Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hey Dolls!
I just watched the BRAND NEW Music Video Teaser/Preview for Kpop Singer HyunA's new song called "Bubble Pop!".
I'm LOVING the sound & look of the song and music video concept!
HyunA looks gorgeous & the song is sounds very fun, addictive beat/chorus & fresh for the summer. This song sounds very different than her first debut solo song "Change, But I'm having a feeling the style from "Change" will still be in her new album. *I hope*..

In the video clip of "Bubble Pop!" it shows HyunA under the scorching hot sun of Okinawa, Japan. It may just be a 20 second clip but it will sure make fans happy as we all wait to see the full video in the next few days!

So be on the lookout for more releases of new music from HyunA from her debut solo album "Bubble Pop!" which is in stores 2011.07.05!

Take a look at the Music Video Teaser/Preview below:


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Hey Everyone!
As you may have read from my last post, I have recently teamed up with the lovely store Whole Foods to share with you some tips & recipes for the upcoming Canada Day & the Summer!
 Part 2 of my "Whole Foods (Canada Store) "Canada Day/Summer 2011 Healthy Grilling Recipes/Tasty Marinade/Dip Ideas And Healthy BBQ Sides" post.
So if you haven't seen my PAST #1 you can check that out here:

and If you have read it then, continue reading this post & I hope you all enjoy it!!

So Lets start PART #2!
~ Meat & More Recipes ~

Serves 4
Make a colorful summer dinner with these easy kabobs served on a bed of fluffy lemony quinoa with pine nuts and parsley. The sweetness of grilled pineapple pairs well with grilled chicken and a simple honey-mustard sauce.

1/2 cup quinoa
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
16 cherry tomatoes
8 (12-inch) metal or wooden skewers

Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve until water runs clear, then drain and transfer to a medium pot. Add 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer until water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside off the heat for 5 minutes; uncover and fluff with a fork. Stir in parsley, pine nuts, lemon zest and salt.

Prepare a grill for medium heat grilling. In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, honey, lemon juice and pepper. Thread chicken, pineapple, pepper and tomatoes onto skewers. Remove 1 tablespoon honey-mustard mixture and brush skewers with it. Grill, turning occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender, 12 to 14 minutes. Arrange skewers on a platter over quinoa and serve with remaining honey mustard on the side for dipping.

Per serving: 340 calories (70 from fat), 7g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 95mg cholesterol, 420mg sodium, 37g total carbohydrate (6g dietary fiber, 16g sugar), 27g protein

Serves 8
Use leftover chicken and veggies from these kabobs to make salads or wrap sandwiches. Feel free to substitute with tofu or any other kabob-friendly meat or seafood you wish.

1/4 cup honey mustard, plus more for serving
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons canola oil or extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts and/or thighs, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
1 pound button mushrooms
1 large eggplant, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
2 bunches green onions, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 red bell peppers, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 boxes (about 6 ounces each) rice pilaf mix, prepared

If you're using wooden skewers, soak them in water 20 to 30 minutes. Preheat grill to medium heat. In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Thread chicken, mushrooms, eggplant, onions and peppers onto skewers; brush all over with mustard mixture. Grill, turning occasionally, until chicken is cooked and vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Arrange skewers on a platter over the rice pilaf and serve with honey mustard on the side for dipping.

Per serving (about 10.5oz/292g-wt.): 360 calories (90 from fat), 11g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 45mg cholesterol, 860mg sodium, 47g total carbohydrate (5g dietary fiber, 7g sugar), 21g protein

Serves 4
This colorful salad features a quick dressing made from creamy avocado, tangy lime juice and zesty cilantro.

1 ripe avocado, mashed
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 (15-ounce) cans no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup corn kernels, fresh or thawed if frozen
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

In a large bowl, whisk together avocado, cilantro and lime juice until blended. Add beans, lettuce, tomatoes, corn, pepper, pumpkin seeds and toss until evenly coated.

Per serving: 360 calories (100 from fat), 11g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 35mg sodium, 52g total carbohydrate (18g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 16g protein

Serves 6
Grilling brings out the natural flavor and sweetness of zucchini, yellow squash, red bell pepper, eggplant and onion in these savory tostadas. Grill whole wheat tortillas for a crispy base and top with fresh salsa, sliced avocado and a squeeze of lime.

