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12 Warning Signs You’re Dealing With an Evil Person

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12 Warning Signs You’re Dealing With an Evil Person Are people inherently good or evil? While it’s generally comforting to believe that people are inherently good with infrequent minor lapses in character and willpower, there are other individuals who just prove this philosophy wrong. Have you ever met people who were completely inconsiderate to those around them? People who had no problem hurting other people’s feelings and using others’ weaknesses to their advantage? These are pretty obvious hints of vile behavior, but sometimes it comes in the form of micro aggressions so subtle you wouldn’t even think it has any malice. Below are 12 tell-tale signs that the person you’re dealing with knows no kindness: 1) They Have A Habit Of Lying Lying can be an altruistic pursuit used to protect people and prevent conflicts from escalating. This is simply not the case with evil people. More often than not, these people will lace lies together just because they feel like juicing up a story

The 50 Cheapest Michelin-Starred Meals in the World

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THE 50 CHEAPEST MICHELIN-STARRED MEALS IN THE WORLD PHOTO VULCANPOST.COM On the whole dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant is an expensive activity – you’re paying for luxury ingredients, the skills of the chef, and often, as many staff as there are customers. But it doesn’t always have to be the case. Recently, the Michelin Guide has begun awarding its coveted stars to cheaper street food spots, largely in Asia. What’s more, a number of Michelin-starred restaurants offer great set lunch deals, which are relatively cheap compared to their full tasting menus. CHEAPEST MICHELIN-STARRED MEALS With that in mind, Travelox has compiled a list of the 50 cheapest Michelin-starred dining experiences in the world. As you can see, Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle , the famous hawker stall in Singapore, which was awarded a Michelin star in 2016, tops the list, with a meal there costing an amazing $2.20, with Jay Fai , another street food spot, in Bangkok, at number f

Restaurant Bans Children to Punish Bad Parents

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RESTAURANT BANS CHILDREN TO PUNISH BAD PARENTS The Oma’s Küche restaurant in Binz recently brought in a no-child policy after the owner, Rudolf Markl, said he was tired of parents who couldn’t control their kids. No children after 5pm is the new rule which Markl said was created to produce an “oasis of peace” for diners after a set of particular unruly children broke some antique photo stands in the dining room. Markl told DW.com that parents usually acknowledge these issue “with a smile, keep on eating, and don’t care at all.” Ironically, the restaurant’s name translates to ‘Grandma’s Kitchen’ in English but the new rule means those cute grandchildren will certainly not be welcome at night. It’s perfectly legal for owners to decide who can dine inside their restaurant, but is a ban like this correct? Should there be restaurants without children? Should the ban apply to only some children? Or, as many are commenting online, should it be the unruly parents who are banned? We actually

Ktipiti, Greek Red Pepper and Feta Dip

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KTIPITI, GREEK RED PEPPER AND FETA DIP Ktipiti is a traditional Greek dip made with red peppers, feta cheese, garlic, and olive oil. It is perfect for dipping pita bread, fresh veggies, and crackers. INGREDIENTS Red peppers - 2 Feta cheese - 1 cup Garlic - 1 clove, minced Olive oil - 1/4 cup Paprika - 1/4 tsp INFO BOX Recipe category - Appetizer Recipe yield - 1 PREPARATION Ktipiti is also known as tirokafteri in some parts of Greece. Here is the simple but tasty recipe: 1. Start by cooking the peppers on the grill. When the skin gets charred, remove from the heat and place in a bowl with a lid. 2. Once the peppers have cooled remove the skin and seeds. Cut into cubes. 3. In a bowl, combine the peppers, minced garlic, paprika, olive oil and crushed feta cheese with a fork. Mix well. 4. Serve with raw vegetables or bread.

