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How to have a good restaurant

If you ever wanted to start your restaurant now is the time to sit down and plan to start your own business. There are a lot of risks and challenges of starting your own business, but what is life without taking risks. If you provide the right kind of input and understand what you are doing, you will be able to make a fortune out of your business. Having a restaurant is no easy task, you need to know your customers, provide for them and manage a whole lot of other things. If you have decided to start your restaurant the following are some of the points which will help you successfully build a good restaurant.

Have a solid business plan:

Without having a business plan, you will not be able to achieve anything. The same applies to any business, without a proper plan you will be lost, and you will not know where you will have to go. Have a simple document which will help you measure the progress of the business. Make sure that your business plan includes market research, competitors, target audience, finance and budget etc. Also, keep yourself updated with the current trends and understand what type of food will satisfy your customers.

Pick your location wisely:

You might have a great restaurant, but if you have it located in the middle of nowhere, you will not get any customers no matter how good your food might be. You need to make sure that your restaurant is placed somewhere which is easily accessible to the crowds and at the same time fits your budget. As an owner, you will have to decide if you are going to rent a building or build a new space from scratch.

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Quality over quantity:

Having a successful business is about providing quality to your customers. When your product has the best quality, it reflects the amount of work and effort you have put in it, and you will receive the fruit for your hard work. When you provide food which is tasty, your customers will appreciate the work you have put, and they will come back for more.

Hiring the essential help:

To provide quality service you need the necessary staff to provide such services. Hire some of the best chefs who can make delicious food. You need to hire the adequate amount of waiters and other staff for cleaning to serve your customers. Allocate your budget accordingly and hire the essential help.

Funding and cash flow:

Right at the beginning of starting a business, you need to have a rough idea of how much you are going to invest and how much profit you are going to make out of it. Based on this budget, you need to calculate the other expenses you might have and make the cash flow accordingly.

The Best Foods to Try in Paris

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Ah, Paris… The city of love. We’re not even just talking about a love between two people, but also with yourself, the environment, the smell of French coffee brewing in the morning, served with the very best of French cuisine.

If you could describe Paris in one word, it would be a wonderful, next to love. What makes Paris so beautiful and magical?

It’s the feeling you get when you’re in the wondrous city. Wonder cannot be found in a certain thing but in everything around you. While other cities, right across the globe, spend their time running, when in Paris… You simply stop, take a walk, breath more and smell? The very best food, of course.

When in Paris, Try…

Baguette

While Paris houses some of the best quality food in the world, you won’t be able to find a baguette like this anywhere else. In fact, the French even have competitions to determine whose baguettes are the best. Be sure to tear of the warm, crusty tip to nibble on as you walk away after buying it. This is a manner of respect by the Parisians in the wondrous city of love.

Croque-monsieur

While restaurants are referred to as ‘brasseries”, along with cafés, Paris offers non-stop service. One of the best dishes on their menus will always be croque-monsieur, a grilled crisp ham sandwich, with perfectly melted cheese that is moistened with a hint of Béchamel sauce.

Duck confit

Fancy something really ‘French’? The duck is fried in its own fat up until its meat is moist and tender. The restaurants in France are known for the best ingredients and freshest produce and will not let you down with their crispy duck confit, which is usually served with garlic infused potatoes and a fresh salad.

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Raw-milk Artisanal Cheeses

If you think of Paris, one of the first things that should definitely come to mind is the cheese. In fact, you can find a lot of shops specifically dedicated to selling cheese and enjoy various different tours in France while trying their extensive range of top quality artisanal cheeses.

The Famous Croissant

Another famous food in France, the croissant, can be found around every corner and in every bakery or café. Waking up in Paris or taking a stroll in this beautiful city in the early morning hours of the day, all you’ll be able to smell is a warm, buttery and fresh croissant. Croissants are perfectly paired with coffee in France.

