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The Absolute Beginners Guide to Fishing Thumbnail
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Fishing is quickly rising to be a popular sport among people once again due to its relaxing yet competitive nature. But it’s not as easy as just casting a line into a body of water and hoping for the best, fishing requires the right equipment and knowledge, as well as a lot of patience. Here are some handy tips on how to successfully fish for absolute beginners.

License

If you’re really serious about starting your fishing hobby then it is important that you get a license. Not many people know that in many towns it’s actually illegal to fish without a license, this law is put in place in order to conserve local wildlife. It also means that people can’t just begin fishing whenever and wherever they please. You can get a licence online for a very reasonable price.

Equipment

Arguably the most important tool of a successful fishing trip is using the correct equipment. If you are just starting out and a little hesitant on whether or not you should sink a lot of money into something you may not enjoy, there are many options out there. For example, if you decide to take a class or instructional course, they will provide you with all of the right equipment- meaning that you don’t have to spend your own money. If you decide that you enjoy fishing but are a little hesitant of spending so much money on gear, there is always the option to buy it second hand. You can easily find second-hand gear on local selling sites, but it’s important to request to see the gear before purchasing it as you want to make sure that it is good quality and not damaged at all. Your goal should be to find a rod with a spinning wheel as your main tool, this will probably be your most expensive initial item but it’s important that you invest in a quality rod as a good rod will last you a long time. If you get a combination rod, it’ll be easier to set up and use as you only really have to focus on the reel. Basic things like fishing rope and hooks are easy to acquire for a small price, you can get them online or at any local fishing store.  If you want to make the fishing experience slightly easier for yourself it would be recommended to get some bobbers as these will help tell you whether or not a fish has hooked on to your line.

Comfort

When it comes to fishing you’re going to be sitting out for many hours on potentially freezing days and so making sure you’re comfortable is something you should prioritise. Invest in some thick jackets, socks and boots as that will make sitting out for hours far more bearable. It wouldn’t hurt investing in a fishing chair either as you don’t want to be sat upon the cold floor for hours. Don’t skimp out when it comes to this as this is something you’ll use for a long time and will make fishing more enjoyable. There’s also no harm in getting a small pop up fishing tent to protect yourself from any cold breeze or rain. Once again, this is quite an inexpensive purchase and will not break your bank, but will make fishing feel more comfortable. Make sure you have the basics too, like a hat and scarf. Many people forget about the importance of basic warmth, especially when you’re so close to sea breezes, this will make it easier to stay out for longer.

Picking the right spots

Unfortunately, you can’t just start fishing in whatever body of water you fancy. There are a number of things to consider before you set up your fishing station. For example, check if the water is privately owned. Most privately owned lakes do not permit you to fish in them for the safety of its ecosystem.  This can be easily checked online. Also check if whatever body of water you choose actually had fish in it as surprisingly,  a lot of manmade water sources don’t have any fish in them at all so you would be completely wasting your time. Look at local fishing forums to really find out the most popular fishing areas near you. This is also a good opportunity to find some fishing groups to share your picks and find out where the most densely populated areas to fish in are. If you are allowed to fish in some areas, check any rules that they may have as surprisingly most fishing areas don’t let you take the fish home with you after catching them whereas some may.

Get to know your fish

Not every fish is the same so you should really get to know what fish are in your area and what are the best ways to catch these fish. If you are looking for advice on how to catch these fish then you should visit the pursuingoutdoors site as they give you lots of useful information on how to attract individual fish. You should look at investing in a variety of bait to attract a number of fish, bait can easily be acquired at local fishing shops as well as local pet shops as key baits like mealworms are actually very popular reptile foods. All this information can also be found in fishing books.

The Most Expensive Restaurants in Vietnam Thumbnail
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Vietnam is a country built under French influence; this means the French dining experience has been transferred to Vietnam. This passage will detail some of the most expensive restaurants in Vietnam; this passage may be a fine detail for your plans if you have the cash, or this passage may act as pure fantasy. Who knows if you get the right lottery results for xsmn then maybe you can eat at these restaurants one day.

