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Best Cocktails

Red Wine

With summer fast approaching, we’re all trying to keep slender figures. But once in a while, you gotta get your party on. Here are some summer drinks that, when taken in moderation, won’t pack on the pounds as quickly as others.

Full of antioxidants, it’s no surprise that red wine tops the list. Microbrews come in second because they contain protein, electrolytes, vitamins and phytonutrients. But don’t confuse them with regular mass-marketed American beers, which are as bad as eating junk food from the 7-Eleven. Guinness, my personal favorite is also good. It’s low in calories and high in iron.

Who knew all those pints I downed in my youth were actually good for me? When I lived in New York City, I once ingested nothing but Guinness for an entire week, and did just fine, thank you.

Stay away from sugary drinks like grog, Long Island Iced Tea, Red Bull and vodka and PiƱa coladas.

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Poll: Easter Candy

Easter Cup of chocolate candies.

When I was a kid, we dyed hard-boiled eggs on Holy Saturday and my Mother hid them around the house on Easter morning. Whatever we found went into our Easter baskets. My mother is a chocoholic, so our baskets always included a giant hollow chocolate egg that was filled with foil-wrapped chocolate footballs, jelly beans, speckled malty ball eggs, and I would get a chocolate bunny and my brother would get a chocolate cross. There was a huge coconut cream egg in the center of the dining room table that we could slice and eat.

What was in your Easter basket?

Padma Lakshmi Wants You To Be Fat


Padma Lakshmi, host of the television show Top Chef, is starring in a sexy commercial for fast food chain Carl’s Jr.

In the TV spot, she eats a Western Bacon Cheeseburger.

Well, let’s looks at the nutritional information in a Carl’s Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger. This info comes directly from the Carl’s Jr. Web site.

Western Bacon Cheeseburger

720 calories, 300 of those calories from fat
Total fat is 33 grams!, 13 grams is saturated fat
75 mg cholesterol
1410 mg sodium
69 grams of carbohydrates
3 grams of dietary fiber
15 grams of sugars
32 grams of protein

You want fries with that? The small fries add:

320 calories, 140 calories from fat
15 grams of total fat, 3 saturated
0 cholesterol
830 mg sodium
42 g carbohydrates
4 g dietary fiber
0 sugars
4 grams of protein

And what is this doing to your kids? If you get them the Chicken Stars:

320 calories, 140 of them from fat
15 grams of fat, 3 saturated
0 cholesterol
830 mg sodium
42 g carbohydrates
4 g dietary fiber
0 sugars
4 protein

I’ll bet you anything Padma Lakshmi spit out every bite while filming that spot.

Now, I have nothing against Padma Lakshmi, but don’t pretend that you have that body and eat at Carl’s Jr.

Couldn’t she do a commercial for the broccoli industry?

Growing Tomatoes Again


This time from seeds. They look big in this photo but they’re only about and inch tall.

These are Cherry Roma Tomatoes. I found them at

Here is the description from the Web site:

Cherry Roma Tomato
Incredibly heavy set of 1″ long plum-shaped fruits. Addictive sweet-spicy flavor, great fresh or dried. Fruits hold well for extended periods. Similar in appearance to grocery store grape tomatoes, but actually has good flavor!

Packet of 50 seeds $2.75

I’m also growing some flowers, but they are much, much smaller at this point. If I’m successful I’ll take a pictures of them when they bloom.

Have you planted anything this year?

World Nutella Day – Thursday February 5, 2009


Thanks to bleeding espresso I am ready to celebrate World Nutella Day.

I like its chocolatey hazelnut goodness spread thinly on toast. But there are all kinds of recipes for things you can do with Nutella.

Check out these sites for more information:

bleeding espresso
Ms. Advertures in Italy
At Home in Rome


Enjoy Nutella today.

In NYC – Day 1


Just arrived today and the first thing I did was call up an old friend and meet at my favorite Irish Pub.

I haven’t been in that place in 9 years. So strange how familar and yet how different everything seems to me.

I had fish and chips and two glorious pints of Guinness.

Big day tomorrow. Talk to you then.

Cure for Chocoholism

chocolate syrup

Remember when I said I was making truffles.

Well, this Christmas I made loads of truffles and boxed them up as gifts. My entire house was filled with the scent of chocolate. This sounds like a bonus, doesn’t it?

Well, if you ever need a break from chocolate, try making tons of it. You end up not being able to stand the cloying smell.

I’m sure I’ll get over it soon enough. But right now, I can’t even think about eating a piece of candy.