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For Chinese Food Lovers

One of the most popular foods in the world, or forms of food, is Chinese food. Chinese food is of course the traditional food of the Chinese people, but it has made its way around the world and is now enjoyed in many Western countries.

The history of Chinese food stretches back thousands of years and has changed over time based on changing climate, tastes, customs and preferences. The ingredients have also changed as well and the dishes vary by class, region and even the background of the people making the meals. As a result, there is a huge amount of ingredients, dishes and eating styles, all of which is categorized under the term Chinese food.

In all, there are eight culinary traditions of China. These are Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Szechuan and Zhejiang. More on these later.

Staples of the cuisine

There are several staple foods found within all areas of Chinese food.

Rice: This is a major staple of people who live in southern China. There are many varieties of rice, and many ways to cook them. The most common way is with steamed rice but rice is also found in wines, vinegars and even beers. One of the most popular foods in all of China, rice is found in many Chinese dishes and will not give you a lean belly.

Noodles: Also very popular, noodles come dry or fresh, in several styles. Noodles are believed to be the symbol of good health and long life within China. The noodles can be served hot or cold, with different toppings, dry or wet.

Soybeans: Tofu is a popular food in China, made from soybeans. There is also soy milk, soy paste and soy sauce.

Wheat: In northern China, wheat is more popular than rice and it is used in Chinese dumplings, steamed buns, breads and noodles.

Vegetables: Of course, vegetables are an important part of any Chinese dish. These can include Chinese cabbage, Chinese spinach, bitter melon, Chinese broccoli, bean sprouts, mustard greens and more.

The Regional Cuisines

As was previously mentioned, there are eight culinary traditions within China, which is where most Chinese food recipes now come from.

Cantonese: The most famous dish is Dim Sum, which means touch your heart. These bite-sized foods are made through frying, stewing, baking and steaming. Other dishes include rice rolls, stir-fried vegetables and turnip cakes.

Anhui: This comes from the Huangshan Mountains region of China and has an emphasis on dishes that contain seafood, as well as vegetables. Fresh bamboo is a well-known part of this culinary tradition.

Szechuan: Famed for its bold favors and the power and spiciness of its garlic and chili pepper dishes, it is loved by Chinese culinary dish lovers for its Sichuan peppercorn.

Fujian: Influenced by the mountains and coast of the region, edible mushrooms and bamboo shoots are often used. Seafood is a big part of the cuisine and the food is often served in a broth or soup.

Shandong: This culinary tradition has a long history and was an important part of the imperial cuisine of China. Promoted heavily in north China, it isn’t as popular in the south. Seafood plays a big part and many dishes include braised abalone, sweet and sour carp and Dezhou Chicken.

Jiangsu: This dish is a major component of Chinese food and is famous the world over. These dishes include salted dried duck, crystal meat, Yangzhou-steamed jerky strips, dried duck, Farewell My Concubine and more.

Hunan: Known for being very spicy with a strong aroma, dishes are often made through stewing or frying. Due to the high amount of agriculture in the area, there are many varied dishes in this culinary tradition.

Zhejiang: These foods are not greasy and have a soft and fresh flavor to them. They can include bamboo shoots, poultry and freshwater fish, seafood and dim sum.

Changing Trends

In the past, the consumption of meat and animal products was very low and most meals consisted of a starch with green vegetables. Fat and sugar was not seen. Things have begun to change since the 1970s as more and more Chinese are eating meats, fats and sugar. In addition, the per capita food consumption of Chinese people has increased from 1,700 kCal per day in 1960 to 2,570 kCal per day in 1995.

As a result, the dishes are beginning to change and become more westernized as more and more Chinese are exposed to a growing number of western foods.

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The power of turmeric curcumin

Turmeric curcumin is a spice used in India for over 4000 years. Turmeric has long been known as turmeric, which comes from the Latin terra merita, meaning interesting land. It is always called turmeric in English. The term curcumin is derived from the Arabic word kourkoum which means saffron.
 

In India, ginger mango is considered a sacred and auspicious spice. It has a powerful color that can easily stain clothing and enters the composition of curry.

