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  • 0 10 basic Indian spices in Indian restaurant

    4.60 of 5 votes

    The Indian culinary practice is quite different from the rest of the world. With its ideal mix of taste and advantages, the spices and herbs allow you to experience the best of both worlds. Cumin (Jira) Jira or cumin seeds are a traditional Indian spice. They are generally fried in oil before preparing the dish and are consumed whole or powdered. They are used in most Indian dishes like potato curries, chicken curries, mutton curries, and paneer, among others.  Advantages of Jira The anti-cancer properties of cumin prevent cancer cells from increasing, and in one study, basil and cumin were found to be among the most powerful herbs and spices to fight cancer.  Luteolin and apigenin in cumin seeds are antioxidant substances that keep tiny free radicals from attacking healthy cells. People feel energetic, healthy, and young. It is believed that cumin oil has hypoglycemia properties that lower glucose levels in the blood. Cumin is used in herbal drugs to fight diabetes.  Traditionally, diarrhea patients were treated with cumin and in modern times. Cumin oil is a powerful agent for killing larvae and is also used as an antiseptic. Bacteria variants that many other antiseptics cannot control are also killed by this spice. It is used as a food preservative as people trust its ability to kill immunity damaging bacteria. Disadvantages of Jira Men who consume more than adequate agents of cumin may suffer from low fertility as it may reduce testosterone levels.  In some cultures, cumin was a conventional mode for aiding miscarriage. So, pregnant women or those women who are planning to conceive should be mindful of this. While cumin seeds help in relieving gas, they also lead to heartburn by releasing more gas into the gastrointestinal tract.  The narcotic features of cumin should be kept in mind while consuming the spice as it may cause drowsiness, mental clouding, and nausea. So, one should never overconsume it. If you are scheduled to have surgery, talk to the doctor before consuming large amounts of cumin seeds as they may lead to reduced levels of blood sugar. He/she may recommend against having the seeds a couple of weeks prior to the surgery for maintaining the blood sugar levels at the time and after the surgery.  Recommended Daily Quantity One can have 3 grams of cumin powder daily. 2. Turmeric (Haldi) One cannot prepare Indian food without turmeric as it is the most essential ingredient in curries. A spoon of powdered turmeric not only adds a dash of color to the dish but is also a great anti-inflammatory agent. Have it with some black pepper powder or whole black pepper to understand its full worth. Advantages of Turmeric If you are suffering from inflammation or joint ache due to rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, you should positively have turmeric as the anti-oxidants in the spice destroys cell-damaging free radicals in the body. However, do not try to substitute the root for medicines. Consume raw turmeric if you are encountering any digestive issues. The prime components help to produce bile smoothening the digestive system. Gas and bloating are also treated with turmeric. Consuming turmeric helps in maintaining the health of brain cells and keeping Alzheimer’s and stroke at bay.  Eat turmeric and the chemical curcumin will reduce depression provided you have already started taking antidepressants. Recover from hay fever symptoms like itching, sneezing, congestion, and runny nose by consuming turmeric.  Disadvantages of Turmeric   Turmeric should be avoided if you are suffering from bile duct obstruction, gallstones, or liver disease.  The most common side effects of turmeric are diarrhea, constipation, gastroesophageal reflux, distension, vomiting, and nausea. If you are ingesting immunosuppressant or anti-cancer agents, opt for turmeric with caution.  Recommended Daily Quantity Having 500 to 2000 of turmeric daily is beneficial.  3. Cloves Add warmth to your meat rubs and curries with this flavourful and aromatic spice. Masala tea, stewed pears, and pumpkin pie are some of the dishes where it is used.  Advantages of Cloves Antioxidants present in cloves decrease the chances of diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers by fighting free radicals that ruin cells.  Eugenol, the inflammatory compound in cloves, checks the body’s inflammatory response and brings down chances of suffering from arthritis. If you are encountering liver issues, cloves can help you from fatty liver diseases and liver cirrhosis. Stomach ulcers are the result of thinned mucus layers. Mucus protects the stomach lining and cloves can thicken this lining and reduce the chances of ulcers. Besides adding flavor to your fare, it is also rich in nutrients like manganese, carbohydrates, Vitamin K and more.  Disadvantages of Cloves Too much clove may cause hypoglycemia, leading to low blood sugar levels. Are you on blood-thinning drugs? In that case, do not have clove tea or clove oil.  Recommended Daily Quantity Apply half a teaspoon of clove powder with honey or five drops of oil with water to your face to ward off pimples.  4. Coriander (Dhania) One of the most essential Indian spices, coriander is the seed of the cilantro. Almost every savory Indian dish uses coriander in its powder or herb form. Be it soup, curry, drink, pickle, or chutney, the herb or spice is a must ingredient. If you like South Indian food, you have surely tasted coriander in rasam and sambhar,  Advantages of Coriander The antioxidants in coriander prevent free radicals from damaging the cells in your body. They protect the immunity of your body and also help it fight cancer. It helps to reduce blood sugar levels. The diuretic nature of coriander extract aids in flushing out additional water and sodium from the body resulting in low blood pressure. For healthy digestion, it is good to have oil derived from coriander. Its extract is utilized as a means to stimulate appetite. Coriander is rich in anti-inflammatory properties that protect from diseases like multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.   Disadvantages of Coriander In some people, coriander can cause allergic reactions like hives, asthma or swelling in the mouth.  Liver problems may ail you if you consume coriander seeds for a long time.  Recommended Daily Quantity It is suggested to have 1/4th to half a spoon of coriander powder on a regular basis. 5. Green Cardamom The flavor of cardamom is noteworthy in most Indian dishes. You should add whole, cracked pods to the heated up oil before cooking to get that distinct flavor. Biryani, Dal Makhani, mutton and chicken curries as well as jalebi and malai kulfi among others use this spice. Advantages of Green Cardamon Consuming cardamom can assist in fighting cancer. If you are dealing with high blood pressure, green cardamom may help you keep the issue at bay. This is because of the high amounts of antioxidants in the spice. According to some studies, the spice is diuretic in nature which means that it causes urination for removing water in different parts of the body including the region surrounding the heart. Indians have been using cardamom for thousands of years to aid people in digesting. You can combine it with other spices containing medicinal qualities and ward off vomiting, discomfort, nausea, and stomach ulcers.  Abundantly found antioxidants in cardamom prevent cell damage and inflammation. Antibacterial effects of cardamom are visible even outside the mouth and it is used for infections. Disadvantages of Green Cardamon Prolonged use of cardamom in huge amounts may cause unexplained allergic reactions on the skin or respiratory issues. Certain drugs like Aspirin, HIV medicines, antidepressants, and more may react with cardamom to create a negative impact.  Recommended Daily Quantity Take a couple of green cardamoms every day for good digestion and fresh breath. 6. Cinnamon Cinnamon is widely grown in the Western Ghats and is a favorite Indian spice. With its woody aroma, this sweet spice is added to everything from savory to sweet. Whether it is a sweet dessert, baked item, or a curry where the spice is used as a ‘garam masala’, it never fails to make an impact.  Advantages of Cinnamon Polyphenol, a powerful antioxidant, is present in cinnamon and, it fights cell-damaging free radicals. The most common cause of death in the world is heart disease and cinnamon can reduce the chances of risk of this ailment.  It also helps diabetes patients. The spice stabilizes good HDL cholesterol, it decreases triglycerides and LDL cholesterol. If you wish to recover from tissue damage and infections in the body, cinnamon is what you need.  Disadvantages of Cinnamon Cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon can lead to allergic reactions like itching sensations and swollen gum when ingested in large amounts.  Having excessive cinnamon can drastically decrease blood sugar levels, leading to dizziness, tiredness, and fainting. Recommended Daily Quantity You should not have 2 to 4 grams of cinnamon powder daily. 7. Mustard Seeds Mustard seeds are a common additive to Indian recipes and are often fried whole to add flavor to the oil. They are mostly used in Bengali and South Indian dishes. Advantages of Mustard Seeds Myrosinase and glucosinolates present in mustard seeds check the growth of cancer cells in the body.  Mustard seeds are helpful for people who suffer from digestion-related issues. The fiber in the seeds facilitates easy bowel movement, thus getting rid of indigestion.  Do you have migraines and headache problems? If yes, these seeds are precisely what you need. They have magnesium to relieve your body of pain and strain.  Selenium in mustard seeds re good for bones, hair, nails, and teeth. Also, the anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants in the seeds check bone, teeth and gum pain. For people having cardiovascular problems, mustard oil is a must. In Indian households, the oil is used to control cholesterol levels and decrease the blood’s bad cholesterol level.  Disadvantages of Mustard Seeds Applying mustard on the skin for a long time can lead to blisters and burns. Eating a huge amount of black mustard can cause issues like breathing problems, diarrhea, heart problems, or drowsiness. Recommended Daily Quantity Could not find 8. Cayenne Pepper Add half a spoon of cayenne pepper to introduce heat to your taste buds. It is also beneficial as a medicine. Advantages of Cayenne Pepper Capsaicin present in cayenne pepper offers health benefits like better athletic performance, relief from pain and reduced blood sugar levels.  Being a great source of several nutrients, they provide protein, calories, Vitamin C, Provitamin and more. Capsaicin also protects from certain heart ailments and reduces inflammation. If you add cayenne pepper to your food, the tendency to add salt will reduce.  Capsaicin is shown to slow down the growth of cancer cells or even kill cancer cells for a specific cancer types like skin, prostate, and pancreatic. Disadvantages of Cayenne Pepper Intestinal and stomach linings may get inflamed due to overconsumption of cayenne. If you are already encountering from the inflamed digestive tract or other digestive issues, it is better to have the spice in its minimum amount. If taken in excess, the acid-secretion of the pepper may lead to heartburn. Recommended Daily Quantity You can have 30 mg to 130 mg of cayenne pepper once or thrice daily. 9. Ginger Ginger is an essential component for most Indian curries no matter in which part of the country you live. It is mainly used as ginger garlic paste or ginger paste and consumed raw to ward off cough. Advantages of Ginger Ginger is a great recommendation if you are suffering from morning sickness or any type of nausea. Ginger is helpful to relieve joint pain and stiffness. Ginger supplements helped reduce body weight and weight hip ratio in people with overweight. Ginger may be helpful for people suffering from diabetes. Women with menstrual pain will do good by consuming ginger.  Disadvantages of Ginger Overuse of ginger may cause CNS depression. Overdose of ginger may cause cardiac arrhythmia. Recommended Daily Quantity Daily dosage may vary from 250 gm to 1 gram. 10. Fenugreek (Methi) Fenugreek seeds are bitter with several health benefits. The leaves are often used in curries for their less bitter taste and a maple-like smell. Advantages of Fenugreek Some compounds in fenugreek have anti-diabetic features. It helps in producing breast milk and its easy flow. If anyone has low testosterone and sperm levels, fenugreek helps increase them.  If you wish to lose weight, consuming fenugreek can lead to controlled appetite and reduced eating. It assists in monitoring cholesterol levels that in turn improve heart conditions. Disadvantages of Fenugreek People with hormone-sensitive cancer should avoid this spice as it acts like estrogen.  Pregnant women should not consume fenugreek much if possible as some of its compounds may lead to abnormalities in the newborn. Recommended Daily Quantity There is no specific dosage for fenugreek and the quantity varies according to your condition. For instance, if you are a diabetic, 1 gram of fenugreek daily is okay, but if you are having menstrual pain, 1800-2700 mg of fenugreek powder thrice a day for the initial three days of menstruation is a healthy habit. These are ten well-known and commonly used spices in the Indian kitchen. Get them and add them to your preparations to get a depth in taste and make the most of their health benefits.                          

