Go Big on Brunch

Building out a full menu to please your brunch guests with simple, tasty recipes can help create a fun, flavorful atmosphere when it’s time for a morning bite.

By making a variety of dishes to accommodate an array of personal tastes, you can give friends and family the flavors they desire. With choices like Apple Strudel Pancakes and Mini Hash Brown Casseroles, you can fulfill a multitude of food groups from grains and fruits to dairy and meat. Allow the adults at your gathering to top off the meal with a spicy take on this Watermelon Bloody Mary, featuring simple preparation and a handful of garnish options.

Find more brunch recipes at Culinary.net.

Add Apples to Your Brunch Buffet

As part of a balanced brunch, these Apple Strudel Pancakes feature whole grains rich in fiber, minerals and vitamins to provide energy for you and your guests. With a rich, nutty flavor, buckwheat flour complements the sweet taste of apples and maple syrup for a twist on traditional pancakes. Find more nutritious recipes at aicr.org.

Apple Strudel Pancakes

Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research

Servings: 8

Apple Strudel Mixture:

  • 1          cup water
  • 1/4       cup raisins
  • 1          tablespoon butter
  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3       cup thoroughly chopped walnuts
  • 1          large apple, peeled, cored and chopped

Batter:

  • 1          cup buckwheat flour
  • 1          cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2          tablespoons sugar
  • 1          teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1          teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 2          eggs
  • 2          cups 1 percent buttermilk
  • 1/4       cup safflower oil
  • 1/2       teaspoon vanilla extract
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • maple syrup
  1. To make apple strudel mixture: Boil water; add raisins. Remove from heat and let steep until raisins are plump and reconstituted, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. In shallow pan over medium heat, add butter. Once butter melts and is bubbling, stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook about 3 minutes until sugar starts to dissolve. Add walnuts, apples and raisins. Cook apples until just tender when pierced with fork, about 4 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
  3. To make batter: In large bowl, mix flours, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, beat eggs lightly and mix with buttermilk, oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry, mixing as little as possible. Add apple strudel mixture and fold all ingredients together. Set aside.
  5. Heat nonstick pan or griddle over medium heat. Grease pan lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Once pan is hot, ladle about 1/4 cup batter per pancake taking care not to overcrowd pan. After 2-3 minutes, flip pancakes once.
  6. Serve pancakes warm with syrup.

A Small Brunch Bite

A full brunch menu calls for small bites on the side to complement the multitude of flavors brought on by a variety of brunch dishes.

For a clever option that’s quick to make, these Mini Hash Brown Casseroles provide a morsel bursting with flavor to pair with just about any morning meal. Made with refrigerated Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns, which are pre-shredded for a faster fridge to fork kitchen experience, you can make a batch of the tasty cups in less than an hour.

Find more brunch solutions and recipes at simplypotatoes.com.

Mini Hash Brown Casseroles

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Servings: 24

  • 1          package refrigerated Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns
  • 1          pound Bob Evans Farms Original Sausage Roll
  • 4          large eggs
  • 1/2       cup milk
  • 3          tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1          cup ham, cubed
  • 1          cup red pepper, diced
  • 1/2       teaspoon black pepper
  • 1          cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Remove hash browns from refrigerator and let rest.
  3. In skillet, cook sausage according to package directions.
  4. Lightly grease two 12-cup muffin tins. In bowl, whisk eggs and milk. Add hash browns, butter, ham, red pepper, black pepper and cheese; mix.
  5. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake 27-30 minutes. Serve warm.

Sipping on Sweet and Spicy

Take your brunch the extra mile with a twist on the traditional mid-morning beverage. By adding jalapeno and horseradish to this Watermelon Bloody Mary, you’ll have a spicy, tasty version of a traditional brunch drink ready for your guests.

With watermelon balancing out the jalapeno, it’s an ideal balance of spicy and sweet with just the right amount of kick. Find more brunch recipes at watermelon.org.

