Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Healthy eating tips from a Celebrity Nutritionist

Celebrity trainer Andrea Orbeck has motivated and trained thousands of people on how to live their healthiest life. A former member of the Canadian women’s national bobsled team, the trainer has worked with such famous Hollywood hard bodies as Becki Newton, Usher, Alicia Silverstone, Seal and Kimora Lee Simmons and trained svelte supermodels Heidi Klum, Karolina Kurkova and Doutzen Kroes.



Known as the “muscle whisperer,” Andrea holds certification in intracellular physiology, postural assessment and myofascial release therapy. Below the super star strength trainer shares eight favorite Healthy Eating Tips from Celeb Nutritionist tips, usually reserved for her celebrity client, on how to kick off a healthier 2011:


1. snacking is a hard habit to break…so don’t!

It’s important to always keep healthy snacks around to avoid the fattening cookies and candy that you will taunt you at most holiday parties. I’m a huge fan of popchips when I’m really craving a snack. They have less than half the fat of regular fried chips and I actually love the way they taste, unlike baked chips. I like to think of popchips as my ‘get out of jail free card!



2. drink water!

We know you hear it all year long, but it’s especially important this time of year. With the drop in temperature and the increased heat in your homes, you want to make sure not to get dehydrated. Not only does water suppress the appetite and aide in digestion, it’s also a remedy for headaches and hydrates your skin to diminish the signs of aging.



3. watch your alcohol consumption!

Did you know that alcohol contains almost the same calories per gram as fat? Not to mention, it is extremely high in sugar when you mix it with soda and juice. If alcoholic drinks are a must, try mixing them with seltzer or diet sodas.



4. get out of the house!

Bundle up go for a walk, go ice skating, or even shopping. Any extra activity helps, so even a 10 minute walk before dinner counts for something! This is also a great time of year to plan activities to do with the family to stay fit and spend quality time together. Build a snow fort, have a snowball fight or bust out that newest version of the fitness video game for everyone to participate in. Bottom line: if you have fun you’ll burn more calories!



5. don't skip meals!

It's tempting to skip meals to make up for the larger meals you will be eating during the holidays. Don’t forget the empty-stomach rule - if you're starving, your rational mind will be unavailable for healthy food choices. Eat small meals all day to avoid going crazy at the buffet table or have a lighter lunch leading up to a heavy dinner.



6. modify your favorite treats!

Replacing high calorie ingredients with lower ones can literally save you thousands of fat and sugar calories over the holidays. For example: replace your fattening store bought dip with low fat sour cream or a non fat yogurt blended with a dip mix.



7. stay active!

It’s tempting to ditch your regular workouts as you become consumed with holiday preparations, parties and errands; but now more than ever, you need to stay active. Shorten your workout time with a circuit of cardio and weights together. One intense minute of movement, such as jumping jacks, coupled with squats is a great example of how to do this. It’s amazing how much your body can benefit from even 12 minutes of movement. Replace duration with intensity!



8. choose your plate size wisely!

Using a smaller plate, pile on the greens and slowly back away from the buffet table to a different part of the room. As they say, out of sight, out of mind. Use this time to catch up with friends and family; hopefully you will be having so much fun, you’ll forget about a second helping of grandma’s cookies.

A toast to Texas Wineries

It was a good year for Texas Wines

Take a moment to look back at the past year in the Texas wine industry because it’s been a significant one, which has provided a great foundation for future success in 2011 and the new decade. We look forward to working with you next year on food and wine news and events.

· New Wineries – this year saw the establishment of the 200th winery in the Lone Star State. At this time, there are 217 wineries, creating a statewide economic impact of more than $1.35 billion.

· Record Harvest – the 2010 Texas harvest was one for the record books. Production for 2010 was 8,900 tons, up 44 percent from a year ago, making Texas the seventh-largest grape producing state in the nation.

· Expanding Wine Grape Acreage – The Texas Department of Agriculture has also helped increase wine grape acreage. The Texas Wine Grape Investment Grant Program has provided grants to farmers and the assistance has added nearly 400 new acres across the state.

· Tex-Med Varieties – Texas grape growers are seeing promise in Mediterranean varieties that enjoy Texas’ hot days and cool nights. Over the coming years, wine enthusiasts can expect to enjoy some spectacular Texas wines made from Italy’s Aglianico, Montepulciano and Dolcetto, and Spain’s Tempranillo, Albarino, and Grenache, as well as southern France’s Marsanne, Syrah and Mourvedre.

· Texas Winery Passport Program – the Texas Department of Agriculture expanded the rewards program and added gifts from winery partners. Since October 2008, more than 20,000 consumers have redeemed their passports to earn rewards, which equals more than 80,000 winery visits. More than 1 million tourists visit Texas wineries each year.

· Big Tex and Texas Wines – the State Fair of Texas Wine Garden featured Texas wines, offering a popular attraction to the fair's more than 3 million visitors. The Wine Garden created more than $100,000 in sales of Texas wines.

· Texas Wines & GO TEXAN Restaurants – for the third year, the GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up offered consumers a sampling of the state’s best food and wines from nearly 400 restaurants. It’s exciting to see more and more restaurants adding Texas wines to their wine lists.

· Enjoying the National Spotlight – from the Grape and Gridiron Classic where Texas wines were put to the taste test and prevailed against New York wines to the many highly respected wine competitions where Texas wines have brought home the gold, Texas continues to receive accolades for the quality of its wines.

The new year also marks a new decade for Texas wine. With exponential growth in the number of wineries, Texas Wine Country visitors and economic impact from the industry, the prospects are exciting for the coming years. In the meantime, Go Out. Go Eat. GO TEXAN.

Looking forward to sharing a glass of Texas wine with you in 2011.

Cheers!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Naked self portraits

Sometimes I cringe when I look in the mirror. So I was curious when I read about this class by Portrait artist Susan Singer I wondered would I rather create my own naked portrait or have someone else do it.

I am a big fan of Susan Singer's work


This class description made me think about my inner artist


Naked Self Portraiture: Drawing Inward to Draw Outward.

Part exploration of the soul, part exploration of the body, this class will give you time and permission to see yourself as you truly are with loving eyes. We’ll draw and paint and sculpt with simple materials like Playdoh and finger paint, easy for the inexperienced artist and challenging enough for even the professional artist as well. We’ll go inward through Authentic Movement and guided meditation to find the essence of who we are outwardly on the inside. Come prepared to disrobe, to explore, to laugh, and to discover richly, deeply your own gorgeous self, inside and out.


Fee: $200 for the session, no drop-ins permitted


Contact Susan Singer to register. SusanSingerArt@msn.com. 804-267-3455.

A colorful production in Black and white


DEATH IS NO SMALL CHANGE!
By Kurt Kleinmann

A World Premiere Production



The Story –
This comedy murder-mystery takes place in November of 1936 and is a light-hearted spoof of black & white films of the 1930’s and 1940’s. The action takes place on the private island which is home to the Yarazelski Brain Institute. A string of murders has been committed, casting suspicion on the doctors of the Institute. Could one of them be guilty? Or did the butler actually do it this time? Harry Hunsacker, would-be actor turned would-be detective, and Nigel Grouse, his paid-by-the-hour assistant, along with Lt. Foster of the real police have less than 2 hours before the killer will strike again! Don’t miss this spectacular recreation of the golden age of black & white films—presented onstage In Living Black & White!

The Basics -
The production will open December 31, 2010 and run through January 23, 2011. Sneak Preview performances are December 29 & 30, 2010. Tickets are on sale now through the Eisemann Center Ticket Office at 972-744-4650 or online at www.eisemanncenter.com


New Year’s Eve -
A New Year's Eve performance at Pegasus Theatre is a tradition going back to 1985 when Pegasus Theatre was founded. If you haven't already experienced this tradition--take the opportunity to help you end one year and start the next the right way, with a laugh in your heart and a smile on your face.

This year they are adding to the tradition with After Glow at the Renaissance. Enjoy the show and then, after the show, walk across the street to the beautiful Renaissance Hotel for a Champagne toast, a special gourmet dessert, and live entertainment as you wait for the New Year to begin!

And if you want to take your evening to an even more memorable level, the Renaissance Hotel is offering a Special Dinner, Theatre, Lodging, and Breakfast package for New Year's Eve! The New Year's Eve Package includes dinner for two featuring your choice of Filet Mignon, Sea Bass or Chicken Roulade with Portabella Mushrooms and Beef Medallions, premium tickets for Death Is No Small Change!, After Glow at the Renaissance, complimentary self parking and breakfast for two the next day.

Special Dinner, Theatre, Lodging, & Breakfast Packages are also available for all performances January 1, 2011 - January 23, 2011

• 25th Anniversary Production •
1985-2010



Pegasus Theatre
Full Performance Schedule for
Death Is No Small Change!
By Kurt Kleinmann
A World Premiere Production
Presented In Living Black & White!
25th Anniversary Production 1985 - 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 8pm Sneak Preview Performance
Thursday, December 30, 2010 8pm Sneak Preview Performance
Friday, December 31, 2010 8pm Opening Night*
Saturday, January 1, 2011 8pm
Sunday, January 2, 2011 3pm Matinee

Thursday, January 6, 2011 8pm
Friday, January 7, 2011 8pm
Saturday, January 8, 2011 3pm Matinee
Saturday, January 8, 2011 8pm
Sunday, January 9, 2011 3pm Matinee

Thursday, January 13, 2011 8pm
Friday, January 14, 2011 8pm
Saturday, January 15, 2011 3pm Matinee
Saturday, January 15, 2011 8pm
Sunday, January 16, 2011 3pm Matinee


Thursday, January 20, 2011 8pm
Friday, January 21, 2011 8pm
Saturday, January 22, 2011 3pm Matinee
Saturday, January 22, 2011 8pm
Sunday, January 23, 2011 3pm Matinee Closing Performance

*Opening Night – Ticket price includes show and After Glow at the Renaissance (champagne, special gourmet dessert and live entertainment.)

TICKET PRICES –

Sneak Preview $20.00
Opening Night $50.00
Thursday $25.00
Friday $30.00
Saturday matinee $25.00
Saturday evening $35.00
Sunday matinee $30.00

Student, Senior Discount $10.00 off any performance except Sneak Preview, Opening Night, Saturday evening.

S.T.A.G.E. Discount ½ off any performance except Sneak Preview, Opening Night, Saturday evening.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Follow Santa on Christmas Eve..........


