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Tacos Al Pastor


Summer days are soon going to be coming to an end, but before it's all over, we had an end of summer fiesta with Chef Courtney Contos.

Tacos Al Pastor

1 oz. guajillo peppers cleaned and seed removed (About 4 peppers) 1 oz. achiote paste ¼ cup pineapple juice ¼ cup white vinegar 3 garlic cloves 1 tsp. Mexican oregano 1/2 tsp. ground cumin ¼ tsp. ground black pepper 2 cloves 1 ¼ tsp. salt 2 pounds thinly sliced pork shoulder (¼-inch slices are ideal) 1 medium red onion, sliced into ¼-inch rounds Salt ¼ of a medium pineapple, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds 1. Place the peppers in a saucepan and cover with water. Simmer in a medium heat for about 15 minutes or until they look soft. Let them cool and drain. Place peppers, vinegar, pineapple juice with the spices and achiote paste in your blender. Process it until you have a very smooth sauce. Pour the sauce slowly through a fine sieve to get a nice homogeneous texture. At this time, taste the sauce just to ma…

Just Published: Through the Gates: Eighty-Five Years of Menlo College and Its Times

A full-color coffee table book on the history of Menlo College will be available September 1, 2014. 

Titled "Through the Gates: Eighty-five Years of Menlo College and its Times," by Pamela Gullard, the book sets the history of the college in the milieu of each decade.

Through the Gates, Eighty-Five Years of Menlo College and its Times by Pamela Gullard

In Through the Gates, I was able to see ordinary people rising to extraordinary heights to meet the challenges of the day.

Atherton, California (PRWEB)

 August 08, 2014

A full-color coffee table book on the history of Menlo College will be available September 1, 2014. 

Titled "Through the Gates: Eighty-five Years of Menlo College and its Times," the book sets the history of the college in the milieu of each decade.

 Author Pamela Gullard explained, “At the beginning of my two years of research, I had many more questions than answers.”

To get those answers, she researched the student life of each decade, contacted alumni who g…


Sigfrido Molina, manager of Sigfrido S.L.
Positive prospects for Spanish mango campaign

The Spanish company Siegfried S. L., based in Malaga, is facing the Spanish mango campaign with optimism given the crop's good development, favoured by ideal weather conditions since the fruit's flowering stage.

"This season, unlike last year, the mango harvest will be plentiful and will certainly exceed 24,000 tonnes,"
says Sigfrido Molina, manager of Sigfrido S.L.

"The quality is very high and there are plenty of medium calibres, which is common in cases of overproduction," he adds.

"We are now harvesting Tommy Atkins mangoes with 9º Brix, which we'll sell in the domestic market, given the high presence of imported alternatives from overseas markets in the EU at significantly lower prices compared to our fruit," he points out. "We could say that, in Europe, Spanish mangoes are considered Ready to eat; the equivalent in quality to mangoes imported by plan…


Eryvan Pires, Fruitmarket:

"Mangoes really shouldn't be imported during the summer"

The summer is usually not a good period for the mango market. According to Eryvan Pires of Fruitmarket, this year was even very bad for the entire month of July thus far.

"The holiday period in Europe caused a decrease in demand. Imported products do especially badly, since the competition with European produce is huge then."

Low prices

According to Eryvan Pires, the volume on the market wasn't that big.

 "But prices were at the lowest level. Price lists showed an average of 3.50, but I think it was sold for less. A lot of mangoes couldn't be sold. The summer is actually a period when mangoes shouldn't be imported at all." Not importing would be a possibility, he thinks. "The importer then has to decide not to import, or at least a lot less. It's not maths, but several things have to be considered, like programmes, commissions, advances, etc." 


Oakland: Ship targeted by protesters leaves port but returns a few hours later

By Natalie Neysa Alund, Harry Harris and Kristin J. Bender

Bay Area News Group

POSTED: 08/19/2014 11:25:21 AM PDT


Staff writers

OAKLAND -- A container ship that sat in the Port of Oakland for four days of political protests against the Israeli-owned company briefly left the port Tuesday afternoon, sailing past the Golden Gate Bridge before returning to a different part of the harbor.

It was not immediately clear if crews were unloading the ship in defiance of the will of protesters who had urged union workers to honor their picket line since Saturday.

About 3 p.m., the Zim Integrated Shipping Lines vessel Piraeus left the port and got underway headed for Los Angeles, according to a real time marine traffic tracking web site. But almost 20 miles into the voyage, the vessel turned back toward the port. It sat in the water for a time, then got underway again and passed the eastern shore of San Francisco before arriving back at the port about 6:30 p.m.

Port spokesman Rober…

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY : Bain Capital Buys 50 Percent Stake in TOMS Shoes

Leon Kaye

 Thursday August 21st, 2014

TOMS Shoes is now 50 percent owned by Bain Capital.

TOMS Shoes, the company often credited for making the one-for-one socially conscious business model take off, decided earlier this summer it wanted to expand even faster since its founding in 2006. Such ambitious goals, of course, require money, so the company’s founder, Blake Mycoskie, started shopping the company around

This week he found a partner in Bain Capital, which has agreed to purchase a 50 percent ownership stake of TOMS. Mykoskie will continue to own the other half of the company; financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The news elicits mixed emotions across the board: The socially responsible business crowd will shudder, no doubt in part because of how Bain Capital was eviscerated by the Democrats during Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. Much of that criticism was exaggerated and unfair, but employees of some companies that became part of Bain’s portfolio, such as…

USDA announces crack-down on companies deceptively using 'organic' in brand names

Friday, August 22, 2014 
by: L.J. Devon, Staff Writer

(NaturalNews) It's a Wild West in the organic market, with some companies acting deceptively, using "organic" in their brand name when in reality their food products aren't all certified by a third party. 

Consumers are quick to give up on healthy food and supplements, because it's sometimes hard to trust the company's invalidated "organic" label or brand name. 

Organic products have to fulfill rigorous standards and go through expensive testing and procedures to be classified as truly organic. 

This is because a large portion of today's agriculture has been patented by genetically modified seed science, which cross-contaminates organic crop. 

To be truly organic in today's society, farmers have to dodge all the genetically modified cross-contamination and prove through third-party standards that their end product is indeed untarnished.

All this corruption and genetic manipulation of the food su…

EBay considering PayPal spinoff: report

Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:04pm EDT

An eBay logo is projected onto white boxes in this illustration picture taken in Warsaw, January 21, 2014.


(Reuters) - EBay Inc is considering a spinoff of PayPal, its fast-growing payments unit, as soon as next year, tech news website The Information reported, citing sources.

Shares of the online retailer jumped nearly 4 percent to $55.48 at midday.

EBay told potential candidates for the position of PayPal chief executive officer, a post that David Marcus vacated in June, about a possible spinoff of the payments unit, the website reported. Marcus is now a Facebook Inc executive.

A PayPal spinoff would mark an about-face for the company. EBay CEO John Donahoe has resisted demands by activist investor Carl Icahn to spin off the payments service, saying PayPal was integral to eBay's business - and vice versa - and a split would not make sense.

"The board will continue to assess all alternatives to create that long-term…