A taste of Thailand: experience the cuisine

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Thai cuisine needs no introduction, visit any town in the western world and you are likely to find a Thai restaurant within a short distance. Thai food in Thailand, however, is a whole new experience; as skilled as Thai chefs are in taking foreign food and putting a spin on it, traditional dishes are all about detail, balance and variety. The juxtaposition of hot, salty, sweet and sour flavors is what makes the food so special. As with many national dishes, Thai food reflects its country’s environment, culture and values. From street food to a la carte, the food of this Asian nation is full of flavor and ingenuity.

Back to basics

Traditional Thai cuisine is basic in terms of how quick and light preparation is, yet complex in terms of balancing the flavors. In most cases, the food has at least three or four elements of taste that come together to form a perfect blend to awaken the senses. Smell is just as important as taste and Thai dishes generally have a mild yet identifiable aroma which carries throughout the eating process and stays for some time after.

Thailand’s calling card to the rest of the world is Pad Thai. Though an infinite number of variations exist, the national dish comprises beansprouts, noodles, tofu and onion; the finishing touch is the sprinkling of peanuts that are ground almost to dust. Any other ingredients you decide to add, such as fish sauce, peanut sauce or chili oil, you can. The dish has raw ingredients not too dissimilar to those used in western dishes, but it is how they are cooked, the combination of flavors and the added extras, which transform the dish from toned-down to traditional Thai.

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Tom Yam Goong is the national aroma of Thailand due to the fragrant herbs used; lemongrass, lime leaves and shallots are the staple smells of the dish and chilies and fish sauce make the dish sing. Jumbo shrimp and mushrooms are the substance of the meal and the main tastes are hot and sour. Many Thai nationals have Tom Yam Goong as a starter, but it can also be served as a main dish if rice is added to bulk it up.

A quick and easy staple of the Thai eating experience is Kuay Tiew. No other dish will test you chopstick skills as much as noodle soup; slurping on the liquid broth is inevitable. There are countless ways in which noodle soup can be served, which makes it one of the most versatile of the more popular Thai dishes. The noodles are usually thin and broad and the substance of the dish is meat of any kind. The most popular meats are duck, chicken, beef, pork and seafood, not too different from the traditional meat staple foods of the western world.

Market meetings

No culinary-inspired trip to Thailand would be complete without a visit to one of their world renowned food markets. Talaats, as they are known, are a fundamental part of Thai life and families and friends gather here to purchase food, dine at their favorite vendor or just kick back and munch on a deep fried snack.

You can’t get more of an authentic Thai food experience than visiting the country’s largest and most famous market, Damnoen Saduak. Though the prices are higher than elsewhere and the place is flooded with tourists and locals alike by the time it opens its gates, the floating market gives a fantastic taste of the old river life and a chance to pick up some great souvenirs. As well as being faced with a magnificent array of fabulous new foods, you are encouraged to hire a sampan to explore the surrounding canals.

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The Railway Track Market in Samut Songkhram is definitely worth a visit. A 40 minute drive south-west of Bangkok, this crazy and chaotic market straddles a working rail track and stalls are rolled out of harm’s way eight times a day. You can find every type of Thai food here and are able to hire a guide to ensure you make the most of the experience.

On the streets

Thailand is well known for its street food and many who visit return home with stories to tell about what exotic item they have purchased and eaten from a road vendor. Most new experiences will invariably involve an insect of some kind; many street vendors sell deep fried locusts, bamboo worms and even snake heads. Finger food in Thailand isn’t all about insect eating however, there are many foods sold on the street that are more acceptable to the western pallet.

Som Tam (papaya salad) is one of the most popular street food dishes. Fresh, flavorsome and most importantly, fast; Som Tam is a sweet, sour, salty and spicy concoction of shredded papaya, tomatoes, shrimp, garlic, peanuts and chili peppers. The flavor combination may well be like nothing you have tasted before, but it is refreshing and will leave you wanting more. The majority of Thais’ like their Som Tam extremely spicy, so ask for a milder version if you are new to this delicacy.

Moo Ping is a grilled pork skewer that is widely available from street food vendors. Grilled meats in general are popular and you will often find chicken is available as well as the more adventurous varieties, such as buffalo. Each vendor will have their own type of marinade, but it is usually sweet and garlic tasting. Again, the raw ingredients themselves are common in the western world; it is how they are cooked, served and seasoned that makes them truly Thai.

