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I Have a New Favorite Drink

I am not really much of a drinker, but I do enjoy having a couple of glasses of wine when a group of us go camping every summer. My husband and I along with anywhere from four to ten others rent a lodge each summer for six days. We just reconnect with one another and forget about the chaos of the other 359 days of the year. This last summer, it was so relaxing, but one thing did change for me. It was my first time to try a drink made with Bloody Mary seasoning that my best friend had brought with her.

I honestly did not think that I would like it at all, because I am not one to try drinks like that. I usually just sip on wine and let the others try the harder stuff. Continue reading

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Tomohon Market: Indonesia’s Most Macabre Meat Market


Shocking: Brad tries the chef’s special at the Tomohon market, the most macabre meat market in Indonesia, but even he did not expect to see this on his plate.

Note: This article contains foods of Indonesia that are not common in the Western World. If you are offended by other cultures, are strictly vegetarian, or simply want to remain blissfully unaware of where meat comes from, this article is not for you.

In Search of Bizarre Foods

Tomohon Traditional Meat Market, Sulawesi-
My mission to debunk perhaps the most notorious travel myth, live monkey brains, has brought me through 8 Indonesian islands to one of the most remote places on earth. I had been through dirty back-alley markets serving some of the strangest animals and dishes I’ve ever seen to find the epicenter of bizarre foods. I was excited but what I was about to see was shocking beyond belief.

It is here in Tomohon, Sulawesi where the local Minhasan people are said to eat anything with four legs but the tables and chairs. This might be the only

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Durian : everything you need to know about Southeast Asia’s ‘King of Fruits

In Southeast Asia, you don’t need to go looking for durian. The powerful odour of this boulder-like fruit will find you. Many travellers lose their appetite when the boisterously ripe whiff of durian stings their nostrils. But hold your nose: sampling the iconic ‘King of Fruits’ is a rite of passage and allows you to tap into intriguing aspects of Asian food cultures.

After all, it’s not just the nutritious qualities of durian that make them so highly prized. The fruit’s significance is also reflected in idiom: in Indonesia, unexpected windfalls are compared to ripe durian toppling from a tree. Selecting and eating durian is part science, part art-form, and marvellously sociable. Here’s everything you need to know about this most notorious of Asian delicacies.

Meet the durian

The durian’s distinctive smell is reflected by an equally odd appearance. Durian are spiky green cannonballs; their barbs, duri in Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia, give the fruit its name. The largest weigh up to 3kg, as heavy as a bowling ball. And for many, a bowling ball sounds altogether easier to digest than this polarising fruit, often described

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Health + Nutrition

Most people have an opinion about what healthy eating means. At Dairy Council of California, we believe that healthy eating is taking a positive approach to food while eating a variety of foods from each of the MyPlate food groups. This means that we concentrate on the nutrients and healthfulness that foods bring without following the latest fads. Our recommendations stem from science – research that has been conducted over decades to show us the most beneficial way to build a diet.

5 Reasons to Eat a Protein-Packed Breakfast

Eating breakfast isn’t just for kids. Although you’ve probably stopped growing, your body is constantly renewing itself, replenishing your skin, hair and nails, replacing old tissues with new, breaking down and rebuilding bone and generally keeping your body in the best shape possible.

How does your body do it? With the nutrients food delivers. Breakfast is especially important because after a long night’s sleep, the body is low on energy, protein, vitamins and minerals.

So that’s one really good reason to eat breakfast. How about five more?

1. Breakfast-skipping is linked with being overweight

Although a direct


Picture this, you have a big client from a major company in town, you are really trying to sweep him off his feet. Lunch time rolls around, or possibly it’s a breakfast and you roll out the stale triangle sandwich platter, vol-au-vent, finger buffet and canapés. Ouch. This is just awkward, and they look out the window and saw more than a handful of great cafeterias on the same street with your office and you just served those sandwiches.


Were you faced with similar embarrassment?

Are you hitting your head harder to have a reliable office lunch delivery food vendor?

But hye! Do not allow your enthusiasm to ruin your corporate events; hire the services of a catering company in your own offices, simply and at an affordable rate that doesn’t break the bank.

