Savvy Ideas

Wine Serving Temperature Chart

Before I started learning about wine and hosting wine tasting classes I used to store my white wines in the refrigerator door and my red wines on top of the fridge. This ensured that my whites were cold and my reds were room temperature. What more did I need to know? My basis for serving … Continue reading »

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Desert Oasis

Looking at the map as we set our course from Truth or Consequences, NM we saw a state park along Interstate 10 in the heart of West Texas around the town of Balmorhea. West Texas is big, hilly and dry. The countryside is creosote and prickly pear cactus that climb up and down dry dusty … Continue reading »

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Leather Notebook = iPhone Conceal & Carry

I love books. I like looking at them, reading them, holding them, smelling them, making them and seeing stacks and stacks of them in our warehouse. I like old books, new books, comic and notebooks. But I haven’t been so sure about ebooks; I always thought that ebooks wouldn’t appeal to me unless they felt like a … Continue reading »

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New Year Laws and Party Ice Breakers

Are you going to a New Year’s Eve Party this year? Are you worried about the uncomfortable silence that might surround you when faced with a gaggle of unfamiliar party goers? Never fear – I subscribe to The Economist and despite it’s academic sounding title it’s always chock a block full of trivia. More importantly, trivia you … Continue reading »

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Eating Through France on $31 a day?

Looking over the receipts from my trip to France last September I was surprised to find that eating in France wasn’t as expensive as I thought it might be. Three friends and I spent 10 days in France: 2 days in Paris and 8 days along the Canal du Midi on a rented canal boat. … Continue reading »

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Wine Group Lesson 8 – Burgundy & Alsace

Our Second Lesson in France The Everyday Guide to Wine says: Burgundy is the antithesis of Bordeaux. While Bordeaux is full-bodied with deep color and gripping tannins, Burgundy is perfumed, silky, elegant and more delicate. It has less grip but is no less powerful. We got into some pretty expensive wines in this region. Thank … Continue reading »

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Gourmet Dinner ~ Budget Pricing

With all the talk of the “economic downturn”  I know people are looking for ways to still enjoy life and feel a bit extravagant – without breaking the bank. One of the best ways I know of is to dine in. While we were in Tucson visiting family we lavished luxury on ourselves with a … Continue reading »

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Savvy Snow Fun

What does a savvy nomad do to have fun in the winter without spending tons of money? Here’s some ideas:

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