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December 20, 2010 In This Issue... In Good Spirits Fir Real Live Music Venues The Bargain Buzz

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The Latest Buzz on ... Fashion, Food & Fun In Good Spirits: Alco-Ho-Ho-Hol Holiday Cocktail Recipes When overbearing relatives meet arctic temperatures, it's time to drink. Mix some cocktails using these saucy recipes. Then cozy up by the fire. It's going to be a long holiday season. Holiday Eggnog Recipe - Toss that carton. You've never tried eggnog until you've sipped this frothy brew. It's this close to drinking marshmallows. Holiday Eggnog (Serves two) Ingredients 2 large eggs 3½ oz. granulated sugar 4 oz. heavy cream 2 oz. bourbon (Erik suggests Bulleit) 2 oz. aged rum (try Cruzan Single Barrel) 5 oz. whole milk Fresh ground nutmeg 1. Separate egg whites and yolks into separate bowls. 2. Beat whites until soft peaks appear, then slowly add 3 oz. sugar using a stand mixer or egg beater. 3. In the other bowl, whip heavy cream with yolks

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until thick. 4. Add bourbon and rum to cream and yolks. 5. Combine the two mixtures. 6. Mix remaining ingredients and beat until soft peaks appear. 7. Serve chilled with a sprinkle with nutmeg. 8. Enjoy immediately (or store at 40째 for up to four weeks). Oh, there's a little egg on your face. Right there. The Orient Express Recipe - All aboard! We'll take a one-way ticket to a romantic Christmas Eve...Next stop? New Year's Eve! The Orient Express (Serves one) Ingredients 2 oz. Mekhong (a Thai liquor) 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier 1/2 oz. Luxardo amaro 1/2 oz. lemon juice 1/4 oz. simple syrup Dash Fee Bros. aromatic bitters 1. Build ingredients in cocktail shaker. 2. Shake; strain into martini glass. Clove and Oak Recipe - It's not so bad to be the catcher in the rye. Clove and Oak (Serves one) Ingredients 1 1/2 oz. (Ri)1 rye whiskey 1/2 oz. Allspice Dram 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 1/2 oz. cloudy apple cider 1/2 oz. simple syrup 1. In a cocktail shaker, add spirits, juice, and syrup. 2. Fill tin with ice and shake vigorously for at least six seconds. 3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 4. Garnish with apple slices. Sparkling Pear Recipe - This mix of vodka, lemon juice & sparkling wine, knows how to bring a sparkle to our eye. Sparkling Pear (Serves one) Ingredients 1 oz. Pinky Vodka 1/2 oz. elderflower liqueur 1/2 oz. peach nectar 1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice Pinch of nutmeg Splash of sparkling wine 1. Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. 2. Pour straight into a champagne flute. 3. Garnish with a lemon twist. Cheers! Merry Christmas! It's now time to take a long winters nap!

Santa Alert! Email Santa! Snail Mail won't get to Santa in time now. This is a very important announcement for anyone who has children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, godchildren, friends, acquaintances, colleagues, bosses, employees, parents, aunts, uncles and neighbors. Have you and yours gotten your letters to Santa out yet? NO???? Well, it's not too late. You can Email Santa! We have his email

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address. Write a letter to Santa Claus? Yes its true! He's constantly checking his emails. From the North Pole, Santa will send your reply... faster than Rudolph the reindeer can fly!! Santa Claus will reply to you personally!! Just wait in front of your computer for a few seconds and your reply will magically appear (of course, it might take a bit longer if Santa Claus is really busy or taking a "cookie break"!!). Santa's Safety Tip: Santa also prefers that you don't include your last name, street address or phone number in your letter - he knows who you are already and keeps up with you on the "Naughty & Nice List"!

