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The Ultimate Super Bowl Pulled Pork

BO LogoOh dude!  We got this in the mail and had to share it immediately so that you could do some quick shopping and get online with this better-than-nosh Super Bowl Sunday man-chow!

Skip your typical M.O. – chips and a jar of salsa.  Boulder Organic! (www.boulderorganicfoods.com) has you covered with a kick-ass, three ingredients only, recipe for the kick-off: Souper Easy Super Bowl Pulled Pork!  Bonus: In three easy steps, this slow cooker recipe can be thrown in the crockpot in the morning and will be hot and ready by game time.

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Arctic Zero Choices for Staying Fit and Diet Friendly

Reviewed by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The MoveARCT_Orange-Dream_003_OP

I gave this product the ultimate taste test – my dad – a milk, cheese and ice cream loving,  late Silent Generation (1925-1946) guy with a serious sweet tooth, who knows barely anything about gluten-free and doesn’t actually care.

He was into it.  Here’s how the dialog went from opening the Strawberry container purchased at my local West Hollywood, CA Whole Foods to finishing the sample:

“Dad would you try this with me?

“What is it?”

It’s kind of like ice cream but not really.  It’s a gluten-free dessert, like, for someone who can’t have milk. So it’s gonna taste a little different.”

“Ok yeah, I’ll try it.  You got a spoon?”

“What do you think?”

“It’s not bad.  It’s not sweet.  It doesn’t taste like ice cream and not really yogurt.  And it tastes a little powdery.  You know, I think it would be better with blueberries or strawberries.  I like it but it’s not something I would go out and buy.”

“Well, what if you couldn’t eat the other stuff, would you  be ok with it?”

“Yeah.  I’d eat it. It wasn’t bad.  It was satisfying.”

I’d have to agree on every point but one.  I myself would go out and buy it, especially if I was lactose or gluten intolerant and was looking for something fat-free and diet friendly.  The subtle flavors lean toward what an Asian palette might enjoy rather than overbearing sugary American tastes.  The light sweetness for me is a big invitation to do what my dad was hoping for – adding extra variety and nutrition with a berry or other favorite fruit.  Based on that alone I’m giving this product a thumbs up.  Arctic Zero is definitely and option for maintaining any dieting goals, clocking in at only 150 calories for an entire pint (35 calories/serving).

What we also like at Gia On The Move is the claim:

ARCTIC ZERO is made with premium, GMO-free ingredients, including the finest quality whey protein and antioxidant-rich monk fruit. Every pint is fat free, offers 12 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber, and includes no artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors.  We are also very very cool with the fact that it is a low glycemic food! So it’s going to fit into a lot of people’s different dietary needs.

One caveat:  ARCTIC ZERO IS NOT A VEGAN FOOD.  It does contain whey.

ARCTIC ZERO’s Creamy Pints are available in ten great-tasting flavors—Vanilla Maple, Purely Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cappuccino, Cookie Shake, Hint of Mint and Simply Strawberry, as well as three new additions, Orange Dream, Salted Caramel and Toasted Coconut.

ARCTIC ZERO is available for a suggested price of $4 to $5 at natural and traditional grocers nationwide, including Kroger, Publix, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Walmart and Whole Foods Market, as well as online at www.arcticzero.com

BONUS!!!  The folks over at ARCTIC ZERO also forwarded an awesome cocktail recipe:

Creamy 007 Orange float

This for-adults-only float is sweet and frosty – just the right creamy cocktail to enjoy during the warm weather. The citrus flavors are a vibrant addition to this float made with Orange Dream ARCTIC ZERO.

Serving Size

Makes one float (12-ounces)

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • 2 ounces vodka (use orange-flavored vodka for added flavor)
  • 2 scoops Orange Dream ARCTIC ZERO
  • Orange slices as garnish

Directions

  1. Add the orange juice, lemon-lime soda and vodka to a 12-ounce glass and stir.
  2. Float 2 scoops of Orange Dream ARCTIC ZERO over the other ingredients.
  3. Serve with an orange slice, straw and spoon.