Feta VS Quartirolo

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FETA VS QUARTIROLO What are the defining qualities of these two cheese delicacies? Italian Quartirolo and Greek Feta: find out how they are produced and best served. On the cheeseboard they both look white, slightly chalky and firm. Two cheese varieties, from Italyand Greece respectively: Quartirolo and Feta. Only the most inattentive eye and palate could possibly confuse them. The name of the former would appear to derive from “quartirola”, meaning the grass that grows after the third cut, at the end of the summer that is, when the cows are taken down into the valley. The term "Feta" literally means slice and refers to the way in which the curds are cut. What's the Difference Between Feta and Quartirolo? APPEARANCE PDO Quartirolo Lombardo is shaped like a rectangular brick and weighs about three kilos. It has a fine rind and a pinkish colour. It has a slightly lumpy texture and as it gradually ages, it becomes soft and firm. PDO Feta is firm and cube-shaped with

Watermelon Fruit Pizza: The End of Summer Trend on Instagram

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WATERMELON FRUIT PIZZA: THE END OF SUMMER TREND ON INSTAGRAM We all know how refreshing a slice of fresh watermelon can be. Juicy, sweet and hydrating, watermelon is the perfect summer fruit. You may have experimented with adding watermelon to your salads, but did you know you can also make a watermelon fruit pizza? Watermelon fruit pizzas are taking Instagram by storm. It's the late summer treat one should enjoy before autumn makes its first appearance. How do you make it? We'll give you the details plus some inspirational pictures so you can compose your own Instagram-worthy watermelon fruit pizza. WHAT IS WATERMELON FRUIT PIZZA? To make a watermelon fruit pizza the watermelon is cut into thick rounds (about an inch thick). The rounds are then sliced just like a pizza and each triangle is decorated with anything from fresh berries and whipped cream or creme fraiche to caramel sauce, yogurt, herbs, and even soft cheese.  Even savory versions exist with cured ham, b

Sacha Baron Cohen Cons a Food Critic

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SACHA BARON COHEN CONS A FOOD CRITIC Sacha Baron Cohen has proven one thing again and again throughout his career: no one is off limits. The legendary comedian, who creates crazy characters for his bits, has famously punked everyone from David Beckham to Dick Cheney. In his latest show, Who is America?, Cohen has slowly worked his way through American culture, dissecting and disseminating in a way only he can. He’s convinced one Republican lawmaker to get behind a program to arm toddlers in schools, and another to take part in what can only be described as his own video resignation. His powers of persuasion are unrivaled and he latest person to get caught up in Cohen’s charm is the food reviewer Bill Jilla who runs the website DinnerReviews.com. In the clip below, Jilla meets Cohen’s new character, Rick Sherman, a reformed prison convict who honed his cooking skills inside a maximum security jail. Sherman presents three courses from his menu which is deeply rooted in his personal pri

15 Banned Foods Around the World

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15 BANNED FOODS AROUND THE WORLD Do you know which foods are banned around the world and where? This handy infographic from Magnet details 15 foods that you might not know are banned in certain countries around the globe. Some of course are banned for food safety reasons – regulations can differ quite significantly between countries – while others have a greater cultural significance. It's also interesting to see how a ban on imports can help stimulate a food culture, as has been the case with Russia . Take a look below.

How To Make Apple Butter

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HOW TO MAKE APPLE BUTTER Homemade apple butter is a wonderful step up from applesauce. It is thicker, richer, darker, and much more fragrant. Perfect for spreading on bread or crackers and a wonderful accompaniment to cheese and meats. What's even more wonderful is that making apple butter is easy as pie. Interested in mastering the art of making apple butter? We share our favorite recipe plus tips for making apple butter from scratch. HOW TO MAKE APPLE BUTTER: INGREDIENTS Unlike applesauce, which requires just apples and sometimes a bit of sugar, a basic apple butter recipe requires some or all of these ingredients: apple cider sugar cinnamon ground ginger ground cloves fresh lemon juice HOW TO MAKE APPLE BUTTER: THE RECIPE Our favorite way to make apple butter is to do so in the slow cooker. This way the apples cook slowly and thicken without requiring constant monitoring and stirring, as would be the case if you were preparing the apple butter on the stovetop.