Steak-Frites

We sure don’t want to forget these. As a favourite of French cuisine, be sure to try perfectly matured steak-frites, which is considered to be one of the best bistro dishes in France.

Dining Etiquette: Rules for Dining at a Restaurant

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Many of us enjoy a night out now and then to refresh ourselves and have a good time. Sometimes people prefer to go out to their favourite restaurant for dinner. But then you suddenly see a well-dressed diner on the other table flailing and waving his arms out to the waiter to get his attention. Well, dressing up well isn’t the only dining etiquette.

There are many other nuances too. Who pays after a business meal? Where do you put your napkin when you stand? Whether it’s a formal business meeting or social function, our table manners are always under watch. Sadly, not everyone knows the nuances of dining etiquette. But dining out doesn’t have to be an intimidating experience. Here is a list of rules and protocols to follow:

The Waiter

Waving about your arms impatiently to catch the waiter’s attention is not going to make him reach any faster nor is it going to help his mood. Try and make eye contact or slightly signal that you need something. Speaking while looking down into the menu card while talking to the waiter is also extremely rude.

At The Table

Usually getting a table at a popular restaurant is next to impossible you’ve been smart and made reservations. However, don’t expect the restaurant to keep the reserved seats for you in case you show up late. Being punctual only shows how much you value time.

It is also essential to know the habits of your guests beforehand. Something as elementary as entertaining foreign guests in an Indian restaurant may not be a wise decision and should be avoided as asking them to eat with their hands may not be comfortable for them.

While Ordering

Always allow your guest order first and try to order the same number of courses as them. While ordering wine, don’t announce the price range you’re looking for. Instead, read about a good list of wines and their difference. Also, there is no harm in asking the waiter what a dish comprises of to avoid ordering something unexpected. Inform them about any allergies that you may have beforehand too.

 

Napkin and Knives

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It is essential to know where to place your napkin and cutlery during and after a meal. While you’re still at the table, enjoying your food, put the napkin on your lap. If you have to go to the washroom, excuse yourself and leave the napkin on your chair. When you are done with your meal,  place the napkin on the left side of your plate neatly. Also, hold the knife at an 80-degree angle to help cut better, and the knife should always be in the right hand.

Basic Table Manners

It is important to sit upright and keep our elbows off the table. When drinking from a glass, keep your eyes directed straight into the glass and not at anyone else. While clinking glasses to say cheers, make sure that you look your companions in the eyes when you do so. Also, remember that the bread and butter plate is always on the left and all glassware on the right. This will ensure that you don’t bump with your guests or worse, break some cutlery while enjoying your food.

Which Countries have the Healthiest Diets?

Healthiest Diets

People these days never eat healthily. The primary focus is on their work and other occupation while many do not consider eating the right diet and maintaining their health. Few people are concerned about their health and exercise on a regular basis and eat healthily. According to the recent study, about 422 million inhabitants in the world are affected with type 2 diabetes.

Healthiest Diets

Type 2 diabetes is prevalent among so many people because people are not concerned about their health and physical conditions. Eating healthy is very important for our health and mandatory to lead a good and fit life. There are some countries in the world where a healthy diet gets maintained and followed.

The following are some of the countries who have a healthy diet:

  • Mediterranean.
  • Japan.
  • Nordic.
  • West Africa.
  • France.

Mediterranean:

The Mediterranean diet is known for its healthy food. Their diet includes fruits, vegetables, whole grain cereals, nuts, wine, dairy products, fish and the olive oil get used in most of their cooking.

The Mediterranean people eat many berries and strawberries which can prevent a person from getting Alzheimer’s in the future. Many people say that Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest diets in the whole world.

The olive oil used by them is rich in monosaturated and poly-saturated fatty acids which are good for your heart.

Japan:

Japan has one of the highest life expectancies in the world. People in Japan are said to have a longer life and a healthier life. Studies show that this high life expectancy is due to the proper diet Japanese have. Their food contains carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits, lots of fishes and meat. The government of Japan again proves its excellence by providing its citizens with a food guide which educates the people to eat food items which contain less saturated fat. The booklet also had information which advised people not to eat processed food and food which are high in carbohydrates.

