Pig Blood, Avocados, Irish Moss: The Strange Ingredients of Summer’s Tastiest Cocktails

de1eab1c54dcad0de1379fd33941d3abca09eb8eOdd Ingredients: Avocados, Sriracha Ice Cubes
The Drink: The Cobra Commander
The Bar: The Pig & the Lady in Honolulu, HI

Brunch, lunch, dinner — bar manager Kyle Reutner is confident this playful sipper is a doable choice any time of the day. “The avocado-infused mezcal melds a smoky flavor with a rich mouthfeel.” To balance the intense creaminess of the avocado and agave, he adds Giffard Pamplemousse Rose, which is a red grapefruit liqueur, and some fresh lime juice, plus a pinch of salt to “make the drink pop.” As the Cobra Commander melts over Sriracha ice cubes, it really takes on a whole new life. “Our ice cubes are exactly what you think they are – sriracha hot sauce poured into water and frozen,” he winks.

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Avocado Fest at Angel City Brewery

noname-126Last year was the first ever Avocado Festival at Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles and this year promises to be even better. It will take place at

During the festival we’ll have great food from, live music, avocados, giveaways, a guacamole contest, and Avocado Ale. Check out the photo gallery from last year to see what a great time you’ll have HERE

Date/Time;
08/17/2014 - 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location:
Angel City Brewery & Public House
216 South Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Summer’s Bounty: Top 5 Healthy Foods for Your Heart

tomato-colorfulSummer is an excellent time to renew your resolution for healthy eating. And a recent blood pressure study sweetens the deal, lending support for putting watermelon among top choices for heart-healthy foods.

Celebrate the bounty of summer with watermelon and other fresh fruits and vegetables. Combined in healthy menus, summertime foods can help give you more than just one season of heart health.

Best Summertime Foods to Choose: Dietitians Julia Zumpano and Kate Patton, both of Cleveland Clinic’s Section of Preventive Cardiology & Rehabilitation, put together some tips with the list of their five summertime heart-healthy food favorites:

Avocados: A mashed avocado provides a healthy alternative to mayonnaise or butter. A 1/4-cup serving of pureed avocado provides 6 grams of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and 90 calories.

Serving Tips: Use it as a spread on sandwiches, wraps or burritos, in salads or as a dip. To prevent browning, add lemon juice to avocado flesh.

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Satirical American Menus: McDonald’s France Parodies American Meals in its Latest Menu

mcdonalds-franceMcDonald’s France’s latest menu attempts to popularize American food culture with an exclusively American-themed spread of fast food choices. The menu, titled ‘American Summer,’ satirically plays off of cultural stereotypes and staple food items that are exclusive to the USA.

The McDonald’s France menu features items such as the ‘California and Chicken’ sandwich filled with bacon and avocado sauce, the ‘Florida and Beef’ sandwich and the ‘Classic Chewy Chips’ side. Some of the items may seem like a bizarre food pairing to north Americans. For example, the ‘Classic Chewy Chips’ are meant to be a cross between a potato chip and a fry.

The goal of the menu is to offer French citizens a chance to experience staple American food items without having to leave the country.

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PGR Helps Slow Avocado Ripening, Lengthening Marketability

Avocados growing on a tree.  Avocado fruit.  UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.A commercially available plant growth regulator can keep a Florida avocado hybrid fresh longer, a finding that could expand the variety’s marketability. Marcio Eduardo Canto Periera, a former University of Florida doctoral student, looked at ethylene as well as liquid and gaseous forms of 1-methylcycloprene on Booth 7 avocados. Booth 7 is a hybrid of West Indian and Guatemalan avocado varieties.

Known also as 1-MCP, the chemical is marketed by AgroFresh under the brand SmartFresh Quality System. In the study, ethylene did not speed fruit ripening, but the gaseous 1-MCP kept the fruit fresh. Ethylene is a natural plant hormone used to speed ripening, such as in bananas, pears, tomatoes and avocados..

