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  • Why you'll want to figure out how to use a spiralizer

    Why you'll want to figure out how to use a spiralizer

    I came late to the spiralizer party. I’d never heard of the gadget that turns vegetables into noodle-like strands until about a year ago, when I started seeing dishes with names such as “Zinguine™” on restaurant menus. The gluten-free and paleo crowd have been onto this tool for some time — it’s...

  • Grab your smartphone: These inspiring fitness apps will get you off the couch

    Grab your smartphone: These inspiring fitness apps will get you off the couch

    Don’t give up on your fitness New Year’s resolutions just yet — there’s help as close as your smartphone. “Information on food and exercise has become so available and free on the Internet it’s completely transformed people’s approach to wellness and has liberated the client from being at the gym,”...

  • Don't soak your dried beans! Now even the cool kids agree

    Don't soak your dried beans! Now even the cool kids agree

    Are you still soaking dried beans? Why?  For years I’ve been telling people that you don’t need to soak most beans. Now the cool kids are agreeing. Yesterday my old e-friend, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, published on Serious Eats his findings on cooking black beans. The headline: “So you like flavor? Don’t...

  • Knott’s Berry Farm returns to the fog for Halloween Haunt 2016

    Knott’s Berry Farm returns to the fog for Halloween Haunt 2016

    Knott’s Berry Farm will add two new haunted mazes for Halloween Haunt 2016 that feature demonic samurais and sadistic farmers plus a new scare zone stalked by the legendary headless horseman. The 44th annual Knott’s Scary Farm will start Sept. 22 and run on select nights through Oct. 31. The granddaddy...

  • Learning why Solana Beach just might be the friendliest beach city in Southern California

    Learning why Solana Beach just might be the friendliest beach city in Southern California

    Solana Beach has quietly become one of the more popular towns along the Southern California coast. It’s not as flashy as Encinitas or Del Mar, its neighbors to the north and south. But the beaches are relatively uncrowded, the food is terrific and the people are relentlessly friendly. The tab:...

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