Watermelon Bloody Mary

Recipe courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board

Yield: 4 cocktails

  • 2          cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1          medium jalapeno pepper, stem removed, chopped
  • 2          limes, juice only
  • 6          ounces low-sodium tomato juice
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon black pepper
  • 1          teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1          teaspoon horseradish
  • hot sauce, to taste
  • 1/3       cup vodka
  • lime wedges
  • chili lime salt
  • ice
  • 4          bamboo skewers (6 inches long)
  • watermelon wedges (optional)
  • prosciutto (optional)
  • cucumber slices (optional)
  • jalapeno slices (optional)
  • green olives (optional)
  1. In blender, blend watermelon cubes and jalapeno pepper until completely smooth. Pour mixture through fine sieve set over pitcher.
  2. Add lime juice, salt, pepper, fish sauce, horseradish and hot sauce, to taste, to pitcher; stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Add vodka and stir.
  3. Line rims of four glasses with lime juice from lime wedges; dip in chili lime salt poured on plate. Carefully put ice in each glass and divide Watermelon Bloody Mary mixture evenly.
  4. Add garnishes, as desired, by skewering watermelon wedges, prosciutto, cucumber, jalapeno and green olives. Place garnishes in glasses and serve. (Family Features)

SOURCE:

American Institute for Cancer Research

Simply Potatoes

National Watermelon Promotion Board

New Children’s Book Offers Highly Effective Anxiety Coping Strategies

Reena B. Patel, a licensed educational psychologist and author, has a new book that will help parents, educators, and children with combating anxiety 

April 2nd is International Children’s Book Day, making it a great day to consider the impact that some books can have on today’s youth. One author, Reena B. Patel, is on a mission to help children learn how to identify and address stress and anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the country, affecting 18 percent of the adult population and 25 percent of children between the ages of 13 and 18. Many children under the age of 13 also experience anxiety disorders, making it an issue that impacts the population as a whole. 

“Starting at a young age, children are plagued with worry and anxiety, yet we are not always good at providing them with the coping skills that will help them overcome it,” explains Reena B. Patel, a parenting expert, licensed educational psychologist, and author. “This is often because parents and educators are not sure what coping skills work, so they can pass that information on to the children in their lives.”

That’s where Patel aims to change things. Her new book, “Winnie & Her Worries,” explores the area of worry and anxiety. While the book was written for kids ages 3-10, the information and coping strategies offered are effective for all ages dealing with anxiety. The book provides examples of common stressful situations, which are often brought on by living in a competitive world that has high demands and unrealistic expectations. The book also provides coping strategies that can be used to help address the fear and anxiety.

Coping strategies are thoughts and behaviors that people can use to help them get through emotionally difficult times, such as when they have anxiety, which is the fear of the unknown. Patel’s book aims to help parents, educators, coaches, and caretakers be able to help them identify anxiety in a concrete way and learn the coping strategies they can use to become more confident and less fearful. 

“Too many people experience anxiety on a regular basis,” added Patel. “The good news is that there are numerous things that people can do to address the situation. It’s just a matter of someone showing them what works, which is exactly what my new book does.”

In the January 2017 issue of the journal Annals of Psychiatry and Mental Health, researchers reported that chronic stress leads to anxiety and depression. Their report noted that stress is often neglected in day to day life when it could play a detrimental role in one’s mental health. They advise that social support, explanatory styles, locus of control, personality types, and coping skills can be significant when dealing with stress.

Winnie & Her Worries” offers healthy habits for the whole family. The book was written to target young kids, because it is harder to change maladaptive habits as teens and young adults if they do not have coping skills. Those who read the book will find that they will be able to better identify anxiety triggers, as well as gain valuable information regarding preventative tools and coping strategies for anxiety and stress. The tools are aimed at helping those who use them to feel more confident, comfortable, and able to engage in their everyday routine with ease and no worries or stress. This book has been created using professional techniques that are easy to implement, even amidst busy lives, making it an important book to have in every classroom and home. 

Patel is the founder of AutiZm& More, and as a licensed educational psychologist and guidance counselor, she helps children and their families with the use of positive behavior support strategies across home, school, and community settings. She does workshops around California, where she provides this information to health professionals, families, and educators. She is also the author of two children’s books that teach compassion and kindness, called “My Friend Max: A Story About a Friend with Autism,” and “Winnie & Her Worries,” both available on Amazon. To learn more or order the books, visit the website at www.reenabpatel.com.

About Reena B. Patel
Based in the San Diego area, Reena B. Patel (LEP, BCBA) is a renowned parenting expert, guidance counselor, licensed educational psychologist, and board-certified behavior analyst. For more than 20 years, Patel has had the privilege of working with families and children, supporting all aspects of education and positive wellness. She works extensively with developing children as well as children with exceptional needs, supporting their academic, behavioral and social development.  She was recently nominated for San Diego Magazine’s “Woman of the Year.” To learn more about her books and services, visit the website at www.reenabpatel.com, and to get more parenting tips, follow her on Instagram@reenabpatel.

Sources:

Annals of Psychiatry and Mental Health. Chronic stress leads to anxiety and depressionhttps://www.jscimedcentral.com/Psychiatry/psychiatry-5-1091.pdf.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America.Facts & Statistics. https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics.