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Guilt-Free Low Calorie Cocktails

sighFess up!  We already know that plenty of you have either broken your New Year’s dieting resolutions or only made it only a few days into Dry January.  You can’t stay away from the bar.  You’re friends are having fun without you.  You just plain hate Seltzer. It’s OK!  Tequila Herradura sent us these low-calorie cocktails for some delicious, slimmed-down options to imbibe without feeling completely guilty.

Kaffir Lime Leaf Spritzer

image001Ingredients

  • 2 oz Herradura Silver
  • 2 oz Kaffir lime leaf tea (chilled)
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • ½ oz lemongrass syrup

Directions

  • For Kaffir tea: take 10 Kaffir lime leaves and place in a teapot or other heat proof receptacle and add boiling water. After 10 minutes remove leaves and allow cooling to room temperature.
  • For the Lemongrass syrup: cut 2 stems of lemon grass into discs. Place in a hot pan and gently toast for 20 seconds. Add 1 liter of simple syrup and bring to the boil, simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat & allow cooling to room temperature.
  • Place all ingredients in to a cocktail shaker filled with cubed ice. Shake hard and strain over ice into a tall glass. Garnish with a lemongrass spear and a mint sprig.

 

Pomegranate Refresher

image003Ingredients

  • 1 oz Herradura Silver
  • 1 oz Dolin Bianco vermouth
  • Dash orange bitter
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz club soda
  • Pomegranate seeds

Directions

  • Place all ingredients except the soda into a high balled filled. Add the club soda last then using a bar spoon stir the ingredients together to chill & combine the flavors. Garnish with a mint sprig and pomegranate seeds.

 

The Philly Cheesesteak: Ordering a Mighty Sandwich

Credit: Photo by J. Varney for Visit Philadelphia™

Credit: Photo by J. Varney for Visit Philadelphia™

In Philly the Cheesesteak is a civic icon, tourist draw and cultural obsession! You could easily make a mess of things when ordering the city of brotherly love’s most treasured food.  So if you don’t want to be a total tourist about it heed the advice of the locals in these two videos sent to us by VISIT PHILADELPHIA® .  Learn the art and lingo before you get in line for this flavorful sandwich in four simple steps.  The easy part: eat and enjoy.  Tips: Ordering a Philly Cheesesteak is serious business. Know what you want before you get to the counter and be quick about it!  Cheez Whiz with fried onions–that’s a “Whiz With.”  Provolone without fried onions ask for a “Provolone Without.”

But don’t stop there. Go to the official visitor websites visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, and get more information.  Better yet, why don’t you just visit Philadelphia and check out one or all of these top 10 cheesesteak houses!!! (We did a while back and well we’re STILL too stuffed to talk about it!)

How To Order A Philly Cheesesteak:

Philly Cheesesteak 101:

Best Places To Find A Cheesesteak:

Nearly every pizza shop on any corner of every neighborhood in the city serves up the mouth-watering delicacy. Here are a few notable Center City and South Philadelphia spots, many of which are featured in the two videos:

  • Cosmi’s Deli is a relative newcomer among the cheesesteak contenders, winning recent accolades from Philadelphia magazine.1501 S. 8th Street, (215) 468-6093, cosmideli.com
  • It may be across the street from the oldest cheesesteak joint in town,but Geno’s Steaks is a formidable competitor going roll for roll with Pat’s for nearly five decades. 1219 S. 9th Street, (215) 389-0659, genosteaks.com
  • The brisket cheesesteak at Jake’s Sandwich Board can be adorned with either mild provolone and caramelized onions or, less conventionally, wasabi spread and crunchy onions. 122 S. 12th Street, (215) 922-0102, jakessandwichboard.com
  • Jim’s Steaks has multiple locations, but the classic smell of fried onions wafting down South Street makes that outpost a memorable one. 400 South Street, (215) 928-1911, jimssouthstreet.com
  • A small shack amidst shopping plazas, John’s Roast Pork is frequently cited as one of the city’s top steak spots. Its secret weapon? A crusty seeded roll. 14 Snyder Avenue, (215) 463-1951, johnsroastpork.com
  • The original home of the cheesesteak, Pat’s King of Steaks is still owned and operated by the Olivieri family.9th Street & Passyunk Avenue, (215) 468-1546,patskingofsteaks.com
  • Rick’s Philly Steaks is a third-generation spinoff of Pat’s, started by the “Prince of Steaks” Rick Olivieri,who exported his cheesesteak savvy to Kennett Square. 148 W. State Street, Kennett Square, (610) 444-7425, rickssteaks.com
  • With rolls from Conshohocken bakery, a plethora of cheese choices and daily-cut sirloin, Spot Burger’s food cart has been repeatedly named a favorite among cheesesteak lovers. Locations vary, (484) 620-6901, twitter.com/spotburgers
  • Every sandwich at the award-winning Tony Luke’s is worth ordering, and the deliciousness now spans multiple locations across state lines. tonylukes.com

