The Best Restaurants In The North Of England: A Foodie Guide

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Dining out is one of life’s little luxuries. Whether you prefer a fine establishment dining experience or love exploring the local food market on a weekend morning, there is nothing quite like enjoying great food.

The North of England is often overshadowed when it comes to what the UK food scene has to offer. With the bright lights of London boasting an impressive 71 Michelin-starred restaurants and the independent eateries of Camden, to the coastlines of Cornwall offering some of the best seafood restaurants in the world, the South certainly isn’t short of superb restaurants.

However, the North is growing substantially in terms of the dining establishments it has to offer. From the rolling moors of the Yorkshire Dales to the rugged terrain of the Lake District, the North is now home to some of the best restaurants in the UK. If you are a true foodie fanatic or simply enjoy good food and company, then be sure to add these restaurants to your list.

Northcote Hotel, Blackburn

Set in a beautiful stretch of countryside running across the edge of the Ribble Valley, Northcote may seem like a rural retreat at first glance, but the Michelin-starred food has put the restaurant on the map.

Built within a 19th-century manor, the house now boasts an impressive 26 rooms for guests to truly enjoy the surroundings and offerings of the Northcote. But, regardless of the attraction of the room, Northcote is famous for one thing: the food. The hotel has managed to keep hold of its Michelin star for more than 20 years and is one of only two Michelin-starred restaurants in Lancashire.

Almost all of the ingredients are locally sourced, with many even coming from the hotel’s own gardens. Whether you prefer to sample the 6-course tasting menu or want to enjoy the freshly-baked scones and delicate sandwiches that make up the popular Afternoon Tea menu, there is something for everyone’s tastes and budget.

Northcote Road,
Langho

Blackburn,
Lancashire,
England
BB6 8BE

20 Stories, Manchester

Towering above the bustling city of Manchester, 20 Stories is one of the city’s newest restaurants. With a fine dining menu consisting of heritage beef, cod cheek and a pumpkin, truffle and goat’s cheese flan, there is plenty of seasonal dishes to choose from. If the fine dining experience isn’t for you, you can also enjoy the selection of bar snacks on the outside terrace.

Acclaimed chef Aiden Byrne, who previously helped Manchester House achieve other dizzying levels of success, has taken on the D&D restaurant and aims to use local produce in all of the dishes featured on the menu, with the majority being sourced within 50 miles of the city. 20 Stories is one of the best places to eat in Manchester, thanks to the 360-degree views across the city, glamorous interiors and signature cocktail and wine menus.

L’Enclume, The Lake District

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One of the Lake District’s, and perhaps the UK’s, most iconic restaurants, L’Enclume is a restaurant where passion and creativity come together to showcase some of the finest ingredients on offer. Opened in 2002, the Michelin-starred restaurant favours seasonal, stripped-back dining and one of their specialities comes in the form of foraging and growing their own produce and ingredients.

You don’t get to find out the menu here until you are ready to order, due to the exceptionally fresh nature of the ingredients. Placing your order is a hugely sensory experience thanks to the server’s delivery who entices you to listen and learn about what is on offer. Once your order is taken, a wax stamp sealed grey envelope is left in the centre of the table. Inside is the full menu of what you will be enjoying and it is left up to you to decide whether you open it or not.

Not only do you get to enjoy fresh, seasonal dining at L’Enclume, but the beautiful surroundings, perfectly paired wines and exceptional waiting staff all make it clear as to why L’Enclume is quickly becoming the destination of choice for diners.

Cavendish St, Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands LA11 6QA

WreckFish, Liverpool

WreckFish first became known when they successfully managed to crowdfund a record-breaking £200,000 for the restaurant. Since then, the restaurant, which calls Slater Street in Liverpool home, has become extremely popular in the Northern city thanks to a vastly inclusive menu that is perfect for all. Last year, it won 19th place in The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards out of the top 100 restaurants in the UK.

If you’re looking for a dining destination to enjoy a laid-back brunch with friends, or want to plan a family meal, there is sure to be a menu to suit your needs. As well as individual tables, a communal table runs through the middle of the restaurant to encourage lone-diners to sit and chat with one another or you can hire the private dining room for free for larger gatherings.

Where The Light Gets In, Stockport

Perhaps one of the most intimate dining experiences across the North, Where The Light Gets In is the perfect dining set-up if you are looking for something that is impressive, yet completely unusual.

Stockport is just 20 minutes away from the centre of Manchester and, the Marketplace in particular, has recently undergone a huge transformation which features quirky bars, independent eateries and a regular food and craft market. When it comes to fine dining, Stockport hasn’t, historically, be known as a place to go. Yet, Where The Light Gets In has shown such an increase in its growth that other restaurants are following suit.

Close to the historic market hall, the restaurant is accessible via an inconspicuous staircase and doorway which leads straight  into an airy and light loft space, where you will spend the next few hours completely engrossed in the menu and dining experience.

With just 6 wooden tables, which seat 2 each, there is usually a waiting list spanning months in advance. The chefs and kitchen are permanently in full view for diners to see, which has led to the restaurant being known as having “the most open kitchen in Europe”. The menu features locally grown and foraged ingredients, with some dishes including mushrooms gathered the same day from Delamere Forest, which is just a stone’s throw away.

Much like other locally sourced restaurants, Where The Light Gets In doesn’t have a menu, either for wine or food. You are served what is fresh and produced on the night, whether that’s ox heart or month-aged sirloin steak. The restaurant controversially doesn’t cater for vegetarians or vegans, but will stretch to a pescatarian menu when notified in advance.

