Each chapter in HOW TO THRIVE IN THE NEXT ECONOMY by John Thackara is devoted to the creative ways people in diverse contexts restore land, share water, make homes, travel, grow food, design clothes, and care for each other. From Bali to Brazil, Delhi, London, and California, Thackara writes of soil restorers and river keepers, seed savers and de-pavers, cloud commuters and e-bike couriers, care farmers, food system curators, fibershed stewards, money designers, and many others.
Growth in this new economy means soils, biodiversity and watersheds getting healthier, and communities more resilient. Its core values are stewardship and health, in place of extraction and decay. Seen through this lens, the health of living systems, not money, is the ultimate measure of wealth, and work is a natural way to thrive, not just survive. Marveling at the power of small actions to transform the bigger picture, he concludes that a great transition is under way.
SuperFan Jaclyn Gough’s Morning Sunrise Shake
Getting up and at it in the mornings may seem tough at times, but with a morning sunrise shake handy, your metabolism can get a kick start and leave you feeling satisfied. You’ll get antioxidants like vitamin C, 20g non-GMO protein, 22 vitamins and minerals, when you mix two super-fruits and the VeganSmart: nutrient-rich protein powder!
The Zinfandel Experience Grand Tasting held at the picturesque Pier 27 San Francisco saw more than 1500 attendees. Over the course of the day, guests enjoyed over 20,000 appetizers and prepared bites of delicious food from 18 artisan purveyors and chefs. Rounding out the afternoon were more than 600 different Zinfandels poured from California growing regions and appellations as diverse as Mendocino County, Redwood Valley, Lake County, Red Hills, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain, Chiles Valley, Rutherford, St. Helena, Calistoga, Coombsville, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Rockpile, Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, El Dorado, Amador County, Shenandoah Valley, Calaveras County, Lodi, Contra Costa County, Suisun Valley, Livermore Valley, Paso Robles, Adalaida District, California, and more. See our pictures below!
We recently attended a Catalan Wines and Cavas Tasting at the San Francisco Bently Reserve. Lucas Pay, ex-sommelier from El Bulli restaurant provided an overview of the wines and Cavas we would taste accompanied by a menu based on tapas prepared by the Telefèric Barcelona restaurant, recognised as the best Spanish restaurant in the Bay Area in 2016.
The participating wineries were the following and photos are below in the slideshow.
Can Discrete (DO Penedès and DO Cava), Canals & Munné (Do Cava), Cava & Hotel Mas Tinell (DO Cava and DO Penedès), Celler Ronadelles (DOQ Priorat and DO Montsant), De Muller (DOQ Priorat and DO Tarragona), Caves Bolet via Forward Gourmet (DO Penedès and DO Cava), Heretat Montrubí (DO Penedès), Julià & Navinés (DO Cava and DO Penedès), L’Olivera (Do Costers del Segre and DO Catalunya) and Nadal (DO Cava and DO Penedès).
Harney & Sons teas are luxury teas manufactured in the US. The family business sells its tea online as well as in luxury shops, coffee shops and retailers around the world! Some of their best selling teas include: Chamomile, Early Grey, Hot Cinnamon Spice, Organic. Paris is a fruity black tea oolong with vanilla black currant, caramel and Bergamot flavors. Check out the full line of Harney & Sons products at https://www.harney.com/
Looking for a fun way to incorporate Granola into a Snack and add Chocolate? Well here's a yummy Truffle recipe for you courtesy of Vicki's Granola. :)
1⅔ cups heavy cream
7 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound semisweet chocolate, cut or broken into shards
Viki’s Original Granola for rolling truffle
• Place cream and butter into a saucepan. Allow butter to melt on medium heat, stirring the whole time.
• Raise the heat just until the cream mixture comes to a boil.
• Remove saucepan from heat, add the chocolate and stir until it is completely melted. Continue stirring until the mixtures thickens and cools a bit.
• Cover mixture with cellophane and place in refrigerator. Allow at least 2 hours to cool and thicken for at least 2 hours but mix 3 to 4 times during that time.
• To form truffles use a small melon baller or spoon to scoop chocolate mixture into the palm of your hand.
• Roll into a ball then roll in your favorite Viki’s Granola.
• Place completed balls on a parchment-lined tray and refrigerate before serving.
Looking for a great coffee recipe? Check out this Viennese Coffee Recipe from Lavazza.
For 1 serving
Pour 2 teaspoons of chocolate topping into a small glass.
Prepare a long espresso, pour it into the glass and add whipped cream.
Sprinkle with chocolate flakes.
Done! Enjoy a divine coffee break with a gourmet flavor.