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One of the things that I most look forward to on the weekends is a nice glass of wine. A few weeks ago, I came across a new wine at a local spirits store called Stella Rosa. It turned out that my selection was one of the top rated wines in the store and was a great red wine. The Stella Rosa ll Conte D’Alba cost around $11.99 and tasted far better than most wines three times it’s cost. When I opened the bottle, my nose was instantly filled with the fragrance of roses. The wine is sweet to taste, goes well with fruits and cheeses, but it must be chilled first. It’s no surprise that it’s of such great quality, it’s from the Piedmont region of Italy, where numerous high quality wines come from. Take my word for it, you won’t be disappointed.
Saint Luis Rey Petit Coronas Review:
Origin: Cuba Manufactured: Hand Made
Length: 129 mm
Good little surprise here! SLR taste profile, which was weakened by the fact of the narrower ring gauge. They have concentrated a lot of the qualities of their expert torcedores and tobacco leave selectors to present a good petit corona. I like the slight spice/grass taste which makes me an SLR fan and was pleased at how this smoked. Slowly, with ample amounts of leather and spice – this smokes like a much larger cigar. Most enjoyable. Smoothness throughout. Same as the rest of the family.
What a pleasant cigar in the best sense of the word. Smooth, creamy, good draw, nice white ash, superb looking wrapper and a good price, what more can you ask for in a small cigar.
Opening to many mixed reviews Hangover II still managed to rake in over 137 Million this Memorial day weekend. It was one of the most anticipated sequels of the summer. And while some may have been disappointed by this “just like the original, transplanted to Thailand” the general consenses were not. (Only 33% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes going into this weekend. But moviegoers gave the pic an “A-”.) Hangover 2 opened after midnight Thursday in a wide 2,600 locations with $10.4 million. That set the record for the highest grossing R-rated midnight show. (The previous record was Paranormal Activity’s $6.3M.) And is the biggest 3-day weekend comedy debut ever, beating The Simpsons Movie’s $74M.
Doubling down on the formula that made “The Hangover” the most successful R-rated comedy ever, “Hangover II” leaves no avenue unexplored in its relentless quest to assault sensibilities, and breach taboos. The premise is pure deja vu. On the day following a bachelor party for Stu, he awakens alongside Phil and Alan in a decimated hotel room. The men have pounding heads, physical disfigurements of mysterious origin, amnesia about what went on the night before, and no clue where the fourth member of their party has disappeared. This time it happens in Thailand and the AWOL friend — Stu’s teenage brother-in-law-to-be — isn’t entirely gone. He left behind his college ring, with his finger still in it. Paraphrasing the line immortalized by Catherine O’Hara in “Home Alone 2,” Phil moans, “It happened again!”
And how. Repeating the structure of the first film beat for beat, writer-director Todd Phillips keeps things fresh by going sleazier and more depraved, a litany of pain and suffering played for laughs. It’s one part comedy to four parts juvenile delinquency.
They discover neon-lit shopping districts the Bangkok Tourist Board doesn’t publicize. They’re terrorized by underworld types, shot at by motorcycle goons, saddled with a corpse, mocked by the police, beaten by a Buddhist monk, loved up by a showgirl with unexpected attributes, and serenaded by a former heavyweight champ who perpetrates some of the worst singing ever recorded. Their only friend is a chain-smoking capuchin monkey, and tobacco is the least of its oral fixations.
Ken Jeong’s fey, obnoxious gangsta-talking crime lord Mr. Chow also makes a return. He reprises the role here, taking it to wilder reaches of insanity, posing for a still photo in the end credits montage that is so appallingly tasteless in its recreation of a historical outrage that it’s nearly genius.
So although it lacks the suprise element the first film had, it is still a great time. While some sequals get lost in trying to hard to be unique, this movie losses its pow being to much the same. It instead attempts to one up everything from the first.
In The Hangover Part II, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don’t always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can’t even be imagined. — (C) Warner Bros
Top Gear USA has been buzzing around the Interwebz for a while now. It has been a rocky start for the show to say the lesat. It started in 2005 when Discovery Channel made a pilot of the show featuring actor and IHRA driver Bruno Massel as one of the hosts, but it was not picked up by the network. NBC announced, in January 2008, that it had ordered a pilot for an American version of the show, retitled Sixth Gear. BBC Worldwide has been contracted to produce the pilot for NBC.