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How Hotel Roof Terraces Have Created a Whole New Restaurant Experience

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High End Hotel Roof Terraces Have Created a Whole New Restaurant Experience

A changing climate in the property market and a shift in the way we perceive value has resulted in the emergence of rooftop restaurants all across the globe. These skyscraper venues are often part of city-centre hotels, which aim to offer unrivaled views of the central surroundings and a truly luxurious experience. But does focusing on the physical location of a restaurant, rather than the contents of the menu, overlook the art of gastronomy?

In this article, we discuss the key drivers for this change and the expected impact it will have on the restaurant sector.

Maximising Your Property Space

The decision to convert your rooftop into a useable, profitable space stems from the ever competitive commercial property market. In New York, properties are even divided into their own property class system to differentiate status and determine rental prices. The cost of real estate in some of the most prestigious districts in Manhattan means that buyers are desperately trying to make the most of every square foot available.

Besides, the tourism industry has long profited from charging visitors for accessing viewpoints that a rooftop bar or restaurant can offer. Customers get this privilege and more with the additional sale of food and drink. London alone has its fair share of rooftop restaurants, which focus their selling efforts on the view of the city. This allows high-class restaurants to markup their prices even further.

But just how easy is it to convert your roof into a rooftop bar or restaurant? Very. With the help of a trusted commercial roofing supplier, you can refurbish a flat roof so that you can safely advertise it as a venue. Rooftop restaurants are increasingly popping up and, thanks to warmer temperatures, there are hundreds thriving in cities everywhere.

There is no denying that this space-saving concept is financially viable for hotels. But where did the idea even come from?

The Influence of Instagram

With 1 billion monthly active users, Instagram is not only a place to connect with friends, but also a legitimate advertising tool for businesses. The use of influencer marketing on the platform may even have something to do with the origin of the rooftop trend.

Famous travel account @doyoutravel completely transformed the Ritz Carlton in Turkey after shooting a candid photo on its rooftop:

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The globe-trotting duo accidentally promoted an unused spot in the hotel they were staying in to their over 2 million followers. Since the image went live and inevitably went viral, customers of the hotel kept enquiring about the rooftop breakfast service until the Ritz Carlton transformed its Cappadocia site to accommodate the request. Today, the activity sits at the top of the list of the best things to do in the destination.

As this type of businesses is easy on the eye and highly visual, dedicated rooftop accounts seem to do really well with engagement, which means, for these restaurants, there is no difficulty when it comes to promotion.

Is it possible that this social media fluke could have started something bigger worldwide?

What Does This Mean for Gastronomy?

Despite all of the hype, the movement does pose some serious questions for gastronomy. The value of a restaurant is traditionally judged by the quality of its food, locally sourced ingredients and menu pairings. In this capacity, an outstanding restaurant is differentiated by industry accreditations, like a Michelin star. So what happens if this metric changes? For hospitality professionals, this could be dangerously degrading to their culinary skills.

An article describing an upper-class restaurant in Mayfair, London, reads, “why go? For the pink, of course,” which sums up the “instagrammable” trend. While rooftop restaurants make for a stunning setting to enjoy fine food, the gastronomical talent should also exceed standards. The known criteria to be awarded a Michelin star is based solely on the performance and personality of the chef. There is nothing instagrammable about that. British chef Gordon Ramsay has said some outrageous things in the past and is known for his short fuse, but his words are relevant here: “The pressure on young chefs today is far greater than ever before in terms of social skills, marketing skills, cooking skills, personality and, more importantly, delivering on the plate.”

The rooftop restaurant trend is an ongoing debate for those in hospitality. This will likely only continue to be the case as we all become accustomed to the alternative image-based perception of quality.

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7 Healthy and Satisfying Sides to Round Out Your Steak Meal

A steak is one of the complete meals you can have for lunch or dinner. An 8-ounce filet mignon, for instance, contains 823 calories. It also has 23 grams of protein and other vitamins and minerals meaning you can get some required nutrients as you enjoy your prime cut of beef.

7 Healthy and Satisfying Sides to Round Out Your Steak Meal
Eating steak for lunch or dinner, though, won’t be complete without an order or two of your favorite side dishes.

But if you have already ordered an 8-ounce filet mignon, you may want to think carefully about which sides to order if you are counting calories to lose weight or to stick to your diet.

Whether you’re having your steak at a restaurant or at home, here are some healthy yet filling side dishes that will complete your meal:

Baked or boiled sweet potatoes

Baked potatoes or French fries would definitely be on top of your list for sides to accompany your steak. Go the healthier route, though, and order sweet potatoes instead.

A medium baked or boiled sweet potato contains 103 calories, slightly lower than a white potato of the same size. Sweet potatoes also have higher fiber, vitamin A, and potassium content.

Make sure you order your sweet potatoes baked or boiled and not fried, and avoid slathering cheese and butter on the dish to keep it healthy and low-cal.

Baked or roasted asparagus

Creamed asparagus is another steak side dish favorite. Aside from being tasty, it is rich in vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, calcium, iron, folate, protein, and fiber. Unfortunately, the cream sauce, butter, and cheese added to the vegetable can pack it with fat and sodium.

Baked or roasted asparagus, though, is a healthy option. The veggie will simply be sprinkled with salt and pepper (or some other organic seasoning you like), and it will be the perfect accompaniment for a prime cut of sirloin.

Roasted corn and tomato salad

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Roasted corn on the cob is another classic steak side dish. However, if you will cover the corn with copious amounts of butter and salt, you will cancel out its important vitamin contents which include vitamins B and C, magnesium, and carotenoids.

If you want to eat corn as a side dish to your steak meal, grill the corn and mix the kernels with cherry or heirloom tomatoes, onions, and some lettuce. Add a splash of lemon or vinegar, and you will have a healthy and refreshing side that will complement your grilled steak.

Grilled artichoke salad

Artichokes are great sources of vitamins C and K, folate, fiber, and antioxidants which make it one of the most nutritious vegetables around.

