“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.” ― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
With autumn on the horizon, we begin to change colors and scents inside our homes to coordinate with Mother Nature’s canvas outdoors.
Warmer colors, spicier scents and rougher textures dominate our décor choices and our selection in foods follow the same pattern.
Prepping the kitchen for cozy fall dishes, means heavier, heartier flavors and Gaea’s Creamy Pumpkin Soup will be on our dinner table this fall season. Gaea’s recipe is loaded with vegetables which makes it both a delicious and healthy way to stay warm as temperatures drop.
A simple and delicious cake filled with apples and a hint of rum.
When choosing apples for this gem, pick apples that will hold up during baking and not lose their form. The following apples are good for baking: Granny Smith, Jonegold, Braeburn, Honey Crisp and Pink Lady.
The cake has a fairly delicate flavor and although I add cinnamon and cloves to the apples for my personal recipe, (I coat the apple pieces only and then gently fold them into the batter) I strongly suggest making the recipe as is, and give it a tweak and twist to suit your own flavor in the second round.
Note: We used a spring form pan for this recipe, prepared (greased) pan with butter and lined bottom with parchment.
McEvoy Ranch, Petaluma Purveyor of World-Class Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Launches Ginger Turmeric Olive Oil – This tiny lot of estate-produced Agrumato olive oil is like nothing else in its category and packed with health benefits and fresh flavor
Today, McEvoy Ranch announces the launch of their inaugural estate-produced Ginger Turmeric Olive Oil ($20). Their Ginger Turmeric Olive Oil boasts powerful health benefits and phenomenal flavor. The oil was milled using the Agrumato method and features turmeric and locally-grown ginger combined with our organic, estate-grown olives. Intensely bright and extremely fresh, this oil’s balanced flavors produce a spicy, earthy, triple-health tonic. Tiny batch and uniquely McEvoy, this is the golden unicorn of their collection. Ginger Turmeric Olive Oil is available exclusively at McEvoyRanch.com and in person at McEvoy Ranch (5935 Red Hill Rd, Petaluma, CA 94952).
McEvoy Ranch For over 30 years, McEvoy Ranch has been making the highest quality, award-winning, estate olive oils, small lot wines, and culinary products. Located 30 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the rolling hills of Petaluma, McEvoy Ranch is a 550-acre working, organic ranch, committed to good land stewardship and sustainable farming practices. An oasis in its own right, the Ranch is home to 57 acres of Tuscan olive trees nestled amongst natural ponds, hiking trails, coastal fog, and native wildlife. Visit us to experience the extraordinary beauty and serenity for yourself.
Real-World 6G Predictions are Here; The Next “G” Levels Up – Mobile Data Traffic to rise by factor of 170 over the next 14 years
The report answers the question, “how long will mobile data growth continue at 40-50% per year?” and provides a peek at probable scenarios for 6G.
“We see the number of users at all levels rising over the next 15 years, as well as data usage per user. Increase in video and other rich formats will drive massive demand for quick, abundant data—but, how quick, and how abundant? This report provides answers, and maps out the data mountain the industry must climb to maintain growth,” commented Chief Analyst Joe Madden.
As new VR and other rich media formats mature, Mobile Experts foresees an increase in data intensity. No counter-force is pushing the consumer to reduce their data consumption today, making a factor of 100x growth in data consumption not only reasonable but realistic.
“Today’s mix of fixed and mobile data will continue to migrate onto mobile devices for the next 15 years due to a combination of technology availability and human factors,” commented Chief Analyst Joe Madden. “People want convenience; now that the cost of mobile broadband is close enough to the cost of fixed broadband, many users don’t perceive a cost difference, and will drop their fixed connection in favor of a mobile-only strategy.”
