Wednesday, June 12, 2013



By Doc Lawrence

He’s a wizard at the grill, pours appropriate wines with any meal, loves fishing and adores his family and friends. Because he’s so generous, we want to give him something that shows not only appreciation and honors him as a practical and talented man.

Give him a bottle of Patrón Reposado, the world's number
one ultra premium tequila. He’s sure to make some custom Margarita’s and the flavor is a nice option for tequila drinkers looking for more complexity and smoothness in their cocktails.

For more than 40 years, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, has been at the forefront of nutrition research. Like all of us, Dad isn’t getting any younger and if he’s looking for creative ways to work more fruits and vegetables into their menus, The China Study Cookbook (BenBella Books, May 7, 2013) offers hundreds of appetizing simple-to-make recipe options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.

Grilling and outdoor dining minus those gnats and mosquitoes is possible using the new Stinger Insect Zapper Lantern, a portable, cordless and rechargeable bug zapper. This unit uses both black UV light technology, which has been scientifically proven to eliminate up to 40% more flying insects than white UV light, and an Octenol lure, that work together to dramatically reduce the amount of mosquitoes and flying insects in Dad’s personal spaces. 

A companion device is the Stinger Portable Bug Zapper, a hand-held device that kills insects on contact with 3000 safe volts of zapping power. The racket incorporates a flexible rubber neck for use on walls or other flat surfaces, while the angled head easily reaches into corners. It operates on batteries and eliminates insects without leaving a mess.

Sandeman Port, whether the 10, 20, 30 and 40 years old Tawnies, are great gifts for dad, the consummate gourmet who enjoys an elevated lifestyle. (He’s earned the right!)

Some of our best bonding moments with Dad are over a glass of wine. Estancia Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are produced by a winery committed to renewable energy. They reduced their carbon footprint while not compromising the high-quality vino. Solar technology generates 75% of the winery’s energy, keeping 1,492,335 pounds of greenhouse gases out of the air annually, the equivalent of taking 237 vehicles off the road, planting 27,000 trees or 248 acres of forest, powering 164 homes, and not driving 2.6 million miles.

Gillette’s Fusion ProGlide Styler is a high-tech affordable device that reduces shaving discomfort plus extra grooming features that actually work well. With the first 3-in-1 power groomer, the Fusion ProGlide Styler trims evenly, shaves closely and edges accurately.

Few accessories are more welcome by Dad, a snappy dresser, than a beautiful wrist watch that functions well. Armitron, a trusted brand, has a line of stylish high fashion watches including more rugged models for outdoor wear.

The consummate kitchen wizard, Dad will love the advantages of the Chef’s Choice Electric Food Slicer. The model 615 efficiently slices a variety of foods including meat, vegetables, bread and cheese. The perfect solution for home chefs open to options for preparing meals, entertaining cost effectively, controlling portions and enjoying freshly sliced foods.
The Spice Lab has gift sets of sea salts that have function and place in Dad’s kitchen. The range of selection is impressive and is one of the best bargains out there. Easy to order online: Dry aging beef can be done in Dad’s refrigerator. It’s a simple procedure that takes an ordinary steak to the level of Morton’s or Palm restaurants top selections. Visit the company website for this one:

We acknowledge aging and many other health complications with more openness and acceptance. Dad may have diminished hearing caused by anything from service in the military to a sports injury. Instead of ignoring it, why not help him regain the comfort of good hearing with one of the hi HealthInnovations premium digital hearing aids, featuring state-of-the-art digital technology equal to or superior compared to many much more expensive devices. Leveraging UnitedHealth Group's scale, hi HealthInnovations obtains high quality hearing aids at a significant volume discount and transfers the cost saving directly to customers. This eliminates many of the markups that are placed on hearing aids by distributors and other intermediaries.
hi HealthInnovations premium digital hearing aids include fully automatic digital algorithms that adapt to Dad’s  environment and a number of other comfort advantages including a noise reduction system. Best news is this can be ordered online, and any needed adjustments are available locally.

Dad can make the perfect pizza using the grill-top pizza kit. The round stone allows him to cook his masterpiece on the grill to create a crispy, bubbly delight. From Mr. BBQ,
It includes 15" grill-top pizza stone, over-sized spatula, and pizza cutter, ideal for gas grills and indoor ovens. Widely available.

A portable camera is one of the handiest devices for Dad, the skilled photographer. There are times when too much bulk won’t work. The Vivitar S1527 is compact, affordable and gets the job done anywhere.

Grooming and hygiene products for Dad have never been better or more available. With so much to select from, check out the line of designer products at the Body Shop, The Absinthe brand skin products are high quality, containing Community Fair Trade ingredients.

Dad’s great conversation piece is Dad’s well-stocked bar. Giving him something other than a useless gizmo or a bottle he doesn’t like isn’t much of a choice. Jim Beam’s latest expression, Jacob’s Ghost White Whiskey is one of the better spirits products out this year and Dad’s who enjoy a smooth pour sipped neat will treasure a bottle of this delightful elixir. George Dickel Tennessee Whisky is a mainstay in America with a history of wonderful taste and pure enjoyment.

No gift, regardless of the cost, means as much to a good-hearted father as our being with him. Take time to visit. Treat him to brunch. Propose a toast telling him you love him. The days dwindle down and these moments are precious.

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all items are available through Amazon or are easily located through Google.

Enjoy Doc’s Georgia Journey:

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