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The Trew Era Cafe and the Future

Russell Brand has been working on his latest socially aware venture for over a year, and it has been widely covered by media. This is partly because much of media has been pretty sceptical of Brand’s seemingly out-of-nowhere transformation as a would-be revolutionary.

For a while now, Russell Brand has been campaigning for a social and political upheaval, and making somewhat controversial statements such as announcing that he didn’t vote, and explaining that voting made no difference as all of the parties are practically the same. Last year, he published his book, ‘Revolution’, which discussed many of his views on social and political issues. In the book, he called for a “global revolution involving radical wealth redistribution and spiritualism”, and received pretty mixed reviews and responses from the media as well as the general public in the UK. As well as his ‘Revolution’ book, Brand also runs a YouTube channel, outlining these social and political issues he wishes to change, called ‘The Trews’.

However, his latest project, expanding into social enterprise and business, is arguably his biggest revolutionary venture yet. Russell Brand has (just earlier this week) opened a non-profit, social enterprise café, called The Trew Era Café.

Brand has been planning the café for some time now – during his promotion for ‘Revolution’, he stated that he would use all of the book’s profits to fund a social enterprise to employ former drug addicts, and help them return to work.

Additionally, he has opened the café in the New Era estate in Hackney, East London. This is where he helped give voice to a campaign against eviction of local people in the area last year. On the estate, almost 100 families would have been evicted out of their homes if a development by a US company had been approved. Three women initiated the campaign to stop the development, and in December 2014, the plans were eventually abandoned and the local residents got to keep their homes.

Now, according to Brand, The Trew Era café stands as a permanent victory of the people over corporate interests. He wants the café to be a beacon in the community, and a place where locals can gather for social and political purposes.

True to his word, all of the people currently in employment at the café are in abstinence-based recovery, and runs as a non-profit, fully self-sufficient, social enterprise and business. The work started on the café just a month ago, and it only recently opened earlier this week. Though, presently it’s running sufficiently as a café selling well-priced hot drinks and cakes. It has future plans to build a kitchen, which will then allow the café to sell locally and ethically sourced produce at affordable prices.

So, is all of the widespread media attention onto Russell Brand’s Trew Era café a good thing? As, surely, this will bring attention to the idea of social enterprise and non-profit businesses created for social impact?

There are currently a few social enterprise cafés in the UK – a few of which we have highlighted previously, such as Social Bite and Truly Scrumptious – who all use their business to contribute to their local communities. For example, Social Bite offers a service called ‘Suspended Coffee’, where anyone can order and pay for an item of food or drink as a contribution to a homeless person, who would then receive that purchase.

Travel and Food Do Mix

Did I mention Food?

While the French are right into nouvelle cuisine (in other words, not much for helluva lot) you can be certain that in an eastern European restaurant or cafe one meal and a side salad between two people is more than enough.

I really should have known after our Zagreb experience:

* Great Indian Restaurant – Light meals with rice and wine and beer. Result: Full as a goog for under $AU50

* Croatian Restaurant – Main meal and side dish with water. Result: Full as a goog for under $AU25.

We get into Sofia, Bulgaria and make our way to what appears to be a trendy restaurant and bar. Admittedly, we probably got the wrong meal, but two big plates of cold meat and salad and one bottle of wine (by appointment to the King of somewhere) later, we would have been knocked over by the price. That is, if we were able to get up after cleaning up the plates.

The price of less than $AU16 was a bargain even with the entertainment of the establishment’s owner trying to open the wine, then just about smashing it into the marble table as the cork suddenly decided to part ways with the bottle.

An elementary knowledge of physics would tell any casual observer that when that moment arrived, the corkscrew hand was going to go up and the bottle hand was going to go down. Seeing the bottle hand was near the top of the bottle, there was no way of cushioning the bottom of the bottle from the impact of the marble only 5 centimetres below. As in a train wreck, I knew of the result but was powerless to prevent it happening. They make bottles strong in Bulgaria, as the only breakage to be seen was the composure of the restauranteur. Fortunately, unlike Humpty Dumpty, he was able to put it all back together fairly quickly and we all pretended nothing happened. It had no noticeable effect on the wine which was quite good.

