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Bread Making Class In San Francisco

Holiday season is slowly flowing into the shops, supermarkets and our hearts.

Winter is probaby the most exciting time of the year. We gather together. We share smiles and thoughts. We eat. Eating is one of those things we do the best on Holidays, that’s why I decided to level up your skill.

I will be throwing a holiday bakeout on December 13 in San Francisco, so do not hesitate to stop by and learn the essentials of bread making and “hugge”.

For tickets and more information click this link.

See you soon!

 

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Homemade Beet Pasta

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Purchased pasta with homemade sauce – good. Homemade pasta with homemade sauce – even better!

Pasta making is one of the things that I miss the most after leaving the professional kitchen. This process was a significant stress relief, and I could do it for hours listening to jazz music.

A few days ago I felt down and stressed and thought about refreshing my skill and making some pasta at home. The only obstacle for me was the absence of any pasta machines at home. Since I have never tried making pasta with only a knife and a ruler, I went for it and gave it a try. To my own surprise pasta came out great but needed a little bit of work on the shape. That was nothing comparing to what I expected.

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5 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes For Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Over the course of the past two months, I have been keeping up with my healthy(ish) diet trying to create low carb, low-fat dishes. I followed my cravings and listened to my body, went grocery shopping few times a week to master these recipes and make sure every single bite is worth a try.

I wasn’t a huge pumpkin fan, but since I started creating these recipes, I can admit that seasonal pumpkin craze affected me at some point.

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You Can Now Have Breakfast at Tiffany’s For Real

Almost every single woman I know (including me) watched “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” movie. It was and still is the most iconic film for many ladies who are dreaming about fancy life and a prince on a white horse.

If you are the one that hasn’t seen the move heres the short storyline: the main character played by Audry Hepbern dresses up nicely and every morning comes up to Tiffany store in New York City, overlooking their window full of jewelery while eating a doughnut with coffee.

Well, guys, behold! There is an actual cafe opening at the Fifth Avenue storefront of Tiffany in NYC.

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The place, called The Blue Box Cafe that will open this Friday will offer meals at pretty reasonable prices. According to Eater, breakfast and lunch will cost around $29 and $39 and include two courses each. Customers can also order tea service for $49.

For special occasions, Tiffany’s cafe will offer a Blue Box Cake that will look exactly like a signature little blue box and will be priced at $36.

 

 

 

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Pumpkin Zig Zags With Roasted Pepper Sauce

I am definitely all for the pumpkin season this year, and today I have something special for you.

I found these cute mini zig-zags at Trader Joe’s and could stand buying a package. Since I’m trying to eat healthily and consume more vegetables, zig-zags turned out to be an excellent substitution for actual pasta.

Keep this recipe in your bookmarks if you don’t want to overindulge yourself with turkey and gravy this Thanksgiving 🙂

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Instarecipe: Sweet and Savory Scones

Wow! I got hit by the storm of requests for this recipe basically in every single social media. You were so curious and responsive, so I couldn’t say no.

You found a pretty good deal if you stumbled upon this recipe surfing the internet because today I’m going to explain how to make scones both sweet and savory.

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Sleepless in Seattle: Why Should I Stand On That Damn Line For Starbucks

After going through the food part of Seattle, the central question remained unknown: what about coffee?

Although the movie “Sleepless in Seattle” is not about coffee at all, the city has a lot to offer. Coffee shops are literary everywhere you go, and every store is unique and provides a good variety of flavors, roasts, and blends.

Let’s briefly discuss why Seattle is the capital of Coffee and see why you should actually visit the first shop.

Spoiler alert: yes, there is Starbucks in here

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Easy Weeknight Pasta Bake With Tuna

Sometimes even awesome food bloggers don’t have time for their complicated, yet amazing creations. That’s why easy recipes come to the rescue.

When I worked as a chef, I remember my colleagues making this kind of meal for the entire staff before service when we were busy with prep work for Saturday evening.

I didn’t like this kind of meal at first, but after making it multiple times for dinner at home, I realized that it has to be a go-to recipe for every single busy person, who wants a fresh delicious meal prepared with minimum effort.

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Instarecipe: Tomato Buratta Salad With Roasted Peppers

I’ve got a lot of requests for this type of salad about a year ago, even before I started this blog and I’m happy to have this opportunity to share my favorite ingredients with you, reader.

I don’t purchase buratta that often because I love it so much, I can eat the entire cheese with just salt, olive oil, and some pepper. I tried to stretch the package for at least two recipes so you can see how it can be appropriately used in both warm and cold dishes.

This recipe is simple and can be served as an excellent appetizer for a special occasion.

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You Can Now Purchase Christmas Ornaments Filled With Alcohol

Christmas is only 1.5 months away, and it’s time for us to think about how to decorate the house.

