Renovating Your Bar

Buildings, Night, Urban, Neon Sign

Being a tiki bar owner now for over 5 years I’ve learned things that I wish could have done and things that I’d never do again. I would love to share with you my Opossum Poop and improvements to my tiki bar.

First I want to go over a few things I learned building my own outside pub. The weather conditions in your area will determine the best way to construct your bar. Here are ideas you will need to pay attention to if you’re building an outside tiki bar.

Your Climate- if you reside in a place which has warm summers and cold winters, then you’ll encounter the very same obstacles I came against. Be certain that you use treated wood for any surface that comes in contact with the floor. That’s the reason you have to use treated timber; it shrinks less and will last much longer. Anytime you have wood that’s exposed to the weather you will need to pay close attention to the sort of wood you use and appropriate treating of the timber after it’s installed.

Insects- I used white cedar logs to the building of my roof construction because cedar is supposed to be less vulnerable to insect damage. Okay, throw that out the window, I went for three years with no insect problems until last year. I noticed wood dust and compact chips lying on my bar . I thought it was coming out of thatch breaking or falling apart but to my surprise I’d carpenter bees! After inspecting my white cedar logs I found holes around 3/8 inch bored in a few of my logs. A carpenter bee appears almost identical to some common bumble bee except no hair abdomen and the men can’t sting. They adore natural cedar! May sure you employ either wood preservative or a great Valspar varnish for your logs.

Bar Top- There are several diverse opinions about what to use on your bar . It’s advised that you use marine plywood to the bar top, and for good reason. I used the next best thing that I believed, oak plywood. The walnut plywood was fine for the first two or three years, applying about ten coats of marine varnish. This would be OK except the edges of the plywood are extremely tricky to seal. To solve my problem I implemented glass tile into my tiki bar top using waterproof glue and grout. The marine plywood is extremely expensive but well worth the cost.

The only way which it is possible to eliminate this problem is to purchase high quality commercial synthetic thatch. I just re-thatched my pub with sealed thatch that will provide you an additional two years of additional life.
Securing Your Bar- One thing I want to mention here, is anchoring your pub down is a must item. I’m fortunate enough that my pub is sitting on a concrete apron around my pool area. I used drop in concrete anchors to stop my pub from blowing over in high winds.

New Hobby, Champagne Enthusiast

Sparkling Wine, Bubbles, Glasses, Two

Here are some things that I was interested in when first learning about champagne:

Price range: Money seems essential when picking bubbles to drink, I feel this isn’t necessarily the case. Drink what you like, don’t be dictated by cost. In saying that, it is thought that the more expensive the fall, the finer the bubble beads are that is a sign of higher quality champagne.

I’ve tried some extremely expensive champagnes and not appreciated them all, while one of my favourites is under $50. Do you feel a enthusiast should try bubbles throughout the Rat Removal? I do.

Opening time: I think champagne should not be open for more than 24 hours. Using something like a champagne saver will help keep the bubbles longer, if only for a few days. I suggest it’s advisable to open a bottle on a Friday night and spread it over the weekend. Or even better, have some girlfriends over on Saturday afternoon and open a few bottles for the evening.

Headaches and hangovers: I never get headaches from champagne. The biggest problem you may have is heat, which will permit you to be dehydrated, giving you a headache. Avoid drinking in the spa, on the edge of the pool or on the boat when in direct sun.

Serving temperature: Generally, the rule is to serve champagne at 8 to 10 degrees Celsius. When from the hot weather of the heaven we live in, I feel we could afford to go down a couple of degrees.

Is Champagne from France: Technically it is. Champagne is a sparkling wine from the Champagne region of France. There are a number of rules to be followed to be considered: a secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottles to make carbonation, there are explicit vineyard practices, sourcing of the grapes and special pressing regimes. While this seems like a lot to worry about, you do not need to! Someone else does. They follow the traditions to deliver to us the beauty of their product that just an enthusiast may enjoy.

I challenge you to become an enthusiast in something and let us know what that is so that we may learn from you.

What’s the best way to learn about champagne? Proceed to your regional specialist and have a chat, join a champagne tasting class or take home some bottles and enjoy them with friends or family. Cheers.

Roman Wine

Wine, Glass, White, Grapes, Drinks

The Romans understood terroir and were very cautious about where they planted vines. It appears that there was an abundance of these in the Mediterranean region.

Roman wine production was heavily influenced by both the Etruscans and the early Greeks.