Cooking schools are popular in Thailand with both locals and tourists who are eager to create their own unique dishes. Pattaya is a large city and offers many culinary classes, some of which are overseen by the top chefs in the country. Be sure to make time for a stopover in Pattaya for a food festival or a cooking class and then travel on to one of the smaller towns for an authentic dining experience. Sitting on the floor and eating with your right hand is the traditional Thai way.

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Thai food is well worthy of its reputation as one of the world’s greatest cuisines. Intricacy, texture, color and taste are vital components of any Thai dish and, much more than this, many of the ingredients are used for medicinal purposes in addition to the flavor they bring. Whatever your taste, be sure not to miss sampling at least one or two traditional dishes on your next visit to Thailand.

 

How is Premium Leather Made?

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There’s nothing like the look, smell, and feel of a beautiful leather bag, wallet, or suitcase. Although many are aware that Ghurka leather products and accessories are made out of some of the finest leather around, many are unsure of how the leather is made. If you’ve always wondered how premium leather is treated and finished, here’s everything you need to know.

Selection

Leather is similar to the skin of the human body. Overtime, it fades, wrinkles, and develops new, beautiful characteristics. While eliminating these characteristics can improve the overall appearance of a piece of leather, doing this can take away from the quality. However, if there are too many flaws, the leather may also lose its appeal. To maintain the look of a leather bag, wallet, or accessory, it is essential to start with the most flawless piece of leather available. Typically, calfskin, particularly French calfskin, has the softest feel and finest grain accessible and is a choice type of leather for creating accessories.

Treatment

The majority of leather hides are treated to create that signature brown or black leather color. One of the processes used to complete this is known as vegetable-tanning. This treatment type is highly beneficial because it is an environmentally responsible process and is also the most gentle on animal hides, allowing them to retain their natural beauty over time.

To create vegetable-tanned leather, hides are soaked in large drums full of this tanning substance for approximately 30 days. Then, the hides are colored using an aniline or semi-aniline treatment. At this time, the hides are submerged in a dye which allows coloring to soak deep within the porous surfaces of the leather. Once the hide is treated with pigment, it will continue to change and develop as the leather develops over time.

Finishing

After the selection and treatment processes are over, the leather is then turned into the desired product. Since most premium leather pieces are made by hand, each one has unique characteristics that add to their value.

The Benefits of Leather

Accessories made out of leather can’t be matched by products made out of different materials. This is because:

  • Leather lasts. Leather accessories are known to last for many years and are better able to withstand the elements than materials like fabric, plastic, and vinyl. This is an important factor to keep in mind when you are debating whether you should purchase a leather case, travel bag, or any other product you will carry around with you on a regular basis.
  • It provides protection. If you own a camera, laptop, or any other type of technological device, you know how risky it is to carry it around with you. Leather cases and accessories will do a better job of keeping your technology safe than other products made out of different materials.
  • There’s nothing else like it. Products made out of high-quality, premium leather are an investment that will get you more compliments and use than accessories made out of other materials.

Creating premium leather is a lengthy and skilled process. However, it is well worth it due to the overall appearance, feel, and durability of products crafted out of fine leather.

The Details of Sniper Rifles

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For those who are In the military, rifles are a must haves. But most people do not know what determines how powerful the rifle really is. For that matter, it needs enough experience to know a good one. This is the reason why today’s discussion is all about sniper rifles and their full details and categories.

These rifles are actually powerful enough to blow off light armored vehicles and even from more than a mile distance. It is very important to know what airsoft sniper rifles are all about, how to use them and what their categories are. In addition, it is important to know the range of cost and where you find them best. To let you know all these full details are being given below.

All that you need to know:

  • Sniper should be actually low sounding so that the enemies do not get alert from the beginning itself. That is why while buying, you should check whether it is low sounding or not. Remember, it is not a computer game where you will put this into use, but a real war. In addition, the sniper should be so that it can point out the enemy from a faraway range where the enemy thinks that he cannot be spotted. This way attacking becomes far easier.
  • However, these kinds of rifles have various components, yet the most important equipment out of all that is the rifle itself. So check out the cost when you are going to buy one. Do not spend a load on extra equipments when you can get the rifle for a much lower price. You can go for rifles like L96s, M40s, etc. Also take a look at the manufacturer too as in this case manufacturers do matter a lot. Manufacturers like UTG and UHC are highly recommended.
  • If you want to have something good then no wonder, it is going to cost a bit. It is suggested not to go for any rifles under the price of $100 and when you do buy a good one opt for the one with bolt action. Tones, which are above $200 will give you, gas power even.
  • The best thing to do during warfare is to remain hidden and that is the reason to merge yourself with the rifle you need to buy a clothing that will camouflage you. This way you can avoid being seen by the enemy and can attack whenever you feel the need to.
  • If the rifle is good so should the BBs. Always try to buy some BBs which are competitive ones and can work perfectly. Also take casr to check that the BBs are working perfectly with the rifle which you have. For sniper rifle, 0.25s BBs are suggested to be the best ones.
  • Last but not the least- You need to practice a lot if you are taking airsoft sniper rifles as because it is not that easy as it seems to be.

