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like chocolate chips

Le 5 septembre 2017, 06:38 dans Humeurs 0

Fried ice cream sounds like a lot of things: A complete disaster and the inspiration for Katy Perry's Hot N Cold are the first couple that come to mind — but, in reality, it's neither. (Unless Katy Perry isn't telling us something.) Turns out, when you drop a ball of ice cream coated in cereal or cookie crumbs into a vat of screaming hot oil, it actually frys instead of melting down into an unrecognizable mess.

Sam Chau and his brother Nelson started hawking the dessert at local street fairs seven years ago, and just this April, they opened a Sam's Fried Ice Cream brick-and-mortar shop in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. There's not much in the way of seating, but the fried ice cream isn't something you luxuriate over, anyway. Once you crack through the fried coating, the ice cream starts doing what it does best: melting.

All of the balls of ice cream are pre-frozen at -5 degrees. Once you choose your flavor — there's everything from green tea to rainbow vanilla, but cookies and cream is a favorite — the ball is unwrapped, dunked in flour and batter, then in a coating of your choosing: Oreos, Cornflakes, bread crumbs. The Chau brothers are always tinkering with new ideas for those — Nelson wants to launch a red velvet ball for Valentine's Day — but it's the endless toppings that customers go crazy for. You can pile on whatever you want, like chocolate chips, M&M's, and Oreos. Trust us: You're going to want a lot sop up all that melty ice cream at the end.

differ quite substantially

Le 5 septembre 2017, 06:36 dans Humeurs 0

When it comes to losing weight and becoming healthier, it's easy to get swept along in a cycle of counting calories and cutting food to make sure you don't exceed your daily target. But as fitness Instagrammer Lucy Mountain points out, it's not always as simple as that.

Mountain recently started a second Instagram feed, The Feed, where she posts a series of food-related pictures which have given us a whole lot of perspective on calories, and what it means to count them.

Acknowledging that she's "aware calories don't necessarily mean healthy," Mountain does note that "if you're looking for weight-loss/gain having an awareness will help."

And that awareness involves a number of things; from realizing that the amount of calories in an item of food doesn't necessarily reflect how healthy it is, to remembering that keeping your calories to a minimum doesn't always mean cutting down on portion sizes.

In one picture, Mountain posts a handful of almonds and a handful of fruit pastilles. Both, she points out, equal an intake of 188 calories. "I'm fully aware that a handful of almonds contains lots of wonderful nutrients that would keep me fuller for longer," she writes, adding: "Some days (no matter whether I'm looking to gain, maintain or lose weight) I'll choose to eat sweets or a chocolate bar as a snack. Why? Because when the majority of my diet has consisted of well-balanced food that's full of micronutrients, I have no issue eating something thats less so just because I love the taste of it."

And allowing yourself to enjoy a balanced diet isn't the only important point Mountain makes in her Instagram account about calories. In several other posts, she pictures two plates of food which look identical to the naked eye. The number of calories written above, however, differ quite substantially.

In the post pictured above, Mountain explains that the only differences leading to the almost-200-calorie-discrepancy are "the percentage of fat in the meat and the oil used to cook it." Clarifying that both fat and calories are good for you because your body needs them as fuel, she adds: "Making a simple swap like this could be useful if your goal is weight management and you're getting adequate fat in the REST of your meals through-out the day."

traveling with kids

Le 28 août 2017, 10:18 dans Humeurs 0

If you're not taking full advantage of Disney World's restaurants and bars every time you visit a park or resort, you're not doing Disney right. Spiked Dole Whips. Tonga Toast. And now, wine slushies, because in Florida, it's summer all year long.

At Disney Spring's Amorette's Patisserie, guests can order the new Strawberry Shiraz slushie, according to the retail center's Instagram. (You can find other delish Disney Springs' restaurants here.)

Amorette's serves sweet and savory crepes and sandwiches too, plus an assortment of pastries that sound way more impressive than your standard café fare. If you're traveling with kids, don't worry — Mickey brownies are available too, along with Honest Kids Super Fruit Punch. Something for kids, something for everyone else.

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