#LOL Wine Labels

Buy wine because of a funny label and you kind of expect to forgo flavor for a few laughs. But after tasting the kookiest of the crop, we found the bottles that don’t require the trade-off! 

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MAD HOUSEWIFE CABERNET SAUVIGNON A not-too-sweet companion for pizza night—or girls’ night. $10

FRENCHIE 2009 NAPOLEON RED An intense, oaky red blend that made us think about our favorite steak recipes. $30

MIDDLE SISTER DRAMA QUEEN PINOT GRIGIO A crisp, fruity find that got nabbed for one editor’s seafood dinner. $12

WELL HUNG MERLOT-VERDOT A smooth, earthy sip that’s definitely not your mother’s merlot. $20

CHATEAU SMITH 2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON A robust red that may induce serious burger cravings. $20

(OOPS) CHEEKY LITTLE WHITE SAUVIGNON BLANC A citrusy hit, emptied before the tasting was over. $11

—Allyson Dickman, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

Silly DIY Holiday Cards
Think outside the box—of cards, that is! These groovy greetings turn standard ho-ho-ho’s into ha-ha-ha’s!
AIRMAILWrite a holiday greeting on an inflated balloon with a black marker, then let the air out, suggests the inflated/deflated design team. next, line a small frame with gift wrap, taping the balloon to the paper. your friends can inflate the balloon to see your message! 
PIECE SIGNDraw and decorate your design on cardstock, then cut the card into a few large puzzle pieces. stash in a cute tea tin or other small container. 
ON THE DOTDraw the dotted outline of a large holiday shape and number the dots. (photocopy it onto cardstock if you want to make a bunch at once.) Using a hole punch, make two holes in the card. thread a piece of twine through them and tie a crayon on the end.
Click here for more DIY Homemade Gift ideas!
Silly DIY Holiday Cards

Think outside the box—of cards, that is! These groovy greetings turn standard ho-ho-hos into ha-ha-has!

  1. AIRMAIL
    Write a holiday greeting on an inflated balloon with a black marker, then let the air out, suggests the inflated/deflated design team. next, line a small frame with gift wrap, taping the balloon to the paper. your friends can inflate the balloon to see your message!
     
  2. PIECE SIGN
    Draw and decorate your design on cardstock, then cut the card into a few large puzzle pieces. stash in a cute tea tin or other small container.
     
  3. ON THE DOT
    Draw the dotted outline of a large holiday shape and number the dots. (photocopy it onto cardstock if you want to make a bunch at once.) Using a hole punch, make two holes in the card. thread a piece of twine through them and tie a crayon on the end.

Click here for more DIY Homemade Gift ideas!

This Halloween, surprise trick-or-treaters and be the envy of the block with these 8 beyond-cool candies from around the world. Make sure to save some for yourself!
Barnier Metallic Foil-Wrapped Hard Candy Rods, France
A fancy twist on fruity hard candy, these are great for the subdued sweet tooth. ($50 for a 2.2-lb. bag, candywarehouse.com)
—Judith Pena, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief
Every week in October, enter to win one of 20 $50 Candy Gift Cards here!

This Halloween, surprise trick-or-treaters and be the envy of the block with these 8 beyond-cool candies from around the world. Make sure to save some for yourself!

  • Barnier Metallic Foil-Wrapped Hard Candy Rods, France

A fancy twist on fruity hard candy, these are great for the subdued sweet tooth. ($50 for a 2.2-lb. bag, candywarehouse.com)

—Judith Pena, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief

Every week in October, enter to win one of 20 $50 Candy Gift Cards here!

This Halloween, surprise trick-or-treaters and be the envy of the block with these 8 beyond-cool candies from around the world. Make sure to save some for yourself!
Baby Lucas, Mexico
Remember those sugary Fun Dip packs? Imagine them with a touch of salt or cayenne pepper thrown in for kicks. ($3.50 for 10 pieces, candywarehouse.com)
—Judith Pena, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief
Every week in October, enter to win one of 20 $50 Candy Gift Cards here!

This Halloween, surprise trick-or-treaters and be the envy of the block with these 8 beyond-cool candies from around the world. Make sure to save some for yourself!

  • Baby Lucas, Mexico

Remember those sugary Fun Dip packs? Imagine them with a touch of salt or cayenne pepper thrown in for kicks. ($3.50 for 10 pieces, candywarehouse.com)

—Judith Pena, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief

Every week in October, enter to win one of 20 $50 Candy Gift Cards here!

This Halloween, surprise trick-or-treaters and be the envy of the block with these 8 beyond-cool candies from around the world. Make sure to save some for yourself!
Botan Rice Candy, Japan
These savory chews—made from rice water and housed in edible wrappers—have a slightly sweet bite. ($24 for 12 boxes, candywarehouse.com)
—Judith Pena, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief
Every week in October, enter to win one of 20 $50 Candy Gift Cards here!

This Halloween, surprise trick-or-treaters and be the envy of the block with these 8 beyond-cool candies from around the world. Make sure to save some for yourself!

  • Botan Rice Candy, Japan

These savory chews—made from rice water and housed in edible wrappers—have a slightly sweet bite. ($24 for 12 boxes, candywarehouse.com)

—Judith Pena, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief

Every week in October, enter to win one of 20 $50 Candy Gift Cards here!

