Halfway through, but still time to join

Keywords: unprocessed, nutrition, health, nutrition



Andrew Wilder from the blog Eating Rules has brought his project, October Unprocessed, back for a second year.  He encourages everybody to jump on board and give up commercially processed food this month (and of course, to make it a way of life if you find it to be beneficial!).  Wilder suggests conducting the “kitchen test” to see if a food is considered processed or not.  His site says, “If you pick up something with a label (and if it doesn’t have a label, it’s probably unprocessed), and find an ingredient you’d never use in your kitchen and couldn’t possibly make yourself from the whole form, it’s processed.”  Pledge to eat unprocessed this month!

Celebrate with Bloody Marys @ Prune

Keywords: true blood, bloody mary, recipe


Are you one of the millions who are excited to see the return of True Blood?  I’ve seen a lot of buzz from my friends about it, some hosting viewing parties – most trying to clear their schedules to make sure they’re home to watch.  I can’t say I’ve ever seen the show – but in honor of its new season I’m more than happy to enjoy a few Bloody Marys!!



Prune, in the East Village, is a hip brunch spot with an entire menu dedicated to this wonderful cocktail. They’re located at 54 E 1st St {between 1st Ave & 2nd Ave}.   Here are your choices… I dare you to read through them and not want to hop in a cab and head right over there!

Classic: vodka, celery and lemon

Danish: aquavit, fresh fennel and a marinated white anchovy

Bloody Bullshot: absolut vodka, beef-bouillon, worcestershire, tabasco Just Beef, No Bloody Mix

Mariner: absolut citrus vodka, clam juice and olives

Southwest: herradura anejo tequila, smoked chipotle peppers, limes

Caesar: boodles gin, clam juice, and a pickled egg

Maria: classic with sauza tequila

Deadly: classic with absolut vodka and a splash of sauza tequila

Green Lake: absolut vodka, wasabi and a beef jerky swiggler

Chicago Matchbox: homemade lemon vodka, pickled brussels sprouts, baby white turnips, caperberries, green beans, and radishes

Mood Enhancing Foods – Berries & Chocolate

Keywords: food news, chocolate, berries, depression


Many of us try to “eat healthy.”  But what does that really mean?  Just maintaining a balanced diet?  Skipping the processed junk and opting for natural/organic choices?  If people start to see food as more than just a means to fuel our bodies, a whole world of natural remedies would open up to them.  It’s about eating to live instead of living to eat.


Berries, chocolate, and tea are a few foods that help to stabilize mood and combat depression.  Researchers have discovered that these foods contain mood-enhancing chemicals which are strikingly similar to those found in popular anti-depressant drugs.  And who wouldn’t want to a square of chocolate and handful of berries, washed down with a nice cup of tea, as opposed to a handful of pills?!


The chemicals in these foods bear structural similarities to valproic acid, which is sold under names like Depakene, Depakote and Stavzor.  While those who truly require an anti-depressant drug regiment are not advised to ditch the meds and switch to chocolate covered strawberries, including these foods in your well balanced diet will over time lead to improved moods.

Censoring the unattractive woman

Keywords: Newcastle beer, commercial, marketing


Have you caught this commercial on television yet?  It’s for Newcastle beer… but it isn’t your typical beer commercial.  There are no sexy girls baring all, talking frogs, or witty frat boy banter going on.  But there are hands – hands showing how skillfully their beer is crafted.  “Man hands” if you will.  Then they get to the punch line… “Why do we focus so much on our brewmaster’s hands? Because she’s not an attractive woman.”  I’m sure some feminists would like to raise hell about that, but I got a good chuckle.  I think it’s awesome that they are featuring a female brewmaster, and I found the hand thing it comical.

Start your day with a little laugh..

Keywords: funny videos, dogs, breakfast


Here’s a cute way to kick off your morning!  Hope you’re all enjoying your coffee & cereal as much as Ginger.  And take her advice, when life gets hard and you can’t find your spoon… go at it with your hands!

Philadelphia Cream Cheese… easy to open

Keywords: cream cheese, Philadelphia, cooking, Kraft

Holidays have a way of bringing total chaos to homes.  It’s a welcome, jolly form of chaos I suppose, but craziness nonetheless.  Amidst I baking frenzy on Christmas morning I had to stop and {mentally} thank those who package up Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese 8oz bars because they are just sooooo easy to get open!  It may seem strange to dedicate a post to the packaging of a dairy product, but trust me – when you’re covered in butter, flour, and sugar – and honey is causing paper towels to get stuck to you – and your garbage is just about to overflow with egg shells and you have a wrinkly bulldog glued to your rear hoping you drop more batter – you appreciate every last helpful thing!  And being able to pull open two packages of cream cheese using only my ring fingers and the nice soft squishy part of the palm of my hand {ya know, under your thumb…} gave me 15 seconds of peacefulness! So I am forever a Philadelphia cream cheese girl ~ and encourage you to be one too! : )

A new yoga campaign


Keywords: marketing, yoga, flex straws


What a great example of how brilliant marketing minds can take every day products and turn them into fantastic ad campaigns.  At Y-Plus Yoga Center in Shanghai, they were inspired by cafeteria flex straws.  What better way to depict the flexibility one gains from yoga practice?!  Sometimes brilliant ideas come about over lunch trays and bendy straws!