Barilla Restaurants Help New Yorkers Maintain a Balanced Lifestyle with 7-Day Menu

The name Barilla is synonymous with pasta and Italian cuisine, but you might be unaware that the historic pastamaker has recently opened three fast casual restaurants in New York City, with a fourth slated to open in July 2017.

The restaurants, located around Herald Square, Bryant Park, Radio City Music Hall and the Financial District (July) offer a wide variety of traditional and authentic Italian cuisine. The menu spans everything from salads and soups to pizza and pasta, with delicious desserts and Lavazza coffee.

Barilla Restaurants introduced the 7 Days a Week Menu this year, which was developed by its Food & Nutrition Research Center in Italy. The menu provides customers with quality dishes made from the same authentic recipes that Italians cook with every day. The result is food that is both good for you and good for the planet.

The menu provides the guidelines on how to maintain a healthy but hearty diet through an enlightened balance of freshly made, quality meals. The menu is based on a restructured food pyramid that emphasizes fruit, vegetables, whole grain pasta and bread, fish, and olive oil, while limiting eggs, dairy, meat and sweets.

The Barilla philosophy is essentially very simple, there is no need to diet or cut out certain foods as long as you eat smart and stay informed about the ingredients in your food.


Traditional Chinese Medicine Now in Individual Packets

Recently, we have seen significant increase in the practice and use of Traditional Chinese Medicine and these ancient formulas are now available for consumers in convenient and single-served all-natural drinkable packets thanks to DAO Labs. I have got a package of DAO. I really like it! The package looks very cute, so it can be not only for yourself but also could be a gift for someone you care about!

These formulas are effervescent powders comprised of Chinese herbs that are designed to be taken as a daily supplement to balance the body, mind and spirit while also working to improve digestion and alleviate symptoms of colds/allergies. MSRP: $28.20 per box of 15 individual sachets.  Available online at

DAO´s Formulas: 

  • Emotional Balance: Works to elevate moods and increase overall sense of well-being.
  • Digestive Harmony: Works to improve digestion and when used regularly, has been shown to improve overall digestive health.
  • Immunity Support (Cold/Allergy): Builds immunity while working to decrease the irritation and impact of colds and allergies. Perfect for occasional and frequent travelers that wish to enjoy the best experience in their destination.

DAO Labs product line is made with verified authentic Chinese herbs including Chinese Foxglove Rehmannia, Ginger and White Peony roots, Red Tangerine Peel, and Hawthorn and Forsythia fruit. All varieties are all-natural, vegetarian, and packaged and tested in the United States.


Chut Up Condiments

I love sauces and I was excited to discover this line of better-for-you condiments, cheekily named CHUT UP (with no added sugar or sass).

  • Founded by South-African born Chef Hugo Uys, owner of the long-term West Village’s iconic eatery: Paris Commune
  • Contracted for market development by Rutger’s Food Innovation Center
    • Who most recently did the same for Impossible Foods who just received $50MM in funding
  • Initial launch includes no-sugar added line of Beet Ketchup, Peri Peri Hot Sauce and Caramelized Onion & Apple Chutney
  • Kickstater website launched last week with 1/3 funding secured:
    • URL (case sensitive):
    • Need help reaching the finish line in order to:
      • Bring our first batch to market to supply our initial partners for the first few months
      • Develop new business through sampling and trial while we do our formal capital rise

CHUT UP has been taste-tested many of NYC’s leading chefs and some of CPG’s top minds, who all agree that we have something here that is unique, healthy and delicious. The $15K we are trying to raise will help support the restaurants and retail trials need to get the official sales rolling.


Iced Tea Mocktail Tips from Yvette Marquez + Vive Mejor

Vive Mejor has partnered with blogger and cookbook author Yvette Marquez of Muy Bueno Cookbook just in time to share tips for the perfect Lipton® unsweetened iced tea “mocktails” to serve at your Memorial Day cookout! Lipton unsweetened iced tea is a great-tasting and naturally refreshing alternative to water, and Yvette’s tips below will inspire you to put your own twist on it.

  1. Lipton Green Tea paletas (popsicles) taste like sweet tea on a stick and are very refreshing, especially on a sweltering hot day. They’re the easiest pops you’ll ever make. Adding chunks of fresh fruit like mango or pineapple inside popsicle molds makes them that much better.
  2. Serve Lipton Black Tea with fresh herbs like mint or basil and slices of lemons and oranges to create a unique and refreshing drink your family will enjoy.
  3. In a large carafe combine Lipton Iced Tea with freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice, and a splash of club soda with floating slices of lemons and oranges for a fun mocktail perfect for summer.
  4. Brew Lipton Berry Hibiscus Tea and use it to make ice cubes. Plop your pretty ice cubes in sparling water for a pretty pink hue with a hint of berry flavor.
  5. BONUS: Instead of throwing away your used Lipton Tea bags, open them up and sprinkle the damp leaves around the base of plants to fertilize the soil. You can also add previously brewed tea bags to your compost pile.


Best Summer Skin Care Products

  1. PCA SKIN Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45 ($49;

This light, silky broad spectrum sunscreen is formulated with a universal tint, to match most skin tones. Added antioxidant protection and water resistant makes this the perfect sunscreen for a glow. Use it alone or wear it under makeup for a flawless finish.

  • Tested to protect the skin for 80 minutes in water or while sweating
  • Protects against aging UVA rays and burning UVB rays
  • Purely physical formula: Titanium Dioxide (6%) and Zinc Oxide (8%) provide broad spectrum UV protection by reflecting, scattering and absorbing UV rays
  • Awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation

Key Ingredients:

Ubiquinone (CoEnzyme Q10) – a potent antioxidant that fights free-radical damage. This is especially useful, as UV exposure generates free radicals in the skin.

Iron Oxides – can be naturally occurring or synthesized and are commonly used to impart natural color into topical products.

Dimethicone – a silicone that contributes to the luxurious slip and finish of this tinted SPF.

What I thought: This actually went on very smoothly and created a easy morning routine with SPF. I liked that the scent is very mild and it was able to smooth out pores and imperfections. 

Paula’s Choice introduces NEW RESIST Omega+ Complex ($36, available tomorrow on Light in texture but heavy on beautiful results, this serum hydrates, rejuvenates, and softens skin from the first use.

Additionally, RESIST Omega+ Complex is formulated with a specially selected combination of essential omega fatty acids – including chia, flax and passion flower – designed to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier and help fight environmental damage and signs of aging.

What I thought: I have been looking for a serum to use with my daily night routine and Paula’s Choice Skincare has the ingredients I am looking for. With the dryness of the Las Vegas desert and summer approaching, I use this product every single night!

IT CosmeticsIT’s Your Bye Bye Breakthroughs

Bye Bye Makeup™ Formulated to be non-irritating, your 3-in-1 hydrating sulfate-free cleanser, purifying instant makeup remover and anti-aging serum leaves your complexion appearing soft, smooth and radiant!

What I thought: Love love love IT Cosmetics. I usually use makeup wipes or a foam cleanser but nothing cleans my entire face better than the Bye Bye Makeup. You only need a tiny bit and it takes everything off.  This is a go-to and my skin has never been better. 


Downward Dog Premieres Wednesday on ABC / has the toys!

You’re going to love our furry friend Martin from the new show Downward Dog!
Don’t miss the premiere on Wednesday, May 17th – 9:30|8:30c on ABC!

And let your pup join in on the fun with a PawPack or PetGiftBox filled with toys from the show!
Use the code DownDog for 20% off your first box!
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