Showing posts with label Food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Food. Show all posts

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

The Best Tacos which I Love to Consume in Louisiana – Part 2 – Food 10

Fish taco is style of taco from Baja, Mexico. This kind of taco is famous in California as well as in Louisiana. Since our state is hub of seafood industries.

Fig 01- Baja fish taco

The taco is blended of:

- fried fish, usually grouper, sea bass and other marine fish
- cabbages
- creamy sauces

I love fish, especially marine fish, hence this type of taco is comfortable for my tastes.

Fig 02- Taco and other foods

Fig 03- Just for illustration

Fig 04- Barbacoa taco

The fourth type of taco which I love is Barbacoa taco. It is said as an authentic dish from Mexico.

My favorite is goat or lam instead of beef. It is because a goat or lam has specific taste for me.

Like other taco, it can be combined with several kinds of vegetables. The goat or lam is seasoned with spicy stuffs.

What type of tacos do you like?

Do your city, state or country have specific or own taco taste?

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Thursday, 9 December 2021

The Best Tacos which I Love to Consume in Louisiana – Part 1 – Food 10

Taco Bell is well known franchise to sell taco across America and some parts of the world.

But, we have restaurants which sell special menus of tacos.

Yes, here in Louisiana, actually, we have plenty restaurants sell the best tacos

Fig 01- A Tinga taco is one of my favorites

The restaurants sell many kinds of tacos, and in addition to taco that some restaurants provide hundred of different type of menus.

In respect to taco, I love these four types:

- Tinga taco
- Veggie taco
- Baja fish taco
- Barbacoa taco

Chicken is one of my favorites, then match with sauces (tomatoes, chili), onion sliced, tostadas and beans.

This menu called as tinga taco.

Fig 02- A Taco wrap sold in Walmart

Fig 03- Cloudy weather, illustration only

Fig 04- Veggie taco

Veggie taco contains certain favorite stuff such as:

- cabbages
- spicy or hot stuff (peppers, chili, jalapenos)
- onions
- zucchini
- tomatoes
- cheese
- cilantro and black bean

Some time, veggie taco also includes with meat. Yes, thus, not really 100% veggie.

# To be Continued to Part 2

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Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Organic Vs Natural Foods – Part 5 – Food 9

Fig 01- Egg plants, illustration

You may read previous postings (Part 1, 2, 3 and 4):

From previous postings, we may draw several conclusions:

1) Natural foods are foods that are extracted from plants and animals without chemically altered or synthesized.

# They are minimally processed and not contain specific additives, including:

- sweeteners
- food colors
- flavorings
- and antibiotics.

Fig 02- Pomegranates seeds

1) Whereas organic foods are produced, manufactured and controlled by certified organizations.

# In the USA, we have USDA to manage organic foods certification in order to comply with USA Organic Food Products Act

Fig 03- Asparagus, ready to cook

Organic foods are not necessary natural foods, vice versa, natural foods are not mean organic foods.

Fig 04- Fish with vegetables.

There are advantages and disadvantages of organic foods compared to natural foods, thus, organic food probably isn’t more nutritious and safer than natural food.

Finally, Organic and natural produced foods aren’t much different in terms of their benefit (advantages) to human being.

Fig 05- Illustration, dolls


Faber, S. 2016. Demand for Organic Food Growing Faster than Domestic Supply. Retrieved from organic consumer organisation.

Lange, SB. 2016. No scientific proof that organic food is healthier than non- organic food. Retrieved from sciennordic.

Merz, S. 2016. What is the Difference between Natural and Organic? Retrieved from

Organic Food. 2016. Difference Between Organic and Natural Food. Retrieved from organicfacts.

Valliant, M. 2014. 2014. Top 10 reasons why organic food is more expensive. Retrieved from hellawella.

Fig 06- Wild fruit in yard.

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Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Organic Vs Natural Foods – Part 4 – Food 9

Nice dip, just for illustration

Previous postings (Part 1, 2 and 3):

In respect to price, organic foods cost 20 percent to 100 percent more than conventionally produced foods (Valliant, 2014).

Some of the reasons are:

- more labors
- demand higher than supply
- higher cost fertilizer
- crop rotation to keep soil healthy and prevent weed growth
- grows more slowly
- post-harvest handling cost
- and organic certification costs

White onions, illustration only

The certification is provided by USDA (United States Department of Agricultures).

In term of shelf life, organic foods last longer than natural foods, since natural foods less proceed and contain higher water.

Water caused natural foods to be spoiled easily. But, since organic foods is handled and sold by big supermarket (Merz, 2016) or specific retails such as Whole Foods Market, thus, organic food is often fresher.

Then, fresh food tastes better.

# To be continued to Part 5

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Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Organic Vs Natural Foods – Part 3 – Food 9

The facts of organic and natural foods (Organic Food, 2016)

You may read previous postings:

The question: Is organic foods more advantages in terms of more nutritious content and safer?

The answer of this question might be seen at above Table (The facts of organic and natural foods).

We can examine the fact of organic and natural foods from the Table. 

There is no doubt that demand for organic foods is growing faster over the last decade.

