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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.
By Ishaan Bhattacharya
Welcome back to the Giannini Politics Update! Today we’ll be discussing one current event. We will talk about the criticism over Nike’s inclusion of Colin Kaepernick, a controversial NFL player, in a new ad campaign.
Recently a new ad campaign for Nike, a company worth over $90 billion, sparked controversy for including a contentious football player, Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick has not played in an NFL game in over a year, but has attracted attention to himself for kneeling during the national anthem in multiple NFL games when he was a player. Nike announced that Kaepernick is one of the athletes helping memorialize the 30th anniversary of the brand’s iconic slogan: “Just do it”. The ad features a black-and-white close-up of Kaepernick’s face with the words, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything” — a reference to Kaepernick’s lawsuit against the NFL for purportedly conniving to keep the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback out of the league over his protests against police brutality. As a reaction to Nike’s ad campaign, people are destroying their Nike apparel and declaring a boycott over already purchased attire — all in the name of castigating Kaepernick, the newest face of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign.
Unsurprisingly, this boycott has attracted the attention of our president Donald J. Trump, who recently tweeted a reaction to this issue saying, “Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts. I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way? As far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG!” This may be a contributing factor to the fact that shares of Nike (NKE) fell nearly 3% recently.
By Cecilia Yong and Tina Yang
Hamilton is a popular and entertaining musical that has been around for about 2 years. Written by Lin Manuel Miranda, who played the main character, Alexander Hamilton, it’s an amazing story with lots of rapping and singing. The story is about a 19-year-old orphan who dedicated his life to writing and helping George Washington fight Britain.
In this reenactment of the American Revolution, he meets Aaron Burr , his soon-to-be rival and becomes friends with Hercules Mulligan, John Laurens, and the Marquis de Lafayette. They share their goals and get to know each other a little better. Soon after, they go to a ball and meen the Schuyler Sisters, Angelica, Eliza, and Peggy. They get a message from King George, who is very persistent and insists that they are still his subjects.
George Washington asks Hamilton to be his right-hand man, and of course, Hamilton accepts his offer. He chose to be his right-hand man rather than be on field command. Soon after, he proposes to Eliza and they get married , and they are soon to have seven children, the first child named Philip.
Any of you remember John Laurens? He dueled a man named Charles Lee, who was a general. He was unfair and was a coward. Laurens shot him and Lee yielded. Washington suspended Hamilton for a period of time. After they won the fight in Yorktown, Burr has a daughter named Theodosia. Hamilton gets the news that his friend John Laurens had died in a battle . He feels horrible and begins to work ferociously. He helps write the Federalist papers and was selected as the Secretary of Treasury by George Washington, who was just elected as president.
Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson debate about financial plans in a Cabinet meeting. Washington tells Hamilton privately to find a compromise to win over Congress. Eliza and the rest of her family go upstate for the summer and they try to convince Hamilton to go too, but he ends up staying at home working on the compromise. He has an affair with Maria Reynolds and which made him vulnerable to her husband’s blackmailing. Hamilton, James Madison, and Jefferson create the compromise in a private dinner and exchange Hamilton’s financial plan with placing the country’s capital by the Potomac River. Burr became jealous of Hamilton’s sway in the government and wishes he had the same authority as him.
In the second Cabinet meeting, Jefferson and Hamilton argue again about whether the United States should help France fight the British. Washington decides to retire from being a president and convinces Hamilton to write a farewell address with him. John Adams becomes the second president of the United States and fires Hamilton. The public finds out about Hamilton’s affair with Maria Reynolds, which damages his relationship with his wife, Eliza. Soon after, his son Philip died in a duel with George Eacker, who said something bad about his father. The sorrowful event caused Alexander and Eliza to come back together.
When Hamilton begins to support Jefferson, Hamilton and Burr’s hostility grows even stronger. Burr challenges Hamilton to a duel in an exchange of letters. Hamilton dies with Eliza and Angelica by his side. Burr regrets killing Hamilton and says he is to be the villain who killed Hamilton.
Original Broadway Cast
Alexander Hamilton: Lin Manuel Miranda
Eliza Hamilton: Phillipa Soo
Aaron Burr: Leslie Odom Jr.