1 pound tomatoes, seeded and diced 
1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro 
2 tablespoons lime juice 
1 teaspoon salt, divided 
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
1 jalapeño pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped 
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing tortillas 
2 teaspoons chili powder 
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 
2 green bell peppers, cored, seeded, and cut into thick strips 
2 yellow squash, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices 
2 zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices 
1 eggplant, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thick rounds 
1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced 
6 (6-inch) whole wheat tortillas 
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced 
Lime wedges for garnish

Put tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, black pepper and jalapeños into a medium bowl and toss to combine. Cover and chill. 

Preheat grill to medium heat. In a large bowl, mix together oil, chili powder, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and garlic. Add peppers, squash, zucchini, eggplant and onion and toss to coat. 

Working in batches, grill vegetables, flipping halfway through, until tender, 5 to 8 minutes total. Transfer to a platter as done. Lightly brush both sides of tortillas with olive oil and grill, flipping once, until just crisp and lightly charred on both sides, about 3 minutes total. 

Place one tortilla on each of six plates and top with vegetables, salsa and avocados. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.

Per serving (about 19oz/549g-wt.): 380 calories (160 from fat), 18g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 490mg sodium, 47g total carbohydrate (12g dietary fiber, 12g sugar), 10g protein 

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& Be sure to pick up all these ingredients to make everything listed at your local WHOLE FOODS Store!
I absolutely ADORE shopping at Whole Foods & Definitely recommend checking it out if you haven't ever been there! It's one of my TOP FAVORITE STORES!
They have a gorgeous selection of all different healthy foods, organic produce & more!

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Hey Everyone!
I recently teamed up with the lovely store called Whole Foods, to do a couple of posts about "Canada Day/Summer 2011 Healthy Grilling Recipes/Tasty Marinade/Dip Ideas And Healthy BBQ Sides".
Well these tips and recipes are not only for Canada Day, they are perfect for all summer long!
This is what to look out for in this post today..
This will be a 2 Part Post..
The first will have Recipes Suitable for Vegetarians/Vegans & More. The 2nd Post will be with a couple of recipes People who prefer Meat, But additionally there will be a couple of treats for non meat eaters!

All together in the 2 Posts there will be:
* A Few Meat Free Grilling Recipes
* A Couple Of Meat Grilling Recipes
* A Few Vegetable Dishes
* A Couple of Tasty Marinades/Dips

So Lets start PART #1!
~ Meat Free Vegetarian/Vegan Recipes ~

Serves 4

This method uses leftover pineapple juice from a can of pineapple to make a simple teriyaki sauce.

4 (5-inch) portobello mushrooms, stemmed
1 (20-ounce) can pineapple rings, juice reserved
3 tablespoons soy sauce or wheat-free tamari
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
Canola oil
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
4 whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted
Green or red leaf lettuce

Using a small spoon, delicately scoop out and discard the dark brown gills from the underside of each mushroom. Wipe mushrooms gently with a moist paper towel to remove any remaining debris then transfer to a wide, shallow baking dish along with the pineapple rings.
Put 3/4 cup of the reserved pineapple juice (save remaining for another use), soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger and sesame oil into a small bowl and whisk together to make a marinade. Pour marinade over mushrooms and pineapple, cover and set aside, turning occasionally, for 1 to 2 hours.
Grease grill grates with canola oil and preheat to medium high heat. Meanwhile, drain leftover marinade from mushrooms and pineapple and transfer to a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium high heat. In a small bowl, stir together water and cornstarch then whisk into marinade and boil until thickened, about 1 minute more; set aside.
Working in batches, grill mushrooms and pineapple, gently flipping once, until hot throughout and tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to buns, top with lettuce and serve with teriyaki sauce on the side, if you like.

Per serving (about 12oz/341g-wt.): 360 calories (80 from fat), 9g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 990mg sodium, 65g total carbohydrate (6g dietary fiber, 38g sugar), 8g protein


Serves 4 to 6
Grilled veggies topped with feta and herbs and baked on a cornmeal crust make for a quick, light meal. Feel free to use leftover grilled vegetables for this recipe. Rely on the season to guide you; choose what is at the peak of harvest to create your own custom pizza. Eggplant, bell peppers and fennel, for instance, could replace or add to the vegetables suggested here.

