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The Best Wine for Your Wedding Reception

Posted By: on May 26, 2015

Wedding receptions are a fun time when the married couple spends their first moments as a union with their friends and family. This time comes with a lot of kissing and a lot of toasting. That is why it is important to make good wine choices for your wedding receptions.

There are a few ways to get the best wine or wines for your wedding reception. You’ll want to use the following steps in order to pick the bottles you want to serve at your first party as a married couple.

Food Pairings

You may know the old adage of pairing red wine with red meat and white wine with white meat, but there is a little bit more to it than that. In fact, there are nearly just as many pairings as there are different types of wine.

The website Wine Folly has a couple wonderful pairing diagrams that can help even the wine novice find a great compliment to the meal of choice. Some of these pairings include the fact that a dry white wine is best with green and roasted vegetables and fish. And that a sparkling wine is best served with cheeses, starches and fish.

So, what is on your wedding menu has a lot to say about what wine you’ll choose, but you’ll likely be able to serve more than one type as a pairing choice so that all guests will find a taste they enjoy.

Regional Pairings

Another way to pair the right wine with the right food is to look at the region your food comes from. Great Italian fare is best served with the pairing of a wine from the same region.

As you can see, there is so much more to picking the right wine when it comes to pairing it with your meals. Plus, there are so many types of wine to choose from, it can seem overwhelming if you don’t have some sort of idea what works best with what.

Your wedding is everything to you as a couple. You picked the perfect dress, the perfect venue and you need to also pick the perfect wine. According to Grandview San Jose, a wedding destination and venue, you want your guests to love what they’ve been served.  That includes the wine!

If your wedding reception is being hosted at a venue that supplies catering and wine, you may want to discuss good wine pairings and available options with the chef. They are professionals, after all, and can be a great help to you when it comes to making sure that your guests palates are pleased. If you make the right choices your reception will go off without a hitch and you may even find a new favorite wine.

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Why You Should Eat Organic Meat

Posted By: on April 13, 2015

Not everyone agrees on organic diets. Some people believe that the laws for organic foods aren’t strict enough to make them a really healthy choice. Some people argue that GMO foods really aren’t that bad for you. Right now, there really is no definitive proof of who is right and who is wrong. 

If you have chosen to eat organic already, or you have just been thinking about giving it a try, here are some reason you should go for it.

Antibiotics/Hormone/GMO Free

Farm animals that have been raised organically do not get antibiotics or rbGH, which is bovine human growth hormone. They also don’t get pumped full of any other drugs which then get in your system when you consume them. These animals also are not fed any foods that have been genetically modified, but rather, they are fed corn that has been certified organic.

Raised Healthier

Farm animals that are raised organic live in healthier environments than the alternative. They eat more nutrients and they may even get a lot more outside time than other farm raised animals that are crammed too many in a cage. There healthier lifestyle is another reason they don’t need antibiotics. Most farm raised meat animals are given antibiotics because they are more likely to get sick in small quarters with too many animals in cages together.

Allowed to Graze

Not all organic meat comes from free range animals, but those that are get a wider and healthier diet. What you eat determines your own health, so eating an animal that eats healthy is healthier for you. Not only do they get fresh air and get to graze in nature, free range chickens enjoy bugs and grubs which help fatten them up.

Less Chemicals Used

On an organic farm they don’t use synthetic pesticides or fertilizers on the food or even on the land. These pesticides can get into the fat of the animal and then into your system when you eat it. That’s why eating organic animals reduces the amount of chemicals you are exposed to. It also reduces the amount farm workers are exposed to.

There are many more reasons than these that make organic meat a healthy diet option, but these are just a few of the ones that should help you make the right decision or to confirm that you should keep eating organic if you already do.

Organic eating isn’t a fad for most, but no matter how you choose to eat there will always be someone out there that argues with you on your beliefs. Even if organic isn’t the best, it seems like it can’t hurt to eat less chemicals and eat fresher food choices.

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4 Worst Things to Eat in a Car

Posted By: on January 26, 2015


First thing’s first: Eating at the wheel is distracted driving and might get you pulled over. It can be just as dangerous as texting at the wheel, drinking behind the wheel, and you’re guaranteed not to best enjoy your food anyway. It’s pretty tough to resist, especially coffee stands and fast food galore, but there are still some worse offenders than others. Just ask any parent, and you’ll have endless horror stories of cars turned dumpsters.

Plus, everyone thinks they have special skills when it comes to eating in the car. This is one arena where people really overestimate their driving skills and need a reality check. Driving a car requires all your attention and senses. However, if you really must, at the very least avoid these messy foods:

  1. Anything requiring utensils

This doesn’t necessarily mean you’re using utensils at the moment, but you probably would be if you were at home. If a food is messy enough that you can’t eat it with your hands (or hand), wait. Police have seen it all from people getting drunk on vanilla extract according to a New York news source, nachos behind the wheel, and even five-course meals. If you can’t make it home, at least pull over.

