Sinus relief without pills – naturally? #readfood

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Notice the similarities in the sphenoid sinus ethmodial cells and the air pockets in the green leaves? God designed them to clear sinuses naturally.

Those tiny ridges indicate relief to your sinuses, via clearing of the ethmodial cells. Great thing relief to breathing and sinuses, brings relief to other neurological issues; as well as migraines,  sinus pressure and nasal congestion.

When these greens are eaten daily, your sinuses clear up, congestion is eliminated and relief is brought to areas which once suffered, due to blocked sinuses and airway passages. Imagine these leaves breaking down, in your system, into green slime, before running through your sinuses, loosening and clearing the plaque and debris build up; which is left over from sinus congestion, that’s how they work, naturally. Read more.

East Coast summer eats 2014

The best deal this entire summer has been the half price sushi (served all day) at Sakura in Bensalem, PA. I had three new roll combinations and was delighted with each. Another tasty treat was fried coconut shrimp with coconut sauce and walnuts, served with steamed broccoli at Parx Casino, I absolutely loved it.

Homemade Italian ice and gelatos have been a tasty treat this summer. Banana, mango and swedish fish are just a few of the flavors I can remember. Chocolate with vanilla gelato was definitely another mouth watering joy.

Summer usually leaves me hungry for barbecue, so we’ve enjoyed a few meaty savory racks (blogs to come). I must say the best fried pickle was served up with my ribs at Virgil’s in NYC this summer. My favorite fresh antipasto salad is served up in central New Jersey, with thick slices of fresh Mozzarella cheese, along side thick strands of Pecorino Romano, big crumbles of Parmesan cheese and topped with prosciutto, red roasted peppers  then dotted with Kalamata olives.

Unfortunately that will be the last you hear of that salad, because it is the only dish I can recommend at that restaurant. It’s a shame because I have tried several other dishes only to be disappointed.

I know I’m a bit picky about my food, but I think food is the easiest thing to do right. What flavors of summer are fresh on your taste buds? Please share below in a comment.

EAT: Bread + Butter Atlantic City, NJ

One of the busiest places inside the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, at any given time of the day, is Bread + Butter. Its the best place for a quick bite or a gourmet beverage. Their griddled sandwiches are packed with tasty eats. Best of all, breakfast is served all day. If your in the mood for something sweet, you’re in for a sweet delight. All of their desserts are made on the premises and look like they flew them in directly from Paris, France.

Its a counter-style restaurant, so you order first and then seat yourself. When your food is prepared especially for you, they will bring it out to your table. The seating area is very airy and open. Bread + Butter is located in the vicinity of the Music Box Theater at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

I have enjoyed the waffles served with strawberries, whipped cream and gooey maple syrup; the only thing missing was MORE! The waffle wasn’t too soggy, but instead a tab bit crispy on the outer edges; just how I like them. The strawberries were sweet, definitely in season-lucky me! Its not a big serving, so next time I might just order two.

On a previous visit to Bread + Butter, I ordered the taylor ham & egg sandwich. It consisted of two scrambled eggs + taylor ham on a kaiser roll. I wasn’t too impressed with this sandwich, as it seemed a little to dry. It definitely should have had a slice of cheese on it. The taylor ham was a little too rich for my tastes without the calming effect of cheese. For the price, in the Borgata, you cannot go wrong; but next time i’m ordering cheese too!

I’m a sucker for corn muffins! So its no shock that Bread + Butter has me addicted to theirs. Its served sliced in half and slathered with butter, then grilled. Even though their muffins are grilled, they are so moist! Each muffin will cost you $3.50 for a little bite of heaven.

This past weekend I tried their grilled portobello and provolone sandwich. It was created with roasted portobello mushroom, roasted tomato and provolone cheese for only $8.50. The only bad thing about this sandwich were the butter pickles served along side. I tried to eat one, but couldn’t go through with it. The portobello mushroom was perfectly cooked, not to hard and not too mushy; it was so meaty, I forgot I was eating a mushroom. I love roasted tomato and this was a perfect pairing for the cheese and portobello. The cheese was gooey and perfectly melted on the bread, which was lightly toasted to a golden perfection, with a hint of butter.

Their desserts are out of this world. I was eyeing the banana nut bread, all the muffins and the tarts, but decided against one, as this was only breakfast!  Brian on the other hand chose the fruit tart. The fruit tart was laden with blueberries, apples, strawberries and a piece of star fruit. After tasting the star fruit, we decided that it was derived from a cross between apples, pineapples and kiwi (but we don’t know for sure!). All the fruit was piled atop a custard, which sat atop a layer of icing, which lined the flaky crust. Brian ate the fruit and custard topping, after which I indulged in the delicious and cookie like crust. It was so hard, but surprisingly flaky at the same time. When I bit down on it, it melted in my mouth. Beautiful, fresh, sweet and flaky for only $6.50.

No matter the time, you will definitely find something to satisfy your craving at Bread + Butter, no matter what time of the day.

For a listing of their menu visit http://www.theborgata.com/dine/casual-dining/bread-and-butter they are open 24 hours Monday through Thursday, from 12am-2am on Friday, from 7am-2am on Saturday and 7am-24 hours on Sunday.

Bread + Butter
Borgota Hotel Casino & Spa
1 Borgata Way
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
866-692-6742
Http://theborgata.com

China Sea Absecon NJ

I’m so sad that it took me so long to eat at the China Sea of Absecon; I’ve literally walked in front of its doors at least 2 times a week, going from one store to another for the entire summer! I am extremely picky about Chinese food, as that is the cuisine of choice every Sunday when we used to eat out for family night when I was growing up. I’ve been let down time and time again here in New Jersey when trying new Chinese restaurants and I must say that this place ranks number one in all of South Jersey! The prices are rock bottom, which is absolutely up my alley. The decor was clean, the room spacious and the seating plenty.

