Imagine a Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM…It’s Here!

The typical vending machine dispenses chips, soft drinks and candy bars.  On the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA, sits a lemonade pink 24 hour Sprinkles cupcakes vending machine.  There is a line of people waiting to use the machine from mid morning to the late hours of the night.  My friends and I used to complain about Sprinkles closing so early and how perfect a cupcake would be for a midnight snack outing.

The machine keeps the cupcakes fresh.  Luckily, the machine dispenses one cupcake at a time, otherwise the machine would be even more dangerous.

Customers can choose between a variety of the most popular flavors such as the famous red velvet, chocolate marshmallow and dark chocolate.

The machine holds 600, individually boxed cupcakes.

The Sprinkles cupcake ATM is a hot spot for many Los Angeles tourists.  People heard about the vending machine from Yahoo and Facebook!  Many people have suggested that Los Angeles would be even more fun with more 24-hour activities.

Where did the idea come from?

When the owner of Sprinkles, Candace Nelson, was pregnant, she craved cupcakes during the night.  Unfortunately, there were no cupcake shops open.  Soon after, she created a machine to dispense cupcakes at any hour of the night.

The machine is touch screen and has state of the art technology.

The Sprinkles’ Directo of IT Vineet CHaplot, who helped create the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM, stated that, “It’s phenomenally easy, in the generation of the iPad and iPhone — everything is touch-based. It’s easier than online shopping,”

http://www.neontommy.com/news/2012/04/night-owls-flock-sprinkles-cupcake-atm

Click here to watch a demonstration of the sprinkles ATM!!

Good Fats vs. Bad Fats

You may think I’m crazy but…. not all fat is bad! On average, adults should get 20% to 35% of their calories from fat (Dietary Guidelines for Americans).

Trans Fat:

Eliminate or reduce.

Trans fats are oils in the form of liquids They are liquid oils flooded with hydrogen to keep them solid at room temperature.  Trans fats increase bad cholesterol levels and lower the good cholesterols.  Processed and fried foods have trans fats. If a product contains less than half a gram per serving, food manufacturers can say a product is trans fat free. Look out for:

Leave those products on the shelf!

Saturated Fat:

Reduce. 

Saturated fat boosts total cholesterol and your risk for type 2 diabetes.  Saturated fat can be found in meats, seafood, and dairy products.   Other foods such as coconut oil and palm oil contain saturated fats.  Low fat and fat free dairy products are healthy but do not have the unhealthy saturated fats. Each day, 10% of our calories should come from our consumption of saturated fat.  Based on a 2,000 calorie diet, the average person should be around 22 grams.

Unsaturated Fat:

More! 

Unsaturated fats are mostly healthy even though transfat is technically an unsaturated fat.  The difference is; healthy unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature while trans fats and saturated fats are solid. Swap out solids such as butter with olive oil.  Instead of eating red meat, eat seafood.  Fish and nuts contain saturated fat but less saturated fat than red meat. There are two main types of unsaturated fat; monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.  

Cholesterol:

Reduce.

A few years ago, nutrition scientists argued that eating dietary cholesterol such as shrimp or eggs would raise cholesterol levels in the body.  Apparently, eating saturated fats and trans fats are worse for your system than cholesterol.  On average, adults should consume 300 mg of cholesterol each day.  Adults who experience high blood                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               pressure should not eat more than 200 mg per day. Just to keep in mind, an egg for example has 200 mg of cholesterol.

Learn More:

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20477647_5,00.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/02/dining/02Appe.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

Doughnuts…the past, the present, and around the world.

 

Today the doughnut or donut, is recognized as a ring-shaped snack food that has become one of the culinary symbols of the USA.

The Modern Doughnut:

Made from a soft dough, leavened with yeast or baking powder, shaped into a ring, and deep-fried, and often sprinkled with fine sugar afterwards.

The amount of water added to doughnut mixture is important because the dough must be flexible and strong enough to be shaped, but still contain plenty of moisture in order to contain the light porous texture of the final product when it is ready to be eaten.

When the dough is dropped into the boiling fat, the egg and yeast help keep the outside from getting hard.  Doughnuts with a hole tend to cook faster than those without!

History:

  • Began in America started between 1801 and 1810
  • Originally called dough nuts, or oly koeks, which probably originated in Germany.
  • Hole in center began in the middle of the 19th century.

Doughnuts of…

Central Europe:

Made to celebrate holidays such as carnival, saint’s days, and festivals

America:  

Made with or without a hole, sometimes filled with jam.

Denmark:

Apple filled or poppy seeds filled during Christmas.

Spain:

The rosquilla – ring shaped sweetened with wine, finished with icing and cinnamon.

