Whether your busi­ness is a top notch retail store or a casual café, upscale restau­rant or busy hotel, chances are, “we’re hir­ing” signs are posted.

Hir­ing now and no expe­ri­ence nec­es­sary are vis­i­ble every­where. Labor con­tin­ues to be the Achillis’ heel for all seg­ments of the food indus­try.

Cus­tomers recently viewed a dis­claimer at a local fast-​casual food estab­lish­ment. A sign on the door effec­tively apol­o­gizes for expected slow ser­vice. They go on to explain they are not fully staffed to prop­erly serve the patrons. Ouch!

Since 2012, the United States has been on an employ­ment hot streak. 2017 saw a 4.1 per­cent unem­ploy­ment rate, down con­sid­er­ably from a recent high of 10 per­cent in 2009.

Con­nect­ing with the right indi­vid­u­als for those unfilled posi­tions is a head scratcher. Job fairs, social media and incen­tivized recruit­ment are all part of the new hir­ing drill.

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Vaca­tion­ers will take to the skies in record num­bers this sum­mer. Air travel can be very stress­ful with TSA check­points and man­ag­ing per­sonal affects.

Feel­ing good at the end of a flight may depend on how well and what we eat and drink inside the air­port ter­mi­nal.

Hydra­tion is essen­tial to hav­ing a good travel expe­ri­ence. Bring a portable water bot­tle to be filled once inside secu­rity clear­ance or pur­chase bot­tled water at ven­dor loca­tions. Drink up!

Avoid bev­er­ages known to upset the tummy. Too much cof­fee, alco­hol or orange juice will bother most peo­ple. Order more sooth­ing drinks like club soda or herbal teas.

Fruits like berries, pineap­ple, can­taloupe, cucum­bers and water­melon con­tain a high per­cent­age of water.

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Sure, there are more ways than one to accom­plish any given task. Or cut a melon, pineap­ple or mango.

When ama­teur knife skills clash with more expert tech­niques, there is a lot to be learned.

Any­one can wield a knife blade. Exact­ing just the right cuts to extract every bit of fruit with­out waste can be tricky. Doing so safely is yet another feat.

Round-​shaped fruits are espe­cially unruly. Pic­ture a large can­taloupe or hon­ey­dew melon rolling around the coun­ter­top. There is a ten­dency to judo chop it dead cen­ter to stop that action.

Deft hands will exer­cise patience and exe­cute a plan.

One clever move is to first cut both ends of the melon off. This cre­ates a flat base on which to stand the melon on end.

Read more: Mak­ing the Cut →

Apples and oranges are great.

No one refutes their solid nutri­tional value or culi­nary ver­sa­til­ity.

By the time June rolls around, it’s time to mix things up in the fruit depart­ment. We crave the taste of sum­mer in all its stone fruit and berry glory.

Every trip to the gro­cer or farm­ers mar­ket is a delib­er­ate pur­suit for what’s new in the sea­son.

Early Cal­i­for­nia cher­ries have found their way to the stands. The sea­son looks to be a short and sweet one with a lim­ited crop this year. North­west cher­ries will quickly fol­low. No need to pout with Rainiers and red vari­eties like Chelan, Teiton and Bings rushed to mar­ket upon harvest.

Read more: Bare Fruited →