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Kopi Luwak - Indonesian Monkey Butt Coffee

Monday, November 03, 2008

Kopi Luwak - Monkey Butt Coffee...

I promised a review... here it is...

Ummmm... Now that's some good $hit...

For those who have not heard of Kopi Luwak - this coffee made from coffee beans that have passed through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet... Yes... you read that right... passed through the digestive tract.

While in the stomach of the Luwak, digestive juices leech out many of the proteins responsible for the bitterness in the coffee resulting in a smoother, sweeter cup of coffee...

or so the drinkers claim...

Back in the office today an my buddy Astr0wiz and I sat down to enjoy our first cups of that fine Robusta Monkey Butt Coffee.

The beans ground well. The aroma of the grid is good. It has a very robust smell, like a fine French roast with a trailing hint of... something "earthy" in the finish.

The first pot I mixed exactly as I would mix any blend that I buy. 2 scoops, 4 cups... The smell of the brew was again, strong, but pleasant.

Time to cup it... great dark black pour... I usually have sugar and cream, but I wanted to try this black first to get the full head from it. Small Sip... Bold... Very Robust... Hint sweet... A little earthy... but the striking thing... no bitterness what so ever.

Usually with a coffee this Robust, it will all but pucker your face with bitterness in the finish... but not this. This was as strong and bold as a cup of Turkish coffee, but with the smooth finish of a light roast... I've never had a combination like that in one cup... both Bold and Smooth in the same sip...

For the final finish... I only need 1/2 as much sugar and 1/2 as much cream to saver this cup of fine Indonesian Monkey Butt...

I have to add that after the finish of the cup, this $hit has one HE11 of a kick... It got me all but buzzing... WOW...

If your into coffee... and you're crazy enough to drop $100 for 1/2 a pound... and your brave enough to drink coffee out of a Cat/Monkey's a$$...

Kopi Luwak really is some outstanding coffee...

Check this one off the Life List - Drank coffee out of a monkeys A$$...


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JIMDAB 1/16/2010 9:17AM

    ha ha--Thanx for enlightening us...

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GRASMUSS 2/11/2009 3:57PM

    Great review. I've wondered just how good this coffee was since the first time I heard about it.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 1/16/2009 4:12PM

    I heard about this on TV. My response was YUCKKK!
You go ahead and enjoy! I'll pass.

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55BUTTERBALL 11/6/2008 12:52PM

    After reading your Blog on Monkey Butt Brew it almost makes me want to re-write my Bucket List, since I am a poor gal and cannot afford this luxury. I will say one of the best cups of coffee I had was on board the Californian--the official tall ship of California as we sailed that day with the Star of India, the Lynx from Los Angeles and the HMS Surprise last November. They offered coffee with canned whipped cream (like Redi-Whip) and a sprinkle of cinnamon... oh YUM emoticon

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CHRISQT 11/4/2008 4:13PM

  Having sampled some of this amazing coffee today (thanks Frank) I can testify that is one really great cup of.... well you know!!!

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LADILADIDA 11/4/2008 3:19PM

    OMG - you are hilarious. Thank you for the best laugh today. I'm glad it was worth the 100 bucks because YOU certainly are.

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ARTICLILY 11/3/2008 3:54PM

    Our neighbors who use to be our roommates was talking about this coffee. I thought it was a bit pricey. From your reveiw though it sounds like it might be worth it..


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CHRISQT 11/3/2008 3:22PM

  Great review, smelled the aroma of this "Monkey Butt Coffee" I will have to sample some of this, thanks for sharing.


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My Advise To A New Member

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A new spark member had questions to me on where to begin, and after I finished writing to them, I felt I wanted to share it with more people.


This is the best benefit of SparkPeople... it a site FULL of motivation... all you have to do is reach out to it and it will give back to you. Spark is one of the few places you will ever be in life where everyone here knows what your going though and what your dealing with. The more you reach out to others, the more that will come back to yourself.

Now... First things first...