  • 0 Depression and Death in the Restaurant Industry

    • by Abhi Chauhan
    • 11-12-2021
    5.00 of 1 votes

    63 % of chefs are depressed, and 74% are deprived of sleep, according to a recent study. Several others have been diagnosed with substance abuse disorder or have reported heavy alcohol addiction. Life in the restaurant industry is not just hectic but demanding as well. It is all about non-stop work for four to five hours, leaving no space for the slightest imperfection. This example is from my internship at the Taj Palace, New Delhi. On the first day of my training, my manager, Natalie Beale, told us that working in the hotel industry is similar to being a clown. You have to smile all the time, from the first guest to the last guest, whatever time it is. Just imagine, one kid is having the last party of the day, and the clown gets tired and doesn’t smile nor make jokes with the same energy. It would lead to the end of the GAME. It’s similar for the people working in the restaurant business. Give service to the guest as though it’s the last guest of your life and they are the most important person you are meeting. The hospitality industry is pretty different from other industries in several ways. Long shifts, late nights, weekend hours, a fast-paced work environment, the availability of free alcohol or at a minimum price, even lack of communication with family and friends and an extremely stressful work life are almost certain in the industry and largely contribute to its uniqueness.  People who are barely getting by and are often stressed, those who try to integrate into the society or have relocated to a new country form the majority of employees in a restaurant. Whether the employee is an ex-conman or a newly divorced mother, one can find the industry rife with people trying to get a foothold in society. Remember, restaurant staff refers to anyone from chefs to hostesses to managers. The owner, too, is a part of the industry. The constant pressure of online reviews, tight budgets, staffing problems, and financial fallout, among others, may cause depression, illness, hopelessness, finally leading to addiction or suicide. This is what makes the place diverse. Despite its diversity and promise to shelter such people, there is hardly any safety net addressing the mental health condition of these people. One of the most recent and heart-rending instances was the suicide of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. It came as a surprise to the industry folks. But, the truth is, constant pressure and demand for perfection take a toll even on the jolliest souls. This is, however, not a single case, and you may know someone who has been badly affected by the demanding atmosphere or has taken his/her life. Understanding this condition involves knowing the reason behind the increase in depression among people working in the food service industry. While pointing out a single cause may be difficult, in most cases, it usually is a combination of multiple triggers.  Causes of Depression in the Restaurant Industry 1.No scope to make mistakes or set a less than perfect standard Food is a product that gives no opportunity to make any error. Whether it is a pasta dish or a dessert platter, the end result should be superb and so should the preparation process. One tiny mistake and the entire preparation may spell doom for the chef and the restaurant’s future.   In the hospitality world and restaurants, customers do not request perfection, they demand it. If your performance does not suit them, they will not waste much time before shifting their preference to another restaurant, without any notification. It can be just one bad day at the service; whatever you created, would go down falling. 2. Rife with competition Food is a universal product, and therefore, it comes with severe competition. Food trends constantly alter and one must adopt the latest practices in order to stay in the race. Not only that, but knowing the most recent change in the competitor’s concoctions is also important. The hardest job in this business is to create loyal guests for your restaurant business but competitors would try everything to lure them in. They can give you half price offers, goodies and many other things. 3. Mental and physical demands Chefs do not have a normal 9 to 5 job. They are constantly moving and working for hours on end. They hardly have any time to rest and get ready for the next day. Additionally, it is not surprising that while the world makes merry on weekends, holidays, or vacations, the restaurant industry is still striving to serve its guests. So, it can be said that the employees and staff do not have much family time or ‘me time.’ Most of the time you need to be on your toes, which means people do like to attend the restaurant at the last second. Only 5-10 % of guests make restaurant reservations before dining out. 4. Sudden Issues like COVID-19 Some problems in the restaurant industry are sudden and uninvited, for instance, natural calamities, economic downturns, or pandemics. The COVID-19 outbreak of 2020-21 led to the failure of several eateries and restaurants that could not thrive during the emergency lockdown. With most people cooking food at home and not going to work, the demand for restaurant food declined and the establishments found themselves at the receiving end of merciless ignorance. Many restaurants closed down and others lost employees to the pandemic. The ones that were shut had to let their human resources go with little or no severance package. Those employees had no option for interviews at that time and some of them chose to end their lives out of frustration. Depression kept eating its way inside the minds and souls of the industry people and fear of contagion ensured people would stay away from each other. Loneliness and frustration were having a heyday at the cost of human life. The condition became so critical that after the lockdown was lifted in some areas, the restaurants had to make do with local resources as the previous employees had left for their native places during the pandemic and could not travel to work again.  Here is a list of organizations dedicated to fighting depression and suicides. I am providing here information given by my friend, John Miller, in the USA, Country Club. 1. Chefs with Issues Chefs with Issues is a creation by Kat Kinsman, who noticed off the record remarks by chefs she interviewed. Many told her about the struggles they and their colleagues were facing with mental issues. The website was started to lend an ear to the pains of these chefs and other employees in the industry. It also offers resources from employees to deal with the challenges of restaurant life.  2. Ben’s Friends Ben’s Friends began when two restaurant staff came up with the idea after their colleague, Ben, killed himself because of depression and anxiety. They did not want anyone else to go through the same difficulties, and so, they try to support those encountering addiction and substance abuse.  3. A Sip of Paradise Founded by Keyatta Mincey-Parker, A Sip of Paradise provides a safe and healthy space for bartenders to recharge their minds by removing stress and anxiety. They can visit their communal space and grow their own fruits and veggies. Members can work collective and individual plots and meditate. 4. The Burnt Chef Project The Burnt Chef Project was launched in 2019 to alleviate mental health taboos within the industry. The organization sells branded merchandise and accepts donations to destigmatize issues of mental health. The amount received is used to fund mental health programs and resources useful for the wellbeing of the industry staff. Such resources are in-person and online training, 24/7 text support line, and human resource support accessibility. Restaurant owners and other staff should take depression and anxiety seriously before they turn to drug abuse and finally suicide. Listening to and paying heed to the problems of the staff is essential in order to bring solace to their minds and souls.   Attention: We are looking for sponsorship for your platform. If you are interested, [email protected]    

