Monthly Archives: Octombrie 2010

WTF…

Plictisit… Obosit dupa o zi de munca… Stau pe net si click-uiesc… site-uri frumoase, interesante, urate, tampite, idioate, colorate, jucause… in fine…
Poze, filmulete, melodii… de toate! Gasesti tot ce vrei si nu vrei in acest loc numit simplu: INTERNET.
Printre toate informatiile pe care le-am gasit mi-a atras atentia si o poza, care, daca ai arata-o unui bugetar sau unui somer cred ca te-ar lua la bataie si te-ar scuipa. Ar cred ca faci misto de el.
Sincer? Cand am vazut poza m-a bufnit rasul de expresia persoanei, dar, in acelasi timp, ma bufnea plansul gandindu-ma la tara in care traim si perioada de recesiune (m-am saturat de cuvantul „criza” – cred ca a devenit un brand deja) in care ne aflam… dar ce sa-i faci… d-asta exista categorii sociale… 😉
Va las si pe voi sa admirati expresia nevinovata a unui barbat care nu intelege ce cauta o bancnota de un amarat de dolar intr-o gramada de bancnote de 100 de dolari… 🙂

O seara frumoasa!

Vinegar Clinically Proven To Destroy Fat Without Diet Change

Some exciting research on vinegar proves that it really does reduce body fat levels, triglycerides and sugar in humans. I will outline the exact doses you need to achieve these beneficial effects, and when to use it to achieve them.

Fat and Sugar Busting Effects in Mice AND Humans

If you’ve ever had a high carbohydrate meal, or worse, one that was also high-glycemic, you already know that these sugars will convert to fat. If you use vinegar after a high-glycemic meal, your glucose levels will not rise, according to new research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The study examined the effects of a high-glycemic meal with and without vinegar on diabetic humans. Those who also had vinegar experienced lower glucose levels after their meal. Previous research has also shown this effect in healthy people.

Another study, but on mice who were on high fat diets, also shows that acetic acid, the active component in vinegar, enhances fatty acid oxidation and thermogenic proteins such as UCP-2, and prevents body fat accumulation.

Vinegar Reduces Body Fat and Triglycerides in Obese Humans

The most interesting research though, is a study published in the journal Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, performed on 175 obese patients who were administered different doses of apple vinegar, but did not change their diet or exercise patterns. One group received a low dose of vinegar, another a high dose, and the placebo group got a beverage that tasted like apple vinegar, but had no vinegar.

The 500 mL beverage (about 2 cups), contained mostly water, with the low dose group getting 15 ml (1 tablespoon) of vinegar mixed in the water, and the high dose group getting 30 ml (2 tablespoons).

Subjects drank 1 cup of the mixture after breakfast, and another cup after supper. After 4 weeks, body fat levels decreased significantly in both the high and low dose protocol. The higher the dose, the greater the body fat decrease. After 8 weeks, waist circumference decreased in the vinegar groups. Body weight, visceral (belly) fat mass and triglyceride levels also decreased in the vinegar groups.

The study reported no side effects, and it suggests that you have to keep drinking the vinegar mixture to keep the beneficial effects. The good effects go beyond weight reductions, and so vinegar could be an easy, safe, and effective compound to fight fat, and enhance health.

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

 
 
***Last Friday night, Brad and I got an invite to an impromptu dinner party…What fun!  We were both excited, and of course, I immediately started to think about what I could take along for dessert.  I was in the mood for cookies, but not the same-ole’, same-ole’ variety.  I wanted to try something new, but using the ingredients that I had on-hand was a necessity.  A trip to the grocery store was not in the cards if I wanted to be on time.  So, I began browsing through cookbooks and blogs for just-the-right recipe.

As soon as I found this recipe for Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies, my search was over.  First of all, you can’t go wrong with chocolate chip cookies.  Who doesn’t adore an ooey gooey cookie filled with chocolate pieces??  Secondly, Nutella is such a fun ingredient.  I had never even thought to add it to cookie batter.  Its combination of chocolate and hazelnuts is just divine. 

This recipe didn’t disappoint…The cookies were indeed incredible.  They were simple to make and bake up in only about 10 minutes.  The brown sugar in these cookies adds a wonderful depth of flavor, when paired with the nutella.  I used 60% cocoa Ghiradelli chocolate pieces in these cookies, which are a little larger than regular chocolate morsels.  The best part of these cookies is the fact that they are just as yummy the next day.  These don’t get all hard and crunchy like some cookies do (as long as you don’t bake them too long!).  The nutella keeps them perfectly chewy.  The trick is to take them out of the oven a tiny bit before you normally would.  I pulled mine out of the oven at around the 10 or 11 minute mark.  They will continue to bake for a few seconds on the cookie sheet.

You’ll LOVE these! 

