Enjoy Your Peppers

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Do you have a runny nose, a stuffy head, or a digestive tract that doesn’t move? I suggest you try some spice!When I traveled through India several years ago, I got a huge dose of spice with every meal that our cook prepared for us. It was quite intense at first, and as my taste buds began to adapt, I opened up to the world of spicy food. I made a lot of other health mistakes in India, like living off of Cadbury chocolate and pizza (this was long before I put some important habits in place), but the spicy food remained a steady ally on my trip.Spice assists the body in many ways. When your face turns a little red, and you sweat, you cleanse toxins through the skin. When your nose runs, you are clearing out your sinuses. Spicy food may also urge you to the bathroom. Do be sure to go slowly as you bring more spice into meals. Some body types don’t tolerate a lot of hot, so it’s important that you pay attention to the reactions that you have and go slow.If you’re interested in bringing even more spiciness into your meals, I suggest spending some time in a local spice shop. Mingle through the aisles, peak into the containers, taste the salt from around the world, and notice the subtle differences in dried chili.Spicy Rice Noodle SoupIngredients for a single serving:1 and a 1/2 cups of water½ cup of thin rice noodles1 teaspoon miso paste or a 1/2 cube of vegetable bouillon1 teaspoon of red chili sauce (I like the Sambal variety)Chopped green onion4-5 Mushrooms, can be slicedTamari or soy sauceBring the water to a boil on the stovetop. Add rice noodles to the water and cook until limp. Toss in the mushrooms at the same time as the noodles. After the noodles have cooked, turn down the heat and add the vegetable bouillon or miso paste. A dash of soy sauce can also be great for the flavor. Turn off the heat, pour the soup into a bowl, and top with chopped green onion.You can make this soup in a large batch at home and bring some of it to work. If you’d like to make it on the spot, it takes about 10 minutes when you use quick-cooking rice noodles. If you are without a stove top or burner to boil water, you can still dissolve the bouillon in hot or warm water, exclude the noodles, and then add the vegetables in their raw form. Veggies like celery, kale, or sliced fennel bulb will still wilt and cook in the hot water.Ava Waits is a Nutrition Mentor and Global Nutrition Concierge™ at www.ParisianPicnics.com. She supports busy people who are often away from their kitchens, especially for long workdays and for travel. If you’d like to sample her gentle and enjoyable approach to nutrition, please visit her website for more tips, recipes and videos.last_img read more

Olympia Parents Support Local Schools

first_imgA quick message from our Thrifty Thurston writers:Despite glorious weather, it’s clear that the countdown to back-to-school has started.  If you are like me, I’m digging out the school supply list, noticing some long hair that needs trimming, and scheduling check-ups before the school routine resumes.Recently, a well-informed mom notified me of Target’s campaign to give $2.5M to K-12 schools.  And, all it takes is a few clicks, maybe even less than 3 minutes of your time.For ever 25 clicks, Target donates a $25 gift card to your favorite school.  Certainly worth the three minutes, especially if you consider how teachers can make each $1 stretch far when it comes to classroom supplies.We posted the link on our school’s Facebook page.   But, I decided to not be stingy with this information and share it instead with our entire ThurstonTalk community so that all of our public schools can benefit from Target’s generosity.Simply choose your favorite K-12 school on the Give With Target website.  Click on ‘vote’ and you are done.  And, even better, you can vote weekly through September 8. Go back next week and vote again.So, share this post with your PTO and PTA organization, booster club, neighborhood association, book club, knitting circle – all of your family and friends.  Keep the votes going so that our Thurston County schools can earn valuable dollars. Facebook21Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Top Rung Brewing Takes Gold Medal for My Dog Scout Stout…