After harvesting the grapes, individuals would trample on them This might not have been hygienic, but it was the best way the Romans knew to press wine. After the trampling, the wine was transported to be pressed in a torculum or wine media. The grape juice was strained to eliminate the grape seeds and skins.

The next stage in the manufacturing process was to transfer the liquid to the enormous jars or amphorae in which it might ferment. Occasionally these vessels were buried in sand, soil, or water. Sometimes these juices were boiled before storing them in these vessels.

If the end result was to make a top quality vintage wine, the wine would stay in the vessels for between 10 and 25 years.

But, wine was usually left for between 9 days and a couple of months. This was Roman plonk!

Pliny the Elder wrote about the Roman way of producing growing and wine vines in his job,’Historia Naturalis’ interpreted as Natural History. He wrote that Italian wine has been the best in the world, or at least in the known world.

However, the Romans and their compatriots cornered the wine market, disallowing other competitors from other countries outside of what is now called Italy. So other nations like France, Spain and Portugal were not permitted, officially, to produce wine.

However, because the Roman Empire grew, the export value of wine would diminish, as grapes were cultivated in different parts of the empire, especially in what is now France and the Iberian peninsula.

The Romans drank wine at any time of day and night, but it was diluted with water as it had been more powerful than wines of today.

The Roman wine industry fell into decline along with the empire. Wine production continued, but it fell out of favour until the Renaissance, when there was a revival of interest in classical culture.

So wine from the Roman Empire had its ups and downs, but fortunately, the art of wine-making survived.

Lobster, Beer, and the Beach

Lobsters, Lobster, Food, Ide, Lobster

Christopher Columbus was aware of the present rivalry between the European kingdoms for trade routes to the East Indies and the spice trade. He thought he could reach the East Indies by sailing westward. He made several proposals to European monarchs and the expedition was funded by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain.

Columbus found the New World. He sailed around the gorgeous islands of the Caribbean, convinced that he’d found the East Indies. He claimed it all to the Crown of Castile and called the people Indians. He began a chain of events which would impact the world’s history for the next 500 years and more.

Puerto Plata, the city on this gorgeous lush island where we had an unforgettable holiday was initially founded in April of 1493, and the settlement was known as La Isabella.

The trade winds blow off the hot warm atmosphere that carries the audio of this magical Meringue and the odor of the uniquely divine and intriguing cuisine

It’s a favorite holiday Mecca which has increased exponentially in the past twenty years or so. Santo Domingo is the capital city of the Dominican Republic and the people in the time of our trip was over 5 million. We also visited a couple of villages near Puerto Plata where we’ve met some of the kindest and most happy people.

Two days per week that the resort chef did a sea food cook outside on the shore. The shore was set up with plastic chairs and tables. Lobsters floated in an ice bucket beside the enormous grill. Another bucket was filled with countless bottles of beer coated with ice.

Puerto Plata’s property development was on steroids in this time and we planned to test it out in the morning prior to the BBQ. We met a realtor who had been advertising a large condominium development. We spent so much time with the representative that by the time we got to the hotel the lobster grilling was finished.

Fortunately for me, I had yet another opportunity to have lunch in the grilling before we needed to depart. I made the most of the lunch. I was the first to book a table for both of us.

I had been sitting on a seat, my feet dug in the hot sand, a plastic table in front of me covered with a paper tablecloth. The waiter served me a huge lobster, ready to eat, followed by a bowl of steaming hot butter flavoured with garlic and herbs.

I was waiting for this… shells cracked, tossed all around the desk, my hands and face covered with warm garlic butter… loving my food – it was amazing! I was like a mischievous child, happy to generate a huge mess and enjoying myself!

It was great to be a child again if only for a brief time. Try it. I suggest it!

This was the most sensuous meal I’ve ever had. Can not you just see?

Columbus had a terrific dream and it came true for him in more ways than he ever wanted.

The First Burger

Burger, Bacon, Snack, Fast Food, Bun

The Hamburg steak as it was called in the 1800’s was served to the voyages from Germany to the United States. The meat patties were cooked and served on two pieces of bread. To attract many of the sailors and European people to their eating stands sellers. They would provide the Hamburg style steak on the menu.

With Hamburg steak firmly embedded the American culture in the late 1800’s claims of the way it served in today’s standard is according to Congress girl Rosa DeLaurao.

This is a contested fact. We’ll provide you a few more names and places of the Hamburger in america.