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To Bee or Not to Bee       Fir Real - Lee Hansley Gallery Installation Features 600 Christmas Trees You're a sucker for holiday traditions. Except when it comes to that prickly tree. The sap. The hoisting. The crappy lights that don't last a season. Well, here's your opportunity to be bedazzled by 600 Christmas trees on display at Lee Hansley Gallery in downtown Raleigh. The exhibit, entitled "PageanTrees", marks the first time the pieces have been available for public viewing. The gallery's popular holiday show, "One Hundred Under 1000", is on view in the other four spaces. Fir Real!! These Green Giants are Bite Size: "PageanTrees" is an arrangement of over 600 miniature Christmas trees collected by New York City fetish artist, McGee. The trees range in size from four inches high to about 38 inches. Her latest discovery is a vintage 1950 red ceramic tree from that doubles as a cigarette lighter with multiple ashtrays. Gallery owner, Lee Hansley, says that the most common comment from the viewing public is "Wow!" "The variety is amazing and your eye just jumps from one to another". While McGee acquired some from stores in New York or from catalogues, the majority came from distribution centers and wholesalers who supply the retail trade. "PageanTrees" is on view at Lee Hansley Gallery, 225 Glenwood Ave. in downtown Raleigh. Open daily through Christmas Eve and from December 28 -31 after Christmas. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and

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until 10 p.m. on Friday. Website

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The Bargain Buzz Wannit?... Come'n Get It! Tir na nOg will be OPEN all day on Christmas Day! Come out and enjoy delicious food and great drinks with exciting people! Make your reservation today! 919 833 7795. Click Here for Menu See you at the Pub! Bailey's Fine Jewelry Becomes Exclusive Gucci Retailer Bailey's Fine Jewelry now carries the luxury jewelry line Gucci in its Cameron Village store location. The addition of the Gucci line makes Bailey's the exclusive authorized Gucci retailer in NC. Bailey's is also one of only 24 independent retailers in the country specially chosen by Gucci to debut its new jewelry collection. Bailey's will carry a variety of Gucci pieces, including bracelets, rings and necklaces in both gold and silver. For more information, please call toll-free (866) 725-3111 or visit Website. Cheshire Cat Gallery: Bob Godfrey, of the Jewelers Shop, formerly in South Hills, Cary for 25 years and currently on Medlin Drive in Raleigh has opened a new location in Cameron Village's Cheshire Cat Gallery. Godfrey will be offering estate jewelry, insurance appraisal services, and watch, clock, and jewelry repair at his new location. Fine Estate Jewelry Trunk Show: On December 11 & 12 at Cheshire Cat Gallery, Bob Godfrey of The Jewelers Shop will be unveiling for the first time an exquisite and diverse collection of gold, platinum, and sterling estate jewelry

