Excess, Storms & The Holidays – ChatterLog December 2012

Excess, Storms & The Holidays – ChatterLog December 2012

Sagittarius - The Centaur

Greetings everyone and welcome to the December or “Holiday” ChatterBulletin, and the sign of Sagittarius, half-man, half-horse, also known as the Centaur. This time last year we focused on the athletic aspect of this “sporty” sign, since Sagittarius is the “jock” of the zodiac (he is after all half horse and has a bow and arrow in his hands!) so our theme was “Sports.” Now what shall we talk about this time? Well, when you read the ChatterTip for this month, you’ll see what gave me the idea. The Ruling Planet of Sagittarius is Jupiter, known not only for their philosophical ideas and wisdom, but also for their excess! So this month’s theme is simply “Excess!”

Excess comes in all shapes and sizes, and various forms and manifestations…. But check this out. Pretty much every Sagittarius I know is athletic but I also know at least two guys with Sagittarius featured strongly in their Astrological make-up, and they are both total “jocks.” Not only are they “jocks” they are “excessive jocks!” If they can’t work out for some reason, they are miserable. And when they do work out, they will push themselves until they drop. They don’t know when to stop! And, remember last year I mentioned that Sagittarius rules the thighs? Both of these Sagittarius “jock” friends of mine have had serious injuries to their legs, more specifically they broke their femurs! I rest my case.

Abandoned Toy Horse © Louisa J. Curtis

Speaking of Sagittarius and horses, one day I was walking around the neighborhood and I came upon this poor little abandoned horsey, put out on the sidewalk to fend for himself… I couldn’t resist taking a photo, and combined with the red and green, I thought it would make a perfect seasonal photo!

So from excessive working out to what else? Where else can we possibly see Excess? I’ll tell you where? Last month the New Jersey and New York area was seriously hit by Hurricane Sandy, and many people are still struggling to get back on their feet again. Want to talk about Excess? That was one crazy storm, or was it? If you study Astrology, you can also relate the Seasons of Nature and the 12 Months of the Year to each of the 12 Astrological Signs. So guess what? The month of November, when the storm hit, is associated with the sign of Scorpio and is known to Astrologers and Meteorologists alike be one of the two rainiest months of the year, period. Scorpio is a Water sign, for starters, and when you consider the potential deadliness of the scorpion, the spider, the swamps… there is danger attached to this sign, and therefore to this time of the year. And that’s without even talking about what was going on with the Planets at the time of Hurricane Sandy!

I was without power for a week, which wasn’t much fun. It was cold, a tad lonely and yet also humbling. Like many, it was several days before I even saw any photographs of just how devastating it had been, when a neighbor came by with some newspapers he had picked up from uptown. Uptown, it was like nothing had happened, while downtown it was cold, dark, and very quiet. Having said that, compared to many, my situation was merely a temporary inconvenience. I lost power, not my home. I even pulled out my ancient Hitachi radio that my father had purchased for me when I moved to Paris more than 30 years ago, with the same batteries from the blackout a few years ago, and would you believe, it was still working? I put the radio on for a few hours each day, and it lasted all week. Just when I was thinking of throwing that old thing out too…

No Vacancy © Kathy Cacicedo

Back for one moment to Sagittarius, archers and arrows: A few months back my cousin was visiting his mother in Guernsey, the Channel Islands, where he attended the Guernsey Air Show, formerly known as Battle of Britain Week. I’ve mentioned in previous newsletters how both he and his brother have been watching and photographing airplanes since they were young. Well, Howard submitted some of the images he had taken of the Air Show to the local newspaper, in particular The Red Arrows, one of which of was featured in the Guernsey Press. Here’s the image they chose for the newspaper… Sagittarius shoots its arrows up into the sky…

