Just In Time For Chinese New Year…A Dumplings Pop-Up

A Dumplings pop-up is coming to The Outpost in Bedford this weekend. The Chinese New Year is February 1st. The year of the Tiger.

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The Outpost will be celebrating the Chinese New Year this weekend with a pop-up put on by the local experience designer and my good friend Andy Yu and his Partner GJ. They will be bringing their family recipes together with all organic ingredients to create an array of fresh dumplings.

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Chinese dumplings represent the essential parts of Chinese culture and are served at most traditional holidays. They will have 3 different types of dumplings (8 in a box) to preorder and pick up Saturday, Jan 22nd between 2-6 p.m.

You can choose from Classic Berkshire Pork with Chinese Cabbages, Organic Carrot wrap (orange) with turkey, and Spinach (green wrap) with Chinese vegetables (vegetarian). . And yes, and they will have some tastings as well. Call # 914-205-3900 to place your pre-order.

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Setting A Sunshine Table With CB Lifestyle

I love the table settings by Carolyn Bender. She recently set some “sunny” themed tables which are perfect for the upcoming spring season or for entertaining during the winter in warmer weather, esp for all our Florida Winter Birds! Think breakfast on the beach!! All of the items below and many more special pieces are available on the CB Lifestyle Website. You can access it HERE.

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Book Club Monday

This week’s book club choice was sent to me over the holidays…Local Woman Missing: A Novel by Mary Kubica…

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New York Times Bestseller

“Dark and twisty, with white-knuckle tension and jaw-dropping surprises.” —Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Home Before Dark

In this smart and chilling thriller, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes domestic secrets to a whole new level, showing that some people will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.

People don’t just disappear without a trace…

Shelby Tebow is the first to go missing. Not long after, Meredith Dickey and her six-year-old daughter, Delilah, vanish just blocks away from where Shelby was last seen, striking fear into their once-peaceful community. Are these incidents connected? After an elusive search that yields more questions than answers, the case eventually goes cold.

Now, eleven years later, Delilah shockingly returns. Everyone wants to know what happened to her, but no one is prepared for what they’ll find… – Amazon.com

For more information or to order this book, click HERE.

Ways To Be More Productive in 2022?

‘I didn’t get enough time.’ You must have used this statement at least once in your life. 

There are 24 hours in a day; still, many of you may be complaining about lack of time. No wonder walking with the fast-paced world and lives is difficult but that doesn’t mean you will give up. This is most likely to result in too much pressure or delayed tasks at work. 

Furthermore, this puts a big question on your ‘productivity level.’ 

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Your overall productivity graph is obvious to decline when you have been procrastinating at your desk for years. And once you get into one, it’s hard to come out of your comfort zone. But guess what, we are here to make things easier for you. 

Let’s quickly sail through some potential ways to prove productive at your workplace and kick off procrastination in one go. All you need is to muster up your courage & combat laziness. 

Are you ready? Let’s get started! 

1 – Eat chocolates – 

‘Don’t eat chocolates’ that’s a common statement of a mother restricting children to avoid tooth decay or cavities. But do you know chocolates are helpful for your focused mind and productivity (of course, when eaten in moderation)? 

Here, we are talking about the magic mushroom enriched chocolates. This beverage is loaded with psilocybin. As per getkush experts, it kicks your energy levels proving you are more creative and productive at whatever you do. All you need is to go for a quality one. 

2 – Set some self-imposed deadlines – 

Do you know when you procrastinate the most? When you have no strict deadlines in your head. If you think that’s what puts you in a lethargic state, avoid it by imposing deadlines on your tasks. 

This is a kind of time and work management on a personal level. It won’t just help you wind up your work faster but also prove you productive at work. And you never know when you get recognized for your accelerated productivity graph?

3 – Say NO to multitasking – 

You may consider multitasking, especially when loaded with a series of important tasks on your to-do list. Thus , many psychologists strictly recommend not to attempt several tasks at once. This can result in poor concentration leading you nowhere. Therefore, it’s ideal for keeping a strict time frame for each task which helps you wind up your work faster. 

4 – No distractions are allowed –

When you wish to be more productive at work, you need to avoid distractions around you. Some of them include – mobile phone, voicemail requests, hangout chats with a colleague, etc. This sticks you to not-so-important stuff and hampers your work, at the same time.

So, when are you getting started?

The bottom line is that – 

Walking hands-in-hands with different sets of challenges in your personal and professional lives is likely to hamper your productivity at work. But that’s not something you should worry about. At least when there are ample ways to empower your productivity. If you are dealing with the same kind of issues, consider practicing the hacks mentioned above. It will help you indeed!

5 Ways To Make Your Weight-Loss Resolutions Work This Year

The New Year is about new resolutions, and most people have weight-loss goals on top of their minds. The resolution makes sense, as you will probably have a few extra pounds and inches after the festive season. Moreover, fitness deserves to be a priority as winter is the laziest time of the year. However, sticking with your goals is always a challenge, no matter how enthusiastic you are in the beginning. A couple of months down the line, and they take a backseat. Thankfully, there are ways to make them work if you take the right approach. Here are some actionable tips that can help.

