Are we just getting curmudgeonly in our old age or are Halloween costumes not the creative, fun, homemade awesomeness that they used to be? Gone are the easy costumes from our childhood that were cobbled together from what we already had in our home; instead, costumes have become trendy, expensive, mundane getups that make up for what they lack in creativity with an overabundance of bared skin. Put it away, autumn exhibitionists.
So in the name of DIY Halloween costumes everywhere, we’ve compiled a list of five of our favorite Halloween costumes that are both cheap and easy to put together, and that will announce to the world (and the Halloween party that you’re at) that you’re a foodie.
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Alie’s favorite season is autumn. Georgia’s least favorite word is autumnal. (“It just sounds so douc … um, pretentious.”) But one thing we both agree on: Fall is the best. We can’t think of a single reason not to like fall, but here are our top-five things about autumn that earns it the Best Damn Season Ever award. Which is not a real award. But it really should be.
Who doesn’t enjoy wearing a blanket? If you just said, “Me. I don’t enjoy wearing a blanket,” take a quick moment to ask yourself what’s wrong with you. Fall affords that perfect crisp chill that necessitates you pulling a big woven snuggle-rug over your head, but it’s not cold enough to have to lug around a bulky jacket. Bonus: You rarely see middle-aged men in Speedos during autumn. We’re lookin’ at you, summer.
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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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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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Tomorrow night, June 21, at 10:30pm ET on Cooking Channel, best friends and cocktail connoisseurs Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark are heading out on a wild adventure across the country so they can throw awesome parties for their friends inspired by their travels. Get a taste of what Alie and Georgia have in store on their new show Tripping Out with Alie and Georgia by clicking around their cocktail generator. Just pick your favorite booze and get a recipe for a drink you’ll love.
Tune in to the premiere of Tripping Out with Alie and Georgia on Friday, June 21 at 10:30pm ET.
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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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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Behold, a cocktail that harks back to the favorite childhood flavors of peanut butter and marshmallows! We often appoint marshmallows to s’more and hot chocolate duty, but Alie and Georgia pair these delicate morsels with creamy and slightly salty peanut butter for a nostalgic concoction that will satisfy your inner camper.
Start with a peanut butter simple syrup by simmering equal parts sugar and water with a generous dollop of peanut butter. Once cooled, combine with marshmallow-flavored vodka and hazelnut liqueur for an extra oomph of nuttiness. Shake with ice until chilled and frothy. Finally, this intoxicating cocktail is played up by the addition of a peanut butter-stuffed marshmallow garnish.
Bottoms up, folks.
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Let’s face it. Building a gingerbread house is a lot of work. But the holiday season without gingerbread is like Rudolf without a red nose. Before you get your rolling pin ready and your gumdrops assembled, try consuming your gingerbread in liquid form with Alie and Georgia’s gently spiced Gingerbread Housed cocktail.
With just a few simple ingredients and a cocktail shaker, you’ll have a gingerbread treat that came together in just minutes. Start by infusing your rum the day before with cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and fresh ginger. Then the cocktail gets a dose of almond liqueur, vanilla extract and molasses, an essential component to anything gingerbread. Tame the robust mixture with a splash of heavy cream, and don’t forget the best part: the frosting and decorations. Rim the glass with snowy white frosting, and decorate with hot red cinnamon candies and gumdrops. It’s everything we love about gingerbread in a festive, holiday drink.
Bottoms up, folks:
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The holiday season evokes longings for warm spices, whether in pumpkin pie or hot mulled cider. Turn your attention to a unique way to get your spice fix: Alie and Georgia’s 5-Spice on Ice cocktail uses a blend of freshly crushed cloves, cinnamon, star anise, fennel and Sichuan peppercorns infused in a simple syrup. The cocktail also gets a kick of intricate flavors from spiced rum, Angostura bitters and a muddled kumquat. Finally the cocktail is topped with a splash of fernet, an aromatic spirit made from cardamom, chamomile and saffron. It all makes for a deeply spiced drink that will pique your taste buds.
Bottoms up, folks.
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