3 Things You Completely Missed in the #teamaldouson4 Beer Pong Poster


Who says we can't be a little mashable?

Team Aldous' 4th Anniversary has come and gone. However, the poster has more meaning than you originally thought. Here are a few things you may have missed when you first looked at it:

Golden Background

Gold was chosen to be the background color because it's a metal that's associated with glitz and glamor which is what this event is all about. It's the 4th anniversary of the sexiest blogger on the planet for crying out loud.

Reann Looking Away

A lot of people have asked why Reann is not facing the camera in her picture. There's actually a reason for that. She's not actually looking at Jackie. She's looking ahead at her tremendous opportunities in the year 2018 since she's slated to stay in the Land of the Kangaroo for at least 6 months.  There's no doubt Team Aldous will miss its Problem Solver.

22 Stars

The poster has 22 stars which is similar to the logo of, well you guessed it, Paramount Pictures Corporation. The similarity is based on the mission of the group's captain. "I'm sick and tired of the same old bloggers getting opportunities." Captain said. "It's time for more deserving bloggers to also get opportunities and become recognized stars. When that happens to you, you can thank me later."


Raise your hands if you're excited for #teamaldousonV!




Australian Christmas Party Tips



 

What do amazing food, jolly décor, awkward family gatherings and gifts have in common? Christmas, of course! It’s the most festive time of the year and for a lot of people – their favorite season. And we always imagine the scenes the same way: houses covered in snow, and people being cozy in front of a fireplace drinking hot cocoa. Well, not in Australia, where winters are hot, and everyone is looking for a way to cool off and spend the holidays in the pool. So, how do you prepare for an Australian Christmas party?


                        Décor

Just because the weather is hot, doesn’t mean you can’t have a traditional tree and all the ornaments in the world. In fact, a lot of people in Australia cover their homes and lawns in fake snow to have the full experience of the white Christmas. But while trying to stay traditional can be lovely, why not use the uniqueness of the situation to your advantage? Decorations like Santa Claus in a bikini, or his sleigh being pulled by kangaroos are a great twist on the holiday staples, and they will make you laugh every time you see them. Of course, you will want to hang stockings and, if you want, decorate with various religious symbols and figurines. Using fairy lights and electrical candles over real candles will create a beautiful mood without the extra heat. If you are too hot to wear Santa’s hat, you can opt for a red, white and green flower crown instead.



                        Drinks

The holidays are when everyone has the green card to eat and drink whatever they want and have fun with their friends and family. There are many shops in Australia where you can buy drinks, like the liquor store in Alexandria. So, when planning a Christmas get-together, you should visit one of those first to get larger quantities of different drinks for all of your guests. The usuals, like mulled wine and eggnog are a must, but you can also make some interesting combinations like iced hot chocolate and a cold mulled wine cocktail. If you are throwing a party, make sure you have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks as well for any guests that don’t drink, and prepare lots of ice and fun Christmas cocktail toppers. You can even let your guests shake up their own favorite drinks and let your combined creativity create something amazing.


                        Food

Roasted ham? Warm, hearty soup? Ditch the steaming table and opt for cold alternatives. Cold, carved ham, decorated with traditional pineapple and cherries will be a great centerpiece, but you can also take an alternate route and serve some amazing seafood salads on a tray of ice. Stunning cold gazpacho followed by prawn cocktails as an appetizer, a stunning lobster for the main course (perhaps wearing a Santa hat?), and just the best fresh fruit pavlova for dessert. There are so many Australian dishes that can be Chirtmassized, so just get creative and come up with a menu that caters to both the locale and the festivities. You can still serve the traditional dishes as well, but some of them might not hold up as well in the heat, and others might just be too filling for that weather. The upside to Christmas being in the middle of summer is that there is plenty of fresh produce that you can use to make amazing meals, so get creative and make Christmas trees out of kiwi, little Santas out of strawberries and other amazing fresh dishes.

 
The most important thing to remember is that this is the time to be reminded of what really matters and pay attention to important things in your life. Take a few days and travel across the country, visit your family, call up a friend you’ve been too busy to get in touch with and go visit a local charity to donate food, money or even your time. Let go of bad feelings and feel the warmth of Christmas in the air around you!

Mac N' Chicks Opens 2nd Branch at The Yard Streetfood Cinema



Mac N' Chicks proudly opens their second branch at the Yard Streetfood Cinema after the rousing success of their first branch, The Yard at Xavierville. They have 8 wing flavors available. Did I like their wings? Lets find out:


The Sriracha Wings (P170)

If you love spicy wings, this flavor is for you. Unfortunately, I have low tolerance in spices so I only had a few of it. From what I got, it was great. I'm sure spicy food lovers won't be disappointed.


