How to Avoid Holiday Overeating

When the holidays are knocking at your door and you are already overwhelmed by the magic that appears when such moments are approaching, there are a few things that you need to consider. Apart from the relaxation and the pleasant moments spent with your family and relatives, you will soon notice that eating tends to be one of your major activities. Attending dinners and other kinds of events that involve eating is inevitable during the holiday, especially if you visit your family or friends or if you are about to welcome guests in your own home.



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Overeating is not an unusual thing when it comes to holidays and we all know that it is hard to resist to all the temptations that are awaiting you at the table. I have personally convinced myself that even when I am on regime, holidays make me more vulnerable and predisposed to overeating. Over the years I have tried several methods to handle the holiday overeating and now I will share some of my ideas that have proven their efficiency. Although it is difficult not to overeat, I will suggest to you some of the ways in which you will be able to escape from this unpleasant situation that is part of the holidays.


Organise different activities

Whether you are visiting your family or welcoming some guests in your home, you can effectively organise diverse activities that will keep you far away from the table. I agree that it is difficult not to think about eating, especially when you relax, but if you really want to avoid the overeating, you can try with this idea. You can play chess, cards or any other games that you are interested in. You can even try with scrabble, if that appeals to the other people. The important thing is not to spend the whole time sitting on the table and trying to eat all that food that is waiting for you. I assure you that overeating can really cause you a lot of problems afterwards, so if you try this method, you will be able to follow your regime without a problem.


Follow a certain regime

Even if that sounds weird when it comes to the holidays, you can be sure that establishing a simple regime will really help you avoid overeating. By this, I do not mean to stay hungry all the time but to make a decision which food you will eat and which will be out of your list. Another thing to take into account is to avoid eating all the time.  For example, in case you had an excellent lunch, do not miss the afternoon breakfast but avoid eating in the interval between the two meals.


Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning

One very simple advice – if you do not want to think about eating, you can always take care of the cleaning of your home. During the holidays there are a lot of chores that need to be done, so roll up your sleeves and focus all of your attention on the upholstery cleaning for example. This is a sure way you won’t think about all the delicious meals that are awaiting for you at the table. Of course, do not neglect all the holiday activities for the cleaning, I assure you that you will have a lot to clean after the end of the holidays.


This is my list of the things that help me to avoid overeating, whenever I attend holiday events with my relatives and friends. There is no guarantee that you will resist the temptation, however, you can always try some of these methods, if you really want to avoid the unpleasant overeating.

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How to Set a Table: the Basics

Setting a table in an immaculate way is not as difficult as it seems. However, many people feel puzzled when organizing a dinner party or other event because they meet difficulties in setting the table in a correct and perfect way. You need to know certain rules about how to place the glasses, plates and the utensils if you want to impress your guests and to demonstrate them that they are welcomed in your home. There are some details that you can keep in mind when setting the table but if you show enough willingness, we guarantee that you won’t meet difficulties in this activity. Even if not organizing an official dinner, it is good to show to your relatives and friends that you have made efforts to be perfect in every detail. The importance of good manners should not be underestimated and setting the table in an immaculate way can really make an impression to your guests.

We will give you some basic advice how to set the table in the proper way due to the occasion and how to make a correct placement of your plates and utensils.


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Basic setting of the table

The basic setting of the table is suitable for most occasions which facilitates your work a lot. The general rule here is to situate the dinner plate in the centre of the place and to put everything else around it. The flatware needs to be positioned around the plate in the following order:

  • The fork is put to the left of the plate
  • The knife and the spoon are put to the right of the plate. The knife is placed with its sharp edge to the plate and the spoon is positioned to the right of the knife
  • Water glass is placed above the knife
  • Napkins go either under the fork or on the plate


Setting For an Informal Occasion

Setting for an informal dinner resembles a lot the basic setting, however there  are still some details that need to be outlined:

  • If there is a salad, the salad fork should be placed to the left of the dinner fork
  • As far as dessert fork is concerned, it can be added when time for dessert comes
  • The bowl for the soup needs to be put on the plate and the soup spoon on the right part of the beverage spoon
  • Cups are situated above the spoons and other glasses for wine and water are put to the left of the coffee cups


Setting for Formal Occasion 

When formal occasion is concerned, things become slightly different but do not feel stressed, if you follow these guidelines you won’t meet any difficulties:

  • The dessert and soup spoons are placed to the right of the knife or if you prefer you can bring them when the soup/dessert is served
  • Everything needs to be geometrically situated
  • The position of the utensils is due to the menu so that you can take them in an “outside in” manner


These are some of the basic instructions for setting a table in an ideal way. Apart from the arrangement, make sure that utensils and plates have been cleaned in the right way. Old stains that cover their surface won’t make a good impression to your guests and can spoil the whole atmosphere that you have created. Clean everything carefully to make the look of the table impeccable and outstanding. Put a smile on your face and welcome your guests to enjoy your dinner party.