StandbyChef – is the only independent and trusted business catering company for London. As a specialist in the game, we have built many years of sound customer satisfaction, and some of the reasons why we are the top company that offers

Hog Roasts- Should You Use Locally Sourced Pig?

How To Carve a Spitting Pig

If you are trying to have a hog roast at your wedding or even at your event then you will know that a lot of the flavour from the hog comes down to the pig you use. For this reason, you need to make sure that you use locally sourced pig. The main reason for this is because when you use pig that is sourced from a local farm, there is a high chance that the farmer will have put a lot of great care into how the pig was raised and how it was fed on a day to day basis. If you source a pig that comes from another area then you can’t guarantee this and you have no way of researching whoever you are buying it from.

So as you can see, you should always choose a locally sourced hog when you are having a hog roast and you also need to make sure that the hog you choose is

How Long Will Your Spitting Pig Take To Roast?

How Long Will Your Spitting Pig Take To Roast

Spitting pigs are great for just about any purpose and they are great for any event as well so you can easily understand how beneficial they can be to your event. A lot of people worry about having a spitting pig Warwickshire because they don’t want to have to rent all of the equipment and they don’t want to have to cook it all by themselves either. The main benefit of hiring a spitting pig provider is that they can work with you to make sure that you get your pig cooked on time and they can also help you by cooking the pig for you as well. This is one of the main benefits you get when you hire their team and you would be surprised at how much assistance they can be when it comes to the planning as well.

So how long does a spitting pig take to roast? Your average spitting pig will

The Great Chinese Culinary Tradition in the UK

In China, food has traditionally been separated into eight great culinary traditions. These traditions are typically divided by the area in which they developed. For example, Szechuan cuisine is defined above all by the Szechuan pepper; this pepper only grows in that region of China. Because it was so difficult to transport food and goods across a country as vast as China, the culinary traditions developed very distinct personalities apart from each other. There are obviously ties that bind them, but Cantonese cuisine and Mandarin cuisine are quite distinct. However, that began to change in the 20th century. Technology allowed cooks from all over the country to interact with each other. They began to combine their ingredients and processes to create a more unified Chinese cuisine. Paradoxically, that cuisine is most unified outside of China, in the UK and the US.

The Chinese Tradition in the UK

The blending of Chinese cuisines really took off in the UK. As Chinese food grew in popularity in the 1960s, many immigrants began to combine all the different styles they knew. They were also forced to make serious adjustments to their food because of the available ingredients, as well

Meet the Man Who Led From the Front in Restaurant Business

People who envision great success in their venture only gets success. Therefore, one should understand that if you are going to start a venture, first you have to envision how to go ahead, backed up with loads of confidence. Bob Sambol is a man who has successfully established the most famous restaurant. He is a man of his principles and rules as he believes that the more organized you are the better decisions you can make in the market. Decision making ability is the most important feature of any successful entrepreneur.

Learn what factors impact decision

Indeed, he is a successful owner of a restaurant which is quite famous but he has not stopped at all rather planning to expand his business by opening new branches and new restaurants with different cuisine and restaurants concepts. He understands how important it is to stay competitive in the market. The most important aspect is that he also teaches some important entrepreneurship lessons to the aspiring entrepreneurs especially to those who want to open restaurants. He will surely teach the important factors that impact on the decisions – Macro and Micro environment. Bob Sambol asserts that the factors that are out of your control

The 30 Australian food adventures you must have

  1. 1. Cooking by the lake

    Proving that if you build it they will come, hospo veteran Alla Wolf-Tasker has added a cooking school to her lakeside restaurant, hotel and spa. The Lake House all-day masterclasses ($240 a head) attract leading chefs from around the country. The next, on May 3, features Andrew McConnell (Melbourne’s Supernormal, et al), Daniel Wilson (Huxtable, Melbourne) and Colin Fassnidge (Four in Hand, Sydney). She also runs hands-on classes with the restaurant’s chefs and producer demonstrations. Roslyn Grundy

