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Don’t Feel Guilty For Having A Good Time Because…

13 Jan

come to find out according to health experts beer is actualy good for you So not only you are having a good time but you are inheriting health benefits such as:

1. Stronger Bones

Beer contains high levels of silicon, which is linked to bone health. In a 2009 study at Tufts University and other centers, older men and women who swigged one or two drinks daily had higher bone density, with the greatest benefits found in those who favored beer or wine. However, downing more than two drinks was linked to increased risk for fractures.

For the best bone-building benefits, reach for pale ale, since a 2010 study of 100 types of beer from around the word identified these brews as richest in silicon, while light lagers and non-alcoholic beers contained the least.

2. A Stronger Heart

A 2011 analysis of 16 earlier studies involving more than 200,000 people, conducted by researchers at Italy’s Fondazion di Ricerca e Cura, found a 31 percent reduced risk of heart disease in those who quaffed about a pint of beer daily, while risk surged in those who guzzled higher amounts of alcohol, whether beer, wine, or spirits.

More than 100 studies also show that moderate drinking trims risk of heart attacks and dying from cardiovascular disease by 25 to 40 percent, Harvard reports. A beer or two a day can help raise levels of HDL, the “good” cholesterol that helps keep arteries from getting clogged.

3. Healthier Kidneys

A study in Finland singled out beer among other alcoholic drinks, finding that each bottle of beer men drank daily lowered their risk of developing kidney stones by 40 percent. One theory is that beer’s high water content helped keep kidneys working, since dehydration increases kidney stone risk.

It’s also possible that the hops in beer help curb leeching of calcium from bones; that “lost” calcium also could end up in the kidneys as stones.

4. Boosting Brain Health

A beer a day may help keep Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia at bay, researchers say.

A 2005 study tracking the health of 11,000 older women showed that moderate drinkers (those who consumed about one drink a day) lowered their risk of mental decline by as much as 20 percent, compared to non-drinkers. In addition, older women who downed a drink a day scored as about 18 months “younger,” on average, on tests of mental skills than the non-drinkers.

5. Reduced Cancer Risk

A Portuguese study found that marinating steak in beer eliminates almost 70 percent of the carcinogens, called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) produced when the meat is pan-fried. Researchers theorize that beer’s sugars help block HCAs from forming.

Scientists also have found that beer and wine contain about the same levels of antioxidants, but the antioxidants are different because the flavonoids found in hops and grapes are different.

6. Boosting Vitamin Levels

A Dutch study, performed at the TNO Nutrition and Food Research Institute, found that beer-drinking participants had 30 percent higher levels of vitamin B6 levels in their blood than their non-drinking counterparts, and twice as much as wine drinkers. Beer also contains vitamin B12 and folic acid.

7. Guarding Against Stroke

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that moderate amounts of alcohol, including beer, help prevent blood clots that block blood flow to the heart, neck and brain—the clots that cause ischemic stroke, the most common type.

8. Reduced Risk for Diabetes

Drink up: A 2011 Harvard study of about 38,000 middle-aged men found that when those who only drank occasionally raised their alcohol intake to one to two beers or other drinks daily, their risk of developing type 2 diabetes dropped by 25 percent. The researchers found no benefit to quaffing more than two drinks. The researchers found that alcohol increases insulin sensitivity, thus helping protect against diabetes.

9. Lower Blood Pressure

Wine is fine for your heart, but beer may be even better: A Harvard study of 70,000 women ages 25 to 40 found that moderate beer drinkers were less likely to develop high blood pressure—a major risk factor for heart attack—than women who sipped wine or spirits. 

10. Longer Life

In a 2005 review of 50 studies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that moderate drinkers live longer. The USDA also estimates that moderate drinking prevents about 26,000 deaths a year, due to lower rates of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

These benefits appear to apply in other countries as well, with an earlier study reporting that, “if European beer drinkers stopped imbibing, there would be a decrease in life expectancy of two years—and much unhappiness.”

See told ya…so drink up and be Mary but DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!!!!

 

 

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Starbucks Secret Menu

17 Aug
Green Eye

A Red Eye or Black Eye, sure — that’s one and two extra shots of espresso in a regular drip, respectively. But those that go for green get a sure-to-jack-you-up three shots of espresso boost to their cup of coffee.

Dirty Chai

A chai latte (hot or iced) with a shot of espresso added in. And if you want two shots? That’s called a “Double Dirty” or “Extra Dirty” Chai.

Zebra Mocha

Sometimes also called a “Penguin Mocha,” this drink combines the white chocolate mocha with the regular mocha for those who can’t pick a favorite. Or, if you really want to take it to the next level, ask to have raspberry flavoring added for something called the “Red Tux” Mocha.

Chocolate Dalmation

 White Chocolate Mocha with java chips and chocolate chips sprinkle in.

