Best Cardio Exercises and Workouts

Cardio exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your body, whether you want to lose weightburn fat, or generally improve your health. You can use machines like a treadmill or an elliptical trainer, or you can create your own workout at home with a variety of cardio exercises like jogging in place, jumping jacks, or burpees. Anything that gets your heart rate into your target heart rate zone will work, but there are some workouts that give you a little more bang for your buck.

There’s no “right” cardio exercise, and the best choice for you is the one that is the most challenging, but that you can perform safely and enjoy. Exercises that intervals and circuits can help you get the most bang for your time spent.

The workouts below offer new and unique ways to get your heart rate up, burn more calories, and get in great shape.

40-20 HIIT Circuit Workout

HIIT Circuit Workout
 Long Jump. Ben Goldstein
  • Duration: 35 minutes
  • Fitness level: Intermediate/advanced
  • Equipment: A step or platform

Why It Works

This workout takes traditional interval training and turns up the heat by shortening the recovery intervals between exercises.

How It Works

  • Cumulative intensity: The cardio moves include a range of exercises from long jumps to burpees. Because the intensity is cumulative, you should feel breathless by the end of each circuit.
  • A very short recovery time: You do each high-intensity cardio exercise for 40 seconds, then rest just 20 seconds. When you do all four exercises, that comes out to four minutes of work. You can stick with that or repeat the circuit for a longer workout.
  • Activating your fat-burning hormones: Whenever you get into your anaerobic zone (it’s hard to speak in full sentences due to how taxed your breathing is) your body produces growth hormone and adrenaline. You burn more calories during the workout and you get a great afterburn.

With four total circuits, you’ll burn tons of calories. The variety of the workout and the exercises keeps things interesting.

Try it:  40-20 HIIT Circuit Workout

30-60-90 Mixed Interval Workout

  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Fitness level: Intermediate/advanced
  • Equipment: Any cardio machine or activity

Why It Works

This workout includes high-impact, high-intensity exercises done in a format designed to get you out of your comfort zone, burn more calories, and increase your anaerobic threshold.

In this workout, you’ll be switching between intervals of 30, 60, and 90 seconds with equal resting periods. This means you’ll work at three different levels of intensity:

  1. Moderate intensity: A moderate intensity is around a level 6 on a perceived exertion scale from 1 to 10.
  2. High intensity: You can’t sustain this for long because you’re well out of your comfort zone, around a level 8 on the perceived exertion scale.
  3. Very high intensity: This is the shortest interval and the one that takes you to a level 8 or 9, which should be in your anaerobic zone.

By focusing on all levels of intensity, you’re training all of your body’s energy systems for a comprehensive, calorie-burning workout.

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Fitness level: Intermediate/advanced
  • Equipment: A treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike
  • Why It Works

This series includes four different workouts that show you how to change the settings of some of the most common cardio machines in order to get you the most out of your workouts.

By changing your speed, resistance, and/or incline, you challenge your body and burn more calories.

How It Works

  • Workout 1: This treadmill workout has you increasing and decreasing your incline throughout the workout to help you burn more calories and stave off boredom.
  • Workout 2: This uses an elliptical trainer. You’ll gradually increase your resistance/incline for six-minute intervals, then drop down for two minutes, giving you a killer interval workout.
  • Workout 3: You’ll spend two minutes increasing resistance on a stationary bike, two minutes reducing resistance, and then one minute pedaling with high resistance to really get your heart rate up.
  • Workout 4: Skip the gym and get outdoors to do some walking, jogging, and sprinting to get your heart rate up.

Elliptical Interval WorkouT.

  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Fitness level: Intermediate/advanced
  • Equipment: An elliptical machine

Why It Works

The elliptical can give you a great workout, but if you’re staying at the same level of resistance the entire time, you’re not doing your body any favors. The best way to get more out of your workouts is to change your settings throughout the workout to work harder and push your body out of its comfort zone.

How It Works

  • Varying levels of intensity: During this workout, you’ll increase and decrease your resistance levels, pushing you to work harder and then recover enough to get ready for the next push.
  • Varying intervals: Some intervals are one minute and some are two minutes.
  • Steady state intervals: To give you a break, there are steady state recovery intervals throughout the workout to help you catch your breath.

High Intensity Aerobic Intervals

  • Duration: 64 minutes
  • Fitness level: Intermediate/advanced
  • Equipment: Any cardio machine

Why It Works

High-intensity workouts are great, but you want to work at different levels of intensity throughout the week. This workout includes moderate-intensity intervals, but you’ll stay in your aerobic zone, meaning you won’t have to go breathless. This makes the workout longer and a little more comfortable than the other high-intensity workouts.

