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Meals from the Great Depression

February 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

This article was written by Phin Upham

There is a big push these days to grow food for the home. It’s an effort to save money in the household, but it also comes in response to growing concerns about preservatives and harmful chemicals used in mass produced food.

During the Great Depression, the diets were radically different because they were based on what people had access to. Hunting was still important and many families collected road kill for food sources. Some of it isn’t pretty, but these were the foods that got our grandparents through some rough times.


Ketchup was an important staple in American kitchens throughout the Great Depression. You could make ketchup soup by combining one part ketchup with two parts water. Salt and pepper could help the taste.


A variety of sandwiches became popular because bread was part of the essentials a family might have had on them. Sandwiches used ketchup or bacon grease, but kids enjoyed sugar sandwiches for dessert too. This was also the time of the open faced sandwich, like mashed potatoes and gravy on toast.

Hot Dogs

Hot dogs also found a place in American kitchens as a cheap and much needed source of protein. You could put hot dogs in baked beans or serve them with fried potatoes. The dishes were filling and tasty.


Eggs were another great source of protein, and they found their way into a variety of dishes. The “One Eyed Sam” was an over easy egg on a piece of toast. Hard boiled eggs would get served with rice, for a dish that was filling and easy to prepare. Runny eggs and grits were a breakfast favorite that continues today.

About the Author: Phin Upham is an investor at a family office/hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media & Technology group. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website

How to Choose a Venue for a Corporate Event

February 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Anoush Catering

Every corporate event requires a great venue, the place where guests will gather to socialize, dine, and enjoy the entertainment for the night. A venue should provide appropriate atmosphere as well as the essential accommodations for the event. But not every venue is created equal. Choosing the wrong venue can dampen the party and cause more problems for the event coordinator.  If you’re planning a corporate event, it’s important to find a venue that meets your party needs and requirements. Here’s a brief look on how to choose a venue for a corporate event.

Location, location, location. When booking a venue for your corporate party, it’s important to consider its proximity to the business that is having the party. Whether you’re inviting staff members, management, shareholders, or customers, picking a venue out of town can be inconvenient for your guests. However, selecting a venue close to your business will ensure a successful turnout. Picking a spot close by also makes it easier for guests to arrive in a timely manner.

When choosing the location, it also helps make it easier on the event catering. For example, if you’re throwing a party in LA, hire event catering in Los Angeles. Finally, make sure the venue is decorated appropriately. If you’re planning a black tie event, it’s important to find an elegant venue.

Size matters. The venue must be large enough to accommodate your guest list. In fact, every aspect of the venue should accommodate the size of your party, from the number of bathrooms to the number of table and chairs for dinning. Don’t try to save money by booking a small venue. Instead, make sure that the venue can accommodate your guest list and more. You never know if you will have last-minute additions to the guest list. If you’re planning on providing food and drinks, you will also need to make sure that the venue can accommodate the space for your guests to dine comfortably.

Accommodations. The right party venue should feature the accommodations you need for the party. Are you planning on hiring a band or DJ? Select a venue with a stage and a dance floor. Are you providing food and drinks? The venue needs to have tables and chairs to accommodate your guests. You might even find a venue that has its own catering services. For example, Anoush Catering works with several venues throughout LA. Are you planning a VIP event? Make sure that the venue has valet parking and coat check services.


Anoush Catering is one of the elite LA catering companies in the city, offering full-service catering for corporate events and weddings. Anoush also provides catering in Orange County and surrounding areas. 

Getting Romantic at the New Orleans Tree of Life

February 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Samuel Phineas Upham.

In Audubon Park, there is a special tree that seems to have a romantic air about it. Nicknamed “The Tree of Life,” the tree has great branches that easily cover a wedding party. As a result, the park is a local favorite for short wedding ceremonies and picnics. You won’t find any signs or markings noting the tree is of any significance, but you can’t possibly miss its grand stature.

Considered one of the oldest trees in the park, The Tree of Life has a huge thicket of roots at the base, with massive branches that extend overhead. It’s part of an installation in the city known as “The Labyrinth,” which is a garden path built inside the park. The tree is very close to the giraffe pens in the zoo, so visitors can sometimes spot the long-necked giraffes rising above the canopy.

Local legend holds that the tree was planted as a gift from a plantation owner to his wife. Couples choose the tree for this reason, hoping that the gift of love will rub off on their relationship. The tree is located on East Drive, near the labyrinth installation. The labyrinth was meant as a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, where visitors can walk and speak their intentions for the future. The place is like a gift to visitors, a place where one can meditate in nature.

Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Samuel Phineas Upham on his Samuel Phineas Upham website

Diving in the Great Barrier Reef

February 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Samuel Phineas Upham,

The Great Barrier Reef stretches along 2,300 km of beaches and crystal clear waters. It’s world famous for its collection of coral and sea life, making it one of the most interesting and beautiful snorkeling spots in the world. First-timers will find plenty of shallow waters to explore, while veterans can do some deep sea dives that explore a much more diverse range of wildlife.

Wherever you are in the Great Barrier Reef, you’re less than an hour away from a snorkeling or diving spot. Tours depart daily, based on weather, but many leave early in the morning for a full-day excursion.

Cod Hole and the Ribbon Reef

The waters are extremely clear in this dive off the Northern Reefs. There are only about five different dive companies that service the region, so it’s relatively protected and out of the way too. This ensures you have a more intimate experience with the wildlife down below, and that you have more freedom to explore. Trips to the region usually last for a few days, so be sure to check with your guide to see what you should bring with you.

The biggest draw, and where the place gets its name, are the potato cod fish who reside there. These creatures have become trusting of divers and will often come close to swimmers. You can also dive with whales during the months of June and July, when Dwarf Minke whales visit the area. If you’re planning to visit the area during the summer, ask your guides about packages that feature diving with whales for this one-of-a-kind experience.

Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Samuel Phineas Upham on his Samuel Phineas Upham website

Three Delicious Methods to Make Frozen Yogurt

February 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by: Gelato Products

Frozen yogurt is a healthy alternative that satisfies every dessert lover’s palette. Froyo is a customizable treat that you can spice up with fruits, nuts, cookies, and more. It’s sweet, refreshing, and surprisingly simple to make right at home! Frozen yogurt supplies are easy to find and might already be sitting right in your kitchen. When it comes to choosing supplies, start by deciding which method of frozen yogurt making to use.

Electric Mixer

The first method uses a hand mixer, like the one most people have at their house. Also gather a metal bowl to combine your ingredients, and an 8-inch square pan that can sit comfortably in your refrigerator’s freezer compartment. Once you have mixed all ingredients, use plastic wrap or foil to cover the mixture while it sets for about two hours. To improve the consistency of your frozen yogurt, interrupt the freezing process about three times with the egg beater on a medium speed. Briefly blend the mixture until softened, but never melted, and then return your dish to the freezer after each session. When it’s ready, serve in ice cream cones or festive little dishes. If you have enough willpower to save some of your frozen yogurt, store it in the original pan or as ready-to-go single servings inside white paper cups.


Once you have your frozen yogurt supplies together, and the mixture beaten and poured, place everything into the freezer. This time, your concoction should be free of any fruit or other additions when you pour it into the 8 inch pan. Allow the pan to sit uninterrupted so that it freezes completely. After about two hours, retrieve the pan and break the solidified mixture into small fragments before tossing into the processor to soften. Now it’s time to stir in any delicious toppings you please. If the consistency seems appropriate, serve right away. If not, you can place the yogurt back into the freezer to solidify and be softened via the food processor once again.

Yogurt Maker

If you have access to a reasonably priced counter-top model, an ice cream maker can double as a frozen yogurt maker that you can use to make the sweet stuff at home. There are abundant, top-rated models available either online or in store that range from about $30 to upwards of $1,000. Instructions vary per machine but are generally clear and easy to follow. You’ll cut down on your prep time by about 75% as most machines complete the job in about 25 minutes while producing larger quantities. Extra frozen yogurt can be stored in anything from store bought storage containers to leftover takeout boxes to paper coffee cups.

Machine-based or manual, no matter what method or supplies you go for, frozen yogurt will add a little something special to any dinner party, fundraiser, or celebration. It might just be the most popular, and easiest, treat you make all year!


Gelato Products distributes ice cream supplies for the home or business. You can order essential gelato supplies, like custom cups and spoons, from Gelato Products online.

New concerns over antibiotics used for farm animals

February 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

While the antibiotics for human use remains at the same since 2001 level, the use for food animals has grown from about 20 million pounds a year in 2001 to about 30 million pounds a year in 2011. This creates a concern not only from consumers but also from food chains and many other interested parties. Antibiotics are used not only to protect animals from diseases but also to make them grow faster and gets heavier. The use of antibiotics on animals in the United States started in 1946 and use is more common on chickens since it was first introduced to fatten up chickens.

The possibility exists for animal antibiotics microbes to become resistant to antibiotic drugs and transfer those to people who consume animal meat. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) administer the antibiotics given to farm animals among other things. Its policies prohibit antibiotics use on animals for the purpose of growth and ask pharmaceutical companies and veterinarians to make sure antibiotics are prescribed only to prevent diseases and treat sick live stock. However, the program looks for voluntary compliance and the livestock industry strongly objects any attempts to curb antibiotics on farm animals.