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No gadgets needed for a good pinot

No gadgets needed for a good pinot

I am a sucker for wine gadgets. In my kitchen there exists a plethora of corkscrews and openers, foil cutters, aerators, wine charms and bottle accessories. Some are very useful while others were simply a waste of money, but fun just the same. The one item that gets the most use and is essential is the opener. Yes, a simple corkscrew would do, but there are so many other choices.

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A sign from above says it all

A sign from above says it all

Ourr's Family Dining is more artificial hip than hip.

I'm always excited to try a new restaurant, if it isn't a chain, because they've always got their own character and spin on something. While I am by no means a foodie, I'm always curious to see if the new place has the best _______ in town.

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Skip the Pretense, save $10

Skip the Pretense, save $10

With my continued obsession to try new and different wines, there is always a risk. Especially when there is no positive recommendation, and I grab a bottle simply on a whim. This happens quite often, although I never spend much money on an unfamiliar terroir. If a bottle of wine is more than $13, a nod of approval is expected from someone before purchasing.

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Cold brewer is ready for summer

Cold brewer is ready for summer

Good cold brew is something that I've always left to the professionals. I admit I've done the bachelor version once in a great while — just pouring leftover coffee into something then refrigerating it, to varying result. Usually, it doesn't take long before it turns bitter, acidic, or… just weird.

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Oh, sweet panela

Oh, sweet panela

The even-more raw sugar brings a gentle sweetness.

As I've been exploring the vast world of Melbourne's coffee scene, I've run into many, many things that are commonplace here but haven't yet made their way to America. The predominant one is something I overlooked until it was pointed out to me by a barista who'd been to America recently. Our sugar technology is, apparently, lacking.

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