One key issue addressed by this report is the rise of indoor data usage, and the ability for mobile networks to service high levels of capacity from outdoor infrastructure. Millimeter wave and Terahertz (THz) networks are expected in 6G, but a fundamental issue with indoor penetration will create a business-model issue related to deployment of indoor infrastructure. This report evaluates the level of indoor data, the use of Cognitive Radio (CR) techniques to utilize shared low-band spectrum, and applicability of mm-wave and THz spectrum.
Passion Tree Hard Seltzers is Making Unprecedented Movement in The Hard Seltzer Space – Out with the old and in with “The People’s Seltzer”
Passion Tree Hard Seltzers is committed to developing the perfect hard seltzer that’s crafted to be lightly carbonated, 5.5% ABV, gluten-free, and infused with 100% exotic all-natural fruit flavors from around the world. Passion Tree has a goal to make a positive impact on planet earth by planting 50,000,000 million trees worldwide, so we made a promise to plant one tree for every case of Passion Tree Hard Seltzer sold.
Passion Tree has been dominating the San Diego market since their launch in June 2021. This weekend they will be available in over 12 Ralph’s locations and expected to be available in 20 Ralph’s locations by mid-August covering all of San Diego and up to the Carlsbad area.
Passion Tree Hard Seltzers is just surpassing the market goals in their first 7 weeks and are continuing to knock them out of the park. This is an unprecedented movement by a brand-new company that is led by local consumer demand and heavy direct marketing techniques that have gotten the community behind the brand and the sales are here as proof. By the way they are San Diego based & brewed locally.
Here is that proof:
7 weeks after Passion Tree Hard Seltzers initial launch in San Diego the brand got the approval for placement at Ralph’s the largest grocery chain in Southern California.
24 hours after placement the product completely sold out at all Ralph’s and retail locations, incredible feat for any big brand let alone lead by 3 young 25-year-old co-founders
July 4th weekend Passion Tree out sold the top selling SKU’s of White Claw® & Truly® by a wide margin at multiple Ralph’s locations.
Fourth of July weekend is one high in sales for alcohol companies, especially hard seltzers. Here are some spectacular numbers around San Diego for Passions Tree’s Holiday sales (if they had more cases, they would have sold out of more at each location by each only had a certain amount):
The storied hotel is now flying a Four Seasons flag, with beautifully restored spaces filled with historic details, a stunning clifftop infinity pool, world-class dining, signature Four Seasons service and only-in-Sicily experiences
Just in time for the much-anticipated return of the high season in southern Italy, a landmark hotel is debuting a fresh new look and an invitation to experience it all. San Domenico Palace, Taormina, A Four Seasons Hotel is now open. Slideshow at bottom of article.
The legendary San Domenico Palace was already very well known to us at Four Seasons,” notes Christian Clerc, President, Global Operations. “It is an exceptional property in every way, and we are honoured to have been chosen once again by our owner-partners Gruppo Statuto to manage such an important property, and to add to our growing collection of transformed historic hotels in Italy and around the Mediterranean.”
With spectacular views in every direction, San Domenico Palace is uniquely situated between the majesty of Mount Etna above, the deep blue waters of the Ionian Sea below, and the beautiful south-eastern coast of Sicily as far as the eye can see.
“Everything past guests have always loved about San Domenico Palace has been restored, with familiar faces and vistas at every turn,” says General Manager Lorenzo Maraviglia, who has returned to his home country following years abroad to introduce Four Seasons to Sicily for the first time.
“It’s been a meticulous evolution that honours the site’s past while elevating every aspect to a new level of personalised service, extraordinary experiences, and the opportunity to create memories to last a lifetime. We are incredibly grateful to Gruppo Statuto for their investment and proud of the fact that it’s an Italian company that undertook this massive renovation project using only local craftspeople. This is Italy at its best.”
Bentornati: Welcome Back
With just 111 guest rooms and suites, the atmosphere is intimate, as though returning to a treasured friend’s seaside home each year. The most coveted room is the Royal Suite, with principal rooms all opening onto a large terrace and plunge pool with views of Mount Etna, the ancient Greek Theatre and the Ionian Sea. Terraces are lined with glass for infinity views, and in all, there are 19 rooms with private plunge pools.
