A news website produced by students of A.P. Giannini Middle School
By Martin Lew
We usually go to a grocery store for food that is fresh, ripe, and good to eat, but sometimes the food that you buy is not always like that. You should listen to these tips closely to choose the best groceries for homemade meals. You can mostly tell by using your 5 senses. Touching, seeing, feeling, and smelling could now make a difference in picking ripe food.
-For bananas to be good, they have to be yellow and not have a lot of spots. If they are brown or you can feel they are mushy, they should definitely be left behind. The banana can be green and that doesn’t mean it is bad. It just means it needs to be out longer.
-Berries are good if they have a fragrant smell. They should be juicy and if it is in a container, look for stains or leaks.
-Apples should be firm and have a rich color lke the color red. If it looks like it is flattened a little or dented, it is best not to be eaten.
-Grapefruits, oranges, and pineapples should be heavy, firm, and also really jucy if you pick it right. Also when you squeeze it, it should stay in place not mushy. Also underipe pineapples should be room temperature and avoid sunlight.
-If pears are your favorite fruit, you should gently squeeze the area around the pear. If it gives, it is good to go.
-You should always pick cherries by feeling them. They should be plump, dark red like blood, and have a green stem.
-To pick a peach with ripeness and deliciousness, you can tell by the color. They should be golden yellow not light yellow. Red is mostly on peaches because when we see things that are red, we usually think it is ripe like apples.
-Cantaloupes should have a sweet smell and have a nice orange color on the inside.
-If you buy a whole watermelon, the watermelon should be well rounded, a light greenish color, and it should be heavy no matter the size.
-Strawberries should have a cap shaped stem and you should avoid strawberries with no seeds.
If you are looking for some asparagus, keep your eyes open for some smooth, dark green asparagus. Also look for dense closed points on the spears. Don’t buy more than you could eat for 2 days because they won’t be fresh.
-Red bell peppers are actually sweeter and riper than green ones. Get smooth, heavy peppers and shake one. If you can hear the seeds, it is past its due date.
-Broccoli should be light green, compacted heads are ripe while avoiding bruised ones. The smaller buds should be dark green and shouldn’t be open because that would mean it is too “old.”
-Cabbages should have a dense heavy head and usually come in many colors. They can last for a very loooong time if kept in the fridge.
-Beets should be 1 and one fourth to 2 inches in diameter. Also the leaves should be 4 to 6 inches to be fresh.
-Brussel sprouts should be firm and about 1 inch in diameter to be ripe.
-Cauliflower should be white, firm and the head of the cauliflower should be together with its buds. - Chard leaves should be 8-10 inches for it to be tender.
-Corn should be picked when it is a mixture of green and light green. The inside when it is good is bright yellow, very juicy, and should be sweet.
-Bok Choy should have dark green leaves with white stalks, but young ones will have light green leaves.
-Cucumber should be 6-8 inches if you want to chop it up for your dish. The cucumbers will be past it’s due date when it is large or the color has changed to yellow.
-Onions should be firm and dry. They should also have a thin skin. They shouldn’t be too dry or have soft wet spots.
-To pick garlic, you should pick it when it is yellow and dry.
Finally, I hope you enjoyed these tips and next time you go to the grocery store, pick wisely while picking veggies and fruits
By: Tina Yang and Cecilia Yong
Smallfoot is about a young Yeti named Migo, who is trying to prove that another species called the Smallfoot species exists. It’s harder than it sounds though, because there is the Stone Keeper, who has stones that ‘protect’ the village. There are a bunch of rules, and things they have to believe in that are written on the stones. One fateful day, Migo discovers a Smallfoot (human) and tells the village. He was banished from the village for defying the stones. There were three other people from the village who also believed that the Smallfoot species exist, though. They took him to their leader, who just so happened to be the daughter of the Stone Keeper. She introduced herself as the leader the S.E.S.-- The Smallfoot Evidentiary Society. Soon after, they bring Migo beneath the clouds. According to the stones, below the clouds is nothingness, and you fall forever. As said in the film, there are only yaks ---all the way down.
And yet, when he descends, he lands in snow after only a very short period of time. This confuses him. Did he fall on the yaks? When he goes off to explore, he finds a little town, and he sees a Smallfoot. The Smallfoot tries to shoot Migo, but soon afterwards, they develop a friendship. The Smallfoot is a TV show host named Percy who has a show about animals. His show is going down in ratings and he’s losing his money. He can’t go on to pay off anything without his show! When Percy sees Migo, he is determined to prove to everyone that Yetis exist. He’d get so many viewers and possibly be rich! Meanwhile, Migo and the rest of the S.E.S. are determined to prove that the Smallfoot species exist, to defy the stones, and to show the Stone Keeper that he isn’t protecting the village… he’s destroying it.
