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4 Tips For Those Who Are New To Ordering Sushi

Sushi can be a delightful treat if you know how to properly order sushi. Otherwise, you might end up with something less than tasty or offend the chef. Since you do not want to do either of those things, you will want to make sure that you are checking out the following four tips for ordering sushi so that you can appear to be a sushi expert before you know it. Never Use Your Fingers If you want to make sure that you are not breaking any etiquette rules, then you are going to need to know how to actually eat your sushi when it arrives in front of you. Sure, you might get away with using your hands at home, but it will not be looked kindly upon in an upscale sushi bar or restaurant. Make sure that you are using the chop sticks. Even if you are not used to using chopsticks, as long as you can hold it together long enough to get the piece of sushi from your plate to your mouth, you are winning the battle. Never Take An Extra Bite It is believed that a piece of sushi should be consumed in one bite. The reason for this is that when you try to bite into a piece of sushi, you are most likely going to be left with a mess. Since this is a delicate meal, you need to eat delicately and eat the entire piece as one bite. Do Not Be Afraid To Ask Questions You will not be looked down upon for asking questions. Even the highest regarded sushi bar knows that there is a first time for everyone. In addition, they want to please you and have you enjoy your experience. This way, you will be more likely to become a fan of sushi and return time and time again. Therefore, if you are unfamiliar with the different tastes and textures of various kinds of fish, simply ask your waitress.   Avoid Eating Sushi On Sunday While this is not a hard and fast rule, it is a suggestion that you might find helpful. The reason it is not advisable to eat sushi on...

Five Cinco De Mayo-Inspired Date Night Ideas

Cinco de Mayo—the Mexican holiday the recognizes when the Mexican army defeated the French army during the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862—is a time to celebrate and learn about Mexican culture. Celebrations are held in cities throughout the US, but don’t use the day to get wasted and make irresponsible choices. Instead, plan a fun Cinco de Mayo-inspired date night. Dinner and a Movie Start off your Cinco de Mayo celebration by dining at your favorite Mexican restaurant. Or, if your favorite Mexican restaurant serves Americanized Mexican cuisine, choose a restaurant that serves authentic Mexican dishes. If you just want to grab a quick bite to eat and a drink, visit a local tapas lounge. When you’ve finished with your meal, rent a Spanish movie, like “Y Tu Mama Tambien” or “La ley de Herodes.” Take a Cooking Class If you’d rather avoid the crowds at your favorite Mexican restaurant, consider taking a Mexican-themed cooking class. You could take a class that teaches you how to make a traditional Mexican dish or a class that teaches you how to make traditional Mexican desserts. Learn Spanish Obviously, you can’t learn to speak Spanish fluently in one night, but you can learn a few phrases. Spend the day teaching each other seductive phrases in Spanish or start taking a class together to learn how to speak Spanish properly. Dance the Night Away Spend the evening in a local dance club that lets you show off your Spanish dance moves. If there are any local clubs that play Latin music, take a dance class. You can learn how to do the tango or spice up your night by learning how to salsa dance. Throw a Fiesta Throw your own fiesta to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with other couples that you know—it’s easy to plan a Cinco de Mayo-themed party. Just play some Latin music, make some margaritas, and serve Mexican food. You can even entertain your guests with some Mexican-inspired party games. Make an adults-only piñata Learn how to do the Mexican hat dance Have a hot chili pepper eating contest See who can do the Macarena the longest See which couple makes the best...

5 Things To Consider When Planning Wedding Catering

When you are planning the catering for your wedding day, it is important that you make a few considerations. This is going to ensure that you are going to be able to keep your guests happy and able to enjoy your wedding day with you completely. Here are five considerations that you need to make: Guest Preferences: When you are planning the menu, you want to be sure that you keep guest preferences in mind. For example, if you have many vegetarian friends and family, then having vegetarian menu options is a must. If you have older relatives that will be in attendance, then it is important to choose milder dishes that they may prefer over something spicy and a little eccentric.  Choose Multiple Menu Options: For the entrees, salads, meal, and dessert, there should be at least three options to choose from. This will ensure that your guests feel that they are choosing everything that they want to eat, instead of being too limited and potentially not eating much of anything at all. For dessert, it is important that you have a indulgent choice for those who aren’t “working on their figure” and one that is consider “healthier” for those who don’t want to indulge.  Choose Seasonal Items: Of the menu options that are included, you should also choose seasonal options if it is appropriate. For example, if you are getting married around Christmas time, you can include dishes that are usually associated with the time, such as duck, peppermint desserts, and more.  Make Sure it Fits in the Schedule:  The type of catering that you choose for your event depends on how much time you plan on allotting for preparation of the food and eating of the food. If the venue that you have booked doesn’t include much time for the reception, then you may want to consider a buffet, which is usually faster to set up and eat over plated meals. However, if you have the time for it, then plated meals are usually best because everyone can stay seated and be as comfortable as possible.  Final Presentation: The presentation of the food is extremely important. People eat with all five of their senses, and...

