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Learn How To Plan A Great Bachelor Party

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Learn How To Plan A Great Bachelor Party

Bachelor parties are a tradition in many cultures. Planning a bachelor party for a friend or relative is not always easy to do. If you are responsible for planning the bachelor party for someone you love, use the information below to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch. Determine How Many People Will Be Attending the Party The first thing you need to do is sit down with the groom and create a master guest list. You need to know how many people the groom wants to have at the party so that you can find a venue that is large enough to accommodate everyone who will be in attendance. Find the Perfect Venue for the Party Next, you need to search for a venue that has a private area where the party will take place. Many nightclubs, restaurants, and even bars often have separate rooms that can be used for private parties. If you plan to have an exotic dancer at the party, it is important to get permission from the manager of the venue before booking the party to make sure that the dancers are allowed. Determine What Is Included with the Venue Rental When planning the party, you need to be sure that everyone is able to get plenty to eat and plenty to drink throughout the night. Work with the venue to see there is any way that your party can have a small buffet set up for the guests to enjoy. This allows everyone to get food whenever they want without having to constantly make separate orders. A small, separate bar situated in the area where the party will take place is also a good idea because then everyone can get the drinks they want without having to go out into the other areas of the venue. Establish Designated Rides Home Finally, book a limo, party bus, or cabs to take everyone home at the end of the night. You do not want anyone to get into an accident or possibly getting a DUI as they travel home from the party. You could have everyone stay at one designated location for the evening to save money on the transportation costs, if you wanted. Planning a bachelor party is a big responsibility. Make as much of the plans in advance as you can to ensure that you can get the venue on the day that you need...

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Team Building On A Restaurant Tour: Tips For Planning

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Team Building On A Restaurant Tour: Tips For Planning

A private restaurant tour provides a fun and tasty backdrop to a corporate team building outing. However, if you want to optimize the experience, there are a few tips you should keep in mind. Check out these ideas: 1. Use the event as an entrée to a new location. In addition to the team building work you do during the event, you should also consider using the experience as a fun way to introduce your employees to a city. This approach works for a number of different scenarios. For example, if you are adding transfers from another town to your team, a restaurant tour introduces them both to the rest of the team and to your city. Similarly, restaurant tours work well for introducing your sales staff to a new city that you are servicing, showing your marketing team another side of the city you currently live in, and similar situations. 2. Try new things. When you are setting up the private restaurant tour, tell the tour operator that you want to try new things. Tasting exotic fruits, exploring interesting food-wine pairings, or delving into fusion concepts helps to add excitement to the event, and it also encourages engagement between your team and the tour. However, be sure to ask your team about allergies or diet considerations. Then, notify the tour operator about those needs so they can accommodate them accordingly. 3. Use the tour itself as an icebreaker. When you use a private food tour as a team building event, you don’t have to plan icebreakers to get everyone talking. Rather, let the tour itself act as an icebreaker. As your team notices the atmosphere of the restaurants, explores new flavors, hears music and experiences new parts of the city, they instantly have something to talk about. Planned icebreakers work well in some situations, but on a restaurant tour where there is already a lot of sensory input, they can be superfluous. 4. Let it be fun. The ultimate objective of any team building event is to bring the team closer together. This helps them understand each other and opens the door to more effective communication strategies. To foster closeness in a group, it helps to simply have fun together. You don’t want the restaurant tour to feel like just another work obligation. You want it to be something your employees look forward to. For more tips on planning a corporate team building event during a restaurant tour, contact a tour operator in your area....

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Three Things You Need To Know About Restaurants And Wedding Food

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Things You Need To Know About Restaurants And Wedding Food

If you’re planning to hold your wedding reception at a restaurant instead of a banquet hall or home, you’re effectively killing two birds with one stone. Restaurants often have special arrangements for weddings, providing both the food and the location, but there are some considerations you need to be aware of. Check out these three issues to ensure holding the reception in a restaurant is best for you. Set Menus If you have a particular restaurant in mind because you love certain dishes there, be aware that some of those dishes may not be available for large-scale wedding parties. Those special arrangements for wedding parties listed previously often include a set menu with specific dishes. If there are dishes that you want available for your guests, you may be able to special-order those, but there’s no guarantee. You also have to be sure the restaurant can offer alternatives for vegetarians, vegans, and any other special dietary considerations. Most do, but you should still be sure that the final menu reflects that. Alcohol Licenses If you plan to serve alcohol at the wedding and the restaurant does not have a license for the particular type you wanted to serve (for example, you want hard liquor available when the restaurant is licensed to serve only beer and wine), all is not lost. Depending on your state, you may be able to bring in a third-party bar service if the restaurant will allow that. Whether or not you intend to charge guests for alcohol can also make a difference. For example, in Oregon, you don’t need an alcohol license for a wedding reception if you’re not going to chanrge the guests. The third-party service would be required to have a license, though. Handling All of the Food — All of It If you have your heart set on a particular wedding cake, run that by the restaurant. Some restaurants will make arrangements to receive the wedding cake and store/serve it, but others want to provide the wedding cake themselves. And those restaurants may or may not have different styles and flavors of cake to choose from — it’s best to ensure the place you rent has policies in line with what you want. For more information about holding a wedding reception at a restaurant, talk to the managers and ask to see the menus available. Find out how much notice the restaurant needs,...

