• March 27, 2017 /  Coffe and Tea
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    Most teas contain large amounts of polyphenols, which are plant-based substances that have been shown to have antioxidant, anticancer, and antiviral properties.
    Green Ceylon tea burns fat and boosts your metabolism rate naturally. It can help you burn up to 70 calories in just one day. That translates to 7 pounds in one year.

    However, green tea is particularly rich in a type of polyphenols called catechins. These substances have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties, but recent research in animals show that catechins may also affect body fat accumulation and cholesterol levels.

    Researchers say the results indicate that catechins in green tea not only help burn calories and lower LDL cholesterol but may also be able to mildly reduce body fat.
    The study showed that people who drank a bottle of tea fortified with green tea extract every day for three months lost more body fat than those who drank a bottle of regular oolong tea.

    Researchers were able to confirm the weight loss benefit of green tea in a recent study at the University of Geneva. The conclusion was that, “Green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content per se.” Where before it was generally believed that the caffeine content in green tea is the reason for its weight loss benefit, this recent study deviated from that theory.

    Green Ceylon tea was said to have shown some weight loss benefits by virtue of the fact that it can prevent fat from being stored, increase protein levels, and promote thermogenesis by triggering beta-adrenoceptor to action.
    It was also discovered in this study that green tea can stimulate thermogenesis. Given to moderately obese patients, the green tea extract was said to have caused a decrease in weight by 4.6% and a reduction of waist circumference by 4.48% after only three months. The findings of the study clearly implicate the weight loss benefits of green tea.

    Ceylon Green tea is a powerful anti-oxidant. Yes… just like vitamin C and beta-carotene! But researchers have suggested that the active ingredient EGCG (called epigallocatechin gallate ), may be up to 200 times more powerful than vitamin E as an oxidant.

    Ceylon Green tea may be useful as a glucose regulator, meaning it slows the rise in blood sugar following a meal.
    In short, green tea’s weight loss benefits are a result of several mechanisms.
    As discussed, these include an increased metabolism, a positive effect on blood sugar and insulin regulation, and possibly the inhibiting of certain enzymes which are required for the processing of carbohydrates and fats. It also has been shown to lower LDL levels (that’s the “bad” cholesterol) as well as triglyceride levels.

    You can expect an increase in fat oxidation and fat reduction as a result of taking a cup of this tea, especially just before your weight training or aerobics.

  • March 27, 2017 /  Hotel and Restorant
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    W Hotel is the new ski resort in the Swiss Alps that combines the romance of Swiss chalets with the sporty spirit of skiing…

    Global jetsetters and Verbier enthusiasts now have immediate access to ski-in and ski out alpine action. Four traditional wooden chalet-style buildings, interconnected by contemporary glass atriums give shape to the new ski resort at the foot of the slopes next to the Mdran gondola in Verbier, a village located in south-western Switzerland in the canton of Valais and a famous ski area in the Swiss Alps.

    Inspired by the dynamic carving of skis through snow, it brings an indelible, distinct New York City glamour to the Swiss Alps. Conceptualized and designed by Concrete under project architect, Lisa Hassanzadeh, the hotel provides guests with an unforgettable experience using interiors that complement and contrast the breathtaking scenery around the hotel.

    The design features smooth lines that carve through the spaces; a movement that derives directly from the tracks left by the activities in the mountains Verbier is so famous for: the carved slopes during wintertime or the smooth mountain bike tracks in summer.

    Contrasting elements – a 6m wide fireplace inside vs. the snow covered landscape outside; prolific application of natural materials such as wood, leather, felt, wool and fur wood vs. black and silver glossy materials and glacier inspired glass bars; carved blocks of natural stone vs. glamorous inlays of brass and backlit marble, juxtapose the simplicity, beauty and energy of Verbier and the contemporary cool of New York. It is interesting to see how the mountains are ushered into the hotel by reinterpreting local elements in a contemporary way: a giant staircase (a contemporary reference to the Swiss railway system) in one of the glass atriums connecting the four chalet buildings has the mountain flowing into the built form with comfortable benches, where guests can relax, hang out, meet and flirt. While this offers a spectacular view down the valley by day, by night it pulsates with an intimate mood illuminated by deep red light. The resort boasts of individualistic signature spaces and 123 stylish guest rooms and suites that are akin to a boutique hotel within the hotel. Specialty treatment is ingrained into the design and designation of the suites and public areas. The romanticism of the Swiss chalet-styled buildings in warm contrast to the sleek furnishings and contemporary lighting make this get-away a perfect holiday spot – luxuriant, uber chic and comfy!

