- I'm a habitual line crosser that believes everything happens for a reason, but life comes with no guarantees, no time outs, no second chances, you just have to live life to the fullest. Laugh as much as you can, spend all your money, tell someone what they mean to you, tell someone off, speak out, dance in the pouring rain, hold someone's hand, comfort a friend, love the ones who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't, pig out, smile until your face hurts, be a flirt, stay up late and fall asleep watching the sun come up, don't be aftraid to take chances or fall in love . . . and most of all live in the moment, If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. No one said it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
"Habitat Young Professionals (HYP) is a diverse group of young professionals who share resources, time and talents to make a difference in the Austin community. HYP is about having fun and making connections throughout Austin, all while helping to address the need for affordable housing in our fast growing community. We are a high-energy, motivated group committed to volunteering, donating and spreading the word about Austin Habitat for Humanity to our friends and colleagues. Join us in the Mission to help build dreams.
Please joing use for our 2nd annual Build the HYP Gala Saturday, May 24 @ the Long center for the Performing Arts. Funds raised at the gala will go directly to tbuild the 2008 HYP House, which will bring the dream of homeownership to another hard-working Austin family in Need."
For more info visit http://www.austinhabitat.org/related/hyp/index.php
Monday, January 26, 2009
I believe 99% of my Catholic (and non Catholic) friends would agree that the genocide of the Holcaust was a true and horrifying act of mankind. If anything, the Catholic Church (the most powerful Church in the world) should have more responsibility to not only speak out against past genocides, but DO MORE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST CURRENT GENOCIDES (ie., Sudan, just to name one of MANY). I am deeply saddened on our POLITICAL my beloved Church has become.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
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Thursday, January 22, 2009
BvB Leadership Planning Committee invites you to The Ranch for the Happy Hour Recruitment Party. Join us for drinks and team sign-up.
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009, 6pm
710 W 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
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Monday, January 12, 2009
Often, up to 80% of product consumed during a sushi meal is rice. Getting your sushi rice right is a crucial element in successful sushi making at home. The proper preparation of the rice is so important that in our shop as well as most quality establishments there are chefs whose sole responsibility is to cook the rice.
If you do not have a Japanese rice cooker, a heavy pot with lid is essential( I like Lagostina cookware). One secret is to always measure your ingredients carefully. Following is a basic sushi rice recipe for rolled sushi. Also, the type of rice you use is most important.
We recommend the following brands: Kokuho Rose, Tamaki Gold, Tamanishiki, Nozomi and Yume.
Prepare Your Tezu
Your first step is to prepare your vinegar-water solution called tezu. Mix together 250 ml of water, 30 ml of rice vinegar (Marukan and Mitsukan are excellent) and 5 ml of salt.
(yields - 4 large rolls [futomaki] or 10 small rolls [hosomaki]) 500 ml Sushi Rice
600 ml Water
60 ml Rice Vinegar
30 ml Sugar
5 ml Salt
Wash The Rice
Wash the rice several times until the water runs fairly clear when draining. Let your wash rice strain for 30 minutes. Transfer the rice to your pot or Japanese electric rice cooker and add the measured water.
Cook The Rice
For electric rice cookers, turn on and wait for rice to finish cooking. For stove top cooking heat to boiling , cover tightly and simmer at lowest heat allowing the rice to steam for 18 minutes. You must leave it covered... no peaking!
Remove your pot from the heat and let stand covered for another 15 minutes.
Prepare Your Sushi Vinegar
Mix the vinegar, sugar and salt together in a small saucepan. Heat the mixture until the sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let your sushi vinegar cool to room temperature.
Take a wooden spatula or spoon and cut and fold the rice. Be gentle as you do not want to smash the cooked grains.
Prepare Your Mixing Bowl
Moisten your bowl with a cloth dampened with your TEZU mixture. The traditional bowl to use is the flat-bottomed wooden sushi oke or hangiri. The porous wood absorbs excess moisture and the large surface allows the rice to cool more quickly and evenly.
Put the hot rice into your mixing bowl and add 1/4 of the sushi vinegar solution. Mix with a folding motion so as to not smash your perfect sushi rice. Repeat until all sushi vinegar is used.
Fan Your Rice
After mixing, fan [electric fan will work] the hot rice mixture for about 5 or 6 minutes in order to remove excess moisture and create a glossy shine to your rice. Your rice should have a slight chewiness and be sticky to the touch.