  • 0 Types of Restaurant Insurance for your business

    5.00 of 1 votes

    One thing is shared among all businesses, irrespective of what they deal in, the urge to run a secure business. One of the many ways to do so is to buy insurance. Restaurants, too, should have insurance. No matter how big or small your venture is, what format you follow (whether it is a take-away of a big restaurant), never ignore buying insurance. The restaurant business is challenging to handle and comes with its fair share of hurdles. You have to maintain good relations with several stakeholders and strive to perform the best. However, like all businesses, this one too has risks, and insurance acts as a safety belt to protect you and keep you buoyed in case of problems. Who Needs Restaurant Insurance? Cafes/Coffee Shops Fast Food Restaurants Ice Cream Shops Fine Dining Facilities Full-Service Restaurants Caterers Cafeterias Pizza Shops In this article, you will learn the various types of insurance that can save you from financial loss. General Liability Insurance It protects your restaurant business against legal expenses and other fees related to lawsuits that may arise if a guest suffers bodily injury or there is property damage at your establishment during its working hours. For instance, someone gets injured after slipping on the floor and gets a concussion, or one of your staff accidentally spills a hot liquid on a guest's hand, leading to burns. In such circumstances, the physical, medical, and psychological damages will be covered by this insurance.  Liquor Liability Insurance If your restaurant offers alcohol, buying liquor liability insurance is of prime importance. It helps to cover legal, medical, and property damage costs when an intoxicated person causes harm to something or someone. In fact, it is essential to get a liquor license. A drunk guest may hit another guest, or hit his own head on a table, or break glassware. The other guest or the self-harming guest may file a lawsuit. At such times, this insurance can significantly decrease your risk. Restaurant Auto Insurance Commercial auto insurance aids in covering vehicle repairs if you or one of your employees are found to be guilty of a vehicle accident. The mode of transport used maybe a company vehicle, the employee's own vehicle. Take, for example, your employee goes to pick some items for the restaurant or delivers something to a customer. On the way, he gets involved in a car accident, and it turns out that he is responsible for it. What do you do then? Repair charges are hefty, and so it is best to use your auto insurance.  Restaurant Property Insurance Business property insurance helps to cover the replacement cost of things inside the building or the building itself if an unexpected occurrence takes place. As an example, you can think of a situation in which a pipe bursts and your newly decorated restaurant is wholly destroyed. Break-ins and fire are other potential hazards you may face, and if your property is covered by an insurance policy, you can save yourself from a huge expense that might as well put you out of business.  Workers Compensation Coverage Workers' compensation insurance pays for lost salaries and medical costs when an employee suffers from illness or injury while on the job. Talk to your insurance agent to know in detail about the policy's norms. The insurance is helpful for both you and your employee. Consider that one of your staff burns his hand during dinner rush hour. You will have to pay for the medical and rehab care if you are not covered by the workers' compensation coverage. If the employee is affected seriously, the insurance can also cover long-term disability expenses.  Loss of Income Insurance The loss of income insurance is a backup plan when your business is closed owing to a claim, and you cannot operate it. This means you cannot serve customers and are unable to generate income, which can cause you trouble. With the insurance in place, you can carry on with the expenses falling under the policy, such as taxes, payroll, and more.  Food Contamination Insurance Food contamination insurance aids in covering costs when your food is mishandled, stored in an improper manner, or carries germs. If your food makes people unwell, the consequences are your establishment will be closed for inspection, and you will lose income. With a policy, you can pay for the expenses to get clean equipment, a well-maintained setup, and make up for the lost income during shutdown. These are the significant kinds of insurance your restaurant must have. Indeed every restaurant is different, and its insurance needs will vary depending upon its format, size, and many other factors. Get in touch with an experienced insurance agent to learn about the types of insurance your restaurant will require. How much can restaurant insurance cost? Restaurant insurance costs depend on the risks that your restaurant business faces, like: * Type of restaurant * Location of the restaurant * Payroll and employees jobs profile * Types and Number of vehicles used at work Thanks a lot for reading the article. If you have any questions, please message [email protected]  