I remember how my parents hung candy around a Christmas tree, and my friends and I were sneaking them into my room and eating before the holidays even started. The last candy was always eaten on the Christmas day at midnight.

The British company Lakes Distillery came up with a similar entertainment for adults. Now anyone can decorate a Christmas tree with ornaments filled with their favorite alcoholic beverages. The assortment includes quite pleasant flavors: vodka with salted caramel, gin flavored with cinnamon and raspberries and whiskey with hints of molasses and fresh fruits.

You can purchase these decorations in Europe, UK, and also arrange delivery to the United States. The cost can vary, and for example, 1 ball will cost about $ 21, while the whole set of six pieces will cost about $42.

The European supermarket chain Aldi came up with the similar idea, creating an advent calendar for adults, filled with tiny bottles of wine.

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What and Where to Eat In Seattle

It’s hard to travel to new places and visit random restaurants when you are both a chef and a picky eater. I have a tough time trusting places, especially if they don’t look good from the inside, but the problem with Seattle was that every damn restaurant looks nice, that you can’t stand the drive to walk in.

After always sunny and at some point messy San Francisco, Seattle feels like a deep breath of fresh air: clean streets, a lot (seriously A LOT) of trees and parks in the city. Small, walkable, thus diversified Seattle impressed me with its food scene and clean restaurants.

After a few hours of wandering around the city, I couldn’t stop noticing how tidy all the places look like and how much I want to visit every one of them. Nevertheless, my schedule was pretty tight, and I had to fit at least 6 places into 3,5 days. After an extensive research and tons of articles read, I landed 10 bookmarks on my google maps, hoping to visit at least half of them.

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Napa Valley Wild Fires Update

Midnight October 11th. The smog was around the city of San Francisco all day long, and the sun was shining through the haze in an unhealthy orange color. The wildfires continue to rage in the regions of Napa and Sonoma, and we continue to follow the news and hope that soon everything will be over.

T fires have affected the wine regions of Mendocino and Calistoga, and the nearby regions are evacuated.

Local media provided a list of wineries that suffered partial or complete damage from the wildfires:

Segassia Vineyard, Signorello, Stags’ Leap Winery, White Rock Vineyards, VinRoc, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Paradise Ridge, Frey Vineyards Winery, Oster Wine Cellars.

Some farms have fallen victims of the natural disaster and it is likely that this could have a negative impact on the restaurant industry in the area.

Michelin, which on was supposed to release an annual guide on Monday, postponed the event and made the following statement: “Recognizing the turmoil and tragedy of the fires that are still burning, we understand this is a time for grief and recovery, not celebration. We extend our condolences to all who have been affected.”

In nearby cities such as Oakland and San Francisco, all outdoor school activities were canceled, and in the epicenter of fires are completely closed.

According to the latest data about 20 people were killed and 285 are considered missing.

Photo taken from the Newsweek website

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Pan Roasted Butternut Squash With Spinach And Parmesan

In the midst of the pumpkin season, I promise to indulge you with such recipes until the end of the fall. It is going to be approximately another 1.5 months 🙂

I spent a long time looking for a lovely recipe from butternut squash, that was neither a pie nor pasta, but the Internet seems to be obsessed with these classics. I’ve heard a lot that many people don’t like pumpkins because they are neither sweet nor savory and in fact are plain and not tasty at all.

I planned to create a recipe that would change your mind.

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Napa Valley Is On Fire

It is very unlikely to become a witness of a raging nature, especially if it is taking your favorite places on its way.

At about 9 pm Pacific time, in the city of San Francisco, I felt a strong smell of the smoke. Many residents called 911 complaining about the smell, but the reason was not established up until 11 pm.

Local news agencies began to report that Napa Valley, located one and a half hours away from the city is in danger – massive wildfires are coming into the region.

By the morning of October 9, the first reports of destroyed wineries began to arrive. Based on information from various Twitter users, the buildings of such wineries as White Rock Vineyards, Signorello (vineyards of this winery remained intact), Nicholson Ranch in Sonoma and Frey Vineyards in Mendocino got completely burned down. The famous Michelin restaurant – French Laundry is safe, but for the time being, it will be closed.

As a result of wildfires, one person died, and more than 20 thousand were evacuated from the region.

Photo is taken from napavalleyregister.com/ website

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Instarecipe: Pumpkin Zuchetti With Onion Sauce

As I promised on my instagram last week – I post the recipe of the pasta with the name for which you voted. 67% of respondents agreed that the name of the paste will be – pumpkin Zuchetti.

The pasta is very unusual and seasonal, so you can buy it only in the fall. It’s not difficult to guess that the main ingredient is a pumpkin and you can really feel it if you do not overcook the product.

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Harmful Pollutants Are Found In Yellowfin Tuna

No matter how hard you try to buy organic and clean tuna, it probably will not work. In one way or another, almost any fish will contain a certain percentage of polluted substances that penetrate the world ocean with the growing industrialization of the world.

