#SCBDExclusive: #Easter Brunch Options!

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Easter Sunday is April 20th, and most people have been preparing for a family dinner since February. If you aren’t the type to plan ahead or slave away over a stove to cook a lavish meal, there are still plenty of options for you! Restaurants all over the tri-state will be hosting Easter brunch and dinner specials to take the heat off of in-house Easter traditions.

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Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks, the classic seaside attraction located on the boardwalk of the Wildwoods, NJ, invites families to hop over to Mariner’s Landing Pier on Sunday, April 20 for its annual Easter celebration starting at noon.

Morey’s Piers, located on the boardwalk in the Wildwoods, New Jersey is a classic seaside amusement park, family owned and operated since 1969. Voted the third best seaside amusement park in the world by Amusement Today, Morey’s Piers has over 100 rides and attractions spanning over eighteen acres along six beach blocks and includes three amusement piers and two beachfront waterparks. Convenient to the major population centers of the Northeast, yet a world apart, Morey’s Piers along with Morey Hotels & Resorts combines the pure joy of an amusement park, the sights and sounds of a classic boardwalk, outstanding accommodations, together with the rhythm of beach life. Visit them at Surfside Pier, featuring the Ocean Oasis Waterpark and Beach Club at 25th Avenue, Mariner’s Landing Pier, featuring Raging Waters Waterpark at Schellenger Avenue, and Adventure Pier at Spencer Avenue. For more information, visitwww.moreyspiers.com or phone (609) 522-3900 or like us on Facebook. You can also follow us onTwitter and YouTube.

Special Easter-themed activities run until 5:00pm and include strolling entertainment of stilt walkers and jugglers, face painting and coloring the Morey’s “Monster Mural.”  Pictures with the Easter Bunny are available from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Parents Pavilion located behind the Carousel. Children 12 years and under can pick an Easter egg for a chance to win an assortment of fun prizes, ranging from stuffed animals and Curley’s Fries buckets, to one-day pier passes and water park passes. Two lucky participants will win the grand prize of a Morey’s Piers season pass.

For more information on Morey’s Piers and the Easter celebration, visit www.moreyspiers.com.

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Ken & Cook will be serving up a prix fixe menu for Easter Sunday! Take all the stress out of the holidays and make a reservation today. Enjoy a three course menu with choice of appetizer, pasta or entree, and dessert for only $45 per person.  As a special treat there will also be live jazz; so sit back and relax! The menu includes: beets, homemade ricotta, radish, pistachio, pasta, lobster ravioli with asparagus sauce, wild mushroom risotto, sauteed wild mushrooms with truffle oil, and vanilla creme brulee. For reservations please call 212.966.3058 http://www.kenandcook.com/

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For our West Coast readers, The Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel is also hosting a lavish Easter buffet-style brunch on April 20th. It’s not your average buffet brunch: the upscale brunch will include a live jazz trio, 2 complimentary glasses of sparkling wine, mimosas or peach bellinis, and much more at the link below. To make it a family affair, there will be a a visit from the Easter bunny & egg hunt for children on the spacious property grounds.

Reservations can be made by calling 310.691.7584 or email dining@luxehotels.com Here is a link to more information: http://cdn.luxehotels.com/cms/pressroom/easter2014_menu.pdf

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Escape will be serving brunch on April 20th in celebration of Easter.

3-Course Easter Brunch Menu:
Starters

  • Arugula, bleu, apple, walnut
  • Farm salad
  • Crab cake, marinated and pickled vegetables ($5 supplement)
  • Mussels, smoked ham, basil butter
  • Beet salad with spring flavors
  • Cured meat plate
  • Local cheese plate
  • Spring pea purée, bacon, crema, mint

Entrées

  • EM burger
  • Benedict,scallop, brown butter hollandaise
  • French toast, foie gras, pecans, berries, local maple ($8 supplement)
  • Pulled pork sandwich
  • Cured ham, spinach, cheddar omelet
  • Smoked salmon, egg, potato, dill toast
  • Steak and eggs ($8 supplement)
  • BBQ chicken, greens, grits
  • Fried chicken
  • Roasted salmon, morels, pea butter ($5 supplement)

Desserts

  • Chocolate
  • Berry rhubarb crisp
  • Cheese plate
  • Carrot cake

Escape will be opened from 11AM until 3PM with last reservation taken at 2:30PM. Seating is limited and the 3-course brunch is $28. Reservations can be made by calling 973-744-0712.

