Slow and steady wins The Tough Turtle obstacle race

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.”

This is Wing’s third year participating in The Tough Turtle, a 5k-adventure obstacle course along the Cayuga Waterfront and Black Diamond Trails. The race is designed to push your body and challenge your wit, all while maneuvering your way through the mud. Continue reading “Slow and steady wins The Tough Turtle obstacle race”


Tea Time

What is Matcha?

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”


Ithaca voted #6 Best College Towns for Food

The Daily Meal posted its list of Best College Towns for Food in America and Ithaca has come in at #6.

The site lists the Souvlaki House, Mercato Bar and Kitchen and The Chapter House (no longer standing) as Ithaca’s must-dine at experiences. Here’s a list of my favorites:

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Kiwi season

Spring has sprung in Tompkins County. And so have the kiwi vines.

That’s right, kiwi. 

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.

It’s cousin, the hardy kiwi, is smaller and sweeter. And it’s grown right here in Tompkins County.  Continue reading “Kiwi season”


New Ethiopian Restaurant spices up Ithaca food scene

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.

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Mmmm hummus

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.

 Who doesn’t love a fresh scoop of hummus? 

Cris Kirby, founder and CEO of Ithaca Hummus, started the company back in 2013. Kirby attended culinary school and is now finishing up his last semester in the Hotel Administration School at Cornell University.

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.

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Medical marijuana companies push for Ithaca dispensary

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.

Twenty medical marijuana dispensaries are now expected to open across New York by next year, and companies are looking to Ithaca to capitalize on the market.

AP Images/Atomazul
AP Images/Atomazul

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Frozen falls

Ithaca is…frozen? Earlier this week, I blogged about the freezing February temperatures here in Upstate New York. But today, I found some beauty in the frigid single digits. Check out my photoblog of today’s adventures from Ithaca’s Taughannock Falls.


Reddit and journalism

Reddit, the “front page of the internet”, is increasingly being used by journalists to research stories and engage users. Here’s what you need to know.

What is Reddit?

  • Social news aggregator that collects related items of content and displays them or links to them
  • Discussion forum
  • Self-regulating marketplace of ideas

How does it work?

Reddit consists of a bunch of “subreddits,” or topic sections. Each post starts and lives on a specific subreddit with the most popular bubbling up to the front page.

Every post, and every comment on every post, can be upvoted or downvoted by each user. Votes are how the community determines the best content, which rises to the top.

How can journalists use Reddit?

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