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Narcos

By Bob on January 29, 2016 11:30 AM

If you're a fan of period dramas (think Mad Men) that are binge-watch-worthy I have one you need to check out: Narcos. It's set in the late '70's and details the life and (many) deaths surrounding Columbian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

Narcos-550.jpgNetflix has done it again with an original series that is uber realistic and so engrossing you'll watch it till your eyes drop out. And there's good reason - it's eye-poppingly beautiful.

Narcos was shot on location in Columbia and meticulously styled right down to the disco-era platform shoes and Member's Only jackets. 

But, enough about my wardrobe.

This is about drugs, sex, money and power. 

Season 1 tells Escobar's story from his humble beginning as a punk purveyor of pilfered electronics, to his ascension of the cocaine distribution throne. It's powerful stuff, told from the prospective of the DEA agent who's hot on his trail.

It's a complex - but never boring - story that chronicles an oligarchy from another world. Often violent (sometimes it's avert-your-eyes brutal) the 10 episode series focuses on Escobar's interactions with Columbian politics, police, DEA agents and other cocaine cartel members.

If you're a fan of Goodfella's and the Godfather films, this South American Soprano's has your name on it.   

All 10 episodes of Season 1 are streaming on Netflix now. Netflix hasn't released a start date for Season 2 yet, but word on the street (I know a guy who knows a guy) has it debuting sometime in August. But, you didn't hear that from me.

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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.

Tips:

If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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