We are a coffee-drinking nation and every form of the beverage – decaf, regular, expresso, latte, cappuccino, macchiato and ristretto is consumed everyday by millions of us. It’s the first thing we need in the morning and the last (for some) after dessert. Black, with cream, with sugar, no sugar, flavored, each of us has a preference with regard to strength. Nespresso’s taken heed of this and given us a gift in a pod with the Nespresso capsules. Available in the regular Arabica and Robusta capsules, they have some amazing seasonal flavors as well.
Nespresso capsules are hermetically sealed in a capsule that holds 5-7 gms of coffee – enough for one serving of coffee. They offer five ranges in Ristretto (25ml), Espresso (40 ml), Lungo (110 ml), Decaffeinated (40 ml and 110 ml) or Flavored (40 ml).
The variations in Nespresso coffee capsules Ristretto range are:
Ristretto Origin – Made from South and Central American Arabicas, it has toasted flavors with cocoa notes and woody undertones.
Ristretto Origin India – A blend of the finest Arabicas with a smidgen of Robusta from Southern India, this full-bodied coffee has hints of spices.
Ristretto Intenso – A strong blend of South and Central American Robustas and Arabicas, the Ristretto Intenso is a full-bodied coffee with a creamy texture and peppery notes.
The variations in Nespresso coffee capsules Espresso range are:
Espresso Origin Brazil: A pure Arabica coffee, it has a mild sweet flavor.
Espresso Leggero: A blend of South American Arabicas and Robusta, it has smooth notes of cocoa and cereal.
Espresso Forte: Exclusively made from South and Central American Arabicas, it has an intensely roasted balance of espresso and fruity notes.
The variations of Nespresso coffee capsules Lungo range are:
Lungo Leggero: Lightly roasted East African, South and Central American Arabicas, with mild notes of jasmine is what makes up this delicious brew.
Lungo Forte: A complex mix of South and Central American Arabicas, this coffee has heavy roasted notes with a slight hint of fruit.
Lungo Origin Guatemala: A mix of Arabica and washed Gourmet Robusta coffee, Lungo Origin Guatemala is smooth and well balanced with dry and malty cereal notes.
The variations of Nespresso coffee capsules in the Decaffeinated range are:
Espresso Decaffeinato: Dark roasted South American Arabicas with a touch of Robusta enhances the cocoa flavors and roasted cereal undertones of this decaffeinated espresso.
Lungo Decaffeinato: This is a slightly more complex blend of separately roasted South American and East African Arabicas. It includes toasted cereal and sweet notes with subtle and floral hints of East African Arabicas.
The variations of Nespresso coffee capsules Flavored range are:
Espresso Vanilla: This silky-flavored coffee is the result of a base of Espresso Forte, which is a complex and heavily-roasted blend of South and Central American Arabicas and a slightly caramelized aroma of vanilla. Espresso Caramel: On a base of Espresso Forte, this complex and intensely roasted blend made from South and Central American Arabicas has the sweetness of caramel.
The world is divided into tea drinkers and coffee drinkers and as far as we know the latter are winning. From ‘studies’ that show that coffee drinkers are more successful and live longer (how did they measure that?) – it looks like they just keep winning. To cater to different tastes and likes – there’s decaf, instant and regular coffee and even these are further divided into flavors that meld beautifully with the natural bitterness of the coffee bean. Whether it’s the mild caramel or the strong cinnamon, the full-bodied mocha or the nutty hazelnut, the festive gingerbread or the on-the-fence mint – there’s something for everyone.
While these are very common and are available at Starbucks, Gloria Jeans, Dunkin’ Donuts or even the local coffee shop that can whip up a great cup of joe – here are five weird coffee flavors, certainly not for the faint at heart!
Jack Daniels Coffee
Teetotalers, steer clear. If you are a coffee lover and love your glass of JD equally, how wonderful does this blend sound? Infused with authentic Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, but actually with 0% alcohol, this is an absolute win-win. Available in decaf and regular this sells for $7.95 for a 1.5 oz bag.
Maple Bacon Coffee
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this coffee blends three wonderfully different flavors into one glorious drink. Made and sold by BocaJava, this is one of their most popular blends and retails at $7.99/8 oz.
Star Wars Vader’s Dark Side Roast Coffee
You either love Star Wars or you hate it. There’s no grey area here. If you are one who arrives at Comic Con, year after year dressed to kill as Darth Vader, or lazily as a storm trooper, or gorgeously as Princess Leia, this is one coffee you cannot afford to miss. Promising to give you a taste of the dark side, this ‘rich hand roasted coffee’ has a sharp flavor with spicy undertones.
