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Month: December 2015 (page 1 of 2)

Taste Luxury At Tuscany Villas

Villas in Tuscany are the most luxurious and beautiful. So, if somebody wants to taste the true luxuriousness of Italian style then Tuscany villas are definitely keep your promises. The Tuscany villas are surrounded by beautiful landscapes, olive grooves, and beautiful gardens.

Tuscany villas would be delighted to suggest and plan an itinerary to help you in discovering Tuscany. The Tuscan villa affords a swimming pool with views of the hills blanketed with forests and vines growing strong below the hill. The gazebos in the garden provides guest with a shield from the sun and relaxing setting. The Tuscan villa also features a kitchen, dining room and living room and a double bedroom with its bathroom equipped with a shower on the ground floor. The gardens feature a multitude of trees and striking colored indigenous flowers.

The private swimming pool is the perfect location to enjoy perfect scenery. An area frozen in time, and a pleasure to explore, it is something that gives you long lasting experience. The vine clad hills around Florence are dotted with farmhouses and villas and turrets of baronial castles create a picturesque setting fit for fairytale.

The rooms inside these Tuscan villas have high ceilings, large windows, and beautiful scenery. You can find the marble bathrooms with Jacuzzi, hand shower and several other luxurious bathing facilities. The Tuscany luxury seaside villas in chic coastal resorts for those who would prefer to rub shoulders with the International jet set after a hard day’s sunbathing. The city centre apartment in Tuscany’s art cities are for those who fancy a spot of culture or even designer shopping. A Tuscany villa rental is the ideal way to experience the region as it provides a comfortable base from which to explore while also providing the perfect place to rejoice and share after a day of adventures.

If you want to taste the Italian food and wine, then your selection of Tuscany villa will be the right place to dine in, because they provide you chefs who make classic Italian food in plenty. If you want to learn the making of Italian food then you can surely take help of chefs, they will teach you the best method of cooking Italian food.

Enjoy the beauty of Tuscany, they will offer the best ever holidays, good food, and enchanting and delicious taste of wine. No matter which part you want to stay out the area, all of which offer convenient access and proximity to the local area as well as a host of facilities to ensure that your stay in your villa is perfect. You can get villas offering varying degrees and levels of luxury depending on your needs and budgets, such as private pools and even staff services.

There are many beautiful and fascinating areas in Tuscany, some of which include Siena, Pisa, and Florence, as well as the Chianti wine region, Maremma, and others. You can enjoy a choice of villas in and around these areas, putting you within easy reach of the attractions and sites and enabling you to enjoy affordable luxury in convenient and beautiful surroundings.

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The Glossary of Wine Tasting – Part 1

Wine has a culture around it that is intimidating. Whether attending a wine-tasting event, or popping a cork for a snazzy evening with your date, you want to be able to talk about wine without sounding like an uncultured oaf. Here is a handy clip-n-save guide to all the fancy terms we use to describe a wine’s flavor. Now you can sound like the snootiest wine snob on the block!

Note that flavor and smell go together. So some terms mean more about the odor (bouquet or aroma) of a wine than its flavor.

Acidity – The sharp or sour flavor; compare the taste of sharp cheddar cheese. All wines should have some acidity, but not too much. A wine with too much acidity is sour and may be oxidized, producing vinegar. Too little acid and the wine will be flabby and dull.

Balance – A wine is balanced if it isn’t too much of any particular characteristic. You want the three components of fruit, tannin, and acid to be in harmony. Be the Zen master!

Body – This describes how concentrated the wine feels in your mouth. A full-bodied wine will have heavy flavor and feel denser, a light wine will taste and feel more like a fruit juice.

Broadness – A wine is said to be broad if it has a full spectrum of tastes and aromas. The more broad, the more complex. The less broad, the more simple. Intellectual types like a wine that is broad and fascinating, so they can play wine professor and bore everyone with half an hour of wine jargon.

Buttery – A taste that is creamy and rich. It also has to be not too acidic. Only certain wines have buttery as a taste goal – notably Chardonnays. Like Marmite, you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it.

Cedar – A taste specific to Bordeaux wines, a cedar taste will be the faint aroma of a cedar chest and an herb-like flavor. Smack your lips and act surprised.

Clean – A simple wine without any taints or traces of quirky flavors. Your average bottle on the shelf at a supermarket is factory-produced and therefore very clean. May also be derogatory, to say that a wine is boring or uninteresting.

Extract – The solid matter left over from the skin and pulp of the grapes, and hence only present in red wines. A wine with heavy extract will have a full body; a wine with even more extract will be jammy.

Finish – The aftertaste. A wine that leaves a strong, lingering aftertaste is said to have a satisfying finish. The finish may be any one of the characteristics of flavor; what’s important is how long it lasts.

Flabby – Boring, flat, dull, uninteresting. This is an insult to the wine; reserve it for the most buttery or fruity wines, or ones that are truly dull. Boxed wine from Walmart.

Flinty – Another characteristic that’s used to describe one specific wine. Flinty, as the name suggests, has a taint of flint stone, and is only found in Chablis wine, especially when it’s young. Cock an eyebrow and act intrigued.

Fruity – Obviously, this is the taste of fruit. Most wines have some taste of fruit, since grapes are themselves a fruit. But fruit shouldn’t always be the dominant taste characteristic of the finished wine. Wines that taste too fruity may be flat, dull, flabby, or too young.

Ian Love runs a great Australian Wine Club and is the owner of Online Wine specialist West Valley Wine.

A Scottish spring wedding at Winton House

An interview with the bride’s parents
Eileen and David Black held a Scottish wedding for their daughter Kirsten and her fiancée Scott Kavanagh at Winton House in late March 2010. It turned out to be a beautiful early spring day with the daffodils in full bloom after a hard winter, a perfect day for a romantic wedding at this venue in Scotland.

David and Eileen explained why they chose Winton House for their daughter’s wedding and told us how the day went.
1. Why did you choose Winton House for your daughter’s wedding?
“David knew Winton House having used the meeting venue in Edinburgh before for a corporate team-building day. Our daughter, Kirsten, wanted somewhere which had a large country house or castle feel to it and Winton was ideal.
“We chose Winton because they allowed us to do what we wanted. Unlike other venues, they weren’t prescriptive about the band, the menus and other important elements of the wedding. We felt comfortable and at ease there, and it has a lovely warm ambience.
“Winton also restricts the number of weddings it hosts which meant that only one or two guests had been there before.”

