It's for real, but is it really worth it?Once upon a time, bacon was a side dish for eggs. Now it's a milkshake flavor.
The California-based fast food chain, Jack in the Box, is selling a limited-edition indulgence not everyone will want to try.
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The Bacon Shake consists of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, a maraschino cherry and "bacon flavored syrup." Based on the ingredients-sugar, preservatives, artificial flavors, a whole lot of salt-there's not an ounce of actual bacon in there.
But a 24-ounce cup does manage to pack a lot of calories. 1,081 to be exact. On the up side, it's got 17 grams of protein.
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But how does it taste? "Horrific" according to Brock Keeling, a blogger at SFist, who to took the meat-flavored milkshake for a test-drive. " A heavy, lingering bland with a touch of smoke that doesn't go away," is how he describes each gulp.
That assessment would suggest a fast food fail, but
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It's for real, but is it really worth it?Once upon a time, bacon was a side dish for eggs. Now it's a milkshake flavor.Read More »from Would You Drink a Bacon Milkshake?
Are French kids raised better? (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) Parents used to look to doctors for advice on raising kids. Now they look to other countries. The latest contender for the world's best mom is from France. Author Pamela Druckerman's new book, Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, asserts that the Jerry Lewis-loving culture is better at raising children than Americans. Call her 'Le Tigre Mom', the French version of the 'Tiger Mother.' The latter refers to writer Amy Chua's popular Chinese parenting model emphasizing an extremely structured focus on academia.Read More »from Are French Women the New Tiger Mothers?
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In contrast, the French parenting model, focuses on discipline, particularly in social situations.
"Authority is one of the most impressive parts of French parenting," writes Druckerman, a mother of three, who spent years studying the culture's child-rearing methods. "Their kids actually listen to them. French children aren't constantly dashing off, talking back,
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Game Time Guide – Fri, Feb 3, 2012 6:08 PM EST
This Sunday, Super Bowl fans are expected to eat more than 1.25 billion wings. Most will be drenched in buffalo sauce and dipped in blue cheese. But a few will be a little less ordinary.
More wings recipes on Shine:Read More »from Weirdest Chicken Wings Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Feb 3, 2012 4:12 PM EST
Paltrow, with daughter Apple, who she recently referred to as a When Warren Beatty's teenage son, born a girl, came out as transgender last year, the 74 year-old-actor remained tightlipped to the press and was rumored to be struggling with accepting his child's orientation.Read More »from Celebrity Kids: Gay, Straight, Transgender. It Doesn't Matter to Mom
The new generation of Hollywood elite would have probably handled it differently. In fact, they already are. Angelina Jolie says 5--year-old daughter Shiloh Pitt "thinks she a boy," and encourages her to embrace all the male-oriented trappings - from cargo pants to swords- as she pleases. Gwyneth Paltrow seems to be following in Jolie's parenting practices: she's not concerned what her daughter Apple's interests may mean in terms of sexual orientation. In this month's Harper's Bazaar, she ruminated on whether her 7-year-old, who loves feminine outfits, could be a "lipstick lesbian." And despite have a child count of zero, Blake Lively told Elle Magazine, she's hoping if she has a son he'll be a "trannie" so she can dress him up in girl's clothes.
Let's be honest, some of this
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Feb 2, 2012 7:09 PM EST
A 'million' moms can't compete with 3 million daily viewers. After J.C. Penney announced Ellen DeGeneres as the department store's new spokesperson last week, a conservative online organization launched a campaign to have her fired. Why? Because she's openly gay.Read More »from J.C. Penney Won't Fire Ellen. Anti-Gay Group Loses Battle
The One Million Moms organization, an extension of the American Family Association, called on members to urge the company to rethink their decision. "Funny that J.C. Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families," reads the call to action on the group's website. "The majority of J.C. Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there."
Watch Michelle Obama's recent visit to Ellen's show
Not likely. As one of the most popular talk show hosts on TV, with over 3 million viewers turning in each episode, Ellen has her own army of followers that transcend traditional demographics. Gay, straight, moms, dads, kids, and even
Bitch, please.Last week I got a press release for a new book called "Taming your Alpha Bitch."Read More »from Why Do Books Love Bitches?
"Did you know there are five kinds of Alpha Bitches?" No I didn't. I also didn't know that being both "fierce and feminine" can get me "everything I want" but that "being an alpha-bitch can hurt my weight loss goals."
I'm confused: is being a bitch a good thing? It is when you're writing a book. Go to the self-help section of Amazon, type in the word 'bitch' and you've got yourself 130 pages of books on the subject.