We decided that we would have a good lunch, so headed to the cafe that my wife, Brenda had spotted – mainly because of the cakes on show. It turned out to be an Italian establishment, and, as we later discovered, highly regarded. The only off putting element was the proliferation of what appeared to be mafiosi tucking into – you guessed it – large portions of Italian food. (as we walked around Sofia, we realised that just about all the men looked like gangsters!)

Brenda ordered a meal with a potato side dish, but I, wising up to the very large meals, skipped the side meal and went with the main course. Lucky that. After going through 350 grams of Pork Milanese (they mention the weight of all the foods on the menu – including the salads) in addition to what could be termed old style chips, I could not fit in another thing. Except, of course, the “small” serving of bread which I don’t know the weight of but guessed to be about half a kilo. It was beautiful bread, but I just could not finish the last two bits.

Was going to ask for a doggy bag, but thought it was a bit rich as the swanky place charged us about $AU30 -outrageous!

Now that we are on the train to our eagerly anticipated Turkey leg (no pun originally intended, but why not) of the tour, we have the luxury of a litre of bottled water, a weird looking block of chocolate, two tic tacs (1 orange and 1 mint) and a single piece of pizza the size of Lichtenstein. We are in for a $AU4 feast.

Traditions and Food Tips

What I love most about travelling is the first hand knowledge of other cultures. There is something unique about discovering the traditions, the way of life, the arts & crafts and especially the food. All Countries are fascinating in their own way; however there are places in the world that are richer than others in a way of traditions and history. Morocco is one of them. Not only Morocco sprouts history from every corner with its beautiful architecture and the Medina, which has kept the unspoilt status of old city and seems to guard its hidden secrets, but the traditions are just as evident in everyday life. You just need to visit one of the famous Moroccan markets to see the abundance of their arts and crafts, and if you are lucky enough you might even barter yourself a deal and take home one of the renowned Moroccan rugs or a precious handmade piece of silver jewellery.

Food lovers who travel to Morocco will be able to please their taste buds during their visit to Morocco where traditional food is well known for its succulent Tajine and couscous dishes. Moroccan food is based on meat, usually lamb or chicken, vegetables, couscous and a large selection of bread. Each recipe tends to carry very strong flavours, and will surely provide a wonderful gastronomic experience.

Soups are very popular and often a meal starts with a rich and spicy pulse soup called the Harira. As well as a first course pulse soups are often served for breakfast at cafes. Just like Harira, Bisara is a popular breakfast dish, a rich chickpea soup with fresh olive oil poured over the top. Many cafes specialize in soups and they are usually recognized by the piles of cups on the counter.

The other succulent Moroccan dish is the famous Tajine, which takes its name from the dish – a heavy ceramic covered dish – rather than the food itself. Classic Tajines are usually made with a generous portion of meat in the middle of the dish surrounded by vegetables and fruit. The dish is central to the success of a good Tajine that needs to slow-cook with the lid on. Lamb Tajines are usually cooked with almonds and prunes, while chicken Tajines are made with green olives and lemon. If you happen to be invited for a meal in someone’s house, the Tajine will be in the middle of the table and the custom is to eat the vegetables in front of you accepting the pieces of meat the host offers you.

Cafes and Culture at Chicago Restaurants

Chicago – with a rich cultural background and great shopping, it is no wonder tourists are attracted to this fun-filled city. When you have high end shopping down Magnificent Mile and State Street, or beautiful Millennium Park with an ice skating rink, Crown Fountain, sculptures, and outdoor theaters with bands, where else would you want to visit. Chicago immediately sucks you in with a night life of music that ranges from gospel to hip-hop or punk. Now that you are in this great city, where do you go to eat? Well here are a few suggestions and great cultural and fun Chicago restaurants to check out while you are in town.

A Middle Eastern restaurant called the Chickpea is a great place to start on your tasting tour of the best Chicago restaurants. This diverse place is decked out in American movie posters in Arabic and Islamic patterns and decorations. Its family own and run restaurant serves up an assortment of fine dishes. Their Palestinian and Middle Eastern menu sports items such as mussakhkhan, falafel and hummus. It’s a fun little cultural experience, but don’t forget to bring cash or a credit card, they don’t accept travelers checks. They serve dinner and lunch and meals go for under nine dollars. As most reviews say, this restaurant pays more attention to the food they serve than the atmosphere. So enjoy good food and a bit a culture at this Chicago Restaurants.