Netherlands, Worth to visit

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This is the country of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals. If you can afford to visit this country, wait no more. Here is a list of reasons why you should visit it:

1. Amsterdam. The capital city of this country has certainly a lot to offer. You can learn a lot about this country’s history by taking a tour of the Begijnhof, the Oede Kerk and the Royal Palace. You can also learn a lot about the other cultures by visiting Fo Guang Shan Buddhist temple and the Portuguese Synagogue. You can visit the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum. You can find the Anne Frank House, the NEMO Science Museum housed in a sheep and the Bijbels Museum which is focused on the Bible. These are just some of the many things you can see in Netherland’s capital city.

2. Food and beer – You should sample the Dutch specialties and the Dutch beer. You can find diverse range of food available, including Surinam and Indonesian, Spanish, Turkish and many others.

3. Old towns. If you like history, you should visit the old towns of Delft and Leiden. They have stunning views of the old days just like the paintings by Johannes Vermeer.

4. Parks. You can find many wide open spaces in this country to rest from the long walks. Vondelpark is one of the most popular parks in this country located in Amsterdam.

All You Need is Similar

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Finding love can be difficult. There are so many aspects and concerns to consider. For example, it’s important to know whether a person is emotionally healthy before beginning a relationship with them. People should know whether their date wants the same things in life that they do or has the same viewpoint regarding major issues. It’s not about playing it safe; it’s about playing it smart.

When dating people, people want to know that the person they are dating is emotionally healthy before things get more serious. While the first and second date might not dip below the superficial surface, there are subtle ways to discover whether a person is emotionally healthy. For instance, how a person talks to a waiter or waitress can say a lot about a person—whether they’re patient, demanding, argumentative or too shy to make eye contact. A person on a date will be very friendly with his or her date; however, how a person interacts with a stranger says a lot about them.

Just because a person is emotionally healthy doesn’t mean they necessarily have similar goals or interests. Similar goals and interests are important in a relationship. To make sure two people are going in the same direction, it’s important that they share similar goals and interests. While it is not necessary to find someone who is exactly the same, it will avoid some unnecessary arguments and a possible breakup down the line if one person wants kids and the other doesn’t.

Along with finding someone who is emotionally healthy and has similar interests, establishing a common viewpoint is important. In life, similar experiences tend to yield similar viewpoints. These viewpoints can be political views, religious views and other viewpoints that can cause problems for a couple if they can’t agree on major topics. Weeding through people can be a tedious task; however, when a person utilizes a service, such as an elite dating service, less weeding becomes necessary. A dating service that groups like people with others cuts down drastically on sorting the people who are desirable and who aren’t.

While love can blind people to all other matters, it’s best to clear the way with everything listed above before love becomes a part of the equation. While love isn’t to be taken lightly, it comes easier when everything else has been established because love will be effortless.

Interior design inspired by travel

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One of the great advantages of living in the 21st century is being able to travel to almost any destination in the world, with relative ease. In the course of just a couple of generations, international travel has gone from being the preserve of the rich and privileged, to being something that almost everybody can enjoy to some degree, regardless of wealth or social status.

Traveling has many benefits, but one of the greatest is its ability to broaden horizons. Traveling opens the mind and tantalizes the senses. It also raises the expectations: after all, who is going to be content with drab, dull décor once they return from visiting the stately homes and chateaux of Europe or the bazaars of North Africa?

It is sadly true that coming home after a trip abroad can be a bittersweet experience, ironically all the more so if the trip has been highly enjoyable, but this need not be the case. The vacation itself may be over, but the colors, shapes, impressions and sensory experiences of much-loved destinations can live on for years yet, within the four walls of home.

 Take inspiration

Travel can provide great inspiration for interior decor, but it is important to draw a clear line between inspiration and reproduction. Very few people could live easily inside a full-scale replica of the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, but translate that idea into a line of mirrors with golden accents, set into a neutral modern interior, or a feature lighting fixture (perhaps a chandelier) against a completely plain white ceiling, and one of the most celebrated pieces of 17th century France is suddenly perfectly applicable to a modern home.

