Sunday, May 31, 2009

Scenes of May at White Crane Community Garden

May is flowering pea plants...

Budding strawberries...


Foxgloves, everywhere. This beauty is at GFE.


Mysterious larvae on my red russian Kale!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Real Food Smackdown

That's right, Alice Waters + Food Network kings Anthony Bourdain and Duff Goldman break it down here. The boys were throwing the f-bomb around A-Dubs whoa!

Back off bad boy Bourdain, let's start talking about the real cost of food, and let's start talking about how cheap my home-grown organic lettuce is. Yes, the world of local and slow food has an elitist rep and that's gotta change fast because everyone must have access to affordable, safe, healthy and delicious food.

BTW don't even attempt to say that some non-organic tomato from Chile eaten in January actually tastes anything remotely like a tomato.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Righteous NYC Transportation Commissioner and another reason to love NY Magazine

A righteous woman, Janette Sadik-Khan, is starting a revolution in the world of transportation agencies, and a transformation of our streets and city spaces. She is converting streets that once prioritized cars into places for pedestrians, bikers and faster buses too. Check out this spot on article in NY Mag.

Monday, May 18, 2009

A love of reading out loud...

It's true, if I could read out loud everyday I would. If I could, I would make it a profession even. There's something about reading beautifully crafted prose aloud, giving it has been a point of ridicule for anyone I've ever lived with, so I've stopped. I'm a closeted reader. Maybe I need to start volunteering at a local library--genius!

Someone shares my love of reading out loud "our idea of reading is incomplete, impoverished, unless we are also taking the time to read aloud." Read the rest of the article here.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Picturing the Recession...

Photos of our time. Don't miss them, check them out here

Saturday, May 16, 2009

A celebratory weekend...

My partner in crime celebrated another turn around the sun in style. Here's some photos from the both of us...

Arugula pesto bruchettas for an artshow potluck.
That's arugula from the garden. Oh yeah.

Magnolia Brewery. It's got a new look.

Mt. Tam hike=redwoods, creeks, moss, unfurling ferns, grasslands, ocean views, birds big & small, and waterfalls scaled by old wood ladders.

Mushroom Madness

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Just can't get enough...

of these baby peregrine falcons across from work. On Monday they were outfitted with tags so they can be tracked. The parents went crazy dive bombing near the nest to scare away the could hear them screaming and squawking from inside my building across the traumatic!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A car free America?

Check out this amazing discussion on the potential for car free spaces in America. I live car free--but it's a concerted choice. I moved to a city where I could give up my car and it's still hard. How can we build communities to encourage walking, biking, and good transit? 


Yup it's all about the chicken poop. In your garden that is. Check this article about urban gardeners from NYC to SF and everywhere in between discovering the beauty that is manure. 

Another reason to love the Obamas...

It just doesn't stop. A poetry jam at the white house--say what? Read more here.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

A Must Read Interview w/ Obama

The NYT Magazine published a fantastic interview with Obama that is a must read: After the Great Recession. I love the premise of looking forward--and I also gained a better understanding of the struggles we're going through now.

Right now....

Exploring the wonderful world of Miso with a Walnut Miso Noodle recipe. Adding fixins from the CSA box and the garden...sugar snap peas, chard. Yum.

Saturday, May 2, 2009


April was a busy month. Ready to slow it down. Here's some photos from my DC trip last week--I was on the ground for less than 48 hours, craziness, but I managed to snap a few photos. I was in DC for the release of this: Reinventing Transit -- peep the link and you can catch me on a video...classic!

high in the sky over the sierras

I wish I was a morning person, so I could soak up the morning sun more.
Here's the view from my hotel...

Spring was in full effect. Capitol Hill was covered in bright pink cherry blossoms and this tree greeted me each morning.

Founding Farmers
--a LEED certified, farmer owned, seasonal food restaurant SO good.
Hands down, best homemade english muffins. Ever.

I love architecture in DC.
So sad to see beautiful old buildings of a time gone by enveloped by bad 80s archiecture.

Founding Farmers is just three blocks from the White House...I headed around the back to the oceanic South Lawn

to see this little mound of dirt that is the most beautiful little vegetable garden--I wish I had a better zoom...but you can at least see how it is blessed by a tree loaded with cherry blossoms.