Tips for Managing Your Online Reputation

A cooking and gardening enthusiast, Jonathan Vrban also enjoys many other activities. As a contributor to video-sharing sites such as YouTube, Jonathan Vrban believes in maintaining a good online presence.

Thanks to the Internet, lots of information about a person is typically available with a simple search. While this information might be general or positive in nature, it can also be negative and have a potentially damaging effect on a person’s business, career, or personal life. Therefore, it’s often recommended that people take a proactive approach to online reputation management and establish a good online presence.

For example, you might consider buying a domain name that features your full name in order to establish an official website for yourself. Likewise, you can further establish your online presence by joining social networking websites and spending some time building your profile. Facebook and LinkedIn are obvious contenders for such sites, but Pinterest and YouTube are among additional possibilities. While you don’t have to be on such sites daily, it’s best to add content and otherwise participate periodically. You can also link certain sites together and make portions of your profiles public. However, it’s important to understand your privacy settings, thereby ensuring that the only information you’re making publicly available is that which you in fact don’t mind sharing with everyone.


How to Upload a Photo to Instagram

An avid cook and baker, Dr. Jonathan Vrban has uploaded a number of cooking videos to YouTube and Vimeo. Jonathan Vrban also regularly posts pictures to Instagram. He is in the process of writing a cookbook of the many delicious home recipes that other home chefs can prepare and be proud to share with friends and family

In recent years, Instagram has established itself as one of the premier photography-sharing applications for iPhones and other mobile devices.

When uploading a picture onto Instagram, a user with an Instagram account first needs to ensure that Instagram is installed on his or her mobile device. Upon selecting the Instagram icon from the device’s app menu, it is possible to snap a picture within the app using the camera icon. Once a picture is taken, the user can edit the image as desired, add a caption, and share both with selected individuals and on different social media networks. Users navigate through these options using arrow and check buttons in the top-right corner of their device’s screen.

Alternately, users can select photos from their device’s image gallery or photo library. After the device’s photo library has been accessed, users simply need to tap the desired picture and confirm the upload to Instagram using the icons that appear in the top-right corner of the device’s screen.

Instagram cannot accept pictures from desktop computers.

Tips from a Hawaiian Gardener: Protecting Your Plants and Saving Money

Hawaii resident Dr. Jonathan Vrban, DNP, pursues a number of pastimes outside of his professional life as a family medicine practitioner. One of his passions is gardening. A cook in his free time, Dr. Jonathan Vrban grows his own herbs and vegetables and maintains several tropical gardens around his property.

Hawaii, with its even climate, offers an ideal place for year-round gardening. At the same time, however, this presents challenges, including 24/7 pests that can threaten plants not properly protected. Hawaiian gardens often need fencing to keep out wild pigs, mice, and other animals. Natural and environment-friendly insect repellents and/or insect-repelling plants also have their uses.

Gardening in Hawaii also requires carefully picking cultivation spots. Not every place in the Aloha State boasts nutrient-rich soil ideal for planting. Property owners may have clay, sand, or even volcanic ash or rock to contend with. Gardening beds may need preparation with good soil before planting.

Lastly, gardening anywhere often requires time and money. While we all usually enjoy the time we spend gardening, the cost can diminish that excitement. To pursue gardening without breaking the bank, gardeners can create their own compost and use self-seeding plants, like perennials.

Appreciating the Difference between Cooking and Baking

Jonathan Vrban holds a doctor of nursing practice and is trained in family medicine. He currently lives in Hawaii and in Italy. Outside of his professional activities, Jonathan Vrban enjoys writing his own recipes as an amateur cook and baker.

While some individuals may use the terms “cooking” and “baking” interchangeably, there are a number of differences between the two processes, particularly when it comes to the types of food that are being prepared. Baking refers to the process of working with a flour-based food that requires heat from an oven to set its structure. Common foods that fall under the baked-goods umbrella include cookies, cake, muffins, various breads and loaves, and a number of additional desserts and breakfast foods.

