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  • LV Blog Bumblebee Oct. 2016 Bee Cause FF

    Bee Cause…! October ๐Ÿ

    Big-Brainedโ€™ Bumblebees Access Tools!
    Bumblebees may have small brains, but thereโ€™s significantly more happening beneath those exoskeletons than previously thought. Over the last decade bumblebees have proven themselves to be quite remarkable little beings with complex navigational and communication skills, emotions, and even facial recognition.

    Now a study at Queen Mary University of London has successfully challenged the long held notion that only โ€˜large-brainedโ€™ beings can maneuver with tools. Cognitive scientist Lars Chittka and his team found that bumblebees could solve tasks and use tools to gain access to nectar. But better yet, theyโ€™ve shown bumblebees can learn this task from other bees and hive mates, without ever experiencing these tasks in nature.

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  • LV Blog Bee Cause Sept. 2016

    Bee Cause…! September ๐Ÿ

    I Absolutely Love This Quote!

    โ€˜Unique among all creatures, only the honeybee improves the environment and preys not on any other speciesโ€ฆโ€™
    – Royden Brown

    Ten Fun Facts About Honeybees!

    Honeybees, scientifically known as Apis mellifera (meaning honey-carrying bee), have been buzzing around on earth for over 30-millions of years. Humans and honeybees have had a long and loyal relationship for thousands of years. Honeybees are the only insect that create/produce food we eat. ๐Ÿ

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  • LV Blog Buzz Pollination Bee Cause Sept 2016FF

    Bee Cause…! August ๐Ÿ

    Buzz-Pollination!

    Most flowering plants have their pollen readily available for any and all pollinators to gather. But some plants are a bit more selective, even somewhat stubborn about whom they will share their nutritious golden treasure.

    I just learned about a pollinating technique called โ€˜Buzz-Pollination from a video series produced by PBS called ‘Deep Look’. Chances are good that you have personally benefited from buzz-pollinationโ€™ through enjoying tomatoes, blue berries, cranberries, peppers, eggplant and even potatoes.

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  • Flower Piano FF

    Bee Cause…! July ๐Ÿ

    San Francisco Botanical Garden โ€˜Flower Pianoโ€™

    The San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park is in full bloom this summer with pollinators going wild! Look at this fabulous honeybee gathering pollen from a huge Matillija Poppy. Her little pollen purses are just teaming with food for her hive-mates.

    We attended the annual โ€˜Flower Pianoโ€™ event this month. During our visit, strolling through this 55-acre San Francisco gem in Golden Gate Park, we saw over 5 different species of hummingbirds, fury bumble bees, honeybees, wild bees, along with numerous species of butterflies, not to mention a huge variety of botanical wonders from all over the world.

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  • L.V. Bee Cause May 2016FF

    Bee Cause…! June ๐Ÿ

    Ah the gentle hum of the blooming privet trees filled with happy bees! Every summer our Privet trees create a wondrous foraging ground for our local pollinators. I enjoy sitting in the garden, sipping my tea, and listening to the concert of deep buzzing produced […]

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  • Bee Cause May 2016FF

    Bee Cause…! May ๐Ÿ

    This month the lavender, verbena, and bottle brush are sustaining our resident flutter-bye populations. Just last weekend the Rhododendrons began to bloom, which attracted an incredible, visually dynamic, early morning brunch-fest. I just smiled as I observed their pleasant hum from my big, old, teak garden chair, sipped my first hot cup-oh-joe…

    What a treatโ€ฆ! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

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    Bee Cause…! April ๐Ÿ

    We visited the Gallery of California Natural Sciences in Oakland to see the Honeybee exhibit and learned about the 1,600 species of bees that live in California. Bees help produce our food and keep our ecosystem buzzing. There are many things we can all do to better support our local pollinators. It begins with creating a healthy and reliable food source for them, free of dangerous pesticides. Many people are unaware of the devastating effects systemic fertilizers, RoundUp, and neonicotinoids have on our wonderful pollinator communities. These chemicals contaminate the pollen and nectar bees feed upon, which in turn wipes out entire colonies.

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    Garlic, Rosemary & Butter Dipping Sauce

    Le Voov! Note: This particular sauce can be used with fresh crab, scallops and prawns, as well as a rustic loaf of sour dough bread!

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  • Bee Cause Feb. 2017 FF

    Bee Cause…! February ๐Ÿ

    Rainy Day Bees!

    Northern California has been a very wet, soggy place this winter. However, we are loving all the rain since our region has been in a severe drought for the last 5-years. โ˜”๏ธ

    The winter months pose a tough time for honeybees due to the impact of cold & rain on foraging and the availability of pollen. During a break from a recent rainy deluge, I came across this busy bee gathering pollen for her hive mates. Working with great vigilance, she moved from flower to flower on our Camellia bush. If you look closely, you can see the rain drops on the top of the petalsโ€ฆ ๐ŸŒบ

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  • LV Blog Bee Cause Jan. 2017 FF

    Bee Cause…! January ๐Ÿ

    ๐Ÿ Winter Bee Food ๐Ÿ

    Yesterday after the rain stopped, I ventured through the garden to document the blooming plants producing food for our local & migratory pollinators. I photo document this seasonal bloom-cycle twice a month throughout the year to make sure our little nectar-loving friends are always ensured a veritable smorgasbord in our garden.