Red Arrows © Howard Chaloner

One of my photographers Kathy Cacicedo, happens to live in New Jersey, and she sent me some of the photographs she had taken after the storm of her summertime home town of Seaside Heights. Notice in the “No Vacancy” image, we have yet another arrow, Sagittarius’ symbol of optimism, so may that same optimism spread throughout New Jersey and New York as they rebuild. Seaside Heights is also home of the “Jet Star” roller coaster that fell into the ocean! This is particularly nostalgic for Kathy, who put herself through college by working as a carney in all the boardwalk games on the Casino Pier, where it used to stand. Some of you may also be familiar with the 1966 Bruce Brown surf movie “The Endless Summer” – well, Kathy is a huge surf fan, and besides being a photographer, producer and film-maker, she is also a graphic designer, so just for fun, she did a spin-off on the original movie poster with her recent image of the fallen Jet Star. Certainly brings a more festive vibe to a sad situation…

Jet Star © Kathy Cacicedo

This time of year is ripe for “Excess” of all kinds, and with the Holidays upon us we have the potential once more for “Consumer Excess.” People are shopping like crazy, but with budgets tight and many people still struggling after Hurricane Sandy, I am including some more affordable gift ideas to at least help curb some of the “monetary excess!” I’m all for giving gifts, don’t get me wrong, but somehow, somewhere, didn’t it all get a bit out of hand? Families who are struggling are still looking to find a way to somehow buy tons of toys and gifts for all their family, when they really can’t afford it. So then, to help ease some of the spending burden…

Affordable Gift Ideas:

Secret Santa Logo from the Connecticut, New Britain Youth Theater Blog!
  • Secret Santa

One way to save on your holiday gift budget is by employing the good old Secret Santa. Instead of having to buy something for every single member of your family, office, or wherever, you put everyone’s name in a hat, and then each person pulls only one name (other than your own of course) from the hat. You then buy a gift for that person only and no one knows who’s buying for whom! Surprise Secret Santa! Thus excessive spending is avoided and, you can always set a “maximum” limit to keep it fair and affordable for everyone.

  • Best gifts under $5!

About.com has a section called “Frugal Living” where I found a list of gift ideas for under $5! Now you can’t beat that!

  • Gift ideas under $10 for ANY time of the year

While browsing on the Internet, I also came across this list of 63 ideas for gifts under $10 from Michelle Jones, Founder and Editor of BetterBudgeting.com. Why 63? I’m not sure, and while I don’t know too many people likely to do Number 59, which is “Favorite quote embroidered (key word there) on a nice handkerchief,” there are plenty of other less-laborious ideas on the list that are super-affordable, including baking some homemade cookies, providing you love to cook, that is! This is a great way to make delicious homemade gifts that will actually be consumed by the recipient, and therefore not end up as one of those gifts that the person doesn’t really want or know what to do with!

  • Gift ideas under $25

Stores such as Target have many gift options, for “him” “her” and the “kids” under $25!

  • Jewelry & Accessory gift ideas under $50

Check out my friend Pascale Fion’s online trunk show for Stella & Dot with many items under $50!

Holiday Stones @ Stella & Dot
  • Uncommon gifts under $50

And then there’s a really fun assortment of gifts under $50 on Uncommon Goods. One of my absolute favorites has to be the “Cat DJ Scratching Pad!”

Cat DJ Scratching Pad @ Uncommon Goods

In closing – Happy Birthday to all you Sagittarians out there – and Happy, Healthy Holidays to all of our business associates, clients, family and friends!

Excess, Storms & The Holidays – ChatterLog December 2012

Excess, Storms & The Holidays – ChatterLog December 2012

Sagittarius - The Centaur

Greetings everyone and welcome to the December or “Holiday” ChatterBulletin, and the sign of Sagittarius, half-man, half-horse, also known as the Centaur. This time last year we focused on the athletic aspect of this “sporty” sign, since Sagittarius is the “jock” of the zodiac (he is after all half horse and has a bow and arrow in his hands!) so our theme was “Sports.” Now what shall we talk about this time? Well, when you read the ChatterTip for this month, you’ll see what gave me the idea. The Ruling Planet of Sagittarius is Jupiter, known not only for their philosophical ideas and wisdom, but also for their excess! So this month’s theme is simply “Excess!”

