THE FASHION+LIFESTYLE 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: GIFTS FOR THE FOODIE IN THE FAMILY

Written and Compiled by Phillip D. Johnson

French digital company, UNOWHY recently launched “LA TABLETTE QOOQ” in the United States, the first interactive touch-screen tablet made especially for the kitchen and not a moment too soon. Already a sensation in France, the QOOQ CULINARY TABLET transforms the process of at-home cooking through highly interactive content from leading European chefs, helping to simplify meal preparation for culinary experts and novices alike. With a catalog of over 4,000 exclusive recipes from more than 100 of Europe’s most acclaimed chefs, QOOQ provides a step-by-step interactive guide to create delicious appetizers, meals and desserts through real-time HD video, photos and text as tools to guide users.

QOOQ, The First Culinary Tablet Made For The Kitchen Launches In The U.S. New Interactive Tool From France Revolutionizes At-Home Meal Preparation.  (PRNewsFoto/UNOWHY)

QOOQ, The First Culinary Tablet Made For The Kitchen Launches In The U.S. New Interactive Tool From France Revolutionizes At-Home Meal Preparation. (PRNewsFoto/UNOWHY)

Unlike other tablet computers, QOOQ is designed to be spill-proof, non-slip, and survive the wear and tear of the kitchen and a touchscreen that is specifically designed to be used in the kitchen, where it resists humidity and heat and can be used risk free with hands covered in flour or fat. (It can easily be cleaned with a damp cloth.) The device offers access to hundreds of ingredient fact sheets and videos demonstrating culinary techniques and its personalized features allow users to input their own favorite recipes andQOOQTablet1 share with friends, create weekly menus and shopping lists, and automatically adjust ingredient quantities. QOOQ is available for purchase in the U.S. for $399 and comes pre-loaded with 1,000 recipes and videos. Users will also be able to purchase additional recipes, individually or in themed recipe packs, or subscriptions for monthly ($9.90/mo.) or yearly ($99.00/mo.) premium access. To learn more, or purchase a QOOQ tablet, please visit, www.qooq.com
ELI ZABAR (www.elizabar.com), the iconic New York City food emporium is stepping it up big time this season with a whole new selection of food gift baskets designed to tempt the palate this holiday season. Guaranteed to impress the most discerning gourmets, ELI ZABAR‘s newest artisanal, organic delicacies arrive straight from their ovens to your door. Each gift is made to order at ELI’S MARKETPLACE and shipped nationally, in time for holiday cheer. Continue reading

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HOLIDAY 2012 GIFT IDEA: JOHNNIE WALKER LAUNCHES THE SPICE ROAD, INSPIRED BY TRAVEL AND MADE EXCLUSIVELY FOR TRAVELLERS

JOHNNIE WALKER has unveiled the first of a portfolio of whiskies that take their inspiration from the travelling heritage of John Walker & Sons. Available only in duty free stores, JOHNNIE WALKER THE SPICE ROAD pays a unique homage to the global travelers of today.

Johnnie Walker Launches The Spice Road

Johnnie Walker Launches The Spice Road

With a tradition of blending a whisky of intriguing complexity, rich flavor and exceptional smoothness, the JOHN WALKER & SONS tradition of blending for big, bold flavor inspired by influences from all over the world is alive and well into the 21st Century. The first three blends in the collection, collectively known as the TRADE ROUTES SERIES (of the JOHNNIE WALKER EXPLORERS’ CLUB COLLECTION) are inspired by the richness that could be found along the great trade routes. Continue reading

NICKELODEON BRINGS BELOVED BEATRIX POTTER BOOK SERIES PETER RABBIT TO TV WITH DEBUT OF NEW HOLIDAY SPECIAL “PETER RABBIT’S CHRISTMAS TALE” FRIDAY, DEC. 14, AT 7 PM (ET/PT)

Peter Rabbit hops on to the TV screen with the premiere of Nickelodeon‘s brand-new primetime holiday special, “Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale,” Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT).  Told with humor and heart, the special is a fresh re-imagining of the classic Beatrix Potter children’s books, which have sold over 250 million copies worldwide and been translated into 35 languages. Peter Rabbit is produced in conjunction with Silvergate Media and animated by Brown Bag Films.

Lily Bobtail, Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny in the Nickelodeon holiday special, "Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale," premiering Friday, Dec. 14, at 7pm (ET/PT).  (PRNewsFoto/Nickelodeon)

Lily Bobtail, Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny in the Nickelodeon holiday special, “Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale,” premiering Friday, Dec. 14, at 7pm (ET/PT). (PRNewsFoto/Nickelodeon)

Nickelodeon is thrilled to bring this beloved book series to life on TV so kids can experience Peter Rabbit in a whole new way this holiday,” said TERI WEISS, EVP, PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT, NICKELODEON PRESCHOOL.  “We have captured the spirit of the Peter Rabbit stories, while modernizing for today’s preschoolers through high-stakes adventures, comedic characters and vibrant CG-animation.”

