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Peru Harvests Water With Nets

Posted in Food & Drink, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 2, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

PerunetIn Peru, water can be a scarce necessity. But what they lack for in this resource, the country more than makes up for it in abundant fog. Recently scientists have devised a way to harvest the water present in fog by catching it with nets. Once enough water is collected it streams down makeshift gutters and is then collected into tanks at the bottom of the hillside.

Low income and rural families are now able to have a healthy, free source of water to drink and to much needed crops as well. LINK!

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The Grillwalker Is Big Business In Berlin

Posted in Food & Drink, International, Videos with tags , , , , , , , on September 28, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

Grillwalker

The New York Times reports of a popular new service taking the streets of Berlin by storm – The Grillwalker; a portable cooking system that grills up sausages for consumers on-the-go. It’s a trendy invention that no doubt catches the eyes of potential customers especially since they’re found roaming commuter heavy sites like train stations. I personally couldn’t carry 44lbs of propane tank, metal grill, sausages, bread, and condiments.

(Image courtesy of Flickr user mac42)

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE GRILLWALKERS VIDEO AT NYT

Pro-Marijuana Show Hits The Airwaves With Positive Reception

Posted in Entertainment, Fitness & Health, Food & Drink, Movies, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

medicalmarijuanaThe NY Times has an article about a new local show in the L.A. area called Cannabis Planet where viewers can learn about history, cultivation, legal issues, and even cooking with marijuana.

Despite being taken off the air by one television station, the shows executive producer Brad Lane has received only positive attention and more revenue from advertisers since Cannabis Planet found a new home with another station.

“ ‘We’re trying to show the legitimacy of this plant,’ Lane stated.

“Marijuana use has been depicted in the media for decades, though its presence has waxed and waned over the decades, from Cheech & Chong’s comedy albums and films in the late 1970s and early ’80s through more recent pot-centric efforts like Dave Chappelle’s ‘Half-Baked’ and Seth Rogan’s ‘Pineapple Express.’ On television, though, it has rarely risen above the level of a plot device or punch line — until recently.”

(Image courtesy of Flickr user tharms5)

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL NY TIMES ARTICLE

CLICK HERE FOR CANNABIS PLANET’S WEBSITE

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Festival Gets Creative With Flags Made Of Food

Posted in Arts & Crafts, Food & Drink, International with tags , , , , , , , on September 8, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

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The Sydney International Food Festival takes place next month and as part of their media campaign they have released an array of photographs showcasing international flags made of food that is indigneous to that particular part of the world. For example in the picture above fresh basil, al dente pasta, and ripe cherry tomatoes are used to look like the Italian flag.

It’s a very cute and creative way to represent the food festival and the World Chef Showcase that will be spotlighted in Sydney as well. (via Huffington Post)

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL GALLERY

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Flashback Friday! (C&H Sugar Commercial)

Posted in Entertainment, Flashback Fridays!, Food & Drink, Music, Spot The Poly, Television, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

C&HHere’s a commercial for C & H Sugar that originally aired in the 1950’s, but re-ran in the mid-ninties. The song is pretty catchy and that little girl doing the hula is the cutest.

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Mark Menjivar’s You Are What You Eat Photography Series

Posted in Arts & Crafts, Food & Drink with tags , , , , , on May 29, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

Is that a snake?! (Photo courtesy of Mark Menjivar)

Is that a snake?! (Photo courtesy of Mark Menjivar)

Photographer Mark Menjivar allows us to take a glimpse into typical American refrigerators and, in turn, take a look into their own personal lives.

You Are What You Eat is a series of portraits made by examining the interiors of refrigerators in homes across the Untied States.

For three years I traveled around the country exploring the issue of hunger. The more time I spent speaking and listening to individual stories, the more I began to think about the foods we consume and the effects they have on us as individuals and communities. An intense curiosity and questions about stewardship led me to begin to make these unconventional portraits.”

The subjects come from all walks of life and a lot of the times that is reflected in their palates and the contents of their fridge. Some photos display bountiful meats and vegetables belonging to successful business owners while others show sparse interiors belonging to the struggling, or working poor, of society.

I think the photographer draws on something that people don’t think too much about, yet is very intimate. It almost feels voyeuristic like looking into someone’s bathroom cabinet (Ooh, that could be your next photo series Mr. Menjivar).

CLICK HERE FOR THE “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT” COLLECTION

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Great Depression Cooking With Clara

Posted in Food & Drink, How-to, Videos with tags , , , , , , on February 24, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

91 year old Clara Cannucciari shows people going through hard times now how she and her family survived during the Great Depression of the late 1920’s/early 1930’s.

All of her recipes are easy to make and are made with basics ingredients that’ll fill an empty stomach, provide nutrition, and are tasty too. They mainly consist of rice, beans, pasta, and potatoes which were (and still are) inexpensive. Her recipes don’t include much meat as it was harder to come by in those days and quite expensive. (Via DListed)

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A Complaint To Richard Branson

Posted in Entertainment, Food & Drink, International, Travel with tags , , , , , , on February 3, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

This has got to be the best complaint letter ever. It’s addressed to billionaire owner of Virgin, Sir Richard Branson, from an aggrevated passenger en route from Mumbai to London on a Virgin Atlantic flight in response to being served a less-than-appealing meal.

“Anyway, this is all irrelevant at the moment. I was raised strictly but neatly by my parents and if they knew I had started desert before the main course, a sponge shaft would be the least of my worries. So lets peel back the tin-foil on the main dish and see what’s on offer.

I’ll try and explain how this felt. Imagine being a twelve year old boy Richard. Now imagine it’s Christmas morning and you’re sat their with your final present to open. It’s a big one, and you know what it is. It’s that Goodmans stereo you picked out the catalogue and wrote to Santa about.

Only you open the present and it’s not in there. It’s your hamster Richard. It’s your hamster in the box and it’s not breathing. That’s how I felt when I peeled back the foil…”

CLICK HERE for the full letter

Via The New York Times

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Five Small Steps To Losing Weight

Posted in Fitness & Health, Food & Drink with tags , , , , , on January 2, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

It’s a new year and at the top of many people’s resolution list is to lose weight. But the problem with that is, many make this goal yet lose momentum if immediate results aren’t seen.

Instead of trying to lose weight in one fell swoop it’s better to make small changes in your lifestyle. Once you incorporate some of the tips through the link below, they’ll become second nature as brushing your teeth and you’ll start to see noticeable changes in your appearance. With the addition of moderate exercise the results will be even better!

Remember to start off with little goals, say losing 2 lbs or giving up potato chips, and give yourself a time frame to make it happen. These small changes will have a huge impact overall. So good luck and stay positive! Link! (via CNN)

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Man Dies From Aquaholism

Posted in Food & Drink, R.I.P., WTF?! with tags , , , , on November 4, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

51-year old Andrew Else died at an adult living facility due to a rare case of “aquaholism”. Else was diagnosed with a stomach condition in his 20’s that made him feel extremely thirsty even if he’d drank vast amounts of liquid. His body was found drenched in water, that was coming from a hose, in the garden. It is believed Else had been quenching his never-ending thirst from the hose not realizing he could die.  Toxicology tests stated he drank almost several litres of water which resulted in his untimely passing. Link! (via Daily Mail)

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