Turmeric has been used to dye cloth for hundreds of years among other spices, this is why clothing is so colorful if you ever visit India or Pakistan. Although turmeric is sometimes called the Indian saffron or the saffron of the poor, turmeric is a completely different spice with a different taste and even color, do not get confused. But it is certainly cheaper, very cheap indeed comparatively.
 
How about using some turmeric in your diet
 
It is the from the same family as ginger and cardamom, the zingiberaceae, a complicated scientific name to group a number of powerful and tasty plants.
 
This spice goes very well in combination with other flavorful spices and legumes such as basil, cauliflower, potatoes, lentils, beans, poultry, white fish, mussels and tomato-based sauces.

Turmeric has a warm but mild flavor, it can be used in all kinds of dishes, do not hesitate to put it everywhere, you will not be disappointed. You can even surprising your guests by putting it in desserts such as: half a teaspoon in your dough for crepes or waffles.

Some prepare a mixture called curcumin, which is a mixture of turmeric and cumin, you try it and tell us!
 
As a root, you can put a song in your teas and infusions (accompanied by a pepper it’s even better to taste and to your health!). This is the basic ingredient of the most popular blends in the world of cooking as colombo, curry or the massal!

To summarize, sprinkle for 2 persons, one teaspoon of turmeric in any dish (rather the end of cooking)! Take care not to get any on your clothes, it will be quite a task to remove it.
 
What are curcuma properties regarding health
 
As it is turmeric is known for countless health properties, it should be recalled that this is not a drug but it is part of a lifestyle! More and more fitness conscious people are adding turmeric curcumin supplements to their daily supplement intake, and for good reasons. Here are some of these good reasons, in addition to its taste properties to buy turmeric.

Curcumin, the active ingredient of the Indian saffron, is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the body from cell damage caused by free radicals. In addition, curcumin is in many ways a great helper to decrease chronic inflammation. It would have a preventive effect on Alzheimer’s disease.

Through it contains curcumin, curcumin carries many physiological actions. Its use is particularly interesting to reduce joint inflammation and to reduce the inflammation of the digestive system.
 
It is an excellent antiseptic and healing. It is used to treat stomach ulcers and to protect the liver. It is a natural antimicrobial. This is only an overview of properties of turmeric, research discovers every day new reasons to incorporate it into your recipes!

Turmeric idea recipe

Buy Indian saffron is good, using it is better. We offer recipes, from appetizer to dessert, drinks through to the best use of this spice. Be guided by our blog to get great ideas about games and fitness for a happier life!

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Some thoughts

I’d say, “That’s all I can say about that show,” but it’s nowhere close.

I thought my first Spree show would always be my favorite. I remember the opening blasts of A Long Day Continues making my head explode with sheer amazement and that moment lives on in my heart and mind every time I think of the Spree and what they mean to me, but tonight’s show in San Diego was almost that for the entire duration of the show.

First, the bad: The sound was fairly awful. For whatever reason, at my station right in front of Audrey and next to Nick, the piano sounded really odd and slightly out of tune (IMPOSSIBLE!) and there was a lot of feedback and everything bled together into static occasionally, (especially during La La, where it was unbearable). Just like the LA show you couldn’t really hear Tim sing most of the time, but I think that’s the idea since it was the same level at both shows. The audience was fairly underwhelming at first and Running Away almost felt a little wasted on a low energy crowd. The entire show got off to a bad start, with Give Me Some Truth starting half way into the song and the entire intro just not playing as well as it did at the LA show. That’s about it for my gripes.

Now, the good: The audience warmed up real quick and got pretty crazy. When the Love chant started at the beginning of the encore, it was almost like the entire place FINALLY understood what was happening and it just went nuts. I ended up with this girl next to me whose neck was visibly straining, just like mine, as we dug as fucking DEEP as we could and belted out the lyrics with all our strength, drenched in sweat and totally blissed out. It was magical.

My friend, Nick, in the black spree shirt, drenched in sweat, had such a good time. I have to say it again: Nimeskern dug real deep, deeper than he did at the LA show, and I think Nick had a good part in attracting people who wanted to dance and sing over to the stage. He was just going nuts. He almost passed out, actually. That’s digging deep right there.