Follow Santa on Christmas Eve..........

As part of a special partnership with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), OnStar subscribers can follow Santa Claus’ journey on Christmas Eve as he makes his way around the world in a single night.

Beginning on Christmas Eve at 6 a.m. EST, all subscribers have to do is push their blue OnStar button and ask for a “Santa Update.”An OnStar Advisor will be happy to provide updates on the jolly old elf’s journey using information provided by NORAD.

Individuals without an OnStar subscription can visit the NORAD Santa Tracker or call 877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) for Santa’s location.

I have always thought OnStar is magical. It has helped me find a Jamocha Shake at Arby's in a strange town. They helped me discover the nearest thrift shop. They take all my requests seriously (even when I know they are a big strange) and are beyond politely helpful. It is sort of like having a friend in cyberspace when you push the blue button

Thursday, December 23, 2010

GET INTO THE “FLING” OF THINGS WITH THE FRUITCAKE FANDANGO AT THE FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY

edited by Madelyn Miller, the TravelLady

It’s the day you’ve been waiting for! That special time of the holiday season when confectionaries take flight! Is it a fruit? Is it a cake? And what is the trajectory of this tantalizing treat?

Celebrate National Fruitcake Day at the Fruitcake Fandango, Monday, December 27, 2010 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107. All fruitcake festivities take place in the Innovation Studios and are included with exhibit admission. The day of fun-filled family activities include:

• Fruitcake Fling – Build a catapult and send some fruitcake flying (1:15 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:45 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.).

• Fruitcake Excavation – Dig in and dissect this delectable dessert (10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.).

• Fruitcake Facts –Chef Asdren Azemi with Ruffino’s Restaurant in Fort Worth shares fascinating fruitcake facts (2:00 p.m.).

In honor of the fruitcake, the museum is collecting donations all week for the Tarrant Area Food Bank. The week long Food Bank Food Drive takes place December 27, 2010 to January 3, 2011.

Bring a canned good, nonperishable, or other much-needed item and receive a discount coupon to Laser Nights, spectacular laser light shows set to timeless rock classics presented in 5.1 surround-sound stereo in the Noble Planetarium. Drop off your donation near the Membership Kiosk at the main entrance.


About The Museum

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Days. For more information about the Museum visit www.fortworthmuseum.org or call 817-255-9300.

Madelyn Miller never met a fruitcake she liked. So this event sounds like lots of fun to her. She would much rather fling one than eat one.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

21 Ways to Enjoy Colorado Resorts For Free

Guests Keen on Value Make the Most of Fun Freebies in Colorado Ski Country



As if skiing in CO wasn't fun enough already, here are 21 ways to enjoy CSCUSA for free http://bit.ly/e9lfuI

Skiers and riders have a lot of options to get more out of their ski season this year as Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts are offering free activities of all kinds. From concerts, to races, to lift tickets, savvy deal seekers will find plenty of choices for fun and enjoyment offered completely free of charge.

To make sure nobody misses out, CSCUSA has put together the following list of freebies available at member resorts for 2010-2011.



Free Events & Activities

Arapahoe Basin’s May Concert Series is not only free but entertaining. Free concerts will be held in the base area every Saturday in May from 1pm-4pm. Guests are invited to follow spring skiing with libations and live music.


Aspen/Snowmass plays host to a number of events throughout the season, including the X-Games, World Cup Races and concerts. All events at the four mountains are free.


Families visiting Crested Butte can take advantage of the free skiing for kids six and under, free Mountain Express shuttle from Mt. Crested Butte to Crested Butte and free fourth night of lodging.

Sitting at the edge of Grand Mesa, Powderhorn Resort provides breathtaking views of the valley. Guests can take in the scenery on a free, one-hour guided mountain tour. Tours are offered every Saturday and sign-up is located at Guest Services.



Guests at Purgatory now have the chance to experience the latest craze in winter sports—snowbiking. Purgatory Ski and Ride School offers free snowbike licensing, which guests will need to have before speeding down the slopes. Rentals are available at Purgatory Rentals.


Kids at SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch can go straight from the slopes to the sledding hill for more fun on the snow. The Sledding Area is fenced off from ski traffic and provides kids and adults alike with a perfect place to play when the lifts are closed.


For those who want to stay out of the cold, Telluride offers free gondola transportation between the resort, the Intercept Lot, and the core of the Mountain Village. The gondola runs seven days a week from 7:00am-midnight.


Wolf Creek’s “Fun Series” offers races of all kinds during the 2010-2011 season. Entry is free and open to skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. The fastest racers in each age and gender category will receive gold, silver, and bronze medals and eternal glory.

Steamboat has free skiing with Olympians Billy Kidd and Nelson Carmichael. Guests can get pointers from the best while skiing on Heavenly Daze or Nelsons' Run. Grooming reports will let people know what days Billy is skiing at 1pm, as well as which Sundays Nelson is conducting his free clinic.


Free Skiing

Copper Mountain offers free snowcat rides to the legendary Tucker Mountain, where skiers and riders can access more than 273 acres and 1,200 vertical feet of terrain. Cats run on select days from 10:00am-1:30pm and depart from the base of the Mountain Chief Lift.

Echo Mountain wants to help parents pass on their love of skiing and riding to the next generation. Lift tickets for children age five and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Season Pass holders at Eldora can enjoy free access to the Nordic Center as well as more than 40 kilometers of trails for cross-country skiing, skate skiing, and snowshoeing. Just steps from the ski lift, Eldora’s Nordic trails meander through forests, snow-covered alpine meadows, and mountain peaks. The Nordic Center offers complete rental packages, lessons, and clinics.


For those who have never tried skiing or riding before, Loveland has a great deal. Guests who purchase a 3-Class Pass from Loveland Ski and Ride school will receive a free season pass to help them work on their turns all season long.


Monarch Mountain has free deals for skiers and riders of all ages. Children ages six and under, as well as seniors ages 69 and over, can ski for free all season long.

Guests at Silverton Mountain can earn free unguided ski days by volunteering for Boot-Packing Days. Those who want to participate should show up—with pants duct-taped to boots—at the base area at 8:45am on any of the scheduled boot-packing days and be ready to pack down snow with their boots. No experience is required but participants must have a beacon and probe. Each day of boot-packing earns a free day of unguided skiing.

One of Colorado Ski Country’s Gems Resorts, Ski Cooper offers Gems Cardholders one free season pass after completion of three lessons.


Guests at Sunlight Mountain who print a coupon from www.sunlightmtn.com can get a free child lift ticket with the purchase of two adult lift tickets.

When guests book a minimum of two nights of lodging at Winter Park between Opening Day and Christmas Day 2010, they will receive one free lift ticket per night booked. The “Ski Free at Winter Park” lodging package is available online at www.playwinterpark.com.


Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) is the not-for-profit trade association representing Colorado’s 22 ski & snowboard resorts. CSCUSA is the global voice of the Colorado ski industry. The Association’s primary functions are concentrated in marketing, public policy and public relations. Information about CSCUSA and its members can be found at www.ColoradoSki.com, on Twitter @ColoradoSkiUSA and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ColoradoSkiCountryUSA..

EIGHT TIPS TO BREWING UP THE PERFECT COFFEE for a party

1. Be your own barista. Create a coffee house vibe and offer guests tasty toppings like cinnamon, cocoa, nutmeg, ginger and flavored creamers. Take advantage of the different varieties of Eight O’Clock Coffee ranging from its most popular varieties of Original, 100% Colombian and French Roast to more festive choices like Hazelnut, French Vanilla, Mocha and Dark Italian Roast.

2. Coffee can be enjoyed any time. Break tradition – hosts don’t have to wait until the end of the meal to begin brewing. Welcome guests to a warm, cozy home filled with the fragrant aroma of coffee. Visitors won’t be able to resist a cup the minute they remove their coats.

3. Open before the holidays. Don’t wait until the night of your soiree to unveil that brand new French press. Play it safe and test out new coffee makers and brewing gadgets long before company comes.

4. Chilled and on the rocks. Skip the soda and cool down your coffee with coffee flavored ice cubes prepared prior to your party. Or, break out the blender and make frozen beverages if feeling adventurous.

5. Eight O’Clock to go. Stock up on holiday-themed to go cups with lids and send guests home with a fresh cup of Coffee for the road – a must for visitors with a long ride ahead.

6. Don’t forget the decaffeinated. Prepare for caffeine-conscious guests and stock up on Eight O’Clock’s Decaffeinated Original, Decaffeinated 100% Colombian or 50% Decaf.

7. Coffee for large parties. If brewing coffee in a high-capacity urn, consider storing and serving coffee in carafes after brewing. Carafes keep coffee hot and fresh, while urns may “burn” your brew over time.

8. BYOC – be unique and bring coffee. While most partygoers bring wine, you’ll be as distinct and tasteful as your gift.

These tips came from Eight O’Clock Coffee www.eightoclock.com
edited by Madelyn Miller the travelLady

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Questions for a Better you in 2011

*The Top 15 Questions To Answer To Become A Better Version of You*

1. What are the top 3 things you are going to stop doing in 2011? What environment do you need to create to help you do this?

2. How do you want to feel when you wake up? Working? talking to friends? in relationship? driving your car? What can you do to cultivate this feeling when you are not feeling this way? (hint: what makes you feel this way when you are doing it?)

3. What skills do you want to learn?

4. Who do you want to spend more time with?

5. What is the one thing you wanted to do in 2010 that you didn’t? Can you plan to do this one thing in 2011? By when? Date it.

6. What 3 things have you learned this year that you love about yourself?

7. Who are the top 3 people you want to forgive? Then choose if you are going to call, send a letter or email. Write it down in your calendar and do it.

8. How much money do you want to make in 2011?

9. Who do you want to meet in 2011?

10. What will you gift yourself every month to celebrate your awesomeness?

11. What habit do you want to release in 2011? What sort of environment do you need to do this? What do you need to help you? What good habit do you want to put in it’s place?

12. What limiting belief are you ready to let go of? Choose just one and if you are like me you’ll choose three, LOL.

13. What is the one quality you want to cultivate in 2011? What can you do to work on this?

14. What are 3 things you appreciate in your life and why.

15. What is the #1 thing you want to forgive yourself for in 2010. Close your eyes and tap into your heart and continue to say. I’m sorry, please forgive me, I love you until you feel complete.

