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How Motorcycle Riding Became My Passion BUCKET LIST BIKER
Besides the gorgeous scenery, exploring these little- known areas forces us to go to places
we wouldn’t normally visit. My favorite route goes from Woodside almost all the way to Santa Cruz on the coast then back through the mountains. Breathing in that crisp, coastal air and chatting back and forth over our attached headsets makes it even more rewarding. But it’s not just the scenery I’m interested in. Riding motorcycles is a challenging enterprise, and I’m constantly practicing new skills as we ride along. Luckily, I have an expert trainer with me all the time, offering feedback and tips to improve my technique. As someone who naturally has a 360-degree awareness of the world around me, I don’t find motorcycles to be as dangerous as people generally think. If you ride defensively and don’t get complacent or distracted on the road, it goes a long way toward keeping you safe.
We’d go on rides (with me on the rear
seat), meandering around the winding side roads surrounding our town. But after the third ride, I wanted a bike of my own so I could take on the challenge of controlling my own bike. It’ll be easy, I thought. He can just teach me motorcycle basics himself. He’s certainly more than qualified. But when I approached him, he just shook his head. “We’ve got to make it official so you can really learn the foundations and keep yourself safe,” he said. “You’ve got to take a course from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.” So, I did, and I fell in love with riding almost immediately. After I was through the course, my husband bought me my first bike, a beautiful motorcycle that I’m still riding today, five years later. Riding has been everything I’d imagined and more. These days, my husband and I go on long rides nearly every month. Though California is famous for its highways, we prefer the winding back roads, the less- traveled places that involve more focus than just going straight for a hundred miles.
Ever since I was young, I was fascinated by motorcycles. Whenever a rider would cruise by on their gleaming chrome bike, engine roaring furiously and leaving a swirling wake of dust behind them, I fantasized about what it must feel like. Living in California, the landscape seemed boundless. I could look up the street and easily imagine the snaking roadways climbing the spine of the state through dry deserts and the salty air of the coast, moving all the way up to the towering forests of the redwoods. Sure, by the time I was an adult, I’d traveled all over the state; but I didn’t just want to travel, I wanted to explore and have fun, without the glass and steel barrier of a car. As I got a little older, mastering the art of motorcycle riding went straight onto my bucket list. Finally, I met my husband, a motorcycle instructor who was active in the local professional motorcycle community. He is known as DocWong. I finally had the chance to ride along on a bike for the first time.
Riding was on my bucket list for years, and I’m grateful that my husband helped me to cross it off once and for all. By this point, it’s become a true passion and a vital part of my life that I can’t imagine being without.
– Dr. Alexa Alborzi
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DO KIDS’ MENUS DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD?
Kids can be picky eaters. This is a fact recognized by parents and restaurants alike. This picky nature popularized the classic children’s menu featured at many restaurants around the country. These menus are virtually the same: chicken tenders, mac and cheese, grilled cheese, french fries, and so on. Kids’ menus are loaded with fried foods and cheap carbs. Some parents love the kids’ menu. It makes deciding on food easier. Or, at least, that’s what we tell ourselves. Kids’ menus are populated with foods practically every kid loves. But they have a dark side. Aside from poor nutrition, the kids’ menu changes the family dynamic. In an interview with Eater.com, television chef and host Alton Brown (who you may know from “Good
Eats,” “Iron Chef America,” and “Cutthroat Kitchen”) said, “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever let your kid eat from the children’s menu at restaurants and never, ever, ever make your kid special food to allow them to avoid whatever the family is eating.” Why? During his “Alton Brown Live!” tour, he explained that it comes down to control. By giving kids the option of the children’s menu, you relinquish culinary control to your kids. The next time you go out as a family or you make a delicious meal at
home, they are more likely to demand “their” food.
This is a habit a child can quickly adopt — and a habit that’s tough to break. Kids are picky eaters because, as parents and adults, we let them be picky eaters. We perpetuate bad habits. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In a Mom.me article, Dr. Cara Natterson suggests kids eat what the rest of the family eats. For instance, let them indulge in the appetizer menu, then build up to the entrée menu and let them share and sample your food. Encourage culinary exploration. When you encourage your kids to avoid the children’s menu, you give them an opportunity to expand their flavor horizons. More importantly, it helps them make healthier choices that aren’t loaded with fat and empty carbs. Make going out to dinner a learning experience, and before you know it, the phrase “kids’ menu” will have disappeared from your family’s vocabulary.
