10 South African White Wines You Should Be Drinking


There is really no reason to tiptoe around this, so I will just blurt it out: South Africa is amazing!If you have been living under a rock for the past 20 years and think South Africa is only about red wine, consider this a wake-up call. It’s here where you can find any kind of wine from cool and quirky to classic. ...

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Most people 'aren't as happy as their friends' on social media

A study led by computer scientists at Indiana University has found that people with the most connections on social media are also happier. This may cause most social media users to not only regard themselves as less popular than their friends but also less happy. The recently published study is essentially the first to provide scientific evidence for the feeling ...

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Kylie Kwong: 'Food Makes People Happy and Connects People'


Sydney-based chef and restaurateur, Kylie Kwong, opened her famed Billy Kwong restaurant in 2000. Since then, she’s appeared regularly on Australian and international cooking programmes and is well known for utilising sustainable, indigenous ingredients. Kwong says that her approach to cookery which combines Australian native ingredients and traditional Cantonese fare is a direct reflection of her roots as a third-generation ...

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Free Webinar: How Mothering Helps Us Value our Flaws


We all have aspects of ourselves we would rather not know about. As kids, we may have been taught that it wasn’t okay for us to be bossy, selfish, angry, or boastful. By the time we are adults, we have tucked those traits away, and are adept at being “nice,” or “good.” When we become parents, we may be dismayed ...

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Konjac from A to Z: 26 things worth knowing


Armorphophallus konjac. This is the “academic” name for konjac, a plant belonging to the Araceae family that is farmed in China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and South East Asia. Boil. Konjac noodles are perfect for “absent-minded” cooks because even after one hour’s boiling (!) it is impossible to overcook them. Corm. The term used for the bulb of this plant which ...

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How viewing cute animals can help rekindle marital spark

One of the well-known challenges of marriage is keeping the passion alive after years of partnership, as passions tend to cool even in very happy relationships. In a new study, a team of psychological scientists led by James K. McNulty of Florida State University has developed an unconventional intervention for helping a marriage maintain its spark: pictures of puppies and ...

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Bilbao, a City Tasting Tour with Josean Alija


This year, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao will celebrate its 20th birthday. Architect Frank Gehry’s venerated titanium art institution on the banks of the Nervion is credited with revitalising the Basque city, dragging it from the mire of deindustrialisation with such astonishing success that the ‘Bilbao Effect’ was coined to describe how bringing in a star-architect to design an institution in ...

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Some Thoughts on My Daughter’s High School Graduation: Go Forth Unafraid


Last week, my daughter graduated from high school. It was a bittersweet afternoon. Happy, because it’s satisfying to think of the work that she’s done, sweet because it’s great to see the friends she’s made, and exciting to see her move forward. (Like that old joke, “That’s why they call it a Commencement.”) Sad, because this ceremony marks an end. ...

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The Week in Bites <br> 18 June 2017


A Bite in Perth This week at Fine Dining Lovers we kicked things off with a wonderful tour of Perth, Australia.  Located in Australia’s southwestern coast, Perth has a booming culinary scene and is near the famous wine region of Margaret River We wanted to know: where can we grab a quick bite, where to stop in for coffee and ...

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Developing Interdependence in Children


If you’ve noticed parenting as well as teaching techniques over the years, you’ve probably noticed that there are many different styles of parenting and consequently many different outcomes of child behavior that is shaped by these styles. Children are born with a certain amount of fixed attributes yet how much of their personalities are shaped by how a parent is ...

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