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Mea Stewart

Mea Stewart has 33 articles published.

is an anime and theater nerd who works only to feed those addictions. Between her plans to take over the world, perfecting her winged eyeliner and cooking large batches of Korean fried chicken, Mea managed to complete her M.A. in Communications at Sacred Heart University. She lives in Connecticut with two loving pets: her daughter and her boyfriend.

Wild Cocktail Mixology Magic from the Midnight Apothecary

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There comes a time in every Bookish Diva’s life that she wants to indulge her drunken inner sorcerer. And Wild Cocktails from The Midnight Apothecary by Lottie Muir (Ryland Peters & Small, 2015) was sent from Bacchus himself to grant this Bookish Diva’s wishes. To the unsuspecting, this may seem like a mere book of cocktail recipes. Do not be deceived. This tome would impress the most stern of potion masters. To understand the greatness of this potent potable primer, we need to cross the pond and visit a little town you may know as London. On a roof garden there exists a lovely cocktail bar called Midnight Apothecary (shocking, I know). Alcoholic concoctions infused with herbs and flowers foraged…

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Game of Thrones Casting Reveals Season 6 Plot Details

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Variety reports that Max von Sydow of The Exorcist, The Seventh Seal, Star Wars and Minority Report fame has been cast to play the Three-Eyed Raven in Season 6 of Game of Thrones. Here’s why this matters: Arya was not the only Stark to find a master. It’s easy to think that’s true, especially considering the way House Stark is treated by both George R.R. Martin and the showrunners. Let us not forget that there are still two, yes two, living male Starks. When we last saw Bran (in Season 4), he lost Jojen Reed and finally made his way to the Three-Eyed Raven. The Three-Eyed Raven is supposed to be the Morpheus to Bran’s Neo. Granted, there is no canon plot…

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#AskELJames: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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So it seems that someone on E.L. James’ team doesn’t like her very much. How does this Bookish Diva know this? #AskElJames Those who value their brain cells, eyeballs, and sanity may not be aware of the multi-book series that James penned. OK, that may be statistically impossible. All of us have heard of it. (First rule of Fifty Shades disdain, you don’t acknowledge the existence of Fifty Shades.) But then, the soul-sucking machine that powers this unfortunate media juggernaut decided that a Twitter Q&A would be a nifty idea. Apparently they didn’t see what happened to JP Morgan, the NYPD, R. Kelly, or Bill Cosby. This Bookish Diva is guessing that her media team has this thought in mind…

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Walking 30 minutes a day is all the fitness you need

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Summer has fully sprung and you may think that you missed your chance to be summer-time fine. Maybe there just were enough hours in the day for the Pilates and Zumba and CrossFit. Maybe there are physical limitations to the types of exercises that you can safely manage. You would be wrong. In this Bookish Diva’s travels down the information super highway, I came across a nifty little story on NPR. (Let’s be honest, just about every story on NPR is a nifty little story.) Apparently, all we need is to walk, at a moderate pace, 30 minutes a day to reap those lovely health benefits. Said Dr. Tim Church, who studies the effects of physical activity at Louisiana State…

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Game of Thrones Season 5 finale: Mother have mercy!

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Beware: If you have not seen Season 5 of Game of Thrones in its entirety, or if you have not read all five books of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, tread lightly. This is a spoiler heavy zone. You have been warned. Save your caps lock of outrage for someone who has not been tormented with the knowledge of what could and should have been. Mother have mercy – because Benioff and Weiss surely did not. Season 5 of Game of Thrones has taken viewers, and more importantly book readers, for a ride. When this season started, the devoted knew that we were headed into uncharted territory. While the supposedly non-canon plot lines tore at this Bookish…

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Barbecue and char is a love-hate relationship

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It’s the unofficial start of grilling season. (Sorry veggie fans, this one isn’t for you.) Nothing makes the Bookish Diva happier than to bite into a perfectly grilled piece of meat. There is something about the combination of natural juices and char that uniquely defines all that is good about summer cooking. By definition, char is the solid material that remains after light gases and tar have been driven out or released from a carbonaceous material during the initial stage of combustion, which is known as carbonization, charring, devolatilization or pyrolysis. That seems like a lot of words to describe the deliciousness created when meat meets grill, as our friends Grill Daddy and the Big Chill have proven. Yes this…

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May the Fourth be with you and Star Wars VII countdown!

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Any Star Wars fan worth her salt knows what today is – Star Wars Day. The world over, fans of George Lucas’ life-consuming series set in a galaxy far, far away have dubbed May the 4th Star Wars Day because if its aural similarity to the Jedi salutation “May the Force be with you.” Though this is not Lucasfilm sanctioned holiday, fans celebrate as if they were a part of the strike team that destroyed the Death Star’s shield generator in Return of the Jedi. This Bookish Diva remembers being mocked for reminding people for YEARS that Star Wars was supposed to be a nine-movie series, that the trilogy we loved was the middle three, and that Mr. Lucas owed…

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Books for TV Addicts: Penny Dreadful and “jonesin’ for a classic”

