Thursday, December 7, 2017

12/07 GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY EXPERT LATOYA DRAKE, HOLIDAY RECIPES AND TOYS, ANDREW KOMO, WINNER OF THE 2017 SIEMENS COMPETITION, PARALYMPIC SNOWBOARDER KEITH GABEL, 2018 WINTER GAMES

GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY EXPERT LATOYA DRAKE SHARES THE TOP SEARCHED HOLIDAY RECIPES AND TOYS AND MUCH MORE

LET GOOGLE BE YOUR GUIDE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Shopping season is in full swing and shoppers are logging online to find this year's hottest gifts. Google will reveal the must-have toys that will top the lists in your area.

With help from the Google Assistant, finding the must-have toy at a store near you is easier than ever - from when to avoid the biggest crowds to where to park once you arrive or how to find that perfect gift - it will assist you every step of the way. Want to totally avoid the crowds and shop online? Google will provide helpful security tips and tricks to keep your information safe.

Not in the holiday spirit yet? Now you can get there by exploring Christmas around the globe with Google Earth, plus track and talk to Santa as he makes his annual tour around the world.

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ANDREW KOMO - STUDENT WINNER OF THE 2017 SIEMENS COMPETITION- THE HIGHEST NATIONAL HONOR IN MATH, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

MARYLAND AND NEW YORK STUDENTS CAPTURE $100,000 SCHOLARSHIP PRIZES IN 2017 SIEMENS COMPETITION IN MATH, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Andrew Komo (Bethesda, MD) Wins $100,000 Top Individual Prize; Jillian Parker, Jiachen Lee (Dix Hills, NY) and Arooba Ahmed (Melville, NY) Win $100,000 Team Prize

Four high school students, one from Bethesda, MD, and a team from Dix Hills and Melville, NY, were awarded grand prizes of $100,000 scholarships for their significant accomplishments in scientific research in the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. The Competition is the nation's premier science research competition for high school students and seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. For more information go to: www.siemens-foundation.org

Andrew Komo, a senior at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD, won the $100,000 grand prize in the Individual category for developing a coded system that protects online auctions from threats, such as cheating and fraud.

The 2017 Siemens Competition awards were presented at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, host of this year’s national finals event. Twenty-one high school competitors – winnowed down from an original pool of more than 2,000 – were judged on their research in topics that addressed issues ranging from better cancer diagnosis to better understanding black holes, and from cybersecurity to preventing deadly hospital infections. More than 1,800 projects were submitted for the competition this year in areas of biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, materials science, mathematics and physics.

The Siemens Competition, launched in 1999 by the Siemens Foundation, increases access to higher education for students who are gifted in STEM and is based on the culture of innovation, research, and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens. The competition, administered by Discovery Education, develops a pipeline for the nation’s most promising scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.


U.S. PARALYMPIAN KEITH GABEL TALKS TRAINING FOR THE PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018 AND SHARES HIS STORY OF PREVAILING AFTER A LIFE-CHANGING INJURY

PARA SNOWBOARDER GOES FOR THE GOLD IN 2018 WINTER GAMES 

Overcoming unexpected adversity is challenging in any field, but Keith Gabel has done it flying down a mountain on a snowboard.  

Competitive para snowboarder Keith Gabel is here to share his personal story of overcoming a life-changing workplace industrial accident, to becoming a world-class athlete.  Having earned the bronze medal in the sport’s Paralympic debut, the U.S. Paralympian will talk about how he’s pursuing a medal in both SBX and banked slalom for the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

He’ll also discuss how he’s working with The Hartford to dispel misconceptions about people with disabilities and demonstrate what is possible when you focus on ability and overcome life’s challenges through a new campaign called “I Will.” The campaign urges people to celebrate the will to prevail and promotes the idea that when we’re willing to see challenges as opportunities to succeed, we all will.

Keith works closely with The Hartford, a Founding Partner of U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, helping to positively change public attitudes and perceptions about disability.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

12/5 CHRISTOPHER ELLIOTT, 2018 ELLIOTT READER’S CHOICE CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARDS, MICHELE DUPRE, VERIZON ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS, CELEBRITY CHEF CLAIRE ROBINSON

AUTHOR, COLUMNIST AND FOUNDER OF ELLIOTT.ORG, CHRISTOPHER ELLIOTT - 2018 ELLIOTT READER’S CHOICE CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARDS REVEALED

The 2018 Elliott Readers' Choice Customer Service Awards, brought to you by Allianz Travel Insurance, is an annual recognition of companies that offer outstanding customer support and service. The winners will be announced in early December.

