Fun With Foodies

Do you love food? It is official: I love food, so I thought a great way to spend my “free” time, would be to pay a visit to all of my favourite chefs, foodies, and restaurants.

This way, I get to taste all their amazing food, and share all the latest food trends, and tastes with you. I have invited my brother-in-law, Pepe, to join me on my adventures.

Firstly, he is French, and we all know that French people love good quality food. Secondly, he is a specialist cheese maker himself. Finally, everyone that meets him, loves him. He is a typical Frenchman, round and robust. He is passionate about everything he does, and thoroughly enjoys sharing cheese making and his food knowledge.

We are going to be visiting a variety of people and places, ranging from chefs, to restaurant owners, to food manufacturers, to food growers, to wine masters, and loads more. Pepe and I will be interviewing all of these interesting and amazing people. We will be sure to keep writing articles to keep you up to date, and we will tape Pepe’s interviews, and make videos for YouTube. After all we all love listening to a French accent.

We all seem to be becoming more and more interested in food. Cooking has become a pastime for many of us, and recipe books are like our new Bibles. I will be keeping my eyes open for all things trending in the food world. If you have any ideas of people that would be interesting to meet, and interview, please let us know.

Below are some interesting trends at the moment:

West meets East (Western dishes flavoured with Eastern spices)

Simple menus (offering fewer choices on menus)

Genetic modification

Clean food (no sugar, artificial flavourings, or additives added to food)

Pasta, and endangered species (more restaurants are serving baby marrow and
vegetable ribbons, or pasta made with chic peas, or quinoa)

Hot is no longer hot enough (chili, turmeric and peri peri are being added to far more dishes

Experiential meals (including carb-free eating. There are many ways of substituting carbs, with one being swapping mashed cauliflower for mashed potato.)

Cooking with fire (we call it braaing, but the rest of the world call it grilling or barbecuing)

Inspired ice creams (Ranging from healthy ones to pure decadent cocktail ones)

And here are some of the foodies that we have lined up to interview:

Cheese maker
Mushroom forager
Wine maker
Coffee Connoisseur
A couple of well known Chefs
An assortment of restaurant owners
Craft been maker
A cookery school owner
Ice cream maker

Amazing Fusion Roll at Senz, Santiago De Chile

Friday night, waiting for movies seance, and hungry. That’s how I felt and I was already resigned to go to the “patio de comida” to eat a cheeseburger (yes, I like cheeseburger too ^^). So I was on my way when I saw this all new Asiatic-style bar. One look at the menu after, I was seated ordering some drinks for me and my girlfriend. (by the way the Piña Colada was top notch according to her)

The waitress at the entree presented us Senz like a “Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine”. For those who don’t know about Peruvian food, it’s one of the best in the world in my opinion, with strong tastes and awesome sauces. On the menu you will find ceviches, fish and meat dishes, and about 20 different kinds of rolls. From traditionals to really originals ones, the choice isn’t so easy as I wanted to try them all!

I go for the Nazka Roll: a maki with tuna, cream cheese, avocado, masago (fish roe), wrapped in white fish with rocoto salsa, a strong red Peruvian pepper.

The maki arrives very fast, which is good: I’m not gonna have to eat it in 2 minutes so I don’t miss the movie. First, the presentation is nice: a long white plate, it’s colorful, shiny, it really makes your mouth water. Some photos and a few ginger later, I put the first piece in my mouth. And it’s good… very good… delicious! Under the tender white fish wrapping, the flavors arrive one after another, tuna, cream cheese… The rice is so light, you can feel every grain, perfectly cooked. The masago explodes with its salty taste, omg there’s a party in my mouth! Then you can feel a little heat because of the rocoto salsa, but it’s just the thing. (For those who have already eaten in a Peruvian restaurant, this rocoto salsa isn’t as hot at all, fortunately). The heat becomes more pronounced as I eat more of this Nazca maki, but never too much, this is pretty cool as the experience changes after every bite.

My girlfriend took the “Filete del Mar”, a local fish filet (reineta) with vegetables glazed with teriyaki sauce, and for tried it, it was really tasty too. The fish wasn’t dry at all and the flavors were well balanced between salty and sweet.

The service was good, asking my girlfriend if the Piña Colada was at her taste, very polite, and ready to give advices about the menu. I liked the atmosphere too, cool music, not too loud, well lightened and quiet.

Amazing Benefits of Drinking Purified Water

Drinking purified water is very good for the health. It helps the body get rid of wastes and toxins, and it helps keep our skin beautiful. It can also help you lose weight and helps the digestive system to metabolize food properly.

Drinking purified water can suppress the appetite and helps the intestines absorb needed nutrients from the food we eat. The body is made up largely of water and insufficient water intake will result in alteration in many body functions.

The amount of water you take is just the beginning. In order to get the benefits of water, you need to pay attention to the quality of the water as well. Most people, even the health-conscious ones, neglect to watch what they drink by drinking straight from the tap, rather than drinking purified water.

Tap water contains a lot of contaminants from chemical, to metal, to biological impurities. This is very dangerous as ingestion of these toxins can cause harm to our health.

There are different treatment methods for water. Among the most widely used for residential purposes are distillation, reverse osmosis, and water filtration.

Distillation is able to remove chemical contaminants through evaporation. Water is heated to a boiling point, removing chemicals and organic materials that have lower boiling points than water. This includes metals, nitrates, volatile organic chemicals, and minerals.

Distillation is not selective of the minerals that will be removed; hence, the water is stripped of valuable minerals along with the dangerous ones. This makes the water taste “flat”. In addition, it is also expensive and takes a long time to produce a large supply.

Reverse osmosis is also another purification method for water. It uses a semi-permeable membrane where those substances which have heavier and bigger molecules than water will be unable to pass through. If you want to use mineral-free water, then reverse osmosis is for you. However, this is not advisable.

