New Counter Cultured: Take Your Valentine Fishing

I’ve penned a new blog post up at Counter Cultured today called, “Take Your Valentine Fishing This Year.” Below is an excerpt:

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Though love can be celebrated any day of the year, why not make this February 14th especially memorable?

As many couples scramble to plan innovative dates, they shouldn’t feel obligated to watch films like Fifty Shades of Grey. A film that promotes sadism, narcissism, and sexism doesn’t bring couples together. Other activities do.

On that token, I recommend all those celebrating Valentine’s Day go fishing if weather permitted.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company: Decadent and Delicious

Gabriella Hoffman:

Here’s my latest post at A Taste of Patriarchy!

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

Here at A Taste of Patriarchy, we’re big proponents of small business. One business worth profiling is Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. Though its span extends beyond San Francisco today, it started from humble beginnings.

Ghirardelli was founded in 1852 by Italian immigrant Domenico Ghirardelli, who came to California at the height of the Gold Rush. Ghirardelli is the third oldest American chocolate company in existence. It boasts 23 stores and dozens of retail partners spread across the country. Today, Ghirardelli is the American division of Swiss confectioner Lindt & Sprüngli.

Compared to other American chocolates like Hershey’s or M&M’s, Ghirardelli prides itself in using the best and most natural ingredients. That typical artificial aftertaste found in most popular American chocolate is largely absent in Ghirardelli products.

While at SHOT Show in Las Vegas last week, my friend Faith and I stopped by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company at The Linq. Since I’m…

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Counter Cultured Review of ‘Unbroken’

I co-authored an article up at Counter Cultured called “‘Unbroken’ Film Channels Respect for Greatest Generation” with my fellow CC blogger Johnny Whichard.

Here’s an excerpt of the article:

The film “Unbroken” is captivating audiences nationwide and abroad. Since its Christmas day release, the film has generated nearly $88 million in ticket sales.

“Unbroken” follows the story of late World War II hero Louis Zamperini, who died last July at age 97. The film is inspired by the namesake bestselling book by Laura Hillenbrand.

The film begins in Torrance, California, where young Louis Zamperini is disinterested in going to church and more interested in causing mischief. Much to the dismay of his Italian immigrant parents, Zamperini sneaks liquor and has run-ins with law enforcement. Though his childhood in Southern California was marked by delinquency, Zamperini would later turn his life around through running. With the loving encouragement of his brother, Zamperini trains into a powerful running machine. After years of persistent effort, Zamperini performs for the United States in the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. While he didn’t receive a gold medal, Zamperini broke a single lap record time and made a shocking comeback after trailing for much of his race.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Catch Counter Cultured at SHOT Show!

Hello readers and fellow SHOT Show attendees!

We’re two weeks away from SHOT Show in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. Like many of you, I can’t contain my excitement about heading out West for this one-of-a-kind trade show. (It’ll be nice for this California girl to return to the Wild West!) Why is that? I’ll get to see the gun industry at work, network with like-minded Second Amendment supporters, and explore Las Vegas after eight years since my last visit. (Don’t worry–Sin City is quite easy to resist. I’m all about good food, stunning architecture, and beautiful skylines!) Most of all, this will be my very first SHOT Show experience.

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For those of you curious as to why I’m attending this conference, it’s to cover the show for Counter Cultured – the cultural conservative blog my sister and I run. (Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!) I’ll be blogging about the latest updates from National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which hosts the annual event, and plan to chat with some big whigs of the shooting sports/hunting industry. (How awesome is that?)

You can also follow all of my updates from SHOT Show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Hope to see many of you in two weeks!

Best,

Gabriella

Counter Cultured Website Has Relaunched

Hello everyone!

As many of you know, I manage a culturally conservative blog with my sister called Counter Cultured. The website specifically caters to Millennials aged 18-29. We launched this endeavor in September 2012. And today, we’ve relaunched the website. Click here to check it out.

Additionally, we’ve extended the deadline for our “Do You Even #2A?” Video Project to January 9th, 2015. If you’re a Millennial who supports gun rights, definitely participate!

Expect more interviews, spicy topics, and hard-hitting commentary from us in 2015!

Best,

Gabriella

Causing Trouble With ‘A Taste of Patriarchy’

 

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Are you tired of radical feminists and their war on domesticity? Do you believe that traditional roles aren’t oppressive or that you can be career-oriented AND family-oriented? Then join my sister Anna Maria and I in whipping up “A Taste of Patriarchy.”

Here’s more about our new blog:

Gabriella and I decided to create a blog exclusively about cooking and food advice with a conservative, homemaking twist! The title came to me from the time when Gabriella, our friends, and I were at Virtue Feed and Grain last year, joking about how feminists greatly disdain cooking for your good looking in the kitchen.

We plan to post recipes, food advice, and blog posts that relate to our message, which is to make cooking, family values, classiness, and healthy eating, all together, trendy again! As we do with our site Counter Cultured, we will also focus on using forms of new media to engage others and have them be a part of our mission through videos, photo contests, shared recipes, etc.

We will also tackle nanny statists, radical feminists, and other malcontents who suggest that getting creative in the kitchen encompasses slavery or oppression. Don’t worry — Counter Cultured won’t be affected! In fact, this sister blog will bolster our efforts.

 For those of you who know my sister and I personally, you  can always expect us to cause some trouble. ;)
If you mess with me, you best believe
That you’re gonna be asking for trouble…
- “Trouble” by Gloriana
LIKE us on Facebook and follow the blog at @tastypatriarchy.
We eagerly await your involvement! Stay tuned for more updates this weekend.

Bucking the Trend on Halloween: #FlannelFriday-Inspired Costume

There’s this bizarre expectation for women to wear “sexy” costumes every Halloween. There’s the “sexy” maid, “sexy” nurse, “sexy” witch, “sexy” whatever. “Sexy” suggests one has to be provocative, sleazy, or slutty (oooo, I said a dirty word!). Why can’t sexiness be seen in being wholesome, creative, and modest? (And no–don’t assume this means you have to be frumpy!)

Admittedly, I haven’t dressed up for Halloween since I was 18 during my freshman year of college. I feel as if I’ve outgrown the holiday as I’ve gotten older. However, a work-related party calls for dressing up. (Why not have fun?) So I decided to channel a #FlannelFriday look for my office party today.

Happily bucked the #Halloween trend and dressed up as a female angler. American flag, fish net, and boots in tow. #FlannelFriday

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Can you guess what I am? (Hint: it involves fishing!) Why did I choose this outfit? It’s comfortable, it’s classy, and it reflects who I am as an individual: an outdoorsy girl to the core.

Girls who fish are cuter than girls who twerk, they say. #vscocam #girlswhofish #flannelfriday #HappyHalloween

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I have to give credit to Bass Pro Shops for inspiring this Halloween getup:

There are other fantastic DIY Halloween costume ideas out there from others who are FAR more creative than I am.

I love reading fashion blogger and fellow OC native Lauren Conrad’s blog posts, especially her Halloween posts. She designs classy costumes each year and really outdid herself with a mermaid costume this year. Verily Magazine also profiled some great Halloween costume ideas in a post “Clever No-Sew Halloween Costume Ideas.

Are “sexy” Halloween costumes passe? Do they tire you? Weigh in below.

Happy Halloween!