Burger 21 Launches Pizza Burger, Wedding Cake Shake

Burger 21 is presenting a tasty twist on two popular foods, pizza and wedding cake, for a new limited-time offer. As part of its unique award-winning “beyond the better burger” culture, Burger 21 will offer the Pizza Burger and the White Wedding Cake Shake across locations nationwide October 21 to December 31.

The Pizza Burger offers guests the flavor of Italy in the form of a traditional style American burger. Mixing flavors from two popular dishes, the Certified Angus Beef burger is dressed with basil pesto, tomato sauce, melted provolone and Parmesan cheeses, pepperoni and a blend of Italian herbs and spices in one toasty bun.

The featured White Wedding Cake Shake will win your vows with its rich blend of vanilla ice cream, white wedding cake and Monin Almond Syrup, topped with white wedding cake crumbles and whipped cream.

“When guests come into our restaurants, I want to create a culinary experience that transforms traditional favorites into a burger and shake they’ll remember,” says Mike Remes, corporate chef for Burger 21. “This latest feature focuses on two food favorites reimagined and I love offering these unique flavors that our guests can’t get anywhere else.”Read more at: |


Basics of Decorating a Wedding Cake

As the centerpiece of many conventional weddings, a wedding cake is essential. It is an integral component of various wedding traditions such as the ceremonial cutting process and the delighted couple sharing the first bite.

Considering the amount of attention that it receives, you want to ensure that the wedding cake is properly decorated. This involves being prepared with a clear decorating plan prior to embellishing and frosting the cake. With time, dedication and effort, you can have an unforgettable cake that looks as good as it tastes.


An important aspect of planning cake is a meeting between the couple and baker to discuss ideas, requirements and expectations. Couples often have specific features that should be included in their cakes such as the wedding theme; floral arrangements color preferences and the venue. These details are useful for visualizing a suitable cake for the wedding and decorating it perfectly.

The flowers that the bride and groom plan to use can be included as decorations to match the floral arrangements of the day. It is also important to be aware of the number of guests that are expected to attend the wedding. This may influence some of the cake decorating choices, including the size and number of layers.


Estimating a budget is crucial to cover the costs of ingredients and decorations that will be used. For a bride and groom that already has a budget, making an effort to stay within the limits will determine how much can be accomplished. Regardless of what the budget may be, there are affordable designs and wedding cake decorating solutions to accommodate every financial situation.

Venue Location

The location of the venue gives you an idea of the type of wedding that is being as well as pertinent information like temperature and weather conditions. For example, butter cream or other forms of cream frosting may not be ideal for an outdoor wedding during the warmer seasons because of exposure to the sun. Frosting that is likely to spoil under such conditions can be preserved by placing layers of fondant. This also helps to keep the frosting looking even and smooth.

Seasonal Elements

Seasonal elements can be used to accentuate a wedding cake. Consider the season and time of year when the wedding is being celebrated. With insight regarding the type of features that will be displayed at the wedding, they can be coordinated to match the season and general motif. A winter themed wedding, for example, may inspire the inclusion of liberally spread white icing, snowflakes, glitter on the cake.

Leveling the Cake

A cake that is not even or smooth is not a visually appealing sight when it is displayed and is the main focal point. Wedding cake experts prioritize the levelness of cakes and usually check on how flat the cake is after it has firmed up and cooled.

Quick Tips

Depending on the couple’s preference, a stand or supports may be used for the cake. Multi-tier cakes require adequate support to maintain stability.

While frosting the cake, the external layer should always be smooth and even.

Stack the cake and consider using fondant to complete the cake or create decorative shapes.

