Blog Archive: Tips

10 Things A New Food Blogger Should Know

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The decision to start blogging about food should really come from passion and lots of dedication. For those who are about to embark on this journey I would say there are main 10 things you should keep in mind:

1- Your recipes should be ones you have tried and tested and never ones you copy from other sites.

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2- Recipes should be simple and easy to follow in sequence.

3- Your credibility is part of your brand reputation, when you write about restaurants make sure you know their quality and can actually vouch for them, one time experiences cannot be the judge for any culinary experience.

4- If you smoke, you probably do not have fresh taste buds and most of your tasting would be of only sharp tastes, while the subtle flavors completely surpass you (My advice quit smoking before you blog about food coz you frankly can’t taste food)

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5- If you use ingredients that not many people can find abundantly, put alternatives that do not affect the recipes.

6- You will receive many treats to try out and test, make sure you deliver the actual experience and not feel obliged to say nice stuff just to keep people happy (this follows point 3)

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7- You will be known for what you post, take a line of food blogging and stick to it to keep your image clearly unique to your audience.

8- Use your social media platforms to spread your posts to as many people as you can (Don’t forget the hashtags)

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9- Keep up with what is new on the world food trends and try to see if you can follow that for the day on your blog or others social media channels

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10- When you go to try all that nice food remember, a bite of the right dish is better than a pile of a dish not worth it, don’t feel obliged to finish your plates when you are tasting you can even ask for a sampling portion which would keep your figure and taste palate entertained!

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Happy Blogging!

2015 Food Trends

According to the site http://thefoodpeople.co.uk/ there will be a trend for food 2015/2016 that will take over. What do you think about that?

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Table Etiquette

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No doubt about it that we usually fall into the trap of what to put where on the table and it sort of creates this dilemma for any host, but imagine if you go to a restaurant and get mixed up with your cutlery! Is it your fault? Or is it a common service setting mistake? I looked all over the place and found some lovely resources to benefit everyone on that subject so apparently there is a formal setting and an informal setting for the table as you would have less courses in the informal. 

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That was hopefully very helpful for many, but what about the codes that were very common in the service culture that we barely pay attention to these day. What does every placement of our cutlery in the plate after finishing means? It seems very funny that most of us just leave the cutlery randomly in the plate after finishing the meal. 

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Now that we had a mini session of  table etiquette, I cannot wait to tackle other issues concerning the culinary culture and the beauty of its meanings.original_nicole-hill-gerulat-spring-summer-table-setting_s3x4_lg

 

Loving Wishes For Brilliant Meals Ahead

 

Amman, Restaurants, Cafes & The Never Ending Dilemma

I am quite sure most of us enjoy their time with friends and families somewhere outside the vicinity of their homes. We all need a fresh setting, a different taste, a new adventure and to all that there is a certain frequency, need and set up budget. Every now and then you hear about a new restaurant opening up in Amman (and it happens a lot) they start amazing, perfect food, nice setting and all that, you enjoy a couple of outings and decide it’s a great place for that needed time out but does it really last???

I have been back from the UK after my studies for almost 4 years and I have always found the same issue happening over and over again. You pick a restaurant and enjoy its food and atmosphere but then suddenly a few months later the quality goes down hill, you feel like you are not getting value for money anymore and you end up in the search again for a new place. This endless loop is annoying for most people around me as much as it is to me, it’s a waste of energy, time and also a disappointment on a night out.

Some people with budgets for outings would be able to afford an outing per month to a high quality, top end and probably expensive place to eat, while others (the bigger group) look for places with great quality food, nice atmosphere and affordable prices (which is not easy to find in Amman). You go to a place you enjoy the cozy atmosphere, you order a bowl of soup and end up with all sorts of results, sometimes plastic bits somehow found their way into it, other times it’s too watery and maybe even thick pudding like substance. Going to salads, you always face the same mistake around drenched, soggy ingredients that neither look appealing nor taste any good. As for main meals, where should I start? I’ve been served uncooked sauteed vegetables, completely raw meat (I ordered it medium), cold fish, bland dry chicken and better yet sometimes the wrong meal all together.

Where are we going wrong? When does a restaurant go down hill? Do they change their ingredients in search for saving up on their budget? Do the staff members get bored with the dishes they make? Do they hire kitchen helpers who are not qualified? I cannot answer any of that but it saddens me to see it happen all the time.

Do you know what puzzles me the most? A barista (person who makes coffee) is supposed to have a clue about the coffee kinds and ways to make them to say the least, before even figuring out the best way to make them, yet you find him/her working in a high end place but serving you a latte convincing you it is a cappuccino and insisting that you know nothing about it. Service varies from lazy, rude, inattentive up to too busy to come serve you I have an important conversation with my other working colleagues.

One might say it is a series of mishaps here and there, maybe a case of Murphy’s Law but the sad truth it’s a recurring issue with everyone around. Beginning today I shall take it upon myself to visit places in Amman, rate, evaluate and will have no problem criticizing what I see wrong. I will share you with the experience and inform you of my thoughts. If you have a place to start in mind, please share it with me in the comments.

Lovely Weekend To All.

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