Is coffee really good for you?...

By Vikas Singh Gusain Coffee is not merely a warm beverage that you have early in the morning to get out of bed. In recent years, following countless scientific research and studies, the effects of coffee on human health are more than just amazing. Coffee is a stunning prepared drink, made by soaking the roasted and ground seeds of the coffea plant berries. It has an exceptionally empowering impact on the human body and is additionally known to have numerous health benefits, including weight reduction and lower risk of cancer and diabetes. It is an exceptional stimulant and furthermore is also a common energy drink. Here are a few examples of why Coffee just maybe the healthiest beverage on the planet. 1. Coffee is said to make you smarter Coffee doesn’t simply keep you alert, it might actually make you more intelligent too. Caffeine, coffee’s most active bio-chemical which is a powerful stimulant and the most widely consumed psychoactive substance on the planet. Caffeine’s essential effect on the human brain is to obstruct the inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. Numerous controlled trials have analyzed the impacts of caffeine on the human brain, showing that caffeine can enhance mood, reaction time, memory, vigilance and general cognitive function. 2. Shed pounds with coffee The main bio-chemical of coffee is also known to help increase the human body’s metabolic rate, which in turn allows the body to burn fat much quicker by promoting the oxidization of fat molecules in the body. It is no surprise that caffeine is one of the essential ingredients of many fat burning supplements. Caffeine is also said to enhance athletic performance and also builds stamina. 3. Reduced Diabetes risk According to many scientific studies, coffee on more than one occasion, has been associated with lower affinity of diabetes. The risk reduction is accounted from 23% to as much as 67%. People who consume several cups a day are less likely to succumb to type 2 diabetes. 4. Reduced risk of mental disorders According to another study on coffee and its effects on the human body, it has been found that coffee can not only make you smarter but can also help fight neurodegenerative disorders in you old age such as dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. 5. Reduced cancer risk According to another scientific study, caffeine is said to help curb cancer and its symptoms, especially liver cancer. The liver is a remarkable and very necessary organ that carries out hundreds...

Cheers to ‘Merica! Blue Ice Vodka Celebrates Memorial Day Holiday with Festive Cocktail...

The Memorial Day holiday is all about paying tribute to our country and for those that have served, but it’s also about spending time with great friends and family filled with patriotic themed barbeques and cocktails. Blue Ice Vodka, America’s number one rated handcrafted potato vodka has created the perfect vodka spritzer to sip on with your burger or hot dog.  And with only 52 calories per ounce, you won’t feel guilty about getting in your bathing suit the next day!   Please see image and recipe below for your convenience, do not hesitate to be in touch should you need any more information about Blue Ice Vodka and this recipe.   Blue Ice Vodka Spritzer 1 Cup of Blue Ice Vodka 4 Limes 3 tbsp. sugar 1-liter club soda 1 Cup blueberries 1 Cup raspberries Ice Thanks to Blue Ice Vodka for this recipe.    Maralyn D. Hill, The Epicurean Explorer Executive Editor, Luxe Beat Magazine    Digital Edition now online at http://luxebeatmag.com/magazine/ Editor-in-Chief, Where and What in the World Member: International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) Member: Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Member: Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Luxury & Culinary Journalist, Speaker, Food Judge ment’or – Inspiring culinary excellence Blogs: Where and What in the World & Success with Writing https://authorcentral.amazon.com Follow me: @maralynhill google.com/+MaralynHill831 FB: http://www.facebook.com/The.Epicurean.Explorer,,  http://www.facebook.com/Success.With.Writing Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/maralynhill If you would like to submit a guest post on food, wine or travel to Where and What in the World, I would be happy to feature your travel experience , drink, special wine tasting, or family or simply delicious recipe. If you go to submission tab, you will see how to submit, as well as have the opportunity of telling me if you would like to would like to be a regular contributor. When uploading a file for submission, you are also able to upload jpgs. Please feel free to put a last paragraph about you and a link to your profile. No html please. You can also include a head...

Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce...

This recipe is courtesy of Paulding & Company. Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce Yield: 6 servings 3 cups water 1 1/2 cups sugar slivered zest from one orange 1 vanilla bean 6 small almost-ripe pears, preferably a firm type like Bosc, Bartlett or Concorde juice from one orange 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted in a 300°F. oven until just beginning to color, about 3-5 minutes 3 oz. good quality bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces 3/4 cup heavy cream Combine the water, sugar, orange zest and halved, scraped vanilla bean plus its seeds, in a non-reactive (do not use aluminum or cast iron) pot large enough to accommodate the fruit. Bring to a boil and simmer for a few minutes. Peel the pears. Gently remove the core from the bottom with a corer or paring knife. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each, so they stand. Place pears in the pan, stem end up. The liquid should just cover the pears. Top this with a round of parchment or waxed paper (cut to size). Bring to a very gentle simmer and cook for 5-20 minutes, just until the pears are tender when pierced with a small knife. Less ripe pears will take longer, riper ones a shorter time. Remove pears and allow to cool to room temperature. Add the orange juice to poaching syrup and simmer 15-20 minutes, until reduced by half. Pour over pears. May be refrigerated for up to 5 days at this point. Make the chocolate sauce by bringing the heavy cream to a simmer in a small pan. Add the chocolate and stir, off the heat, until melted. If made in advance, this sauce will need to be re-warmed slightly for serving. To serve place one pear in each flat bowl, with a little of the syrup. Spoon some warm chocolate sauce over the pear. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and serve. About Paulding & Company Founded by mother-daughter duo Terry and Tracy Paulding, Paulding & Co. is a commercial kitchen and instructional/event space that specializes in creating innovative event ideas for families and corporate entities through public cooking classes and exercises. Located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay area, Paulding & Company inspired Disney/Pixar animators for the Ratatouille film and director Clint Eastwood for several projects. To learn more including a schedule of upcoming classes visit www.pauldingandco.com .  For further information, contact info@dtpublicrelations.com    Maralyn D. Hill, The Epicurean Explorer Executive Editor, Luxe Beat Magazine    Digital...

5 Best Surfing Destinations in Europe...

By Cristina Costea, www.BookSurfCamps.com Let’s admit it, Europe isn’t the first place that pops into mind when thinking about great surfing destinations. Hawaii, Australia, Bali – that’s where the magic happens, right? True, but add Europe to the list and you’ll get some real magic! Europe isn’t just home to stunning landmarks and diverse cultures, it’s also home to stunning beaches and perfect waves. Today, we’re going to take a look at the five best surfing destinations in Europe and the top surf spot in each one of them. We all need a bit of guidance, especially when it comes to finding the perfect spot for our surf holiday. 5. Ireland Ireland is an island located in the North Atlantic Ocean; it is also the third-largest island in Europe. Ireland’s beaches are perfect for surfing, because of the strong winds that always seem to be present, no matter the season. Your neoprene wetsuit is a must here! Top Surf Spot: Bundoran Bundoran beach is the perfect surf spot in Ireland. Great for both rookies and more experienced surfers, the beach will grace you with stunning waves and lots of opportunities to perfect your surf stances. The fishing village with the same name, will charm you into falling in love with Ireland! 4. Portugal Portugal seems to have the sweetest spot on the Iberian Peninsula. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean for more than 1,200 km, meaning that you’ll have plenty to choose from for your perfect surf holiday! Top Surf Spot: North Canyon, Nazaré North Canyon beach is located in the picturesque fishing village of Nazaré, along the center of the country’s coastline. In case you didn’t already know, North Canyon beach was home to the most famous wave in Europe, if not the whole world. In 2011, surf legend Garret McNamara made the Guinness Book of World Records when he rode the biggest wave in history. If that’s not going to make you want to visit North Canyon, we don’t know what will! Be careful, though, the sea is a harsh mistress there! 3. France France has access to the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean, which means that beaches abound here. Visit France during summer to get the ultimate surfing experience, complete with sun tanning and awesome vacation photos. Top Surf Spot: La Gravière La Gravière is a small and quiet beach, east of the mother beach, Hossegor. It is without a doubt,...

