Shrimp Barbecue Recipes

Being from the Midwest I have experience almost every barbecue experience possible concerning every type of meat or vegetable. But one that is most exciting is barbecued seafood. One, in particular, is barbecue shrimp. What some people might not know is that barbecue is relatively easy and has a short cooking time. You can serve it with rice or salad or a combination of both.


Like other barbecue methods, marinating the shrimp is essential for injecting flavor into the shrimp. For this reason, different regions in the U.S and internationally have developed their own marinades and rubs to reflect the spices that they use in their cuisine culturally. For example, you might find that New Orleans based recipes might use Cajun spices in their marinades and rubs to create a Cajun barbecue shrimp recipe. Marinades are oil based blends of spices and herbs that are applied to meats, fish or poultry before the food is cooked or barbecued.

Barbecue shrimp is prepared in the Midwest pretty much the way it is prepared in the southern coastal regions in Chicago mainly because we have a lot of people with southern origins who migrated from the south in the early 1940’s and 1950’s.First, we de-vein the shrimp and prepare a marinade mixture of lime, garlic, white pepper and sea salt. We almost use cayenne pepper but that is mostly a personal preference.

We marinate the shrimp for about 24 hours or longer.(the longer the marinade time, the better the taste).Once they have had time to marinade we oil the grill and in about 2-3 minutes per side, you have the best-tasting barbecue shrimp in Chicago.


3 Things To Keep in Mind When Setting Up Your Own Coffee Shop

A very ordinary but indispensable part of any city, the lively and inviting atmosphere of coffee shops can bring a smile on any face. From reunions to romantic dates and casual hangouts, coffee shops are ideal for almost every occasion. Stats prove the same, according to a survey, almost 85% of the population visits coffee shops at least once a week!


With such high demand, coffee shop is a pretty lucrative start-up idea. And it doesn’t really require much capital investment; customers prefer small cosy and peaceful cafeterias to huge luxurious ones. A study by the London Coffee Festival proves the same – for every two independently owned coffee shops there’s only one branded shop.

Therefore it is safe to conclude that starting your own coffee shop is actually a pretty good idea! Read on to know how to go about it:

Highlight your strengths

Don’t try to focus on too many things at once; it will only muddle up matters for you. Instead, analyse your strengths and work on highlighting them. Find your niche and concentrate all your resources into refining and bettering it. Also don’t aim for offering a large variety of flavours; target those that you can deliver like a boss, every time. For instance, Fernandez and Wells is one coffee shop that doesn’t really offers a wide range but focuses on delivering top quality across its limited product range.

Be realistic

Starting and maintaining a coffee shop is no easy feat, it involves passion, dedication and a lot of hard work. Your work doesn’t end with the “closed sign” board at the end of the day, this business involves a round the clock involvement.

You’ll have to compromise, adjusting your personal responsibilities according to the demands of the business. It requires a practical and realistic approach and not just lofty ideas.

Steps to start:

Read through some of the tips by John Richardson aka one of the Coffee Boys on how to start and develop a coffee shop start-up

  • Plan your budget and try sticking to it. Limit the expenditure, be ruthlessly practical about the money spent.
  • Build contacts- you need to be in touch with the best coffee and other suppliers to ensure top quality food and beverages served. Pay close attention to the sourcing and supply of raw materials.
  • Don’t ignore the legal aspects of the business, i.e. pay your taxes on time. Also keep an eye on the interest rates, insurance and market conditions.
  • Invest in a good coffee maker. We recommend reading Top recommendations by Freshpresso as a good starting point.
  • Keep your account books updated. Always.
  • Maintain a proper record for all the repairing and fixing done to ensure a smooth and effective running of the coffee shop.



The Besta-Wan Big House Inc Receives 2015 Best of Carlsbad Award



The Besta-Wan Big House Inc Receives 2015 Best of Carlsbad Award

Carlsbad Award Program Honors the Achievement

CARLSBAD November 26, 2015 — The Besta-Wan Big House Inc has been selected for the 2015 Best of Carlsbad Award in the Eating Places category by the Carlsbad Award Program.

Each year, the Carlsbad Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Carlsbad area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Carlsbad Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Carlsbad Award Program and data provided by third parties.

The Carlsbad Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Carlsbad area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Carlsbad Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Carlsbad Award Program

Carlsbad Award Program


The Besta Wan Pizza & Big House named Best Pizza in San Diego

The Besta Wan Pizza & Big House named Best Pizza in San Diego


I recently saw an article in the Union Tribune about the top 25 pizza joints in San Diego. Listed as #2 in their top 25 of the Best Pizzas in San Diego was The Besta Wan Pizza and Big House! First of all, Congratulations! That is top honors in my book as the Best Pizza Place in San Diego! I have eaten there several times in the past few months and every time I come in, I try to order something different. I like variety in my life and I am a foodie, so trying something new to me is like a new adventure. Well, after hearing how The Besta Wan won the award as Best Pizza place in San Diego to get pizza, I had to take my family there and try it for ourselves. This is what we found out! Here is the article from the Union Tribune if you want to see it:

The first thing I noticed about the pizza menu at The Besta Wan in Carlsbad is they had three sizes, small, medium and large or colossal as they call it. You can order a simple pizza like pepperoni or mushrooms and sausage, just like you can at most pizza restaurants and they have their own signature pizzas, like the Best Wan Special or the BBQ Chicken Pizza, Meat Lovers, Vegetarian, The Godfather and more. Since this was our firt time trying a pizza at The Besta Wan, we went for their signature dish, The Besta Wan Special. It was loaded with ground beef, pepperoni, sausage, onion, green bell peppers and mushrooms covered with cheese on top a crispy crust with incredible tasting sauce. I put this pizza at the top of my list.

We ordered The Besta Wan Special in a Colossal size, a 16″ because a 12″ just seemed too small. Boy was I wrong, They call it the colossal because it is ginormous….. I think their ruler is broken… lol and they cut their pizzas square, like a tic tac toe board rather than a traditional pizza cut in slices. I thought it was a little funny at first, but after eating the pizza with different shapes, it was really fun. I remember my son asking for a square piece of pizza and he loved it; just another unique feature about The Besta Wan in Carlsbad.

So what makes a great pizza? Let’s start with the most basic of ingredients, the dough that makes the crust and the sauce that makes the pizza. Remember, the Besta Wan Special Pizza is piled high with toppings, usually leaving a soggy crusted pizza in the middle. Not at the Besta Wan and I believe this is their secret to being rated as the Best Pizza in San Diego. With a pizza loaded high with toppings, you would expect the crust to go limp, no at The Besta Wan, their crust stayed crunchy, even when it was loaded with toppings. That’s their secret! Quality toppings on top of a great pizza crust with cheese and sauce to round it out, makes The Besta Wan in Carlsbad, the Best Place to get pizza in San Diego! I agree. It was Awesome!