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  • New Research Shows Strawberries Can Play Role in Alzheimer's and Diabetes

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    TASTE News Service, November 24, 2015 - We're used to tossing strawberries into our shopping carts, but new research shows that this fruit may also keep us at our healthiest. As November is both American Diabetes Month and National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, new research indicates that eating strawberries regularly can be an effective way to help prevent and manage diseases that affect millions of Americans and their families.

    With approximately 5.3 million Americans currently suffering from Alzheimer's disease, a severe type of dementia, USDA researchers designed one of the first clinical studies to determine if strawberry intake could reverse age-related motor and cognitive decline among healthy older adults. Even in the absence of neurological dysfunction, the researchers demonstrated that supplementing older adults' diets with about two cups per day of strawberries can improve cognition. The research, conducted at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, was presented at the recent Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Chicago. Overall, the results suggest that dietary intervention with strawberry fruit may be an effective means of combating age-related cognitive decline.

  • A Taste of the Holidays in San Francisco

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    By Cindy Hu

    Forget turkeys and hams. Starting in November and lasting into the New Year, San Francisco is packed with a plethora of holiday treats. Here are a few ways you can get a taste of the holidays in San Francisco.


    You can combine two holiday treats — chocolate and holiday lights — on Gourmet Walks Holiday Lights and Chocolate Tours (http://www.gourmetwalks.com). The downtown walk, which has seven stops (each with its own chocolate tasting), runs Fridays and Saturdays (and some weekdays) from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. during the month of December. See the lights of Union Square, Embarcadero Center, the Palace Hotel and Westfield San Francisco Centre while sipping hot chocolate and nibbling a peppermint truffle.

  • November 20, 2015 Wine Pick of the Week

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    Tawny Reserve Porto


    Quinta Do Noval


    Alcohol: 20%

    Suggested Retail: $20-25?


    “Earlier this week a blustery night put your reviewer in the mood for an after-dinner drink—something that would warm the soul. There was the bottle of Irish whiskey (Bushmill’s Black Bush), but he was in more of an English mood.

    Foraging in the cellar, he found a bottle of Port. The front label indicated it was Tawny Reserve Porto from the firm Quinta do Noval. Their wines are marketed in the U.S, but since the back label was all in Portuguese, the bottle was likely a souvenir from a trip to Portugal five or six years ago.

  • November 20, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

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    Chasin’ Freshies


    Deschutes Brewery

    Bend, Oregon

    Style: (fresh-hopped) IPA

    Alcohol: 7.4%

    IBUs: 65

    Serving Style: 22-ounce bottles, kegs (our sample from bottle)

    Availability: Seasonal—October forward through the fall. Excellent distribution on the West Coast and sometimes beyond that.


    Appearance:   “Light golden color and a bit hazy. Creamy white head that starts about ¾ of an inch deep and dissipates to maybe 1/8 of an inch after three-to-four minutes.”

    Aroma:   “Clean and citrusy—maybe a touch of pineapple.”

    Taste:   “Nice balance of carbonation and creaminess at the start. Seems simultaneously sweet and tart. I’d say that the hops are bright and sort of sprightly. Good finish—lasts a long time.”

    Food Affinity:   “Chinese sweet and sour chicken. Bockwurst and egg noodles. Or after dinner for dessert with some lemon bars dusted with powdered sugar.”

      --Guest reviewer Gunnar Ingman is a mechanic who specializes in Porsches