As reported by Faber (2016) that organic food is growing in terms of sales (soaring from $3 billion in 1997 to more than $10 billion in 2003); and the industry's share of the U.S. food market (grow from about 2 percent to roughly 3.5 percent by the end of the decade).

Autumn season, just illustration

It is logic that since natural foods have no excessive processing of food items; thus the foods might not disturb the health benefits.

However, as described by Lange (2016) that it is difficult to single out the organic foods only to increase people health benefit, since people also:

- drink healthy water
- take exercise
- and do other good relate healthy things.

# To be continued to Part 4

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Organic Vs Natural Foods – Part 2 – Food 9

A kind of cacti plant, sold in the traditional market.

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We could distinguish the different between organic and natural foods in terms of:

- food labels
- production
- food demand and availability
- and certification agencies.

Moreover, we might hear many people said the phrase of "Go Organic," it is because they believe organic food have advantages than other foods produced or proceed by other methods (in this case is natural foods).

The facts that market share and revenue for organic foods tend to increase year by year.

The question then?

Salt fish, one of favorite foods in certain countries.

Is organic foods more advantages in terms of more nutritious content and safer?

To answer this question, we need to search through google search engine to collect data about advantages and dis-advantages from organic foods and natural foods, including their nutritional values.

# To be continues to Part 3

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Friday, 22 October 2021

Organic Vs Natural Foods – Part 1 – Food 9

Different between organic and natural foods
(Source: Organic Food, 2016)

We sometimes confused with the words of “Natural foods” and “Organic Foods.”

Generally speaking, natural foods are foods without processing and no additives.

Some says that natural foods have minimally processed and not contain specific additives, including:

- sweeteners
- food colors
- flavorings
- and antibiotics.

The foods that are grown and processed based on standard certified by USDA (United States Department of Agricultures) is called “Organic Foods.”


Flowers, sold at farmer market, illustration

Practically, organic foods were produced by using limited or avoiding the use of man-made fertilizers and pesticides.

In addition, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is not include in organic foods farming system.

# To be continued to Part 2

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Friday, 8 October 2021

The Surprising Fact - Cooked Shrimps are Cheaper than Raw Ones – Part 2 - Food 8

Plastic bags of seafood market and deli

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When I was in the market, I saw both the raw and cooked shrimps.

The shrimps either plain cooked or cooked with recipes, Louisiana special cuisine.

Off course!

What surprising me was the price, you may compare them:

- cooked shrimps are US$ 9.99 per pound
- whereas raw ones are US$ 11.99 per pound.

Cooked shrimps are two dollar cheaper than raw ones.


I really don’t know the exact or true answer, what happen behind the prices, honestly.

However, I guess there are several factors caused cooked shrimp cheaper than raw or fresh ones.

Cooked shrimps

Here they are the answers:

1) about to expire or go bad

- the sellers want to get rid of it as soon as possible.

2) smaller size

- bigger size is expensive

I decided to buy cooked shrimps together with boiled corn. Ready to go and to eat.

Make me wonder, did you find in your place where cooked things are cheaper than raw ones?

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Monday, 4 October 2021

The Surprising Fact - Cooked Shrimps are Cheaper than Raw Ones – Part 1 - Food 8

Cooked shrimps and boiled corns

We went to Tony’s seafood market and deli, the biggest seafood market in my city, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this morning.

We planned to buy one or two pounds of shrimps to cook with a recipe which I found in a blog.

The recipe is quite simple, but I think attractive to try it.

Just to let you know that Louisiana has several kinds of shrimps. Four commercial values are:

- white shrimp (Litopenaeus setiferus)
- brown shrimp (Farfantepenaeus aztecus)
- seabob shrimp (Penaeus sp)
- pink shrimp (Farfantepenaeus duorarum)

Louisiana produces around 100 million pounds of all kind shrimps per year, mainly from the Gulf of Mexico.

The gulf, actually belongs to both Mexico and USA.

Another kind of cooked shrimp

The shrimp industries provided 15 thousand jobs and greatly impact on Louisiana economic.

Yes, fishing and agriculture industries are important to Louisiana, and many southern states of USA.

They bring about US$ 1.3 billion annually to Louisiana state.

# To be continued to Part 2

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Thursday, 26 August 2021

One of Ways to Make Barbeque in the Nature – Food 7

Charcoal grill, illustration only

When camping or hiking in the nature (national parks), sure we could cook over campfire.

We may use wood burner grill to cook everything from sausage to:

- burger
- salmon
- chicken
- red meat.

Woods could be replaced by branches trees close by camping area.

The bottom line that we should choose dry branches to produce clean burning and hot fire.

If our branches burn poorly and smoky, just find another firewood that often provided by public campgrounds.

Some people love to grill with woods due to its aromatic and taste fantastic.


Meat for barbecue, just for illustration

Yes, aromatic called as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is potentially leads to cancer.

But, some literatures suggested to eliminate probability to get cancer is by mixing the grilled foods with fruit and vegetable.

It is because fruit and vegetable contain highly antioxidant. We could use variety of fruit and vegetable to combine with foods, especially meat and chicken to be grilled.

Few of them are:

- zucchini
- tomatoes
- onions
- mangos
- pineapple.

Do you practice barbecue?

How often?

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