Consider us jealous, but according to CHEF SPIKE MENDELSOHN himself, ”My life is basically a tailgate!” 
So naturally, Rachael’s buddy has teamed up with Captain Morgan Rum to create a series of tailgate & holiday worthy food & drink recipes to be posted on their Facebook page. We caught up with the Top Chef star to chat his recipe creation process, 3 must-have tailgating items and thoughts on this year’s Burger Bash!
On creating his recipes: Basically, I just pictured myself as a pirate sailing the Caribbean on my ship and thought “So what would I eat and drink?” This was actually the first time I’ve done anything with drink recipes and it reminded me a lot of developing a food recipe. Crafting the cocktails was all about balance, pairing the sweet, sour and bitter together to make a great drink.
On his 3 Must-Have Tailgating Items: I would say…Captain Morgan Rum, it would definitely spice things up and make them more fun. Then something I can eat with my fingers, probably ribs and corn.
On Burger Bash: This is my fourth year competing and I’m looking forward to it. The first year, I swept it and the second year I repeated the title, so I’ve definitely had some good times there. My third year though, I just couldn’t get Chef Michael Symon to lose. I think events like the New York Food & Wine Festival are always fun. They’re like summer camp for chefs because you get to see so many of your friends.
Stay tuned for more about Chef Spike’s cocktail creations and where he likes to eat when he’s in New York, NY. Until then, good luck to Chef Spike at this year’s NYC Burger Bash! We can’t wait to see what you come up with this year!
—Judith Pena, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief
Read more:
Rachael’s Fave Washington DC Restaurants including Chef Spike’s Good Stuff Eatery and We, The Pizza
Rachael’s New York City Burger Bash
Rachael’s 2012 SOBE Burger Bash

Consider us jealous, but according to CHEF SPIKE MENDELSOHN himself, ”My life is basically a tailgate!” 

So naturally, Rachael’s buddy has teamed up with Captain Morgan Rum to create a series of tailgate & holiday worthy food & drink recipes to be posted on their Facebook page. We caught up with the Top Chef star to chat his recipe creation process, 3 must-have tailgating items and thoughts on this year’s Burger Bash!

On creating his recipes: Basically, I just pictured myself as a pirate sailing the Caribbean on my ship and thought “So what would I eat and drink?” This was actually the first time I’ve done anything with drink recipes and it reminded me a lot of developing a food recipe. Crafting the cocktails was all about balance, pairing the sweet, sour and bitter together to make a great drink.

On his 3 Must-Have Tailgating Items: I would say…Captain Morgan Rum, it would definitely spice things up and make them more fun. Then something I can eat with my fingers, probably ribs and corn.

On Burger Bash: This is my fourth year competing and I’m looking forward to it. The first year, I swept it and the second year I repeated the title, so I’ve definitely had some good times there. My third year though, I just couldn’t get Chef Michael Symon to lose. I think events like the New York Food & Wine Festival are always fun. They’re like summer camp for chefs because you get to see so many of your friends.

Stay tuned for more about Chef Spike’s cocktail creations and where he likes to eat when he’s in New York, NY. Until then, good luck to Chef Spike at this year’s NYC Burger Bash! We can’t wait to see what you come up with this year!

—Judith Pena, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief

Read more:

This Halloween, surprise trick-or-treaters and be the envy of the block with these 8 beyond-cool candies from around the world. Make sure to save some for yourself!
Lorena Candy Crayons, Mexico
Like gooey push-up pops, these confections are fruit punch’s closest relative in the candy world. ($5 for 10 pieces, candywarehouse.com)
—Judith Pena, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief
Every week in October, enter to win one of 20 $50 Candy Gift Cards here!

This Halloween, surprise trick-or-treaters and be the envy of the block with these 8 beyond-cool candies from around the world. Make sure to save some for yourself!

  • Lorena Candy Crayons, Mexico

Like gooey push-up pops, these confections are fruit punch’s closest relative in the candy world. ($5 for 10 pieces, candywarehouse.com)

—Judith Pena, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief

Every week in October, enter to win one of 20 $50 Candy Gift Cards here!

This Halloween, surprise trick-or-treaters and be the envy of the block with these 8 beyond-cool candies from around the world. Make sure to save some for yourself!
Curly Wurly, United Kingdom
Try Mother England’s answer to the Sugar Daddy: this extra-long, chocolaty caramel bar. ($1 for a 1-oz. bar, phillysweetspot.com)
—Judith Pena, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief
Every week in October, enter to win one of 20 $50 Candy Gift Cards here!

This Halloween, surprise trick-or-treaters and be the envy of the block with these 8 beyond-cool candies from around the world. Make sure to save some for yourself!

  • Curly Wurly, United Kingdom

Try Mother England’s answer to the Sugar Daddy: this extra-long, chocolaty caramel bar. ($1 for a 1-oz. bar, phillysweetspot.com)

—Judith Pena, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief

Every week in October, enter to win one of 20 $50 Candy Gift Cards here!

This Halloween, surprise trick-or-treaters and be the envy of the block with these 8 beyond-cool candies from around the world. Make sure to save some for yourself!
Daim, Sweden
Bars of buttery almond toffee surrounded by creamy milk chocolate are one of Sweden’s sweetest gifts to the world. ($2 for a 1-oz. bar, phillysweetspot.com)
—Judith Pena, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief
Every week in October, enter to win one of 20 $50 Candy Gift Cards here!

This Halloween, surprise trick-or-treaters and be the envy of the block with these 8 beyond-cool candies from around the world. Make sure to save some for yourself!

  • Daim, Sweden

Bars of buttery almond toffee surrounded by creamy milk chocolate are one of Sweden’s sweetest gifts to the world. ($2 for a 1-oz. bar, phillysweetspot.com)

—Judith Pena, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief

Every week in October, enter to win one of 20 $50 Candy Gift Cards here!