Too Much for Too Little?

Today’s question from http://www.answerthepublic.com explores a shared mystery among patrons of high-end luxury restaurants. Why do expensive restaurants serve tiny portions? There are many reasons why restaurants serve small portions and we’re going to explore a few of those reasons.

Why Expensive Restaurants Serve Tiny Portions

Today’s question from www.answerthepublic.com explores a shared mystery among patrons of high-end luxury restaurants. Why do expensive restaurants serve tiny portions? There are many reasons why restaurants serve small portions and we’re going to explore a few of those reasons with you.


1 | Limited Portion = Unlimited Expectations

I’m sure we have all run low on an item and product. Our natural instinct is to conserve and not be wasteful. The same concept is applied to fine dining. Restaurants attempt to recreate this conservation by giving smaller portions that diners will be excited to try and savor the richness of the dishes. Chefs and restauranteurs hope this makes the meal more memorable.

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2 | High Ingredient Costs

Luxury restaurants often source their ingredients from the obscure international markets and farms. This practice increases the production costs of the dish which affects the menu price. In an effort to keep the price from being astronomical, restaurants serve smaller portions.

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3 | Minimalism to the Maximum

Take a stroll on Rodeo Drive or to any high-end boutique and you will see that less is more. Expansive tables house one purse or a pair of shoes. Expensive restaurants also embody this practice through the belief that minimalism is elegant or avant garde. Guests at these establishments seek unique tastes and experiences rather than coming to fill their stomachs.

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4 | The Plate is a Canvas

Have you been to an art museum lately? Some expensive works of art feature a tiny image painted on an over-sized canvas. For expensive restaurants, plating techniques have evolved into a blend of aesthetics, art, and design. As a work of art, smaller portions allow enough space on the plate for the chef to display their artistry.

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5 | Avoid Boredom

For Thanksgiving, we tend to pile our plates with food only to waste most of it. Why? Our taste buds will get used to a flavor after 4-5 bites. Smaller portions eliminates the boredom of a dish and helps your mind register the taste for a longer period.

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5 Binge-Worthy Food and Cooking Netflix Shows (Part 1)

It’s summer and Netflix has such a treasure trove of great binge-worthy programming. One genre of shows that continues to grow in popularity is Food and Cooking. Shows such as Nailed It, Ugly Delicious, and Chef’s Table celebrate the joy of cooking and leaves you wanting more! Here some of the best cooking shows streaming on Netflix right now.

It’s summer and Netflix has such a treasure trove of great binge-worthy programming. One genre of shows that continues to grow in popularity is Food and Cooking. Shows such as Nailed It, Ugly Delicious, and Chef’s Table celebrate the joy of cooking and leaves you wanting more! Here some of the best cooking shows streaming on Netflix right now.

WARNING: Don’t watch while you’re hungry!!


Chef’s Table

This unique documentary style cooking series follows some of the world’s most famous chefs as they take us on a journey through their personal lives and their kitchens. Each episode of Chef’s Table goes in-depth into the life, talents, and passion of being a Chef. The show’s intimate, engaging storytelling and biographical pieces make it a must watch.


Nailed It!

In each episode, three inexperienced home bakers compete for a chance to win $10,000. This hilarious show provides great laughs and entertainment as the contestant’s culinary skills are a bit subpar. Throughout the season guest judges make appearances that add plenty of sugar and spice to the episodes. If you’re looking for a good laugh, you’ve Nailed It!


Zumbo’s Just Desserts

In this Australian cooking show, dessert connoisseur Adrian Zumbo is host to twelve contestants as they compete against each other to win the $100,000 grand prize. The winning contestant will also have their dessert featured in Zumbo’s dessert store. What makes this shows exciting is watching the action between contestants as they compete to recreate one of Zumbos elaborate complex and intricate desserts in the “Zumbo Test”.


Ugly Delicious

Staring award-winning chef David Chang, this travelogue fuses comedy, travel, and food. For each episode, Chang focuses on a different type of food and takes us on a cross-cultural journey to discover where to get the best eats. Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Kroll, Peter Meehan, and other guests make appearances throughout the season. This series is guaranteed to be a must watch for all.


