In 2002, the Black Olive was named by Oberon Press 'Where to Eat in Canada Restarurant Guide' as one of the best restaurants in the country. The Business Examiner's (August 2002 edition), Larry Moore, has also praised the Black Olive for its winning formula of excellent food in an elegant environment.
"For 25 years, Paul Psyllakis managed the Village Inn in Cadboro Bay, and lucky for him, many of his regulars now drive downtown to this elegant little room with crisp white linens and a Mediterranean/ West Coast menu. Local products are featured, including fanny bay oysters and Cowichan bay duck. Small but well selected wine list featuring several local vintages."
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It is essential to follow good manners wherever you are. Be it at your home, school or workplace. Practicing good manners makes yourself well presentable before the others. Table manners is a significant aspect here. Following behaviors like eating with spoon and fork, closing your mouth while eating is to carry yourself in a presentable manner and make yourself look pleasant at the table. When a toddler shoves down food with his/her hands, a mess is created. Technology invented spoons and fork so that people get to eat food creating very little mess. Shoving down food with hands may not look very presentable before others. This is just one concept of table manners. There are many more. A table is usually a place where people come together for fellowship meals, and you don’t want others to judge you for bad table manners. Here are some of the tips that you should be following. Each Culture or family may follow a separate standard of rules at the dining table. However, some common manners must be followed at the table.
Rules for using napkins.
If it is an informal family gathering, place your napkin on your lap or pin it to the collar of your shirt. If it is formal dining, wait for the hostess to unfold her napkin first. While leaving your place for a second serving, make sure to leave the napkin on your chair indicating you would come back to take your seat. After you finish dining, place your napkin towards the left side of your plate on the table.
General rules using fork and knives.
Your fork should be held with your left hands. The blades of the fork should face down. This position makes it easy to pin down food items. When handling your knife, hold it with your right hand, extending your pointer finger till the start of the blade of the knife. After eating, the fork should be placed on the left side of your plate. Similarly, the knife should be placed on the right side of your plate. A knife is used if a hard food item has to be cut. Food items like rice require being eaten with a spoon. Your spoon has to be kept to the left side of the place beside the knife.
How to chew food.
Try to eat with your mouth closed to avoid making noise while chewing. This is a presentable practice as you don’t want to disturb the person next to you in any way. There are no rules related to talking while eating food. Even then, do not talk while chewing food, this ensures that food particles does not come out of your mouth. Talking while chewing may cause the food particles to enter into your respiratory tract. Excuse yourself if you cough or make noise while eating food.
The first use of noodles can be traced back to 4000 years. Noodles are believed to be originated in China by the Han dynasty. The first noodles made from bread flour was deep fried in oil. This variety of noodles is still believed to be consumed in many parts of China. Noodles are usually made of wheat flour or rice flour. They come in different forms in various countries. Though noodles are made from the same ingredient, they are consumed in different styles. Some noodle appears in a soupy form, and some are tossed with oil and vegetables or even with rice. The influence of noodles comes from Countries like China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, etc.
Ramen is originated from China. Ramen is made from wheat flour. Here, the noodles come in a soupy form. The broth of the meat is boiled together with the noodles. Vegetables and cooked chicken tossed in either sesame oil or olive oil are then added to the noodles.
Udon is believed to be originated from Japan. The noodles are made from wheat flour. The noodles are first cooked well in meat broth or vegetable broth. Any variety of meat, chicken, beef or fish is then shredded over the noodles giving it a rich flavour.
Soba is usually very thin. Each noodle stand is very feeble. The dish appears in a reddish brownish colour as soya sauce is added to the noodles after cooking. This type of noodles is mostly enjoyed in summers as they are served chill with a side dip made from soy sauce and mirin. The noodle variety called somen is similar to soba. Somen can be served cold with a spicy sauce.
Chinese egg noodles.
Here, the freshly cooked noodle made from wheat flour is stir-fried in olive oil. The fried noodles are then soaked in gravy making it soft. A well-beaten egg is added as the topping making the dish look spectacular. Vegetables or meat is also tossed into the noodles.
Here, the noodles are made from rice flour for a change. This type of noodles is more thin and delicate than the wheat variety. Rice noodles do not need to be boiled but only soaked in hot water to cook the noodle well. The noodle is then added to soup or salad and is fried.
Spaghetti variety of noodles is made from wheat flour. They are long and cylindrical. Spaghetti, however, is not Chinese. They are a part of the Italian Cuisine. The dish is served along with tomato sauce or with meat or vegetables. In Italy, tomato sauce and olive oil are widely used for cooking noodles. In Chinese cuisines, the noodles are tossed in sesame oil or pork oil.
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