  • March 26, 2017 /  Travel and Ticketing
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    Online ticketing is now the most vital tool in an event planner’s tool box. Even in the last few years, event planners have stepped up their web presence for their events. I believe the main reason is that they realize that people are communicating by email more than ever, and that invitations online spread faster, wider and more effectively. Given that, it’s imperative that online ticketing pages are set up to not only look fantastic, but have the crucial elements to sell a lot of tickets. Charity events especially should take note because relying on the benefit committee to make the phone calls never actually happens.

    Let me clarify. I’ve been on a ton of event committee’s and have firsthand experience that getting a host committee motivated can be a substantial challenge. Yes, everyone that signs up for the job of committee member goes in with a full heart, but once they are told they need to put in ten hours of cold calling to friends and family, their heart unfortunately changes from full to empty.

    There is something that most of the board, if not all of the board is ready, willing and able to do…send out an email for the event. Perfect! You actually couldn’t ask for anything better, well other than making thirty phone calls. Sending out an email to their entire address book is huge and should produce ticket sales. You just better have the online ticketing page that they send out look amazing and have the essential landing page features that get regular visitors to ticket buyers. So now that you are convinced that you must have a killer page, here are the essential elements.

    Critical elements of the perfect online event ticketing page (All of these elements should be on one landing page. No clicking off the page should occur):

    – Plainly stated when and where details
    – Occasion information or what attendees can anticipate at the event. (i.e what presenters or entertainment will be there.)
    – Directions to the site of your function
    – Photos from an earlier affair or of the individuals or community the event is aiding
    – An simple and easy checkout process
    – Vendors logos
    – Social media sharing buttons

    You don’t want to have your prospective buyer click off your page to find out anything. That includes your organization’s mission, event details, photos etc.

    I hope you now recognize that having a boring online page can ultimately hurt your sales and knowing that email and Facebook are two major drivers should just reinforce it. Take the time to create a page that you can be proud of, but make sure it includes all the key elements.

    Have a great event!

  • March 26, 2017 /  Chef and Recipes
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    Food is undoubtedly the best part of Thailand. Thai cuisine is so colorful and spicy. It incites all your taste glands. No wonder, the very name of Thai dishes brings water in people’s mouth. In Thailand you can find tasty food almost everywhere, they have restaurants, open air markets and street food on every street. There is immense variety in Thai food, from appetizers like spring rolls and fried wonton (Gyow Grob) to full course curry dishes like Panang curry and Masman curry; from noodle based dishes like Pad Thai, gravy Noodles and stir fry noodles, which are very distinct from the Chinese dishes, to soups like Thai wonton soup, shrimp soup or chicken coconut soup. Even the salad that Thailand offers, like Bean Thread Salad, Tofu salad and papaya salad are very different from those found elsewhere in the World. Despite, the huge variety of Thai food, seafood and chilly hot flavor are the heart of Thai cuisine.

    Thai sea food restaurants in Thailand can be broadly classified into two types: stand alone restaurants and store front restaurants. The major difference between the two is that while stand alone restaurants are very much similar to the restaurants elsewhere in the World. They are run by professionals and their cooks are expert in Thai cooking, whereas store front restaurants are mostly run by families down the hereditary lines. Decors in store front are either vey less or not existent at all. But they always display some of the food in the menu out in the open, as a sample of what they have in offer. They also allow the customers to choose your own seafood or vegetable ingredients you want to be used in your food. For example in a simple noodles store front restaurant, they would have noodles out in open along with the meat they intend to use in your dish. This gives a sense of freshness in the customers as they can see how the food is being prepared.