Et Voila! Sushilinks' perfect sushi rice – ready for rolling!
for some more exclusive recipes, see Sushi Recipes Page
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Its a...DANCE OFF!! for cash money!If your not dancing your dead...
UG Life and High Society
Friday, January 30, 2009 at 9:00pm
Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 1:30am
Creeekside Live (right next to creekside lounge)
DescriptionUG Life Productions and High Society are bringing you a DANCE-A-THON!! Thats right kids! You think you can dance all night, then bring it on! There will be CASH and PRIZES and plenty for the last dancer standing.
cost!: 8 bucks or 6 bucks with 2 canned goods!!
(the cans are going to Caritas of Austin)
FREE LONE STAR AND RED BULL (while supplies last)
Doors open at 9 for registration and stretching. Then the dancing will start at 9:30 sharp! If you want to dance for the cash and prizes, please get there before 9:30! We CAN NOT allow late entry to the Dance-a-thon, it would not be fair.
Dance jams provided by Hot Britches, TEAMWORK and Da Miing.
warm up jams! provided by Birdkiller!
we will also have...
photo booth with Trevor Ray Thompson
give aways from Hey! Unite and beats broke records.
If you dont want to compete, then the cover is just 5 bucks! But really, why would you not compete? There is a chance to win at least 100 bucks cash money, plus all kinds of other prizes!! the more people we get through the door, the more money you have a chance of winning! so invite all your friends!!
High Society has already throwen some of the best parties in town! You may remember The East Austin Moustache Party, The Neon Party or The Psycho Dance Party on Halloween if you thought those were crazy check us out this time when we team up with The guys at UG Life Productions (a name you need to know) to set-up one the biggest events of 2009. There is still sometime before the dance-a-thon so you better believe they are not stopping there with getting you guys free stuff!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Austin “Free Week” Cheat Sheet
January 3, 2009 · Print This Article
In case you haven’t heard…. Once a year, a few of Austin’s Red River District venues (along with Transmission Entertainment) get together to hold “Free Week,” a series of events showcasing nearly 200 local indie bands during the first week of the new year. With the exception of a few shows that charge a $5 cover for the poor kids that haven’t reached the legal drinking age, all shows are cover free. While it makes me cringe to know that bands are compensated in the form of promotion (it is the Austin way!), the least we can do is show up, rock out, and buy the guys some beers.
With artists like What Made Milwaukee Famous, The Lemurs (which was last night, suckas), The Ugly Beats, Riverboat Gamblers, Richard Henry, DJ Remy Mac, and Passed Out Flyers among the massive line up scheduled across 7 days and 7 stages, help out with the Red River stimulus package by grabbing a pint and catching a show. Free Week is going on until next Saturday, January 10th at Emo’s, Red 7, Mohawk, and Club Deville, with Beerland and Stubb’s catering to the theme on some nights.
So where’s the line up? After trolling around the intertubes, the full line up for each venue on each day is scattered throughout the following sites. Or, you can download and print out the PDF pocket cheat sheet from the link below.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
The 11 Worst Foods of 2008
Despite those changes, fast foods menus remain dichotomous: Healthy choices reside next to triple-stacked burgers and extra large fries.
We've rounded up 11 of the worst foods we've seen this year.
Stay far, far away from the foods listed below, and instead select from the plentiful healthy choices at each of the restaurants included in this article.
Starbucks Signature Hot Chocolates
Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know you need your caffeine fix. And yes, we know, Starbucks is delicious. But these Signature Hot Chocolates are drinkable desserts, plain and simple.
The no-frills version has 430 calories, which has more than three times as many calories as a grande skinny Caffè Latte and almost twice as many calories as a skinny Caffè Mocha. (You save a few calories by getting iced hot chocolate, but in the middle of winter, who wants to drink that oxymoron?)
Hazelnut Signature Hot Chocolate (no whip)*
22 g fat
14 g saturated fat
Salted Caramel Signature Hot Chocolate (no whip)*
24 g fat
14 g saturated fat
Signature Hot Chocolate (no whip)*
20 g fat
12 g saturated fat
(*calculated for a grande with 2% milk; add 70-80 calories and 7-8 g fat for the whipped cream, and save 30-40 calories and 3-4 g fat by asking for nonfat milk)
Wendy's Gourmet Mushroom Swiss Burger
Wendy's worked hard to class itself up in 2008, giving its namesake a tuxedo in ads and stressing the freshness and "gourmet" items on its menu. The home of the fresh-never-frozen-burger earned a respectable B rating on its restaurant report card, thanks to a variety of salads and healthy side items such as yogurt, chili, baked potatoes and mandarin oranges. After last year's Baconator, we thought Wendy's had learned its lesson.
