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Cocktail Hour: 5 Classic Cocktails For Summer

Martini There are martinis and then there is THE MARTINI. Whether you like it dirty, shaken or stirred, with gin or vodka, olives or an onion (or lemon peel), this iconic classic is timeless for a reason. Here at Throomers, we consider ourselves purists with a preference for gin. Try the recipe below for a classic martini that’ll satisfy any martini lover. 4 ounces gin/vodka ¾ ounce vermouth (we prefer a dry vermouth) 1 lemon olives A good martini should be ice cold. Fill a mixing cup or a shaker with ice. Add liquid ingredients and shake/stir until the outside of the mixer/shaker is frosted over. Pour into the martini glass and twist a strip of lemon peel to express the oils and then rub over the rim of the glass. garnish with olives and enjoy. Mint Julep The mint julep is a classic bourbon based cocktail that is particularly enjoyed by southerners during the Kentucky Derby. 1 teaspoon simple syrup 2 oz. Bourbon whiskey 4 Mint leaves plus extra for garnish ice Muddle mint leaves with simple syrup in

Teri Turner: Superb Summer Food Selections

Everyday foods made with love, inspiration, and packed with health-enhancing goodness. A scoop of love, a dash of seasoning, and a whole lot of creativity — those are Terri Turner’s favorite ingredients. She adds this heartfelt concoction to every one of her thousands of recipes, like cheesy tomato chickpea pasta, Greek lemon chicken, and sizzling shrimp lettuce wraps. There is no doubt that Turner is a woman about her food. As a food and lifestyle blogger and creator of No Crumbs Left, a blog featuring healthy recipes and products, she is one of those few people who manages to make a living doing what they love the most. Turner is known for her healthy, everyday recipes. She believes good food brings people together. “I live for the moments when people realize all they need is food that’s good for them and actually tastes good,” she said. Turner cooks from the bottom of her heart and her more than 800,000 social media fans appreciate it. “I try to give people the best food options,” she said. Those options can be found

Embrace the Plant-Based Buzz: The Best Vegan Wines

Veganism is on the rise in the food and beverage industry. More than just a fad, people are falling in love with animal-free products. Choosing a vegan lifestyle means becoming aware of and avoiding certain products and ingredients. Often, these off-putting ingredients hide in the production of store-bought food and beverages, and your wine is no exception. Although wine is plant-based, a few animal products are used in the fining process to make the wine clearer. But vegan wine producers are using non-animal alternatives in their fining process with fantastic results. The surge of vegan interest has resulted in increased production of more vegan-friendly wines, and supermarkets have stocked their shelves with more animal-free products. Below are some of the best wines for vegans to try out. Château Dauzac Margaux Produced in the centuries-old Médoc tradition, Château Dauzac Margaux is a wine that vegans can treasure. The wine is not fined with egg whites but with plant-based fining agents.  Château Dauzac Margaux is best enjoyed while in its early years with decanting. It will need at least two hours to

Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19: Is it Over-hyped?

As of this minute according to a dashboard produced by Johns Hopkins with data sourced from the US CDC and the WHO, there have been 82,550 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus that is now called SARS-CoV-2. That sounds pretty scary when the talking heads in the news media breathlessly toss out figures. And also as of this minute, 2,810 people, mostly elderly, immuno-compromised patients, have lost their lives as a result of this disease. What the media are loathe to tell us, however, are the number of people in whom the disease has run its course and who are now recovered. That number currently stands at 33,252. The news media are in the business of selling advertising. More viewers enable them to sell more ads at a higher price. And nothing sells air time like the latest tragedy, whether it exists or not. Humans have a natural fear of the unknown and COVID-19 was unknown when it burst onto the scene in December 2019. No one understood how virulent it was, or how

Valentine Thomas: Hooked on Spearfishing

Like a siren song, her dream beckoned her to become a huntress in the deep blue sea. Valentine Thomas traded in her business suit for a wet suit. As a former finance lawyer in London, she felt constricted. But one happenchance diving adventure in Egypt changed her life. By 2010, she was hooked, diving down the South Atlantic with whale sharks, lobsters, and African pompanos. Today she is a well-known spearfisher and an Instagram star with over 200,000 followers. She’s given TED talks and has been featured in Forbes. Find her on Instagram, and you’ll usually see her modelesque good looks posing with the catch of the day. “I eat everything I catch,” she says. Aside from that, Thomas pushes a message of conservation and what goes into putting food on the table. “Spearfishing allows me to feel one with nature. It shows me how to respect nature,” and adds, “When you are in the ocean with sharks, and you can easily be a part of their food chain, it makes you respect the hunt.” Thomas also offers freediving courses, expeditions,

