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.


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

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 •

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.)


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


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..


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

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

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.

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


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.

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.