On the verdejo wine trail in central Spain

A decade ago verdejo was barely known outside a small area north-west of Madrid. Now the full-bodied white is popular across Spain and beyond. Our writer explores the home of his favourite tipple

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My girlfriend can’t say water in Spanish. Well, she can say agua, obviously, but no waiter ever understands her. Though I try hard not to snigger, I do. It’s really not very kind.

But in north-west Spain it turns out I can’t say wine. Specifically, I can’t say verdejo, the white grape variety that I love and that I’m here to find out more about. Is that sniggering I can hear?

This wine area is on a 700m-high plateau, where the cold nights mean there is an acidity in the grapes

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Let’s Celebrate David Beckham’s Birthday With This Bundle Of Deliciously Shirtless GIFs!

Can you believe David Beckham is 40 now???

The scrumptious athlete has made hearts throb all over the world, so we only thought it fitting that we give him a birthday present.

Okay, it’s his birthday but really it’s more like a present to YOU, ha!

What you see above is just a tease of what’s to come! We know you want it…

CLICK HERE to view the gallery, “7 Delicious, Shirtless GIFs Of David Beckham”

CLICK HERE to view the gallery, “7 Delicious, Shirtless GIFs Of David Beckham”

CLICK HERE to view the gallery, “7 Delicious, Shirtless GIFs Of David Beckham”

CLICK HERE to view the gallery, “7 Delicious, Shirtless GIFs Of David Beckham”

CLICK HERE to view the gallery, “7 Delicious, Shirtless GIFs Of David Beckham”

A-Rod ties Mays for 4th with 660 HRs; Yanks top Red Sox 3-2 (Yahoo Sports)

New York Yankees pinch hitter Alex Rodriguez runs to first after hitting a solo homer in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, May 1, 2015. Rodriguez has now tied slugger Willie Mays with 660 career home runs. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

With one sweet swing, Alex Rodriguez tied Willie Mays for fourth place in major league history at 660 home runs. Rodriguez jogged around the bases on the pinch-hit shot that broke an eighth-inning tie and lifted the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night. ”It’s good to do it in a good team win.” Yankees manager Joe Girardi left Rodriguez out of the starting lineup to rest, but sent him up to bat for Garrett Jones with one out in the eighth. Mays saluted Rodriguez in a statement released by the San Francisco Giants.

All Female ’21 Jump Street’ Spinoff In The Works

Who run the world? Girls


Sony Pictures has started developing an all female spinoff of its 21 Jump Street franchise by collaborating with Broad City writers, Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs.  With Sony Pictures already working on 23 Jump Street from last year and selecting Rodney Rothman to script the third version starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, this spinoff should add new flare to this franchise.  Aniello and Downs also serve as co-producers on Broad City, and with the show being a major hit, this spinoff should be something to be on the lookout for.


-Vinesh Vora

Childish Gambino Has Joined The Cast Of ‘Magic Mike XXL’

Gambino will be playing a stripper in the Magic Mike Sequel.

Donald Glover, better known as Childish Gambino, will be starring alongside Joe Manganiello, Channing Tatum and Jada Pinkett Smith. The sequel to the popular Magic Mike will reunite other members of the original cast as well including Matt Bomer, Kevin Nash, and Gabriel Iglesias. The sequel takes place three years after the original and finds Mike’s friends ready to call it quits. Before throwing in the towel for good, the gang decides to do a blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach taking them on a journey in which they hand with old friends and make new friends. Other members of the new cast include Amber Heard, Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss,  Michael Strahan, Andie MacDowell and Elizabeth Banks. Directed by Gregory Jacobs, Magic Mike XXL will hit theaters  July 1. Check out the trailer below:


Check out the latest cast posters in the below slideshow:


-Nishat Baig

Bargain Cookbooks

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Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys ($2.99 Kindle), by Lucinda Scala Quinn [Artisan]; according to the publisher’s newsletter, this should be on sale all month. The same newsletter was promoting Design Mom: How to Live with Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide, which was released last month and is less than 1/2 the print price in the Kindle store. In addition, they’ve teamed up with Pottery Barn and are giving away a nice Mother’s Day gift package.

Book Description

Recipes and strategies for bringing back the family meal

When first published in 2009, Lucinda Scala Quinn’s Mad Hungry met with critical acclaim, but it wasn’t just the media that fell hard for this book–it was mothers everywhere, who embraced her message to bring back the family meal and loved the ease, simplicity, and robust goodness of her recipes. The book went on to launch a TV series (Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn) and now, with over 65,000 copies sold, it is available in a paperback edition that will reach a yet wider audience.

In Mad Hungry, Scala Quinn shares winning strategies for how to sate the seemingly insatiable, trade food for talk, and get men to manage in the kitchen. She provides recipes for single-skillet meals, dinners that yield fabulous leftovers, and dishes that are a cinch to stretch fore extra guests. Her grab-and-run breakfasts will help kids start the day right, and her healthful drinks make it easier for guys to say no to soda. Along with her techniques that help make homemade meals second nature, nourishing both diner and cook, Scala Quinn offers empowering advice on how to feed one’s family’s spirits as well as fill their bellies.

