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Drink of the Week

A Shot Above Bartending is graciously sponsoring the Drink of the Week.  This week we visit a classic Caribbean flavor that’s easy and delicious, and can be used to impress any date.

In a hurricane glass add:

1.5 oz Malibu Rum

Splash of Sprite

Fill with pineapple juice, and enjoy!

A Shot Above Bartending (http://weareashotabove.com) is Los Angeles’ premier bartending service.  They supply sexy and professional bartenders for every type of party, from classic Hollywood to exotic theme parties.  If you are in Southern California and need bartending service, give them a call.

 

 

Whisky Overtakes Vodka as America’s Favorite Drink

Jack Daniel’s fans rejoice. Whisky is the official drink of America again. For the first time since 2008, vodka is no longer the drink of choice for most Americans.

The reason may be that our palette has evolved. It is common to detect 5 or 6 separate aromas in a whisky, and not unusual to note over 10.  Whisky is a dynamic, volatile spirit which evolves in the glass and challenges the senses.  Nosing and tasting whisky is an exciting activity which can produce glorious but logic-defying descriptions: “Tarry rope, carrot cake and plastic water buckets filled with seawater”.  It may sound pretentious, but whisky is immensely complex in its chemistry and produces hundreds of very specific memory-prodding aromas.  It baffles the scientists and delights its fans for its unparalleled ability to smell and taste of 10 memories simultaneously.

It turns out that whisky is healthy for you as well. Some of the benefits include its ability to aid in weight loss, slow down the onset of dementia, increase heart health, prevents and manages diabetes, boosts good cholesterol, fights against cancer, eliminates blood clots, strengthens the immune system. Generally, whiskey is one of the healthiest forms of alcohol available.

We at MCM rejoice in the news, and our home bars are all the better for it.

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Written by Lea Hatch and Danielle Torkelsen

 

 

Kegs vs. Cans at Your Party

keg-vs-bottlesThrowing a bash and wondering if a keg is worth it? You’re in luck, since MCM know’s the answer!

If money is not an issue, then getting a keg is totally worth it. Often people assume that a keg is cheaper in the long run, and if a keg is fully drained, it can be. However, the savings is realistically around 10 dollars. If any beer is left over at the end of the night, you are essentially eating that money.  The reality is most of the time, kegs are more expensive and slightly more hassle than buying cans at the store. Kegs do taste noticeably better however, and are often easier to store for guests. Remember to buy ice to keep the keg cold.

Cans on the other hand are often the cheaper choice. If you have room for an ice chest, cans are easy and hassle free, and don’t require a deposit. They don’t taste quite as good, and require the same, if not more ice to keep cold. In some states you can recycle the cans for money. California runs about 1.65 per pound, and many states have a flat rate of 5 to 10 cents per can returned.  Keep that in mind for a little after party bonus.

In the end, kegs are better tasting, but more hassle, and cans are easy and cheap. If you are unsure of how to operate a keg, you can always hire a professional bartender to oversee the drink flow. You’ll be glad you did.

Shutdown Showdown: The Top 25 Things You Need to Know

Government Shutdown

As the partial government shutdown continues, here are 25 facts to stop or warm your heart:

1.  President Obama sent an official letter to affected workers.  It’s basically a love letter from the President to federal employees…well, maybe its more like a really really sweet breakup letter.

(THE WHITE HOUSE)

(THE WHITE HOUSE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Approximately 400 national parks, museums and historical sites are closed to the public!  This includes historical landmarks like The Washington Monument, The Statue of Liberty and The Lincoln Memorial.  Potential revenue loss?  $30 million PER DAY.  Let that sink in.  Um, I’m no economist, but doesn’t generating revenue help with budgetary issues?

