Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rocco Dispirito and Me

Rocco Dispirito and Me

"Best selling author of the Now Eat This! series, runs Now Eat This Truck! in NYC & host of syndicated series Now Eat This! w/ Rocco DiSpirito."

I recently started following Rocco on twitter and he soon followed me.  So why use twitter?  It may not be necessary to have an account with every social networking service.  Twitter is great for micro-blogging and getting right to the main idea.  In a flash millions can spread important news and social movements.  Respect and careful use is of course necessary, as in everything we do in life.  Life is short, so make sure when you tweet, post on Facebook, or make a call that it is useful, informative, or helpful.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I just got terminated by Amazon and Jerry Brown

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

7.8 quake could affect 3 of 4 jobs


7.8 quake could affect 3 of 4 O.C. jobs

June 21st, 2011, 1:39 pm · 17 Comments · posted by Mary Ann Milbourn

Damage from a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on the southern end of the San Andreas fault would affect more than 68,000 Orange County businesses and nearly a million workers here, according to a study released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In the seven-county Southern California area, 434,000 employers with 4.5 million jobs could be disrupted by a shaker of that size.
The report is a follow-up to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Shakeout Scenario released in 2008 focusing on which areas would suffer the most damage in a 7.8 quake. The USGS chose that magnitude because historically there is a high probability of a quake of that size.
A computer simulation created in that studyshowed a 7.8 quake would shake Orange County for 60 seconds and cause significant damage.
Gary Toebben,chief executive of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, said the new report was prepared to show the potential economic and employment impact in the region when and if the Big One hits.
“It’s impossible for us, of course, to know when an earthquake will hit,” Toebben said during a press conference unveiling the report. “But it is possible for us to prepare.”
Quake expert Lucy Dunn, chief scientist of the USGS Multi Hazards Project, noted that modern  codes were designed to prevent buildings from collapsing and killing people during a major quake. That doesn’t mean, however, that businesses won’t be severely impacted by the damage.
“An earthquake won’t kill you, but it very well can bankrupt you,” Dunn said.
Orange County is second only to Los Angeles in the potential economic impact of a major quake.  The report estimates 73% of businesses here and 77% of the jobs would be in areas that would get hit with very strong or destructive shaking.  The jobs potentially affected represent $47.5 billion in annual payroll.
O.C. jobs impacted by a major quake
RankOrange County- Top 10 IndustriesEmployment
2Retail trade100,269
3Health care and social assistance94,232
4Educational services86,265
5Accommodation and food services85,377
6Administrative and waste services82,950
7Professional and technical services69,545
8Wholesale trade54,924
10Finance and insurance48,590
“This is not to scare you,” Dunn said. She said it was intended to help businesses understand their potential risk.
She recommended employers prepare by determining how well their buildings are built to withstand a major quake.  Noting employees may be stuck on site for days, employers should also consider provisions for workers.
In addition, Dunn said employers should be talking to suppliers, vendors and utilities to develop alternate plans for getting back into business with the least disruption.
“Be ready for an event, be ready to respond and be ready to get back on your feet,” she said.

Pointe Viven: Emergency Preparedness

Do you remember the fable "The Ants and the Grasshopper" by Aesop?  It's not only important to be prepared for winter, it's important to be prepared for other acts of nature.  I came across these water pouches when putting together an emergency kit for my car (Datrex Emergency Water Packet - 3 Day/72 Hour Supply).   It's also important to have three kits, one for home, work, and the car.  I also keep the expiration dates of non-perishable goods on my calendar.  
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Three-day supply of non-perishable food.
Three-day supply of water - one gallon of water per person, per day.
Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries.
Flashlight and extra batteries.
First aid kit and manual.
Sanitation and hygiene items.
Matches and waterproof container.
Extra clothing.
Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a can opener.
Photocopies of credit and identification cards.
Cash and coins.
Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries.
Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
Other items to meet your unique family needs.


Cookies will keep stored in the freezer for four months - click to order your organic and gourmet cookies.
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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Nutmeg Kreppel by Jesse Bluma

Nutmeg Kreppel
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This baked version is hard to outdo---with a light texture and tossed in confectioner's sugar.  The perfect nibble to wake up to on a weekend with a glass of milk and a side of homemade jam.  Kreppels came to the Americas via German immigrants in Argentina.

