Monthly Archive: November 2017

How to Choose The Right Restaurant for Your Needs

We all love a great dining experience and that is why we choose to eat out. As much as most of time you can have a great dining experience at home, sometimes it is good to go to your favorite restaurant to break the monotony. There are many things that make up a great dining experience and that is why you have to know what to look out for when looking for a restaurant. Some of the factors to consider include:

How to Choose The Right Restaurant for Your Needs

How to Choose The Right Restaurant for Your Needs

Location of the restaurant

The location of the restaurant does matter. Everyone would want a restaurant that is easily accessible and convenient. No one would want somewhere that is hard driving into is so far away that they take so much time to access. Someone would also want a restaurant that is in a good neighborhood.

Ambience of the restaurant

The ambience of a restaurant is the general atmosphere of the restaurant. Everyone would want a restaurant with a great ambience. When it comes to ambience however it depends on the individual taste though that may be influenced by one’s mood.

Cuisine of the restaurant

If you are looking for a specific cuisine, then it would be good to check the cuisines of the restaurant. There are some restaurants that offer a wide variety of cuisines while there are those that offer specific cuisines. If you are very specific about a particular cuisine, it would be a good idea to check and confirm if the chef hails from the country where the cuisine is from.


It always feels good to get value for money. Contrary to popular belief, it is not always about the money but the value that can be derived from the money.


When looking for a restaurant, we are always looking for good service. Some places have better services than others. No one would want to go to a restaurant where they would spend 30 minutes before they are attended to. You should however note that most of the time how you treat the waiters will determine how they will treat you.

Cleanliness of the restaurant

When the restaurant is clean, it will give you confidence on the cleanliness of the food. The hygienic standards of a restaurant can be a health hazard. A smart way of checking the hygienic standards of a restaurant is checking out its washroom.


Recommendations are a good way of finding a great restaurant. If the restaurant is good, it will always have good reviews. As much as there are many Barrie, Ontario restaurants, not all of them have the same level of service. For a great culinary experience it is therefore wise to check out reviews. There are many sites such as Yelp where one can get reviews. In some cases you will have to ask for referrals from your friends and family who you think may have the same culinary taste as you. It is important to keep in mind culinary taste is all about trying out.

How to Cook Healthy

Want to learn how you can cook healthy? Not only will this help you lose weight and get fit, but adding the right things to your diet can help you build muscle. You just need to look for an effective way to burn fat and build muscle and you’ll be good to go! Here are some tips.

How to Cook Healthy

How to Cook Healthy

  1. Make rich dishes without the cream

Creamy sauces like those in fettuccine alfredo or custom made mac and cheese are frequently stacked with margarine, heavy cream or even cheese. You can skip the heavy cream and make smooth sauces with low-fat milk that is thickened with flour. To create your own cream to substitute: Combine 1 glass low-fat milk with 4 teaspoons all purpose flour; put over medium heat until percolating and thick. Glass for container, thickened low-fat milk saves more than 680 calories and 53 grams saturated fat versus heavy cream! For smooth servings of mixed greens, for example, potato plates of mixed greens, select low-fat mayonnaise as well as low fat cream; a mix of the two tastes extraordinary. One tablespoon normal mayo has 90 calories and 10 grams fat versus 15 calories and 1 gram fat in low-fat mayo.

  1. Try to cook with less oil

Extra virgin olive oil and canola oil are our go-to, heart-sound oils for some formulas. In any case, despite everything they carry around 120 calories for each tablespoon, so we utilize them sensibly. Try adding less oil to your most loved sauté, serving of mixed greens or soup formula. When cooking on the stovetop, cast-press, nonstick or polish covered skillets and dish let you utilize minimum to no oil.

  1. Get your food crispy and fried without any of the grease

Skip all that deep frying and opt for crispy baking: Dip chicken, fish or vegetables in milk, buttermilk or egg, dig in all purpose flour or breadcrumbs, at that point coat with canola or olive oil cooking spray. Place on a wire rack set on a baking sheet and heat at 425° to 450°F until crisp and golden brown. Two pieces of these baked crispy chicken have around 40 percent less calories and 4 grams less saturated fat than two pieces of normally fried chicken.

  1. Season with less salt

The USDA prescribes restricting sodium utilization to under 2,300 mg (1 teaspoon salt) every day. Be that as it may, keeping inside that rule can be dubious regardless of the possibility that you make the majority of your diners at home. Replace a portion of the additional salt in a formula with sodium free flavor boosters like a zest of lemon or lime and additionally other mixed herbs. Watch out for sodium in comfort items like canned soup, tomatoes and beans as well. Frequently there is a lower-sodium alternative accessible, so try and compare brands when you can.

