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No Dinner New Year Challange

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017

…as part of the ‘Ditch The Dad Bod’ series. As a beer drinking and food loving American Man I struggle with the battle of the bulge.  Ok the battle of Morbid Obesity really.  I have tried just about every diet and every fitness craze from starvation and cleansing to masses of Fat and Protein to perpetual healthy snacking to outright fasting for 1 to 2 days a week.  Yes, Yo-Yo waist and scale and pants. In traveling and thanks to a European Wife that is quite the foody we have come to the conclusion that dinner portions and meals in traditional American culture, as well balanced as they are and of course all endorsed and recommended by the FDA (Beware this is a Government entity like the IRS and DMV.) are off the charts in calories and carbs. So here is our first lifestyle challenge of 2017 and we would love to have our friends and family try it with us for 30 days and see if our theory is correct.  30 days with no dinner. I know everyone is limping into...

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Health & Fitness

CAMP Skincare – All Natural and Organic Beauty Products

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016

If I asked you what ingredients are in your face lotion, could you name them? Or better yet, could you pronounce them? Having great skin is an indicator of one’s health. The skin is the largest organ on the body. It only makes sense to treat it with the utmost care. Most, if not all, mainstream beauty products contain harsh chemicals and preservatives. Ever heard of Phthalates or how about Tricolson? Yikes!  They are meant to last on a shelf, not on your face.  After cycling through multiple beauty products, I finally found one to call my own: CAMP Skincare, a Toronto based line of beauty products that promote smart skincare using only Mother Nature’s ingredients.  I am a huge fan of the “Ying-Yang Balancing Facial Oil.”  As a repeat customer, I find that this oil leaves my skin feeling super soft and hydrated.  Did I mention that it smells amazing!? Ingredients: Cherry Kernel Oil: “Very high in linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid known to effectively reduce acne while restores skin’s barrier function for a more supple, clear complexion.” Watermelon Seed Oil: “Contains over...

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Music

Southern Rock Spectacular in Atlanta

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016

On  Saturday The Sundogs will hold their second  Southern Rock Spectacular at Smith’s Olde Bar. Joining them are  The Higher Choir featuring the Bearded Messiah Chance Walls and guitar slinging pal Grant Mitchell. The evening will start with the lovely and talented Andrea Colburn Band.  This night will feature rock n roll bands with swagger and attitude for fun on a hot summer night. Get advance tickets and save! You can even get a VIP table for you and your friends. Doors at 8, Andrea starts at 9. Get advance tickets here! “Part of what makes the Sundogs’ music so enjoyable is how they work as one. By sharing time on lead, embracing backing vocals and switching instruments the band creates a cohesive sound that is built around jangly guitars and catchy melodies.” -Chris Martin, Atlanta Examiner For more information about the Sundogs, visit...

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BS Tests

Gigantic Watermelon Slicer Tested

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015

BS TESTS has been awfully quiet until this most recent injustice awakened the Bull into a snarling mess of disappointment. This is a Watermelon Slicer that was purchased at Sam’s Club last summer and was never used until recently.  Currently it is not available and hopefully that will save you from making the mistake of throwing away ten plus dollars. First, the instructions suggest cutting both ends of the melon.  I guess without the old watermelon cutting knife that seem to work just fine, step one would not be possible.  This may also require a cutting board and lots of paper towels.  The flatter the end cut, we have learned the better it works.   Step 2: Place it on its circular juice catching tray, which oddly has a whole in the center so that the maximum amount of sticky juice squirts through it, onto your counter top. Step 3: Press the blades on top of the cut melon and push with as much force as you can humanly muster.  This may not be enough.  I can assure you this is...

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Chef David Pan Wins Flavor Award