2 cups small broccoli florets
2 cups thinly sliced zucchini
8 thin slices red onion
1/4 cup vinaigrette dressing
2 medium heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced
2 (8- to 9-inch) frozen cornmeal or other pizza crusts, thawed
Pepper to taste
1/2 pound crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons mixed chopped herbs (such as basil, rosemary and oregano)

Heat a grill. In a grilling basket, grill the broccoli, zucchini, and onions, brushing with vinaigrette dressing and turning often, until just tender.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425°F. Arrange tomatoes on the pizza crusts, then arrange grilled veggies on top of the tomatoes. Season with pepper. Mix the feta cheese with the fresh herbs and sprinkle mixture over the vegetables. Bake until cheese is browned and vegetables are crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, cut into slices and serve.

Per serving (About 8oz/232g-wt.): 250 calories (130 from fat), 14g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 11g protein, 23g total carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 7g sugar), 40mg cholesterol, 740mg sodium

Serves 6
Feta and fresh herbs mixed into butter make a fantastic topping for summer corn on the cob.

1/4 cup crumbled feta
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
Zest of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons chopped mint
2 1/2 teaspoons chopped thyme
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
6 ears sweet corn

In a small bowl, combine feta, butter, zest, mint, thyme, salt and pepper. Use a wooden spoon to stir and mash ingredients together until mixed and fairly smooth. Pack mixture into a ramekin or small bowl and smooth the top. (You can cover and refrigerate the mixture up to 1 day ahead, but make sure to have it warm enough to spread easily before serving.)

Boil or grill corn until tender; serve immediately with butter for spreading.

Per serving (about 4oz/108g-wt.): 150 calories (70 from fat), 8g total fat, 4.5g saturated fat, 20mg cholesterol, 280mg sodium, 18g total carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 3g sugar), 4g protein

Makes about 2 cups
The nutritional yeast in this rich, vibrant green pesto lends a flavor similar to that of parmesan cheese in traditional pesto. Serve over pasta, whole grains, or steamed or grilled veggies.

1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup walnuts
2 to 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
4 packed cups basil leaves
5 teaspoons mellow white miso
3/4 cup silken tofu
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Pulse pine nuts and walnuts in a food processor until finely chopped. Add garlic and pulse a few more times to blend. Add basil in batches, pulsing after each addition. Add miso, tofu, yeast, salt and pepper and pulse again until creamy and well combined. Chill until ready to use.

Per serving (2 Tablespoons/31g-wt.): 70 calories (50 from fat), 6g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 3g total carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 3g protein

I hope you enjoyed reading these 3  Recipes Sutible for Vegtarians and Vegans!!
& I can honestly say that I have tried and I 100% agree with all the recipes, they are all so tasty & delicious!
Be on the look out for Post #2 "Meat & More!"

& Be sure to pick up all these ingredients to make everything listed at your local WHOLE FOODS Store!
I absolutely ADORE shopping at Whole Foods & Definitely recommend checking it out if you haven't ever been there! It's one of my TOP FAVORITE STORES!
They have a gorgeous selection of all different healthy foods, organic produce & more!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hey Dolls!
As I posted yesterday Kpop 4minute’s HyunA, who’s ready to release her debut solo album on July 5th titled "Bubble Pop!‘ has released a beautiful sweet ballad track titled, “A Bitter Day”.
Just a few days ahead of her album's release, this song features labelmates Junhyung and G.NA.
“A Bitter Day” features a beautiful live acoustic sound which goes so nicely with HyunA’s rhythmical rapping. B2ST’s Junhyung & G.NA sound lovely too but I would have liked to hear more HyunA in this song, I don't not feel as if there is enough of HyunA's singing in it, as G.NA is heard more in the song. I adore G.NA but I was disappointed to not hear much HyunA. :( 
HyunA's singing/rapping skills in the beginning of this song "A Bitter Day" from the little she is heard on the song, is very breathtaking that's why I would have liked to hear more of her on this song.

Check the song out below and remember to support HyunA by purchasing her BRAND NEW DEBUT SOLO ALBUM ON... July 5th!


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Hey Everyone!
Lady GaGa has updated her twitter page with a picture of herself and SMAP!
If you don't know who SMAP is.. they are a Six Member Male Band from Japan.
GaGa tweeted today.. “SMAP SMAP REVENGE. BORN THIS WAY TATOO TUXEDO MEETS TARANTINO NINJA,” & along posted this photo (above) to her Twitpic account. She hasn't mentioned how she met SMAP, fans are thinking that she will be featured on an upcoming episode of “SMAP x SMAP“.
She also tweeted two links of herself on the Japanese television show “Sukkiri!!“, She was dressed in gorgeous fashion that resembled her to a Panda! She looked SO CUTE! Loved the outfit & makeup!
While on the show she replied to a “yes-and-no” interview, talked about some of her past Fashion Outfits, and even received a special "Lady GaGa Hello Kitty Doll" from the Hello Kitty Creator. 

