How do you buy wine? Anyone who likes wine usually has a bottle or three in the house at any given time. This way they can have a glass whenever they feel like it, with meals or on its own; as a celebration or when they have guests over. Keeping a variety on hand saves that last minute rush to the shops to get something suitable for your occasion or for the meal you’ve created; have you tried pairing Wine and Curry?
There are pros and cons to buying online and locally.
Many people source their wine from the bottle shop nearest them for convenience, especially when it is part of their favourite supermarket chain.
You can make friends with the sales attendant and they will be likely to tell you when sales are due, or recommend their best wines.
You can wander around the shop and learn a lot by looking at the labels.
A lot of people like the personal attention of the attendant to help them purchase the right wine.
It takes extra time to talk to the attendant and they might be busy just when you’re in a hurry.
If you purchase a lot at one time, it is heavy to carry out to the car – and into the house.
Bottles are likely to break on the way home.
The local store may run out of your favourites.
They may not have what you want, especially if it’s from another country.
The professionals at travel accommodation company Easy Villas tell us that for those who like to put something back into a community or just help others less fortunate, volunteering may be the answer to what to do on your holiday travels. There are many different ways you can volunteer and many different countries where people can go to offer their services. Of course, you don’t just turn up somewhere and ask if you can volunteer. There has to be some sort of arrangement and structure.
There are many opportunities for voluntary work and you can find a lot of them on the Internet or by contacting charitable organisations. Here are just some of the opportunities. Choose one that interests you, whether it is to do with sports, animals or conservation.
There are also opportunities for families to have a volunteering holiday and this can be a great way to teach your children about other cultures. Having children along on the trip is a good way to get the children to open up to you quickly, as children often make friends in such situations very easily.
You can be placed in a school in India to assist with coaching sports or even just to help the children practice their English speaking skills, since many schools now teach English. Project coordinators ensure you can make the best use of your skills and that the children you work with a the right age for your experience.
Cartel Goods has updated with their first wave of new Fall/Winter styles from mhi by Maharishi, Staple, including the super-limited Pigeon New Era, Situation Normal, including the Rogue Status and DQM collabs, Mishka, Garbege and Spoon Fed – and – other newly added brands: Married to the Mob, Diamond Supply Co. and Twelve Bar. New styles to come in the coming weeks from heavy hitters Crooks and Castles, aNYthing, Absurd, Eriffs, Rockers NYC, The J.Money Collection, Reason, Mighty Healthy, Spoon Fed, Mishka, Skoold in Korectnuss, Diamond Supply Co. and a range of collaboration items from the turntable technician DJ A-Trak amongst several others.
PREPARE FOR LIFT OFF I write this entry as I sit here at the Renoir hotel lobby in the heart of San Francisco. The day has been very interesting. Again the Riottt crew did not sleep at all so it is fitting that I show pictures from last night. Sky and I are on crack liquids 24/7. The Riottt concert tees were designed last week and we picked them up today. It’s the first in-house tangible item we made so it’s exciting for us to see how everyone will react.
We headed to the Bill Graham Civic Center in the noon. Everyone please meet Louis of Flavor Group, Louis is in charge of the environment. He is one of the best out there. Oh yes and that’s Trent, star programmer of Riottt.
WHAT IS SLEEP It is a frightening world when you realize it’s much too late to sleep, and later as the evening progresses, it’s much too early to sleep…so what does one do? One works and slaves ones body until he feels no emotion, no pain, and no need to sleep. The Riottt crew are all in zombie mode…we got some aces up our sleeves on the next facelift edition of Riottt.com, shit is gonna be nice. We put a lot of thought into the end user base, all that. Learning technical jargon and the latest technologies around 4 in the morning amidst several boardroom meetings is the absolute norm in this town.
RIOTTT WEIRDO WARS Pure Delirium. Those are the best words to describe what it’s been like the last few days. The entire RIOTTT crew have been busy working crazy odd hours with the BE THE RIOTTT festival preparations. Sky (Riottt/Cartel Goods/LTD) flew in from New York yesterday, and joined in the crazy foray of writing, programming, and design.