Here are 3 Ways to Believe in Yourself and in Your Success

Featuring Encouragement from Dannie De Novo, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Dannie De Novo

Dannie De Novo

What is truly in the “success” recipe? Life and business coach and author of Get in a Good Mood & Stay There Dannie De Novo says “as a coach on the principles of success and personal awareness, I am often asked what the secret to success really is. Hard work, persistence, or talent? All of those things are part of the success recipe, but the most important ingredient, the part that makes or breaks your success in any area of your life, is faith.”

Possessing unwavering faith in yourself is the key to success. “Whenever I have failed to reach the level of success that I desired, I take a look back and ask the question: Did you believe,” she asks.

What does it mean to believe? What does it mean to know something so well and so deeply that no outside influence or opinion can make you feel any differently? “Faith is the most powerful concept behind your success because when you believe, your self-image changes into a picture of that person you want to become. And then, you become that new person,” Dannie believes. “You succeed.”

Success tip #1 Fake it ‘til you shake it

If at first you really can’t believe that you are capable of achieving your desired goal, what do you do until you raise yourself to the level of belief? Fake it ‘til you shake it, baby! Fake your behavior until you are able to shake that old image of yourself completely.

What does success look like to you? Answer that question and then pretend to be successful.

Forward movement is movement regardless of how slowly you are going. Try faking it for a while. It will at least get you moving. But here is the catch, you have to do the work in the next 2 tips in order for belief to take hold. Because faking it alone will eventually fail you, leaving you like four flat tires will leave a car stranded on the side of the road.

Success tip #2 mirror work

Belief means that you know something—you know it down to your core. And your knowing is based upon your thinking. Change your thinking, and over time, you will change your belief.

A great way to start shifting your thinking is through mirror work and affirmations. Take some time and write out a list of affirmations about what you want to believe about yourself.

These affirmations can be anything you want and aspire toward. But everything must be very positive and phrased in the present tense. Remember, these are statements about things you want to start believing about yourself, that you likely don’t believe presently.

Start each affirmation with “I am.” I am healthy. I am attractive. I am strong. I am resourceful. I am a leader. I am abundant. Etc., etc.

Then, take your list of affirmations over to your mirror and say the affirmations out loud while you look yourself in the eye and smile. Do this every day and you will begin to see changes in yourself that indicate your belief is also changing.

Success tip #3 visualize

Another way to shift your thinking, and in turn, your belief is through visualization.  Start getting a real clear picture in your mind about what you want your life and your success to look like.

Make these images really detailed and elaborate. Then all you have to do is sit and let those images play out on the movie projector of your mind. Visualize yourself being that person you want to become. How do you dress, where do you hang out, what do you do on a daily basis? Keep these pictures in the forefront of your mind as often as you can. Revisit them daily.

“When you can see yourself doing something in your mind then you will begin to believe you can do it in your heart,” Dannie explains. “And that is the definition of faith.”

About Dannie De Novo: Dannie is an author, attorney, coach, entrepreneur and podcast host who loves horses, traveling and learning. Her book Get in a Good Mood & Stay There launched in 2018. She spends her days finding ways to help those who aren’t experiencing the most fulfilling version of their lives. Her greatest job and joy is serving as mom to an amazing beacon of light and hope, her daughter, Carson. To learn move visit: www.DannieDeNovo.com

Duma Explorer Offers New Off-The-Beaten-Path Journey

5% of Tanzania Legends bookings to help support Mozambique cyclone relief efforts

Photography courtesy of Duman Explorer.

Tanzania is known for its many superlatives and is home to some of Africa’s top destinations including Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Kilimanjaro National Park. In addition to these world-famous parks, there are many other destinations that a first-time visitor misses. Since many travelers choose to visit more than once, Duma Explorer has created a new off-the-beaten-path itinerary called Tanzania Legends tailored to those who value new experiences combined with the legendary Serengeti National Park – perhaps the greatest wildlife park Africa has to offer. Duma Explorer is donating 5% of all bookings of the Tanzania Legends tour to help support the Mozambique cyclone relief efforts.

As part of this new itinerary, travelers visit Hatari Lodge, a historical property with an interesting Hollywood pedigree near Arusha National Park. View resident wildlife at close range with Tanzania’s highest peaks in the background. During the stay at Hatari, enjoy game drives through Mount Meru’s old growth forest and around the flamingo-filled Momella Lakes. A gentle hike through Meru’s rainforest with a picnic lunch at Majo Waterfall is a half day activity for those wanting to enjoy time outside the vehicle.

