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How to Throw a Breaking Bad Finale Party

Like so many of its predecessors — Lost, Six Feet Under and The X­-Files, to name a few — Breaking Bad has introduced a cast of characters so intricate, complex and badass that we can’t help rooting for even the most fallible of main characters. As much as we’re mourning the loss of one of TV’s greatest dramas, we’re super psyched to see how the final episode plays out.

Follow these simple steps, so this Sunday won’t just mark the swan song of your favorite TV show; it will also mark the day you threw the greatest theme party your friends have ever attended.


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Alie & Georgia’s Miami Travel Guide

For two California chicks, Miami feels exotic the second you step out of the plane, when this weird phantom thing called “humidity” hits you in the bangs. The very air around you feels different, mysterious. The city’s pastel art deco architecture, thick vegetation, spicy exciting cuisine, threat of gator attacks and people in G-strings all make Miami seem like less of a vacation destination and more like a trip to an alternate universe.

Georgia had never been to Miami, and Alie had never been to Miami without her former boyfriend’s parents, so we had some giddy spring break vacationing on our agenda. We packed some anti-frizz hairspray and set out for South Florida, and this episode — our season finale — features some of our favorite Tripping Out memories:

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Alie and Georgia on Why You Should Visit Marfa, Texas

When we list the six locations we chose to visit for our first season of Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia, we always get the same few question:

  1. “Which was your favorite location?”
  2. What was Alaska like??”
  3. “Marfa??? Where the F is Marfa?”

The answers to those questions are:

  1. Miami for Georgia/Alaska for Alie
  2. Freaking beautiful
  3. Texas

It’s the last of those questions that we’re tackling today, as on the last episode of Tripping Out, we we visited that weird and wonderful town of Marfa, TX. We chose Marfa because it was just so off the beaten path we were sure to have a memorable time. And we did!

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Alie & Georgia’s Alaska Travel Guide

Aaaaaah!laska. That’s what you’ll say when you get off the plane, partly because the airport has taxidermied albino beavers and snarling wolves next to the baggage carousel, and partly because it’s quite possibly the most gorgeous place in the United States. Either way, this vast pioneer expanse of northern U.S. territory will have you making sounds you haven’t made before.

We chose Homer as our destination because we’d heard it was small, quaint. Also, it’s home to mariners and farmers and rough, beardy frontiersmen. The man:woman ratio in Alaska is said to be 107:1, but like they say up there: “The odds are good, but the goods are odd.” Watch tonight’s episode of Tripping Out with Alie and Georgia to see if that’s true.

In the Alaska episode, you’ll also see:

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Alie & Georgia’s San Francisco Travel Guide

For episode 3 of Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia (tonight at 10:30pm ET), we revisit one of our favorite cities in the world, San Francisco. It’s the city of Alie’s birth, and where Georgia lived for a happy three years in the early 00s, so it was only natural that the “city by the bay” be on our list of “must visits” for our first season.

Like a more manageable, less intimidating Manhattan, San Francisco offers diverse neighborhoods complete with ethnic cuisine from all over the world, a fast paced lifestyle yet plenty of great spots to find respite, and a storied history that gives visitors something to ooh and aah over around every corner.

We both love the city, but we lived there many years apart, so we took our visit as an opportunity to show one another our personal favorite spots around town. We also had a chance to discover some fun new destinations that have cropped up since we both left. Considering we did our touring on a scooter, we think the fact that we didn’t die is reason enough for our later celebrations back in our beloved Los Angeles.

Alie’s Favorite Spots:

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How to Throw a Coffee-themed Dinner Party

When it comes to potlucks and dinner parties, we’ve never met one we didn’t like* ‑ and we’ve never liked them more than when there’s a theme.

*see here, here and here for proof.

Seeing as how coffee is the life force that gets you through your day, may we suggest it as the main ingredient in your next potluck? With a strict rule of “no coffee cake” you’re sure to see some interesting dishes. Just be sure to supply your guests with a sleeping pill on their way out, lest you want your friends to rue the day you were born as they lie wired in bed that night.

Below are four coffee-centric courses and some interesting recipes for each. But remember, just as you wouldn’t use a cheap wine to cook with, you shouldn’t use crappy coffee either. Sticking to the rule “If you wouldn’t drink it, don’t cook with it” also applies to java.

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6 Disgusting Yet Delicious Foods

Foie Gras
Deliciously Disgusting Foie Gras
A “foodie” friend of ours recently posed this question: Why isn’t there a word in English to describe something that’s both disgusting and delicious?

Good question. We pondered it and instantly got hungry, daydreaming about cheese that smells like feet, luxuriously musky truffles and liver pate that smells like wet dogs. So gross yet so good, no words can describe them. Why is there no word?! We need a word.

The French term jolie laide translates to “pretty-ugly,” but jolie laidelicious presents too many spelling challenges. Grossgood? Nastasty? While you brainstorm, have a look at this list of our favorite gross-but-good foodstuffs:

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“You Partied Too Hard” Hostess Gift How-To

Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark Partied Too Hard

Pop quiz, hot shot: You’re going to a party thrown by a host/ess who has everything. What do you bring? You could pay twenty bucks for a bottle of wine that will immediately go into the collection of other bottles, or grab some flowers that will require the host to take time out of her busy hostessing schedule to throw them in water, or bring a dessert that the host will feel obligated to put out at the end of the night even if it doesn’t at all go with the menu.

But we have a better idea. Why not make your host a “you partied too hard” package, so that upon awakening to a houseful of dirty dishes and multiple overflowing bags of recycling to be taken out, he or she will have a little something from a special someone (you) to help them power through. We promise your gift will be appreciated more than that cheap scented candle or box of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts.

“You Partied Too Hard” Hostess Gift How-To

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Hello. I Invented a Signature Cocktail Just For You.

Signature Cocktail Recipe

Do you have those friends who are impossible to buy for? They seem to have everything: every electronic gadget, every kitchen tool, every cookbook? Do they also have a drinking problem? Perfect. We’ve got the solution. A personalized, custom-created cocktail just for them! (Note: if they do have a real drinking problem and not just a cute, fun drinking “habit,” then maybe give them a book about addiction and a hug.) But if not, continue on to our five steps to making a custom cocktail for your favorite friend:

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Do the Truffle Shuffle

Freshly shaved truffles are one of those luxury items that just screams “This is for rich people only.” Priced from hundreds to thousands of dollars a pound, depending on the species, these musky mushrooms do not make for an affordable meal. But us financially impaired people appreciate good food, too. So in the tradition of Cubic Zirconia, knock-off designer handbags, and generic antidepressants, lets stock our pantries with truffle salt and truffle oil and tell rich people that we don’t need their stinking (literally) fungus, shall we?

For under twenty bucks you can get either the earthy oil or the salt and add the delicious depth, earthiness and complexity of truffles to your favorite dishes. We truffle salt our deviled eggs and avocado toasts, and drizzle the oil atop salads and even in our cocktails (see crazy recipe below and picture above).

We’ve gathered a few favorite recipes that use truffle oil and/or salt. It’s sure to have your diners thinking you’re a real funghi. Get it??

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