Monday, January 30, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Jovanotti Announces US Appearances!

Italian SuperstarJOVANOTTI Announces First Round of 2012 US Concert Dates
North American Label Association with ATO Records


Italy's best-selling singer, songwriter and rapper Jovanotti ( http://soleluna.com/ ) announces his first round of 2012 US concert dates and new North American label association with ATO Records.  As Italy's ambassador to the global music scene,  in 2011 the superstar Tuscan made the first-ever appearance by a new generation Italian language artist at a major US rock festival, performing at Bonnaroo on a stage curated by Gogol Bordello's Eugene Hütz.  Jovanotti's scorching set in the Tennessee heat was unanimously lauded by American music fans, industry and critics, marking the artist as one of the discoveries of the storied event's 10th anniversary edition.

Jovanotti spent the rest of 2011 reaffirming his position as Italy's number one artist where his 12th studio album Ora (Now) debuted atop the the charts,  going on to sell over 500,000 copies, accompanied by over 50 sold-out arena and stadium dates.
Slated for Spring 2012, Jovanotti continues a string of firsts with his debut album for ATO Records, ( http://atorecords.com/ ) the noted artist-focused label home to a diverse roster of acts including Rodrigo Y Gabriela and Primus.  The career retrospective will feature new material for the American market and is being produced by Ian Brennan (Tinariwen).  In March Jovanotti sets the stage offering a preview of what's to come in 2012 with a coast to coast swing of club shows in select cities with his transatlantic band.
Kicking off on March 10, Jovanotti will make his long-awaited Miami debut at the city's newest hotspot Grand Central.   Well-known as a pop-star throughout Latin America in the 1990's, an appearance at Colombian mega-star Juanes' 2009's Paz Sin Fronteras concert in Havana, Cuba sparked a re-discovery of the Jovanotti throughout the region.  It also revealed a connection between the artist and the new generation of Latin-Alternative acts including Bomba Estereo, Los Amigos Invisibles and Ana Tijoux, who grew up on Jovanotti's music and now shared the stage with him on recent US shows.  In the first half of 2012 recorded collaborations between Jovanotti and Paz Sin Fronteras founders Juanes and Spanish superstar Miguel Bosé will be released worldwide.
On March 12th and 13th, Jovanotti returns to his adopted home town of New York City offering a pair of intimate club shows at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg and Manhattan's Bowery Ballroom.  Before his own downtown headline show on March 13, Jovanotti will head uptown to make a 1 song guest appearance with TV On The Radio at Carnegie Hall, as part of The Music of The Rolling Stones' Hot Rocks 1964-1971 concert line-up.  This will be Jovanotti's debut performance on the prestigious Carnegie stage.
From March 14 through 16th, Jovanotti heads to Austin, Texas and the SXSW Music Festival, where he is expected to be reunited with musical friends and collaborators such as Michael Franti, among others.  Jovanotti closes his Stateside sweep on March 17 in Los Angeles at the historic El Rey Theatre.  Summer festival dates to be announced.Saturday | March 10, 2012  | 8pm:                   Miami, FL    
GRAND CENTRAL697 N Miami AV (Downtown)
Tickets: $30
http://www.grandcentralmiami.com/upcoming-events7/396-jovanotti-performing-live
Monday | March 12, 2012  | 9pm (Doors 8pm):         Brooklyn, NY -- SOLD OUT
MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG
66 North 6th St
Tickets: $25
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/event/81379/
Tuesday | March 13, 2012  | 9pm (Doors 8pm):        New York, NY   
BOWERY BALLROOMSupport: Chicha Libre
6 Delancey St
Tickets: $25
http://www.boweryballroom.com/event/87027
Wednesday - Friday | March 14 – 16, 2012  | TBA:    Austin, TX   
SXSW MUSIC FESTIVALhttp://sxsw.com/music
Saturday | March 17, 2012  | 9pm (Doors 8pm):       Los Angeles, CA
EL REY THEATRE5515 Wilshire Blvd.
Tickets: $25
http://goldenvoice.com/shows/details/?id=34663

Valentine's Day Specials that you'll fall in love with!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Have You Seen Family?



















It is sad to think that we often realize things when it is too late to truly do something about it. I am grateful to understand the importance of that and have made it a priority to appreciate what I have.  What I have is a wonderful family, and I try to enjoy being with my family as much as possible.  The challenge for most of us seems to be finding the time to do so.

