Lab-grown alternatives to meat

Lab-grown meat is meat that is not from a living organism. It is made by taking a muscle sample from an animal. Then they take stem cells from the tissue, and replicate those and grow them. These cells are able to renew and grow themselves, that’s why it is important to the process of making the meat. The cells then generate into different tissues and are able to grow, forming muscle tissues. The meat grows onto itself in a cultivator. It’s ready to harvest in 4-6 weeks. That is fast!

There is a reason why this is being practiced. This type of meat can put an end to cruel and unethical treatment of many animals that are raised for food. Many of these animals have bad living conditions that consist of little space, and their diet is foods meant to bulk them up, sometimes with abusive caretakers.

Many animals used for food now are genetically mutated for the purpose of getting more meat off of them. Most baby bulls are killed for meat. The female cows are needed for breeding and milking, so why waste funds on a male that produces less product? The same is thought for chickens; hens lay the eggs.

Along with better relationships with cattle, there are also good impacts this meat brings to the environment. The production of livestock products is one of the huge industries contributing to extreme amounts of deforestation, water pollution, and greenhouse-gas emissions. Less land usage, less ingredients, and an overall smaller impact is a result of synthetic meats. Synthetically growing the meat does not need as many resources as sustaining and growing animals from birth. One simple tissue sample is used and is able to make thousands of quarter pounders. We are able to reduce the pollution agriculture causes as well as the amount of land we have dedicated towards it.

The meat is not yet on the market, it is still being tested, but it is hoped to be coming very soon. The purpose of this advancement isn’t to get rid of traditional agriculture, it’s about finding a safer, less cruel alternative to factory farming. The cost of production is high right now, that is because it’s not yet perfected. There is a focus on bringing the cost down, but it still utilizes fewer resources. There are a lot of different names for the food produced, but we know one thing for sure, it’s a nearly perfect alternative for real meat.

Places to visit this Christmas

Looking for somewhere to go this Christmas, here are some places to consider if you have the funds: 

  • London, England- London has great things during the holiday season like going on a Christmas river cruise, visiting one of the Royal Parks, and going ice skating at JW3.
  • The Maldives– The Maldives is a chain of 1192 islands located south-west of Sri Lanka and India in the Indian Ocean. Flying time from the United States to the Maldives takes about 20 hours, 4 minutes. In Maldives you can snorkeling, go diving, go fun tubing, have a private picnic on a sandbank, and go whale watching.
  • Jerusalem, IsraelIsrael is a holy city for Muslims, Jews, and Christians. You can explore the Western Wall, Holy Sepulcher, Tower of David, Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, the Golan Heights, Haifa, and the Mount of Olives.
  • Honolulu, HawaiiFrom Minnesota to Honolulu, Hawaii, it takes about 13 hours to fly. There are plenty of fun things to do in Hawaii like: go on a Makani Catamaran, go to the Honolulu Museum of Art, go to Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, go on a Diamond Head Hike, go to Waikiki Beach, and go snorkeling in Hanauma Bay.
  • San Jose, Costa RicaCosta Rica is a rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. In Costa Rica you can go ziplining; it is one of the most essential things to do there. You can also go horseback riding, go on a sunset sailing cruise, go on a private boating tour in the Gulf of Papagayo, and you can go canoeing.

Visit these sites for more information: https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/travel-guide/g12919081/places-to-go-for-christmas/

4 places in Minnesota to visit this winter

I think that all Minnesotans can agree that our winters are cold.

But, there are two kinds of Minnesotans during the winter: those who embrace the cold, and those who don’t. This article is a list of activities to do this winter to bring out the inner, cold, Minnesotan within you.

1) Lake Superior Ice caves

The Lake Superior Ice caves are a truly amazing place to visit this winter.

It’s an amazing experience that has been around for a billion years. People say you can’t imagine the beauty of it until you see it for yourself. The caves are in a rural section of the coastline and there is a 1 mile hike across the frozen coast to reach them.

