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Tips For Getting Started With Sampling Tequila

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Getting Started With Sampling Tequila

When people first discover tequila, they often begin with less expensive and very common brand names while not realizing that higher-quality tequilas offer truly different taste sensations. If you’re still relatively unfamiliar with this beverage but you love Mexican food, try some different kinds of tequila at your favorite restaurants. Authentic Mexican restaurants typically have a variety of tequila brands available from the bar.  Fundamental Information Authentic Tequila Authentic tequila comes from certain areas of Mexico. In fact, Mexico holds international rights to the word “tequila” in regard to alcoholic beverages. Not all countries have agreed to respect that trademark, but you’ll want to focus on Mexican tequila when you experiment with this liquor. That won’t be a problem when you’re at a Mexican restaurant.  100-Percent Blue Agave The highest-quality tequilas are crafted with 100 percent blue agave, a plant which only grows naturally in Mexico. Some well-known brand names have 100-percent agave versions as well as less expensive types. Those cheaper versions may include sugars from other plants or a limited number of other additives. Tequila Types You can determine whether tequila is 100-percent agave simply by checking the label. Silver — also called white — tequila qualifies, as does tequila labeled reposado. Reposado tequila has been aged for at least two months, but for less than a year. The more upscale anejo tequila has been aged for at least one year in white oak barrels. Reposado and anejo tequilas turn gold, a color that tends to deepen with their age. However, some of the best-known gold tequilas are not 100-percent agave but contain added flavorings and coloring.  Consult the Bartender Bartenders generally are outgoing individuals who enjoy providing information on different kinds of liquor. At an authentic Mexican restaurant, bartenders are likely expected to be knowledgeable about tequila brands and types.  If price might be an issue, don’t be shy to ask the bartender what the cost is for a shot of the more upscale versions. Expect to pay more for top-shelf brands, just as you would with other liquors.  Enjoy Your Experiences Sample tequilas you’ve never tried before in a shot glass or tub. You might also try some of the silver, gold or reposado tequilas in a margarita. Choose margaritas on the rocks instead of the blended frozen versions, as you’ll get a better sense of the tequila flavor. However, it’s generally recommended to not include anejo tequila in cocktails, since its premium quality means it should only be consumed...

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Four Strategies To Help Keep Your Calorie Count In Check At Your Favorite Bar And Grill

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Strategies To Help Keep Your Calorie Count In Check At Your Favorite Bar And Grill

Eating out at your favorite bar and grill can be a real treat, but that does not mean you have to let your diet go out the window in order to indulge. With these four strategies, you can enjoy some of your favorite dishes and drinks without having to watch your waistline expand. Order from the appetizer menu. Bar-and-grill restaurants typically have extensive appetizer lists. Order from the appetizer menu, and you can expect a smaller portion than you’d receive from the main dish menu. Appetizer-style dishes also tend to be easily dividable, so you’ll have an easy time eating a portion of the serving and boxing up the rest. It’s easier to take home 1 out of 4 sliders than a portion of huge burger, for instance. Order the stout, not the IPA. It’s a common misconception that darker beers are higher in calories than lighter ones. Actually, most stouts and porters are lower in calories than IPAs and lagers. However, dark beers tend to be more filling because of their creamy, satisfying texture. Not only will you be consuming fewer calories per beer, but you’ll probably drink fewer total drinks if you order dark beer, since it is so filling. Box it up as soon as you’re full. If you’re like most people, you eat until you’re full — then, your plate sits there for another 30 minutes and you slowly pick at what remains until you have nothing left to take home. You can limit your intake by asking for a box early on in your meal. Box your remaining food up as soon as you’re full, so you don’t keep picking. Just say “no” to French fries. French fries are kind of like a filler. They’re not a favorite food of most people, but they’re just so convenient to munch. You’ll have hundreds or thousands of chances to eat French fries again in the future, so don’t let them pad your meal tonight. If the meal you’re ordering comes with them, ask the kitchen if that can substitute a salad or at least give you just a small handful of fries, rather than the heaping pile that often comes with a meal. Hands off your dining partners’ fries, too! By ordering an appetizer, boxing up your food as soon as you’re done, sticking to the filling dark beers, and keeping your hands off the fries, you can keep your restaurant meal under control, calorie-wise. Share these strategies with your dining partners. Chances are, some of them are watching their waistlines, too, and if you all work together, you’ll have an easier time keeping your dining experience light at your favorite bar and...