After a few hours GaGa made another post to her Twitter page to write about her love for her new present the Hello Kitty Doll, as she tweeted "Tokyo Love! Hello Kitty to thank you for sending me special designed Gagasan Airport Kitty! Kawaii! "
Awe! So cute! I adore the "Lady GaGa Hello Kitty Doll" too! :)

Check out the videos below to watch her appearance on the show"Sukkiri!!"

Source & Photo Credit: Lady GaGa's Official Twitter Page -

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Hey Everyone!
Doesn't this look SO COLORFUL & TASTY!
Well that's because it IS!
This "Italian Vegetable Kabobs" recipe will be sure to spice up your summer parties with your friends
& family!
Keep reading to find out how to make them!

Add something meatless to your family's Italian dinner! Enjoy these grilled kabobs made using veggies -
ready in 30 minutes.

Prep Time: 30 Min
Total Time: 30 Min
Makes: 4 kabobs
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8 small new red potatoes (about 1/2 lb.), halved or quartered
8 fresh or frozen Brussels sprouts
1 green or red bell pepper, quartered, cut in half crosswise
1/2 red onion, quartered, cut in half crosswise
1/3 cup purchased Italian salad dressing

GRILL DIRECTIONS: Heat grill. In medium saucepan, combine potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Add enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook 10 minutes or just until Brussels sprouts are tender. Drain.
Alternately thread all vegetables onto four 12 to 14-inch metal skewers. Brush vegetables with salad dressing.
When ready to grill, place kabobs on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium coals; cover grill. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are browned and tender, brushing with salad dressing and turning occasionally.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft):

Nutritional Information:
1 Serving (1 Kabob)Calories 120(Calories from Fat 25),Total Fat 3g(Saturated Fat 0g,Cholesterol 0mg;Sodium 55mg;Total Carbohydrate 21g(Dietary Fiber 4g,Sugars 3g),Protein 3g;
Percent Daily Value*:Vitamin A 10.00%;Vitamin C 70.00%;Calcium 2.00%;Iron 8.00%;Exchanges:1 Starch;1 Other Carbohydrate;1 Vegetable;1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hey Everyone!
I just read online that Cube Entertainment has said that Kpop 4minute’s HyunA, who’s currently ready to release a mini album on July 5th called "Bubble Pop!, that she releasing a sweet ballad featuring labelmates Junhyung and G.NA ahead of the album’s official release! It will be her first solo comeback from one year!

On June 30th, she’ll be releasing the only ballad off of her album, titled“A Bitter Day“, featuring the help of her labelmates for an impressive combination of emotional singing and rapping.

HyunA solo singer debut with her song “Change” back in 2009, was surely loved, so fans are expecting a amazing album from the talented girl. Fans have a treat as rapper Dok2 has also been named as one of the guest features in “Bubble Pop!” SO COOL!

I can't wait to hear the new music, I hope it releases soon.
Her song "Change" is easily my TOP favorite KPOP song, so I'm VERY VERY VERY excited to see what more this dashing girl has to release.
So be sure to stay tuned to SimiSodaPop to hear HyunA's new music!!


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Monday, June 27, 2011

Hey Dolls!
Korean Girl Group 2NE1’s BRAND NEW “I Am The Best” music video has finally been released!
Fans (Blackjacks) have been waiting for this day for awhile now!

The 4 SEXY Dazzling Powerful Girls heated up the music world with the full track release earlier this week, immediately achieving an all-kill on music charts, & even hit up the social network Twitter with “#2NE1isthebest” trending on worldwide!!

This music video has been Directed by Seo Hyun Seung (the creative force behind “Fire”, “Try to Follow Me”, “Clap Your Hands” & “Can’t Nobody”).
The video features glammed up film sets to match the energy of the track. Considering how “I Am The Best” features heavy-hitting beats and a party vibe that would get anyone up and moving, the MV compliments the track with EYE POPPING film sets and AMAZINGLY POWERFUL OUTFITS that look SO GORGEOUS on the girls!
This will sure have fans and critics talking about it for the next while! :)
I'm IN LOVE with this New Music Video & song! It's SO ORIGINAL & IS SO 2NE1!