The Mediterranean Slow Cooker Cookbook ($1.99 Kindle), by Diane Phillips [Chronicle Books]

Book Description

Savor the unforgettable flavors of the Mediterranean using a slow cooker! These 80 recipes are devoted to such iconic dishes as Beef in Barolo from Italy, Braised Basque Chicken from Spain, Bouillabaisse from France, and Spicy Tagines from Morocco. With a source guide for unusual ingredients and helpful streamlined techniques, these slow-cooked specialties are simple to make and even easier to eat.

About the Author

Diane Phillips is the author of 15 cookbooks, including Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever. She lives in San Diego, California.

My Little French Kitchen: More than 100 Recipes from the Mountains, Market Squares, and Shores of France ($1.99 Kindle), by Rachel Khoo [Chronicle Books]

Book Description

The world fell in love with Rachel Khoo through her cookbook and television show The Little Paris Kitchen, and immediately began to covet her Parisian lifestyle, fashion sense, and delicious recipes. In My Little French Kitchen, Rachel leaves Paris and travels to the mountains, villages, and shores of France, sampling regional specialties and translating them into more than 100 recipes. With more than 100 photographs, as well as dozens of Rachel’s own hand-drawn illustrations, this is the perfect gift for young foodies and Francophiles as well as fans of The Little Paris Kitchen hungry for more fresh takes on French classics.

About the Author

Rachel Khoo is a chef and the author and television star of The Little Paris Kitchen.

From a Polish Country House Kitchen: 90 Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food ($1.99 Kindle), by Anne Applebaum and Danielle Crittenden [Chronicle Books]

Book Description

With more than 150 splendid photographs, headnotes that illuminate Poland’s vibrant food culture, and more than 90 recipes for classic and contemporary Polish food, this unique and fascinating cookbook brings an ignored cuisine to light. Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Applebaum has lived in Poland since before the fall of communism, and this cookbook—nourished by her engagement with the culture and food of her adopted country—offers a tantalizing look into the turbulent history of this beautiful region. In a Polish Country House Kitchen celebrates long-distance friendships with a love of food at the core, bringing the good, sustaining foods of Anne’s Polish country home into kitchens the world over.

About the Authors

Anne Applebaum is the author of four books, including Gulag: A History, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. She is a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate.com, and director of Political Studies at the Legatum Institute in London. She lives in Poland, Washington, D.C., and London.

Danielle Crittenden blogs for the Huffington Post and her articles and essays have appeared in publications as wide-ranging as the Wall Street Journal and Ladies’ Home Journal. The author of three books, she lives in Washington, D.C.

Morocco: A Culinary Journey with Recipes from the Spice-Scented Markets of Marrakech to the Date-Filled Oasis of Zagora ($1.99 Kindle), by Jeff Koehler [Chronicle Books]

Book Description

With a wide range of exotic flavors and cooking styles, Morocco includes 80 recipes with Spanish influences, rustic Berber styles, complex, palace-worthy plates, spicy tagines, and surprisingly easy to make street food. From piquant appetizers like cumin-spiced potato fritters, to classic tagine and couscous entrees, and stuffed pastries like Seafood Pastilla, to fragrant sweets like Honeyed Phyllo Triangles Stuffed with Almonds, and, of course, Mint Tea, this beautiful collection of recipes surprises and inspires the home cook. Gorgeous photographs of such iconic Moroccan scenes as the markets of Marrakech and the date-filled oasis of Zagora capture the diverse flavors of this sun-splashed country.

About the Author

Jeff Koehler is a culinary journalist and the author of La Paella and Rice, Pasta, Couscous. His writing and photographs, primarily about the foods of the Mediterranean, have appeared in Saveur, Food & Wine, EatingWell, and the Washington Post. He lives with his family in Barcelona.

Turkey: More than 100 Recipes, with Tales from the Road ($1.99 Kindle), by Leanne Kitchen [Chronicle Books]

Book Description

Turkey’s culinary customs are as rich and varied as its landscape, and award-winning food writer Leanne Kitchen does justice to them both with more than 170 glorious photographs of the country’s foods and people that make readers want to drop everything and board the next plane. More than 100 recipes from across seven diverse regions—including the narrow streets of Istanbul, a fishing village on the Aegean, and the sheep-lined roads near Lake Van—showcase the best of Turkish cuisine. Comforts of the countryside and delicacies from the Ottoman Court span every course, from simple meze dishes such as spiced lentil köfte to sophisticated rose and pistachio sweetmeats for dessert. This enduring travelogue makes a perfect gift for ambitious cooks and armchair travelers alike.

May be price matched at B&N, eBooks.com, iTunes or Kobo for those needing EPUB.

All prices current at the time the post is written. Most bargain books remain at their listed price until “midnight” (each store operates on it’s own timezone and schedule), but prices can change at any moment. I have seen prices change within the hour or even minutes after posting.


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