Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Restaurants to Try at Punta Cana Resorts in the Dominican Republic

Punta Cana is one of the most popular vacation spots in the Dominican Republic. The area has a number of resorts with interesting restaurants that provide a wide range of dishes.

You are sure to find something to suit your tastes if you prefer to stick with something familiar. However if you are willing to explore, you will not be disappointed by all the choices you have for dishes in resorts in this Caribbean island.

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These are a few of the restaurants in Punta Cana:
1. La Yola, which serves grilled fish and other seafood prepared in a Mediterranean style
2. Playa Blanca, a good place to have cocktails at lunch or dinner
3. El Grill, a source of American style grilled meats
4. La Cana, where you can pick whatever you want for breakfast from a buffet

Most restaurants in Punta Cana use locally sourced seafood and prime rib in all their dishes, to ensure freshness and quality. Dining is generally casual and friendly.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Top Gift Ideas for Photography Enthusiasts and Photo Business Owners

These top gift ideas for photographers will help you to choose a tool that a photo enthusiast in your life will appreciate. If someone you know is considering turning their hobby into a means of earning extra income, these ideas will help you find a gadget that can help them to achieve their dream.

Apart from cameras, there are several devices that can help a photographer earn money from their work. They can also offer related services to people who have other documents that they need help with.

Wireless Printers
Wireless printers are convenient to use. They make it possible to feel and be more organized and are more convenient to use than wired printing devices. There are several good brands which are preferred by consumers who are looking for these peripheral devices.

The Epson Wireless All-In-One inkjet printer is suitable for the woman or man who needs to do a bit of extra printing and earn money. It is a scanner, printer and copier. It prints pictures and graphics quickly, so jobs get done in less time.

Since it is wireless, it’s possible to print images from a smart phone or tablet anywhere. This device supports Google Cloud Print. It comes with a 2.5 inch LCD.

Roll laminator kit
Roll laminator kit-via Wikimedia, CCA 3.0
People in certain professions laminate materials often. They usually have a lamination machine available at work for their purposes. However, people who need lamination done on occasion for personal reasons usually look to a copy shop or a photographer. People who are looking to earn extra money can offer this service in their community.

A Fellowes Saturn Laminator is one of the devices in this category that performs well whether you need a laminator for personal use or want to earn money from it. It can laminate business documents, school projects, photos that a hobbyist alters using photo editing software and children’s school certificates.

How to Become a Professional Wine Taster- Sommelier Courses and Certification

If you want to become a professional wine taster or work as a wine steward in a restaurant, you will need to have some sort of formal training. Most wine tasters usually learn from people who have decades of experience. Their teachers may have tasted wine at events held in many different locations across the world.

There are usually beginner's courses that are just for people who want to learn the basics or just want to find out whether this type of consultancy would be right for them. Some people do wine courses when they want to learn more about what is available and be able to better decide what they like. These introductory sommelier's courses usually last just a few days and result in a basic certificate.
Man examining a glass of red wine, wearing an early chaperon
Man examining a glass of red wine, wearing an early chaperon-via Wikimedia, PD
People who consider themselves experts can also add to their skills at blind tasting events that are held specifically for individuals who have years of experience with wine tasting or work as wine consultants. At sommelier schools such as this, you will typically find a lecture room, bespoke tasting bench and other facilities that enhance learning. Master diplomas will usually take between six months and two years.
Beginner’s course in wine tasting usually cover but are not limited to the following:
  • An introduction to basic wine tasting techniques
  • Information on the world's leading grape varieties
  • Styles of the major wine producing countries
  • What sommeliers can expect with various types of wine
  • Qualities to look for in a good wine
  • How to describe a glass of wine
  • Which dishes to serve with particular types of wine
Some courses charge students for each bottle of wine that is tasted. For example, if you are doing a course that requires you to taste 40 bottles of wine, you may be charged between $7 and $60 for each bottle that you taste.
Certified Wine Professionals (CWP) in the United States are usually accredited by the Culinary Institute of America. People who do the wine certification exam must do a practical section and a theory paper.
To enter the 30 week course at the Culinary Institute of America, you must have a bachelor's degree. People with extensive experience working in wine shops and restaurants may do short courses to complement their extensive experience instead of doing year long courses. They may also skip training and do an independent exam such as the CWP to validate their expertise.