This year turned out to be a very good year for mangoes in our area. For a time, the mango tree out front had some branches weighted so heavily with fruit that they reached the ground. When you are harvesting up to 10 mangoes a day you must quickly figure out what to do with them. And while some of the standard options are great, such as dehydrating and making mango salsa, the heat of the summer requires a cool, sweet treat: mango ice cream.
Walking down the city street I looked up and saw the work of street artists. The orange spray paint contrasted with the buildings beige stucco. My mind wandered. Who are these unnamed creatives? When did they start? What’s their motivation?
I’ve overheard a lot of people who are apprehensive about the idea of getting packages delivered via drone. Escalated a bit, how would you like your mail delivered to you via rocket? Sounds ridiculous, but in 1959 the USS Barbero submarine fired a Regulus cruise missile, its nuclear warhead having been replaced by two Post Office Department mail containers, towards the Naval Auxiliary Air Station at Naval Station Mayport in Florida.
When: August 2016 Where: Orlando --> Los Angeles-->Salinas-->Bear Valley Traveler’s: 2 Equipment: Tent, camping gear Budget: $1,800 (airfare, car rental, gas, food)
Growing up in Florida you have endless access to beaches, warm weather for most of the year, and warm water. When you’re surrounded by palm trees, it’s hard to realize how different it is on the opposite coast. You’ve heard about redwoods, seen mountains in pictures, but it can still seem as foreign as another county. At this point we had traveled only to warm countries and nearby states. This was our first cold weather trip, and we quickly realized how unprepared we were.
Saltwater Buddha is an autobiographical account of journalist Jaimal Yogis’ journies in his late teens and early twenties to discover himself and learn to surf.
The story begins at the age of 16 when he runs away from his comfortable, but disaffected, NorCal suburban life, where he is apparently suffering from the boredom and monotony-induced disease we now called "Affluenza" and on his way to juvenile delinquency. Seeking the comfort and nostalgia of time spent in his youth on the coast of Portugal prior to his parent's divorce, he heads for Hawaii. His goal is ostensibly to learn to surf, but also, and perhaps more importantly, to leave behind the negative influences and find himself.
Kaitlin Shiver Donner, a Satellite Beach native and decorated athlete, opened an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic in February of this year specializing in sports rehab and local athletes. She met with us to discuss her background and provide tips and exercises for surfers and board athletes.
France and Paris are practically synonymous with each other. Tell people you're going to France and the first thing they think of is Paris, "The city of Lights". This is where, in remembrance of Anthony Bourdain, it jumps to a clip of traffic, overweight sweaty businessmen, construction, dog poop on the sidewalk, honking horns, people begging in the streets, the random Parisian smoking a cigarette on the corner, then back to the monologue. Paris is the capital and just like any other major city. Sure, there are the museums and architecture, but this only represents a small portion of France. So when we booked the trip we only planned one night in Paris due its proximity to the airpot. For us, like all of our trips we want to see the real part, in this case the real France.
All of the rain lately has us feeling lazy, so this week we were looking for an easy and nutritious recipe to make for dinner. We checked the pantry and realized we had all the ingredients needed to make salmon cakes. One of our favorites, this quick and easy recipe is simple to make and requires only 9 basic ingredients! It’s one of our go-to meals because it’s inexpensive and provides a nutritional punch with omega 3s in the salmon and iodine in the seaweed.
I want to start this segment out by saying we are not experts. To be honest, we don't know about beer any more than you do. We like to wrap up our meetings with a few beers which led to us talking about them, so it only made sense for our group of un-beer educated people to give you beer reviews. Making beer is a skilled craft, drinking beer and talking about it is not, so if you are a beer aficionado I suggest stopping here and checking out our travel blogs. None of the beers we talk about are sponsors (but if they want to be we can lie about how great it is, I'm fine with that too) and this is eight people's varying opinions. We decided on seven different aspects to rate the beer, and those are rated 1-10 (1 worst, 10 best). They are averaged and rounded up. We also added hoppiness and bitterness as two categories rated separately (1-10) with hoppiness referring to how many hops, not how much you like it.
Packaging - This is strictly packaging. Will it draw you in when you see it on the shelf?
Looks - This is the beer itself. When you see it poured into a glass, does it look appealing?
Aroma - How does it smell?
Taste - Sounds simple, but once you start analyzing the taste, it is not as easy as it sounds. So, how does it taste?
Smoothness - How smooth is it?
Sessionable - Can you drink this beer all day? Overall - Not the official score from the previous questions, but what you think of the beer overall.