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Why you should try the seafood when you visit Alaska

July 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Alaska is considered as the frontier state. It lies west of Alaska, and it is bordered by the Bering Sea. Amidst that mass expanse of land are beautiful sceneries, pristine waters, forests, and a whole lot of wildlife in between as well. But before you picture Alaska as some sort of wilderness, you will have to realize that it’s also quite developed at the same time. With military bases, centers of commerce, trade and industry, we’re talking about billions of dollars changing hands here. So if you ever plan on visiting the 49th state of the United States, you should take on some Alaska sightseeing or visit Petersburg Alaskaas well if you want to take in the whole Alaskan experience. When you do find yourself in Alaska, you should definitely try out their seafood. The people here are so fortunate in the sense that they get their seafood fresh, and you can definitely taste the difference as well. Think about it, you could have all the Alaskan King Crab, halibut, salmon, scallops, black cod, as well as shrimp and prawn that is fresh, delicious, and succulent to say the least. Apart from taking in the sights and sounds of this great state, it’s food is definitely something to try. It’s a great change of pace from what you might be used to back home. Needless to say, you should skip fast food restaurants and should definitely go straight for the good stuff when you find yourself in Alaska.

Buddha’s Hand

July 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Samuel Phineas Upham

Citron is a form of citrus that is capable of flowering and developing fruit during any season. Though it is more sensitive to frost than other forms of citrus, which limits where citron can be grown. The origins of this plant are still a mystery lost to history, but we believe that the source could be either India or Arabia.

Citron is reported to be one of the earliest fruits to appear in the Mediterranean, but this could stem from misconceptions. Citron was poorly defined in those days, as were many foods of the time, so it’s possible that writings mentioning citron are referring to some other plant.

The citron has earned the nickname “Buddha’s hand” because of its role in both Hinduism and Buddhism. Citron is very clearly depicted in no less than three scenes from the lives of Buddha. The Vedic god Kuvera, an earth spirit who was later adopted by Buddhists, is always depicted as gold in color and holding onto a citron fruit.

In China, the fruit was highly valued. Writings from the medieval period talk about ten jars of citron fruit offered to the emperor of China from the west. These fruits were also thought to have been brought to China through the movement of Buddhist monks, which might help to explain the origins of the nickname.

Citron was often carried on a person or placed at a table to leave pleasant scents in the room, similar to modern-day perfume. The rind is the most nutritious part of the fruit, but it is rarely eaten.


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Domestication of the Chicken

July 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Samuel Phineas Upham

When Darwin observed the Red Jungle Fowl of Southeast Asia, he believed that he was looking at the ancestor of the modern barnyard chicken. He also made some guesses as to its origins, placing the fowl in India, or the Indus Valley.

Today, we have some more precise ideas on when and where the chicken came from. We know that the chicken was known in Sumer, and that people there referred to it as “the king bird.” The Egyptians knew of it as early as the second dynasty, and the Greeks wrote extensively throughout the fourth century on advice for keeping and raising chickens. There are even Greek writings that indicate the Egyptians raised chickens for their eggs, and that they were able to incubate chicken eggs for hatching. It is said that Egyptians had incubators so grand in scale that they could hatch 10,000 chicks at a time.

Prior to the 1920s, chickens were raised as meat in the USA, but the practice of mass-production did not happen until well after World War I. The best-known birds are the varieties of Brahma that are available. These birds have a full breast, and have large portions of meat in proportion to the size of the bones.

There was also a great emphasis placed on marketing the birds, with special care taken to show packaging. It was recommended that chickens were placed in small wicker baskets and wrapped in linen or white paper to make them appear more attractive. Such a bird was likely to fetch a higher market price than those who were carelessly presented.


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Eating gelato from a cone or from a cup

July 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Gelato Products

There really isn’t no wrong way of eating gelato. Whether you eat it from a cone or from a cup, or even from a bowl, you’d still be eating gelato. Perhaps the best thing about eating it from a cone is that you wouldn’t have much need for Ice cream spoons or Plastic yogurt spoons. On the other hand, eating it from a cup would mean that you can do away with any mess from melting gelato or any part of it falling off the cone or anything like that. It all boils down to preference really. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty or sticky, then a cup would really be a great way to eat gelato. Gelato is a type of food that would make anyone happy. It’s cold, it’s sweet, and it’s definitely tasty. Perhaps the only thing that gelato on a cone has over a cup and a spoon is the fact that a cone adds another level of flavor to the whole equation. If you look at it traditionally, gelato has always been eaten with a cone. As a matter of fact, even the best places in Florence that serves gelato also has some creativity to their cones. There are the plain sugar cones, while there are also cones that are covered with a layer of chocolate, rice krispies, and other ingredients as well that is a delight to eat with gelato. So there, you have the pros and cons of both, you just need to pick one.

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Several decades’ later, Afternoon tea still popular

July 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Afternoon tea taken with a light meal traditionally takes place between 4 pm and 6 pm. Started in England in 1840 by Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bradford to get over her boredom and to socialize with her elite female friends is still practiced in many parts of the world. At upper class family homes tea is still served by white gloved. Once was a practice of social elite today the practice is coming back to many tea houses and restaurants all over the world.

Tea served is brewed with loose tea and served in a tea pot. Milk and sugar are served in separate vessels. It provides a calorie boost until the supper is served later. Over the years, many accompanying food items were added to the serving. Scones; small sandwiches made with eggs, cucumbers, and ham; cream puffs; and many others decadents are served along with the afternoon tea. Today the afternoon tea has come a long way from the first cup served in Duchess of Bedford palace.

High tea also occurs between 5 pm and 7 pm. But it refers to a practice mostly by working class people and the tea is accompanied with a hot meal.