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Posted 03/16/2013

Give Kids Roots, Watch Them Grow

24th Street Elementary School kids are sowing, tilling and planting in Los Angeles.  They harvest.  They clean.  They cook.  And no, they aren’t striving to become future farmers of America.  This is all just a part of the curriculum at the Garden School Foundation whose charitable mission is “dedicated to providing an interdisciplinary program of education through garden-based learning in outdoor living classrooms.”  And there’s no better place for an outdoor classroom than LA where we get more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year.  Continue Reading…

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Posted 03/11/2013

A Lesson in Sangiovese: Tuscany’s Most Famous Varietal

An Etruscan export since the 7th century BC, Chianti is the 3rd most recognized wine in the world. But how much do you really know about Sangiovese, Chianti’s main grape? Continue Reading…

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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 03/08/2013

Why Onions Will Make You “Smile.”

Onions may make you cry when you chop them up for Carciofi alla Fiesolana but their health benefits will wipe the tears streaming down your face away. 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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