APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Apple cider vinegar, a vinegar made from apples, sugar and yeast,[1] is used in salad dressings, marinadesvinaigrettesfood preservatives, and chutneys. It is made by crushing apples and squeezing out the liquid. Bacteria and yeast are added to the liquid to start the alcoholic fermentationprocess, and the sugars are turned into alcohol. In a second fermentation process, the alcohol is converted into vinegar by acetic acid-forming bacteria (acetobacter). Acetic acid and malic acid give vinegar its sour taste.[1] Apple cider vinegar has no nutritional value, aside from some calories, with all nutrients at negligible levels.

1. High in Acetic Acid, With Potent Biological Effects
Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is made in a two-step process, related to how alcohol is made (1).

The first step exposes crushed apples (or apple cider) to yeast, which ferment the sugars and turn them into alcohol.

In the second step, bacteria are added to the alcohol solution, which further ferment the alcohol and turn it into acetic acid — the main active compound in vinegar.

In French, the word “vinegar” actually means “sour wine.”

Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (like Bragg’s) also contains “mother,” strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky appearance.

Some people believe that the “mother” is responsible for most of the health benefits, although there are currently no studies to support this.

Apple cider vinegar only contains about three calories per tablespoon, which is very low.

There are not many vitamins or minerals in it, but it does contain a small amount of potassium. Quality apple cider vinegar also contains some amino acids and antioxidants.

2. Can Kill Many Types of Harmful Bacteria

Vinegar can help kill pathogens, including bacteria (2).

It has traditionally been used for cleaning and disinfecting, treating nail fungus, lice, warts and ear infections.

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used vinegar for wound cleaning over two thousand years ago.

Vinegar has also been used as a food preservative, and studies show that it inhibits bacteria (like E. coli) from growing in food and spoiling it (234).

If you’re looking for a natural way to preserve your food, then apple cider vinegar could be highly useful.

There have also been anecdotal reports of diluted apple cider vinegar helping with acne when applied to the skin, but I didn’t find any strong research to confirm this.

SUMMARYThe main substance in vinegar, acetic acid, can kill harmful bacteria or prevent them from multiplying. It has a history of use as a disinfectant and natural preservative.

3. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels and Fights Diabetes

By far, the most successful application of vinegar to date is in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is characterized by high blood sugar levels, either because of insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin (5).

However, high blood sugar can also be a problem in people who don’t have diabetes. It is believed to be a major cause of aging and various chronic diseases.

Pretty much everyone should benefit from keeping their blood sugar levels in the normal range. The most effective (and healthiest) way to do that is to avoid refined carbs and sugar, but apple cider vinegar can also have a powerful effect.

Vinegar has been shown to have numerous benefits for blood sugar and insulin levels:

  • Improves insulin sensitivity during a high-carb meal by 19–34% and significantly lowers blood sugar and insulin responses (6).
  • Reduces blood sugar by 34% after eating 50 grams of white bread (7).
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime can reduce fasting blood sugar in the morning by 4% (8).
  • Numerous other studies in humans show that vinegar can improve insulin function and lower blood sugar levels after meals (910).

For these reasons, vinegar can be useful for people with diabetes, pre-diabetes, or those who want to keep their blood sugar levels low for other reasons.

If you’re currently taking blood-sugar-lowering medications, check with your doctor before increasing your intake of any type of vinegar.

SUMMARYApple cider vinegar has shown great promise in improving insulin sensitivity and helping lower blood sugar responses after meals.

4. Helps You Lose Weight and Reduces Belly Fat

Surprisingly, studies also show that vinegar can help you lose weight.

Several human studies show that vinegar can increase satiety, help you eat fewer calories and lead to actual pounds lost on the scale.

For example, if people take vinegar along with a high-carb meal, they get increased feelings of fullness and end up eating 200–275 fewer calories for the rest of the day (1112).

A study in 175 people with obesity showed that daily apple cider vinegar consumption led to reduced belly fat and weight loss (13):

  • 15 mL (1 tablespoon): Lost 2.6 pounds, or 1.2 kilograms.
  • 30 mL (2 tablespoons): Lost 3.7 pounds, or 1.7 kilograms.

However, keep in mind that this study went on for 3 months, so the true effects on body weight seem to be rather modest.

That said, just adding or subtracting single foods or ingredients rarely has a noticeable effect on weight.

It’s the entire diet/lifestyle that counts and you need to combine several effective methods to see results.

Overall, it seems like apple cider vinegar is useful as a weight loss aid, mainly by promoting satiety and lowering blood sugar and insulin levels.

But it won’t work any miracles on its own.

SUMMARYStudies suggest that vinegar can increase feelings of fullness and help people eat fewer calories, which leads to weight loss.

5. Lowers Cholesterol and Improves Heart Health

Heart disease is currently the world’s most common cause of premature death (14).

It is known that several biological factors are linked to either a decreased or increased risk of heart disease.

Several of these “risk factors” can be improved by vinegar consumption, but many of the studies were done in animals.

These animal studies suggest that apple cider vinegar can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, along with several other heart disease risk factors (151617).

