I really must get around to writing that post dedicated to my love of Sunset Magazine. Tonight might not be the night. But I can never resist the urge to impulsively share exciting information so here it goes.
First, Sunset Magazine has not one, but several excellent blogs available through their website. The one I’m inspired by is the uber-locavore challenge, the “One block diet” and blog. Sunset editors and contributors have dedicated themselves to eating what is grown and available within one block of Sunset’s property.
The Sunset test garden
When reading the “about” section, I found that a former Saveur editor, Margo True, is currently behind Sunset’s excellent food writing! Naturally. My first internship ever was at Saveur magazine in the summer of 1999–while the magazine still had its original sense of elegance and culinary veritas intact under the leadership of Dorothy Kalins, Christopher Hirsheimer, and Colman Andrews–and True herself of course. These days Saveur seems to be suffering along with the economy, crisis of print journalism, and weight (or lack thereof) of their glossy pages. But Sunset with its niche market seems to be thriving. Here’s to Sunset! Here’s to the West!
This looks potentially soothing:
Your own private mini-field of crops!
Feast Bay Farming
Imagine looking out of your window looking at a thriving food forest, an environmentally friendly landscape. This what Feast Bay Farming is committed to offer the residents of Alameda county.
I already have a small patch of my own, but managing and optimizing a home kitchen garden is no simple task. I’ve worked at it, and consulted such sources as the beautifully illustrated and highly-specific Self-Sufficient Gardener by John Seymour, but to do it well takes more man hours than my full time graduate school/work schedule allows. As it stands now, my little raised bed has gone to seed.
If I get lucky (and a spare hour or two one of these weeks) I’m hoping to consult with FBF to turn my little plot into the local feast of Michael Pollan’s dreams. My dream crop: escarole.
Ici Ice Cream has a new website! Remember them?
New soothing additions such as a forthcoming online shop (!), details on the history and founders of Ici (let us all bow down to Maria Canales), and Ici’s pioneering efforts towards sustainability (who doesn’t love it?).
Soothing pastels abound.
I also found out that if you call Ici (510.665.6054 ) you can select the number ‘2’ to hear the ice cream flavors of the day. Soothe. The efficient way to find out if they are serving Meyer lemon without making the trip to Elmwood.