first_imgSubmitted by Top Rung Brewing CompanyFirefighters Jason Stoltz (left) and Casey Sobel (right) opened Top Rung Brewing in Lacey.On June 20, Top Rung Brewing was awarded a Gold medal for our My Dog Scout Stout in the American Stout category of the Washington Beer Awards.  My Dog Scout Stout is one of the breweries three original brews that the brewery opened with in April of 2014. Top Rung Brewing is very honored and humbled to receive this award.This is the first medal that Top Rung has received and the first year to participate in the competition.  The My Dog Scout Stout is named after head brewer Jason Stoltz black lab, Scout.  This beer was designed and developed by Top Rung co-founders Jason Stoltz and Casey Sobol.Top Rung Brewing is a 10 barrel production brewery with tasting room at the brewery. Top Rung Brewing is a destination for craft beer drinkers to enjoy their beverage and view a production brewery facility.  Our tasting room is family friendly and while we will only offer snacks, we partner with local food vendors and food trucks as well as allow patrons to bring in their own food of their choice or have it delivered.  Top Rung Brewing: bringing quality craft beer to Lacey. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Harlequin’s Sixties Chicks Too Held Over Thru July 25

first_imgFacebook30Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Harlequin Productions Sixties Chicks Too, Harlequin Productions’ highly successful summer musical, has been extended for an additional week and will now close on July 25. Harlequin’s original musical celebration of the 1960’s greatest female singers and songwriters has attracted thousands of patrons to the State Theater in downtown Olympia.“We extend our summer musicals for additional weeks if the demand is there,” said Harlequin Artistic Director and Director of the show, Linda Whitney. “In this case the demand has been overwhelming, and that’s a great problem to have!”The show, which was originally scheduled to finish its performance run on July 19, features songs by such artists as Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, The Supremes, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and more.WHO:             Harlequin ProductionsWHAT:           Sixties Chicks Too, a Harlequin original musical celebrationWHEN:           June 18-July 25, 2015; Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00pmWHERE:         The Historic State Theater – 202 4th Avenue East, Downtown Olympia 98501PRICE:            General: $39, Senior/Military: $35, Student/Youth: $2DEALS:           Rush tickets available at Box Office ½ hour before curtainTICKETS:       Tickets and info available at harlequinproductions.org, or by calling 360/786-0151RATING:        Bring the family!Harlequin Productions is a professional not-for-profit theater company in Olympia, WA, dedicated to the creation of stimulating and enriching theatrical experiences by producing an eclectic season of new works, “buried treasures,” and unconventional treatments of classics. Through a dynamic selection of extraordinary material, we explore the human adventure in search of theatrical magic that stretches the mind, nourishes the soul, and inspires human empathy.last_img read more

Watch: Sourav Ganguly finds his dancing avatar, all thanks to Harbhajan Singh

first_imgImage Courtesy: Zee BanglaAdvertisement 1it8NBA Finals | Brooklyn VssWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eyh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7cmwWould you ever consider trying this?😱86dCan your students do this? 🌚bq4r1mRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian cricketing icon Sourav Ganguly was well known for maintaining a serious attitude on the pitch. Except the historic shirt spinning incident at Lord’s Cricket Ground back in 2002, ‘Dada’ was always known for his calm and composed manner, even after ending his player career, while still being omnipresent in the Indian cricket scene. The BCCI president also hosts a television quiz show called ‘Dadagiri Unlimited’. In the latest episode, the dancer avatar of Sourav was taken out with the help of the guest and former teammate Harbhajan Singh!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Zee BanglaIn yesterday’s episode of Dadagiri, Team India’s present and former squad members- Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Mohammad Kaif, Zaheer Khan, Ravichandran Ashwin and of course Bhajji himself were invited as participants.As famous Indian playback singer Usha Uthup started singing her renowned ‘Senorita’ track from the Bollywood film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Harbhajan brought his former skipper in front and started doing his moves. While a little hesitant at first, Sourav started dancing with the iconic spinner. It was a hilarious yet amazing moment for the viewers.Advertisement Enjoy Sourav and Harbhajan’s dancing steps in the clip below, courtesy of Twitter user @SRKsTrooper.While not announcing an official retirement from international cricket, Harbhajan Singh has fallen down in the preference of Team India’s selectors in the presence of younger spinner options. The 39 year old, who made his test debut against the Aussies in 1998, flourished under the leadership Sourav Ganguly into one of the best cricketers the country has ever produced.Even the Prince of Calcutta himself shed praise on the Chennai Super Kings star. In a recent interview, Sourav recalled as he was impressed by a young Harbhajan back in his playing days.“They say it’s love at first sight. And when I saw Harbhajan bowl at Eden, picking up 14 wickets it was love at first sight for a cricketer who I believed would go on to change things for Indian cricket,” Sourav spoke to India Today back in December.“And 800 wickets after that, I am not surprised. He and Anil were the two best spinners India has ever had together in terms of the no of wickets and the impact that they have had on Test matches.” he added.Also read-Watch: Virat Kohli goes full Bhajji, perfectly mimicks his bowling styleSachin Tendulkar teases Sourav Ganguly over ‘how much he enjoyed training’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Red Bank Riverfest Dries Up

