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Just Desserts

sugarAmerica’s got a serious sweet tooth. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes over one hundred and fifty pounds of sugar each year. Most of this sugar intake is from foods and drinks; many people would be surprised at what favorite food items include sugar—from soft drinks and crackers, to bread and even sauces, much of what we eat today contains sugar in some form. Before sugar cultivation began in the Caribbean and South America in the 16th and 17th centuries, sugar was an extremely rare and expensive item in Europe. Merchants imported the precious item from the Middle East and Mediterranean islands where it was warm enough to grow sugarcane. Until sugar became more widely available, it was rarely used as a sweetener; cooks typically sweetened food with fruit or honey. As sugar became more accessible however, people found new ways to incorporate sugar into their food; dessert recipes in American cookbooks became more common as sugar became a commonplace kitchen item.

Search for dessert recipes online and you’ll find hundreds of different types of desserts with endless variations to satisfy a sweet tooth. Although sugary desserts are practically a staple of modern American life, some desserts are go-to favorites. Cheesecake, cupcakes, brownies, ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, and carrot cake are some of the most popular desserts. Apple pie is a particular favorite because of its patriotic associations. Apple pie is not an American creation, but the classic apple pie à la Mode, pie topped with vanilla ice cream, originated in New York City at the end of the nineteenth century. Whatever dessert you favor, the prevalence of sugar is responsible for the plethora of sweet treats enjoyed today.

Enjoy a delicious dessert at a local restaurant this week. Find great restaurants in your area by searching Real Local Pages (RLP), an online directory containing listing for thousands of businesses across the United States. Real Local Pages is useful for finding a wide variety of businesses, from restaurants to roofing contractors. Visit the RLP website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, and enter your location to begin searching. Choose a search term from the popular categories list to search for businesses, or, use the search box on the main page. The results page will display listings that match your search terms and each business listing includes the address and phone number of the location.

Father’s Day

fathers-day-blogAlmost fifty years ago in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson  designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. In 1972, President Nixon signed a law proclaiming the day a national holiday. The day celebrating fathers became a popular holiday, and today, Americans spend over one billion dollars on Father’s Day gifts. Unlike Mother’s Day however, it took decades for Father’s Day to really catch on with the public.

A woman in Washington state named Sonora Smart Dodd envisioned a day for fathers while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted to honor her father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran who had raised her and her five siblings alone after her mother died. Dodd’s campaign to create Father’s Day paid off, and the first Father’s Day took place in 1910 in Spokane, Washington. The holiday spread slowly to other states, President Coolidge endorsed the holiday in 1924, but many people disliked the holiday. It took WWII for Father’s Day to become a more popular holiday. Businesses marketed the holiday as a way to honor the troops fighting overseas, by the end of the war, Americans in almost every state celebrated Father’s Day.

This year’s Father’s Day is June 21st. In the early decades of the holiday, businesses promoted ties, tobacco, clothing, and sporting equipment as great Father’s Day gifts, but a gift should be as unique as the dad who receives it. Search Real Local Pages (RLP) for stores in your area to find great Father’s Day gifts. Real Local Pages is an online directory of businesses; with thousands of listings, you can find a wide range of businesses, from restaurants and hardware stores, to services like electricians and physicians. Search http://www.reallocalpages.com by entering your city and state, then choose terms from the popular categories list, or, use the search box on the main page. Each listing will display the contact information for the business and users can leave reviews of the business on RLP.

Old-Fashioned

old-fashionedAround the turn of the twenty-first century, cocktail enthusiasts brought the Old-Fashioned, the classic cocktail with a history dating back to the early 1800s, from obscurity into prominence. An Old-Fashioned is typically mixed with whiskey or bourbon, along with sugar, a dash of bitters (an alcohol flavoring derived from seeds, spices, flowers, or other plants), and garnished with a lemon peel or cherry. Despite its recent popularity, the Old-Fashioned has not always enjoyed a venerable place as an essential cocktail.

The Old-Fashioned was simply known as the whiskey cocktail back before the American Civil War. Cocktails were morning drinks consumed at breakfast and contained a heavier dose of bitters, which at the time was used for medicinal purposes rather than as a flavoring. In the 1870s, bartenders began experimenting with new additives and some cocktail drinkers called for a return to “the old-fashioned” whiskey cocktail. The name stuck, and after the moniker’s first print appearance in the New York Times in 1886, the whiskey cocktail was thereafter called the “the Old-Fashioned.”

