Almost everyone enjoys a first-class meal in a four star hotel or restaurant; the memory of a fine dining experience is one that lasts.With a friend or loved one spending 2-3 hours in a first-class establishment can mark an anniversary, promotion, engagement, birthday or any number of occasions that deserve remembrance. Sitting in a richly paneled dining room with soft light, low music, a fine wine and delicious food topped by world-class service and a breathtaking view is a very pleasurable experience. If the meal is prepared and served correctly, very few diners will object to the high cost of the mealindeed, many people believe a higher price reinforces the quality of the meal.The Market is Competitive:Fine dining restaurants, whether they stand alone or are found in a four or five star hotel, face very stiff competition. Quality chefs and matre ds are paid generous salaries and bonuses and rating agencies like Zagat and the Washingtonian are constantly evaluating fine dining establishments; the loss of ones rating can mean disaster.The lodging industry is particularly competitive as hotels focus on customer service and satisfaction to discriminate their room offering from that of the competition.Tea After the Meal:World-class dining is an activity where attention to detail or lack of attention can ruin an otherwise good meal. If the service is slow or the food is not prepared perfectly, dissatisfaction is immediate particularly for high priced meals. Dissatisfied customers by word of mouth alone can damage an otherwise stellar reputation of a fine dining establishment. One area that is often overlooked is the tea service at the end of the meal. Many restaurants offer the best coffee or espresso but overlook the serious tea drinker. Many restaurants end up serving a tea bag from a box with limited choices and then serve the bag in a cup of lukewarm water. High-quality tea must be steeped properly to ensure the proper preparation. In order to get the maximum out of tea steeping, whole leaf tea should be used; the taste and richness of the whole leaf is well presented during the steeping process. Tea in bags, even whole leaf tea in bags, cannot compare to properly infused whole leaf tea. This is particularly true when the whole leaves have a chance to properly unfurl in a tea infuser instead of a cramped tea bag.Tea bags are convenient and fast but many tea suppliers now offer large capacity or single service infusers and tea pots that not only provide the dining customer with quality tea but also can be private labeled with the brand of the hotel or restaurant.Loose Leaf Tea is Gaining in PopularityHigh-quality loose leaf tea is becoming more popular with fine dining restaurants and hotels as a way to complete the perfect meal and convince the customer that their presence is very much appreciated. The secret is a close arrangement between the restaurant as wholesaler and tea supplier as a provider of the highest quality loose leaf tea and teaware that will support the restaurant in serving its customers.The Wholesaler Supplier RelationshipThe restaurant, as wholesaler, adds value by serving the best tea to its clientele as part of a perfect meal. The supplier serves the wholesaler by providing only quality products that are fairly priced with a substantial discount to encourage the wholesaler to carry its products. After-sale customer service on the part of the supplier is also critical.It is not enough for the supplier to sell the products and walk away leaving the wholesaler to stand alone to deal with any potential problems. The wholesaler and supplier must cooperate with one another in order to satisfy a demanding fine dining market.
The process of cheese making results in a product that is nutritious, enjoyable and satisfying. Cheese making is a respected skill that has withstood the flavorful test of time.Before having the next wine and cheese experience it may be beneficial to the consumer to understand what factors are involved in "cheese making" . Therefore, it is important to know what cheese consists of, the process that is utilized in cheese making and any variances in the process.Ingredients Used In Cheese MakingThe ingredients that are used in cheese making include milk and water. Specifically, the portion of milk that is used to create cheese is the curd. The curd is that portion of milk that has turned sour and is white in color. The specific ingredients that are found within the curd is the fat content of the milk, proteins and various vitamins and minerals.Another by-product that is created when the milk sours is the whey. The whey is a liquid that is light yellow in color.Cheese Making ProcessThe actual cheese making process begins with the gathering of the curd. This curd is then pressed into cheese moulds. Once the curd has been compacted into the moulds the moulds are immersed into a briny solution. A briny solution is defined as water that is highly saturated with salt.Immersing the cheese moulds into the briny solution is a process that lasts for several days. Following this step in the cheese making process the cheese in transition is stored. This aging process then allows for the cheese to reach its full flavorful potential.Cheese Making VariancesToday cheese making is mass produced at creameries. The process is the same because this is a regulated industry. However, there are a few caveats. Some of these variances include the fact that modern day creameries utilize milk that has been pasteurized.In addition, the fat content of the cheese produced on a farm may vary from the fat content of cheese produced in a creamery. This is due to the fact cheese making at a creamery is standardized which results in the fat content of the cheese being uniform.In addition to the cheese making variances between a farm and creamery are the differences in types of cheese produced. For example some cheeses have a higher fat content and are specifically made that way. Edam cheese, which is made from milk in which the fat has been skimmed out, has a fat content of forty percent. While other cheese, such as Gouda cheese, may have a fat content of forty eight percent or higher. Other low-fat cheeses may have a fat content of twenty percent.
