Product Review: Brownie Brittle Holiday Drizzle Varieties!

Brownie Brittle Packaging
All Photos By Gail

Do you like Brownies? I sure do. While there is no ‘bad’ part of a delicious brownie, my favorite part is the crispy edge from where the brownies bake right up against the side of the pan. Yummy. Like the well-done end bits of a really fine brisket, it is the part that every Brownie Lover fights over, whether or not they will admit to it. Fortunately, Brownie Entrepreneur Sheila G. Mains feels as I do, and has put an end to the fighting with her genius creation of Brownie Brittle. I was first introduced to Brownie Brittle at the Summer Fancy Food Show a couple of years back, and it immediately became my favorite product of the show, as it is surely one of the most delicious things you can put in your mouth.

Boasting “Rich Brownie Taste with a Cookie Crunch,” Brownie Brittle is an indulgent, wafer-thin and ultra-crispy Chocolate Brownie snack that comes in four varieties and just keeps winning with its ridiculously low calorie count of only 140 per serving! Insane!

Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle Drizzle

And  if you thought it could not get any better than that, Brownie Brittle has introduced a new, seasonal Holiday Drizzle collection that combines sweet decadence with a touch of festive cheer! The four-ounce, snowflake adorned bags include flavors like Chocolate Chip with White Snowflake Drizzle, and Salted Caramel or Mint Chocolate Chip — both with a Dark Chocolate Drizzle. Brownie Brittle’s new holiday flavors retail for just  $3.99 per bag.

Brownie Brittle Holiday Drizzle
Chocolate Chip with White Snowflake Drizzle

I have taken Brownie Brittle to share at parties, and offered it as a snack to friends visiting my home, and everyone always asks if they can just have the entire bag. Not even kidding. That is a testament to how irresistible Brownie Brittle is!

Sheila G Back of Bag

Learn more about Brownie Brittle and find a store that sells it in your neighborhood, at Brownie Brittle Dot Com!

Salted Caramel Brownie Brittle

Modern Art Monday Presents: Gerald Murphy, Cocktail

Photo By Gail

From Wikipedia:

Gerald Clery Murphy (1888 – 1964) and his wife, Sara Sherman Wiborg were wealthy, expatriate Americans who moved to the French Riviera in the early 20th century and who, with their generous hospitality and flair for parties, created a vibrant social circle, particularly in the 1920s, that included a great number of artists and writers including Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Fernand Léger, Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Archibald MacLeish, John O’Hara, Cole Porter, Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley.

While Murphy only painted from 1921 until 1929; he is known for his hard-edged still life paintings in a Precisionist, Cubist style. During the 1920s Gerald Murphy, along with other American modernist painters in Europe, notably Charles Demuth and Stuart Davis created paintings prefiguring the pop art movement that contained pop culture imagery, such as mundane objects culled from American commercial products and advertising design.

During his short career as an artist, Gerald Murphy produced only about fourteen paintings. Key among them is Cocktail, a bold, stylized still life comprised of flattened geometric shapes, overlapping forms, and spatially illogical juxtapositions. A poignant memento of the urban, sophisticated lifestyle of the Jazz Age, the painting’s formal qualities are reminiscent of French Cubism as well as the industrial aesthetic of the American Precisionists. Yet Cocktail is also distinguished by its uniquely autobiographical approach.

The depicted accoutrements of a typical 1920s bar tray were based on Murphy’s memory of his father’s bar accessories, and the five cigars represent the artist, his wife, and their three children. The illusionistic depiction of the box cover, which alone took four months to complete, shows a robed woman surrounded by items that allude to Murphy himself, including a boat (he was an avid sailor) and an artist’s palette. By celebrating a ritual that was forbidden during Prohibition in America, but which became a distinctive feature of European life during the 1920s, the painting also affirms Murphy’s status as a stylish and worldly expatriate.

Photographed in the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC.

Video Clip of The Week: Wray, “Hypatia”

This week, making their encore appearance in the much-coveted Video Clip of The Week slot is Birmingham, Alabama-based space-rock trio, Wray. Do they still sound very much like Wire Train? Yes, yes they do! Does it matter if you’ve never even heard of Wire Train before this minute? No, it does not matter! All that matters is that this free-from video for the awesome tune “Hypatia” has everything: Egyptology, Mythology, Pyramids, Lesbianism, Fire, a Cute Dog that looks like This Little Guy, Cool Visual Effects, Swirly, Atmospheric Guitars and a Badass Beat that just won’t quit. Absolutely perfect for the Sunday that tops off what I hope has been an amazing four-day weekend for you.