  1. Ice cream

“Bonus” points if the ice cream is in a cup and needs a spoon. It’s sticky, it melts quickly, and this is a food you kind of have to look at to see where there may be any drips forming. Unfortunately, there’s also a smorgasbord of great ice cream shops complete with drive throughs that are more than happy to give you a cone to go. Resist the urge or go inside for a treat.

  1. Powdered sugar doughnuts

Actually, anything with powdered sugar is going to be a bad idea. It’s messy, sticky, gets everywhere and you’ll be inclined to clean as you eat. This all leads to disaster. If you really need your fried bread treat on the go, choose doughnut holes with Michigan Live giving you a teaser of the best in that region. As an added bonus, you can help keep your calories in check with smaller portions.

  1. Super hot beverages

If you spill going at 65 mph, there’s no way you’re not going to get burned (literally and perhaps with a ticket). It’s perfectly fine to get a coffee to go, but wait until it cools first.

Distracted driving is serious business, and food can be your worst accessory.


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4 Best Foods When Legally Smoking Cannabis

Posted By: on October 31, 2014

Everyone has their go-to munchies snacks whether it’s Taco Bell, you’re a strict vegetarian only when you’re smoking, or that’s when your sweet tooth hits. However, try branching out and even playing it a little healthier the next time you light up. It’s about more than just taste: Smell, textures and the aesthetics of your food are highlighted when you’re indulging in a toke. If you haven’t experimented, you might be missing out on re-discovering some of your favorite foods.

There are many places in the US where it’s perfectly legal to use cannabis for medical purposes as well as recreational uses. If you’ve been prescribed cannabis as a means of keeping food down during a treatment such as chemotherapy, it’s even more important to make each meal enjoyable. Consider some of these tried and tested healthy treats that are very cannabis-friendly:

  1. Bananas

The creaminess of bananas, their sweetness and of course the joy of peeling them are all heightened when smoking. In fact, there are a number of fruits such as peaches and grapes that you might not appreciate as sensual during your non-smoking meals. The next time you load up on munchies, spend some time in the product aisle.

  1. Granola with almond milk

Do you normally reach for sugary cereals you ate as a kid when smoking? Try loading up on sweet granola instead, such as Whole Foods’ famous flaxseed granola. Pair it with almond milk for a lower calorie and lactose-free treat. Once you experience the complexities of this breakfast at any time, you’ll never crave Froot Loops again.

  1. Fresh squeezed, pulpy orange juice

Juices are notoriously not as healthy as fruits because you’re missing out on fiber, but that’s not the case if you go for extra pulp. Squeeze the oranges yourself, put them in the freezer for 30 minutes, and enjoy a sweet, fiber-rich slushie of a treat. It trumps cola-riddles slurpees and satisfies your sweet tooth.

  1. Pita and hummus

If you regularly crave dips and chips when smoking, try swapping them out for whole wheat pita and hummus. It gives you the dipping vehicle you crave, saltiness, a little sweetness and depending on how much tahini is included just the right amount of tartness.

Plan wisely and discover how more natural, filling and wholesome foods might satisfy your cravings. There’s no rule that a smoke-induced munchies fest has to be bad for you.

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How the Goji Berry Is Creating Big Change

Posted By: on October 7, 2014

Goji berries are the latest superfood to sweep the nation for their advantages in health, wellness, fitness, and beauty. Are you capitalizing on the tremendous benefits these tiny berries have to offer? 

They represent a healthy, natural alternative to standard, chemically induced, invasive anti-aging treatments and carry few side effects. Take a look at how these small fruits from the far side of the globe are making a big change.

Where goji berries come from

Grown in the Himalayan mountains of Mongolia and Tibet, goji berries (Lycium barbarum) are currently believed to be one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet. They’re a member of the nightshade family, which includes such common foods as tomatoes, eggplants, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and peppers.

While goji berries are native to the Himalayas, many other countries are now growing this excellent fruit. Goji berries have long been used in Far Eastern countries, but have only recently been introduced in the West.

Their traditional uses have been both culinary and medicinal. The beneficial ingredients of these berries can be found in dried form, powder, and skin-care creams.

Five major benefits of goji berries

While there are dozens of unique benefits associated with goji berries, the following are five of the most healthy:

Amino acids. Goji berries are extremely high in amino acids, because they contain 18 different ones. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, so they ultimately serve a variety of functions in the human body. While twenty amino acids are found naturally in our body, eight are referred to as essential but cannot be produced internally. These eight vital amino acids must be ingested through our diet instead. While foods such as fish, meats, eggs, and dairy contain all of the essential acids, goji berries carry them as well. Because they contain all the essential amino acids, goji berries are regarded as complete proteins.

