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Celebrate Avocado Month with Better Body Avocado Oil Mayo

When it comes to describing mayonnaise, the words exciting, innovative, or even flavorful have never been used…..until now. Say hello to a new, exciting and flavorful new mayonnaise, Better Body Avocado Oil Mayo. It’s everything you love about the taste of avocado for a creamier, more flavorful mayo spread. June is Avocado Month, and what better time than now to celebrate enjoying better sandwiches, potato salads, and the freshest, tastiest sauces and dressings thanks to this superfood.

Better Body Avocado Oil Mayo is available in three flavor varieties, the original Avocado Oil Mayo, Avocado Oil Mayo With Chipotle and Lime, and Avocado Oil Mayo With Lime. All three varieties are Non-GMO, Keto friendly, gluten-free, and Soy and Canola free. We are happy to share some great recipes to show how these Better Body Avocado Oil Mayo varieties can make your favorite meals even more flavorful.

Avocado Mayo Dill Dip

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½ cup Sour Cream
½ cup BBF Avocado Mayo
1 Tablespoon dried dill weed
1 Tablespoon dried parsley
½ teaspoon celery salt
Combine all ingredients into a bowl and stir until combined. Refrigerate dip for at least one hour. Serve and enjoy with your favorite vegetables.

Elote – Mexican Street Corn


4 ears of corn
8 Tablespoons BBF Avocado Mayo Lime
⅓ cup cotija cheese (feta or fine grate parmesan work as well)
2 limes
Chili powder
Grill or boil your ears of corn. Once corn is cooked, spread a bit of mayo all over each ear of corn, about 2 tablespoons each. Scoop the cotija cheese generously on the corn, making sure it covers all sides. Sprinkle with a little bit of the chili powder and lime juice. Serve.

Sweet Potato Salad

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Salad
4 medium-sized sweet potatoes – Peeled and chopped
1 large red onion- chopped
3-4 Tablespoons of BBF Avocado oil
Salt and pepper
1 can Black beans- Drained and rinsed
1 yellow bell pepper- chopped
1 orange bell pepper- chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro- chopped

Dressing
1-2 fresh Jalapenos
Juice of 2 limes
1 clove of garlic
2 Tablespoons BBF Avocado Mayo Chipotle lime flavor
⅓ cup BBF Avocado oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chopped sweet potatoes and onion on a baking sheet, drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Mix around til evenly coated. Cook until sweet potatoes are tender. Place all of the salad ingredients into a large bowl. In a food processor or blender, combine all of the dressing ingredients. Pulse until combined. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and mix around. Serve and enjoy.

Avocado Mayo with Chipotle & Lime BLT

2 slices of bread
4 slices of bacon
2 lettuce leaves, romaine or red leaf
2 slices of tomato
1 Tbsp BBF Avocado Oil Mayo with Chipotle & Lime
Cook the bacon to your desired doneness. (I love mine crispy) place on a paper towel when done cooking to absorb the excess oil. Spread the Chipotle Lime mayo on both slices of bread. Top with tomato slices, lettuce, and bacon.

If you’re ready for more delicious meals, get a 28oz jar of any of the Better Body Avocado Oil Mayo flavors for $17.48 each on www.betterbodyfoods.com.

Spice Up Your Life: Spice Islands Spices, Herbs, and Seasonings

Repeat after us – when it comes to cooking, spices, herbs, and seasonings are absolutely needed. We love food, that’s why we do restaurant reviews and eat out as much as we can. The best thing about being a foodie is enjoying the various flavors, so we need our meals to be seasoned to perfection. We need much more than just salt and pepper. If you have less than ten varieties of spices, herbs, and seasonings (not including salt and pepper) in your kitchen cupboard, you’re not properly seasoning your food. But worry not, we, and Spice Islands, are here to help you. We are here to introduce you to the vast variety of Spice Islands spices, herbs, and seasonings boasting rich flavors and premium quality. Get ready to amp up your spice rack and cooking with an amazing array of wonderful flavors.