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Make realistic and short-term goals

The easiest way to miss out on your weight loss goals is by thinking too big. You will probably give up the idea if you have unrealistic targets. The best approach is to keep your goals small and short-term. You can even break them into smaller milestones and realistic timelines. As you reach these milestones down the line, you feel motivated to stick with the initiative.

Seek expert guidance

It is tempting to have random numbers on your weight loss wishlist, but the approach seldom works. Every person needs personalized goals, timelines, and plans when it comes to shedding extra pounds. It is best to seek expert guidance to find ones that work for you. You can visit a dietician to help you with the eating part. A personal trainer can provide guidance for a viable fitness plan. 

Stay ahead with exercise motivation

The hardest challenge that disrupts your efforts is the absence of motivation. You may practice control of your diet, but sticking with your exercise routine can be tough. But you can do your bit to stay motivated. Consider finding a workout buddy you can compete with. Look for wax vaporizers and dab pens for fast and effective sessions before a workout. You can shop for dab pens at Mind Vapes and pick a CBD-high strain for the best outcomes. Stay motivated, exercise daily, and lose weight.

Choose a sustainable strategy

Steer clear of crash diets because they seldom work. Moreover, you may feel exhausted within a couple of weeks and give up completely. Opt for a balanced diet as it is a more sustainable approach. With this strategy, you need not make drastic changes in your habits. Your body gets ample nutrition and energy, making the transition easier to cope with. Additionally, you can stay true to it for the long haul.

Find healthy alternatives

Making your weight-loss resolutions work is also about finding healthy alternatives for your plate. Switch from sugar to stevia, opt for fruits instead of chocolaty desserts, and choose whole-wheat bread over white bread. Picking smarter substitutes means you can enjoy your favorites without adding extra calories. You will not feel deprived, yet weight loss remains realistic.

This year, stick with these actionable ideas to stay on track with your weight loss goals. You will not have to worry about ditching them or not getting desired outcomes. 

Have You Tried An Espresso Martini?

I have been here in Florida visiting my family and working on blog projects and the biggest trend lately is everyone ordering an Espresso Martini. The idea of a martini combined with coffee isn’t what you would think of right away when you ask for a drink at a bar or restaurant. However, the Espresso Martini has become particularly popular among the young set who want to enjoy a drink but also something with enough of a kick to wake a person up as well. And, historically, that’s how the drink was rumored to have been created; essentially, someone walked into a club in the 1980s and specifically asked for something that would open one’s eyes and ultimately get them drunk as well. Whether the story is true or not, the drink exists and it definitely does include an extract of coffee bean in it. 

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Coffee and Liquor Have an Old Partnership

The combination of drinks and coffee has not been a new idea. The two types of beverages have been served next to each other for years in European cafes and similar. In the U.S. the distinction between a bar and a café has been far more clear and separated, generally due to alcohol consumption laws and a long history of Christian influence regarding ungodly behavior, namely getting drunk, being kept out of the public’s sight. This is obvious in the fact that American bars for years were built with no street windows that could see in while in Europe the same venues are wide open community establishments. 

Overall, the two main ingredients for an espresso martini are, no surprise, vodka, and ground coffee. Many tend to focus on Kahlua or optionally Tia Maria for mixtures. The overall drink will require about 1.5 ounces of vodka, another ounce of espresso made hot and ready, and then another two-thirds of an ounce of coffee liqueur, ergo Kahlua or similar. If, by this point, a reader is thinking that there’s a darn whole lot of caffeine in that mix, he or she would be correct. 

How the Drink is Made

Of course, a martini isn’t served hot with steam smoking out of it. Instead, the whole mix of ingredients is put into a shaker with cold ice. Then the combination is properly shaken so the ice cools and melts into the drink, the contents are poured through a strainer, and the resulting drink is served in a martini glass that is also kept cold until used. People vary in terms of how they garnish the drink, but the above is the basic process of preparation. 

The general drink ingredients include:

  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 0.75 hot espresso
  • 0.75 coffee liqueur
  • Ice cubes
  • 3 coffee beans (not ground), garnish

Remember, the goal of the drink creation process is to have all the ingredients prepped and portioned first. Then the exact parts go into the shaker at the same time as ice. This creates an instant combination effect that produces the strongest taste of coffee in the vodka base. The ice melts and dilutes the mixture a bit, but since the entire mix is then strained, nothing but the fine drink is served cold in the martini glass. Some will argue that espresso should be made prior and then chilled to reduce the ice melting effect. Since this part has the greatest variation of dilution, it will ultimately end up becoming a matter of personal taste how strong or diluted one wants their drink. 

When shaking the mix, the idea is to properly combine all the ingredients, not pound it to death with the ice cubes. The shaking phase shouldn’t take that long. It should be just enough to create a froth which becomes part of the drink’s end product once poured and strained.