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Recalling a journey I took in November 2011 Google area map of the places mentioned are shown in the first photo. On the slopes of the Western Ghats in India, perched on a tiny slice of Karnataka in the southern part of India there is a paradise called 'Coorg' (Anglicized version of 'Kodagu', they were never good at vowels). This is the hub of the friendly and hospitable native ethnic group more popularly known as 'Kodavas'. Coorg is the major producer (there are really two) of 'Coffee' in India producing the exotic spices like pepper and cardamom besides a host of others. Madikeri is the principal city in Coorg.http://www.arkive.org/images/logos_external/arkive_black_onwhite_150.png Bylakuppe, on the way to Madikeri (Mercara is the Anglicized name)Pictures are worth a thousand words. But Coorg is beautiful. As you travel from Bengaluru (which we did), bypass Mysore cit... (more)

My Two Days in Saudi Arabia

I came back yesterday from a two-day trip to Saudi Arabia. I didn’t blog about it beforehand because I didn’t want to do anything to jeopardize the chances of my getting a visa, which arrived on the morning of the day I left. Now I’m back and I’m suffering from a type of cognitive dissonance — something more like cultural dissonance. I’m having so much difficulty making sense of it that I’ve found myself anxious about trying to describe the two days to my family. Blogging about it is yet more difficult. First, there are so many reasons I distrust my own impressions: I was there for two days. I hung out with Saudis studying the Internet and with Netty foreigners. I saw only the inside of the Marriott, King Saud University, and a coffee shop. I was one of two Americans (as far as I could tell) at the event I went for. I was the sole Jew (as far as I could tell). I am a ... (more)

World's First SDA Omega-3 Soybean Oil Achieves Major Milestone That Advances the Development of Foods With Enhanced Nutritional Benefits

ST. LOUIS, MO -- (Marketwire) -- 10/26/09 -- In keeping with a commitment to deliver innovations for agriculture, food companies and consumers, Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) and Solae, LLC announced today that the companies have reached an important regulatory milestone that advances the development of foods containing the world's first stearidonic acid (SDA) omega-3 soybean oil product. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) notice confirming that the SDA omega-3 soybean oil could be used under the intended conditions of use. The confirmation of GRAS status enables food companies to develop and test foods containing the new omega-3 oil, which are important steps towards consumers being able to benefit from this omega-3 product in a variety of food products with an acceptable taste experience. Consumer demand for ome... (more)

A Flair for Food - Health-Conscious Cooking Is This Chef's Cup Of Tea

A third-generation chef takes advantage of her alternative training to carry out her talents on a midsize sailing yacht. Strong breezes met us on our way out of the Yacht Club Marina in Antigua. Although dark clouds portside indicated rain in nearby Montserrat, our afternoon of comfortable sailing onboard the 2004, 82ft Oyster Darling was free of bad weather. A young crew with two Olympic sailors raised the sails with a thrilling thwack and steered from the double helms as drinks and light snacks were served. We skimmed across the waves, with a cool spray on our faces, headed towards a little deserted bay said to be a favorite hideaway for crew members. Once there, several guests dove off the boat and swam, while others took advantage of the snorkeling gear and explored the crystal clear waters. On the return to port, we relaxed on deck with freshly blended pina coladas... (more)

"Oven Restaurant," Brooklyn's New Kings of Pizza Chemistry

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 12/11/07 -- Tanner Spree arrives at work every morning at 7:30 a.m. and watches in scientific fascination as the yeast rises on his handmade dough. Spree has a double degree in biochemistry and business. He has applied his creative and biochemistry skills to the art of gourmet pizzas at the newly opened Oven Restaurant on Henry St. in Brooklyn Heights. Fans such as Paul Giamatti ("Sideways"), Gabriel Bryne, Anna Wilding ("Buddha Wild") and various hip-hop stars are lining up regularly for a laid-back seat in this discreet restaurant tucked off the Brooklyn Promenade on Henry St. in Brooklyn Heights. Jacob Buchanan of Fat Boy Hits Music Group says, "The pizzas are exotic. Each one is a different experience. It's the best of both worlds for me, and my roster of stars. The atmosphere is clean, warm and comfortable, and yet the food in f... (more)

ProfNet Experts Available on Earth Day, Brain Injuries, Adult Film Industry, More

