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Cajun or Creole Louisiana Cooking and Lafayette Catering are Delicieux Both Ways

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Louisiana stands above other states when it comes to sumptuous cuisine. Its mere mention evokes a gastronomic craving for food that’s a little on the spicy side, which has influences from Spanish, Native American, Italian, German, African and Caribbean cookery. A couple of styles, however, stand out among other cuisines so much that they’re reflected in well-known Lafayette catering: Cajun and Creole. The two are easily interchangeable because of their French connection, yet there are ways to tell them apart.

The distinction was set sometime in the 18th century when Cajun and Creole dishes were whipped up often. Creole was associated with big city cooking since many people it fed were urban dwellers. Creole families were also well-to-do, having access to ingredients and seasonings considered expensive and exotic at the time: meat, seafood, sauces, and spices not typically found in Louisiana. Creoles lived right alongside foreign settlers and remained when Louisiana became a melting pot of cultures.

In the countryside, big pots boiled for Cajun cuisine. Ingredients came straight from the gardens and fields, while no part of animals that add texture to meals was wasted. Improvisation made up for the lack of ingredients in Cajun kitchens; bell pepper, onions, celery, garlic, paprika, parsley, green onions, cayenne pepper, and other spices. This resulted in tangy dishes; thus, the spicy flavor Cajun dishes are known for until now.

The contrast in the edible elements used in Louisiana’s more popular cuisines are hardly stark but recognizable in present-day delights. The gumbo or jambalaya, when cooked the proper Creole way, has tomatoes, while the Cajun kind does not. The roux-the ubiquitous thickening agent for sauces famous caterers in Lafayette LA use a few times too many-could also differentiate the two cuisines. Creole roux is made of butter and flour; the Cajun base is oil and flour.

The saying -a Creole feeds one family with three chickens and a Cajun feeds three families with one chicken,- in Louisiana kitchens has some truth to it. This is the case when it comes to preparation and style of cooking. Cajun cookery is straightforward ingredients-wise and not elaborately prepared. This, however, doesn’t diminish the essence of this kind of cooking taste-wise.

Creole cuisine is as delectable as Cajun but entails sophisticated prepping. A peek at a typical Creole menu would show pureed bisques or rich sauces and soups. Visit louisianatravel.com/cajun-vs-creole-food-difference or southernfood.about.com/od/cajuncuisine/a/Creole-And-Cajun-Cookery.htm for more info.

How to Drink Energy Drinks

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In recent years, there are more and more energy drinks sprung up in the supermarket. They all boast that they can supply energy to make people refreshed. Maybe all of us have the experience of drinking them, but do you know what exactly they are and how to drink them in a right way?

Energy drink means drink that can adjust proportion of ingredient and content in natural nutrients to regulating human functions at a certain extent to meet special nutrition needs of certain and special people. According to some related materials, energy drinks can be classified into fortified drinks, sports drinks and special purpose drinks. Fortified drinks are those contain nutritional components that are needed in our daily activities; sports drinks are those contain electrolytes, minerals and carbohydrate to reduce the possibility of dehydration and balance our body fluid; special purpose drinks have the functions of antifatigue and recharge effects.

In face, most of the energy drinks contain central nervous system stimulants, such as caffeine, taurine, lysine, etc., which can help one keep awake, fight fatigue or relieve pressure. But overdrinking or drink in wrong ways may influence your health. For example, those can help keep awake or fight fatigue are not proper for drinking before sleep; those contain central nervous system stimulants are not good for children; and those proper for people after intense sport or large quantity sweats are not good for heart disease and hypertensive patients, because the natrium may increase heart burden or blood pressure.

Years ago, a popular energy drink was banned in France after the death of eighteen-year-old Irish athlete, who died as a result of playing a basketball game after consuming four cans of the drink. The French Scientific Committee (J.D. Birkel) concluded that the drink has excessive amounts of caffeine. Health experts also said that caffeine suspends the effects of alcohol, allowing people to continue drinking long after they normally would have stopped.

However, as energy supplements, those drinks really can help us when we need to keep active or feel tired after acuteness exercise. When choosing them, we’d better choose those natural supplements, and have them according to our body needs. As long as we drink them in a right way, they will help us a lot.

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.

Philippine Food Cart Business

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In the Philippines, the popularity of street foods and selling P1 food on the street is not a good business if you look at it in a customer perspective. How would you even earn profit from a P1 food? But not many people know is that in business, it is always a numbers game. Those people that have a food cart business in the Philippines know that this business is not about how lucrative is the price of your product. But how many can you sell all at the same time.