As Food And Wine reports, the scientists from the Institute of Oceanology in San Diego conducted a study, which examined 117 species of yellowfin tuna from different parts of the ocean. Virtually every single fish contained substances that pollute the environment. However, some pollutants varied: the further the fish lived from the shore, the fewer elements were found in its system.

This means that the tuna caught in the waters of North America or Europe contained 36 times more substances than the one that inhabited the waters of the western Pacific Ocean. Also, 90 percent of the yellowfin tuna studied in the waters of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean contained chemicals that could harm pregnant and lactating women. Slightly fewer species – 60% contained the same substances in the Gulf of Mexico. There are a few chemicals to name: pesticides, fire retardants, and polychlorinated biphenyls.

Scientists have explained that these substances are still not enough to harm the human body, but urged buyers to read the packaging more carefully and pay attention to the origin of the fish.

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How To Turn Scraps Into a Fancy Meal: Bits And Pieces

We almost never realize that we often throw away food that is absolutely fine and edible. Sometimes we don’t even know how to prepare it.

In the last week’s post, we discussed how you can rationally use pasta scraps and turn them into mouth-watering appetizers. Today, we will continue the topic, but this time we will reveal how to turn little bits and pieces that usually go to the trash bin into a good and a chic dish.

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Opening Of The New Noma Restaurant, Postponed Due To An Ancient Wall

Let’s look into some prehistory first. On December 31, 2016 – one of the best restaurants in the world – Noma closed its doors to the public. Chief Rene Redzepi went on a tour to Mexico with part of his team and opened pop-up there. Another part of the former employees began a temporary place in Copenhagen under the bridge, which they called – Under the Bridge.

But after less than a year of absence, the chef and his legendary team are coming back to their hometown, with the new Noma. According to rumors, the restaurant will be located somewhere near Copenhagen and going to have an entire sustainable farm on the site.

Initially, the launch was planned for the end of December 2017, however, according to the statement on their official website – the opening is postponed. The reason for this is quite compelling – while constructing the restaurant, the workers came across an ancient wall, which all this time was buried underground. According to representatives of Noma, this is a fairly common situation in the city, which is more than 900 years old. Now archaeologists working on the site, and the opening gat moved to the beginning of 2018.

Because of that, Noma employees have extended the work of Under The Bridge for 6 more weeks. If you are planning to visit Copenhagen in the nearest future, you can still reserve a table here.

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Baked Turkey Meatballs With Tomato Sauce

I always like to make a variety of dishes for dinner, It is usually something new and pretty complicated, but there are some days when I don’t have a power or time for anything. In this case, I always keep at least 5-6 recipes in my head, which will undoubtedly turn out delicious and will not take me half a day.

My relationship with meatballs has developed from the very first time, and regardless of mood, circumstances or weather, I make them good.

I try to use different types of proteins in my recipes, but the most delicious once turn out with turkey, so today I will tell you in detail about my most foolproof and tasty method.

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Why You Should Keep Your Tomatoes Out Of the Fridge

Many of us learned in childhood that fresh foods and vegetables must be stored in the refrigerator, but, as it turned out this is not entirely true.

After working as a chef in the kitchen, you come across many things that you have done all wrong. Many respectful restaurant store tomatoes at a room temperature and not in the refrigerator.

Scientists from the University of Florida found that refrigerated tomatoes and tomatoes at room temperature are actually two different products. They conducted a study and put the tomatoes in the fridge for a week. Then the vegetables were brought to room temperature and examined by the researchers. They found that the cold actually changes the genetic structure of the fruit and kills its taste. The study was conducted on two types of tomatoes, and both lost their natural and rich flavor during the cooling process.

According to the New York Times, a professor of horticultural sciences who conducted the study described this as follows:

“Remove the violins and the woodwinds,.” “You still have noise, but it’s not the same. Add back just the violins, and it still isn’t right. You need that orchestra of 30 or more chemicals in the right balance to give you a good tomato.”Scientists who conducted the same study advise buyers to postpone the use of tomatoes immediately after purchase and allow them to ripen for a couple of days and also stay away from buying them in the winter.

I want to add from myself that tomatoes can be stored at room temperature for about 1.5 – 2 weeks, as they usually are not yet fully ripened.

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How To Turn Scraps Into a Fancy Meal: Pasta

Some of you have come across a situation where they found almost empty packages of pasta in their kitchen cabinet. Let me guess: you probably closed the door the minute you saw pasta scraps never even knowing that you can do anything with it.

I have a suggestion: how about we get rid of those halfway used pasta by cooking fancy meals with minimum time and effort? Sounds good?

Click below, and let’s get the pasta started!