Rice was a staple food for many Japanese, but slowly many people started shifting to wheat as their staple diet.

Nordic:

The Nordic nations include Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Iceland. Some of the important food items of the countries are rye bread, fruits, fish, root vegetables, fermented milk, and cheese.  The fish and the vegetables have beta-carotene and antioxidants.

Their diet contains a high amount of fiber and very little sugar; they also eat a plenty of fruits and vegetables which are very good for their health.

West Africa:

In recent studies, the people from West Africa seem to have a better diet than the Japanese. The countries include Mali, Chad, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. Their diet consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, fiber, omega three fatty acids, etc.

France:

We may be shocked to know that how a country with high consumption of cheese can be one of the healthiest countries in the world. It is because the quantity of the food taken by them. Due to the cheese content in their diet, people cannot eat a lot. The French consume very little food and thus preventing them from becoming obese.

 

 

What Makes a Good Restaurant Atmosphere?

Good Restaurant Atmosphere

Long gone are the days where we cook at home every day and have our meal. With our strict schedules, we dine out almost every other day. To celebrate every occasion, we go to a restaurant and enjoy the food and the ambiance there. The ambiance of the resultant is very important. We tend to visit the restaurant for its atmosphere and ambiance. The music, lights, artwork and painting and other things in the restaurant truly matter for us to have a peaceful meal. Nobody likes to eat in a place which looks very dirty and messy.

Good Restaurant Atmosphere

The following are some of the key factors which create a good restaurant atmosphere.

  • Restaurant concept.
  • Focusing on your customers.
  • Cleanliness.
  • Lighting.
  • Music.
  • Menu Design.
  • Dishes, silver ware, and linens.

Restaurant concepts:

The restaurants with concepts attract people. If you have a particular cuisine, then you can design the restaurant with the idea of that country or culture. For example, if the restaurant is Chinese then you can create the restaurant with things that will make the customers feel like they are in China. You can also add a story on how the restaurant was founded and place artwork and pictures of the history of the restaurants.

Focusing on your customers:

Theme your restaurant based on your clients. If you feel that you want to party in your restaurant, then set the place accordingly. If you have customers coming in with their family and kids, then create an ambiance which will be loved by the children and the adults who accompany them.

Cleanliness:

Who would prefer anything which is not clean? People can get very cautious when they eat out. If your restaurant is not clean, then there are chances you may never see that customer again. Make sure to change the linen and have clean dishes.

Lightings:

The lightings should not be too bright that it blinds your customers and also not so dim that they are not able to look at what they eat. Again depending on the clients and the situations you must alter the lightings.

Music:

Depending on the situation you can choose the genre of music. Music can be very pleasing to hear while eating. You can prefer light jazz or pop music to have a peaceful setting. You can also set your music based on your cuisine.

Menu Design:

Many may not think much about the menu card, but the menu card can attract and define the ambiance of the restaurant. Take time to create the menu card in such a way that each meal has a description of what the meal is. You can also add pictures so that the customers will know better about the food they are ordering.

Dishes, silver ware, and linens:

Choose your dishes and silver ware in such a way that it matches with your restaurant. Always have clean washed linens and make sure that in any situation you do not serve your customers with dirty dishes.

Top Beverage Dispensers

Beverage Dispensers

Beverage Dispensers serve as an easy way to store and serve drinks, used at home and office. A beverage container is perfect when you happen to have some amount of guests at home or work. You do not have to have the pain of serving your guest with drinks. Your guests can help themselves with the drink they want to have.

Beverage Dispensers

However, if you are planning to buy a beverage dispenser, you might be confused with what size you need to get if the containers will hold enough drinks for all your guests if the dispensers have a smooth liquid flow without any leakage. There are a variety of beverage dispensers found in today’s market, and this article will help you to choose some of the best beverage containers found in the market.

