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2 Oct
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El Pato Canned Salsa – Which Color is the Spiciest?

El_Pato_Yellow_Salsa_de_Chile_frescoFor years we have been using the Yellow can of El Pato Salsa (Salsa De Chile Fresco) for cooking and just dipping chips in.  We love the flavor and heat that it has!

This week we were making albondigas soup, and we use a can of this in it for a little heat and flavor.  Unfortunately it would be a little too spicy for our 18 month old, so we wanted to make a second batch of the soup with the same flavor, just a little less heat.

We noticed that our local grocery store also had the green (Jalapeño Salsa) and red (Tomato Salsa with Jalapeño) cans of El Pato.  So I bought one of each to take home and test which one was spicier.

Which El Pato Sauce is the Spiciest?

The yellow can of El Pato is the hottest, but also the thinnest, so is usually better to cook meats, fish El_Pato_Green_Jalapeno_salsaor Spanish rice with, or mix into other salsas for flavor and heat.  It is spicier than the other cans because it is produced with yellow cascabell chilies.

The Green and yellow cans are practically identical to each other in heat.  They are however a bit thicker and slightly chunkier than the yellow can, so make for better salsas/dip.  After buying one of each, I did a tastes test to see if there was a difference in spice, but I did not notice a difference in heat, both had a slight heat to them.  So my last resort was to contact the company and see why they were selling a nearly identical salsa in 2 different cans.

The sales manager at Walker Foods (manufacturer of El Pato Salsas) told me that:

about five years ago we introduced the Red can because a lot of our customers believed the Green can was a Green sauce so along came the Red can.  The heat profile of the red and green cans is a little milder than the yellow can because they use Jalapeños instead of yellow cascabell chilies.

el_pato_red_tomato_sauce_with_jalapenoHope this information help all of you who were wondering the same thing.  I searched high and low on the internet and could nit find any information on the heat level of these three cans.

11 Jan

Going for the Sunday Cruise in Southern California

Yesterday, my wife and were out for typical Sunday Cruise on our bikes. Usually we like to travel on the Pacific Coast Highway down to Malibu, and stop off at a restaurant for drinks and lunch. One of our favorite spots to stop and eat at and just enjoy the view of the ocean is Neptune’s Net.  This place is the best for a day out in Southern California! Enjoy the beautiful view and the great food with some friends here if you get a chance!

Then after about an hour of relaxing there, we headed out, and decided to go North up the PCH. We didn’t have a particular place in mind where we wanted to go next, so we just started going.  Right when you kick off in First Gear and feel that ocean breeze in your face, you never want to leave this place. Southern California Beaches are great. I mean come one, we are in the middle of January and it was in the 70’s yesterday, sunny and barley any clouds in the sky. That is why I will always live here! You can’t beat our weather.

After driving for a while we decided to stop off up in Santa Barbara. We walked a long the pier, and sat on the beach for the sunset that evening.  All-in-all I have to say that this was one of the best summer days to go cruising, but it was in January! If you haven’t cruised around Southern California, along the PCH, I highly recommend it!

Anti Inflammatory Foods, Good Foods for Buhcet’s Disease

Living with Behcet’s Disease it is always good to keep a healthy watch on my diet, and make sure I am not eating any foods that may cause inflammation in my body.
There are many different foods that help keep the inflammation in my body down, and many others that do the exact opposite for me.

Foods that increase inflammation are known as Pro-inflammatory foods, which will increase pain from the inflammation. Most Pro-Inflammatory foods consist of junk foods/fast food, high-fat meats, sugar and fast foods. This is partially due to the unhealthy fats, especially trans fats. Also Processed Meats can cause inflammation due to the chemicals that are used in the meats.

Anti-inflammatory Foods and Tips
Here are some of the best Anti-Inflammatory Foods to eat:

1. Salmon – is an excellent source of eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids, also potent omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation.
2. Turmeric – Studies found that turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects are on a par with potent drugs such as hydrocortisone and Motrin.
3. Kelp – is high in magnesium and acts as a natural relaxant and anti-inflammatory agent.
4. Shiitake Mushrooms – Great for boosting immune system.
5. Green Tea – The flavonoids found in green tea help with inflammation along with many other things.
6. Blueberry – Powerful Antioxidant that help reduce inflammation.
7. Papaya – It contains papain, a protein-digesting enzyme. Together with vitamin C and E, papain helps to reduce inflammation, and improves digestion and helps heal burns.
8. Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Its polyphenols protects the heart and blood vessels from inflammation.
9. Broccoli – Contains anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer phytonutrients
10. Sweet Potatoe – Is a good source of beta-carotene, manganese, vitamin B6 and C, and dietary fiber. They work together as powerful antioxidants that help the body to heal inflammation.

Here are some things I like to eat through out the day to help control the inflammation due to my Buhcet’s Disease:
For Breakfast I like to have oatmeal with fresh blueberries and a cup of soy milk.

For an afternoon snack I try to eat whole fruits, nuts, seeds, and fresh vegetables. No McDonald’s!
For Dinner, we try to have a lean fish, with lots of fruits and veritable. No fried or fatty meats and foods.

Try to eat more fish and less fatty red meat, and stay away from deep fried foods. Choose green, orange, and yellow vegetables for your side dishes, try to have a rainbow on your plate of fruits and Veggies.

And most importantly I have found is drinking plenty of water, 100% juices and green teas. When i can stay hydrated, my body feel the best!

I hope these anti-inflammatory foods help you, and please feel free to post some other foods and recipes that work for you as a comment below.

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