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On Your Coastal Vacation, Enjoy Fresh Seafood At Area Restaurants

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

When you go on vacation to a beautiful mountainous area situated on a coastline, you have a splendid opportunity to enjoy fresh seafood and other local fare at area dining establishments. Just because you like to focus on eating healthy meals doesn’t mean you have to forego hearty lunches and dinners. Discover restaurants that use healthy cooking techniques and an abundance of fresh food, and make your dining experiences a wonderful and memorable part of your trip. Salads Many restaurants feature numerous salads on the menu, some of which are substantial enough to make an entire meal. A salad containing mixed fresh greens and other fresh vegetables, cheese, nuts and fruit is an example. A Greek salad with fresh veggies, olives and feta cheese is another. Consider adding fresh shrimp or grilled tuna to your plate for a seafood salad. Of course, you can always have a smaller side salad and eat it before your main course. Sandwiches You might never have tried a buffalo burger or a fresh salmon burger before. When you find a restaurant with both those choices on the menu, you may want to go back a second time to sample the one you didn’t order the first time. Buffalo is one of the leanest meats around, making it a healthy alternative to beef and pork. Heart-healthy salmon is rich in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. Dinners If you’re ready for a relaxing, enjoyable evening with a glass of beer or wine and a fresh seafood dinner, head to a dining establishment featuring all these items. The menu is likely to include the ever-popular grilled or broiled salmon, as well as other fish specialties, such as locally caught snapper cooked in a gourmet style. There may be a fresh seafood pasta dinner on the menu, such as linguine with a tomato-basil cream sauce blended with fish and shrimp.  If the menu has a bit of a Mediterranean flair, you can guess there may be some pizza listed there. You’ve no doubt seen shrimp on pizza menus many times before and may have even tried some. Usually the chefs add small salad shrimp. At a coastal restaurant characterized by fresh seafood offerings, however, your pizza will likely be topped with good-sized hand-peeled shrimp.  Future Nostalgia You’ll always remember this vacation for the beautiful scenery and the amazing food you ate there. Perhaps one day you’ll go back and relive those memories — or maybe try some completely different menu items for a new adventure. To enjoy healthy and hearty food, go to a restaurant like Riptide Marine Pub Grill &...

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What To Order When Visiting A Soul Food Restaurant

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Blog, Food & Cooking | 0 comments

Soul food is a Southern US cuisine that is not very prevalent in Canada, yet there are a few restaurants that specialize in it. Since this is a culinary world that is not widely explored by most Canadians, it can be confusing when visiting this type of restaurant for the first time. Here are several soul food dishes that you should consider ordering during your first visit. Fried Chicken This is a dish that is prepared at restaurants all over the world, and each culture has given it their own unique spin. Even so, none of them can compare to what is offered at soul food restaurants. While most people season chicken, flour it, and cook it in hot oil, soul food restaurants tend to add an additional step. The chicken is soaked in buttermilk for several hours before frying. This tenderizes the chicken and gives the coating a crispy crunch that cannot be matched. Collard Greens When many people think of green, leafy vegetables, spinach is the first that comes to mind. There is nothing wrong with that, but collard greens definitely should not be overlooked. Every restaurant prepares them differently, but common ingredients added to the pot include vinegar, ham hocks, salt, hot peppers, and sugar. If you are seeking an authentic soul food meal, you must order this dish. Hush Puppies You have most likely heard of cornbread before, but did you know that some people out there fry it? Hush puppies are a soul food staple and you should definitely pick some up if you see them on the menu. Many hush puppies consist of plain cornmeal batter dropped in hot oil, but there are variations. Corn kernels, scallions, hot peppers and garlic are just a few items that some people stir into the mix. Sweet Potato Pie If there is enough room in your stomach after eating your meal and you want to have dessert, you would be remiss if you didn’t order a slice of sweet potato pie. While it may look visually similar to pumpkin pie, the taste is very different. The filling consists of sweet potatoes that have been mashed and combined with some combination of nutmeg, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, and butter. It is a very sweet and filling way to end a meal. As was mentioned earlier, there are not many soul food restaurants in Canada. This means that you should definitely enter if you come across one and you are looking for a new and exciting taste sensation. While there may be a myriad of items on the menu, you cannot go wrong if you order any of the items above. Don’t be afraid to try new restaurants, such as Alfa Greco Roman...