The article is kindly presented by Pheeby from Deluxe Cleaners Kennington


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Home Wine and Liquor Bar Display Ideas

We know how much you love your wine and liquor collection. In order to share your excellent taste and style with your friends you should come up with clever bar display ideas. That way your guests can enjoy your excellent taste for beverages and you will get a stylish home improvement that will complement your sophisticated character. Wine and liquor are examples of good taste, so don’t keep them somewhere hidden. Better find a proper way to display them in order to catch attention and to receive appreciation. With some helpful ideas you can attain a wine and liquor bar display that will create an aura of excellent character, a feeling of relaxation and luxury. All of these sensations will overwhelm you when you and your guests sit down for a lovely drink or just to admire the collection.


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The best way to show others what you have available in your bar, is by displaying the bottles. That applies not only for home bars but for commercial one too. Therefore we can assume that this is something of general importance. With a good wine and liquor bar display it will be a lot easier to keep an eye on your beverage collection. You will be able to see which bottles need restocking and show off with rare items that aren’t very popular and easy to find. In the following paragraphs we would like to offer you some wine and liquor bar display ideas that will help you to choose the most attractive and stylish bar for your home – a bar that shows good taste and doesn’t require a lot of cleaning.

Installing a cabinet bar display is an excellent idea that will add more style to your home environment. Cabinet displays are encompassed by cabinets with glass doors. They are absolutely perfect for displaying your wine and liquor reserves. By standard, cabinet displays are approximately meter and a half high but they could be even taller. They have several shelves inside them and at least one drawer at the bottom. You can use the drawers for storage of  bar accessories such as, wine bottle openers, glasses for liquor and wine, cooling buckets and towels, and everything else that can find its perfect place there. The best place for the most important bottles and glassware is the inside of the cabinets. By placing your bottles there, everybody can see what you have in stock.

Maybe you have seen overhead displays of glassware and bottles in pubs or other venues. They will look just as amazing in your home as well. The use of overhead displays is a clever idea that can add more feeling to your home atmosphere. These bar displays sit just above the heads of your friends or family and spare you extra cleaning of accessories. In general they are meant for glassware storage, though they can also emphasize your bottle collection. You can buy several different display racks in order to use each to highlight different wine vintages or different liquor such as scotch, whiskey, bourbon, rum, etc.

If want something cheaper and more creative you can make your own custom bar display. With some painting and decoration you can achieve unthinkable results. Be careful if you are planning to paint your bar inside the house because paint cleaning could be a difficult irritating activity. A good idea is to look for playful inspiration for your home wine and liquor bar display. A chessboard design is something that will amaze your guests. Alternating black and white paint squares on your bar can make an excellent chessboard – your bar will become a real chessboard and your bottles will turn into figures on the board.




The article is provided by CityCleaners London

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The Top Places to Buy Fresh Seafood Online

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With the overwhelming amount of online seafood stores, it might be seemingly difficult trying to find one that is health conscious and able to provide a quality product. Finding fresh seafood online doesn’t need to be so daunting though. By making sure that the company has a great reputation, finding an online store that carries fresh seafood can be easier and even healthier than purchasing it from your local supermarket.


There are certain factors that should be noticed and thought about before you go ahead and make a seafood purchase online. By knowing what to look for, you will find a great source for some fresh seafood online. Buying seafood online is typically a fresher option than buying it at the market.


  • Make sure the company only purchases seafood from suppliers that are reputable.
  • The seafood will be purchased through a company that values freshness and healthy options.
  • The online store shouldn’t be buying fish from suppliers who destroy the fish’s natural habitat or that overfish when they are out.
  • A seafood product purchased online should be even fresher than that purchased at a grocery store since they are buying directly from the suppliers.
  • The prices will be admirable to that of the seafood, meaning that they won’t be too cheap or too overpriced.
  • The company you are purchasing from will have years of experience and knowledge of the seafood industry.
  • The online store will have great reviews and ratings from reoccurring customers.