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Pumpkin Soup With Cheese Broth

Admit it, you waited for this recipe throughout September, and I finally got the hands to write it.

I make pumpkin soup every fall several times because this is one of the most delicious ways to use a pumpkin. The soup base usually varies and is highly dependent on the weather. For example, if it’s rainy and cold outside, then I make it fatter using some cream. If the fall is quite warm, then I use vegetable broth that I prepare in advance.

For this version, I decided to try something new, and it is now my favorite recipe!

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Volkswagen Is Going To Make Iconic Bus-Inspired Fridges

The company Volkswagen, known for its hippy minivans and cars, decided to change direction a little and will soon start making refrigerators. And not just refrigerators, but almost actual art objects that will decorate your kitchen.

Not so long ago, the company started a collaboration with the Slovenian firm Gorenje, which is popular with its designer refrigerators.

First of all, it is worth noting that the joint creation of Volkswagen and Gorenje will exactly resemble the same hippie-mobile, but only in appearance. The refrigerator itself will be stuffed with the latest technology: the DynamiCooling system will evenly distribute the temperature throughout the fridge, and the IonAir technology will help get rid unpleasant odors, and also preserve all vitamins and minerals in the food.

Refrigerators will go in two colors: baby blue and burgundy.

The exact date of the product’s release on the market is still unknown, as well as the price, but the companies claim that the first refrigerators will go on sale in the UK.

Stick around for announcements, and maybe you will be among those lucky customers to “park” this beauty in your kitchen!

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Instarecipe: Crispy Salad With Kale, Tomatoes, Yogurt and Eggplant

Some time ago I posted a photo of this salad to my instagram and considered it a crime not to write the detaild of this recipe, as it ideally suits the gloomy fall weather.

I used a fresh kale, which I slightly roasted in the oven with my favorite tomatoes San Marzano. I flavored the yogurt with cumin, lemon juice and salt. The combination was just wonderful!

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H&M Just Dropped A New Line Of Kitchenware

While we were talking here about Italian wines, recipes, and tomatoes, the megabrand H&M, that mostly sells clothes just dropped a new collection of kitchen utensils, which is rumored to be madly affordable.

In 2008, the Scandinavian company launched one of the first H&M Home stores where customers could find some furniture pieces, decor items, and kitchenware, but the line was very limited.

Gradually the kitchen line expanded and right now, the website has 312 items in stock (the number may vary in different countries). The new kitchenware collection includes wood and ceramics products that will decorate your fall table and create the “Huge” atmosphere (funny Danish word, which means the ability to appreciate the usual pleasures of life and enjoy the moment.)

Have a look at the new collection; you might spot something for your upcoming Thanksgiving party:

1. Dinnerware set with a cake stand 

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2. Wooden cutting boards

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3. Wooden measuring spoons and mortar and pestle

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4. Tea set

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5. Ceramic pot and storage containers

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Pictures from H&M.com

 

 

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Airbnb Just Launched Restaurant Reservations

If you are an active foodie, then this news is for you: popular apartment rental service – Airbnb just launched restaurant reservations feature (hurray!).

In fact, the update is significant for those who travel mostly for food, not for the sightseeing. The thing is that research for the restaurants in an unfamiliar location could be tough and take many hours, if not days, and the results may not be as good. In other words, most often, the expectation could be shattered on the shore of reality, and you leave the restaurant, that you found the day before the trip in unfortunate feelings.

The company teamed up with Resy, which helps to find the most interesting and top spots in the city to save you a couple of hours on research.
Airbnb offers users a choice of the best restaurants nearby or in the city, and also give an approximate price range per person. You can also check the ratings (it’s unclear what it is based on, but most likely it comes from the Resy), read a brief history, hours of work, address and look at the photos (they deserve special attention!).

Service has already started to operate in 16 cities across the US cities and soon plans to expand.

List of locations: Atlanta, Austin, Charleston (North Carolina), Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Napa, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Portland (Oregon), Raleigh (North Carolina), San Francisco, Seattle, Hampton and Washington DC

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California Bans Foie-gras Again

California is probably the only state in the US where foie gras is banned, for both production and import. It became a big hotbed of disputes when, as governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill in September 2004, which read: ” “A person may not force feed a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size, or hire another person to do so,” and a “product may not be sold in California if it is the result of force feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size.”

It took almost eight years so that the bill entered into force in July 2012. However, almost immediately after the, it was implemented, the foie gras activists filed a lawsuit and quickly got what they wanted back.

However, just last Friday, the 9th US District Court of Appeals rejected this bill, thus restoring the ban on the production of the foie gras.

The lawyer for the plaintiffs said the battle is not over. “The ruling is disappointing, the reasoning is flawed,” attorney Michael Tenenbaum was quoted as saying. But for now, the bird ban appears to be coming back – Food and Wine reports.

