With the end of summer upon us, it seems as though there are still a hundred and one things to do. For us the last couple weeks of the summer have been filled with summer concerts (saw both Radiohead and DEVO this week), reconnecting with old friends over wine in Temecula, a momentous 10 year class reunion and one last beach barbecue. Although I have to admit, for those of us in San Diego, September marks the start of "our" summer. As the tourist head home and the kids go back to school our coastline becomes clear, both of vacationer freeway traffic and sunbathers. In the kitchen we have been inspired by a couple of recent cookbook purchases.

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Mighty Leaf Tea to the Rescue

August 20th, 2008

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I wouldn’t call myself a tea snob, but sometimes you need a morning or afternoon pick-me-up that isn’t a calorie packed latte that’s going to leave you bouncing off the walls late at night. A cup of high quality tea will most definitely do the trick, especially if you’ve come down with a cold like I have this past week. I usually reach for a designer tea blend of an estate Darjeeling, jasmine pearls or an African Rooibos blend for a real treat at my local tea house.

The store brand tea bags just don’t cut it, especially because their flimsy pouches are usually low on flavor and selection. I recently met Annelies Zijderveld, marketing manager of Mighty Leaf Tea Company, through Twitter (www.twitter.com/mightyleaf) and she let me know about their diverse selection of teas that will satisfy even the pickiest tea aficionado.

Mighty Leaf Tea

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Today, I wanted to share  a fabulous stop motion animated short film called Food Fight.  Director Stefan Nadelman gives an abridged history of modern warfare; from World War II to present day, as he tells the stories through the native foods of the countries that are in conflict against each other.

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