Sugar Rush

The clock is ticking, and 4 teams of bakers don’t have much time to deliver their outstanding desserts to win $10,000. Sugar Rush is a fast-paced baking competition that challenges bakers to race while creating sweet treats that look and taste amazing. Hosted by Hunter March along with world-class pastry chefs Candace Nelson and Adriano Zumbo as judges, this fast-paced show will have you on the edge of your seat!


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Best Ice Cream Shops in the City of Decatur (Part 1)

As Decatur has continually transformed itself into a vibrant community of restaurants and eateries, there are quite a few unique shops to grab some ice cream and other desserts! Check out Part 1 of our listing featuring the best ice cream shops in the City of Decatur!

It’s been quite a hot and humid summer! Sometimes, you just want to chill out with a cool ice cream treat. As the City of Decatur has continually transformed itself into a vibrant community of restaurants and eateries, there are quite a few unique shops to grab some ice cream and other desserts! Check out our list of the best ice cream shops in the City of Decatur.

Butter and Cream
This inexpensive women-owned ice cream, yogurt, and dessert shop is located at 416 Church St., Decatur, GA 30030. In addition to classic and specialty flavors, Butter and Cream offer vegan and dairy-free options for customers. Popular flavors here include Salted Caramel, Butterscotch Brownie, and Cashew Creme Brulee. Credit cards are accepted and the area has kids activities nearby. The menu and other information can be found on their website at http://www.butterandcream.com.

Butter and Cream: Dark Chocolate Malbec on a Callebaut chocolate dipped cone! Source: Twitter

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Located at 545 N. McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030, this splendid ice cream shop will pack a special pint just for you! Top flavors include Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Brambleberry Crisp, and Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks. Small, Trio, and Sundae sizes are available, and Pints are offered for certain flavors. Additonal toppings that can be added include smoked almonds, hand-whipped cream, Moonbow and Sunbow Sprinkles, Salty Caramel Sauce, and Extra-Bitter Hot Fudge Sauce. Visit Jeni’s website for more details at https://jenis.com/scoop-shops/jenis-decatur-square/

Jeni’s White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie ice cream. Source: Twitter

Four Summers Gelato and Coffee Bar
Located in the Oakhurst neighborhood, Four Summers offers ice cream, frozen yogurt, and gelato creations. Menu options for customers include vegetarian, dairy-free, and vegan options. For those with children, Four Summers offers a kids menu and a play area for your convenience. There is a private parking lot with wheelchair accessible access. Popular items include the Nutella and S’Mores creations! Four Summers can be found at 350 Mead Road, Suite E and F, Decatur, GA 30030.

Mango vegan sorbet at Four Summers! Source: Facebook

Steel City Pops-Decatur
This shop is located at 312 Church Street, Decatur, GA 30030 and offers a vast array of options for its’ pops. Pops come in 4 main categories: fruity, creamy, cookie, and paleo. You can customize your pop with the 4 D’s (Dip, Dredge, Drizzle, and Dust). All of their pops feature fresh fruit, organic cane sugar, and are gluten-free. Prices start at $3.59 for the fruity pops to $4.59 for the cookie pops. Steel City Pops also has catering and events offerings. Menu and catering information can be found on their website at https://steelcitypops.com/locations/atlanta/

Peach cream dipped in milk chocolate, dredged in pecans, and drizzled with caramel. Source: Twitter

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Grocery Store Money Saving Tips, Part 1

Grocery shopping can be quite the chore especially when you’re tight on money. In today’s post, we share a few tips and tricks that will help you lower that enormous grocery bill. Click the link to read more!

With the price of groceries on the rise and the size of packaging decreasing, the need to save money at the grocery store is essential to maintain a healthy household budget. In today’s post, we share a few tips and tricks that will help you lower that enormous grocery bill.

Know your budget. Before you leave the house, track your other household expenses. This will give you a real picture of how much money can actually be in your grocery budget.

Prep meals on Sundays and Thursdays to cut down on food waste

Prepping meals. Planning your meals for the week or even the month will help you write your shopping list. That way you can stay focused on what you should be buying not eliminate the junk.

Make a list, check it twice. Santa Claus isn’t the only person that uses lists. Again, make a grocery list with a price estimate to see what you need and the cost. Here’s a smart, interactive grocery list template by the USDA.

