Propane grills can sear meat better than an electric grill and are easier and faster to start than a charcoal grill. The main considerations when choosing a propane grill are
Popular brands include Weber, Coleman, Char Boil, Ducane and Thermos. This article covers multi-burner full sized grills, not single-burner portable grills.
Propane Grill Price, Quality and Construction
Propane grills can cost a few hundred dollars for a basic model. Large 800 inch models can reach over a thousand dollars for well-known brands.
While all grills will cook, a premium brand grill is likely to
Propane Grill Size, Power and Cooking Effectiveness
The cooking area of propane grills range from 300 to over 800 square inches (in comparison, indoor electric grills seldom exceed 200).
The grills are rated by the number of burners (typically 2 to 6) and the BTUs (British Thermal Units) of heat generated per hour. An average rating is 12,000 BTUs per burner.
Some users have reported that more BTUs don't necessarily mean a hotter, more powerful grill. This is because the heating efficiency of the grill is also important. In any case, most grills will be hot enough for normal grilling (easily reaching 550 degrees Fahrenheit) so the BTU rating isn't significant.
More important is even heat distribution and the ability to hold a constant temperature. Premium brands have a good reputation for this.
Independently-controllable burners allows more cooking options such as indirect heating, and cooking on part of the grill while warming on another.
Propane Grill Features and Accessories
Propane grills typically have more add-ons and features compared to other grills. Useful features include
Some grills have front-mounted burner controls. These take up less space compared with top-mounted controls, but require awkward bending over to see clearly.
The Best Propane Grill
Propane grills are more expensive than other types of grills. This increases the temptation to go for a cheap brand. However the weight of the burners and grate means that solid construction is necessary for years of trouble-free operation.
This is one type of product where "you get what you pay for".…
Dublin native chef, Cathal Armstrong has brought innovation and passion into Old Town with his cuisine. Restaurant Eve is a family business that Armstrong started with his wife, and the restaurant is named after their first child. The restaurant has two different dining experiences, which are the bistro and the tasting room. Each offers their own menu and atmosphere in two separate rooms. The food is tantalizing yet still homey with such dishes as roasted belly of Korubuta pork and seafood chowder with shellfish, baguette croutons and aioli. For desert try the birthday cake which is delicious. The restaurant is expensive and dress attire is required.
110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; 703-706-0450; Restauranteve.com
Grape + Bean
Grape + Bean is located in a quaint row house on Royal Street. Grape + Bean is known as a wine and coffee stop with a lunch and dinner menu. Grape + Bean is the brain child of longtime Alexandria residents David Gwathmey and Sheera Rosenfeld. The goat cheese and onion jam on a toasted baguette is enticing, and if you are looking for a bigger meal, try the American Artisan Flatbread with shaved prosciutto. For desert have some coffee and ask for a sample of the chocolate coco nibs or skip the coffee and just have the nibs. The menu is limited but inexpensive. Check the Grape + Bean calendar for wine tastings and wine education classes.
118 South Royal Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; 703-664-0214; Grapeandbean.com
A la Lucia
This casual Italian eatery is full of rustic charm and offers homemade pastas, as well as brick oven pizzas. You can sit at the bar, one of the two dining areas or pick up your to go order. Several local favorites are house made lasagna and thin crust pizza gorgonzola or have a cannoli for dessert. The menu prices are moderate and the atmosphere is casual.
315 Madison Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; 703-836-5123; Alalucia.com
Fresh ingredients and premium frying take this chipper to the next level. Who needs fast food when you can have Eamonn’s fish and chips? The restaurant is owned by Chef Cathal Armstrong and Meshelle Armstrong who also own Restaurant Eve and The Majestic. People go there for the cod, but there are other different kinds of fish with a great selection of homemade dipping sauces. Don’t forget dessert, where there is a variety to choose from including fried bananas, dough balls and candy bars. Eamonn’s is an inexpensive place to have a perfectly fried meal.
