Today’s video is a recording of Nat King Cole’s classic performance of “The Christmas Song,” which is ranked No. 2 on my List of Top 10 Holiday Songs.” To go to a previous post with the Top 10 List of Holiday Songs, click here.
“Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don’t worry… I’m here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you.”
It has been one year ago today– November 26, 2008– when more than ten coordinated attacks took place across Mumbai, the financial capital and largest city in India, resulting in the death of 173 people and wounding more than 300 other people. The attacks occurred at some of Mumbai’s most recognized landmarks, including the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower and Oberoi Trident, two luxury hotels.
This month HBO Documentary Films airs a 64-minute documentary, called “Terror in Mumbai,” which is narrated by Fareed Zakaria, chronicling the events that unfolded on November 26, 2008 and continued until November 29, 2008, when the final terrorist was shot and killed by authorities.
To learn more about the HBO documentary and to view a schedule of upcoming showings, go to the official website by clicking here.
“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
If you’re planning any holiday shoppping in San Francisco this year, be sure to stop by the Under One Roof retail shop at the Westfield San Francisco Centre, at Market and Fifth Streets, and at 518 Castro Street, in The Castro. Founded in 1990, Under One Roof is the only non-profit retail store of its kind, raising more than $4 million to support over 30 non-profit agencies that provide HIV/AIDS education and support services, including promoting positive, healthy lifestyles.
The shop at Westfield Shopping Centre will be open during the holiday season only. The Castro Street location is open year round.
If you prefer to shop online from Under One Roof, go to their official website by clicking here.
One of my favorite cocktails is the classic Bellini, a delicious combination of Prosecco (or champagne) and fresh peach nectar. According to some mixologists, the Bellini was created in 1948 at Harry’s Bar in Venice, by bartender Giuseppe Cipriani, and was named after one of his favorite painters, Giovanni Bellini, a 15th-century Italian Renaissance painter.
With the holiday season approaching (and peaches still available in some areas), this is a festive way to celebrate the season.
1. Fresh white peach nectar (see recipe below).
2. Prosecco (or champagne)
1. Pour 1 part peach nectar into a champagne flute
2. Slowly add 2 parts chilled Prosecco
3. Serve, enjoy and repeat as needed.
When visiting Venice, be sure to stop at Harry’s Bar and order one of their tasty and authentic Bellinis. It was one of the highlights of my visit to Venice (and a “must-do” for first-time visitors).
PEACH NECTAR RECIPE
1. Six fresh, ripe white peaches (Peaches must be ripe.)
2. 1 cup water
3. 1/2 cup sugar (optional)
1. Immerse whole peaches in a pot of boiling water until the skin begins to loosen. Remove peaches and immerse in ice water to halt the cooking process.
2. Peel peaches and remove the pit.
3. Cut peaches into slices.
4. Combine 2 cups of sliced peaches, 1 cup water and sugar in a blender. Liquefy until mixture is smooth.
5. Strain the peach mixture through a sieve.
6. Store nectar in a sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
If you’d prefer to use ready-made peach nectar, try the White Peach puree available in stores and online from The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley. Go to the official website of The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley by clicking here.
To go to the official website of Harry’s Bar Venice, click here. To go to previous posts for more cocktail suggestions, click here.
“Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”
Congratulations to Susan Boyle, who was catapulted to worldwide fame through her breakthrough, bravura performance on Britain’s Got Talent, on the release of her debut album, called “I Dreamed A Dream.” The album, which was released earlier this week, was the biggest advance seller of any music CD in Amazon.com’s history.
To order your copy of the CD from Amazon.com, click here.
The 2009 holiday season is approaching, and the holiday music is coming. Here is my list of TOP 10 HOLIDAY SONGS.
1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, performed by Judy Garland, from the film “Meet Me in St. Louis”
2. The Christmas Song, performed by Nat King Cole
3. All I Want for Christmas, performed by Mariah Carey
4. Mele Kalikimaka, performed by Bing Crosby
5. Christmas by the Bay, performed by Tim Hockenberry
6. Merry Christmas Darling, performed by The Carpenters
7. White Christmas, performed by Bing Crosby
8. I’ll Be Home for Christmas, performed by Barbra Streisand
9. Feliz Navidad, performed by Jose Feliciano
10. Auld Lang Syne