Eight Best Places to Visit in Quaint Calistoga...

By: Megan Rothey Imagine yourself starting your morning off with a challenging, breathtaking hike followed by a soak in a mineral pool or being shoulders deep in a luxurious mud bath, and ending the day sipping quality wines paired perfectly with your crispy duck confit and pan-roasted snapper. That probably sounds like a vacation right out of a European travel guide, but all this and more can be found right here in Calistoga. Check out these 8 activities that you don’t want to miss out on when visiting the area. Rest and Relaxation: 1. Spa Solage Spa Solage is the perfect place to go for a variety of treatments. It’s great for couples, groups, and those looking for some peaceful individual treatment. You can start or end your treatment with a hot eucalyptus steam and soak in the 103℉ jetted mineral pool. Their signature mudslide contains a three-part session of an essential oil-infused mud application, a mineral-rich soak, and a deep-relaxation in one of their state-of-the-art sound chairs equipped with healing vibrations and harmonic music. The spa also includes a variety of massage options, facials and skincare enhancements, and even a private meditation session to repair and rejuvenate the mind. 2. Indian Springs Indian Springs in Calistoga is a Bohemian spa focused on the calming effect of mud, water, and Buddha. Their pure and natural mud bath treatments include volcanic ash that is mined on-site, hand-sifted, and mixed with mineral water from their thermal geysers. Exfoliate your whole body in an all-natural sugar or Ancient Sea Salt scrub, relax tired and sore muscles with a simple, but deep massage, and find quiet refuge at the Buddha Pond complete with a geyser-def meditation pond, palm trees, gardens, and an outdoor fireplace lounge.   Activities: 3. Petrified Forest Petrified Forest is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016! This moderate walking tour for beginners offers a ½ mile guided scenic overview of Mt. St. Helena. Enjoy the native trees, wildflowers, and the 100 foot-high ash wall of volcanic material.   4. Oat Hill Mine Trail Oat Hill Mine Trail is great for both beginner and advanced hikers. This trail spans 8.3 miles with an elevation change of 1,500 feet and follows an old stagecoach route between Calistoga and the western end of Aetna Springs Road in Pope Valley. Beginners can cut off at the halfway point and return to Calistoga making it a 4 mile trip, and those looking to push themselves...

Holiday Destinations By Shoreline Length...

purpletravel.co.uk Purple Travel Thanks to Purple Travel for providing this great infographic.    Maralyn D. Hill, The Epicurean Explorer Executive Editor, Luxe Beat Magazine    Digital Edition now online at http://luxebeatmag.com/magazine/ Editor-in-Chief, Where and What in the World Member: International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) Member: Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Member: Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Luxury & Culinary Journalist, Speaker, Food Judge ment’or – Inspiring culinary excellence Blogs: Where and What in the World & Success with Writing https://authorcentral.amazon.com Follow me: @maralynhill google.com/+MaralynHill831 FB: http://www.facebook.com/The.Epicurean.Explorer,,  http://www.facebook.com/Success.With.Writing Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/maralynhill If you would like to submit a guest post on food, wine or travel to Where and What in the World, I would be happy to feature your travel experience , drink, special wine tasting, or family or simply delicious recipe. If you go to submission tab, you will see how to submit, as well as have the opportunity of telling me if you would like to would like to be a regular contributor. When uploading a file for submission, you are also able to upload jpgs. Please feel free to put a last paragraph about you and a link to your profile. No html please. You can also include a head...

A Symphony of Fireworks in Cambodia...

