Thursday, June 30, 2011

7/1 The Vitamin Professor, Plonk Wine Merchants, Chef Rory Herrmann,

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

We're Talking With"The Vitamin Professor," Doug Ingoldsby, About Nutrition and Wellness

Studies show low calorie diets can make you crazy… literally. Most of us have tried "crash dieting" at one time or another in our lives.

Nutrition expert Doug Ingoldsby of All One agrees that there's no question that a calorie-slashed daily diet will trigger a rapid drop in body weight. "However, studies show that a low calorie diet comes with a cost, not only to our physical health but to our mental health as well," says Ingoldsby.

Ingoldsby says in one Israeli study, researchers evaluated 10 psychiatric patients, most of whom had never had any emotional problems prior to their first attempt at rapid weight loss. "Researchers found a direct correlation between the severity of their mental condition and the speed and amount of weight the patient lost," says Ingoldsby.

Ingoldsby says this theory was further explored by a study conducted at the University of Minnesota. "Thirty-six fun-loving, healthy men of normal weight were put on a 1500-calorie diet," says Ingoldsby. "After six months, all of the subjects suffered from psychological deterioration. They became weak and irritable, apathetic, and antisocial."

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

Have You Ever Bought Wine Online? We're Talking to Etty Lewensztain, Owner of Plonk Wine Merchants

Plonk Wine Merchants is an online destination for artisanal, obscure, and altogether great cheap wine. Plonk Wine Merchants brings you an expertly curated collection of incredible premium quality wine from around the globe at extremely affordable prices. All wines in this store are priced strictly at $30 or below and offer an outstanding bang for the buck. In addition, many of the bargain wines you'll find here are organic, biodynamic, or rare "diamonds in the rough" made from lesser-known grapes, and are virtually impossible to find in other retail outlets.

Plonk Wine Merchants is the brainchild of Etty Lewensztain, a curly-haired, food and wine obsessed Los Angeles native who is certified by the esteemed Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and the American Sommelier Association. The store has been designed to translate a personalized brick and mortar shopping experience to the digital space, and to that end, you will find an interactive video review on every single wine they sell so you can get a live preview as to what’s in the bottle.

We're Visiting With Chef Rory Herrmann of Bouchon in Beverly Hills

As Chef de Cuisine of Bouchon in Beverly Hills, Rory Herrmann is responsible for the daily supervision of the restaurant kitchen and staff, in addition to ensuring that the restaurant’s high standards are met in each and every dish. Since opening its doors in November 2009, locals and guests alike have come to embrace the traditional country cuisine Bouchon provides. The Los Angeles Times bestowed a 3-star rating on the restaurant, Los Angeles Magazine hailed it as one of the area’s “Best New Restaurants” and Angeleno Magazine rated it as one of LA’s “Top 10 Hot Spots.” Herrmann himself received the Los Angeles-San Diego Rising Star award from Starchefs in 2010.

Previously, Herrmann served as the Private Dining Chef for Per Se, Chef Thomas Keller’s fine dining restaurant in New York City. In this position, he was responsible for the culinary preparation and execution of all large parties and offsite events. He first joined Per Se as Chef de Partie when the restaurant opened in 2004.

Herrmann is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan. He has worked under notable chefs in the industry, including 3-star Michelin Chef Alain Ducasse at his eponymous restaurant at the Essex House and at the more casual Mix; as well as for Chef Dan Barber at Blue Hill Restaurant, all located in New York City. Herrmann also worked for several years in the kitchens of the Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah.

A California native, Herrmann is a firm believer in giving back to the community and actively contributes his culinary talents in helping raise funds and awareness for charitable organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, March of Dimes and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Movie Guy Steve Evans Gives us the Movie Hits and Misses!
Steve Evans, the Movie Guy, is going to tell us what we need to run out and see and what we can avoid in the movie theaters, this week!

So, grab your popcorn, folks! Get your movie news and reviews right here on the What's Cookin' Today show! Steve “The Movie Guy” will take a look at what’s hot at the box office and the new films being released this weekend:

Transformers: Dark of the Moon - The Autobots return to action when a mysterious event from Earth's past erupts into the present day, threatening to destroy humanity.

Larry Crowne - Tom Hanks and Julie Roberts star in the story of a downsized big-box store employee who enrolls in his local college to start over.

Monte Carlo - Three young women are whisked away on an international adventure when one of them is mistaken for a British socialite.

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