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The Traditional Chinese Cuisines

• Chinese cuisine is an important part of Chinese culture, which includes cuisine originating from the diverse regions of China, as well as from Chinese people in other parts of the world. Imperial, royal and noble preference also plays a role in the change of Chinese cuisines.

• The preference for seasoning and cooking techniques of Chinese provinces depend on differences in historical backgroundand ethnic groups.

• Geographic features including mountains, rivers, forests and deserts also have a strong effect on the local available ingredients, considering climate of China varies from tropical in the south to subarctic in the northeast.

• Modern “Eight Cuisines” of China are Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Sichuan, and Zhejiang cuisines.

• Color, smell and taste are the three traditional aspects used to describe Chinese food,[4] as well as the meaning, appearance and nutrition of the food.

• Cooking should be appraised from ingredients used, cuttings, cooking time and seasoning.

• Tastes of Chinese food are traditionally categorized into five flavors: salty, spicy, sour, sweet, and bitter.

• Chinese emphasize “he” harmony of five flavors. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the harmony of the five flavors can not only improve taste enjoyment, but also have the function of achieving balance to promote health, as well as treating diseases and aiding recovery from injury.

• Of course, the seasoning of cooking food is also very important, if you have the opportunity to taste Chinese food, certainly not to miss the following 12 kinds of Chinese seasoning!

1. Salt
2. Soy Sauce
3. Oyster Sauce
4. Sesame Oil
5. Rice Vinegar
6. Rice Wine
7. Chili Sauce (or Chili Paste)
8. Soybean Paste
9. Star Anise
10. Five-Spice Powder
11. Chili Powder
12. Sichuan Peppercorn

Dear friends, welcome to China to taste Chinese food!

3 Hot Exotic Car To Buy

We do have reasons to be a multi-millionaire as we can buy whatever we want to buy without checking the price tag. We all love cars as we likes to travel from one place to another while we driving. Moreover, cars are life for boys but boys will fall in love with girls who likes cars (perfect match). Cars can be categorized as Tuner, Muscle and Exotic.

One of the 3 exotic cars I want to show you that one day we all going to buy is of course all midnight blue Audi R8.

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Beauty talks itself with those curves and heat in the engine (wrooom wroom).

  • 2 litre mid-mounted V10 engine
  • Raw performance combines with pure strike design and futuristic technology
  • Price tag is £144,823.22

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Thanks to Germany, Britain and Italy for all these pure sensational cars to feel the temptations in our soul. Now its British time with McLaren 570s.

 

  • 8-litre twin turbo V8, delivering 570PS
  • Carbon Fibre Construction
  • Driving Thrills
  • From £126,000.00

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When McLaren come and pass you, you will remember the sound till the end.

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At last the Italian bull Lamborgini Huracan coupe. What a day with full of exotic car passion in Glasgow.

  • Naturally Aspirated v10 engine
  • Adaptive Network Intelligence system to adjust driving skills
  • Purity and performance
  • £180,720

Listening their sounds and watching them around the city were priceless. Let’s put our money together and get one.

References

Audi UK. (2018). New Cars Deals 2017 | Car Finance Offers | Audi UK. [online] Available at: https://www.audi.co.uk/explore-models/latest-offers.html [Accessed 7 Mar. 2018].

Cars.mclaren.com. (2018). McLaren Sports Series – 570S Coupé. [online] Available at: http://cars.mclaren.com/sports-series/570s-coupe [Accessed 7 Mar. 2018].

Lamborghini.com. (2018). Lamborghini Huracán Coupè. [online] Available at: https://www.lamborghini.com/en-en/models/huracan/huracan-coupe [Accessed 7 Mar. 2018].

 

The ultimate guide to planning a trip to NYC

I have recently been planning my up coming trip to the Big Apple at the end of March and it has inspired me to write about the tips and tricks I’ve learnt that can help when planning a trip.

1. Write down a list of everywhere that you want to visit. We all know the iconic New York landmarks that you just can’t miss out on when visiting the city, so make a list of all the ones your interested in as well as any other places you’ve heard of and prioritise them.

Exploring Brooklyn is high on my list

2. Research, research, and research some more. New York is a huge place with so much more to offer than just the typical tourist attractions. Research all the best places to eat, the must-see museums, and quirky hidden gems. When you’ve trawled the internet, add any extra must-see places to your list.

3. Make an itinerary. My advice is to sit down with your laptop and a cup of coffee and plan out each day of your trip from start to finish. Remember to work out how you’ll travel to and from attractions.

Exploring central park is also on my list!

