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Here Are the 3 Most Important Reasons to Go to Brooklyn's Motorino Pizza

Here Are the 3 Most Important Reasons to Go to Brooklyn's Motorino Pizza

The pizza joint returns to Brooklyn after a 2-year hiatus, and has a lot to show for it

Jane Bruce

We'll take one of everything, please.

It feels like just yesterday that Motorino was forced by the Department of Buildings to close their Graham Avenue shop. At the time, chef and owner Mathieu Palombino promised he'd reopen at a new location. So Brooklynites waited. And we waited. After two years of twiddling our thumbs, and being forced to get our Motorino fix in — ugh — Manhattan, Motorino is set to open. They started with friends and family last night, but tonight, June 26, will be the full opening to the public.

You'll find a similar menu in Brooklyn as in Manhattan, with the addition of a portobello mushroom pizza topped with mozzarella, sausage, garlic, thyme, pecorino, Gaeta olives, and olive oil. Another brand-new item is the frittatina, fried macaroni and cheese with prosciutto. Woah. The best deal is the lunch prix-fixe, one pizza and a mixed green salad for $12, offered Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m.

Stop by the new Broadway location, under the Williamsburg Bridge, and try the antipasti, soppressata piccante, and tiramisu, all pictured below.

All photos by Jane Bruce.

7 Ways To Sprout Chia Seeds [Easy]

Chia seeds are so tiny yet so nutritious with soluble fiber, antioxidants, polyunsaturated fat, micronutrients, minerals, protein, and bioactive compounds. I love chia seeds as I can make smoother smoothies, healthier salads, and chia gel for yummy desserts. At the same time, you can also easily sprout them. Let’s see how!

  • Covered Moisture Method
  • Terra Cotta Tray Method
  • Spray and Tray Method
  • Chia Pet Method
  • Wide-Mouth Jar Method
  • Jiffy Pot Method
  • Paper Towel Method
  • Nylon or Linen Method

This article summarizes other ways (methods) and popular whys (reasons) you’d love sprouting chia seeds.

Not a stir-fry fan? The good news is that black rice tastes just as amazing sweet as it does savory. This Ginger, Lychee and Coconut Black Rice Pudding not only has anti-inflammatory benefits from the black rice but also the ginger. Ginger acts as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial along with being high in antioxidants. Nosh on this for breakfast (or any time of day, really) to get a boost of energy and belly healing benefits.

How to Make One of Farzi Café’s Most Popular Healthy Dishes

The Indian restaurant&rsquos pro chef shares his easy recipe for this healthy menu favourite.

A look inside the new Farzi Café in Mall of the Emirates

If you haven&rsquot already become a regular at Farzi Café then we highly recommend you hightail it down to sample their mouth-watering dishes as soon as you possibly can.

Despite only recently opening inside Mall of the Emirates, this quirky eatery has already proved a hit with hungry shoppers and movie-goers thanks to its innovative spin on classic Indian cuisine.

We took it upon ourselves to stop by and ask the restaurant&rsquos chef, Avneesh Gautama, for the secret recipe behind one of his most-ordered dishes &ndash Tandoori Wild Mushrooms with Sauté Pepper.

We&rsquore sharing the love so that you too can make this tasty vegetarian-friendly dish at home in just three simple steps.

Love healthy Indian food? This mushroom vegan dish will go down a treat

Tandoori Wild Mushrooms with Sauté Pepper

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Serves: 1 - 2


&bull 75gms Button mushrooms
&bull 25gms Enoki mushrooms
&bull 25gms Shimji mushrooms
&bull 30gms Portobello mushrooms
&bull 10gms fresh garlic
&bull 5gms fresh coriander
&bull 5gms salt
&bull 6gms black pepper crushed
&bull 10ml olive oil

1. Wash and cut the Button and Portobello mushrooms into quarters, then clean the other mushrooms and cut off the ends.
2. In a pan, add the olive oil and garlic and sauté. Next, mix in all the other mushrooms and toss until cooked.
3. Add salt and pepper seasoning, remove from the heat and garnish with freshly chopped coriander just before serving.

In addition to the vegetarian and vegan dishes, Farzi Café also serves up a whole host of other culinary hits including sliders, salads, biryanis, melt-in-your-mouth meat kebabs, tandoori kulchas and some seriously show-stopping mocktails.

You&rsquoll want a double portion of the delicious Tandoori Chili Cheese Kulcha at Farzi Café

You&rsquoll love the Instagram-worthy mocktails and elaborate beverages at Farzi Café

The details: Farzi Café is located on level 2, Mall of the Emirates.
Call +971 43359539 for more information.


Greek cuisine is part of the culture of Greece and is recorded in images and texts from ancient times. Its influence spread to ancient Rome and then throughout Europe and beyond. [4]

Ancient Greek cuisine was characterized by its frugality and was founded on the "Mediterranean triad": wheat, olive oil, and wine, with meat being rarely eaten and fish being more common. [5] This trend in Greek diet continued in Roman and Ottoman times and changed only fairly recently when technological progress has made meat more available. Wine and olive oil have always been a central part of it and the spread of grapes and olive trees in the Mediterranean and further afield is correlated with Greek colonization. [6] [7]

The Spartan diet was also marked by its frugality and unique nature, a notorious staple of the Spartan diet was 'melas zomos' (black soup), made by boiling the blood of pigs with vinegar to prevent emulsification. This dish was noted by the Spartan's fellow Greek contemporaries of the time, particularly Athenians and Corinthians as proof of their different way of living.

