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The Top Restaurants in the World

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What a wonderful thing it is to say that we, as humans, are allowed to eat three square meals a day? Or, at least in the case of the French, but what about snacks? See, some people believe in three meals a day paired with two fist-sized small snacks, some people only prefer two meals a day and a snack and the list goes on and on.

Whatever your preference might be when it comes to your meals a day, you have to admit, eating the food that the world has to offer is one of the best things about being a human. I mean, it’s not like a Unicorn would ever be able to eat pizza… Right, those don’t exist. Or, at least we don’t think so.

Nevertheless, you know what I mean and, another truth to this wonderful, diverse world we live in, is travel and goodness, are their many countries with some of the best restaurants in the which should be added to your bucket list…

Here’s to you, for you.

Defining Some of the ‘Best’ Restaurants in the World: Our Pick

Balthazar, New York City

Well, this is no shock. I mean, have you seen the size of pizza slices in New York… Not that we’re talking about their pizza, which is also pretty damn good, but their amazing, brasserie-styled favourite, situated in Manhattan.

Type of food? French of course, which is something you’d know if you’re acquainted with the word ‘brasserie’ which means ‘restaurant’ in French.

Considered the best of the best, this gem was opened 21-years ago and is unique to other restaurants as it, still till today, has the personal touch of its creator, Keith McNally. If you’re expecting New York in this restaurant, you’ll be in for quite the surprise. It’s all Parisian-style in décor, art and most importantly, the food. With some of France’s most classic dishes such as steak frites, famous soups and the most amazing seafood you’ll try, this one is a definite winner.

Geron & Grey, Dublin

Ah, the main city of the Irish. Just what can we find here you might ask?

A taste-testing experience for your palate that is. According to Damien Grey, an Australian-born chef will serve you everything from sweet, bitter, sour, salty and everything in between. His menu offers 12-course menus and is situated in the suburb of Blackrock, seaside. With his menu changing every two weeks and includes it all. Serving a favourite, duck with trompette mushrooms, lavender and hazelnuts one week and who knows what the next, this restaurant is a must-try.

Il Santo Bevitore, Italy

Now, we cannot forget to mention Italy. Many Italians would be furious and use their hand gestures to emphasize the severity of leaving them off of any list when it comes to the best of the best food on the planet.

Situated in Florence, with a rustic setting of the best interior, almost novel-like, this restaurant has been opened for 15 years and is considered to be one of the most beautiful artisan-like Italian restaurants in Florence. With a fully stocked wine bar and bakery, the Italians definitely know how to create the ultimate experience over a table with a good meal.

From perfectly roasted pigeon to some of the most amazing pasta in the world, Il Santo Bevitore was definitely designed to impress.

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Claude Bosi At Bibendum, London

As one of the most elite cities in the world, London has a lot to offer and most certainly does not lack in its food. With its perfectly illuminated Saint Terence’s-inspired stained-glass window panes, you wouldn’t have guessed it, but this one is French too and since starting in the 80’s, has experienced a massive change in its menu, but not its design.

So, what’s on the menu of this rather ‘trip down memory lane’? A whole lot of French cuisine with a rebooted twist my friend. From some of the best sausage rolls in the world to a tripe -and-cuttlefish gratin classic, you’re in for quite the nostalgic, interesting experience. The French way of course.

Why eating healthy is important?

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In our busy lives, we hardly have the time to eat healthily. We grab a bite satisfy our hunger and our taste buds. Most of us are unaware of the health hazards of eating such unhealthy food might pose. Many people in order to lose weight tend to stop eating, but little do they know that they are spoiling their health. Our body requires the right amount of vitamins, minerals, protein, fibre, carbohydrates, fats etc. Each of these nutrients plays a specific role in our body, and if our body lacks a particular nutrient, then we will have to face the necessary consequences.

The following are some of the reasons why we need to eat healthily:

To provide energy to our body:

All of us have various things to do every day and to work, our body requires energy. Without energy, we will not have the strength to do anything. We get energy by eating food. Our body gets all the needed nutrients and minerals from the food we eat. And, all these nutrients are obtained only when we eat healthy food and not just any food. Fast foods which many people eat these days are filled with unhealthy fat which can harm our body when we consume them daily.

