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The Best Places for Healthy Food in Baltimore, Maryland

California and New York certainly lead the way with an abundance of healthy lifestyle choices. Whether its a yoga studio on every block, a cold pressed juice bar, or organic restaurants. Baltimore is not quite there yet but they are light years ahead of Chicago in my opinion.

I have found a few great places to indulge in local healthy fare in Baltimore and they are:

Pure Raw Juice Bar in Federal Hill
Zias in Towson

Plant Bar in Belvedere Square (Also owned by Zias)

Nalley Fresh (multiple Locations)

The Wild Carrot

Hope this helps for those in and around the Baltimore area looking for a shot of wheatgrass or something that tastes good and is good for you :)

Eventually there will be a healthy option like the Flying Avocado in Owings Mills.


New App Ideas

Application ideas just come to you sometimes and others they come as a result of reading a great story and thinking lets do a slight spin off of that. Thats how Tinder came about as a hatch labs project that took a spin on the popular mens dating app Grindr and turned it into the worlds most popular dating application in only a couple of years.

Bar Roulette is a recent idea that my spin off would be creating an application based off of restaurants instead of going to random bars you get to be whisked away to a random restaurant. What do you think? Good idea or not?


Books I'm About to Read

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

This book was originally published in early 2009 by Ricahrd Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein. I recently had the pleasure of meeting with my distant cousin Matthew who I had not seen in over twenty years. We had the pleasure to catch up about his work as a scientist in Illinois and soon to be Iowa and great books that we had in common. One that came highly recommended that I just purchased was Nudge.
 
 
If you know me then you know my love and expressed consent to read How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. He has a list of other great books that preach what I try to practice in everyday life. By the end of the summer an additional Carnegie book will be under my belt.
 
The Real and the Cereal by: Chuck Klosterman. When I first read eating the dinosaur I had no idea what I was about to embark upon. In the end Chuck had a new fan ready to purchase all of his books.
 
As always for the best deals you can purchase books at Amazon, Flea Markets, Consignment shops, or use your local library for free rentals.

Richat Ruddie on the Importance of Eating Healthy

I have blogged over at Epicurous about eating Healthy and love that more and more individuals are taking notice of the importance of putting good food into your body. "Eating Healthy is Being Healthy".

In my opinion it does take work and effort to prepare healthy meals but if you are motivated to live longer and to stay in shape then you will succeed. During the writing of the Fat Loss Bands Book we made it very clear to readers that the only person that you cheat on a cheat day is "yourself".


What it takes for a TLD To Get Noticed

Google made a big announcement yesterday that they will be separating their companies and new ventures. This announcement by Sergey Brin and Larry Page said that their new domain wil be ABC.XYZ.

The founder of the .XYZ which is not on the same scale as .Com, .Net, and .Org TLD (Top Level Domain) Daniel Negari the registrars operator who could not be any happier and we are happy for him. He was recently quoted in a magazine issue of Wired as saying that "We end the alphabet in ‘xyz’ and we should end domain names the same way.”

Googles newest holding company will be called Alphabet and with the largest internet website and player in the world signaling that they are willing to use a .XYZ domain will quite possibly lead the way to other corporations purchasing extensions that end in .XYZ thus driving the domainers who squat on high end names for years out of business.

 ICANN which stands for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has been releasing new gTLDs which cost $185,000 for an application and once approved an additional $25,000 a year. This then just sparked an idea in my head that should have went off during the initial announcement in 2011 that this may be a great business model if you can/could have scooped up the better extensions such as .XYZ that will hopefully for Mr. Negari's sake become more mainstream and earn him a nice chunk of change. 

When was the last time you came up with a good .com name and found that it wasnt already taken by a cybersquatter asking a ridiculous amount of money for the name? Look at how Brand.com sold for $500,000 and Bre Pettis who previously owned it was asking $12 million dollars originally according to an inside source I spoke with on the matter but was sold so Makerbot could make payroll and eventually cash out big time ($403 million in stock and options).  In googles case it would be extremely odd if they tried to purchase abc.com which goes to the media and television companies website and Alphabet.com is the car leasing companies official website.

Google could have very easily created Google.com/abc or ABC.GOOGLE.COM but instead they just spent the $9.99 fee and purchased ABC.XYZ and have now possibly opened the floodgates for people to start purchasing .xyz extensions and making it a new norm.

Only time will tell.