Taco Coffee by Coffee Am
If you love Mexican food, this is one you will not be able to resist. Coffee beans mixed with taco spices, topped off with a meaty finish. In no sense of the term is the traditional, but it just might do to curb those midnight taco cravings. Costs $12.49 for a one lb bag.
Here are a few easy and healthy recipe ideas that are both quick to make and light to digest on hot summer days. With very few ingredients, the preparation of these recipes is a breeze. So go on, enjoy these easy, healthy recipes that are brimming with nutrition and taste heavenly too!
Greek Cucumber Rolls
Ingredients (Serves 2)
This is popular among easy and healthy recipes. Slice cucumber into thin flat strips using a vegetable peeler and arrange them in slices of two on a clean tray. Smear the hummus on top of each slice, then toss some feta cheese, black olives and cut tomatoes on each of the cucumber strips. Squeeze a little lemon juice and sprinkle some finely chopped dill and cilantro. Finally, roll the strips, serve the Greek cucumber rolls and see them being gobbled up by the young and old alike!
Flavorful fettuccine pasta with vegetables
Ingredients (Serves 2)
Cook the fettuccine pasta according to the directions on the label. In a thick bottomed pan, heat the olive oil and sauté the chopped garlic and shallots. After about a minute or so, add the other vegetables along with salt and toss them gently for a few minutes. The vegetables must cook and be crunchy at the same time. When they are done, add the cooked pasta, Parmesan cheese, and some freshly ground black pepper to it and mix well. Serve this flavorful fettuccine pasta with vegetables for lunch or dinner as a filling, yet light meal.
Ingredients (Serves 2)
Squeeze juice from the oranges and blend the strawberries in a juicer. Then in a pitcher, take the orange juice, strawberry juice, and chilled water together and mix well. Refresh yourself with this yummy sunshine juice with ice cubes on a hot day.
Summer is approaching and it is a good time to spend your days playing in the backyard, going on picnics or getting tanned on the beach. Well, that means you get very little time in the kitchen for preparing meals. Here are three easy healthy recipes that, while providing you with nutrition, also are quick to put together. The bonus is, they taste delicious as well!
Ingredients (Serves 6)
This is one of the easiest healthy recipes. Take the boiled peanuts in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the cilantro, one by one on top of the peanuts and toss them gently. After everything is mixed well, scoop them in small cups, garnish with fresh cilantro and serve. Delicious, healthy peanut salad is ready to be enjoyed.
Ingredients (Serves 6)
In a large bowl take all the rice. Then add chopped lettuce, corn kernels, black beans, tomatoes, avocados and finely chopped cilantro one by one and toss these gently. Keep aside.
In another bowl add the salsa, sour cream, guacamole, lime juice, and salt together and mix well.
Now combine the contents of both bowls together gently and serve immediately. Fresh, easy-to-prepare, and healthy burrito bowls are ready in a jiffy.
Chocolate banana pop
Ingredients (Serves 6)
Stick toothpicks into the banana pieces and freeze for about 2 hours. When they are ready to be taken out, heat the chocolate chips in the microwave until they melt and is of smooth consistency. Now dip the frozen banana pieces individually first in the chocolate sauce and then in the rainbow sprinkles. Put this back in the fridge for about 10 minutes and enjoy a healthy dose of cold chocolate banana pop.
If you are looking for some easy-to-prepare and tasty dip recipes, you are at the right place. Here are some easy dip recipes for you to try this summer. Although these are easy dip recipes, the outcome would be delicious and these dips could be paired with a range of food items.
Warm spinach dip
On medium heat, melt the butter and sauté the shallots. After it softens, add the spinach, cream cheese, salt and paprika to it and cook for about 10 minutes. Add rich fresh cream towards the end of the cooking time and serve the spinach dip warm with toasted French breads or crunchy raw bell peppers and carrots.
Chunky eggplant dip
Poke tiny holes in the eggplants and rub the outer skin with extra virgin olive oil. Preheat the grill and over high heat, roast the oil coated eggplants till they are charred. Keep them aside and let them cool. Then, in a large bowl, mash the cooled eggplants well with a fork. Combine this now with olive oil, roasted tahini paste, finely chopped garlic, cumin powder, lemon juice, salt, a pinch of cayenne pepper and fresh cilantro. Mix everything well, but do let some of the eggplant remain chunky. Serve the eggplant dip with warm pita bread or chips.
Simple lemon artichoke dip
Combine all the ingredients except the parsley in a food processor and run it on a quick setting for less than a minute. Do not make it a smooth paste. Transfer the contents to a clean bowl and garnish the dip with chopped parsley. Serve this easy-to-prepare lemon artichoke dip with crispy crostini or grilled vegetables.
