Words to the Wise and Affirmation; “Fill your life with love.”

Coming Soon!  Freddie Bell introduces a way to show  that you’re one of Freddie’s Favorite Listeners. #FFL

  

A wild Game One of the World Series ends in walk-off fashion. Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice-fly in the bottom of the 14th inning gave the Royals a 5-4 win over the Mets at Kauffman Stadium. The marathon lasted just over five hours and tied for the longest game in terms of innings in World Series history.

Downtown Minneapolis could be getting a new high-rise.  Franklin Street Properties says it is planning to demolish the former TCF Bank building in the eight-hundred-block of Marquette Avenue and replace it with a 50-story tower.  The structure is expected to include a hotel, apartments and office space.  Work could start by the second half of next year.  The Timberwolves will wear patches on their uniforms to honor head coach Flip Saunders.  The 60-year-old died Sunday following a battle with cancer.  The “Flip” patch will be unveiled during the team’s home-opener on Monday.  The Timberwolves’ regular season begins tonight in Los Angeles against the Lakers.

Republican presidential candidates are expected to spend a lot of time talking about the economy when they gather for their latest debate tonight in Colorado. An earlier debate will feature the remaining four GOP candidates who aren’t polling high enough to make it onto the main stage.

Americans are spending a lot of money on Halloween candy.  The National Confectioners Association says we’ll spend two-and-a half-billion-dollars on trick-or-treat goodies this year.  The candy makers group also says 70 percent of us prefer chocolate over any other Halloween treat.

ENTERTAINMENT

 

The two-year marriage of Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez has come to an end.

Beyonce and Channing Tatum are going face to face in an upcoming episode of “Lip Sync Battle.”  The show is sharing a sneak peak to its lineup for its upcoming season, which will be headlined by Queen B and the “Magic Mike” star.

Fans are getting a snippet of Pharrell Williams’ latest single next to none other than Missy Elliot.  The 30-second preview for “WTF,” as in “Where They From,” dropped during Monday Night Football.

Kid Cudi is announcing the release date for his upcoming album.  After months of teasing, the rapper has taken on to Twitter to announce his new album, “Speedin’ Bullet To Heaven” will be out December 4th.

TV AND MOVIE NEWS

 

Jeremih and Tyrese are set to perform at this year’s Soul Train Awards. The two are among the first of many artists scheduled to hit the stage during this year’s festivities.

The Soul Train Awards will be filmed on November 6 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas and will air on CENTRIC and BET on November 29th, 2015 at 7PM Central.

VIDEO RELEASES TODAY

Southpaw

A champion boxer overcomes tragedy in “Southpaw.”  After tragedy hits Billy Hope’s personal life, he finds himself headed in a downward spiral.  As he tries to earn the trust of his loved ones, he turns to a veteran trainer to help him get back to the top of the boxing world.  Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams star in this R-rated drama.

Pixels

A group of grown men try to save the world through their past love of video games in “Pixels.”  When aliens attack the Earth as characters from classic arcade games, the President enlists the group to defeat them.  This comedy film stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Michelle Monaghan.

The Gift

One man’s past comes back to haunt him in “The Gift.”  Jason Bateman stars as Simon, who has a chance encounter with an old high school acquaintance.  He starts receiving a series of strange gifts that will ultimately unlock a secret from Simon’s past.  Rebecca Hall and Joel Edgerton also star in this thriller.

Max

A military service dog is adopted by his late handler’s family in “Max.”  Max quickly forms an unlikely bond with his handler’s brother, Justin.  The friendship ends up giving both of them new chances at life.

TV On DVD:

“The Middle” — The Complete 6th Season “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” — Season 3
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY

National Chocolate Day is observed annually on October 28.  While there are many specific chocolate related holidays throughout the year, National Chocolate Day celebrates all things chocolate.  As America’s favorite flavor, chocolate is well deserving of it’s own day of honor and celebration.  ( Some sources designate July 7 or December 28 as “Chocolate Day” or “International Chocolate Day”)

How is chocolate made?

Chocolate comes from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree.  Cacao, which has been cultivated for at least three millennia, is grown in Mexico, Central America and Northern South America.  The earliest known documentation of using cacao seeds is from around 1100 BC.  The cacao tree seeds have a very intense, bitter taste that must be fermented to develop the flavor.

Once the seeds have been fermented, the beans are dried, cleaned and roasted.  After roasting, the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs.  The cacao nibs are then ground into cocoa mass, which is pure chocolate in rough form.   The cocoa mass is usually liquefied then molded with or without other ingredients. At this point of the process it is called chocolate liquor.  The chocolate liquor may then be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter.

  • Unsweetened baking chocolate –  cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions.
  • Sweet chocolate –  cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat and sugar.
  • Milk chocolate – sweet chocolate with milk powder or condensed milk.
  • White chocolate – cocoa butter, sugar and milk but no cocoa solids.
  • Research has found that chocolate, when eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure.
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