Both the nominees and winners are determined by readers of Elliott.org, a leading consumer advocacy site. Customers know who has the best customer service – you just have to ask them!

The Elliott Readers' Choice Customer Service Awards started in 2005 as a recognition of the top travel companies and bloggers. In 2015, it shifted to a readers' choice survey focused exclusively on customer service. Since then, the award has been recognized as the premier customer service award in its category.

This year's categories feature the best airlines, car manufacturers, wireless carriers, and subscription TV services, among others. Nominees include AT&T, Marriott, Expedia and Disney.

WWW.ELLIOTT.ORG 


MICHELE DUPRE FROM VERIZON ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS - TRACKING HOLIDAY SHOPPING TRENDS & WHAT THEY MEAN TO CONSUMERS & RETAILERS

Last year, Holiday Retail Index data revealed some major shifts in consumer buying habits, especially on signature dates such as Black Friday and Super Saturday. Just a few days after the Thanksgiving weekend shopping frenzy, we’ll discuss the trends and data everyone will be talking about.

Each year, the Holiday Retail Index by Verizon monitors daily traffic volume to the top 25 U.S.-based online retailers throughout the holiday shopping season. This important Index tracks e-commerce traffic across Verizon’s broadband networks to the top 25 U.S.-based online retailers as identified by eMarketer based on annual revenue. So, on November 30th, Verizon’s Michele Dupre will discuss the retail data and insights on digital shopping activity from the Thanksgiving weekend. We hope you’ll take advantage of this in-depth analysis of consumer shopping habits this holiday season, and whether it will be a happy holiday for retailers and distributors.


ELEVATE YOUR HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS WITH CELEBRITY CHEF CLAIRE ROBINSON 

The Holidays are almost here, and so is the gear that will help you bring you celebrations to the next level. Accomplished chef, author and host of Food Network’s Five-Ingredient Fix and Food Network Challenge, Claire Robinson wants you to up your holiday game. She has put together a list of must have gadgets for the home that will bring out your inner chef and host when entertaining all season long.

Claire will share tips and demonstrate how you can elevate the kitchen and home experience and take the stress out of hosting guests for the holidays, including her product picks.


Monday, December 4, 2017

12/04 BRAD & ANGIE ELLIS, THE AMERICAN PECAN COUNCIL, CHRIS ABBOTT FROM UNITEDHEALTHCARE, ELIZABETH WERNER'SGIFTING TIPS & TRENDS

BRAD & ANGIE ELLIS - REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE AMERICAN PECAN COUNCIL

YOU THINK OF THEM FOR PIE. YOU ADORE THEM IN PRALINES. BUT DID YOU KNOW PECANS ARE ACTUALLY A NUTRITION POWERHOUSE?

Don’t be fooled by their rich, buttery texture and naturally sweet taste, pecans are extremely nutrient dense.

Pecans contain the same benefi cial unsaturated fats that are found in other nuts, and nearly two decades of research suggests that nuts, including pecans, may help promote heart health.

In each 1-ounce serving of raw pecans you’ll get 12 grams of “good” monounsaturated fat, with zero cholesterol or sodium. Compared to other nuts, pecans are among the lowest in carbs and
highest in fiber.

The macronutrient profile of pecans is appealing to many people: protein (3 grams), carbohydrate (4 grams) and fat (20 grams).

A handful of pecans – about 19 halves – is a good source of fiber, thiamin, and zinc, and an excellent source of copper and manganese – a mineral that’s essential for metabolism and bone health.

To top it off, pecans contain polyphenols, specifically flavonoids
– which are the types of bioactive compounds found in brightly colored produce. So think of pecans as a supernut.

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CHRIS ABBOTT FROM UNITEDHEALTHCARE - HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MEDICARE PLAN

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT ENDS DEC. 7
Now is the Time to Make Changes to Your 2018 Coverage and Learn About How to Make the Most of Your Medicare Plan

Choosing a Medicare plan is one of the most important decisions a person can make not only for their well-being, but also for their wallet. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when shopping for coverage, so seniors should know about the options available to them and what different Medicare plans can offer.