When you arrive, you can wander inside the caves and admire the pink, deep blue, white, and glass-like icicles that surround you from left to right, and above. In certain parts you can slide down little hills of ice and crawl inside concaves that are nothing like you’ve ever seen before.

It’s best to visit sooner rather than later, because of climate change not allowing this amazing event to occur every year. Although you might want to dress warm if you do go. Very warm.

2) Roseville Oval 

The Roseville oval is a huge outdoor skating rink for hockey players, figure skaters, and just about anyone regardless of their skill level at skating. The Roseville oval is unique because of its size and is definitely a place to spend one of your cold days this winter.

 3) Keg and Case Market

Image taken from: https://www.kegandcase.com

Another way to enjoy your Minnesota winter, without having to deal with the cold, is to visit the Keg and Case Marketplace on West 7th Street, in Saint Paul.

This market is very unique and doesn’t offer what your normal farmer’s market would. The stores here vary from, bubble tea and homemade cotton candy, to a mushroom farm and pottery.

It’s a very warm, fun, and cozy atmosphere. Once you go, you’ll just want to keep coming back.

4) Saint Paul Winter Carnival

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is an event, more of a tradition, that has been happening in Minnesota for a little over a hundred and fifty years! This carnival consists of ice sculptures, ice themed games, food trucks, vendors, and the classic Vulcans Vs King Boreas parade/ battle to determine if we will have a long winter or spring is on its way.

Overall, these are fun, entertaining, and unique places to visit in Minnesota this winter. You’re sure to be amazed with all of them, and to be surrounded with Minnesota culture.

Fun Halloween candy…for next year

Halloween has passed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a jump on next year. Here are some candy ideas for the next time October 31st comes around.

Hershey’s Glow in the Dark:

Hershey’s chocolate and Reeses peanutbutter cups are delicious, right? Imagine getting these on Halloween but glow in the dark. They are fun chocolates that taste exactly the exact same as the traditional ones. You can buy 230 of these fun sized treats with $20. 

Reese’s Peanut butter cup eyeballs:

Add a twist to your candy bowl and give out Reese’s in cool eyeball shapes. They are spooky mini treats. But don’t worry, they still taste like normal Reese’s peanut butter cups. They come in small packets. 

Reese’s Peanut Butter cup bats:

Not only can you get Reese’s looking like spooky eyeballs, but also Reese’s in the shape of bats. They are fun treats to get. They are available in individually wrapped punches for your convenience.  

Spooky cat marshmallow Peeps:

Remember those yellow Peeps you would get for Easter? Now you can get some more Halloween festive ones to hand out. They’re purple and full of sugar. Trick or treaters will love them.

Cookies and Creams M and M’s:

Now you can get cookies and cream M and M’s. They come in dark and white Halloween festive colors. Spice up your candy collection with these. They taste like the yummy cookies and cream flavor along with the traditional chocolate.  

7 places to explore in Minnesota

By Maddie Baggenstoss and Daniela Fernandez

Minnesota is a great place to be during the summer. Here are some of the best places to explore this summer!

Grand Marais is a great place to go in Northern Minnesota. It’s a small town on the waterfront of Lake Superior. There are many small restaurants, stores, museums, and trails to go on while you visit. Some of these places are the Cook County Museum, Pincushion Mountain Trail, and the Grand Marais Harbour point according to Google. Not to mention the beautiful view of Lake Superior, which you can go on.

The Boundary Waters is another amazing place to go in Minnesota. While there you can canoe and kayak in Lake Superior. As you travel the lake you can also look at the amazing sights and views of nature. You can even look at the amazing and beautiful wildlife all around the Lake as you camp there according to Google.

Gooseberry Falls State Park is another beautiful place to visit. Located in northern Minnesota you can walk the trails and see the falls. While there you can take a hike through the park and see all the falls the park has to offer according to Google.

Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, Minnesota is a great place to go. While there you a tour the lighthouse and see the view from the top of Lake Superior, and visit the State Park. You can also visit the museum and the lighthouse’s history according to Google.

