Feeling a little HOT under the collar?
Then put on your shades, grab a glass of ice-cold water, and turn your ceiling fan on high because Style is bringing you our annual Hot Issue. You will undoubtedly sizzle with excitement as you learn about all the hottest trends both locally and nationally. [divider_1px]
Return of the twinkie
The cream-filled sponge cake treat and its delectable counterparts have returned to store shelves across the country.
It was less than a year ago when a strike and bankruptcy brought the popular snack brand Hostess to its knees. Now Hostess is banking on making “the sweetest comeback in the history of ever.” And while the newer Twinkies are smaller and less calorie-packed than you may remember, the iconic golden goody still has the same recognizable taste.[divider_1px]
It’s time to turn up the heat on a topic familiar to middle-aged women — menopause. Even though it is August, those hot flashes you feel may not be a byproduct of these sizzling summer days. Local women talk about their experiences with menopause. [divider_1px]
“I refer to menopause as my private summers. Giving menopause a different name lightens it up and makes it more comfortable for me to deal with.” — Beverly Steele, Royal[divider_1px]
“I experienced menopause for about six years while I was county commissioner and also operated my real estate business. The trick is not to let anyone know.” — Catherine Hanson, Sorrento[divider_1px]
“For me, menopause was a breeze. I remember maybe one hot flash and some mood swings, but the mood swings were no more intense than ones women normally have. I feel very guilty when I see women struggling with menopause.” — Kace Montgomery, Eustis[divider_1px]
“Menopause is like sitting in front of an oven, opening the door, and feeling the heat rise up through your arms and face. One of the things I remember most is waking up in the middle of the night and having to take a cold shower.” — Doris Turlo, The Villages[divider_1px]
“Honestly, I never knew I had menopause. Every now and then I would have uncomfortable night sweats, but they were not anything intolerable.” — Barbara Mittermaier, Leesburg
Gonuts for Cronuts
Two of the most delectable baked goods on the planet (the croissant and the donut) got together and had a love child called the Cronut. This hybrid pastry has sparked a frenzy on the isle of Manhattan as people vie for a taste of this stylish delicacy. The problem is only Soho-based Dominique Ansel Bakery makes these trendy treats and the bakery’s owner/chef, Dominique Ansel, only makes 300 a day, which he sells out of within minutes every morning.
Now sought after by those outside of the Empire State, the Cronut’s popularity has spawned a “black market” where these $5 delights have been known to go for as much as $40 each through special scalping services. Plus, bakeries across the world are also trying to get in on the craze by creating knockoffs that try to recreate the magic that is the Cronut. (A “doissant” or a “crullant” anybody?)
Therefore, whether you want the real thing from New York or an equally scrumptious copy, one thing is for sure, this food fad looks like it may be here to stay.
Where else can you bite into a delicious Maine lobster roll, chow down on gator meat on a stick, and stuff your face full of gooey gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches? Nowhere but a food truck event.
In the past few years, the food truck trend has exploded as more would-be restaurateurs shun the cost and headache of traditional brick-and-mortar establishments and take their culinary prowess on the road. In Central Florida alone, there are more than 500 registered food trucks.
Once thought only to be the love of hipsters and foodies everywhere, food trucks have now become an everyman’s treat since more and more cities are embracing this curbside dining movement. But realize, we’re not talking about your average ice cream truck or hot dog stand. Several trucks are fine dining on wheels, offering up high-end condiments to give life to basic dishes like tacos, burgers, and yes, grilled cheese sandwiches.
“Everywhere I go, people love food trucks,” said Chef Dan Jackson of The Big Cheese during a recent Leesburg’s Truck-n-Flick night. The Big Cheese is an Orlando-based gourmet grilled cheese food truck. “These food truck events have a festival feel to them, and there’s always something different to try. It appeals to everyone.”
