Guacamole is a very tasteful Mexican avocado dip. If you are inviting your friends to a house party you can serve it with chips (corn chips, nachos or something similar), or with lunch.
This is a simple recipe. Across the web you can find countless different recipes, but this is a simpler variation with locally available ingredients. Never let the lack of ingredients stop you from making delicious food!
Tip: Leave the avocado a few days so it can ripen and soften.
2 ripe avocados
3 cloves garlic
1 smaller or a half of a bigger onion
half a lemon (squeezed)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt to taste
Preparation [10 minutes]
Cut avocado halfway and take out seed. Scoop out avocado with a tablespoon. Using a fork mash the avocado. Sprinkle it with lemon juice.
Chop onion and garlic as fine as you can. I do not recommend the use of a blender, but leave it so you can chew it. Pour the avocado puree.
Mash it until you achieve desirable structure.
Some people prefer adding thinly minced tomato, cilantro or/and mint to increase the effect of freshness, so if you want, try these variations as well.
Is it the crowds of people, the buzzing of cars and boats, or the amazing architecture that makes urban travel so attractive? Or perhaps the amount of activities and entertainment you can find around?
If you’re into city exploring as much as I am, you’re definitely going to enjoy discovering these cities, and most probably wish to explore those you haven’t already. Or, why not, find new excitements in the ones you’ve already visited.
Probably the grooviest city on Earth, capital of it’s last global empire, a cool blend of conservative and liberal culture. It is the capital of the theaters, galleries and museums that treasure heritage of the whole world. London is also home to unique double-decker buses, Austin cabs and the oldest operating and most complex metro network. Don’t miss the Houses of Parliament with the Big Ben, the British Museum, Westminster abbey, London Eye, the Tower bridge or the Tower.
Panoramic view of downtown Barcelona and the harbor from Montjuic, by reSabi Media
I’m not sure if it’s the Mediterranean climate, the city’s architecture and legacy or the people, but there’s something very inspiring about Barcelona. Gaudi’s masterpieces, the Gothic town, the legacy of Picasso, Miro and Dali, and the neighboring summer resorts bring millions of visitors to this city every year. Barcelona’s must see sights are the Sagrada Familia, Montjuic, Parc Guell and the Barri Gotic. A bit less famous but really worth visiting is the Ciutadela park, with it’s secession style castle and triumphal arch.
Belvedere palace in Vienna, via Wikipedia
Once the capital of the mighty Hapsburg empire, Vienna is today the cultural capital of Central Europe. Vienna is famous for it’s baroque and roccoco palaces and spectacular royal gardens, as well as the blue Danube. There’s plenty attractions for architecture and art lovers, among others the Schönbrunn and Belvedere palaces, St. Stephen’s cathedral, the Danube Tower, the Secession building or the former Gasometers converted into residential buildings. There’s also Prater amusement park, and a very long recreation lake going parallel with the Danube.
Also known as the golden city, Prague is becoming more and more popular thanks to it’s romantic medieval city core, the bridges over the Vltava river and the magnificent castle. Prague is also known for the best beer.
Budapest is charming even in the crappiest weather, by reSabi Media
There’s so many sights along the Danube in Budapest, each more spectacular than the other. Don’t miss the magnificent Parliament, the Buda castle, Chain Bridge, Fishermens’ bastion, or the Matthias church.
Belgrade and Big War island seen from Zemun, by reSabi Media
The Serbian capital is slowly regaining it’s place on Europe’s travel map thanks to it’s unique spirit, the ancient citadel Kalemegdan overlooking the union of the Sava and Danube rivers, the crazy nightlife and it’s unique architectural and cultural contrasts. Among the top attractions of Belgrade is the impressive legacy from Tito’s Yugoslavia, the museum of Nikola Tesla and one of the finest river beaches in Europe. Belgrade is also one of the oldest capitals in the world with over 7000 years of history.
