SUGAR

Sugars (clockwise from top-left): white refined, unrefined, unprocessed cane, brown

Sugar is the generic name for sweet-tasting, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. The various types of sugar are derived from different sources. Simple sugars are called monosaccharides and include glucose (also known as dextrose), fructose, and galactose. “Table sugar” or “granulated sugar” refers to sucrose, a disaccharide of glucose and fructose. In the body, sucrose is hydrolysed into fructose and glucose.

Sucrose is used in prepared foods (e.g. cookies and cakes), is sometimes added to commercially available beverages, and may be used by people as a sweetener for foods (e.g. toast and cereal) and beverages (e.g. coffee and tea). Other disaccharides include maltose (from malted grain) and lactose (from milk). Longer chains of sugars are called oligosaccharides or polysaccharides. Some other chemical substances, such as glycerol and sugar alcohols, may have a sweet taste, but are not classified as sugar.

Sugars are found in the tissues of most plants, but are especially concentrated in sugarcane and sugar beet, making them ideal for efficient commercial extraction to make refined sugar. In 2016, the combined world production of those two crops was about two billion tonnes.

The average person consumes about 24 kilograms (53 lb) of sugar each year, or 33.1 kilograms (73 lb) in developed countries, equivalent to over 260 food calories per day. As sugar consumption grew in the latter part of the 20th century, researchers began to examine whether a diet high in sugar, especially refined sugar, was damaging to human health. Excessive consumption of sugar has been implicated in the onset of obesitydiabetescardiovascular diseasedementia, and tooth decay. Numerous studies have tried to clarify those implications, but with varying results, mainly because of the difficulty of finding populations for use as controls that consume little or no sugar. In 2015, the World Health Organization recommended that adults and children reduce their intake of free sugars to less than 10%, and encouraged a reduction to below 5%, of their total energy intake.

Ancient times and Middle Ages[edit]

Sugar cane plantation

Sugar has been produced in the Indian subcontinent[4] since ancient times and its cultivation spread from there into modern-day Afghanistan through the Khyber Pass.[5] It was not plentiful or cheap in early times, and in most parts of the world, honey was more often used for sweetening. Originally, people chewed raw sugarcane to extract its sweetness. Sugarcane was a native of tropical South Asia and Southeast Asia.[6]

Different species seem to have originated from different locations with Saccharum barberi originating in India and S. edule and S. officinarum coming from New Guinea.[6][7] One of the earliest historical references to sugarcane is in Chinese manuscripts dating to 8th century BCE, which state that the use of sugarcane originated in India.[8]

In the tradition of Indian medicine (āyurveda), the sugarcane is known by the name Ikṣu and the sugarcane juice is known as Phāṇita. Its varieties, synonyms and characterics are defined in nighaṇṭus such as the Bhāvaprakāśa (1.6.23, group of sugarcanes).[9]

The Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides in the 1st century CE described sugar in his medical treatise De Materia Medica,[10] and Pliny the Elder, a 1st-century CE Roman, described sugar in his Natural History: “Sugar is made in Arabia as well, but Indian sugar is better. It is a kind of honey found in cane, white as gum, and it crunches between the teeth. It comes in lumps the size of a hazelnut. Sugar is used only for medical purposes.”[11]

Sugar was found in Europe by the 1st century CE.[12][11] Sugar remained relatively unimportant until the Indians discovered methods of turning sugarcane juice into granulated crystals that were easier to store and to transport.[13] Crystallized sugar was discovered by the time of the Imperial Guptas, around the 5th century CE.[13] In the local Indian language, these crystals were called khanda (Devanagari: खण्ड, Khaṇḍa), which is the source of the word candy.[14] Indian sailors, who carried clarified butter and sugar as supplies, introduced knowledge of sugar along the various trade routes they travelled.[13] Traveling Buddhist monks took sugar crystallization methods to China.[15] During the reign of Harsha (r. 606–647) in North India, Indian envoys in Tang Chinataught methods of cultivating sugarcane after Emperor Taizong of Tang (r. 626–649) made known his interest in sugar. China established its first sugarcane plantations in the seventh century.[16]Chinese documents confirm at least two missions to India, initiated in 647 CE, to obtain technology for sugar refining.[17] In South Asia, the Middle East and China, sugar became a staple of cooking and desserts.

