Permission to Indulge
Vegan, full-spectrum Moksha Chocolate satisfies your sweet tooth.
Chocolate tempts, delights, and satisfies that sweet craving. Moksha Chocolate, an organic, artisan bean-to-bar chocolate company, offers products with full-spectrum CBD oil or isolate. The vegan chocolate is handcrafted from Peruvian single-origin cacao.
Founder Jen Caines pivoted her business to become a CBD chocolate company makingits own goodies with ingredients grown and harvested on its own cacao farm. Moksha sources CBD from Ryte Brands—a vertically integrated CBD company.
CBD chocolate is the antidote to stress and full-spectrum CBD helps with anxiety. Dark chocolate is rich in flavanols, magnesium, and theobromine, giving an energy boost and releasing endorphins in the brain for a feeling of relaxation and happiness.
It’s that time of year to indulge in a bite of delish sweetness.
Socially Distanced Culinary Experience
Finger Licking Foodie Tours presents self-guided gourmet dining.
For foodies, the tasting tour offers the best of all culinary delights. Finger Licking Foodie Tours has partnered with Aria Resort & Casino to present a self-guided socially distanced dining experience for the ultimate night out. The two hour tour leads guests through critically acclaimed restaurants with world-renowned chefs, restaurateurs, and dining concepts. The tour, designed for a minimum of two people, provides immediate seating with VIP service at three of the four restaurants at Aria: Carbone, Jean Georges Steakhouse, Catch, and Bardot Brasserie.
An upgrade will include custom limo coach transportation to Maverick Helicopters for a champagne toast, followed by a 12- to 15-minute flight aboard an Eco-Star helicopter for a stunning view of The Strip at night. Enjoy the season with a decadent dining experience.
VARIETY IS THE NEW SPICE
Vegas Test Kitchen at Fergusons Downtown offers rotating restaurant concepts.
Vegas Test Kitchen at Fergusons Downtown, the first of its kind in the city, recently opened, offering a collection of chefs and unique flavors. The rotating restaurant con- cepts, pop-ups, and special events all under one roof will bring the community together to discover and enjoy.
“Times are tough for everyone right now, but I truly believe that downtown Las Vegas needs this, and our chefs are craving it,” says Vegas Test Kitchen founder Jolene Mannina. “This incubator kitchen will allow chefs to test concepts, see what sticks, and get the community to fall in love with them and their food. It’s a win for everyone involved.”
Sectioned into different vendor hubs, Vegas Test Kitchen brings together chef residencies and pop-ups, each operating independently around the central dining room. Guests can choose to dine in, take their food to-go, or enjoy their meals next door on The Yard at Fergusons.
WHAT IS REAL?
Surrealism in photography captures the absurdity and beauty in life.
Photographer Sarah Alba, owner of Windy Compass Photography, started her career as a child model, including walking runways and doing alternative modeling. At the age of 25, she decided she wanted to work on the other side of the camera and jumped from modeling to photography. Alba felt she could add an edge of creativity she felt was lacking at the time. Alba loves surrealism and her work has been influenced by her favorite artist, Salvador Dalí. One of her specialties includes surrealism photography, including a human-size candy dish she built for one of her series. Alba’s work also encompasses blacklight photography, including nebulous photography, which showcases painted areas on the models.
Along with her work in magazines, Alba shoots family portraits and loves working with children. With her expertise as a nanny, she plays with the kids to put them at ease and capture their true essence.
She also loves to photograph flowers. “I really love the way light works with flowers reflecting in the petals. I wanted to capture how unique each flower is with my photography. I apply what I learned about photographing flowers to capturing the best in people,” she says.
Originally from Vermont, Alba has lived in nine states in the past eight years. Las Vegas, her base for now, is the 11th city she has called home. Alba has driven across the country six times, and visiting the six states she has missed during her travels is on her bucket list.
Alba keeps her work as a safe space with no negative talk, especially downbeat self-talk. She encourages people to be gentler to themselves, even in photographs. As part of her journey, Alba is currently working on a photography book to express the beauty in everyone and everything.
1. THE MORE THE MERRIER
One in three Americans now lives in a state where recreational cannabis is legal, thanks to voters in New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, and South Dakota supporting measures to legalize the plant for adult use.
2. MONEY WHERE THEIR MOUTH IS
Supporters of marijuana legalization in Arizona outraised and outspent opponents 10 to one leading up to Election Day. In New Jersey, that number was 99 to one.
3. THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION
According to a new Gallup Poll released in November, 68 percent of Americans support cannabis legalization. That’s 5.5 times more support than five decades ago in 1969. If you’re a young adult American male with a college degree earning more than $100k, there’s at least a 74 percent chance you sup- port legalization, according to the poll. If you’re Republican or attend religious services weekly, there’s a 52 percent chance you don’t.
4. MAGIC MONEY
David Bronner of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps wrote checks totaling more than $6.4 million toward drug-war reform campaigns this year, thanks in part to COVID-19, which has the soap business booming.
5. TRIPPING OVER NOTHING
Psychedelic mushrooms send the fewest people to the emergency room of any drug on the market, according to a massive report by the Global Drug Survey. Related: there are more than 100 varieties of psilocybin-producing mush- rooms, aka “magic mushrooms,” aka the kind Oregon voters legalized in November’s election.
“WHAT YOU REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE WILL FOLLOW
YOU INTO YOUR FUTURE.”
—Andy Stanley, leadership author and speaker
Say “I Do”
The Wedding Box delivers special touches to any ceremony.
COVID-19 is not stopping weddings in Las Vegas, the wedding capital, and India Mcmihelk, CEO of Creative I Special Occasion Coordination, has created The Wedding Box for couples determined to take the plunge. “I decided to become a planner in a box,” says Mcmihelk.
The basic box is tailored to each client with items like champagne flutes, cake toppers, cake knife, cake server, charger plates, framed couples canvas, guest book and pen, bride’s hair accessories, a timeline, vendor lists, and miscellaneous decor customized to fit a theme. More items such as silk boutonnieres and bouquets can be added for an individual touch. The beautiful box is shipped, so delivery is contactless. The Wedding Box also includes virtual wedding planner assistance by Mcmihelk for any ceremony and micro-reception.
Product Spotlight: Older and Better
Blue Ribbon Hemp focuses on consumers aged 50 and up.
The 1950s might be known for beatniks smoking reefer, the 1960s as the love generation, and the 1970s as the disco era, but for many boomers, the stigma of cannabis-based plants remains. A young doctor with older patients and an 80-year-old rebel came together to establish Blue Ribbon Hemp for those 50 and older to help with ailments and promote a better quality of life. This includes healthier sleep patterns, recovery from inflammation, and a sense of calm and focus.
Co-founder Igor Bussel, M.D., M.S., M.H.A is a clinician-scientist and ophthalmic surgeon with a background investigating botanical extracts and supplements. Bussel learned about CBD through research and patient experiences and teamed up with longtime activist and co-founder Richard Cowan to create Blue Ribbon Hemp.
Their menthol-flavored hemp-extracted oral breath strip is water-soluble and dissolves immediately under the tongue. Hemp Tinctures (1,000mg and 5,000mg) are tropical-mango flavored and easily digestible. All products contain no THC. Blue Ribbon also developed a pet line for senior dogs, featuring a bacon-flavored broad-spectrum tincture oil (1,000mg) that can be added to pet food or water.