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Sam Cover Spokane Washington To Resume Mentorship Program For Area’s Would-Be Chefs

Culinary genius Sam Cover Spokane Washington all set to resume plans to mentor aspiring young chefs from the city and surrounding areas.

First announcing plans to mentor local aspiring young chefs at the start of the year, Sam Cover Spokane Washington’s idea was promptly put on hold due to the global health crisis stemming from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. With strict measures put in place to help prevent the spread of the virus now being eased, award-winning chef Sam Cover is once again set to resume his dream of mentoring those from Spokane, Washington, and surrounding areas, wishing to follow in his footsteps as a culinary genius.

“I’m incredibly excited to be resuming plans to launch my brand new mentorship program,” says Sam Cover Spokane Washington, “dedicated to inspiring and teaching would-be chefs from the area.”

News first broke of Sam Cover of Spokane Valley‘s plans to mentor aspiring young chefs at the end of January, announced ahead of the proposed springtime launch of his much-anticipated new restaurant. “Plans for both, of course, were put on hold as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic,” he explains, “but I never gave up hope!”

For now, Sam Cover Spokane Washington‘s existing plans for his latest restaurant venture remain on hold until later in the year. Plans to kick off the first phase of his mentorship program, however, are expected to finally come to fruition within weeks. “I’ve always been passionate about wanting to instill the same enthusiasm that I have for food and drink into a new generation of would-be chefs,” he reveals.

From local culinary school students to those already working in the hospitality sector but dreaming of advancing their careers in the kitchen, those selected by Sam Cover Spokane and his team will join what’s understood to be a 12-month mentorship program. “In light of recent events, we may look to accelerate the first round of participants through a shorter, more full-on nine-month program,” suggests the award-winning chef, “although this is yet to be decided for certain.”

Upon completion of the program, successful participants will be given the opportunity to continue working alongside Sam Cover Spokane Washington in the award-winning chef’s still-to-launch, all-new restaurant in Downtown Spokane. “Once we’re up and running with the restaurant, those currently enrolled in the program will also be allowed to gain valuable hands-on experience at the venue as part of their mentoring,” he points out. Between eight and ten people are expected to be invited to join the program from the outset. “This number, however,” notes Sam Cover Spokane Wa, “is likely to increase to around 15 people as the program progresses.”

Award-winning restaurateur Sam Cover Spokane Washington was himself mentored by two leading chefs at the start of his own career. “I believe, without a doubt,” adds the culinary genius, wrapping up, “that undertaking a mentorship program is the number one way to kickstart a truly successful career in what can be a notoriously tough industry in which to catch a break.”

Sam Cover Spokane Valley announces plans for food-focused podcast

Award-winning chef Sam Cover Spokane Valley reveals plans for an all-new podcast focused on the latest food and drink trends.

A multi-award-winning chef and restaurateur, Sam Cover Spokane Valley has lived and worked across much of the United States during his decades-long career in the pursuit of culinary excellence. Now settled back in his home city of Spokane Valley, Washington, the Pacific Northwest native is set to launch an all-new food and drink-focused podcast exploring the latest local, national, and international trends within cooking and dining.

“I’ve been dreaming about hosting my own podcast for a number of years,” explains Sam Cover Spokane Valley. Work, life, and other commitments, however, have repeatedly seen him put his podcast dreams on hold, he says. “I’m extremely excited, then, to now be able to announce that I’ll soon be hosting my own food and drink-focused podcast from right here in Spokane County, Washington,” adds Cover.

Changes in circumstances and a chance meeting with a successful local podcast host have finally allowed Sam Cover Spokane Valley to bring his own podcast dreams to life.

Cover has, he says, been inspired by popular food and drink-focused podcasts such as The Splendid Table, Gastropod, A Hot Dog Is a Sandwich, Extra Spicy, and Table Manners with Jessie Ware. “I also enjoy Point of Origin and Breaking Bread with Tom Papa,” explains Sam Cover Spokane Valley, “as well as Bourbon Pursuit and Wine for Normal People.”

Sam Cover Spokane Valley is, he further points out, also a fan of other well-known podcasts including The Joe Rogan Experience, Up First, Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard, Stuff You Should Know, and Pod Save America, among others.