  1. Make use of whole grains in baked items

Replacing a large portion of the all-purpose flour in baked goods with whole wheat flour includes fiber (12 more grams for each glass) and carries basic B vitamins, zinc and magnesium. Have a go at utilizing general or white whole wheat flour in biscuits, breads and similar treats; utilize a finer-textured wheat baked good flour in cakes, pie crusts and cookies.

How Pressure Cookers Work

As a cook or a student of culinary arts, you probably don’t use a pressure cooker too often. Pressure cookers can actually be quite useful in the process of cooking. While many people choose to use pressure cookers, they don’t really know the science behind it.

Pressure cookers are quite old, they were invented in the 1600s. The cooker relies on high pressure that builds from the evaporation of water to steam. Steam builds up inside the cooker which forms pressure and allows the food to cook from the pressure of the steam. This is actually a wonderful way of cooking as it allows a lot of the nutrients that are usually lost in the cooking process to remain within the food.

How Pressure Cookers Work

What can you cook in a pressure cooker?

The wonderful thing about pressure cookers is the fact that you can make almost anything in them. From rice to boiled eggs to stews, a pressure cooker is a great way to cook. It saves you time and a lot of effort, making it an easier way to cook.

It can be tricky

If you haven’t used pressure cookers before then we recommend you read instructions properly. Electric pressure cookers tend to work better than stove but either one gets the job done. The process of cooking with the cooker is simple. You add water in the pressure cooker, wait for it to heat up then add the food and the lid. Sounds simple enough? Well, you need to be aware not to overfill the cooker with water and ensure that with the food and the water, there is enough room on the top for steam to really build.

You can try it out and test it, it isn’t rocket science and with experience, you will learn how to use it properly.

If you are now thinking about getting a pressure cooker, we recommend you do your research before you go and get one. We recommend getting something like the Cuisinart pressure cooker, it’s easy to use, safe, and cleans easily also. However, you have tons of pressure cookers to choose from so do your research and see which one fits your budget and needs. Be sure to pay attention to the materials used in the build of the pressure cooker, you want stainless steel, and also the size. You don’t want a pressure cooker that rusts and is tough to clean while also too big.

The Importance of Good Nutrition for Athletes

Athletes are people that use up a lot of energy and they therefore need to eat food that is rich in protein. Eating the wrong foods could lead to their performance becoming poor. In this article, we are going to discuss the importance of good nutrition for athletes.

Energy and Performance

Food is fuel for the energy that we use every day, and especially athletes.

Carbohydrates regulate blood sugar and glycogen levels in the muscles, reducing muscle fatigue. Fat on the other hand, is the source of fatty acids, although it should be eaten in limited quantities. Protein takes care of building new tissue and is a source of energy.

Weight Control

In order for us to have a healthy body weight, we must have good nutrition. When it comes to athletes, weight can be a big issue, and if they are after cutting weight, they should not restrict calories since it could affect their performance. Instead they should use more high-fiber vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes to get essential nutrients. Lean protein sources and low-fat dairy foods also work perfectly.


All athletes that participate in sports should stay hydrated since an imbalance in body fluids could affect their performance. Water is responsible for musculoskeletal lubrication, and transporting nutrients through the body. Water is the best way to stay hydrated.

After the Game

It is important for people to restore balance after games by eating, and especially if they didn’t take enough fluids during the event. High-sodium foods such as pretzels, cheese, and soups are highly recommended, as well as having snacks such as whole-grain bagels, apples or bananas.

The Importance of Good Nutrition for Athletes

The Importance of Good Nutrition for Athletes

The Best Folding Bikes in 2017 – A Complete Buying Guide

We have been looking at the importance of good nutrition for athletes and we would now like to look at one of the activities that athletes take part in, biking. We are going to review the best folding bikes in 2017.

Montague Paratrooper

This bike that is built by Montague comes with a patented folding design that came from a DARPA grant allowing airborne soldiers to drop out of airplanes and helicopters, and into combat. It is a 24 speed bike with front suspension, mechanical disc brakes, and a Rackstand for hauling gear. It is a long lasting bike that can carry heavy loads with ease, and it is now also popular with commuters and other riders.


  • For a valid warranty please have assembled at your local bike shop.
  • Bike is shipped in the Montague’s standard and very durable box.
  • It comes with 24 speeds, front suspension, mechanical disc brakes, and a Rackstand for hauling gear.
  • Authorized dealer – Montague’s warranty of 1 year on parts and their backing on frame’s potentially past that date, are valid. Contact them with any concerns as to Warranty.

