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Navigating Learning Curve of the Birth Year and Beyond

Today’s parents face challenges unlike any generation before.

They’re greeted by an avalanche of conflicting information. There’s much to learn about your body, transitioning friendships and relationship, not to mention education on parenting and care methods, gadgets, and more.jennbabyinside

Experts and businesses vie for one’s attention and dollars, and it is difficult to know which advice to trust. This has given rise to the “Birth” and “Mommy” Wars – a natural response to conflicting information in a climate where one must keep up with the Joneses while always seeking that “one right answer” they learned through years of schooling must magically exist. The result? Serious stress!

Parents bump into a lot of dogma in terms of birth options, be it allopathic (“The epidural is the answer!”) or Natural Childbirth (“All doctors, hospitals, and especially that epidural, are evil!”). Most know there must be more to it, yet when experts weigh in on both sides with equally compelling information, neither quite resounds with most parents. Parenting choices are similarly complex.

So, they turn to friends and family for advice, only to find more turmoil and disagreement there!

Reality hits: Every choice they are about to make carries political and personal statements. The pressure is on. No matter which path they choose, which options they embrace, they will be judged by others.

The only sane recourse is to choose what ‘‘best fits” one’s family and needs, regardless of what anyone else thinks. How though, to best determine that?

It isn’t easy. Plus it feels important to get this right, a baby is depending on you.

They key is to remember to stay true to yourself. What’s right for another family may not be right for you. There’s no cookie-cutter solution. Just like there is no ‘perfect’ labor. We all arrive at our journey from a different starting point, and from different circumstances. It should be a red flag when someone insists their way is the only way. The only best way is that which best serves your family.

Many are turning to birth support personnel to guide them while providing hands-on comfort and support during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period.press_kit_3

You must be selective when choosing a support person. The key is to retain someone who won’t foist their agenda on you, but rather support you in finding your own custom solutions and path. A Momdoulary Certified Professional is educated as birth, postpartum, and antepartum doulas, as well as in areas of childbirth education, parent preparation coaching, and family lifestyle organizing – all from a space that is free of judgment. They will never tell you what you should choose, but rather help you understand and assess the options,then support you on implementation. Again, having support in your corner, designed to support you in assessing your needs from an objective place, is a gift most parents need.

Regardless of whether you on-board help or not, you must determine how you plan to navigate what will become the biggest learning curve of your life. Doing so early in your pregnancy will help you more calmly ride through the information storm coming your way. Act early and well, to create the smoothest transition into a wonderful new phase of life for you and your growing family.

On Milwaukee and IndyCar penalties | Ask the Expert IndyCar Series

by Curt Cavin

Question: I made my first trip up to Milwaukee this past weekend with my wife and dad for Father’s Day. Wow! What an awesome event. The atmosphere was amazing, people were friendly and the racing was great. We attend the 500 every year and I think we’ll continue making the trip to Milwaukee as well. (Ryan, Greenwood, Ind.)

Answer: It’s generally been good for all of those reasons, but I thought Andretti Sports Marketing again showed it knows how to put on an event. The infield was terrific, especially the area for the kids. I know the walk-up crowd was limited by the poor weather forecast, but I hope the event continues. It’s terrific and, as you noted, the racing is very good, too.

Question: Now, if anybody complains about Milwakuee, they will have to turn in their race fan badge. (Jim, Indianapolis)

Answer: You won’t hear a peep from me. I love the action at that track, and Saturday’s show was another good example.

Question: Noticed you left the Penske penalty from Texas alone for awhile, then when you did finally get around to it, your story was as if you had no opinion at all. (Big J., Queen Creek, Ariz.)

Answer: I didn’t include my opinion in the newspaper story because that’s not my place; this is. My opinion on these things are, the driver and the entrant are one in the same. If one is penalized, the other is, too, and that’s how it’s been done for years upon years. It’s that way so that a team can’t cheat its way into a driver championship, which ultimately is the only championship that matters to the public. It seems to me there’s been a change in policy the past two seasons regarding driver points being taken away, and that “precedent” is what Derrick Walker referenced. Walker vowed to make the rulebook clear on this subject moving forward, and that’s good. But here’s the real problem and something I’ve been harping on for years: IndyCar needs to be completely transparent with its penalties so that we can gauge consistency. Right now we can’t because we’re not sure what has been levied and what hasn’t.

