May 20, 2013
Outdoor produce area.
I like how foreign grannies shop. They poke, they prod, they know exactly what they are looking for and woe to the vendor who doesn’t get it right. Granny-watching — a completely innocent pastime, I assure you — is one of the reasons I love going to Super King Market in Glassell Park. There, foreign grannies (and their families) from around the world converge to shop for interesting and affordable produce, cheeses and meats, packing the store’s aisles with carts crammed to the brim.
Super King’s produce section is not to be missed. I always make a beeline for the mountain of Persian cucumbers and extensive (and cheap!) selection of fresh herbs before exploring the seasonal specials like verdolaga (purslane), fuzzy fresh almonds and bright green fresh garbanzos. Next to the produce section is the largest array of spices I’ve ever seen in a supermarket, with huge bags of any dried herb or spice you might need for Middle Eastern, Latin or Indian cooking, fresh and inexpensive enough for even the most discerning granny.
The yogurt section is also exciting, if you’re the type of person who gets excited about yogurt. I am, so I’m always happy to see the many brands of all-natural, whole milk yogurt, just tart enough to be eaten plain or with a drizzle of honey for breakfast. I haven’t even branched out into the world of yogurt cheese and yogurt drinks yet, but when I do, Super King will be waiting for me.
I always take a deep breath as I leave the yogurt section and plunge headfirst into the cheese and cured meats corridor that runs along the back of the store, which is always ALWAYS an insane jumble of people and overstuffed shopping carts. On weekends it feels like rush hour on the 405-101 interchange; on weekdays it is only slightly less grim. If you are braver or more patient than I, you will take a number and wait to place your order. I usually just head over to the refrigerated cheese aisle and grab a tin of feta in brine.
I’m trying to be better about knowing where and how my meat was raised, so I usually avoid the butcher’s counter, which is nearly as crowded as the cheese counter. On my first visit to Super King, I overheard one of the butchers, an Armenian man in his 60s, say, “Next…next… Is anyone waiting?” No response. “Oh my god,” he said softly, acknowledging the miracle that is an empty butcher’s counter at Super King Market.
Instead of meat, I buy breads. Various types of dark Russian bread line the shelves below the meat cases and across from the bakery counter are stacks of lavash, pita bread and those enormous rounds of flat, yeasty Armenian bread. Yum. The bakery itself sells an impressive number of different baklava as well as dainty French-style sweets. A separate bin holds big sugared Mexican pastries.
After browsing the deli counter for tabbouleh by the pound, hot-from-the-oven lahmajune (Armenian pizza) and whole rotisserie chickens, it’s time to brave the checkout lines, which are always less daunting than they first appear and also give me the opportunity to do some cart-peeking — another completely innocent pastime — at the people around me. Once I saw a man buying only bananas, an entire cart filled to the top, and on my last trip saw someone with two plastic bags impossibly fat with fresh garbanzo beans, like cartoon money sacks minus the giant dollar bill sign.
The best thing about cart-peeking at Super King is that everyone is buying whole foods — chard and olive oil and loose mate tea and pomegranate molasses and crema and pickled grape leaves — so you can only imagine the meals that will come from what they’re buying. Have you ever had the depressing experience of standing behind some lonely soul in a supermarket line on a Friday evening, watching him buy three packets of Top Ramen, a jar of Skippy, a frozen Lean Cuisine enchilada and a six-pack of Bud? Suddenly his whole weekend cracks open in front of you, quivering and too vulnerable, an egg you never meant to break. Standing in the Super King line is the opposite experience for me, full of wonder and curiosity at the meals in the making all around me.
Unlimited granny-watching and cart-peeking: now do you understand why I love this place?
January 24, 2015
As the demand for rice cookers is increasing day by day, so is the number of features that come with it. What was once used just for cooking rice can now be used for steaming, stewing, reheating and for other purposes as well! Plus, to add on to its features, there’s an in-built timer that can be used for setting time for reheating, delaying time for preparing, etc.! Being time-saving and every-saving just set the timer and your rice shall be cooked perfectly! Simply said, even the rice cookers have gone smart!
In the sea of rice cookers available in the market, one can easily get confused in selecting the right one. So how do you go about it?
Apart from just focusing on the brand and your budget, there are other features too to be considered while selecting a rice cooker. Outlined below are some of them:
1. Opt for one that can provide you with best cooking abilities
Your time is very valuable; hence selecting a cooker that saves time would be the best choice. Check the cooking ability that is generally 15 minutes. Plus, capacity matter too! Select one that suits your requirements. Also, take care of the quality of the cooked rice cause if it’s not good, so would be the cooker!
2. Opt for one with spectacular design and scrupulous outline
Opt for a rice cooker with smart design and one that saves storage space as well. A rice cooker with splendid outline may look beautiful in your kitchen, but ask yourself this question, do you want the rice cooker to beautify your kitchen or to do the job well?
3. Opt for one that offers more protection for users while cooking
Do you have a habit of forgetting? If yes, then opting for a rice cooker with an announcing system indicating that the job has been done could be a very good decision. You can opt for a cooker that is equipped with a timer, an easy to read control panel, separate buttons for controlling along with an LCD monitor.
4. Opting for one that can cook a variety of foods could be the right choice!
Gone are the days when rice cookers were used for cooking rice only. Nowadays, you can bake a cake, steam vegetables and even make soup for your family in a rice cooker. So opting for one with many abilities and that can make a range of cuisine would certainly be the best choice. Isn’t that so?
