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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Scintillating Sunday: Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez is from Venezuela and lives in Miami where he is a personal trainer. No doubt his clients pay strict attention.

There is more to see of Roberto on the main site.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Helping You Make It Through the Beefcake Night

Aden and Jordan

The Main Beefcake Course: Indulge

But don't overeat

Saturday Beefcake Sweets: Vincenzo

OK. If your name is Vincenzo, it stands to reason that ricotta must play an important role in your culinary life. With looks as sweet as this particular Vincenzo's, perhaps there's inspiration for a ricotta sweet thing as well.

Ricotta Cookies

Butter, unsalted, softened, one cup
Sugar, two cups
Eggs, three
Ricotta, two cups
Vanilla, two teaspoons
Flour, four cups
Baking Soda, one teaspoon
Salt, one teaspoon
Oven pre-heated 350F

Now that the heat is up.

1. Cream butter.sugar, eggs and cheese until smooth.
2. Stir in vanilla. Combine flour , baking soda and salt and beat into butter mixture.
3. Drop dough by one half teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets.
4. Bake about fifteen minutes can
5. Cool on racks.

Frosting makes it all the richer and sweeter.

Sugar, confectioner's, one box
Butter, unsalted, four tablespoons, softened
Vanilla, two teaspoons

Gratuitous Jessie Pavelka Saturday Beefcake Post

We know you like him. Even if he didn't work so hard at having a godlike body, the man has facial beauty from here to next week.

Saturday Beefcake: Where's the Beef?

Acutally classic Shepherd's Pie has no beef. It has evolved into a beef dish from the original mutton.

In the search for Thomas Rau's recipe for Almost Meatless Shepherd's pie we found a preview of his book, The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health along with it.

The recipe calls for some ground turkey, making it not quite meatless but at least heart healthy.

As for the beef ...

... we rummaged through the internet and found worthy substitutes.

Starting Your Beefcake Day

Not many people realize it but eating breakfast is the secret to staying healthy.
No matter how busy you are, it's important to fuel your body so that you can have energy throughout the day. Eating a good breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day. So don't overlook this important meal. Select healthy options that fit your taste and lifestyle.

The Benefits of a healthy Breakfast are:
Jumpstart your metabolism from the overnight fast: Breakfast is considered an important meal because it breaks the overnight fasting periods and replenishes your supply of glucose. Glucose is your body's energy source and is broken down and absorbed from the carbohydrates you eat. In the morning, after you have gone without food for as long as 12 hours, your glucose levels drop. When this happens, your body compensates by releasing the glucose that has been stored in your muscle tissue and liver, called glycogen. Once all the energy from the glycogen stored is used up, the body breaks down fatty acids to produce energy. Without carbohydrates, fatty acids are only partially oxidized, which can cause reduced energy levels.

Works towards weight Loss:
After 12 hours of sleep your body has been fasting overnight, and in the morning you are almost in the first stages of starvation. Skipping breakfast keeps your body in 'starvation' mode, while eating a good meal will give your metabolism a boost. If you're trying to lose weight, the last thing you want to do is keep your metabolism at this lowered state. Eating a healthy breakfast will increase your fat burning ability. Breakfast, therefore, can boost your energy levels as well as your metabolism for the day.

from fitness expert, Indy Stewart

Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Might: AIDS Walk New York

POZ’s fifth annual fund-raiser for AIDS Walk New York, Love Out Loud, is well on its way to becoming another memorable evening. Special guests in years past have included Ilene Kristen (One Life to Live), Thorsten Kaye (All My Children), Marj Dusay (Guiding Light) the accomplished actress who lost her son, Randall, to AIDS in 1993, Mark Dobies, who appeared in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, that Optimum guy, Matt Walton (One Life to Live’s Elijah Clark); Laurence Lau, Jeff Branson, Brian Gaskill, Law & Order: SVU ’s Christopher Meloni among many others.

The support coming from the entertainment industry in our efforts to help those with HIV AIDS has been very gratifying. This event promises to be our biggest and brightest event yet. Come out and say hello to your favorites.

Where: Prohibition, 503 Columbus Ave. (@ 84th) in Manhattan
When: Wednesday, May 12 2009 5:30 to 9:00 PM
How Much: $35 donation (pay in advance via PayPal – gio@alec-musser.com)

Reservations will insure a seat at a table. There is a two drink minimum at the event.

Go here to make a donation to the team for the Walk, which is on May 16, 2010.

