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22 Jan 19
Magic on Main Street

Tropical Hideaway opened right before Christmas and was highly anticipated and HIGHLY busy over the holidays. I personally steered clear of it until about a week ago when the hype had finally died down a little and the lines were slightly more manageable. I’m so glad we did end up trying here though because I […]

22 Jan 19
Hank's Notes

There are a whole lot of beers in the world, but only one can be the best. Beer Advocate has a list of the 250 top brews in the world, as rated by its users. Beer advocate sorts the beers by pulling the overall score from millions of user reviews. Then, they normalize those scores based on […]

22 Jan 19
Cuisine Test

Mon amour pour les pizzas est inconditionnel, j’aime les manger au restaurant mais aussi les faire maison. Cela me permet de mettre la garniture de mon choix et à volonté 🙂 . Et quoi de mieux que de finir une soirée pizza avec un dessert bien gourmand et chocolaté ? Pizza au chocolat vegan Aujourd’hui je […]

22 Jan 19
Some Kinda WWonderful

I don’t have a real sweet tooth (I’m more of a salty snack kinda gal), but the craving does hit now and then. This recipe started with the infamous 0 point cheesecake that is all over the WW site. This comes in at 1 point for 1 sixth of a pie (not 1/8 as usual), […]

22 Jan 19
Home

The first time was entirely Divya’s fault. And Goutam blamed her for it. He would never have been on that trip if not for Divya. And now, he was paying for it, running out of the bus like a school-kid, holding onto the railings in one hand, his stomach in the other, and on the […]

22 Jan 19
CBD Oils

Click here to buy CBD The holiday season is upon us and there are many reasons to celebrate. We have our family, friends and health. With the calendar year coming to a close, it’s an ideal time to look back and reflect on how you got here. It’s also a good moment to ponder where […]

22 Jan 19
Jannanigans

Friday night we watched Glass by M Night Shamalamadingdong. Jack and I watched Unbreakable on Weds and Split on Thurs to prepare ourselves. I’m actually an MNight fan, and really enjoyed how he made his movies cohesive. James McAvoy did his character so well. Just the way he would carry himself, I knew which personality […]

22 Jan 19
RVANEWB=Linda Jean Melin: food adventurer, life-long learner and recent Minnesota transplant to Richmond, Va.

This Thursday we decided to finally walk to Dutch & Company at 27th and Marshall and find out what everyone has been raving about. It’s a cozy spot, soft lighting, long bar, chalk board specials and close seating.  It felt very European. We started the meal with the craft beer, Merica for my husband and […]

22 Jan 19
nail blast

Hello and welcome to another sample it again Saturday! Where every Saturday I choose a polish I haven’t used in a while to be the star of my weekend Mani! Doing this I’m hoping to help myself and other use more of thier nail polish collection and fall back in love with a forgotten polish […]

22 Jan 19
THE LIGHTNING CONJURER

Forty-five minutes later I stepped out of the cab outside Aiden’s apartment. He lived in a loft downtown, above the charming boutiques on the main street. When I approached the door he shared with the jewelry shop owner below his flat, my hands were shaking slightly. I pressed the buzzer next to his apartment number. […]

22 Jan 19
fashionfruit.

  BY ANYSIA LEE fashionfruit. Editor-in-chief Get cozy with this week’s playlist: fashionfruit. week 32 I’m back in the States now — and that means it’s time to get back in gear for the next chapter of fashionfruit. fun. Sorry for the unannounced hiatus! Andrew and I found ourselves in the middle of the busiest semesters […]

22 Jan 19
Greg's Adventures in Vegan Fitness and Nature

Daily weigh-in: 156.2 pounds Daily resting heart rate: 59 bpm Time asleep: 4 hours, 49 minutes Sleep quality: 74% Time awaken: 03:12 Today started with 1/5th of a 75% dark chocolate bar as my pre-workout supplementation (90 calories), and then VivoLife Plant-based protein (110 calories) and a banana (100 calories), a blood orange (50 calories), […]

22 Jan 19
The Bojon Gourmet

A celebration of the almond-based mixer orgeat, which features in classic cocktails and makes a delightful addition to whipped cream, too. A collaboration with Jessica and Mitch of Thread and Bones. The first time I tasted or heard of orgeat was in the pastry department of Farallon, the classic San Francisco seafood restaurant where I worked […]