Byzantine cuisine was similar to ancient cuisine, with the addition of new ingredients, such as caviar, nutmeg and basil. Lemons, prominent in Greek cuisine and introduced in the second century, were used medicinally before being incorporated into the diet. Fish continued to be an integral part of the diet for coastal dwellers. Culinary advice was influenced by the theory of humors, first put forth by the ancient Greek doctor Claudius Aelius Galenus. [8] Byzantine cuisine benefited from Constantinople's position as a global hub of the spice trade. [9]

The most characteristic and ancient element of Greek cuisine is olive oil, which is used in most dishes. It is produced from the olive trees prominent throughout the region, and adds to the distinctive taste of Greek food. The olives themselves are also widely eaten. The basic grain in Greece is wheat, though barley is also grown. Important vegetables include tomato, aubergine (eggplant), potato, green beans, okra, green peppers (capsicum), and onions. Honey in Greece is mainly honey from the nectar of fruit trees and citrus trees: lemon, orange, bigarade (bitter orange) trees, thyme honey, and pine honey. Mastic (aromatic, ivory-coloured resin) is grown on the Aegean island of Chios.

Greek cuisine uses some flavorings more often than other Mediterranean cuisines do, namely oregano, mint, garlic, onion, dill and bay laurel leaves. Other common herbs and spices include basil, thyme and fennel seed. Parsley is also used as a garnish on some dishes. Many Greek recipes, especially in the northern parts of the country, use "sweet" spices in combination with meat, for example cinnamon, allspice and cloves in stews.

The climate and terrain has tended to favour the breeding of goats and sheep over cattle, and thus beef dishes are uncommon. Fish dishes are common in coastal regions and on the islands. A great variety of cheese types are used in Greek cuisine, including Feta, Kasseri, Kefalotyri, Graviera, Anthotyros, Manouri, Metsovone, Ladotyri (cheese with olive oil), Kalathaki (a specialty from the island of Limnos), Katiki Domokou (creamy cheese, suitable for spreads), Mizithra and many more.

Dining out is common in Greece. The taverna and estiatorio are widespread, serving home cooking at affordable prices to both locals and tourists. Locals still largely eat Greek cuisine. [10]

Common street foods include souvlaki, gyros, various pitas and roast corn.

Fast food became popular in the 1970s, some chains, such as Goody's and McDonald's serving international food like hamburgers, [11] and others serving Greek foods such as souvlaki, gyros, tyropita, and spanakopita.

Some dishes can be traced back to ancient Greece: lentil soup, fasolada (though the modern version is made with white beans and tomatoes, both New World plants), tiganites, retsina (white or rosé wine flavored with pine resin) and pasteli (candy bar with sesame seeds baked with honey) some to the Hellenistic and Roman periods: loukaniko (dried pork sausage) and Byzantium: feta cheese, avgotaraho (cured fish roe), moustalevria and paximadi (traditional hard bread baked from wheat, barley and rye). There are also many ancient and Byzantine dishes which are no longer consumed: porridge (chilós in Greek) as the main staple, fish sauce (garos), and salt water mixed into wine.

Many dishes show Italian influence, due to Venetian and Genoese rule of many parts of Greece from the 13th to the 18th century. [12] Such dishes include pastitsio, pastitsada, stifado, salami, macaronia, mandolato and more.

Some Greek dishes are inherited from Ottoman cuisine, which combined influences from Persian, Levantine, Turkish and Byzantine cuisines: tzatziki, yuvarlakia, dolma, boureki, baklava and more.

In the 20th century, French cuisine had a major influence on Greek cooking, largely due to the French-trained chef Nikolaos Tselementes, who, for example, created the modern Greek pastitsio, such as moussaka by combining the pre-existing eggplant dish with a French-style gratin topping.

Distinct from the mainstream regional cuisines are:

  • Cuisine of the Aegean islands (including Kykladítiki from Kyklades, Rhodítiki from Rhodes and other Dodecanese islands, and the cuisine of Lesbos island)
  • Cuisine of Argolis, cuisine of Patras, Arcadian and Maniot cuisines, parts of the Peloponnesean cuisine (Heptanisiakí), a lot of Italian influence
  • Ipirótiki (Epirotic cuisine)
  • Kritikí (Cretan cuisine)
  • Kypriakí (Cypriot cuisine)
  • Makedonikí (Macedonian cuisine)
  • Mikrasiatikí, from the Greeks of Asia Minor descent, including Polítiki, from the tradition of the Greeks from Constantinople, a cuisine with a lot of Anatolian/Ottoman influence
  • Pontiakí, found anywhere there are Pontic Greeks (Greeks from the Black Sea region)
  • Thrakiótiki (Thracian cuisine)

Many food items are wrapped in filo pastry, either in bite-size triangles or in large sheets: kotopita (chicken pie), spanakotyropita (spinach and cheese pie), hortopita (greens pie), kreatopita (meat pie, using minced meat), kolokythopita (zucchini pie) etc. In general, the Greeks do with filo what the Italians do with pizza They have countless variations of pitas (savory pies).

Apart from the Greek dishes that can be found all over Greece, there are also many regional dishes.

North-Western and Central Greece (Epirus, Thessaly and Roumeli/Central Greece) have a strong tradition of filo-based dishes, such as some special regional pitas.

Greek cuisine uses seeds and nuts in everything from pastry to main dishes. [13]

The list of Greek dishes includes dishes found in all of Greece as well as some regional ones.

The Top 10 Most Popular Pizza Toppings (INFOGRAPHIC)

Bad news. Apparently 37 percent of us are boring, because a recent study from food delivery provider Foodler reveals that's the percentage of us who typically order plain cheese pizza. But aside from those Luddites, the rest of you surprised us a little. The top 10 most-ordered pizza toppings aren't exactly what we might've predicted. (For example, check out where onions ranked.)

