Friday, October 28, 2011

FYI - Cucumbers: The Miracle Worker

  • Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins needed every day. Just one cucumber contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium & Zinc.
  • Feeling Tired in the afternoon? Pick up a cucumber for a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that provide a quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
  • Tired of bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror.  It will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.
  • Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite?  Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes.  Phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!
  • Want to avoid a hangover or a terrible headache? Eat a few slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free.  Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding a horrible day after.
  • Out of WD40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge and voila! The squeak is gone.
  • Don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe.  Its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.
  • Stressed out and don't have time for a massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water.  The chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber react with the boiling water and are released in the steam creating a soothing, relaxing aroma shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during exams.
  • Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath.  The phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
  • Looking for a "green" way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean.  Not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won't leave streaks and won't harm your fingers or fingernails while you clean.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Recipe: Bruschetta Oysters on the Half-Shell

It's Friday again and some people are tending to wait for the weekend to enjoy pizza, so here's a non-meat recipe that just may do the trick for your Friday night.....
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Friday, October 7, 2011

Video Recipe: Pasta with Tuna Sauce

Well it's Friday again and maybe you want pizza over the football weekend but you also do not want to have meat tonight. What to do? Here's a quick video recipe to make pasta with a tuna sauce. Buon appetito!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

As seen on The Dr. Oz Show!

The New Superfruit: Lingonberry

By Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc and Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc
Directors of
Inner Source Health

The benefits of the berry are starting to seem endless. Blueberries have been shown to be helpful with protecting blood vessels in diabetics. Cranberries have been used for years to effectively treat urinary tract infections. And raspberries have eye-protective antioxidants called lutein. Eating berries in general may also help ward off certain types of cancers.

Berries are an amazing group of fruits. The berry came up with an amazing assortment of plant chemicals called polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants, to help neutralize the sun’s radiation to avoid damage to its tender flesh. A type of polyphenol called flavonoids give berries their dark coloring and confer health benefits on us when we eat them.

One of new berries on the block that science is seriously looking into is the lingonberry; it appears to have higher concentrations of plant polyphenols and may confer even greater health benefits. Well known in Scandinavia, the lingonberry’s Latin name is vaccinium vitis-idaea, and is also known as the cowberry. As a member of the vaccinium species, it is related to the cranberry, bilberry and blueberry. Today, scientists are showing its value in both human and animal studies that are proving to have positive results.

Lingonberry Animal Studies
Animal studies have shown how the lingonberry can lower inflammatory molecules, block oxidants from destroying tissue, and also help the body replace important antioxidants, like glutathione, which is a master antioxidant in our body. Lingonberry has also been shown to increase red blood cell and liver enzymes needed for antioxidant protection. We need antioxidants to protect vessels and nerve tissue, and also to help decrease the damage from inflammation. Proanthocyanidin extracts from lingonberries were also found to be effective against the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause a wide variety of infections. 

A 2011 Finnish study gave rats with high blood pressure lingonberry juice to drink for eight weeks. While the juice did not lower blood pressure, there was a striking benefit of protection for the inner linings of the animals’ blood vessels (called endothelial linings). The lingonberry helped the effect of a molecule called nitric oxide, which is needed to help the vessels relax. Most interestingly, this effect seemed to be stronger with the lingonberry over the cranberry and black currant. They found the lingonberry to have almost twice the phenols as the cranberry.

Lingonberry Human Study
Native Americans in North America have a history of using this berry to help those suffering with diabetes and cardiovascular illness. Modern research is starting to catch up with what the Native Americans already knew. A 2010 Canadian study with First Nation Cree subjects found that the lingonberry was able to reduce the effect of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs). AGEs are the byproduct of sugars and heated protein molecules in the body that accumulate in patients with high blood sugar. These AGEs contribute to the damage in a diabetic’s vessels. This damage is a major contributor to kidney disease, eye disease and circulation problems that can lead to skin sores and amputation. Naturopathic treatments for diabetes include exercise, eating low glycemic index foods (low sugar content) that are cooked at low temperatures and are minimally processed, and blood-sugar-balancing herbs like gymnema and cinnamon. Now, it seems we can add lingonberry to this list.

Drink to Your Health
Although not well known in the United States, lingonberries are available in juice form in some health food stores. They can also be found in jams, and the berries can be bought frozen or in powdered form online. For our patients with diabetes, blood pressure challenges, and inflammatory concerns, we recommend taking a tablespoon or two of the frozen berries and adding them to one cup of non-sweetened almond milk with a three-quarter cup of ice; blend for a healthy flavonoid-rich treat!

At this moment, you can locate Roland Brand Lingonberry Preserve at our Coral Springs location, soon to be in all other locations.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Online Italian Newspaper Launches During Italian Heritage Month!

October 4, 2011
For Immediate Release                                                 
Jenifer Mangione Vogt
Cell: 561-961-9136


Online Newspaper Features Stories and Information About
Local Italian Business and Culture

BOCA RATON, FL — The world is enamored with Italian culture and October marks the time when Americans honor the contributions Italian Americans have made by celebrating Italian Heritage Month. 

This month also marks the official launch of Italian South Florida™ (, an online newspaper that spotlights Italian business and culture throughout South Florida and beyond.  The stories on the site focus on the people and places that bring “old country” traditions of excellence to their local neighborhoods and serves as an awareness-building vehicle for these businesses, though it’s worth noting that some of the best Italian businesses thrive solely because of word-of-mouth.  There is also a focus on Italian art, film, music and design and the individuals and venues throughout South Florida that provide for these artistic traditions.