2. Who were the guests at the wedding? Where did they travel from?
“The guests were primarily family and friends from the Edinburgh and Fife area, seventy-eight in total. Kirsten’s cousin from Portland in Oregon, USA, travelled the furthest.”

3. What was the format on the day?
“It was very traditional. The chief bridesmaid stayed with us on the eve of the wedding. Kirsten and her entourage used the facilities at the romantic wedding venue in Scotland on the Saturday morning to get ready and guests arrived early in the afternoon.
“Most of the male guests wore traditional highland dress and the ladies all looked fabulous in their colourful frocks.
“There was a civil ceremony in the beautiful drawing room with sun streaming in through its south-facing windows. That was followed by photographs and a drinks reception, then we were piped in by a lady piper for a fantastic meal in the dining room.
“We had smoked salmon to start with followed by roast beef then sticky toffee pudding, all prepared from fresh local produce by Elizabeth, Winton’s award-winning chef.
“The evening’s entertainment was a combination of ceilidh band and popular covers performed by the band. “My daughter and son-in-law, now Mr and Mrs Scott Kavanagh, stayed at Winton House overnight in one of its eight bedrooms.”

4. What was the feedback from guests?
“Everyone we have spoken to was tremendously complimentary about the Edinburgh Castle Hotel, the format and the food. It was an incredibly memorable day.
“It felt like your own private party. The Romantic Wedding Venues Scotland was spectacular and the food was excellent. Guests also enjoyed going for walks in the gardens before and after dinner.”

5. What comments do you have on the quality of Winton’s hospitality?
“We were very well looked after from the moment we were shown around.
“On the day itself we couldn’t fault a thing. Everyone was very welcoming and caring. Harry even spent time pushing my grandson’s pushchair around the house.”

6. Is there anything unique that makes Winton stand out?
“The fact that the house itself is actually someone’s home and feels just like someone’s home. The atmosphere in the house is exceptional.”
Thanks are due to Graham Carnie for allowing Winton to use some of the wedding photographs he took on the day. For more information please visit http://www.grahamcarniephotography.co.uk

Lewis Carroll

Coffee Cake – Traditional, Cultural And Fashionable Dish For Parties

Cake is the important part of most of countries’ food culture. This has been centuries old traditional serving on all of the special occasions and functions but the craze for it is still intact. When we plan to host a party, our very first concern is cake. When we go through the available options, coffee cake emerges as the best option because of its many specialties.

Coffee cake can be stored for the months in frozen condition. It is liked by the one and all because it contains no harmful ingredients. If you get it from prestigious bakeries after placing special order, you may get it without any preservative or color too. However, cakes are available in such a wide range that selection of the best is really a tough task.

Traditional Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake is a yummy way to create unique image of sensible host. Its brown shade with golden yellow traces makes it special looking. The major ingredients are eggs, sour cream, pure Bourbon Vanilla, cinnamon streusel and whole walnuts. If you are expecting large gathering, place the order for large size otherwise regular size of 28 oz is sufficient for 10 – 12 people. It can be stored up to four months.

Cinnamon Streusel Butter and Sour Cream Cake is another good options for any occasion. It is made with real butter, sour cream, quality walnuts, high end cinnamon and sugar. 48 oz size pack is enough to be served for 12-16 people. Cinnamon Streusel Butter and Sour Cream Cake is free from artificial flavoring, trans fats, preservatives or artificial coloring. It needs slight chilling before slicing otherwise there are chances of crumbling. Slight warming and butter toping creates a yummy gourmet serving collects all around appreciation for you. There are many more options; you just need to do some surfing over the reputed cake suppliers’ offerings.

If the cakes are served with real strong coffee in designer coffee cups, the fun in celebration goes to new heights. If you are going on tour, don’t forget to have pair of coffee cup along with cake. Nice branded cup in your hands creates image apart from others present at picnic sites. Insulated cups keep your coffee hot for hours without spilling a drop out. The long curved handle is designed to make the user’s grip firm. The choice of colors is entirely yours, entire rainbow colors are the options for coffee cake enthusiasts.

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Tasting Chocolate as a Kind of Drug?

It can be a little shocking news for you that most of our loved and traditional food is not actually good for your health. Chocolate is a point of case. With about 12 pounds of chocolate consumed annually by US consumers, you can see how unhealthy this caffein-added chocolate bring to you and millions of others.


History of Chocolate

Let’s start with a little history lesson to better inform you on how there could actually be some benefits of dark chocolate. Chocolate has a long history, dating back to around 600 AD when the Mayan Indians established cocoa plantations in the Yucatan region of Mexico. The Mayans and later the Aztecs created a chocolate drink called ‘xocoatl’ or ‘chocoatl’ which originated from cocoa beans taken from cocoa trees. This ‘chocoatl’ drink consisted of chocolate flavored with vanilla and spices and had the consistency of honey. Chocolate was only consumed in liquid form at this time.


The Dutching Process

When the Europeans were introduced to chocolate it was still in its purest form. This changed in the early 1800s when a Dutchman by the name of Coenrad Jahannes van Houten discovered that if you added alkali-potash to the beans before they were roasted it would neutralize the acid or bitter taste of the natural cocoa.


While there were some obvious benefits of the “dutching” process, the biggest problem was that because of that process the most important benefits of dark chocolate were being removed.


Chocolate in the Raw

One of the most important nutrients being eliminated during the “dutching” process was flavonoids. Flavonoids are antioxidants found in raw fruits and vegetables that help to slow down the oxidation or aging process in our bodies. Therefore, the most healthy chocolate is raw or unalkalized.


What About the Fat?

Cocoa butter, like its name suggests, is the natural fat of the cocoa bean. For years it was believed that cocoa butter was a harmful ingredient found in commercial chocolate products. New research now shows that cocoa butter is actually a “neutral” fat, meaning that it does not increase blood-cholesterol levels.


Worried About Caffeine

Would you believe that natural chocolate has little or no caffeine. However, more and more manufactures are adding caffeine to their products, so check the label before buying.