After analyzing pizza orders from thousands of restaurants in the United States and Canada, Foodler says the top 10 pizza toppings are as follows:

  1. Pepperoni
  2. Mushrooms
  3. Onions
  4. Sausage
  5. Bacon
  6. Extra cheese
  7. Black olives
  8. Green peppers
  9. Pineapple
  10. Spinach

In addition to that data, Foodler also reveals that when we order "half and half" pizzas, the two most divisive ingredients (a.k.a. DON'T LET THEM TOUCH EACH OTHER) are green peppers and pineapple, which makes sense because totally reasonable people like green peppers on their pizza, and total whack jobs order pineapple as a pizza topping. (Cue the comments!)

Honestly, we're just glad hot dogs didn't make the cut. Check out this infographic to learn more of the findings:


The diet of the French people is generally considered healthy, and most citizens receive adequate nutrition. In 2001 the countries of Europe experienced outbreaks of two diseases, "mad cow disease" and "hoof and mouth disease" that affected the cattle and sheep herds. Many countries enacted laws and regulations restricting the import and export of meat during that period, until the diseases could be brought under control. In France, there have been protests at some fast food restaurants in an attempt to drive them out of the country to keep the traditional quality of French food and the French lifestyle.

8 Factors for Choosing a New Restaurant Location

Whether you’re opening your first full-service restaurant, your second, or your 50th, it’s important to understand what to look out for when choosing a new restaurant location. For seasoned restaurateurs, you may have a successful location where you are but how much of that success is inadvertently down to accidental—or purposeful—restaurant location choice? The answer may be it has everything to do with it. Here are tips on choosing just the right spot:

1. Visibility

You may have found the cutest, quaintest location for a restaurant in a historic downtown somewhere, but if you’re tucked in a side street with little foot traffic, unless you have amazing marketing tactics, you may have the most Instagram- and Pinterest-worthy space with zero customers.

When choosing a space you want somewhere that’s visible. To determine visibility, look at foot and car traffic patterns. If people are walking by, who’s walking by? Is it nannies with strollers? If your restaurant is not kid friendly, they aren’t going to go inside. Are doctors and nurses passing by from a nearby hospital to grab a quick bite on their lunch breaks? What about local hipsters who want a trendy long lunch? Determine if nearby pedestrians are your target customers. If not, the space probably won’t work for you.

Check different dayparts, too. Do these diners want a full-service restaurant for breakfast or lunch, or will you adapt for those times, offering faster service or a sandwich counter, or do you just want to open for fine dining in the evening? Will that daypart bring enough traffic?

For car traffic, can people pass your restaurant, and by the time they’ve seen it, make a last minute choice to pull in and check it out? So many people drive by new places and think, oh, I must try that new restaurant, but customers need to be able to go there before you go out of business. How many restaurants have you been meaning to try only to see a “for rent” sign in the window six months later?

As much as no parking, parallel parking, and off site parking may work for the street cafés of Europe and the country pubs in the UK, it doesn’t work for American restaurants, with the exception of big cities. Whether you’re opening fine dining or a popular chain, make sure the land you rent or buy is big enough to accommodate parking for your hungry clientele.

3. Space Size

The space you rent or buy needs to fit your size requirements. For every restaurant seat, you need about five square feet of kitchen space, so if you have eighty seats in your restaurant, your kitchen needs to have 400 square feet of space minimum. Larger spaces reduce workplace accidents by minimizing slips, trips, and falls, the most common workplace accident according to OSHA. You’ll want to consider how big of a space you need for your restaurant requirements.

4. Crime Rates

Crime rates are unglamorous considerations, but if you place your restaurant in a crime-laden area, are your target customers going to visit? High crime rates can make potential customers uncomfortable, and if they feel they’ll be mugged walking to their cars, it will only drive away business, no matter how legendary your coq au vin.

5. Surrounding Businesses and Competitor Analysis

You’ll want to do your research surrounding businesses. Are they doing well? Is the area affluent? Is there enough room for your business? Also, you’ll want to know what types of restaurants do well in the area however, you don’t want to open a pizzeria if there are four in the area. Areas can only support so many of the same type of restaurant. What will distinguish any new restaurant is excellent service and consistently wonderful food.

You’ll also want to know what the building was used for before you inhabit it. If the building wasn’t a restaurant, will the conversion costs affect your bottom line? If it was a restaurant, was it there for twenty years with great success and the owners wanted simply to retire, or did it change hands five times? Find out why past restaurants were successful or not and if location played a role in these factors. Find out how location works for surrounding businesses, and will you be catering to the right crowd? For example, if there is a nightclub nearby, that will work if you’re catering to the after-hours crowd when they’ve concluded a night of drinking.

6. Accessibility

Some restaurants find success in just-off-the-highway locations, or located near exits for those interstate travellers who need a bite to eat but don’t want the usual fast-food restaurant. You’d have to keep peak times in mind for these kinds of locations, as well as customer demographic. Depending on your exact exit location, you may be limiting other types of traffic to your restaurant.

7. Affordability

Cost is always a bottom-line consideration for any business. If the rent or purchase of the space is more than you’ll bring in each month in profits, that location is not feasible at that time. However, if you know that you’ll generate business from that location, then you might consider it, but you’ll need to be able to afford the upfront costs before you turn profits. Although some risks do pay off, you don’t want to be at the point where you’re struggling to cover basic costs. A killer location won’t make up for driving your restaurant out of business.

Once you’ve landed your perfect space, keep in mind that OSHA reports that slips, trips, and falls are the most common workplace accident, accounting for 15 percent of all accidental deaths, and they are more prevalent in the restaurant industry. It’s important to install slip-resistant flooring, have slip-resistant mats in the kitchen spaces, and provide your workers with highly-rated safe, slip-resistant footwear to help prevent those preventable slips and trips. Slips and trips could cost your company more in fines than renting a space, so make sure you consider all angles of safety when choosing the best space. If your space has its own equipment, make sure that all fryers are safe, ice machines aren’t leaking, and there aren’t any trip hazards in the kitchen.

