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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.

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!

Halloween in Spain

Usually in the blog, we’re covering topics about Spain or getting in-depth about items on our menu. Since it’s October, we thought we’d do something a little fun and apropos to the season. We’re going to talk about Halloween in Spain! Although Halloween is huge in the United States, not every country celebrates it. But there are quite a few that have caught on and go all out for the holiday.

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First, let’s talk about Spain. Why? Just look at our menu! We’re all about the Spanish cuisine, drinks, and tapas. Do you think Spain celebrates Halloween? If you said no, think again! Halloween has a few names in Spain: Noche de los Muertos (Night of the Dead), and, in the north, Noite dos Calacus (Night of the Pumpkins). According to an article on Matador Network, people all over Spain will celebrate Halloween. The Northern region of Spain celebrates Halloween a little differently than other areas. This is due to Celtic influence and traditions. In the northern areas, some locals will light bonfires, carve pumpkins, and drink queimadas which are alcoholics drink made of unground coffee, sugar, lemon rind, and aguardiente. Though it is made with alcohol, much of it is burned off. Consuming this drink is symbolic, as it is the act of burning away bad luck.

As in most towns in the US, Halloween is very much a holiday for children. Though in cities, you will find adults donning costumes and going out on the town. The big difference between the US and Spain, is that in Spain trick or treating occurs at shops and restaurants rather than homes. In Spain, Halloween is less about the commercial side (buying costumes, getting candy) and more about celebrating and honoring the dead. Also unlike the US, people in Spain tend to dress up as ghosts, zombies, and other monsters, rather than pop culture icons like Batman or Betty Boop.

Halloween in Spain is followed by Dia de Todos los Santos (All Saints’ Day). This is a public holiday where families visit the graves of loved ones. On this day, mass is held three times.

We hope you will come visit us during Halloween! This year it lands on a Saturday, which means you won’t feel guilty staying up late. Get some tapas to share with the table, like Roasted Red Pepper Iberico Rolls or Andalusian Garlic Shrimp. Then grab a pitcher of Lamoraga Sangria to share! Celebrate Halloween at Lamoraga!

 

The Origin of Happy Hour | Lamoraga Naples

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We know you enjoy a good happy hour (c’mon who doesn’t!?). You get drinks and appetizers for a great deal, just by showing up at a certain time. Happy hour has become a staple in the United States. Workers all over clamor to their favorite spots after work to enjoy some drinks, relax, and talk with friends. Have you ever wondered what genius invented happy hour? Well we’ve been thinking about it and want to fill you in. So next time you’re enjoying happy hour with us, you can impress your friends with the happy hour origin story.

The Basics
Happy hour is the practice of serving specials during a certain time of day. This time of day varies (usually 3pm-8pm) but it’s generally an off time for restaurants and bars. Happy hour is a great way for businesses to get customers in the door during times when they are slow.

The Origin of Happy Hour
You may think a clever marketer invented this special. It actually started out in the 1920s after WW1. It’s an American naval term which refers to a certain amount of time in which sailors can enjoy entertainment during long days at sea. This was usually wrestling or boxing.

During this time back on land, America was going through Prohibition. From 1920-1933 it was illegal to manufacture, transport or sell an alcohol. But this didn’t stop many Americans. Instead they headed to speakeasies or homes in the area to drink illegal beverages. Usually they did this before dinner. Soon people started to refer to this fun drinking time before dinner as happy hour.

It is believed by some that an article in the Saturday Evening Post from 1959 first mentioned happy hour and introduced it to the public. By the 1970s and 1980s, restaurants and bars all over started creating happy hour specials.

Some states don’t take too kindly to happy hour though. There are 23 states that have banned restaurants from selling “alcoholic beverages during a fixed period of time for a fixed price”. The term has even been banned in Ontario Canada.

Next time you and your coworkers are looking for a respite after a long day on the job, come on over. Our happy hour runs from 3-6pm Monday-Friday. You can enjoy $5 tapas, $7 cocktails, $5 sangria, $5 draft beer, and $6 glasses of white or red wine. You can’t go wrong!