4. Don’t leave it until the last minute. Going to NYC is a trip of a lifetime so to get the most out of it make sure you’ve organised everything well in advance so when the trip rolls around you can enjoy every minute of it!

#Why_Egypt

Despite the negative news that stops people to travel to Egypt. There is a bright side you should see.

Egypt has not one but TWO of the 7 wonders of the world, the Great Pyramid and the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

The great pyramid is quite possibly the most well-known landmarks in the world. It has been a defining symbol of Egypt since it was constructed as a tomb for the king, two more were later constructed along with the Sphinx.

 

The Lighthouse of Alexandria was the first lighthouse in the world constructed back in 290 BC it was built on the island of Pharos, to help guide trade ships into its busy harbour at Alexandria.

 

The weather

This might be an obvious one, what with Egypt being in North Africa, but it has to be said. Egypt has year-round sunshine both in the North and the South reaching highs of 48 degrees. What a better way to spend your trip than basking in the sunshine, just remember to drink plenty and pack your sun cream!

Finally, the coastline

The beaches and red sea along the Sinai desert are some of the most beautiful in the world. Whether you want to drag your feet in the sand, go sailing the shores or dive among the coral and fish, Egypt has it all.

Egypt is also considered as great value for money. The country has cheap prices for some luxurious services, you will have a balance between the morning life and the nightlife.

#This_is_Egypt #WhyEgypt

Long-haul flights: A survival guide

In recent years, travelling and the benefits of experiencing new cultures has become increasingly popular. If you are lucky enough to be exploring far off lands any time soon then hopefully these suggestions can help make your flights a little more comfortable!

1. A Travel Pillow
Whilst this may seem like an obvious one, you’d be surprised how often this vital piece of carry on is overlooked.


(Photo source: The Independent)

Putting your posture under large amounts of pressure, can cause significant long-term damage – with 88% of people complaining of neck pain following a flight. You can find a list of the best travel pillows here.

2. Snacks
When the reputation is so bad that chef Gordon Ramsey will refuse to eat on a plane it’s safe to assume that aeroplane food is – at best – edible.


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With food being prepared between 12-72 hours before, you can’t be blamed for wanting to avoid it. I find that before the flight it’s best to raid the duty-free sections for over-sized chocolate bars or a sandwich, whilst this may not be the reach of culinary excellence, at least you know what you’re getting.

3. Moisturiser
In the UK we often enjoy humidity of around 50%, when cabins can reach lows of around 10% it’s no surprise that spending hours in this environment can lead to dehydrated skin.


(Photo Source: Clinique.co.uk)

Keep your favourite in your carry on or bring a sheet mask, providing you take the time to moisturise your skin will thank you. Find the best moisturisers of 2018 here.

Do you consider these travel essentials? If you have any more then let us know!

INDIA: TIPS FOR FIRST TIME TRAVELERS

Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before” – Dalai Lama

Traveling to India can be a very rewarding experience, but it can also be challenging and overwhelming, especially for first-time travelers.

In the 5 months that I have been in the UK, I’ve had a lot of people express their desire to travel to India to soak up the myriad cultures and try the delectable cuisines. Hence I take it upon myself to prepare you with a few tips.

Take your time with India

India is vast and diverse, it’s impossible to try and see everything during the span of one trip. Limit your trip to a few places and try and absorb as much of the unique vibe and spirit of those places.

Begin in the South

I would recommend first-time travelers to begin their trips in the South, places like Goa or Kerala. These places are much cleaner, safer and laid back as compared to the North.

Dress conservatively

It can be confusing, choosing what to wear in India, especially for female travelers. India has a relatively modest culture, so cover up to avoid unwanted attention, which is likely going to make you feel uncomfortable.

Stay Healthy

DO NOT drink tap water. Be careful while choosing where to eat and always carry hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and mosquito repellent.

Traveling to India is more of an experience of a lifetime, than a holiday.

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6 UNMISSABLE DISHES TO TRY IN GOA (INDIA)

Goa is not only famous for its beaches, cheap alcohol and trance parties, it’s also a paradise for food lovers. The prismatic blend of the Portuguese and Indian cultures has greatly influenced the original style of Goan cooking which has led to the perfect combination of a truly tasty and spicy cuisine.

SEAFOOD THALI

The Seafood thali which is generally eaten for lunch consists of rice, fish or prawn curry, fried fish, baby clams, a vegetable side, and pickle.

