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Today is National Cheese Lover’s Day

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Food – Who knew there was a day dedicated to those who love cheese? I didn’t until I saw this today.

Thinking about it now I am not surprised. There are so many different and tasty varieties of cheese! On the National Day Calendar site they say:

The earliest record of cheese making dates back to 5,500 BCE in what is now Poland.  Today there are over 1,400 varieties of cheese.

The basic principles behind making cheese are quite simple. Let the milk sour (or scientifically, coagulating the casein protein). Then separate the curds (solids) from the whey (liquid). The curds are then salted and left to age.

For cheese lovers who think one day is just not enough to celebrate cheese, National Day Calendar has you covered for the entire year. There are 18 other cheese specific holidays on the calendar from National Cheese Doodle Day (March 5) and National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day (April 12) to Cheese Souffle Day (May 18), National Cheese Day (June 4), National String Cheese Day (September 20) and Moldy Cheese Day (October 9).  Let’s also not forget; cheese makes excellent desserts.  National Cheesecake Day is July 30, and there are three other flavors on the calendar along with National Cream Cheese Brownie Day just around the corner on February 10.    

I haven’t enjoyed any cheese yet today, but I am sure I will. I eat some kind of cheese almost every day. Mostly it is Cheddar, Muenster, or Swiss, but I will slip in some good Bleu cheese from time to time . . . I think I will go slice myself a few slivers of Cheddar and Muenster right now!

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Las Vegas, Nevada – Texas de Brazil Steakhouse

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Food – A few nights ago we went with family to the Texas de Brazil Steakhouse in Las Vegas. This location is at 6533 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89119. This is only one of the many locations of this restaurant. Sadly, there is no location in Austin, Texas or Singapore . . . yet.

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First, there is a huge salad bar. This contains salad items and some hot side dishes. You can opt to just eat off of the salad bar ($19.99 for lunch, $29.99 for dinner). Easily I could eat my fill just at the salad bar and never have more than one serving of any item. The challenge is not eating too much from the salad bar before you are served the meats.

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The real attraction to this restaurant is the variety of meats that are brought to your table. The full experience is $32.99 for lunch and $51.99 for dinner and well worth it. Waiters bring skewers of meat by your table (examples shown in the photo above – NOTE all photos in this post from Google image search). You can pick and choose what to have added to your plate. They keep coming by until you are stuffed! The meats include Herb-Marinated Pork Loin, Picanha, Brazilian Sausage, Leg of Lamb, Chicken Breast Wrapped in Bacon, Alcatra, Lamb Chops, Filet Mignon Wrapped in Bacon, Parmesan-Crusted Pork Loin, Garlic Picanha, Braised Beef Ribs, Barbecued Pork Ribs, and Parmesan Drumettes. It was all wonderful!

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The service was excellent. The food was plentiful and delicious. We are already talking about returning the next time we are in Las Vegas with family. This is a great experience, though a little on the pricey side. Just make sure you prepare yourself before going and fast all day!


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Home Front – Wartime recipes (2)

WWII – More interesting WWII era recipes that I wanted to share


If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” (a collection of museums, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history) and “World War II Timeline” of interest.


 

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From: The 1940’s Experiment .

We discussed rationing and we’ve discussed just how well our parents and grandparents ate – despite the rationing and time of war when all the “good” stuff was going overseas!  So …. as promised, here are some more of the wonderful recipes from the 1940’s.

Please thank Carolyn on her website for putting these delicious meals on-line!

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Singapore, Singapore – Black Tap

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Food – A good friend here in Singapore recommended the Black Tap restaurant. We have now been there twice and have really enjoyed it. The Black Tap is located in the Marina Bay Sands Mall. Officially the address is 2 BAYFRONT AVE, SINGAPORE 018972. I didn’t realize it when I was there that the Black Tap is a chain of restaurants out of New York City.

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The Marina Bay Sands hotel and casino are shown above, with the Mall spread out at its base. The Black Tap is actually located at the near end of the Mall (building with the curved roof) shown in the photo above.

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It is one of the many shops and restaurants in the Mall. Notice at the bottom of the photo above you can see the ‘canal’ that goes through the center of this section of the Mall. It is complete with gondolas that you can purchase rides on.

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Exploring the Mall alone is worth a trip to the Marina Bay Sands.

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But we had come to the Mall specifically to dine. I chose the Steak Au Poivre Burger (a Blue Cheese Burger) with fries. It was very good.

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My wife had the Baja Grilled Chicken Sandwich with fries, which she enjoyed. While these, and the other items on the menu, were good, they were not why we visited the Black Tap.

The Black Tap also specializes in Crazyshake Milkshakes. If memory serves me, we ordered the Cookies ‘N Cream Supreme Oreo Shake (vanilla frosted rim with crushed Oreos topped with a ‘cookies ’n cream’ sandwich, crumbled oreo, whipped cream & chocolate drizzle) and the Sweet N’ Salty Peanut Butter Shake (chocolate frosted rim with chocolate gems & PB cups topped with a sugar daddy, pretzel rods, chocolate covered pretzel, whipped cream & chocolate drizzle). These are just two of the eight shake masterpieces that are available.

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We were lucky to have a seat where we could look over to where the shakes were being made. What better entertainment! Dining at the Black Tap is an experience I am sure I will repeat and I recommend it to anyone.