When artichokes are added to a salad, you will have a healthy and filling side. A great salad recipe to try is to mix grilled artichokes with tomatoes, olives, chickpeas, and pepperoncini. Add some provolone cheese and toasted pine nuts and drizzle with vinaigrette, and you will have a delectable side dish to enjoy with your steak.

Roasted carrots

Glazed carrots are gaining popularity as a steak side but the butter and sugar used to make this dish make it a high calorie and sweet dish.

To get the full health benefits of this veggie (which includes vitamins A, K, and B6, and potassium) opt for grilled carrots. When lemon, dill, oregano, and mustard are added, you will indulge in a refreshing side dish that will complement your steak meal.

Grilled or roasted green beans

Green beans are another vegetable packed with a variety of nutrients which include vitamins A, B6, and K, calcium, iron, magnesium, and fiber.

A simple seasoning of salt, pepper, and garlic will bring out the great taste of this veggie. You will love this dish when it is roasted or grilled.

Broccoli salad

Another healthy green veggie that is a staple steak side but has never been quite popular is broccoli. This vegetable is rich in vitamins C and K, iron, potassium, and fiber.

Broccoli can be served in various ways as a steak side dish. It can be added to a salad with cauliflower, apples, oranges, and walnuts. Add your favorite low-fat dressing (vinaigrette is highly recommended) and you will have tasty, tangy salad that goes well with your steak.

If you don’t like broccoli in your salad, order it baked or steamed. Add some lemon juice and a small amount of butter and you have a perfect steak side as well.

There’s no need for rocket science when ordering a healthy and filling steak side dish. You simply choose the vegetables, order them grilled, roasted, or baked, and do away with or reduce your consumption of butter and other high calorie, creamy dressings.

You will then enjoy a scrumptious steak meal without the unnecessary calories, bad fats, and other unhealthy ingredients.

AUTHOR BIO: Jenene Bronwin Batts is the Senior Marketing Coordinator at Tourism Development & Investment Company or TDIC. She oversees website maintenance, PR requests, marketing initiatives and all general guests’ enquiries for the company’s destinations, including KOI Restaurant & Lounge and Boa Steakhouse in Abu Dhabi.

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5 Healthiest Holiday Party Foods you should try

Healthiest Holiday Party Foods

 

Healthiest Holiday Party Foods

Parties are galore in the UK. Most of the people prefer parties to vent out their work related stress. They regard these parties as an instrument in socialization and the like. Parties have become a part and parcel in today’s corporate culture. There are various elements which become the cynosure of one’s eyes in such parties. One such element is Food. While partying hard, it is a pre-requisite that our intake should also be apt and par excellent.

Of late, ‘Music’ and ‘Food’ have become the most sought after ones in parties. Be it a close knit family party or business related parties. As Christmas is fast approaching, most of the corporate like to throw a party for their employees and clients and most of them are very particular about the food. Even though there is various finger- licking foods in the market, one should also see to it that they are really healthy. Some of the food may seem to be healthy. But in reality, they would not have served the purpose. Hence, we have come up with the top-most healthy food preferred by people of all ages (especially in the parties).

Smoked Salmon on Toasts:

In a nutshell: omega-3s.

Essential fatty acids are present only in a handful of food and ‘Salmon’ is said to be one.
‘Omega-3s’ paves a way to keep the blood pressure down and also to maintain a healthy level of cholesterol. It also puts a bay for heart disease. Sounds good, isn’t it? Apart from that, the Omega-3s also provide a natural glow to your skin and grants a youthful look always.

Even many Heart Associations in the UK also recommends consuming Omega-3s source twice a week. Hence, you can lay hands on this food and this is regarded as the healthy party food. While consuming alcohol, it is always better to include in the ‘Party Menu’, undoubtedly.

Shrimp Cocktail:

Filled with protein and also skimpy on calories, this ‘Shrimp Cocktail’ is the most preferred healthy party food and also best ‘appetizer’. Another advantage of this dish is that it offers a lasting satisfaction for your belly as protein is considered to do the needed magic via Shrimps. It also contains zinc and it facilitates a strong immune system.

As an icing on the cake, this party food augurs well with sauce. But the thing to bear in mind is that, its sugar proportion. So, we should avoid this bottled sauce and prefer dipping them in the salsa.

Chicken Kabobs:

The most sought after party food is nothing but, chicken. Consuming this chicken in the form of Kabobs is really healthy as this Asian origin appetizer is mostly grilled. They are also skinless, which makes it really fat-free. As it contains few calories, this party food can be taken in almost all sorts of parties.
Even kids can also give it a try and its scintillating taste will remain in your tongues forever.

Guacamoles:

The prime ingredient in this dish is ‘Avocado’. As it is loaded with healthy fats and valuable nutrients such as beta-sitosterol, it facilitates in bringing down the levels of bad cholesterol to a considerable amount. Astonished? True!!! This holiday party food definitely enhances the taste buds of your guests and London caterers will add the needed spice in the preparation of this authentic dish.

Sushi:

Another prominent holiday party food is ‘Sushi’. This is also another low fat food and it will provide a sense of satisfaction owing to the white rice prevalent in this dish. The pieces with salmon or tuna inside deliver that coveted omega-3s, which adds value to the health aspects. Even the fishless variety is engulfed with a healthy slice of cucumber or other veggies. The seaweed that hugs the rice, called nori, also packs a nutritious punch, as it contains minerals which is got from the sea. One thing you should ensure is its ‘freshness’.

Healthiest Holiday Party Foods Conclusion:

“Holiday Parties” have become the most sought after entertainment for many people in the UK. Complimenting the same with healthy food has become the sole responsibility of London Caterers. There are varied options in the market. It lies in the hands of the people to opt for the best and tasty ones.

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How a detox diet can change your lifestyle?

