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Food Review: Neapolitan Pizza (Italian)

Pizza, anyone?

Well, that’s in fact our featured delicacy for today, and it’s actually called Neapolitan pizza from Naples, the most famous of the Italian variety.

Let’s see how it’s done..

Hmm… that’s pretty fast, eh?!

Well, considering that it’s just baked for 60 seconds, so yes it is fast. But that would only be possible and perfectly done if you’re using a wood-fired oven at 485°C temperature.

Still, what’s amazing though are its ingredients.. just dough, raw tomatoes or tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and olive oil – and yet it’s real delicious. In fact, it’s the world’s 35th most delicious food.

With no fancy toppings, one thing you’d notice is that there’s more tomato than cheese.. making the pie a bit soggy but mouthwatering.

So, enjoy!

2014 World Cup: Luis Suarez, Uruguayan Striker

Sure you must have heard of the suspension on Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez which was due to his “biting” on an opposing player during a crucial match in the ongoing 2014 World Cup in Brazil..

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Chiellini in blue, Suarez in white

..and so, the FIFA suspended Suarez for 4 months from any soccer competition.

Was it right for the FIFA to suspend him that long? And at a critical time? Well, was it also right for him to bite an opponent? Reminds us of some boxing match some years ago.

But as Suarez said, he just lost his balance and so his teeth hit Chiellini. Oh, see? Then again, how about reviewing the tape?

Anyway, while Uruguay would naturally protest on Suarez’s suspension, many claimed it to be too severe – even from the man he bit, Giorgio Chiellini.

Hmm… this is interesting.

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Italy vs Uruguay match, more than just skin deep

Yes, Suarez did something definitely unsportsmanlike but you heard Chiellini. He was the one offended and still deemed the punishment as too much.

Thus, even just for this year’s World Cup, Suarez should be allowed to play and just let him serve his suspension right after the World Cup. This, provided he won’t do it again. For once he does, the Uruguayan team should also share the blame and be automatically kicked out of the 2014 World Cup..

After all, Luis Suarez has already been noted for similar violations even before this competition.

Agree?

Food Review: Gelato (Italian)

Often compared to ice cream, the Gelato actually has less fat and this is why it doesn’t melt away as how ice cream does.

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Considered the 17th most delicious food in the world, Italy’s Gelato uses less air when churned (at a much slower speed) during the freezing process.. uses more milk than cream, and uses fewer to no egg yolks compared to ice cream – this is why there’s much lesser fat.

Yet the third factor is the key: the serving temperature. While ice cream is best served at about 10°F.. the Gelato is as good as it gets at a warmer temperature.

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If set at a lower temperature, the Gelato would turn into something as hard as a brick, but at a warmer one – it’s soft but not soupy.

Still, though the Gelato is low in fat, it’s high in sugar which makes it not really healthy – but totally addictive!

Lasagna (Italian) on Food Review

It’s another Saturday, another wonderful day to check out some of the most delicious food in the world.. again. And for this feature, let’s take on Lasagna, now Italy’s most sought-after food after dislodging the pizza for the honor.

Well, know what? Lasagna is just about anywhere nowadays that no wonder many have tried and come to love the Italian masterpiece.

Hmm… yet again, we say key to enjoying it more is having some garlic bread to go along with the delicacy. For one, eating lasagna alone would highlight the tomato’s flavor in it – sour or bland though sometimes sweet – depending on who cooked it.

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The Ingredients...

Look at the most basic of ingredients. Tomato or meat sauce. Lasagna noodles. Eggs. Parmesan cheese. Ricotta cheese. Mozzarella cheese. Dried oregano, thyme, and basil. Salt and pepper to taste. Olive oil to coat the pan.

As for preparing and cooking lasagna, it’s really all about adding layer by layer of pasta, sauces, and cheese (similar to making a multi layered sandwich).. before baking it, and that’s when it’ll settle to produce that  great Italian dish.

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Still, lasagna would taste even better when refrigerated then eaten the following day. Otherwise, if you wish to eat it after baking, give it about 15-20 minutes to fuse the flavors.

Just remember, cover the olive oil coated pans with aluminium foil before baking for about 40 minutes, okay? Now that it’s cooked..

Enjoy!

Survey says ..!!

Survey says ..!!

So, NAIA Terminal 1 in Manila topped the list as the world’s worst airport based on a survey by SleepingInAirports, eh?

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Following NAIA were the airports in: Bergamo, Calcutta, Islamabad, Paris Beauvais, Chennai, Frankfurt Hahn, Mumbai, Rome Fiumicino, and Los Angeles. These were based on comfort, conveniences, cleanliness, and customer service according to SleepingInAirports.

Hmm…

Regardless of the criterias, being the worst or the best does not really have anything to do with the place or something, but…

You know what? Design or the airport’s layout has a lot to do with the first two factors plus it boosts the morale of employees which in turn makes them hard working resulting in better customer service and a cleaner terminal.

Then again, this layout doesn’t have to be so, so big; more so, it should not be “complicated” that it would snuff out the enthusiasm not only of the employees but specially of the passengers. Nor, nor should the design contribute into making a disorganized staff as well.

With this, we could say that design truly has a big say in the subconscious of passengers as they will then tend to look at things a bit more favorably… if only flying is not to be stressful as a labyrinth.