Question: Just a quick thought: Who would have thought at this point in the season Franchitti and Power would be 10th and 11th in the point standings? (Gregg, Ross Township, Ohio)

Answer: No one. And no one would have thought those two would go more than a calendar year without a win. The most amazing stat of all is that 12 drivers have won a race since Power has. Think about that! That’s mind-boggling. That’s half the field.

Question: In all the talk about Indianapolis installing lights and hosting a night race, be it the Brickyard or the 500, has anyone ever considered IMS might be too big for a night in terms of capacity? When and where has a night race been held that drew 250,000 people and released them at 11 p.m. at night? Largest night race I can think of is the July Daytona race for NASCAR, which might draw 140,000. Can Speedway, Ind., handle 250k people that late at night? (Daniel, Cleveland)

Answer: Actually, that’s long been the argument against lights. I think the feelings on that have softened over the years. I expect we’ll see lights in the next few years.

Question: What do you think of Jeff Burton’s comment that NASCAR is the leader in motor sports safety? NASCAR is the organization that was about two years behind the IRL and CCWS in mandating helmets for over the wall pit crew members. (Michael, Glen Jean, W.V.)

Answer: What else would you expect Jeff Burton to say? But give NASCAR credit for all its progress over the past decade.

Question: In your opinion what does Mark Miles have to do to remain CEO vs. being in a line of the next CEO? (Tony, Indianapolis)

Answer: Ultimately, it comes down to improving the financial bottom line.

This originally appeared here.

At-home kit tests for top 10 allergies, including cats

Cathy Payne, USA TODAY

The test, cleared by the FDA, lets people check if they are allergic to 10 allergens.

If you’ve been itching to find out whether you have allergies, an at-home test may be an option.

MyAllergyTest is now a widely available at-home allergy test with Food and Drug Administration clearance for 10 common allergens — substances that can cause the immune system to overreact in some people. The kit tests for Bermuda grass, cat, cedar, egg white, house dust mites, milk, mold, ragweed, Timothy grass and wheat.

The test is among an expanding array of do-it-yourself diagnostic and tracking tools. In addition to at-home pregnancy tests, there are devices to monitor blood glucose levels, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

MyAllergyTest is for people who are curious about their allergy triggers, the company says. Users are given tools to prick a finger to collect a few drops of blood, which they mail in a special vial to the company. Users receive their confidential results in the U.S. mail or by logging on to a secure website a few days after the lab receives the sample.

The test, from ImmuneTech in Foster City, Calif., has received clearance from the FDA.

“The idea is based on affordability and accessibility to a broader population,” says ImmuneTech CEO Lisa Elkins.

The over-the-counter test, with a suggested retail price of $49.95, may appeal to those who are unemployed and don’t have health insurance, Elkins says.

“We never advocate that it takes the place of a physician’s advice or care, but the reality is that allergy affects a large portion of the population,” she says. “It remains largely undiagnosed or self-diagnosed but is a serious condition that can lead to chronic illness, such as asthma.”

The test results first provide the cause of the allergy or allergies. A personalized MyAllergyPlan report offers guidance to help manage those allergies. For example, a person who is allergic to ragweed is advised to avoid mowing the lawn.

After people find out what triggers their allergies, they can prevent or treat them, the company says. The plan provides a physician finder to locate an allergist and links to allergy management products. The company recommends that an adult administer the test for those younger than 18.

Linda Cox, president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, urges caution.

“It is important that a health care professional be involved in interpreting results and directing patients with their allergy or allergy-like symptoms,” says Cox, a board-certified allergist in Fort Lauderdale. She says people may have difficulty understanding the results, which may lead to inappropriate decisions.

The kit tests for 10 allergens, but people may have reactions to many other substances, Cox adds.

