No-Tears Onion

 

 

Do you know that you can now chop onions without crying?

Alastair Findlay, a British farmer, is proud to say that his experiments in onions is about to end.

He claimed that he developed an onion called Asda Sweet Red which won’t cause odour on your breath and fewer tears will be shed when you chop them.

He started his experiments 20 years ago by tasting 400 to 500 onions every season in order to choose the perfect onion which he plans to sell in the market.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Experiment – testing of an idea
  2. Develop – make something new
  3. Odour – something you can smell
  4. Shed – pour out in small quantities or as if in drops

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What do you think of no-tears onions?
  2. Do you think people should develop these kinds of products? Why or why not?
  3. What are the other fruits would you like scientists to develop?

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Food Trucks

JAN. 31 - Food Trucks

 

 

Have you tried eating in a mobile restaurant?

A food truck is a large vehicle furnished with cooking equipment and utensil to cook and sell food. They are regularly seen in big events such as carnivals, construction sites, and sporting events as well as near the business and university district where regular meals or snacks are in high demand.

Some experts in American history believed that the first use of a vehicle to sell cooked food started in the 16th century where people used chuck wagons and pushcarts to sell food to all the people who are too busy to go in a restaurant to eat lunch. They first served construction sites, factories and others.

Nowadays, food trucks have evolved thanks to the modern technology. It has gained a worldwide attention and some TV network companies have created television shows to promote them such as “The Great Food Truck” and “East St.” Both shows feature food trucks and mobile food carts from all over the United States.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Furnish – to provide; to supply or to equip with something
  2. Utensil – an instrument for practical use (especially in a household)
  3. District – territory
  4. Chuck wagon – a wagon equipped with a cook stove and a stock full of food supply (for cowboys)
  5. Pushcarts – wheeled vehicle that can be pushed by a person
  6. Promote – encourage; try to sell or make publicity for

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Are food trucks or mobile restaurants popular in your country? Can you describe what they looked like?
  2. What kind of food do they sell in food trucks in your country?
  3. What kind of food do you want to buy in a food truck?

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The 8,000 Calorie Challenge

JAN. 19 451-illust_(Jan19)The 8,000 Calorie Challenge

 

 

Do you know the Monster Mega Breakfast?

A corner cafe in Somerset near Bristol is serving a huge breakfast that they call as The Monster Mega Breakfast. It is made with various types of foods like eggs, bacon rashers, black puddings, hash browns, potato fries, sausages and many more.

For just £15, we are given an hour to finish the challenge plus a choice of either a milkshake or an energy drink to wash down the meal. Since its launch last week, five people had already tried it but were unsuccessful.

If ever you complete the meal within the hour, you will be added to the “Champion’s Wall with a photo to commemorate our success and you will receive a free breakfast voucher, a mini trophy and a key ring.

For those interested to participate, they must be over 18 years old and must sign a waiver before starting. Sharing is also not allowed.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Wash down – to move or carry downward by action of a liquid
  2. Commemorate – call to remembrance; keep alive the memory of someone or something
  3. Voucher – a coupon or a document that serves as evidence of some expenditures
  4. Waiver – a formal written statement of relinquishment

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you think it’s alright to have this kind of challenge in a restaurant even though we have an obesity problem? Why or why not?
  2. Would you try this challenge? Why or why not?
  3. Do you know a restaurant in your area that has a similar challenge?

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Self-service McDonald’s

 

 

Would you like to design your burger?

McDonald’s is planning to give customers the option of using a tablet to customize and order their burgers soon. This new function is named as “Create Your Taste.” It will allow customers to choose from different selection of buns, toppings and sauces.

McDonald’s spoke person said that the program would be a huge hit to tech savvy and picky customers. Nowadays, millennials prefer to deal with computer, iPad and iPhone than to actually have an interaction with another human being.

