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Product Review: Green Tomato Pickle By Tiffin Asha

tiffin asha green tomato pickle photo by gail worley
Photo By Gail

Are you an adventurous eater? I sure am. Of all the ethnic foods that I love to eat, nothing has quite as distinctive a spice profile as the cuisine of India. It’s not just about the taste, it’s about the aroma — about the very being-ness of the food. What if there were a condiment you could add to foods to give them that Indian spice profile and crave-able flavor without having to hit up the exotic spice market and then spend all day in the kitchen? You would want to know about it, amiright? Please let me introduce you to Tiffin Asha’s Green Tomato Pickle condiment or, as I like to call it, Indian Food in a Jar.

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Eye On Design: James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5

james bond aston martin b5 photo by gail worley
All Photos by Gail

Following author Ian Fleming’s specifications that James Bond drive a gadget-laden, Aston Martin, the Aston Martin DB5 was introduced as James Bond’s first Q Branch-modified vehicle in the film Goldfinger (1964). With its essential, Britishness, bespoke, craftsmanship, and sleek, classic styling, the DB5 was an appropriate fit for the debonair secret agent. Continue reading Eye On Design: James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5

Marzipops Marzipan, For The Holidays!

marzipops photo by gail worley
Above Photo By Gail. All Other Images Courtesy of Marzipops

Do you like marzipan? I sure do. For me, just one bite of this sweet, almost exotically delicious treat says “It’s Christmastime!” more than any other holiday food. Made with a base of ground almonds, sugar and egg whites, it’s one of those polarizing things that people either love madly or just do not ‘get.’ If you don’t even know what Marzipan is, this post will tell you all you need to know about a marvelous thing that you should familiarize yourself with sooner rather than later. Tis the season, after all. Continue reading Marzipops Marzipan, For The Holidays!

Your Dolly Parton Guide to a Smoky Mountains Vacation

Dolly Parton Brick Mural

Singing, “Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene…,” Dolly Parton pulls at our heartstrings with the tale of a married woman coping with jealousy over a red-haired rival. Self-made in a male-dominated industry, Parton used her first chunk of earnings from her musical career to invest in businesses that would ultimately boost her hometown’s economy. From her $1 million donation toward COVID-19 vaccine research to donations of over 100 million books to children through Imagination Library, her charitable reputation precedes her.

If you weren’t already a fan of Dolly Parton — world-renowned country music singer-songwriter, businesswoman, and philanthropist, you might be now! Though her positive impact echoes across the world today, her roots are humble. She grew up in a one-bedroom log cabin with 11 siblings in the isolated yet majestic Great Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee. As poor as her family was, however, they lived with tremendous heart and soul – Dolly grew up immersed in musical instruments and the sound and feel of Appalachian folk music.

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Modern Art Monday Presents: Mazaruni River By Alexis Rockman

mazaruni river photo by gail worley
Photo By Gail

Alexis Rockman’s Mazaruni River (1994) plunges the viewer into the watery world polluted by large-scale gold dredging in Guyana. The hyper-realistic scene is simultaneously seductive and terrifying, as sunny skies and tropical green foliage belie the river’s toxicity. Continue reading Modern Art Monday Presents: Mazaruni River By Alexis Rockman