The origin of owning the 'B' word may be attributed a 1999 book by Elizabeth Wurtzel called "Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women." But it wasn't until one of the great literary titans of the new millennium, Paris Hilton, used the word on TV, that the term became a symbol of privilege. In the Paris movement, bitch is a term respect for fellow females who don't really trust each other. It's like saying "I'm jealous of you, even though I'm usually the one people are jealous of."
By 2005 Rory
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Wed, Feb 1, 2012 9:03 PM EST
Is Liam Neeson one of the last of Hollywood's manly men?Liam Neeson is Hollywood's last real man. That's the gist of "The Grey" director Joe Carnahan's recent statement on his star's success. Carnahan tells Collider Magazine, "You have a town now that has put so much premium on boys instead of men, and has put so many shirtless 17-year-olds in front of the camera and tried to pass off as a masculine form. I have nothing against the younger generations, but I feel when I look in their eyes, I don't see s---, man. I don't see a life lived, I don't see experience, I don't see dirt under the nails, I don't see loss, tragedy, you name it. The reason that a guy like Liam, who's nearly 60 years old, is having this resurgent kind of career swing is because we are sorely lacking in his ilk in this business right now."Read More »from Where Are Hollywood's Manly Men? The Last of a Dying Breed
Carnhahan makes a good point. Where did all the gristle go? Hollywood was once teaming with dirt-kicking, spit-shooting Steve McQueens, Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwoods and Kris Kristoffersons.
The next wave of leading men are more
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Feb 1, 2012 3:21 PM EST
The latest recalled birth control pills.Read More »from A Million Birth Control Pills Recalled Again. Could the Pill Get You Pregnant?
It's happened again. Just months after a major mix-up in birth control pill packaging, another alarming recall has been issued.
On Wednesday, the drug company Pfizer announced the recall of more than 1 million packets of Lo/Ovral-28 (and the generic Norgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol) due to a packaging error.
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The problem stems from placebo pills that were possibly misplaced in monthly blister packs. So on days when women thought they were taking active hormones they may have been taking sugar pills. The mistake means that an unknown number of women may be at risk of an unplanned pregnancy.
A public statement by Pfizer urged "consumers exposed to affected packaging" to "begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately."
In September, the drug company Qualitest Products failed to live up to its name when it recalled eight different brands of birth control after a similar factory-related packaging issue.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Beauty on Shine – Wed, Feb 1, 2012 1:40 PM EST
The cosmetics ad featuring actress Rachel Weisz is banned in the U.K.Actress Rachel Weisz isn't as perfect as she seems. That's the consensus behind Britain's Advertising Standards Authority, after it banned a cosmetics ad featuring Weisz this week.Read More »from Rachel Weisz Cosmetics Ad Banned in U.K. Do You Think It's 'misleading'?
The black-and-white print campaign for L'Oreal's Revitalift Repair 10 anti-wrinkle cream features an alabaster-skinned image of the actress in a close-up, along with the promise of a product that "targets 10 signs of aging in one." According to Britain's media watchdogs, Weisz' appearance was enhanced not simply by the cream, but by post-production techniques that crossed a very thin line of advertising standards.
See more beauty ads under fire for retouching.
The two-page spread, which ran in September issues of U.K.-based magazines, was first challenged by Jo Swinson, a member of Parliament who has previously challenged other cosmetic firms' advertising practices.
L'Oreal complied with an investigation by the ASA, providing images and information on request. Off the bat, they admitted that certain
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Tue, Jan 31, 2012 6:01 PM EST
Read More »from 10 Weird Facts About Vanity Fair's Annual Hollywood Issue
The cover of the 2012 Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue, out Feb. 7, was revealed on Tuesday. While most of the faces on the fold-out spread are unrecognizable, the format is as old as CK1 perfume. Ever since Annie Leibowitz began assembling the group shots in the mid '90s not much has changed beyond the subjects. Sometimes they're legends, sometimes they're breakout stars, sometimes they're male, mostly they're female, but the rest is fairly predictable. Here are some things you can expect from your annual cover.
It's been over a decade since a woman of color has been featured on the front cover the Hollywood issue.
Fact 1: No women of color on the actual cover of the issue. This year, as in years past, they are relegated to a skimpy outfit in the center flap or pushed the very back flap. 1999 was the only exception, when Thandie Newton joined Adrien Brody, Monica Potter and Reese Witherspoon on the first flap.
The cover of the 2000 issue featured Penelope Cruz and bunch of other people you may recognize from your straight-to-video collection.
Fact 2: Based on past "newcomers" issues, the odds that at least one person on this current cover isn't going to be more famous than they are at this minute is 100%
A lot has happened for Lohan since 2003, and much of it wasn't good.
Fact 3: You don't