Then Wendy's came out with this:
"A 1/4 lb. of fresh, hot 'n juicy beef, topped with natural Swiss cheese, sautéed Portabella mushroom blend, hickory smoked bacon, a savory peppercorn sauce, crisp lettuce and red, ripe tomato."
Gourmet and gourmand aren't synonymous, Wendy's. This burger would be better named the "Glutton Mushroom Swiss Burger." A regular 1/4 pound hamburger has 170 fewer calories and 16 fewer grams of fat! Stick with the chili and a baked potato if you want to watch your girlish figure, Wendy!
36 g fat
14 g saturated fat
1.5 g trans fat
110 mg cholesterol
1,090 mg sodium
37 g carbs
2 g fiber
35 g protein
Burger King Mushroom Swiss Steakhouse Burger
Wendy's, we take back what we said. Yours is not the worst mushroom Swiss burger to show up on fast food menus this year. That award goes to Burger King, which relied on Simon & Garfunkel style warbling ballads to sell its upgraded burger:
"Flame-grilled Angus beef, tender mushrooms, warm, melted Swiss cheese,* crispy onions, golden corn dusted bun. (*Processed and pasteurized cheese)"
Burger King doesn't mess around with lettuce and tomato on this burger and nixes the bacon, too. I'm not really sure where those extra 220 calories come from, but they're certainly not helping you reach your five a day vegetable and fruit quota!
Maybe, instead of naming each of these burgers to our list, we should have just named "Mushroom-Swiss fast food burgers" the worst food trend of 2008.
48 g fat
18 g saturated fat
2 g trans fat
130 mg cholesterol
1,950 mg sodium
54 g carbs
4 g fiber
41 g protein
Romano's Macaroni Grill
Seared Sea Scallops salad
Why bother even calling this a salad? Could we ask restaurants to have a calorie and fat limit for the salad section? I'd like to be able to order salads without worrying I'm consuming an entire day's worth of protein and fat. Judging from the Macaroni Grill menu, it's impossible to create a salad with more than lettuce and dressing for under 500 calories. Macaroni Grill flunked the Men's Health restaurant review.
"Seared sea scallops, tender leaves of spinach, arugula, feta cheese, crispy prosciutto, toasted walnuts and Parmesan crisps with light citrus dressing."
Psst… vegetables and lean protein taste good. You don’t need to douse them in fat for us to eat them. (Don't you just love that it comes with a "light" citrus dressing? Nothing in this salad is light, judging from the nutritional info!)
94 g fat
27 g saturated fat
2,740 mg sodium
42 g carbs
76 g protein
6 g fiber
Butterscotch Rocks Pancakes at IHOP
That IHOP doesn't provide nutritional info should be enough reason to skip breakfast. Most of the foods gracing the pages of its large glossy menu are desserts masquerading as breakfast and have more toppings than a banana split!
We shook our heads at the "stuffed" French toast, dropped our jaws at the coffee cake pancakes and finally threw down our forks at the Butterscotch Rocks pancakes:
"Four fluffy buttermilk pancakes filled with pecans, granola and butterscotch chips, then topped with whipped topping and drizzled with caramel sauce."
Needless to say, these pancakes didn't find their way onto the "IHOP for Me" healthier section of the menu. This dish seems to be the winner of a "how many sweet-and-sugary-toppings-can-we-cram-onto-a-stack-of-pancakes" contest!
We conservatively estimated the nutritional content of these pancakes based on menu description.
52 g fat
A standard 4" pancake has just 80 calories and 3 grams of fat; however, IHOP's flapjacks would dwarf your homemade ones. You could eat more than a dozen regular 4-inch pancakes with a 1/4 cup of syrup and a tablespoon of butter for the same calories.
KFC Original Recipe Fully Loaded Box Meal
Nobody needs a box of food. Chances are good that if your restaurant food comes in a box, it should be shared or just avoided. KFC made our Worst Foods of 2007 list with its Chicken & Biscuit Bowl. Now, the folks that brought you a chicken dinner in a bowl bring you the "KFC Original Recipe Fully Loaded Box Meal." It comes in a Guitar Hero box, but we're slightly confused. Are you supposed to eat this while playing Guitar Hero? When I think about rocking out to a video game, I don't conjure an image of myself holding a drumstick seasoned with 11 herbs and spices.