Our lifestyles have become extremely hectic, without us even realizing it. Do you remember the last time you went to sleep without putting an alarm for the next day? I personally can’t and miss the uncertainty in my life.

Our lives revolve around our work and social circles.

Thanks to the advancement in technology, the race is getting tougher each day. And we try harder to survive.

How a detox diet can change your lifestyle?

All this competition at the workplace, personal stress and pollution, gives way to an extremely unhealthy mind and soul. The pain between your eyebrows or the acidity you get every so often is an indirect result of this.
Finding time for frequent workouts and eating mindfully seems like a task in today’s date and time. Food makes for a major contributor to how we feelHow a detox diet can change your lifestyle?, inside and out. But this doesn’t necessarily mean you suffer throughout. Here comes the concept of detox diets.

Detox or detoxification is a way of enabling your body to release stored toxins from your system. Toxins collected from the surrounding and bad food products, can detriment your vital body organs.

Detox cleanses the inwards by converting toxins into less harmful compounds and releases them from the system.

How do detox diets work on your body?

Detox diets are usually short-term dietary modifications that help cleanse your body and blood of toxins. It requires a span of fasting with a very limited diet of vegetables and fruits.

The dietary restrictions depend on the kind of detox you are undergoing. Some detox diets could include teas, supplements, herbs and juices. This allows your vital organs to rest with simple digestion.

Gradually, it leads your liver to flush out the excess toxins that are stored in its boundary, through feces and sweat. With a cleaner gut your blood circulation improves.

And so does your immunity, leaving space for good nutrients to fill in.

Most popular detox diets that work

There can be multiple types of detox diets that influencers claim to have benefitted from the web. You can choose any as per your preference and dietary conditions.

Here are the top diets that have garnered attention and showed results in the past: –

Martha’s Vineyard diet detox – You can only consume certain kinds of juices from specific vegetables and fruits in the 21-day detox diet. The intention is to cleanse your system with the additional vitamins and antioxidants in your diet.

Raw food detox – Eating your food raw means you get to consume the enzymes they come with and use it for detoxing our systems.  This means no meat and dairy but a lot of nuts, fruits, juices and vegetables.

Hallelujah detox diets – This diet requires you to eat only raw or living food. This cuts out poultry and dairy products off your diet. This means you should eat your food in its natural form, that is raw.

Liver Cleansing diet – It’s a very healthy way of detoxing. Your diet would involve veggies, poultry and lots of water. You get to consume a lot of healthy fats but no dairy products.

Master Cleanse detox diets – This detox requires you to survive on lemon water, salt solutions, cayenne powder and maple syrup for 10 days. This is considered to be extremely dangerous as there is no food intake for an elongated period of time.

5 ways detoxing can help you in having a better lifestyle: –

belly detox

You won’t feel unhealthy in your mind and body-

How you feel in general is largely dependent on the wellness you have inside. Your productivity decreases when you have an ailment bothering you inside.
As Millennials, productivity makes for a big priority for us.It could be that flu that keeps coming back every month or the acidity you get after every meal.

It makes us irritated without us realizing it. The feeling you get when you wake up early in the morning is a healthy feeling and stays longer without toxins in your body.

Most us fail to connect our food with our feelings, this results in prolonged suffering. Detox diet helps you do this successfully.

You will have better control over your weight-

Our bodies have a certain calorie requirement, as per our age and gender etc. We also have very specific nutritional requirements too.

When you provide your body with more calories than that is required it converts to fat and stores up in your body. Additionally, toxins lower your metabolism that further reduces your fat burning capabilities.

This results in weight gain. In detox diets, you have a limited supply of calories for your body.

With no junk and bad cholesterol in your diet, your body gets rid of those toxins and additional fat that was stored up is used instead. You are able to lose weight and maintain it better.

Your sweet and carb carvings will be lesser-

Sugar and carbohydrates are by nature extremely addictive. Studies have shown, sugar addiction can be more serious than cocaine addiction.

Using willpower to stop those cravings is extremely difficult, as it is science that defies you. Sugar cravings are biological. You can only cut those cravings by using biological methods to stop them in the first place.

Certain detox diets can successfully make you forget sugar and carbs. Giving your body the right thing and the right time ensures lesser cravings later.

You will be more disciplined in your life-

It might not be an easy task to pull off, but most certainly is the need of the hour. Just try and imagine, you will have nearly the same amount of stamina as you used to have in your yesteryears.

The initial willingness will require you to commit to the cause and explain it to yourself why it is important. You will be able to pull off the task with that willpower.

Friends and family can play a big role in body transformations.  Keeping a thorough check on your food makes you more disciplined in your lifestyle. Gradually, it becomes a lifestyle and you even subconsciously manage your diet while travelling too.

Detoxing will improve your focus and make you confident…

While you are detoxing, you have a fixed timetable you stick to. There are limited food requirements at certain time gaps. Your life is pretty minimalistic now with lesser distractions. This enables you to focus more on other important things in life. You will feel confident with this added advantage you have.

There is no scientifically proved data how detox diets work but they have worked wonders for people. Not many human-based research has been proved to its advantage yet. Ancient Indians used to fast for a day every week to allow their systems to rest. These habits have helped them live and eat better with time.

Tell me which diet helped you and how did it impact your lifestyle, in the comments below.

Author Bio: Arkya Dey executes and strategizes content marketing campaigns at PagePotato. An MBA by education and a designer by heart, he loves analyzing social media trends and likes to read/write on human behavior & managing workspaces. Apart from this, he makes Infographics and Explainer videos on his favorite subjects. He hits the gym daily & in his spare time, he helps upcoming movie makers with script writing. You can also find him on LinkedIn & Twitter.