The company says testing for 10 allergens is a reasonable first step that keeps the cost of the test affordable. It says it is working on adding allergens to give consumers the option to request more testing.

MyAllergyTest received FDA approval for the original lab instrument in 2003. The FDA gave it over-the-counter clearance in 2006.

Before 2013, MyAllergyTest was available on a limited basis online for research to universities, through health care screeners (workplace wellness and health fairs) and a limited number of physicians. It was also available at a limited number of Meijer stores in the Midwest. It is now available nationally at major retailers and pharmacies including Meijer, Walgreens and Walmart.

The price includes the at-home test collection kit, lab fees, confidential results and a personalized allergy management plan. It is covered under Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts.

WHAT OUR TESTERS THOUGHT:

Four USA TODAY staffers who tried the test had various reactions.

• One, who did not think she had any allergies, said results showed she has a very low allergic response to cats and ragweed. She says she is satisfied with the test because she knows she has some sensitivities.

• Another tester, who has mild asthma, says she takes over-the-counter medication (Allegra) to deal with pollen, dust and animal dander. She says the test confirmed “mild” allergies to dust mites and cats, but it provided no information on her main concerns — dogs and most tree pollens, such as oak trees, which are abundant around her home. She said she didn’t think the test was worth the cost.

• A third staffer mailed in a blood sample but got a return e-mail saying she did not send in enough blood. She declined to retake the test.

• The fourth tester says the company should improve the kit’s funnel to make it easier to collect the blood. But she says she is satisfied with the test, which indicated she is not allergic to the 10 allergens.

This originally appeared here.

20 Best Breakfast Foods

By AMANDA MacMILLAN

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The next time you rush out the door in the morning without something to eat, consider this: Skipping breakfast can set you up for overeating later in the day. A healthy a.m. meal, on the other hand, can give you energy, satisfy your appetite, and set the stage for smart decisions all day long.

“You want to aim for a breakfast that combines good carbs and fiber with some protein,” says Erica Giovinazzo, MS, RD, a nutritionist at Clay Health Club and Spa, in New York City. Luckily, your options are plenty. Here’s a look at some of our favorite breakfast foods, along with expert tips for making them even healthier.

BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Oatmeal

You may have noticed a heart-shaped seal on your box of oatmeal recently. The seal’s there because oats contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber that’s been shown to help lower cholesterol when eaten regularly. Need another reason to dig in? Oats are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium.

Steel-cut oats, which take about 15 minutes to cook, contain more fiber than rolled oats or instant varieties, but any type of oatmeal is a healthy choice. Just avoid the flavored kinds, which can be packed with sugar. Instead, sweeten your bowl with milk and a bit of honey, and top with fruit and nuts.

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BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Greek Yogurt

This tangy, creamy yogurt is loaded with calcium and boasts plenty of protein—nearly twice as much as regular yogurt—to keep you feeling full throughout the morning. Your best bet: Choose a plain, nonfat variety, and add some fruit to give it some sweetness and flavor (and a dose of added nutrition).

“I love Greek yogurt because it’s really quick and easy,” Giovinazzo says. “You can always take it with you on your way out the door.”

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BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Wheat Germ

A little wheat germ goes a long way. Just two tablespoons provides about 15% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin E and 10% of your daily folate. “Vitamin E is often a little low in people’s diets, so this is a good way to add in some extra—especially if you don’t eat a lot of nuts or seeds, two other big sources,” Giovinazzo says.

It’s easy to incorporate wheat germ into almost any meal, including your go-to breakfasts: Sprinkle it over cereal, stir it into yogurt, or mix it into a smoothie.

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BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Grapefruit

Trying to lose weight? According to one study, eating half a grapefruit before each meal may help you slim down faster, thanks to the fruit’s fat-burning properties and its beneficial effect on blood sugar and insulin levels. Grapefruit is also hydrating, filling, and packed with immunity-boosting antioxidants.