There are also some studies showing that vinegar reduces blood pressure in rats, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and kidney problems (1819).

The only human evidence so far is an observational study from Harvard showing that women who ate salad dressings with vinegar had a reduced risk of heart disease (20).

But this type of study can only show an association, it cannot prove that the vinegar caused anything.

As mentioned above, human studies also show that apple cider vinegar can lower blood sugar levels, improve insulin sensitivity and help fight diabetes. These factors should also lead to reduced risk of heart disease.

SUMMARYSeveral animal studies have shown that vinegar can reduce blood triglycerides, cholesterol and blood pressure. This could lead to a reduced risk of developing heart disease.

6. May Have Protective Effects Against Cancer

Cancer is a terrible disease characterized by the uncontrolled growth of cells.

There is a lot of hype online about the anti-cancer effects of apple cider vinegar.

In fact, numerous studies have shown that various types of vinegar can kill cancer cells and shrink tumors (212223).

However, all of the studies on this were done in isolated cells in test tubes, or rats, which proves nothing about what happens in a living, breathing human.

That said, some observational studies in humans have shown that vinegar consumption is linked to decreased esophageal cancer in China, but increased bladder cancer in Serbia (2425).

It is possible that consuming apple cider vinegar may help prevent cancer, but this needs to be researched more before any recommendations can be made.

SUMMARYSome studies in test tubes and rats have shown that vinegar can slow the growth of cancer cells and shrink tumors.

Dosage and How to Use

The best way to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your diet is to use it in your cooking — for salad dressings, homemade mayonnaise and that sort of thing.

Some people also like to dilute it in water and drink it as a beverage. Common dosages range from 1–2 teaspoons (5–10 ml) to 1–2 tablespoons (15–30 ml) per day, mixed in a large glass of water.

It’s best to start with small doses and avoid taking large amounts, because too much vinegar can cause harmful side effects.

It is recommended to use organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the “mother.”

Bragg’s seems to be the most popular option, which is available on Amazon along with tons of interesting testimonials and reviews that are fun to browse through.

SUMMARYA common dosage for apple cider vinegar ranges from 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons per day, either used in cooking or mixed in a glass of water.

The Bottom Line

There are a lot of wild claims about apple cider vinegar on the internet.

Some say that it can increase energy levels and have all sorts of beneficial effects on health.

Unfortunately, many of these claims are not supported by science.

Of course, absence of proof isn’t proof that something isn’t happening and anecdotes often end up becoming supported by science down the line.

However, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for more studies, since research on natural health products like these are both few and far between.

From the little evidence available, I think that apple cider vinegar may be useful and is definitely a good candidate for some experimentation if you’re interested in it.

At the very least, apple cider vinegar seems to be safe as long as you don’t go overboard and take excessive amounts.

Apple cider vinegar also has various other non-health related uses like hair conditioning, skin care, dental care, pet use and as a cleaning agent (to name a few).

These can be highly useful for people who like to keep things as natural and chemical-free as possible.

At the end of the day, apple cider vinegar appears to be very healthy.

It’s not a “miracle” or a “cure-all” like some people seem to believe, but it does clearly have some important health benefits, especially for blood sugar and weight control.

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Written by Kris Gunnars, BS  and  WIKIPEDIA  1122 SPRING CYPRESS RD SPRING TX 77373

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

 

Disney mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the extremely fun, Halloween-themed party that is held at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World during the Fall every year.  The party is a special ticketed event that requires a special ticket purchase in order to attend.  There aren’t as many tickets sold to the event as what is usually sold for daily admission into the park, so that guests are able to enjoy the benefit of shorter lines and less guests to contend with in the park for shows, viewing locations, etc.  Halloween Night is the most popular night to attend the event and only guests with tickets will be able to attend the event on Halloween Night!!

Disney Happily Ever After 2

Guests that attend the event are able to enter the Magic Kingdom starting at 4PM.  The party officially starts at 7PM and runs through 12AM.  There are special character meet and greets, stage shows, a parade, fireworks show and unlimited trick-or-treating around the park in special areas.  Guests are able to wear costumes (as long as they adhere to Disney’s costume rules) and the park is decked out for the occasion.  If all of this wasn’t enough, many of the rides and attractions at the park are also open for guests to enjoy!

disney mickey halloween

If you are visiting Walt Disney World and have your eye on any of the other Not So Scary Halloween Party dates, then you will want to buy your tickets soon.  Nights in October are sure to start selling out.  Who has or will attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?  It has been one of my favorite events!  My family and I have attended several times in costume and Mickey’s party is always super fun!!  I love “trick or treating” as an adult.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Partially taken from DisDining.com)

 

2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival – Global Marketplaces – Part 7

2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Global Marketplaces – Part 7

Disney Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2018

 

As leaves turning from green to red and gold mean “Fall” in northern parts, “Fall” in Florida has special meaning: Food & Wine Time!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival returns to Walt Disney World Resort this fall with 75 days of entertainment, events, and, of course, an abundance of wonderful food and tasty beverages.

