Archive for March, 2013

High-Fructose Corn Syrup VS Sugar – Pros and Cons

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

 What do you really know about high-fructose corn syrup and sugar? The media often portrays sugar and high-fructose corn syrup as the main culprit in obesity. But what’s the difference between high-fructose corn syrup and sugar?

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a common sweetener. Research shows that high-fructose corn syrup is chemically similar to table sugar. Fructose, part of HFCS, is a naturally occurring simple sugar that’s produced by nature. It is more soluble in water than glucose. Glucose is another simple sugar that is also made in nature. When you put fructose and glucose together it becomes a basic form of table sugar.

Corn syrup is made from corn starch and has a high content of glucose. It is combined with fructose to make high fructose corn syrup. There is controversy over how the body reacts to high-fructose corn syrup instead of table sugar because it is made chemically.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), there are two types of sugars in American diets: naturally occurring sugars and added sugars. Women should consume no more than 100 calories per day (about 6 teaspoons of sugar). Men should consume about 150 calories per day (about 9 teaspoons).


Tips from the American Heart Association for Reducing Sugar in Your Diet

* Don’t add sugar to cereal, grits, or oatmeal. Try fresh fruit or dried fruit instead.

* Instead of adding sugar in recipes use various spices or extracts to increase flavor.

* Try non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose or saccharin. The FDA has determined that non-nutritive sweeteners are safe.

* Cut back on the amount of sugar added to things you eat or drink regularly like coffee or tea.

* Buy sugar-free or low-calorie beverages.

* Buy fresh fruit!

The next time you are in Bridgeport Cafe, think twice about adding lots of sugar to your breakfast and consider adding fresh fruit instead!

37th Cleveland Int’l Film Festival

Monday, March 18th, 2013


Use coupon code BBCD for $2 off the price of a ticket.

BBC is excited to be a neighborhood outreach partner of the 37th Cleveland International Film Festival, which takes place April 3 through April 14.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is the largest film festival in Ohio. It was first held in 1977, showing eight films over a period of eight weeks at the Cedar Lee Theatre. The festival has since grown, consisting of more than 170 features and 130 short films from approximately 60 countries, as of 2012. Attendance for 2012 was 85,018.

Beginning Tuesday, BBC will have program guides in our lobby and in Bridgeport Cafe.  Stop in and pick up your copy so that you can begin planning which films you’d like to see.

Or, check out the Cleveland International Film Festival website at to read about the films, see trailers, and much more.

As an added bonus, use our coupon code BBCD at checkout online or in person to save $2 off of the price of each ticket you purchase.

See you there!

UAIZ Gateway Orchard Project

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Before and after image of the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone gateway orchard.

The Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone gateway orchard project at the northwest corner of East 81st Street and Kinsman Road is just about complete!

The project is to serve as the entryway into the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone, which BBC is cultivating as the nation’s largest urban agriculture districts. Rid-All Green Partnership and Ohio State University Extension’s Kinsman Farm are currently growing produce, raising fish, and creating compost on more than seven acres. With a strong presence on Kinsman Road, the gateway builds awareness for residents and visitors who may not know that farming is happening in a portion of the “Forgotten Triangle” at such a large scale.

The focal point of the gateway orchard is a twenty-foot-tall metal sign that is positioned above a wall of gabion baskets.  Residents and stakeholders selected the sign design and logo among a field of different options. The baskets have been filled with various bricks, rocks, and debris from around the Kinsman neighborhood.  

Pear, apple, and peach trees, little bluestem, blueberry masses, and grape arbors have been planted at the site, which was formerly a vacant lot, not only to be representative of the food being grown in the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone, but also to provide brilliant color to the site in the spring, summer, and fall.

The project was made possible by a grant from the US Conference of Mayors and Scotts Miracle-Gro, as well as funds from the City of Cleveland’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program.


Wine Tasting Tips–Get ready for Friday!

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

CornUcopia Place, Bridgeport Café, Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, Paul Sadler, and Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc., will be hosting a free wine tasting featuring wines from around the world. The event will take place March 22 5:30-9:00pm at CornUcopia Place located on 7201 Kinsman Road, Ste.103B Cleveland, OH 44104.

Not sure what to expect at your first wine tasting? Don’t fret. We’re here to help! We’re going to give you a few tips so you don’t feel overwhelmed. It’s always interesting to step out of our comfort zones. Right?