For a well-rounded breakfast, pair it with protein—such as yogurt or an egg, Giovinazzo suggests. But check with your doctor first if you take any medications, as grapefruit and grapefruit juice can interfere with some prescription drugs.

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BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Bananas

There’s nothing like a banana at breakfast to keep those mid-morning cravings at bay. The yellow fruit—especially when they’re still a touch green—are one of the best sources of resistant starch, a healthy carbohydrate that keeps you feeling fuller longer.

“Slice it up and add it to cereal or oatmeal,” Giovinazzo suggests. “It will add natural sweetness, so you may not need additional sugar.”

Thanks to a healthy dose of potassium, an electrolyte that helps lower blood pressure naturally, bananas are a particularly good choice for people with hypertension.

BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Eggs

These incredible edibles have made quite a comeback in recent years. Once shunned for being high in dietary cholesterol (one yolk contains about 60% of your daily allotment), eggs are now embraced as a healthy source of protein and nutrients like vitamin D. Why the turnabout? Research has shown that the cholesterol in our food has less of an impact on blood cholesterol than previously thought.

“If, overall, you’re choosing lean proteins and not eating a ton of fat and cholesterol, then eggs are a great thing to have in your diet,” says Giovinazzo. The American Heart Association recommendsthat people with normal cholesterol limit their cholesterol intake to 300 milligrams per day.

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BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Almond Butter

Don’t eat eggs or dairy? Almond butter is an excellent alternate source of protein, and it’s filled with monounsaturated fat (one of the good fats). Plus, as Giovinazzo points out, “it’s really delicious spread on whole grain bread or paired with a banana or an apple.”

Nutritionally, almond butter is comparable to peanut butter, and they each have about 100 calories per tablespoon. Almond butter contains slightly less saturated fat, though—a definite point in its favor, even for people who aren’t allergic to peanuts.

BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Watermelon

As its name suggests, watermelon is an excellent way to hydrate in the morning. What’s less well known is this juicy fruit is among the best sources of lycopene—a nutrient found in red fruits and vegetables that’s important for vision, heart health, and cancer prevention.

Best of all, watermelon contains just 40 calories per cup, landing it on lists of so-called negative-calorie foods that supposedly burn more calories during digestion than they add in. (Actually, it’s a bit more complicated than that, but that’s no reason to not eat watermelon!)

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BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Flaxseed

Sprinkling ground flaxseed into a smoothie or bowl of cereal will turn your breakfast into a gold mine of omega-3 fatty acids; just two tablespoons contains more than 100% of your recommended daily intake for those heart-healthy fats. Flaxseed, which has a nutty flavor, also is rich in fiber and lignan, an antioxidant that’s been shown to protect against breast cancer.

A word of caution: Whole flaxseeds will pass through your body without being digested, so be sure to buy them ground or grind them yourself with a coffee or spice grinder.

BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Blueberries

Fresh or frozen, these tiny superfruits pack a big antioxidant punch. Or better yet, a flurry of punches: Studies suggest that eating blueberries regularly can help improve everything from memory and motor skills to blood pressure and metabolism. (Wild blueberries, in particular, have one of the highest concentrations of the powerful antioxidants known as anthocyanins.)

Blueberries are also lower in calories than a lot of other fruits (they contain just 80 per cup), so you can pile them onto your cereal without worrying about your waistline.

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BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Strawberries

“Berries are superfoods because they’re so high in antioxidants without being high in calories,” Giovinazzo says. One cup of strawberries, for instance, contains your full recommended daily intake of vitamin C, along with high quantities of folic acid and fiber.

Strawberries are good for your ticker, too. A 2013 study found that women were less likely to have a heart attack over an 18-year period if they ate more than three servings of strawberries or blueberries per week. (Strawberries, like blueberries, are a good source of anthocyanins.)

BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Coffee

That espresso doesn’t just wake you up. Coffee drinking has been linked to a lower risk of several diseases (such as diabetes and prostate cancer), and it may even help you live longer. Researchers suspect the combination of caffeine and antioxidants are responsible for many of the observed health benefits. (A 2005 study found that coffee is the number-one source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet, believe it or not.)