Podcasts first rose to widespread prominence in 2005 when Apple added formal support for the media format into its latest version of iTunes. Although Sam Cover Spokane Valley had already been consuming podcasts from time to time via other channels for several years, it was around this point that the chef says he really started to tune into them on a regular basis. “I’ve listened to at least one podcast per week since, I’d say,” reveals Cover.

Further details of Sam Cover Spokane Valley‘s own podcast are expected to be made available in the coming weeks.

Elsewhere, Sam Cover Spokane Valley announced late last year that he was soon set to open an all-new restaurant in Spokane, Washington. In light of the ongoing global health crisis, however, his plans were put on hold.

“It’s been a difficult time for us all,” says Sam Cover Spokane Valley, “but, I believe, it’s also given many of us much-needed time to work on our mental health, well-being, relationships, and more, and to spend time considering what we’re most passionate about in life, and what we most want to do moving forward.”

For now, Sam Cover Spokane Valley’s existing plans for his latest restaurant venture remain on hold until later in the year. “In the meantime, I’m looking forward,” he adds, wrapping up, “to growing my podcast into what I hope will become a source of information and entertainment for many.”

Sam Cover Spokane Washington showcases abundance of locally forageable ingredients now in season

Pacific Northwest native and award-winning chef Sam Cover Spokane Washington celebrates locally forageable ingredients now both in season and abundant.

With the region famed for its wild berries, nuts, and mushrooms, Pacific Northwest native Sam Cover Spokane Washington is no stranger to locally foraged ingredients. With an abundance now in season, the multi-award-winning chef highlights the best of what’s on offer.

"Here in the Pacific Northwest, spring and summer are by far the best times to search for abundant local forageables, particularly berries and mushrooms," reveals Sam Cover Spokane Washington.

According to Sam Cover Spokane Washington, morel mushrooms are currently in season and are particularly abundant. "Huckleberries, too," adds the award-winning chef and Pacific Northwest native, speaking from his home in Spokane County, "a delicious, locally forageable alternative to blueberries."

Morels are a variety of edible mushroom with a distinctive honeycomb appearance. Morel mushrooms, Sam Cover Spokane Washington says, are highly prized by the world’s top gourmet cooks. They’re particularly favored, according to the expert, within French cuisine.

Another of Sam Cover Spokane Washington’s favorites, huckleberries, meanwhile, are a variety of wild berry. Blue-black in color, they’re common throughout much of the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountains. "Not commercially cultivated, the only way to get your hands on these delicious berries is to forage for them in the wild," adds the chef.

Also favored by Sam Cover Spokane Washington are locally forageable edible roots and nuts, although these, he says, are more abundant earlier in the year. "Black walnuts, apples, and pears can all be foraged, too," reveals Cover.

Elsewhere on the multi-award-winning chef’s list of most sought-after forageable ingredients are wild raspberries, thimbleberries, nettles and dandelions, cattails, arrowleaf balsamroot, and maple blossom, seeds, and sap. "Particularly desirable, at least to me personally, are wild rose hips," explains Sam Cover Spokane Washington, "although these are often more difficult to come by."

Sam Cover Spokane Washington is keen to stress the importance of understanding and being confident in identifying any foraged ingredients before cooking or eating. Some, he says, also require special preparation—to get rid of unwanted tannins, for example—so it’s a good idea to read up on specific ingredients, even when an individual already has a general understanding of the field.

The Pacific Northwest is well known across the U.S. for its abundant locally forageable food items, as well as for its specialty cheeses, fresh donuts, garlic fries, and more.

Famed for his culinary genius, Sam Cover Spokane Washington has spoken at length on a wealth of food and drink-related topics including hyper-local food and its benefits, the booming organic food market, the latest trends in home cooking, and his campaign for healthier food in local schools.

Turning the focus back to locally forageable ingredients now in season, Sam Cover Spokane Washington touches briefly on the link between these items and the Pacific Northwest’s famous seafood. "Many locally foraged ingredients make a perfect accompaniment for fresh seafood dishes," adds Cover, wrapping up, "with the Pacific Northwest region also widely celebrated for its fish, oysters, and lobster – a true staple of local cooking and dining."