How It Works

  • Ten different intervals: Each interval is four minutes long.
  • Moderate intensity: For each four-minute interval, you’ll work just out of your comfort zone, around a level 6 on the perceived exertion scale. You should be working hard, but be able to sustain this level for the full four minutes.
  • Two-minute recovery: There are two-minute recovery intervals in between each work set. Take the speed, resistance, or incline down to a comfortable place so you can fully recover.

As you get tired, you may need to slow down or lower your incline or resistance to maintain the suggested levels of exertion. It’s normal for that to happen, so don’t feel like you have to stay at the same level for every interval.

Tabata Cardio Workout

  • Duration: 35 minutes
  • Fitness level: Advanced
  • Equipment: None

Why It Works

Tabata training is one of the best cardio workouts, taking you through very short, very intense intervals that only last 20 seconds. That doesn’t sound like much, but put together four exercises with only 10 seconds of rest in between and you’ll really feel this.

How It Works

  • Four Tabatas: There are four complete Tabata cycles, each with four different high-intensity, high-impact exercises.
  • Four minutes: You’ll do each exercise for 20 seconds, rest for 10, and then move on to the next one. After completing the four exercises, you’ll repeat them again for a total of four minutes.
  • Ten-second rests: Take full advantage of these, but realize you probably won’t be able to catch your breath in 10 seconds. That’s how you burn calories and build endurance.

Outdoor Circuit Workout

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Fitness level: Intermediate/advanced
  • Equipment: None

Why It Works

Outdoor workouts tend to revolve around a few basic activities—walking, running, and cycling. Those can all be effective calorie-burning exercises, but one way to ensure that is to try adding some intensity to your usual routine.

How It Works

Being outside challenges your body in a different way than machines do, so you’re already increasing your calorie burn. The following can add to that:

  • Steady-state cardio: You’ll walk or run for a period of time, keeping the intensity moderate and focusing on your aerobic zone.
  • Short bursts of speed or hills: Every so often, you’ll pick up the pace or head up a hill (if you’ve got one nearby) to push yourself out of the aerobic zone.
  • High-intensity exercises: Finally, you’ll stop during the workout for things like push-ups, long jumps, and other high-impact moves to take you even further out of your comfort zone.

Not only will you get a great workout, you’ll have some fun by trying something totally different.

Make Your Own Workout

  • Duration: Up to you
  • Fitness level: Beginner/intermediate/advanced
  • Equipment: None

Why It Works

Sometimes, the best workout is the one you make up on the fly. Just doing anything different for your body can help you make changes and see better results from your workout.

Ideas for Your Workout

  • Choose your exercises: Go through a list of cardio exercises and pick 10 moves to try.
  • Warm up: Make sure to start with a five-minute warm-up before going into the higher intensity exercises.
  • Start your timer: The easiest way to do this kind of workout is to do the moves for a set period of time, like 60 seconds.
  • Rests: Rest briefly between exercises and repeat all of them for a longer workout.

Feel free to mix and match your favorites for your own personalized workout. Try making a playlist of your favorite music to kick start your workout. 1122 SPRING CYPRESS RD  SPRING TX 77373

You’ll (Probably) Never Find the Buried Treasure In Hermann Park

You’ll (Probably) Never Find the Buried Treasure In Hermann Park

Hey, everyone — there’s a 40-year-old treasure buried in Houston’s Hermann Park that’s worth more than $1,000!

But don’t get up from your lonely, disgusting cubicles just yet, you greedy office rat. Finding this treasure won’t be easy.

Here are the obstacles you face:

First you’ll have to navigate and decipher a set of nightmarish, Tolkien-style riddles and illustrated clues left behind by a sci-fi and fantasy author who seems to have had no idea how to create a working puzzle. (He died in a car crash in 2005, so there’s no way to hit him up on Tinder for the answers, ya cheater.) The puzzles aren’t nightmarish because they’re scary; they’re nightmarish because they make about as much sense as driving on 290 at 5 p.m. with a belly full of LuAnne Platters from Luby’s.

Second, there’s an irritating local internet culture of “I-knew-about-the-treasure-first” fortune hunters who have been actively thinking and planning and talking about the Hermann Park treasure since way before it was cool, so back the hell off, new guy.

They’ll mock your naive ideas and enthusiasm in secret Facebook groups and forums filled with wild conspiracy theories and inter-community arguing while a guy named Mark, who excavated a section of the Houston Zoo with a backhoe back in 2005, will kindly explain exactly why your’e wrong.

Finally, if you manage to get through the first two obstacles and arrive at the point where you’re dodging park security so you can start digging, it’s important to note that what you’re looking for is most likely buried underneath the Houston Zoo’s gorilla exhibit (but also maybe not).

You see, back when the treasure was buried in the ’80s, Hermann Park was completely different. It’s gone through decades of renovations and gorillas since then, so everything anyone looks at while they’re out hunting for treasure needs to be viewed through the dual lenses of “What Hermann Park looked like in 1981” as well as “Isn’t there something else I should be doing right now?”