Continue on to West Kilimanjaro to learn from the Maasai and enjoy the remote Kilimanjaro ecosystem. Drive through Maasailand and enjoy a picnic at 3,600 meters before arriving at Shu’mata Camp. Situated on a hilltop beneath Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak, Shu’mata offers breathtaking views of Maasailand below and Mount Kilimanjaro above. Designed to inspire conservation, Shu’mata treads lightly on this fragile ecosystem and works hand in hand with the Maasai to restore harmony between migrating herds and local communities. While at Shu’mata, enjoy walking safaris, Maasai cultural experiences and game drives in the Kilimanjaro/Amboseli ecosystem.

The 13-day itinerary then takes travelers to Serengeti National Park, the world’s most iconic safari park, flying over the Ngorongoro Highlands and arriving in Central Serengeti in the early afternoon. Spend the next two days viewing wildlife around the Seronera River Valley, Retina Hippo Pool and various rock outcrops in the area. Your base for the next two nights is Kiota Camp, an intimate tented camp with breathtaking views located just twenty minutes from the Seronera River Valley.

Fly from Central Serengeti to Ndutu or Northern Serengeti and spend the next two days at Chaka Camp, a mobile tented camp designed to be lightweight enough to move seasonally. Chaka Camp follows the wildebeest migration, covering hundreds of kilometers as it moves seasonally around the Serengeti. In the Northern Serengeti, the migration crosses back and forth across the Mara River as the herds search for fresh grass. Witness a spectacular river crossing in the north and perhaps even a crocodile taking down an unlucky individual. In Ndutu, the herds gather in groups of several thousand as visitors eagerly await calving season, when the wildebeest give birth to up to 8,000 babies each day.

This epic journey ends with an optional beach excursion on Tanzania’s seldom-visited coast. Spend four nights luxuriating on a stretch of untouched beach south of Pangani on the Swahili Coast. Take a boat trip to Maziwe Marine Park to explore the nearby reefs and enjoy a picnic on the island of sand. Explore the mangrove forest and river estuary behind the hotel and finish with a sundowner overlooking the vast salt-plains.

Rates for the 13-day journey start at $7450USD per person based on double occupancy during peak season (December 21 – February 29; June 16 – October 31) and $6345USD off-season (March 1 – June 15; November 1 – December 20). Price includes all meals, accommodations, park fees, activities as indicated and internal flights. International flights are not included. Duma Explorer will allocate 5% of all bookings of the new Tanzania Legends tour booked by December 31, 2019 will go towards the Mozambique cyclone relief efforts. For reservations, visit info@dumaexplorer.com or www.dumaexplorer.com.

For travelers looking for a specific type of itinerary, Duma Explorer can put together experiences for almost every type of traveler. From the adventurist to multi-generational families, here are just a few.

Extreme Adventures

Duma Explorer started as a Kilimanjaro trekking company back in 2004 and now runs approximately 30 Kilimanjaro climbs per year. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the largest free-standing mountain in the world. At 19,341 feet above sea level, a trek to Kilimanjaro’s summit is a multi-day affair and not for the faint of heart. Though not a technical climb, most trekkers experience varying levels of altitude sickness and the summit success rate is approximately 70%. Duma Explorer recommends 7, 8 or 9 day climbs to increase chances of summit success. Other climbing adventures in Tanzania include Mount Meru, Oldonyo Lengai, and Ngorongoro Highlands trekking.

Families

Safaris are a wonderful experience for families. The magic of seeing wildlife in its natural environment is an experience that can be enjoyed over and over again by adults and children alike. Every safari is unique, and many travelers return as families for repeat trips. Duma Explorer recommends safaris for children ages 7 and older and most lodges and camps offer a 50% discount for children ages 12 and under. Safaris are also a great way for families to bond and are the ideal trip for multi-generational families.

Honeymooners

Often thought of as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, safaris are perfect for honeymooners looking for a truly memorable experience. There are many small boutique camps and hotels that provide an intimate, romantic getaway for honeymooners. Add-on romantic experiences include a Serengeti balloon safari, private dinners under the African stars, bush breakfasts, and sundowners in the wild. Chaka Camps operates three boutique luxury lodges that are a wonderful choice for honeymooners.

Eco-Conscious

A safari is a perfect adventure for travelers interested in the environment. It is a chance to witness wildlife in its natural environment, uninhibited by the development of humans. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the only remaining ecosystems in the world large enough to support the wildlife populations in it, making it a perfect destination for eco-conscious travelers. Staying at properties within the national parks gives an inside look at what it is like to operate ‘off-the-grid’. Chaka Camps operate on solar, collect rainwater, recycle all plastic and steel and more.