Whether you’re cooking something savory or sweet, Spice Islands spices, herbs, and seasonings have exactly what you need. They search the world for spices and herbs of the highest quality. Then they craft and package them to deliver the most authentic and intense flavor possible. It’s as if you sourced these spices and herbs out of your own garden.

Spice Islands offers everything from A to V – Allspice to Vanilla, with many spices available in multiple forms (think whole, ground, and organic). They go far beyond the basics like chili powder, basil, cayenne pepper, chives, cilantro, etc and offer gourmet options like Jamaican jerk seasoning, Louisiana Cajun, Garam Masala (a hot spice blend of Northern Indian spices), a flavorful blend French countryside blend of spices, extracts, and panko mixes.

It’s a fact that cooking with the right spices can turn any recipe from okay to absolutely mouth-watering and that’s exactly what you get with Spice Islands spices, herbs, and seasonings. Another thing we love about Spice Islands is their recipes. They offer lots of entrees, appetizer, bread, soup, salads sides, sauces, beverages and dessert recipes. They provide the level of difficulty, prep and total time, and of course the correct spices, herbs and seasonings to use for each recipe. Spice Islands is here to make cooking fun and to wow your family and friends with your cooking skills. What more can you ask for? To learn more about Spice Islands and their variety of spices, herbs, and seasonings, visit www.spiceislands.com.

The Creepy, The Crawly, The Edible: Bugging Out Web-Series Launch

As a general rule, as many of my friends will tell you, I don’t really like anything other than myself and the iris in my living room and bedroom living in my house. My neighborhood is creeping with raccoons, skunks, and opossums that I have no intention of putting out the welcome mat for….ever!  Of course, I make an exception for when I dogsit, but those spuds can be trained and truth be known, I’d rather train a dog than a hungry giant species from the rodent family that’s been living in a hollowed out log all day.  So you can imagine how much lesser tolerance I have for the creepy crawly or buzz buzzing creatures that can invade a home as well.  That is until now. Until I attended the Bugging Out Web-Series. launch event.

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Now while I don’t want to see one sitting up on my coffee table, I was introduced to a newfound way of looking at insects last week Tuesday……as food!  Entomophagy is the human use of insects as food.  It’s quite a foreign and bizarre idea when approached to predominantly carnivorous societies, but it’s always been just as responsible and green as any modern sustainable food initiative.  So while attending the launch of the Bugging Out Web-Series, I channeled my inner Andrew Zimmern and was wonderfully surprised at how edible insects can be once you let go of the stigma that it should only be scraped off of your shoes or whacked with a rolled up issue of GQ.

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Last Tuesday, ONErpm Studios hosted a kick-off for the launch of their nine episode of their Bugging Out Web-Series that features the charismatic full-spectrum chef Don Peavy (Chef PV).  The Brooklyn-based Peavy states “Food is political.  It’s a lifestyle, it’s medicine, and it feeds the soul.  My work is not just about preparing that perfect filet mignon, it’s about exposing people to new ideas.  For me, opening people’s minds to their diet and what’s possible is a window into opening up their viewpoints in other parts of their life.”  The event featured notables in the entomophagy community like naturalist David Gracer and “The Bug Chef” author David George Gordon.  Judging by the screening of the first two episodes that the guests were treated to, this looks to be a promising, well-edited and visually fun web-series that informs, as it entertains.

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But enough about the people, let’s get to the food!  The guests were treated to a few tasty bites that had nods to familiar food, just with insects as the main ingredient.  There were tender cricket sliders, fresh cricket sushi with a saffron and ginger rice, an earthy cricket bolognese with a textural termite ragu, crunchy cricket chips served with a cherry tomato and garlic aioli, and crunchy pan-fried scorpions.

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While white and red wines were flowing, the star cocktail of the evening was Buffalo Trace Bourbon martini made with Cricket Bitters.  After all, why should food have all the fun?  Even dessert got in on the action with warm crispy honey-worm cookies.

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What’s important to note is that this experience is all about perspective and it makes one very aware of the comfort zones that we put ourselves in especially when it comes to diet, sustainability and the definition of food.  I chose to walk a new line that evening and enjoyed the walk thoroughly.  It reminded me of the infamous catchphrase of my aforementioned weird food hero that “If it looks good, eat it!”