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Deep-Fried Candy Bars: How To Make Your Own Without A Deep Fryer

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Deep-Fried Candy Bars: How To Make Your Own Without A Deep Fryer

If you’ve ever been to a good old-fashioned American carnival, then you’ve likely indulged in some of the famous American foods they serve up at such events. Hot dogs on a stick, nachos piled high, elephant ears, and deep-fried snacks are all staples of the American carnival. But what are you supposed to do when you’re craving carnival food with no nearby carnival to visit? No worries; you can make you favorite fair foods right at home, such as the popular deep-fried candy bar. What You’ll Need The great thing about this recipe is that it’s 100% customizable to suit your unique taste buds. No matter what your favorite candy bar may be, you can deep fry it for an amazing, decadent taste. Furthermore, you don’t even need a deep fryer (although you can certainly use one if you have one). Here’s what you’ll need to whip up a batch of deep-fried candy bars: a couple quarts of vegetable oil a large egg a cup of milk a cup of pancake mix your favorite candy bars Time to Get Cooking Once you’ve all of your ingredients together, you can get started by heating the vegetable oil in a large pot until it reaches 375 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s important that you don’t let the oil get much hotter than that, as it could reach its flash point and begin smoking or start a fire. The best way to make sure your oil is the perfect temperature is to use a candy thermometer. Meanwhile, whisk together all the wet ingredients before adding in the pancake mix. Then, dip the candy bars (or bite-sized pieces of the candy bars) into the batter until it’s completely covered. Drop a few pieces at a time into the hot oil, allowing it to cook for a couple of minutes or until the batter is golden brown and the outer shell is crispy. Set the fried candy bars onto a few layers of paper towels to allow any excess grease or oil to drip off. Once moderately cooled, serve them up! But don’t be surprised when they disappear as quickly as you made them. Deep-fried candy bars certainly aren’t the best choice for an everyday snack, but they are a wonderful treat to indulge in every once in awhile. Be sure to keep this recipe in mind the next time you’re craving some all-American food that’s absolutely...

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Healthy Foods To Order At An Italian Restaurant

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Healthy Foods To Order At An Italian Restaurant

Italian restaurants are the most popular type of ethnic restaurant in the United States. After all, who doesn’t love a good, rich tomato sauce? However, finding healthy foods to order on an Italian restaurant menu can sometimes be a challenge. Don’t despair and think that you have to bypass your favorite restaurant to eat a healthy diet. There are several healthy menu items that are commonly found on Italian menus…if you know where to look. Six healthy foods to order at an Italian restaurant 1. Soups. Soups like minestrone or pasta fagioli are a healthy way to start your meal. Not only are these dishes loaded with healthy vegetables like kale and beans, but they help fill your stomach so that you’re not tempted to overindulge in less healthy foods like garlic bread or dessert. 2. Piccata-style entrees. Chicken or veal piccata-style entrees on an Italian restaurant are prepared by sauteeing the meat in a little olive oil and topping it with a lemon, caper, butter sauce. This is a lot better for you than the more common fried veal or chicken parmesan dishes. 3. Go grilled. Grilled entrees may not be the first thing you think of when you think of Italian food, but many Italian menus have grilled options, especially in the summer. Look for grilled shrimp, steaks and chicken entrees. Some restaurants also serve grilled vegetables as a side or an entrees, drizzled with a little olive–another healthy option. 4. Opt for seafood. Seafood is leaner than most beef and pork entrees. Look for sauteed squid, shrimp, scallops or octopus on Italian menus. 5. Choose a red sauce. A creamy alfredo sauce many by yummy, but it can add nearly 1,000+ calories to your dinner total. Choose a tomato-based marinara sauce instead and go easy on the added parmesan cheese for a healthier, yet still tasty, dinner. 6. Finish with fruit. If you’re the type of person who feels deprived if you can’t have dessert, go ahead and order dessert. Just make sure it’s a healthy choice, such as a bowl of cut-up fruit or fruit sorbet. Sherbet is not as healthy, since it contains milk and cream. Eating healthy foods at an Italian restaurant (such as Ynot Italian) doesn’t have to be an impossible task. Look for complex, tasty, vegetable-laden soups; go easy on the cheese; opt for red rather than white sauces and choose entrees that are sauteed in olive oil or grilled rather than fried. Ordering healthy is really easy once you get the hang of...

