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Guido Bernardinelli Replaces Kent Bakke as La Marzocco CEO

Guido Bernardinelli last year during La Marzocco’s 90th anniversary On the Road tour. Photo courtesy of La Marzocco International. Italian espresso machine manufacturer La Marzocco International has announced the appointment of longtime LM executive Guido Bernardinelli as the new CEO. Bernardinelli replaces outgoing CEO Kent Bakke, a revered figure in the specialty coffee industry for his role in bringing Italian espresso equipment to the United States market. Bakke was instrumental in La Marzocco’s rise to prominence after visiting the Italian manufacturer in 1978 and shortly thereafter importing its machines [...]

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Dreams Come True as Reverie Coffee Roasters Expands in Wichita, Kansas

Reverie Roasters and Founders Bakery Cafe. Photo by Katie Maher. Five-year-old Wichita, Kansas, roasting and retail coffee company Reverie Coffee Roasters didn’t originally plan for rapid, major expansion or involvement with fresh food, but demand from the community has proven too powerful to resist. The company’s original 3,100-square-foot shop has relocated into a side-by-side bakery and roastery with a total footprint of almost 10,000 square feet. A second location has also just opened on the lower level of a business and residential complex [...]

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10 Major First Kiss Red Flags that Lead to a Toxic Relationship

There’s not much worse than an awful first kiss. Knowing how to read first kiss red flags can help you avoid the duds so you can find the studs. I’ll be the first to dismiss a relationship based on a terrible first kiss. Don’t get me wrong, some weird first kisses can turn into great relationships but that’s not always the case. In some instances, there are some serious first kiss red flags you just can’t ignore. You can easily tell [...]

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Firecracker Vegan Lettuce Wraps

Why are these little bite-sized nuggets of rolled, frosted, sweet bread called butterhorns? Good question. But in belated honor of Mother’s Day, I am sharing a recipe from Grandma R. My Grandma R – previously mentioned for her apple crisp – has been making these little appetizer/dessert/snack bites for as long as I can remember. Any season, any time of day, any part of the meal… they just work.  Somehow, it seems to always be an appropriate time to [...]

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Freshen Your Breath With Fizzy Turmeric Mouthwash Drops

It wasn’t until I met my husband that I discovered mouthwash. I have always been a stickler for good oral hygiene (I’m talking daily brushing and flossing) but mouthwash just seemed like an extra step I never had time for. While my husband swore by the stuff, I held out for years in my holier-than-thou hygiene ways. But while I hate to admit it, it turns out he was onto something. Controlling the bacteria in your mouth is good for [...]

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Equipment Retailer Clive Coffee Launches Brew-Focused Brand, Filter Coffee & Tea

Filter Coffee & Tea launch party at Clive Coffee in Portland, Oregon. All photos courtesy of Clive Coffee. Venerable Portland, Oregon-based prosumer espresso equipment retailer Clive Coffee has launched a brew-focused spin-off equipment business, called Filter Coffee & Tea. While not a separate company, the two entities will appear separate for all intents and purpose, with Filter occupying its own website, branding and the attention of several full-time staffers in addition to support from a few crossover Clive employees as well. [...]

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12 Double Standards in Relationships & Why They’re Toxic AF

There are too many double standards in relationships that can ruin a good thing. Being aware of them can help you avoid your relationship’s demise. Will we ever be able to rid the world of double standards in relationships? Probably not. But you can learn about them and why they’re horrible to have – especially if you want your relationship to last a lifetime. People aren’t really blind to the fact that guys can do stuff girls can’t and vice versa. [...]

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Healthy Chicken Fried Rice

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Forget takeout with this Healthy Chicken Fried Rice, you can enjoy fried rice at home without the guilt. This recipe is easy to make, filled with protein and veggies, and has just 6 Weight Watchers SmartPoints and 366 calories for a big serving. Confession time. I love Panda Express. The orange chicken and fried rice is delicious. Lucky for me, I don’t live anywhere near one and it is an occassional indulgence on road trips since [...]

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DIY: Exfoliating Homemade Soap – 4 Ways

I started out wanting to make a gentle, naturally exfoliating soap bar – but then got totally carried away and made 4. Soap is so easy to customize when you use a pre-made base (like glycerin or shea butter) from the craft store. It’s like a kitchen science experiment, adding in different textures and colors. There are endless variations but here are 4 simple recipes to try. Supplies Needed Instructions First, cut the glycerin into cubes and melt in the microwave. I [...]

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