5. Opt for one that is easy to preserve
Probably, you’ll be cooking rice every day so opt for one that is easy to clean and maintain. Nowadays, rice cookers are made from special materials that are too easy to clean and fix. So consider that too while selecting one. After all, it’ll be your “kitchen friend”, won’t it?
6. Opt for the one with best reviews
After all, only the best rice cooker reviews will help you in making the correct decision. So, while making a purchase for a particular model of rice cooker, do not forget to check its customer reviews.
As you’d probably have noticed by now, that there are many features to consider while selecting a rice cooker. So, do not forget to consider the above mentioned tips while purchasing one.
August 13, 2014
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Yogurt forms a staple part of diet for many. For not only consumption but also it is also used widely for beauty treatments all over the world. Yogurt is found almost in every household. While you can avail them directly from the market, it is best to make it at your home as it holds chances of containing additives or preservatives when picked up from the stores. Moreover, it is easy to make yogurt and so it can be cultured at home. All you need is some live cultures for which you have to resort to market yogurt. Nevertheless, for the rest of the days you can just use a bit of the last day’s yogurt. All you need to do is add some warm milk and leave it for fermentation.
To make the process of yogurt making all the more easier, you can resort to the best Greek Yogurt Maker. Besides being easy to use, the yogurt maker should be inexpensive. When you use a yogurt maker for making yogurts you save time as the preparation needs a short time. The cultures mature in a few hours.
However, there is an array of options available in the market so you need to select the right one for your kitchen. Very much like cheese, yogurt needs live culture so you need to pick up a package that contains live germs. You need to check if the yogurt produced is healthy enough because bacterium weakens over time. You can select between the cheaper ones and the ovens. Ovens will cost you much in the end because it consumes much electricity while keeping itself hot for hours. Thus, buying a yogurt maker is recommended, as it is cost efficient.
Advantages of using yogurt maker
Besides being delicious, yogurt is packed with protein, vitamin B and other essential minerals. It not only helps you fight with body toxins but also protects the immune system. This certainly calls for a good yogurt maker, which will make excellent curds. Using curd makers not only ensures great tasting yogurt but is also environment friendly. You can choose to make any amount of yogurt you wish to make.
It is quite easy to make yogurt with a yogurt maker. You will need to prepare milk and yogurt culture. Once done, you will have to fill the mixture in a glass container and place the glass in a box, which should and insulated and cold. Then you need to plug in the machine and leave the bacteria to ferment for 5-23 hours. Your yogurt is ready for consumption.
Things to look for while purchasing a yogurt maker
You should first determine the amount of yogurt that you will need to make. Wide range of brands is available for different volumes. You will find wide range of appliances in the market, with various types of pots. Also, some are non-electrical while some with a single jar. You need to select the appliance, which best suits your requirements. It should also be cost effective so you just do not go for the high priced ones because of their brands; you might the same performances in the cheaper ones. For more insight visit http://www.simplyorganizedonline.com/reviews/cuisinart-cym-100-electronic-with-automatic-cooling/ and choose the yogurt maker that best suits your need.
July 3, 2014
If your day starts with a healthy dose of caffeine in a cup, then you would be well aware of the popular Nespresso capsules. Coffee can be easily regarded as one of the most popular beverages all around the world. Nespresso is a product from the house of Nestle, one of the leading coffee brands in the world. these capsules were the newest invention on the part of nestle and have become intensely popular among the high end coffee drinkers. But, these Nespresso capsules are considered to be quite expensive. So, can you get any cheap Nespresso coffee pods from the various stores? Read on to find out more about this.
Why Nespresso capsules are expensive
The Nespresso capsules, as a product, was designed to meet the demands of the high end coffee drinkers. In other words, it is targeted for a specific niche, and hence the price is not exactly mass oriented. The ones who delight in exotic flavored coffee and do not mind paying three times the cost of normal coffee per cup are the perfect consumer group for the Nespresso. These coffee capsules are filled with only the best quality coffee from all over the world. The ground coffee in it is of the purest variety and gives an authentic taste of espresso coffee. When you buy these particular coffee capsules, you will find that there are three main categories – mild, strong and decaf. But apart from that, there are other categories to these capsules too. These include the Pure Origin range, the Espresso range, the Lungo range, the Variations range and the Limited Edition range. Under each of the ranges there is variety of flavors. The entire Nespresso range uses coffee beans from the best parts of the coffee growing countries like Brazil, Kenya, Columbia, Costa Rica etc.
How can you have cheaper Nespresso capsules
If you are thinking of buying cheaper priced Nespresso pods from your local supermarket, then you can forget about it. You cannot possibly find these coffee capsules in your local store or supermarket. Nestle has kept this prime category product limited to its coffee boutiques and online store. This means the prices are going to be fixed – as decided by the company.
Yet, there is indeed a way by which you can reduce the expenses behind the Nespresso cups. This way is by recycling. The ground coffee in the capsules is for single usage. Hence, you cannot possibly use it again and again. But the container of the capsule can be recycled and reused again. So, you can have other ground coffee blends put in it and use it in the same way at least twice or thrice. This is helpful as you are not spending money again and again in buying the capsules. Owing to more usage of the capsules, much of your money is saved, for the next time you wish to buy pods at Amazon.com. This is the universal method used to make the usage of Nespresso capsules more affordable.