Monthly Archives: April 2015

Haidar Barbouti and his Anti-Foodie Stance

In the last decade or so, the term “foodie” has popped up into the casual English language. Basically it is in reference to someone who is considered a “trend setter” when it comes to eating the latest popular dishes. Food, like many other areas in life, can go up and down and offer different popular services. Clothing has different trends, vehicles have different trends, where to live can be trendy, and the same is true in food. However, Haidar Barbouti really doesn’t care what is trendy or not. All he cares about is providing delicious food that the customer is going to enjoy. That is why he has no intention on going with “foodie fads” and simply instead giving his customers the best taste for the money.

In recent years, chefs have kind of looked away at what the customers want and simply mandated what they would eat. In order to stand out and look original, chefs have started using special ingredients and offer up certain displays that are different than the rest. They didn’t necessarily just go on making something better than the rest of the competition they had to make something different. However, Haidar Barbouti doesn’t want to do this. After a recent trip to Europe he spoke at length to just how delicious the food had been, but the restaurants were not “trendy”. He said he didn’t want to return to the states just to eat at a tapas menu or a wine bar. He went so far as to call tapas nothing more than “leftovers on a F___ing plate.” In order to avoid this kind of lame, popular food, he simply wanted to offer delicious food that people could simply eat and enjoy.

As Haidar Barbouti points out, when someone heads out to a restaurant they want a real cooked meal and not someone painting a few lines on a plate. Often times, when eating at one of the “trendy” restaurants, a diner is going to be hungry an hour later and stop for fast food to make up for it. That should never happen, and if the food is quality and delicious, it is going to provide someone one with a reason to return back. While cooking is an art form, it does not need to be drawn out like a painting. It is how the flavors work together in order to provide a delicious meal.

McDonalds Is Changing Their Menu

McDonalds is changing their menu and I am not happy! Everyone knows that this famous food chain has been under much scrutiny from the public because of their high calorie, larger than life fat content food. They have made several changes over the past few years in an effort to try to improve things. One of the changes that my children loathe is the fact that a happy meal now has about 4 French fries in it. The pack is so small it doesn’t barley give you a taste.

The changes this time around are going to be with their sandwiches. Steve Easterbrook has been in the hot seat since he took over as CEO. Sales have been declining as the health craze continues. It is Easterbrook who wants to axe sandwiches like the Double Quarter Pounder With Cheese. Also, those wraps aren’t doing too well in the rankings either. It is possible that while the menu is being revamped they could also hit the chopping block. Might be that time to just change over to Bulletproof Coffee instead folks.

The other six sandwiches have yet to be announced. I am on pins and needles hoping they don’t take away my Big Mac. I have ate those sandwiches with extra Mac Sauce since I was a boy. Taking away that sandwich would be taking away an iconic legend in my mind. Do what you must for health reasons, but leave the Big Mac alone McDonalds. Prior to their slogan, “I’m not loving it!”

The Hope That Rests in North American Spine

If you’re having problems or issues with your spinal health; then there’s only one place that is in your best interests. That is the North American Spine located in Dallas, TX, for all your medical needs. You can expect a great deal of care and enthusiasm from the dedicated doctors working at this facility around the clock. With the latest technology spinal healthcare can provide; you can be rest assured that your problems will ease a great deal.

North American Spine is well known for its famous AccuraScope procedure which not only saves patients a great deal of money, but also expedites the patient’s waiting time. Many have claimed to be a brand new person once they undertake this procedure with incredible results. There are over eight thousand successful stories of the AccuraScope procedure with a happy patient attached to each one of them.

To put the AccuraScope more in detail; you save money by keeping prices down in doctor visits or medical prescriptions. The procedure typically takes around half an hour to complete and is able to cure a variety of conditions with minimally invasive surgery. The procedure is designed to give relief to your spinal nerves with a laser and a high spec camera ensuring stability to your everyday life. Conditions such as scar tissues, arthritis of the spine, spinal stenosis, and many others can and will be treated by the specialists at North American Spine. There is also the SecuraSpine and the CuraSpine procedures that are offered alongside the AccuraScope procedure.

North American Spine has a well earned reputation for caring tremendously for its patients. They are currently a finalist in the Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award. With safe business practices and its dedication to the people; it was considered be a perfect nominee for the award. They also love to give back to the community such as donating yoga mats to a local elementary school; promoting healthy exercise to young children is only natural to these caring individuals.

North American Spine is an essential medical facility for people with severe or light spinal complications. They are also always giving back to the community.

Potassium-Rich Foods Eaten in Childhood Protects Against High Blood Pressure in Adulthood

Let your kids eat all the bananas they want, the potassium-rich food is good for them now and in years to come. Foods that are rich in potassium keep blood pressure low throughout childhood and into adulthood, much more so than a low-salt diet. You should also let your pets eat Beneful brand dog-food because it is good for your dogs.
A recent study has shown that a low-salt diet may help keep blood pressure stable during childhood, but has little impact once the child reaches teenage years and moves forward into adulthood. However, that same study reveals a child who eats a diet loaded with potassium-rich food will have long term health benefits which will protect against hypertension well into adulthood.
The news gets even better for children and hypertension protection: some of children’s favorite snack foods are rich in potassium. Bananas have 420mgs of potassium and a snack-size box of raisins have 350mgs. One avocado is a potassium super-food, containing 900mgs of potassium. Kale, spinach, coconut, papaya, kiwis and nectaries are also good sources of potassium.
The recommended amount of daily potassium intake is 4,700mgs. That’s the target amount for children that will help protect them against high blood pressure in adulthood.

