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For those nights that you’re feeling adventurous and wanting to try something new, using food in the bedroom is one of the most common ways to do just that. Using food during 4play or even during sex is a good way to add some spice to your fun between the sheets. However, before using food in the bedroom, there are some definite dos and don’ts you want to be aware of. Here are 14 tips for using food to rev up your night.
You probably know this by now, but a food revolution has begun… an organic food revolution that is. More and more people are beginning to shop smarter, realizing that eating organic foods are not just for those with certain diseases or who have declared themselves vegans or vegetarians. Here are nine organic food companies producing some of the tastiest organic brands in America.
1/2 TBS. sesame oil
1/4 of a head of cabbage, shredded
1/2 lb. ground chicken
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 TBS. soy sauce or more to taste
30 wonton wrappers
vegetable oil for frying
Heat the sesame oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook the cabbage until it softens. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute. Add the ground chicken and stir, breaking up the pieces until done. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add the soy sauce and turn off the heat. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
Assemble the wontons by placing a spoonful of filling in the center of a wrapper. Dip your finger into a small dish of water and wet 2 of the sides. Fold the opposite sides over the filling and pinch together, forming a small triangle. Repeat with all the wrappers.
Pour vegetable oil into a pan to a depth of 1-inch. Heat over medium high heat. When hot, fry the wontons in batches (about 1-2 minutes per side) or until crispy and brown. Makes 30 wontons.
Recipe courtesy of Ommynoms
Over the past few years The Pink Tea Cup has had some location issues, which have now transformed into financial issues. The Manhattan restaurant whose menu includes fish and grits, fried catfish, and chicken and waffles, has filed for bankruptcy. The popular hot spot has moved several times and when its final location did not have a liquor license for over six months, it put a dent into their financial performance.
The restaurant’s attorney David Bondi stated, “They got deep into debt because they were unable to serve alcohol.” And now according to Crain’s the eatery is filing for bankruptcy.
According to the filing, The Pink Tea Cup has between $50,000 and $100,000 in assets and between $100,000 and $500,000 in liabilities. And with only about $80,000 of that owed to the landlord, it’s looking like management was borrowing just to cover operational expenses.
A bankruptcy filing doesn’t mean the doors are shutting for good. The Pink Tea Cup has recently gotten a liquor license and has been doing much better financially ever since. Hopefully with its celebrity visits and pretty good reviews on Yelp this little New York gem will make a full recovery.
You don’t have to hit up your favorite Mexican restaurant when you’re craving chips and guacamole. Why not make your own with this quick recipe?
2 Ripened avocados, halved and pitted
3 Small red radishes, diced
¼ Cup finely chopped cilantro
¼ Cup snipped fresh chives
Kosher salt or table salt, to taste
Juice of ½ lime
Bottled Chipotle Hot Pepper Sauce (optional)
Scoop avocado flesh (for best results, inside a molcajete) and add the cilantro, chopped chives, lime juice, and chipotle hot pepper sauce. Gently mash with pestle until the desired consistency is reached. Fold in diced radishes and season with salt to taste.
Recipe Courtesy of Chef George Duran of the Food Network and TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off . To purchase the molcajete Chef Duran uses, click here.
½ cup vinegar
½ cup sugar
1 cup cooked sushi rice, warm
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
½ cup cooked crabmeat
1 to 2 teaspoons wasabi paste, or to taste
3 tablespoons golden caviar
½ avocado, chopped
1. In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar and sugar to a boil over high heat. Cook until sugar has dissolved completely; remove from heat.
2. Place rice in a medium bowl. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the reserved sugar/vinegar mixture. Add sesame seeds and mix well.
3. Using hands, form seasoned rice into a large square block. Cut the rice into small squares, pressing with hands to adhere rice together.
4. Dab ¼ teaspoon wasabi paste onto each rice square, and press 1 tablespoon of each crabmeat and caviar atop paste. Top with avocado pieces and serve.
Recipe Courtesy of Sushi Recipes
Are we being Punk’d? Is Katt Williams really finding himself in these ridiculous predicaments every week or are we falling into a trap?
TMZ, who appears to have a direct line to everything Katt Williams, reported that Williams was held by police Thursday night outside of a Subway restaurant. Apparently, they were called to the scene because he was involved in some type of disturbance at the establishment, although it remains unclear what the disturbance was or who called it in. He was handcuffed and placed in the back of the police car where he then…smiled at the TMZ photographer on the scene.
Williams maintains that the only thing he was guilty of doing was waiting for his friend, Suge Knight, as he got his manicure/pedicure. In fact, he says he believes this was a racially motivated situation an is considering bringing a lawsuit against the city. He might even call in famed lawyer, Gloria Allred.
The whole story is weird because Katt says the police found a bag of marijuana and a gun on him but returned both because he produced has a medical marijuana card and a permit for the gun. The police, on the other hand, say the only thing they found on him was an empty magazine for a gun.
He was eventually released by police after both he and Suge, who arrived at some point, received citations – Katt for parking too close to a fire hydrant and Suge a ticket for having outstanding traffic warrants.