Another great one of the many Chicago restaurants to try out is the unusual Café Bella. With brick walls, an open kitchen and hardwood floors creates a mix of casual atmosphere. They serve quick lunches and dinners as a café during the week, and on the weekend, the place is full as it becomes more of a restaurant. They are open from eleven to nine pm daily. And they don’t seat more than thirty people. The menu consists of items such as salads, Caribbean Chicken, soups and Latin, Italian or French based foods. One important thing to note, this restaurant doesn’t serve alcohol, but they do have BYOB (bring your own booze). Expect the meals to be around or under nine dollars per person. This place is great for a small get together or a quick meal during the day.

Looking for a great Mexican restaurant? Why not try out La Palapa. It’s a one of a kind Mexican restaurant that serves real traditional Mexican style seafood. This place is easy to find and to spot with a large life-size shark on top the restaurant. Once again this is bring your own booze restaurant, but they will cork them for you at a fee of a dollar fifty cents. Their menu contains items such as mariscos, ceviche, and handmade quesadillas. If you visit this restaurant during the summer, you will have option to eat outside at tables under large thatched umbrellas. The average meal will cost between nine dollars and fifteen dollars. The restaurant is open from ten am to nine pm and on weekends from ten am to ten pm. The menu makes this one of Chicago restaurants a must for authentic Mexican seafood.

Holiday and Food Fusion

The food on Malta is a fusion of complimentary styles and fine flavours. Whilst the idea of fusion food might appear to be a modern idea it is, in fact, the basis of traditional Maltese cooking. Ever since the conflicts fought on Malta between Christian and Islamic forces in the mid 1500s, the primarily Mediterranean diet adopted some elements of Moorish cuisine, creating a unique combination of Southern Italian dishes with Turkish influences. In recent years, the British have contributed to influencing Maltese culinery directions. During Malta’s spell as a British colony, numerous English and Scottish foods were adopted by the island’s native population. Holidays in Malta are a great way to taste the result of these various influences in cooking first hand, allowing you to enjoy usual dishes such as Kusksu soup and Ftira. Malta also offers a number of drinks unique to the island, including Imbuljuta, a homemade drink that comes from sweetened chestnuts cooked with cocoa, tangerine zest and cloves.

Traditional Maltese ingredients include the usual Mediterranean staples such as olives, tomatoes and fish, as well as local sea food. National cuisine is still popular in homes throughout the country, and there are countless restaurants and cafes serving their own versions of traditional Maltese foods all across the island. Malta also has plenty to keep you busy between meals too, with fantastic historical buildings, great diving spots and stunning beaches.

Malta villas offer you the chance to experience the nation’s cuisine first hand. Walk along Valletta’s Waterfront, enjoy a coffee at one of the many cafes that line the main street and spend a lazy afternoon at one of the local markets discovering the variety of local produce that you might like to try. Villas in Malta provide guests with a unique opportunity to try out new flavour combinations in your own personal kitchen, whilst the luxurious Mediterranean décor makes them just nice places to spend time in. As food is central to the local way of life, Malta villas have well equipped kitchens with both traditional and modern equipment.

No trip to Malta should finish with a visit to Gozo – home to the oldest free-standing structures in the world that date back to before the pyramids at Giza. Less geared for the tourist trade, Gozo represents some of Malta’s most authentic flavours and impressive sights. This little island is a must-see attraction if you’re really want to see the best of traditional Malta.

Unless you live in Sicily or mainland Italy, travelling to Malta is likely to involve flying. The main airport is handily placed close to the capital Valletta. Malta holidays are ideal for those interested in rediscovering traditional Mediterranean food and some of the world’s oldest recipes. Both Malta and Gozo offer fantastic historical sites as well as world-class diving opportunities, luxurious new developments and talented local artisans. Getting there is easy, and numerous airlines run regular flights to and from the island’s international airport. There are also numerous ports which are suitable for a range of vessels – from cruise liners to private yachts.

