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Archive for April 2007

Archive for April, 2007


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For those Seeking Weight Loss… more tools


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I just read an article/review of a new weight loss support system which is also part of the social networking scene on TechCrunch. This is call FatSecret: For Fat People Who want to be Less. Diet programs are reviewed by similar people – not by those wanting to sell the diet programs and there’s also a groovy recipe section – always helpful. Looks interesting – check it out.


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Is it Possible to Make Money Online?


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Make Money OnlineThis is a little off subject, but in order to make money online, which is a goal of mine and many other bloggers – I wanted to write a post about a possible about just that. I’ve spent the bulk of my career in web development, which rapidly evolved to search engine marketing. Once I started doing that – I was totally sucked in, like most people who get into SEO/M.

One resource that I’ve used over the years in Linkworth. Recently the trend in effective SEO has moved from on page optimization to off page optimization which is link building. There are boundless web directories available to submit web sites, but I believe they are becoming like link farms, offering no quality and the can potentially hurt your search engine rankings.

Anyway, that’s where resources such as Linkworth have become very valuable. They offer opportunities to find good, relevant web sites to supply links to your web sites. This is what is now known as text link advertising. You can find quality web sites to build authority in your web site.


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Dinner at Suzanna Foo


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Our dinner was wonderful at Suzanna Foo, which is located on Walnut St. between 15th and 16th in Philadelphia. We read many of the reviews that said it was a lot of hype, but not great. Most of the reviews said that the food wasn’t “focused”. I’m not sure that I require focus in my food when dining. The food was excellent.

We started with Dumpling Sampler – which is suggested for two people and it included – Pork, Chicken, Lamb, Vegetable, Mushroom and Steamed Diver Scallop Dumplings. Our waiter indicated that Dumplings were the house specialty. We also had Trio of Crab, which included – Hundred-Corner Crabcake, Jumbo Crabmeat Salad & Crab Spring Roll. I’m a huge fan of crab and this was one of the best I’ve had.

For dinner we had three entries
Crispy Jumbo Shrimp with Caramelized Citrus Sauce – Steamed Broccoli, Yukon Gold Potatoes & Coconut Sweet Rice

Braised Wild Striped Bass with Thai Curry Sauce and Coconut Sweet Rice

Kung Pao Chicken with Mushrooms, Roasted Red Peppers & Peanuts


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Back to gaining weight


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We’re back from yet another fabulous weekend away. Again, I knew that it wasn’t going to be convenient to do Jenny while away attending a conference – so I didn’t. The weekend before when we went to Atlanta I gained 6lbs. I lost 4 of those lbs in the 4 days that we were home and before we had to go away again. Now, I just got weighed this morning and I’ve put back on those 4lbs – meaning that I didn’t gain any more weight that I gained last weekend, but I didn’t retain any of the weight loss either.

Once again, it’s Monday – I’m back to losing weight successfully – I hope. At least I’m doing what I know works to enable me to lose weight. And, as far as I know we don’t have any more trips planned until the summer. I’m going out with some old friends in a few weeks – but that’s only one night.

This weekend break was just wonderful; from the two incredible hotels we stayed at; to the food and excellent restaurants; to the amazing weather. At 6:30 Friday evening we checked in to The Club Quarters in Philadelphia. This hotel was actually different than any other hotel I’ve stayed at. The room had 16′ high ceilings (and that may be a conservative estimate); a huge window that had the look of a window from a ballroom in the 1800′s – it was just wonderful. I didn’t think the Saturday night hotel would even have a chance at being as great as the Club Quarters – but, it was. The Sofitel in Philadelphia was probably the most luxurious hotel I’ve ever stayed at. Before this Lowes – Philadelphia had been my favorite – but, I think this was even nicer. We only had a standard room, but the bed was like sleeping on a cloud. The bathroom was huge, remarkably clean – just wonderful.

Friday night we ate at Suzanna Foo’s – a Chinese Fusion menu. It was great. The appetizers were definitely the best part of the meal – but, the main course was great as well.