Nnamdi Okonkwo: Artist of Abundance

At Throomers, we pride ourselves in our positivity and daily pursuit of a ‘thriving life.’ Said another way, we believe in the universal abundance that is available to nearly anyone who’s able to raise their awareness, spirit and energy and tap into the source. We recently discovered an artist who is tapped in deeply, whose inspirational life story fits so thoroughly with our philosophy that we needed to feature him in our inaugural edition. Born in Eastern Nigeria in 1965, Nnamdi Okonkwo is the consummate throomer. Inspired by all demonstrations of excellence and the core goodness of humanity, his fundamental calling is to bring that same essence to whatever he does as both an artist and a man. Further, his day-to-day focused intent is to strive for perfection in the cause of providing enduring positive value to society. This is a big, impressive vision and it clearly describes a man operating at a uniquely elevated level of energy. Just where did this determination come from? How were the seeds planted? When did his spark ignite? Buckle up, throomers, we delve

Wayne Toups: Zydecajun Legend

Man, is it steamy out here this afternoon. And why not? It’s late summer in the deep south’s marshy lowlands. There’s been a blessed weeklong dry spell allowing the floodwaters from the latest vicious storm to recede. I’m swatting away another ravenous, hummingbird-sized mosquito and keeping an eye on the raggedy thicket of brown grasses off to the left. If that isn’t the perfect home to a horde of gators, then I’ve never seen one. The iced beer goes down like life-nourishing holy water. A palpable sign there’s a God after all. I’ve changed shirts twice and I’m soaking through a third. Most of the guys don’t even wear shirts. Of course, most of the guys aren’t sixty. I misplaced my six-pack decades ago. A few too many six-packs, I suppose. The girls aren’t wearing much either. Their glistening contours are everywhere I turn. Milton was right about ‘silver linings.’ The energy is picking up in the joint, the crowd thickening, the din intensifying. The tall pole lights emit their wavelike, flickering beams through the stifling heat. A fog has

Mike Farris: His Inspirational Road to Grammy Gold

The year was 2011. The weather was bright and sunny with a chilly, northerly 70-degree breeze, indicating our wintertime. Our good friends asked whether we’d be interested in joining them on the Sandy Beaches Cruise leaving in a few days out of Ft. Lauderdale. For the unaware, Sandy Beaches is a week-long, music-themed Holland America cruise headlined annually by one of my favorite rock and blues musicians, Delbert McClinton. Because a South Florida ritual is having two bags always packed and waiting in the foyer for last minute cruise invitations, my wife and I were heading off to the port in a flash. Little did I know what life-changing delights we’d be experiencing in the days ahead. As usual, we were having a magical time on our cruise. And why not? Our only responsibility was finding our way from our cabin to the several restaurants and lounges offering limitless food and drink day and night, and to the various music venues scattered around the ship, and then making it back to our cabin at night’s end. Actually, that was the

Pavlo: Mediterranean Nights

There is one common ‘language’ that has the power to emotionally connect every human being on the planet, regardless of their race, culture or living conditions. It is the language of music – especially instrumental ‘feel-good’ music. The universal melodies can speak intimately to people of widely diverse backgrounds in a similar manner, causing spontaneous reminiscences, moving a person to tears, be they of despair or joy, and they can compel a person to leap up and gyrate their body excitedly in jubilant, celebratory dance. The inventor and reigning king of an instrumental ‘feel-good’ musical genre known as ‘Mediterranean’ is recognized across the globe only as Pavlo. The Early Years  In the aftermath of World War II, over half-a-million Europeans left their war-torn countries and emigrated to Canada, specifically to the Greater Toronto area. By 1960, a third of Toronto’s population were newcomers, including an estimated 12,500 Greek immigrants. By the 70s, the Greek population had grown to 30,000, and a section of town called ‘the Danforth’ was dubbed, ‘Little Athens.’ Among the early influx of immigrants were George and

Nasimo: Walls are His Canvas

His art bears witness to freedom of expression after the fall of communism on a scale so grand, even buildings can barely contain it. It was a time of great tumult as a revolutionary wave in the late 80s and early 90s marked the end of communism in Central and Eastern Europe. After the fall of the communist regime in Bulgaria in 1989, a young artist took an interest in spray painting on walls. He would later be known as a pioneer of Eastern European graffiti art culture and become an icon of graffiti fine art in the Balkans. “Let’s go scribble on the walls,” said a young man. The year was 1994 when a young skateboarder left the theater and did just that. It was a clear night in Targovishte, Bulgaria, and Stanislav Trifinov, known as Nasimo, stood in front of a large wall, holding a can of spray paint. The sound of sirens began to blare, and everyone dispersed in every direction. “When it was my turn, I had not thought of anything yet. I took the can,