7 Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter

Two Hot Toddy Cocktail Drinks with Cinnamon and Lemmon

Publication: dailyRxNews

January 23, 2015

Your skinny mojito might be great for your New Year’s resolutions, but the attendees of your next ugly sweater party will not be impressed. Winter cocktails need to be warm and hearty to have a place at your next holiday shindig — or next to you on the couch under a warm blanket.

1) An Apple (Cider) a Day

Warm apple cider can be quite the crowd pleaser on a cold Friday night. Drinking cider dates back to America’s first English settlers, who created the drink because grains for making beer weren’t available.

During Prohibition, many cider farms were burned to the ground, and cider’s popularity didn’t rise again until recently, when apples became cheaper because of globalized farming.

Here is a simple recipe from DivineCaroline.com that uses bourbon:


  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup high proof bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions: Mix all ingredients except bourbon in pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Add bourbon and stir. Immediately strain and serve. May be garnished with fresh orange or lemon slice or a cinnamon stick in each mug. And feel free to add bourbon individually as desired.

2) Be Toddy for the Party

A hot toddy can be a great way to escape the winter cold.

“Toddy” is a term for any drink that mixes spirits, sugar and hot water. Evidence of the drink’s existence dates back to the 1700s, where it might have been invented in the Todian Spring in Scotland, according to CBS Detroit, or in India, where “toddy” is a term for coconut tree sap.

This recipe from CBS Detroit can be modified to the contents of your liquor cabinet:

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Hollywood & Vine Intersect: Showbiz, Tourism and Aviation

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Photo: Diliff

Publication: Hollywood &Vine
July/August 2011

Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street are Historically known as the Mecca of Show Business. Most famously dubbed “Hollywood and Vine,” this renowned intersection is often a more colorful and comedic scene than a glamorous one. On a typical evening, one might see Marilyn Monroe’s star, while adjacent to it stands a superhero, otherwise known as Spiderman, speaking to a homeless pedestrian about the Lakers, all while a group of teenagers waltz by to pass the day at Hollywood and Highland Mall.

Along the sidewalk, a starving musician with an open guitar case full of dollar tips serenades tourists from all over the world. All this action is illuminated by the lights and giant advertisements that rival images of Times Square as they promote the latest big blockbuster film. Tourists appear to be mingling with various L.A. characters of street performers, young Hollywood hopefuls, hippies on bicycles and moviegoers on their way to Mann’s Chinese Theater and a slew of other quirky attractions.  Continue reading “Hollywood & Vine Intersect: Showbiz, Tourism and Aviation”

A Heartfelt Sonata

Artist: Andy Warhol

Publication: dailyRxNews.com 
January 16, 2015

Moonlight captured Beethoven’s heart, but it could have been his heart’s rhythm that affected his music.

According to a new study, Ludwig van Beethoven’s music could mirror the patterns of the composer’s own irregular heartbeat.

This study, written by music historians, musicologists and doctors, including a cardiologist, suggests that the condition of cardiac arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, could have guided the rhythms and pacing of Beethoven’s music. Continue reading “A Heartfelt Sonata”

The Best and Worst Smiles at the Oscars

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Publication: dailyRxNews

Some celebrity smiles at the Oscars are just more glorious than others.

At least that’s what cosmetic dentist Dr. Timothy Chase of SmilesNY, a cosmetic dentistry practice in New York City, thinks. He recently released his list of this year’s best and worst Oscar nominee smiles.

Top honors for men went to the American sniper himself, Bradley Cooper. While he might have been a loser on Oscar night, the twinkle in his eye — and on his teeth — has won the shooting star a place in cosmetic dentistry history.

“Bradley Cooper has that classic, boy next door smile,” Dr. Chase said in a press release. “They’re straight, white and the perfect shape for his face, but also completely natural looking, which makes him the winner of the best male celebrity smile of the 2015 Oscars.” Continue reading “The Best and Worst Smiles at the Oscars”

Work as an Extra No Easy Break

Publication: The Daily Trojan 
Fall 2004

Los Angeles provides unique job opportunities for many students, especially in the film industry.

A job as a Hollywood extra can be an ideal start for those interested in film and entertainment. However, the process of becoming one is a mystery to many. The usual first step is to sign up with a casting agency, but in a media center like Los Angeles, there are organizations that can take advantage of those looking for a taste of show business.

Angela Kwon, a junior majoring in political science who had been interested in extra work as a way to earn some cash, decided to answer a call for models on http://www.craigslist.org for Infinite Talent, an agency located in Laguna, Calif.; Hillsboro, Ore. and Bellevue, Wash.

“The ad said it required no experience and that I just had to e-mail them with my height, weight and size, and then I signed up for an interview when they e-mailed me back,” Kwon said. “But I was skeptical because, in the ad, there wasn’t a thorough description of the company, and since I’m not serious about acting and modeling, I didn’t want to waste my time.” Continue reading “Work as an Extra No Easy Break”