"The KFC Original Recipe Fully Loaded Box Meal brings all your favorites together for an over-the-top concert of flavor. Each box is jammed with two Original Recipe Strips pressure-cooked in the Colonel's famous 11 herbs and spices, plus an Original Recipe Snacker, your choice of a drumstick or thigh, 2 individual homestyle sides, a famous KFC freshly-made biscuit and 32 oz drink. Man that's a lot of food!"
1,320 calories (calculated with barbecue baked beans, cole slaw, a drumstick and a Pepsi)
43 g fat
8 g saturated fat
3.5 g trans fat
100 mg cholesterol
2,740 mg sodium
196 g carbs
40 g protein
13 g fiber
Taco Bell Fully Loaded Nachos
If there were 10 Diet Commandments, somewhere on that list would be this sage piece of advice: Thou shalt never eat the receptacle in which thy food is served. Nothing healthy comes in a carbohydrate bowl! Taco Bell has taken the edible food vessel one step further. Their "Fully Loaded Nachos," which are already a big pile of greasy chips with "double the seasoned beef, fiesta salsa, guacamole, hearty beans, three cheese blend and nacho cheese sauce," are served in a giant fried tortilla. Nachos served in a nacho. Na-cho best idea, Taco Bell.
Parent company Yum! had been making tremendous progress on the healthful fast food front, by touting its Fresco menu at Taco Bell, adding lighter items at Long John Silver's and volunteering to post nutritional info. This, along with that whole "Fourth Meal" campaign, is a giant step back across the border, Taco Bell!
83 g fat
17 g saturated fat
4.5 g trans fat
70 mg cholesterol
2,190 mg sodium
15 g fiber
34 g protein
Olive Garden Chicken & Shrimp Carbonara
Carbonara pasta is essentially bacon-and-egg pasta. Delicious, yes. Healthy, no. The simple dish is traditionally made with "egg, pancetta (Italian unsmoked bacon), black pepper, and parmesan or pecorino" cheese. Olive Garden's version "combines chicken and shrimp with bucatini pasta in a pancetta and parmesan cream sauce." It's then "baked and topped with seasoned breadcrumbs."
UPDATE: Olive Garden now lists nutrition info! (Score one for the Olive Garden! Thank you!) However, we now know that this pasta has 1,440 calories, 88 g and 3,000 mg sodium!
Maybe someday Italian food in America will no longer be drowning in butter, cream and cheese. Plenty of traditional dishes contain those rich ingredients, but Italians have learned a word that's been lost in translation: moderazione, ormoderation.
Jack in the Box Egg Nog Shake
Jack must have been knocked in his noggin before he came up with this eggnog shake. Egg nog, that delicious yet caloric holiday beverage chock full of eggs, sugar and cream, is blended with ice cream for a seasonal treat. That's almost an entire day's calories in a glass. You could eat four Jack in the Box hamburgers with cheese for about the same calories and 23 fewer grams of fat. Pretty hard to swallow, isn't it?
1,450 calories (large shake)
68 g of fat
24 g of saturated fat
3 g trans fat
Quizno's Prime Rib Cheesesteak
"It’s the sandwich your mouth always wanted," says Quizno's. It's the sandwich your heart always feared, we say. This beefed-up cheesesteak boasts "prime rib, Swiss, sautéed onions, mayo" on toasted bread. Let's return to the list of Diet Commandments for a moment. #4:Thou shalt not eat anything thy can't fit in thy mouth. No one needs to eat sandwiches so big you must unhinge your jaw like a snake to consume. Pass them by, Dagwood, unless you want to eat an entire day's worth of sodium and saturated fat in one meal.
88 g fat
21 g saturated fat
2,675 mg sodium
(Small: 640 calories, 37 g fat, 8.5 g saturated fat)
Chili's Texas Cheese Fries with Jalapeno Ranch dressing
Whose idea was cheese fries? They're delicious, sure, but really, did we need to top deep-fried potatoes with greasy melted cheese and bacon and dip them in dressed-up mayonnaise? No, we did not. Now they're a staple at chain restaurants, who try to one-up each other with signature ranch dressings, extra toppings and, ultimately, more fat.
