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Archive for March 6, 2014

TIP OF THE DAY: A Boon For Messy Eaters

Tie one on! say the father and son team behind DressTiez, and we couldn’t agree more.

We fall into the category of unintentionally messy eaters. We don’t want to drip pizza, sauce and other runny foods down the front of our shirts and sweaters; but we invariably do.

During our teen years, when crisp white shirts were the fashion, our dry cleaner told us to switch to dark colors. He couldn’t get the food stains out.


Dark colors still show all the food we’ve dropped on ourselves and require just as much dry cleaning. But the results are happier: Our washed and dry-cleaned clothes are returned with no stains.

We also learned to avoid eating messy foods—juicy burgers, fondue, powdered doughnuts, ribs, spaghetti—with anyone other than close friends and family.



DressTiez are an elegant solution for messy adults. Here, navy from the Classic Series. Photo courtesy DressTiez.

With them, we tucked our napkin under our chin. With new acquaintances and business associates, we developed a technique, discretely holding the napkin to our chest with one hand as we used our fork with the other.



Red with a paisley lining, from the Designer
Series. Photo courtesy DressTiez.


If only DressTiez existed back then.

This new product, a sophisticated-looking, waterproof adult bib, keeps your clothing immaculate. You can eat with the confidence that your clothes remain completely protected, no matter how drippy your victuals.

The polyester bib with a Velcro closure is machine washable, but it’s even easier than that:

Returning after a messy dinner of pizza and Caesar salad, we simply wet a nail brush, ran it across the soap and scrubbed off the dried pizza sauce, strings of mozzarella and drippy dressing with ease.


  • Classic Series in black, charcoal or navy
  • Designer series in black, brown, green, navy, purple, royal blue or wine, with bright contrasting linings
  • Limited Collection, made with limited and vintage fabrics, in solid colors with patterned linings
  • Custom Series with embroidered expressions (Mangia!, Bon Appétit, Happy Birthday) and other design elements

    DressTiez are $29.95 each ($39.99 for the Custom Series) and are nicely gift boxed. They easily fit in a handbag or pocket.

    Our only wish is that the mesh drawstring bag provided to tote the bib were of a different design (we switched it out for one of the numerous zipper cases we had on hand).

    But this is a new company, and we wish them lots of success. We’ll do our part by forwarding the website to other messy users of our acquaintance.

    Get your DressTiez at


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    FOOD FUN: Beer Flavored Jelly Beans


    Chew, don’t chug, these beer-flavored jelly
    beans. Photo courtesy Jelly Belly.


    What if your kid’s first beer was a jelly bean?

    Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Jelly Belly Candy Company has launched the first beer-flavored jelly bean, called Draft Beer.

    Beer has been a oft-requested flavor for decades. After years of working on the formulation, the non-alcoholic product is ready for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter baskets and beyond.

    Jelly Belly sent us a sample and yes, it does taste like beer. The irridescent pale gold jelly beans are alcohol free, yet deliver a beer aroma and subtle beer flavor.

  • A 16-ounce re-sealable bag (approximately 400 jelly beans) is $8.99.
  • If you really want to tie one on, a 10-pound bulk box is $85.99.
    Stock up for National Jelly Bean Day, April 22nd. (Here’s the history of the jelly bean.)


    There’s a limited edition of the Draft Beer Jelly Belly, colored green for St. Patrick’s day, available exclusively at Jelly Belly Visitor and Tour Centers in California and Wisconsin.

    All Jelly Belly jelly bean flavors are dairy free, fat free, gluten free, OU kosher, peanut free and vegetarian.

    Bottoms up!


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    FOOD HOLIDAY: National Oreo Day

    Today is National Oreo Day, honoring the world’s most popular cookie. We almost feel like ditching work to celebrate—with Oreo cheesecake, cookies and cream ice cream and an Oreo milkshake—and then running a marathon to work off the calories.

    However, we’re limiting ourselves to one Oreo-packed chocolate bar from Chocomize, a chocolate e-heaven where you can take your favorite type of chocolate bar (dark, milk, white) and top it with your favorite candies, nuts, spices and special luxuries (gold leaf, anyone?).

    You pay a base price for the bar ($4.50, or $6.50 for a heart shape), and then for each add-on topping—up to 5 selections from a menu of 90 options.

    If you don’t like to make choices, there are plenty of ready-made choices, like the Cookie Bar in the photo.

    In honor of National Oreo Day, Chocomize has two special offers running through March 10th:

  • FREE Oreo pieces. You can add Oreo cookie pieces for FREE to any chocolate bar you make.


    The popular Cookie Bar: Belgian white chocolate bar with Oreos and malted milk balls. Photo courtesy Chocomize.


  • FREE chocolate bar with $40 order. Any order of $40+ gets a FREE Cookie Bar with the code OREO. The Cookie Bar, one of Chocomize’s most popular, is Belgian white chocolate, cookie dough bits and Oreo cookie pieces.


    Imagine if lemon meringue had been the
    favorite flavor of Oreos! Photo courtesy



    Oreos are 102 years old. According to Time magazine, the National Biscuit Company (later shortened to Nabisco) sold its first Oreo sandwich cookies to a Hoboken grocer on On March 6, 1912. They weren’t an original concept: Sunshine’s Hydrox cookies* (among others) preceded them in 1908.

    There were two original Oreo flavors: original (chocolate) and lemon meringue. The original was far more popular, and Nabisco discontinued lemon meringue in the 1920s.

    Today Oreo is the world’s most popular cookie, sold in more than 100 countries†. More than 450 billion Oreos have been sold to date.

    Yes, there were other chocolate sandwich cookies. But what made Oreos stand out was the thick, creamy filling invented by Sam J. Porcello, the principal food scientist at Nabisco. (He also created the “stuf” in Double Stuf Oreos and the chocolate-covered and white chocolate-covered Oreos. Now that’s bragging rights for generations of kids, grandkids and great-grands to come.)



    Nabisco says that an unnamed “design engineer” created the current Oreo design, which was updated in 1952‡. Other sources name him as William A. Turnier, who worked in the engineering department creating the dies that stamped designs onto cookies.

    Here’s the story of the design and its meaning.

    No one knows for certain the origin of the name “Oreo.” Some believe it was derived from the French word for gold, “or,” because the original packaging was mostly gold.

    The bigger curiosity to us is, in The Wizard Of Oz film, why did the guards at the castle of the Wicked Witch Of The West sing a chorus of “Oreo?”

    *The Oreo became kosher in 1998, when the lard in the original recipe was replaced with vegetable shortening. Prior to then, Sunshine Bakeries’ Hydrox cookies had long been the kosher alternative. But most people preferred the taste of Oreos, and Hydrox cookies were discontinued by Keebler in 2003.

    †In terms of sales, the top five Oreo-nibbling countries are the U.S., China, Venezuela, Canada and Indonesia. In some countries, like China, Nabisco’s parent company, Kraft, reformulated the recipe to appeal to local tastes, including green tea Oreos.

    ‡The current design replaced a design of a ring of laurels, two turtledoves and a thicker, more mechanical “Oreo” font.


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