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Boozy Beach Gear: The Essentials For Beach Drinking

first_imgWhat’s a trip to the beach without a little buzz? From cracking open some brews on the beach to sneaking sangrias on the shore, beach drinking has grown from a pastime to an art over the years. Some states openly allow beach drinking, but that doesn’t mean you want to announce your party to your neighbors. Take your home bar on the road with this discreet list of essentials for a boozy beach day.Bottle OpenerThe most obvious and the most easily forgotten item is the humble bottle opener. If your cooler doesn’t have one, you’re not totally out of luck, but it would definitely make your day go a lot smoother if you manage to remember this tool.Cooler DividersYou’ve probably been toting around a low- to mid-range Coleman or Igloo cooler for years. While those may be great for your backyard, YETI and Pelican have the market cornered on off-the-grid coolers, complete with sleek accessories. If you don’t feel like springing for a new cooler just yet, Igloo and Coleman dividers are easy to find or make. By creating different sections in the cooler, everyone knows exactly where the food, booze, and non-alcoholic drinks are.Wire BasketYou can get these wire baskets straight from your cooler manufacturer for a guaranteed fit, or measure your way to cooler perishables at your local office supply store. Now that you’ve sectioned off your cooler, you can submerge any meat and dairy you brought along. Placing the basket above this section keeps cocktail ingredients/garnishes, like oranges and mint, out of the heat and dry.Pre-made CocktailsThe trick to a pre-made cocktail is the packaging. Personal bottles and pitchers are fairly suspicious, especially if there are no children in the group. Ideally, you want bottles or cartons of fruit juice, especially ones that match the color of your drink of choice. Unless you use darker juices, save the dark liquors for a flask.For maximum refreshment, create a nearly complete mixed drink with a juice, liquor, and syrup ratio of 3:2:1 (adjusting the syrup to your preference/liquor quality). Once at the beach, you can innocuously muddle fresh ingredients and top with fizzy mixers to breathe some life back into the drink.Portable BarFor the fearless among you who want to make your own cocktails on the fly, a stealthy bar can come in handy. With only one side of the bar exposed, Tailgaterz Tailgating Tavern offers a concealed organizer for storing a few bottles and space for a small cooler. Optional side baskets keep your tools out of sight to random passersby. Electric Cocktail ShakerWith or without a portable bar, a battery-powered cocktail shaker can go a long way. With the push of a button, you get a chilly cocktail without announcing your mixology skills to the entire beach.Beach BlanketThere are many “sand-free” beach blankets on the market, but the simplicity of fabric choice goes a long way. Page One’s Waterproof Picnic Blanket saves your car from rogue sand with its relatively impenetrable nylon fabric. Protected from tipsy spills and sand, this blanket also provides stability with spaced out anchors that can be filled with sand or held down with pegs. Turtleback Sand CoastersUnlike the various cup stakes out there, turtleback sand coasters keep drinks more stable and close to the blanket. The biggest enemy to beach drinking is sand and the design of these sand coasters helps you win that battle more often than not. They can hold bottles and cans in koozies with no problem, but larger cups and bottles may not fit as well.Silicone GlasswareIf you want a classier look than a red Solo cup, the beachside glassware market is flexible. Jokel offers easy-to-fold, dishwasher safe stemless wine glasses and pint glasses. Just be wary of your grip before you Hulk out on a Negroni. Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Beach Gear For Men: What to Wear, Read, and Carry to the Shore 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Pilgrim Surf Supply and Birdwell Beach Britches Just Made the Best New Boardshorts for Summer Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play Applast_img read more

Sales of Canadian homes worth over 1M grew substantially last year and

TORONTO — Sales of homes worth over $1 million increased in four major Canadian real estate markets last year, according to a report released by Sotheby’s International Realty on Wednesday.The Toronto area saw year-over-year sales growth of 38 per cent, while sales of Vancouver’s high-end homes rose by 25 per cent from the previous year.[np_storybar title=”Canadian housing bulls are joining real estate doubters as warnings and oil collapse sink in” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2015/01/06/canadian-housing-bulls-are-joining-real-estate-doubters-after-2014-gains/”%5DCanadians who last year brushed off predictions of a real estate slowdown and kept buying houses are increasingly joining the doubters.The nation’s households are the least optimistic since May 2013 that home prices will keep rising, according to weekly polling data compiled by Nanos Research for Bloomberg. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]Growing demand and limited supply cut down the number of days that homes stayed on the market and increased the percentage of homes in both markets that sold over the asking price, the report said. Sales grew by a “more modest” 16 per cent in Calgary and 21 per cent in Montreal, according to the study.That trend is expected to continue into 2015, with demand to outstrip supply in the Greater Toronto Area and in Vancouver. Meanwhile, the high-end real estate markets in Montreal and Calgary are expected to be balanced, according to the Sotheby’s analysis.The report notes that oil prices, which have fallen by 55 per cent since the summer due to a supply glut, could have an impact on sales of high-end homes in Calgary.“We’re really watching Calgary very closely,” Sotheby’s president and chief executive Ross McCredie said in an interview. “There’s fear out there in terms of what 2015 is going to look like if oil stays where it is today.”So far, the number of homes being sold has continued to grow in Calgary’s high-end real estate market. McCredie said while buyers may begin holding off to get a sense of where oil prices are headed, it’s unlikely that Calgary’s real estate market will go flat.As Vancouver home prices surge out of reach, businesses worry how to retain staffHouses might not be as overvalued as the Bank of Canada thinks, Moody’s report suggests“Definitely in the later part of last year you saw a lot of people waiting,” he said. “A lot of transactions didn’t end up closing or deals fell apart. I think they’re all just taking a cautious look at it.”If oil remains below $50 a barrel, that could spell trouble for Alberta’s real estate sector in general, including in the high-end segment, McCredie said.“Six months later, if oil’s still at $50 or less, I think you’re going to start to see some really concerned people there,” he said.McCredie also said that foreign investors are snatching up roughly half of the homes worth $5 million or more in Vancouver and Toronto, despite a recent report from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. that puts the foreign ownership numbers much lower.The CHMC report last month found that foreigners own only 2.4 per cent of the condos for rent in Toronto and 2.3 per cent in Vancouver.While the CHMC report noted that some areas of Vancouver and Toronto had a higher proportion of foreign condo owners — as high as 5.8 per cent in parts of Vancouver and 4.3 per cent in Toronto’s centre core — it’s still much lower than the estimated 50 per cent foreign ownership that McCredie says exists in the luxury real estate market in those two cities.“It’s not an exact science,” McCredie said. “It’s not like you can literally say, ‘Well there’s X number,’ because what we see a lot is the transaction for foreigners buying Canadian real estate happens through Canadian subcompanies.”Since many of the sales take place through Canadian companies owned by foreign individuals or corporations, those transactions wouldn’t be captured in the CMHC data, McCredie said. Sotheby’s, which markets and brokers the sales of luxury homes, is in a better position to gauge the level of foreign ownership, at least in the over $1 million market.Some critics have raised concerns that a mass selloff of foreign-owned properties could crash Canada’s real estate market in an economic downturn.But McCredie says strong underlying factors, such as historically low mortgage rates and high levels of immigration, continue to make Canadian real estate attractive to foreign buyers.“They’ve got a lot of money right now. They see Canada as a very stable marketplace. They like the story around Canada. They like coming here. They have friends and family here.” read more