About Duma Explorer

Founded in 2004, Duma Explorer is an adventure travel company offering safari and trekking packages to beautiful Tanzania. With decades of Tanzania tourism experience, Duma Explorer prides themselves on their long-standing reputation for providing high quality travel experiences to their guests. As one of Tanzania’s only Travelife-certified tour operators and a founding partner of Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, Duma Explorer continually demonstrates their commitment to social, economic and environmental sustainability. www.dumaexplorer.com.

Should You Stay or Should You Go?

It takes a strong will to resist the pull of the “dream job” when it’s dangled in front of you. Often, the driving force behind employees jumping from job one job to the next is the excitement behind the fact that your next role could be what you’ve been dreaming of since you were a child.

When the urge to hit the peak in your career becomes too strong, going from job to job can become the norm. Sometimes, however, this journey can lead to you missing out on developing your skills, building relationships and making a real difference to your company.

Although swapping jobs may feel like the easy way out when you’re feeling unhappy, or when things aren’t quite as you imagined, staying put and having a little more patience can often result in a huge payoff.

However, knowing whether to stay put in your role or to move on can be a challenging decision.

If you need a hand with figuring out whether to stay or go, CALLCARE has put together this useful flowchart. By the time you get your result, you should feel more confident in making the right decision for yourself and your future.

Passover 2019: Perfect Timing for Exciting New Wine Releases

Wine Expert Gabriel Geller Shares His Top Picks for Passover Seders and Festive Meals  

  • Kosher for Passover Spirits
  • What Makes Wine Kosher
  • Royal Wine Celebrates 70th Anniversary
  • Kosher Wine Generates Upwards of $10 Million in Sales
Passover 2019 Chateau de By NoV

Chateau de By

Wine is essential to Passover, when Jewish people around the world gather with family and friends to recount the story of the Exodus from Egypt and share a festive meal. It is customary for all (adults) to drink four cups of wine at the Seder. That’s a lot of wine for one meal!

This year Passover begins on the night of April 19, which is somewhat later than usual.  But it’s great news for wine lovers, according to Royal Wine’s PR Director, Gabriel Geller. In the runup to Passover 2019, Geller recommends new bottlings to explore for the “Feast of Freedom” – the commemoration of the redemption of the Jewish people, some 3,500 years ago, from centuries of slavery in Egypt. His suggestions pair exceptionally well at the Seder table or any other special occasion, and run the gamut of varieties and price points.

Promising Rosés

According to Geller, some outstanding new 2018 rosé wines were released in time for Passover 2019, and the new vintage is promising. “I enjoy starting the Seder with a glass of cold, fresh rosé, so the timing is perfect.”

Smooth and easy to drink, rosés are best consumed young and fresh. He cites the Herzog Lineage Rosé from Clarksburg, CA (SRP $19.99) as a delicious, fruity, and herbal complement to light starters. Other good bets include Gush Etzion and Flam (SRP $24.99 and 34.99 respectively). These wineries, both located in Israel’s Judean Hills, were among the first out of the gate with their new rosés this year.

Complex Reds

“As soon as the main course is served,” Geller said, “I will typically move on to a more multi-layered wine such as the Carmel Limited Edition 2014 (SRP $79.99), a Bordeaux-style blend from Israel.” Also of note is Domaines Rollan de By, owned by Jean Guyon. The extravagant designer just released the first-ever new kosher run from his estates: Chateau de By Medoc 2016 (SRP $27.99). “Well-balanced and medium-bodied, this Bordeaux from an exceptional vintage is silky in the mouth and pairs well with many types of dishes,” claims Geller. “It would be a good choice for the Passover Seder.”

Lineage Choreograph a field blend of more than a dozen different grapes comes from an experimental plot on the Herzog estate vineyard — the wine is soft and inviting while at the same time complex and flavorful, and very reasonably priced (SRP$20.00)

Herzog Wine Cellars also recently released Herzog Special Reserve Quartet 2015, a blend of varieties grown in prime regions of California. The wine, as its name indicates, comprises 4 grape varieties: Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Full-bodied, rich, complex, and spicy, it impresses with its remarkable balance, while showcasing the unique characteristics of each variety (SPR:  $39.99).

Geller also noted that Italian wines have been gaining in popularity among kosher consumers. Wine Spectator recently awarded the Terra di Seta Chianti Classico Riserva (SRP $34.99) an impressive 93 points. Now that the 2013 has made its way to the shelves, Geller predicted that this superior vintage will outperform its predecessor.

