Tuned to taste

first_imgLook at the change in our eating habits over the past 15 years. It’s all due to outside influences,” says Nellie Nichols, sandwich consultant.The European Sandwich and Snacks show, which took place recently in Paris, was a showcase for many of those changes, revealed in everything from ingredients to packaging.While you don’t have to be a genius to see how sandwich fillings have changed, a company called Genius has certainly pioneered new combinations that have found favour with popular UK sandwich supplier Pret A Manger, for example.Based in Parma, Italy, Genius supplies mouthwatering, soft, chewy, colourful vegetables that add brightness, texture and ’health’ to a sandwich. Courgettes, aubergines, sun-dried tomatoes – the list, like the display, was long. The vegetables are authentic, Italian and fresh. Most are then dried or grilled and supplied pasteurised, sterilised or chilled. They looked appetising in their dishes – even without a sandwich bread in sight.PackagingColpac of Flitwick, Milton Keynes, was responding to questions in a number of languages. Its stand showed just about every type of packaging for any shape carrier imaginable. “Do you have microwaveable packaging?” I asked. “Yes,” said Frank Mills, sales and marketing director. “And biodegradable?” “Yes, just here.” “What about packaging for filled tortillas?” “No problem” was the reply.Colpac can design and provide almost any sandwich packaging and if you happen to have a strong independent streak, they can sell you the machinery and you can make your own. So how was the show going for them? “It’s going incredibly well,” said Mills. “Not everyone places orders at the show but many get in touch afterwards when they have had time to discuss what they have seen.”ViennoiserieIn the UK, we have seen mini muffins and diddy doughnuts, but bite-size has always been bigger on the Continent, where there is the habit of stopping for an espresso and a little something that just pops into the mouth. Vandemoortele of Hounslow’s pre-baked pastries are too small to pile on the calories, but these little indulgences are almost impossible to refuse. A mere mouthful, a little encouragement from the sales assistant and, before you know it, it’s on the plate or in the mini bag.Le SandwichRoberts Bakery of Northwich, Cheshire, was at the show to uphold the famous British phenomenon of sliced and wrapped, which gave its name to Le Sandwich. The firm has been exporting sandwich bread as far as Japan. John Jump, national accounts manager for Roberts, noted that the timing of the show clashed with the Convenience Retailing Show back in the UK, but Roberts’ bread is almost synonymous with Le Sandwich in many parts of France and beyond, having, as one Frenchman told me, “just the right crumb and just the right crust”.Say ’cheese’Leerdammer’s cheese symbol is the laughing cow and Bel Foodservice of Paris must have laughed all the way to the bank if the crowd around its stand were all customers. Many were tempted by the small sizes – so convenient for making rolls and sandwiches or for customers to pop into a lunch box. There were mini-bels and baby bels; cheese for ease in strips, rounds and squares; or cheese as you please for big sandwich runs. nlast_img read more

Daphne’s Dive Stars Vanessa Aspillaga & Daphne Rubin-Vega on Sisterhood, Diversity and Turning into Benny from Rent