The romantic capital of Italy is also known as “the eternal city”. It was the biggest and most advanced metropolis of the world two thousand years ago. It’s power remained through the middle ages since it’s been the residence of the Pope and capital to the Roman Christian world. Today many monuments remain from those times, such as the Pantheon, Colosseum, the Forum – one of the largest archaeological sites with many attractions, and the palace of Nero, the basilica of St. Peter and Vatican, the Sistine chapel. There are many other attractions in Rome, such as the famous Fontana di Trevi, the Spanish steps or the bridges over Tiberius river.
The Greek capital is famous for its acropolis with the Parthenon and other ancient monuments, but its also a busy Eastern Mediterranean metropolis.
View from Cairo Tower, via Wikipedia
Cairo is one of the largest and most famous metropolises in Africa, but is mostly famous for it’s pyramids, the Nile and the Egyptian museum. A creepy attraction of Cairo is also the city of the Dead, where people live among the deceased.
Los Angeles, California (USA)
Los Angeles skyline and mountains, via Wikipedia
This city has appeared countless times in TV series and in movies, no wonder, since it’s the center of film industry. L.A. occupies a large valley and the surrounding mountain slopes. It’s actually a megalopolis composed of independent but interconnected cities and towns. Some of it’s most popular attractions are the Santa Monica pier, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Disneyland.
San Francisco, California (USA)
Downtown San Francisco, via Wikipedia
San Francisco is famous both for it’s bridges and for it’s blend of cultural influences, unique in America. It has also been the site of many films and series, especially sitcoms. Together with the surrounding area it is the world center of the IT business. The best known landmarks of San Francisco are the Golden Gate and Bay bridges, Alcatraz Island, the Ferry terminal, the Coit Tower and TransAmerica Pyramid.
Skyscrapers of Shinjuku, Tokyo and mount Fuji, via Wikipedia
The capital of Japan is estimated to be the biggest city on earth. It’s shear size as well as the curious Japanese culture that combines the cutting edge of technology with the thousands of years old tradition make Tokyo a destination you should visit at least once in your lifetime.
Panorama of downtown Madrid, by reSabi Media
Madrid may not be the most popular Spanish city, but is the largest, and probably most interesting. It’s medieval core is flanked by the royal palace and the colossal Almudena cathedral, and is full of tiny plazas to enjoy your afternoon at. Madrid is also home to Santiago Bernabeu, one of the most famous football stadiums in the world, and the impressive Atocha station with it’s indoor botanical garden, featured in one of our previous articles.
Red Square, Moscow, via Wikipedia
Moscow is the largest city in Europe with more than 10 million inhabitants. There are too many things to see there for one list, but I’ll name just a few of the most famous: St. Basil’s cathedral, the Kremlin, Red Square, Lomonosov university, Bolshoi theatre, Ostankino tower, etc.
Kornhamnstorg, Stockholm, via Wikipedia
The Swedish capital is the pearl of the Baltic sea, located on islands and canals between the sea and lake Malarn. Stockholm‘s colorful old town, baroque palaces, countless boats and cruiser ships give this northern city a unique look and feel. Don’t miss the national parliament, the Royal palace, Vasa nautical museum, or the Swedish village.
Sydney Opera and skyline from the Harbour Bridge with the Queen Mary 2 docked, via Wikipedia
Sydney is Australia’s largest city, and one of the most exotic metropolises in the world. It is also one of the largest in territory. The Sydney zoo is one of the most famous in the world. Beware of poisonous spiders, though.
Often called the playground of the architects, Dubai is the largest construction site in the world, with about 10% of all construction work taking place in this city. In the last 30 years, they’ve built the tallest tower – Burj Khalifa, the Palm and World islands, as well as the famous Burj Al Arab 7 star hotel.
Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city of Brazil and third in South America. It is the world capital of carnivals, football and samba. The most popular attractions of Rio are the Copacabana beach, Christ the Redeemer statue, and the largest football stadium in the world – Maracana. This year Rio will host the FIFA World cup, and in 2016 the Olympic games.