Face the truth:

I strongly recommend you take a picture of yourself as you are now. "Ewww... No..."... Nothing like a dose of reality to slap you in the face... but as you start to make progress and you start to see change it will be come more and more of a motivator to you. My "fat" picture is right up on my spark page and I look at it every day... "NEVER AGAIN"

Take and weigh yourself for your starting weight... then take that scale and put it in the bottom of the closet and bury it under the kids toys. Don't take it out again for AT LEAST 90 days. The scale is NOT your friend. Especially in the beginning. In the begging the only thing you need to feel in yourself is the fact that your energy level is starting to grow and your cloths are starting to fit better.

I did not loose a singl pound of weight for the first 2 months that I was exercising... but I went down 3 inches in my waist... Toss the Scale OUT. It means nothing right now. Focus on the positive.

Be honest with yourself:

It's not going to go away over night. It took you a long time to put the weight on. It's going to take a while for it to come off. You are going to have to face the fact that it's just going to take time. The best thing to do is just worry about today. Each day we faced with choices. We can make good choices or bad choices... and the choice is ours... You can always pick... Do you want the apples or the Twinkies? Use every day to make the best choices you can and the pounds will take care of themselves in their own time.

Be Active Here:

Do not be afraid to ask questions of the community here... every one of us is in the same boat here. We are all either there with you... or have been.

Be active in a few of the Message board groups of people who have similar interests to you. The Memphis board itself is not all that active, but there are 100's that are... stop in and say hi! People with similar interests can help to motivate you.

There are 1000's of articles... READ... you're a teacher... educate yourself here... there is so much good free info on this site... you can dig around here for a few years and not read half of it...


In the begging, let spark put you program together for you for a few weeks... that will get you soeme strength training that is so key. Muscle burns 12 times the cals that fat does... There is no feeling like feeling strong again. Trust me. After that, there all all kinds of workout vidieos here on spark that are quick and good... toss a few of them in the mix...

Logging your food:

You said below "I know the drill on how to eat"... that's great... but trust me here..

Take your first week here and just eat how you think is healthy for you and log EVERYTHING that goes into your mouth into spark... I mean EVERYTHING. It's time to be honest with yourself. The only person your going to lie to here is yourself. You just may find that what you think is healthy may just be far from it. It made a real impression on me when I did... Then you can start making adjustments each week as you go along and your eating will get better and better.

A word of warning... collecting spark points here gets to be an addictive game... you'll get close to your next trophy and you start looking around for things to do to make those last few points...

That should be enough for a first mail...

I'm always here for your questions... You CAN do this.

Do you have questions or answers? Reply and add your comments!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GEMINIFLYGIRL 2/16/2012 9:07AM

    This was a very helpful blog! Thank you for the guidance!

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GENAGEE 1/15/2009 10:09PM

    Thanks SO much for this blog! Putting away the scale was THE best advice I've ever gotten with regard to sticking to my health and fitness plan. It has made a WORLD of difference in my life!

It is so much better to gauge yourself by how you feel every day, as well as the change in the way your clothes fit, your mobility, having fewer pains, etc., than going by a scale whose numbers do not reflect the whole truth. Really...if I was still weighing myself every day, I would have given up (AGAIN!) already. Now I'm just doing what I know I need to do daily, and I'm looking forward to all-around improvements day by day.

Thank you SOOOOOOOOO much!!!! You cannot imagine how this has changed my life!

All the best,

Gena P. emoticon

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STREGA*LUNA 11/1/2008 11:05AM

    Great post! I wish I had the nerve to hide that scale, though; you are right, it is not my friend!!

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GLTTRGDDSS 10/29/2008 8:36PM

  wow..... I feel like that was written for me. :)

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SEGHNI 10/27/2008 4:38PM

    What great advice.And 4DDREAMSCAPE reminded me how at my weight watchers group there would be an almighty rush for the bathroom before we weighed in,as if peeing would make us lighter.We are so good at fooling ourselves and that's one of the reasons we are fat to begin with!

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1961TWEETYBIRD 10/27/2008 3:28PM

    I am new here and thanks for the words of encouragement.

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4DDREAMSCAPE 10/24/2008 7:18AM

    Carrying the scales round the bathroom is nothing. I have gone to diet clubs with no underwear on and no jewellery hoping it would make a difference - how sad is that! emoticon Love the emoticons. You have achieved so much, you truly are an inspiration. Well done you!

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GITFITDAD 10/23/2008 10:16PM

    Thank you so much for your advice and inspiration!

