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The Addition Of A Gorgeous Coffee Bar Gave This Room A Much-Needed Makeover

If you’re anything like me, then you’ve come to terms with the fact that your body doesn’t actually work without coffee.

Devotees of this elixir of the gods plan their lives around morning cups and trips to the cutest cafes in town, but what if those two things could collide in the comfort of your own home?

If that sounds like Heaven on Earth to you, then you’ve come to the right place. Imgur user EvoLLLL decided that their space needed a facelift, so they paid beautiful homage to everyone’s favorite drinks by installing a coffee bar that doubles as wine bar. In other news, I’m probably going to move into their house. I’m sure it’ll be fine.

If you want to create a little nook that will make your house the go-to hangout spot, here’s how it’s done!

This is what EvoLLLL started with. Needless to say, it was a little dated.

First, they removed the shelves, mirrors, and trim.

Then the unit itself had to come out so that an outlet could be installed.

After sanding off the double-sided tape that was used to hold the mirrors in place, EvoLLLL chose an accent color for the frame of the cabinet.

New overhead lighting was next on the list. They purchased theirs at IKEA.

And what’s cuter than a chalkboard backdrop? Nothing.

EvoLLLL writes that using chalkboard paint is a total pain, so it’d probably be best to let each layer dry completely overnight for smooth results.

After that, the crafter created a wooden counter on the bottom and placed new trim on the three remaining sides.

For the sake of saving money and time, they reinstalled the original shelf.

To put their mugs on display and keep them within arm’s reach, they added a few hooks to the back wall.

And what coffee and wine bar would be complete without a few wine glass racks?

All they had to do after that was plug in their coffee maker and espresso machine to drive the cafe feel home.

Just don’t expect to make any frappuccinos here, folks.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I need one of these in my apartment as soon as possible. You can all come over for a cup!

For full details, be sure to check out EvoLLLL’s original post on Imgur.

Tis The Season To Curl Up With A Glass Of Wine — Here Are 21 Recipes To Try

Whenever there’s a bottle of wine around in my house, it doesn’t take long to disappear.

Over the years, I’ve come to realize that sometimes a glass of wine is necessary to help take the edge off. And with winter fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to sit by the fireplace and warm up with a nice red.

But who says wine can only be enjoyed by the glass? The possibilities are virtually endless when you incorporate a little vino into your favorite dishes. To help broaden your horizons, here are 21 wine-infused recipes.

1. White wine is typically used in a variety of seafood dishes, but none of them compare to seared cod in a white wine, tomato, and basil sauce.

2. Need a quick snack with a bit of a buzz? These wine-marinated frozen grapes should do the trick.

3. There is no greater food pairing than chocolate and a glass of wine. This boozy brownie mix combines my two loves into one delicious treat.

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4. Grocery stores have started carrying their own brands of wine ice cream, but why not try this recipe out for yourself?

5. I’m addicted to all things gummy, so I can’t wait to try out these drunken gummy bears.

6. I dare you to eat only one piece of this wine-infused fudge.

7. This vino-soaked roast beef is so tender, it almost melts in your mouth.

8. When it comes to wine recipes, there are no rules, so why not add some chocolate to your nightly glass?

9. Italian cuisine is wine’s best friend, and garlic parmesan red wine spaghetti is no exception.

10. There may be wine baked into these cupcakes, but it’s the raspberry rosé icing that really steals the show.

11. Drunken cheesy bread gives wine and cheese a new spin.

12. The herb and wine mixture in this creamy sauce is instrumental in pulling off this pork loin dish.

13. This poached pear dessert is so simple to make, even after a glass or two of the good stuff.

14. Merlot meatballs will please everyone at your next game day bash.

15. Kick it old school with some white wine fondue.

16. What goes better with a creamy custard parfait than fresh berries and lots of wine?

17. This chicken marsala recipe is a classic for a reason.

18. Wine can totally transform your average meat and potatoes dish.

19. Need another chocolatey, wine-filled dessert to add to your repertoire? I think so!

20. Up the ante on your favorite burger recipe by adding a cup or two of red wine to the mix.

21. Mussels and white wine make the perfect pair.

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It’s wine o’clock somewhere! Which of these recipes are you most excited to try?

Next Time Your Friend Tries To Be A Wine Snob, Tell Them About These Experiments

I’ll never forget the day when I sat down to watch a documentary and was verbally assaulted with this statement: “This wine has notes of tennis ball and garden hose.”

That is (a paraphrased version of) an actual sentence uttered by an insufferable snob from a film called “Somm.” I know that everyone has their thing, but watching grown-ass adults talking about the base notes in wine in comparison to garden tools for hours on end felt like a form of punishment.

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And since I’m a glutton for the stuff, I tuned in until the end. Don’t get me wrong. I love wine. Most people love wine, but sommeliers are known the world over for being the most hardcore winos of all.

