Monthly Horozope: September
 
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The Month of the Metal Rooster of the Chinese calendar starts on September 10th, 2018 and ends on October 8th, 2018. On September 9th, the new moon announces the passage in the Chinese calendar from the Metal Monkey Month to the Month of the Metal Rooster of the Year of the Earth Dog 2018.

The return of the summer vacation is more often synonymous with excitement at the prospect of developing future vacation plans rather than the excitement of meeting one's office colleagues. It is important to always be conscientious during the 2018 Month of the Rooster, avoid making abrupt decisions and pay attention to words that may offend the sentience of loved ones. The dictates of accuracy and the requirement of perfection can compromise an ever-fragile harmony.

According to the monthly Chinese horoscope of September 2018, the Rooster reminds everyone of their sense of responsibility, commitment and the importance of striving towards an irreproachable organization of their business. Similarly, the Rooster (of the month) placed under the astrological sign of the Dog (of the year) has the potential to transform the beginning of autumn 2018 into moments of joy and sharing.

ENERGIES OF THE METAL ROOSTER MONTH 2018 FOR THE 12 SIGNS OF THE CHINESE CALENDAR

According to the Chinese horoscope, the excess of an element is always synonymous with a simultaneous deficiency. As of September 10, 2018, the Metal element is up sharply in the Chinese calendar. The Wood and Water elements undergo an important decrease in their respective levels: Wood and Water are periodically deficient in the energetic chart of the 5 elements of Chinese cosmology and Feng Shui.

A Month of the Rooster during a Year of the Dog is sprinkled with moments of stress and paranoia that can occur without warning in a professional context. Excess in Metal can cause big stock market fluctuations and an increase in financial risk-taking. At the same time, the decrease in Wood and Water during the Chinese month of the Rooster benefits business activity, which translates into a significant increase in productivity. However, it should be remembered that in the event of ethical misconduct during a Dog-controlled year, appetite for gain can quickly become an indigestible poison.

On the social level, excess in Metal can lead to a tendency to idealize luxury, opulence and temporal power. Similarly, if a lack of Wood can lead to feelings of guilt or a depressive crisis in the event of unresolved litigation, the lack of Water can cause anxiety or even panic in the face of events that rather deserve to be analyzed coldly.

What is Labor Day

This week seems to be flying by thanks to Mondays holiday but why do we celebrate it and how did it start? 

 
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Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed in 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During 1887 four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

This day celebrates all working individuals in America from all nationalities and race. From moms to teachers to construction workers, we all deserve a break! So, I hope you got a cool beer and enjoyed the rest!!

 
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The Different Noodle Types
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Sizzling Noodle

When you've come into Windchimes and taken a glance at our menu, you may have noticed that there are several dishes that have noodles in them. From Sizzling Noodles to Lo Mein, all these noodles are not the same. What are the differences you may ask. Well, don't you worry because we got you here!

Sizzling Noodle - is a thick Egg Noodle that comes out in a hot skillet. These are noodles that are thick and absorb the juices and sauce they are sizzling in. It's a great way to not only get a great flavor but also a great sound when presented making everyone wanting what you have!

Lo Mein - also Egg Noodles are typically stir fried with vegetables/meats and other seasonings. Find out more about Lo Mein from last weeks blog post.

Cantonese Noodles - Angel Hair Egg Noodles. These noodles are very thin and delicate They are more chewy in texture and yellow in colour either due to the addition of lye  and/or egg. This class of lye water noodles has a subtle but distinctive smell and taste, described by some as being "eggy".[9] 

Rice Noodles - Angel Hair Rice Noodles are similar to the above but the only difference is these noodles are typically made only with rice and water without the addition of salt. Although unorthodox, some producers may choose to add other plant starches to modify the texture of the noodles.

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What kind of noodles do you prefer? 

What is Lo Mein?
 
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There are so many different types of Chinese food that have spread through out American culture thanks to several of Chinese food restaurants all over the continent. Dishes like General Tso's and the basic Stir Fry has become an common food in our diets and even have become hybrid in other everyday food. One of the most common dishes is Lo Mein. But what is Lo Mein and how did it become the famous dish it is? 

 Lo Mein in so many places, it actually originated in China, as a wheat flour noodle dish. It is unclear exactly who invented the process of mixing water and flour to make noodles, but the Chinese have been eating them for over 2,000 years! This takes us back to the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – 220 A.D.). Noodles have become a large part of Chinese culture. They are almost always served long and uncut because they symbolize a long and prosperous life. They are even part of big celebrations like birthdays and sometimes placed on grave sites for good luck.

