Benefits of Drinking Coffee in the Evening

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Do you love drinking coffee? If you do, you are going to love it more when you learn about what it can do for you and your health. It’s no secret that a nice cup of coffee can instantly perk you up in the morning and put you in the right mood the whole day. But did you know that it can also have great benefits to your health?

Studies show that drinking coffee can lower the risk of certain diseases like diabetes, cirrhosis, and certain kinds of cancers. This is made possible by the compounds present in the coffee, the most known to help among which are antioxidants. Antioxidants also help in making your skin glow, and in consuming the right amount of coffee every day, you’ll look and feel healthier inside and outside.

Of course, apart from how it benefits you physically, the mere aroma of coffee can do wonders for you already. The smell of coffee in the morning is sometimes enough for me to wake me up and energize me, let alone drinking my favorite brewed coffee.

The aroma of the coffee has also been found by studies to calm people, so if you’ve been in a daze lately, smelling your cup of coffee before drinking it can relax you already.

It’s important to note however that there is a recommended amount of coffee to be consumed in a day. One to two cups of your favorite black coffee is enough to get you through the day, but be careful in adding too much sugar or milk to go easy on the calories. And while coffee can do a lot for you, too much of it cal have bad effects to.

Too much coffee in a day can dehydrate you and increase your blood pressure. So even if you love coffee as much as everyone else, it’s always to take everything in moderation.

Those trying to diet and lose weight may actually be hindered in their progress by their coffee consumption. If you want to avoid long term weight gain you should avoid caffeine. You might think in the short term that you can lose more weight by drinking more coffee each day.

This happens as a result of the diuretic effect of coffee, you’ll initially lose water but not fat. Caffeine increases stress hormones within your body that increase the risk of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar levels. You will likely feel hungry sooner than you should as a result of this hormone.

You also aren’t helping things by adding extra sugar to your coffee. In conclusion, research has shown that drinking some coffee may actually be good for your health. However, the same research also proves that drinking more than three cups of coffee per day may begin to increase the negative health risks that could arise.

Make sure you don’t attempt to drink more than this amount of coffee. Doing this lets you get the benefits of drinking coffee without the potentially harmful side effects of drinking too much coffee.

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Advantages Of A Package Tour

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Planning a holiday is a difficult task. A lot of things like money, flights, hotels and itinerary have to be kept in mind to make sure that you have a good and enjoyable trip. Booking a package tour is the best for people who want to have a memorable holiday with little stress. Such tours include a variety of services put together for a single trip. These packages can be booked for both long and short duration. Once you have found the right deal from a reputed tour operator, you can be sure that your trip will be well organized right from the beginning till the end.

Package tour offers a lot of advantages to the customer as well as the tour operator. Some of the benefits for customers include:

– Pocket Friendly– The biggest advantage that package tour offers is that it saves money.Travel agencies buy their package deals in bulk which costs them less. They then offer these deals to consumers at a lower and more competitive rate than individual bookings. These packages usually come with meals, transportation, sight-seeing and other facilities, which reduce a lot of uncertainties about the additional costs during the trip. For instance, if you have pre-booked and paid cabs, you need not worry about any extra cost.

– Saves time– Booking a package tour not only saves money but also time. You don’t have to sit for hours to find flights and hotels and call them individually to enquire and make bookings. The tour operator or the travel agency deals with everything and in your budget.

– Peace of Mind– When you book a package tour, you buy peace of mind. There is no headache to find about places to visit, book a cab and think about where to eat. You only have to pay the money and everything will be arranged for by the tour operator. There is also a lack of responsibility on your part. For instance, if a flight is delayed or you miss a connecting flight, the responsibility lies on the tour operator to alternate flight. In case anything goes wrong with the bookings, you can sit back and relax till things are fixed.

– Quality Services– By booking an all-inclusive package tour you enjoy best facilities throughout the trip. Travel agencies and tour operators spend a lot of time in assessing all the aspects of a package tour to deliver high standard services to its customers. They choose best hotels and cover most frequented areas of a particular place for customers to visit.

A package tour ensures safe travelling for its users. They plan your complete holiday so that you can enjoy with a free mind

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Kibuka Falls – Adventure Into One of Kenya’s Hidden Allures

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When people hear of Kenya, they think of lions and elephants and the wildebeest migration. Then they think of the Maasai, the sunny beaches and Mt. Kenya. After that they can think of whatever the media has made them believe to be great about Kenya, but few, if any, have had the pleasure of knowing about, let alone visiting the hidden wonder called Kibuka Falls. From what I learnt from a hydro-mechanical engineer, one of the basic elements about water is that it always finds it level.

