LEARN: Fountain of Youth


How far would you go to find the Fountain  of Youth? 

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Just a brief background, my curiosity about Ponce de Leon arise when I read the book Before Ever After. And the things I will be mentioning below may or may not be correct as I read just the tip of the iceberg regarding the myth.

In the simplest of terms, the Fountain of Youth restores the youth of anyone who drinks it. Ponce de Leon is greatly associated in his explorations and thought of exploring to find the said Fountain. A lot of people would argue that it is only a myth which is agreeable sine no one really claims to have found it but it would also make you think because it has been mentioned and studied quite often by other figures such as Herodotus, people of Carribean, Alexander Romance and Prester John.

A lot of people sought the great gift of eternal youth as can also be seen in the popular movie, Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone or the Elixir of Life among others.

Do you believe there’s a Fountain of Youth somewhere? Kindly like this post, share some love and subscribe. ❤ 

 

LEARN: Significance of Flower Colors


We just celebrated Mother’s Day and it got me thinking about bouquets and their meanings. Right? The staple bouquets for romantic partners are usually Red Roses. But Why?

Do you know what the colors mean? 

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RED – Romantic love, passion, respect, desire and courage

YELLOW – Friendship, success, pride, happiness, joy and energy

PINK – Love, happiness, gentleness and femininity

ORANGE – Excitement and enthusiasm

WHITE – Purity, humility, innocence and sympathy

BLUE – Relaxation, calmness serenity, openness and peace

PURPLE – Success, dignity, tradition, royalty and admiration

LAVENDER – Grace, refinement, elegance and youth

GREEN – Good Fortune, hope and rebirth

Reading above, did you give the right type of flower? :p Will you be considering the color of the flowers? regardless of who you’ll be giving it to?

 

LEARN: Pere Lachaise Cemetery


Where are the famous buried? 

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As you know, I recently finished the book Before Ever After and if you’ve read my Book Review, I also mentioned that there were a lot of pocket of information and Europe Exploration in the book. — And I happen to be curious about this specific cemetery in the book’s itinerary.

Pere Lachaise happens to be the largest cemetery in Paris measuring in 110 acres of land. It is not only famous for its size but people flock here because of the famous souls buried in this place. The Tour or the visit to Pere Lachaise is actually free but based from what I’ve read, there are a lot who are offering a walking tour. (like I said, largest and a lot of famous people)

Of the famous people are Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Peter and Heloise Abelard, Frederic Chopin and Moliere among others. Aside from these famous individuals, it is also home to about 300,000 to 1,000,000 bodies.

Now, I know. 😀 If you happen to be in Paris, will you be visiting Pere Lachaise? And who here has? Share your experience here. ❤

LEARN: Types of Noodles


Because of this quarantine, it seems like everyone has been enhancing their skills set. right? It may be working out, baking, yoga, social media marketing or . . . yup, cooking! And guilty as charged, I may have cooked pasta five to six times already or once a week.

Ergo, being interested to learn more about it is no surprise. (I got this from webstaurantstore website)

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DRY OR FRESH PASTA

  • Dry Pasta – It is made from flour and water. The noodles are put through a drying to process to eliminate moisture.
  • Fresh Pasta – This is made from four and eggs for extra moisture.

PASTA COLORS

  • White – made from 100% durum wheat semolina
  • Brown Wheat – made from whole wheat flour (higher nutritional content)
  • Tri-Color – This includes spinach and tomato infused noodles.