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Miami’s 5 Essential Cocktail Bars

Sunshine State Sips: Miami’s 5 Essential Cocktail Bars
Miami’s 5 Essential Cocktail Bars

While London might be considered by many to be the home of the best cocktail scene in the world, across the pond, Miami has been shaking up the bar scene with its own inspired cocktail scene.

In recent years, craft cocktails have emerged throughout Miami’s bar scene, making the Sunshine State an undeniable destination for casual drinkers and alcohol enthusiasts alike. Craft cocktails’ stratospheric rise has made Miami a city of drinking inspiration and celebration.

From over-the-top presentations to the use of farm-fresh fruit ingredients, craft cocktails in Miami are gorgeous displays that delight your palate. With skilled bartenders and highly rated distilleries calling Florida home, the drink scene in Miami is one worth experiencing.

Ready to make the journey across the pond? Here are some of Miami’s most forward-thinking cocktail bars that are shaking up something tasty.

The Broken Shaker

Given top honors on the Daily Meal’s list of Top 150 Bars in America in 2018, The Broken Shaker embodies the true spirit of Florida’s cocktail scene. Cocktails are handcrafted and each is composed of the perfect blend of ingredients and international flavors.

Its carefully curated cocktail menu includes exotic mescals and seasonal drinks all handcrafted from fresh-pressed produce, exotic ingredients, and garden herbs and spice infusions.

The Broken Shaker’s backyard oasis wonderfully complements each thoughtful composition. For booze hounds looking to escape Miami’s frenetic pace, the Broken Shaker provides the perfect hideaway.

The Regent Cocktail Club
The Regent Cocktail Club
When your head mixologist graces the cover of GQ Magazine, you know you’re doing cocktails right. It should come as no surprise that cocktails crafted at The Regent Cocktail Club tell a wonderfully delicious story.

The passionate team at The Regent Cocktail Club illustrates the art of craft cocktails through a daily rotating specialty cocktail menu. Each handcrafted cocktail creation pays homage to the classics refreshed with a modern twist.

A Prohibition-style cocktail bar, The Regent Cocktail Club’s cozy atmosphere evokes the simplicity and elegance of a 1940s classic cocktail bar.

Sugar

Located on the rooftop of EAST hotel, patrons will pass 40 floors before reaching the ultra-trendy rooftop lounge Sugar. Sugar’s lush garden setting is a high in the sky escape that features unobstructed views of Miami’s skyline and waterways.

The cocktail menu at Sugar is inspired by the restaurant-bar’s Chinese and Hong Kong roots, but with a Miami twist. Asian-influenced cocktails make the most of exotic ingredients like lychee, yuzu, and Thai chili.

Further distinguishing itself in Miami’s crowded cocktail scene, Sugar features a weekly Sake Sunday tasting with inspired sake-infused cocktails that go down perfectly with Miami’s summer vibes.

Gramps Bar

In Miami’s perpetually sweltering heat, few things are as welcome as air conditioning, beer, and cocktails. And the sign out front of Gramps Bar advertises just that. Named after the owner’s maternal grandfather, Gramps Bar is an institution in Wynwood.

But don’t let the bar name fool you. Gramps is far from a haven for retirees. It’s the go-to place for counterculture entertainment. Hip and trendy, this dimly lit laid-back watering hole features potent cocktail concoctions that simply can’t be ignored.

A rotating cocktail menu keeps things interesting and definitely does not disappoint.

The Dirty Rabbit

A recent entry to Miami’s cocktail scene, the Dirty Rabbit boasts a lewd persona embodied by its innuendo-filled drink names. Its salacious name aside, the Dirty Rabbit offers well-crafted cocktails that are thoughtful.

Its unmissable neon-lit motto “Are you dirty enough?” may beckon you in, but once inside, the bar’s clever drinks will keep you drinking until the wee hours of the night.

Despite the bar’s obvious tongue-in-cheek theme, each cleverly named drink on the menu is considered and sophisticated. Unique touches such as vintage postcards and sprigs of lavender neatly finish off your libation of choice, adding to the bar’s already impressive eclectic vibe.

Sun, sand, and spirits

In a city long typecast as a college crowd’s spring break destination, Miami is shaking things up. Long gone are the teenage wild nights and in its place has risen an upscale and refined cocktail scene ready to rival some of the best in the world.

While London may currently hold the crown for the best cocktail scene in the world, Miami has never been a city to play second fiddle. From updated takes to perennial favorites to newfangled twists, the city’s new generation of bartenders has the craft cocktail game under control.

AUTHOR BIO?: Richard Bantock is the President of Liquor License Consultants, Inc. (formerly known as The Liquor License Guy) which specializes in the purchasing and selling of Florida liquor licenses. For 20 years, he successfully operated liquor store, nightclub, bar and restaurant companies, gaining first-hand knowledge of business planning, financial negotiations and the liquor licensing process. Liquor License Consultants, Inc. reflects his insight and expertise.

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4 Most Enchanting Spots for Afternoon Tea in Dubai

Take a moment and imagine yourself sitting in a stately home in  19th century England. Chances are, if you can envision it vividly enough, you would be sitting enjoying an afternoon tea. The beloved tradition has been in vogue since then and has continually evolved as people all around the world have grown to embrace it.

If you are heading to Dubai on holiday, or are just looking for somewhere new to go, here are the four most enchanting spots for afternoon tea in Dubai.

1. For a bite of English royalty – Grosvenor House, Rhodes W1

Afternoon tea is served every Friday and Saturday, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

If you genuinely want to embrace your inner royal family, on the weekend, make your way to the Michelin star restaurant of Gary Rhodes. This well-known restaurant and bar offers a wonderful tea al fresco experience when you dine at the terrace.

Here you can have afternoon tea in the classic British style with scones, tea, traditional British dishes, and the famous Coronation Chicken Sandwich.

Grosvenor House has a magical spell that will make any afternoon enjoyable and memorable.

