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#1 Moving Tip to Make Your Movers Happy

When moving, keeping your movers happy is one of the most important things you can do. After all, you’re trusting these people to deliver all your belongings to your new home safely. The work is hard – especially when you’re moving out of an apartment on the 5th floor with no elevators. Hoofing it up and down the stairs with dozens of loads is taxing work, so it’s worth some appreciation.

Moving from New York City to Long Island

I grew up on Long Island and swore I’d never go back. The pace of NYC was more my speed, and once I moved to Manhattan after college, I assumed I would stay the rest of my life. Then I met a girl. Ricki and I dated then fell in love and got married in two years. By New York standards, it was a whirlwind romance. Less than a year after our wedding we were surprised to find out we were expecting. Twins. The thought of raising two infants in our tiny 1-bedroom apartment seemed impossible. We finally caved and decided to move back to Long Island where we could have a bigger house, a yard, and be closer to the family.

We left the chaos of Manhattan for a quieter life on Long Island.
We left the chaos of Manhattan for a quieter life on Long Island.

Feeding and Tipping the Moving Company

Given Ricki’s condition (now six months pregnant with twins), I knew there was no way we could do the move ourselves. We hired NYC movers down the street from us in Greenwich Village (Imperial Moving & Storage, 83 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011). The crew showed up on time, carefully packed everything, wrapped all the furniture in moving blankets, and hauled loads down five flights of stairs in record speed. Within four hours, they loaded the truck, and we were all on our way to Long Island. Ricki and I picked up pizzas (from La Margherita) on the way to the house to feed and refuel the movers. The guys were appreciative for the break and the food. They had the truck unloaded in an hour then doubled back to a storage unit where we had additional family hand-me-down furniture needed to fill up the house. They finished the whole job just under the estimated time and took great care of our things. I wasn’t sure of tipping etiquette when it comes to moving companies, so I looked it up beforehand. Most people encourage tips if your movers do a solid job. We gave each guy a hundred and called it a day. Worth the level of service we received.

Hosting a Post-Move BBQ for Everyone Who Helped

In addition to expressing gratitude to our professional movers, we decided to throw a BBQ for the family and friends who also helped with our transition. We had cousins painting walls, moms putting up drapes, friends rearranging the furniture, and the dads and siblings helping clean up the yard. It was truly a group effort getting us moved in. A few weeks after we settled in, we organized an authentic slow food BBQ party to thank everyone for helping. Here’s what you need to host the perfect summer BBQ:

  • Keep it simple: We had about 50 people come over to celebrate our move, so it required keeping the menu simple. Burgers and hot dogs are always crowd pleasers, so we did those along with a trough of beers and wine, cold salads, and chips. If guests asked to bring something we requested ice or desserts. There was plenty of food and drink for everyone!
  • Yard games: Our family is competitive, so everyone loves a good yard game. We set up washers, ladder ball, and horseshoes which, along with a great playlist, really livened things up.
  • Disposable plates and utensils: Nothing says casual like using disposable plates and utensils. We had just finished unpacking all our boxes and didn’t want a huge mess of dirty dishes, so we went the disposable route to keep the chaos out of the house.
Grilling up some delicious burgers was the least we could do for everyone who helped us move.
Grilling up some delicious burgers was the least we could do for everyone who helped us move.

Showing some appreciation to those who help with your relocation goes a long way. Next time you move, buy a pizza or host a party for the help! Your move is sure to go much more smoothly.

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5 Things to Know About the Slow Food Movement

Fresh, healthy food to maintain Italy's proud cooking tradition

You’re unlikely to find Slow Food served at your local drive-thru. In fact, most people would argue that Slow Food is the antithesis of fast food. The Slow Food movement embraces the traditions and cultures involved with food production. It also seeks to provide healthy, affordable food that is created in an eco-conscious manner. This philosophy is in stark contrast to fast food’s focus on efficiency and convenience. If you are interested in the increasingly popular Slow Food movement, there are five things you should know.

Slow Food Movement seeks to promote production of healthy affordable food
Slow Food Movement seeks to promote production of healthy affordable food

The Slow Food Movement Hails From Italy

The movement began as a grassroots effort by the Italian journalist Carlo Petrini in the late 1980‘s and was formerly introduced through the organization called Arcigola. This group is best known for its 1986 protest against the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in the heart of ancient Rome. Arcigola and the residents of Rome detested what they viewed as the “Americanization” of Italian culture and the degradation of the country’s proud cooking tradition. In 1989 representatives from fifteen countries joined to sign the “Slow Food Manifesto.” This act brought the Slow Food movement onto the international stage and solidified the movement for future generations.

Slow Food Isn’t Certified Organic

The principles behind Slow Food and Certified Organic foods are similar but not the same. Slow Food proponents don’t always support organic farms. Many in the movement view the “certified” label as unnecessary and its regulations burdensome on small, local farms. Furthermore, the high prices of approved foods negate Slow Food’s mission to produce affordable, healthy foods.

It’s Not Vegetarian

Slow Food products include meat as well as grains and vegetables. However, reliance on meat is not as substantial as it is with other eating styles. Meat is consumed to the extent that it is available from small farming operations. The animals involved in small scale meat production must also be raised in a manner that promotes quality of life and healthy livestock practices. The end effect is that meat is consumed less frequently than in typical diets.

Slow Food and GMOs

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are excluded from the Slow Food diet. Slow Food advocates denounce commercially produced GMO crops and GMO-based animal feed. GMOs are inconsistent with Slow Food’s philosophy in that they are not environmentally safe, they are grown by large corporations, and they clash with local food traditions.

A Well Organized Movement

As an organization, the Slow Food movement has chapters in over 100 countries and over 100,000 members. The organization promotes the principles of slow food through education, political activities, and research. There is even a gastronomy school in Italy which was founded by Slow Food members. The Slow Food movement is serious about its beliefs, and its work reaches throughout the globe.

It is Slow Food Movement's mission to produce affordable, healthy foods
It is Slow Food Movement’s mission to produce affordable, healthy foods

The Spirit of Slow Food

In essence, Slow Food is all about living the quiet, unhurried life. It is about enjoying the entire food process from planting to consumption. It is also about preserving regional traditions and maintaining diversity. Slow Food’s purpose is to provide clean, healthy food for the masses. Most will agree it is a welcome return to the old days in a world full of technology and instant gratification.

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