The Differences between Pink and Regular Salts - Part 1 - Food Variety 28

Sunday, January 29, 2023

The pink salt is quite popular in our neighborhood and areas since last couple years, especially for teenagers.

Fig 01- Pink salt in the bottles

I don’t know the real reasons, for sure that the salt has attractive color (pink) and come from far away, Himalayan Mountains.

It also called as the Himalayan salt. You might be wonder: why Himalayan salt is pink?

The simple answer is that a pink color is due to concentration of iron oxide or other trace minerals in the salt.

Other trace mineral includes potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Fig 02- A corner of shopping center, illustration

Since it has higher demands in the market, the price of pink salt to be expensive than regular ones.

Fig 03- The Pink salt, sold in Walmart.

It is said that pink salt is the cleanest salt in the planet, contain less sodium, and used for variety purposes include to cook (culinary uses), preserve meat and fish, and therapeutic purposes.

# To be continued to Part 2

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What does Dogtopia Mean? - Sign 32

Friday, January 27, 2023

When we saw the word “Dogtopia” for the first time about couple days ago, we think hard: what does this word mean?

Fig 01- The word of Dogtopia

We tried to search the meaning of “Dogtopia” in an online dictionary, then the dictionary said:

- “sorry, no definitian found.”

- “sorry, no etymologies found.”

After searching with other several key words combines: Bingo! We find that Dogtopia is included in “the pet industry.”

The booming industry with worth no less than US$ 110 billion in the USA.

Fig 02- The pretty dog looks at you

Dogtopia was founded in 2002, developed to be franchised since 2005. It is estimated more than 250 franchises all over America.

Fig 03- He looks so sad and lost

In addition to USA, Dogtopia also opens 18 locations in Canada, and might be expanded to several other countries in coming future.

Fig 04- The sign of Dogtopia on the door

This franchise provides many services that relate to dogs, include daycare, spa and boarding services.

Do you know Dogtopia? And have you treat your dogs in the Dogtopia?

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Have you Tasted Tamarind Fruit or Juice? - Part 2 - Food Variety 27

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

You may read previous post (Part 1):

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Fig 01- Tamarind fruit in the wood basket

Pulp in the fruit is edible. Taste of pulp depend on the stage development of fruits:

- green young fruit is sour in taste

- brown mature fruit is sweet and tangy in taste.

The fruit has been used for many purposes include seasoning of local cuisines in many, particularly tropical countries.

It is said that tamarind has a lot of health benefits, and advisable to eat tamarind daily, about 10 gr per day.

Fig 02- Tamarind candy, sold by Walmart

Traditionally, many people believe that Tamarind have few health benefits, one of them is to reduce weight.

Fig 03- The Tamarind tree, sold by FastGrowingTrees.

It is because Tamarind contains:

- flavonoids

- polyphenols

- fiber and no fat

Have you tasted tamarind? Juice or fruit?

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A Ruby Crowned Kinglet – Critter 29

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

A beautiful little bird was seen standing on the side door of a car, then he flew away when approached.

Fig 01- A male Ruby Crowned Kinglet

Based on searching through Google image ID, the bird is a Ruby Kinglet with scientific name is a Regulus sp.

Of 6 species from genus Regulus, there are two species living in the USA (North America):

- “the ruby-crowned kinglet (Regulus calendula.)”

- and “the golden-crowned kinglet (Regulus satrapa)”

Since our bird has red crown (please see above photo), hence it is a Ruby Crowned Kinglet.

Fig 02- Ligularia plant, just for illustration

Crown is a sex identification, and red crown refer to males. It is said that crown is important to build communications between a male and a male or a male and a female.

Fig 03- Poinsettia’s, just illustration

Erection or flashing of red crown could be meaning that the male bird get excited, attract attention or appeal to a female.

Have you seen a Ruby crowned kinglet in nature?

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Could Scientists Develop Unhackable Computers? - Part 1

Sunday, January 22, 2023

We may be hearing, watching or reading about hacking or data stolen by hackers almost every day.