Different borders and designs created as well as additional decorations that range from edible glitter to flowers.Read more at: |


Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

“We’re bringing up two girls in this world and it’s turned into such a mess that we feel a strong responsibility to show them it must not be like this for them,” said Thea Bregazzi. Blythe and Fauve are 8 and 4 years old, respectively. Their dad, Justin Thornton, seconded that. “We continually want to give our daughters the message that they can have the future they want. . . They can do what they want, wear whatever they want, and nothing can alter the power of who they are.” Even without knowing this, you could detect the potent symbolism from look one: a woman wearing a white bonnet, a swathed white linen shirt over a blouse with 18th-century cuffs, and white pants. On one side of her shirt, a red letter A was embroidered in a lopsided typeface. An obvious nod to Hester Prynne and her letter A in The Scarlet Letter, Thornton and Bregazzi’s looked more like a graffitied anarchy symbol. The stark contrasts between white dresses and red socks which followed were inescapable echoes of The Handmaid’s Tale and the terror of the combined forces of totalitarianism and religion, which are again threatening female freedoms in our time.

There followed a section of skimpier dresses, collaged from silken camisoles, slips, and lace—the underlying sexuality for which women are desired, accused, and abused in every society. Maybe. Or maybe they were just pretty dresses? Thornton and Bregazzi are great at pretty dresses—the fluttery, asymmetrical, ruffled, and printed ones in dusty pastels and flashes of silver beading reiterated that. Were we off the subject of empowerment by now? Not at all, Bregazzi asserted. “I love the idea of a woman being able to stand up and deliver a lecture in front of a room full of men while wearing a beautiful floaty dress if she wants to. Why not?”

Thornton and Bregazzi read. Instead of a routine press release describing their collections or the standard mood boards most designers populate with magazine tear sheets and pictures of art, this couple communicates seasonally by issuing guests with a photograph of a stack of books. Among the recommended texts this time: Anarchism and Other Essays, Growing Strong Daughters, Pink Sari Revolution, Divided by Faith, Girls Think of Everything, The Scarlet Letter (of course), and The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals. Thornton and Bregazzi have an interest in magic—they called up earthy, ancient goddesses and witches in their Spring 2017 collection. In times that seem apocalyptic, people do cling to cults and religions when all else fails. They’ve been looking into that, as well as politics and history, to construct ways to resist the evils of regressive forces that might limit the futures of their children.

“Ultimately, you know, I think it’s about having faith,” said Bregazzi.

Faith that things will improve?

“Yes.”Read more at: |



Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani could be gearing up for a televised family wedding – but not their own.

Fans are speculating that Blake and Gwen, who have battled wedding rumors ever since they confirmed they were dating almost two years ago, could be about to give fans a peak at Shelton/Stefani wedding that’s actually between their two dogs.

Rumors are swirling that Shelton’s new music video could possibly feature a doggie wedding between their canines Betty and Ginger after the country star confirmed on social media on August 5 that his new single is titled “I’ll Name the Dogs.”

Betty is Blake’s dog (who he showed off on Twitter on September 5) while Ginger belongs to Gwen.

The Voice coach’s big new single announcement has fans preparing for a wedding after the dogs were allegedly dressed up as a bride and groom during what appeared to be the song’s music video shoot in Los Angeles in August 11.

A number of fans tweeted spoilers from Shelton’s shoot last month, posting photos of Stefani and her sons Kingston and Zuma on the set while Blake’s band members were also spotted looking pretty dressed up.

Gwen’s boys were dressed in tuxedos as they hung around on set with their mom and her boyfriend in photos published online by Mail Online last month.

The kids’ sharp attire suggested Zuma and Kingston were on the set to film and likely be in a possible wedding scene, though Stefani appeared to be a little more dressed down in the on-set images as she paid a visit to her boyfriend.

A fan also recapped the teases last month and confirmed that the California shoot was something Shelton was working on.

“Ok so let’s recap what we know so far: Blake is shooting a music video today, Gwen and kids on set, everyone is dressed up (band & [Kingston] & [Zuma]),” im_ad0rkable wrote on the social media site last month. They then added that there were unconfirmed reports claiming “there might be dogs dressed like a bride and groom,” hinting at a dog wedding.