Well the truth is we can always make the time.  Sure life has gotten complicated and demanding, but as we get older, we long for the days when life seemed more simple.  A time where money wasn't important, but spending time together making memories was.  Reminiscing the good old days is something we do often; with smiles I might add.  We even acknowledge the tough times and appreciate how it made us stronger and wiser.

There was a time when families always had dinner together, and  I am not just talking about Sundays.  Every night.  Everyone stopped what they were doing and sat down together and discussed the day's events and whatnot.  My father didn't usually allow the televison to be on during dinner and it was a great thing.  The conversations were a mishmash of adult issues like work and bills, to teen and childish topics like what happened at school, cartoons, sports, etc.  My father was adamant about this and for that, I am grateful.

Today it seems that everyone is multitasking and cannot disconnect from their own little worlds.  The family structure is not evolving, it is deteriorating and we are allowing it to happen.  Time with family has taken a back seat to social priorities as well as individual ones, and yet when an obstacle arises from these mentioned priorities, it is the family support network that can help, but many do not acknowledge this. 

We can blame technology, shifting sociological beliefs; even the financial burden forcing both parents to work, but the truth is that even though life has arguably become more demanding, we have created that pressure from our choices.  But that should not affect the family structure. 

When I was young, I was not aware of the pressures my parents had to keep a roof over my head, food on the table, and clothes on our back.  My parents didn't bring their stresses to us.  They were dealing with these demands because they chose to have a family and no one said it was easy.  Their reward was spending time with us at the end of the day.  I guess maybe deep down, my siblings and I understood what my parents had to do each day just to ensure we were provided with the basic necessities.  There were nights that my mother let my brother and I stay up until 10pm, just so that we could see my dad when he came home. Believe me, we looked forward to seeing him because he worked...... ALOT.

It is those memories that helped me realize early on at how important family is and how as parents, all we want is to spend time withour family and do and say all the things we want to when we can.  I hope to share childhood memories on this blog in the near future, but in the meantime, here are a few things that people can do at home to strengthen family ties and hopefully influence the next generation to keep family a priority.
  • Designate at least 2 nights a week to having dinner together.  No TV, no cell phones, no nothing except, food, family and conversation.  We used to play the game telephone after dinner, and even though some of us thought that we were too old for the game, we all ended up laughing by the end.  Between my fathers whispers that were actually breathy exclamations that tickled our ears, to the zany messages that came to be.  (I have to admit, telephone still finds its way to the dinner table and it always brings smiles)
  • Family game night: I'm not talking video games.  We're talking board games and the such, although the "Just Dance" video games are pretty entertaining with the whole family.  A recent game that our families are enjoying is Head Bands.  Check it out.  The best part of these family gatherings is that others are always welcome.  My brother always has his teenage daughter's friends over enjoying the family activities and that is such a bonus knowing that your are positively influencing others. The games change, but the great memories just keep piling up.
  • Family excusions.  Going to the museum, or the beach, or anywhere as a family.  I can remember so many times that I was mad that we had to go somewhere but by the time we all arrived, it would just turn into a good time. 
  • Supporting individual events.  When a sibling has a recital, or a sporting event, having the whole family attend is such a motivational boost.  There are times when my nieces or nephews had a game and a good number of us went.  When you have at least 10-15 family members cheering you on, it does something positive, as well as draw strange looks from others because we are being so rowdy.
  • Express yourself.  Saying "I Love You", always seemed difficult growing up.  Well, sometimes it takes a few scary events to shake us out of the misconception of being "tough" by holding your feelings in.  Hearing my father say "I love you" does more good for my family than we probably realize.  Saying it back feels just as good.  There will be a time when our parents are no longer around and when it comes to them, I want no regrets.
I can go on and on about things we all can do to help keep a strong family bond.  Many of you reading this probably do these things and more already, but there are those who do not know what they are missing and the sad part is if and when they find out, it may be too late. 

So please know that it doesn't matter what your beliefs are, it doesn't matter how hectic your life is.  Make time for the people you care about.  It is probably the best investment you can make.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Evolution of America

My parents came to this country to make their own success; live the "American Dream".  Much has changed since they came here and the definition of the "American Dream" has evolved into an incentive to "get by".  I see less motivation to get ahead and more desire for assistance rather than overcoming it all.  The social programs that are available are for those who need it, not want it.  And the frightening part is the realization that our need to be represented by our politicians has taken a back seat to the finance of special interest groups. 