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RDEEEEEEEEE 10/23/2008 10:11PM

    Good advice, thanks.

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    I'm a fairly new member. Most of what you have said, I've learned or am in the process of learning. Way to go on your accomplisments and I look forward to more of your writings!

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B~ROSIE 10/23/2008 5:37PM

    Great information! Your are an inspiration!

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OCTOBERGIRL49 10/23/2008 4:37PM

    I enjoyed reading your post. Thank you.
About the 1/2 marathon - you can do it. I've done 3 now in the last 3 years. I never thought I would be able to run even a 5k. But I am training now for my 4th half and hope to get a personal best.
Once you're running, you just keep on going until you get to the end.
There are so many people cheering you on, and at the end, the first two times, I cried that I actually finished it. The last one, this past summer - I didn't cry - I just rejoiced in that while my time wasn't as good as last years - I at least showed up and ran the thing by myself, and had fun doing it along with the "crowd" that seemed to be going the same pace as me.
You can do it - I will be checking back to see how you made out.
Thanks again, I am inspired now myself to keep on going, even when things seem to be hard.
Fall down 7 times, get up 8. Cheers.

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TRESZKA 10/23/2008 2:50PM

    I couldn't agree more with you about having a picture of an "old" you. It was my turning point. Seeing the picture of myself on our last vacation! Ouch! I couldn't believe I got so out of hand!
I also find that reading the motivation page helps a lot. Also seeing that you are staying in your calorie intake helps also. For me, just actually being full with the small portions and staying full is motivation. Especially once you see that you are starting to loose weight. It will be a long process, but so worth it in the end.
Good luck to everyone of reaching your goals! It will happen, just be patient with yourself!

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PEGSUM 10/23/2008 1:06PM

    Thank you for this blog post! You rock!

I second you on the comment about the scale. It is the most unhelpful piece of equipment out there. I always do better when I concentrate on something other than that number.

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BLONDE_SHEL 10/23/2008 11:47AM

  THANK YOU for the great advice. I always have to remind myself that I didn't get to the weight I was at overnight and I won't lose it all overnight. Along the way I may have ups and downs, but I will learn and become stronger because of it.

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ARTICLILY 10/18/2008 10:36PM


Yeah...pretty much what i did when i first got here....Was quite a slap into reality...

great job.

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PAMCARR1 10/17/2008 9:51AM

    I couldn't agree more. Ya'll can just be jeolous cause not only do I get to watch his blogging but I get to see him in person 5 days a week. He is every bit as inspirational and funny in person as he appears to be in his blogging. I get to take credit for him being here to since it was I who turned him on to sparkpeople. Yeahhh me.
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NOUREEN_NAUSHAD 10/17/2008 7:29AM

  Thank you so much for sharing this piece of advise. It's my first week at SP and also towards weight loss and you have been a great motivator.

Look forward to learn a lot from you.


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BARBJB1 10/16/2008 10:21AM

    Hey, thanks for the heads up on your blog, it's spot on.


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55BUTTERBALL 10/16/2008 12:18AM

    thank you for your words of encouragement. You are a very inspiring person to me and I am so thankful for your hand of friendship that was extended to me as a newbie. I have been with Spark People to 2 months now and feel as if I am just scratching the surface as to all the tools available to me with just this one program.

I know I have a lot to learn and just needed to say THANK YOU for the encouragement--I printed This BLOG and have highlighted the bulk of your words of wisdom. I agree with taking the BEFORE picture and looking at it. Thank you again, you are a neat guy!

Congrats on your accomplishments--keep on track.

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SANDYS2100 10/15/2008 1:43PM

    Thanks for sharing this, When I first started I was in shock over how many calories I consumed in a day. I think for me that was the biggest eye opener. Take care.

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PHATCHIC411 10/14/2008 12:15PM

    I agree this site is definately filled with motivation, without my sparkbuddies i would have never made it on my own thats why i failed so many times before.Im sending newbies your way becasue you also an inspiration to me and your bold and honest, i dont have the gift of words like you do.

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LADILADIDA 10/14/2008 10:19AM

    Well done!

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HEATHERGETSON 10/14/2008 10:02AM

    Congrats on your weight loss!
Excellent article you have written on your blog and so very useful and truthful for newbies.TFS!