There are more than 58 million people eligible for Medicare, and Medicare Open Enrollment ends on Dec. 7. Now is the time to learn more about how to select the right Medicare plan for you.

Chris Abbott, a health plan CEO at UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, can share with your viewers and listeners tips on how to make the best choices about their Medicare coverage. UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest business dedicated to the health and well-being needs of seniors and other beneficiaries, serves one in five Medicare beneficiaries.


THE TOY INDUSTRY’S PREMIER PLAYER, ELIZABETH WERNER, HIGHLIGHTS LAST-CHANCE TIPS & TRENDS IN PREPARATION FOR THE HOLIDAY RUSH 

The holidays are practically here, and your viewers will spend the remainder of the month planning, shopping, celebrating… and scrambling!! Elizabeth Werner is on hand and available to share the latest toy industry trends of the season, making sure your viewers are well-prepared.

Last chance gifts - here is what we are “playing with”…

  • Get Ready for Gaming – No doubt about it, your viewers will want to see what’s new and now in the gaming category – Elizabeth will show/tell and demo the latest 
  • Crafting & Creating – Crafting is key this season, and Elizabeth will highlight some of the most artistic options  
  • For the Tiny Techie – Elizabeth will showcase the hottest tech toys of the season 
  • Keep the Classics – Classic character toys are forever on the list, Elizabeth will show and tell the latest and greatest


Thursday, November 30, 2017

11/30 BOB CABRAL, BOB CABRAL WINES, RISE UP SONOMA EVENT, THE LA AUTO SHOW, MICHAEL HARLEY

BOB CABRAL - FOUNDER/WINEMAKER, BOB CABRAL WINES - 3.0L OF PINOT NOIR FROM BOB CABRAL WINES AUCTIONS FOR $75,000! PLUS TASTE HIS WINES AT THIS WEEKENDS RISE UP SONOMA EVENT

We are proud to announce... On Saturday, November 4th, a 3.0L bottle of Bob Cabral Wines 2015 Troubadour Pinot Noir sold for $75,000 at Emeril Lagasse’s Carnivale du Vin! Over $3.0M were raised for children’s charities over the 2 day event in New Orleans. Please go to the Emeril Lagasse Foundation at www.emeril.org and see the amazing children that benefit from this special event.

Regarding the fires of Northern California, Heather, Paige & Bob have been using proceeds from Bob Cabral Wines to purchase gift cards from Target and Starbucks to distribute them directly to families affected.

Thank you to all that have purchased Bob Cabral wines! Beyond purchasing the wines, please consider continued giving directly to the following organizations.
Sonoma County Resilience Fund
North Bay Fire Relief Fund - Redwood Credit Union
Napa Valley Community Fund


ABOUT RISE UP SONOMA
Come Taste Bob Cabral Wines on Sunday, December 3rd at……
When:  December 3, 2017 – from 4:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Sonoma Country Day School – Jackson Theatre at 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

A very passionate group of dedicated and compassionate people pulled together for an incredible evening in Sonoma County benefiting those deeply affected by the devastating north bay fires. This group consists of San Francisco/Sonoma County’s most influential and notable chefs and restaurants. The winery partners are comprised of the rarest and most sought after in the country. The event is an evening of delectable wine, food, and one of a kind auction items, finished with a sensational concert led by some of music industry’s legendary artists. To learn more, please visit: www.riseupsonoma.org

BOBCABRALWINES.COM
WWW.THREESTICKSWINES.COM


MICHAEL HARLEY FROM KELLEY BLUE BOOK PUTS US ON THE INSIDE TRACK – DIRECT FROM THE LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

*LIVE FROM THE 2017 LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW*

Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show), is one of the most influential auto shows globally and is the first major North American auto show of the season each year. Each fall, the who’s who of the auto industry gather to unveil the future of mobility in the car culture capital of the world. Debut categories range from luxury SUVs and flagship sedans to new compact sedans. The show will see more than 50 vehicle unveilings overall – and you’ll get a sneak peek before the show opens to the public!

The Los Angeles Auto Show will be held from December 1-10th at the Los Angeles Convention Center. On November 30, the day before the show opens to the public, Michael Harley will provide your viewers with an insider’s view on what they can expect to see from the show floor! Michael gives the lowdown on some of  the shows hottest cars, as well as a glimpse into the future of the auto industry.

