All posts by Dana Williams
Yummm…. Nothing like waking up to a fresh cup of coffee. The aroma, the warmth, and of course, the flavor. Caffeine aside, that cup of java has a lot to offer.
Legend has it that in the 800’s, a young goatherd in Ethiopia, found that his goats looked very energized after nibbling on a berry shrub. He tasted the berries himself and found that they did actually give him an extra boost.
Although there are 66 known coffee plants, only two are commonly used. Grown primarily in the mountains of Central and Southern America, Arabica beans account for 3/4 of the world’s coffee production. They actually have a better aroma, and are more flavorful, in addition to being more costly, than the Robusta beans. Robusta beans, as its name implies, are more robust and account for the remaining ¼ of coffee production. They are used in most canned coffee blends because they are cheaper, as well as in espresso blends, since they create an enhanced cap on the drink.
If you are a true coffee aficionado, opt for the freshly ground beans so that you can brew your own coffee. Buy the freshest beans available, given that coffee tends to go stale once it has been roasted. Ground coffee should always be stored in an airtight, opaque container to keep it fresh. Keeping coffee in the refrigerator will dampen it and since moisture is coffee’s enemy you can say bye-bye. The freezer, however, does an excellent job in a pinch, if you have coffee that you can’t use up in a reasonable amount of time.
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes in the kitchen, and in the minds of the waiters and waitresses, when eating out? We spoke to Michelle H., a waitress in a suburban diner for close to 15 years, who gave us some of the inside scoop on things you should know, or maybe shouldn’t, when dining out.
- Do not wave, whistle or tap your fingers on the table, to be noticed by your waiter/waitress. Oh, and please, don’t walk over to them while they are busy serving other costumers! Wait patiently. You are not the only customer ordering food, and waiting to be served. Every time you seek to grab the attention of your server, it will cost you an extra minute.
- If something is on special, chances are that the item is not the freshest thing on the menu and they are basically trying to get rid of it before it goes sour.
- Say ‘no, thank you’ to the lemon slice that comes with your drink. Lemons are hardly ever washed before they are sliced, and are very often recycled.
- Speaking of ‘thank you,’ please do use your manner when ordering and being served. Even if you are in the middle of an extremely ‘important’ conversation when your food arrives, stop the conversation and acknowledge your waiter/waitress. Put yourself in a his or her shoes and think about how you would like to be treated.
- If you’re going out to eat on a Saturday night or on holidays, don’t expecting quick service. There is just so much you can do when serving large crowds.
- Never ask a waiter or waitress what he/she thinks about a certain dish. It is against the ‘law’ for them to tell you that they do not like it, so they will twist the truth.
Ever wondered where the word “Dad” comes from? I did, so I looked into it and found out that "Dad", which in fact comes from the Welsh word ‘Tad”, actually means father. However, the word "Father" is not the original word either. It actually started off as "Foeder" from the Old English.
Over 50 countries around the world celebrate Father’s Day in June. Some on the first Sunday of June, others on the second Sunday in June, while a large majority celebrate on the third Sunday in June.
Some interesting information on the subject:
- In 1909, Mrs. John B. Dodd from Washington wanted to honor her father, a veteran of the Civil War and a widower. However, it was only in 1966 that then President Lyndon Johnson, signed a proclamation, declaring the 3rd Sunday in June as the official “Father’s Day”.
- According to child development professionals, a father has the most influence on his child/children between the ages of 6-14. Lessons are taught best by example. Children tend to pick up on everything! Better practice what you preach.
- Although research shows that 1 in 4 working dads spend under 1 hour a day with their children, it would be nice to show some appreciation to them at least one day a year.
When shopping, be it online, or in store, customer service makes all the difference. It is what will make or break your shopping experience. At Tiger Chef, we take pride in offering a fantastic selection of restaurant equipment and supplies, followed up by stellar customer service. We go the extra mile to make your shopping experience as easy and as pleasurable as possible. Our new and improved website features all kinds of informational pages designed by experts to give you the best possible customer service.
- Customer Service – our Customer Service page is broken down in 4 parts.
a. Product Availability & Pricing - all the information you need to know about stock and how we work our pricing.
b. Shipping – how we work our shipping in terms of cost and methods.
c. Returns & Exchanges – a brief summary of our return and exchange policy.
d. Extra Features – our site features all sorts of extras to make your experience with us easy and fast. You’re just one click away from tracking your package, viewing all your orders, printing an invoice, returning an item or gift, changing your billing address, shipping address, email, or password, and viewing all the items on your wishlist.
- FAQ’s – we compiled a list of frequently asked questions for easy reference, on all sorts of topics, including placing an order, order status, returns, account information and more.
Myth: Many people feel that healthy living means depriving yourself of the good things in life, and being unrealistically thin.
Fact: Healthy living is all about staying healthy, being full of energy and feeling great about yourself.
Since the 1970’s, the number of overweight children has doubled, while the number of overweight teens has nearly tripled. Research has proven that those that are more than 20% overweight, are at much higher risk of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, blood pressure, stroke, depression, as well as some behavioral issues. In the United States of America, obesity is listed as the #2 cause of death, with smoking being #1.
That is why First Lady Michelle Obama, started the "Let’s Move" campaign to end childhood obesity. On June 4th, 2010, she addressed hundreds of chefs in a campaign to go out to the schools and put an end to the unhealthy eating that is rampant today. First Lady Michelle Obama feels that there is no one who can do a better job than a chef to help the next generation make healthy food choices.