These questions came from Hillary Rubin
info@HillaryRubin.com

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Male Habits during the Holidays

In these trying economic times, it’s no surprise that one of the top New Year’s Resolutions for men in America is to save money. But a shocking new study shows that while men want to reign in their expenses, they'll still splurge when it comes to their sweethearts, even if it's at the expense of dear old mom. According to a nationwide poll conducted by Maxim Magazine and Hornitos™ Premium Tequila, a whopping 46% of men are planning on spending upwards of $350 on the women in their lives this holiday season, but at a breakdown of $250 for significant other and a mere $100 for mom.



The data, culled from more than 3,000 men offers a rare glimpse into the male psyche and the holiday habits of the typical, male instigator. Aside from gauging holiday spending habits, questions were asked about men's favorite holiday movies, how many parties they will attend this holiday season, the one gift they want to receive most and many more.



Among the results:



- The top New Year’s Resolution for this year is to save cash (44%), with only 36% of respondents resolving “hit the gym more.” Fortunately for Snooki and the gang, a mere 9% vow "to quit watching 'Jersey Shore'," so we can assume the series is safe for Season 3.



- 46% of guys claim they’ll spend $250 on gifts for their significant other and only $100 on gifts for their mom. Maybe it's time for a reminder of how she took care of you when you were sick in the 4th grade!



- While holiday instigators are planning on spending big bucks on gifts (and expect the same in return), booze far outweigh their interest in electronics and gadgets, with a substantial 63% of men picking a bottle of premium tequila as their most wanted gift this season over an iPad (21%) or xBox (9%). And don’t you dare get him clothing, as only a mere 7% want to receive duds this holiday season!



-Angelina Jolie is the number one fantasy date to the typical guy’s office party (48%) besting Natalie Portman (19%) and Megan Fox (20%) by more than double.



- The holiday cult classic and oft-marathoned “A Christmas Story” (46%) handily beat out “Big” (21%) and “It’s a Wonderful Life” (20%) as the instigator's favorite holiday film, proving every man, no matter the age, still covets a BB gun.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Will Queen Elizabeth's Underpants sell higher than other celeb Underpants?

We all know Victoria’s Secret but what’s the Queen Mum hiding? When looking to surprise your loved one this holiday season, why not look to the latest trend in undergarments…celebrity underwear auctions!



Prince sold a pair of briefs on a video set for $20. Michael Jackson’s tighty whities started off with a bid of $1 million on eBay. And Queen Victoria’s royal undergarments went for $9000. Now the auctioneers at Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers are hoping to re-create the magic of the “Victoria’s Secret” sale with the announcement of the sale of Queen Elizabeth II pair of underpants.



Predicto Mobile, the largest paid mobile subscriber community with over 2 million nationwide active users voting on popular topics in the current news, celebrity world and sports determined that 76% of the public believes that Queen Elizabeth II's underpants will sell for over $9000 while the rest believes it won’t.



Will a pair of underpants that belonged to Queen Elizabeth II go for more than $9,000 at auction by 2/1?

No – 24%

Yes – 76%

Monday, December 06, 2010

Broadway's #1 Holiday Hit... The Grinch who stole Christmas


AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
December 7, 2010 through December 12, 2010

Get ready to welcome Whoville to Dallas… tickets for Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical go on sale today at 10:00 am! Dallas audiences will have the chance to discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic tale as it comes to life on stage at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House for 12 performances during the 2010 holiday season, December 7 through December 12.

The Grinch is part of the Lexus Broadway Series. Running Subway Productions presents this critically acclaimed, record-breaking Broadway production originally created by 3-time Tony Award® winning director, Jack O’Brien.


The Grinch broke box office attendance records for three consecutive years on Broadway during its limited holiday engagements in New York. Thousands of families have been delighted by this heart-warming musical, which The New York Times praises as “100 times better than any bedside story.”

Tickets are a great Christmas gift


Tickets can be purchased at www.attpac.org/grinch, by phone at 214.880.0202, at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Box Office at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street (Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday 11 am – 4 pm), or at the remote Box Office at Park Place Lexus Plano at 1025 Preston Road. Ticket prices range from $30.00 to $150.00.


Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical stars Stefan Karl of Nickelodeon’s LAZYTOWN (Robbie Rotten) as the Grinch and features the hit songs "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas” from the original animated series. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas away from holiday loving Whos. Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville, while the Music and Book of Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason breathe new life into this timeless story of the true meaning of Christmas.
WWW.GRINCHMUSICAL.COM



About the AT&T Performing Arts Center

Open since October 2009, the AT&T Performing Arts Center is a vibrant destination for entertainment in the heart of the downtown Dallas Arts District. The Center presents a variety of programs, including its Lexus Broadway Series, Brinker International Forum, JAZZ ROOTS and, in association with TITAS, contemporary dance and music, and other performances. The Center also provides performance space for The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, in unparalleled venues set within a 10-acre urban park.


The Dallas Fort Worth Lexus Dealer Association is the title sponsor of the Center’s Lexus Broadway Series. Lexus is the official vehicle of the Center and its resident companies, the official valet sponsor and the naming rights holder for the Center’s two underground parking areas. RideCentric is the Official Ground Transportation Provider of the Center.

Madelyn Miller is a travel and food writer who has loved Dr. Seuss since she was a child. Read her stories on www.travellady.com, www.carladynews.com, www.yogayaya.com, wwww.chocolateatlas.com, www.cocktailatlas.com, www.coffeeatlas.com, www.teaAtlas.com

Thursday, December 02, 2010

HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR THE “HOT AND COLDS” ON YOUR LIST

Oskar Blues Beer and Oskar Blues Beer Infused Hot Sauces are the Perfect Gifts
For Those Who Have Everything or Those Who Want Nothing

Looking for the perfect gift for those HOT and COLDS on your list?

Nothing goes down better with hot food than a cold craft beer in a can. So whether you’re looking for a gift for that person who has everything, or for that person who wants nothing, Oskar Blues serves up some ideas for the most discriminating beer drinker and condiment douser.

Some Like it Hot
Oskar Blues Brewery offers a new line of beer infused hot sauces that include one of each of their craft beers. Outside of beer, hot sauces make everything better. Oskar Blues Rocky Mountain signature hot sauces are a collaboration created by the Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids restaurant head chef Jason Rogers and Danny Cash Hot Sauces. Perfectly paired with Oskar Blues beer or equally awesome on their own, gift givers can choose from one of the following:

Ten FIDY Imperial Stout Hot Sauce: Holy Hot! Ten FIDY hot sauce, made with ghost chile. This one is for the very brave. Brewed in small batches just like the Oskar Blues cult favorite Ten Fidy.

Mama’s Little Yella Pils Hot Sauce: Hot Mama! Hot sauce made with Mama's Little Yella Pils and Serrano peppers.

Dale’s Pale Ale Hot Sauce: Chipotle hot sauce infused with Dale's Pale Ale.
Old Chub Scotch Ale Hot Sauce: Old Chub Scotch Ale blends beautifully with this cayenne hot sauce.

Gordon Imperial Red Hot Sauce: Sweet and Hot, mango Habaneras hot sauce infused with Gordon. Great on shrimp or fish tacos.

Oskar Blues signature hot sauces are priced at $7 except for the limited edition Ten FIDY Hot Sauce, which is priced at $10. A Hot Sauce Gift set featuring Old Chub, Gordon, Dale’s and Mama’s Little Yella Pils can be purchased for $25.00. Sauces can be ordered online at: www.oskarblues.com

Baby, It’s Cold Outside
For those cold-loving beer snobs Oskar Blues serves up the EVOLUTION of craft beer offering 6 quality craft brews in a can for any beer-craving palette. Oskar Blues defines the “Canned Beer Apocolypse” that challenges what is expected from craft beer in a can. BYOB, Bring Your Oskar Blues.

Dales Pale Ale: America’s first hand-canned craft beer is a voluminously hopped mutha that delivers a hoppy nose and assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and hops from start to finish. First canned in 2002, Dales Pale Ale is a hearty (6.5% and 65 IBUs), critically acclaimed trailblazer that has changed the way craft beer fiends perceive canned beer. Available in a four-pack, Dales retails for $8.99.

Mama’s Little Yella Pils: An uncompromising, small-batch version of the beer that made Pilsen, Czech Republic famous. Unlike mass market “pilsners” diluted with corn and rice, Mama’s is built with 100% pale malt, German specialty malts, and Bavarian hopes. While it’s rich with Czeched-out flavor, its gentle hopping (35 IBUs) and low ABV (just 5.3%) make it a luxurious but low-dose refresher. Available in a four-pack, Mama’s retails for $8.99

Old Chub: This jaw-dropping Scottish strong ale (8% ABV) is brewed with bodacious amounts of malted barley and specialty grains, and a dash of beechwood-smoked malt. Old Chub features a skim-milk mouthfeel, semi-sweet flavors of cocoa coffee, and a kiss of smoke. A head-turning treat for malt heads and folks who think they don’t dig dark beer. Available in a four-pack, Old Chub retails for $8.99.

Gordon: A luscious, double-red ale with a gooey aroma, a sticky mouthfeel, a malty middle and unctuous hop flavors. Gordon also sports a surprisingly comfortable finish for a beer of its hefty size (8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs). It’s brewed in tribute to Gordon Knight, a Colorado craft beer pioneer and Vietnam vet who died fighting a 2002 wild fire outside of Oskar Blues’ hometown of Lyons. Available in a four-pack, Gordon retails for $11.99.

TenFIDY: This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with neck-deep flavors of chocolate, malted milk, cocoa and oats. The beer equivalent of a decadent chocolate milkshake, Ten FIDY (10% ABV) is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, flaked oats and hopes. It is the ultimate celebration of dark malts and boundary-stretching beer. Available in a four-pack, Ten FIDY retails for $14.99.

GUBNA Imperial Pale Ale: Emphasizing that complexity of character can arise from simple elements, this ale is made with 3 malts and 1 hop. A larger than life beer (10% ABV, 100 IBUs), the GUBNA will greet you with a pungent citrus blast, provide a spicy yet round middle and finish with a brisk, clean bitterness. Available in a four-pack, GUBNA retails for $14.99.

Set in the heart of Colorado craft beer country, Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons began canning its beers in November of 2002 with a hand-canning line in the 60- year-old barn next door to their funky little brewpub. Although it’s now a full- throttle canning operation that is quickly expanding its cult-like following across the nation, Oskar Blues remains true to its original mission of simply blowing minds with what can come out of a can of beer.

