February 1, 2008
Forget Temple Pharmacy School, I should have gone to Clemson University. I could have worked on my degree with Prof. Dawson, a food microbiologist. He conducted a study inspired by an episode of “Seinfeld”. Any loyal “Seinfel” fans will recall the episode where George double dips his chip at a funeral reception and is caught. The episode is credited with being the first major popular use of the term “double dipping”. They guy freaks out and tells George, “That’s like putting your whole mouth right in the dip!”. Well Professor Dawson set out to investigate if that charge is true. He was skeptical that bacteria could be transfered from mouth to chip to mouth initially. But the research indicates that 50 -100 bacteria would be transfered from one mouth to another in each bite, if there was a cup that was exposed to “sporadic double dipping.” GROSS. The study will be published in the Journal of Food Safety later this year.
Professor Dawson published a paper last year on the five-second rule. While his findings indicate that the rule is not true and food should not be eaten from the floor even if it is there for less than five seconds, my findings differ. (Well at least my findings of tasty food on floors).
January 24, 2008
“Watch Pepsi’s new Super Bowl ad, “Bob’s House”. A unique and hilarious commercial illustrating a popular joke in the hearing impaired community. Created and enacted by deaf members of the Pepsico workforce, EnAble. “
It is refreshing to see advertising can be both funny and socially responsible. Think the direct opposite of last year’s Snickers men accidentally kissed and now must beat each other ad.
January 24, 2008
I thought I would quickly share something random I learned yesterday.
Researcher Alan Hirsch, MD found that the combined aromas of cucumber and Good & Plenty candy and the scent of baby powder tied for first place in a study that tested which scents aroused women the most. Hirsch wrote in his study, “My advice to men would be throw away the cologne and get some Good & Plenty”.
To make it more gay friendly, lets say “My advice to people who like women would be to gets some Good and Plenty”
January 23, 2008
New York City’s Board of Health is revisiting regulations in an effort to stem the obesity problem. The board is trying to get a measure passed where people would have better access to the nutritional information of the food they consume.
Under the rules, which officials rewrote after a federal judge struck down similar provisions in September, any chain that operates at least 15 outlets nationwide would have to display calorie content on their menu boards, menus or food tags — essentially wherever the restaurant lists the information that customers use to make their choices.
The proposal will likely be challenged in court, due to implementation problems and restaurant’s hesitation to publish the data. I personally support the measure. It makes sense, you should have access to information about something you are putting in your body. Many will argue the people choosing between the Big Mac and the Bacon-ater are not the calorie counting type, but that isn’t necessarily true. If a person likes both, but knows one is a little better (although terrible) for them, they can make an informed choice.
More to the point it is often confusing or surprising the calorie content of meals. People hear terrible things about places like McDonald’s but then may not associate sit down restaurants for being as bad as they are. I know personally I feel worse when I go to a fast food drive through then if a group of us go out to a nice restaurant.
Did you know for the calories in Olive Garden’s Stuffed Chicken Marsala entree (which is not the worst food at Olive Garden) you could have a Big Mac, a Wendy’s Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, and a Taco Bell Quesadilla?
January 23, 2008
(Photo Credit: My sister’s sushi skills)
I don’t know how many of you remember Tapper. I have heard it called other names, but usually it is called Root Beer Tapper. The premise is people order a drink and then you fill it and send it down the bar to them. If you take too long they leave, or if you send it the wrong place it crashes. Simple but fun. Elegant video game design. Well I am going to share with you an addictive little game called “Sushi Go Round”
It may simple at first, but as you get to the higher levels it is very fast, and the orders become more complicated.
December 5, 2007
Jello Shots. They bring to mind different things to different people. For me I think of drinking them until I felt sick at Pitt with Alex, I think about 21st birthdays, I think about taking them continuously while playing board games, I think of the shore, and I think of pure unadulterated trashiness. But with a little modification, the bacchic undergrad drink/snack of choice can be converted into a holiday party favorite. Check out what PopSugar had to say:
It has recipes for the classic Jello Shot (which done in red and green automatically becomes a holiday treat ), it also has a recipe for “Spiked Punch” jello shots, and my personal favorite the “Margarita Jello Shot”.
Margarita Jell-O Shots
6 oz package of Lime Jell-O
Two cups (16 oz) boiling water
6 oz tequila
2 oz triple sec
1 oz lime juice
1 oz cold water
- Empty Jell-O packet into a large bowl or container
- Add boiling water to bowl. Whisk together until fully dissolved. About 3 minutes.
- Add tequila, triple sec, lime juice and cold water. Whisk together.
- Spoon or pour into prepared cups.
- Refrigerate until set, at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.
It also has pictures to show you what they should look like, ideas about the colors, and more advanced jello shots. It shows for all of the less technically skilled folks how you make jello shots that are orange slices. (Hint: You make a half an orange and cut the slices after the jello sets)
Enjoy! (Drink Responsibly)
November 27, 2007
Free Rice Game
Everyone should check this game out! It is a vocabulary quiz and for each word you get right 10 grains of rice are donated to or by the UN (I think). They started easier and got harder. I love learning new words!
Here is some more info:
A new U.N. campaign donates 10 grains of rice for each question you answer correctly at http://www.freerice.com. It’s already generated enough rice to feed 50,000 people.
FreeRice offers players multiple-choice definitions of a word, and each correct answer generates 10 grains of rice for the United Nations Worldl Food Program. The game relies on advertising revenue to underwrite its rice campaign.
On October 7, the day it was launched, just 830 grains of rice were donated. But by November 8, more than 77 million grains were donated, the equivalent to more than 7 million correct answers!
November 14, 2007
2 SIU students accused of using hot cookies to burn man
November 7, 2007EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Two students at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville kidnapped, paddled and burned a young man with fresh-baked cookies after a drug deal went bad, prosecutors said. Rosario James, 23, and Jordan Sallis, 20, were charged Monday with aggravated kidnapping, robbery and aggravated battery.
Sheriff’s Capt. Brad Wells said that on Friday night, three men went to James’ house to buy marijuana, but two of them grabbed the drugs and fled. He said the suspects held the third man, demanded $400, beat the man with a wooden paddle, and burned his neck and shoulders with fresh-baked cookies. AP
This is some serious baking. Next time you plan to jack a drug dealer, check he hasn’t been baking all day. I think an event like this really gives some street cred to Weeds (an excellent Showtime series). The terms “half-baked” and “baked” might be a little more literal than imagined. To prove these guys weren’t just cookie making monsters, they made sure to utilize shaving, peeing, and old school violence to intimidate the thief.
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October 29, 2007
Cute little drink for your Halloween parties. It has the look of a candy corn, the taste of a sweet tropical drink, and the punch of a martini. Enjoy!
1 part coconut cream
1 part tangerine flavored mixer
1 part banana liqueur
Splash of white rum
- Chill ingredients in fridge or freezer.
- Once cooled, pour the first three ingredients, in the order listed above, slowly over the back side of a spoon into a martini glass.
- Top with a splash of white rum.