I’m talking about the treasure that Byron Preiss buried and wrote about in his 1981 book “The Secret: A Treasure Hunt.” 

According to the rules laid out in “The Secret,” the treasure — a ceramic key that’s enclosed within a ceramic case that’s contained within a protective Plexiglas cube — can be traded in with Preiss’ family for a valuable ruby worth upwards of $1,000. The same goes for 11 other ceramic keys that Preiss buried around North America and left clues about in his book.

Only two of the keys have been discovered — in Chicago and Cleveland — and the rest are presumably still up for grabs.

And while a quick internet search will show you that this treasure hunt has been publicized in various reports over the years, including a February 2018 episode of the Travel Channel’s “Expeditions Unknown,” a thorough examination of the Houston treasure is still hard to come by.

Sure, there are a couple surface-level ABC 13 and chron.com reports that looked into the legend and immediately gave up, and an obscure podcast is currently exploring the details behind all of Preiss’ treasures. But where’s the Houston deep dive that explores the local search in minute detail?

Tragically, this article is not that deep dive. There are just way too many details and theories and side histories surrounding the Houston treasure to explain the story completely without going insane. Believe me, I tried (in a lazy kind of way). People who have years of experience searching for the treasure (with a backhoe or otherwise) aren’t that interested in talking about it with the media and the online forums and theories are a vast madness machine that you’ll never escape from.

I even went out to Hermann Park twice and looked directly at various dirt areas while thinking really hard, but nothing happened.

Still, here’s enough information to get you started on your own search:

The Houston treasure — like all of them — can allegedly be found via the careful reading and examining of Preiss’ book. I won’t go into the other cities’ treasures because Go ‘Stros, but as for Houston’s, what you’re looking for in the book is a seemingly-meaningless illustration of an elf-genie thing, a star, and three pillars with animals and globes on top of them.

Longtime treasure hunters have deduced that this image in “The Secret” not only points you to Houston, but also to where the treasure is buried in Hermann Park. There are a few reasons for this (the coordinates for Houston are hidden in the trees, for example, and the pillars in the illustration match pillars that used to be in the zoo back in the 80s). Also a poem on page 49 about fortresses and lions gives you some extra clues, as well as extra reasons to feel sad and hopeless about this entire endeavor.

Despite the obvious, hard-to-answer questions that surround the search, like “When do I get my thousand bucks?” and “Did the zoo train conductor just call the cops on me for digging up a protected oak tree owned by the city?” a small group of dedicated treasure hunters have continued looking for that sweet, sweet ruby.

Discussions, debates, maps, and deranged theories about where the treasure might be located get posted in secret online groups every day.

The Hermann Park Conservancy politely fields inquiries from amateur treasure hunters to discourage them from digging up the park.

Mark, the guy who used the backhoe to dig the 30-foot trench in the southern end of the zoo in 2005, also brought a ground penetrating radar in to inspect the entire area.

And still the hunt continues. People in the know (not me, if you haven’t figured that out by now) agree the treasure might never be found because the clues Preiss left behind are so maddeningly opaque and terrible.

“Preiss was not a good puzzle maker,” said George Ward, who has been researching “The Secret” and its ceramic keys for more than a decade and co-hosts Shhh — The Secret, the podcast about the hunt. “The clues he put in his book are notoriously hard to figure out and also they’re just bad. Like for one of the keys his clue pointed to some tall grass. That’s not a lot of help 40 years later.”

Even worse for anyone in Southeast Texas looking for a quick $1,000 payday, Ward says Houston is probably the least likely of the remaining treasures to be found.

For one thing, like I mentioned before, there’s currently a gorilla exhibit built on top of where Preiss probably hid the Houston key — inside the Children’s Zoo. Back in the early ’80s, when Preiss hid the keys and published “The Secret,” a small scale zoo for kids was located toward the southern end of Hermann Park. It was demolished in the early 00s to make way for the apes, but back then a lot of clues in Preiss’ book allegedly aligned with landmarks within the zoo.

(If you’re interested in knowing more, Mark explains it all in this March 1 episode of “The Secret” podcast, where he goes into detail about destroying a zoo water main with his backhoe and nearly flooding the elephant habitat.)

For another thing, Preiss died in a car accident and no one has any real idea where the treasure is. If the guy with the backhoe can’t find it, then all hope is probably lost.

Or, then again, you should probably quit your job and go look for it right now.

https://www.freepresshouston.com/youll-probably-never-find-the-buried-treasure-in-hermann-park/

How To Carve a Pumpkin for Halloween: The Easiest, Most Foolproof Method

How To Carve a Pumpkin for Halloween: The Easiest, Most Foolproof Method

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Carving a pumpkin isn’t rocket science, but it’s still wise to have a game plan. Before you lop off the top of that pumpkin and grab a handful of gooey squash guts, take a look through our basic guide to carving the best Halloween pumpkin.