When choosing the perfect location for your new place, make sure you’re making the decision with your eyes wide open, informed with the knowledge of how location can affect your costs and profits.

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Kylie Jenner Wore a Plunging Jumpsuit to Sister Kendall's 818 Tequila Launch Party

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163 People Sick in 43 States From Contact With This, CDC Warns

We've probably all been washing our hands a little extra this past year, but unfortunately not always when it's most necessary. That's according to an advisory this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, who are pointing to one single source as the cause of a massive, nationwide outbreak of Salmonella. This is super important information going into the season of farmers markets and shopping for fresh groceries.If you've been following us, you understand that food poisoning can come from some of the least expected foods (we're linking to a recent list of stories below). Now, just as we reported around Easter to enlighten families about the dangers of putting baby chicks or ducklings inside kids' Easter baskets (don't do it!), the CDC has published an advisory that a nationwide Salmonella outbreak has been linked to outdoor poultry.RELATED: Costco Foods You Should Always Avoid, According To NutritionistsThe outdoor poultry Salmonella incidents have affected 163 people, with a reported 35 hospitalized as of this past Thursday. Those individuals live in the following U.S. states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.North Carolina had the highest incidence rate, with 13 individuals sick, with Iowa, Virginia, and California each having around 10. Important to note is that the CDC states: "These outbreaks may not be limited to the states listed [above]. This is because many people recover without medical care and are not tested for Salmonella."To avoid getting Salmonella from outdoor poultry or their eggs, the CDC recommends individuals wash your hands (and ensure children do the same) after handling backyard poultry, their eggs, or spending time anywhere they live and roam. Among other recommendations (which you should view if you work with these animals), they also advise not to snuggle or nuzzle backyard poultry, however sweet they may be, and refrigerate their eggs immediately.So be sure to pack that hand sanitizer in your farmers market tote this season! And for all consumers, no matter where you shop: If you purchase eggs and discover that one in the carton is cracked, the CDC says you should toss it immediately: "Germs on the shell can more easily enter the egg though a cracked shell." Also be sure to cook eggs and chicken thoroughly, and follow these two steps to sanitize your kitchen, from one of our Eat This, Not That! Medical Board Experts.Get the Eat This, Not That! newsletter for the important stay-healthy tips you need. Also, don't miss important news ahead of the season:Doing This With Pasta May Actually Make It Deadly, Science SaysUsing This Appliance To Cook Beans Can Cause Food Poisoning, Says Science1.6 Million Cases of Beans Are Being Recalled in These 22 States, FDA SaysThe 5 Most Alarming Grocery Store Food Poisoning Risks, Warns the FDA15 Things You Should Only Buy at the Farmer's Market

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Instant Ways to Reduce Your Inflammation, According to a Doctor

As an Emergency Department doctor, I know from my own experience that inflammation is a common complaint that brings people to the ER. Inflammation usually causes pain and is the reason that people feel pain from broken bones or even infections. Inflammation is much more concerning than just the nagging pain or discomfort, however as it can lead to very serious medical conditions such as cancers and heart disease. Although you should need to seek medical attention for the cause of the inflammation, knowing how to treat inflammation at home is also important. Here are a few anti-inflammatory tips that could help—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It. Use Over the Counter Medications (Responsibly)NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are very common medications that are mostly sold over the counter, such as ibuprofen and naproxen. These medications are used to reduce fever and pain due to inflammation by turning off an enzyme, cyclooxygenase or COX, that is needed in the body's inflammatory response.COX is used to create substances that cause inflammation as well as change the normal temperature within the body. Since the COX enzyme is turned off, the products are not made which will keep fever and inflammation from occurring.NSAIDs can be dangerous, however, when not taken appropriately. The COX enzyme is found in the stomach and small intestine and is responsible for much of the lining of these organs. Since NSAIDs turn off the COX enzymes, they can cause the lining of the gastrointestinal system to be reduced which can lead to bleeding in the stomach and small intestine. These medications can also cause kidney injuries in some patients. The COX enzymes are used to form certain substances which keep blood flowing to the kidneys. Turning off the enzymes causes these substances to not be produced, which will reduce blood flow to the kidneys sometimes leading to damage of the kidney cells. RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say ExpertsDiscuss Steroids With Your DoctorCorticosteroids, or steroids as they are better known, are compounds that are normally produced within the body by the adrenal gland. All tissues within the body are affected by steroids which can cause a variety of different responses such as increasing blood sugar levels, or increasing the amount of the red blood cells within the body. The anti-inflammatory effects of steroids are also very diverse. For instance, if you suffer a cut on your leg that becomes infected the area can become very inflamed. Inflammation occurs because the blood vessels in the area become leaky which allows for the body's immune cells to migrate to the area. The leaking blood vessels also cause fluid to build up in the area worsening the inflammation. Steroids work by reducing the build-up of the fluid and immune cells thereby reducing the inflammation. They are very helpful to reduce inflammation within the brain and lungs as well and are a common medication given to patients with chronic inflammation such as asthma, as well as rheumatologic conditions. Steroids can be problematic for some patients causing weight gain, elevated blood sugars as well as ulcers in the stomach, and small intestine. In some cases of chronic steroid treatment, the adrenal gland can stop producing its own steroids, which may require life long supplemental steroids. RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers.Eat These FoodsThe connection between inflammation and chronic diseases is ever increasing. Asthma, cancer, heart disease, Crohn's disease and even diabetes are linked to chronic inflammation. Although medications can be used to treat much of the inflammation that is caused by these conditions, there is increasing evidence that food and lifestyle changes can help minimize the effects of these conditions. Foods that are high in antioxidants can help reduce inflammation. Foods such as:berriesavocadosfishspices (garlic, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper)are known to have anti-inflammatory effects on the body. These foods can help naturally reduce inflammation making medications less necessary. RELATED: The #1 Cause of Heart Attack, According to ScienceAvoid These FoodsSome foods are also known to be moderately pro-inflammatory and may cause worsening of underlying medical conditions:processed meatssugartrans fatsexcess alcoholsome processed carbohydrates can promote inflammation within the body. For any person, consumption of these should be reduced but especially for patients who have a known condition that is affected by inflammation, they should be completely avoided. And to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.