Stimulates growth hormones:

When our body has the necessary nutrients and minerals, it will boost our growth hormones which will increase our height and weight as we grow.

Immune system:

When we eat healthily, we will develop a strong immune system. When we have a strong immune system, our body will be able to fight sickness and other diseases. Our immune system will fight against all viruses and bacteria which may cause harm to your body.

Healthy food acts as a medicine:

In many cases, food acts like medicine. When we feel tired and sick, if we eat healthy food, we will feel energised and healthy. Avoiding food can cause acidity and thus it is essential to eat food at frequent intervals.

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Overcome stress:

Most of us have a hectic job, and we strive hard to complete the tasks assigned to us. But we often forget to eat healthily and end putting our health at risk. If you see people who are stressed all the time, they are the ones who neglect healthy eating food. If you happen to have a friend who is stress all the time, ask him/her to eat, and you will be able to see that they will be relieved from stress.

To keep your body fit:

If you want to have a fit body, you need to eat healthily. For people who are interested in building their muscles, they need a lot of protein to build their body. Without protein, you cannot expect any growth in your muscles.

How to Master French Table Etiquette

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Ever seen the French eat in a restaurant? Not just eat, but their entire table manner, the way they speak and the constant feeling of passion they exude. It’s all quite a mouth full to be exact and while no one will tell you how to act or eat in a France or in a French restaurant anywhere in the world, it’s always nice to, in this case, blend with the French and keep it classy.

There are many things to learn and while these manners might seem irrelevant to both you and the rest of society, it’s quite important for them. Above all, it demands respect, which is quite difficult to obtain when it comes to the French.

French Etiquette

It all starts with the fact that you have to wait for your host before you start eating or drinking, which is one thing everybody else seems to get wrong daily. Nowadays, there are few that, except for going to a restaurant, even eat at the table with their families or friends. Sitting together and enjoying a meal is important to the French. By simply not following the rule of waiting for the host of the table could already put you in the red and there’s not a lot of greens, so time to French up.

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Sitting and Leaving the Table

While this might sound easy and normal, the hostess of a French table will seat their guests themselves. Unless they put nametags on your seat, he/she will most probably show you where to sit. If ever there is a guest of honour, they will always be seated to the right of the host. There are also rules such as couple sitting across from one another and not next to each other, men usually pull out the chairs for their ladies and the men are not seated before the hostess is seated. Before eating, the hostess will usually say “bon appétit. Only then are you allowed to eat.

Something important to remember is that you are not allowed to leave the table during the meal which could potentially, in French fashion, last several hours. So, be sure to use the restroom before you sit at the table.

Politely Either Accept or Refuse Food in French

A French table is somewhat different when it comes to food and different courses. The French usually goes all out and will not only servethea main course but also serve salads, cheese platters and desserts. While accepting a second serving of the main course might please the hostess, be sure to not eat too much as declining everything else might not be so pleasing.

To acceptthea second serving, you could simply say “volontiers, c’est délicieux“, which means that you’ll accepthe a second serving with pleasure anadding a complimeng t that it is delicious.

To refuse, simply say “non merci, c’est délicieux mais je n’ai pas tres faim”, meaning “it’s delicious, but no thank you”.

Don’t Like Certain Foods?

No problem. You can always just eat what you like and leave what you don’t. Be sure to leave what you don’t like on the side, don’t push your food apart and pick a couple of bites as this is considered quite rude to the French.

The French take their culture and food very seriously and you’ll be impressing them if you can lock the etiquette down. You’ll be feeling like the French in no time.