Sam Cover Spokane Washington Stresses Importance of Eating Immune-Boosting Foods

Fight Viruses Through The Foods You Eat, Says Sam Cover Spokane Washington

Viruses, and, even the common cold, cannot be fought with antibiotics. Nor can many of them be fought with vaccines because effective vaccines have not yet been found. One way to fight viruses is through a strong immune system. People can boost their immune system through the foods they eat, says Chef Sam Cover Spokane Washington.

Sam Cover Spokane Washington: Eat Fresh and Balanced

A variety of whole foods, especially one that contains lots of fruits and vegetables is key, says Sam Cover Spokane Washington. A colorful plate generally indicates a balanced diet, rich in variety, says Sam Cover Spokane Washington. Those seeking to boost their immune system would include the following in their diet each day:

Vitamin-C Rich Foods

A diet rich in Vitamin C has been found to be effective in fighting many viruses, including the common cold, but, hasn’t yet been proven to be effective against COVID-19. Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, which is believed to increase white blood cell production. White blood cells help your body fight infection, says Sam Cover Spokane Washington. Citrus fruits include oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and limes. Many vegetables also are vitamin C rich. These include broccoli, kale, and red peppers. Red peppers and kale also contain high amounts of beta-carotene.

Beta-Carotene Rich Foods

The human body converts beta carotene into Vitamin A, which helps your antibodies respond to viruses. In addition to kale and red peppers, many other fruits and vegetables are rich in beta carotene. They include carrots, apricots, spinach, squash, and sweet potatoes, says Sam Cover Spokane Washington.

Vitamin-D Rich Foods

Vitamin D helps regulate the immune system. Foods that contain high levels of this nutrient are several types of fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, and canned tuna; egg yolks; mushrooms; and yogurt, says Sam Cover Spokane Washington. Yogurt also contains probiotics, which are also thought to help the immune system fight off disease.

 Vitamin-E Rich Foods

Nuts, seeds, and leafy greens contain large amounts of Vitamin E, says Sam Cover Spokane Washington. Vitamin E has been found to boost the immune system, particularly in people older than 60.

Green Tea

Green tea contains high levels of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a powerful antioxidant with immune-boosting qualities. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which is believed to aid the production of germ-fighting compounds in T-cells.

Sam Cover Spokane Washington is a nationally known chef and leading advocate for the farm-to-table movement. Sam Cover Spokane Washington has blogged about many topics related to staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

 

Sam Cover Spokane Washington Discusses State’s Reopening and Challenges Restaurants Still Face

As the restaurant industry faces major challenges because of restricted operations, Sam Cover Spokane Washington chef names some of the difficulties they face when reopening. 

Sam Cover Spokane WA is a renowned chef and industry leader who regularly shares insight into his profession with interested readers. Recently, he’s helped connect readers with facts and figures within the overarching food industry as they’ve altered their services to keep up with safer-at-home orders.

Restaurant owners, he says, have had to lay off significant portions of their staff or shorten hours to a minimum––and that’s if they’ve been able to stay open at all. Sam Cover Spokane WA says he’s never witnessed anything that affected the restaurant and food industries as heavily as coronavirus has, and he acknowledges that there are significant challenges in reopening just as there are in shutting down.

“States have been given the ‘ok’ to start reopening their doors to the public beyond delivery and carry-out orders, albeit at much smaller capacities than during normal operation,” says Sam Cover Spokane WA chef. “Many restaurants choose not to reopen simply because it’s not something they can financially manage at such low capacities.”

In his own home state, Sam Cover Spokane Washington says the governor has presented restaurants in the region with a second stage of reopenings featuring slightly larger capacities, but it’s still a challenge for many.

“Business owners in the food industry want to ensure their customers are safe and avoid any potential negative press from missteps during the pandemic,” says Sam Cover Spokane WA. “Without a clean, well-executed restaurant, even if only offering takeout services, owners will almost certainly face shutdowns. Reopening to this level of operation isn’t easy to do.”

Sam Cover says many restaurants are turning to costly tech innovations like ultraviolet light HVAC systems to help keep the air inside disinfected while customers eat. Many establishments that offer sit-down dining during this time are having to create additional seating outside where the virus is less likely to spread. Another issue has been cash handling and how best to prepare waiters to remain safe, often meaning investing in extra protective gear.