You cannot point a finger to a specific party.  Sadly, this lack of representing your constituents is the norm and we are to blame.  Election campaigns have become spectacles rather than town hall meetings and potential leaders sharing their vision and commiting to the bettering of his/her fellow citizen. Instead, we are subjected  to debates that contain elements of a professional wrestling match and the mudslinging of each candidate is remembered more than their political agenda, or is that it? Win by making your opponent look back. 

What should be an exciting time to learn who would be ideal to make our great country greater has been relegated to a time where we knowingly are trying to pick the lesser of two poisons.

Write your local representatives and State Senators about issues that need to be addressed.  Make your voice be heard or the elected official who speaks on your behalf, will not be doing so with your best interests in mind.  We live in the best country in the world.  That is why my parents came here and that is why many still do.  Let us protect the reason why we are great. 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Wine Prices Should Be Dropping This Year!

from CNN.com

Wine enthusiasts have a reason to raise their glass this year. Prices on fine wines are coming down substantially, according to senior wine seller Michael Glasby at Premier Cru in California.
The dramatic run-up in prices over the last decade has finally reached its breaking point, he said. "The rise was so steep but once demand was satisfied, there was a crack in the edifice."
For example, the highly-coveted 1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, which sold for as little as $700 five years ago, shot up to $5,000 a bottle last year. "That's just way too much money," said Dennis Foley, rare wine consultant to Zachys auction house.
Now expect prices to be slashed in half on Bourdeaux vintages going forward, Glasby said, and there will be even better deals on Burgundy wines and other varieties from South Africa, South America and Australia. Bottoms up!
Other related posts:
Rosé Wine
Italian Wine Glossary
How to Decant Wine
The 5 S's of Wine Tasting

La Linea: Episode 149

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fatty Food Tax

No matter how you spin it, taxing fatty foods, which is becoming more and more of a big topic (no pun intended), creates much discussion about health, government, ethics & morals.

From Specialty Food Magazine:

Foods high in saturated fat are wearing a much higher price tag in Denmark and Hungary. Both countries have introduced the food fat tax. The new law in Denmark taxes staples like butter and milk, plus cheese, pizza, meat, oil and processed foods that contain more than 2.3 percent saturated fat, while in Hungary citizens pay a tax on foods with high fat, sugar and salt content, as well as increased tariffs on soda and alcohol. Both governments hope to limit the populations’ intake of fatty foods and decrease obesity rates, but it looks like Hungary alone has the agreement of some scientists, who argue against Denmark’s tax, stating that saturated fat may be the wrong target, with salt, sugar and refined carbohydrates posing bigger obstacles to good health. Denmark’s move has incited international critiques: The Food Industry Group of New Zealand stated in a press release that the measure is unlikely to have any positive effects on national obesity levels; rather, it will only increase tax revenues.

According to extremumspiritum.com, a food fat tax in the United Kingdom would "encourage the shift to a healthier diet and reduce deaths from heart disease and other illnesses by 3,200 a year." Adding restrictions on junk food advertising and better labelling practices could "give England's population an extra 270,000 years of good health."

While these studies may contain promising information, many may argue that they are being punished for eating what they like and enjoy.  The tobacco companies still seem to be prospering after all the class action lawsuits and legislation so the question still remains.  Is a food fat tax for the health of all or the wealth of some?

source: specialtyfood.com

Also read: 18% Junk Food Tax: Can You Survive Without the Dollar Menu?


















Monday, January 16, 2012

2012 Florida Seafood Festivals

 