NEW YORK, March 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area. If you are interested in interviewing any of the experts, please contact them via the contact information at the end of the listing. To receive these updates by email, send a note to [email protected] with the industries you cover, and we'll add you to the appropriate edition.  If you are in need of additional experts, you can also submit a query to the hundreds of thousands of experts in our network. You can filter your request by institution type and geographic location to get the most targeted responses. The best part? It's free! Just fill out the query form to get started. If you have any questions or need assistance with any aspect of ProfNet, please drop us a note at [email protected] EXPERT ALERTS Choosi... (more)

Ring in the New Year at One of Philly's Famed BYOB Restaurants

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- In-the-know Philadelphians (and frequent visitors) have a secret for ringing in the New Year in style without breaking the bank: Dine at a cozy BYOB restaurant. Short for "bring your own bottle," BYOBs are an integral part of the region's booming dining scene. Every other night of the year, patrons sip self-selected chardonnays and cabernets. On December 31, however, they'll be toting chilled champagne to their favorite neighborhood BYOBs. Typically petite and run by chef-owners, these bar-free bistros range from classic French to tropical vegetarian, with a heavy concentration on Italian and contemporary American cuisines. Here's a look at what's happening this year: -- Stylish Audrey Claire offers a seasonal, Mediterranean menu - and an amazing $40 per person fee - for New Year's Eve. Patrons seated elbow-to-elbow at the BYOB... (more)

ProfNet Experts Available on Earth Day, Malaysia Airlines, Copyright Act, More

NEW YORK, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area. If you are interested in interviewing any of the experts, please contact them via the contact information at the end of the listing. To receive these updates by email, send a note to [email protected] with the industries you cover, and we'll add you to the appropriate edition.  If you are in need of additional experts, you can also submit a query to the hundreds of thousands of experts in our network. You can filter your request by institution type and geographic location to get the most targeted responses. The best part? It's free! Just fill out the query form to get started. If you have any questions or need assistance with any aspect of ProfNet, please drop us a note at [email protected] EXPERT ALERTS Smokey... (more)

New Michelin Stars Shine on New York City

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Michelin today released its selection of recommended hotels and restaurants in the MICHELIN guide New York City 2009. The new edition contains more than 80 new establishments and features 617 establishments in all, a number that includes 563 restaurants -- representing 50 types of cuisine -- and 54 Manhattan hotels. Among the new Michelin stars awarded this year: -- Masa joins Jean-Georges, Le Bernardin and Per Se as a Michelin three-star selection -- Adour, Gilt and Momofuku Ko join the ranks of Michelin two-star restaurants -- Allen & Delancey, Alto, eighty one, Fiamma, Insieme, Kyo Ya and Public join the Michelin one-star selections The MICHELIN guide New York City 2009 features the Bib Gourmand category, which indicates Michelin inspectors' favorites for good value. This year's Bib Gourmands include 58 restaurants that serve a m... (more)

Stella McCartney to Launch Stella McCartney Kids First Collection Available on November 3rd

LONDON, September 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Stella McCartney introduces a new product line with the launch of her first Stella McCartney Kids wear collection. Stella McCartney Kids will launch early November in time for the holiday season with a capsule collection that adheres to the designer's signature modern aesthetic and ethical values. The distribution of the collection will primarily be focused online with the worldwide launch of http://www.stellamccartneykids.com - a dedicated website with express shipping to 200 countries. The new site contains playful features and unique shopping experiences such as a dedicated "playground section" inviting children and parents to interact with one another on the site. In addition to the online shopping service, the collection will also be stocked at Stella McCartney stores in London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Milan, T... (more)

zpizza Celebrates National Pizza Week by Daring Pizza Lovers to Go Beyond Pepperoni

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of National Pizza Week, January 7th –12th, zpizza, the first chef-inspired pizza chain that has appealed to foodies for more than 25 years, is launching a national campaign called "Dare to Go Beyond Pepperoni" that challenges pizza lovers to explore beyond their usual order and try one of zpizza's fresh and eclectic Creation Pizzas, including Napoli, ZBQ, Tuscan, Provence and Berkeley Vegan, among others. Beginning January 7th, zpizza will celebrate National Pizza Week throughout the month of January by offering pizza lovers "Dare You" certificates for $5 off a large or XL specialty zpizza Creations selection and $2 off a small zpizza Creations selection and Rusticas while supplies last -- at participating locations only. For deals and news, check out zpizza on Facebook (facebook.com/zpizza) and Twitter (@zpizza) an... (more)