Tim was, well, Tim was incredible. I’ve never heard him say fuck so much in his life. The story about the toilet paper… well, first, let me go off on a tangent. I don’t actually like to meet the members of bands I like. I like to just keep them as I know them, through their songs. I’ve gotten to know members of a few bands I loved and it actually sort of tainted my opinion of them. So, though I’ve had chances to meet Tim and Audrey (who I said hello to outside of Canes!! She was nice, but I didn’t know what to say) and others but I’ve chosen to keep my distance.

This is actually especially important for the Spree, in a weird way. Seeing the Spree live is about as close as I can get to a religious experience. I feel like I am witnessing God when I watch the Spree, in a philosophical way, and I fear that actually knowing the band personally would maybe ruin it for me. So, it was interesting to me when Tim’s story about the toilet paper made me feel an even greater connection to the band as a whole, like: these are real people, Tim, et al, are not golden gods. It actually somewhat increased my attachment to the group.

But, the most important thing that happened to me was shortly after I realized I wasn’t going to get sick like I did at the LA show and decided to really start digging deep, like I did at the first show I’d been to. I immediately got as into it as Nick was and tried to get everyone else into it. Shortly after, there I am, covered head to toe in sweat, I feel disgusting and wet all over and the confetti is sticking to my head and yet… I feel perfect. I feel wonderful.

Then, during King at the end, Tim comes down off the stage right in front of Nick and I, and we circle around him and I’m singing with him and he turns and looks at me, and he points at me as we sing “Love your strife with GOD” he points directly at me from around another person, and then comes toward me and places his hand on the top of my disgustingly sweaty head of short hair, eye contact still kept, so I place my hand on top of his head, a few more words of the song, and then he pulls me in and we just EMBRACED each other. there were tears in my eyes, but i fought them back as we spun slightly thru the audience and headed toward a group of people jumping, where it broke and all of us, everyone, started jumping up and down with Tim…

and I just don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything in my life that has ever made me feel like I did at that moment. I don’t want to load this all up with over the top platitudes but I really felt as if God reached out touched me just to let me know that He knows that I exist—not that I think of Tim in any sort of God sense, but in the sense that the moment was orchestrated by God, or that I want to live in a world in which God could move me that much, that God would care to, and by the end of the show I was still fighting back tears because I knew that when this was over I was going to miss it all so damn much, and even now as I type this, I feel something well up in the back of my throat and I have to choke it down.

I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy in my entire life. Maybe that’s sad, I don’t know, but I’ve never… Nevermind, you get it, there’s tears in my eyes, I’m going to stop talking about it now.

I’m still happy, I’m still blissed out, and I don’t miss it, because I know I’ll see them again and again for many years to come and there will never be too much time in between shows, and I know that the band, Tim, wouldn’t want me to be upset that they’re gone.

Other great moments

Tim speaking to the venue people during the pause in King, pleading with them to let him keep performing for us since he was going past their curfew. “I will give you everything I have if you just give me three more minutes and let me give these people what they’ve been waiting for this whole show.”

Tim’s speech on the end being totally off the top of his head and totally sloppy and repetitive but still somewhat endearing in a way. Tim, in general, was just really fired up the whole show. It really didn’t seem like his day was going good (toilet paper lol) and the show started off kind of sloppy and he was having issues with whatever earplug/earphone things he had on, but he just channeled all that angry energy into giving as much as he could.

TIM CROWD SURFED DURING LITHIUM (Has that happened before?) Esp. funny because on the drive down there one of my friends jokingly mentioned crowd surfing and I said, “I can’t imagine there being any crowd surfing during a Spree show, except maybe during Lithium.”

Audrey and Tim’s rock-paper-scissors foolishness to decide whether to play Solider Girl or Hold Me Now (extra encore songs!) only to have Tim keep putting out one finger and saying it was “dynamite” and blew up rock. Audrey won, they played Solider Girl, and then Tim just decided to play Hold Me Now anyway.

Regret: Totally thought of shouting out FIVE YEARS (and coordinating the shout with Nick) after it was far too late. Sigh.