Cyrusher FR100

This folding mountain bike comes with full suspension capabilities to handle the most demanding trails. It comes with an aluminum frame despite the fact that it is light. It also features a 24 gear Shimano drivetrain with quick and precise shifting. Other features include 26-inch, 6-spoke magnesium alloy rims, disc brakes, ergonomic handlebars, and cut-away saddle. This is the perfect workhorse to tackle those tough terrains.


  • Premium Quality: The bike adopts 100 percent aluminum alloy frame, the front fork and middle frame are packed with comfort shock absorption.
  • Brake & Gear Shift System: With front and rear disc brakes and 24-speed shifting system, you can choose any speed to complete your journey, and perfect brakes fully protect your safety.
  • Light & Foldable Frame: Folding is simple and easy. Great bike for hitting the trails, and ideal for use as a commuting bike.
  • Ergonomic Design: we pay great attention to every detail of each component, ergonomic hand bar, adjustable seat and anti-slip wear resistant tire.
  • Unique Rim: 26 inch, 6 Spokes Classical Rims magnesium integrated wheel.

The Best Folding Road Bike

Montague Boston 21”

This full size, single-speed folding bike comes with 700c wheels that are ideal for the city. The flip-flop hub ensures that the rear wheel can work as both a fixed-gear or free-wheel setup. This is a fast and simple bike that also has a Clix quick release and the patented folding system that can fold the bike in less than 20 seconds.


  • For a valid warranty please have assembled at your local bike shop.
  • Bike is shipped in the Montague’s standard and very durable box.
  • 700c wheels.
  • Flip-flop hub enabling the rear wheel to operate as either a fixed-gear or free-wheel setup.
  • Clix quick release and the patented folding system.
  • Authorized dealer – Montague’s warranty of 1 year on parts and their backing on frame’s potentially past that date, are valid. Contact them with any concerns as to Warranty.

Retrospec Folding Single Speed

This bike comes in a small, compact frame style that is foldable. It comes with an aluminum frame that is not heavy, making it manageable, the weight barely 22 pounds.  The larger sprocket gives it sufficient speeds, while the 20-inch wheels come with Kenda Kwest commuter tires that have a smooth, rounded tread, for added traction during the wet weather. It comes with a coaster brake system and not handbrakes, and all at a very affordable price.


  • Folding single-speed bike with rear coaster brake perfect for riding around the city, easy to carry and store in small spaces
  • Ideal for commuting or exercise on paths that are mostly flat or smaller hills
  • Lightweight Aluminum frame is up to 30% lighter than steel or chromoly
  • 20″ Wheels with Kenda Kwest commuter tires with smooth rounded tread with large water dispersion grooves
  • Folding time of 10 seconds with folding handlebar tube, top-tube and pedals

The Best Folding Commuter Bike

Dahon Mariner D7

The Mariner D7 was specifically designed for boaters, fitting easily into small boat holds. It is rust resistant but not rust proof, meaning that it needs proper maintenance, minimizing corrosion. This bike emphasizes on comfort and convenience, coming with quick folding.


  • It folds in less than 15 seconds so you can take it anywhere and It’s light enough to carry on public transport.
  • Perfect for taking on a bus or train on your commute or stashing in your apartment.
  • Equipped with a Dahon Neos rear derailleur that features crisp, fast shifting and a low profile design that is protected from damage.
  • 7005 aluminum frame with custom-drawn Sonus tubing and six patented technologies.

Schwinn 20-Inch Loop Folding Bike

This bike comes with a frame made of reinforced aluminum for enhanced strength and durability, and a total weight of 34 pounds. It is easier to climb up steep slopes due to the 7 gear drivetrain, while the caliper brakes on the front and rear wheels offer efficient braking. It features 30” alloy wheels with 30 spokes for added reinforcement.


  • 20-inch folding bicycle designed for commuting
  • Low stand over frame and rigid fork for easy on and off
  • Sure stopping alloy linear pull brakes
  • 7 speed drivetrain to get up hills easily
  • Nylon carrying bag included

The Best Folding Electric Bike

Prodeco V5 Phantom X2

This is a versatile and rugged bike, something like a mountain bike with an engine, that can also fold up. The electric engine and battery make it somewhat heavy, and therefore not as portable as the non-electric bikes. It comes with an aluminum frame and a magnesium suspension fork for a smoother ride. The 8 gear drivetrain ensures for both urban and off-road riding, the highest gear going up to 20mph and 38 miles on a single charge. It comes with a very silent motor.