Built on the site of a 14th century Dominican convent, the San Domenico Hotel first came to life in 1896 with the addition of a new building in Italian Liberty style (today’s Grand Hotel Wing) adjacent to accommodations converted from former quarters in the Ancient Convent Wing. It soon became a highlight on the Grand Tour, favoured by royalty and nobility and increasingly, a colourful cast of artists, writers and Hollywood stars. Set amid lush gardens reimagined by acclaimed Italian landscape architect Marco Bay with sweeping sea views, the Hotel pairs contemporary art with antiquities and architectural relics throughout.
This Summer in Sicily
Travellers will find that most of Sicily has reopened, from the designer shops and charming outdoor trattorias in the town of Taormina to artistic venues such as the steps-away ancient Greek Theatre, where a full calendar of musical performances are planned throughout summer. Beach clubs are open, with guests of Four Seasons receiving special access to one of the most popular clubs. The concierge team is happy to offer recommendations or arrange bespoke itineraries for guests who wish to explore, including wine tastings, scenic hikes, architecture and history tours, and boat excursions to the famous Grotta Azzura of Isola Bella with a chef-prepared picnic spread to enjoy along the way.
“We’ve also created a number of very special experiences for our guests, including day-long helicopter and yacht tours of the fascinating Aeolian Islands north of Sicily, including Panarea, Stromboli and Salina,” says Assistant Chef Concierge Roberta Maria Cariola. “Within the Hotel, our Art Concierge will take guests on a journey through 700 years of art, architecture and fascinating stories. Our Sala della Grande Madia, the former convent’s refectory, is now a gallery displaying San Domenico’s most important treasures.”
More to look forward to: San Domenico Palace opens annually from April through to the end of October, with spring and fall offering milder weather and fewer crowds.
“The annual wine harvest on the Etna is always cause for celebration, and our concierge team can arrange opportunities for guests to join in the fun,” says Roberta. “In addition to trekking on Mount Etna, we recommend spring as the ideal time to explore other towns along the coast. In the port city of Catania, food lovers won’t want to miss the weekly fish market and the surrounding seafood restaurants. Further down the coast, Syracuse is known for its ancient ruins, with the Archaeological Park Neapolis in the centre of town being a great place to start. Another lovely day trip – don’t worry, we’ll pack a lunch for you! – is Noto, with its historic palaces and Baroque cathedral.”
Buon Appetito: San Domenico Palace as a Culinary Destination
The rebirth of the San Domenico Palace also heralds the return of Principe Cerami to Sicily’s thriving culinary and viticulture scene, where Executive Chef Massimo Mantarro’s menu is inspired by the very land where he grew up on the slope of Mount Etna. True to his roots but always experimenting, Chef Massimo’s genius can be savoured best in his #FSMasterdish, pasta e seppia. This clever combination of fresh ingredients marries sea and earth in marinated cuttlefish tagliatelle perched atop homemade spaghetti with cuttlefish ink afloat courgette blossom fondue. Paired with a glass of local wine selected by Head Sommelier Alessandro Malfitana, it’s Sicily on a plate.
Additional dining experiences include Rosso, where a large terrace affords panoramic views of Mount Etna and Taormina Bay as a setting to enjoy local specialties and international classics; and the poolside Anciovi, where the menu celebrates the bounty of the sea, and where creative cocktails can be enjoyed long after the sun goes down. In the garden setting of Bar & Chiostro, drinks are best paired with light fare, including the must-try pennette served in the local “Norma” style with aubergine and ricotta cheese.
Not to be missed are the exquisite creations of Chef de Patisserie Vincenzo Abagnale, who joins Four Seasons following four years with Chef Mauro Colagreco at three Michelin-starred Mirazur in France, that was ranked #1 on the list of World’s Best Restaurants in 2019.
