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  • Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
    Japanese whisky: tasting from the Nikka portfolio
    When Nikka whisky landed on U.S. shores for the first time in late 2012, on the eve of the brand's 80th anniversary, the available number of Japanese whisky options in the country effectively doubled. For several years, excellent options from...
  • When it comes to Crocs, only the real thing will do
    When it comes to Crocs, only the real thing will do
    Many folks who've tried cheap knockoffs of Crocs but never the real thing may not know what they're missing.This review covers the Hello Kitty glitter clog for toddlers and preschoolers and two types of adult shoes - Neria Work and...
  • Motorcycle Enlightenment
    Motorcycle Enlightenment is one man's journey into and out of himself
    I think it’s fair to say that the title of this novel, Motorcycle Enlightenment, will immediately invoke for many readers that great icon of American literature, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Minnesota native and genius...
  • 'Leviathan' review; a universal portrayed through a Russian lens
    'Leviathan' review; a universal portrayed through a Russian lens
    It is hard not to reference Andrei Tarkovsky whenever a new Russian epic emerges. Though Tarkovsky’s influence on writer/director Andrey Zvyagintsev is apparent, Zvyagintsev’s film “Leviathan” takes on a life of its own,...
  • Over Southern California
    Three Days in Review
    I recently had three consecutive days of theatrical reviews. That much concentration is extraordinary. Fun perhaps, challenging for sure and a wee bit unique.Friday night it was “I am Already Well” a one person show created and...
  • Suerte Extra Anejo Tequila
    Review: Suerte Extra Añejo Single Barrel Tequila
    Tequila is an intriguing category. Unlike whiskey, where most people tolerate the unaged "moonshine," and generally prefer older products, tequila fans are split into a number of camps. Traditionalists are fairly convinced that puro (or...
  • Mortlach 18 Year Whisky
    Mortlach Whisky Tasting and Launch
    One of the modern joys for fans of single malt Scotch is accessing whisky from previously difficult sources—small distilleries or extinct / dormant distilleries. Last year, spirits giant Diageo expanded production and distribution of the...
  • Tears of Paradox, Daniella Bova
    Tears of Paradox, a review
    James Clavell's short,The Children's Story, simply opens that "the" war is over, and "they" have won.Daniella Bova's dystopian novelTears of Paradoxshows us what happens when the war on God is over, and "they...
  • Haig Club Single Grain Whisky
    Review: Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky
    When Scotch whisky brands make blended whisky like Johnnie Walker or Chivas, a portion of the spirit that goes into the bottle is called "grain whisky," and consist of unmalted whisky crafted from barley, wheat, corn or a combination of...
  • Jim Beam Bonded Whiskey
    Review: Jim Beam Bonded Whiskey
    There was a time when the words "Bottled in Bond" on a bottle of American whiskey was an assurance of quality for consumers. The result of an 1897 congressional act, the term "Bonded" was a seal of approval for the whiskey...
  • Destiny: The Dark Below
    Destiny: The Dark Below Review
    I suppose that it is impossible to review The Dark Below, the first expansion for Destiny, without critiquing the original game. And while it is important to note that it has been less than four months since that launch, this first downloadable...
  • Product Reviews of 2014
    Product Reviews of 2014
    Hello Saturday!In case you missed my top trends article, I decided to do the same for my reviews. Over the course of the year, trying products have been a major part of my articles. By reviewing beauty products, I learn more about what I do and...
  • The Rider Waite Tarot  Fool Card
    The Rider Waite Tarot: Still a great deck
    Created in 1910, The Rider Waite Tarot deck was revolutionary in its time. This was the first deck to actually do something interesting and pictorial with the minor arcana cards. For example, take, say, the five of cups. In tarot decks before this...
  • Drivin' Ivan's Best Cars of 2014
    Drivin' Ivan's Best Cars of 2014
    Believe it or not, 2014 car models are now the best deals in the lot with 2015 models already here. So now it is time for Drivin' Ivan's best cars of 2014 list. These are the 2014 cars that really stuck out in my memory and were a joy to...
  • Review:  MIU COLOR glass water bottles are safe, stylish and worth the cost
    Review: MIU COLOR glass water bottles are safe, stylish and well made
    Looking for a reusable water bottle that looks great, is made of safe materials and makes you want to drink more water? The MIU COLOR glass water bottle may be just what you're looking for.Plus, since it works with hot or cold beverages, it&...