#SCBDReview: .@SpuntinoWineBar with Wine Boy

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Wine Boy and I were craving small plates and wine after a long day of working together, so we headed to Clifton, New Jersey. Right by the AMC Theater is an Italian Wine Bar and Tapas restaurant called Spuntino, known for its fabulous selection of Italian wines and small plates. The atmosphere was welcoming and I loved the decoration of wine racks surrounding the entire restaurant. The restaurant was divided into two main parts: the bar area and the rest of the restaurant with tables and booths.

Wine Boy and I had the nicest waitress: her name was Allison, so I highly recommend grabbing a table that is served by Allison. That night, Wine Boy and I shared truffle French fries made with truffle oil, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Italian herbs. After that, we shared spaghetti alla carbonara with bacon, peas, Pecorina Romano, and egg yolk. Finally, we had speck, which is smoked prosciutto, from the Aldo Adige region in Italy, served on grilled crostini.

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He simply had a soda since he offered to be my designated driver, so I treated myself to a quartino of Moscato. The Moscato was a 2011 fruity, medium bodied white from Trentino, specifically Mezzocorona which is a commune in this northern Italian region. I’m absolutely in love with the wine list at Spuntino. All of the wines are Italian wines. Suffice to say I fell in love with the moscato. It was not super sweet, which I find to be a great thing if it’s only sweet enough. Instead, the moscato was fruity, and I could smell pears, apples, and other light fruits.

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Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas also takes OpenTable reservation. I highly recommend going to Spuntino either on a date or with a group of friends and/or family so you can all share these small plates. You can also buy the wines by the bottle. There are over 150 Italian wines to try from nearly all of Italy’s 20 wine regions. Saluti, cin cin, e buon appetito!

 

Cheers!

XOXO

Kelly

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#SCBDEvent Alert: #Cheers to charity .@EscapeMontclair’s Wine Dinners

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I must admit that once you’ve had fine dining, it’s kind of hard to go back. At least for me it is. For an almost 25 year old I have a rather interesting palate. One night I could be eating a slice of pizza with beer– the next night I can be diving into a tuna tartare with a glass of wine.

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If you’re looking for a lovely wine dinner to attend where the proceeds go to a great cause, go to one at Escape in Montclair. The dinner I attended with Jason was roots & grains dinner where both Chef Bryan Gregg (Executive Chef of Escape) and Chef Thomas Ciszak  (Executive Chef of  Chakra) took turns creating dishes.

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Some of my favorites that night included the amuse bouche which was Uni, rye, fermented radish “Korean style” by Chef Gregg, scallops, celery root, black truffle by Chef Gregg, lamb Crepinette, green olive quinoa, braised radicchio, dehydrated garlic, aged balsamic by Chef Ciszak. Chef Ciszak also prepared a delicious dessert, white Chocolate “cream of wheat”, pistachio, orange, young carrot foam. The food was so unique and delicious and the restaurant is the perfect space for it. Chef Bryan Gregg really knows what he is doing.

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Want to attend an upcoming dinner? Well you are in luck….Bryan Gregg, Chef and Owner of Escape Montclair and a leader in the New Jersey local food movement, today announced that he is partnering with James Laird, Chef / Owner of Restaurant Serenade to jointly host a five-course,Taste of Spring wine-paired dinner on Wednesday April 30, 2014 at 7PM.  