Walking around outside Canes when we got there early and seeing (I don’t know names) the violinist playing outside, and later on seeing her play inside on the stage a little bit solo about an hour before the show. Also saw Mr. Trombone playing outside. Walked up to Audrey and, I think, Apotsala while they were smoking cigarettes outside and said, “Audrey?” as if she was a friend I knew in high school and her totally befuddled reaction to such a botched attempt to say hello. Saw quite a few other members walking the beach and stuff.

The food at Canes was overpriced and totally not worth it. My crabmeat melt wasn’t bad but it wasn’t $12 worth of tasty, I’ll say that much. Quality nutritional food is not to be found at every corner, that’s why it is why it is hard to maintain a healthy weight.

Magellan said hello to me early on, then came up to me after the show. I saw a lot of faces I recognized from the LA show, but I am not much of a social butterfly so I didn’t really know anyone.

A random guy I didn’t know came up to me after the show and Hi-fived me. He said, “You know, I haven’t had anyone turn down a high five this entire time. That never happens! I think that says something about the power of the show!”

For some reason I can’t remember the encore chant (raise our voices, I know that part), but I felt occasionally like Nick and I were carrying it on my own. Each time a band member would leave the stage the audience would stop singing, which was at it’s worst when Ricky left the stage.

Tim calling out to people leaving during King, saying, “If you’re leaving, you’re totally fucked up,” and then during the climax of the song, saying, “Those people left fucked up.” Or maybe he said “…were fucked.” One of the two.

The general feeling of the audience, especially during Lithium, was incredible. Simply incredible.

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Zynga

Zynga is one of the biggest success stories of the modern Internet era. Launching social games that work on mobile platforms, and through social networking sites, it quickly found a great deal of success  in a short amount of time.

Founded in April 2007, it was named Zynga after the American bulldog once owned by Mark Pincus, the CEO of the company. The bulldog also serves as the company’s logo. In July of 2007, shortly after the company’s founding, they released Zynga Poker on Facebook. Six months later, the company received $10 million in venture capital, and in July of 2008, the company received another $29 million in funding. They also launched YoVille, a large virtual world social network was launched.

In 2009, the company became the #1 Facebook app developer with 40 million active users. In June of that year, they launched Farmville, which quickly became the first game on Facebook to reach 10 million daily active users. In October, 20 million daily users were using the game. Farmville would go on to become the first stand-alone game.

In 2010, the company bought NewToy, which had developed Chess with Friends and Worlds With Friends. Also that year, the company’s game CityVille became its most popular game, with 61 million monthly active users. Since that time, the company has released several other games including Empires and Allies, Hidden Chronicles and more.

In 2013, the company began shutting down some of its games, and that same year, the company let go of 520 employees, 18 per cent of its workforce. In addition, the company closed offices in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. Two weeks after laying off the staff, the company bought Spooky Cool Labs, a social gaming company. By July, the company had seen half of its user base drop from the previous year, causing the company to lose $400 million in value.

In 2014, the company reduced its workforce by another 15 per cent, bringing its total amount of employees down to 314 people.

Games

There are several games offered through Zynga. Some of their most popular games are listed below:

  1. Zynga Poker: The first game launched by Zynga, it had 38 million players by 2011 and by 2014, there were 350 million players, with millions playing the game on a daily basis. In 2011, the company hosted PokerCon, a live poker tournament and today the game is available on mobile devices in up to 18 languages.
  2. Farmville: The most famous game from Zynga, this game was launched on Facebook in 2009, and quickly became the most popular game on Facebook. The game is operated through Flash, and is also available on mobile devices. The game is free to play but to progress, you need to spend Farm Cash or Farm Bucks, which can be bought with real-world cash. While the game was incredibly popular, it fell to the seventh most popular game in 2012, and by 2014 was the 44th most popular game. Since the release of Farmville, the company has also released Farmville 2 and Farmville: Country Escape. The game essentially involves growing crops virtually, through a variety of methods.
  3. Pioneer Trail: Launched in 2010, it is a free to play game, but it has the option of purchasing premium content. This game is very similar to Farmville, except instead of a farm, the player is a pioneer in the old west. Players collect from buildings, in order to complete goals that yield rewards. Animals can also be purchased, and trees can be planted.
  4. Words with Friends: Launched in 2009, this game is very similar to Scrabble, and can be found on all mobile devices, and is one of the top ranking games in the iOS app store, both with add versions and paid versions.
  5. Hidden Chronicles: Released in 2012, this is the first hidden object game from Zynga, where players earn points by finding hidden objects within scenes. The game also includes memory games.

