La Jolla's 'Gems' of the week: Zucchini Napoleon, apocalypse fatigue and jelleyfish

ZUCCHINI NAPOLEON

Savor the flavor of layers of zucchini, spinach, asparagus, feta, wild mushrooms, Reggiano Parmesan and tofu pan cake drizzled with an oven-dried tomato sauce and chive essence, $23, at Clay's.

— Susan DeMaggio

NOW IN THE VERNACULAR

apocalypse fatigue:

noun. Reduced interest in current or potential environmental problems due to frequent dire warnings about those problems.

— Source:

wordspy.com

TRUE OR FALSE?

In countries such as Japan, Korea and China, it is considered a delicacy to eat jellyfish.

(True.)

Although many people around the world eat the jellyfish, the initial reaction is of dread and revulsion at the prospect. People fear that because most jellyfish have venomous stings, they will be eating something poisonous. But the jellyfish available at the market is processed in salt and alum, which neutralizes the venom. In fact, this process is necessary to preserve the jellyfish, because it will spoil very fast, once taken out of the water. Jellyfish has an absolutely bland taste. The flesh of a cooked jellyfish takes on the flavors of the dish.

— Source:

www.jellyfishfacts.net

WISH I SAID THAT!

"We must try not to sink beneath our anguish, Harry, but battle on."

Albus Dumbledore in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," by J.K. Rowling

HOT TICKET

Free music lessons.

Watch the Borromeo String Quartet coach the Hausmann Quartet on Beethoven's String Quartet, Op.130, from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 4 at the La Jolla Riford Library, part of the La Jolla Music Society SummerFest. BSQ coaches Fellowship Artist Trio on Mendelssohn's Trio in C Minor, Op. 66, from 11 to noon. "Classes" through Aug. 25, schedule at

www.ljms.org

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