The site was created to cultivate and preserve the Italian culture that many Italian Americans grew up with in neighborhoods where Italian small business owners contributed greatly to the overall cultural fabric of the community.  These are businesses, such as the many wonderful Italian bakeries, restaurants and social organizations, that today struggle to compete with larger organizations.

Italian South Florida™ also features Italian and Italian American writers that contribute articles on a wide variety of topics. One such writer, Cookie Curci, writes for Italian American magazines across the country and frequently contributes stories on Italian American culture.  An Italian law firm will contribute a monthly column “U.S.-Italy Law,” which covers topics relevant to Italians looking to do business in the U.S. and Americans who would like to conduct business in Italy.  Other regular columnists, from both the U.S. and Italy, write about Italian fashion, food, and wine.  There are even guest celebrity contributors from the U.S. and Italy.  Most of the articles on the site are written in English, but some are in Italian and more Italian language content will be available in the future. 

The site already has a strong following, though it’s only been in Beta mode since April.  There have been visits from over 50 countries, with the U.S., Italy and Canada sending the most traffic. Nearly 3,500 people follow the Facebook page and there are over 800 Twitter followers.  


Italian South Florida™ and its sister site, Italian New York ™, are online newspapers and networking hubs for Italians and Italophiles that report on Italian culture in both locations, without bias or prejudice, in an effort to unite the diverse population of Italians under their common love for Italian culture and heritage.  The mission is simple: provide high quality content that’s relevant to the Italian community and, in this digital age, an information portal for Italians and Italophiles.  The tagline alludes to the fact that, in Italy, the southern part of the country is referred to as the “Mezzogiorno.”

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Rosé Wine: Becoming quite the popular wine that goes with everything...

The growth of the dry rosé wine category has seen double digit sales increases each year for six years.  It is a fun and versatile wine that complements today's American lifestyles.  In France, rosé outsells both red and white wine ( It's growing popularity can be explained by:
  • It's fun – rosé is a beautiful, festive wine that goes hand-in-hand with good times.
  • It's Mediterranean – the dry, acidic nature of Provence rosé is the perfect strikes a perfect balance with the well-loved Mediterranean flavors of olive oil, seafood, and fresh vegetables.
  • It's versatile – many foodies consider rosé THE pairing wine because it complements so many dishes.  
The crisp, cool flavors of a well-balanced rosé pair well not only with traditional Provençal cuisine, but with spicy, full-flavored dishes from many parts of the world. Year round, try a dry, fruity rosé with:

International Cuisine
  • Asian fusion
  • Indian curries
  • Mexican and Tex-Mex fare
  • Middle Eastern cuisine
  • Spanish paella and tapas
  • Italian pizza, pasta, and risotto
  • Thai cuisine
  • Szechwan and other Chinese dishes
  • Sushi
American Fare
  • Burgers
  • Salads
  • Sandwiches
  • Soups and stews
  • Barbecued pork
  • Chicken
  • Grilled burgers
  • Ham
  • Lamb
  • Steak
  • Turkey
  • Veal
Fish and Seafood
  • Grilled fish, seafood
  • Steamed or poached fish
  • Lobster
  • Bouillabaisse and other traditional Provençal cuisine
  • Grilled or steamed vegetables
  • Herb omelets
  • Ratatouille
Holiday Foods
  • Appetizers, hors d'heuvers
  • Ham
  • Turkey
  • Canapés
  • Cold cuts, sausages
  • Cheeses
  • Dips
  • Bruschetta
  • Paté
Rosé's versatility is supported by many including food and wine experts and journalists

"A more versatile food wine you won't find in any color, at any price point."
-Wine Enthusiast
"To achieve rosé nirvana, follow my 'Rosé Rule of P': serve it with anyting pink–lobster, shrimp, ham, pork–or anything Provencal–such as bouillabaisse, salade Nicoise, or grilled sardines."
-Mark Oldman, Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine (Norton, 2010), p. 114
Proven rosés are "…gently made, intriguingly perfumed , and dry enough to be the perfect foil for the garlic and olive oil that characterize the region's cuisine."
-The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson, p. 146
"A richly textured, full-bodied red wine teams up will with a robust steak or stew. A light-edge white wine pairs well with lighter seafood or vegetarian dishes. Rosé lies somewhere in the middle and may fit both ends of the style spectrum."
-winemaker and rosé enthusiast Jeff Morgan, in Rosé: A Guide to the World's Most Versatile Wine
"Now we have a more Mediterranean diet where we have turned to olive oil, garlic and fresh herbs. That all goes with rosé — so our wine pallet is catching up with our food pallet."
-wine merchant Randy Kemner, quoted in the Los Angeles Times. Read the article.
"Part of the cheer of rosé is that it pairs so well with everything."
-Richard Belts, sommelier, quoted in "In the Pink"
 "Not just for summer sipping and bouillabaisse, rosé wines pair well with all kinds of cuisines, all year long."
-Wine Enthusiast

La Linea: Episode 133

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Do you like burgers?

We've been noticing many different types of burger joints opening up around the area, and it seems to be the same for the rest of the USofA.  Well, there are friends of Doris Markets that have created a blog which was recently awarded a "Most Valuable Blogger" award from the area's local CBS TV affiliate.  They try out burgers and write about it, record video about it, and even ask for suggestions of where to try burgers.  It's a great site to find out where to go for that unique burger or to find out what to expect from certain buger joints. Check out their page by clicking on their image...

Also join their facebook page by clicking HERE!