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and Orthodontists THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DENTISTS
When you’re seeking care for your smile, it’s important to find the right specialist. While both orthodontists and dentists work to improve patients’ oral health, they focus on separate disciplines and are equipped with different areas of expertise, equipment, and techniques for dealing with mouth issues. Dentistry is a broad specialty, dealing with everything from gum care to crowns to root canals. Dentists can fill cavities, fit patients for dentures, and remove, repair, or clean teeth, amongst other things. Every qualified dentist has been through years of school to master their discipline, including a bachelor’s degree and a four- year doctoral program.
Orthodontics, however, is a narrower specialization within dentistry, requiring an additional two- to three-year residency in orthodontics in an ADA-approved university program. Orthodontists are experts who work primarily to align and develop the teeth and jaws to optimize their function and aesthetic qualities. An orthodontist is the expert you should seek out if you have misaligned, crowded, or improperly spaced teeth, or if you suffer from an over or underbite. A skilled orthodontist can fit you with Invisalign aligners, braces, retainers, or other devices that will straighten your teeth and improve the way they fit together and work. However, these days, some dentists will try to convince you that they’re qualified to
provide orthodontic treatment. This is especially true when it comes to Invisalign treatment, which, like braces, is a complicated orthodontic procedure that should only be done by a qualified orthodontist. A dentist is perfect for general oral health, but don’t be fooled into thinking they can also provide orthodontic treatment. It’s vital that you entrust the alignment of your teeth only to the experts. Besides being a licensed orthodontist with over 25 years of experience, Dr. Alexa Alborzi is an Invisalign Elite Provider, an award given only to the top 1 percent of all Invisalign providers in the country. Contact Alborzi Orthodontics today to set up a consultation and see the difference an experienced orthodontist makes.
REFRIED BEAN POBLANOS WITH CHEESE
Grid n°2116 easy BRAIN! Ingredients •
4 medium poblano chilies, halved and seeded 1 (16-ounce) can fat-free refried beans 1 (8.8-ounce) pouch microwaveable cooked long-grain rice
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1 cup (4 ounces) pre-shredded reduced- fat 4-cheese Mexican blend
1/2 cup picante sauce
Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
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1. Place chili halves, cut sides up, on a round microwave-safe plate. Cover with wax paper; microwave on high 3 minutes. 2. While chilies cook, combine beans, rice, and picante sauce in a medium bowl, stirring well. Spoon bean mixture into chili halves. Cover with wax paper; microwave on high 2 minutes. 3. Uncover chilies, sprinkle each half with 2 tablespoons cheese, and microwave on high 1–2 minutes or until cheese melts. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.
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Giant Pumpkins HOW FARMERS GROW THOSE
adding sand, and other specific cultivation techniques give the pumpkin a fighting chance to grow into a monster. But, in the end, there’s an element of luck. The competitive growing industry is getting bigger (pun intended). In 1979, the largest pumpkin on record was 438 pounds. Since 2008, the world record has been broken every year. The reigning heavyweight champion was grown in Germany last year, weighing in at 2,623 pounds. That’s the weight of a 2018 Toyota Yaris or 1,748 standard pumpkin pies. The local Art & Pumpkin Festival is gunning for the record this year, hoping superstar grower Cindy Tobeck’s able to best her previous record of 1,910 pounds. If you’re looking to see one of these orange behemoths in person, head on down to the Festival on October 14 and 15! Admissions is totally free, and it’s sure to be a blast.
Growing these monstrous fruits (yes, they are technically fruits) is kind of like breeding a racehorse. It takes practice, cultivation, and even good genes. Competitive growers will often purchase the seeds of the previous year’s champions for their plant. After preparing the soil to make it extra fertile, they’ll plant the pumpkin in late winter or early spring. Before the gourd starts growing, flowers on the plant need to be pollinated. Farmers will usually take it upon themselves to pollinate, using pollen from plants with proven genetic lines. Winning pumpkins usually claim their “father” plant and “mother” seed, like racehorses. Growing a great pumpkin is practically a full-time job, with some farmers reporting spending 40 hours a week on it. Using heated soil, installing fences to reduce wind,
Forklifts and cranes may be used mainly for construction work, but every fall, thousands of backyard gardeners use them as gardening tools — or rather, harvesting tools — for their largest single crop. Massive pumpkins aren’t practical, but as anybody who’s been to our own Half Moon Bay’s annual Art & Pumpkin Festival will tell you, they sure are impressive! Even though the festival offers a $30,000 prize
if participants are able to break the pumpkin world
record right here in California, farmers aren’t in it for the money. They’re in it for the glory.
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