How ‘The Perennial’ designed itself around preventing Climate Change

Though there is a deluge of innovative dining trends in 2016 — cricket flour, high-tech food delivery and poke (pronounced pok-eh) to name a few — here’s one that goes beyond the palate and extends to our future: saving the planet.

The Perennial is an audacious new “post agrarian,” sustainably designed restaurant in San Francisco that’s rethinking every aspect of traditional food service. It is sparking a larger conversation about food, its role in adding to climate change, and how restaurants can lead the charge toward reversing that devastating decline.

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Here are 7 innovative practices you’ll find at The Perennial and why other restaurants might soon be looking to follow in its tread.

 

1. Progressive Agrarian cuisine

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Forget “farm-to-table.” The Perennial is “table-to-farm,” which asks not what our natural resources can do for us, but what we can do for them. The menu showcases plant-centric starters such as sunflower caesar salad made with aquaponic lettuces , along with entrees such pastured beef with blistered broccoli leaves. Even the smaller portions of meat (four ounces versus the typical eight) is intentional.

 

2. Aquaponic greenhouses

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The restaurant’s 2,000-square-foot aquaponic greenhouse in Oakland not only supplies it with greens, herbs and eventually, sturgeon, catfish and clams; it also puts its waste to good use.

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Aquaponics is a symbiotic system in which plants are grown directly in water that gets its nutrients from fish waste. Kitchen scraps are composted by the greenhouse’s worms and larvae, which are then processed into feed to nourish the aquaculture. The fish waste is converted into fertilizer for the greenhouse plants that get served at the restaurant. And the cycle begins over again.

 

3. Carbon farming

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According to The Marin Carbon Project, as much as a third of excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere results from poor farming management practices. The Perennial champions a new kind of climate-beneficial farming, known as carbon farming, in which cattle graze on rangeland planted with perennial grasses whose longer roots can sequester carbon beneath the soil longer.

In addition to sourcing from farmers and dairies who follow this practice, The Perennial partners with the Carbon Cycle Institute to design technologies and national policies that encourage more carbon stewardship.

Carbon stewardship refers to land management decisions that aim to reduce greenhouse gases and its role in climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide that gets released in the air, through various means, including carbon offsets and sequestering.

 

4. The Kernza alternative

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You may not have heard of kernza yet, but this new perennial grain developed by The Land Institute in Kansas is a promising alternative to traditional wheat. Because it grows year round, the kernza plant is able to grow deeper roots that are more effective in storing carbon, fighting pests, preventing soil erosion and combating other problems associated with annual monoculture.

The Perennial employs kernza for its house bread and is the first restaurant in the world to use it on a large scale.

 

5. Energy-efficient kitchen appliances

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The kitchen is tricked out with high-tech innovations: a laser-activated smart vent hood that senses the air above the stoves and turns itself on and off as as needed; Turbo Pots lined with ridges to create heat sinks that boil water twice as fast as conventional pots; and eco-grip flooring made from 100% recycled material that doesn’t require being hosed down.

 

6. Cocktails for a smaller planet

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Beverage director Jennifer Colliau also follows the three Rs (reuse, reduce, recycle) behind the bar. Wine and pre-batched cocktails are stored on tap, cobbled ice replaces the more wasteful ice-cube machines, and straws are made from actual straw (as in, scarecrow straw). She also uses a water still to convert leftover garnishes such as citrus zest into hydrosols to give cocktails acidity, in lieu of freshly squeezed juice.

 

7. Sustainable design

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Nearly everything (bar, tables and chairs) was made from reclaimed lumber, and much of it was upcycled: Wood shavings from milling the posts were woven into the ceiling, and scraps from the dining room went to build raised beds at the greenhouse. Sustainability also extends to the tabletop. Recycled glass utensil holders cut down on silverware changes, and old menus (printed on 100% recycled paper) and cloth napkins are fed to the worms.

 

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Will all of these initiatives pan out? Probably not. But Myint and Leibowitz aren’t afraid to try to throw a bunch of sustainably sourced spaghetti against the wall to see what sticks. You can be sure that other restaurateurs will be watching their every move. In the meantime, the experiment is proving to be a tasty one for diners.

 

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Original post by Meesha Halm/MASHABLE
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5 Oscar-nominated destinations to make your next trip a Winner

Over the span of two hours, a good movie can transport viewers not only to a different state of mind, but a completely different part of the world.