In “Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale,” Peter Rabbit and his friend BENJAMIN BUNNY take over for Mr. Bouncer when he gets sick and can’t make the important holiday supply delivery. They brave a blizzard and a sneaky fox, Mr. Tod, in order to deliver important gifts and supplies to the residents of the Lake District.  Along the way, Peter and Benjamin meet a new friend, Lily Bobtail.  Inspired by BEATRIX POTTER, Lily is strong, smart, independent, curious, a nature-lover and artist who is just as willful and playful as her male counterparts.

Set in Potter’s treasured LAKE DISTRICT, Peter lives in a world where behind every rock there is a surprise to discover and where dangers (be it a sly fox or bad-tempered badger) lurk around every corner. Peter Rabbit features educational goals that encourage preschoolers to learn problem-solving and interpersonal skills, self-efficacy, resilience, positive re-framing and fostering an interest in and respect for nature.

Nickelodeon’s award-winning website, www.nickjr.com, currently offers parents and preschoolers a sneak peek of the holiday special plus Peter Rabbit coloring pages, stickers and mazes.  On Monday, Dec. 3, nickjr.com will launch “Presents from Peter,” where users will be able to go online every day to unlock a new special gift from Peter Rabbit such as holiday ornaments, holiday cards, activity packs and more.

 

THE DAILY GLOW AWARD WINNERS RECOGNIZING THE MOST INNOVATIVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS OF 2012 ARE ANNOUNCED

DAILY GLOW’S MEDICAL AND BEAUTY EXPERTS NAME 100 STANDOUT PRODUCTS AS BEAUTY INNOVATORS

DAILY GLOW (www.dailyglow.com), the leading online healthy beauty authority, announced the winners of its DAILY GLOW AWARDS honoring products across the beauty spectrum. After in-depth research, testing and analysis of thousands of products, a judging panel of medical and beauty experts named 100 products for their outstanding achievement in innovation, recognizing the most inventive, state-of-the-art and truly original products.  The DAILY GLOW 2012 AWARD winners were announced today in an expansive editorial feature on www.DailyGlow.com/Awards.

Daily Glow (www.DailyGlow.com) provides a smart, fresh perspective on healthy beauty. The popular site and its mobile apps offer credible, solutions-focused tools and information from industry experts, medical doctors, favorite celebrities and celebrity stylists, plus a community of peers. Daily Glow provides information and inspiration for women to look and feel their best from the inside out – every day. This is one of the prestigious brands published by Everyday Health, Inc. The DAILY GLOW AWARDS‘ badge highlights the most innovative beauty products for consumers who want to make healthier choices for their beauty solutions. Continue reading

MONDO GUERRA OF PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS UNVEILS ONE-OF-A-KIND CLOTHING DESIGN IN HONOR OF WORLD AIDS DAY

DRESS INSPIRED BY HIV COMMUNITY AND I DESIGN CAMPAIGN

Fashion designer and Project Runway All Stars winner, MONDO GUERRA, in collaboration with MERCK, unveiled an original dress created by the designer and inspired by the HIV Community. The dress is an embodiment of the Community’s courage and commitment, and was designed to help inspire people living with HIV to have an open dialogue with their doctor – a key component of the I Design campaign that Mondo and Merck have been bringing to the Community this year. The one-of-a-kind dress will be premiered on World AIDS Day, commemorated on the first of December each year, and will be unveiled on the campaign website, www.ProjectIDesign.com.

MERCK WORLD AIDS DAY DRESS: Dress designed by Project Runway All Stars winner Mondo Guerra for World AIDS Day, inspired by his advocacy work through his collaboration with Merck on I Design, an HIV education campaign.  (PRNewsFoto/Merck)

MERCK WORLD AIDS DAY DRESS: Dress designed by Project Runway All Stars winner Mondo Guerra for World AIDS Day, inspired by his advocacy work through his collaboration with Merck on I Design, an HIV education campaign. (PRNewsFoto/Merck)

I Design is a national HIV education campaign led by Merck and fashion designer Mondo Guerra aimed at helping to empower people living with HIV to have open and meaningful discussions with their doctors about their treatment plan based on their medical and lifestyle needs.  Continue reading

CALIFORNIA MILK ADVISORY BOARD CELEBRATES THE SEASON’S SMALL BITES TREND WITH BROCHURE SPOTLIGHTING NIBBLES, STARTERS & SMALL PLATES FEATURING CALIFORNIA DAIRY

From mini desserts to single bite appetizers, small plates are hotter than ever–and 2013 food trends reveal that these petite plates are here to stay with a continued evolution of smaller portions being featured at white tablecloth and quick serve restaurants. But this bite-sized trend isn’t just for dining out as more consumers are experimenting with their own small plates at home. The CALIFORNIA MILK ADVISORY BOARD (CMAB) is offering a free consumer brochure with tips and recipes for tapping into this trend for holiday celebrations or every day meals.