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — This summer season will boot up without one of the borough’s longest-standing events. Organizers of Riverfest have pulled the plug.The Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce and This Is It Productions, the groups responsible for organizing Riverfest, have decided not to move forward this year with the food and music festival held each year in the borough’s Marine Park. The news was first reported by RedBankGreen.com.“You just get to a point when you have too many costs,” said Deanna Hunt, a partner in This Is It! Productions, the Hoboken firm that mounted the event for a number of years.Hunt and Lynda Rose, president and chief operating officer of the Chamber of Commerce, said the reason for the decision not to proceed with this year’s event was due in large part to added demands placed upon them by borough officials. Those included a request for an additional $5,000 contribution to the borough on top of the other fees the organizers have to pay.“The fees they were requesting were becoming cost prohibitive for us to be able to produce the event,” Hunt said.“Quite frankly, we just had to draw the line,” Rose said.Organizers had to pay for the use of the park for the three-day festival; pay for police overtime; for private security; to cover the cost of having Department of Public Works available for cleanup; “and all the other costs that go along with producing the event the average person doesn’t see,” Hunt noted.Last year’s event included a beer and wine garden for the first time. Hunt said borough officials requested organizers make a donation to a not-for-profit organization in exchange for allowing that attraction. Organizers decided to contribute $1,000 to the borough Department of Parks and Recreation, even though, Rose maintained, the event failed to show a profit.“They weren’t happy with the amount,” said a piqued Rose. “I’m sorry, it was a donation.”Neither Rose nor Hunt had figures readily available as to the costs related to producing the event.A lengthy renovation project of Marine Park facilities damaged by Super Storm Sandy in October 2012 has begun, and organizers also feared that would cause some difficulty in utilizing the location.Much like Kaboom! Fireworks on the Navesink, the largescale July 3 fireworks display that a private group organized with borough participation, sometimes these events become victims of their own success, said Borough Council President Kathy Horgan. “At times these events become too big, they become unmanageable, they become too expensive,” Horgan said. “We have to think what that means for the police, for everybody.”Organizers of the fireworks display, not affiliated with Riverfest, decided to cancel the event in 2012.Rose said there has been some early talks with Sea Bright officials about possibly bringing the event to the beachfront town but nothing has been decided.Riverfest in another iteration began in the early 1980s as the International Food Festival, held twice a year. By the 1990s the chamber came on board and partnered with the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation to incorporate live music and other attractions, along with food merchants into the event.A contentious schism developed between the jazz and blues foundation in the early 2000s, with the chamber walking away from the event for a couple of years and taking the name, Riverfest – which it owns the rights to – with it. For a number of years, the music foundation ran it as the Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival, but eventually the chamber came back and took hold of the reins.By the mid-1990s, the early June event became the largest free event of its type in the area, Hunt noted. At its peak it could attract upward of 80-100,000 people to Marine Park, she said. “Back in the ‘90s it gave a name to Red Bank when Red Bank was ‘Dead Bank,’” Hunt said, referring to the derogatory moniker the borough was tagged with prior to its redevelopment.Hunt and Horgan said they both hope discussions can continue to reinstate the event in the future.“I think it’s important to have events that keep people coming to Red Bank and keep residents involved and have things to do,” Horgan said.This article was first published in the May 4-11, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