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In the Escape kitchen, Gregg and Laird will craft a locally-sourced dining experience to benefit cancer research and treatment in New Jersey. The five-course Taste of Spring dinner will include wines hand-selected by Amanti Vino proprietor, Sharon Sevrens. The cost of the event is $95 per person with 50% of the food proceeds being donated to benefit cancer research and treatment in New Jersey.

“I am looking forward to showcasing the freshest spring products our local farmers can provide,” says Chef Gregg.  “Chef Laird shares my passion for locally-sourced ingredients and together, we will create a meal that is a true springtime celebration that I know our guests will enjoy and will help drive up our donation to cancer treatment and research in New Jersey,” continues Gregg.

Cheers to eating a great meal with delicious wines for charity!

#SCBDRecipe: Celebrate Passover with These Fun and Easy Recipes!

scbdrecipe   Passover begins on Monday, April 14th, kicking off a series of festive spring holidays. What better way to observe Passover than with some delicious dishes for you and your family? The following recipes are easy to make and put a modern twist on traditional Jewish dishes. If you celebrate Passover, then you’re aware that matzo is a staple in Jewish cuisine. Kings Food Market, located in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, offer up some fun ways to spice up your matzo with these dishes:

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  • Matzo Pizza: Unlike the regular greasy variety, this Passover pie calls for just a few basic, natural ingredients: matzo, canned tomatoes, kosher mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, basil leaves, and some healthy fats courtesy of olive oil.
  • Matzo Lasagna:  Leave the lasagna noodles behind and use matzo instead. The rest of the recipe is basically the same as the non-kosher-for-Passover variety: marinara sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, and some nutrient-dense spinach.
  • Matzo S’mores: When life hands you matzo, make matzo s’mores. Drizzled with melted chocolate and topped with toasted (kosher for Passover) marshmallows, this simple, savory-and-sweet snack is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

The ingredients used for these recipes, along with any other festive feast, can be found at your local Kings Food Market! Passover means spending quality time with family and friends, but doesn’t need to be spent in your own kitchen!

In her new book, Living a Real Life with
Real Food: How to Get Healthy, Lose Weight and Stay Energized–THE
KOSHER WAY, Beth Warren shares healthy and delicious recipes that will
make your holiday a hit.

In LIVING A REAL LIFE WITH REAL FOOD: HOW TO GET HEALTHY, LOSE WEIGHT,
AND STAY ENERGIZED–THE KOSHER WAY (Skyhorse Publishing, February
2014, hardcover) Beth Warren, a registered dietician and certified
nutritionist, offers a comprehensive plan for getting healthy using
kosher principles and the latest science. She also shares fifty simple
and delicious recipes, many of which would make a great addition to
your Passover table.

Adapted from: Eatingwell.com.

Syrian Potato Salad

Syrian Potato Salad

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 6 medium potatoes*
  • 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 4 scallions, chopped

*I leave the peels on for added fiber and nutrients, along with lowering the glycemic index of the potatoes.

Directions

Boil the potatoes in large pot until tender, about 20 minutes. Cut the potatoes in small squares and place in medium mixing bowl. Add the olive oil and lemon juice, then the seasonings. Gently mix the potatoes and place sliced eggs on top.

Per serving: Calories 226; Fat 11.3 g (Saturated 1.9 g); Cholesterol 62.0 mg; Sodium 415.4 mg; Carbohydrate 26.8 g; Fiber 3.2 g; Protein 6.2 g

Chicken and okra

Chicken and Okra

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1 whole organic chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, separated
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1–2 packages baby okra*
  • 1 small can tomato paste (6 oz.)

Directions

Wash and clean the chicken. Place chicken pieces at the bottom of a small roaster. In a small bowl, combine the spices and oil. Brush the spice mixture around the piece of chicken. Add 4 tablespoons of water to the roaster. Cover and bake for 350 for 45 minutes. Take the roaster out of the oven and place the chicken pieces on a glass plate. Add in 1–2 packages of baby okra, fresh or frozen, into the chicken juices. Mix in 1 small can of tomato paste. Add the chicken back to the roaster and embed the pieces within the okra. Bake for 1 hour at 350° F.