Taylors Falls is a fun place to go with family. While there you can canoe and kayak the St. Croix River, and take a boat tour. Another fun thing to do is go hiking through the park and camp. While hiking you can see ancient lava flow traces and glacial holes according to Explore Minnesota.

Itasca State Park is Minnesota’s oldest state park, and it is located right at the beginning of the Mississippi river. It has over 30,000 acres of land and over 100 lakes. It offers many beautiful views and several dozen campsites.

Don’t forget the local stuff. The twin cities has a lot to offer on a warm summer day! A quick search will reveal seemingly endless options. Some of our favorites include art museums, local coffee shops and restaurants, and bike trails. Did you know that Minneapolis has over 200 miles of bike trails? If you don’t have your own bike, try renting a lime green bike from Nice Ride Minnesota.

Have fun this summer, and see you all next year!

The official fast food tier list

Image via debatewise.org

As long as American’s have had a public health crisis, one thing’s been for sure: We do love our fast food. From Burger King to Dairy Queen (I’m too clever, I know), there’s plenty to chose from, and how would any reasonable person be able to pick the best option?

Well, since you’re desperate enough to click an internet article called “The official fast food tier list,” I’ll be kind enough to show you my official ranking system for every fast food place that matters, and I’ll also advise you to please consider immediate therapy.

The rules for the rankings below are simple: the higher tier on the list, the better, the furthest to the left on a tier, is the best place, and the furthest to the right is the worst. Now that you spent actual time in your life, that you could’ve used doing something productive, by making an attempt to sincerely understand how this works, I present to you, the official tier list (now if this isn’t the most exciting moment in your life, you’re an actual liar):

Now you may be looking at this image with shock, or be frighted in some way. But don’t worry, it’s just the truth you’re looking at. It’s glory is truly one to behold. Now, this is based off of taste, restaurant quality, and objective facts. I’m essentially coming down from fast food heaven giving the world its ten commandments on which paper bags filled with grease and meat, that we like to call food, is worth delightfully shortening your lifespan with the most.

First of all, Olive Garden is in fast food purgatory at the very bottom of the F tier, as even though it’s more of a restaurant than a fast food chain, it’s food is pretty much equal in quality to fast food, and it’s the worst at that even.

It’s sharing the room with Starbucks because, well… nobody really likes Starbucks, we just kinda…go there. I mean there’s frappachinos, aka milkshakes, that are placebo’d to make your mind trick you into thinking it tastes like coffee, but even then, you could just get the same quality at a coffee shop where you have to sacrifice the chance of possibly seeing a B-list celebrity in order to get slightly above decent food.

Also, KFC is there because the quality really speaks for itself over there. (It’s not like I wouldn’t eat at any of these places if given the chance, I mean hey if it’s deep fried, how bad could paper towels really taste?)

D tier really is nothing particularly interesting, as they are just equally abysmal restaurants, but their food isn’t as inedible. And as you know from reading this article, I definitely appreciate quality exquisite fine dining™ as I’ve been quoted by saying my favorite food is Pringles.

The pinnacle of capitalism known as the Double Down Dog via foodbeast.com

Coming in at C tier we have food that’s just starting to be palatable, and taking baby steps into my fast food hall of fame. Now, as a person who’s lived in the “Whole Foods” of countries, known as Canada, I’ve been to a place known as Tim Horton’s, and man it’s really…. average, I guess. It’s pretty much Dunkin’ Doughnuts, but with sandwiches, and less doughnuts. But it’s better in quality than all the other places I’ve named so far because, I said so, and most Americans who’ll read this probably don’t know this but, Justin Trudeau has an explosive microchip implanted in the brain of every Canadian citizen, and I can’t risk giving Tim Horton’s that bad of a score at this point.

Other than that, Subway is pretty much just a dream come true for 3rd graders who’ve always wondered what it would be like if they made the food from Lunchables mystery meat sandwich packs into a restaurant.