Captain Crunch Frappuccino

 No, this doesn’t involve bringing the childhood-favorite cereal into the store and asking them to blend it in a frappe. Still, fans say that the combination of hazelnut syrup (though some folks contend it should be toffee nut) in a Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino is a dead ringer for the flavor of the cereal.

"Short" Drink

 The Tall drink’s smaller, less expensive younger brother.

French Press

 Apparently if you ask, Starbucks will brew any of the coffee they sell in a French Press.

Super Cream Frappuccino

 Like to go heavy on the whipped cream? Ask for a “Super Cream” version of your Frappe and you’ll get half a cup of whipped cream blended in

Affogato Style Frappuccino

This one probably classifies more as an in-the-know than a “secret” one. Order any Frappe “affogato-style” and you’ll get a shot of hot espresso added on top of your drink as opposed to having it blended in.

Triple C's

 And the award for best alliteration in a Starbucks drink name goes to the Three C’s: Cinnamon Dolce Latte with caramel syrup and chocolate mocha syrup.

Biscotti Frappuccino

 This off-the-menu item sounds a little like a Starbucks version of a DQ Blizzard or a McFlurry, except you have to have to buy a package of biscotti cookies separately and ask your barista to blend them into your Frappe. Note: There seems to be some contention online as to whether or not baristas are actually allowed to put biscotti in the blender, so maybe only ask someone you know is willing to do you a favor.

Cake Batter Frappuccino

 Perhaps a little deceptively named, as there are no actual pieces of cake or cake batter in it, this beverage vanilla and almond syrup to a Vanilla Frappuccino.

Really Joao’s?!

31 Dec

I know, I know, I have been lagging for a couple of months. But I do have to report a disappointing update in regarding Joao’s Tin Fish before we depart from 2010. Okay, how am I going to say this without sounding like a sloth?…Back in May of this year, I ate at Joao’s for my birthday lunch; and of course I got the heavenly Lingucia Sliders.Right when I opened the menu I was searched high and low for my beloved Lingucia Sliders because I wanted a manage a trois with the delightful spice of the lingucia and the sweetness of  the sweet Portuguese bread intermingle in my mouth. But everything came to an end. The waitress told me that they took out the wonderful sliders out of their menu and there is no chance of ressurecting it. So I ordered the fucking dull Lingucia Sandwich. Honestly the only thing that the sandwich contained was a lingucia cut in half in a french baguette. No lettuce, no nothing. They might as well called the fucking dish a Portuguese hotdog because that is what it looked like. Nothing annoys me when chef’s fancy up a dish with words when it is something that you cook at home within less of than an hour. I don’t mind when chef’s take out dishes on the menu because that is a  way they evolve their art; but this is whole different story. Why keep the boring Portuguese hotdog and execute something that is orgasmic. Joao’s bring the Lingucia Sliders back!!!

It’s About Freakin’ Time!!!

22 Aug

Sorry for being M.I.A for most of this month. But have no fear I am back and in writing in a cafe having Sunday Brunch at Caffe Italia where they have Belgian Waffles until 1:00 pm on Sunday’s. If you are within the area check out Caffe Italia if you want to immense yourself with some locals; but make sure you bring cash because they DO NOT accept credit and debit cards. 

Headband from BeBeauty

 

Before I forget on my way to Caffe Italia I discovered a Jazz radio station here in San Diego where they play real jazz not that “smooth jazz” crap in which I call it “fake jazz”. Well the station is 88.3 fm. Yes, that is fm not am, I know its shocking that there is a jazz station that is in fm radio that does not have any static. At first I must admit I had it on 88.1 instead of 88.3 and there was some static and it intercept with some station that was playing Doo Wop and I didn’t even care. Which is rare but now I found a new love on the radio 88.3…screw my iPOD. 

Yay!!!

Okay back to business. Finally Bravo kicked Danielle Staub to the curb. I know that they wanted drama but not ex convict drama. I hope Dina comes back since Danielle is gone. So, Dina PLEASE COME BACK.

 

 Also as all of have heard…Roger freakin’ Clemens has been indicted by the federal jury for lying his steroid and HGH use. Clemens’ charges are: one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury in connection with his February 2008 testimony. From what I have heard, if found guilty he might spend 30 years in prison. Honestly, if the mistress say that the guy can’t get it up and you all of a sudden have a strain relationship with one of your buddies from your team (Pettitte) your ass is guilty. On top of that you lied to Congress…who does that? It will come out anyway so you might as well man up and admit like A Rod. Even though A Rod is cocky at least he man up and admit his steroid use. People wonder what is his legacy going to be after all of this. Easy…his legacy is that he is a nothing but cocky pussy that was a gifted pitcher. So congrats Rocket you officially fucked your legacy.

