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What If You are Eating Horse Meat?

By Article Contributor, Friday, August 30, 2013

Being the current favorite of the European scandal industry, Horsemeat contamination has provided enough grounds for the residents and tourists to actually research and know the difference between regular beef meat and horsemeat.

Early months of 2013, Supermarkets in Ireland and UK were found to be filled up with processed beef products that contained 1 to 2 pct traces of horse meat and at times the percentage even rose up to more then a hundred pct when investigated in laboratory.

Horsemeat Horse 389x259 What If You are Eating Horse Meat?As far as the nutritional value differences between both the products are concerned, the calorie count in 100 gram cooked horsemeat is more or less around 175 and for a 100-gram standard ground beef it rises up to 273 calories. Cholesterol and fat levels in horsemeat are pretty low leveled as compared to beef meat.

In some countries, horsemeat is considered as a high valued animal product and is consumed the same way that we consume chicken and beef here in UK or European countries. Yes, we have different norms but then we have tried lots of other meat and food products that are even prohibited to be eaten in other parts of the world.

That said, some places of the world consider horsemeat as the primary source of nutrition indicated above by the nutritional value of it and horsemeat is far more expensive their then any other food product.

Nutritional differences cannot make a product more eatable or less consumable. Same is the case with Horsemeat. If you’re unwilling to eat horsemeatfalsely named as beef meat then you need to know as to how you could assess the difference. Lets move on and know …

  • Horsemeat has got far less fat content then beef and is quite leaner.
  • It is softer, milder in flavor and even sweeter then beef, so you could know by tasting it.
  • Nutritional value of Horsemeat makes it far better and expensive then beef itself, if found in lasagna, well you should give it a go. ( we recommend it but then it’s utterly and completely your choice)
  • Cooked meat in both the cases look almost identical so primary differences between the two can be asserted through looking at them or examining them raw.
  • Laboratory tests that include, Horse protein or Horse DNA test as well as a more stable test named “DNA photocopier” can be done on such meat to know, which animal the meat belongs to.
  • Smell of horsemeat itself is decidedly different then regular beef products.

Whatever the case maybe and even if you’re not interested in eating horse meat but for some reason or unknowingly, you may have consumed it, then you shouldn’t feel sick at all. The meat quality is good and the taste is good as well. But then again if you don’t want it then no one should force you in eating it, not even a different name or a branded product that lies to you saying it’s a beef product whereas it isn’t.

Turmeric: Discover the Benefits of This Ancient Spice

By thesweetborn, Saturday, August 3, 2013

Turmeric Power Flavor 389x259 Turmeric: Discover the Benefits of This Ancient SpiceTurmeric has been a popular part of Asian cultures and traditions, such as Indian and Chinese traditional medicine, because of its medicinal properties. At present, the Western world is beginning to realize its importance in health. According to research, turmeric can support digestive health, liver health, and your body’s detoxification functions, and even help curb inflammation.

Curcumin: The Key to Turmeric’s Success

One of turmeric’s notable health benefits is being a natural anti-inflammatory. This is because of its active ingredient curcumin, which is also responsible for its vibrant yellow-orange color. In 100 grams of turmeric, it is estimated that there are about three to five grams of curcumin.

Curcumin is behind many of turmeric’s medicinal benefits. It has been found to affect over 700 genes, and it can help suppress enzymes that are linked to inflammation, such as cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) and 5-lipooxygenase (5-LOX).

In addition to its anti-inflammatory nature, turmeric also contains curcuminoids. These potent phytonutrients or plant-based nutrients have antioxidant properties and can help inhibit free radical damage. Curcuminoids are also found to relieve pain, stiffness, and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Other Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric can help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol, which can damage your blood vessels and make you prone to heart attack or stroke. This spice is also rich in vitamin B6, which is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. Because of this, research suggests that turmeric can support heart health.

There is also reason to believe that turmeric can aid in suppressing neurodegenerative diseases. In India, there is a very low occurrence of Alzheimer’s diseases and other neurological conditions due to curcumin. It was also found that turmeric could help slow the progression of multiple sclerosis.

Due to its volatile oils, turmeric also has external anti-bacterial properties. These oils can help prevent wound infections and even help speed up wound healing.

Using Turmeric in Your Daily Life

Many Asians use turmeric in their daily lives, and you can try it out, too. This spice doesn’t only pack a nutritional punch, but it is also a great addition to your food. While it’s a fragrant spice used as an ingredient in curry-based dishes and yellow mustard, it can also be used in salad dressings, recipes that contain lentils, and poultry.

