Portrait of a BaristaWritten by Iulia Pascanu
The barista is Italian word for skilled person who prepares coffee (ultimately espresso) in a coffee house. What would you want your barista to be like?
This is not a trick question. The more I think of it, more I believe it, that world of coffee making must be laying on shoulders of a barista.
I believe that because coffee I am beeing served in a coffee house, I expect it to be good. On other hand, manager of bar expects me to be pleased with service and come again. If coffee is not good, I will not do that.
Now who is responsible for this small gearing to work? You probably have guessed it, barista.
Are you wondering what a barista is and how can you recognise him or her?
1. Well, he or she does not have a specific age or appearance. Nor nationality. In Italy, country that gave name of job, a barista is most likely a man around age of 40. In America, there are more chances that you find a young lady. But not necessarily. 2. One sure thing is they're susceptible to be found behind bar-counter, always ready to prepare several varieties of coffee 'expressly for you' - by way, did you know this was initial definition of espresso coffee?
Food and feng shuiWritten by Jakob Jelling
Feng shui has a great impact on food we eat. Feng shui, food we eat and ourselves are interrelated and influence each other. Chi and our life balance are highly influenced by food, starting on how it was harvested and produced, going through how we cook it and environment and mood in which we eat it.
Chi or positive energy flows in food as well as in everything else, and its quality depends a lot on way we cook it. Actually, eating has direct relation with energy flowing, since it is way we receive energy and it becomes part of us. Therefore, source of that energy, which is food, should be handled very carefully.
Harmony and balance is an important aspect of relationship between food and feng shui. It is important that we eat balanced food, which consists in variety and balance of colors. Feng shui recommends that a dish should contain different colors which are in harmony with each other. You should try to use as many different colors as possible in one same dish at same time as they should combine and look good together.