Chili's boasts: "homestyle fries topped with melted cheese, jalapeños, applewood smoked bacon & jalapeño-ranch dipping sauce."
These fries lost the contest for the worst cheese fries in America (that dishonor went to Outback Steakhouse's cheese fries), but it was a tight race.
One hundred and sixty grams of fat. One-six-zero. 160! (Oh, and you'll get 1 1/2 days' worth of sodium in one meal!)
160 g fat
73 g saturated fat
73 g carbs
85 g protein
8 g fiber
3,730 mg sodium
Eating away from home--even when you're on the run--doesn't mean eating unhealthfully. We've got 11 ways you can slim down your fast food order.
Have you tried these foods? Do you intend to try them? Know of a food that should be on our list?
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
OMG!!!!!!!!! How many times do we have to re hash this issue?
Imagine my horror when that was forwarded. I was really only concerned with #s 1 and 2. It is an ongoing issue in the _______ case. There is not enough space on the server for us to do our document productions.
There's not enough room for yall to do document production and not enough time for us to review ours, quit complaining and brown nosing Greg
If he continues with this behavior we may have to re-evaluate his membership in the cool club.
I think I'm being unfairly maligned for dutifully passing along to The Man a suggestion (#1, btw), but is a "cool club" one of those things you hook onto your steering wheel to prevent someone from stealing your vehicle, but in hot neon colors or perhaps paisley?
No, that would be simply "the club" -- which prevents wrongdoing (e.g. car theft). Which is something entirely different than our cool club. The key word, as you yourself mention Greg is dutiful. Stop being so damn dutiful and you'll be alright.
Just remember Susan is the "softie" in her family.
That's what she proclaimed, but I just want to know if then, as opposed to now, will I be alright? Will my ship come in, too? And finally, but most importantly, will she like me?
What the hell are you talking about? What ship? Are we on a ship? Are you hallucinating again, sailor boy?
Sunday, January 4, 2009
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Cut Calories Without Dieting
Cut Fat and Calories Without Deprivation
-- By Nicole Nichols, Health Educator & Fitness Instructor
The word "diet" doesn’t always mean eating less to lose weight—although that’s what we commonly associate it with today. Someone "on a diet" is trying to eat less, or stop eating sweets to fit into a smaller pant size.
Diet has another meaning. It also describes the food that you normally consume—following a vegetarian diet, an American diet, or "My diet consists of meat and potatoes." Improving your normal diet by making gradual, but permanent changes is a healthier way to lose weight than by just restricting calories.
Low calorie and fad diets can have serious health implications—insufficient vitamin and nutritional intake, lethargy, slowed metabolism, hormonal effects, and even dehydration. Dieters commonly experience intense feelings of hunger and deprivation, which can lead to "cheating" or bingeing over time.
Here are a few tips to help you decrease your caloric intake without "dieting" or feeling deprived.
Don’t eyeball it
Studies show that people tend to underestimate how much they really eat every day. In doing so, we consume too many calories without realizing it. Research shows that keeping a log by recording exercise and food intake is one of the best predictors of successful weight loss.
Hold the fat It’s important to remember that not all fats are bad. Certain oils (olive, canola), and nuts are nutritious and healthy to eat. However, fat does have more than twice the calories per gram than carbohydrates and protein (9, 4, and 4, respectively). And generally, people consume too much and the wrong kinds of fats, which means excessive calories.
Drink water, not alcohol
Not only does alcohol contain 7 calories per gram, but it also lowers self-control when it comes to food. Limit your alcohol intake and your body will thank you. Save alcohol for a post-meal indulgence, rather than drinking it before or with food. Studies show that alcohol lowers inhibitions and control when it comes to eating, causing people to eat more than those who waited to drink after finishing a meal.
Drink water throughout the day, before, and during meals to help curb your appetite. Oftentimes, people think they are hungry when they are actually thirsty or dehydrated. Dehydration can slow metabolism, but the process of drinking water and warming it to body temperature involves energy and burns calories. Plus, being well hydrated gives body at least 10 minutes more energy for exercise, according to a study in the International Journal of Sports Medicine.
To lose a healthy one pound of fat per week, all it takes is a 500-calorie deficit per day (which can be achieved by reducing calories, exercising more, or a combination of both). For a healthy lifestyle, not a diet, that is easy to stick with, try incorporating some or all of these easy strategies to reduce calories without giving up the pleasures of eating.