Bitter is Best

To receive the benefits of dark chocolate, you must find it in its purest form. The typical processing of the cocoa bean kills at least half of the antioxidants found in the pure cocoa bean. Try to consume products that contain at least 70% pure cocoa powder.


Drink of the Gods

The Aztec Indians placed great importance on chocolate, believing that chocolate was consumed by the Gods in paradise and that the cocoa seed was brought to earth as a special blessing for the people by the God of the Air. The last Aztec emperor, Montezuma, reportedly drank only ‘chocoatl’. He was supposed to have drunk up to 50 goblets of chocolate a day.


Fact or Fiction

More and more research is being done on the health benefits of raw unprocessed cocoa. Thousands of medical studies can be found by going to www.googlescholar.com and searching for dark chocolate studies. The science is there ready to be discovered and what a great discovery it is. Doctors will soon be prescribing chocolate for all our ailments.


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Take A Break In The Scottish Borders

The Scottish borders are a beautiful area full of picturesque towns and villages, historic sites and rolling green hills, the perfect place for a short break in Scotland. If you are looking for relaxing countryside with a mixture of popular attractions, friendly people and interesting places then the Scottish borders could be just the place for you.

This is an extremely historical part of Scotland and all the settlements in the Scottish borders have great claims in the history of our country. Kelso is no different with the town originating from Kelso Abbey – a magnificent building. King David I agreed to allow monks to construct the abbey near to his castle at Roxburgh in 1128 and although the abbey remains the castle does not apart from a few ruins. Buried deep in the realms of history this amazing castle was to be the death of King James II when a large cannon exploded and killed him in 1460.

Apart from historical buildings there are lots of attractions and activities in and around the beautiful town of Kelso. The beautiful Floors Castle, more of a stately home, is the largest inhabited house in Scotland and has magnificent gardens well worth spending an afternoon in. The very substantial town square in Kelso is full of interesting shops and places to eat, and wandering around Kelso is an enjoyable day in itself. Kelso is also a good base to explore the surrounding area and other towns and attractions in the Scottish borders.

No short break in the borders of Scotland would be complete without a visit to Jedburgh. Jedburgh is a small and beautiful town in the Scottish borders and also boasts a truly magnificent and historical abbey, built in 1138. The very position of Jedburgh, a matter of 9 miles from the English border, made it a hotbed for conflict between Scotland and England. Known for its beautiful gardens and scenic riverfront walks, Jedburgh is very popular with all tourists who visit the area.

For Rugby fans the name Melrose will mean everything, as it is the home of Rugby Sevens, and indeed a fine ambassador for the game in Scotland. Another famous abbey is located in Melrose and this abbey is probably one of the most photographed churches in the whole of Scotland. Although most of the abbey dates from the 14th century, the abbey was originally constructed in 1136 and destroyed by Richard II in 1385. Melrose has a lot to offer the tourist and is a must see location in the Scottish borders.

For accommodation options in the area including many hotels in The Scottish Borders to choose from, as well as hundreds of hotels across Scotland, visit Hotels in Scotland.

Consider Wine Tasting Events Abroad

Many customers like to go on wine tasting events because they get to taste some of the newest wines on the market. If you are looking for a wine tasting event, why not mix it in with short break to one of Europe’s leading wine tasting destinations. There are many cities in Europe host wine tasting events where a large number of wine producing companies attend to showcase their newest wines.

For these wine companies, it is a great way of getting in front of a new target audience and try to entice customers to try their products. For customers, it is a great way of getting a nice break and trying some of the finest wine the continent has to offer. You do not need to travel a million miles to get to one either as there are some great wine tasting events in Southern Europe including Spain, Italy and Germany.

As a visitor to one of these wine tasting events, all you need is to pay is the entrance fee and you can taste as many of the wines on offer as you would like to. You will find a great mix of red, white and rose wines from around the globe all with their very own distinctive taste. Representatives from the wine companies will be at the stands to give you all the information you need as well as being able to talk you through the tasting notes and give you advice on the best ways to enjoy the wine.

As sensible drinking is something that is always being promoted, snacks and nibbles are made available to make sure your alcohol levels are not too high. These snacks are also designed to enhance the tastes and flavours of the wines so take the tasting notes and using them is a good idea. Visitors can take a notepad with them to make note of the wines they like because when they get back home they can start looking for them online or in the local shops. Many of these wines are new to the market so are not widely available; this is why these wine companies spend the money on appearing at these events.

Wine companies use these wine tasting events to showcase their wines that have just or are about to hit the market. These events are designed to promote their new products and customers who attend these events can be amongst the first to taste these new wines.

You can find some fantastic wines of South Africa, New Zealand and a host of other new world wines. Whether you want a full bodied red wine or a crisp white wine, you can find it there.

The Health Benefits of Actual Sarsaparilla Root

Anybody who is a fan of old westerns knows the stereotype of the old timer in the salon asking for a sarsaparilla. Aside from whiskey and beer, this old fashioned cousin of root beer was a favorite drink in the old west. Made from a combination of sassafras and sarsaparilla, it was especially tasty and refreshing drink in the hot dry day and was thought to help purify the body by inducing sweating. This saloon drink went on to become a popular soft drink flavor, and can still be found in specialty stores today, although most are now made with artificial ingredients.

Before is became synonymous with the old west, sarsaparilla’s detoxifying benefits were utilized for a number of ailments including liver disease and syphilis. Native to the Western Hemisphere and favoring the hot and dry climates of Latin and South America, Sarsaparilla was first introduced to Europe during the late fifteenth century. From the 16th Century up until the middle Eighteen Hundreds, Europeans and their American Descendants put the thorny wooden vine to use as a blood purifier, tonic diuretic and sweat inducer.

During the latter half of the Nineteenth Century until the early Twentieth, Sarsaparilla was widely used as an additive to many patent medicines, including many who which were the Victorian Age equivalents to body building and men supplements. This was due to the notion that the root actually contained testosterone. This one time belief that the herb actually contained male hormones may help explain why it was also so popular with the old timers in the saloons (many of which doubled as brothels).

