It’s all official and everything. So if you are looking for technical cookies you have come to the right place. If you need a chocolate chip cookie . . . Sorry we don’t bake any.
You might need to make yourself a cup of tea before starting to read this one.
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We promise not to send you any newsletters, adverts or unsolicited garbage.
All this is based on a series of talks on GDPR at the WordPress Dublin Wordcamp. Your information is important to us. That’s why we don’t store it.
Hopefully this post has clarified the fact that we are a small independant café and not a sinister multinational data processing monolith.
If you are still reading this page you should probably put your phone down right now and find another hobby. There’s nothing to see here.
I found this 2014 article in The Huffington Post over three years ago. It fairly clearly points out that putting calories on menus is a folly.
Putting Calorie Counts On Fast Food Menus Won’t Make People Eat Less, Experts Say | HuffPost
Americans will soon know just how many calories are in that fast food burger they’re about to buy. But that won’t necessarily make them think twice about buying it.
The Food and Drug Administration last week announced new rules requiring fast food chains, vending machine companies and other restaurants with more than 20 locations to list the number of calories in each of their menu items. The regulations, which came out of a provision of Obamacare, aim to help diners make “informed choices for themselves and their families,” FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg wrote in a press release.
But extra information may not translate into healthier choices, experts say. With a few exceptions, “the overwhelming majority of the research” finds that diners don’t eat less when restaurants post the number of calories in their meals, according to David Just, a Cornell professor who has researched how portion labeling influences food choice.
People who make dining decisions based on calorie counts already have a pretty good sense of how many calories are in a Big Mac or burrito, Just noted. And most diners who head to a restaurant chain go for a specific item and rarely look at the menu anyway, said Maeve Webster, a senior director at DataSsential, a company that studies food trends. If customers don’t look at the menu, they won’t see how many calories are in that serving of french fries.
“It will be a very rare case where a restaurant will full-on lose customers by putting calorie counts up there,” Webster said.
This July 18, 2008, file photo shows a McDonald’s drive-thru menu in New York, printed with calorie counts for each food item.
Probably the biggest reason why adding calorie counts doesn’t typically change diners’ behavior is that many people “have virtually no understanding” of how many calories they should be eating or even what constitutes a healthy meal, Webster said. For some, calorie counts are just “white noise” on an already crowded menu, she said.
In some cases, listing the calories on the menu may even trick diners into thinking that unhealthy items are normal, Webster said. For example, if people see a 2,000-calorie burger at a variety of different restaurants, they could begin to think that a burger should have 2,000 calories. For some perspective, an average quarter-pound cheeseburger with ketchup on a bun has about 400 calories, according to FitDay, an online dietary and weight loss journal.
The FDA rules do offer some help for diners trying to make sense of calorie counts, by requiring that eateries post a statement that says: “2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice, but calorie needs vary.”
Posting calorie counts may even push some people to eat more food rather than less, Webster suggested. Some people might think that higher calorie counts mean they’re getting more for their money, just as they do with bigger portion sizes.
A 2012 study on the impacts of New York City’s 2008 requirement to post calorie counts found that McDonald’s customers slightly increased their calorie intake after the rules took effect.
It’s also not uncommon for restaurants to add a super-high-calorie item to the menu to make a slightly less-heavy meal look healthier to customers, Just said. He added that he wouldn’t be surprised to see restaurants try this tactic as the calorie count rules go into place.
Some research does show that restaurants make their dishes healthier in response to requirements to post calories. And most of the research on the impacts of calorie counts has focused on short-term results and fast food chains, according to Brian Elbel, a professor at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service who studies how people make decisions that influence their health. We still don’t really know much about what the long-term effects of the policy might be, or how the rules might affect fancier establishments, he said.
Elbel’s own research on the topic has found that fast food diners take note of calorie information when restaurants post it, but don’t change the number of calories they eat or the number of times they visit the restaurants.
But research focused on fast food may not be a reliable predictor of how calorie counts affect behavior in other contexts, Elbel said. That’s because people typically don’t head to fast food restaurants with the intention of ordering something healthy. They’re looking for something that’s cheap and quick.
Health may be more of a priority when ordering at sit-down chains, which are included in the FDA’s rules, Elbel said. There, seeing the calorie difference between a steak and fish dish could influence a diner’s order, especially given that meals at sit-down chains probably have more calories than most diners think.
This is not a recipe book. Just a few ideas to use up any bread you might have hanging around after the storm.
Quick and easy stuff to do. Flavoursome and filling. You have loads of snow to be clearing. You need to stock up on some calories to fuel that hard work.
Recipes to use up stale bread
French toast – Eggy bread
Splash of milk
Bread cut into triangles
Oil for frying
Heat frying pan with a little oil
Whisk up eggs, milk, salt
Dip both sides of bread to soak up the egg.
Fry both sides
Serve with sweet or savoury accompaniments.
Maple syrup, honey, rashers, mixed berries . . .
Bread and butter pudding
Eggs, cream, milk, sultanas, butter, sugar.
Later buttered bread and sultanas
Make a custard
Pour over, leave for 10 minutes. Bake
Frozen summer fruit
Using your nutri- bullet, blender, food processor
Rip up the bread into small pieces, blend/grind into bread crumbs.
Melt butter in a pan
Add crumbs, herbs, salt, pepper
Mix together store in fridge for later
If you want to make bread crumbs for breading or coating you can dry out the bread in a low oven. Grind into fine breadcrumbs.
As mentioned this isn’t a recipe book. Just a few ideas. If you are interested in any of these dishes you can always Google them!
Christmas is all about family. As you are our Halo Café family we thought we would let you know about our plans for this year.
We are closing for Christmas on Saturday 23rd December at 5pm.