A trip to the dump is one of my great pleasures in life – and I’m not alone

A trip to the dump is one of my great pleasures in life – and I’m not aloneEverything has its place at the dump, no matter how abject or broken. No wonder there were queues when it reopened after lockdown ‘The gruff camaraderie, the clang of rubble against metal’: Richard Godwin, locked and loaded. Photograph: Pål Hansen/The Observer

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Everyday Ways You're Damaging Your Lungs, According to Doctors

The coronavirus hits you where you live and breathe—literally, attacking your lungs. That's why keeping your lungs healthy during this crisis is so important. You've probably heard of a variety of lung diseases—including asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), bronchitis, and the most fatal, lung cancer—that can occur when there is a problem in the lungs. (It may be on your mind because Rush Limbaugh and Dustin Diamond recently died of the disease.) According to the CDC, every year more people die of lung cancer in the United States than any other cancer. Most of these deaths are preventable, as smoking is the leading cause. But take a deep breath and read on to discover some far more surprising ways to keep your lungs healthy, from the doctors who know—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It. 1 First, Let's Get Through the Obvious Ones: Don't Smoke, and Stop if You Do The number one thing you can do to keep your lungs healthy is putting down the pack. According to the CDC, smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Here, it is linked to the majority of lung cancer deaths—80% to 90% to be exact. Additionally, it can cause a bevy of health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It can also increase you risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis.According to Matthew Mintz, MD, even if you aren't a chain smoker you should consider kicking the habit for good. "While there is certainly a dose relationship between smoking and lung disease, no amount of cigarettes are healthy," he tells Eat This, Not That! Health. In other words, "I only smoke when I drink" doesn't cut it. 2 Don't Vape You've read the headlines by now. Be scared by them. "In addition to some of the dangerous things we are hearing recently about vaping, there have been reports for some time about consequences of vaping," says Dr. Mintz. He explains that while vaping an e-cigarette might be less risky than smoking a regular cigarette, "vaping any form of nicotine is not good for the body in general, and can harm the lungs." 3 Avoid Secondhand Smoke While smoking is certainly bad, the dangers of secondhand smoke is not-so-innocent either. According to the CDC, 7,300 people die from lung cancer every year due to secondhand smoke. "If you live with a smoker or work around smokers, have them quit or not smoke around you," urges Dr. Mintz.RELATED: The #1 Cause of Obesity, According to Science 4 Stay On Top of Any Lung Conditions—Including a Cold! If you have a respiratory disease such as asthma or emphysema (COPD)— including a cold—Purvi Parikh, MD, allergist with Allergy&Asthma Network, encourages you to see a doctor and make sure it is under control. "It is important to take appropriate medications if you suffer from any chronic lung diseases such as cold or asthma to prevent them from progressing," Dr. Parikh states. If you have COPD, make sure that you are on the most appropriate inhaler, adds Dr. Mintz. "If you have had an exacerbation of your COPD (meaning, a worsening of symptoms requiring increase in medications or hospitalizations), there is now evidence that some inhalers may not only prevent your risk of another exacerbation, but may even reduce your risk of death," he points out.It's also crucial to ensure you are using the proper doses of any medications your doctor prescribes. "For patients with asthma, if you are using albuterol more than twice a week, or need to refill your inhaler more than once a year, you are using too much and your asthma is not under good control," Dr. Mintz warns. "See a doctor and make sure you are on a daily inhaler to prevent your asthma from getting worse."When should you see a doctor? "If you are having any symptoms of coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, easily fatigued, trouble catching your breath are all signs and symptoms you need to see a specialist," advises Dr. Parikh. "Do not take your breathing lightly! We have ten deaths per day in the United States due to undiagnosed asthma."Bottom line: stay on top of any lung conditions! 5 Get Screened for Lung Cancer According to the CDC, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most diagnosed cancer in both men and women in the United States. Just like mammograms for breast cancer and colonoscopies for colon cancer, Dr. Mintz points out that there are now special CT scans for patients at risk for lung cancer that can pick it up early and potentially save your life. While not everyone needs this test, certain people should definitely get one. This includes adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history (1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for 15 years) and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. 6 You May Not Be Washing Your Hands Enough This is the easiest way to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. "Most respiratory infections are transmitted from inhaling respiratory droplets of someone who is sick," Dr. Mintz reminds us. Like mom used to tell you, the best way to prevent the spread of viruses is washing your hands. 7 Get Your Shots! "Everyone should get a flu shot," states Dr. Mintz. Despite the misconception, the flu shot doesn't cause the flu. "Even if you never get sick, you should still get a flu shot because it will not only protect you, but will protect your loved ones," he points out. In addition, adults 65 and up should have a pneumonia shot, which is actually two pneumonia shots given a year apart. Same goes for the coronavirus vaccine—get yours as soon as possible.RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say Experts 8 Check Your Air Quality According to the CDC, Radon, a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and dirt and can get trapped in houses and buildings, is a risk factor for lung cancer. The scary thing is, it cannot be seen, tasted, or smelled. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains that exposure to radon causes about 20,000 cases of lung cancer each year —meaning it the second leading cause of lung cancer. An estimated out of every 15 homes in the United States is thought to have high radon levels, which is why during the home-buying process it is recommended to do a radon test. If you are worried about radon in your home, you can have a test conducted by a professional or even buy an at-home test at the hardware store. We suggest splurging on Airthings, a smart-home device that continually monitors the air quality in your home and transmits the data to your mobile device. 9 Stay Clear of Other Toxins and Chemicals According to the CDC, being exposed to asbestos, arsenic, diesel exhaust, and some forms of silica and chromium can increase the risk of getting lung cancer — in some cases, even higher than smoking!RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers. 10 Exercise More Regularly Exercise strengthens your muscles as well as your lungs. When you are physically active, your heart and lungs work harder to supply the additional oxygen your muscles demand. Just like regular exercise makes your muscles stronger, it also makes your lungs and heart stronger. As your physical fitness improves, your body becomes more efficient at getting oxygen into the bloodstream and transporting it to the working muscles. That's one of the reasons that you are less likely to become short of breath during exercise over time. The recommended amount: at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week. And to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.