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  • LV Blog Bee Cause Dec. 2016 FF

    Bee Cause…! December ๐Ÿ

    The Little Bee That Saved Christmas ๐ŸŒฒ

    In the queendom of beedom, there is known to be a small bee from the genus Hylaeus sp. that has been credited with saving Christmas by researchers in New Zealand. This sweet little bee formed a much needed, yet mysterious symbiotic relationship with a very rare form of mistletoe (Peraxilla tetrapetala).

    Now this is not your average, run-of-the-mill mistletoe. Rather, a single Peraxilla plant can live for more than a century, producing a cluster of spectacular crimson buds each year around the time of the Winter Solstice. ๐ŸŒŸ

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  • LV Blog Monsanto Bee Cause Nov. 2016FF

    Bee Cause…! November ๐Ÿ

    Nectar Sweet Victory Against Monsanto!
    A district judge in the state of Yucatรกn, Mexico has overturned a permit that would have allowed Monsanto to commercially plant hundreds of thousands of hectares of soybeans genetically modified to resist the companyโ€™s infamous pesticide Roundup. The new ruling stated that introducing GM crops to the region would most certainly threaten the established and highly lucrative honey production.

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  • March 2015 Meyer Lemons

    Le Voov! Fruit: Meyer Lemons ๐Ÿ‹ ๐Ÿ‹ ๐Ÿ‹

    We are blessed to have not one, but two Meyer lemon trees in our yard. As the days grow shorter in late autumn, the yellow orbs begin to deepen in color and look like bright seasonal ornaments stealthfully hiding among the deep green foliage. With the passing of each winter day, the lemons grow sweeter, and knowing this makes me feel warm right down to my toes.

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  • LV Lemon Pound CakeFF

    Grandmaโ€™s Meyer Lemon Pound Cake ๐Ÿ‹

    My Grandmother was always in the kitchen cooking up something wonderful. As I recall, even the couch in her house smelled like a perfectly pleasant blend of fresh-baked cookies and thick-cut bacon. (I know that sounds weird, but it was absolutely the bees-knees as a kid!)

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  • Lemon Chicken

    Lemon Chicken Piccata ๐Ÿ‹ ๐Ÿด

    Meyer Lemon Picatta is exquisitely divine and easy to prepare. The light, rich sweetness of the lemon sauce in juxtaposition to the salty capers and deep tones of white sage, make this a Splendiferous โ€˜comfort mealโ€™ to be shared with friends and family. Serve it with fresh pasta, herb-roasted potatoes or lemon-rice pilaf, accompanied by steamed asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts or try our Rainbow Carrots, Haricot Verts & Caramelized Shallots.

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  • Le Voov! Restaurant Review: Picaro ๐Ÿด ๐Ÿท

    We stumbled across this tapas restaurant in the Mission District of San Francisco. We werenโ€™t even thinking about lunch, but the rich, earthy aroma coming from the kitchen lured us in like moths to the flame. The colorful, art-filled walls and the bustling atmosphere contributed greatly to the lively tenor. Our waiter Jose gave us a few thoughtful suggestions.

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  • LV Blog Sage Roasted Veggies

    Sage Roasted Winter Vegetables ๐ŸŒฟ

    We visited our local farmers market this morning and I was inspired by the amazing selection. We decided upon fennel root, crimini mushrooms, yellow onions, and rainbow carrots, all packed with freshness & nutrients. You can just taste the sunshine!

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  • LV Blog Dean Deluca FF

    Travel & Adventure – Dean & Deluca Napa Valley ๐Ÿท ๐Ÿ‡

    Dean & Deluca
    607 St. Helena Hwy S, Saint Helena, CA 94574 (Just off highway 29!)

    After our wonderful tasting experience at Prager Winery & Port Works, we stopped into Dean & Deluca for a bit of epicurean perusing. Dean & DeLuca is a chain of fabulous gourmet grocery stores for foodies. The first store was established in New York City in September 1977, in the SoHo district, a rather upscale area in lower Manhattan.

    Known for itโ€™s unique selection of meats, cheese, freshly baked bread, and of course, the vast array of gourmet chocolate truffles, this is the perfect place to pick up all the fixins for a decadent picnic in between visiting wineries.

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    Guess Where I Am…? ๐ŸŒŽ

    ยฟCรณmo se llama Mr. Llama? I had a wonderful conversation with a lovely llama at Harleyโ€™s Goat Farm in the charming coastal town of Pescadero recently. After swapping stories and goat jokes with this wooly sentry, Brian and I had the pleasure of attending a 6-course farm dinner in the loft of the old barn on the property. The fresh, delicious cuisine, the ambiance of candlelight, and meeting new friends, all made this an exceptional experience! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿท๐ŸŽ‘

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  • LV Blog Rockin Raspberry SmoothieFF

    Rockinโ€™ Raspberry Beauty Smoothie

    Embrace a diet rich in every spectrum of the rainbow for an ultimate beauty pick-me-up for your hair, skin and nails. Fruits & vegetables are packed with antioxidants along with other vitamins, nutrients, fiber, and minerals that play a huge role in achieving beauty through optimum health.

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