Reasons Why Food Cart Business is Successful

Food cart business is are the ones that deliver street foods that Filipinos love. They want to eat on the streets especially if it is cheap. It is also a “mirienda” food for all that they can also socialize to other neighbors.

Food Carts Are Cheap

For the businessmen, food carts are cheap! Ones you got a good profit from your first cart, its easy to buy another cart and hire somebody to sell. Split the profits with them and everybody happy. This is where the numbers game comes into play. Buy more and more carts that you can sell to anyone. Haven’t you wondered why there are lots of people selling street foods in their food cart even though they only sell them for the cheap price of 1 peso?

The answer to that is numbers game. There has been a lot of Filipinos turned into millionaires because of having a huge army of food carts. They started as one cart and reinvest it in buying more carts. Like compound interest that results in exponential growth against time.

It’s Easy To Manage

Food carts only has 1 person selling the foods. And the fact that its easy to cook this food because its only fried foods, its easy to just hire people and give them jobs. Give them a chance to earn an income based on how many they can sell. This will give them the motivation to sell more and work hard in earning money for you because, it will also give them more money. Motivating people to work hard and rewarding them with money is one great way to give them hope in this time of financial crisis. This way, not only did you provide jobs for the Philippines, you also earned a lot of money. It’s a win-win situation.

Gives Chance To Less Fortunate

This kind of business gives chance to our less fortunate brothers that never finished schooling. Knowing that the Philippines is a third world country makes sense that most of the people willing to work for you would be in the low class family. In which you will never ran out of people qualified to work for you and gives you a chance to expand greatly. It gives them chance to earn money as a vendor while working for you. You also give chance to working student for added money for school expenses.

Maldivian Cuisine-a Taste of the Tropics

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Maldivian cuisine is perfect for those who love the taste of Tuna, Tuna is the staple food for Maldivians which means that it is found in every single Maldivian meal be it breakfast, Lunch or dinner. Cooked in a number of ways skipjack tuna is a favorite, it is dried, smoked and processed and accompanied with rice, potatoes, breadfruit or cassava. Processed tuna is popular even in the region, especially in Sri Lanka where Maldive fish is a special treat. Since processed tuna has been smoked and dried over a long period of time it is a solid substance than can be kept without refrigeration for a while.

Be prepared to test your taste buds if you haven’t tried spicy food before. The food employs a number of spices which add flavor and color to the food. If you are looking especially for a traditional preparation make sure to try Garudiya which is a fish broth that is served with rice. Rihaakuru is another traditional dish that can be found on the dinner table in almost every Maldivian home. Apart from Tuna another major component of Maldivian cooking is the use of coconut milk and oil. You are likely to taste some Shredded coconut, coconut milk and coconut oil in any Maldivian dish. Even in desserts such as Gabulhi, scraped coconut and coconut honey is a favorite. Another featured food item in Maldivian cuisine is Roshi, flat bread that looks much like an Indian Chapatti or a Parota. It is made from flour, instead of baking; Roshi is cooked on a hot grill where the bread is toasted on both sides. Another must try is Rihaakuru a tuna based thick paste which is combined in most dishes or eaten with the starch items consumed in every meal.

It is easy to find places that offer a taste of Maldivian cuisine, although it is not as easy to find authentic Maldivian dishes. One of the best places to try is at Anantara Dhigu Maldives, the hotel is a luxurious Maldives Resort that includes local Maldivian food in their menu. Visitors looking for Accomodation in Maldives should consider this hotel as it presents an exciting array of the country’s food.

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Umanga Kahandawaarachchi is a passionate travel writer who writes under the pen name, Maggie Tulliver. Her field of writing covers a wide array of content and articles related to travel and hospitality industry.

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Should Vertigo Patients Avoid Air Travel

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I meet many interesting people while traveling. For both business and personal reasons I travel a lot. As I was always eager to speak to new people, i will someway start a conversation that had lead to many interesting information’s.

Sometimes vertigo happens to be the common topic. Many people tell me that either by traveling air or car makes their vertigo worse.

There are no certain conditions that cause vertigo and the cause is not always known. What does vertigo mean? It means spinning or whirling that is due to the disturbance in the balance of equilibrium. Vertigo is not considered as a disease, it’s a mere symptom.

The major cause of vertigo is because of a disorder in vestibular system. It can also be due to some problem with the central vestibular system. One of vertigo’s symptom is dizziness. But it do not mean that everyone with dizziness has vertigo.

I have also noted that people who have a problem with height do not fear flying. Many people link vertigo to fear of height due to the Alfred Hitchcock movie. This is linked because both the symptoms are similar dizziness and nausea.

There are different types of vertigo but the most common type of vertigo is BPPV. The onset is usually sudden and tends to last for less than a minute. It is almost always caused by sudden head movements.

