first_imgEnlarge ImageSee more stories from CNET Magazine. Michael Muller Order a drink at an upscale bar lately and you’re likely to see a cold, new trend in your glass — luxury ice. These massive cubes or spheres (and sometimes hand-crafted shapes) aren’t for mere visual impact. Ice crafted with proper care melts slower, chills more efficiently, and helps beverages taste their best for longer.With a few advanced appliances, you too can create premium ice effortlessly right at home. But you’ll have to pay a hefty wad of cash up front. Fortunately, if you’re truly dedicated to ice that’s nice, you can produce opulent results on the cheap by using some everyday tools and a little elbow grease. Also read: LG’s new killer fridge feature: Clear ice for cocktailsice-magazine-shoot-black-and-white-alternates-08.jpgEnlarge ImageClear ice is making a comeback. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Why you want this iceBefore we made our ice in trays or took it from our refrigerator dispensers, it came in the form of natural ice blocks. Harvested from lakes and streams in frozen climates and hand cut into blocks, ice was delivered like the milkman left your milk.While this clear, rock-solid ice was brilliantly pure, it was not without its drawbacks. The blocks were heavy and unwieldy, and in an age before electricity, there was no way to keep them frozen forever. ice-magazine-shoot-black-and-white-alternates-23.jpgEnlarge ImageThis orb of hand-chiseled clear ice has a very stable molecular structure which fridge ice can’t match. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Modern freezers and ice machines fixed those problems, but convenience quickly trumped quality. Our appliances freeze water from the outside in. This traps any air inside the water and locks it as final ice cubes are formed. The result is cloudy, white ice. Unfortunately, white ice is ruining your drinks.Hope Clarke is an experienced bartender and the former head of beverage ice production at The Aviary restaurant in Chicago which garnered a nationwide James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program in 2013. She has since become obsessed with ice perfection and professionally advises posh bars, restaurants and food companies yearning to upgrade their chilled beverage game.ice-magazine-shoot-color-alternates-04.jpgEnlarge ImageBartender and clear ice expert Hope Clark knows nice ice when see sees it. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Clarke bemoans the pervasive use of white ice, calling the 30 years between 1970 and 2000 the dark ages for ice. (Frigidaire debuted the first in-door fridge ice maker in 1965.) And she doesn’t pull any punches when describing why she finds these common cubes so unappetizing. “White ice is very oxygenated, filled with lots of air bubbles,” she says. “As a result, it has an unstable structure which melts quickly and unevenly. If I was spending good money on spirits, I’d want to taste it instead of a drink that melts out into a diluted slosh in just five minutes.”But even when you’re not ponying up for premium bourbon, she feels white ice is no friend of soft drinks either.ice-magazine-shoot-color-alternates-17.jpgEnlarge ImageHere’s a globe of ice that’ll take a long time to melt. Tyler Lizenby/CNET “Since its surfaces are rough and porous, they tend to pull too many CO2 bubbles out of fizzy liquids, making them taste flat,” she says. “Clear ice, on the other hand, not only looks pretty, it’s rock solid, takes a while to melt and is free of flavor-changing impurities.”Slick ice from shiny machinesYou don’t have to frequent swanky bars and restaurants to get fancy ice in your glass. If your home bar budget is generous, you can use a number of premium appliances to create gourmet ice in large party-size quantities right from the comfort of your kitchen. For example, the Scotsman Brilliance Gourmet Cuber (model SCC50) is designed to make crystal-clear ice pellets in batches of up to 65 pounds a day.A similar product, the Clear Ice Machine, built by True Manufacturing, touts a daily production capacity of 70 pounds. It also has a color-changing LED light system to illuminate its interior storage bay which holds a maximum of 28 pounds of clear ice pellets. true-clear-ice-combo.jpgEnlarge ImageThe True Clear Ice machine on display at KBIS 2017. Brian Bennett/CNET The downside to both the Scotsman and True appliances is that they’re a hefty 15 inches wide, so they’re meant to sit under kitchen or bar counters, and both should be installed by a qualified dealer. What’s more, while neither company discloses exact pricing, it’s not unreasonable to expect to shell out upward of $2,000 for one of these gizmos. Great ice by handAs that will be out of range for most of us, there’s a more economical option which involves a bit more work. You don’t have to cut ice from a frozen lake up north; instead, you create this freezing lake effect inside your fridge in a process known as directional freezing. All that’s required, besides water and a freezer, is an insulated container of some kind. (A small plastic cooler, ice bucket or steel beer koozie will do.) Start by filling the container with water, and place it in your