Kara Brook, Founder of Waxing Kara®, crafts all-natural artisanal honey treats, all made with help from our friends: the honey bees.
Per Kara, "At Waxing Kara, we love our bees and we think it’s important to thank them for their hard work. Did you know that a bee has to visit approximately 2 million flowers to make just one pound of honey? We do, and we remember that every time we dunk our signature honey lollipops into our favorite Waxing Kara teas. That’s why our #1 mission is making the bees happy.
At our Chesterhaven Beach Farm in Maryland, we have dedicated over 40 acres to our busy honey bees. We removed all of the genetically modified crops and instead planted high-nectar, indigenous plants that keep our bees happy and thriving. Our bees dance all day long through wildflowers, lavender, fruit trees, bee balm, sunflowers and more. The bees give so much to us, it’s our job to keep them flourishing. It’s great for them, it’s great for our planet and it’s a nice bonus that we get a delicious taste of the final product."
We tried Spring Honey a Good Food Awards Finalist 2016 and it's Amazing!
"Our Spring Honey is estate grown from Chesterhaven Beach Farm and completely different than any other honey we’ve produced to date. Small batch, artisanal, natural, rare and delicious. Spring Honey is bold and fragrant making it one of our most unique products to date. Best seller in our Honey House!"
Bonny Doon Vineyard just announced the inaugural release of the 2017 La Bulle-Moose de Cigare, a fizzy pink wine of the earth, and the first wine it has packaged en canette. This quite dry, fizzy (but rather elegant) pink, is composed of Grenache Noir, Grenache Blanc, Mourvèdre, Roussanne, Carignane and Cinsaut, (a blend remarkably similar to the winery’s celebrated Vin Gris de Cigare). The approximate retail price is $7.99 for a 375 ml. can; approximately 5700 cases were produced.
The release of this wine represents an effort to provide an alternative in the canned fizzy wine category attractive to the millennial population. Although you don't need to be a millennial to like it! :) Cheers!
Classic Spa Gift Basket. Bring Spa Day to your home with this great GourmetGiftBaskets.com's Classic Spa Gift Basket. Enjoy San Francisco Soap Company Pomegranate and Passion Fruit Body Wash, Triple Milled Soap, and Lotion along with other lavish products, including a Bath Pouf, a Loofah Disc, a Wooden Foot Brush and more.
Perfect beach day apparel - this brand is all about the positive vibes!
All Life's Rad clothing designs and logos are created and hand drawn by local artists, making the pieces even more unique, reconnecting the customer and the brand to the community, and clothing is eco and human friendly with their manufacturing.
Life’s Rad was founded by Southern California locals Joey and Nancy Carrillo in 2003.
Both Nancy and Joey grew up in the San Diego area doing what most SoCal locals do; Going to the beach, skateboarding and surfing. Joey is an entrepreneur and musician. Nancy grew up sailing and loving the arts. Life's Rad has a huge interest in giving back to the community. Positive vibes are a must!
Do you prefer to eat Gluten-Free? Mom’s Place has an extensive selection of gluten-free items for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert!
Here’s a great Gluten-free Lentil and Amaranth Salad Recipe from Mom’s Place.
1 cup green lentils
1 cup Mom's Place Gluten Free Amaranth Flour
1/4 cup yellow onion, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
1 each of cucumber, red bell pepper, and zuchhini, chopped
4 carrots, peeled and grated
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fresh herbs (basil, mint, cilantro, tarragon, chives, parsley), chopped
1/2 cup almonds, slivered and toasted
In a medium saucapan, cover lentils with three inches of water. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook 15-17 minutes until tender. In a heatproof bowl, cover Amaranth with boiling water and let stand 10 minutes. In a mixing bowl, combbine the onion, salt, vinegar and chopped vegetables. Let stand while the lentils finish cooking. Drain lentils and Amaranth well until very dry. Add to vegetable mixture. Toss well. Add olive oil, herbs, and almonds and toss again. Refrigerate any leftovers.
Makes 4-6 servings
is one of the original cupcakeries, starting in March 2004, and one of the very few who remain a cupcake only business. Yummy Cupcakes makes cupcakes in fun new shapes and delightfully unexpected flavors.
The company is the originator of the cupcake in a jar which are AWESOME TREATS!!
Are you craving Chocolate Chip Pancakes?
