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How True Connoisseurs Make Perfect Cannabis Pairings

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For some, marijuana is a medical necessity, a treatment for neurological disease, mental disorder, pain and a whole host of other illnesses. For others, using marijuana is a fun recreational experience that allows one to relax and feel pleasure for a period of time. Regardless of why one chooses to partake in the good green herb, shouldn’t the event be enjoyable and complementary of other aspects of life — like eating and drinking?

Like a fine wine, a fancy cheese or a quality piece of chocolate, different weed strains are better in different circumstances. For those interested in elevating their marijuana experiences, read on to learn the best way to pair bud with other edibles.

Desired Effects

Studies show that alcohol is alcohol; while taking a shot of tequila and drinking a bottle of wine might feel different, the truth is you are the same style of drunk no matter what. The same isn’t true of marijuana because different strains offer different chemotypes, which truly do affect the body in different ways. Thus, whenever you are integrating marijuana into an experience, you need to decide what kind of effect you hope to achieve — specifically, whether you want to feel energized and active or you want to feel relaxed and sedate. 

Typically, you want to choose sativa-style strains when you hope to become invigorated after partaking in the good green, and indica-style strains are for a calm, laid-back vibe. These designations aren’t entirely scientifically accurate — “sativa” and “indica” are used to describe the shape of the cannabis bush, which historically was thought to influence how the high felt, but research shows that bush and leaf shape have little correlation with the strain’s physical and psychoactive effects. In the future, dispensaries will likely use chemotypes, which are more precise about a strain’s consequences, but until then, you can use “indica” and “sativa” for general guidelines.

Distinctive Flavors

Next, it doesn’t matter whether you are pairing your grass with food, beverage or anything else — you need to understand flavor profiles. There are four primary flavor categories for weed: sweet, sour, spicy and bitter, and each category can be broken down into several smaller taste profiles. For instance, the “sweet” category includes both fruity and flowery tastes, which can be further divided into unique fruits or flowers, whereas the “bitter” category is divided into subgroups such as nutty, vegetal and mineral. It might be worthwhile to print out a marijuana flavor wheel to learn more about the complex tastes of weed.

Each strain will have a dominant flavor or two as well as some more subtle hints that can impact the overall taste experience. Unfortunately, the name of a strain isn’t always indicative of how it will taste. For example, the cherry pie strain sounds like it should be sticky-sweet, like cherry pie, but actually cherry pie is an equal mix of sweet and sour with a healthy dash of vegetal pine. It is always wise to sample a strain and become familiar with it before trying to pair it perfectly with any food or drink. 

Determined Use

Finally, how you use the marijuana will greatly affect your experience. There are a number of ways to enjoy the effects of THC and CBD without tasting much or any of the cannabis plant: THC or CBD oil drops applied sublingually, vape pens that use THC or CBD juice, topical CBD and THC creams and lotions, THC and CBD capsules, etc. It might seem as though flavorless marijuana options are less exciting to pair with food or drink — but, in fact, all marijuana products super-charge taste buds, meaning your meals will always taste different when you are high. 

Still, inhalations tend to be more fun to pair with food and drink because their flavor can be enjoyable and impact the experience of eating and drinking different foods. It’s important to note that smoke can be more harsh than other methods of using marijuana, which means you should have plenty of refreshing liquids on hand to slake thirst. 

Generally, you want to complement the flavors of your marijuana strain with the flavors of your food or drink. Thus, if you are serving a mushroom pasta and a sweet, acidic wine, you might want to offer a relatively spicy strain of weed. Then again, if your meal is on the bitter side — perhaps a kale salad — a sweet strain would be nice. The intensity of flavors in your food and drink should match the intensity of flavor of your marijuana, to ensure that no element of your experience is too overpowering. 

Soon, some strains of marijuana could be as revered and beloved as some bottles of expensive and rare wine. The sooner you learn how to properly incorporate weed into a high-class dining experience, the sooner you can better enjoy the full flavor profile of marijuana and its effects on taste.

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Memorial Day Playlist

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As you lay out by the pool, the beach, Central Park or on the sidelines of a parade, T2C offers you music to celebrate and get you in the mood.

 

 

 

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Richard M. Sherman Songwriter for Mary Poppins and Jungle Book Passes On

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Richard M. Sherman, was a nine-time Academy Award nominee along with his brother Robert. The Sherman Brothers wrote more than 200 songs for some 27 films and 24 television productions. Their film credits include Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Parent Trap, Summer Magic tv, The Sword in the Stone, That Darn Cat!, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, The Happiest Millionaire, The Aristocats, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

The won two Academy Awards for Mary Poppins, taking home the trophies for Best Score – Substantially Original and Best Original Song (for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”). They won three Grammy awards and received 24 gold and platinum albums and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and received the US National Medal of the Arts in 2008.