10 Best Traditional Thai Food

Thai-Food

Thailand is famous around the world for many things. Tourists every year flock to the country to visit its beautiful beaches and stunning temples. The Kingdom is also the origin of “Muay Thai”, a type of mixed martial arts which was immortalised in various Hollywood films. However, more famous than all of these is its cuisine. Thai food is famous world over for being one of the most delicious and flavourful cuisines. With the use of Thai chilis, garlic, herbs and many other aromatic ingredients, Thai food has its very own unique taste. Here, we’ve compiled a list of top Thai food dishes that you cannot pass up:

1. Tom Yum Goong – Spicy Thai Soup with Shrimp

In the local language, “Tom” means boiling, and “Yum” refers to a sour and spicy salad. Tom Yum, then, is a sour and spicy soup that is usually served in an aluminium hot pot with a charcoal burner. The soup usually features meat but the most popular is shrimp (Goong in Thai).

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2. Gaeng Keow Wan Gai – Thai Green Curry with Chicken

The main ingredients in this popular dish are green curry paste and coconut milk, with a meat of your choice. The coconut milk gives the curry a creamy consistency that contrasts beautifully with the green curry paste and the taste of searing heat it brings. It is usually eaten with a plate of rice.

 

3. Khao Soi – Northern Thai Noodles with Curry

Khao Soi is a famous noodle dish from the northern part of Thailand. It’s made with curry and coconut milk. The broth is then topped with flat egg noodles. Meats such as chicken and beef and it are usually garnished with red onions, pickled mustard greens and lime juice.

 

4. Khao Pad – Fried Rice

Thai fried rice is different than from any other Asian country, the biggest difference being that Jasmine rice is used in Thailand. Other ingredients in Khao Pad are onions, garlic, an egg, and sometimes slices of tomatoes. Another reason that Thai fried rice is different is that it’s common to add “prik naam pla,” which is a fish sauce with chilis and garlic.

 

5. Pad Grapao Moo Sab Kai Dow – Minced Pork with Thai Basil and Fried Egg

Minced pork with Thai basil is one of the staple meals in the Thai food culture. Minced pork is cooked in a hot wok with Thai basil leaves, chilis, garlic, oyster sauce and soy sauce. This Thai food classic is then served over rice. Most people will order this dish with a crispy fried egg on top.

 

6. Pad See Ew-Stir Fried Rice Noodles

The dish is made with full rice noodles that are cooked in a wok with a dark soy sauce, eggs, Chinese broccoli and garlic. Many people typically order it with chicken, pork or shrimp. Pad See Ew can be ordered at most street-side restaurants and food stalls.

7. Som Tam – Green Papaya Salad

Som Tam is made from shredded papaya and is mixed with various ingredients including chilis, garlic, lime juice, fish sauce, tomatoes and long beans. A popular addition to Som Tam is a raw blue crab.

 

8. Massaman Curry

Massaman Curry is a famous Thai Muslim dish with heavy Persian influences.

The flavour from this dish comes from an array of spices which include cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin and usually features meat such as chicken or beef, as well as potatoes along with a plate of rice.

 

9. Pad Thai – Thai Style Fried Noodles

Probably the most famous Thai food known across the world is Pad Thai. Pad Thai is cooked in a very hot wok with eggs, tofu, chilli pepper, garlic and other various ingredients. Favourite additive meats to eat in Pad Thai are shrimp and chicken. It’s also typically garnished with bean sprouts, spring onion, peanuts and lime juice.

 

10. Pla Pao – Thai Style Grilled Fish

Pla Pao can be seen grilling by many street vendors and local restaurants with Red tilapia or snakehead fish being the most commonly used types of fish.  Pla Pao is usually eaten with a plate of rice and a spicy Thai seafood sauce.

What is Natural Wine and Where to Find it in Canada?

Natural Wine

Natural wine is made naturally without any use of chemicals or technological interventions. Only grapes get used, and natural wine made in traditional methods. The term organic wine gets used when the wine made with organic grapes, it may or may not be added with chemicals during the process of wine making.

Natural Wine

The criteria for wine making are:

  • The wine gets made from organically or biodynamically grown grapes. Without or with certification.
  • The grapes get taken from dry- farmed or low yielding Vineyards.
  • Grapes get handpicked.
  • The vines not added with any sugars or different yeast or bacteria.
  • The acidity must not be adjusted.
  • No added sugar or minerals.
  • Addition of external flavors not allowed.
  • No manipulation such as micro oxygenation, reverse osmosis, cryoextraction or spinning cone is allowed.
  • Sulphites addition is not allowed.