Follow these steps and you’ll end up with a cute and classic jack-o’-lantern with easy, no-fuss cleanup afterwards.

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

Pick a Long-Lasting Pumpkin

You want your pumpkin to last through Halloween and beyond, right? This starts with the kind of pumpkin you pick out. Read our tips here for picking a good, long-lasting pumpkin, and prepping it for preserving:

Get Your Workspace Ready

First rule of pumpkin carving: Do it somewhere you don’t mind getting messy, ideally outdoors. Line your work surface (a sturdy table or the ground) with something you’ll throw away later — like butcher paper, newsprint, or flattened brown paper grocery bags. If using the latter, simply cut down one side of the grocery bag, then cut off the base of the bag so you have a big rectangle of brown paper. Layer a few of these on the table and you’re good to go.

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Gather the Right Tools for the Job

Once you’ve got your work surface ready, it’s time to assemble the proper tools. You can totally get a pumpkin carving kit from your local drugstore, supermarket, or Halloween pop-up shop. Or you can use a few tools from your kitchen. (See: To Carve Pumpkins Safely, You Only Need These Two Tools.) Just make sure you have everything you need at the ready so you don’t have to traipse back through your kitchen with pumpkin-gut-covered hands.

2 Key Tools for Pumpkin Carving

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Draw Before You Carve

In addition to your carving tools, you’ll need a pen for drawing your design onto the pumpkin, and couple big bowls — one for the seeds (the best part of pumpkin carving!) and one for the rest of the pumpkin goo and throwaway bits leftover from carving. And that’s about it, really!

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

Don’t Throw Away the Seeds!

Whatever you do, save those pumpkin seeds! They’re so, so good roasted simply with oil and salt. It’s not hard, but we have all the steps for you, just in case.

The stepsHow To Roast Pumpkin and Squash Seeds

How To Carve a Pumpkin

What You Need

  • 1 medium-sized pumpkin (or as many as you want to carve)
  • Brown paper grocery bags, newsprint, or butcher paper
  • Sharpie or other permanent marker
  • Pumpkin carving kit (including a scraper, carving knife, and a wire modeling tool) or a serrated knife, ladle, and an X-ACTO knife
  • Two medium bowls (one for seeds, one for pumpkin guts)
  • Kitchen towel
  • Tea light candle and long match or lighter with extended nozzle

Instructions

  1. Set up your workspace: Line a sturdy table with flattened grocery bags, newsprint, or butcher paper. Have your permanent marker, carving tools, and bowls nearby.
  2. Draw your design: After you’ve determined the best side of your pumpkin for a face, use the permanent marker to sketch out eyes, a nose, and a toothy grin.
  3. Draw your lid: Outline a circular lid around the pumpkin stem, about 5 to 6 inches in diameter. Add a notch in the back if you like — this makes it easier to line up.
  4. Cut out the pumpkin lid: With a slim pumpkin carving knife (the carving tool with a toothed blade like a mini-saw) or serrated knife, cut along the outline of your pumpkin lid. Make sure you slice through the pumpkin at a 45-degree inward angle, so you’ll be able to replace the lid without it falling in.
  5. Remove the pumpkin seeds: The seeds are all attached to the pumpkin and each other by thin strings. Grab the big bunches of seeds with your hands and place them in one of the bowls, to be cleaned later.
  6. Scoop out the insides of the pumpkin: Using a ladle or the scraper that came with your kit (or a metal spoon if you don’t have this tool), clean out the inside of the pumpkin until no stringy bits remain. Discard the pumpkin guts in the second bowl.
  7. Wipe off the pumpkin: Use the kitchen towel to wipe off the outside of the pumpkin so that it will be easier and safer to carve.
  8. Cut out the design: Make straight cuts into your pumpkin along the lines of your design, removing the pieces and discarding them in the refuse bowl.
  9. Clean up the details: Go back in and scrape out any stringy pieces or jagged lines with an X-ACTO knife or the wire tool from your carving kit. You can also scrape off the marker lines while you’re at it, though they won’t be visible in the darkness of night.
  10. Light your pumpkin: Insert a tea light candle in the bottom of your pumpkin. Use a long match or lighter to light the pumpkin and replace the lid. Tip: If you’re having trouble lighting the candle, try going through the mouth of the jack-o’-lantern instead of the top.
  11. Make roasted pumpkin seeds: Clean and dry the pumpkin seeds, then toss with oil, salt, and any desired seasonings, and roast in a low oven until golden brown. For more specific instructions see our tutorial: How To Roast Pumpkin and Squash Seeds.

https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-carve-a-halloween-pumpkin-halloween-lessons-from-the-kitchn-210973

FUN FACTS ABOUT EPCOT’S 2018 FOOD and WINE FESTIVAL

FUN FACTS ABOUT EPCOT’S 2018 FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

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FUN FACTS ABOUT EPCOT’S 2018 FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

The 2018 Food & Wine Festival featured fantastic special events, culinary and beverage demonstrations, celebrity chefs, and the ever-popular World Showcase Marketplace tasting booths.  If you have not attended this year (or in the past), make plans to visit in the future.  You will not be disappointed.  Here are a few fun and interesting facts from this year’s festival.

