Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Top Five Best Restaurants in Napa Valley


When visiting Napa Valley there are a number of delicious restaurants to choose from, satisfying even the pickiest of eaters. Here are some of the best restaurants you can dine at while visiting the city of wine!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Wedding Bars

As a young adult, I always jump for joy when I knew a wedding was going to have an open bar. And I’m not talking about an alcoholic bar, which don’t get me wrong, is great, but I am a big fan of the food bars that many of my friends have done. They are best done as a post-dinner snack to make sure wedding guests don’t get too much alcohol in their system and are great if you’ve been dancing your ass off all night. Here are a few of my favorite wedding food bar ideas:

Potato Bar

Baked potatoes, tater tots, and fries would all fall under this category. For the baked potatoes, you can have all of the fixings, such as sour cream, butter, bacon, scallions, cheese, bacon and so much more! Dipping sauce is about all you need for tater tots and fries to make your guests happy. Either way, it is delicious and when you’ve been dance so much, you deserve to indulge in some extra calories, outside of the cake, of course.

Breakfast Bar

First of all, who doesn’t love bacon? Second, this is a perfect late night snack idea. Throw in some eggs and maybe some French toast sticks and you will have a lot of satisfied guests. Unfortunately, a breakfast bar might be on the higher end in cost. A very similar idea is a waffle bar, which probably costs a little bit less. Give guests a variety of toppings such as fruit, peanut butter, Nutella, whipped cream, and of course syrup. 

Appetizers Bar

Any finger food appetizer is fair game for this bar. The key to that is finger food because people won’t want to sit down and eat something if there is still a party going on out on the dance floor. Quick appetizers such as mozzarella sticks, breadsticks or pretzel sticks, potato skins, or even wings — which could also be great as their own bar.

Dip Bar

Have everyone in your family name their favorite dip and put it on a table. Crowd pleasers would likely include spinach and artichoke dip, queso, hummus, guacamole, and salsa. Be sure to include tortilla chips, pita bread, or even veggies for dipping. 

Popcorn Bar
Easy and yummy! This is probably a favorite among the guests due to how easy it is. If you put the popcorn in disposable bowls, guests can grab one and walk away from the table. This will help prevent a ridiculously long line too. 

This post provided by The Perfect Card Box, creators of beautiful wedding card boxes.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Classic Bars Near the Berkshires of Massachusetts

Each city throughout the United States is known for something, usually a type of attraction, the nightlife or its wonderful food. The Berkshires of Massachusetts are known for a lot of things, like horseback riding, farmers' markets, museums, and festivals. Additionally, the Berkshires are sprinkled with unique bars and taverns.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Dining Destinations in Maine

Seafood, bars, and classic grills.
That's exactly what the state of Maine is known for. From fancy dining to rustic seaside bar and grill atmospheres, Maine has some of the best eateries around. With a high volume of lobster and clams, Maine's seafood cuisine tops seafood restaurants along the coast. In fact, Maine is so well known for its seafood, that shoppers and restaurant-goers can now track when and where their fish was caught off the coast of Maine. From the sea to the plate, Maine's cuisine is like no other.

Here are some of the best restaurants to visit while in Maine to experience this kind of unique dishes in a completely exclusive environment.

40Paper - An Italian Bistro and Bar
This Maine restaurant dubs itself both a traditional bistro and modern bar. With hand-made pasta and European influences, 40Paper provides an elegant yet fresh experience with Italian-style dishes. This restaurant teams up with farmers and and local growers to supply quality ingredients. 40Paper relies on a healthy, relaxing dining experience for its guests.

The dinner menu includes items ranging from pasta and pizza to steak and ribs.

Long Lake Sporting Club - A Restaurant and Lounge
This is a family-owned restaurant of 35 years and strives for an excellent dining experience for its guests. Like any great sports bar and grill, Long Lake Sporting Club serves steak, ribs, clams, shrimp, jump lobster and much more for the seafood-enthusiast.

Pai Men Miyake - A Japanese Restaurant
This restaurant in Portland focuses on ramen with broths with pork, chicken, and vegetables. This is a much more casual dining option in Maine but with great food nonetheless. With classic Asian dishes ranging from shrimp gyoza to sashimi, this eatery is suitable for the cultured-eater.

Walter's - A Classic Portland Restaurant
If you can't decide a style of food to eat, this restaurant has unique dishes from land to sea. Inspired to cook Asian, Mediterranean and Caribbean dishes, the chef and owner strives to use fresh and global ingredients for his seasonal menus. The dining experience has a classic, elegant mood, perfect for Portland.

Some of the key dinner menu items are Forbidden Shrimp, duck, and Brick Chicken.