ABOUT OSKAR BLUES
Three-dimensional brewing since 1999, Oskar Blues began the “Canned Beer Apocalypse” in 2002 when Dale’s Pale Ale became America’s 1st CANNED craft beer.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Red Riding Hood

Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf? When the full moon rises…everyone.

The full moon is a time of romance, madness, and—for those who believe—the werewolf.

In the coming months, we will warn you of the full moon’s approach, beginning with the trailer for RED RIDING HOOD, from director Catherine Hardwicke.

Opening on March 11, 2011, this is no fairy tale. Amanda Seyfried stars a beautiful young woman who is determined to follow her heart, despite the terror of the werewolf who returns with each full moon and who, by day, could be anyone—even the man she loves.

The trailer arrives just in time to remind you of the next full moon on November 21st.

Remember…

BELIEVE THE LEGEND.
BEWARE THE WOLF.

Click to view trailer www.redridinghoodmovie.com

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Start humming the tunes and get out your calendar


DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS, PRESENTED BY COMERICA BANK,
ANNOUNCES 71ST SEASON OF THE BEST OF BROADWAY

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM), presented by Comerica Bank, has announced their 71st season lineup, with seven touring Broadway productions coming to the Music Hall at Fair Park in 2011. DSM has been entertaining North Texas audiences with the finest in professional live theatrical entertainment since 1941.

In announcing the new season, Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director of Dallas Summer Musicals, said, “With seven successful decades of presenting musical theater behind us, we
look forward to the 2011 season with great optimism. Our wealth of past experience in theater operations has provided thoughtful guidance to the decisions made for this 71st season, and will position DSM for a bright future. We understand the current economic climate is a consideration every household is evaluating this year, and, in response, we have reduced the number of shows in the season and the ticket prices in order to make it more affordable to you in these tough times.”

“The season includes recent Broadway shows such as 9 TO 5, BURN THE FLOOR, GUYS AND DOLLS, and WEST SIDE STORY, and perennial favorite MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT. We are delighted to present a season special opening by Texas’ own Tommy Tune in STEPS IN TIME, WITH THE MANHATTAN RHYTHM KINGS, and will also return the unique sounds of STOMP for a one-week special.”

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent non-profit presenter of Broadway theater in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theater with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through community outreach and education, and enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region. DSM is the largest producer and presenter of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest, the second oldest summer theater organization in the United States, and the fourth largest non-profit theater company. In addition to presenting national Broadway tours, DSM also produces shows on Broadway, presents and tours local productions, and is involved in developing new works. Dallas Summer Musicals’ affiliates include DSM Management Group, Inc. (DSMMGI), which manages the Music Hall at Fair Park.




DSM SEASON AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

TOMMY TUNE STEPS IN TIME, WITH THE MANHATTAN RHYTHM KINGS, March 15-20, 2011. Broadway’s Super Star Song and Dance man, Tommy Tune hits the stage high stepping through his nine-time Tony® Award winning career. Celebrating 50 years on the Great White Way, Native Texan Tune sings, dances, and laughs his way through those glorious musical moments that made him a Theatre Legend. Backed by the multi-talented Manhattan Rhythm Kings, Tune’s unique and masterful Broadway Biography in song and dance leaves audiences standing, cheering, and dancing in the aisles. Tommy Tune is “The quintessential Broadway song and dance man,” according to Variety Weekly.

BURN THE FLOOR, April 5-17, 2011. Direct from Broadway, the new Broadway production proclaimed “Audience-Dazzling!” by The New York Times, brings back Ballroom Dancing, reinvented. Years before “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” turned ballroom dancing into must-see TV, one sizzling show was setting stages ablaze around the globe. The electrifying Latin and Ballroom dance spectacular that has thrilled audiences in more than 30 countries brings the fire and passion of their live performance to Dallas.

9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, May 18-29, 2011. This musical is the most fun you will have all season, with its hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. The new musical comedy, direct from Broadway, is based on the hit movie and features Dolly Parton’s original hit title song along with her new Tony® Award and Grammy® nominated score. The book is by Patricia Resnick, co-writer of the original screenplay, and tells the story of three unlikely friends who conspire to take control of their company, learning there is nothing they can’t do, even in a man’s world. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is about teaming up and taking care of business….it’s about getting credit and getting even…and it’s about to open in Dallas.

STOMP, June 7-12, 2011. This one-week special returns to the Music Hall at Fair Park with new surprises! Explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, and utterly unique, STOMP appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments—matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps—to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. USA Today said, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” See what all the noise is about.

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, June 14-26, 2011. The second coming of Broadway’s #1 Musical Comedy Smash, called “A No-Holds-Barred Smash Hit” by The New Yorker. The funniest show on earth is back to taunt Dallas for a second time. Winner of the 2005 Tony® Award for Best Musical, SPAMALOT, the musical comedy sensation lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail,” now returns to spread laughter and cheer throughout the kingdom. SPAMALOT tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. But before they can find their grail, they’re taking a little side-trip to the fair city of Dallas.

GUYS AND DOLLS, July 19-31, 2011. Big League Productions is proud to announce a sparkling new production of the timeless Broadway classic, GUYS AND DOLLS. Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy—considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy—soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to the cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon. The New York Times calls it “The show that defines Broadway dazzle!” The New York Post said, “If you have one musical to see, make it this…and make it quick.” “GUYS AND DOLLS is one of those pivotal events in Broadway’s history. A phenomenon.” New York Magazine. From the Hollywood motion picture version starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra to the acclaimed Broadway revivals, GUYS AND DOLLS remains a classic masterpiece that will please everyone from musical theater scholars to fans of The Sopranos and everyone in between.

WEST SIDE STORY, October 4-23, 2011, is also the 2011 State Fair of Texas musical. “Bold, fresh and transcendent,” said The New Yorker. More than 50 years ago, one musical changed theater forever. Back on Broadway mesmerizing audiences once again, from the first note to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY soars as the greatest love story of all time. Directed by two-time Tony® Award winning librettist Arthur Laurents, WEST SIDE STORY remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The new Broadway cast album recently won the 2010 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest, featuring such classics of the American musical theater as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” “So exciting it makes you ache with pleasure,” according to John Lahr, The New Yorker.
Season tickets, priced from $75-$380, are on sale now at The Box Office, 542 Preston Royal Shopping Center in Dallas.

Subscribers may also order tickets to the season special TOMMY TUNE STEPS IN TIME and STOMP ($12-$70 each), and may order by mail or in person at The Box Office, 542 Preston Royal Shopping Center, by phoning 214-346-3300, by faxing 214-691-7386, or online at www.dallassummermusicals.org. Season packages and gift certificates in any denomination are also available at one of our kiosk locations now through late December.

A kiosk is located inside Macy’s on the second level at the Galleria Dallas | 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75240 or at galleriadallas.com. Another kiosk is located inside Stonebriar Centre | 2601 Preston Road Frisco, Texas 75034. For groups, please call 214-426-GROUP.

Season subscribers enjoy such benefits as first opportunity to get the best seats available for the season, plus huge savings over single ticket prices and easy payment plans, lost ticket replacement, ticket exchange privileges and a 10% discount on all DSM logo merchandise. Plus, season subscribers have first option on their seats for the following season, and can save up to 35% over the cost of last season’s subscription package.

In 2012, DSM will bring such terrific straight-from-Broadway musicals as MEMPHIS, the winner of five 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love, filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll.

Also on the season lineup will be THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a huge audience favorite on Broadway, created by Tony nominated® Andrew Lippa (best score), Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman. Also coming in 2012: The delightful new musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, reprising the fabled 1956 concert by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, all gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever; and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, the hilarious story of Georges (suave owner of a glitzy drag club on the French Riviera, and his high-strung star performer, Albin (who goes by the stage name Zaza). They live a charmed life—until Georges’ son, Jean-Michel, turns up engaged to the daughter of a conservative right-wing politician who’s coming to dinner.

Season sponsors for Dallas Summer Musicals, presented by Comerica Bank, are The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and Texas Instruments.

As a nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theater, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, the Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theater arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.

For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, presented by Comerica Bank, visit their website at www.dallassummermusicals.org or call (214) 421-5678.

French with a Texas Twang

Beaujolais Wine Festival Highlights French & Texas Vintages;
Sponsors to Wear Traditional French Ball Masks

Welcome back, Beaujolais, Bordeaux and Texas. Bienvenue Burgundy and Rhone Valley. As wine lovers around the globe crack open the first bottles of the 2010 Beaujolais, Dallas will revel in the country’s biggest Beaujolais Wine Festival.

Themed French with a Texas Twang, the 2010 festival will be held at the World Trade center on Friday, Nov. 19. Organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Dallas/Fort Worth, the festival is expected to draw more than 2,000 people.

Guests will not only taste wines from the Beaujolais region, the event’s signature Sommelier Sponsor, Goody Goody Wine & Spirits, will also have Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone Valley and Texas vintages to savor. In addition, all festival sponsors and their guests will be easy (and difficult!) to spot because they’ll be wearing traditional French masks.

Celebrities including Miss Texas 2010 will be on hand for autographs and photo opportunities. Other highlights include a fashion show by Texas Next Top Designers, cabaret dancing and singing, a silent auction, and more.

Attendees will also please their palates with selections from some of the top restaurants and gourmet food providers in the Metroplex, such as: Cadot Restaurant, Eddie Deen, Evian, Hotel St. Germain, La Duni Latin Café, la Madeleine, Lavendou Bistro Provençal, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Mozzarella Company & Empire Baking Co, Paciugo Gelato, Parigi, Salum Restaurant, Sambuca Uptown, Scardello Artisan Cheese, Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse, Capriccio Ristorante, Decanter Restaurant and Wine Lounge, Delice Chocolatier Selection, and more.

This year guests will have a unique opportunity to savor a selection of French wines from the Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Rhone Valley regions, as well as premium Texas wines. It’s a great opportunity for novice and discriminating wine lovers alike to experience something exciting and new.

"It promises to be an unforgettable evening” said Eric Corticchiato, FACC Executive Vice President and chairman of the 2010 Dallas Beaujolais Wine Festival. "Everyone is encouraged to wear a mask of their choice just to add to the fun” he added.