Some of the best Natural wines are:

  • Running Duck Cabernet Sauvignon: The African Cabernet winery uses ducks as an effective form of pest control. The wine not contaminated with sulfites. The wine is also available in blackcurrant and raspberry flavors.
  • Tragolargo 2014 Monastrell: The wine forms the southern part of Spain. You can get dark berry and cherry flavors.
  • La Biancara Angiolino Maule Masieri 2015: This is a white wine made from an Italian winery. The wine is spontaneously fermented and, no yeast get added.

Places in Canada where you can find natural wine:

  • Obladee, Halifax.
  • Candide, Montreal.
  • Grey Gardens, Toronto.
  • Pigeonhole, Calgary.
  • Burdock and Co., Vancouver.

Obladee, Halifax:

Obladee has wine sorted out into the ones made from native yeast and the ones made from commercial yeast.  The menu describes if the wine is organic or sustainable or Biodynamic farming.

Candide, Montreal:

Candide is set up in the basement of an old church, and, the set up is just brilliant for drinking wine and relaxing. Every dish sold there to get made from the local ingredients. The chef over there prepares the food right in front of you and severs the food.

Grey Gardens, Toronto:

Grey Gardens is a bar and restaurant in Toronto. The restaurant sells one of the best natural wine you can ever taste. The wine program led by the General Manager Jake Skakun.

Pigeonhole, Calgary:

The Pigeonhole’s chef Justin Leboe has creative cooking and has an extensive selection of natural wine. The resultant has antique plates and settings. A wide range of food is provided to match the wine you are tasting.  The wine director of the bar is Andrew Stewart.

Burdock and Co., Vancouver:

Andrea Carlson is the founder and the chef of Burdock and Co. Their goal is not to be cool or high fashionable but to serve the wine of the best quality with genuine love. The restaurant also serves a lot of vegan dishes you can have along with your natural wine. You also get organic food in the restaurant.

Top 10 iPhone Food Apps

iPhone Food Apps

There is always a confusion on which hotels to visit in your location, or if you happen to visit a new place of duty, you are under a constant confused state on which food to eat or which hotel to visit. Smartphone apps make it much easier for us in deciding our desired hotels and the best food available. These applications make our life so much simpler and comfortable. But then again there is the trouble of choosing from the plenty of food apps found in the store. The article lists down a list of the best food apps found in iPhones.

iPhone Food Apps

The following are some of the best food apps found in the app store:

  • Urban Spoon.
  • Epicurious.
  • Seafood Watch.
  • Foodsspotting.
  • Locavore.
  • Chefs feed.
  • VegOut.
  • Open Table.
  • Big Oven.
  • Local Eats.

Urban Spoon:

If you are a person who loves natural things and surprises, then Urban Spoon is the app for you. You just have to shake your phone, and there is a fun spin which picks up a restaurant with the help of your GPS from which you can choose. The app also allows you to choose from the list of restaurants in your neighborhood and you can choose them based on the cuisine and prices.

Epicurious:

Epicurious is a free app which allows you to make your recipe. You can search by keyword and make your food. The app also lists down the things you will have to buy the food you want to make.

Seafood Watch:

Monterey Bay Aquarium started the app. The apps help you to choose from a variety of sea food. The app also contains a brilliant sushi guide which lists down the names of the fishes in Japanese and English.

Foodsspotting:

Foodsspotting apps allow you to choose your favorite food and document the review of foods. You are authorized to post pictures of the restaurant and write reviews about it. So if you are a food lover and a blogger you can download this app and write a review about your favorite food and restaurants.

Locavore:

Locavore uses the GPS in your phone and lists down all the local restaurants and food places in your area. You can find the traditional seasonal food and get various recipes from this app.

 Chefs feed:

Chefs feed an app which allows you to follow your favorite chefs from all around the world. You can write various reviews and post your food recipe and pictures of the food you made.

