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Is picking edible weeds off the streets the next foodie trend? - The Mercury NewsTuesday, August 01, 2017
If I knew what I was picking, I would absolutely forage,” said Patricia Simms, a Sunnyvale resident who works in downtown San Jose. “But half the time I don’t.”To get around that, Stark and his colleagues often organize walks around the East Bay, teaching people how to recognize edible plants, and to normalize the idea of picking leaves and flowers off the ground and eating them.It’s easy to get started, Stark said, because almost everybody knows at least one edible plant.“Pretty much every kid in the U.S. has eaten sourgrass at some point,” he said. “So you have the seeds to a green list. All you have to do is learn to recognize one more every time.”Edible weeds like miner’s lettuce, chickweed, nettles, nasturtium, dandelion, chicory, lambsquarters and sweet fennel are widely known and used in restaurants that serve local foods with a variety of buzzwords like organic, locally sourced, hand-picked and seasonal.“It’s important that people know what’s out there you can eat,” said John Farais, a native foods chef based in San Rafael, who cooks with plants that most people never imagine as food: amaranth greens, nettles, nasturtiums, dandelions, oak acorns, prickly pear cactus, madrone flowers — and even Douglas fir tips.“Everyone is into local foods right now,” said Farais, who has been spreading the word about local edible plants for the past 15 years. “For me, local is what’s been growing right here for hundreds of thousands of years.”UC Berkeley Professor Philip Stark picks a bunch of fennel weeds, which grow around the streets of downtown Berkeley. (Photo by Teresa L. Carey) Stark, who stopped buying commercial greens four or five years ago, has introduced chefs to some of the lesser known weeds like plantago, sow thistle, cat’s ear, cow parsnip, vetch, wild radish, wild mustards, sheep sorrel, bay nuts, yarrow, wild lettuces and mugwort.But despite the demand for feral foods, most chefs find it difficult to use foraged weeds because they’re limited in quantity.“It’s hard to source special things like that for larger busier restaurants. It’s much easier for smaller places to do that,” said Charlie Ayers, chef and owner of Calafia C... http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/16/is-picking-edible-weeds-off-the-streets-the-next-foodie-trend/
Shop Talk: ribs ramp-up; vanishing florists; kids' coding school - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, November 22, 2016
No Trespassing" sign on the front door. A call to the shop's Palo Alto phone number was transferred to a florist in Sunnyvale. An employee there said Stanford Florist is closed temporarily but will reopen in a few months.KIDS' CODING SCHOOL ... Palo Alto resident Hansel Lynn seems to thrive on the cusp of innovation. He is preparing to open theCoderSchool, an after-school program that teaches kids how to code, in late August in Alma Village, 3441 Alma St. "This all started when I was looking for some kind of coding classes for my own kids, and there was nothing out there," he said. So Lynn decided to create his own coder-learning center. "Since Palo Alto is the technology capital of the world, this is the place to do it," he said. This is not Lynn's first kid-oriented venture in Palo Alto. Nearly two years ago, he opened School of Rock, 2645 Middlefield Road. The pricing structure for theCoderSchool is still being worked out, but Lynn estimates a monthly cost of $200 to $400 per student, depending on the program. Age range is 8 to 18 years old, but Lynn expects most students will be 14 years and under. He expects that managing the newly constructed 1,000-square-foot-space, located behind Starbucks and next to Grocery Outlet, will be more of an avocation than a full-blown career for him. "I am primarily a real estate developer, which allows me to do the emotionally rewarding things like School of Rock and theCoderSchool," Lynn said.Heard a rumor about your favorite store or business moving out, or in, down the block or across town? Daryl Savage will check it out. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. http://paloaltoonline.com/news/2014/08/04/shop-talk-ribs-ramp-up-vanishing-florists-kids-coding-school
Rick Tuttle, the Chicago artist who ran an artful Michigan bookstore, dies at 66 - Chicago TribuneMonday, May 07, 2018
Acorn Theater since 2002, says, “Rick Tuttle was the epicenter of the town. He created spaces that, like Rick, were full of hyphens. His buildings were bookstore-gallery-party space-salon-florist shop-poetry center-whatever. Like a lot of people here, Rick was a man of many talents and none defined by his jobs. He was generous and committed to making Three Oaks the community he envisioned.“He was a wry, cynical optimist who did everything with passion. His anger at injustice was overshadowed by his love for simple pleasures in life. A drink, time with a friend, a dance (and he would dance without shame and with zest), a tight and serious hug, and regular verbal affirmations were regular parts of Rick’s life. He loved his wives and his friends with a sincerity that made us feel more important and loved than anyone could imagine.”Charles Osgood / Chicago Tribune
Artist and former Chicagoan Rick Tuttle holds "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with a book cover Tuttle created.Artist and former Chicagoan Rick Tuttle holds "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with a book cover Tuttle created. (Charles Osgood / Chicago Tribune)Richard Daer Tuttle was born in Chicago on July 1, 1951. His father, Richard, was an artist and designer and his mother, LaVerne, instilled in him a lifelong love of books. He was a free spirit who, after graduating high school, moved to Costa Rica where he married for the first time, had a child and discovered the painting and literature of that area.Back in Chicago, he began his career as a graphic artist, working for some of the city’s large advertising agencies before starting his own firm, RT2 Design, which had clients in the business and cultural worlds, among them Southport Records for which he made its eye-catching logo. He also did design work for the Blue Rider Theater Company.That was the troupe founded by writer/director/a... http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ent-rick-tuttle-memorial-0417-story.html