Excess comes in all shapes and sizes, and various forms and manifestations…. But check this out. Pretty much every Sagittarius I know is athletic but I also know at least two guys with Sagittarius featured strongly in their Astrological make-up, and they are both total “jocks.” Not only are they “jocks” they are “excessive jocks!” If they can’t work out for some reason, they are miserable. And when they do work out, they will push themselves until they drop. They don’t know when to stop! And, remember last year I mentioned that Sagittarius rules the thighs? Both of these Sagittarius “jock” friends of mine have had serious injuries to their legs, more specifically they broke their femurs! I rest my case.

Abandoned Toy Horse © Louisa J. Curtis

Speaking of Sagittarius and horses, one day I was walking around the neighborhood and I came upon this poor little abandoned horsey, put out on the sidewalk to fend for himself… I couldn’t resist taking a photo, and combined with the red and green, I thought it would make a perfect seasonal photo!

So from excessive working out to what else? Where else can we possibly see Excess? I’ll tell you where? Last month the New Jersey and New York area was seriously hit by Hurricane Sandy, and many people are still struggling to get back on their feet again. Want to talk about Excess? That was one crazy storm, or was it? If you study Astrology, you can also relate the Seasons of Nature and the 12 Months of the Year to each of the 12 Astrological Signs. So guess what? The month of November, when the storm hit, is associated with the sign of Scorpio and is known to Astrologers and Meteorologists alike be one of the two rainiest months of the year, period. Scorpio is a Water sign, for starters, and when you consider the potential deadliness of the scorpion, the spider, the swamps… there is danger attached to this sign, and therefore to this time of the year. And that’s without even talking about what was going on with the Planets at the time of Hurricane Sandy!

I was without power for a week, which wasn’t much fun. It was cold, a tad lonely and yet also humbling. Like many, it was several days before I even saw any photographs of just how devastating it had been, when a neighbor came by with some newspapers he had picked up from uptown. Uptown, it was like nothing had happened, while downtown it was cold, dark, and very quiet. Having said that, compared to many, my situation was merely a temporary inconvenience. I lost power, not my home. I even pulled out my ancient Hitachi radio that my father had purchased for me when I moved to Paris more than 30 years ago, with the same batteries from the blackout a few years ago, and would you believe, it was still working? I put the radio on for a few hours each day, and it lasted all week. Just when I was thinking of throwing that old thing out too…

No Vacancy © Kathy Cacicedo

Back for one moment to Sagittarius, archers and arrows: A few months back my cousin was visiting his mother in Guernsey, the Channel Islands, where he attended the Guernsey Air Show, formerly known as Battle of Britain Week. I’ve mentioned in previous newsletters how both he and his brother have been watching and photographing airplanes since they were young. Well, Howard submitted some of the images he had taken of the Air Show to the local newspaper, in particular The Red Arrows, one of which of was featured in the Guernsey Press. Here’s the image they chose for the newspaper… Sagittarius shoots its arrows up into the sky…

Red Arrows © Howard Chaloner

One of my photographers Kathy Cacicedo, happens to live in New Jersey, and she sent me some of the photographs she had taken after the storm of her summertime home town of Seaside Heights. Notice in the “No Vacancy” image, we have yet another arrow, Sagittarius’ symbol of optimism, so may that same optimism spread throughout New Jersey and New York as they rebuild. Seaside Heights is also home of the “Jet Star” roller coaster that fell into the ocean! This is particularly nostalgic for Kathy, who put herself through college by working as a carney in all the boardwalk games on the Casino Pier, where it used to stand. Some of you may also be familiar with the 1966 Bruce Brown surf movie “The Endless Summer” – well, Kathy is a huge surf fan, and besides being a photographer, producer and film-maker, she is also a graphic designer, so just for fun, she did a spin-off on the original movie poster with her recent image of the fallen Jet Star. Certainly brings a more festive vibe to a sad situation…