La Villa French Restaurant

La Villa is the best French restaurant in the whole of south-east Asia. The restaurant has a detailed list of exotic French wines and a menu of indulgent French classics. With wines coming in at over 1000 dollars this restaurant is not for everybody; but for the rich who find themselves in Vietnam, this restaurant is the perfect high dining experience.

The Deck Saigon Restaurant

The Deck Saigon is situated on the beautiful Saigon River, and offers some of the finest Vietnam cuisine. Displaying the best the country has to offer. It is open from morning to night and serves a wide array of food. The food is known for its rather extortionate pricing; with a poached egg coming in ay fifteen dollars!

Hoi An Sense Restaurant

The Hoi An Sense serves the finest Vietnamese cuisine. Having been in business for over twenty years the Hoi An Sense has built a reputation as one of Vietnams most luxurious restaurants. Almost definitely for those who carry a lot of cash in their wallets; with the mean price of food coming at just under 100 dollars.

These restaurants are like no other; offering a full food experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Remember though these experiences do not come cheap.

Snack Ideas for an Over 50’s Football Party Thumbnail
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No matter your age, your hobbies and passions are always going to stay with you, whether that’s going for walks, painting, playing a musical instrument or taking part in and watching sports such as football. Even over 50’s would want and enjoy the chance to get together and cheer on a game played by their favorite teams. It would even be a good idea to have a gathering or a party, especially during large events such as the World Cup or the Euros, which are set to take place this year. Planning a party isn’t always easy though, as trying to decide on décor and snacks can be a nightmare. To help with that here are some ideas for the perfect savory and sweet snacks to serve at an over 50’s football party:

 

Something Savoury?

If you want to serve something a little bit savory, there are a multitude of options to choose from that require very little preparation. If you have an oven available, cocktail sausages are always a favorite, no matter the age of your guests. Other similar finger foods are the best option because it allows your guests to stack up their plates and means no mess while watching the game! Sausage rolls and chicken wings are perfect for meat lovers, whilst there’s always meat-free substitutes made by Quorn. There are also a lot of simple options for occasions where an oven isn’t available to you, such as crisps or peanuts; although its best to ask your guests about allergies before serving. A snack like sandwiches is also a great idea to provide a little variety without requiring a lot of effort as a sandwich could have a range of simple and different fillings, such as ham, chicken or egg and cress. Other, healthier ideas may include popcorn or carrot sticks and breadsticks, served with dips like hummus, garlic or tzatziki. These healthy options are particularly great for any older guests who are more health-conscious, whilst also allowing them to eat some delicious treats whilst watching the football.

 

Something Sweet? 

It is always a good idea to provide something for any guests who may have a sweet tooth. Sweet foods are also often a lot easier to prepare and leaves the host with more time to find the perfect source for their guests to stay up to date with the football matches and scores, whether that’s on sports channels the TV or with this live football stream. Simple snacks that are easy to prepare often also leave the host with more time to have fun with guests and discuss the football as they can be served before the party begins and don’t need to be warm upon serving. Perfect sweet snack ideas to serve at an over 50’s football party could be fruit cubes or marshmallows on skewers, maybe with some melted chocolate on the side. It also might be a nice idea to provide bowls of chocolate treats, such as Maltesers or Minstrels. If the host does have time before the party starts to put more effort into preparing their sweet snacks, it might be a nice idea to make some football-themed snacks. These could include a football designed cake or cupcakes with the logos of the football teams on them. These ideas are great for adding a bit of fun to the party.

 

Whilst you may have many guests with a range of different food requirements, such as vegetarians or people who are lactose intolerant, there is bound to be something for everyone within these options listed above, all perfect for an over 50’s football party.

