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Garlic Herb Sauteed Mushrooms

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Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
8 oz cremini or white mushrooms, bottom parts trimmed
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
3 pinches salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon chopped parsley leaves
Parmesan cheese, for topping

Method:

Clean the mushrooms with cold running water, drained and pat dry with paper towels.

Here is a super-easy, healthy, absolutely nutritious and delicious dish that takes only 10 minutes from prep to dinner table. I sauteed the mushrooms with olive oil, garlic, parsley, seasoned with a bit of salt, and topped with some shredded Parmesan cheese. It goes well with simple noodle dishes such as garlic noodles, parmesan garlic noodles, or as a side to your main entrees.

A Restaurant Inside of an airplane

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Imagine getting on a plane without going through all the paper works, and passing by security checks or even buying tickets!! And more importantly, imagine you can have a meal as an addition, and not just airplane boring food, but a fancy dinner!! All of these can happen in the A380 In-Flight Kitchen. In fact, this restaurant looks and functions like an airline in many ways, expect that it serves a regular restaurant menu of Western food, sometimes in plastic trays.

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The restaurant is located in Taipei’s university quarter, In fact, it opened after the owner Yang Mao-hui figured that he could ride some of the Airbus A380’s recent fame in the aviation industry by offering a simulated experience. Ever since it opened, it has been packing in wannabe passengers, who sit in soft speckled blue seats with headrests covered in white napkins and under oval-shaped windows. Locked white baggage compartments hang overhead.

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Once you come in, you will see waitresses who are dressed as flight attendants, and taking meal orders for filet mignon or waffles, as well as the customary fish and chicken. Moreover, once you reach the door, the staff will welcome you with a “welcome aboard”, and give you boarding passes if you must wait for a table. Moreover, the 84 seats are divided, and 20 of them are “first class” or set aside for groups with advanced bookings, and they are often overbooked.

Manager Emily Lu

In an interview, manager Emily Lu has stated the followings: “There are customers who come in and say ‘is this real airline food? Airline food doesn’t taste good,’” “The diner decor cost about T$7 million ($209,000)”.

Customers

As for customers, we have heard those comments: “The kids like flying, so coming here gives them that experience,” said regular customer Wu Shu-hua, 44. “It looks exactly like an airplane, but the food should be a bit more extensive here,” added first-time lunch customer Vivian Mo, 14, who had just ordered a soup and salad.

 

A Church themed restaurant; Christon Café

Christon Cafe is a restaurant that is located in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Moreover, during the day, it plays the role of a restaurant, and during the night, it transforms into a night club. Here is what you need to know about it.

DECOR

 

Christon Cafe is situated in a very big building, right on the top, near Shinjuku Station. In order to get there, you will get in a lift that, once you exit, you will notice how high the ceilings of the restaurant are. After that, you will be taken by its interior design; religious pieces from statues, alters all around the place, and huge chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.

Why the church theme?

 

Nobody knows why they chose this theme. However, as anyone can conclude, the theme was chosen because it represents novelty. Moreover, it may be due to the kind of clubs and events that are held in the venue. In fact, Japan is not a religious country this is why, the church themed restaurant will not bother too many locals. According to an article that was published in “Guardian”, the decor includes antique religious pieces from South America. However, nobody has been able to find any information to back this up.

Night Schedule

 

As we said, at night, the restaurant turns into a night club. Once you come in, you will notice a big stage with red curtains where bands perform. Moreover, the view you will get of the restaurant, actually depends on where you’re seated. In fact, there are two options: luxurious looking sofas, and round small glass tables with cane chairs.  Moreover, when you are seated on the glass table, you will be able to see the main floor that is separated from you by an iron fence. . .

 

Their special drink

 

The night club is actually famous for a specific cocktail, that nobody knows what it is. In fact, it has glowing ice cubes that make your cup glow with the color that you choose.

CHOCOLATE CRACKLE COOKIES

Real Simple : Pork Tenderloin with Raisin Relish

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INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Add melted chocolate and mix until incorporated.
  3. Add the vanilla, then eggs one at a time, mixing fully between additions. Stir in flour mixture.
  4. Let the dough chill until firm, about two hours.
  5. When dough is cold, roll into small balls before coating in powdered sugar and baking on a greased cookie sheet at 350 F for 10 minutes.