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Men’s Diet Tips: Spice Up Your Salads With A Chicken Breast And Avocado Recipe

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Men’s Diet Tips: Spice Up Your Salads With A Chicken Breast And Avocado Recipe

If you want to try something new and healthy for lunch but don’t want to give up high-protein foods, add spicy skinned chicken breasts and garlic avocado slices to your salads. Chicken is a great way to get the protein you need each day without sacrificing taste and flavor in your salads. Avocados provide lutein for good vision, potassium for healthy muscle function, and 18 other nutrients that keep your body strong. If you work out or want to increase muscle strength, the protein in chicken and the nutrients in avocados may help you do so. Try the easy cooking steps below to create this go-to meal for your new diet. Marinate Your Chicken and Toss Your Avocado in Garlic One of the best things about chicken is that you can marinate it in the refrigerator before you use it in your culinary dishes and salads. Soaking your skinless chicken breasts in 1 cup of cold water, two whole garlic cloves, 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder, and a pinch of salt infuses flavor and color in the meat. You can also add 1/4 teaspoonful of cayenne pepper flakes to the marinade for more flavor and spice. To marinate the meat properly, slice one medium-sized chicken breast in 1/4-thick pieces, then place the slices in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours in a sealed container to keep them from spoiling or developing bacteria. If you want to reduce your calorie intake, cut the breast in half and freeze one of the pieces for later. One medium-sized piece without the skin contains 282 calories after you cook it. You only obtain 141 calories from your chicken breast if you cut it in half. While you marinate your sliced chicken breast, toss one small avocado in 2 teaspoonfuls of extra virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, and 1 pinch of black pepper. Place the avocado slices in an airtight container to seal in their freshness and to keep them from turning brown.  Put Your Salad Together Preparing your salad isn’t difficult. Remove the chicken from its marinade, then saute it on low heat until done or golden brown. Now, do the following: Place 2 cups of finely cut and washed iceberg lettuce on a large plate.  Add 1 cup of sliced cherry tomatoes, 1/2 cup of cubed cucumber slices, and 1/2 cup of shredded carrots to the lettuce (or any other fresh veggies that you like). Layer slices of your chicken breast and avocado over the other ingredients, then sprinkle 1/2 cup of grated provolone cheese for calcium. Serve without salad dressing to keep from losing the flavor of the chicken and avocado. Because you cut the protein down in your chicken breast when you halved it, you can add 1 teaspoon of whole almonds to the salad to make up for it. For more fresh chicken meal ideas talk with a restaurant, like Cochran’s Cafeteria, for more information. Or, if you just want to have a splurge day from your diet, visit your favorite local restaurant and try something...

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How To Make Greek Pizza With A Homemade Crust

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make Greek Pizza With A Homemade Crust

Topped with a delicious olive oil-based dressing, feta cheese, olives, onion and tomatoes, Greek pizza is a lovely break from traditional red sauce and mozzarella pizza. Did you know you can make this enticing pizza in the comfort of your own home? Here’s how: Ingredients For the crust: ¾ cup warm water 2 cups bread flour 1 ½ teaspoons active, dry yeast 1 teaspoon white sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon good quality olive oil For the pizza topping: ½ cup of your favorite Greek salad dressing 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled ½ cup black olive, sliced ½ cup tomatoes, diced 2 cloves of garlic, minced ½ cup red onion, sliced thinly Directions To make the crust, begin by dissolving the yeast in the warm water. After allowing it to rest for 5 minutes, add the remaining ingredients, except for ½ cup flour, to the bowl. Stir well to form a soft dough, and then gradually add the remaining flour until a medium-firm dough ball forms. Sprinkle a little extra flour on a hard surface, and then knead the dough by hand for 10 minutes. Next, drizzle a large bowl with some additional olive oil, and place the dough inside. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and place it in a warm place to rise for 1 hour. After an hour has passed, the dough should be doubled in size. If it is not, let it rest for an additional 15–30 minutes. Press the dough down to remove excess air bubbles. Then, use floured hands to shape it into an even ball. Place this ball on a lightly greased pizza pan to rest for 20 minutes. Then, stretch it out into a 12–14 inch circle. Drizzle the pizza crust with ¼ cup of the Greek dressing. Then, sprinkle on the feta, garlic, tomatoes, onions and olives, making sure they are all evenly distributed across the top of the pizza. Place the pizza in a 400 degree F oven, and bake it for 20 minute, or until the crust is crispy and browned on the bottom. Remove the pizza from the oven, and drizzle it with the remaining Greek dressing. If you like your pizza extra cheesy, you can also add an additional ½ cup of crumbled feta cheese to the top after removing it from the oven. Let the pizza cool slightly, slice it into wedges, and serve. If you’re in the mood for pizza but not in the mood to bake on your own, visit a local pizzeria like Greg’s...