A superb treat from this restaurant was the complementary fried wontons, served with duck sauce and spicy mustard, plus a pot of hot tea upon seating. We were immediately asked whether we would like water or soda, which is unheard of these days.

I began my meal with a tasty and thick egg drop soup ($1.50), which I topped off with fried won tons and soy sauce. The shrimp roll was delightfully delicious too! It was a big roll, which is not normally my favorite, however this roll had cabbage and was fried to perfection. My main dish was the Green Jade Chicken ($9.95) which was as fabulous as can be! The chicken was perfectly cooked, fresh out of the wok and not slimy or rubbery at all (which is more than I can say for most of the Chinese restaurants here in NJ). It is sliced chicken stir fried with broccoli, snow peas and asparagus in a chef special brown sauce. The broccoli was crispy and tender-hard to accomplish! The snow peas were snappy but very soft-I don’t know how they perfected this combo, but its definitely perfection. The asparagus was tender and fresh, not slimy or wilted at all. I asked for the brown rice and it was exactly what I expected.

After tasting my loves roast pork fried rice I wasn’t impressed, it lacks desire and leaves a lot of room for improvement. His main dish was the Hawaii Five-O ($16.50) which consisted of jumbo shrimp, scallops, beef and chicken stir fried with broccoli, carrots, water chestnuts, baby corn, onions, mushrooms and pineapples. The meats in his dish were cooked superbly as well.  He was delighted with the entire dish, but pushed the pineapples aside as they were placed on the plate cold, not stir fried at all.

For desert the pistachio ice cream ($2.50) hit the spot! I will definitely eat here many more times before I head back to Arizona and each time i’m in town too! I recommend this place to Chinese food enthusiasts and any foodie that desires deliciously prepared and presented food. So next time you drive into, or out of Atlantic City on the White Horse Pike, make sure you save room for Chinese!

China Sea of Absecon
662 White Horse Pike (RTE 30)
Absecon, NJ 08201
609-569-1888
http://chinaseaofabsecon.com

Tonio’s Seafood Shack Avalon NJ

This delicious and upscale eatery is nothing of the shack sense, but it’s in their name. We found this place entirely on accident, as our first choice the Oceanside Seafood restaurant was a hot mess. Lucky for us it was a quick walk from Dune Drive.

When we entered Tonio’s I wasn’t so sure that the food would be up to par, as the dinning room was barren. But the decor was so contemporary and romantic we stayed. Usually I gauge the freshness of the food on the amount of people, the less people-the lower the turnaround on the food=the less fresh. However I am glad to say I was WRONG! Thank goodness we stayed, as after sitting for less than 5 minutes at our table, at least 3 different parties approached the counter to pick up To Go orders. Throughout the evening there must have been at least 15 different pick up’s, and after tasting my dish I understand why!

We had a pleasant server who promptly opened our BYOB wine and brought us water, before we asked-a sign of a fabulous server in my book! They did not charge a corking fee, which was a good thing; as we brought 2 bottles of wine. We ordered the shack bake ($35.99), which consisted of a whole lobster, shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams, steamed corn on the cob, coleslaw and a salad, as well as a broiled seafood combo ($25.95), which consisted of flounder, shrimp, scallops, crab cake, coleslaw, baked potato and a salad. The plating was a little “shack-ie” as the sides were served in plastic containers; but the taste and freshness more than made up for this laziness of the plating.

I must say that this was the most tasty and freshest seafood in Avalon New Jersey. I’m so glad we decided to share both dishes because they were equally delicious. The shack bake seafood was baked directly inside the lobster shell on top of the lobster, melding the flavors of the lobster, shrimp, scallops, mussels and clams, intertwining them beautifully, while creating a melt in your mouth blanket of sumptuous tastiness. I’m usually not a big fan of scallops but they tasted absolutely divine! So divine that I will make a it a point to taste them every chance I can. The mussels and clams were cooked to perfection as well. We ordered the broiled seafood combo, as apposed to the fried seafood combo, which was a pleasant surprise-as each piece of seafood was absolutely soft and tender. The flounder was so delicate it melted in my mouth like straight butter! The crab cake was out of this world, tasty and flavorful-filled with crab and not too much filler. The steamed corn on the cob was so sweet and probably fresh of the farm! The salads were a generous portion and tasty, topped with a house vinaigrette. The baked potatoes were presented with the butter squares pushed down inside the cut opening to heat it up, which was clever; however I’m not sure if this was very sanitary.

Since it was my birthday we also had desert. But I must say that after finishing off our plates, we only had room to share the ice cream ball, which was a wonderful treat. I winced a bit at the description when the server said it consisted of papaya, mango and orange sorbet, but was delighted that there wasn’t a hint of papaya.

Lucky for us we happened to be the only patrons in the entire 8 table dinning room. It was a quaint and cozy place, with two TV’s, contemporary furnishing and not too bright. I would definitely recommend Tonio’s to anyone looking for fresh seafood without all the craziness that comes with most shack’s, as this one is nothing of the kind-except for the plastic and plating techniques.

Tonio’s Seafood Shack & Fresh Fish Market
2475 Ocean Drive
Avalon, NJ 08202
609-368-8862
http://toniosseafoodshack.webs.com