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January 2012
Florida Keys Seafood FestivalKey WestJanuary 14Web
Apalachicola Oyster Cook-OffApalachicolaJanuary 14Web
Port Salerno Seafood FestivalPort SalernoJanuary 28Web
February 2012
Cortez Commercial Fishing FestCortezFebruary 18-19Web
March 2012
Grant Seafood FestivalGrantMarch 3-4Web
Marathon Seafood FestivalMarathonMarch 10-11Web
St. Augustine Seafood and Music FestivalSt. AugustineMarch 16-18Web
Deering Seafood FestivalMiamiMarch 25Web
Marco Island Seafood FestivalMarco IslandMarch 24-25Web
Desoto Heritage Seafood FestivalBradentonMar 30 - Apr 1
April 2012
Pompano Beach Seafood FestivalPompano BeachApril 27-29Web
May 2012
Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp FestivalFernandina BchMay 4-6Web
Panacea Blue Crab FestivalPanaceaMay 5Web
Blue Crab FestivalPalatkaMay 26-28Web
September 2012
Pensacola Seafood FestivalPensacolaSeptember 28-30Web
Destin Seafood FestivalDestinSeptember 28-30Web
October 2012
Franklin County Oyster FestivalEastpointOctober 5-7Web
St. Marks Stone Crab FestivalSt. MarksOctober 20Web
Naples Stone Crab FestivalNaplesOctober 26-28Web
Mighty Mullet Maritime FestivalPanaceaOctober 27Web
Boggy Bayou Mullet FestivalNicevilleTBAWeb
November 2012
Florida Seafood FestivalApalachicolaNovember 2-3Web
Sebastian ClambakeSebastianNovember 2-4Web
Stone Crab JamCrystal RiverNovember 3Web
Yankeetown Art, Craft and Seafood FestivalYankeetownNovember 17-18
Homosassa Seafood FestHomosassaTBAWeb
Lake Park Seafood FestivalLake ParkTBAWeb
Ruskin Seafood FestivalRuskinTBAWeb

Friday, January 13, 2012

Recipe: Grilled Pizza with Pears, Fig Jam, Melted Cheddar & Lavender Sea Salt

Holy Moly! I mentioned spinachtiger.com last week and some of the recipes are absolutely amazing!  Here is a great recipe for a rather unique white pizza.  I cannot wait to try it.  Make your own dough or try this on our Top This Pizza crusts.

From the site....

This five star makeover is an appetizer pizza that will make any dinner party just a little more elegant but not in any pretentious way. After all, it’s still pizza. Served with a starter white wine, it goes well before almost any main dish.
Part of my splurge included the fig jam, fresh mozzarella, pears and a very sharp Inverness cheddar cheese. I purchased these items to eat separately and this pizza was only made by default. It was not my original intention but it was nearly addictive and we made it two days in a row. That right there made it push the broccoli rabe pizza over (for another day) and become the five star entry.
Fig jam mixed with a bit of olive oil to spread on dough.
Pears Love Cheese. The cheddar cheese proved outstanding, but you could easily use a manchego, brie, goat or a blue cheese. And, as an afterthought, some finely chopped walnuts would work well also.
I used a mandolin to slice the pears very thin and evenly. I went back and forth deciding the order of the ingredients and put the fig jam (mixed with olive oil) first followed by pears, then cheese, then a little more fig jam and the salt. When it comes out of the oven, follow up with black pepper and fresh thyme.

Recipe
  • pizza dough recipe here Enough to roll out a circle as large as a dinner plate.
  • 1-2 tablespoons fig jam (or any jam you like)
  • olive oil
  • 1 pear sliced very thinly
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh mozzarella
  • lavender salt
  • fresh thyme
  • black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 450. I used my grill and was able to get it to 600 degrees. The hotter, the better.
    Roll out pizza dough thinly. Combine fig jam with enough olive oil to make a spreading consistency.
  2. Top with a combination of cheeses, lavender salt.
    Bake for 6-10 minutes, depending on your oven or grill.
    Top with black pepper, fresh thyme. Serve Immediately.
Buon Appetito!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Recipe: Grouper Sicilian