Of course, loading coffee up with cream and sugar may erase any potential benefits. So skip the fancy flavored drinks, and stick with skim milk.

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BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Tea

Not a coffee person? Tea has a pretty impressive résumé of health benefits, too. Because it has less caffeine, it hydrates you more effectively than coffee, and it’s also a rich source of the immunity-boosting antioxidants known as catechins.

All tea (black, green, or white) provides antioxidants, but green tea may be healthiest of all. Research suggests that drinking five cups a day can increase your body’s metabolism and help you lose more weight around the middle.

BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Cantaloupe

Any fruit is a good addition to your breakfast, Giovinazzo says, and cantaloupe is no exception. A six-ounce serving (roughly a quarter-melon) contains just 50 calories and a full 100% of your recommended daily intake of both vitamin C and vitamin A, an important nutrient for smooth, younger-looking skin.

And, like most melons, cantaloupe has a high water concentration, which means it will help you stay hydrated and keep you feeling full until lunchtime.

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BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Kiwi

This fuzzy little fruit has about 65 milligrams of vitamin C per serving—nearly as much as an orange. It’s also rich in potassium and copper and contains more fiber per ounce than a banana, which makes it a good aid to digestion. (In one study, eating two kiwis a day for one month lessened constipation in people with irritable bowel syndrome.)

Kiwis are slightly tart. They’re delicious by themselves, but if you prefer a sweeter flavor, try mixing them with strawberries and bananas in a smoothie or fruit salad.

BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Orange Juice

Fresh squeezed OJ is a classic (and tasty) morning beverage, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved on. For even more nutritional benefit, you’ll want to opt for a store-bought variety that’s fortified with vitamin D. Along with fatty fish and fortified milk, fortified OJ is one of the few dietary sources of the sunshine vitamin, higher levels of which have been linked to a lower risk of osteoporosis, depression, and certain cancers.

Whichever OJ you prefer, stick with one small glass a day, Giovinazzo advises. Fruit juice is high in calories and sugar, she says, and shouldn’t replace whole fruit in your diet.

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BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Cranberry juice

Cranberry juice, which helps limit bacterial growth, is best known for warding off urinary tract infections (UTIs), but its healing powers may not stop there. The tart juice appears to promote cardiovascular health, and preliminary research in petri dishes suggests that compounds in cranberries can even increase the effectiveness of certain ovarian cancer drugs.

As with OJ, though, you’re better off sticking with small servings. Cranberry juice—not to be confused with cranberry juice cocktail—isn’t as sugary as other fruit juices, but its high acidity can sometimes contribute to bladder problems besides UTIs.

BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Cereal

“Cereal can be tricky, because there are so many different kinds out there,” Giovinazzo says. “Something with at least 5 grams of fiber and less than 5 grams of sugar is probably your best bet.” You’ll find this winning combo in many whole-grain or bran cereals (such as shredded wheat), which as an added bonus are often fortified with riboflavin, folic acid, and other essential nutrients.

Top off your bowl with skim milk and fruit for the complete package: whole grains to fill you up, protein to supply all-day energy, and antioxidants to keep your immune system humming.

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BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Raspberries

These summer favorites are the main berry source of ellagitannins, a type of antioxidant that is thought to have cancer-fighting properties. They’re also high in fiber (8 grams per cup), vitamin C, and vitamin K, which helps build strong bones.

Although you can buy fresh raspberries year-round, during the off-season you’ll find them cheaper (and with equal nutritional value) in the frozen foods aisle. They’re perfect as an addition to cereal or yogurt, or mixed into a smoothie for a quick, drink-on-the-go breakfast.

BEST BREAKFAST FOODS

Whole-Wheat Bread

Carbohydrates are a breakfast mainstay, but the type of carbs you choose can make a big difference in the overall health of your meal. The simple rule to remember is that whole wheat and other whole grains—whether they’re found in bread, toast, or English muffins—contain more fiber and nutrients than their white, refined counterparts.

