Be Safe at Lunch and Dinner Buffets

You may think that you have the gut of a billy goat, or that it is coated with steel. The fact is that anyone is susceptible to any kind of food poisoning. The next time you decide that you are going to throw caution to the wind and pig out at a dinner buffet, you should think about whether it is worth it or not. There are a few things you should take into consideration if you decide you are going to dine at your favorite all you can eat.

Food poisoning is very real,and it can occur at a dinner buffet easier then it can at other places. So the best time to get food at a buffet is when most of the empty serving trays have just been replaced by “fresh” food from the back. The reason for this is that after the food has sat for a while it tends to get contaminated with all kinds of things that other people bring to the table. You can avoid this by paying close attention to when the food is being brought out.

Even if you really love seafood, you should avoid seafood buffets if possible. The same goes for lunch meats. The reason for this is that both of these foods will need to be kept cool, and should not sit out for any lengthy periods of time. Unless you have seen the servers bring the trays you really should not eat.

Dishes with mayonnaise should be avoided at all costs. Mayonnaise salads like tuna, egg, and chicken salads are very sensitive to temperature. They will spoil faster than any other foods at a buffet. Cold foods should be kept cold and hot foods should be kept at the proper temperature and should be kept out for the proper amount of time. These are the most important things to keep in mind when eating out at a buffet. Unless you are certain of these two factors when you show up to eat, you may be rolling the dice.

Do Something About That Lousy Takeout Dinner!

If you have lived more than fifty years in Singapore, you would know the taste of cooked food have undergone great changes over the years.  The eating culture has evolved from having home-cooked meals to eating takeout dinners. A few years ago, you could still find good tasting and value for money dishes in many Singapore food courts. In recent years, high rentals have pushed operators to hire cheap labour from abroad as stall attendants and cooks. Prices have risen, portions are reduced, and the quality of food has dropped to an unsatisfying level.

As a working mom, I usually pack food from the food court on my way home. The cheapest packet is $3.80 which is rice with a few slices of duck meat and not even a slice of cucumber to go with it. We cannot have that for dinner every day, can we? My takeout dinner for 3 adults and a teenager usually costs between $16 to $22, excluding drinks and fruits. In recent months, I have to order an extra food packet for anyone who needs extra helping. You see, the portions have reduced and I feel sorry that my husband sometimes looks hopefully for food that our daughters leave behind because it tastes lousy or it has too much starch.

The last meal of the day is a time when the family meets and chats. The topic should not be a complaint about food cost and unpalatable fare. I remember a time when compliments are passed about the aroma and delicious taste of food. Now the family has less reason to stay and talk. I decided to end the days of unhappy dining. 

For the same amount of money spent on takeout food, I could easily feed the family with plenty of vegetables, fruits, and just the right amount of meat and staples. The only adjustment we have to make is to change our dinner time to 8.00 p.m. My family is elated with the prospect of having home-cooked meals again.

Now I prepare comfort food and favorite dishes of the family all within two hours. I can pick up the ingredients at the supermarket on the way home, and easily prepare a stew one day, a meat and vegetable soup the next evening, or a curry and a dessert mid week. A real quickie would be steamed fish fillets and a vegetable stir fry. The days of small offerings of rice or noodles with a few slices of fish cake, miserable amount of minced meat and one leaf of greens are over for us!
The motivation to cook comes from knowing everyone is happy and feels satisfied after a day at work. On the other hand nutrition and clean food preparation is assured. Home is now a place to come back to because Mom is cooking again.

Natural Fat Burning Foods Dinner Recipe

Natural fat burning foods will help you lose fat naturally without the help of fad diets, diet products or other gimmicks. This dinner recipe contains lots of natural fat burning foods that may help you to lose fat and even some weight. And it is also super tasty. Have a look at it and see for yourself:

Poached chicken fillet and veg
This dinner recipe is very kind on your figure as it is low in fat and high in taste. Serve it with any veggies of your choice – just don’t add any extra sugar or butter. Rather steam them and season with veggie spice.

Serves: 2
Number of natural foods that burn fat: 2 (chicken and vegetables)
Calories per serving:140 plus the calories of the veggies
Fat per serving:3g

2 skinless chicken filleted breasts
1 cup of boiling water
1 table spoon lemon juice
Chicken spice
Vegetables of choice (pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower, baby potatoes, green beans or other)

Place half of the boiling water in a pan on the stove; add the lemon juice and season with the chicken spice. Add the chicken fillets, season and poach until cooked. You may have to add the remaining water as the water cooks away. Cook your vegetables and make sure not to add any sugar, creamy sauces or excess butter. Serve the chicken fillets with the vegetables.

These natural fat burning foods are not the only ones that burn fat by nature. There are lots other foods that also burn fat. They where too much to put together in one (even 8) articles. So I made a FREE special report on the top burning fat foods. It contains the different types of foods that burn fat, lots of examples and guidelines to make the perfect fat burning diet.

Romancing With Wine and Food

You can always impress your date by romancing with wine and food. Everyone knows that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and as for the wine we still aren’t sure on that one. However, most women love gourmet food and wine, so the man who can provide that and more is sure to impress his date for the evening.

Other countries like Italy, Brazil, and France are said to be known to have the guidebook on romancing with wine and food. The experience of romance with wine and food means that it is about the whole experience, with everything from the appetizer to the dessert; however don’t forget the environment in which the meal takes place.

Part of romancing with wine and food begins with the ambience, and nothing says romance like dining according to the seasons. During the summertime, dining outside can make all the difference in the world. You can enjoy the warm weather, and enjoy the food that goes with the season. Appetizers with fresh fruit and cheese are best for the warmer season, and pair well with chilled wine.

Main dishes should also include food that is popular during the season. Fresh salads with mixed greens and fresh vegetables are always great. Salads can be mixed with fresh grilled chicken, strip steak and fresh cheese. Chicken is always best grilled, and fresh fish is always light and is great during the warmer season. Fresh salmon can be served with fresh seasonings and fresh lemon to squeeze over it.

The best side dish is always fresh vegetables that are grilled or sliced raw and placed on the plate next to the main course. Fresh vegetables are a part of the main course in many other countries, and they are good for you. Always have a fresh chilled beverage in the warmer season, whether it’s a fresh juice, or a fresh juice mixed with sparking water and a touch of wine to make a spritzer.

Romancing with wine and food isn’t complete without a dessert. Fresh fruit and sorbet are a sure way to go in the warm weather, and pairs well with chilled wine. White wines tend to be drier, and red wines are fruitier. Choosing is best determined by whether or not the dessert is more important, or if the wine is the priority. If the dessert is what you are craving, then you will choose a wine that pairs with it.

Choosing the wine first will then point you in the direction of the dessert. The rule of thumb is that the sweetness of the wine should override the dessert. Part of the romance is knowing something about the wines and how they go well with desserts before taking your beloved out to dinner. This will be sure to impress them when you want to use wine and food as your tools for romance.

Romance is about being creative, but it’s also about creating an experience. Romance doesn’t quite work with fast food, so be sure to check around for those places at home that have a great selection of wine and food.