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What’s In Season? Your Guide to Spring Produce

May 27, 2015 12:01 pm

Spring is a bountiful time of the year when it comes to fresh produce, but it always helps to know exactly what’s in season. If you want to purchase only the freshest, most flavorful fruits and veggies and ensure that they last as long as possible in your fridge, use these helpful tips for understanding spring produce.

  1. Artichokes. Whether you use them on pizzas or add them to your salads, artichokes are a great way to add flavor and nutrients to your meals. Their main harvest takes place during the springtime, so look for artichokes with close, compact leaves and clean-cut stems.
  2. Asparagus. This popular veggie is found in a number of high-end restaurants, but you can easily prepare it at home if you purchase it fresh in the springtime. The thickness doesn’t necessarily indicate tenderness, so don’t overlook thinner or thicker spears at your grocery store.
  3. Carrots. While carrots are commonly found in grocery stores year-round, they taste best during the spring season. Only purchase bundles that are firm to the touch for maximum freshness.
  4. Leafy greens. Nutrient-rich veggies like chard, kale, and other cooking greens tend to turn bitter during hot summer months, so purchase them in the spring for the best taste.
  5. Fennel. If you’ve never cooked with fennel, experiment with this green (a relative of celery) when it comes into season during the warmer springtime.
  6. Grapefruit. Create a nutritious breakfast by adding grapefruit, which starts to become plump and juicy in January.

Spring Produce: Your Guide to Picking the Best [Greatist]
What’s in Season? Spring [Fruits and Veggies More Matters]
Fresh Spring Fruits and Vegetables [About Food]

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Mellow Johnny’s & Departure Lounge Presents: Biking Travel Showcase

May 26, 2015 9:49 am

May 30th, 2015, 2pm – 4pm

Departure Lounge
311 W 5th Street
Austin, TX 78701
512.322.9399
www.departurelounge.com

Already enjoy biking and travel? Or do you want to learn about seeing the world on two wheels for the first time? Curious to know more about this experience and learn about the best options?

Join Departure Lounge, Austin’s most innovative travel company, on Saturday, May 30, from 2-4 p.m. to learn how you can:
• Join a guided group tour
• Travel on your own on a self-guide itinerary
• Enjoy a VIP experience at major cycling events
• Experience leisure biking, road cycling & mountain biking
• Combine biking with other activities such as hiking, sightseeing & fine dining
• Explore destinations in Europe, the Americas & Southeast Asia
• Win door prizes from Mellow Johnny’s, DuVine and other top biking travel operators
• Discover Departure Lounge exclusives as well as tours from top operators such as DuVine, Backroads and Butterfield & Robinson.

Presentation at 3 p.m. by Departure Lounge Biking Specialist Bruce Butler. Equipment showcase by Mellow Johnny's, Austin's best bike shop, located just two blocks from Departure Lounge.

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Happy Memorial Day!

May 23, 2015 10:01 am

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