Pho is a famous Vietnamese broth well flavored and therapeutic, made with roasted bones.
Soup was first recorded in the early 1900s, when Vietnam was a French colony. Some say’ Pho’ comes from the French pot-au-feu, while others think they were Chinese sellers shouting’ meat and noodles’, elongating the word,’ phan’, which sounded like Pho. Ultimately, it is about the depth of the bouillon‘s flavor, adorned with lots of fresh sweets.
Ingredients of a Pho
300 g ginger
2 kg of beef bones
A cinnamon stick
6 stars of Anise
2 lemon grass sticks
4 tablespoons low-salt soy sauce
2 tablespoons fish sauce
600 g of thick rice noodles (8mm)
A handful of fresh mint (30g)
A handful of fresh cilantro (30g)
4 Chinese onions
1 or 2 fresh red chilies
300 g of bean sprouts
600 g of skirt steak
Hot chili sauce
4 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon cane sugar
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas.
Crush and slice the ginger. Add in a large casserole dish with veal bones, cinnamon, cloves and aniseed stars.
Sprinkle with sesame oil and roast for 2 hours, then transfer the frying pan to the plate over medium heat and cover the bones with 3.5 litres of water.
Crush the lemon and add together with soybeans and fish sauces. Then simmer for 2 hours. Skim any fat off the surface and discard (if you make the broth in advance and let it cool, the fat will solidify on top and be super-easy to remove).
To make garlic in brine, just peel and finely cut the garlic and put it on a small plate with sugar and a good pinch of sea salt. Add a couple of splashes of boiling water from the teapot, followed by vinegar.
Cook rice noodles according to package directions and divide into 6 bowls.
Choose the leaves of mint and cilantro, cut the Chinese onion, peel the onion and cut them finely with the chiles. Cut the files into pieces. Place it all in a large bowl with the bean sprouts and take it to the table with the noodle dishes.
Place a skillet over high heat and, once hot, season steak with peanut oil, turning every minute for 6 to 8 minutes, or until half raw (depending on the thickness of your steak). If you prefer it half raw, when pouring the hot broth over it you will cook it gently, if desired.
Remove the meat on a board, then cut finely and bring to the table with the broth pan.
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Fed up with the overrated atmosphere of Coachella, the plastic pints of the Huma Festival and the shitty weather at Rock en Seine? Read on and discover DJ Valentin Rialland‘s top 10 music festivals with exceptional scenery accross the world.
Electronic Dunes (Tunisia)
Organized by Panda Event, the Festival of Electronic Dunes takes place from February 21 to 24 in the sets that had been used for the shooting of Star Wars, in the middle of the Sahara. Valentin Rialland is part of the lucky ones to dance in the streets of Mos Espa, a city on the planet Tatooine where Anakin spent his childhood in the saga of Georges Lucas.
Berlin Festival (Germany)
The third largest building in the world, Tempelhof Airport was steeped in history as it was built under the Third Reich. After its closure in 2008, the Berlin Festival decided to move there to give it a new life. Today, he welcomes Blur, Pet Shop Boys, Sigur Ros, Sweden, Björk or The Killers.
Boom Festival (Portugal)
Dedicated primarily to the psychedelic trance, but also to many other forms of electronic music, the Boom Festival is held every two years during the full moon of August in Idanha-a-Nova in Portugal. According to Valentin Rialland is best known for his completely surreal scenery made of tipis and wooden huts.
Burning Man Festival (United States)
Dedicated to all forms of artistic expression, including electronic music, the Burning Man Festival is perhaps one of the most impressive events in the world. Organized in the middle of the Black Rock desert in Nevada the last week of August, he sees each year build and deconstruct a whole nomadic city called Black Rock City. Valentin Rialland says at the end of this week of open dance, the organizers burn a giant of wood.
Iceland Airwaves (Iceland)
Temple of indie quality music, Iceland could not fail to have its rock festival. Apart from the fact that its programming is simply perfect, Iceland Airwaves offers every year to attend a concert in the famous spa resort Blue Lagoon.
Lake of stars festival (Malawi)
Elected by the world’s most spectacular music festival Guardian, the Lake of Stars festival takes place around September / October on the shores of Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake. In other words: it throws.
Rock The Pistes (France / Switzerland)
Organized at the end of March on the Portes du Soleil ski area, the Rock The Pistes festival offers around thirty outdoor concerts with breathtaking views of the mountains. One edition had invited the Babyshambles and Breton.
I’m on a Boat (United States)
Seventy years having transported the Australian and New Zealand troops during the Second World War, the mythical Queen Mary now hosts a punk rock festival in March. Refurbished as a hotel-restaurant, the Queen Mary is docked in Long Beach, California.
