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Earthquake Safety and Preparedness Tips

July 30, 2014 9:01 am

Earthquakes are by nature unpredictable. But even if we can't know exactly when an earthquake may happen, there are some simple ways to be prepared and stay safe. Here are some earthquake safety and preparedness tips from Ready.gov:

Prepare an Emergency Kit
One of the most effective ways to be ready for any natural disaster is to prepare an emergency kit in advance. Ready.gov suggests creating a kit containing items like essential first aid supplies, flashlights, food and water, and essential documents including insurance and banking information and IDs like passports and licenses. Click here to see Ready.gov's full set of suggestions for creating an emergency kit.

Create a Family Communication Plan
It's possible that your family may not be together when an earthquake happens, and Ready.gov recommends putting a family communication plan in place so that you'll know how to get in touch. Create simple contact cards for each member of your family with information on how to contact them at home, work, school, or on a cell phone. Ready.gov also recommends using text messages, as text messages can often get through when cell phone service is disrupted.

Stay Safe During and After an Earthquake
During an earthquake, there are some simple steps you can take to stay safe. If you're indoors, be sure to stay away from glass, windows, doors, and anything that could fall or break. Ready.gov recommends seeking cover beneath a table or desk or crouching in a corner while covering your face and head with your arms. If you're outdoors, move away from buildings, street lamps, and wires. If you're driving, stop the car until the earthquake is over. After an earthquake, remain safe by avoiding damaged areas, downed power lines, and other debris.

Visit Ready.gov to see more earthquake safety tips.

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Perch: Skyline Views and Bistro Cuisine

July 23, 2014 9:02 am

From Los Angeles Magazine to the L.A. Times, Perch has garnered the praise of top publications since it opened in 2011—and not just for its food.

The view is just as appealing as the cuisine at aptly named Perch, which is literally perched atop a 16-story building that overlooks downtown Los Angeles. You'll arrive on the 15th floor, which gives you the option to eat indoors among vintage furniture and intricate woodwork, inspired by the bohemian bistros of France. But you can also head outdoors to enjoy dinner on one of the patios, which boast crackling fireplaces, thriving greenery, and skyline views. However, you'd be remiss to leave without at least visiting the rooftop lounge upstairs on the 16th floor. Fire pits send flames flickering skyward where stars twinkle, and music sets the scene for romance as you enjoy panoramic views of the city—and perhaps a cocktail or two.

But really, no matter where you choose to eat and drink, the cuisine may impress you just as much as the view. Start off with or share plates of baked brie, pork belly, or octopus. And then move on to a full entree such as gnocchi, herb-crusted salmon, or filet mignon. Complete your meal with wine, beer, or a classic cocktail, perhaps a Writers Block (peard vodka, St. Germain, lemon juice, and champage).

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Three Tart and Sweet Lemonade Recipes

July 16, 2014 9:01 am

The combination of tart and sweet is what gives lemonade its beloved flavor, and this classic beverage is a cool, refreshing staple all summer long. If you want to make your lemonade taste great from June to August, it’s best to incorporate some other unexpected flavors as well. Here are three great lemonade recipes to try on the next hot day.

Raspberry Lemonade [Martha Stewart]
This recipe takes the plumpest, juiciest raspberries you can find and blends them with traditional lemonade to give the beverage a lovely pink color and a bright, fruity flavor. Garnishing with mint is a wonderful addition, as is a splash of tequila if you’re feeling extra bold!

Roasted Peach Lemonade [The Naptime Chef]
This down-home lemonade is best sipped on a big front porch, but since that’s not in the cards for most people, near a breezy window will also do. Roasted peaches give this drink a sweet Southern flair, and they take just 25 minutes in the oven and a reliable blender to make.

Refreshing Watermelon Lemonade [Babble]
To round out the fruity lemonade trifecta, this watermelon option is one that even the little ones are sure to love. Simply puree a seedless watermelon with some fresh lemon juice, sugar, and water and pour it all over ice for an cold treat at the end of a long day.

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