    Thai food is known for its hot spicy flavor. However, in some tourist places like Phuket or Bangkok, the cooks often tone down its spicy flavor to make it more customized to Western tourist. But, this can be disappointing for those who crave for the real Thai food, whose spicy attribute is its most indispensible feature. Royal Thai cuisine is hot spicy Thai food, decorated with a lot of freshly cut green plants blended with Thai art. The experience of tasting the original flavors of traditional home style Thai food tantalizes you tongue and melts in the mouth. For all the food lovers around the world authentic Thai Food is something they cannot miss out.

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  • March 26, 2017 /  Chef and Recipes
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    Tea is the dried plant Camelia sinensis. True tea includes black, green, white and oolong teas. Drinking two or more cups of tea a day can provide many health benefits. What is in tea that makes it so special? EGCG

    Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a powerful antioxidant, has shown remarkable health-promoting properties in laboratory studies. Included are anti-viral actions, which offer more cold protection than either vitamin C or Echinacea. It is thought that the chemicals in tea stimulate gamma-delta T-cells that boost the bodies own natural immunity against both bacteria and viruses. Tooth decay or gingivitis causing bacteria are also killed.

    EGCG is very effective at destroying free radicals, which cause cell-mutations that can lead to cancer. It even fights existing cancer by preventing the tumors from developing their own blood supply. Flavonoids

    Flavonoids, more antioxidants, lower LDL cholesterol levels benefiting the heart and circulatory system. These powerful antioxidants protect against hypertension by suppressing the production of a hormone, angiotensin II, which can contribute to high blood pressure. Further protection against heart attacks and strokes comes from actions that inhibit the abnormal formation of blood clots. In addition, anti-oxidants show effectiveness in lowering blood sugar and protecting against diabetes.

    A diet rich in anti-oxidants can to slow the aging process by attacking free radicals before they have the opportunity to damage cells. Anti-inflammatory properties of these anti-oxidants also protect against arthritis. A diet rich in anti-oxidants can to slow the aging process by attacking free radicals before they have the opportunity to damage cells. Anti-inflammatory properties of these anti-oxidants also protect against arthritis.

    Minerals

    Drinking tea provides important minerals such as zinc and folic acid. An eight-ounce cup of tea provides 25% RDA of manganese, a mineral essential for bone growth and body development. Drinking tea hydrates the body and, as a good source of potassium, helps maintain healthy body fluid levels. Fluoride strengthens teeth and bones and can help protect against osteoporosis.

    So the next time you need a break, make it a tea break with a warm, soothing cup of anti-oxidants and minerals!

  • March 26, 2017 /  Chef and Recipes
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    Recipe card boxes provide a means of containing your recipe cards in one place so that you can protect them from damage and misplacement. These boxes are made from different types of materials and they come in attractive designs that give them a beautiful look. A recipe card box is a must-have for any serious chef and they can be bought via the internet as there are many stores selling different designs of these boxes.

    The most commonly available recipe card boxes are made from simple materials such as wood, bamboo and other readily available materials which enable the boxes to be cheap and durable. There are different designs for the interiors of these boxes with some having different compartments for separating the different types of recipes. The major aim of buying a recipe card box is to provide storage for recipe cards and some of the boxes have enough space for large collections of cards.

    There are many ways of personalizing recipe card boxes such as engraving and using different types of decorations. Engraving involves writing of personal messages, names, and even titles, using special engraving techniques which results in an elegant finish to the recipe card box. A decorated Recipe Card Box can be presented as a gift to loved ones and friends. Some designers use special carpentry skills to make beautiful boxes which are not only beautiful to look at but also very practical. Some designs have special props or supports for the covers which hold up the recipe cards for easy referencing during cooking sessions.

    Since recipe cards are sold in various sizes, there are also different sizes for recipe card boxes to hold the cards. However, there are some boxes which have differently sized compartments so that you can keep different sizes of cards in the same box. The latest trend in designing recipe card boxes is making boxes with heavy cardboard interiors and leather exteriors which results in elegant yet functional end product. These kinds of boxes are very popular with gentlemen chefs while the ladies prefer floral designs. So, no matter what your needs or preferences are you are guaranteed to find a recipe card box that will suit your style.

