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How to Create a Good Distribution Channel: Steps Every Restaurant Owner Should Follow

March 3, 2022 — by Valeriya Vimon

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A distribution channel is a network of enterprises or intermediaries through which a product or service passes before reaching the final customer or end consumer. Merchants, distributors, wholesale food suppliers, and now more popularly the internet, can all be used as a distribution channel.

The downstream process includes distribution channels, which answer the question, “How do we get our products to the customers?”. In contrast, the upstream process, also known as the supply chain, responds to the question “Who do we supply from?”.

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Vegan Wines 101: Step Up Your Wine Knowledge

February 1, 2022 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Wine isn’t exactly a drink that you would expect to have a connection with animal products and animal exploitation. However, it is possible. The winemaking process is meant to lead to something high-quality, diverse, and flavorful. But does that mean that all wines are actually produced in the same way? Nope, some, in fact, hurt animals in the process.

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Step Up Your No-Refined-Sugar Game: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Healthy Liquid Sweeteners

January 25, 2022 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Sugar is undeniably one of the most used ingredients in the cooking industry. We use it on a daily basis, however, it is no secret that overusing it is not exactly a healthy thing to do. Implementing it into our diet regularly can lead to numerous health problems, more precisely obesity and heart issues. So, does this mean that we should give up on sweet foods completely? Not exactly. Luckily, there are many healthy sugar substitutes that are becoming more and more popular. By replacing unhealthy sugars with these healthy substitutes, you will start feeling better while still managing to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Cabernet Sauvignon: Your Guide to the World’s Most Popular Red Wine

October 25, 2021 — by Valeriya Vimon

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The wine industry is one of the most fragmented industries in the world. And for a newbie, the world of wine can be staggering. With more than a thousand varieties of grapes used to make wine, it’s no surprise there are so many different types of red wine. With such an overwhelming amount of choice, it’s so hard to know what to buy. But even if you are not a wine aficionado, you have probably heard about Cabernet Sauvignon, the world’s most popular red wine.

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Step Up Your Grilling Game: Add a Flavour Boost to Your Meat with BBQ Rubs and Spices

September 28, 2021 — by Richard Dawson

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They’re found at the footy, at your favourite hardware store and sizzling from the neighbour’s backyard. The BBQ is truly an irreplaceable Aussie tradition, and much revolves it. Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, or just a friendly get together. Of course, you’ll also have a cold beer in the Esky, a few snacks, and Aussie dessert to complete the picture. But the centre stage goes to the barbie. Your choice of meats, how they’re done, and the flavours oozing from each bite is what gets the conversation going.

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Gin Tasting Subscription: Nothing Gets Better Than a Gin Tasting Journey

July 7, 2021 — by Richard Dawson

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Australian gin is booming lately and it’s amazing! Crafting new gins is a growing trend and gin production in Australia has introduced a whole raft of new botanicals added to the traditional juniper focused spirit. Better than any other spirit, gin can showcase local indigenous botanicals, such as lemon myrtle, wattleseed, Tasmanian pepper berries, river mint, the nut of bunya pine and many more.

Aussie distillers have further explored the use of native botanicals to boost versatility in their gin and get the interest of consumers and their gins are recognizable for their unique and delicious taste. They are versatile and fun to play with and one of the most popular ways to enjoy your gin these days is to sign up for an Aussie craft gin tasting subscription.

Why You Should Sign Up for an Aussie Gin Subscription 

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Gin subscriptions offer regular deliveries of the best gins available straight to your door. Usually, the deliveries are monthly and it’s the perfect way to get to know different Australian gins. You can sign up for a gin tasting subscription and enjoy a selection of craft gins from across the country.

Besides being a way to treat yourself, this can also be a great birthday gift idea as well for any gin lover in your life or if you want to step up your romance for Valentine’s Day.

Discover New Gins

Signing up for a gin tasting journey is a great way is to indulge in your passion and learn about each gin. You can enrich your knowledge about premium craft gins and discover new gins you have never tasted before, their makers and their unique distilling process through distillery labels and tasting notes.

Subscriptions usually range from big bottles of premium gins paired with tonics and snacks to more personalised small-batch deliveries. Many gin lovers these days opt for mini gin bottles as they are tiny, but mighty and allow you to try some new varieties of your favourite spirit. You can curate the perfect gin cocktail and experiment with different styles and flavours. As they say, a little taste can go a long way, especially when you are on a gin tasting journey.

There are many different options thanks to the combinations between the method of distilling, size of the final cut, quantities of each botanical and ratio of botanicals to alcohol. Depending on your personal preference, you can choose sweet or dry gin, on ice or in a mixed drink, whatever works best for you.

Save Precious Time 

You’ll no longer waste your time scouring supermarket shelves or researching products online to find a good gin. Instead, it will be delivered to your door, so you can enjoy it in the comfort of your home. This can be quite helpful in these pandemic times when we are spending more time at home.