While modern research has disproved the idea of actual male hormones in the plant, they did find steroidal saponins which are believed to mimic hormones, indicating that the cowboys and snake oil peddlers might have been on to something after all.

Today, sarsaparilla is prescribed by homeopathic practitioners as a treatment inflammation and to help cleanse the liver. With slight anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it can also be used as a treatment for skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Dried sarsaparilla root can be found in many health food stores and if you look hard enough, you just might be able to find old timey sarsaparilla soda also.

Yulia Berry is an independent health researcher and author of the best selling e-books Aloe – Your Miracle Doctor and Pharmacy in Vegetables. She distributes a weekly newsletter regarding great home remedies and has written dozens of natural health articles published on hundreds of websites worldwide. Yulia Berry’s new ebook Unlocked Secrets of Curative Garlic to be released soon.

Remodeling Yu Yu Wine Wine Culture Recycling Culture – Henan Wine Culture, Wine – Food Industry

China Spirit Six of the world famous distilled Wine One (the other five are brandy, whiskey, rum, vodka and gin). The birthplace of Chinese liquor in Henan, China wine ancestors in Henan, Henan wine wine wine ancestral cultural status of the whole country were universally acknowledged. In 9000 years ago, the Central Plains were to begin in the City of alcoholic drinks Jiahu. Yi Di Dukang wine making began in Henan, Song river to teach culture, Yangshao, Yan Douwen of, river culture, the Ying Chinese culture and wine making are all related to Po Fung, bow, shops on credit, Wong ditch, spring, etc. Henan name Fuping wines have a long historical and cultural origins. It can be said: Henan cultural history of wine, represents the long history of Chinese liquor culture history.

Henan liquor culture is an important part of the Central Plains culture. Central Plains Central Plains wine is accompanied by a long cultural symbiosis of the Central Plains wine is also influenced by the ever-developing Central Plains culture, history and culture in Central China for thousands of years in wine “bubble” with; Henan long history of wine is a unique, scarce resources and authority of the brand, is our ancestors left us Henan precious cultural wealth and spiritual wealth, we need to handle inheritance and carried forward.

, However, is not only a long history of wine culture and its allusions and legends, wine culture and the era of history and culture should also be a combination of culture; while culture is not the same as wine wine culture. Culture of wine should be the product culture, corporate culture and even Marketing Culture collection of consumer culture.

Present, Henan wine on two extremes of cultural values deserve attention and should be corrected.
One is called yu wine to get rid of historical and cultural constraints of the “cultural shadow theory” or “cultural baggage on.” In fact, many companies are not the Yu Yu wine wine play a more dominant culture flourish. As everyone knows, Henan liquor cultural heritage first, it is necessary to be innovative. Can not only inheritance but not innovation, not innovation forgetting about inheritance.

One is the so-called “consumers do not drink wine drinking culture” “culture, whether virtual,” or “culture is useless.” Wine is a product of culture is the carrier of culture. Wine of the times, especially in culture, we not only can not despise culture, nor can one speak wine culture, wine culture and should be elevated to a high state of culture, wine to culture, to drive brand.

Reflect on the history of Henan liquor, wine Henan status review, I think: In the province of Henan culture, tourism legislation against the background of the province, Henan is the core of the wine renaissance revival and revitalization of culture, cultural heritage and innovation, is Yu Yu wine culture to the culture of wine distillation and beyond. Henan liquor products not only in culture but also in the cultural industries and even in the cultural industry chain development aspect. In the context of diverse social values, each of Henan liquor companies should identify the core cultural values of their brand and strengthen its core point of construction of cultural superiority, by the light of history and the era of convergence and market integration resonate with consumers.

Remodeling Yu wine culture, wine Henan recycling culture is an important wine industry Henan New mission and direction of development.

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Biography of Scottish Entrepreneur Willie Haughey

The Early Years

After leaving school at 15 with no qualifications, Scot entrepreneur Willie Haughey succeeded in building the biggest privately-owned facilities management company in Europe with a turnover of £400 million.

From a fledgling operation with just four employees in 1985, to a global giant employing 11,000 people, Glasgow-based entrepreneur Willie Haughey grew from a working-class Gorbals boy to the largest private employer in Scotland.

Delivering milk kept him in pocket money before the young Willie finally landing an apprenticeship with local firm Turner Refrigeration. After developing his engineering skills at Springburn College, Willie spent two and half years in Abu Dhabi, working on of lucrative air conditioning contracts for UTS Carrier (USA), in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates.

But Willie didn’t stop there – using his spare time to plan and establish contacts he laid the foundations for his own empire back home in Scotland.

With £70,000 of start-up capital and Willie’s life savings, City Refrigeration was born in 1985. The big idea – start a refrigeration company that specialised in installing and servicing cooling systems for the drinks industry.

Willie’s determination and an self-belief, finally led to a breakthrough contract with major brewers Tennent Caledonian and the beginning of the success story. Before long every major brewer in Scotland were onboard, and propelled City Refrigeration into the fast lane as one of the fastest-growing private companies in Europe.

City Refrigeration Expands

In 1996 William Haughey had a stroke of genius that transformed City from being a moderately successful refrigeration business into a hugely successful facilities management company, with clients worldwide.

Following successful maintenance contracts for supermarket giant Asda in Scotland and the North of England, City Refrigeration’s stellar performance resulted in it’s contract being rolled out to every store in the UK.

Hot on their heels, several other major British companies such as House of Fraser, Waterstones and Ladbrokes now also appoint City, and with promising new opportunities opening up in the Middle East and Australia, plus longer-term plans to break into the US market, Willie confidently predicts that turnover will more than double over the next few years.

The considerable success of City Refrigeration has not been achieved with speculative ventures however. A careful approach combined with well cultivated, long-term partnerships with people and companies has been critical to City’s expansion plans.

But despite being a highly successful tycoon, Willie Haughey has always kept his feet on the ground. City Refrigeration’s brand new £23 million headquarters, which was opened by the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2009, is located right in the heart of the old Gorbals district, on a site where Willie’s childhood home once stood.

Willie himself still marvels at the amazing co-incidence and chuckles at the thought that a streetwise kid from the Gorbals is now running his worldwide empire from his old backyard!

