Thursday, September 28, 2006

Whole Bean Coffee

If I got your attention then you are probably a coffee drinker. I consider myself to be a heavy coffee drinker. Well I should say I was a heavy coffee drinker, because now I am drinking only a cup or two per week. I try to drink more green tea now. But if you love coffee, you don't have to be a specialist or heavy coffee drinker to know that whole bean coffee is the way to go. Whole bean coffee stays fresh a lot longer, and if you brew it immediately after grinding it you get a flavor you just can’t get from pre-grounded coffee that’s been sitting around for some time. Even only mediocre whole bean coffee brands taste pretty good if brewed right after grinding. Just imagine how the real stuff tastes...

Some of the best whole bean coffee I’ve ever tasted was coffee from South America. As an area famous for its coffee, I was eager to try some genuine South American brews. My friend was on vacation last year and I asked him to bring me some genuine coffee if possible. He was kind enough and he brought me different coffees from different countries. I was totally blown away when I tasted it. Knowing that the freshness is much better preserved when the beans haven’t been grounded. I ordered him to bring back only whole bean coffee.

When he arrived back home, I immediately put as many bags of coffee in the freezer, and left the other out for use. Every time I opened that whole bean coffee I thought I was in heaven. Well if I exaggerate a little bit then I can say that I was in a coffee drinkers heaven for the next few months. If I would got already grounded coffee, it would have lost a lot of its unique flavor. You have to believe me when I say that it doesn't feel the same if the coffee is pre-grounded. To know the huge difference you just have to try both coffees and you will know I am right. So now every once in a while I order a whole bean coffee mix for myself. This mix is one of my favourites and it's called Lacas Coffee World Traveler Sampler (whole bean) In this special mix you will find 1 lb Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, 1 lb Colombian Supremo, 1 lb Sumatra Mandheling, 1 lb Kenya AA Estate, and 1 lb Guatemalan Antigua whole bean coffee. That is 5 lbs of whole bean coffee mix worth 45.95$. Of course the problem with whole bean coffee is that you have to grind it. That means you have to purchase a coffee grinder. O own a Gaggia MM Grinder Black that I bought at The Gourmet Kitchen. Now you can get it with 50$ discount! And my friend that brought me my whole bean coffee from South America now owns Saeco MC2002 Grinder. This beauty costs a little bit more but is worth it. This grinder is one of the most versatile and powerful grinders you can buy for under $200.00 yet it shares the same grinding wheels used in many semi-professional grinders.

Coffee grinders can be a pain in the ass when you have to clean them. Another agonizing step you have to take before enjoying your cup of coffee. If the flavor isn’t really that important to you as it is to me, and/or you are lacking in time or patience, whole bean coffee probably won’t appeal to you that much. Most coffee drinkers I know don’t even own a coffee grinder. Putting a coffee powder into a machine and pushing a button is all there is to them. I don't even call that a coffee. It tastes like black water with some taste of coffee. That kind of coffee disgusts me now when I had the opportunity and pleasure to taste true whole bean coffee.

Having said that, there is something nice about just being able to dump some already grounded coffee in a machine and having a pot brewed in just a few minutes with very little effort. For this reason, I usually have both whole bean coffee and already grounded coffee standing by. If I’m in a hurry, I use the grounded coffee, and if I’ve got some time to relax I’ll grind up some fresh whole bean coffee to savor. But it does not tastes the same. I try to drink whole bean coffee every time if possible. I even wake up five minutes earlier before I go to work and make me a nice fresh cup of whole been coffee. It makes my day. Now i don't even drink grounded coffee anymore. I drink only whole bean coffee or green tea if possible. Grounded coffee is no longer an option for me. But whole bean coffee is another story...

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Find Healthy Recipes For Your Family

Nowadays we live in a world that is turning very fast an it's getting even faster. We have no time to sit down, to relax and to eat our meal in piece and quiet. Everybody is just running here and there and everywhere. People just stop in front of fast food restaurant and grab a burger, swallow it and they move on. It's important that you find some healthy recipes and healthy meals. Try to eat healthy before it will be too late.