Tickets are $55 per person; parties of 4 or more are $50 each. Tickets at the door are $60 each, and all tickets can be purchased by MC/Visa, Amex, DinersClub, Discover, cash or check through the local FACC. Call 972-241-0111 to order tickets or register online at www.faccdallas.com. Checks can be mailed to 2665 Villa Creek Dr., Suite 214, Dallas, TX 75234. Every ticket holder will receive a commemorative wine glass to imitate the smelling, swishing, and spitting process known as “degustation”.

About The French-American Chamber of Commerce

The French-American Chamber of Commerce in Dallas – one of the largest bi-national, non-profit and non-political organizations in Texas with over 200 members, seeks to contribute to the development and improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States. France has more than 180 subsidiaries in Texas, and 50 of these are located in the Metroplex. French companies based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex employ over 10,000 people.

Monday, November 15, 2010

GET A FREE APP and Will the Real Weather Girl please stand up?

Real Weather Girls, the first App based reality show. http://www.realweathergirls.com

Normally the App retails for a one time fee of $2.99, but it’s free for a limited time. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/real-weather-girls/id396011770?mt=8

Real Weather Girls doubles as a fully functioning weather App (complete with up-to-the-minute local, national, and international weather updates, seven day forecasts, and radar maps), while following the lives of 12 fascinating women in 12 different cities. New cities will be formally announced in the next few weeks.

Each Weather Girl shares her thoughts on everything from her personal life, to current events, to featuring new local hotspots or unique finds that makes her particular city remarkable. http://www.youtube.com/realweathergirls What’s more, the Girls interact with App users and respond in kind to questions posed to them.

Heading to the UK for the holidays and not sure what to pack? Ask Camilla. Visiting Dallas in the hopes of watching Jason Garrett turn the Cowboys around? It’s not likely, but users can still ask Neill for a hotel recommendation. Going to NYC and want to meet Jordan in person? Send her a note. Heading to Hollywood and need a tip to get past the door guy at hotspot Colony? Colby knows. Planning a visit to Hawaii for the upcoming Triple Crown? Colleen has the scoop. (She designed the poster for the comp.) Simply want to be entertained or take a two minute virtual vacation? Watch one or all 12 videos. Just need the weather quickly? Check the App. The Girls are a veritable mobile global concierge service.

Real Weather Girls has done incredibly well. In just a month, it’s seen over 45,000 downloads and counting! People cannot get enough of these ladies’ stories. The Weather is now a “hot” tech topic!

Real women. Real weather. Real stories. No medium is safe from the power of reality programming!

Weather and Wine

For the past week, an icy situation has been worrying many growers in key
Argentinean wine valleys: the much feared zonda and later frost. According to
experts, this current climate event could generate losses in production of
wine grapes from 25% to 30%, reports AndesWines.com

The latest reports show that micro wine growing regions Agrelo, Sur de La
Consulta, Ugarteche y Altamira have resulted affected in specific areas.

This year’s frost has been the largest one in years, say local growers.
Nonetheless, AndesWines reports that enologists and wine producers are
expecting grape prices to stay below record levels because of last year’s
price spike, especially in the areas that produce Premium grapes.

Familia Catena’s chief enologist, Alejandro Vigil, explained to
AndesWines.com that the frost destroyed many recent sprouts and that the
weather conditions drew humidity of the zones, allowing the rime to stay
longer.

The CEO of Bodega Melipal, Santiago Santamaría, added that operations in
Agrelo, region with a small frost history and where the company’s head
operations are located, will register small losses in Merlot, while some
Malbec lots will also have to be downsized.

The chief enologist from Bodega Kaikén, Eduardo Alemparte, explained that
the current frost episode was more intense and longest than in previous
years, with temperatures dropping to -4°C in some areas.

Alemparte insisted that “the previous frost did not affect us so much,
because for many of the varieties , at least in the first region and in
the Uco valley, the vines hadn’t blossomed yet. I think there will not be
a setback to the sprouts, they will recover but we will have to wait to
see if there were any damages to the fruit. I do believe it’s highly
unlikable because they were in a pre-blooming state”.

BETWEEN 25% TO 30% OF ARGENTINEAN WINE GRAPE PRODUCTION COULD BE LOST TO FROSTY WEATHER CONDITIONS
http://www.andeswines.com

Grapes are good...wine even better!!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

NEW ORLEANS: Hotel Monteleone and Fair Grounds Host Betting 101 Luncheon

From Carousel Horses to Race Horses: Register to Win a Box at the Fair Grounds on Opening Day

WHO: The Hotel Monteleone and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
This event is open to the public.

WHAT: Hotel Monteleone and the Fair Grounds are teaming up to host “Bet You Didn’t Know: Betting 101,” for women and men interested in learning about the basic rules of betting on horse races. Jim Mulvihill from the Fair Grounds will teach attendees the proper way to place a bet while celebrity guests will model stylish derby hats courtesy of Fleur de Paris. Attendees will have the chance to win prizes from a mock bet while enjoy refreshing Mint Juleps and a light luncheon provided by Hotel Monteleone featuring festive desserts. Prizes include a hat giveaway from Fleur de Paris and an autographed, framed poster from the Fair Grounds.

Additionally, the Hotel Monteleone is raffling off a chance to win a box suite on Opening Day at the Fair Grounds on Thursday, November 25. *The Day at the Races package includes a box suite, a race named after the winner, a meet and greet with the Fair Grounds new racing analyst, Katie Mikolay and the chance to present an award to the winning horse, pose for a picture in the Winner’s Circle, see their name in a Fair Grounds program and spend a night at Hotel Monteleone on November 24 or 25.

WHEN: Betting 101 Luncheon
Thursday, November 11
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Hotel Monteleone
214 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Complimentary parking for three hours is available at Solari’s Garage located on Iberville St. between Bourbon St. and Royal St.

WHY: The Hotel Monteleone is excited to partner with the Fair Grounds to celebrate the Opening Day at the Fair Grounds. “Bet You Didn’t Know: Betting 101” is one of a series of events designed to celebrate the Hotel Monteleone’s 125th anniversary.

HOW: Tickets for the luncheon are $35 and include lunch, a Mint Julep and parking as well as eligibility to win the Day at the Races package. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://hotelmonteleone.com/derbyday. The winner will be announced at the luncheon. For additional questions, please contact Carly Plotkin at 504.681.4452.

Since 1886, the Hotel Monteleone, www.hotelmonteleone.com, has proudly stood as one of the first landmarks in the famous French Quarter. The hotel is the Quarter’s largest full-service hotel, featuring 600 comfortable, luxurious guestrooms and suites. Hotel Monteleone is within walking-distance of some of New Orleans most famous attractions and is conveniently located eleven miles from the Louis Armstrong International Airport. Hotel Monteleone is a member of the Preferred Hotels® & Resorts, a consecutive AAA Four Diamond award-winner, and has won the J.D. Power and Associates Upscale Hotel Award for “An Outstanding Guest Experience”.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Sex on Sale

In the botanical world, reproduction centers mainly on the dispersal of pollen via insects and sneezing. Explore less allergy-inducing alternatives with today's Groupon: for $9, you get one adult admission to the Museum of Sex on 5th Avenue (an $18 value). You must be 18 years or older to be admitted to the museum.
The Museum of Sex is devoted to the cross-cultural and historical study of human sexuality.

The permanent collection houses more than 15,000 artifacts and chronicles the expression of our pheromones in art, photography, clothing and costumes, ultra-modern technology, and historical ephemera.

Instead of ignoring, repressing, burning, or flagellating these items, the museum celebrates and studies them in an open-minded, intellectual, and titter-free environment. Current exhibits include Action: Sex and the Moving Image, which traces the way sexual imagery has impacted everything from film to advertising, and Rubbers: The Life, History, & Struggle of the Condom, which explores the history of the small but mighty prophylactic and its clumsily unfurled place in modern culture.

While stopping through, be sure to visit the museum's Mosex Store and peruse the purchasable plethora of titillating art, books, toys, and oddities—or indulge in the sensual aphrodisiacs available at the OralFix Aphrodisiac Café.

A lusty Almond Mocha Love Bar ($3) goes particularly well with a potent Lucky Devil potion (cinnamon and cardamom with a honey gold crystal rim and an extra shot of saffron; $4.50). After an enlightening visit to the Museum of Sex, you’ll put aside staid notions of baby-delivering storks, as well as the puritanical idea that the human body should only be used to harvest grain and act as catapult ballast.

Museum of Sex
website

Locations:
233 5th Ave.
New York, New York 10016

GROUPON COUPON AVAILABLE:
$9 for One Adult Admission to the Museum of Sex ($18 Value)

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Be just a little naughty this thanksgiving

WHAT: Central 214 Thanksgiving Feast - - This Thanksgiving let Chef Blythe Beck do the cooking!

Central 214’s extensive holiday buffet features rich twists on southern fall favorites such as turkey three ways (roasted, smoked and fried), thyme sage stuffing with Grand Marnier cranberry jam and giblet gravy, maple sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, and fall squash gratin. Top it off with caramelized apple bread pudding with applejack glaze, pumpkin pie with nutmeg whipped cream or chocolate pecan pie. Price is $47.50 per person/$19.00 children 12 and under, plus tax and gratuity. Price includes coffee, iced tea and juice.

Call now for your Thanksgiving reservation at 214.443.9339 or visit http://www.central214.com

WHEN: Thursday, November 25, 2010 – 10:30am – 3:00pm

MENU:
Turkey Three Ways
(Roasted, Fried, Smoked)

Whole Steamship Round of Beef

Butter Whipped Potatoes

Thyme Sage Stuffing

Maple Sweet Potato Casserole

Naughty Cream Corn

Green Bean Casserole

Fall Squash Gratin

Lacquered Baby Carrots

Grand Marnier Cranberry Jam

Giblet Gravy

Spring Mix Salad with
Candied Cranberries, Goat Cheese & Brown Sugar Vinaigrette

Seafoam Salad

Yeast Rolls & Jalapeño Cornbread
with Honey Butter

Caramelized Apple Bread Pudding with Applejack Glaze

Pumpkin Pie with Nutmeg Whipped Cream

Chocolate Pecan Pie
WHERE: Central 214 - 5680 North Central Expwy. at Mockingbird Lane Dallas, TX 75206 - 214.443.9339


ABOUT CENTRAL 214

Central 214’s extensive menu celebrates familiar flavors and the rich tradition of contemporary regional American cuisine. Diners experience Executive Chef Blythe Beck’s passion for food and for life through her hearty and traditional classics seasoned with rich ingredients and a famously “naughty” twist. The menu evolves with the seasons and features only the freshest steak, pork, seafood, poultry and local produce.

