Thai Dishes, North East

The North East Phaak Tiew (Leaves of Tiew of the Cratoxylum family) is the Queen of the North-eastern vegetables. Young tops, leaves and blossoms are taken with Laab (a kind of dish of which the most important ingredients are minced meat or fish mixed with chillies and lime juice as well as roasted rice and mint leaves), Goi (a kind of dish like Yam but mostly with raw meat as main ingredient), Naam Prig, soup, and Khanom Chin Naam Ya (Steamed Rice Noodles with Curried Fish Sauce). Soup with Phaak Tiew has sour flavor. 1. Soup Dog Phaak Tiew (Soup with Phaak Tiew Blossoms) Medicinal value: Soup with Phaak Tiew Blossoms is a laxative, and also medicine to get rid …

Tex Mex Food Surprises

The evolution of North Mexican cuisine in Texas is the cocktail of Texas and Mexican style giving birth to Tex Mex food, which is a highly spiced and vibrantly styled cuisine. History points out that Tex Mex food dates back to 1940’s when Spanish and Mexican recipes combined with Anglo fare. Today it is a 20th Century phenomenon for Americans. The first Tex Mex restaurant surfaced in the southwest region, which had a dense Mexican population. The gourmet Tex Mex began in 1970’s and appealed to the young generation. Diana Kennedy brought this common food to a trendy fare in her book Cuisines of Mexico in 1972. Robb Walsh has also commented in The Tex Mex Cookbook. Tex Mex Cuisine …

Tell Me All About Options For Wedding Cakes

It is time for the wedding; now for any traditional wedding it’s a black tuxedo for him, a white gown for her, a multi-layered cake to accommodate for the guests, and floral bouquets to tie it all together. For some brides, they seek for something more than the textbook wedding. With minor adjustments, their special day could be more original than the usual wedding- plus be one that their guests would remember. One of the most popular ways to tweak weddings is with the cake. With wedding cakes, there are about as many different possibilities as there are brides. Isn’t that really what makes a wedding special! If you really want to push the envelope, why not try a cupcake …

The Beauty Of Red Wine: A Beginner’s Guide

The hit comedy film Sideways is about a road trip in the wine country of sunny California where the two main characters, Miles and Jack, taste copious amounts of red wine while dealing with major life dramas. It’s a hilarious film that touched so many people with its dark comedy and truly moving portraits of people dealing with love, pain, and wine tasting. But perhaps the greatest thing about Sideways was how it inspired so many people to go out and become connoisseurs of fine wine! According the Internet Movie Database, the movie made so many of its fans want to buy Pinot Noir (a dry red wine) that sales significantly increased in the US and UK during and after …

The Beach Of Bibione Meets The Wine With “September Fest”

From different years the Venetian seaside resort Bibione puts the warmth of September’s sun near the wine’s taste which comes from its biological farming. Thought this end season’s month is far, the Venetian golden beach already developed the next calendar of “September Fest 2008”, big wines’ and grapes’ festival. Residents and tourists that know Bibione from some years consider “September Fest” the most important summer season’s event. Wednesday the 3th and Thursday the 4th of September all people with the entry ticket will taste the best DOC wines (wines whose origin and production is government controlled) of the Venetian area Lison Pramaggiore. Lison Pramaggiore is a wine area near the historic town Portogruaro and few kilometres far from the famous …

The Art Of Wine Tasting

The production of wine in France is tightly controlled by two organisations. The Instituit National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO). This body succeeded the Comite’ National des Appellations d’Origine after World War II and controls the hierachy of French quality wines. The other is the Service de Repression des Fraudes, which is responsible for seeing that the very complicated laws on wine production are carried out. On the French domestic market, every bottle carries a capsule conge’, or capsule with the government seal on it showing that the relevant tax has been paid. It also shows the wine’s quality status. You can easily detect a genuine wine expert by the way he handles the wine in terms of smelling and tasting …

The Anatomy Of A Coffee Tree

Coffea, a member of the Rubiaceae family is responsible for the biological heritage of “coffee.” The Rubiaceae family includes more than 500 genera and 6,000 species of tropical trees and shrubs. It is doubtful the average person would recognize an actual coffee tree. Most of us would recognize a roasted coffee bean. Just in case you stumble upon something you think might be a real coffee tree, here is a quick description of one: •Pruned short in cultivation •Capable of growing more than 30 feet high •Generally covered with dark-green, waxy leaves that grow opposite each other in pairs, although a coffee tree can also have leaves that are purple or yellow (dark green is the predominant color) The leaves …

The Amazing Wine Tours Project

Tourism is big business these days. It is such a large part of many economies that some towns and cities would be absolutely devastated financially without it. Tourism accounts for a lot of the business generated by the wine industry these days, especially where the concept of wine tours is concerned. As a result, the wine tours project has recently been developed to help wineries by generating business for them and for wine lovers who want to book wines tours to visit various vineyards and enhance their experience. A lot of the wine tours project’s tours will actually match wineries with similar elements and factors in common, the type of grape for example. Wine Tours Project Management The wine tours …

