What’s Up With All the Different Frozen Treats?

It’s been ridiculously hot these past 2 weeks. And I can’t think of a better way to cool off than strolling through the ice cream aisle at the grocery store. Normally, I go straight for ice cream. But lately, I feel I’ve been a little inundated with the various amounts of cold sugary goodness available and with all the recent frozen yogurt shops sprouting up around town. So what exactly is the difference between all the different varieties? Let’s start with the traditional ice cream. This is pretty much what…

(Food) Highlights of My Trip to Vegas

Besides the lights, shows and casinos, what else is Vegas know for? The food of course! Spending an extended amount of time in Vegas this past week let me get a really good sampling of some of the best cuisine Sin City has to offer. I definitely packed on a few pounds with the insane amount of calories I consumed, but in the end, it was all worth it. Here are just a few highlights from my eating adventure in Vegas. Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro I started of the…

Some Info on the Paleo Way of Eating

During my Crossfit class last night, our trainer briefly mentioned nutrition and what we should or shouldn’t eat as we embark on this journey to get fit and healthy. The diet that many Crossfit enthusiast follow is know as the Paleo diet. So this got me thinking, what exactly is the Paleo way of eating? The essence of this way of eating is to eat what a caveman (or cave-woman) would eat. The word Paleo itself is derived from the Paleolithic era, a time when agriculture and animal husbandry did…

Eating My Way Through the Virginia Beach Region

I was in the Hampton Roads/VA Beach region for work this week. My family and I go down to VA Beach almost every year, but we never spend enough time down there for me to get a good sense of the cuisine. So I took the opportunity this week to finally sample a wide variety of the local food. Chickahominy House – Soul Food Restaurant, Williamsburg, VA I carpooled with some co-workers on the ride down early Monday morning. As we were getting close to Richmond, we realized that it was 8…

What’s in That Honey Jar

  I’ve always associated honey with Winnie the Pooh, thanks to the good ole cartoon classic from my childhood. So the other night, as I was strolling through the aisles of Whole Foods gathering up ingredients, I came across a wide variety of honey. I had to stop and stare for a moment; I didn’t know there were so many varieties. I was just looking for the plastic bear bottle. This got me thinking, why honey over sugar; and is there an actual difference in the types of honey? We all…

Getting a Bang for Your Buck with Prix Fixe Meals

Are you looking for a night on the town, but don’t want to bust open the piggy bank? Here’s a small list of some great prix fixe lunches and dinners. Take advantage of these great restaurant promotions to get a great meal and still have money left for that latte in the morning. 2941 – Modern French American 3 course lunch, $20 4 course dinner, $58 6 course tasting menu, $110 Acadiana – Cajun, Creole 3 course dinner, between 5:30pm-6:30pm, $35 Georgia Brown’s – Southern 3 course lunch, $24.95 Kushi…

The Good and Bad of High Fructose Corn Syrup

Many of you may know that I gave up high fructose corn syrup, HFCS, as my new year’s resolution. I felt that my body doesn’t need this overly processed sweetener to function, so why shouldn’t I give it up. There are many debates on the health concerns and as far as I can tell, there is nothing definitive linking HFCS to health issues and there are arguments on both sides arguing for and against HFCS. At the same time, why should one use a processed sweetener when there’s real sugar as an…

Is there a benefit to eating Organic?

Tuan and I have tweaked our diet for almost 2 years now by eating organically and using all natural ingredients whenever possible. What really spurred this movement was watching the movie Food Inc. It just sparked something in me to become more aware of what I’m actually consuming and be more aware of what I’m introducing into my body. Now if we flash back just 5 years ago, I was totally on the other end of the spectrum, eating junk food like it was critical to my survival and stocking…

KitchenAid Stand Mixer review

I think the driving factor for my recent affair with baking is because I have a totally awesome mixer. The KitchenAid brand has been synonymous with professional quality and durability, so the thought of owning one really made me happy! I got the Ultra Power model, and not only is the one sitting in my kitchen easy on the eyes — with a gorgeous gray color — but it works like a charm. Here are just a few feature highlights:– 300 watts of power and 10 speeds– metal attachments and a hub…

DeLonghi Deep Fryer review

So we got our new deep fryer last week, the DeLonghi D677UX. It wasn’t the one with the rotating basket, the husband accidentally purchased the wrong one, but we were still quite happy with the one we got, and it was at a better price too. One of the things that did catch me off guard was the size, it is a little bigger than our old deep fryer, but it wasn’t a deal breaker. We tested it out last night by making Paula Deen’s southern fried chicken recipe. Here are…