Colors of Ostrava (Czech Republic)
Since ever, the biggest music festival in the Czech Republic has been held in July on a former mine and abandoned steel site. Valentin Rialland says a strange atmosphere gives each concert a particular resonance. Only downside: Zaz is the guest of the 2014 edition.
The Rock Route (France)
The Fort Saint Père, 10 kilometers from Saint Malo, France, has hosted in its thick walls the finest of britpop in the 1990s and continues to offer each year, around August 15, a program sharp enough to stand out from his big competitors, in Carhaix or Belfort. The concerts in the walls, the festival-goers all around, since the moats of the site turn into ephemeral camping for a weekend.
Anime-Empire would love to introduce you to our selection of amazing hotels around the world for your trips. So, if you have dreams of travelling but not everywhere, here is our listing of unusual places to stay at.
Panoramic views for breathtaking trips
Whether you are a lonely traveler or in couple, you might want to experience an unusual night in a foreign country. We do not guaranty you a 5 star hotel but a real breath taking night.
First of all, if you love transparence and luxury, we recommend you those inn:
Hotel Kakslauttaneen located in Finland: If you have ever dreamed of admiring the northern lights under a warmed up igloo in winter nights, this is the place to be. The idea is simple, glass igloos placed in a row. Each of them has a bed in the middle (or more if you go with friends) offering this amazing view once you lay down. Those rooms are available exclusively during the Northern Lights seasons which begins on the 24th of august to the end of April. For a small igloo room, count around 491 euros the night, breakfast and dinner included.
If you prefer discretion while still being able to see the show, you have the Kelo-Glass Igloo for 682 euros the night, breakfast and dinner included. Also, this location has a sauna and place for 6 people.
For a cheaper price, you have the Small Log Cabin in East Village. However, no sight to the sky is available in this accommodation, the price-quality ratio is however pretty good: 383 euros per night with breakfast and dinner.
Trips in France
The Attrap’ Rêves in France: Ever dreamed of sleeping in a bubble? This hotel network offers you the night of your dreams in a glass room for you and your beloved one. These cocoons can be decorated for your special needs: Zen, nature lover, glamour, 1001 bubble or Chic & Design. And you don’t have to worry about your privacy, as the bubbles are placed strategically to respect your intimacy.
For those who worry about nature, the brand wants to point out its eco-friendly responsibility. The constructions were made entirely with reusable materials and the round shape is maintained by a blower device. Once the season is over, the bubbles are deflated in order to preserve Mother Nature.
You can book the bubbles in packs, for example “constellations”. This includes a night inn with breakfast for 109 euros during off season and 139 euros during high season. The “comfort” pack includes a night in a bubble for 2, a 30 minute Jacuzzi session and breakfast included for 169 euros/199 euros.
The Phare de Kerbel in Riantec, France. This amazing guesthouse proposes a panoramic room in its lighthouse but also a whole cottage for 6 people on the first floor. You might also appreciate the sauna, which will relax you during you stay. Le official website doesn’t specify the cost per night. Only a contact form is available.
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George Clooney seems to be determined to dive back into the universe of series. After the announcement of Catch-22, he signs this time with Netflix for a mini-series on the Watergate scandal. As a director at first…
The Watergate scandal continues to feed creators’ ideas. George Clooney is now launching a mini-series for Netflix. An update was provided on the information available.
A mini-series in 8 parts
This topic sounds as a strange way with current events. Many American political experts compare the investigation currently targeting Trump’s family and friends with the Watergate. And now Variety magazine announces that George Clooney is going to make a mini-series in 8 episodes for Netflix about the scandal that brought Nixon down .
Accompanied by screenwriter Matt Charman (Le Pont des Espions) and actor Grant Heslov (Monument Men), he will produce the series with Sonar Entertainment. If Netflix has not yet confirmed this project, it seems that each of the 8 episodes focuses on one of the key characters in the case. We should therefore have the right to journalists but also to “Deepthroat”, the code name of Mark Felt, the source of reporters and FBI number 2.
George Clooney in front of and behind the camera?
While George Clooney has just directed Bienvenue à Suburbicon, we already know that he should direct some of the episodes of the series. What is not yet known, however, is whether it will play a role. A few weeks ago, you were told that the star of Emergency would play in a new series with “Catch-22” which he will also direct. Might as well say that he could try again.
Of course, this is not the first adaptation of the Watergate. As a reminder, this is a case of political espionage led by President Nixon and unveiled by two journalists from the Washington Post. This key moment in American political history was brought to the screen with Alan J. Pakula’s The Men of the President in 1976 or, more recently, Oliver Stone’s biography Nixon.
In 2015, as indicated by the manufacturer’s website, we have been celebrating the 80th anniversary of Monopoly. A worldwide success for this game born in 1935 in the imagination of Charles Darrow, an unemployed man of the 1930s, who became a millionaire thanks to his invention. A beautiful story. But there is only one flaw: it is fake!