Plus, not only does the food truck events give chefs a chance to share their creations with the public, local businesses that are open during the event benefit, too. “The events bring out the people, for sure,” said Gary Carney with Shadrach’s Fiery Furnace Travelling Pizza Company, “and that’s good for any business that decides to open its doors while the food trucks are here.”[divider_1px]
Leesburg Truck-n-Flick Nights
Family Food Trucks
Location: Downtown Clermont
Time: 5:30–9p.m. Next date: August 2nd. More information: 352.874.9535
The Food Truck Bazaar
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Starring: Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi, Peter Riegert, Vanessa Lachey, Tonita Castro, and Brenda Song
The setup: Created by Seth MacFarlane, the genius behind “Family Guy,” two friends in their 30’s (played by Green and Ribisi) have their lives turned upside down when their dads move in with them.
When: Tuesdays at 8p.m. on Fox
The Michael J. Fox Show
Starring: Michael J. Fox and Betsy Brandt
The setup: Fox plays Mike Henry, a news anchor who goes back to work after he had retired to focus on his family and health after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
When: Thursdays at 9:30p.m. on NBC[divider_1px]
Super Fun Night
Starring: Rebel Wilson, Liza Lapira, Lauren Ash, Kelen Coleman, and Kevin Bishop
The setup: Three nerdy girls who have spent every Friday night together indoors vow to take their fun to the streets.
When: Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. on ABC[divider_1px]
The Crazy Ones
Starring: Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk, Hamish Linklater, and Amanda Setton
The setup: Set in Chicago, a father-daughter duo runs a successful ad agency. The dad (played by Williams) is a little crazy, but thankfully, his daughter (played by Geller) is sane enough for the both of them.
When: Thursdays at 9p.m. on CBS[divider_1px]
Starring: Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, and Torrance Coombs
The setup: Chronicling the early years of Mary, Queen of Scots, she prepares to rule her land, but gets caught in a love triangle with the French king’s son, Prince Francis, and his illegitimate half-brother Bash.
When: Thursdays at 9 p.m. on The CW[divider_1px]
Remember the Lebron James joke that once circulated around the Internet? Why didn’t Lebron attend college? He didn’t want to show up for the finals!
Well, Lebron is no doubt having the last laugh now that he has led the Miami Heat to back-to-back titles. His unforgettable, heroic effort in the fourth quarter of Game 6 when Miami made an improbable comeback against San Antonio will be talked about for years. He may want to shell out some money for a larger trophy case. In addition to being named Most Valuable Player in the NBA Finals for two consecutive years, he was also named as the 2004 Rookie of the Year and was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013.
Note to Lebron haters: His career is sizzling and throwing continued insults his way is definitely not cool. [divider_1px]
Letting off some hot air
This summer, the George Zimmerman trial has been the focus of news networks, radio shows, and talk shows throughout the country. The verdict is in and has set this nation on fire — literally. Some have set fires in opposition to the jury’s decision. How do people in Lake and Sumter counties feel about the outcome? We posed that question on Facebook and received some interesting responses.[divider_1px]
“I think the jury’s decision of not guilty is the correct one. The prosecution did not have enough evidence to prove a guilty verdict. Emotions are not enough to prove someone’s guilt.”
— Steve Morgan, Tavares[divider_1px]
“George Zimmerman was not only tried in court but tried in social media, as well. As for the court, the state and defense both picked the jury. The state couldn’t prove otherwise with the evidence that was presented, and the defense won. Social media and the news will try Zimmerman until eternity.”
— Joey Waters, Paisley[divider_1px]
I think the prosecution went wrong by going after him with a second-degree murder charge. I don’t think George Zimmerman was going into the situation with murder in mind, which is what second-degree murder depends on. He was not guilty, but he certainly wasn’t innocent. He became responsible for Trayon Martin’s death the moment he stepped out of his vehicle.”
— Justin Walsh, Tavares[divider_1px]
“I feel so sorry for the Martin’s loss. This should be a time for reflection and change for the better. Might we try and see each other’s concerns through true empathy and strive toward making this community a better place through understanding?”
— David Crandall, Mascotte[divider_1px]
“I actually make it a point not to follow these types of trials. This is due to the extreme extent to which the public takes issues not associated with the case. The fact the trial is televised is enough to prove that it has become the soap opera of the week. As for the verdict, I actually Googled it after I saw your question on Facebook. I won’t share my personal opinion due to the nature of my job, but I will say it is not surprising.”