    2. Bespoke gin

    Step one: nominate a designated driver. Step two: prime your tastebuds. The intimate gin masterclasses, held in the barrel room at Mornington Peninsula distillery Bass and Flinders, are an immersive experience. Participants learn a little about the gin-making process before mixing, matching and yes, sampling up to 16 botanicals, including hibiscus rosella, dill and coriander, to make their own blend. The $120 cost includes a bottle of custom-made gin, posted home a few weeks later. RG 

    3. Blue Ducks season

    This is one hot-off-the-press food travel opening. The long-awaited Byron Bay farm project from Sydney’s Three Blue Ducks team kciked off just 10 days ago with

Food and diet

Sugar and our health

From the age of 11 we should have no more than 30g of added sugars (about 7 sugar cubes) in our diet every day. Find out why.

How to cut down on sugar in your diet

Practical tips to help you reduce the amount of sugar you eat throughout the day.

Water, drinks and your health

Find out how much you need to drink and how to choose healthier soft drinks.

The eatwell plate

If you want to get the balance of your diet right, use the eatwell plate. It shows you how much you should eat from each food group.

Eating a balanced diet

A healthy diet contains food from the four major food groups to give us the energy and nutrients we need.

Eight tips for healthy eating

Start eating well with these eight tips for a healthy diet.

Smoothies and fruit juices are a new risk to health, US scientists warn

Scientists say potential damage from naturally occurring fructose in apparently healthy drinks is being overlooked


Fruit juices and smoothies represent a new risk to our health because of the amount of sugar the apparently healthy drinks contain, warn the US scientists who blew the whistle on corn syrup in soft drinks a decade ago.

Barry Popkin and George Bray pointed the finger at high fructose corn syrup in soft drinks in 2004, causing a huge headache for the big manufacturers, including Coca-Cola and Pepsi.

“Smoothies and fruit juice are the new danger,” said Popkin, a distinguished professor at the department of nutrition at the University of North Carolina, in an interview with the Guardian.

He added: “It’s kind of the next step in the evolution of the battle. And it’s a really big part of it because in every country they’ve been replacing soft drinks with fruit juice and smoothies as the new healthy beverage. So you will find that Coke and Pepsi have bought dozens [of fruit juice companies] around the globe.”

10 Tips for Starting a Home-Based Food Business

Are you ready to turn your culinary hobby into a full-fledged business? Check out these tips to help you get started

If you have gotten countless compliments on your cupcakes or find yourself with requests from your friends to be their personal chef for special occasions, a home-based food business might be a great way to earn extra money while doing something you enjoy. But even though frosting cakes or bottling your homemade barbecue sauce may seem more fun than work, a home-based food business is still a business. As with any business, you need to plan and research before picking up your mixer or designing labels for your salad dressing.

Here are 10 things you should know before opening a home-based food business:

1. Learn the regulations and requirements for your state and county. Your first step is to determine the rules for a home-based food business in your area. Some states, such as California, have a law that allows home-based food businesses meeting certain criteria to bypass being certified as a commercial kitchen.

“There are state and local requirements for running a business out of the home, especially if it is a

Cake Decorating: History, Overview and Techniques

Have Your Cake and Decorate It, Too!

Though cake decorating can be traced back to Europe in the 17th century, it wasn’t until the mid-1800s when the art truly took form. Baking was facilitated by the introduction of the temperature-controlled oven, further promoting dessert presentations, and therefore, popularizing their ornamentation. Decorated cakes became prominent at important banquets and celebrations, a tradition that continues to hold true today. Yet the vast number of tools and techniques that have since developed have grown tremendously to define our current notion of cake decorating.

With the abundance of cake decorating shows on television, such as Cake Boss and Ace of Cakes, along with the plethora of easily accessible books and online content on the subject, the industry has experienced continued growth in popularity. No longer limited to professional bakers, these various venues allow for the introduction, education and expansion to a much wider audience of hobby and amateur cake decorators. More and more, DIY (Do-It-Yourself) and baking enthusiasts now have the opportunity to have their cake and decorate it, too!

The tools required for successful cake decorating have also become more readily available to the public. Brands, such as

What Are the Benefits of Fruits & Vegetables for Kids?