Garlic Parmesan Wings (P180)

Anybody who knows me is familiar with the fact that garlic parmesan is by far my favorite flavor. Therefore, it was no surprise how I enjoyed this flavor a lot.

Honey Garlic Wings (P170)

All their wings were very crunchy and were paired with freshly cooked fries and that's never a bad thing. The honey garlic flavor should never be overlooked as it's marinated with yummy honey and sesame seeds put on top. Needless to say, I loved every bite.


Meaty Lasagna (P120)

The perfect thing to combine with these wings is their meaty lasagna. The only complaint I have is it's a little small so hungry fiends will quickly make work of this.


Mac & Cheese Balls (P140)


 There's cheesy goodness in each of these fried balls. It's certainly best dipped into their catsup and guess what? There's also parmesan on the catsup. Mmmm-mmm!


Mac N' Chicks

The Yard Streetfood Cinema

The Ultimate Vegan Christmas Party Menu



written by Georgia Selih

When the decorations start going up and the minty scent fills the air, we all start feeling the Christmas spirit and enjoying all the benefits of this season. For a lot of people, the best part of Christmas is all of the delicious food that is prepared in this period. But, in the recent years, people have started paying a lot of attention to healthy eating and a lot of people have cut out meat and dairy out of their diets. But Christmas dishes aren’t exactly known for being vegan, so what should you make if you have vegan guests coming to your Christmas dinner? Don’t fret! There are plenty of amazing vegan dishes that will look amazing on your Christmas table and can be enjoyed by vegans and omnivores alike.

Sides


There are plenty of side dishes that you were planning to prepare either way, that are perfect for your vegan guests, so you should just make sure you don’t accidentally add something that will prevent them from eating it. Make mashed potatoes without cream, or substitute it for coconut cream, don’t bake your veggies together with the meat, or bake an extra dish with just the vegetables, making sure you don’t use lard or other animal products in the preparation. You can also make small changes, like making vegan gravy, making dressing mayo-free and simply paying attention to the small details. If you are serving soup, make sure you have a vegetarian option as well.



Main course


If you’ve never made a vegan dinner menu before, you’re probably asking yourself how in the world you can replace a Christmas ham?! Well, there is a ton of delicious options but, if you want something that will really be the wonderful centerpiece, the way to go is a nut loaf. Made from a mixture of different nuts, it’s so easily prepared and the flavors are easily customizable. You can even decorate it with the traditional pineapple and cherry set-up. Of course, you can think out of the box and roast a whole head of cauliflower, make a whole stuffed pumpkin with Christmassy flavors, or a Christmas wreath filled with nuts, veggies and tofu, all wrapped up in puff pastry. Of course, not everyone has the time to prepare an extra vegan meal, or maybe you just don’t have the inspiration. Luckily, you can always hire a catering service that has a rich vegan menu and make sure that you have something for everyone.


Dessert & drinks


You might think that this is easy – no desserts have meat, after all. However, most desserts have eggs and dairy products that will prevent your vegan guests from eating them. However, you don’t have to get rid of your favorite desserts! You can alter the ingredients slightly to make a vegan Christmas log cake, merengue kisses and even pudding. Use egg substitutes, non-dairy milks and agar-agar. You can even go all out and make a raw vegan chocolate cake that will knock everyone off their feet. As for drinks, nobody will get angry if you don’t make a vegan eggnog, but if you are planning on serving hot cocoa or other milky drinks, do your best to have a milk substitute that you can use to make a cup for your vegan guest.

Remember that when you are making a vegan dish, you’re not making it just for the vegan person – other people can enjoy that food as well, and you can make a real impact by showing people amazing vegan alternatives to traditional dishes. Make sure you don’t make your guest feel like a burden for having a different diet than the rest of the party, and try to make it obvious which dishes are vegan, so that they wouldn’t have to ask for each individual item. Who knows, maybe next year, you will be making a vegan Christmas menu for more and more of your guests, so start practicing now, and in the spirit of the holidays, make everyone feel welcome and accepted.