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Gourmet treats by Jesse Bluma at PointeViven
using organic ingredients and inspiration
from California, Central, and South America.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Watermelon Cookies

Watermelon Cookies
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These watermelon cookies are a taste of Americana and delicious anytime.  Made with quality ingredients, lightly sweetened, and topped with a sprinkling of artisan watermelon flavor candy.  Serve at your next picnic or event with Latin sandwiches, fresh strawberries, and icy drinks.  

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Refreshing Party Pasta - Recipe

If you are in the northern hemisphere we are entering our season of outdoor meals.  This pasta dish is perfect to launch off your next party.  Simply print the recipe and take it with you to your grocery store or garden.  

Refreshing Party Pasta 

by Jesse Bluma
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2 boxes of whole wheat rotini pasta
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of fresh cracked black pepper
4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil for the pasta
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil for roasting tomatoes, white asparagus, and mushrooms
4 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
6 fresh, ripe tomatoes (organic)
1 cup Cotija cheese cheese, grated
1 cup Panela cheese cheese, grated
1 bunch white asparagus (organic)
16 ounces of baby bella mushrooms (organic)
1/2 cup of scissor snipped fresh curly parsley (orgamic)
1/2 cup of scissor snipped basil (organic)
zest of 1/2 lemon (organic)
juice of 1/2 lemon 

Serves 16 
(can scale up or down for number of people)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Follow pasta directions on box, cook pasta until al dente (both boxes).  
Drain the water from the pasta in a large colander or two smaller colanders.
Pour the pasta into a very large bowl or two smaller bowls (if using two smaller bowls remember to equally divide the ingredients).
Season the pasta with the salt and pepper. 
Add the olive oil and rice wine vinegar. 
Gently mix  and set aside to cool to room temperature.

Dice the tomatoes and place them into a colander to drain.
Break off the tough ends of the white asparagus, then chop the remaining white asparagus into about 1/2” pieces.
Slice the baby bella mushrooms.
Drizzle a roasting pan with olive oil, place the tomatoes, white asparagus, and mushrooms on the pan.  Roll the three ingredient around the pan to get an even coating.  
Roast the items for 25 minutes, until tender and still crisp.
Transfer these ingredients to a cool rack on the kitchen counter to cool to room temperature.

Add the grated cheeses, roasted tomatoes-white asparagus-mushrooms, parsley, basil, zest, and lemon juice to the room temperature pasta, then gently mix well.
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Friday, June 3, 2011

Feathers in your cookies?

L-Cysteine is produced from feathers, pig bristles and sometimes even human hair. These days L-Cysteine can also be produced synthetically but apparently human hair remains one of the richest sources of this amino acid – it makes up about 14% of your hair - and there is a small industry in China making the additive from hair clippings (BBC News).  

L-Cysteine is an additive in many of your store bought and fast food cookies, bagels, pizzas and other bread products.  Open your kitchen cabinet and check out the ingredient lists on some of the products.  L-Cysteine is an amino-acid that helps to condition dough items.  It is a legally permitted food additive, although there are some religious and vegan laws against the product.  If we can enjoy cookies, cupcakes, and breads made with only ingredients we know, why not?  

The meaning of Pointe Viven is to live at the highest point, "liberating food and taste".   We get to live on a planet with a spectrum of food choices miles wide.  If we only eat from a small portion of that spectrum from store shelves, are we really living?  Pointe Viven is committed to quality ingredients and excellent flavor.

