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Monday, 23 July 2007
Ordering fruit, flowers or a wine gift online can be a very considerate and expedient way to send a gift to someone. Our online delivery services include having gifts delivered the same day. This includes flowers, fruit baskets and wine gift baskets. Here are some of the benefits you might want to look for when comparing fruit, wine and flower delivery services online.
1. Pricing- Some of the florists online have great price fluctuations. Decide which type of flower arrangement, fruit basket or gourmet wine gift you want. We offer the most affordable pricing for the highest quality of product available.
2. Same Day Delivery - Oftentimes, if you order before noon in the delivery state’s time zone, we will be able to get your flowers, fruit or wine delivered on the same day. This is a nice advantage to look for. We can even do same day delivery with Canadian and other international locations.
3. Card Message - Our online ordering will allow you to put a personalized message on the card. This is expedient because it is a simple field that you fill in when completing your online orders.
4. Delivery Fees - Usually the floral delivery fee is not included in the price on the flower delivery company’s website. Usually the delivery fees start at between $6-$30 or more. It depends on what you are ordering as well. We offer a flat rate fee of $15.95 for same day delivery products.
We will deliver same day gift anywhere in the United States from New York to Los Angeles or Canada.
Visit our Same Day delivery section.
Thursday, 19 July 2007
The increase consumerism has lined way to the most interesting methods of sales encouragement and the luring of customers towards the most appealing stores. The customers probably liked to be pampered, so they also give the impression of welcoming these new tactics. With the arrival of the online marketing, the consumers have found a new channel of shopping with a simple click of their mouse.
Gourmet Grocery Online is a one-stop shopping experience for your entire gift giving needs; and there are a variety of devoted sections for the occasions akin to Christmas gift, anniversary gifts, birthday gifts, and so on. You can easily locate the most appropriate gift that caters to his or her interest. With a single click, you can easily make purchases from our wide assortment of gifts.
When shopping with us, the whole experience becomes all the more enthralling.
Tuesday, 17 July 2007
With summer up on us, there are hordes of juicy, tasty fruits that you can sink your teeth into. They are good for the nervous & respiratory system and lead to healthier looking skin. They are approx 80% water with high natural sugar giving energy to one and all when eaten fresh and ripe. Gorge on these sweet luscious fruits this summer -
Apricots - Apricots are rich in potassium, magnesium supplying stamina. They contain vitamin C, iron and beta carotene. They are fairly firm with bright orange colour. To be had when ripe. Unripe fruit can be stored for up to 2 days or so at room temperature before eating. Keeping them in the fridge will make them last a bit longer. Rinse and wash apricots before eating.
Strawberries - Buy sweet smelling strawberries that are red in colour without any white or green spots. Strawberries are full of vitamin C, potassium, sodium and iron as well as being low in calories. Strawberries can be frozen up to twelve months whole or sliced, with or without sugar. Do not remove the stem of fruit while storing it in the fridge. Before eating, rinse gently under cold running water.
Raspberries - Good source of vitamin C, vitamin A and fiber, raspberries are the most fragile of all the berries. So they have to be plucked gently. Buy firm dry raspberries avoiding soft ones. They are high perishable and should be refrigerated if not eaten immediately. Gently rinse the raspberries under cold running water and dry them on paper towels before serving.
Watermelons - Mostly water so they are low in calories. Excellent source of vitamin C, potassium and high in pectin. To know whether if the fruit is sweet, thump it with the knuckles and if you hear a hollow sound, then the fruit is going to taste sweet. Watermelon has dark green skin and bright red coloured flesh. Uncut fruit should be stored in a cool place, while cut watermelon should always be tightly wrapped, refrigerated and used within a day or so.
Cherries - Dark cherries = high in nutritional value. Packed with enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Buy heavy firm cherries with bright colour and fresh stem. They last for two days or so. Chilling not only preserves them, but also makes them more flavorful. Simply rinse cherries in cool water and drain on paper towel until they are ready to be eaten.
Pineapples - Storehouse of minerals, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, calcium and iron. They have loads of vitamin C and are an excellent source of bromelain, an enzyme that helps digestion. The best fruit to be eaten is the one with strong sweet aroma. The colour of the fruit skin should be dark golden colour; leaves should be fresh and green with no brown or yellow tips. They ripen at room temperature. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate it.
