Blog Posts by Sheryl Nadler

  • Brooklyn bookstore offers booze to its patrons

    Bookstores that offer booze and food are becoming more common. (Thinkstock)Remember when drinking coffee in a bookstore was a mind-blowingly crazy experience? Well, hold on to your hats. A bookstore owner in Brooklyn, New York is planning to sell alcohol in his shop.

    "Molasses Book store owner Matthew Winn is no fool. He opened his Hart Street shop late last month knowing it would be difficult to sustain on the sale of used books alone," reports the New York Daily News.

    So, like any smart shop owner, he's supplementing by selling goods that are in demand. Cheap beer ($2) and wine ($5) will be on the menu as soon as his license comes through, but for now he's serving up hot and iced coffee to his clients.

    "I always wanted a place that was a small well-curated bookshop where you can come through, spend time, and have a beer," he tells the Daily News.

    Winn may be standing on the threshold of a new trend in bookshops. Food & Wine magazine online says its September issue will feature "some of the best new shops for food-obsessed readers."

    Among them, the Heirloom

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  • Olympic athletes are crazy about body tape, but does it work?

    Germany's Sara Goller sports Kinesio tape during her beach volleyball match. (Reuters)If you've watched even a few minutes of the 2012 Olympics, you may have noticed a new trend in athletic gear — yes, that is neon-coloured athletic tape wrapped around the taut muscles of some of the world's best athletes. Is it for appearances? Is it a fad?

    Nope, it's called Kinesio Tape and, according to Reuters, was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase more than 30 years ago. If applied correctly, the tape can supposedly reduce muscle pain by adding or relieving pressure to a muscle, depending on what's needed. But despite its ubiquitous use at these Olympic Games, hard research on the benefits of Kinesio tape is pretty slim, says Reuters.

    A study review from the Sports Medicine journal in February,  finds "little quality evidence to support the use of Kinesio tape over other types of elastic taping in the management or prevention of sports injuries."

    Also see: Olympic athletes turn to beet juice to enhance performance

    That, however, hasn't stopped some of Canada's top sports medicine

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  • Goodbye ultrasound pictures: Hello 3D models of unborn fetus

    A 3D model of a fetus made from an MRI scan. (image.itmedia.co.jp)A 3D model of a fetus made from an MRI scan. (image.itmedia.co.jp)Some parents-to-be are so excited about their unborn children, they can barely contain themselves — sonogram pictures are tweeted and posted on Facebook, teensy heartbeats are recorded, and expensive 3D ultrasound pictures are shown off to friends who drop by for dinner.

    But now a Japanese collaboration may be a game-changer in the ever-expanding baby product market.

    "The Japanese engineering firm Fasotec is teaming up with Tokyo's Parkside Hiroo Ladies Clinic to offer expecting mothers 3D-printed models of their gestating bundles of joy," reports io9.

    Also see: Two Ontario kids win GapKids contest

    Say what?

    Yes, a 3D model. Expectant mothers will have their entire pelvic region scanned by an MRI machine. The scan is then 3D printed, using clear resin for the mother's body and white resin for the fetus, reports Wired magazine.

    The result? A 90 x 60 x 40mm resin model of the unborn baby's precise position in the womb when the MRI was taken. And because of the clear resin surrounding the

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  • Canada’s Food Guide grossly misunderstood by Canadians

    Does this look like one serving size of meat? Actually, it is more like three.(Thinkstock)Much ado has been made over the last few years about the various causes of obesity — we're not exercising enough, sugary drinks are too readily available, we don't know enough about proper nutrition, and so on.

    While all of these reasons are perfectly valid and have been shown to contribute to obesity, the most obvious reason for the obesity epidemic may have been our portion size. Simply put -- too many calories.

    A new study led by Jennifer Kuk -- a professor at York University's Faculty of Health -- shows that people have been overestimating portion sizes as recommended by Canada's Food Guide.

    "The majority of participants in the study inaccurately thought they would need to increase their food consumption by approximately 400 calories to meet recommendations in Canada's Food Guide. This suggests we either need to change the size of a serving in the Guide - which has remained almost the same since 1977 - or educate Canadians more about how much food they should be consuming in a

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  • Olympic athletes turn to beet juice to enhance performance

    Canadian skier Sheila Kealey drinks beet juice and talks about its benefits on her blog. (Thinkstock)A number of Canadian athletes may be seeing red these days and it has everything to do with their diet.

    In a recent blog on Huffington Post, Canadian cross-country skier Sheila Kealey reveals that a few of her teammates have been experimenting with a not-so-secret addition to their diet — beet juice. Elite athletes worldwide have been incorporating small amounts of beet juice into their training diets.

    Why? Several small studies have shown that "beet juice allows your muscles to perform the same amount of work while using less oxygen, somehow making your body's energy production more efficient," writes Kealey. Improved performances have been seen in runners, cyclists, trained divers and well-trained rowers, she adds.

    Also see: Raisins just as effective as sports chews for workouts

    But Trionne Moore, lead nutritionist with the Canadian Sport Centre in Ontario, cautions that research into the benefits of beet juice is still very new. There are still a lot of questions surrounding its

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  • Fifty Shades of Grey predicted to start mini-baby boom

    Will there be a mini-baby boom in February due to the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey? (Getty)Fictional characters Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele from Fifty Shades of Grey may have more of an influence over society than anyone would care to admit.

