Thursday, October 20, 2011

Jessica Lange on Craig Ferguson-AMERICAN HORROR STORY!!

The best TV series in a long time!

Halloween is almost here and FX HD Channel has launched a new series call "AMERICAN HORROR STORY"!!!!
You have to find to way to record, watch it, catch up to it. There has been 3 episodes so far.
I highly recommend it if you are into quality TV.
Below is the official link to "AMERICAN HORROR STORY"!!
Jessica Lange is absolutely terrific on this new series and we also love the great Frances Conroy who played Ruth Fisher on Six Feet Under, these two alone would make this show worth watching, they are phenomenal, plus all the other great actors, makes this show one of the best I have ever seen.

Frances Conroy, who played Ruth Fisher on Six Feet Under

American Horror Story | New FX TV Series

Our all time favorite TV series. Learn more about this new show that has everyone talking about it! :)
From the creators of "Glee", wait, don't judge yet!! Wait, really. I don't watch Glee either. I know, don't let my people know it, I just can't follow my people on this one. I tried, many times, but I just don't have patience or stomach for Glee, it seriously get on my nerves.
The good news is that this new show is the furthest thing possible from Glee.
Disturbing in cool sort of way.
Learn a little more about. I will try to find a few short clips on you tube and share it here.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fast Food Items not found in the US!

I have said here before, Gil and I are not big fans of fast food, but I have to confess, we will rely on fast food when we travel to places that we are not familiar with the restaurant scene, be that in the US or in other countries. Both for practical reasons and sometimes for safety reasons. You can always trust that a fast food chain will give you consistency and usually have safer food handling.

 Anyone who has traveled in rural areas of the US, principally the South, know that very often, your options are reduced to a number fast food places on the side of the freeways. Most options with loads of fried food.
We have found different items at McDonald's all around the US and our all time favorite is:

Mac Lobster Roll is found in most of New England during Lobster Season
I have also enjoyed McDonald's in Spain, much higher quality than McDonald's in some other countries:
Awesome McD sandwich in Spain with Spanish Jamon and Olive Oil
In Japan you can find the Mc Donald's Hot Dog, you can also find Mc Donald's authentic Bratwurst in some towns in rural Pennsylvania, but I couldn't find a picture of the PA option:
Mc Hot Dog in Japan
 Below is an article I read today about some other options you find in Fast Food restaurants around the world that are not available in the US. Ironically enough, the most disgusting one in my opinion is the last one, found in Burger King restaurants in Brazil, cholesterol much!!!  :(

Fast Food Items You Can't Have

by Matt Brownell
Sunday, October 16, 2011

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Fast food chains like McDonald's don't become global brands by cooking up the same old burgers and fries in every country.
Chains wishing to hang a shingle in a new country generally follow a strategy known as "localization," tailoring their menus to fit local tastes. In some cases it's subtle (in China, for instance, you can get chili garlic sauce with your McNuggets) while in other cases the menu is almost unrecognizable (in India, you won't find any beef or pork at burger chains).
That means that fast food fans in other countries get menu items that Americans can only dream of. Here are a few we wish we could have.

The Meat Monster (Burger King, Japan)

When most people want to put something on their burgers, they usually think of toppings like cheese, bacon, onions and tomatoes. The geniuses at Burger King put all of that on, then decided to throw on a chicken breast for good measure.
The result is the Meat Monster, a sandwich available at Burger King in Japan only. Perhaps the beast of a burger was meant to appeal to Japan's love of kaiju (monster) movies; in any case, we know it appeals to us. Bring this one stateside, Burger King.

McVeggie (McDonald's, India)
McDonald's has never been a preferred destination for vegetarians. While the fries no longer contain beef flavoring (the company discontinued the practice in 2001 in response to a lawsuit), meat-free customers still don't have too many choices beyond a few token salads.

Things are a bit different in India, though. Hinduism is the dominant religion there, which forbids consumption of beef and pork, and vegetarianism is widespread. The result is the rare spectacle of a McDonald's with no hamburgers. In addition to the standard Filet-O-Fish, you also get the Chicken Maharaja Mac and the McVeggie, the latter of which uses bread, potato, peas, carrots and Indian spices.

McZüri (McDonald's, Switzerland)

Photo: McDonald'
Starting this month, McDonald's Switzerland has starting rolling out experimental new items that cater to local tastes. While the McGrillschnägg — a sausage made from Swiss pork — certainly looks appetizing, the standout star for us is the McZüri, made from 100% Swiss veal. Yes, we said veal. The patty is accompanied by mushrooms and caramelized onions. Apparently McDonald's is a bit more upscale in Europe.

