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Executive Chef Paul Marks shares one of his favorite recipes each month. For this one, grill your favorite item and top with extra flavor.

Balsamic Marinade

¼ cup balsamic vinegar
½ cup chopped shallots or onion
¼ cup whole garlic
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
4 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
5 sprigs rosemary
1/3 cup dried thyme

Pick rosemary off stems, and combine all ingredients in blender. Blend until well mixed and paste forms.

Rules for Marinades
1. Marinades are made of three parts: oil, acid and aromatics (flavoring).
2. The ratio of oil and acid is the same as for vinaigrette: 3 to 1.
3. The items, amounts and combination of ingredients you use for aromatics are based on personal taste.
4. Marinades can either be used straight or cooked to enhance the flavor of the aromatics.
5. You can use vinegar, fruit juices, wine or beer for the acids, just to name a few.

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By Danielle Zorn

When happy hour hits, there's nothing like a tall glass of something to end your workday. But that stiff, 5-ounce White Russian is packing about 400 calories, quickly offsetting all of the hard work you already put into your day.

Everything in moderation," is what we've always been told. According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, published by the U.S. departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, up to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men is the healthy and moderate amount.

One drink is considered to be a 12-ounce glass of regular beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine and a 1.5-ounce glass of 80-proof liquor. But, really, most adults are prone to more than one drink per sitting, especially during the happiest of hours.

It's estimated that 9 percent of men and women consume an average of one more than their allotted "moderate" amount; more than two for men, and more than one for women.

When you drink, your body gives alcohol priority over everything else in your system. In other words, your body will burn alcohol calories before food calories, resulting in the storage of those food calories and weight gain.

According to "Good Housekeeping" magazine, an 8-ounce rum and diet coke is 100 calories; a 12-ounce Bud Light is 110; a 5-ounce glass of red wine is 120 calories; a 2.5-ounce martini is 160 calories; an 8-ounce margarita is 280 calories; and a 5-ounce Long Island Iced Tea is 292 calories.

Cosmos' bartender Zach Mauer says the healthiest drink you can order is a vodka and club soda, seeing as it is relatively light on the calories; a 12-ounce pour is about 82 calories.

When looking at the 25 top sources of calories among American adults ages 19 and older, alcohol comes in at number five—pizza comes in sixth, according to the 2010 "Dietary Guidelines for Americans."

So the next time you're at a happy hour, why not order straight liquor, vodka soda or a wine spritzer? If you're looking to indulge, but are still counting calories, they're your smartest bets.

Bar Counsel
We asked a few neighbors in our community what they're drinking. Here's what they had to say:

Pete Carroll, Head Coach, Seattle Seahawks
My favorite drink is… Long Island Iced Tea.
I like to drink it… during special occasions.
I recommend it because… it's a party in a glass.

Conrad Lee, Mayor, City of Bellevue
My favorite drink is… Arnold Palmer or ice tea.
I like to drink it… after I play golf or when I eat out.
I recommend it because… I like it.

Jenn Brandstetter, Social Media Lead, Microsoft
My favorite drink is… gin and tonic.
I like to drink it… on warm, summer evenings and on the boat. 
I recommend it because… it's refreshing, satisfying
and delicious!

Zach Mauer, Bar Manager, Cosmos
My favorite drink is… caipirinha.
I like to drink it… when it's nice out. 
I recommend it because… it's refreshing, light and it will give you quite the buzz.


Danielle Zorn
Danielle is a very curious, Seattle-based freelance writer who loves that learning about anything and everything is part of her job description.
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