How to Cook the Perfect Fillet Steak Thumbnail
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Fillet steaks are a favorite among steak connoisseurs as they are the most tender, although they are usually the most expensive. However, they aren’t too difficult to cook, they don’t have much fat and can be served as rare as you want. Consequently, you don’t have to be a professional chef to cook the perfect fillet steak, all you need is a bit of guidance and some patience.

The Pan

If you are cooking your steak indoors, it’s probably best to fry your steak. You don’t need the worlds best frying pan to cook a great steak, but you do need one that is heavy-duty and thick based if you want to get the best results, although a cost iron skillet or a heavy griddle pan can also be used and you’ll still cook a great steak. This is because these pans will give you that tasty charred finish to the outer layer of your steak due to the fact that they get really fast and retain heat really well.

When cooking you should leave a lot of room in your pan – don’t try and squeeze them all in at the same time!

Seasoning

While some people only like a bit of salt and some pepper to enrich the flavor of their steak, there are some more inventive seasonings that may be closer to your liking. For instance, adding some marinade will add flavor and tenderize your steak. Other options are balsamic vinegar or honey and mustard, as these flavorings will reduce down to a sweet glaze. If you want to be adventurous, some miso or teriyaki marinade will give the steak a lovely Asian aroma. If you are just adding some salt and vinegar, sprinkle a generous amount of cracked black pepper and salt on to a plate and press the steak into the season right before you put it in the pan.

Some cooks also add garlic and herbs like rosemary and thyme while the steak is cooking to give it some subtle flavor that doesn’t overpower the flavor of the steak itself.

How Long to Cook the Fillet Steak (3.5 cm)

Blue: 1:30 mins on each side

Rare: 2:15 mins on each side

Medium-rare: 3:15 mins on each side

Medium: 4:14 mins on each side

To check if the steak is cooked to your liking, simply prod it with your fingers. A rare steak will feel soft, while medium-rare will be a little bit bouncy and a well-done steak will feel firm.

Resting the Steak

After you’ve finished cooking, leaving the steak to rest at room temperature for a minimum of 5 minutes, it will keep its heat for up to 10 minutes. As it rests, the meat’s fibers will absorb much of the free running juices, giving you a moist and really tender steak. Then, simply pour whatever juices remain over the steak before serving.

Recipe: Birch Cured Coho Salmon, roast beet, fine greens, hazelnut vinaigrette – by Chef Andrew Springett Thumbnail
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Last week we were fortunate to have Chef Andrew Springett, of Ucluelet’s Black Rock Resort, on hand as guest chef for one of our BC’s Best Market Dinners. Chef Springett exemplifies west coast cuisine, and treated the sold out crowd to an amazing evening. We began the multicourse feast with this starter, which we paired with a Pemberton Distillery Schramm Vodka cocktail.

Birch Cured Coho Salmon

roast beet, fine greens, hazelnut vinaigrette

Pemberton Distillery Schramm Vodka Cocktail

Salmon

  • 8# Salmon
  • 2L Water
  • 62.5g Kosher Salt
  • 500g Brown Sugar
  • 500g Birch Syrup
  • 250g Honey

Make the wet brine by adding all ingredients excluding salmon into a 12L insert, mixing and making sure every thing is dissolved

Skin and Pinbone Salmon, cut into ½ inch strips, add to wet brine, cover with cheesecloth

Let salmon sit in brine for 48 hours

Take fish out of brine and set in on wire smoker racks, take your brine and strain it. Then reduce till a syrup consistency.

Smoke salmon on low for 3-4 hours, glazing the fish with the brine syrup every 20 minutes. Fish will be “translucent” once finished

Once smoked, give it one last glaze, put it in fridge while still on the wire racks, uncovered to dry overnight

Hazelnut Vinaigrette

  • 180g Grape Seed Oil
  • 360g Hazelnut Oil
  • 120g Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 30g Sherry Vinegar
  • 30g Honey

Wisk all ingredients together, season with touch of salt