Month: May 2017

Tequila & Mango Salad with Grilled Shrimp

Delicious and Simple With Heidi Licata Tequila & Mango Salad with Grilled Shrimp Recipe Spring has sprung and one of my favorite dishes to make is my tequila grilled shrimp salad. This dish is a canvas of color on your plate that is filled with aromatic fresh ingredients which will make your taste buds do the tango. A hint of El Jefe Tequila Reposado to top off this impressive dish. Serve as an appetizer or family style, its sure to be a hit. Enjoy! Ingredients:  Step 1 Dressing 1/8 cup El Jefe Teguila, extra shot on side for sipping 1/4...

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Tidbits: the Vegas version

Five discoveries from the 2017 Nightclub & Bar Show. By Otis Conklin Say it with me: What happens in Vegas, stays in… But wait. Sometimes the discoveries are too cool to limit to Sin City alone. (Or weird, or inspiring, or thought-provoking, or all of the above.) Case in point: this spring’s Nightclub & Bar Show. Some 30,000 industry professionals attended the Las Vegas Convention Center this spring, and the sheer volume of new products, concepts and technology gave them plenty to check out. Not everything was terribly newsworthy. Many things were best to gawk at: Note the Alcohol MIST machine that delivers vaporized liquor in latex balloons (put one in your bar or home for a cool $1,099), or the Champagne Gun, which allows buyers to pay nearly $500 for the privilege of wasting $500 Dom Perignon as aggressively as possible. But there were also innovations that will find traction among industry pros in the know. Here goes Shakers’ shortlist of hand-picked discoveries from what felt like a never-ending hike through nightclub stuff: Happy Pills  While contributors to TripAdvisor suggest things like “the restaurant at the back of Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall for steak and eggs” and “a few Advils, a bloody w/ a chaser, and a greasy breakfast” to cure “Vegas hangovers,” the new Waking Up in Vegas has developed an alternative. Its natural inputs include vitamin C,...

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Relax, It’s BIG Business

Cannabinoid Creations helps pioneer the non-THC marijuana extract CBD in drinks. By Stuart Thornton  |  Photos courtesy of Cannabis Creations The 2017 Nightclub & Bar Show in Las Vegas unleashed booths promoting adult toys like customized beer pong tables and confetti bazooka cannons to rapt and rave reactions from hospitality industry professionals. But one of the most popular booths in the Las Vegas Convention Center was publicizing something that drew more enthusiasm than the more fiery showcases: tasty hemp sodas containing cannabinoids, or CBD, a legal compound cousin of THC that studies have shown deliver medicinal benefits. The sodas poured...

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Super Fly, AtoZ

Flying Leap’s tiny breakthrough production helps put Arizona on the map.   By Alicia Cuadra-Cutler Lush vineyards are not the first thought that comes to mind for most when thinking of Arizona, but that is just what many parts are becoming. The Arizona wine-growing areas are a combination of arid deserts and high elevation mountains, and the state is fast emerging on the radar of aficionados around the country. The history of viticulture in the area—similar to many in the surrounding states—traces its roots back to Spanish missionaries in the 16th century. Today we see a variety of grapes...

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Oakville

Straight A’s A love of solar power and good grapes makes for a breakthrough Napa wine label. By Ashleigh Corallo-Hutchison Sprawling across the valley floor in the heart of the Napa Valley, between the Vaca and Mayacamas mountain ranges, is truly one of Napa’s gems is Oakville, California. Declared a sub-appellation of the Napa Valley in 1993 and an ode to Cabernet Sauvignon, the history is short, as is the history of award winning producers in the Valley. With only 50 wineries operating in this area—Screaming Eagle, Harlan Estate, Plumpjack and Silver Oak to name a few—these wines fetch...

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