Where: Grosvenor House Dubai, Al Emreef Street
When: Fridays and Saturdays, from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm

2. For an afternoon tea, you can only get in Dubai – At.mosphere Lounge at Burj Khalifa

Imagine sipping your tea and eating your scone in the highest building in the world — Burj Khalifa. Located on Level 122, in the At.mosphere Lounge, this afternoon tea comes with a side of serious views.

At.mosphere Lounge offers two varieties of their afternoon tea. The “La Gourmandise” includes a traditional assortment of mini sandwiches, patisserie, scones and fresh berries, which you can pair with a wide variety of global teas and coffees.

Additionally, you have the option of stepping your afternoon tea experience up a few notches and having the “Luxurious Menu”, which includes trademark delicacies, the main course selection, and something bubbly.

Whichever you opt for, you can be assured that all the sweet and savory treats are of the highest quality. Just try to resist eating it all before you get a photo!

(If you do decide to go to At.mosphere Lounge for your afternoon tea, note that there is no direct access from The Dubai Mall or At the Top to Burj Khalifa. You must enter through The Armani Hotel Dubai’s main entrance.)

Where: Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai
When: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

3. For an afternoon tea underwater – Ossiano, Atlantis

There is no lack of beautifully and uniquely designed restaurants in Dubai. But of course, Dubai has to put its own unique twist on everything and afternoon tea is no different. Enter afternoon tea at the Atlantis, a restaurant situated underwater.

If you want to eat exotic fish eggs, sandwiches, and macaroons during a delicious three-course set menu while watching the fishes pass you by, this is the spot to go. (A children’s and an a la carte menu are also available on request.)

Not just impeccable service, and a mesmerizing setting, this is also one of the most romantic restaurants in Dubai.

Where: Ossiano, Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
When: Saturdays, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

4. For an Arabesque-style afternoon tea – Al Fayrooz Lounge in Al Qasr

The tradition of afternoon tea is raised to an art form at Al Fayrooz Lounge with its Arabesque charm and ambienceIn the hotel lobby of Al Qasr, you can find a daily afternoon tea consisting of:

=> afternoon tea sandwiches
=> hot savories
=> selections of homemade scones
=> Devonshire clotted cream
=> lemon curd
=> strawberry jam
=> chocolate fondue
=> your choice of loose-leaf teas or freshly ground coffee

They also offer a “Wellness Afternoon Tea” that is healthy and deliciously elegant (however, you have to book your reservation at least 24 hours before your preferred scheduled).

With the unique food offerings (they have elevated afternoon tea to an art form) and the elegant surroundings, this is a once-in-a-lifetime afternoon tea experience.

Where: Lobby Lounge, Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah
When: Daily, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

There is nothing wrong with treating yourself (and your loved ones) every now and then. Having a cuppa at one of these four places is definitely going to provide everyone a filling and memorable afternoon.

Have you ever had afternoon tea in any of these places? Where do you recommend? Let us know in the comments below!

AUTHOR BIO: Thomas Grundner is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury.”

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5 Of The Best Après-Ski bars in 5 different Ski Resorts

Spending some quality time in a soothing Après-Ski bar is perhaps the best part of your skiing experience! One can relax and enjoy the comforting sip of their favorite drink in chilling winters.

Numerous people find it difficult to locate the finest bar that can augment their trip. It is necessarily crucial to pick the right bar that offers quality services leaving you with some non-volatile memories.

The chilled beer and ample room to dance isn’t something to compromise! Here we’ll be discussing some far-fetched bars, located in different resorts to bump up your skiing experience.

Val Thrones, France

Val Thrones is considered as the most expensive resort offering delightful experiences to the skiers. But during the recent years, this resort has experienced a great transformation; making it a mid-range resort. There’s a stunning 5-star hotel along with some great chalets that offer a mind-blowing experience.

One can get the best out of their trip to witness snow-fall in an entirely new way in the Saloon Bar. This is a place for enthusiasts that are always on a hunt for bars offering fun and lively drinking atmosphere.

Les Deux Alpes, France

Les Deux is perhaps the biggest resort in Grand Rouses Mountain range, which is preferred by the tourists for its long season. One can witness series of great bars pleasing the visitors with fine drinking experience.

The Pano bar in this resort is known for their beats that compel everyone to dance insanely. The joyful crowd here is always the center of attraction that magnetizes people from around the world.

Bar Robinson, France

Bar Robinson is one of the oldest and finest bars in Morzine offering supreme drinking experience to the skiers that are seeking a fascinating atmosphere. It gained popularity as an Après bar due to its early closing timings.

The bar is full of skiers along with passionate snowboarders in the winters. Moreover, it has managed to gain ample popularity among the tourists as well as locals who prefer visiting this spectacular place around the year.

Verbier, Switzerland

Verbier is also one of the expensive resorts that are considered to attract abundant tourists from around the world. The visit to Verbier is incomplete without spending some quality time with your adored ones in a fascinating bar.

The Farinet bar attracts tourists due to its sliding roof, which automatically opens when the bash gets hot! The snowfall along with the party atmosphere goes harmoniously to deliver a dazzling experience.

Alpe d’Huez, France

This is one of the budget-friendly resorts offering finest drinking leisure at comparatively lesser prices. One only needs skills to enjoy their party until 6 in the morning! Moreover, the enormous mountain terrace has ample of space that provides good room for dancing to your favorite beat.

It is a popular place for the people of France but somehow lacks in its overall appeal. Still, you can enjoy your bash with the gorgeous mountain views that surround the resort.

The resorts and bars mentioned-above are known for their excellent hospitality and conspicuous atmosphere. Mark these resorts for your next trip to get some unforgettable memories.

