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Taco Bowls: Authentic Or Not?

Donald Trump is known for making headlines, but one recent headline has sparked a debate about a popular dish. Ever since the Republican presidential nominee’s infamous Cinco de Mayo tweet made headlines, many people have been wondering if the infamous taco bowl showcased in the tweet can be called authentic Mexican food. The following takes a close look at the origins of the taco bowl. Be warned—some of the facts you’ll find here could surprise you. Not Invented Here (in Mexico) As it turns out, the taco bowl (more commonly known as a taco salad) doesn’t have any origins south of the border. Instead, it has more in common with Tex-Mex cuisine than it does with authentic Mexican dishes. Although some of the ingredients used in the typical taco bowl can be found in authentic Mexican dishes, other ingredients like shredded iceberg lettuce and sour cream are more at home with other Tex-Mex foods. So where did the taco bowl really come from? The true origins of the taco bowl can be traced back to a small Mexican-style restaurant that once operated in the Disneyland theme park in Southern California. The True Origin of the Taco Bowl If you want to know who came up with the idea of the taco bowl, you have none other than Elmer Doolin to thank. If you haven’t heard of Doolin before, then you’ve probably heard about “Fritos,” the famous brand of corn chips he helped create. In 1955, shortly after Disneyland’s grand opening, Doolin’s company opened a small restaurant catering to park-goers in search of “authentic” Mexican cuisine. The restaurant, known then as “Casa de Fritos,” served an early version of the taco bowl known as the “tacup.” Consisting of a simple mix of cheese, ground beef, and other ingredients, the tacup started out much smaller than a modern taco bowl. However, the dish proved so popular among patrons that it steadily grew in size as time passed. As an aside, the Casa de Fritos was also home to another highly popular snack-food staple. In an effort to cut back on waste, workers at the restaurant began cutting up and frying leftover tortillas in the style of traditional Mexican totopos. The end result became “Doritos,” a snack chip that eventually saw nationwide release in 1966 and has had strong popularity ever since. From Novelty Dish to Fast Food Staple From its origins at […]

The Correlation Between Digestive System Functions, Probiotics, and Sugar

For your digestive system to operate at its best, your body must contain the right balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria. When this ratio is within normal parameters, you should not have any problems with bloating, gas, or diarrhea. Unfortunately, the things you eat could be throwing this ratio out of balance, and sugar is one of the most common ingredients that can do this. Taking probiotics is one of the easiest and most effective solutions for this problem, but cutting sugar out of your diet can also help. Here are three things you should understand about the bacteria in your body, the use of probiotics, and the role sugar plays in this process. What the Balance Should Be According to some experts, your gut should contain 85% good bacteria and 15% bad bacteria. When your body does not contain enough good bacteria, the bad bacteria can begin taking over, and this is when you may start experiencing symptoms of digestive issues. This balance is vital for your digestive system functions, but it is also important for other parts of your body. In fact, when the equation is out of balance, you may end up suffering from colds, dermatitis, allergies, heart problems, and diabetes. What Probiotics Do Probiotics are natural bacteria and are found in several common types of foods. Yogurt is one food that contains probiotics, but you can also find them in other types of dairy products, sauerkraut, and pickled beets. When you consume probiotics, the bacteria you digest is able to keep food moving through your digestive tract. This happens by adding good bacteria to your gut, which will help balance out the ratio of good bacteria to bad bacteria. If you do not like eating foods that contain natural probiotics, you can also take supplements. There are many different options available for purchase, and taking these supplements daily can also play a big role in the way your digestive system functions. One other thing you should be aware of is that you can increase the effectiveness of the probiotics you consume by eating more fiber. Fiber provides fuel for probiotics, and consuming fiber will help regulate your system faster and more efficiently. How Sugar Affects Good Bacteria Not only is it important to take probiotics to help balance out your system, but it is also important to understand the effects sugar can have on this […]

Fairs & Carnivals: Effective Ways To Use Restaurant Equipment While Serving Customers

