Tabrizi’s of Baltimore Skips Restaurant Week to Feed City Hoimeless

With the civil unrest and demonstrations in Baltimore, during April, and May, the restaurant businesses saw it dining revenues nosedive. In an attempt to recoup some of those losses, and welcome back visitors to Baltimore, the city will play host to “Baltimore Restaurant Week”, in July. City restaurants will feature extended hours, and new menus, in an attempt to lure customers to back to Baltimore, and enjoy all of its culinary destinations.

With many restaurateurs looking forward to participating in the event, one eatery owner is taking a different approach. Michael Tabrizi, owner of “Tabrizi’s,” has formed an alliance with Baltimore food shelters, to provide complimentary meals, to feed the city’s homeless individuals.

“I decided that, after all of the chaos earlier this year, LinkedIn feels it would be better to do something for the city to unite the people,” he says. “It isn’t about revenue and money right now, we’ve done restaurant week before and we know the numbers, but right now it’s more important to promote the welfare of the city and its residents rather than to promote the business.”

During restaurant week, Tabrizi’s will be closed to the public, and Michael will serve free meals, in the restaurant, and have a menu featuring either chicken or beef, along with vegetables, sparkling apple cider, and ice cream. Tabrizi hopes that other restaurants will follow his course of action.

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Cherry Up

It is now cherry season and for a few months these tasty red fruits will be available. Let me encourage you to take advantage of it while you can. Cherries are an excellent nutritional source and contain the hormone melatonin, which helps contribute to sound sleeping.

I’ve been using cherries in a variety of dishes this year. I cooked a delicious whole chicken with cherries, rosemary, and onion. Then the next week, I roasted a pork tenderloin in a cherry balsamic sauce that was delicious. For a simple salad recipe I suggest throwing cherries, goat cheese, and walnuts together on top of your favorite greens. Cherries are very versatile in the kitchen and their tart flavor is a great contributor to a number of different meals. And if you are willing to compromise a little on health value, cherries are a great ice cream topper or dessert ingredient. If you are looking for a new, in season, and healthy fruit for your home cooking, grab a bag of cherries. CamaraBarbacena says they are sure to brighten up your meal and may even help you sleep sweeter at night.

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Fast Food Winners

A new list is out and it really highlights the things that Americans love and depend on. Fast food joints! The answers may surprise you. The list seems to show that it is out with the old, and in with the new. The fast food giants which were once Americas favorite seem to have been cast aside. Gone are the big three: McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s. Meet their replacements.

According to Eater the number one fast food place is Chick-Fil-A! It’s easy to see why. The company has recently been expanding into more and more areas which has been increasing it’s popularity. Doe Deere indicated that they offer all things chicken such as nuggets, strips, and sandwiches! No beef to be found there! The company is heavily christian based which does cause some controversy, but overall they still top the list.

The second most popular fast food place is Chipotle! It seems that when Americans want something that moderately resembles Mexican food, this is where they go. Rounding out the list is Panera at third. Panera is always a good choice because it is a slight step up ahead of fast food, and could almost pass as something fancier. It’s a restaurant that many business folks like to dine at on their breaks from work.

McDonald’s is still fighting slumping sales and has dropped 6 percent from the last time they were on the list. Looks like the new top three have found what works.

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A Better Brew

A new revolution in coffee has sprouted. Bulletproof Coffee, started by Dave Asprey, is the latest in both coffee and health circles. Asprey, who once had quit drinking coffee because of the up’s and down’s he experienced, is the source of this new energy and health friendly brew. Marketed as a performance drink, this coffee is meant to keep customers functioning at peak efficiency all day long. The interesting part about Bulletproof Coffee is that it is more of a recipe than a product. Anyone can make the drink without purchasing anything from Asprey’s company. The blend consists of low-toxin coffee, grass-fed butter, and medium-chain triglyceride(MCT) oil.