This will be launched immediately in 30 locations in the U.S. over the next year.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Customize – make according to requirements
  2. Buns – a small rounded bread
  3. Toppings – a flavourful addition on top of a dish
  4. Tech savvy – having skilful use of technology, especially computers
  5. Picky – difficult to please; a very detailed person
  6. Millennial – a person born between the early 1980s to the early 2000s

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad one? Why or why not?
  2. Would you try this new system of McDonald’s if it becomes available in your country? Why or why not?
  3. Are there any fast food restaurants in your country that has a similar system?

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Foods That Can Make You Happy

DEC. 03 436-illust_(nov30)Foods That Can Make You Happy

 

 

What do you eat when you are sad?

People said, “We are what we eat.” Food affects our energy levels. It refuels us. The higher the energy we have, the happier we can become. Therefore, put a spring in your step and a smile on your face by eating these energy boosting foods.

  • Cauliflower

It’s a good source of Vitamin C for boosting your immune system and guarding off stress.

  • Lentils

They are rich in iron which is important so you don’t feel tired.

  • Squash

It’s full of nutrients needed by our body such as magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc. It’s great for energy, growth and our immune system.

  • Sesame seeds

They are packed with zinc which is an important mineral that helps our skin to look young and moisturized.

  • Oranges

Not only it’s full of vitamin C. They contain inositol, a type of carbohydrate that helps the body control the levels of serotonin and insulin. They help regulate our moods and cheer us up when we are feeling low.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Spring – move forward by leaps and bounds
  2. Boost – to increase or raise the level of something
  3. Rich – having an abundant supply of desirable qualities or substances
  4. Serotonin – a chemical in our body that affects our mood; some people consider it as the “Happy Hormone

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What foods do you eat when you are feeling sad?
  2. Do you believe that food can change our moods? Why or why not?
  3. Are you interested in trying these foods?

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The Best and Worst Street Food of South-East Asia – Part 2

OCT. 21 401-illust_(oct21)The Best and Worst Street Food of South-East Asia

 

 

Have you tried eating street foods from South-East Asian countries?

Here is the list of WORST street food of South-East Asia that was picked by food bloggers:

Cambodia offers fried spiders as one of their exotic street food. In the town of Skuon in Phnom Penh markets, vendors offer deep fry spiders to locals and tourists. Food bloggers said that this food is only for the brave hearts.

Balut is not for the queasy of stomach, according to food bloggers. This fertilized egg duck which is hard boiled is a popular street food in the Philippines.

In Thailand, there is a fruit that releases a foul smell. That is Durian. Although most locals in Thai said that the fruit is actually sweet. This fruit is also available in other south-east Asian countries like Philippines.

Additionally, Thailand also offers locusts, silkworms, and grasshoppers are their exotic street food. It’s widely available in Khao San Road. Tourists and food bloggers who were brave enough to try it said that they are crunchy and sometimes they tend to stick in the teeth.

 

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Exotic – strikingly unusual or strange
  2. Brave hearts – having or displaying courage; not cowardly or timid
  3. Queasy – feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit
  4. Foul – highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Have you ever been to these countries mentioned in the article? What kind of street foods have you tried which you think are the worst?
  2. What is your opinion about these worst Southeast Asian street foods?
  3. Does your country have street foods as well? What is the worst one in your opinion?

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The Best and Worst Street Food of South-East Asia – Part 1

OCT. 20 400-illust_(oct20)The Best and Worst Street Food of South-East Asia

 

 

Have you tried eating street foods from South-East Asian countries?

Aside from cheap living accommodation and travel destination, South East Asia is also known for its astonishing variety of cheap and delicious street food. Below is the list of countries, picked by writers and food bloggers, which has the best and worst street food.

Here are South-east Asia’s BEST street foods:

In Thailand, bloggers picked rice vermicelli with fish ball green curry as the best one. They liked the fish balls because they are home-made and small. The curry’s taste was perfectly prepared, not too hot and they can smell the different spices used in the dish. Other dishes that were also good are white or brown rice with spicy stir-fried crabmeat, som tam, tom yum and pad Thai.