Symptoms can include: nystagmus (shaking of the eye), nausea, vomiting and sweating. The attacks can stop or improve after a few weeks or months. However in some cases, they can persist for longer. Your doctor can correctly diagnose you and recommend special head and neck exercises to help prevent the onset of vertigo.

Most people who have this type of vertigo have no issue with the movement of travel but rather, the positioning of their head on the seat. This is what could bring on symptoms for these types of sufferers.

Vertigo can temporarily triggered by alcohol. Therefore, alcohol should be avoided when you fly or drive.

Although not as common, psychogenic vertigo is vertigo caused by a psychological disorder such as anxiety or panic disorder. If suffering from this disorder, traveling could initiate or make symptoms worse.

he motion of travel can affect the parts of the inner ear that help control balance. This happens most when traveling by boat but can by auto and plane travel.

Like vertigo, the onset of symptoms is quick. They include: nausea, dizziness, headache, cold sweats, hyperventilation (which could lead to faintness) and usually vomiting.

Motion sickness can avoided by doing the following while traveling No Smoking, no drinking, not reading while traveling and getting some fresh air.

There are many medicines that are available to treat motion sickness. But these medicines might cause drowsiness in children and infants may agitate.

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Vanuatu Vacations – Heaven for Game Fishermen

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Blue and Black Marlin and Yellow Fin Tuna are massive game fish which can be found in subtropical and tropical waters in each and every water body of the world. Even though the species cover a huge area they are still hard to find and catch. All avid game fishermen or even a fishing enthusiast very well knows that there is no other place in this big world which is better than Vanuatu. In order to fish at your best abilities you need Vanuatu accommodation close to your fishing grounds in order to fish for these amazing water creatures. You can also combine your fishing adventure with a Vanuatu vacation. The reason why people love Vanuatu vacations is that here they get the best variety of fishes to fish from. Also this part of the world is extremely rich because of diverse marine environment. On this planet there are a few of the best game fishing locations in Vanuatu, because their waters are prized or filled with the fishes like Yellow fin tuna and blue marlin in each and every season of the year. Santo and Port Vila are the two islands which are considered to be the best islands of Vanuatu when only game fishing is considered. These islands are mainly famous for the Blue Marin fish which are found in plenty over there. This fish is really very heavy and it may weigh up to 1200 lbs and may grow to over 15 ft in length. Other game fishes which are very much in population in the waters of Vanuatu holiday houses are Dog tooth tuna, mahi mahi, wahoo, bonito and the most beautiful sailfish. Most of the game fishermen come to Vanuatu just because they get to fish Marlin blue fish which they may not find in the water body which is close to their house. In Vanuatu there are number of tour operators who organize daily expeditions. One can go for the expedition in water in a big boat or motor boat or in a small banana boat for the game fishing. There are also few who run daily trips but in day light only.

Healthy Snacks Will Keep You Pumped Throughout The Day

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Portable healthy snacks are the latest trend in the snacking industry. Wrapped stringed cheese, Go-Gurt (portable yogurt), individually packaged vegetable portions with low-fat dip and 100-calorie potato chips or cookies are helping us to eat healthy, even when we feel we have no time to do so.

To maintain a healthy weight and reduce our risk for heart disease or cancer, we have to be more mindful of eating a balanced diet packed with nutrients and controlling our calorie count. Luckily, manufacturers are responding to our needs with more products and offerings to help, and blogs are spreading more food snacks tips for packing the best lunch possible.

Do you rarely have time for a pleasant sit-down breakfast? Luckily, there are a number of morning-friendly, healthy food snacks to wake up your metabolism and provide you with the nutrients you need to get a fresh start. For a quick solution, try half a peanut butter sandwich on whole-wheat bread, low-sugar whole-grain granola bars (with at least 3 grams of fiber), 4-6 ounces of low-fat yogurt, some high-fiber cereal with dried fruit or a bowl of instant oatmeal with sliced peaches, if you’ve got five minutes.

Throughout the day, nothing kills our motivation like a heavy 30-minute lunch. Instead, healthy snacks can keep us pumped throughout the day. Dietician-recommended options include a handful of unsalted or lightly salted dry-roasted nuts, a single serving pack of unsweetened applesauce with a few dry-roasted walnuts, a small apple with two tablespoons of peanut butter or one ounce of low-fat cheese, half a string cheese with a few pieces of fruit or whole grain crackers or pretzels with low-fat cheese.

