Friday, February 27, 2009

Trader Joe's (To A Bossa Nova Beat)


Lover of cute and catchy Internet video clips that I am – here's a recent "would be" commercial tribute to one of my favorite grocery shopping haunts, Trader Joe's. (Special shout out to the one on North Central Ave. in Hartsdale, N.Y.)

Don't you just love it when creativity can lend itself to something this entertaining? As well as true, of course... Hey, there usually *is* a guy with 12 items on the 10 items or less line EVERY time I'm in there, and...

Well, anyway, take a look and a listen:

Friday, February 20, 2009

No Lunch Left Behind

A new era of government bailouts and widespread concern over wasteful spending, offers an opportunity to take a hard "new" look at the National School Lunch Program.

Launched in 1946 as a public safety net, overall, it has turned out to be a totally poor investment -- and one that should certainly be *redesigned* to make our children healthier. Under the program, the United States Department of Agriculture gives public schools cash for every meal they serve — $2.57 for a free lunch, $2.17 for a reduced-price lunch and 24 cents for a paid lunch. In 2007, the program cost around $9 billion, a figure widely acknowledged as inadequate to cover food costs.

But what most people don’t realize is that very little of this money even goes toward food. Schools have to use it to pay for everything from custodial services to heating in the cafeteria. (And why of course...are any of us *not* suprised by this.)

Read more here

Friday, February 13, 2009

Hearts and Beer Gear



With our nation's economy still in shambles, I'd say a simple, intimate "beer toast" this evening with your significant other -- is just as good as any.

And speaking of which, beer and all its gadgetry have actually gone hand in hand since Babylonian brewmeisters first used clay pots to ferment their mash. In the millennia since, technological innovations have often accompanied beermaking, and occasionally improved it.

Either way, you've got to admit that some were quite important. And that would definitely include the the year 1957, when we were introduced to the "Styrofoam Cooler."

The recycling breakthrough invention of the aluminum can (and the double-barreled beer hat) also comes to mind, as well as....

Friday, February 06, 2009

Salt, More Or Less

Think you know everything there is to know about salt?

In that case, don't be so quick to limit salt consumption, argues Michael Alderman, MD, in a recent article in the NY Times. The evidence of any health benefit to reducing salt is only based on observational studies, he writes. may even do more harm than good.

(Hmmm.... Feeling a little bloated already?)

Well, pass the diuretics, and read more here