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Benefits of Ordering Pizza Online

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Benefits of Ordering Pizza Online

Ordering food online is growing at vast speeds, with 40% of adults using some kind of online software (laptop, cell phone app, etc) to order their meals online. Restaurants who offer this feature have reported greater sales as a result of this technological shift, and customers continue to try this new mainstream way of ordering food. If you’re hankering for a pizza and have never ordered one online before, don’t be afraid to try something new. Here are a few benefits of ordering pizza online. Ease of ordering You know how it goes: the second you start to place an order for pizza over the phone, everyone in your party has to put their two cents in. Pepperoni! Anchovies on the side! Half cheese, half spinach and tomatoes! Wait, scratch the pepperoni and do Canadian bacon instead! Do they have garlic sauce? This can make you and the person on the other end of the line extremely frustrated, especially since the person who is taking your order has to listen to your party’s banter while trying to get accurate information through the restaurant feedback in the background. With online ordering, you simply pull up the restaurant’s website you are ordering from, choose the type of crust and size of pizza you want, then add your toppings as you go. You can delete and change the toppings as much as your party demands you to, and when everyone is in agreement you simply hit the ‘submit’ button and you’re done. Another benefit to online pizza ordering is that you can review your order when you receive your food to make sure everything is correct. If you could have sworn you ordered extra marinara and the delivery driver gives you a normal serving, you can show them your customized order so they can correct it quickly for you. Online deals Many pizza restaurants offer online deals that you can redeem during your order. Deals vary, but examples include a combination deal for added bread sticks and soda or a discount on two or more pizzas. When ordering pizza online, explore the online-only offers first before you place your order. If you join an email list, you may even receive coupons in your inbox for your next dining experience when you place an order. As you begin to order pizza online through local establishments, such as Pickleman’s, you will quickly learn why nearly 50% of the adult population chooses to order their meals in an online fashion. You can take the frustration out of ordering and maybe even snag a great deal, all without having to talk to a single person on the...

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Two Great Recipes For Your Family

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Great Recipes For Your Family

One of the best things about a family restaurant is the down home cooking that you can get there. Because the food is all styled around the home, they make things that you can make at home without much effort. Here are two great recipes that will give you a similar experience right at home. Pan fried pork chops 4 pork chops, 1.5 inches thick 1/4 cup of kosher salt 1.5 teaspoons of basil 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon thyme 1 crushed bay leaf A dash of cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons of olive oil Fresh cracked black pepper Mix together all the dry ingredients to form a seasoning rub for the pork chops. Coat the pork chops in the seasoning rub. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat and then cook the pork chops for 5 minutes per side. Use a meat thermometer to make sure that your pork chops are cooked to an internal temperature of 140 degrees to avoid the potential of any parasitic infection. Buttermilk biscuits with strawberry jam 2 cups of flour 6 tablespoons of butter at refrigerator temperature 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda 4 teaspoons of baking powder 1 1/4 cup of buttermilk 1 teaspoon of salt 2 cups of strawberries 2 tablespoons of chia seeds 1/4 cup of xylitol Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a container and mix well. Add the butter by using a pastry knife and cutting it into the dry mixture. When the butter is fully incorporated and you see little chunks of butter surrounded by flour. Add the buttermilk and stir until it is fully incorporated. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and cut the biscuits into circles that are 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Cook for 12 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top. Make a simple strawberry jam by combining the chia seeds, strawberries, and xylitol. Boil this mixture on your stovetop for 10 minutes, making sure that you stir well as it is cooking. Once you have reached 10 minutes, pull the jam off the stove and bottle it. Allow the jam to cool so that it will gel and be ready for your biscuits. Serve and enjoy. When you make these recipes, your family will think that they are eating something as good as they would at a family restaurant and return to your house again and again to...

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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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