Fletcher Davis of Athers Texas sold hamburgers from the cafe in the late 1800’s before taking them to the World’s Fair in 1904.

Frank and Charles Menches seller at a county fair ran from their sausage sandwiches and started using beef instead. It was recorded this took place in 1892 in the Summit County Fair in Akron Ohio.

In 1885 Charles Nagreen currently known as hamburger Charlie who made sandwiches which were easy to eat while walking at the Seymour Fair he was just 15 years old at the time.

In 1995 Governor Frank Keating proclaimed the first true hamburger on a bun was made and consumed in Tulsa Oklahoma.

With 40 billion served up in america alone has truly become America’s favorite sandwich. It might not have ever occurred because in 1906 Upton Sinclair’s Journalistic book”The Jungle” detailed the unsavory parts of the meat packing industry in America. Ground beef became subject to much scrutiny since it was easy to add meat scraps, additives and fillers

It became the lead way for today’s fast food hamburger success. The White Castle restaurants gleamed with cleanliness bringing the hamburger standing along with it.

Other national chains which followed were McDonald’s and In-n-Out Burger in 1948, Burger King 1954 and Wendy’s in 1969.

Lots of you have your own favorite recipe for the beans of your choice.

So the next time you pull into your favorite fast food restaurant, fire up the grill or put one on the George Forman grill you will know a little of the development on the Hamburger.

That is some fantastic information regarding ground beef and how our food always has a little history behind it.

Grill and Smoker Combo’s

Salmon, Raw, Grilled, Fish, Seafood

Do you wish to enjoy the summer sunshine outside with the audience out in your garden as opposed to feeling lonely in your kitchen? Do you want to enjoy the nighttime breeze and cook also? Are you planning a normal barbecue party? Grill smoker combo is the ideal choice to enjoy; without missing the soul of the party.

This combo is the mixture of both grill and smoker which lets you choose the sort of flavor we need within an instance, said as the best alternative for last minute planners. These are the best choices for people who don’t have the luxury of money and space to enjoy another smoker and grill.

You will find grill smoker combos heated through charcoal that’s hard to clean up but are cost-effective. Electrical grill smoker combos are less cluttered but pricey compared to charcoal heated ones.

The meat is smoked in a long and horizontal room that’s put alongside the heat source as opposed to above it. This design makes it much easier for the griller to keep warmth without moving the food from the grill to add any fuel. The firebox put in the combo feeds smoke into the room that provides the meat its taste, tenderness and crispy outer layer.

With a combo is more complex and needs practice. There are particular essential tips to create a excellent flavored crispy recipe. It is simple to become an expert in using it by following these ideas to perfection.

The majority of the combos have an inbuilt thermometer which might be inaccurate since it measures the grill as opposed to the cooking room temperature. So it is much better to use an excess thermometer to monitor the temperature in the cooking chamber and fuel is inserted handily. Coal is the ideal choice of fuel. Cold meat can give much better taste than meat at room temperature since it can absorb smoke. This will allow the meat remain juicy and consume more smoke. Cooking with them can take time and want the patience to find the tastiest, tender and succulent meat.

Grill smoker combos may be utilized in lower temperature and for longer periods. This slower and more cooking makes the food more tender, crispy and yummy.

Dubai’s Revival

Dubai, Desert, Burj Kalifa, Emirates

They ought to be, for in contention is among the world’s most treasured cities-the emirate of Dubai. The truth is the entire affair was conducted under an atmosphere of strict secrecy and safety, with attendees requested to be tight lipped about the event. They were assisted by executives from Deloitte and other auditors. What is going to happen now is that the petition will be considered in the light of this demonstration and the recouping of the assets and liabilities, undoubtedly redrawn to demonstrate their ability to remain solvent even after the debt has been repaid.

What’s amazing is that this hasn’t sent enough positive signs throughout the area. In the long run it just might have to pay back the debt or part of it so as to block the negative opinion that has echoed throughout the world.

If that occurs, another question is if Dubai will recover from its current crisis and will that recovery be for a short or a long term. Analysts are divided on the issue, but it’s apparent that Dubai’s Government will itself need to do something in this respect, rather than to await the discussion of market forces. It’s understood that market forces are driven by consumer and business sentiment, and if that belief remains negative or there’s uncertainty about future actions, markets will see a reduction of value. Initially announcing that it would encourage the thing and after withdrawing its support, it caused mass confusion and actually set in motion rumors that the emirate itself was at risk of defaulting because of overextending its plans from the boom period. Nothing could be farther from the truth as both Dubai World and the Government of Dubai are well equipped to take care of any financial emergency.