Also, Mac and Don’s, as your 46-year-old uncle calls it, is pretty much the same as Burger King food wise, except for the fact that you don’t have to hide your shame as much when eating at Burger King, so it’s slightly higher on the list.

Now, at number B (number B?) we have Wendy’s. Now, Wendy’s being the only corporation in human history to successfully appeal to teenagers using advertising, is pretty good. I mean, it’s a solid fast food place, that doesn’t make me have to use one of my sick days after eating it. But personally, I would put Jack in the Box above it, but I won’t because it kinda sorta um…gave near 750 people E. coli in the 90’s…sooo…it gets docked a point in my book.

But A&W is a better burger place than both (I’m pretty sure they aren’t in America, so just take my word for it), and Little Caeser’s is the best fast food pizza place by far. I am willing to fight you on this in a wild western style duel in which one of us shoots after walking ten paces in the opposing directions. I am 100% serious, this is completely not a joke, meet me during High Noon at Town Square you Pizza Hut lovin’ scoundrel.

Zupas logo, via cafezupas.com

Now we’re in the big leagues, the big zone, rookies keep out, this is professional football here. This article is getting too long for me to sound like a human being with sanity, so let’s keep the highlights brief. Jimmy Johns essentially succeeds everywhere that Subway fails. It’s like somebody tried Subway and was like “Hey, this would be pretty good if it were made out of actual ingredients instead of paper mache.”

And now for my most controversial opinion yet: Taco Bell is, and will always be, better than Chipotle. You heard it here first folks. Now, before you execute me like French Royalty in the 1700s, let me speak my piece: Taco Bell will always be there for you, Chipotle will not. At three in the morning, with only five bucks to spare, and your life is spiralling out of control, Taco Bell will embrace you with admittedly gross warm open arms. And unlike Chipotle, Taco Bell takes risks.

Chipotle is good for when you want actual cuisine which at least mildly resembles Mexican food. But Taco Bell is different. Taco Bell triumphs over all the rest and are like “Hey, what if instead of a taco shell, we use a waffle covered in maple syrup for a taco? Or what if we just use a breaded piece of Dorito crusted chicken for a taco shell, and call it a Chalupa?” They say this as every Mexican that ever died does an Olympic triathlon in their grave. Which is bold of Taco Bell, like you gotta just look at it from the angle of, not a Mexican place, but an American place which parodies Mexican food. And if you do, it gets a whole lot better.

Not like any of that matters, because Naf-Naf is like a pick your own ingredients thing, but it’s with really good Middle Eastern food, so it’s like infinitely better in every way.

Okay, so finally, this article is coming to a close, and you’ll be free from reading this excuse for journalism I call an article. But before that, we must discuss the top tiers. The alpha wolves of the pack, I’m talking – Five Guys, and Panda Express. First of all. Five guys is the Ace of the burger restaurants. It triumphs over every other one, in every argument, no matter what. It’s just too powerful…the Cajun style fries have a level of sodium that just can’t be beat. Five Guys is pretty much the fast food equivalent to the gates of heaven.

But heaven itself? Well young reader, that’s what we call the Holy Land: Panda Express (Pandrusalem). My young and naive reader, you’ve come so far, you’ve read this entire article for some reason, and finally, you’ve reached the truth; there is no other truth but Panda Express (yes this is a cult now just go with it). For those who’ve had the devastating misfortune of never attending one of the SACRED locations of the divine Panda, it is an American Chinese food restaurant which shall not be compared to a mere mortal such as Leean Chin. It had FOUNDED the very staple dish known as Orange Chicken. It has built its empire only upon the foundation of Honey Walnut Shrimp, and I PITY the mere fool who doubts the power of the Sweetfire Chicken, all delicately placed upon a bed of chow mien fit for an Emperor on thy throne. No other restaurants matter; it’s all Panda Express now. Panda Express is the Kendrick Lamar of restaurants; it is the GOAT of eatery. Need I say more?

And, I’d like to sincerely apologize for having anybody read this, as you can tell I have too much time on my hands to be healthy.