As the summer draws to a close, fairs and carnivals start popping up all over the country. One of the biggest highlights when attending these events is enjoying some of the unique food options. If you’re eager to open a food booth yourself, then there is a lot of planning involved. Along with selecting a menu that can cater to customers, you want to be able to have the proper equipment so that everything is hot, fresh, and ready to serve. A variety of restaurant equipment is ideal for serving customers and keeping a variety of different foods. Browse through this guide to see various ways of making your fair food a big hit. Visual Food Serving & Freshness As people walk through the local fair, they are looking for visual sights that can attract them to different food options. Aside from images, drawings, and bold advertisements, one of the best ways to sell your food offerings is by showcasing the actual food. As you shop for restaurant equipment supplies, there are a number of visual food serving equipment options available. These food servers can not only showcase the food, but they have warming lamps to keep it hot and fresh for each customer order. One of the more classic options for visual food serving is a rotating pizza server. The flat racks are not only ideal for pizza, but they can be used for a number of different carnival foods. You can showcase items like fried dough or flat bread sandwiches. The rotating mechanism allows customers to see all sides of a product and really showcases your food creations. A standard warming display server is also available. These servers include multiple racks for you to put items on. This is ideal for deep fried items like French Fries or onion rings. It can keep foods at ideal warming temperatures so that they stay fresh. Food Preparation When ordering meals at a fair, many customers expect it within just a couple of minutes. This is where proper food preparation comes in. By having ingredients ready to go, you can create quick meals that are also delicious. Shopping for restaurant equipment can make it easier to see different options for your cooking needs. One of the more compact food preparation items you can shop for is a countertop warmer. These warmers are compact and feature multiple compartments that makes it easy […]

5 Tips For Selecting Chocolates as a Pregnancy Gift

If you are looking for a present to help make a pregnant woman’s day brighter, you may opt for chocolates. However, before you order your chocolates, consider these five tips for picking out the most pregnancy-appropriate chocolate treats for your pregnant friend.  Include a Mix of Dark & Milk Chocolates Many people assume that dark chocolate is always a healthier choice than milk chocolate and so you may be tempted to order a set of dark chocolates for your pregnant friend. However, dark chocolate contains more fat, calories, and caffeine than milk chocolate. Milk chocolate, on the other hand, tends to contain more sugar than dark chocolate. Since many pregnant women monitor each of these components of their diet and may want to limit one component over another due to their individual situation, it is important to give them a wide selection to choose from.  For example, if your pregnant friend does not drink caffeine on a particular day, she may opt for dark chocolate. However, if she treats herself to a latte, she may choose a milk chocolate treat to accompany it.  Consider Inserting Information About Chocolate Consumption During Pregnancy Friends, family members, health professionals, and magazines constantly tell women how they should limit their diet during pregnancy. For this reason, your pregnant friend may see all sweets, especially chocolate, as off-limits while she is pregnant. To help ease her mind, you might want to print out information about the benefits of chocolate during pregnancy and include them with your gift. This way your friend can consume her chocolates without guilt and she may feel happy about being told there is something she can indulge in during pregnancy.  However, this is a highly individual aspect to a gift. If your friend has expressed frustration with overwhelming amounts of dietary advice, you may want to skip the additional information and let her find it on her own.  Select Covered Fruits or Nuts As opposed to fillings that are high in sugar such as caramel or nougat, consider opting for chocolates that are filled with fruits or nuts. These can give your friend a vitamin kick while supplying them with extra protein and fiber. This can make the chocolates a more satisfying and healthy snack.  While most nuts are recommended during pregnancy, you may want to avoid peanuts. Research is divided over whether the consumption of peanuts during pregnancy contributes to […]

Plant-Based Dessert: Indulge The Healthy Way

If you’re looking for ways to enjoy healthy snacks on a plant-based diet, you will be happy to know there are many ways you can make and enjoy tasty desserts without deviating from your goal of eating healthfully. Here are ideas for some delicious plant-based foods you can make at home. Raw Nut Brownies You can makes brownie-type snacks using just four ingredients. First, soak a cup of walnuts and a cup of almonds in water overnight to help soften them. Then, drain the water and pulse the nuts in a food processor with about 1/3 a cup of cocoa powder. You can adjust the level of cocoa to suit how chocolatey you like these to be. Then, run the processor on low speed, adding one Medjool date at a time until the mixture starts to to form a play-dough like consistency, pulling away from the sides of the processor. Press the mixture into a wax-paper lined pan and chill for an hour or longer before cutting into squares. These will taste remarkably like brownies when served. Chia Seed Pudding If you are looking for a way to enjoy a creamy dessert, chia seeds are the magic ingredient. You can buy chia seeds at most health food stores or online. To make pudding with chia seeds, simply combine 1/3 cup of chia seeds with about a cup and a half of the milk of your choice– almond milk or coconut milk are both popular options. You can add cocoa powder, vanilla extract, or other flavorings to customize the pudding type. Leave the chia and milk mixture in the fridge overnight. Stir in honey or maple syrup until the mixture is sweetened to your taste. Finally, you can add some dimensional flavor by sprinkling a little salt over the top before indulging. If you prefer a smooth pudding, simply blend the milk and chia seeds in a high-powered blender before refrigerating. Whipped Cream One of the things you might miss when you start eating a plant based diet is the richness that ice-cream or whipped cream can bring to a dessert. You can recreate the texture and luxurious flavor of whipped cream in two ways: Cashew cream. Soak raw, unsalted cashews in water overnight. Then, drain the water. Place the cashews in a high-powered blender. Add back some of the soaking water by tablespoon as the cashews are “whipped”. The right […]