Sorry—I couldn’t help myself. Just be glad I didn’t show you pictures of the lollipops…
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This may be old news to some of you, but since I had Thursday off (the only good part about working the weekend), I had time to go to Whole Foods. I’ve been trying to avoid canned beans for a while now, so I was intrigued when I saw these boxed ones. Though I’ll probably keep buying dry since they’re so much more cost-effective, I did buy a box just to try out, as I’m really curious.
Have you tried boxed beans?
As I’ve discussed many times, I love a good glass of wine, but I try to be choosy about the when/where/what/how much I drink. And the who I drink it with. Let’s face it—there are just some people it’s not smart to drink wine around, for various reasons.
Anyway, this was news to me, but apparently, the same company the makes Clif Bars also makes wine—reasonably-priced wine sourced from environmentally-conscious vineyards in the Napa Valley and North Coast, at that…Behold, the Clif Family Winery.
Consider me a skeptic, but I’ve read good things around the web, and I’m also amused by the fact that snack items available in their online store also include pairing suggestions. I’ll admit, my interest has been piqued, though the last thing I need in my apartment is more wine. I still have a few bottles from last summer (and one from longer ago that that!) I haven’t gotten around to opening yet. I seriously need to just host a dinner party already.
Has anyone tried their wines? What do you think about the Clif-Bar/wine thing?
Over-pouring wine is very easy to do, but keeping track of how much that little extra adds up to? Not so simple.
The Caloric Cuvee, The Calorie Counting Wine Glass, aims to solve your problem by measuring wine in 2 ounce increments and allowing you to see the correlated calories.
There’s also a line for when you don’t really give a sh!t how many calories are in that glass. Calorie-counting or not, I think we all have those days once in a while…
Personally, I can’t ever see using this in my day-to-day life, but I think it would make a funny gag gift or conversation starter. I might also use it in an educational setting to illustrate how liquid calories from alcohol can add up.
So what do you think? Would you try this glass?
I really don’t like this Nutella commercial. Every time it comes on I can’t help rolling my eyes. What grates me is the way the ad makes this chocolate hazelnut spread sound like a health food. Yeah, it might get your kids to eat whole grain toast and whole wheat waffles, but what about the 21 grams of sugar per serving and the low protein content? You can read the rest of the nutrition facts here.
Granted, I could just be bitter about the fact that I can’t eat hazelnuts (oral allergies are fun—not). But still! Once in a while, I don’t see anything wrong with a sugary treat at breakfast, but kids need adequate nutrition to grow and perform well in school. Sugar just provides calories they could be getting from real food. Bonus points for the glasses of milk at the breakfast table and the bowl of fruit in this commercial, but it still annoys me. Why can’t they show, like, banana slices on top of the toast with Nutella, you know?
What do you think of this commercial? Do you eat Nutella?
Well, well, well. London-based company Hoxton Street Monster Supplies is selling salt made from human tears. I kind of love that this exists, but at the same time, uh…this is a joke, right? I think they forgot a few varieties. Bonus points for the onions, though. Unfortunately (or fortunately—I don’t know), they’re out of stock. I wonder what the sodium content is…
Would you try salt made from human tears?
I don’t know what it is this week, but I’ve had cereal on the brain—cereal monogamy, to be specific. For someone who writes about food so much, sometimes my own living-under-a-rock-ness astounds me. For example, I had no idea there were so many varieties of Cheerios out there. Chocolate? Dulche de Leche? Peanut Butter? I’m intrigued.
Because I’m kind of a nerd, I wanted to check these out online before adding them to my shopping list. I’m glad I did. While I’m all for whole grain cereal, and the nutrition stats and ingredient lists are not completely terrifying, sugar is still one of the first four ingredients for most of these flavors (corn syrup, brown rice syrup, and other sweeteners are also on the list). The artificial coloring is kind of a drag too.
I’m sure I’m not the first to say it seems like there’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing thing going on, with sugary cereals basking in the “healthy glow” shoppers associate with Cheerios. Okay, that’s a little melodramatic, but you know what I mean. It’s only cereal, I know, but it still bugs me to see artificial stuff on the list. Read More »
In this week’s “About Damn Time” news, the FDA and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said Wednesday that over-the-counter weight loss agents containing human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) are fraudulent and illegal.
You would think that subsisting on a very limited calorie diet (we’re talking 500 calories—a venti drink from Starbucks can have more than that) supplemented with a hormone approved only as an injectable drug for certain forms of female infertility would be kind of unappealing, but this stuff has been very popular over the past few years.
Said Elizabeth Miller, acting director of the FDA’s fraud unit for OTC products, ”There is no substantial evidence HCG increases weight loss beyond that resulting from the recommended caloric restriction.”
Miller also cited malnutrition risk, electrolyte imbalance, cardiac arrhythmias, and gallstone formation as concerns about such a low-calorie diet.
Like many people, I go through phases with different foods. One thing I tend to get on the weirdest jags with is salad. Just to illustrate that point, I’ve had a massaged kale salad with lemony miso-tahini dressing at least once a week since last spring. Often these jags begin with needing to use up a certain ingredient. This fall’s phase of salads with kabocha squash, goat cheese and pumpkin seeds began when my sister made a hugebatch of pumpkin seeds.
This almost became a post about relearning how to cook for one person, but the honest truth is that I’ve been eating most of my meals alone for the past year anyway, so it’s really nothing new. One thing that is new, though, is getting used to buying groceries in smaller quantities.
So the other day, I bough a pack of tempeh bacon, just to try something different. In order to use it up within the 5-7 days recommended on the package, I’ve been throwing it into salads. I think I might have to buy more in the near future: this combo is a little bit addictive..
This is just a standard massaged kale salad in the dressing mentioned above, with tomato, roasted red pepper, avocado, and 3 slices of pan-fried, crumbled tempeh bacon. It’s a bit like cobb salad—only better. At least in my opinion. I’m a sucker for green stuff with a little crispy-salty-savory thrown in there.
What’s one of your current favorite food combinations? Have you ever tried tempeh bacon?