8/2/18

Homemade Hummus Summer Recipe.

It is hot this summer and dips and salads are a welcome meal. PBS Foods has this easy recipe for hummus. When I look for easy to do recipes, I usually go to PBS Foods. I wanted to share this easy recipe. Click to get the full instructions: Homemade Hummus: Make a big batch of homemade hummus to share with friends and family. 
Ingredients you will need and might already have in your kitchen.
1 pound garbanzo beans, soaked overnight in cool water
3 small garlic cloves, peeled 
1/2 cup water 
1/4 cup tahini 
Juice from 1 1/2 lemons
Salt to taste (about 1 tablespoons) 
1/4 cup olive oil, plus more as a garnish
food processor or blender

Disclosure: This is from PBS Foods. The ingredients are different than the original recipe less salt and garlic. Please visit PBS Foods to get the complete process. 

8/1/18

California Citrus State Historic Park family field trip.

Our family field trip to the California Citrus State Historic Park proved to be very informative. Did you know that citrus has a rich history and its origin is Asia? Citrus traveled by boat to Brazil, California, Florida, and even parts of Europe during the seventeen hundreds (1700-1799 AD). Two rare citrus finds include species named Buddha's Hand and the Yellow Tiger Lemon. At this historic park, you will find these rare types of citrus. The parks' museum and visitor's center offers citrus history as well as samples of the different types of fruit. 

California is great for growing Buddha Hand Citrus. The park has a few trees that are located near the front of the museum. The fruit cannot be found in local groceries stores.  
While in the museum, volunteers share slices of the oranges, lemons, and grapefruit that grow on the grounds. Make sure to stop by the sampling table and taste all of them. They are sweet and very yummy. It is best you stop there first before walking around the orange groves because picking the fruit is not allowed. So get your fill of citrus inside at the museum. 
The park is about 240 acres big and perfect to hike, picnic and just relax. It is recommended that you check the weather as it can get very hot. When we visited it was 91 degrees and it was a little warm. We drove to the corner to buy oranges and water to stay cool.
California Citrus State Historic Park is located at:
9400 Dufferin Ave Riverside, CA 92503
Tip: Bring cash for entrance fee $5.00. Across the street, they sell oranges and beverages but is cash only. Wear comfortable shoes and check the weather before traveling. 
You can visit their website at http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=649 or call them at 951-780-6222. For more information on booking their facility for Weddings and parties, call 951-515-6689.  More information can be found on their website.
Source: 
https://californiacitruspark.com/
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=649
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/02/explore-food-citrus-genetics/
Ongoing research - https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/46428

Public Art in Southern California.

Exploring the city of Long Beach might leave you breathless this summer because of all the street art that has been brought to life. The city has been participating in the Pow Wow Festival since 2015. This international art festival began in Hawaii with only a few artists to help bring awareness to art, culture, and music. It is a movement that has been part of  Southern California in an effort to bring communities together. Just walk through the streets of Downtown Long Beach to see how art transformed this city. We photographed this public art wall in downtown Long Beach just a few weeks ago. Standing there you could feel the wind pushing us closer to the wall. 
Cinta Vidal
425 E 4th StLong Beach, CA 90802

A  happy and colorful painting of vegetables is waiting for the public to visit at 967 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802. 
Another remarkable painting is a few blocks away at 1253 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90802.

To find more information regarding street art. Please go to their website: http://powwowhawaii.com/about-pow-wow-hawaii/ 
or
http://www.powwowlongbeach.com/murals/

New Murals coming to Long Beach, CA  2018
Andrew Hem
1129 Gaviota Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805
CASE
404 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805
Fafi
741 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813
Fintan Macgee & Evoca1
300 Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90805
Jason Keam
4321 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805
Joon the Goon
625 Anaheim, Long Beach, CA 90805
Juan Travieso
1253 E 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90805
Kamea Hadar
60 E 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90805
Kaplan Bunce
333 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90805
KozDos
1731 E 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90805
Leon Keer
107 Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90805
Lolo YS
145 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90805
Ms. Yellow
2841 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90805
NeverMade
256 E 3rd Street, Long Beach, CA 90805
Noelle Martinez
5248 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90805
Shane Sun
416 Cherry Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90805
Shantell Martin
1923 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90805
Sydney James
2301 E 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90805
Tatiana Velazquez
1731 E 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90805
Wiley Wallace
70 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802