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Third Qout Market On Its Way

The last time I posted about Qout Market I gave advice for the customers going for the first time. This time I decided to give advice for the organizers. If the January 4th Qout Market remained in the same location as last time, then a few adjustments will surely make it better:

  1. It seems that people don’t listen to the advice of bringing enough cash. Also, very few vendors offer K-net. People then had to go to Al Raya’s ATM machine to get cash. The problem is, the elevators would get even more busy because that means more people are going up and down.  The queue for the ATM machine at one time reached up to 20 people. So my suggestion is to rent an ATM machine and get it upstairs. I recommend to get two.
  2. There should be a vendor that only sells water. Last time, if one was thirsty, you would have to wait in line for 20 minutes to get a bottle of water. Because I was helping out in a booth, I found it easier to get water from Caribou in Al Raya then to wait in line. A simple vending machine, could also be a solution.
  3. Another issue, was the mobile connections. The vendors had their own wifi if they needed it, but what happened is that if people were meeting at the market they were often lost because there’s no connection. Even the internet wasn’t working, but if there was wifi, one could quickly talk on whats app and resolve the problem. Another solution would be to draw some sort of map and distribute it for whoever wants one. That way, it’s possible to meet at a certain point. I got people telling me I’m next to the vendor that’s selling plants-.- you can tell how that went along.
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Qout Market Tomorrow

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The second Qout Market is coming up and I’m so excited. Last time I went there I got some much food. It was crazy crowded, but extremely fun and the atmosphere was amazing. I have a few pieces of advice for people that are going to go there for the first time.

  1. The only things you should have on you is a carry bag, cash and car keys. Don’t carry a purse because then you will have too many  things to carry. Just put your personal items in your pocket or a carry bag. And don’t forget your debit cards in case you run out of cash and need to withdraw from a cash machine.
  2. Come early! Last time many of the vendors were sold out by 3pm. No wonder they made it this time from 10am-7pm. My suggestion, be there at 10am.
  3. Don’t walk around with a huge group. It’s harder to buy and to be able to get what you want if you’re with a lot of people. If you came as a group, separate and then meet up after a while to see what everyone got!
  4. Get your camera. The setting is really beautiful and worth taking pictures of. However don’t take forever taking pictures of the food because people will be waiting in line.

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And it was nice finally meeting Kulsum from Journey Kitchen. I really recommend passing by her stand. I’m in love with her packaging and her almond butter was heavenly.

Be there tomorrow from 10am-7pm in the last floor of Al Raya’s parking!

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The Sushi Infographic

The best part of this infographic is that it says sushi is good for you, but not when it’s deep-fried and dipped in mayonaise (which is what most sushi in Kuwait looks like). Healthy sushi is the one that has rice, fish and occasionally some vegetables.

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Three Must Haves In a Burger

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I just realized something. I used to love eating burgers with all the toppings the restaurant can offer. Then, I tried a burger with practically nothing and it outweighed any other burger I’ve had. I realized burgers are at their best when they have (other than the patty and bun) cheese, caramelized onions and whatever sauce the place offers. I used to love tomatoes, lettuce and pickles in my burgers, but tomatoes are either too ripe or too soggy. Lettuce is a different story because it depends on how it’s cut. For example, the lettuce at McDonald’s is perfect because it’s chopped and doesn’t have the hard white part. However, in other restaurants they place a whole lettuce piece. One thing happens for sure, the lettuce is too hard and big to chew through, so you end up eating it in the first two bites of the burger. Pickles are amazing in a sandwich, but not a burger because it makes the meat taste sour.

I talked a lot about chewing because if the bun is soft and the patty is tender, but everything else is hard, you lose the essence of the burger. You won’t care about how juicy the meat is. All you’ll care about is the “salad” in your burger.

Before I end this post, I must say why I chose each ingredient. Cheese: well lets just say that I LOVE cheese, and its always soft and creamy. Caramelized onions: they have the taste of raw onions, but without the pungent smell and hardness. Sauces: they enhance the burgers taste and also makes everything gooey (which is how I like it). I don’t like crunchy stuff! – if you haven’t picked that up yet.

What are the most important ingredients in your burger?

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Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

My cooking in Ramadan is usually at its peak. I would be so hungry and since I can’t taste the food, its harder for me to know if things are going the way they’re supposed to be. But, surprisingly, my sense of smell is stronger when I’m hungry (not sure if this is normal or not). So, I rely on smelling the food rather than tasting it and I usually end up with something really good.

So the past couple of days I have been experimenting with sweet potatoes.

I love them so much because they can be cooked in so many different ways. They can be roasted, puréed, steamed, baked, or grilled. You can add them to soups and stews, or grilled and placed on top of leafy greens for a delicious salad. I stir-fried them the other day to make a vegetable fajita wrap. The other thing I did was mashed sweet potato with cinnamon. And  my latest endeavor, is baked sweet potato french fries with garlic mayo. It is to die for. Probably the best I have done with sweet potatoes so far. And the picture below was taken from the merry thought (she has a really good recipe of the french fries)! Didn’t have time to take pictures of the fries, finished them off without thinking.

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I found on Care To Make a Difference, the nutritional benefits of eating sweet potatoes.

1. They are high in vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies.  Homocysteine has been linked with degenerative diseases, including the prevention of heart attacks.

2. They are a good source of vitamin C. While most people know that vitamin C is important to help ward off cold and flu viruses, few people are aware that this crucial vitamin plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, digestion, and blood cell formation. It helps accelerate wound healing, produces collagen which helps maintain skin’s youthful elasticity, and is essen­tial to helping us cope with stress.

