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How to Keep Produce Fresh

September 24, 2014 4:02 pm

You love purchasing fresh produce because of its numerous health benefits and wide variety of uses, but unfortunately those heirloom tomatoes and juicy strawberries don’t last forever. So how can you make your produce last a bit longer than just a few days? Here are some smart tips.

  1. Separate fruits and veggies. Although you may be tempted to unload all of your groceries into the refrigerator as soon as you buy them, be sure to separate fruits and vegetables to extend their lifespan. Fruits give off high levels of ethylene, a gas that can cause surrounding vegetables to spoil well before they should.
  2. Trim the dead leaves off of vegetables. If you purchase veggies like cabbage or spinach, be sure to remove the mushy, wilted leaves to prevent them from spoiling the whole bunch.
  3. Don’t assume that all fruits will ripen. Although fruits like apples, avocados, and mangoes will continue to ripen if left out on the counter, many other fruits will simply deteriorate. Be sure to refrigerate things like berries and citrus fruits to prevent this from happening.
  4. Keep more delicate produce in the front of the refrigerator. Foods kept near the back of the refrigerator are more likely to freeze, so be sure to store things like berries, celery, and spinach near the front.

How To Extend The Life Of Summer Produce [HuffPost Taste]
Where Do You Store Produce In Your Fridge For Maximum Shelf Life? [Mercola.com]
The Kitchn's Guide to Storing Fruits and Vegetables [The Kitchn]

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Beauty Is in Bloom at These Bay Area Botanical Gardens

September 18, 2014 5:01 pm

San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is home to two world-renowned gardens. Here, you can seek refuge from city life and immerse yourself in nature without leaving the city at all.

San Francisco Botanical Garden
Explore the secret life of plants at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Covering 55 acres, the garden is home to more than 55,000 species of plants. The unique weather conditions of the Bay Area render this attraction unlike any other. Guests can find peace within the immaculate gardens and learn about the plants and their surroundings in one of the park's outdoor classrooms. The beauty of the park and the enthusiasm of its caretakers are sure to make a lasting impression on every visitor.

Japanese Tea Garden
Visitors from around the world travel to the Japanese Tea Garden to admire what is the oldest garden of its kind in the whole country. Find tranquility among the many sculptures and bridges on this five-acre patch of ornate landscaping. Walk along the stepping stone paths while admiring springtime cherry blossom trees, and make sure to sip on a relaxing cup of tea in the Tea House before exiting this peaceful wonderland. The garden is open year-round, even on holidays.

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Terrace Café: Tasty Food to Start Your Day

September 17, 2014 8:01 pm

Oakland's Terrace Café is a great place to relax with some tasty fare, plus it’s right next to its sister gift shop, so you can shop before or after you fuel up on food. Breakfast offerings include a robust selection of coffee drinks, plus bagels, breakfast sandwiches and burritos.

Some popular options on Terrace's menu are the Chorizo Melt breakfast sandwich with spicy sausage, tomato, cheese and chipotle sauce on grilled sweet batard bread and the Burrito Ranchero with egg, chorizo, shredded cheese and black beans. Lunch includes a yummy Mixed Greens & Bartlett Pear Salad with bleu cheese, bacon, Bartlett pear and pickled onions, and a Blue Artichoke & Smoked Turkey Panini with artichokes, provolone cheese and blue cheese spread served on a French roll with house slaw.

Visit Terrace's website to find out more about this Oakland eatery.

5891 Broadway Terrace
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 428-0323

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