Paprikash is a delicious paprika based stew that will lift your sipirits and warm you up during cold winter days, though you can enjoy it whenever you prefer. Of course, as always in reSapiens Kitchen, this recipe was invented using ingredients I already had at home. As there wasn’t any suitable meats, I’ve made a vegan paprikash with dry porcini mushrooms.
This magnificent piece of architecture is 1013 m long, covering 8 ha (20 acres),containing some 250,000,000 litres of seawater, with a maximum depth of 35 m (115 ft). The water is pumped from the Pacific Ocean, filtered, and treated.
Many people think that a bean stew is hard to prepare, but actually it’s a piece of cake!
This is my favorite recipe and I stick with it because it’s delicious, practically prepares itself and feeds up to 10 people for less than €10 (in Serbia).
What you do need is plenty of time, because depending on how old the beans are, it should be cooking for 2-4 hours (the older they are, the more time they need to get softer).
INGREDIENTS (FOR 10 VERY HUNGRY PEOPLE):
1 kg white beans
1 kg smoked meat (knee, ribs, bacon or combination). Don’t forget to ask your butcher to cut it in half so you can place it in the cauldron. Some people prefer sausage instead of smoked meat. 😉
1 big onion, minced
2 bay leaves
Salt to taste
2-3 tbsp oil (I use regular, but if you prefer olive, that shouldn’t be a problem)
1 tbsp white flour
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Large kitchen pot
Preparation (2-3 hours)
The night before
Wash the beans and leave in water overnight so they get thicker and softer. In case you can’t or forget to do this, no worries, just repeat step 1. (below) one more time.
Put the beans in a pot, add water to cover every bean, bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Then pour off that water and add a new one. Adding a teaspoon of baking soda in this step will make your bean stew more “environmentally friendly” (won’t produce too much gasses).
When the new water boils again, reduce the fire to the minimum while it keeps boiling, add minced onion, meat, peppercorns and bay leaf.
Cook until the beans become tender (2-3 hours), occasionally adding water. When done, try it and add salt if necessary.
Zaprška (roux): Mince the garlic. Pour the oil in the skillet, add the flour and stir until light brown. Add the garlic and cayenne and stir for about a minute more, until the garlic gets a golden color.
Pour the zaprška into the bean stew and cook for another 5-10 minutes.
In Serbia, the bean stew is usually served with coleslaw (sweet or pickled cabbage salad), fresh onion or roasted paprika salad. In Spain, on the other hand, a similar bean stew is served with boiled rice, a meal called Moros y Cristianos, so depending on your taste, you can try some of these variations, or suggest your own in the comments below!
This video shows us a cool and easy way of making speakers that amplify the sound of your smartphone built-in speakers.
Have in mind that you have to make the gaps in the plastic cups as precise as possible, and that the quality of the cups may influence the sound. Also, the painting roll has a better sound isolation than the paper roll.
In this other video you can see that a similar but poorly crafted DIY speaker system gives a pretty crappy sound.
Bonus tip: wood is the best material for loudspeakers. If you can find a way to use it, feel free to try. 😉
In the middle ages, peasants didn’t have much land for themselves, so they had to use it wisely. Also, there were no freezers, it took weeks to months to get from one side of a country or continent to another, so most of the food had to be grown locally because there was no choice.
With the industrial revolution also came the agricultural revolution, bringing huge farms, storage and delivery solutions that made it easier to farm in one part of the world and deliver to others.
However, while this revolution presented a much wider variety of goods, it also has it’s bad sides:
It’s either too expensive, or low quality (often GMO)
The industrial process involved pollutes the factories surroundings, and so does the livestock and poultry farming.
The means of transportation pollute air, water or earth.