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Adult Advent Calendar Is Here And We Are So Ready

Some of you will remember those beautiful large boxes from childhood that contained small chocolates. They had to count the days before Christmas and had to be strictly eaten one piece per day (but admit, who ate only one?).

It seems that the network of German supermarkets Aldi came up with a similar idea, but for adults who are very fond of wine. Apparently, they don’t care that the leaves have not turned yellow, and we have not yet enjoyed the pumpkin soup yet, the company announced the release of the Advent calendar, which will contain 24 small bottles with different types of wine. It is expected that there will be a mix of red and white, as well as rose and “bubbles” in the advent box. Most of the wines will be from the regions of France and Spain and will go on sale by November 14 this year in the UK. The box will cost around $67.

Let’s all get one and challenge ourselves, try not to drink all this for one Saturday night 🙂

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Merriam Webster Dictionary Just Added 11 Words Related To Food

I should probably start with a few words about the dictionary itself. Merriam Webster dictionary is the most complete and reliable dictionary in the US, created by Noah Webster in the first half of the XIX century. The term “Webster’s Dictionary” also denotes the entire line of dictionaries created by Webster, and sometimes dictionaries created by other authors who added Webster’s name to the names of their dictionaries to give them more authority.

The dictionary is supplemented by concepts that young people first use, and then they go to the public and are used everywhere, it is is a little different with food terms. Food comes from various cultures and is not immediately consolidated in society, but some concepts from Asian culture are included in the latest edition. This time the dictionary includes such words as:

“bibimbap” is a Korean dish,
“California roll” – well, who does not like California roll?
“Callery pear” is a kind of Chinese pear,
“Choux pastry” is a kind of dough from which donuts and profiteroles are made,
“Cordon bleu” – a kind of meat dish with cheese in batter,
“Cross-contamination” – the undesirable contamination of products
“Farmers market” – farmer’s market, apparently
“Froyo” – a shorter version of frozen yogurt
“IPA” –  Indian Pale Ale
“Saigon cinnamon” – Asian seasoning that is kinda like cinnamon, but not
“Sriracha” – is a spicy Asian seasoning, widely spread in America.

 

According to Food And Wine: “Our work as lexicographers is to follow the development of the language, determining the words that people can face,” says Merriam-Webster editorial assistant Emily Brewster in a statement detailing the new additions. “These new words were added to the dictionary because they are fixed in English and are part of the currently active vocabulary of America.”

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Australia Have Just Solved the Avocado Shortage Problem

Avocados became not only one of the most fashionable products consumed by young people but also entered the daily diet of many people around the world. This fruit has become so popular that the agricultural industry simply does not have time to grow it in time. As a result, we get a hard rock avocado on the shelf of the store, which you have to store at room temperature for at least a week before putting it in a salad.

However, scientists have come up with a way to grow a tree faster. A team of researchers from Queensland, which produces 50 percent of the avocados in Australia began to cultivate stem cell tissue.

To grow an avocado tree it takes about 18 months, and this is not counting the fruit. The new method is more environmentally friendly, requires less soil, water, fertilizers, and pesticides, and also helps to grow a tree faster.

Currently, the research center is also working on the creation of avocado trees, which will be more adapted to the hot climate, which will allow them to grow next to bananas and make the Australian fruit and vegetable industry more productive.

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Italian Grape Harvest Is Supposedly Down By 30 Percent

September is traditionally considered the month when most regions around the world harvest their grape for wine making.

According to the Food And Wine, the association of Farmers, Coldiretti, suggests that the harvest of grapes in some parts of Italy this year is likely to fall by as much as 30 percent in some regions.

The reason that the yield is not as high as last year is likely in the unusual weather that was detected in some parts of Italy. There was a relatively mild winter, which provoked the early germination of the vine, and then followed the spring frosts and led to its damage. In the summer there was a drought, which was followed by rain and hail and this led to an early harvest.

As a result of difficult weather conditions, in regions such as Chianti, Franciacorta, and Tuscany, grape volumes fell by 20-30 percent.

But despite such unpleasant news, the quality of the wine is expected to be good. Even if production declines, last year Italy produced more than 50 million hectoliters of wine, which suggests that there is no shortage of wine in stores.

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Most Of Canned San Marzano Tomatoes Are Fake

Variety of San Marzano, unlike other tomatoes, is distinguished by a stronger taste, it is sweeter and less acidic, which makes them an ideal ingredient for sauces. Quite often they can be found in a bath in their juice, and their price is slightly higher, but as it turned out, not everywhere these tomatoes are real.

Like the Chianti wine, the tomatoes of San Marzano have the right to be called so, only when they are grown in a certain protected region of Italy – Valle De Sarno (Sarno Valley). They are considered one of the only varieties that can be used for traditional Neapolitan pizza – Vera Neapolitana.