3. They contain Vitamin D which is critical for immune system and overall health at this time of year.  Both a vitamin and a hormone, vitamin D is primarily made in our bodies as a result of getting adequate sunlight. You may have heard about seasonal affective disorder (or SAD, as it is also called), which is linked to inadequate sunlight and therefore a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D plays an important role in our energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth, and it supports the thyroid gland.

4. Sweet potatoes contain iron. Most people are aware that we need the mineral iron to have adequate energy, but iron plays other important roles in our body, including red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper im­mune functioning, and the metabolizing of protein, among other things.

5. Sweet potatoes are a good source of mag­nesium, which is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral. Magnesium is necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle, and nerve function, yet experts estimate that approximately 80 percent of the popula­tion in North America may be deficient in this important mineral.

6. They are a source of potassium, one of the important electrolytes that help regulate heartbeat and nerve signals. Like the other electrolytes, potassium performs many essential functions, some of which include relaxing muscle contractions, reducing swelling, and protecting and controlling the activity of the kidneys.

7. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet-tasting but their natural sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, helping to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to fatigue and weight gain.

8. Their rich orange color indicates that they are high in carotenoids like beta carotene and other carotenoids, which is the precursor to vitamin A in your body.  Carotenoids help strengthen our eyesight and boost our immunity to disease, they are powerful antioxidants that help ward off cancer and protect against the effects of aging.

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New Addiction to Ginger

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Really early in life there are certain things that one learns to love. Other things are acquired by time and experience. I’m talking about food.

After years of considering ginger as vile and disgusting, I never knew that one day I would fall in love with it. I learned that ginger is an acquired taste to me and to many other people.

Now, whenever I’m looking at a menu, if it says ginger, then that’s what I’m ordering. Something happened that made me appreciate it’s taste. I guess the more I was exposed to it, the more I enjoyed it more. What’s so good about it (other than its numerous health benefits) is that it can go with salty or sweet food and even in hot or cold drinks. It can be added to anything for that extra taste and heat. I have even made a chai spiced ice-cream with cinnamon, cardamon and of course ginger. My favorite type of ginger is pickled ginger. I have always wondered how they made it and it turned out it’s very easy, so I might make my own.

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The London List for Foodies

The last couple of times I have been to London, my sister and I have been trying out as many restaurants as we could. We kind of vowed that we wouldn’t go to a restaurant that we have already tried. London’s food is amazing. I took note of all the different restaurants we went to and here’s a list of the restaurants, what kind of food they serve and their addresses. Print this out and use it the next time you’re in London. You won’t regret it.

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Does a Food Coma Really Exist?

After eating a heavy meal, many suffer from drowsiness and fatigue. The reason one wants to take a nap after a meal is because there’s such a thing called food coma. With Ramadan starting in a little over a week, I just wanted to warn you about this. It’s nothing serious, but avoiding a food coma is much better for your health. Just avoid it by eating food low in sugar and simply not overeating.

Despite the seemingly comical name, food coma is actually a medically recognized condition known as post-prandial somnolence. Unlink a real coma, food coma is the completely natural feeling of fatigue you get when you’ve finished eating a meal. As a general rule of thumb, the bigger the meal, the harder you’ll fall asleep.

What causes it?
Swallowing your food is only the first step to developing a food coma. After being partially digested by the powerful acids of the stomach, it’s on to the intestines, where the food-induced sleepiness really begins. Nutrients in the food trigger a chain reaction that starts with blood and energy being diverted to aid in digestion and away from the “non-essential” functions of the body like exercise and muscle exertion. The more “essential” function at hand is getting nutrients into the bloodstream. This and the hormonal changes caused by glucose — AKA energy — uptake by your body to make you feel very, very sleepy. Sweet dreams!

Possible Side Effects
Friends, loved ones or co-workers may take advantage of your comatose state to stick things up your nostrils or draw mustaches on you with permanent markers.

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Stop Using Steroids

Diet Center Kuwait is out there to warn people about the side effects of using steroids. Here is a video and some information that explains the reasons why not to use them.

Summer! The time to hit the beach and go tan, but before that; everyone wants to have that perfect beach body, and they want it QUICK! Sadly, all you see isn’t 100% natural. Many of the buffed up body builders are on hormones and steroids that artificially enhance their muscle mass and give an illusion of strength, health and physique.

Steroids can be very dangerous! When used excessively, steroids can cause the body to break down and more pressure is placed on the heart as well as on other organs not to mention the reproductive system.

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Filler Foods

Eating low-calorie foods that fill you up can help cut your calories and control your hunger at the same time. This combination can help you reach and keep a healthy body weight.

Water-rich vegetables are a great filler foods. Good examples include celery, cucumbers, lettuce, hearts of palm (palmito), radishes, carrots and alfalfa sprouts. Fruits are another good choice for the same reason. For example, grapefruit is almost 90 percent water. As an added bonus, fruits and vegetables provides you with necessary nutrients such as vitamins and minerals.

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High-fiber soups also work well as low-calorie filler foods. Legumes, such as beans and lentils, are rich in fiber and protein; add legumes to your soups and stews to satisfy your hunger with fewer calories.
Other filler foods include whole grains that would fill you up for a long time because they contain fiber and complex carbohydrates. Boiled whole grains like oatmeal and brown rice can give you energy and lasting power. Low fat whole grain pretzels and crackers are good healthy snacks.

Choose from a variety of low-calorie filler foods to keep your diet interesting.

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