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personally selected from their vaults. Dating from the 1800's to modern, the collection includes rings, pins, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, charms, cuff links, and timepieces. This is an exciting event, where you are sure to find a unique piece to fit your personal taste. Enter to win a pair of $1,300 Diamond Earrings to be given away Christmas Eve at Cheshire Cat Gallery. Do not have to be present to win. Event hours are Saturday 116, Sunday 1-5. Cheshire Cat Gallery is located in Cameron Village, Downstairs at 2050 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, 27605 (919) 835-9595 Now We're Cookin' Ya'll Hungry? Then be our guest for a second helping of Raleigh's favorite recipes, by purchasing a copy of You're Invited Back cookbook. The Junior League of Raleigh created this beautiful cookbook loaded with menus to choose from, whether planning a casual picnic, elegant dinner, or holiday brunch. Some of the recipes are new and some have been handed down through generations of families here in Raleigh. You're Invited Back for another round of Southern hospitality. Where to purchase 'You're Invited Back': Taylors in Glenwood Village; Lavender & Lace, Bailey's Fine Jewelry, Charlotte's and The Bargain Box in Cameron Village; Francis King, Charlotte's, Tyler House, Cameron Clothing, Quintessentials & Monkee's in North Hills; The Paper Company in Holly Springs; the NC Museum of History gift shop; A Southern Season in Chapel Hill; The Angus Barn; and Quail Ridge Books and The Wine Merchant in Ridgewood Shopping Center. Or Click Here to order online. McKenzie Tribe - 8 Days Till Christmas!! In-Store Sale Reductions 2040% Off!! McKenzie Tribe has sport coats, long-sleeve button down shirts, pique knits, large selection of sweaters and pullovers, and khaki pants for 40% off!! Fine selections of leather coats and vests are 20% off!! McKenzie Tribe now carries Peter Millar!! They currently have cotton & cashmere quarter zip pullovers, button downs, corduroy pants, and boxer shorts. They also carrying Peter Millar shoes; horse-bit loafers, and crocodile moccasin. Please stop in the store and check out this great sale selections!! 4361-105 Lassiter at North Hills, Raleigh, 27609, 919-5105467 Ring in the New Year at The Mint: The Mint's Chef Chris Hylton has prepared an extra-special, prix-fixe menu for you this New Year's Eve. They are offering multiple seatings to allow for plenty of flexibility with regards to your celebration plans. Entertainment will include live music from 5 to 10 pm and a DJ from 10 pm to 2 am. Plus, ALL diners will receive a complimentary $20 gift card to join us again in January or February.Visit The Mint Restaurant today and experience the fresh new flavors of our fall menu. They are very proud to be the only North Carolina restaurant strictly serving Dakota Beef! Dakota Beef is hormone-free, antibiotic-free and 100% organic - the way nature intended. Website For Parents of Tweens & Teens: That Was Then, This Is Now: (Notice Date Change!) The Culture of Teen Substance & Alcohol Use It isn't the 1970's or 80's anymore! The culture around teen alcohol and substance use has changed dramatically since today's parents were teens. Today's parents need updated knowledge about teen drug and alcohol use in order to help keep their teens safe. Join us for a fast-paced tour of teen world that will teach you: ~Current substance use trends ~Legal liabilities of teens and parents ~Normal 'experimentation' vs. substance abuse ~How to talk to teens ~And much more... Offered by Matt Sullivan, JD, MSW, Chapel Hill Police Department, and

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Tammy Finch, PhD Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2011. Time:7:00 until 9:00 PM Registration Fee: $50 for one parent; $75 for both parents Location: CAI Conference Room 2900 Highwoods Blvd., Raleigh Space is Limited/Register Now! To register, mail name(s) and registration fee, made payable to Tammy Finch, to: 2327 Churchill Road, Raleigh, NC 27608 Questions? Email Tammy at tfinch@skillsense.org ROUND TUIT: Let me help you finish your "gettin round tuit" job list! Handy guy available on weekends to do leaf raking/blowing, pressure cleaning, car washing, window cleaning etc. I am a responsible adult with excellent references. Reasonable hourly rates. Call Steve at 919-439-7633. No job too big or small. Click Here. Shells by Michele: Crosses, baskets and frames handcrafted with real decorative shells make wonderful Christmas gifts for teachers, friends or family. Email or phone: 305-793-8510. Britt Farms: Get fresh, locally grown produce delivered straight from the farmer for pickup at the historic LL Polk House, 537 North Blount Street, every Wednesday through November 24. Britt Farms has been in farmed by the same family since the mid 1600's. Get more details & subscribe online at www.NCGreenMarket.com. HAIR SALON BOOTH FOR RENT: Located at Shear Progress Hair Studio. 718 W. Lane Street. Our salon is small yet very quaint and has a great eclectic style. Located in a 1900's bungalow with lots of FREE street parking for your clients. If interested call Kim Anastasi @821-9990. Coco's Confections a Raleigh based English Toffee Company. Owned by Pam Clark and Catherine Cox. Website: www.cocosconfections.org. Our toffee can also be purchased exclusively at The Fort (playful furnishings for the home) and home of Susan Tollefsen Interiors LLC. Address 2025 Progress Park-off Whitaker Mill Rd. Ciago's - Is now open for Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 11:30-2:30 (919) 834-9499 or Email: info@ciagos.com, 522 St. Mary's Street, Raleigh, 27603. Mura - at North Hills New Year's Eve Dinner - An exclusive prix fixe menu. The four course menu offers diners unique cuisine only available for one night. Guests can make reservations starting at 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Mura's four course prix fixe menu is $60 per person. Website.

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