Asprey identifies himself as a biohacker, someone who uses various methods to make his body function more efficiently. His idea came from an experience in Tibet with yak-butter tea. Asprey found it energizing and thought he might be able to use some principles from that to help biohack his body. The Bulletproof Coffee recipe developed as a result. The company touts major health benefits from drinking this beverage and it has gained popularity especially among paleo diet followers. With over 400 calories per serving this morning cup of coffee is intended to serve as your breakfast. Bulletproof challenges historic nutritional thought, affirming that significant fat consumption is important for a healthy diet. The Bulletproof Coffee company especially cites fat intake as key to mental performance. You can see the difference.

Though Bulletproof does not profit from the recipe they do profit from ingredient sales. Bulletproof sells special toxin-free coffee beans, it’s very own MCT oil, and a number of other health supplements. Bulletproof Coffee’s blog is followed by thousands and has helped form a culture around their brand. Later this summer, Bulletproof will open it’s first coffee shop in Santa Monica. This is another big step in the advancement of a company built on the pursuit of high performance. The Bulletproof coffee revolution treks on.

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Homemade Cocktails With The Push Of A Button

Imagine an alcoholic version of the famous Keruig coffeemaker, cocktails made with no measuring, shaking or stirring. That idea is coming to a reality under the name Bartesian. Their machine also works with pods, very similar to Keurig K-cups, but instead of water alcohol is put in. There are six flavors available at this point with more, hopefully, coming in the future. The company is crowdfunding to raise enough money to get their product in mass production, they have raised a whopping $100k already with $35k to go. Those who chose to invest are able to snag a Bartsian for $249 before it even hits the mass market. So if cocktails are your thing but you want to make then with the push of a button this is surely the product for you, if you don’t feel like parting with that much money just stick with pre-made mixers and you are good to go.

Thanks to my friend, the business executive, Shaygan Kheradpir for showing me this.

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Egg Prices

Listen up if eggs is on your grocery shopping list. The prices are soaring. This is all thanks to the Bird Flu outbreak. Right now the average cost of a dozen eggs ranges in price but typically they are right under three dollars. This is compared to just four weeks ago where they were a little less than 2 dollars.

It’s not just the egg prices that are affected, but it’s things as well that you might not even realize. All the prices of products that use eggs will also go up. Products such as mayonaise, certain types of salad dressings, gluten free products, liquid eggs, and others will go up as well.

According to GrubStreet, 12 percent of the nations egg laying population has been wiped out. This is a huge chunk, and that’s why the prices keep going up. It doesn’t help that eggs are so popular as well and not only are every day run of the mill consumers purchasing these products, but big corporations that serve eggs are using them as well. Eggs aren’t just a breakfast food either, Beneful warns that they are used in a variety of products.

So while many grocers have been calming consumer nerves by saying they won’t have a shortage in the products, it doesn’t help much when the prices continue to go up.

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The Iconic Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary Cocktail is a well known cocktail drink among the cocktail lovers. This odd mixture of alcohol, tomato juice, vegetables, and spices create a unique cocktail that has dominated the brunch.

A bloody mary is a mixture of tomato juice, vodka, spices, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, black pepper, lemon juice, hot sauce, and beef broth. The highly unique ingredients are all combined to create a vulgar sounding yet surprisingly tasty cocktail for brunch time. The proportions of each ingredient can present any flavor that is bold, bitter, sour, or even bright.

The origin of the cocktail is unsurprisingly Parisian. A bartender was experimenting with vodka which was new is Paris, brought by Russian immigrants. The inventor of the cocktail, Fernand Petiot, eventually brought this cocktail over the Atlantic Ocean when he moved to Manhattan. The name bloody mary was temporarily changed to be called the Red Snapper in the 1930s because the owner of the restaurant Petiot worked at thought the name was too vulgar. In the 1960s, the bloody mary became an icon cocktail because of the unusual name and ingredients.