Fig 01- Laptop computer, just for illustration.

As you know, the bad things that hackers not only access to our computer to steal whatever inside our computer, but they could also control our computer networks and then prevent us to access our own computer systems.

Strangely, the hackers have specific targets, and changed over the years. Just recent weeks, hackers targeted public infrastructures.

The reasons that infrastructure companies to be targeted it is because hackers have political and even security motivated.

Fig 02- The watch on the street, illustration

In addition, infrastructures are easy target because they have outdated computer systems.

Fig 03- Coneflower, illustration

Moreover, the most sectors to be targeted in recent years are following:

- Banking and financial institutions

- Healthcare organizations

- IT and Telecom

- Government and Military

- Retails

- Education and research institutes

Fig 04- Computers sold in Walmart, illustration

The legitimate question then, Could Scientists Develop Unhackable Computers in the coming future?

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Crisis of Chicken’s meat and Eggs – Sign 31

Friday, January 20, 2023

Our neighborhood’s little groceries sell both chicken meat and eggs with unbelievable price tag.

Fig 01- A sign of arriving of little chicks for raising

I believe the price increases by 500% for eggs and 200% for chicken meat compared to last year.

The fact that the availability stock of these two items is uncertain in recent days even in the big groceries.

We just visit the big grocery, Walmart, and found almost empty chicken meat. Out of stock for eggs.

Fig 02- Chicken eggs at a grocery

In case of eggs, there are at least three reasons:

- millions of hens are slaughtered due to bird flu.

- increasing cost of chicken’s feed

- slowing egg production due to fall and winter seasons

Fig 03- Price extremely expensive, reaches US$ 11.09 for 18 eggs

To solve this temporary problem some of my neighbors try to raise chickens

for eggs and meat at their backyard.

Fig 04- A white rooster for meat

They ordered the variety of chickens through neighborhood groceries, the chicks will arrive by next week.

The breeders include white leghorns, Rhode Island red and Buff Orphingtons (please see sign at Fig 01 above).

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Have you Tasted Banana Pepper? - Part 2 - Food Variety 25

Thursday, January 19, 2023

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Fig 01- A Banana pepper photo taken from different angle.

I myself use this pepper as an ingredient in the many foods such as curry or mixed with other vegetables.

The taste of peppers is mild hot (heat), even tend to little bit sweet. Heat of pepper can be measured by Scorville Heat Unit (SHU).

Just for comparison, SHU of Banana pepper and Jalapeno:

- Banana peper, 500 SHU

- Jalapeno, about 5,250 SHU

Fig 02- Flowers start blooming, illustration

In term of nutritional values, the pepper has low calories. Rich in fiber, potassium and vitamins (vitamins A and C).

Fig 03- Sweet banana peppers, sold in Walmart

Peppers also contain more beta carotene than other chili. Hence, banana pepper is good for our health.

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The United States Import Ginger the most – Sign 30

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

We just understand that Ginger plants grow well in the USA when we saw a vendor sold Ginger plants in our city garden.

Fig 01- Ginger plants are sold by a vendor

Ginger with scientific name Zingiber officinate comes from tropical areas, especially Southeast Asia countries such as Philippine, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand.

Then, this spicy plant was brought and domesticated to Indo- Pacific regions, include Hawaii.

Nowadays, we may find Ginger in the states such as California, Florida, Arizona, Texas, Alabama and Louisiana.

Fig 02- Ginger roots, sold in the Walmart

In addition to own production, America imports Ginger the most in the world. Amount of import about 80,000 tons per year, and increase year by year.

Fig 03- The pumpkin, just illustration

The Ginger in the USA market comes from countries such as:

- China

- Brazil

- and Peru.

Fig 04- Ginger plants for sale

Sure, Ginger is one of popular ingredients for many American foods, just few examples are cookies, pies (apple or pumpkins) and curry mixes.

Do you like the Ginger taste?

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