ISSUE #07 | 07.27.23
DISPLAY UNTIL 08.30.23
2024 MERCEDES-AMG GLC 43
FLAVORFUL GRAPE RECIPES IN PHOTOS:
FRIDAY NIGHT AT TWIST
ISSUE #07 | 07.27.23
DISPLAY UNTIL 08.30.23
2024 MERCEDES-AMG GLC 43
FLAVORFUL GRAPE RECIPES IN PHOTOS:
FRIDAY NIGHT AT TWIST
5. SEXY RIDES: ALL-NEW 2024 MERCEDES-AMG GLC 43
Learn about the all-new 2024 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 high performance SUV.
10. COVER STORY: HANDSOME MODEL MATT KOELEN
We feature handsome model Matt Koelen, who was recently photographed by the very talented David Vance.
16. DINING DELICIOUS: FLAVORFUL GRAPE RECIPES
Enjoy these flavorful grape recipes that will help you take your summer gatherings to the next level.
20. IN PHOTOS: FRIDAY NIGHT AT TWIST
Peruse our photos from Let's Do It! Friday at TWIST.
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The all-new 2024 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 is a highperformance SUV that you will enjoy driving in any situation or road condition.
The AMG M139l 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with electric exhaust gas turbocharger produces an impressive 416 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm, plus it has an additional boost of 13 horsepower through the belt-driven starter-generator at lower engine speeds. The engine was completely developed at the Mercedes-Benz Affalterbach AMG factory near Stuttgart and installed based on the ‘One Man, One Engine’ principle. The GLC 43 accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, and its top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
The AMG Performance 4MATIC provides you permanent all-wheel drive, and the AMG Ride Control suspension with Adaptive Damping System gives you a very dynamic driving experience. Multiple other AMG-specific details reinforce the dynamic and high-quality characteristics of the new GLC 43, such as the AMG-specific radiator grille with vertical struts and the AMG front fascia with flics, sporty air intakes and chrome trim element, and the AMG Performance steering wheel in Nappa leather. The AMG Ride Control steel spring suspension with Adaptive Damping System integrates the sporty driving dynamics with great comfort for long-distance trips. In addition, you can customize your GLC 43 with several different equipment packages. Expected to be priced from the mid$60,000s.
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This month we showcase handsome Canadian model Matt Koelen, who was recently photographed by the very talented David Vance. Enjoy Matt’s photos on the cover and cover story and his interview by Wire Magazine. Sexy Rides gives you the opportunity to learn about the all-new 2024 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 high-performance SUV and all its state-of-the-art features. Dining Delicious includes flavorful grape recipes that will help you take your summer gatherings to the next level. Our photo album is about Let's Do It! at TWIST on Friday.
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Rafa Carvajal: Where are you from and where do you live?
Matt Koelen: Calgary in Alberta, Canada.
RC: What do you do for a living?
MK: I am a male entertainer and social media influencer.
RC: How do you maintain your fit physique?
MK: I make sure to stay consistent and show up every day.
RC: What are your top three exercises to stay in shape?
MK: Deadlifts, squats, and bench.Photos by David Vance davidvanceprints.com
RC: What do you eat to stay fit?
MK: I eat 80% clean and 20% comfort; eggs, oatmeal, rice, chicken, bagels, protein shakes, and protein pancakes.
RC: What do you enjoy the most about modelling for photography?
MK: Building a connection with the photographer and showing my body – what I can see in my eyes through a mirror.
RC: What is the biggest dream you would like to achieve?
MK: I would love to be on TV and to work as a model and actor.
RC: What is your favorite hobby?
MK: Snowboard with my friends in the mountains.
RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers?
MK: I’m new to modelling. I’ll be here for a long time ;). Please follow me on Instagram @swolemattyy.
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons honey
3/4 teaspoon sea salt freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 1/2 cups quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups halved Grapes from California
1/2 cup minced red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons minced jalapeño pepper
Summertime celebrations with friends, family and neighbors are a perfect way to enjoy the sunshine, warm weather and camaraderie. To satisfy a hungry crowd, though, you’ll need recipes fit for the occasion.
