National Potato Chip Day

11 03 2010

As part of my day job, I’m always flipping through magazines to stay abreast of what’s hot in the media.  This week, while reading the March issue of Better Homes & Gardens, I was alerted to the fact that this Sunday, March 14, is National Potato Chip Day.  Who knew?  I often participate in awareness campaigns, including walks/fundraisers for breast and prostate cancer, but finally this is an awareness day that requires little from me other than sitting on the couch, popping in a DVD and shoveling in a bag of Doritos (though Doritos aren’t technically potato chips).  What could be easier or more fun?

So, this got me to thinking: What are my favorite potato chips?  One mentioned in Better Homes & Gardens is Golden Flake, a staple of southern snack foods.  Being from Mississippi, I’m all too familiar with this brand.  I can remember visiting my father, who is a parts manager for GM, and always finding a few of the large tin canisters – like the ones filled with popcorn that are so popular during the holidays – around the office. These aren’t for the dieter though.  I recall them being a little greasier than your average crisp, with a heavy sprinkling of salt.  Delicious none the less.

If you prefer a healthier option, let me introduce you to my all-time favorite chips – Popchips.  I first saw these chips about a year ago and immediately started telling everyone about them.  Why the excitement?

For starters, these chips aren’t fried or baked.  Just like the name implies, they are popped.  Using the same technology found in popcorn, the creators replaced the corn inside the kernel with potato, so when the kernel explodes, it creates this perfectly round, delicious chip that is a healthy alternative to regular potato chips.  In fact, each serving has 120 calories, with 35 calories from fat.  Not bad.

The chips look a lot like a mini rice cake, but they are packed with flavor.  You can choose from seven flavors including Original, Barbeque, Sour Cream & Onion, Cheddar, Sea Salt & Vinegar, Parmesan Garlic, and my favorite, Salt & Pepper.  They are a little more than a regular bag of chips, but well worth it.

What do you think?  Are you going to try Popchips?  Add a comment and let us know your favorite chips.

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Product Review: EQUMEN “Power” Underwear for Men

22 12 2009

As long as I can remember, my guy friends and I have debated over whether to wear boxers or briefs, strange when you consider that many of my guy friends are straight (though I am not) and this just doesn’t sound like something that is typically discussed over beer.  As I got into writing and covering editorial fashion, I’ve noticed that the debate keeps coming up, and I’ve finally figured out why – it’s all about the package.

When it comes to underwear, I think most guys make their decision based on four factors – 1)Fit, 2)Comfort, 3) Style and 4)How big the pouch is going to make their package look. Now EQUMEN, the Australian-based company that brought us the Core Precision Undershirt earlier this year, has launched their collection of Precision Underwear, which take all four factors into account.  In fact, the cutting edge underwear are designed to “incorporate the brand’s unique athletic-inspired engineering and physiotherapist insights to deliver comfort, support and body-optimizing benefits ‘down under.'”  I bet you’re wondering how they work, though, right?

Helix-Mapping™ Body Response Technology

The Precision Underwear – available in briefs, trunks and long turnks – use EQUMEN’s Helix-Mapping compression technology – the same used in their shirts – to place pressure on the gluteal fold, providing lightweight posture and gait support.  Don’t worry, it won’t compress the boys.

Beyond improved body mechanics, the precision-fit fabric conforms directly to the body to lift and smooth in all the right places.  Not only does it make your rear look great – something that many women report as being a major turn-on – but it also enhances the look of what you have going on up front.  And too keep the boys in peak performance, the underwear use moisture-wicking fabric and have a ventilated “power pouch” to control moisture and temperature.

While I normally wear 2xist briefs – they also offer great support and lift in the rear at a fraction of the cost – I’ve quickly become a big fan of EQUMEN’s long trunks.  The trunks feel like a second skin, and the moisture-wicking fabric makes it feel like I have a light breeze blowing on me throughout the day.  While the $56 price tag for these underwear is a little steep, I would definitely buy them for a special occasion like a big date, wedding or my upcoming 10-year high school reunion.  They provide that extra bit of confidence, even if others can’t see what you have on underneath your pants.

As the wise and funny man Jerry Seinfeld once put it, “Men want the same thing from their underwear that they want from women: a little bit of support, and a little bit of freedom.”

What do you think? Would you pay $56 for the Precision Underwear?

EQUMEN Precision Underwear

Disclaimer: The company mentioned above provided AreYouBeing.com with samples in exchange for editorial review.





Grooming: Saving Face & Money with Thrillist.com

15 05 2009

I’m always going on and on about how to save money by joining Netflix.  Why not save some money on something that will make you look good too?

Thrillist.com is running a new promo called “Cheap Gear Rundown” where they provide their readers with a ton of great promos.  Check it out now – and signup for their daily e-blasts – for discounts on everything from sports inspired clothing from Amongst Friends to manly grooming from Jock Soap

One of my favorite products from Jock Soap is Topical Storm Exfoliating Body Wash.  It has a light scent and is perfect for getting rid of all that dead skin after a long day of playing ball in the scorching sun with the guys.

Click here for additional product suggestions for looking good while beating the heat.

JOCK SOAP Topical Storm Exfoliating Body Wash

JOCK SOAP Topical Storm Exfoliating Body Wash





Yankee Stadium: Concession Calories Hit Out of the Ballpark

20 04 2009

If you haven’t been to the new $1.5 billion Yankee Stadium, it’s a must see for any baseball fan. Just steer clear of the concession stand, or at least opt for something a little less likely to cause you to go into cardiac arrest.

According to Yahoo! Sports, just one $12 tub of popcorn packs a whopping 2,473 calories. If you’re like most of my guy friends, or me, you can probably finish that off by yourself and still have room for a hot dog.

Instead, reach for the peanuts. After all, they are a staple snack food at ballparks across America, and with only 170 calories per serving (28 grams according to Planters.com) you can afford a second helping. Plus, peanuts – which are actually classified as legumes (related to beans and lentils) – contain 30 essential nutrients, and have zero cholesterol and no trans fats (according to the National Peanut Board™).

new_yankee_stadium

New Yankee Stadium

Photo Source: thejosevilson.com/blog