Jet Star © Kathy Cacicedo

This time of year is ripe for “Excess” of all kinds, and with the Holidays upon us we have the potential once more for “Consumer Excess.” People are shopping like crazy, but with budgets tight and many people still struggling after Hurricane Sandy, I am including some more affordable gift ideas to at least help curb some of the “monetary excess!” I’m all for giving gifts, don’t get me wrong, but somehow, somewhere, didn’t it all get a bit out of hand? Families who are struggling are still looking to find a way to somehow buy tons of toys and gifts for all their family, when they really can’t afford it. So then, to help ease some of the spending burden…

Affordable Gift Ideas:

Secret Santa Logo from the Connecticut, New Britain Youth Theater Blog!
  • Secret Santa

One way to save on your holiday gift budget is by employing the good old Secret Santa. Instead of having to buy something for every single member of your family, office, or wherever, you put everyone’s name in a hat, and then each person pulls only one name (other than your own of course) from the hat. You then buy a gift for that person only and no one knows who’s buying for whom! Surprise Secret Santa! Thus excessive spending is avoided and, you can always set a “maximum” limit to keep it fair and affordable for everyone.

  • Best gifts under $5!

About.com has a section called “Frugal Living” where I found a list of gift ideas for under $5! Now you can’t beat that!

  • Gift ideas under $10 for ANY time of the year

While browsing on the Internet, I also came across this list of 63 ideas for gifts under $10 from Michelle Jones, Founder and Editor of BetterBudgeting.com. Why 63? I’m not sure, and while I don’t know too many people likely to do Number 59, which is “Favorite quote embroidered (key word there) on a nice handkerchief,” there are plenty of other less-laborious ideas on the list that are super-affordable, including baking some homemade cookies, providing you love to cook, that is! This is a great way to make delicious homemade gifts that will actually be consumed by the recipient, and therefore not end up as one of those gifts that the person doesn’t really want or know what to do with!

  • Gift ideas under $25

Stores such as Target have many gift options, for “him” “her” and the “kids” under $25!

  • Jewelry & Accessory gift ideas under $50

Check out my friend Pascale Fion’s online trunk show for Stella & Dot with many items under $50!

Holiday Stones @ Stella & Dot
  • Uncommon gifts under $50

And then there’s a really fun assortment of gifts under $50 on Uncommon Goods. One of my absolute favorites has to be the “Cat DJ Scratching Pad!”

Cat DJ Scratching Pad @ Uncommon Goods

In closing – Happy Birthday to all you Sagittarians out there – and Happy, Healthy Holidays to all of our business associates, clients, family and friends!

Mark Segal – ChatterArtist December 2012

Naturally this month our ChatterArtist is going to be a Sagittarius, and I happen to know several photographers born under this sign, but the one I selected is such a perfect fit, and you’ll see why. Mark Segal, and I have known one another for a long time, back from when I worked with American Showcase and Archive Magazine. I have seen Mark’s work evolve over the years, and his business change through both desire and necessity, yet all with one consistent thread – his innate ability to “see” the bigger picture. Sagittarius is the sign that says, “I see, I see so much, where do I start first?” You’ve heard of the expression when someone is said to “not see the forest for the trees” – well, in Sagittarius’ case (and Mark’s) they do see the forest, they see the bigger picture – literally.

The DC Band © Mark Segal

And why is that, you might be asking? Well, The ruling planet of Sagittarius is Jupiter, the planet of expansion, higher learning and wisdom. Just look at the size of it – it’s the largest planet in our Solar System! How does this relate to Mark? Mark has been interested in and shooting Panoramas for years! It’s one of his specialties! So if that isn’t a classic example of someone who “sees the bigger picture” I don’t know what is! But how did it all start?