The recipient of a raft of awards and accolades, including honours from his native city Glasgow, an honorary doctorate by Glasgow Caledonian University and even been decorated by the Queen. The Sunday Times Rich List Dr Haughey OBE estimates his personal fortune at £50 million but, as you would expect, Willie never comments on speculation about his net worth.

And if you’d like to find out more about Willie Haughey’s inspirational life story, I’d like to invite you to visit: http://www.williehaughey.com/willie-haughey.aspx

Scottish holiday cottages: No Comparison at All

The best Scottish holiday cottages are those comfortable, inviting structures that you wish for when you are seeking for some respite and leisure. If you seek rest and relaxation in the United Kingdom, then there is none other than Scotland that can meet your needs. With its age old appeal and rustic sense of warmth, it is the perfect place to give your mind, body and soul the much required vacation. If you prefer more humid weather and a type of weather that is rainier, then you are good to go.

The Tweed Valley offers a number of options when it comes to enjoying your breaks in Scotland. There is something for everyone here. If you have come for some activities and adventures, then we have world class mountain bike trails at Glentress and Innerleithen (part of the 7Stanes), great walking, fishing, golf and riding for you.

The Scottish holiday cottages offer magnificent views from the hills of Peebles and Selkirk to the beautiful parkland of West Linton, and the riverside challenges of both Cardona and Innerleithen. The Scottish landscape is dotted with ancient monuments, Roman remains and medieval castles. There are Scottish holiday cottages that are perfect for delving deeper into the areas fascinating history. And because these are in fabulous locations, there are beautiful walks, horse-riding, fishing and other activities nearby, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy while on vacation

. There are also a number of other hotels, guesthouses, and self catering options for travellers for those with different budgets. Whatever the case may be, the town will take your breath away and will make you not want to leave. Once you enter such a picturesque environment, it can be hard to pull yourself back to the hustle and bustle of the city.Tweed valley in particular has some of the most luxurious Scottish holiday cottages that are bound to make your visit not just memorable, but will have you coming back for more. Visit Tweed Valley deals in a number of accommodation options in the region of Scotland, and has options available for everyone- no matter what their budgetary constraint may be. For an affordable, hygienic, and safe Scottish holiday cottages, look no further.

Lewis Carroll

Learn Wine Tasting with Liquor Delivery Store

Tasting wine is an art that requires you to pay attention to your senses. Initially, you may find it a difficult task. However, with time and experience, you would learn to distinguish the flavors in a short time and savor the taste.

We offer you a step-to-step guidance that will help you to relish the wine tasting experience. If you require more guidance, get in touch with any established liquor delivery store.

1) Look- The first step will teach you to identify colors of the wine.

Ask a famous alcohol delivery Calgary store to deliver wine bottles at your home. Once you receive your order, pour the wine in a glass. Slightly move the glass away from you and check color of the wine.
Most red wines assume colors, such as maroon, brick, or even brown. If you are drinking white wine, it should possess colors, such as golden, pale yellow, or light green.

2) Smell- Sense of smell is important for evaluating quality of the wine. To acquire an in-depth understanding of aroma of the wine, swirl the glass for few seconds. This will vaporize alcohol content of the wine, releasing its natural aromas.

If you want to acquire quick impression of the wine, whiff it.
To acquire solid understanding of aromas of your favorite wine, move your nose down into the wine glass. You might smell of flowers, oak, or citrus. Remember that wine’s aroma is the best indicator of its quality and special features.
Now, swirl the glass again and smell. This will mix up the aromas and provide you with a unique taste!

3) Taste- The next step is to taste the wine. Take a small sip and savor the taste. Ideally, one should taste wine in three different stages.

 Attack phase- Attack phase refers to the first impression that the wine creates on your palette. Four factors determine this initial impression. These include acidity, alcohol content, tannin, and residual sugar.

In ideal cases, these four factors work with each other to determine the complexity, sweetness or lightness of the wine. Consider the fact that these four factors do not create a particular flavor, such as spicy or fruit.

 Evolution Phase- This phase encourages you to distinguish the varied flavors of wine. For example, if you drink red wine, you can smell fruity or spicy flavors. In case of white wines, you can enjoy the smell of earthy or flowery flavors.

 Finish Phase- This is the final stage. The wine’s finish refers to its after effect. To understand the wine’s finish, ask yourself the following questions.

Did the taste last for few or several seconds?
Was it light-bodied, full-bodied or medium-bodied?
What flavor did you taste last-butter, oak or fruit?

Answering these questions will help you to understand the wine’s finish.

After you have completed these stages, noting down your experience can be a great idea. This will help

you to select the right wine next time you call up Calgary dial a bottle.

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Taste Indian Cuisine in Parsippany

Traditional Indian cuisine has been loved by food connoisseurs for ages, and highly celebrated restaurants have escalated its popularity by serving rare selections. Today, there are numerous outlets that provide authentic Indian food all over the globe.

A typical and authentic Indian cuisine menu gives you a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian selections to choose from. You can get a different variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food that would be more probably suiting each and every different kind of community people, since some of the preparation or naturally done, say they are being prepared with grounded powder from all the ingredients available as the natural portions that is yielded from the grounds and they are fresh for preparation of food items. So this kind of making up of blends will form into a real rich aroma, by no cause of being adding a essence or any other agents for the richness. So everything is formed up very naturally in order to achieve a cooking part and the richness in it.

All you need to do is browse through the Internet to look for the Indian takeaway or Indian restaurant that suits you, place an order and fetch yummy and instant Indian starters, curries, breads, and sweet meats, on your way to any place.

The most popular dishes come from Northern part of India which has captured the hearts of people across the globe. North Indian food is more robust, more kabob, more meats, more barbecue; while Southern is more vegetables, more rice, more lentils and more curry. Curry to us those of Indian descent, means sauce. “Curry to an American, for example, usually means spice…This is a fusion-cuisine and all Indian food is fresh.

Spice Grill – The best Indian restaurant in New Jersey is here to serve the best and please you in all the possible manner of food.

Mr. G.S Chauhan, Owner of Spice Grill restaurant in Parsippany, New Jersey. Spice Grill is one of the best Indian restaurant in New Jersey. Call Us 973-882-4646 Fax: 973-882-8989.