Things To Do and Food to Eat in Fukuoka

Fukuoka isn’t that small of a place. Actual numbers bring the population to about the 5 million mark, with the city having roughly 1.3 million people. With that amount of people around, you know there has got to be something to do. On any day of the week if you look you will be able to find something that interests you. There are often festivals in one area or another in Fukuoka city. With a little help from a friend or the domestic foreigner magizines and information centers you will be able to find out where the festivals are being held.

The center of Fukuoka city will have to be Tenjin (though others may argue it to be Hakata). It is the shoppers haven of the prefecture. Feel you need to do a little shopping for some nice named brands from Italy or France? head on over to Tenjin. Want to blow off some steam and hit a bar (including foreigner bars)? Tenjin is the place to be. want to meet some new friends? Rainbow Plaza in… you guessed it, Tenjin, is the place to do just that.

Right next door to Tenjin is Nakasu. Nakasu hosts nightlife entertainment but tends to cater to the more affluent individual. However, Nakasu also has a huge shopping complex named Canal City which has so many shops that you wouldn’t be able to count them all. The complex holds many restaurants, two hotels, a large cinema and in the center of Canal City is an area called Sun Plaza where it is common to find street performers doing their acts.

Of course Tenjin and Nakasu aren’t the only place you can have fun. I live about 10 minutes away from Tenjin by subway in a town called Nishijin and I can do nearly as many things here as I can in Tenjin. Bowling, swimming, soccer, billards, game centers, and even a movie theater are just a few of the things Nishijin and the nearby area has to offer.

Yahoo Dome (formerly Fukuoka Dome) is located in Momochi which boarders the sea. Yahoo Dome is home to the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. The Hawks are a strong baseball team, beloved by the city and its residents. In fact, there are only two teams in Japan’s professional baseball league who attract more than one million fans to their home games per year, and the Hawks are one of them. When the Hawks don’t have a home game you can sometimes find other activities occurring in the Dome. Yahoo Dome hosts various flea markets and concerts throughout the year.

Food, food, food!

As far as I’m concerned, Fukuoka has the best food to offer in all of Japan (though I hear food in Sapporo is quite good). Fukuoka has its own well known dishes and of course the chefs here are well capable of recreating dishes found throughout the world.

Yatai

When night begins to fall on Fukuoka city you may suddenly notice many little street vendors (usually operating out of their vans) popping up all over the sidewalks. These vendors serve a variety of foods ranging from ramen to yakiniku to tempura. Yatais themselves are really a site to see.

Hard Rock Cafe Fukuoka

On the occasions when I miss American and Mexican food, I always have the option to head on over to Hard Rock Cafe right next door to Fukuoka dome in Momochi. Momochi is adjacent to Nishijin so indeed I am in luck. Hard Rock Cafe Fukuoka boasts the largest restaurant of its kind in Japan. The food is fantastic and of course the atmosphere is like all other Hard Rock Cafes out there. The staff is very friendly and since I frequent their establishment often I am treated extremely well with occasional benefits.

Izakaya

Though not only found in Fukuoka, Izakaya restaurants deserve a notable mention. Izakayas offer a wide variety of food and more importantly drinks at a low price. University students as well as business men can often be found in these restaurants chatting with colleagues and drinking up a storm. All Izakayas offer a different ambiance, and with some searching you will be able to find one that suits you.

Famous Fukuoka food

Fukuoka ramen

Have you ever had that cup O ramen or that freeze dried packaged ramen? bah! throw that out and try some “Tonkatsu ramen” (pork ramen) famous in Fukuoka and well know throughout all of Japan. First time I tried it I was instantly hooked and to this day try and eat it once every week or so.

Mentaiko

Another famous food which Fukuoka is renound for is mentaiko (very tiny fish eggs). To some people mentaiko may not seem very appatizing but please don’t knock it till you try it. Mentaiko spagetti, as an example, is a delicious treat around these parts. And there are of course many other recipes which have use for mentaiko.

Transportation

Unlike the nickname given to New York, Fukuoka does tend to get a little tired at night but usually not until quite late especially on weekends. One of the reasons for this in my humble opinion is the transportation shutdown at around midnight. Thats right, the subway, train, and bus system all but stops once you hit the AM. Which leaves the weary and, more often than not, drunk to either take a taxi home, walk, or I have even heard the “I will just stay up until the subway starts again at 6:00 before I go home” line used by those who just aren’t finished partying when its time for the transportation system’s last call. This isn’t just a Fukuoka special, for the shutdown happens throughout the whole of Japan.

