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Dining

It must be tough in the food industry.  Even though many chefs advocate simplicity, fewer and fresher ingredients and the ‘less is more’ mentality, there is a whole other sector of folk who constantly need to outdo themselves.  Because, after all, who doesn’t want to be remembered as the biggest and baddest to ever find its way into an unsuspecting stomach?

Here are some of our favorite (which sometimes means least appealing) attempts to create something new, when the original was perfectly fine.

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Movies

For many people, getting through the day alone will be enough. They don’t want to relive 9/11, and understandably stay away from reminders, dramatizations, and interpretations that saturate the airwaves, bookshelves and Internet.  But for others, the opportunity to read, research and remember is another way to explore what happened on that day and put into perspective what has unfolded over the last decade.

For those who don’t know where to start exploring, here is our humble list.

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Design

We don’t want to burst your bubble and remind you that the end of summer is upon us, but it is our duty to keep you prepared for every season and weather change.  For many of you out there, autumn will mean fewer sunny skies and more rain in the forecasts, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay in and avoid emerging from your cave until months later.

Here is some essential rainproof gear that will help you tackle all of the challenges that Mother Nature will throw at you in the coming months.

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Travel

In Part 2 of our special ’10 under 10’ series (click here for part one), we offer more advice to those of you who are living the good life with their children.  Opening their minds to possibilities is one of the greatest gifts you can give, and in some cases you can tack on a great experience or vacation onto it yourself.

Without further ado…

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Gadgets

Sure, you can always stay indoors, blast your aircon and sit around with no clothes on, but it’s summertime – it’s essential to get out and have some fun. But when the heat is both your greatest friend and your worst enemy, what can you do to contend with it?

Here are a variety of essential, ingenious and extravagant ways to do it.

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Travel

Were you a kid who had it all?  Did you often dream of an adolescent paradise yet never quite got there? Either way, it doesn’t matter – you’re old now.  But for those who have kids or are looking forward to having them, you have the chance now to give them the world.

Before the stress of life takes over, before technology consumes them and before they are completely out of your control, these following trips may give them a childhood to hold onto.

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Design

It’s not every day you get to go on a holiday. Perhaps it’s even been years since you’ve ripped yourself away from your hometown. Or maybe you are a seasoned traveler that gets away every chance you get, but it still never feels like it’s enough. Either way, if you are currently planning a trip, you probably deserve it and should get going as soon as possible.

But before you pull out that ratty and abused old bag that has been gathering dust in your closet, consider an update that will be a little more stylish, probably more useful and definitely more with the times.

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Cars

No summer car should be without a soft top. And when you first look at the all new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, you will instantly see yourself cruising with the top down, the wind in your hair, your favorite tunes on, and without a doubt your foot pushed firmly on the accelerator.

But looks can be deceiving. This sports vehicle, based on the celebrated SLS AMG Roadster, is nothing less than a super car that has taken all of the engineering innovations of its predecessor and put it into a more digestible and road-friendly package…

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Dining

We all have grocery stores, supermarkets and gourmet food stores around us to go to on a daily basis. And sure, we’re satisfied with what our stores have to offer – our essential cans of soups, boxes of cereal, chips, milk etc. and so forth.

But there are food stores, and then there are FOOD STORES – ambitious and incredible destinations that feature world-class restaurant quality produce, meats, fish, pastries and much more.

Next time you’re taking a world tour and taking in inspiration for your eyes, ears, and touch, don’t forget to give yourself a feast for the belly. Here are some places you can’t afford to miss.

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Entertainment

Before multi-million dollar endorsements. Before Tiger Woods-scale scandals. Golf was just a game between man and nature, played with sticks and a ball.

There is indeed something majestic and romantic about the sport, and countless golfing legends, renowned architects and the wealthiest developers have endeavored around the world to create magnificent golf courses to humble all that have come before.

But which are the top places you may want to visit before you die? Check these out …

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