Bon Appetit!***
Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup Nutella
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and prep baking sheets with silpats or parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, the sugar and the brown sugar. Add the eggs and the vanilla until combined.

4. Gradually add the flour until the mixture is combined.

5. Then mix Nutella. Finally add in the chocolate chips.

6. Use ice cream scoop and drop on baking sheets and bake for 9-11 minutes.

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150 Meter Outdoor Infinity Pool

Luxury hotel, Marina Bay Sands recently opened the doors of its microcosm to the public and has already wowed tourists with its unique and luxurious design. 

The Marina Bay Sands hotel is located in Singapore has been designed with one goal in mind, to be the leading business, leisure and entertainment destination in Asia. It holds the title of the most expensive hotel built till this day, as its investment by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation reaches $5 billion. The Marina Bay Sands hotel is a mixed-use integrated resort with 2,560-rooms, three 55-storey towers, a 150-meters infinity pool on top of the towers, an indoor canal, a museum shaped like a lotus flower, the best shopping mall in Asia and world-class celebrity chef restaurants.  Furthermore, it includes theatres, an outdoor event plaza, a convention center and a casino with private gaming rooms for premium players. 
Marina Bay Sands has been designed by Boston-based internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie.  Moshe Safdie was invited by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation to develop a competitive design proposal for Marina Bay which would be presented to the Government of Singapore.  According to Safdieour challenge was to create a vital public place at the district-urban scale, in other words, to address the issue of mega scale and invent an urban landscape that would work at the human scale.”  The hotel’s design could easily resemble a wicket, where three cricket stumps (vertical posts) support two bails; in this case the bails are resembled by the boat shaped deck which tops the tree stumps. 

However, according to Safdie the development is inspired by great ancient cities that were ordered around a vital public thoroughfare, Marina Bay Sands is organized around two principal axes that cross the district and give it a sense of orientation placing emphasis on the pedestrian street as the focus of civic life.  In other words, the design “weaves” the components of an intricate program into a dynamic urban crossroad for a vibrant city life! 

The total surface area of the three 55-storey hotel towers totals 929,000 square meters (10 million square-feet).  The three distinct hotel towers anchor the district and are connected at the top by the 1 hectare (2.5- acre) Sands SkyPark where one can relax in the tranquility of a tropical garden in the sky, with exclusive access to the 150-meter outdoor infinity pool and observation deck at the Sands SkyPark one of the world’s highest public cantilevers, for a breathtaking, magnificent view of Singapore and beyond.  SkyPark is an engineering wonder as it is located 200 meters (656 feet) above the sea, and if one is to consider the structural load which the three towers carry it is just amazing.  The SkyPark spans from tower to tower and cantilevers 66.5 meters (213 feet) beyond.  Shielded from the winds and lavishly planted with hundreds of trees, the SkyPark celebrates the notion of the Garden City that has been the underpinning of Singapore’s urban design strategy.

Equal importance was given to landscape architecture by, a sequence of layered gardens which provide sufficient green space throughout Marina Bay Sands.  The gardens extend to a tropical garden landscape from Marina City Park towards the Bayfront. The architectural landscaping design has created an arrangement which strengthens urban connections with the resort’s surroundings and every level of the area has green space that is accessible to the public. Large pedestrian walkways open to tropical plantings and water views, creating a relaxing aura for the public to enjoy.  Nearly fifty percent of the roofs of the hotel, convention center, shopping mall, and casino complex are planted with trees and gardens which thus create a sustainably designed building which assists the atmosphere of the city with its landscape architecture.

Furthermore, Moshe Safdie selected five international artists to create eight monumental large-scale public art installations for Marina Bay Sands.  The artists worked closely with Safdie to ensure that the site-specific commissions complement the architecture and energize the public spaces.  The artists who created works for Marina Bay Sands are: Antony Gormley // Drift, Chongbin Zheng // Rising Forest, James Carpenter // Blue Reflection Facade with Light Entry Passage, Ned Kahn // Wind Arbor, Rain Oculus and Tipping Wall, and the late Sol LeWitt // Wall Drawing #917, Arcs and Circles, and Wall Drawing #915, Arcs, Circle and Irregular bands. 

All in all, the large art installations complement and integrate well with the architecture and the surrounding environment.  
Despite the few months of operation, Marina Bay Sands is a building project which has created its own microcosm of a city within the development.  Marina Bay Sands seems to make a bold statement in Singapore’s culture, and contemporary life.  Furthermore, it is surely an architectural and structural engineering achievement which sets the bar high as it brings pioneering techniques for the engineering sector.   


Marina Bay Sands Consulting Team:
Architect:  Moshe Safdie
Executive Architect:  Aedas, Pte Ltd
Structural Engineers:  Arup
Landscape Architects:  Peter Walker & Partners
Investment Group:  Las Vegas Sands Corporation

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