WWW.LAAUTOSHOW.COM

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

11/29 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, ANDREW KRASNY'S GIFT GIVING GUIDE FOR THIS SEASON

LARRY LIPSON - THE AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT

For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Florida weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine.  His lovely Wife Lillian is also on hand at the Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies.



CONSUMER TRENDS EXPERT ANDREW KRASNY'S GIFT GIVING GUIDE FOR THIS SEASON

THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL:  HEADACHE FREE HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Let’s face it, we can all use a little gift giving inspiration when it’s time to start holiday shopping. Finding the perfect gift can be daunting, and with the holiday rush, added stress is the last thing we need. Whether you are shopping for your family, best friend or even coworker, checking them off your list doesn’t have to be as hard as it seems. 

SOME OF HIS TIPS INCLUDE: 

  • GIFT A GETAWAY: The holidays can be stressful. Treat that special someone (and yourself) to a post-holiday getaway! With just a little research, a much-needed break can be not only the perfect gift, but budget-friendly as well.
  • LAST MINUTE GIFTS: It’s always a clever idea to have some last-minute gifts and stocking stuffers on hand. Keep a small supply of gifts like homemade jams, and a few well-priced bottles of wine.
  • STOCKING STUFFERS: Always great to have a supply around- gift cards, and personal items like socks and soaps make great stocking stuffers.
  • SHOP EARLY AND SMART!  Find e-commerce sites that provide free shipping! And if you’re shopping brick and mortar, don’t be afraid to tell your salesperson you saw it online for a better price either!
  • SHOP TRENDS: Keep hot trends in mind when shopping. Personal grooming, phone accessories, fun t-shirts and affordable art are all hot ticket items this season.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

11/28 GARRETT BUSCH, THE MERITAGE IN NAPA VALLEY, NEW YEAR’S EVE FESTIVITIES, LIA HUBER, NOURISHED: A MEMOIR OF FOOD, FAITH & ENDURING LOVE

GARRETT BUSCH - BOARD OF MANAGERS, THE MERITAGE RESORT AND SPA - UPCOMING EVENTS 


WELCOME TO THE MERITAGE RESORT AND SPA
Unmatched Luxury In The Heart Of California Wine Country
Acre upon acre of sun-soaked vineyards. Lavish accommodations paired with extravagant amenities. Award-winning cuisine celebrating the finest of Napa Valley’s bounty. Indulgent spa treatments in the serenity of an underground Estate Cave. The Meritage Resort and Spa perfectly blends world-class luxury with exceptional hospitality to bring you the ultimate Napa Valley resort experience.

Luxury Accommodations Await
We invite you to immerse yourself in the elegant comfort of our guestrooms and suites. Each of our 322 beautifully appointed guestrooms, including 12 lush suites, are designed with your complete well-being in mind. Warm Tuscan-inspired décor welcomes you; plush beds, cozy robes, and exclusive amenities ensure restorative tranquility; and picturesque views from exclusive balconies or patios soothe, as the warmth of the golden sun welcomes you to another magnificent day at The Meritage.

Sumptuous Cuisine Delights
Experience culinary excellence in Napa Valley at The Meritage Resort’s restaurants, bars, and lounges. Seasonal menus burst forth with flavor at Siena as California and Italy expertly collide; a delectable array of fresh pastries, savory baked goods, rich espressos, and refreshing smoothies await at Blend; and, an extensive selection of Napa Valley’s finest wines, along with premier liquors, signature crafted cocktails, small bites, and shared plates, are served at the Lobby Bar. Satisfying your desire for lighter fare and cooler concoctions, is our seasonal, poolside Terrace Bar, while Crush Ultra Lounge is the premier destination for food and fun in Napa Valley, featuring luxury bowling lanes, big screen TVs featuring sports entertainment, specialty cocktails, and a menu filled with favorites.

Exclusive Amenities Captivate
Enjoy the absolute best of Napa Valley without ever leaving our resort. Built into the hillside beneath our nine-acre vineyard, is the spectacular Estate Cave. Home to the award-winning Spa Terra and the renowned Trinitas Cellars Tasting Room, it is the only facility of its kind in Wine Country. Descend 40 feet underground and arrive at a state of total relaxation and rejuvenation, relishing in the lavishly appointed private treatment rooms, soaking pools, steam grottos, and water walls of one of America’s Top 100 Spas. No trip to the Estate Cave and Napa Valley is complete without indulging in a custom flight of Trinitas Cellars wines with artisan chocolate pairings, savoring the exceptional flavors in the most unique of
settings.

