Can food brighten up your life?

S7303534If you’re feeling as if you need a bit more excitement in your life, you may be looking for a new hobby. A lot of people read, go cycling, or take up a night class, but some learn to explore food on a whole new level.

A lot of people enjoy cooking meals, but not everyone has the chance to really enjoy creating dishes that will excite the senses. Food really can brighten up your life, it really can make it more exciting and offer you the chance to discover a world of flavor, texture and smell.

It can be a massive part of your life

Food can be a massive part of your life, no matter what job you do. Whether you’re a school teacher, a gardener, one of the many Toronto dog walkers that I’ve hired to walk my pooch, or a stay at home parent. Food, can brighten your life up, you just have to realize that it can, and understand how it can.

How you can make your meals more exciting

Every one of us can learn how to make our meals more exciting. There are literally millions of recipes out there that will add a touch of magic to the food that you eat. One of the easy ways to make your meals more exciting, is to ensure that you don’t always eat the same things. Try to eat something different for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t stick to the same old things, because there’s absolutely no excitement in that.

Buy a recipe book or two that you like the look of, and get cooking. You don’t have to be the worlds’ best chef in order to cook something nice, you just have to give it a try.

Try recipes from foreign lands

Try to find foods that originate in other countries, as this will help to add a touch of excitement to your meals. Who says that you have to continue to eat traditional American meals? Try something new, and brighten up your life.

If you’re not a cook, and you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, look for simple meals to make. If this seems too much for you, then try different TV dinners, and you’ll soon see that they taste different too.

Food really can brighten up your life, you just have to give it a chance. Try new foods, it’s what they are there for, and who knows, you could be about to try your new favorite dish.

Eat to boost your energy levels

kz7AsB4xIf you always feel low on energy, then you may need to take a look at what you’re eating. Food is a great source of energy, but you need to consume the right ones in order to boost your energy levels.

What about energy drinks?

A lot of people seem to like using energy drinks as a means to increase their energy levels, but they aren’t always the best things to consume. Energy drinks are usually full of sugar and caffeine, and while they can make you feel better for a short while, they are known to have some nasty side effects. There are better ways for you to increase your natural levels of energy, without having to put up with the slump you get when the energy drink wears off.

 

So what foods can give you energy?

Any foods that ae high in carbs can give you energy. I’m not talking about the sugary foods that are sold and packed full of sugar, I mean the foods that contain slow-releasing carbs. It’s these foods that can help to increase your energy levels over a long period of time. Foods like:

  • Bananas and other fruits
  • Potatoes
  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Meat and fish
  • Vegetables
  • Dairy products

All of the above foods will help to boost your energy levels and ensure you can be more active.

 

Always have breakfast

One of the best things you can do to ensure you have more energy, is to always eat breakfast. Known as the most important meal of the day, breakfast can help your body to wake up, and get your metabolism going. If you have a healthy breakfast, you can be sure that your energy levels will increase.

Eat frequently

Eating frequently, rather than missing meals, can help to keep your energy levels topped up, simply because you’re giving your body enough fuel. You don’t have to eat all the time, have 3 meals a day, with a healthy snack in between.

 

Stay active

Staying active can help you to feel as if you have more energy. If you start to add exercise into your day, you will soon find that you’ll have more energy. Visit tigerstrike and look for some work-out gear, and start to get moving.

You are likely to feel more hungry if you up your level of exercise, so just continue to eat well, and your energy levels will not falter.

Decorate your restaurant in style

DSC00073If you’re about to open a restaurant, or you simply want to change your décor, you should think about making sure you use as much style as possible. The good news is you can ensure your restaurant is stylish, without spending a lot of cash, and that has to be a good thing.

So how can you go about decorating your restaurant without breaking the bank? It’s easy:

Look for pre-used tables and chairs

This is a great way for you to get the furniture you need, without having to pay a lot of money for it. Used tables and chairs can add a touch of something special, and they can make a huge difference to your restaurant, without you even having to redecorate the walls.

You don’t even have to make sure that the tables and chairs match each other, as long as diners can sit comfortable and reach the table, they will enjoy using tables and chairs that may have been bought in a second hand store.

Add a touch of nature and unique style

If you want to add a touch of nature, as well as style at the same time, then you won’t go wrong with Topiary Letters. They can be used to spell out any words you want, and can be placed in front of a plain colored all, or the entrance. Use words like ‘Eat’ ‘Food’ ‘Drink’ ‘Taste’, and anything else you think will look good in a restaurant.

Don’t forget the lights

Sometimes simply changing the lights can add a dramatic or completely different effect to your restaurant. Experiment with lots of different types of lights and see how they can create different effects. Please make sure that you don’t make your restaurant too dark, your diners want to be able to see their food, the menus and each other.

