Archives for February 2010

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10 Best Mass Market Beers

This list encompasses ten vastly different types of mass-market beer, and all of them are worth drinking. When choosing a mass-market beer, the thirsty consumer has to decide on a course of action:  what is he in the mood for, and what type of beer, in general, appeals most to the parched connoisseur? Choosing is a matter of taste, but it is also an issue of quality.  A top caliber brew …

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10 Best English Brown Ales

The 10 Best English brown ales trace their heritage through the history of England. Each style and name has its following, but here are ten of the best English brown ales. Manns Original Brown Ale is sweet ale that is low in alcohol. This English brown ale in the southern style was first brewed at Mann’s Whitechapel brewery in 1902. This is dark rich ale with full body and a taste of …

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10 Best First Date Restaurants: Austin

Some of the best first date restaurants in Austin are French. It's the language of love, after all, and first dates are all about l'amour. But even if you're more Tex-Mex than French, there are plenty of great first date restaurants to try in the state capital. Justine's. About as French as it gets here in Austin, Justine's is a popular spot for first dates. …

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5 Best Malibu Rum Cocktails

Here are 5 of the best Malibu Rum cocktails. Malibu Rum is a somewhat distinct brand of rum and often found in tropical type drinks. It is often flavored with coconut and used with other fruit flavored liqueurs. Sparkler Malibu Rum, ruby red grapefruit juice, grenadine syrup, and G.H. Mumm Champagne and garnish with a strawberry. Pretty and pink it’s the perfect cocktail for a l …

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10 Best First Date Restaurants: Oakland

More laid-back than San Francisco but more cosmopolitan than Berkeley, some of the ten best first-date restaurants are in Oakland. Whether you want to take your date to somewhere fancy or just grab some pizza, Oakland's eateries offer a plethora of options that will impress your prospective paramour.  Flora, 1900. This former florist's shop in Oakland's flourishin …

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10 Tips On How To Improve Restaurant Business

Running a restaurant is not for the faint of heart; it takes endless hours of dedication, patients to deal with difficult customers, and the skill of a circus juggler to balance the needs of employees—but don't fret, we've put together these ten tips to improve your restaurant business. Know your market. It is important to know who you are serving. Walk around your business&# …

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How To Saute Portobello Mushrooms

To sauté Portobello mushrooms, the first things to consider are whether to sauté mushrooms whole, sliced or chopped and what the sautéed mushrooms will be used for. Sautéed Portobello mushrooms can be used in a variety of ways and make a great addition to burgers, stir fry and other recipes. Items Needed to Sauté Portobello Mushrooms Portobello Mushro …

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How Long To Simmer Smoked Ham On Stove

Determining how long to simmer smoked ham on the stove can seem daunting at first, but the task is not at all complicated and in fact can easily be completed by even the novice cook. Smoked ham slabs are pre-cooked, which means there is no health risk associated with undercooking the meat. The ham can be eaten cold, but will gain exceptional richness of flavor from lightly browning the meat on the …

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How to Make a Tom Collins

Don't know how to make a Tom Collins from scratch? True Tom Collins lovers often consider the best Tom Collins cocktails to be the ones made from scratch. It is becoming more common for bartenders to make Tom Collins cocktails out of pre-mixed mixes instead of concocting the drink from homemade ingredients. If you have never tasted a Tom Collins made with homemade ingredients, you might be sur …

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What Are Beer Hops?

Exactly what are beer hops, the mystery ingredient that makes beer taste so good? Beer hops, more simply known as hops, are the flowers of the hop plant known as Humulus Iupulus. Beer hops are used in the brewing process to add flavor and act as a preservative. Hops are what give beer its bitter flavor, and without them beer would actually be very sweet. Bitterness is measured in IBUs, or Internat …

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10 Most Expensive Restaurants In The World

All foodies have a few restaurants that they have to visit, and the ten most expensive restaurants in the world are usually on that list. The world offers a large variety of cuisine for any budget.  However, the most expensive restaurants always offer the best food available.  Here is a list of the top 10 most expensive restaurants in the world. Aragawa  in Tokyo, Kapan is t …

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10 Best First Date Restaurants: Kansas City

So, you're planning a first date in Kansas City and, believe it or not, your date doesn't think BBQ is all that romantic—luckily, we've got your back with the ten best first-date restaurants in Kansas City. The Webster House. Want something that says you've got class? The Webster House has a unique fine dining experience in an intimate romantic atmosphere. T …

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Beer Tour: Salt Lake City

For the casual observer, Salt Lake City probably appears like beer purgatory. To those that know better, well they'd likely agree. The Mormon Church's influence over alcohol legislation (they prefer juice) is well known outside of the city, anecdotaly at least. Fortunately, beer lovers have been pressing the limits for years and continue to work on satisfying the thirst of all of us who simply can …

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Free Membership in Whiskey Explorers Club

UPDATE: We've chosen our winner, but you can use the coupon code "Mademan-0310" to get 10% off your membershipThe Whiskey Explorer’s Club isn’t exactly what you have in your head when you hear Whiskey Explorer’s Club. If you’re anything like us, you think of the now-defunct Adventurer’s Club on what used to be Pleasure Island in Disneyworld. And wh …

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Beer Tour: Hawaii

At first thought, Hawaii summons thoughts of Mai Tai’s, tan lines and pigs roasting over fire (or some other kind of bizarre, barbaric excitement) - rarely does one think of the dark dive bars hailed for the best beer since sliced bread. This is probably because, at surface level, Hawaii is no place for pub crawls, certainly not in comparison with the easily apparent booze magnificence of ci …