Turn to a versatile signature ingredient like Grapes from California, which can be used in dishes of all kinds from refreshing salads and entrées to flavorful condiments and sweet desserts. Grapes are crisp, juicy and sweet, making them a fantastic addition of flavor and texture for a wide range of recipes. Whether fresh, sauteed, roasted, grilled or even pickled, grapes make it easy to take meals to the next level.
For example, you can start the festivities with grapes as an easy, portable and healthy snack perfect for summer days or use them as a juicy addition to this all-in-one Honey-Lime Quinoa and Grape Salad that’s ideal as a light appetizer or a meal all on its own. Follow it up (or pair it) with a summertime staple – hot dogs – given a sweet-tart twist from pickled grape relish that takes these Sweet and Tangy Pickled Grape Hot Dogs to new heights.
Dessert can’t be much easier than Creamy Vegan Grape Ice Cream as a dairy-free alternative to traditional summer sweets. Oat coffee creamer and pureed grapes are all you need to create this delicious frozen treat. Simply freezing whole grapes also makes for an easy and healthy frozen dessert.
Visit GrapesFromCalifornia.com to discover more options for delicious summer entertaining inspiration.
Honey-Lime Quinoa and Grape Salad:
Prep time: 15 minutes, plus at least 1 hour chill time
Cook time: 22 minutes
Servings: 6 (1 1/3 cups per serving)
1 large firm, ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup chopped peanuts (optional)
To make the lime vinaigrette: In medium bowl, whisk olive oil, lime juice, honey, sea salt and pepper, to taste. To make the salad: In fine mesh strainer, rinse quinoa; drain well. In medium saucepan, bring broth and quinoa to boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, 12 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes, then fluff with fork and let cool. Transfer to large bowl. Pour vinaigrette over quinoa; stir well to coat. Add grapes, onion, cilantro and jalapeño pepper; cover and chill at least 1 hour. Lightly stir in avocado and transfer to decorative bowl. Sprinkle with nuts, if desired.
The salad may be prepared and refrigerated up to 2 days ahead without avocado and peanuts. Add avocado and peanuts just before serving. Nutritional information per serving: 520 calories; 10 g protein; 52 g carbohydrates; 32 g fat (55% calories from fat); 4 1/2 g saturated fat (8% calories from saturated fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 490 mg sodium; 7 g fiber.
Sweet and Tangy Pickled Grape Dogs:
Prep time: 15 minutes, plus 1 hour marinating time
Cook time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 (1/4 cup relish per serving)
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
1/2 cup wine vinegar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/4 cups quartered or coarsely chopped Grapes from California (red, green, black or combination)
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
8 turkey or chicken hot dogs
8 hot dog buns, lightly toasted
Place mustard seeds, coriander seeds and black peppercorns in small resealable bag. Using meat mallet or rolling pin, crush seeds and peppercorns. In small saucepan, stir vinegar, sugar, seeds and peppercorns; bring to boil. Remove from heat and stir to dissolve sugar; let cool. Stir in grapes and onion; set aside to cool and marinate 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Heat grill to medium heat. Grill hot dogs 5 minutes, turning occasionally, or until charred and heated through. Place hot dogs in buns. Using slotted spoon, top with pickled grapes.
Creamy Vegan Grape Ice Cream:
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10-15 minutes
Servings: 8 (1/2 cup per serving)
1 pound stemmed black Grapes from California 12 ounces vanilla oat coffee creamer, well chilled 12 ounces unsweetened oat coffee creamer, well chilled
In high-speed blender, puree grapes until smooth. Transfer to medium saucepan and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook 10-15 minutes, or until reduced to 1 cup. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled. Stir creamer into pureed grapes and pour into bowl of ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Transfer to freezer-safe container; cover and freeze until firm.
Substitution: For lighter color, use 3/4 pound black grapes and 1/4 pound red. Note: Make sure ice cream maker bowl is well-chilled or frozen before making ice cream.
Nutritional information per serving: 280 calories; 10 g protein; 39 g carbohydrates; 10 g fat (32% calories from fat); 2 g saturated fat (6% calories from saturated fat); 35 mg cholesterol; 630 mg sodium; 1g fiber.
Nutritional information per serving: 140 calories; 0 g protein; 22 g carbohydrates; 6 g fat (39% calories from fat); 0 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 45 mg sodium; 1 g fiber.
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