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The July 2019 Episode

In our July 2019 episode, we have a summer surprise! Special guest host Bob Brink fills in for Rob while he recuperates from a solstice cold. Bob, who also happens to be J.’s husband, is a fine wine buyer and hospitality expert. He’s also not a regular BHG magazine reader, but you know what, sometimes an honest outside opinion is refreshing…like the Sandy Bottom, a watermelon-flavored signature cocktail. We talk frankly about hot dogs, toppings (of course), where not to put your child during a magazine photo shoot, more white walls, and the biggest light fixture ever featured (size does matter). Plus: a cameo by the Queen of Tennessee and a return to crafting! So Happy Independence Day, safe travels, and let’s just call it what it is, all right?

Our teaser photo on Instagram: who was in the guest host chair?
The Sandy Bottom cocktail, perfect for summer sipping! This rum-based concoction features watermelon water: just puree seedless watermelon with a few cups of water. We left out the bitters in favor of a little triple sec.
Get creative with garnishes.
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The June 2019 Episode

It’s LGBTQ Pride Month and Rob and J. search desperately for some signs of gay life in this month’s magazine. Though there’s little to be found on the pages, there’s plenty of love at the bottom of their cocktail glasses (thanks to the strawberry basil smash cocktails, lifted from the recipe section). J. explains why this episode was delayed and shares a very painful housing-related memory. Rob gets tongue-tied over a supergay font but otherwise feels kinda “meh,” especially about all the #whiteonwhite neo-bohemian rooms. However, everything turns out all right in the end thanks to a Tea Dance #lewk for the ages.

This month, we also sampled the white bean dip, open-faced crispy fish sandwiches and the Pimm’s ice pops, thanks to Chef Tim.

Theme music by Bensound.com.

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Tag For Love: The Hudson Valley As Design/Decor Magnet

This is not news. Literally because the New York Times has been saying that “{Insert trending Hudson Valley town} is the new Brooklyn/Hamptons” for at least ten years. Hey, they recently tried to make “the Camptons” happen (a portmanteau of “Catskills” and “Hamptons,” for the uninitiated) as a new moniker.

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Then there’s House Beautiful’s plug for Field & Supply in Kingston (is it truly worth traveling across the country for?) and its cute little map showing only Beacon and Kingston (NOT Milton, Rob, sorry to say). Same issue: a tour of Pennyroyal, a Catskills retreat built by the mother of American interior design. And this month, Architectural Digest references the HV (that name’s not happening either, is it?) dour times, and has two huge features about Dutchess County properties (both converted barns, too.) I’ll go back and count to make sure. Yes, a lot of the love gets thrown at uber-trendy Hudson, but there are a lot of gorgeous Insta-worthy homes scattered around horse/wine/apple country.

So what does this all mean?

On one hand, it means nothing–these are the same plaudits (and cries about gentrification and traffic and “citiots”) we’ve always heard. But to be more Tag-For-Love about it: It means we’re still a design destination for those in the know. After all, the robber barons Gilded Age industrialists fled the confines of New York City and headed north to construct their castles and keeps over a hundred years ago.

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My favorite historic mansion, Wilderstein (screw you, Vanderbilt Mansion!)

We have cute little shops, architectural classics, charming downtowns, cutting-edge art museums, and enough space to experiment with design styles in spades!

And we’re lucky enough to live right in the thick of it! The Hudson Valley is a wonderful place to live (and visit) because it truly has it all…including major design cred. I’m just glad the design/shelter world is finally giving us the props we deserve. Beverly Hills? Milan? Ibiza? So over. Tastemakers in the know go to the Camptons.

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Tag for Hate: We Didn’t Make the List

Advocate Magazine recently declared “Now, we have officially entered The Golden Age of podcasts, many of which are explicitly, overtly, outrageously queer. These 12 are the best of the best and the queerest of the queer.

In case you’re wondering…Could Be Better Podcast did not make the list.
And while we would love to tag our omission for hate, we really must tag the rise of LGBTQ podcast for LOVE!

LGBTQ podcasts have been getting attention for a few years now. What we love about this year’s Advocate’s list is the increased diversity and perspectives featured. We are the first to acknowledge gay, white, cisgender, men have taken up a lot of space in the LGBTQ universe. Queer podcasts offer us a way to plug into a multitude of voices. Dare we say they are a pathway to greater understanding, celebration, and equality?

It is probably safe to say that the patrons of the Stonewall Inn could have never imagined a world where LGBTQ experiences could be so easily accessed when they rose up and fought against police harassment and brutality 50 years ago this month.

Our LGBTQ (Podcasters) Pride keeps us from being too upset we haven’t made the best of the best Queer podcasts list just yet.

But watch out next year, bitches! 😉

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Tag For Love: This Wackadoo Wallpaper

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Props for the phallic cactus, too. Photo by Aelfie

Tag for hate: being so busy that we don’t have time to write and blab more about fun home decor and entertaining ideas! Cohost J. here and I want to apologize for the recent lack of posts. Rob and I have both been swamped with our day job work and life in general. It’s spring here in the Hudson Valley (though it’s been raining so much that everyone has been saying it’s more like Seattle) and it’s garden prep and spring cleaning time. That’s my excuse, anyway.

But can we talk about this insane wallpaper? Yes we go gaga for wallpaper all the time so THAT’S not shocking, but this one is special. Why? Cartoon speech bubbles erupting from brightly colored parrots–and they’re spewing conspiracy theories! As covered by Domino, it’s part of Aelfie’s new line.

Want. I don’t know where, but whatevs. Also: super inspiring! Think of all the other things we can add speech bubbles to. Who knows, perhaps our lifestyle brand will actually happen someday with some cray-cray wallpaper designs like this!

Have fun with your walls. It’s only decor. Plus, this one is removable AND biodegradable. Now go have some fun for your weekend, too. Or your yard clean-up, if that’s on your to-do list. That ride-on mower has a cupholder for a reason and it might as well hold a cocktail.

 

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Tag for Love: Beeswax Food Wraps

Co-host Rob here. A few years back, J. gifted my fam Bee’s Wrap beeswax food wraps for Christmas. It was long enough ago that I thought J. was just trying to be hipster with the eco-friendly, new-fangled product. As it turned out, they’re a thing. And they’re great.

Fast forward: beeswax foods wraps are just a part of our household now. So I forgot how fab they were until I was reminded by the May 2019 issue of Better Homes & Gardens just how hard working eco-friendly food covers are.

BH&G featured the Lekue Stretch Storage Cover. And let’s be honest, they look a lot like condoms for food! They are still better than ripping off countless sheets of plastic wrap that never seem to stick to anything,

They just don’t make things like they used to.

Speaking of making things…if you’re more a DIYer at heart, there are lots of posts and articles on how to make your own reusable food wraps. So no matter which way you go—beeswax, silicone food condoms, or make-your-own wraps—eco is the way to go.

Who does food condoms better?

Lekue or…

Rob?