Fall in Love with Your Next Pair of Glasses – Smart Buy Glasses is Here To Help You With That

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Love is definitely in the air this month and while some are soaking it up, others are reaching for their pollution masks. Each year, Valentine’s Day raises its heart-shaped head and the population seems to instantly divide into the happy, the scornful and the downright anxious. 

 

The controversial holiday raises the question of relationship status and commitment, but why? Why do we feel the need to celebrate finding someone to match our desires when we look for that in every other aspect of our lives as well? 

 

Think about it, how many online quizzes did you take last year, trying to determine which Harry Potter character you are or which A-list celebrity would play you in a movie? We’re constantly on the search for our best match; the jeans that make our legs look longer, the hair colour that makes our eyes look brighter and the person who makes our heart beat faster. 

 

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This year, eyewear e-tailer, SmartBuyGlasses, want to celebrate that feeling, the feeling of finding your perfect match! And that’s why they’ve designed the ultimate quiz to help you and anyone you love find the ideal frame for your face. Take the quiz here and celebrate love that is sure to last forever…

 

When you’ve found the glass you can’t live without, use discount VDAY10 for a 10% discount!

 

*This post is sponsored by Smart Buy Glasses.

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NEW YORK-STYLE ROSEMARY BAGEL RECIPE

I love bagels! Bagels have been a favorite breakfast item of mine for quite some time. I have experimented with a few recipes and finally came up with a winner. These bagels are not only delicious, they also smell amazing. Give it a try and let me know how much you love them!

NEW YORK-STYLE ROSEMARY BAGEL RECIPE

Makes: 8 medium-sized bagels

Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

INGREDIENTS

2 tsp active dry yeast

1 ½ tbsp organic cane sugar

1 ¼ cups warm water

3 ½ cups Red Bob’s Mill All Purpose Flour

1 ½ tsp sea salt

1 tbsp dried rosemary

1 tbsp agave nectar

1 tbsp water

DIRECTIONS

1. Combine ½ cup of the warm water, sugar and yeast in small bowl. Do not stir. Let it sit for five minutes. Stir the yeast and sugar mixture, until it all dissolves in the water.

2. Mix the flour, rosemary, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle and pour in the yeast and sugar mixture.

3. Pour 1/3 cup of the remaining warm water into the well. Mix and stir in the rest of the water as needed.

4. On a floured surface, knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic.

5. Lightly brush a large bowl with olive oil and turn the dough to coat. Cover the bowl with a damp dish towel. Let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in size. Punch the dough down, and let it rest for another 10 minutes.

6. Carefully divide the dough into 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a round dough ball .

7. Coat a finger in flour, and gently press your finger into the center of each dough ball to form a ring. Stretch the ring to about ⅓ the diameter of the bagel and place on a lightly oiled cast iron pan.

8. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 425ºF

9. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Reduce the heat. Use a slotted spoon to lower the bagels into the water. Boil as many as you are comfortable with boiling. Let them sit there for 1 minute, and them flip them over to boil for another minute. Extend the boiling times to 2 minutes each, if you’d prefer a chewier bagel .

10. While bagels are in boiling water, mix 1 tbsp agave nectar and 1 tbsp water in a small bowl.

11. Once all the bagels have boiled, brush each bagel with agave mixture then sprinkle with dried rosemary.

12. Transfer bagels to a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

13. Remove from oven and devour.

January 9, 2019 is National Bagel Day, how are you celebrating?

Hennessy Celebrates Black History Month with the Launch of WE ARE

Hennessy, the world’s best-selling Cognac, celebrates Black History Month with the launch of WE ARE – a powerful four-part content series highlighting the stories behind today’s trailblazers, meant to empower the next generation. For more than 250 years, Hennessy has shared the remarkable stories of extraordinary individuals and continues this tradition today with its WE ARE platform.  