Mark began his photographic career in 1982 in Washington, DC, after giving up his job as a construction manager on the DC Metro subway system (leave that job for the Capricorn!). By this time he had already been experimenting with big old Cirkut cameras and was shooting in unusual places all around the DC area, whilst learning the issues of lighting, composing, motion, and people, all with a slowly rotating large format system.

Chicago Aerial © Mark Segal

Two years later came the big move to the “windy” city of Chicago, where Mark has been based ever since. Having discovered his love of Panoramics, he proceeded to shoot samples, stock and portfolio work for the next three years. Then, after a painful divorce, Mark threw himself even more into his work and started the photo library Panoramic Images, with his brother Doug, as well as Skypan, an aerial panoramic business. Mark says he took on a whole new level seriousness and devotion by being creatively different, and learning better business practices.

Mt. St. Michelle © Mark Segal

Another love of the Sagittarius is traveling. Not little trips like the Gemini prefers, but longer trips to far-off places. And yes, Mark has definitely done his fair share of long-distance travel to far-off places. I also know this to be true since many years ago we traveled together for a couple of weeks in South Africa. Talk about “seeing the bigger picture!”

Elephant © Mark Segal

I have never seen such breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, horizons and skies as I did in Africa – they literally went on forever. They say Africa is God’s Country, and it is. Pure Panoramic Bliss! So during the late 80’s and most of the 90’s, Mark traveled the globe and spent months developing and building relationships with new clients, such as Mon Tresor, Samsung, SAA and Hilton, all the while finding different applications for “Pans” without “Polaroid’s,” which required a large amount of trust on the client’s side! In 1991 Mark totally maxed out his traveling by shooting a total of 12 Annual Reports – crazy – and one year he went back and forth to Japan 3 times – imagine all the frequent flyer miles he must have accrued that year… ah, the good old days…

Sage Software © Mark Segal

So fast-forward a few years as we leave the 90’s and Mark was preparing to pursue another long-time passion, that of the movie business. However, after producing a couple of features and several spots, 9/11 hit and funding opportunities for future projects disappeared. So he stayed with stills, shooting stock whenever there were gaps in the assignment work, all the while continuing to promote Panoramics as one of his specialties. At the same time, Mark was also pursuing his remote control helicopter experimentation with digital video, then stills, and then remote control 360-degree pans. At this point he had also remarried, not surprisingly to a beautiful woman from another country, Cinzia is originally from Italy, and they now have two beautiful daughters, Sara and Alina.

Tiny Planet New York City © Mark Segal

Ironically, one of Mark’s newer galleries on his website is called “Tiny Planets!” Not very Jupiterian, but it’s a very cool 360 degree perspective and almost reminds me of Christmas decorations and snow globes! And, little did Mark know that shooting 360-degree images like this ties us right back into Astrology and the 360-degree circle!

Louisa J. Curtis

Cousin's Red Arrows Photo in Guernsey Press!

Back in September, while my cousin was visiting his mother in Guernsey, the Channel Islands, he attended the Guernsey Air Show, formerly known as Battle of Britain Week. I’ve mentioned in previous newsletters how both he and his brother have been watching and photographing airplanes since they were young. Well, Howard submitted some of the images he had taken of the Air Show to the local newspaper, in particular The Red Arrows, one of which of was featured in the Guernsey Press. Although I liked the image they chose for the newspaper, this one is my favorite and fits perfectly with our theme of Sagittarius shooting his arrows up in to the sky!

The Red Arrows © Howard Chaloner

Churchill & Eisenstaedt – ChatterQuote December 2012

So for this month, I am giving you two different quotes from two different Sagittarians. The first is from a very famous British Politician, best known for his leadership during the Second World War, Sir Winston Churchill – a Sagittarius, born into an aristocratic family as the grandson of the 7th Duke of Marlborough in Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England, on November 30th, 1874, and who died in London on January 24th, 1965 at 90 years old. His funeral was the largest state funeral in world history with representatives from 112 nations in attendance. Churchill was a noted statesman and orator, two roles perfectly suited for a Sagittarius because Sagittarius is the sign who speaks to God, and then tells the people what to do, and that’s what he did. Many thanks to Julie Grahame for allowing to use this iconic photograph of Winston Churchill from the Yousuf Karsh archive taken in 1941 after his speech to the Canadian Parliament – splendid!

