By Karon Liu Food Writer Tues., Oct. 30, 2018 A rabbi walks into a restaurant carrying a blowtorch. There’s no punchline, it’s literally part of Rabbi Mendel Brogna’s job. As the head mashgiach of the Kashruth Council of Canada, Brogna’s job is to supervise the kosher status of restaurants and catering venue to ensure that the food and cooking equipment is up to the standards of the kashrut, or Jewish dietary laws. Part of that involves kashering, which involves cleansing new or used cooking equipment, typically with the use of heat, to get rid of any traces of contamination from non-kosher foods or materials. Brogna keeps a giant blowtorch attached to a propane tank in the trunk of his car ready to heat up the inside of ovens as well as pots and pans. During Passover, the busiest time for mashgiachs, the blowtorch comes extra handy to incinerate any traces of leavened bread in a kitchen since that’s forbidden during the holiday. … [Read more...] about What does it take to make a restaurant kosher? (Hint: It’s intense)
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SINGAPORE: For the past week, Ms Janet Wong and her neighbours have been discussing the merits of switching electricity providers. This after the Energy Market Authority (EMA) on Sep 21 announced the nationwide roll-out of the Open Electricity Market, an initiative to fully liberalise the retail power market here.Simply put, buying electricity will soon be like choosing mobile phone plans. Instead of getting power solely from SP Group at the quarterly-reviewed regulated tariff, consumers will be able to sieve through price plans offered by as many as 12 approved retailers. “We are all very keen,” Ms Wong told Channel NewsAsia. “If it means savings for us, why not?” The roll-out to include 1.4 million consumers across the rest of Singapore is set for Nov 1 and will be done in batches according to postal codes. Households and business accounts with postal codes that begin from 58 to 78 will be the first, followed by the adjacent zone that has … [Read more...] about Singapore to open up retail electricity market from November: What it means for consumers
The final whistle blew at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, ending the electric six-goal FIFA World Cup final. France emerged victorious for the second time in history. Apart from the own goal committed by Croatia’s Mario Mandžukić, all French goals made during the match were scored by players of migrant heritage: Antoine Griezmann (German-Portuguese), Paul Pogba (Guinean) and Kylian Mbappé (Cameroonian-Algerian). The French team’s diverse roster is truly a testament of the immigrant communities’ colossal contribution to Europe’s place in the global soccer pantheon. More than 78 percent of the France squad come from migrant backgrounds, including the team’s captain Hugo Lloris who can trace his recent roots to Spain. Moreover, 12 out of Les Bleus’s 23 players can trace their ancestry to Africa — primarily in corners of the continent previously colonized by France. They include names like Mbappé, the first teenager … [Read more...] about What does France’s World Cup win mean for immigrants?
source Sorbis/Shutterstock.com Caffeine has a number of health effects on the body and brain. Depending on how you consume it, caffeine could improve memory, boost athletic performance, and be good for the heart. But too much of it may also cause irritation or anxiety. Many of us can’t start our day without a jolt of caffeine. Coffee and tea help people around the globe get through the day, helping us get work done, fueling social interactions, and occasionally offering a quick break from daily pressures. Various caffeinated drinks affect your health in different ways. Coffee itself seems to be associated with significant health benefits, including reduced cancer risk, improved liver function, and a lower risk for cognitive decline. But other caffeinated beverages like energy drinks have surprisingly high sugar levels, which may have negative health effects but. But caffeine itself can do a … [Read more...] about What caffeine does to your body and brain
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