“The supply chain has also been skewed, causing business owners to falter when it comes to buying the right amount of food,” says Sam Cover Spokane Washington. “Trying to stay ahead of customers and providing everything in-house is out of the question. Now businesses must do their best to simply keep a smaller menu of ongoing items available at all times.”

Add in the difficulties of scheduling workers and payroll expenses and Sam Cover Spokane WA says it will be some time before the food industry stops feeling the effects of this pandemic.

Sam Cover of Spokane Washington explores latest trends in home cooking

Award-winning chef Sam Cover Spokane Washington reveals a selection of the fastest-growing home cooking trends.

From spiralized vegetables to alternative proteins, home cooking trends come and go with alarming regularity, according to award-winning chef Sam Cover Spokane Wa. With more and more people now relying on home-cooked dishes than ever as the world continues to face the effects of the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, Cover shares a number of stand-out trends making waves in-home cooking today.

“Culinary trends come and go at an alarming rate,” says Sam Cover Spokane Wa, “and while some stand the test of time, many do not.”

Spiralized vegetables, for example, Sam Cover Spokane Washington points out, were the latest home cooking fad for a while several years ago. “Millions of people embraced the trend,” says Cover, “with mountains-worth of spiralizing gadgets sold globally as a result.”

Now, however, these and many other, similar gadgets have largely been consigned to the backs of kitchen cabinets around the world. “Worse still, many will have ended up in the trash,” adds the expert, “which is not great news for the environment.”

Trends that typically stand the test of time, for the most part, according to Sam Cover Spokane Wa, are those which are more lifestyle-focused. “Alternative proteins continue to grow and grow in popularity,” says Cover, “led by continued explosive growth in the switch to meat-free diets for many.”

Veganism and alternative proteins, then, make up one major trend that’s here to stay, according to Sam Cover Spokane Wa.

A non-food, drinks-focused trend also highlighted by Sam Cover Spokane Washington centers around so-called mocktails or non-alcoholic cocktails. “In an effort to be more health-conscious, as many people look to reduce their alcohol consumption, mocktails are becoming ever more popular,” he explains. What’s more, a surprising number, Sam Cover says, can often be whipped up from mixers, ingredients, and garnishes that are already staple items within many home kitchens.

Back to food and home cooking, Sam Cover Spokane Wa next turns to international cuisine trends. “Korean dishes and flavors have steadily been growing in popularity,” suggests Cover, “and fermented foods such as kimchi have now made their way into home cooking across large parts of the world, far outside of Asia.”

As access to more and more ingredients common in Korean cuisine become available in the U.S. and elsewhere, it’s likely to become among the biggest overseas-inspired home cooking trends in recent years, according to Sam Cover Spokane Valley. “Furthermore, fermented foods such as kimchi are not only delicious but, being probiotic-rich, they’re incredibly healthy, too,” adds the chef.

A trend first identified by Sam Cover Spokane Washington a number of years ago, meanwhile, and fully embraced by the chef for the first time last year, is what he calls upscale comfort. “Combining gourmet cuisine and, ideally, local ingredients with beautiful, elegant plating, it’s a trend which, oddly enough, lends itself perfectly to current circumstances,” suggests Cover.

Upscale comfort is, he says, essentially about a taste of home, but presented in the most beautiful, Instagram-worthy fashion possible. “The perfect antidote to TV dinners in lockdown, it’s an ideal food trend to try replicating at home,” adds Sam Cover Spokane Valley, wrapping up, “particularly while many of our favorite bars and restaurants remain closed.”

Sam Cover Spokane Washington Explains How Spokane Food Fighters Offer Relief Amid Crisis

Sam Cover Spokane Washington chef shares with readers the good work done by local organization Spokane Food Fighters and the impact it has on his community. 

A seasoned local chef, Sam Cover Spokane Washington has covered the many ways his city and state have kept their communities afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic in his online articles. With food supply chains thrown off course and many restaurants having to close their doors to the public, he explains that too many people face extremely difficult hurdles when securing meals for their families

“We’re very thankful to have organizations like Spokane Food Fighters who can fill in the gaps and support our community members who may not have ready access to food and water as others might,” says Sam Cover Spokane Washington.