*You can also substitute the okra with Yukon potatoes, cubed, which would count towards the starch portion of your plate. The recipe contains meat.

Per serving: Calories 144; Fat 4.7 g (Saturated 1.0 g); Cholesterol 63.4 mg; Sodium 355.9 mg; Carbohydrate 2.7 g; Fiber 1.5 g; Protein 21.7 g

ADDITIONAL TIPS

Worried about overeating at Passover? Warren will offer original tips
that you can use on Passover and any other day to eat in moderation.
They include:

  • Tell a joke–you can’t eat when you’re laughing.
  • Give a hug or compliment to your host or loved one. It will switch your focus and you’ll be comforted by warmth and closeness–instead of food.
  • Have fun after the feast. Organize a group activity, like taking a walk, playing a game, or signing a song. This will keep you from pigging out on the deserts.

Excerpted with permission from Living a Real Life with Real Food: How to Get Healthy, Lose Weight and Stay Energized–the Kosher Way by Beth Warren, MS, RD, CDN, Copyright 2014, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

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If you’re looking to get out of the house this holiday, then stop by Bustan on the Upper West Side. Native Israeli chef Efi Nehan and Guy Goldstein will be directing the kitchen and front-of-house, respectively, and will offer a multi-choice three course dinner at $65 per person. Chef Nahon describes the menu as “rooted in familiar tradition, but given some gustatory panache by the application of some mixing and matching of culinary customs based on the geographical heritage of Jewish communities throughout the Mediterranean region.” Highlights of Bustan’s Passover menu include: Matzo Pie, artichoke, smoked duck breast, fava bean, potato & truffle oil and Tunisian Bastil potato dumpling stuffed with ground beef & hardboiled egg among the appetizers. While Passover palates will be tempted by entrees, including Lamb Shank, artichoke, snap peas, Swiss chard & fresh mint; Braised Short Rib, grilled potato, mushroom & chipollin; and Poached Moroccan Halibut, spicy tomato sauce, fire roasted peppers, fresh chickpeas & cilantro. Some 15 – 20 Israeli wines priced at $40 to $140 a bottle will be available to complement the menu. Bustan is located at 457 Amsterdam Avenue between 83rd and 84th street and will be serving their special Passover menu on Monday, April 14th between 5PM and 11PM, along with their regular dinner menu. To make reservations or for more information, contact them at 212-595-5050.

#SCBDExclusive: #Health and #Fitness Interview Shirley Archer: 9 to 5 Workout

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When Shirley Archer, world-renowned fitness and wellness educator, trainer and award-winning author of 15 books, suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, she learned a lot about “self-care and how to create optimal health,” Shirley says.

“Eating well, managing stress, sleeping well and regular exercise are all parts of the puzzle to create health and fitness,” Shirley shares. “After restoring my own health and feeling great, I wanted to share all the valuable tips and information that I had learned to help other people.”

Shirley’s “Fitness 9 to 5: Exercises for the working week” allows us to exercise while we’re working. You can’t make any excuses that you have no time because you’re working a lot.

“I am absolutely positive that others are in their offices feeling frustrated and wondering what it is that they can do to stay in shape while working full-time,” Shirley says. “You can maintain muscle tone, strengthen, stretch, manage weight, improve posture and reduce stress with the tips in the book.”

We all know staying positive and motivated can be quite difficult, but with tips from Shirley, we know it’s more than possible!

“I’m motivated to support others. I believe that if I don’t “walk the talk,” why should anyone believe what I have to say,” Shirley says “My mom always taught me that a picture is worth a thousand words so I make a point to live everything that I also teach.”