Winston Churchill, 1941 © Yousuf Karsh

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.

Thanks to Julie Grahame for allowing us to use this wonderful image of Sir Winston Churchill from the Yousuf Karsh Archive!

And then I also found a wonderful and succinct quote from photographer and photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt, our second Sagittarius born December 6th, 1898 in Tczew, West Prussia, and who died on August 24th, 1995 aged 96 years old in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. He was fascinated by photography from an early age and was given his first Eastman Kodak Folding Camera when he was 14 years old. One of his most famous photographs was of an American sailor kissing a young woman in Times Square on August 14th, 1945 on “Victory Over Japan Day.”

"VJ Day, The Kiss" New York City 1945 Alfred Eisenstaedt © Time Inc.

It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter!

Churchill & Eisenstaedt – ChatterQuote December 2012

So for this month, I am giving you two different quotes from two different Sagittarians. The first is from a very famous British Politician, best known for his leadership during the Second World War, Sir Winston Churchill – a Sagittarius, born into an aristocratic family as the grandson of the 7th Duke of Marlborough in Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England, on November 30th, 1874, and who died in London on January 24th, 1965 at 90 years old. His funeral was the largest state funeral in world history with representatives from 112 nations in attendance. Churchill was a noted statesman and orator, two roles perfectly suited for a Sagittarius because Sagittarius is the sign who speaks to God, and then tells the people what to do, and that’s what he did. Many thanks to Julie Grahame for allowing to use this iconic photograph of Winston Churchill from the Yousuf Karsh archive taken in 1941 after his speech to the Canadian Parliament – splendid!

Winston Churchill, 1941 © Yousuf Karsh

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.

Thanks to Julie Grahame for allowing us to use this wonderful image of Sir Winston Churchill from the Yousuf Karsh Archive!

And then I also found a wonderful and succinct quote from photographer and photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt, our second Sagittarius born December 6th, 1898 in Tczew, West Prussia, and who died on August 24th, 1995 aged 96 years old in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. He was fascinated by photography from an early age and was given his first Eastman Kodak Folding Camera when he was 14 years old. One of his most famous photographs was of an American sailor kissing a young woman in Times Square on August 14th, 1945 on “Victory Over Japan Day.”

"VJ Day, The Kiss" New York City 1945 Alfred Eisenstaedt © Time Inc.

It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter!

Tips for Excessive Eating & Drinking – ChatterTip December 2012

Tips for Excessive Eating & Drinking!

Three Tequilas © S&C Graham Photo / Cocktail Images

Remember last time in preparation for Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season, we gave you some Tips for Entertaining from our charming sign of Libra, the perfect host of the party. Now with Sagittarius, we have the perfect guest! Well, maybe… The Sagittarius definitely loves a good party, and they love to eat and drink and drink and eat and talk the talk – however, their downfall is that Jupiter, the Ruling Planet of Sagittarius, is also the Planet of “Excess” so they often don’t know when to stop! So with the Holidays upon us once more, Christmas, Office Parties, New Year’s, you know there’s the potential for yet more excessive eating, drinking, and yes, spending. So this month we bring you some Tips for Excessive Eating & Drinking!

Eating & Drinking – Before and After:

  • What to do before you go out drinking!

If I go to a party, or I have to go to more than one event/place in an evening, I usually stick with the same alcohol, because mixing up your alcohol will surely give you a much worse hangover and is perhaps more likely to make you sick! And, I also make sure I have eaten something before I leave home – never go to a party on a completely empty stomach! Unless you are going to a sit-down dinner, it is rare that you get enough “finger” food to really fill you up, or that will be sufficient to soak up the equivalent amount of alcohol you are drinking!