For cooking, it is best to use pure turmeric powder rather than regular curry powder. Studies have found that the latter contains very little amounts of curcumin compared to the former. If you’re not fond of turmeric’s flavor, you may also take it in supplement form. Just make sure that your supplement comes from a high-quality, organic source.

Laila Sanders is researching alternative treatments to diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. He gets updated health information from online sources such as the natural health newsletter of Dr. Mercola.

Turmeric photo c/o Steven Jackson

How to Find Good Healthy Eating Habits?

By Dannie Gilbertson, Saturday, May 25, 2013

Fresh Fruit Salad 389x259 How to Find Good Healthy Eating Habits?Everyone has to be knowledgeable about the importance of healthy eating habits. Eating the right food can solve the problem of obesity and overweight. This is one thing that most people usually forget.

What you eat defines who you are. This statement is very true. If you are a person who loves to eat processed foods and other unhealthy foods, you will possibly gain more weight. Weight problems can actually cause a lot of diseases including heart problems. This is the reason why food experts and Medifast reviews are always reminding people about the importance of choosing traditional foods over those that are processed. In this article, you will find different things that will help you develop healthy eating habits.

Consult a dietitian

If you have a problem with your weight and you are having a hard time choosing the right food for you, a dietician can give you great assistance. In cases when you cannot think of a way for you to go back to your healthy ways, you can always consult an expert. Dietitians can help you work on your daily meals. They can hand you with a list of diet foods and meals that you can eat everyday. This is the best way for you to get away from unhealthy diet. All you need to do to achieve a positive result is to make sure that you are following the diet that is given and avoid side dishes that are not allowed by the dietitian.

Read about the benefits of the foods that you eat

One thing that can help you find the right diet for you is to search the web or find a book where you can find the benefits and side effects of what you are eating. Reading can help you decide what to eat and what to avoid. This can also help you decide the amount of food you are going to consume. You need to dedicate yourself to this if you want to achieve a good result. You can also check different sites that are specializing in diet food delivery. There are different books that can give you a list of healthy recipes. With this, you need to add and subtract in order to get the perfect formula for your healthy diet.

Learn from healthy people around you

There is nothing more inspiring than the words of those who have already tested the importance of healthy eating. If you are working out on a gym or just eating lunch with a co-worker who is very particular about the health benefits of what he is eating, you can ask him about his diet. If you see someone who has greatly improved because of his/her diet, you should follow his/her steps. Those are just few of the ideas that you can use for your healthy diet needs.

Author Bio:

Dannie Gilbertson is a former collegiate athlete as well as a health & fitness enthusiast who writes on topics such as diet food delivery, exercise, general health, and nutrition for www.dietbrandreviews.com.

How to Search for Catering Supplies

By Stephen John, Thursday, April 25, 2013

Planning to start your own food business or catering service? Or you’re simply looking for catering equipment to hire for an important event you’re organizing? Whatever your reason is for looking for catering supplies, here’s a short guide on how to search for catering equipment suppliers.

Kitchen Disaster Fail Cook 389x308 How to Search for Catering SuppliesConsider your preferences.
Which do you prefer more – buy catering supplies or rent your needed equipment? Determine first what you need more and start looking for companies offering catering supplies for rent or sale.

Check out suppliers in your area.
Browsing through available vendors near you is the best course of action to get started on your search. Apart from asking for referrals from friends, you can also take a look at community bulletin boards, street ads, as well as online posts shared about different suppliers. You can also take a look at local or online directories to search for companies near you.

Take into account the type of event or catering service you’re planning.
Are you planning to put up a food or catering business? Or you’re thinking of putting up a mobile restaurant? The type of catering equipment you’ll need will mainly depend on this particular factor. Of course, if you’re holding an event and bringing the food to a location quite far from your kitchen/working area, you’ll need to invest in different food storage and carriers to help you transport food and various supplies easily. If you’re thinking of standard type restaurants, however, you can look for the usual catering items and supplies most food enterprise owners invest in.

Determine the scope of the catering service.
Up to how many people do you intend to cater to? While you can always adjust your cooking and supplies to cater to a hundred people, you cannot certainly do so if you don’t have the necessary equipment, such as plates and other dining ware and utensils. Also take into account the type of catering service you will usually offer so you can better choose the most ideal catering supplies for your business/needs.

