• 22Oct

    Staten Island is a part of New York, but even after being a portion of world’s most magnificent city which is well known for its concrete jungle, Staten Island has more than 3000 acres of greenery spread in several parks of this area. The place provides enormous opportunities for nature lovers to come and explore the wild heritage of this place. If, people who don’t know about Staten Island come here first and see the natural beauty and its wide natural heritage, they will not believe that it is a part of New York City and situated nearby the city of skyscrapers. It’s simply unbelievable for them.

    The forests and national parks at Staten Island have varied selection of wildlife. You’ll also find rare species of Birds here. The number and diversity of birds is really rare and enough to attract any bird lovers to Staten Island. There are several parks which has numerous species of birds, those includes:

    Clovelakes Park – Clove Lakes Park is the prime spot for migratory birds on Staten Island. Northward bound migratory birds start coming in the park from late March. The number, and diversity of species increases along with progressing spring season. A bird lover can have glances of more than 25 different species of wood-warblers, along with other migrants such as rose-breasted grosbeak, flycatchers, cuckoos and vireos during a good sunny day in May. One can find spring migration hooded, prothonotary, and Kentucky warblers somewhere within the park boundaries every year.

    South and Midland Beach Park – Midland and South Beach are among one of the longest open beach stretches in New York City. People should visit this park for waterfowl, eared grebe, harlequin duck, Barrow’s goldeneye and purple sandpiper. Red and White-winged crossbills and evening grosbeak are also found in the pines during winters.

    Fort Wadsworth – Fort Wadsworth is situated just beside Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and provides a wonderful view of Lower New York Bay. Eurasian wigeon, Purple sandpipers are popular inhabitant of this place. During spring and fall migration warblers and bobolinks can also be found in the field. Even the woods around fort

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  • 22Oct

    Remember the last time you had a Lebanese Meal and that resolution you made promising yourself another similar meal soon? You also may have thought about cooking Lebanese food yourself, if you were able to source some authentic homemade Lebanese Recipes. And so is the magic of Lebanese Recipes. Lebanese dishes are delicious, lighter to eat and nutritious for health, just because of their unique ingredients and preparation that compels you to ask for Lebanese food again and again. The primary ingredients used in any Lebanese Recipe tend to include garlic, olive oil and lemon in addition to a wide array of grains, vegetables, fresh fish, seafood and poultry. Foods are stewed, grilled or baked mostly using Olive Oil and no other fatty oils or butter. And the essence of Lebanese Food lies in the use of herbs and spices like the 7 spices, Summak and other light aromatic spices.

    Lebanese cuisine is a hybrid of local, Turkish, Shami (the areas of Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria), Persian and other cuisines from cultures that influenced the area through the centuries.

    Mezze: Lebanese cuisine is not only famous for its tasty food and recipes, but also for its presentation. Dishes with a variety of colors, textures, aromas and flavors are typically served in small portions to guests as appetizers. They may include stews, veggies, meats, seafood and salads. This custom is referred to as Mezze (aka Mezza) in Lebanon. Mezza can span upwards of 30 hot and cold varieties of appetizers.

    Lebanese Salads Recipes: The two most famous Lebanese Salads are Tabouleh and Fattoush. Tabouleh (aka Tabbouli) means little spicy, and it contains ingredients like Bulgur, Parsley, Mint, Tomato, 7 spices, and Lemon juice. Fattoush Salad includes toasted pita bread and other vegetables with Summak spice and pomegranate molasses.

    Lebanese Dips Recipes: Lebanese food is largely famous for its dips likes Hummus, Baba Ghanouj, Moutabala and Toum (garlic dip).

    All ingredients used in Lebanese Recipes can be sourced at Middle Eastern grocery stores easily. Happy eating!

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  • 21Oct

    Many pet owners are looking for the best dog food brands, because of the tie between food and health.The simple answer is to find the best dog food brands you just need to look at the ingredients listed on the labels.

    It would be great if that was the case, but with the encrypted code being used by the pet food companies, it is not that easy.