  • 4 portions grouper fillets (8-10 oz each)
  • 6 oz ranch dressing
  • 1 lb. Japanese style bread crumbs (Panko)
  • 4 oz clarified margarine (see recipe)
  • 12 oz sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 bunch scallions, cleaned and sliced
  • 2 oz chopped fresh garlic
  • 2 oz unsalted butter
  • 2 oz white wine (chablis is great)
  1. Bring to boil in a small saucepan one lb. of margarine. Allow to boil 10 minutes, then let sit. The clear yellow liquid that rises to the top is clarified margarine, and is great for cooking fish.
  2. Clean and rinse fish fillets. Roll in ranch dressing, then in Japanese bread crumbs. The ranch dressing will stick to the fish, and the bread crumbs to the ranch dressing, "breading" the fish.
  3. In a hot non stick skillet, place athe clarified margarine, then the breaded grouper fillets. Cook until golden brown, and turn.
  4. Allow to cook 2-3 minutes, then remove from the skillet and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Place in a 350 degree oven, for approximately 10 minutes or until the fish is completely cooked.
  6. Wipe the skillet clean, and place the mushrooms, garlic, and white wine. Allow to cook 1-2 minutes, until the mushrooms are soft. Add the scallions and butter. Allow to heat only until the butter is melted. DO NOT OVERCOOK.
  7. Remove the fish from the oven. Place on 4 serving plates, and top with 1/4 of the mushroom/scallion/garlic butter mixture.
    Serve with pride. This dish is great with some zucchini provencale or some pasta.
from Islamorada Fish Company

Friday, January 6, 2012

Italian Style Health Tips for Eating (plus a recipe)

I came across this blog and thought I'd share it with you all.  Visit the site, it has a great deal of recipes and valuable information.

Cooking Italy: Spicy Shrimp and Ten Tips for Eating Healthy Italian

(from spinachtiger.com)

Fast food can be good for you. If you are like millions of Americans who eat fast food a few times a week because of work and crazy schedules, please take note: THIS shrimp IS FAST FOOD. This is even the kind of fast food that you could sit in front of the television and watch the state of the union address eating. (Of course, there’s not enough to eat for 100 minutes, but then that’s another topic).
Getting home at 6:15, we were eating delicious, spicy, wild shrimp in a fresh tomato sauce at 6:45. One pot, a few baked slices of Italian bread, and we were happy. It’s not easy to be a food blogger and be easily satisfied, because we are eating  ossobuco on a Monday night and we eating homemade ravioli for a Tuesday lunch. Our kitchen is in constant activity, and the quality of the food (just by sheer practice) gets better and better. Take out meals and drive-through food bags now taste like prison food. Okay, I am being harsh, as there are maybe one or two take out places we will entertain, but, alas, we live in the suburbs and the chain food take out places are never going to give us wild spicy shrimp made in a fresh twenty minute sauce.
This is exactly what Ten in 2010 means to me. Good food for dinner that doesn’t mean cottage cheese, dry fish, or a meal substitute protein shake. It means food that anyone would choose to eat no matter how thin or healthy they already are. See the list below for some good food ideas.

Good food that is just good food. Now, the sauce nearly screams for a date with a big hunk of crusty bread. And, if you are eating a french baguette, you could still eat two pieces, a bowl of shrimp and come in at about 500 calories. Not bad for screaming good food. Of course, if you skip the bread, you are barely at 200 calories. I am getting all calorie counting on you because I want to make a point about healthy low-calorie meals.
I haven’t lost any weight in a year of food blogging, but i haven’t gained any either. For all the desserts that get baked, and pasta that gets rolled, there are many in between nights where a good bowl of soup or a hearty dish of spicy shrimp is dinner. But, I love food, so it still has to be a good meal. And, it can be. People trying to fight the obesity statistics do not have to suffer. I think this must be the twinkie-type companies that convince people that if they are not shoveling fake baked goods and mcburgers down their throats, somehow life is less satisfying.
Less satisfying are all the problems of obesity, and they are different for everyone. But, Spinach Tiger knows and understands the love for food, and is here to tell you, it’s okay to love food, as long as it’s the food that can love you back.

Ten Tips for Eating Delicious Italian Food with No Weight Gain
1. Eat like an Italian: Pasta is but an appetizer, followed by a small serving of protein and a green salad or green vegetable.
2. Split up your meals. Eat your pasta for lunch, protein and greens for dinner.
3. Go easy with cream sauces. Tomato-based sauces can be made in twenty minutes and have tons of nutrition and are much lower in calories.
4. Do prepare sauces with olive oil and garlic. The fat is satisfying and you will eat less; the olive oil has health benefits, as does the garlic.
5. Shrimp and  scallops are low in calories, high in flavor, and you can make a FAST, delicious dinner for LESS than your drive through cost. Yes, you can.**
6. Italian soups are hearty, satisfying, healthy and even with a hunk of bread, will not break the calorie bank. See a list of Spinach Tiger soups below.
7. If you are eating pasta, don’t add a second carb. Save bread for another meal.
8. Try small amounts of alternate starch choices to up the heartiness of a dish, as this
ossobuco with grits. There is really only a smattering of starch in this dish.
9. Save wine for weekends; too often wine lowers resistance and oops, you ate too much.
10. Roast vegetables with olive oil, sea salt and enjoy Italian inspired lighter fare, possibly with a piece of bread. A half cup of pasta with 2 cups of veggies and you have a great mid-week supper.

