The New Pizza Experience: MOD PIZZA!

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Named one of the United States “Top 50 Breakout Brands” by Nation’s Restaurant News MOD BUILDINGMod Pizza has taken off and soared since 2008 (Wikipedia). If you don’t already know –which if you don’t shame on you! –Mod pizza is a United States based chain of casual dining pizza restaurants. There are 30 company owned locations in the US. If you are like me, and live in Washington State, there are locations in Yakima, Issaquah, Tacoma, Lynnwood, Bellevue, Seattle, Puyallup, Sammamish, and Redmond. Yes, ,the right thing to do is to get your car keys and your kids (if you have any) and go to Mod, go to Mod right now!

MOD coupleAs I was saying, this private restaurant was founded in Seattle, WA of 2008. A couple in Seattle had an idea that was fueled by “pizza and simple pleasures” (Modpizza.com). During this time finances were tight and their boys were hungry. Taking all of this into consideration, the founders wanted to create a place that was inspiring and memorable but had authentic, fresh, hand-made food, made fast–all at a decent price.  The dynamic duo was not sure if everyone would go along with this idea or even if people would show up to eat the food—but people did and MOD was born.

MOD Squad

Once the doors opened in fall of 2008 the creators attracted people who were willing to help create the family environment MOD is known for. This group of people is called the “MOD Squad”. They have helped create “the spirit of individuality, teamwork, and service” this is called “MODness” (Modpizza.com). MOD pizza has nowhere to go but up. Just wait a few years; I’m sure more locations will be popping up everywhere.

This pair created “a true no-catch offer” through food. You are able to walk into a MOD pizza restaurant and buy a medium sized pizza aka a Mod pizza with as many or as little toppings as you want for the same price. This company stays true to their slogan:

“MOD Pizza. Simple food for complex times.”

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For more information visit modpizza.com

Most of this information was taken from the modpizza.com all of this information ultimately belongs to them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOD_Pizza

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http://modpizza.com/we-are-mod/

http://www.qsrmagazine.com/news/mod-pizza-land-portland-or-airport

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Spectacular Summer Treats!

I am that person who doesn’t have a sweet tooth–I have sweet teeth! With summer around the corner, I cant help but think of all the delicious treats there are to eat! Clearly, I love sugar; maybe a little too much–maybe that why I have so much energy.Smore frap plz

Anyway, sugar and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly. Another reason I love this time of year is because Starbucks has their Frappy Hour from 3 pm- 6 pm, if you don’t already know. I have to say their new S’more Frappuccino is delicious–but fair warning, if you don’t like things too sweet, like my mother, this Frappucino may not be your favorite. Regardless, Starbucks knows what’s up in the sugar department.

Yum shortcake iceStrawberry Shortcake Ice cream bars are my favorite summer time treat. They are to die for and very delicious and the fact that they are cute to look at, is an added plus. My addiction to sugar has found its way into an info graphic I’ve created (click on the thumbnail to see the full view). This info graphic covers a westernized view of the sweets people prefer to eat. Comment below and tell me what your favorite summertime treat is?

IshantiTo get your taste buds ready for this summer’s delicious treats, here is a list of America’s Best: “Top 10 Sweets” according to Food Network. Enjoy!

“AMERICA’S BEST: TOP 10 SWEETS”
Food Network Magazine’s list of the top ten best desserts in the US.
  1. Best Beer-Spiked Cupcake: Miette, San Francisco and Oakland, CA
  2. Best Drinkable Dessert: Parkesdale Farm Market, Plant City, FL
  3. Best Pie on a Stick: Kermit’s West Lime Shoppe, Key West and Deland, FL
  4. Best Exotic Ice Cream: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Columbus, OH
  5. Best-Dressed Doughnuts: The Donut Man, Glendora, CAFood n best foods
  6. Best Little Box of Chocolate: Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier, Madison, WI
  7. Best Upside-Down Frozen Treat: Ted Drewes, St. Louis
  8. Best Flaming Treat: Brennan’s, New Orleans
  9. Best Spin on Souffle: Falai, New York City 
  10. Best Big Whoopie: Two Fat Cats Bakery, Portland, ME

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/photos/americas-best-top-10-sweets.html?oc=linkback:

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/food-cocktails/news/a39174/starbucks-new-smores-frappuccino/

https://www.drumstick.com/nestle/bars-strawberry-shortcake.aspx

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/photos/americas-best-top-10-sweets.html?oc=linkback:

Happy Birthday SELENA!!