 

Just in time for the upcoming Academy Awards, here are five travel ideas inspired the locations of some of this year’s nominees.

 

1. New York City

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The Big Apple played backdrop to three vastly different Oscar-nominated films this year.

The Big Short covered the lead up to 2008’s financial crash on Wall StreetBrooklyn was a story of the immigrants in 1950s Brooklyn.

Head downtown to Wall Street for a peak at the financial world. Although the public can no longer visit the New York Stock Exchange, economics-minded visitors can take a “Financial Crisis Tour” to learn more about Wall Street. While downtown, be sure to check out Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy Wall Street movement found its footing.

Brooklyn has undergone a complete transformation since the early 20th century, when it was a hotbed of immigrant communities. Fans of Brooklyn the movie can visit Coney Island to relive scenes from the film. The Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side recounts the story of Irish and Italian immigrants to New York and gives visitors a look at what life was like for them.

 

 

 

 

2. Copenhagen

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The Danish Girl is the story of Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo sexual reassignment surgery, and her former wife Gerda Wegener.

The film showcases the burgeoning art scene that was Copenhagen in the 1920s.

Visitors hoping to retrace the film can follow the city of Copenhagen’s guide to the filming locations, including Rainbow Square, which was renamed in 2014 in support of the LGBTQ community.

A pivotal scene of the movie takes place at a market in Nyhavn. Today the canal-front neighborhood is a bevy of outdoor restaurants and tourist boat tours.

Through May, the Arken Museum of Modern Art is showing a retrospective of Gerda Wegener’s paintings, many of which feature Lili Elbe.

 

3. Berlin

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In Bridge of Spies, Tom Hanks plays a Cold War-era lawyer sent to Berlin to negotiate a prisoner exchange with the Soviet Union.

Although Berlin has changed considerably and rebounded from its division, many Cold War sites remain.

Glienicke Bridge — the real-life Bridge of Spies — still stands. As one of the only places where Americans and Soviets met face-to-face, curious visitors can go relive both the movie and actual history.

Although the Berlin Wall — the physical manifestation of the Iron Curtain — fell in 1989, a part of the wall still stands, in memorial to those who died while the city was divided.

Another must-see stop on any Cold War inspired itinerary is the Gethsemane Church, where civil rights activists in East Berlin used to gather.

The city’s newest museum, the Spy Museum,  that — on top of being a definitive resource for Cold War era espionage — is interactive, offering visitors the chance to imagine themselves as spies.

 

4. Alberta

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Although the story behind The Revenant may make viewers want to completely avoid tundra conditions for the rest of their lives, the landscapes of Alberta, Canada, are beautiful enough to make anyone reconsider.

Most of the filming locations are actually pretty easy to visit. Kananaskis Country has campsites and hiking trails, and the desolate Badlands of Drumheller offer activities for those looking to test their survival skills like Leo DiCaprio. It’s also where Tom Hardy’s character, Fitzgerald, sees a shooting star.

At one point, filming had to be relocated down to the southernmost tip of Patagonia in Argentina. DiCaprio attributed the warm conditions to global warming, however this happens every year in Alberta due to a phenomenon called Chinooks.

 

5. Mojave Desert

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Mad Max: Fury Road is two hours of nonstop action, an unusual choice among Oscar-nominated films, but a welcome choice for adventure travelers. The film’s location of post-apocalyptic Australia was actually filmed in Namibia, but the Mojave Desert is a good stand-in.

Those seeking to replicate the film’s heart-thumping action can dirt bike or 4×4 through the desert. Zero1 Vegas offers extreme extreme tours, races and multi-day trips.

When the time comes to slow down, there’s horseback riding, hunting or even just settling in for a night of desert camping.

 

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Original post by Cailey Rizzo/MASHABLE

11 D.I.Y. Valentines to surprise your True Love

Why waste your hard-earned cash on flowers and candy when you can give something that truly comes from the heart?

Holidays are the perfect time to break out your craft supplies and make some thoughtful gifts for friends and family. But Valentine’s Day is about celebrating the one you love most, so it’s important to go above and beyond construction paper hearts. If you really want to wow your significant other, you’ll have to be a little more creative.

There are plenty of easy and fun projects to do to show your sweetheart that you care. Not only will a beautiful handmade gift make your valentine smile, you’ll receive plenty of hugs and kisses in return.