  • 0 The Restaurant Academy Cocktail List

    5.00 of 1 votes

    Iceland Special Blue Lagoon (old fashioned) 3cl vodka 3cl lemon juice 3cl simple syrup (sugar syrup) 2cl blue curacao Mix all ingredients except blue curacao into the shaker. Strain into Old fashioned filled with crushed ice. Pour carefully blue curacao on top. Garnish with a lemon twist and/or maraschino cherry. Glacier Lagoon (Martini Glass) 3cl white rum 3cl white cacao 3cl salty lemon vodka Mix all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass Make “iceberg” out of whipped cream and place in the center of cocktail Pour a dash of Blue Curacao to give it a blue “icy” look. Northern Lights (Tall curvy glass)  3cl vodka 2cl melon liqueur 2cl apple sour 2cl lemon juice Soda Grenadine Mix all ingredients, except soda and grenadine in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with soda and a dash of grenadine Garnish with cherry. Solsetur (Champagne flute) 7.5 sparkling wine( Cava) 5cl orange juice. Pour sparkling wine first and then add orange juice Put a dash of triple sec and grenadine. Bardabunga (Martini Glass)  3cl Gin 3cl Abricot Brandy 3cl Passion fruit liqueur/Passoa Juice of half a lime Mix all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass Garnish with a slice of lime. Mojito 3 Cl Bacardi Rum 8-10 Lime cut in quarters 6-8 mint leaves  Crushed ice Put lime and mint leaves broken in half together in the glass. Muddle it gently. Add Bacardi rum. Fill the glass with crushed ice. Stir it slowly. Fill the rest of the glasses with ginger ale/soda. Top up the glass with crushed ice. Garnish it with a mint. Free cocktail list Acapulco (High ball) 4cl tequila 4cl grapefruit juice 8cl pineapple juice Mix all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a highball glass Garnish with pineapple leaf. American Grog (Toddy glass) HOT DRINK 4cl white rum 3cl lemon juice 2 mixing spoons white sugar Cinnamon stick 2-3 cloves Place ingredients in a toddy glass.  Add a slice of lime, cinnamon stick, and cloves Top glass with boiling water and serve immediately. Apple Martini (Martini glass) 4cl vodka 3cl apple sour 3cl apple juice Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice Serve in a chilled martini glass and garnish with a piece of apple.   Aquamarine (high ball) 3cl vodka 2cl peach schnapps/liqueur 12cl apple juice Dash of blue curacao Shake all ingredients and pour in a glass filled with ice. Bahama mama (High ball) 2cl dark rum 2cl Malibu Coconut 5cl orange juice 5cl pineapple juice Dash of Martini Rosso Shake all ingredients and serve in a glass filled with ice. Berry blush (high ball) 4-5 strawberries 4cl vodka 4cl cranberry juice 1cl lemon juice 1 teaspoon sugar cane syrup Soda water Muddle strawberries in the bottom of the shaker Add ice and all ingredients and shake. Strain into a glass filled with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with strawberry. Black Russian (old fashioned) 4cl vodka 3cl coffee liqueur Pour ingredients into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Stir gently and garnish with coffee beans. Boulevardier(Martini glass) 6 Cl Bourbon 1.5 Campari 1.5 Riccadonna 1 Cl Sugar Syrup Put all the ingredients with ice in a shaker. Shake it well and transfer it into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange wedge. Bloody Mary (High ball) 5cl vodka 9cl tomato juice Dash of angostura bitters (Or Fernet or Martini Rosso) Dash of Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, salt and pepper Mix all ingredients straight into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with tomato and something green.  Caipirinha (old fashioned) 2 spoons of white sugar 1 whole lime 6cl cachaca (if out of cachaca, use Havana Club Anero Blanco) Muddle lime and sugar in a glass part of the shaker.  Fill with crushed ice and shake.  Pour into old fashioned glass.  Garnish with mint or lime. Coffee Nudge (Toddy glass) HOT DRINK 1 teaspoon of white sugar 3cl cognac 1 teaspoon of coffee liqueur 1 teaspoon of brown creme de cacao 6cl of hot espresso coffee Pour all ingredients straight in a toddy glass. Stir and serve immediately. Cosmopolitan (Martini glass) 3cl vodka 2cl triple sec Juice of a half lime 4cl cranberry juice Pour all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass Garnish with a slice of lime. Daiquiri (Martini glass) 6cl white rum Juice of half a lime Dash of simple syrup Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass Garnish with lime wedge/twist. Dirty Martini (Martini glass) 7cl gin/vodka 1.5cl dry vermouth 2 teaspoons of olive water Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker Strain into a chilled martini glass. When chilling the glass, pour a little dry vermouth in the glass, and twirl it around a bit. Ask guests if they want it shaken or stirred. Ginger Birch (Old Fashioned) Fill 1/5 of the glass with beer Add: 3cl Birkir  2cl Björk Juice of half a lime Fill with crushed ice. Top with ginger ale and stir gently. Garnish with a lemon twist. Gramble (old fashioned)  5cl gin 3cl lemon juice 1.5cl simple syrup 1.5cl creme de cassis Mix all ingredients, except creme de cassis, into the cocktail shaker. Strain into old fashioned filled with crushed ice. Float creme de cassis on top and garnish with a cherry You can also try and pour the creme de cassis into the old fashioned glass before filling it with crushed ice. Gimlet (Old fashioned) 6cl gin or vodka 2cl simple syrup 2cl lemon juice Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a glass filled with ice cubes Garnish with a lime/lemon wedge. Grasshopper (martini glass) 2cl creme de menthe 2cl creme de cacao – white 2cl fresh cream Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass Garnish with mint leaves and chocolate. Irish coffee 1 cup hot coffee 2 Tbs. brown sugar 3 ml Irish whiskey Cream  Hot coffee into warmed glass until it is about ¾ full. Add the brown sugar and stir it until completely dissolved. Blend in Irish whiskey. Top with cream. Kir Royal (Champagne flute) 9cl cava 1cl crème de cassis. Pour the cava into the flute and add cherry brandy Kremlin cooler (high ball) 4cl vodka Juice of half a lime 1 teaspoon sugar cane syrup Pour all ingredients straight into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with Soda water and garnish with a lime slice. Long Island Iced Tea (Fat curvy glass) This drink can be made in so many ways. This is my way. I don’t care how you do it, as long as the main ingredients are used. 2cl vodka 2cl white rum 2cl tequila 2cl gin 2cl triple sec 3-5cl sour (depends on the person you could say) Coke Mix all ingredients, except coke, straight into a glass fill with ice. Top carefully with coke. Because the sour is a mixture of lemon and sugar, it’s very heavy, so if you pour the coke carefully, it will float, which gives the drink a two-colored layer. Some people also use a splash of orange juice Garnish with lemon or orange slices. Lemon drop (Martini glass) 4cl vodka 3cl lemon juice 2cl Cointreau/triple sec 2cl simple syrup Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker Strain into a chilled martini glass Garnish with a lemon twist. Mai Tai (Old fashioned) 4cl white rum 2cl dark rum  2cl Cointreau 1.5cl amaretto 1.5cl simple syrup Juice of a half lime Mix all ingredients, except dark rum, in a cocktail shaker. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Float dark rum on top. Garnish with a lime wedge. Manhattan (Martini) 5cl bourbon 2cl red vermouth (Martini Rosso) Dash of angostura bitter (in our case, a tiny bit of Fernet) Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass Garnish with a cherry. There are three kinds of Manhattan. This one, Sweet Manhattan and Perfect  In a Sweet Manhattan, you use sweet vermouth, and in a Perfect, you take 1cl of dry vermouth and 1cl of sweet vermouth. Margarita (Margarita glass) 6cl tequila 3cl triple sec 2.5cl simply syrup Juice of half a lime Mix all ingredients in a cocktail Strain into a salt-rimmed margarita glass Garnish with a lime wheel. Martini (Martini glass)( Always ask Olive or Twist) 7cl gin or vodka. (Normally gin, if it isn’t specified) 1.5 dry vermouth Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker Strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with olives Always chill the martini glass. Ask guests if they want it shaken or stirred. Mint Julep (Old fashioned) 6-8 mint leaves 6cl bourbon 2 teaspoons of white sugar Muddle the mint leaves slightly, with the sugar, so the juices will be released, not destroy the mint leaves. Add crushed ice and bourbon.  Stir and serve. (This is the mojitos ancestor) Negroni (Old fashioned) 3cl gin 3cl Campari 3cl red vermouth Pour all ingredients straight into an old fashioned glass filled with ice. Stir and garnish with an orange slice. New Yorker (Martini Glass) 4cl bourbon 2cl lime juice 1cl grenadine Mix all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass and serve. Old fashioned (Guess the glass) 4cl single malt (NOT MACALLAN 18, stay cheap) 2 dashes of bitter (Ask guest if he wants fernet or Martini Rosso) 1 sugar cane cube Splash of soda Put the sugar cane cube in the middle of the glass and add the bitter and soda. Muddle sugar cane cube till dissolved. Fill glass with ice and add rest of the ingredients Garnish with an orange twist and cherry. Pina Colada (Margarita glass) 6cl Pineapple juice 4cl malibu coconut rum 3cl white rum 3cl milk 3cl cream Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker Strain into Margarita glass Garnish with a piece of pineapple and/or pineapple leaf.   Presidente (Martini glass) 4cl Cuban rum (Havana 7) 2cl dry vermouth 1 teaspoon grenadine Mix all ingredients into a shaker. DON’T SHAKE! STIR! Strain into a chilled martini glass Take the peel of an orange and squeeze it between your fingers, so it releases its oils into the cocktail, but do NOT garnish with this Garnish with a cherry and serve. Rudolph (Toddy Glass) HOT DRINK (by lé moi) 2cl amaretto 2cl Galliano 2cl cinnamon syrup 1cl lemon juice  Fruit tea Add all ingredients into a toddy glass and fill up with boiling hot fruit tea Garnish with a cherry. Rusty nail (Old fashioned) 6cl single malt 3cl Drambuie Pour ingredients into a glass filled with ice. Stir and serve. Singapore Sling (Tall curvy glass) 5cl gin 3cl cherry brandy 1cl grenadine 1cl lemon juice 1cl benedictine Soda water Mix all ingredients, except soda, in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with soda and garnish with a cherry.

  • 0 Indian Food Box Restaurant Journey In Iceland

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    If you hear Bollywood music in the background and any cricket match on the television in a restaurant located in Iceland, you know you have landed in an Indian Food Box restaurant. The hardest assignment in my life so far  is to run the Indian Food Box.  Together, we have 40+ years of combined experience in this industry, but the first year of running this restaurant has involved endless learning. Triangle of Death? 1. Coronavirus killing employment COVID-19 has hit the world and we wanted to start the running of a small business after getting unemployed from the hotel industry. It’s your call to either take easy money from the government support fund or you can go and do something on your own.We chose the latter. 2. No alcohol The alcohol sales percentage is 30-40% revenue from any restaurant business. Indian Food Box is located in Langirimi 21, Reykjavik which is a stone’s throw away from four leading schools. Getting an alcohol license is not hard but ethics has more value than anything in the world. We all decided to never sell any alcohol or cigarettes at this location. We are always trying to find new ways to create revenue for our restaurant. 3. Far away from Reykjavík Downtown We are 20 mins drive from Downtown by car and getting to our restaurant can be difficult. We get almost zero tourists through our doors. A big thanks to all the people who visit our restaurant, especially those living nearby. Future Plans Of Indian Food Box: 1. Stronger Indian Food Box group We would do more giveaways for the people who joined our Facebook group, once every month. We are also considering if we can create a code for our regular guests on our platform. 2. Indian Food Shop platform We are going to start online sales of spices, superfoods and sweets on our online platform. It took us one year to settle down and we feel we need to do something extra to create revenue. 3. YouTube Channel:  We want to create videos for our guests who are interested in learning about Indian cuisine on our YouTube channel. We would create videos with different cuisine chefs. 4. The Restaurant Academy blog platform Only some of the people know that I created The Restaurant Academy as a free educational online platform for students and people planning to work or join the restaurant industry from anywhere in the world. All my Master’s and Bachelor’s notes have been compiled here. We would be using it to share Indian cuisine information for Indian Food Box guests. Thanks a lot for reading about our journey and see you soon at Indian Food Box. Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2955308541384464 Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheRestaurantAcademy/  