Not sure what to wear? Take a look at some of the photos from the Black Vines Wine Tasting event on our Facebook page (Black Vines Wine Tasting).  You don’t need to look like you’re going to meet the Queen of England but it helps to look nice. You never know who you will run into! Council Woman Phyllis Cleveland will be there!

Hold the glass correctly – When tasting, hold glasses by the stem rather than the bowl. Holding it by the bowl can disturb the temperature of the wine (ideally it’s been poured at just the right temperature).
Respect the wine – Take your time. Don’t chug it. Savor it.
Spit bucket – Many people spit because they have tasted many wines and don’t want to get too inebriated. Also, drinking too much can impair your ability to savor the wine. Some people swallow a sip or two of each wine but then dump the rest of their glass out.
Ask questions – The person pouring the wine is there not just to pour your wine but answer questions as well.

We suggest:
‘What food does this wine pair well with?’
‘This is sweet. Would you consider this a dessert wine?’
‘Wow! I really like this! Can I buy this at my local grocery store?’
You’re new to this and you’re not sure of the lingo. You want to know what everyone is talking about. Here are a few terms you might hear while at a wine tasting.

Acidity – Acidity is a term that refers to the amount of acid in a wine. Acid is the chemical compound that makes things taste tart, like vinegar or citrus foods. Acidity is part of the structure of wine, giving it lift and intensity.
Body – The body of a wine is the size or heft of it in your mouth. While a light bodied wine glides over your palate softly and without weight, a full-bodied wine feels heavy and big in your mouth.
Bouquet – The bouquet is another term for the aroma of a wine. It is usually used to describe the smell of a wine which is complex, offering many different types of aromas.
Dry – Dry describes a wine which has no residual sugar, the opposite of sweet. However, most people who are new to wine tasting use dry to describe their mouths feel after tasting a tannic wine.
Sweet – Sweet can mean that there is residual sugar in the wine which gives a sweet flavor like sugar. This is true mostly of dessert wines. Sweet is also used to describe a characteristic of the fruit in a wine. If a wine has ripe, fruity flavors, it can often be described as sweet.

So Many Options!
The order that wines are tasted in can have a big impact on flavor. When there are so many different kinds of wine, how do you choose which order to try them in?

We suggest:
– White before Red
– Dry before Sweet (The sweetness will cause the drier wine to become acidic)
– Light Body before Heavy Body
– Anything before Fortified (Fortified wines have high alcohol contents, and can burn out both the sense of smell and taste)
– Sparkling First but after White / Red, Dry / Sweet
– Young before Old

If you have never been to a wine tasting before this is a perfect chance to try something new while having fun. Did I mention that this event is free? We hope to see you at CornUcopia Place March 22 with your dancing does on and ready to taste wines from around the world!


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Get your FREE Backyard Garden!

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

BBC is excited to announce an opportunity for 50 families of Cleveland’s Central and Kinsman neighborhoods to grow fresh vegetables in their own backyards, ALL FOR FREE!

(Download flier here | Download application here)

Incorporating fresh produce into your diet can improve your health and nutrition.  Growing your own vegetables can also save you money, and fresh produce tastes better and is healthier than canned, frozen, or preserved options.  Gardening is also a fun activity family members can do together to enjoy time together and become more active outdoors.

BBC will be providing a raised bed gardening system comprised of compost-filled mesh tubes called GardenSoxx.  GardenSoxx can be placed anywhere that receives ample sunlight and water is accessible.  They can be put on top of grass, concrete, or soil.  Another advantage is that GardenSoxx are resistant to weeds, which can crowd out vegetable plants, compete for water and sunlight, and create a lot of extra work for gardeners.  They are also not messy like typical gardens.

Each participant will be given enough GardenSoxx to establish a four foot by four foot garden, as well as seedlings that can be planted within GardenSoxx.  Vegetable seedlings to be provided to participants tentatively include varieties of tomatoes and peppers, beans, lettuce, spinach, collard greens, zucchini, and basil.

BBC will also provide rain barrels to many participants, since the rain water they collect from rooftops and gutters is nutrient-rich and much better for watering plants than tap water. Rain water helps gardens grow faster and healthier.  By using rain water to water plants, rain barrels help you save on your water bill.

Special programming, such as cooking classes at CornUcopia Place for gardeners to learn creative ways in which they can use the produce they grow, may also be available exclusively to participants.

Garden kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be provided to participants in May. They will go quickly, so act today!  The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 18th at 5pm.  For more information or to participate, please call (216) 341-1455.

(Download flier here | Download application here)