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Food Gifts Today

and Tomorrow

Choosing the most appropriate present for a friend, relative, or colleague can be a difficult and time-consuming task. There are so many options, and there are gender specific, age specific and other types of presents. How can you be sure that the present you give will be well-received and appreciated? One way is to keep it simple while providing something useful. That is what Mexican food gifts are all about - keeping it simple and absolutely delicious.

How to Find a

Mexican Food

Store

Finding a Mexican food store in your local area may not always be convenient or easy. Depending on the area, you may find an abundance of these cultural grocers or you may be required to search other avenues for your needs. However, finding the appropriate store- front for your needs will improve your cooking and dining experience.

The Versatile

Mexican Food -

Empanadas

Empanada is a word, which means "wrapped in bread" in Spanish and these delicious little pastries are made by wrapping a round dough pastry in half over a filling to make a semicircle. Empanadas make tasty snacks at any time of the day and are popular throughout Latin America as well as in Spain

Why Are

American and

Mexican Food So

Different?

It is not news that the cuisine of America and the cuisine of Mexico are quite different things. Mexican food recipes, for example are certainly not very similar to those found in America. Strangely enough, Canadian food is rather similar to our own, as is often the case with neighboring countries - so why is the culinary tradition of our southern neighbor so different from ours? Mexican recipes use different ingredients than we commonly see in the average grocery store and create flavors, which seem exotic to American palates.

Eating out - first impressions

First impressions count and anyone choosing to eat out will invariably judge a restaurant as much on its appearance as its menu or prices. Bistro and café owners in particular must ensure a décor and building fabric that is both warm and inviting to casual passers by. Popping in for a coffee or light snack is frequently a social event to be shared with family or friends and nothing is more likely to put people off walking in than a shabby exterior or dirty interior. Regular refurbishment of the building is essential. The front door, signs, windows and entrance space are all vital components of the first impression. Of course, the menu should be prominently displayed with careful descriptions of the food and drinks available to entice visitors in. Aim to have at least 2 languages visible - Spanish and American - and mark any meals that meet special dietary requirements, such as gluten free or suitable for vegetarians. Sugar consumption is becoming increasingly important so highlight any sugar-free drinks. Of course, the food is important too! Old favorites will be the backbone of any menu, but innovation and experimentation leading to new dishes mustn’t be forgotten. The fusion of different cuisines and styles is hugely popular and is easy to try on special ‘themed’ days or events. The buzz created around a new menu can be more successful than any amount of advertising in the local press. Tables must be kept clean at all times and good staff training is key to maintaining a tidy and appealing appearance to any eating establishment, whether it be the lowliest road-side café or a Madison Park restaurant in New York. It should be an attitude of mind - if I want to eat here, then so will everyone else. Owners must have a rolling program of painting and decorating, planned to coincide with holiday closures. Front doors, front windows and entrance signs must be renewed or painted every 1-2 years. If that sound like a lot of work, it is! But remember that it is money well spent to maintain customer satisfaction and repeat business - both ingredients of a successful food catering business. Modern materials such as hard plastics, UPCV and acrylic present special problems. It is not generally not cost effective to replace old for new on an annual basis, so painting is the solution. For shops and restaurants that means paint spraying. Any attempt to use brushes or rollers will leave an unsatisfactory appearance. Although it is a job that may be done by an experienced do-it-yourself person, it is recommended that paint spray specialists are used for this work. After all, you wouldn’t paint your own car, would you! The video links posted below show a hard plastic front door being spray painted and a UPVC window frame being painted with grey paint. http://www.onsitespraying.org/spraying-services/doors-windows/ http://www.onsitespraying.org/spraying-services/pvc-window-painting/
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Eating out - first impressions

First impressions count and anyone choosing to eat out will invariably judge a restaurant as much on its appearance as its menu or prices. Bistro and café owners in particular must ensure a décor and building fabric that is both warm and inviting to casual passers by. Popping in for a coffee or light snack is frequently a social event to be shared with family or friends and nothing is more likely to put people off walking in than a shabby exterior or dirty interior. Regular refurbishment of the building is essential. The front door, signs, windows and entrance space are all vital components of the first impression. Of course, the menu should be prominently displayed with careful descriptions of the food and drinks available to entice visitors in. Aim to have at least 2 languages visible - Spanish and American - and mark any meals that meet special dietary requirements, such as gluten free or suitable for vegetarians. Sugar consumption is becoming increasingly important so highlight any sugar-free drinks. Of course, the food is important too! Old  favorites will be the backbone of any menu, but innovation and experimentation leading to new dishes mustn’t be forgotten. The fusion of different cuisines and styles is hugely popular and is easy to try on special ‘themed’ days or events. The buzz created around a new menu can be more successful than any amount of advertising in the local press. Tables must be kept clean at all times and good staff training is key to maintaining a tidy and appealing appearance to any eating establishment, whether it be the lowliest road-side café or a Madison Park restaurant in New York. It should be an attitude of mind - if I want to eat here, then so will everyone else. Owners must have a rolling program of painting and decorating, planned to coincide with holiday closures. Front doors, front windows and entrance signs must be renewed or painted every 1-2 years. If that sound like a lot of work, it is! But remember that it is money well spent to maintain customer satisfaction and repeat business - both ingredients of a successful food catering business. Modern materials such as hard plastics, UPCV and acrylic present special problems. It is not generally not cost effective to replace old for new on an annual basis, so painting is the solution. For shops and restaurants that means paint spraying. Any attempt to use brushes or rollers will leave an unsatisfactory appearance. Although it is a job that may be done by an experienced do-it-yourself person, it is recommended that paint spray specialists are used for this work. After all, you wouldn’t paint your own car, would you! The video links posted below show a hard plastic front door being spray painted and a UPVC window frame being painted with grey paint. http://www.onsitespraying.org/spraying- services/doors-windows/ http://www.onsitespraying.org/spraying- services/pvc-window-painting/