The festival’s 23rd year runs from August 30 to November 12, 2018.

Pack your appetite for a mouthwatering tour of international flavors and domestic delicacies!  This year over 35 individual marketplaces with delicious dishes, fine wine, craft beer, spirits and other beverages sure to satisfy every palate.  Here is a listing of what the individual marketplaces (or food booth) are serving:

Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar

Get the brunch party started—sample fresh-baked goods and mimosas mixed with the perfect twist!

Food:

  • Chocolate Croissant: Flaky Croissant stuffed with Chocolate
  • Almond Croissant: Flaky Croissant topped with Toasted Almonds
  • Jumbo Blueberry Muffin with Streusel Topping
  • Cheese Danish with Sweet Icing

Rows of glasses filled with champagne

Beverages:

  • Frozen Apple Pie (Non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Tropical Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Pomegranate, Orange and Grapefruit Juices
  • Key Lime Mimosa with Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice
  • Blood Orange Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Blood Orange Juice
  • Madras Mimosa with Cranberry Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice
  • Frozen Mimosa featuring White Claw Natural Lime Hard Seltzer
  • Joffrey’s Cold Brew Coffee

Spain

Travel to España for pleasing cuisine that’s unrivaled—from paella to seafood that’s straight from Basque Country.

Food:

  • Charcuterie in a Cone with imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette
  • Spanish-style Paella with Chorizo and Roasted Chicken
  • Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar and Smoked Paprika (GF)

A cornucopia filled with dried meats, blocks of cheese and olives

Beverages:

  • Lagar de Bouza Albariño, Rías Baixas
  • Casa Castillo Monastrell, Jumilla
  • Espelt Garnacha Old Vines, Catalonia
  • Wine Flight also available

Thailand

Exotic specialties from Southeast Asia await as the Land of Smiles serves up a flavorful foodie phenom!

Food:

  • Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Stir-fried Vegetables (KA)
  • Seared Shrimp and Scallop Cake with Cold Noodle Salad
  • Red Hot Spicy Thai Curry Beef with Steamed Rice

A shrimp cake resting on a bed of noodles, carrots and onions

Beverages:

  • Singha Lager
  • Maison Willm Gewürztraminer, Alsace

Wine & Dine Studio

Sample signature dishes along with an elegant medley of wines hailing from the Golden State’s renowned vineyards.

Food:

  • Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms featuring Melissa’s Produce
  • Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Parmesan Cheese and Pumpkin Seeds (V) (KA)
  • Trio of La Bottega di BelGioioso Artisan Cheese (V)
    • Crescenza-Stracchino®
    • CreamyGorg® Gorgonzola Dolce
    • Artigiano® Vino Rosso
  • Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese
    • Trio of Artisan Cheese paired with Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rosé, Reata Chardonnay and Spellbound Petite Sirah

Ravioli paired with pumpkin seeds and shaved cheese

Beverages:

  • Reata Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
  • Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rosé, Oregon
  • Spellbound Petite Sirah, California

Additional Festival Locations

Visit these outstanding food and beverage destinations for gourmet tastes on the go!

Block & Hans
Take time out to relax while enjoying a carefully curated selection of fine American wines—it’s the grown-up way to chill!

3 young adults laughing

Beverages:

  • Dogfish Head Brewery 60 Minute IPA, Milton, DE
  • Ciderboys Strawberry Magic Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI
  • Full Sail Brewing Co. Blood Orange Wheat, Hood River, OR
  • Karbach Brewing Co. Love Street Kölsch Style Blonde, Houston, TX
  • Big Top Brewing Company Hawaiian Lion Coconut and Coffee Porter, Sarasota, FL
  • Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Lexington, KY

Fife & Drum
Cool off with a taste tour that delivers tall orders of frosty fun!

Beverages:

  • Hanson Brothers Beer Company Mmmhops Pale Ale, Tulsa, OK

Funnel Cake
Sink your teeth into a sweet crowd-pleaser sure to hit the spot morning, noon or night!

Food:

  • Maple Bacon Funnel Cake topped with Candied Bacon (KA)

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
Make a beeline to the piping hot deliciousness served cup by heart-warming cup—from tea and coffee to a variety of icy concoctions.

Beverages:

  • The American Adventure: Fire and Ice: Frozen Lemon with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • Canada: Riviera Sunrise: Frozen Orange Pineapple with Grand Marnier
  • Showcase Plaza: Wild Goose: Frozen Wild Berry Acai with Grey Goose Vodka
  • Future World East: Fast Lane: Frozen Cappuccino with Brown Jug Bourbon Cream

Refreshment Outpost
Nibble like there’s no tomorrow—stop by for satisfying snacks and beverages to go!

Food:

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Kimchi and Mustard Sauce

Beverages:

  • Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky & Frozen Coke
Refreshment Port
Try a tropical infusion of delicious pineapple treats… bask in the sunny rays of flavor!