The drink’s peak of popularity lasted into the early years of the 20th century, but like every other alcoholic beverage during the 1920s Prohibition era, the Old-Fashioned fell into disuse. Although many people continued making and drinking alcohol in secret, the ban on alcohol production severely hurt liquor quality. The liquor quality was often so bad that people started mixing in more sugar, fruit juices, and muddled fruit in with the alcohol to mask the bad flavor. Once Prohibition ended however, the practice of mixing in loads of sugar and muddled fruit in with cocktails like the Old-Fashioned lingered on. When cocktail drinkers took a renewed interest in the Old-Fashioned in the first years of the 21st century, they prepared the drink in the more traditional manner with only a little sugar and a simple fruit garnish.

Use Real Local Pages (RLP), an online directory of businesses to find a good bar to enjoy an Old-Fashioned at. RLP’s directory has listings for thousands of businesses and services throughout the United States, from restaurants and bars to auto repair shops and veterinarians. Search for businesses by visiting the website, http://www.reallocalpages.com. Enter your location and browse listings by using the search box on the main page, or choose from the popular categories list. Each listing will show the address and phone number of the business.

Tea versus Coffee

Tea was a widely-consumed drink in colonial America; many people began their day with tea or enjoyed a cup in the afternoon. America’s love affair with coffee can be traced back to the 1760s and 1770s when the British government began imposing higher taxes on tea and colonials turned to other drinks like coffee to protest the tax. Today, 54% of American adults drink coffee on a daily basis; but tea remains a favorite beverage, with over 50% of the population having a cup on a given day. Some swear by the superiority of one drink over the other, but both tea and coffee offer significant health benefits.

Both tea and coffee contain polyphenols, molecules which possess antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Coffee is in fact the largest source of antioxidants in the American diet. Tea and coffee also cuts the risk of developing neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Consuming either drink also lowers a person’s risk of developing Type II Diabetes and certain types of cancers. Coffee in particular reduces the risk of liver cancer and protects against liver cirrhosis.

Since tea contains low levels of caffeine, large amounts can be consumed without side affects like jitteriness. Tea boosts the immune system and depending on the type of tea, it can alleviate a variety of ailments like headaches, cramps, allergies, and even stress. Tea-drinking is also correlated with a lower BMI (body-mass index) and reduces cholesterol and blood pressure.

Although coffee and tea share many advantages, coffee has the added benefit of aiding with cognitive functioning. Drinking an 8 oz. cup of coffee improves memory, alertness, energy levels, and performance on mental activities. Coffee can also decrease the likelihood of depression.

Find a local coffee shop through Real Local Pages (RLP), an online directory of businesses. RLP can be used to locate a variety of businesses throughout the United States, from coffee shops, to restaurants, to computer repair stores, to hotels and resorts. Enter your state and city on the website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, then enter key terms into the search box, or, choose from something on the popular categories list on the main page. The results page will display a list of businesses along with the address and phone number of the location.

One Steak at a Time

Beef_fillet_steak_with_mushroomsDespite recent concerns with the health effects of red meat, beef remains a favorite for many Americans for its associations with luxury and heartiness. Chefs are finding new ways to serve up traditional favorites to cater to the latest food trends.

Sustainable Steak: Sustainably-produced food is a popular trend across the States. More Americans are concerned with where their food comes from, and how it is grown, fed, and produced. Sustainably-produced beef can mean a variety of things. Grass-fed cows and free-range beef refers to how the cow is cared for; grass-fed cows are fed grass and other items, free-range cows are raised in open spaces (versus crowded slaughterhouses). Sustainable also means that the cows are not injected with hormones that artificially increase their mass. Fat from these steaks is healthier and the meat has a unique flavor. Some steak restaurants practice sustainability by purchasing locally-raised meat or by putting the entire animal to use, like using marrow bones for soup.

Giant Cuts: Large steak cuts have recently become a popular menu item. Weighing in at 22, 32, or even 40 ounces, these king-size cuts offer a good value and encourage a family-style dining experience.

International: Steak restaurants are specializing in international beef options, offering customers a taste of items like the Argentinian favorite, chimichurri, or Japan’s yakiniku-style beef.

Natural Grilling: Natural grilling includes anything prepared over an open flame. Open-flame methods like charcoal grills and wood-burning ovens give beef a beautiful char. Wood-burning fires impart a smoky, distinctive flavor to the meat.