Our Four-Diamond luxury hotel features exemplary facilities and services above ground, as well. Nine acres of stunning vineyards with hiking trails adorn the hillside behind our resort with paths leading to Napa’s Grape Crusher Statue. Swimming pools and whirlpools provide refreshing recreation, while private poolside cabanas and outdoor seating around fireplaces offer idyllic settings for repose. Also included in our array of amenities is our state-of-the-art fitness center and Our Lady of Grapes Chapel. Should you decide to explore more of California’s Wine Country, The Meritage Resort and Spa offers convenient guest transportation to downtown Napa and Oxbow Public Market on our deluxe 27 passenger shuttle.

WWW.MERITAGERESORT.COM


LIA HUBER - ENTREPRENEUR, RECIPE DEVELOPER AND AUTHOR OF NOURISHED: A MEMOIR OF FOOD, FAITH & ENDURING LOVE  - HOLIDAYS WITHOUT GUILT!

NOURISHED: A MEMOIR OF FOOD, FAITH & ENDURING LOVE  (WITH RECIPES)

A noted entrepreneur, food writer, and recipe developer serves up an evocative adventure story about her quest to find healing, meaning, and a place at the table.

Hunger comes to us in many forms, writes Lia Huber—we long to be satisfied not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. Nourished invites readers on Huber’s world-roaming search to find the necessary ingredients to nurture all three.

She begins her quest with an Anthony Bourdain moment in a Guatemalan village: she's slipping fresh vegetables into a communal pot of soup she's cooking up for chronically undernourished children. Village grannies look on disapprovingly... until the kids come back for more.

From there, Huber takes readers to the Greek island of Corfu, where she learns the joys of simple food and the power of unconditional love; to a Costa Rican jungle house (by way of an 8,000-mile road trip), where she finds hope and healing; and finally to California's wine country, where she steps into the person she was meant to be and discovers her calling to nourish others.

NOURISHEVOLUTION.COM

Monday, November 27, 2017

11/27 ATLAS OF BEER: A GLOBE-TROTTING JOURNEY THROUGH THE WORLD OF BEER, KATHERINE SHAPPLEY, FACEBOOK’S DIRECTOR OF SMALL BUSINESS

“BEER DOCTORS,” NANCY HOALST-PULLEN, PH.D., AND MARK W. PATTERSON, PH.D - ATLAS OF BEER: A GLOBE-TROTTING JOURNEY THROUGH THE WORLD OF BEER

ATLAS OF BEER: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer

Join geography professors and self-proclaimed “beer doctors”  Nancy Hoalst-Pullen, Ph.D. and Mark W. Patterson, Ph.D. as they reveal the most unique, historic and delicious brews across the globe!

The world of beer is vast: diverse in its offerings and dazzling in its complexity. Today, craft brewing has been elevated from a hobbyist’s pursuit to a global art form. In this beautifully illustrated book, shot through with authoritative maps and glorious photography, National Geographic has compiled the most comprehensive collection of information on beers and the countries they’re brewed in with ATLAS OF BEER: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer.

Authors, geography professors and self-proclaimed “beer doctors,” Nancy Hoalst-Pullen, Ph.D., and Mark W. Patterson, Ph.D., traveled more than 160,000 miles across 28 countries to reveal the most unique, historic and delicious brews across the globe. And Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of the celebrated Brooklyn Brewery, recommends great beers from 40 regions around the world, as well as tasting notes, food pairings and presentation tips. Their body of research, complemented by 100 maps, 300 color photographs and quirky trivia, makes ATLAS OF BEER an essential reference – and perfect gift -- for craft aficionados and novices alike.


KATHERINE SHAPPLEY - FACEBOOK’S DIRECTOR OF SMALL BUSINESS - NEW U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ECONOMIC IMPACT SURVEY

FACEBOOK ANNOUNCES INNOVATION PROGRAM TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS IN CITIES ACROSS THE U.S.

