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Red Is For Lovers and Goats

 

Dollarphotoclub_76031691With Valentine’s Day wrapping up, we’ll soon find ourselves celebrating love and peace yet again as we usher in the year of the goat. Chinese New Year is just around the corner, (Thurs. Feb. 19) and it’s a great excuse to keep your red on for a little bit longer. The Abbi Agency compiled some fun DIY ideas to honor some forgotten traditions and give you another go at a fresh start.

Chinese girl in traditional costume.

Wear red. In Chinese culture, red is a symbol of good luck. If you want to go the extra mile, dress in traditional Chinese clothing, or wish your relatives good luck with money-filled red envelopes.

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Chinese-New-YearEat in eights. Set out a “tray of togetherness”. The number eight is considered lucky in Chinese culture, and there are eight compartments in the tray full of sweets like candies, nuts and small cakes. Pastries symbolize a rise in abundance for the coming new year while those with a round shape brings family reunion. Available at your local Costco, the famous California pastry company Donsuemor released a limited supply of French Almond Cakes in honor of Chinese New Year.

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Make some noise. Firecrackers and fireworks aren’t just for the Western New Years. In China, the loud noises are believed to scare away bad spirits and fend off bad luck. They are featured in Chinese parades along with special costumed lion and dragon dances, activities and music. These parades can be viewed on the national China Central Television broadcaster (CCTV).

teaTake some tea. Dragonwell Green is perhaps China’s most famous tea, and for good reason. Often served to visiting heads of states, the tea is known for its sweet and nutty taste. Grown high in the mountains near Hangzhou, it is handpicked and processed with delicate care just as it was 1,500 years ago. In spring, the top two leaves of the plant are harvested and then pan-fried and folded into its distinctive sword-like shape. Dragonwell Green tea brews into a jade green color, gives off a sweet aroma, and has a toasted chestnut-like aftertaste. This distinct tea can be enjoyed as a pick-me-up in the morning or as a refresher throughout the day. 

 

 

“My Gorey Valentine!” The Edwardian Ball® Returns To The Fonda Theatre L.A.

TThe Edwardian Ball® “My Gorey Valentine!” presents Edward Gorey’s “The Beastly Baby”

The Edwardian Ball Los Angeles

 

Paradox Media and Vau de Vire present The Edwardian Ball® on Saturday, February 14th, 2014 at the historic 1920’s Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.  The award-winning Edwardian Ball® founders Rosin Coven and co-hosts Vau de Vire Society bring a featured Edward Gorey story to life on stage with original music, theatrical choreography and narration…this year presenting ‘The Beastly Baby’ which is described “a calmly horrific tale about a most unpleasant infant everyone is trying to get rid of…”It’s where literary fans are as welcome as Goth clubgoers and where the high-flying trapeze and steam-powered machines create the backdrop for elegantly dressed ballgoers waltzing their way from absinthe to the dance floor.

Edwardian Ball

Step into a uniquely immersive world, where turn-of-the-century meets world-to-be in a fantastic blend of performance and audience, of sights, sounds, and magic – an irreverently elegant blend of theatre, circus, live music, DJs, ballroom dancing, parlour games, steam machinery, aerial performances, obscure props, period technology, games, fashion shows and an Edwardian inspired Vendor Bazaar.

Edwardian Ball

All in attendance are invited to return to a time of well-dressed gentility by creating characters and costumes for the occasion – instilling a madhouse slapdashery of costumery by nearly every single attendee.

Edwardian Ball

Featuring Rosin Coven, Vau de Vire Society, TRAPEZE DJs Delachaux & The Klown, The Gentlemen Callers of Los Angeles, Gorey-inspired Fashion Show & Living Statues by Dark Garden Unique Corsetry and Bridal Couture, The John Brothers Piano Company, Owl Tree Tarot & Tinctures, Our Famous Portrait Booth, Ballroom Dancing, Rooftop Vendor Bazaar, Midway Gaming and many more TBA.  Also, attendees can enjoy absinthe cocktails, full food menu and ample parking.

Edwardian Ball

Saturday, February 14, 2015 – Doors and Show at 8:00pm – All Ages Welcome

The Fonda Theatre – 6126 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 464-0808 or visit http://www.fondatheatre.com/.

Tickets: Purchase: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/750879-edwardian-ball-los-angeles-hollywood/

General Admission Tickets: $50
Includes main floor and rooftop Carnival, limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

VIP Tickets: $85
Includes all GA access plus admission to seated balcony with cocktail service and prime view of stage.

VIP Private Booth: $400 for 4 people, $600 for 6 people on Balcony or Main Floor
Includes private booth with table service, great visibility of stage and dance floor. One ticket is good for the entire booth – the best seats in the house!

Edwardian Ball

Hungry for a Great Story? EAT YOUR WORDS

Eat Your WordsEat your words is back on February 5th!  If you haven’t participated in this mashup of stories, chefs, bartenders and urban foodies, this week’s event will make you salivate with stories inspired by a food politics.  It’ll be the best meal and food memory you ever ate!
 A Live Storytelling Event hosted by Greg Walloch Eat Your Words will be an intimate intimate evening of storytelling in the tradition of: 
The Moth and
This American Life
Each show features a rotating cast of the city’s most
outstanding storytellers and comedians with special guest appearances.
“L.A. audiences don’t seem to actually eat very much food, so they might as well come to a show where they can hear all about it.” 

Greg Walloch on Eat Your Words at The Standard, Hollywood

The Standard Hollywood
Cactus Lounge 8300 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
February 5th 2015 ongoing the first Thursday of each month.
8pm-10pm

ADMISSION: Free

TICKET INFO: The event is free. RSVP is strongly encouraged: hollywoodRSVP@standardhotel.com

This month’s storytellers include:

Steven Brydle
@midnight, FunnyorDie

Lex Vaughn
films, Maddy, Short Bus
Greg Cope White
On the Menu, memoir The Pink MarineChris Gorham and Anel Lopez Gorham
Covert Affairs, PopularAlec Mapa
Ugly Betty, The Tonight Show

Hosted by GREG WALLOCH – 

The Moth, The Howard Stern Show
Produced by Greg Walloch + Zachary Foster + Adam Gould + Dave Srock 

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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