Target 2 Consumer Alert: Mother's Day flower shop scam and Microsoft popups - WBAYMonday, May 07, 2018
If you're buying them online, there are some important questions to ask before you buy. The Director of Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection says you may think you're selecting a local florist, but you are actually contacting a business in another state that just coordinates the purchase and delivery. Consumer protection says when you do an online search, follow up with a call. If the business answers with something generic such as, "flower shop," ask for a specific name, where it's located and get an address.Also, ask specific questions about the flower arrangement. How many roses versus carnations and if there are any tacked on fees for a vase or extras. If the people on the other end don't give you that information, hang up. There are plenty of local florists to get an arrangement from. Another costly scam we want to warn you about are the Microsoft Tech Support Scams. Usually there is a popup on your screen telling you there's a problem with your computer and to call a phone number for help right away. Some new information shows just how much this scam is spiking. Microsoft IT had 153,000 customers calling into its Microsoft customer support telling them they were scammed. That's a 24 percent jump from 2016 to last year. Of those, 15 percent of people lost, ... http://www.wbay.com/content/news/Target-2-Consumer-Alert--481873001.html
6 Royal Wedding Bouquets To Use For Your Own Wedding Inspiration - Elite DailyMonday, May 07, 2018
It's tradition that royal brides carry a sprig of myrtle in their bouquets, because the flower stands for marriage and love. According to Town & Country, the royal couple-to-be committed to florist Philippa Craddock, and Markle will carry white garden roses and peonies (in addition to some other elegant varieties). I looked to Kate Middleton's stunning flowers for some inspo on these seven wedding bouquets for your big day, as well as the flowers we might see Markle carrying in just a few short weeks. You deserve to look like royalty when you walk down the aisle, am I right?1LiliesPascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty ImagesAccording to The Guardian, Kate Middleton's bouquet was filled with lily of the valley that was in season at the time. You might want to consider including lilies for your big day, too. The white flower comes across as elegant and graceful, and is often a sweet addition to any wedding bouquet. Your guests will be in awe of how romantic you look walking down the aisle.2White RosesAdam NixonIt doesn't get much more elegant than carrying a bouquet of white roses on your wedding day. Especially when they're in full bloom, this flower radiates beauty and will surely make you look like one of the royals. Your flowers will at least get a very regal moment on your Instagram feed, if they don't make it into a major wedding magazine. I think it's safe to say Meghan Markle might even approve. After all, she's incorporating white garden roses into her bunch, too.3PeoniesAndrew YaremchukPut some peonies in your bouquet if you truly want to channel major princess vibes on your way to your very own happily ever after. These flowers will feel romantic and will be a regal addition to your look y...
FTD Companies, Inc., Introduces New Mother's Day Floral, Gourmet Sweets Collections - PR Newswire (press release)Monday, May 07, 2018
Fresh floral arrangements hand-crafted and delivered by an FTD florist make a lasting impression."FTD has a 108-year-old heritage of delighting customers through luxurious, florist-designed flowers and has a deep understanding of how to make Mom feel special through flowers. It's simple for gift givers to say what they mean this Mother's Day in a beautiful and authentic way through FTD's premium bouquets, ProFlowers' farm-fresh flowers and Shari's Berries delectable treats. Bring Color to Her EverydaySeeing or hearing from those closest to us is a sure way to brighten our day. Add a little color to her life, like she repeatedly does for you, with one of these colorful floral gifts from FTD and ProFlowers:Deliver the Ultimate Royal TreatmentThe ones we love deserve only the best—and then some. Shower your "queen" with fresh cut blooms worthy of royal recognition or take inspiration from traditional afternoon teatime. These gifts are sure to have that special someone beaming atop her throne:Reward Those with a Major Sweet ToothMom may have always said that dessert didn't count as dinner, but these delicious treats from Shari's Berries may change her mind: Timeless Display of AffectionThese classic gifts warm her heart year after year and bring joy to her special day. You can also give Mom the gift that keeps on giving through ProFlowers' new Bloom Refresh™ program and receive a second bouquet 12 days after the first bouquet to refill her vase. See these products and more at www.ftd.com, www.proflowers.com, and www.berries.com. About FTD Companies, Inc.FTD Companies, Inc., is a premier floral and gifting company. Through our diversified family of b...
London florist chosen for royal wedding display - euronewsTuesday, May 01, 2018
Prince Harry and his American fiancee Meghan Markle have ticked off another item from their royal wedding to-do list. First it was the cake now its the flowers.London florist Philippa Craddock, whose client list includes design label Alexander McQueen plans to use white garden roses among the blooms for the occasion. On Sunday Queen Elizabeth was joined by other members of the royal family as she attended the traditional Easter service at Windsor Castle - the venue for her grandson's wedding on May 19. http://www.euronews.com/2018/04/02/london-florist-chosen-for-royal-wedding-display