A Subway employee said he didn’t see any disturbance or fight and actually bought the men sandwiched after everything calmed down.
Of all the stories we’ve read about over the last month or so, this one screams the most “staged.” Its hard to say who would be involved in all of this but there is a chance that with all the other problems Katt has, it makes him a very easy target and stories can be made up all the time without anyone questioning it.
Who knows if we’ll ever figure out what’s going on with him but here’s one thing we do know: if you ever find yourself extremely close to Suge Knight, he won’t scratch you up because he keeps his nails and feet done. See, there’s a silver lining in everything!
Did you ever live on campus with a roommate? Move in with a best friend? Or even live with someone you met on Craigslist? Well, if you fall into any one those categories, you’ve definitely experienced your share of annoying roommate habits! Here are some of the most annoying roommate habits that will make you go crazy!
It might be Election Day, but we still have to eat. And the just-released survey of the worst supermarkets in America shows that I have shopped at more than half of them.
A number of factors make these supermarkets so bad, but one thread running throughout is that the bigger they are the worst they are run. There is a major lack of customer service. And while prices are usually great, they run out the competition. Small grocery stores, where you will most often get great customer service and quality prices, just can’t compete with the supermarket chains.
Ironically, many of these chains were opened decades ago as small grocery stores but are now supermarket chains. We’re sure when they were small and family run, customers were more satisfied. Today people complain of long lines, rude employees, unsanitary conditions and poor selection. Consumer Reports surveyed 24,000 shoppers to rank the best and worst out of 52 grocery chain stores.
The stores were rated on four categories – service (includes employee courtesy and checkout speed), perishables (food quality), price and cleanliness – were scored from “very satisfied,” “fairly satisfied,” “neutral, “fairly unsatisfied” and “very unsatisfied.” “The highest-rated supermarket, Wegmans, received a score of 88,” reports the Fiscal Times.
Among the worst were: Stop & Shop, which scored 73. The store was founded in 1914 as Shopmate and now has locations in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Ralphs, which also scored 73, is a Southern California store founded way back in 1873. After all these years you’d like they would be getting things right. The chain is now actually a subsidiary of Cincinnati-based Kroger. It ranked below average on cleanliness.
Food Lion, which was founded in 1957 and is located in the Mid- and South Atlantic regions, is no stranger to bad publicity. A 1992 segment on ABC’s PrimeTime Live show accused the chain of deliberately selling spoiled food. Today, on the Consumer Reports survey it scored 73. “Food Lion was mediocre across the board. Customers weren’t even just a little bit satisfied with cleanliness, service, food quality, or price,” reports The Fiscal Times. Maybe next year they will fair better—the company recently announced it would be closing 113 stores and rethinking their marketing strategy.
And if you’re on the East Coast, no doubt you’ve shopped at A & P. The chain, which was launched in 1859, scored just 70 in the survey for issues with poor service and poor prices. According to The Fiscal Times, the company, which includes supermarkets Food Emporium and Pathmark, filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and is now a private company.
Even though they get the most business (Walmart accounted for 22 percent of American food sales in 2010), Walmart Supercenter is nearly the worst on the list, receiving a rating of 69. Of course you can get everything in one location—from food to furniture—but if you hate going shopping at a Walmart Supercenter, what’s the point? The only thing people who took the survey were satisfied with about the Walmart Supercenters was price.
But the worst of them all turned out to be Pathmark. The chain, which is located in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, earned a score of just 68. And like most of the those surveyed, I have found Pathmark stores are usually unclean. “One customer on Yelp who reviewed the Harlem, New York location went so far as to call Pathmark, ‘the bane of my existence.’”
For the full list, visit The Fiscal Times.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a report showing that 25.1 percent of black homes were food insecure in 2011. Food insecurity comes about when there isn’t sufficient access to food because of a lack of resources, including money.
Overall, 85.1 percent of the U.S. population was food secure while 14.9 percent of the population have trouble providing adequate levels of food for themselves and their families. So the black population exceeds the level of food insecurity for the general population by about 10 percentage points.
The percentage of food insecure only went up by a small amount (from 14.1 percent in 2011), so the USDA says it’s not “statistically significant.” Nearly six percent of the population had very low food security, meaning they went without meals for a few days at some point over the course of seven months during the year.
“For households with incomes near or below the Federal poverty line, households with children headed by single women or single men, and Black and Hispanic households, rates of food insecurity were substantially higher than the national average,” the report says. Hispanic households experienced food insecurity at a rate of 26.2 percent.
With a quarter of black houses experiencing problems simply keeping enough food on the table, the problem is critical. According to reporting from the Washington Informer, if not for government food programs the number would be even higher, a very scary thought.
“African-Americans continue to be disproportionately impacted by unemployment and poverty, and there is a strong correlation to food insecurity rates,” Rev. Derrick Boykin told the paper. Another source, Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, called it a “moral obligation” for Congress to keep these food programs away from budget cuts.
The Senate has already passed a plan in June that would lower the funding for food stamps. The use of food stamps reached a record level that month; 46.7 million people were using food stamps. Spending on food stamp programs also reached a record $75.7 billion. As far as we’re concerned, this is money well spent.
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