Make a feature wall, or two

Some restaurants use feature walls, whereby they will only put wallpaper, or a certain color of paint on one or two walls. This makes the walls stand out, but it doesn’t make the dining area too dark. If you have a large dining area, you can make some walls quite dark, but if your area is small, try not to use too much darkness.

As you can see there are some great ways for you to decorate your restaurant in style. Try to make it your own, rather than copying other restaurants that you see, and bear in mind that some people may just dine in your restaurant, simply because of the way it looks.

 

Choosing your wedding meal

Choosing your wedding meal may not be one of your first wedding-related priorities, but it is something you will need to consider. Your wedding meal can be pretty much anything you want, but if you want it to be perfect for you and your guests, you may need to consider your options:

Think about the kind of meal you want

Will you and your guests be ready for a sit-down meal? I’ve been to 3 weddings in the last year, and they each offered something different. The first meal was a sit-down meal, and we were waited on, by a team of staff. We had a menu to choose from, and the food was exquisite. The second wedding involved a buffet full of burgers, chips, pizza slices and cake. This was quite unusual, but it went down a treat.

The third wedding involved another buffet, but there were traditional buffet-style nibbles that we were all expecting. As you can see, there is a lot of choice, but please remember, it’s up to you which option you go for.

Think about what your guests are likely to want

If you’re inviting a lot of young people, then they may appreciate the burger buffet option. If a lot of older people are invited, they may wish to have a sit-down meal. Occasionally some weddings have a buffet on each table, so the guests sat at the table in question can choose what they wish to eat, without moving very far.

Do you want to offer something different?

If you’ve been thinking about Mother of the Bride Dresses, bouquets and other traditional wedding paraphernalia, you may want to offer something different. If you want to break away from the norm, you could consider hiring a food truck so your guests can enjoy the novelty of getting their wedding meal from somewhere rather unusual.

Consider your budget

A good way to help you to decide what kind of wedding meal you’re having is to consider your budget. A buffet may be ideal if you don’t have a lot of cash to spare, although they can become expensive if you hire someone else to sort the buffet out for you. Remember I spoke about the third wedding I went to and how they had a traditional buffet? The couple in question bought the food the night before, stored it at home, and then some of the guests put the food on plates after the ceremony. This is a cheap and easy way to feed your guests, while also giving them something tasty to sink their teeth into.

What facilities does the location of your choice have?

You may be getting married in the venue of your dreams, but is that venue able to cook you a meal, or at least store the food? This is one of the most important considerations that you have to bear in mind. The good news is that even the smallest of venues will have room for a few tables that the buffet can go on.

If the meal is hugely important to you however, you may want to think about researching what the venues in mind can offer you, before you go ahead and book.

Don’t forget the vegetarian option

This is so important as there will be at least a few guests who don’t like to eat meat. If you can offer a vegetarian option, you’re more likely to please your guests, even those who just don’t want to eat meat on that day for a particular reason.

There are a lot of things to take into consideration when you’re choosing your wedding meal. Above all, think about what you and your partner would like, and how much money you have to spend on it. This should give you an idea as to what kind of meal you’re able to have.

How to find a good place to eat

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How to find a good place to eat

When you want to go out for a meal, it can be hard choosing a place to eat. There are no doubt a number of good looking eateries in your local town, but how can you make sure you find somewhere good enough?

We’ve all heard stories of people finding a place to eat and then sooner or later realizing that they made a mistake. Bad food, messy eating areas, impolite staff or a long wait for food can potentially dampen our expectations.

One day I went for a meal to a well-known American-Italian eatery; I was expecting the meal to be good, but it turned out to be far from it. We sat down and ordered drinks while we waited for a table, 45 minutes later we were seated and the waitress took our order. We watched as other people on tables nearby received their orders, including those who had arrived after us. An hour later I complained, and it turned out that our order had been lost. We paid half price for the meal and never returned.

How do you stop something like this from happening to you? Here’s how:

  • Take a look at the restaurant’s website, does it look like there’s been a lot of effort put into it? If the owners have done all they can to make the website look good, chances are the restaurant will too.
  • Read some reviews and learn what the customers think about the place. If there are more bad reviews than good, you should consider eating elsewhere.
  • Are you thinking of eating at a potentially busy time? if you are then you may want to re-think as the level of customer service may not be up to scratch if the restaurant is too busy
  • Are you planning on taking children with you? If so, it will be worth your while seeing if the eatery caters for them. Are there children’s menus? Can you take a cheap pack and play will you, or does the eatery provide their own kids toys?
  • Remember that just because you’ve been shown to a table, it doesn’t mean that you have to eat there. You can always get up and leave, or have a few drinks and then go before ordering food. You are not obliged to stay in the same place, you’ve ordered drinks, so move on if you don’t like the look of where you are.

Chances are you’ll find a good place to eat if you consider the above factors. Most restaurants and eateries want you to enjoy your meal, so don’t be dismayed if you come across a place that doesn’t live up to scratch.

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