    Not only are celebrities clamoring to play these character in the much-hyped film version of their tawdry tale of lust, but now some experts and parents-to-be are even claiming the erotically-charged Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon may have sparked a mini-baby boom.

    Yes, that's right. Linda Murray, editor-in-chief of BabyCentre.com thinks Christian and Anastasia may be behind the conception of a whole lot of kids, reports CNN. And she predicts a February spike in births to coincide with the book's peak sales in May.

    Also see: British hotel replaces Bible with Fifty Shades of Grey

    "Reading '50 Shades of Grey' is acting like an aphrodisiac for women," Murray tells Good Morning America. "It's putting them in the mood more frequently and they're having more sex and they're ultimately getting pregnant faster.

    Three couples interviewed

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  • You can now consume your favourite famous icon in Popsicle form

    Stoyn ice cream has been created by a Russian design and branding firm. (Facebook)Stoyn ice cream has been created by a Russian design and branding firm. (Facebook)Remember when you thought a Mickey Mouse ears ice cream pop was just about the coolest thing you'd ever seen? Well, Mickey's going to have to make room for a few new kids in town, thanks to a Russian advertising agency with a penchant for the cool and delicious.

    Stoyn, a Russian design and branding firm, has created all manner of edible 3-D popsicle art, bearing the likeness of pop icons Marilyn Monroe, Darth Vadar, Che Guevera, 80s horror flick icons Chuckie, Freddy and Jason and many more.

    Also see: New York City grocery store opens 'Man Aisle'

    Each unique ice cream treat has been given a flavour the designers feel embodies the icon's personality — so Marilyn Monroe is Strawberry and Cream, Darth Vadar is Licorice and Blueberry, Chuckie is Apple Carrot puree and so on. And yes, our favourite Disney stand-bys are in the mix, too. Mickey is Mango and Donald Duck is Banana Chocolate.

    The idea to create the pop-icon Popsicles initially came about as a project for a client but when the

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  • Bollywood actress Sherlyn Chopra first Indian woman to grace the cover of Playboy

    Sherlyn Chopra is proud to be the first Indian woman to pose on a Playboy cover. (Facebook)Sherlyn Chopra is proud to be the first Indian woman to pose on a Playboy cover. (Facebook)Bollywood actress Sherlyn Chopra will be the first Indian person to grace the cover of Playboy magazine when it hits stands, this November, reports the Hindustan Times.

    And even though Chopra is hailing the racy shoot as a proud personal achievement, the star is taking some heat for her decision from critics in her own country, where the adult magazine is banned.

    Also see: Topless NYC woman Moira Johnston on a crusade to exercise her legal right

    "At a time when innocent women across the nation from Gujarat to Guwahati have been subjected to sexual abuse and humiliation, one wonders if Sherlyn Chopra's pictures wound a woman's integrity," blogger Gayatri Sankar writes on Zee.com.

    But Chopra, who rose to fame through a series of bit parts in Bollywood films and who appeared as a contestant on "Big Boss," the Indian equivalent to "Big Brother," is undeterred by the criticism.

    "I have become the first Indian to pose naked for Playboy and nobody can take away that achievement from me,"

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  • Oxford men in skirts? University amends centuries-old dress code to include LGBTQ community

    An Oxford University graduating class from 1988. (Getty)Oxford University in the United Kingdom has amended a centuries-old dress code to be more inclusive of transgender students, reports university newspaper, The Oxford Student

    The new rules allow for any student, regardless of biological gender, to adhere to either the male or female dress code. In the past, students would have had to seek special permission to wear clothes of the opposite gender.

    Students attending the prestigious university must adhere to a strict dress code while writing exams and at formal university occasions.

    "Under the old laws on academic clothing - known as subfusc - male students were required to wear a dark suit and socks, black shoes, a white bow tie and a plain white shirt and collar under their black gowns," reports the BBC.

    Also see: Las Vegas Wedding Wagon marries couples on sidewalk for $99

    "Female students had to wear a dark skirt or trousers, a white blouse, black stockings and shoes and a black ribbon tied in a bow at the neck."

    The motion to amend

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  • Anti-Olympic joke clothing by Topshop say ’2nd place’ and ‘loser’

    Ashish Gupta's satirical Olympic fashion designs are selling at Topshop. (Screengrab Topshop.com)Ashish Gupta's satirical Olympic fashion designs are selling at Topshop. (Screengrab Topshop.com)Does watching Olympic events from the comfort of your comfy couch make you feel like  a couch potato? Does the superfitness of Olympic athletes give you an inferiority complex? Well, at least one fashion designer feels your pain and has decided to do something about it.

    Also see: A look at the designer uniforms of Olympic athletes

    In his 8th capsule collection for British-based clothing retailer Topshop, Ashish Gupta nods to the underdog athlete that lies dormant in all of us. From a heather-grey tank that proudly proclaims "2nd Place" to a cropped tee that warns "Don't Play Games" to a varsity jacket emblazoned with the word "Loser," it is a collection of clothing that sartorially celebrates the non-athlete during a time when the world is celebrating athleticism.

    "I was rubbish at sports in school, and I was always the last one chosen for the football team! So I can relate to being the 'loser'! I want to celebrate the underdog, the runner up, the ones that don't get the

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