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June 21st, 2012 No Comments

Refreshing and interesting summer beer

Recently discovered these bad boys.  Not too dark, definitely delicious, and surprisingly light and refreshing for hot summer days.

BTW, darker beers have less calories than pale ales.  It’s a fact. Came straight from the Dr. Oz’s mouth.

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Jailhound

March 4th, 2012 No Comments

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Poor pup is trapped on a beautiful patio while mom works away on this gorgeous Sunday afternoon.

Would be perfect if I wasn’t so hung over. Ugh.

Update: This day is inching up to perfection.

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Hair of the dog and delicious!

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What is the best Happy Hour deal…for your health?! Nutritionista answers.

January 25th, 2012 No Comments

This is my favorite mid-day snack!

Right after I took this picture, I wondered, “What is the healthiest bar snack option?”  To me, this seems like it, but the chips are fried and the beer is full throttle.  Although it is a dark beer, which is less caloric than light ales if you can believe it.   Instead of guessing, I emailed Leah, aka Nutritionista who used to contribute regularly to MTM, for the numerical answer.

She responded like a champ!  Read the cold hard facts below.

HAPPY HOUR HEALTH QUIZ

by Nutritionista

Recently, Mary presented me with three common happy hour options and asked a simple question: Which is healthier? I’ve written about how to have a healthy happy hour before, but this seemed like a fun and challenging happy hour dilemma to tackle. Here are the choices Mary gave me:

  • Glass of wine and a bread basket with olive oil at an Italian restaurant
  • Sliders and light beer at a sports bar
  • Skinny margarita with chips and salsa at a Mexican Restaurant

First let’s establish portion size. I went with 3 5-oz. glasses of red wine and 3 smaller pieces of crusty white bread with 1/2 tbsp olive oil for the Italian restaurant, 4 small sliders and 3 12-oz. light beers for the sports bar, and 25 chips + 6 tablespoons salsa and 3 skinny margaritas for the Mexican restaurant.

The first thing most people would probably be tempted to do is look at the calorie count for each of these options. You might be surprised to know that the approximate calorie counts for each happy hour pick are pretty similar: around 850 for the Italian restaurant, 745 for the sports bar, and 745 for the Mexican restaurant. Yes, you could save around 100 calories by avoiding the Italian option, but calorie count isn’t telling us much here.

So let’s go beyond calories, since I don’t think they tell the full health story anyway. The Italian happy hour choice not only has the most calories, but it also has the most carbs by far — around 95g compared to 50g for the sliders and beer and only 35g for the Mexican meal. But that low carb count in the Mexican happy hour might be due to some artificial sweetener in the margaritas — and I definitely don’t think artificial sweetener is healthy. But if you don’t want your blood sugar to spike, stay away from the Italian happy hour with all that bread! White bread has pretty much no redeeming nutritional qualities anyway.

Looking at protein, the sports bar meal packs the most punch, with 30g compared to 16g in the Italian meal and 11g in the Mexican meal. The sports bar meal also has the most fat (presumably from the burgers), which you all know I don’t think is necessarily a bad thing. No, the beef in those sliders is probably not very high quality, but the fat will still be more filling.

If I had to give a final verdict, my vote goes to the sliders and beer. It will be far more filling than either of the other options because of the protein and fat. If you want to kick the health factor up a notch, eat your sliders open-face and cut back to two beers. That brings the calorie count down to around 545 and the carb count down to 20g.

If you can mix and match, go with 1-2 glasses of red wine (a healthier option than beer) with 2-3 open-faced sliders. That’s around 400 calories, 15g carbs, and 15g protein. It would also be pretty satisfying because of the protein/fat, and keep you from walking away feeling bloated. Not a bad option!

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Wet Your Travel Whistle With These Enticing Slide Shows

September 2nd, 2010 No Comments

The Huffington Post travel section features slides shows with photos and just enough info to tease you into researching further.

Keep these lists handy when planning your next vacation:

6 Cool Hotel Bars

7 Hot Spots Out West You Have To Experience

9 Brand New NYC Hotels

12 Cities for Beer Lovers

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Delicious Dish: “The yup-this-is-the-beer-lovers-bloody-mary edition.”

August 21st, 2010 No Comments

Delicious Drink: “The yup-this-is-the-beer-lovers-bloody-mary edition.”

(via missjacobi: via girlwearsmascara)

For those of you who take your bloody marys seriously, try out this bad boy.

  • 12 oz. tomato juice
  • Juice of 6 medium limes, fresh-squeezed
  • 6–8 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Half a small onion
  • 2 Tbsp. plus 1/2 tsp. pequín chile powder
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 4 bottles light Mexican beer
  • Ice
  • Tool: blender
  • Glass: pint, chilled
  • Garnish: chile-salt rim, lime wheel
  1. Place first five ingredients, along with half a teaspoon of pequín chile powder and half a teaspoon of salt, into a blender and process for 1 minute or until smooth to make michelada mix. Combine remaining chile powder with remaining sea salt.
  2. Rim four chilled pint glasses with the chile salt and fill with ice. Fill each glass 1/4 full with michelada mix and fill the remainder with beer. Garnish with a lime wheel.
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DIY Beer

January 21st, 2010 No Comments

“If you can cook oatmeal, you can brew beer.” — Stephan Vayland of Brooklyn Brew Shop

via this NY Mag article that  claims you beer lovers can brew your own at home.

DIY beer isn’t for me, but for those of you beer enthusiasts, it’s worth the click to see if you agree.

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