Antioxidants. Goji berries also contain antioxidants, which help fight off harmful free radicals in the body. Though free radicals occur naturally in the body, excess amounts of them can accelerate cell damage. Eastern research has long supported the idea that the antioxidants found in goji berries can boost levels of protective antioxidants. In fact, a month-long trial has shown that consistent dosages of goji berry extract significantly reduce oxidative damage in the blood by as much as 10%.

Polysaccharides. Goji berries are also rich in lycium barbarum polysaccharides. These are unique compounds that enhance immunity and intestinal health. Their benefits are very similar to that of echinacea and maitake mushrooms. Because polysaccharides are so effective at detoxing the body and fueling good intestinal bacteria, goji berries are preferred for people who have compromised immune systems and digestive issues. Goji berries are commonly used for inflammatory disorders such as cancer, chronic pain, allergies, and asthma. Autoimmune disorders such as Crohn’s disease, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis have also responded well to the use of these polysaccharide-rich berries.

Vitamins A and C. A one-ounce serving of goji berries furnishes 170% of your recommended daily vitamin A intake. Additionally, goji berries contain as much as 500% more vitamin C per weight than oranges. Five servings of goji berries provide 100% of your recommended daily vitamin C intake.These vitamins are known to improve vision, repair damaged skin cells, and protect the body from immune system deficiencies, prenatal health issues, and cardiovascular disease.

Low side effects. One of the greatest benefits of goji berries is that side effects to the human system are typically quite minimal. While there’s a potential for drug interactions among people who take blood thinners, hardly any other side effects have been reported. Goji berries are totally natural and contain beneficial vitamins and nutrients that help rather than harm the body.

Where to find goji berries

If you’re interested in the healing and protective properties of goji berries, you may want to know a reliable source for them.

You can usually find some form of goji berries in Chinese herbal shops or large health food stores. Common forms include raw berries, teas, liquid extracts, supplements, and innovative forms such as skin serums. Profiled in an article at, L’dara is an example of a new serum containing goji berries.

Once you’ve found and tried them, you should experience positive side effects from the use of goji berries within a few days to a week or two. Depending on how you are using them and what results you’re looking to achieve, the odds are you will be pleased with your decision.

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Posted By: on July 10, 2014

In the most mini mini-mart ever, there lies the biggest of secrets. Oreo’s miniest of minis has made itself known. Have yourself an Oreo mini with no regrets. Enjoy the taste guilt-free, your mind will be blown.

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Newcastle Brown Ale’s If We Won

Posted By: on July 2, 2014

What if the British won the Revolutionary War? Newcastle Brown Ale presents a unique take on what America would be like as “Great Britain II” and how amazing it could be if America were still under British rule. With that said, they’ve produced 16 short films providing “alternate history” takes on how things might have played out. Elizabeth Hurley, Zachary Quinto and more provide their talents in showing us the country that could have been. Visit and follow @newcastle on twitter for more adventures in alternate history. See Elizabeth Hurley’s take here:

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Foods for a Better Back

Posted By: on July 1, 2014


You are what you eat, and that includes when it comes to back health. You probably know what foods can help you get better skin, such as good old water, lemons and antioxidants like blueberries, but did you know there are foods that can help strengthen, soothe and improve your back? Many Americans suffer from chronic back pain, but you might be able to eat your way to relief.

The best approach is to marry back-friendly foods with ongoing chiropractic care and perhaps try acupuncture, massage therapy and of course regular exercise. A holistic approach to caring for your back will lead to the best results. However, the next time you’re at the grocery store, try picking up these “back bites.”

Vitamins and minerals

You need Vitamin A because it’s an immune system booster, antioxidant and helps with tissue repair and bone strengthening. You can get this crucial vitamin in liver, most dairy (such as butter, cheese, eggs and milk), fruits that are orange from apricots to cantaloupe, and orange/green veggies like spinach, carrots and sweet potatoes. Before dismissing liver, consider a pate such as chicken liver spread on whole grain toast: It’s both decadent and very good for you.

Vitamin B12 is also essential because it keeps bone marrow healthy, letting the spine function its best. Get this vitamin in liver, red meat, poultry and fish. It’s also in dairy products and leafy green veggies like broccoli, kale and spinach. To get those Omega 3 fatty acids, opt for oily fish like salmon so you can get a super boost of the good stuff.