What you put on it matters, as well. “Slathering your toast with butter or jelly just adds empty fat and calories,” says Giovinazzo. “Instead, get some protein by adding an egg or some almond butter.”

This article originally appeared on Health.com.

Zagat picks the best Mexican restaurants in 20 cities

Zagat selects the top restaurants for Mexican food in 20 U.S. cities; see list, below.

Frequent flier Margaret Bowles says her favorite Mexican restaurants are suitable for a business meal “if you don’t mind smelling like fajitas the rest of the day.”

Bowles, a lawyer who lives in Winter Park, Colo., is a fan of Houston’s Pappasito’s Cantina and El Tiempo Cantina, which have multiple restaurants.

“They make great margaritas, and their food is wonderful,” Bowles says. “The wait staffs are fast and attentive, and the prices are excellent.”

Mexican restaurants are popular among business travelers seeking good food, drinks and often a fun, down-home dining experience. Top-quality Mexican fare was once the domain of the Southwest and the West but can now be found throughout the U.S.

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At USA TODAY’s request, restaurant guidebook and online publisher Zagat chose the restaurants with the best Mexican food in 20 cities. Most have inexpensive or moderately priced menus — perfect for tight expense budgets — but some offer fine dining for travelers with deep pockets. A few of Zagat’s choices are not open for dinner or open for dinner only on certain days.

“You can find first-rate Mexican restaurants in almost all major cities, and, better yet, Mexican food is usually a bargain,” Zagat co-chair Tim Zagat says.

In Atlanta, the guidebook publishing company selects Nuevo Laredo Cantina as the top Mexican restaurant. Diners can expect to pay about $21 each for a meal with a drink and a tip.

“Despite an odd location in the drab fringes of the Westside, there’s always a line at this extremely popular Mexican joint where the excellently prepared fare arrives in uniformly too-big portions,” Zagat and its reviewers say. “Cheap tabs, killer margaritas and fun people-watching offset the crowded conditions and run-down, trailer-park looks.”

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The Baltimore area’s R & R Taqueria, which has restaurants in White Marsh, Md., and Elkridge, Md., costs an average of just $10 per person and ranks No. 1 with Zagat.

“Possibly the best food you’ll ever eat in a gas station is pumped out at this awesome, authentic Mexican fast-fooder” in an Elkridge Shell station and a counter at White Marsh Mall, Zagat and its reviewers rave.

In Portland, Ore., Autentica, which costs about $27 per person, has “exceptional cuisine with bright, bold flavors that’s everything that Mexican food should be.”

The “mole is a must,” and the “cozy, stylish” restaurant has a lush garden in the back, Zagat and its reviewers say.

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New Orleans is known for Cajun cuisine, but good eats can also be found at the two Mexican restaurants of Felipe’s Taqueria.

“It’s a true show watching the quick staff prepare made-to-order Mexican at this casual uptown and French Quarter duo where tasty, fresh fare goes down even better with strong hand-squeezed Key lime margaritas,” Zagat and its reviewers say.

Of all Zagat’s top picks, Topolobampo in Chicago is the most expensive, averaging about $70 per person.

The celebrity chef there, Rick Bayless, “wrote the book on fine Mexican cuisine and he keeps rewriting it by setting new standards,” Zagat and its reviewers say.

The restaurant’s “inventive, refined interpretations result in sublime, mind-melting moles and other subtle, yet “complex, dishes served alongside gold-standard margaritas.”

For a less expensive meal, Zagat recommends the adjoining Frontera Grill.

Another expensive Mexican restaurant at the top of Zagat’s list is Fort Lauderdale’s Eduardo de San Angel, which averages about $59 per person.

“Under the artful eye of chef-owner Eduardo Pria, it’s a scintillating tribute to refined haute Mexicano that some find even better than high-end Mexico City restaurants,” Zagat and its reviewers say.

Eduardo de San Angle has “a quiet ambiance, and staffers who provide the fascinating history of each dish.”

Frequent business traveler Roger Phelps of Norfolk, Va., says “most Mexican restaurants have a casual setting that is good for a relaxed business meal.”