STUFFED POBLANO PEPPERS WITH AVOCADO-CILANTRO SAUCE

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Ingredients
6 whole poblano peppers ( if peppers are very large, use 3, split in half length wise)
1 sweet potato- 2 Cups, small dice
1 corn on the cob, shucked, kernels cut
1 C finely diced onion
4 garlic cloves- rough chopped
1 C cooked black beans
¼ C -½ C crumbled queso fresco cheese, mozzarella, jack, goat cheese or feta (optional)
1 T Cumin
2 tsp coriander
½ tsp chile powder
½ tsp kosher salt
⅓ C chopped cilantro

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Avocado cilantro sauce
⅔ C Avocado
⅓ C cilantro
2/3 C water- plus more as needed
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 tsp coriander
⅛ C lime juice
2 garlic cloves
cracked pepper

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Instructions
Preheat oven to 400F. Scrub the sweet potatoes, rinse and dice into very small cubes. The smaller the dice, the shorter the roasting time. Toss with a drizzle of olive oil, place on a parchment lined baking sheet, along with the peppers and roast until golden and tender, about 20 minutes, turning peppers over, midway.

Make the Avocado Cilantro sauce, placing all the ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth, adding a bit more water if needed to get the blade going. Set aside.

Shuck the corn and cut the kernels off the cob.

Remove peppers and yams from the oven, when yams are tender and golden. Place foil over the peppers for a few minutes so they can steam, to make removing the skins easier. Hold the peppers under cool running water and gently remove skins. It’s OK, if all the skins don’t release, just peel off what wants to come off. Carefully, with a sharp knife, slice off the top of the peppers and rinse the seeds out with running water. Set aside.

In a skillet heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over med high heat, add onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Turn heat to down medium low, add garlic and continue stirring until fragrant and golden, about 3-4 more minutes. Add corn. Saute a couple minutes, then fold in cooked black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, spices, salt and pepper, sautéing until warmed through. Fold in cilantro.der and golden. Place foil over the peppers for a few minutes so they can steam, to make removing the skins easier. Hold the peppers under cool running water and gently remove skins. It’s OK, if all the skins don’t release, just peel off what wants to come off. Carefully, with a sharp knife, slice off the top of the peppers and rinse the seeds out with running water. Set aside.

If making both vegan version and cheesy version, divide filling, adding cheese to part as desired. Stuff the peppers. Place stuffed peppers in 350 F oven for 5-10 minutes —or longer to melt the cheese in the filling.

Serve the stuffed peppers over a generous bed of Avocado sauce. Top with cilantro sprigs, crumbled queso fresco ( optional). Enjoy!

Details

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield:4-6

Scallion Oil Noodles

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3 tablespoons oil
2 stalks scallion, cut into small rounds
8 oz fresh noodles
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce or to taste

Method:

Carmencitta-Magazine-Scallion-Oil-Noodles-2Heat up a wok with the cooking oil until it begins to smoke. Add the scallion and stir continuously with the spatula until the scallion is aromatic and becomes moderately burned. (This process will release the full fragrance of the scallion and infuses the scallion oil with the intense aroma.) Set aside the scallion oil.

Heat up a pot of water until it boils. Cook the fresh noodles al dente. The noodles should be cooked through but still somewhat firm and springy. Drain the noodles and transfer into a serving bowl.

Add the scallion oil, oyster sauce, and soy sauce into the noodles. Using a pair of chopsticks, toss the noodles to blend well with the scallion oil and seasoning sauces. Serve immediately.

Incredible Chicken

Ingredients
8 servings 515 cals

1 chicken, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 cup brown sugar

Directions
Preheat oven to 190 degrees C.
Arrange chicken skin side up in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Season with garlic salt to taste. Then sprinkle with brown sugar and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. If chicken appears to be browning too much and getting dry, cover with foil for the last 15 to 20 minutes of baking.

 

 

El Celler de Can Roca

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El Celler de Can Roca is a restaurant established in 1986 by the three Roca brothers: Joan, Joseph, and Jordi. When they first opened it, the restaurant was right next to the one of their parents. Later on, in 2007, the Roca brothers moved to another location – C/ de Can Sunyer, 48, Girona, Gironès – a building they designed just for the restaurant.

