All posts by Dana Williams
Summer is vacation time and most often, vacation means traveling. Some people would actually prefer to vacation at home rather than travel, be it by car, boat, plane, or train.Just the thought of traveling will makes them queasy.
When traveling, a conflict between the ear and eye takes place. The ear sends a message to the brain that there is movement, while the eye argues otherwise. The brain gets mixed messages and the dizziness, nausea, and sweating start, which very often, results in vomiting.
There are a number of simple rules to follow that can drastically reduce motion sickness.
- Sit smart. Choose a forward-facing seat on a train or bus; the front of a car, or over the wings in an airplane.
- Take medication. Head -off queasiness by taking an over-the-counter medication like Dramamine, 30 to 60 minutes before traveling.
- Use acupressure. Firmly press your palm at the base of your right finger, or wear an acupressure wristband.
- Chat. Talking helps keep your mind off of feeling sick.
- Pop a peppermint. Peppermint helps keep motion sickness at bay by reducing stomach acid.
- Stay focused. Choose a focal point outside the window. This helps keep your eyes and ears in sync.
- Have a light meal. Studies show, that those that eat a light meal a couple of hours prior to a long ride are at less of a risk to get sick than those who travel on an empty stomach or eat heavy, spicy foods.
On a hot, summer day, there is no place anybody wants to be more than at the beach or in a pool. Way too often, peolpe tend to over-look basic water safety guidelines. The majority of water related accidents can be avoided if people would simply follow water-safety rules. Keeping safe will not comprimize on your fun.
- Children or adults, who are not good swimmers should wear life jackets at all times when in or near water. Make sure that the life jacket is the right size. It should not be loose and should be worn with all straps belted, at all times.
- Never use blow-up toys, water rings, and/or rafts as a life jacket.
- Once done swimming, remove all objects from the water so that children should not be tempted to reach in to get the object.
- Inform all adults and teens of the dangers of boating under the influence of alcohol. (Some prescribed medications too).
- Always keep your eyes on your child. Never leave your children unattended, even for a split second.
It happens to all of us at one point or another. You are in the midst of cooking or baking when you realize that you are out of an ingredient. Or, perhaps you or a family member has some kind of allergy or intolerance, or maybe you’re just looking to live a healthier life-style. Whatever it may be, here is a short list of the most common ingredient substitutes.
Please note that food made with substituted ingredients may vary slightly in both taste and texture.
All purpose flour: Either use 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour or, substitute 1 tablespoon cornstarch for 2 tablespoons of flour.
Cake flour: To substitute 1 cup of cake flour, use 1 cup less 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour.
Baking powder: For 1 teaspoon baking powder, use ¼ teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon cream of tartar or ¼ teaspoon baking soda and ½ cup sour milk, buttermilk or molasses; reduce other liquid by ½ cup.
Most people who do not know the first thing about cooking will fill every available inch of their kitchen with the newest gadgets, the ones that seem to promise the world. However, if you’re just starting out, or are on a tighter budget, these fancy items are really not necessary. In fact, more often than not, they are simply space-wasters.
The following are 5 must-have kitchen utensils that without them, it is practically impossible to be a chef.
- Knives and cutting boards: Pretty much anything that’s cooked has to be cut up one way or another. Cooking without a knife is like living without air. You simply cannot do without it. That being said, what’s a knife without a cutting board? Aside for protecting the counter tops, cutting boards have a number of other functions, including preventing and reducing knife injuries, reducing clutter, catching spill-overs, etc.
- Measuring spoons and measuring cups: Whether you’re the kind of person that needs to know the exact measurements for cooking or you shake a little bit of this and a little bit of that, there will always be a time when you will have no option but to turn to your measuring spoons and cups. A good recipe can turn disastrous by what seems to you to be a minor mis-measurement.
- Mixing bowls: Every recipe calls for combining ingredients and that is where mixing bowl come in. The good news is, mixing bowls provide for more than just bowls for mixing. They can be used as serving bowls for side dishes or as salad bowls as well.
Cucumbers are truly an incredible work of art. They are way more resourceful than you can ever imagine. If you think the only thing cucumbers are good for is to be tossed into a salad, think again!
- By eating one cucumber a day, you get a healthy dose of vitamin A, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
- Eating a cucumber will provide you with a speedy boost that can last for hours, just like caffeine, but in a healthier way, since cucumbers contain all those vitamin B’s in addition to carbs.
- Rubbing a piece of cucumber over your bathroom mirror will defog it, and create a soothing scent that will make you feel like you’re in a spa.
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.