Chef David Pan Wins Flavor Award

Sep 28, 2016

Chef David Pan earned the Flavor Award at the Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival in Orange Beach. As this chef’s style is traditional French cooking for current times, his winning dish was a Boeuf Bourguignon with Roasted Garlic Pomme Purée. Held in mid-September, the three day event combines tastings of delicious food and tantalizing wines, live entertainment, a pinch of southern flare and a dash of Gulf Coast hospitality. “As flavor is the most important part of cuisine, it is quite an honor to win this particular award,” said Chef David Pan of Orange Beach Concierge. “Additionally, as sponsors for the entire festival, it is exciting to know that over $15,000 was raised for Make a Wish Alabama.” Chef David Pan’s specialty is French methods while remaining focused on the latest trends and techniques in the industry. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu Mendota Heights, Chef Pan began his career at the 3 Diamond rated WA Frost in St. Paul under Chef Russell Kline. He expanded his culinary experience working with noted chefs at elite establishments that included the Minneapolis Club, James Beard winning Gustavus Inn, Fishers Orange Beach along with Brick and Spoon. Last year, he launched Orange Beach Concierge, one of the only private dining services in the area. While he is new to the coast, his culinary impact is already well known by his peers. For additional information about Chef David Pan and Orange Beach Concierge, visit...

Templeton Rye Launch Party in Atlanta

Templeton Rye Launch Party in Atlanta

Sep 20, 2016

Red Phone Booth is kicking off its events in style with a Launch Party for Templeton Rye 6 year. Guests will enjoy a welcome cocktail, 2 oz pour of both the 4 year and the oldest Templeton Rye ever, the 6 year! Learn a little about the whiskey and taste light bites from the Red Phone Booth menu. There is also a very special surprise for all in attendance. Guests are limited, so please RSVP in advance. Cost is just $25 per person. RSVP at info@redphonebooth.com. Don’t miss the first big event at Red Phone Booth! The first of a multi-location franchise roll out, Red Phone Booth is a prohibition experience featuring an extensive classic craft cocktail and cigar program. Patrons will notice the finest attention to detail that provides for exceptional cocktails including 100% fresh squeezed juices such as blood orange, mango, and cranberry, hand chipped double-reverse osmosis ice, garnishes cut to order, a collection of some of the rarest liquors available and over a dozen tinctures, bitters and flavoring agents to help breath new depth. Small plates include fresh seafood, carpaccio, beef tenderloin, Neapolitan pizza and house made desserts including a rotating selection of signature desserts. Showcasing the 1920s speakeasy theme, the venue features restored original brick floors, have a honey onyx bar, intimate fireplace, custom Italian leather couches, and hand-painted ceiling with back lighting. A private “mob-style” kitchen complete with poker and pool tables is available to rent for private events. Just like the former Prohibition in Buckhead, guests enter by securing a secret phone number and dialing it into a restored antique London red phone booth entryway. For additional information, please visit...

Moe’s Original Bar B Que to Open Soon in Jackson Hole

Moe’s Original Bar B Que to Open Soon in Jackson Hole

Sep 20, 2016

After much anticipation Moe’s Original Bar B Que will bring its Alabama-style BBQ and Southern fixins prepared fresh daily in mid-October to 140 N. Cache Street in the former Ripley’s location. With a kitchen that will stay open late, the award-winning restaurant will feature a Southern soul food revival that will fit any budget. While the setting will be family-friendly, there will be a full premium bar offering a lively bar scene complete with HDTVs for sports fans, music, shuffle board and other games upstairs. Large party takeout orders and full service catering with delivery for any size group for parties, business lunches, reunions, weddings and other special events will also be available. Upon entering the 4000 square foot restaurant, guests will walk past chairlifts hanging from the ceiling, ski posters and local JHMR signs in a small dining room filled with dark wooden tables and cafeteria swinging chairs. Menu boards, posters, TVs, concert memorabilia and local art will also fill the walls leading up to an order counter in the main dining room that is directly across from a designed wooden pallet wall. This space will have an industrial feel with a 30 foot tall open ceiling, exposed mechanical system and wood/steel beams. Capacity is 125 inside with bar, banquet and community table seating. There is a beautiful outdoor dining space on the balcony that seats another 16 with views of Snow King and the shops along town square. Additionally, a private event space upstairs is available for smaller gatherings from viewing football games to birthday parties. “After being a fan of Moe’s Original Bar B Que in college and having a love of the mountains and skiing, I moved out west to work at the corporate headquarters in Vail, CO. I knew it was time to open a location of my own after learning all aspects of the company for five years,” said co-owner David Fogg. “When the founding partners told me that Tom Fay was interested in opening a Moe’s in another world class ski town, I was very interested. After meeting Tom and seeing his success in owning Pinky G’s, I was easily sold and knew it was a perfect fit to partner with him on this venture.” Recognized with many awards, Moe’s Original Bar B Que has been named one of the Top 10 Rib Joints in the...