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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 http://ifwewon.com and follow @newcastle on twitter for more adventures in alternate history. See Elizabeth Hurley’s take here:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Want something completely different for a late night snack? How about Oreos and chicken? In this shockingly good hack from Roy Choi, combining Oreo cookies with chicken creates a delicious chicken tender with an out of this world flavor. Surprise your friends with a flavor they’d never expect. For more hacks from Oreo, visit oreo.tumblr.com.
Most of America’s fast food giants and restaurant chains are stepping into the mobile app arena. After successful launches of apps by industry leaders such as Starbucks Coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts, and the national pizza chain Papa John’s, food industry leaders have become interested in taking advantage of consumer acceptance of mobile technology.
Below are some of the recent developments in the industry.
Wendy’s announces mobile app roll-out
The Wendy’s Company recently announced they were released their smartphone application, designed to make the payment process easier and more efficient. The Dublin, Ohio-based fast food chain has already begun accepting payments through the mobile app at most of its approximately 5,600 stores.
The decision comes as many other restaurants and fast food franchises have made similar moves or are currently doing beta testing on proposed formats.
Burger King targets April for its mobile app launch
Miami-based Burger King has also announced the roll-out of its mobile payment application. The chain intends to begin using the app to accept payments beginning in April 2014 and completing the release to all of its more than 7,000 stores within the following few months.
Burger King’s mobile app will reportedly include additional features, such as promotional coupons and nutritional information.
Taco Bell to accept smartphone orders and payments
On the West Coast, Irvine, California-based Taco Bell Inc. has reported it will join the mobile app trend some time later this year. The app is being designed to accept advance orders as well as payments.
The Taco Bell app has been in development and regional beta testing for more than two years in preparation for the roll-out.
Other companies to follow
The above chains will beat the largest fast-food corporation in the U.S. to the marketplace. Oak Brook, Illinois-based McDonald’s has been developing its mobile platform for a while now, which includes beta testing for two different apps.
The company’s proposed “Front Flip platform” was tested in the Midwest and on the East Coast, while a “mobile wallet” solution was tried in the Southwest. The company has not yet announced any decisions related to a nationwide release of either platform.
Casual dining mobile apps
The fast-food restaurant industry is not alone in its move toward mobile app interaction with customers. Several national and regional casual-dining providers are also exploring possible moves toward the use of smartphones to attract and conduct business.
Companies such as Huntington Beach, Calif.-based BJ’s Restaurants Inc., Buffalo Wild Wings, and Chili’s are developing their own applications to allow customers to place orders in advance and pay the bill at the table.
The competitive food industry is always looking for an edge over the rest. Fast food and casual dining customers seem to appreciate faster service and easy checkout.
The move to payment processing and ordering via smartphones should put these companies on the cutting edge. As long as they attend to on-site safety and other upgrades, they should stay competitive.
They are all coming to the consumer with exactly what the he or she wants: a more efficient way of doing business.
The Christmas holiday season has come and gone for another year, and if you’re like most of us, you got caught up in the reveling and feasting and ate and drank just a bit more than you planned.
No matter how disciplined you may be about your diet and health, it’s hard to avoid over-indulging on egg nog, chocolate, turkey, chicken, and other Christmas menu fixtures.
It should not be surprising that the Christmas season is the time of the year for the highest incidence of heart attacks. The largest spike occurs on Christmas Day, with Boxing Day not far behind (both chronologically and in terms of episodes).
The overload of food combined with the stress leading up to and during holiday events are largely blamed for the increase in coronary incidents.
Yet whether you experience an actual heart attack or not, holiday season indulgence takes its toll on many of us, and leads to weight gain and a general feeling of bloating and tiredness in the days and weeks that follow. Many of us are inspired to take immediate action in the aftermath of the indulgence to recover from the painful effects of gas and bloating, for us and our children, as well as a longer term plan to recover from the overall effects on our bodies.
Repairing the damage, one meal at a time
It can be easy to get caught up in the cycle and continue to eat poorly during the days that follow Christmas, particularly as we often feel exhausted mentally and physically. As such, returning to our old routines, including eating well, can be a challenge.
Exercise during this time also tends to fall by the wayside and take up residence on the list of things we simply don’t have enough time to squeeze in, partly because the weather can be an extra discouragement.
The first necessary step is to break free of that cycle of holiday eating and scheduling as quickly as possible. There’s nothing wrong with indulging for a few days, and you shouldn’t feel bad or guilty about that.
But when the indulgence stretches to a week or beyond, you’re looking at many more weeks to correct it, and that can lead to resignation and less motivation to shift back to a healthy lifestyle.
If you’re still strapped for time, focus on making the easiest, healthiest meals you can for the next week to compensate. They might include oatmeal, salads, and fish. Also concentrate on integrating exercise time in with other activities you may need to do in the days ahead.
Taking those first, difficult steps back from the precipice of indulgence are challenging, but the sooner you take them, the easier they will be.
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If you’re looking for a great dining experience in Chicago, you won’t have to look very far. The Windy City has some of the finest restaurants in the country.
Here’s seven great restaurants you should visit the next time that you’re in the Chicagoland area.
1. Charlie Trotter’s
Many people have argued that Charlie Trotter’s is the best restaurant in the country. It’s been in business for 25 years and usually features a tasting menu. Be prepared to spend time as well as money when you get there: you’ll want to allow at least two and a half hours for your unforgettable dining experience.
For an elegant, romantic dinner on South Wabash, look no further than Acadia. The a la carte menu features a contemporary twist on classic American cuisine.
When you want to eat out, and you’re looking for some fabulous ambiance to accompany your gourmet meal, you should definitely visit Alinea. The front staff is professionally attired in Ermenegildo Zegna suits. Waiters expertly guide you through the entire tasting menu, which can include as many as 24 different courses.
4. Cite Chicago
Have you ever wanted to enjoy a great dinner about 700 feet in the sky with a breathtaking view of the Chicago skyline? If so, then Cite Chicago is the place for you. Cite Chicago is generally known to be one of the best restaurants in the city, with great meals prepared by Chef Oscar Omelas. The restaurant also has a fabulous wine selection.
5. Custom House
Located on South Dearborn, Custom House takes a new approach to dining: start with wine. Chef Perry Hendrix has a background in wine production, and he uses that knowledge to support the preparation of his menu.
6. Dee’s Mandarin
If you’re in the mood for some great sushi, then give Dee’s Mandarin a visit. Most people don’t associate sushi with Chicago dining. But if you visit this restaurant, you won’t be one of those people.
40 stories above the Chicago Stock Exchange is a wonderful restaurant called Everest. The restaurant offers great views of The Loop. To further enhance the dinner experience, bronze sculptures stand at the center of each table.
Although these 7 restaurants definitely stand out in Chicago, there are hundreds of other great places to eat. Fortunately, there is plenty of information online about all of Chicago’s great fine dining establishments.