Word is spreading fast about the upcoming concert and tons of friends are flying into town to take in the concert, for those in the know I shall see you there, for those who haven’t purchased your tickets yet, I highly recommend you guys to do so, it’s going to be an insane concert!
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DINNER AT MAMA’S It has been almost a month since I’ve been living the hotel life. It’s a rather miserable experience consisting of eating fast food, watching HBO, and washing your head with a peculiar shampoo/conditioner concoction packaged in a taped vial. Working away from home for long periods of time puts your mind state in a warped condition. Earlier in the week, Ali and Gabriella of Mama, invited for dinner and I very much looked forward to it. Before evening hit, I gave a call to Ken (Riottt) and he took me to a warehouse winery where there was a grand selection of aged wines.
Some of the prices were very expensive. I settled on a nice 1995 Pomerol from Ch?teau La Conseillante. I heard the 2003 was equally good but 1995 was a very good year for Pomerol.
Tony was so kind to give me heads up of his latest project with Arkitip – NOW YOU KNOW. Both Tony and Arkitip compiled three years worth of columns that Tony wrote exclusively for Arktip magazine between 2003 and 2006. The column originally started as “The Alife How To” referring to the brand ALIFE which Tony co-found in 1999. The column now goes under “Tony Talk.” I personally used to read Tony’s column every time I would receive a copy of Arkitip, it’s real talk coming from one of New York’s eclectic individuals. Read an excerpt from the book below and click on the link to get your read on!
*** Excerpt from: Torch a car
Now this is the most important part and can not, I repeat ‘can not’ be fucked with. When actually going to light it on fire, you must be far enough away from it so as not to get your clothes or hair singed, or even worse, on fire. One of my other friends tried this with some matches and lost his eyebrows and part of his bangs. Anyway, the best thing (and only thing we had in the van that would work) is an old sweat sock.
Take the sock, throw a rock in it, and tie it so the rock doesn’t fall out. Dip the tail/open end of the sock in gasoline, stand about 30 feet from the car, and light it. Make sure one of the car windows is open (car windows are weird and stronger than you think, so don’t think you’re going to be able to throw it through the window), aim, and take your best shot. Now if you’ve never seen a gas soaked car go up in flames, you’re in for a treat. All the windows blow out, the tires melt,…. I won’t ruin it for you. It’s pretty fucken cool.
THE DAYS ARE TICKING One week is now left until the big day of our Official Launch Party for RIOTTT – BE THE RIOTTT. Tickets are selling fast but I’d encourage you to get them now while you got some time. We’re expecting this last week to be the most intense week. It rained yesterday which was a good thing.
I always find it easier to channel my creative energy when it pours. Oh yes, for lunch, I came across this awesome comic book store where the owner gave me a breakdown of Star Wars light sabers, I wish I took photos of them but I didn’t bring my camera. Anyhow I was able to find some old issues of the original Eastman and Laird’s Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles. Back in the days when I was in Jr. High, I was obsessed with TMNT but it wasn’t the Archie comic version, I really liked the original dark violent versions. I used to collect all the graphic novels until one day my parents convinced my Bible study teacher at the time to tell me to throw them all away. I had my hands tied…what could I do?
I’m older now, so I’m resorting back to my childish delights. And look Mom, I’m a normal healthy human being…well kinda.
SAN FRANCISCO HORROR NIGHT I never experienced anything like what I witnessed last night. Halloween in San Francisco where the streets of Castro ran rampant of hoards of people numbering in the hundreds costumed in anything ranging from a midget Lil’ Jon to a walking drum person. It was magical, it was chaos, it was in essence…beautiful. Sometimes the most exhilarating thing in life is observing the celebration of it.
EAT, BREATHE, SLEEP RIOTTT The past weekend I underwent a sort of cabin fever mind state. And if the pictures below look eerily like the ones I posted a few days ago, it is the reality that I live in currently. Everyone here at the RIOTTT office has entered into a zombie state, there is so much to do and so little time.
In two weeks, we are set for the official launch party set to take form in the BE THE RIOTTT FESTIVAL in San Francisco. We’re all nervous and at the same time, very anxious. More info of the concert, please click on events. If you guys happen to be in the Bay Area during the Nov 11 week-end, it would be great to see you guys there. It’s a three day weekend and SF weather is amazing these days!