Consider your budget.
How much can you afford to invest for your catering supplies? Unless you have the spare money to buy all you need right from the beginning, you can go for catering equipment for rent for now and allot the money you save on more urgent and important expenses. Renting some of the supplies is also ideal if you don’t plan of catering to a large number of people again in the future.

Compare prices and product features.
Make a quick canvasing of product prices in the market so you’ll have an idea how much to allot for your catering supplies. Check out different company suppliers and do a comparison of the available product prices. And of course, make sure to take into account the features of each product, as well as the warranty terms and payment conditions offered by the supplier.

Top 5 Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

By WriterEvan, Monday, October 29, 2012

sweetpotat Top 5 Health Benefits of Sweet PotatoesPeople try all sorts of fad diets in their desperation to lose weight, but the truth is nothing takes the place of real, whole food nutrition. A balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals paired with regular exercise is the key to long-term health and wellness, and that doesn’t come with any sort of short cut. On the other hand, there are certain nutrient rich choices you can make that will give you more bang for your buck. These ‘super foods’ come in all shapes and sizes, but one in particular could be hiding right under your nose. Sweet potatoes, also referred to as yams, are packed with nutritional goodness, with the added benefit of an inexpensive price tag. They have a number of properties that make them a much better choice than yellow or white potatoes, and you can substitute sweet potatoes in any recipe without losing anything. Here are five of the top health benefits of sweet potatoes.

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Couponing Tips That Will Save You Huge Money

By WriterEvan, Wednesday, October 10, 2012

coupon Couponing Tips That Will Save You Huge MoneyToday’s economy isn’t exactly designed for fattening purses. Unemployment rates continue to remain elevated, and millions of other people are underemployed. The most basic things that families need to keep going each month, like food, gas and utilities continue to get more and more expensive, while our paychecks shrink and our work weeks get longer. It’s a bleak situation if you stop to dwell on it for too long. So instead of railing against the things you cannot change, make a real difference for your financial bottom line by learning how to successfully use coupons. Sure, you might think clipping coupons is just for people that have too much time on their hands. But the truth is with the huge amount of online deal sites now joining standard offers and paper circulars, couponing can save you huge amounts of money. Continue reading

Top 5 Tips to Make Gourmet Pizza at Home

By WriterEvan, Sunday, October 7, 2012

pizza Top 5 Tips to Make Gourmet Pizza at HomeMaking your own pizza at home not only provides you with a delicious hearty meal, it can be a great deal of fun as well. You can develop and refine a unique cooking skill, get creative with your toppings, and truly make the best pizza you’ve ever had. There’s something special about home-cooked food, and pizza is no exception to this rule. Most people don’t believe it simply because they’ve never had home-cooked pizza, but it can be done and it can be delicious. Follow these 5 tips to make gourmet pizza in your own kitchen. Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Kitchen: Must Have Food Cupboard Items

By JenniferLacey, Saturday, July 28, 2012

The secret of being prepared for any recipe is to keep a well-stocked pantry. Unless you relish the idea of living off of expensive ready meals or purchasing takeaways regularly, then a good selection of standard food staples is required. This kit of food basics creates the building blocks of many different recipes and even gives you room to adapt recipes and create new ones from scratch.

Cupboard Food Kitchen How to Prepare Your Kitchen: Must Have Food Cupboard Items

Many of these items are long life and can be kept on hand within your cupboards for long periods of time. However, others are perishable, so it is always a good idea to note down expiration dates and check whether items require refrigeration once opened or stored within a particular place. The key to keeping your cupboards well stocked is to organised item rotation by expiry date and knowing when you need to purchase more supplies.

The best way to ensure you have all of your required basics is to go through a meal plan of recipes you eat within a normal week.  Jot down all the required ingredients and cross them off as you go through the week. This is also the best way to figure out how much of each ingredient you should invest in in the beginning.

Below is a list of all items you should consider stocking in your pantry to guarantee you are adequately prepared.

