Category: Food

Fine Dining: Must-try Meals

Some fine dining restaurants offer exotic or you may call it interesting menus. Escargot and beef Carpaccio are some of the known foods that you can see. If you are an adventurous eater and wanted to try these foods, then this article will give you information as to what nutrient you can get and how you eat them.

These exotic foods that you can order in some fine dining restaurants in Jacksonville, Florida are being served with a higher quality.


The escargot, a French term for a snail, is an edible land snail. It is usually served as a starter in Spain and in France. It is also a common dish in the Catalan region of Spain. It is served in a snail dish with a snail tongs and a slender two-pronged snail fork.


Like other mollusks, it is high in protein and low in fat content if it is cooked without butter. It is estimated to have a 15% protein, 2.4% fat, and 80% water. It is an intriguing dish and one of the most difficult to eat. So this article will give you the steps on how to properly eat an escargot when you are in a fine dining restaurant.

Never use your hand. Make sure not to slide around and do not eat directly from the shell. The tongs should be in your left hand and use them to grip and hold the shell in place. The snail fork should be in your right hand and the fork prongs should go down against the rim then pull the meat/snail. Eat the whole snail into your mouth.

If you want to try preparing an escargot meal at home, you can watch the video below:


Carpaccio is a dish of raw meat that is thinly sliced or pounded thin as an appetizer. It is served with olive oil, lemon, Parmesan cheese, vinegar, salt and ground pepper. It was popularized by Giuseppe Cipriani from Harry"s Bar in Venice and named after Venetian painter Vittore Carpaccio. The meat that is commonly used for Carpaccio is beef sirloin. It can also be made with minced meat and garlic which is called “carne cruda".


It contains protein and vitamins. It is also a source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fats, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and selenium. It is also low in fat and sodium.

When eating Carpaccio, make sure to tear off a small piece of bread, “compose" your meat, on your fork. “Spear" the piece of bread then eat. As suggested, it is best eaten with olive oil and a few drop of lemon juice. The meat should not be “cooked" by the lemon, only flavored.

If you want to make your own Carpaccio, watch the tutorial video below:

No Fear! Healthy Burgers Are Here!



Who could possibly resist them? Their irresistible smell and charming appearance can always catch our attention while making our mouth water.

Most burgers are considered unhealthy for they are surely loaded with a lot of calories which makes quite disappointed in keep our weight at bay. For most times, we would feel quite guilty after gobbling one up. Then, in worst case scenarios, we may panic and punish ourselves for going over the line.

However, there"s good news! Healthy burgers are now here and there is a fair amount of recipes that could see. Let me share to you some of them to get you started with these lovelies!

Jerk Chicken Burger


An easy to prepare lean chicken burger with Jamaican-inspired spicy seasoning. Served with mango, tomato, lettuce and sauce. If you opt for something tropical and tangy, this would be the perfect choice! 417 kcal per serving.

Falafel Burgers


Thinking of a more veggie one? This burger has a chickpea patty with garlic, spice and herbs for an earthy flavor. 476 kcal per serving.


Crispy Japanese-Style Chicken Burgers


If you"re going Japanese, this would do the trick! Marinated strips of chicken really bring out an Asian Twist which will leave you satisfied! Quick and easy to do! 715 kcal per serving! (Serves 4 burgers.)


Cajun Chicken & Pineapple Burger


Looking for something more tropical? This burger with soured cream, cheddar cheese and salad can be cooked at anytime of the year. You can easily use your grill and you"re done in minutes! Only 373 kcal per burger!

Lamb & Chickpea Pitta Burger


Tired of the regular bun? Try this exotic burger for a change. Minced lamb with mint and cumin makes it quite exquisite. Humble Pittas are then stuffed with houmous, pomegranates and peppers. 675 kcal per burger.

Chicken Tikka Burgers


Perhaps you want an Indian twist? How about this Indian-inspired burger with marinated chicken and homemade chutney. Not to mention a refreshing herb salad to go along with it. 438 kcal per serving.

Homemade Burgers with Potato Wedges


It"s never complete without wedges or fries! So here you go, a homemade burger with lean minced beef or turkey  infused with fresh chilli for a healthy and delectable patty. Served along with paprika-spiced sweet potato chips. 388 kcal per serving.

DIY Kofta Burgers


Tired of waiting in line for a burger at a kebab van? No worries, you can simply do it yourself. Minced lamb, spices and herbs make it exciting along with tomatoes, red cabbage and onion. Top it off with plain yogurt and you"re good to go! 295 kcal per serving.

Sticky Sausage Burgers With Blue Cheese


Kids love burgers, too! Pork sausages are made into tasty burgers added with chutney and herbs. To make it more special, you can add a chunk of blue cheese in the middle of the patty which gives a more rich flavor. To finish it off, just add your favorite salad and take a bite! 436 kcal per serving.

So, here are some healthy burger recipes that could help you erase your worries and guilt whenever you need to satisfy your craving!

You can find all these tasty recipes and more at BBC Good Food.

5 Fruits That Are Deliciously High in Vitamin C


Vitamin C has been quite popular nowadays as it is a potent anti-oxidant which can give you better body resistance and even youthful, glowing skin! It also helps in the repair of numerous body tissues which is vital to our growth.

When we think of Vitamin C, the orange fruit comes to our mind immediately. We could see it becoming the symbol or icon for most medicines and people have grown familiar with it. But, little did we know that it doesn"t perform well when it comes to the amount of Vitamin C it has.

So, let me share to you some lovely fruits which can make you sure you get enough of that outstanding anti-oxidant!


#1 Strawberries



These lovely red babies pack about 85 mg of Vitamin C per cup which makes it outstanding when it comes to giving you the best dose of antioxidants. They are also used as decorations on various culinary dishes such as some pastries. Makes sure to pick out the shiny and bright red ones to eat fresh ones. Smoothie anyone?


#2 Pineapple



This tropical and succulent fruit contains about 79mg of Vitamin C per cup and is best eaten raw. It also contains helpful enzymes which makes it quite suitable as a meat tenderizer or marinade. You can definitely try it with beef to give it a twist! Or you could just make a fresh juice in minutes!


#3 Mango



Another tropical fruit that"s sweet but packs a punch with about 122 mg per fruit! Also, it contains various phytochemicals which have a potential biological effect. It can be eaten raw, as a smoothie or even a garnish. If sweet mangoes are not your thing, you could try sour ones and make a chutney!


#4 Kiwifruit


Two of these fruits can give you an incredible amount of Vitamin C at 128 mg. The whole fruit including the skin is suitable for consumption though some might it a bit weird because of its fuzzy texture. Aside from that, it contains actinidain which is commercially useful as a meat tenderizer. Maybe a  kiwi shake will do?

#5 Papaya


Well, tropical fruits are definitely way more than expected, this fruit is a rock star by giving 95mg Vitamin C per small fruit. It also contains a moderate source of folate and other essential nutrients. A lot of papaya soaps have been introduced into the market but, I"d rather have a green papaya salad!

So, orange is not the only fruit that can be an excellent source of Vitamin C but, try to consider these other fruits which are undeniably heavy hitters in giving you the best nutritional value.

Just make sure though that you buy organic ones than those loaded with pesticides and enjoy a natural diet!

There are vegetables as well that have a higher Vitamin C content than an orange but, that"s another story. Maybe, we"ll discuss that on another post.

For now, remember when you think about Vitamin C, it"s not about the orange fruit but strawberries, pineapples, mangoes, kiwifruits and papayas!