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Full disclosure: this Bookish Diva is supremely tardy to the Penny Dreadful party. I heard murmurs about this show and dismissed them. My “to be watched” queue was rather deep and I didn’t know if I had the emotional bandwidth to invest fully in another show. Then the live tweeting began. As I tenderly tiptoed through the tweets, curiosity took hold. I had to know more about Dorian, Vanessa and Ethan, so I jumped down the rabbit hole and never looked back. And this Bookish Diva solemnly swears that mentions of Josh Hartnett’s posterior had no bearing on my decision to indulge in Penny Dreadful. Classic shots like this…Conveys my love for this show #DemDreads #PennyDreadful pic.twitter.com/6SWy9IsBMd — INDIA (@Indiasmovies)…

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Game of Thrones fans know less than Jon Snow

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In this world, you are either one of us or one of them—one of us being a fan of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and the HBO series born of that called Game of Thrones. And if you are a fan, you already know where this is headed. A wise Bookish Diva might have said (or screamed) that she has no words for what is happening on Game of Thrones and neither did George because he didn’t write them.  It has been days since the most recent episode of Game of Thrones aired. However, I am no Spoiler Sue. All you will get here is a fan’s frustrations, hopes, dreams and nightmares. For those that have…

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Shadow Ritual author Eric Giacometti tackles the Proust Questionnaire

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Eric Giacometti studied biochemistry and genetics in Toulouse, France, before going into journalism. Then, at the height of his career as an investigative reporter, Giacometti was contaminated by the thriller virus. His life took on another dimension: journalist by day, novelist by night. In 2013, he left his full-time reporting job with a French daily newspaper to follow his passion. His newest U.S. release is Shadow Ritual (Le French Book, 2015) which he co-wrote with Jacques Ravenne. Here, Eric reflects on Spain, French footballers, and champagne. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Continuing to write as long as possible. What is your greatest fear? Losing my creativity. Which historical figure do you most identify with? President John F. Kennedy. Which…

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Edible spring flowers spruce up your punch bowl

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April showers bring May flowers—and May flowers bring infusions, garnishes and the compulsion to serve obscenely large drinks on the finest of porch swings. Some of Ma Nature’s earliest blooms are also edible, including violets, Johnny jump-ups, pansies and dandelions. You will find a treasure trove of libation inspiration in Punch Bowl & Pitcher Drinks by Jeanne Kelley and Sarah Tenaglia (Clarkson Potter, 2015). Gardens, fields and meadows provide a surprising source of flavors to enhance your spring sipping. Beautiful flower-filled molds and homemade simple syrups transform even the most staid cocktail into something unexpectedly spectacular. Flowers make good playmates with cocktails. Floral notes can be easily overwhelmed when cooking, but that is not the case with cocktails. “A cocktail…

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5 Plumes boast their favorite blooms

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According to the calendar, spring has supposedly sprung. Personally, I think that someone needs to have a conversation with Mother Nature because the temperature display on my car’s dash is making me sad. But that is a rant for another day. Today, we appeal to Mother Nature’s literary aesthetic. We called upon some of our favorite authors to share their best blooms in hopes that Mother Nature will hear our call and finally remove the veil of winter. Steve Berry, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Patriot Threat “The Morning Glory. It blooms every day, in the morning, with the fresh sun.  Then, by mid to late-afternoon, it tires, withdraws within itself, and waits for the…

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Top 6 worst book covers ever?

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We are told to never judge a book by its cover, but when the covers look like this… It’s hard for this Bookish Diva not to be a tad judge-y. While it is easy to chuckle when self-published books have less than fabulous covers, what are we to do when good books are saddled with questionable covers? Can we fathom the greatness within?

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End Black History Month with some great lit-inspired movies

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It is no secret that this Bookish Diva (as well as her fellow members of the Nerd Squad) loves a good book-to-movie adaptation. And with Black History Month coming to a close, what better time to watch some great films highlighting portions of the black experience. But don’t limit them to one month a year—they’re great entertainment anytime. Lady Sings the Blues (1972; R; 144 min) based on Lady Sings the Blues by Billie Holliday and William Duffy Glamorous tragedy doggedly followed Billie Holiday, as played by Diana Ross. Not afraid to put the demons that haunted her on display, Lady Sings the Blues captured the triumphs and calamities of one of Black America’s most revered icons.   Cotton Comes…

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Children portray Black History Month icons in Because of Them, We Can

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Today we are giving you a dose of cuteness for a cause.     The Because of Them, We Can campaign was born from photographer Eunique Jones Gibson’s desire to share the rich history of black people as well as the limitless future potential by using photographs that challenged negative stereotypes.     This is bigger than taking pictures of cute children dressed as influential people of African descent. It is about empowering children, giving them a sense of worth based on their shared history, letting them know that they can do all that their predecessors did and even more.     To learn (and see) more, visit Because of Them, We Can.    

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The nerd’s guide to cocktails

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The New Year has dawned. The hangovers have passed (hopefully). Now you are wondering what was in your cousin’s mystery punch and plotting ways to get him banned from every liquor store and wine shop in a 100-mile radius. Armed with a New Year’s resolution to not to be a victim to anyone alcohol-infused whims again, you seek knowledge and understanding. Ever the student, you know that there is more to mixology than just pouring libations into a cup and praying for the best. Lucky for you, you have a friend in Dave Arnold. “Shaken, not stirred” takes on new meaning after reading Dave Arnold’s Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail. (W.W. Norton, November 2014). The…

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