Food:

  • Beef Brisket Poutine: French Fries with Beef Brisket, Beer Cheese Sauce and Poutine Gravy topped with Crispy Onions
  • Sweet Potato Poutine: Sweet Potato Fries with Caramel Sauce, Mini Marshmallows and Pecans (V)
  • Pineapple Soft-Serve Ice Cream (V)
  • Pineapple Soft-Serve Ice Cream with Bacardi Coconut Rum

Beverages:

  • Dragon Berry Refresher featuring Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum

Taste Track

Enter a doughnut lover’s dream—if you can’t choose one, try them all!

Food:

  • Croissant Doughnut Tossed in Cinnamon Sugar (KA)
  • Croissant Doughnut with Chocolate and Marshmallows (KA)
  • Croissant Doughnut with Chocolate Hazelnut Cream (KA)
  • Croissant Doughnut with Sprinkles (KA)
  • Add Chocolate, Hazelnut, White Chocolate Raspberry or Vanilla Bean Gelato for an additional charge

Beverages:

  • Pancake Milkshake (Non-alcoholic) (KA)
The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar
Hosted by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
Cover it in chocolate and delicious dreams come true—this chocolate-lovers paradise is the sweetest stop in Epcot!

Beverages:

  • Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red, Piedmont
  • Ghirardelli® Drinking Chocolate (Non-alcoholic)

Food & Beverage Details

The following guide denotes menu items acceptable for specific dietary needs:

  • (GF) indicates Gluten/wheat-friendly
  • (KA) indicates Kid-approved (Dishes designed with kids in mind.)
  • (V) indicates Vegetarian

 

This concludes the series about the Global Marketplaces at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival.  I’m looking forward to my Fall trip to Disney and tasting as many foods as I can at the Global Marketplaces.  I’ll report my opinions on tastings in future writings!

(Some information from Disneyworld.com)

 

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2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival – Global Marketplaces – Part 6

2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Global Marketplaces – Part 6

Disney Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2018

 

As leaves turning from green to red and gold mean “Fall” in northern parts, “Fall” in Florida has special meaning: Food & Wine Time!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival returns to Walt Disney World Resort this fall with 75 days of entertainment, events, and, of course, an abundance of wonderful food and tasty beverages.

The festival’s 23rd year runs from August 30 to November 12, 2018.

Pack your appetite for a mouthwatering tour of international flavors and domestic delicacies!  This year over 35 individual marketplaces with delicious dishes, fine wine, craft beer, spirits and other beverages sure to satisfy every palate.  Here is a listing of what the individual marketplaces (or food booth) are serving:

Japan

Delight your appetite with sushi and other delish dishes as well as libations from the Land of the Rising Sun!

Food:

  • Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables and a Sweet Teriyaki Sauce (KA)
  • Beef Nigiri topped with Shrimp Sauce and Diced Pickled Jalapeños (GF)
  • Spicy Roll: Tuna and Salmon topped with Volcano Sauce

A sushi roll stuffed with meat and topped with sauce

Beverages:

  • Kirin Ichiban Lager
  • Ozeki Rai Sake
  • Fuji Apple Cocktail: Sake, Peach Schnapps and Green Apple Syrup

Light Lab

Stay light on your feet throughout the day with a refreshing array of bubbly drafts and spirited concoctions.

3 glasses full of beer

Beverages:

  • Phosphorescent Phreeze (Non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • InfraRED (Non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • UltraVIOLET (Non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux with Boba Pearls
  • Original Sin Dry Rosé Hard Cider, New York, NY (Cider Flight)
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Blueberry Peppercorn Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL (Cider Flight)
  • Ciderboys Zen Berry Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI (Cider Flight)
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Red Cherry Tart, Titusville, FL (RGB Flight)
  • GrassLands Brewing Company Green Kiwi Blonde, Tallahassee, FL (RGB Flight)
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Blue-berry Golden Ale, Doral, FL (RGB Flight)
  • Cider Flight
  • RGB Flight

Mexico

Spice up your fiesta-lovin’ palate with some south-of-the-border history, culture and cuisine—olé!

Food:

  • Short Rib Tostada: Corn Tortilla topped with Short Ribs, Black Beans, Salsa Verde and Spring Onion
  • Shrimp Quesadilla: Corn Tortilla with Shrimp, Oaxaca Cheese and topped with Spicy Guajillo Sauce and Sesame Seeds
  • Coconut Rice Pudding served with Mango Coulis (GF) (V)

Pork, beans and flowers atop a tortilla

Beverages:

  • Cerveza Por Favor: Dos Equis Draft Beer with a hint of Almond
  • Mariachi Loco: Margarita with Libelula Tequila Joven, Mango Purée and Chamoy
  • Ay Caramba: Smoky Margarita with Gracias A Dios Mezcal, Lime Juice and Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
  • La Chancla: Red Wine Sangria mixed with Fruit Juice
  • El Padrino: Blackberry Mexican Punch with Velo Blanco Tequila

Morocco

Relish an inspired array of exotic flavors—this north African region is a mecca of intriguing cuisine.