The Chinese, with their unending philosophies about nature have found a clever way of expressing this, by stating that even though water is soft, it overcomes any barrier not by fighting it but by going over it. The Latin phrase gutta cavat lapidem non vi sed saepe cadendo translates to “a drop makes a hole into a rock, not by force but by constant falling”. These are some of water’s great yet simple attributes, but beyond these there is the issue of cohesive forces and gravitational flow that dictates the flow of water, and here is where my interest lies. This is because Kibuka Falls is one of the places where you will be treated to a natural spectacle of water flowing from almost opposite sides, and then merging and flowing as one.

I remember very well the evening when I was told that I should travel to Kibuka Falls and document it, but as is man’s usual habit, having not heard of it before, and because it is in a very remote area with zero communication network, I gave the issue little thought and digressed to other matters. But the man pressed onto his point, and when I realized how serious he was, I decided to give it a try, and try I did – what I saw, especially that it was during the rainy season left me immersed in wonder and immeasurable pleasure. I will now try to explain the sight, though I certainly deplore my inability to describe it: before draining into River Tana, most of the rivers flowing from Mt. Kenya converge at Kibuka Falls, with multiple waterfalls draining in simultaneously from various directions, the most preeminent stretch bearing over five channels of varying size and volume. The Congo River, which is the deepest and second longest in Africa is also among the most difficult to navigate, most remarkably along the rapids at Inga, but even the difficult navigation at these rapids falls short of that posed by the rocks at Kibuka Falls.

Unlike the conventional tourist attractions of wildlife and mountains which can well be found in many areas, this magnificent river formation bears two waterfalls on almost directly opposite sides, which is in itself an unparalleled fascination, roughly defying the laws of science from a far-off look, but upon closer inspection you find that entropy is very much at play here. The water flows on two levels, at the top of the valley and at the bottom after it has cascaded a perilous bed of rocks, of course by following the path of least resistance. Accessing the water at the top is easy since it is at the same level with the road, but to get to the bottom of the valley you should be prepared to descend an almost endless array of jagged rocks similar to those marking the water’s course, upon which great bodily balance is necessary to make any progress.

Most of our team members, having had enough of accelerated palpitations developed cold feet, but the rest, courting the outrageous and motivated by challenge, advanced on all fours up to a point where our bodies, by impulsive decisiveness refused to move, even though we wanted to get closer to the deafening tumult of abrasion and attrition below the rock which we had so fearfully clambered. With the spray of water droplets reaching me up from twenty feet below, I was within inches of the edge of the precipice when with trembling hands I took only one photo and made my way back, not by turning around but by retreating in a backward manner.

There have been investment talks about the installation of cable cars in the hills surrounding the area, which is a clear indication of the huge tourism potential of this area that is yet to be discovered. It could be that the place has remained unexploited due to its remoteness, but as is with new horizons begetting new frontiers, this is about to change.

Kibuka Falls is an amazing sight to the painter, a fascinating reality to the poet and an enchantment to the free-spirited individual, and one looking for an unusual adventure or family getaway might consider giving it a try. It is reached after extensive travel through ‘stone country’, a natural seamless blend of rock and shrub, comparing almost directly to the artificially established Zen gardens of Japan.

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HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY FROM MAX’S RESTAURANT!

According to Time Magazine the Fourth of July is the biggest hot dog holiday of the year. A reported 155 million hot dogs are consumed by Americans on this holiday.

If you’re looking for a great place to celebrate your Independence this year you’ve come to the right place! Celebrate this Fourth of July at one of the most family friendly restaurants in Santa Barbara. We love celebrating special occasions with our guests!

Max’s Restaurant and Cucina is a locally owned family friendly restaurant. We’ve been operating in the Santa Barbara area for over 30 years. We understand the importance of having a great meal in a welcoming environment.

We offer the very best food, fun, and entertainment. We even have weekly events including a family friendly comedy show on Saturday nights. Come for the show, stay for dinner. For more information on our weekly events, visit our events page.

We are a full service restaurant serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Breakfast is served 7 days a week from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. We offer some of the best dining in Santa Barbara.  We also offer the best Santa Barbara Brunchin town!  Start your day off the right way with breakfast at Max’s Restaurant and Cucina.

NOTE: WE ARE NOT OPEN FOR DINNER ON 4th of JULY  (BUT WE ARE OPEN FOR BRUNCH!)

Not an early riser? No worries. You can have brunch, lunch, or dinner with us instead. Our lunch and dinner menushave a variety of delicious offerings including freshly prepared Italian food and homemade pastas. Dinner is served Wednesday through Saturday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.  We have something to please every taste bud!