Junk food has gained a special status in today's society. If you are among people who hate junk fund then you are probably looking for some healthy recipes. there are literally hundreds and hundreds of healthy recipes available out there you just have to look around a little bit. Internet is a great source of healthy recipes. If you like you can find recipes with ingredients that are not used very often. That way you will ad some uniqueness to the food.

You can find healthy recipes for let's say Italian food if you are fan of Italian cooking. Throw away those store sauces and try to find healthy recipes for sauce you can make at home. Fresh tomato and garlic from your garden and some fresh basil, yummy. It is more convenient to just open the bag that you bought in a store and cook some sauce in 5 minutes but this is not the sauce and it's not as tasty and fresh as the one that you made. You might consider using lean turkey meat or try to use the leanest cut of hamburger you can find. Don't be afraid to use low fat cheese in your dish. It tastes better than you can imagine. You can transform recipes into healthy recipes but you will have to put more work into it. Processed and packaged foods are less healthy. Choose natural products for you and for your family, buy organic vegetables. Everything that can be made at home with vegetables from your garden, you should make it. Make the basics yourself. I am sure that you will agree with me if I say that lasagna that your mom makes tastes better that one you get in a supermarket. Fresh meat, fresh spices, no food from a store can beat that. I stand my ground here.

Internet is not the only source where you can find healthy recipes. You will be able to find cookbooks dedicated only to healthy recipes. Usual healthy recipes or meals can be boring sometimes. Cookbooks are great place to find some new ideas. Almost any recipe can be made into healthy recipe with just a small modification. Fried chicken for example is considered to be unhealthy because of the fat in which chicken is deep fried. So what can you do? You can just change the recipe a bit. Tweak it around. So what can you do is change the oil you fry chicken in. I suggest you go for heart healthy vegetable oils like canola or olive oil that I mentioned in my previous post. These oils still contain some fat calories but in overall they are better for your health. You can also use skinless chicken breasts instead of some other part of the chicken. Be creative. Just add a little bit of this and a little bit of that and your meal will look and taste completely different.

You are able to find even healthy recipes for desserts. Today you can substitute almost every ingredient for you dessert. These ingredients are healthier products but you can still make delicious chocolate chip cookies or any other dessert. Other way to find healthy recipes is by choosing restaurants that offer food based on healthy recipes. Ask the waiter or a chef how they prepare the food. try to remember their advice and then experiment at home if you like. Maybe chef will try to keep his secret but you can try. While small things seem like they don't count much, when everything adds up, you will have healthier recipes and health meal on your plate. Healthy recipes can be more than just healthy, they can also taste good. Just try to use fresh ingredients that are mostly home grown and home made and not processed or/and packaged. Of course buying processed food is less annoying and time consuming but if you put some time and work into it, then it can be done on healthy way.

Friday, September 8, 2006

Healthy Vegetable Oils

Are vegetables oils healthy or not? Let's take a look. Well we are not getting any younger. So if we wanna live long and happy life we have to live healthy. Living healthy means eating healthy. People become more health conscious with every day. Everyone starts to wonder about the oils they use when cooking. I know some people who try to avoid oils as much as possible. Some are looking for the healthiest variety of vegetable oil. Vegetable oils used for frying and they are very popular in restaurants and also in home cooking. But the situation is changing. New studies are suggesting that plain vegetable oils may not be the healthiest thing for your heart.

It can be confusing when it comes to vegetable oils because not all oils are healthy. Some oils are considered to be safer than plain old vegetable oil. There are heart healthy oil types and then are other kinds that may cause you health problems. If you find vegetable oil on the supermarket shelf and the label says only vegetable oil but makes no distinction otherwise, just move on. It is not worth to take a risk. Other types of vegetable oils, like olive oil, canola oil or sunflower oil are a much healthier choice.

Decide which oil to use and put vegetable oils aside. You want to look for a good oil that will not be hazardous for your health and will also taste good. Two of the most common types of oils you should look for are canola oil and olive oil. Each of these have been determined to be safer than vegetable oils. This information may change again after some time. With progress and technology we discover new and new things every day. Margarine for example was considered to be healthier than butter. Today they say it is other way around. It seems like they cannot make up their minds. Technologies are getting more and more advanced and no one can predict the future. Perhaps they will come to conclusion that steaks are healthier then vegetables. I would sure like that and I bet you would too.