728 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; 703-299-8384; Eamonnsdublinchipper.com
This restaurant boasts the talent of executive chef Tony Chittum and recently won the 2010 RAMW award for the best upscale casual restaurant. Located in a quaint row house with yellow trim, chef Chittum marries fabulous food with moderate prices. The pastas, sausages and scrapples are all made in house. Try the “brandade” crusted halibut or the beef striploin. Follow it up with the crispy ricotta fritters for dessert. On …
Little Tibet is a small, unassuming Toronto restaurant that used to be in Yorkville and is now on Queen Street West, a few blocks west of Bathurst. Although allegedly very popular in the evening and on weekends, the place is quiet at lunchtime on a weekday.
While Tibetan food is spicy in the sense that it is seasoned with ginger, garlic and spices from India, most of it is not hot. Not well known in North America, the cuisine is based on barley, dairy products, and meats such as lamb and yak. Staples such as rice are borrowed from neighbouring China; few vegetable crops grow at the high altitudes of Tibet.
Tibetan Herbal Tea, Tsampa, and Tenchung
Besides the de rigueur barley tea with yak's milk, there is a Tibetan Herbal Tea with the alluring description: "A blend of handpicked herbs from the Himalayan Mountains. Used by Tibetan healers." One regular patron claimed that the herbal tea is reminiscent of a new-mown field of hay. Along with several homemade sauces, the tea is available in packaged form to take home.
Several soups are available to start the meal. Tenchung is a "red lentil soup with roasted onion, garlic, herbs”—salty but not otherwise spiced. It is fine-grained and delicious. The less interesting Tsampa (named for one of Tibet’s staple dishes) is "roasted barley simmered in chicken broth with thinly sliced radishes and lean minced beef."
Meatless Items at Little Tibet
The Tibetan staff spends the off-moments of the lunch hour preparing a beautiful array of Momo (steamed barley flour dumplings) at the back of the room. One option is Cheese and Spinach Momo, an excellent plate to share; "marinated in roasted onion, ginger and oregano” and served with a green salad, the dumplings also come with a mild tomato relish or salsa for dipping.
Shogo Ngopa is similar to very thinly scalloped potatoes and it has only one fault—it is virtually impossible to eat with chopsticks. Bo Thuk Ngopa is a dish of “pan-fried egg noodles topped with salted mixed seasonal vegetables tossed in a light ginger and garlic sauce.” Tasty, but very mild.
Meats (Beef Sham-Dae), Desserts (Mindha), and Extras (More Momo)
Beef Sham-Dae is “Cinnamon spiced beef curry slow-cooked in ginger, garlic, onion, and seasoned with exotic Indian spices.” For meat-eaters, this is one of the more memorable among the main lunch dishes. It comes with a separate bowl of steamed rice. The beef is very tender and deeply flavoured by the sauce, which is exquisite.
An unusual …
Villa catering is the icing on the cake as far as villa vacations are concerned. Most people who discover the benefits of villa vacations don't go back to hotels and resorts unless they absolutely must. A further enticement is the option of villa catering, offered by villa rental services on their properties. Most villas have gourmet kitchens with all the accoutrements for preparing fabulous meals, but finding a willing cook while you revel in paradise can be a challenge.
Whether you plan your next vacation at a historic plantation villa in the Caribbean or a sumptuously modern home on a Hawaiian beachfront, dining is a priority. Some large estates offered for vacation rental have courteous staffs ready to attend to your every whim, others have a resident chef or gardener. Such grand estates are ideal for planning a vacation for your extended family or a group of families including all the children.
Catering can be a great solution for groups of any size. Honeymooners don't want to spend time cooking while they're in paradise. Large groups require massive amounts of food, so don't hesitate to inquire for villa catering services if your villa doesn't have a resident chef.
Villa Catering Is Not Only for Large Groups
Villa catering services are also available when you travel as a couple or as a single family. The idea of cooking ones own meals during a villa vacation sounds nice, but is often impractical, considering the amount of time necessary to buy and prepare the food you expect. Villa rental companies will arrange for a superior chef to prepare your meals at your villa, under your supervision, or for meals to be prepared and brought to you at the appropriate moments. Your villa vacation will offer countless precious moments to enjoy with your loved ones, and villa catering preserves many more for your memories.
Indoor electric barbecue grills make a lot of sense during cold weather and for apartment dwellers. Their convenience can tempt even hardcore charcoal grillers. Popular brands include Salton (George Foreman), Sanyo, DeLonghi, Hamilton Beach and Cuisinart.