  • 8 speed mid derailleur
  • Twist 8 speed shifter and avid db1 disc brakes
  • Rear direct drive 36v 500-watt motor
  • 36v 11.6Ah Samsung cell battery
  • 20 mph and 25-35-mile distance

Greenbike USA GB5

Worth every penny, this bike comes with full suspension and a 8FUN 350W motor, allowing for smooth rides of up to 20 miles an hour, and 50 miles on a single charge. The foldable seat is easy to remove and return when placing the battery. Made for safety, convenience, and comfort, it comes with wide-set handlebars for graceful maneuvers, as well as three riding modes, regular biking, pedal assist, or throttle. The LCD display shows functions such as the speedometer, distance, 9 levels of pedal assistance, and battery life.


  • 8FUN 350W motor and 36V/13AH fast-charging lithium Samsung battery: allows for up to 50 mile range per one charge
  • 3 modes: regular biking, 9 levels! pedal assist, or only throttle for hours of enjoyment.
  • Full suspension allowing for a smooth and more comfortable ride up to 20MPH
  • pedaling speed-28mph, electric horn. Kenda puncture resistance, wheel
  • LCD display, front and rear disc brakes, Shimano 6 gear, wide handlebars, front and rear light controlled by the display, left and right turn signals, brakes lights, extremely reliable

The Best Folding Hybrid Bike

Montague Allston Pavement

This hybrid bike is made for both paved and off-road riding, coming with a strong and durable aluminum frame. It comes with 11-gear Shimano shifters that are fast and responsive on any terrain, featuring an oil free belt drive instead of a chain. The bike has a hydraulic braking system on both front and back wheels, and is the excellent choice for heavy commuters and exercising.


  • 21-Inch Frame: For riders 5’11” – 6’4″, stand over height is 29-Inch
  • Speeds: 11, Wheel Size: 700c, Folding Time: 20 sec, Folded Size: 36x28x12-Inch, Approx Weight: 30lbs
  • The Allston combines a Gates carbon belt drive with the Shimano Alfine 11 internal gear hub
  • Grease-less and virtually maintenance free, it’s perfect for urban riding and can easily be stowed until your next ride

Montague’s Urban Folding Hybrid Bike

Coming with a 21-speed Shimano drivetrain, this is a speed oriented hybrid bike that performs excellently and is also durable. The frame is made from custom-drawn aluminum tubing, with extra reinforcement in high stress areas. The wheels consist of 32-hole alloy rims that consist of 700c, 35mm wide tires, perfect for gravel without compromising speed. It also consists of a Tektro Dual Pivot Caliper side pull brake system with Quick Release for instant braking.


  • Small – 17 Frame: For riders 4’8 – 5’2. Stand over height is 28
  • Speeds: 21
  • Wheel Size: 700c
  • Folded Size: 36x28x12
  • Folding Time: 20 sec.


You need to eat healthily if you intend to take part in any athletic sports, including biking. This is because you’ll use energy and it will need to be supplemented. When taking part in any athletic sport, go for the best equipment, hence the reason why we reviewed the best folding bikes for 2017.

Choosing The Best Commission Advance Company

If you are in real estate, you must be aware how long a payment can take especially if you are a broker. Well the good news is that there is a way that you can access your funds more easily, and that is through a commission advance company. The only requirement is that you should have completed your sale and you are good to go. You can access your funds as soon as in 24 hours and that is better than taking a loan as it is money you have earned and you don’t have to pay the interest. There are however many commission advance companies and hence you have to know what to look out for to make sure that you end up with the right company. Some of the factors to consider include:

Commission Advance Company

Commission Advance Company


Every commission advance company normally charges a fee, a discount fee. You should look out to make sure the company does not have any hidden charges as that will basically mean that you will get less money. Hidden fees can come in form of administration fees, minimum fees, application fees, wire fees or reserve holdbacks. You should look out for that so that you don’t get a raw deal.

Mode of operation

A commission advance company should not as you for credit checks rather should be able to give you funding on the basis of contract of sale and a pending commission.

Period of approval

Most of the time you will seek the services of a commission advance company because you are looking for convenience. In this case you should look for a company that has quick approval if possible same day approval. If it takes more than 24 hours to process your application then that may be a sign of a red flag.

Application process

For more convenience the company should have a simple application process. The standard mode of application in most companies nowadays is an online application. The ease of the application process may have an influence on how fast you can access funds.

No minimum or maximum

As much as commission advance companies should not have a minimum or a maximum commission that can be advanced, there are those that have. You should be keen to check out so that incase it has a minimum or maximum the amount you want to advance falls in between the bracket. It is however advisable to go for a company that has no minimum or maximum.

The number of deals that can be advanced at a time

Most brokers or real estate agents normally require advancing several deals at the same time. There are some companies that may have limits and this may be inconveniencing especially if you have several deals that you may consider to advance. Normally most well established companies will not impose a limit on the number of deals that can be advanced at the same time. It is therefore important to keep that in mind.