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July 31, 2006
Exotic Peppercorns: Szechuan (China); Lampong black (Sumatra, Indonesia); Penja white (Cameroon); Sarawak black (Borneo, Indonesia); Vietnamese black; Tellicherry black (Northwest India); Ecuadoran black; and Long pepper (India, Southest Asia) are a few of the distinctive peppers on the market today. (USA Today, July 28, 2006)

July 30, 2006
Popular Wine Newsletter: Nat Decants offers feature articles on the great cork debate, drinks for big parties, organic wines, cellaring tips and wine and cheese matching. You can find many wine tips and articles at www.nataliemaclean.com.

July 29, 2006
Cheese Awards: Beating out a record 941 entries, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, a cooperative venture of Vermont cheesemakers Cabot Creamery and Jasper Hill Farm, was named Best of Show at the American Cheese Society's 23rd Annual Conference and Competition in Portland, Oregon on July 22. (Gourmet News)

July 28, 2006
Canned goods--how long do they last? Canned foods that have been frozen or exposed to temperatures over 100 degrees deteriorate faster than those stored at room temperature. High-acid foods can react with the metal can and affect the taste, texture and nutritional value of the foods, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If the cans have been stored properly, low-acid foods--such as canned meat and poultry, and most vegetables except tomatoes--will keep two to five years. High-acid foods--such as tomatoes, citrus and other fruits, pickles and sauerkraut--should be discarded after 12 to 18 months. (Houston Chronicle)

July 27, 2006
Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California Set to Reopen its Doors: The long-awaited reopening of the landmark Griffith Observatory is set for fall 2006. The 70-year-old art deco building will feature five new exhibition halls, the 200-seat Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater and an education center. In addition, the newly named Samuel Oschin Planetarium is being upgraded with state-of-the-art digital projection technology and a new Zeiss Mark IX planetarium projector. Upgrades are also taking place at the gift shop, restaurant (featuring Wolfgang Puck cuisine), the rooftop terrace (for disabled accessibility), and the facade, which is being restored to its original form. The renovations totaled more than $90 million. www.griffithobs.org

July 26, 2006
Hudson Valley, New York Wine & Food Festival: Join the Shawangunk Wine Trail July 29th and 30th at Adair Vineyards as they host the 11th Annual Bounty of the Hudson.  This two-day wine & food festival brings together the Hudson Valley Wineries under one tent.   Enjoy epicurean delights, farm fresh local produce, cooking workshops and Live Music.

July 25, 2006
Cajun Cookbook: Ciao Y'All: Recipes from the PBS Series Cucina Amore by Damian Mandola & Johnny Carrabba, the "two big Sicilian boys from Houston, Texas," is one of three books to showcase these chefs. Ciao Sicily and Ciao Tuscany! also showcase the flavors of Sicily blended with those of Texas and the South, including Cajun, Creole, and Mexican cuisines.

July 10, 2006
New Cookbook: Small Plates by Marguerite Henderson, author of Savor the Memories, offers appetizers as meals. Learn to make Feta and Herb Stuffed Shrimp; Fennel, Orange and Pecan Salad; and Braised Beef Short Ribs with Wide Egg Noodles, to name only a few of the flavors from Greece, Italy, Spain, Mexico, India and beyond..

July 9, 2006
Wine Program-Hilton Head Island, S.C.: WINEMAKERS & HOW THEIR WINES ACHIEVE GREATNESS with Jeff Morgan, Acclaimed Wine Maker, Noted Author & Former West Coast Editor for The Wine Spectator; March 8 - 11, 2007: wine studies, wine dinners with winemakers of Renolds Family, Turnbull, and Tres Sabores; wine sampling from the wines of Heidi Barret, Celia Masyczek, Philippe Melka, & Nils Venge; investment seminar with Melon Private Investment; and 1400 wines in the Island's Wine Festival. Contact: Monty Preiser at NightLawyer12@aol.com, or 561-212-9723.

July 8, 2006
Choose Your Language to Tour Los Angeles: This summer, Starline Tours of Hollywood kicks off an innovative, state of the art, multilingual Grand City Tour of Los Angeles. The tour provides visitors to the city with a cultural, historical and geographical overview that is now also available in six languages for international visitors. The tour features a luxury Euro Coach departing daily from the Hollywood Boulevard location that is outfitted with integrated headsets providing tour commentary in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and German in addition to English. More languages will be added in the coming months. www.starlinetours.com

July 7, 2006
Travel Deals: Save big with 225 BookingWiz Top Travel Deals in the US and Abroad , which are updated every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day. Specials include hotels, car rentals and cruises.

July 6, 2006
2006 Food & Wine Celebration: a Gourmet Event to Benefit Veggie U – will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2006, on the grounds of The Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan Ohio. Veggie U has developed a national program that teaches fourth-graders how to make healthy food choices through an educational classroom curriculum. For more information or to purchase tickets: http://www.veggieu.org/

July 5, 2006:
Culinary Professionals Tour of Ireland: Last chance to reserve a place on this unique tour from Friday 29 September - Saturday 7 October 2006. Itinerary and Reservation form - http://www.goldribboncookery.com

July 4, 2006
Happy 4th of July!

July 3, 2006
New Cookbook: Farmer John's Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables by John Peterson. Join the real food revolution with a true pioneer in the Community Supported Agriculture movement-Farmer John Peterson and his farm, Angelic Organics, which serves 1,200 shareholders in the Chicago area. The book is arranged seasonally by crop, offering recipes and information on storing and preserving the exotic or misunderstood vegetables like sunchokes, rutabagas and kohlrabi.

July 2, 2006
History of Tequila: When the Spaniards arrived in Mexico in the 16th century, the Conquistadors brought the process of distillation with them. When it reached the western Mexico town of Tequila the townspeople were quick to put it to good use. To this day, authentic tequila can only be produced in Mexico, in the Tequila region, and must comply with strict Mexican government regulations.

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