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 12, 2016 Q: What do you love most about this play?DAPHNE: Quiara has such a strong voice, and the play deals with so many relationships: sisters who have taken different paths, a mother and daughter [Samira Wiley of Orange Is the New Black], a daughter trying to make her way in the world. It’s poetry.VANESSA: The play spans 18 years, and you get to see the changing dynamics between these people who have laughed and cried and mourned together. Time shifts, and you pick up how things have changed since the previous scene.DAPHNE: It’s like jazz. What is left out is as powerful as what is said. Q: As Inez, Daphne wears a spectacular lineup of wigs and costumes. Are you jealous, Vanessa?VANESSA: I love her clothes in the show! She’s fabulous.DAPHNE: I’m very bourgeois. I love playing the wife of a guy who rents things out. At one point, my husband says, “Have Inez show you some apartments,” and it tickles me to death. It’s my little “in” joke with Quiara: I’ve turned into Benny from Rent.Q: Speaking of Rent, does it feel like 20 years have gone by since the show’s debut?DAPHNE: Yes and no. Rent has been a big part of the fabric of my life. Not a day passes without it being brought up. Adam [Pascal] and I are doing a show [on June 3 at Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ], and when we rehearse the songs, the way they just come back—it’s like, holy moly!Q: Rent was praised for diversity in casting, and now people are saying the same thing about Hamilton. Has that issue gotten better in the past two decades?VANESSA: There are changes, but they’ve been a little slow, in my estimation. One of the problems since the early ‘90s has been [scripts] written by Latino writers where everyone except the bastard and the whore is played by Anglo actors—plays like Death and the Maiden and films like The House of the Spirits. The reverse doesn’t happen, although funnily enough, my first job as an actress was in an Anthony Minghella film, Mr. Wonderful, and I was supposed to be Italian.Q: Daphne has broken barriers by playing Fantine in Les Miz and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway. DAPHNE: I make it my life’s work to do that. People ask me, “Why do you choose these political roles?” They become political by dint of the fact that the person playing them looks like me. It’s been a slow advancement, but we are creating our own stories now. We have no choice.VANESSA Daphne and Quiara are working on a musical together!DAPHNE: It’s called Miss You Like Hell and it’s being developed at La Jolla. [Performances begin October 25.] It’s about an undocumented mother and her estranged daughter reuniting for a week to ride across the country before the mom’s deportation trial. Quiara is such a powerful writer, I would follow her anywhere.Q: Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger selves?VANESSA: A couple of things: I would say love yourself. You are thin enough. You are beautiful.DAPHNE: Believe in yourself. Confidence, infused with the truth, is a very powerful asset.VANESSA: I channeled all my energies into my acting [in the past]. I took a lot of chances on stage, but in life, I tended to be more closed off and hermitic. I would say to my young self, go out with people! Call that cute guy who gave you his number. It’s OK!DAPHNE: The biggest mistakes I made were when I tried to be like someone else. My strength was in being myself. I got traumatized after a record deal fell by the wayside, but I just kept going. The world was my teacher, and it helped me become an actor that I’m proud of being. I’m still alive and kicking! View Comments Sisterhood is powerful in Daphne’s Dive, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes. In the title role, Vanessa Aspillaga runs a neighborhood bar in North Philadelphia where an array of colorful characters makes themselves at home. Her older sister, Inez, played by two-time Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega, has escaped to the upscale Main Line thanks to her marriage to a rising power broker with roots in the Puerto Rican community. Thomas Kail’s production for Signature Theatre gives full voice to Hudes’ strivers, with Aspillaga and Rubin-Vega sharing a lively onstage chemistry first seen in the 2003 Broadway production of Anna in the Tropics. During an afternoon chat at the Theater District dive bar Rudy’s, the ladies sipped soft drinks and shared their thoughts about diversity in casting, the 20th anniversary of Rent and what they’d tell their younger selves.Q: We’re sitting in a booth at Rudy’s, and Vanessa plays a bartender in Daphne’s Dive. What’s your drink of choice?VANESSA: I don’t drink alcohol now, although I used to come to Rudy’s with Sam Rockwell and actors from Labyrinth [Theater Company]. You got free hot dogs with your drinks! When I imbibed, I liked a very dirty martini with olives stuffed with blue cheese. It was like a meal.DAPHNE: I don’t drink either. I used to love wine, and tequila was always fantastic, but those days are over. Just going to the bathroom here took me back—it’s almost like CBGB.Q: The last time you two shared a stage, you were in a Pulitzer Prize-winning play on Broadway. It must feel like a gift to be reunited as sisters. DAPHNE: That’s exactly what Tommy Kail said.VANESSA: I’ve actually known Daphne since I was 19, in the early days of Labyrinth.DAPHNE: The early ‘90s. She was the little one—Yul [Vasquez’s] niece.center_img Daphne’s Dive Daphne Rubin-Vega & Vanessa Aspillaga photographed at Rudy’s Bar & Grill(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Related Showslast_img read more