Grill Size and Power: Watts, Temperature and Power Density
The grill needs to be hot enough to sear meat for that grilled taste and browned look, otherwise the feared "boiled meat" taste will result. Many manufacturers claim a maximum temperature of about 425 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Also important is the power density of the grill. A larger grill obviously needs more power. To compare grills, the power of the grill (Watts) should be divided by the area of the grill (square inches) to get the power density. For clamshell grills, the area of the top grill should be included in the calculation.
Power densities can range from 6 to 18 Watts per square inch.
Grills range in size from about 36 to 200 square inches. Depending on the type of food grilled, 30 to 50 inches is needed to cook for each person. For clamshell grills, some manufacturers report the cooking area to include both the top and bottom hot plates. Others don't.
Clamshell Double-Sided Contact or Press Grills
These are like panini sandwich makers. Heating elements at the top and bottom means
Features to look out for:
Removable plates are a major feature that should be considered.
Traditional Single-sided Grills
Single-sided electric grills try to simulate charcoal grills. A metal grate has electrical heating elements built into it. It is placed over a drip pan. A glass cover is sometimes provided to reduce splatter and shorten cooking times.
While less well known compared to the George Foreman clamshell grills, they are popular with people who like traditional grills and who don't like to squash their meat. There is even a George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor single-sided grill with a domed cover.
Some models have waterproof soakable grills for easy cleaning but most need to be wiped clean to avoid short-circuiting the heating element.
A raised rim is useful to prevent food from falling off.
Electric Grill Features
Popular features include
Mix 1 tablespoon orange juice, 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/4 cup original or low fat sour cream, 1/4 tablespoon honey OR 1/2 tablespoon applesauce. This is a tasty dressing for a lettuce and/or cucumber salad.
Indian Style Lentil Soup
Heat 1and 1/2 tablespoon oil in a soup kettle on medium high heat
Add 1 inch piece of ginger root and 3 cloves of garlic
Stir in vegetables of your choice. I like chopped carrots, potatoes, and a small amount of cabbage or spinach.
Add 1/2 cup lentils and 2 inch cinnamon sticks, cilantro, and 2 tablespoons of chickpea flour. Gradually add 4 cups of water.
Creamy Corn and Bean Soup
The original recipe called for mung beans. I was in a hurry, and I couldn't find mung beans at the store. I substituted garbanzo beans, and receiveved no complaints from my guests.
1.Simmer 1/2 cup canned garbanzo OR mung beans, 1 cup corn and 2 cups water together for fifteen minutes. Remember, if you use dried beans rinse, sort and soak following package instructions. Dried beans will also take quite a bit longer to cook.
2.Add more cups water, 1 teaspoon salt, 3/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice.
3. Serve in individual bowls and add a large dollop of original or low fat sour cream and garnish with watercress.…
EASY PIZZA DOUGH
HAM AND PINEAPPLE PIZZA
Spread prepared pizza base with pizza sauce. For kids, use ½ cup of tomato sauce. Drain a can of pineapple pieces. Chop a few ham steaks or four rashers of bacon, dice a red capsicum. Top the prepared pizza base with pineapple pieces, prepared ham, chopped red capsicum and 1 cup of grated cheese. Sprinkle toping with 1 teaspoon of mixed dried herbs of 1 teaspoon dried basil or oregano, then bake for 30-35 minutes or until crust is well browned and cheese is melted.
SALAMI AND OLIVE PIZZA
Place an 8oz (250g) jar of sun-dried tomatoes in oil in a food processor, add 1 teaspoon garlic and process to a spread. If necessary, add a little more oil. Spread over prepared pizza base, top with chopped salami of your choice, 1 cup of grated tasty or parmesan cheese, and scatter the top with black olives. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
CHILI BEEF PIZZA
Cook 7oz (200g) beef mince in oil, and then add ½ cup tomato pasta sauce and 1 teaspoon each of chili powder, dried coriander and cumin. Spread prepared pizza base with pizza sauce. Top with cooked mince and sprinkle with ½ cup of grated tasty cheese. Bake for 30-35 minutes, and then top with sour cream and avocado before serving.…