The Week in Bites 19 August 2018

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THE WEEK IN BITES  19 AUGUST 2018 This week we took a foodie tour of Montenegro, interviewed Mexican pastry chef Sofía Cortina, explored the 20 best food experiences in the world, and more. A MONTENEGRO SURPRISE This week at Fine Dining Lovers we kicked things off with a special culinary tour of Montenegro. Located along the Adriatic coast between Albania and Croatia, Montenegro is a scenic country bursting with offerings that will satisfy every palate. There is plenty of seafood to choose from, as well as comforting dishes prepared in the countryside. Discover where to eat in Montenegro. SOFÍA'S FRUIT Also this week we interviewed Mexican pastry chef Sofía Cortina, who has made a career for herself thanks to her passion for fruit. Each of her desserts is a perfectly balanced masterpiece highlighting the use of fresh fruit and classic techniques with inventive flavors. Learn more about this talented chef. IN THE BLOG This week in the blog we brought you a list of the 20 be

Guangzhou, China: A Tasting Tour with Jianyu Leung

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GUANGZHOU, CHINA: A TASTING TOUR WITH JIANYU LEUNG Explore Guangzhou’s food gems and eat like a local with chef Jianyu Leung of Jade River restaurant, as the city receives its first ever Michelin Guide. Guangzhou (Canton) is China’s third largest and richest city, and is acclaimed as its city of gastronomy, and the home of Cantonese cuisine . As China’s South Gate, Guangzhou also offers quick access to Hong Kong and Macau . This June, the Michelin Guide arrived in Guangzhou for the first time, awarding eight restaurants with one star, including Jade River at the White Swan Hotel, regarded by locals as one of the best spots for authentic Cantonese cuisine. The restaurant’s Executive Chef, Jianyu Leung, has over a 28-year career, devoted himself to elevating Cantonese cuisine with classic soul, but with insightful perspectives. Where to eat in Guangzhou? Here the chef shares some of his favorite food spots in town. DINE LIKE A LOCAL Canton is the home of ‘Yumcha’ (the Cantonese trad

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

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SLOW COOKER APPLE BUTTER Learn how to make a delicious apple butter prepared overnight in the slow cooker. An easy recipe anyone can master. It produces great results! INGREDIENTS Apples, peeled and diced  -  5 lbs Sugar  -  2 cups Apple cider  -  2 cups Nutmeg, ground  -  1/4 tsp Cloves, ground  -  1/2 tsp Allspice  -  1/4 tsp Ginger, ground  -  1/2 tsp Salt  -  1/2 tsp Cinnamon, ground  -  1 tsp Lemon juice, freshly squeezed  -  1/4 cup INFO BOX Recipe categorySide Recipe yield - 1 PREPARATION HOW TO MAKE APPLE BUTTER IN THE SLOW COOKER 1. Place the apples in the slow cooker. 2. Add the lemon juice and apple cider. 3. Sprinkle with the spices, sugar, and salt. 4. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. 5. Remove the lid and puree using an immersion blender until desired smoothness. 6. Place in sterilized jars and cover with sterilized lids. For prolonged storage: 1. Place the jars in simmering water (180F), ensuring they are covered by an inch of water. 2. Incre

The 20 Best Food Experiences in the World

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THE 20 BEST FOOD EXPERIENCES IN THE WORLD What’s your greatest ever food experience? What’s the food trip you’ve been longing to take? Travel company Lonely Planet has compiled a list of the 500 best food experiences in the world , as suggested by chefs, food writers and its own staff, if you’re seeking some inspiration for the latter. The Ultimate Eat List, also a book, is a collection of the world’s best culinary experiences, taking in some of the globes’s most revered food cultures. Topping the list is pintxo-eating in San Sebastián in the Basque Country, followed by curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and sushi in Tokyo, Japan. Also in the top 20 are pizza margherita in Naples, Italy, beef brisket in Texas, and ceviche in Lima, Peru. Okay so it’s a very broad list, and doesn’t go in to too much detail, but you’re sure to recognise some of your favourite food experiences on this list. Take a look at the op 20 below. Any missing? Let us know over on our Facebook page . 20 BES

