Month: March 2017

Little Known Restaurant Facts

restaurant-449952_960_720Did you know that “Restaurant” is a French term? This term was once used to refer to the rich bouillons served at public houses and taverns in France in order to relieve ailments and restore the spirits.

The concept of selling food to gain profit can be trace back to ancient civilizations, which include ancient China and Rome. Street vendors sold bread and wine. The earliest form of the modern day sit-down restaurant was the roadside inn. However, the menu choices were just chef’s choice and customers do not have a choice by to dine family style.

Other Facts About Restaurants

The invention of fine dining
Chefs who were employed by noble households during the French Revolution were out of job after Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette lost their heads. Plenty of these unemployed workers opened up their own establishments, offering meals to the masses. Eventually, this French style of dining spread to other parts of the world.

The largest restaurant in the world
Bawabet Dimashq Restaurant or Damascus Gate Restaurant in Syria is the world’s largest restaurant. It has 6,014 seats.

Most expensive burger
Today, there are plenty of expensive burgers today. The most expensive one is from Fleur de Lys at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. This burger costs $5000.

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Some Mulch Facts You Must Know

service-landscaping-servicesMulching is a great way of saving money as well as conserving water supplies, which is the most precious resource today. Did you know that an average household will make use of 240,000 litres of water every year or about 5 times an average swimming pool? 36% of all household water is being used on gardens. Adding a mulching plan can help save up about 73% of what may be lost through evaporation.

Aside from saving water, mulching is also a fantastic weed suppressant. Indeed, this is the key to a low maintenance garden. The right selection of mulch will increase the level of nutrients in the soil.

Applying Mulch

Experts highly emphasized that mulch is very simple to apply. All you have to do is weed the garden bed, water and spread some mulch around. Bear in mind though to leave at least 10cm clearance around the plant’s base. After application, do not forget to water well. If you choose to use the mulch as a fertilizing agent, consider applying a nitrogen supplement as this will help in decomposition.

Be aware that the faster the mulch breaks down, the better it will be for the soil. But if long-term mulch is necessary, slower decomposition is a better option.

Did you know that things will break down based on the carbon/nitrogen ratio? If the carbon to nitrogen ratio is lower, the materials will be broken down faster and the nutrients will be released to the soil instantly. Such levels can be estimated by merely looking at the mulch. If the structure is denser, it means that it contains higher carbon level and it will take a bit longer for it to be broken down.

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Some Amazing Facts About Trees And Forests

tree-service-ada-ok-300x218Trees are very incredible. They can live for plenty of years as well as grow hundreds of meters tall. All species on the planet owe their existence to them.

Some Amazing Facts About Trees And Forests

Largest Land Habitat on the Planet – This is the Boreal forest or otherwise known as Taiga. It runs across northern USA and Canada, southern Iceland, across Finland, Norway, and Sweden, through Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Russia and northern Japan. This region has experienced dramatic temperature increases.

Largest Tree-Dwelling Mammal – This are the orangutans. As compared to other primates, they spend most of their time in the trees rather than on the ground. They actually build tree nests to sleep in. Also, they make use of sticks to probe logs for honey.

World’s Largest Tree – This is called Hyperion, a coast redwood from California that measures 115.61m tall. But when it comes to volume, the world’s largest tree is the General Sherman, a giant sequoia that has a 10m trunk and an estimated 1486 cubic metres of wood.

The Trembling Giant – This is a colony of quaking aspen trees, also known as Pando. This group of trees is a single organism and is connected by a single massive root system. Pando is also believed to be approximately 80,000 years old.

Did you know that the forests are the lungs of the planet? They play a huge role in establishing global climate as they convert carbon dioxide into oxygen.

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Fascinating Concrete Facts You Must Know

hi-build-enduro-300x300Concrete is the most useful material in the world when it comes to volume. It can be poured into place as a liquid but it hardens to resemble a material such as natural rock, which makes it the perfect building material.

Historical Facts About Concrete

Ancient Egypt originally made use of concrete as an infill material for the pyramids.

The ancient Romans, on the other hand, were the first to use concrete as a building material. Builders have mixed water, lime and volcanic ash – they called this “pozzolana”. They actually built the Pantheon using concrete. Up to now, Pantheon is still the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world.

In 1874, an Englishman working as a bricklayer tried his best to create his own cement. After plenty of trials and errors, he was able to make cement for which he received a patent. He called this “Portland Cement” since the color was the same with quarried stone from the Isle of Portland off the English coast.

Concrete ears or sound mirrors are huge concrete dishes that were built during the WWII in order to detect any approaching aircraft. Microphones were suspended at the dishes’ focal points.

Today, most construction company are making use of scented form release agents in order to impart a pleasant smell in concrete – bubble gum being the most famous.

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