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According to amazon.com, this “This handy book features 75 quick and easy exercises that can be performed discreetly while sitting at a desk, standing at a file cabinet, and even on the morning commute.” Along with that, there are Coffee Pot Curls in the kitchenette build up biceps, while Stairwell Bun Blasters are sure to improve the bottom line. And stress-busters for tired eyes and wrists keep computer fatigue at bay. I mean, who wouldn’t want to work and exercise at the same time?

Always remember that you can change. You can push yourself to lose and maintain that weight. You are powerful and strong enough to stay true to yourself!

“I want to help people create the healthy life that they deserve – to feel and look their best, to avoid suffering and to enjoy life. These tips will help prevent back pain, neck and shoulder aches and maintain strength and flexibility,” Shirley says.

Please feel free to check out Shirley’s digital edition, sold on sites such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google play, kobo and ibookstore.

For more information on Shirley and her books, visit her sites:

http://www.shirleyarcher.com/featuredproducts.html#.Uz2fm3MmU6t

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#SCBDReview: Eat, Drink, Rock n Bowl Revolutions-Syracuse, NY

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We were visiting friends in the Syracuse, NY area and wound up at the Destiny Mall. Hungry for a mid afternoon bite we were attracted to this large spot called Revolutions. We walked in where we were greeted by a smiling hostess named Nicole.

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Now this place has lots to offer, an arcade area, a bowling area and a bar and big screen TV area. The big screen TV area called out to us. Nicole and her smile showed us to a big comfy booth with a great view of those huge TVs. So much fun and food too.

While waiting I saw some BIG DEALS listed on the table. 20 wings and 2 pints during The Game for $20! Plenty of other offers too and adult birthday parties.

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We were served drinks right away and checked out the menu. Mid afternoon bites for us today. I had the nachos with chicken, and they were huge. They also included a larger amount of sour cream than usual. My dining buddies shared with me, but there were still nachos on the plate when we left. One of my buddies had the meatball sub. Four dinner sized meatballs and sauce, they were quickly eaten and declared a hit. My other buddy had the wings with garlic parm seasoning.

Nice stuff, only bones left there. As for my regular companion, he had the
chicken cheese steak. When it first arrived he thought it looked a little
sparse, but after a bite or two he declared the sauce on it was a hit and there was more food than he thought at first.

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We all left as happy campers and will go back for sure, there are many more interesting items to try on the menu.

#SCBDExclusive: Must-Know Fon-DO’s for National Fondue Day Today!

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Do you fondue? This classic Swiss meal has its own holiday. April 11th is National Cheese Fondue Day, a time to fire up the fondue pots for food, fun and good conversation.  I don’t see a better way to spend a Friday night then to Fondue it up!

To celebrate, Emmi Roth USA, whose Original Cheese Fondue is made using the traditional Swiss recipe,  is sharing the must-know fon-DO’s of fondue – everything from how to treat the host to tips for when you dip – along with some other touches of etiquette that sometimes get lost in translation.
Mind Your Manners
The simple staples of etiquette sometimes tend to go by the wayside, but they go a long way in showing the host that this hard work in creating and hosting the meal is appreciated.

  • Don’t arrive empty handed. Bringing something to dip is always a good hostess gift.
  • Be a little adventurous by tasting everything you are served (the exception to the rule is a dietary restriction, in which case you may politely decline).
  • Sample before salting. Try a bite of your food before adding anything. Fondue is already seasoned with spices and wine, so it might be perfect just the way it is.

Be A Delightful Dipper
While fondue is all in good fun, there are a few basic guidelines to follow in consideration of other guests.

  • Skewer like a pro. Be sure your food is secured to your fondue fork or skewer before dipping to avoid losing it in the cheese.
  • If you missed the first step and drop your dipper into the fondue, politely ask for the host’s help in removing it to ensure the pot remains clean for all.
  • Perfect your twirling and swirling. It is polite to make one to two small swirls before removing your food.
  • Resist the urge to double dip. Food that has been bitten should never return to the communal pot.

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Tasting Notes
It’s all in the details, and these simple suggestions will ensure that you keep it classy, but still casually cool, when indulging.

