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Chef Ralph

Going from a short hall into the kitchen of the Compound, which sits over a cellar from the era when this antiquated building belonged to an apple orchard and not so recently has been converted into a fine dining restaurant, with a chuckle, I’m greeted by the king of the arena Chef Ralph.

Through a squeaky voice he says. “Hey, Sam Do the Watusi.”

The chef resembles a bearded chipmunk wearing a hat that looks like a kernel of corn popped into a puffy cloud.

While the chef is whisking translucent egg whites into peaks of snow, the major-demo walks in wearing a tan three piece suit. He asks the chef. “What”s on today’s menu?”

“A little bit of chicken, a little bit of beef, and a little bit of pork,” the chef answers. He is short and round and wears black and white pants. Then he repeats, “A little bit of chicken, A little bit of beef, and a little pork,” as he folds the fluffed egg white into some melted shimmering chocolate. The smug dining room coordinator walks out mumbling under his breath.

“Maybe, I should have mentioned fish,” said the chef with a chuckle.

As I am chopping parsley into green confetti, the international cuisine master preps tarragon, shallots, dry white wine, and vinegar for a Bearnaise sauce. He heats up the potion in an aluminum pot, which will be added to a creamy egg yolk and butter base.

When the concoction is done brewing, the chef shuffles over to the food processor to where I am popping open oysters with a shucking knife.

Standing next to me he takes a sniff of the mixture and crinkles his pudgy nose. A concerned look crosses his rosy-cheeked face.

“Hey, Sam, smell this. Does it smell right?”

I take a whiff of the steaming contents of the pot. Whoa! The pungent vinegar and tarragon hit my nostrils with a burning sensation, causing my eyes to water like a broken cistern. They could use this for smelling salts. It is amazing that something that smells terrible is made into a sauce which raptures ones palate to life, to compliment a savory roasted tenderloin beef.

Recovering from the rancid nasal assault and clearing away the tears from my eyes, I see a chipmunk wearing a double breasted cook’s jacket and a chef’s hat chuckling.

“Hey, Sam, it smell right?” His eyes crease into crows feet as he breaks into laughter.

Finishing the Creamy Bearnaise sauce he whistles a Kinks’ tune bobbing his head to the beat as he schemes up an antic for his next victim. This is my culinary arts mentor Chef Ralph a thirty-something adolescent prankster,

Internet Dating Tips – Dating Profile Examples For Men

Let me ask you…

Are you STRUGGLING at meeting women online?

You are? Well, guess what? You aren’t alone. The fact is, MOST men fail at online dating and quit within WEEKS after posting their first online dating profile. Well, why is that? Are all women on Internet dating sites that mean? Do they just NOT like men at all?

No, obviously that isn’t the case! After all, we all know some guys that are having a LOT of success with online dating. You’ve heard about them… right?

“Dude!!! I’m getting laid left and right from women I met on Match.com. What’s your problem??? It’s so easy!”

Well, one of two things is going on there. Either these guys are lying, or they know something the rest don’t. Maybe they searched the net for dating profile examples for men, and found the “perfect dating ad.” Maybe they all look like Brad Pitt.

Well, I’m here to tell you that when it comes to having success with meeting women online, you HAVE to have TWO things right. Screw up either one of them, and you will NOT be meeting ANY women!

The first is your dating profile. This needs to be solid. It needs to really show your personality! The days of laundry lists and facts are LONG GONE! (In fact, I’m not sure these kinds of dating profiles were ever successful.) Women are drawn to EMOTIONS, and in particular mystery and intrigue.

Why do you think romance novels are so popular? Women can’t buy them up fast enough because they CAN’T resist them!

So, making your profile convey a sense of mystery is paramount and you MUST learn how to do it right. No…copying dating profile examples for men off the internet is NOT going to cut it. Women want to meet YOU, not some guy you are pretending to be.

The next thing you want to do is convey a sense of confidence. Use assertive, commanding language in your profile, BUT don’t overdo it. Confidence is sexy, cockiness is a turn off!

Finally, show some humor! Online dating should NOT be serious. Show her you have a clever sense of humor. It’s always great to end your profile by poking fun at other guys on internet dating sites.

So, now you know how to write an eye-catching, compelling online dating profile. That’s the all important FIRST step to online dating success.

