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Food Sleuthing For Wee Savvies

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Written by Savvy Girl Friday, 05 April 2013 15:24

Trying to get Wee Savvy to gulp down the USDA recommended 5 servings of vegetables a day can be a tribulation of Sisyphean proportions, but with our savvy tips, at least you've got a fighting chance of getting that vegetable-shaped boulder up the hill.  These tips are so easy and adult-friendly--not a monkey-shaped sandwich in the bunch-- they've actually become de rigueur for all of our daily cooking, keeping us on the veggie-train as well.

Say 'Pfffft' to Powder With Easy Belgian Hot Cocoa

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Written by Savvy Girl Wednesday, 03 April 2013 16:28

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If you've never indulged in a cup of real, homemade Belgian hot cocoa, you simply haven't lived.  Ok, you've lived, but you've deprived yourself of one of the great hot beverages known to mankind—even families as far back as the 17th and 18th centuries sipped it at dinner (those crazy old cats). It's a pretty rich treat, so we like to half the recipe below, because it will only keep a few days in the fridge.  For extra sass, we add a dash of orange liquor, creme de menthe, or just drink as is, but because it's so rich, we serve it in espresso cups or shot glasses.  This is not for your giant "I Hate Mondays" Garfield mug.

Easter Sweets!

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Written by Savvy Girl Thursday, 28 March 2013 08:51

Easter can mean so many things to so many people, but for children Easter only means one thing: Candy! We remember the thorough excitement of receiving that BIG (hopefully) Easter basket filled with things such as the requisite chocolate eggs and slightly weird marshmallow chicks—we always felt a little guilty biting the little fellow heads off, but we did it anyway. As we’ve grown and gotten to know our bodies better, we recognize that sugar, in it’s many unadulterated forms, can cause our younger friends to lose their heads, so we’ve started considering treats that taste good and won’t have as many nasty after shocks.

Restaurant Meal at Home: Spicy Broccoli Salad

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Written by Savvy Girl Tuesday, 26 March 2013 07:27

Spicy Broccoli SaladThis Savvy Girl was recently in Palm Springs on business and what a time we had! Such a great spot to get some sun and do great thrift shopping. The capital of modernism, and as we heard FUN (all the LA stars used to hang out in PS back in the day because it was within the allowed 100-mile radius from Hollywood), Palm Springs is a bright, splashy town that begs leisurely exploration. On our way back to LAX, we stopped for lunch and had one of the best salads we’ve EVER eaten. And that’s saying a lot! It wasn’t complicated, but was SO filling and good for you that we thought we would share the recipe…

Now, this is the recipe that we ‘believe’ made up the ingredients of this delectable green goodness. We may have left something out of the original, but we promise it is good. When we got home we made it for our husband and he approved!

Easy Entertaining: Savvy, 5-Minute Tapas

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Written by Savvy Girl Thursday, 21 March 2013 15:51

Having friends over for a budget-friendly nibble doesn’t have to mean off-brand cheese puffs you scored at the local bodega, nor does it imply a full sit-down dinner for ten.  For light entertaining, easier gets the job done faster, happier, stress-free and for this, we have our dear friends in España to thank for the invention of...the tapa.

You don't need to sacrifice style or flavor with any of these savory, 5-minute tapas* you can whip up in...well...5 minutes.  All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your company, which is what you invited them over for in the first place, n'est-ce pas?

*Purists will note these are Americanized tapas, not true Spanish tapas, which you'll just have to hop on a flight to Spain to experience first-hand.

Lighten Up

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Written by Simon McIntyre Monday, 18 March 2013 08:38

Travel LightSo, one of the biggest deals about travel is what not to take with you - not what to take, what not to take. You have to remember that whatever you take with you has this strange and unnerving capacity of increasing in weight the longer the trip. You start off with a spring in your step and end up with dragging your heels (especially when they are in the suitcase girls).

Here are a couple ‘no no's’ for your consideration. Big books that end up weighing the weight of the tree they have been made from. Trouble is I like books. There are solutions, but more of that later. More than one suit for a guy will weigh you down, especially if it is anything less than summer weight cool wool. And how many shoes can you wear? (This is rhetorical by the way.) But the real shoulder breaker is the personal computer. It alone gives you more aches and pains than almost anything else. Something heavyish always becomes hellish to carry, whether slung, shouldered, or pulled.

Enter Kindle, iPad then even better iPad Mini, although the merits are argued –fiercely. Whoever wins the ‘I am best contest’ matters little, as having an iPad or Kindle to travel with will cut down on your physiotherapist’s bill. Strains, aches and shoulder surgery will become a thing of the past.

Lighten up and Bon Voyage.

A Savvy Girls Guide To Navigating St. Patty's Day!

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Written by Anna Islam Friday, 15 March 2013 09:02

St. Patricks DaySt. Patty’s Day is right around the corner and that means busting out your emerald sweater and embracing this infamous diet buster – beer! Have no fear my Savvy readers, we’ve got you covered.

The good: Some studies suggest that moderate alcohol consumption may reduce heart disease and play a role in cancer prevention.

The bad: We've all heard of the beer belly. Truth be told, it’s not the beer that causes the belly but the excess calories that come from drinking too many and the nachos we wash it down with.

The bottom line: Like most things in life it really boils down to moderation. Here are three surprisingly good tasting beers that won't blow your calorie budget out of the water.

Sapporo Light: Light, refreshing flavor - 119 calories

Bud light: Smooth, crisp flavor – 110 calories

Guinness: You can’t celebrate St. Patty’s day without a little Guinness. Thick, rich flavor – 125 calories

Cheers!

Best Airfare Websites to Save Mega-Bucks!!

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Written by Savvy Girl Monday, 11 March 2013 14:29
Online AirfaresBooking airfare can be a stressful experience. You always want to be sure you've got the best deal, but surely, you're way to busy to sit around stalking websites to save a piddly $25. Unless you've got your own personal assistant, you've got to ask yourself what your time is worth before you spend hours at the computer. When you do shop around, make sure you're working with the best discount websites and give them a quick run down before you buy. You can almost bet you're getting the best deal and in fact, some websites guarantee it.

Savvy Scoop: We usually use the search engines to find the best deal and book directly with the airlines if the price is the same. If you have to make changes to your flight, it'll be easier to deal directly with the airline.

BOOKING FLIGHTS (Best Search Engines, Hands Down)
FARE PREDICTIONS
Bing.com/travel - Enter your destinations and this site will make recommendations on when to Buy or Wait, with a confidence rating, giving you all the tools you need to know when to make your move.

FLIGHT DISCOUNT ALERTS

Airfarewatchdog.com - If you've got a little time before you need to book, enter your destination and date parameters into this search engine and you can expect alerts on great deals right in your inbox.

BEST SEATS
Seatguru.com - If you're always getting that unfortunate non-reclining seat right near the toilet, check out this site to find out which are the best spots on the plane.  

BEST AIRPORT EXPERIENCE
Ifly.com - Whether you've got a long layover or need to see how fast you're going to have to run to make your connection, you can get all the dish you need to make the most of your airport time right here.