The Bugging Out Web-Series is now online and you can subscribe to their YouTube channel HERE.

Cocktails and Corpses: Sauza Tequila Day of The Dead Cocktails

It was a dark and stormy night and the wind was howling like the banshees. It was four years to the day that they found the twisted bodies of party guests that were too crocked to go home, all asleep in the living room, the staircase and a peculiar guest cradled in the kitchen sink. Your Halloween may come with your fair share of stories, but what’s essential to making any party a memorable one is a glass, a carafe, a pitcher or a bottle or two of Sauza Tequila. Tonight we dish on the most important part of any adult’s spooky night festivities, the Sauza Tequila Day of The Dead cocktails.

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People turning into cosmopolitan examples of inebriated zombies in last minute costumes that channel their inner desire to be a garden hoe, bloodsucking vampire or a giant chocolate chip cookie could make for interesting stories, however, our inner foodie much prefers the menu over the masquerade.

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We’d rather listen to the stories of others at this time of year, not so much in the spirit of Halloween, but rather in the spirit of the Day of The Dead. The lesser known, but way more maturely macabre, Dia de Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of the loved ones that are gone. The holiday consists of dinners, gatherings, memorials and a newly formed parade in Mexico City.  Marigolds, ornate skulls, costumes, food and drink and music all characterize components of this day in Mexico and the Southwestern United States.

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So when we say we’d rather listen to the stories of others this day, we invited my fellow horror movie aficionados over to binge watch scary cult horror flicks and pay homage to the real Day of The Dead with a Weekend of the Dead.  With such an undertaking on tap, what soiree would be a soiree without the presence of tequila this or tequila that?  Luckily our dear friends at Sauza Tequila, experts at deliciously smooth 100% blue agave tequilas, offered up some free inspiration in the form of drink and wonderful decorations from Mikasa and Modern Alchemy to get the ball rolling.  So check out these three smooth Sauza Tequila Day of The Dead cocktails and arrangements that we tried out for our Day of The Dead Binge Fest:

Red, Red Rita Remix

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Tart and sweet with a citrus kick and the wonderfully smooth taste of Sauza Silver 

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1 part Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila
1 part blood orange juice
1/2 part lime juice
1/2 part simple syrup
1 orange wedge
Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker.  Shake and strain over ice (sugar-rimming the glass optional). Use a blood orange wedge during blood orange season but you can also let a regular orange wedge soak in blood red orange juice for a couple of hours and use that as a garnish.

Bewitching Berry

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Refreshing with a balance of citrus, sweet and a nod to a peach tart

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2 parts Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila
1/2 parts peach juice
1/2 parts blackberry puree (pint of blackberries into a food processor, strain and let set 24-48 hrs)
1/2 lemon juice
1 part simple syrup
1 peach slice
1 blackberry
Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker.  Shake and strain over ice into a glass.  Garnish by skewering a fresh blackberry and a slice of peach.

Bloody Dusk

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Slightly smoky seasoned with Sauza Reposado and equal touches tart & sweet with the pop of heat

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2 parts Sauza Signature Blue Reposado Tequila
1 part blood orange juice
1 part simple syrup
blended pepper rim
ice cubes
orange peel
Add the ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Dip the rim of the glass into the pepper mixture of choice. (We used cayenne, black pepper, chili powder and crushed red pepper flake).  Shake ingredients and pour into glass.  Garnish with thin slices of orange peel.

These Sauza Tequila Day of The Dead cocktails are cool recipes that work well for a quiet frightening evening or that can be tweaked for a larger group of rabble rousers.  Just don’t drink till you start becoming the walking dead because we want you to be safe and stay enlightened this Day of The Dead and as always please remember to drink responsibly.

Find Sauza 100% Blue Agave Tequilas at your finer wine and spirit retailers.