What is Gazpacho? | Lamoraga Naples

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If you’re a Lamoraga Naples regular, you’ve seen our gazpacho section on the menu. We offer three delicious options: Tropical, Andalusian, and Cherry. Our Tropical selection includes chilled almond, garlic, coconut soup from Andalusia, topped with iced pineapple coulis. Our chilled cherry gazpacho comes with feta cheese snow, anchovies, pistachios and basil oil. And our Andalusian variety is a chilled traditional tomato gazpacho with a delicate tomato foam. If you’re indecisive, you can get our sampler which includes all three flavors.

Now onto the real reason you’re reading this blog, you want to know what gazpacho is! Simply put, it’s a soup made of raw vegetables, and is served cold. It’s a popular dish in Spain and Portugal, especially during hot summers. The main soup bases include tomato, cucumber, stale bread, garlic, olive oil, and salt. But can include a variety of other ingredients like watermelon, seafood, grapes, avocado, and more. Gazpacho has come a long way since its inception. Originally, it was a blend of stale bread, olive oil, garlic, and liquid such as water or vinegar. It also included vegetables and almonds.

To make this soup, you typically wash and peel the vegetables, and chop them up. You can puree the vegetables in a food processor or other machine. If you plan to add bread, you should soak it first. Blend all the ingredients together, then add flavor enhancers like salt, vinegar, water, olive oil, and more. You can garnish with vegetables like diced tomatoes, or items like basil, or nuts.

Across Andalusia, you will find each region has its own special gazpacho. Red ones include tomato, white include no tomato but rather dried fruits, and green have some green spices.

The town of Rota has a style of soup similar to gazpacho called Arranque roteño, which uses less water and bread than gazpacho when the city experiences a drought.

In Extremadura, gazpachos are thick and known as cojondongo. They are made of breadcrumbs, oil, garlic, vinegar, and topped with chopped peppers, tomato, and onions.

In La Mancha, they create a Gazpacho manchego which is a meat stew served hot. It can include small game, birds, rabbit, and other meats. 

In Castilian, the summers are very dry and hot. Gazpacho made in La Moraña often has large vegetable pieces floating in the soup.

An interesting Spanish saying shows just how much the people of Spain love their gazpacho. “De gazpacho no hay empacho”. Meaning you can never get too much of a good thing or too much gazpacho.

We hope you come get your fill of this delicious cold soup along with your next meal at Lamoraga Naples!

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Lamoraga Guide to Artisanal Cheese

If you’ve come to visit us at Lamoraga, you’ve likely seen someone order our popular Artisanal Cheeses or Meats and Cheeses assortment. “What is that?” You’re probably thinking, what exactly is an artisanal cheese, where did they originate, what are the different types? We’ll help give you the insider info on this growing culinary phenomenon.

First off, let’s discuss what makes a cheese artisanal. Most likely you’ve heard this term, especially when referring to food or crafts. For a cheese to be called artisan, it must be produced by hand using traditional craftsmanship. A major difference between mass produced cheeses you may find on grocery store shelves is that artisan cheeses are often aged and ripened. These techniques give the cheese a wide variety of flavors, smells, and textures. This differs greatly from the store-bought cheese which is usually mild in flavor as it is meant for a general palate. artisanal cheese

One example of artisan cheese is called farmstead cheese. This type of cheese is made with milk from a variety of animals like cows, goats, or sheep. This milk must come from the producer’s own herds to be called farmstead. But this doesn’t meant that all artisan cheeses must use milk from just one farm, they can mix milk from multiple farms.

For now, the most widely acknowledged definition is from the American Cheese Society.

” The word ‘artisan’ or ‘artisanal’ implies that a cheese is produced primarily by hand, in small batches, with particular attention paid to the tradition of the cheesemaker’s art and thus using as little mechanization as possible in production of the cheese. Artisan, or artisanal, cheese may be made from all types of milk and may include various flavorings.”

Because of this handmade process to make the cheese, you will find many artisanal cheeses to be more expensive than the grocery store brands. But those involved in the craft enjoy this as a labor of love.

In January of 2014, the FDA was suggesting banning the use of wooden shelves to age cheese. This practice has been done in the cheese-making industry for centuries. But in June, the FDA released a statement to not ban the shelves, though it will be working with cheese makers to figure out which types of cheeses can safely be made using the wooden shelves.

Alright, now onto the juicy part! We’ll go over just a few of the more popular cheese types you may not be aware of. Head to your stores and see if you can try them out.

