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Tea Anyone?

I’m a coffee drinker. Actually, in some ways I am a bit of a coffee snob. At home, I’ve switched from my beloved Peet’s coffee (which I have brewed every morning for at least 15 years) to my new favorite, Lavazza Classico medium roast. It’s not quite as strong as Peet’s, yet very rich-bodied. But occasionally, especially in the evenings, I like to have a cup of tea. Especially when I am cold. I’m pretty boring with the tea—Lipton’s black tea and hot water. But last week, while visiting a tea-drinking friend, I was introduced to a much more sophisticated form of the home tea experience. Enter the Breville One-Touch Tea Maker. You can watch a four-minute YouTube Continue Reading

Is There Really a Bee Shortage?

During a recent Agriculture Issues Center meeting at the University of California, Davis, (I serve on the center’s advisory board) I was fascinated with a short presentation about bees by one of the Davis ag researchers. She and her graduate student gave a short synopsis of their work and then asked for questions. I couldn’t get my hand up fast enough. I asked what I thought was the most obvious question: “What about colony collapse disorder? You didn’t talk about the bee shortage.” Their answer was a bit shocking to … Continue reading

The Difference Between Barbecue and Grilling 

Last weekend, I attended a cooking class conducted by my favorite longtime local chef, Alan Greeley. Alan is well known in Orange County as the chef-proprietor of The Golden Truffle restaurant in Newport Beach. Earlier this month, he announced that after 37 years, he is closing up shop in August. Turns out he is moving to Sarasota, Florida, to start a new chapter in his life. The local paper did a nice story on Chef Alan and the history of The Golden Truffle. (Alan also helped us develop our favorite … Continue reading

Why I Quit My Gym

Like many, I had developed a regular workout routine, which involved going to my local gym, open seven days a week. With that came a regular annual or monthly fee. The gym also offered classes (which I admit I tried on occasion), including cycling, Zumba, yoga, aerobics, etc. It also has a large variety of weight machines, free weights, racquetball courts, a steam room, etc. And that worked great for me for many years. Except when it stopped having an appeal for me. I started to dislike the stinky smell, … Continue reading