Cookware and Kitchen Appliances That Really Sizzle

We’ve always loved to cook, no surprise since we’re huge foodies. We find cooking quite relaxing and therefore keep it to ourselves. It’s our sanctuary. Also, in an effort to eat healthier, heartier meals, we’ve found ourselves cooking at home more. Of course, this means whipping out the  good cookware. Just because we show off our culinary creations, doesn’t mean that we don’t love showing off or talking about our cookware. We’re here to share some of the favorite cookware and kitchen appliances we’re currently using at home from some of our favorite brands, including T-fal, Krups, All-Clad, and Lagostina.

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Since we learned to cook from our mom, we thought it’d be appropriate to start the vintage cookware collection from T-fal which celebrates its 60th anniversary. The T-fal Tres Chic Collection features 9.5” and 11” frying pans which boast retro inspired prints on the enamel base, a bold-hued, soft touch Bakelite handle, and an interior that features T-fal’s ProGlide non-stick and Thermospot technology.  The dishwasher safe frying pans retail for $19.99 – $24.99.

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For those of you who are fans of the beautiful and stylish copper cookware, you’ll love the pots and pans from the Lagostina Martellata Hammered Copper Collection. The 10-piece collection boasts a beautiful copper exterior and celebrates all there is about high-quality Italian cookware. It features premium tri-ply technology (stainless steel interior, a thick heat-radiating aluminum core, and the polished, hammered copper exterior), and its thick heat-radiating aluminum core offers optimal heat distribution throughout the entire pan, allowing your foods to cook evenly. The collection is oven safe, boasts riveted cast stainless steel handles which stay cool on the stove and are built for comfort, strength, and stability. We’re currently creating delightful dishes like the pasta one seen above in the 8″ Skillet. The 10-piece set retails for $599.99, with the 8″ Skillet available for $79.99.

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Next on our list of must-have cookware and kitchen appliances is the above beauty, which may not look exciting but is, in fact, a godsend. If you’re an avid cook, then we’re sure at one point or another, you’ve suffered a grater injury. Whether you were grating cheese, carrots, or zucchini, chances you’ve accidentally grated your fingers and/or nails. Thanks to the T-Fal Ingenio Multi Grater, those painful days are gone. Featuring etched blades that provide excellent grating in both directions, the option to reverse on the blades for coarse or fine grating, a safety cover to protect your hands, and the ability to separate the finished blades for easy cleaning, this dishwasher-safe kitchen tool will be a life (and finger saver). Get yours for $25.99.

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We all need serving and cooking utensils and while we’d been fans of wooden ones, we admit that after using them for several dishes, they no longer look pristine. This time around we’ve fallen hard for the gleam of stainless steel, like the one above. The stunning All-Clad 6-Piece Cook Serve Tool Set includes a brushed stainless steel fork, ladle, flat head spoon, slotted spoon, tongs, and caddy. This beautiful set is yours for $120.00.

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Last but not least in our must-have list of cookware and kitchen appliances is coffee lovers. For those of you who have a coffee fanatic in the family like we do, you or rather, they will love the above KRUPS Professional Burr Grinder GX5000. Our mom loves grinding her own coffee beans because her coffee stays fresher longer and it gives her the ability to mix her bean flavors. This beauty boasts 45 settings divided into 9 steps, the ability to grind your beans from extremely fine for espressos, to coarse for french press coffees, and selects from 2 up to 12 cups. It’s the coffee house freshness and flavor right at home. Why not make a coffee lovers day with this must-have coffee grinder for only $49.99.

What are your thoughts on the above cookware and kitchen appliances? Any favorites among the list?

Cinco’s For Sauza: Sauza Tequila Cinco de Mayo Pitcher Cocktails

I’m quite sure there’s some historically significant importance behind Cinco de Mayo. However, why is it, like every other holiday where you don’t necessarily have the day off, that drinking a bevy of cocktails takes celebratory precedence? Perhaps a reason to substitute gooey cake and party games for a heavy-handed aperitif and dabbing, is due to the fact that when life became ‘real’, there became a greater desire to have occasions to celebrate with Sauza Tequila. No excessive thinking, just celebration, and revelry!