Memorable Events at Four Seasons
In the captivating setting that combines hundreds of years of history with the drama of an active volcano, events at San Domenico Palace are always memorable. Now, with the expert touch of Four Seasons event planners and the catering team, it’s a fantastic choice for inspired corporate retreats, fairy-tale weddings or simply gathering family and friends for a much-needed reunion in the sun.
More than 1,700 square metres (18,300 square feet) of indoor-outdoor event spaces can be tailored for gatherings from a dozen to several hundred guests. Wedding couples, event hosts and meeting planners are invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to beginning planning.
Join Us in Continuing to Write the Story of San Domenico Palace
In celebration of its rebirth as a Four Seasons experience, the Hotel is presenting several exceptional offers, including the Sicilian Indulgence package, which features luxurious accommodations, daily breakfast and a six-course tasting menu for two by Chef Massimo Mantarro himself. Additional packages can also be booked online or by calling +39 0942 613111.
Insider Tip: Consider booking ahead for 2022 to secure a room during the famed Taormina Film Festival, or the always-popular Taormina Book Festival, both taking place in early summer each year.
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“Light & Shadow” Features Sun-Soaked Sand Tones, Refined Black Metals and Unique Textural Elements
Shining a spotlight on highly textural, premium design, KitchenAid reveals its most artful appliance to date, the Limited Edition Stand Mixer, Light & Shadow. The design-forward appliance is an ode to the maker, acknowledging that their passion and creativity in the kitchen is not tied to traditional boundaries, but instead driven by inspiring moments throughout each and every day.
Light & Shadow reflects how inspiration can strike at any time, whether day or night, in big or small ways. Through the contrast of light and dark, compelling textures and exceptional styling, the sun-soaked sand tones of the Stand Mixer complement the studded shadowcasting pattern of the ceramic, tactile bowl.
“The design of Light & Shadow reflects the desire to explore and bring your vision to life,” said Jessica McConnell, director, Whirlpool Color, Finish & Material Design. “The dimensional studs on the bowl cast mesmerizing shadows that change with the sun’s rays, reflecting the possibility to make each moment feel special.”
As an appliance leader and color authority, KitchenAid releases Limited Edition appliances to display its advanced color, material and finish. The brand pushes the boundaries of what a stand mixer can do through its ability to evoke emotion and elevate lifestyles. Crafted using genuine materials with rich surface textures, the Light & Shadow Stand Mixer encourages creativity at any moment, earning a spot as a permanent fixture on countertops.
The sand-colored tonal matte mixer mirrors sand in an hourglass, while the structural, three-dimensional studded bowl reflects and subdues light. Together, the pair mark the passage of time through the marriage of light and shadow, celebrating the many different occasions that bring makers to the kitchen.
Every detail of the limited edition appliance elicits a sense of wonder and curiosity, coming to life even in the most subtle intricacies. The polish from the trimband’s deep metallic finish contrasts the sleek yet subtle hubcover, which has a two-toned finish for a shiny, satin look that mesmerizes like a mirage. Details like these set this ultra-luxe model apart from others.
“Inspiration isn’t bound by time, but rather cultivated by a series of moments,” said Jon Bellante, KitchenAid global marketing director. “Light & Shadow is a reflection of how creativity can arise in the kitchen without warning and manifest itself in the form of a brunch spread for friends, an afternoon snack or a nighttime dinner party — the possibilities are endless.”
The stand mixer is made to stand out as a centerpiece of the kitchen, blurring the line between appliance and art and allowing for a distinctive expression of individuality. Light & Shadow is available with a studded black ceramic bowl, sold exclusively with the Limited Edition Stand Mixer.
The Limited Edition Light & Shadow Stand Mixer is available for purchase on KitchenAid.com and at select retailers, complete with unique packaging, for MSRP $449.99 (Stainless Steel Bowl option) and $549.99 (Studded Bowl option).
