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These Tempting Valentine’s Day Desserts Are As Sweet As Your Sweetie

February 10, 2016 5:01 pm

Your significant other is as sweet as can be, so prepare a special Valentine’s Day dessert that’s just as lovely. Whether you’re planning a romantic meal at home, or you simply want to share a sweet treat after your dinner reservation, these Valentine’s Day desserts are sure to add a welcome sugar rush to your big plans.

Chocolate Bowls with Chambord Whipped Cream and Berries [alagraham.com]
This gourmet recipe combines berries and chocolate in a way that's sure to impress. Craft small bowls out of hardened chocolate, fill them with plump berries, and top with rich whipped cream for a dessert that begs for two spoons.

Simply Sweet Raspberries [saucysprinkles.com]
If you don’t have time to prepare an elaborate dessert, simply tuck dark chocolate chips inside of ripe raspberries for a dessert that’s best enjoyed alongside chilled wine and candlelight.

Tiramisu Hearts [kraftrecipes.com]
If your special someone has a real sweet tooth, this is the perfect dessert to end your evening right. Tiramisu is a tried-and-true dessert favorite that just about everyone adores, but this Valentine’s Day-themed version involves making it into the shape of an adorable heart for a festive appeal. It’s very rich, so it may even encourage snuggling up close with just one cake to share!

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Try Traditional Pakistani Cuisine at Gulzaar Halaal Restaurant

February 3, 2016 5:01 pm

For six years, Gulzaar has been serving juicy halal meats and spicy entrees to the greater Bay Area. While this family-owned and -operated restaurant is a bit of a hole in the wall, regulars say that the friendly owners and quality service keep them heading back for more.

Offering a mix of Pakistani and Afghan cuisines, the menu at Gulzaar lists a variety of halal meat dishes, including beef kebob and chicken tikka. The chicken biryani comes highly recommend by Yelp reviewers, and don’t forget to try a chicken samosa, a fried dough pocket served hot and filled with spicy ground chicken. Leave room for a slice of sweet, flaky baklava for dessert.

Gulzaar is open 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.. (The restaurant closes during the day for the month of Ramadan, but will take iftar orders.)

Gulzaar Halaal Restaurant
1880 W. San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA 95128

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Today’s Imponderable: Do Penguins Ever Get Cold?

January 27, 2016 9:49 pm

Penguins sure are adorable with their silly waddle and their tuxedo-inspired coloring, but they’re actually much tougher than they seem. These cold-climate birds live in the snow and ice, and they make it seem pretty effortless. Don’t penguins ever get cold?

First of all, penguins are quite hefty for their size. Emperor penguins weigh around 66 pounds, much of which is a thick layer of fat underneath the skin, which means that it takes them quite a bit longer to cool off than it would smaller birds. Penguins’ feathers also help to shield them from the Arctic climate. Unlike most birds’ feathers, the feathers on a penguin are very short and have an under-layer of wool-like down, which keeps them warm and dry. As for their feet, penguins have a much more developed circulatory system that enables them to adjust blood flow to the feet depending on the temperature. And, if you’ve ever watched penguins in a zoo or on television, you know that they have the impressive tendency to huddle together in a group to keep one another warm!

Penguins don't freeze, but they do get very, very cold [New Scientist]
Do Penguins Get Cold? [Super Science]
How Penguins Survive Cold Conditions [Cool Antarctica]
Why Penguins’ Feet Don’t Freeze [Today I Found Out]

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