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Peruvian Cuisine Promoting Equality

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Culinary maestro, Gaston Acurio has made efforts to leverage Perus gastronomical delights to produce a more equitable society. His 3-year old cooking school at the Pachacutec vocational institute has been making the news lately for offering world-class culinary school to ordinary Peruvians. Acurio believes chefs like himself who cater to wealthy palates have a moral duty to raise the living standards in countries like Peru where nearly 2 in 5 live on less than $2 a day. Well-to-do Peruvians pay upwards of $700 per month to attend renowned culinary schools, but Pachacutec costs just $30 per month for an education every bit as demanding. The surrounding desert of Pachacutec is home to over 100,000 people, many who are extremely poor and have malnutrition.

Acurio has garnered attention for Peruvian cuisine throughout the world. He owns nearly 30 restaurants both in Peru and abroad. For the cooking school, Acurio has enlisted top chefs including Catalan, Ferran Adria, as well as other chefs from Acurios restaurants. The schools library, housed in a metal shipping container, has over 2,500 cookbooks that were sent from Spain by famous chefs. Limas municipal water company donates water by trucking it in and filling the schools five 185-gallon wells. Each student is responsible for the care of two plants and cooking ingredients are donated by restaurant suppliers. The Roman Catholic Church also provides funding.

As part of their school, hardworking second-year students at Pachacutec are given a part-time job at Acurios restaurants around Lima. Students of Pachacutec will have a better chance to get a good job. Cooking wont eliminate poverty, but it helps to create, small, integrated economies between farmers, restaurants, fisherman, taxis and hotels. A study by the Peruvian Gastronomy Society found that most of the nations chefs earn about $500 a month. The first class graduated nine students in 2009 and all have jobs. The two-year program at Pachacutec receives about 500 applications a year, but only accepts 40 students.

Peruvian cuisine fuses native traditions with European, African, and Asian influences using an abundance of fresh ingredients including local seafood and potatoes. The son of a former prime minister, Acurio graduated from Cordon Bleu in Paris and returned home to open his first restaurant, Astrid & Gaston, in 1994. He is still passionate about promoting Peruvian cuisine, and often endorses Pachacutec and culinary schools open to all classes.

Health Benefits Of Ceylon Green Tea For Fat Reduction

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Most teas contain large amounts of polyphenols, which are plant-based substances that have been shown to have antioxidant, anticancer, and antiviral properties.
Green Ceylon tea burns fat and boosts your metabolism rate naturally. It can help you burn up to 70 calories in just one day. That translates to 7 pounds in one year.

However, green tea is particularly rich in a type of polyphenols called catechins. These substances have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties, but recent research in animals show that catechins may also affect body fat accumulation and cholesterol levels.

Researchers say the results indicate that catechins in green tea not only help burn calories and lower LDL cholesterol but may also be able to mildly reduce body fat.
The study showed that people who drank a bottle of tea fortified with green tea extract every day for three months lost more body fat than those who drank a bottle of regular oolong tea.

Researchers were able to confirm the weight loss benefit of green tea in a recent study at the University of Geneva. The conclusion was that, “Green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content per se.” Where before it was generally believed that the caffeine content in green tea is the reason for its weight loss benefit, this recent study deviated from that theory.

Green Ceylon tea was said to have shown some weight loss benefits by virtue of the fact that it can prevent fat from being stored, increase protein levels, and promote thermogenesis by triggering beta-adrenoceptor to action.
It was also discovered in this study that green tea can stimulate thermogenesis. Given to moderately obese patients, the green tea extract was said to have caused a decrease in weight by 4.6% and a reduction of waist circumference by 4.48% after only three months. The findings of the study clearly implicate the weight loss benefits of green tea.

Ceylon Green tea is a powerful anti-oxidant. Yes… just like vitamin C and beta-carotene! But researchers have suggested that the active ingredient EGCG (called epigallocatechin gallate ), may be up to 200 times more powerful than vitamin E as an oxidant.

