Jan 1, 2010

Soule Restaurant: Weight Loss Myths DEBUNKED

Lose weight by not eating.

When you don’t eat regularly, your body goes into starvation mode. This means that the metabolism slows, causing feelings of sluggishness and lethargy, and when you do eat, it will hold onto the fat in preparation for another period without food.

“Lose 30 pounds in 30 days.”

Any diet plan that boasts enormous losses in a short period are false and unhealthy. The healthy way to lose weight and maintain the loss is gradually.

Fat is bad for you.

Some fats are unhealthy and some are good, and necessary. Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is an essential fatty acid commonly recommended by doctors for weight loss.

Carbohydrates are bad for you.

First it was fat, and now carbs. Unhealthy carbohydrates such as white sugar and processed grains should be avoided for optimal weight loss. Complex carbohydrates, such as vegetables and whole grains, provide vital vitamins and fiber to aid digestion.

Don’t eat after 6 pm.

Studies show that the time you eat makes absolutely no difference. The key is to make healthy choices and exercise.

Snacking is bad.

Actually, healthy snacks in between meals will prevent your body from going into starvation mode. Healthy choices and moderation are key.

Certain Foods Make You Burn Calories.

Although there are some foods that increase your metabolism, the amount is insignificant. A better way to lose weight is to lift weights. More muscle increases the number of calories your body burns when at rest.

And don’t worry about bulking up; few can boast to having genes that accidentally make them a bodybuilder.

Soule Restaurant: January Highlights

• The In Progress Group’s Brain Damage Series has changed to First Saturdays! January’s will be the second Saturday in order to allow recovery from New Year.

• Soulé’s first Karaoke Sangria Night in 2010 will take place on Saturday, January 30th! Come check out our ever-expanding library!

Soule Restaurant's Food Facts: Nutmeg

I told my daughter that this month’s Food Facts would focus on Nutmeg.
She replied, “It’s poisonous in large amounts.”


Nutmeg is the spice that puts the kick in gingerbread cookies and spice cakes. It’s delicious in pies, puddings, soufflés and cheese sauces, and even works well with tomatoes, chicken, and black beans. It’s used in some Italian sausages, Scottish Haggis and Middle Eastern Lamb dishes.

No way is it poisonous; an urban myth… I think.

The nutmeg tree is a large evergreen native to the Moluccas (the Spice Islands) and is now cultivated in the West Indies.

The tree actually produces two spices: mace and nutmeg. Nutmeg is the seed inside the fruit that grows on the tree and mace is the covering on the kernel.

The flavor of nutmeg grows weak quickly once ground.

Whole nuts, however, will remain strong indefinitely.

Rich in potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium, nutmeg also has a small amount of iron, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium. It is also rich in Vitamins A, C and choline, with small amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6 and folate.

Nutmeg can reduce flatulence, aid digestion and improve the appetite, as well as treat diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. It cures stomach aches, helps to detoxify the body, reduces blood pressure, increases blood circulation and is used as a medicine for respiratory problems.

Nutmeg is also a spice that increases sexual energy and enhances fertility.

Its flavor and fragrance come from oil of myristica, which contains myristicin, a poisonous narcotic.

Myristicin can cause hallucinations, vomiting, epileptic symptoms and large dosages can cause death.

Don’t worry… a pinch or two is safe.

Who knew?

Soule Restaurant: Save a Life. Give Blood

January is National Blood Donor Month!
This year, over 4 million Americans will depend on a transfusion to survive an illness or injury, and the numbers increase by 9% every year. Yet, only 5% of possible donors give blood.
The need for donors is particularly imperative for several reasons. Blood cannot be manufactured or substituted. Donated blood must go through rigorous tests before being used, and highly perishable; after 42 days, it is no longer usable. Consequently, regular donors are vital.
Ideal donors are between 17 and 76 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be able to pass a complete health screening, which includes blood pressure, temperature, pulse and iron level tests. Potential donors are also subject to personal questions to determine whether they have high risk for HIV, hepatitis and other infectious diseases. Those who recently got a tattoo have to wait a year before giving blood, and those with cold symptoms must wait until they’re well.
If you're unsure about being a blood donor candidate, check with your physician.
If you're like most people, you have a gift that you can keep on giving. Since you can spare it, why not share it…regularly. And, encourage your family and friends. After all, you never know when you or someone you love could use it.
Local blood drives taking

Soule Restaurant Cares

Need a break from the cold?

Warm up at Soulé with some of our delicious specialty teas and desserts.

Our sweet Peppermint Tea goes well with a thick slice of rich Chocolate Cake

Warm your soul at Soulé!

Soule Restaurant: From the Mind of ILL

I do not want to start this article by saying Happy New Year, but I guess that I am obligated...

The reason why? For the next five weeks, whenever you run into someone you haven't seen in a while, they are going to wish you a Happy New Year.

Even though 10% of the year will be over.

It’s a sad statistic.

Kinda like 10 outta 10 people will die.

I did the research.

My view on resolutions?

Don't make them.

That way, when you don't keep them, you won't be upset.

Or do what I do: I give up smoking every year.

(Note from editor: He does not and never has smoked.)

See how easy that one is?

I guess I was also supposed to do some sort of 2009 wrap up.

You were all there. You know what happened.

Shout out to Zach Galifiniakis (Alan from THE HANGOVER) for making us bearded fat guys cool this year.

We all have traditions.

Some people hang with their families on New Years Eve.

Not Me.

I take off for beautification and start celebrating early.

I'm doin' shots at the barber shop while getting my beard shaped up before I go to the Gentleman's Establishment on New Year's Eve.

Most people kiss their significant others at midnight.

I kissed "Starlight".

So here's to a prosperous 2010.


Wait... I'm drinkin' early?

Eh, its happy hour somewhere in the world.


Victor Torres
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Soule Restaurant: The Buzz

Students at Brooklyn Technical High School had an extra day of vacation briefly dangled in front of them - only to find out an e-mail from an assistant principal saying school would be closed Monday was a hoax… WFAN sports radio host Craig Carton agreed to make good on his bet that the Jets would not make the playoffs this year. So on Friday, he crossed the Brooklyn Bridge from Cadman Plaza to Manhattan dressed in a Kerry Rhodes jersey and a Speedo... Year-end statistics show that 1,650 fewer people were robbed on borough streets in 2009 when compared to 2008…After the New Jersey Nets broke the record for starting an NBA season with the most consecutive losses - 18 - some borough sports fans had a message for owner Bruce Ratner as he tries to bring the team to Brooklyn: Start winning or don't bother…Brooklyn based artist David Macaluso employs a particularly interesting art supply in his paintings: used motor oil. Tillie’s exhibits his unique work until Feb 6th at 248 DeKalb Ave on Friday, Jan 8th… A “glass bottle scammer” has hit the neighborhood. According to Clinton Hill Blog, he bumps into people and then shakes a bag of broken glass, demanding payment for the bottles purportedly broken… An eight-week Cuban salsa class is starting at South Oxford Space soon. The Brooklynian has details... Happy New Year!