Oktoberfest Inspired Dishes

Oktoberfest is one of those interesting times of the year where people suddenly express a previously unknown heritage. Everyone’s Irish for St. Patrick’s Day and everyone is similarly Bavarian when Oktoberfest rolls around. Whether you’re intending to indulge in this most peculiar part of the tradition or not, you can still enjoy the flavors of the season. OROGOLD would like to highlight this does mean more than indulging at a local ale houses or regional celebration of Oktoberfest. There are plenty of dishes associated with or inspired by the celebration you can enjoy as well. Some of the recipes for these dishes do involve a bit of alcohol, but the amount tends to vary and you have options when it comes to finding other ways to prepare them. Most dishes are going to be on the heavy side and involve meat though due to being inspired by the Bavarian holiday.

Beef stew

Beef Stews
Roasting meat and beer are intimately associated with Oktoberfest as a celebration. Some beef stews actually combine both, but you don’t need to find one that incorporates beer for the taste of Oktoberfest though. You should look for heavier stews that focus more on the preparation of the meat (or meat substitute, for vegetarians) as you’re looking for the rich scent and flavor more than anything. You want a recipe meant to sit in the stomach and fill you and others with warmth and a deep sense of being full. The kind of meal you’d be eating before you went out to a celebration that happened to involve a lot of drinking, strangely enough. You may not need to find a recipe using a beer in it for the flavor of the celebration, but it will certainly add robustness to the dish and as cooking boils off the alcohol most of the time it makes a good option for those who like the taste, but can no longer indulge as they could in the past.

Schnitzel

Schnitzel
Schnitzel is something many people feel the need to save whenever someone brings up German cuisine. They know the word is associated with the area and especially wiener schnitzel, but they seldom have a full grasp of what it means. OROGOLD would like to highlight that wiener schnitzel is more of an Austrian dish. Regardless, schnitzel is traditionally a tenderized meat lightly fried in a simple batter coating. This is probably best served alongside other parts of meal, but will add a clear regional flavor to any Oktoberfest celebration you put together. While pork and veal are the typical main parts of the dishes, there are vegetarian ways to prepare schnitzel as well to ensure everyone can enjoy this particular slice of the festival.

Strudel

Strudel
Every meal needs a dessert afterwards. Any Oktoberfest meal you put together will benefit from making a strudel. It too is mainly associated with Austria, but the close historical ties to Germany means it has a place in this as well. Strudel is a general type of pastry and that means you’ll find countless recipes in both books and online that tell you different ways to make it. You do get to choose the kind of filling you include in it though. Due to the season, you should consider using apples. They’re readily available in the fall and will provide something sweet to offset many of the heavier meat-based dishes typically provided for these occasions. A choice of toppings for the pastry will likewise let your guests make their dessert a personal affair.

Oktoberfest may only come once a year, but the festival spans sixteen days of food, spirits, and celebration. Your private celebration or the local version of Oktoberfest may not last that long though. Don’t worry about it. These recipe ideas will give you a way to capture the spirit and flavor whenever you want them. OROGOLD does caution against overindulging in alcohol of any sort as abuse can hurt your skin as well as other aspects of your health. Do enjoy the time though and make the most of this festival whether you’re in Bavaria itself or somewhere else in the world.

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Healing Skin after Festival Season

a group awaits music that will be played at an outdoor music festival

The onset of pleasant sunny weather brings a flurry of exciting outdoor activities with music, food, wine-tasting, and other events. We know how nice it is to spend the day hanging out with friends and family in the long awaited sun shine. Unfortunately, some times our good times leave our skin looking and feeling less than stellar. We have created this guide to help you recover from all these fun outdoor events. This guide is especially helpful to those of you who are in the midst of enjoying Coachella out in the spring sunshine.

If you didn’t take time to prepare your skin before your outing your skin may be suffering now. While there is no way to go back in time to avoid issues like sunburned skin, we can offer some tips to help alleviate some of the pain now that you must live with it! If you are experiencing any of these symptoms – sunburn, dryness, dullness, flakiness – read on for OROGOLD advice…

Deal with Burns

Before doing anything check for sunburn. You will want to be super delicate with any area of skin which has experienced sunburn. As a child growing up, my parents used natural remedies on my burns like slathering me with sour cream. Yes, you read that correctly; sour cream. While the lactic acid in sour cream is great for skin there are so many solutions for sunburns these days there is no reason to walk around sticky and funky smelling. An Aloe Vera gel or cream is an excellent option for soothing burned skin. Make sure you choose a more natural type with few ingredients not the bright green stuff. This way you will get the best ingredients for your skin without coloring and parabens added to make the product look pretty.

use aloe vera to soothe sunburn and help skin heal

Exfoliate

Once you’ve dealt with sunburns you can move on to the next step for skin that has been exposed to the elements: helping dry skin heal. Our natural instinct is to jump into a pool of moisturizer, which is very understandable, but for moisturization to be effective you need to remove the layer of dead skin cells first. You can choose from options ranging from gentle to more serious; an at home scrub with exfoliating elements to a peel to an in office microdermabrasion treatment.

Hydrate

Drink lots and lots of water! The best way to rehydrate your body is with pure simple water, just drink up. You know that advise you always hear about drinking 8 glasses of water a day? It is pretty accurate. Even if you don’t drink that exact amount it is a great goal to strive for. You should be drinking before you are thirsty, just keep your water bottle full and sip throughout the day.

You should also use moisturizing products on specific areas of concern. Seeing some dry flakes on the tip of your nose? Put some moisturizer on there! Look for ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea Europaea Leaf (Olive Leaf) Extract, and Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) on product labels.

Sooth

As I’ve mentioned, Aloe Vera is excellent at soothing sun burned skin. It is a super star at moisturizing and healing skin. It fights infection and promotes the skins defense mechanisms.

I know you may not like this advice but you should plan to stay out of sun for a bit. You need to give your skin some time to heal from all it has gone through. Even if you didn’t get a sunburn, soaking up a lot of the sun’s rays causes harm to your skin like promoting the spread of free radicals.

Lighten up

I know you don’t want to leave the house looking like a crab or with visible flakes on your skin. I know because I have been there. But don’t make the same mistakes I have. Do not load up on the makeup. It will not make things better, I guarantee you. If you must put it on use a very light touch and stay far away from anything shiny. Sparkles and shimmer act like a spotlight, drawing attention to any spot they are used on.

Prevention, prevention, preventionthe city of Coachella is home to a popular outdoor music festival

Best way to keep your skin healthy? Protect it in advance. The biggest piece of advice you will hear, over and over again, is to use sunblock. Make sure you choose a multi spectrum product with UVA and UVB protection with an SPF of at least 30. You can also try skin care products with ingredients like Palmitoyl Oligopeptide which offer mild UV protection to further help the skin deal with ultra violet radiation.

Those of you who were partying at Coachella were more than likely drinking also. Alcohol and caffeine are both known to cause dehydration. Try drinking a glass of water in between each alcoholic beverage. This will not only help in avoiding a hangover but will also help keep your skin from getting parched.

Use our guide to help your skin heal after the fun of festival season. Our skin goes through hard times on a daily basis – harsh and dry office air, dirty air in big cities, germs, makeup clogging pores. During spring and summer outdoor events we put our skin through even more. Besides being in the sun a lot, bad habits like alcohol and eating junk combine to really stress out your skin. Dealing with burns, exfoliating, hydrating, soothing, and laying off the makeup will allow your skin to heal. Which of our tips will you be using? We hope they are the preventative ones.