He likes Poblanos on Main Mexican Restaurant in San Antonio, which is open only for breakfast and lunch, and Adobo Grill in Indianapolis. He enjoys their “ambiance, authentic food” and soccer on the TV at the Adobo Grill.

Frequent business traveler Paul Tamburelli of Peoria, Ariz., lives in an area renowned for Mexican food and brings clients to Mexican restaurants in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Some of his favorites are Caminero, Los Dos Molinos, Carolina’s and Tex-Mex chain Abuelo’s, which has restaurants in 15 states.

At small, family owned Caminero in Peoria, “Mom runs the kitchen, while dad and two sons run the counter,” says Tamburelli, a government employee. “At Christmas, Mama makes made-to-order Christmas tamales that are wonderful.”

Los Dos Molinos has three restaurants in Phoenix, including one on South Central Avenue that formerly was the home of Western silent movie star Tom Mix.

“It is a great place with a Mexican-New Mexican flare for hot and spicy,” Tamburelli says.

Tamburelli praises the “wonderful, fresh food” at Carolina’s, which has two Phoenix restaurants.

“If you are looking for a place to sit or an alcoholic beverage, forget about it,” he says. “I have actually taken two people here for a business lunch and ate at a counter standing up. By the way, they both asked to go back when we meet again.”

TOP MEXICAN RESTAURANTS

The top restaurants for Mexican food in or near 20 U.S. cities, according to restaurant guidebook and online publisher Zagat. The cost is the average price of a meal for one person with a drink and a tip.

City Restaurant . . . Cost

Atlanta Nuevo Laredo Cantina . . . $21
Austin Tacodeli . . . $11
Baltimore R & R Taqueria . . . $10
Boston El Sarape . . . $28
Chicago Topolobampo . . . $70
Dallas-Fort Worth Esperanza’s Mexican Bakery & Cafe $16
Fort Lauderdale Eduardo de San Angel . . . $59
Honolulu Maui Tacos . . . $14
Houston Irma’s Southwest Grill . . . $23
Las Vegas Cafe Rio Mexican Grill . . . $13
Los Angeles Babita Mexicuisine . . . $44
Miami Chéen Huaye . . . $29
New Orleans Felipe’s Taqueria . . . $14
New York Mercadito-Mercadito Grove . . . $33
Orlando Agave Azul . . . $22
Philadelphia Paloma Mexican Haute Cuisine . . . $54
Portland, Ore. Autentica . . . $27
San Diego Las Cuatro Milpas . . . $9
San Francisco El Castillito . . . $9
Washington Oyamel . . . $42

This originally appeared here.

Learn Anything Faster with the Feynman Technique

by Corbett Barr on April 13, 2012

 

After recording Wednesday’s Expert Enough show with Scott H. Young, I spent some time over on his YouTube channels (he has one for his blog and a separate one for the MIT Challenge we discussed in the episode).

This particular gem below really stood out.

The Feynman Technique (named after the Nobel prize winning physicist) is an incredibly simple and effective way to learn new things quickly that involves explaining everything you already know on a topic to identify holes in your knowledge.

I realized this technique is very similar to the process of writing a blog post on something you’re trying to teach your audience about.

A blog post often starts by writing down everything you know on the subject. Along the way you usually identify some gaps in what you know and what you need to teach. By filling those gaps, teaching the subject actually helps you learn it better.

Have you tried this technique before? If not, take 15 minutes today and give it a try. Share your results in the comments below.

THE VALUE OF AN AUDIENCE

At Expert Enough we talk a lot about gaining enough expertise to accomplish your goals, whether modest or world-changing. At some point on that scale you’ll not only need to gain expertise, but you’ll also need to share it with others.

That’s where having an audience comes in handy. By growing a tribe of people who recognize your expertise and rely on your guidance, you can accomplish important things like supporting yourself financially, building a business, starting a movement or changing public opinion.

Growing an audience is also a great way to demonstrate and increase your expertise over time (using similar principles to the Feynman technique described above).