One of America's Fastest-Growing Pizza Chains Plans To Open 460 New Locations

Pizza has been one of the most beloved foods to order for decades. The past year's spike in pandemic takeout and delivery proves that's not about to change anytime soon, and one revolutionary pizza chain is setting their stake in the ground to deliver on consumers' love of good pizza, but in a restaurant concept that comes with a modern twist. Here's where they're moving into next.Blaze Pizza is a Southern California-based pizza chain that opened in 2011 with the idea to become the Chipotle of pizza: customers can call out their pizza toppings as they go, and the pizzas are then baked in a real fire oven and served within minutes. It makes sense that customers love the customized feel that comes from great variety—a choice of five sauces, eight cheeses, and over two dozen possible toppings, including vegan chorizo, "ghost pepper chicken meatballs," more classic meats like bacon and crumbled meatballs, and veggies like artichokes, spinach, and even roasted garlic.RELATED: The Saddest Restaurant Closures in Your StateBlaze Pizza's CFO, Brad Reynolds, told QSR this week that while the brand currently has 340 locations in 40 states and six countries, they're looking to greater than double their size by 2025. Blaze restaurants currently occupy parts of California, Texas, Florida, Las Vegas, Chicago, Philly, New York, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. areas—with locations also in Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and more.Now the company, in collaboration with two franchisees, have announced their plans to move 16 more restaurants into Tennessee, Florida, and the Austin, Texas area, with their eyes on Alabama, Mississippi, and the Florida panhandle in the next four years. After that, reports suggest they'll go aggressive to take the brand even wider, with the goal to reach 800 locations by 2025.This is even though 80% of Blaze Pizza's business was in-restaurant before the pandemic, and, due to no-dining restrictions during COVID, their annual revenue dropped 22% between 2019 and 2020.Still, Reynolds says that among the company and their franchisees, there's a strong spirit of determination. "The excitement is there. The passion is there," Reynolds said. "Our brand is really well-loved out in not just the pizza marketplace but fast casual, broadly speaking. We have a really great concept and a great product and people love that, and our franchisees do, as well."Sounds good to us. Sign up for the Eat This, Not That! newsletter for the biggest news about your favorite restaurants. Also read This Fast-Casual Chain Is Likely the Source of a New Norovirus Outbreak, and check out:McDonald's Maintenance Workers Expose an Equipment Hazard That Could Make You Sick50 Surprising Restaurant SecretsAmerica's Top Pizza Chain Accused of Using Controversial Ingredients

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Clues It's a Heart Attack and Not Something Else, Say Doctors

