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Finding Pennsylvania Saffron

You probably know saffron as expensive red threads from Spain, sold in tiny, tiny containers at specialy stores and used to color and flavor paella. Its threads are picked from a type of crocus, the crocus sativus, and the painstaking nature of its harvest has led to it being known as "the world's most expensive spice." And, if you're anything like me, you may not have actually used it much; given that it's so pricey, saffron...

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MSG Presents: Floral Flavors at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

On Tuesday, July 28, the Masters of Social Gastronomy will tackle the long tradition of floral foods at a special after-hours lecture at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. MSG will take on both myths and science as they explore ice cream flavored with violet, apple pie perfumed with rosewater, the secrets of the steeply priced spice saffron, and much more. 

Tickets will likely sell out so be sure to get your ticket now!

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Land "Improvement" in the Industrious 1800s

This post is about one of the prints available from Vintage Visualizations, a new Brainery-affiliated venture. For more info, check out our intro post here!

"Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it." That's what Theodore Roosevelt said about the Grand Canyon in 1903. But "improving" a piece of land can mean a lot of different things. In the case of this Industries chart from...

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A Night of Bed Bug Tales With Brooke Borel

On June 12, join us to celebrate the publication of Brainery pal Brooke Borel's new book, Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the World. Come ease your fears, or at least learn some weird bed bug facts (did you know there's an Off-Off-Broadway rock opera about them?!) as Brooke gives a brief talk and reads selections from the book.

Afterward, we'll open the floor for Q&A, and then guests will enjoy...

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