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Monday, August 18 2014
Summer Wine Pairings with Food

Break out of your wine comfort zone. Do you have the same wine over and over again? There are over 10,000 grapes varieties worldwide. If you get rid of all the varietals you drink currently, start over, you would not miss a beat. In Maryland alone, over 400 types of wines are produced.

Challenge yourself to try something new! Are you up for the challenge? Here are some recommendations:

• Like Riesling, try Gewurztraminer. Gewurztraminer (geh VURTZ tra MEEN er) can be sweet or dry like a Riesling, but characteristically lower in acid. Gewürztraminer wine with low alcohol percentage, 5 percent or lower, are sweeter wines. Once you get past trying to pronounce the wine's name, you will really love it.

• Like Pinot Grigio, try Albariño. Albariño can be considered the Spanish Pinot Grigio. This Spanish wine has hints of peachy and apple aromas. It will have a crisp finish that you would expect from a Pinot Grigio. Albariño pairs very nicely with fish and poultry.

• Like Chardonnay, try Viognier (vee-own-yay). Viognier has the creaminess and fruity aromas like a Chardonnay, but lacks the oaky flavors. If you vowed you would never drink Chardonnay, this is the wine for you. Most people do not like Chardonnay due to the oaky notes. Viognier lacks oak because of the aging process used. This is perfect for those who do not like oaky Chardonnay wine.

• Like Merlot, try Grenache. Grenache has similar fruit flavors and textures as a Merlot. There hints of strawberry, black cherry and cinnamon. Its tannin is milder and has a higher alcohol contain. Grenache is slightly more expensive than Merlot. But do not let the price from stopping you from trying it.

• Like Cabernet, try Tempranillo. Tempranillo offers that big red flavor Cabernet is known to have. You will not miss its cherry and tomato flavors. It is also aromatic, and can have a spicy finish. Tempranillo is versatile and pairs with all types of food.

Try the challenge. All of these wines can be found at your local fine wine store. As you explore, the wine store staff can help you fine what you like. Ask plenty of questions and go to wine tastings. Many wine stores have wine tastings that are free or at a nominal price. Visit your local vineyard. Have fun with your challenge. Life is too short not to try something new.

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Monday, August 11 2014

Online food delivery is fast and convenient and saves time. You simply make a choice of what you would like to have and put in your address and time of delivery. The meal is brought to you at the destination specified on the online form. The kinds of destinations they service vary from homes to offices as well as university residencies. They also service places such as army barracks and schools and parks. Therefore they service almost any place that is possible to reach by car.

The first type of online food delivery is a system where you find online delivery companies specializing in this service. They have a database of shops and restaurants that you can choose from. The shops and restaurants register with them and they are put on the online list easily accessible by customers. Therefore they connect customers with the different shops and restaurants. After the ordering has been done and the address put up the delivery company will bring the food to you. You then pay the delivery company for their service.

A second type is where you use a search application to locate the shop or restaurant you would like to buy from. You are given options of shops and restaurants that operate in your area. Then you find out if they do deliveries in your specific area then order from them and then they deliver your order.

There are websites especially dealing with hosting the search engines. You can browse for things such as shop and restaurant menus and those shops that do deliveries. You can even rate shops and restaurants as well as read reviews. You are even able to choose a shop or restaurant according to a particular cuisine you like. Whether it be Chinese food or sea food or a simple pizza and chips. You can also browse according to their distance from where ever you need the delivery done.

The orders are written down instead of communicated through the phone. This improves the chances of cooks or waiters getting them right. It is easy referring to something which is written down and the information can be used as evidence should there be a need to prove that the order was messed up.

One can also keep a record of past orders you have done which will save time. This enables you to go back and copy and paste information you might want to use again. Alternatively you can simply use the same information and just change the date.

The fact that you can chose from an expansive menu list means you can also get new ideas on meals to try out. It will also allow you to mix and match orders and try different combinations. Some advanced systems also allow you to specify exact amounts of food you want.

You are able to use credit card to pay before delivery is made. When the food arrives you would have paid and so eliminated the trouble of still having to pay to the delivery person. Your payment history is also recorded online so that it is easy to identify you as a disciplined payer if you are.

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Tuesday, August 05 2014
Mail Order Soup Gifts

The gift of soup can bring warmth and comfort to anyone. They are especially welcomed by college students who don't have time for extensive meal preparation, those feeling under the weather, the elderly or persons facing economic hardships. A variety of fine soups are available, ready for immediate shipping, and can be delivered right to the recipient's door.

Send a Meal

This company provides gourmet soups -- fully prepared -- which can be delivered via next day air courier service. Meals come directly to the recipient's door in reusable, insulated coolers that are filled with enough dry ice so the meals arrive frozen and in excellent condition. Their seafood sampler includes 20 oz. each of New England clam chowder, lobster bisque, shrimp and roasted corn chowder, Manhattan clam chowder and two premium crab cakes. They also offer several soup mixes and a gourmet beef stew.

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