Our rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ★ (four stars)
We rated Smallfoot foot 4 stars because it was only a bit predictable, but it had a really meaningful lesson. The lesson is to always be curious even though people tell you not to be. Always ask questions! It included many things in the story that an audience loves, such as adventure, comedy, and meaning. We enjoyed this movie, and hopefully you do, too. Thank you for reading this movie review!
By Alexander Zlatev
Do you think you know Fortnite? You do? Well test your skills on this quiz.
By Jaguar Share
Throughout this quiz you will be able to learn more about the mechanics and history of these two games, as you put your trivia knowledge to the test!
Hamsters are a very unique animal, known to be a common household pet in North America. They are very popular for being small and cute. Here’s some information and tips about them!
Tips for picking a hamster
Tip 1: First of all, to get a pet hamster, you have to find a place that sells hamsters.
Depending on what kind of hamster you are looking for, you can check a pet store. But if you are looking for a specific type of hamster, you can check a hamster breeder.
Tip 2: Pick a healthy and strong looking hamster.
A healthy hamster would be clean and dry, except for the scent glands. If the tail is wet, the hamster may have a disease that is contagious. So find one that is dry, except for the scent glands.
Tip 3: Think what size of a hamster you would like.
The bigest hamster is called the Syrian hamster and it can grow to be 5-7 inches.. The smallest hamster is called a dwarf hamster grows to about 2-3 inches.
Tip 4: Choose what color you’d like.
Hamsters come in many colors, mostly golden, but it depends on the breed.
Tip 5: Choose a name for your hamster
It really depends on you to name your hamster, but the ideas you could base the name off of is the color, the kind, or just a random name you’ve liked!
by Katya Shlicoff
Mochi is a Japanese sweet glutinus rice with high starch that can be put into many different forms. Mochi ice cream was originated by Frances Hashimoto. in this article I will be showing you how to make mochi ice cream!
What you need:
1. In a large/medium pot fill an estimated ¾ of it with water.
2. Bring to a boil.
3. Separately, in a heat resistant glass bowl (preferably large) mix together the sweet rice flour, water, sugar and food coloring. Place the bowl on top of the pot of boiling water and start double boiling it in the pot, kneading every minute or so with a spatula for about 20 minutes.
4. After the sweet rice flour mixture is sticky enough for you to hold, get a sheet pan and cover it with cornstarch to prevent sticking. Scoop out the sweet rice flour mixture onto the sheet pan, cover the mixture with corn starch as well. Let it cool until you can hold it and it won’t burn you.
5. After the mixture has cooled down start kneading the mixture with your hands and spread out into an estimated 12 inch long and 12 inch wide, with about ½ inch in thickness.
6. Separate the mixture into 12 almost equal squares and put a spoonful of ice cream in each piece
7. Stretch out the piece of dough and fold it over the ice cream, squeeze it and twist it to close it.
8. Any extra dough you can just pull off of the mochi.
Chez Panisse is not a Michelin star anymore.
The owner Alice Waters planned for Chez Panisse to be a place where people could enjoy themselves while eating good food. In 2006-2009, they had a Michelin star! Unfortunately, in the year 2009, they had their Michelin star taken away. And if you didn’t know, a Michelin star is like an award given to restaurants. Some critiques go to a restaurant, but they cannot be known, because they have to be like every other customer, and they evaluate it. Depending on how good the restaurant is, the highest Michelin rating is 3 stars.
Eating at Chez Panisse will require reservations about/at least 1 month ahead. You are able to call in for either the restaurant or cafe. If you call in, the available times are between 9:00am-9:30pm. Though you have to remember not to call or visit the restaurant/cafe on Sundays, because they’re closed!
How to order
When you’re in the cafe part of Chez Panisse, which is upstairs above the restaurant, it’s all about your preference but as a free appetizer they give you a sour dough bread loaf from Acme Bread Company. Next, the waiters will most likely offer you drinks. For their non-alcoholic drinks they have fresh juices including apple and orange juice. And they also include what’s called a fruit spritzer which is basically a limeade. Then, you can order your other appetizers, like corn soup, or a little gem salad. And while the waiter is taking your order, you can tell them your main dish. I highly suggest the salmon, but it’s whatever you would like.
During September, my family and I decided to go to the cafe for a special occasion. We went to Berkeley! They took my brother and I to see the campus of UC Berkeley. It was gigantic. The reservation was at 5:30 pm, or so we thought. My dad thought we would get there early so we got there a few minutes before 5:30. However, it turned out that the reservation was at 5:00pm! Once we got there, we went straight up to the cafe which is above the restaurant. The man told us that he was about to give our seats away. So then we kind of just laughed a bit about that.
I think I would rate this restaurant 5/5! The waiters were all very polite and kind. The food was amazing! The carefulness and precision they put into each dish is awesome! Each meal is a masterpiece. Just with the right amount of everything.