Sweet Endings

A long meal such as the Passover Seder also requires some fine dessert wine to end the night on a sweet note. Chateau Guiraud, which was absent from the kosher scene since 2001, recently made a comeback with two new wines available for the first time in a kosher version.

G de Guiraud 2017 (SRP $39.99) is a satisfying, dry blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, while the chateau’s second Sauternes, Petit Guiraud 2017, is a luscious, wonderful dessert wine (SRP $74.99). Herzog Late harvest Orange Muscat 2018 – don’t be fooled by this wine’s orange tinge and floral near orange aromas.  Its 100% Orange Muscat Grape has great lively acidity and sweetness, all rolled into this floral, long-lasting luscious wine (MSRP $22.99).

New Kosher for Passover Spirits:

· Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Anejo 
Sotol is from the northern state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Sotol is not made out of Blue Agave like tequila, but Dasylirion wheeleri, otherwise known as Desert Spoon, or Sotol in Spanish (My wife translated that for me).
This Anejo Sotol is rich and smoky with slight hints of Grapefruit.  

· Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Reposado
Like a typical Reposado from Mexico this is aged only for 6 months. A special uniqueness to Sotol is the oak used for ageing the product is Virgin oak unlike tequila which does used bourbon barrels. The fresh oak gives added tannins and spice to this tasty item.   

 · Zachlawi Dry Arak
Arak, which means perspiration in Arabic, is the spirit drink of choice in the countries of the middle east. Abe Shrem, founder of Zachlawi, brought his family’s old Syrian recipe back to life here in the USA. Bold Anise aromas shine through with delicious licorice finish.

 · Elite Arak

Elite Arak is one of the leading Israeli producers of this centuries-old spirit. Every Friday afternoon, a day off for many Israelis, men and women sit outside together with friends while sipping a cold shot of Elite Arak.

 · Alouf Arak

The most popular Arak in Israel, Alouf Arak is silky smooth with notes of sweet anis and fig.

· Godet Fine de Cognac

A wonderful blend of eau-de-vie from the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne growing regions. These two growing regions have very chalky soil which helps to make a very aromatic eau-de-vie, which is distilled to make this special cognac.

What Makes Kosher Wine Kosher:

There’s a common ‘urban legend’ that wine is rendered kosher after being blessed by a Rabbi – that is incorrect. Actually, for a wine to be made kosher there are strictly supervised purity guidelines that need to be followed from the moment the grapes enter the winery to when the wine is bottled.

To be considered kosher, Sabbath-observant Jews must supervise and sometimes handle the entire winemaking process, from the time the grapes are crushed until the wine is bottled. Any ingredients used, including yeasts and fining agents must be kosher.

Some Kosher wines are processed as Mevushal, which means ‘cooked’ in Hebrew. Some wineries produce their Mevushal wines by heating the must (grape juice) prior to fermentation, while others apply that procedure on the final product, prior to bottling.

When kosher wine is produced, marketed and sold commercially, it will bear kosher certification granted by a specially-trained rabbi who is responsible for supervision from start to finish.

About Royal Wine/Kedem:

Founded in 1848, NJ-based Royal Wine Corp. has been owned and operated in the United States by the Herzog family, whose winemaking roots go back eight generations to its origin in Czechoslovakia.

Today, Royal Wine’s portfolio of domestic and international wines range from traditional wine producing regions of France, Italy and Spain, as well as Israel, New Zealand and Argentina.

Additionally, Royal Wine Corp.’s spirit and liqueur portfolio offer some of the most sought-after scotches, bourbons, tequilas and vodkas as well as hard to find specialty items such as flavored brandies and liqueurs.

The company owns and operates the Kedem Winery in upstate New York, as well as Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard, California, a state-of-the-art-facility featuring guided wine tours, a fully staffed modern tasting room, gift shop and catering facilities. Additionally, the winery houses the award-winning restaurant Tierra Sur, serving the finest, Mediterranean-inspired, contemporary Californian Cuisine.

Bettoja Hotels Collection to Eliminate Plastic Bottles on Earth Day

Removal of plastic bottles in all mini-bars in hotels’ 495 rooms and restaurants

A day to promote environmental awareness and bring attention to the protection of the planet, Earth Day is celebrated in more than 193 countries each year. From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones to littering beaches and lands to congesting waste streams and landfills, plastic pollution continues to pose a great threat to the survival of the planet.

