Today let’s consider the locust: it looks like a grasshopper, but is something scientists call “gregarious,” which means it joins up with its friends, creates swarms that together cover about a fifth of the Earth’s land mass and eats up to 423 million pounds of food a day.
Those first few weeks when the kids head back to school can be among the most hectic for families. The lazy days of summer quickly give way to crazy schedules, homework and after-school activities. And don’t forget somehow managing to slip dinner into the middle of all that.
A new restaurant at the Tempe Marketplace has quite the international flair. Sydney’s Cafe and Market features an eclectic offering of empañadas, sandwiches, salads and fresh boba milk tea drinks inspired from cuisines around the world. Diners can order a flaky dough pastry filled with flavors spanning six continents, including Peking duck, chicken paella with chorizo, Swiss chicken mushroom, Chilean spiced chicken and vegetarian Indian samosa. Beverages include bobas, a variety of fresh fruit seltzers, iced tea and coffee or beer and wine by the glass. For more information, call (480) 967-1171 or visit SydneysCafe.com.
With temperatures on the rise, it’s crucial to stay hydrated and replenish your electrolytes. Whether you exercise intensely or your child participates in an outdoor sport or you’re a construction worker with a physically demanding job, you’re at risk of dehydration and electrolyte depletion.
So what hasn’t been done in sports films? The genre has tapped everything from outfield angels to trained chimpanzees and dogs, so what’s left? What about a true story of cricket pitchers from India brought to America to learn baseball while fish-out-of-water wackiness ensues? And there you have Million Dollar Arm, Disney’s lame attempt to retry on their decades old Cool Runnings formula.
Comedies centered on rivalries can be really hit and miss. When done right, they can produce some wonderful characters and comedic situations. When done wrong, we get the lamest, broadest drivel imaginable that would even make a midseason replacement sitcom cringe. The fact that all of these movies inevitably end with a happy resolution between the two feuding parties doesn’t help. “Neighbors” is thankfully one of the better rivalry comedies of recent memory thanks to the well-suited leads, some solid one-liners, and the capable direction of Nicholas Stoller.
Leaving aside anything made with powdered eggs (which don’t really count as eggs at all in my book), I’ve never met an egg dish I didn’t like. But at the tippy top of my list of favorites is the edible magic trick known as the souffled omelet.
Research has shown that sugar is addictive … in fact, eight times addictive as cocaine. In 1821, each person consumed approximately 10 pounds of sugar annually. Today, that number is an astounding 160-190 pounds of sugar per person annually. On top of that about 55 percent of the sugar produced in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, 95 percent of which have been genetically engineered.
To paraphrase Sarah Lee, nobody doesn’t like peanut butter. Unless you are a poor unfortunate soul who is allergic to peanuts. For now, let’s go with the joy of eating peanuts and especially the awesome joy of peanut butter.
This could start in a “way-back-when” manner by comparing how much a gallon of milk or loaf of bread cost in 1944 compared to 2014 — it’s not even a fair comparison without adjusting for inflation. This could begin with a brief waxing about the nature of time and particularly relativity — how 10 or 20 or 70 years go by with little regard until the days end — but that doesn’t feel quite right either.