As Taste reports, San Marzano variations can be found diced or crushed and for a much lower price, although certified tomatoes with the DOP label are sold in a tin can whole.

They are almost like designer bags that sell on the main tourist streets in the world: if the price is too good to be true, it is most likely a fake.

To distinguish real tomatoes from fake ones, look for DOP or consortium stamps (an association of manufacturing companies whose primary functions are control and quality control of the product), as well as certification number at the bottom of the can.

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Instarecipe: Watermelon Poke

Some of you were probably intrigued by this photo on my Instagram feed, so I decided to post a recipe.

There is a popular dish called “Poke” in Hawaii, which is traditionally prepared with raw fish or seafood (most often there is a variation with tuna). Small cubes of tuna, salmon or octopus are seasoned with soy sauce, wasabi, sesame oil or mirin and, if desired, mixed with cucumbers, avocado, edamame beans or garnished with nori seaweed and laid in a bowl of steamed rice for sushi.

As a great lover of poke and Hawaii, I tried a lot of its variations. However, I came across this recipe a few months ago in Bon Appetit magazine and decided to give it a try! Honestly, I was very skeptical about this recipe but decided to try it anyway and see if tuna can be replaced by watermelon and taste good.

I will describe my impressions below.

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This New App Will Remind You To Drink Water At the Parties

The golden rule of a healthy lifestyle is to drink about eight glasses of water a day. And this is not counting the gaps, when we exercise, drink alcohol, or allow ourselves an extra piece of that cake. On such days, we need even more hydration.

There is a great variety of apps that help to keep track for every measure: glasses, milliliters or fluid ounces. However, many of them do not take into account our human side and love for parties, delicious wine or cocktails.

But at last, someone invented an app that will help you avoid a hangover the next morning. The application, called Hydrate Now, sends users notifications so that they don’t forget to drink water during the party.
Unlike other similar programs, you tell Hydrate Now when exactly your fun begins and what its scale is going to be from 1 to 5. Depending on some drinks, the application will quite aggressively remind the user to drink “At least one bloody glass of water!”.

If you still decide to replace 2 liters of water, with the same amount of martini, the live video chat function with strangers is built into the application, but still, try not to forget to enjoy alcohol responsibly.392x696bb

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There’s a Website That Teaches You to Pair Beer With Food

Those of you who love beer and do not consider it a simple drink, probably often wondered how correctly it can be paired with food.

There are a lot of beers that have come out of small home breweries. Along with the usual light and dark filtered and unfiltered, there are IPA, ales with natural flavors, micro brew and many others, in general, there is plenty of choices.

A website called Craftbeer.com/culinary includes a series of video lectures, as well as a professional guide to almost 100 pages. Video Lectures are paid and will cost users $ 30 for one or 99 for all four.

Food and Wine report that the original manual, which the site had released back in 2014, teaches users how to pair craft beer with food most correctly, talks about ten popular types of drinks and includes five interactive kinds of tasting. There Are also in the tips on planning the menu and recipes.

Among other things, the manual gives practical knowledge about beer, tells the story, explains the styles, and also advises on storage and serving.

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Iceland Is Getting Food Delivered By Drones

How little we hear the news from the tiny state of Iceland that in the middle of the Atlantic after the eruption of the volcano with an unpronounceable name.

It turns out that the Icelandic food delivery service AHA began cooperation with the Israeli company Flytrex, which delivers drones to feed hungry people in a matter of minutes.

At the end of August, one route started to operate in Reykjavik, which runs through the Northern Atlantic bay. However, drones do not perform full delivery yet. They only transport the order through the bay, then met by the courier, who then delivers it to the customer. AHA representatives say that this method allows for much faster delivery and takes a few minutes, while earlier drivers needed more than half an hour.

According to The Verge, drones can carry up to 3 kg of weight and fly up to 10 kilometers, which is ideal for delivering sushi, burgers and even beer.

According to the CEO of the Flytrex, Yariv Bash, they hope to expand their partnership with AHA, in the future, to deliver shipments directly by drones, which will use the wire to lower the order directly to the front porch of people’s houses.

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Universal Green Sauces That You Should Consider Making

After I bought a mortar and pestle for my kitchen, I almost stopped using the blender, because the texture of the sauces made by my own hands goes out ten times better.

I began to make different pestos and dressings for salads and almost every one of them went better than the other. At some point, my refrigerator was full of jars with labels of homemade sauces with some instructions

Today I want to share with you my favorite green sauces, which are included in my notebook of recipes.

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Instarecipe: Barley Side Dish With Shiitake, Parmesan and Green Onion

This week I challenged myself to cook with ingredients, that I did not like in childhood.

I had a hate relationship with barley because I could not accept its texture in the soup that was once cooked in my family. It was either too slippery or too soft. It turned out that if you know how to correctly combine ingredients, then even what you once flatly refused to eat in childhood can become your favorite thing; you just have to find the right recipe.

