Top Ten New Year’s International Foods to Bring You Luck....

Dec 31, 2013 by

Every country and culture has its own traditions about what to eat on New Year’s Day in order to bring them luck.  We have gathered the top ten International food dishes that are considered both delicious and lucky! 1)      Hoppin’ John.  This traditional New Year’s dish of the American South consists of black eyed peas cooked with bacon and served over white rice.  No self-respecting Southerner would dream of starting out the New Year without a heaping plate of this for breakfast.  Just have the Beano ready . . . 2)      Mango with sticky rice.  In Thailand the New Year doesn’t actually begin until April, when the farmers traditionally begin flooding their rice fields to plant their first crop of the year.  Mangoes ripen the same month, and there are vendors everywhere selling sliced...

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5 Must Visit Oregon Breweries And Their Holiday Pours...

Dec 30, 2013 by

Planning a quick trip or vacation this holiday season? If you’re a beer lover, you can’t do much better than visiting some of Oregon’s famous microbreweries. Oregon ranks fourth nationally in craft breweries per capita, and with a winter medley of award-winning seasonal brews, there’s sure to be something for everyone. We’ve compiled a short list of fiver breweries you won’t want to miss, along with their seasonal beers. Enjoy! Rogue Ales – Santa’s Private Reserve Founded in 1988, Rogue Ales quickly expanded from its original location in Ashland and now operates breweries in several locations throughout Oregon, California, and Washington. Rogue has produced over 60 different regular and seasonal ale varieties. Using a non-pasteurized process and all natural, locally sourced ingredients, Rogue beers have won major awards in worldwide competitions. Rogue’s seasonal brew,...

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Living In Canada: 6 Canadian Drinks And Foods That You’ll Want To Try...

Dec 30, 2013 by

One of the best things about spending time in a foreign country is the chance it provides to sample new flavours and to experience new foods. If you’re moving to Canada then you’ll have plenty of time to experience the meals and drinks that are popular throughout the country. Here are six favourite Canadian flavours that are loved by residents and by tourists: Maple Syrup Something of a Canadian staple, maple syrup can be added to sweet and savoury dishes. It’s enjoyed as an addition to mashed potato, it’s used to cover pancakes, it’s added to porridge, used as a dip for fresh fruit, drizzled over ice cream and served with sausages. It’s also used to make sweets and to flavour cakes, and can be used as a coating for popcorn or a glaze...

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Four Simple, Tasty Recipes for New Year’s Weight Loss...

Dec 29, 2013 by

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. This resolution is achievable by eating foods that create energy, boost the metabolism and burn fat. Food such green tea, cabbage, eggs and blueberries are known for producing energy and enhancing the metabolism. Green Tea Smoothie The recipe for a green tea smoothie calls for ¾ cup of cold green tea, 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of agave nectar, 1 diced pear, 2 tablespoons of plain, fat-free yogurt, and about 8 ice cubes.   To make the smoothie, place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until the mixture has a smooth consistency. A good blender can be key to a good smoothie. A Cuisinart blender, for example, will last longer than others, and Cuisinart parts are easier...

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Molasses Cookies: A Country Christmas Treat...

Dec 26, 2013 by

Do not think about how sticky your table linen will get or if the kids will touch your bedding in their rush to hug you for baking these delicious treats. Have fun with this traditional, Country Christmas treat. Molasses cookies have been around long before refined sugar. These cookies are straight out of a storybook. So many generations of people have baked them the mixture makes one think of a Christmas of Old. Home décor is very much a part of the holidays. The table linen and any housewares accent a home. You can change the curtains and make the bed and bath beautiful, but Christmas baking is a thing of legends. Here, with this delicious easy to prepare cookie recipe you make lifetime fans. The sprinkled sugar on these cookies makes them an...

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Food Fiddle-Faddle.

Dec 25, 2013 by

Half of the people I know now treat gluten As ruthlessly as that old Vladimir Putin. And ev’ryone seems to think innocent sugar Repulsive as fungus all covered in booger. Dairy is out; and as for any red meat, It’s shot down as often as amateur skeet. I can’t keep it straight as to which oils are which; The ones I should use and the ones I should pitch. Eggs are restricted and starch is verboten. You have to drink water till kidneys are floatin’. I’d tell you just what I think of this coercing, But for the New Year I have given up...

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Southern Themed Dinner? Four Fun Dishes To Consider...

