ALCOHOL CALORIES: The hot weather made us think of two things: swim suits and alcohol. The two aren't always the best combination, though, because alcohol has calories that, um, don't contribute to the fit of bathing suits.
However, Heineken recently introduced its light version (which, to our pleasure, is quite good) that contains 99 calories, compared to 160 calories in the regular Heineken.
Then we went online to browse caloric content of various beers. Michelob Ultra, which advertises regularly in such magazines as Runner's World, boasts 95 calories, while Miller Lite has 96 calories.
And then there's the other end of the scale. Sierra Nevada Stout tops the list at 210 calories, while the brand's Pale Ale isn't far behind at 200. But "alcopops," such as Smirnoff Ice and Mike's Hard Lemonade, contain 228 and 220 calories, respectively.
Various Web sites offer the numbers, but http://www.rochester.edu/uhs/healthtopics/Alcohol/caloricvalues.html also listed other alcoholic beverages on one handy page. For instance, four ounces of red wine contains 70 calories while a 1.5-ounce serving of tequila will give you 115 calories.
And if you want to have a Long Island Ice Tea in this heat wave, keep in mind that it has a whopping 789 calories. That's roughly half a woman's recommended daily caloric intake.
AN UNLIKELY WINNER: At this month's Art on the Square festival, some visitors spent $50 and $100 on raffle tickets to increase their odds of winning "Lodi Lakeside Revisited," a community-painted art piece based on Lodi artist Jim Bacon's landscape of Lodi Lake. But instead, the grand prize went to 7-year-old Hayden Johnson, of Lodi, who spent his last dollar on one raffle ticket in the hopes of winning the painting for his mother.
"He got to go up on stage (to receive the prize) and the singer on stage sang to him," his mother DeEtte Goni said. "But he said the most exciting moment was getting a free soda."
Johnson has since decided to give the painting to the city of Lodi as a birthday present for its centennial. No word yet on where it will hang, but Johnson is hoping for City Hall.
"He feels that's really the heart of Lodi," Goni said.
WATCH YOUR SALT: An alert reader noticed a couple of conflicting stories about salt in the News-Sentinel on June 14. A front page story stated that the American Medical Association is calling for people to lower their salt intake. But a supposedly healthier version fast food recipe for McDonald's French Fries on the Panorama page stated otherwise. The recipe included 134 teaspoons of salt - likely well over the amount of salt that really goes in McDonald's fries (though they are awfully salty!). The "Fast Food Fix" book's recipe originally called for 1 3/4 teaspoons of salt, but the fraction was lost in computer translation.
MISSING HELMET: To the person who somehow lost a motorcycle helmet on northbound Highway 99 near Eight Mile Road last week, plan on buying a new one. The headgear was first reported to the California Highway Patrol at 7:29 a.m. Wednesday because it was in the roadway. Before long it was moved to the side of the road and was in pieces.
No word on how the helmet got there in the first place.
BIG BEER: You probably knew that Fanatix Pizza Pub has beer, but did you know they sell three-liter beers? Indeed, you can see the bulky bottles of San Diego's Stone Brewing Company beer behind the counter now, on sale for a whopping $60 a bottle.
LOCAL COVER GIRL: Anne Matson, Vino Con Brio Winery's director of sales and marketing, can now add cover girl to her resume. The 27-year-old Lodi resident is currently featured on the front of Patterson's Beverage Journal this month. Inside, the magazine profiles Lodi's wine scene with profiles on winemakers from Klinker Brick, Jessie's Grove, Van Ruiten, Michael-David, Borra, Grands Amis and Berghold Winery.
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First published: Monday, June 26, 2006