Learn How Facebook Will Provide SMB Support and Digital Skills Training for People

Over the past year, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a YEAR OF TRAVEL, visiting communities across the country — some of which are doing well and others that are struggling. In an effort to help small business owners, Facebook is announcing a new multi-city program for small business owners focused on providing support for small businesses and digital skills training for people. Katherine Shappley, Director of Facebook North America’s Small Business Team, explains how this new program can help create jobs, provide services and help businesses grow in their community. Today, 70 million businesses use Facebook to connect with customers. Find out how this new program can help many small business owners receive the training necessary to help them grow. Shappley will also share a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce Economic Impact Survey that provides important new research about the economic impact of Facebook.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

11/22 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, CHEF AND FOOD BLOGGER PARKER WALLACE, HOLIDAY HOSTING MADE SIMPLE

LARRY LIPSON - THE AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT

For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Florida weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine.  His lovely Wife Lillian is also on hand at the Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies.


CHEF AND FOOD BLOGGER PARKER WALLACE - HOLIDAY HOSTING MADE SIMPLE

HOLIDAY HOSTING MADE SIMPLE
The Secrets to spending less time in the kitchen and more time with your guest

The holidays are here and that means your schedule is about to be packed with dinners, parties and hosting lots of guests in your home. With everything going on, are you finding yourself spending less time celebrating the holidays and more time stressing out in the kitchen?

Whether its turkey in November or fruit cake in December, hosting your holiday dinner party doesn’t have to cause stress! There are plenty of ways to cut time as well as costs without cutting class. Cook and food blogger Parker Wallace will share her simple tips for great holiday entertaining all season long.

Parker Wallace is the creator of "What's on Parker's Plate?" A blog with daily recipes and cooking tips for all palettes! She has a regular segment for CBS Atlanta titled “What’s on Parker’s Plate?” and is the author of Eat Rich, Stay Skinny: A Girl's Guide to Holiday Feasting. In addition to being a regular contributor for the Huffington Post Taste Section, she also produces an “Eat Rich, Stay Skinny” video series that has been featured in the Huffington Post. Her tips have also been seen on Daily Candy and Hello, Beautiful.

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WWW. PRETZELCRISPS.COM
WWW.IDAHOAN.COM 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

11/21 TANYA BROWN, USDA FOOD SAFETY EXPERT, COOKING MYTHS AND VITAL TIPS TO PREVENT FOODBORNE ILLNESS, GAMING EXPERT ERIC LACHTER, HOTTEST GAMES, TRENDS AND BLACK FRIDAY DEALS

TANYA BROWN, USDA FOOD SAFETY EXPERT - COOKING MYTHS AND TIPS TO PREVENT FOODBORNE ILLNESS THIS THANKSGIVING 

LET’S TALK TURKEY: USDA DISPELS COOKING MYTHS AND OFFERS VITAL TIPS TO PREVENT FOODBORNE ILLNESS THIS THANKSGIVING 

FDA Food Safety Survey Reiterates How “Time Saving” Practices can Sometimes Result in Bad News for Americans 

Foodborne illness, more commonly known as food poisoning, results in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thanksgiving is a time to be especially careful, as Americans are preparing a dish (turkey) they do not cook on a regular basis and for larger numbers of people. With more than 46 million turkeys cooked this holiday, there’s no better time to encourage families to safely prepare their meal by following four simple steps: clean, separate, cook and chill.

The great news is that most Americans wash their hands when handling poultry or raw vegetables according to the recent Food & Drug Administration Food Safety Survey. Unfortunately, the same survey found that 68% of consumers wash poultry in the kitchen sink which is not recommended by the USDA and only increases their likelihood of cross-contamination.

This Thanksgiving, USDA experts are helping to dispel many common myths surrounding the preparation and serving of the holiday turkey meal. Serious illness can result from several commonly-held “time-saving” practices such as: stuffing the turkey the night before; thawing the bird on the counter; and serving a turkey once it is golden brown and the juices run clear. These actions put family members at risk for food poisoning.

To learn more about food safety practices this Thanksgiving, please visit www.FoodSafety.gov or call the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854), open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET and from 8 a.m., to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Families can also access “Ask Karen,” an online database of frequently asked food safety questions available 24/7.


GAMING EXPERT ERIC LACHTER - FIND OUT THE HOTTEST GAMES, NEWEST TRENDS AND BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS 

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR GAMERS 

Holiday shopping is officially here! And with more than 59% of Americans playing video games, it’s likely you have one, or two, gamers on this year’s list. Need to find out what’s trending? Not sure what the hottest new game is?

In interviews on November 17, Eric Lachter, Vice President, Marketing at PlayStation will be available to share this year’s holiday gift guide for gamers. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly titles or ready to venture into the world of virtual reality, he’ll share ideas to excite every gamer on your list.

