Lots of Amenities and Peaceful Too

It is kind of funny about the apartment that I am living in. I knew I did want anything fancy, because an apartment complex that has too many amenities also means that it is going to hit the pocketbook hard at least once a month at rent time. I just wanted a quiet place that is nice and reasonably priced, and one that does not look like a typical apartment complex. I did a search for Alamo Heights San Antonio apartments to start looking, and I really liked what I saw in the first few pictures that I saw of The Niche.

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Superfoods for Sinusitis Relief

Sinusitis simply means inflammation of the sinuses, but this gives little indication of the misery and pain this condition can cause. Chronic sinusitis, sinusitis that persists for at least 3 weeks, affects an estimated 32 million people in the United States and Americans spend millions of dollars each year for medications that promise relief from their sinus symptoms.

Symptoms of sinusitis can include fever, weakness and tiredness, a cough that may be more severe at night, and runny nose or nasal congestion. In addition, drainage of mucus from the sinuses down the back of the throat (postnasal drip) can cause a sore throat.

However, by introducing a few of the superfoods from certain vitamin groups, we can lessen our chances of becoming afflicted with this painful and bothersome malady.

Citrus fruits, red berries, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, red and green bell peppers, cabbage, and spinach are all excellent dietary sources of vitamin C, which helps promote a healthy immune system.

The B-complex vitamins are actually a group of eight vitamins, which include thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3) and folic acid (B9), and are essential for a healthy nervous system, processing carbohydrates for energy, and the creation of red blood cells. Organ meats, beans, whole grain cereals, oatmeal, potatoes, salmon, bananas, and spinach are only a few of the many food members of the vitamin B group with high levels of this group of nutrients.

Vegetable oils, nuts, green leafy vegetables, and fortified cereals are common food sources of vitamin E, an antioxidant that acts to protect your cells against the effects of free radicals, which are potentially damaging by-products of energy metabolism. Free radicals can damage cells and may contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Vitamin E has also been shown to play a positive role in immune function.

Inhaling steam from a vaporizer or a hot cup of water can soothe inflamed sinus cavities. Another treatment is saline nasal spray, which can be purchased in a pharmacy. A hot water bottle; hot, wet compresses; or an electric heating pad applied over the inflamed area also can be comforting.

A person susceptible to sinus disorders, particularly one who also is allergic, should avoid cigarette smoke and other air pollutants. Inflammation in the nose caused by allergies predisposes a patient to a strong reaction to all irritants. Drinking alcohol also causes the nasal-sinus membranes to swell. Try to avoid dairy products, as they stimulate your body to produce more mucous.

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“She bought the groceries, washed the lettuce, chopped the tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots… diced the onions, cut the garlic, marinated the meat, set the table, lighted some candles & cleaned everything up, but, he, made the dinner.”
-Anonymous

“I feel a recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with a variation.”
Madam Benoit
“When baking, follow directions. When cooking,
go by your own taste.”
Laiko Bahrs
“Savory seasonings stimulate the appetite.”
Latin Proverb
“I don’t like gourmet cooking or “this” cooking or “that” cooking. I like good cooking.”
James Beard

What You Need To Know About Food Acidity

Our nutrition is the most importact influence on our body’s acidity, and therefore it is essential to understand food acidity when we aim to live by a healthy acid alkaline balance. As we all know, famoous celebrities, such as Tony and Sage Robbins, Kirsten Dunst and Robert Young swear by an alkaline diet.

If you’re interested in leading an alkaline lifestyle, you want to keep your body mainly in the alkaline zone. A quick review: Chemically, the pH Level is measured on a pH scale ranging from 0-14, with 7 being neutral, less than 7 acidic and more than 7 alkaline. .

Research and experience have shown that our bodies function more efficiently when in an alkaline state. The metabolism is improved, cells live longer, our internal organs work more effectively, we feel more energised and most people also lose weight.

How Our Bodies Neutralise Acidic Foods

When we consume acidic foods, the body will try and neutralize the acids, so that it can return to its most efficient state (the alkaline state). This neutralising of acids is also often described as “detoxing”. Generally the body can neutralise acids through our organs (such as liver and kidneys) or through deep breathing. Any acids that cannot be neutralised are stored in the tissues of the body. During a detox, you would reduce the amount of acids you put into your body, therefore the body has the capacity to neutralise the acids that have been stored in the body tissue. This can be a difficult process, as many people get withdrawal symptoms (from sugar, alcohol, nicotine, etc) and at the same time experience the toxins that are being neutralised in the body (these may be expressed through head aches, mood swings, etc).

Food Acidity And Acidic Foods

Firstly we need to differentiate between foods that are acidic, and foods that have an acidic effect on our bodies. These are two different aspects, as some foods themselves are considered acidic, but when consumed they have an alkalising effect on the body. For example, lemons and limes are acidic, but when consumed, they help to alkalise the body.

Measuring Food Acidity

The degree of food acidity is measured by determining its pH value or analyzing its mineral content. The lower a pH value is the more acidic is the food. Acidic minerals include sulfur, chlorine, phosphorus, flouride, iodine and silicon. When a food contains more acidic than alkaline minerals it is said to be acidic. If you want to know the acidity or alkalinity of a certain food, the easiest way is to get an alkaline foods chart to guide your way.