Angelica Schuyler: Renée Elise Goldsberry
George Washington: Christopher Jackson
Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson: Daveed Diggs
Hercules Mulligan/ James Madison: Okieriete Onaodowan
John Laurens/Philip Hamilton: Anthony Ramos
Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds: Jasmine Cephas Jones
King George III: Jonathan Groff
Hamilton is an inspiring, historical, and amazing musical. It’s easy to get addicted to, and so fun to listen too! The actors and actresses are very talented-- never underestimate them! Imagine how hard it must be to do so many shows, and be able to hit all those notes! Imagine memorizing 46 songs and having to rap and sing. If you measure all the songs’ lengths, it’d add up to about 71 minutes for Act 2, and about 70 minutes for Act 1. The whole musical is actually 142 minutes! Imagine that! Although there are some disadvantages about Hamilton, there are way more advantages! If you ever decide to watch Hamilton, remember to buy two extra tickets for us (wink, wink)!
By: Nicole Song
If you are a real Potterhead, you have taken all the quizzes, read and reread all the books about a million times, and watched and criticized the movies for not going with the book. You should know all the spells and know the correct wand movement for Wingardium Leviosa (Swish & Flick). But here are some facts I bet you didn’t know about Harry Potter. If you do, give yourself a pat on the back.
J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter share the same birthday. Both birthdays fall on July 31.
Dumbledore was actually gay. J.K. Rowling revealed that he fell in love with his friend Gellert Grindelwald, but was let down horribly when Grindelwald showed his true colors.
Dumbledore’s death was actually predicted by Professor Trelawney in the Prisoner of Azkaban. It's surprising, but it’s true. During the Christmas feast when Trelawney came down to eat and Trelawney warned them that when 13 sit down to dine, the first to rise will be the first to die. Well may I remind you that there were already 13 people seated at the table, including Scabbers, a.k.a Peter Pettigrew. Dumbledore stood up to greet Trelawney, and he was indeed the first to die.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was almost named Harry Potter and the Elder Wand. The Deathly Hallows sounds way cooler anyways.
Hermione’s race has never been determined. Although Hermione was white in the movies, there are a few hints in the book that Hermione could be black, or at least tan. J.K. Rowling said she never specified her skin color, but she loves the idea of Hermione being black.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was basically a reenactment of the Tale of the Three Brothers. Voldemort was the first brother, who wanted power. Snape was the second brother, who died for the woman he loved. Harry was the third brother, who apart from having the invisibility cloak, welcomed death.
Harry Potter could have been a musical. There were many offers for plays and movies, but Rowling turned them all down.
Before the British Ministry of Magic was founded in 1692, the Malfoys used to hang out with rich Muggles. One of the Malfoys even tried to win Queen Elizabeth Ⅰ hand in marriage, but failed. Only then did they leave for the Ministry of Magic, the “new heart of power”. Imagine if Draco knew.
Draco only teased Hermione because he liked her. Malfoy liked Hermione, but because he came from a pure-blood obsessed family, he could not show it and teased her instead.
We have been pronouncing Voldemort wrong for 20 years now. J.K. Rowling said that we have been pronouncing it Voldemort, when really the t is silent. So it’s supposed to be Voldemor.
J.K. Rowling almost wrote Dudley into the last chapter of the last book with a magical child of his own. That should have happened.
Wizards hate trousers. In The Goblet of Fire, you may recall old Archie liked “A nice wind around his privates, thanks,” and he is not alone. According to J.K. Rowling, there was a movement called F.A.R.T. which stands for ‘Fresh Air Refreshes Totally’ that was against wearing them.
Ron has a cousin, Mafalda. She was a daughter of Mrs. Weasley’s accountant cousin and a Muggle. Mafalda was supposed to show up in The Goblet of Fire, but the idea was cut.
Ron considered getting his own chocolate frog card after the Battle of Hogwarts, his greatest achievement. He and Dumbledore have something in common.
The first book was published the year the the Battle of Hogwarts was supposed to end. Many Harry Potter fans compare this to ‘I open at the close”, which was written on Harry’s snitch in The Deathly Hallows. However, whether this was a coincidence or not is undetermined.
Here’s an bonus fact:
Hufflepuff is totally the best house ever. Even J.K. Rowling thinks we’re the best. Her favorite house is Hufflepuff. "This may surprise people, but it is the truth...In many, many ways, Hufflepuff is my favourite House.”
By: Erika Wu and Jadelyn Lou
The school year is almost over, and if you’re an eighth grader, you will feel either delighted about finishing middle school, sad that you are not going to the same high school as your friends, or surprised on how short these years were.
Here are some things you can do:
Overall, remember that not all friendships last, and you can’t force someone to be friends with you. If it doesn’t work out, there are many other options in the summer. Summer may feel too short, but it is actually about one-third of a typical school year, so don’t worry. Lastly, don’t change who you are, and enjoy yourselves.
By ishaan bhattacharya
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