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The Many Benefits Of Dairy Delivery

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Blog, Food & Cooking | 0 comments

Most people have gone through the unpleasant realization that they are out of milk. This can be quite frustrating if you’ve been looking forward to a glass of milk before bed or if you have a child hungry for a bowl of breakfast cereal. Having your milk delivered is one way to overcome this obstacle because you can order as much as your family needs. In addition to the convenience of always having milk on hand, there are other benefits to having your milk dropped off at your doorstep rather than purchasing it from a supermarket. The Products are Fresh The milk you get from a delivery service is as fresh as it gets aside from actually living on a farm. Usually, customers receive their milk less than 48 hours after the farmers have milked it from their cows. This just can’t happen at the supermarket because the milk must be bottled and shipped before it even hits store shelves. The same goes for other products many dairy farms offer, such as cheese and eggs. Dairy farms also bottle their milk in glass, which helps retain the taste when compared to milk that’s languished in plastic cartons for several days before being purchased. The Milk Doesn’t Contain Hormones and Is Often More Nutritious Most dairy farms don’t use growth hormones, such as recombinant bovine somatotropin or rBST. Many consumers are concerned about exposing their families to synthetic hormones, which always have the potential to cause negative health side effects. Choosing milk that doesn’t contain rBST also makes a statement that you care about cows. Cows given the hormone often develop udder infections, and choosing a milk delivery service is one way to do your part to protect animals. Local dairy farms can also use flash pasteurization, which kills any potential germs or bacteria, but also helps retain more of the nutrients naturally present in milk. Milk Delivery is Eco-Friendly Having your milk dropped at your doorstep is a small step that makes a big difference to the fragile planet. By choosing to get your milk from a local dairy farm, you’re helping cut down on the number of miles larger milk corporations drive and the number of gallons of gas they use to get milk onto store shelves. You also rinse out and return the glass bottles the milk is delivered in when you’re done drinking the milk. The bottles are then sanitized and reused. This cuts down on how many plastic bottles big dairy farms must use, as well as the number of resources necessary to recycle the milk bottles into new products. You Support Small Businesses Paying a local dairy farm to bring you fresh milk and other dairy foods gives money back to your community. By supporting local businesses, you’re funneling your money directly back into the city or town where you live. You’re also supporting farmers who often struggle to make ends meet when so many people rely on foods from supermarkets that have been shipped from all over the world. For more information, contact Mr. Dairy and Food Distributing Ltd. or a similar...

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Four Delicious Things You Can Do With Leftover Pizza

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Blog, Food & Cooking | 0 comments

Did you order pizza delivery last night for dinner? If so, make sure you save the leftovers. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of eating cold leftover pizza for breakfast, there are several ways you can turn last night’s dinner into something delicious. Make Pizza Waffles If you can’t stomach cold pizza, heat it up. But, don’t heat your leftover pizza in the microwave—unless you like the taste of rubbery bread and cheese. Instead, use your waffle iron to make pizza-filled waffles. Place all of the pizza toppings in the top, left corner of the pizza slice. Fold the tip of the slice up to cover the toppings. The tip of your pizza slice should meet your top, left corner of your pizza. Cut off the excess crust—the right, top corner. (Don’t throw it out. You can use it to make breadcrumbs for another recipe.) Place the folded pizza into the waffle iron—there’s room for two pieces if you’d like more than one. Close the lid and turn the waffle iron on. Heat until you can open the lid of the waffle iron without the top of the pizza lifting up. Leftover Pizza Casserole If you have a lot of leftover pizza, enough to put two or three layers into a casserole dish, you can turn it into a leftover pizza casserole. Cut the crusts off of the pizza slices. Pour a thin layer of tomato sauce in the bottom of your casserole dish. Layer the pizza slices in the casserole dish—like you would layer lasagna noodles—with a layer of ricotta cheese between each layer. Top your casserole with sauce and mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Pizza Salad Finally, a salad even the pickiest kids will eat. The great news is, it’s also simple to make. Just cut your leftover pizza slices into small chunks. Then, mix the chunks of pizza with lettuce, cheese, and whatever veggies you want. Top your salad with Ranch or Italian dressing and it’s ready to serve. Freeze Leftover Pizza Slices Stop buying frozen pizzas or other frozen snacks. Instead freeze the leftovers from the nights that you order pizza delivery. Freeze each slice individually. Then, when someone in your family gets hungry, they can heat up a slice. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of leftover pizza, you don’t have to let it go to waste. Get a little creative and try a few new recipes. You might find yourself ordering pizza delivery from places like All Hours Pizza & Donair more often so that you have leftovers to...