Having said that, in the short term the Government could help companies in getting credit to complete the outstanding jobs. The current credit crunch means that new jobs are facing funding problems in getting their projects off the ground. Everybody in the building industry knows that there’s a substantial lag between the booking and the completion of projects. Secondly, by minding the longer three year visa for employees, Dubai would signal it is prepared to take on expatriate employees again to the completion of old projects and starting new ones. As things are Dubai lodging sector is moving downhill, with lodging in Dubai becoming a buyer’s game. Except for Dubai marina flat, Dubai condos and Dubai villas- that has seen some consistency as well as appreciation in value, generally Dubai flat lease, Dubai Apartments, and Villas in Dubai have depreciated in value during the last couple of months. A additional dip in the industry is likely by March-April 2010, and the sector is anticipated to recover by 2011. However, it’s anyone’s guess as to what will happen, and that’s the reason the Government should take action to see that Dubai is back on track again- the earlier the better. There’s too much at stake.


Cathedral, Istanbul, Country Turkey

After a while reviewing the Honduran constitutional crisis, I have chosen to test another example of a state where the constitution has generated controversy: Turkey. Although I think Turkey has turned out to be a success in bridging Islam and the West, I need to be clear that Turkey isn’t a country with no faults. Its refusal to take responsibility for the Armenian genocide during World War 1 is deplorable. Also, Turkey’s suppression and tried forced assimilation of its Kurdish citizens and their civilization is inexcusable.

Notwithstanding both of these issues, Turkey represents an Islamic country that’s a modern secular democracy, fully inclusive of woman’s political rights. Atatürk is the father of the nation and his legacy remains in full force now.

Turkey is incorporated with the west being a member of such organization as NATO, the G20 and the OECD. The country is a parliamentary representative democracy with three branches of government such as, executive, legislative and independent judiciary. Turkey has good relations with the West, and is currently reaching out to other areas of the world. 1 interesting truth that distinguishes this country from the majority of the Islamic world is its relationship with Israel.

A significant controversy surrounding the Turkish democracy is that the military’s involvement in government. The Turkish army has taken on the role of the guardian of secularism and the constitution. The nation’s present ruling party, the AKP, has been carefully treading towards a more Islamist stance. In response to the AKP’s politics, the army issued a statement in 2007 that made it clear it’s still a power broker. The statement entailed the army is going to be a celebration in all discussions over secularism and cautioned they are prepared to perform their responsibilities to protect the features of the Republic. This suggestion was annulled by the constitutional court and led to the AKP getting a fine.

Although controversial, there are many people who claim this profoundly instituted secularism and contemporary approach has led in Turkey’s financial success, considered both a”developed” country and a regional power. This issue is divisive within the nation, with many claiming that the present system of army enforced secularism is anti-democratic. If the country compromises on its secularism, could that be the first step towards a spiritual state? If so, is the current alternative not preferable to a model like the theocracy in Iran? At least under the present model democracy and personal freedom exist provided that religious based laws aren’t changed or instituted? On a comparative basis, in spite of its own issues, is the Turkish system not preferable to a lot of other people in the middle east? My hope is that these questions fuel constructive conversation around the search to improve coexistence among nations and religions of the world.

Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall, East Side, Berlin, Germany

Two years earlier in West Berlin, then President Ronald Reagan said in a speech,”General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate. Over two more years following this speech, the Berlin Wall will be no longer.

On August 13, 1961 barbed wire fencing is constructed together with concrete barriers and the boundary between East and West Berlin is shut. The Berlin Wall finally became a 96-mile long barrier positioned around West Berlin. Two weeks later, the first recorded violation is tried as 19-year-old border guard Conrad Schumann successfully escapes to West Germany. Gunter Litfin a young tailor’s apprentice is the first man to be shot and killed in an escape attempt on August 24, 1961. During the next years, over 10,000 people tried escapes with about 5,000 of these succeeding.

In a speech presented at the Berlin Wall on June 26, 1962, President John F. Kennedy states,”There are several people on earth who really do not know, or say they do not, what’s the best issue between the free world and the Communist world. In this exact same speech he admits,”Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner). Finally after months of protracted negotiations, both sides reach an agreement that allow West Berliners to visit relatives in east Berlin. Three decades later, negotiations for more accessibility between both sides of the town fail as East German officials dictate stricter control on the boundary and build extra segments to the wall.