Food:

  • Kefta Pocket: Seasoned Ground Beef in a Pita Pocket (KA)
  • Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions and Tzatziki Sauce (V)
  • Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce

Fried cakes paired with cucumber salad and sauce

Beverages:

  • Casa Pale Lager
  • Kasbah Prestige Red Wine
  • Mimosa Royale: Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice topped with Orange Liqueur
  • Red Organic Sangria

New Zealand

Head south of the equator for quintessential Kiwi meals, including savory plates and award-winning wines.

Food:

  • Steamed Green Lip Mussels with Garlic Butter and Toasted Breadcrumbs
  • Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney
  • Seared Venison Sausage with Kumara Purée and Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce

A bowl full of mussels, herbs and carrots

Beverages:

  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
  • Antmoore Wineworks MOKOblack Pinot Noir, Marlborough
  • Frozen Wine Cocktail featuring Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

Food & Beverage Details

The following guide denotes menu items acceptable for specific dietary needs:

  • (GF) indicates Gluten/wheat-friendly
  • (KA) indicates Kid-approved (Dishes designed with kids in mind.)
  • (V) indicates Vegetarian

(Some information taken from DisneyWorld.com)

 

2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival – Global Marketplaces – Part 5

2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Global Marketplaces – Part 5

Disney Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2018

 

As leaves turning from green to red and gold mean “Fall” in northern parts, “Fall” in Florida has special meaning: Food & Wine Time!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival returns to Walt Disney World Resort this fall with 75 days of entertainment, events, and, of course, an abundance of wonderful food and tasty beverages.

The festival’s 23rd year runs from August 30 to November 12, 2018.

Pack your appetite for a mouthwatering tour of international flavors and domestic delicacies!  This year over 35 individual marketplaces with delicious dishes, fine wine, craft beer, spirits and other beverages sure to satisfy every palate.  Here is a listing of what the individual marketplaces (or food booth) are serving:

Japan

Delight your appetite with sushi and other delish dishes as well as libations from the Land of the Rising Sun!

A sushi roll stuffed with meat and topped with sauce

Food:

  • Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables and a Sweet Teriyaki Sauce (KA)
  • Beef Nigiri topped with Shrimp Sauce and Diced Pickled Jalapeños (GF)
  • Spicy Roll: Tuna and Salmon topped with Volcano Sauce

Beverages:

  • Kirin Ichiban Lager
  • Ozeki Rai Sake
  • Fuji Apple Cocktail: Sake, Peach Schnapps and Green Apple Syrup

Light Lab

Stay light on your feet throughout the day with a refreshing array of bubbly drafts and spirited concoctions.

3 glasses full of beer

Beverages:

  • Phosphorescent Phreeze (Non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • InfraRED (Non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • UltraVIOLET (Non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux with Boba Pearls
  • Original Sin Dry Rosé Hard Cider, New York, NY (Cider Flight)
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Blueberry Peppercorn Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL (Cider Flight)
  • Ciderboys Zen Berry Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI (Cider Flight)
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Red Cherry Tart, Titusville, FL (RGB Flight)
  • GrassLands Brewing Company Green Kiwi Blonde, Tallahassee, FL (RGB Flight)
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Blue-berry Golden Ale, Doral, FL (RGB Flight)
  • Cider Flight
  • RGB Flight

Mexico

Spice up your fiesta-lovin’ palate with some south-of-the-border history, culture and cuisine—olé!

Food:

  • Short Rib Tostada: Corn Tortilla topped with Short Ribs, Black Beans, Salsa Verde and Spring Onion
  • Shrimp Quesadilla: Corn Tortilla with Shrimp, Oaxaca Cheese and topped with Spicy Guajillo Sauce and Sesame Seeds
  • Coconut Rice Pudding served with Mango Coulis (GF) (V)

Pork, beans and flowers atop a tortilla

Beverages:

  • Cerveza Por Favor: Dos Equis Draft Beer with a hint of Almond
  • Mariachi Loco: Margarita with Libelula Tequila Joven, Mango Purée and Chamoy
  • Ay Caramba: Smoky Margarita with Gracias A Dios Mezcal, Lime Juice and Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
  • La Chancla: Red Wine Sangria mixed with Fruit Juice
  • El Padrino: Blackberry Mexican Punch with Velo Blanco Tequila

Morocco

Relish an inspired array of exotic flavors—this north African region is a mecca of intriguing cuisine.

Food:

  • Kefta Pocket: Seasoned Ground Beef in a Pita Pocket (KA)
  • Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions and Tzatziki Sauce (V)
  • Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce

Fried cakes paired with cucumber salad and sauce

Beverages:

  • Casa Pale Lager
  • Kasbah Prestige Red Wine
  • Mimosa Royale: Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice topped with Orange Liqueur
  • Red Organic Sangria

New Zealand

Head south of the equator for quintessential Kiwi meals, including savory plates and award-winning wines.