Find Bargain Groceries at Bargain Grocery Stores. Aldi, Lidl, and Trader Joe’s may not be the most fabulous shopping experiences, but you can surely find some good deals on their house brands and even a few national brands.

Leave the Distractions at Home…and that includes your spouse! Kids, spouses, roommates, and boos and baes can all be a distraction to the grocery shopping experience by nagging you to buy things you really don’t need. If you can leave them at home, you might be able to save a few dollars.

Don’t go on an Empty Stomach. When you’re hungry, everything looks yummy! Remember, you are shopping on a budget and cannot afford to spend your money on useless merchandise. Eating a few mints before shopping or chewing gum can help relieve your hunger pains.

Shop at Warehouse Stores. Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s are warehouse clubs that offer some surprising deals on produce, meats, breads, beverages, and dry foods. Make sure you have enough storage and freezer space or you can be saving and wasting money at the same time.

Shop at your local farmer’s market

Farmer’s Market. Most large cities and rural towns have a farmer’s market. If you’re in the Atlanta area, you might be familiar with the DeKalb Farmer’s Market. Don’t know where you local farmer’s market is? Use this tool by the USDA to help you find local farmers market.

Multiple Stores, Multiple Deals. Shop at multiple stores to determine which stores have exclusive deals and lower prices on certain products. While one store has reasonable meat prices, another store might have exceptional produce deals.

There’s an App for that! Kroger and Walmart offer excellent mobile apps that allow you to shop, find sales and coupons, compare prices between stores. Search your phone’s app store for your local grocery store’s app. Chances are the app will have coupons, weekly ads, and virtual shopping carts.

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15 Ways to Save Money on National Chicken Wing Day!

It’s July 29 and that means it’s National Chicken Wing Day! Below is a list of ways to save money from local and national brands to celebrate the day.

Please comment below on any other deals happening today!

Buffalo Wild WingsGet a free snack-sized order of wings with the purchase of any small, medium or large order of boneless or traditional wings Monday. Dine-in only, while supplies last. There’s also an ongoing Wing Tuesday promotion on traditional wings. Buy one traditional wings order and get one of equal value free. 

Duffy’s Sports GrillGet 50% off an order of 10 Boneless Wings with a purchase Monday at the Florida-based restaurant group.

East Coast Wings + GrillGet bone-in wings for 75 cents each or boneless wings for 65 cents each with a minimum of five wings per order.

HootersGet All-You-Can-Eat wings for $15.99 Monday. Learn more at www.hooters.com/ncwd.

Hurricane Grill & WingsGet All-You-Can-Eat wings for $15.99 Monday. Dine-in only. 

Miller’s Ale House: It’s National Zing Day at Miller’s and restaurants have $5 chicken zingers Monday. Learn more at www.millersalehouse.com/national-zing-day.

Mountain Mike’s PizzaGet six free wings with the purchase of any large specialty pizza using promo code 170496 Monday.

Native Grill & WingsWith the purchase of a beverage, get 40 cent wings Monday. There will also be 40 cent wings with purchase of a drink on Tuesday, according to the chain’s Facebook page.

P.J. Whelihan’s: Get endless wings for $15.99 Monday. The all-you-can-eat special is dine-in only.

Pluckers Wing BarGet 75-cent bone-in wings and $1 Bud Light Monday. A minimum of 10 wings must be ordered with a minimum of 10 per order.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen: Through Monday, get $5 Parmesan Ranch Double Dippers, which include six boneless wings, choice of one side, a biscuit and dual-dipping side of Parmesan Ranch.

Taco Mac: Get half-price wings Monday. Dine-in only.

TGI FridaysThrough Aug. 4, Fridays has an Endless Appetizers promotion, which includes wings.

The Buffalo SpotFrom 3-5 p.m. Monday, get five free traditional wings with sauce of choice.

WingHouse Bar + Grill: Buy 10 Buffalo or Original style wings and get five free Monday. Buffalo or Original style wings and dine-in only.

Wingstop: Get five free wings with every wing purchase Monday with promo code 5FREEWINGS.

Wing ZoneGet 16 boneless or original wings for $10 Monday when you order online at www.wingzone.com. Click WZ Deals or Combo Zone and enter code 2180.