Bergenost
Texture: Semi Soft
Source: Cow’s milk, Norway
Flavor: Smooth and mild, hints of sour
Hint: You can even find it at Trader Joes

Brie de Meaux
Texture: Soft-rippened, creamy, smooth
Source: Cow’s milk, France
Flavor: Buttery, sweet, undertones of mushrooms, truffles, almonds
Aroma: Rich
This pairs well with Champagne, or a red Bordeaux or Burgundy wine.

Paneer
Texture: Chewy, crumbly
Source: Cow or water buffalo, India and Bangladesh
Flavor: Milky
Aroma: Fresh, milky
This is a typical cheese in Indian dishes like Sandesh. It is sometimes even used in dessert.

Burrata
Texture: Creamy, stringy
Source: water buffalo, Italy and US
Flavor: buttery, milky
Aroma: Fresh, Milky
This is a mix of cream and mozzarella. It’s great with salads, bread, prosciutto, tomatoes.

The Lamoraga Guide to Paella

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If you’ve had the chance to dine at Lamoraga, you’ve seen likely seen someone order our delicious Paella if you haven’t ordered it for yourself. Paella is one of Spain’s most well known dishes, some even refer to it as Spain’s national dish. Our Seafood Paella consists of saffron rice and a selection of fresh seafood. This is one of the best known types of paella, the other two are Valencian and mixed.

Valencia is the region of Spain where Paella is said to have originated. It appeared at around the mid-nineteenth century near a coastal lagoon in Valencia. A food historian has said this about paella: “[it] symbolizes the union and heritage of two important cultures, the Roman, which gives us the utensil and the Arab which brought us the basic food of humanity for centuries.” 

The word paella is Valencian-Catalan and comes from the Old French word “paelle” which means pan. Valencians use the term “paella” for all kinds of pans. In many other parts of Spain, the word “paellera” is used for the type of pan used to cook paellas. Valencian style consists of white rice, chicken, rabbit, butter beans, runner beans, tomatoes, paprika, saffron, salt, water, and olive oil. Optionally people added in snails and duck.

The seafood variety is just that, using seafood instead of the meat and beans present in the Valencian style. Mixed paella features ingredients from both: seafood, meat, sausage, vegetables. The most popular around the world is the seafood variety.

There is even a world record surrounding paella (seems like there’s a world record for everything!). A restaurateur in Valencia created the largest paella, feeding 100,000 people.

Alright, enough reading! Come visit us for lunch or dinner and try this Spanish tradition.

A History of Sliders | Lamoraga Naples

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Who doesn’t love a good slider? They are the perfect food to eat at the bar, during happy hour, or to share with friends. Those tiny burgers are juicy, tender, and just the right amount. Where did sliders come from? Who decided to take the burger and make it mini? Well you’re about to find out!

What is a slider?

Contrary to popular belief, a slider is not necessarily a mini burger. A slider is any sandwich that is served on a small bun. This can include chicken, seafood, anything! The term slider, some say, is because these little sandwiches just “slide” down your throat. But there are some food critics out there that believe the term slider is being misused. Adam Kuban, Editor Emeritus for the website Serious Eats, wrote a piece titled “A Mini Hamburger is Not a Slider”. In the article he stated,

“A slider is something very specific. It is not just a mini hamburger. It’s a thin, thin slip of beef, cooked on a griddle with onions and pickles piled atop patty. The steam from the onions does as much cooking as the griddle. The buns are placed atop the onions, absorbing the pungent aroma and flavor.”

Most are not as critical as Mr.Kuban when it comes to sliders. So whether you want to call your little burger a slider or a mini burger, you won’t get much resistance. That is, unless you happen to be friends with a picky slider critic.

Who invented the slider?

Many believe that White Castle was the first. Their mini burgers, nicknamed sliders, were one of the first on the market. They even copyrighted the name “slyders”. It’s not certain if there is anyone else claiming to have been the first, so for now White Castle claims the invention of the slider.

For all the controversy surrounding sliders, there is no argument over which restaurant has the best in Naples. Lamoraga’s sliders use the finest meat, and are cooked to perfection. Our Iberian Pork Slider is a pork patty wrapped in bacon, topped with grilled onions and a teriyaki aioli. The Beef Slider is topped with havarti cheese, arugula, and au-jus aioli. And if you can’t choose just one, then get our Slider Selection! Come get your slider fix at Lamoraga Naples.