  • 0 Terms and Conditions, Advantages and Disadvantages of Franchise

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    If you have decided to start a restaurant franchise, it is imperative to know about the terms and conditions and weigh all pros and cons for both franchisors and franchisees. This article also shows you the benefits and disadvantages so that you know if venturing into a franchise is the right decision for you or not. Before that, learn what a franchise is. Franchising or franchise is a process of distributing services or products belonging to a franchisor who sets the brand’s trade name, a franchisee, and a business system. The franchisee agrees to pay a sum to the franchisor as royalty and sometimes an initial fee for the permission to conduct business under the system and name of the franchisor. Terms and Conditions Intellectual Property and Trademark The franchisee gets the right to use operating manual and software systems. He can use the franchisor’s name, service marks, trademarks, slogans, logos, and other branding signs. For example, franchises of KFC all over the world. Duration The franchise document lays down the contract’s time period. Usually, such agreements are long-term with a minimum of a decade and a maximum of two decades as long-term contracts are beneficial for both franchisors and franchisees. One such benefit is the chance to protect the investment made behind an expensive venture. The parties can also extend a 10-year term for another ten years. Training and Support The franchisor is obliged to train and offer support services to the franchisee. This training starts before the contract commences and lasts for as long as the collaboration exists. For instance, McDonald’s offers training to a range of franchise employees like restaurant managers and crew members. Written and Signed agreements Any agreement between two parties should be signed by both parties involved. Despite being rare, handshakes or oral agreements do occur in franchising. But, owing to the lack of credibility, obligations, and rights are unclear. Location Selection Every franchisee chooses its preferred site. But, the franchisor can select the location and has the right to choose the standards for creating the premises like opting for the right furniture, upholstery, fixtures, landscaping, upholstery, and signage. Fees All franchisees have to pay a franchise fee at the start and then follow that with marketing or advertising fee, monthly royalty fee, and any other fee. The franchisee may have to pay for training its employees and their travel expenses during the training. Termination Obligations What happens when the franchise agreement expires or terminates early? The document will state what the parties must do to unwind the business relationship. Usually, this consists of a long list of specific obligations for the franchisee. These include the obligation to stop using the brand name, take down signs, return the operations manual, and pay all amounts. For Franchisees Advantages of Franchise Business Help One of the biggest pros of franchising for the franchisee is the business help the franchisor gives them. While some franchise agreements let franchisors provide franchisees with supplies, brand, equipment, and advertising plan, others may not offer everything. However, all franchisors provide insight and know-how into running the business. This may be in digital form, a handbook, or a call. Franchisees find this assistance helpful as they do not have to learn everything from scratch and have a helping at every step. Fame When you begin a venture, you have the onus to create a customer base and build a brand from the initial stage. Both take a lot of time. But, this does not happen in the case of a franchise business as the franchisor is an already established entity. As a result, your target customer is aware of your business and the quality as well as offerings to expect. If you think of starting a Subway franchise, you do not have to ponder ways for attractive advertisements. Just a company hoarding will be enough to bring you customers.  Lower Operational Cost The size of the business determines the cost incurred and franchisees enjoy the advantage of having a large network. Imagine you want to manufacture products and need raw materials. Your order will be comparatively smaller than a large business with franchisees. On the contrary, by being a franchisee, you can enjoy discounts that benefit the franchisees and eventually lower the cost of the final products.  Lower Failure Rate Chances of failure are bleak when you join a network as the brand is well-known, and you always have the network’s support. You will hardly go out of business as target customers know your offerings, and you are aware that the services or products you offer are in demand. High ROI You may have to invest a high amount, but you will definitely get back a high return. Also, profits are higher in franchisees than in standalone ventures as the former is popular. Enjoy the fruit of being your own boss A great benefit of owning a franchise is that while you have autonomy over your career, you receive full support and knowledge from the franchisors. Disadvantages of Franchise Network High Initial Expenses Even though the return on investment is high, the initial investment is not very pocket-friendly. This is all the more true for established brands, and small-time business owners may find it difficult to garner such a hefty capital. However, the good thing is, you can opt for franchise financing options to support your initial endeavor. Constant Expenses The costs do not stop at the initial investment. You have to constantly pay for things like maintenance of the entity, training, advertising costs, and royalty fees. It is better to add these expenses and others in the agreement to avoid issues in the future. Lack of Freedom A franchisee maybe the boss of his business, but he has to work and operate his entity according to the opinions of the franchisor and the policies mentioned in the franchisee agreement. The franchisor can control a number of things of a business depending upon the agreement like timing, holidays, layout, decor, locations, and more. This is done to maintain homogeneity among the various franchisees. High Chances of Conflict No matter how good the business relationship is, conflict of interest is bound to occur when one of the partners has a high position. In most cases, the franchisor has the last word. For a franchisee to act against the franchise agreement, the stakes are high as it has to spend a lump sum in legal battles. Some franchisors screen potential franchisees to check their management style and this gets irritating for franchisees at times. In the past, franchisees have closed down due to such conflicts. The closing down of about two-thirds of KFC outlets in the United Kingdom because of lack of chicken is an example. KFC had entitled the rights to supply chicken to a company with a single location. When issues emerged in that area, several outlets suffered and as a result, there was a temporary lull. Low Financial Privacy You will indeed get ample financial assistance and guidance by sharing your financial transactions. But, as a franchise owner, you may sometimes feel your autonomy curbed and financial information revealed. But, if you consider that as a path to guidance, it should not be a problem. For Franchisors Advantages of Franchise Network Growth and Expansion Starting a business is time-consuming and expensive. If, after opening one venture, you wish to open another branch in another location all by yourself, it will not be time-or cost-efficient. However, if someone shares your burden, the business gets easier to set up and handle. Therefore, you can conveniently spread the business in different locations without having to spend much money or time. Capital Despite the initial cost of starting a business, a franchise network gives you access to a lot of capital to start your next venture and expand efficiently. While you can take loans that are not always useful as you have to return the money with interest, a franchise business allows you to collect capital from franchisees without you having to invest much in it. Less Risk The amount of risk is also low with franchises as the franchisee owner puts his name on the agreement as the owner of the branch. Brand Awareness Enhanced brand awareness is one of the advantages of a franchise network. With a high number of locations, you will be noticed by a large number of people. As people start loving your products and services, your business gets more successful and you earn more profits. This situation is not only beneficial for franchisors but also for franchisees. Least Employee Supervision Hiring and managing employees is considered one of the biggest stresses of owning a large business. Franchisors, however, do not have to handle such pressure because they do not have to train individual employees. They only have to train franchisees. As the franchisor does not have to invest time in monitoring employees in various locations, he can focus on the business’ growth and not spend hours looking after the daily operations. In such cases, checking whether an employee turns up on time becomes the franchisee’s responsibility. Disadvantages of Franchise Network High chances of legal conflicts You have to be ready to handle conflicts and legal disputes when you sign close business partnerships. A well-prepared and lawyer-approved franchise agreement can save you from many a dispute with franchisees, but such conflicts may still arise. Settling them out of the court or through it is expensive and time-consuming, which can take a business through difficult times. The Tim Hortons franchisee dispute of 2017 caused the company huge losses. Lack of Total Brand Control Usually, business owners have full control over their ventures. However, in the case of franchises, the franchisor has to let go of the control. It is true that the franchise agreement decides a number of ways in which the franchisee will operate the business and the ways have to be approved by the franchisor, but how the franchisee will govern the business depends on him. These franchisees will act differently from you, which can be deteriorating for your venture. Huge Initial Investment People are always concerned about the initial investment incurred by franchisees. But, there is hardly any discussion regarding the expense suffered by franchisors. The truth is, the start-up cost of the franchisor is huge and you have to make sure to use it rightly. Government Rules and Laws Franchisors find dealing with government regulations difficult and a nuisance. But, they are made to ensure the franchises work fairly. However, the time and effort you have to give while meeting these regulations is back-breaking.  Like all business decisions, it is wise to decide if the franchise would be right for your business or not. Weigh its advantages and disadvantages to understand if you want to be a franchisor or a franchisee.  