The World’s Largest Wine Producer

The largest wine producing area of the world can be found at the border of the Mediterranean Sea, in between Spain and the Rhone delta. Out of a population of 2.4 million, there are fifty thousand involved in growing vines. The area they consume spans twenty seven thousand and four hundred square kilometers (10500 miles). There are 400 cooperatives and about 2800 private wineries in the land with Banyuls to the southwest and Muscat to the east. Out of that comes two billion bottles of wine. The area has hot summers and mild winters. The soil ranges from sandstone and limestone to granite pebbles. Cargnan, Merlot and Grenache other red wines are produced here and among the white wines there …

Thai-Style Fragrant Water And Thai Hom Mali Rice

This very popular form of fragrant water is made from freshly gathered flowers and contains no alcohol. The flowers used are selected for their sweet and lingering fragrance, some of the more common ingredients being the flowers of damask rose (Rosa damascene Mill.), jasmine, “lam-chiak” (Pandanus tectorius Bl.), “kradang-ngaa-thai” (Cananga odorata Hook.f. & Th.), orange champaka (Michelia champaca Linn.), “chammanaas”(Vallaris glabra Ktze.),bullet wood, “lamduan” (Melodorum fruticosum Lour.) and “chan-ka-pho” (Vatica diospyroides Syming.). Other ingredients used include the leaves of fragrant screw pine, the inner bark of “chaluut” (Alyxia reinwardtii Bl.bar. lucida Markge.), sandalwood, Siam benzoin, jasmine and hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis Linn.)oils. Thai-style fragrant water is applied liberally onto the face, chest and arms during the hot climate. It is also …

Tea: What Is White Persian Melon Tea?

White tea is gaining popularity in the Western world very rapidly. Renowned for its mild, sweet flavor and enormous health benefits, white tea appeals to a whole new crop of tea drinkers. White tea has a mild flavor that attracts those who might find black teas too bold and green teas too grassy. The flavor of white tea is described by most tea drinkers to be light, airy and a bit sweeter than black or green tea. It is rarely bitter, even when over brewed and is best enjoyed without sweetener or milk. It brews to a paler color than black or green tea and has a very delicate aroma. One of the finest white teas available is a blend …

Tea: What Is Jasmine Tea?

One of the tea blends you simply cannot miss is Jasmine tea. If you’ve never tried it, you’re missing a real treat. Much of the world has already discovered the fragrance and flavor of Jasmine tea. In fact, it is the most popular Chinese flavored tea. What makes jasmine tea so special is its special blend of high quality loose tea leaves with jasmine petals. The jasmine petals impart a delicate yet very aromatic fragrance to the tea. The jasmine petals also impart a slightly sweet flavor to the tea. Jasmine has been produced in China for at least 700 years. The original production of jasmine tea included plucking the jasmine blossoms just as they are beginning to bloom and …

Tea: What Are Good White Tea Blends

One of the most recent trends in Western tea drinking is white tea. Though white tea has been around for centuries, it has only recently become popular outside of the Asian world. And, even in China and Japan, where most white tea is grown, it was traditionally reserved for special occasions because of its rarity. Today, however, tea drinkers all over the world are enjoying white tea more and more. White tea comes from the same plant as other teas, the camellia sinensis. But, it is harvested before the leaves are fully open and while the buds are still covered with fine white hair. This makes the tea leaves much mellower, resulting in a much milder tea than black and …

Tea: Varieties And Grades Of Green Tea

If you’ve ever shopped for green tea, no doubt you’re aware that there are a vast number of choices. There are green teas from many regions of the world, and many varieties, grades and flavors from each region. Green tea was likely the first kind of tea. About 3000 years ago in China, people plucked fresh tea leaves and let them dry in the sun before storing them. In the 8th century, tea processors began using the evaporation process, and by the 12th century, they began sautéing the leaves. Basically, green tea came about before tea processors learned the methods associated with processing black tea. Even today, green tea is one of the teas left in its most natural state. …

Tea: The Best White Persian Melon Tea Pluckings

If you haven’t experienced White Persian Melon tea, you’ve missed a real treat. White Persian Melon tea is a flavorful blend of white tea combined with sweet melon nectar. It’s one of healthiest and most refreshing beverages you can drink. But, like other teas, some White Persian Melon teas are better than others. Making great White Persian Melon tea, of course, requires the best white tea with the best melon flavoring. One of the features that people typically evaluate in determining good tea is when the tea is plucked. However, this is not the best way to judge the White Persian Melon Tea you’re buying. White tea can only be harvested for about two weeks during March and April of …

Tea: The Best Green Tea Blends

Green tea is fast becoming one of the hottest ways to look after your health. More and more research is surfacing that suggests that drinking green tea may be one of the simplest things you can do to live a longer and healthier life. Green tea is special because of the way that it’s processed. Though it comes from the same plant as black tea, it is produced in an entirely different way. During processing, black tea is allowed to oxidize, or ferment. Green tea however, is simply dried and then steamed or fired to prevent the oxidation process from occurring. It sounds like a simple difference, but it causes some very powerful differences between the two types of tea. …