Ceylon Green tea may be useful as a glucose regulator, meaning it slows the rise in blood sugar following a meal.
In short, green tea’s weight loss benefits are a result of several mechanisms.
As discussed, these include an increased metabolism, a positive effect on blood sugar and insulin regulation, and possibly the inhibiting of certain enzymes which are required for the processing of carbohydrates and fats. It also has been shown to lower LDL levels (that’s the “bad” cholesterol) as well as triglyceride levels.

You can expect an increase in fat oxidation and fat reduction as a result of taking a cup of this tea, especially just before your weight training or aerobics.

Madonna Concert Sticky and Sweet Tour

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Sticky and Sweet is the latest ongoing tour of Madonna its her eight tour. Madonna has extended her Sticky and Sweet tour and performing in UK and Europe, Madonna has never extend her tour before. The tour comprises of 85 Madonna shows – 44 in Europe, 30 in North America and 11 in South America. Started in August 2008, the tour is planned to end in August, 2009. Around 24-25 European Madonna Concerts are decided in this summer. This tour also includes those cities in which she has not performed from more than fifteen years . -Sticky and Sweet tour- was a great hit in North and South America 2008; the tour has record-breaking Madonna ticket sales, including 650,000 tickets sold in her series of South American. And 60,364 Madonna Concert tickets are sold in New York’s Madison Square Garden, the largest fans ever come together for a her concert in Switzerland. The tour happened in 58 cities 2008, seen by 2.35 million fans and grossed around $282 million. The shows are structured very well in 4 different acts – Pimp, Old school, Gypsy and Rave. Each act has different theme and choreography on stage which is very well performed by the queen of pop with her terrific singing. Songs have incredibly creative and witty presentation on stage to give audience real feel of the situation. Supporting dancers along with visuals and objects used on the stage make every song alive and add up to an extraordinary show. The updated Sticky & Sweet 2009 Tour schedule is as follows: 04-July The 02 London , UK 05-July The 02 London , UK 07July MEN Arean Manchester, UK- continue till Aug 2009, Europe

Madonna is promoting her 11th Studio album Hard Candy during the concert, Hard Candy released in 2008. -4 Minutes-, -Give It 2 Me-, – Miles Away- , -Incredible- are the top tracks on Hard Candy . Sticky and Sweet tour broke the record of last tour called -Confession on the floor- 2006. Her powerful start and brilliant ending with incredible voice make the show completely remarkable. She played her hits -Candy Shop-, -Beat Goes On-, -Human Nature-, -Vogue-, -Die another Day-, -Into the Groove-, -She’s Not Me- and many more in her 2008 tour. The tour grabbed many achievements in 2008, including becoming the highest grossing tour by a solo artist, the also tour ranked in third in Billboard’s “Top 25 Tours”. None fan of Madonna wants to miss her show. Buy as soon as you get it and enjoy the remarkable Madonna live performance.

Alexa Kari : in UK are 4th, 5th, 7th July 09 and from 9th July till August 2009 in Europe. Buy cheap online.