Calculating Calories the Easy Way!

In today’s world, cooking healthier meals is always on our minds. We can reduce calories, unhealthy fats, and sodium intake by substituting common ingredients to improve the nutritional quality of meals.

As a framework, let’s talk a little about calories and what makes up a calorie. A calorie (or kilocalorie) is a measure of food energy and is known as the heat energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 liter of water 1 degree Celcius. Calories can be displayed in various forms. For example, a small apple has 77,000 calories or 77 kcal or 77 Calories. Calories are generally consumed from macronutrients, which are nutrients that provide energy.

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You might be asking yourself, “A macro… what?!” Well, we are all familiar with macronutrients. Carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are all macronutrients that provide our bodies with nutrients daily. All of these components are required to maintain a healthy nutritional balance. Let’s get back to Calories! Carbohydrates and proteins supply around 4 Calories each, while fat provides an estimated 9 Calories. For those who enjoy a good spirit or wine, pure alcohol provides around 7 Calories. Alcohol is not a nutrient, but it supplies a lot of energy.

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Time for some math! You can estimate the number of calories in food but doing some simply multiplying and addition. For instance, if a serving of pizza has 15 grams (g) of carbohydrates, 8 g of protein, and 20 g of fat, you can determine the total estimate calories.

Let’s go!
15 g of carbs (15 g x 4 Calories) = 60 Calories
8 g of protein (8 g x 4 Calories) = 32 Calories
20 g of fat (20 g x 9 Calories) = 180 Calories
Add it all up, and we get 272 Calories!

Notice how the amount of fat compares to the amount of carbohydrates and protein. In the next section, I’ll provide you with suggestions on how you can modify ingredients in your favorite dishes.

Nutrition substitution chart
Schiff, W. (2019). Nutrition for healthy living. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.

National Ice Cream Day

Today, July 21, is National Ice Cream Day! The holiday began in 1984 when President Richard Nixon declared the 3rd Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day! He not only celebrated on that chosen day, but proclaimed the entire month of July is National Ice Cream Month.

Today, July 21, is National Ice Cream Day! The holiday began in 1984 when President Richard Nixon declared the 3rd Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day! He not only celebrated ice cream on that chosen day, but proclaimed the entire month of July is National Ice Cream Month.

Businesses, especially ice cream parlors, are celebrating the day with freebies, discounts, and special promotions. The items in the list below is available at participating locations on Sunday, July 21. Some restaurants require an emailed coupon or have their app in order to participate in the promotion. Be sure to check with a location before your journey.

Freebies

Dippin’ DotsGet a free mini cup of Dippin’ Dots during a two-hour window at select stores and shopping center locations. Times vary by location. Learn more at www.dippindots.com/NICD-2019.

Omni Hotels & Resorts: Through Sunday, get free passion fruit ice cream in the lobbies of 32 Omni properties as a part of their Summer of Passion Fruit program. Find the participating hotels at www.omnihotels.com.

PetSmart: This ice cream freebie is only for dogs. At stores with PetsHotel facilities, dogs can get a free 4-ounce serving of dog-safe ice cream topped with dog biscuit treats Saturday and Sunday, while supplies last.

PublixFrom 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, get free ice cream samples of Publix’s premium brand Cookie Butter Crème ice cream in stores.

Discounts

Baskin-RobbinsGet two pre-packed quarts of any ice cream for $7.99 Sunday.

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream: Rewards members get double points Sunday. Plus, check out other promotions at www.brusters.com.

Carvel: Buy one soft-serve ice cream cup or cone and get a second cup or cone free Sunday.

Cold Stone CreameryNew and existing My Cold Stone Club Rewards email members get a buy-one-get-one free coupon Sunday. Sign up by Saturday at www.coldstonecreamery.com to get the offer. 

Dairy Queen: Find deals including buy-one-get-one free offers on the chain’s mobile app to use at participating locations. Limit one offer per person per visit. There’s a different app for Texas residents.

Godiva: Buy a soft-serve cup or cone and parfaits Sunday and get 50% off the second Sunday.

LongHorn Steakhouse: For a limited time, participating locations have a special Steak & Bourbon ice cream for $3.99 at participating locations. The ice cream has bits of steak and bourbon caramel. Learn more at www.longhornsteakhouse.com/steakicecream.

