Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hennessy Privilége Tamarindo - Delicioso!

Tamarindo is such a delicious culinary treat; for years the tender pulp of the Tamarind fruit has been extracted to make desserts, cakes, candies, and Aguas Frescas. Hennessy Privilége mixologists have created this fabulous cocktail infusing the rich flavors of Tamarindo and Cinnamon with the classic french cognac.
Hennessy Privilége Tamarindo
2 oz. Hennessy Privilége
1.5 oz. Simple Syrup (or 3/4 oz. Agave Nectar)
1 oz. Tamarind Purée
Splash fresh Lime juice
2 oz. Club Soda
Garnish: Brown Sugar and Cinammon mixture to rim the glass and Cinnamon Stick
Pour ingredients (except for club soda) into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled glass rimmed with brown sugar and cinnamon, top with the club soda, and garnish with cinnamon stick.
Disfruta! You can see Karinna on her upcoming Cuisine & Cocktails show on the International TVC Network launching Summer 2011!
♥ *Hennessy Privilége Cognac is a Vegan-Friendly spirit ♥

Monday, February 14, 2011

Kind Flowers - Valentine's Day for the Socially Conscious Lovers

♥ Happy Valentine's Day! ♥

Sending your Valentine flowers is a sweet way to express love and appreciation on Valentine's Day. The most thoughtful gift of all is a bouquet without BLOOD on it.

Did you know that most flowers available from the large florist companies are purchased from third world countries who "employ" women and children and pay substandard wages? In some cases these female workers are abused and even raped and severely mistreated. Personally, I prefer potted flowers that I can keep alive!
However, giving bouquets has become a tradition.
Websites like Fair Trade Resource Network and Rainforest Alliance provide links to valuable information for you to make an informed decision about where to buy your flowers.

A flower is truly beautiful only if pain and abuse was not involved in the trade. Another option is to find a local farm in your area where you can purchase your flowers and know that the workers are treated fairly.

Question Everything! Be informed consumers. Your dollars make a vote each time you spend them! I vote to ensure women and children around the world are treated fairly and earn a decent living. How are you spending your dollars?

♥ Peace and Love this Valentine's Day ♥

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Southern California's Wine Country - A Romantic Destination

Valentine's Day is the perfect occasion to celebrate love in Southern California's growing Wine Country region where crisp cool Pacific Ocean breezes meet the warm valley climate creating the ideal conditions which define this region's terroir.

This February 14th, travel off the beaten path to discover a hidden gem nestled in a lush, pristine valley just 2 hours southeast of LA, 45 minutes east of the OC and north of San Diego. Isolated from the stress of rush hour traffic, honking cars, angry drivers, smog infested air, and big city troubles, Southern California's growing Wine Country in the Temecula Valley has become this year's Hottest Destination for lovestruck couples looking for a romantic and peaceful getaway.

From the first date, to the wedding, to the 50th Anniversary, Temecula offers the perfect retreat for lovers. With over 30 boutique wineries, world class resorts & spas, fine dining, hot air balloon rides, golf resorts, dancing, lounges, beer gardens, legendary theatrical plays and musicals, high end shopping, and outdoor recreation, Temecula Valley Wine Country is all inclusive while maintaining the small town atmosphere of Old Town Temecula. Visitors can still walk up to the Old Town Temecula Jail, and almost hear the gunfights that rumbled Old Town Front Street well over one hundred years ago. Boutique shops, Wine Tasting Rooms, and casual or fine restaurants line the streets of Old Town. There is always something fun going on in Temecula.

There is no better way to spoil your Valentine this year, than to take a day trip or vacation to one of California's little known treasures. Temecula Valley's dynamic wine region includes two major wine trails with wine tasting rooms abound: The Rancho Calfornia Road Wine Trail, which is home to several mega wineries, and the smaller but equally impressive De Portola Wine Trail as well as some other great wineries located in the Murrieta Valley and Fallbrook. The Prime shopping district at the Promenade in central Temecula offers high end and boutique shops such as an Apple Store, Coach, Williams Sonoma, Macy's, CHICO's, Pottery Barn and more.

A fabulous romantic getaway destination with plenty of entertainment and fun, the Temecula Valley Wine Country should be on your list of places to visit while traveling to Southern California or escaping from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

For more information on all Temecula Valley Wine Country has to offer, please visit Taste of Temecula's links to Things to Do, Dining, Shopping and more.


Here's my latest video from at Ravioli's Osteria in Murrieta.

Be sure to stop by Babydollz in the Bel Villagio center for sexy lingerie, clubwear, bikinis, and don't forget to treat your sweetheart to a little something naughty from the secret shop in the backroom! Babydollz is giving away a free panty to all my readers who sign up for their email list! Please let them know Karinna sent you and enjoy!



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