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The Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Lakefront Screws Us

Today was a great day of filming at the National Restaurant Association show followed by a great meetup at Lucky Strike for bowling and fun, and everything was going great... until +Hilton Worldwide's +Embassy Suites Hotels Chicago Downtown Lakefront location decided to absolutely ruin things for us by interrupting a short interview +Cali Lewis and I were going to do in the lobby with +Rusty Greer

Rusty traveled all the way from Nashville to spend the evening with us at our meetup.  And we told him we'd be happy to do an interview with him!  It was so noisy at the Lucky Strike lanes we suggested going next door to our hotel lobby - something we've done in hotels all over the US, with the likes of +ABC News, +CNN International and independent bloggers and fans.

We pulled three chairs together in front of a little water fountain and Rusty pulled out a couple of lights.  It was about this time that a security guard with a very unpleasant attitude came over to tell us that without permission we could not do our quick interview.  He further explained that since it was 10pm, there was no manager on duty to appeal to and that, "I run the hotel now".  Yes, that is a direct quote.

I went to the clerk at the front desk and asked for a manager, and a woman was brought around to address the issue with me.  I told her we were just trying to shoot a 5 minute interview, and pointed out that there were no identifying corporate marks in the video.  Just three chairs, with us, 5 minutes.  

To cut to the chase, she shot us down.  She exhibited no empathy whatsoever, and as I grew increasingly frustrated she informed me that, "there are plenty of places in this city you could have shot that interview".

You want to know what makes the whole thing completely absurd?  This hotel has a huge open area inside, and today I saw at least 10 people standing around taking photos of everything completely unabated.  _The hotel allows you to take all the photos of everything you want_, but the staff got belligerent and refused to allow a video interview. Why in God's name would anyone do that???  Its just an exceptionally stupid policy in a world dominated by social media.

You know, I might have gotten over the fact that the staff ruined our evenings, and sent Rusty home hundreds of miles away without the simple thing he wanted if they had tried to even remotely be courteous about it.  But the security officer was belligerent from the second he approached us, and at one point even made a point of telling me that the Chicago Police Department was in charge tonight!  I mean the guy wearing the security uniform was even claiming to be a police officer!

Add to the fact that the room I was put in had no towels (literally not a one), the electrical outlet at the desk people are supposed to work at was non-functional, and that even on the 8th floor the massive open area outside acts as a huge echo chamber filling the room with all the laughing and yelling at the bar below plus loud dings from the elevators - and you've got one absolutely miserable hotel experience.

I can not possibly recommend more strongly staying away from the Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Lakefront hotel.  And I hope you all share and comment on this post because when I told them I was going to let everyone know what all was going on - they said they just flat didn't care.
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Why You Should Never Eat Popcorn In a Movie Theater

Have you ever noticed that eating too much movie theater popcorn can make you feel a little sick? That's because it probably ismaking you a little sick.

Popcorn may seem like the one snack available in a movie theater that's not that bad for you. After all, popcorn is just corn, a whole grain. If you ask for it without butter, it's healthy, right?

Well, no. Not even close.

As you probably know, some theaters buy pre-popped popcorn, which is warmed up using lights in the theater. Pre-popped popcorn is typically cooked in unhealthy trans fat oils, and flavored and colored with artificial ingredients, often including MSG. And because this kind of popcorn is popped first, then stored for an unknown amount of time, it has preservatives added.

A bag of popcorn popped in the theater typically contains four individual concession stand supply products, including the popping corn, cooking oil, "butter" and seasoning salt. Go here to see a nice collection of movie theater popcorn supply products: 

http://www.gmpopcorn.com/products/product-classes.cfm?catid=6&classid=5

The corn itself is grown using insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, fumigants and other chemicals used to "treat" the corn. Go here to see the complete list: 

http://www.popcorn.org/PopcornAgriChemicalHandbook/tabid/148/Default.aspx

Most movie theater popcorn is cooked in an oil product that is mostly hydrogenated coconut oil, a highly toxic trans fat. (The National Academy of Sciences has stated publicly that there is no safe level of trans fat consumption, and that it should be totally eliminated from the human diet.) The oil used for popping theater popcorn also contains artificial butter flavoring. That's why when you ask for no butter, the popcorn still tastes like fake butter, and still has a weird yellow color.

Some theaters boast of popcorn cooked in canola oil, which is supposed to be a health benefit. In fact, they're popping the corn in partially hydrogenated canola shortening, which is also a trans fat.

So if you order movie theater popcorn with no butter and no salt, that's what you're getting: corn that has been compromised by insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, fumigants and other chemicals, as well as trans fats, artificial flavors and probably preservatives as well.

But what if you do go for the butter and salt?

The artificial-butter-flavored topping is typically made mainly from hydrogenated soybean oil (another trans fat), artificial flavoring, beta carotene for color, and preservatives. Different theaters use different brands or supply sources, but this roster of toxic ingredients is typical.

One "flavoring agent" used in popcorn "butter" is called diacetyl, and it has been associated with lung disease among workers in the factories where it's made.

Popcorn supply companies don't have to disclose the use of diacetyl, or specific exactly what their flavoring agents are made of.

In addition, even the salt theaters use is something of a science project. The list of ingredients for one movie theater concession stand salt (which is typical), includes: "salt, artificial flavors, artificial sweetener (Acesulfame K), Yellow #5 Lake and Yellow #6 Lake." Some products also contain MSG.

Last year, the Center for Science in the Public Interest conducted a study on some nutritional aspects of movie theater popcorn, especially calories, fat and salt content, as well as other theater concession stand fare:

http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/nahpopcorn.pdf

Even by that shallow analysis, movie popcorn comes out as an assault on health. From the report: "A combo at [one theater chain] (medium popcorn plus medium soda) has 1,610 calories. That’s like eating six scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, four bacon strips, and four sausage links before the lights come up."

If you enjoy eating popcorn at the movies, why not pop and bring your own? Unless you ruin it with chemicals and other junk ingredients, popcorn is extremely healthy: 

http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=PP_ARTICLEMAIN&node_id=222&content_id=CNBP_029635&use_sec=true&sec_url_var=region1&__uuid=bbb3d96f-e7da-4f93-bae1-577908c49260

Buy organic popping corn from the bin section of your grocery or health-food store. Pop it in an air popper, and add a little extra virgin olive oil and a little quality sea salt, then smuggle it into the theater.

The whole thing will cost less than one-tenth of what you'll pay at the megaplex. It will taste a whole lot better. And best of all, it will actually be very healthy, instead of a massive toxic hit to your body.
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-- Do you have me in a circle?  Check step one off the list!
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That's it! You can get all the details at www.geekbeat.tv/contest. You do have to have an address in the United States. We'll pick a winner in a week… it's going to take us a while to count to 40. 1….2…3…uh, what's next??

Oh… and if you don't win, you can always pick one up here: http://bit.ly/isimple-megaphone
The megaPhone by iSimple is a cool little device designed with special acoustics to boost volume.
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