The Perfect Cymbal

The Perfect CymbalA few days ago, I was with a friend of mine looking for the perfect cymbal to possibly complete their kit. And once inside a musical accessory center, he goes to test various cymbals. In the process, after hitting different forms he still can’t make a decision on which to buy and so he decided to leave the area. It was on this point I insisted that instead of hopping into other store, I convinced him to try the paiste cymbals which he was very impressed and thereafter purchased it.

Oily Fish Taken Off Menu For Stopping More Heart Attacks

Oily Fish Taken Off Menu For Stopping More Heart AttacksHeart attack victims may no longer be advised to eat oily fish to prevent them from having another attack.

New draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) suggests that the impact an oily fish diet may have on preventing further heart attacks or strokes “could be minimal”.

Victims are advised to eat two or three portions of oily fish, such as herring, mackerel and sardines, every week. [Read more...]

Why Chocolate Facial Is Good

Why Chocolate Facial Is GoodIf you thought eating a bar of chocolate can satisfy your mood swings, then you’re wrong.

Chocolate facial, a new fad in the beauty circle will not only enhance your complexion but also ensure that your skin is healthy and glowing in the long run.

Chocolate cream, paste, scrub etc – used for chocolate facial has a smooth and creamy texture with the fragrance of chocolate that ensures that your skin is de-tanned and glows. Chocolate helps in getting rid of the tan.

Why is it good for your skin?

- Chocolate is high in anti-oxidants and contains anti-ageing properties too.

- Chocolate also imparts a healthy glow to your face.

- It increases the production of collagen and lightens blemishes and acne marks.

- It hydrates your skin and softens delaying the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

- It suits all skin types and is known to be one of the best ways to relax and rejuvenate yourself after a tiring week at work. [Read more...]

Does Less Meat Mean a Longer Lifespan?

Does Less Meat Mean a Longer LifespanWhat’s the healthiest human diet? With so many trending options – vegetarian, pescotarian, semi-vegetarian, lacto-ovo-vegetarian, vegan, vegan before six – it’s hard to decide what’s best for our bodies. Recently, though, we were given a little insight. According to a recent study, which looked at a range of different diets, decreasing meat consumption means improving health.

Conducted at Loma Linda University in California and led by Michael J. Orlich, MD, the medical study analyzed over 70,000 Seventh-day Adventists, who practice vegetarianism. The study found that vegetarians demonstrated a reduced risk of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. With that, vegetarians were determined twelve percent less likely to die from all-cause mortality than were meat-eaters. [Read more...]

Kare-kare: Pinoys’ Favorite Fiesta Dish

Pinoys’ Favorite Fiesta DishThere’s always a fiesta happening in some part of the Philippines on any given weekend. But the unofficial gastronomic capital, as many will agree, is Pampanga.

The Cabalens sure know how to tickle the taste buds and satisfy grumbling stomachs. The spread at their fiestas cannot be beat: from vegetable appetizers like rellenong talong and ensaladang kangkong to a whole range of meat dishes including bopis, chicken and bangus relleno, crispy pata, embutido, kaldereta, lechon kawali, and pochero down to sweet endings sago’t gulaman, turon, bibingka, and halo-halo.

But the king of the fiesta buffet has to be kare-kare. This creamy, savory, variedly-textured dish is an entire meal in a pot! And we have Pampanga to thank for it. [Read more...]

Top 10 Detox Foods

Top 10 Detox Foods10 cleansing foods to get your body back on track

Recently overindulged? Feeling a bit sluggish? Or just not looking your best? It could be that your body is in need of a detox. Fortunately, there are many foods around that can help counteract the effects of a toxic lifestyle. Whether you want to lose weight, feel more energized, improve your complexion or boost your mood, check out these top 10 foods to cleanse your body and boost your health.

1. Lemon

Lemons are a staple of many detox diets, and there is good reason for this. Firstly, lemons are packed with antioxidant vitamin C, which is great for the skin and for fighting disease-forming free-radicals. Furthermore, the citrus fruit has an alkaline effect on the body, meaning that it can help restore the body’s pH balance, benefitting the immune system. Try starting your day with hot water and a slice of lemon to help flush out toxins and cleanse your system. [Read more...]

Peas Are Good For You

Peas Are Good For YouProcessed food companies have a well-rehearsed sales script aimed at convincing us that frozen peas are better than fresh. Nice try, but on taste grounds they can’t beat the freshly grown seasonal article.

True, peas are one of the few vegetables that freeze well, making them a stalwart standby for every kitchen, but because they are blanched as a prelude to the big chill, this alters their texture. Result? Frozen peas are more watery and their skins become more perceptible, almost “squeaky” in the mouth. The first fresh peas, on the other hand, are a different proposition entirely – a life-enhancing seasonal highlight of early summer. Their sweet, green juiciness, and opulently velvety texture when cooked, can brighten a dish immeasurably. Later in the season, as the peas become bigger and starchier, use them in summer stews and other slow-cook recipes. [Read more...]