  • What to do the next day when it’s too late!

It’s happened to the best of us, so here are some classic Hangover Cures for the next day when it’s too late! After a late night of partying, we used to hit a Diner or Breakfast Joint and consume fried egg sandwiches or stacks of pancakes – good greasy, yummy breakfast food to soak up all of that alcohol. Sadly, some of the best places here in New York City for those late night/early morning feasts have disappeared. Now, some of you may recall my clients, photographers Shannon & Colleen Graham and their specialty website that features cocktails and liquor. The first image of the festive-looking “Three Tequilas” is from their award-winning book ¡Hola Tequila! So who better than our expert Mixologist Colleen to give us a list of her best Hangover Cures (as featured on About.com), one of which is from Poland suggesting that you drink some Pickle Juice, or how about a Bloody Mary? Looks good to me!

Bloody Maria © S&C Graham / Cocktail Images

Worst Case Scenarios:

  • Food Poisoning – let’s hope not!

Food poisoning is certainly not something you ever want to go through, but when you’re eating other people’s food at catered events, or mass-made meals, such as on a plane, you never know! Drinking Warm Water with a little Lemon will help to cleanse the system, and Honey will add antibacterial and immune enhancing properties. Years ago I got a bout of food poisoning from something I ate on a plane on my way back from Portugal, and I was really, really sick. I was so dehydrated and weak, I couldn’t eat anything, but my cousin got me back on my feet again by making sure I drank plenty of Gatorade, which is one of the speediest solutions for putting all the Electrolytes back into your system.

  • Vomiting – never fun!

Another thing that you don’t really ever want to experience is vomiting, but excess will do it, or worse than that, excess and mixing your alcohol up! Fresh Ginger, steeped to make a tea, can help to ease the nausea. Drinking some Soda Water, Club Soda, or Ginger Ale all help to settle the stomach and stop the vomiting – you want something plain and with bubbles. Once the system has cleaned itself out, restore the balance by eating “live” Yoghourt and/or take the supplement Acidophilus. Eating a ripe Banana will help to put the Potassium back in the system, and eating a little “raw” Apple that has started to brown, settles tummy upsets, especially in young children.

Additional cures for your Food & Drinking Excess – you can always go back to our July 2010 ChatterTip – Natural Remedies for Stomach Problems!

Thanks also to Shannon & Colleen Graham and Cocktail Images for the images!

Tips for Excessive Eating & Drinking – ChatterTip December 2012

Tips for Excessive Eating & Drinking!

Three Tequilas © S&C Graham Photo / Cocktail Images

Remember last time in preparation for Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season, we gave you some Tips for Entertaining from our charming sign of Libra, the perfect host of the party. Now with Sagittarius, we have the perfect guest! Well, maybe… The Sagittarius definitely loves a good party, and they love to eat and drink and drink and eat and talk the talk – however, their downfall is that Jupiter, the Ruling Planet of Sagittarius, is also the Planet of “Excess” so they often don’t know when to stop! So with the Holidays upon us once more, Christmas, Office Parties, New Year’s, you know there’s the potential for yet more excessive eating, drinking, and yes, spending. So this month we bring you some Tips for Excessive Eating & Drinking!

Eating & Drinking – Before and After:

  • What to do before you go out drinking!

If I go to a party, or I have to go to more than one event/place in an evening, I usually stick with the same alcohol, because mixing up your alcohol will surely give you a much worse hangover and is perhaps more likely to make you sick! And, I also make sure I have eaten something before I leave home – never go to a party on a completely empty stomach! Unless you are going to a sit-down dinner, it is rare that you get enough “finger” food to really fill you up, or that will be sufficient to soak up the equivalent amount of alcohol you are drinking!

  • What to do the next day when it’s too late!