    There are many people telling us healthy food to eat, but its a lot more difficult to find good information on a healthy diet for our pets.

    The trouble here is that pet food producers are allowed to incorporate ingredients that are not for human consumption in their foods. It is sad that in today’s world those who manufacture dog food can use low quality by product ingredients and due to government regulations give the brand high quality healthy sounding names.

    One would assume that finding dried egg product as a listed ingredient in dog food would make it healthier. I reality it can include undeveloped eggs, shells and other tissues deemed unfit for human use.

    While doing my research to find the best dog food brands, I ran across a list of 68 ingredients that are used by some of the best brands, that should give you cause to stop feeding these brand to your dog. 41% of these ingredients can actually be fatal, maybe not right away but they will shorten your pets life.

    I also found a free confidential dog food report written by a guy that has hired a testing firm to find the best dog food brands in North America. The report is copyright protected, so I cant re-print it in this article.

    After analyzing most know commercially made dog food in North America they only found nine that were healthy enough to make the list.

    The report also lists 27 well know brands that didnt make the cut, and give reasons why not. Some brands that aren’t good enough to make the list are Iams, Science Diet, and Eukanuba.

    The report continues to be updated,

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  • 21Oct

    A Chantal tea kettle is amongst the most excellent tea kettle you can possess. Whether you fancy a contemporary or classic style, they will be the perfect stovetop centerpiece for your kitchen.

    If you take pleasure in tea, a Chantal kettle will give chic to your kitchen and a easy means for you to brew your tea. Chantal tea kettles are available in an array of colors, all guaranteed not to fade. There are plenty of styles that you will not have a issue finding one to match with your kitchen decor. With a Chantal tea kettle you can make not just a burning cup of tea but also a mug of instant coffee, hot chocolate or cereal. These kettles heat water quickly and present a abundant spout.

    The Enamel-On-Steel Classic tea kettle was originally launched over twenty five years ago. The design is timeless; it is built of enamel and comes in platinum, cobalt blue, onyx, chili red and white. Its stainless steel handle extends over the top of the lid making for a unique design; the kettle offers a two tone Hohner whistle and it has a capacity of 1.8 quarts.

    The brushed stainless Loop tea kettle offers an elegant, modern design. It has an interesting shaped handle that loops around the top of the kettle and it is relaxed to handle and pour. The handle is very relaxed to grip and it has a single tone whistle which will alert you to when your water is boiling.

    The Bridge tea kettle has a elegant design with a dome stainless steel lid. It comes in fiesta green, mimosa yellow and vanilla. The green and yellow will present a daring accent to your kitchen. Needless to say, all Chantal tea kettles whistle and remind us why we like tea so much.

    Chantal kettles work on all stove types. On a gas stove, the tea kettle’s handle cools down quickly and some of the models come with a hand mitt so you do not need to worry about burning your hand. Those using an electric stove have no

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  • 21Oct

    There has been a definite hype in the food industry about Gluten Free snack. Plenty are lining up in front of stores to purchase a packet of these because of the simple belief that they promote a healthier diet and in turn a healthy life-style. Well is this belief firmly grounded? Yes, it is, but before accepting it on simple terms it is best to understand as to why it is so. Let us begin by trying to understand what gluten is.

    What is gluten?

    Found in rye, wheat and barley, gluten is nothing but a protein complex. Protein is necessary for a healthy body and functioning mind. In fact deficiency of protein can prove to be extremely damaging for almost anybody. Glutens are loved by all because it is responsible for adding more taste to the food and is also used as an essential compound for thickening sauces and similar food items. However, some people are extremely sensitive to this protein complex while a few others suffer from Coeliac disease and hence cannot take gluten.