  • Wait your turn. Allow one person to dip at a time and proceed in a clockwise or counterclockwise fashion around the table.
  • Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Dip larger pieces and then cut them into smaller bits on your own plate.
  • A moment on the lips is frowned upon. Your fondue fork or skewer should never directly touch your mouth. Transfer your food to your plate before indulging.
  • Let it cool. Never blow on freshly dipped hot food. Avoid splatters and allow your food to cool slightly on your plate.

Emmi’s Original Fondue comes in in a ready-made pouch – all you have to do is heat it up and stir, making the meal a snap to prepare for a fondue fete that’s as easy as it is fabulous.

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#SCBDReview: #Health and #Fitness: Pig Board Snout A Pig Game

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Are you looking for a game that involves health, fitness & fun? Well, you should check out Pig Board Snout A Pig.

Stephanie Lough, the publicist for this popular game says, “The key to the game is turning negative thoughts and feelings into positive action. The game is simple – players take a picture of something that represents an issue they are battling in life (be it a photo of their favorite dessert, to an ex that they never got closure on, the theme is entirely customizable to the group!), and share with the group their lingering negative feelings. This can be as silly/funny to serious/thoughtful as the players chose to be. After their story, they “snout” the image to The Pig Board, and with it they vow to let go of those pent-up feelings for good!”

While there are gyms, fitness equipment, home video workouts, this is a game to get you in the mood to work your muscles! If you’re looking for something new & exciting, be sure to check out this game!

The Pig Board can be a great motivational tool several ways – both as a game for a weightless support group, or as simple visual reminder for individuals to stay on track, shares Stephanie. She also mentions that, “It is important to note that in no way does The Pig Board imply that people who are trying to lose weight are piggish or should view their former selves as piggish. The Pig Board is simply a cute “friend” who is available to take any emotional burdens (or decadent chocolate cake recipes) off the shoulders of his owner!”

But, I was very curious about this game and asked how it assists someone who wishes to get in shape.

“Like a vision board can help inspire you to reach your goals, The Pig Board can be used as “fit”spiration, as well as give you the opportunity to discuss your fitness successes (and fails) with a group of like-minded individuals. Studies have shown that people are more likely to stick with their exercise and diet plan when they are not alone!” Stephanie says.

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Everyone is so focused on the act of working out and no one takes the time to think how mental it can be. You must be in a certain mindset to get motivated. You can’t just decide one day, “I’m going to work out” because more than likely, it won’t happen.

“Mental wellness is just as important as physical health, and while there are gyms, fitness classes, equipment and so much more available to help people maintain physical health, caring for mental health is a much more taboo topic,” Stephanie says. “The Pig Board opens to door to healthy dialogue between friends, promoting emotional strength and therapeutic release of mental burdens.”

For more information, visit– http://snoutapig.com/

Happy workout!

#SCBDGiveaway: Gluten Free, Kosher, and All Natural Flavored Popcorn-@GHCretors

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Popcorn is more than just a movie snack. I am a huge popcorn fan and I love having it anytime and anywhere. It is a relatively healthy snack and tastes so good. There are also many different ways to prepare popcorn, adding different flavors and toppings to it to make it a desert or light snack. I recently obtained a sample pack of full size bags of G.H. Cretors Popcorn.

The first thing is to explain the history of the company of G.H.Cretors. They are a company that uses all natural ingredients. They also use brown rice syrup in their popcorn instead of corn syrup, this is because it adds a “crisp sweetness to the taste, has a low glycemic value, and it is good source of minerals.” (ghcretors.com/our_passion). On top of that, the products are also Gluten Free and Kosher. The Company G.H.Cretors began in 1885 with the invention of the popcorn machine (invented by Great Grandpa Cretors). From there on, the same cooking style with copper kettles is still used today to make this delicious treat. These products can be found locally at Kings Grocery Store, Shop-Rite, and Fairway (Check http://www.ghcretors.com/store_locator/ to find the closest store to you). You can also purchase it online, they even sell a sampler pack that includes two ‘Just the Caramel Corn’, two ‘Chicago Mix’, and one ‘Just the Cheese’ mix.

