Chocolate Lover Gift - Give the Gift of Chocolate

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Almost everyone has a love for chocolate, even if they would rather deny it. The way its texture feels in your mouth as it melts is very satisfying and its richness takes this pleasure to a whole new level. Some people would even prefer chocolate to some other acts that may bring a lot of pleasure. So remember to give the gift of chocolate. It is the perfect chocolate lover gift.

Although chocolate is very delicious, some chocolates are more enjoyable than others. A Snickers bar is full of chocolate but it also is jam packed with peanuts and caramel so you have to eat your way around the candy bar to get your dose of pure chocolate. Thankfully, there are gourmet chocolates available to satisfy any chocolate lovers fix.

There are many different cocoa inspired delectable treats out there to please anyone. There are types of chocolate that some people probably never thought possible. Chocolates now can come in a chocolate-wine combination to serve as a decadent topping to any dessert. Some flavors include a chocolate espresso Merlot or a chocolate raspberry Cabernet. No one would have thought that wine and chocolate would fit well together but these gourmet chocolates, when paired with ice cream, would be sure delight anyone's taste buds.

Truffles of all kinds are also available for those with an extra sweet tooth. Whether you love dark, milk or white chocolate it is all available out there for you. There are also boxes of chocolate to suit anyone's needs and those contain a wide variety of different gourmet chocolates.

Some people really enjoy coffee filled chocolate or cherry filled chocolate. In a box of chocolate, all of these are possible and even things you never thought imaginable will be waiting for you when you open the lid.

If you just want a plain chocolate bar than those are available too, virtually everywhere. Dark, milk or white chocolates are available for chocolate bars so you'll get your chocolate fix. You can break off a piece of the bar and simply let the chocolate melt slowly in your mouth as you let all your worries escape you.

These small scrumptious treasures make a perfect gift for anyone. If you know a chocolate lover, then they will greatly appreciate the sophisticated taste of these gourmet delights. They will know that you spent your time and money buying them the only gift they really need. Stores that sell these delicious treats also have gift certificates available so if you can't pick out the perfect gourmet chocolates you can certainly let them do it with your gift for them.

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The Real Story Behind Gourmet Coffee

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Whether your a proclaimed coffee lover or a regular of Starbucks, you won't be capable of understanding the art of appreciating genuine gourmet coffee unless you grasp the history and knowledge associated with gourmet coffee. Oh, of course, you don't have to an connoisseur to love and appreciate gourmet coffee, but understanding a little bit more than the supermarket who sells you the instant coffee would help you admire the flavour, aroma and pure bliss that gourmet coffee fans understand gourmet coffee is truly capable of.

Gourmet coffee is the complete opposite to fine wine. With wine, the longer it sits, the better it tastes, as its quality and price increases. But with gourmet coffee, freshness is an absolute must. If feasible, get coffee beans that have been roasted no more than 1 week beforehand. And if you're going to discover how to cherish gourmet coffee, it's essential that you only buy 100% Arabica coffee.

It's nearly impossible to find fresh roasted coffee on the shelves of your local supermarket. There is a really good chance, that the coffee that you're drinking today have been roasted 2 or more months ago. You can try and change this problem by purchasing whole roasted coffee beans in batches from reputable on-line companies and grind them at home only when you need it. This is simpler that you think, as gourmet coffee companies have become more accessible with the onset of the Internet . Combine that with affordable at-home technology, it has become even easier to enjoy real gourmet coffee in the comfort of your own home whenever you feel fit.

In order to get the most out of your purchase, you want to do everything that you can to ensure the freshness of the coffee. After purchasing your gourmet coffee beans, it is almost a sin to leave it sitting out on the counter at room temperature. The first step is to make sure that you store any unused coffee in an airtight container. If you are a regular coffee drinker, you can safely store the container in the refrigerator. But if you enjoy gourmet coffee only on special occasions or when you have guests, it is important to store your unused coffee beans in the freezer. This helps to keep the coffee fresh. It won't be exactly like freshly roasted coffee, but it will still be superior to the stale stuff that you buy off the supermarket shelves.

As with other products like wine, the area where the grapes are grown makes a really big difference. This is no different with gourmet coffee. There are two very important facts to consider. First, the country the gourmet coffee beans are grown can make a difference in taste and quality. But just as important is the company that roasts and sell the gourmet coffee beans. Remember to buy only from companies that have proven themselves. This is not hard to find out. Coffee tastings and reviews are a big part of the industry, and that information is readily available.