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Ditch The Boring Date-Night Routine: 5 Unique Date Night Ideas For Married Couples

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Blog, Food & Cooking | 0 comments

Are you stuck in a date night routine? If so, you aren’t alone. It’s a great idea for married couples, especially those with kids, to have a standing date night. However, if you choose the same type of dates over and over again, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. If you’re ready to try something new, check out these five unique date night ideas. Recreate Memorable Dates Remember that hole-in-the-wall restaurant that you visited when you were dating? It may not have been the most romantic place in the world, but the quaint, local joint has meaning, so why not revisit it? Sit down with your spouse and make a list of your favorite dates. Then, work your way through the list reminiscing about old times. Alternatively, you can put a new spin on dates from your past. Instead of revisiting the restaurant you dined at on your first date, order takeout from the restaurant, buy a bottle of wine, and have a romantic picnic. Or try a restaurant neither of you have been before, like Lapiazza Restaurant Ltd. Go Hiking Who says date nights have to happen at night? There’s something wonderfully romantic about being alone together in the woods. Spend an afternoon exploring local hiking trails, bird watching, or use hiking as an excuse to get lost in the woods for a wild make-out session. Tech Free Night You don’t have to leave the house to have a wonderful date night, but you should steer clear of your electronics. Send the kids to the sitter’s house for the night, turn off your cell phones, laptops, tablets, and even the TV, and find something at home you can do together without technology. Try: Cooking dinner together Playing cards Cuddling on the couch and talking Taking a bubble bath together Lying in your backyard and staring at the stars Pretend You’re a Tourist Tourists often see cities differently than people who live there. In fact, there is probably at least one local attraction that you’ve never seen—or at least haven’t seen in a long time. Take some time to visit places in your city that a tourist might visit, including: Botanical gardens Museums Historic locations Let Your Inner Child Loose Skip the romantic dinner and a movie and really let loose. Visit a nearby amusement park or video arcade. Or, if you’re feeling really competitive play a round of miniature golf, laser tag, or paintball. Don’t get stuck in a date-night rut; there are plenty of creative date-night ideas out there that can really bring the fun back to your...

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Everything You Need To Know About Pizza

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Blog, Food & Cooking | 0 comments

Pizza is one of the most popular foods with 93% of Americans having at least a slice per month, and 350 slices eaten every second. There are many different types and brands of pizza, but when did it all start? Take a trip through the history of pizza and find out everything you ever wanted, and didn’t want, to know about pizza. The Beginning The first record of pizza was written during the 6th Century B.C. when Darius the Great mentions his soldiers making an early version of this popular meal. During their conquests, soldiers would bake flat bread on their shield and put cheese and dates on it. The pizza grew in popularity through Greece and Italy at first, and then spread through Europe. Naples grew to become the epicenter of the pizza world and by 1889 the great pizza chef, Raffaele Esposito created the pizza that would stay the standard for all the creations coming after. In the early 1900s the first Italian pizza entered the United States in Chicago and New York. The two cities have their own unique twist on the dish and have been battling out who has the best version ever since. As pizza grew in popularity, it spread to many major cities and then eventually to almost every home in America. Fun Facts About Pizza The World’s Biggest Pizza weighed in at 51,000 pounds and was made by five Italian Chefs. It was 131 feet in diameter and required 10,000 pounds of tomato sauce, 8,800 pound of mozzarella cheese, and 19,800 pounds of flour. Los Angeles is home to the largest commercially available pizza, according to Guinness which is 54 x 54 inches, and serves up 200 pieces of this pie. Big Mama’s & Papa’s Pizzeria serves up this pie for $199.99 with an additional $14.99 charge for each additional topping. The most expensive pizza on record was sold at a charity auction for £2,150, or $3,497.10. It had exotic toppings like Scottish smoked salmon, sunblush-tomato sauce, cognac marinated lobster, caviar soaked in champagne, and even edible gold. The most expensive pizza that is available for the public to order is $1,000 and in New York City. It is 12-inches of pizza with caviar, lobster, chives, and cremefraiche. Other fun facts about pizza are that October is National Pizza Month in the United States and this industry is worth over $30 billion. The week of the Super Bowl is the most popular time to order this meal too. While every country may have their own form of this delicious creation, the popularity is the same. The next time you sit down to eat a slice of pizza, you will have a greater appreciation for this simple dish that has seen many changes, and revolutionized the world of...

