Archive | March, 2008

Lights out all night?

29 Mar

I just found an article discussing a proposal that would discourage and possibly fine businesses in San Francisco for leaving their lights on all night. I think it’s very interesting idea. But possibly poses a number of problems. I’d love to get some opinions on it. Read the article and tell me what you think!

http://tinyurl.com/3ahfuk

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3 interesting events in 3 days…

29 Mar

1) Earth Hour. No doubt many of you have already heard about the move to turn off all lights from 8-9pm today, March 29th 2008. We’ll be taking part tonight – lighting some candles and spending time with friends. More info at http://www.earthhourus.org/

2) meatpaper,  a new magazine with ideas about and art inspired by meat.  It does sound a bit strange – but they are celebrating their 3rd issue  in San Francisco tomorrow night on March 30th 2008. More details at http://www.meatpaper.com/news/index.html

3) Environmentally Conscious Food Choices – a discussion with panelists from Bon Apetit, UC Davis, the Ethicurian and more. March 31st 2008 in San Francisco. More info here: http://tinyurl.com/2s4vxu

Farmers’ Markets and Affordability

29 Mar

Today I came across an interesting article in Edible San Francisco about the affordability and accessibility of farmers’ markets in San Francisco. My favorite market is highlighted in this piece!

http://tinyurl.com/2tohcb

Sharing the Purkle…

22 Mar

So last night my significant other made the main course for dinner. In my opinion, it’s the best thing he’s ever made and wanted to ‘share the yum’ with the rest of the world. Or, at least the people that read this blog.

Red Snapper with Capers and Mushrooms
This recipe gets 4 Purkle Stars
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Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs Red Snapper (I bought ours at Whole Foods)
  • 6 Portabellini mushrooms sliced, (8-10 brown mushrooms would also work well)
  • 2 Tbs capers (or so)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • Tbs white Balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cut the snapper into 2 inch thick strips. Place in skillet (already warm with olive oil) with mushrooms and add the rest of the ingredients. Keep in mind that aside from the fish and mushrooms, I guessed on the amount that was used as the information was not written down and I was busy with friends and drinking the rest of the white wine. Adding a bit at a time and tasting along the way probably won’t hurt. The end result should be a perfectly cooked, flaky fish and mushrooms that have absorbed all of the liquid.

This was served with a nice salad! I wasn’t smart enough to get a photo!

Organic Gardening on NPR

14 Mar

The Bay Area’s local NPR station, KQED, recently did an hour on local organic gardening. It was a good show and provided lots of information and local resources. I suggest a listen!

http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R803101000 

VERY Interesting…

6 Mar

I just learned that Ralph Nader has not only announced his run for the presidency again but it seems as though his running mate is none other than Matt Gonzalez, former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who ran as Green Party candidate during the 2003 mayoral race against Gavin Newsom. The race was very close as Gonzalez got 47% of the vote no doubt from the huge grassroots campaign that seemed to explode all over the city at the time. Gonzalez later said that he had no intention of running for mayor again, and went along his merry way. I am both surprised (and somehow not) and pleased to see him in politics again. I think it is pretty brave of Nader to join the race again with Hillary and Obama running around the country, and let’s face it, it’s not likely that he would win. But as a member of the Green Party, I am glad to see another Green candidate. But most of all I am curious to see what Matt Gonzalez does next.

Photo of the remnants of a Matt Gonzalez for Mayor house party fundraiser.

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Cool eco-friendly stuff I want!

6 Mar

Cortland Solar Panel Purse http://www.noonsolar.com/fall-collection/cortland/

Recycled Bottle Glasses http://www.ecoutlet.co.uk/shop/products/?sub_category_id=212

Recycled Wine Bottle Platters http://www.uncommongoods.com/item/item.jsp?itemId=15493 Actually this store has many interested recycled products http://www.uncommongoods.com/fam/fam.jsp?source=menu&pageId=148

Entwined Root Coat Stand http://www.vivaterra.com/pls/enetrixp/!stmenu_template.main?complex_id_in=482007.1301997.1301997.2724401.page

Towel With Further Options  http://www.dezeen.com/2008/02/27/towel-with-further-options-by-niimi/

Recycled Glass Sculpture http://basglas.com/splash.html

The Freeloader http://www.solartechnology.co.uk/products/solar_chargers/freeloader.asp

NatureMill Indoor Composter http://naturemill.com/plus.html