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Familiarize Yourself With These 5 Tasty British Staples

  

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Before we begin to dissect the secretly tasty dishes of British cuisine, we should probably preface that most of the confusion and mockery arises from the oddly-translated terms – but that’s just our opinion. After we make our way through a few of the Brit’s favorite dishes, feel free to make your own opinion – just try to be fair!

To avoid too much salivation, we might as well start!

The Full EnglishFull English minus the extra offal

Let’s get started with that tasty looking breakfast, full of protein, delicious fat, and a day’s worth of carbs, all in one meal. A standard full English breakfast includes bacon from a pig, scrambled, fried, or poached eggs, fried or grilled tomatoes and mushrooms, buttered toast, and sausages. If you really want the proper English to English translation, sausages are known as bangers on the other side of the ocean. Additionally, baked beans and black pudding are typical staples of this breakfast. Lastly, black pudding is made from pork blood, pork or beef fat, and a binding cereal to hold everything together.

 

Yorkshire Pudding

Available on prescription.

As an American, Yorkshire Pudding sounds like a tasty after-dinner treat. Sadly, the “pudding” part of the dish isn’t even sweet. In reality, it’s made of eggs, flour, and milk. In a sense, Yorkshire Pudding is just a fluffy bread. That being said, it’s often served with roast beef and gravy. Consider this trick-food a different version roast beef and mashed potatoes. 

 

Spotted Dick

From the loins of a sheep to the school dinner table Here’s one of those dishes that sounds much worse than what it really is. During the earlier years of this desserts invention, Spotted Dick was often made with suet (fat) and dried fruit, taking a similar form and consistency of cake. Traditionally, shredded fat from around the kidneys and loins of a sheep were used as suet. Nowadays, the suet is often replaced by more common fats like butter. Lastly, once the cake-like piece is on a plate, the entire thing is covered in custard. 

 

Shepherd’s Pie

Brown meat and potatoes

As crazy as it looks, the Shepherd’s Pie is pretty simple and straightforward. The bottom layer is composed of a meat mixture and the top layer is either a crust or a layer of mashed potatoes, the latter being more common. There is also a wide range of variations for the meat mixture. Meat or lamb is typical, but pork, chicken, fish, vegetarian, and even vegan mixtures are also possible bottom layers. 

 

Christmas Pudding

Probably good this is only served once a year.

Unless I’m entirely wrong with this supposed comparison, consider British Christmas Pudding to be like American Fruit Cake. For those of you who can speak with personal experience, please speak up and suggest a better comparative dessert. With that out of the way, Christmas Pudding (sometimes known as plum pudding), is a combination of egg, fat, and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and other spices. Interestingly, the alcoholic content in this dish also helps prevent the pudding from spoiling as its often left to age for a month or longer.

Assuming you’re not the pickiest of eater, we hope we explained some of these unfamiliar British foods well enough so that you’re interested in trying one (or all of them)! 


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5 Silver Lake Restaurants Every Food Lover Needs to Try

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Silver Lake, the aggressively cool hipster hideout a hop, skip, and a jump north of Downtown LA, is filled with things to see and do. There is any number of must-see landmarks, laid-back cafés, and trendy bars to explore. But for the food lover, the real draw of Silver Lake is the amazing selection of eateries it offers.

From casual and cozy spots to high-end establishments, there’s something for everyone here. Whether you’re in town for the weekend or a long-time Angeleno, one thing’s for sure, if you’re a food lover in Los Angeles, you won’t want to miss these restaurants.

1. Little Pine

Little Pine restaurant was once owned by Moby, and predictably, serves exclusively vegan fare. That doesn’t mean it’s boring though. You won’t find endless variations of raw salads and green juices on the menu here. Little pine is dedicated to serving up innovative and most of all hearty vegan food that even meat-eaters will love.

2. Boo’s Philly

If you’re looking for something that’s decidedly not vegan, but nonetheless delicious, then Boo’s Philly is definitely the place for you. Serving up a small menu of impressively large-sized subs, this causal little deli is a must-visit if you’re seeking the most authentic Philadelphia cheesesteaks this side of the liberty bell. Their hoagies have to be seen to be believed, and luckily, you can check them out at this browse link.

3. Botanica Restaurant and Market

For something quintessentially Californian, it doesn’t get much better than Botanica Restaurant and Market. Owned by two former food critics, the plates are healthy, organic, locally-sourced, and beautifully prepared. Using only the finest produce, and with an impressive selection of natural wine, this laid-back spot is great for a casual brunch or dinner with friends.

4. Alimento

Alimento is a Silver Lake staple serving up some of the most delicious Italian food you’ve ever eaten. Headed up by James Beard-nominated chef Zach Pollack, Alimento is a quaint and cozy little bistro with amazing wines and pasta to die for. It’s one of the pricier options on this list, but we’re sure you’ll find it’s most definitely worth every cent.

5. Ceviche Project

Although slightly niche, Ceviche Project definitely deserves a place on a list of food to love in Silver Lake. This tiny little restaurant contains an extensive and inspiring menu of Latin American inspired seafood dishes. Critics and everyday patrons alike rave about the amazing flavor combinations and fresh ingredients produced by chef Octavio Olivas. A great choice for an intimate dinner or date night.

Food for the Food Lover

In order to fully explore all of the best food in Silver Lake, it would take much more than 500 words and a much longer list. Silver Lake’s many restaurants are characterized by their attention to detail, fresh ingredients, and creative menus. What we’re saying is, if you’re a food lover, it’s not a bad place to be.

