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1400 Smith Street

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50 stories tall and the 11th tallest building in Houston, 1400 Smith Street stands as postmodern architecture in the heart of Houston, Texas. With Chevron as a major tenant of the building, the building served as the former headquarters of Enron.

Enron financed the construction of the circular skywalk that links 1400 Smith Street to a building across the street.

Construction on the skyscraper was completed in 1983.


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February 14, 2012 at 8:53 AM


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One of the most famous and picturesque islands of Greece is Santorini. Situated in the southern Aegean sea, Santorini is the largest of a small archipelago of islands that formed around a volcanic caldera.

Tourism is the prime industry in the region and in 2011 was heralded as “Best Island” by both “Travel+Leisure Magazine” and the BBC.

The whitewashed walls are traditional in this style of architecture.

Written by Paulo Loreto

February 12, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Posted in Greece, Santorini, Travel

Teddy Bear

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The Vermont Teddy Bear Company is one of the largest producers of teddy bears. Founded in 1981, the company started selling at a market in Burlington, Vermont.

The company offers different gift ideas, such as the bear-gram. Orders can be made by mail order or internet and the recipient gets a personalized teddy bear, candy, and a greeting card.

The company also operates a company that provides pajama-grams. Their website offers gift packages incorporating both products.

Vermont Teddy Bear Company provides three different categories of fur varieties.

Written by Paulo Loreto

February 12, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Posted in Teddy Bear, Toys, Vermont

Malva Pudding

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A traditional South African dessert. It has a sponge cake-esque texture and offers a kick of flavor as it is prepared with apricot jam.

Malva pudding was served on South Africa Night in the Trustees' Dining Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Written by Paulo Loreto

February 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Crêpe Cake

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Gyu-Kaku, a Japanese BBQ chain, while offering a varied assortment of dishes, their dessert menu also offers some interesting options. Included is a dish called Green Tea Mille Crêpes. Simply put, it’s a slice of cake made up of multiple green tea crêpes accompanied by two scoops of ice cream.


Gyu-Kaku has locations in California, New York, Illinois, Hawaii, and Canada

Written by Paulo Loreto

February 10, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Town Hall

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spoke before a 600+ audience at the National Guard Armory in Westfield, New Jersey. He discussed his proposed 10% tax cut over three years and on-going budget reform in the state.

As usually, he closed the meeting with a question and answer session.

The Governor takes questions about the state's developmental centers.

Written by Paulo Loreto

February 8, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Blue Nun

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Born in 1857, this wine was developed by German company H. Sichel Söhne, which later became one of the largest wine brands in the world. Starting as primarily a Liebfraumilch producer, the company has diversified into other types.

The Post-World War II saw the company’s popularity grow in the United Kingdom and the United States.

The company became the butt of jokes (considered a snob wine) — particularly, with the English — and sales plummeted. In the 70s, the company sold cases in the millions, by the 90s, they were selling fewer than 100,000 cases.

In 2009, Blue Nun launched Blue Nun Gold, a sparkling white win with 22-carat gold flakes.

The company has recently reinvented itself as a "contemporary" wine and has even won the endorsement of Victoria Beckham.

Written by Paulo Loreto

February 7, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Posted in Blue Nun, Food, Germany, Wine