freezer without its cover. diy-clear-ice-combo.jpgEnlarge ImageMaking clear ice at home is easier than you think.After about 12 hours or so, water in the top portion of the vessel will freeze first since it’s exposed to cold air. And as those top ice crystals form, they push air bubbles and impurities downwards, producing the dreaded white ice. Here’s where you’ll need some muscle.After the top portion freezes (or the entire contents of the vessel solidify), remove the ice mass, place it on a towel-covered counter and chisel away the unwanted sections. I found a serrated bread knife and rubber-handled screwdriver (serving as a rubber mallet) got the job done.diy-clear-ice-combo-2.jpgEnlarge ImageUse a screwdriver and bread knife to carve your homemade clear ice. Tyler Lizenby/CNET I also used the power of directional freezing to make close to a dozen crystal-clear ice balls. Filling two silicone sphere ice molds ($8) with water then inverting them over a full ice bucket (suspended by a pair of flat kitchen faucet gaskets) did the trick. My test ice spheres still had a few bubbles trapped inside their centers, but they were far from white. clear-ice-sphere-homecombo.jpgEnlarge ImageWith a little patience and household gear you can make clear ice spheres too. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Nicer ice is for everyoneStartup company Wintersmiths sells clear ice kits that function in a similar way (inside your freezer) and promise better results. I admit I am tempted, but with an asking price range of $85 to $120, my low-budget tinkering makes more financial sense. But no matter which method you personally choose to obtain a more luxurious ice experience at home, I promise that your drinks will taste better. Because compared with pristine dense ice, weak fridge cubes can’t hold water.clear-sphere-drink-combo.jpgEnlarge ImageHomemade clear spheres and blocks add plenty of elegance to any beverage. Tyler Lizenby/CNET This story appears in the fall 2016 edition of CNET Magazine. For other magazine stories, click here See All Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown: ‘Acting is about reconnecting with a sense of play’ • 18 Jun 14 • The secret screen life of Being Frank star Jim Gaffigan Comments Appliances Smart Homecenter_img reading • In pursuit of perfect ice Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown on voicing a not-always-perfect pig Share your voice CNET Magazine CNET Magazine Tagslast_img read more

first_imgFor more than three decades, Access Housing and the Southeast Veterans Service Center (SEVSC) has supported the needs of those who have put their lives on the line to defend freedom. And on Nov. 24, 50 families will be feasting on Turkey and all of the trimmings thanks to the leader of a veterans organization.The Buffalo Soldiers donate turkeys to the Southeast Veterans Center. (Photo by Hamil Harris)“I am just happy to make someone else happy especially to those who sacrifice so much for this country,” said Greg Crawford, executive director of Access Housing. “Everybody deserves a place to live. No one should live outside.”Access Housing provides temporary and permanent housing for veterans as well as other critical services needed to transition them from homelessness to self-sufficiency.The concept of a veterans center started in the 1970s, after Crawford’s father, former D.C. Councilmember H.R. Crawford (D-Ward 7), received a call about a group of homeless men who had created an encampment under a bridge near Georgetown.“We shared a meal of fried chicken and hot coffee that had been prepared on a hot plate,” said Crawford who reported his findings to then Mayor Marion S. Barry.The experience was catalyst for the founding of Access Housing and earlier this week Crawford said unfortunately homeless people are still living under the same bridge.But help might be coming in the future from an unlikely source. Crawford, who once served in the Nixon and Ford Administrations, said District community activist Robert Woodson is one of several candidates to become the next U.S. secretary of House and Urban Development.“He is good man who will make a difference,” said Crawford, who highlighted the fact that Woodson has been working with House speaker Paul Ryan and leaders in Southeast to address homeless issues.Regardless of the future there are many testimonies from veterans that Access Housing has made a difference in their lives. “After two tours in Afghanistan I retired from the US Marine Corps. I thought I was fine but the memories of what I’d witnessed there really impacted me,” said Petey J. “I didn’t want to remember anything so alcohol became my closest friend. When I hit rock bottom [Access Housing] was there. Living at the Center with my peers from the military helped me to stop feeling sorry for myself and get back into life.”last_img read more