This is a basic summary on food acidity. If you are interested in improving your body’s alkalinity or following an acid alkaline balance diet, there are some easy and fast ways to include more alkaline foods in your diet. Find out more at

Foods You Can Eat To Boost Collagen And Reduce Wrinkles

When you are a child, skin is soft and supple. There aren’t any wrinkles. Skin is perfect. In your late twenties, wrinkles start to form. Tiny lines, depressed into otherwise supple skin appear. As you get older, the lines deepen and more lines form. Collagen supports your skin. As collagen breaks down and diminishes with age, the supporting structure beneath the skin decreases and skin sags and wrinkles form.

What can you do about collagen? Some foods help boost your body’s collagen production, so include these in your diet.

1. Pigs trotters
Pigs feet sound gross. They are reputed to help you look younger because they contain collagen. At very least, your body, after breaking down the food would be able to reuse the nutrients in collagen production. Stewed pigs trotters in black sauce is a Chinese delicacy.

2. Soya Bean Milk, tofu and anything that is based on soy.
Soy contains genistein, an isoflavone. This isoflavone blocks enzymes that would otherwise destroy collagen.

3. Garlic.
Garlic contains sulfur which helps your body produce collagen. If you are concerned about garlic breath, chew some parsley to freshen your breath. Garlic contains taurine
and lipoid acid which support damaged collagen fibers.

4. Tomatos
These are very rich in the antioxidant lycopene which inhibits collagenases. Collagenases are enzymes that destroy collagen.
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals which would otherwise destroy the collagen and supporting structure of your skin, so taking foods with antioxidants

5. Fish
This is rich in omega fatty acids that keeps skin soft and supple.

6. Oranges and lemons
Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C which will help your body produce collagen.

7. Dark green leafy vegetables
Dark green veggies like spinach contain vitamin C for collagen production. Spinach also contains iron and a whole host of vitamins to keep your body young and healthy.

8. Lean meat.
Food that has lysine and proline promote collagen and lean meat contain these, so the meat in pig’s feet should help. Maybe the collagen in pig’s feet would work too.

Emilia-Romagna – Italy’s Culinary Capital

By a stroke of luck I ended up in Emilia-Romagna, an Eden of fine cooking and savory ingredients. Id been living in France for nearly a decade and, while the food captivated me, each trip to Italy begged another. Growing up in the U.S, I had an idea of Italy as a European state, but now I was discovering its infinite provincial diversity. The nation has millennia of history, but its only been a unified country since 1861. Twenty individual regions weave a multicolored patchwork of provinces, cities, and villages: bygone kingdoms and feudal states.

In 2000 I landed a job as a tour guide with a company based in Forl. No idea where that was. I hefted my world atlas onto the kitchen table and thumbed through the index: F … For … Forl. Italy sculpts more of a leg than a boot on the map. Forl lies in Emilia-Romagna: a broad expanse spreading across her thigh like a garter. The region takes its name from the Via Aemilia the 160-mile ancient Roman road stretching east, straight as a tightrope from Piacenza to the Adriatic Sea.

The Apennines, Italys mountainous spine, arch east then south from the Mediterranean Sea to form the territorys lower border. Slanting vineyards and soft grassy slopes smooth north into orderly orchards. Parcels of kiwi populate the flat Po River plain. Renaissance towers, medieval ruins, and cypress spires cap rolling hills. And wavy grids of silvery olive trees garnish the slopes.

Emilia-Romagnas cultural heritage embraces Parmas powerfully arched cathedral, Bolognas leaning brick towers, and sixth-century mosaics in Ravenna; once the Western Roman Empires capital. Pellegrino Artusi, the father of Italian cooking, grew up in Forlimpopoli.

But Emilia and Romagna are one only on paper. In the eighth century, the Frankish King Pippin III pawned off the troublesome southeastern regions on the papacy. Like twins separated at birth, they matured into individual personas. Romagnoli are “chicken-farming country bumpkins,” say the “snooty, know-it-all” Emiliani.

NOBLE EMILIA

Emilia prospered under centuries of wealthy, highborn families who maintained their prestige through lavish banquets. Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, prosciutto di Parma, and bollito an opulent dish of boiled meats all hail from the region. Mortadella sausage too, even if I only knew its poor American cousin: baloney. In 1088, Europes oldest university opened in Bologna la Grassa (Fat Bologna) also Italys culinary capital.

Lucky for me, its the cradle of handmade pasta too: the centerpiece of weekly family get-togethers. Sunday mornings, Emiliana grandmothers pour mounds of flour on their table-sized cutting boards. Mixing in only eggs, they knead it into sticky yellow balls. With yard-long rolling pins, they flatten this sfoglia thin enough to see the boards wood grain. From the far edge, they curl the immense sheet into a tube, take a wide flat-bladed knife and slice off quarter-inch rounds. As the spirals unfold, classic tagliatelle emerge. The noodles rough texture will soak up a rich ragu of slowly simmered ground meats, tomato sauce, red wine, and minced aromatic vegetables.