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Apple Cider Vinegar Is the Perfect Natural Remedy

Gabriella Hoffman:

Check out my latest post at “A Taste of Patriarchy”!

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

When it comes to health and wellness, one should be naturally skeptical of product gimmicks. The allure of so-called “magical” weight-shedding and age-defying drinks, foods, or supplements should not fool one. Things can’t happen overnight. Being healthy requires discipline through good eating habits and regular exercise. No product alone will make someone healthier or slimmer. However, I do recommend Bragg Raw Apple Cider Vinegar to boost overall wellness.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is the perfect addition to your diet. From personal use, I can attest to how effective and wonderful it is. You feel more energized throughout the day. Plus, the properties inset in ACV are powerful enough to offset seasonal colds. The rawer-or “organic”-it is, the better. You can find it at Whole Foods or Mother’s Market.

Here are the benefits of Bragg Organic ACV:

  • Rich in enzymes & potassium
  • Support a healthy immune…

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Angling Right: Pier Fishing in the Outer Banks

Hello readers! It’s been a while since I posted about my fishing excursions. Due to my busy travel schedule and colder temperatures, fishing trips have been limited on my end. However, the following post will be dedicated to my recent fishing excursion in the Tar Heel State.

I just returned from a father-daughter trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina where I went pier fishing. November in North Carolina is iffy since lower water temperatures and strong winds start to take a huge toll on fishing. Though summer is more preferable for fishing in OBX, my dad and I had a great time fishing at Jennette’s Pier.

Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, NC

Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, NC

Prior to finding Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, I read reviews of fishing spots on Trip Adviser and other websites to see which spot has the highest return on fishing. Jennette’s Pier appeared to have the most activity during off-season. (Note: there is no guarantee how many fish you’ll catch at any given spot. However, some spots boast more activity than others. This one supposedly did.)

As I noted in my previous “Angling Right” post, saltwater fishing is more challenging than freshwater fishing. Pier fishing can be equally unpredictable as deep-sea fishing. Initial reports said to expect 20-30 mph winds, temperate of 72 degrees Fahrenheit, and some rain at Jennette’s Pier.

Here’s a nice view from the pier:

Heavenly view from Jennette's Pier.

Heavenly view from Jennette’s Pier.

Despite the mercurial weather, my dad and I caught some fish–of which only a few were kept.

Here’s dad’s mullet catch. (Though it was tiny, it was quite a delicious fish fry!)

photo(6)Then dad caught two skates–the non-poisonous cousin of the stingray. (Under NC law, they must be caught and released.)

Here's dad with one of his skate catches.

Here’s dad with one of his skate catches.

And I luckily didn’t end up empty-handed either. Here’s a shark I caught and then released:

Here's my first-ever shark catch. It was later released back into the water.

Here’s my first-ever shark catch. It was later released back into the water.

Although this fishing trip wasn’t as fruitful as we had hoped, my dad and I enjoyed some quality family time, soaked in some sunshine, and enjoyed the salty air.

Before fishing at Jennette’s Pier, note several things:

1) Purchase a one-day fishing license (valued at $12) before entering the boardwalk. It’s a reasonable deal. If you don’t purchase a fishing license, you’ll be denied entry to the pier. All fees directly bolster conservation efforts!

2) Buy some live bait, preferably shrimp. Fish always go crazy for live bait.

3) Come here during fishing season. The optimal time to fish in the Outer Banks is during the spring and summer months since they produce the highest fishing returns. If you fish during off-season, you’ll most likely catch smaller fish or fish that must be immediately released. Regardless of when you fish, the Outer Banks provide a great backdrop for quality fishing.

4) Note fish restrictions. Every state boasts its own fishing laws and regulations. North Carolina is no exception to the rule. Be mindful of what you can catch and keep. Jennette’s Pier has size/species charts handy so you know what’s acceptable to keep and not keep.

5) Keep your surroundings clean! This pier is one of the nicest piers I’ve ever been to. Very clean and tidy. If you decide to go there, be mindful of your surroundings and don’t litter.


I’ll be fishing one more time this year in sunny Florida in two and half weeks, so stay tuned for my final “Angling Right” post of the year. Happy fishing!

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Friendsgiving: Celebrate Thanksgiving with Friends

Gabriella Hoffman:

Who here has hosted a “Friendsgiving” event? I went to my first one yesterday. Check out my write-up about it at “A Taste of Patriarchy.”

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Last night, Anna Maria and I took part in our first ever “Friendsgiving” event. Our friend Caroline graciously hosted this event at her place, which served as a perfect backdrop for the occasion. (If you live here in the D.C. area long enough, you’re bound to be invited to someone’s Friendsgiving dinner party.)


What’s “Friendsgiving” you ask? It’s basically a Thanksgiving potluck or dinner party with friends. People congregate at someone’s house and enjoy food surrounded by some of their closest friends. Conventional wisdom holds that one can’t come to dinner parties empty-handed, so Friendsgiving attendees must bring something for everyone else to enjoy. (No free loaders will be tolerated!)