**If you are purchasing a $.99 burger, you have to ask yourself why it’s so cheap. A good farmer can’t even sell you that burger at cost for $.99.

Spicy Shrimp Recipe adapted from Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classical Italian Cooking(Shrimp with Tomatoes and Chili Pepper)

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or chopped hot red chili pepper)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 large can Italian plum tomatoes, chopped w juice (I used San Marzano from Fresh Market)
  • Sea salt
  • 1 pound wild shrimp, shelled, cleaned, deveined
  • Grilled or oven browned slices of bread
Saute shallot and garlic in olive oil. Add pepper flakes and parsley.add tomatoes. Cook at a simmer for twenty minutes to reduce the juice.
Rinse shrimp several times in cold water. Pat dry and add to sauce when it’s ready. Cook just until shrimp are cooked (about 3 minutes).
Grill thick slices of bread in cast iron pan on top of stove that has a little swipe of olive oil or bake in oven to brown.
Serve immediately.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

FYI: Super Broccoli

Broccoli
(from Denise Shoukas at specialtyfood.com)

As if the vitamin-packed vegetable wasn't already a powerhouse, super broccoli has arrived.  A team of British Scientists has developed a new breed of broccoli that contains three times more glucoraphanin, a beneficial chemical believed to lower rates of heart disease and some forms of cancer, than conventional broccoli.  "Super" broccoli was developed at two of the UK's world-leading biological research institutes, the Institute of Food Research and the John Innes Centre, by scientists who used traditional plant-breeding methods to cross-pollinate a conventional British broccoli with a wild Sicilian variety.  It's now available in the U.S. under the brand name Beneforte, and boasts a sweeter flavor as it contains less sulfur. 

That's right! Sicily was the birthplace of philosphy and now it's helping people's health and fighting cancer.  You can count on us here at Doris Italian Market & Bakery to try and get Super Broccoli in our stores as quickly as possible.  Keep a look out!
This news has been covered by many large news groups including CBS and USA Today

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

By simply just drinking water.....

We tend to forget at how vital water is to our life that we easily take it for granted.  Here are some more health tips as many of you try to focus on your health more this year....

Drinking water at the correct time maximizes its effectiveness on the Human body:
  • 2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs (There are studies that have attributed substantial weight loss just by starting the day with a drink of water as soon as you wake up. As much as 10 pounds in a month along with proper diet)
  • 1 glass of water  30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion
  • 1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure
  • 1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack 
Other Tips:
  • Composes 75% of the brain
  • Helps regulate body temperature
  • Helps carry nutrients and oxygen to cells
  • Moistens oxygen for breathing
  • Makes up 83% of your blood
  • Helps convert food into energy
  • Helps remove waste
  • Protects and cushions organs
  • Accounts for 22% of bones
  • Cushions joints
  • Helps body absorb nutrients
  • Makes up 75% of muscles
And most importantly, it helps wash down your favorite Italian dishes. If you are looking to be alittle bit more healthy this year, remember these tips and replace someof your regular beverages with water a bit more.  Your body will thank you.... 

For more information about water, check out one of our older posts recognizing the first week of May as Drinking Water week.  Being in South Florida means it can most definitely still be hot & humid even in the winter months so brush up on your water knowledge and be safe and healthy.  Ciao for now!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Bananas: An Amazing Fruit! (and you can throw away your shine box!)

Well it's the start of a new year once again and many of you are beginning to commit to new resolutions to improve upon your life. A majority of the resolutions are health related so we at Doris figured we would provide some information about some healthy foods. Enjoy!


A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression "going bananas" is from the effects of bananas on the brain. Read on:

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!
This is interesting.
After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.


Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber.. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.


Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.


But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.


Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.


PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.


Anemia : High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.


Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.


Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.


Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.


Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.


Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness


Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.


Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.



Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips.. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady..


Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.


Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.


Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.


Smoking & Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.


Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance.. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.


Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!


Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!


So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"


Want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit !!!