Posts Tagged ‘grapes’

OMG Lemur Update! Our San Francisco Zoo Puts on a Thanksgiving Feast for 15 Adorable Lemurs

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Here’s what’s up at our San Francisco Zoo on the day before Thanksgiving:

“Today, the Zoo’s lemurs received a Thanksgiving feast of some of their favorite foods – green beans; a fruit salad of apples, bananas, and grapes; sweet potatoes; and turkey made out of monkey chow. Their glasses were filled with apple juice. Sitting politely at a formal table, the lemurs sat respectfully and then ventured onto the table to enjoy their feast.”

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Now, check out their hours of operation:

Current Hours:
Everyday
10am – 4pm
365 days a year!
San Francisco Zoo
You can’t beat that, huh? All right, see you there!

SAN FRANCISCO ZOO LEMUR FUN FACTS:

The Zoo has a group of 15 lemurs on Lemur Forest – six ring-tailed, four red-ruffed, three black and whites; two blacks. There are nearly 100 species of lemurs in Madagascar today.

Endemic to the island of Madagascar off the coast of Africa, lemurs were named after the lemures or the ghosts/spirits of Roman mythology. 

Lemurs can be very small, weighing as little as 1 oz., or up to 20 lbs.

Like their wild counterparts, the Zoo’s lemurs can be very vocal. Their loud calls can be heard throughout the day. However, they also communicate with scents by scent marking with urine as well as rubbing the scent glands located on their wrists on trees, bushes and the ground.

Lemurs are classified as threatened or endangered. They only inhabit approximately 10% of the island of Madagascar. Deforestation, hunting for bushmeat by native inhabitants, and live captures for the pet trade are the culprits of their decline in numbers. 

Most lemurs are arboreal, thus the Zoo’s Lemur Forest is a perfect environment for them. The lemurs can be seen clinging to trees and leaping throughout the day.

The Marin Institute Blows a Big Raspberry at California’s Wine Industry

Monday, December 14th, 2009

This was the scene last week when the Marin Institute went after The Wine Institute trade association and the “Myth of the California Family Winery.”

The protesters are boosters of AB 1019, the Assembly bill in Sacramento that would establish an Alcohol-Related Services Program paid for with a tax on alcohol.

Here’s the takefrom SFGate bidness reporter Andrew Don’t forget the S Ross.

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More details here at ALCOHOL WATCHDOG GROUP ATTACKS WINE INSTITUTE.

The “Secret Sherry Society” Once Again Pays a Visit to San Francisco

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

To the annoyance of famous local writer Beth Spotswood (“Spam?” Oh no!), the Secret Sherry Society is back in town again. I infiltrated their previous visit last summer, but didn’t say nothing about it due to a possible conflict with “work.” (But you know, I was probably worried over nothing, probably.)

Anywho, the takeaway I took from the Sherry Council of America is that the word Sherry comes from the name of Jerez, Spain. (Did not know that, no sir.) So that means that, in a way, Sherry is just like Champagne, with all the nitty gritty that entails. (We use semi-genericized names in America – it’s the law, ’nuff said. But that doesn’t stop producers from telling the world why their stuff is better, fair ’nuff.)

I’ll definitely say that the final round they served with dessert at the Slanted Door restaurant was Too Sweet For Me, but the other types they had were not. Do you want to get into the different styles and what goes well with what and let’s have a Sherry-themed dinner party? Well, the SSS would be delighted.

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Not so secret, with the glass walls and all:

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So, if you ever get invited to a Secret Sherry Society event, don’t consider it spam, consider it $95/pound Jamón ibérico. And then go and ask them what would pair well with Jamón ibérico. I’m sure they’d have an answer, they’re lovely people.

Of course you’re too young to remember, but I know about how the image of Tequila has come a looooong way the past couple of decades – perhaps this effort from the Sherry folks will serve to change the image of Sherry over the coming months and years.

Only Time Will Tell.

Grapes of Wrath Redux – Hard Times in Napa Valley Wine Country

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Napa’s in the Bay Area, right? It’s super close to San Francisco. So let’s take a look and see how the Great Recession of 2007-???? (aka the “late-2000s recession“) is affecting our Neighbor to the North.