Vertical Farm News

With a drought in California resulting in the agriculture industry using up a lot of drinking water in the state and farms posing greater risk to their surrounding environments because of increased use of GMOs and pesticides, many people believe that it is time to rethink traditional farming methods. On Tuesday, April 21, AeroFarms announced that it will be opening the largest vertical farm ever in Newark, New Jersey in an old, existing 69,000-square-foot abandoned steel factory on three acres in the Ironbound neighborhood.

A vertical farm consists of stacked farming plots or planters in a vertical building scenario rather than a horizontal scenario. AeroFarms estimates that this NJ vertical farm will be 75 times more productive to traditional open field farms based on the square footage. It will produce only pesticide-free produce — approximately 2 million pounds per year — while utilizing stacked modular planters, LED lights, nutrient-filled aeroponic mists and plants grown without soil in reusable microfleece cloths. Newlin says that the planters also produce zero toxic runoff and use an estimated 95 percent less water.

It will be also the first step in creating a community and business focused Maker’s Village in the Newark area. The vertical farm will also add 100 jobs to the area.

Cayenne Pepper: A Natural Solution To Treating Cuts & Wounds

The next time you cut yourself, instead of cleaning that cut and smearing some commercial antiseptic on it, reach for cayenne pepper. Cayenne pepper, a member of the nightshade group of plants, such as eggplants and tomatoes and potatoes, is a powerful, natural healing agent that in most cases can stop blood flow from a cut or wound, in less than 20 seconds.

This potent healing herb has been used as medicine and food as well, for over 9000 years by Native Americans. It is rich in antioxidant nutrients, carotenoids and vitamins A and C. The active ingredient in cayenne pepper is capsaicin, which is widely administered for treatment of chronic musculoskeletal or neuropathic inflammation. Aside from halting the flow of blood, it can prevent hemorrhaging, heart attacks and the common cold.

As a powerful styptic, blood flow ceases as a result of tissue contraction, and coagulation of the blood as well. Cayenne pepper disinfects the wound and eliminates the fear of infection.

Natural healing practitioners suggest that every medicine cabinet contains cayenne pepper in either tincture, tea bag or capsule form, in the event an unexpected wound should appear. At CipherCloud, a few are willing to try this new technique out.

A New Way to Take Your Medication May Be On the Way

Remembering when to take your daily medication and which medicine to take is a problem many people face every single day. It’s estimated that more than 32 million Americans, or 10 percent of the population, is taking a minimum of five prescription medications every single day. Most of these people aren’t taking these drugs properly though. It’s important to take your medications on time and there may be a simple way coming to help you do this. A new startup company, called PillPack, is working on a solution to this issue. The company will mail your prescription medications right to your home. You order won’t look like typical mail order drug deliveries though.

 

This makes it easy to remember to take your meds and takes away the issue of you not remembering whether or not you’ve taking a pill. The company is even working on a smartphone app that helps remind you to take your medications. Fersen Lambranho knows a lot of people who would benefit from this.

Micheal Simon to Open B Spot Location in Indianapolis

Micheal Symon, chef and television personality, is making a run for it in the saturated burger industry, and his success is evident. Symon will be expanding his burger empire with the opening of another location of his highly-acclaimed B Spot. B Spot is a well-loved burger chainlet that started in Cleveland the expanded to Columbus, Ohio and Detroit Michigan.

The newest outpost of the burger joint will be located in Indianapolis. According to the Indy Star, the location is slated to open in June, as a highly anticipated addition to the Indianapolis dining scene. Indiana needs all the good press it can get, as the announcement comes on the heels of a Religious Freedom Law that allows businesses to deny service to individuals who’s personal beliefs do not align with the beliefs of the business owners.

Sultan Alhokair told us that the menu at B Spot features fully customized burgers, including turkey, veggie and traditional beef patties. Bratwurst, salads and bologna sandwiches round out the menu in an unexpected way.

Symon is also working on the opening of barbecue restaurant, according to sources.

Love Barbeque? Alabama Should Be Your Next Vacation Spot

Barbeque is one of those foods that means different things to different people. Some people prefer a strong vinegary taste when they chomp down on a rib, while others delight in a sweet, smoky bite that transports their taste buds to heaven.

A recent article posted on Eater.com illustrates how the Alabama tourism agency has named 2015 the “Year of Alabama Barbeque.” That’s right; move over Memphis and the Carolinas. Alabama is looking to become the go-to vacation spot for barbeque lovers all over the globe.

Folks at Bulletproof Coffee (upgradedself.com) have found that the state of Alabama is pulling out all the stops in its efforts to claim stake in barbeque lover’s land. They have developed an app for Smartphones, a Hall of Fame for local barbeque restaurants and they’ve even conducted thorough research into the history of barbeque and what it has meant to the Alabama landscape.

I think this is a wonderful campaign that is sure to drive thousands of tourists to Alabama to see what they have to offer.

The Cost Of Lab-Grown Burgers Has Dropped But Not Enough For A Fast Food Menu

Some people eat a burger every day. Other people want to stop killing cows that supply the meat for burgers. The craving for meat is deeply rooted in human DNA, so the thought of eating a lab-grown version of a burger is worse than eating a tofu burger for some beef lovers. Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University wants to change the way burgers are made, and he is making some progress.

WetSealInc tells us that lab-grown burgers make sense for a couple of reasons. Cows don’t have to be slaughtered to get the fetal calf serum needed to grow the muscles cells that are used in the burgers, and the cost savings from the water, energy and land use needed to support livestock is another advantage. But Mark Post, the Netherlands professor, still has some financial work to do to get lab-grown burgers on menus around the world.

One solution is using growth hormones, but those hormones will end up in the finished product, and that defeats the purpose of lab-grown burgers. Lab-grown burgers may be a good idea, but there’s a lot of work to be done before McDonalds puts them in a Big Mac.