Liquor Pourers for Quick and Efficient Shots

Hard drinks are distinguished from beer, wine and other beverages because of the high alcohol content that they possess. Examples of these hard drinks can include vodka, whiskey, tequila, gin, rum and brandy. These types of alcoholic beverages when drank are usually taken in small shots. You cannot easily down a mug of them as you would when you are consuming beer or wine.

Because hard drinks are meant to be consumed in small portions, their dispensing methods become rather complicated when served during huge parties at home. If you don’t have hired people to do the bar tending duties for you, the delivery of hard drink shots for your guests will be greatly affected. To help you provide quick and efficient shots for your guests, it is highly recommended that you get some liquor pourers.

Liquor pourers, by the name itself, help you in pouring your liquor drinks. These things are usually small devices that are attached to the mouths of the liquor bottles. You can use them separately and get them affixed to every bottle that you are serving during your party. Or perhaps, you may find them permanently attached to liquor dispensing units in an inline and carousel form.

The liquor pourers can either be measured or free-flowing types. It is the measured pourers that will come of great assistance for you because they are designed to pour pre-quantified drinks every time. A precise amount of 1 ounce or 1 1/2 ounce of liquor can be dispensed from them. Once the liquor is ejected out, they get into a locking action so that no further liquid from the bottle drips down. This is very helpful because you can certainly avoid doing over pours every time you dispense the drink. Being a party host, you will find yourself busy talking with your guests while you are pouring their next shots. It’s very easy to become distracted and dish out more than what you are supposed to dispense. To avoid wastage of precious liquor, the use of these measured pourers comes highly beneficial.

Free-flowing pourers aren’t without benefits either. They offer you the advantage to dispense the desired amount that you want. It can be sometimes annoying to go back and forth to your bar area for another ounce-shot when you simply want to stay and linger in your outside patio. To save you from doing frequent trips to and fro, the free-flowing pourers can give you a large quantity that you need. This same principle applies to your small parties at home. There may be guests of yours who simply prefer one hard drink on the rocks and they would want to get the desired amount that they need.

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The Scottish Government Incentivises Rail Freight

There has been a move in recent months to ease the pressure on main roads between Scotland and England by encouraging transporters to use railways rather than trucks to forward freight.

This move has been backed by the government led by the Department of Transport. Ministers have proposed a grant scheme designed to incentivise freight forwarding companies to use rail rather than road transportation.

The new grant scheme, if adopted, will give financial support to those freight companies that opt to move cargo by train.

As one government spokesperson explained:

‘The major roads between Scotland and England are becoming increasingly congested and it is becoming imperative to ease the burden of traffic. Not only are driving conditions becoming more and more unpleasant for travellers, but the heavy traffic is also bad for the environment.

We hope that the new measures will help alleviate the problem to a certain extent by encouraging freight forwarding companies to move their lorries off the roads’.

Indeed road congestion and the consequent increased journey times have been shown to have a direct effect of drivers’ stress levels. Furthermore, standing traffic generates high levels of carbon emissions which are very damaging to the environment.

The traffic on the major roads between Scotland and England is particularly heavy. According to one official report around two hundred and sixty lorries use the roads every week to transport freight up and down the country.

It is hoped that moving lorries off the roads and encouraging freight companies to use trains as a way of transporting cargo will help ease the congestion which will have a positive knock on effect for people’s health and also the environment.

There is cause for optimism. According to the Scottish government since 1999 over sixty million lorry miles have been removed from Scottish roads. Let us hope then that the new scheme helps to increase this figure further.

GBS Freight is a freight forwarding company based in the UK that transports cargo around the world by air, sea and road.

Antique Lamps – Good Taste

As Oscar Wilde said – “Good taste is its own reward”. In opening with this well known Oscar Wilde statement, I was lead to try and define just what “good taste” actually means. What I found was a queue of definitions, all eager to be heard. However, the following definition seemed to me, to strike a note.

“The power of perceiving and relishing excellence in human performance, the faculty of discerning beauty, order, congruity, proportion, symmetry, or whatever constitutes excellence, particularly in the fine arts, and belle – letters, critical judgement and discernment”.  

When it comes to our interior design choices this is certainly true. Interior design is a complex process and, of course, a very personal one, reflecting, both taste and personality. We usually begin with the broad concepts, such as colour and style and ending with finding just the right finishing touches, usually, with seemingly endless choices to make!

Today, interior design is an important aspect of building a home for many people and getting the choice right is crucial. It is the finishing touches that will pull your scheme together and taking care of details such as lamps and lighting, should be considered at all stages. Lamps have been called “the cherry on top of the cake” and have always been high on the list of details, as their inclusion in a design can totally complement, or completely change the design of a room.

Antique Lamps are a choice for many homes, both period and modern alike, choosing the right lamp and using them effectively is relatively straight forward.

Antique lamps come in a vast array of styles, depending on the period you choose, from Georgian candelabra through to Art Deco, every era of history has had its own range of styles when looking at lamps and lighting.

One style which has been a long term classic is the Oriental porcelain lamp, which has been popular for, at least, the past 250 years, with designs and styles changing as fashion changes. Oriental antique lamps are extremely popular, with their ability to immediately produce a sense of elegance and style.



If you are decorating a period home, the era that you are attempting to recreate, will naturally benefit from your choice of period fittings, including your choice of period lamps. However, don’t be afraid to mix and match with styles and eras, which can result in a surprisingly authentic look.

Any visit to one of the many English stately homes and country houses will illustrate that these homes are the result of a range of styles and periods. Even architecturally, these buildings are a comfortable mix of everything from early Tudor through to Victorian and Edwardian. The décor is usually a wide range of styles and periods, jostling each other quite happily.

Traditional lighting has a style and very often, a value. A good antique lamp is not cheap and if you see one that is, it’s probably not a good antique lamp! Like any good quality product, a quality antique lamp is going to be more expensive. What shouldn’t be forgotten is that a lamp will combine decorative and functional value.

With antique lamps, you will want to acquire lamps that have already been converted for electrical use; lamps from the Edwardian era onward will probably have been produced for electricity. When an antique lamp has been converted, always remember to have a safety check made by an electrician.

