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Two Household Uses for Fresh Mint

September 18, 2014 5:01 pm

With its cool, refreshing flavor and its multitude of uses, mint is a truly standout herb that’s very easy to use. Whether you muddle a bit in your favorite summertime cocktail or use it to freshen up a musty room in your home, mint can add its signature sweet-smelling flair to just about any area of your house. If you have an overabundance of mint and no ideas for what to do with it, these two great ideas will help you to use mint around the house.

  1. Turn it into a simple room freshener. Once you have fresh mint leaves, all it takes is an attractive vase or jar to create your own inexpensive room freshener. Simply fill your vessel about halfway with some room temperature water, and then cut a bundle of mint leaves with stems long enough to extend to the bottom of the water. Though it doesn’t expel a very strong smell, this pretty mint arrangement will fill the air with the light, fragrant scent of mint.
  2. Use it to banish odor from a carpet. That overgrown mint plant on your windowsill just may be the key to a cleaner carpet. Mix two tablespoons of crushed, dried mint leaves to every one cup of baking soda, sprinkle it on the carpet and vacuum after an hour or so to refreshen and clean!

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Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub: Craft Beer and More in San Jose

September 17, 2014 4:09 pm

Who says you can’t have a fabulous meal in a pub setting? Not the folks at San Jose's Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub, whose winning formula of great eats and drinks has won them a bevy of fans. Settle in with one of their tasty craft beers, like Bonfire IPA, Sneak Attack or Baba Black Lager, or try a signature cocktail like the Black Rose with Guinness, single-batch bourbon and cherry liquor.

If you need a nosh, you can’t go wrong with Pork Belly Sliders, New York Steak Bites, or Spicy Wings. Bigger appetites may appreciate options like the Bone-In Pork Chop with white beans & sautéed kale, a Standard Burger with cheddar & a special sauce, Bone Marrow Gratin with caramelized onions, or a Crispy Chicken Sandwich with bacon, guacamole & ranch dressing.

Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub is open every day.

Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub
69 N San Pedro Street
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 287-6969

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Hedley Club Lounge: Art Deco, Live Jazz Cocktail Lounge

September 3, 2014 4:02 pm

Hailed as one of the best happy hours in downtown San Jose, Hedley Club Lounge provides an elegant place to sip cocktails and nosh on shareable plates. Nestled inside Hotel De Anza, Hedley Club Lounge pays homage to the art deco era with a marble and cherry wood bar, vintage furniture, and live jazz on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

The popular happy hour occurs Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. and features wine specials and discounted food selections. Bartenders craft house specialty cocktails from scratch using house made mixers and seasonal ingredients. The lounge also hosts an afternoon tea, which features organic, fair trade loose tea from The Satori Tea Company. Sip on teas from all over the world while biting into such decadent desserts as chocolate-mocha crème brulee, chocolate-allspice cake, and basil goat cheese cheesecake with a basil caramel sauce.

Hedley Club Lounge
233 W. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 286-1000

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