“Hypatia” is the title-track off the band’s upcoming album, due for release in early 2016 — not that far off! Enjoy!

Hypatia Video Still

Audrey Hepburn Mural By Tristan Eaton

Photo By Gail

Audrey of Mulberry (NYC) was painted by Tristan Eaton in August of 2013, for The Little Italy Street Project and The Little Italy Merchants Association. Located on Mulberry Street, just south of Broome, at the entrance to Little Italy.

Despicable Me Characters Made From Pumpkins!

Despicable Me Pumpkins
Photo By Angelique Schipani

OK, I know Halloween was last month, but I could not resist sharing this photo of two absolutely adorable and super clever characters from the Despicable Me movie franchise (Felonious Gru and Stuart the Minion) as rendered with pumpkins! What a great idea to turn the pumpkin on its side and use its stem for Gru’s long nose! Amazing!

These pumpkins were created by Max and Marco, sons of a dear friend. Well done, guys!

Movie Review: Stink!

Stink Animated Movie Poster

The plots of many horror films, both modern and classic, often center on the tragic fate of individuals who take an interest in suspicious matters where their attention is neither wanted nor welcome. And while things rarely, if ever, work out well for the protagonists of those films, a provocative new documentary entitled Stink! aims to benefit, potentially, every consumer on the planet by revealing hidden truths about carcinogenic chemical ingredients contained in an innumerable list of products that we all eat, wear and put on our bodies every day. The cosmetic industry, the film points out, is especially lacking in federal regulation. It isn’t at all unlikely that the Chanel No 5 cologne that you spray on your body contains some of the same ingredients as your toilet bowl cleaner. Are you horrified? You will be by the time you’re about 20 minutes into Stink!

It’s been said that it’s not about what you know or what you don’t know: it’s what you don’t know that you don’t know that can hurt you. That’s what Stink! is all about. Created and directed by Jon Whelan, Stink! is one man’s quest for transparency that was prompted when Whelan noticed an overwhelmingly foul chemical smell coming from Pajamas he’d purchased as Christmas gifts for his two young daughters. Whelan was left as a single father after his wife, Heather, succumbed to breast cancer in January of 2009. A beautiful and vibrant woman, Heather Whelan makes significant posthumous appearances throughout the documentary as Jon pays tribute to her inspirational life and vows to protect their children from the the toxic chemical product additives that she, in life, was so vigilantly wary of.

While consumer product package labeling is more and more widely available, what most of us are clueless about is the fact that toxins can very easily hidden in the guise of being labeled as “fragrance,” and there are no laws that compel companies to divulge the fact that they are using toxic chemicals in their products. Yes, putting poisons in consumer products is completely legal and, in fact, it is a widespread, cost-cutting practice that’s protected by lobbyists who are hired to fight for a company’s bottom line in order to pad their own pockets. It’s disgusting. The level of bureaucratic bullshit — much of which is starkly revealed over Stink!‘s 91-minute run time, is both staggering and infuriating.

Engaging, enlightening, and scary as hell, Stink! takes you on a three-year journey from the retailer to the laboratory, through corporate boardrooms, down back alleys, and into the halls of Congress. In Stink!, the viewer follows Whelan on his dogged search for anyone willing to be accountable as he clashes with political and corporate operatives all trying to protect the darkest secrets of the chemical industry.

Troubling facts revealed by Whelan in the film include:
1. Almost 1,500 chemical ingredients are currently banned in the European Union. Only 11 of those ingredients are banned in the United States.
2. Formaldehyde, Propylparaben, Lead Acetate and other dangerous, carcinogenic chemicals are often found in cosmetic products on shelves in US retailers.
3. The FDA has virtually no authority to test cosmetics and other consumer products for unsafe levels of harmful chemicals.

Yes, even the FDA can’t save you! This film is wildly eye opening and will surely prompt you to ask the question “Is this safe to use?” about virtually every item in your home, and rightly so. As Whelen says in the trailer (below) “It’s my story, but it could be yours.” If that doesn’t scare you, trust me; it should.

The Worley Gig Gives Stink! Five out of Five Stars.

Stink! Opens in New York on Black Friday (November 27th) at Cinema Village on Second Avenue and 12th Street, and in Los Angeles on December 4th, 2015, Before Expanding to Additional Markets. Watch the Trailer Below.