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8 Easy Tips for College Students to Stay Motivated in a Vegan Diet

Vegan Diet

Staying Motivated in a Vegan Diet

When most people decide to go vegan, the easiest part is normally making the resolve to trying a pure all-green diet. When it gets to the part of putting the decision into action, the diet change could become quite frustrating. As is required for other lifestyle changes, becoming a vegan entails creating a culture of consistency in your dietary changes.
It can sound hard but it is easy to see your new resolution through if you have just the correct resources and reasons to keep motivated. You should not get discouraged nor should you be too hard on yourself for not succeeding in your attempts to maintain a straight vegan diet. Below are some of the best and easiest ways to keep motivated in your vegan diet and keeping off from animal foods.

1. Do Your Research

In order for you to thrive on a diet that’s based on plants, you’ll be required to conduct some comprehensive research about the topic. There is a wide array of vitamin deficiencies which are associated with most types of diet plans and vegan diets are a victim of this. These vitamin deficiencies, though not fatal, can end up affecting your general performance and body energy levels. By conducting some thorough research, you are bound to come across effective ways that ensure you are acquiring all the vital nutrients and vitamins that are needed for you to perform at peak levels.
The main vitamins and minerals that you should conduct research on and the foods in which they are found in include; Vitamin B12, Omega 3 and calcium. You should also ensure that you learn the essential roles that these vitamins play in your body (e.g. vitamin C helps in the absorption of iron in your body) so as to know which foods to prioritize in your student budget.

2. Bring your Personal/Family Doctor On Board With Your Diet

Even though you’ve successfully done some research about your vegan diet, it is vital for you to make sure that your doctor knows about your diet. This will prompt him/her to perform in-depth tests on you to see to it that you don`t have any dietary deficiencies that would bring harm to both your health and studies.
In case you have any deficiencies, your doctor will find a way to manage the problem while also giving you advice on the foods that you should use in your vegan diet. To add onto that, your doctor is in a position to give you nutrient supplements and also advise you on the whole vegan diet program in case it would threaten to cause deterioration of your health.

3. Make Plans for Your Meals

There are some easy vegan meals that most students have a high affinity for due to the ease of making them. One of such a type of meal is beans placed on toast. As much as it is popular and saves you the headache of venturing into the complex types of vegan meals, it wouldn`t be ideal to have it on a daily basis for all your meals in a day. For you to avoid such scenarios, it is best that you plan all that you would like to have for the week and write it down.
The night before a school day, you should prepare the meals indicated for that specific day before you head to bed. Such a clear and concise organizational structure of your meals is what makes the whole difference between surviving and thriving on a vegan diet.

4. Supplement Your Diet with Snacks

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Super food selection for health diet in porcelain bowls over distressed wooden background.

While on a vegan diet, it is common that the foods in your diet plan won’t provide the energy levels that other types of food offer. In order to curb the probability of your level of blood sugar dropping drastically as well as significant energy drops, snacks can be incorporated into your diet as supplements. Snacks are many kinds, but what is common according to findings of various research paper topics about snacks is the energy levels that they pack.

During afternoons when your energy is likely to be spent, you should take some snacks to help rejuvenate your energy stores. Some of the best snacks for these functions include dried fruits, apple slices, energy bars, carrot sticks and almond butter among many others.

5. Make Your Freezer Your Best Friend

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Whenever you’re making meals for just yourself, it would be prudent to make huge meals then freeze half of the meals in different single portions. This will save you the trouble of having to cook new meals every single day, especially knowing that some vegan meals can consume a lot of time and energy to prepare. Your time will also be on the receiving end of being spared and this can help you concentrate more on your school work.

Before you leave for school every morning, you can pull out one of the frozen meals and leave it to defrost as you leave. When you get back from school, all that you’ll be required to do is just heating the meal, and you’ll be set to use the time saved from cooking a-fresh for something else.

6. Learn To Embrace Smoothies on a a Vegan Diet

Making of smoothies on a vegan diet

Making of smoothies is one of the greatest ways in which you can pack a hoard of nutrients that contain veggies and proteins in one drink. Smoothies are very effective, especially for the students with impossibly tight schedules or during exam time when the time is ever scarce. This is because a well-made smoothie contains most of the vital nutrients found in your vegan diet and they are both easy to make and get into your body.

For you to maximize on saving time, you could try preparing your smoothies before the start of your day and then store them in separate bags in the freezer. When morning comes, all you have to do is adding your preferred type of milk followed by addition of nut butter and protein powder to complete the making of an iced smoothie.

7. Be Flexible and Experiment on a a Vegan Diet

One of the biggest roles that you need to play as a vegan when making an effort to stay healthy is thinking outside the box. In addition to this, you also need to find a way of making your own homemade versions of your favorite foods. By taking away dairy and meat products from your daily diet, you get space to experiment a lot, while also introducing tons of new and healthy things. Another factor that favors your steps into experimenting is that vegan lists for what you can buy are long and also very pocket-friendly hence making them workable on a student budget.

8. Stay Inspired on a a Vegan Diet

By surrounding yourself with people who can inspire you, you reduce your chances of falling out of the path of being motivated to keep a vegan diet. In case you have no idea of where to get seasoned vegans, you could seek your inspiration from trying new blogs, recipes, following people living vegan lifestyles on social media and watching videos from YouTube. By doing so, each time you go online and especially on social media, you instantly get inspired.

College Students and a Vegan Diet – In Conclusion

Whether you’re practicing it for the environment, animals, for the simple fact that you cannot cook or for your health, vegan diets are fast becoming popular among students. A healthy diet that is devoid of dairy and meat products might indeed take some extra planning, but just give it some extra effort and thought and your wallet and body will thank you for it.
The methods that have been mentioned above are some of the best in helping to keep you motivated and remain healthy while on a vegan- based diet and while having a student budget. Which of the tips above has appealed most to you? Do you think the rest are worth trying out too?
About the Author:

Richard Nolan is a professional educator and team building coach, sharing his experience in spheres of  writing, blogging, entrepreneurship, and psychology. Richard writes for numerous blogs and gives useful tips for bloggers and students. Currently, Richard works as a general blog editor for EliteEssayWriters

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10 easy steps for calculating Restaurant Labor Cost

Restaurant Labor Cost

Rising restaurant labor cost is an increasing concern for entrepreneurs in the food sector.