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Paleo Cleanse: Detoxing the Primal Way

PaleoCleanseReviewed by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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As a rule, I like to begin every new year with a clean slate in all areas including eating.  For someone as active as myself, a former professional dancer, gymnast, triathlete and marathoner, everything I ingest is a conscious decision. Strength and suppleness in my muscles, ligaments, joints, heart and overall physical health is a number one priority.  I love being able to jump, turn and soar through the air in a dance class, power through an acrobatic workout, swim in the ocean, downhill ski and recreationally do any activity that spontaneously gets my attention. Life is so much fun having that kind of flexibility.  So I’m always on the hunt for ways to keep myself in prime condition.  When I received Paleo Cleanse for review I thought, “Ok, this might just be the thing.”  Plus, there’s definitely a little bit of vanity in following the lifestyle of one’s namesake.  It hasn’t gone unnoticed that my surname is one of the biggest keywords on the internet. lol

“30 Days of Ancestral Eating to Detox, Drop Pounds, Supercharge Your Health and Transition into a Primal Lifestyle.”

Paleo Cleanse is a very straightforward, no nonsense guide on how to transform your body and improve your health via a hard-core cleanse based on the caveman diet, by following a 30-day plan to rid your body of toxins without feeling deprived.   Included are over 100 recipes using whole ingredients like meats, eggs and fresh vegetables to help you:

  • Lose weight
  • Increase Energy
  • Boost mental clarity
  • Improve digestion
  • Reduce Inflammation

Confession:  It’s now January 3rd and my second day consciously eating as primally as I can muster in a modern world.  Personally, it’s not so tough aside from the (I forgot about this part…) intermittent but temporary detox headaches.  Last January 1st, I went completely “cold turkey” for 6 months in order to break myself of a serious carb addiction, lower my cholesterol, knock a few inches off my body and increase my energy.  I was actually ordered by my internist to do so while trying to recover from a long illness. Feeling a very desperate need to improve my health, I did it.  The results were amazing until June rolled around and I really wanted an ice-cream. Alas,  I fell off the wagon, although mostly maintaining the basic principles.  Now that I’ve had my fill of everything my taste buds “craved,” this second round with Paleo is kind of a no-brainer.  The Paleo Cleanse, is one of those helpful reminders that offers a different point of view of the “How-Tos” and non-abrasive, practical ways to achieve them.

amazon-logo-1There is a lot of helpful information in the first several chapters.  The rest is really up for you to decide what’s best.   That is how authors Camilla Carboni and Melissa Van Dover leave it to their readers in any case.  Their suggestion is to follow this lifestyle for the first 30 days very strictly “by the book” in order to get the full benefits of a Paleo cleanse. (Order the Paleo Cleanse on Amazon now. Click the icon to be taken directly to the order page!)

Variety is key psychologically and comestibly for most people and there are wonderful recipes, grocery lists and meal plans included, which while testing them at the latter part of 2014, I found occasionally difficult to follow, but generally satisfied.  You’ll have to be inventive at some point on your own.  Also, compensating for a busy work week of travel and not spending as much time as you might like at home is already challenging.  You’ll have to find your own way around that too, if you don’t have the work from home option.  This particular tome asks you keep your food intake to service from your own kitchen which isn’t going to happen for most people…at least not in every instance.  And in a world filled with too may low nutrient/high carb alternatives on grocery shelves it’s going to feel insane without some serious thought and preparation.  If you really want this to work, you’ll have to put in some work.  This is not a quick fix diet, although there will be some incredible, immediate benefits.