Let's get serious again. This paragraph doesn't quite go with drinks and food section but it's good to know. One surprising development in recent years is an alternative use of vegetable oils. As gas prices went sky high, people start looking for alternatives. As it turned out, there are engines that can run on oil alone, and some that use both oil and gas. Using vegetable oils in a car cause cleaner burning. This kind of fuel is something that States can produce without the need to import huge amount of oil from foreign countries. It's cleaner and healthier for environment. It can also have some good influence on economy because it won't depend on oil from middle east in such extent anymore.

There are only a few cars that run on vegetable oils, so we can say they are not very common yet. But things can turn around quickly today and they will become common sooner then we all might think. Even today there are a few models on the road driving around right now. Just imagine the amount of money you will save and the influence it will have on the American economy. If it's not good for our health we might as well use it to improve the health of our planet.

As you can see vegetables oils are healthy in many ways. Vegetable oils can be used for cooking and as an alternative fuel. If you wanna be healthy and live long try to eat as less fried food as possible. But when you do eat it try to use vegetable oil that is good for your heart and your health. Try to make those recipes you use into healthy recipes. A few drops of olive or canola oil on your salad is a lot more healthier then french fries fried in plain vegetable oil with some mayonnaise on the side. Think about it!

Sunday, September 3, 2006

Worlds Finest Chocolate

Who doesn't like chocolate? I must say that I am for sure big fan of chocolate. But not just any chocolate will do the trick. Only the worlds finest chocolate is the one. The world finest chocolate is made in Belgium and it's called Godiva. This is the stuff, the perfectly crafted chocolate treats that melt in your mouth. The worlds finest chocolates are meant to be enjoyed. They may cost a few extra bucks but you gotta know it's worth it.

Only the world finest chocolate makes your mouth water upon sight. Once you taste something so smooth it will be simply impossible to survive without. It will comfort you and dry your tears in times of melancholy. Well maybe I am a bit dramatic. Or not. It's just that worlds finest chocolate can have such an impact and even chocolate in general if you are not too picky. The smooth and sweet treat just makes all worries float away. When was the last time you tasted worlds finest chocolate?

I was having a conversation with my friend the other day, where we were trying to decide what are the worlds finest chocolate bars. Everyone tries to find it's own worlds finest chocolate. This friend of mine has traveled all around the world. So he had a chance to taste all different types of chocolate. So finding a world finest chocolate bar should not be a big problem for him. A lot of chocolate factories has what they insist is the worlds finest chocolate. At the end everybody is producing the worlds finest chocolate and you will be always able to find people who will claim that the chocolate they like the most is the worlds finest chocolate..

The big question is what is your favorite chocolate? What type of chocolate do you love? Milk chocolate, dark chocolate or white chocolate? Do you like them all the same? I have to say I prefer milk chocolate. I remember a few years back when I was looking for a gift. I spotted a Godiva and that was it. Many people, including me, consider this stuff to be the worlds finest chocolate. Even after tasting many chocolates from many different countries, I still prefer Godiva over anything else. I am not sure why exactly but if you have tried Godiva chocolates before, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Each and every piece of chocolate appears to be perfectly crafted. Like open sea shells with the truffle inside for example. Simply beautiful.

So back to my friend. We were having a discussion about worlds finest chocolate. I was eating a chocolate bar at the time, and was talking about how good it was. He looked at me like a was kidding or something. He told me that a simple chocolate bat is hardly a chocolate and worlds finest chocolate is out of the question. I begged to differ. Even a simple candy bar can taste good. Maybe not as much as Godiva, but it can satisfy any chocolate needs. The worlds finest chocolate is something that comes in a decent size and something that you can afford. But he just went on and on about the worlds finest chocolate and how it lies in the jungles of Mexico. We decided to give it a rest.

Are you looking for the worlds finest chocolates? Maybe you have already exhausted your local resources and haven't had any luck so far. Or maybe you have already found the worlds finest chocolates you just haven't realized it yet. Well, no reason to get down. The worlds finest chocolates are basically at your fingertips. I'm talking about Internet. If you found this article then you have already made this step and now you are on your way. You will find deals about worlds finest chocolate you never knew existed.

We live in a time when searching for anything is not a problem anymore, even if you are searching for worlds finest chocolate.