Paneer Tikka Sub (Subway, India)
Subway's menu isn't as beef-intensive as McDonald's meat-centric offerings, so its 223 Indian locations aren't as unrecognizable as McDonald's Indian restaurants. But there's definitely some local flavor there in addition to the usual lineup for sandwiches, including chicken tandoori and tikka subs. And there are plenty of options for vegetarian customers, including the paneer tikka, which the site describes as "cottage cheese slices marinated with barbecue seasoning and roasted to a light crispness."

Krushers (KFC, Germany)
In the U.S., KFC has focused on chicken products and generally stayed away from doing anything too creative in the dessert space, but in other countries it's a much different story. KFC locations in Australia, Germany, South Africa and other countries offer a line of dessert drinks known as Krushers, which come in such flavors as mango, strawberry, Kit Kat and Triple Choc Crunch. The drinks are mixed with large chunks of fruit or candy (including sliced-up strawberries and Oreo cookies). To slurp up the chunks, the drinks come with extra-wide straws.

Bubur Ayam McD (McDonald's, Malaysia)

Photo: McDonald'
Apparently bubur ayam — which translates to "chicken broth," according to Google — is a traditional Malaysian dish. And according to the English-language McDonald's Malaysia website, the Bubur Ayam McD consists of "juicy chicken strips in mouth-watering porridge, garnished with spring onions, sliced ginger, fried shallots and diced chilies ... just like mum's cooking!" We're guessing that this dish won't be coming to the U.S. anytime soon, but we'd still be curious to try it.

Trio Supremo (Burger King, Brazil)
Burger King is now owned by a Brazilian company, 3G Capital, so we expect the Brazilian locations to have top-notch cuisine. And Burger King Brazil has indeed come up big with the Trio Supremo, which comes with chicken nuggets, onion rings and French fries smothered in cheddar cheese and bacon bits. The whole thing amounts to 1,072 calories and 58 grams of fat. As far as we're concerned, America is up to the challenge of this one.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Brazil’s lessons for indebted Europe

Brazil’s lessons for indebted Europe

Some European nations' debt will have to be forgiven to resume growth. Those responsible for the financial turmoil must pay, rather than the poor. And Europe must unify its fiscal policy.

São Paulo, Brazil
For those of us in developing countries who over the years became reluctant experts on the subject of financial crises, the latest wave of turmoil in the global financial system is, regrettably, not a surprise.
In large part, the prescriptions and recommendations that so-called experts make today about the persistent problems in the rich world are exactly the same ones that were made in previous decades about countries such as Brazil. The difference is that, now, since the crisis is at the center and not at the periphery of the system, the global risks and repercussions are much bigger.
In the past, national officials – central banks and finance ministers – sought to vigorously demonstrate that there was no reason to compare their own country’s plight with the tragedy occurring in another. Their fiscal situation wasn’t the same; their percentage of debt to GDP wasn’t all that big; the internal debt was in the hands of domestic holders and denominated in local currencies; and so on.
But there was always one critical factor: foreign-exchange accounts. If capital flows stopped permitting the rollover of debt, the phantom of default would rear its head and often devour everything, condemning countries afflicted by the contagion to years of fiscal austerity and low growth.

During the 1990s and at the beginning of this century, seemingly every problem experienced by a poorer country (some of them not so poor anymore, since the term BRIC came into fashion) was met with the same prescription. The International Monetary Fund proposed drastic fiscal discipline, a reorganization of the state’s property via privatizations, greater openness to capital flows, new investments, and in the most severe cases, a restructuring of foreign debt, as happened with the Brady Plan [the 1989 reorganization of mostly Latin American debt].
The prescription, therefore, did not assure a smooth path to the return of growth. In order to grow again, it was necessary to lure foreign funds, but at the same time not expose oneself to the most fickle and volatile capital flows – what these days is called “hot money.” Easy to say; but in practice, it was very difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. When the situation deteriorated to the point that foreign loans were necessary to cover balance-of-payment deficits, the situation often turned lethal.
What did those of us who ran these countries ask of the international community during these difficult times? We requested more and better international regulation in order to limit speculation against our currencies, the creation of funds that were bigger and more easily accessed, and for the IMF to be strengthened and simultaneously adjust its policies in favor of countries with liquidity crises.
To finance these funds, some of us returned to the idea of a Tobin tax, a levy on conversions of one currency to another. Finally, we argued that if budget austerity exceeded a certain limit, it would kill any hopes of a return to growth – not to mention make the sociopolitical situation in our countries unsustainable. Nobody listened to us, despite our continued requests. Countries that were in no condition to negotiate better terms with the IMF generally suffered through a long period without growth, with continued inability to pay their debts, and with social unrest.

Read the entire article here:
Brazil’s lessons for indebted Europe