About the restaurant

This year, El Celler de Can Roca, got the second place in “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”. In addition. Restaurant magazine named it to be the “best restaurant in the world” in the year 2013.
El Celler de Can Roca hold 3 Michelin stars; a European hotel and restaurant reference guide.

Creativity at its best

For the Michelin guide to say about this restaurant that it is creative, it definitely is! First of all, El Celler de Can Roca has a cellar full of wine; more than 60,000 bottles!! The unusual presentation of dishes makes the traditional catalan cuisine look “eye catchingly” delicious.

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Three brothers have divided their responsibilities in the restaurant. The head chef is the oldest one; Joan Roca. The middle brother, Josep Roca, is the wine steward. In addition, Jordi Roca, the youngest brother, is in charge of everything that has to do with desserts.

Restaurant’s Interior Design

Carmencitta MAgazine - El Celler de Can Roca6After they moved to the new location, they designed the place to be as modern and as simple as possible. Tables, simply dressed, stand on wooden floors. On each one, the Roca brothers put 3 stones to represent each one of them. The restaurant fits 45 person and has a huge kitchen that fits for 30 chefs at the same time!

On the menu

Carmencitta MAgazine - El Celler de Can Roca 3An unusual presentation of food is always present in El Celler de Can Roca. First of all, when people arrive, the chefs give them small bites that include flavors from all over the world to give guests an idea about what they should expect. Moreover, perfumes such as Bulgari, have inspired chefs to invent some dishes.

Have a Seafood Meal in Al Mahara

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Overview

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Al Mahara is one the best seafood restaurants in the Middle East. Moreover, it is one of the world’s 50 best restaurants. Also, it is one of the must-sees of the Burj Al Arab. In Dubai, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah locates this themed restaurant.  It is well known for ‘The Oyster Shell’ in Arabic, tantalizing your palate giving an experience that will stimulate all your senses. It is not only superb seafood cooking but also decorated in a great way (Aquarium) that fits seafood restaurants.

Interior Decoration

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It is inside Dubai’s iconic 7-star hotel. In simple words, it is underwater themed restaurant. Although not actually situated under the sea, it certainly feels as if it is. The place is a large, cylindrical floor-to-ceiling aquarium, teeming with exotic fish. This acrylic glass tank holds around 990,000 liters of seawater and stands as the restaurant’s centerpiece.

The Menu

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The guests can enjoy the most succulent selection of Chinese and Western cooking style seafood. Every dish, even the bread, is like a work of sculpted art. Dover sole is delicately wrapped and the sauces are applied to the plate with flair. There is great attention to every simple detail. Actually it is not cheap, but for a one-off special occasion it is worth it. They do not serve only special seafood meals but also delicious desserts such the salted caramel mousse.

Chef Nathan Outlaw

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Al Mahara reopened a few month ago with a new look under the culinary patronage of multi award winning chef Nathan Outlaw. The famous British chef brought his style of simple, yet superb seafood cooking to the luxurious property, combining it with complex flavor blends using local, seasonal and responsibly sourced ingredients. When he asked why he chose Dubai for his first restaurant outside the UK Nathan replied: “Working with Burj Al Arab speaks for itself. It’s the most luxurious hotel in the world, and a once in a lifetime opportunity.  This is my first venture out of the UK, and what an iconic property to partner with.”

 

Drunken Mussels

Ingredients
2 servings 553 cals

2 tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 lemon, zested
2 cups white wine
freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 pounds mussels, cleaned and debearded
1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 slices bread, grilled
2 lemon wedges for garnish

 

Directions

Ready In 20 minutes

Melt butter in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add garlic and let sizzle for about 30 seconds. Season with red pepper flakes and lemon zest, stirring for about 45 seconds.

 

Quickly pour in wine into the pan and season with black pepper. Bring sauce to a boil, stir in mussels, and cover immediately. Shake pot and let boil for 1 minute.

Stir mussels, replace cover, and let boil for 2 more minutes. The shells will begin to open. Stir in parsley, cover pot, and cook until all shells are open, 1 to 3 minutes.

Serve with grilled bread and lemon wedge

 

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