WE ARE CREATORS – the first video in the series – launched today and features hip hop artist A$AP Ferg; fashion designer Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss; DJ and son of Jam Master Jay, TJ Mizell; and vintage designer Sami Miro. The five-minute video brings viewers into a candid conversation about the importance of art as a platform of expression, and how each artist uses their medium to push the limits of potential.

“I have always challenged myself to give 100% in everything that I do – to always strive and prosper – to never settle,” says artist and hip-hop visionary A$AP Ferg. “I am excited to work alongside Hennessy to inspire a rising generation of talent to do the same.”

In addition to the debut WE ARE CREATORS video, Hennessy will release additional content throughout February celebrating other influential voices of today.

WE ARE PROUD: Producer and performer George Twopointoh, education advocate Lincoln Stephens, and founder of TheBlackManCan, Inc. Brandon Frame discuss the importance of family and how they push the limits of their own potential

WE ARE DISRUPTORS: Musician Kenneth Whalum, co-founder of LISNR Rodney Williams, celebrity wardrobe stylist Rachel Johnson and co-founder of Driven Society Travis Weekes discuss how their individual efforts and organizations are aiding in economic equality and education within the African American community

WE ARE AMBITIOUS: The series will culminate later this month during an intimate event in NYC where select participants will come together for a live discussion that puts a spotlight on the importance of ambition in building an enduring legacy

Hennessy has a long history of supporting the African American community in the United States, dating back to the late 1800s. William Jay Schieffelin, the visionary behind stateside marketing for the Cognac brand at the turn of the century, pushed the brand into unchartered territory with a formal partnership with a highly regarded Historically Black College and University. In 1909, Hennessy became the first corporate sponsor of one of the most pivotal civil rights organizations and, years later, became among the first advertisers in two of the world’s most prominent African American publications. More recently, in 2012, Hennessy launched its “Wild Rabbit” campaign designed to inspire and celebrate those who “Never stop. Never settle.” Over the years, faces of the campaign have included several cultural luminaries such as Nas, and, most recently, world champion cyclist, Marshall “Major” Taylor.

Hennessy invites consumers to toast to their continued “Never stop. Never settle.” journeys with the Hennessy V.S Ginger cocktail. 

Ingredients

1 ½ oz. Hennessy V.S

3 ½ oz. ginger ale

Lime wedge

Ginger slices

Method

Pour Hennessy V.S into highball glass, add cubed ice and top with ginger ale. Garnish with a lime wedge and fresh slices of ginger.

For more information and to watch the content series, visit Hennessy.com or YouTube.com/HennessyUS, Facebook.com/Hennessy or Instagram.com/hennessyus.

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Celebrate National Bagel Day with Free Bagels at Einstein Bros. Bagels

In celebration of National Bagel Day, Einstein Bros. Bagels is offering a free bagel and shmear with purchase to all guests on Saturday, February 9. This deal is part of the chain’s newly-launched “Power of the Bagel” campaign, which is shining light on the surprising amount of protein in bagels.

“National Bagel Day is the perfect time to celebrate how much protein bagels actually have,” says Registered Dietitian Kelly Springer, MS, RD, CDN. “We regularly see people looking for plant-based proteins that provide essential nutrients while still tasting delicious. With at least 9 grams of protein, Einstein Bros.’ bagels are a plant-based breakfast food that don’t compromise on taste.”

The power of Einstein Bros. bagels is real, averaging 10 grams of protein. While bagels may not be comparable in other nutrients, any one Einstein Bros. bagel contains as much or more protein than a large egg, three slices of turkey, two tablespoons of creamy peanut butter, or one cup of two percent milk.

The National Bagel Day offer from Einstein Bros. Bagels is available at participating locations, excluding license stores inside of colleges, airports, hotels and hospitals. Learn more about the power of the bagel by visiting www.powerofthebagel.com and www.einsteinbros.com.

Source: Einstein Bros. Bagels

Vegan Matcha Latte

“Today is a multiple cups of matcha kind of day.” — Unknown

I’m so glad I know how to make Matcha Lattes at home because it’s definitely too cold to get to the coffee shop today. What’s your favorite drink to warm up with??