In addition to the food we consume, there is the aspect of physical activity as well. Exercise plays an important role in our overall health. 60 minutes of daily physical activity will help children feel more energetic and maintain their proper weight levels.
Summer and bike riding go hand-in-hand. It’s fun, it’s healthy and it’s outdoors! That is if the safety rules are followed. Before letting your child go bike-riding, be sure to teach him/her to go the safe way. Always remember to:
Up the pressure-Low air pressure in tires can go unnoticed until they are 50% under-inflated which can be extremely dangerous. Before riding, press down on the tires with your hands to check the air pressure or, the safer way, use a tire gauge to check the tire pressure. All tires have the right tire pressure printed on the side of the tires.
The right way to brake- Kids should brake using the front and back brakes simultaneously. Braking with just the front tires, can cause the child to be thrown off the bike, over the handle bars, head first! Apply pressure to just the back brakes will cause the bike to swerve out to one side.
Make your child seen- 45% of the most serious bike accidents are caused by poor visibility at sundown and night. Be firm with your kids- do not
allow them to bike-ride once the sun starts to set. In addition, affix reflective tape to their bikes and helmets, both in the front and back so that
motorist heading in either direction should be able to see your child at all times of day and in all weather conditions.
Wear helmets- They can be pretty annoying and sweaty but wearing a helmet reducing the risk of head injuries by 85% and brain injury by 88%. Make sure that the helmet is positioned right with the side straps and chin straps fitting properly.
Putting up supper in a crockpot or slow cooker is as easy as 1-2-3. Place the food into the slow cooker in the morning, add the spices, turn it on and ‘see you at supper time’. Although slow cookers are used mostly for soup and stews, the fact is that you can actually do just about anything in a crockpot, including stewing, roasting, simmering, warming, and yes, even baking.
One of the many conveniences of cooking in a crockpot is that you don’t have to worry about stirring your food, especially when cooking on low heat, since the food will not burn. There is one problem with crockpot cooking though. When stovetop cooking, you do not have to worry about removing the lid to check on your food. A crockpot, on the other hand, every time the lid is removed, the crockpot loses a large amount of heat. You must then add an additional 20 minutes to the original cooking time for each time that the lid is removed.
Just about all recipes can be converted to crockpot cooking. When using a crockpot, unless cooking something like rice, pasta or beans, which actually calls for twice the amount of liquid, reduce the amount of liquid called for in the recipe since crockpot cooking does not evaporate water the same way that stovetop cooking does.
Almost every woman dreams of her ideal kitchen. Then again, the recession has forced many a woman to rethink her dreams. Good news! Your dream can now become a reality. Here’s a plan that will transform any kitchen from depressing to dazzling in ten days or less- without breaking the bank.
- For the cabinets, you can’t be any more economical than by painting or staining them. If your cabinets are gone, head to the lumberyard for replacement doors. Custom cabinets are totally unnecessary.
- If you thought granite was way out of your league, think granite tiles since they cost half the amount of the solid slabs. You don’t even have to get rid of the existing countertop since any professional tiler can apply the tiles right over it. If the granite tiles are still out of budget, opt for ceramic tiles that resemble stone. Use the same tiles for the backsplash and counter to create a neat look.
- As for appliances, you don’t have to buy new ones. Refrigerators can be sprayed and you can buy a new panel for the dishwasher. All appliances should have the same finish or color- either white, stainless steel or black. In the event that you have no choice but to buy new appliances, purchase them all from the same place and have them installed on the same day.
- The key to flooring is to find something that can be placed over your existing floor. It will save lots of time and money. Cheap flooring can last just as long as the expensive flooring.
- The sinks and faucets do not have to be replaced if they’re working just fine. However, if they are not, buy them off-the-rack in a discount lumber store.
Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is now celebrated on the last Monday in May as a day to remember all the U.S. soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the sake of our country.
In 1868, Decoration Day, was first recognized as a holiday in order to honor those who died during the Civil War. After General James Garfield spoke at the first Decoration Day ceremony in the Arlington National Cemetery, 5,000 volunteers lent a hand in decorating the graves of over 20,000 soldiers buried there by placing flowers and flags over their graves.
Toward the end of the 1800s, numerous communities throughout the United States began celebrating Memorial Day.
In 1966, the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, as the official hometown of Memorial Day due to the fact that this town made Memorial Day an annual commemoration day. Businesses stayed closed for the day and all the locals bedecked the graves of the soldiers with flags and flowers.
If you are busy walking around with a pile of bad credit scores on your shoulders, you are bound to pay much more for credit cards, mortgages and car loans. Some tips on how to turn them around as quick as possible.
- Spread out balances- Your credit score will plunge if you have used over half of your available credit or, even worse, if you’ve maxed out! It would be best to always try and keep it at 50%.
- Pay it down- For the next couple of months, put all your spare cash toward your credit card payments. Paying down the balances can boost you r score up to 70 points, so keep on sanding it down.
- Do not request extra credit- Lenders will be much more nervous to lend you money if they see too many lines of credit since it makes you looks like you are quite money hungry.
- Choose direct deposit- Although most people tend to believe that getting a paper paycheck is safer than getting a direct deposit the opposite holds true. Having your paycheck deposited electronically into your bank account, lowers your risk of forgery and identity theft.
- Check up on credit scores- By not checking up on your credit every so often, you are allowing your credit to wither away. In the event that you come across an incorrect statement on your report, it is urgent for you to get in touch with the creditor to correct it at once.
- Old credits- Unpaid credits, loans or bills can hurt your credit report even if the agencies did not try contacting you to collect their money.