Although the ingredients used in these easy these dip recipes are common, just remember, they are heavenly to taste! Children and adults alike would enjoy these savory dips when served with anything from corn or potato chips to bread to raw or grilled vegetables.
If you are one of those people who relish your tortilla chips, pita bread, crackers or cucumbers and carrot sticks with delectable dips, then here are three easy and healthy dip recipes for you. Simple to make in a jiffy for a romantic dinner for two, or on a game night when all your family and friends come over, these easy dip recipes use ingredients that are commonly available.
The easy cheesy dip
Ingredients (Serves 2)
In a saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and roast for about a minute or until it turns light brown. Pour half the milk and continue stirring to avoid lumps. Once this mixture thickens, slowly add the rest of the milk and continue stirring for about two minutes. Next, simmer the heat to a low setting and add cheddar cheese, salt, and cayenne pepper to the sauce. Stir until the cheese melts and switch off the stove. Voila! Your easy cheesy dip is ready to be enjoyed with hot French fries, pretzels or even baby carrots.
Fresh zesty salsa
Ingredients (Serves 2)
Add all the ingredients listed above to a food processor and blend in a quick setting for about half a minute. Transfer the contents to a clean bowl and serve this healthy super easy dip with some grilled corn or baked sweet potatoes.
Cucumber yogurt dip
Ingredients (Serves 2)
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix gently to make a creamy texture. Serve chilled with crispy kale chips or fresh stalks of celery.
Aren’t these the perfect easy dip recipes for all the deliciously tempting appetizers and snacks you crave? What are you waiting for? Try these easy dip recipes them out now!
If you are a food lover, you should definitely try out new places that offer different cuisines. Some restaurants are classic with high-quality services, while some are new to the industry but are equally popular. Here is a list of the top 10 chain restaurants that you should go.
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Also known as BW3. Once you are here, you can enjoy three things and that is wings, beer, and sports. The chain is famous for its buffalo-style wings.
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar
This is an all-American eatery famous for its comfort fare that is tasty and well presented. The chain scores well on a speed of service. It is also distinguished for its ‘green’ practices.
It is a popular restaurant chain with a cult following. It scores high on all points of food, service, and ambiance. It offers value for every dollar spent here. The steak and ribs joint would leave you yearning for more.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
The brand boasts of an image synonymous with home-style American cooking and country cuisine. But Barrel also offers healthy choices. The popular chain scores high on cleanliness and its great atmosphere are kid-friendly too.
This is a surprising favorite of the millennial generation also, which is otherwise wary of dining chains. It offers value for every dollar spent and the all-favorite breadsticks are a must-have.
P.F. Chang’s Bistro
Headquartered in Arizona, this restaurant chain is famous for lettuce wraps and dim sum. The entire menu revolves around utilizing fresh ingredients and is made to order.
The first LongHorn opened way back in 1981. The chain has come a long way since then. It is owned by the parent company, which also owns Olive Garden and Yard House. The dining chain is famous for its considerable selection of steak and margarita.
The chain is popular among the young crowd for its energetic atmosphere and buzzing bars. The upbeat chain counts well on friendly, efficient service, and accommodating kids as well.
The Cheesecake Factory
A famous and favorite chain of many foodies, The Cheesecake Factory offers extensive and calorie-rich menu. It keeps launching enticing new versions of top-ranking dishes like Celebration Cheesecake. This place has the best service and atmosphere as well.
This restaurant has been designed to resemble an open-air Mexican courtyard. All dishes are turned out fresh as the chain serves Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. On offer are fajitas, burritos, and margaritas.
Michelin stars are what every gourmet chef worth his salt desires for. They are the Oscars of the restaurant world. The first Michelin Red Guide was released in 1900 and for a long time, all the Michelin star restaurants were found in France and some cities of Europe. Since then, it has surfed across the Atlantic to review the fine dining options in the country. Michelin stars are ranked as three stars for excellent cuisine, two stars for great cuisine, and one star is for a good restaurant. Here is a list of the best Michelin star restaurants in the country.
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn FareLocated in the annex of an upmarket grocery store, it is an unlikely housing for one of the best Michelin restaurants. It takes weeks to book a place in advance at this restaurant and to savor the cooking of over 20 plus course-tasting menu.
Some other equally renowned Michelin restaurants include Grace, Quince, and The Restaurant at Meadowood.
Detoxification of the body is recommended when you feel like re-energizing your body by flushing away unwanted toxins from the system. There are certain food items that once consumed will ease out the process of detoxification. Here is a list of some easy healthy recipes that you can make.