Here is the WICKEDLY AMAZING EYE POPPING “I Am The Best” Music Video!:

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Hey Dolls!
How is your day going?
Today's recipe post is going to be "Decadent Cherry Mousse Brownies".
These are so tasty & super cute to share with your friends and family!
Learn how to make them below:

Layer fudgy brownies with two more chocolates and cherries for the ultimate triple treat.

Prep Time
35 Minutes
Total Time
3:05 Hrs:Mins
24 servings

1 box Betty Crocker® fudge brownie mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs as called for on brownie mix box
3 oz. white baking chocolate
1/3 cup whipping cream
1 cup Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy cream cheese frosting (from 16 oz container)
1/4 cup chopped well drained maraschino cherries
1 to 2 drops red food color
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 oz. white baking chocolate
1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil

Heat oven to 350°F (or 325°F for dark or non stick pan). Grease or spray bottom of 13x9-inch pan. Bake brownies as directed on box using water, oil and eggs. Spread into pan. Bake for 24 to 26 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool completely.
In medium microwaveable bowl, microwave 3 oz. white baking chocolate and 1/3 cup whipping cream uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring once, until chocolate is melted. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until slightly thickened.
Stir frosting and maraschino cherries into chocolate mixture until well blended. Spread evenly over cooled brownies.
In small microwaveable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and butter uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring once until smooth. Carefully spread over mousse. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until set.
In small microwaveable bowl, microwave 1 oz. white baking chocolate and oil uncovered on High 30 to 60 seconds, stirring once, until smooth. Drizzle chocolate over brownies. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until chocolate is set.
Makes 24 servings

Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Special Touch:
Bite-sized brownies can make a big spash on a dessert tray. Serve them in mini colored or metallic papers.

Nutrition Information:
1 Serving (1 Serving)Calories 300(Calories from Fat 150),Total Fat 17g(Saturated Fat 7g,Trans Fat 1g),Cholesterol 25mg;Sodium 120mg;Total Carbohydrate 36g(Dietary Fiber 1g,Sugars 26g),Protein 1g;
Percent Daily Value*:Vitamin A 2.00%;Vitamin C 0.00%;Calcium 0.00%;Iron 10.00%;Exchanges:1 Starch;0 Fruit;1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;0 Skim Milk;0 Low-Fat Milk;0 Milk;0 Vegetable;0 Very Lean Meat;0 Lean Meat;0 High-Fat Meat;3 Fat;Carbohydrate Choices:2 1/2;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Hey Dolls!
Korean Girl Group 2NE1’s new music video for “I Am the Best” MV is finally set to released!

2NE1 has announced the release time through their Facebook page. The time has been set for June 28th, 9:00AM KST which converts to June 27th, 8:00PM Eastern Standard Time.

Certified a ‘perfect all-kill’ by Instiz, 2NE1 has been sweeping the charts with their comeback track, “I Am the Best”, raising the anxiety for the MV.

Stay tuned for when the MV is officially released!
I'm SO EXCITED for this new music video from the AMAZINGLY WICKED 2NE1!

Source & Photo: 2NE1’s Facebook

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Hey Dolls!
Kpop Girl group 4minute will be focusing on their Japanese promotions after member HyunA wraps up her solo promotions in Korea.
Cube Entertainment announced on June 27th, “On August 24th, 4minute will release a Japanese version of “Heart 2 Heart” and jump straight into Japanese promotions.”
They continued, “In the beginning of July, HyunA will start promoting her solo album. She will be working on both things at once.”

They will look to spread their hits in Japan this summer.
Cannot wait for HyunA's Mini Album! :)


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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Hey Dolls!
HyunA is back & ready to release her FIRST solo mini album! 
After steaming up the music scene with “Change” last year, fans are sure to be excited to see what other music this amazing singer/dancer has to release!

Two new jacket photos have been unveiled today from CUBE Entertainmentor HyunA’s mini-album. The jacket photos will be displayed on television monitors inside the nationwide convenience store chain, GS25. The chain has over 5000 outlets in the country. According to the press release, the displays were timed to coincide with the morning rush hour.

In the first picture, HyunA can be seen showing off her pure white skin in a swimsuit, holding a baseball and chewing bubble gum. She makes a dramatic transformation for the second photo, and the always gorgeous 4minute member can be seen proudly displaying her mysterious tattoo and striking a fierce look at the camera.

