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Posted on Apr 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Vegetarians Can Eat at Restaurants!

Many new vegetarians may feel that is it difficult to eat at restaurants. This can alienate people and limit social gatherings. However, it is possible to have a great time at restaurants while adhering to a vegetarian diet.

Check the Menu Ahead of Time

These days, many restaurants have their menu posted online. Some quick research can take away some of the pressure people feel with a waiter standing over them. Read through the menu and see if there are any vegetarian choices.

Sometimes these choices are hidden. If a restaurant has a list of burgers, read the fine print. Some will offer the choice of a meatless burger patty. The appetizer listing is another good place to look. Large garden salads, soups, fried mushrooms, and vegetable platters can easily be had as a meal.

Since vegetarianism is becoming more popular, restaurants are starting to add these dishes to their menus. Fast food restaurants like Burger King and Subway offer alternative meat patties. While substitute meat is not a great thing to have daily, it can be a convenient fast food meal.

Communicate with the Server

It is important to talk with the person serving you. They know the menu very well, and can help you make appropriate choices. Sometimes dishes that sound vegetarian can actually contain meat. By letting the server know that you are a vegetarian, they can tell you if the chili is made with beans or beef.

Some meals can be reconfigured with the help of the server. If a pasta dish contains chicken, ask if it can be replaced with mushrooms. Try to keep it simple. Changing a selection too much can be difficult for the kitchen. However, simple changes are usually fine.

Always be polite. People in the restaurant industry say that there is nothing worse than a finicky, rude, and self righteous vegetarian! By using humor and having a polite attitude, a server will be willing to work with you. Be sure to be courteous by thanking them.

Be Adventurous

Being a vegetarian means expanding your palate. Some new vegetarians end up living on pasta because they never try any different foods. There are many ethnic dishes that are vegetarian and taste great!

Most Asian restaurants offer vegetarian meals. Chinese noodles with vegetables are a simple and traditional choice. This dish is available at most Chinese restaurants. Thai food is spicy and exciting. They use unique ingredients such as peanuts and coconut that make for a delicious taste. Many Japanese sushi restaurants offer vegetable rolls made with rice and avocado.

Mexican food utilizes beans as a protein source. Their food is colorful and fun. Most of the time a burrito will be made with beans instead of meat, however, it is still important to ask just to be sure.

For those who enjoy spicy foods, Indian cuisine also offers vegetarian meals. Most menus will have a brief description of a dish. Feel free to ask the server for more information if needed.

Vegetarians can still have fun and go out to eat at restaurants. By checking the menu ahead of time, communicating with the server, and trying new things, an overall great experience can be had. New vegetarians can be confident about eating at nearly any restaurant.

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Posted on Apr 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Leveling Up Shortcuts in Restaurant City

Players who want to level up faster in Restaurant City may wish to consider a few tips and tricks to level up recipes and thus increase their gourmet points faster.

Pass the Restaurant City Quiz Daily

Passing the Restaurant City quiz is an excellent way to get one new ingredient every day. The food quiz asks questions that test your general knowledge about food. If you are having trouble answering the food quiz, you can find Restaurant City answers on several Restaurant City quiz websites.

Keep in mind that the items you get from the daily food quiz are usually common ingredients. To get more rare ingredients in Restaurant City, other techniques are crucial.

Find the Gourmet King or Food King

When you look around your own restaurant or other friends’ restaurants on Restaurant City, you will often find the Restaurant City Food King, also known as Gourmet King, doing various activities such as having a picnic in the grassy area outside your restaurant, walking on the sidewalk, sitting at a table, and more. Clicking on the Food King will allow you to choose an item to share with your friends. Usually, players can choose either a rare ingredient, an exclusive recipe, or a decorative item to share with friends. The shared item will appear on your Facebook wall for your friends to click on.

The drawback of the Gourmet King is that you cannot receive your own shared items – only friends can receive the items you find. However, consistently finding the Gourmet King will encourage other players to do the same, and by checking your friends’ walls constantly, you can get some rare ingredients that friends have shared when they have found the Food King.

Check Friends’ Facebook Walls Often

In addition to getting items from the Food King, another good reason to check friends’ Facebook walls often is because when your friends’ pass a Restaurant City milestone, they will often share celebratory gifts with friends. If a friend has mastered the Coffee Bar challenge, for example, she may post her accomplishment on her wall, along with a gift of Restaurant City coins or a rare ingredient.

Send Gifts to Restaurant City Friends

Giving begets more giving in Restaurant City. When you give a gift to a Restaurant City friend, you automatically request a gift in return. Most friends will gladly send you a gift, and as gift items are usually rare items, you can use them to level up your more exclusive recipes. Another Restaurant City bonus: when your friends accept your gifts, you get a thank you present in return. Often this thank you gift consists either of coins or a decorative item that you can sell to get more Restaurant City money.

Join the Restaurant City Playfish Forum

By joining the official Restaurant City forum you gain access to daily free items, as well as many other

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Posted on Nov 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Wine Bar in Oaxaca, Mexico, at La Olla Restaurant

It’s been a long time coming, but Oaxaca has finally come of age and opened a wine bar, at the recently renovated upper level of La Olla restaurant in Oaxaca’s downtown centro histórico.

It was only a matter of time until someone in the Oaxacan hospitality industry realized that the success of a couple of higher end wine and spirits stores in the city (La Cava and Prissa Gourmet), together with Sam’s Club’s reasonably good selection of wines, signaled that the palates of residents of Oaxaca had become sufficiently refined to warrant opening a wine bar.

Tourist demand for wine service in a pleasing ambiance with a selection of tapas / botanas, has existed for some time. The Freixenet wine bar in Tequisquiapan, a tourist town in the state of Querétaro, bears witness. But the vagaries of tourism in Oaxaca dictated that entrepreneurs wait until there was sufficient interest on the part of resident Oaxacans.

La Olla Restaurant’s Decision to Open its Upper Level as a Wine Bar in Oaxaca

Luis Espinosa and renowned chef Pilar Cabrera, owners of La Olla restaurant, had renovated the upper level of their restaurant a couple of years ago, building a full – length bar, and sprucing up the decor with mauve, wine and deep rose tones, and vintage chandeliers. Rotating original, quality Oaxacan ar

(offered for sale) had been a signature of the combined restaurant and gallery for several years. Just toss live music into the mix, currently from cellist Luis Zarate Baños, and voilá, the recipe for a successful wine bar in Oaxaca.

La Olla stands unique in Oaxaca, a city which relies on tourism for its very existence, in that the restaurant boasts a healthy complement of locals as well as tourists as its clientele. So even with the ebb and flow of tourist travel to Oaxaca, knowing that there would always be Oaxacan residents as patrons of a wine bar served to spur on La Olla’s owners.

Selection of Wines and Botanas / Appetizers Available at La Olla Wine Bar in Downtown Oaxaca

Currently there are two white wines, and nine reds from which to choose, ranging in price from 190 to 595 pesos per 750 ml bottle, or by the glass across the board at 55 pesos. The latter pricing and broad choice of product enables patrons to try wines that they perhaps otherwise would not, without breaking the bank.

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