VegOut:

It is always difficult for vegetarians to get a place to eat. The VegOut is an app which helps the vegans and the vegetarians to get the ideal location to eat. The app lists the hotels in alphabetical order and also lets you write reviews about the food and the hotels you have been.

 Open Table:

The app lets you know which restaurants have open tables available for you to dine in.

Big Oven:

The app allows you to search your desired food by title, keyword, ingredients, etc.

Local Eats:

Local Eats lists down the restaurants available in the local area.

Japanese Cuisine

Japanese Cuisine

Japanese is one of the most disciplined people in the entire world. They are known for their time management and dedication to work. It is brilliant how the product of their work provides so much output and profit.  Another thing to make a note about Japanese is their food. Japanese cuisine has a variety of seasonal and regional dishes. The Japanese have the habit of combining one staple food like rice with a main dish and a side dish. Some of the main dishes in Japan are rice, Sushi, Tempura, Tofu, Udon, Soba, Ramen, Yakitori, sashimi and other items like pickles, sweets, and beverages. Among all these dishes, sushi was one of the dishes that became famous all around the world.

Japanese Cuisine

The following are some of the most famous Japanese Dishes:

  • Rice.
  • Sushi.
  • Soba Noodles.
  • Tofu.
  • Tempura.

Rice:

Rice is a staple food used by Japanese from long back. In most parts of Japan rice is consumed almost at every meal. In the northern parts of Japan, people mostly prefer Wheat as compared to rice. White rice is more popular than brown rice, but now due to health concerns, people are slowly moving to brown rice. The white rice when coked becomes very sticky.

Sushi:

Sushi got introduced in Japan in the Yayoi Period where the fish gets fermented with salt and rice, and later the rice was discarded.  In the later period, the fermented fish was consumed along with the rice and in today’s world, instead of using rice for fermentation they use vinegar. In the modern times, sushi has become very popular and is a fast food available in almost every part of Japan, and it also has become very famous all over the world.

Some of the popular types of Sushi are:

  • Nigiri: Nigiri is a small rice bowl filled with fish, shellfish, etc. on the top. Varieties of fish get used as the toppings, some of them are tuna, shrimp, squid, eel, octopus, and fried eggs get added for a good taste.
  • Gunkan: Gunkan is a small bowl filled with rice and seaweed. Fishes and other seafood get added as toppings. Some of the most common toppings added are fish eggs and sea urchin.
  • Oshizushi: Oshizushi is a pressed sushi where the fish pressed against the sushi rice in a wooden box.
  • Chirashi: The sushi rice topped with sea food, mushrooms, and other vegetables.

Soba Noodles:

Soba noodles made out of wheat it is very thick and prepared in both hot and cold dishes. Some of the traditional soba dishes are more/Zaru Soba, Kake Soba, Kitsune soba, etc.

Tofu:

The tofu made out of soy milk. It is pressed down into blocks. The tofu is an excellent source of protein and is very popular in Japan. Tofu is one of the most extraordinary dishes among vegetations.

Tempura:

Tempura is a fired mix of vegetables and sea food. Portuguese introduced tempura. Some of the most famous tempura are Ebi, Sakana, Nasu, Kinoko, Kabocha etc.

Incredible Cashew Nut Benefits

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Cashews are native to Brazil. They are one of the best nuts which are used in many dishes and loved by people. The cashew nuts were brought to India by traders and planted many saplings as India also has a perfect climate to grow cashew trees. The nut has a fleshy fruit attached to it and has a great taste. Both the nut and the fleshy fruit have nutritious value. The cashew nuts have a long shelf life if it gets stored properly.

Cashew Nut

The following are some of the health benefits of cashews:

  • Heart’s health.
  • Diseases relating to blood.
  • Cashews protect the eyes.
  • Makes our skin healthy.
  • Weight loss.
  • Dietary fiber.
  • Healthy Hair.