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It’s More Than Just Good Taste! 5 Tips For Picking The Perfect Catered Menu

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Blog, Food & Cooking | 0 comments

When you are having a meal catered for a special event, you want it to be delicious, right?  Of course!  You also want it to be memorable and beautiful.  This can be a challenge, especially when you are offered dozens of choices and each sound delectable.  To make choosing your catering menu easy as pie, follow these simple tips. Consider the Venue.  Your most important decision isn’t chicken or beef, it’s the style of the food.  If you are having a laid-back outdoor event, choose refined but casual foods such as croissants, a gourmet cheese spread, and olive bar.  Seafood is fine if you are on water, otherwise skip the tilapia or shrimp for some land-based protein source.  If your event is in an elegant, historic mansion, choose similar chic items and pass on the bacon macaroni and cheese no matter how good it tastes.   Don’t Forget About Color.  After tasting dozens of items, you may find your favorites are the pesto pasta, rosemary steamed broccoli, and quinoa stuffed green peppers.  Don’t just blindly pick those without imaging what they would like on the plate together.  To avoid the sea of green, select the glazed carrots and some mushroom risotto to ensure your foods complement each other, not only in taste, but also in appearance.   Consider texture, as well.  The perfect plate should have something crisp or crunchy as well as something smooth.   Consider the Guests.  You know your guest list better than the caterer.  Don’t be afraid to nix their recommended beef dish if you know that most of your guests have sworn off red meat.  If you have children attending your event, be sure to include some of their favorite foods.  A good caterer can create some delectable mini hotdogs and offer a simple fruit salad that will align with your grown-up menu.  Always offer a vegan, or at least vegetarian, option.  Review your guest list to get a feel for how many people will require a special meal.   Make it Memorable.  You want your meal to be memorable, so shy away from the simple chicken breast, green beans, and mashed potatoes.  This is the time to pick something special that represents you.  If you love Thai food, consider a curry station.  If you can’t imagine a day without chocolate, serve a variety of your favorite cocoa desserts.   The meal at your event should be more than calories.  It’s your gift to your guests.  Make it memorable by adding a bit of your own...

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Raw Pizza: A Healthy & Unique Spin on a Classic Recipe

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

You are probably familiar with most every different type of pizza available, whether it’s made at home or in specialty restaurants like Nitza’s Pizza – The Original. But have you ever heard of a raw pizza? Yes, the raw food diet also includes versions of pizza. This unique spin on the classic Italian recipe might be of great interest to those wanting to eat healthier morning, noon, and night. Raw Pizza is Simple to Make There are quite a few different raw pizza recipes. Obviously, the common thread among these recipes is none of them involve cooking. Raw means raw. You can purchase the crust or make it from scratch. Healthier selections such as organic buckwheat crust are quite popular. Another options is the very unique chia and sweet potato crust. The toppings on the pizza could be any common variety of pizza toppings such as mushrooms, olives, onions, and the like. Homemade tomato and marinara sauce are usually added to the mix. You really can create scores of spins on traditional pizza, just do not put the pie in the oven. So, why is the raw diet considered such a healthy alternative to traditionally cooked meals? Raw Foods are Healthier and More Natural The raw food diet is great for losing weight since it is fairly low in both carbs and saturated fat. Also, a lot of vital food nutrients usually destroyed by heat are retained in their natural state when served raw. Overall, the raw food diet is a healthy one and is capable of enhancing the nutritional benefits of traditional pizza recipes by tweaking them a little. And speaking of healthy, why not start the day with a nice serving of raw pizza? Pizza (and Veggies) for Breakfast Pizza really is a great breakfast choice since it provides the body with a host of carbs and nutrients for the day. (Pizza originally started out as a breakfast food among NYC dock workers). A raw pizza takes this healthiness to the next level through providing the body with a host of vegetables that would not commonly be eaten early in the morning. Honestly, there really is no bad time for eating vegetables considering how good they are for you. Raw pizza for breakfast helps you break out of the routine of only eating your veggies later in the day. Why miss out on the vitamins fresh vegetables deliver? Really, raw pizza is an awesome recipe for the health conscious. It tastes great,...