Anderson Seafoods happens to be one of the best online stores to purchase fresh seafood from. Their fresh seafood online is known for being 3-8 days fresher than that of any supermarket. With a large quantity of different seafood options, one will certainly find what they desire.


  • Albacore
  • Caviar
  • Crab
  • Fruits de Mer
  • Galley Combo
  • Halibut
  • Lobster
  • Mahi-Mahi
  • Ono
  • Opah
  • Salmon
  • Scallops
  • Sea Bass
  • Shrimp
  • Swordfish
  • Trout
  • Tuna


The above are just some of the fresh seafood products that can be found at Anderson Seafoods’ online store. All of these options are available fresh or frozen and can be delivered within the United States or Canada any day between Monday and Thursday. The quality and freshness of the product will astound you.


Fresh seafood online is at many times safer than purchasing from a local store. Depending on where you live, being near a sea source for healthy and superior seafood might not be an option. Not to mention, you may never know who supplies the seafood to the supermarket. Anderson Seafoods only works with reputable suppliers who don’t overfish or destroy the natural habitat as they are out fishing. This is an important matter that many fishermen should pay more caution to. By destroying the habitats of the seafood, we are giving them less places to thrive and our seafood sources could become depleted.

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Tortang Dulong

Tortang dulong is a simple dish that’s included in my weekly menu. It is a favorite comfort food among many Filipinos. Dulong is a very small fish, much smaller than dilis and is sold at Php100 per kilo in local wet markets. It is best eaten with your favorite dippings – with catsup or vinegar and crushed garlic.




dulong when cooked



2 Eggs, beaten



Onion, diced

Palm oil



Wash dulong in a strainer through running water; let the water get fully drained before mixing it to the bowl of beaten eggs.

Add the diced onions, salt and pepper to taste. Mix it thoroughly.

Mold round cakes out of the mixture.

Heat the pan with palm oil, and then fry the dulong round cakes until crispy golden fried.

Serve while hot with rice.


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Tasteful Encounters in the City of Vienna

Traveling to Europe is a dream come true for many. There are various sights, sounds, culture and of course cuisines to try out. Most of us only read about these places in books and they always seem to appear so romantic especially Vienna, Austria. That is why, visiting and exploring this beautiful city for the first time requires a well thought of itinerary. Booking a hotel in Vienna that is well-suited for your desired activities there for instance can give you the best experience of the city.


For the cuisine enthusiasts like us, sampling out the best Viennese foods is a must. It is a fact that Vienna is famous for its delightful brew and mouthwatering pastries so this is the first order of the day.


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The Sachertorte, is Vienna’s famous chocolate cake and while we find it hard to pronounce, we never had any issues calling out its delectable taste. Hotel Sacher in Vienna serves the Original Sachertorte which is actually two layers of thick chocolate cake with a thin coating of apricot jam and topped with rich chocolate icing. Pair this up with their traditional “Wiener Melange” and it’s simply heavenly.


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For lunch or dinner, you may try out Tafelspitz which is a dish of boiled beef in broth. The word tafelspitz refers to how the meat was cut-up. Then it is boiled in broth with spices and root vegetables. This is usually served with horseradish and minced apples.


XXXL wiener schnitzel

XXXL wiener schnitzel


Another notable favorite in Viennese cuisine is the Wiener Schnitzel. Any Schnitzel in Austria has to be made from veal, if its pork it is called a Wiener Schnitzel vom Schwien. Wiener Schnitzel is made from veal escalope, hammered to become thin, breaded and then fried. You’ll often get a plateful of this served with a slice of lemon and the traditional Erdäpfelsalat, a side dish akin to mashed potatoes.


You will never run out of traditional Viennese foods to try during your stay in Vienna. You will discover that they are heavily influenced by the surrounding countries over the years, such as Hungary, France and Italy. The best way to enjoy traditional Viennese cuisine is to explore the city’s abundant coffee shops, taverns and al fresco restaurants.


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Sacher Hotel, outside sitting


Image credits: Big thanks to my dear friend g_mirage2 on Flickr for the photos.

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