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Foraging Local Loquats in L.A.

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Seasonal delight provides easy pickings for California fruit hunters.

If you don't live in southern California, you'd be forgiven for not knowing what a loquat is. Hell, a lot of Los Angeleans don't even know. That's because the fuzzy orange fruit that grows all over the city is largely ignored in kitchens — and entirely ignored commercially. Well it's time to put a stop to loquat neglect. Boasting a sweet-tart flavor that falls somewhere between an apricot......read more

Diego Stocco: Music From A Tree

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A sound designer and composer jams out with nature in his garden

Italian-born, California-based sound designer and composer Diego Stocco is Internet famous for making music using random sounds from natural "instruments." This video, "Music From A Tree," is our fave. Looking outside at an oddly-shaped tree in his Burbank garden, Stocca decided to mic it up and make music from it: To tune the tree I picked a fundamental note and tuned the twigs by......read more

Lexon Safe Radio

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Wind it up, and this bamboo and corn-based plastic radio pumps out the jams $65.00

Portable radios aren't generally the province of wow-worthy eco-design, but the Lexon Safe Radio proves to be an exception to the rule. Designed by Elium Studio for Lexon, the green-minded AM/FM radio is made of maize bio-plastic with bamboo trim, giving it a refined, modern look that blows traditional plastic radios out of the water. But the best part: it's powered by hand. Wind the crank......read more

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