Chef Blythe Beck practices the environmentally friendly standards of the Monterey Bay Seafood Watchlist when selecting seafood for the menu. Located adjacent to Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Dallas, Central 214 is open for breakfast, lunch , dinner and weekend brunch. Reservations are recommended.

Complimentary valet parking is available. Visit us at www.central214.com or Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Central214

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

What is your stomach trying to say to you?

This app listens to what your stomach says and analyses your hunger

For anyone who ever wished they could give a name to the type of hunger they feel, Hungry-Man® now makes it possible with “The Growlator,” the first and only stomach grown translator. Now available as a free download from the iTunes store, this iPhone app was custom made for the male sense of humor. When hunger starts to rear its ugly head, the user simply holds his phone up to his stomach to indentify his growl. The app determines what type of hunger the user has by identifying their stomach growls and translating them into appropriate diagnoses such as "The Jungle Cat."

Additionally, anyone can browse the full library of stomach chatter to find out what their stomach is trying to tell them. The Growlator then suggests which Hungry-Man® dinner will best satisfy them and users can update their friends with their designated growl via Twitter or Facebook. There is also a built in functionality for digital coupons and a store locator that directs users to the closest supermarket.

Hungry-Man® also introduces “Hungry Heroes,” a social media campaign created specifically for its loyal male audience. Through social networking sites and online video, this campaign connects consumers with legends of their own time, who take them on a quest to find the maker of Hungry-Man®. Each historic hero represents a certain type of today’s man and interacts with consumers through contemporary trends. There are two ways to participate: go to www.hungry-hero.com or text a unique code, which can be found on any purchased Hungry-Man® box. Consumers can then follow their designated hero on Facebook, Twitter and through YouTube webisodes that show each of the Hungry Heroes’ hilarious and entertaining quests through time to meet the maker of the Hungry-Man® dinner, a question that no one yet knows the answer to.
Participants can look forward to not only humor, but weekly prizes, coupons and more. The founder of the Hungry-Man® dinner will be revealed sometime in November 2010.

In addition to these two initiatives, Hungry-Man® recently introduced a new line of alcohol- infused, pub-style meals called Pub Favorites. Meal options, now nationally available, include Chopped Beef Steak with an Onion Beer Gravy, Beer Battered Chicken and Grilled Bourbon Steak Strip.

For more information on Hungry-Man® frozen dinners and entrées, please visit www.hungry-man.com

Monday, November 01, 2010

EVERY CORK COUNTS TO HELP STOP HUNGER

While leftover wine corks may be a reminder of a memorable meal shared with family, now your cork can help bring a meal to those families in need. Gallo Family Vineyards is partnering with Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) to help feed American seniors and families in need this holiday season.

For each Gallo Family Vineyards wine cork collected between November 1 and December 31, 2010, Gallo Family Vineyards will donate $5 to aid in MOWAA’s hunger relief efforts.

“One in nine seniors in the United States is at-risk of hunger,” said Enid Borden, President and CEO, Meals On Wheels Association of America. “We are thrilled Gallo Family Vineyards shares our mission of putting an end to senior hunger and has found a simple way for everyone to get involved.”

A maximum of $25,000 will be donated to MOWAA. Cork(s) should be mailed to Corks to Fight Hunger Donation, P.O. Box 1154, Grand Rapids, MN 55745-1154. Participants are encouraged to use a padded or bubble envelope or tuf-pak to mail cork(s) with sufficient First Class postage. All corks must be postmarked between November 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010 and received by January 1, 2011.

For more information on how to participate, please visit: www.everycorkcounts.com or www.mowaa.org.

About Gallo Family Vineyards:
Gallo Family Vineyards has been family owned and operated for over 75 years, and the Gallo Family stands behind the quality of every bottle with our Best Taste Promise. Our family of wines (suggested retail price of $4.99 for 750-ml bottles, $8.99 for 1.5-liter bottles, $5.99 for 187-mL four-pack) includes fourteen fruit forward, approachable styles at an affordable price: Chardonnay, Moscato, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, White Zinfandel, White Merlot, Blush Noir, Sweet Red, Cabernet Sauvignon, Hearty Burgundy, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Café Chardonnay and Café Zinfandel. For more information visit www.gallofamily.com or call 1-877-425-5696.

About Meals On Wheels Association of America:
The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is the oldest and largest national organization in the United States representing those programs that provide meals to people in need. MOWAA’s mission is to end senior hunger by 2020. To obtain more information about MOWAA or to locate a local Meals On Wheels program, visit the MOWAA website at www.mowaa.org.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

What's brewing after Halloween?

EXPERIENCING THE WORLD ONE PINT AT A TIME
DISCOVERY CHANNEL RAISES A GLASS FOR ‘BREW MASTERS’

- Premiering Sunday, November 21 at 10 PM E/P on Discovery Channel -

Its cold, its comforting, its beer....but for Sam Calagione, founder of one of America's leading craft brewers Dogfish Head Brewery, beer is a passion, a business and a personal quest for best, most imaginative brews. Premiering Sunday, November 21 at 10 PM E/P on Discovery Channel, BREW MASTERS follows Sam and his partners in suds as they travel the country and the world sourcing exotic ingredients and discovering ancient techniques to produce beers of astounding originality.

From chocolate to mussels to tomatoes, Sam is constantly pushing his team and himself to innovate and celebrate the amazing world of beer and beer making. The imagination of the Dogfish Head team is matched only by the fun they inject into every facet of their jobs. Beer tasting meetings in the conference room with co-workers, a bocce ball league in the parking lot, filming original rap videos in the brewery plant, it’s all in a days work for BREW MASTERS.
“BREW MASTERS taps more than just kegs and barrels, it unlocks a fascinating history of beer making, showcasing the ingenuity and passion behind our love affair with those alluring suds and how it played a role in building civilizations,” said Clark Bunting, President and General Manager of Discovery Channel.

Running a successful business also requires inspiration, so BREW MASTERS hits the road for the ultimate beer tasting road trip. Sam sets out to recreate “ancient ales” that have been discovered at sites around the world from Egypt to Peru. He travels to Rome to research old world Italian beers as inspiration for a new site in New York with Mario Batali. A visit to New Zealand introduces the idea of making the “first tomato based beer.” And back home, Sam is tasked to come up with a commemorative beer called “Bitches Brew” to celebrate the 40th anniversary release of Miles Davis’ famous recording.

“Beer has always been my passion. It is so much more than what you see in the glass

Trick or Treat? Chocolate made with child labor

Trick or Treat? Chocolate made with child labor


Hidden Halloween horror in cocoa production





Halloween candy is a treat for many children, but for those forced to work on cocoa farms in west Africa it's a mean and tortuous trick. Two professors at Washington University in St. Louis call attention to the exploitation of children and efforts to end it in the chocolate industry in an op-ed piece published today by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/21416.aspx

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

THE MOMMY MD MAKES FISH STICKS INTO MUMMIES AND MORE THIS HALLOWEEN

This Halloween, Rallie McAllister, MD, book author, mother, home chef and nutritionist has created some fun and filling dinner ideas, sure to send your family off trick-or-treating happy and well fed. Using Van de Kamp’s® and Mrs. Paul’s® fish sticks and whole fillets, she has developed creative meal ideas that are fun, delicious and offer your entire family a meal with Omega 3 Fatty acids and a good source of protein.

Some brands of frozen fish are made from minced fish, which means that bits of the fish have been pulverized and reformed into the form of a stick. However, Mrs. Paul’s and Van de Kamp’s fish sticks and fillets are always made from only 100% Whole White Fish Fillets for great tasting, crunchy fish meals that you can feel good about.
“It is important to send your family off trick-or-treating well fed so they don’t eat too much junk along the Halloween path,” says Rallie McAllister, MD, author of Healthy Lunchbox and The Mommy MD Guide. “ With these easy to prepare and fun recipes using Mrs. Paul’s and Van de Kamp’s 100% Whole White Fish Fillets and Fish Sticks, you can feel good about giving your family an overall good meal complete with Omega 3 Fatty acids and protein.”
Try these no-fuss Halloween recipes as a great way to get your family “hooked” on fish:
LIZARD FACE TORTILLAS

Ingredients:
2 Mrs. Paul’s®/ Van de Kamp’s® 100% Whole Fillets Fish Fillets Two 6-inch plain or spinach tortillas (use spinach tortilla for a green lizard’s face) Two 1-inch wide strips of green bell pepper
2 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2 black olives, sliced in half

Directions:
Bake fish according to package directions. Place fish perpendicularly in folded tortilla or sandwich wrap to make lizard’s tongue. Cut green bell pepper strips into 4 diamond-shaped pieces for eyes, then place ½ cherry tomatoes and black olives on top of green pepper pieces. Makes two lizard face tortillas.

MONSTER FINGERS


Ingredients:
8 Mrs. Paul’s®/Van de Kamp’s® 100% Whole Fillets Crunchy Fish Sticks
4 leaves Boston lettuce
3 strips red pepper, cut into fingernail-size squares All-natural, no sugar added catsup

Directions:
Bake fish sticks according to package directions. Place fish sticks on lettuce leaves. Place red peppers on ends of fish sticks for fingernails. Add catsup to opposite end of fish sticks. Serve immediately. Makes four.

MUMMY FACE FISH FILLETS


Ingredients:
4 Mrs. Paul’s®/Van de Kamp’s® 100% Whole Fillets Fish Fillets
1 can refrigerated bread stick dough
1 stick string cheese
2 black olives
1 red pepper strip or cherry tomato

Directions:
Cut bread stick dough into ½ inch-wide strips and wrap around frozen fish stick to make mummy wrapping. Place on ungreased baking sheet and spray dough lightly with cooking spray. Bake dough-wrapped frozen fillets according to package directions. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Cut eight ¼ inch slices from end of string cheese stick and place on surface of each fish fillet for whites of eyes. Cut 8 small wedges from black olives and place one on each cheese string slice for eyeballs. Cut 4 small wedges from red pepper or cherry tomato for mouth. Makes four.



SEVERED MUMMY TOES

Ingredients:
10 Mrs. Paul’s®/Van de Kamp’s® 100% Whole Fillets Crunchy Fish Sticks Four 6-inch whole grain tortillas cut into 2” strips ¼ cup all natural, no sugar added ketchup or fish cocktail sauce

Directions:
Bake fish sticks according to package instructions, then roll a tortilla strip around each fish stick, positioning the tortilla strip around the center of the fish stick. Drizzle catsup on one end of the fish sticks. Serve immediately. Makes 10 Mummy Toes.

