Sunday, January 9, 2011

Best sandwich ever!

This week, I visited Quiznos for a break from eating lunch at home every single day. I ordered a Honey Bacon Club, it was amazingly good. I usually eat my subs at Subway and wanted to try Quiznos for a change. Now I wonder why I never ate at Quiznos. My sub contained  honey cured ham, sliced turkey breast, bacon, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, honey French dressing and spices. I asked for chipotle sauce for the extra taste. I liked every single ingredient in my sub, although I would prefer some extra BBQ sauce in it. The Quiznos I visited is a small but warm place. It had a few tables and seemed to be busy only at lunch time. There was a large variations of snacks you can order, chips, cookies, fudge and a few different cakes. What I liked the best about Quiznos was the fact that we can take any sorts of peppers without paying. Theres a little stall, where we can take JalapeƱo pepper, hot pepper, pickles, and many more different and tasty food. To add to this warm atmosphere, there were frames hanged on the wall, well drawn-pictures and many sales ad for Quiznos. 
The service offered at this Quiznos was amazing, the lady at the cashier was kind and friendly, she made sure we get exactly what we want, she even gave us choice of what to put on the sub which isn't allowed normally in Quiznos. She seemed to be the only one working there so it is pretty rare to see someone nice when working alone at a busy time. There is only flaw about this fast food store, the washroom was a mess. It was stinky and dirty, and the fan was off. I couldn't even walk in without wanting to throw up. If they had more employees, I'm sure it would've been cleaner. 

In my opinion, Quiznos is a very good restaurant with many delicious subs and desserts. It takes only about 2 minutes to make the sandwich and a second to finish it , because it tastes so good. Overall the Quiznos I visited is great and I recommend you guys to try out the Honey Bacon Club!


Simple yet Delicious Recipes containing Watermelons!

Watermelon Fennel and Parsley Salad Recipe:

watermelon fennel parsley salad-101540145 cups cubed seeded watermelon, divided
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb
11/2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

How to make it:

Place 1 cup watermelon in a blender, process until smooth.
Strain mixture through a fine sieve over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup watermelon juice, discard solids and remaining watermelon juice.
Combine 1/4 cup watermelon juice, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a large bowl, stirring well.
Add remaining watermelon, fennel, and parsley, toss gently to combine.

This is a very easy, healthy Greek recipe that can be served as side dish. And obviously, the main ingredient is WATERMELON!

Watermelon Cocktail Recipe:

Watermelon Cocktail2 cups watermelon balls
Fresh Mint
Powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice

How to make it:

With a vegetable cutter prepare small balls of bright pink watermelon.
Sprinkle lightly with sugar and add lemon juice.
Chill thoroughly.
Fill glasses.
Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint.
A pretty fancy is to moisten the edge of each cocktail glass and invert in chopped mint before filling.
This will leave a line of green adhering to the edge of the glass.
The glass may be lined with sprigs of mint before the watermelon is put in.

This is an easy, american beverage that only takes 4 ingredients.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Daxing Watermelon Festival!

In Beijing, watermelon is celebrated in a great way. Every year, from May 28 to 1st of June, people all over the world join in to eat watermelon in a very hot summer day. According to legend, the watermelons were originated in the African Desert and were brought to Xianjiang Uyghur region by the Silk road in the han dynasty spreading it to the northern China in 1000 ad. In an area called Pangge town, Daxing District, watermelons grew and became the main industry. One of the important festival is the the watermelon competition held every May 25, 3 days before the festival starts. This festival was first launched in 1988.
In the competition, judges choose the ''King of Watermelons'' based on apearance, taste and size. The winner brings home about 10 000 Yuan.


This festival is a great way to enjoy watermelons and have fun with many people around the world showing their different and exotic watermelons. It is a great because, we get to see watermelons we can't see anywhere else. It's almost similar to the Pumpkin smashing contest in the US, but without the smashing part.


In fact, there is one held in May 2011, for any interested in meeting new people and seeing new things. This festival is held in Beijing, the capital of China which makes it an even more interesting tourism spot because of all the amazing sculptures and buildings in Beijing. You can visit the Forbidden City, the Tiananmen Square, the temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs, the Great Wall or even the Olympic Sites in Beijing. There are many reasons to visit Beijing, and the Daxing Watermelon Festival is one of the great things you can enjoy there.


More space is more money!


People always look for ways to save money and space. Businesses look for more quantity using less space, saving money on packaging and shipping. In 2001, a farmer in the south western island of Shikoku, Japan, has found a way to make this possible with watermelons! Watermelons has been a big problem for japanese population. It took too much space in their refrigerator and it was a pain to cut since it kept rolling. What the farmer did was make square watermelons. He put a young watermelon inside a glass box which had a hole so that the wine can pass through. The watermelon grew into the shape of the glass box, growing into a sqaure watermelon. These fruits are sold to the rich or fashion freaks in Japan, being mostly sold in Tokyo and Osaka. Each piece of this unusual watermelon is sold at about 10 000 YEN which is approximtely 120 CAD. These square watermelons are made to fit the japanese refrigerators but according to me, not many will even buy it because of the price. Although the price is insanely high, it's very convenient since it dosen't fall down when we cut and it takes up less space because of its shape and size. These watermelons are now grown in Brazil and Great Britain. Few North American farmers have tried this, but it isn't yet popular.

Packaging square watermelons.
According to me, this idea is great but the price isn't. This was made by a farmer to save up space, not to make a business out of it. It is made so that the population of Japan can fit it in their refrigerator, but this is made impossible for many because it cost about 6 times more than a normal watermelon.