Both days we had breakfast at the Marathon Grill. Saturday I really only had a bagel, but Sunday we split an Egg Quesadea – it was great.

Saturday lunch was at The Continental – voted by me as the best burger of 2006. It may win for 2007 too!

Saturday dinner was the only meal that wasn’t the best. It was ok, but that’s it. I was in the mood for brick oven pizza. At the recommendation from the concierge from Sofitel – we went to Pietro’s Coal Oven Pizza. I guess there’s a big difference between brick and coal.

Still, it was all good and the company was excellent from start to finish.


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Another Weekend Away


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This weekend we’re going into Philadelphia for the Real Estate & Wealth Expo. I got the tickets for this event at a substantial discount when making a pledge to the local PBS station. Part of my work is to review hotels and restaurants – and this, we thought was a good time to do more reviews.

Even though the show is just Saturday and Sunday – we decided to go down Friday night and get the opportunity to stay at two different hotels. Tonight we’ll be staying at The Club Quarters at 17th & Chestnut Sts. in Philly. Saturday night we’ll be at the Sofitel, which is at 17th & Sansom Sts. I didn’t know the hotels were across the street from each other when I made the reservations, but that works out well.

I did some research before making these hotel reservations… the Sofitel had amazing reviews. All of them were excellent at this 4 star Philadelphia hotel except for one. But, The Club Quarters was a bit different. Half of the reviews were excellent, with #5 ratings (the highest rating you can give a hotel on TripAdvisor) and the other half were #1. There weren’t any in between. Needless to say – I’ve very curious to see what kind of experience we’ll have. The Emperor would probably assume that I won’t like. He believes that I’m very difficult to please – at least when it comes to hotels. I try to never stay in a hotel that’s below 3 and a half stars. I grew up going to 1 – 3 star hotels; spent my college and earlier adult years going to those chain, road hotels – but, I’m too old for them now.
We’ll also be reviewing at least one restaurant – which will take me away from Jenny. But, I’m determined to eat well and make good choices.

More reviews to come.

Rapidly Losing Weight


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I gained the 6lbs while away and not eating well in Atlanta. But, now that I’m one day back on Jenny – I’ve already taken off 3 of the 6lbs gained.

Fat Lady Cooking on a Corn GrillWe went to Atlanta to show off the EarthinHand Corn Grill at the Earth Day Fair at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. They found us, or I should say they found the Emperor due to his expertise in SEO. He ranks very well for both corn grill and corn stoves in Google. So, they wanted us to pack up the grill and bring it down to cook hamburgers and hot dogs at the fair. We’re always up for a trip and especially to Atlanta because I had yet to meet my 8mo old niece.

My intentions were to stick to Jenny as much as I could and I packed all the non-perishables that I had left. But, at five o’clock in the morning, with 13 hours ahead of us on the road – I gave up and drove through McDonald’s. I had my usual Sausage McMuffin without egg and one hash brown and it was good. But that was the start of a 5 day run on poor eating. Now, I didn’t binge and I pretty much stuck to 3 meals a day. But, I drank Coke instead of Diet Coke and I ordered fries instead of steamed veggies. I’m sure I could have done far worse – AND I’m NOT beating myself up for this. It’s part of life, I’ve moved on and I’m eating healthfully again.

BTW – that’s me above, cooking veggie burgers and dogs at the Emory Earth Day Fair.

Gained 6 lbs!


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We were gone 5 days and I gained back 6lbs – that’s over a pound a day. I swear I only ate three meals a day – but, I guess the quality of the meals is what’s important. It also makes me think that the 10lbs I had lost over the first two weeks while eating Jenny Craig – was not really legitimate. So, is this all “water-weight” that I’m losing and gaining over and over again? When will it be considered “real-weight”? It’s all crazy. But, regardless – I’m back to JC today. In fact, I had Triple Grain Crisps for breakfast; a Cookies & Cream Vitamin bar for a snack and I’m about to have Cheesy Enchiladas for lunch right now.

More later…