Preparation Techniques: Chefs are experimenting with unconventional techniques of preparing meat, like a recent favorite amongst foodies, sous vide, in which the meat is sealed in a plastic bag, placed in a cooker that can be set at a particular temperature, then given a final sear to finish the preparation. Chefs are also applying techniques like dry-rubbing or cold-smoking to less prestigious beef cuts to create flavorful meats.

Find a local steak restaurant using Real Local Pages (RLP), an online directory of business across the United States. Start by visiting the website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, and typing in your city and state. Search by choosing from the popular categories list or by entering simple terms like “steak” into the search box on the main page. Use RLP to locate other types of businesses, from clothing stores to auto repair shops.

 

A Romantic Night Out

Wet-rose-in-a-plateGoing out for a romantic dinner is a tried-and-true Valentine’s Day activity, but finding the perfect restaurant for an evening out is not always easy, especially on a busy holiday like Valentine’s Day. Plan ahead to find the right restaurant:

Ambiance: When you walk into a restaurant, feel out the atmosphere of the place. Pick a restaurant with an atmosphere conducive for conversation. A noisy restaurant where you have to shout to hear the other person isn’t ideal. Choose a restaurant with soft music and a quieter dining area. Restaurants that offer diners more privacy is also a plus; tables spaced further apart provide a sense of space and the privacy makes it easier to focus on your date. Look for dimly lit restaurants, lower lighting creates a more intimate environment. Plus, soft light, like the glow from a candle, is the most flattering type of light.

Comfortable: A romance-worthy restaurant should be comfortable, not stuffy and overly formal. Pick a restaurant that you and your date feel at ease in, it’s difficult to have a good time if you feel out-of-place.

Food: The food is of course, one of the most important elements of a good restaurant. Decide on a restaurant with food you and your date enjoy. Stay away from messy foods and look for a restaurant that offers delicious desserts you can share after the meal.

Reservations: Make a reservation for the restaurant. Preparation shows your thoughtfulness and keeps the evening running smoothly.

Use Real Local Pages (RLP) to find a romantic restaurant for Valentine’s Day. RLP is an online directory of businesses and services throughout the United States. Visit the website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, to help you find a wide variety of services and businesses, from lawn care specialists to hotels and restaurants. Choose your city and state, then, search by entering key words like “restaurant,” into the search box on the home page. You can also search by clicking on an item from the “popular categories” list on the main page. The results page displays the business listing as well as the phone number and address of the business.

 

 

A Cup of Coffee History

coffee big pic2About 100 million Americans enjoy a cup of rich, hot coffee every day. Second only to petroleum, coffee is the most traded commodity on the world market. Ethiopian nomads first discovered the stimulating effects of coffee around the 9th century; they would eat coffee berries raw or pressed into bars with a clarified butter called ghee. Coffee as a beverage took off in the 14th century when Arab traders brought coffee from Ethiopia and boiled the beans in water to produce a drink called “qahveh” meaning, “that which prevents sleep.” The drink spread to the rest of the Arabian Peninsula, as well as Persia, Egypt, and Ottoman Turkey where coffee was consumed in public coffee houses. People would gather to drink coffee, listen to music, and discuss politics.

Venetian traders brought coffee to Italy in 1615 and coffee-drinking and coffee houses spread to the rest of Europe. Coffee production remained restricted to Ethiopia and the Arabian countries since Arab traders protected their monopoly by exporting only infertile beans. In the 17th century however, the Dutch smuggled live coffee plants back to Europe; and by the end of the century, the Dutch were growing coffee on their colony in Java. Other European countries followed suit, growing coffee in places like Martinique, Brazil, and Jamaica. By the 1900s, countries on almost every continent were producing coffee. Today, Brazil, Vietnam, and Indonesia are the world’s leading coffee-producers, with Brazil growing 30% of the world’s coffee.

Find local coffee stores through Real Local Pages (RLP), an online directory of businesses in the United States. Go to the RLP website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, and enter your city or zip code. You can search for businesses and services by choosing from the popular categories list or by entering terms, like “coffee” into the search box at the top of the home page. The results page will display businesses located nearest to your location; each listing on the results page will show the address and phone number of the business. Users can leave reviews of the business they visit by clicking on the “add review” button next to the business listing. RLP is a great way to find local businesses and services from beauty salons and coffee shops to landscapers and roofers. Business owners can also advertise with RLP to increase their visibility and better connect with their customers.