22 Jan 19
bobbymgsk

Team Brownie: Davis: Walnut brownie w/ walnut cream cheese frosting & sprinkles Meadow: Peanut butter chip brownie w/ buttercream glaze & rainbow sprinkles Jaxon: White chocolate chip brownie w/ white chocolate buttercream & pink sprinkles Gavin: Almond brownie w/ almond buttercream & blue sprinkles Jenna: Pumpkin brownie w/ pumpkin chocolate ganache & sprinkle mustache Team […]

22 Jan 19
Thrive Global
6 FABULOUS FOODS TO TURN YOUR BLUES INTO BLISS It’s a New Year and the beginning of a fresh new cycle of expectations, opportunities, hopes and dreams filled with promise and purpose. So, why is it we so often feel depressed and sad this time of year? What’s up with the lethargy, laziness and lack of enthusiasm that often accompany January and the cold winter months?  Is it all in our heads? What’s going on? Well, the short answer is “no.” It’s not all in our heads. And, the reason we feel this way this time of year is two-fold. First, while January signals the start of a new year, for many of us it’s also the end of another holiday season. The Christmas tree and poinsettias are now sitting in the gutter by the street, the lights are packed away, the gifts have all been opened, the great holiday treats have been consumed and the parties are over. The months of preparation, anticipation, excitement and fun have come to an end. You see, when we’re in the midst of holiday planning we’re excited! Our adrenalin and other super-charged chemicals are pumping with expectation and all the mental and physical activity of the annual holiday build-up. And, when the holiday is over these chemicals dissipate leaving our bodies with the normal, not so fun, much less exciting chemicals of ordinary, everyday life, which can be rather bland by comparison. Indeed, this biological component of the post-holiday letdown is similar to a mild bipolar cycle called cyclothymic or a “cycle of feeling.” It’s discussed in a manual published by the American Psychiatric Association known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition – or DSM-IV for short — which defines the holiday or winter blues as “the mental distress occurring after the winter holidays and festival season.” Second, add to this the fact that the winter months can be cold, dreary and dark, which makes us susceptible to another phenomenon of nature known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. So appropriately abbreviated, this condition clinically is recognized as a recurrent depression usually triggered by winter days and the lack of natural or artificial light. And, while both conditions are completely normal and quite common, who needs them? The good news is that we can defeat this depressing double-whammy. And, we can do it by eating! FRUIT When it comes to healthy eating, citrus fruit is at the top of the list. Citrus is loaded with antioxidant flavonoids that help lower our risk of many health-related issues, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Moreover, flavonoids have been found to inhibit the symptoms of mild depression.  Adding an orange or grapefruit to your daily diet can make a huge difference in your mental outlook and emotional health. FISH Certain varieties of fish are loaded with essential oils called omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows that omega-3 can alleviate several mental disorders, including schizophrenia. It can significantly improve our mood, lessen irritability and decrease depression. And, some of the best sources of omega-3 can be found in anchovies, sardines, mackerel and wild salmon. NUTS & SEEDS In case you don’t like fish, try a handful of walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts or flaxseed instead. All contain the same omega-3 fatty acids that support mental health and help balance our emotions. In addition, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds are packed with B vitamins known to promote a positive mood and decrease our chances of falling into a depression. TEA We’re all familiar with the soothing qualities of a hot cup of tea on a hectic day. Tea also contains friendly flavonoids, which stimulate the parts of our brain that produce feelings of relaxation. Green tea brewed the old-fashioned way and herbal teas such as chamomile are best for increasing our feelings of mental and physical wellbeing and decreasing stress and anxiety. OLIVE OIL With good reason, olive oil is considered one of the new super foods. It too contains an abundance of mood-enhancing omega-3 fatty acids. A big dose of olive oil every day with your salads or vegetables will decrease irritability and stabilize emotional balance. CHOCOLATE Now, here’s the one you’ve been waiting for. We all know eating chocolate makes us feel good. This is because chocolate contains compounds that signal the brain to release our feel-good chemicals serotonin and dopamine. It’s also rich in methylxanthine, which inhibits the body’s tendency to become lethargic and increases energy and mental clarity. One or two bites of dark chocolate a day will do the trick. Yes, the winter months can be dreary and depressing. Yet, just a few dietary tweaks can help keep our outlook bright and our spirits high!
22 Jan 19
This Isn't Ideal

As I reflect back on the last month or so, I’m 21 days into my New Year’s Resolutions and I don’t think I have gotten as far in my journey as I was hoping to at this point. As I sit here and write this I’m drinking a “Palm Breeze” malt beverage, eating chocolate chip […]