On June 16, 2008, NBC and BBC officially announced an American version of Top Gear, to be hosted by Adam Carolla, Tanner Foust and Eric Stromer. The studio segments for the pilot were taped on July 26, 2008 to generally favorable reviews citing close following of the UK version’s format. NBC was expected to have Top Gear premiere as a mid-season replacement in 2009.
On December 11, 2008, NBC reversed its decision to place the show as a mid-season replacement, citing concerns about the potential success of a car-themed show in light of the failure of Knight Rider. NBC allowed the BBC to shop it around to cable networks to possibly pick it up. In February 2009 Jeremy Clarkson stated that the American version had been “canned”, claiming that focus groups “… just don’t understand a single word we’re on about. They just don’t get it really.”
Jay Leno, who originally turned down offers to host the show, expressed concern over whether or not a show like Top Gear could be successful in America. In a column published by The Sunday Times, Leno expresses concern that an American version could lack the critical reviews the British version is known for. The British show is produced for the BBC with public funds while the American show will air on commercial television. Leno believes that the show may have to worry about offending current and potential sponsors by giving their products poor reviews, leading to a compromise in the journalistic integrity and freedom of the original show.
On August 6, 2010, the first Top Gear trailer was published on the web, giving fans a preview on what to expect on the upcoming episodes to be broadcast on the History Channel. In this trailer, new hosts Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust, and Rutledge Wood are seen participating in a Moonshine Challenge and Tanner Foust also takes a Dodge Viper for a test drive.
Well finally the first episode aired Sunday evening on the history channel. The Show has had mixed reviews from Top Gear U.K. fans. Although it is not as good as the U.K. version and might never be, it shows promise. The show is enjoyable but still very new. A key factor for the show is the relationship between the host. While Clarkson, Hammond, & May have had years to work on their relatinship our new host have had none and it shows. The First episode felt a little fake and forced. Over all it needs more polish that time will bring. Our source told us that what he saw of upcoming episodes will be much better. We will stand watch with anticipation and delight. We have faith boys do us well.
Poizin Reserve by Armida Winery is a big zinfandel in a little coffin. The Healdsburg winery brags that this “wine to die for” is a blend of its best zinfandel grapes. The 2005 and 2006 Reserves are best suited for wine lovers who enjoy a bold zinfandel and aren’t frightened by the $60-$90 price tag. The Reserves’ less expensive cousin, the 2007 Poizin for $25, doesn’t come in a coffin but does present a lighter, fruitier zin. If you’re visiting Northern California, you may want to stop by the winery for a taste and play a game of Bocce ball on their lakeside courts. I would have to say, I didn’t really care about trying the wine once I seen the package. I fell in love with it as soon as I seen it and ordered a bottle along with the really cool coffin.
The latest film creation of Robert Rodriguez. You have probably seen some of Robert’s other films such as Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Sin City (Guest Director), but most recent and relevant is his Grindhouse film (Planet Terror). Machete was initially a fake trailer included in Grindhouse 3 years ago but has now fruition-ed into its own feature film.
If you have seen any of Robert Rodriguez film’s you have undoubtibly noticed his cheesy ’70s flare, that have turned his films into instant cult classics. Machete does not fall short and if you like his style you will love this film.
It is packed with action and big name stars such as Machete (Danny Trejo), an evil crime boss (a bloated Steven Seagal), oily businessman (Jeff Fahey), a racist politician (Robert De Niro), a sexy federal agent (Jessica Alba), a fiery female revolutionary (Michelle Rodriguez), the businessman’s daughter, a drugged-up mess (Lindsay Lohan), who may or may not have read the script before her brief topless scene. However, for those eager to see LiLo in a nun’s outfit blowing bad guys away, this is your movie.
After a violent shakedown from a notorious drug lord nearly kills him, Machete, a renegade Mexican Federale and tough–as–nails vigilante for justice, roams the streets of Texas, working as a day laborer. When Machete is hired by a crooked US Senator to execute a covert hit, Machete is double–crossed and forced to run from the cops and an endless stream of assassins. But what they don’t know is that Machete is looking for them so he can settle the score.
Celebrating a decade of Rocky Patel.