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Ask a Cardiologist: How to manage hypertension (Expert opinion)

Ask a Cardiologist: Prevention of hypertension (Expert opinion) by http://health.india.com/.All your queries about heart health, answered by Dr Vijay Surase, Cardiologist.He can be consulted online at India‘s first online hospital,http://www.mediangels.com/. For more health information, log onto health.india.com

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Expert Opinion About Electronic Cigarettes

http://v2electronic-cigarettes.com Join The Electronic Cigarette Revolution Today! The stories about electronic cigarettes producing a chemical that’s in anti-freeze were pure propaganda! In the one test that the FDA did do they found traces of a substance called diethylene glycol, which is an ingredient found in anti-freeze but the main ingredient in anti-freeze is water!

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50 years later, first American to conquer Mount Everest continues climb

FoxNews.comJim Whittaker throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Seattle, Wash. May 1 will be the 50th anniversary of Whittaker becoming the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP2013)Angels Mariners Baseb_Cala.jpg

Fifty years ago, Jim Whittaker traveled to Nepal and became the first American to reach the top of Mount Everest – and he’s still climbing.Whittaker, now 84, reached Everest’s 29,000-foot summit – the world’s tallest — on May 1, 1963, in a 185-mile uphill journey that lasted three months.One member of his team died on the grueling climb, and difficult breathing conditions meant Whittaker spent only 20 minutes on the summit.

“There was no feeling of exhilaration,” Whittaker told CBS News, recalling the moment he stepped on top of Everest. “No feeling of, ‘Boy we pulled it off.’ I was just a frail human being. We were just hanging on to life.”

Whittaker began climbing the Olympic mountains while a teenager growing up in Washington State. Last year, to celebrate his birthday, the octogenarian celebrated by climbing to the Everest base camp.

“I only walked 40 miles,” he told the station of the 2012 hike. “But it was high, that’s the difficulty.”

This summer, Whittaker has plans to hike as many national parks as he can.

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Study: Eggs might lead to increased heart risk

I’ll bring some of the heat and now angst new research is making common foods with bacteria in your intestines that may — made me.

Increases your risk of heart disease — bring — doctor Kevin Campbell a practicing cardiologist and assistant professor.
— medicine at the university in North Carolina to the last time we talked — You tell — to think twice a little bit about the hamburger but what about the hard boiled — what’s wrong with these — and heart disease doctor.

You know it’s a real common theme when we talked about the red meat bacteria in our guys are in our stomach or intestines.
Has been breaking down something called — — — in turning it into a substance called — in a.

This substance helps cholesterol attached to blood vessels in — blockages in the heart that calls heart disease — start.
Now they’re telling us that eggs from a new study have a compound called less — — That is broken down in the — by the same bacteria to form more — in a so there’s multiple ways bacteria are causing heart disease.

So is there any way to clear out the bacteria that’s developing the bad — the TM — You know that’s very interesting one of the things that researchers are talking about is could it be that we.

Add antibiotics for robotics to yogurt and things like that — we changed the intestinal flora of our intestines.
Or do we treat people with antibiotics.
Interestingly.

In these studies if you went — a vegetarian diet for six months ended came back and challenged with red meat.

You did not make TM Mayo because you no longer have the bacteria present.

Very interesting castle looking for ways to so keep the burger but let’s talk more about ticket apart for patient doctor camera F fifty by the Center City — it came — a couple weeks ago but.

We — try to figure out awaited it — do it because it’s so interesting apparently.
— — — — — They were taking a look at — all.

And whether or not taking — on May reduce your anxiety and — essentials threat so reduce your anxiety about death there your identity these really big spots — and how.
— — Might help quell that what your thoughts about this that was a very interesting study was conducted at University of British Columbia and Canada.

And that thing about the study is they actually compared anxiety levels in graduate students who took Tylenol verses sugar tablets. What they found was that it did in fact reduce anxiety related specifically to thoughts of death and dying and the meaning of life and all the things that cause these anxious feelings.

We know that Tylenol blocks pain signals in the brain.
And we think that not only physical pain that may be emotional pain and that may be why.

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