Peaches - They are a rich source of beta-carotene and potassium and contain moderate amounts of vitamin C. Buy bright coloured, firm peach with smooth skin and sweet aroma. They can ripen at room temperature. It is ideal to refrigerate the ripe ones and eat it within 5 days.
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Friday, 13 July 2007
Fruit and vegetables are important components of a healthy diet, and their sufficient daily consumption could help prevent major diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases and certain cancers.
Fresh Fruit Baskets has a good reputation for great fresh fruits; our large fruit baskets are no exception.
When one box just isn’t enough, choose one of our many selections of fruit and gourmet food gift combinations, wrapped in elegant fruit gifts designs.
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Our wine and cheese baskets come off-site and offer you a true taste of California.
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When the time comes, you need to have the perfect corporate fruit baskets that are available on the market today.
Thursday, 12 July 2007
The hit comedy film Sideways is about a road trip in the wine country of sunny California where the two main characters, Miles and Jack, taste copious amounts of red wine while dealing with major life dramas. It's a hilarious film that touched so many people with its dark comedy and truly moving portraits of people dealing with love, pain, and wine-tasting.
But perhaps the greatest thing about Sideways was how it inspired so many people to go out and become connoisseurs of fine wine! According to the Internet Movie Database, the movie made so many of its fans want to buy Pinot Noir (a dry red wine) that sales significantly increased in the US and UK during and after its release. Talk about the effect of movies on people!
If you want to learn a bit more about red wine, dry red wine, and its other variants but feel clueless as to the whole thing, here's a quick wine guide; a red-wine-for-dummy guide if you like!
Why is Red Wine. Er. Red?
Red wine is so colored because of the grape skins involved. There are a multitude of grape types, each as diverse and colorful as the next. You have purple, maroon, deep red, light red - the list goes on. Each variety brings a unique shade of red to red wine and the various colors you can see in wine stores are a direct result of the many grapes used in worldwide wine-making processes. An individual wine's color depends largely on what type of grape was used to make it and how long the skin was left in with the juice before being extracted.
What Are The Different Types of Red Wine?
There are many different types of red wine but they are usually judged by their "body". For example, a light-bodied wine is not too demanding on the mouth and taste buds. It goes well with food that is flavor intensive. A good example of this kind of wine is the French red wine Beaujolais Nouveau.
On the other hand, there is the medium-bodied red wine which is a slightly heavier wine (e.g. Shiraz, Merlot, etc.) but not as heavy and as powerful as a full-bodied wine like French Bordeaux wines and Italian red wine like the Super Tuscans. Full-bodied wines are denser and have a higher alcohol content.
How Is Red Wine Served?
You may have noticed at some parties, tasting events, or formal gatherings that red wine is served in a particular glass. It is said that an oval or egg-shaped glass that narrows as it reaches the top (compared to a slim, tall glass) is the best way to appreciate red wine as it allows the wine to breathe and swirl better. The best temperature to serve red wine is 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit. Serve it too hot and the alcohol can be overly emphasized; too cold and it will taste bitter.
Red Wine - What Are The Different Varieties?
There are a number of red wines available from all over the world from dry red wine to full-bodied wine to age-old wine. There is really no such thing as the best red wine - what is tastiest to you should be considered the best. But then there are many red wines that come highly recommended like Californian red wine, Australian red wine, and then of course, every other kind of wine throughout Europe, like Spanish red wine and the ones previously mentioned. In time, you will be able to determine exactly what your type of red wine is. For now, why not sample the many great tasting wines out there like Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc... ?
How Healthy IS Red Wine?
Red wine 101 these days will tell you that red wine or dry red wine is actually good for you. There have been recent studies by scientists in the UK that suggest a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon-derived wines will do the heart very good.
So, if you're looking to spice up your meals or simply want to develop a healthier diet, red wine or dry red wine may be just the thing for you. Hopefully, this has been enough information to whet your appetite. Happy wine drinking!
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Tuesday, 10 July 2007
Probably the single most important component responsible for making the fruit basket the most popular gift in history is the modern technology applied to the delivery of the product itself. Overnight delivery from almost anywhere in the world, is what makes the fruit basket the most versatile and exotic of gifts available.
When fruits from Afghanistan can be picked on a Wednesday, delivered to a manufacturer in America on Thursday, assembled and sent out to you on the same day and on your Holiday table by Friday morning, that is something never envisioned by the Ancient Kings and Queens who dined on the finest of fruit from their kingdoms.