— Randolph Russell, Mount Dora[divider_1px]
“Anyone in George Zimmerman’s shoes would have done the same thing. Of course, if he had not approached him, none of this would have happened, but he did. Although it is very sad a young life was lost, the jury absolutely made the right decision.”
— Shelly Jaggers, Tavares[divider_1px]
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The hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth. It happened on July 10th, 1913, at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, Calif.
The most anticipated baby of the year is finally here. (Sorry, North West.)
Duchess Kate, with her husband Prince William present, gave birth to a healthy 8-pound, 6-ounce royal baby boy on July 23rd.
Named George Alexander Louis, this regal bundle of joy is third in line to the throne and will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.
So, what is next for the newest royal? News reports say Kate and William must now pick a photographer to shoot the newborn’s first official portrait.
[divider_1px]When Duchess Kate greeted the press with her brand new baby boy, the first glimpse of the newest heir to the crown was not the only thing that set social media scene abuzz. Kate’s Jenny Packham blue polka dot dress, which harkened back 31 years ago when Princess Diana stood in the same spot cradling a then baby Prince William, caused fashionistas all over world to declare that polka dots are now the latest fashion trend. In fact, Packham’s website crashed just minutes after Kate made her high-profile appearance. [divider_1px]
Other Famous Georges
With the newest George on the block, let’s take a look at other famous people who share his princely name.
- George Washington, 1st U.S. President
- George Lucas, Film Writer/Producer/Director
- George Clinton, The Godfather of Funk
- George Jetson, Cartoon Character
- George H.W. Bush, 41St U.S. President
- George Jones, Musician
- George Burns, Comedian
- George Foreman, Professional Boxer
- George Carlin, Stand-Up Comedian
- Curious George, Children’s Book Character
- George Lopez, Comedian
- George C. Scott, Actor
- Boy George, Pop Singer
- George Clooney, Actor[divider_1px]
THE NEW/OLD RAGE
The fashion runways in Paris and Milan were covered with dots last spring, but when Duchess Kate appeared in her polka dot frock with the new royal prince, women everywhere began adding polka dots to their wardrobes. Many, though, only had to look in the back of their closets because the dot has been hot for hundreds of years.
In fact, the term polka dot was first used in an 1854 issue of a literary magazine at Yale University — about the same time the polka dance craze ignited in America. Polka dots have absolutely nothing to do with the popular folk dance except that 19th century manufacturers of décor and fashion items wanted to capitalize on polka mania.
And generations later, so did songwriters. The jazz classic “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” was Frank Sinatra’s very first hit with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. And who can ever forget the lyrics to Bryan Hyland’s 1960s hit “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.” [divider_1px]
Fans of the Florida Gators are known for leaving Ben Hill Griffin Stadium after a football game and chanting, “I’m proud to be a Florida Gator.” However, they might not be proud that Aaron Hernandez is a former Florida Gator. The 23-year-old tight end of the New England Patriots is facing first-degree murder charges in the killing of his friend Odin Lloyd. The two allegedly had a dispute at a nightclub. If convicted, he could face life in prison. [divider_1px]
One of America’s iconic tire-smoking muscle cars will allow you to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under four seconds and max out between 180 to 190 miles per hour.
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray packs quite a punch, featuring a 6.2-liter, 450 horsepower engine. It will be on sale in the United States in Fall 2014. Many are lauding it for its new interior features, which include dual eight-inch driver/infotainment screens, rear vision cameras, a nine-speaker audio system, push-button start, and an eight-way power seat adjustment. The website The Awesomer describes part of the the automobile’s interior as having a “fighter-jet inspired wraparound cockpit.”
Its exterior features LED daytime lights, quad tailpipes in the rear, and four trapezoidal-designed rear headlights. The website Topspeed.com said the Stingray has an “eerily striking resemblance to the SRT Viper” and from a side view “clearly has elements of the Nissan GT-R and Ferrari.” Despite that, the website describes the new Stingray design as “absolutely visceral, jaw-dropping, and arguably the best Corvette ever made.”
That’s quite a compliment. No wonder it was one of the automobiles that garnered lots of attention at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show. [divider_1px]