The secret is out on Nelson’s Mitch Popadynetz

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThose in the know about the local soccer scene knew at a young age Nelson’s Mitch Popadynetz had the potential of turning into something special.The ball skills of this Nelson Youth Soccer product were ahead of the rest of the pack, the way he fed his teammates and the way he, well, just made everyone around him play a lot better.Now North American roundball experts are standing up to take notice of was Nelsonites knew for a very long time.Popadynetz, 15, has been selected to 2010-11 Super Y-League ODP National Camp.Popadynetz, who played last season in midfield for the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club, was selected to the 1994/95 Super Y-League ODP National Camp.“I’m pretty excited on getting selected to the camp,” Popadynetz told The Nelson Daily from his Heritage City home. “I really didn’t know too much about (ODP National Camp) until I talked to some kids who had gone before. They all tell me it’s a pretty big deal.”Popadynetz, nominated in the 1994-1995 division has been identified as one of the top players in his respective birth year in the Super Y-League. 
 This camp, slated February 2011 in Florida, gives the elite group of players the opportunity to display their soccer talent and work ethic to collegiate and national team scouts. “It’s a compliment to Mitch to be chosen from the highest youth level league in North America,” said Dave Spendlove, provincial coach and owner/operator of Soccer Quest in Nelson. “The Y League has league playing from across all of North America including Canada and only the top one to two percent of players in this league are chosen for this event.”Popadynetz played in Nelson Youth Soccer since he was a youngster, leading the U13 Selects squad to a silver medal in 2008. The Selects came within a penalty shot of capturing the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup.In 2009 as the Heritage City hosted the provincial tournament at the Lakeside Pitch, Popadynetz & Company was one of the early favourites to repeat as medalists. But after a promising start, U14 Selects lost its final two games to finish fourth.This season Popadynetz decided to take his show on the road to the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club to play on the U14 squad.The 5’7”, 130-pound midfielder, tied for third on team scoring with six goals and five assists, helped Metro-Ford capture the Lower Mainland title with an 11-0-1 record. The title qualified Coquitlam for the North American United Soccer League championships in Tampa Bay, Florida, November 21-27. Metro-Ford finished with a 2-2 record, just missing the playoff round on goal differential.Popadynetz is now back in Nelson for the winter, perfecting his skills playing in the Soccer Quest Men’s Open Indoor League. In March the Grade 10 student at L.V. Rogers High School remains optimistic to return to Coquitlam for another season.As for another trip to Florida, Popadynetz is unsure. “I’m not really sure if I’m going to go back to Florida having just been there but I have to sit down (with my parents) and talk about it,” explained Popadynetz, able to play with his friends from Nelson at the 2010 B.C. Provincial B Cup in the Fraser Valley in July. “Hopefully I’ll be able to go.”For Spendlove this is an opportunity that doesn’t come along all too often, so rising Nelson star should do everything in his power to make the trek to Florida.“Scouts from the Canadian Soccer Association, America Soccer Association and top college scouts are all in attendance,” Spendlove said. “For a kid from Nelson it’s a real honor and a compliment to those who have trained and coached him over the past four years.”“(Being one of his coaches) Mitch has a great first touch, works hard and is a pleasure to coach,” Spendlove added.Which are key ingredients that make it a lot easier for this special player to succeed.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Sockeyes first out of gate at Cyclone Taylor Championship

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsRichmond is the first team out of the gate at the 2011 Cyclone Taylor Cup in Fernie.A goal by Rudi Thorsteinson, his second of the game, with 52 seconds remaining in the game sparked the Sockeyes to a thrilling 4-3 victory over KIJHL champion Osoyoos Coyotes Thursday in round robin action at the Memorial Arena.Richmond, Pacific International Junior Hockey League winners, top the Cyclone Taylor standings with two points.Host Fernie Ghostriders and Vancouver Island champion Peninsula Panthers are tied for second after the teams played to a 3-3 tie in Thursday’s late game.After a scoreless first period, the Osoyoos and Richmond entered the third period tied at 2-2.Brayden Low gave the Sockeyes a 3-2 advantage with a shorthanded tally early in the third period.Josh Gray tied the game for Osoyoos midway through the period before Thorsteinson put the puck past Mr. Everything Kyle Laslo in the Dogs’ net.Jeremy Hamaguchi, leading Richmond with three points, also scored for Richmond. Sam Nigg and Troy Quintal replied for Osoyoos.In the late game Cale Wright’s power play goal in the final two minutes lifted the Riders into the tie.Thomas Abenante scored twice for Fernie. Kurtis Rumenovich, Kyle Peterson and Zach Mazo replied for the Panthers.The round robin draw continues Friday with Richmond facing Peninsula at 3 p.m. and Fernie hosting Osoyoos in an all-KIJHL match up at 7:30 p.m.The round robin concludes Saturday with Peninsula battling Osoyoos and Richmond up against the Ghostriders.The top two teams advance to Sunday’s final at 6 p.m. The consolation contest goes at 2 p.m.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Blueliners trek to Vernon for weekend tilt

