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Tan Mi A Dong

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This is my favorite Mi` in Little Saigon. The noodle is chewy, not soft, and this is what I like. My favorite dishes are Mì Vịt Quay and Mì Hoành Thánh.

The owner is very friendly and accommodating. The food is served quickly. Parking is plenty. The restaurant is clean but the decor can be better.

Location information:
16175 Brookhurst St
Fountain Valley, California 92708
Phone (714) 839-2286

Please give YOUR RATING about this restaurant if you have been to this restaurant. Your opinion matters.

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What dishes are on the first Thanksgiving diner?

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I was curious about what dishes were on the first Thanksgiving dinners for the Pilgrims and the Wambanoag Indians. Searching on Google, I found an article on History.com.

In summary, the findings are

  1. North America DucksTurkey could be a protein of the diner; but venison may be the plentiful meat for the diner: roasted deer and venison stew. Very likely, ducks, geese and swans probably were part of the diner.
  2. There were not stuffing, and nuts and onions were used.
  3. Vegetable were onions, beans, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, carrots and perhaps peas, which are locally plentiful in the area. A thick corn porridge may be part of the diner as well
  4. Fruits for the diner include blueberries, plums, grapes, gooseberries, raspberries and, of course cranberries. However, cranberries sauce was not probably part of the diner because there were not amber of sugar.
  5. Seafood were probably part of the diner according to culinary historians, because of New England location. Mussels, lobsters, bass, clams, and oysters may be part of the diner.
  6. Potatoes were not part of the diner. Other roots like Indian turnips and ground nuts might have been part of the diner.
  7. There were no pumpkin pie at the first Thanksgiving diner. A milk-honey-spices custard were probably improvised and were roasted in pumpkin gourds.

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5 items you must stock before disasters strike

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1- Clean drinking water:

stockfordisasterYou should stock water enough for 2 weeks. This is based on an assumption that aids won’t reach your area up to 2 weeks. Each person in the family needs 1/2 gallon of water per day, in case you need to calculate.

2- Non-perishable food

Military rations, or food for hiking can be ideal, or canned food. Dried food can also be useful. But it may need water for preparation like dried milk and dried eggs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dried_foods

3- First aid kit:

Your first aid kit should be stored in such a way that you can carry with you in case you need to move to a rescue destination. Redcross.org recommends items to be in the kit. Click this link to view this list.

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/get-kit/anatomy

4- Matches, candles and flash lights

Power outage could happen and it could last a few weeks. Make sure you stock batteries for your flash ligts

5- Outdoor cooking equipment

These can be your outdoor grill or camping stove/range. Be sure you have amber of propane gas.

Additional items can be

  • pack and go kit that you need to bring along when you need to move to a safe location.
  • blankets
  • radio and batteries
  • power generator

Please post your comments to make more suggestions.

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Coffee Bread with Plums and Cranberries

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This is the first time that I made coffee bread. After I looked at a few recipes for coffee bread, i combined those with my banana bread recipe into the following recipe. You can make this bread with a bread machine or with your oven.

coffee-bread-vietnamtowndotcomIngredients

  • 1/2 cup of strong coffee. Make sure you cool the coffee to room temperature
  • 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 small eggs or 1 large eggs, (f you want more protein, use 2 eggs). Beat the eggs slightly
  • 1/3 cup of dried plums; chopped into pieces. You can use dates instead of dried plums. However plums are #1 in antioxidants
  • 1/3 of dried cranberries
  • 1/3 of sliced-almond, (optional)
  • 1 and 2/3 cups of general purpose flour. Sift the flour for best result.
  • 1/3 cup of sugar, (or 1/2 cups if you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 1 teaspoon of baking soda

Stepscoffee-bread-recipe-2-vietnamtowndotcom

For oven:
Add the first 4 ingredients into a stainless steel bowl. Then add the rest into the bowl. Use a hand mixer to mix ingredients well. Brush a bread pan with olive oil or butter. Pour mixture into the bread pan. Heat oven to 350 degree. Bake the bread 30 minutes or more. Check the bread by sticking a wood chopstick and verify that there is no sticky dough.

For bread machine:
Pour the first 4 ingredients into the bread pan. Pour the rest of ingredients into the pan. Use express bake cycle of 80 minutes, (i hour and 20 minutes). Press Start button and there you go.  coffee-bread-recipe-1-vietnamtowndotcom

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Should you eat a tuna salad sandwich for lunch?

