Pickled Refrigerator Beets

More from the Community Garden Recipe Challenge. Get ready for a bunch of recipes inspired by what I literally dig up at the community garden.  This very tasty light way of making beets was inspired by one found on Simply Recipes, but customized (as all recipes are, to a degree) for what I had on hand. The proportion is more important than the ingredients – it doesn’t really matter if you use white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar or malt vinegar. Same thing with the…

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Heil Seitan!

If watching someone sacrifice garlic on a pentagram “altar” (it’s a granite cutting board, but go with the fantasy), use casual profanity, or periodically yell “Heil Seitan!” offends you, then this is definitely not the show (or the post) for you. If it makes you laugh or want to make Pad Thai, then the Vegan Black Metal Chef [VBMC] is your guy.

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Free Concerts and Movies in Pershing Square

Ready to head downtown, Po’ Folks? You need to hang on to your wallet (but not because this will cost you anything). Here’s the skinny: The Pershing Square Downtown Stage, from July 8 to August 15, offers six weeks of free outdoor concerts, movies, and special events four days a week. The audience is welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets to relax with family and friends, and enjoy free entertainment under the twinkling lights of downtown Los Angeles. The summer evening concert doors open at 7:00…

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Free Movies at the Old Pasadena Film Destival

Po’ Folks, there are even MORE free movie screenings coming up and We 🙂 Like LA has our collective backs. Get the full report here. Check this out: So Old Town Pasadena Has a FREE Month-Long Movie Screening Series Starting July 9: So you live in the San Gabriel Valley (or near The Arroyos) and you’re looking for more outdoor events to go to this summer… Well, found another for you! Starting on July 9 the Old Pasadena Film Festival brings back its annual summer series…

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Haunted Red Line Tour

This originally ran last October, but the Haunted Red Line Tour is back and you have a chance to jump on it, When: June 28th, July 26th, August 30th, September 27th (Each “Last Sunday” this summer) Like ghost stories? Most people do. As living folklore or urban myth, they connect the past with the future in a way that is entertaining and, in a sense, informative. They inspire a sense of wonder. Ghost stories tend to have two components: an observation of paranormal activity and…

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It gets worse before it gets better.

Product Review: Monkey Brand Black Tooth Powder

I admit that I was fascinated by the minimal marketing. Monkey Brand Black Tooth Powder is a product from India that’s been keeping those Bollywood smiles sparkling for 100 years. Dental care is a HUGE issue for po’ folks, in fact it is one of the biggest divides between the lifestyles of the rich and famous vs the lifestyles of the poor and obscure. Low-paying jobs don’t offer a dental plan (nor do many middle-class jobs these days) and dentistry can be expensive to pay…

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Outdoor Movies in LA This Summer

Watching a movie on a big screen outside is a real pleasure, but paying $12 for the privilege isn’t. Fortunately, laist has our backs. Here are the freebies that they suggest: Cal State Northridge’s Summer Movie Fest There are film screenings out in the Valley, too! Over at Cal State Northridge’s Oviatt Library Lawn, the school plans to screen movies every Thursday night from June to August. They’ll have some newer movies like Guardians of the Galaxy to old favorites like Toy Story and Jurassic…

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California Student Sustainability Coalition Convergence

About 100 students from across the state gathered at Loyola Marymont University last weekend for the California Student Sustainability Coalition’s Spring Convergence. The theme for this assembly was “Strengthening Connections: Thriving Together,” and whether the interest was vegetarianism, permaculture or to protest fracking, attendees worked to find common ground. Cal Poly Pomona was well represented with members of the Cal Poly Green Team, the Food Justice Club, regenerative study minors and students with an interest in sustainable issues in attendance, Daniel Yuhasz from the John T.…

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Gwyneth Paltrow vs SNAP Challenge

America knows too much about Gwyneth Paltrow. The actress has divulged that she no longer maintains her pubic hair, recommends vaginal steaming for everyone who has one, suggests “conscious uncoupling” (because “divorce” is such an ugly word), and, through her online lifestyle magazine Goop, a $6,500 pink trench coat. Goop ostensibly promotes “food, shopping, and mindfulness,” and for someone who makes an estimated $19 million annually, it’s a matter of scale. Through her oversharing, she says and does a lot that incurs public wrath.  Last…

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“Time Tough” by Toots & The Maytals

Po’ Folks can rest assured that our culture has produced funkier music than rich folks. Need proof? “Time Tough” by Toots & The Maytals‘ 1972 album Funky Kingston. Frederick “Toots” Hibbert knew exactly what he was talking about when he was describing rising rent and lower employment opportunities. Hibbert still knows that Time Tough since a young jerk named William Connor Lewis conked him on the head with a vodka bottle injuring him badly enough to cancel a 2013 tour.   Even at that, Toots argued…

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