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Planning A High School Sports Banquet Meal

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Planning A High School Sports Banquet Meal

As a high school coach, you owe your athletes a season-ending sports banquet to reward all their hard work. But planning a suitable meal for this special occasion can seem daunting for a coach who’s more interested in winning than crafting a three-course meal. Use these guidelines to help you and the banquet hall chefs create a dinner that your players deserve. Estimating Food Amount The amount of people attending a sports banquet is usually smaller than the people attending, say, a graduation banquet or a prom dinner. That’s because they are often limited to the players, the players’ family members, the coaches, and school officials. As a result, you won’t have to create massive meals, but you still need enough food to feed everybody. Start by counting the RSVP cards a few days before the banquet to get a reasonable head count. Now, create meals following this basic proportion guideline: Appetizers: 4-6 bites of something small for every hour proceeding the meal. Main Dish: 6 ounces of meat or fish and two of the following side dishes: 1.5 ounces of rice or grain, five ounces of potatoes, four ounces of vegetables, two ounces of pasta, or one ounce undressed green salad. Dessert: Either one slice of cake, four ounces of pudding, or five ounces of ice cream. Picking Food Food for a sports banquet doesn’t necessarily have to be “classy” to be effective. In fact, your players will often want something simple and sports related. For example, baseball players may want to munch on sunflower seeds before the meal with hot dogs as a main dish. Football players might want nothing more complicated than some potato chips and chicken wings. The trickiest part will be finding meals that everyone can enjoy, especially if you have a lot of picky players. The following main dishes will appeal to just about any high school athlete: Macaroni and Cheese Cheesy Stuffed Meatballs Garlic Bread Pizza Black Bean Tacos Lemon and Parsley Roast Chicken Parmesan Encrusted Fish Planning Meal Around Events Finding a suitable time to serve your meal can be tricky at a sports banquet. That’s because they are often filled with a wide variety of events, including Coach Tributes Player Speeches Parent Presentations Slideshows Try to stagger these events throughout the night to avoid leaving your players hungry. For example, you could give your speech at the beginning of the night and then serve the appetizers. A half hour later, you could schedule the player speeches. Once the players are done talking, serve the main dish. You should now be just about an hour into the event. During the meal, run the slideshow: this is a great way to show off your player’s accomplishments and streamline the evening’s activities. After the meal, let the parents present anything they want. When they’re done, serve dessert. After dessert, finish the night with the award presentation. Follow these tips, and your sports banquet should run smoothly. However, if you still feel a little “in over your head,” don’t be afraid to get help from the banquet hall chefs. They’ve done this kind of thing before and should be able to help you get it...

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Tips For Saving Money On Your Next Trip To A Local Family Restaurant

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Saving Money On Your Next Trip To A Local Family Restaurant

Family restaurants can provide the perfect balance of a casual environment and good local cuisine. Unfortunately, even with the everyday low prices often offered by these local restaurants, many people will find themselves struggling to find room in their tight budget to eat out. This is especially true for larger families who must cover the cost of multiple meals. The good news is, if you find that money stops you from visiting a local family restaurant as often as you like, the money saving tips below can help to ensure you get to enjoy your favorite foods on a more regular basis. Check Local Publications For Coupons Family restaurants often offer just one location. Consequently, it is quite uncommon to find coupons for these restaurants in national or statewide publications. However, you may be able to find money saving coupons for your next meal by taking the time to check out local publications, such as smaller newspapers or the local phone book. In some cases, you may even find that family restaurants offer discounts through local community organizations such as your place of worship or your child’s school. While finding these coupons can take a bit more work than locating coupons for larger national chain restaurants, the money you will save will certainly be worth the effort that you put forward. Inquire About Daily Specials For The Week Many family restaurants will select a few meals each day which will be offered at a reduced price. These meals are commonly referred to as the daily special. While the daily special typically will not be posted in the restaurant until the day it is being offered, the manager will likely have a list of all the specials that they are planning to offer that week. Taking the time to inquire about the daily specials for the week can allow you to choose the best day for you to dine. For instance, if your favorite meal will be offered as the daily special on Thursday, waiting until then to visit the restaurant could save you a considerable amount of money while still allowing you to order what you wanted. Take Advantage Of Discounts Whenever Possible In order to help attract customers, family restaurants will typically offer a variety of discounts. Some of these discounts, such as military or senior citizen discounts, may be made available every day. Discounts such as free kids meals with a paying adult, may only be offered on certain days or during certain hours. In order to ensure you are not paying more for your meal than you need to, it is important to take the time to find out about all of the discounts your favorite restaurant has to offer and take advantage of these discounts whenever possible. Visit a local restaurant like Plaza Tapatia to learn more about...

