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World’s Largest Gingerbread Village Goes Down in Holiday History

Monday 12.16.2013 , Posted by
World's Largest Gingerbread Village

The holidays bring out many different types of spirit: the spirit of giving, the spirit of love, the spirits of whiskey and, most recently, the competitive spirit. Chef Jon Lovitch worked for a whole year (all while wearing a Santa hat I’m sure) to construct what is now officially “the world’s largest edible gingerbread village.” When the trusty guys from the Guinness Book of World Records stopped by, the 300-square foot village weighed in at a whopping 1.5 tons! [Read more...]

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Sweet Architecture: Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves

Tuesday 12.03.2013 , Posted by

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If you look at the picture above, at first it appears to be a photograph of the famous Frank Lloyd Wright designed Guggenheim Museum… but look again. Is that a sprinkle of sugar on the side? Turns out it’s just one in a series of impressive gingerbread art museums created by food artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves for a display at Dylan’s Candy Bar during Art Basel Miami. And you thought you had gingerbread house skills! [Read more...]

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Happy Vintage New Year!

Monday 12.31.2012 , Posted by

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It’s that time of year again… one where tomorrow is next year. Starting at the islands of Kiribati and Samoa, the world begins to welcome in the new year, beginning its march from time zone to time zone, finally ending in Hawaii. The traditions and celebrations each nation practices are varied. Mexicans celebrate New Year’s Eve, by eating a grape with each of the twelve chimes of a clock’s bell during the midnight countdown, while making a wish with each one. In Italy, New Year’s Eve is celebrated by the observation of traditional rituals, such as wearing red underwear. In Ecuador it’s a tradition for men to dress as women representing the “widow” of the year that has passed. [Read more...]

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We Love Friday! – Over the Top Christmas Displays

Friday 12.28.2012 , Posted by

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As the holiday season quickly approaches its’ end, with New Year’s Eve right around the corner; just before we enter that dreaded month when all of the bills come and the decorations come down, we wanted to honor those who quadrupled their electric bill for the month of December to show their neighbors who’s got Christmas Spirit! Every city and town needs them- those people who transform their yards into a Christmas wonderland and, in doing so, light up the entire neighborhood. To make it worth all the time, effort, and money put in to having the house that all the neighbors are pointing at as they drive by, we wanted to bring these displays beyond their local populations, so we searched Instagram for some of the most over the top displays of Christmas cheer for all to enjoy. [Read more...]

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Merry Minimalist Christmas! A Nativity Made of Blocks

Monday 12.24.2012 , Posted by

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The traditional nativity is comprised of some gold gilt figurines, often made of ceramic, surrounding a baby on an all too tiny manger. The scene is timeless, but the colors are garish and the style is questionable. If the idea of a standard nativity set doesn’t match up with your contemporary aesthetic, this set might have far more appeal. Created by London based designer Sebastian Bergne, the set is made of nothing more than 8 painted wooden blocks and a wooden box… but it is far smarter than it is simple. [Read more...]

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We Love Friday!- Light the Menorah

Friday 12.21.2012 , Posted by

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Menorahs, Dreidels, and Latkes, oh my! As yet another holiday has come and gone and we inch closer to 2013, we wanted to capture some of the beauty from the festival of lights known as Hanukkah. We searched Instagram to bring you this lovely collection of people- and pets- celebrating the 8 days and nights of Hanukkah around the world. “Hanukkah is about the spark of the divine in all of us made in God’s image.” -Suzanne Fields [Read more...]

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A Visual Guide to Roasting Your First Turkey

Friday 10.26.2012 , Posted by

Let’s be real: The holidays can be stressful. Your extended family’s crammed in not-so-extended quarters, your paycheck’s spent before it even arrives, and every quick trip to the store feels like you’ve entered The Hunger Games. All that merriment would drive anyone to consume every baked good in sight. [Read more...]

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A Flashy Year of Snapshots Around The World

Wednesday 01.04.2012 , Posted by

On any given day, could you say where the most photographs where being snapped around the world? It would be hard to say, except with this new visualization. Using data from around the web, including a healthy dose of imagery from flickr, Triposo has put together a world map that literally flickers with photographic activity. Different countries light up according to their most significant holidays, events and seasons. [Read more...]

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A Flash Mob Collection for Holiday Smiles

Sunday 12.18.2011 , Posted by

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It must be hard to put a number on how many times a flash mob has occurred now. They seem to be popping up everywhere, surprising those lucky enough to catch one in action.  I still have not had the pleasure of being somewhere where one starts, but it must be pretty amazing to unexpectedly have one come to life around you.  This November, a really awesome one broke out in my home airport. For all of the weary travelers at Denver International Airport, Community-Minded Dance put on quite a show on November 22nd, just in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The crew put on a medley of Swing classics to put a smile on travelers faces [Read more...]

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Holidays are Covered: App Creates & Mails Your Cards

Thursday 10.27.2011 , Posted by

For all you good people that keep in contact with friends during the holidays, here’s a soon to be released app that could revolutionize your card sending frenzy. Sincerely Ink lets you not only create cards directly on your iPhone, iPad or Android phone, but also mail them directly from your contacts. There are over 30 different designs and your messages are guaranteed to arrive or your money back. The current price for each sent card is just $1.69, which when you consider how much time your saving, the fact that it’s a custom card and the cost of postage, is quite a deal. See sincerely.com/ink for more info and to be first to know when the app is released [Read more...]

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