Your worst fear has come true: a pain in the chest. "This is the Big One," you think, "a heart attack, the end of me." You clutch your left pec and wait for it to pass. It doesn't. And then it does.You're fine. False alarm.But what was that weird feeling? And how can you tell if it might be a heart attack, so you're better prepared next time. Read on for the essential Eat This, Not That! Health guide to learn what your chest pains could mean. It takes a heartbeat to read, and is worth every second—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these 16 "Health" Tips to Stop Following Immediately.Signs You May Be Having a Heart AttackNot all heart attacks manifest with chest pain. Conversely, not all chest pains are symptoms of a heart attack.If you feel:Pressure or constriction in the center of your chest, or in your jaw, neck, arms, back, or stomach—particularly if coupled with:A sense of doomNauseaFatigueOr lightheadedness…get to the emergency room as quickly as possible. It may be a heart attack.How Long Does a Heart Attack Last?Heart attack pain is usually unrelenting, often lasting five minutes or more (up to half an hour or, rarely, two hours). If you think you may be having a heart attack, taking immediate action may save your life. So it's crucial to call 9-1-1 to get emergency treatment as quickly as possible.Is It a Heart Attack Or Something Else?However, other types of chest pains, especially if the pain is briefer and fleeting, could be stemming from something outside of cardiovascular distress.Millions of Americans are rushed to the ER every year after they experience some sort of chest pain—but only 20 percent are diagnosed with a heart attack or angina (cardiac pain that can signal an impending heart attack). Many other parts of your body could be causing chest pain — from your lungs and esophagus to a variety of other muscles.Clue That It May Not Be a Heart Attack: Chest Discomfort or Pain That Becomes Better With ExerciseHeart-related pain tends to worsen with exercise. Sharp chest pains that get better with physical activity are more likely to be caused by something else, like acid reflux.Clue That It May Not Be a Heart Attack: Pinpoint Chest PainIf you feel a sharp pain that seems to be coming from a precise location, it's likely not heart-related. Heart pain is typically diffuse or radiating.Clue That It May Not Be a Heart Attack: Chest Pain That Gets Worse When You Take a BreathIf your breathing is affecting your pinpointed chest pain, it could be anything from a broken rib to pericarditis (swelling of the membrane surrounding the heart) to something involving the lungs, like pneumonia or asthma.Clue That It May Not Be a Heart Attack: Chest Pain That Manifests in Different AreasFor instance, one day, your chest pain is on the left side just above your ribs, the next it's on the upper right. While cardiovascular pain can radiate into your arms, neck, back, or jaw, it rarely moves from place to place on different days.Clue That It May Not Be a Heart Attack: Momentary Chest Discomfort or Pain–Like an Electric Shock or BoltHeart-related pain is typically unrelenting, lasting for at least several minutes at a time. If your chest pain is momentary, it's likely caused by a musculoskeletal injury like a cracked rib or pulled muscle, or possibly nerve pain, like the kind that can be caused by shingles involving the chest.What Are the Four Most Common Causes of Non-Cardiac Chest Pain?Chest pain that is not a heart attack can be either cardiac or noncardiac in nature. You could be having a problem with inflammation around your heart (which by the way requires immediate doctor attention) that could be causing chest pain or you could be suffering from something totally not heart-related, like bad indigestion. Here Are the Four Most Common Causes of Non-Cardiac Chest Pain:Common Cause of Non-Cardiac Chest: Pain Gastrointestinal PainThey don't call it heartburn for nothing. GI issues are the most common type of noncardiac chest pain culprits often include acid reflux, GERD (chronic acid reflux), or esophageal spasm.Common Cause of Non-Cardiac Chest: Musculoskeletal PainWeekend warriors, consider yourselves warned! If you haven't lifted anything more substantial than your iPhone for more than a couple years, you might just want to ease into that new HIIT class you signed up for. You may feel like you're having a heart attack, but it's more than likely you may have suffered a strained chest muscle.Common Cause of Non-Cardiac Chest: Lung PainPneumonia or a condition like pleurisy, which is an inflammation of the tissues surrounding the lungs, can cause pain in the chest that might be mistaken for a heart attack.Common Cause of Non-Cardiac Chest: Panic AttackOften described as extremely intense, panic attacks can present itself with such similar symptoms to a heart attack that many people believe they're in cardiac arrest when they're not. At the core of an attack are factors like significant stress, traumatic events, or sudden life changes. Panic attacks typically come with few or no warning signs and tend to peak within 10 minutes, whereas heart attack symptoms may start slowly and last for more extended periods.What Are the Most Common Causes of Cardiac Chest PainAngina — or cardiac pain — refers to discomfort in the chest due to something being wrong with the heart. A cardiologist will want to first determine that the chest pain you may be having is related to clogged arteries (think: atherosclerosis or heart attack). Various conditions of the heart can cause angina but are unrelated to the dangers of clogged arteries.Common Cause of Chest Pain: PericarditisPericarditis occurs when the sac that surrounds your heart — the pericardium — becomes inflamed. Most people are better in 7 to 10 days and won't suffer serious problems from this condition.Common Cause of Chest Pain: MyocarditisMyocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle — or myocardium — which can impact your heart's ability to pump, causing a rapid or abnormal heart rhythm. Generally caused by a viral infection, myocarditis can also result from a reaction to a medication or inflammatory condition.Common Cause of Chest Pain: CardiomyopathyCardiomyopathy refers to diseases of the heart muscle, which have many causes, warning signs, symptoms, and treatments. With cardiomyopathy, the heart muscle becomes thickened or enlarged, making it more rigid. Less commonly, cardiac muscle is replaced with scar tissue. As this condition worsens, the heart becomes weaker — and is less able to pump blood throughout the body and maintain normal sinus rhythm.Common Cause of Chest Pain: Aortic dissectionAortic dissection is a serious condition in which the inner layer of the aorta, the large blood vessel that branches off the heart, tears. Blood fills the tear, causing the inner and middle layers of the aorta to separate or "dissect". If the tear ruptures through the outside aortic wall, the aortic dissection has a high likelihood of being fatal.You Are Still Not SureChest pain can be frightening, regardless of its cause. Please listen to your body. If you're having severe pain in your chest that's radiating to your neck, jaw, arms, or back — which is accompanied by nausea, fainting, shortness of breath, and cold sweats — call 9-1-1 immediately. You can't beat a healthy heart. And to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.

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Over 60? Stop Doing These Things Immediately, Say Experts

Aging gracefully isn't about trying to look like a 20-something — it's about living your best life and having the physical and mental health to enjoy it. Like a bottle of wine, you can get better with age with the right care. Ideally, you'll have already been practicing healthy habits throughout your life. But even if you haven't, it's never too late to start taking proactive steps to maintain and even improve your health. The good news is, it's never too late to adopt new habits and improve your lifestyle. That's according to Dr. Martin Miner, Regional Medical Director of Vault Health— the first men's telehealth company to provide performance-based treatments for physical, mental, and sexual health—who's also an expert authority on aging successfully. Read on for his essential 7 takeaways—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these 16 "Health" Tips to Stop Following Immediately. 1 Realize That Your Body is Communicating With You Becoming acutely aware of your own physical and emotional feelings is something many men neglect to do, and it has a negative impact on their health as they age. Take command of your feelings and life, and learn to take actions that steer the ship the way you want to go. 2 Go to the Doctor When You're Not Sick Seeing a doctor regularly can help the doctor find problems early or even before they start. 3 Rethink Your Typical Daily Diet The days of gorging without gaining weight are over. And as your metabolism slows, eating fewer calories can boost health. But you should also make sure to get adequate nutrients, vitamins, and fluids.RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers. 4 Exercise Consistently (Instead of Intermittently) Regular exercise significantly lowers your risk of diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, and helps you retain your mobility longer. Exercise also lowers stress and improves sleep, skin and bone health, and mood. 5 Take Stress Reduction Seriously The effects of stress on your body are vast, ranging from premature aging and wrinkles to a higher risk of heart disease. Being happy and keeping your stress down goes a long way in helping you live and age well. In addition, testosterone levels are reduced in response to stress according to studies. RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say Experts 6 Start Investing in Your Relationships This is more crucial than ever coming off the heels of this pandemic when many people have slipped into isolation. Studies show that meaningful relationships and a strong social network improve mental and physical well-being and longevity. If you don't currently have an active social life, look for opportunities to reconnect with old friends or make new ones. Seek out like-minded others at work, church groups, volunteer activities, gyms, alumni groups, or any other group that corresponds to an interest of yours, and to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.