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Running On Auto-Pilot

Friday, October 10, 2008

Well... talk about an "auto pilot" morning (Roll Eyes)


Woke up this morning. Looked at the clock...


Quarter till my mind says. Time to get up.

Put on my trunks, put on my flip-flops... it's pool day...


get in the car... head down the road...


radio's on... Humm... the news is usually on... oh well... Oh... Cool... the traffic light's flashing... head on through. Traffic's lite this morning... that's good...


get to the gym...

wow... only three cars... everyone must be sleeping off the bad market yesterday... Ummm... have the pool to myself...


Lynn gets up to scan my card...


Morning Frank!... You're here early today... Ummm... blink... blink...

Early?... Ummm... blink...

look at clock on back wall...


blink... 4:05....


blink... blink... 4:05?!?!?! What the...




Going to be a long day...

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SEPHIA 10/31/2008 4:32AM

    funny..it happens to everyone at least once in their liftm,but u make it sound so funny.. emoticon

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ASTR0WIZ 10/28/2008 7:57AM

OMFG, I forgot about you telling me this. It almost sounds like the day I arrived at work and realized it was Sunday.

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GERRI/POLLYANNA 10/23/2008 2:30PM

    I love how you write !!!
Are you an English major?
Should be if you're not !!

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LADILADIDA 10/13/2008 4:58PM

    OMG - that's hilarious. Early bird gets the worm! Mine actually didn't go off this morning and I was pissed.

Comment edited on: 10/13/2008 4:56:19 PM

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ARTICLILY 10/13/2008 9:28AM

    im sorry sweety...i have days like that though too...

sis emoticon

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PHATCHIC411 10/13/2008 9:04AM

    hahaha wow long day indeed

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SANDYS2100 10/13/2008 7:38AM

    That`s to funny.

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Surviving the Junk Food Weekend - SENSIBILITY

Monday, October 06, 2008

Now, let's talk about SENSIBILITY.

I had a junk food weekend. I had my MIL at the house and we did the Craft Fair "thang". How did I survive AND keep my numbers in line? It really wasn't all that hard... with a little SENSIBILITY.

First MIL "just wanted a little burger".. from where? Sonic... So.. instead of the Sonic Cheese Burger with Mayo, I had the Sonic Hamburger with Mustard - 647 vs 481 cal - Save 166 Cal. Next... Instead of that Large Tater Tot - I went for a serving of Lays Chips - 365 vs 150 cal - Save 215 Cal

Savings this meal by going SENSIBLE - 381 cal...

Then it's off to the Craft Fair... Surrounded by all that GLORIOUS Fair type food... elephant ears, funnel cakes, pronto pups, Ahhhh!!!! What is a poor old EX-fatboy to do! First off, I HAD to have SOMETHING. You can't DEPRIVE yourself. If you do you'll end up in a binge. I had to have my Hand turned Home Made Ice Cream. It was like nectar from the Gods... but it was a FULL cup of it... How did I got SENSIBLE here? 2 ways. First I picked Strawberry which usually has less cals then other flavors second I shared it with my DW. 250 vs 125 - Save 125 Cals

Now Dinner - Where to eat... They pick Texas Roadhouse. How did I survive the Red Meat gauntlet of DOOM at the stake house? Easy... I got the grilled Pork Chop. 2 sides... lets go with the Baked Sweet Potato and the Salad with Lite Dressing. Now I ate the salad with lite dressing - 315 vs 70 cal - Save 245 Cal. When the meal came I took and cut both the pork chop and the sweet potato in half and didn't even let them BRING the peppercorn sauce to the table. I'll take that half a chop and half a potato home and freeze it and have it as a Lunch at work this week. Compared to a 6oz strip with a loaded potato - 969 vs 174 - Save 795 Cal - This meal - Save 1040 Cal

Now to be honest here - They made us wait a LONG time and I feel to my carb craving and ate 2 yeast rolls in the 1.5 hours they made us wait so I must add a Plus 360 cals so meal save overall - 680 cals - Still pretty good...

Right here I saved myself 1186 Cals... In just one day...

Now on to Sunday...