The following are the top beverage dispensers:

  • Creative wear.
  • Circleware Mini Yorkshire.
  • Home essential Del Sol.
  • Buddies Tritan.
  • Hamilton Beach Brew Station.
  • Artland Oasis.
  • Boxxle 3 liter.
  • Shannon Crystal Roxborough.
  • Buddeez Unbreakable.
  • Daily Chef 2 pack.

Creative ware:

The creative ware has a sturdy base to fill in the beverage, and there is a small compartment at the top for filling ice cubes to cool the beverage in the dispenser. You can also add fruits to the sides of the compartment at the top to make the container look more attractive and beautiful. The machine is light weighted and can be carried around the house very quickly. The Creative were locks from the base and weighs about 4.3 pounds.

Circleware Mini Yorkshire:

The Circleware Mini Yorkshire has a strong glass which is perfect for making sun tea, and the dispenser is available at a meager price. The Circleware Mini Yorkshire is lead-free the spigot made out of plastic and not metal.

Home essential Del Sol:

The Home essential Del Sol has a beautiful metal scrollwork stand which is perfect for a fancy occasion. The dispenser has a square shaped glass and a round glass lid. The Home essential Del Sol holds up to two gallons of beverage and weighs about 10.6 pounds.

 Buddies Tritan:

The Buddies Tritan is perfect when you do not have much table space left. The dispenser has a tall and elegant design, and the container made out of plastic. Thus you need not worry about the glass getting broken if the dispenser falls. The lid of the Buddez Tritan stays fixed it weighs about 3.8 pounds.

Hamilton Beach Brew Station:

The Hamilton Beach Brew Station has one hand dispensing. It has a dual heating system and also used for hot water. The dispenser weighs about 6.5 pounds.

Artland Oasis:

The Artland Oasis has a galvanized stand and a matching lid and weighs about 10.9 lbs. The infuser is sometimes difficult to open but other than that the dispenser is handy.

Boxxle 3 liter:

The Boxxle 3 liter is perfect to serve wines at a party. The dispenser is easy to load and is about 6.6 pounds.

 

Top 10 Expensive Bottles of Wine in the World

Expensive Bottles of Wine

Many people consume red wine along with meals, and in most countries, red wine is an essential part of the food. Wine is said to be one of the costliest beverages sold. The price of the vine can increase to a very high rate due to many reasons. The wine can be expensive because it has an iconic label, or a great owner had the wine previously, or maybe the wine is scarce and highly valuable.

Expensive Bottles of Wine

The following are some of the costliest wines in the world:

  • Screaming Eagle cabernet sauvignon 1992.
  • Chateau Margaux 1787.
  • Chateau Lafite 1787.
  • Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951.
  • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 1941.
  • Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945.
  • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti 1990.
  • Chateau Lafite 1865.

Screaming Eagle cabernet sauvignon 1992:

The Screaming Eagle cabernet sauvignon 1992 is one of the most costly wines ever sold in the world. One bottle costs about $500,000. There was an auction conducted in the Napa Valley in the year 2000 and the Screaming Eagle cabernet sauvignon 1992 got the highest bid.

The wine is very impressive and has a correct proportion of blackcurrant and toasty oak.

Chateau Margaux 1787:

The Chateau Margaux 1787 was a wine collection by Thomas Jefferson. The bottle costs about $500,000, and there is a story where a Chateau Margaux 1787 was accidentally broken by a waiter who knocked over it, and the insurance got paid for it. The insurance was about $225,000.

Chateau Lafite 1787:

The Chateau Lafite 1787 was linked to the third President of America and was sold by Malcolm Forbes in the year 1985 for about $160,000. The wine faced many issues in being connected with Thomas Jefferson, but still, it sells for a very high price.

Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951:

The Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951 is one of the most expensive Australian wines.  A recent study states that there are only 20 bottles of the Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951 in the world. One bottle of Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951 sold for about $38,420.

Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 1941:

Francis Ford Coppola owns the Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 1941. The wine has a signature rose petal aroma. The wine gets fermented at the time of Pearl Harbor.  The Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 1941  sold for $24,675.

Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945:

The Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945 sold for about $23,000 per 750 ml. It got sold for about $16,999. Later its value rose high.

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti 1990:

The Domaine de la Romanee-Conti 1990 made from vines which are about 50 years old. The bottle of wine sold for about $20,975.

Chateau Lafite 1865:

The Chateau Lafite 1865 is about 150 years old. The average price per glass is around $4,650. The double magnum bottle of wine sold for about $124,469.

Chateau Margaux 2009 Balthazar:

There are only 6 Chateau Margaux 2009 Balthazar produced and only 3 of them are for sale. The wine is one of the best vintage wines ever produced.

10 Best Italian Food Recipes

Best Italian Food

Italian food is one of the cuisines which is loved by everyone around the world. Their meal consists of a variety of cheese and wine. Coffee has also become a staple food. Italian food is known for its simplicity and the ingredients used. Many meals have only about four to eight parts. The Italian chefs rely on the quantity used rather than the variety of ingredients used.  The commonly used ingredients are potatoes, rice, corn, sausages, pork, Pasta, tomato and a variety of cheese. The Italians like their food to be freshly seasoned and spiced.

Best Italian Food

Some of the best Italian food recipes are:

  • Nini Bellini Veneto.
  • Aubergine Parmigiana – Emilia Romagna.
  • Tagliatelle Genovese – Liguria.
  • Gennaro’s Turkey Milanese – Lombardia.
  • Orecchiette with raw tomato Sause – Puglia.
  • Panzanella.
  • Bruschetta.
  • Pasta Carbonara.
  • Margherita Pizza.

Nini Bellini Veneto:

The Nini Bellini Veneto is a classic cocktail made out of peach and prosecco. The Italian white peaches are used to make the cocktail. The best time to drink the cocktail is in May.

Aubergine Parmigiana – Emilia Romagna:

Parma is a town in the Emilia Romagna region, Alla Parmigiana in Italian means “how a lady from Parma would cook.” So if a dish named after the region, then you can imagine how famous and tasty the dish would taste. The famous Parmesan cheese comes from this area.

Tagliatelle Genovese – Liguria:

Tagliatelle Genovese is famous in Liguria, located on the Mediterranean coast of the French border is known as the home of pesto. The sauce made out of basil and pine nut. There are different versions of the sauce made by changing the herb and the nut or the cheese used.

Gennaro’s Turkey Milanese – Lombardia:

The Gennaro’s Turkey Milanese has formed the south of Italy. The recipe topped with eggs which are half boiled, and it adds a great taste to the food.

Orecchiette with raw tomato Sause – Puglia:

The Orecchiette with fresh tomato Sause is famous in Puglia. The term Orecchiette means little ears. The dish often mixed or eaten broccoli, chilly and anchovy sauce or tomato ragu.

Panzanella:

Panzanella is a summer dish which is made from Tuscan bread and mixed with salad. You can use any vegetables in the salad, but the two things which remain constant are tomato and Tuscan bread.

Bruschetta:

The Bruschetta is country bread topped with cheese, tomatoes, Basil, Mushrooms, and garlic. The Bruschetta is a classic Italian starter.

Pasta Carbonara:

The dish receives its name from carbon which means coal. The Pasta carbonara was famous among the coal miners. Traditionally the pasta was made with the cheeks of the pigs now since it’s hard to get the cheeks of pigs the chefs use pieces of bacon in the pasta.

Margherita Pizza:

What is Italian cuisine without Pizzas? Pizzas are one of the most famous dishes in the entire world. It is a food enjoyed and loved by people all over the world. The Margherita Pizza filled with Margherita on a pizza base made out of flour. Cheese is added on top of the pizza to give the perfect taste.