By Andrew Kolasinski After my afternoon swim off the Sihanoukville shore I was drying off and enjoying a cocktail on the beach. Lost in thought, I looked up from my stir stick to see three little faces. Thin reed-like voices urged me to see and to buy. A group of children, a pair of small brothers led by their big sister was showing me their selection of fireworks. My hesitation to buy firecrackers, Roman candles, flares, sparklers, and mini rockets didn’t disappoint the kids very much. “Too bad for you, but more for us,” said the girl. An hour later after the sun set, the first stars were eclipsed by bursts of color and a barrage of explosions. There was laughter and shrieks of joy. Along with groups of tourists and locals, I saw the three little vendors down on the beach firing off their unsold wares. Despite the lack of supervision, of site assessment or safety standards, no one was injured and no buildings were torched by the pyrotechnic revelry. This beach party town celebrates the arrival of the darkness with fireworks almost every night. Fireworks have a long history in Cambodia. It’s not surprising considering the long association of the Khmer nation with China where explosive dynamite was invented. Marco Polo may have first witnessed the use of fireworks to frighten animals, but the description in his 1299 “Book of the Marvels of the World” is uncertain and vague. Decades earlier in 1267 Roger Bacon wrote about gunpowder and its uses for fireworks, so it’s unclear if the first European to see fireworks may have been a previous explorer. What is clear is that the Chinese used pyrotechnics to celebrate events like coronations, royal weddings and military victories as well as in military uses, to frighten the enemy’s horses and to shoot flames at fortresses. The Chinese influence on Cambodia goes back to the expanding Han Dynasty of the second century B.C. Throughout the millennia an exchange of cultures spread the technology of gunpowder throughout Southeast Asia and fireworks became a part of every big celebration. In Sihanoukville the origin of fireworks likely goes back to the creation of the nation’s only deep water port in this once tiny fishing village. Completed and inaugurated in 1960 the port facility was celebrated with speeches, music and of course fireworks. After the Khmer Rouge regime and the war of liberation the city developed into Cambodia’s main beach resort. Nightly...

Nine Splendid Ideas for Skincare That You Must Use Daily...

By Meighan Sembrano Apparently women value beauty and appearances. They, therefore, go an extra mile each day to ensure that they improve on their beauty. However, most of them find it difficult to maintain consistency as sometimes they need to buy some expensive beauty products. It does not have to be hard or cumbersome. Most of the practices and products may get expensive with time, and one may stop buying them. There are simple as well as affordable practices that we can use to ensure that we maintain good looks. Apart from being happy, peaceful and satisfied, beauty is another aspect that improves the confidence in women. Skin care is critical, and women need to apply a little effort to make improvements each single day. Below is a combination of critical tips that could work well in improving and maintaining fantastic looks as well as skin beauty for all. You can try them for improved beauty. 1. Eat Green Vegetables Vegetables are critical in improving health as well as beauty. Apart from adding the vital and essential vitamins and minerals, there are antioxidants in these foods. They help in skin cleansing as well as the prevention of skin attacks from the free radicals. They are also vital as they help in the prevention of age spots and wrinkles on the skin, especially in the face, hand and areas around the neck. You can go for green sandwiches as well as vegetable smoothies. They work in improving skin texture and looks. 2. Sleep More Sleep is a vital way of improving health as well as the skin beauty. It is during sleep time that the body repairs the damages that occur due to sun exposure and other external things. While you sleep, it is vital and critical to have the makeup off to avoid clogging of pores and to allow the skin to repair itself. Besides, it is still during sleep time that the skin rejuvenates. Also watch Why Beauty Sleep is Important for Your Skin?   3. Moisturize and Exfoliate The two are essential for skin care as well as beauty. To start with, exfoliating using the best cleansers helps in removing and eliminating the dead skin. It thus makes the skin youthful and radiant. On the other hand, moisturizing is vital and paramount to skin hydration and health. It maintains skin plumpness and suppleness. 4. Drink Rooibos Tea The tea is vital and critical in reducing skin inflammation and...