Organic Fair Trade Coffee Is Good for the Planet

Coffee! The eye opening elixir. Coffee! Black, drinkable, the energizing drink that livens our lives. Coffee! A long history from an exotic unknown berry to a massive commodity production, back to exotic again. And what a past this bitter black beverage has had. The dancing goats, to high volume commodity sales, to the near extinction of the finest of quality coffee beans, the art of growing and handling coffee berries has never died. It has only been altered though out time.

Coffee! The eye opening elixir. Coffee! Black, drinkable, the energizing drink that livens our lives. Coffee! A long history from an exotic unknown berry to a massive commodity production, back to exotic again. One must hand it to that little coffee shop from Seattle that now encompasses the globe. They sure did take the world by storm. In one fell swoop that little coffee company took a commodity beverage and cast it back into the exotic drinkable realm where it was born from as well as distorting the beauty of specialty gourmet coffee for future generations. What is now perceived as a quality coffee bean has traveled back to the art of commodity coffee. The competition on the street corner for a drinkable cup of coffee has become fierce. Each brewer says that their brew is the “perfect cup of coffee”. However they all grab from the same commodity level stocks. Of course without these commodity grown stocks coffee would be in greatly diminished supplies. Yes, coffee is in diminished supply. That is the supply of good quality coffee beans had almost vanished over the last couple of decades as corner boutiques converted to the ravishing corner coffee shop.

There is a change! Finally there is a change in the air. The very small boutique coffee shop and coffee roaster is finally allowed the glory of finding high quality coffee beans once again. Small farm and niche green coffee beans are now becoming available to the fair trade coffee market. Quality organic coffee is being selectively grown just for the small independent coffee roasting operations.

Finally we have coffee drinkers who care more and more about the people of the Earth and the planet that we live on. We now have coffee drinkers who care about the survival of coffee farmers and the lands on which the coffee bean is grown. There are specialty coffee drinkers who cherish the survival and health of our mother earth.

Sustainable Organic Fair Trade Coffee is finally becoming a household request. Fair trade is good for the people. Organic coffee is healthier for you as well as giving health back to our planet.

Fair trade coffee provides a fair platform for the whole supply chain of this wonderful drink. Fair trade coffee beans mean fair prices for those who drink it. It may not be the cheapest coffee to buy however for the quality and sustainability the prices are equitable. It also provides better wages and living conditions for those who grow and produce the sought after bean. Fair trade is an agreement between farmers, workers, shippers, and consumers to care about each other and everyone involved. After all that is what community and health is all about.

Foresight by coffee growers proved beneficial. The few that saw a future for renewed exotic demand set course with new direction. Armed with a brighter knowledge these coffee plantations moved away from the distorted massive commodity market left to flounder by that little coffee shop from Seattle. These foresight seers set their sights on a smaller specialty marketplace. This knowledge was that there would be a need for finely grown and carefully cared for coffee beans. They knew that the land was important, that their community was important, and the survival of quality coffee was important. There would be a need for carefully grown, hand selected, artistically roasted, and rushed to the discerning consumers waiting coffee grinder and brewing system coffee. Out of the fair trade coffee supply grew the expertise to market the perfect cup of coffee. Quality fair trade organic coffee beans are available. Still a consumer can find the organic coffee they seek for their cup of coffee at the corner commodity brewer. Astute coffee drinkers find it a poor substitute for the real experience of fine coffee.

Those coffee drinkers with the discerning desire for the perfect bitter tinged elixir must still seek the out of the way roasters to fulfill their needs. They must discover the hidden gems in the coffee roasting world. And, yes, there are those little gems and merchants, imports, roasters, and sellers. And yes there are many who like yourself desire their cup of coffee to stand out as the pure enjoyment of a cup of coffee should be. After all tingling taste buds and allowing your senses to dance around the flavors of coffee is what life is all about. Allowing your mouth to wrap around the delicate chocolate or nutty earth flavors of the coffee bean and the smoky power of a fine roast is what we seek as a coffee drinker.

If, and when, you find that little quality niche coffee shop hold onto it tight allowing it to grow and become sustainable. Seek out the online coffee merchant that has done the leg work of finding the best roasters and fastest service. Get that cup of coffee. Get your organic blend. Get the roast you desire. Get the fair trade coffee beans you deserve. Don’t let go.