PASTA SHAPES

  • Angel Hair Pasta (left) – cooking time of 3 – 5 minutes and is best suited  for lightly tossed sauce such as tomato, olive oil, butter or light cream.
  • Capellini (upper right) – cooking time of 3 – 5 minutes and best suited for chunky pomodoro sauce, hearty tomato and meatballs
  • Spaghetti (lower right) – cooking time of 9 – 11 minutes best tossed in the sauce matched with tomato, pesto, meat and seafood
  • Fettuccine (left) – flat egg noodles with cooking time of 10 – 12 minutes best matched with Alfredo, cream cheese, tomato and meat.
  • Linguine (right) – flat noodles with cooking time of 10 – 12 minutes paired with tomato, pesto, olive oil and seafood.
  • Fusilli (left) – short thick spiralized pasta with cooking time of 10 – 12 minutes best tossed in a sauce or to make a cold pasta salad. The ideal sauce are Alfredo, thick cream, tomato and meat
  • Rotini (right) – Cooking time of 10 – 12 minutes paired with tomato, cream, vinaigrette and meat. The difference between the two is Fusilli is twisted pasta while rotini is produced into a twisted shape.
  • YUP. I DON’T KNOW HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE THE TWO. HELP ME OUT?
  • Penne (left) – small tubed pasta with cooking time of 10 – 12 minutes best paired with chunky tomato meat sauce or heavy cream
  • Rigatoni (right) – short tubed pasta with cooking time to 11 – 13 minutes best paired with chunky tomato meat sauce or heavy cream
  • Macaroni (left) – with cooking time of 6 – 8 minutes best for baked dishes, salads and soups.
  • Ziti (right) – cooking time of 6 – 8 minutes best for baked dishes and light sauces such as tomato and olive oil.
  • Cavatappi (left) – cooked in 9 -11 minutes best used in baked dishes with sauces like pomodoro, pesto, sun dried tomatoes, broccolli, mushroom, creamy and hearty sauces
  • Farfalle (right) cooked in 9 -11 minutes best used in baked dishes with sauces like pomodoro, pesto, sun dried tomatoes, broccolli, mushroom, creamy and hearty sauces
  • Lasagna (left) – cooked in 6 – 8 minutes best for cream, cheese, vegetables and meat
  • Pot pie (right) – cooked in 12 – 15 minutes used best for broth, celery, onions, carrots and peas
  • Gnocchi (left) – cylindrical shaped usually made with potatoes, cooked in 10 – 20 seconds best with tomato, cream, pesto, cheese and meat.
  • Orzo (right) – rice shaped noodles cooked in 10 – 12 minutes best paired with tomatoes, olives, cheese, olive oil and broth.
  • Shell (left) – an open cavity shaped noodles cooked in 10 – 12 minutes best for baked dishes and paired with tomato, cheese, meat and vegetables.
  • Tortellini (right) – ring shaped pasta cooked in 9 – 11 minutes paired with Alfredo, cream, cheese and tomato

PASTA PAIRING GUIDE

  • Light Cream Sauce – use long and thin noodles
  • Seafood Sauce – finer noodles like angel hair pasta
  • Tomato Based Sauce – Long and Thin shapes
  • Vegetable Based Sauce – shorter and chunkier noodles
  • Bolognese or Chunky Sauce – tube like noodles
  • Oil or Butter Based Sauce – Stuffed Pasta
  • Pesto Sauce – curved, textured or rigged pasta

PASTA COOKING TIPS

  • Add 1 tbsp of salt per 1 lb of pasta
  • Add 1 tbsp of oil per 1 lb of pasta
  • Frequently stir pasta while cooking to avoid clamping

 

Which ones did you use already? Care to share some recipes? ❤

LEARN: Wine and Cheese Pairing


Ever since the quarantine, we’ve been entertaining ourselves at the comfort of our own home. Thus, we’ve been drinking wine 2 to 3 times a week with a whole side of junk food!

So I decided to learn a little bit more and I wanted to leave this here so I can keep coming back to my page whenever I need to:

Who else loves a good wine? ❤ 

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Personally, I like Semi-sweet, Sweet and Rose.

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TYPES OF CHEESE

Fresh Cheese – unaged, unripened, rindless, and has the same bright, white color on the inside, out. It has the highest moisture.

  • Mozarella – Soave, or any red or white
  • Feta – Rose
  • Ricotta – Prosecco or Fume Blanc
  • Cream Cheese – None
  • Mascarpone – None
  • Cottage Cheese – None

Soft Cheese – Ripened anywhere between 0-30 days, soft cheeses contain a high moisture content, a usually higher fat content, and therefore has a more pudding-like paste. Best served at room temperature.

  • Brie – California Merlot or Chardonnay
  • Camembert – Cotes du Rhones
  • Chaource – Chablis, Sancerre, or Champagne
  • Chevre – Sauvignon Blanc or Spanish Albarino

Semi-Soft Cheese – Treading into the denser, earthier, and the tiniest bit more pungent-tasting, semi-soft cheeses are lightly pressed into molds to create a more rubbery outer texture, but leaving a delicate, custardy, soft center.

  • Havarti – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir
  • Muenster – Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Belgian ales, lagers, porters, stouts
  • Provolone – Chianti, Pinot Grigio, Lagers
  • American Cheese –  American-style IPAs
  • Taleggio – Saison, Pinot Noir, Rose

Semi-Firm Cheese – start to take on more developed notes, ranging anywhere between more floral, more fruity, and even developing an aroma of freshly browned butter. Semi-firm is not meant for grating or spreading, but rather shredding or slicing.