Picture this: A small child, around age 4, is ready to go to school. Pre-Kindergarten to be exact; the father picks up the child and places her in the back of his black trail blazer. The car is so big she can stand inside of it without hitting her head on the ceiling. The child hears the engine start to rumble as the father pulls out of the driveway. The next thing that is heard is a warm, velvety, voice of a Mexican American singing Bidi Bidi Bom Bom out of the speakers of the car. This singer is Selena Quintanilla Perez; not only a singer but a songwriter, actress, spokesperson, and a fashion designer. This small child was me.

SelenaSelena Quintanilla Perez was born on April 16, 1971 in Lake Jackson Texas. Her parents’ names are Abraham Quintanilla, Jr and Marcella Ofelia Samora. Perez had two siblings, a sister, Suzette Quintanilla, and a brother, A.B. Quintanilla III.

Selena y Los Dinos is the band that Abraham Quintanilla, started when Selena and her siblings were young. This is the same band Selena was a part of when she passed away on March 31, 1995. The murder was done by her registered agent named Yolanda Saldívar. Initially, she seemed like a good influence that wanted nothing but good things for Selena, her career, and her fashion boutiques. Turns out, she embezzled more than $60,000 in forged checks from both the Selena’s fan club and the boutiques. Saldívar border lined on obsession with Selena–which is clearly not healthy.

Selena Perez died at the young age of 23. She not only left her family, b0303_CCLO_selenabook1ut her husband Chris Perez, an American guitarist, songwriter. The man she married a few years back in 1992. Like most couples–this one planned on having little family and a farm together. Sadly, this never happened.

Growing up, my father played Perez’ music all the time. Although I didn’t know what she was saying some of the time, I loved the music. My father constantly tried to teach me Spanish when I was younger and this was one of his ways he taught me. My dad is Puerto Rican as well so I’m sure that helped influence this music as well. I can honestly say that Selena was a great role model for me because she was such a successful woman. She was able to handle her singing career with everything she was doing.

Selena was so influential, a movie was made about her. It is titled “Selena” starring Jennifer Lopez. I love Selena so much that I own this movie on DVD.  It is biographical drama covering the important events in Perez’ life. It’s such a great movie because you can gain more insight on her life, especially if you were old enough to recognize her work when she was alive. I want to close by saying Happy Birthday Selena you are truly loved and missed.

http://www.caller.com/entertainment/chris-perez-selenas-husband-authors-book-about

https://beta.prx.org/stories/82581

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selena

Below is a clip of the ending of the movie “Selena”–enjoy!

A Capella is Important Too

aca archA Capella has blown up so much in recent years, its become almost as popular as Gregorian chants during the Medieval Period. The media has helped push A Capella into popularity through various ways, one being a movie called Pitch Perfect and an A Capella competition titled The Sing Off. 

sing offPitch Perfect is about a young new college student named Beca, who immerses herself in an A Capella group and steers the gang towards success. The Sing Off features various A Capella groups preforming today’s popular music. This competition has celebrity judges that eliminates a group each week. Ultimately, an A Capella group wins a grand prize and becomes famous.

pitch-perfect.Due to Pitch Perfect and The Sing Off, A Capella has popped up at thousands of universities. Central Washington University didn’t have A Capella until 2011. In 2011, Isaiah Ragland, currently a senior at Central, brought A Capella to Central Washington University through Nada Cantada. Eventually more groups were formed like Boots n’ Cats, Fantastic Forte, and 20/20.

Last year, Emelia Blunt, another senior at Central, started a non-audition A Capella group named Blunt Force Trauma. This group is exciting because students can have all the fun of being in an A Capella group without auditioning. This is really important to me because although I haven’t always had professional training, music has always been a therapeutic getaway for me. This is a great opportunity for others who are in the same situation I’m in as well.

Recently, Central had its Fall A Capella concert called FallapaFOURza. This concert’s line up involves the groups I’ve mentioned earlier. Blunt Force Trauma’s songs include: “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit, “Make it To Me” by Sam Smith, “Your Love” by the Outfield, Ke$ha, and Moko. Here’s is a video of our performance if you would like to watch.

