oil and fine black and white willow bark extract for ingrown hairs, razor bumps and inflammation. Apply this relieving liquid treatment twice a day until clear. $15.99, available online via http://www.gomyskin.com.
Then moisturize: Lavido Thera-Intensive Body Cream: Nourish and keep skin silky smooth with this highly intensive body moisturizer that relieves dry, irritated skin while protecting against environmental factors. The Thera-Intensive Body Cream is clinically tested to reduce redness – perfect for after shaving. $45, available online via http://www.lavido.com.
Finally, treat: MY SKIN Roll-On Liquid Treatment: This easy-to-use roll-on method is made with organic tea tree oil and fine black and white willow bark extract for ingrown hairs, razor bumps and inflammation. Apply this relieving liquid treatment twice a day until clear. $15.99, available online via http://www.gomyskin.com.
Moisturize: Lavido Thera-Intensive Body Cream: Nourish and keep skin silky smooth with this highly intensive body moisturizer that relieves dry, irritated skin while protecting against environmental factors. The Thera-Intensive Body Cream is clinically tested to reduce redness – perfect for after shaving. $45, available online via http://www.lavido.com.
My Skin & Co. of Beverly Hills makes a dynamic clinical strength liquid treatment for ingrown hairs, razor bumps and inflammation. It’s special because it is infused with organic tea tree oil and fine black and white willow bark extract. For both men and women, http://www.gomyskin.com
FOR THE WINE CELLAR:
The holidays will be fine, as long as there’s wine:
Luna Nuda Pinot Grigio from the Castelfeder Winery, at $14.99, a rewarding light green and straw yellow Italian wine, rich in fruit aromas with a very pleasant mineral aftertaste. Dry and smooth.
Pinot Noir from Dutton Ranch, Emerald ridge vineyard, Green Valley of Russian river valley…Concentrated blackberry fruit, supple tannins and elegant balance
Panther Creek 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Winemaker’s Cuvee, a blend of rich, complex and structured Pinot Noirs. Young but repays with aging. http://www.panthercreekcellars.com
Apothic Inferno 2014, a must-have new limited release red blend aged in whiskey barrels. Inspired by the whiskey-making techniques of barrel-aging, Apothic Inferno is aged in white oak, bringing wine and whiskey enthusiasts alike a new way to experience wine. It’s wine with a whiskey soul, a blending of red and dark fruits with layers of maple and spice which give way to a long, clean finish. For a limited time only, this masterful red blend is available on shelves where fine wine is sold, nationwide. http://www.apothic.com
AND WHEN YOU NEED A SPIRITED DRINK:
We like the venerable gin brand, TuB Gin and their new, limited edition, seasonal micro-batches of “Hoppy Plum.” Launched in 2008, TuB came from the minds of a few gin loving folks in Philadelphia. It is distilled by the award-winning, small batch engineers of Peach Street Distillers in Palisade, Colorado. This new limited edition flavor is the latest collaboration–it starts with the original citrus-forward gin made with locally picked high desert juniper berries, is married with Palisade plums in the Palisade Plum Eau De Vie and is macerated with Palisade Chinook Hops, for a softly spiced smooth spirit. The forward flavor of Eau De Vie is of particular note, as Peach Street Distillers was the first distillery in the country to include it in their gin. This series of special edition flavors will continue to highlight the quirky and mysterious story of the TuB brand and take advantage of the crisp, regional ingredients used for all of Peach Street Distillers’ spirits, a trend that we continue to see in the spirits industry: stocking at-home bars with unique, local flavors and high designed bottles. Eccentric and smooth as silk, with mysterious rare ingredients, blended with respect. You may never taste this limited release formulation again. http://www.peachstreetdistillers.com
Balblair Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, vintage 2003, natural golden amber color, non chill-filtered from the masters who started in 1790. Imagine toffee, butterscotch and vanilla notes plus notes of oranges, honey and spice, sweet yet spicy, a superbly well-balanced dram.
Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Navigator, matured in selected bourbon and sherry casks, handcrafted for smoothness, complexity and coastal character. Honeycomb in color, sweet and crisp aroma with layers of tangy apples and dried fruit and a full-bodied taste that delivers honey, cocoa and oranges, easing gently into a long-lasting spicy finish.
Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky, The Maritime Malt, aged 12 years, deep amber in color, dry with a hint of salt air on the nose, dry and medium-bodied, smooth and redolent of honey and cream. A sweet, long-lasting finish. From the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland, these folks have been making unashamedly excellent scotch since 1826.
Ancnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch whisky, Cutter Limited Edition, from Knockdhu Distillery, established in 1894, and known for its pure clear water, barley and peat. Cutter is pale yellow, fruity with ripe peaches and a touch of oak. Taste is more ashy with slight apple-core bitterness, leather and spicy vanilla. Then comes the pink grapefruit and peaty notes.
Havana Club Añejo Clásico Puerto Rican Rum, dark and flawless, a rum that conjures up the period in Cuba before the Castro revolution. A perfect complement to the existing Havana Club Añejo Blanco offering, the Havana Club Añejo Reserva is double-aged in oak barrels, a perfect example of the exceptional smoothness of Cuban blended rums, combining a powerful taste with a light aroma. It can be sipped and savored, a miracle of complexity and extreme smoothness”