Crusaders brought sugar back to Europe after their campaigns in the Holy Land, where they encountered caravans carrying “sweet salt”. Early in the 12th century, Venice acquired some villages near Tyre and set up estates to produce sugar for export to Europe. It supplemented the use of honey, which had previously been the only available sweetener.[18] Crusade chronicler William of Tyre, writing in the late 12th century, described sugar as “very necessary for the use and health of mankind”.[19] In the 15th century, Venice was the chief sugar refining and distribution centre in Europe.. THANKS TO WIKIPEDIA.1122 Spring Cypress rd Spring TX 77373.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events Specialty Dining and Pairings – Part 1

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events

Specialty Dining and Pairings – Part 1

This year, Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival runs August 30 until November 12, 2018, ending right before the start of the popular Christmas season.  The 2018 event is now well underway and has maintained it’s popularity with foodies!

During this food lover’s event, Disney guests can eat and drink their way around the World Showcase and parts of Future World. It’s one of the most popular events at Epcot’s Walt Disney World.  In this post, we will be covering Specialty Dining and Pairings.

Prepare for gormet delight as Disney’s master chefs serve up delicious dishes true to  traditions of these nations—from France to Japan. Guests will be guided on an  appetizing journey that connects them with the authentic tastes and beverages of each unique country/culture. Pairing events lift up amazing flavors even further with a complementary wine or craft beer that’s been specifically selected by the restaurant’s chef. Courageous guests will boldly travel the world bite after bite, sip after sip… without ever leaving the ground.  Here’s some information about what is being prepared.

Mexican Tequila Lunch
Savor south-of-the-border cuisine paired with the fiery taste of tequila!
As you indulge in the authentic aromas and gourmet ingredients of a 4-course Mexican
meal, you’re invited to celebrate your senses as you sample from a diverse range of tequila selections—each carefully chosen to complement the spices found in these unique, regionally themed dishes.
It’s an unforgettable adventure—one that explains the history of agave spirits. Get ready to eat, drink… and merrily sing “Olé!”

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Italian Food, Wine Vs. Beer Pairing at Via Napoli

Discover authentic Italian dishes with an original twist, each prepared by expert chefs  and served with regional beverages.
Sit down to a 5-course gourmet meal paired with the chef’s own expert selection
of Italian wines and craft beer—all chosen to complement original recipes. One taste
is all it takes to see why Italian cuisine warms the heart and satisfies the palate.

Italian Beer Pairing

Where: Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Italy at Epcot®
Dates: September: 25, 27
October: 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
November: 1, 6, 8
Time: 1:30PM – 4:15PM
Price: $88.00 per person, plus tax, gratuity included

Parisian Breakfast

Start the day with fabulous fresh-baked goodness, from baguettes and croissants to
perfect chocolate.  Wake up and smell the petit déjeuner! Guests are invited to sip cappuccino, hot chocolate or amazing French sparkling mimosas all while indulging in an authentic Parisian breakfast buffet.  Your first meal of the day will never be the same!
Where: Chefs de France
Dates: September: 22, 29
October: 6, 13, 20, 27
November: 3, 10
Time: 9:15AM – 10:30AM
Price: $40.00 per person, plus tax, gratuity included

Apple Turnovers and Frangipane Pastries Parisian Breakfast

Which of these Pairings sounds good to you?  My answer is they ALL do!!  However my choice for breakfast would be Parisian Breakfast and for dinner The Italian Food.

Stay tuned to Part 2 for more descriptions of yummy Speciality Dinings and Pairings at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival 2018.

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 obtained from DisneyWorld.com)

 

2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival -Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!

2018 Epcot Food & Wine Festival -Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!

A man and 3 women smile while holding drinks and small plates of food

During this seminar, attendees get to work side-by-side with chefs,  wine and beverage gurus and other cooking experts.  Student chefs can roll up their sleeves for a hands-on lesson that instructs one of many different culinary and beverage skills.  There are many different seminars.  Each hands-on workshop experience offers different choices—from whipping up sweet treats and yummy foods to investigating cocktails, spirits and wines.  The workshops are held two days a week for about 1 hour 15 minutes for each class.

