4 Reasons Why Eating as a Family is Important

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Eating as a family is an important practice for many reasons. When people talk about the family dinner, they usually refer to home-cooked meals. However, with the way restaurant menus look today, you can eat a healthy meal as a family even when you’re not at home. Lord Hardwicke’s, for example, offers many different options with their meals and we cater for vegetarians, vegans, diabetics, etc. So, have a look at these reasons why eating as a family is important and book your dinner with us today.

  1. Communication – Eating together means that conversation happens. Everyone can catch up on how their day went, what new things are happening at school or work, and what projects they are busy with. It is also an opportunity to plan family vacations, reminisce and just generally bond.
  2. Well-being – When a family eats together, it fosters warmth and security. It gives the family a sense of love and belonging and strengthens resolve and confidence. Eating as a family can be fantastic to instil confidence in your kids and it is a great way to check up and check in and make sure that everything is still okay with them.
  3. Table manners – This is especially the case for younger children. Family meals teach children what the correct and acceptable table manners are. This is something that is specifically applicable to eating in a restaurant. There may still be some things that can slide at home, but at a restaurant etiquette and the right table manners are very important.
  4. New foods – Children especially need to be exposed to different foods as they get older. It is best to introduce new foods along with their favorites. Restaurant family meals are great for trying new things that they haven’t eaten before. You can make a game of it and say everyone must order something they haven’t eaten before and the person with the best dish, wins something.

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Family meals are fun, creates a great environment for bonding and building important skills, and it also makes sure that there is a sense of belonging. Make family meals a tradition.

4 Foods that the World Should Thank America For

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Different countries in the world have different styles of cooking, different ways of plating, and different ingredients that they prefer. However, there are some foods that many countries love that they wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for America (we include North, Central, and South). You will be surprised to see which foods are on this list of American native food that the world loves.

Chocolate

Yes, you read right. The world would be a completely different place if there were no chocolate. Just imagine that world for a minute. Chocolate is made from the seeds of the cacao tree which are native to South America. Thousands of years ago, the Mayans and the Aztecs used the cacao beans to make a drink that they flavoured with chili peppers. They used it a bit different than we do today, but boy are we glad they started it.

Chili Peppers

  

Peppers, both sweet and hot, were first planted by the Native Americans more than 10 000 years ago. Today, peppers are a key part of many spices and dishes and you will be hard-pressed to find a restaurant who doesn’t use them in some form. Chili peppers were originally planted from Peru to New Mexico.

Pineapple

This is another healthy and delicious food that we need to be thanked for. When America was discovered they found pineapples in the American tropics. Pineapples are very healthy because of their fat-burning enzymes. The Native Americans used them to tenderize meat.

Avocado

The avocado tree is native to Mexico and Central America. Avocados are some of the best foods to eat and many dieticians and health experts recommend eating them. Chefs around the world love using avo in their dishes.

We can also add vanilla, peanuts, corn, tomatoes, and potatoes to this list. Without these foods, the way we enjoy food and the recipes that people use would look much different. Some of these foods have become staples and most of them are loved all around the world.

True American Cuisine Dishes that We All Love

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If you’re American, we know you love our traditional comfort food and all the dishes that American-style cuisine has to offer. We have so many fantastic and delicious dishes that it is hard to believe that we don’t just eat all day long. Today, we want to share some of the best American food dishes that we have. You can find all of these at Lord Hardwicke’s! So, once you’re done reading this, come on over to taste what you’re reading about.

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Apple Pie – If you don’t like apple pie, many Americans will call you un-American. Apple pie is one of the best-loved dishes in the US and it can be seen as a cultural icon.

Steak – You often hear characters on television shows talk about going out for a steak dinner. Such a dinner tends to include steak (duh), fries and sautéed onions. It can also include some vegetables like broccoli and carrots.

Clam Bake – This is a dish that you won’t really find outside of America or it may be called something completely different if you do find it. A clam bake dish consists of various steamed shellfish and is often served with corn on the cobb.

Cheeseburger – Almost every country in the world has cheeseburgers, but we tend to eat it a bit differently. We have the cheeseburger and the fries and we also add coleslaw. The coleslaw is an American thing.

Eggs Benedict – Yes, it’s American. Eggs Benedict is a very popular breakfast meal and consists of poached eggs and hollandaise sauce and you usually get salmon with it. There are also other variations.

Roasted Turkey – Roasted Turkey is a modern American dish that is served with sweet potatoes and grilled vegetables. Again, there can be some variation on the sides, but the traditional roasted turkey remains the star.

These are some of the most-loved American dishes. We also need to mention fried chicken, corn, gumbo, and of course, American-style pizza. We love everything on this list and we know you do too!