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Out with the old. In with the new.

Posted by Timothy Low under Articles

3-meals.com is history.

But it’s legacy continues. My mistake actually. Forgotten to renew my domain subscription …. oops!

Anyway, as said. Out with the old, in with the new. I’ve been meaning to change the name 3-meals.com. An experienced internet Guru once told me, never to use punctuations in your domain URL i.e. commas, dashes or even apostrophes. It makes it harder for search engines to find you and of course, it’s harder to tell people your URL.

I used to experience that difficulty. People ask, “Hey, what’s your food blog again?” and I’m like “It’s three meals dot com”. And he’d be like “three as in number three or the letter three?” and I’m like “three as in the digit three, with a dash and then meal with an ass !!!!!”

Now that 3-meals.com is no more (RIP buddy ….. some nippon bugger launch an invasion and conquered it!), I have a new name.

DinePlay.com

And our food adventure continues ……

A Dining Experience

Posted by Timothy Low under Articles

Dining out is a very common practice in our society.

Eating in certain dining environments doesn’t really qualify it to be a “restaurant experience”. Eating at a food court or a fast food establishment is a different style of dining, based around the principles of cost, convenience, and consistency.

Consistency especially applies when it comes to places like McDonald. Their success is based around a formula. No matter where you are in the world, you know exactly what to expect.

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Durian. The King of Fruits.

Posted by Timothy Low under Articles

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This is something a little different from my usual rant on food.

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What makes a good restaurant? From a personal standpoint …..

  1. SERVICE
  2. FOOD
  3. AMBIANCE
  4. OVERALL EXPERIENCE

Do note that of the lot, “SERVICE” is my topmost priority. Corporations worldwide spend billions of dollars annually to implement and upgrade customer service quality and yet, it saddens me to see companies, especially from the food industry being ignorant about this.

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I am hungry.

Posted by Timothy Low under Articles

Take a moment to look the the photo above. What do you feel?

Sad? Or angry? Perhaps even both. It’s a painful reality.

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Unite For Hunger And Hope

Posted by Timothy Low under Articles

DOES THIS MEAN ANYTHING TO YOU?

  • Every year 15 million children die of hunger
  • For the price of one missile, a school full of hungry children could eat lunch every day for 5 years
  • Throughout the 1990’s more than 100 million children will die from illness and starvation. Those 100 million deaths could be prevented for the price of ten Stealth bombers, or what the world spends on its military in two days!
  • The World Health Organization estimates that one-third of the world is well-fed, one-third is under-fed one-third is starving- Since you’ve entered this site at least 200 people have died of starvation. Over 4 million will die this year.
  • One in twelve people worldwide is malnourished, including 160 million children under the age of 5.
  • Nearly one in four people, 1.3 billion – a majority of humanity – live on less than $1 per day, while the world’s 358 billionaires have assets exceeding the combined annual incomes of countries with 45 percent of the world’s people.
  • 3 billion people in the world today struggle to survive on US$2/day.
  • Half of all children under five years of age in South Asia and one third of those in sub-Saharan Africa are malnourished.
  • About 183 million children weigh less than they should for their age.
  • To satisfy the world’s sanitation and food requirements would cost only US$13 billion- what the people of the United States and the European Union spend on perfume each year.
  • The assets of the world’s three richest men are more than the combined GNP of all the least developed countries on the planet.
  • Every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger.

Want to help ? All you have to do to help end world hunger is to join thousands of others bloggers on April 29 and write a post about world hunger.

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Slow Down And Enjoy 3 Meals A Day

Posted by Timothy Low under Articles

(an excerp from chinadaily.com.cn)
For busy people, it can be hard to squeeze in three meals a day. But if you want to look after your health, you need to find ways to eat three nutritious meals. Here are some suggestions to maintain a healthy diet.

BREAKFAST

A healthy breakfast is a good start to the day. And having something to eat at home is the best way to go. Fruits are good, but avoid eating bananas or pineapples when the stomach is empty. Bananas contain a lot of magnesium which is one of the few elements that will affect the heart. If you eat bananas on an empty stomach, this will lead to a sharp increase in the amount of magnesium in the blood. And blood with a high content of magnesium can harm the heart. And pineapples contain a lot of ferment which can also affect an empty stomach.

If you have leftovers, they’re good to eat in the morning. Just heat it up in the microwave, or even having buttered bread and milk is good.

If you have more time and want to have a freshly-made breakfast, then go to a caf¨¦ where you can sit down and enjoy your breakfast. Most of these eateries feature Chinese food including deep fried twisted dough sticks, soybean milk and dumplings.

But if you have to take long commute in the morning and are short of time, then you can buy take-away snacks at street stalls. Beijing has many of them selling breakfast in the mornings. The stall owners get up quite early and tend to be near bus stops or residential buildings from 7am to 9am. The food can range from western hamburgers and sandwiches, to traditional Chinese preserved eggs, pancakes, porridge, stuffing buns. They also sell various drinks including milk, soybean milk, and bubble tea. And you only need to pay a few yuan for the meal.

LUNCH

Compared to breakfast, time is not the issue with lunch. The problem is finding a diversity of lunch options.

Most office people have their lunches at restaurants near their companies. These places are always crowded at lunchtime and can be expensive. The lucky ones can have their lunch in the company canteens. They cost less than outside restaurants, but just as crowded. One way to enjoy your lunch in a relatively comfortable dining environment is to call ahead for a take-out meal and eat it at the recreational center of your company or in the office if it’s allowed.

DINNER

Experts say 6pm is the best time to have dinner. We should avoid overly spicy food for dinner though green pepper is a vegetable that contains a lot of vitamin C. A glass of wine will also do some good, but too much can affect your sleep.

While it’s nice to have a good dinner, some may worry about gaining too much weight. Here are two weight-loss dinner options you can prepare yourself.

Option 1 : Rice + vegetables + sirloin steak + watermelon

Food materials: sirloin steak (100g), baby cabbage (100g) and garlic.
Seasonings: olive oil, oyster sauce, salt and black pepper Method:
1 Put one spoon of olive oil in the pan. When the oil is hot, add garlic and stir it till you smell the garlic fragrance.
2 Add the baby cabbage and add some water. Stir the cabbage until it’s done. Add salt and black pepper for seasoning.
3 Marinate the sirloin steak with salt and black pepper. Add olive oil in a pre-heated pan and sauteed it to the degree doneness you like.

Option 2 : Apple pork loin rolls

Food materials: an apple, pork loin, seaweed, shallots
Seasonings: sauce, salt, sugar
Method:
1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celcius.
2 Cut apple into sticks. Cut pork loin into thin slices and marinate with seasonings. Cut seaweed into the same size as the pork loin. Dice shallots.
3 Roll pork loin slices, apple sticks, shallots and seaweed pieces into a roll.
4 Put the roll into an oven fastened with an apple slice using a toothpick. Cook the roll for two to three minutes.

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