Some of our menu specialty options include our famous full stack of three pancakes for breakfast that are sure to please. Customers also love our Solstice Melt which has gotten rave reviews.

We offer a family friendly atmosphere including weekly events such as our Saturday night comedy shows. Come early for dinner and then stay for the Family friendly comedy show every Saturday starting at 7pm. Door open at 6 pm. Comedy Show Admission is 20.00 per person.  Headliners this week are Tom Clark and Brent Pella !  Buy tickets here.

Want a free pasta dish?  Join our eClub online to get special discounts and coupons, and a free pasta dish. We love to keep in contact with customers and to provide updates on Max’s specials and events. Simply enter your email on our web site homepage.

We look forward to seeing you this Fourth of July so that we can help you and yours to declare your Independence from ordinary dining!

For Reservations or more information about Max’s call: 805-898-9121 or visit us online at: www.maxsrestaurantsb.com

Max’s Restaurant is located at:  3514 State Street Santa Barbara, California (In the upper State St. area.)

About Max’s Restaurant & Cucina: Max’s Restaurant is located at 3514 State Street, Santa Barbara, in the Upper State St. area. The Santa Barbara family restaurant serves breakfast and lunch 7 days a week from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Fine Italian cuisine and home-made Italian pasta are served Tuesday through Saturday evenings, from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. Visit the website at http://www.maxsrestaurantsb.com for complete menu selections. “Like” the Facebook page for news on upcoming dinner specials. Call 805-898-9121 to make reservations.

WE HEARD YOU AND DINNER IS BACK!

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At Cody’s Cafe, we take pride in being “the locals’ favorite” for classic diner-style meals in Santa Barbara. We love that our customers keep coming back for their favorite American comfort foods.  Providing a family friendly space where you can enjoy a hearty meal, and spend quality time with the ones you love is what we’re all about at Cody’s Cafe.

Sometimes we forget just how much we fit into the daily ebb and flow of life in Santa Barbara. A short time ago, we made a hastily considered choice to stop serving our dinner menu – and boy did you let us know about that! Our social media lit up with friends and customers reminding us of what we mean to them, and asking us to please reconsider.

Well, we listened, and that’s why we’ll be back serving dinner beginning July 18. Once again you’ll be able to count on Cody’s for an affordable selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner options that you can enjoy in our main dining room, bar, event room or dog-friendly patio. You’ll be able to enjoy our high definition TVs, local brews and signature drinks alone, with your family, or as part of a romantic evening for two.

We’ll still be serving the same fresh, high quality food at an affordable price with the friendliest staff in town that you have come to love and expect at our Santa Barbara family restaurant. From daily and seasonal specials, to our extensive food and drink menu, we’ll be sure that we have something to keep everybody happy and coming back for more! We have a wide variety local wines and craft beers on tap.  Please note that we’ve discontinued our specialty cocktail options and will no longer serve hard alcohol.

We’re glad you like our dinner options, but don’t forget that Cody’s is one of the most popular breakfast restaurants in Santa Barbaratoo. On the weekends, we still offer our signature brunch that’s perfect for a family get-together or entertaining out-of-town guests. Our lunch menu is always designed to please, and our private event room seats up to 45 people – perfect for family celebrations or corporate meetings.

Lastly, it’s heart warming to know that our customers value what we do so much that they are willing to take the time to tell us with such a passion! Thank you for being such loyal customers to Cody’s Café. We look forward to meeting your breakfast, lunch and dinner needs at our restaurant for many years to come.

About Cody’s Cafe: Cody’s Café is a classic American family restaurant located at 4898 Hollister Avenue in Santa Barbara. Cody’s is proud recipient of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2016. Visit our website at https://www.codyscafesb.com for a full listing of our mouth-watering fresh menu items. “Like” us on Facebook for specials, food info, and local tidbits. Don’t forget to join our Cody’s Café VIP Text Club to receive special offers and discounts. Text CODYS to 51660 and receive a free beverage. Call 805-683-5141 to make your Santa Barbara dinner reservations today!

Summer Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley

Summer Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley

Wow, it seems like summer just started and it’s already time to think about going back to school. Have no fear – there is still plenty of summer fun here in the Santa Ynez Valley! Our towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang will make the last days of summer the best. There is so much to do that you just might want to schedule a weekend getaway in Santa Ynez this August. With wine tasting, summer outdoor activities, and plenty of fun family options, we’re here to help you get the most out of your summer.

Head out to the Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard in Los Olivos on Friday and Saturday, August 18 and 19 to celebrate the birthday weekend of Fess Parker with wine and fun.

