Austin cupcake shop one of world’s best, according to Buzzfeed

The Buzzfeed Community recently set about naming the 25 best cupcake shops in the world.

The final list include places all over the world, from Switzerland’s Cuppin’s to South Africa’s Charly’s Bakery.

How the Buzzfeed Community was

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Austin restaurants: Where I’d eat my final meal in Austin

Reader Jamil Bata asked which restaurant would be my last stop before moving away from Austin. Good question. Tough question. It brings up others: Do you eat somewhere you can only eat in Austin? Do

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How much food does that exercise earn you? You might be surprised

By Kathryn Doyle

(Reuters Health) – In a small new study, volunteers who were shown chocolate and sports drinks after an exercise workout could not correctly guess how much would be an equal ‘reward’ for the calories they had just burned.

Surprisingly, they chose amounts that were much too small – either underestimating how many calories they had burned or overestimating how many were in the foods.

“We believed adults and children would not be good at estimating the calorie values of foods and drinks nor the calorie expenditure of exercise. But we originally (thought) they would overestimate,” said senior author Craig Williams of Children’s Health and Exercise Research Center at St. Lukes Campus of the University of Exeter in the UK, in email to Reuters Health.

The researchers selected 50 adults and 49 adolescents who exercised regularly at sports clubs for rugby, netball, swimming, hockey and badminton in the UK After one hour of sports practice, they estimated how many calories participants had burned based on an existing activity guide.

Then the researchers asked exercisers how much food or drink would compensate for the calories they thought they had burned. Participants were shown 30 individual squares of chocolate on a board, and bottles of sports drink filled to half a bottle, one bottle and four bottles, as visual cues.

On average, the exercisers chose less than half as much of both the chocolate or the sports drink than would actually have compensated for their calories burned, according to a report in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The exercisers underestimated by about 500 calories, the researchers found. Rugby players, for example, burned an estimated 700 calories over one hour, but by their own estimation, they could only have consumed about 330 calories of chocolate and 140 calories of sports drink to compensate.

“Potentially this might be seen as encouraging, but as we pointed out in the paper, we have qualitative evidence that their intentions would have been to actually eat more when the training had finished, even though they were reporting by underestimating,” Williams said.

Many participants remarked that they would have rewarded themselves with more food or drink than they had estimated would compensate, he said.

They would likely have been equally poor at estimating for other food items, like pizza, he said.

It is possible that the participants anticipated what the researchers wanted to hear, and changed their answers accordingly, Williams noted.

Also, in the study, the exercisers did not have access to the nutritional information for the chocolate or sports drink, but in reality that information would likely be available.

“Of course much of this information is already available on the food labeling or in restaurants where they are providing the information, but aspects of basic nutritional education I think do need to be improved to allow us to make better informed choices and then how this fits into our daily, weekly, monthly schedules,” Williams said.

It is not clear whether these subjects were underestimating how many calories they burned or overestimating the calories in the foods, he said.

“It is not imperative and we should not become too fixated with trying to be as precise as possible, e.g., to the exact 1 kcal (this would be impossible), but to be able to make better overall estimations,” he said.

SOURCE: http://bit.ly/1gF9bmb European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, online July 1, 2015.

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Now open: Saffron Austin in Northwest Hills

Saffron Austin opened at 3616 Far West Blvd. Although it is in the space previously occupied by Indian Palace, the new restaurant is under different ownership. Saffron Austin bills itself as Asian Fusion, serving

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Restaurant review: Counter 357

The sunglow yellow cucumber flower that brightened a plate of sumptuous country pâté came from chef Lawrence Kocurek’s garden. The pickled and sliced quail eggs, magenta on the outside with jonquil yellow yolks, paid homage

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Help us find Austin’s favorite guacamole

In the wake of guac-gate, in which Texans went into an uproar over a New York Times recipe that called for peas, we have decided to make it our mission to find readers’ favorite

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New hours: Licha’s Cantina serving Sunday brunch

East Austin Mexican restaurant Licha’s Cantina has added Sunday brunch to its offerings. The restaurant serves a brunch menu that includes chilaquiles, molletes, pastel Azteca, pozole, and more. Brunch cocktails include breakfast margarita and

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Organic Food and Locally Grown Food: Are They the Same?

Organic Food and Locally Grown Food: Are They the Same?

In the U.K., customers are gobbling up organic food by the bushel. In fact, according to the Organic Centre Wales, “Direct sales of organic food through box plans, farmers’ markets and farm stores grew by more than a third to L144 million throughout 2004.” And those numbers have actually continued to increasing as customers become significantly worried about the long-term impacts of the chemical fertilizers and pesticides used on crops grown by non-organic farms. While many people agree that natural food is more suitable over non-organic, a dispute has actually begun about the source of natural foods. For example, is imported organic food as desirable as UK organic food?

Making the Case for Local Organic Food

Those on one side of the debate insist it doesn’t matter where natural food is grown; rather, the essential factor is that the food encounters strict requirements to guarantee that it is genuinely natural. Those on the other side of the debate are similarly vehement that in your area grown organic food is more suitable to imported organic food, both due to the fact that the fossil fuels made use of to carry imported organic food enhance global warming and since UK natural food supports local farmers.

Some people, naturally, take the middle ground, and opt to choose their foods from an organic farm store when exactly what they desire is in period and buy imported natural food the remainder of the year.

Those who prefer importing natural food mention that a natural farm shop will only have seasonal foods, which badly restrict the choices consumers have when preparing meals. Imported organic food, they say, retains its remarkable nutritional quality while delivering a bountiful variety of fruits and vegetables.

Supporters say that you can find UK natural food at an organic farm shop, or even arrange for natural food shipment right to your door. You can even find natural fish, such as natural trout from an organic fish farm. There, the organic trout might reside in 400-year-old spring water and eat natural shrimp that originates from organic watercress beds.

The bottom Line

People might differ in their opinions about whether or not to restrict one’s usage of organic food to that grown in your area, however essentially everyone concurs that organic fruits, organic vegetables, organic fish, and natural meats are more suitable to those that are grown with chemical fertilizers, insecticides, and fungicides.

Currently, non-organic growers are authorized to make use of over 1,000 chemicals on crops. This equates into everything from soil erosion due to over-farming to dangerous poisonous overflow into our drinking water. Growing food naturally is a method to reverse this trend. With over 700,000 hectares committed to UK natural food, farmers are aiming to meet consumer need. Still, some markets import nearly half of the organic food they sell. When it comes to who will certainly win the debate over in your area grown natural food vs. imported organic food, only time will certainly tell.

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Austin Is A Great Bike City

It’s easy to be fat when most people sit at desks all day and eat out.  Biking is not only a great form of exercise, it is also a lot of fun.  Austin is a great city for biking, so take advantage of it.  The Austin Cycling Association has a great website about biking Austin so check it out.

If we all did our part, we would stay healthier, enjoy life a bit more, and live a more sustainable and joy filled life and biking can be a apart of that!

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Organic Food Is Best

Some people have the luxury of living out in the country and can grow their own food.  Others, are living a busy life in the city and don’t have the time or space to grow their own food.  Of course, you can always go to the box stores to get food, but how does that help your local food growers?

I love CSA’s.  It is a great way to get fresh food every week/bi-monthly, monthly, etc.  You work out the deal with the farm and they grow your food.  Everybody wins and most of all keeping the food local is better for your health, your city, and its great for the farmers.

Here is a great farm that puts pride into their CSA program.

 

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