Monthly archives: June 2011

The Ultimate Summer Drink

Caipirinha - The Ultimate Summer Drink

First, a pronunciation lesson: Caipirinha Kai-Pee-Reen-Ya, Cachaça Ka-Shah-Suh

Those words are Brazil’s most popular cocktail and its native spirit, respectively. Cachaça, a Brazilian rum that is made from the fermented juice of sugarcane, as opposed to most rum that is made from molasses, the byproduct of sugar production. Cachaça is often more robustly flavored and vegetal than traditional white rums, but not always.

On a hot Summer day, a Brazilian Caipirinha is a refreshing change from the ordinary. Fresh lime, raw sugar, cachaça and cold seltzer come together easily bringing with them images of sandy beaches, tropical breezes and vacation. Nothing to make ahead and no shaker needed, this quick low-maintenance drink is made in one glass.

The Caipirinha Recipe
You will need:

  • Cachaca
  • Limes
  • Superfine sugar
  • Crushed ice
  • A “lowball”, “rocks” or “Old-Fashioned” glass
  • A pestle (from a mortar and pestle — or something similar) for the muddling


  1. Cut the ends off of the lime and discard.
  2. Cut the lime in half lengthwise and cut out the white pith in the middle.
  3. Cut the lime in half, and cut one half of the lime into four wedges and place in the glass. If your lime is small, you will need to add more lime to the glass.
  4. Add one to three tablespoons of sugar. The amount of sugar depends on your personal taste as well as the size of the lime you are using.
  5. Use the pestle to “muddle” the limes and sugar together. Basically, you want to crush the limes so that they mix in well with the sugar. Be careful not to break the skin of the lime. When you’ve gotten all of the juice out of the lime, you’re done.
  6. Pack crushed ice in the glass all the way to the top.
  7. Add cachaca all the way to the top of the glass. (It’s really only about 2 oz.)
  8. Use a larger glass or bottom of a cocktail shaker and put it over the top of your drink. Pick up with two hands and shake very well for at least 15 seconds.
  9. Garnish with a wedge or slice of lime.
  10. Drink…and enjoy the best caipirinha!
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The Perfect Grooming Packing List TSA-friendly sizes

Hey, you. Going somewhere? Stop bringing a haphazard carry on with you and put some thought into your packing. Who says you can’t bring your some of your favorite grooming brands with you? After all some are now in TSA-friendly sizes. Peter Greenberg, CBS news travel editor, shows how to go in style—and Men’s Health Magazine add their favorite travel-sized picks. With this perfect guide, you’re ready to go in no time.

[Via Men's Health: Your Goop To Go]

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World’s priciest iPad costs $1.2 million

Credit: Camael Diamonds

World’s priciest iPad costs $1.2 million – 8 carat gold and 300 carts diamond-encrusted.. designed by the well-known diamond company Camael Diamonds. The company has not only adorned the gadget with regular white diamonds, but has also bedecked the piece with elegant and rare black diamonds on the home button and the Apple logo on the back.

The Camael iPad joins a crowded field of luxury gadgets that includes a gold-plated Kindle, a Versace cell phone, and a diamond-covered iPhone. These may all be effective ways to flaunt your wealth in the face of tough economic times, but the diamond iPad trounces the competition when it comes to sheer garishness.

[Via CNet]

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Meatless Milestone

Avocado salad for Meatless Monday

For most Americans the week begins on Monday. On Monday we move from the freedom of the weekend back to the structure of work or school. We set our intentions for the next six days. We plan ahead and evaluate progress. Monday the perfect day to make a change for your health and the health of our planet. Awareness of the Meatless Monday campaign and its “one day a week, cut out meet” manta has grown to 50.22 percent, up from 30 percent just six months ago. And nearly a third of those who know about it are cutting back on their meat consumption. Awesome, right?

Last year, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a meatless Monday resolution, sponsored by Supervisor Sophie Maxwell. The measure declares every Monday as “Vegetarian Day” and urges restaurants, grocery stores and schools to offer more plant-based options.

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9 ways to get more done

It happens almost everyday.

You begin with a plan only to have an emerging crisis, surprise meeting, or new assignment throw a wrench in the gears. Before you know it, the work has piled up.

By employing these simple techniques, you’ll be able to foster greater productivity and a more satisfying work/life balance.

1. Identify Your Top Three Priorities
You will undoubtedly have multiple responsibilities to accomplish throughout the day, and it can be difficult to organize them all. By recognizing your three most important tasks at the beginning of each day, you can assure that, while you might not accomplish every single assignment, your most important priorities will be completed.

2. Make Appointments With Yourself (And Keep Them!)
Just like you would make an appointment with a client or coworker, reserve a block of time to work on important tasks and projects. If you know an assignment is going to take three hours, put it on your calendar or planner. You’ll thank yourself later!

3. Clear Your Clutter
A disordered desk can be mentally distracting and emotionally draining. To eliminate the mess, start at the outer edges of your desk. There you’ll find items that have been pushed aside to make room for items of more importance. Most likely, you’ll discover unimportant items that you can get rid of. It’s simple as letting go of what you don’t need.

4. Use a Master List
Think of it as a to-do list on steroids. A master list contains all of your tasks for the foreseeable future organized by must-dos, would-like-to-dos, and want-to-dos. Schedule time for each task and review your list everyday, checking off completed tasks and adding new ones. A useful tool we recommend using is Cohuman. It’s great for keeping track of tasks and your to-do’s.

5. Spend 10% of Your Day in Proactive Mode
In an eight-hour work day, you should take about 45 minutes in the morning to start your day proactively. This includes things like learning, planning, setting goals, and working ahead of deadlines.

6. Beat Procrastination
Most of us are well versed in the art of procrastination. One way to get past this productivity obstacle is to set aside 20 minutes each day to work on something that isn’t due for a few weeks. Strive to work ahead of your deadlines. You’ll be thankful you did when those due dates roll around.

7. Write Your Goals Down and Review Them Everyday
Make sure your actions are impacting and reinforcing your goals. This will help you keep the “big picture” in mind.

8. Choose the Right Time Management System for You
Staying organized is the key to productivity. When choosing a time management system, consider these questions: Is it portable? Can you back it up? Does it allow you to manage your contacts easily? Can you share it? There are numerous time management systems available. Take the time to find one that fits your lifestyle.

9. Diagnose Your Time
Experts recommend keeping a time log for three days to assess how your time is spent. As you begin each new task throughout your day, record it on your time log. As you transition from task to task, keep filling out your time log as you go. This will show what you did and how long you spent doing it. After your three days, evaluate how your time is spent. Did you make good use of your time throughout each day?

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