Whether it’s a love for Spanish-style tapas or an interest in eating smaller portions without giving up on taste, we’ve seen a lot of focus around creating mini bites at home on Pinterest and in food and lifestyle magazines. California dairy – everything from cheese to yogurt to ice cream and butter – is the perfect ingredient for making small plates bursting with big flavor,” said JENNIFER GIAMBRONI, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE CMAB. “Our Nibbles, Starters & Small Plates brochure gives consumers a handful of ideas they can enjoy any time of the year.”

California is the nation’s leading milk producer and also produces more butter, ice cream, yogurt and nonfat dry milk than any other state. The state is the second-largest producer of cheese, which is available nationally under the REAL CALIFORNIA CHEESE seal. Ninety-nine percent of California dairy farms are family owned and that means consumers are supporting dairy families when they look for the milk and cheese seals when they shop. Continue reading

THE FASHION+LIFESTYLE.COM 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: GIFTS FOR CHILDREN

COMPILED BY PHILLIP D. JOHNSON

This, the first of the FASHION+LIFETSYLE.COM 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES, is all about the children. These are the toys that were the bestsellers this past year and the ones that are presently selling out everywhere. There’s a toy or tablet here for every child on your Christmas list.

LeapPad2

IT’S THE HOTTEST TOY ON THE MARKET RIGHT NOW! The award-winning LeapPad2, from LEAPFROG ENTERPRISES, INC., offers kids more engaging learning experiences than ever before. New features include front-and-back cameras and video recorders, a faster LF 2000 processor, double the on-board memory (4GB) and a longer battery life, all wrapped in a high-tech styled kid-tough tablet design. LEAPPAD2‘s extensive library of hundreds of games, music, videos, eBooks and more are carefully designed and approved by LEAPFROG‘s highly experienced team of educational experts and include a combination of LEAPFROG‘s top quality educational entertainment and engaging content from the biggest names in children’s entertainment. LEAPFROG‘s own learning content is grounded in the latest research and draws on a comprehensive curriculum that covers more

Yummy Gummy Christmas DVD Cover

than 2,500 skills across 100 skill categories. LEAPPAD2 is sold at MSRP $99.99 and is recommended for children 3 to 9 years. The LEAPPAD2 DISNEY PRINCESS BUNDLE is sold at MSRP $129.99. Downloads are priced at MSRP $5.00 and up and game cartridges at MSRP $24.99. New accessories for LeapPad2 include a Video Display Case (MSRP $19.99), Fashion Handbag (MSRP $19.99), Car Adapter (MSRP $14.99), Gel Skins (MSRP $9.99) and much more. An optional recharger pack is also available at MSRP $39.99. LeapPad2 is now available at www.leapfrog.com, online and at major retailers in the U.S., Canada, UK and Ireland

Don’t judge me but I have to say it: I LOVE GUMMIBÄR!  From the moment I received the package of CDs and DVDs in the mail, I have been spellbound by Gummibär and his friend: KALA (a ‘serval cat,’ and the brain in the group), HARRY, the nerdy know-it-all chameleon, and VAM PIRO (a vampire bat with a big problem: He faints at the sight of blood!).

I AM YOUR GUMMY BEAR USA CD COVER

  GUMMIBÄR is a green blue-eyed character that is usually naked except for orange underwear and sneakers and also seems to have been bitten (with a small portion of the upper left ear missing), which may be why he sings about candy. Gummibär represents the child inside of us (much like SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS); and he’s a dancing machine!  He knows how to work that body like no one else! Again, much like the SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS character, there’s an element of adult sarcastic humor mixed in with a kid’s smart-alecky sensibility and I love it all. The theme song (“I am a Gummy Bear”) is like a classic earworm, and the new Christmas DVD, “The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa”, is a new Christmas classic. The cultural references sprinkled throughout the movie are to die for!

The first Gummibär theme song, “I’m a Gummy Bear” (“The Gummy Bear Song”), was produced in Germany in late 2006, and became a regional success as a dance song. The company has since created six additional music videos for a global audience in an increasing number of languages, has recorded additional songs, and Gummibär songs and videos have now been recorded in over 28 languages. They recently announced the addition of party supply products and cookie cutters to the mix, and much more are on the way. For Christmas 2012, check the new Christmas DVD, the CDs (“I am a Gummy Bear”, “Gummibär Christmas Jollies”, “Gummibär: La La Love to Dance”) and the DVD (“The Gummibär Video Collection”). For more information and where-to-buy, visit www.gummibar.net, www.gummibar.net/music/, www.facebook.com/funnygummy, www.gummybearinternational.com/. Continue reading