Dec 25, 2013 by

  Nothing says great comfort food like southern dishes. These are often hearty and packed full of protein and carbohydrates that deliver an amazing flavor. There is almost always some type of chicken on the table, and biscuits are a necessity so that they can be used for dipping in gravy. The following has four fairly common, but very fun, southern dish ideas for you.     Fried Chicken   This is a classic when it comes to southern food. There are several ways to prepare fried chicken, but the easiest way is to roll it in flour and fry it in about an inch of vegetable oil. Add a little salt and pepper to the flour for seasoning. You can also get a chicken breading that gives a little more kick to the...

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5 Things You Can’t Skimp On In Your New Restaurant...

Dec 24, 2013 by

While there are many factors that are important in the success of any restaurant, five factors are essential. Not only do these guidelines assure success, failure to meet any one of them may be fatal to your fledgling enterprise.   Customer Service Prompt, friendly interaction with customers establishes the foundation of an enjoyable experience for your customers. Train staff to remember “ABC” in any situation: Always Be Courteous. Regard problems as a challenge to meet, not as a disruption to routine. Take complaints seriously, and address problems as soon as they are discovered.   Kitchen Staff One of the most disruptive conditions in the restaurant business is high turnover among kitchen staff. There is a learning curve in both preparation, and presentation of your menu items. Hire good people; train them well; let them...

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Top Ten American Comfort Foods....

Dec 22, 2013 by

Waffles.  (without the chicken, PLEASE.) Donuts.  (I’ll take a dozen – hold the saliva.) Cream of Wheat.  (Stir in some Nutella for a taste bud orgasm!) Fried chicken.  (as long as someone else does the frying.) Mashed potatoes.  (the day there is enough gravy for ‘em is the day I know I’ve died and gone to heaven.) Green bean casserole.  (the only thing canned mushroom soup is good for, outside of cleaning grout.) Meatball sandwich.  (if it don’t drip, it’s a rip!) Grilled cheese sandwich.  (with tomato soup, natch.) Matzo ball soup.  (You were thinking we wouldn’t remember, maybe?) 10. Mac and Cheese.  (out of a box – we ain’t on Iron Chef,...

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3 Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories About Coffee...

Dec 20, 2013 by

With such a colourful past you’d expect there to be a few cover ups or crazy conspiracy theories based on coffee, its powers and its origins and you wouldn’t be far wrong. From being classed as magical to being the drink of the devil coffee has had some serious public relations battles to fight through, so I’m here to share with you the three craziest conspiracy theories I have come across involving coffee, if you have any others don’t hesitate to let us know. The Origins Theory: Coffee was actually discovered in the US To understand the origin of coffee you first have to know about the tale of Kaldi and his dancing goats – He was a young goat herder that lived in the middle east, the country varies depending upon the teller,...

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Don’t Think Of It As The "Garfunkel" Of Bubbly...

Dec 19, 2013 by

It’s party season! Yes, it’s that time of year when the sound of a cork popping is almost as common as that of a car horn honking. Yet it still holds that thrill. There should be a word for that moment when everyone holds their breath just before the cork disengages (“uncorkipation” maybe?) At least one person in the room will clap when they hear it come out. Someone will let out a “woo-hoooo!” It’s never not fun to open a bottle of something bubbly. Heck, it’s still fun even if the cork accidentally shoots off and breaks something valuable. Champagne is wonderful, but there is a world of sparkling wine (never confuse the two unless it comes directly from the Champagne region of France. Champagne is Champagne, otherwise, it’s sparkling wine) far beyond...

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6 Fun Ways To Make Homemade Food That Will Benefit Your Health...

Dec 18, 2013 by

If you are tired of going to the grocery store and buying processed foods that aren’t good for you, you are not alone. Food should be nourishing, and still taste good. You will see the benefits when you put sincere effort and energy into preparing foods that are healthy for the whole family. Here we’ll discuss six ways to focus your efforts on homemade food that can actually be fun to make, not to mention the superb nutritional value found in all of of these ideas:   Raise organic, backyard chickens for fresh eggs   Chickens make wonderful, delightful and low maintenance pets once you have the right supplies. The egg is considered nature’s perfect food because it contains a completely balanced set of essential vitamins and nutrients. Serve sunny side up on a...

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City Survival: A Guide To Urban Foraging...

Dec 17, 2013 by

Harvesting edible plants and fruits is no crime when you’re in the wilderness, but what about the urban jungle? A recent sustainability trend called “urban foraging” seems like it’s here to stay. Participants comb their cities in search for edible plants and fruits that others seem to walk right past and fill their tables with natural foods while reducing their carbon footprint. How Do I Start? The only thing that you need to equip yourself with (besides a container for collecting food) is knowledge. How does one go about collecting such knowledge? Your most valuable information is going to come from mostly local sources. A website about central Texas plant identification won’t help you if you’re in the pacific northwest.  A quick Google search of “(your city name) foraging” is sure to yield some...

