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Like the perfect cigar, the smoker’s lifestyle is one focused on enjoyment and relaxation. At Puff Lifestyle, we discuss all avenues of lifestyle - great hotels that are cigar friendly, fantastic wines, cigar friendly dining, cool gadgets, lighters that actually work, hand carved cedar humidors...you get the idea. But we also cover the down to earth lifestyle interests as well: the most enjoyable reasonably priced cigars, best vacations on a budget, and the best way to stretch a buck...which has never been more important. Nothing is off topic!

Eggplant Parmesan
Monday, 03 October 2005

Chef Phil's Weekly Recipe Updated Weekly Sausage and Vegetable Frittata Recipe Recipes will be updated weekly on Monday's. Weekly Recipe for October 3-9, 2005 Eggplant Parmesan Prep Time: 45 minutes Cook Time: 20-30 minutes. 1 ea. eggplant, (sliced into ¾ inch slices) 2 ea. eggs mixed with 6 oz. of water (if vegetarian substitute with 8-10 oz. soy milk with 2 tsp. Dijon) 1 ½ cups flour 1 ½ cups bread crumbs ½ cup parmesan (grated or shredded) ½ cup chopped parsley (dried parsley is acceptable) 1 jar of prepared tomato or marinara sauce 1 lb. Fresh mozzarella (cut into thin slices) 4 tbl. salt mixed in 1 qt. cold water salt and pepper to taste  1-2 cups vegetable oil heated in a skillet to a medium high heat (oil should be approximately 1” deep) method Place sliced eggplant in salt water brine and allow to sit for 45 minutes. Remove from water and thoroughly rinse with cold water. Season to taste with salt and pepper. In three separate containers large enough to accommodate breading, place flour, bread crumbs (mixed with parmesan and parsley) and eggs.  First flour eggplant and shake off excess, place in egg and submerge then remove from egg and allow excess to drip off, then place in bread crumb mixture and press bread crumbs into eggplant slices, place on a pan and reserve until all are breaded.  Repeat process with remainder of eggplant. Place eggplant in preheated oil 2 to 3 pieces at a time, (but do not over crowd) and cook to golden brown then turn over and cook other side also to golden brown, remove, drain and repeat.  Place all cooked eggplant on a cookie sheet liberally apply sauce and top with fresh mozzarella and place in a 350° for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and eggplant is heated through. serve with a Caesar salad and your choice of fresh pasta. Bon Appetit! This dinner is good on a cool night with a nice warm cabernet and a smooth to medium bodied cigar, of coarse like minded company is always a given but not a must, but by the end of the evening all will be well I GUARANTEE!!!  Questions or comments? Email: chefphil@cigar-review.com © 2005 Cigar-Review.com, Kevin Godbee & Philipp V. Denfeld. Re-print with permission only. To get permission, email: kevin@cigar-review.com

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Fuente Newman Toast Across America to raise more than $300,000.
Saturday, 08 October 2005

I had the pleasure of attending the Third Annual Toast Across America charitable cigar event conducted by the Fuente and Newman families along with 120 retailers. The third annual Toast Across America was held September 18 to 24. Proceeds go to the Dominican Foundation and the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, which will benefit the underprivileged of the Dominican Republic. More than 5,000 people, representing all 50 states, are expected to participate in this year's effort to raise more than $300,000.

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Pairing a Cigar with a Drink
Friday, 25 January 2008

{mosimage} The question of which beverage is best enjoyed with a cigar is one that really has no right or wrong answer because it all comes down to a matter of personal preference. What tastes right to you when it’s combined with a cigar is more important than what might be ‘politically correct’ to drink with a cigar. Obviously that means that there are some who would enjoy a good coffee with a cigar while others may prefer some form of alcohol and perhaps the best rule of thumb here is to match the strength of the cigar with the strength of the drink.

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Cigars, Not Only for the Rich and Powerful
Monday, 25 February 2008

{mosimage} Over the years cigar smoking has built up an image of only being for the rich and powerful. It’s an image that’s been reinforced by television, movies and other forms of the media. History too reinforces the idea that cigars go hand in hand with power. You only have to look at the powerful figures in recent history who smoked cigars. Today many people automatically link cigars with wealth and power. It’s so closely linked in fact that it’s not uncommon for someone who wants to appear to be more than he really is to smoke cigars in an effort to portray himself or herself as a person of wealth and power. Even the size of some cigars reinforces that image of power and the prices of some cigars goes a long way to helping people believe that cigar smoking is only for the wealthy.

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Cigar Accessories
Thursday, 03 April 2008

{mosimage} Accessorizing isn't just for women's fashion. In the cigar world, accessorizing can be fun for men and women cigar smokers alike. Having the right Cigar Accessories can make a big difference in your enjoyment of a cigar. Let’s take a look at some of the accessories that can really enhance your cigar-smoking experience. Lighters An ordinary cigarette lighter may actually spoil the taste of your cigar. Petroleum products power many lighters and the fumes from these products can be drawn back into the cigar when you’re lighting it. When that happens, the fumes will alter the taste of the cigar quite noticeably. So always choose a lighter that’s powered by butane and you’ll never spoil the taste of your cigar. Most of us have to smoke outside these days. Having a good torch lighter can make it

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