Spokane Food Fighters began earlier this year as a grassroots effort to end hunger in the local community, a single meal at a time. The focus of the organization is on next-day emergency meal needs for people who haven’t been able to secure food through local providers such as school districts, food pantries, or outreach programs like Meals on Wheels.

Sam Cover Spokane Washington tells us that Spokane Food Fighters have already provided thousands of families with hot meals while supporting restaurants who’ve significantly suffered during this time. Recently, Spokane Food Fighters expanded their services from Spokane alone to families in need in Spokane Valley. The official start date for emergency meal deliveries to Spokane Valley was April 18, and they’ve had a tremendous impact on the local community in a few short weeks. 

In less than a month, the organization succeeded in delivering more than 10,000 meals to people in need, providing a much needed service and boosting community morale during difficult times. Representatives from Spokane Food Fighters, such as Executive Director Robbi Katherine Anthony, have remarked on the clear need for their services outside the initial objective of Spokane to places like Spokane Valley and beyond. 

Spokane Food Fighters has also made a Spanish version of their intake form available to the public to enhance their community offerings. They’ve recruited passionate volunteers from the surrounding area and partnered with nonprofits to purchase meals from restaurants who may be struggling during the pandemic, delivering these meals to families in need at no cost.

“The Spokane Food Fighters organization plans to deliver more than 20,000 meals in the coming days, providing one of the most basic necessities for any family and ensuring our communities thrive in the face of this pandemic,” says Sam Cover Spokane Washington
 

Sam Cover Spokane Valley Chef Shares Essential Steps to Becoming a Professional Food Critic

To help budding food critics find their footing in the career, Sam Cover Spokane Valley chef names a few critical steps they should take early on to set themselves up for success. 

Sam Cover of Spokane Valley has been a major force in the local food industry for years where he’s worked in some of Washington’s most beloved restaurants. A champion for food careers in general, Sam Cover offers some beginner’s advice below to those interested in pursuing a career as a food critic. 

“Food criticism requires an experienced taste palate, an open mindset, and a knack for writing engaging content,” says Sam Cover Spokane Valley chef. “Critics will also likely review elements such as restaurant cleanliness, the quality of staff both in and out of the kitchen, and the overall restaurant environment, so they should be knowledgeable about quality establishments. And the best way to do that is to go out and experience both great and poor restaurant experiences themselves.”

Food critics tend to earn a following or fan base over time as they hone their craft and learn to critique establishments with equal knowledge of the culinary arts and journalism. They’ll publish their work on personal blogs, in food magazines, on websites, and in various publications (such as newspapers and local circulations). 

“Every food critic should have a passion for eating and taste-testing, but they should also understand the industry and the work of other food writers,” says Sam Cover Spokane Valley. “The easiest way to do that is to study the published work of these professionals, regardless of whether they are local or internationally renowned critics.”

Sam Cover Spokane Valley chef suggests budding food critics get started by searching the internet for reviews on their favorite restaurants or cuisine types to get a feel of how articles should turn out. From there, they can familiarize themselves with some of the industry’s top critics and model their own writing to fit the existing publication avenues. 

“If they’re interested in getting a degree first, food critics should look to culinary, journalism, or media degrees, using their free time to fill in the gaps of their education by cooking and dining out often,” says Sam Cover Spokane Valley chef. 

For those lacking basic food industry knowledge, Sam Cover suggests looking to cable cooking channels (like Food Network) that present programs on quality restaurants or else reading online articles from famous culinary publications. From there, he tells us, it’s all about practicing your craft repeatedly and expanding your culinary interests to develop a well-rounded understanding of the food industry as a whole.   
 

Sam Cover Spokane Washington Chef Explains How To-go Orders and Social Distancing Are Working to Flatten Curve

Chef Sam Cover of Spokane Washington helps readers understand how social distancing and ordering food to-go from local restaurants is helping to flatten the coronavirus curve. 

For weeks, people have heard about the projected curve of the coronavirus, many without understanding exactly what it means or looks like. Sam Cover Spokane Washington chef helps readers better understand the curve and how stay-at-home orders are helping to flatten it. 