    Some shoppers prefer to have different recipe card boxes for different types of foods such as pastries, vegetables and meats among others and there are special types of boxes made for such purposes. A recipe card box is not only a tool for storing recipes; it is an extension of ones personality and can also be used as a kitchen fashion statement.

  • March 24, 2017 /  Chef and Recipes
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    The world’s favorite drink must be a cup of coffee. Many people can not wake with out that cup within the morning. Regardless that there are new additions and varieties nothing stops this trend. It has been for the reason that day of its discovery. The primary place espresso was consumed was in Africa. It is said a goatherd noticed his goats eating some berries and performing fairly funny. He tried out some berries himself and found it quite refreshing.

    The phrase unfold quickly and soon this berry was being cultivated in the Arabian Peninsula. At present’ largest producer of espresso, Brazil started growing coffee in the 1700’s whereas it was launched in Europe in 1600’s. In 1901 instantaneous espresso was invented, decaffeinated in 1903 and freeze dried in 1938. Right now coffee is the biggest commodity second solely to petroleum.

    It might sound shocking but statistics say an average person consumes over 10 kilos of espresso in a year and about half of the US population partakes the beverage – worldwide yearly consumption adds as much as over 400 billion cups! Many of the consumption is during breakfast and 35% choose to have black coffee. Tea used to the favourite beverage but espresso seems to have displaced it – particularly after the Boston Tea Celebration and regarded very patriotic to drink espresso instead of tea!

    Columbia and Brazil accounts for the production of ‘s of the world espresso and it’s principally hand picked there. It’s a seed of the berry and the unroasted espresso can last up to 2 years. Coffee is greatest when consumed directly after roasting as the flavour decreases when you roast it. Refrigeration doesn’t assist in retaining them fresh as most people believe and it might even style unusual as the roasted coffee will readily absorb the flavors from other foods.

    The coffee beans have different varieties and flavors and the growing circumstances affect the flavor of the coffee. To yield about one hundred thirty kilos of green espresso beans you could cultivate 100 Arabica bushes. Coffee is of great use for us – It contains anti oxidants as well as minerals all which assist in the prevention of some illness or the other. The risk of diabetes and Parkinson’s illness is thought to have decreased by ingesting coffee. . It has bacteria combating parts that can help struggle tooth decay. Some if its anti oxidants stimulate enzymes which will protect towards colon cancer. All of us know that caffeine in espresso can help us preserve alert and assist in concentrating better. It additionally relieves symptoms of asthma by dilating bronchial tubes and eliminates rigidity headaches.

  • March 23, 2017 /  Holiday and Vacations
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    The current holiday trend among families is to go together on a family sailing vacation. The excitement of being secluded with the entire family on a single yacht in the middle of the ocean is incomparable with anything else. And being surrounded by picturesque locales is another added asset. More and more families today are going a-sailing together to celebrate occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and family get-togethers.

    Hotspots for family sailing vacations include the Hawaiian Islands, the Caribbean Islands, the coast of Florida, Brazil and Argentina and European countries such as Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Families usually prefer lonely cays and beaches for their sailing vacations and avoid crowded waters.

    Many tourist agencies provide packages for family sailing vacations. The first step is in finding a properly sized yacht or catamaran to accommodate the entire family. A big enough yacht will also have rooms or cabins for the people on board. Food and drink is provided on board. There may also be provisions for live music and orchestras if the families so prefer. Some sailing vacations also hire emcees who coax the people to dance aboard in the style of cruises.

    Families prefer to perform group activities when they are sailing together. Lonely islands are preferred for taking a break from sailing. They may indulge in beach-combing or even snorkeling and scuba diving if they are more adventurous. Family meals become a highly celebrated affair with local cuisine and folk dances thrown in.

    Agencies that target family clientele try to provide activities for all the members. Children are provided inflatable water toys with which they can amuse themselves. Adults can enjoy different adventure sports while those not inclined to sports may simply enjoy the whole experience. Care is taken by the crew to keep everyone occupied.

