Browsing: Food and Dining

Tipping is one of those controversial subjects that people debate all day long. Some people believe that they should tip only when someone in a service position does an outstanding and over-the-top job, and other people believe that not tipping is morally wrong. Who’s correct? Who’s in error? Is it ever appropriate not to tip? Is It ever inappropriate to tip? How much should a person leave? This piece seeks to answer those questions or at least provide a lighthearted perspective to them. What Is Tipping? Tipping, which is also known as gratuity, is the act of leaving a service…

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If your monthly food budget has you exasperated, you’re not alone. Most people wish they could spend less at the checkout counter. They also wish that they could eat a little healthier. Fortunately, these two goals don’t have to be mutually exclusive. If you’re trying to eat well and save money, these nine suggestions will help you accomplish those goals. 1. Make a List and Stick to It Adhering to this one practice and you’ll find that your impulse purchases go way down. (They’re major budget destroyers.) Aside from this, it’s difficult to plan meals ahead of time if you…

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Sunshine is very important for your body. Outside of foods rich in vitamin D, it is a great way to get natural vitamin D. The issue, as everyone now knows, is that too much sun can burn you and predispose you to skin cancer. You can dress appropriately to minimize your exposure to the sun’s rays, but what if you want to bask in the glory of the sun? Commercial sunscreens are filled with potentially harmful chemicals, and natural sunscreens are not so effective. However, natural protection can also come from the foods that you eat. The following is a…

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Grilling a burger to perfection is no easy task. We’ve all been to those cookouts where we were forced to politely choke down a charred, dry patty that may or may not have tasted like lighter fluid. To keep you from being “that person” this summer, we’ve compiled all of the best, tried-and-true tips for a juicy, perfectly seared burger that your friends and neighbors will remember for years to come. What Makes a Burger Great? Sure, everyone has their own opinion of what condiments and buns make for the best burger, but there are a few basic things that…

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Have you ever been to a restaurant where the waiter hands you a menu of foods and then an even larger menu of strange French words you can only assume to be various kinds of wines? You point randomly at something you may recognize and the waiter gives you a strange stare. You point again hoping to get it right. Choosing wines is largely a matter of preference, but there is an art to pairing wines with specific types of foods so that you can enjoy the best experience possible. This can be a tedious ordeal and require years of…

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Because a disorganized kitchen pantry is often a nightmare for the home cook, having an organized and clutter-free pantry can be a relief. As such, you may have envied and longed to have one of those gloriously organized pantries featured on cooking shows. Fortunately, turning your cluttered kitchen pantry into a storage dream is not as tough as most of us think it is. Having a system to re-stock your pantry when necessary and knowing where your go-to items are will often prove helpful. Pantry organization comes with a variety of benefits, from making the preparation of home-cooked meals easy…

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If you’re like a lot of people, you might use your freezer regularly. However, many people don’t fully understand everything about frozen foods. These are a few common myths. Frozen Produce Isn’t Nutritious It is true that frozen fruits and vegetables can lose some of their nutrients in the freezing process. However, even though they might not be as nutritious as freshly-picked fruits and vegetables from your garden, they can actually be more nutritious than fresh produce from the grocery store. This is because out-of-season produce is generally picked before it’s fully ripe so that it can withstand a long…

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We all want to live within our means and finally have the chance to stick to our budget. Unfortunately, it can feel almost impossible to establish a budget and not go over it week after week. You have all intentions to spend a certain amount of money and then you get up to the checkout counter and find you’ve spent too much. Living a frugal doesn’t mean that you have to skimp on quality and portions, but what it does mean is that you need to be smarter about your shopping. When you stop spending so much money on groceries…

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You may find yourself bored of corned beef and beer this St. Patrick’s Day. Perhaps you are looking for a fun new traditional Irish dish to enjoy for the big green day. Traditional Irish food is flavorful and their dishes have been enjoyed for centuries. After the English conquest in the beginning of the 1600’s, Irish cuisine evolved into an earthy, rustic, and agricultural taste due to a clash of culinary cultures. You may have been dining on corned beef and cabbage these past years during St. Patrick’s Day, but you will be surprised to discover that the dish emerged…

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As you might already know, eating at home rather than eating out can be a good way to save money. If you’re on a tight budget, one of the first things that you might have eliminated were trips to dine out. However, just because you want to keep your finances on track does not mean that you don’t deserve to treat yourself every once in a while. Luckily, it is possible to dine out without spending a fortune. These are a few helpful tips that can help you do so. Buy Gift Cards Did you know that there are websites…

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