I did not find the right recipe, but I came up with this one and wrote it down in a small notebook to keep in mind for the future, which is what I advise you to do!

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Roasted Carrots With Goat’s Milk Yogurt And Cumin

This week, I will continue to assure you that some vegetables can be tastier than you think.

Recently I found a leftover package of carrots in the fridge, which I bought for the hummus. I had salmon in the oven and a side dish with barely on the stove, so I decided to add a little bit of fiber to my dinner. That’s why I made up this recipe.

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Food Theme Park Is Opening In Italy

Finally, the god of food heard the prayers of desperate gourmets! Fantastic news for us all: the very first food theme park to open in Italy.

The park will be called Italy – in honor of the company that opens kind of semi-restaurants semi-markets under one roof around the world. At the moment they are making final touches to finish one of their biggest projects.

There will be 25 restaurants, various shops, as well as farms and gardens located at the park.

The aim of the park will not only be to feed the tourists and visitors, but also to educate them about the cultivation of organic products, starting from the very basics. There will be master classes where guests can learn the craft of growing cattle or food, learn Italian and, of course, learn how to cook.

The project is planned to be completed by November 2017, so pack your bags and see you in Bologna!

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German Scientists Found The Dirtiest Item On Our Kitchen

Each of us has a dirty secret. But did you know, that your kitchen has something disastrously unsanitary, which you do not know about? Well, it’s the sponge I’m talking about. Not so long ago, scientists once and for all found out that trying to sanitize a sponge is a terrible idea. In fact – this is the dirtiest thing in your entire home (except a trash can, of course).

The articles over the internet are exploding with information about how to properly sanitize your sponge, using the microwave oven, but in fact – there is no way to do so.

According to Food And Wine, researchers from the Furtwagen University in Germany studied 14 sponges used at home and found that neither is those methods work. Moreover, attempts to clean the sponge only multiply the bacteria.

The most common bacteria found in the sponge is Moraxellaceae. Is is responsible for all unpleasant smells.

Researchers recommended stopping trying to clean your sponges and spend a couple of dollars on new ones, change them at least once a week, to avoid spreading of the bacteria in the kitchen.

On how to keep the kitchen clean I wrote a separate post.

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There Is a Gin Infused With Motorcycle Parts

Remember Kinder surprises in childhood when we were collecting those little figures from one line? It seems like there is an adult version of it but the key word here “seems.”

The creator of The Archaeologist gin did not have in mind the idea of ​​selling bottles so that you could collect a whole motorcycle (after a dozen bottles, it would be impossible anyway), he just loves Harley Davidson so much, that he wants to drink it.

At the age of 17, Uwe Ehinger fell in love with motorcycles, and since then he hunted for rare details around the world to assemble vintage motorcycles, and today this hobby has flowed into something interesting. Uwe notes that this is the first of its kind gin with the taste of vintage details of Harley Davidson.

You probably too have this question in mind, wether it is safe to dring or not. The creator notes that the parts do not participate in the distillation process. Instead, the gin is poured through mechanical parts directly into the bottles, and they are covered in a thin “food-safe seal.”

Each bottle will come with a tag that describes the history of a particular part. The price will vary depending on the cost of the part: from 900 to 1100 euros per piece.

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This UK Restaurant Hilariously Reacted On a Negative Review

Perception of negative things with humor is a talent that the owner of The Old Butchers restaurant, located in Bristol UK has.

Recently, a person named Wayne S. came up to the restaurant and left a sharp review on TripAdvisor. He began with the fact that the furniture seemed uncomfortable, and the glassware was too pretentious and small. Then he did not like that, “the owner struts about in dungarees, and if he has the chance to check his reflection he damn well makes sure he does,”

After that, he continued: “Would I eat there? Never, only had crab on the menu anyway!?” ,”Would I drink there again? Never. Would I recommend it? Only to those who want to be soooo hip (like the owner thinks he is) that they want to watch the traffic go by in this rather grey and drab area of town,”. Author’s spelling and punctuation is preserved.

The restaurant quickly responded to Wayne’s rough review by publishing the words of gratitude on their Facebook page, for “inspiring” them to create a new cocktail. The drink consists of Gomme syrup, blue liquor, vodka, rose and white wine.

 

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Turkey And Spinach Pie

It is hard to cook something special during season transition, since summer products are almost gone from the shelves, and the fall has not even started. In such cases, I always make something with greens, cheese, and proteins. Depending on the mood, it could be a casserole, a dish in a skillet with some garnish, or, in a rare case a pie.

I must say that for a good pie you need a good dough, which takes a lot of time and attention.

Recently I found a perfect frozen puff pastry, which immediately brought my off-season dish to a new level.