1. Fortune Cookie Valentines

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Use a takeout box or small plate to dress up these adorable love notes for the apple of your eye. You can write as many sweet nothings as you like.

 

2. Giant Crepe Paper Rose

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Normal-sized roses are nice, but bigger is always better. This simple tutorial not only yields gorgeous results, your loved one will be reminded of how much you care for years to come.

 

3. Celery Stamp Rose Card

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Who knew you could show your love with groceries? Perfect for kids and adults alike.

DIY stamp..how is it that so many natural fruits & veggies make for fabulous art?? Hmmm…God is GOOD!

 

4. Paper Roll Owls

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Use these cute little owls to hide love notes, or just hang them for decoration. Either way, they make a cute handmade gift for the one you love.

Great material to re-purpose & this is so cute! (you could always play with the color combos as well). Is there anything you can’t make with a toilet paper roll?

 

5. Vintage Style Message Arrows

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Be your own Cupid with these colorful and stylish message arrows. Write a short message or a whole sonnet and send it over to the object of your affection.

 

6. Paint Chip Valentines

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When you need a quick and inexpensive way to say, “I love you,” head to your local home improvement store and pick up some swatches. It’s not just easy, it’s a clever use of resources.

Walking by the paint section at Home Depot, it’s hard not to be distracted by the array of colors mounted on the walls. Sometimes you even find yourself wandering in the section, looking at the different shades, even if you have no plan to paint anything! Maybe you’re even guilty of taking some.

 

7. Chalkboard Mug

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Give your Valentine something personal and a great gift, all rolled into one. Write your own thoughtful message, Valentine’s Day drawing, or just a simple “Be Mine.”

“Naturally when I discovered porcelain chalkboard paint I had to grab some. The inventor must be some kind of genius. Now I have the most amusing coffee mug ever, and you can have one too.”

8. Personalized Tea Box

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If your significant other loves tea, why not make it all their own? Grab their favorite brand and customize it for a Valentine’s Day treat.

Make your own tea blends from herbs from your Summer garden, dry in the fall, mix and have wonderful tea-tastic 2016

9. Duct Tape Rose Bouquet

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Flowers are great, but duct tape lasts forever. A bouquet of realistic roses is stunning and ever lasting – kind of like your love. Have fun with the wide range of multi-colored duct tapes out there. Everyone loves a rainbow!

 

10. Glitter Glass Jars

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Add some sparkle to your Valentine’s Day gift with these jars. Fill them with candy, small gifts, or use them as votives to make them extra special.

 

11. Felt Envelope Valentines

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Don’t be afraid of a needle and thread to make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. These adorable felt envelopes are perfect for love notes or even wrapping gift cards.

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Original blog by Andrea Romano/MASHABLE

Finding the perfect Christmas Tree in Dubai……

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Time Out Dubai has a guide on where to buy Christmas trees in Dubai, including fake Christmas trees and real Christmas trees from garden centres and more.

🎄  Which tree?  🎄

First things first, you need to decide what kind of tree you want. Each tree offers something a little bit different. Here are your main options.

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Pine trees
Pine trees are a good Christmas choice, and white pines are great for people with sensitive noses as they are less pungent than the other options. Don’t go for this if you have a lot of heavy ornaments though, as the bouncy branches are best suited to smaller decorations.

Fir trees
Firs and spruces appear quite similar, but look to their needles to know what’s what. Fir trees have longer needles that are softer and flatter and can’t be easily rolled between your fingers. People tend to go for fir trees because they are long lasting and have a nice, fairly sweet fragrance.

Spruce trees
The original Christmas tree, spruce’s needles are shorter and sharper than those of the fir and can be easily rolled between your fingers. They have a very traditional Christmas tree shape and the blue spruce has a lovely colour that reflects lights and decorations perfectly. The pine needles have a strong scent – similar to a minty/lemon concoction – but the needles tend to drop quickly, so don’t buy this one more than a week before Christmas Day.

Best Artificial Christmas Trees On Christmas Tree Market

Imitation trees
The most cost effective choice, these trees keep for years, don’t drop needles, are flame retardant and require no maintenance. Avoid trees made out of PVC as this harsh plastic is hard on the environment and your health.


 

🎄 Tree Shopping Tips 🎄

So you’ve decided what kind of tree you want, now comes the tricky part of finding the perfect one.

