How to Recognize Fake Branded Bags

Who here likes shopping for bags? You? If shopping for a bag at once an investment? Really can! A lot of money has come out, it’s a shame that your favorite bags are only used. Yup, you can invest through luxury bags with a newfangled classic. But, before you aim for the branded bag of your dreams, you must be careful of the number of counterfeit goods on the market. It’s already spent tens of millions, but it turns out the bag you bought is not an authentic item ?! What a turn off!

If you are wary before buying your favorite branded bags, here’s how to check the authenticity of the bags from each of its brands!


For this one brand, only use zippers from certain brands, such as Lampo, YKK, Opti, and IPI. Then, the original Prada bag also only has a small white label on the inside of the bag, with a random number written on it, babes.

Another Prada bag which is the most popular product in the Indonesian market is the bag with the Black Leather Tote series. This bag is made of genuine leather and has a very high level of comfort when used. Thus, do not be surprised if a bag with this series becomes one of the favorite choices.


Usually, the original Chanel bag has an interlocking C, while the clone has an interlocking O that seems to be cut to make it look similar to the letter C. Then, the Chanel bag does not have a tag attached. The brand new Chanel bag will come with a black dust bag that has a black Chanel logo.


For Gucci bags, you can see from the pocket! The leather cutting must be exactly the same as the inner pocket. Then, the tag inside that says Gucci and ‘Made in Italy’ must have a serial number with 4 or 6 digits!

Louis Vuitton

You know, no, if the Louis Vuitton brand is widely imitated, you know! The easiest step is to check the ‘O’ logo which should be perfectly round in shape. Because the ‘O’ logo on the imitation bag is oval in shape!

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Fun Food Holidays

Some days when I read my e-mails at the office, I can’t believe some of the suggestions I get for show ideas from people all over the country! A few weeks ago, I was “informed” that May 23rd, 2011 is National Taffy Day. Pardon the pun, but as a holiday…this could be a “stretch of the imagination”…yet…why not have some fun with it. I guess someone decided that there would be an annual national celebration of this chewy, sweet candy confection that’s generally sold on boardwalk stands or little shops in seaside communities.

For me, growing up in Brooklyn and going to the beach in Coney Island, enjoying some Saltwater Taffy is definitely a smile-inducing childhood memory. Sticky hands, sticky teeth…melt-in-your mouth yummy. Lots of flavors…yes, I can see why someone would want to declare a day to celebrate this awesome old-fashioned treat!

As to how saltwater taffy got its name? One story is that back in the 19th century, an Atlantic City taffy stand was hit by a huge ocean wave, and its entire stock of taffy was drenched with saltwater. True or not…if you’re doing any traveling in coastal areas this summer, you might find some great saltwater taffy – but if you’re having a staycation? No worries! You can order the original Fralinger’s Salt Water Taffy online so you can enjoy your own old-fashioned taffy at home. And to make things really feel like you’ve taken your taste buds to the beach, try our awesome recipe for Seasoned Steamers for your own clambake right in the kitchen. You can have a backyard beach party wherever you live – and make some tasty memories of your own!

And I’ll be sure to let you in on any more fun food holidays…’cause you never know what will show up in my email inbox! So stay tuned!

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Celebrating Graduation & the Class of 2011

So the big day is almost here. My first child is graduating from high school next week. Although I knew this day would come, it always seemed like such a long way off when he was in preschool, or playing t-ball, or even when he transitioned from middle school to high school just four years ago. (I’m getting teary-eyed as I write this!) I just can’t believe he’s 18 and will be away at college very soon.

Of course we want to celebrate his hard work and accomplishments, so we’re going to have an open house for family and friends. Because we live in South Florida, and it’s already blazing hot out, I decided to keep the menu simple and to stick with foods that don’t have to be served hot.

Cap and Gown Punch RE Celebrating Graduation & the Class of 2011

I think it’s fun to have a variety of tastes and textures, so I’m going with a few different Mr. Food salads, like Crunchy Asian Salad, Blue Watermelon Walnut Salad, to which I’m going add some grilled chicken to make it a bit more filling, and a pretty Chilled Stacked Salad.

I’ve already been baking and freezing some sweet treats like Chocolate Chip Biscotti (which are perfect for freezing!) and a few other yummy cookie and bar recipes.

Of course, everyone loves a good chilled punch on a hot day! I think it will be appropriate to serve Mr. Food’s Cap and Gown Punch which I can make a double or even triple batch of right before the guests start arriving. (I even bought some cute graduation cap ice cube molds, to go along with the theme! Those will look so cute floating in the punch!)

All the preparations and cooking will keep me busy over the next week, which will help keep my mind off the bittersweet fact that my little boy is all grown up! Happy Graduation Corey!

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