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Deserves a Cookie - Perfect student shares his secret

A cool thing happened to Marshall Rule of Anaheim on his way to high school graduation: He never missed a day of school. Not since he started kindergarten at Zion Lutheran School, completed eighth grade and moved on to Lutheran High in Orange.
That's 13 years of always being present. Might be more, but his mom isn't sure about preschool – they didn't take attendance.
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Marshall Rule clutches some yearbooks from his school years. He graduated from Lutheran High School in Orange on Thursday, June 2, without ever having missed a day of school, all the way from kindergarten. He attended elementary school at Zion Lutheran school in Anaheim.
Disclosure: He did miss a class here and there, for family-related reasons. But he was at his school desk the longer part of those days. And that's something only a very tiny fraction of high school graduates in Orange County can say any given year.
Marshall, 18, got a smiley face and a handwritten "Wow! Outstanding!" from his elementary school principal when she signed the certificate awarded for his perfect attendance at Zion.
During the Senior Farewell Chapel the night before his last day of high school, Marshall accepted another certificate for his achievement – no smiley face this time, but he was the only student in his graduating class so honored.
An A and B student, Marshall plans to studykinesiology at Cal State Fullerton. He's a determined kind of guy, but easygoing, too.
So how did Marshall do it? Why did he do it? He tells us about it.
This wasn't a goal he set at 5 years old. It just happened.
Around sixth grade, I realized that I've made it this far ... might as well just try making it all the way from kindergarten to eighth grade. That was kind of the goal of me being able to prove to myself that if I set something I can meet it.
Comes around to my eighth grade graduation, I hadn't missed a day of school. That was a good feeling of accomplishment for me. I just thought, might as well keep it going for high school and see if I can do that.
He learned to stare down the pressure.
There were a couple of instances where when we'd go on vacation and my parents would plan it, I'd be like oh, shoot, am I going to miss school for this? I'd kind of freak out. Or what if I get sick or if I ever hurt myself, would I not be able to go to school? Little worries like that.
Staying low key kept him under the radar.
I don't really tell people that much. My good friends knew, but a lot of people didn't know and so when they found out, they're like, oh we're going to kidnap you and not let you go to school. Joking like that. But I never really got teased for it. I was pretty fortunate for that.
It helped to stay healthy.
I never really got sick so that was never a problem with me missing school because I got sick. That was pretty fortunate for me with that.
Doctor appointments, my mom always scheduled them later in the day so I was able to go to school still. Any of our family vacations were set around our long holidays or after school, like Fridays, so we would just leave Friday afternoon instead of not going to school on Friday.
And there was the time he shed blood for his cause.
I was riding my bike to elementary school and I fell really hard on my way there. I was kind of like, 'Oh, should I just turn around and go home or should I go there and suck it up for the day?' My leg was bleeding and stuff like that. It was either clean up at home or go to school in the bathroom and clean it up. I just went to school and did it.
If that couldn't stop him, what could?
The days I didn't want to go to school, I thought to myself, oh I'm so close to achieving what I wanted. Being lazy or stuff like that was a big factor of not wanting to go to school. But I made it through.
People have projects or a big test and they wouldn't go to school. That never came across my mind. I was always prepared when I went to school.
Sometimes he had to scramble.
I've had a couple of instances where I missed my alarm or something like that and I had to get ready for school in, like, five minutes. I'm not a morning person, but I deal with it. I'm able to get up on time and get ready for school.
There's a bit of a lost feeling now that's he's done with high school.
It just feels like it came really suddenly. Throughout high school, you're like oh I can't wait for senior year just to get out and go to college and stuff. Now that last month of high school went by so fast, you can't even believe it. It feels weird like, 'Oh I should be going to school.' But no, it's all over with.
Even senior ditch day didn't violate his attendance goal.
Yeah, it was recognized by our school so it didn't matter. It was called Senior Non-attendance Day. Basically the seniors weren't supposed to come. I didn't go to school. I just hung out with my friends. Chilled out at the house, relaxed by the pool, went swimming.
He has a game plan to not miss a day of school in college.
Just keep it in my high school mind frame where I'm supposed to be going to class. It's only going to benefit me if I go, so there's no point in me not going. I'm just going to try to keep that focus in.
And it'll look great on a resume.
That's kind of another reason why I did this. I knew it was going to be so good for any future job.
If I set a goal, I can meet it. You can reflect that to anyone that's going to hire you – this is my job and so I have to go there every day. In high school, that was my same mindset of I had to go to school every day because it was my job.
I'm just determined when something is given to me to do it to my fullest. By going every day that was kind of how I proved that, I guess.

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