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Recipe: blue mesa grill grilled navajo chicken on fettuccine

Blue Mesa Grill Grilled Navajo Chicken on Fettuccine

Note: This pasta has always been a best seller at the restaurant. We make it with grilled chicken, a mild chile cream sauce, fresh roasted corn, and cotija cheese.

1 slice bacon, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup yellow onion, minced
2 teaspoons chile powder
2 cups tomato puree
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 chicken bouillon cube
1 cup corn kernels, fresh roasted, cut off the cob
(save a bit for garnish)
1/2 cup water
1 cup light cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast,
seasoned, grilled and cut into pieces
1 pound fettuccine
Grated cotija or Parmesan cheese

Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil. Drop in the fettuccine and cook until al dent. Drain in a colander.

Meanwhile, sauté the bacon in a large skillet until lightly browned. Add the onion and garlic and cook until onion is translucent. Do not let the garlic brown. Stir in the chile powder, tomato puree, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper, and 1/2 of a bouillon cube. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce for about 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the ingredients thicken slightly. Remove from heat and set aside.

Place 1 cup of the roasted corn and the water in a blender and puree. Add the pureed corn, 1/2 cup whole roasted corn kernels, and the cream to the skillet with the tomato sauce and mix well. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Return the sauce to a low heat and add the pasta. Toss the pasta in sauce until it is well coated. Mound the pasta on individual plates and arrange the chicken pieces on top. Garnish with grated cotija or parmesan cheese and a few roasted corn kernels.

Servings: 6

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If you haven’t been to Australia or are planning to visit it a second time, then you must have all the information about the places to visit so that you can fully experience the wonderful land that is Australia.
Australia is the sixth-largest country in the world and is divided into 6 states and several territories. The 6 states are New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. The two major territories are the Northern Territory (NT) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
The largest part of Australia is desert or semi-arid, but the south-east and south-west corners have temperate climate and moderately fertile soil. The northern part has tropical climate, which is part tropical rainforest, part grassland and part desert.
When you go to Australia, you just cannot miss seeing The Great Barrier Reef.
It is the world’s largest coral reef and extends for over 1,200 kms! It lies a short distance from the north-east coast.
Another spectacular place to visit is Uluru. It is the second largest monolith in the world and is located in central Australia. You can also visit the Great Artesian Basin, which is the world’s largest and deepest fresh water basin. Along with its beauty, it also serves as an important source of water in the parched outback.
You sure can’t miss going to Sydney if you visit Australia. Sydney is located in a coastal basin situated between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Blue Mountains to the west. You can enjoy all the activities associated with beaches because there are more than 70 beaches in Sydney! If you have limited time, then you can only go to the famous Bondi Beach of Australia.
Sydney has more amazing landmarks for you like Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Both are located in Sydney Harbour. If you are interested in rowing, boating, recreational fishing, racing small yachts and Dragon Boat racing, then you can get all that in Sydney Harbour.
The city also boasts of musical, theatrical and artistic activities which come under one roof in the Sydney Festival which happens every January. More information can be found here – Sydney Australia.
Melbourne is another major city of Australia which is situated in the south-east corner of the mainland Australia. It has a large and vibrant cultural life along with a chain of pubs, bars and nightclubs. Fashionable nightclubs, ubiquitous faux-Irish pubs, serious jazz venues on Bennetts Lane, massive pickup joints like The Metro on Bourke Street are all part of the city’s magic.
If shopping is what tempts you the most, then there are many reasonably priced shopping places where you can go and shop till you drop. Melbourne has innumerable clothing shops for every budget and various outlet stores in Bridge Road, Richmond for bargain hunters too!
Perth is a city known for the pristine quality of its beaches. Unbroken stretches of golden sands run through the entire length of the city’s coastal suburbs. If you are a nature lover, then you got to see this place.
Adelaide or the ‘City of Churches’, as it is often referred as, is a coastal city situated on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The name City of Churches is a reflection of Adelaide’s past rather than its present. The city has many wine growing districts such as the Baroosa valley.
Food lovers can taste traditional Australian cuisine which consists of grilled chops, Sunday roasts etc. Some English trends are still evident in domestic cuisine like hot roast turkey, chicken or ham with all the trimmings followed by Christmas pudding. Australia’s two most traditional takeaway dishes are the meat pie and sausage roll.

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Investing In China: The “china Fallacy”?

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China has long been an entrepreneur’s daydream – “If I could sell one pair of underwear each to a billion Chinese…”.
Now, after almost 25 years of opening its gates to the outside world, how well are things working?

In practice, there have always been two clearly separate strategies for taking advantage of China’s 1.3 billion people – (1) to use China’s low labor costs to produce cheaply and then export to more affluent markets for a higher mark-up, and (2) to sell products to Chinese people. There is no debate over the fact that up until now, strategy (1) has worked better – over most of the last 25 years the average Chinese consumer hasn’t had enough disposable income to buy Western products in any significant quantities. But all that is changing. China’s emerging middle class is now estimated to be larger than the entire population of the United States (although their purchasing power is nowhere near that of the American middle class). So are foreign investors raking in their long dreamed-of windfall products by selling their products to the middle class? Well, not exactly…

Information on corporate profits broken down for affiliates in China is surprisingly hard to come by, and thus opinions are divided on this issue. While almost everyone in the know agrees that corporate profits from China operations have been on the upswing in recent years, the pessimists insist that overall profitability lags far behind that of some of America’s less-acclaimed trading partners like Mexico, and even further behind if you measure on a per capita basis rather than total population. The optimists (using different sources of data) maintain that profitability in China has been consistently high and point out that the proper comparison between the profitability of investments in different nations is not between China’s 1.3 billion people and the population of some smaller trading partner, but between the amount of investment in each country – the US, for example, has invested nearly twice as much money in Mexico as it has in China. Both sides agree on two things, though: (1) foreign investment in China (particularly from the US) is not nearly as much as has been supposed, and (2) corporate profits in China look to increase over the near to medium term due to the increase in disposable income among China’s middle class.

