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.
The much-awaited iPhones of 2019 were released by Apple at their flagship event in California on September 10. While the iPhone 11 is an upgrade of the earlier iPhone XR, iPhone Pro has been called as the successor of the iPhone XS. The iPhone Pro Max is a slightly bigger version of iPhone Pro.
The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max have been slated to deliver advanced performance to pro users and those who want the best from their smartphones. The new iPhones have a stunning display, powerful A13 Bionic chip, and cutting-edge three-camera system, a very first for the iPhone. Plus, the iPhones look quite sleek in a fresh palette of colors and are powered by longer battery life.
The iPhones are available for pre-order from September 13, and available in stores from September 20. Here are some of the notable features of iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max you must know before you buy the latest smartphone from Apple.
The iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch LCD display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, True Tone, 1792×828 pixels, 1400:1 contrast ratio, 79.0% screen-to-body ratio, and Dolby Vision / HDR10. Comparatively, the iPhone 11 Pro has a slightly smaller screen size with 5.8-inch OLED display. Similar to iPhone 11, the Pro also has True Tone, Dolby Vision / HDR10, and the same aspect ratio. The screen resolution, however, is more at 2436 x 1125 pixels with 2,000000:1 contrast ratio. Thus, the Pro has double the aspect ratio with 15% more efficiency. Additionally, the screen-to-body ratio is 82.1%. The iPhone Pro Max is bigger than the other two with a display size of 6.5 inches. The resolution is also higher at 2688 x 1242 pixels with a screen-to-body ratio of 84.4%. With a larger screen size, the iPhone Pro Max will be a good choice for those who prefer a phablet.
Compared to their earlier versions, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max are heavier. The iPhone 11 Pro measures 144 x 71.4 x 8.1 mm (5.67 x 2.81 x 0.32 in) and weighs 188 g (6.63 oz). The earlier version, iPhone XS measured 5.7×2.79×0.3 in and weighed 174 g (6.14 oz). The Pro Max measures 158 x 77.8 x 8.1 mm (6.22 x 3.06 x 0.32 inches) and weighs 226 grams (7.97 oz.). The earlier version iPhone XS Max measured nearly the same but at a lower weight of 7.3 oz. or 208 g. However, the iPhone 11 is nearly the same as iPhone XR at 5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 in and weighs 194 g (6.84 oz).
Another difference between iPhone 11 and the Pro is that the former has an aluminum chassis and the latter has a stainless-steel chassis. Also, the iPhone 11 has retained the glass back of the earlier versions, while the Pro and Pro Max have a matte finish. Furthermore, the color palette of the finishes is far more interesting. The iPhone 11 is available in six colors— Product (Red), black, white, yellow, green, and purple. The iPhone Pro and Pro Max are available in sober shades of space grey, silver, midnight green, and gold. All the three phones have screens with a rating of IP68 for water resistance for up to 30 minutes to a depth of 4 meters.
With an ultra-new camera system, Apple has stepped up their game. Although the rectangular camera humps may look bulky, the phones promise to deliver high-definition and high-intensity photos whether they are shot in daylight or at night. Also, the phones have a brighter True Tone flash. On the back, the iPhone 11 sports a two-camera system with a primary camera and an ultrawide camera, while iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max has a three-camera system with primary, ultrawide, and telephoto camera. The specs of the cameras are as follows:
A significant feature is the ability of the ultrawide camera to shoot action videos. What’s more, is that users can shoot 4K videos! Additionally, the phones have the feature of easily zooming between each of the cameras. Another first for the latest iPhones is that they let users record videos without switching out of Photo Mode with a simple feature known as QuickTake.
The new iPhones come loaded with Apple’s new A13 Bionic chipset. It has supposedly the fastest CPU and GPU ever in a smartphone making the iPhones powerfully efficient. Additionally, the A13 chip is far more efficient than the previous A12, at nearly 40%. This gives a big boost to battery life.
One of the biggest USPs of Apple’s 2019 iPhones is their long-lasting battery. The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max reportedly last “4 hours” more than the previous version, that is iPhone XS, while the iPhone 11 runs 1 hour longer than the iPhone XS. The battery specs are as follows:
Apple has launched its flagship iPhone 8 and 8 Plus recently, which is an upgraded version of its predecessors in every way possible. If you are looking forward to upgrade your phone, then have a look at their super quality features to satiate your desire.
Here are some of its features for your reference:
Color variants: The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are available in three distinct color variants including Gold, Silver and Space Gray.
Dimensions: While the iPhone 8 weighs just over 5 ounces and is 5.45 inches in length, the 8 plus dominates with a bigger display at 6.24 inches and weighs just over 7 ounces. Both iPhone 8 variants feature a widescreen Retina HD display with a multi-touch IPS powered technology.
Capacity: Storage capacity is not necessarily a distinguishing factor since both the variants have only two buying options, 64GB and 256GB. Other variants had been discontinued after the launch of Apple’s other popular flagship models. Currently, these are the two popular variants available with the brand.
Processor: The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus both feature a neural engine M11 motion co-processor, powered by latest generation A11 bionic chip supporting a 64-bit architecture, the best in Apple iPhone’s to date replacing the A10 Fusion chip.
Camera: Camera lenses, aperture, and zoom options are its inherent deciders when it comes to the Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. While both feature a 12MP camera, the iPhone 8 plus also has wide angle and telephoto picture capabilities. The iPhone 8 has an f-stop aperture of 1.8 while the 8 Plus features both f-stop 1.8 and 2.8 depending on whether you want a wide-angle shot or a telephoto shot. While the iPhone 8 offers digital up to 5x, the iPhone 8 plus offers optical zoom up to 10x with additional portrait and lighting modes.
Battery: The iPhone 8 features a decent power backup of 14 hours for multiple uses while the iPhone 8 Plus offers a better power backup of 21 hours.