Excitement as racers move on to the next obstacle.
Children participated in The Tough Turtle Junior event that took place in The Ithaca Children’s Garden.
Participants were sprayed with chalk as they crossed the finish line.
Junior racers climbed, hopped and slid their way to the finish line.
Climb. Sprint. Crawl. Repeat.
Twelve-year-old Larsson Wing gasps for air as he hurdles himself over the final obstacle. His face is stained with dirt and his body is soaked in mud. As he reaches the finish line, he is greeted with cheers and then sprayed with colored chalk.
“I felt really good,” he said, “and really filthy.”
Unlike most green tea, where the leaves are steeped, matcha is the whole leaf ground into a powder and whisked into water.
This superfood has ten times the antioxidants and double the caffeine of a cup of green tea. It has been dubbed the “healthy espresso.”
The greener the better
Like other teas, there are distinct grades of matcha. Younger leaves are ground and best used for fresh, sweet tasting cups of tea. More mature leaves, however, are best used for blending in power drinks or smoothies. The younger the leaf, the greener the powder. Continue reading “Tea Time”→
Although the fruit is not native to these parts, kiwi grows well in the Ithaca area and is harvested during the late summer and early fall months. You can find this delicious fruit at the Farmer’s Market.
The hardy kiwi
You may be familiar with kiwi, the large, fuzzy oval fruit with bright green flesh and black seeds. It has a sweet but unique flavor, and is usually grown in warmer climates, such as California and New Zealand.
Hawi’s menu offers meat, vegetarian and vegan options for its customers.
Ethiopian flags decorate the bar of the restuarant.
This small table is used for Ethiopian coffee drinking ceremonies.
Hawi Ethiopian Cuisine is located on South Cayuga Street in Downtown Ithaca.
Hawi owners decided to open their restaurant in Ithaca because of its ethnic culture.
Traditional Ethiopian dishes, like this one, are meant for sharing with others.
Nestled along the backside of The Ithaca Commons sits Hawi, a quaint and dimly lit hole-in-the-wall. The walls are embellished with woven baskets and African sketches of women and children. Ethiopian flags hang from the bar. As her afternoon customers polish off their plates, Citra Mohammed sets fresh glasses and napkins on the wooden tables. She smiles and thanks her customers for stopping by, inviting them to come again soon.
Hawi Ethiopian Restaurant, an eatery that specializes in Ethiopian cuisine, opened last week in downtown Ithaca. Located on South Cayuga Street, the restaurant offers traditional dishes and authentic Ethiopian culture to its visitors.
“We wanted to introduce Ithacans to Ethiopia,” said owner, Citra Mohammed, 24.
Mohammed, an Ethiopian native, moved to the United States three years ago. Since then, she has been working as a waitress in two Ethiopian restaurants in New York City. Here, she met fellow Ethiopian-native Dadise Degebasa, 32, and the two decided to team up and open a restaurant.
“You have to dream something to do something,” Degebasa said.
Attention all hummus lovers: The Ithaca Hummus Company is expanding from the local area. According to The Ithaca Voice, 43 retailers have been added to sell the product within the last three months. This means that the brand could be coming to a store near you.
Kirby says he recognized Ithaca as a hot bed for local, organic foods and knew his hummus would fit right in. Ithaca Hummus is very healthy, has no preservatives and is super fresh tasting.
But why is hummus so good?
Ithaca Hummus is unpasteurized and has a shelf life of only 21 days. This means it’s really, really fresh. Last year, I sat down with Cris Kirby and spoke about his goal of changing the way that prepared foods are made in this country. You can check out the story below.
Last July, New York became the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassion Care Act, allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana in a non-smokable form to patients with health ailments recognized by the state.