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How and What to Pack for a Sightseeing Trip

October 16, 2014 1:04 pm

After months of saving, you finally booked that sightseeing trip that you’ve always dreamed of. Whether you’re backpacking across Europe or taking a car trip through South America, you’ll need to know what to pack before you go. Packing these four items will help you be prepared for your sightseeing adventure.

  1. A sturdy backpack. This is an essential for long days of sightseeing as it enables you to tote your belongings around without straining your arms. Choose one with a large main pocket for clothing and supplies and smaller inner pockets to stow away money, your passport, and other essential items.
  2. Maps and guides. Maps are important in areas where you don’t have reliable cell phone service, and they cut down on the time you spend asking for directions. If you’re traveling to an area where you don’t speak the language, it’s also smart to bring along a foreign language dictionary.
  3. Proper clothes. Bring a rain jacket if you’re traveling to rainy London, and wear layers that you can easily remove if you’re in steamy Vietnam. Be sure to look up the climate beforehand to avoid clothing discomfort.
  4. A camera. Although a camera isn’t exactly an essential item, you’ll surely want to remember your trip for years to come!

Travel Tips and Packing Lists [Eagle Creek]
15 Things to Pack for Sightseeing [Sue’s Travel Tips]
How to Pack for a Sightseeing Vacation [Independent Traveler]

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Fig & Olive: Taste Your Olive Oils Before You Eat

October 8, 2014 12:03 pm

At Fig & Olive, you might be surprised by the starters: shots of olive oil. Although, with a name like Fig & Olive and a wall filled with extra virgin olive oils, it shouldn't be hard to infer what this L.A. eatery is all about. Every dish is prepared with the perfect complementary olive oil, so the shots you'll taste before your meal are actually the EVOO's that will flavor your food—instead of heavy butter. The central ingredient pays homage to the heart-healthy cuisine of the Mediterranean.

Grab a seat at the tasting bar or communal table and pass around some of the popular small plates: fig gorgonzola tartlets, crostini trios, or imported charcuterie and ceviches, which come with Olive Oil Fougasse bread warm from the oven. For dinner, try Provence rosemary lamb chops, drizzled with rosemary garlic olive oil, or grilled branzino served with an 18-year aged balsamic vinegar. Both dishes pair well with the eatery's wines, which are as numerous as the olive oils.

Fig & Olive
8490 Melrose Place
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100

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Extend the Life of Your Leafy Greens With These Four Tips

September 24, 2014 12:03 pm

There’s nothing more frustrating than buying a bundle of fresh, leafy greens from the grocery store, only to have them go bad just days later. It can be difficult to keep produce from wilting, but if you change a few things you do in the kitchen, it isn’t impossible. Here are four smart tips to help you extend the lifespan of your leafy green vegetables.

  1. Pull off any bad leaves. The old expression that one bad apple can ruin the whole basket is certainly true in this case. Even one dead, wilting leaf can cause a chain reaction throughout your head of lettuce or bundle of kale, so be sure to remove any bad leaves as soon as you get home from the store.
  2. Do not chop. Try to keep greens in their whole condition whenever possible. This will ensure that they stay fresher and greener until you’re ready to use them.
  3. Dry them properly. After washing your greens in the sink or in a salad spinner, they can go bad very quickly if you don’t thoroughly dry them. Gently roll the whole bunch into a clean tea towel to squeeze out the excess water before placing them in the refrigerator.
  4. Start at the beginning. If all else fails and your greens still go bad well before their time, you may want to think about where you’re shopping. Opt for a grocery store with a well-maintained produce section to ensure a longer lifespan for your veggies.

How to Store Your Leafy Greens to Make them Last Longer [Eat Local 365]
How to Store Leafy Greens in the Fridge [The Sprouting Seed]
Leafy Greens [Fresh Direct]
Improving the Quality of Your Store Bought Leafy Greens [FitDay]

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