Eating Oysters

Most of the foods I like to eat would be considered your basics. Good bread, fresh vegetables, fruit in season, but there is one delicacy that I will occasionally eat… just as a treat. And that would be Gulf oysters.

Oysters can be eaten in a variety of ways, but did you know that there can be distinct variations in the taste of an oyster, depending on the variety of oyster and where it was grown? So when I am going to eat oysters I prefer raw oysters with just a dash of lemon.

There is some concern, however, when eating raw oysters. Oysters grow best in warm unpolluted waters, just like a little nasty bacterium called Vibrio vulnificus. Most healthy people have no problems with this bacterium and can safely eat raw oysters. Just the same, I was happy to find that there is some post-harvest processes that can reduce the incidence of Vibrio vulnificus to undetectable levels. These processes include individual quick-freezing, heat-cool pasteurization (HCP), and high-hydrostatic pressure (HPP).

The next time I decide to treat myself to oysters I think I will look for those that have used one of these post-harvest processes. I am pretty healthy and probably don’t have much to worry about, but a little extra safety is OK by me!

Spring Vacation

segways in San FranciscoSpring is in full swing at my house. The trees are leafing out and the flowers are blooming. Birds are everywhere. I was sitting outside today thinking about how nice it is when spring finally arrives, with the warm sunshine and singing birds, but then I started thinking about all the spring projects that need to be done. I need to paint the house, put in the garden, weed out the flower beds, the whole spring cleaning thing. Yikes! Suddenly spring isn’t so wonderful. So, of course, the logical thing to do when faced with a mountain of chores is to take a vacation! Many years ago I went to San Francisco in the spring, and it was great! I loved riding the trolley cars. Chinatown was amazing and the selection of food was san francisco

I am thinking it is about time to go back to San Francisco, and see some of the attractions I missed on my last trip. This time I think I will sign up for some sightseeing tours. I found a site that offers discounted tickets to some of the best tours in San Francisco. It used to be that I didn’t like guided tours, but I have since found that they are a great way to do things and find attractions that you might otherwise miss. Trusted Tours & Attractions duck tours splash downoffers a variety of sightseeing tours in San Francisco, including Segway tours! There is a tour where you can bike over the Golden Gate Bridge, and my favorite, the San Francisco Duck tour, where you can ride both land and bay in an original, refurbished World War II Amphibious landing craft.

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But for now the vacation will have to wait. Because honestly, putting in the garden and weeding the flower beds aren’t really chores!

Custom Technical Furniture

Most of the time, when you want something, you can just run into the store and get it, like when I bought my new camera. But sometimes “off the shelf” just won’t do. Especially if you are a techie geek like my husband. For him, the standard computer workstation that you can pick up at you local store, just doesn’t quite cut it. He needs room for lots of equipment, power strips, and multiple monitors. All in a compact workstation that takes into consideration the ventilation needs of computer equipment. is where you go when you need custom technical furniture. They are the total custom solutions for Workbenches, Lan Stations, Packing Stations, Lab Furniture and More. My husband is tall, and the option of custom height workbenches would really appeal to him. As an added appeal Formaspace is into environmental sustainability and social responsibility. So, if you need custom technical furniture take a moment to check them out.