The benefits of micro farming
Depending on the space available in your home/garden, you can plant anything from a few herbs, to fruits and veggies that can provide enough supplies for your family and friends. Even if you live in a big city, you can at least cultivate a few herbs near a window or at the balcony.
This will lower your supermarket / farmers’ market bill, save you the time of buying, and it is also beneficial for the environment as it removes the transportation from the equation.
Probably the most important benefit of micro farming is the quality of the food you get. You’ll know it’s all organic unless you put some poison into it yourself.
If you happen to grow more than you need, off course, you can even sell the excess, resulting in a nice extra income. Who knows, maybe you can even make a business out of it!
And then last, but not the least, there’s the fun and joy of gardening and cultivating these plants, so, why don’t give it a try?
LinkedIn is probably your most powerful marketing tool if you’re looking for either a higher quality client or employer, and your profile on the network shouldn’t be neglected. Here are some tips for making a successful LinkedIn profile that will bring you new professional opportunities.
Your profile should be complete and clean
So, should you fill it with anything that comes to your mind? No. Take your time to craft and filter the information in an appealing and convincing way. Nobody likes to read extremely long sentences or self-hailing novels. Busy people especially prefer “scannable” content.
That being said, take time to fill all relevant information inputs. So, you love puppies – doesn’t every normal person love them? Can that be of any importance to a potential employer or client? Think about how does that info make you stand out, what these say about your personality, and if they can be useful in a professional way. If so, you can post it in your Interests profile, and keep it at the bottom of your profile page (we’ll discuss layout further down).
Upload a professional looking photo
Unless your profession requires it, it doesn’t need to be a tux, but you shouldn’t really put photos of you making crazy faces, or with half-naked people on the beach, etc. Also, if you have a baby-face, you might consider placing a photo that doesn’t make you look like you entered from dad’s computer to play online. If you can’t find a decent photo, maybe you can use the one from your id or another document.
A text with lots of bugs is much harder to focus on, and it makes you look like you don’t care. While that attitude might give you pluses on Twitter and Facebook, on LinkedIn you have to show you care.
Images almost always make a page full of text easier to scan, and attract the eyes of the viewer. Quality images will help you bring more attention and stand out from the crowd, while showcasing your best work. If you don’t work with images, you might want to consider hiring a designer to help you visualize your work.
If you’ve worked with some of your connections and you believe they could recommend you, ask them for a recommendation. Nothing beats the recommendations.
Rearrange the info boxes layout for best fit
You might be more proud of your extracurricular activities than the place you work at or the schools you went to. If that’s the case, you can rearrange the boxes to first showcase what you think is more appealing to your target audience.
Constantly Tweak and Update
This goes for every product you put out there, and your social media profiles aren’t the exception. If you’re ie. a designer and just finished a project that’s way better than one at your profile, substitute it. Do so whenever you finish a great project, complete a course, earn new skills or have any job updates.
Bring attention to yourself without being excentric and annoying
There are several ways to bring attention to your LinkedIn profile without annoying the audience:
1. Cross-link it with your other online properties (eg. your home page, blog, Facebook, About.me or Google+ pages)
2. Join groups that suit your interests (or start one), and participate in group discussions offering your point of view, expertise or fresh ideas. Once again, don’t be a spammer. This can only be contra productive and you might even get banned.
2nd comment – LinkedIn spammers. Would you hire someone that sounds desperate?
3. Post relevant updates to your timeline or the groups and get the power of social media for professional promotion.
4. Start a LinkedIn ads campaign. LinkedIn offers highly targeted ad campaigns as well as sponsored updates. Explore and take advantage of the possibilities.
LinkedIn ads home page
5. Endorse your peers for skills you know they have. Whenever you do, you’ll appear in their mail and on their profiles.
All of these are tips I used, and my LinkedIn profile has been pretty effective to date. It has brought me several interesting opportunities and helped seize the deal for some, so whenever my friends ask me how to build an effective profile, I share these with them. Hope they will bring some cool opportunities to you too!