 

Long Life Cupboard Items

  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Tinned beans – baked, kidney and white beans
  • Dried Beans – lima, lentils, black
  • Bread crumbs
  • Broth – vegetable, chicken
  • Cereal
  • Chocolate – cocoa powder, unsweetened squares, chips
  • Coffee – ground, beans, instant
  • Crackers
  • Dried fruit – raisins, apricots
  • Extracts – vanilla, lemon, almond
  • Flour – All-purpose, cake, bread
  • Gelatine
  • Powdered milk
  • Mushrooms – Tinned or dried
  • Nuts – almonds, peanuts, walnuts etc
  • Dried Pasta – spaghetti, penne, noodles
  • Rice – long grain, basmati
  • Tinned soup
  • Sugar – granulated, confectioners
  • Tea
  • Tinned meats – tuna
  • Yeast

Perishable

  • Garlic
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Milk
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes

Condiments

  • Table sauces – BBQ sauce, tomato ketchup, salad cream etc.
  • Chilli paste and sauce
  • Honey
  • Jam
  • Maple Syrup
  • Marmalade
  • Mustards
  • Olives
  • Soy sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce

Herbs and Spices

  • Allspice
  • Basil
  • Chili Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Curry Powder
  • Five-spice powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Ginger
  • Mint (dried)
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano (dried)
  • Pepper
  • Rosemary (dried)
  • Salt
  • Thyme 

Josiah’s Catering and Family Business Essentials

By Chef Fresh, Friday, May 25, 2012

There are many companies in the Philippines that started from humble beginnings. Most family businesses were established by either the patriarch, matriarch or both. The business grows, and the children join the business…and so, the saga of a family business succession begins.

Josiahs Catering The Spread by chef Fresh and Chef Jasper 389x212 Josiah’s Catering and Family Business Essentials

Josiah’s Catering was established by our parents over 20 years ago. My mother loves to cook and  would cater for friends during the ‘90s. Today, Josiah’s Catering is one of the  most trusted and largest catering businesses in the country. When the second generation finished college, it became “All in the Family.” My brother, Chef Jasper, is the Executive Corporate Chef, and is also in charge of research and development. He receives mentoring from our mother Jet. I am the Pastry Chef tasked to create delightful desserts, as well as to do our marketing, while our youngest, Josiah, (name sake of our business) is in charge of operations.

Your family business will succeed if essential guidelines are followed.

Have a clear plan to accomplish goals.We all work together to introduce innovations in our catering business. We built our brand as the premiere wedding and banquet specialist in the country.

Have a clear Chain of Command. Each member of the family is responsible for his own department. The members of the board collectively make important decisions.

Have good communication among family members. We don’t bring work home. We discuss work-related matters only at the office. The home is a place for us to unwind, relax and bond together.

Our family business is not only a way for us to gain economic progression, but for us to bond as a family, as well.

 

What Vegetarianism Does To Your Health

By Scholarly Writer, Saturday, May 12, 2012

Woman Vegetarian Meal Plan Weight Loss What Vegetarianism Does To Your HealthIt is a fact that the humble plant is a source of life. It is also a fact that the veggies mothers force their children to eat while they are still little are loaded with vitamins and minerals. In the recent years, meat has been getting a lot of flak because eating too much of it causes hypertension, heart disease and obesity. Eating plant-based foods is also promoted by doctors, nutritionists, health gurus and celebrities alike. Does this mean that when it comes to eating, vegetarian is the way to go?

Vegetarianism is the practice of eating only plant-based foods and eliminating red meat from the diet altogether. There are several reasons why people choose to be vegetarians. It may be due to religious, cultural, ethical, and health reasons. However, not all vegetarians are strict about what they consume.

Through the years, the practice of being a vegetarian has evolved. It has spawned different types of vegetarianism based on what is consumed. Pescatarian is a type of vegetarianism that allows plant-based foods as well as fish and seafood. It is usually used as a transition from being a meat eater to eating a fully vegetarian diet. Lacto-vegetarian is a type of vegetarianism that consumes dairy products but not eggs. Ovo-vegetarian is a type of vegetarian that consumes eggs but not dairy products. Some people prefer to be lacto-ovo-vegetarians so they can still enjoy their chocolates, omelets and cheeses. Vegan, on the other hand, is a type of vegetarianism that only allows plant-based products and does not consume any animal products at all, including foods with animal-derived ingredients. Most of the time, vegans do not use animal-derived products such as leather either. People who eat a raw vegan diet consume food that is not heated above 46 ºC (115 ºF) because they believe that high cooking temperatures causes food to lose their nutritional value.

Advocates of the vegetarian diet say that this type of diet is healthy, has adequate nutrition and can help prevent diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Vegetarians do not consume saturated fats which are derived from meat. Saturated fats is not good for the health and can lead to having plaque deposits in the arteries. The vegetarian diet is also low in calories so it is the preferred fare of people who are trying to lose weight.