Paleo Cleanse Exerpt

Read an excerpt from Paleo Cleanse. Click on this image for an enlarged view.

Here’s what I loved:

The authors are 100% supportive where the lifestyle is concerned.  The book is somewhat conversational and you’ll feel like you have a buddy/coach comfortably urging you in the most positive direction as if it is the easiest choice you can make. In fact, within Chapter 14 (Week 3 page 152) readers can find a link to a website called, ThePaleoPact.com where everything you need to succeed in this cleanse can be found including giveaways, products, humor and even advice on dealing with criticism.  Apart from wishing they would have mentioned this information in an earlier chapter, it is one of the awesome additional perks and a great way to keep accountable.  Plus there are more yummy recipes to discover.

There are whole chapters dedicated to Paleo Food pyramids versus Traditional, tips on pantry purification, worksheets for tracking progress and what NOT to eat in your first 30 days for prime results.

I also loved the all-you-can-eat vegetables (Cauliflower Humus is ‘da bomb’!) included in the meal plans as snacks to get you through the withdrawals of grain based carbs and the suggestion of doing what many of us think is the impossible — making meals for the week. Although a definite commitment of time for the preparation and cooking process, this one weekly chore actually freed me from the unbearable hassle of having to think about breakfast, lunch and dinner, night after night.  It put the fun back into it.  And along with time, I saved money!

Personal past Paleo benefits included allergies subsiding, more focused, clearer thinking, more energy, smoother skin and with exercise — firmer muscle tone and weight loss, for starters.  And truly, I was able to finally break my carb addiction.

Paleo Cleanse is a great starter book for those looking to dip a toe into the water of the lifestyle and a helpful companion to get them through the initiation process.  If you are not a novice, it’s a quick boost for revisiting. Light easy reading and immediately usable, included are charts to assist in tracking progress and habits.  They do say “hard-core” cleanse and it kind of is.  But the best thing to know is that you absolutely won’t go hungry on this diet — ever.  Recommend.

searchFor fun I did a quick YELP search for Paleo restaurants in Los Angeles.  Click here for the results.  The list might come in handy later on after your 30 day cleanse period or in case you really NEED an extra option. Let us know at Gia On The Move if you’ve tried any of these.  We’ll be doing the same!

Downside:  Not for vegetarians, vegans or raw food eaters.  Primal means animal proteins. Legumes, all grains and soy products are restricted here.  Also, no dairy, no alcohol and NO CHEATING.  If you are partial to any of these…it’s not for you.

Now Playing: The Search For General Tso

It’s Tasty. It’s Hot. It’s America’s Favorite Dish.

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Sundance Selects, just announced that the new film, directed by Ian Cheney, THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO, is NOW PLAYING in select theaters including Arena Cinema Hollywood (today Jan 2!) and on VOD!

Rent or purchase this on iTunes: Available_on_iTunes_Badge_US-UK_110x40_0824

This mouthwateringly entertaining film travels the globe to unravel a captivating culinary mystery. General Tso’s chicken is a staple of Chinese-American cooking, and a ubiquitous presence on restaurant menus across the country. But just who was General Tso? And how did his chicken become emblematic of an entire national cuisine?

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Director Ian Cheney (King Corn) journeys from Shanghai to New York to the American Midwest and beyond to uncover the origins of this iconic dish, turning up surprising revelations and a host of humorous characters along the way. Told with the verve of a good detective story, The Search for General Tso is as much about food as it is a tale of the American immigrant experience.

FINGER-LICKIN’ GOOD. A CULINARY SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN.”        – Scott Foundas, Variety

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Culture Marches On

 Of all the things I could possibly write about 2014…that it’s been Gia On The Move’s best year yet…that we’ve been so fortunate to have experienced so much gorgeous, avant-garde, unique, delicious artistry in live performance, art, music, movies, food, fashion and more…what an awesome adventure it’s been…that we love all of the great friends we’ve made along the way, and how incredibly lucky to often accidentally have stumbled across gems that no one else was noticing…  What we’re most happy to say is ‘Thank you’.  Thank you for letting us entertain, inform, introduce and offer a little bit of our passions to YOU.   What a ride!  Ready for more?   ~Gia

Happy New Year!!!

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