Chew on These Fascinating Facts About Flavors and Taste

October 17, 2014 12:02 pm

Your friend loves blue cheese, but you can't stomach the taste of it. Ever wonder why flavors appeal to some but not others? It all has to do with taste, and there's a complex science behind it. Read on to find some fascinating facts about taste and flavor:

1) We can process up to five different types of flavors: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and savoriness, which is called umami. All of the taste cells on our tongue can detect every flavor, contrary to popular belief. Other senses, such as smell, taste, and sight, also play a part in taste. Have you ever seen someone hold their nose to finish eating an item they find particularly disgusting? This actually isn't a bad idea. While our tongue can determine if something is sweet, it cannot determine the flavor. (Try the jelly bean experiment to see what we mean!)

2) Genetics and upbringing play a role in taste. Some people have a heightened concentration of taste receptors, which can cause certain foods to seem more flavorful (or unpleasant!) to them than to other people. Taste preferences are largely determined by what foods you ate when growing up, as well. Not only will you become accustomed to Mom or Dad's cooking, you'll develop a nostalgic feeling for the food as an adult, which makes the food seem even more appetizing.

3) You can train yourself to like a certain food. Repeat exposure to a certain food might help you dislike it less. If, for example, you hate tomatoes but continue to force yourself to eat them, after a while it won't become such an unpleasant experience. However, if you really don't like a certain food, it might just be hardwired into your genetic code!

How Taste Works [HowStuffWorks]
The Science of Taste [KitchenGeekery]
7 Factors That Change Your Sense Of Taste [Popular Science]
The Science Behind Taste [Linden High School Spanish Club]

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Lululemon Athletica: Apparel Made for Moving

October 14, 2014 2:22 pm

Lululemon is well known for making high quality, stylish athletic apparel, and this company's Bethesda storefront carries all the latest products and promotions.

Looking for a pair of comfortable cotton yoga pants to wear for your at-home practice? Lululemon has them. Need a chafe-resistant, moisture-wicking athletic shirt for your workout? No problem. Regular customers emphasize how friendly and helpful the store's staff is, especially if you need help deciding what gear will be best for you, or if you’re unhappy with a Lululemon product that you have already purchased. The stock at Lululemon Athletica is updated weekly, so the staff recommends that you add your name to the local email list to stay updated on the latest gear as it comes out.

Bethesda's Lululemon Athletica works to promote a sense of community by hosting a weekly running club. Runners meet at the store and then head out onto Crescent Trail for a group run. Visit the store's website to find out more!

Lululemon Athletica
4856 Bethesda Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 652-0574

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Always Running Late? Check Out These Time Management Tips!

October 10, 2014 12:02 pm

We all have that one friend or loved one who's perpetually running a few minutes behind schedule. This person might even be you! But what habits differentiate the tardy from the timely? Read on to learn a few habits of punctual people. You might even want to adopt these tips into your own routine!

1) Punctual people expect the unexpected.
In a perfect world, the roadways would also be clear of traffic, public transportation would always be reliable, and family emergencies would only occur after 5 p.m. In reality, certain situations are beyond our control, so it's a good idea to allot "buffer" time into your schedule. For example, take the amount of time you think a certain task will take you, and immediately tack on 20 to 30 minutes.

2) Punctual people respect the clock.
When a punctual person's alarm clock sounds in the morning, they get up; they don't hit the snooze button. When it's 8:15 a.m. and it's time to head for work, a punctual person is heading to the door, despite urges to catch up on one last email or finish up that final chore around the house.

3) Punctual people plan ahead.
To avoid last-minute rushes, complete as much of your tasks as possible ahead of time. For example, to help your child's morning routine run a little smoother, you might lay his or her clothes out the night before. Before bedtime, double-check that homework has been completed, then pack his or her lunch so that it's ready to go in the morning.

9 Habits of People Who Are Always on Time [Real Simple]
How to Manage Time With 10 Tips That Work [Forbes]
5 Habits of Punctual People [Woman's Day]

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