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be the spice of life

To be that which makes life interesting, exciting, enjoyable, or worthwhile. From the proverb "variety is the spice of life," meaning that having many different experiences is what makes life interesting. My witty friend likes to say that sarcasm is the spice of life for her. In romantic fiction, however, misunderstandings and mishaps are the spice of life!
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hunger is the best spice

Food tastes better when one is hungry. Don't worry too much about what to feed the hikers. Hunger is the best spice, and they're going to love whatever you serve them.
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variety is the spice of life

Having many different experiences is what makes life interesting, exciting, enjoyable, or worthwhile. I think everyone should travel the world. Variety is the spice of life, after all! You should really start trying new foods instead of eating the same thing all the time. Variety is the spice of life.
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spice something up

1. Lit. to make some food or drink more spicy. Judy spiced the cider up by adding cinnamon and nutmeg. she spiced up the chili too much.
2. Fig. to make something more interesting, lively, or sexy. I'm afraid that the nude scenes spiced the musical up too much. some people walked out. Judy liked to spice her lectures up by telling jokes. she spiced up each lecture with a joke. They spiced up the play too much.
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Variety is the spice of life.

Prov. Cliché You should try many different kinds of experiences, because trying different things keeps life interesting. I know we usually spend our summer vacation camping out, but I think we should try something different this year. Variety is the spice of life.
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variety is the spice of life

Diversity makes life interesting, as in Jim dates a different girl every week-variety is the spice of life, he claims. This phrase comes from William Cowper's poem, "The Task" (1785): "Variety is the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor."
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variety is the spice of life

People say that variety is the spice of life, to mean that doing and seeing a lot of different things makes life more enjoyable and interesting. Families have discovered that variety is the spice of life and are switching to adventurous meals like curries, tacos and Chinese food. It is important to vary the training program so that boredom is avoided. Exercise should be fun and variety is the spice of life.
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spice up

1. To make something spicy or spicier: The cook spiced up the chili with some peppers. I added some pepper to the sauce in order to spice it up.
2. To make something exciting or more exciting: We spiced up the party by playing some games. That necklace really spices your outfit up.
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The Guy Harvey name is a perfect fit for spiced rum," notes Bruce Hunter, Managing Director of Shaw-Ross International Importers.
Guy Harvey Spiced Rum is ideal for consuming on the rocks, with cola, lemon-lime soda or juices.
Cinnamon and Nutmeg Spiced Venison with Kumquat Chutney (serves 6)
SKYY Vodka's 'Naughty or Spiced Holiday Party' will launch the Holiday Season with great flavor, and Jessica Alba's style and spice make her the perfect hostess," said Paul Fuegner, Vice President, Marketing SKYY.
A glamorous alternative to the season's traditional cocktails, SKYY Spiced offers holiday celebrants a variety of innovative choices including: a chilled Spiced Martini; a richer and more exotic SKYY Spiced and Cola or SKYY Spiced and Ginger Ale; a SKYY Spiced and sparkling Apple Cider; or SKYY Nog, eggnog spiked with SKYY Spiced.
Indelible impressions were made by two endings ($7 each) from Purple Basil's kitchen, one a crispy turnover that covered a delectable banana soaked in spiced rum, accompanied by Dandy Don's good cinnamon ice cream, and a superb chocolate bread pudding effort perched provocatively in pistachio creme anglaise.
Recommended items: Warm shiitake Napoleon, tamari chicken yakitori, panko-black sesame oysters, Thai chopped salad, b'steeya of potato and wild mushrooms with roasted garlic, shiitake-shallot braised beef, sweet sake-seared yellow fin, grilled Mongolian pork, spiced rum banana turnover, chocolate bread pudding.
2 -- color) For something novel, give Spiced Pumpkin Soup garnished with glazed Pumpkin Seeds a whirl for a delightful dinner starter.
Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves bring out the best in orchard apples in Spiced Apple Coffee Cake.