Lisa lives in Brooklyn. She started out as a financial reporter for Dow Jones (which is ironic as she's not very good with money). She likes to bake and dreamed of a career at Martha Stewart -- which she made happen for a brief, shining moment, along with a stint at Good Housekeeping. Now, she writes for publications like The Luxury Spot and LearnVest. In addition to N.Y., she has lived in California, Mississippi, Georgia, Wisconsin, Alaska, and England (but her parents were not in the military).
Orange or Raspberry Seltzer Water...but never Lemon-Lime.
Naughty children of yore used to go to bed without supper. Others got spanked. Their adult crime-committing counterparts used to face mutilation for petty crimes or an eternity in a dank jail cell. Times have changed. And so have the sentences.
While time-outs seem to be the prevailing punishment for modern children, a grown man in Buffalo, New York recently learned that today's adult lawbreakers can sometimes face creative sentences for nonviolent crimes.
That's because the man in question, a restaurant owner, has been sentenced to deliver 12 pizzas a week to a local shelter for 12 months. It's a good deal for him -- he avoids jail time despite a guilty plea to charges of grand larceny. (He withheld $104,000 in sales tax.)
It's an unusual punishment from a Supreme Court judge, to be sure ... but it's one that does some good. But how much good? And is it really fair?
Corona Light is taking on the light beers of the world in a new promotion to make it the most liked light beer on Facebook ... and, in my humble opinion, it's biting off more than it can chew. (Or swallow?)
True, it gained approximately 16,000 fans over the weekend, but it has a long way to go before it catches up with the likes of Coors Light (which has more than 494,000 fans) and Bud Light (which has more than 795,000 fans), for example.
What's in it for these new fans? Each person who "likes" the brand is given an option to upload photos of themselves that will appear on a billboard in Times Square between November 8 and December 5.
That's right -- at some ambiguous point during a nearly four-week period, your mug could grace the Times Square billboard, too! All you have to do is click a measly button and upload the most ravishing digital image of yourself and microseconds of world fame are all yours!
I was recently having dinner with my better half when he noticed the steak he ordered came with fingerling potatoes.
"Which ones are those?" he asked.
"I think they're the small ones," I said.
And that's when it hit me that other than Russets and reds, I don't know a whole lot about the different kinds of potatoes out there ... and I certainly don't BUY them to cook with them. But, after a little research, I discovered the world is full of interesting potatoes! And lots of them are at your grocery store right now.
So, come with me as I share what I've learned about specialty potatoes (and by "specialty," I mean, "not Russet").
We all have a general understanding that the more stars a restaurant receives in a review, the better. Del Posto, for example, was recently given four stars by The New York Times -- a rare accomplishment that inspired owner Mario Batali to tweet, "Holy Shitaly!!!"
It's safe to assume Batali's venture is a solid one, but what exactly do each of those stars mean in OTHER reviews? What's the difference between, say, a three-star restaurant and a two-star restaurant?