In the seventies and eighties, many critical events occur which will finally bring an end to the Berlin Wall and Communism. In 1977, three teenagers are killed during a clash between protesters and East German authorities. Reform escalates through the seventies and culminate in an agreement between the Communist government and striking shipyard workers in Poland. The attack is directed by Lech Walesa who helps to cause the creation of trade unions, finally resulting in the anti-Communist Solidarity movement.

In early 1989, the last remaining parts of this”Iron Curtain” are dismantled as Hungary disables their electrical alarm system, cuts through the barbed wire on the Hungarian-Austrian border, and eventually reopens the border with East Germany. Three months later, 13,000 East Germans escape to the West through Austria. East Germany’s leader, Erich Honecker is forced from office only 38 days later. Five days after the Berlin Wall came down.

On December 3, 1989, George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev run a shipboard summit at Malta. Afterward, in the press conference, Soviet spokesman Gennady Gerasimov says,”From Yalta to Malta, the cold war ended at 12:45 pm now.” In the next years, Communists in Prague step down, Hungary elects a non-Communist authorities, Germany unifies, Lech Walesa is elected president in Poland, and the Soviet Union dissolves. Due to the events and efforts of so many people devoted to independence, the Berlin Wall is no more and millions are now able to live free.

Cuba 50 yrs Later

Havana, Cuba, City, Urban, Buildings

He will surely allow Americans to fly into that abused island and bring some relief from the oppressive communist regime. The island”celebrated” 50 years of Fidel’s take over without fanfare from the majority of the populace. Their political and economic conditions have remained fixed in time during that half century as if a gigantic time machine had remained stuck in 1959.

While nobody in Cuba dies of hunger and nearly everybody can read and write (their literacy rate is among the highest in the world), one can readily ask”what for?” There’s absolutely not any freedom of any kind except to laud the virtues of the fantastic leader, or, as it is called in another dictatorship, our Beloved Great Leader (North Korea). Cuba and North Korea are just two examples of massive brainwashing, although much more so in China’s neighbor. Cuba has the”chance” of having the United States next door, and the superpower’s influence, notwithstanding the blockade, has been the difference among the population. Cubans still retain some contact with the mainland, whether clandestinely or through American family members.

While working in Mexico, I had the chance to talk to Cubans residing in that nation; some had to return to the island, while some had migrated permanently. Understandably, because all had family living under the Castro regime, their comments were made”off the record”. A surgeon said that her monthly salary was the equivalent of $30, but she added that everybody received free education (considered among the greatest the world), and that the food was heavily subsidized, as was leased (no private property permitted ), and healthcare. I could perceive an undertone of profound dissatisfaction in their comments regarding the total lack of freedoms and choices. The surgeon spoke about the first time she entered a grocery store in Monterrey, Mexico; her eyes widened with shock. She had never seen so many goods and so many options on the shelves.

Very few Cubans have their own landline telephone (9%) and even less have a cell phone (1 percent ). Although many have televisions (70 percent ), who wants to listen to Fidel’s endless tirades (he loved to listen to himself when he was still in control) of up to 3 hours? Who wants to see the official government’s propaganda machine? Just a few revolutionary diehards still support the communist regime and the”exalted” memory of the Che Guevara, a psychotic doctor who shot anyone who disagreed with him.

China, the giant communist regime, had the wisdom to change its totalitarian dogmas to permit some token of capitalistic industry. Cuba is only starting to understand, under Fidel’s brother’s control, that people have an innate drive to have something. Raul Castro has invited the Cuban people to voice their criticism of the government, a step that received very little response as individuals doubt seriously that the regime would actually act upon the recommendations.

The lack of opportunities in Cuba is particularly hard on youth. The island has among the highest suicide rates in the world. Again, what is the point of having free education all the way to school if the government tells you what to study and if there are no outlets for your skills? The term apathetic is the adjective most commonly heard when talking of young Cubans. In spite of occasional desertions among athletic teams who travel to other countries, most young Cubans don’t want to abandon their island. What they want is more freedom to come and go as they please and to have the opportunity to voice their concerns.

President Obama has already expressed his desire to initiate negotiations with the Cuban government. The ridiculous blockade ought to be eliminated for two major reasons: Cubans already receive American goods through third parties (European countries), and an open trade with Cuba are the best way to topple that odious dictatorship.