Tips on How to Enjoy Your Gin

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Australian gins have crafted themselves onto the spiritous map by celebrating the juniper, the key ingredient, and adding an Aussie twist to it. So, if you are ready to take your gin experience to the next level and sip your way to some expertly, finely crafted gins, your gin subscription can make everything easier and more convenient.

Gin is perfect for cocktails due to its dry and herbal taste. It’s not sugary when mixed with sweet fruit juices and can successfully create a balanced cocktail. It’s safe to say that there are gins out there to suit all tastes, and it’s very interesting that these days many gins are designed to be drunk neat.

If you’re new to gin, you may hesitate to drink your gin neat, but the most important thing is to learn and appreciate the full course of flavours. Pay attention to the key botanicals infused within as they can often make the entire drinking gin experience much better. Naturally, to enjoy a spirit neat it has to be of good quality.

Also, it’s best to sip neat at room temperature. Swirl the gin in your mouth and wait until the warmth hits your tongue. A good gin will not burn, but it’s always a good idea to take a sip of cold water before swirling it again. This will help the botanicals to come through, so you can recognise scents and flavours and enjoy the richness of your gin.

A Few More Reasons to Love Gin

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Gin was one of the most popular drinks a couple of centuries ago and is now back in trend, experiencing a rebirth over the last decade. It seems like the world is going through a gin renaissance with this clear and delightfully refreshing spirit. As gin reintroduces itself, many declare their love for the spirit and the presence of gin is significantly increasing on the beverage scene around the world.

But did you know that it’s considered as one of the healthiest spirits ever made? Made from juniper berries, which are a powerful representative of fruits, it can help fight infections. Additionally, they contain antioxidants that can promote the regeneration of cells within the human body and can help you get healthier-looking skin.

Moderate alcohol consumption has been linked to certain health benefits, and when it comes to gin, many gin lovers can tell you that they’ve chosen their drink because it’s one of the most calorie-friendly spirits out there. However, make sure to always seek professional medical advice before consuming and alcohol-based beverages and never drink and drive.

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Sauvignon Blanc: Step into the Wonderful World of Wine

May 10, 2021 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Being one of the oldest alcoholic drinks, wine still is and probably will one of the most favoured drinks among both men and women. It’s a type of beverage that can be consumed with almost any kind of food, and the opportunity to choose between the many different types of wine and wine regions only makes it even more appealing.

However, if you are a beginner and barely know anything about wines, experts recommend starting light. In other words, whites are the ideal selection to start with since reds can be quite heavy for many people’s taste. And out of the wide range of whites, one of the tastiest is sauvignon. If you’re in the mood for a nice bottle of sauvignon blanc wine, here’s what you should know about this drink.
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What Makes the Sauvignon Blanc That Popular?

Made of top-quality grapes sauvignon blanc wine is nice, crispy, sharper, dry and acidic, and according to wine connoisseurs, it can provide you with a different tasting experience. Known for its lush, dense and early ripening vine canopies, this exquisite wine is also known as the ‘wild white’. The name comes from the French word ‘sauvage’ which, in fact, means wild. Coming from different regions, sav blanc can be paired with different kinds of food, giving you the opportunity to taste its different palate.
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History

The story of this wine starts in France, somewhere between the Bordeaux and Loire Valley regions. However, it was in the late 19th century when selected vine cuttings were transplanted to the northern part of California, which was a real success. And the 1960s were the time when sauvignon became extremely popular and all thanks to the Californian legend Robert Mondavi. In fact, he rebranded the Californian sauvignon into Fume Blank. Even nowadays, the Fume Blanc is still produced in this region, however, it’s joined by the premier set of sauvignon blanc wine that these days is grown in almost every major worldwide wine-producing region. Out of all wine regions, it is New Zealand that makes the most expressive, fruity and lush sauvignon.

Growing Conditions

Sauvignon blanc grapes grow best in sunny but moderate climates. When exposed to a lot of heat, the grape’s intense acidity would change which is not recommended. So, the ideal climate for it is the one with gentle sunlight as that way the grapes can develop their tasty light fruity flavour. The thing that makes these grapes so perfect for this wine is the cool and even brisk night temperatures.
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Since this grape variety is considered to be thin-skinned, it’s often vulnerable to bud and vine-rot conditions. However, winemakers try to combat this by frequently trimming the vine and leaf.

Regarding the soil, these grape varieties love gravelly, sandy and clay-composed soils. In other words, the chalkier the soil, the more mineral notes the wine would have. Softer sandy soil, on the other hand, would evoke the herbal and denser notes in the wine, while clay-forward soil will evoke the stronger fruity flavour and aroma.