  • The 2018 Food & Wine Festival celebrated their 35th Anniversary and the festival was a record 75 days of fun and food!!
  • This year’s event showcased 35 global marketplaces and included five new marketplaces to help celebrate 35 years of Epcot.  New marketplaces were Active Eats, Coastal Eats, Earth Eats from The Chew, Flavors from Fire and Light Lab, all expanding into the park’s Future World area. The Almond Orchard, hosted by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, is the fifth new marketplace located along the World Showcase promenade.
  • ABC’s “The Chew” taped 5 episodes of the show before 5 festival guest audiences!
  • A brand new cookbook entitled “Disney Food and Wine Festivals Coast to Coast Cookbook” by Pam Brandon and Disney Chefs was written and featured in gift shops.   This cookbook featured 50 irresistible recipes, 26 recipes from the Epcot festival global marketplaces and 24 from Disney’s California Adventure.  
  • 197 Guest chefs and Disney chefs presented culinary demonstrations and cooked for the festival events.
  • Over 379 culinary demos, beverage and interactive seminars took place during the 75-day festival.
  • 5 Party for the Senses grand tastings will took place at theWorld Showplace.
  • 100,000-plus desserts, including Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts (new at Hawaii) and Sweet Olive Oil Cake with Powdered Sugar and Lemon Curd (new at Spain), were served.
  • 225 Eat to the Beat concerts were performed; 11 musical acts appeared for the first time at this year’s festival.
  • More than 1,200 fireworks exploded each night over the World Showcase Lagoon in a magical light show entitled, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

food and wine festival

I hope that everyone who visited the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival had a great time!!  I will be at the Food & Wine Festival this coming week — I look forward to visiting this festival in 2019 to sample new foods and re-taste favorite foods I have tried before.

Stay tuned to more about my visit to 2018’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

One visit to Goldwiser and you will make it your favorite place to sell your precious metals!!!

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 facts obtained from TravelPulse.com)

 

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival — Celebrity Chefs – Part 2

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival —Celebrity Chefs – Part 2

Join a “who’s who” of kitchen geniuses as celebrity chefs steal the show with their creative ideas for whipping up food at the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

Chef Michael Deardorff and Chef Wade Camerer

Parade of Epicurean Superstars

Roll out the red carpet when gourmet VIPs gather for a celebration of global cuisine!

Festival-goers are in for a really sweet treat as the world’s leading culinary experts gather at Epcot. From creating signature dishes at our many restaurants to sharing their top-notch tips and tricks during live demonstrations, these legends are sure to deliver a feast for the senses you won’t soon forget!

Please note that events for each chef varies, so be sure to check out the Festival calendar in the park for more details. In addition, all appearances are subject to cancelation or change without notice.

Pam Smith and Buddy Valastro in the kitchen at Epcot

Meet the Chefs

Catch your favorite mealtime maestros in action and send your taste buds soaring!

Pack your appetites for mouthwatering Festival events featuring celebrity chefs from television, entertainment and restaurants around the world—including Walt Disney World Resort:

Walt Disney World Chefs

  • Amanda Lauder
  • Amber Vega
  • Andrew Larkin
  • Andrew McCullough
  • Anthony Benacquisto
  • Anthony Marotta
  • Bayron Sagastume
  • Beatriz Candelario
  • Bill Clark
  • Candie Stone
  • Carlos Torres
  • Christine Weissman
  • Cinderella Riem
  • Crystal Saunders
  • Dale Reynolds
  • Damon Lauder
  • Dan Marozzi
  • Daniel Sicilia
  • Denny Roach
  • Deran Lanpher
  • Edward Mitchell
  • Eggie Ruiz
  • Eugene Schlienger
  • George Yiu
  • Gerardo Gonzalez-Quijada
  • Gina Greene
  • Glenn O’Brien
  • Gregg Hannon
  • Henry Smart
  • James O’Donnell
  • Jarrod Pearman
  • Jean-Marc Viallet
  • Jeff Barnes
  • Jerry Helminski
  • Jessi Sudsa-nguan
  • Joe Green
  • John State
  • Juan Paniagua
  • Julia Thrash
  • Kevin Chong
  • Kevin Downing
  • Kristine Farmer
  • Lorene Vanetti
  • Marco Chaves
  • Matt Avery
  • Michelle Kelly
  • Mikko Gruenzner
  • Nick Burton
  • Nick Crispino
  • Noah Estabrook
  • Noah French
  • Patrick Gribbin
  • Paul Katkowski
  • Paul Nichols
  • Peter Daledda
  • Rebeca Modia
  • Rob Alvarado
  • Roberto Rivera Otero
  • Sahib Bhatt
  • Scott Hunnel
  • Sergio Avila Favela
  • Thomas Massey
  • Tim Dixon
  • TJ Sudiswa
  • Valarie Enters
  • Yoly Lazo Colon

I’m proud to say one of my friends, Mike Kravanis was a guest chef for the first time this year.  Mike demonstrated bento making of Stitch for the Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It series!  It was a hit!  Hope to see you next year, Mike!