Monkey Joe’sWith a paid admission, kids get a free ice cream cup Sunday at all Monkey Joe’s locations. Not to be combined with other offers.

Wendy’sFor a limited time, get a small Frosty for 50 cents.

Whole Foods MarketThrough July 30, Prime members get 35% off all ice cream and novelties.

Contests

Halo TopThe high protein ice cream is celebrating National Ice Cream Day Sunday by giving away thousands of free Halo Top Pops. The brand is partnering with social networking app, Bumble, to give away Halo Top Pops through the Bumble app. The Halo Top website also will give away 5,000 pops. Learn more at www.halotop.com/nicd.

So DeliciousThe dairy-free dessert is giving away 500 coupons for free pints Sunday with an Instagram contest. Share who you’d like to “#ShareAPint” and the first 500 will get a coupon for a free pint. To enter, share a picture on Instagram of you and your bestie, tag and follow @So_Delicious and tag #ShareAPint #FreePintPromo to get a coupon for a free pint, while supplies last.

What is the Paleo Diet?

Perhaps you’ve been to Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, or the local grocery and seen products on the aisle promoting the Paleo diet. But what is the Paleo diet? The Paleo diet reflects the food groups of our Stone Age hunter-gatherer ancestors. The diet boasts numerous benefits that can help optimize one’s health, lower the risk of chronic diseases, and even promote weight loss.

Protein accounts for only 15 percent of the average person’s daily calories. This number pales in comparison to our hunter-gatherer ancestor diet, which was comprised of 19 to 35 percent protein. Higher protein and fresh vegetable intake have a significant benefit, blood sugar stabilization. The Paleo diet consists mostly of non-starchy fresh fruits and vegetables. Eating these foods won’t spike blood sugar levels since they have low glycemic indices that slow digestion and absorption of sugar in the body.

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Dietary fiber is a necessary component to maintaining a healthy weight. That’s why having a diet that is high in fresh fruits and vegetables is essential to higher fiber intakes. Non-starchy vegetables and fruits can contain a more than twice the value of fiber than refined or whole grains.

Where’s all the fat? The Paleo diet attempts to replace unhealthier saturated fats with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that have a better balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats. It’s not that all fat is bad, but it’s the type of fat that is eaten that should concern you. This diet will also reduce the number of trans fats that raises blood cholesterol levels and your risk for heart disease and cancer.

Eating all those fresh fruits and vegetables gives your body a super shot of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plant phytochemicals.

Vitamins are complex organic compounds that regulate certain metabolic processes in the body. They are distinctly different from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

Minerals are a group of elements in Earth’s rocks, soils, and natural water sources. About 15 mineral elements have known functions in the body and are necessary for human health.

Antioxidents protect DNA from free radical damage, thus preventing potentially cancer-causing mutations from occurring.

Phytochemicals are compounds made by plants that are not nutrients. Plants made hundreds of these non-nutients. Caffiene is a popular example of a phytochemical.

Schiff, W. (2019). Nutrition for healthy living. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.
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Eating fresh fruits and vegetables also improves your consumption of potassium, which is necessary for the heart, kidneys, and other organs to work correctly. The Paleo can help lower excessive sodium intake by substituting foods with more potassium.

Many foods we commonly eat yields either a net acid or alkaline load to our kidneys. Excessive dietary acids can result in bone and muscle loss, high blood pressure, an increased risk for kidney stones, and aggravates asthma. Paleo-approved fruits and vegetables produce alkalines can reduce the risk of chronic disease.

The Paleo Diet is based on seven fundamental characteristics of hunter-gatherer diets that help to optimize your health, minimize your risk of chronic disease, and lose weight.

http://www.thepaleodiet.com
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Here’s a quick list of the seven fundamentals we’ve covered!

  • Higher protein intake
  • Lower carbohydrate intake and lower glycemic index
  • Higher fiber intake
  • Moderate to higher fat intake dominated by monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats with balanced Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats
  • Higher potassium and lower sodium intake
  • Net dietary alkaline load that balances dietary acid
  • Higher intake of, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plat phytochemicals

For more information on the Paleo diet, visit www.thepaleodiet.com