What to look for When Buying a Convection Microwave

The day the convection microwave has come in the market, since then it has become an essential part of the modern household. They are mainly used for baking and can also be used for making pasta, heating, boiling liquids and so on. But before buying one for the house, there are many factors you need to consider so that it fits your daily needs.

What to look for

Visibility: If your convection microwave has a brighter interior light with a large transparent viewing window, what else do you want? It allows you to check your food as it cooks.
Ease of use: If possible buy one that has easy-to-use controls and good instructions on the display. The best ovens won’t require you to open your instruction manuals.
Cleaning: Before you buy your kind of model, first check that there are not too many holes and gaps inside the oven, also no seams or crevices on the outside that can trap food and grease perhaps. It becomes difficult to clean around exposed grill elements, instead of this some models come with a grill element built into the roof. Stainless steel exteriors may look good but they need little extra care. Look for some smooth and easy to clean coatings, in fact, many manufacturers have brought catalytic liners but they have limited coverage.

Size: Buy a microwave in which your dishes can fit very well. There should be proper clearance around the outside of ventilation- at least 5cm at the sides, 10cm at the rear and 15-40cm on the top.
Automatic functions: They induce you to enter the weight and type of food and then calculate the time required with no human control.
Quick boost/start: Usually with the press of a single button your oven starts very quickly. But in most of the microwaves, the cooking time rises up in one or half-minute increments when you press the button again.
Multi-stage cooking: Microwave with this feature can perform multiple functions such as defrost, cook and then leave to stand.

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Some Other Tips


• Since convection cooking heats up the whole inside of the oven, thus it is important that the appliance is insulated to stop the exterior from becoming super-hot. It has been found that the controls, door glass and handle heat up more than the normal microwave oven. These ovens are way more insulated as compare to the small benchtop toaster ovens.
• When you are using an oven, always take care that while removing the cooked food, keep the oven door away from you as it gets very hot in convection mode and may swing back onto your hand. Always use oven gloves and before you clean the interiors let it cool down first.
• If the oven interior is still hot from convection cooking, try not to use microwave-only cookware in it, as it may get damaged due to the heat.


• Make sure that the oven has become cool before you clean it. The side of the convection microwave gets quite hot after the use as compared to the standard microwaves.
• Avoid using caustic cleaners, abrasives or harsh cleaners. Remember not to spray oven cleaners directly onto any part of the oven.
• Use warm soapy water to clean the interiors. And for stubborn residue, you can use a non-scratch scourer.

Fried Chicken Fridays

In case you haven’t heard…we now make fried chicken and waffle sandwiches on Fridays. If you like the chicken and have tried any of our waffle sandwiches, you will love our fried chicken waffle sandwich.

We have the following variations which you can try.

  1. Spicy Tomato Jam and Feta
  2. Lavender Honey and Goat Cheese
  3. Black-eyed Pea Relish and Tahini Yogurt.

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Williamsburg Cinemas to open in time for holidays

Williamsburg’s first new multiplex cinema has missed the summer season, and a premiere night is not in sight. Months after the new Williamsburg Cinemas was slated to open, the movie house is sitting unfinished on the corner of Grand Street and Driggs Avenue as developers struggle to fit all of its seven viewing rooms into the corner lot.

Williamsburg’s multiplex cinema

“Fitting seven auditoriums on an 8,500-square-foot site is difficult,” said Robert McCall of Philadelphia-based JKR Partners, which is the architect of the project.

McCall said he is confident the theater will open before the lucrative holiday movie season, but wouldn’t pinpoint a date.

The Williamsburg Cinemas is owned by the same people who run the successful Cobble Hill Cinemas on Court Street between Butler and Douglass streets, and are expected to host the same mix of mainstream and indie films.

It will be the first major movie house in the neighborhood. The only other movie theater in Williamsburg is the boutique Nitehawk, which only shows two movies at a time. That theater-residential complex opened last year after a previous theater project slated for the same space — called the Cassandra Cinemas and Metropolitan Cinemas — went bust in 2008 after the developer could not secure financing.

Neighborhood movie lovers said the delay is disappointing. Organizers at the Williamsburg International Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 20 through 23, had hoped to show some of this year’s films at the cinema but had to switch its gaze to other venues.

“We were supposed to partner with them this year, but they just weren’t ready,” said Willifest director Michael Helman.

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Awesome Sandwiches That Go Beyond Back-to-School

Sandwiches don’t always have to be made by using bread. There is a  restaurant which specializes in sandwiches, Waffle and Wolf do that. It uses homemade waffles and turns them into a vessel which can be used as sandwich layers for any type of stuffing.

regular homemade waffle


  • 1 pie sized pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • For the spice mix:
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon herbs de Provence


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel pumpkin and remove seeds then dice into one-inch cubes.
  2. Spray a small pan (roughly 9×9) with cooking spray and add orange juice. Mix spices together in a small bowl.
  3. Place diced pumpkin in a pan and generously coat with spices (a lighter coat of spices will reduce the heat).
  4. Cook in the oven uncovered for 45 minutes or until tender stirring halfway through.
  5. Makes approximately 2 cups cooked pumpkin. Serve hot or cold.

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Baking tools that are a must in every bakers kitchen

Baking has been my first love for many years now. Whether it’s cakes, muffins or waffles nothing keeps me out of the kitchen and in all these years I have been baking I learned one thing that if you want to be quick and good at it you need plenty of good tools.

Buying stuff randomly won’t make the cut. So here’s a list of all the things that are a must and worth the investment.

Ingredient weighing scale

A common habit of every good baker is to measure each and every ingredient being put into the batter. Measuring ingredients is an important part of baking and helps reduces errors and the simplest way to do so is using a food scale.

They are sleek and will fit anywhere in the kitchen and are very accurate. Leaving to it a chance can give you bizarre results such as burnt or flat cakes etc.


Hand Beater

An indispensable piece of equipment for every baker is a hand beater but only if your production scale is small. These are usually cheap and easy to store when not in use but for those working on a large scale, I would recommend a stand mixer. I’d also recommend a Keurig k55 for those recipes that need just a dash of espresso.

The best thing you can do is get both but only if affordable. In case you’ve just started out and are looking to gain experience and develop your skills opt only for a medium range hand mixer.


Oven Thermometer

One of the most underrated tools is an oven thermometer but trust me it will come in more handy than you’d first expect. Until and unless you have a digital oven you can never really be sure of the oven’s temperature.

Whether it is only a 5-10 degree difference it can lead to wastage of tons of hours and money in a matter of minutes. Thermometers are affordable and can be stored simply inside the oven.


Cooling racks

Like baking the batter at the right temperature is important equally important is cooling it down to the right temperature too. This makes it easier to cream it later on as it tends to hold on better. This is where a cooling rack comes in handy.

Unlike on a counter or the tray itself, on a cooling rack, the food cools down evenly. I have about 10-15 of them but to start off 2-3 should be enough.


Mixing Bowls and a bunch of spoons

Until and unless you’ve decided to go with a stand mixer you’ll need to buy a set of different sized mixing bowls. These bowls reduce splatter thus save cleaning as well as mixing time and provide you with an even and well-mixed batter.Glass bowls tend to be the best as compared to stainless steel ones but need more care.

Along with these bowls and next most important tools are measuring spoons. Accuracy is a key principle of baking which makes these spoons a must.


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Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

In case you didn’t know we still have Van Leeuwen’s Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream! Here until the end of summer. Get it by the scoop or in a vegan buckwheat waffle or vegan mini waffle ice cream sandwich!!!

*please note we do not have vegan vanilla.

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