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s been one of those seasons for the Nelson Blueliners Women’s Hockey Club.Too much drive for not enough tournaments.However, the Heritage City squad will get back on the ice Friday in the Central Okanagan at the annual Vernon Women’s Hockey Tournament.The event serves as a precursor to the 16th annual Icebreaker Tournament April 8-10 at the NDCC Arena.The three-day affair is the oldest advance-intermediate tourney still running in the Kootenays.Already confirmed to attend is the Spokane Women’s Hockey Club, Whitefish Wailers, Fernie Hustlers, Trail Chix with Sticks, Thorman Drilling out of Nelson, Vernon Vixens and the Kelowna Ice Dragons.The Blueliners enter the home tourney as the defending champs.However, for the home side to repeat the club must overcome strong teams from Trail and Fernie, which also have found their way to the winner’s circle.The tourney begins Friday with the final set for 2:45 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Prior to the final is the consolation game at 1 p.m.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Saints rally past Eastern Washington to stretch win streak to 11

first_imgThe Selkirk Saints rallied back from a second-period deficit to edge the Eastern Washington University Eagles 5-3 in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey Saturday night at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.The win extended Selkirk’s BCIHL-record streak for wins to start a season to 11 and maintained the Saints’ tight grip on first place in the league standings.”With two weeks between games we knew there might be some rust coming into tonight’s game and we saw that early with a couple of mental errors that Eastern made us pay for,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”But it was a good experience for us to get behind at home and have to raise our game and battle back.””We got better as the game went on and it was nice to see our fourth line come through with the winning goal,” Dubois added. “You don’t want to have to count on coming from behind on a regular basis, but tonight we’re pleased with the character we showed in the third period.”For the first time this season the Saints tailed at both intermissions.But a third period rally sparked by a timely 5-on-3 penalty kill lifted the home side. The Eagles took their first of three leads on the night midway through the first period when Ryan Pajimola intercepted a neutral zone pass and blasted a shot past Selkirk netminder Alex Sirard.Cody Fidgett drew the hosts even minutes later on a power-play, but EWU went ahead once more with 1:54 remaining in the frame when Uriah Machuga capitalized on a Saints turnover and scored from the high slot. The game remained tight in the second with Logan Proulx and Machuga trading power-play goals less than two minutes apart.And Selkirk came up big late in the frame, killing a two-man advantage for the final 54 seconds of the period in order to squeak into intermission down a single goal. After continuing their solid work on the penalty kill in the opening minute of the third period, the Saints found the momentum-changing goal they’d been searching for.Beau Taylor, who was playing at centre in the absence of injured linemate Thomas Hardy, won an offensive zone face-off straight forward and passed across the top of the crease to Fidgett for a tap-in equalizer. The eventual game winner would follow just 53 seconds later, as Connor Stephens pounced on a rebound from a Ben Starbuck wrap-around and beat EWU starter Jason Greenwell.And the Saints allowed their visitors few chances for the remainder of the third period, outshooting the Eagles 13-3 before Connor McLaughlin scored into an empty net to put the finishing touches on the win. Alex Sirard picked up his seventh win in as many appearances for the Saints, making 16 saves including a breakaway stop on Ryan Pajimola late in the first period that kept his team within one heading to intermission. Greenwell faced 37 shots and took the loss for EWU. Selkirk returns to home ice for their final game of 2012 when the University of Victoria visits Castlegar on Saturday, December 1st.Faceoff is set for 7:30 PM.SAINTS NOTES: A victory against the Vikes next weekend would see Selkirk tie the BCIHL’s all-time longest winning streak at 12 games. Ironically, UVic set the current record during the 2006/07 season.last_img read more