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/// GIFT GUIDE LIBERTINE


The libertine takes her pleasure where she finds it. She is a connoisseur of comforts and appreciates the finer things in life. She cares naught for convention, and thinks the only thing good in moderation is moderation. BY LYDIA C LOWN EY


DO Cigars fall under the category of


“affordable pleasure,” as a delightful smoke can cost less than a cocktail.


For those new to cigars, Grand River Cigar is the last place to be intimidated. “As you come in, we can talk to you about flavors and textures and answer ques- tions,” said Proprietor Robin Day. “No matter what cigar you choose, the flavor changes with what you smoke it with, whether a single-malt scotch or dark chocolate. Every cigar is different in its own way.”


Grand River Cigar 131 S. Division Ste. 200, Grand Rapids grandrivercigar.com


DRINK


The next time your pretentious friend starts lecturing on the hazy myths of absinthe, put on your most


blasé expression and answer thus, “I used to love that before I tried arak! It’s this killer Middle Eastern liquor — a bit like absinthe, but so much sexier. It’s pretty hard to find, though.” At least, it was before Artisan Distillers came to town. Now you can have your arak, and have it locally sourced too. The finely crafted arak is aromatic and herba- ceous, perfect with just a touch of water to release the anis tones.


Artisan Distillers 955 Ken O Sha Industrial Park Dr. SE, Grand Rapids artesiandistillers.com, (616) 252-1700


EAT


Carb- phobic dieters stay


away from deBoer’s Dutch Brothers Bakkerij and Restaurant. The bakery makes an eye-widening glut of breads, muffins, cookies, quiches, croissants, lekkerbekjes and more. Especially coveted are pigs


‘n blankets. Fresh out of the oven they are juicy, tender and ulti- mately crave-able. They are also a great breakfast for a lady with a hangover — a boon to the liber- tine who hates feeling crummy.


DeBoer Bakkerij 360 Douglas Ave., Holland deboerbakery.com, (616) 396-BAKE LISTEN


Ghost Heart makes beautiful, lay- ered songs that transcend genres. This is music to simply sit back


and get lost in, with percussion that drives the conversation between guitar and voice. Guitarist Troy Reimink cautions, “It’s not for everyone. If you like your live music with a lot of synchronized head-bobbing and playful audience interaction, it won’t be your thing. But if you’re into idea of getting wrapped up in something, you may find us to your liking.” Find the album at Vertigo Music, and get a free stuffed Ghostie with your purchase.


Vertigo Music 129 S. Division, Grand Rapids vertigomusiconline.com, (616) 742-5106 WATCH


Mozart’s “Magic Flute,” playing at Opera Grand Rapids in February, is great for a novice, with recognizable melodies and beautiful staging. It


uses “projections from the Hubble telescope to create the spaces of


light and dark that the opera is really about,” says Communications Manager Sarah Mieras. “The Magic Flute is very visually dynamic… it’s a full theatrical experience.” Furthermore, at Opera Grand Rapids, subtitles are shown alongside the action, so everyone can follow the dancing bears, evil queens and epic quests.


Opera Grand Rapids


1320 Fulton St. E., Grand Rapids operagr.com, (616) 451-2741


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