Saturday, April 7, 2012

Instant Coffee

Instant Coffee
If you're too cheap to buy a coffee maker and you love your morning java, instant coffee might be the way to go. Sure, it doesn't get any of the respect of traditionally brewed coffee, but it saves you time and money. The real question is, what's the difference?

But what exactly is lost in the process that turns regular coffee into those shiny, crystal-like granules? Health-wise, it turns out, not much. Flavor-wise, it's completely subjective (that is, after all, why we're conducting this taste test). A big difference is in the experience. There's something to be said for the slow savoring of your morning cup o' joe -- the leisurely drip and the slow sip vs. the five-alarm panic of the daily grind.

The stigma surrounding instant coffee is perpetuated even by its manufacturers. In a 1983 Folgers Crystals commercial, the coffee is glamorized as "dark, sparkling" crystals, but diners at a high-end restaurant have to be tricked into drinking it. The tagline, "Folgers Crystals: Coffee rich enough to be served in America's finest restaurants," indicates there was reason to doubt the product in the first place.

Instant was invented in 1901 by a Japanese scientist in Chicago, but the business boomed during World War II thanks to a lucky coincidence -- the same technology that produces penicillin and blood plasma, which was developed during the war for military use, is what makes instant coffee.
So what's instant coffee made from? The same beans you'll find in traditionally brewed coffee, roasted using the same method -- plus two additional steps.

Not all brands use the exact same method, but most manufacturers A) dissolve the roasted beans in water to concentrate the coffee solution, and then B) dry that product out by either freeze-drying or spray-drying. That final step is what creates either crystals or a powdery substance.

Essentially, adding hot water to instant coffee just rehydrates the granules. And voila, you've got a cup of coffee. (We should also mention that instant coffee is credited as making a pretty decent cup of iced coffee.)

What do you think,  do you believe the instant coffee taste the same or better than the fresh brew from you’re the coffee machine or your friendly baristas ?  For us, one of the bless in the morning is to turn on the coffee machine and brew out the fresh LavAzza coffee and let the aroma filled the air and warm the soul.

What's your favorite instant coffee? 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and in Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora, especially in places such as Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand, among others. Today, St. Patrick's Day is probably the most widely celebrated saint's day in the world.

St. Patrick's Day, although not a legal holiday anywhere in the United States, is nonetheless widely recognized and celebrated throughout the country. It is primarily celebrated as a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture.

When St. Patrick's Day rolls around, it seems there's a wee bit o' the Irish in most of us. Parties, get-togethers, and family dinners wouldn't be complete without  beef and cabbage and traditional Irish and Irish-American dishes. Or, build a meal with a "green" theme or 'Guinness" theme. Come celebrate the day with us at Rosemary Bites.  We are serving Guinness Steak Special this weekend,  also check out our Irish Brisket Stew !

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Some The World's Most Gut-Busting Meals

America rarely makes it onto lists of the world's healthiest or fittest countries.  In fact, American’s are known for eating meals out of the fryers even deep fried butter! But just because the deep-fried spotlight shines brightest on the United States doesn't mean that other countries are just sitting around drinking hot tea and eating leafy greens all day. 
In Tokyo,despite being exposed to  more Michelin-stars than any other city on earth, they can curb hunger pangs with a $16 foie gras burger. 

Even though it may sound like a stateside invention, deep-fried pizza didn't start in the U.S. -- it's a Scottish creation. 

The English are no strangers to guilty pleasure dishes, whether it's fish and chips or Shepherd's pie, but the True Love Roast at Heal Farm is practically virtuosic, cooking 12 birds together, one stuffed inside the other like poultry nesting dolls. It ultimately comes out to 50,000 calories and can serve 125 people.

This news is not a surprise for us in Rosemary Bites  at all because we utterly remember one incident during Thanks Giving Holiday last year.  One of our regular customers asked if we can stuff a chicken inside a duck and later a duck inside a turkey.  Wow,  that will be really superb we thought back then and then when we give that idea a bit more thought, we throw in the towel.

Would you like to try one of these ? let us know, give us a call 2 days ahead, or drop us an email at  We might consider taking up your challenge to cook it if you’re up to the challenge to finish the dish.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Eat Better in Year 2012 @ Rosemary Bites

How many times we start a new year with the resolution to keep fit, stay healthy and diet.  Well,  this year,  we are going all out about it and start with the 'Eat Better' Menu this year in year 2012.
We believe that you deserve to have the choice to eat better everyday.  Eating better actually translate to eating in proportion of greens, proteins and carbohydrates.  Eat better also means that set a time to throw away all the stress and enjoy the food instead of just shoving them in.  Eat better will also mean quality time with family and friends or simply a 'myself' time to calm and reconnect with our inner selves.

First stop in eating better is to bring enjoyable dinner back to family.  You can pre-order this family dinner set/package 1-day ahead and enjoy it in the restaurant, or pick it up and enjoy it in the comfort of your dining room :)  You choice, your way.  Call or email us for your booking today.  This dinner is valid from Jan 9th 2012 till  Feb 9th 2012 only.  Hurry up and call us at 03-7805-2088 or email at today :)

Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year 2012

Year 2011 was a year of extremes.  From the tragedy of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, to the pageantry of a British Royal wedding; from the wave of revolutionary change in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, plunging economy, to the heavy flood situation in Asia, this is truly a year full of roller coaster ride.   Even there are an abnormal long list of people in government positions caught on indecent acts.

And then, there's a whole list of obsession we were caught up with because either the information is so far-fetch, or the idea is so new and enticing that we want it to be true.
 After all,  here we are, sitting down at the last 2 days of year 2011, we found this year to be a real ride.  Just like you know it in your gut when you step out of the roller coaster car after you've been brought up and down the hill,  twist and turn,  emergency stop and all.    Then you think  to yourself, yeah,  this is one 'real' ride that shame the rest of the ride in the theme park.

While a lot of this major events happen around the world around us,  we can say to ourselves that it's not really related to our ways of life here.  But hey,  those of you who know enough economy and world history will know that any even happening around the world will have a impact on us, be it positive or negative.  There is impact and thus there will be changes.  When things happen to us,  we get to be in the position to influence the event.  When things happen to world around us, we somehow receive the impact involuntarily,  much like being a second hand smoker.  And thus, it makes the impact less heavy but still it will sneak out and surprise us later.

With all these event,  i can't help but to take a deep breath and let all these sink in and settle down through the back of my head.  After all,  these are past events and we cannot let them hold us back.  So,  now,  stand straight, look ahead and face year 2012 with a smile.