For preference and certainly from an aesthetic point of view, a successful lamp conversion should not show wires trailing around; a good specialist dealer should provide lamps that have been sympathetically converted.

Antique lamps, when used at a reception desk, or executive desk, will make an immediate statement of good taste, as will antique decorative lamps seen positioned in studies, libraries and hallways. Other areas may include landings and bedrooms to create a comfortable, homely feeling.

A stunning antique lamp can provide a central feature to a favourite room, with the lamp shade as a complement to the interior decoration. For large spaces, lamps, of course, will provide subtle lighting and often require a range of lamps and modern lighting systems to create additional light as required. But, there is nothing like antique decorative lamps to achieve the right balance of lighting for an intimate evening by the fire.

Even the most modern apartment can benefit from a stunning period lamp as a feature. This is an excellent design trick, using just one, or, two antiques against a modern interior, which can set off both the old and the new to startling effect.

Whatever the style of your home, antique lamps will add interest to a room, contributing both pleasant lighting and a feature of decorative interest. Specialist dealers and the internet can provide great sources of information and advice relating to antique lamps. But beware! Once you have started complementing your interior with antique lamps, you may not be able to stop.Antique lamps  can be used to subtle effect to create a real sense of taste and style in a wide range of settings. From period homes, to modern apartments, adding an antique lamp can speak volumes about your sense of design.

Maurice Robertson, principal of The Antique and Vintage Table Lamp Co, has had a lifetime’s association with antique porcelain and pottery, with his commercial experience spanning a period of over 45 years,including valuer to the Australian Government’s Incentive to the Arts Scheme.

His long experience with antique ceramics and glass also includes dealing with leading museums and numerous international private collections. He has extended his ceramics expertise into the quality table lamps seen on the company’s site and is well known to local and international interior designers who have included many of his table lamps in their projects. He has also supplied items of national interest to the official Sydney residence of the Australian Prime Minister.

The Antique & Vintage Table Lamp Co specialize in antique lamps with an on-line range of over 100 unique, antique and vintage lamps on view.

Lamps are shipped ready wired for the U.S, the U.K and Australia.
You are invited to visit their web site at -:   www.antiquelampshop.com

© The Antique & Vintage Table Lamp Co 2011


How to Go Wine Tasting at Wineries

Wine tasting is one of the things that tourists love to do, especially when in places that are famous for their exquisite wineries like California, Oregon, New York, Washington, Australia, France, Canada, Italy or Chile. Here are some tips and certain things that you must keep in mind while wine tasting in order for you to enjoy and make your vacation as memorable as possible.

1. Do some research on the winery you plan to visit. Look at their website, and check to see if the wines they offer are not out of your price range, especially if you desire to go to one of the famous and luxury wineries. However, if you are on a tight budget, you better just stick to visiting one of the smaller wineries like the family-owned ones.

2. If you have an appointment, make an effort to show up on time. Some wineries don’t wait, and close their doors on late arrivals.

3. Consider hiring a driver and instruct him to stay sober, to be on the safe side. You may get drunk, especially when visiting numerous wineries and tasting several wines.

4. Ask if there is a tasting fee. If there is, ask again if it can be waived by making a purchase. A small winery rarely charges a tasting fee, while medium and large sized wineries do. However, a medium-sized winery may waive the tasting fee, while large-sized ones most likely do not.

5. Make conversation with the tasting room employees. They are usually very friendly. Let them know what you thought about the wine and what kind of wines you like. Once you tell them the kinds that you like, they will recommend some wines for you. Employees have fairly good knowledge about wine and they will be more than happy to share it with you.

6. You must maintain good etiquette. If you did not like the taste of the wine, you may spit it out in the spit bucket. None of the employees will get offended because they know that there is a spit bucket so that you can spit wine out after tasting it. Just make sure that you dispose of it properly, and not in an immature way.

7. Listen to the employees’ recommendations. They would often recommend that you eat either a piece of chocolate or cracker with toppings or a spread to eat with the wine because they will bring out more the wine’s flavour and make the experience more fun. It is also good to eat something or drink water in between wines so that the flavours of the different wines you taste won’t mix together, thus you will not know the true taste of the next wine you take a sip of.

8. The winemaking business is a very competitive industry, so if you are on a budget, or looking for wine of a better value, you can find these at the smaller, family-owned wineries.

9. If you are paying a wine tasting fee, then you don’t have to purchase a wine if you don’t want to. However, it is polite if you will buy a bottle, to show that you enjoyed the wine tasting and appreciated the service. If you are not paying a tasting fee, show some etiquette and buy at least one bottle.

10. Purchase the wine that you liked the best. If your budget allows, you may buy another one that you enjoyed. However, if you plan on visiting other wineries, you might just have to settle on buying just one bottle per winery.

For more information about Long Island Wineries and Long Island Winery visit our website longislandwineries.com.

Liquor Carousels for Stylish Pouring of Hard Drinks

The presence of a bar at home creates an ultimate entertaining area for friends and guests. In order for you to maximize its use, your bar must be properly equipped with useful things. Usually, home bars are filled with hard liquors like gin, rum, tequila, vodka and whiskey. In order for you to get these drinks dispensed beautifully, you must purchase the liquor carousels.

Hard drinks when dispensed will commonly have domestic bar owners opening the cap, lifting the bottle and tilting it to pour the liquid out. While this type of pouring works well for your own individual consumption, wouldn’t it be nice to add some flair into the way you dispense your drinks at home?

Stylish pouring can be effectively delivered by the liquor carousels because they have a unique way of holding and dispensing the drinks. In these units, bottles of liquors are positioned in inverted manner such that the drinks are poised for instant pouring. The mouths of the bottles are often affixed with pourers and taps so you only need to open these accessories and the drink will flow right into the glass. The bases of the bottles are held by horizontal or round bars on top so that they don’t slip and are fastened securely into the whole device. And since the design is named carousel, it aptly rotates so you can easily locate and access the drink that you want poured.

The liquor carousels can support liquor bottles with a 750ml to 1-liter capacity. There are units of these which can hold single or multiple bottles. The single carousel system is ideal for magnificent showcasing of your priced hard drink. The multiple head units are beneficial in helping to organize your bar. You can get them in 4-head, 6-head and 9-head units. With lots of bottles held by these units, you can minimize the chaotic display of drinks up in your bar counter. In fact, you can keep the rest of the bottles that you’ve got and only display consistently the drinks that you desire and regularly consume.

