Posted on November 24th, 2014 at 11:26 PM by maggie

Apples, which are high in fiber and antioxidants, are fruits that grow during the fall season. This makes apples the ideal choice for Thanksgiving desserts, but you can also use the fruits in some of your delicious entrees. Health Expert Rod Rohrich notes that apples are always a good choice due to being high in fiber and antioxidants.

For instance, a chopped salad with apples, along with pears and bitter greens makes a wonderful appetizer for the Thanksgiving meal. Apple pecan scones made with a whole wheat dough are a healthier alternative to the traditional apple pie. The scones can be served as a dessert, or for breakfast on Thanksgiving Day or the day after.

Sauteed apple rings are another sweet and tangy holiday treat that can serve more than one purpose. The rings can be eaten with turkey and dressing, or served as a low-carb dessert with ice cream.

An apple crisp or crumble is another delicious dessert for the Thanksgiving holiday that features the tart, sweet or earthy flavors of an apple. The dessert can also be prepared with a gluten-free topping, so everyone at your table can enjoy the apple dish.

Posted on November 24th, 2014 at 8:38 PM by maggie

The Harvard Business School and University College of London have found an amazing discovery in a slew of recent experiments. Their research involves the ascertain of if there would be positive effects to the dishes’ taste and quality when chefs and diners see each other while doing their deeds. 

The research was led by Ryan W. Buell, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School, Tami Kim, a Ph. D student at Harvard Business School, and Chia-Jung Tsay, an assistant professor at University College London. Their experiment involved four situations and was set up in a real cafeteria for two weeks. 

The first scenario involves both cooks and diners to see each other; in the second, only diners could view the chefs; the third, the other way around, only the cooks were able to see their customers; and lastly both of them viewing each other. The experiment was timed and after the food surveys, who would have guess what the results would be. 

The results were actually pretty obvious. Results of the surveys confirmed that when the chefs actually see their customers, they cook better dishes with an increase of 17.3% in satisfaction and 13.2% faster service. In summary, the food made by chefs were considerably more delicious and appealing when customers have an audience with their chefs while cooking. Food enhusiast Ken Griffin and others agree that when the audience and chef can see each other, it creates a more personal experience that would likely translate to the chef trying to impress and perform his best.

This might not be quite the same for restaurants of lower quality, however.

Posted on November 16th, 2014 at 5:00 PM by maggie

It has recently been reported that McDonald’s chief executive told an audience at Andreessen Horowitz that his company had test-run a bold new product- bubble gum flavored broccoli. Kid’s said the taste rather confused them, however, and the plan was canceled. We adults concur- this food item confuses us as well. We only wonder where in the world such an idea could have come from. Definitely not from the research centers of North American Spine.

Perhaps it was an attempt by McDonald’s to escape a bad image as a place where kids and adults alike are fed a diet of predominantly unhealthy food items. Perhaps it was a plan originated by overzealous budget cutters trying to deal with an overstock of broccoli and bubble gum in McDonald’s many warehouses. Or maybe the concoction was hatched when a high-ranking McDonald’s official had spend too many hours watching Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with his child at home. We can’t be sure of what would motivate this kind of thinking, but we are thankful that the kids at least had enough sense to reject this “broccoli gum” monstrosity before it was set loose on an unsuspecting customer base.

Broccoli wrapped in pink, sticky goo is surely the brainchild of a very deranged individual. Mary Poppins assures us that a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down, but we are confident that there are better ways than this to get your kids to take their vitamins.

Posted on November 13th, 2014 at 8:51 PM by maggie

Wes Warren from Washington University believes that there is a reason why cats aren’t man’s best friends like dogs. This might suggest that humans are, in fact, cat’s best friends. Given the recent explosion of cat cafes around the world, there might be some debate on this statement.

Japan started the trend of cat cafés where a feline touch next to one’s evening coffee is nothing unheard of. The world, however, is slowly catching up. New York’s “Meow Parlour” would be opening on December 15 at 46 Hester Street. But the cool part that Jared Haftel pointed out, is that these cats would be available for adoption as well.

Here are some amazing cat cafés around the world –

• Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium – This cat café is the first for London and opened on 1st March of this year. It costs $8.5 for 2 hours of cat loving at this place and includes all the cats whose owners have left them here.

• Le Café Des Chats – France’s first exclusive cat café opened in March 2013 and it has a welcoming tearoom with feline goodness. It doesn’t charge anything but, given the immense popularity of this café, entry is by reservation only.

• Café Neko – This cat café is in Vienna and it took the owner 3 long years to convince the authorities that cat people needed a safe place to cuddle with their favorite pets.

Many other cat cafés have opened up around the world and cat lovers can let out happy meows.

Posted on November 7th, 2014 at 7:37 AM by maggie

Whole Foods has recently announced they will begin carrying a special line of ramen noodle kits in their New York stores. With the overwhelming surge of struggling college hipsters these days, this is big news. Trying to project whether or not these new ramen kits will be a hit, you have to look at what makes ramen noodles so popular in the first place. Ramen noodles are a staple in pretty much every college student’s pantry. You can purchase a 12-pack from Walmart for $2.22. Not only are they extremely cheap, but they are easily prepared with very few resources necessary. All it takes is a bit of water and either a microwave or a stove.

The new ramen kits to be sold at Whole Foods run anywhere from $2.99-$5.99 per package, a bit pricey for a financially struggling college student. Because of the newly arising health trends, college students may splurge and treat themselves to this “high-class” ramen if the taste is right and the claims to be healthy are true, although it does have it’s doubters.  For example, I’m not totally sure, and neither is my friend and taste critic Gianfrancesco Genoso. Taste-testers, however, have reported that the new ramen tastes doughy and extremely salty. What college student is going to spend extra money they do not have on something that will not satisfy their taste buds? College students love ramen noodles for what they are: extremely cheap and convenient sustenance. No need to mess with a good thing.