They also wrote the score on Broadway for Over Here.

The brothers were portrayed in the 2013 film Saving Mr. Banks, which told the story behind the making of Mary Poppins.

Sherman died of age-related illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills. His brother Robert died in 2012.

 

 

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The Outer Critics Circle (OCC) Awards And You Are There Part 2

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Yesterday we gave you part 1 of The Outer Critics Circle (OCC), awards ceremony held at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center’s New York Public Library for The Performing Arts 111 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC).

In this part Steve Guttenberg gives the award to Outstanding Featured Performer in an Off-Broadway Play: Jay O. Sanders – Primary Trust


Outstanding Lead Performer in an Off-Broadway Musical:
 Andrew Durand  Dead Outlaw

Current President David Gordon introduced Andrea Martin who gave away the awards for Outstanding Direction of a Musical: Jessica Stone – Water for Elephants

A special award was given to Harry Haun longtime OCC member who served on the board as well.

Outstanding Choreography (Broadway or Off-Broadway):Justin Peck —Illinoise

And the tie for Outstanding Lead Performer in an Off-Broadway Play: William Jackson Harper, Primary Trust

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play: Primary Trust

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical: Dead Outlaw

Kelechi Watson presented the awards for Outstanding Featured Performer in a Broadway Musical: Kecia Lewis  Hell’s Kitchen

Outstanding Direction of a Play: Daniel Aukin – Stereophonic

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Broadway Musical: Kelli O’Hara  Days of Wine and Roses


Outstanding New Broadway Play:
 Stereophonic

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Outstanding New Broadway Musical: Suffs

Founded during the 1949-50 Broadway season by respected theater journalist John Gassner, The Outer Critics Circle is an esteemed association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, broadcast stations, and online news organizations, in America and abroad. Led by its current President David Gordon, the OCC Board of Directors also includes Vice President Richard Ridge, Recording Secretary Joseph Cervelli, Corresponding Secretary Patrick Hoffman, Treasurer David Roberts, Cynthia Allen, Harry Haun, Dan Rubins, Janice Simpson and Doug Strassler. Simon Saltzman is President Emeritus & Board Member (Non-nominating) and Stanley L. Cohen serves as Financial Consultant & Board Member (Non-nominating). Lauren Yarger serves as the Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony executive producer.

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The Stars Showed Up Michael Greif at The New Dramatists Luncheon

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The New Dramatists Annual Spring Luncheon at the New York Marriott Marquis honored Michael Greif, the acclaimed director of not one but three shows playing on Broadway, Days of Wine and Roses, The Notebook and Hell’s Kitchen. Tony Award-winning producers Kevin McCollum and Stacey Mindich served as honorary co-chairs.

Michael Greif

Michael Greif

Christie Brown, Michael Greif, Brian d’Arcy James and Emily Morse

Michael Greif, Brian d’Arcy James

Michael Greif, Brian d’Arcy James

New Dramatists also presented the inagural Konecky Award, named for New Dramatists’ beloved Board President Isobel Konecky and her husband, renowned entertainment attorney Ron Konecky, recognizes those in the theatre and entertainment industry, who serve the field with passion, dedication, excellence, and leadership. The inaugural Konecky Award will be presented to Concord Theatricals.

Attending were:

Ali Louis Bourzgui

Joy Woods

Jordan Tyson

John Cardoza

Betsy Aidem

Will Brill

Rick Elice

Brian d’Arcy James

Michael Greif, Hannah Greif and David Greif

Adam Pascal, Michael Greif and Daphne Rubin-Vega

Members and Creatives of Hell’s Kitchen that includes-Susan Oliveras, Lily Ling, Tom Kitt, Camille A. Brown, Michael Greif, Kecia Lewis, Desmond Sean Ellington, Badia Farha, Kristoffer Diaz, Aaron Nicholas Patterson and Oscar Whitney Jr.