One of Italy’s most renowned family-owned hospitality groups, Bettoja Hotels Collection announces the removal of all plastic bottles beginning on Earth Day 2019. As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to progress its three iconic hotels in Rome to a new chapter in the family’s hospitality tradition which began 140 years ago, Bettoja Hotels Collection continues to make instrumental strides in enhancing the hotel group’s mission as it evolves into the future.

Spanning five generations, there are 495 rooms among the three hotels, and the Bettoja family has renewed their commitment to their guests and the hospitality industry by beginning a 20 million-Euro renovation across all hotels. The renovation began in the summer of 2018 and will continue over the next several years. This sustainability initiative marks the first achievement in the brand’s commitment to environment. In celebration of Earth Day, Bettoja Hotels Collection will eliminate all plastic bottles in the mini-bars and the restaurants located in their 3 hotels in Rome: Hotel MediterraneoHotel Massimo D’Azeglio and Hotel Atlantico.

“The elimination of plastic bottles in our nearly 500 rooms has been a great desire of ours,” said Maurizio Bettoja, President of Bettoja Hotels Collection. “We are taking action on Earth Day this year and we hope to achieve a new sustainability goal every year.”

Earth Day is an important reminder of the need for a sustainable future and encourages people to show appreciation to the planet by making an effort to protect the environment and the ecosystems within it. This year, Bettoja Hotels Collection invites its guests to honor this commitment to the environment and will turn off the lights for one minute in the halls of all three hotels at 18:00PM on April 22nd. In addition, Ristorante Massimo D’Azeglio will dine by candlelight and soft lights on Earth Day.

About Bettoja Hotels Collection

Founded in 1875, the Bettoja Hotels Collection is a family-owned hospitality company spanning five generations with a long-standing tradition of hospitality. The hotel collection consists of three hotels located in the heart of Rome on Via Cavour – all within walking distance of each other.  Its flagship property, Hotel Mediterraneo was built in 1936 and blends museum-worthy Art Deco design and stylish furnishings with historical touchstones such as maps, prints and marble busts of Roman emperors. Set on Esquiline Hill, the highest of Rome’s seven hills, the ten-story hotel is among the highest buildings in Rome’s center and affords sweeping views of the city from its rooftop bar and terrace suites. The hotel’s spacious 245 rooms vary in décor and all feature graciously high ceilings and modern, new marble bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi and a fitness center are also available to all guests. The hotel’s new meeting rooms can host up to 120 people in theater style. The nearby Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio has 185 rooms with a special focus on history and houses original paintings from the 1860s Risorgimento (unification) period. The artwork focuses on the historical figures who were part of this movement, such as Massimo D’Azeglio, the hotel’s namesake, who was a statesman, painter and writer.  With three modern meeting rooms, Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio can host 180 people in theater style. The more intimate Hotel Atlantico is connected to the Hotel Mediterraneo and offers 65 rooms, three meeting rooms with natural light with the capacity to host up to 45 people in theater style.Ristorante Massimo D’Azeglio is located in Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio and is recognized for its ancient wine cellar with more than 1800 bottles including precious labels. The wine cellar’s intimate setting is perfect for wine tastings and private events with the capacity for up to 70 people seated or standing. Hotel Mediterraneo’s Roof Garden Restaurant and Bar is located on the 10th floor and provides an unforgettable city view.  All hotels offer 24-hour concierge service, room service, complimentary Wi-Fi and rates include buffet breakfast, hotel tax and service.  www.bettojahotels.it 

Historic Austin Staple Scholz Garten Revamps Space and Launches New Menu

New Operating Partner Daniel Northcutt Takes the Reigns of America’s Oldest Operating Biergarten Established in 1866

Scholz Garten, America’s oldest operating Biergarten establishment and one of Austin’s most iconic restaurants, has gained a new operations team helmed by Texas native Daniel Northcutt who has revamped the spacious restaurant and launched a brand new menu.

Northcutt started down the hospitality path when he was 13-years-old, and he has since become well-versed in all positions and aspects of the industry, including serving as food and beverage director for national music and food festivals like The Railroad Revival Tour with Mumford & Sons and The Whiskey and Eggs Tour for Knob Creek Whiskey. Northcutt is thrilled to continue Scholz’s legacy with his own take that reflects Austin’s unique culture and his passion for food and music. He is joined at Scholz Garten by industry veterans and specialists  General Manager Kristina Recla, Event Director Rene Stokes, and Chefs Raphael Ramirez and Mike Church.

“As an operating team, we are charged with maintaining and growing one of the absolute oldest brands in Texas via daily business, community events, and the historical education of the attendees thereof. This is not about us. This is about Scholz Garten, an iconic Texas story that we are blessed to be a small part of,” says Northcutt.