Top five places to go in the summer

Looking for something to do this summer? Here are a places you can go for fun:

Como Zoo: The Como Zoo and Conservatory offers free admission to the public. You can go visit lions and tigers and polar bears. You can enjoy the day with your family and friends, and you can walk around and see the animals and observe things that they do. Then you can go over to the Como amusement park for the rides, games and food.

Disneyland: Disneyland is one of the first two theme parks built at the Disneyland resort in California. The $17 million theme park was built on 160 acres. Its creator, Walt Disney, was born Chicago in 1901, and he worked as a commercial artist before he set up a small studio in Los Angeles to produce animated cartoons.

Minnesota State Fair: The great Minnesota get together is for families, and this year it’s on Aug. 22, to Labor Day, Sept. 2. It is one of the largest state fairs in the United States. It was founded in 1854, and its mission was to promote Minnesota agriculture. The first one was held in Minneapolis in 1855.

Fort Snelling State Park: The park is operated by Minnesota Historical Society, and requires that you have a separate entrance fee. The park offers activities like: fishing, hiking, bike trails, and cross country skiing.

Minnehaha Park: This parkis a pearl located in Minneapolis. It is home to Minnehaha falls, and the lower reaches of Minnehaha Creek. The park offers many events like: a biking path, disc golf course, public art, volleyball court, garden, and picnic area. The park was purchased by Minneapolis for the state of Minnesota in 1889.

For more information, please visit these sites:

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/disneyland-opens

https://www.mnstatefair.org/

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/park.html?id=spk00154#homepage

Summer road trip destinations

By: Daniela Fernandez and Maddie Baggenstoss

As summer approaches, we are all tasked with finding fun and interesting ways to spend our precious summer months. If you don’t want to or can’t go on a long and expensive overseas trip, these road trip destinations are the way to go – literally.

South Dakota is a very common and enjoyable road trip. It is very easy for Minnesotans, especially those of us in the Twin Cities area. Some of the most popular stops along the way include: the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse, and strange tourist attractions such as Wall Drug and the Corn Palace. Overall, South Dakota is a good option if you enjoy beautiful trails and outdoors.

Duluth, Minnesota is also a fun destination (although it isn’t exactly a road trip, it is only a two hour drive away from the Twin Cities). Canal Park has many hotels and restaurants along the shore of Lake Superior, and if you’re brave enough you can swim in the frigid water. You can also shop local businesses, try new foods, and explore historical sites including Split Rock Lighthouse and the Glensheen mansion. Remember to pack extra layers – it can get chilly!

Chicago, Illinois is another popular drive for many Minnesotans. In the city, there are a lot of cool things to do, many of them in the water. There are boat rides in lakes and rivers as well as Navy Pier. There are also many beautiful parks and museums. Chicago is also home to Wrigley Field, where the Chicago Cubs play. It is the second oldest ballpark in the Major League.

St. Louis, Missouri is a cool place to go. It’s known for the Gateway Arch, which is a very popular place to visit. Standing 630 ft tall, you can view the entire city from the top. While at the Gateway Arch they offer riverboat tours that take you along St. Louis to look at many different sights the city has to offer. In St. Louis you can also visit the beautiful Missouri Botanical Garden and Forest Park.

Another fun place to visit while on a road trip is Cleveland, Ohio. While in Cleveland you can visit the iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Glass Pyramid, with signed artifacts from your favorite rock stars. What’s not to love? While there you can take a tour of the museum looking at iconic artifacts from bands  and artists like: the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Stevie Nicks, Aretha Franklin, and many more. While there you can also explore Lake Erie, and the International Women’s Air and Space Museum.

Road trips are always fun. Getting to discover new places and having adventures. These road trip destinations are just a fraction of what’s out there to do. Whatever you choose to do, the important things is to have fun!

Coffee talk

The article is for all of my coffee drinkers out there. Coffee may taste good, plus it helps you get through the day, but what happens when you try to sleep.

