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Is Caffeine Bad?

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(See my other Coffee &  Health related posts) – I saw the article “Is caffeine really bad for you? A doctor weighs in” earlier this month.

I like coffee so articles like this always catch my eye. The author relates the facts about caffeine she has discovered from a medical professional.

The gist of the article:

  • Who shouldn’t drink caffeine? – kids and the pregnant
  • How much caffeine should I consume? – no more than 400 mg per day
  • Will caffeine give me heart disease? – no, but those with high blood pressure should consult their doctor
  • Is it bad if I’m addicted to caffeine? – that depends
  • Are there any health benefits to caffeine? – Yes, short-term cognitive and perhaps (from antioxidants in coffee) a lower risk of cancer

If any of those questions/answers interest you, please read the article “Is caffeine really bad for you? A doctor weighs in” for more information.

Rebel Ice Cream, a great option on the Keto diet

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(See my other Keto related posts) – My brother-in-law made us aware of this new brand of ice cream. We have tried it and it is very good!

The Rebel Creamery currently has 14 different flavors of ice cream. The various flavors range from 4 to 8 carbs per pint – ideal for those on the Keto diet.

 

I haven’t sampled them all, but I do like the Peanut Butter Fudge, Mint Chip, Tripple Chocolate, and Cherry Chip.

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We were able to find the pints at WholeFoods and at HEB grocery stores (see above). They are a little pricey, but not too bad at $4.98. You can also order them online from Rebel. An 8-pint case is $47.92 with $7.99 shipping. If you order two cases the shipping is free. That is about $5.99 a pint. If you order a variety pack case the price goes up to $6.50 a pint.

The National Loaf from 1942 England

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Bread has been a common staple for most people for centuries. During WWII though, flour was in short supply in the UK. The solution was the National Weatmeal Loaf or simply National Loaf introduced in 1942.

This was a recipe that the government introduced that used all of the wheat grain including the husks. The result was a dirty gray, mushy, and unappetizing loaf. Few liked and it became commonly known as “Hitler’s secret weapon”.

The original recipe from http://thehomefronthousewife.blogspot.com/2011/11/recipe-5-national-loaf.html includes (note that the wartime ingredients would be wholemeal flour including the husks):

  • Potato Flour – 1740g
  • Salt Sea Fine – 140g
  • Tap Water – 4740ML
  • Vitamin C – 6g
  • Wholemeal flour – 5220g
  • Yeast – 210g

To make your National Loafs:

  1. Mix all ingredients in spiral mixer for 3/5 min
  2. Place dough in lightly oiled container, let rest for 45 minutes
  3. Knock back and let rest for another 45 min
  4. Scale at 1kg, first shape (round)
  5. Rest 10-15 min, then second shape
  6. Place bread in oiled baking tins, prove for 45-60 min at 28-32c
  7. Bake at 208c top 204c bottom, with 5-sec steam. Open vent after 25 min, bake for a further 25 min
  8. Remove from tins immediately and cool on a rack

That would make up a batch of 10 loaves.

A more modern, Americanized, and rationing free recipe can be found here. I suspect that the loaves from this recipe are much tastier.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 360 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

USA, Arizona, Flagstaff – El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

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(See my other Food related posts) – On our drive out west over the past few days we stopped in Flagstaff, Arizona for dinner. We picked the El Tapatio Mexican restaurant from those listed in the Google search as it was close to the Interstate (2004 E. Historic Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86004). It was a great choice! As they say on their website:

We pride ourselves as being an authentic Mexican restaurant with all our delicious entrees, dishes, appetizers and drinks. We have a tradition of excellence in our service as well as in our culinary style. Our plates have special recipes that will make you want to come back. We have six locations to serve you better.

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The exterior of the restaurant is rather plain, but the inside is very colorful. Because we are both following the Keto Diet, Fajitas are a good meal for us as long as we stay away from the tortillas.

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We were amazed at the platter of fajitas that were brought out. The iron platter was flaming when it was placed on our table. The mix of beef, chicken, onion, green bell pepper, orange bell pepper, and red bell pepper. These were the best fajitas we have ever tasted! Unlike many Mexican restaurants, we each got our own plate of rice, beans, and condiments.

If fajitas are not to your taste, the restaurant has many other items on its menu. El Tapatio was started in 2002 with a mobil food truck in Grand Junction, Colorado. In January of 2003 the first restaurant was opened. They now have six locations in Arizona and Colorado. 

