For Easier Living
[Creative Tips 1] Speak a Foreign Language
¿No habla español? No problem.
You don’t need to complete a six-month course of elementary Spanish to make your way in Madrid.
“Get a little pocket language book, and instead of attempting to learn the language, learn a few key phrases,” says Harold Jenkins, a Chicago-based travel agent and a frequent traveler.
Elizabeth Lunney, cofounder of New York City’s ABC Language Exchange, recommends Berlitz Phrasebooks because they’re “easy to navigate, come in many languages, and help with pronunciation.”
Don George, global-travel editor for Lonely Planet, says the following words and phrases are the most useful:
Do you speak English?
I don’t understand.
I would like…
[Creative Tips] Dry Your Tears
“I stick my head in the freezer for a couple of seconds after I cut onions,” says Todd Ginsberg, a chef at Manhattan’s Alain Ducasse Restaurant, at the Essex House.
Cold air stops the tears and reduces redness and puffiness by constricting blood vessels, explains ophthalmologist Marguerite B. McDonald, a professor at the Tulane University School of Medicine, in New Orleans.
If you’re not in the kitchen, try dabbing?not rubbing?away the wetness.
Then use an over-the-counter eye whitener to get the red out, or disguise it with blue eyeliner. “Draw a line on the inner lower rims of your eyes,” McDonald says. “Blue will make your eyes look whiter.”
[Creative Tips 3] Thaw Meat
Whatever you do, don’t zap it in the microwave, says Evan Lobel, owner of Lobel’s butcher shop, in New York City.
“It cooks the meat from the inside out, which removes moisture, retains the freezer aftertaste, and leaves your meat gritty.”
Instead, he suggests, wrap your cuts in small, resealable packages before you freeze them?one steak, two lamb chops.
Then, when dinner is just a couple of hours away and you haven’t had time to thaw the main course in the refrigerator, soak it (bag and all) in cold water for about two hours.
“Warm water is bad,” Lobel warns, “because the outside of the meat gets too warm and the inside won’t thaw”?not to mention that food-borne illnesses can breed that way.
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