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)

 

fish

Fish are gill-bearing aquatic craniate animals that lack limbs with digits. They form a sister group to the tunicates, together forming the olfactores. Included in this definition are the living hagfishlampreys, and cartilaginous and bony fish as well as various extinct related groups. Tetrapods emerged within lobe-finned fishes, so cladistically they are fish as well. However, traditionally fish are rendered paraphyletic by excluding the tetrapods (i.e., the amphibiansreptilesbirds and mammals which all descended from within the same ancestry). Because in this manner the term “fish” is defined negatively as a paraphyletic group, it is not considered a formal taxonomic grouping in systematic biology, unless it is used in the cladistic sense, including tetrapods.[1][2] The traditional term pisces (also ichthyes) is considered a typological, but not a phylogenetic classification.

The earliest organisms that can be classified as fish were soft-bodied chordates that first appeared during the Cambrian period. Although they lacked a true spine, they possessed notochords which allowed them to be more agile than their invertebrate counterparts. Fish would continue to evolve through the Paleozoic era, diversifying into a wide variety of forms. Many fish of the Paleozoic developed external armor that protected them from predators. The first fish with jaws appeared in the Silurian period, after which many (such as sharks) became formidable marine predators rather than just the prey of arthropods.

Most fish are ectothermic (“cold-blooded”), allowing their body temperatures to vary as ambient temperatures change, though some of the large active swimmers like white shark and tuna can hold a higher core temperature.[3][4]

Fish can communicate in their underwater environments through the use of acoustic communication. Acoustic communication in fish involves the transmission of acoustic signals from one individual of a species to another. The production of sounds as a means of communication among fish is most often used in the context of feeding, aggression or courtship behaviour.[5] The sounds emitted by fish can vary depending on the species and stimulus involved. They can produce either stridulatory sounds by moving components of the skeletal system, or can produce non-stridulatory sounds by manipulating specialized organs such as the swimbladder.[6]

Fish are abundant in most bodies of water. They can be found in nearly all aquatic environments, from high mountain streams (e.g., char and gudgeon) to the abyssal and even hadal depths of the deepest oceans (e.g., gulpers and anglerfish), although no species has yet been documented in the deepest 25% of the ocean. With 33,600 described species, fish exhibit greater species diversity than any other group of vertebrates.[7][8]

Fish are an important resource for humans worldwide, especially as food. Commercial and subsistence fishers hunt fish in wild fisheries (see fishing) or farm them in ponds or in cages in the ocean (see aquaculture). They are also caught by recreational fishers, kept as pets, raised by fishkeepers, and exhibited in public aquaria. Fish have had a role in culture through the ages, serving as deities, religious symbols, and as the subjects of art, books and movies. 1122 sdpring cypress rd Spring Tx 77373

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival —Celebrity Chefs – Part 1

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival —Celebrity Chefs – Part 1

Join a “who’s who” of kitchen geniuses as celebrity chefs steal the show with their creative ideas for whipping up food at the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

Chef Michael Deardorff and Chef Wade Camerer

Parade of Epicurean Superstars

Roll out the red carpet when gourmet VIPs gather for a celebration of global cuisine!

Festival-goers are in for a really sweet treat as the world’s leading culinary experts gather at Epcot. From creating signature dishes at our many restaurants to sharing their top-notch tips and tricks during live demonstrations, these legends are sure to deliver a feast for the senses you won’t soon forget!

Please note that events for each chef varies, so be sure to check out the Festival calendar in the park for more details. In addition, all appearances are subject to cancelation or change without notice.

Pam Smith and Buddy Valastro in the kitchen at Epcot

Meet the Chefs

Catch your favorite mealtime maestros in action and send your taste buds soaring!