    Solving the problem with gluten free snack

    Such dietary problems and inconsistencies can be easily addressed with the help of snacks that are made gluten-free. Protein is something which we need to consume on a daily basis and this can be done in various ways other than taking in gluten. Gluten free chips manufactured by Real Maccoy’s is the example of such a product which provides the necessary protein to the system yet is completely devoid of gluten in any form. There are other options available to someone who wants to go gluten-free but these are not always very pleasant to the taste-bud and hence it is always best to opt for these snacks from time to time to keep the taste buds happy. The snacks which are manufactured by Real Maccoy’s like the sea salt rice chips not only have a delightful taste to it but it also has the crunch of a typical munching snack. So when one is eating a packet of these one will not even

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  • 21Oct

    Florida remains one of the top destinations of choice for vacationers in North America and non- Mediterranean European countries like the UK and Germany.

    Most visitors initially come for the obvious attractions like the climate, the magnificent sandy beaches and its world beating theme parks. However, once they have been seduced by the Sunshine States balmy charms, they tend to return time and time again to discover everything else that it has to offer.

    Many of those visiting for the first time often plan a two stop stay so that they can perhaps spend a week doing all the theme parks and then another week relaxing by the sea in order to recover from it all!

    One coastal region which is particularly popular both with first time and regular visitors is the Tampa Bay/ St. Petersburg / Sarasota area. This is because of its relative proximity to the major theme parks and international airports as well as its magnificent beaches.

    This section of the Gulf of Mexico coast also benefits from a string of small islands which are connected to the mainland by numerous road bridges. These are ideal for those looking for the peace and quiet of quality self- catering properties with sea-frontage and private pools.

    One which has been well known to discerning Florida enthusiasts for a very long time is Anna Maria, an island at the mouth of Tampa Bay with no less than 15 miles of beaches. Here you will find a wonderful selection of luxury vacation villas with private swimming pools, exquisite ocean front condos and outstanding direct bay front vacation homes.

    Anna Maria Island was discovered by local indian tribes the Timucan and Caloosan American Indian tribes and then by Spanish explorers (including Hernando DeSoto) in the name of the Spanish Crown. Hernando de Soto and his crew entered the mouth of Tampa Bay north of Anna Maria in May, 1539, but passed it by to make their landfall on the mainland.

    The Island consists of three town communities; Anna Maria City to the north end, which houses some of

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  • 21Oct

    Endless Excursions and Discoveries

    As for the beach itself, Kata Beach offers over many miles long of powder-soft sand and spacious land that never has a problem when it comes to crowd control thanks to its exclusivity and sheer largeness. All the amenities and facilities you need for daily life or emergencies (from hospitals to shopping malls) are just twenty minutes away from you. What’s more, you have lots of options to choose from in terms of activities, and they include such favorites as banana boating, snorkeling, diving, jet skiing, or even sipping a cocktail on the nearest beach chair. When you’re at Kata Beach, you won’t be able to help yourself in marveling at the many wonderful pursuits and attractions that await you.

    For example, travelers can visit the Kata Noi area near the fun-filled Reggae Bar in order to see the most beautiful sunset you’ll ever witness. You also have the option to stay at the southernmost part of the beach, because it’s the most secluded and peaceful part of the area. If you want to add a bit of social interaction in your daily Kata Beach routine, then go straight to the Oasis Spring Tapas Bar because it features everything you need in order to have a good time: live music, a crowd of partygoers, and the finest alcoholic beverages available. Meanwhile, Kata Beach’s Night Bazaar is the perfect place for nighttime shenanigans thanks to its go-go bars and other related establishments.

    Kata Beach Relaxation Options

    Kata Beach shopping areas are located inland, and they offer a myriad of products, mementos, and souvenirs for you to enjoy. There’s a Bikini Shop that provides the latest swimwear and beach accessory fashions, and there’s also the Smile Gallery that showcases the best modern art oil paintings by local artists. Kata Road also features Nike and Adidas Outlets for all those sportswear enthusiasts. Other great places to visit are the Marine Cottage that serves Thai seafood, the Dino Bar and Restaurant, the Dino Park Mini-Golf Course, and the Royal Jewels of Thailand jewelry shop.

    Another must-visit dining location is

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