  • Cascaval – Light red wine or brown beer, such as a pilsner
  • Cheddar – Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, porter, mead, or amber ale
  • Edam – Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz
  • Emmental – Merlot, Riesling, Champagne, Beaujolais, light lager, or stout
  • Gouda – Cabernet or Shiraz
  • Gruyere – Spanish Sherries or southern France reds

Firm Cheese – Best for grating or thinly slicing, this dry-textured cheese takes away the thick-cut meltability you’d get from fresh to semi-firm varietals, but gives back a potent, deeply savory flavor

  • Asiago D’Allevo – Orvieto or Soave
  • Grana Padano – Gavi, Chianti, Barbaresco, Barolo, Lambrusco, Amarone
  • Manchego – Stout, Porter, Sherry, Riesling, Whiskey
  • Parmesan – Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Merlot, or Sangiovese
  • Pecorino – White Burgundy, Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir, Rioja

Blue-Veined Cheese – the best of both worlds: rich and creamy like a soft cheese, yet pungent and perfumed like a firm.

  • Fourme d’Ambert – Merlot, Port, Riesling
  • Gorgonzola –  Zinfandel and Sauternes
  • Roquefort – Riesling, Port, Sherry, or ice wines
  • Stilton –  Porter, Stout, Sherry, Elderberry, Cabernet Sauvignon

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GENERAL TIPS:

1. Pair with equal intensity. 

  • Wines over 14.5% ABV are more intense and taste better with more intensely flavored cheeses.
  • Wines under 12% ABV are less intense and match nicely with more delicately flavored cheeses.

2. Bold wines best pairs with aged cheeses.  

As cheese ages and loses water-content, it becomes richer in flavor with its increased fat content. These two attributes are ideal for matching bold red wines because the fat content in the cheese counteracts the high-tannins in the wine

3. Match super funky cheese with sweet wines

The sweetness in the wine helps balance the “funk” in the cheese and makes it taste creamier. Also, the “stink” of the cheese will help balance the sweet taste of the wine.

4. Sparkling wines are incredible with soft, creamy cheeses

Sparkling wines have high acidity and carbonation, which offer a palate-cleansing effect to creamy, sticky cheeses

5. Wines and cheeses that comes from the same place pairs well. 

You’ll do well to trust the local traditions and match wines and cheeses from the same region together.

6. When in doubt, get a firm, nutty cheese. 

One of the safest bets and most popular choices with all styles of wines is a firm, nutty cheese. The cheese will have enough fat to counterbalance tannin in red wine, but enough delicacy to compliment delicate whites.

Excited to host a dinner in our new home. ❤

**webstaurantstore, winefolly

LEARN: PROJECT MANAGEMENT


Last week, I attended a training on Project Management. 😀 Sharing with you what I learned. 😀

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4 PHASE PROCESS

         DEFINING

  • Clearly define the project’s objectives as thorough as possible.
  • Organize the right people and all necessary resources – Work within your resources
  • Create a rational why the project is needed
  • Know the scope and limitation (budget, time and people)PLANNING
  • Set a SMARTER Goal (Specific, measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Bound, Energizing and Rewarding)
  • Design activities that are aligned with the goal and decide in what order and within what time frame.
  • Identify options (Risk Management and Contingency Plans)

         MANAGING

  • Monitor the progress and schedule
  • Keep people motivated
  • Ensure proper utilization of resources

         CLOSING

  • Discuss learning and milestones


TOOLS IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT

WBS (Work Breakdown Structure)

  • Roadmap of project which breaks down the total work required into separate tasks and group them into logical hierarchy.

GANTT Chart

  • Horizontal Bar Chart that provides graphical illustration of a schedule that helps to plan, coordinate and track specific tasks.

 

LEARN: Competitor Watch


I have been following this site for almost a year now and there is honestly not a day where I don’t learn anything. So I am sharing this with you,

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“There’s a story of two explorers walking through the jungle. Suddenly they hear a tiger roar.

One explorer sits down and takes a pair of running shoes out of his backpack.

‘You’re crazy, you’ll never outrun a tiger’, says the other explorer.

‘I don’t have to outrun the tiger’, he replies. ‘I just have to outrun you.'”

 

Monitoring, bench marking and understanding your competitors isn’t a nice to have. It’s fundamental to your business. Trott goes beyond saying you have to monitor your competitors. Instead, you have to adopt a different mindset.

A mindset that obsessively looks for weaknesses and jumps on any available advantage. And one that never assumes you can’t get an edge.

Predatory Thinking involves looking at a challenge you can’t solve and getting upstream of it – changing it into a challenge you can solve.