Here’s a recipe by Maple Grove Farms. Maple Grove Farms has been making maple products since 1915 and sources syrup from local and well established farms, including trees that have been tapped since the 1700s. Maple Grove Farms offers Golden Delicate and Amber Rich grades as well as Organic varieties of pure maple syrup. Bottled in the maplesyrup capital of the United States, St. Johnsbury, Vermont, is a Zero Waste Certified Facility.
Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Mix ingredients together and cook pancakes on a lightly oiled griddle until richly golden brown.
Serve hot with honey or maple syrup.
Love Sauvignon Blanc? You must try the Zonin Family Dos Almas Sauvignon Blanc. Details are below.
DENOMINATION OF ORIGIN Casablanca Valley
SOIL Sandy clay. 2m. deep.
HARVEST Casablanca valley experienced moderate to high temperatures in 2017, with grapes achieving full ripeness by the time harvest began at the beginning of March. This year’s Sauvignons show more of a citrus and tropical aromatic profile.
The harvest took place between the 6th and 17th March, at the point where the grapes had reached their optimum aromatic potential. Bunches were picked at night and immediately transported to the winery in order to preserve the quality and character of
FERMENTATION We carried out a cold maceration prior to fermentation between 12 to 14 hours for increased skin contact.
Slow fermentation with permanent temperature control between 12°C and 15°C to extract the characteristic fruit and mineral aromas of this variety.
AGEING The wine remained in contact with the lees for three months after fermentation, with slow battonage to maximise lees contact thus attaining greater body and complexity. In order to intensify the fruit character typical of this variety the wine was not aged in oak.
TECHNICAL DATA Alcohol: 12,5% ABV; pH: 3.30; Tartaric Acid: 6.2 g/L; Residual sugar : 3,5 g/L
AGEING POTENTIAL Up to four years in appropriate cellaring conditions.
TASTING NOTES COLOUR Pale green.
NOSE Complex and elegant, with a mix of citrus and tropical fruit aromas such as lime, grapefruit, pineapple and pear, complemented by gentle notes of minerals and herbs.
PALATE Elegant with vibrant acidity, retaining the freshness typical of the variety. Citrus notes show again leading to a mineral finish which adds complexity to the wine.
PAIRINGS We recommend serving between 8°C and 10°C. Ideal as an aperitif or with salads, seafood, ceviche and fish.
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It was great to meet Made Out of What Founder Denise Domergue, and Kayla Newhouse Strategy and Communications at DWELL 2018 in Los Angeles. Their mission is to promote Trash as a Raw Material. Their booth fearures a Cork Chair made out of 1,000 recycled corks and lampshades made with recycled Peet’s Coffee coffee stirrers, and newspaper!! Check out their Video below along with some pictures of these creative items!
is unveiling its eco luxury April/May Box just in time for EARTH MONTH, to help women discover the highest quality vegan, toxin-free beauty & wellness products to encourage healthier living. The April/May Box is valued over $95 with a retail cost of $29.95, featuring a highly curated selection of PETA-certified products that are 100% toxin-free, cruelty-free, and stylishly vegan. Each purchase benefits PETA, the largest animal rights organization in the world.
We tried all these products and LOVE them!!
ü (U.S. Debut) You & Oil Acai, Fig and Marula Antioxidants Complex (Value $44)
Acai, fig seed and Marula oil provide powerful antioxidants that help protect and repair free radical damage from pollution and sun exposure protection. Vegan, cruelty free, nontoxic, PETA Certified. You & Oil is based in Lithuania.
ü (Exclusive) Uniful Organic Mascara (Value $22)
This organic and vegan mascara is free of toxic ingredients and preservatives. Mild and long-wearing. Use for healthy eyelashes, enriched with organic oils and waxes. Organic, vegan, cruelty free, nontoxic, PETA Certified.
ü Delia Organics Nail & Cuticle Oil (Value $17.99)
Our hands are the #1 most used body part on our bodies and we often forget about their care. This cuticle oil is a blend of natural oils and essential oils that help hydrate and promote healthy nail growth. A blend of natural oils including Sweet Almond, Jojoba, and Rosehip. Vegan, cruelty free, nontoxic, PETA certified.