Vegan Matcha Latte

1 tsp matcha powder

1/4 cup boiling water

1 tbsp + 1/2 tsp agave nectar

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Combine matcha powder, boiling water, and 1 tbsp agave nectar in tea cup and whisk with bamboo matcha whisk. Set aside.

2. In a saucepan, combine almond milk, vanilla extract, and 1/2 tsp agave nectar.

Bring to a slight boiling.

3. Froth milk with frothing want until milk foam appears.

4. Add steam milk to matcha. Top with milk foam.

Sip & Enjoy! 🍵

FÚDO NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH AND DINNER IN CHAMBLEE, GA

Fúdo, which means “food with no limits,” is now officially open in Chamblee, GA. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, the new dining concept offers artfully presented sushi and sharable plate selections of authentic Japanese cuisine featuring the highest quality and freshest ingredients.

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From John Lee and Grace Cho, the husband and wife team and restauranteurs behind Ichiban Steak and Sushi in Alpharetta, the new wallet-friendly locale boasts a modern industrial yet warm atmosphere with an expansive, interactive sushi bar; a back-lit bar serving creative cocktails, craft beer, wine and sake; ample seating; and a pet-friendly, outdoor patio with retractable windows.

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“We designed the restaurant to be open and interactive with an emphasis on great service and high quality, affordable cuisine. While it’s a big space that features a modern design and plenty of seating, it maintains an intimate and approachable feel. We’re extremely grateful for the positive support we’ve already received from the community,” says Fúdo co-founder John Lee.

“In addition to having a focus on authentic Japanese fare and sushi, we’re excited to offer more Asian cuisine options to our guests, including Korean and Thai, that are ideal for sharing and exploring. It is also important for us to provide an atmosphere that has a casual and approachable feel, appeals to all ages and is family-friendly. We’re thrilled to be in Chamblee.”

Fúdo is located in Perimeter Crossing at 5070 Peachtree Blvd Suite A100 Chamblee, GA 30341 and is open from Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. for dinner, and on Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. for dinner, on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.fudoatl.com. Stay connected on Twitter at @FudoATL and on Instagram @FudoATL.

*Resource Press Release via Caren West PR

Atlanta Loves Tea Quest Part 1: Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot

I’m always excited for January’s National Hot Tea Month. I love discovering new teas and tea companies. This month, four Atlanta tea shops teamed up to give the city a fun tea quest. Tea lover are invited to pick up an Atlanta Loves Tea Passport at one of four participating tea shops: Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot, Just Add Honey, Urban Tea, and Tea House Formosa.

Visit each tea shop and order their Specialty Tea of the Month. Keep your receipts and submit your completed passport to Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot for a chance to win a prize. But you’re already a winner because you’re supporting these amazing local business.

My first visit was to Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot in East Atlanta. They’re Specialty Tea of the Month a Mint Matcha Latte. It was wonderful! Their lovely tea expert, Jasmine, made sure our first Jayida Ché experience was a most pleasant one. She was very knowledgeable about the teas as well as their benefits. Jasmine prepare my Mint Matcha Latte in the biggest mug I’ve ever seen. I didn’t think I would be able finish it, but it was so good! I drank every last drop! Make sure you pay Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot this month and every month after that.

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January is #NationalHotTeaMonth! I was excited to find out about a tea quest going on in Atlanta this month. My first stop was to @jayidacheteaspot to try their Mint Matcha Latte. It was wonderful! Shout out to Jasmine for making my first visit to Jayida Ché Herbal Tea a very pleasant one. Pick up your tea passport at a participating tea shops @jayidacheteaspot @justaddhoney @urbanteaalpharetta & @teahouseformosa and order their Specialty Tea of the Month. After visiting all four tea shops, turn in your passport for a chance to win a special prize! 📷 @amber_truly #shanawashere #atlantateashop #teashoplove #tealove #matchalatte #cupofawesome #atlantablogger #organictea #shoplocal #locallove #atlantalovestea #atlnhtm

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