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Sponsored Post: FiberChoice 30-Day Get Picky Challenge

Sponsored Post: FiberChoice 30-Day Get Picky Challenge

Greetings from Down Under! I’ve been traveling for just about all of this month — and will be for much of the remainder, and sad to say, eating healthy not going very well. The thing about travel journalism is that we get to experience the best of the places we visit — and that includes the food. You can’t help but indulge, because you are somewhere for a few days, and may not be in that place again for a very long time. But if you are in that sort of situation in different regions back to back? It’s a war of wills, and even the best of intentions can go out the window. You may be eating delicious foods, but are you necessarily eating the right foods for your diet and weight management needs? Probably not. That’s why I was so...

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Sponsored Post: The Unsexy Side of Eating Out

Sponsored Post: The Unsexy Side of Eating Out

A few weeks ago, I was contacted about trying Beano Plus Dairy Defense. This new product is the first over-the-counter option that prevents both gas and dairy issues, giving those of us who have these issues the freedom to eat the foods they want without worrying about the uncomfortable consequences. At first, I was like “ew” — I’m not going to write about THAT in my blog – but at the time, I was reading the email from a family lunch at Olive Garden. I have a weakness for their unlimited soup and salad lunch ($7? In NYC? Can’t lose!) – and I had indulged in the chicken gnocchi soup. The result? The soup was delicious, but I got violently ill — the cream-based soup was the achilles heel to my system. And even more so?...

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Attention Brooklyn friends: Don’t Miss The PopUp Dinner BK

Attention Brooklyn friends: Don’t Miss The PopUp Dinner BK

Imagine a night where thousands come together, dressed in white, with food and wine to decorate tables and dance: In celebration of the unusual, the unexpected, and the unforgettable. The PopUp Dinner Brooklyn presented by Acura is an elegant, graceful pop-up flash dinner picnic that will be held in a secret location in Prospect Park; and all proceeds of the evening will benefit The Prospect Park Alliance. On Saturday, June 28, guessed are going to dress elegantly in white as they decorate, design lavish table decor, and bring their own inspired cuisines with their favorite beverages of choice to enjoy an unforgettable summer evening with friends in Brooklyn. And it’ll include a special performance from Ben Folds!! The pre-sale advance tickets sold out in...

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Tomorrow: #JustBrewIt Twitter Party With Keurig — Win one of 15 Special Edition Brewers

Tomorrow: #JustBrewIt Twitter Party With Keurig — Win one of 15 Special Edition Brewers

I’ve spent just about every day of Passover hanging with my mom – even coerced her to come over to my mess of an apartment yesterday to help me declutter, and I’ve realized — Mother’s Day should really be every day. Keurig agrees. I’ve teamed with One2One for a “cool beans” (couldn’t resist!) Keurig #JustBrewIt Twitter Party devoted entirely to the awesomeness of our moms and making their day special (and every day special!). The party is going to be tomorrow and I hope all of you will be there! My co-host for the party will be the lovely Angela Sellari of About a Mom  — who may know a thing or two more about being a mom than I do, meaning we’ll have a lot to talk about! There’ll be some...

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Giveaway: Win a Nescafe Dolce Gusto just in time for your Ultimate Oscar Viewing Party!

Giveaway: Win a Nescafe Dolce Gusto just in time for your  Ultimate Oscar Viewing Party!

The Oscars are coming very very soon. And whether you are watching the red carpet just to snark at the beauty choices, or you are very invested in who wins or loses, chances are, you are going to need to be fortified. Many of us will be having viewing parties that night, and those include the need for star-quality snacks as well! Nescafe Dolce Gusto recently asked Mario Lopez about his own fancy party beverage ideas, and  he breaks out the Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine to create alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. Mario’s specialty is the Espresso Martini. Combine Bourbon, Amaro and Espresso (made with the Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine) and then add ice. Stir with a long spoon (don’t shake), strain into an up glass and garnish with one Luxardo cherry. SO...