RUSS OMELETTE

This Goan street food is a spicy chicken gravy served with an omelette and buttered pao (Goan bread)

CUTLET PAO

This is a popular fast food found at food trucks and carts and are usually fast selling in the evenings. Goan bread stuffed with coated beef slices that are marinated in Goan spices.

CHORIS

These Goan sausages are a typical reflection of the Indo-Portuguese cuisine. These spicy sausages can be prepared in numerous ways, popularly fried with onion and served in Goan bread.

XACUTI

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A rich delicious blend of local spices and fresh coconut. This fiery dish is usually made with chicken or lamb and served with sannas (steamed rice cakes)

CAFREAL

Source: Floyd Cardoz

A spicy Goan-Portuguese chicken dish prepared either with gravy or fried dry served with potato wedges.

These dishes are bound to satisfy your taste buds and have you craving for a second helping.

If you have traveled to Goa, I would like to know about your favorite dish. Leave a comment below.

Red and Black Love Amsterdam

Red and Black Love Amsterdam

What a wonderful place where almost unlimited attractions for every age groups to travel and enjoy their time.

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As soon as you get out of the train and walk out of the train station, city of canals is waiting for you to explore the hidden beauty inside the Amsterdam. Best shot is just jump in to nice and cosy boats to let them cruising you around the canals while you just lay back and enjoy the ride.

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The best thing after a nice cruising is a big a pint of beer to get fresh and getting ready to run the city. Who knows maybe you can find a pirate in Amsterdam after couple of pints.

 

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Pints are finished? Let’s go to take some pictures at one of the most famous place “I Amsterdam” so that full day could be spend exploring all the parks and the museums.

Parks in Amsterdam is very fascinating as you can walk and ride bicycle in and out of the parks which gives you a refreshing energy and breath-taking views. If you want a peace and joy, parks in Amsterdam are just right for you.

 

In Amsterdam there are 75 different museums attracts 7 million people each year. There are seventy five Amsterdam museums, Van Gogh Museum is one of the most popular museums giving you a wonderful perception of Van Gogh and his arts.

 

After a day when night has come and lights are on in Amsterdam, life become more clear and lively. No need to talk about it just feel the beauty.

The Lost Art of Wijdesteeg

“The City is my canvas”  Laser 3.14 (Amsterdam street artist)

Wijdesteeg Street was popular for its colourful pathway and vibrant display of local street artists work. For years, Wijdesteeg was a key location to visit in Amsterdam,

the vibrant and colourful street truly showed off the talent and freedom of expression of Amsterdam artists.

I come from an artistic family, so naturally when I visited Amsterdam, Wijdesteeg was top of the list, however when I arrived to what I thought would be an eye-opener of beautiful art,  I was presented with a building site; the colour path was non-existent, the once vibrant colours were covered in dust, and the art was no longer.

I quickly discovered that Amsterdam was starting to crack down and criminalise these activities. I saw this as a battle of high and low art, whilst the city boosts and promotes the Rijksmuseum and Van Goph Museum, the street art is left to be removed and hidden. However, to help with the situation, Amsterdam Council provided artists with free walls, a space that they can create their art without the threat of been caught or be destroyed- the catch, these walls can only be found on the outskirts of the city.

Whilst there are mixed opinions on street art,  its a shame that a place that pulled tourists and the art community together is now gone.

Amsterdam is open-minded to creativity, but for me, their creative identity is shifting.

Thoughts..

Street art; Defacing public space or Art?

Top 3 Halal Burger Joints Up North

As a Muslim my challenge has been trying to find the best halal meat and chicken based burgers up north, in London there are many burger joints which are halal, but the issue up north is that most of them in my opinion don’t taste the greatest. After analysing and travelling all over I have come to the conclusion of, My top 3 burger joints I religiously visit.

  1. Mahmood’s (Bradford)

Mahmood’s can be described as the Halal version of McDonalds, the service is really fast and tastes really good. The way the burgers are packaged it will make you think that you are in McDonalds. Usually I would go for the Dripper burger, but there are many other options to choose from.

 

2.   Frankie’s (Batley)

Frankie’s I would categorise as Gourmet burgers, so if you’re in the mood for a gourmet burger, but still being classed as fast food Frankie’s is the best option. Usually I don’t like Gourmet burgers in most places I have tried they are very messy. But the way Frankie’s burgers are created you don’t get messy when you eat them but at the same time they taste amazing.

 

3.  Archies (Manchester)

Archie’s located in Manchester has an endless list of options of burgers you can choose from. From beef to chicken to gourmet burgers with mouth-watering deserts and milkshakes. If you ever visit Manchester and want an exquisite burger, Archie’s is highly recommended by me.