In light of this, what would a good strategy be for a prospective foreign investor? The current conventional wisdom seems to be to hedge your bets – produce partly for export and partly for the domestic market, leaving some flexibility in your plans to allow for the unexpected. It would also be a good idea to factor in the likelihood that sales in the China market are likely to increase over time. Of course, that’s what people have been saying for the last 25 years, but there is a growing chorus of voices predicting that now it’s different, that the timing is right, that the China profit train is poised to finally take off. I for one believe them.

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How to export to China

How to export to China

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Mainly there are 3 ways whereby one can export his/her goods in China:

1. Distribute your goods directly
2. Establish a joint venture
3. Find a qualified agent or distributor with a vast sales network

Before exporting your goods into China or choosing a Chinese partner, it is advised for you to conduct thorough market research and due diligence. Companies should be mindful of possible problems in export rights, regulations and intellectual property rights protection. If the company decides to distribute the goods directly, then it will have to be aware of the distribution rights and understand the licensing process in China.

Distributing your goods directly may be a complicated and time-consuming process as one may not be familiar with China’s business practices and government regulations. Application for distribution rights and establishment of own distribution channels will be difficult. Chances of failure will be higher as a result. Establishing a joint venture will thus be a better option. Establishing cooperation with a local partner can allow you to have faster access into China’s market and with the local partner’s knowledge and experiences of China’s market, your success rate will be higher and goods can be better distributed. Acquiring help from a local partner does give you many advantages in penetrating the China’s market. A side issue to note will be that joint venture usually requires large amount of capital and China’s government may have capital control towards outflow of funds should one transfer his/her funds back to his/her home country. The government will also need to assess the potential economic benefits that it can bring to China, e.g. does it create job opportunities for the local population before approving it.

For small and medium sized companies, the best way to enter the China market is through a reputable or well-known agent or distributor. These companies are located regionally and typically have large sales network. Thus they will be able to have a better understanding of the China’s market and can provide assistance in developing distribution strategies in China and the region. In this way, new products can be launched easier into the market and distribution network can be set up rapidly without any problems dealing with distribution rights and licensing.

Besides all these, the most important step that one must take before exporting his/her products into China will be to have a thorough understanding China’s customs, regulations and controls towards imported goods. A sound market entry strategy is also necessary in order to penetrate the China’s market successfully. An assessment of your goods’ strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats can allow you to promote and distribute your products better. Understanding the profitability and marketability of your products in the China’s market is thus vital before exporting your products into China.

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Things to Know About Aruba

Things to Know About Aruba

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A small, oblong island that sits on the Caribbean Sea, Aruba is visited by thousands of people from near and far away places every year just for the great wonders that it offers. There, you will enjoy miles of pristine beaches, great surfing sites, first class resorts and hotels, casinos, and dozens of options for fine dining, to mention but a few. And, all of these great opportunities are available to people from all walks of life.

There are a lot of things to know about Aruba aside from its primary assets, such as the beaches, resorts and hotels, and dining options. These things should be considered and noted by those who are thinking of visiting the place for an island vacation. Well, if you are one of those thousands out there planning for a vacation in Aruba, then you should read on. Here are some of the basic ideas to note about the place:

When is the Best Time to Visit?

In Aruba, there is no wrong time to visit and enjoy everything that it has to offer. This is basically due to the fact that the weather in Aruba is pretty accommodating. The temperatures are consistently mild and no major rainy season is present. Perhaps one factor that makes all these things possible is that the island lies completely outside the hurricane belt. It even has an ocean temperature that hover around 82 all throughout the year.

Having a good setting and weather condition, Aruba is then great to visit no matter what time of the year you feel like visiting. You are then left with options for you to choose from. Yes, you can choose your own time and you are free to visit whenever you feel like it.

Island’s Dress Code

When visiting Aruba, one thing that you may notice with people is the way they dress. Well, in Aruba there is a so-called “dress code”. I bet this is also true among the other vacation places on earth, but in this island, casual and informal summer clothing takes the rule. You may then notice women bringing their scarves and hats with them wherever you may go. However, there is also time for formal dresses and this usually happens in some of the elegant restaurants, night clubs and casinos in the island. For men, neck ties and jackets are not required, except at few dining areas. And, if you are thinking of bathing suits, note that they are only acceptable on the island’s pristine beaches, not on the streets.


In case you are thinking of shopping in Aruba, keep in mind that you need to have the currency required in the island. Their currency is actually the Aruban Florin, which is divided into 100 cents. If you thinking of shopping in one of Aruba’s available shopping stores, then have your money exchange with the island’s currency. After all, there are some banks out that offer exchange services for other foreign currency. The US and Canadian dollar, however, is accepted.