 Eric will also share tips on how to take advantage of Black Friday deals and save money when gifting or upgrading gaming consoles.


Monday, November 20, 2017

11/20 TECH EXPERT ANDREA SMITH, PLAYSTATION’S HOLIDAY GAMING GUIDE, VICTORIA BORTON FROM AARP, PASTRY CHEF LEIGH OMILINSKY

TECH EXPERT ANDREA SMITH - HOW GAMING CAN BRING YOUR FAMILY TOGETHER THIS SEASON

PLAYSTATION’S HOLIDAY GAMING GUIDE 

Home for the Holidays! How Gaming Can Bring Your Family Together this Season

It’s true, gadgets have the potential to isolate us, especially around the holidays when kids of all ages are eager to test out new tech. But a new study found that console gaming may actually be a way to re-connect with family and friends. From beating your BFF around the track in an epic race, to solving a gritty crime thriller with grandma, gaming can be a great way to spend quality time with family and guests this holiday season. In fact, a recent study found that 55% of people who have game consoles, play games with family members online or in person. Tech Expert Andrea Smith will talk about the emotional and social benefits of gaming and how tech can bring your family together this holiday season. Need advice on what’s age appropriate, she’ll also share tips for choosing family-friendly titles for every occasion.


VICTORIA BORTON FROM AARP SERVICES, INC. - HOLIDAY TIPS FOR HOWEVER YOU CHOOSE TO CELEBRATE 

HOW TO FOCUS ON THE MOMENTS & PLACES THAT MAKE THE HOLIDAY SEASON SPECIAL                             

Amazing Tips & Money-Saving Offers from Victoria Borton, Vice President for Lifestyle Products & Services at AARP Services, Inc.

People celebrate the holidays in different ways and in different places. There is no one ‘right way’ to celebrate. Instead, it’s about the things, moments and places that make you feel like celebrating. On November 20th, Lifestyle Expert Victoria Borton of AARP will share some timely tips and discount offers that allow people to forget the rules and celebrate in the way that best suits their style and personality. She will also share some amazing provider deals found on the AARP Member Advantages website, AARPAdvantages.com. A great resource for money- saving deals no matter how you celebrate the season. She will also share some simple, but effective, holiday life hacks for hosts, guests and travelers alike during this time of year.   

Borton is the Vice President for Lifestyle Products and Services at AARP Services, Inc. In this role, she has also created timely strategies and techniques to help people manage their holiday activities in more efficient ways. Victoria’s goal is to provide super suggestions that will allow people to focus on what really matters and to help them “HOLIDAY YOUR WAY.”

WWW.AARPADVANTAGES.COM 


PASTRY CHEF LEIGH OMILINSKY - LEARN ABOUT CREATING THE PERFECT END TO YOUR HOLIDAY MEAL WITH DECADENT DESSERTS

LEARN ABOUT CREATING THE PERFECT END TO YOUR HOLIDAY MEAL WITH DECADENT DESSERTS

Drive across the country and you’ll find a variety of desserts being served as family and friends get together for the holidays. While pumpkin, apple and pecan pie may be the most popular this time of year, many people are looking for ways to serve-up those favorites with a twist.

Semi-homemade recipes are a great way to experiment with American’s most popular dessert trends, as they can provide a head start on creating a new dish. Anyone can buy a pre-made dessert at the store and use that as the foundation for making something delicious. Especially if they begin with one of the biggest holiday traditions – pie. Turning pumpkin pie into drool-worthy pumpkin milkshakes is just one example.

OTHER DESSERT TRENDS INCLUDE:
Miniature/bite-sized (mini cupcakes, cake pops and pies)
Interactive or build your own (could mean you assemble it, crack it open or dip in sauces)
Mash-up desserts (cotton candy on an ice cream cone, a cookie cake)
Over the top milkshakes (with candy, cookies & toppings)

EDWARDSDESSERTS.COM

Friday, November 17, 2017

11/17 MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS PATIENT & AUTHOR RONDA GIANGRECO AND NURSE PRACTITIONER CARRIE SAMMARCO, MIKE KELLEY, AQUALANI, JESSICA NAZIRI, TOP TECH GIFTS, STEVE EVANS THE MOVIE GUY

RONDA GIANGRECO AND CARRIE SAMMARCO RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT A NEW COMMUNITY-DRIVEN RESOURCE 