Note: This article is from a friend across the pond (hence the $$ references) – But much that is detailed here is applicable across all jurisdictions:

With many existing restaurants out there and the number increasing day by day, the food industry has become cut-throat competitive.

Restaurants now operate on razor thin margins in order to stay afloat in the competition.

When you add up all the cost of restaurant staff – (including Managers, Accountants, Chef/Cook, Kitchen Staff, Captain, Runners, Servers, Delivery Staff) – the labor expense is ever increasing.

To make sure that the percentage of the profit is not compromised, a tight leash for labor expenses is a must.

Below are some easy steps for calculating Restaurant labor cost to simplify the process and save your precious time.

1. Estimate the number of Guests

The first step in calculating the labor cost is that of estimating the frequency of guests around the clock. For every restaurant, there exists a peak and a low time; an ideal staffing scenario includes proportionate staffing.

For example, weekends have a large flow of customers in comparison with weekdays. The frequency of guests helps ascertain the number of servers required to tend a single table.

2. Estimate the number of Staff per Guest

Once you have figured out the frequency of guests, the next thing you need to do is have an estimate for the number of staff required to serve the guests. Calculate it  for each table. Each table requires a Captain who takes the order and a Server who serves the food. Other required staff includes Cook, Runner and an extra server if required. Therefore it is easy to assume that every table requires a Cook, Server, and a Captain.

To get a fair idea of staffing for 40 guests, following can be considered:?1 Cook hour for every 20 guests : 2 Cook hours for 40 guests?1 Server hour for every 10 guests : 4 Server hours for 40 guests?1 Captain hour for every 20 guests : 2 Captain hours for 40 guests?So, a total of 8 employee hours are needed to serve 40 guests

3. Determine the Labor Wages according to the Groups

Before going to the next step, let’s ascertain the group of the labor wages. There exists two modes of labor wage payment i.e. wages per hour and fixed salary. Calculate the cost of hourly employees, fixed salary employees and the total taxes and benefits offered.

For hourly employees, add the total hours per day of your staff for the week and then multiply it with the hourly wage. For different hourly wages for different servers, this needs to be done separately.
The easiest way to get all these complex calculations done, is to adapt Restaurant management software.

4. Calculate the Payroll Taxes

Payroll taxes have to be calculated while determining the labor cost. In order to do this, find out the amount of payroll tax to be paid according to your government policy. Calculate it for each employee. This step too can be simplified using Restaurant management software.?

5. Calculate Federal Unemployment Taxes

Also known as FUTA, this tax is applicable to the first $7000 of the employee. Multiply each employee’s wage and salary earning by 0.06 in order to determine the FUTA taxes that have to be paid by the employee. This step can be skipped if the employee’s year to date earnings exceed $7000. For earnings which exceed the threshold limit, calculate the taxes on the portion less than $7000.

6. State’s Unemployment Insurance Premium or Taxes

The State unemployment tax is not the same everywhere and for this reason, one needs to, find out the company rate and the employee eligibility criteria set by the state for for the labor and the payroll professionals. All of the above taxes are included as an expense in the total amount of the labor cost.

7. Costs and benefits

Almost every restaurant has some type of costs and benefits which they provide their employees. These costs and benefits may include the company’s contribution towards the health and retirement plans, the cost of employees meals, value of the stock option provided to the management, allowances like parking allowances, house rent allowances, and gym memberships. Determine the exact value of the mentioned cost and benefits and add it to the total labor cost.

8. Cost of worker’s compensation premium

This fund is created in order to compensate the worker for any mishap due to work. While the chances of a mishap are less likely to happen at a restaurant, the premium has to be paid for each payroll cycle. This premium paid by the employer has to be added to the total or the prime cost and can help in determining the cost of labor percentage.?Each state has its own set of rules, so the premium can be purchased from the state itself or from some commercial provider. The amount of premium is decided on the basis of the workplace’s claim history and also on the employees present at the workplace. The performance of the  workers is also taken into consideration.

9. Determine the projected sales

By considering the above taxes, costs and benefits the other factor to be weighed in is the average check paid by a guest; to find the projected sales. This step is required to ascertain the income against the expenses which are being incurred. The average checks per guest helps determine the amount of weekly or monthly sales. In order to find this out, calculate the total costs incurred and also the profit margin on each dish.

10. The final stage

This stage is bifurcated into two parts where the first part is the total amount paid as expense and the other part is finding out the projected labor percentage.?• The first step is, to sum up the amount paid in salaries, wages, payroll taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, and benefits. After finding a total amount, proceed to the next step.?• To find out the projected labor percentage, divide the labor wages by the sales. If it falls in the normal range then the labor cost is not chipping away your profits but if it is high then you are overstaffed.?Projected labor percentage = projected labor dollars / projected sales??The above-mentioned steps are pretty easy. Thus, calculating  labor cost isn’t a difficult job. This is necessary future policy decisions and increasing profit.

Author Bio : Utsav Upadhyay is currently advising clients how to create and manage effective advertising campaigns in accordance with the principles of Inbound Marketing. I offer Inbound Marketing auditing services, which are a great way of determining what your company’s strong and weak points are. I also provide Inbound Marketing training and consultation sessions via callhippo Marketing Sessions. In Free time I research about restaurant and hotel management services. Author Email : utsav@softwaresuggest.com

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