Food:

  • Steamed Green Lip Mussels with Garlic Butter and Toasted Breadcrumbs
  • Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney
  • Seared Venison Sausage with Kumara Purée and Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce

A bowl full of mussels, herbs and carrots

Beverages:

  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
  • Antmoore Wineworks MOKOblack Pinot Noir, Marlborough
  • Frozen Wine Cocktail featuring Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

Food & Beverage Details

The following guide denotes menu items acceptable for specific dietary needs:

  • (GF) indicates Gluten/wheat-friendly
  • (KA) indicates Kid-approved (Dishes designed with kids in mind.)
  • (V) indicates Vegetarian

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

Stay tuned for more information about the Global Marketplaces in Part 6 of this series.

(Some information from Disneyworld.com)

HONDURAS Independence day

Honduras  officially the Republic of Honduras (SpanishRepública de Honduras), is a republic in Central America. It has at times been referred to as Spanish Honduras to differentiate it from British Honduras, which became modern-day Belize.Honduras is bordered to the west by Guatemala, to the southwest by El Salvador, to the southeast by Nicaragua, to the south by the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Fonseca, and to the north by the Gulf of Honduras, a large inlet of the Caribbean Sea.

Honduras was home to several important Mesoamerican cultures, most notably the Maya, before the Spanish invaded in the sixteenth century. The Spanish introduced Roman Catholicism and the now predominant Spanish language, along with numerous customs that have blended with the indigenous culture. Honduras became independent in 1821 and has since been a republic, although it has consistently endured much social strife and political instability, and remains one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere. In 1960, the northern part of what was the Mosquito Coast was transferred from Nicaragua to Honduras by the International Court of Justice.

The nation’s economy is primarily agricultural, making it especially vulnerable to natural disasters such as Hurricane Mitch in 1998. The lower class is primarily agriculturally based while wealth is concentrated in the country’s urban centers.Honduras has a Human Development Index of .625, classifying it as a nation with medium development.When the Index is adjusted for income inequality, its Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index is .443.

Honduran society is predominately Mestizo; however, American Indian, Black and White individuals also live in Honduras (2017).The nation had a relatively high political stability until its 2009 coup and again with the 2017 presidential election.Honduras has the world’s highest murder rateand high levels of sexual violence.

Honduras spans about 112,492 km2 and has a population exceeding 9 million. Its northern portions are part of the Western Caribbean Zone, as reflected in the area’s demographics and culture. Honduras is known for its rich natural resources, including mineralscoffeetropical fruit, and sugar cane, as well as for its growing textiles industry, which serves the international market.

Independence (1821)

Honduras gained independence from Spain in 1821 and was a part of the First Mexican Empire until 1823, when it became part of the United Provinces of Central America. It has been an independent republic and has held regular elections since 1838. In the 1840s and 1850s Honduras participated in several failed attempts at Central American unity, such as the Confederation of Central America (1842–1845), the covenant of Guatemala (1842), the Diet of Sonsonate (1846), the Diet of Nacaome (1847) and National Representation in Central America (1849–1852). Although Honduras eventually adopted the name Republic of Honduras, the unionist ideal never waned, and Honduras was one of the Central American countries that pushed the hardest for a policy of regional unity.

Neoliberal policies favoring international trade and investment began in the 1870s, and soon foreign interests became involved, first in shipping from the north coast, especially tropical fruit and most notably bananas, and then in building railroads. In 1888, a projected railroad line from the Caribbean coast to the capital, Tegucigalpa, ran out of money when it reached San Pedro Sula. As a result, San Pedro grew into the nation’s primary industrial center and second-largest city. Comayagua was the capital of Honduras until 1880, when the capital moved to Tegucigalpa.

Since independence, nearly 300 small internal rebellions and civil wars have occurred in the country, including some changes of régime.

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2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Global Marketplaces – Part 4

2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Global Marketplaces – Part 4

 

Disney Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2018

 

As leaves turning from green to red and gold mean “Fall” in northern parts, “Fall” in Florida has special meaning: Food & Wine Time!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival returns to Walt Disney World Resort this fall with 75 days of entertainment, events, and, of course, an abundance of wonderful food and tasty beverages.

The festival’s 23rd year runs from August 30 to November 12, 2018.

Pack your appetite for a mouthwatering tour of international flavors and domestic delicacies!  This year over 35 individual marketplaces with delicious dishes, fine wine, craft beer, spirits and other beverages sure to satisfy every palate.  Here is a listing of what the individual marketplaces (or food booth) are serving:

Hawai’i

Traverse the Pacific for tropical flavors and island faves—sweet or savory, these mouthwatering morsels scream aloha!

Food:

  • Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise (KA)
  • Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad, Pickled Cucumbers and Wasabi Cream
  • Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions and Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts (V)

Seared fish on a bed of seaweed

Beverages:

  • Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager
  • Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Mai Tai with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and DOLE Pineapple Juice

Hops & Barley

Stay stateside for all-American craft beer, wines and the hottest tastes from coast-to-coast!