Well, let’s start with the ingredients as to what goes into coffee. Coffee is pretty much just made from, well, coffee beans, and speaking of coffee beans, according to MSN.com, they are actually considered seeds. 

Coffee beans contain caffeine, which causes insomnia. Insomnia is not being able to sleep. Drinking coffee can also cause high blood pressure. Drinking a caffeinated cup of coffee can increase blood pressure. Therefore, people who already have high blood pressure are at risk of their blood pressure becoming much higher, which isn’t safe. Caffeinism is caused when an adult drinks about 6 cups a day. Sure, drinking that much coffee isn’t good for you, but an adult can handle the effects a little bit better than a child. You can check out Webmd.com for more information about the negative effects of caffeine.

Now, that you know about the negative effects, let’s talk about the positive effects of coffee. Most people don’t believe coffee has any positive effects. Well, according to Medicalnewstoday.com there are studies that show that coffee can help protect you, somewhat, from type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver cancer, and liver diseases. 

I know not many people drink or enjoy coffee but they can enjoy it in other things besides just a hot drink. Coffee is made into many different foods – from jelly beans to ice cream. There are so many options as to how you eat/drink it it’s probably not a bad idea to know what some of the effects of it may be.

Easy dessert foods

By: Thabash and Claire 

It’s usually around fourth quarter when most students (and teachers) hit a wall. To cope with plenty of homework and stress, we’ve provided you with 4 minimal effort desserts. These recipes are simple, quick, and contain ingredients you probably already have at home.

Microwave Mug Brownie: This brownie is the perfect single person size! To jazz it up, add some ice cream or chocolate sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon flour (white all-purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 tablespoons sugar

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, the order does not necessarily matter.
  2. Get two microwave safe bowls/cups/mugs to separate the batter into, the pour the mixture into th two bowls equally.
  3. Microwave for 55 sec on high power (adjust if needed)

Rocky Road Parfaits: This parfait satisfies any sweet tooth! It makes four servings so that you can share with your family or friends!

Ingredients:

  • Package of instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups of milk
  • Whipped cream
  • Tiny marshmallows (optional)
  • Chocolate chips (optional)
  • Peanuts, chopped (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Make pudding in accordance with directions. Use 2 cups of milk.
  2. Remove 3/4 of pudding and set aside. Fill 4 dessert dishes with remaining pudding.
  3. Fold whipped cream into ¾ of pudding. Then divide this mixture evenly into 4 dessert dishes (pre-filled with pudding).
  4. Let stand for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Top with marshmallows, chocolate chips, or peanuts.

Monster Cookie Bars: These M&M loaded bars are the perfect on the go dessert! This recipe yields 16-20 servings, perfect for sharing or eating over time.

  • 16 ounce roll (refrigerated) of peanut butter cookie dough
  • ¾ cup of rolled oats
  • 1 cup M&Ms
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped semi sweet chocolate
  • Chopped peanuts (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (f). Line a 9×9 in baking pan with foil. Grease foil and set aside.
  2. Break down cookie dough into large bowl.
  3. Combine oats with cookie dough.
  4. Stir in both chocolates (and peanuts if desired).
  5. Put combination into pan and evenly spread.
  6. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.
  7. Cool.
  8. Cut into bars.

Cherry Pie Cups: These simple and easy cup are filled with a delicious cherry filling and if that’s not enough, you can switch up the flavors for a wonderful surprise.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box SAVE $
  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling

Instructions:

  • 1 Heat oven to 425°F. Remove crusts from pouches; unroll on work surface. With 3 1/2- or 4-inch round cutter, cut 6 rounds from each crust; discard scraps.
  • 2 Fit rounds into 12 ungreased muffin cups, pressing in gently. Spoon about 2 tablespoons pie filling into each crust-lined cup.
  • 3 Bake 14 to 18 minutes or until edges are golden brown and filling is bubbly.

We hope these easy dessert foods are enough to satisfy that small craving of yours or make to a perfect midnight luxury’s snack. Enjoy!