Published quarterly, The Beer Connoisseur covers brew culture in a sophisticated, in-depth manner on par with wine or fine-dining periodicals. Glossy articles cover brewery news and prominent personalities, making the magazine ideal for expanding hoppy horizons or granting the ability to turn up one's nose in a drink debate and balance erudition on it. Past page-turners have profiled advances in green brewing techniques and delved into the rise of craft brewing. Shower unsuspecting taste buds with reviews of recently bottled domestic and international craft brews, or learn the latest tips on brewing, storage, and transforming pairs of bottles into fashionable earrings. Each subscription also includes access to The Beer Connoisseur online, giving perusers access to a comprehensive beer-learning center and the ability to unlock arcane knowledge on cooking with beer and achieving the most harmonious food-and-brew marriages. The Beer Connoisseur also keeps readers informed with a calendar of tastings, dinners, festivals, and grain and barley speed-dating sessions hosted by the magazine around the country.
FastFrame first germinated in Europe before spreading to Japan, Brazil, Australia, and the United States. A trained local helms each of the 300 locations, and guarantees every design for 30 days and the craftsmanship for a lifetime. Artisans crown original works of art and prints with ornate mouldings. They also store historical artifacts and three-dimensional memorabilia in shadow boxes. FastFrame?s team has even been known to frame sports equipment, plasma-screen televisions, and childhood homes.
All Fired Up!'s homey studio invites artists of all ages to participate in kiln-fired activities. Whether perusing the shelves laden with blank pottery or cutting and arranging colored glass to design their own plate, visitors get the chance to create personalized mementos and dishware. Classes let students try their hands at a pottery wheel, and kids' parties keep birthday guests distracted with painting while their parents wrap last-minute gifts.
Socially conscious crafters can take home a hand-stitched measuring-tape cat (Vietnam, $8) from Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts, while frugal fashionistas can sport dancing-girl earrings made from recycled soda cans by KICK Trading Ltd. (Kenya, $12) or a marbled bead choker from TARA Projects (India, $16). Decorate the great outdoors with Manos Amigas' ceramic bird wind-chime (Peru, $44), or beautify the indoors with the world children wall hanging (Haiti, $84) from Comité Artisanal Haitien. Fair-trade staples, such as Equal Exchange coffee, tea, and chocolates, make tasty gifts for Father's Day, Secretary's Day, or Father's Secretary's Day.
Established in 1965 by patrons of the Forward Arts Foundation, The Swan Coach House warmly hosts charming Southern lunches for leisurely ladies who wish to unwind, entertain, or outshine their table with tales of their grandchildren's triumphs. The menu preens with delicate offerings such as the Swan's Favorite, which tucks the house's signature chicken salad into blushing handmade pastry timbales as a creamy, frozen fruit salad clings to its plated skirt ($11.95). The salmon cakes stir Southern nostalgia and hushed pride into a boastful blend of salmon, celery, onion, and tarragon with dijon dill sauce on the side ($13.25). As conversation turns from friendly chatter to intense debate over the cultural prophesies espoused by Mother Goose, cut the tension with a traditional mint julep served in a frosted silver cup and sweetened with a pinch of sugar and fresh mint to contest the romantic wiles of a Mr. Jim Beam ($7.75).