HyunA first made waves last January with her first debut single, “Change”. 
I cannot wait to hear HyunA's new album! The 20-year-old rising star’s new mini-album will be unleashed on July 5th.
Be sure to pick it up on the release day!


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Hey Everyone!
So I recently spotted this interesting post on & I thought it would be great to share it will all you!
They were talking about "Junk Food That's Good For You", so these are foods that are actually somewhat beneficial to your health, which are usually known as “junk foods.” So the listed foods all have surprise health benefits! 

Here are few of my favorites that I read:
Blue M&Ms: Yes! I was interested in this one because I have NEVER heard it before & found it to be very interesting! Apparently the blue food dye that coats these addicting treats (ingredient also in Gatorade) “could be helpful in reducing damage caused by spine injuries” Also the scientists behind this claim did a study with the blue dye, called Brilliant Blue, and it sped up recovery and ability to walk.  
Butter: Butter has become a bad word for many diet-conscious folks, but it has redeeming qualities. Studies actually show that the fat in butter helps our bodies better absorb vitamins, like vitamins A, D, E, and K. So let this creamy, rich toast-topper back into your life! Opt for whipped butter to save on calories without sacrificing taste.
Hot Sauce: In addition to boosting flavor in everything from eggs to burritos, hot sauce may also help you lose wight. It contains capsaicin, a compound that can curb your appetite by reducing levels of the hunger-causing hormone ghrelin and by raising levels of GLP-1, an appetite-suppressing hormone, according to a study published in the European Journal of Nutrition.
Red Wine: Most of us know that red wine's good for your heart, but did you know that the alcohol in wine and other boozy beverages is linked with lower levels of belly fat, when consumed in moderation? Researchers at the University of Buffalo found that men who drink a couple of drinks a day have lower levels of abdominal fat than those who down more drinks in one sitting but do so only once or twice every 2 weeks. For the most beneficial varietal, opt for Pinot noir, which contains more disease-fighting antioxidants than any other type of alcoholic beverage.
Popcorn: Though it's low in calories. it's east to imagine that puffy, white popcorn's low in nutrition, as well. However, this movie snack is full of fiber and has high levels of polyphenols, antioxidants that can protect against heart disease and certain cancers.
In fact, research shows that popcorn has the highest polyphenol level of all snack foods.
Coconut: I thought coconut was very healthy for you? What you've heard is true: Coconut contains saturated fat. However, the tropical treat actually appears to have heart-healthy effects, since 50 percent of its saturated-fat content is lauric acid, which boosts good cholesterol levels. Coconut's also a very good source of manganese. Have a small handful of the shredded, unsweetened variety as a snack or use it in baking.
Dark Chocolate: If you choose dark chocolate, you'll be loading up on flavonoids, the heart-healthy compounds also found in red wine and green tea. So go ahead and indulge! A 1.5 ounce dark chocolate bar (the size of a KitKat Bar—all four pieces) will run you about 200 calories; it provides 2 grams of protein, too.
Sour Cream: Savory sour cream is surprisingly low in sodium. And if you want to top your chili or baked potato with a couple of tablespoons of sour cream (yes, we’re talking about the full-fat variety) you’ll add just 52 calories and only around 2 grams of saturated fat—less than you'd get from drinking a 12-ounce glass of 2 percent reduced-fat milk.
Ketchup: Since it's made from cooked tomatoes, ketchup is loaded with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that can lower your risk for cardiovascular disease. While all ketchup is a great source of this super substance, a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that organic ketchup contains up to 60 percent more lycopene per gram than conventional brands.

Be sure to keep in mind that these are all mostly considered "Junk Foods" so eat them in moderation. 
But now when your eating these goodies, you don’t have to think of them as 100% bad for you as they all have little beneficial advantages for your health!


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Hey Everyone!
So I was  at the grocery store today and I spotted these NEW products in the flyer while shopping.
I LOVE finding new products to try out!
So When I saw these new yummy treats, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a box!
They are BRAND NEW Cookies from Christie called "Chips Ahoy! Middles" and I spotted two different flavors so I bought both kinds. I'll do separate reviews for them both.
This is my review on the first kind I tried called "Double Chocolate".