Cool vs. Warm Climates

Cool Climates

The green grapes of this wine can thrive perfectly fine in cooler climates when planted in spacious plots with unobstructed and direct access to sunlight. However, the key is to plant in areas where the temperature won’t be extremely high. The best time to pick the ripe grapes of this variety is through the dry season in September.
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What defines this wine made in cool climate regions is its zippy, bright and peppery flavours. It has a medium body, high acidity, earthy primary aromas and a tart finish.

Warm Climates

The truth is that there are only a few warmer climate regions that can produce sauvignon blanc. The best of them all is Southeast Australia and coastal South Africa. The thing that makes these regions perfect for growing this grape variety is the warm coastal climates that allow the grape to express nuanced flavour characteristics.

Another thing that makes these wine regions different from the cooler ones is that here, the grapes are left to hang longer on the vine. Although this can result in reduced wine acidity, wine made in these regions has deeper and richer fruity notes. All in all, wines made in this region have guava, passion fruit, kiwi and grapefruit flavours. It has a medium-high body and acidity, fruity and earthy primary flavour, while the finish is sweeter than the ones in cooler climates.

How Many Calories in a Bottle of Sauvignon Blanc Wine?

For the ladies or all those of you who love counting calories, a bottle of 750ml sauvignon blanc has around 595 – 609 calories. However, wine calories can depend on the alcohol and sugar content in the bottle.

How to Serve It?

Like all white wines, sauvignon blanc is traditionally served in small bowled glasses with a stem. But even though the fluted stem glasses are the most popular choice for white wines, more and more people are relying on the use of stemless wine glasses because they’re more practical and easy to hold in hand.

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Step up Your Dessert Game with These Delicious Recipes

August 26, 2020 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Is there a better way to finish your meal than with a delicious, mouth-watering dessert? Of course not!

The word dessert (‘desservir’ in French, meaning ‘to clear the table’) was first written in 1539, referring to candied fruits and nuts that dinner guests would snack on after a meal. Throughout the centuries, desserts have evolved so much that nowadays you can choose from countless options: traditional, vegan, gluten-free, low-fat and more.

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Skip the Meal Prep Step: Benefits of Ready Meal Delivery Services

February 18, 2019 — by Richard Dawson

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Anyone who’s looking to get jacked and venture deeper into the bodybuilding world should understand that the most important factor isn’t how hard you work at the gym, but the diet you’re keeping to. Being on a proper diet that contains all the necessary nutrients that promote optimal lean muscle growth can help you reach your goals much faster. However, many people don’t have the time to cook multiple meals a day, especially during the bulking periods when they have to eat more than five times a day.

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Gain Healthy Weight Using These Simple Steps

October 29, 2018 — by Richard Dawson

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Some of the most admirable fitness transformations I’ve seen on forums aren’t by people who began their journey as overweight and ended up cutting all the extra fat, but by people who were skinny and managed to get buff. I am not negating the extremely hard journey of people who are on a weight loss diet, as for some, that requires a lot of sacrifices. However, speaking from my point of view, it’s much easier to lose weight than gain lean muscle mass. While I can manage one-meal-a-day or intermittent fasting quite easily, I can’t bring myself to eat more than three or four meals a day when its time to bulk.

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The Road To a Skinny Body is Paved With Right Pills and Food

December 2, 2016 — by Valeriya Vimon

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products for weight lossIt’s not a secret that everyone who’s ever tried to lose some extra kilos has turned to some type of slimming pills. People want quick and effective results and the products for weight loss say they offer exactly that, but sticking to slimming pills only won’t give you any serious results. I know there are many people that are fed up with dieting and counting the calories of the foods they buy although they get little to no results. If you are one of these people here are a few reasons why you don’t seem to lose weight although you think you do everything right:

  • First and foremost, you probably like to eat snacks and chocolates secretly and behind everybody’s backs. If you actually stick to a healthy diet you are definitely getting a result in just a few weeks;
  • You don’t exercise. Burning calories is the key to losing weight and you can’t burn calories sitting on a computer or watching TV all day long. Make a schedule that will help you to find the right time for working out and stick to it. You can’t expect to see the results in a few days of course, but with continuous exercise you won’t just lose weight, you’ll feel energized and happier;
  • You’re too impatient. You can’t expect a big result on your body only a few days after you’ve started with the new diet and go back to eating junk food just because nothing has improved overnight. Impatience is probably the strongest excuse why people can’t seem to bare a diet and I know it can be really annoying, but keeping up with the schedule you’ve started is a key for losing weight.