Pack your appetites for mouthwatering Festival events featuring celebrity chefs from television, entertainment and restaurants around the world—including Walt Disney World Resort:

World-Renowned Chefs & Personalities

  • Adam Mali
  • Alex Guarnaschelli*
  • Alex Seidel
  • Allen Susser
  • Andrea Robinson
  • Andrew Yeo
  • Art Smith*
  • Bob Waggoner
  • Brian & Shanna O’Hea
  • Brian Collaro – New!
  • Bronwen Weber
  • Buddy Valastro*
  • Camilo Velasco
  • Carla Hall*
  • Cathal Armstrong
  • Celina Tio
  • Chris Prosperi
  • Courtney Orwig
  • Dan Pashman – New!
  • Dana Herbert
  • Daniel Joly
  • David Guas
  • Dominique Macquet
  • Emily Ellyn
  • Fabrizio Schenardi
  • Fritz Sonnenschmidt
  • Geoffrey Zakarian*
  • Habteab Hamde
  • Huda Mu’min
  • Jamey Fader
  • Jamie Deen*
  • Jennifer Bushman
  • Jennifer Denlinger
  • Jennifer Hill Booker
  • Jeremy Ford
  • Jet Tila
  • Joe Murphy
  • John Rivers – New!
  • Jose Camey
  • Juliana Evans – New!
  • Justin Timineri
  • Justin Wangler – New!
  • Keegan Gerhard
  • Ken Vedrinski
  • Kim Yelvington
  • Lee Lucier
  • Maneet Chauhan
  • Masaharu Morimoto*
  • Matt Lewis
  • Matt Gennuso
  • Max McCalman
  • Mike Kravanis – New!
  • Mike Ward – New!
  • Pam Smith
  • Pascal Oudin
  • Rabii Saber
  • Richard Blais* – New!
  • Richard Capizzi
  • Robert Irvine
  • Rock Harper
  • Sally James
  • Sarah Fioroni
  • Scott Paul
  • Shaun O’Neale
  • Sheldon Simeon – New!
  • Steven Richard
  • Terry Letson
  • Tiffani Thiessen* – New!
  • Tony Mantuano

*These celebrity chefs will be participating in our Sunday Brunch with the Chef series.

I’m proud to say one of my friends, Mike Kravanis was a guest chef for the first time this year.  Mike demonstrated bento making of Stitch for the Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It series!  It was a hit!  Hope to see you next year, Mike!

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 Food and Wine Festival -Cheese Seminars

Epcot Food & Wine Festival -Cheese Seminars

Discover a few delicious cheese-paring secrets from some world-class cheese makers at the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

Become an International Cheese Connoisseur 

Master the “wheys” of the world by nibbling around a flavor wheel of carefully curated international cheeses.

During each 90-minute seminar, guest cheesemakers will explain the major aromas, textures and flavor levels of popular cheeses—from Asiago to Zamorano. Attendees can sample artisanal selections paired with complementary wines, craft beers and other beverages while learning about the distinct nature of each featured region.

General Event Details

  • Festival Center Stage (located in Future World)
  • Select Saturdays from 9:45 AM to 11:15 AM
  • $89 per Guest—plus tax, gratuity included
  • Limited capacity

2018 Schedule

  • September 15, 22 and 29
  • October 6, 13 and 20
  • November 10

Please note: this event has one seating option. Epcot admission is not included with the event ticket. Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 years of age and older. All events, hosts, offerings, menus and services are subject to restrictions, change or cancellation without notice. No refunds given for any such changes or cancellations.

Cheese is one of my favorite foods, it is my weakness.  I start sampling different types of cheese and I have a hard time backing away.  So learning about different flavors and textures and how cheese can be paired with different wines and beers sounds like excellent fun!  The amount of seminars is very limited which makes this learning experience very popular!

Say “Cheese!” to These Experts

Sharpen your sences for all things cheese at 7 diverse seminars led by notable cheese experts. From France and Italy to the United States, experience the difference in cultures!

  • Mediterranean Cheeses and Wines
    Hosted by Max McCalman
    September 15, 2018
    Taste amazing wines and cheeses deeply rooted in ancient Mediterranean diets as well as culture.
  • French Cheeses and Wines
    Hosted by Tonda Corrente
    September 22, 2018
    Savor a classic assiette de fromageaccompanied by a variety of elegant French wines famous around the world.
  • Italian Cheeses and Wines
    Hosted by Max McCalman
    September 29, 2018
    Enjoy Italian vini and formaggi pairings that provide a delicious glimpse into the country’s noble yet rustic lifestyle.
  • The Great Cheeses and Wines of the United States
    Hosted by David Gremmels
    October 6, 2018
    Summon your inner wine and cheese connoisseur with some of the finest selections produced in America.
  • Great British Cheeses and Ales
    Hosted by Max McCalman
    October 13, 2018
    Learn how traditional British cheeses and ales pair in perfect harmony, something loyal fans have known for decades.
  • Old World Classic Cheeses and Wines
    Hosted by Erin Hedley
    October 20, 2018
    Experience delightfully unique pairings of Europe’s most acclaimed wines and cheeses from various regions across the continent.
  • Season’s Best Cheeses and Wines
    Hosted by Max McCalman
    November 10, 2018
    Sample top seasonal cheeses, both domestic and imported, for a pièce-de-résistance pairing that closes the Festival on a highly delectable note!