We all need that jolt of caffeine that you get from a good cup of coffee in the morning. But many times, during the day, the urge for a nice cup of tasty coffee hits, and of course we frequently like a relaxing cup after dinner. Some people can't drink coffee at night because the caffeine keeps them awake, and for others it is worth having, even if they are going to be tossing and turning and staring at the clock. I am sensitive to caffeine, so even a can of soda after a certain time of night will have me counting sheep. The only solution for me and others like me is to make sure we have decaffeinated coffee in the kitchen. The coffee urge can be satisfied by putting decaf in that old coffee maker, without paying the price of a sleepless night.If I find I am out of decaf coffee, there is always the local Dunkin Donuts. A quick stop at the local Dunkin Donuts yields a cup of coffee that is every bit as good as caffeinated, but doesn't have the same effect on the body's system. A nice change of pace on a hot summer evening is iced coffee, but if, like me, you will be bothered by the caffeine, you can get decaffeinated iced coffee.Where does the caffeine come from. Caffeine occurs naturally in the coffee bean, and it takes a special water extracting system to remove the caffeine from the molecule. It is an exacting science, with each coffee manufacturer claiming to have their unique, and best system for creating decaffeinated coffee. I don't really care how it comes about, as long as I can enjoy my delicious cup of Java without the sleepless side effects of regular coffee.There is little to no difference between the taste of regular and decaffeinated coffee. As a matter of fact, since I can't tell the difference, I am always concerned that I will get a cup of regular even though I have ordered decaf; since I can't taste the difference, I won't know until it is too late. That's one reason I prefer to keep my own decaffeinated coffee at home and not have to worry about somebody making such a mistake. I can't risk my much needed sleep. The opposite can also happen, that I order (and need) a strong cup of caffeinated coffee and end up with decaf because the counter girl was just as sleepy as I was. There's a real bummer, pay $4-$5 for a cup of coffee and not even get the jolt I need to start the day! Well, caffeinated or decaf, I need my coffee.
If you follow the world of coffee than you know that coffee is at the peak of perfection these days. I cant believe that coffee is the new fast food business. I guess you could say its actually a fast drink business. Espresso drinks seem to have topped the charts for popularity. I love them, I drink them, and I buy them! There is nothing better for a pick-me up than a shot of your favorite syrup blended with coffee and milk. Just thinking about it makes me crave an iced latte. You can satisfy your coffee cravings all the time. Just walk out the door and hop in your car and you can find espresso machines raring to go in almost any shop. Have you ever though about how much you are spending to get your weekly fix out of your neighborhoods "espresso machines" ? You should think about it if you havent, because its probably a lot more than you thought. If you start adding it up every time you drink an espresso you are probably dropping $3-$4! If you do this more than once a week you can be in the hole pretty quickly! You might want to consider the kind of espresso machines that you can put in your own kitchen! How amazing would that be to make the best coffee drinks right at home? You would be the most popular guy in the neighborhood! Every morning you could have the perfect latte without leaving home. You can buy the supplies you need almost anywhere and you would save tons of money in the long run. You wouldnt even have to get out of your robe to have the perfect brew. Even the gas money you would save not having to run to the local coffee shop would add up. All you need to do is get your favorite syrup, some milk, and fresh beans! How simple is that! When you have your own machine you can have the best of both worlds. In no time the machine will pay for itself with all the money and time you save. Get online to research all the espresso machines out there. You can find something that is perfect for you and the right price too. Get the perfect cup of coffee everyday in your own home!
If you want to get a great cake for dessert, you would go to a bakery to get it wouldn't you? That is, unless you are a great baker yourself. So if you want to have the best coffee beans, shouldn't you go to a coffee bean baker? Well, perhaps they won't be called coffee bean bakers, but these specialty shops are in the business of baking coffee bean nice and fresh. If you have ever used freshly baked coffee beans in your cappuccino maker to make cappuccino, you will know what the fuss is about. Many of these stores are real specialty locations and employ skilled roasters who roast the beans by hand, ensuring consistency and perfection throughout. This type of roasting is truly an art, and the specialists who do it consider themselves artists. Each coffee bean is examined for size, shape, color and density. Each of these factors will affect how the bean roasts. A larger bean needs to be roasted longer, for example. When each bean is treated individually in this way, the result is a perfect blend of flavor. You cannot compare a supermarket cake to a cake from a master baker; you cannot compare beans roasted individually with mass roasted beans. These specialist coffee roasters also specialize in deep roasting. All coffees are roasted, but an expert coffee roaster will know the exact way to roast a particular bean so that every quality of the bean is brought out to its fullest extent. This method will bring out the most of the flavor of the bean while reducing its acidity. It results in a perfectly roasted bean and a perfect coffee, one that you can feel by its unique combination of smoothness and energy on your tongue.The main secret of this is slow roasting. Slow roasting is more time consuming and therefore more expensive, but a master coffee roaster will watch over the beans he is roasting and make sure the process is unfolding as it should. A bean will not be over roasted since he is watching so closely, and under roasted beans do not make the grade. If you would like to learn how to test for proper roasting of beans, just crack one of your roasted coffee beans open. A properly roasted coffee bean will be darker inside than outside. If a bean has not been properly roasted, the bean will be darker on the outside than on the outside since the whole process was rushed. Do this test yourself, and you will make sure you have properly roasted beans.