Photo by Bridgette Meinhold
Per Inhabitat, Sticky Rice, a staple of the Chinese diet for centuries, also played a huge role in the construction of ultra-durable cities and walls. The glutinous side dish has been used since the Ming Dynasty to create a super-strong mortar that has helped keep ancient buildings intact and resisted earthquakes. Scientists recently discovered what it is about glutinous rice that creates the super-strength mortar, and have also determined that sticky rice mortar is best available material to restore ancient and historic buildings.
Win R.W. Knudsen Family Spritzer, Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butters, and Earthbound Organic Farm Dried Cranberries
Gratitude Gourmet is excited to feature some great products from R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic, and Earthbound Organic Farm AND a SPECIAL GIVEAWAY for Gratitude Gourmet readers!
R.W. Knudsen Spritzers showcase real fruit and exotic flavors and are Perfect for Summer gatherings and sold at natural and traditional grocers nationwide for $3.99 per 4-pack of 10.5 ounce cans. Flavors include Mango Fandango, Tangerine, Red Raspberry, Jamaican Lemonade, Black Cherry, Boysenberry, Grape, Ginger Ale, Lemon Lime, Cranberry, Mandarin Lime, Strawberry, Orange Passionfruit and Peach.
R.W. Knudsen also carries Just Cranberry Juice in addition to Blueberry, Black Cherry, Black Currant, and Just Pomegranate. Did you know that drinking a 10oz glass of cranberry juice a day may help prevent urinary tract infections, according to the National Kidney Foundation, and it's juice is rich in proanthocyanidin antioxidants. According to the National Cancer Institute, antioxidants may help prevent cancer by neutralizing unstable molecules called free radicals.
If you're interested in adding more cranberries in your routine and want something easily transportable for hikes and road trips, check out Earthbound Farm Organic Cranberries for your daily fiber and vitamin C.
Love Peanut Butter? I do, especially on celery and how about chocolate peanut butter cakes and cookies? You must try Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butters in both light and dark, and creamy and crunchy.
Gratitude Gourmet is excited to be giving away Gift Packs for 5 People with Samples of the following:
- 2 R.W. Knudsen Family Spritzer 4 Packs
- 2 Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butters, one dark crunchy roast and one light creamy roast
- 1 Pack of Earthbound Organic Farm Dried Cranberries
All you need to do is be a Gratitude Gourmet Facebook Fan, and comment on your favorite R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic, and/or Earthbound Organic product.
Enter Here and Good luck!! :-)
Saturday's 2010 Golden Glass event will hold a Wine Competition, encompassing wines from around the world throughout Europe, New Zealand and California judged by a team of top national and global wine experts the week prior to the June 12th event. The purpose of the annual Golden Glass Wine Competition is to showcase and honor the caliber of the wines participating in the annual Slow Food tasting event: wines reflect Slow Food production principles of "good, clean and fair", whether organic, sustainably grown or biodynamic. I've attended this event for the last few years, and have really enjoyed the caliber of represented wines. More information on the event and registration is here.
In March, six calves were left to starve at a farm in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Discovered mere hours from death, they were seized by SPCA workers and transported to a veterinary hospital by Farm Sanctuary’s emergency response team. Over the weeks that followed, aided by around-the-clock care at both the hospital and our New York Shelter, these young animals fought for their lives – and won. Since then, they have watched their sickliness and frailty replaced by curiosity, affection and joy. And now it is time to find them homes where they will live the rest of their lives in happiness and peace. More information on this and how to adopt is here.
Caviar poaching has decimated the species considered a national pride.
"In the old days, we would catch sturgeon each weighing 40 to 50 kg, or 60 kg (132 lb)," sighed Pavel Syzranov, the head of the once thriving Lenin fishery in southern Russia.
"Now there are no sturgeon left of that size," he said after the two immature fish, known as sterlets, were released back into the Volga.
The relentless hunt for the so-called "Czar fish" and its precious eggs has acquired such huge proportions in post-Soviet Russia that the prehistoric creature, which outlived the dinosaurs, has itself now been pushed to the edge of extinction.
You can read the full article here.
Gratitude Gourmet is partnering with the Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Venture Capital Conference in Italy June 29 at an Eco Evening Gala Dinner Program.
The Eco Evening will take place with Gratitude Gourmet, SaporBio, Trendy Lime, CIAI, Your Garden Show, a Tuscan winery & St. Supery, Native Food & Wine, and Toscana Saporita Cooking School.
The Event includes:
Researchers at the University of California, Davis say: "Increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could reduce the protein content of crop plants by as much as 20 percent, according to a new study" because "high CO2 levels interfere with the ability of plants to convert nitrate into proteins, and thus reduce their quality as food." More information on the Study is here.
If you haven't attended the Sunset Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park, CA, I would highly recommend you visit. Saturday morning started with Welcome Hulas by Halau 'o Keikiali 'i / APOP Hawaiian Cultural Center, and the day progressed with Sessions on Edible Container Gardening for Herbs, and Secrets for Growing Blueberries and Citrus. Olive, Chocolate, Bread, and Wine tastings permeated the event, and I've included 3 videos below of the Hulas and Gardening Tips. More information on Sunset Weekend is here. Enjoy!