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Posted 03/08/2013

Types of CSAs: More than Just Veggies

Many people have heard about CSAs, or community supported agriculture. One of the biggest hesitations about joining a CSA program is the idea of a “fixed” menu of foods that you get each week — even if they are things you don’t like. But, did you know that there are several types of CSAs? The variety includes everything from the types of food in the CSA to how hands on you’d like to get with your produce. CSAs can also help support charitable efforts or economic development projects. Thus, you weekly spend on healthy foods has an even greater benefit for all. Here’s some of the options available. Continue Reading…

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Posted 03/03/2013

Five Good Reasons to Support Local Family Farms with a CSA

There’s over a foot of snow outside my door but its time to start thinking about vegetables! Not just the seeds to plant before the last frost (when I can find the ground again), but March and April are also the months to sign up for a CSA. Continue Reading…

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Posted 03/03/2013

Italian Wine Takes Over San Francisco, Part 2: Tre Bicchieri 2013

As magnificent and fun as the Slow Wine tasting was, the Tre Bicchieri event a few days later made it seem like a country barn dance in comparison. Continue Reading…

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Posted 03/03/2013

Plant.Learn.Grow

Vegetables and herbs are sprouting up in schoolyards across the United States. Raised soil beds and vine-covered lattice are replacing asphalt courtyards and chain link fencing. The emergence of gardens on the campuses of primary and secondary schools across the country can largely be attributed to the revolutionary work of organic, sustainable food pioneer Alice Waters. Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/21/2013

The Beauty of Grass Fed Beef

Everyone has most likely indulged in a juicy, fresh off the grill, hamburger topped with all of the fixings, including extra ketchup, all while piled on top of a fluffy, white, sesame seed topped bun at some point or another. As the late summer BBQ images are starting to cumulate in your mind, did you ever once look at the ground beef package prior to devouring the luscious burger? Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/15/2013

Where to Eat: Operacaffe Food Truck in San Diego

Without a doubt, the gourmet food truck scene is one of the hottest trends rolling right now in the gastronomical world. Between the TV offerings of, The Great Food Truck Race on The Food Network, and Eat St on The Cooking Channel, to President Obama tweeting about his fave truck in D.C., (D.C. Empanadas) you just can’t get any more au courant with a hopefully, long lasting fad. Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/15/2013

Italian Wine Takes Over San Francisco, Part 1: Slow Wine 2013

For Italian wine lovers, last week was epic in the city of San Francisco.

First came the Slow Wine 2013 tasting event, which brought together over 50 producers, all of whom are featured in this year’s Slow Wine Guide. The guide, which was first published in English last year by Slow Food Editore, is something of a counterpoint to the controversial 100-point rating system employed by folks like Robert Parker. In the Slow Wine Guide, much attention is given to winemaking practices from vine to glass, focusing on sustainability. Wines are not scored by number, but described and put into the context of the Italian wine landscape. Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/08/2013

Moving? Don’t know where your wine opener is? I’ve got you covered.

I recently relocated. Beyond what fit in my truck around the carrier for one oversized, excessively furry cat, all of my posessions spent a few weeks under the guardianship of Wheaton van lines. Stumbling into the Trader Joe’s in my new city, desperate for a brief respite from my environs–which looked like Hoarders after the movers left–I zombie-shuffled my way to the wine aisle. And then realized I had no idea where my wine opener was. Now what was I going to drink? Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/04/2013

Farm-to-Farm (or Composting)

Think of this as the farm-to-farm movement, or composting. Picking up fruits and vegetables, incorporating kitchens, tables, and sporks, and heading right back into the soil, the act of composting has been biodegrading since prehistoric farmers roamed the earth. Continue Reading…

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Posted 01/31/2013

The History of the Food War

Most of us are familiar with a world full of supermarkets, hot dog stands, pizza parlors and coffee shops. Chemicals can improve the flavors of our favorite fruits; vegetables appear to grow in Styrofoam trays and materialize on crammed shelves. Mushrooms are made of marshmallow, meat is flat and round and comes wrapped in a sauce-filled bun, stamped with a yellow ‘M’. We have entered an age of mass production and commercial farming, of obesity and anorexia. Food is tied up with everything from our impressions of our own bodies to our economy, but how and why did we get to where we are today in the US? Well, there are several reasons.  Continue Reading…

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