I love the story behind this brand of popcorn; it is all local corn and made with natural products, not fake sugars and unhealthy ingredients. The first type of popcorn that I tried was the “Just the Caramel Corn”. This corn is like a desert. It is so crunchy and sweet. It tastes so fresh, like I just took popcorn and melted caramel on it. It can be a snack or a great evening treat to get some sweetness before bed. I love the fact that this is all natural too, because I do not have to worry about tasting a weird after taste or artificial flavors. As I said, it tastes so real, so I know it is natural.

The second one was “Just the Cheese Corn”. This is popcorn with red cheddar cheese. It is another delicious mix of corn and the cheese. One thing I love is reading the ingredients on this, it is popcorn, sunflower oil, cheddar cheese that includes pasteurized milk, cheese culture, salt, and enzymes, cream, sodium, and salt. I recognize everything that is included, nothing is foreign language to me like some bagged snacks have included. The cheese taste is so enjoyable and fresh. It leaves a great taste in my mouth and every time I ate some I wanted to pop in more. I felt like I could too, because they are about 85 calories per cup.

The third one was a combination of the two. It is called “Chicago Mix”. This is the Caramel popcorn and the Cheese popcorn mixed in one bag. At first I thought what an off combination. Then I tried a handful, and I was blown away. I actually liked it better than each alone! It is an outstanding combination of two flavors. They mix together well to create this super popcorn. It is a nice combination because the caramel has such a sweet flavor and the cheese has a robust taste so together they balance each other to have this smooth taste.

It is unbelievable how great this popcorn is and how it is made with natural ingredients. Highly recommend this, especially around the holidays. It is a great treat to bring to parties, or grab the smaller individual for a snack on the go. You can also give them out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween, give as a Fourth of July snack, or even a movie; a smart and natural snack.

Speaking of parties, I decided to bring this to a get-together at a friend’s house. Everyone loved it and could not get enough of it! A successful company, fresh taste, and big hit!

GIVEAWAY: Want to win a fill size sample pack of G. H. Creators Popcorn? Tell us on twitter @smchickbigdeals your most creative and fabulous way to serve this awesome popcorn if you were to win the pack! Just tweet us the idea and use the hashtag #ghcreatorsgiveaway #scbd to enter and the winner will be picked on Monday, April 14th 2014 at noon!

#SCBDReview: Get a goodnight’s sleep with .@Bedgear #SleepFuel

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Hey readers! As you know, it’s my own personal policy that, when I get a product sent to me, I always test it out for myself before I write about it.  A few months back, I was sent the Balance pillow by Bedgear. In all honestly, I hadn’t been sleeping very well so I was in need of a new pillow, so working with Bedgear was perfect.

I was sent the Balance pillow, which is meant for multi-positional sleepers. It has unique Mesh Gussets facilitate optimal airflow so you sleep cooler. It also has Hypoallergenic latex springs combined with self-leveling gel fibers. It’s definitely helped my sleeping over the past few months.

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I love a lot of pillows when I sleep and usually sleep on 2-3 if possible. When I first started using the Balance pillow I had it as my first pillow. I really liked and got used to it but my back continued to hurt me but I honestly think the pillow helped my posture because of that. I now have it as my 2nd pillow and my back doesn’t hurt and I sleep peacefully.

I love Bedgear because they customize all of their products by customer. Before my pillow was even sent to me I had to take a quick survey on my sleeping habits to determine which pillow would suit my sleep style best.

If you’re looking to get a better night’s sleep with a pillow customized to your sleeping style, I highly recommend Bedgear. I don’t think I could ever really go back to a regular pillow. I love it!

 

*Disclaimer: The PR team sent me this product. I was not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*

 

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