SPOOKY SHAPES SANDWICHES


Ingredients:
4 Mrs. Paul’s®/Van de Kamp’s® 100% Whole Fillets Crunchy Fish Sticks
4 whole grain sandwich thins
2 slices Monterey Jack cheese
¼ cup Tangy Tarter Sauce
Halloween shapes cookie cutters

Directions:
Prepare fish sticks according to package directions. Cut sandwich thins into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place one fish stick on the bottom piece of each sandwich thin. Add ½ slice of cheese and a dollop of Tangy Tartar Sauce. Add top piece of sandwich thin and place sandwiches back on baking sheet and bake for three to five minutes. Serve with fresh veggies with light ranch dressing for dipping and applesauce with no sugar added. Makes four spooky shapes sandwiches.

For more recipes and meal solutions using Mrs. Paul’s® or Van de Kamp’s® frozen seafood, go to www.mrspauls.com or www.vandekamps.com.

Happy Halloween treats

HALLOWEEN TREATS TO MEET EVERY KID’S SWEET TOOTH

BEST TRICK-OR-TREATING CANDY, PLUS PARTY IDEAS AND TIPS ON WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVER CANDY

Give trick-or-treaters a real treat this Halloween by filling plastic pumpkins and pillow cases with some of America’s best known and loved candies. Every kid likes something different and the candies and snacks mentioned below deliver a variety that will satisfy any preference. This year, don’t throw out left-over Halloween candy— just use these tips to prevent post-Halloween pig outs. Find out how to repurpose leftover candy in creative new ways at home, at school or at work!

For the little “chocoholic”:
Skip the chocolate bar and give them something more this year! Sun-Maid® Milk Chocolate Raisins marry sun-drenched Sun-Maid® California Raisins with the finest, creamiest pure milk chocolate for the perfect balance of goodness and delectability. Sun-Maid® Milk Chocolate Raisins are a good source of potassium, fiber, calcium, iron and protein and are unsurpassed in quality. Available in fun size packs just for Halloween! For more information, visit www.chocolateraisins.com.

For kid who loves fruit snacks:
Welch’s® Fruit Snacks are packed with delicious flavors and made with real fruit and fruit juices! These bite-size snacks satisfy a kid’s cravings while still providing 100% of your daily value of vitamin C and 25% of vitamins A and E. Welch’s® Fruit Snacks are fat free, gluten-free, contain no preservatives and are available in a wide range of flavors including Mixed Fruit, Berries ‘n Cherries, Island Fruits, Strawberry, Fruit Punch and Concord Grape. For more information, visit www.welchsfruitsnacks.com.

For the sweet kid who loves something a little sour:
Sour Jacks® is mouth puckering candy that is chewy, sour, sweet, and most importantly, fun to eat! Original variety includes classic flavors like cherry, lemon, orange, and lime. Choose between original and Watermelon to find their favorite. Sour Jacks® are a fat free snack and have been one of America’s favorite candies for more than 15 years. For more information, visit www.sourjacks.com.

Try these tasty, easy and fun tips for Halloween parties, Halloween–themed lunchbox treats and leftover candy ideas.

For your child’s lunchbox: Surprise them with something unexpected!

• Add together 1 cup of each: Fisher® Milk Chocolate Peanuts, Sun-Maid® Milk Chocolate Raisins, chopped dried Apricots, dried cranberries, bite-size pretzels, rice or corn cereal squares, dried banana chips, salted sunflower seeds and salted Fisher® cashew pieces. Mix all ingredients together and you’ve got Sun-Maid® Milk Chocolate Raisin Fun Mix! Store in a sealable container or zip-top bag and pour into a bowl for everyone to share, or keep stored in a cool place and grab a handful whenever the mood strikes.

For after-school celebrations: Be the coolest mom with treats that are sure to wow any sports team or activity group!

• Add Sun-Maid® Milk Chocolate Raisins to your favorite Oatmeal Cookie recipe to add flavor, texture and nutrients like potassium, fiber, calcium, iron and protein!

• Kids love fruit snacks and they love cupcakes, so why not combine the two? To make a Welch’s® Fruity Cupcake, simply make your kids’ favorite cupcakes and top them off with any flavor variety of Welch’s® Fruit Snacks for a chewy surprise in every bite.

Make any party a hit, during or after Halloween: Serve the treats that will delight a crowd at any party!

• Put out a bowl of Welch’s® Fruit Snacks pouches and you’ve invited vitamins A, C and E to the party! This is also a great portable snack that allows guests to mingle and munch without having to camp out at the snack table.

• Toss 4 oz. of Sour Jacks® into a bag of already made microwave popcorn and shake the bag to mix together for a treat that’s a little salty and a little sweet (serves 2-4).

• Stir 1 oz. of Sour Jacks® in with 4 oz. of vanilla ice cream to create your own Sour Jacks® Swirl ice cream (serves 1).

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Black Tie Dinner Saturday, Nov 6

CONGRESSWOMAN TAMMY BALDWIN TO PRESENT KEYNOTE AT 2010 BLACK TIE DINNER
DALLAS

Black Tie Dinner announced Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, the first out lesbian and the first openly gay non-incumbent elected to Congress, will present the keynote speech at the 29th annual Black Tie Dinner, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The speaker and entertainment lineup were announced on Aug. 5 at Park Place Motorcars Dallas.

Serving Wisconsin's Second District since 1999, Congresswoman Baldwin is co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, which is dedicated to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the United States and around the world. In 2009, she helped lead the successful effort to enact the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act.

She continues to champion a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

"Congresswoman Baldwin is a true friend inside the Beltway," said Ron Guillard, co-chair of the Dinner. "She is using her influence to move us closer to equal rights for GLBT Americans. She has been an advocate and a role model for many who face obstacles in achieving their dreams."

Congresswoman Baldwin is the author of the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, which would grant the domestic partners of federal employees the same benefits - and require of them the same obligations - as the spouses of federal employees. She also authored the first comprehensive approach to improving all areas of the health-care system where LGBT Americans face inequality and discrimination. She is currently drafting legislation to address issues affecting older LGBT Americans.

Earlier this year, Congresswoman Baldwin chaired a hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on the Anti-Homosexuality bill in Uganda, and she continues to urge our government to assist LGBT refugees who are persecuted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

SINGER/SONGWRITER CHELY WRIGHT RECEIVES BLACK TIE DINNER MEDIA AWARD

Singer/songwriter Chely Wright will receive the Black Tie Dinner Media Award which is given in recognition of positive, increased awareness of GLBT issues in the media.
Wright became the first prominent country music star to declare publicly that she is gay. On the Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Oprah and in a People magazine cover story, Wright discussed her decision to live openly as a lesbian entertainer in the mainstream country music world.

In the interviews she clarifies that it was important to come out - not only for herself - but because she's in a unique position to be able to provide a counter message to the hateful, bigoted messages young children hear from their churches on the issue of sexuality. Wright has recently written a memoir, Like Me,

Black Tie Dinner Co-Chair Nan Arnold praised Wright for her courage. "The reaction from her fans and others has been overwhelmingly positive," Arnold said. "Chely's decision to live openly as a lesbian is creating an opportunity for the voices of acceptance and equality to be heard." released in May, 2010.

Though Wright made her name as a commercial country singer, recording songs from some of Nashville's top writers - including modern-day classics like "Single White Female," "Shut Up and Drive" and "Jezebel" - she has been honing her craft as a songwriter since her teenage years in rural Kansas. Her seventh studio album, Lifted off the Ground, was released in May.

Activist, author and businessman Mitchell Gold will present the Black Tie Dinner Media Award to Wright. Gold, who plays a major role in the national dialogue on gay rights, is the founder of Faith in America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people about how religion-based bigotry is used to justify discrimination against gay people. He has also authored Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America

Black Tie Dinner will have a full program line-up with a specially arranged tribute to the Black Tie Dinner Beneficiaries featuring Broadway entertainer Gavin Creel who will perform with the Turtle Creek Chorale.

Black Tie Dinner will also honor Reverend Carol West with the Kuchling Humanitarian Award and American Airlines with the Elizabeth Birch Equality Award. , as well as books on home furnishings. He is the openly gay Chair-man and co-founder of the innovative home furnishings design, manufacturing, and retailing company Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, which is headquartered in Taylorsville, North Carolina.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Smile pretty for the camera

Time is running out to be the next face of Luster Premium White! Luster’s contest on their Facebook page is over THIS Friday! (http://www.facebook.com/LusterPremiumWhite) Participants will be invited to post their pearly whites for a chance to be Luster’s new spokesperson and appear in a full page ad running in the Golden Globe edition of Star magazine February 1st .

Luster Premium White, a leader in oral care and at-home whitening products developed by Dentovations, is giving people a new reason to smile – from here to there – as they launch a new viral campaign in search of a new star.

Fans are encouraged to submit pictures from October 1st through October 31st, whereupon five finalists will be chosen by Luster’s panel of experts including Star magazine’s beauty editor. On November 10th one winner will be chosen and then flown to New York City for a photo shoot to create Luster’s new advertisement.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Chefs at Play

CHEFS AU JEU
Chef Scott Gottlich gives Bijoux guests a peek inside his playful kitchen with a new menu option

As a nod to the ever present playfulness and inquisitive nature of Executive Chef Scott Gottlich and his back-of-the-house team at Bijoux, Gottlich has introduced a new menu to the Bijoux repertoire, Chefs au Jeu, which in French literally translates to “chefs at play."

Gottlich mixes his whimsical modern gastronomy with classical French techniques to create the menu’s playful, yet refined plates. This seven-course feast of the senses enables guests to discover a unique blend of avant-garde and familiar while hopefully discovering something they have never before tasted.

Chefs au Jeu further explores Gottlich’s cutting-edge cooking style with local, seasonal ingredients to include menu items like a beautiful Progression of beets with divine goat cheese with beet threads, an apple and beet roll-up, pressed borscht, a beet meringue and jelly cookie and a glass of ginger beet soda; Maine Lobster with a sphere of béarnaise, Brussels sprout leaves with duxelle and crispy chanterelle; and Hot and Cold Beef with layers of crispy and raw beef carpaccio with onion consume noodles and potato froth.