Keeping it healthy

It’s no surprise that Vitamin C is important, helping with collagen development and with healing injuries in tendons, discs and ligaments. Berries are high in vitamin C as well as tomatoes, green vegetables, potatoes and bell peppers. Also indulge in extra Vitamin D for calcium absorption and healthy bones. This can also prevent osteoporosis and can be fond in fish oil, egg yolks, and milk (you can also get this for free by soaking up the sun’s rays a few minutes each day while wearing sunscreen).

Additional vitamins include Vitamin K for proper calcium usage, iron for healthy cells, magnesium for relaxed muscles and calcium for healthy bones. Both vitamin K and iron is found in meat products including liver, fish, red meat, pork and poultry as well as green leafy veggies. You can get your magnesium from whole grains, beans and nuts, and calcium in dairy products.

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Foods That Help You Sleep Better

Posted By: on May 16, 2014


You probably know all the foods and beverages that help you wake up, whether you’re more of a coffee or tea person. But did you know that there’s also sustenance that’s especially good for helping you get to sleep (and stay that way for hours)?

Getting quality sleep is essential to your health, so it should come as no surprise that food and beverages are part of the process. Maybe those heavy, greasy dinners and caffeine-laden desserts are keeping you up all night.

Food alone can’t promise great sleep, but it’s a big part of it. If you or your partner are suffering from snoring problems or sleep apnea, this needs to be addressed separately.

Lack of proper sleep hygiene, such as watching TV in bed, can also overturn good sleep nutrition. If you’re doing everything else but still having trouble sleeping, though, it’s time to take a look at your diet.

Late night snack … right

According to the medical director at the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, “almonds are always a winner.” They’re chock full of magnesium, a known sleep aid and muscle relaxer.

Plus, they have protein which can help keep your blood sugar in check while you’re asleep. Not feeling like a crunchy snack? Try a spoon of almond butter as a dinner treat.

While caffeine should be avoided, remember that not all teas contain it and the right decaf tea, such as chamomile, can help you relax. Dr. Teitelbaum says, “Green tea contains theanine, which helps promote sleep.”

It’s the ultimate comfort before going to bed, and can become part of a healthy sleep hygiene ritual that signals to your body and brain that it’s time for sleep.

Heartier options

Miso soup is full of amino acids that promote melatonin, the most common and popular hormone that’s linked to sleep. If soup doesn’t appeal to you, try a banana which is loaded with both potassium and magnesium, both key to relaxing and soothing muscles.

Plus, bananas contain tryptophan, which turns serotonin into melatonin. Maybe it’s a better night snack instead of your go-to morning treat.

Consider turning breakfast into dinner, because Mom knew what she was doing with that glass of warm milk each night. In fact, any dairy (including yogurt and cheese) has tryptophan.

Oatmeal is rich in magnesium and calcium (just go easy on the sugar), a hardboiled egg is a little ball of protein that can help you stay asleep, and a low-sugar cereal made with whole grains raises the blood’s tryptophan.

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How to Plan a Foodie Vacation

Posted By: on May 13, 2014

Any vacation can (and should) be food-centric, and if you start planning early, it will. With entire networks such as The Travel Channel and the Food Network offering programs that introduce you to foods and restaurants around the world, a gastro-centric trip is one of the best ways to get in intimate touch with a community and culture.


If you catch yourself sitting at a familiar chain restaurant when you’re on vacation, maybe you should think about going outside your comfort zone. A lobster roll in Massachusetts, when you’re from Germany, is something you may never get to try again.

Now, many travelers are wisely choosy about where they stay on vacation, but they don’t take the same care and research about where they eat. You don’t have to carry a fat wallet and indulge in fine dining every day (or even a single time) when you’re on a trip.

Street food in Costa Rica and food carts in Seattle make for a unique dining experience on a budget. Even some travelers with bags of money still prefer these more quaint dining experiences.

How to stay food-focused

You’ll find endless options at your fingertips, from watching a favorite episode on a city you’re about to visit to scrolling through food-based apps designed for travelers and people on vacation. Consider serious, advance planning about where to eat as a vital part of your overall itinerary, the way you check out museums and attractions online.

Food offers an incredible journey in itself, from the rituals and the ambiance to the local flavors and presentation. If you don’t focus on food, you’re going to be missing out.

This is also a great way to bond as a family or group of travelers, and introduce kids to the excitement of new and local experiences. Do you have a picky eater on your hands? He or she might be more open to trying something new if you remind the person that this could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, just as unique and conducive to the excitement generated when staying at kid-friendly hotels and being in a brand-new place.

Do proper research

Sometimes you receive a recommendation for a must-see cart or restaurant, only to discover upon arrival that the hours are odd or the establishment is closed. To avoid that disappointment, reach out to a real person in advance via phone, email, or social media and make sure you know if they’re open and when.

Otherwise, you’re wasting precious vacation time you won’t get back. Especially with small or new establishments, you never know if and when a business will be closed, so do your homework.

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