Fashion blogger and event extraordinaire Lauren Conrad give some perspective on how to host the perfect Friendsgiving event:

“Typically when you’re throwing a Thanksgiving with your family you’re cooking that entire meal, but with a Friendsgiving it’s kind of fun…

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I’m Proud to Be A Child of Legal Immigrants

I know I say this a lot, but words can’t describe how incredibly proud I am to be a child of immigrants. My parents sacrificed so much to come here from the former Soviet Union nearly 29 years ago. They learned English, started their own business, and instilled their love of freedom in us–all the while preserving their Lithuanian traditions. They are the best immigrants my sister and I know. Though the process to become U.S. citizens was arduous, they successfully completed it and are grateful for being bestowed opportunities unseen elsewhere in the world.

Our politicians need to stop treating immigrants as pawns for political expediency. In the past, immigrating to America was highly revered and treated with dignity. Today, bureaucrats dangle welfare and taxpayer money in front of people’s faces to lure them into paternalistic government. Additionally, they perpetuate racial division and accuse amnesty opponents of being “xenophobic” if we suggest the need to reform legal immigration and discourage illegal immigration. Additionally, some will accuse us of being anti-free market if we desire to secure the border and want to stop emboldening entitlement spending. (What?) Government is already too gargantuan…

“But but but, immigration is broken!” Immigration is only broken because government bureaucrats and crony capitalists have manipulated the system to line their pockets at our expense. If immigrating to the U.S. was truly grotesque and inhumane as some suggest, what explains millions of people flocking here year after year to enjoy a better life? Please spare us your faulty emotional arguments.

Talk to any legal immigrant from any background and creed–whether from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, etc. They abhor amnesty and will tell you how deleterious it is for people like them who don’t cheat the system. They will tell you how much they love this country and how hard they worked to get citizenship. Isn’t it ridiculous that 4.4 million people who are taking the right path to citizenship have to wait years, while those who come here illegally are appeased to and easily accommodated? Want to talk compassion for immigrants? Be compassionate to immigrants who don’t admonish our laws.

How do we go forward despite a president with a penchant for unconstitutional authority? Reduce the size and scope of government while adhering to our laws.

Chopped Caprese Salad for Every Season

Gabriella Hoffman:

Here’s my first recipe up at A Taste of Patriarchy. Check it out!

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

If you’re looking to make a salad that’s flavorful and refreshing, the chopped caprese salad is right for you! Most salads can be bland and bitter if they aren’t prepared properly. Those who don’t boast a palate for leafy greens will reconsider after sampling this salad.

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  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 12 ounces seasoned mozzarella balls (sliced in half) or 1/8 of 16 oz. Whole Milk mozzarella slab (chopped into little squares)
  • 1 package of grape tomatoes (slice each in half)
  • 1 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil or avocado oil
  • Himalayan salt

First begin by washing basil leaves and grape tomatoes. Make sure basil leaves aren’t rotten by picking out unsavory parts, if needed. Use a strainer to rinse them. After basil leaves are washed, begin rinsing grape tomatoes. Set these aside to prepare the mozzarella.

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Obama to Gamble Away U.S. Sovereignty This Friday in Las Vegas

Emperor…er, President Obama will be gambling away our country’s sovereignty on Friday in Las Vegas, where he’s expected to issue an executive order on amnesty to five million illegals. He’ll be circumventing Congress by acting alone. (Nothing new.)


For those of you who are curious, amnesty is a big government scheme. You might be thinking, “What?” “Isn’t that xenophobic?” Quite the contrary. We have laws in this country, and propping people up according to racial lines and buying their votes with the promise of citizenship (and welfare) is a cheap political move. Also, amnesty will hurt small business owners the most. (Look at you, Chamber of Commerce.) Politicians in both parties and their crony capitalist friends have no shame.

Our politicians continue to claim that our immigration system is broken–that our immigration process is inhumane. The only things that are broken about immigration are illegal immigration and bureaucratic bloat that makes it difficult for people to immigrate to the U.S. legally. My parents and other relatives came to this country legally almost 29 years ago after facing political prosecution in the USSR. They came as political refugees and worked diligently to get their citizenship. They learned English, assimilated to the American way of life, became productive members of society, and still retained their heritage/culture! Imagine that? If they did it, so can anyone else. Their quest for citizenship, like that of millions before them and many after them, is the type of immigration we have historically celebrated and should continue to celebrate.

Anytime big government policies are attached to anything, it will lead to chaos, more spending, and greater uncertainly. Amnesty is no exception. ‪#‎StopAmnesty‬

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Happy Cider Week, Virginia!

Gabriella Hoffman:

Check out my thoughts on the third annual Cider Week Virginia!

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:


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Here at A Taste of Patriarchy, we showcase recipes and write musings about food from a political edge. On occasion, we’ll profile drinks–even those of the alcoholic variety. This post will be dedicated to Cider Week here in Virginia.

Today through November 23th, the Commonwealth of Virginia will celebrate its third annual Cider Week. For fellow denizens of Northern Virginia, sadly there are few events in the vicinity as most events are taking place in Richmond or in SW Virginia. (Though there is a free cider and cheese pairing event on November 20th from 5-6pm in Washington, D.C.) Nevertheless, you can find your nearest cider fix or venture to real Virginia for a Cider Week event.

Cider is one of my favorite beverages, as I find most beers to be too bitter for my liking.  (What can I say? I enjoy the sweeter things in…

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