Sunday we take the in laws home - They all want BBQ for lunch... Ok... instead of the Jumbo BBQ sandwich we'll go with the regular one - 610 vs 306 - Save 304 cals. Instead of the usual beans and slaw on the side we'll go with the Lays Chips again - 370 vs 150 - Save 220 Cals

Here I had a point of weakness in my weekend and indulged and had a piece of Lemon Ice Box Pie - Marie Calendar So I blew 260 cals here but we're good for the weekend - Again... Don't Deprive yourself. Be Sensible.

Now we get home and DW want's Chinese... Sigh... one more Cal laden meal to work through... and what does DW want? General Tso's and Veggie Fried rice.. When I get THIS diet buster home I cut it into 4 servings and put one of them into the freeze before I even ate (have it for lunch one day this week) so now instead of eating half and order with her... I'm only eating a quarter - 818 (half order) vs 409 (1/4 order) Save - 409 Cals

So this day I saved 675 Cals... even WITH the lemon ice box pie.

Over the weekend I saved a total of 1861 calories that I would have eaten in my old ways - That's more then half a pound of added fat... And have two lunches for work this week on top of that.. Save some money as well as calories.

Everyone. Try to Apply SENSIBLE to every meal you eat. Even when you're in a place where you don't think sensible exists.

Can you do the same? I know you can...

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LIEBLY 10/24/2008 7:00PM

    Dang! You really know your numbers well! Very impressive....I mean SENSIBLE! LOL My numbers would change more if I MOVED more. :(

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WATCHMEWORK 10/23/2008 10:52PM

    Thanks so much for sharing. I've enjoyed reading this and your advice for new members. For me, you've confirmed that I am on track (even when dealing with the challenges that come). Thanks again for the momentum boost! emoticon

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ONCEAGAIN4GOOD 10/23/2008 3:52PM

  reached your blog via email today from Sparks. I LOVE your perspective on this whole journey I must get my head into again. I lost 73 pounds only to regain 36 back in the last three years after a few injuries.
I am going to save this email and read it over and over again.
Thanks for reminding me what I lived prior to falling off the wagon...

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LADILADIDA 10/13/2008 4:57PM

    Wow! What an amazingly positive way to look at things. You're awesome. Thanks for the spark goodie you sent. Needed a little pick me up.

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SARAHABROAD 10/10/2008 10:28AM

    Hi--came across your page and blog here and really enjoyed it! You made me think about my own habits with your experience--and you made me smile.

Thanks and keep up your hard work!


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NEWMUM8 10/8/2008 3:42PM

    Well done...

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TKERBY 10/8/2008 12:25PM

    Sensibility huh? I sure have lacked that over the past 6 months. I had started at 231 and got down to 200 and now am back up. Binging......that's what I do best. In your mind you say you will start next Monday and then on the weekend you eat everything in sight because you know your gonna start a new diet on Monday. Then Monday comes and you find a reason not to start. I really appreciate your comments .... you got it right .... Don't deprive be sensible.

Great job and thanks again.,

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SANDYS2100 10/6/2008 9:55PM

    Thanks for all the information.

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KRIS39125 10/6/2008 12:39PM

    Thank you for sharing - that is great information and what awesome choices you made. You put it in perspective and quite nicely.


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VIOLETTE1 10/6/2008 11:10AM

    Great job! I am also trying to make better choices every day and limit the times that I am tempted. Some days are easier than others, but by planning ahead I know I have better options!
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Topz is Tops with me.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Wow... a healthly, low cal hamburger and fries?

Are you kidding?

No I'm not. They just opend a Topz Healthlyer Hamburger Grill near our house and we went to try it out tonight.

You can check them out at www.Topz.com.. they give all their nutrition info on the site.

Check them out. I recomend them 100%

I had a Turkey Burger for 390 Cal and an order of Aero Fries for 170 cal...

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LADILADIDA 10/17/2008 11:04AM

    Hey - have you tried turkey burgers??? I know. I know. But actually I make them good with green peppers, onions and celery and actually now my hubby likes them better than hamburgers, too - which I didn't think would ever happen. It's a lot less calories than a hamburger.

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ARTICLILY 10/5/2008 11:10PM

    will have to check them out..hope they migrate up this way..

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SANDYS2100 9/29/2008 12:47PM

    Mmmm, sounds good, Thanks

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