Experience A One Week Tour Of Golden Triangle

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One of the most preferred tours among various national and international travelers is the Golden Triangle tour in India. If you have a week off and you are planning for a vacation then Golden Triangle is definitely the tour made just for you.Golden triangle tour packages makes you travel to the three culturally rich cities of India. The cultural richness of these three cities is reflected in their ancient forts and monuments. Now, you all must be thinking which three cities? Well, these cities are Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. These places can also be explored by choosing the Delhi Agra Jaipur Tour Packages.
Delhi, as everyone knows is the capital city of India and is famous for its multiple cuisines, chaats being the famous one. All the local markets like Janpath, Lajpat Nagar and Sarojni Nagar are very famous and not to forget Delhi have some of the most beautiful ancient architectural monuments like Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Humayun Tomb, India Gate and Lotus temple. Delhi is the first destination of the Golden Triangle tour and it is definitely a place to visit.
Agra, well known for having the symbol of eternal love between the 17th century Emperor Shahjahan and his wife Mumtaj Mahal. This symbol of love is also one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Yes, you guessed it right its TajMahal. Once in a lifetime one must visit TajMahal, just to witness the fine art of ancient people when there were no machines, all the fine art in the TajMahal is created by thousands of workers by their own hands. Agra is the second destination of the Golden Triangle tour and it offers you one of the finest experiences of your life time.
Jaipur, well known as the Pink city is the last destination of the popular Golden Triangle Tour in India.Jaipur is the Royal City and it has a rich cultural heritage. Jaipur offers a variety to the travelers, the royal palaces, ancient forts and museums, camel safari, fairs and festivals, multiple cuisines, folk dance and music, puppet shows and much more. Jaipur is also very well known for its unique kind of jewelry like stunning stones and minakari work. If you are in Jaipur then dont forget to eat the famous cuisine, Dal bati churma.So, these three beautiful cities make the Golden triangle tour which is definitely visiting once in a life time. In order to know more about the rich history and culture of India, one must opt for this tour and feel the rich and ancient traditions and culture of the Incredible India.

Chef Basket – Your New Kitchen Gadget

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The Chef Basket is a brand new product that addresses some of the more common kitchen problems. This “12-in-1 kitchen tool” suggests it can help a person avoid burns, reduce accidental spills and even help make space in your kitchen cabinets.

According to the official Chef Basket website the handles of the basket are specially designed so that they always stay cool to the touch. This feature of the Chef Basket would appear to eliminate any chance of nasty burns. To use the basket you simply place it inside a pot. You can use it for a variety of cooking methods including; boiling, steaming, blanching, deep frying and poaching. What looks great about the Chef Basket is the ability to safely pick it up at anytime to see how your food is doing. When you’re satisfied with the results of your food you just pull the Chef Basket up and allow the water to drain right in the pot. You will no longer have to pour hot water out of the pot while trying to make sure everything made it into a colander. This should eliminate those moments of hot steam rushing into your face over the sink, while also allowing you to reuse the water. It should also mean that you won’t have to worry about accidentally spilling anything. You can take your food right from the pot to your plate in one simple motion.

Finally, the Chef Basket appears to fold up quite nicely and it wouldn’t take up much storage room. Now you could get rid of those bulky colanders and strainers and just use this one compact product.

They’re available online right now. They cost $14.95 (plus $6.95 in shipping and handling). They have a special offer right now where you get two for the price of one. They also give you a free Chef Guide with easy recipes and the Everlast Chef Knife.

What Kind of Food Do They Eat in Guyana

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Guyanese enjoy a variety of dishes on a regular basic and as with many countries, the food tells about the country’s past, present and future. Guyana is the only English Speaking Country in South America and it is the home of Kaieteur Falls, one of the highest water falls in the world. There is not a shortage of friendly people in this country and it is also rich in natural beauty. Some of the foods that are eaten here are as follows.

Pepper Pot

Pepper Pot is the country’s national dish and it is a dish that came from the Amerindians or Indigenous people of the land. This meal is usually prepared on Christmas eve, or, in the early morning hours on Christmas day. It is then served for breakfast on Christmas morning. It is served with bread, preferable homemade bread and steaming hot or warm chocolate “tea.” You would dip a piece of bread into the Pepper Pot and eat and when you are holding the last piece of bread in your hand, you would use it to soak up every drop of this delicious and special dish.

Some of the ingredients of this dish are ox tail, beef, pork, seasoning and casareep. Cassareep is made from cassava root and it is a tick black liquid which is also used in many other dishes here.

Metegee

Metegee is an all in one dish, which is made with ground provision and “meat.” Cassava, plantain, eddoes and potatoes are some of the ground provision used and egg, beef, pork, chicken or fish is chosen for the meat. After the meat is cooked, the ground provision is gradually added to the pot, then some coconut milk, which helps to thicken the “sauce” in this meal. Of course, if egg is the only “meat” used, it is usually added last.

