Tune-In Tuesdays: Earth Day 2010 TV Programs

20 04 2010

Reducing energy consumption is a critical step to leading a more eco-friendly lifestyle.  With the average American watching upwards of 30 hours of television each week, one of the easiest ways to start is by simply turning off the TV and spending more time outdoors with friends and family.  Not only will it cut down on your electric bill, being more active could help get you into shape for summer without the need of an expensive gym membership.

The truth of the matter, though, is that many of us will not cut back on our time on the couch.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t learn something while vegging out to the latest episodes of ‘Real Housewives’ or ‘The Office.’

In honor of Earth Day, checkout the series premiere of TREEHUGGER TV (Planet Green) and the second season premiere of THE LAZY ENVIRONMENTALIST (Sundance), both of which air tonight.  For a complete list of eco programming this week, visit tvtango.com.

Click here to visit The Lazy Environmentalist’s website.

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Spring Footwear from Cushe

10 03 2010

My friends and family might call me a city boy now, but before I moved to the Big Apple, I spent my time running barefoot through the back country of Mississippi.  And to this day, whenever I can, I still love walking barefoot.  Not only is it a great way to build the muscles in your feet, it feels so much better than having your feet squeezed inside shoes.   Still, I don’t usually have the luxury of walking around barefoot in the city, so when warm weather rolls around, I opt for shoes that can be easily slid on and off.

With spring quickly approaching, and summer not far behind, it’s time to start stocking up on some comfortable footwear.  One of my new favorite brands is Cushe, creators of high-end sneakers, sandals and slippers.  Their new Coastal Supremacy Collection, available now, is inspired from board sports, surf, skate and coastal living.  The premium materials and unique designs make this the perfect footwear for any “man-venture.”

Here are a few of my favorite styles from the collection.

Style: Manuka Webb, $50

Style: Manuka Fearless, $34

Style: Manuka Eden, $95

Style: Manuka Drift, $85

What do you think?  Will you be adding a pair of Cushe sandals or shoes to your summer wardrobe?  Tell us about your other favorite brands for spring/summer.

Disclaimer: No product was received in exchange for this review.





Quench Your Thirst: Brown Ale 101

7 08 2009

Intent on debunking the myth that hot weather begets light beer, Newcastle Brown Ale offers up Brown Ale 101: While the palates of dark beer lovers don’t change in the summer, restaurants, bars and backyard BBQers forego year-round appreciation of the brown ale for its thin, clear-ale counterparts.

Some myth-busting brown ale factoids for summer beer drinkers:

  • Color: Golden-brown in color, Newcastle is not one but two beers, combining English Pale and Dark Caramel malt in a recipe perfected by Colonel Jim Porter in 1927.
  • emperature: Unlike lagers/pilsners, ales are best enjoyed cool, rather than cold. The ideal temperature for Newcastle Brown Ale is 38F to 42F degrees. Your average refrigerator is between 35F and 38F degrees
  • Calories: Darker beers don’t equal more summer calories. Newcastle Brown Ale weighs in at 140 calories per 12 oz. serving.
  • Food: The robust flavor of brown ales, like Newcastle Brown Ale, allows them to pair well with red meat, fish and chicken – three cornerstones of summer grilling.
  • Smoothness: Bottled with less CO2 than its competitors makes it a smoother option.
Newcastle Brown Ale

Newcastle Brown Ale





Summer Recipe: Grilled Pizza

5 08 2009

Summer is a time to relax by the pool, not spend hours in the kitchen cooking and cleaning.  In the recipe below, Chef Bobby Flay combines two of my favorite things; grilling and pizza.  For more summer grilling ideas, visit www.FoodNetwork.com.

Recipe by Chef Bobby Flay (Show: Boy Meets Grill; Episode: Firehouse Grill)

Grilled Pizza by Chef Bobby Flay

Grilled Pizza by Chef Bobby Flay

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound Italian hot sausage
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 2 large yellow pepper, cored, seeded and quartered
  • 2 large red pepper, cored, seeded and quartered
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 recipe favorite pizza dough, rolled into 4 (6-inch) rounds
  • 1/2 pound grated fontina cheese
  • 1 cup sheep’s milk ricotta
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • Basil Vinaigrette, recipe follows

Directions

Preheat a grill.

Grill the sausage on both sides until golden brown and cooked through, about 10 minutes per side. Brush onions and peppers with the oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the onions and peppers until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove the sausage from the grill and slice into 1/4-inch thick slices. Remove the onions, separate into rings, and roughly chop. Remove the peppers and slice into 1/8-inch thick slices.

Heat grill to high. Brush dough with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and grill for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Turn over and grill for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the grill and place on a flat surface.

Divide the fontina cheese among the 4 pizza rounds. Divide the sausage, onions and peppers over the cheese. Place the pizza on the grill, close the cover and grill until the cheese has melted, about 3 to 4 minutes. To finish in the oven, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place the pizza on sheet pans and bake until the cheese has melted, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Mix together the ricotta, extra-virgin olive oil, and oregano in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Remove the pizzas from the oven and drizzle with Basil Vinaigrette. Top with dollops of the ricotta cheese mixture and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice and serve.

Basil Vinaigrette

Basil Vinaigrette

Basil Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, to taste.

Photo Source: http://www.FoodNetwork.com, http://www.channel4.com/food





Designer Windbreakers: Practical Yet Stylish

10 06 2009

The official start of summer is a little more than a week away (June 21st; Father’s Day), and yet it seems like we’re still in the mist of April showers with the tumultuous rainfall that seems to be battering every state from New York to California.

Stay dry with this stylish new mutli-colored windbreaker from Prada, priced at a mere $555.  For more options, visit Complex.com to see what else the fashion editors have picked out as must-have windbreakers for summer 2009.  

Prada Windbreaker: $555

Prada Windbreaker: $555

Photo Source: Complex.com





Will Ferrell Bares It All…for Charity

9 06 2009

Will Ferrell as a penchant for public displays of nudity, but now he’s putting what mother nature gave, or didn’t give him to some good use by baring it all for Will Ferrell Sunscreen, a brand new sunscreen line benefiting Cancer for College’s Willpowered Scholarship Fund in their continued mission to grant college scholarships to cancer survivors and amputees.

“We are obviously appealing to sun worshippers, streakers, art lovers and the ever growing market of body-building golfers,” said Ferrell. “We hope that everyone will see the humor in this product and join us in support of a very worthy cause.”

The collection includes Sunstroke, Will Ferrell’s Sexy Hot Tan and Forbidden Fruit SPF 30, and can be purchased at Amazon, eBay and www.cancerforcollege.org starting at $11.99.

So until Anchorman 2 comes to fruition, get your Ferrell fix – and sun protection – by slathering Will Ferrell’s Forbidden Fruit all over your face.

“You stay classy, Planet Earth.”  Ron Burgundy

Will Ferrell Sunscreen Benefiting Cancer for College

Will Ferrell Sunscreen Benefiting Cancer for College

About Cancer for College
Cancer for College was formed in 1993 by two-time cancer survivor and double-amputee Craig Pollard. Cancer for College was created to provide hope and inspiration by providing college scholarships to cancer survivors and amputees. Since its inception, Cancer for College has granted nearly $500k in scholarships to more than 400 cancer survivors. For more information about Cancer for College visit http://www.cancerforcollege.org.