  • 0 Restaurant Lingo: 101 Restaurant terms for Bartenders and Waiters

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    Liqueur A sweet spirit often flavoured usually taken after as an after-meal drink. Wine Fermented grape must(juice). Lager A type of beer made with bottom-fermenting yeast, containing more hops than an ale. Ale A type of beer made with top-fermenting yeast, containing fewer hops than a lager. Sake A Japanese brewed beverage made with rice. Ethanol Ethyl alcohol, pure alcohol, measured in % or ABV. Fortified Wine A wine muted with brandy-based spirit,(before), during or after the fermentation. Smoothies Fruits that are blended in a Hamilton Beach blender and serve like a juice but not strained.  Aperitif wine Wines that are fortified, flavoured with herbs and botanicals, and often served as a pre-meal drink. Beverage selection The process of determining which beverages to purchase and offer for sale in an establishment. Dessert wines Wines naturally sweet or fortified served with the dessert or as a dessert. Natural wines Wines then result from the fermentation of grapes without the addition of sugar and/or alcohol. Near beer A beer with a very low percentage of alcohol(less than 2.5 % ABV). NAB Non-alcoholic beer, a beer with less than 0.5 % ABV. BAC Blood alcohol concentration - Express the weight of alcohol per unit of blood. Rate of absorption The speed that the alcohol goes from the stomach and the small intestine into the bloodstream. Units A measurement to calculate the amount of a regular drink(one portion of alcohol). 8-10 g of pure alcohol. Impaired judgement Change in behaviour that a customer may have after having a few alcoholic drinks. Alcohol potency Alcohol strength.  Drugs A drug, broadly speaking, is any chemical substance that, when absorbed into the body of a living organism, alters normal bodily function. Medicine A substance that can affect the body reaction after the consumption of alcohol. Physical characteristics Characteristics of the person consuming alcohol according to the: age, size, fat and gender. Slowed reaction Time           Change in behaviour that a customer may have after having quite a few alcoholic drinks (Step after the impaired judgement). Decreased coordination Change in behaviour that a customer may have after having a few alcoholic drinks ( Step after the Slowed reaction time). Fake ID An identification card that was manipulated for some reasons. High-fat food Food than may slow the rate of absorption into the bloodstream. High carbohydrates food Food then may speed the rate of absorption into the bloodstream. Traffic light system A system used in bars, restaurants and hotels to indicate to the staff members if a guest is sober, slightly intoxicated or heavily intoxicated.  Julian code A type of freshness date found on a certain brand of beer; a six-digit code indicating until when the beer is drinkable. Adjuncts The second source of sugar; other types of cereals or fruits added in a beer. Barley A cereal used for certain beer making. Born on date When the beer was brewed. Draught(draft) beer Beer served from the beer tap. Fermentation A chemical process in which yeast is added to Sugar source; the yeast breaks down the sugar into alcohol, carbon Dioxide and the heat. Bloom Wild yeast, naturally present on the skin of fruits. Hops "Spice of beer" is the main flavouring ingredient in most beers, creating aroma and bitterness. Keg A selling unit of beer; a large metal cylinder containing beer that attaches to a hose in a draft system to be dispensed to the tap. Krausening The addition of partially fermented wort during the maturing stage of beer production to encourage a strong secondary fermentation.  Mash Grounded malt with hot water.  Milling Grounded(milled) malted barley or other cereals. Wort The sugary liquid resulting from the mashing process after racking or filtration.  Yeast A living micro-organism that converts the sugar contained in the malt into alcohol, carbon dioxide and heat. Light beer A beer, with a low percentage of calories. Aperitifs Drinks served as a pre-meal drink to open the appetite. Blend method A method of preparing drinks that uses an electric blender to mix drinks which call for solid fruit or ice. Bitters A type of spirit usually made from roots, spices, bark, berries, fruit or other herbs steeps in or distilled with a neutral spirit and used primarily as mixed drink ingredients. Bourbon An American type of whisky produced from a grain mixture containing at least 51% of corn. Brandy Distilled wine. Condenser In the distillation system, container for Cooling the alcohol vapour to a liquid state. Congeners The substance is other than the alcohol and water which are found in new spirit distillates to provide flavour and aromas. Continuous still A still that acts as a vaporizer and condenser. Also called Patent, column or Coffey still. Pot still A pot-shaped still used to distil the best spirits. Distillation A process which takes place in a still that uses heat to extract the alcohol from a liquid that contained both alcohol and water. Gin A compound spirit, flavoured with juniper berries and other congeners. Gin ahead In distillation, a device through which vapours are passed to pick up flavour. Proof A method in America to express the alcoholic strength. It is the double amount of % ABV. Rectification A term that implies a further treatment beyond distillation such as blending, colouring, flavouring, even distilled and adding water. Germination After the barley is steeped for some days, drained and spread on a mating floor. The seeds begin to germinate, sending out tiny rootlets, this generates heat, so the grain must be turn regularly, day and night. Eau de vie The French term for Spirit "Water of life". Fine A spirit distilled from wine in France to replace the word, Brandy. Botanicals Flavourings used in gin production. Demi-John(Dame-Jeanne) A large glass bottle, sometimes enclosed inside a protective reed or wood wrapper, used to stop the aging process for spirits. Alambic The French term for still. Cask strength Spirits not rectified with water after the second distillation. Cooperage The art of making oak barrels and oak casks. Grist Milled malted barley. Heart The middle cut after the second distinction (The purest part). Kilning Drying the malt in a type of oven called a " Kiln" for the whisky and beer-making process. Low-wines(Brouillis) The water-white liquid such an alcoholic content of around 25 % abv which result from the first distillation of spirits. Peat Type of earth(to replace wood) used in the kiln to dry and to give some smoky taste to the Scotch. Tails The end-cut after the second distillation of spirits. (Resend for distillation). Head The first-cut after the second distillation of spirits. (Resend for distillation). Agave The blue agave is a succulent, a relative of the lily and the yucca(not a cactus). It is the main ingredient for Tequila.   Camellia sinensis The botanical name of the tea plant. Early Grey Flavoured black tea with bergamot oil. Infusion(Tisane) Other plants than a tea-infused and served like a tea. (can not be call tea). Flavoured tea Black tea flavoured with fruits, oil herbs or other ingredients. Black tea Camellia sinensis are fully fermented. Green tea Camellia sinensis unfermented. Assam The world largest producer of Camellia sinensis.(India). Oolong Camellia sinensis semi-fermented(Taiwan). Dust The fourth category of grading tea leaves, the cheapest, even smaller than fanning. Broken leave tea The second category of grading tea leaves. (Broken leaves of Camellia sinensis). Leaf grades Type of tea leaves according to their size, from the smaller to the biggest. Fannings The third category of grading tea leaves. (Between broken and dust). Nicotiana tabaccum The botanical name of Tobacco plant. Given by Jean Nicot, France. Humidor A cedar box uses to store and to age cigars at the right temperature and the right humidity. Ring The paper brand place near to the head of the cigar. Bunch or Doll Filler and binder of a cigar. Foot The part if a cigar that you light. Head The part of the cigar that you place in your mouth. Hecho a mano Spanish term that means "Made by hand" used for cigar making. Vuelta Abajo The best terroir in Cuba for tobacco cultivation. Torcedor Cigar maker in Cuba. Cutter A cigar tool used to cut the head of a cigar. Guillotine A cigar tool used to cut the head of a cigar. Body The middle part of the cigar. Wrapper  The outside perfect leaf use to wrap the cigar. Veguero The person in charge of the tobacco cultivation. Curl or lower A wooden or plastic stirring stick. Bar strainer Sieve used strained cocktails made with mixing glass. BONUS TERMS: Jigger: A bar measure used for spirits or liqueurs. (3 cl and 6 cl in most countries). Dash bottle: A bottle of spirit or bitter with a special poorer. Angostura : A bitter call"The spice of cocktail". Gomme syrup : Sugar syrup made out of 50% sugar and 50% water, boiled and cooled. Siphon water : Tap water with carbon dioxide. Copita : The glass used for fortified wine. Pre-dinner drink : A drink(cocktail) to open the appetite before dinner. After dinner drink : A drink(cocktail) to drink after the drink. Hangover cocktail : (An after-party) drink(cocktail) drink to take off the hangover. Muddling : The cocktail technique used to muddle fruits. Mixing glass : A glass recipient used to prepare some cocktails. Layering : The cocktail technique is used when you want to layer different colour of liqueurs. Boston shaker : Shaker two parts(one in stainless steel, one in glass).  