It’s happened to the best of us, so here are some classic Hangover Cures for the next day when it’s too late! After a late night of partying, we used to hit a Diner or Breakfast Joint and consume fried egg sandwiches or stacks of pancakes – good greasy, yummy breakfast food to soak up all of that alcohol. Sadly, some of the best places here in New York City for those late night/early morning feasts have disappeared. Now, some of you may recall my clients, photographers Shannon & Colleen Graham and their specialty website that features cocktails and liquor. The first image of the festive-looking “Three Tequilas” is from their award-winning book ¡Hola Tequila! So who better than our expert Mixologist Colleen to give us a list of her best Hangover Cures (as featured on About.com), one of which is from Poland suggesting that you drink some Pickle Juice, or how about a Bloody Mary? Looks good to me!

Bloody Maria © S&C Graham / Cocktail Images

Worst Case Scenarios:

  • Food Poisoning – let’s hope not!

Food poisoning is certainly not something you ever want to go through, but when you’re eating other people’s food at catered events, or mass-made meals, such as on a plane, you never know! Drinking Warm Water with a little Lemon will help to cleanse the system, and Honey will add antibacterial and immune enhancing properties. Years ago I got a bout of food poisoning from something I ate on a plane on my way back from Portugal, and I was really, really sick. I was so dehydrated and weak, I couldn’t eat anything, but my cousin got me back on my feet again by making sure I drank plenty of Gatorade, which is one of the speediest solutions for putting all the Electrolytes back into your system.

  • Vomiting – never fun!

Another thing that you don’t really ever want to experience is vomiting, but excess will do it, or worse than that, excess and mixing your alcohol up! Fresh Ginger, steeped to make a tea, can help to ease the nausea. Drinking some Soda Water, Club Soda, or Ginger Ale all help to settle the stomach and stop the vomiting – you want something plain and with bubbles. Once the system has cleaned itself out, restore the balance by eating “live” Yoghourt and/or take the supplement Acidophilus. Eating a ripe Banana will help to put the Potassium back in the system, and eating a little “raw” Apple that has started to brown, settles tummy upsets, especially in young children.

Additional cures for your Food & Drinking Excess – you can always go back to our July 2010 ChatterTip – Natural Remedies for Stomach Problems!

Thanks also to Shannon & Colleen Graham and Cocktail Images for the images!

Oven-Roasted Vegetables – ChatterRecipe December 2012

Oven-Roasted Vegetables

Oven-Roasted Vegetables © Renee Comet

For the ChatterRecipe this month I wanted to give you something simple but delicious to accompany your turkey, duck, ham, or whatever your roast of choice may be! So often it’s all about the main event, but the “side” dishes are really important too and can make or break a meal! Here’s the easiest thing in the world – Oven-Roasted Vegetables! By roasting the vegetables, it brings out a naturally delicious flavor and is best when using seasonal vegetables. Now if you don’t like this particular combination, you can always substitute with whatever vegetables you like and use the same simple cooking method.

This easy recipe is courtesy of Trisha Yearwood (as featured in USAWeekend.com)

And thanks also to DC-based and one of my favorite food photographers Renee Comet for providing us with the image for this month.

Ingredients:

½ pound Baby or Fingerling Potatoes (halved lengthwise, quartered if larger)

½ pound Brussel Sprouts (ends trimmed & halved)

½ pound Carrots (peeled & cut diagonally into ½ inch pieces)

1 medium Butternut Squash (peeled & diced)

¼ cup Vegetable Broth

¼ cup Olive Oil

1 teaspoon Salt

½ teaspoon Black Pepper

Aluminum Foil

Recipe:

Prepare all of the Vegetables. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking tray with Aluminum Foil. In a large bowl, mix together the Olive Oil, Broth, Salt and Black Pepper, and then toss with all the cut Vegetables until they are coated. Drain off the excess Broth. Spread the Vegetable Mixture onto the lined baking tray and then pour over the remaining Broth. Roast in the hot oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until tender, stirring once. And that’s it!