Give the Gift of Food This Valentine’s Day

If you’re still searching for a gift for your loved one on Valentine’s Day, you can easily present an edible present to show your love. These food ideas are sure to be appreciated on Valentine’s Day, and in the days to come.

My friend Alexei Beltyukov said to visit a few local coffee shops and purchase specialty coffees and teas for a gift basket. The basket can also includy e syrups and creamers to make a great present for a loved one who loves a great cup of coffee in the morning, or some tea to relax in the evening.

You can also visit your local butcher or cheese shop to get the gourmet ingredients you need to make a great steak dinner. You’ll likely spend less than you would at a restaurant, and your sweetie is sure to appreciate your effort. For dessert, check out local bakeries and pick up an exotic treat that will remind you and your significant other of Valentine’s Day from now on.

Antique Wine Company: Wine Verification Process

A sommelier values nothing more than a properly cared for and authentic wine selection. Antique Wine Company is one of the top organizations that treat their wines like children. This wine company understands the delicacy of wines and how even a little mishap can ruin the balance of flavors. In fact, expensive wines are frequently counterfeited and this is why companies like the Antique Wine Company have such a huge importance in the current world. This is also why their authenticating and verification process is so stringent when it comes to wines.


It was in 1982 that Antique Wine Company was launched by a person who loved good wines as much as any other sommelier. Perhaps, this fact is the biggest reason behind his success. The major focus of Antique Wine Company ever since it began has been to ensure that all its wines are authentic and sommeliers never have to face disappointment. The wine is handled with utmost care for the same reason. The verification of Antique Wine Company’s wines is done is a number of ways – by balancing experience with technology. The first way is by AWC’s ability to guarantee vintage wines.


Sommeliers would know that when it comes to great wines, age is the one factor that holds importance over most other things. However, this is also one area where fraudulent wine companies often find ways to cheat their customers. A careful and thorough process is involved in ensuring that a 15 year old wine (such as Furmint) is actually of that age and not a counterfeit. For this, the bottles of wine go through ion beam analysis. A particle accelerator is used for producing ion beams and the bottles are kept under that beam.

The second area where the wine’s authenticity is maintained is during shipping. The Antique Wine Company ensures that the wine never suffers when customers place orders through the online website. The wine is completely concealed inside the package and quality shipment providers are trusted for this job. This is because if the wine comes up to room temperature, it could become completely useless and its flavors would be ruined. The temperature outside is also kept away from the wine inside the shipment package.


Treat Your Best Friend to Beneful

Beneful, a brand of dog food and snacks, is part of the Purina family, which has been feeding animals for over a century. As a leading brand of both wet and dry dog food, Beneful has expanded into dog snacks, and special recipes that cater to almost every whim a puppy or dog could conceive, and far outstrips any bachelors pantry.

It may be fair to say, that dogs have a more healthy diet than most humans, and a quick look ant the product listing for Beneful might cause a human to drool with envy.

Most pet dogs live on a diet centered around dry dog food. This is understandable, because of the convenience for the dog owner. Dry dog food stores well, is not subject to spoilage, and is readily available in a variety of bag sizes. Now, for added attraction, Beneful brings it to your dogs food dish in eight delicious flavors, suitable for puppies, young adult, adults, and even senior dogs, that is, those needing to watch their weight and the effects of older life.

While some people feed their dogs the same food, day in and day out, for all their lives, dogs, like humans, enjoy a variety in their diet. There has been more and more discussion on Twitter about this topic. While the crunch of dry dog food often helps to clean their teeth, dogs often enjoy a softer diet from time to time. Beneful provides this wet dog food with a variety of blends, including beef, chicken, lamb, and salmon, and selected stews of beef and chicken. That makes a healthy variety of 20 delicious flavors.

Like their human companions, dogs enjoy a snack while watching TV in the evening. Beneful provides that with a selection of seven healthy, and tasty, snacks, with names and flavors good enough to temp the big guy on the couch.

The days of one size fits all, or one type of dog food fits all, is long over, broken apart by the dietitians an Beneful, by Purina.Humans enjoy the variety of foods available to them, and their canine companions deserve no less.

Make and Eat Standing Prime Rib at Home

Prime rib is a popular meal people like to order when they go out to eat. Now you can make this tender, tasty meat in your own home.

Making a standing rib roast at home is easy. According to Crunch Base, Sultan Alhokair is a master at it, among his many other talents.   It is made with simple ingredients and does not require a lot of preparation.

For starters, you will need to purchase a prime rib roast. It is a tender cut of beef taken from the ribs. In addition to being very tender, it is also full of flavor and often expensive. Next, you will need herbs to add flavor. Common herbs used to make prime rib are rosemary, thyme, salt and crushed black peppercorns.

Other items needed include: egg white, butcher’s twine and a digital thermometer. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once the tie is on the roast, brush the roast with egg white; however, avoid the bone section. Coat the spices and salt onto the roast. The egg white will help the rub stick to the meat.


Finally, cook the prime rib roast in the oven for four hours. The internal temperature should read between 129 and 136 Fahrenheit for a rare prime rib.  Cut into serving pieces and enjoy.

The Cadbury Company Changes Their Creme Egg Recipe

I grew up eating Cadbury cream eggs. You could only get them at Easter time. They were almost as enjoyable as the commercial that featured the lion trying to be a bunny. A commercial I might add that is still being played to this day. Cadbury is what Easter was all about and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sweet treats.