Althought most of the seminars have already passed, there is still one left.  Be sure to reserve a seat so you can experience this popular event.

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)

chocolate

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Chocolate most commonly comes in dark, milk, and white varieties.
Main ingredients Chocolate liquorcocoa butterfor white chocolate, often with added sugar

Paul Gavarni Woman Chocolate Vendor (1855–1857)

Chocolate is a typically sweet, usually brown, food preparation of roasted and ground cacao seeds. It is made in the form of a liquid, paste, or in a block, or used as a flavoring ingredient in other foods. The earliest evidence of use traces to the Olmecs (Mexico), with evidence of chocolate beverages dating to 1900 BC.[1][2] The majority of Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Maya and Aztecs.[3]

The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste and must be fermented to develop the flavor. After fermentation, the beans are dried, cleaned, and roasted. The shell is removed to produce cacao nibs, which are then ground to cocoa mass, unadulterated chocolate in rough form. Once the cocoa mass is liquefied by heating, it is called chocolate liquor. The liquor also may be cooled and processed into its two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butterBaking chocolate, also called bitter chocolate, contains cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions, without any added sugar. Much of the chocolate consumed today is in the form of sweet chocolate, a combination of cocoa solids, cocoa butter or added vegetable oils, and sugar. Milk chocolate is sweet chocolate that additionally contains milk powder or condensed milkWhite chocolate contains cocoa butter, sugar, and milk, but no cocoa solids.

Chocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world, and a vast number of foodstuffs involving chocolate have been created, particularly desserts including cakespuddingmoussechocolate brownies, and chocolate chip cookies. Many candies are filled with or coated with sweetened chocolate, and bars of solid chocolate and candy bars coated in chocolate are eaten as snacks. Gifts of chocolate molded into different shapes (e.g., eggs, hearts, coins) have become traditional on certain Western holidays, such as EasterValentine’s Day, and Hanukkah. Chocolate is also used in cold and hot beverages such as chocolate milk and hot chocolate and in some alcoholic drinks, such as creme de cacao.

Although cocoa originated in the Americas, recent years have seen African nations assuming a leading role in producing cocoa. Since the 2000s, Western Africa produces almost two-thirds of the world’s cocoa, with Ivory Coast growing almost half of that amount.

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Awesome Places to Dine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Part 2

Awesome Places to Dine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Part 2

50’s Prime Time Café

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Another restaurant that allows you to go back in time to yesteryear, The 50’s Prime Time Cafe serves up American comfort food just like Mom used to make. The 1950s-themed eatery is appropriately centered around “Mom’s Kitchen”—think Formica tables and vinyl chairs—and offers hearty, savory favorites like chicken pot pie and meatloaf. But like many Hollywood Studios restaurants, park-goers also come for the interactive fun and entertainment. “Mom” herself may just drop by during your meal—so be sure to keep those elbows off the table and mind your manners—and the old-fashioned television sets throughout the restaurant show black-and-white clips from popular 1950s shows.  I have been here before Christmas and lots of vintage Christmas trees are up all over the restaurant!  Very cool!  The meatloaf and pot roast are just like mom used to make.  Try it at least once!

Hollywood & Vine

If you’re spending the day at Hollywood Studios, this is the place to fill up before Fantasmic and get your fair share of character interaction time. A casual all-you-can-eat buffet, Hollywood & Vine is the only character dining opportunity at Hollywood Studios, so be sure to come hungry…and bring your camera! During the day, kids are invited to meet and greet their favorite Disney Junior pals like Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Doc McStuffins, and Handy Manny for breakfast and lunch. But the most exciting dining news to come out of Hollywood Studios as of late revolves around dinner, since the restaurant recently began hosting seasonal themed dinner parties. Depending upon the time of year for your visit, a dinner reservation will grant you a sumptuous seasonal buffet meal and festive music and decor so that you can celebrate holidays like Halloween and Christmas with Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy—and, yes, they will be decked out in themed costumes.

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater

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Many Walt Disney World guests may be a tad too young to remember the days of drive-in movie theaters, but the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater gives everyone the chance to watch a movie from the comfort of a car-shaped booth. You’ll walk into what appears to be an outdoor theater under the stars with a big screen showing 1950s and 1960s science-fiction clips and vintage commercials, and your carhop will deliver your meal from a menu that ranges from sandwiches to ribs. Frequent visitors know that the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater is home to some of Walt Disney World’s most mouth-watering milkshakes, and both parents and kids alike can appreciate the restaurant’s kitschy memorabilia and old-fashioned, drive-in-style concession stand.  Its funny that we thought those movies were so scary when we were kids!!  So funny now!  My family and I dine here on every Disney visit.  It has become a tradition!  The meals here are all American — I have not had anything that I didn’t like here.  The burgers and shakes are all yummy.  A good time and lots of nice memories from over the years!

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 DisDining.com)