A Slice of Pizza History

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Beloved today for its delicious taste and convenience, pizza has a surprising and long history. Originating in the regions surrounding the Mediterranean sea, archaeologists and historians have found early forms of the familiar food as far back as the 6th century BC. For centuries, peasants in Italy, particularly Naples, would eat flat round bread baked upon hot stones. Typically flavored with local ingredients like olive oil, garlic, onions, herbs, and later, cheese, Italian peasants enjoyed the convenience and simplicity of pizza. In the 16th century, tomatoes were brought to Europe from Peru, but believing that tomatoes were poisonous, it took many years before peasants in Naples added tomatoes to their traditional flatbread dish. Although wealthy individuals would occasionally dine on pizza, the meal remained a staple for poorer Italians until 1889 when King Umberto I and Queen Margherita of Italy visited Naples and tried pizza, prompting nationwide interest in this humble dish.

Pizza came to America with Italian immigrants in the late nineteenth century; pizza was consumed in Italian communities in Chicago, Trenton, New Haven, Boston, St. Louis, and of course, New York. In 1905, Gennaro Lombardi acquired a pizza license and opened the first official pizzeria in New York City. Pizza consumption took off after WWII when American soldiers stationed in Italy returned home with a taste for Italian-style pizzas. Pizzerias opened across the United States and the dish became a hit. Local variations developed like California-style pizzas topped with barbeque chicken, and the deep dish Chicago-style pizza.

Find a great pizza restaurant for dinner tonight using Real Local Pages (RLP). The Real Local Pages online directory lists thousands of businesses across the United States; search www.reallocalpages.com to find entertainment, services, stores, and restaurants. Using Real Local Pages is easy; simply enter your zip code, state, and search criteria, such as “pizza” or “restaurant,” into the search box. Listings for pizza restaurants will appear in the results along with the restaurant’s address and phone number. Users can leave reviews of the restaurant on the RLP website by clicking the “add review” button shown next to each business listing.

 

Find Your Town’s Sound

rlp_online directoryIt’s Friday night and you’re in the mood to start the weekend with some friends, spirits and great cuisine. Wouldn’t it be nearly perfect if you could add listening to the sounds of a live local band to the agenda? How can you find such a place in your town? It’s simple! Look no further than the Real Local Pages (RLP) online directory where the best restaurants and night life in your town are listed for your convenience. With RLP, you can search for night life, restaurants, and even restaurants that showcase live entertainment.

The Real Local Pages (RLP) is an online directory of local businesses that have thousands of companies in nearly every city in the United States to choose. Whether you are looking for a restaurant that hosts local music talent in your town or want to know where other locals hang out you can always search the online directory.

Explore RLP for a list of events with your specific criteria. To do so, visit www.reallocalpages.com and enter your town and state and then what you are searching for and hit search. A list of entries in your area will appear with directions and contact information. Many of our listing also have mini-websites to give a better idea of what they are offering. After you visit an establishment you can write a review on RLP next to the directory listing for other consumers.

Use Real Local Pages when searching for businesses in you area. Click to access thousands of business listings; it’s easier than ever to find local businesses instantly. For more information visit RLP online.

What is Your Town’s Personality?

Harlem, New YorkEvery town has a vibe, a personality, unique to its city limits. Created by the collective history, culture and common principles shared amongst the residence. To truly experience its personality first-hand you should visit the heart of the town and observe the live music, art museums and local boutiques. You can find a list of these local organizations in the Real Local Pages (RLP) online business directory. Simply search by city and state to find the results you want. To start your search here are some examples of cities with big personalities.

New Orleans, Louisiana is a great example of a city that exudes personality. With deep rooted history that intertwines facts and folklore, delicious cuisine and a rhythm and blues sound of its own called zydeco. Many tourists even claim that there is a certain “feeling” to New Orleans, like a direct connection to an earlier time.

New York City, New York shouts moxie! As the entrance point for many generations of immigrants, NYC has an air of hope and opportunity. Add delicious cuisine from nearly every culture in existence and a splash of the world’s music you can understand why there are so many songs that pay homage to the big apple.

Miami, Florida is culturally charged giving it a spicy vibe. Miami’s vibe is made-up of beautiful beaches; technological hubs and world famous entertainment. Miami is, also, known for its fast pace music and exquisite cuisine, and you can’t forget that its history includes real pirates.

Whether you want to further examine your town’s personality or venture to other places to see what they have to offer. You can always begin by searching the RLP online directory to find the local museums, live music bars and boutiques in the area.