Santa Ynez Summer Vacation

2017 Revisiting Vintage 2009 Tasting Event: This year guests will taste wines from a single fantastic vintage, 2009 including Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir, Clone 115 Pinot Noir, Pommard Clone Pinot Noir, Rodney’s Vineyard Syrah and Crockett.  Tickets are $50 for Wine Club members, and $75 for a limited number of Wine Club member guests.

Movie Night – “Davy Crockett – King of the Wild Frontier”: Settle in for the evening on the lawn and under the stars! Food and wine will be available to purchase. The evening starts with music by Drive-In Romeos playing their rocking rhythm and blues. Tickets are $20 per person, and $10 for kids 12 and under.  All ticket sale profits will be donated to Old Yeller Ranch Rescue, a 501c3 dedicated to rescuing dogs that have run out of shelter time.

Santa Ynez Summer Vacation

Don’t Forget! August is the last month for wine tasting using the Summer Pass from the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association. Enjoy 14 samples at various tasting rooms throughout the Santa Ynez Valley for just $45, through August 31, 2017.

Mark your calendar for these August events in Santa Ynez Valley:

Here are some last-minute summer fun activities you and your family can enjoy during your Augustvacation to Santa Ynez Valley:

  • Solvang Third Wednesday: August 16. Solvang sponsors a special celebration to walk, shop, wine and dine. Enjoy wine and beer tasting, special discounts at local merchants, a farmers market, 3-course meal deals at local restaurants, music in the park and more.
  • Solvang Festival Theater: “Newsies The Musical” runs from ThuSanta Ynez Summer Vacationrsday, July 27 through Sunday, August 20. The Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon tells the story of a band of underdogs who take on the most powerful names in New York in a fight for what’s right. “Twelfth Night” runs from Thursday, August 24 through Sunday, September 10. Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, Shakespeare’s laugh-filled play combines low pranks with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with sublime poetry and exquisite songs.
  • Bobby Brown and Tony, Toni Tone Live on Stage: Friday, August 25, 2017, 8:00 p.m. at Chumash Casino Resort. Tickets are $55, $65, and $75.
  • In the Vineyard & On the Farm: Saturday, August 5, 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe’s local farm. Dine with the winemaker, chef, and farmer at this annual farm-to-table event. The afternoon begins with passed hors d’oeuvres on the lawn. Guests can take tours to learn more about the organic vineyard and Cafe Farm. Chef Chris Joslyn will prepare a three-course dinner from freshly picked Cafe Farm produce and a main course with meat from a local ranch. Tickets are $125 per person, including tax and gratuity for this not-for-profit fundraising event for the Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Community. Tickets sell out each year, so make reservations now.
  • Cachuma Lake Summer Wildlife Cruises: Through October. Friday, 3-5 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-Noon & 3-5 PM; Sunday, 10 AM-Noon. Park Naturalists guide you on a 2-hour lake cruise aboard a 30-passenger pontoon boat. Cachuma Lake is a thriving habitat for a great variety of wildlife, birds, fish, trees, and plants. In summer, wildflowers spangle the hills, resident birds can be seen displaying and building nests, and fawns appear with does. Adults $15, Kids $10 – ages 5-12, no children under 5.Santa Ynez Summer Vacation
  • 13th Annual Wheels ‘n Windmills Car Show: August 26, 2017. Car enthusiasts will love this local charity vintage car show. A new GM Performance Parts V8 engine will be raffled off during the Car Show Awards Ceremony.
  • Movies in the ParkFree family entertainment. The fun begins at 7:30; movies begin at dark. Popcorn and hot chocolate for sale, $1 each. August 4 – Star Wars: Rogue One and August 18 – The Jungle Book at Solvang Park. August 11 – Mary Poppins at Buellton Oak Park.
  • Free Live Concerts in Solvang ParkConcerts run from 5-8 p.m., and include edible treats for purchase. August 2, T-Bone Ramblers (Classic Rock), August 9, David Yarnell (Country/Easy Listening), August 11 (Friday), LiveWire (Classic Rock), and August 16, Cuesta Ridge (Progressive Bluegrass) – this is also a Solvang 3rd Wednesday evening.
  • Music Under the Stars: Recurring event on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at The Vineyard House on Sagunto Street in Santa Ynez. Reservations suggested! August 2 Steve Ochoa Trio, August 9 Off The Grid Unplugged, August 16 Wine Country Jazz, August 23 T-Bone Ramblers and August 30 Steve Ochoa Trio.

IT’S COMING!!! The countdown is on for our annual celebration of Danish Days from September 15-17. Overall admission is free, but individual events require tickets: Saturday and/or Sunday morning Æbleskiver Breakfasts, and the “Dane For A Day” VIP Package. Get your tickets now, while they last!

Come Visit Santa Ynez Valley in August! 

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