Sex, millennials and credit unions

first_imgby: Darren OReillyThat’s three words I never thought I’d write my first blog post on. And no this isn’t a sex advice blog so keep your mind out of the gutter! You may be wondering why I’m talking about sex and credit unions. Well, the more I try to figure out why my peers don’t understand credit unions I’ve come to an unusual conclusion that it’s just like learning about sex without the experience.Raise your hands if your parents had ‘the talk’ with you. No, not that talk! Research has shown that most parents are more comfortable having the “birds and the bees” talk than any conversation related to money. The talk about money can be just as uncomfortable for parents as the sex talk – but it’s just as necessary.The ‘birds and the bees’ provides the basic knowledge of sex but doesn’t delve into the nitty gritty and mechanics of intercourse (Thankfully). It is only through experience and talking with their peers that young adults learn more about this topic. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Aduriz leads Bilbao to 4-0 Super Cup win over Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona’s hopes of claiming a record-equalling six trophies in 2015 look to be in tatters after they were thrashed 4-0 by brilliant Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa, with Aritz Aduriz netting a hat-trick.Barca made it four trophies out of four on Tuesday night when they beat Sevilla 5-4 after extra-time to win a thrilling Uefa Super Cup, but they were brought crashing back to earth in stunning style at San Mamés.Mikel San José’s breathtaking goal from inside the centre circle gave Athletic a half-time lead and then Aduriz scored three times in 15 second-half minutes to all but settle the Supercopa ahead of Monday’s return leg at the Nou Camp.Perhaps concerned about fatigue following his side’s midweek efforts in Tbilisi, Barça boss Luis Enrique made five changes to his starting line-up at San Mamés with Pedro – the Manchester United transfer target who scored the Super Cup winner after coming off the bench – one of those being drafted in.However, it was the Athletic defender San José who stole all of the attention in the first half with a brilliant 50-yard strike to put the Basque side, who lost 3-1 to Barça in May’s Copa del Rey final, ahead. The Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen came out of his area to meet a long punt forward by his opposite number, Gorka Iraizoz, but the German’s header went straight to San José who, from near the halfway line, brought the ball down before smashing his shot over Ter Stegen and into an empty net.That was enough to give the hosts the lead at the break, although they were also indebted to a brilliant one-handed save from Iraizoz on the stroke of half-time to keep out Lionel Messi’s free-kick as it curled towards the top corner.Barça, again without Neymar because of illness, picked up where they left off after half-time with Pedro smashing a shot against the crossbar in the 50th minute, before Messi drew another fine stop out of Iraizoz moments later.With his side on top, Enrique went for the jugular by sending on Andrés Iniesta for Rafinha, but the Spain star had been on the pitch barely 60 seconds when Athletic made it 2-0. Sabin Merino sent in a cross from the left and Aduriz climbed above Javier Mascherano to send a thumping header into the roof of the net.Enrique responded by replacing Sergi Roberto with Ivan Rakitic, but the Croatia schemer could not stem the tide and Aduriz added his second in the 62nd minute when he controlled a pass from Markel Susaeta on his chest before swivelling to send a right-footed shot past Ter Stegen. That made it 3-0 but Athletic were not done yet and Aduriz completed his hat-trick in the 68th minute from the penalty spot after Dani Alves had been penalised from climbing on San José inside the box.That consigned Barca to their joint-heaviest defeat in over a decade and has left them needing a miracle to keep alive their chances of matching the record-breaking sextet of trophies won by Pep Guardiola’s side in 2009. “We lost, but nothing is over yet,” Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano said. “We still have a game at home, and we have won many games by a big score, although it will be difficult.”–last_img read more