Eating a vegetarian diet is not without consequences, though. The most common problem in this type of diet is vitamin deficiency, as it lacks iron, zinc, protein, calcium and vitamins. Having an adequate protein source is especially challenging because most people get their protein from meat. Some experts believe there is also the risk of gaining weight because this diet is filled with grains and products made from processed white flour. Some vegetarians also tend to eat too much sugar to keep their hunger pangs at bay. Moreover, eating in restaurants can be difficult because vegetarians need to scrutinize the ingredients and how the dish is cooked to make sure it does not contain animal products.

Is green the way to go when it comes to eating? Some people seem to agree with it but others are still hesitant. At the end of the day, the most important thing is to have a healthy and well-balanced diet from which the human body can benefit from.

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Putting It Together: Quick, Healthy Meals

By Scholarly Writer, Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fast Meal Shrimp Vegetable 250x250 Putting It Together: Quick, Healthy Meals“Fast” food doesn’t need to be unhealthy and healthy meals don’t have to be bland. A person can put together quick healthy meals that actually taste delicious. First, they might check out some of the ingredients to put a quick and healthy meal together.

Healthy foods taste good and they’re associated with a lower risk of disease. They’re often rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene and other nutrients and they’re often low in calories, cholesterol and sodium. There are also a great many of them to choose from, for even when making quick healthy meals variety is the spice of life.

Fish

Fish is famous for having omega-3 fatty acids, especially cold water, fatty fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring. Omega-3 fatty acids lower cholesterol and so protect against heart disease and diseases of the coronary arteries. Fish is also a good source of iron, which protects against anemia. Most fish are also rich in magnesium and potassium, which are important for maintaining healthy blood pressure.

Shellfish

Shellfish like shrimp, oysters and scallops do have a lot of cholesterol, but they also have omega-3 fatty acids like other fish and can help lower the bad cholesterol in the body. They’re also low in saturated fat, which some dietitians say is worse for people than dietary cholesterol. Shellfish also tend to be very high in calcium, zinc, magnesium and iron. Some people like to eat their shellfish raw, which they should be careful about. They should only buy shellfish they plan to eat raw from a reputable fishmonger.

One quick and healthy meal that features fish is:

1 lb. salmon fillet

1 tsp. oregano

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 plum tomato, sliced

1 small onion, sliced

2 tbs. fresh, flat leafed parsley, chopped

1/4 cup bread crumbs

1 tbs. olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Oil a baking pan and place the fish in the center. Sprinkle with the salt, pepper, oregano and garlic. Place on the tomato slices, onion and sprinkle with the parsley. Mix the bread crumbs with the oil and sprinkle on top.

Bake for about 10 minutes until done.

Poultry

Poultry has lots of protein but it’s lower in total fat and saturated fat than red meat. It’s especially good if the skin and fat are taken off before it’s eaten. Poultry, especially duck and goose, is very high in iron, zinc and niacin. Turkey and chicken have much less fat than duck or goose.

Red Meat

True red meat has a lot of saturated fat and cholesterol, so it should be eaten in moderation. Some people say that if a person eats red meat it should be used as a flavoring for a largely vegetarian dish. But red meat is very rich in iron, especially beef. Pork and lamb also have a lot of iron, and is easily absorbed by the body, unlike the iron in most vegetables. Broiling red meat is healthier than frying it, for broiling allows the fat to drain away from the cut.

Vegetables

Everyone’s says that vegetables are good for a person and everyone’s right. Vegetables have lots of complex carbohydrates and Vitamins A and C while having almost no fat and few calories. They also have fiber, which also guard against diseases like heart disease and colon cancer. The potassium and magnesium in vegetable not only help prevent high blood pressure but also give the person a shot of energy. Different types of vegetables are richer in some vitamins and nutrients than others. For example, carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and other orange yellow vegetables are high in beta carotene, which turns into Vitamin A in the body.

Green leafy vegetables are also good sources of carotene, as well as magnesium, potassium and calcium. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli have indole glucosinolates and other cancer fighting compounds. Here’s a vegetable recipe:

One large bunch of broccoli

2 cloves of garlic sliced

1 tbs. ginger, sliced

1 tsp. soy sauce

Stir fry the ginger and garlic. Add the broccoli and stir fry until crisp tender. Add the soy sauce and warm through.

Chili peppers have capsaicin, which helps metabolism and might help in losing weight. Sweet peppers are also high in Vitamin C and are better if they’re eaten once they turn red. This is because red peppers have nine times as much vitamin A and twice as much vitamin C as green peppers.