The inspiration can be as direct, or as tenuous, as required, as long as it achieves the objective of reviving those happy memories and travel experiences. Just back from a week in a luxury boutique hotel in New York? Why not recreate it with some gorgeous bedroom furniture in a cutting-edge modern style? Spent a wonderful fortnight on a sun-drenched Greek island? Simply using the dominant colors from that setting – in this case, perhaps blue and white – can transform the look and feel of the home. Suddenly, home need not feel so drab and ordinary.

Even something as simple as the use of light can evoke foreign climes. Why not pare back the design of a room and maximize the natural light, like the Scandinavians do? Or add feature shutters to windows, as is popular in Germany?

 Accessorize

Overseas inspiration does not have to end with colors and furniture. Thinking back to a recent trip, what were the dominant sounds and smells? Thanks to the internet it is now easy to purchase music from abroad, so the sounds of rebetiko can echo on past the end of that Greek holiday, and South America can live on in the strains of tango music. Likewise with scent; there is a vast array of perfumes available for the home, in all sorts of forms from scented candles to fragranced oils, and many of them are wonderful aids to evoking the atmosphere of exotic destinations.

Travel can be a source of growth and inspiration: why not factor it in to your own interior design plans?

Vacation hair care: Maintaining your silky locks while abroad

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When it comes to deciding what to pack for a trip or vacation, our hair is often at the bottom of our ‘Things to Take Care of’ list. However, considering how many photographs are taken when we travel, it should be one of our top priorities to ensure that our vacation pictures show us looking our best.

Adapting to a different climate

In many cases, traveling means entering into different climates, and these changes may play havoc with hair. A hairstyle that looked great at home is suddenly transformed into a frizzy mess while on vacation because of the humidity in the air, the drying effects of the sun, or even chlorinated swimming pool water.

Just as our skin needs a moisturizer to stop it from drying out, so does our hair. The first thing to remember is to pack a hydrating, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and, if possible, a deep conditioning treatment such as a hair mask or Argan Oil, which should be used every three days or so. This will also help to add weight to hair and stop it from becoming puffy.

In most cases, hair does not need to be washed every day, so pack a shower cap for those in-between days to stop it from getting wet in the shower.

Combating “frizzy” hair and tangles

There are plenty of anti-frizz treatments available and these can prove invaluable when traveling; these should be used after washing hair, but before drying it. Once hair is dry, extra protection can be added with an anti-humidity spray. Heat protection sprays that protect the hair against harmful UV rays from the sun are also readily available.

When possible, let hair dry naturally rather than blasting it with a hairdryer, and use fingers to de-tangle hair rather than a comb or brush as these can cause split ends. It is a good idea to pack two brushes when traveling; one that is suitable for wet hair and another for dry.

Travel tips

People often want to look their best on vacation and may decide to color their hair just before they go. However, it is best to have hair colored a minimum of a week before the travel date to close the pores of the hair strands and ensure the coloring does not fade too quickly in the sun. If having highlights done, it is a good idea to ask the stylist to make them two or three shades darker than normal as they will lighten naturally in the sun.

Give hair a vacation as well by leaving heated appliances at home. In hot and humid climates, using straightening equipment or curling irons will just dry hair out more, and one could be fighting a losing battle trying to straighten curly hair in a humid environment anyway.

Enjoy a more relaxed vacation and protect hair by adopting a low maintenance hairstyle. Keep long hair tied back in a ponytail or twist it into a low chignon or topknot, and remember to pack plenty of hairpins and ponytail holders to keep these styles in place.

Why to visit Germany

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Germany is a country with rich history and a country that has a lot of things worth visiting. This country is the home of Beethoven and Back and it boasts around 300 theatres, 630 art museums and 130 professional orchestras. If you are art-lover, then this is the country you should visit.

German is the primary language but a lot of the population speak English as-well which makes it easy for the visitors to communicate. The Germans are friendly and they will answer all of your questions. Germany is divided into 16 diverse states and each region has different food and drink specialties. This is great place to experience adrenaline rush since this country is the home of the high performance cars. You can rent a car for a drive on the autobahn, where there are no speed limits.

One of the most popular events in Europe is Oktoberfest which is held in Munich. If you attend this beer fest you will meet people from all over the world. The food you get in Germany is different than the food in many other countries. You get served a huge plate full of food and not some stylishly decorated little morsel. There is something interesting for everyone, if you are going here with kids, or even if you are going alone, you should take a look at Europa Park which is the 2nd most popular theme park resort in Europe after Disneyland in Paris.