With 48 hours notice, guests can experience Chefs au Jeu for $145 per person and an additional $65 for wine pairings by in-house sommelier Gina Gottlich. The menu, as per Bijoux tradition, will change daily, will be subject to availability and will only feature the bounty of the season.

Gotllich’s modern gastronomy is also seeping further into the daily a la carte and chef’s tasting menu with items like his Fried Eggplant Salad with spherical mozzarella, herbed coulis, tomato and black garlic vinaigrette or his Valrhona Chocolate Tart with brulee'd banana, shattered meringue and Frangelico ice cream.
"Using modern techniques that blend a little chemistry with classic culinary art makes cooking really fun. We figured, why be the only ones enjoying ourselves? Let's share the fun with our guests," says Gottlich.

Bijoux is located in the heart of prestigious Inwood Village in Dallas, TX. One of the few restaurants in Dallas to earn five stars twice, once in 2006 and again in 2008 by the Dallas Morning News and named one of the “10 Hottest New Restaurants in America” by Bon Appétit, Chef Scott Gottlich impresses with a luxe menu that changes regularly to reflect the season.

Wife, sommelier Gina Gottlich serves as the wine director, expertly pairing every course with distinctive wine selections. The restaurant is open for dinner at 5:30 PM Monday through Saturday. Reservations can be made by calling 214.350.6100.

Free trip home for the holidays

Anyone over 21 years of age can visit www.Facebook.com/Baileys and apply through the Baileys Brings You Home tab. After entering their information, applicants can submit either a video or written statement addressing two questions:

1. Who do you want to spend time with this Holiday Season?
2. How do you enjoy Baileys?

Submissions must be in English. Video entries must be within 45 seconds to 2 minutes and written statements must be within 50 to 250 words.

Entries will be judged based on Adherence to Theme, Relevance to Holiday Season and Originality.

Every Friday, 25 winners will be announced for the following six weeks, until December 10. Winners will be notified via email.

Free pumpkin yogurt at Pinkberry in Dallas

Stop by any Dallas area Pinkberry today FRIDAY for a free pumpkin yogurt
4-7 pm

free lunch at Pei Wei Thursday Oct 28

PEI WEI ASIAN DINER GIVES OUT FREE THAI STREET FARE ON 10/28Dallas Pei Wei Fans To Receive Free Lunch


What:
On Thursday, October 28, Pei Wei Asian Diner will host a free lunch for its local fans. Executive Chef Eric Justice will be on-site preparing Grilled Thai Sausage with a pineapple fried rice. The off-menu, authentic street fare will be available free of charge for the first 250 Pei Wei lovers to arrive.

Where:
Location to be revealed the morning of October 28 on Facebook and Twitter
When:
Thursday, October 28
Noon – 1 PM

For more information, visit the Pei Wei Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/peiwei or follow on Twitter: @PeiWei

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Something sweet to Share

COOKIE SWAP by Lauren Chattman (Workman). She has a modern take on this age-old tradition with inventive recipes, clever packaging, and the many different occasions that are perfect for swapping cookies.

With the holidays approaching she has ideas for a pre-Thanksgiving cookie swap that will let you have a little fun and get your Thanksgiving baking out of the way. And her Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies are just the thing for Christmas. She even can show you how to transform a store-bought cookie into a home-made masterpiece with her no-bake cookies.

She is in Dallas on Wednesday, November 16 and will be doing a Cookie Swap event at Milestone Culinary Arts Center at 6 pm that evening.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Volunteer to taste wine and travel the world

JW MARRIOTT HOTELS & RESORTS’ NEW WINE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM HEIGHTENS GUESTS’ KNOWLEDGE OF WINES

2010—Pinot Noir or Cabernet? Chardonnay or Reisling? Chinese Merlot or Argentine Malbec? For some, a wine’s only duty is to taste good; but for others, discovering the true joy of a glass or two of wine with their favorite dishes rests in appreciating the nuances between the varietals and observing the service traditions.

Happily, with a dizzying array of wine choices available today, aficionados are in a bold time for wine and the only conundrum is often a question of so many wines, so little time.

Helping to heighten the wine tasting experience for its guests, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has introduced its Wine Ambassador’s program at its 46 locations worldwide. The JW Wine Ambassadors are a volunteer cadre of wine experts from all areas of the hotel where wine is available and who represent the highest level of wine expertise at the property.

“Our Wine Ambassadors are passionate about wine. They love their jobs. They are eager to share their knowledge by telling stories that help personalize our guests’ wine tasting experience and deepen their understanding of the wine being savored,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Marriott’s senior director for brand management . “Ultimately, our goal is to be thought of as a wine destination where our guests can appreciate wines at all price levels through our Ambassadors’ obsession with quality and attention to the little details whether they’re in the lobby lounge, dining in one of our restaurants or at a catered event.”

“By combining live tastings, written materials, on-line educational resources and the timely sharing of tasting notes, this program allows us to permeate a high level of wine-service excellence throughout our JW Marriott portfolio,” said Lou Trope, Marriott’s vice president for restaurants & bars.

Mr. Trope said that a number of resources were specially developed for the Wine Ambassador program, including training articulates on how to appropriately prepare a wine tasting and tasting mats illustrated with cues from the deductive tasting process of the Court of Master Sommeliers. Personalized wine journals were given to all Ambassadors as a tool for them to reflect on and record their learnings.

Before being designated a JW Marriott Wine Ambassador, all those volunteering to serve in this capacity must complete two certification programs. The first is a comprehensive approach to beverage education including spirits and beer. Following completion of this program, the Ambassadors must then complete The Academy of Wine on-line curriculum that was custom developed for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts by Constellation Wines, one of the world’s leading wine companies. This curriculum offers a series of 17 self-directed training modules on topics such as opening and serving wine, pairing food and wine, and in-depth overviews of varietal characteristics and wine growing regions.

To ensure that each Ambassador’s wine expertise remains current and relevant, all Certified Wine Ambassadors participate in monthly tastings across the globe—tasting wines of different brands but of the same varietal. Monthly tasting notes are then shared with their peers throughout the JW Marriott portfolio in 19 countries on a website developed especially for this purpose.

“Through this dynamic, cross-cultural approach, our Wine Ambassadors either personally experience or have access to the evaluations of upwards of 140 different wines each month, enabling them to confidently discuss different wines with our guests. They know what they are talking about,” Mr. Trope said.

Friday, October 08, 2010

“The Folk Art of Mexico and Central America”

TURNER HOUSE – OAK CLIFF SOCIETY FOR FINE ARTS
FALL SALON SERIES 2010

“The Folk Art of Mexico and Central America”
John Lunsford

Thursday October 14 7:30 - 9

John Lunsford curates an exhibition of folk art from Mexico and Central America from various private collections in Dallas. The exhibit will include antique Mayan and Guatemalan textiles as well as old and contemporary examples of baskets, ceramics and Oaxacan painted wood sculptures. Lunsford will give a gallery talk offering commentary on historical significance and the evolution of craft in contemporary work.

John Lunsford studied at English Literature at Harvard and completed graduate work in art history at Columbia University in New York City. He was a senior curator at the Dallas Museum of Art from 1958 to 1986 and was appointed Director of the Meadows Museum at SMU from1996 to 2001. Lunsford taught art history at SMU for almost twenty years and has a long resume of publications, public lectures and lectures/tours for numerous trips throughout the world sponsored by the DMA and the Meadows.

October 14. The cost is $10 for members of Turner House, $15 for non-members.

Scott Chase
214-880-0404

This may be as close as I ever get to Dancing with the Stars

Monday, October 25 at 6:00pm - October 27 at 9:00pm

Location Studio Matisse
3425 Northaven Rd
Dallas, TX
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The 2010 Dallas Flamenco Festival Presents
Fall Workshop with Jesus Muñoz

October 25,26, & 27
Studio Matisse 3425 Northaven Rd Dallas, TX 75229

Beginner Technique & Fandangos 6:00PM-7:30PM
Advance $125 Walk-In $150

Inter./Adv. Technique & Sigiriya 7:30PM-9:00PM
Advance $125 Walk-In $150

Limited Class Space
Info & Purchase
(214) 876-4401

www.DallasFlamencoFestival.com

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

What is better than a cheap date? a free one!!

WHAT’S BETTER THAN A CHEAP DATE? A FREE ONE!

Dragonfly Introduces New “Date Night” Wednesdays

WHAT:
Hotel ZaZa is implementing the new Wednesday promotion “Date Night.” This season, guests can dine two for the price of one, making for a romantic evening without the worry of breaking the bank!

Alcohol is not included under the “Date Night” promotional prices.

WHEN:
Wednesdays
5:30 p.m. - close

WHERE:
Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa Dallas
2332 Leonard Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
(214) 550-9500

About Hotel ZaZa
Hotel ZaZa is a sensory experience that is refined yet relaxed. Its sophisticated and sensual interior design and culinary excellence is completed by a staff that pays impeccable attention to each and every guest, making them feel at home. Whether for business, a romantic weekend, or world-famous celebrities, both hotels blend intimate comfort with Stay ZaZa-style to create inspired accommodations, one-of-a-kind themed suites, and award-winning restaurants and spas.

Nestled in the fashionable Uptown neighborhood and next to downtown, Hotel ZaZa Dallas is a creative mix of warm, Mediterranean elegance and comfortable chic. This exceptional boutique hotel offers 4,500 square feet of function space, 152 rooms, 17 concept suites, the Magnificent Seven Suites, the award-winning Dragonfly Restaurant and Lounge, the enticing Urban Oasis and the relaxing ZaSpa. Reservations may be made at hotelzazadallas.com or by calling 888.880.3244.

Located in the heart of the vibrant Museum District and minutes from the world renowned Texas Medical Center, Hotel ZaZa Houston boasts 17,000 square feet of function space and is the perfect backdrop for any business meeting - not to mention home to some of Houston’s most memorable weddings and galas. Monarch Urban Bistro & Lounge, the Urban Oasis, and the tranquil ZaSpa combine to create the hotel’s breadth of impressive amenities. With more than 300 rooms, including Pool Villas, Concept Suites and The Magnificent Seven Suites, ZaZa exceeds all expectations. Reservations may be made at hotelzazahouston.com or by calling 888.880.3244.

Hotel ZaZa, a member of the Preferred Hotel Group™, was created by Charles S. Givens and Jeff Records and is owned by Givens-Records Developments. Operations management and marketing are provided by Z Resorts, LLC, led by Z Resorts President Benji Homsey.