Chocolate

By Greg Zompolis There are few words in any language that can conjure such pleasure. It is alluring, seductive and an epicurean delight. Archeological proof of chocolate beverages dating to 1900 B.C. The majority of Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Aztecs and Mayans. The word ‘chocolate’ is derived from the ancient Aztec word choclātl. Although the cacao seeds have a bitter taste, it was not until Columbus’ fourth voyage to the New World where he commandeered a canoe of cacao beans which he took back to Spain in 1502. Chocolate did not really become popular until 1815 when …

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Art Start Education

Where do those public art projects come from you might ask. How do you launch a career in art? It starts with a caring community! Art Start is a possibility.   This is a place to get stimulated.  It’s a place where a young artist can launch a life-long career as a professional artist.  It is a place where their talent can be displayed on a wall, or on the street in their community. This is a non-profit center for young artists who might need some direction on how to make money from their artistic talents.  The career of an artist …

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Life Opens Up

Keller Street CoWork welcomes guests to meet Todd O’Leary, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Sonoma County Tourism, as they launch the “Life Opens Up” brand campaign celebrating the lifestyle of Sonoma County. Take advantage of this tremendous resource specifically geared to support awareness, PR and visitors for businesses that rely on tourism to Sonoma County. Sonoma County Tourism is responsible for bringing in media groups who write about everything that makes Sonoma unique as a destination. Learn how to apply this new PR, advertising and social campaign to benefit your business. As a premier wine country destination, Sonoma …

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Bread

By Greg Zompolis Often referred to as “the staff of life”, evidence of bread making has been discovered in prehistoric excavations. There is documented proof in hieroglyphic drawings dating back 4,000 years ago that ancient Egyptians were well versed in baking bread. A charred but intact round loaf of bread was found in a bakery’s oven in Pompeii where Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. Marie Antoinette’s famous quote “Let them eat cake” which she supposedly uttered when the peasant community was in a an uproar and had no bread continues to define her centuries later. Apparently she said “Qu’ils mangent …

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Pig BBQ in the Desert

We had driven up and over the Santa Rosa rage in the vicinity of Humboldt Toyobe National Forest, heading south from Oregon. There was thick snow hitting the windshield of our new SUV as we climbed over a 5,200 ft. snowy pass on Hwy 95 in northeastern Nevada. From Boise, ID, where we had heard stories, we were looking forward to the PIG BBQ and PUB.   We arrived just before noon, as the gray clouds set a somber mood. 1139 W. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445 The place is easy to find.  It looks a little dreary like a …

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Are Plants Food or Do Plants Conspire to Control Us?

Plants rule the world. Plants might be smarter than we give them credit for.  They have been here long before animals.  They really could have set up a lot of the rules. What if human consciousness was manipulated as part of a great scheme by plants to rule the earth.  With no voices or opposable thumbs, they had to do it with flora and fauna.  The ulterior motive is to make life better for plants. There is the distinction between the wisdom of the tribe and the life force that surges through a plant?   We still don’t quite know what the process …

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Bad Foods Find Redemption In Research

Weight gain, cancer, arthritis and more are often thought to result from our diets. Quantity and not quality is more the issue. Modern research to indicates that the best advice when it comes to food is to reduce caloric intake if you want to live longer. Have a glass of wine.  Eat some pasta.  Food is a tool for good health. As modern nutrition and gene therapy discover molecular effects on proteins, many of the foods we thought were bad, actually, have some great things to recommend them. The way our bodies react to the molecules that interact with our cells is yielding evidence …

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Amazon Wants Your Lunch Money

Starting as a bookseller, Amazon has become a huge conglomerate that now sells space on computer servers and has ambitions to make space available to the public. The business philosophy is simple.  Money is divided into two pots.  Money that is spent on Amazon and money that is not spent on Amazon. $1 trillion is spent on food in America.  The grocery business is a low margin business with lots of pressure points.   Amazon got into this marketplace with the purchase of Whole Foods about a year ago for a cost of  $13.7 billion.  They promised lower prices on a …

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Novato Art Wine & Music Festival

SATURDAY, JUNE 9 | SUNDAY, JUNE 10 | DOWNTOWN NOVATO, CA The Novato Chamber of Commerce has thrown the annual Novato Festival of Art, Wine & Music since 1983. The Festival was known by a few names, most recently the Art and Wine Festival. Each year’s flavor takes on a unique personality and different components. We proudly always boast a bohemian art scene along with delectable wine tasting, family-friendly atmosphere, and a poping music scenes. Since its relocation from Old Town Novato to the west side of Redwood Boulevard, we have added a second stage, more booths and added beer to …

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When the Wine Arrives

After you have ordered it is easy to forget it.  That’s not the best course to follow. Once the server or sommelier returns to your table, they will present you with the bottle of wine. At this point, make sure the label matches what you have ordered and check for any signs of dirt or deterioration, even mold, on the label. Don’t be distracted at this point by conversation. There have been instances of wine being poured that wasn’t at all what was ordered just because the person did not take time to read the label when presented.  If the …

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