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selection of NZ Artisan honeys

Wild Thymes, Honey

I’ve been seduced by a terroirist network known as New Zealand Artisan Honey, made up of passionate beekeepers producing honeys in small, quality batches from specific varietal sources among some of New Zealand’s most spectactular locations.

links for 2008-03-04: Secrets of Happiness and Hyperbolic Geometry

Want to Save a Coral Reef? Bring Along Your Crochet Hook The Institute For Figuring‘s Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project embodies “conecptual enchantment,” the “beauty and creativity that comes out of scientific thinking.” As it turns out, the gorgeously crenellated and undulating corals, anemones, kelps, sponges, and slugs that live in the reef have what are known as hyperbolic geometric structures: shapes that mathematicians, until recently, thought did not exist outside of the human imagination. They’ve got a hyperbolic crochet cactus garden touring too. Ahh…. we thought these hyperbolic crochet shapes looked familiar. It’s what Bjork’s been sporting lately with the release of Volta. Go Bjork! (tags: enchantment”) Emory Magazine: Winter 2008: Why is This Man [the Dalai Lama] Smiling? Good summary of study of happiness findings following Dalai Lama visit to Emory. (tags: happiness eudaemonia dalailama flourishing depression)

links for 2008-02-10

Betting a Farm Would Work in Queens – New York Times Sur les paves la ferme (Over the pavement, the farm), is the theme of Work Architecture‘s winning proposal for P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center‘s 2008 summer courtyard. Reflects the movement from industrialization to postindustrialization, from global to local, from free market to farmer’s market, and from sand to hay. (tags: p.s.1 nyc art architecture urban food garden farming agriculture) WorldChanging: Jim Hansen, Climate Code Red and the Atmospheric Singularity Alex Steffen eloquently outlines two singularity scenarios and suspects we are at the shearing point on either side of which one looms: the Atmospheric Singulariy (if we fail to tackle our climate crisis) and the Sustainability Singularity (if we do come to grips with our challenges and realize that “small steps” are not even vaguely sufficient.) (tags: singularity climatechange sustainability scenarioplanning) Indranet » The Tao of Google ranking If we look for practical information through Google then we don’t need to involve much of our inner world. However, as it often happens, search engines are being …

GhostGarden and More GPS Games

The surreal romance of aristocratic expat Lucy and castaway Jack enchanted me as I strolled through Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens in early January, following their love story on a handheld HP GPS device preloaded with Anita Fontaine‘s spooky sweet Ghost Garden, part of the 2008 Sydney Festival. As I traveled through the gardens, certain locations would trigger animated scenes that revealed the story, set in the 1800s. I could feel the past, present and future all melting into one, and I got excited imagining the day when it be easy to create my own site-specific adventures for people to discover as they’re traveling through a space. That day turned out to be less than a month away! Wherigo is a flexible gaming platform that Garmin is embedding in their new Colorado 400t Handheld GPS unit (Pictured at right. Thanks, Brady!) Wherigo Builder allows anyone to build alternate reality games, tour guides, local reviews, real estate marketing apps, scavenger hunts, pub crawls or Victorian love stories that are site-specific by mapping out zones, creating a story …

NZ Notes: Sorry S.P…. I’m leaving you for Antipodes

I love bubbly beverages: Champagne and sparkling water are always my drinks of choice. Among the sparklers, Antipodes stands out. Coming from a deep natural aquifer to the surface in Whakatane, New Zealand, Antipodes has real mouth appeal. It’s less aggressively carbonated than my usual brew, San Pellegrino, and it’s easy on the eyes too. Dressed in classic Mrs. Eaves, Antipodes complements any table without overpowering it. The oviform bottle echoes the round beads streaming up when opened. It’s a happy thing to hold. I know, I know… you have issues with bottled water. I do too. But a girl’s gotta have a vice, and until I can pour sparkling from the tap, I’ll order the bottle. (When out… technically I could make my own at home.) If it makes you feel any better, Antipodes is the first premium water to be certified carbon neutral in production and export, and they plan to be carbon neutral to any table, hotel room or home anywhere in the world by 2008. Antipodes is currently served only in …

NZ Notes: Auckland Hilton: White & Bellini

Overlooking Waitemata harbor’s expansive blue vista, the White Restaurant at the Hilton Auckland features a cool palette, warm service and delightful meals. Starting with our first favorite meal of the day, highlights of the breakfast buffet include poached pears with vanilla beans, blueberries with cinnamon sticks and apricots with cardamom pods. These are delicious over the bircher muesli, as are the fresh melon selections. The coffee is also excellent, but there are a couple of terms you need to know if you’re not from down under: Flat white is the local favorite, which has less milk than a latte, less foam than a cappuccino. Long black is a double shot of espresso with a little hot water, basically a stronger americano. Lunch favorites (click to see): carrot and orange soup with ginger and lime-cured salmon seafood on braised fennel with bouillabaisse sauce harissa lamb cutlets with sautéed artichokes lychee and rosewater brulée with brandy snap wafer (pictured above) warm mixed nut pie with lemon myrtle custard and vanilla ice cream poached apple trifle with granny …

Sweet Potato Lentil Kale Soup Recipe

I love everything about this soup — the way it looks, the way it tastes, the different textures and how easy it is to make. It makes a fine meal all by itself. If you try it, I’d love to hear your experience. 1 c. dried lentils (your choice… this time I used French green, but have had lovely results with red and the black beluga ones too.) 6 c. low-sodium organic vegetable broth (or cooking liquid of your choice) 1 onion, chopped up a few cloves of garlic, smashed or sliced 3 sweet potatoes or yams, all chopped up 1 or 2 bunches of lacinato kale (or greens of your choice) 1 splash of olive oil 1 tbsp curry powder (or to taste) Splash a little olive oil in the bottom of a big pot and sauté garlic and onion for a few minutes until fragrant and translucent. Then toss in everything but the kale and bring it to a boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes, then toss in the kale. Simmer for 15 …

Ask Emily: Gifts for New Moms

Hi Ryan,My favorite welcome home gift for new mommies and babies is Manhattan Fruitier’s beautiful organic fresh fruit basket with a teddy bear, rubber ducky and crocheted booties. Feel free to add in flowers and chocolate as you wish.Manhattan Fruitiermanhattanfruitier.com105 E 29th St, New York NY212.686.0404 and 800.841.5718Best flowers for Manhattan delivery: 1.