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Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise

Jan 11, 2011

With all of the southern snow and the complete shut-down of Atlanta we are all dreaming of warm beaches and fruity cocktails.  Here is an easy and healthier version of a classic drink, awesome song and a not so bad movie… From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The Tequila Sunrise is a cocktail made in two different ways, the original (tequila, crème de cassis, lime juice and soda water) and the more popular concoction (tequila, orange juice, and grenadine syrup). Originally served at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, where it was created by Gene Sulit in the 1930s or 1940s,[1] the cocktail is named for the way it looks after it has been poured into a glass. The denser ingredients (cassis or grenadine) settle, creating gradations in color that mimic a sunrise. Ingredinets: Orange Juice Tequila Grenadine Syrup (Healthier Substitute is Cranberry Juice) Orange Slice and Cherry Garnish High Ball Glass Mixology: Mix 2 Parts Orange Juice and 1 Part Tequila. (Use 2:1 Ratio no matter how big, or how many libations are needed) Shake in a mixer with ice.  Depending on preference, strain ice or pour with ice into highball glass. Slow pour just a dash of Cranberry Juice (Substitute for Grenadine) down the center as to taste and room in the glass. Garnish with a Cherry and a Orange Slice and break out the cards....

Shovel Ready Jobs-Antonio F. Branco

Shovel Ready Jobs-Antonio F. Branco

Jan 5, 2011

About A.F. Branco and his Art Somewhere between the Far Side and the right side of every issue, sits A.F. Branco at his desk, crafting Comically Incorrect. After years of listening to the squeaky wheel of the left (or the worst wheel of the cart, as Benjamin Franklin put it) advance the cause of radicalism, he decided that he would use the power of his bully palette to advance the conservative movement. The art and humor of the political cartoon has, since the dawn of the Republic, been a way to sway those who might not otherwise be persuaded. Branco is the epitome of the grassroots underground starving artist. As a young aspirant in the art world, the teacher kicked him out of his high school classroom because the blossoming artist didn’t like drawing fruit. On the G.I. Bill, he eked out of couple of years of college before thinking better of it. Today his liberal art and music friends don’t quite know what to make of him. He hopes that people enjoy his work, and for the time being he relies on donations to sustain it. With the greatest of gratitude he thanks those who have made donations and encourages others (though not forcefully) to donate to the cause as well. Times are tough, as even they can be during the good times, and for those who can’t spare a dime for donations, he humbly asks that they spread the word if they like the art, forwarding them to the very ends of the earth via e-mail or the various social networks. God...

Sunce 2003 Syrah – Rockin’

Sunce 2003 Syrah – Rockin’

Dec 22, 2010

Sunce 2003 Syrah – Rockin’ Posted on December 20, 2010 by Doug of Wines Good So there I was, looking through my wine storage binder trying to figure out what to drink with my wife’s latest attempt at crock pot mastery, a tri-tip cut o’beef that “stewed” all day. Clearly, something big and bold was in order but what to pick. Then, duh, the moment hit, we’ve got this awesome 2003 Sunce Syrah that’s just been sitting there all these years chilling in the storage fridge. Now, for those of you that don’t know Sunce, you must find some of their wine and try them out. We stumbled across this small family run operation several years ago while on a trip in the Russian River area of Sonoma County. We had no expectations when we arrived (often how we prefer it) and were totally blown away by the staff and amazing wines.. We signed up for the wine club on the spot (something we rarely do) and for years have been excited to get our Sunce box in shipped to us. Sunce makes these great big Reds, that age gracefully and mature wonderfully. The 2003 Syrah had such a great note when we opened the bottle we knew that regardless of how the “crock pot” adventures were going to turn out we’d be in for an awesome evening. This wine is a full bodied, rich Syrah with notes of fruit and pepper on the finish. I’m dying for another trip up to visit Sunce and sample some of their newest creations. Due to a lack of storage, we ended our wine club membership last year and are in major need of some new Sunce Wine to round out our collection. In the end, the tri-tip was good, not great. The wine however,...

Antonio F. Branco’s December Brilliance

Antonio F. Branco’s December Brilliance

Dec 14, 2010

Antonio F Branco Comically Incorrect...

Study Reveals Average 401(k) Participant Can’t Afford to Retire Until Age of 73

Study Reveals Average 401(k) Participant Can’t Afford to Retire Until Age of 73

Dec 8, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Nyhart (www.nyhart.com), one of the nation’s largest independent actuarial and employee benefits consulting firms, released their “Fall 2010 401(k) Retirement Readiness Study” today as part of the firm’s ongoing look at the effectiveness of the traditional 401(k) retirement benefit. The 6-month study reviewed nearly 10,000 retirement accounts from employees at 110 public and private companies. The study evaluated how contributions to their 401(k), the primary retirement tool for most of these employees, would affect the age at which they could retire. Key results in Fall 2010 401(k) Retirement Readiness Study include: 81% of employees 18 or older will not be able to afford to retire by the age of 65 Employees above the age of 55 will need to contribute more than 45% of pay through the remainder of their career to retire by age 65. The average participant, relying on their 401(k) as a primary retirement vehicle, will not be able to retire until the age of 73. Most employees age 60-64 will likely need to work until the age of 75 to be able to afford to retire at their current levels of contribution to their 401(k). 7 in 10 employees age 24-and-under are not expected to retire by age 65. “Across all age groups and income levels, the employees who contribute the greatest percentage of income have the best opportunity for retirement,” said Thomas Totten, senior actuary and lead researcher for the study. “The decision of how much an employee contributes to their 401(k) far exceeds the importance of which investment funds they choose. By increasing your contribution by just 2-4% of total income, you can shave years off the age you retire.” The Fall 2010 401(k) Retirement Readiness Study with additional research, graphs and insights is available for download atwww.nyhart.com. About Nyhart Nyhart is one of the nation’s largest actuarial and employee benefits consulting firm, operating since 1943. Nyhart is composed of actuaries, consultants, attorneys, accountants, and administrators focusing in pension and retirement fund analysis, retirement benefits consulting and administration of employee benefits for private and public companies around the United States. Nyhart is a member of Alliance Benefit Group. For more...

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