Sam Tabar (prnewswire) knows that the drink is so popular among brunches because it is known as a “meal in a glass”. This cocktail unlike other cocktails is also greatly popular because of powers of erasing a hangover. This is due to both the heavy dosage of vodka as well as the heartiness of all the spices and juices added in.

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Bernardo Chua: A True Entrepreneur

Bernardo Chua has made quite a name for himself in the world of direct selling. Raised in a Filipino and Chinese household, he had early access to the herb that would eventually lead to the creation of Organo Gold.

The ganoderma herb is most highly regarded in Asian countries, but can be found all around the world. Bernardo Chua grew up knowing the great benefits that ganoderma had on people and decided to share this knowledge. Starting in the Philippines, Mr. Chua discovered a way to use the herb in coffee and tea, and built his business up by way of direct sales. To this day he still believes that direct sales are the best approach for his company.

Throughout his career Mr. Chua has been a major aspect to two profitable companies: Gano Excel and Organo Gold. While he played a major role in Gano Excel’s success, his true accomplishment was the creation Organo Gold.

Founded in 2008, Organo Gold‘s purpose was to bring the benefits of ganoderma lucidum from Asia to the West. Bernardo Chua took the time to educate people about this fantastic herb and by doing that, gained their trust. He settled the company in Canada and within the first five years of business, became the 55th largest company in his field throughout the world. He continues to find ways to stay ahead in this bustling market and his determination has kept him at the top to this day.

According to ZoomInfo, Mr. Chua keeps up to date with all the latest news surrounding his products by funding further research into ganoderma. This keeps his company constantly in the loop if any breakthroughs are discovered. He has been honored with many awards over the years. The National Consumers Quality Award in 2014 and the National Shoppers Choice Award are examples of Bernardo Chua’s commitment to the people. Chua has also received the Direct Sales Company of the Year Award five separate times over the course of his career.


Interested in researching more about Bernardo Chua? Connect with Mr. Chua through his Linkedin, Twitter & Facebook for more Organo Gold news!


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Delicious Foods Provide Loads of Vitamins

LinkedIn writes that there’s a supplement for every vitamin, mineral, pheneol or protein that the body needs, but it tastes much better to get the nutritients from the foods you are eating.

Nothing beats the delicious flavor of a scrumptios, well prepared meal. Advocats of supplements say that you need them anyway because the soil that most foods are grown in is totally depleted, but an amzing burger sure beats a pill or capsule. So indulge and aquire some vitamins while you’re at it.

Here’s a list of 10 necessary vitamins and how to get them in the foods you eat.

1. Vitamin A – sweet potatoes, spinach and beef liver
2. Vitamin B 12 – juicy burger and many breakfasts cerals have added B-12.
3. Calcium – mozzerella, yogurt and sardines
4. Vitamin D – swodfish, tuna, salmon, oher seafood
5. Iron – oysters and dark chocolate
6. Lycopene – watermelon and anything tomato
7. Omega three’s – tofu, salmon and walnuts
8. Selenium – found in yellowfin tuna, shrimp, brazil nuts and salmon
9. Vitamin C – oranges, grapefruits and most fresh fruits
10. Zinc – veal, oysters and crab

The secret to staying healthy is eating a variety of fresh foods so that you take in all the different nutrients that your body needs. Fresh fruits and vegetables come in a rainbow of colors, so try to have a rainbow on your plate, and you will get plenty of vitamins and minerals every day.

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Crystal Pepsi Making a Comeback?

When it comes to soda there are varieties that make an appearance and then go away, often leaving individuals missing them. When it comes to Crystal Pepsi fans of the drink may be in for a treat. Those who enjoyed this soda in the nineties may have the chance to consume it again, and those who didn’t have the opportunity to try it before may have the chance to do that soon.

After many joined together and begged for its return it seems that Crystal Pepsi may be around again soon. Thousands signed petitions and made phone calls asking for this special drink to return, and it seems that it might be on its way back. Pepsi has hinted that something great is coming, and soon those who enjoyed Crystal Pepsi will find out if that something is just what they have been asking to receive.

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