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Forno de Minas ‘Brazilian Cheese Bread’ Offers Tasty Twists on Holiday Classics

Looking to add a little pizazz to your palate this holiday? Look no further than Forno de Minas the international brand behind the authentic Pão de Queijo “Brazilian bites for cheese lovers.” Created in Brazil’s heartland, these tasty morsels are not only incredibly versatile, but also hugely convenient since they cook up in the oven in just five minutes flat.Forno ... Read More »

6 Smart Digital Health & Fitness Solutions

With every holiday season comes a glut of, well, gluttony as we strive to make merry amid calorie-laden food and drink for weeks on end.  Then there’s the predictable diet and fitness-focused New Year resolutions that, however genuinely and well-intended at the onset, can be easy to make—but even easier to break. With this understanding, throngs of tech and online ... Read More »

Water War: SOS Rehydrate Resets Sector Standards

Science-forward rapid rehydration formula a quick fix for improving physical performance, boosting stamina and fighting fatigue amid exercise, work, travel, illness or partying To say that today’s rapidly evolving water industry is overflowing with innovation would, pun aside, be a vast understatement. In fact, the modern drinking water category at large is being wholly redefined, currently immersed in a profound ... Read More »

‘Something for Everyone’ Holiday Gift Guide 2019

*** Spoiler alert: includes a free giveaway chance to win a $770 Swagtron eBike on Instagram @LuxeListReviews *** If you’re anything like me—a savvy shopper indelibly on the hunt for great gifts and gets that can be bought online with all of the comfort and convenience e-Tail affords—you can probably relate that finding unique, worthy and especially “ah-inducing” giftables can ... Read More »

6 Southwest Destinations Delivering Holiday Cheer

Whether you’re planning to get you and yours out and about this holiday season, or are considering travel-oriented experiential gifts for another, I strongly suggest you turn attentions to America’s Southwest. With an abundance of blue skies, refreshing breezes and every kind of terrain—from sandy beaches to snow-capped mountains to desert dunes…and much in between—the U.S. Southwest is a spectacular ... Read More »

Fall-Focused Excursions in SoCal

If you’re looking forward to a fun-filled October, fall season or holiday getaway but haven’t decided on a destination, you should definitely consider a trip to Buena Park, California. It’s home to five of the seven major attractions in Orange County, which is why the area has long been considered the entertainment capital of Southern California. It’s an ideal location ... Read More »

‘5th & Sky’ Rooftop Gardens & Lounge Delights Atop Downtown San Diego

Often when I’m out-and-about in downtown San Diego’s famed Gaslamp Quarter, I’m indelibly drawn to Theatre Box—a 73,000-square-foot luxury theatre, dining and entertainment complex encompassing one full city block. This collab between TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, and the Sugar Factory (with locations nationwide) has been epic. It not only launched TCL Chinese Theatre’s first luxury dine-in cinema, but ... Read More »

15 Finds for a Fab Fall Season

Fall is here and you know what that means…new gear! Yep, from tech gadgets covering everything from kitchen to self-care, to beauty and wellness innovations, to apparel, shopping and stellar F&B finds, the fall season always ushers in more than its fair share of get-worthy brands. Luckily for you I’ve vetted many across multiple categories, with these 15 among my ... Read More »

New Health Study Validates Popular Diet App’s Cash Payout Paradigm

Findings uncover that social gamification + competition increases physical activity among overweight and obese adults—both key components of HealthyWage.com’s monetary reward-driven wellness contests for individuals and corporate/team-based weight loss challenges   According to new study findings published by JAMA Internal Medicine (JAMANetwork.com), behavioral economics-based gamification led to “significantly” increased physical activity among overweight and obese Americans. In this particular study, ... Read More »

Hostelworld Celebrates 20th Birthday with Epic Global Party Tour

With the likes of Mariah Carey and 50 Cent apparent fans of hostel travel—where low prices, shared accommodations and sociable common areas reign supreme—it’s no wonder that this hospitality category is going gangbusters. In fact, findings from Phoscuswright’s Global Hostel Marketplace 2016-2020 in one published report indicate tremendous hostel market growth, which is estimated to reach a whopping $6.4 billion in ... Read More »