The word itself comes from the Cantonese “lōu mihn” meaning “stirred noodles” and is actually traditionally made from elastic thin flour or egg noodles. Many people intertwine Chow Mein and Lo Mein, but they are two different dishes. Chow Mein is made from the same noodles as Lo Mein, but instead of keeping the noodles soft, Chow Mein contains fried noodles, which may sometimes be very crispy.

The two types of noodles you most commonly see are wheat noodles and rice noodles. Now, wheat noodles can be found all over China, but they originated in the Northern parts of China where wheat was a staple crop. Making these noodles is considered an art and you can sometimes see street noodle vendors “pulling” the dough to make the noodles.

 
 

Lo Mein has a history and has even become so popular that there are several ways you can now make it. There are even recipes online. Try to make Lo Mein for yourself but if you want to avoid the hassle just come in and get some from us! 

 

Honey in China's Culture
 
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In the spirit of International Honey Day this Saturday I wanted to talk about the history of honey and how it plays into Chinese culture.

Talking about bees and honey in history must always include Ancient Egypt and Ancient China. But starting from the very beginning of times, we must say that bees are actually one of the oldest forms of animal life, since Neolithic Age, preceding humans on Earth by 10 to 20 million years. When they appeared, humans did whatever the other animals were doing at the time, meaning, stole the bees’ honey to feed themselves. Homo Sapiens and honey were together since the Stone Age.

As the centuries went on honey was considered an important medicinal remedy as shown in their writings dating from about 2000 BC. As with India, honey also occupied an important place in Chinese culture, another great eastern civilization. Honey is mentioned in the Shi Jing, or Classic of Poetry, an important book of Chinese theology written in the 6th century BCE. According to Ancient Chinese medicine, honey is a major component to earth, one of the five basic elements, and acts on the stomach and spleen meridians of the human body.


According to Chinese medicine, honey has a balanced character (neither Yin nor Yang) and acts according to the principles of the Earth element, entering the lung, spleen and large intestine channels. (as mentioned by earlier writings). During the Xin Dynasty, around 220BC, a book of Chinese medicine says: “Those who often take honey can keep fit, honey can cure indigestion, it can be used in medicaments to bind other ingredients together.”

 
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Need your Honey fix today? Try out our Honey Glazed Shrimp. Doctors orders!

Daily Horoscope: August 8, 2018
 
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Chinese calendar:
Day of the Water Monkey
Month of the Earth Goat
Year of the Earth Dog 2018

Polarity of the Day: Yang
Polarity of the Month: Yin
Polarity of the Year: Yang
Lucky directions: West-South-West
Lucky colors: Green

 

 
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The Water Monkey is the most cunning of Monkeys.

His curiosity and talent are as well developed as his sensibility is extreme. Indeed, if the Water Monkey is funny, charming and manipulative as all monkeys can be, his intense emotions also allow him to work with instinct, for better or for worse. On a day of the Water Monkey, creative crafts as well as inspiration and new ideas are favored. Remember, however, that if creativity and dreams are connected, the world of production, marketing and sales of a new product depends on reality, with its ungrateful work and challenging failures, must never discourage you from always starting again. Success always comes to those who persevere against the winds and tides.

Today more than ever, you feel the soul of a conqueror of the impossible, a Christopher Columbus in search of gold and glory, whom no one seems to take seriously, for the time being… If you’re single, you feel perfectly capable of seducing a movie star. Who does not try anything has nothing, but be prepared to suffer disappointments. To conclude, during a Water Monkey’s day, it is above all to oneself that one must avoid lying.

Daily Energetic chart: Weak in Wood element
Birth's character and destiny (BaGua): The Great Possession
 

Killer Condiments: Spicy Mustard
 
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In honor of National Mustard Day on August 4th, I thought we should talk about and celebrate one of the popular condiments that is used in most Chinese restaurants: Spicy Mustard.

This popular condiment is typically served with appetizers like egg rolls or wonton strips and can bring a flare of flavor by adding some heat. This is done by mixing dry mustard powder with water, creating a chemical reaction that makes the sharp, hot taste. How does this all work. Here's the science to break it down.

Mustard seeds come from the mustard plant, a member of the cabbage family. They contain two sulphur compounds, myrosin, and sinigrin, as well as an enzyme, myrosinase. When the seeds are broken and water is added, the enzyme breaks down the sulphur compounds. The result is the sharp tasting oil that gives mustard its pungency and helps explain why the name mustard comes from the Latin words mustum (must) and ardens (burning).
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Want to try and make it yourself? Here's a simple recipe to spice up any of your dishes at home!