My Review:
So I was very excited to try these as the box looked VERY yummy and the picture of the cookies looked like a good size cookie and it looked like it had a gorgeous chocolate filling.
But when I opened the box up, I noticed that the picture on the box and the real thing did not add up.
The picture on the box made the cookies look like a nice soft brown color but the real cookies had a very dark brown look.
Also they are much smaller then the picture.
Still I was looking forward to what they tasted like... then I took a bite and said... "Where's the chocolate filling"?  It was HARDLY there, A VERY little chocolate filling, I hope Christie improves these soon and puts MORE CREAMY Chocolate Filling in these cookies.
But I really LOVE these as they are SOOO... SUPER SOFT!
With a VERY nice perfect blend Double Chocolate taste and OH SO DELICIOUS HEAVENLY White Chocolate. The white chocolate is definitely one of the best parts of the cookie!
So nice and creamy soft! (YUM!)
And they remind me of these other cookies by Christie called "Chunks Ahoy! Chewy Double Chocolate 325g & Chunks Ahoy! Chewy 325g" those are like 2 times the size and very similar.
But I love the name of these "Middles" and like the chocolate filling in the middle.
I do hope that they improve them soon and add more Chocolate Filling and make them REALLY live up to there name as "Middles"!
These will be my new favorite cookies for the next while!
I'm loving them with my famous "Simi's Cinnamon Hot Chocolate".
Can't wait to eat them during the Wintery Christmas months too.. :)
Also Keep a look out for my next post on their other flavor "Chocolate Chip".

Find them: 
At your local grocery store, they are mostly everywhere. I got mine from Save on Foods.

Around $2.50 - $3.50 for a package of yummy-full luscious cookies.

I Give this product:
9.5 Out of 10

The Reason for the score:
I love these cookies, they are so super soft and yummy!.. but they need MORE chocolate filling in the middle.

FTC Disclaimer:
I purchased all products listed in this post with my my own money,
All opinions are my own.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hey Everyone!
Today I want to share with you all a super yummy treat!
It's called "Malt Shoppe Memories Ice Cream Cookie Cake"
& this is how to make it!

Prep Time
35 Minutes
Total Time
6:10 Hrs:Mins
16 servings

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® double chocolate chunk cookie mix
2/3 cup chocolate-flavor malted milk powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons water
1 egg
1/2 cup hot fudge topping
1 cup crushed chocolate-covered malted milk balls
2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
2 cups chocolate ice cream, softened
1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed

Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray 10-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Or line 9-inch square baking pan with foil, leaving about 2 inches of the foil overhanging sides of pan; lightly spray with cooking spray.
In large bowl, stir cookie mix, 1/3 cup of the malted milk powder, oil, water and egg until soft dough forms. Press 1/2 of dough into bottom of pan. Bake 12 to 13 minutes or until set. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, press remaining 1/2 of the dough into 10-inch circle on large ungreased cookie sheet. After removing cookie crust in springform or 9-inch pan from oven, bake dough on cookie sheet 12 to 13 minutes or until set. Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool 15 minutes.
Spread hot fudge topping over crust in springform or 9-inch pan. In medium bowl, break apart large cookie until crumbly. Stir in crushed malted milk balls. Sprinkle 1/2 of the crumbled cookie mixture over hot fudge; press lightly.
In large bowl, combine both softened ice creams and remaining 1/3 cup malted milk powder until well blended. Spread ice cream mixture over crumbs in pan. Gently spread whipped topping over ice cream. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Cover with foil. Freeze at least 5 hours or until firm. To serve, remove sides of springform pan or lift dessert using foil out of 9-inch pan. Let stand 5 minutes. Use hot wet knife to cut into wedges or squares. Store covered in freezer.
Makes 16 servings

Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Use your favorite flavor ice cream and candy.

Nutrition Information:
1 Serving (1 Serving)Calories 390(Calories from Fat 150),Total Fat 17g(Saturated Fat 9g,Trans Fat 0g),Cholesterol 30mg;Sodium 250mg;Total Carbohydrate 56g(Dietary Fiber 1g,Sugars 39g),Protein 4g;
Percent Daily Value*:Vitamin A 4.00%;Vitamin C 0.00%;Calcium 8.00%;Iron 8.00%;Exchanges:1 Starch;0 Fruit;2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;0 Skim Milk;0 Low-Fat Milk;0 Milk;0 Vegetable;0 Very Lean Meat;0 Lean Meat;0 High-Fat Meat;3 1/2 Fat;Carbohydrate Choices:4;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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