Dolls with Meat Dresses

Plating of Beef Slices for Hot Pot Meal

Lady Gaga’a Meat Dress in 2010

Burgers with Local Specialties of Iwate Prefecture, Japan

Miso Chicken Burger with Crisp Leek

Spicy Chicken Burger with Crispy Lotus Root

The burgers are available for a limited time only in stores of MOS Burger in Japan. The price is 430 yen each.

Grilled Chicken Breast with Melon Salsa


1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 tsp each ground allspice, cinnamon, cumin, curry and salt
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts


2 cups chopped mixed melons such as cantaloupe, honeydew and seedless watermelon
1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander or basil
1 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice
pinch of salt


  1. Lightly oil grill and heat barbecue to medium.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, stir 1 tablespoon lime juice with oil and seasonings. Add chicken. Using your hands, rub spice mixture all over chicken to evenly coat.
  3. Place on barbecue and grill with lid closed until chicken feels springy when pressed, 6 to 8 minutes per side.
  4. Meanwhile, chop melons into 1/2-inch pieces. Place in a small bowl. Stir in mint, coriander, 1 teaspoon lime juice and salt. Taste and add more juice or herbs, if you like.
  5. Remove chicken from grill. Place on a platter or dinner plates and spoon about 1/4 cup salsa over each breast. If you want to make the salsa ahead, it will keep well, covered and refrigerated, about 3 hours. If made too far ahead, mint will darken and melons will soften.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Chatelaine magazine

Sunday Funnies

Diet and Exercise Can Reduce Protein Build-ups Linked to Alzheimer’s

A study by researchers at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior has found that a healthy diet, regular physical activity and a normal body mass index can reduce the incidence of protein build-ups that are associated with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

In the study, 44 adults ranging in age from 40 to 85 (mean age: 62.6) with mild memory changes but no dementia underwent an experimental type of PET scan to measure the level of plaque and tangles in the brain. Researchers also collected information on participants’ body mass index, levels of physical activity, diet and other lifestyle factors. Plaque, deposits of a toxic protein called beta-amyloid in the spaces between nerve cells in the brain; and tangles, knotted threads of the tau protein found within brain cells, are considered the key indicators of Alzheimer’s.

The study found that each one of several lifestyle factors — a healthy body mass index, physical activity and a Mediterranean diet — were linked to lower levels of plaques and tangles on the brain scans. (The Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, cereals and fish and low in meat and dairy, and characterized by a high ratio of monounsaturated to saturated fats, and mild to moderate alcohol consumption.)

“The fact that we could detect this influence of lifestyle at a molecular level before the beginning of serious memory problems surprised us,” said Dr. David Merrill, the lead author of the study, which appears in the September issue of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Earlier studies have linked a healthy lifestyle to delays in the onset of Alzheimer’s. However, the new study is the first to demonstrate how lifestyle factors directly influence abnormal proteins in people with subtle memory loss who have not yet been diagnosed with dementia, Merrill said. Healthy lifestyle factors also have been shown to be related to reduced shrinking of the brain and lower rates of atrophy in people with Alzheimer’s.

Older age is the No. 1 non-modifiable risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, which affects an estimated 5.2 million people in the United States and results in more than $200 billion in health care costs annually.

“The study reinforces the importance of living a healthy life to prevent Alzheimer’s, even before the development of clinically significant dementia,” Merrill said. “This work lends key insight not only into the ability of patients to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but also physicians’ ability to detect and image these changes.”

The next step in the research will be to combine imaging with intervention studies of diet, exercise and other modifiable lifestyle factors, such as stress and cognitive health, Merrill said.

Source: UCLA