Ryan Vasquez

Kecia Lewis

Camille A. Brown

Kristoffer Diaz

Schele Williams, John Cardoza, Victoria Navarro, Geoffrey Ko, Dorian Harewood, Michael Greif, Maryann Plunkett, Jordan Tyson, Bekah Brunstetter, Katie Spelman and Kurt Deutsch

Schele Williams and Michael Greif

Priscilla Lopez

Jennifer Whyte, Steven Skybell, Tom Scutt, Rebecca Frecknall, Julia Cheng and Henry Gottfried

Priscilla Lopez and Michael Greif

Henry Gottfried

Tom Scuttt

Christine Ebersole and Michael Greif

Francis Benhamou

Steven Skybell

Jennifer Whyte

Julia Cheng

Michael Greif, Christine Ebersole, Priscilla Lopez and Doug Wright

Rebecca Frecknall

Eli Gelb

David Adjmi

Corey Stoll

Alison Luff

Isabelle McCalla

Amy Ryan

Amanda Green

Eden Espinosa

Sarah Pidgeon

Shoshana Bean

Quincy Tyler Bernstine

Michael Greif and Shoshana Bean

Justin Peck

Paula Vogel and Celia Keenan-Bolger

Juliana Margulies

Daryl Roth and Juliana Margulies

Jim Dale and Daryl Roth

Jim Dale, Daryl Roth and Juliana Margulies

Brody Grant

Lea Salonga

Lea Salonga

Sarah Paulson

Leslie Kritzer

Shaina Taub and Leigh Silverman

Amber Iman

Nikki M. James

John Weidner

Jessica Hecht

Andrew R. Butler

Casey Likes

Grant Gustin

Sean Patrick Flahaven

Doug Wright

Bradley King

Jamie deRoy

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What is a Sweepstakes Casino?

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Sweepstakes casinos are websites where you can play the top casino-style games without making any purchases. In other words, they’re 100% free-to-play, which distinguishes them from traditional gaming sites. The fact that sweepstakes casinos don’t require payments also makes them widely legal across the United States. If you’re wondering how these platforms work, you’re on the right page. 

Details on the Sweepstakes Legal Framework and Operation

In the U.S., most states prohibit online gaming at conventional casinos, with only a few regions permitting the activity. However, sweepstakes casino sites are legal and operational in 47 states except Washington and Michigan, while players in Idaho can’t redeem SCs for prizes. Sweepstakes casinos are legal in the U.S. because they are classified as promotional gaming contests under online gaming laws. Hence, they’re not in the same category as traditional gaming sites. 

How Sweepstakes Casinos Operate 

If you join a top sweepstakes casino such as Fortune Coins, you’ll receive virtual coins to play for free. The standard model uses a dual-currency system of Gold Coins (GC) and Sweepstakes Coins (SC). Both coins are available for free via regular bonuses and promotions, and they have no monetary worth. However, the interesting part is that you can usually redeem prizes if you meet specific requirements. 

Sweepstakes Casino Gameplay and Rewards System

At sweepstakes casinos, there’s usually a wide range of games to play. These include slots, blackjack, roulette, fish games, and poker. It’s worth mentioning that the gameplay isn’t notably different from conventional casino games. 

For instance, if you play slots at Fortune Coins, the target is still to win by hitting matching combinations. The primary difference is that you’ll be spinning the reels for free with Gold Coins and Fortune Coins (equivalent to Sweepstakes Coins). If you happen to run out of coins, there are always bonuses and promotions you can claim to receive more. 

However, you can optionally purchase a package if you want more Gold Coins. Additionally, wins from Sweepstakes Coins can be redeemed for prizes. Purchases and redemptions are a core part of the sweepstakes casino gameplay and rewards system. 

Purchasing Coins

Only Gold Coins are purchasable at sweepstakes casinos. You can’t buy Sweepstakes Coins.  Typically, you’ll find multiple packages with different GC amounts, and you can go with any that suit your interests. Once the purchase is complete, the sweepstakes casino will top up your balance with the specified number of Gold Coins.

Most sweepstakes casinos attach Sweepstakes Coins as bonuses when you buy a package. However, keep in mind that purchases are 100% optional, and there are always bonuses to give you free GCs and SCs

Redeeming Prizes

If you want rewards at sweepstakes casinos, the target is to play with Sweepstakes coins. GCs are not redeemable in any form. To redeem prizes via Sweepstakes Coins, you usually have to meet certain requirements, including: 

  • Confirming your identity
  • Getting up to a minimum amount of redeemable SC
  • Completing a playthrough

Most sites send prizes via bank, eWallet, or gift card, and you’re free to choose any option you prefer. 

Impact and Future Trends of Sweepstakes Casinos

Without question, sweepstakes casinos have made a significant impact in the US online gaming space. Players in states where online gaming is prohibited now have safe and legal alternatives to enjoy their favorite games. Gaming is 100% free, so players can focus on the fun without worrying about any risks. 

The future appears promising for sweepstakes casinos in the United States. Currently, they’re widely permitted, there would likely be more sweepstakes regulations in the near future to make these platforms more secure.

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