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Why More Establishments Require A Food Safety Supervisor...

Dec 17, 2013 by

Millions of people a year are affected by food-borne illnesses and the majority of these illnesses can easily be traced back to food from restaurants, delis, banquet halls, and schools. The Major Causes of Food-Illnesses The four major causes of these food-borne illnesses are as follows; the storage and preparation of ground beef, chicken, and leafy greens, and the hygiene practises of food workers. Many restaurants and foot outlets are pushing their workers to pass a Food Safety Supervisor course authorized by the NSW Food Authority in order to help ensure that hygiene and food preparation procedures are in place at their establishment. Food safety encompasses a wide range of tasks to ultimately avoid cross-contamination which means designating different cutting boards for raw poultry, utilizing meat thermometers, having employees not come to work when...

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5 Tips For Drinking Whiskey

Dec 16, 2013 by

One of the best alcoholic drinks in the world is whiskey. It is such a lovely drink that comes in many flavours from more smoky taste to a light fruity taste. There really is something for everyone to enjoy. There is an art to drinking whiskey and here are five tips that can help you impress your friends next time. 1. Open Your Senses Whiskeys have very full flavour and it is a good idea to have your taste sensors opened up before you get to drink it. There are many different ways of preparing your senses for whiskey but eating certain foods is usually the easiest way. Things like almonds, vanilla or cinnamon pods can be very good at preparing your senses for the experience. Dried foods like apricots could also be a...

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Top 5 Irresistible Bangkok Foods For Iron Stomachs...

Dec 16, 2013 by

Just when you think you’ve conquered a plate filled with scorching hot chilies, there are other dishes which stand in your way of complete food domination. Thai food in particular contains a wide range of delicacies which many are unheard of because it never leaves the country. The dishes that are presented in this article are dishes that challenge iron stomachs. Not only for their visual appearances but for taste and smell as well. If you’re looking for a Thai dish challenge, this is a great way to learn about your opponents and how to tackle them effectively! Phad Sataw (Stir Fried Stinky Beans) I know, the name doesn’t even sound remotely appealing. However, this one of the dishes which is delicious, according to south Thailand people (for example, my dad). Sataw, or stinky...

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Dec 15, 2013 by

The Second Annual Minnesota Food Truck Fair is coming up in a few months.  I can get gassy at the chassis of such vehicles as the Gastrotruck, or order something called a Bangkok burrito at the World Street Kitchen truck. The variety, and mobility, of today’s comestibles causes me to shake my head and wait for the inevitable harp glissando, signaling the start of a nostalgic reminiscence … The Scandinavian neighborhood where I grew up in southeast Minneapolis, during the years when Clellan Card gave us “Axel’s Tree House” and Charlie Stenvig reinvented the Keystone Kops, was not a happenin’ place when it came to food and drink. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt was used only on syttende mai, and if you really wanted to push the envelope, you put a slice of onion on your hamburger. Otherwise,...

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Joom and Sushi

Dec 15, 2013 by

In 2008 I moved to Thailand. I found that all the upscale restaurants featured sushi, usually as a buffet.  Help yourself to all you could eat, was the motto; and the farang (foreigner) tourists did just that – gobbling it up like potato chips and onion dip back home in Texarkana.  Whether it was uni wrapped in nori or futomaki with squid, they slathered it with wasabi and sent it down the hatch. Eating in excess is part of the tourist experience in Thailand.  And never a bottle of Pepto Bismol to be found! I noticed that the Thais, though, didn’t eat sushi.  This puzzled me, as they are great lovers of seafood, and will grill just about anything they catch from the ocean – including old boots and waterlogged coconuts. When I became...

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10 Surprising (Yet Delicious) Uses Of Bacon...

Dec 14, 2013 by

Bacon needs no introduction. This crispy, decadent pork food acts as a delicious addition to many meals and dishes. Everyone knows that bacon makes a tasty add-on to a hearty breakfast. Many people also know that it tastes great on sandwiches such as a B.L.T. or a turkey club. There are, however, many other ways to incorporate bacon into your dishes. Here is a look at 10 surprising yet delicious uses of bacon. Maple Bacon Donuts Bacon donuts… I know what you’re probably thinking. Gross, right? Wrong. Bacon donuts are actually really delicious. Many bakers are combining the rich taste of maple with the mouth-watering flavor of bacon and creating a donut that is unexpectedly delicious. Chocolate Covered Bacon Here is another bacon treat that sounds odd, but in reality, it is really quite...