But are they really onto something with all that sniffing, spitting, comparison-making insanity? If you ask some researchers, probably not.

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According to one decidedly unenthused announcer from Freakonomics Radio, “Wine experts should just put a cork in it.”

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Why, you ask? Aside from opening up the possibility of making any friends ever, sommeliers should probably just throw in the towel for the sake of not lying professionally.

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“This wine has notes of oak, wet grass, and a lifetime without friendship.”

Call me unrefined, but something tells me that there is no possible way that one could tell the month and year in which a particular wine was bottled. To be fair, I once bought a wine called BearBoat solely because the label was stamped with an adorable bear sitting in a boat. I may not be the best judge here.

So without getting into formal wine-tasting jargon, let’s take a look at a few experiments run by the likes of Harvard economists and California vintners.

1. The Harvard Setup

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When Steven D. Levitt was a burgeoning economist at Harvard, he was asked to join a prestigious society filled to the brim with scholars and Nobel Prize recipients called the Society of Fellows. Fancy.

Levitt, who happened to have a taste for grape soda and beef jerky at the time, was a little peeved with the fact that he was paying a ton before each meal to make up for the absolutely insane amount of money the group spent on fine wine.

When he suggested that those who didn’t enjoy guzzling $300 wine pay less, his smarmy buddies turned up their pinot-sniffing noses. To retaliate in the most Harvard way possible, he conducted a little experiment.

When their next wine-tasting event rolled around, he had some tricks up his sleeve.

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With a little help from a wine steward, he purchased two bottles of wine that were close to $100 each. After that, he bought a bottle that his buddies would likely call “swill.” It was $8.

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He poured the two expensive wines into their own decanters. He filled a third decanter with the cheap wine and repeated one of the expensive vintages in the fourth.

The four wines received similar ratings from the panel. What’s more is that the ratings on the two decanters filled with the same wine showed greater disparity than ratings between decanters that contained totally different wines. I’d call that a win, folks. Needless to say, no one in the Society of Fellows was pleased to hear that they’d been duped.

2. The Vintner Victory

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One winemaker by the name of Robert Hodgson was getting all kinds of annoyed with the inconsistencies he faced when he sent his best bottles off to competitions.

Because he happens to have a background in statistics, he put judges at the California State Fair to the test. He presented them with a flight of four wines, three of which were the same one poured from a single bottle. The results made the judges’ inconsistencies blatantly obvious, since the exact same wine was often judged differently by the same people. Fun!

Because I ruin everything in real life, I love TruTV’s “Adam Ruins Everything.” To hear Adam Conover’s take on wine snobbery, check this out.

You know what? I’m going to drink my cheap wine proudly. Next time your wine snob friend decides to go from zero to infuriating real quick, smile as you drink your swill knowing that they wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

This Is What Happens When You Let An Old Bottle Of Vermouth Sit For 80 Years

When you forget about an old bottle of something way up in the cupboard, the results are usually less than pleasant. But if you’re lucky, you’ll sometimes come across something that’s creepily beautiful in its fermentation.

Redditor mvv_10 found this old bottle of vermouth (an Italian liquor) hidden away in the cupboard of his grandparents’ house.

Judging by the looks of it, that bottle is probably older than he is.

This is what the inside of the bottle looked like when he pulled it down off of the shelf.

It looks like the fermented liquor eventually solidified into layers of material.

Turning it on its side, you can see each of the fermented layers.

Not that I would drink it (or eat it at this point), but you can bet that this is probably close to 100 percent alcohol. Just saying.

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So do you just throw it out, or do you wait and keep fermenting it to see what happens? I’m not sure which option would be less gross.

Easy Dinner Party Hacks: Don’t Go Without Wine Ever Again!

There’s little worse than showing up with a bottle of wine and realizing that no one has a way to open it up. The savory goodness is tantalizingly close, yet so far. Well, fret no more. These 10 ingenious ways to solve that problem, MacGyver-style, will make you the talk of the town. At least until the next bottle, that is!

TOP TEN WAYS TO HACK YOUR WAY TO PARTY FAVORITE, WINE OPENING STYLE:

1. Use a screw and pliers to open a wine bottle, just make sure to twist UP.

2. Hammer & Nails. Three nails and you’re home free.

3. Knife: A smallest cut at the top, with a lot of wiggle, can do wonders.

4. Take a bike hook and screw it in.

5. Put the bottle in a shoe, and bang the shoe against the wall. That cork becomes an instant projectile.

6. It even works with a towel wrapped around instead.

7. Use a screwdriver… but from the other end to bash the cork INTO the bottle.

8. Or better yet, do the same thing with a toothbrush.

9. Still out of luck? Jam your key in diagonally. 

10. Okay, this is just for fun… use a blowtorch.

(via EliteDaily)

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