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Ironically enough, that got me to thinking. How could I ‘Cinco’ differently?  I had to face the fact that my evenings to cut loose after work, came few and far between, so I had to explore what I could do to truly capitalize on the festivity of my Cinco de Mayo. Then it hit me. If Cinco de Mayo is a whole day then why just celebrate after work?  So I found some inspiration with three of the smooth sharp varieties from one of my favorite tequila brands, Sauza Tequila, and decided to create a brunch, appetizer and dinner cocktail menu for my Cinco entertaining.  The following three Sauza Tequila cocktail creations are how I Cinco Con Sauza!

Brunch Cocktail with Sauza Cucumber Chili Tequila

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 1/2 cups Sauza Cucumber Chili Tequila
24 oz        Tomato Juice
1 tbsp       Tabasco Sauce
1/2 tsp      Chili Powder
1 tbsp       Worcester Sauce
2 tbsp       Prepared Horseradish
3/4 tbsp   Celery Salt
    1               Lime
    1               Cucumber Slice per glass for garnish
    1              Grape Tomato per glass for garnish
    8             Dried Chili Peppers (one per glass for garnish)
    1              Celery Stalk per glass for garnish
    3             Strips of Bacon (1 whole bacon strip/per glass for garnish)
Prep Time: 15-20 mins, with varying times depending on bacon prep method (serves 4-5)
Combine the tomato juice, Tabasco Sauce, chili powder, Worcester sauce, Prepared horseradish, celery salt, and Sauza Cucumber Chili Tequila into a glass canister. Stir then press the juice of one lime into the mixture. Refrigerate for about 1/2 hour. Pan fry or microwave one strip of bacon on a skewer. Separately pan fry or microwave two additional strips of bacon to a very crispy state, remove and pat dry then crumble finely and mix with a tablespoon of celery salt on a small plate. Rub lime around the rim of your serving glasses and roll the salt/bacon mixture around the edge. Pour in cocktail mixture and garnish glasses with a slice of lime, slice of cucumber, the celery stalk, one dried chili and the grape tomato. Toss the rest of the dried chilis in the glass canister and you and your guests can enjoy a deliciously boozy drink inspired by my fave go-to cocktail to order for a bottomless brunch.

Appetizer Cocktail with Sauza Silver Tequila

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Shrimped With A Lotta Colada

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1 1/2 cups  Sauza Silver Tequila
1 cup          Chopped Fresh Coconut
1 cup          Chopped Fresh Pineapple
1/2 cup      Pineapple Juice
   1                 Lime
   6                Coconut Water Ice Cubes
    3              Cocktail Shrimps (per glass)
Prep Time: 20 mins/Note: The ice cubes take about a couple of hours to freeze fully (serves 4-5)
In a 40-oz Ninja Blender or conventional blender add chopped fresh coconut and chopped fresh pineapple then pineapple juice, the juice of one lime, the Sauza Silver Tequila and finally the coconut water ice cubes. Use a cutting blade rather than a mixing blade and blend the mixture for about a minute. Pour into serving glasses and garnish with a lime wheel, shrimp, cubes of pineapple and pieces of fresh coconut. Serve immediately and enjoy my version of a full island fruit flavored shrimp cocktail done up Cinco style with the crisp taste of Sauza Silver.

Dinner Cocktail with Sauza Reposado Tequila

Cinco Salad Revived Margarita Ingredients

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1 1/2 cups   Sauza Reposado Tequila
3/4 cup       Triple Sec
3/4 oz          Simple Syrup
2-3 cups      Fresh Watermelon Chunks
3-4                Whole Sprigs of Mint
1/4 cup        Spicy Microgreens
1 1/2 tbsp    Salt
4 cubes        Two Kinds of Assorted Cheeses (per glass)
     1                 Lime
1 cup             Ice Cubes
Prep Time: 15 mins if using already made simple syrup/ 30 mins if making simple syrup from scratch (serves 4-5)
Using a 40 ounce Ninja Blender or conventional blender combine fresh watermelon chunks and mint sprigs then add the Sauza Reposado Tequila, triple sec and simple syrup followed by the ice cubes. (Note: Simple syrup is just a cup of water and a cup of cane sugar brought to a boil then allowed to cool.)  Use the cutting blades and blend for about one minute. Prepare salt rim by very finely chopping the spicy micro-greens and mixing them with the salt on a small plate.  Rub lime around the rim of the serving glasses and rub the edges of the glasses in the mixture. Pour out the cocktail into the glasses through a cocktail strainer and garnish with two pieces of each of the two kinds of cheese cubed on a wood skewer. Serve immediately, and I hope you and your guests enjoy a remix of a fresh watermelon, mint and feta salad I enjoyed at a cool little restaurant in the East Village some years ago.