ü Ayr Skin Care Mini Calm Facial Bar (Value $12)
Made for all skin types, this gentle and effective soap bar is safe for sensitive skin. Using a blend of organic avocado butter and castor oil to condition skin; ginger grass, lemongrass, rosemary, and chamomile to reduce fine lines; nettle and olive leaf for reduced inflammation; and pure sea clay and activated charcoal to naturally draw toxins from your skin. Vegan, cruelty free, nontoxic, Beauty without Bunnies certified.
Celebrate Earth Month by attending a free Sustainability Film Series, showcasing inspirational award-winning films. Learn how issues in climate, energy and food have been solved locally and globally. Before the films, interact with San Mateo County organizations to take action and protect the resources and places we love. Free entry. Register now.
AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Doors open: 5:30pm, Showing: 6:00pm
Century Theater Redwood City
825 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City
A decade after An Inconvenient Truth (2006) brought climate change to the heart of popular culture, the follow-up shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.
First 150 registrants receive popcorn and a beverage!
***Tickets for this showing must be picked up at the Office of Sustainability Will Call table inside of the theater lobby. You must register online to be added to Will Call list.***
Register here: www.sustainabilityfilmseries.eventbrite.com
Winners Announced for Fourth Annual California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards
The California Green Medal winners have been announced for the fourth annual Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards.
The California Green Medal recognizes the leadership of wineries and vineyards committed to sustainability and is presented by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA), California Association of Winegrape Growers, Wine Institute, Lodi Winegrape Commission, Napa Valley Vintners, Sonoma County Winegrowers and Vineyard Team. Four Green Medals are presented in the following categories: Leader, Environment, Community and Business. The recipients of the Green Medal Awards will be honored at a ceremony at the California State Capitol in Sacramento on April 11, 2018.
Winners of the 2018 Green Medals are:
LEADER AWARD, given to the vineyard or winery that excels in the three “E’s” of sustainability — Environmentally sound, socially Equitable and Economically viable practices.
Winner: Bogle Vineyards, located in Clarksburg, CA, embodies leadership in sustainability. For the past three generations, sustainability has been at its core, and they demonstrate their commitment to sustainability by certifying 1,200 acres of estate vineyards to LODI RULES for Sustainable Winegrowing and certifying their winery to Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing. Since 2010, Bogle has encouraged its partner-growers to practice sustainability by paying a total of $2.8 million in bonuses for certifying vineyards to LODI RULES, with over 92% of their grapes coming from certified vineyards. Employees are treated like family, with a dozen employees having spent 20-plus years at the company, and the average employee has been there for more than a decade. Good work relations are fostered through quarterly staff luncheons that feature presentations on the latest sustainability practices and other teambuilding exercises.
ENVIRONMENT AWARD, given to the vineyard or winery that best demonstrates Environmental Stewardship through maximized environmental benefits from implementing sustainable practices.
Winner: St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery, based in Rutherford in Napa Valley, is a 100% estate grown, sustainably farmed vineyard and winery. Driven by their commitment to environmental stewardship, they have preserved two-thirds of their acreage to promote biodiversity and protect the land for future generations. In the past three years, the winery has reduced their water use by 50% by capturing rainwater and reusing winery water for irrigation, and solar panels cover 80% of their electricity needs. St. Supéry’s Green Team educates employees on green practices and upholds a strict purchasing policy of using materials that are at least 50% post-consumer waste. The company offers incentives for carpooling to work, with 65% of employees participating.
COMMUNITY AWARD, given to the vineyard or winery that is a Good Neighbor & Employer using the most innovative practices that enhance relations with employees, neighbors and/or communities.
Winner: KG Vineyard Management, based in Lodi, CA, is a custom farm management business committed to sustainable farming. Having vineyards certified to LODI RULES for Sustainable Winegrowing for the last 12 years, the company believes in maintaining and contributing to the legacy of healthy soil, air, water and the local community. KG is active in the area's leadership roles and strives to fulfill a vision of success for Lodi and the surrounding community. They invest in the future--the future of the land, human resources, local youth and family. KG is a leader in fostering strong relationships with clients, employees and neighbors. KG’s employees are their biggest asset and safety training is implemented monthly and they provide training in Urdu, native to Pakistan and India, the primary language between the foremen and crews.
BUSINESS AWARD, given to the vineyard or winery that best demonstrates Smart Business through efficiencies, cost savings and innovation from implementing sustainable practices.