Israel:

The Sufganiyah – traditionally filled with apricot jam and rolled in caster sugar made during Hanukkah.

New Orleans:

The Cala – made with rice and nutmeg for flavor.

Comparing a doughnut from the beginning of the 1900s to the 2000s, you can see how much the nutrition factors change.

Modern Recipe:

Historical Recipe:

Sources:

“Doughnuts Recipe : Food Network.” FoodNetwork.com. Television Food Network, 2001. Web. 20 Mar. 2011. <http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/doughnuts-recipe/index.html&gt;.

Gillette, F. L., and Hugo Ziemann. The White House Cook Book: a Comprehensive Cyclopedia of Information for the Home … New York: Saalfield Pub., 1904. Print.

Food Trucks…In Baltimore!

Food trucks are starting to become a theme in Baltimore!  For the past two years, food trucks have been lining the streets of Los Angeles.  It’s such a treat to have them in Baltimore!

You can follow the Baltimore food trucks on twitter and see where the are headed.

Track your favorite food trucks:

http://data.baltimoresun.com/food-truck-finder/

http://www.foodtrucksmap.com/baltimore/

Chicken and Waffles?

When I read about the Chicken ‘n’ Waffles food truck, I could not believe my eyes! You might think the combination of chicken and waffles does not sound appealing. 

Growing up in Los Angeles, California…it’s tradition to go to Roscoe’s House of Chicken’ n’ Waffles.  You can order a variety of plates that will make your mouth water!  Check out Roscoe’smenu here!

Sterling Godfrey created the chicken n’ waffles food truck for the streets of DC.  Recently, he brought his business to Baltimore!

What’s on the menu?

  • Special: chicken-and-waffle combo ($9.50)
  • Plain waffle ($6) or topped with strawberry or blueberry ($7.75)
  • 2 Chicken wings ($2.60 ) – 10 wings ($10.40)

Other items:

  • Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, fish sandwiches, green beans, baked beans and fries.

If you want to see a more detailed menu, click here

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Cupcakes?

We can’t deny it…cupcakes are becoming essential to our health…just kidding. Cupcakes are becoming much more popular.  Cupcake shops such as sprinkles Cupcakes and Crumbs Bake Shop have expanded their store locations and become very successful.

Cupcake lovers in Baltimore are in luck!

IcedGems Creations, a cupcake shop in Reisterstown, Maryland has a cupcake truck filled with the most delicious dessert creations!

Under their sweet temptations menu, there are both classic and special flavors that you can choose from.

Take a look:

  • English Rose – Our Little IcedGem! 
A luscious vanilla cake topped with a smooth, creamy rose infused buttercream icing.
  • PB&J – The American Dream 
A luscious vanilla cake with a hidden jelly center, topped with a creamy peanut butter icing.

 To see the entire menu, click here.

You can also follow the Icedgems LLC truck on twitter by clicking here!

If you want to start your own food truck, click here for tips.

How to STOP a head COLD

The average adult suffers from three head colds each year that last nine days!

Follow these steps to stop a cold in its tracks!

1. HYDRATE

The second you start feeling a head cold, start drinking water or juice.  Hydrating your body will keep symptoms such as a sore
 throat and clogged nose from intensifying.  Also, soup is always soothing when you’re sick!

2. GARGLE 

For sore or itchy throats, mix a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water.  The salt pulls out any extra water that would be sitting in your throat’s tissues and reduces inflammation and keeps mucous and irritants from the back of your throat.  Also, gargling keeps out bad bacteria and viruses.

3. NOSE 

To reduce symptoms use a saline nasal spray right when you feel like you are getting a cold.  Also, a steaming hot shower can help clear your nasal passages.

4. DRUGS 

A pain reliever such as acetaminophen, which will help fight off achiness.

Runny Noses and Watery eyes – over the counter allergy meds such as Zyrtec, Benadryl.

Clear sinuses and keep you alert – Allergy meds that contain decongenstants such as Claritin D or Alavert D.

5. HONEY 

Doctors say that two spoonful of honey work just as well as the OTC cough medicine.  It tastes so much better!

6. FIRST 6 HOURS 

Try to take off work or school to rest.  Your body heals much faster when it is well rested.

The first few days of a cold are when you are most contagious.  Keep away from co-workers and wash hands constantly.

7. EXERCISE 

Light exercise can help boost the immune system but keep your heart rate below 100.

8. HEALTHY DIET 

Eat protein packed foods such as lean meat, fish, beans and whole grain like brown rice on the side.

9. The NEXT DAY 

If you wake up the next day feeling worse or develop other symptoms such as vomiting, a pounding head, you should see your doctor.  The symptoms show that you may have a flu or infection that needs to be treated properly.