In Vietnam, bloggers chose pho tiu, originally from China. It’s a noodle type dish that is salty, sweet, sour and spicy at the same time, capturing the essence of Vietnamese cuisine. Other delicious street foods of Vietnam are Pho, Hu Tieu and com tam.

Bloggers chose khao tom as the best street food in Laos. It is made of sticky rice, black bean and fresh coconut cream which they think is addictive in taste. It’s cheap, delicious and widely available. Other bloggers also chose Kaipen as the second best street food in Laos.

In Malaysia, Malaysians are proud of their assam laksa, a delicious fish noodle soup that is spicy and sour at the same time. Food bloggers find it challenging to eat because its spiciness and sourness is really high.

Lastly, in Cambodia, bloggers chose grilled roasted bananas. The sweet banana is wrapped in sticky rice that was cooked with coconut milk and palm sugar.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Astonishing – surprisingly great
  2. Bloggers – a person who keeps and updates a shared on-line journal where people can post daily entries about their personal experiences and hobbies
  3. Spices – any of a variety of pungent aromatic vegetable substances used for flavouring food
  4. Essence – the true nature of anything; the defining property or properties of something
  5. Addictive – causing addiction; being abnormally tolerant and dependent on something that is habit-forming

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Have you ever been to these countries mentioned in the article? What kind of street foods have you tried?
  2. What is your opinion about South-east Asian street foods?
  3. Does your country have street foods as well? What is the best one in your opinion?

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Low-Fat Foods That Aren’t Really Helpful

SEPT. 30 381-illust_(Sep30Accidental Discoveries- Greatest Invention

 

 

Do you like to eat low-fat foods?


Just because the label says “low fat” it doesn’t mean that it is better for you or it will help you lose weight. As a matter of fact, many low-fat, reduced fat, and/or fat-free foods give you more than you ask for. A recent study in U.K. found that 10% of diet foods contain the same or more calories than the regular stuff and that they have 40% more sugar. The reason why is because when companies remove fats, they have to use more sugar, salt and other additives to make the food taste more delicious. Additionally, a psychological research showed that a “low-fat” label makes people overeat.

Examples of these advertised “low fat” foods are:

  • Turkey bacon. True that it is lower in fat and calories than regular bacon but not that much. Turkey bacon contains 35 calories and 3 grams while regular bacon contain 60 calories and 3.5 grams, both are processed and are high in sodium and nitrites, which are linked to heart problems.
  • Salad. You should eat salad but eating fat-free salad with fat-free dressing enthusiastically will leave you very hungry in an hour. Food companies add sugar or artificial sweetener to fat-free salads to make them taste delicious which can make your blood sugar spike and increase your appetite.
  • Low-fat potato chips. While it’s true that low-fat potato chips have fewer calories, we tend to overeat them thinking that they are healthy and there is no harm in eating more than the recommended amount. A Cornell study showed ha we tend to eat 25% more when foods are labelled as “low-fat” compared to those without the label.
  • Fat-free yogurt. These yogurts contain artificial colours, added flavours and more sugar to make it more eye-pleasing and tastier.

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Additives – something added to enhance food, gasoline, paint or medicine
  2. Processed – subjected to a special process or treatment
  3. Nitrites – a chemical that is commonly found in salt and other nitrogen based chemical
  4. Enthusiastically – with the feeling of excitement; eager enjoyment or approval
  5. Artificial Sweetener – also called as sugar substitutes, are those that are not natural and produces the same effects as sugar
  6. Spike – manifest a sharp increase
  7. Artificial – not natural; unreal
  8. Eye-pleasing – something that is beautiful; pleasing to look at

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Do you like to eat low-fat foods? If so, what are those?
  2. Do you believe that low-fat foods can make you lose weight even if there you don’t exercise? Why or why not?
  3. What do you eat to maintain a healthy body and proper weight?

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Strange Hangover Cures around the World

SEPT. 13 363-illust_(Aug26)Strange Hangover Cures around the World

 

 

How often do you experience hangover?