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A Brief Guide To Eating A Bodybuilder Diet At Chinese Restaurants

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Blog, Food & Cooking | 0 comments

Bodybuilders have to be very careful about what foods they select while in training. Their diets should be clean so as to avoid putting on unwanted body fat. Food choices must also support muscle building. Chinese restaurants might not be thought of as dining establishments known for serving bodybuilder preferred meals, but a menu is actually filled with numerous excellent selections. A nutrition-savvy bodybuilder could actually eat Chinese food fairly regularly and maintain the perfect physique for a contest. Selecting Pre- and Post-Workout Carb Dishes Whether you want to eat carbs for a pre-workout energy boost or you require carbs to help you recover depleted glycogen after a workout, Chinese restaurant staples of rice and mixed vegetables are perfect choices. Avoid fried rice, though, since cooking oil adds in a lot of extra calories. Request brown rice instead of white rice if it is available on the menu, although white rice is not necessarily a poor choice. Protein-Boosting Menu Staples Solid protein intake is critical for anyone looking to build up or repair muscle tissue. Chinese restaurants are home to a host of excellent dishes known for providing quality protein. The key is avoiding sugar and fat when your training cycle has you more conscious about your weight. Chicken with broccoli is a perfect example of the quintessential bodybuilding meal. The chicken provides an excellent serving of protein with far less calories and fat than beef. Broccoli is a natural, healthy diuretic that prevents the body from retaining water. Less water means a more toned and defined physique. How the Food is Cooked The way the food is prepared plays a role in whether or not it’s right for a bodybuilder. Bodybuilders must cut out all unnecessary calories from their diet. A lot of those calories can be eliminated when food is steamed or broiled. So, avoid the fried selections at the restaurant and go with the healthier alternative cooking methods. Best of all, broiled and steamed selection retain more of the vitamins and nutrients naturally found in the food. What about the fast food selections? For those in a rush, there are ways of “tweaking” traditionally cooked Chinese food. Requesting chicken egg foo young without the gravy means you get all the protein from the poultry and the eggs along with the nutrients from the onions. What you do not get is the sodium and flour carbs from the gravy. Really, there are a lot of ways to eat healthier when out. You just have to know a few bodybuilding insights to do...

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The Most Popular Fall Wedding Trends

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Blog, Food & Cooking | 0 comments

Fall is a popular time for weddings and there are many fun ideas that you can use during this time of year. The 2014 trends are coming out and the newest trends in colors, food, and locations are hotter than ever. Color Schemes Most people associate pastel colors with spring-time weddings, but this year pastels are a very popular choice. To make them blend better with the fall season, though, they are paired with deep shades of red and cooler pastels;  the result is a fabulous combination of warm and cool — just like the season. The hottest color for 2014 is copper. This is a fun color that ties nicely into details as an accent in the invites, service-ware, or decor. For an outdoor wedding or reception, lanterns in this metal are beautiful and highlight the cooler feeling of fall. Indoor or outdoor weddings can have tables, chairs, and center-pieces that can feature copper to tie everything together. Catering Menu The most obvious choice for any caterer, such as Gallery Café & Catering, is to use the food that is in season. The fall is famous for harvest foods, and they are featured heavily on the menu at any autumn wedding. The trends that are really hot this year are to serve them in a more creative way. Salads are great for adapting to have roasted nuts or seeds, figs, or cheese added. If you want something more seasonal and less ordinary, try serving a bisque made from squash in a mini pumpkin, topped with blue cheese or toasted nuts. For desserts, self-serve bars are very popular. Consider using seasonal foods here as well — like a table where guests make their own caramel apple and pick their own toppings. A pie table with an optional “a la mode” is always a hit too. Anything homey and warm is an ideal candidate for being featured on the menu. Lighting With the sun setting earlier in the day than during the summer, outdoor weddings are more difficult to light. There are all kinds of creative ideas that brides will conjure up, but this year industrial lighting is in style. Vintage is still very much in style, so designers and planner find vintage-style Edison bulbs to hand around the area or cluster them around where the bride and groom stand. This even provides a great backdrop for a photo booth. Living Happily Ever After At the end of the night, what matters most is that the new happy couple has a great time. There are plenty of decisions that are made, but if it reflects the couple, it is a success. Designers, planners, and caterers are more than happy to help educate on trends and recommend what fits in a budget while still giving the dream wedding every girl wants. A great wedding is the perfect way to celebrate this big...

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