General Event Details

  • Festival Center Stage
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM
  • $39 per Guest, plus tax

Which one will you attend?  It’s fun to go with a friend or family!  I’m planning to go to Tasty Trio on November 1.  Tasty Trio will present information about wine, cheese and chocolate pairings.  I can’t wait — 3 of my favorite things to eat and drink!

A chef in a demonstration kitchen pours oil into a sauté pan containing scallops and vegetables

Here are just a few of the upcoming workshops:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 04, 2018

4:30 PM Dana Herbert, Desserts by Dana, Newark, DE

Totally Bananas with Chef Dana – Since more than 100 billion bananas are eaten
every year in the world, this would make bananas the fourth most
popular agricultural product. During this hands-on demo and
tasting, guests will explore ways to transform this versatile fruit into sweet
treats.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018

4:30 PM Matt Lewis, Baked, Brooklyn, NY

Bread Basics 101 – The best bread in the world is the kind you can
make at home. Plus, fresh bread also makes your home smell
heavenly! Learn how to produce an artisan loaf at home without a
lot of kneading and with almost zero equipment. By the end of this
experience, you’ll have the knowledge you “knead” and your own
fresh bread to enjoy!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2018

4:30 PM Bronwen Weber, Frosted Art Bakery, Dallas, TX

Decorate Your Own Halloween Cupcakes – Trick or Treat – We’re all
about the treats! Learn from renowned cake master Bronwen
Weber on how to decorate your own Halloween cupcakes! Enjoy
making cake toppers shaped as a friendly skeleton, Jack-o-lantern,
and witch. You’ll leave ready to make your own treats at home with
Frosted Art Bakery’s very own chocolate cake and ganache icing
recipes!

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 01, 2018

4:30 PM Tonda Corrente, Lisa Wilk, Jill Ramsier, Tasty Trio, Orlando, FL

Flavor Trifecta – Enjoy a decadent Flavor Trifecta: Wine, Cheese &
Chocolate, experienced in perfect harmony! Join the Tasty Trio as
they take you through a delectable journey of wine, cheese and
chocolate pairings and the interplay on your palate of all three
elements. This unique class promises to be fun, educational and
delicious.

Please note: advanced reservations are highly recommended, as these events fills up quickly.

Which of these seminars sound both educational and fun?  My answer — all of them!

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 obtained by DisneyWorld.com)

 

 

Steak

A beef steak dinner, served with roasted eggplantzucchini and garlic

A steak topped with sautéed mushrooms

steak (/ˈstk/) is a meat generally sliced across the muscle fibers, potentially including a bone. Exceptions, in which the meat is sliced parallel to the fibers, include the skirt steak cut from the plate, the flank steak cut from the abdominal muscles, and the Silverfinger steak cut from the loin and includes three rib bones. In a larger sense, there are also fish steaks, ground meat steaks, pork steak and many more varieties of steak.

Steak is usually grilled,[1] but can be pan-fried. It is often grilled in an attempt to replicate the flavor of steak cooked over the glowing coals of an open fire.[1] Steak can also be cooked in sauce, such as in steak and kidney pie, or minced and formed into patties, such as hamburgers.

Steaks are also cut from grazing animals, usually farmed, other than cattle, including bisoncamelgoathorsekangaroo,[2][3] sheepostrichpigsreindeerturkeydeer and zebu as well as various types of fish, especially salmon and large pelagic fish such as swordfishshark and marlin. For some meats, such as porklamb and muttonchevon and veal, these cuts are often referred to as chops. Some cured meat, such as gammon, is commonly served as steak.

Grilled Portobello mushroom may be called mushroom steak, and similarly for other vegetarian dishes.[4] Imitation steak is a food product that is formed into a steak shape from various pieces of meat. Grilled fruits such as watermelon have been used as vegetarian steak alternatives. Thanks to Wikipedia.

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2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival — Eat to the Beat Concert Series – Part 2

2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival — Eat to the Beat Concert Series – Part 2

It’s Fall in Disney World & that means Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival! As part of  the Festival, Epcot presents an Eat to the Beat Concert Series.  Eat to the Beat has a star-studded lineup with  something for everyone’s music taste—from pop to country to R&B and more—all presented daily at the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Fresh, Hot Sounds Nightly!