  • 0 Types of Restaurant Insurance for your restaurant business

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    One thing is shared among all businesses, irrespective of what they deal in, the urge to run a secure business. One of the many ways to do so is to buy insurance. Restaurants, too, should have insurance. No matter how big or small your venture is, what format you follow (whether it is a take-away of a big restaurant), never ignore buying insurance.  The restaurant business is challenging to handle and comes with its fair share of hurdles. You have to maintain good relations with several stakeholders and strive to perform the best. However, like all businesses, this one too has risks, and insurance acts as a safety belt to protect you and keep you buoyed in case of problems.  Who Needs Food Insurance? Cafes/Coffee Shops. Fast Food Restaurants Ice Cream Shops Fine Dining Facilities Full-Service Restaurants Caterers Cafeterias Pizza Shops In this article, you will learn the various types of insurance that can save you from financial loss.  * General Liability Insurance   It protects your restaurant business against legal expenses and other fees related to lawsuits that may arise if a guest suffers bodily injury or there is property damage at your establishment during its working hours.  For instance, someone gets injured after slipping on the floor and gets a concussion, or one of your staff accidentally spills a hot liquid on a guest's hand, leading to burns. In such circumstances, the physical, medical, and psychological damages will be covered by this insurance.  * Liquor Liability Insurance If your restaurant offers alcohol, buying liquor liability insurance is of prime importance. It helps to cover legal, medical, and property damage costs when an intoxicated person causes harm to something or someone. In fact, it is essential to get a liquor license.  A drunk guest may hit another guest, or hit his own head on a table, or break glassware. The other guest or the self-harming guest may file a lawsuit. At such times, this insurance can significantly decrease your risk. * Restaurant Auto Insurance  Commercial auto insurance aids in covering vehicle repairs if you or one of your employees are found to be guilty of a vehicle accident. The mode of transport used maybe a company vehicle, the employee's own vehicle.  Take, for example, your employee goes to pick some items for the restaurant or delivers something to a customer. On the way, he gets involved in a car accident, and it turns out that he is responsible for it. What do you do then? Repair charges are hefty, and so it is best to use your auto insurance.  * Restaurant Property Insurance Business property insurance helps to cover the replacement cost of things inside the building or the building itself if an unexpected occurrence takes place.  As an example, you can think of a situation in which a pipe bursts and your newly decorated restaurant is wholly destroyed. Break-ins and fire are other potential hazards you may face, and if your property is covered by an insurance policy, you can save yourself from a huge expense that might as well put you out of business. * Workers Compensation Coverage Workers' compensation insurance pays for lost salaries and medical costs when an employee suffers from illness or injury while on the job. Talk to your insurance agent to know in detail about the policy's norms. The insurance is helpful for both you and your employee. Consider that one of your staff burns his hand during dinner rush hour. You will have to pay for the medical and rehab care if you are not covered by the workers' compensation coverage. If the employee is affected seriously, the insurance can also cover long-term disability expenses. * Loss of Income Insurance The loss of income insurance is a backup plan when your business is closed owing to a claim, and you cannot operate it. This means you cannot serve customers and are unable to generate income, which can cause you trouble. With the insurance in place, you can carry on with the expenses falling under the policy, such as taxes, payroll, and more. * Food Contamination Insurance Food contamination insurance aids in covering costs when your food is mishandled, stored in an improper manner, or carries germs.  If your food makes people unwell, the consequences are your establishment will be closed for inspection, and you will lose income. With a policy, you can pay for the expenses to get clean equipment, a well-maintained setup, and make up for the lost income during shutdown.  These are the significant kinds of insurance your restaurant must-have. Indeed every restaurant is different, and its insurance needs will vary depending upon its format, size, and many other factors. Get in touch with an experienced insurance agent to learn about the types of insurance your restaurant will require. How much can restaurant insurance cost? Restaurant insurance costs depend on the risks that your restaurant business faces, like: * Type of restaurant * Location of the restaurant * Payroll and employees jobs profile * Types and Number of vehicles used at work Thanks a lot for reading the article. If you have any questions, please message [email protected]          

  • 0 3 Indian daily Superfoods to buy now

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    Superfoods are nutrient-rich food beneficial for your well-being. Please include them in your daily diet to enjoy a nutrient-packed meal every day. In India, a number of such foods have ruled the kitchens for generations, ensuring high immunity, health, and much more. Visit any part of the country, and you will notice the abundance and easy availability of these items. Indians shield their bodies with such food to ward off several diseases and infirmities.  Makhana  The 100X healthy version of Popcorn is Makhana. It's commonly known as lotus seeds or fox nuts, Makhana is a part of a lotus flower, and it is rich in iron, protein, zinc, carbohydrate, fiber, and magnesium. I call it God's Angel food as my mother used to consume it during fasting. You can make from it a few savories and sweets which can be consumed any time of the day. You can get free Makhana recipes at our store. Rock salt and raw Makhana are also a popular way of consumption.   Where can you buy Makhana? Indian Food Box eBay link: https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1313&_nkw=makhana&_sacat=0Makhana Recipes: Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel as I will put it on. https://youtube.com/c/therestaurantacademy How is Makhana made? After collecting the Makhana from the lotus flower, the seeds are cleaned, sieved for gradation, fried twice, and then manually cleaned until the white puff emerges from the dark skin, and there is no black residue left on the white puff. They are then packed to be sold. You can saute them in Ghee or just fry them in the pan. Benefits of Makhana Makhana has high amounts of antioxidants like chlorogenic acid and gallic acid that help prevent cancer, heart ailments, and Diabetes Types II. Antioxidants also decrease gout, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and psoriasis. Makhana is a rich source of nutrients like magnesium, iron, and calcium. Calcium supports bone health, reduces cholesterol and blood pressure level. Magnesium helps to contract muscles, synthesize proteins, and more.  Makhana seeds boost the ingestion of fiber and protein that assist in losing weight. While fiber helps you feel full, protein checks your urge to eat.  Lotus seeds can relieve a patient suffering from diarrhea for a long time as it contains the caustic quality that is good for appetite.  The sedative nature of the seeds assists in controlling and handling insomnia.  Enzymes in Makhana block your aging process by protecting and repairing weakened proteins.   Makhana's Side Effects : Despite the absence of any scientific data regarding Makhana's side effects, too much consumption can cause flatulence, bloating and constipation. Other side effects include gastrointestinal issues and allergies. Lotus seeds may also have heavy metals present in water, which can negatively impact the body. So, if you are undergoing treatment, consult your physician before eating the seeds.  Ghee  Ghee is clarified butter sprinkled over cooked rice, bread, sweets, and vegetables to create a tempting fragrance of cow's milk. Please remember there's a difference between day and night if you compare cow's milk ghee and buffalo's milk ghee. The food gets its name from a Sanskrit term meaning 'tempted'. Ghee is sacred in the Hindu religion, and it's also the true food of the food. If you are fond of Bollywood movies, you might have seen the pandits using it in wedding rituals. How is Ghee made? After boiling milk, its cream is separated. Once the cream cools, it is churned with a stick to segregate the water from the unsalted butter. Next, the butter is melted slowly over a low heat until it turns into a clear golden liquid. The foam and bubble emerging on the top are skimmed off, and the liquid is removed from the heat lest it burns. The still-hot liquid is then sieved to obtain a semi-solid substance, which is sold in jars. Secret Tips: You can even make it from Smjor in Iceland. The butter in Iceland is made from cow's milk, and you don't need to buy it. Where can I buy Ghee in Iceland? Indian Food Box FISKA   Ghee Benefits Ghee helps in increasing bone strength. The fat-soluble vitamins in Ghee also maintain the normal functioning of the brain and bones.   Consumption of Ghee at a sustained level serves to protect the body from a number of disorders by creating body tissues.  Ghee revitalizes enzyme secretion and improves digestive strength. It is easy to absorb because of its lower chain fatty acids, and if you suffer from weak digestion, you should consume Ghee. If you consume a spoonful of Ghee mixed with lukewarm milk, you can enjoy a healthy bowel movement.  Having a low amount of healthy fat, Ghee adds good cholesterol to the body. Unlike other fat forms, it does not lead to cardiac issues. Ghee Side Effects People suffering from heart diseases, stomach and kidney issues should not have Ghee. The fatty acid in Ghee leads to high blood pressure causing heart attacks. If you are overweight or obese, avoid consuming Ghee as it may cause you to put on weight and make you unhealthier. In case you are suffering from abdominal discomfort or jaundice, stay away from this form of butter as it may give rise to organ issues. Turmeric Indians have used Turmeric in food for ages, and the root vegetable is known for being an immunity booster. Turmeric is derived from Curcuma longa root. It consists of a chemical named curcumin, which may decrease inflammation. A lot of Indian people have memories of putting Turmeric on their injury, especially if you are fond of playing sports. Its bitter, warm taste aids in coloring or flavoring mustards, curry powders, cheeses, and butter. How is Turmeric made? Turmeric rhizomes are first cleaned thoroughly to remove soil, roots, and leafy remains. They are boiled in hot water for about an hour until an aroma is released and the rhizomes turn soft. The vegetable is then sliced to as thin as 3 mm. The pieces are then placed on a tray under the sun for at least a fortnight till they turn brittle. Electric dehydrators dry the turmeric slices at a temperature of 140 °F. The dried slices are then ground to create an attractive bright yellow powder, which is used in almost every Indian dish. Where can I buy Turmeric? Indian Food Box Any grocery store Turmeric Benefits If you have a cold, sip turmeric tea. Curcumin present in the vegetable protects you against viruses like flu and herpes.  Ingesting turmeric extract brings down lover injury in people having NAFLD or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (a condition in which fat generates in the liver of people who do not consume alcohol or have very little). You can take turmeric extracts along with some other herbal ingredients or alone to check pain and lead to better functioning among people suffering from knee osteoarthritis.  Curcumin in Turmeric is bioactive and fights inflammation. Antioxidants in curcumin neutralize free radicals owing to their chemical structure.    Turmeric Side Effects 1. When had in huge quantities, Turmeric may lead to digestive problems as the root vegetable stimulates gastric acid production in the stomach.  2. Turmeric features blood-thinning effects. Therefore, if you have conceived, avoid turmeric supplements. However, you may consume limited amounts of Turmeric as a spice.  Here are some Indian superfoods for you to know about and try. You will not regret your decision when you have them. Bonus: Thanks a lot for reading the article. I have attached my paneer recipe. You can make it at home or call us if you would like to have it. Please remember it's a hectic job. Abhi's Paneer Recipe  Time: 4-5 hours (1.5-hour mins cooking and rest time for pressing). Muslin Cloth: You can also buy it at Indian Food Box. Milk: 10 liters. Water: 500 ml (you can use it from carton box before throwing them). Salt: to taste. Lemon: 5-6 numbers squeezed without seeds. Coriander seeds: to taste. Black pepper: to taste. Paprika powder: to taste. * This recipe is enough for 12-14 portions. Add a little water first, add milk to it, and put on the medium flame. It can take up to 75-90 minutes, easily. You have to make sure the milk is boiling, and don't forget to keep on using your spatula to stir the bottom, so the milk doesn't burn. When the milk is done, turn off the flame. Add salt and lemon juice to the pot. Keep on stirring it for a minute to separate the milk and the water.  Take the muslin cloth and drain the liquid through it. You can add black pepper, coriander seeds powder (pungent smell), and paprika powder. Close the muslin cloth and put some weight on it. Minimum weight 10-15 KG. on the top. You can put water in the container to use as a weight. After four hours, the paneer would be ready.   Indian Food Box Contact Number: +3547864555.    