The most important thing about gourmet coffee is that you must take the time to really appreciate it. If you plan on slamming a cup of coffee as you run off to work in the morning, then stick the instant stuff. It's almost an insult to all the hard work and art that goes into making really good gourmet coffee.

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Gourmet Coffee Revealed Chris Hickey "Been surfing the net for 12 years..seen some things that impress me and some things that disappoint me, but I am far from seeing it all."
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Oolong Tea - The Weight Loss Tea

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Oolong Tea and it's health benefits. Somewhere between Green Tea and Black Oolong Tea makes a great alernative brew.

What Makes a Tea an Oolong Tea?

There are 3 main distinct types of tea which can be generally categorized as follows:

a) Green Tea: is treated or boiled following picking to prevent the leaves from oxidizing and retaining their natural colour.

b) Black Tea: is left to oxidize following picking, that's how it gets their distinctive colour.

c) Oolong Tea: the raw leaves are sun-wilted and then bruised, which exposes their juices to the air, so the leaves oxidise and start to turn brown like a cut fruit. They are allowed to oxidise only partially, giving them a rich, floral flavour. The tea is then dried fully; locking in the rich flavors that oolong tea is known to offer. Oolong's unique drying process creates a tea that has many metabolic stimulating attributes.

Oolongs range from bright green and slightly fermented to dark-leafed and hearty. The greener varieties are less fermented. Oolong tea therefore comes in a wide range of tastes and aromas from teas very close in taste to green tea to those very close to black tea.

Health Benefits

Oolong tea burns over 157% more fat than Green Tea - and therefore becoming the most popular teas designed to accelerate weigh loss.

Drinking two cups of Oolong tea every day not only helps shed stubborn pounds by boosting your metabolism, but also blocks the fattening effects of carbohydrates.

Wulong tea promotes beauty and health - Oolong tea contains a large quantity of polyphenol which:

* promotes strong, healthy teeth;
* improves cognitive functioning and mental well-being;
* preventing eczema, allergies;
* clarifies your skin, giving it a healthy, radiant glow and
* strengthens your immune system.

Oolong tea endorsed by Oprah

Where Can I Get Some?

Visit Teaworld where you will find the some of the finest Oolong teas, Ginger Oolong, China Oolong and Champagne Oolong.

Try before You Buy - You can always request a sample and try before you buy!

By Uma Mays Published: 02/25/2008
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Soto Sukaraja

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Soto sukaraja
Bahan bahan :
2 kg daging sapi
2 ons tauge pendek
A sdm kedele yang sudah digoreng
5 batang daun bawang diiris
3 pak kecil soun
20 buah kerupuk sagu
4 sdm bawang merah goring
6 tangkai daun seledri iris

Bumbu bumbu :
12 butir bawang merah
2 ruas lengkuas
2 sdm kecap manis
20 butir merica
Gula merah secukupnya
2 sdt merica halus
8 siung bawang putih
2 ruas jahe
2 sdm minyak goring
3 iris kunyit
Garam secukupnya

Sambal :
1 sdm minyak goring
3 butir bawang merah
½ sdt asam jawa
Garam secukupnya
7 cabe merah
7 cabai merah
2 siung bawang putih
1 potong kecil kencur

Cara memasak :
• Bawang merah, bawang putih, kunyit dihaluskan, kemudian tumis dengan minyak panas. Kalau sudah harum baunya masukkan kaldu sedikit berikut merica halus.
• Masukkan daging yang sudah direbus dan dipotong kecil kecil, sambil di tambah bumbu yang lain, garam, bumbu penyedap, gula merah, jahe, lengkuas serai serta tambah kaldunya
• Biarkan mendidih dan cicipi, kalau sudah enak dan sempurna baru siapdi hidangkan

Cara menyajikan :
Tauge pendek, soun, daging, daun bawang, bawang goring diatur di mangkuk lalu disiram dengan kuah. Bubuhi kedelai goring dan kerupuk

Sambal :
• Tumis bawang merah dan bawang putih yang sudah ditumbuk dengan minyak panas
• Cabai yang sudah di giling dimasukkan, kemudian bumbu bumbu lain yang sudah dihancurkan, berikut kacang tanah
• Bila sudah kering, tambahkan sedikit air, aduk – aduk hingga rata dan sampai matang
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