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The answer is “perhap not”. You should upgrade to a “sardine avocado sandwich”, sardicado sandwich. This recipe is one of Alton Brown’s skinny-making secrets, (he lost 50 lbs).

Sardine will give you  the anti-inflammatory benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, even more than salmon.

Avocado has carotenoid. And “researchers believe that avocado’s amazing carotenoid diversity is a key factor in the anti-inflammatory properties of this vegetable”. Please click at the image to view the recipe. Alton thinks that this sandwich can be consumed at breakfast, lunch or diner

photo from goodeats.com

Alton Brown’s sardicado sandwich

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What is a CoolSculpting Device?

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This device, also called Cryolipolysis, is a medical device used to burn away your fat cells. It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. For people that are not comfortable with liposuction, this is an alternative treatment. A benefit of this treatment is that there will not be excess skin.coolsculpting

Basically, the device would burn the fat beneath the skin with freezing without damaging the skin. This technique was first tried on human in 2009.

To learn more about this, please read the following links:

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Banana Bread

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bread photoIngredients:

1 1/2 Sticks of room temperature Unsalted butter
2 Eggs
2 Tbsp of Milk
½ tsp of Vanilla Extract
3 Ripe Bananas
1 ¾ cup of All Purpose Flour
1 cup Sugar
1 tsp of Baking Powder
1 tsp of baking Soda
½ tsp of Salt
¼ cup of Cashews, crushed

Directions

1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, lightly coat your desired loaf pan with melted unsalted butter

2) Mix together the butter and sugar. Add vanilla, milk and eggs. Mix all these ingredients until the consistency is creamy.

3) Mash the 3 ripe bananas then transfer it into the bowl.

4) To the same bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, mix it all the ingredients together.

4) Spread the batter evenly in the baking pan and bake for 55 minutes.

5) Once you have removed the bread from the oven, brush a coat of melted butter on top of the bread. Sprinkle crushed cashews on top of the bread.

The bread rest and cool for 15 minutes before slicing.

Enjoy!

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Should we wash our chicken?

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Chicken Meat

In short, the answer is no, suggested by Food Standard Agency. One main reason is the splash of water droplets could spread the campylobacter bacteria to your clothes and your kitchen, ( campylobacter is a major source of food poisoning).

The recommendation is to cook the chicken without washing. The heat will kill the bacteria.

Some chicken recipes requires us to brine the chicken before cooking it. Make sure you clean the kitchen well after cooking.

One step is to clean the sink with baking soda and vinegar.

Additionally, you can also use a solution of bleach and water.

Links

  1. Don’t wash chicken before cooking it – from theguardian.com
  2. Washing raw chicken can lead to food poisoning – from yahoo.com
  3. How to clean a kitchen sink from wikihow.com
  4. Keep your sink sparkling from lifehacker.com

Please login and place a comment if you have a way to keep the kitchen sink clean.

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Chocolate, Cranberry and Almond Bread

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Ingredients

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  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup of canola oil
  • 1 and 2/3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar or less
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup of chocolate chips, semi-sweet
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup of dried cranberry
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup of almond slices (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 of cinamon

Steps for bread machine

Add all wet ingredients into the bread pan, and then 2014-05-07 09.44.57add the dried ingredients. Select Express Bread Cycle for 80 minutes. Cool the bread on a rack for 10 minutes

Steps for oven

Pour wet ingredients into a metal mixing bowl, and then pour the dried ingredients into the bowl. Mix with a hand-mixer. Pour the mixture into a non-stick bread pan. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the bread for 30 to 40 minutes, At this point a knife inserted into the middle of the loaf should come out clean. Cool the bread on a rack for 10 minutes

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Pineapple-cranberry-almond bread recipe

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Ingredients

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  • 1 and 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  •  1 (or 1/2) cup  of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground vanilla
  • 1 and 1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple. Or crushed/chopped fresh pineapple
  •   2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup dried cranberry
  • 1/4 to 3/4 cup sliced almond (optional)

Steps for Bread Machine

Put the wet ingredient in the bread pan first, and put the dry ingredient in next. Choose the sweet bread cycle or Express-120minutes cycle.

Steps for Oven

Mix all ingredients in a metal bowl. Once the ingredients are all incorporated pour into a non- stick 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pan. If your pan is not non- stick coat it with butter and flour.

Bake for  30minutes at 350 degrees. At this point a knife inserted into the middle of the loaf should come out clean. Cool for 15 minutes and turn out onto a cooling rack. Cool completely.2014-04-20 20.32.20