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UAE Bans Super Size Soda…you’re welcome

The other day The National ran an article about various health-care reforms being suggested by the UAE government.  Among those reforms are—wait for it—a proposed restriction on portion sizes for fizzy drinks.  Yes. That’s right: Mayor Bloomberg’s despised soda ban may be about to take hold here in the UAE.  Now, I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I’ll just say that last summer, I wrote this column …

Cereal as a cure for chaos? Maybe…

The school year is winding down and we’re getting ready to move. Each boy’s school has end-of-year celebrations and parties and exhibits; after-school classes are over; babysitters are away on vacation.  Add to that the pile of boxes in the middle of our apartment, waiting to be shipped to Abu Dhabi, and it’s like a double whammy of chaos around here. With all the schedule changes, family dinners have pretty …

would you like your amoxicyllin shaken or stirred?

Remember “The Thin Man” movies, with the impossibly elegant William Powell and the even more impossibly elegant Myrna Loy? In the first movie, Nora Charles meets her husband in a restaurant and realizes that he is well ahead of her on the martini count. After she figures out he’s had five martinis, she gestures to the waiter: “Bring me five martinis and line them up right here.” She proceeds–elegantly–to toss …