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Singapore, Singapore – Hard Rock Cafe

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Food – A few days back I took the two-mile walk to one of the local Hard Rock Cafe‘s here in Singapore. This one is located at 50 Cuscaden Road, #02-01, HPL House, Singapore 249724. There is nothing really unique about this location, but I find visiting a Hard Rock Cafe while traveling is like taking a little step back home to the States. Sometimes it is comforting to see food just the way you are used to seeing it.

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This location is pretty large and is set up for live music.

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It even has an upstairs with more room for seating. I visited in the early afternoon, so there were not many other customers. I suspect that the place is much more crowded in the evenings and especially on weekend evenings.

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While they have a nice menu, I kept my order simple opting for the cheeseburger and fries. It was a very good lunch!


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Singapore, Singapore – Black Angus Steakhouse

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Food – On one of my walks here in Singapore I came across the Black Angus Steakhouse. It is about two miles away so it is not a place I am able to visit very often. This location of Black Angus is at 1 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247905. As stated on their website:

Black Angus Singapore is the only franchised Black Angus steakhouse licensed by the U.S. Principal for the whole of South East Asia.

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Black Angus Steakhouses originated in the US in 1964 and have several US locations, though I have not visited any. I have enjoyed a very good burger on both of my visits to this Singapore location. They have a good menu to choose from with several Steak and Prime Rib options.

I enjoyed my meal on both occasions and I am sure I will be going back. This is a nice place to have a casual, but very good dinner or lunch.


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Singapore, Singapore -Dean & Deluca

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Food – My wife and I walked over to a nearby Dean & Deluca location a couple of nights ago for dinner. While it looks empty in this photo, it is generally very busy. We were there a little early. This location is at ORCHARD CENTRAL, 181 Orchard Road, #01-09/10, Singapore 238896. It is one of three locations here in Singapore.

We each ordered a pasta dish which we were pleased with, though I liked mine more than my wife liked hers. We decided to take one of the outside tables to be by the water feature and to be able to watch the people walk by.

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The highlight of the dinner was when this little fellow flew up and landed on our table. He sat there looking at us a short time them off he went.

The restaurant is located in a large enclosed atrium that goes up five or six stories. We think this little guy came in through the large sliding glass doors, but we are not sure. The food was good, though not exceptional. Having this guest land at our table though will make the evening memorable.


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1943 US Army Field Ration K Dinner

WWII – Almost a month ago I posted about the Field Ration D bar (Chocolate Went to War). This morning my son sent me the link to this video review of a 1943 US Army Field Ration K Dinner. It surprised me that despite being almost 75 years old, the fellow doing the review (Steve1989MREInfo) says it is, for the most part, still edible.

Thinking about troops in the front lines eating these meals day after day makes me respect them even more for what they had to endure.


If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” (a collection of museums, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history) and “World War II Timeline” of interest.

Home Front recipes from WWII

FoodWWII – I thought that these were some interesting recipes from almost 80 years ago. Something we might all want to try on occasion to get the feel of what it was like during WWII.


If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” (a collection of museums, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history) and “World War II Timeline” of interest.

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As most of you know, America experienced rationing for the first time in World War II and with the holidays looming in the wings, food seemed to be a logical subject.

Some products  that were rationed during World War II were sugar, meat, coffee, typewriters, fuel oil, gasoline, rubber, and automobiles.  Each person was issued a book of ration coupons each month.  Rationed goods were assigned a price and point value.  Families were not restricted to certain quantities of rationed goods.  But once their coupons were used up, they could not buy rationed goods until the next month. Families were encouraged to plant victory gardens.  These gardens supplied a major part of the vegetable supply during the War.

But one thing most of us can admit, our parents and grandparents ate well.  They ate to live – not lived to eat!    Here are some of the recipes, given to us…

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14 More Reasons to Drink Coffee

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Coffee – So much has appeared about coffee recently. I came across the article “14 Reasons You Should Drink More Coffee Gallery” this morning. So what are their 14 rasons:

  1. It Could Make You Live Longer – drinking coffee could cut your risk of dying by 16 percent
  2. It Helps Your Heart Beat –  coffee can actually help prevent atrial fibrillation
  3. It Can Make Your Workout More Effective – coffee can improve your workout performance
  4. You Might Not Get to for Much Longer – coffee might not be around for much longer
  5. It Reduces Your Risk of Early Death – coffee lowers your risk of early death
  6. It’s Got Antioxidants – coffee is an incredibly rich source of antioxidants
  7. It’s Good for Your Brain – drinking three cups of coffee daily can help prevent Alzheimer’s
  8. Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes – drinking coffee was correlated with a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes
  9. It’s Good for Your Liver – increasing your coffee intake by at least two cups dramatically decreases your risk of liver cirrhosis, or chronic liver damage
  10. Lower Risk of Depression – increased coffee consumption results in a decreased incidence of depression among women
  11. It Strengthens Your DNA – drinking dark roast coffee decreased the frequency of DNA strand breaks
  12. It May Lower Risk of Cancer – studies show that coffee could reduce your risk of multiple types of cancer
  13. It Prevents Cavities – strong black coffee actually kills bacteria that lead to tooth decay
  14. It Boosts Productivity and Morale at Work – coffee enhanced productivity in a workplace setting and made people work better together

Of course there is that overwhelming fifteenth reason to drink coffee. IT JUST TASTES GOOD!