Revenue

In the company’s first-ever earnings report, with the sale of virtual goods growing by 59 per cent compared to the previous year. The company’s top three games, Farmville, Frontierville and CItyville, accounted for 57 per cent of online game revenue, with revenue totalling $329 million in 2012.

Four years after the company officially launched, it was approaching $1 billion in revenue. The incredible growth of the company was seen as a sign of the changing gaming landscape from only a few years ago.

In October 2012, the company had seen its stock price increase by 16 per cent, posting revenues of $317 million. In early 2013, the company’s CEO, Mark Pincus, announced that Farmville, the most popular game of Zynga, had reached $1 billion in total player bookings.

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All Lovers Of Video Games Ought To Read This

There is a lot to bear in mind when you consider video clip gaming. Each new video game release appears to be available on an ever before enhancing list of various gaming consoles and technological devices. You could also acquire some of the titles for cell phones or tablets. There is additionally a significance of gaming resources offered, similar to this post.

When gifting a game, make certain to locate the ESRB ranking; this is essential if the present is for a little one. Ratings will certainly ask you the proper age degrees for a video game. It additionally helps you avoid making a bad investment.

Watch the professionals. Youtube and various other video clip websites are loaded with folks displaying their capabilities in every video game possible, so benefit from this resource. Stuck on an especially tough level? See specifically what it takes to surpass it from someone that has done it in the past. You might view the quite procedure or item you should ultimately understand your game.

video gamesAmazing as a computer game may want to you, review its reviews before buying it. Game companies do their ideal to make their games look attracting when; actually, it is boring it downright dreadful. Using the Net to hunt for evaluations or ask your buddies that have played the game.

Chat functions should be disabled entirely when youthful youngsters are entailed. Youngsters don’t have to chat online. Don’t buy games that don’t offer you the choice of shutting off talk. Before you buy it, look the Web or talk to a sales clerk to make sure.

Check out reviews online prior to enjoying a game, even if it’s one that’s innovators were fantastic. A great deal of the time, brand-new video games aren’t all that excellent and it’s ideal to merely wait and see exactly what the critics have to claim. There’s no need to acquire something when it emerges, unless you recognize it will be very tough to discover in the future.

Almost every game has adult manages. Do not forget to check whether the video game may be accessed and played online. If the video game can be played online, you may want to limit your youngsters’s connectivity. Also, check out the pal demands they obtain and decrease their playing time.

Do not simply toss away your aged video games. Rather, shop around for stores that take trade-ins for money or credit report. You can make use of store credits from your old games to go in the direction of the investment of new ones.

video games

Just before you permit your kids sit in front of any sort of video game, check to view just how it is ranked. Some are ranked Mature for violence or other factors. Allowing young children to play such ranked video games is not a great idea. Video games that are fierce may make children behave in different ways or give them ordeals.

Trade in your old video games at a computer game store. You might not know this, but you could trade your old games to the computer game establishment, and you can obtain money or credit towards brand-new video games. Contact a couple of different shops so you can acquire the very best offer on your video games, though.

To make video games more playful, try try out multi-player choices with your friends and family. Playing video games by you can be quite satisfying; nevertheless, playing with families can make video games a whole lot even more interesting. Nowadays, most video games possessed a wide range of different multi-player alternatives.

Although the organic urge you really feel when you enjoy your practical a new game might be to play it obsessively, this is a bad idea for a variety of reasons. Not just are you lessening the general quantity of satisfaction you get out of the video game, you might additionally rush best past several of one of the most interesting and interesting parts of the encounter.

Whether you are enjoying a game throughout a walk in the park or a LAN celebration with your pals, you will certainly be much better prepared in comparison to your rivals. Keep finding out to find out how you can be the very best.

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