Let’s start with the view from the St. Helena Highway, aka Route 29, aka Main Street. (It’s the main drag for the whole entire valley, you know.) Here’s the old Radio Flyer on the train tracks motif:

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What happens if you can’t afford the rent and a car? What happens if you, as many in Napa and Sonoma counties have done before you, get a DUI or two and you lose your license to drive? How do you get to work or the store without a car? Let’s take a look:

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Napa can’t afford sidewalks? Apparently. Of course, if you’re on a bicycle (not recommended) you would pedal along on the shoulder/breakdown lane, but if you’re on your feet, well, remember all the drunk drivers? I mean, DWI is a Way of Life up there. 

I mean, bacon-rich Cincinnati has its local Hog Report so shouldn’t lush-rich Napa have a local DUI Report? Oh wait, it does

By the way, be sure to “Avoid the 9″ policing agencies that will bust you:

“Napa County Sheriff’s Office, the Napa Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, St. Helena Police Department, Calistoga Police Department, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Napa Valley College, American Canyon Police Department and Napa County Probation.”

OMG, can you believe that bucolic Napa has (or had) 2400(!!!!) outstanding DUI arrest warrants? Mercy!

Anywho, walking in Napa is no picnic. Perhaps it makes the most sense to just amble on the old train tracks (which, of course, are the newish home of the despised (and belovedNapa Valley Wine Train.)

But what about the wineries, how are they doing? Well, the Disneyesque Robert Mondavi Winery had no waiting for their famous 75-minute Signature Tour and Tasting on a recent balmy October Sunday. (Of course, back in the day, the place was packed to the gills, reservations required.)

And how about Francis Ford Coppola’s Rubicon Estate, where they have mandatory valet service and a red carpet and where they don’t let you in without a $25 cover?

Well here it is, during Sunday primetime, it was totally wide open. A handful of cars in the lot, no valets, no $25 charge, it’s just y’all come down.

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Now let’s head up to St. Helena proper, where the millionaires live and you can buy Rolexeses and high end choco all you want? Let’s check out David’s Jewelers, Since 1976:

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Dave has sweet window displays (man, that Rolex fish, that’s art ready to hang, baby)…

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…but no goods to sell. Uh oh.

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There are Halloween decorations but that’s it. It’s closed down, apparently. Oh well.

And let’s not even think about heading Further North to the St. Helena Premium Outlets place. Cue tumbleweeds.

So, what’s worse:

Busy, crowded Napa Valley; or

Ghost town* Napa Valley?

That’s a tough choice for some people. Oh well.

But now’s your chance to get on up there and see what it was like back in the day, before Napa became a major tourist destination. COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts isn’t around anymore, but all the other places will be staffed with folks happy to see you, I’m sure.

I almost wanted to buy something, but then I remembered about the Buy Local Movement. I’m not a local, really, so I probably shouldn’t spend my hard-earned up there.

But you, you’re welcome to visit, especially before things pick up again in the Spring of 2010.

See you there!

*Be aware that the Great Recession has seemed to pass by the popular eateries, such as Mustards Grill (man, it’s tough to get in there), Taylor’s Automatic Refresher (busy, busy, but the wait isn’t too long) and Yountville’s bestarred (c’mon, it’s a word) The French Laundry (forget about it).

Trader Joe’s Wants You to Move Up from Two Buck Chuck Wine.

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Charles Shaw, everybody’s favorite brand of extreme value wine, has been a mainstay at Trader Joe’s for a good long time. But the folks over at TJ’s would like you to step up from the Two Buck Chuck, which is still only $1.99 (but maybe a little higher depending on how much you get victimized by the archaic, mafia-like, middleman-friendly, ”three-tier system for alcohol distribution). Anyway, it’s the “one constant in their wine selection.”

To help you with improving your life, TJ’s has a nice 5-page catalogue of wines that are more in keeping with your upscale life. Check out Edition One of the Wine Journal, if you want.

The Busiest TJ’s in teh World. It’s just another day at the Trader Joe’s on Masonic:
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Now speaking of Two Buck Chuck, the UFW is urging consumers to take action in response to the recent death of pregnant 17-year-old Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez. The United Farm Workers want you to Tell Trader Joe’s to Chuck the Excuses. Here are some more details.

Your choice.