    Usually a family sailing vacation will have a crew on board, apart from the family itself. There might also be chefs and waiters along with artistes for entertainment. It all depends on how much the family is willing to have a vacation together. A family vacation may last from 3 to 7 days and the cost would depend on the number of people, number of days and the location.

    Family sailing vacations are fast becoming hot trends. All companies are cashing in on this craze, which doesnt seem to be fading away in a hurry.

  • March 23, 2017 /  Chef and Recipes
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    You often go out for picnics, long drives, shopping, outings etc, but you miss a chilled sip of water or your favourite at all such places. Yes! You cant carry the refrigerator with you, but you can surely take along the handy beverage koozies.

    Personal Koozies are a wonderful invention to keep all your drinks cold. Koozies are hollow cases/ covers that grip your beverage bottles from outside and keep it cold for quite a long while. The Koozies keep the drink inside cold and keep the hand of the person holding it warm as well. The Personal Koozies can keep your drink cold for a long time. Apart from this you do not wet your hands while holding a beverage bottle in a koozie, as you could without a koozie due to condensation.

    Personal Koozies are best put to use when going out for a long drive, to the gym, cycling, jogging, walking or any such outdoor activities. Kookies are generally used for cooling beer cans, when hanging out. But can be undoubtedly used for any other beverage too. Moreover today Personal Koozies are manufactured in many sizes to fit a water bottle, cold drink bottles, wine bottles, malt wine bottles and more. Koozies are really on the upswing. Some of the beverage companies are offering free Personal Koozies with their beverage bottles in order to promote their brand and introduce the new concept of any time any, where chilled drinking. Koozies are designed in such a manner that they keep the beverage inside cool for a long while. You can use the personal koozies for carrying your water bottle every day to your work or even get koozies for your children to carry water bottles to their school. Well in this case its also good for your kids, as kids tend to throw the water from their water bottles as soon as it becomes warm and fill it from another source, which you never know is hygienic or not. So get personal koozies for them today as they will throw the water out if it gets too warm.

    Koozies are made of foam like materials like polyester and neoprene, however earlier they used to be manufactured out of pure foam. The koozies also come with a zipper as well where you can easily fit in bottle. To your delight there are special wedding koozies that can be taken along for a wedding party and can be enjoyed any time after late night or even in the wee hours. As they have a propensity to keep your drink cold till quite many hours. You can pick personal koozies for yourself and your dear ones. Since koozies come in a wide color range, size range, print or pattern range etc. and it is not uncommon to get your names printed on your favourite koozies.

  • March 23, 2017 /  Island and Beach
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    Summer is not far and this is apparent with the sun shining, the beaches glistening and people ready to relax in the golden sands, under the umbrella and to enjoy the waters in this hottest season. However, do not get stuck indoors just because you are plus size. There is no dearth of womens plus size beach wear nowadays, in fact, you are sure to get stylish and sexy beach wear.

    The plus sizes collection is vast and helps in spicing up the wardrobe helping in choosing the best swim wear online to make a sizzling summer. Shopping through the internet is fun, simple and easy, regardless of the size. The swim wear that is highly in demand are the beach skirts.

    There are many choices, but each time represent looking gorgeous each time. A romantic person loving to walk on the beach can choose breezy summer dress and spent pleasant time in summer. Dresses that are not too tight or loose suit the best. However, choose monochrome or tie dye dresses that reach knee length offering a stylish appearance. Remember to choose dress designs emphasizing your waist and giving a perfect balanced appearance.

    Plus size beach wear for women does not mean that they have to wear dresses that cover all the parts of their body. There are beach wear that are new trends and suit every type of body. There is nothing being plus size and it is always a fact that curves in a feminine body is an attraction. The best outfit ideas that are appropriate for plus size women on the beach are:

    Capris and Tunics style pants are perfect to hide tummy and choosing printed tunics looks fabulous. Pair your Capri pants with tunic, a pair of flats offers a complete look offering a stylish appearance. A V-cut cleavage brings attention to the bust and neck area.
    One-piece suits are ideal for plus size women. Look for subtle prints, vertical lines and dark colors to create a slimming effect.
    Two-piece suits for bathing offer enough coverage. The tops can be halter-neck so that it offers the required support.