Eye on Asia: Mangosteen – the Queen of tropical fruit shows significant health benefits
Written by Anna Pham   
Thursday, 18 August 2011 12:28

Eye on Asia - MangosteenLegend has it that Queen Victoria announced the mangosteen as her favorite fruit during one of her visits. The Queen even offered a worthy reward to anyone who could deliver her a mangosteen fruit in its prime condition.

Unfortunately, the transportation technology in the 19th century could not contribute to a fast delivery from the tropical region—the reward remained unannounced. Yet, thanks to the Queen’s tempted quest, people came to a decision to entitle mangosteen “Queen of Fruits.”

Today's landscaping: Easy does it
Thursday, 18 August 2011 12:23

Edible Garden(Edited from the AP) Ditch the grass. Plant food. Go green.

The trends in landscaping and gardening this summer are all toward a more relaxed environment, experts say.

“The rewards of growing your own  basil, berries or flowers are boundless,” says Susan McCoy, trend spotter for the Garden Media Group, an industry marketing firm in Kennett Square, Pa. She says people are looking increasingly to their plots of green, little or large, to recharge, and reap the benefits both aesthetic and, often, edible.

Eye on Asia: Southwestern Vietnam and Its Water Culture
Written by Anna Pham   
Thursday, 11 August 2011 14:05

Eye on AsiaFor generations, the elements of land, water, and people in the southwestern region of Vietnam - the Mekong Delta, have bonded together. As we are living in such a fast and furious industrial era, many of us do not have time to thoroughly comprehend other profound things around, such as “the water culture.” Obviously, the rainy season brings river erosion. Despite the danger, there are people still building houses on river and canal banks. Why? A lot of reasons: a lack of housing land; an ideal location for trading; or the inhabitation of family for generations here.

What's Cool for Back to School? Mobile Tech
Thursday, 11 August 2011 14:02

Nook(Courtesy of AP) What's on top of the school supply list this year? It isn't t-shirts and tennis shoes. It's the other T, for mobile tech. Kids as young as elementary age are looking for smartphone upgrades, while the college set is sussing out the explosion in tablets, said Craig Johnson, president of the retail consulting and research firm Customer Growth Partners in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Classic European cafe stands still on Capital Hill for 15 years
Written by Jocelyn Chui   
Thursday, 11 August 2011 13:49

Caffe PettirossoIf you are looking for a classic European coffee house where you can sit and have a peaceful conversation with a few friends, Caffe Pettirosso on Capital Hill may just become your next favorite place.

Opened by Robin Wright in 1996, Caffe Pettirosso is famous for its espresso and unique items on the menu. Morning risers love its homemade bagels for their savory taste. If you are looking for something with a spicy kick, “salsa and cheddar” will satisfy your appetite. My personal favorite is “spinach, artichoke, and parmesan.”

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