The newly launched all-day menu features a modern-day twist on traditional German dishes, with appetizers such as the Giant Bavarian Pretzel served with bier cheese and Dusseldorf mustard (serves 2 – 4 people, seriously); German Wurst Board, featuring a trio of German wurst paired with sauerkraut, Austin Eastciders-braised red cabbage, Dusseldorf mustard, Creole mustard, Dijon mustard, and Bavarian pretzel rolls; crunchy fried Sauerkraut and Mashed Potato Balls served with sour cream and mustard sauce; and the Kartoffelpuffer, potato pancakes with choice of applesauce or jäger mushroom gravy. Other favorites include the Schweinewurst, custom-smoked pork, bacon, and jalapeño wurst on a buttered & toasted bun, smothered in Haus mac n’ cheese and Biergarten BBQ sauce; along with traditional and specialty German schnitzels and Königsberger Kochklopse, featuring veal meatballs in creamy caper sauce over Haus-made spätzle.

Now with a full bar, Scholz offers imported German beers, local draft beers, and specialty cocktails, such as the Red-Headed Stranger, made with bacon-infused Tito’s, Haus Bloody Mary mix & signature seasoned salt, bacon, cheddar cheese, jalapeño stuffed olive, and a pepperoncini garnish, in addition to German liqueurs and many of your favorite whiskeys, mezcals, and other spirits.

In addition to the new menu, Scholz now offers a complete on-site and off-site event and catering program led by Rene Stokes. The program features the Austin institution’s nod to the German influence on Central Texas BBQ via post-oak-smoked brisket, sausage, and turkey proteins accompanied by all the classic sides. Being a melting pot of culinary influences, Scholz also offers traditional German fare options and Tex-Mex menus.

Since 1866, Scholz Garten has grown with the Austin community, making it the oldest restaurant, bar, and live music venue in the state of Texas. From hosting a celebration of the University of Texas football team’s first undefeated season in 1893 to being honored by the 1966 Texas legislature with House Resolution #68 recognizing Scholz Garten as “a gathering place for Texas of discernment, taste, culture, erudition, epitomizing the finest tradition of magnificent German heritage in our State.” Throughout the years, Scholz has become a place for UT fans, local musicians, music lovers, and families to feast and rejoice.

Scholz Garten is located at 1607 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701 and it is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday 12 – 8 p.m. Please note that times may change due to events at the Biergarten. For more information, visit www.scholzgarten.com or follow Scholz on Facebook and Instagram. For event booking inquiries, email events@scholzgarten.com.

Welcome to the March / April 2019 Edition of Teen InFluential

William T. Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

William T. Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

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I’m William Jackson and I’m the Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential, the multi-award winning internationally read E-zines, Dedicated to the Art of Living Well.

With the assistance of a very talented and collaborative team, we work hard to publish exciting E-zines sure to inform, insight, inspire, and influence.  It’s our hope you’re finding something entertaining and useful in each edition.  Of course, we welcome your feedback so feel free to let us know how we can improve.  We enjoy hearing from you as it keeps us inspired and motivated to keep doing what we enjoy doing.

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Austin Parks Foundation Announces Opening and Completion of St John Park’s Redevelopment

Photography courtesy of Adrienne Dever.

The Austin Parks Foundation just announced the opening and completion of St. John Park’s redevelopment during Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

St. John Park underwent a complete redevelopment after receiving Austin Parks Foundation’s (APF) inaugural ACL Music Festival Impact Grant of $100,000 in 2017, along with additional funding. The Northeast Austin project broke ground in November of 2018, and APF officially opened to the public this week.

Over $450,000 was put toward creating a vibrant and usable recreational space for the community. The Impact Grant ($100,000), combined with funding from the City of Austin 2012 Bond funding ($200,000), APF’s Board Designated Funds ($50,000), APF’s 2017 Dell Technologies Match Play proceeds ($100,000), and a community gift from Sunrise Mini Mart ($200) supported the transformation of St. John Park.

 

The redevelopment project includes an entry plaza, park info kiosk, water fountain, pavilion, playscape and swings. With a new open lawn and looped walking trail, St. John Park brings new life to the community.

The APF team was joined by Council Member Greg Casar, the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department, John Howard from Dell Technologies and Jordan Uppleger, Executive Director of the World Golf Championship – Dell Technologies Match Play, the St. John Park Adoption team, and members of the community, including Thelma “Grandma Wisdom” Williams, who has lived in the neighborhood for more than 70 years and shared her yard with neighborhood kids to use as a space to play before the park’s redevelopment.