first_imgLeonard and  Kenny will call the action. Kay Adams and Chris Mannix will host each fight night.  Granderson will report from ringside.“We’re committed to bringing our subscribers not just top-notch boxing and MMA – but also top-notch production,” said Joseph Markowski, DAZN senior vice president of North America for DAZN, in a statement. “With this broadcast team, viewers will be in good hands and we look forward to introducing a series of innovations to our fight night experience in the coming months.”Perform Group named John Skipper its executive chairman in May, just a few months after he left his role as president of ESPN. DAZN (“da zone”) is launching in September in the U.S., for $9.99 a month, offering access to big fights from Viacom’s Bellator MMA and Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, among others. The network won’t sell an annual subscription.Leonard will provide ringside analysis for the fights, drawing on his career as a six-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist. Out of the ring, Leonard has enjoyed a long broadcasting career working with ABC, NBC, FOX, ESPN and HBO. Kenny will serve as the blow-by-blow announcer.  He has spent more than three decades in boxing, covering the sport for ESPN, Showtime and Fox.  Leonard and Kenny last worked together in 2017 when they called the international broadcast of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight.“With all of the boxing dates DAZN already has on the calendar, they are going to have me quite busy – and that’s a great thing for fight fans because it means that good fighters are staying active and taking on meaningful challenges,” said Leonard in a statement.Adams and Mannix will host each broadcast. Adams is best known for hosting “Good Morning Football” on NFL Network and DirecTV’s Fantasy Zone. Mannix is an award-winning boxing writer for Yahoo Sports and has worked as a ringside reporter for NBC, Showtime and EPIX.Granderson will handle ringside reporting duties for DAZN. He covered the NBA and tennis for ESPN to national politics for ABC. In addition to his work in television, Granderson can be heard each weekday on “Mornings with Keyshawn, LZ and Travis” on ESPNLA 710, is a senior writer for ESPN’s “The Undefeated,” and writes for CNN. “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Brian Kenny, Kay Adams, Chris Mannix and LZ Granderson will serve as the ringside fight team for boxing telecasts by DAZN, a live, on-demand streaming sports service that is led by the U.K-based Perform Group and could serve as a new kind of competition to ESPN, HBO, Showtime and other cable outlets that provide boxing coverage.The new team will work their inaugural event as a unit when world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua defends his WBA, WBO and IBF belts against Alexander Povetkin on Sept. 22 from Wembley Stadium in the U.K. Beginning in October, the team will broadcast all Matchroom USA fights on DAZN including the previously announced Jessie Vargas vs. Thomas Dulorme on Oct. 6 and Billy Joe Saunders vs. Demetrius Andrade on Oct. 20. Early action at each Matchroom USA fight night will be called by broadcast veteran Todd Grisham and former world champion Sergio Mora. Additionally, Akin “Ak” Reyes and Barak Bess, known for their boxing shows on Sirius XM Radio and ThisIs50.com, will interview some of the biggest names in the sport throughout fight week. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_img Share AMResorts promotes its newest Cancun resort with special pricing Tags: AMResorts TORONTO — AMResorts’ new-build Sunscape Star Cancun, getting ready for its grand opening Dec. 1, has released introductory rates available for a limited time.Reservations are now available at lead-in pricing at the all-inclusive, family-friendly, beachfront resort, for travel Dec. 1 – 22, 2018 and April 13 – Aug. 16, 2019. Bookings at the special rates, starting at US$134 per person, per night, must be made by May 31.AMResorts announced it had signed a resort management deal for Sunscape Star Cancun back in February 2018.The family-friendly resort offers a new category of brand excellence with the Sunscape Star concept, says the company.“As the most visited tourist destination in Mexico, Cancun and the Riviera Maya will continue to be an integral part of ALG’s growth strategy given our strong brand recognition in the market and powerful distribution channels there,” said Alex Zozaya, CEO of Apple Leisure Group. “The new, elevated Sunscape Resorts & Spas brand concept allows us to offer travelers more resort options that cater to their specific needs, while giving us more opportunities to grow ALG in Mexico and beyond.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterSunscape Star Cancun is west of the hotel zone in Cancun, between Puerto Cancun and Playa Mujeres, close to the ruins of the Mayan Riviera and next to the Puerto Cancun Golf Club, says Zozaya.The resort offers an array of amenities including a mini-bar in all rooms restocked daily, twice as much live entertainment and free WiFi. Reservation-free dining is available at four on-site à la carte specialty restaurants.The newly built Sunscape Star Cancun will also showcase the brand’s family-friendly features with water games, two surf pools and new food and beverage offerings.The property will also offer Sunscape brand’s Explorer’s Club for Kids, Core Zone Teens Club, an adults-only Sun Club rooftop pool and the Sunscape Spa by Pevonia. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group last_img read more