Fruits

In this land of many waters, parents do not usually have to battle with their children to eat their fruits. In fact, it is the other way around. They have to tell them to stop eating so much of it. There are many homes that have at least one fruit tree growing in their yards. It may be a mango, or a cherry tree, a pear, or a tamarind tree, Guyanese also eat guineps, pineapple, banana and the list goes on.

To gain some more insight into this topic and to find a lot of recipes, the book What’s Cooking in Guyana by the Carnegie School of Home Economics, is a good place to look.

What Makes A Good Hotel In Barrow

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Many people stay in hotels in Barrow for special occasions or events. Tourists save to take a vacation and a major part of the expense is from hotel bills. Important or once-in-a-lifetime personal or business events are usually held in hotels. People who want to get away but do not want to go so far, stay in hotels.

Whatever your reason, your hotel experience will be part of your vacation, your important once-in-a-lifetime event, or your business meeting. Due to the importance of the occasions and/or reasons for staying in a hotel, it is important to choose a good hotel in Barrow.

What is a good hotel? Hotels in Barrow are classified according to the size, facilities and services offered. But even among hotels of the same category, there are outstanding ones and there are poor ones. A hotel which provides a worry-free experience to its guests will be long remembered as a good hotel, so what makes a hotel stand out among the rest?

– The staff- They are the most important asset of a good hotel. They are the ones who communicate with the guests and who go out of their way to accommodate and attend to their needs.

– Hotel facilities in a good hotel should be well maintained, especially the toilets.

– Small features that make the lives of the guests like a safe for valuables, hair dryer, clock, television, big mirror, conveniently located power sockets.

– Freebies in the room like free coffee, tea, fruits, or candies. They cost little but gives a caring impression to the guests.

– Good food in a wide variety and generous servings.

– Conveniently-located and comfortable beds. Think of the comfort to the guests if light switches and telephones are easily reached without getting up from the bed.

– Security: Guests should feel secure and safe, Are the door knobs all in good condition? How about the windows? The fire exit location should be identified.

-Some reading materials for guests who need to rest first before sleeping.

– A survey sheet in every room or a suggestion box in the lobby and in every function room. This would enable the guests to communicate their complaints to the hotel decision makers. That they have informed the hotel staff of their complaints would make them want to come again to see if their suggestions have been acted upon.

Amaretto Flavored Tea

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Amaretto flavored tea is great for experiencing the smooth almond taste connected with amaretto but without the effects of the alcohol. It has a velvety feel in the mouth and makes a great after dinner tea. This amber-red liqueur is enjoyable in all its many forms including tea drinks.

If you enjoy learning about the history of things, you might find one story of how amaretto came about a little interesting.

Amaretto means a little bitter in Italian. Now, would you believe the first bottle of amaretto made was because of a love affair? It’s certainly colorful and as rumors go, entertaining. The painter, Bernardino Luini, who created the Madonna fresco in the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church located in Saronno, Italy, received the handmade gift from the innkeeper. Not unusual, except that the innkeeper’s romantic interest, which inspired the creation of the liqueur, had grown while posing as a model for Bernardino.

You might also be interested to know that the almond flavor associated with amaretto comes from apricot stones, or pits. The original drink was probably made from grape brandy in which apricot stones were left to soak, or infuse. Accidents have been the catalyst for many of the beautiful and functional things we have today, but whether amaretto came about by accident, or intentional, we have no idea.

Amaretto flavored tea is made in different forms. You can, for instance, add the syrup directly to the teapot, for an ultra-fresh and delicious tea. You can also buy green and black teas with amaretto flavoring. This comes in handy if you sometimes like to disguise the grassy flavor of green tea. We like to mix things up sometimes so we frequently buy syrups to add flavors to our usual teas.

Being creative with your tea is a lot of fun and drinking amaretto flavored tea is a great new alternative to the usual tastes and flavors of traditional teas. Make sure to try this tea and remember that teas like this can be enjoyed year around, and any time of day.