Heart’s health:

Cashews are rich in unsaturated fatty acids, protein, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants that help to keep your heart healthy. It is advised to eat unsalted, un-oiled servings of cashews to keep your heart healthy. Cashews lower the LDL and increase the carrying capacity of HDL which is responsible for absorbing cholesterol from our body, and the liver can break down the cholesterol.

Prevents diseases relating to blood:

Cashew has copper in it which plays a significant role in the elimination of free radicals in our veins. You are advised to take cashews in a limited amount as it has a large number calorie in it. Deficiency of copper in the blood can cause anemia.

Cashews protect the eyes:

Due to various pollution, our eyes are affected with many infections. The cashews contain an antioxidant named Zea Xanthin which is a pigment that is absorbed by our retina and protects our eyes from harmful UV rays.

Makes our skin healthy:

The oil extracted from cashew nuts is very good for the skin. The oil is rich in selenium, zinc, phosphorous, Iron and Magnesium. The selenium present in cashews is not only good for skin but also helps you to battle and prevent cancer.

Helps in weight loss:

A study shows that people who take nuts in their diet are said to lose more weight than the ones who do not take nuts in their diet. Nut consumers have lower BMI than non-nut consumers.  Cashew nuts are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which are good for burning fat and boost our metabolic process.

High sources of dietary fiber:

The primary dietary fibers needed in our body are oleic acid and palmitic acid. These dietary fibers do not get produced in our body, and thus these fibers must be consumed from outside sources. To our aid, cashews are an excellent source of these dietary fibers. Limited consumption of cashews can help in the digestion of food, but if you take in excess, then there are chances of gas formation and bloating up of the stomach.

Healthy Hair:

The copper in the cashew oil has a pigment called melanin which brings color to the skin and hair. Consuming cashews can help your hair grow better and retain its color.

3 Beautiful Ways to Top Your Pie

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During the holiday season, pies are there in our every menu. More than the taste most of us are drawn to the design of the cake toppings. If you happen to be bored with the same old ways to create your pie top, then you can follow some of the following manners to decorate your pie.

  • Braided Pie.
  • Classic Lattice Pie.
  • Fish Tail cut out.

Braided Pie:

The braided pie gives an excellent coverage at the top of the pie. All you got to do is braid strands of dough and place them neatly on top of the pie and bake it.

Braided Pie

The following are the things you will need to make the pie:

  • Double crusted pie dough.
  • Egg wash.
  • Sugar (Optional)

Procedure:

  • First, you must prepare the bottom of the pie and create a crust and put the pie in the crust.
  • Roll out the dough into a long rectangular piece such that it is easy for you to braid the strands.
  • Depending on the shape and size of your pie, make the strands and start to weave neatly. Make sure to keep the strips flat and braid neatly so that every braid is of the same size.
  • After making several braid strands, lay the braids over the pie in such a way that it covers your pie.
  • Arrange the braid strands in a parallel manner for a neat look.
  • Trim off the extra strands at the edge of the pie so that the no additional pieces are hanging at the sides.
  • Fold the dough from the crust and merge it with the braided strands.
  • Keep the pie in the refrigerator and preheat the oven in the meantime.
  • Bake until the pie turns golden brown and your braided pie is ready.

Classic Lattice Pie:

Classic Lattice Pie

To make a classic lattice pie you will need:

  • Double crusted pie dough.
  • Egg wash.
  • Sugar (Optional)

Procedure:

  • Prepare the bottom crust of the pie.
  • Roll the top of the crust into large and long rectangular pieces. Make sure to cut the strips in such a way that the center strips are slightly longer than the side pieces.
  • The pieces you will need depend on the size and the shape of your pie.
  • Lay down the strips over the pie and pull back and fold every other strip over the pie.
  • After making the cross over, pre heat the oven.
  • Back the pie till it becomes brown, and your pie is ready.

Fish Tail cut out pie:

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The fish tail cut our pie is a mixture of the braided pie and the classic lattice pie. You will need to follow the same procedure and combine them. If you need to braid the strands of dough to form the sides of the pie, and in the center, you need to cross the rectangular strands just like you did in the classic lattice pie.  You can also make designed of small leaves and add them on the sides of the pie.

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