Though the transportation system does shutdown at perhaps inconvenient times, it is a wonderful system. Perfectly clean trains, buses and subways (which are amazingly quiet) are the consequence of the shutdown for they are all cleaned during the wee hours of the morning.

Brisbane Restaurants, Cafes

In the not too distant past Brisbane was seen as poor cousin to other Australian cities, viewed as provincial and behind the times. But no more! These days it has five-star restaurants, cool bars and quirky cafes to rival the best anywhere.

Here are some of the best:

To shake up your idea of a great cocktail bar, make a booking at tiny Anise in the evolving neighbourhood of New Farm. Sip on absinthe, nibble on gourmet snacks or top quality meals, and know you’re at the epicentre of Brisbane cool.

For a terrific lunch or dinner out with friends, head to Isis in funky Fortitude Valley. Verity Byth, Chief Experience Officer for NeoNeighbourhood.com says it delivers “a close-to-perfect combination of the elements of great urban living: relaxed and sophisticated decor, food that is clearly the result of great attention to detail, and floor service that’s smooth and personal”.

For a café that nourishes mind and body you can’t go past Riverbend Tea House. Its outdoor deck and shady ‘tree-room’ make the most of Brisbane’s tropical climate. The food is terrific, and the café adjoins the acclaimed Riverbend Books, so you can browse your latest literary find while you eat.

If it’s an alfresco getaway in the middle of the city you’re yearning for, go straight to Watt Modern Dining. The menu has something for everyone (even a martini with weekend breakfast, if you’re up for it!) and the lush riverside location can’t be beaten.

When it comes to cool urban cafés, James Street in buzzing Fortitude Valley is the place to be. At the bottom of the hill you’ll find Cirque Café. All the breakfast favourites are on offer, the coffee is worth seeking out, and everyone, no matter how newly arrived, looks right at home.

Food Here, Brew of Many Moods

Wouldn’t it be hard to imagine a restaurant named after an Austrian composer that serves Indian, Oriental as well as Western cuisine and is located in Gurgaon India?

Worth noticing at The Mozart Café

The Mozart Café is inspired by & named after the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This café is a mélange of many things varied like interiors, music and, of course, the fare it offers! But never misses its goals.

The brain-child of four people; mix and match is the mantra for The Mozart Café. The interiors are inspired by very modern and urban chic existence, the food is a spin-off of the traditional and the atmosphere is a brew of many moods.

Like the timelessness of Mozart’s Magic Flute, the tune that played for a better part of the evening, everything at The Mozart Café falls into place even though it always ran the risk of spilling over.

One of partner’s at The Mozart Café’ is said to be a leading exponent of bar tending in India and the medley of drinks reflects this. Besides the usual poisons the bar menu features an assortment of classic cocktails with a mega makeover, which isn’t for the faint hearted.

What to Eat at The Mozart Café’?

Ever thought of a Tom Yum Martini? Yes, the thought of the tangy Thai soup in a Martini avatar might be fascinating but come on, who in their right mind would have conjured up something as bizarre as this? The mish-mash of flavors in some of the other martinis like The Third Degree, Vodka shaken with in-house spice syrup that has a star aniseed chaser, Monta Rosa, green apple Martini taste good to say the least but most of these would fall in the acquired taste gallery but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from giving them a shot! Besides vodka, the bar has similar concoctions in other spirits as well and Zaza, a mix of cooked plums and rum stands out.

Just like the grand piano shaped DJ console, the elegant lighting and a host of other features that one would find difficult to blend, the food from across the globe comes together in an unexpected fashion. The menu consists of universal favorites but just like the drinks the food too undergoes layers of transformation before making it to your table. The man behind the food, Chef Niranjan Chauhan’s deftness at boldly mixing varying flavors infuses freshness in otherwise mundane regulars. Marinated with Thai chilies and red bell peppers the taste of the Chicken Tikka here is an experience in itself! Similarly most of the starters include a dash of some wild taste that just makes it diverse; do try the Braised Lamb, Hoisin and Five Spices Chicken (a tad dry but appealing nevertheless) and for the vegetarians it’s the Malai Tikka, which just melts and not to miss the Achari Pineapple.