Oh yes the Kangol hats…it’s been interesting looking at all the past collaborative work that the company has been putting forth. Quite impressive. I never will look at hats in the same way again. And now the challenge begins…
Yes I am sure you’re all aware of Karmaloop, it’s been one of those online destinations for quite a while. Recently Karmaloop has introduced a new concept online store called the Kaxbah, a consortium of selected brands which maintain and follow through their online orders themselves.
What results within the inventory are a springboard of all sorts of new companies being able to showcase and sale their goods. Notables such as To Die For shirts and Buff Monster artwork are readily accessible. Kudos to Karmaloop for thinking ahead of the curve and allowing independents an arena to grow their individual companies. Take a peep and check it out for yourselves!
THINKING & PLOTTING Getting work done inside an office complex is difficult, particularly when you have to think creatively. Stimulants such as coffee and chocolate certainly can play into your work, but even then you find yourself stuck. I had a big breakfast which enabled me to focus on the day ahead. I’m set to re-design and re-skin the RIOTTT site once more. I always found the carpeting to amuse me as I walk into our office, how great would it be to create this pattern into a textile and implement it for some Riottt soft goods…ha! It will be a joke I can secretly enjoy. Oh yes, Kangol sent over a box of hats in various styles and fits…much more to disclose later as “something” develops…
Federico showed me these latest gems. I’ve been using my Supreme laptop bag for a year now but now these bags got me thinkin…
Slip ideas inside, no matter how big they are, and let them ride in exquisite full grain leather, carefully selected for its quality, beauty and durability amongst the best Argentinian hides. The Vaja Messenger Bag is handcrafted to subtleness using time-honored Old World traditions of the most skilled leather artisans. Thoughtfully designed to truly and uniquely fit your own needs, each bag offers optional features such as text or graphic personalization, on-board detachable gadget pocket, handy key metal hook, external Rivet tab, and lightweight padded notebook jacket.
Available in three models – 15″, 15″ wide and slim – and a vast number of combinations.
Yes maybe you’ve watched the 30 second trailer but now you can watch the entire recorded version split into 2 segments. Riottt was tapped by Alife to film the Alife Sessions with a professional camera crew positioning four different cameras that filmed and recorded with dedicated sound. You might have seen some digital camera clips on youtube or around the net but those do not do the event any justice. The filming of the Alife Sessions is brought to you by RIOTTT and is OFFICIALLY ENDORSED BY ALIFE.
In order to watch Pt.1 of this segment, you must either log in or sign-up to view the content. We’ve been working tirelessly to deliver this special event and we have a lot more planned as well…
If you haven’t already joined Riottt, this is a special link just for you – REGISTER NOW
*** On July 22nd 2006, John Mayer and Just Blaze met at Alife Rivington Club’s private courtyard to perform a genre-spanning jam session for a hand-picked, invite-only audience.
Prior to linking up on stage, the heavy-hitting musical mavens had never met or spoken. What transpired after Blaze dropped his first beat and John strummed his first notes was nothing short of spectacular. Click the link below to obtain access to episode number one of an exclusive two- part video series from The Alife Sessions: John Mayer and Just Blaze, presented by Alife and Riottt.com.
Is it just me or is Creative Recreation on fire these days. Rumor is Cr8 is ranked number three best selling shoes at Nordstroms following Cole Haan and Prada. It’s refreshing to see these guys deserve all the hard work they put into it. While I was working at Hudson Jeans the past year, I struck a conversation with Robert and Rich about bringing together the world of premium denim and luxury leisure footwear. Naturally our talks developed into creating a unique product. We chose the Fidel model because it was the perfect shoe to base off denim fabric. For this shoe we utilized white patent in the front with premium leather, actual Hudson Jeans denim fabric used in reverse and regular, as well as creating a unique insole design. I designed horizontal stripes because I was enjoying the resurgence of conservative patterns as of late ie polka-dots. The bottom of shoe is bright neon yellow. Overall I’m very satisfied with the final product. Expect these to drop very soon at the EM CO-OP and other fine retailers.