Yes, people drink coffee to stimulate their minds for the long stress filled hour of the day. Stimulating the senses is more important as well. Awakening the olfactory system with quality flavor from specialty hand selected coffee puts the shear aspect of the lowly commodity coffee production into a totally insignificant perspective. Hum drum becomes the everyday ordinary cup of coffee sold at all of the corner coffee shops. Taste bud boredom is a crime of depriving the human senses of ecstasy that we all crave and deserve. Alive taste buds cause the human being to be alive, excited, and adventurous in our every day activities. Start your day with an eye opening sense grabbing cup of coffee and know that your day will be brighter more enjoyable and full of experience. And further know that when you purchase great organic fair trade coffee that you are caring for the planet that gives us our daily life.

Jorgecastillo The Panel of Best Miami Interior Designers

Nothing helps you relax more than a perfectly decorated interior in which you can shed off the stress that has been building up upon you after a tough day. Miami Interior designers with their expertise will incorporate your interiors with the right furniture and decorations which will not only make your interior comfortable and pretty, but also compatible with your style and attitude.

As far as modern interior trends are concerned, Miami is the best place to look for it. Its a city where fashion and functionality meet everyday in the clubs, offices and shopping centers. Since the city itself is always developing in modern architecture every new day, its only reasonable that modern designs and ideas flock in Miami offering its population with most creative and innovative works.

A Miami interior designer studies and understands your style so well that they know the key to make you feel relaxed and happy at home. For Miami interior designers, as they know and understand your style so well, tweaking the interiors to best express your mood and feelings it is just a matter of creative approach and once they finish decorating your room in the style that is apt for you, you can’t help but notice that spending time among those modern, classic and exotic pieces fills you up with energy while at the same time lowering your stress levels.

Style of Miami Interior designers, because of the uniqueness of their area and culture, has become its own unique trend which people from all over the world desire to imitate in their homes, offices and even shopping complexes. The beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico reflect in their work combined with a strong inspiration from the Cuban, Spanish, European and Caribbean people who have made the southern Florida and Miami area their home.

Miami Interior Designers have access to an unlimited number of designs from catalogs and magazines with they help of which they will come up with a design best suited for your home. These professionals will even gladly pay a visit to your home to check out its overall theme and style and to work accordingly.

Jorge Castillo Design is an interior design firm with over 15 years of experience with a panel of expert Miami Interior Designers who specialize in modest to high-end residential designs. Our creative team transforms interior environments into unique living spaces of art. So, contact us today and transform your home to lively spaces !

What You Need To Know About Food Acidity

Our nutrition is the most importact influence on our body’s acidity, and therefore it is essential to understand food acidity when we aim to live by a healthy acid alkaline balance. As we all know, famoous celebrities, such as Tony and Sage Robbins, Kirsten Dunst and Robert Young swear by an alkaline diet.

If you’re interested in leading an alkaline lifestyle, you want to keep your body mainly in the alkaline zone. A quick review: Chemically, the pH Level is measured on a pH scale ranging from 0-14, with 7 being neutral, less than 7 acidic and more than 7 alkaline. .

Research and experience have shown that our bodies function more efficiently when in an alkaline state. The metabolism is improved, cells live longer, our internal organs work more effectively, we feel more energised and most people also lose weight.

How Our Bodies Neutralise Acidic Foods

When we consume acidic foods, the body will try and neutralize the acids, so that it can return to its most efficient state (the alkaline state). This neutralising of acids is also often described as “detoxing”. Generally the body can neutralise acids through our organs (such as liver and kidneys) or through deep breathing. Any acids that cannot be neutralised are stored in the tissues of the body. During a detox, you would reduce the amount of acids you put into your body, therefore the body has the capacity to neutralise the acids that have been stored in the body tissue. This can be a difficult process, as many people get withdrawal symptoms (from sugar, alcohol, nicotine, etc) and at the same time experience the toxins that are being neutralised in the body (these may be expressed through head aches, mood swings, etc).

Food Acidity And Acidic Foods

Firstly we need to differentiate between foods that are acidic, and foods that have an acidic effect on our bodies. These are two different aspects, as some foods themselves are considered acidic, but when consumed they have an alkalising effect on the body. For example, lemons and limes are acidic, but when consumed, they help to alkalise the body.