The Statue of Liberty is closed.  (THE GUARDIAN)

The Statue of Liberty is currently closed. (THE GUARDIAN)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  There are 24 wedding ceremonies planned on the National Mall for October–nine of which were supposed to occur the same week that the shutdown began.  These couples now have to make alternate plans…and fast.    #weddedmiss

(THE EXAMINER)

(THE EXAMINER)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  WWII veterans from Mississippi stormed the WWII Memorial.  How apropos…from storming the shores of Normandy on D-Day to storming a public memorial on Shutdown Day.  The mainly octogenarian vets were part of an Honor Flight tour, which  provides memorial tours to veterans.  Several lawmakers and their staff were on-hand to assist with the efforts.  Thankfully, the U.S. Park Police let the veterans continue their tour without a confrontation.

(CARLOS BONGIOANNI/STARS AND STRIPES)

(CARLOS BONGIOANNI/STARS AND STRIPES)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Members of Congress will keep getting a paycheck.  With salaries upwards of six figures, a handful of lawmakers plan to forego their paychecks or donate it to charity.  Think more should do the same?  Then, sign this petition.

(GETTY IMAGES)

(GETTY IMAGES)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.  …but, no wonder they couldn’t make a decision, apparently some of them were drunk as a skunk during the final hours before the shitdown deadline.  At least, this is according to reporters Jennifer Bendery and Sam Stein.

(TWITTER)

(TWITTER)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.  Many are taking comfort in the fact that government employees were paid retroactively in the 1995/1996 government shutdown.  While this is likely true for “essential” employees, the 800,000-ish “non-essential’ employees may not be so lucky.  Luckily, some may be eligible for a form of unemployment.

(NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

(NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Yay–our men and women in uniform will continue to get paid!  President Obama signed the “Pay Our Military Act” on September 30 to ensure that military families are taken care of.

(YAHOO NEWS)

(YAHOO NEWS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.  …but boo to the fact that 3.6 million veterans may not receive disability or pension benefits.  According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, this will happen if the government shutdown lasts more than two to three weeks.

(DVA)

(DVA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.  Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will continue to receive funding.

(U.S. SENATE)

(U.S. SENATE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.  The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) could run out of funds in less than a week.  This program provides food and healthcare for low-income women and children, like pre-natal screenings.

(FORBES)

(FORBES)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.  Additionally, 1,600 Head Start programs, affecting one million, will begin gradually closing down as funds dry up.  Head Start is a federally-funded program (The Department of Health and Human Services, HHS) that provides “education, health, nutrition and parent-involvement services to low-income children and their families”.

(HHS)

(HHS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13.  …but SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), a.k.a. food stamps, will still continue.  Plus, official USDA child nutrition programs, which impact approximately 47 million children, will still provide assistance.

SNAP

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are turning away patients seeking treatment.  According to a recent article by The Wall Street Journal, this includes 30 child cancer patients participating in clinical trials.

(NIH)

(NIH)

 

 

 

 

15.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is halting its annual seasonal influenza program.  Save your sick days– you may actually need them for something other than day drinking.

(AP PHOTO/ ROGELIO V. SOLIS)

(AP PHOTO/ ROGELIO V. SOLIS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

16.  The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will continue to pay out retirement benefits to federal employees.  However, there may be a delay on retirement applications.

(OPM)

(OPM)

 

 

 

 

 

17.  The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) remains open and will continue to deliver.  So, mail your furloughed friends some cookies or something!  Now, what kind of cookie says “I’m sorry you’re not getting a paycheck this week” ?

(USPS)

(USPS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18.  Federal prisoners remain behind bars.  C’mon people, it’s a government shutdown—not the end of days.  We are not going to just release convicted felons…or are we?

(DOJ)

(DOJ)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19.  Don’t worry, though, you can still feel like a convicted felon via airport security checks!  The Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) will still pat you down and rifle through your things.

(TSA)

(TSA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will resume core activities.  This will include “routine establishment inspections, some compliance and enforcement activities, monitoring of imports, notification programs (e.g., food contact substances, infant formula), and the majority of the laboratory research necessary to inform public health decision-making.”  However, many FDA programs will cease during the shutdown.  Good thing salmonella and e. coli aren’t deadly…

 (FDA)

(FDA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

21.  Thanks to reserve funding, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will continue to operate…at least for a few weeks.  Sorry inventors, you may have to tell Mark Cuban to delay your debut on ABC’s Shark Tank.

