The popularity of wine has been increasing gradually around the globe and in the U.S., as more people choose to drink wine whenever there’s a special occasion. Whether it be for mood, for taste, or just as means to get drunk, people drink wine for many different occasions. And while some have expert knowledge on each and every wine they drink, most others (including myself) are just casual drinkers that just drink wine as another liquor alternative.

To all those casual wine drinkers in the U.S. , I have little something for you to be aware of before you go get your next bottle of wine.


Many American wines are becoming processed drinks

The general assumption about wine is that it is made by a winery, and that winery’s name is on the label. However, according to a recent article that I’ve read, of the top 30 wine brands in the U.S., none actually grows, produces and bottles its own wines. Instead, they buy tankers of bulk juice and put their own labels on it.

It is just like how most big name retailers would do — buying bunch of products at cheaper cost and selling them as if their own. (more…)


Last week I wrote about how more people are choosing unhealthy food to cut back on their expenses, as a result of this on-going global economic crisis.

And to follow up on that, here are some tips on how you can spend less dollars, and still eat healthy (how great  is that?!)  — based on “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides” report by a green organization called Environmental Working Group (EWG).

  • If you do not have enough budget to buy everything organic, try saving your dollars for “high-risk” produce. According to the report by EWG, produce such as peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, strawberries, lettuce, carrots and pears get highly contaminated by pesticides. (even if you rinse them before you eat) Thus, it is highly recommended that you put them on top of your list when going organic-grocery-shopping.
  • For items like onion, avocado, sweet corn, pineapple, asparagus, cabbage, kiwi, watermelon, broccoli and tomato, (more…)

As I was looking at news online, I found this interesting article featuring the recent study by an organization called Christians Against Poverty (CAP) which is based in UK.

The study looked at how people’s eating habits have changed due to the current economic downturn. And the results are… well, not too good (as far as health is concerned). It said that almost a third of 2000 respondents were eating less healthily than last year in a bid to save money amid soaring food prices and economic downturn. And more people are turning to cheap, processed foods as organic, healthier foods tend to be more expensive.

Upon looking at the article, I just could not agree less  (more…)

Oskri Organic produces Barley Coffee

Oskri Organic produces Barley Coffee

I was reading my fave online news source “The Huffington Post“…

And now I am confused, which is not unfamiliar.

Coffee is made from coffee beans right? And Starbucks names the coffee in some sexy way and sells said coffee beans in their glorious liquid form, all jazzed up, and usually tasting pretty sexy too. Not sure how to measure a beverage’s sexy taste, but I’m also not sure how coffee can be made from soy/barley/etc.

Similarly,  soy/rice/almond/hemp/etc “milks”? I just drink soy milk in my coffee because I like it.


Yes…I buy organic locally-grown eggs.  However, I did some research before doing so.  I didn’t just buy eggs because they say organic, free range, or cage-free on them.

To me, organic has to do with what they’re fed and (hopefully not) injected with:

  • no hormones
  • no antibiotics
  • organic feed (which has a whole other sort of debate in and of itself)

Whereas, in the US, free range means NOTHING.  It’s a word on a carton.  There is no standards, so just don’t buy it!!  There is no specific set amount of time that a chicken needs to be outside in order to label them “free range”.  Read this article for more info.

A main reason why go for the big O, is mainly because of the quality of the goods (in most cases).  With eggs especially, uncomfortable quarters and poor feed of chicken lead to sub-par eggs.  I can actually taste the difference in the eggs.  Call me crazy all you want.

Happy chickens make happy eggs :)
Happy chickens make happy eggs 🙂

My suggestion is to go to a local co-op or farmer’s market and talk to the producers/farmers.  Get the specifics of how they treat the chickens as well as what they feed them.  Most of them of honest and reliable people who know what they’re talking about, but don’t take my word for it until you talk.