Healthy Snacks The Perfect Component To The Big Day

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Its a week before my best friends wedding and everything has turned into a hectic blur. In the midst of trying to put the finishing touches on the plans for her bachelorette party, I am also trying to think of some healthy snack ideas to have around for the day of the wedding. While the aim is to provide snacks that are both healthy and energizing, they should also be simple but appear elegant.

Choosing the perfect healthy snack and appetizers for the day of the wedding forced me to be creative. I wanted to choose a healthy appetizer the groom would enjoy but allow him to feel energized long after he said I Do. The bride would need to feel fabulous even after she devoured the simple, healthy snacks. My choice would be a combination of items and ideas strewn together.

Cheese Recipes
The first place I visited was the website for John Wm. Macys CheeseSticks. Their gourmet snacks use the perfect cheese recipes combined with twice baked sour dough bread to create a snack that leaves you wanting more. Since these healthy snacks also use all natural ingredients, the connoisseur can not only enjoy the deliciousness of the snack, but also fully appreciate the value. They were the perfect solution to my healthy snack and appetizer crisis for the day of the wedding!

Healthy Appetizers
Throughout the day, I wanted different people to be delivering healthy appetizers and snacks to the bridal party. First, I thought we should start with something simple to accompany the John Wm. Macys CheeseSticks. I decided to make a simple tray of different fruits, vegetables and a dip. All of the food would be cut into bite sizes, so people will not feel stuffed but have enough nourishment to help them look their best for the big day.

Healthy Snacks
While the healthy appetizers contained a variety of items, I wanted the snacks to be simple and more precise, without having to resort to store bought chips. I decided to create some chips of my own using different types of potatoes and leafy greens. I thought it would be perfect to add some seasonal herbs and chives to the chips to give them a different color and texture. Another healthy snack option would be to pare a healthy fish with the Romano Garlic CheeseSticks.

On the day of the wedding, I decide it was the perfect idea to have healthy snacks available while we are getting ready. My best friend deserves the perfect day and the healthy appetizers help deter the Bridezilla in us all.

Chicken Recipe – Menudo

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One of the most special chicken recipes in the Philippines is the Chicken menudo. You can never tell which of the chicken recipes Ive already made is the best among all of them, so if your going to judge all chicken recipes from tinola, chicken curry and this menudo, be as prepare as you ever did when you are about to eat this, have a deeper concentration on your mind and a big appreciation for both chicken recipes. Because youll be arguing to yourself which among those is the best recipe. But of course that isnt the big issue there, the point there is, you tasted all and you tried eating all the chicken recipes I prefer. Now Im going to add this delicious chicken recipe and hopefully try this also in your own. Another good recipe will surely delight your day not just you but also your family once eaten. Lets start with its ingredients already:

Cooking oil
500 grams pork, chopped
150 grams pork liver, sliced into pieces
cup of MARGARINE
1 tbsp of soy sauce
Juice from 3 pieces calamansi
1 tsp garlic, chopped
cup onions, chopped
1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 piece bay leaf (laurel in filipino)
tsp pepper
1 cup potatoes, chopped
cup carrots, chopped
salt for seasoning

Cooking Procedure:
Let us marinate first our meat with simply putting soy sauce and calamansi juice then stir it and settle for a while. Some adds vinegar on their pork or chicken in marinating it, but I think its already enough for this pork menudo so it wont taste sour.
Heat your sauce pan or frying pan either if its what youre using in your house then put your cooking oil in it, also in this recipe we will be adding some margarine combined with the cooking oil so that it will be more delicious and also to add a bit flavoring on it. Add the chopped onions and 500 grams of pork in to the pan. Then stir it until the pork became a bit pale brown this will take few minutes. Now you can already add the recipes, add the bell pepper, pepper, bay leaf and then mix. mix it a bit and then add the tomato sauce and water and then heat and wait for 20 minutes then you can already add the potatoes, carrots and the pork liver. And for the final step, add some seasoning to your dish, put some salt and wait for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, and now youre done with your cooking its now ready to serve. Happy eating!