That means we are not opening on Christmas Eve – Sunday 24th December. Because we don’t open on Sundays. So we won’t be open. And we won’t be open on the 25th or the 26th because we don’t open on bank holidays. Can you see a pattern developing here?
We are aware that this may have a deep psychological and emotional effect on some of you. A helpline will be set up to help you talk through any issues you may be experiencing.
Please share with your friends, family and neighbours that may not be online.
Brown Bread for Christmas
We will be baking all day on Saturday 23rd December. If you need our homemade brown bread for your celebration dinner, please let us know. You can collect your bread right up until 6pm.
Once your bread has cooled down, wrap in cling film and enjoy for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Lightly toasting under the grill accentuates the malty flavour. With real butter and scrambled eggs – perfect.
If smoked salmon is your starter of choice be sure to add a tub of cream cheese to your shopping list. Add a thick layer of cream cheese and slices of smoked salmon. Depending on your preference you can garnish with dill herb or capers.
If soup is your thing you just need bread with lashings of real butter. Job done.
Stephen’s Day or Stephenses Day or Boxing Day or the day after the night before . . . Cold cuts, ballymaloe relish, cheeses, brown bread. If you’re into pâté slap a thick layer on brown bread.
Have you had difficulty getting your stuff on the internet. I have recently been telling people about the importance of OWNING your OWN information. Thanks to www.theoatmeal.com for explaining how Facebook are now charging to contact your followers.
The cartoon sums up the visibility of Halo Café on Facebook. Gradually declining until you cough up some cash. This is one of the reasons why you can keep up to date with Halo Café on a whole host of platforms.
We are on Instagram but, as that is owned by Facebook, we may have to think about this one. If you want to keep seeing our posts you will have to start sharing a whole more. SHARE PEOPLE!
We have been on Twitter for the longest time. If you follow us on Twitter you could also follow realDonaldTrump. If you really want to. At the moment you can choose what you want to see on Twitter.
We occasionally post stuff directly to Google. So you could just Google search – Halo Café Celbridge and click on images. Google are quite a friendly bunch. They call occasionally and check if our listing is up to date. They also let me know the other day that one of our web links was not working. Which was nice.
A recent addition is YouTube with a few collections of chalkboards and signs. You can find details of our channel here. It is early days for the channel so subscribe and you can be first to see what’s happening.
If you read blogs you could add www.halocafe.ie/news to your follow list and catch up with us there. I use Feedly to keep track of a few bloggers that I like to read. When I have time to read.
I have been informed that I am waaaaay too old to be on Snapchat! We will keep this one under review . . .
And in conclusion
If you are on Facebook please remember – Facebook OWNS you.
After a weekend spent at web community conference the results are now available on YouTube.
Word Camp Dublin 2017 brought together over 200 web designers, developers, seo practitioners, a harp teacher, and a random . . . ummm . . . café owner.
As well as being a café owner, baker, barista, washer upper, party planner, logistics manager, purchasing manager, customer relations manager, sales manager, I am also “The Webmaster”!
Trying to schedule a full weekend conference into the commitments of busy café and catering company was not an easy task. It required planning, rostering, and a really early start. Scones don’t bake themselves, don’t you know.
The conference was designed for tech heads and techno dopes. It was a chance to learn some techie stuff and some business stuff. One of the first presentations was by an Irish harp teacher from Galway, Una ní Fhlannagáin – TheHarpTeacher.com
One unique feature of her talk was that she was able to use her website and YouTube to teach her students at a faster rate than weekly lessons and practice at home. It worked so well that her ensemble performed at The Royal Albert Hall.
A ten minute chat with Una during the lunch break led to downloading an app, editing a video, adding a soundtrack and uploading a video to YouTube. Ten minutes we’ll spent.
The YouTube channel had been set up over four years ago. I didn’t think I would ever get to use it. It has been a slow start but there are now a couple of videos for you to enjoy.
All you need to do now is subscribe to the channel. It’s free!
At the end of the conference we were asked to set three goals. First was my ambition to start a travel blog. (Sorry I don’t get out much). Secondly create and publish some videos for your amusement and delight . . .
Thirdly . . . Well, you will just have to wait and see . . .
Celbridge to Dublin City University- A Travel Blog
My new travel blog . . .
As travel blogs are the new thing we thought that we would add another string to our bow with our very first travel blog.
I recently travelled around one third of the M50 recently. It was early in the morning so traffic was fairly light.
It is worth mentioning that Gatso vans usually make an appearance on the N4. If you travel at or below the speed limit it gives you the chance to view the scenic approaches to Liffey Valley.
In the distance you can see the trees of the Phoenix Park. Do not linger on the view too long as you may miss the transition lane onto the M50.
The journey is a fairly hassle free experience with the highlights being the Blanchardstown interchange crossed by the railway line, canal, N3 and of course the “poo pipe”. Apparently it is the “busiest” interchange in Europe.
The horizon at Finglas is dominated by the electric substation and water tower. Make sure you are in the right lane for your exit at this stage.
One thought that crosses the mind . . . Does anyone miss the Ballymun Towers?
Arriving near my destination the next question is where is DCU? There is one small brown sign pointing to the Helix and is easily missed.
And where exactly is DCU? Is it Ballymun? Finglas? Or is it Glasnevin?
Dublin City University
The Campus extends along the Collins Avenue Extention. A mainly urban tree lined environment with a selection of traffic light and feeder lane intersections.
Parking at DCU is right at the front of the campus and is very handy for the business school.
DCU business school itself falls victim to most post-modernist architecture in that it has no discernible front entrance.
The upper floors are, however, graced with two protruding glass faced fire exits that work really well when observed from the inside.
For travelers on a budget DCU offers well priced accommodation which is plentiful during college vacations.
The return journey can also include a slight detour to Ikea on the way back to Celbridge.
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