Fruits and vegetables improve children’s nutrition, help prevent obesity and may boost school performance.

Fruits and vegetables benefit kids in many ways, including improved nutrition, decreased obesity risk and better school performance, but most children don’t get the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Only 22 percent of toddlers and preschoolers and only 16 percent of kids ages 6 to 11 meet the government’s recommendation, according to Ohio State research. One-half of children’s mealtime plates should be filled with fruits and vegetables in order to reap the benefits.

Improved Nutrition

Children’s growing bodies require good nutrition, and fruits and vegetables contain a multitude of vitamins, minerals and other healthy compounds. Citrus fruits and strawberries are rich in immune system-boosting vitamin C, carrots are loaded with eye-healthy vitamin A and spinach is a good source of iron, a mineral that helps prevent anemia. According to DrGreene.com, apples contain 16 different polyphenols, which are antioxidants with health-promoting properties. Eating fruits and vegetables in a rainbow of colors will provide a wide range of nutrients that help keep kids healthy.

Decreased Obesity

Choosing Healthy Fruits and Vegetables

Once you start to add fruits and vegetables to your healthy eating plan, you’ll want to keep eating them. Learn what to look for when choosing produce as part of a healthy diet.

It probably doesn’t surprise you that most Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. The American Dietary Guidelines suggest that each person eat four and a half cups, or nine servings, of fruits or vegetables each day. Many people find this difficult to manage, but with a little creativity and the right information, it’s as easy as (apple) pie!

Healthy Eating: Why You Need Produce

What can a diet rich in produce do for you? Besides being a delicious part of your meals, fruits and vegetables have amazing health benefits. People who eat a variety of fruits and vegetables generally have a lower incidence of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and certain types of cancer.

Fruits and vegetables offer a spectacular variety of flavor, texture, and nutrition that is just waiting to be taken advantage of. Here are some tips to help you maximize the health benefits of eating produce:

  • Choose a produce rainbow. Richly colored fruits

8 Epic Eating Contests In American History

As America enters the holiday season, chowing down at a crowded table can become a competitive experience. What was once confined to friendly wagers has blossomed into a full-blown industry.

Major League Eating, a U.S.-based group that oversees professional contests around the world, is preparing for a turkey-eating contest in Connecticut this month — a sold-out event with a $10,000 purse — and a shrimp cocktail-eating championship in Indiana in December, which is also sold out. EatFeats maintains an extensive database of eating competitions, along with news and a calendar.

“The overall popularity of eating contests really reigns supreme in the United States,” says competitive eater Meredith Boxberger, a Canadian who finished fifth in the women’s division — downing 18 hot dogs in 10 minutes — at Nathan’s annual hot dog-eating contest on Coney Island last July 4. (In this video, you can watch Meredith become the first woman to eat a 7-pound Kookamonga hamburger in Memphis, Tenn.)

Putting The Eat In Defeat

Setting aside the tragic fact that many people do not have enough food, eating contests are as American as, well, as apple pie.

In fact, the Chicago Daily Tribune reported

What Happens Inside Your Stomach When You Eat Instant Noodles?

By Dr. Mercola

Instant noodles are a popular go-to lunch or dinner for those who are strapped for time (or cash), like college students. While you probably don’t consider them a health food, you may think they’re not that bad, or, at least, not as bad as eating a burger and fries or a fast-food burrito.

In a first-of-its-kind experiment, however, Dr. Braden Kuo of Massachusetts General Hospital may make you reconsider your love of instant noodles (assuming you have one).

He used a pill-sized camera to see what happens inside your stomach and digestive tract after you eat ramen noodles, one common type of instant noodles. The results were astonishing…

Ramen Noodles Don’t Break Down After Hours of Digestion

In the video above, you can see ramen noodles inside a stomach. Even after two hours, they are remarkably intact, much more so than the homemade ramen noodles, which were used as a comparison. This is concerning for a number of reasons.