An Anthony Bourdain Documentary is Coming

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AN ANTHONY BOURDAIN DOCUMENTARY IS COMING The life and career of late and much missed Anthony Bourdain , who died in June, will be the subject of a forthcoming documentary from the makers of his acclaimed Parts Unknown show, it's been reported. In the works, the as yet untitled documentary could be released in early 2019, according to Vanity Fair , with CNN and production company Zero Point Zero, who made Parts Unknown, coming together for the project. The eventual film will be released at festivals initially, before heading to theatres and CNN. According to CNN executive Amy Entelis – CNN is currently putting together the final season of Parts Unknown posthumously – there is "a hunger" to know more about Bourdain, who's book Kitchen Confidential, released in 2000, lifted the lid on the excesses of the industry. A documentary, she says, is one of the more obvious ways to honour his life and work. “We just want to make it perfect,” says Entelis. “We want to make it

10 Great Blackberry Recipes To Make the Most of This Summer Fruit

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10 GREAT BLACKBERRY RECIPES TO MAKE THE MOST OF THIS SUMMER FRUIT Blackberries are a delicious summer fruit but also a nutritional powerhouse. Whether fresh, frozen, or baked, blackberries add a pleasant sweetness and tang to any dish. They are especially delicious in desserts and we've got just the recipes to help inspire you in the kitchen. Join Fine Dining Lovers as we discover the health benefits of blackberries and 10 recipes that highlight their flavor. BLACKBERRY TREE Blackberries grow on thorny bushes and are in season from May to September. CALORIES IN BLACKBERRIES One cup of blackberries contains just 62 calories. BLACKBERRY NUTRITION FACTS Blackberries are loaded with fiber (8 grams per cup). They are also an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, and iron. HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLACKBERRIES This dark-colored berry is regarded as a cancer-fighting food thanks to its content of polyphenols, which may also protect the cardiovascular system .

How To Soften Brown Sugar

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HOW TO SOFTEN BROWN SUGAR Brown sugar is an ally to the baker but a great annoyance when it has hardened. What's the best way to soften brown sugar? Why does it get hard in the first place? What are the ideal storage conditions for this baking staple? Learn the answers to all these questions and more with Fine Dining Lovers' definitive guide to brown sugar. WHAT IS BROWN SUGAR? Brown sugar acquires its maroon color and sweetness from the addition of molasses, which contributes the moisture that helps keep brown sugar nice and soft. It is sold in 'light' and 'dark' varieties. WHY DOES BROWN SUGAR HARDEN? When exposed to air the moisture in brown sugar will evaporate, leaving behind a giant rock that is quite difficult to separate. HOW TO STORE BROWN SUGAR Ideally, you want to store brown sugar in one of two ways: inside a resealable plastic storage bag or an air-tight container. Both methods trap in the moisture so the brown sugar will remain soft. HOW T

California's Crazy Roadside Eateries

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CALIFORNIA'S CRAZY ROADSIDE EATERIES Taschen's new "California Crazy" book explores the novelty roadside eateries which once defined the highways of the Wild West! Big donut drive-ins, owl-shaped ice cream parlors and giant boot shaped cafes ... just a few of the novelty highway eateries once found in the United States' South West, and now documented in California Crazy American Pop Architecture published by Taschen. This wacky style of roadside architecture became synonymous with the West Coast in the early 20th Century when motor cars were first invented and an appetite for the amazing came about, fuelled by the flourishing movie industry. BIZARRE ARCHITECTURE IN THE WILD WEST The idea being, the larger, more entertaining the street side vendors, snacks souvenirs and services in competition, the more the chance of a car pulling to spend their dollars in their particular outlet. “Combine a freethinking populace with a desire to reinvent itself, and a climate