Food:

  • New England Lobster Roll: Warm Lobster with Fresh Herb Mayonnaise and Griddled Roll
  • New Brunswick Slider: Slow-braised Beef Brisket “Pot Roast Style” with Horseradish Cream and Crispy Fried Onions on a Potato Roll with Pickled Vegetables on the side
  • Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing (V) (KA)

Beverages:

  • North Coast Bewing Co. Blue Star Wheat, Fort Bragg, CA (Flight)
  • 3 Daughters Brewing A Wake Coffee Blonde Ale, St. Petersburg, FL (Flight)
  • Heavy Seas AmeriCannon APA, Baltimore, MD (Flight)
  • Angry Orchard Rosé Hard Cider, Walden, NY
  • Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands
  • Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
  • Beer Flight

India

Introduce yourself to new flavors with ancient origins—the smorgasbord of Indian spices will whisk you off to faraway worlds!

Food:

  • Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips (V) (KA)
  • Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Basmati Rice (V) (GF)
  • Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews and Warm Naan Bread

Naan bread next to 3 cups containing, pickled vegetables and various sauces

Beverages:

  • Mango Lassi (Non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Godfather Lager
  • Sula Chenin Blanc, Nashik
  • Sula Shiraz, Nashik
  • Mango Lassi with Sōmrus Indian Cream Liqueur

Ireland

Escape to the Emerald Isle for a wee bit o’ ale, wine and authentic Irish fare to warm the cockles of y’er heart!

Food:

  • Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy
  • Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread (V)
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard

Sausages covered in gravy and chives on a bed of mashed potatoes

Beverages:

  • Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
  • Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
  • Guinness Baileys Shake

Islands of the Caribbean

Journey to the islands of the Caribbean, where the fusion of food and cultures create a melody in your mouth!

Food:

  • Ropa Vieja Empanada with Tomato Aïoli (KA)
  • Jerk-spiced Chicken Lollipop with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney Yogurt
  • Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce (V) (KA)

A cheese filled pastry on a plate next to a cup of coffee

Beverages:

  • Red Stripe Lager
  • Caribbean White Sangria
  • Frozen Mojito

Italy

Mangiare… savor the simple elegance of cucina italiana, with some of the world’s best-loved food and wine.

Food:

  • Fritto Misto: Crispy Shrimp, Zucchini and Sweet Potatoes with a Spicy Sauce
  • Pollo Alla Cacciatora: Braised Chicken Thigh, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Parmesan Polenta
  • Mezzi Rigatoni: Vodka Sauce, Crispy Pancetta and Parmesan Cheese (KA)
  • Cannoli: Cannoli filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate and Candied Fruit (KA)

Pasta paired with sauce, herbs, cheese and smoked meat

Beverages:

  • Moretti Lager
  • Moretti La Rossa Double Malt
  • Placido Pinot Grigio
  • Placido Chianti
  • Villa Sandi Prosecco
  • Montegrande Corbinello Spumante Dolce
  • Fior d’Arancio Montegrande Moscato
  • Frozen Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila

 

The following guide denotes menu items acceptable for specific dietary needs:

  • (GF) indicates Gluten/wheat-friendly
  • (KA) indicates Kid-approved (Dishes designed with kids in mind.)
  • (V) indicates Vegetarian

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

Stay tuned for more information about the Global Marketplaces in Part 5 of this series.

(Some information from Disneyworld.com)

 

2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival – Global Marketplaces – Part 3

2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Global Marketplaces – Part 3

 

Disney Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2018

 

As leaves turning from green to red and gold mean “Fall” in northern parts, “Fall” in Florida has special meaning: Food & Wine Time!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival returns to Walt Disney World Resort this fall with 75 days of entertainment, events, and, of course, an abundance of wonderful food and tasty beverages.

The festival’s 23rd year runs from August 30 to November 12, 2018.

Pack your appetite for a mouthwatering tour of international flavors and domestic delicacies!  This year over 35 individual marketplaces with delicious dishes, fine wine, craft beer, spirits and other beverages sure to satisfy every palate.  Here is a listing of what the individual marketplaces (or food booth) are serving:

The Festival Center Wine Shop

Food:

  • Charcuterie Plate: Chefs Selection of Artisanal Meats and Accompaniments
  • La Bottega di BelGioioso® Cheese Plate: Crescenza-Stracchino®, CreamyGorg® Gorgonzola Dolce, and Artigiano® Vino Rosso Cheeses
  • Bloody Mary Seafood Cocktail: Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Olive Salad and Crisp Lettuce in a Bloody Mary Vinaigrette

A tray topped with bread, meat, mustard, lettuce and a jar of sauce

Beverages:

  • Fess Parker Riesling, Santa Barbara County (White Flight)
  • MacMurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Gris, Russian River Valley (White Flight)
  • Silverado Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley (White Flight)
  • Silverado Vineyards Chardonnay, Carneros
  • Kurt Russell’s Gogi Wines “Goldie” Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills
  • MacMurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley (Pinot Noir Flight)
  • Kurt Russell’s Gogi Wines “Birdie” Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills (Pinot Noir Fight)
  • Skywalker Vineyards Sommita Pinot Noir, Marin County (Pinot Noir Flight)
  • Silverado Vineyards Fantasia Sangiovese Blend, Napa Valley (Red Flight)
  • Chappellet Mountain Cuvée Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley (Red Flight)
  • Fess Parker Rodney’s Vineyard Syrah, Santa Barbara County (Red Flight)
  • Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • White Flight
  • Pinot Noir Flight
  • Red Flight

Flavors from Fire

Add some heat to your epicurean adventure with these spicy bites and specialty beverages that pair perfectly!