10 Must try foods in France




France's capital city is simply excellent for a romantic break or to take a cultural tour. However, one should not leave Paris without trying its haute cuisine and fine dining. After all, there is some of the best food to be enjoyed here. Try to experience foods that can be found in whatever location you are as you would not get that experience anywhere else in the world.  You might be trying some street food or dining in one of the luxury catered ski chalets in France. There are so many yummy things to eat in Paris that it is indeed impossible to savor them all. Read on to learn of the must-try foods in France.




1.      Duck confit
The confit method of cooking duck cooks the duck thighs in their own fat. Originally the method was devised to preserve fresh duck meat for future consumption. The meat is cooked until it is fork-tender and spectacularly moist. Few Parisian pride themselves in choosing the best producer, especially from the Southwest of France. The ducks are seared until the skin turns crisp and golden. Those heavenly garlicky potatoes sautéed in duck fat taste delicious, served as a side.

2.      Caramels
Caramels from Patrick Roger and Jacques Genin are simply amazing in texture. Those these little treats are rich and buttery in flavor. Your eyes are sure to light up with uncontrollable joy as you savor each morsel of caramel goodness. The legacy of salted butter caramel is so French! Today, it is available in different forms and used in cakes as well as caramel-based spreads.

3.      Cassoulet
It is impossible to resist those stewed white beans, pork confit, sausage crisp on top and succulent below.  A specialty of the French south-west, the mellow meatfulness appeals to all people. The dish is named so because of the traditional cooking vessel, the cassole, which is a deep earthenware pot with slanting sides. The towns of Toulouse, Carcassonne, and Castelnaudary are known as the traditional homeland of cassoulet.

4.      Baguette, Pain Au Chocolat, And Pastries
If you have not tasted a baguette or pastry in Paris, then you are certainly making a mistake. It is a must to try out those artisan boulangers and patisseries. Take advantage of those superior bread and baked goods and get your fair share of goodies daily. It is impossible to resist the delicious flaky pastry known as un pain au chocolat, which is a baked good made from a yeasty dough. Those delicious goodies can be enjoyed by both children and adults in the morning.

5.      Choucroute
Everything about Choucroute is excellent. The mighty dish with its fermented cabbage in a brass band dish brings forth atavistic roars of anticipation. The famous recipe is made with sausages and other salted meats and potatoes. There are many other examples of regional cuisine of France, which like cassoulet, carry an origin as a traditional and inexpensive dish. Today it is popular in recipes from contemporary chefs and restaurants and is available throughout France.

6.      Bouillabaisse
Bouillabaisse it the fishiest fish dish in the world and is a poor man's platter, like most French classics.  This is southern feistiness in the fish stew, with its broth as a soup, spicy rouille sauce and croutons. What makes a bouillabaisse different from other fish soups is the use of spices and Provençal herbs. The word ‘bouillabaisse’ actually is made from two words, to simmer and boil. Some of the best bouillabaisse restaurants in France are in Marseille.

7.      Raw-milk artisanal cheeses
The gastronomic hub of France, it is only in Paris that one can find amazing cheese shops. You can take a special cheesy Tour de France and taste your way through each region’s stars. Always favor raw-milk cheeses and the production of the artisanal cheese is a seasonal affair. It is seen that not all cheeses are made with raw milk. Many famous cheeses are almost vanished such as Tallance, Pastugal, Bleu de Termignon and Vacherin d’Abondance.




8.      Macarons
The delicate pastry made of two almond meringue shells with buttercream or ganache is simply heavenly. With Paris as its birthplace, macaroons come in different flavors and colors. Macarons have always been produced in those ancient Venetian monasteries. Moreover, Paris is renowned for its delicious macaroons, the mouthwatering French pastries. Make a trip to the legendary Ladurée to check out the best macarons!

9.      Potjevleesch
Potjevleesch is among the most distinctive and what makes it great as Northern France powered French industry, which is known for substantial dishes made of four white types of meat - veal, pork, chicken, and rabbit. Served with salads, gherkins, and chips, there is an abundance of meat here. Traditionally made in a ceramic dish, the meat is covered in water and vinegar, and cooked in a low heat on the oven.

1     Street-stand crêpes
Walking around Paris, you will come across plenty of stands selling crêpes everywhere. It is a must to try those genuinely native street foods that are indeed a lovely treat to indulge. Perfect as a light snack in the afternoon, get them made fresh and paper thin, right before you. Get ready for a pure and unadulterated crêpe experience. Eating a crepe just feels so Parisian, whether you use hands or eat them with a fork and knife. You will find plenty of stalls in Montparnasse neighborhood. Enjoy your crepe made fresh with freshly grated cheese or loaded with salad and meat or in a sweet flavor.