Winner: Cakebread Cellars, located in Napa, CA, has been committed to sustainability since its inception in 1973. Cakebread believes that sustainability means investing in its employees to help them achieve their career objectives and enjoy healthy work/life balance. That’s why they offer a generous vacation policy and host an ongoing “Healthy, Wealthy and Wise” education series featuring outside speakers to share expertise on all elements of a healthy lifestyle. Cakebread invests in the longevity of its employees by tightly controlling operation costs and eliminating waste wherever possible. In fact, they diverted 92% of their total annual waste in the past two years. It’s not just the big initiatives or investments that define Cakebread — it’s the day-to-day details and decisions that have helped save costs and create a culture of conservation.
“The Green Medal recognizes the commitment and dedication to sustainability by California growers and vintners,” said Allison Jordan, CSWA Executive Director. “It’s always a challenge selecting four winners from the many amazing applications received from vineyards and wineries of all sizes from throughout California. The judging panel was impressed by the breadth and depth of sustainable practices being used to conserve water and energy, maintain healthy soil, protect air and water quality, preserve wildlife habitat, and enhance relations with employees and communities, all while improving the economic vitality of vineyards and wineries.”
A panel of wine and sustainability experts judged the Visit the Green Medal Awards website.
The San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate present The International Chocolate Festival April 21-22, 2018, a 2-Day Event at the San Mateo Event Center for the Chocolate Curious, Fans, Gourmands, Chocolate Home Chefs, Innovators and Artisan Makers.
Join chocolate entrepreneurs and explore the inspiration, inventiveness and modern spirit from brain to bean to bar, bonbons and beyond.Enjoy culinary and chocolate demonstrations, and talks on what makes up fine chocolate, where it comes from, how it is made differently, etc. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local non profits and food banks.
When you change your eating, it’s not just your eating that will change,” says Cassandra Ohlsen, MD, author of the recently released book, Enlightened Eating: The Eightfold Path to Health.
We really enjoyed reading her first new book! Here is one of her Tips on How to transition to plant-based eating.
Tip: Think differently about what you already eat.
1. Consider fruits, vegetables, beans and grains as the main focus of a meal rather than side dishes. This not only helps with the transition, it also automatically increases the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat daily.
Fruit: It’s satisfying, contains no salt or fat, provides a lot of great nutrition.
What to do: Have it washed and cleaned and available at all times for snacks. Throw it in a backpack, lunch box, briefcase, desk drawer or in the car. Throw into smoothies. Make it easy to grab a piece of fruit, rather than a sugar-filled energy bar or candy bar.
Salads: Make them a more prominent part of your meal.
What to do: Throw in more veggies, make it larger, add more protein or fruit -- apples, berries, and dried fruits such as raisins, cranberries, and dates. Beans, nuts, hummus, edamame and tofu are good protein additions to salads. Experiment. You’ll surprise yourself at how good and satisfying salads can be.
Sandwiches: Create a salad between two pieces of bread.
What to do: Load it up with raw vegetables--lettuce, tomato, avocado, cucumber sprouts, or whatever veggies you love. Add a dip for extra flavor.
Snacks: When you’re hungry, go for something that will nourish you, not chips or candy or cheese.
What to do: Stuff raw vegetables with nut butter or soy cream cheese or hummus. Raw veggies can be used with many different types dips. Beans can be mashed or pureed and used as a dip with veggies, or as a sandwich spread or eaten with vegetables as a light meal.
Cassandra Ohlsen, MD is a diplomate certified in Internal Medicine. She received her medical degree from Keck School of Medicine of USC and has been in practice for over twenty years. She has also practiced in Africa and India: In 1984, she worked with Mother Teresa at her Home for Dying Destitutes and her Children’s Home in Calcutta. Dr. Ohlsen also cared for the medically underserved at a Los Angeles clinic, helping to rebuild community health after the Watts riots; in Fresno, California, where she attended to migrant farm workers; and at the Monterey County Health Department, where she took care of indigent adults and children. Enlightened Eating is her first book.
What others are saying:
”Dr. Cassandra Ohlsen is one of those rare physicians whose goal is to help you understand that what and how you eat is foundational to your personal health, the health of others we share the Earth with, and the Earth itself. If you want more energy and vibrant health, her book, Enlightened Eating, will give you that and a lot, lot more.”
John Robbins, President of the Food Revolution Network; Author of Diet For A New America and The Food Revolution
“If you are looking to improve your eating habits, Enlightened Eating is the perfect place to start. This life-changing book translates complex nutrition information into simple, practical guidance and helps you take in hand the power of good nutrition.
