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Kolache: The Czech Import We Love

The United States is a culinary melting pot and it’s evident in the enduring popularity of the kolache, a type of pastry popularized by Shipley Donuts in Texas and other states. Indeed, these sweet and savory pastries appeal to kids and adults alike because of their delicious flavors, ease of eating, and affordable prices. But do you know where these treats came from and how these are made? While these things may not matter when you’re digging into your first box of kolaches, you will have a deeper appreciation for it, from its history to the care with which its bakers make them. Here’s a few interesting facts that you may want to know about the popular Czech import. Of Czech Origin The word “kolache” comes from the Czech word “kolo” meaning “wheel” or “circle” and it’s obviously a reference to the pastry’s round shape. Other spellings for the term…

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Impossible Whopper Review: Burger King Hits a Home Run with This Burger

Today, on April 1st, 2019, Burger King introduced the Impossible Whopper to locations in the St. Louis area. This is a product derived from the popular plant-based “burger that bleeds” Impossible Burger. We went out to a local Burger King to see if they have one of these burgers, and sure enough, they do. In fact, it’s posted prominently on their menu board as seen below. As you can see, it costs $5.79 for a burger and $7.99 for a meal. Compared with $4.79 and $6.99 for the regular Whopper. (View all Burger King menu prices here.) First Impression On the first glance, this thing looks like a real Whopper. Very similar size, weight, and smell as well. As you can see in the picture above, it has all the same ingredients as regular Whopper. In our test case, we went with no onions and added the slice of cheese….

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Awamori: It’s Not Just Sake

The Russians have their vodka and the French their wines. The Okinawans, for their part have their awamori, a locally produced liquor that brings people together, mixes well for cocktails, and pairs well with nearly every type of food. The Okinawans, indeed, have reason to be proud of their awamori, and it’s a pride that increases with awamori’s increasing popularity outside of the island. Here are a few interesting things about awamori, a Japanese liquor that goes beyond your usual sake. Ask your favorite Japanese restaurant, such as Benihana, if it carries awamori and enjoy it, if it does. A Living History in Liquid Form Awamori is actually an import from Thailand to Okinawa but it has since become the island’s de facto official liquor. According to historians, it was introduced when Okinawa was still known by its old name, Ryukyu Kingdom, which was present from 1429 to 1879. The…

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A Basic Guide to The Restaurant Types

Restaurants are classified according to their price range, type of service, and men, among other aspects. For ordinary consumers, it can be slightly confusing to know which one is which, although there are notable exceptions like the general knowledge that McDonald’s is a fast-food restaurant chain. Here, we will take a look at the basic characteristics of several of the different types of restaurants. At the very least, you can set expectations when a new restaurant brands itself as, say, a family-style establishment. Fast Food With international chains like Burger King, McDonald’s, and KFC, the fast food restaurants are the most familiar for people in and out of the United States. These are known for their cheap prices, speed of service, and convenience, as well as their varied menu, usually with a focus on a specific cuisine. For example, Taco Bell is known for its Tex-Mex fare, McDonald’s for its…

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Dessert and Dread in Japanese Cuisine

Food should nourish, sustain and comfort, and everything’s alright with the world when it provides us with these things. But what if food may also result in people meeting their maker prematurely? Each culture has two or more dishes that aren’t completely safe to eat and the Japanese have theirs – the fugu. Fortunately, there are also desserts that sweeten the deal, sort of, when putting your life on the line with fugu in your mouth. Manjū This is dense dessert made from a combination of rice powder, flour, and buckwheat, which are then shaped into unique shapes. In Hiroshima, for example, the manjū is shaped like a maple leaf, a pretty dessert indeed. The dough is typically filled with red bean paste, or anko, and then steamed until cooked. There are also novelty flavors available, especially in grocery stores and gift shops, but red bean paste is the traditional…

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Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse vs. Morton’s Steakhouse

Steakhouses are like churches for meat-loving Americans for, indeed, the love of steaks can take on near-religious proportions. The likes of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Morton’s Steakhouse have an enduring popularity for this reason. But which one is better? Review of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Founded in the 1960s as a casual dining restaurant, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse has undergone many changes in its menu, prices, and atmosphere. Such are the changes that it’s now among the country’s better-known upscale steakhouses, a far cry from its casual dining days. With more than 100 locations across the country, as well as several more abroad, it’s a steakhouse chain that caters to the steak-loving population and more! Let’s first teal about the quality of its steaks, as befitting a steakhouse. Every steak that comes out of its kitchen is made of USDA prime meat, the highest grade. The meat then has the perfect balance…

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Menu Items That Will Never Go out of Style

Food and fashion share many similarities – both, for one thing, have their trends that come and go albeit in altered form. Unlike fashion, however, food will always have its steady staples that will feed, nourish and comfort adults and children despite the changing times. Here are several of the food items that we predict will be around for generations to come, even as we see advances in food technology like 3D printing.  And that, ladies and gents, will always be source of comfort! Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers These are the quintessential American food found on both the poor man’s and the rich man’s table, as well as on the menu of fast-food and fine dining restaurants. Case in point: While McDonald’s has its classic burger versions, Bobby Flay has a restaurant offering gourmet burgers – a higher price, of course. Hamburgers and cheeseburgers are also akin to the little black…

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Drink All Night Long, Don’t Get Drunk

It’s the party animal’s dream: Drink all night long yet still be sober enough to actually enjoy the party. When we say “enjoy the party”, we mean enjoy the company of your friends, laughing over jokes and anecdotes, and catching up on each other’s lives. We don’t mean harassing friends and strangers, making booty calls to your ex-girlfriend, and puking into the bushes, even getting into trouble with the cops. No, being drunk isn’t pretty! Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can enjoy alcoholic beverages all night long yet not get drunk. You may be tipsy, yes, but not drunk enough to make a mess all over the place. Set Your Limits Before you even set foot inside Bar Louie, a popular bar for young professionals and executives, you should decide the type and number of drinks that you will have and stick to it.  You can make…

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Hooters Waitresses Aren’t Sex Objects (Or How to Treat Them with Respect)

The beautiful, if scantily-dressed, Hooters waitresses are the first thing that most customers notice when they first enter the restaurant. Indeed, such is their close connection with the Hooters brand that we can’t imagine the restaurant chain without its lineup of sexy women serving the customers their food and drinks! Sex sells and it is true here as in any other restaurant with a similar theme. But herein lies an issue that we would like to tackle in this article. Many Hooters customers, arguably most of them men, are guilty of giving the Hooters waitresses a hard time, even crossing the line with their disrespectful behavior. While sex may be used to sell the Hooters brand, every customer should still strive to maintain a respectful attitude toward the Hooters staff, in sexy uniform or not. Here, we will discuss a few tips that such a respectful behavior can be adopted….

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Whale Meat: A Controversial Japanese Food

Whales are undoubtedly among the cutest animals we know and, for this reason, many contemporary Westerners can’t imagine hunting, much less eating them. But that’s exactly what’s happening in a few countries like Japan where whale meat is considered a delicacy. Indeed, whale meat is among the most controversial food in Japanese cuisine mainly because many species of whales are considered endangered. But there are also things about whale meat consumption in Japan that will surprise outsiders. Days of Nostalgia Before, whale meat was eaten by many, if not most, Japanese as a meat replacement for all protein sources. Ask any middle-aged Japanese about his or her memories of whale meat and the answer will likely hark back to nostalgia, particularly of school meals nearly 50 years ago. At that time, whale meat was a staple in the Japanese diet. But it isn’t today although it may seem so to…