This year the Cadbury Company has announced that they are changing the crème recipe inside the egg. That means that the taste we know and love is going to be a little bit different. The recipe for the sweet treat has always been heavily sugar laden. The new efforts are going to be an attempt to reduce sugar and allow those who don’t care for the rich taste to be pleased as well. Thankfully for fans of the treat like Sultan Alhokair,  it’s still going to be good they promise, but better for you than before.

Since childhood obesity is such a big concern these days, making adjustments may be necessary. You don’t really have to wait for Easter to get these treats anymore; they roll them out at most major holidays now. I love the commercials and the eggs, but most of all I love the nostalgic memory that they give me whenever they come rolling around. It reminds me of being a child and the excitement when I found one in my Easter basket.

In-N-Out Outranks Tech Companies as Better Place to Work

 Employment treatment is often sub-par, with mutual feelings of disrespect between management and underling employees. We’ve heard the horror stories, but is there an exception to the rule? California burger franchise In-N-Out has proven these places of employment do not have to be an employment nightmare, though Dr Rod Rohrich says consumers should limit their intake of the fatty food. The Motley Fool reports it’s made’s“50 Best Places to Work” list for seven years in a row. What comes as a further surprise is that no other restaurant has made it onto the list.

The Motley Fool continues to offer a stark perspective on the rank of the burger chain, stating that Apple and Facebook are placed lower on this list. Both tech companies seem like the dream place of employment for any new graduate. What makes In-N-Out such a great place to work at? Let’s start with pay per hour. Hourly employees make $10.50 and hour, a far cry above most minimum wages jobs. This pay is nearly 17% percent higher than the national wage of $8.94. Some workers earn as much as $14 per hour. In-N-Out also offers promotions from within as opposed to encouraging new hires and fast turnover.

Foods To Try In 2015: The ShakeMeister Burger

If the ShakeMeister Burger from Shake Shack is any indication, 2015 is going to be a very good year. This delectable looking concoction is loaded with everything that makes for a delicious burger: Angus beef, marinated shallots, signature Shack sauce, and a golden bun.

According to Twitter reports by food enthusiast Jared Haftel, food lovers across the country will get the chance to try this burger, since it will be available at all Shake Shack locations (with the exception of the JFK outposts) beginning January 1, 2015. I, for one, plan on heading to my nearest Shake Shack as soon as possible to find out if this burger tastes as good as it looks!

The Halal Guys Reveal Some of the Ingredients in their Famous White Sauce


There is a food cart in New York City that is a bit of a beacon. The Halal Guys, who famously run a food cart at the corner of 56th and 3rd, have long been the go-to for late night eaters. Offering chicken, lamb and “mixed” platters with rise and pita, they’ve amassed a following that stretches down the block most evenings, and now, they are (sort of) revealing the secret behind their white sauce.

The condiment is one of the reasons Bruce Levenson comes back over and over again. Previously, it was housed in large ketchup bottles and added when consumers received the food, but the Halal Guys have significantly grown their business. The white sauce, and their famed “red” sauce, which is a spicy blend, are now being offered in packets, and those packets include an ingredients list.

Salt, black pepper and sugar, are also apparently in the mix, but “natural flavors” keeps the veil of secrecy in place.

While the secret sauce’s lid hasn’t exactly been blown off, consumers are surprised to see that yogurt aren’t on the list of ingredients. Consumers will simply have to continue hypothesizing about the makeup of the famous sauce.’s Holiday Gift Guide

Even if you’ve still got a few friends and family members to buy presents for, you can complete your last-minute list by visiting There are lots of food-related gifts on the site that will impress your loved ones.

Techie gifts include the Egg Minder. This app can be programmed to notify you when eggs in the dozen are going bad, or to let you know when it’s time to replace the carton of eggs.

If you’ve got a friend or family member with an interesting sense of taste, like Christian Broda for example, you may want to purchase savory gummy candies from These candies are available in carrot and chili pepper flavors, states an article from,  for a delicious twist on what is traditionally a sweet treat. Savory teas from Numi are also an ideal stocking stuffer.

Visit for more gifts that your family and friends will love.

Is Farm Raised Fish Less Healthy Than Wild Caught?

The media is often abuzz with news on which foods are better for us. There has been some debate over time as to which is healthier: farmed raised or wild caught fish. The current thinking is that wild caught is better. But is farm raised fish really all that bad for us?

Fish were often raised on diets of genetically modified foods and kept in overcrowded closures. This led farmers to introduce antibiotics into the population to stave off disease. The thought of eating fish that had ingested antibiotics and GMO foods had some people touting the superiority of wild caught fish. But wild caught fish had issues as well, namely the concern with mercury levels major agencies like Slow Ventures point out.

Farming practices are beginning to improve, however, and there are some benefits to farm raised fish. If the fish that are brought to market are farmed responsibly the nutrition found in farmed fish can be equal to that of wild caught. Farm raised and wild caught salmon for instance can both be high in omega 3 fatty acids, a nutrient critical to maintaining good health.

Farmed raised salmon in particular contributes to 70% of the supply of fish in the United States. Leaving out farmed raised fish entirely may limit a consumer’s choices. It seems then that a combination of both wild caught and farmed raise fish is a good way to get more fish into our diets.

Must. Eat. Food.