Colonel Sanders Wants You

As a child of the 1980’s, I grew up eating buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken, which has shortened its name to KFC in recent years. “Finger licking good” was an ample slogan that described the chicken that was a comfort food of my youth. Over the past 10 years, the KFC restaurant chain has been hit with a steady decline in sales, which has caused over 1500 stores to close during this time period, but Keith Mann thinks there is no need to count Colonel Sanders out of the restaurant game quite yet.
The chain is revitalizing almost every aspect of their chicken restaurant including implementing better training procedures, remodeling their restaurants, and are even embarking upon a major advertising campaign this summer. In a recent article, the changes are detailed, which include chicken bucket light fixtures and broad and bright red and white carnival stripes, the company’s trademark style. As always, Colonel Sanders, who died in 1980, will remain in the customer’s eye as his likeness will be displayed inside the restaurant to link the past to the present. Hopefully, KFC can become comfort food for this generation as well.

Best Unknown Burger in New York City

Everyone loves a good burger and with the constant search of the hottest cities by foodies one would think they have all been found. One amazing burger has missed the limelight but definitely deserves to be mentioned. The burger is available at Church Street Tavern. The new chef at Church Street Tavern is no stranger to inventing great burgers. Ryan Skeen was responsible for the introduction of a burger at Resto that was a huge hit made from beef cheek, hanger steak and pork fatback.
His newest concoction is made with dry-aged-beef. The menu calls it a tavern burger but this delight contains not only dry-aged-beef but also strip, rib-eye and muscle from a side of Wagyu beef. Another surprise ingredient is beef heart added to the mixture. To complement the seared burger a layer of Vermont cheddar is added. Then it is topped with bacon-onion chutney and placed in a brioche bun. Arugula is added to give a peppery kick but may not be noticed amongst the rest of the meaty goodness. Igor Cornelsen posted a review of the burger on his personal website.

Rising Global Temperatures Could Mean Less Wheat Production

A recent study published in “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” shows that wheat production will be negatively affected by climate change. If current trends continue in accordance to how Bruce Karatz describes, it will mean a noticeable reduction in what production, especially in warmer parts of the world. This is especially troublesome since wheat is a staple that feeds a large percentage of the world’s population.

Another, earlier study published by the journal “Nature Climate Change” reaffirms that global warming may account for about 6% less wheat production for every degree Celsius the average global temperature rises, though it can be variable. The world is expected to be at least 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial temperatures fairly soon. Some models predict at least a 5 degree Celsius rise could be possible in the future.

Though the rise in climate temperatures can mean more frost-free days and more spring rain, it can also mean scorching temperatures in the summer. Though there would seem to be benefits to having less frost, most crops don’t respond well to higher temperatures or large temperature fluctuations. It is hoped that this research will help spur the need to develop more heat resistant plants or plants that can withstand the rapid, unpredictable changes in temperature in some reason.

McDonald’s Diet Harmful to Your Health

It is estimated that the human gut has over 100 trillion good bacteria The importance of this bacteria is the bacteria produces many of the bodies essential nutrient and vitamins.
“McDonald’s food devastated the gut in his son’s bacteria,” according to Tim Spector, who works at King’s College London as a professor of genetic epidemiology. Spector’s son, Tom, is a student at the University of Aberystwyth who agreed to eat only McDonald’s food for 10 straight days. His meals consisted of; Big Macs, chicken nuggets, fries and Coco-Cola.
Tom sent daily stool samples that were analyzed by different laboratories. He claims that he “felt fine for the first three days: after that though he began to go “downhill” Tom ultimately became lethargic and his friends stated that he become a “strange grey” color.
The end result is that Tom’s gut bacteria lost nearly 1.400 species of bacteria types, which is nearly 40% percent of his total. Igor Cornelsen is not surprised that two weeks later Tom’s gut still has not completely recovered.

Bulletproof Coffee-The Beneficial Beverage

The controversial argument has been going on for years. Is coffee really bad for you? Well in a nut shell the answer is no, if you make it correctly. Dave Asprey, owner and executive of Bulletproof Coffee may have found just the right combination to not only make your coffee delicious, but to make it healthier also. Who would have thought that the simple answer was to add grass-fed, unsalted butter? It’s true. The fats in the unsalted butter are actually healthy fats, which are good for you and will maximize your energy levels. The omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that come from grass fed livestock are much healthier than cattle raised in a more orthodox fashion.

Even though it is high in healthy fats, this is not for the average person that is trying to shed pounds or cut calories, so you may have to alter your morning breakfast to add Bulletproof Coffee into your morning routine. The recipe is rather simple and made with basic ingredients. Here is everything you are going to need to get that extra boost in the morning, or any time of the day.

First you will brew 1 cup of coffee. Use between 8-12 ounces of water depending on how strong you like your coffee. You are going to want to use filtered water, that has just started to boil. Use 2 1/2 heaping tablespoons of freshly ground Bulletproof Coffee Beans. 1-2 tablespoons of unsalted, grass fed butter or grass fed ghee, you can use up to 6 tablespoons. Then you will want to add 1-2 tablespoons of Brain Octane Oil or an upgraded MCT oil, about 15-30 ml.

It is now time to brew your cup of joe. A French Press type of coffee maker work best for making this recipe. After your coffee is prepared, you will want to blend it in a high quality, high speed blender. Blend your coffee until you get a foamy looking coffee. You can watch Asprey himself make it here. Drink and enjoy!