Were it not for the existence of the fruit basket, very few people would have cared enough to pay the higher prices necessary to consume fresh cherries from South America and fresh pineapples from Hawaii in the dead of winter, when the temperatures reach 15-degrees below zero Fahrenheit, on the East Coast.
But the idea of surprising a loved one, or celebrating a birth, or rewarding a good customer with freshly picked, sweet, exotic fruits at precisely the time when they are not available, provided the fuel for the idea of shipping quality fruits around the world on a mass basis. You’d be surprised to learn that the bulk of off-season, global fruit deliveries in America are not consumed through supermarkets, but rather through fruit basket gift sales delivered to your door.
Several companies, most notably Federal Express and United Parcel Services and lately the United States Postal Service make a large percentage of their profits not from delivering papers and envelopes to their customers, but in moving vast quantities of fresh fruits from the growing countries to the mass producers of fruit baskets and then by individually delivering the finished fruit basket from their warehouses to your door. Planeloads full of quality, freshly picked fruit that only saw a truck on their way to and from the airport, are delivered daily to huge warehouses all over America to be selected and arranged in wicker baskets, wrapped and addressed and sent out again to the final consumer. Think about that the next time you bite into a fresh strawberry from South America, or a fresh fig from the Middle East. Somebody grew it; somebody picked it and packaged it; somebody else drove it to the airport in Honolulu or Beirut or Rio de Janeiro; somebody flew it to America, where somebody else put it all together into one basket, slapped your label on it, and sent it to you for your eating pleasure. That’s a lot of work and a lot of effort just to get you to enjoy eating some fruit. But in the end, thanks to modern technology, the fruit basket delivery system works like a charm, keeping farmers around the world busy all year long and keeping customers all across the globe happy and healthy, eating the best fruits available from anywhere in the world, at any time of year.
Thursday, 05 July 2007
Notwithstanding the occasion, having the precise gourmet dessert is sure to make the experience even trendier. During the planning stages of your get-together, keep in mind not only the personal tastes of your guests, but also any special dietary needs. Even though you may not be able to choose a gourmet dessert that appeals to each person or that everyone can enjoy, you can please as many as achievable. Of course, if you decide to make your desserts rather than buy them from a baker or online source, you can make adjustments to your recipes for those who are unable to endure certain ingredients. For example, if you have guests who are dieting or are diabetic, you can replace the sugar with Splenda. If you are having a somewhat large crowd, you may want to offer a few of choices for your guests who require a sugarless gourmet dessert.
Regardless of what the occurrence, New York Cheesecake is always a favorite among guests everywhere. With variations to the cheesecake, you can turn a commonplace dessert into a gourmet dessert in minutes. For your company who may prefer cheesecake without any fruit or other toppings, the very gracefulness of these delights is enough to keep everyone happy all the way through the party. Though extremely rich by nature, minor adjustments can be made for your guests who prefer incredible sugarless or low calorie desserts. For example, cream cheese is available in a no fat or low fat assortment, and you can make your fruit toppings with sugar substitutes or buy the brands that are sugarless.
Of course, large parties are not the only occasions where you might choose to serve a gourmet dessert. A small gathering with business acquaintances may be an occasion for a delicacy such as Petit Four or Chocolate Lava Cake. Both are shamefully rich, yet each is a gourmet dessert in its own right that is fit for a queen. It is not very difficult to make either of these sweet treats, but you do need to schedule some preparation time.
Choosing a gourmet dessert to fit the circumstance is not the difficult task that you may think. With such a variety of choices of recipes both in cookbooks and shopping for desserts online, even the host of hostess who lacks a great deal of originality can choose something to fit each occasion without preparing the identical gourmet dessert more than once to the same group of guests. Take the time to try out different desserts: cakes, pies, cookies, pastries, and the next time you have a party, try a new-fangled gourmet dessert on your guests.
Wednesday, 04 July 2007
Once you are done with purchasing different wine from vineyards of wine country you must purchase wine glasses accordingly for your home to keep up the memory intact for years. Whether it's huge and circular with a wide mouth, or tall, thin and differently shaped, a wine glass is a vessel designed to augment wine appreciation. The main purpose of the glass is to hold liquid. At some places you can also find wine glasses to be like a jelly jar. This is rural and easy, and for many wines this will do very well.