“When we talk about the curve, we’re discussing the physical curvature on a graph of the projected number of people who contract COVID-19,” says Sam Cover Spokane Washington. “It’s just a model, but it helps us visualize how out of control the virus is.”

In official projections, the curve can take on many shapes that depend on the rate of infection. In projections with steep curves, it represents an exceptionally high amount of cases and, as a result, a steep fall where the virus is able to infect anyone who can be infected. This presents a specifically difficult problem for healthcare workers who would be overwhelmed by these numbers and unable to handle so many cases effectively. 

“A flatter curve, however, assumes the rate of infection is much slower,” says Sam Cover Spokane Washington. “Although the same amount of people have the potential to be infected over time, this flatter curve on the graph means the healthcare system is less stressed and more capable of handling infected cases.”

The goal of the safer-at-home order is to stop the rate of infection and effectively flatten the curve so that the healthcare industry is able to fight the virus until vaccines are ready. When people order take-out food, Sam Cover says, they eliminate the risk of sitting in a confined room with many guests who may be spreading the disease unknowingly. Simply breathing in the exhaled air of someone with the coronavirus may be enough to spread infection. 

“Restaurants are major gathering places that each turn over dozens or hundreds of people daily,” says Sam Cover Spokane Washington. “Besides breathing in and exhaling the same air, restaurant guests may spread infection by coughing into their hands without washing them and touching surfaces.”

Thankfully, stay-at-home orders have already begun having a flattening effect on the infection rate. In Spokane Washington, Dr. Bob Lutz said that physical distancing has already made an impact on the curve, and he mentions numbers suggesting the amount of new daily cases peaked late last month. It is also suggested that hospitalizations in the area due to coronavirus have gone down since the end of March. 

“Continue staying at home and ordering only to-go or delivery from restaurants and I’m confident we can defeat this virus in little time,” says Sam Cover Spokane Washington
 

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Sam Cover Spokane Washington Talks Trends to Keep an Eye on in Spokane, WA During the Coronavirus Pandemic

With the coronavirus, places around the world have enforced stay-at-home guidelines. Sam Cover of Spokane Washington talks trends borne of boredom and restlessness.

Spokane, Washington / Accesswire / April 24, 2020 / The coronavirus is one of the most concerning and serious issues facing pretty much every country in the world, and one of the biggest incidents in the last 100 years. Hard to detect, solidly transmittable, and highly dangerous for immunocompromised, elderly, and other such at-risk groups, these are a recipe for disaster. In order to avoid worsening it more than it already has been, many places, ranging from U.S. states to entire countries across the world, have enforced policies that shut down non-essential businesses, events that would result in groups of people in close contact, and even encouraging people to maximize staying at home. Helpful to hurt the pandemic, but bad for mood. Sam Cover Spokane Washington talks about the trends popping up as a result of this in the area.

Sam Cover Spokane Washington on Trends that are Gaining Traction

One of the biggest things you will find people doing during the pandemic, Sam Cover Spokane Washington notes, is people communicating over voice and/or video chat. You can do this through programs such as ZOOM, Discord, Skype, and other programs. This is great to chat with your friends and loved ones, hopefully enough to combat cabin fever, but others have taken it even further. Sam Cover Spokane Washington lists some examples, including people drinking together over video chat, watching movies on Netflix or Hulu at the same time, and others. In some communities, you can even see examples of people going onto their balconies or rooftops to try to create some local camaraderie, even instances of people making music all across the block. Sam Cover Spokane Washington finds stuff like this really shows the sense of community people demonstrate when we are faced with something as serious as this.

One thing Sam Cover Spokane Washington has seen people really get engaged in is arts and crafts. Even if a person does not know how to do many arts and crafts (such as cross-stitch for instance), that person can look online to see tutorials and practice, practice, practice. This is also good for your neighbors, as arts and crafts do not tend to be terribly disruptive. An example some people try, according to Sam Cover Spokane Washington, is practicing a musical instrument. This can certainly be fulfilling, but do make sure that you are considerate of the comfort of others who are merely trying to not go stir crazy in their apartment, Sam Cover Spokane Washington notes. It can be a huge bother if you have to hear someone playing their instrument at all hours of the day, especially if the musician is not yet good!