For the main course the Rosted Fennel flavored Sea Bass along with the pernod sauce was tried and let’s just say this one’s strictly for sea bass lovers but if you are a white meat person then the Chicken Scallopine in hazelnut cream sauce should be the call of the day. Even if you’ve had your fill; do try the Bailey’s Crème Brulee, the exceptional flavored dessert is the perfect way to sign off.

Featuring gigs on the weekends, the 70 plus seating which doesn’t include the outdoor seating The Mozart Café is a relatively new name in Gurgaon’s food map. It still remains one of those places that are yet to be fully discovered. The atypical combination of cuisine attaches a certain sense of uniqueness to the place which explains a regular clientele that includes a healthy number of expats. This is a place that might need a while to grow on you but once it does chances are you won’t let go that easily.

How to Never Spoil Your Food in Cafe World

Are you tired of your food always spoiling? Constantly have spoiled food on your stoves can be a major setback in your success. The money you invested in the food and the EXP you would have gained would all be lost. This is why it is crucial to never spoil your food.

To keep your food from going bad, it is recommended to create yourself a cooking schedule

Keep Your Food From Spoiling With A Cooking Schedule
To create a good cooking schedule, you will first need to learn what types of food to prepare to maximize your earnings. You not only want to keep your food from spoiling, but also gain as many coins and EXP as you can.

To know what types of food will maximize your earnings, you must calculate which food items will give you the best return on your investment and compare the rates. To find your return on investment, you must take what you will earn after having sold all servings minus the cost of the food, find the total and this number by the cost of the food again.

Once you have all the percentages, you can compare with other food items to see which will give you the best return on your investment.

Now that we know how to find out which foods are the best to cook, we should create a cooking schedule around these types of foods. You should spread out high level foods with low level foods on your stoves and not just be biased towards one level. Keep this in mind as you create your schedule.

To create a good schedule, you must consider your internet time usage. If you are a heavy internet user, your best bet is to dedicate most of your stoves to cook lower level food items that require less time to cook. This way, you can constantly check on your foods while continually make these items to accumulate coins and experience points quickly.

However, if you do not use the internet often, you should cook foods that require a longer time to prepare. Just make sure that you set your watch or alarm clock to the time it will finish preparing, so your food will not spoil.

Now that you know how to prevent your food from spoiling, do you want to learn how to generate millions of coins and stockpile experience points quickly and easily?

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Creating your own strategies for making millions of coins and stockpiling experience can require a lot of research. Surfing on the internet for Cafe World secrets may require hours and you might even come up short in the end. If you want some real Cafe World secrets to help you build the ultimate cafe, I highly recommend that you use the Cafe World Secrets Guide.

The Cafe World Secrets Guide is created from all the best kept secrets that only the top chefs knew. This guide will show you the exact strategies that the pros use to help you make a system to generate millions of coins and experience points quickly and effortlessly through step-by-step instructions and detailed screenshots.

Cafe World Food Points

Do you want Cafe World tips to guide you to make lots of food points? Well if you want secret tips to help you stockpile food points, you must know how to:

– Make proper use of all your stoves
– Make lots of neighbors

Efficiently Use Your Stoves To Stockpile Food Points

Knowing how to efficiently use your stoves will greatly help you in your quest to stockpile food points. To properly use your stoves, make sure that you do not cook high level food items on all your stoves at a single time. Leave 1-2 stoves for lower level items so that you can repeatedly cook those foods to accumulate cafe points quickly and easily

Make Lots Of Neighbors To Stockpile Food Points

Having lots of neighbors means that you can gain a lot of free experience point and coins from them daily. The more neighbors you have, the more free EXP and coins you may receive. However, Zynga has put a cap on how much food points you can receive in a day. The most experience points you can get in one day is 100 and you can achieve this by visiting 20 neighbors.

To get a lot of easy cafe points and coins daily, you must have a lot of neighbors. However, this process can prove to be very annoying for your friends as you have to constantly spam them of invitations.

Want to know some real secret strategies to gain food points quickly and easily?

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