Had too much to drink? Your hangover is worse than before? Headache is too painful? Well, these foods from various countries might help you cure your hangover although they might look strange to you.

  • A glass of juice from sour pickles from Poland. Polish people claim that the juice is loaded with vinegar and will help you cure your headaches and remove the uncomfortable feeling that you have. Some even say that soured milk will also do the trick. (Click here to see the image: Sour Pickles)
  • Japan’s Umeboshi. For many Japanese, these salty, pickled plums will definitely help and it also improves liver function. (Click here to see the image: Umeboshi)
  • Milk Thistle of Great Britain. Many studies showed that Milk Thistle is effective in protecting our liver from toxins. One ingredient of Milk Thistle is said to help cure the hangover feeling. (Click here to see the image: Milk Thistle)
  • Canada Dry Ginger Ale. Most Canadians claim that it cures upset stomach, not just hangover. (Click here to see the image: Canada Dry Ginger)
  • America’s Bloody Mary. Tomato juice has the highest amount of lycopene and vitamins that help ease the pain and most Americans claim that it’s the most effective hangover remedy. (Click here to see the image: Bloody Mary)
Vocabulary Enhancement

  1. Hangover – after effects of drinking too much alcohol
  2. Toxins – any poisonous substance
  3. Upset stomach – a disorder of digestive function characterized by discomfort, heartburn or nausea
  4. Ease – lessen the pain or discomfort
  5. Remedy – any medicine or therapy that cures pain or sickness

 

Perspective Exchange

  1. Do you drink a lot? How much do you drink before you experience hangover?
  2. What do you do to cure your hangover?
  3. Will you try these foods to cure your hangover?

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Benefits of Red Hot Chili Peppers

AUG. 21 358-illust_(Aug21)Benefits of Red Hot Chili Peppers

 

 

Do you like to eat spicy food? You might have to change your mind once you read this.

A study conducted by the researchers at the University of California in San Diego, CA concluded that there is an active ingredient in chili peppers which is called dietary capsaicin that can reduce the risk of tumours. Aside from reducing the risk of colorectal tumours, capsaicin also helps us fight inflammation. Nowadays, capsaicin is a recognized treatment for pain, however, it has a side effect and it can leave your skin with a burning sensation.

Additionally, red chili peppers, such as cayenne, have been shown to reduce blood cholesterol. Places where chili peppers are part of the cultures show lower rate of heart attack, stroke and pulmonary embolism. Red chili peppers also contain pro-Vitamin A which helps our body to boost their immunity.

For weight conscious people, eating chili peppers takes energy and calories to produce. They contain substances that increase heat production of our body and oxygen consumption that can make us lose weight. Lastly, most people think that spicy foods are the cause of stomach ulcer but it’s a very common misconception. Not only it does not cause stomach ulcer, it actually fights and kills bacteria and lower the risk of having a stomach ulcer.

Vocabulary Enhancement

  1. Ingredient – a component or an element of a mixture
  2. Colorectal tumours – a type of cancer wherein a mass of tissue or a tumour is building up in the colon and the rectum area
  3. Inflammation – a response that our body make and characterized by pain, swelling and redness
  4. Burning sensation – it’s as if something is stabbing an area in your body which causes small needle-prick pain
  5. Blood cholesterol – also called as blood lipids; too much of these in your blood can cause heart attack or stroke
  6. Pulmonary embolism – blockage of the pulmonary artery (a vein in our body) by a foreign object or blood clot
  7. Immunity – a condition in which an organism can resist disease
  8. Consumption – the utilization of something; as if by using it
  9. Stomach ulcer – a hole in the lining of the stomach made by acid in your stomach

 

Perspective Exchange

  1. Do you like to eat spicy food? If yes, how often do you eat spicy food?
  2. What are the spiciest foods have you eaten so far?
  3. Would you like to try to eat spicy food after reading this article? Why or why not?

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