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Discover The Origins Of America’s Comfort Foods...

Dec 13, 2013 by

One incontrovertible fact about the United States is this: they know how to do comfort food over there. Nostalgic dishes that remind you of good times every time you tuck into them. Even as I write this, my mouth is watering and my stomach is grumbling, and I’m planning what to eat the next time I visit the States. Some of these dishes, such as apple pie or mac and cheese, are prepared and consumed all over the country in different styles, but they’re unmistakably true to the original. Here I have compiled short list of some of Americas greatest comfort foods and where in my opinion is the best place to sample them. I’d be interested to hear yours. Key Lime Pie The official pie of Florida since 2006, this dish is thought...

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At Home And On The Road: The Top Tier Of Turkish Foods...

Dec 13, 2013 by

Think beyond that bar of Turkish delight you had at your grandma’s – Turkish cuisine is about much more than chocolate – even if that’s a highlight for some. Laced with a wide array of exotic spices and paired with flaky pastry and a variety of meats, it’s impossible to classify Turkish foods as just one type of cuisine. Rather, Turkey offers a variety of choices from a number of European and Asian influences, meaning you get the best of a number of worlds whether you’re touring Turkey for the best bites – or you’re at home, dreaming of your next trip. Types of Food Whether you have a sweet tooth or you’re more of a meat eater, a number of dishes are available to tempt your palette when eating traditional Turkish foods. Take...

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8 Of Brazil’s Best Drinks...

Dec 12, 2013 by

8 of Brazil’s Best Drinks So everyone knows about caipirinhas, Brazil’s godly cocktail. What many people don’t know though is that there are numerous other amazing drinks being made in Brazil. So if you find yourself in Brazil soon for either the World Cup, the Olympics or just a nice holiday at the beach, or at your favorite local churrascaria, growing a bit tired of drinking caipirinhas, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Below are some of the best drinks to come out of Brazil. Just be careful not to try all of them in one night. And don’t worry, we’ve also included some non-alcoholic drinks. Cachaça Pura For people who don’t like messing with great liquor by mixing it with sugar and fruit, you can drink Brazil’s favorite sugar cane liquor neat. There...

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Changing Diet Trends: How to Satisfy Hunger and Also Stay Healthy...

Dec 11, 2013 by

We live in a busy world where we struggle every day to earn money. Some run to office skipping breakfast whereas others skip lunch and even dinner at times. You may feel good for a short while, but in the long run you are sure to put yourselves in trouble. Skipping breakfast is the first thing you must avoid as having breakfast is very essential for health. There are people who skip breakfast and have snacks and other junk food items in between at irregular intervals. If they continue this lifestyle, they will end up becoming obese. Following a healthy diet and taking proper rest at night are two important things that you must not forget. Here are some diet trends that you can follow to stay healthy. Choose Green Eating natural and organic...

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5 Traditional Australian Snack Foods To Try...

Dec 11, 2013 by

Whether you’re a native Australian or a traveler just looking to experience the different foods the world has to offer, there are 5 snack foods that are a must for any traditional Australian food experience. Like any culture, there are favorites the nation is famous for, some which may be expected and others that come as a complete surprise. Give your taste buds a whirl by trying some of these native Australian foods or re-introducing yourself to them. 1) Vegemite One of the most well-known native Australian delights is Vegemite; but what is it exactly? Vegemite is a spread that is made from some of the leftover ingredients after brewing beer. This means it contains dormant yeast, boiled-down vegetable stock, and a good amount of salt. While it is considered an acquired taste, it...

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Two Great Brazilian Eating Experiences To Try If You Are Going To The World Cup...

Dec 11, 2013 by

Two Great Brazilian Eating Experiences to Try if You Are Going to the World Cup If you, like many people around the world will, are traveling to Brazil for the World Cup, you aren’t just in for a great spectacle of amazing soccer, but will also be able to enjoy Brazilian culture and cuisine. Because you can only consume three or four meals per day (maybe five or six, if you really want to try everything), we’ve listed two of the best eating experiences that Brazil has to offer in this article. Eating Açai You’ve probably heard of the açai berry, a superfood that is loaded with antioxidants, and has become quite popular in the U.S. among health enthusiasts since it’s been mentioned on the Oprah Winfrey show a few years back. Frozen açai...

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