  • 0 10 tips for creating a successful Quick Service Restaurant business

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    Quick Service Restaurant is the present and would be the future. I have combined all the points to show how you can take your business to the next level. Before writing this article, I have interviewed 20 successful fast food owners from the USA, Switzerland, India, Australia, and Iceland. I have outlined only the most common 10 points provided by them. Big thanks to all the people who helped me with their valuable feedback. Please remember to read every point and see if you can apply these in your current or future fast food restaurant business. I have written this article with the assumption that you have some restaurant business knowledge. Restaurant’s Trademark, Restaurant’s Copyright, Trade Secrets and Patent Even if you are a small business, these things matter a lot. They cost some money but are vital and indispensable for your restaurant business. Trademark Copyright Trade Secret Patent Company’s name Menu designs Recipes Very hard to get it. Logo Marketing materials Customer and vendor lists   Name of menu items in some cases. Restaurants’ website Something special you do in a kitchen.   If you double-click the items above you can learn more about them.  2. Fast Food Restaurant means FAST and AFFORDABLE. People are looking for healthy and fast food. Always remember that people don't like to wait for a long time. If you are delaying any order by minutes, it can lead to a further delay for the waiting guests. You are also reducing your income, in short. Also, try to make sure you try to finish every order fast to get more business. Make sure you don't have items that can take more than 10 minutes to cook, as you can have a big minus in the income column.  3. Double-sided coin: Personalisation VS Customisation You must understand TAM (Total Available Market) VS SAM (Service Available Market). Example: You have decided to open a bar. You are living in an area whose total population is 50,000 people, and 35,000 are kids and teenagers. This means your target is only 15,000. Personalization: Creating every order by the guest according to their demand. Example: Subway. Customization: Fixed items made for the largest target audience. Example: McDonald's. How can you find a solution to this problem? Can you find a middle way somehow for your restaurant? It can assist your business. Example: For curries, you can ask the guest if they would like to have it spicy. 4. Add on value on Average Ticket Size QSR's average ticket size is small. How you can make the guest buy one extra item can make a difference of 20% sales revenue at the end of the month. Have you ever visited McDonald's and seen them saying 'would you like to have Fries and Coke'? These items have a low cost but a high impact on profit margins. Please remember that the QSR has the lowest margins amongst all the restaurants. Try to find sidekick heroes for your main course stars. 5. Entry Barrier in the Fast food business If you can create one, it can give your company a significant advantage over the current and future competitors. Maybe an excellent customer service like Dominos in 30 minutes pizza. A lot of restaurants have tried but have failed miserably while trying it. Perhaps the best example is Apple. Most of the Apple products won't work perfectly, or at all, with other products. An entry barrier is a hard one to create but can pay your company a big dividend. 6. Following your company The hardest thing in the 21st century is marketing. How you make them follow your company is a considerable challenge. If they are following you, less marketing money is needed. Try to do something here that leads to them following your brand. Create some urgency for them to follow you back by a Weekly Special (you can create a special menu once per week), or the restaurant can make a once per month free lunch for followers.  7. QUALITY game for fast food restaurant It's crucial to maintain food taste consistency as that is the only thing that will manage to build brand loyalty among your customers. Always remember here that people are ruthless in this industry, and one day lousy service can cost your company a lot in terms of reputation. People have the ability to move to a different brand without notification. Don't forget to say "THANK YOU" to the guest if they are your regular guest. The magic word is also their name if you can remember it. We love listening to our name when someone says it. 8. Food Cost and Menu Engineering The food sector is sustained by passion, but you need numbers to back it up. Please remember that food is a low percentage profit business. Food cost breaks a lot of companies. Make sure there's no food wastage, and the most critical part is food expiry. Think about putting every ingredient in the dish, and see if that particular item can be used to make another item. Items must be rotated fast. Food Cost: https://therestaurant.academy/food-cost-and-pricing-method Menu engineering would help you to decide the menu items that should be on the menu card and what should be taken off the list. Menu engineering: https://therestaurant.academy/menu-engineering 9. Sidekick for your QSR business Your business must have more than one way to create money. Restaurant incomes are low, especially in a QSR. Can you sell something on the side? Selling merchandise in a Hard Rock Cafe is an intelligent way of making money. You can even sell spices if you own an Indian restaurant. Can you open a YouTube channel for your restaurant business to be fruitful? Renting a restaurant for an event can also be a great idea. 10. Employees experience to customer experience (EX2CX) EX means employee experience, and CX means customer experience. Good employees can increase sales by 30% to 50% more. Always remember you have to teach them how to create this experience. It doesn't happen on its own. You have to outline the company's value, vision, and mission. Don't forget they have a choice to work for you or someone else. Make sure you should have achievable goals with them for their career path and also see if they are interested in it.  Bonus Point: Thanks a lot for reading the article this far. Here is the bonus point: KISS Approach (Keep It, Super Simple) Your head will be full of 1000s of ideas of what you can do to make money if your business is not producing enough revenue. Don't try to make the company complicated, or it could go bust early. Try to have monthly and yearly goals. Franchising should be your goal if your business is well settled. Think before you start the business - what are you looking for? Are you going to generate revenue through economies of scale (food sold in large quantities). Thanks a lot for reading the article above. If you have any questions, please send it to my e-mail: [email protected]        


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