By Beatrice Sixt
IKEA is the biggest furniture retailer in the world. If you looked hard enough, you probably could find at least one or two items in your household from IKEA. Even though it mainly sells furniture, it sells other items like dishware, art, and even food.
The History Behind It
It started out in 1943 by 17 year old Ingvar Kamprad. It originally was a mostly mail-order sales business, but in 5 years it became a furniture retail company. The name “IKEA” is an acronym that stands for Ingvar Kamprad, Elmtaryd (which is the farm where he grew up), Agunnaryd (which is his hometown in Småland, southern Sweden). When it became a furniture company, it went under the name “Möbel-IKÉA”, first opening in Älmhult, Småland (Älmhult is a locality in Sweden and Småland is a province.). The first non-Sweden stores opened in Denmark and Norway. The Norway store opened in 1963 and the Denmark store opened in 1969. The stores quickly spread throughout the 70s, with the first non-Scandinavian store opening in 1973, and another store opening shortly after in 1974 in West Germany. After that, the stores spread to the rest of the world.
The Upstairs Level
The IKEA I am going to be focusing on is the one in Emeryville, CA. It’s a 41 minute drive (30.9 miles) from the Sunset neighborhood in San Francisco to the store. That is if you’re lucky, mostly because of traffic and other annoying things. It usually takes an hour for me.
Once you arrive, the store is two stories and very large. There is a lot of parking with a big cement garage right next to it. When you first go inside, you are greeted with a display, an escalator diagonal from the entrance, and the play place, called Småland, off into a corner. The bathrooms are a little farther than the display.
On the upstairs level, there is the restaurant and room displays, with furniture close by for you to test out. The room displays are nice, they are great for inspiration for where to put and what do with your furniture. I’d give them a decent 8/10. If you finish with the furniture, the kids room areas are after. The kids room furniture leads to the restaurant. By the restaurant, there is staircase that goes downstairs.
You access the store by going down the stairs next to the food court. It’s pretty large and you first go through the showroom that displays all the remaining furniture. Along the way, there are bins where you can pick up some of the items displayed. The next part is more warehouse-like, there are still some displays, but it is mainly aisles. “Aisles full of what?”you might ask. Well, you know all that furniture that was displayed earlier? The aisles house boxes and boxes full of the stuff you need to build all those chairs and daybeds. They also have an as-is section (which is basically things you don’t have to build), checkout stations, and a store where you can by food. The store is nothing special. It’s a normal IKEA store, so if you’ve ever been in an IKEA bef0re, you know how it is. Out of ten, it was a strong 7.
The IKEA restaurant has many foods. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.
This is a glimpse of the menu:
Swedish Apple Cake
Salmon Fillet with lemon & dill sauce
Marinated Salmon Plate
Marinated Salmon Wrap
From that menu, I’ve only ever had the meatballs. With the meatballs, you get a side of lingonberry sauce, seasonal vegetables, and mashed potatoes with gravy. The meatballs are not very gamey and have a lovely flavor. They also have quite a good texture. I would give it an 8/10. The mashed potatoes with gravy are pretty standard, a good 4/10. The vegetables are also standard, also deserves a rating of 4/10. The lingonberry jam overall is nice and compliments the mashed potatoes. The meal is filling and delicious, especially for the easy price of $5.00.
Besides the food, let’s discuss the restaurant. The restaurant has a lunchroom-like vibe, with a self-service counter. Then, there is a bar with different sides dishes like biscuits and other foods, along with a place to check-out shortly after it. This all arranged in an open staple shape. There is a dining area, with a island in the middle of it, where you can get silverware and other things you need to enjoy your meal. It’s a nice place to eat.
For this paragraph, I am going to talk about some of the furniture. I have the RENBERGET chair, which is a swivel chair with armrests made out of leather. It costs $59.00 I decided to build this a few weeks ago on September 3, Labor Day. It comes in a big brown box. Most of the pieces in the box are visable. The problem I had from here is that MOST were visable. I could not, for the life of me, find the armrests and another piece that I’ve forgotten. Finally, my mom found it inside the back, which is a pretty nice place to put it, so I will give them that. It was pretty easy. While building your furniture, make sure to put on a show or some music and it will go faster. For me, my mom and I put on a mockumentary called Cook-Off. It was pretty alright, but a movie review is for another day. Out of ten, I’d rate the chair a solid 8/10.
In conclusion, I highly recommend IKEA. It’s a great store with great food, great furniture and great fun. An overall experience of 10/10. If you would like to go, the actual store hours (Monday to Saturday) are 10am-9pm and (Sunday) 10am-8pm. The restaurant hours are (Monday to Sunday) 9:30am-8:30pm and (Sunday) 9:30am-7:30pm.
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