About the Author: Kelly is a guest contributor of Hartstone Inn and Dockside Guest Quarters, relaxing bed and breakfast destinations in Maine.

Monday, January 26, 2015

"SuperFoods" That Aid in Weight Loss

According to there are some foods that have been labeled as "Superfoods" or foods that are naturally high in nutrition. These superfoods  can aid in building bones, preventing chronic diseases, improving eyesight, improving your mind, and most interestingly keeping you slim.

Black Beans

Black beans are a great alternative for vegetarians and carnivores alike. A cup of black beans contains 15 grams of protein, but doesn't contain the saturated fat found in other protein sources, like red meat.


In terms of fiber, oats really are super! Just a half cup of oats has 4.6 grams of resistant starch, a healthy carb that works to boost metabolism and burns fat. 


Avocados are known for being fatty, but the right kind of fatty that benefits your body rather than hurts it. Rich in oleic acid, avocados may trigger your body to actually quiet hunger and also contain large amounts of fiber and protein. 


Salmon is a great example of a lean source of protein that helps you feel full, but doesn't add fat to your body. Salmon is rich in MUFAs with have been proven to increase weight loss.


Blueberries are a great snack or treat, with one cup only equaling 80 calories. Blueberries also help you feel full with 4 grams of fiber. 


Broccoli is known for it's cancer preventing properties, but is also very full of fiber and is less than 30 calories. 

Brown Rice

Brown rice a healthier, more fiber packed alternative to its counterpart, white rice. A half cup serving contains 1.7 grams of resistant starch, that boosts metabolism and burns fat. Brown rice is also low in calories but is heavy to make you feel full. 


Pears are full of fiber, just one pear equals 15% of your daily recommended amount of fiber. However, avoid peeling your pears because the skin is where all the fiber is located! 


Consumed in moderate amounts, wine has actually proven to increase weight loss. Resveratrol, the antioxidant found in grape skin stops fat storage. Studies have shown that wine drinkers have narrower waists than liquor drinkers and that downing a glass can boost your calorie burn for 90 minutes.


Studies have shown that eating half a grapefruit before each meal has helped people lose up to a a pound a week. A compound in the fruit can lower insulin, a fat-storage hormone, leading to weight loss. It is a good source of protein and is good at filling you up while being 90% made up of water. 

Kidney Beans

Kidney beans offer protein and fiber, more than 5 grams per serving and are also very rich resistant starch!

About the Author: Susan is a guest contributor from The Center for Optimal Health, a center for integrating healthy life style habits with the best of conventional and alternative medicine. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Breakfast Places for Breakfast Lovers in Davidson NC

For students at Davidson College, breakfast is served when they get out of bed—which could be 2 am or 2 pm. That’s why when you visit this charming town of Davidson half an hour from Charlotte, it’s oozing with all-day breakfast places serving eggs cooked in different varieties and greasy bacon and sausage  to satisfy any cravings. Breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day especially with the delectable dishes lovingly prepared at these restaurants.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Careers in the Food Industry

Chefs in training in Paris, France (2005).
Many people are passionate about food. So passionate that they decide that they want to make a career out of it. While there are many different types of career options for someone who wants to work in the food industry, we've highlighted a few that we think might catch your attention.


This one would be difficult not to mention when talking about careers in the food industry. Chefs can come from all different backgrounds. Many go through extensive training at culinary schools, where competition can be pretty tough. Many other chefs find ways to make it on their own with little external training, or learning from a mentor. Depending on the type of chef that you want to become, you may want to consider some form of culinary school from a respected institution.


Many people who start a job as a waiter or a waitress will often find themselves to be great at their job and they keep finding new opportunities to expand and develop their skill set. A talented waiter or waitress will need to understand everything the restaurant or food venue offers and should be able to make food and beverage recommendations based on a customer's needs. They also need to be able to communicate very effectively with chefs or anyone preparing food, as they will be the ones held responsible for the quality of the food served. While many waiters or waitresses learn from experience, many aspiring waiters or waitresses can attend hospitality schools to make themselves stand out from others on the market.

Food Quality Specialist

If you ever wonder how your food and beverages are consistently safe for you to consume, then you should thank a food quality specialist. They are responsible for making sure that food and beverages are safe to consume something as small as a restaurant chain to a region of the United States. There are plenty of positions available at the moment. Just go to a job search site like and use their job search tool for finding a job opening in your regional area.

Hospitality Manager

From deciding the structure of a menu for a restaurant, to how a food venue may be set up and designed, a hospitality manager will be in charge of a great deal of items related to the food service of a business or an organization. Hospitality managers are often found in hotels but will work in any environment that prides itself on providing excellent customer service as well as food or beverages.