Reason for purchasing different wine glasses:
• The one who loves the wine will surely twirl the glass to enjoy the aroma. If the mouth of the glass is widened and the size is large then it's easy to collect aroma. So for the wines with the majority to proffer by the specialty of aroma, a larger glass, 12 ounces or more is best. Since the quantity of wine might be too much just fill half of the glass. You can easily avail these glasses at wine country.
• Tall and tapered glass should be used to serve shiny wines. These glasses can withstand the rising bubbles and can also serve aroma lovers.
• Using traditional glasses or antique glasses can be other added advantage to the adventure lovers. This can bring back the grandma day memories.
• Clear glasses are always suggested to be used to enjoy the wine completely.
Most of the vineyards and good wine shops in the wine country have glassware for sale. You can talk to them and explain your requirements and they'll get back to you with the glass of your expectations.
Once you open the wine there is a certain time period through which wine can last and later the taste has different sensation. This is due to exposure of wine to the air resulting in deterioration of flavor and aroma.
Chilling will minimize the loss of taste and aroma. The finest way is to decant the wine into small bottles. Keeping a little quantity of wine in a bottle more with space is not suggested. If you don't feel like decanting the wine into small bottle then you can put cleaned marbles into the wine bottle to raise the wine up to the rim of bottle. This is a alternative technique mostly used by many of the wine purchasers from vineyards of wine country.
As several kinds of wines are available in the market, different wines have different storage technique. White wines if refrigerated lasts longer than the red wine. It is always suggested to finish the wine once it has been opened within a day or two to enjoy its actual taste. Prolonging the treat after opening is not a good idea.
For sparkling wines you can easily avail special sealers that can help you in keeping the bubble fresh. In wine country you can avail these sealers from the tasting rooms. Many wines available in the market can be maintained for a week or long. The expiration of the wine completely depends upon the type of wine and the storage techniques.
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Tuesday, 03 July 2007
For food lovers no occasion is ever absolute without food. How can foodies afford to miss the lip-smacking BBQs and the magnificent desserts on 4th of July? Cakes, barbeque, gourmet meals, desserts are all an essential part of Fourth of July partying. Here are some excellent recipes to try out this July 4th.
White Chocolate Cheesecake & Blueberry Pie
For the topping:
2. Add the ranch salad dressing mix and zesty Italian dressing to the spaghetti and vegetables and sprinkle with the Salad Seasoning. Mix well and add more seasoning to taste. Before serving add the black olives. For added color halved cherry tomatoes may be added.
Monday, 02 July 2007
For the drink that has been called the “nectar of the Gods” shopping for wine gifts online could be measured a match made in heaven. The olden times of wine extends for centuries before the Internet was even a thought, and has enough inventories to make real use of the immensity of cyber space.
In fact, the Internet is probably the only place that could possibly hold all of the selections of wine gifts, as an online department store, the complete wine section could easily match its book section in size. It’s difficult to envision the size of a brick and mortar store that could do the same.
So how do you begin your wine gift shopping online? Regrettably, if you live in the United States, the first priority has to be whether or not you live in a state where wine can be purchased and delivered to you. If you are in the lucky majority, you can now benefit yourself of the 24/7 ease to fine all of the information you need to find the perfect wine gift online for the most exacting wine lover.
One of the reasons why shopping for wine gifts online is so popular is that people feel less inundated. Most of the wine shops websites give complete information to help you select the wine you want with ideal food combination listed so that you can custom build your gift.
In adding together to wine shops that sell online, there is an affluence of food and wine magazine that offer wine history classes, gift baskets, wine tasting events and gift certificates. Whether you are a beginner or wine connoisseur, you will be awestruck by the comprehensive information on every aspect of wine from how it is made to how to make your way through the labyrinth of information on the wine bottle itself.
Using the Internet gives you the advantage of global reach, you can purchase your wine gift online directly from many of the traditional wine producing countries such as Germany, Italy, Greece, Spain or France or step into the emerging world of wine from Asia and Australia. And if your wine enthusiast is an adventurer as well, they may enjoy visiting the home of their favorite wine; many companies online offer wine tours and cooking classes based on the local cuisine.
The choices are unlimited and exciting. Wine is the gift that people love to receive. The world of wine has been expanded by the Internet and buying your wine gift online is as easy as checking your e-mail – and certainly a lot more fun.