Broaden your day of delicious dining at the many food and beverage booths with live music entertainment from top-name acts.

Each evening during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the America Gardens Theatre dishes out performances from major recording artists. This year, the musical menu features 32 irresistible acts— one of the biggest and best lineups ever presented.

General Event Details

  • Where: America Gardens Theatre at World Showcase, Epcot
  • When: Daily from August 30 through November 12, 2018
  • Showtimes: 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM nightly

Valid Epcot admission is required. All entertainment and artist appearances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

A woman’s hand rising out of the crowd as a guitar plays on stage at an Eat to the Beat performance.

Eat to the Beat 2018 Schedule

Make a date to catch one or more of our major recording artists live in concert!

  • October 1 to 2: NEW! Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts
  • October 3 to 4: Everclear
  • October 5 to 7: Mark Wills
  • October 8 to 10: Air Supply
  • October 11 to 12: NEW! Anderson East
  • October 13 to 14: Smash Mouth
  • October 15 to 16: NEW! 98 Degrees
  • October 17 to 18: 38 Special
  • October 19 to 21: The Devon Allman Project
  • October 22 to 23: Kenny G
  • October 24 to 25: Billy Ocean
  • October 26 to 28: Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
  • October 29 to 31: Hanson
  • November 1 to 2: NEW! High Valley
  • November 3 to 4: Taylor Dayne
  • November 5 to 7: Boyz II Men
  • November 8 to 9: The Hooters
  • November 10 to 12: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Make plans to go to these concerts which are all included in your admission to Epcot. Concerts are 35 to 45 minutes depending on the artist.  I’ve been to several of these concerts in the past and all have been very enjoyable and a nice way to relax and get off your feet for a while.  The Americas Garden Theatre is outdoors but provides plenty of shade and fans to cool off.

Have fun at Epcot’s Eat to the Beat!

More about Dining & Eat to the Beat in the next series on Epcot’s 2018 International Food and Wine Festival!

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 from DisneyWorld.com)

 

 

 

Epcot Eat to the Beat Concert Series – Part 1

2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival — Eat to the Beat Concert Series – Part 1

Come and get it! Epcot’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series has a star-studded lineup with  something for every taste—from pop to country to R&B and more—all at the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Fresh, Hot Sounds Nightly!

Spice up your day of delicious dining with live music excitement from top-name acts.

Each night during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the America Gardens Theatre serves up performances from major recording artists. This year, our musical menu features 32 irresistible acts—our biggest and best lineup ever.

General Event Details

  • Where: America Gardens Theatre at World Showcase, Epcot
  • When: Daily from August 30 through November 12, 2018
  • Showtimes: 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM nightly

Valid Epcot admission is required. All entertainment and artist appearances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Our 2018 Schedule

Make a date to catch one or more of our big-name artists live in concert!

A woman’s hand rising out of the crowd as a guitar plays on stage at an Eat to the Beat performance.

  • August 30 to 31: Blue October
  • September 1 to 3: Tiffany
  • September 4 to 5: NEW! MercyMe
  • September 6 to 7: NEW! Glass Tiger
  • September 8 to 9: NEW! Tauren Wells
  • September 10 to 11: Postmodern Jukebox
  • September 12 to 13: NEW! Vertical Horizon
  • September 14 to 16: Baha Men
  • September 17 to 19: Plain White T’s
  • September 20 to 21: Living Colour
  • September 22 to 23: NEW! Sheila E
  • September 24 to 26: Sugar Ray
  • September 27 to 28: David Cook
  • September 29 to 30: Jeffrey Osborne

Make plans to go to these concerts which are all included in your admission to Epcot. Concerts are 35 to 45 minutes depending on the artist.  I’ve been to several of these concerts in the past and all have been very enjoyable and a nice way to relax and get off your feet for a while.  The Americas Garden Theatre is outdoors but provides plenty of shade and fans to cool off.

Stay tuned to more about Eat to the Beat in Part 2 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 from DisneyWorld.com)

 

 

 

 

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!!

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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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