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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Learn How The PGA Tour's New Bag & Purse Policy Will Affect You

The PGA Tour is taking a page from the NFL and has implemented a new bag and purse policy for 2014 that restricts what patrons can bring into tournaments.

How will this affect you if you're heading to the HP Byron Nelson Championship May 11-18 or Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial May 19-25th?  Well, the policy is a bit more liberal than the NFL's because it allows opaque diaper bags, something the NFL prohibits.

Louis Vuitton Mini Pochette
Louis Vuitton Mini Pochette
The PGA Tour's purse restrictions call for tiny bags, though, allowing a bag that is 6"x6" or smaller.  Finding a purse 6 inches (roughly the length of a dollar bill) or smaller is tough.  I scoured the internet for bags that work.

Louis Vuitton Mini Pochette works for just about any purse policy.  It measures at 5.5" wide and 3.7" tall.
Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Monday Crossbody Bag
Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Monday Crossbody Bag
This Kate Spade Cedar Street Crossbody bag is another stylish option.  It's 6.5 inches in length, though. Perhaps you can squeeze it under the 6 inch rule if the security guards pull out a tape measure. (I might have done that a few times at NFL games....might).

Let me vent: This screams of another policy designed by a mostly male staff that has no clue about real world problems women face when it comes to carrying our crap.

Here is the actual policy:



For more information visit the PGA Tour's website.

Expect restrictive bag and purse policies to become to the norm.  Leagues and organizations claim that the policy is primarily for security, citing 2013's Boston Marathon bombing as the impetus for tighter restrictions.

One NFL source told me that these policies simply make the security screening process easier.  Meaning fans can get into the game quicker because bags are easier to check and security screeners have fewer judgement calls to make.

The source indicated he wouldn't be surprised if the NBA and MLB followed suit.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Closer Look at The Parisian Diet

The Parisian Diet was released in 2013 but it's worth reexamining with so many people having visions of April in Paris.
La Duree
Author Dr. Jean Michel-Cohen is a popular French nutrition expert.  He is coming out with a cookbook in May. (Pre-order Light French Recipes: A Parisian Diet Cookbook here ).  There are three phases to the diet:
  • The Cafe Phase - a kickstart, lasting 8-10 days which includes plenty of liquids
  • The Bistro Phase - a 2-3 week period in which you consume fiber and protein-rich meals
  • The Gourmet Phase - the longterm phase you maintain until you reach your ideal weight. 
The main tenets of his diet are simple:
  • Quality, not quantity - meaning smaller portions of food.  No supersizing.
  • Savor your food and avoid mindless eating.  A meal is a ritual in which to celebrate, not chow down at your desk.  I have a bad habit of doing this. 
  • Don't deprive - skip a salad if you don't love it!  Instead eat a smaller portion of something you love rather than a large salad you'll hate consuming. 
It's somewhat along the lines of Mireille Guiliano's French Women Don't Get Fat.

I tend to lose weight when I visit France (and any other foreign country, for that matter).  But what's interesting when I visit France is that I indulge.  Granted, we usually walk about five or more miles a day but there isn't one bit of restraint.  We eat cheese, drink wine, eat desserts, macarons and sumptuous, multi-course meals.   Here's the thing: the portions are small and the ingredients are fresh.

Here is a typical Parisian vacation diet, in pictures.

Breakfast

I visited Eric Kayser every morning to pick up pastries. 
This was my daily breakfast which is a departure from my normal routine of a green smoothie, oatmeal or toast and peanut butter.  We would get four pastries: one for me, my husband, my daughter and one to share.  Notice how these aren't huge.

Lunch

Lunch at Ma Cocotte
This was a normal lunch.  We would usually also have salad and dessert....and a few more glasses of wine.

Dinner
The final meal of the day was either one of two things: a blowout or not much at all.

Dinner at Maxim's

Dessert at Maxim's

Treating my daughter like a queen! 
We celebrated my birthday at Maxim's at around 10pm one evening.  Sure it's touristy but it was a wonderful experience.

Crepes, cheese, champagne and fruit for dinner
On other nights, after having a large lunch we would eat a smaller dinner featuring what you see above.  The thing about dinners in Paris is that there is no late night snacking, something I struggle with at home.  Once the kitchen is closed, it's closed.  No more food after dinner.

The ubiquitous bottle of wine
We had wine at almost every meal.  Generally a bottle split between the two of us.

Oreos! Mon dieu!
Don't think the French are perfect.  Look what I found at the grocery store...processed food!

The Takeaway 
The Parisian Diet isn't a new concept.  It's one that most nutrition experts advocate: eat real food, smaller portions of it, be mindful when you eat and enjoy your food.

Whether in Paris or not, that's something most of us can learn to do better.

Buy the Books Mentioned in this Post:


The Parisian Diet: How to Reach Your Right Weight and Stay There


French Women Don't Get Fat


French Women Don't Get Fat - the original "eat like a French women" tome.



French Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes & Pleasures - this book does feature some wonderful recipes. 


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Dallas Stars Accessories

With both the Dallas Stars AND the Dallas Mavericks back in the playoffs, this is what Spring in Dallas should be.  When you factor in the NFL Draft and the golf tournaments coming in May, this makes for the best time of year if you're a sports fan.

It's been a drought for the Stars.  When they take the ice against the Ducks on Wednesday in Anaheim, it will mark their first playoff game since May 19, 2008 when names like Turco, Modano, Richards and Morrow played for Dallas.

Are the Stars back on your radar now?  Here are some accessories to get you back in the game.  If you're a sports gal or are looking for stylish Stars gear for your favorite female fan, read this.


Whatever you do, please don't go for the douche-y flat billed hat.
If you're over 21 or are not a backup dancer for Jennifer Lopez, just avoid at all costs.

Healthy Tex-Mex: Chicken Margarita Tacos

Inspired by the delicious meal I had at Rosario's in San Antonio on Friday, I'm in a Tex-Mex mood.  As many trips as I have made to San Antonio, I can't believe I just discovered this local gem in the King William Historic district.

Friday's lunch was full of chayote squash, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, peppers and more.  Amazing.

Tex-Mex doesn't have to be loaded full of fat, cheese and grease to be delicious.  Look at this wonderful Tex-Mex recipe I found from the Well Fed Newlyweds blogChicken Margarita Tacos.

I am not a huge Panko bread crumbs fan.  I would stick with simply grilled chicken.  Either way, it's fantastic.
Image via thewellfednewlyweds.blogspot.com
For the Tacos:
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup tequila
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Zest of 2 limes
1 tsp. ground coriander
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced

3 cups panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup flour (I used whole wheat)
Zest of 3 limes
1 tsp. ground coriander

Corn tortillas, warmed
Fresh cilantro, chopped

For the Salsa:
1 avocado, diced
1 medium tomato, diced
6 to 8 large strawberries, chopped
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
Juice of half a lime
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:
In a large bowl or baking dish, whisk together the olive oil, tequila, lime juice, zest of 2 limes, 1 tsp. coriander, salt, and pepper.


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