In a recent book, American journalist Mary Pilon tells us the true origins of a game born out of a woman’s political will, Lizzie Magie, to bring to the greatest number the progressive ideas of American intellectual Henry George and his masterpiece Progress and Poverty (1879). At the beginning of the 20th century, she invented its Landlord’s Game with her land purchases, taxes on the rich and her denunciation of monopolies. She obtained a patent in January 1904 and began its commercialization. This was followed by an incredible story: played in the utopian community of Arden in Delaware, which made its own sets and started to call it Monopoly. The quakers of Atlantic City changed the rules and, from hand to hand, the game moved on to Philadelphia, where a couple taugh it to their friends, the Darrows…
Charles asked a cartoonist to make him a nice tray, then he started selling the game. One of the biggest manufacturers in the industry, Parker Brothers, bought it from him. In December 1935, the company quickly obtained a patent and bought his own from Lizzie Magie for 500 dollars. Parker Brothers knew the true origin of the game…
Sales were then skyrocketing. In the United States, then all over the world. Charles Darrow was always ready to give interviews to explain how he invented “his” game. In the 1960s, a few witnesses to the true story began to mobilize, but nothing really happened. Until 1974, when Parker Brothers made a huge mistake.
Karl Martin Sandberg (born February 26,1971), better known as Max Martin, is a Swedish singer-songwriter, record producer and singer. It gained importance in the second half of the 1990s, after making a series of major successes for artists such as Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and NSYNC. Some of his early successes include “I Want It That Way” (1999),”… Baby One More Time” (1999) and “It’s My Life” (2000).
Martin wrote or co-authored 22 Billboard Hot 100 hits number one, most of which also produced or co-produced, including Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” (2008), Maroon 5 “One More Night” (2012), Taylor Swift’s “Space Blank” (2014) and The Weeknd’s “The Can Not Feel My Face” (2015). Martin is considered the third singer-songwriter behind only Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
At the beginning of 2013, The Hollywood Reporter put its individual sales at more than 135 million.
In 2014, Martin beat Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and Dr. Luke to take second place in most of the number one hit list for a producer, behind George Martin, who had compiled 23 at the time of his death.
Martin’s influence on music is also evident in the effect he had on co-producers. Luke and Shellback. Time Magazine reported that “There is a group of high-powered songwriters based in Sweden, and the great master is Max Martin and when Kotecha worked with One Direction, he credited Martin’s influence” In Sweden, you don’t do anything until you do it right. The New Yorker reported that Martin was “the Swedish mentor and frequent collaborator of Dr. Luke. If Luke is the Skywalker of pop songcraft, Max is the Obi-Wan: the lonely master… The vital spark in Dr. Luke’s musical emergence has met Max Martin.” Dr. Luke himself says of the chemistry between him and Martin””It happened very quickly. It was magical. … Instead of making tracks for five thousand people, why not make tracks for a million? The magazine for the Swedish Muslim mana Gement STIM reported that Shellback became an “apprentice” with Martin acting as “his mentor” at Maratone Studios after 2006 when “Max Martin saw something special in the young man from Karlshamn. Judging by the incredible success Shellback has had since then, Martin’s A & R skills are among the best in the music business.”
Have you ever experienced embarrassment when taking off your clothes at a pool? Or maybe you felt bad as people laughed because you couldn’t fit in a lounge chair. Don’t worry, The Resort is the answer to all your plus-size prayers.
Personalized stay for plus-size clients
Located in the island of Eleuthera – The Bahamas, this holiday resort offers certain commodities a plus-size person would need and moreover, would want to have. The whole holiday inn has been customized to fit plus-size clients: the doorways are wider, beds are reinforced with 2-inch steel bars and lounges are a metre-wide.
However, the resort is not only comforting their clients in the idea of accepting their body. An activity program includes group therapy and exercises to force clients to re-evaluate their body. The hotel can welcome up to 28 people either in groups or separately. Privacy is also an important point as they ensure a 5 mile long private beach.
To enjoy a 6 night stay at The Resort, you may consider saving some money. A week stay costs around $16,400. This price includes food (Caribbean and American food) and the connection between the airport and the resort.
In a country where obesity is a main problem, the resort has been accused of normalising the condition. However, Mr King, the owner of the property denied those allegations. He instead guaranteed the place’s purpose is to bring peace and serenity to the clients.
Mr King also reminds that the place is open for average-size travellers. As people may reserve the place for groups, it can happen that overweight people are less numerous. Developing its notoriety, The Resort accumulated a 65% occupancy rate which is already a great number.
We should maybe expect another resort to open near the Cat Island, even though the owner states his will is not to build and run many complexes.