We were so impressed with the food that we are already planning to stop there for lunch on our way home. If you like Mexican food El Tapatio is a great place to eat.


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Coffee – Have a cup for a better microbiome

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(See my other Coffee related posts) – I came across the article “Could more coffee bring a healthier microbiome?” recently and wanted to share it.

The essence of the article is that research indicates that caffeine consumption is linked to a healthy gut microbiome. This can help you with your overall health. Evidence is suggesting that the makeup of your gut microbiome can affect your health.

A recent study shows that consuming coffee can improve microbiome health. This result was presented at the American College of Gastroenterology annual meeting, in San Antonio, Texas on October 28, 2019. In the study, those participants who drank two or more cups of coffee per day had better gut microbiome profiles.

This looks like one more reason to enjoy a few cups of coffee each morning.

Celebrate National Chocolate Day

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This seems like a good day for all to celebrate – National Chocolate Day!. I’ve already had a couple of small pieces to help celebrate. As said on the website:

National Chocolate Day, on October 28th, recognizes one of the world’s favorite tastes. While many specific chocolate related holidays exist throughout the year, National Chocolate Day celebrates all things chocolate.  

Celebrate by consuming a little of your favorite chocolate dessert.

USA, Colorado, Vail – Bart & Yeti’s

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(See my other posts from our 2019 Road Trip) – While in Vail, Colorado we took time to have a bite of lunch. We chose Bart & Yeti’s restaurant and bar.

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It was very nice the day we ate there and were able to enjoy one of their outside tables. This is one of the only local pubs left in the valley and has been open for 38 years.

At first glance, you would think the name refers to the fabled two-legged hairy Yeti that is said to live in the Himalayan mountains. In fact, this place is named after two well-known dogs. The story about them on the website is very interesting.

rt2019-0213Their menu list quite a few items. We chose to share Nachos with chicken for our lunch. They were very good. If you are in Vail and want a bite, I would recommend stopping at Bart & Yeti’s.


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Good Instant Coffee?

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(See my other Coffee related posts) – I have never been a fan of instant coffee, but I came across the article “Waka Coffee: Bringing Instant Back” earlier today and I thought it was worth sharing.

This instant is made by Waka Coffee. The company offers both regular and decaffeinated instant coffee. As they say on their website:

Most products are made from inferior Robusta beans roasted in huge spray-dried batches. This production method – used by traditional instant coffee companies – saves the companies money, but it sacrifices taste. Waka Coffee sources only 100% Arabica beans instant coffee, which are commonly used in coffee shops, to provide the best taste. Our beans are freeze-dried to best preserve the coffee’s aroma and depth of flavor.

Our high-quality instant coffee solution provides a simpler coffee experience to fuel your entire day. No more spending money on coffee equipment that occupies valuable kitchen space and waiting for your coffee to brew.  We engage directly with fellow coffee lovers to continuously improve our product and make the coffee experience more enjoyable.

waka-coffee-best-instant-coffee_1_540xWaka offers single-serving packets as well as bulk instant. Prices vary but the single-serving packets start at about $1.20 each while the 8 oz/ bag (80 cups) goes for $38.99 or around $0.49 per serving.

I’m not sure I would want to forego my fresh ground coffee brewed up every morning for this, but it might be an option for those who are traveling.

USA, Colorado, Ouray – Mouse’s Chocolate & Coffee

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(See my other 2019 Road Trip posts) – While in Ouray, Colorado my wife and I visited Mouse’s Chocolates and Coffee located at 520 Main Street, Ouray, CO, 81427. This was a very pleasant surprise in this town of only about 1000 residents.

When we were there it was full of many out of town visitors. We were driving through but wanted to stop for a little something. This place caught our eye and we got in line.

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It being a warm day, we opted for ice cream. At first we were each going to get something, but in the end, we were glad we decided to share one of their treats. The selection we chose was more than enough for both of us. That is certainly not the only choice. The Mouse’s Chocolates and Coffee offers:

Handmade Chocolates, each made right here by the Chocolatier, using imported Belgian Chocolate. Coffee roasted on-premises. Espresso drinks, Coffee, Ice Cream, Milkshakes all served year-round. 

We really enjoyed our visit. It was very busy while we were there. The Yelp rating is 4.5/5 and the TripAdvisor rating is an even better 5/5. If you are interested in Mouse’s, you may want to also check them out on Twitter or Facebook. The shop is open 9 – 7 Sunday thru Thursday, and 9 to 8 Friday and Saturday.


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