The Beauty of Take-Out
 
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Take out is one of the greatest inventions in the food industry and has brought so many fun flavors to so many people but where did it begin?

This concept of "take out" prepared meals can date back to antiquity times. It was very common in Ancient Greece and Rome for roadside stalls to sell food to passengers walking by. This can be seen in the ruins of Pompeii where archaeologists found a number of service like counters open toward the street to provide food to be taken away. They also saw that there was a lack of a kitchen like area in the homes of people who lived in Pompeii which could lead to believe that getting meals to take home was more common than not. This wasn't the only evidence. Places like Europe still to this day have several foods ranging from meat pies to tarts that can be purchased to go and enjoyed elsewhere. 

 
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Even with the popularity of other places and their take out/carry out foods nothing can compare to take out Chinese food.  I don't know if it's the dishes that seems so elaborate andd delicious or that it's just something that I don't regularly make but being able to purchase this food and bring it home to my house makes it not only special but also as a staple in our daily lives. It's something that has become a comfort to me. And don't get me wrong I love going out to eat as much as the next person but who doesn't love being able to bring some tasty food home and eat it on the couch while watching Netflix shows in the pjs with only their cats to judge them. 

Thank you take out gods by allowing us to enjoy a variety of foods that we couldn't even dare to dream could exist! I can't wait to order some Windchimes now and sit on my porch as I watch the sun go down. 

How do you like to enjoy your take out food? Also feel free to take pictures of where you enjoy your Windchimes meal and post them to our Facebook page! 

Fried Rice: Why It's So Good?!
 
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What makes fried rice so good? I was floored the other day when I finally tried Windchimes' fried rice. It had a flavor that I had never tasted before and couldn't stop eating it. I couldn't stop thinking about it and had to go back to get it again. It was almost too good for words! Though, it got me thinking what exactly was fried rice and what is the history behind it.

The basics is fried rice is typically pre cooked rice that has been stir-fried in a wok or frying pan and is usually mixed with other ingredients such as eggs, vegetables, seafood, or meat. Most of the time it's made from left overs from other dishes and can be eaten on it's own or as a pair to another fish. 

While the exact origins of fried rice are lost to history, it’s believed that it was invented sometime during the Sui dynasty (A.D. 589–618), in the city of Yangzhou in eastern Jiangsu province. Yangchow (Yangzhou) fried rice is still the standard by which all other Chinese fried rice dishes are judged: morsels of fluffy rice tossed with roast pork, prawns, scallions, and peas. In American-Chinese restaurants, you’ll sometimes find it called "special fried rice." Today, fried rice dishes are found throughout China, particularly in the south, where rice is the staple grain.

But why is it so good? I think one factor that comes from it being so good is the nostalgic aspect of it.  For me fried rice was an easy dish I could make easily enough for myself when I first lived on my own. Something so easy as taking leftover Chinese food and throwing it into a pan and adding an egg to it (for protein!) and some veggies to make it a balanced meal. It was quick and good. I still think of those simpler times and every time I have fried rice I'm taken back to that place.

 
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Cuban Fried Rice

 

Fried rice has also spread to other countries putting their own spin on the popular dish. From Thailand to Cuba and Portugal to Japan. All these places have their own versions that have some basis of the original dish but making it their own and I can't wait to try them all!

Daily Horoscope: July 11, 2018
 
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Chinese calendar:
Day of the Wood Dragon
Month of the Earth Horse
Year of the Earth Dog 2018

Polarity of the Day: Yang
Polarity of the Month: Yang
Polarity of the Year: Yang
Lucky directions: East-South-East
Lucky colors: All colors
 

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Even if the Wood Dragon is ambitious and overbearing like all Dragons, his discreet charisma and spontaneous generosity tend to make his intentions more praiseworthy.

Entrepreneur, full of tricks and with a limitless reserve of energy, the Wood Dragon can adapt to all types of situations, and fortunately, because he also has an unfortunate tendency to disperse.

During a Wood Dragon day, we’re constantly attracted by distractions that can keep us away from our main daily goal. We must therefore try to simplify our timetable and take advantage of the analytical qualities of the Wood Dragon by concentrating only on one or two tasks that seem to us the most important. With your lover or family, in case of a dispute, try to remain calm in all circumstances, even if you are persuaded to be right.

Daily Energetic chart: Balanced
Birth's character and destiny (BaGua): The Peace

The Lodge of the Moving Chariot is beneficial. Wednesday, the Water element and the planet Mercury are symbolically attached to this house. Synonymous with wealth, the 28th lodge of the Moving Chariot is associated with the transport of tributes destined for the emperor of China. It’s beneficial to vehicles and transport, but also to marriages and births.