Our body comes with several built-in detox systems. These healthy and easy to make recipes are destined to aid those systems in doing their best work every day.
Nobody has the time or energy to cook a full dinner after a long and hard day at work. Here are some easy healthy recipes that do not soak up your couch time as they can be made within just 20 minutes:
From great pasta, quick tacos to speedy stir-fries, anything can be converted into a healthy dinner when served with veggies, whole grains, and nuts.
When you are expecting your little one, thousands of things start concerning you. As a new parent you expect everything to be perfect for you new addition. And everyone that you come across start giving you advice about what is good and bad. With so much information coming from so many different sources, you can get confused. Here we share some of the basic house cleaning ideas that you need to take care of before the arrival of your baby.
Keep dust away
Clean your home of all dust, pet dander and allergens. The new born babies do not have their immune system fully developed. So, make sure you eliminate most of the allergens off your home before the baby arrives. Make sure you leave no spot, while house cleaning. Clean even the hard to reach areas and dark corners. Vacuum the carpets thoroughly.
Replace the curtains
Replace all the old curtains and drapes in the house. They are the primary dust collectors. Replace them with blinds which are easy to maintain and clean.
Use non-toxic cleaners
Avoid using store-bought house cleaners that have harsh chemicals in them. These chemicals can be very harmful for the babies. Use natural ingredients instead that work as best house cleaners. Keep the countertops and other surfaces clean so that there is no germ build-up. Use white vinegar baking soda, salt and lemon juice to clean the kitchen and bathroom surfaces. These house cleaning ideas will not only clean your home but also disinfectant it. They give a sparkling shine and deodorize your home.
Cleaning the hands
Make sure all the guests who come to your home to visit the baby wash their hands with soap and wipe them clean with a dry towel, or use a sanitizer, before holding the baby. This will keep infections at bay, and hence serves as an excellent house cleaning idea. And as a new parent, you must also remember to wash your hand after using the toilet, sneezing, eating food and cooking food. Also, if you follow this rule, after a few years, you’ll see your baby following it too.
Stock up on disinfectant wipes or natural disinfectant spray at the baby’s changing table, as you may want to clean the changing table with disinfectant after every use. In fact, keep these wipes in your handbag so that you can use them while traveling.
Cleaning the feeding items
Make sure you clean all the feeding items with hot water to sanitize them, before and after using them. Clean the new bottles and nipples in boiling water and trash the old nipples and pacifiers that are cracked or stained. Do not use bleach to clean the baby feeding items. Use baking soda in water and soak the feeding items in the water and clean thoroughly. Dry them out immediately as bacteria love to live in moisture. Do most of the preparations before the baby arrives because once the baby enters your life, you will not be able to cope other responsibilities on hand.
With more and more businesses moving their processes to the cloud, the debate of having it all on the cloud or dividing between the cloud and private networks is getting hotter. Businesses with a lot of sensitive data are the ones that are struggling to decide what will work for the best because they love the convenience of the cloud but they love their data more. There is no doubting the fact that the hybrid cloud security solution has created new types of threats to privacy and while most companies try to play it cool, they are struggling below the surface with decisions.
A hybrid cloud security solution for a business is the one where companies keep some of their data and applications on the public cloud and some very important content on a private server/cloud at their own premises. This gives them the much-needed convenience of the cloud while providing them with the security they need. But even this system is not completely safe because there is a connection between the cloud and the private servers and everything from data to instructions is moving both ways. Following is a list of different threats that are faced by a business that has chosen to use a hybrid cloud.
No amount of encryption can protect a data that is moving. While most hybrid cloud solutions provide top class encryption and try to ensure hybrid cloud security which can be further improved through the use of VPN and antiviruses, every transmission is somewhat open to eavesdropping and hacking.
Coordination between the two clouds or a cloud and a server needs an extra amount of coordination between the two systems. If the two platforms do not agree with each other than it will hinder the data flow which will, in turn, hinder the performance and efficiency of a business. A noncompliant hybrid cloud security solution is more of a problem than a solution.
Data redundancy is a waste of storage for normal people, but when it comes to businesses, they have to have multiple copies of their data to be used in case of an outage, system crash or complete data loss. Data loss is one of the biggest threats faced by businesses and failing to create multiple copies of their data is probably one of the biggest mistake a business can make with their hybrid cloud solution.
Security is one of the biggest issues with cloud and increases further when it comes to the integration of private and public clouds or public clouds and private networks. Companies that go for a hybrid cloud security solution have to have proper hybrid cloud security access rules or they will lose more than they stand to gain with a cloud.