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The Life-Giving Benefits of Eating Fish Dishes from Restaurants

Fish is one of the healthiest meats available, and known to pack a great nutritional punch. When seeking a meal that will keep you active and healthy, look no further than what can be caught underwater.

Fish is generally high in protein, iodine, and other important nutrients. Fish is naturally rich in both D and B2 vitamins, as well as minerals like iodine and iron, among many others. The dietary richness of the meat, combined with its muscle building protein, supplies the body with many essential nutrients.

Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for growth and development. The omega-3 fatty acids prevalent in fish contribute to strong brain and eye development, and it is suggested that expecting and nursing mothers make a healthy habit of eating fish. It is recommended, however, that expecting or nursing mothers eat fish like salmon or trout, more often than fish like mackerel or tuna.

A diet rich in fish/omega-3 fatty acids may also help with depression. Studies show that those who keep a regular diet of fish are less likely to suffer from depression. The fatty acids within fish can even strengthen the effects of antidepressant medication, making both a happier, and healthier, individual.

Eat at least one serving of fish per week to lower the risks of heart problems. The most common causes of premature death are strokes and heart attacks. Studies show that eating at least one serving of fish per week, especially oily fish like salmon or herring, can reduce the risk of heart disease by 50%.

Not all fish is the same, though. To ensure you are eating quality fish, visit restaurants like Lamoraga Restaurant. You can enjoy a delicious dish of grilled salmon, fresh Yellowfin tuna, or lobster bisque.

Restaurants in Naples: A Haven for Beach-Lovers and Foodies Alike

Florida, known for its many white, sand beaches, sunny days and scores of entertainment options. Skip the commercialization and head to incredible Naples, Florida, where you can find pristine coastline in one of the area’s nearby beaches: Naples Beach, Lowdermilk Park/Beach, Vanderbilt Beach, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Recreation Area/Beach, Clam Pass Park/Beach and Lely Barefoot Beach. All of the exquisite beaches make a great jumping-off point for numerous water sport activities.

Rated one of the top ten things to do in Naples, flying water jet packs take adventurers on a thrilling flight. These water-propelled jet packs are the latest in sensational adventuring, and children 14 and up enjoy the flight just as much as adults do! Even if you don’t want to participate but family or friends do, this activity is easy, safe and spectator-friendly.

Of course, boat tours area always popular, with everything from dolphin and manatee watching to chartering your own boat, catamaran, yacht, sailboat, kayak or canoe. Florida’s Everglades are home to some of nature’s most exotic plants and animals including alligator, panther, tiger, otter and snake not to mention mangroves and orchids galore.

In addition to soaking up the sun, vacationers enjoy other popular activities such as fishing, shelling, camping, bird-watching, taking a swamp buggy adventure, visiting the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, booking an airboat tour through the Everglades, enjoying an Atlantic dinner cruise and more.

With all of the exciting activities on offer in Naples, Florida, visitors will want to recharge with healthy, delicious and creative fare from area restaurants. At Lamoraga, sip refreshing Andalusian gazpacho at lunch along with delicious seafood tapas or indulge in a full, mouthwatering seafood dinner paired with the perfect wine.

Ambiance: Restaurants Create a Mood for a Tastier and Healthier Dining

When you think about ambiance in terms of restaurants, you might think about softly lit spaces and candlelight. But ambiance refers to any kind of atmosphere, and it can have a significant effect on how and whether you enjoy your meal. Every restaurant has ambiance, but not all ambiance is as pleasant as it could be.

Studies have shown that everything from the color of plates to what kind of music is playing can affect the experience that a meal provides.

For example, one study looked at what happened when one part of a fast food restaurant was turned into a fine dining establishment. That portion of the restaurant had soft lighting and quiet jazz instrumentals. People spent more time over their meals and ordered more, but they actually ate less. They also enjoyed their food more.

Another study found that loud and unpleasant noises caused people’s blood pressure to increase, and they ate more. People who watched with a TV on ate fewer fruits and vegetables.

Many variables affected how people behaved and perceived their meal. For example, people ate more when they were with others than when they were alone unless they were in a stressful situation such as a job interview.

Studies appear to show that people enjoy food more with the right ambiance, and the right ambiance keeps people from overeating. A restaurant like Lamoraga puts a great deal of thought into the ambiance it provides for guests. This ensures that as they order tasty, healthy food from the menu, they enjoy it as much as possible. Lamoraga provides a great atmosphere for diners who want to linger with family and friends over our delicious meals.