But with all the great inventions humankind has come up with all of that can be achieved with the right products for weight loss that won’t cause any bad side effects but will make you feel confident and pleased. If you combine eating exclusively healthy, working out a few times a week and consuming some of the many products for weight loss, you’ll be amazed from the changes. These products normally focus on controlling the appetite and suppressing unnecessary cravings. They will keep your metabolism and energy levels strong during the day and will help you burn the fat easier and faster. The greatest thing about these products is that you can choose from weight loss supplements, fat metabolisers to appetite suppressants and Thermogenics. There’s no right one, they are all good and effective, it just all depends on what you’re looking for in the supplements. Some of the products for weight loss are designed to transport the fat into a cell that will be burned as fuel during exercise others increase the body’s temperature and that way are enabling you to burn calories as heat instead of storing them as fat.

Using the products for weight loss while sticking to a healthy diet and working out will give you perfect results in no time. The most important thing is to listen to your body’s needs, not your crazy taste buds. If you give your body the vitamins and fibers it needs, you’ll forget about junk food and you’ll start enjoying a more comfortable and happy life.

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Accessories for Bar: Turn Your Space into the Trendiest Spot in Town

June 29, 2016 — by Richard Dawson

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Whether you are a bar owner or want to add some class to your home, there are some bar accessories that will do just that for you. Having your own personal bar can say a lot about you, so shopping for bar accessories can be quite interesting and fulfilling. But before you go and shop for accessories for bar you need to determine what you’ll be using them for.

If you intend to throw cocktail parties on a regular basis, you’ll need some cocktail making equipment. There is a wide range of cocktails that come in a large variety of forms and contents you can make, but for that you need a variety of tools.

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Sweeten Your Coffee with Xylitol: First Step to Giving Up Sugar

June 22, 2016 — by Valeriya Vimon

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For me, the morning coffee ritual is the perfect way to explore people’s character and behavioural patterns. It’s the time of the day when you engage all of your pure individuality in the attempt not to burst under the influence of morning crankiness and half-opened eyes. And how people manage those tempting 10 minutes for preparing the coffee and those holly 20 for drinking it, tells a lot about them.

Sweeten Your Coffee with Xylitol

For instance, are you a person who promised herself that she is going to be religiously devoted to detoxifying her body, extreme exercise and a number of salads for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but you forget all that in the morning when that smell of freshly brewed coffee tempts you to sweeten it with one small teaspoon of white, refined sugar and you do it? Or maybe you’re the type of person who actually likes unsweetened coffee? The first group I can understand, it happens to all of us devoted healthy life-stylers, but the second one not so much, so I’m just not going to get in that discussion because I simply don’t get you guys.

Now, let’s discuss morning coffee sweeteners. It would be a real shame to allow one small teaspoon of artificial sugar to defeat our Sisyphean efforts to stay healthy and keep junk food away from our body. Luckily, that doesn’t have to be the case. Nowadays, there is an entire palette of products that can replace sugar, such as stevia, coconut cream and amazing xylitol discount actions that offer to deliver the product to your doorstep. Oh, the beauty of home delivery.

Xylitol – if you want to avoid the dentist!

I know that giving up sugar is a really hard thing to do, but that’s why we’re starting with baby steps: morning coffee. For starters, artificial sugar has a number of detrimental effects on your entire organism, but let’s focus on your teeth: it causes cavities that eventually will cause your teeth to fall. That’s a reason enough to start hunting for those xylitol discount offers through online or offline stores, right? Xylitol can’t be digested by the bacteria in your mouth and therefore, it can’t cause cavities. It may taste like mint the first few times before you get used to it, but hey, a mint-flavoured coffee? Yes, please.

I am going to concentrate on xylitol because I recently tried it and I must say I am so proud of myself. I am still getting accustomed to the minty taste though, so I am warning you in advance, it’s going to take some time. Point is, it’s very beneficial for your teeth health and overall body health, as my research has shown.

Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from birch trees or corn stalks. It’s really low in calories as it has only 1/3 of what sugar has and it has a very low glycemic index. The corn stalks used for its production are mainly GMO-free as it states on the package, which is what you should be looking for when you get yours. It’s mainly used as a 1-for-1 in substitution with sugar and it really sweetens drinks (besides coffee, you can use it for cocoa and tea as well). There’s one downside you should be very cautious about: it’s poisonous for dogs, so if you have one, make sure it never gets in touch with anything with xylitol in it.

All in all, I liked my morning coffee sweetened with xylitol. I get to fly away the morning confusion and genuine hardness to get my engine to work, and I get to stay true to my decision to be healthy and not consume junk food. It really is true: big results start with baby steps.

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3 Basic Supplements to Gain Lean Mass

April 21, 2016 — by Richard Dawson

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Unless you have some previous knowledge, choosing the right supplements to gain lean mass can turn into a frustrating process. The main reason for this is the fact that the nutritional health and wellness industry is growing faster than ever and many companies are offering an endless list of different supplements, both online and offline. Since buying something that won’t suit your needs properly is a complete waste of money and some of the stores out there are only looking to profit on the account of your mistakes and unwise decisions.