Neal D. Barnard, MD, FACC, Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine
Easter is coming soon and we’re a huge fan of giving and receiving dark chocolate. Check out this Dark Chocolate Easter Gift from La Maison du Chocolat. Moulding in dark chocolate with notes of intense chocolate without bitterness and which develops crisp notes of red fruits, filled with :
- 1 crunchy praliné egg
- 2 hazelnut praliné eggs
What's new in the neighborhood? The Neighborgoods! These fabulously, clever gifts were born out of the love of good food and clever word play! The Neighborgoods is a Washington D.C. based company creating gorgeous food-themed illustrations printed on onesies, dish towels, aprons and more!
The Neighborgoods Cards are printed with biodegradable inks and 100% certified wind power
The Neighborgoods Dish Towels are light, super absorbent, soft and are machine washable, All natural, unbleached 100% cotton, Machine washable and Hand screen-printed with eco-friendly, water-based inks.
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Garden Lites Muffins have two awesome flavors: Chocolate and Blueberry Oat. You'll never believe the first two ingredients in Garden Lites Chocolate Muffins are zucchini and carrot and the first ingredient in Garden Lites Blueberry Oat Muffins is zucchini! All Garden Lites Muffins are Non-GMO and deliciously moist and a great source of fiber. They are also all allergy-friendly, gluten, and nut free. Enjoy!
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Crafted with premium organic ingredients like fair trade cocoa powder, Emmy’s Organics Coconut Cookies are made in a solar and wind-powered facility that produces minimal waste and come in recyclable packaging. These tasty treats are USDA certified organic, vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO. Committed to transparency and using business as a force for good, Emmy’s Organics is also a certified B Corporation. We really love these cookies especially the Peanut Butter!! :)
Emerging from César-Winning Documentary “Tomorrow,” 4 English-Language Books Show How Initiatives That Started Small Can--and Will--Change the World.
Major French publisher Actes Sud is releasing, in English, a series of books written by and featuring some of Europe’s greatest thinkers on resolving the ecological, economic and social issues we face in the 21st century.
Known collectively as “The Tomorrow Books”, these four works demonstrate a trailblazing approach to solving the knotted ecological, economic and social issues we face in the 21st century.
Across the series, their rallying cry reads:
“The profound crisis affecting our societies is crystal clear. Ecological disturbances, social exclusion, the rampant exploitation of natural resources, the frenetic and dehumanizing quest for profit and widening of inequalities lie at the heart of our contemporary problems.
Nevertheless, men and women everywhere are coming together around innovative and original projects with a view to opening up new prospects for the future. There are solutions. Novel proposals are being made all over the planet, often on a small scale, but always with the aim of bringing about real change in our societies.”
The books capture the essence of the film that has changed hearts and minds, showing optimism through community, and the power of achievable, grass-roots acts to turn cynicism into admiration and finally into inspiration.
In Vandana Shiva: Creative Civil Disobedience, acclaimed French author and journalist Lionel Astruc interviews Shiva about the origins of her epic fight against multinational seed corporations and how each of us can become that “little nobody” who can reverse current trends.
The Transition Starts Here, Now and Together follows Transition Movement founder Rob Hopkins on his journey to transforming cities into models for engaging people and communities against the effects of peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis, resulting in a life that is more abundant, fulfilling, equitable and socially connected. Today the Transition Movement encompasses 1,200 cities in 47 countries, including 167 locations in the United States.
In The Power of Restraint, beloved Franco-Algerian poet and environmentalist Pierre Rabhi argues that it’s time to recognize that our affluent societies have more than enough to meet their essential material needs, and that the logical response is to embrace, individually and collectively, the power of restraint. He offers a form of simplicity and gratitude which gives meaning to existence.
It all began when French writer and activist Cyril Dion learned about a joint Berkeley-Stanford study forecasting the extinction of a large part of humanity by the year 2100, and did something about it, resulting in the documentary Tomorrow. The book Tomorrow-- the first in the series, published in 2017--arising from the documentary, echoes its message and the spirit of this collection: Men and women everywhere are coming together around innovative and original projects with a view to opening up new prospects for the future. There are solutions. Novel proposals are being made all over the planet, often on a small scale, but always with the aim of bringing about real change in our societies.