Varieties of Flavorful Meat, Seafood and Dessert Croquette Recipes

A croquette is a small patty of generally fish or meat varieties. The patty is coated with breadcrumbs and other ingredients, such as egg, and flour. Breadcrumbs are often an essential ingredient in croquette recipes, since these help create the crispy feel and rounded shape. A variety of additional ingredients, like onions, green peppers, garlic, pickle relish, shredded cheese and seasonings may be added to give the croquettes more flavor.  Continue reading

Welcome to the Ho Ho Ho Holiday season

As the year is coming to an end, thoughts of what the year brought and what is left of it can be overwhelming. Especially for companies, big or small, the question of hosting a holiday party is always reoccurring this time of year.

If you are wondering whether or not you should invest the time, effort and funds into this type of activity, here are some reason why this is a good idea.

For one, not only can a holiday party boost moral for the rest of the year but it is a great opportunity for the boss to engage with the employees in a casual setting. This makes him or her more human and demonstrates that the company is not a machine. During casual conversation the vision and objectives of the company can be reinforced, which gets everyone a sense of what they are working for

In the right setting, a holiday party is a perfect event that promotes camaraderie. Employees will interact in a way that just doesn’t happen at the workplace. By entering family members into the mix, everybody will get a much better sense of what kind of person their coworker really is. In addition, the family members will have a better idea, of who their loved ones are spending so many hours with.

If you don’t want to spend much time and money, a get together and dinner at a restaurant for a group of people is always a great idea. Everybody has to eat and it is always acceptable to have a cocktail, a glass of wine or a beer. In Naples, Lamoraga is a perfect setting for any size get together.

Lamoraga restaurant offers international cuisine and tapas in a unique contemporary setting, certainly making any guest you invite feel very special. There is no other place in Naples like Lamoraga. “We Love To Share” is what this restaurant is all about. This is what the holiday season is all about.

Lamoraga’s menu is ideal to order tapas for the table to be shared over wine and laughter, followed by one of the unique internationally inspired main entrees. The atmosphere over sharing foods becomes a very casual affair and encourages conversation to the left, the right and across the table. If you are looking for something special this year, you have to bring your employees to Lamoraga. It is conveniently located on Tamiami Trail half way between downtown Naples and the Mercado shopping and dining.

This 150 seat restaurant offers several different dining experiences. You can reserve in the open dining room with large windows capturing SW Florida‘s sunsets, the fun bar area that features high top table for a more casual setting or a patio for the mild Florida winter weather. For either one, contact management at Lamoraga (239)-331-3669 for more detail and make your reservation today. To view the entire menus that include happy hour, seafood dishes, steak entrees and international classics, visit www.lamoragarestaurant.com.

Happy Holidays and safe travels……. into 2016!

Explore Spanish Tapas featuring Spanish Hams at Lamoraga

Lamoraga takes pride in using the finest quality ingredients from around the world. Because we focus on Spanish cuisine, we ensure we use the best tasting hams from the region: Iberico and Serrano. A featured Spanish tapas favorite at Lamoraga is the Roasted Red Pepper Iberico Roll (Flamenquin Iberico). This is a pounded pork tenderloin roll, stuffed with Serrano ham, roasted red peppers and chipotle sauce. With our 5J Bellota Ham dish, you’ll get to sample one of the finest hams in the world. It is aged for a year and a half, and served with pan con tomate (bread and tomatoes). As you read below, you will see the differences between each type of ham, andwhat makes Spanish hams so unique.  There is nothing like tapas tasting at Lamoraga.serranoserrano ham - tapas naples

Spain is known for producing some of the world’s best, high-quality hams. Many factors go into creating a perfect ham: pig breed, how it was raised,feeding, processing. Certification for
quality hams comes from the Denominación de Origin or the Consorcio del Jamón Serrano
Español. Pigs bred for making these hams are generally fed cereal grain and mother’s milk. As
they get older, white pigs will eat just cereal feed. Ibérico pigs, though, have a variety of diets.
Serrano Hams
There are three major distinctions for this type of ham having to do with how the pigs are raised,
fed, and how long they are cured. Cured Serrano ham comes from white pigs raised on farms
generally outside of Spain. They are fed cereal grain and cured for less than 8 months. Gold
and Silver Serrano ham also comes from white pigs, but they were raised on farms in Spain, fed
cereal grain, and cured over 12 months. The final type is made from white or Duroc pigs fed
cereal feed, then cured for over a year in high altitude, dry areas. These include Teruel,
Trevelez, and Gran Serrano hams. If you would like to try Serrano Ham at Lamoraga, try the Jamon Iberico Con Melon (Serrano Ham with melon on baby arugula, sea salt and Port reduction).