 

Magic Lamp Lebanese Mediterranean Grill

22 Jan

Two weekends ago I hung out with my cousin (I called that weekend, “weekend with Libras”) and we had a dinner at a fabu Lebanese restaurant in Long Beach called The Magic Lamp. I don’t know what it is about that section in Long Beach which the locals call “2nd street” but they have the best restaurants and eateries there. I never had Lebanese food, even though I have a very good friend for many years that is Lebanese and can cook Lebanese food…I still never had Lebanese food. But I had Persian food and since they are somewhat within the same area I am sure I would find some similarities.

Anyways back to this restaurant of scrumptiousness, I had their Kafta Plate which was some meaty deliciousness of a skewered blend of ground sirloin and lamb, mixed with parsley, onions and species. And of course no Arab main course is complete with its sidekick of basmati rice and tabbouli salad. What is tabbouli salad you might ask…for those who are aliens to Middle Eastern Cuisine and do not step out of the generic Caesar, Garden, Grilled Chicken salad. Tabbouli is chopped parsley, mixed with bulgur wheat, diced tomatoes, dried mint, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil.

Let me tell you, I am not big fan of salads because there is no creativity behind it. Can you blame me? It’s just a  plate of gathered boring vegetables that is partly drench with Kraft salad dressing and on top of that, they charge you as high as $5 for something that is not cooked. And people just because the mojority of your plate consist of some greenery does not mean it can make you lose weight or live a healthy life style. Next time you go to your local supermarket, be my guest and check out the salad dressing section and take a nice look on the nutrition facts and the ingredients. Your answers to your unachieved  weight goal is in that bottle. Worst of all they really don’t show the art of the chef. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with simplicity, I like simplicity but if I don’t feel no art of ingredients dancing and titillating my taste buds it’s a thumbs down. But not Tabbouli salad, it simple but it’s oh so GOOD in every bite. How about the ingredients? Are they dancing around your taste buds? Why yes they are, as a matter a fact there is a party going on in my taste buds.

They take online orders but they don’t deliver and they are VERY reasonably priced. Here is their website:www.MagicLampGrill.com. So locals and passer byers take advantage.

First Stop Vegas…Next Stop Sedona

31 Dec

Over the past weekend I went on a mini road trip from Las Vegas to Sedona with my family. While I was in Vegas I checked out the new casino Aria which is located in City Center. Within this metropolis nestles great chocolate and couture. I am sure there were great clubs and lounges in there, but to me those where the two important things.

For a minute I thought I was in chocolate nirvana because it had everything that I ever wanted in my house. A gelato station, a crepe station, espresso station, gourmet sandwich station, pastry and dessert station, macaroons available at your command, and loads of chocolate. I could stay there all day and night if I had the chance. This chocolate boutique named after French Executive Pastry Chef Jean Philippe, lived up to my expectations. It pass one of the most important test in the world of culinary, the whip cream. It did not come out of a Reddi Whip can, it was homemade and you can tell because of the texture and the soft, airy taste. It was hard for me to leave chocolate heaven until my aunt informs me about the mall of couture that lies ahead. Of course in true Mary A. Arrabaca fashion, when one wants to take a picture of me I can’t help to strike a pose.

Joao’s Tin Fish at Liberty Station

22 Dec

For the adventurous foodies out there in America we all know that searching for Portuguese cuisine is like a finding a needle in a hay stack. As a person of Portuguese decent I have always been curious of the food of one of my heritage. I always envy Anthony Bourdain or anybody from either the Food Network or  Travel Channel eating Portuguese food. It’s already bad enough that you are already in one of my motherland must you boast how great the local cuisine is too? I know its great, it looks great, I don’t even need “smellivison” to make it worst. I found the only Portuguese restaurant in San Diego but I heard by many that it’s not as good nor its barely authentic. For crying out loud how hard is it to find a place that makes kale soup and serves linguicas?

Which brings me to Joao’s Tin Fish at Liberty Station, for those who don’t know where Liberty Station is located, it is located in Point Loma.  It is not a Portuguese restaurant but it has some Portuguese food (at least there is some progress). This place has the BEST sandwiches!!!! I mean who can ever mess up a sandwich?! It’s the most easiest thing to make. Yes, but when I ate at this place for the first time I had their linguica sliders with sweet Portuguese bread (I know it is not the whole Portuguese cuisine experience but at least it’s something). It was the BEST sandwich that I EVER had in my whole life!!! I do not know how they can ever make a sandwich go beyond its ordinary means but the nice spicy linguica with the combination of the sweetness of the bread just coats your mouth so smoothly. It gave the “wow” factor of all sandwiches.  Another sandwich that they are made famous for is their crab sandwich, I haven’t ate it yet but I heard they’re a hoot. To top off this place they show the soccer channel. Watching soccer and eating linguica sliders what more can you ask for?

After eating a linguica I can see why it is mostly embedded in most Portuguese cuisine. Why is it hard to find langucias any where? If anyone out there knows a place where they sell linguicas please let my know.

To find a Joao’s Tin Fish near you please check out their website www.thetinfish.net

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