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5 Healthy Meals for College Students

Believe it or not, it can be easy to create 5 healthy meals for college students.  Luckily, with some strategic planning, you won’t have to succumb to daily Ramen noodles while struggling with the freshman 15.  Planning your meals for the week will help you maintain your budget, take the pressure off figuring out what you’ll eat next, and keep you healthy.  Here are five …

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How To Cook Asparagus

There are many ways how to cook asparagus depending on personal preference and tastes. Cooking canned asparagus is a simple matter of heating the contents until it is hot. However, fresh asparagus produces a much better flavor and texture. Regardless of the chosen method to cook asparagus, always choose fresh and crisp, in season produce with good color. Thick asparagus stalks will take longer …

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5 Easy Martini Cocktails

Long gone are the days of the boring old gin martini that your granddad used to drink. We have tried (oh believe us, we tried) and tested 5 easy martini cocktails that are putting grandpa’s tired old martini into retirement. New and exciting off springs of the alcoholic ancestor have emerged filled with more color, pizzazz and puckering flavors than a box of Fruity Pebbles. At risk of on …

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15 Great Jack Drinks

Ah, Jack Daniels. Jack. JD. Friend. Scholar. Gentleman. Best Friend -- okay, we love us some Jack Daniels. Most people think of Jack as the mistake you shoot at the end of the night. But Jack actually has found it’s way into many fantastic drinks over the years. We’re here to enlighten you about these drinks. And the lawyers tell us that we need to tell you to need to drink responsibly …

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5 Best Bartending Gadgets to Include in a Wet Bar

Although a choice liquor selection is important, including these 5 best bartending gadgets to include in a wet bar. Not only will you be able to make excellent libations, your friends will think you’re all James Bond when you whip out the gadgets to make that classic martini. Jigger. This cocktail gadget measures the proper pour of alcohol to include in your drink. Yes, it may seem u …

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How to Decode a Restaurant Menu

It’s mind boggling how many people that go into a restaurant can botch up something so simple as reading a menu.  If you’ve ever worked in the food service industry (aka, ever been perceived as the scum of the earth), you can testify to the fact that diners, in general, are morons. Admittedly, some menus may be more confusing than others, or you might be dining outside your normal …

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10 Best First Date Restaurants: Philadelphia

For single men in Philly, knowing where the 10 best first date restaurants in Philadelphia are can make or break your date. First dates are stressful enough without worrying about whether or not you're going to have a good meal. Take your date to any one of these places and you can almost guarantee yourself a second date (providing, of course, you don’t spend the whole time talking about …

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The Dark Knife

New from perpetualkid.com comes “The Ex”, the knife block for the bitter dumped person in all of us. Or anybody with an awesome sense of humor. This knife block in the shape of a person lets you passive-aggressively deal.Or, just aggressively if you believe your voodoo to actually be working. Take out some pent up negative feelings while keeping your kitchenware clean and in order. Tho …

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How To Store Flour

If you’re a fresh ingredient nut, you’ve probably wondered how to store flour properly. Flour is one of the most common ingredients in cooking, making an appearance in everything from savory sauces to delectable desserts. Follow these steps to keep your flour dry and safe from interested critters so every dish you make will taste amazing. Choose the right kind of container. If …

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How To Make Non-Alcoholic Cocktails

Learning how to make non-alcoholic cocktails is a useful skill to have when you're surrounded by non-drinkers. Non-alcoholic cocktails, also known as mocktails or virgin drinks, are a great way for those who don't want the effects of alcohol but still want to enjoy the unique flavor combinations that can only come from cocktails. Non-alcoholic cocktails are perfect for public parties where …

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10 Cheap Dinner Ideas

Knowing 10 cheap dinner ideas will help you out ALOT when deciding where to take a girl out on a date. Knowing how to impress a girl on a budget is key especially since a lot of you are out of work, or had to take a cut in hours or pay because your company is trying to weather the economic downturn. These may be enlightened times, but men, we all know she still wants you to buy her dinner. But jus …

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10 Best Japanese Restaurants: Los Angeles

Whether you're looking for the traditional sushi restaurant or want to be at the hippest trend taking off, these are the ten best Japanese restaurants Los Angeles has to offer. L.A. is renowned for its Japanese restaurants, both for their quality and their varying and eclectic nature. Add a little saké or a large bottle of Kirin, take your shoes off and settle in for an enjoyable evenin …

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Easy Liquor Cheesecake Recipe

Dress up your next dinner party with this easy liquor cheesecake recipe, and wow your friends with your skills and your sophistication. This versatile recipe can be made with the alcohol and juice combination of your choice to imitate the flavors of your favorite cocktail. Use tequila and lime juice for a Margarita Cheesecake, or add peach schnapps and orange juice for a Fuzzy Navel Cheesecake. Si …

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Eat This Not That

Whether it's a spring trip to Vegas or upcoming anniversary, February is a time many men look to trim the waistline a bit. Finding yourself in the gym more frequently is a good start, but you'll also need to examine your diet. Look, you know you should “eat right”, but coming off of months of holiday parties, disciplined consumption can be tough. Many of us have basically been training …

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How To Make Egg Drop Soup

Next time a cold front moves in, warm up by learning how to make egg drop soup. While there are innumerable variations on this homey dish—chef Emeril Lagasse serves his with spinach, while the "New York Times'" Italian Stracciatella includes parmesan and nutmeg, it's Chinese egg drop soup that is most commonly served in the U.S. This recipe is quick and easy and involves ba …