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3 Tips For Staying On Your Raw Food Diet At A Restaurant

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Staying On Your Raw Food Diet At A Restaurant

If you are like many Americans today, you carry a few extra pounds that you would love to shed . If you stay up to date with America’s News and World Report, you may remember when they mentioned in January of this year that the raw food diet was one of the top diet plans for weight loss in 2015. If you are considering that plan or are already on it, one common concern relates to being able to dine in a restaurant while adhering to the raw food plan. Below are three tips to help you do this. Tip#1: Choose The Restaurant Carefully You probably already know that your options will be limited, but there are options that do not involve you just eating a pre-made salad and smiling through your hunger pains while others enjoy standard food. One option will obviously be the vegetable plate, as long as the veggies are fresh and have not been cooked, broiled, steamed, etc. Typically restaurants require meats to be cooked to a specific temperature, as regulated by the health department in each state. Therefore, if you are a fan of raw meat, you may have a problem. However, if you call ahead to the restaurant, you can talk to the manager and find out what changes could be made to the existing menu items for your meal. Tip#2: What Are Some Options? Many cold soups are made with fresh fruits and vegetables. As long as they do not add any cooked items prior to serving it, you may find a new favorite soup. Alternatively, they may be able to improve an existing dip to make it free of cooked food and then use carrots or celery in lieu of chips or bread. Fresh avocado with lemon juice is also a popular dip on this diet, as it is high in vitamins and the “good” fat. Some raw food devotees bring their own spaces, seeds and other salad garnishes, so when you are speaking with the restaurant manager, ask if you can bring in your extras to personalize your salad. If they don’t carry fresh avocado at the restaurant, you may be able to bring it along. Tip#3: Drink Juice And Water If you are eating at a family-style restaurant or a facility with a bar, juice will probably be available to you. After verifying that it is real juice and not a juice-based beverage, make sure you are drinking it throughout the meal. Not only is juice healthier for you and allowed within the raw food diet plan, its sweet taste can often help to avoid the need for dessert. In conclusion, improving your health through safe weight loss and good nutrition is crucial for everyone. If you are ready to commit to a raw food plan and your doctor agrees, remember that you can still enjoy eating out with your friends and family members, it just takes a bit more planning. If you’re looking for a new restaurant in your area to try, visit The Dunraven...

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5 Tips For Making Healthier Food Choices At A Mexican Restaurant

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Tips For Making Healthier Food Choices At A Mexican Restaurant

Mexico has given the world some of the most delicious recipes found anywhere on the globe. The U.S. is full of excellent Mexican food restaurants, but someone who is on a strict diet may find it difficult to select a healthy meal. Mexican food features flavorful ingredients, but many recipes include cheese, lard, and sour cream, which can be high in fat. The next time you visit a Mexican food restaurant while on a diet, use the following tips to make your meal healthier: Opt For Soft Flour Tortillas When you want to enjoy a plate of tacos, choose soft flour tortillas instead of a crunchy taco shell. On their own corn tortillas as not unhealthy, but the crunchy shells that are often used for hard tacos are fried in oil to give them their crispy texture, which can add a lot of calories and fat to your meal. Soft flour tortillas on the other hand are usually baked or cooked in a skillet without the use of oil. Embrace Avocados And Salsa Many regional Mexican dishes are topped with cheese and sour cream, which can be a disaster to your diet. Skipping these ingredients doesn’t mean that you have to eat a bland meal—try substituting salsa and avocados instead. Salsa comes in a variety of heat levels, and adds a bold flavor to any meal. Avocados are creamy and delicious, and also contain healthy fats that are a good addition to any diet. Know Which Dishes Are Fried There are several popular Mexican recipes that have fantastic flavor, but they are deep fried, which is not what you want to eat while on a diet. When scanning the menu at a Mexican food restaurant, avoid dishes such as chimichangas, taquitos, chalupas, and chile relleno. Choose The Healthier Side Dish Refried beans are a staple at many Mexican food restaurants, but these types of beans are often made with cheese and lard or bacon fat. Instead of choosing refried beans, opt for Mexican black beans or pinto beans for an authentic flavor without all of the extra calories and fat. Say No To High Fat Dips Queso (cheese) dips are very popular in Mexican restaurants, but they are not the healthiest option. Pass over these high calorie dips in favor of eating your chips with fresh salsa. While it may be hard, try to indulge in just a few fried corn tortilla chips, and save your appetite for your healthy entree. If you’re ready to try these tips, visit a local restaurant like El Cortez...