Cooking, meanwhile, is a broader term that encompasses a number of different techniques, including baking. Other styles of cooking include roasting and dry heat cooking. When a chef chooses to roast a meal, he or she cooks meat or vegetables by exposing the food to a radiant heat source. While roasting can take place in an oven, an open flame, like that provided by an outdoor grill or barbecue setup, may be preferred.

Making Pasta

Jonathan Vrban earned his doctorate in nursing practice in 2008 from the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals and has spent nearly 30 years in the field, in clinical and academic settings. Outside the professional environment, Jonathan Vrban is a passionate cook and enjoys making his own pasta.

Some home cooks prefer making their pasta themselves for a variety of reasons. It gives the diet-conscious the opportunity to assume complete control over their ingredients. For others, it’s the opportunity to experiment with different consistencies and flavors.

Pasta is made by combining flour and liquid to form a dough that can be rolled fairly thin — about 1/8 of an inch. Once rolled out, the pasta is cut into strips or other shapes by hand, shaped cutters, or machine and hung out to dry, after which it can be cooked.

The fun in pasta-making comes from experimenting with the ingredients – most pastas have egg as part of the liquid, and some have additional yolks. Pasta made for vegan diets cannot use eggs, and so those recipes substitute water. Tomato paste can be mixed with the liquid to give the pasta a reddish tint; a small amount of pureed spinach will make green pasta. Both coloring approaches will also impact the pasta’s texture and flavor.

The liquid isn’t the only part of pasta that’s open to experimentation. While western cultures often make pasta with wheat flour, other cultures use all manner of grains and legumes as the flour used for making pasta. Cellophane pasta is made with mung bean flour, and rice flour, sometimes mixed with tapioca or corn starch, is popular in Asia for making noodles. Japanese soba noodles are made with buckwheat flour, while udon — thick, chewy, and soft — and the thin ramen noodles so popular in the U.S. are both made with wheat flour.

Unusual Dishes from Around the World

Dr. Jonathan Vrban worked in San Francisco as a practitioner at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Jonathan Vrban enjoys cooking and traveling. When he travels, he likes to immerse himself in the local culture and sample new dishes.

One of the most exciting parts of traveling to another country is having the opportunity to try its lesser-known delicacies. While many people will want to order pasta in Italy or enjoy an authentic Swiss dessert, there are countless exotic dishes most tourists likely never seek out. China’s bird’s nest soup, for example, is comprised primarily of a swiftlet’s nest. Rather than collecting sticks and leaves, swiftlets use saliva to make their nests. The idea of eating bird saliva might not sound so appetizing, but swiftlet saliva ranks among the most expensive animal products consumed by humans. A quality bowl can carry a price tag of $100.

When it comes to the American diet, few – if any – meals come to mind that emphasize fried insects as a key ingredient. In Cambodia, however, fried tarantula is considered an affordable delicacy. World travelers can further broaden their tastes in Korea, where live octopus can be found on the menu. The meal is prepared with a light sesame oil seasoning, and is famous for severed tentacles still moving.

Growing an Herb Garden

Honolulu, Hawaii-based Jonathan Vrban is a former nurse practitioner who became a doctor (family medicine) and spends time traveling, cooking, and baking. He takes inspiration for the dishes he creates from his travels, primarily enjoying Mediterranean-style cuisine. For the dishes he cooks, Jonathan Vrban enjoys growing his own herbs. Herb gardens are a simple way to grow plants and spice up any dish.

Keeping an herb garden requires attention in several areas, including soil quality, watering needs, pest problems, sun exposure, and location for growing. Whether culinary or medicinal, herbs are a delicate but easy-to-grow variety of plants that can grow in many locations, including pots, containers, buckets, the ground, or even indoors. When seeds are planted, soil quality is ensured for each type of plant, and the proper amounts of sunlight and water are provided for the plants, herbs can become quite prolific in their growth and add a flavorful touch to any home-cooked meal.