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What Taking Aspirin Every Day Does to Your Body

You may have read or heard about various reports that taking daily aspirin—yes, that old-time resident of your grandmother's medicine cabinet—may have benefits for modern health conditions. "Aspirin, or acetylsalicylic acid, is a medication that is indicated for many different things," says Kenneth Perry, MD, an emergency medicine physician in Charleston, South Carolina. "From fever control to pain control, even heart attack treatment, there seems to be a new indication every few months." That said, this common everyday drug called aspirin is a strong one, and it can cause some serious side effects in certain people. Read on for more about the features and benefits of aspirin, and what taking aspirin every day does to your body—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It. 1 Aspirin Can Reduce Inflammation Aspirin works by inhibiting prostaglandins, the enzyme that serves as an on-off switch for pain and inflammation. That's why it has been used for fevers and pain for more than a century. Today, it's still often prescribed to treat or prevent health conditions caused by inflammation in the body. 2 Aspirin Can Cause Stomach Ulcers It bears repeating: Aspirin is a strong drug, and some people can't tolerate it well. "Chronic use of aspirin can damage the lining of the stomach, causing stomach ulcers and pain," says Leann Poston, MD. "The risk increases in people over age 65, those with a history of stomach ulcers, and those who take blood thinners or drink alcohol."If you're sensitive to aspirin, your doctor may recommend taking another NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) instead, such as ibuprofen. 3 Aspirin May Reduce Your Chance of Heart Attack or Stroke "If you have had a heart attack or stroke, your doctor may want you to take a daily low dose of aspirin to help prevent another," says the American Heart Association. "Aspirin is part of a well-established treatment plan for patients with a history of heart attack or stroke." But the AHA notes that you shouldn't take daily aspirin unless your doctor prescribes it—they can help you evaluate the risks and benefits and determine if daily aspirin is right for you.RELATED: This Supplement Can Raise Your Heart Attack Risk, Experts Say 4 Aspirin Can Increase Your Risk For Bleeding Aspirin is one of the most well-known anticoagulants, meaning it thins the blood. This has advantages (such as reducing the risk of a second heart attack or stroke, which are often caused by blood clotting) and risks. "In case of injury, internal or external platelets aggregate at the site to help clot the blood. When you take daily aspirin, this aggregation is affected and leads to decreased coagulability, says Nikhil Agarwal, MD. "It can increase your risk for bleeding, especially if you are taking certain other supplements or are on certain medications." One possible side effect is gastrointestinal bleeding, says Barry Gorlitsky, MD. 5 Aspirin May Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer According to a 2016 meta-analysis published in the journal JAMA Oncology, people who took aspirin for six years or longer had a 19% lower risk of colorectal cancer and a 15% lower risk of gastrointestinal cancer of any type. The researchers estimated that regular aspirin use could prevent nearly 11% of colorectal cancers and 8% of gastrointestinal cancers diagnosed in the U.S. each year.RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say Experts 6 Aspirin Can Cause Tinnitus According to Dr. Guy Citrin, ND, daily aspirin use can cause tinnitus, which is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. This generally goes away when the drug is discontinued.RELATED: The #1 Cause of Obesity, According to Science 7 Aspirin Can Lead To Liver Damage Another possible side effect of daily aspirin use is liver damage, according to Dr. Khawar Siddique of DOCS Spine + Orthopedics. According to the Cleveland Clinic, one sign of liver damage is jaundice, which is a condition in which the skin, whites of the eyes, and mucous membranes turn yellow. 8 Aspirin May Cause Children To Develop Reye's Syndrome Reye's syndrome is a rare condition that causes confusion and swelling in the brain. "The exact cause of Reye's syndrome is unknown, but it most commonly affects children and young adults recovering from a viral infection," says the NHS. "In most cases, aspirin has been used to treat their symptoms, so aspirin may trigger Reye's syndrome." That's why doctors recommend not giving aspirin to children or teenagers for fever or pain. RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers. 9 Aspirin Can Cause Seizures If someone has epilepsy or is on some seizure prevention medication, taking aspirin may affect that. For example, because aspirin is a blood thinner, it may alter the amount of medication in the bloodstream. It's best to consult your doctor before using aspirin daily. And to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.

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Bailey's Range

Photo by Haseeb Jamil on Unsplash Baileys’ Range opened 10 years ago and is located in Downtown St. Louis. Part of the Baileys' family of restaurants, we proudly serve specialty burgers made with 100% grass fed, grain-finished American range beef and bake all our beer buns in house. The dedicated crew is proud to craft a delicious handmade ice cream with no artificial ingredients. We offer seasonal flavors, and even a vegan ice cream. You can order from a variety of 30 craft beers on tap, plus boozy ice cream shakes, house lemonades and more. Baileys' Range is perfect for large groups, date night, birthday parties, and families. You can check out the website here. Did I miss any of your favorites? Let me know in the comments!