Clearly Sauza Tequila has my drink desires covered for however I choose to start my revelry tomorrow. The spicy cool kick of Sauza Cucumber Chili is fresh and inviting. The clean and vibrant taste of Sauza Silver Tequila is satisfying and versatile. Then the lively and weighted Sauza Reposado Tequila is briny and delish. Whether with a spicy zesty brunch, seaside island appetizer or fruity and fragrant light dinner, Sauza’s bevy of tequila will ensure that it’ll be no ordinary dia.

Sauza Tequila is available at your finer liquor and alcohol stores and please, as always, remember to drink responsibly this Cinco de Mayo!

Nattily Equipped w/ My Ninja: Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System Review

Since all men’s goals in the gym are different, I am writing this from a nutrition standpoint. What I’ve discovered (in my old age) is that exercising, brain function and energy levels mean nothing without a honed diet. Thusly, your diet, exercising, stamina, etc, depends on proper rest and recovery to give your body (and waistline) an impartial fresh start. It’s all a full circle cycle that in these time of dietary, organic and GMO mayhem depends on what you decide to put in your mouth. Essentially, if you want to stay progressive and keep your clothing options as open as possible then maybe try a smoothie made with the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System, instead of a sweet roll.

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Some days I only want the bulk to be on the weight rack and not on my plate. With that said, juicing, souping, blending and smoothing are ways in which I confidently keep my belt on the same notch for all of my sun-up to sun-down, eat while commuting and too tired to cook days. I rely on my Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System to create protein smoothies for the ride to work, to make comfort soups for the evenings (I don’t want a sink full of dirty pots & pans), and for those naughty days when frozen margaritas make a long day exhale. What throwing a bevy of key ingredients into my Nutri Ninja does is allow me to get the sustenance that I need without the bulk. There’s no bulk for my stomach to churn through and no tremendous bulk to let soak in the sink afterwards. Liquefying the bulk without discarding the often overlooked nutrients lost in just juicing is key here. I turn my sides into delicious soups for dinner and make all those essential fruits and greens into smoothies for breakfast. Also, with Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System feature, I can better control the consistency of my end product depending on if it needs to be chunkier, smoother, coarser or watery. Control may be the key word here; control what you eat for better control over what you can wear.

Here are two easy recipes created with the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System to be inspired by. Try out and reap the benefits of a better fitting suit from:

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1/2 small banana
1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1/2 cup fresh mango chunks
1/2 cup kale leaves
1/2 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup ice
Place all ingredients into the 24-ounce Nutri Ninja in the order listed. Press Auto-IQ™ Blend.

Tomato Basil Soup

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1 can (14.5 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup fresh basil
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1tablespoon tomato paste
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Place all ingredients into the 24-ounce Nutri Ninja in the order listed. Select START/STOP and blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour soup into a medium saucepan and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.

Without this amazing device and recipes, I can’t help but have the following thoughts: Oh men, what has become of us? Could it be that we’ve become just as vain as women? Yes. Is it also possible that we men have become quite bored with our dark suit for this and summer suit for that, brown shoe polish and spit shine black all-purpose loafers? Most assuredly. Take comfort, however! It’s not such a bad thing at all. The years of trying to get men to loosen up and change, purchase more clothing, and try new things have well been upon us for quite some time now, and it’s pretty liberating. But as history will tell us, what’s liberating can also become quite conflicting.