Measuring Food Acidity

The degree of food acidity is measured by determining its pH value or analyzing its mineral content. The lower a pH value is the more acidic is the food. Acidic minerals include sulfur, chlorine, phosphorus, flouride, iodine and silicon. When a food contains more acidic than alkaline minerals it is said to be acidic. If you want to know the acidity or alkalinity of a certain food, the easiest way is to get an alkaline foods chart to guide your way.

This is a basic summary on food acidity. If you are interested in improving your body’s alkalinity or following an , there are some easy and fast ways to include more alkaline foods in your diet. Find out more at

Science Experiments For Kids – How Plants Drink Water

Encouraging your children to enjoy science can have benefits far away down the line. What parent doesn’t want to brag about their rocket-scientist son or daughter?

The key to getting that passion for science ignited is to start early and educate often! But usually, if you tell a child they’re about to learn, they won’t get too excited. Thankfully, an experiment can fix that. A simple one is helping them understand how plants “drink water.” Let’s learn how to proceed:

1. Provide a Basic Introduction and Background

If your child seems completely unsure about the situation, it might be best to start by simply getting a family plant. Keep it on the windowsill, and have him or her water it everyday, and note that it gets sunlight. This will provide them with at least a little background on the magic at hand. Eventually, they might ask where all the water is going. That’s the sign that it’s time for your experiment to begin

2. Hypothesize and Test

Have them write down a list of questions they want the answers to. Maybe it’s “How do plants drink water?” Or even “Why do plants drink water?” It could be “Do they drink water like humans do?”

If they’re older, they might have heard words such as molecules or photosynthesis before. Be prepared to answer questions about definitions should they be ready. Once all the questions are written down, the experiment can begin.

Select several kinds of flowers
Get a few samples of each, and place them into different cups.
You’ll now want to put a small amount of fresh water in 1/2 the cups, and a larger amount in the other half.
Dividing those two sections in half, add food dye color to 1/4 of the cups, and 1/4 to another fourth in a different amount of water section. Blue food dye typically works best.
Water the plants with the exact amount as needed throughout the length of the experiment
After each water, have your child takes pictures and make notes about each pictures status.

After about two weeks, you can call your experiment complete! And these point, the four different sets of flowers should look very different, and provide your child with the kind of results needed to at least answer some of their questions. If they still have unanswered questions, work with them to find the answers on the internet.

I’ll answer the first one for you: The name of the process you just tested? Transpiration. You have to answer the next set of questions on your own!

The Truth About Using A Quick Diet For Weight Loss

If you are looking for a quick diet for weight loss, you may not have to look as far as you think. Believe it or not, quick weight loss diet plans are not difficult to find and use. Its just a matter of knowing where to find one that will work for you.

The first thing to think about when you are looking for a quick diet for weight loss is what your weaknesses are. Many of us have weaknesses for certain foods, drinks or just dont want to exercise. Heres how to get around some of those weaknesses.

Plan To Still Eat Some Of Your Favorite Things

You can still be quite successful on a quick weight loss diet by eating some of the foods you love. In fact we would think it is quite obvious that you will have a high failure rate if you attempted to avoid all of your favorites. The idea here is to moderate your portion size and frequency of the foods you are eating to satisfy the requirements of the diet you choose. This is even easier to accomplish if you are disciplined enough to eat when you aren’t really hungry and allow the smaller portions to satisfy you.

This can be done by eating what we call filler food about 5-10 minutes before eating one of your favorite foods. Of course this should be something like an apple or raw vegetables that will fill your stomach up somewhat making it easier to stay on track.

Drink After Your Meal

This tip may sound counter-intuitive but we want you to start drinking beverages AFTER you have finished eating your food rather then during the meal. This is because drinking during a meal makes the enzymes that your body creates while eating to break the food down a lot less effective. This would be at cross purposes to your dieting plan which is why we suggest you wait and drink afterwards.

The simple gesture of adding these tips to any diet plan should make it more manageable and therefore effective. Of course this means you will get the results you want that much quicker.

This article has discusses some simple tips to accentuate a diet plan. In addition to any changes you make regarding exercise and nutrition be sure to start some kind of detoxification program at the same time. It makes no sense to work against your quick diet for weight loss plans by not getting the needed exercise, nutrition and detoxification.