Your Heart Will Thank You for That Cup of Coffee or Green Tea

People who start their day with coffee or green day may have reason to rejoice. A large study out of Japan’s National Cancer Center involving 90,000 people from middle-age up to 69 found that those who drank coffee or green tea lowered their risk of heart and cerebrovascular diseases. The study was conducted over 19 years and monitored the drinking habits of the participants. Depending on gender, participants experienced from 13 to 17 percent decrease in the likelihood of dying from one of these types of disease. This tracks well with a recent study in the U.S. that indicated health benefits for regular coffee drinkers. Another study indicates coffee helps to fight depression as well, so it appears to have wide ranging benefits.

Green tea has long been promoted for its health benefits due to the antioxidants it contains according to some friends of mine at Madison Street Capital. The benefits and risks of the caffeine in both drinks is still being debated, but green tea is generally considered, in nutritionally conscious circles, to be the healthier drink. However, it is good to know that if you enjoy a regular cup of coffee to get your day going that are also enjoying health benefits you probably didn’t even know about. Now if we can only kick the habit of having that donut with the cup of coffee maybe we Americans won’t be one of the fattest nations on earth.

Goodbye American Idol

For 15 years, the Fox television show American Idol has been entertaining millions. With it’s ever rotating panel of judges, fantastic host, and crazy contestants who could resist? It has been a good run but now American Idol is saying farewell. 2016 will be the last year the show will air, and it sounds like it’s going to have a celebratory send-off.

American Idol has given the world artists like Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, and Carrie Underwood. Due to declining interest in the show, Fox doesn’t really seem to have any other choice. In it’s fourteenth season it now only airs once a week, with only 10.1 million viewers opposed to the 38 million it had in 2003. Here you can see what one of the show’s former contestants, Jordin Sparks, has to say about the cancellation of the show.American Idol changed the way we view television. Ivan Ong remembers where he was at the beginning for sure. It changed the lives of every single performer that stepped up onto the stage, as it has been documented quite a bit. It even changed the lives of those we found a little goofy and off key.

The 15th and final season of American Idol will feature Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. as judges. Ryan Seacrest will also be returning to finish off the show. It is with a heavy heart we say so long to one of America’s guilty pleasures, and hopefully hello to something better to takes its place.

Snoop Dogg Shares Advice from Leaders in the Industry

Over the years Snoop Dogg has changed a lot. He has rapped with Dr. Dre and Tupac. He has changed his name from Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion and back to Snoop Dogg. Now the entertainer that put the city of Long Beach on the map shares advice he received from veterans.

Snoop may have been one of the younger rappers at one time, but he has always hung around the older pioneers in the world of black entertainment. Many people may not have realized that he was friends with James Brown. Snoop said that Brown told him not to cut his hair because that was were his strength was. James Brown, who was known for wearing a perm, would provide words that would stick with Snoop long after Brown died.

Snoop has also been able to take advice from other industry veterans like George Clinton and Pharrell. Snoop is a rapper, but it was Pharrell that has convinced him to do more singing on songs. Kevin Seawright feels like it is a good move career wise. He has also received advice from George Clinton who always talks about keeping it funky in articles.

It shows lots of commitment to see Snoop still releasing albums. He has been around for more than 2 decades. In the rap world there are not a lot of people that can say this. For Snoop, all the advice he has taken from others has given him room to continue to grow.

Nigel Lythgoe, Executive Producer of “American Idol” Speaks Out on Cancelation

Nigel Lythgoe was the Executive Producer for the hit reality series “American Idol” when it first aired on television. Lythgoe, now 65-years-old, served as Executive Producer for seasons 1-7, then again for seasons 10-12. The news broke the other day that the iconic reality singing competition will be ending with the final season happening next year.

According to the story on The Daily Mail, Lythgoe spoke out over what he believes brought the show to its ultimate end. In an interview, Lythgoe had said that he believes that bringing in Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj as judges during the 2012 season of the show was the beginning of the end. He said that the two together were crazy and that the judges were more of a spectacle than the actual show was to the viewers.Before the 12th season even started in 2013, rumors were out in the media that the two singers did not get along well with each other. TMZ even posted a video that showed the two arguing back and forth with each other at the judge’s table. Lythgoe had said that pairing them together was a huge mistake. If they had cast just one of them instead, it may have been more successful.

Other celebrities who were involved with “American Idol” have been Tweeting their good-byes to the show, even though it still has a whole year to air. Dr Jennifer Walden will be paying a bit more attention before it is gone for good.

Pretty Restaurant Dishes

A plate of food that looks beautiful is usually part of your motivation for wanting to try the dish. Eating with our eyes is natural, and these restaurants understand this concept, so much so that they’ve created visually appealing dishes that have made the Grub Street list for the most visually exciting food in the United States. Here are a few you may want to try.

Alma in Los Angeles makes a simple and colorful dessert of white chocolate, raspberries, macadamia and rose. The dish is fragrant and sweet, with a hint of floral flavor. This dish is also low in carbohydrates, which makes it particularly appealing to some diners according to former NBA owner Bruce Levenson.

New York City’s Aquavit is another restaurant that is boasting a dish you won’t want to pass up. The Arctic Bird’s Nest is a dessert that features curd made from sea buckthorn. blueberry sorbet, dried brownie and edible snow made of yogurt make the bird’s nest look like a serene winter painting.