The U.S. short-term rental industry posted another strong month as occupancy rose to an all-time high of 70.2% in June 2021, a full 20% higher than June 2019. This is the first time the U.S. has exceeded an average occupancy of 70%.
“Longer lead times and higher demand mean hosts can get high occupancy, even at higher rates,” – Jamie Lane, AirDNATweet this
The July 4th holiday weekend is historically one of highest demand weekends and the biggest winners in 2021 relative to 2020 were markets in the Hawaiian Islands, where demand more than doubled for the weekend.
In Maui, demand was up over 230% vs the same weekend in 2020. Resort cities in the U.S. saw the biggest gains over 2019 for the Fourth of July weekend where Fort Lauderdale (+36%), Phoenix/Scottsdale (+35%), and Cape Coral/Fort Myers (+32%), each had more than 30% growth in demand for the weekend.
Book Ahead? Too Late in Top Destinations Booking lead times, typically around 30-90 days from confirmation to arrival, peak in the summer as limited available supply leads guests to book their rentals months in advance to secure the best homes.
“Monitoring lead times is key to making smart pricing decisions,” said Jamie Lane, VP of Research at AirDNA. “In May 2020, lead times dropped as low as 18 days, with guests delaying booking decisions. The natural response was to discount your listing, but now as lead times normalize hosts can have much more confidence their unit will book, even at higher rates.” The median lead time in June 2021 was 59 days, catching up to the 62 days in June 2019.
Demand Is Hot, but Can Investors Capitalize on It? New U.S. short-term rental unit additions reached 55k in June and are now at the highest level since the start of the pandemic, but just shy of the average of 60k new units per month that were being added between 2017 and 2019.
“With a strong summer on the books and the fall looking positive, many industry participants are setting their sights on making new investments in the sector,” said Scott Shatford, AirDNA CEO. “Seeing the positive returns that hosts are realizing by investing in short-term rentals and record high demand, we expect continued strong investment.”
Beginning in Katahdin, Maine, Guinness World Record holder and endurance athlete, Brendan Walsh embarked on a challenge that involved climbing and cycling over 700 miles between the six tallest summits New England had to offer. This was the NE6.
To keep himself focused and pedaling forward, Walsh was inspired by the thought that he was doing this challenge for the greater good. By completing this challenge, Walsh was raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association as well as hoping to inspire others to follow his footsteps and in this case: his tire tracks.
“This journey, more than any other I have done before, was powered by belief,” said Walsh. “Things got hard, with challenges I had never faced before, but my belief was unwavering. Even in the darkest, hardest moments, I pulled out the strength to continue. This was not just to raise money but something that people can hang their hat on.”
Walsh pushed deeper and dug further than he had ever done before with any challenge. There were periods he spent hours without water in the Vermont summer heat. Despite these challenges, Walsh completed the NE6 in four days, 15 hours, and 34 minutes.
Throughout the challenge, Walsh received constant support from his family, friends and the Kulkea team. Walsh recently joined Kulkea as a brand ambassador, which helped him reach his fundraising goals by donating 25% of proceeds to the cause.
In the past, Walsh broke a Guinness World Record while raising over $10 thousand for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Walsh traveled from Madawaska, Maine to Key West, Florida in 11 days, nine minutes, and 30 seconds; making him the fastest person to cross the U.S. from North to South by bicycle.
To learn more about Brendan Walsh and the NE6 visit his website here.
KULKEA was founded by New Englanders with Finnish roots to solve the shortcomings of traditional outdoor gear bags. Their pioneering prototype quickly became the go-to for avid skiers. KULKEA stands for a renewed heritage of cleverly designed, premium gear bags that last for your adventure lifetime. KULKEA (cool-ke-ah) is named after the Finnish word meaning “to go” and “to travel,” and its goal is to free the adventurous spirit within all of us. It can be found online at www.kulkea.com or on Instagram @kulkea.