Orange Cranberry Scones

I know how much Maralyn enjoys scones. When in England we searched for the best scones. I found most of them too dry. Patti’s  scones were so moist and tasty that I couldn’t stop munching them with coffee and for Mother’s Day at tea time. Her addition of orange zest and cranberries may be her secret. Since I rarely bake, I invited Patti to be one of our guest bloggers. Even I can follow her easy directions. Patty Cake’s Pantry Orange Cranberry Scones by Patti Cake So far this week, I have posted two recipes for finger sandwiches that would be great for a Mother’s Day tea party.  Today, I am going to share a recipe for scones.  Scones are a traditional tea time treat.   These scones are sweet and delicious, and  I love the combination of orange and cranberry.   They are also very easy to make.  In my recipe, I used dried cranberries.  If you are looking for a recipe made with fresh cranberries, check out this recipe at Sally’s Baking addiction.  I chose to use dried cranberries because they are available in my area all year long, and I already had them in the pantry. Here are the steps to make scones.   The first thing you need to do is turn on your oven to preheat to 400 degrees. Mix together all of the dry ingredients.  I put them into a bowl and stir them around really well.   Then, you cut your very cold butter into small pieces and arrange it on top of the flour mixture.  I chose to use a knife and cut mine into small pats.  Other people recommend grating frozen butter. The next step is to use a fork, or a pastry cutter if you have one, to mash the butter into the flour mixture. You continue doing this until the pieces of butter in the flour mixture have begun to break apart and are forming small pea sized balls in the mixture.  (I’m sorry that it’s hard to see this clearly in my photo.) Next you add all of the wet ingredients and keep mixing with that same fork just until all of the ingredients have begun to incorporate themselves into a rough dough.  Don’t over work the dough. Remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a lightly floured work surface and form it into a ball.  You can make it into two or three balls if you want smaller scones. ...

12 best things to see and do in Dubai that makes your trip worth it...

By Chetan Jadhav The best of the attractions in the world are owned by Dubai, a colossal city that started with humble roots of a Bedouin village. For many it’s unbelievable but for the people of Dubai, it is the result of concentrated effort by the government and the people of Dubai to make it a thriving tourist hub and reduce its dependency on oil export. Known as one of the most sought after tourist entertainment hub in the world, Dubai has some of the biggest draws for tourists. Here are some of the best things to see and do in Dubai 1. Ski Dubai Bringing both snow and desert to a perfect blend, the city of Dubai boasts of the world’s first indoor ski resort. In a city that maintains a standard temperature of over 40 degrees, having snow resort with temperature going below minus six degrees is no mean feat. Boasting of real penguins, world’s first ever 400m long black diamond run, and snow mountains; ski Dubai clearly is one of the best things to do in Dubai. 2. Dubai mall One of the biggest malls in the world, The Dubai mall has too many irresistible things to see and do in it that it’s hard to give it a miss. While you can experience the world’s largest suspended acrylic aquarium with over 33000 exotic marine animals, it is also adjoined by the underwater zoo offering a 180-degree view. The mall itself boasts of over 1200 shops, 120 cafes and restaurants and 22 cinema screens for the customers. The mall is home to the world’s biggest candy store- Candylicious. 3. Burj Khalifa observation deck Burj Khalifa holds the record of being the highest man made structure on earth and getting an opportunity to see the view of the world below from its 144th floor is a chance of a lifetime. The structure itself is too overwhelming to comprehend, but the view that you see from its observation deck is beyond expression. The view from Burj Khalifa of the world below is one of the best things to see in Dubai. One has to see it to believe the experience. Burj Khalifa houses a hotel, various offices and its top most floors are homes to the world’s wealthiest people. 4. Dubai desert safari No trip to Dubai is complete without the Dubai desert safari experience. Not only is the desert in Dubai amongst one of the best in the...
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