(USPTO)

(USPTO)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will stop monitoring pollution issuesBig Business: 100, Environmentalists: 0

(FREE ENTERPRISE)

(FREE ENTERPRISE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23.  Social media accounts for various federal agencies, like the Library of Congress and NASA, have gone silent.  Employees have been instructed not to post or respond via federal accounts.  #booooooooo

(TWITTER)

(TWITTER)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24.  The National Zoo’s video feed of the yet-to-be-named newborn panda (a.k.a. “Panda Cam”) is no longer streaming.  However–fear not–the staff at TIME created their own panda cam live stream.  TIME said,” We set up a panda on a stool in our office, and he will be continuously hugged, fed fake bamboo and forced to transcribe interviews throughout the day. He’s not as cute as a real panda, but with the shutdown going strong, he’ll just have to do.”

(TIME)

(TIME)

 

 

 

 

 

 

25.  And finally (and ironically), the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “Obamacare”) moved forward on Day 1 of the shutdown.  Obamacare is the perceived root of the budget battle in Congress.  On the first day it opened to applicants, the HealthCare.gov experienced technical issues.  The site received such a high amount of traffic that many people couldn’t register.

(HEALTHCARE.GOV)

(HEALTHCARE.GOV)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Abbie Elliot is a senior contributor for MCM and a writer for ‘Under the Tuscan Gun, part of  “The Cooking Channel’s “Extra Virgin” with actress Debi Mazar (Entourage’s Shauna Roberts) and husband Gabriele Corcos. She has served as managing editor for ‘DC on Heels’, and has written professionally for organizations like The White House Commission on Remembrance and AOL/The Huffington Post. Follow her on twitter: @abbie_b_elliott or email abbie.b.elliott@gmail.com

Philanthropy in the Face of Tragedy

How You Can Help Boston and West, Texas:

It has been a long and tragic week for many Americans. One week ago, at approximately 2:20 p.m., the Boston Marathon was rocked by two bombings that killed three and injured more than 180 runners and spectators. Only two days later, a fertilizer plant in West, Texas exploded, killing at least 15 and injuring approximately 160.

AP/Reuters

AP/Reuters

What can you do to help? Donate…but, watch out for scams. Unfortunately, even in the most dire of circumstances, there are still those looking to make a quick buck. So only contribute to established charities with a 501(c)(3) status, such as those listed below.

Support for Boston, Massachusetts and West, Texas:

Firefighters conduct search and rescue of an apartment destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, Thursday, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero.)

Firefighters conduct search and rescue of an apartment destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, Thursday, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero.)

  • Limbs for Life: Text LIMBS to 20222 to make a $10 donation to “Limbs for Life” or go here.
  • The Red Cross is collecting funds to support victims and first responders: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or go here.

Boston, Massachusetts-specific charities:

A Boston Red Sox cap left at a makeshift memorial on the Boston Marathon route, April 18, 2013, in Boston. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

A Boston Red Sox cap left at a makeshift memorial on the Boston Marathon route, April 18, 2013, in Boston. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Boston Children’s Hospital has set up a “Marathon Program” and an “Emergency and Trauma Fund” for this and future incidents.
  • New England Patriots’ Kraft family will match up to $100,000 in donations made.
  • The One Fund Boston has been set up, by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino.

 


Abbie Elliot is a senior contributor for MCM and a writer for ‘Under the Tuscan Gun, part of “The Cooking Channel’s “Extra Virgin” with actress Debi Mazar (Entourage’s Shauna Roberts) and husband Gabriele Corcos. She has served as managing editor for ‘DC on Heels’, and has written professionally for organizations like The White House Commission on Remembrance and AOL/The Huffington Post. Follow her on twitter: @abbie_b_elliott or email abbie.b.elliott@gmail.com

 

 

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