HOW A ONE-YEAR COOKING CHALLENGE HELPED AN AVOWED FOODIE IN HER FIGHT AGAINST MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)
An Experience That Can Help Others

Life with MS is Unpredictable, but Author and Cook Ronda Giangreco Tackled her Diagnosis Head-on, One Weekly Feast at a Time; Now She’s Raising Awareness about a New Community-Driven Resource to Help People with MS Better Manage the Unpredictability of the Disease

Author, cook and motivational speaker Ronda Giangreco was healthy, vibrant and just back from her latest adventure at a cooking school in Italy when she was unexpectedly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). A sudden onset of MS would be difficult for anyone to accept, but for Ronda and her husband – whose mother died of complications from her MS – it was a particularly cruel twist of fate.

Told she might not be able to walk for much longer, Ronda asked herself, “…then where should I walk now?” Her answer – to the kitchen! She had always enjoyed cooking, so she decided to gather her family and friends around the dinner table every Sunday night for an entire year, as an attempt to triumph over MS one week at a time. While there were many nights when Ronda’s unpredictable MS symptoms made her goal especially challenging, she persevered, asked for help when she needed it, and ultimately went on to write “The Gathering Table: Defying Multiple Sclerosis with a Year of Pasta, Wine and Friends.”

Like many people living with chronic disease, Ronda says it’s sometimes difficult to ask for help – especially when it comes to support with everyday tasks and chores. And she’s not alone. A recent national survey found that 80% of people with MS and support partners surveyed wanted help with everyday chores. About a third wanted help getting connected to services and resources that could help with these tasks.

Now, in an effort to help others combat this disease for which there is no cure, Ronda is helping spread the word about a new community-driven resource called GatherMS.com that she wishes had been available in the early days of her disease. GatherMS connects people with MS and their loved ones with existing resources and support services that can help manage the everyday unpredictability of MS – connecting people with help for day-to-day tasks, health and wellness and emotional support.

GATHERMS.COM


MIKE KELLEY - OWNER OF AQUALANI 

Aqualani is Hawaii’s leader in Resort Beach and Pool Recreation Management .

We offer concierge services, beach, ocean and pool rentals with a variety of high end retail and rental products, to include Maui Jim sunglasses, and a total product line of Absolutely Natural Sun Care products.

Our sun-tanning specialist and knowledgeable staff are trained to assist visitors at the beach, and on the pool deck, with the number one goal “service”.

AQUALANI.COM


JESSICA NAZIRI - TOP TECH GIFTS FOR THE 2017 HOLIDAY SEASON

THE 2017 HOLIDAY SEASON
Top Tech Gifts for the 2017 Holiday Season

The season of giving is upon us, and tech is always hot this time of year. But choosing from all tech products out there can be a daunting task. Here with her tips and tricks to selecting the best tech gifts this season is Top Woman in Tech, Jessica Naziri!

Jessica Naziri is one of the most-in-demand tech personalities for her first-look technology stories and gadget round-ups. Named as Inc.com’s top women in tech, Naziri is a tech expert, entrepreneur, writer, host and self- proclaimed  “chic geek” bridging the gap between lifestyle and technology.  Naziri founded her company TechSesh.co, a lifestyle technology digital magazine designed for women and inspired by tech. Naziri’s mission is to make tech news more accessible and to empower women by giving them everything they need in one place. Whether it’s the best apps, the latest smartphone review, new gadgets, or social media support. TechSesh.co has a unique niche, making technology digestible, relatable and fun. Naziri has turned her passion for technology and writing into a career, starting as a tech news reporter for The Los Angeles Times, CNN and CNBC.com. Since then, her work has also appeared in TechCrunch, FOX, CBS, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Washington Post, Mashable, CBS, The Travel Channel, CNN, NPR, , Inside Edition, Yahoo!, Business Insider, and more!


STEVE EVANS - THE MOVIE GUY

GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.

12/07 GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY EXPERT LATOYA DRAKE, HOLIDAY RECIPES AND TOYS, ANDREW KOMO, WINNER OF THE 2017 SIEMENS COMPETITION, PARALYMPIC SNOWBOARDER KEITH GABEL, 2018 WINTER GAMES

GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY EXPERT LATOYA DRAKE SHARES THE TOP SEARCHED HOLIDAY RECIPES AND TOYS AND MUCH MORE LET GOOGLE BE YOUR GUIDE THIS HOLIDAY...