Why the conflict? Well, the men’s renaissance of the last ten years has made men take a long hard look at themselves and decide that change is essential especially when staying the same for so long seemed as antiquated as padded doublets and ornamented codpieces. Time and society don’t stay the same and they appear to be moving quicker than ever before. While keeping updated has its angsts, if you’re going to choose to be in areas of forward social relevance, then staying updated could be the disparity factor between success and failure. So the conflict ushers in when in trying to update the padded doublets with weighted reps and protein shakes, a lot of men’s clothing seems to be shrinking too fast to adequately cover our codpieces. What’s a man to do when he wants to feel great about exercise and stamina but also look comfortable in a suit?

You may have thought that here’s is where I would lunge into a diatribe about where to buy fuller cut men’s clothing but, like I said, the modern man knows that tailoring is key to anything quality and off the rack nowadays. And maybe now he also knows how the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System can help keep his belt on the same notch, and the bulk safely far away.

I’m As Comfortable As My Drink: A Basil Hayden’s Valentine’s Day Cocktail

Let’s discuss what real comfort is.  With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, some of us may choose to sit up in bed, gleefully watch and embrace it as it comes over the horizon. However, there are also those of us who would rather pull the covers over our heads and rouse ourselves from a too-long slumber well after the horizon, high noon and sunset has taken place.  For whatever motivates, thrills, ails, or annoys you about Valentine’s Day, take comfort in this fact. Whether you are with the one you love, searching for that one you love, crying over that one you love or in a great place not having to deal with love at the moment, there’s comfort to be had.  That comfort comes in a glass of Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Isn’t it funny how when we’re sad, we drink. When we’re depressed, we drink.  Lonely?  Pour me a glass! On the prowl? Fill’er up!  In love, ‘how about we share a glass’? Content, ‘then pour a glass to celebrate my life’.

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Comfort foods are supposed to be looked upon as enjoyable little fattening concoctions with not much thought given to waistlines and gym memberships.  So while they don’t consider certain pleasantries of life, they do still bear the moniker of comfort. That also makes me ask that if we don’t find little bits of enjoyment every now within the disciplines and abandonments in life, is it still living?

Dave, Basil and Toddy's Somalian Retreat

So for Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share my own Basil Hayden’s recipe for two memorable points of comfort I had this winter.  In late 2015 I enjoyed the most amazing hot toddy in Midtown and last month I had a delightful culinary experience with a Somalian tea in Harlem.  So when thinking of my profound bachelorhood this Valentine’s Day it made me realize that in the downtime between relationships while you’re getting to know yourself again, you find those times to teach, enlighten pamper and comfort yourself through discipline, introspection and of course dining.

I call this “Dave, Basil & Toddy’s Somalian Retreat”

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2 ounces Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Why:  It’s a great bourbon when spiciness and a full-bodied flavor profile that really enhances a toddy
1 Tablespoon of Coconut Sugar
Why:  I didn’t want it too sweet and I find that honey sometimes overpowers
1 cup of hot water
1 Fresh nutmeg grated to a pinch
2 -3 Cloves
1/4 – 1/2 Teaspoon of Cardamom
1 Fresh Cinnamon stick grated to a small pinch
Fresh Ginger grated to a pinch
2 Tablespoons of Milk
1 Lemon
Why: The presence of lemon & milk will curdle, so the lemon is here mainly for a little bit of the zest)
Black tea bag
Add the boiling hot water to a cup then add the Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.  Next add in your nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger.  Stir then add sugar, more or less to taste and milk and stir again.  Finally, run your lemon over your zester 2-3 times, throw in the grated cinnamon stick and the tea bag and you’re done.  (The tea bag is really just to slowly permeate through the toddy with an intensifying flavor/garnish).

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I’m no chef or mixologist, but I am an avid foodie and do relish in a nice flavor profile and I really enjoyed my Basil Hayden’s “comfortable” little mash-up of my favorite comfort drinks this season.  With whatever or whoever you’re doing this Valentine’s Day or this winter, may it bring you comfort enough to either land a screw or be just fine with screwing the 14th.

As always please remember to drink responsibly.