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Diabetes: Not always what you may think

half_baked-e1352743216471 In honor of National Candy Day, I’m going to talk about something that is somewhat related. Diabetes. There was a time I was concerned for my health and my doctor thought I could have diabetes. I was really worried and thought “Hmm I guess that makes sense, I do love my sweets more than the average person”. My friends agreed as well so there, it was settled. Turns out I do not have diabetes.  I don’t know about most people but I was under the notion that diabetes was caused by eating too much sugar.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and although I don’t have diabetes, I know someone who does. And I think its great to learn more information about this subject because I’m sure other people are or were under the same notion I was.

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The cause of both type I and type II diabetes is widely unknown. Type I diabetes attacks the “insulin producing cells” in the pancreas. Because of the lack of insulin, sugar builds up in the bloodstream instead of absorbing in the body. There is a similar situation with type II diabetes. In type II diabetes the cells in the body become resilient to insulin. The sugar-filled energy from the body goes into the bloodstream instead of being adsorbed into the cells.

The American Diabetes Association organization (ADA) is doing everything in their power to get Americans to live a healthier lifestyle, prevent, and handle diabetes. This years theme is “America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes® which is presented by Sun Life Financial”. The ADA has dedicated a title for everyday of the week to promote exercise and a balanced diet. The ADA is so dedicated they encourage others to participate in a do-it-yourself fundraiser,” they’re calling Cook to Stop Diabetes. This involves family, friends, and the community coming together for a fun party involving healthy cooking and raising money to stop diabetes.

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If you would like to find out more informational facts about diabetes or the ADA visit:

http://main.diabetes.org/dorg/adm/adm-2014-fact-sheet.pdf

 

 

http://www.ourskinny.com/diabetics/november-is-national-diabetes-month/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/basics/causes/con-20033091

http://main.diabetes.org/dorg/adm/adm-2014-fact-sheet.pdf

Relaxation: Taken for Granted?

Nowadays, life is so fast pace it’s easy to be like the “Energizer Bunny” and keep going, and going, and going. Peoples days are filled with so many activities to the point where they end up sleep with sore tense bodies, go to bed, then wake up the next day to do it all over again. I am guilty of this and want to talk about the importance of relaxing for our bodies and for our well being. An added bonus is that you live a happier life.

As people may know, there are so many simple ways to relax. So much in fact, there is no reason why someone cant be relaxed while dealing with the hustle and bustle of life.

Everyone uses their hands so often and don’t show them love. As weird as this may sound, it is a great idea to give yourself a hand massage. Hand massages are excellent for people who type a lot because hands tend to hold a great amount of tension. Believe it or not these massages are a good way to calm a pounding heart. When you get a chance to, grab some lotion or oil and start to rub your thumb against the base of your hand. Another way to instantly feel relief is to sprinkle cold water on your wrists and behind your earlobes. The arteries right under the skin allow the whole body to feel cool, calm, and refreshed.

child rosesThis may sound cliche, but honestly it is really beneficial to stop and smell the roses. “Certain smells change our mood.” Obviously, during a workday you can’t always leave your desk whenever you want just to smells the roses. It’s recommend that you bring a jar in with you, leave it at your work place, and smell whenever need be. My coffee addiction was enabled more when I found out the smell of coffee can help lower stress hormones. Talk about simple, even if you don’t like to drink coffee the smell will comfort you.

mannngosFood and drinks are essential to being alive and one of my favorite things to do. So if it can help me relax, that’s an added bonus. It would seem like most people know that green tea boots your metabolism, but did you know that green tea has a chemical called  L-Theanine? This chemical helps release anger. So the next time you feel like you want to punch someone or something drink green tea. I like to flavor mine with peaches. Mangoes are not only a tropical tasty snack, they help lower stress levels due to a compound called linalool.

I hope that these tips and suggestions find you well. Remember there are small little things you can do to every single day that will help you live a more relaxing life. If you want more tips than I mentioned earlier click on this link below. http://greatist.com/happiness/40-ways-relax-5-minutes-or-less

http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Relax-Already-Stiff-Neck-Shoulders-Gone-1845331

http://greatist.com/happiness/40-ways-relax-5-minutes-or-less

http://g2goutside.org/tag/kids/

http://www.naturalhealth365.com/food_news/eating_mangoes.html