Similar to distillation, reverse osmosis is not selective in which minerals will be removed. Both the bad and the good minerals are removed, giving the water a bad taste. Minerals like iron, manganese, and calcium, which are good for the body, are removed. Iron is essential for formation of red blood cells while calcium and manganese play a role in bone formation and blood clotting. By removing the alkaline minerals in water, it becomes more acidic. Acidic water can strip the calcium from teeth and bones as a response to neutralize the acid.

In order to get purified drinking water that has not been stripped of minerals, filtration is the best option you have. It effectively removes chemical, metal, and biological contaminants and it also removes bad taste and odor in the water through a combination of sub micron filtration, carbon filtration, and ion exchange.

 

Weight Loss Made Easy With Potato Bread

It is getting colder outside. Perfect time to bake! Talking about bread, one of the best recipes for this fall is definitely potato bread. Not only does it has an amazing taste but it is healthy as well. Potato bread, as the name is implying, is whole wheat bread flavored with cooked potatoes. To make you understand why I am saying, that potato bread has distinct health benefits, let us talk about its ingredients.

Why potato bread is healthy

First of all there is whole wheat flour. Now, where is the difference between whole wheat flour and regular wheat flour? Unlike whole wheat flour, wheat flour is made out of husked grain. Sadly you loose all the vitamins and minerals by husking the grain. Another very important aspect is, that whole wheat flour contains a higher amount of complex carbohydrates. We will dig deeper on complex carbohydrates, when we have finished talking about our second ingredient of potato bread, potatoes.

Potatoes itself have the same advantage as whole wheat flour. Potatoes are pure starch. And starch is a complex carbohydrate. Carbohydrates are sugar, but there are different qualities. Simple sugar and complex sugar. While simple sugar is easy to digest, complex sugar needs time to be processed by your body. The latter is a bonus of whole wheat breads like potato bread. You have to understand that, the easier sugar is available for your body, the more damage it does to you. I am going to explain, why this is the case. To digest sugar, your body does release insulin. Insulin regulates the amount of sugar in your blood. If it is too much, insulin will be released to lower your blood sugar level. The more simple sugar you have eaten, the higher your blood sugar level will be, and the more insulin will need to be released.

The problem and its solution due to potato bread

Insulin itself is not the problem. The problem is, that the level of sugar in your blood will rise and fall drastically. This effect is the reason why you need (you really want) even more sugar after you have eaten it. That fact is the problem, why most people gain too much weight. What do we do with this knowledge? Right, we are looking for food that contain a huge amount of complex carbohydrates. We already have learned, that complex carbohydrates need to be broken into simple sugar first. This results in a slower release of sugar in your blood and a more flat insulin level. It sounds easy, actually is easy and it is so helpful for everybody.

Whole wheat bread is my first choice on this topic. But you can improve its healthy effect. If you are adding cooked potatoes to this bread, you have a real complex carbohydrate monster. You would not have to eat that much, which is good for everybody counting calories. But you would not be as hungry and that often as you were used to anyways, because you have put more complex carbohydrates to your nutrition plan.

 

Kona Blend Coffee Offers a Cheaper Alternative to That Great Kona Coffee Flavor

Highball, cobbler, crusta, and fizz-Do these ring a bell to you? No? What about cooler, punch, and cocktail? Yes, what you’re thinking might be right: these are popular mixed drinks, alcoholic beverages made up of two or more alcoholic ingredients. Why mix them? Well, it’s due to the simple reason that two is better than one. Mixed drinks offer a different taste than pure liquor.

The same principle goes with coffee. You mix two or more types of coffee and you get a somewhat unique tasting stuff called a “blend.” In the old days, manufacturers blend coffee in order to save money. Most mix small quantities of superior Arabica beans with less aromatic Robusta. The result is a low-grade commercial coffee. This tactic is still employed today. However, there are some coffee manufacturers that have somewhat revolutionized coffee blending. They are not just looking to save on cost; rather, they are after satisfying the consumer’s palate. In other words, their top priority is to blend coffee varieties in a way that the end result would cater to the consumer’s unique sensibilities. One particular example is Kona blend coffee.

Kona is a district in Hawaii famed for its beautiful beaches, which mesmerize both divers and surfers. Its mountainous slopes are blessed with a coffee-friendly climate and fantastic volcanic soil, attributes that make it perfect for growing Arabica coffee. But what separates this coffee from other ones is that Kona farmers take special care in picking and drying the cherries; because the process is all natural, Kona beans retain all its flavors and have what coffee connoisseurs call a “full body” taste.

But the thing is pure Kona coffee is rather expensive. Typical pure Kona beans would cost you $27.99 per pound. A special Kona coffee like Peaberry Kona, which contains whole beans, has a price tag of $33.99 per pound. At the modest estimates, one pound of coffee yields 32 eight ounce cups, which is the regular cup size in most coffee chains. If you would consume a cup a day, then you would probably spend $167.94 to $203.94 in just six months with regular Kona coffee. In one year, that translates to about $335.88 to $407.88. With that kind of money, you can almost buy a brand new iPad.

Of course, there are folks who can afford to consume pure Kona coffee everyday. Some, however, cannot. That is why manufacturers have come up with the idea of blending Kona with other varieties of coffee. The cost is arguably lower, but they blend it in a way that the distinctive Kona flavor is not lost and overcome by the other coffee variety. Usually, producers mix 10% Kona beans with other beans (usually from Brazil, Africa, or Indonesia).

If you are worried about the high price of regular Kona coffee, then you should try Kona blend coffee. With this blend, you will enjoy some of the rich and amazing taste of Kona coffee without hurting your wallet.