Fruit also have complex carbohydrates, natural sugar, fiber, vitamins and minerals. They’re also good sources of beta carotenes and Vitamin C. Fruits are also low in fat and only have traces of sodium. High levels of sodium also contribute to high blood pressure, which then can lead to kidney disease and heart disease. Here’s a quick healthy meal that’s also a fruit salad:

1 pound of watermelon, sliced, seeded and cut in wedges

1 small pineapple, halved pared and cut into two inch slices. Reserve the top

1 papaya, peeled, and sliced

2 mangoes, peeled and sliced

2 oranges, peeled and sliced

2 bananas, peeled and sliced

Syrup

Pulp of 6 passion fruits

2 tbs. sugar

Pour the passion fruit pulp, sugar and one half cup of water into a sauce pan. Bring to a full, rolling boil and boil for about a minute. Remove from heat, strain through a fine strainer into a pitcher and let cool.

Place the pineapple top in the center of a round glass serve dish and arrange the fruit in attractive circles around it. Pour the passion fruit syrup over it and serve at once. Serves six to eight.

John Grant is a blogger for variuos food sites and travels Asia looking for great recipes and quick dinner ideas.

9 of the Most Expensive Restaurants in the World

By Scholarly Writer, Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dining out is always a treat for food junkies—but if money isn’t at all an issue, then you might want to indulge yourself to a completely different culinary experience. You might just want to try eating at some of the most expensive restaurants in the world:

Aragawa – Tokyo

If you just happen to find yourself in the Shinbashi district in Tokyo, Japan, then dining at Aragawa is a definite must. This steak house is known all over the world for its beef, which is only served with mustard and pepper. In fact, Aragawa’s beef is so delicious that it is the solitary entrée served in the entire restaurant. This steak house works exclusively with just one farm and for good reason. Aragawa may just be the most expensive restaurant in the world. The average cost per person? $368.

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee – Paris

This modern French restaurant offers an upscale dining experience like no other. Caviar, boneless and free-range chicken, lamb giblets and a duck liver sauce are just some of the dishes you can look forward to. Be warned, however: Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee only seats 50. Here, dinner for one will cost you $231.

Gordon Ramsay – London

The Gordon Ramsay restaurant in London, England only has 13 tables, but that doesn’t stop diners from trying to get a table there. Sumptuous entrees such as pigeon and Cornish lamb are what make Gordon Ramsay accept table bookings two months in advance. Dinner for one at this restaurant will cost you $183.

Acquarello – Munich

Acquarello is an Italian restaurant with a Mediterranean flair. Their extensive menu incudes everything from pasta, fish and chicken to pigeon and veal. An average meal for one at Acquarello will cost you $125.

Alverto Ciarla – Rome

Diners flock to Alverto Ciarla to enjoy their delicious seven-course meals. This luxurious Italian restaurant offers an extensive selection of fresh seafood and hearty pastas. One can enjoy a unique dining experience at Alberto Ciarla for about $113.

Sushi Kaji – Toronto

Dine at Sushi Kaji and you’ll be enjoying fish shipped straight from Tokyo. The Japanese executive chef doesn’t store fish here—he serves it less than one day after it has been caught. Favorite dishes at Sushi Kaji include watermelon and strawberry soup, fried fluke, picked cucumber and barbecued eel. Dinner for one costs an average of $109.

Queue de Cheval Steak House – Montreal

This Candian restaurant is most widely known for serving corn-fed beef, dry aged 35 days prior to being prepared and served. If you’re hungry, order their weighty 24-ounce porterhouse and a bottle of Australian wine. The cost of a meal for one averages $85.

El Amparo – Madrid

El Amparo is sure to provide you with a lovely and dreamy dining experience. This converted carriage house is beautifully decorated, and serves Basque cuisine that is top-quality. Dinner for one at El Amparo costs approximately $70.

Whampoa Club – Shanghai

Dine on the river while overlooking the magnificent city lights. Whampoa Club serves delicious traditional Shanghai dishes with modern interpretations. Noteworthy items on the menu include crispy beef strips with orange peels and drunken chicken. Dinner for one here will cost you $63.

Kristine M. is an adventure blogger who writes about the most exciting places to be in. She greatly fancies the various activities that anyone can do in the bustling nightlife in the various cities around the world. During her spare time, she helps Broadband Expert, a high speed internet provider, with its office administration and blogging activities. Check out her next blog post for her next adventure.