POZ is the premier lifestyle, treatment and advocacy magazine for people living with—and those affected by—HIV and AIDS. The award-winning magazine and website (poz.com) provide the most complete and expert HIV/AIDS information available in the United States. Together, the magazine and website reach more than 70 percent of all of those people living with HIV/AIDS who are aware of their status. The website provides extensive opportunity for both public and private social networking and represents one of the largest communities of openly HIV-positive people in the world. For more information, please visit www.poz.com.
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Giovanni: papag@pozevent.com

Gay Friday: Gervais and Stewart

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Ricky Gervais
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorVancouverage 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Gay Thursday: Gay Theater in NYC

New Gay Theater Has More Love Than Politics
(Patrick Healy in The New York Times February 22, 2010)

A new breed of plays and musicals this season is presenting gay characters in love stories, replacing the direct political messages of 1980s and ‘90s shows like The Normal Heart and Angels in America with more personal appeals for social progress...

These productions about gay life make little or no mention of HIV or AIDS and keep direct activism at arm’s length, with militant crusading portrayed with ambivalence more than ardor. The politics of these shows — there are seven of them opening in New York in the next several weeks — are subtler, more nuanced: they place the everyday concerns of Americans in a gay context, thereby pressing the case that gay love and gay marriage, gay parenthood and gay adoption are no different from their straight variations.

While persecution remains a reality for most of these gay characters, just as it does in many movies and television shows featuring gay love stories, the widening acceptance of AIDS as a pandemic rather than a gay disease — and the broadening debate on gay marriage and gay soldiers — have led, and have to some extent freed, writers and producers to use a wider lens to explore a broader landscape.

Go here for all of it.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wednesday Word: Steamboat

sat·ire   –noun
1.the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.
2.a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuesday Talent: Terrell Tilford

The excellent and molto simpatico actor who brings the complex Dr. Greg Evans to life on One Life to Live brought that appeal to here! TV's The DL Chronicles and Days of Our Lives where also played a doctor. Doctor Greg Evans in the person of Mr. Tilford brings grown up and uncomplicated sensuality to the show. There is still a lot of life in the character and his family in spite of Daphnee Duplaix's pending departure. We are hoping that the powers that be over at ABC-TV and One Life to Live are listening. The show has so much going for it and his presence most definitely ups the ante. Send support for this fine actor to:

Mr. Frank Valentini
Executive Producer
c/o One Life to Live
320 W 66th St
New York, NY 10023

or call the ABC Viewer Comment Line: 818-460-7477

Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday Music: Banderas

AMG REVIEW: The 1991 debut release by the British duo Banderas has a rather misleading cover image, that of two oddly-dressed women sporting Sinead O'Connor-style crew cuts with the band's Spanish-sounding name sprawled across the top of the picture. Perhaps Ripe's failure was due to consumer confusion; is Banderas a Spanish-language punk band, or a bizarre Sinead side project? One listen to the album, however, reveals neither is true. Banderas is actually an ace pop band, and its one and only album, Ripe, is addictive ear candy. The two members (vocalist Caroline Buckley and violinist/keyboardist Sally Herbert) receive ample assistance from producer extraordinaire Stephen Hague, but the album's real star is Buckley, who sings with confidence and clarity. Her voice soars on the funky, beautifully produced album opener "This Is Your Life" and the eerie "May This Be Your Last Sorrow." While Ripe's remanding eight tunes don't quite scale the same heights, Caroline Buckley's extraordinary pipes save the material from sinking into mediocrity. A few lackluster songs drag down the album, but this was a promising debut, and Banderas boasted an incredible vocalist in Caroline Buckley. But even with guest appearances from some of the biggest names in British pop (including Jimmy Somerville, guitarist Johnny Marr, and New Order's Bernard Sumner), the album didn't perform well in Europe and sank like a stone in the States, and they never released a second album. Ripe will almost certainly never be widely heard, and Banderas is forever shunned into pop obscurity. It's a shame this talented act never saw the success it deserved. — William Cooper

As far as we're concerned, the obsessive "Why Aren't You In Love Me?" says it all. The entire album bears repetitive listening. Check out the three songs on the main site.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunday Sex on A Stick: Thomas Jane

What saves The Velocity of Gary from complete oblivion as a film is the scorching Thomas Jane (Hung) along with his two passionate kissing scenes with Vincent D'Onofrio. Yes:

Read more about Thomas in Stander Well, there would be no complaint here if Thomas were simply about the sex ... but there is more to him than that. Well, his blessed nature does have us paying attention ...