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I know all of the Starbucks secret recipes! (Also, a big Starbucks GIVEAWAY!)

I know all of the Starbucks secret recipes! (Also, a big Starbucks GIVEAWAY!)

While engaging in my morning procrastination, I came across a really cool run down of all the secret Starbucks recipes. If my season wasn’t already holiday beverage-centric, it certainly went up a notch. Nutella frappuccino? Really?! Actually, one of the most important part of the Christmas season (for me!) is the introduction of the Starbucks red cup, and the yumminess inside is a fabulous bonus. It’s here — but that’s not all. So is Starbucks Christmas Blend. I have always loved it because it’s everything I love — a sweet, spicy blend of the liveliness of superb Latin American coffees with the mellow smoothness of Asia-Pacific coffees as well as aged Sumatra beans. I’m so excited I’m giving away a package of this...

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Giveaway: Check out these Black Friday/Cyber Monday Nescafe Dolce Gusto deals (and win a Melody 2!)

Giveaway: Check out these Black Friday/Cyber Monday Nescafe Dolce Gusto deals (and win a Melody 2!)

This weekend, I was on a press trip, and one night at dinner, a conversation arose about divisive foods. My friends and I were discussing items like cilantro, beets, mushrooms – generally, you either love them or hate them — and there’s very seldom middle ground. When it comes to holiday shopping, I think the same may be said for Black Friday. Whether you’re hitting the stores at 4 am on Black Friday (I don’t recommend it) or logging on from your couch – there’s great deals to be had. Check out this preview of the deals Nescafé Dolce Gusto is offering. Save 50% off of Melody 2  Only $50 for Piccolo + Travel Mug +1 box of coffee bundle (this is CRAZY PANTS) Save 20% on three or more boxes of coffee As you may recall,...

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Cuteness: Starbucks and Alice + Olivia Launch Holiday Gifts!

Cuteness:  Starbucks and Alice + Olivia Launch Holiday Gifts!

If there’s anything I love — it’s Starbucks and the holiday season. But I also love  alice + olivia, so I’m excited they have partnered for a holiday gifts collection. The gifts are available now at StarbucksStore.com and will arrive in Starbucks stores starting November 12, and include really fun stuff like a blinged out ceramic tumbler and the Bearista Bear. (Super cute!!!) Stacey Bendet, founder and designer of alice + olivia, used her signature black and white palette for the gift items. I want. Keep in mind. (My birthday is very...

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An ode to my Dolce Gusto machine (Spoiler: It’s true love.)

An ode to my Dolce Gusto machine (Spoiler: It’s true love.)

I’ve had my Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine for a few months now — and we’re pretty much BFF. It was a hard start to our relationship — an instant attraction, of course (look how handsome he is!) — but I had other loves. In fact, I was still living with my Keurig and Verismo. Those prior embodiments in my life — I still look back upon them quite fondly. We had some really good times. But I’ve heard…when you meet “the one” — you just sort of know. My Keurig and I had built a relationship on the variety it afforded in my life — we could be Starbucks Pike Roasting one day, Caribou-ing another. I’m all for variety — it’s the spice of life and keeps things interesting in a long-term...

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Today’s weird find: A BREAD BED?!

Today’s weird find: A BREAD BED?!

While generally I’m all about any avenue existing that allows me to appreciate the mighty carb WITHOUT gaining weight, sometimes people are just a bit ridiculous. For example, I have discovered Japanese online store named Felissimo is selling beds that resemble different breads. (My desire? The sunflower seed baguette. They, however, did not consult me.) There are tons of beds shaped like everything from toast and rolls to pastries. And, yes, no worries — you can TOTALLY get a red blanket inspired by your favorite type of berry jelly. The pastry-shaped cushions can be found here. The bed breads cost 16,800 yen each, which is about $171 U.S. — quite a value, I suppose, though I’m not exactly sure how long you can cuddle with this before you...

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