Raw foods, like vegetables, can be jazzed up with nacho cheese, low-fat ranch or no-fat veggie dip. Lunch snacks manufacturers have been making portable individual packets of carrots, celery, apple slices, nuts, low-fat cheese and other goodies to promote eating healthy. “Look for snacks that contain protein with healthy carbohydrates and fats, and eat your snacks slowly so they fill you up,” advises Baylor nutrition Professor Suzy Weems, PhD. There are many healthy snacks to choose from, so it can be easy to lose track of how our diets are stacking up throughout the day.

A free community website, “Sparks People”, allows users to enter the food they’ve eaten during the day into a database, which tallies up protein, calories, fat and other statistics to help keep track of weight loss goals.

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Travelling To New Places Throughout The Holidays

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Not everybody really enjoys a white Christmas. Seniors probably wont because the cold can actually affect them more than anyone else. Moreover, there will always be those who prefer white sand over white snow. All things considered, the holiday season is the perfect time to go on a trip. It is the time of year when kids have a break from school and working people do not have to work. It is truly the best time to take a long vacation with the whole family. If you are trying to come up with Christmas gifts for someone who will be travelling during the holiday season, these are a few gift ideas to think about.

You should definitely help them travel in style. This means getting them cool items like a cover for their passport which sports a cool design or really stylish luggage tags. You can also give them items that say I miss you. It can be in the form of a pocket photo album in the shape of an umbrella or beach bag. Personalized Christmas presents with a more personal message will definitely make them remember you throughout their holiday trip. Instead of giving gifts that can evoke feelings of nostalgia, you can also get items that are small, but essential. A cool rubber ducky, manicure kit or mirror might be the perfect gift for any girl. With such gifts, she can have more fun during the trip. Gifts with a sense of humor might also be appreciated. A personal message inside a bottle might even be useful in case the person gets shipwrecked somewhere. Experience presents do not necessarily start and end with the trip itself. Getting experience packages for outdoor recreational activities might also be a good idea.

Experience gifts can include surfing or diving lessons. An experience package can also be for other aquatic activities like Zapcat racing, white water rafting or a safari experience. It will certainly depend on the chosen location. There are some places that offer those tours and packages as well. The important thing is to enjoy the holiday season. Wherever a person is, the tradition of gift giving must still be practiced. Practical gifts will definitely be more important for some people. You will also have to consider the things that a particular person will really like or dislike. Based on this information, you can easily get anyone the best gift.

Yummy Christmas Drinks

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Good food and good drinks complete a celebration. This year, if you want to celebrate Christmas the best way, then add the below mentioned Drinks in your menu:

Gondolier Blanco:
Gondolier Blanco is one of those mouth-watering drinks that take very little time to prepare. You can prepare Gondolier Blanco using the following Ingredients:
1 ounce white chocolate liqueur
1 ounce white crme de cocoa
1 ounce white crme de menthe
1/2 ounce white chocolate syrup
1/2 ounce cream crushed candy cane (for rim)

How To Prepare: Frame cocktail glass with finely crushed candy cane. Mix all the ingredients with ice in a shaker. Shake them properly and then pour into glass.

Kahlua Eggnog
Kahlua Eggnog is a traditional drink at Christmas & Thanksgiving. Ingredients:
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How To Prepare: It is pretty easy to prepare Kahlua Eggnog. Mix 1 part Kahlua to 4 parts Eggnog in a large glass. Top this mixture with a sprinkle of nutmeg and serve.

Chilled Mocha With Bailey’s
Chilled Mocha with Bailey’s has a delicious and creamy flavor. Prepare your Chilled Mocha with Bailey’s using the following Ingredients:
1 ounce of Bailey’s Irish cream
2 ounces of cold coffee
4 ounces of chocolate milk
Ice
Whipped cream
Chocolate shavings or powder

How To Prepare: Add Bailey’s, ice, coffee, and chocolate milk in a large glass. Mix all these ingredients together. You can top the mixture with whipped cream. Sprinkle chocolate shavings or chocolate powder and serve.

Hot Mulled Apple Cider
Hot Mulled Apple Cider is an amazing treat for any special occasion. To prepare this Christmas Drink you need the following Ingredients:
1/2 cup of cinnamon schnapps
1/2 cup of spiced rum
3 cups of apple cider
4 cinnamon sticks to garnish

How To Prepare: Mix all the aforementioned ingredients in a sauce pan. Heat the mixture at a medium heat and once it is hot enough, lower the heat and let it mull for approximately an hour. Your Hot Mulled Apple Cider is prepared. You can garnish it with two or more cinnamon sticks. Serve it warm.

With a variety of Christmas Drinks and Holiday Drinks to savor, you’re sure to enjoy the festivity with the right fervor. You can also browse through to view the latest and greatest Christmas shots made with the Shot Stacker funnel