Rocky Patel has become one of the hottest cigar-makers in all the land. Despite an avalanche of award winning, highly rated blends under the RP label – including Decade, Vintage, Fusion, Olde World Reserve, Double Maduro, Edge, etc., Rocky continues to shock our palates and awe our taste buds. Introducing Rocky Patel ITC 10th Anniversary, released after 2 years of planning.
Rocky’s ITC 10th Anniversary is draped in a beautiful Ecuador Sumatra wrapper that shimmers with oil. It conceals a flavorful mix of aged Cuban-seed long-fillers from Jalapa, Esteli, and Condega. The result is a medium-bodied treat layered with rich, earthy flavors and hearty spices, complemented by a long, sweet finish. Elegant and smooth, this is a great cigar. Complexity, balance and elegance earned the Rocky Patel Decade ratings of 91, 92, 93 and 95 points, one of the highest ratings ever – an instant classic.
The MXA60 Integrated Audio System was designed by the same team of renowned McIntosh engineers who created the company’s high performance Reference System. The new ultimate-quality tabletop system features a high-performance 75-watt-per-channel amplifier, state-of-the-art CD/SACD/MP3 player, vacuum tube preamplifier, as well as an AM/FM/RBDS Tuner and high performance, two-way bass reflex loudspeaker system that packs all the legendary McIntosh sound into a smaller package.
Elit is made using a unique patented process inspired by an ancient Russian technique that dates back to the days of the czars. By cooling the elit to -18°C after it is distilled, impurities are more thoroughly removed, so that only the most delectable, velvety clean spirit remains. It is a process that takes more skill, more precision and more time, but the result is well worth it. A finish that is smooth, soft and round. A definite favorite of EvilStar.
The 2011 Mercedes SLS AMG is the first independent design from AMG and the new flagship for the entire company. As a modern re-interpretation of the 300SL, it’s also a return to the fast and elegant Mercedes of old. This car not only looks good, but it packs a ton of horsepower and performance to back the claims being made that it’s a true super-car. Heavily modified over the standard AMG V8, this 6.3 breathes much freer thanks to an all-new intake system, more aggressive valve timing, tubular steel headers and a de-throttled exhaust. In addition to the 571 HP at 6,800 RPM, it now develops 479 Lb-Ft of torque at 4,750 RPM, delivering high-RPM power with low-RPM torque. This all contributes to a reported 3.8-second 0-to-60 MPH time, and a top speed of 197 MPH. Paired to to the heart of this AMG monster is a duel clutch, 7 speed, paddle shifting transmission that makes lightning fast shifts at an astonishing 100 milli-seconds. So, not only does this car pack a punch, it’s equally gorgeous. The lines of the body are beautiful and the cockpit is a work of art. Leave it to AMG to combine brute force with absolute luxury. Ladies and gentleman, introducing the 2011 Mercedes SLS AMG, a definite blast from the past.
There’s a lot to love about the new Pagani Zonda R, starting with the Mercedes/AMG V12 bolted directly onto the rear of the chassis. The 6.0 liter monster outputs 750 horsepower, enough to take the car to 60 mph in less than 2.7 seconds on race tires, among the fastest acceleration of anything on four wheels, anywhere. The exhaust note is phenomenal and the sound going down the straight at the Nurburgring is second to none. Also, the non painted carbon fiber body is absolutely gorgeous. This is one hell of a race-ready exotic and it better be for 1.7 million. The new race ready Pagani Zonda R, it’s worth every cent.
For as much as I enjoyed the recent release from world renown DJ/Producer Tiesto, I am overwhelmed with the mass appeal it actually has potential for. It is truly a testament to how much electronic music has truly crossed over into the mainstream market. This has been apparent for years in countries abroad, but shockingly, it’s until now, America is finally catching up with the trend. Most of this could be due to the crumbling infrastructure of the formally all powerful “Record Industry” and the paradigm shift leaning toward a more independent distribution of music. Yet to see more familiar names like Nelly Furtatdo, and Tegan and Sara as collaborators is exciting, but I begin to wonder where all this is going when you start to see more and more collaborations just for the sake of having collaborations. It has been announced Tiesto is to be collaborating with even more mainstream artist like the Three 6 Mafia, Sean Kingston, and Flo Rida. This is just my opinion but I have heard the track “Feel It” and wasn’t very impressed. I still have hope though, through their methods of promoting the track they have released a means for aspiring remixers to take hold of parts of the track via Beatport.com and I anticipate it might generate some positive results but we’ll just have to see.