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5 Tips for Growing Orchids Indoors

July 30, 2014 11:04 am

The beautiful and delicate orchid plant brings joy to all who are lucky to keep one. Orchids takes special care and attention, so be sure you are ready to dedicate the time to your plant. Once you see the blooms, you’ll be happy you did. If you’re curious about how to grow and sustain this stunning flower inside your home, have a look at these five tips.

1. Keep your orchid plant in a room with an east or east facing window. Place the plant near the window, but not directly in the sunlight.

2. Make sure the room you keep your orchid in has the proper amount of humidity, which needs to be relatively high to keep your orchid happy. Keep all of your plants together to create a more humid atmosphere for your orchid.

3. The planter you place your orchid in should contain bark chips, rocks, or other loose materials to allow for proper drainage. Letting an orchid sit in water for too long with kill it.

4. Orchids need good air circulation, so be sure to open a nearby window if the temperature is right. Otherwise, keep a fan lightly rotating throughout the room.

5. Controlling temperature is imperative to a healthy orchid. Set the thermostat above 60 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal growth.

How to Grow Orchids Indoors [Better Homes and Gardens]
Growing Orchids Indoors [Dream Orchids]
Growing Healthy Orchids Indoors [American Orchid Society]

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Dip Into Three Varieties of Guacamole at Toloache Mexican Restaurant

July 23, 2014 11:02 am

Next time you’re heading to a show or find yourself in New York’s Theater District, Toloache makes an excellent spot for drinks, a small bite, or filling dinner. This upscale Mexican restaurant is the brainchild of chef Julian Medina, a mentee of Chef Richard Sandoval who possesses an impressive culinary resume throughout New York’s top Mexican restaurants. Medina combines the flavors and inspiration from his native Mexico City with expert skills gained through formal training at the French Culinary Institute.

Appetizers are a must-have at Tolache, and don’t be shy about over-indulging. Diners highly recommend the guacamole. There are three types to choose from — mild, medium, and hot — with the medium highly recommended for its playful combination of flavors that include pomegranate, mango, and Thai basil. The Queso Fundido is another favorite with its mushroom additions. Most diners go for tacos; although small in size, they’re big on flavor. Try the Costilla & Tuetano made with beef short ribs.

Tastetful Mexican decor, including many panels of painted tiles, and a lively atmosphere make Tolache an enjoyable experience. It’s popular among theater-goers, and the staff is respectful of time constraints. Make a reservation to ensure table availability when you want it.

251 W. 50th Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 581-1818

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History Meets Adventure at These National Parks Near New York City

July 16, 2014 11:01 am

Beyond the hustle and bustle of New York City lie two national parks that were built to commemorate unique moments in American history. One is the home of a beloved First Lady, and the other is a former haven for artists seeking refuge outside of the city.

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Amidst the 180-acre rural sprawl lies "Val-Kill," the only property that Eleanor Roosevelt ever owned. She purchased this modest cottage with encouragement from her husband, Franklin, to use the home and land as a means to develop her numerous endeavors. During the Great Depression, she used the cottage as a furniture factory to teach young men the trade. The house and its surrounding units are now open year-round to visitors for walk-through tours. There are also trails throughout the land nearby.

Weir Farm National Historic Site
Weir Farm National Historic Site is located in Ridgefield, Connecticut, 60 miles northeast of New York City. This structure was once home to a legendary artist community started by famous impressionist painter J. Alden Weir. Take a guided tour through the house where Weir and other painters, like Childe Hassam, Albert Pinkham Ryder, and John Twachtman, developed the skills that would later define the period. There are even art supplies provided free of charge for guests to make paintings of their own, if the house and its history should inspire you.

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