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Simple Wedding Catering Satisfies

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Simple Wedding Catering Satisfies

As you plan your wedding, you are probably worried about what you are going to serve your guests for dinner. Wedding blogs and magazines are following the fad to suggest that you have a lot of choices for your guests. A big table full of appetizers would be very complex and could satisfy every particular craving. But sometimes, simple really is better. Consider this menu for your guests. Three Simple Meat Choices Pulled-pork sandwiches are a simple, inexpensive choice for wedding dinners. Have the caterer prepare two types of pulled-pork. One will be milk, with only minimal seasoning on it. The second type of pork should be seasoned with barbecue sauce. Also have a bowl of barbecue sauce on your buffet table for your guests.  That way each guest can decide how much barbecue flavor they want on their sandwich. The rolls for the sandwich should be precut so your guests can quickly spoon the meat on to them. Work with the caterer planning the size the roll. You don’t want anything bigger than your fist. A smaller roll will be easier for you and your guests to handle. Just plan on each guest having two or three sandwiches. Your third meat choice should be a simple baked chicken breast seasoned minimally. Chicken is inexpensive, easy to cook, and liked by most guests. It will satisfy those that are not interested in the pulled-pork sandwich. Three Simple Sides Next plan for three simple side dishes. Mashed potatoes, green beans, and corn are great choices. They are different colors, which is pleasing visually to your guest. They also have different tastes and textures. Depending on your budget, you can have the side dishes as simple or spruced up as you would like. Garlic cheese mashed potatoes may be more decadent than simple mashed potatoes. Green beans can be accentuated with almonds and bacon or turned into a casserole. These three dishes are all very filling. They are also generally enjoyed by guests of all ages. Your caterer can use canned, frozen or instant varieties if the fresh versions are not in season at the time of your wedding. You may be surprised at how many of your guests come up and thank you for the excellent meal at your reception. The simple meal made it easy for them to see what was available and choose what they were going to eat that night. They did not have to worry about a huge buffet full of unknown appetizers. Sometimes comfort food really is the best way to go. Talk to a caterer like Barbagallo’s to see what your options...

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3 Things That Make Restaurants More Enjoyable

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things That Make Restaurants More Enjoyable

Going out to a restaurant is often fun because you know that you get to get out of the house and enjoy some delicious food that you don’t have to make. However, there are certain things that can make your experience at a restaurant even more enjoyable. This article will discuss 3 things that make restaurants more enjoyable for you.  1. Live Music When restaurants have live music for you to listen to, this is a great source of entertainment while you are eating your meal. The sound of the band is often much better than when it is being played from a CD or radio, and you have the opportunity to meet the band if you would like. You can often times even call a restaurant like Water Front Bar and Grill, ahead of time to see what type of band is going to be playing on certain nights. This will help you to go on a night when a band that you really like is playing. Having a live band play at a restaurant really means that you are getting more bang for your buck because you are only paying for your meal, and getting entertainment as well.  2. Cooking The Food In Front Of You Watching the chef cook your food right in front of you is also pretty awesome because you get to see exactly how your food is made. There will be a grill right in front of your table, so the chef will cook the food, and then give it to you hot and fresh. Often times you can choose all of the ingredients that go into your dish, as well as how well you want your meat cooked. You also get to see exactly how the chef combines your ingredients and cooks them, which may give you some ideas of how to cook this dish on your own at home.  3. Games While many child-geared restaurants have games for kids to play while they are there, there are also restaurants that have games for adults as well. These games can include arcade games, video games, bowling, pool, karaoke, dancing, etc. You can play these games while you are waiting for your food to come out, and you can play them for as long as you like once you are done eating. Restaurants with games may cost a bit more to get into, but the delicious food and fun games are well worth the added cost. ...

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