Chocolate cake paired with jelly and chunks of mango

Food:

  • Piggy Wings: Roasted Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame Seeds (KA)
  • Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes, Pickled Onions and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue featuring BelGioioso® Romano and American Grana Cheeses
  • Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro Aïoli
  • Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder and Mango

Beverages:

  • Orlando Brewery Smokin’ Blackwater Porter
  • Michael David Winery 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel, Lodi
  • Swine Brine featuring Jim Beam Bourbon

France

Fall in ooo-la-la-love with the classic cuisine and finest wines of France—bon appétit!

Food:

  • Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley
  • Carbonade de BoeufPurée de Pommes de Terre: Beer-braised Beef with Bacon, Onion and Mashed Potatoes
  • Crème Brûlée à la Confiture de Framboises: Crème Brûlée with House-made Raspberry Jam (V) (GF) (KA)

Chunks of beef, onions and bacon topped with gravy on a bed of mashed potatoes

Beverages:

  • La Passion Martini Slush: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, Cranberry and Passion Fruit Juice
  • Chardonnay, Le Vieux Manoir
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Village la Tourelle, Bordeaux
  • St-Germain Sparkling Kir: Sparkling Wine and St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • Kronenbourg 1664 Pale Lager

Germany

Embark on an epicurean adventure to Deutschland, home of the heartiest food, drinks and appetites in the world!

Food:

  • Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese (KA)
  • Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll (KA)
  • Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce (V) (KA)

A bratwurst on a roll next to a dollop of mustard

Beverages:

  • Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)
  • Carl Graff Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese, Mosel (Flight)
  • J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett, Mosel (Flight)
  • Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken, Mosel (Flight)
  • Villa Wolf Pinot Noir, Pfalz
  • Riesling Flight

Greece

Bask in the Mediterranean flavors of traditional dishes and heavenly drinks popular in the Land of the Gods!

Food:

  • Loaded Greek “Nachos”: Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles and Vegan Tzatziki (V) (KA)
  • Taste of Greece: Chicken Souvlaki, Feta Cheese Dip with Warm Pita and Lamb Sausage with a Dill Tomato Ragu
  • Spanakopita: Greek Spinach Pie (V)
  • Bougatsa: Warm Phyllo Dough Strudel with Sweet Vanilla Custard, Lemon Honey Syrup and Cinnamon (V) (KA)

Spinach and onions stuffed inside filo dough pastries

Beverages:

  • Domaine Skouras Moscofilero, Peloponnese
  • Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko, Santorini
  • Argyros Atlantis Red Blend, Santorini
  • Wine Flight

Stay tuned for more about the Global Marketplaces in Part 4 of this series!

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Some information taken from Disneyworld.com)

 

Broccoli

When it comes to great-tasting nutrition, broccoli is an all-star food with many health benefits. While low in calories, broccoli is rich in essential vitamins and minerals, in addition to fiber.

Broccoli belongs to a family of vegetables called cruciferous vegetables and its close relatives include brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage. Broccoli contains sulforophane, a sulfur-containing compound present in cruciferous vegetables. Researchers are studying the anti-cancer properties of sulforophane and have come to some interesting conclusions, although more research is needed.

As if that’s not enough, a cup of cooked broccoli offers as much vitamin C as an orange, and is a good source of beta-carotene. Broccoli contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc too. It also provides fiber and is low in calories.

Broccoli Nutrients

Broccoli is a great source of vitamins K and C, a good source of folate (folic acid) and also provides potassium, fiber.

Vitamin K – essential for the functioning of many proteins involved in blood clotting

Vitamin C – builds collagen, which forms body tissue and bone, and helps cuts and wounds heal. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and protects the body from damaging free radicals.

Fiber – diets high in fiber promote digestive health. A high fiber intake can also help lower cholesterol.

Potassium – a mineral and electrolyte that is essential for the function of nerves and heart contraction.

Folate – is necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells in the body.

broccoli casseroleCooking with Broccoli

Cooking methods can impact the nutrient content and health benefits of broccoli. Boiling can leach up to 90% of the valuable nutrients from broccoli, while steaming, roasting, stir-frying, and microwaving tends to preserve the nutrients.

History of Broccoli

Broccoli was developed from wild cabbage during Roman times, and was enjoyed immensely by the Romans. Broccoli was introduced to the United States during colonial times, but did not gain popularity until the 1920’s.

Did you know?

Broccoli gets its name from the Italian word “broccolo”, which means “cabbage sprout”.

Try this!

Looking for a new way to enjoy broccoli? Try roasting it! Place fresh broccoli on a metal sheet lined with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and some Parmesan cheese. Roast the broccoli at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. The broccoli will have a deliciously nutty taste that will have you craving more

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