Tips To Keep Your Refrigeration System Running Smoothly

There’s no room for error when it comes to keeping your restaurant’s food fresh and cold. Failing refrigeration systems could be bad for business, especially if you are faced with loads of spoiled, inedible food. Keep your restaurant’s refrigeration system working at peak performance with these simple tips. Check Your Seals The seals on the door of your refrigerators and freezers play a very important role in keeping food safe and keeping energy costs down. Faulty seals allow warm air to get inside, forcing your commercial refrigeration equipment to work extra hard to keep food cool. If your refrigerator doors are glass, condensation on the glass can be a sign that the seals are failing, even if they look fine. If the rubber seals around the doors are cracked or damaged in any way, have them replaced. Keep Condenser Coils Clean Condenser coil maintenance is something that can greatly improve the efficiency of your refrigeration system, and they are fairly easy to maintain. Brush them regularly to remove dirt and dust, and use compressed air to blow out the dust between the coils. Take care not to bend the fine metal fins on the condenser when blowing them out. Have your restaurant refrigeration service company clean them properly for you when they complete your annual maintenance to keep them working efficiently all year long. Maintain Evaporator Coils If your evaporator coil freezes, avoid trying to chip away the ice. This can damage the coils and lead to costly repairs. Instead, raise the thermostat setting or turn off the unit until it defrosts. Keep the evaporator coils free from dust and debris by cleaning them regularly.  Keep Doors Closed Avoid leaving the door to the refrigerator or freezer open for extended periods of time. This puts a strain on the cooling system as warm air raises the temperature inside the unit and forces it to work harder to stay cool. If you have to open the doors often throughout the day, consider installing rubber flaps to prevent warm air from moving into the unit. Maintain Drainage Lines  Have a professional restaurant repair service like K & D Factory Service Inc clear the drainage lines to keep the system...

A Simple Indian Appetizer That Makes A Great Addition To Your Meal

Appetizers are a wonderful way to create a festive meal. While these appetizers work splendidly with Indian meals, they are versatile enough that you can enjoy them with any kind of cuisine. The next meal you make, give these kebabs a try.  Tandoori Chicken Kebabs 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt 6 tablespoons of hot Hungarian paprika 2 tablespoons of cumin 2 tablespoons of kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon of turmeric 1/2 teaspoon of ginger 1 teaspoon of saffron Combine the paprika, cumin, salt, pepper, and saffron together in a small bowl until well blended. After the spices are mixed, combine the spices with yogurt and mix well. Put the yogurt and spice mix into a gallon-size resealable bag and refrigerate. While these flavors are combining in the refrigerator, cut the chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes. Once the chicken breasts are cubed, add them to the resealable bag and coat the chicken with the yogurt spice mix. Refrigerate the chicken overnight.  Preheat the broiler in your oven to 500 degrees and move your oven rack to its highest position. Put the cubes of chicken on small skewers (around 4 pieces per skewer) and place the skewers on a broiler pan. Place the pan in the oven and cook for 5 minutes, checking the chicken frequently to make sure it doesn’t burn. If you desire a crispier chicken, rotate the skewers so that the bottoms of the skewers get some char as well. You can serve these skewers as they are, or you can prepare a simple tzatziki sauce for dipping to help complement the flavors of the chicken and cool down the spice level.  Tzatziki sauce 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt 1 cup of cucumber slices 1 tablespoon of fresh dill 2 tablespoons of lemon juice 1 clove of garlic Mix the ingredients together in a blender or food processor and serve chilled. Variations One way to add variety to your appetizers is to mix up some of the ingredients for a new taste experience. Consider using beef or lamb instead of chicken. Because both of these meats have a bolder...