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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Solstice Cafe

Simple metal tables painted over with an amateur painter’s touch, walls lined with paintings in various media and a bar serving both omelettes and alcohol, this is yet another secret spot unvisited by the hordes of breakfast feeders searching for another order of biscuits, grits and pancakes.

Solstice Cafe is what would happen if you turned an excellent bohemian coffee shop into a breakfast and lunch spot and then gave it a liquor license. The staff is friendly and on this particular Sunday morning, everyone seems to be gripping the hours before tomorrow as they sip their coffees and enjoy Sinatra crooning over the speakers.

The menu is lite, mostly consisting of eggs, sandwiches, potatoes and other simple fare. No pancakes, no super size servings. Just a quiet space away from the lines at the Flying Biscuit, Thumbs Up, and Crescent Moon – all with a huge painting of Elvis behind the bar.

Nespresso Compatible

True coffee aficionados are spoilt for choice when it comes to coffee types, brands and blends. But one of the most popular brands is without a doubt Nespresso coffee pods. Nespresso coffee capsules are a favourite all over the world. One problem, Nespresso isn’t Italian and its coffee isn’t made in Italy. So if you’re looking for an authentic Italian espresso. The stuff they drink in bars, then you need to expand your horizons.

But that doesn’t mean you have to bin your Nespresso coffee machine. There are plenty of compatible Nespresso pods on the market. These are coffee capsules that are compatible with your Nespresso machine at home. They won’t break them or void your warranty. They’re made especially to fit.

When it comes to Italian Nespresso pods – that is Nespresso capsules that are made in Italy, you can’t go past Gimoka. Its name has been synonymous with authentic Italian bar coffee for more than three decades.

Gimoka got its start as a small roaster on Lake Como. Restaurants and bars would come to them to have their own special house blends ground, roasted and packaged. Soon enough, Gimoka became the fourth largest roaster in Italy.

Organic Coffee

There are usually several affordable sources of organic coffee in metropolitan cities. Organic coffee helps your body avoid these serious health hazards. Organic coffee can improve short term memory and stimulate nerve impulses in the brain to make the brain more alert. It will affect the energy level of neurons and stimulate the body to clear slight to moderate brain fog. Drink pure water along with the organic coffee to prevent dehydration which slows metabolism.

Coffee protects your body from type 2 diabetes, gall stones, cardiac disease, liver cirrhosis, liver disease, and Parkinson’s. It can increase mental alertness and enhance cognitive performance. It can improve long-term physical endurance. It can benefit the colon and the liver and helps protect these from cancer. It may also prevent stroke in people with high cholesterol levels.

The antioxidants in coffee can help slow inflammation in the brain. Coffee contains several phenols which are good at protecting the body from inflammation and free radicals. Phenols may protect against certain virus and bacteria. People with high organic coffee intake may experience fewer virus when traveling. Coffee contains chlorogenic acid that reduces blood sugar levels and may help delay the onset or prevent diabetes. If you are drinking coffee, focus on organic coffee for maximum health benefits! This is neuroprotectant. It prevents or slows the onset or progress of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Diabetes Type Two. Do not drink caffeinated coffee if you have MS or Lupus.

A great cup of coffee is made with cool pure filtered water. You can purchase an affordable Brita or Pur pitcher water filter or one that can be attached to your faucet. Grind your beans immediately and grind only the amount you need. Use one tablespoon of coffee for each six-ounce serving of coffee. Purchase a good grinder and stash it under the counter. They are very affordable and are good investments.

Keep several types of coffee on hand. There are French Roast, Colombian, Pacific Island, Brazilian, Italian and many others. There are several types of flavored coffees that may be used for desert coffee. There is a wonderful Swiss method that uses water to remove the caffeine from coffee in a non-toxic manner without chemicals. This Swiss decaf is often available in health food stores and online. There is a difference in the quality of organic coffees and you may need to try several to find a favorite. Look for a roasting factory in your area and try to purchase coffee wholesale.

Drip coffee has more health benefits than percolated coffee. You can purchase an old time hand grinder at an antique store. Always avoid aluminum coffee makers and pots of all types. Drink your coffee within 30 minutes for the maximum amount of antioxidants. Glass is the preferred method to protect your drink from absorbing any toxins. The new single portion coffee dispensers that have the single serving in a plastic container may have plastic contaminants from the very hot water hitting the plastic.

Cassareep Cafe on Beach

Cassareep Cafe is the perfect afternoon spot for a peaceful, lazy lunch. Grab a quick bite to eat, or a coffee, either inside the air conditioned cafe, or do what we did – step outside onto the beach front deck and sit under the trees overlooking the beach and sea. The orientation of the outside dining area belies the fact that the cafe location is in the heart of Speightstown, arguably Barbados’ third largest city. You feel as though you’re sitting on the Belmont Walkway in laid back Bequia or on a picnic at a remote stretch of beach.