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Good Habits For a Clean Kitchen

There are some things for which you can get penalized in a large kitchen. You’ll be surprised how easy you can get yourself fired for not washing some of the dishes (in some restaurants, the chefs sometimes wash the dishes by themselves), large containers with a drop of sauce at the bottom or a fridge that has not been cleaned at the end of the day. All the things described here are common sense rules for all cooks or home chefs.

If you are a fan of cleanliness and order, then you just need to read this article.

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Game Of Thrones Actor Is Baking Direwolf Bread On Demand

This post does not contain any spoilers from the last episodes of the series, so don’t worry!

The last episode of the sixth season of the Game of Thrones is coming up this weekend, so prepare meat pies, wine and make yourself comfortable, because it must be epic.

In the meantime, while we patiently were waiting for the release of a new episode, actor Ben Hawky, who played Hot Pie opened his pop-up Game Og Thrones bakery and called it You Know Nothing John Dough.

Ben teamed up with Deliveroo, which delivers food on demand around London. With the help of the service, the actor offered freshly baked Direwolf bread for only 1 British pound apiece on the day of the release of the first episode.

It is not yet known whether Ben will continue baking Direwolf bread on demand, but we sincerely hope that he will not abandon this hobby.

Confidence In Condiments: Cranberry Balsamic

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Thanksgiving is over, phew! Now we can finally talk about my favorite time of the year. Christmas is just 27 days away which means, it’s time to start marking up the menu (yeah, one more time friends!)

This year my attention was carried away by the 16-pound bird so no thanksgiving recipes until next year, promise! I got lucky that my guests ate almost everything I cooked, so no leftover articles either (expect it next year as well).

So, why am I here? I decided to shoot a quick recipe that you may need for your upcoming Christmas party. It is literary great on anything: from ice cream to beef, poultry or salads. It is easy to make and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 month, so do yourself a favor and make it now.

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Crunchy Lentil Salad With Acorn Squash

I have been struggling with eating healthy food when the weather dropped by 10 degrees. It’s okay to be craving fatty, meaty, oily foods when the winter is coming, but what if I want to resist? What if I want to stay within my veggie routine and keep consuming only vitamins that are good for me and my body?

For many years I have been trying to find the recipe that would substitute what I crave in winter and feels like I found it…Or should I say created?

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Road Trip SF to LA: What To Eat In Los Angeles in 48 Hours

Roadtrip time!

Recently I made my 6th trip to LA and back. It was excellent and full of great food as usual, and this time I want to share my experience. I assume many of you struggled with finding good food on the way to LA. It was either a crappy airplane meal and tasteless coffee or a hamburger from McDonald’s somewhere on interstate 5. Doesn’t sound like a fancy meal at all, right?

Well, I found a few spots where you can stop and actually have a delightful dining experience. Not a Michelin one, but a perfect one!

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Instarecipe: Irish Porridge With Berries And Pumpkin Butter

Thank you for your likes and comments on this beautiful porridge that I have created almost by accident in my kitchen. Now it’s time for you to know the recipe and it’s quite easy.

I bought steel cut oats on the fly, running out of the supermarket because I had a fascinating dinner idea in my mind and I just needed to cook it right away. Later, next morning I was about to make a quick breakfast with oats, berries, and honey, but then, after opening the package something seemed a little strange about the texture of the oats. After a few minutes of reading the label and later googling it, I realized that I have bought the wrong oatmeal (now that I think about it, it wasn’t a bad mistake at all!).

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You Shouldn’t Eat More Than 2 OZ Of Black Licorice, FDA Says

Halloween celebrations might be over, but those bags filled with candy are still on your countertop, and they won’t go away unless you eat it. We all enjoy indulging in sweet stuff while watching scary movies, but apparently, movies are not the most terrifying part.

Recently, FDA released a warning, reminding those with bags of candy to avoid excessive amounts of black licorice. The problem with this candy is that you may experience the range of unpleasant and even dangerous symptoms like abnormal heart rhythms, swelling, high blood pressure, lethargy or even congestive heart failure.

The thing is that black licorice contains glycyrrhizin that can cause potassium levels in our body to significantly drop. The safe portion for people over the age of 40 is about 2 oz or 56 grams per day.

If you are experiencing one of the symptoms listed above, stop eating black licorice and call your doctor immediately.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Sunchoke Salad With Sunflower Seeds

First of all, let’s figure out what is a sunchoke.

This root can be found at your local farmers market, grocery store and even corner store. Some places also label it as Jerusalem artichoke, sunroof, sunchoke, earth apple, or topinambour.

It is a species of sunflower native to eastern North America and found from eastern Canada and Maine west to North Dakota, and south to northern Florida and Texas.

I first tried this ingredient when I worked as a chef at one of San Francisco’s restaurants, and they were extremely good with sunflower seeds cooked or raw.

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