For starters, it could be putting a strain on your digestive system, which is forced to work for hours to break down this highly processed food (ironically, most processed food

In Defense of Pizza

In light of childhood obesity awareness, more and more foods get blamed for the problem and recommendations to remove these “bad” foods from our diets are presented as the solution. Pizza is often presented as a food to eliminate for health reasons. I don’t know how you feel about this, but I will fight to the end to defend my family’s right to enjoy pizza because I know that it’s not breaking our commitment to healthy eating.

Here’s my defense…

  • I credit pizza, and my parent’s willingness to expose me to a variety of foods, for promoting the versatile palate I have today. As a child, my father and I would enjoy a mushroom, olive and anchovy (yes, I said anchovy) pizza together. I never even knew anchovies were unusual until I went to my first childhood party and asked, “Can I have a side of anchovies and red pepper flakes, please?” It wasn’t until I studied nutrition in college that I realized the many nutrients that this pizza provided, such as calcium, protein, carbohydrates, B-vitamins and omega-3s, just to name a few.
  • Pizza, if prepared correctly, can include all of the food groups. How many foods out there can do that? The crust is made

About Portuguese food

Fire and passion are the hallmarks of Portuguese cuisine. It’s all about cooking over hot coals and branding food with white-hot irons. It is an earthy peasant style of food centered on quite simple dishes, using few ingredients but with strong flavours, as seen in the now-famous Portuguese charcoal chicken.

Portuguese cuisine is born from the earth. It is hearty peasant fare full of strong flavours, many charting the culinary history of the country. For instance, the famous dried salt cod or bacalhau changed the course of Portuguese history. When it was discovered that the beautiful white fish caught in the cold Scandinavian waters could be dried and kept for long periods, sailors were able to go on long voyages of discovery to new lands, which then opened up trade routes. So loved is bacalhau now that there are recipe books entirely devoted to it, with a range of recipes from around the country.

Paprika, bay leaves, garlic and wine feature largely in many dishes, olive oil is adored and used to cook both cook food and finish off dishes. Pork is a favourite meat and is used in the famous chourico sausage, which is smoked over wood

The 10 tastiest insects and bugs in Mexico

Once you get over the ew of eating spicy grasshoppers or a creamy winged-ant salsa, you’ll find some high-protein cuisine that is organic and definitely tasty. Really. For centuries it wasn’t meat that sustained Aztec warriors but protein-rich, fat-free stink bugs, mescal worms and fly eggs. Mexico has the world’s highest number of edible insects and many of them aren’t all that odd when you sit them alongside caviar, prawns and escargot. Here are the most common edible bugs in Mexico and where to sample them.

Gusanos (maguey worms)

This is the ultimate gateway bug. It’s found in alcohol, and we know that drunk people will eat almost anything and call it dinner. Especially when gusanos taste a little like French fries or umami (that moreish Japanese ‘fifth taste’).

The grubs lie at the bottom of mescal bottles, as though in science-lab pickling jars from another century. Mescal is made from the maguey plant, and gusanos are grubs that feed on the aloe-vera-like leaves. They’re added to the mescal bottles as a gold (sometimes red) seal of authenticity; to get just a few gusanos, the maguey plant has to

Extreme cuisine: top 10 ‘exotic’ tastes

Part of travel is coming up against local foods that might raise your eyebrows. Here we take a global trip to those ‘wha?!’ plates, but remember, as author Eddie Lin of Lonely Planet’s Extreme Cuisine says, ‘The only difference between ‘tasty’ food and ‘nasty’ food is one letter.’

Witchetty grub: Australia

These chubby grubs have been a vital staple food for indigenous Australians for thousands of years. They grow to be about 7cm long and you can find them across central Australia in the root of the witchetty bush or gum tree, where they gorge on sap before metamorphosing into a moth – assuming you haven’t eaten it first.  So what does it taste like? Imagine biting into a small water balloon. The juices spread around your mouth like a swig of red wine, but the flavour is the essence of egg…or is it chicken?

Testicle: Afghanistan

Edible testicles come in all sizes – bull testicles (also called Rocky Mountain oysters) are larger, rooster testicles (‘rooster fries’) are smaller. The Chinese like rooster fries in a hot pot, Afghans skewer sheep fries and grill them as kebabs, and there’s a whole