What is Cardamom? Meet the Queen of Spices

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WHAT IS CARDAMOM? MEET THE QUEEN OF SPICES Prized for its aroma, cardamom is one of the most expensive spices in the world (third after saffron and vanilla). Its scent is a cross between mint and eucalyptus, a quality that distinguishes cardamom among the rest. Known as the Queen of Spices, cardamom is to Indians what vanilla is to the West, according to Madhur Jaffrey, author of Spice Kitchen: Fifty Recipes Introducing Indian Spices. Join Fine Dining Lovers as we discover everything you ever wanted to know about this exotic spice. CARDAMOM: HISTORY Native to India, cardamom is believed to be as old as civilization. It originated in the rainforests of Southern India, where it grew wild. It is cultivated in an area known as the Cardamom Hills but is also produced in other countries, namely Sri Lanka and Guatemala. It's botanical name is Amomum Cardamomum and it is a member of the ginger family. Along with cinnamon and black pepper, it was a principal spice imported by the Roma

Alain Ducasse is Fighting to Retain His Eiffel Tower Restaurant

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ALAIN DUCASSE IS FIGHTING TO RETAIN HIS EIFFEL TOWER RESTAURANT Alain Ducasse has started court proceedings after loosing a 10-year tender for the Eiffel Tower space he has occupied with his Jules Verne’s restaurant for a decade. Ducasse was beaten to the tender by fellow French chefs Frederic Anton and Thierry Marx who applied to run the second-floor restaurant, a brasserie on the first floor and a snack counter. AFP reports , Ducasse "has reacted furiously to his ouster" from the space. The grievance from Ducasse’s side comes from what he and his lawyers are calling a ‘conflict of interest’ within the company that rated the different bids for the space. This is because they claim the consulting company used for this process had previously worked with both Marx and Anton. SETE, the company that operate the legendary Eiffel Tower which received over six million visitors in 2017 alone, said Marx and Anton were chosen because they offered dining options that cater to to all

The Queen is Looking for a Sous Chef

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THE QUEEN IS LOOKING FOR A SOUS CHEF It might seem far fetched to imagine yourself working in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace, preparing food for the Queen of England, her family and visiting dignitaries, but perhaps not: we've come across yet another job advert for the Royal Household. Previously we brought you news that Queen Elizabeth was looking for a Demi Chef de Partie ; now she’s looking for a Sous Chef. The five day a week role is based in London, will involve travelling to the Royal residencies up and down the UK and offers a pension scheme, meals and the potential to ‘live-in’ (meaning your address could actually be Buckingham Palace). There’s no mention of salary, but if the previously advertised demi role is anything to go by, it’s not going to be huge. Still, it’s a unique role for sure. Click here to apply by 5 September 2018 . Top image: Wikipedia/Creative Commons; Joel Rouse/Ministry of Defence

Bartlett Pears: A Complete Guide To This Delicious Fall Fruit

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BARTLETT PEARS: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THIS DELICIOUS FALL FRUIT PHOTO NIKLAUS MORIN/FLICKR When it comes to pears, there are thousands of varieties to choose from but most of us are familiar with the Bartlett pear, which has a lovely light green hue and appealing bell shape. Aside from being juicy and delicious, pears provide a range of health benefits. Join Fine Dining Lovers as we discover some fun facts about Bartlett pears and wonderful recipes. BARTLETT PEAR: WHAT'S IN A NAME? Did you know Bartlett pears are known as Williams pears outside the United States? The Williams pear was originally discovered by an English schoolmaster named Mr. Stair in 1765. The pear variety was later acquired by Williams' Bon Chretien, a horticulturist who propagated the fruit. Later, in 1799, a few Williams trees were imported to the United States by Mr. James Carter. These pear trees were planted in Roxbury, Massachusetts on an estate belonging to Thomas Brewer. Eventually, a man by the na