These units when purchased will largely be in metallic designs. Generally, they are made from aluminum and stainless steel. In some cases, you may find some designs that bear wrought iron, wood or marble bases. The units will often be displayed in polished silver or black finishes, yet there are also some pieces that bear bronze or brass finishes and other interesting colors.

If you want to know more about the beer pong table and how to find cheap liquor carousels visit our website Beertaps.com.

Wine Tasting Courses: Things to Know

Wine tasting is the systematic evaluation and analysis of the taste of a particular wine. This is a niche field that has been gaining a steady stream of professionals of late. Wine tasting has been prevalent since the earliest times. However, the profession has been glamorized up of late and this has lead to the introduction of a number of tasting courses. These courses are offered from leading institutes across the world as well as over the web. The reason why these courses are gaining popularity is that they polish up the knowledge required to understand and adjudge wine to the hilt.

Tip 1: Understanding The Course
The first thing that you must know about the tasting courses is that you need to enroll in a single day course initially to understand the subject initially. Once you judge how adept you might be at grasping the course, choose a module or period of course for tasting. The first target you need to keep is of establishing the varieties of wine for tasting. Once you cover these points, you would understand exactly what part of the course is most essential for your understanding.

Tip 2: Choosing a Book course
Even if you are enrolled at an institute or online for a wine tasting course, you need to follow a book course for a considerable time period. This helps in knowing the subject better. Researching online- into the various prospects- while studying such a course is of great help. You also need to network during the course. Networking shall help you learn about the practical implications of the tasting course you enroll in. There are lots of tasting exhibitions and demonstrations that take place. You need to know exactly how to use these to your advantage. Learn about Grape and Australian Winemakers.

Tip 3: Variety
As in any other part of life, the courses for tasting that are the best have a lot of variety vested in them. Do not go in for a course that has only the basics of tasting in its curricula. The course should explore all types of wine despite the fact that some people master only certain varieties. Wine tasting helps you understand the nuances of the subject. It takes it to the other level from the simple hobby that it might have been.

Another point to keep in mind about the tasting course is that, you should form friendships with your fellow course takers. Discussions are an integral aspect into learning the wine tastes perfectly.

Wine tasting courses have come across as a huge boon. Research into the fee structure as well. Each course has separate fee structures and patterns. In case you are a professional select a course timing accordingly. At the end of the tasting course, one thing that stands assured is the fact that, its takers shall be able to identify a wine even when blind. Go book a course at a place near you without any delay. The demand is huge!

If you want to know more about wine, visit our site grape.com.au. Learn about Grape and Australian Winemakers.

The Basics Of Chocolate Tasting

Most of the time when you take a bite of chocolate, you are simply eating it. It tastes great, but you are not really tasting it. You are eating it on its own, in isolation from any other chocolate. You enjoy it, but because it’s a stand-alone experience your understanding of the differences that exist between various chocolates is limited. Even now you can imagine the difference between two widely different chocolates, say a dark chocolate covered marzipan and a cheap milk chocolate candy bar. Those are far enough apart that anyone can tell the difference, even days apart. But what could you learn about chocolate if you compared two nearly identical chocolates back to back?

I’d like to help you explore a method for tasting chocolate. For this experiment you will have to get TWO chocolate bars ready! Make sure they are the same type of chocolate, either both milk or both dark. Neither bar should have any added ingredients like fruits or nuts. All you need are just plain chocolate bars. You can pick different brands, or you can choose the same brand with different percentages of chocolate content, for example a 60% and a 80% cocoa content for dark chocolate. Even though the bars are similar we still want to make sure you will be able to taste the difference.

Now that you have the chocolate bars, pick an appropriate time and place for your tasting. (You might think that there’s not a bad time or place to eat chocolate, and I’d have to agree with you. But for best results, some times and places are better than others.) The right time is when you are relaxed, not hungry, and you don’t have some lingering flavor in your mouth. The right place is somewhere away from strong odors, including lotions or perfumes that could interfere with your senses. Be sure your hands are clean too so you don’t add any unwanted flavors to the chocolate.

Now that you’ve found the right time and place, let’s start the tasting.

Take a sip of room temperature water to clean your palate. (The room temperature water helps avoid unusual mouth conditions.)

When you’re ready, smell the aroma of the first chocolate. If the smells are not obvious, try melting a little of the chocolate with the heat of your finger. The melting will help release additional aroma.

Now, this is important, you must resist the urge to eat all the chocolate! Instead, just put a small piece of chocolate in your mouth. Chew it a little. Pay attention to how smooth or gritty you find it. Then allow the remainder of the chocolate to slowly melt on your tongue. Again notice the texture, smooth or gritty, or somewhere in between.

While the chocolate is melting in your mouth different flavors are released. See if you can distinguish different flavor characteristics. At first you’ll probably notice the sweetness and the power of the chocolate flavor. Then you might notice some fruity or nutty flavors. Finally, if a dark chocolate, you should experience some lingering chocolaty notes. If a milk chocolate, you may notice some lingering dairy notes. Delicious!

Now it’s time to clean your palate and repeat the process with your second chocolate. Keeping your first chocolate in mind, see if you notice any different aromas, different textures, or different flavors released.

How did the second chocolate compare to the first? Could you tell the difference? Was it very similar or very different?

If you have never taken the time to truly taste chocolates side by side, comparing to others in that moment, you might have been surprised by the differences. Jot down some notes about your tasting, and repeat with more chocolates at another time.

Keep your notes and you’ll accumulate a record of your own chocolate taste preferences. You’ll be able to taste new chocolates and easily understand the unique flavors of each. You’ll recall previous tastings and fit the new chocolate into your chocolate flavor continuum.

Jeffrey Kirk works with Chocolate University Online, the internet’s most convenient chocolate classes. Chocolate University Online is dedicated to helping chocolate lovers become chocolate experts, while helping chocolate professionals improve their businesses and make more money. Be sure to take a look at the Chocolate Blog for more fun chocolate info.

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