Ibérico Hams
This is the other major type of Spanish ham, and includes many varieties based on factors like
feed, location, and more. All Ibérico ham comes from Ibérico pigs. Cebo grade Ibérico ham
comes from pigs that are fed cereal grain. Jamón Ibérico de Bellota comes from pigs that spend
their last few months of life eating acorns in a certain region of Spain. During this period the pigs
will put on about half their final weight. These are likely the most famous of the Spanish hams.
Some refer to it as the caviar of hams. Recebo grade Ibérico ham is also from pigs that feed on
acorns, but they spend less time doing so. They are also fed cereal feed.

A Brief History of Tapas

There are many legends as to the origin of tapas. One claims that King Alfonso X of Spain started the tradition when he recovered from an illness by drinking wine with small dishes between meals. He then ordered taverns to serve wine only if was accompanied by a small snack (tapa). Another origin story is that King Alfonso XIII once ordered a cup of wine in a tavern. Before offering the cup, the server covered it with a slice of cured ham to protect it from the sand since the area was very windy. The king then drank the wine and ate the tapa, and ordered another wine “with the cover”. A common explanation for the origin of tapas is that an item like bread would be placed on top of a drink to protect it from fruit flies. At some point it became common to top the drink cover with a snack. The word tapa actually means lid, so it as appropriate name if this origin story is true.

Whatever the origin may happen to be, it is now a common finding all over Spain and throughout the world. Tapas are small snacks to be had between meals, typically with a drink like wine. In Spain, dinner is usually had between 9 and 11pm and lunch is between 2 and 4pm. This leaves a long break between meals, which is a perfect time for tapas. In some cities and restaurants, a tapa will be served for free when a drink is ordered. Some places, especially northern Spain will call these snacks pinchos, because they have a toothpick (pincho) through them.

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There are so many varieties when it comes to tapas. Some include seafood or meat, while others may be purely vegetarian. Tapas have changed over the years due to regional influences and invasions. When the North African Moors invaded in the 8th century, the introduced almonds, citrus, and certain spices. The discovery of North America brough tomatoes, corn, potatoes, and sweet and chili peppers. Tapas can be served hot or cold. Inland Spain is found to favor hot tapas, while the southern areas tend to prefer cold ones. The coastlines, much closer to the oceans, will feature seafood.

The three main categories of tapas include cosas de picar, cazuelas, and pinchos. They differ in how easy they are to prepare. Cosas de picar means things to nibble, generally including finger foods like olives. Pinchos means toothpick and these tapas require the toothpick in order to be eaten. Cazuelas means little dishes, which may include foods that come in a sauce like shrimp in garlic.

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If you happen to travel to Spain, be sure to find a local tasca (tapas bar) in order to experience the tapas scene. We can all agree that tapas have become a world-renowned way of eating that is here to stay.

Lamoraga History

The idea of Lamoraga started not too long ago in Andalusia, the Spanish region that covers most of the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula.

The region’s history dates back many 1000s of years. From the Romans, North African Tribes, such as the Moors, to the British and the French, you notice the social influences in the Andalusian cuisine. The mixture of cultures, a great coastline along the Mediterranean Sea, and the indigenous foods to this region offer complex and very unique flavors to its cuisine.There, a handful of chefs decided to create a contemporary lifestyle restaurant, where one can enjoy recipes that are the essence of the Spanish gastronomic culture. Lamoraga was born, with its Andalusian roots loosely translates to: The Barbeque on the beach.

A few years later, in 2013, a small group of well-travelled “foodies and wine lovers”, dined at a Lamoraga in one of the Spanish locations. With roots in the USA, specifically Naples, FL, the idea of offering this concept to the American market started to take course.The process of selecting a location and building one of the finest restaurants in the area began. Nestled halfway between Olde Naples and Vanderbilt Beach, Lamoraga is a freestanding building on Tamiami Trail and wows anyone pulling up to the front doors.