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Follow these tips when browsing for a tree:

1. Measure the height of the ceiling and remember you’ll also need to factor in a tree topper and tree stand.

2. A good tree should be full from top to bottom with no bare patches.

3. Look for sap – the freshest trees will still be producing it and will have some visible sticky patches.

4. The top branch should shoot straight into the air.

5. Choose a tree with a nice base colour – silver or blue will nicely reflect your lights and decorations.

6. Remember that longer branches can hold heavier decorations, whereas branches that are further apart can hold bigger ornaments.


 

🎄 Caring for your tree 🎄

Now that you’ve tracked down your ideal tree and got it home, you need to give it the care it needs, especially if it’s a real one.

* When you bring your tree into the house for decorating, make a cut across the trunk one to two inches from the bottom. This allows the tree to take in water, keeping it hydrated.

* Keep in mind that these Christmas trees can by thirsty creatures, drinking up to four litres of water a day. Be sure to check the water level in the tree stand daily and keep it topped up.

* Position your tree away from fireplaces, heaters, televisions direct sunlight or any other source of heat, and turn off tree lights when you’re not at home.

* Safety first! Don’t use any flammable decorations, even if your imitation tree tells you it’s fire retardant. Turn off the lights before you go to sleep, and never decorate it with lit candles.


 

🎄 Top Places to Buy A Tree 🎄

Ace Hardware

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The Sheikh Zayed Road and Festival City warehouses are your one stop shop for everything to spruce up your house this Christmas. For trees, Ace stock the full range of fakes and firs, bigs and smalls (10ft to 12 inches), while they’ve got lights, decorations and other trinkets to dot around the house.

Dubai Garden Centre

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Expected to be delivered in time for December, competition for one of the Nordman Spruce pines will be fierce when they arrive at Dubai Garden Centre. The fresh tress direct from Denmark will measure in between 2-2.5metres and set you back up to Dhs850.

Plant Souk

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Set just off the Al Awir Road, this little oasis in the desert is packed with everything to improve your garden all year round. But this December, overlook the collection of ornate Asian pottery and exotic plants, and find a natural tree to fit your house. Be prepared to haggle to bag a bargain.

Oleander Flower Shop

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Having been around since the 1970s, this well-established florist always has lots of Christmas trees, poinsettia plants and other festive offerings. Their trees are Canadian balsam fir trees and are available in store from early December.

Park ‘n’ Shop

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It might not be the biggest supermarket in Dubai, but Park ‘n’ Shop still has a better selection of goods than most of its rivals.

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Why go through the fuss of searching a Christmas tree yourself when you can have one brought right to your door as easy as buying flowers online? They bring a Natural Christmas tree right to your home install with a proper stand.The trees come in three sizes and are guaranteed to last beautifully for at least 3 weeks.

 

5 Things You Should Know About Diwali

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The Hindu Festival of Lights descends upon us again, this November 11. This is the time of the year where our Hindu friends celebrate the destruction of evil and triumph of goodness!

Before you head on over to a friend’s place to sample delicious food, and celebrate with them, check out the symbolic meanings behind the festivities:

  1. Light of the New Beginning 
    For the Hindus, this is the time for purification. It’s also a symbolic victory of good over evil, depicted in the battle between Lord Rama and the demon king King Ravana in Ramayana. Lord Rama returned triumphantly to his kingdom after 14 years in exile.
  2. Did Anyone Mention Sweets?
    Sweets aren’t just for enjoying, it has significance too! The ball shaped sweets known as laddu, is associated with Lord Ganesha who holds the sweet in his trunk. It’s all about ushering in good vibes and prosperity, and if it means more sweets, we are in!
  3. Clean House, Please 
    It’s simple: A bright and clean home space marks the beginning of something new. A fresh start is made possible with a clean house and the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi, the bearer of wealth and fortune.
  4. Morning Oil Bath For All
    The Diwali celebrations starts early in the morning with an oil bath. An oil bath is said to be equivalent to a bath in the sacred Ganges river. Children are blessed by the elders, who will apply sesame oil on their heads before the bath.
  5. Go Vegetarian
    Diwali celebrations are a time to stay away from meat, as a way to invite mercy in the heart. It’s all about respecting and preserving life, and we’re all for it, thanks to our great list of vendors who will definitely make you consider going vegetarian for good.

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