For more reviews and tips on where to find the best food, check out the rest of our guides.

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Singapore is the First in the World to produce Lab-grown Chicken

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It has been a grueling journey among scientists to produce lab-grown Chicken or chicken meat produced without the actual Chicken. With the help of science and technology, Singapore innovators’ great minds are the first to make this seemingly impossible task possible.

Current Chicken Production

Chicken is considered as one of the staples in every meal across the globe. The current chicken production is so vast that it even poses a danger to one’s health. Chicken farms are probably the most productive way to breed and raise chickens. However, because of the demand for Chicken, chickens are in warehouses that pose many threats such as fire hazards, public health hazards (because of virus and bacteria), and even worker safety hazards.

However, you can consider all of these dangerous threats to go away because breeding chickens without actually raising chickens is now possible thanks to a group of innovators from Singapore.

The first lab-grown Chicken

This December 2020, the Singapore Food Agency has finally approved a lab-grown Chicken or cultured meat. This has been such a success that this chicken meat is now on the menu of 1880, a famous Singapore restaurant. Other countries are now following suit in the attempt to grow their lab-grown chicken meat. One such country is Israel, which is attempting the same feat. However, the restaurant that will be serving this is currently closed due to the ongoing pandemic.

What is Lab-Grown Meat

Many people are currently skeptical of lab-grown meat and its health hazards, especially since this is a novel way of growing poultry. From a physical and cellular standpoint, lab-grown meat is identical to Chicken from slaughtered animals. Their cells are made from live chicken cells, but instead of growing them in a poultry farm, scientists develop them from a cell-growth scaffold in a factory. This process is also different from plant-based meats, which use plant proteins to create products that taste like meat. In this process, the taste is similar, but it is entirely different on a cellular level.

However, why Chicken, you ask? The same approach can be applied to pork, beef, and other animal products. Yet, scientists have decided to use chickens in the pilot session instead, and they did so strategically. First, chickens are considered one of the animals raised to be slaughtered in the United States. This can lure Americans away from raising and killing livestock and consider producing lab-grown meat instead. Second, one of the biggest challenges for lab-grown meat is the texture of the meat itself. For someone who loves steak, consuming a lab-grown steak without the texture can be quite disappointing.

For lab-grown products to grow, one has to get cells from a live chicken, and they do not need to kill these chickens to produce the meat successfully. This can gain massive support from vegetarian people to consume lab-grown meat. The chicken cells are then submerged into a growth solution that allows the cells to multiply. Indeed, this is a huge step to boost food production sustainability and do away with livestock and poultry farming that poses health hazards with science and innovation.

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Unique Japanese Christmas Treat: KFC Chicken!

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One of the holiday season hallmarks, especially during Christmas Eve, is a sumptuous feast joined by family members. This tradition is celebrated across the globe, including Japan. Let us take a look at how the Japanese celebrate their Christmas Eve.

Unique Christmas Meal

Colonel Sanders seems to be making a buzz this year with his controversial movie and his famous Kentucky Fried Chicken Recipe as a Japanese Christmas treat! Yes, you heard that right! KFC for Christmas? It is one of the unique traditions in Japan that makes for a beautiful Christmas.

The Origins: KFC as a Japanese Christmas Treat

Buying KFC chicken as part of the Japanese Christmas Eve menu is very typical according to some local Japanese folks, including Naomi, who have waited in line practically the whole afternoon to purchase a KFC party barrel which is comprised of heaps of KFC chicken, coleslaw, mashed potato, and even a Christmas cake! According to Naomi, this is a tradition she took up even from her parents, who had the same habit of buying the KFC Party Barrel for Christmas Ever. Apparently, Naomi is one of the many local Japanese folks who partake in this unique Christmas tradition.

Happy Holidays from Colonel Sanders

So how exactly did KFC become a popular tradition in Japan? This dates back to the 1950s after World War II, where Japan was slowly bouncing back from its economic setbacks from the war. According to a history expert, Japan was in a place where their economic power was slowly building up, and they were able to indulge in consumer culture. Because of the Western influence, the US was something that Japan adhered to and looked up to – and it was also during this time that western restaurants started setting up franchises on Japanese soil. The likes of Mister Donut, Pancake House, and Baskin-Robbins began to establish their western roots in the Asian country, and KFC was no exception. KFC first launched its restaurant in Nagoya, Japan, back in 1970. Ten years later, KFC expanded to over 300 stores across the country and made over $200 million per year.

During the early 1970s, Japan did not have an established Christmas tradition as less than 1% of the Japanese population identified themselves as Christians. KFC saw this as a huge gap and a marketing strategy. It launched its “Kentucky for Christmas” campaign, which markets a KFC meal during the holiday season as a way for families to bond together over good food. They have also launched the party barrel, which was a perfect Christmas feast for the Japanese families.

However, there are conflicting stories on how KFC became a Christmas tradition. One perspective mentioned that KFC falsely advertised that KFC was the usual holiday meal in the United States to boost its sales. Another story noted that a foreigner visiting Japan requested KFC to deliver their world-famous chicken using a Santa suit. Others said that the chicken was a replacement for turkey for the western celebration of thanksgiving.

No matter the origins of how KFC became a favorite Christmas eve meal, it seemed to have worked because sales are up to during the holiday season. KFC raised $63 million from December 20 to 25 in 2018 alone! People also started to get in line beginning December 23 to taste the yummy KFC chicken with 11 secret herbs and spices.

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