GAC revealed this week that they would be premiering the music video for the song on September 8, which now has fans putting two and two together.

“This is the LA shoot with the wedding and the dogs and Gwen’s kids kdjfkwmx!!!!!” one excited fan tweetedwhile quoting a message from GAC that claimed the network would be broadcasting the TV premiere later this week.

“Yesssss!!!!! CAN’T WAIT! OMG,” another then tweeted in reply to the possible wedding. “With Gwen and Blake and Kingston and Zuma and Apollo and Betty and Ginger and… a whole fandom crying.”

The “Used To Love You” singer also teased that she may have a little involvement with the song in some capacity on Instagram as she supported her boyfriend of almost two years.

She posted a photo of Blake’s single artwork to the social media site on September 5 and added the caption, “Can’t wait for everyone to hear this!! Sooooooo good!

The couple previously teased that they were making music together earlier this year after Shelton’s name popped up as a songwriter on a track thought to be featured on Stefani’s upcoming Christmas album.

Blake Shelton hasn’t confirmed the rumors about his new music video for “I’ll Name the Dogs,” though fans should get to see what the country star has been working on and whether or not his and Gwen Stefani’s dogs will be getting hitched in a doggie wedding from September 8.Read more at: |


From Mayo to MoMA

From Mayo to MoMA: the iconic Aran jumper heads to New York

When an early Aran handknit from 1941 goes on exhibition in MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York next month it will take its place on a world stage alongside more than a hundred items considered powerful and enduring examples of 20th century clothing and accessory designs.

They include the little black dress, the Breton sweater, the biker jacket, denim jeans and the sari. “Fashion is unquestionably a form of design with its pitch struck in negotiations between form and function,” states the museum.

The first thing to be said about this emblematic piece of Irish clothing from the Aran Islands that will arrive in New York from Mayo’s Museum of Country Life, is to nail the old canard that drowned fishermen could be identified by their sweaters. Tim Robinson wryly noted in Stones of Aran referring to a male model at a Jean Paul Gaultier show in Paris in 1985 decked out in a handknit Aran sweater, tight knit trousers, scarf and cap in snow white wool, “that the outfit certainly would have identified him if he had been washed ashore drowned”.

This pervasive myth no doubt has helped the industry, but has no bearing whatever in fact. The Aran sweater as we know it is a 20th century phenomenon which emerged on the islands somewhere between 1900 and the late 1920s. Unlike Harris tweed whose name is protected and whose tweed can only claim provenance from the isle of Harris, the word Aran is now a generic term used to describe any patterned sweater with relief decorations – a garment that can be made anywhere.

When I was researching the history of the Aran sweater for my book on the subject, the first port of call was UCD’s Department of Folklore. The section on boatbuilding was extensive and thorough, but under cniotail (knitting) there was barely an entry. Women’s work was not considered that important. Yet, studying the early examples of the richly cabled, intricate and decorative handknits of the early 20th century from the Aran Islands is to be awed not only their calibre and beauty, but their mathematical and technical achievement.

To understand the complexity of some of the early handknits is to realise that they were often composed of horizontal lines of some 400 stitches in rough homespun wool in which 12 stitches or 20 rows made up roughly one inch. Each stitch on every row had to be correctly worked to ensure the correct motif. Each pattern such as a cable or diamond had a specific number of stitches which gives some idea of the arithmetic involved let alone the decorative and topographical skills required to arrange and realise a series of designs successfully. And this creativity was within the knitters’ heads and hands, all from memory and not written down or codified until the late 1940s when the first Aran pattern was published by Patons.

The influence of the Aran and its survival as a prime example of good design has been pervasive and widespread – popularised by the Clancy brothers, by images of stars like Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe or Grace Kelly in their snow white sweaters. Sean O Casey had his sent to Cornwall from Ireland. In various guises it has been seen on a long line of celebrities – Kate Bosworth, Oliva Palermo, Nicola Roberts and Gwneth Paltrow,Claudia Schiffer to name but a few.

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