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Avocados, Eggs, Watermelon, Oysters: Top 10 Libido-Boosting Foods

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Want to improve your performance in the bedroom? Eat your way to a better sex life with these passion-inducing foods.There are a number of reasons why your sex life may have lost it’s sizzle but you can help put the va-va-voom back into the bedroom with these lust-inducing foods.

Leading company We-Vibe reveals what you should be munching down at dinner to put that spark back into your libido.

AVOCADOS
The name for this South American fruit derives from the Aztec language Nahuatl, in which it meant “testicle” – a name chosen for the fruit’s unusual shape.

It may seem like a bit of a stretch to us, but avocadoes do have some sexy benefits. They are rich in unsaturated fats, making them very heart-healthy.

And a healthy heart keeps the blood flowing to all the right places. Men with underlying heart disease are twice as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, so feel free to add some extra avocado slices to your salads.

ALMONDS
These healthy nuts are said to act as a sexual stimulant and a fertility aid, so if you’re trying for a baby, start snacking.

They are rich in nutrients and in several minerals that are important for sexual health and reproduction, including zinc, selenium, and vitamin E. Zinc can also help enhance sexual desire…

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Avocados Stimulate Appetite for Learning

CC-waihi-beach-school-June-2014-04Pupils in Room One at Waihi Beach Primary School are drinking in their learning by the cupful.

Smoothies made with avocado and milk, plus a few other fruits, have become a hit with the 30 nine-10 year olds since teacher Lizette Turnbull showed how to make them as part of a health project.

“I was discussing my plans to teach the children about how to be healthy with my father-in-law Sid, who suggested focusing on the benefits of avocados, and promised to deliver them by the boxful to the school,” says Lizette.

Since making the promise, avocado orchardist Sid Turnbull has kept Room One supplied with avocados on a regular basis…

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Avocado Seed May Help In Diabetics Treatment

woman-eating-avocado-410x290Avocado is a very common fruit in Nigeria sold in fruit shops and can be eaten alone or added to salads, sandwiches, bread as well as rice. Usually, just the pulp is used in food preparation, but the seed or pit of avocado is much richer in nutrition and it has a long history in traditional medicine. In this report, VICTOR OKEKE writes on the benefits of the avocado seed.

Avocados are also called alligator pears because of their shape and wrinkly green skin. These names are sometimes melded into ‘avocado pear.’ The avocado has long been used as a preventative remedy for high cholesterol and heart disease. It is also popular for lowering blood pressure because of its high levels of potassium and foliate, which help to regulate blood pressure and protect the body against heart diseases.

The avocado fruit also provide a number of practical and medicinal uses in addition to being highly nutritious component of a healthy diet. Avocado skins offer antibiotic and anti-parasitic benefits, and the leaves can be made into a poultice to speed wound healing or prepared as tea to treat sore throat and diarrhea. However, avocado seeds offer a wide range of benefits too…

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The New Rules Of Healthy Cooking

slide_350680_3769613_freeWhy you should cook with some packaged foods—and how a once maligned fat is staging a comeback. Lynn Andriani

Old rule: Butter is evil.

New rule: Butter belongs in your kitchen. “Butter is back,” declared food writer Mark Bittman in The New York Times earlier this year, citing new research showing there’s no evidence to support the idea that saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease. Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz devotes an entire book to the subject in her just-released The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. And Mitzi Dulan, RD, team nutritionist for the Kansas City Royals baseball team, says she uses butter at home for certain dishes—a grilled cheese sandwich is one—since studies show that saturated fat isn’t as bad as we once thought. As we all know, moderation is key, but we no longer need to “demonize” the ingredient that has long been a favorite among chefs and home cooks alike.

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Bribing a Baby with Food

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Today, we’re sharing an adorable video of a baby girl taking her first steps. Guess what her motivation is… an avocado of course. Sometimes it’s necessary to bribe your kids and using the tastiest fruit in the world can apparently do the trick. Enjoy!

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