A delicious and well conceived menu offers breakfast along with daily lunch specials, together with rotis, pepperpot, curries, kebabs, pasta, sandwiches and wraps. Compliment your meal with tropical smoothies and Dining on the DeckLaVazza coffee drinks. A limited wine and beer selection is available. Enjoy fresh tuna on the outdoor grill or try the delicious rotis with middle eastern spices. Both fun and affordable, Cassareep Cafe offers international and local menu items.

Plans are in the making to extend the hours of Cassareep Cafe during the “winter” season to include dinner service and sunset to moonlight drinks and liming on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Check for hours of operation at 422-3573.

Baked Pepperoni Casserole

I tend to keep a lot of pasta in my cabinets and pasta is one of those items that are a necessity to have in the pantry. You can eat it by itself or add some meat to it to create a meal. I needed a meal idea and had several boxes of macaroni noodles. Since my daughter has a love thing for pepperoni, I came up with the idea of baked pepperoni casserole. Here’s my daughter inspired meal for you to try.

Ingredients

1 lb bag/box of elbow macaroni

1 package of sliced pepperoni

1 onion

1 jar spaghetti sauce

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 can black olives

1 8 oz package of mozzarella cheese

¼ cup parmesan cheese

Cook elbow macaroni according to package directions or until al dente which is firm. Please do not overcook noodles in water since you will put the pasta in the oven to cook. Drain the noodles and add in a casserole dish. Chop up the onion and add to a skillet with the olive oil to sauté for a few minutes then put in the casserole dish. Drain the can of olives and add to the casserole. Add the entire package of pepperoni. Use your favorite jar of spaghetti sauce or you can make a homemade sauce if you choose. I like the brand Ragu. Add the spaghetti sauce to the pepperoni casserole. Mix in half the package of cheese to the dish and mix well. Use the rest of the cheese to sprinkle all over the top of the casserole. Then sprinkle the parmesan cheese over of the dish. Add the casserole to a 350 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes or until nice and bubbly. Remove from oven and serve with buttered garlic toast.

Buttered Garlic toast

4 slices of Texas toast

½ stick butter (room temperature)

4 cloves garlic

2 Tbsp parmesan cheese

Mix the butter, garlic and parmesan. Toast the bread and spread the garlic butter on the toast.

All about Black Coffee

Contains essential nutrients

When you drink black coffee, say 4 times a day, you get good doses of essential nutrients – 1 cup of black coffee has about 6% vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), 11% vitamin B2 (riboflavin), 2% vitamin B3 (niacin) and magnesium, and 3% potassium and manganese. As you may know, these nutrients are very good for health.

Packed with antioxidants

Known to be packed with antioxidants than any vegetable and fruit could give you, it does not in any way mean you are going to live on black coffee throughout the day! The antioxidants are excellent metabolism boosters, especially when your metabolism is at a lower level.

Helps protect from liver cirrhosis

If you drink black coffee in moderation – 4 to 5 cups a day – it helps you protect liver against developing cirrhosis. Not only cirrhosis, it has protective effects on fatty liver, hepatitis and other liver-related diseases.

Burns fat!

Caffeine helps in burning fat! Yes, it is true. It is one of the major ingredients used in fat burning supplements. As you may know, caffeine boosts metabolism by about 10%; in turn, it helps in burning fat by 28 to 29 in people who are lean and by 10 to 11 in people who are obese or moving towards obesity.

This again does not mean you are going to drown yourself in it! Drink in moderation – 4 to 5 cups a day starting from early morning till 6.30 pm/7 pm. Not after 7 pm because then, caffeine would disrupt your sleep.

Breville Cafe Roma Espresso

The Cafe Roma is great as a gift. Your coffee connoisseur friend will surely love this machine on his or her birthday. Creating cafe made lattes is such a breeze; they will think they have ordered from a barista. The machine comes with intuitive and smart operational buttons; you do not even need a manual to operate it. It is a luxury item every one will love without the hefty price of high end products.

This machine comes with a compact design. Every inch of this product is very usable. From top to bottom, you will find function for each element. The top tray for instance can work as a warming tray. The dripping tray works as a holder and even a serving tray. The tank is great as a water container.

Breville assures fast and friendly customer service. Whether the problem is a lost steam ring, a broken filter, or a defective dial, answers to your questions are just a phone call away. Breville custom support promises prompt and reliable assistance day and night. One customer who had accidentally thrown the filter called the company and got a replacement within days.

This machine comes with host of add-ons. The steam wand is so versatile you create plenty of milk-based beverages. It includes a couple of cups, a saucer, and 1 stainless steel pitcher, dual wall filter, and a conical coffee grinder.

Customers new and loyal have spoken on this Breville Cafe Roma review. They have put their trust on one name when it comes making perfect and rich espresso. This review serves as a guide, but you get the idea. When something gets positive feedbacks, you know it is a good product.