Posts Tagged ‘vanilla’
“Tis the Season for Science” at Our California Academy of Sciences – Snow! Reindeer! Spice Forest! Performances!Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
“From November 23, 2011 – January 16, 2012 the Academy will offer a suite of wintry festivities and family fun that will celebrate the science behind some of our most familiar holiday sights, sounds, and traditions. Highlights include:
A pair of live reindeer
Indoor snow flurries twice an hour
A Snowman Theater – an immersive digital dome shaped like a giant snowman, which will play two new shows on the science of snow
An aromatic Spice Forest – displays of the raw botanical specimens from which we get cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and other holiday ingredients
Festive programs including quiz shows, live music, dance, and theater performances
Mounted specimens of the birds mentioned in “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” including swans, geese, colly birds, hens, doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.”
Remember RLGC – Reindeer Love Graham Crackers. Hey kids, name this reindeer! (She’s a girl, BTW.)
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And here’s what these critters looked like when they were on the famous roof, via an iPhone 4:
This is Miles – he’s a fool for pine branches, I’ll tell you:
One of four Evaporative Snow machines:
Le Theatre de Bonhomme de Neige – they’ve got two short films to show once you get inside:
The aromatic Spice Forest lets you smell stuff like nutmeg and vanilla:
And a partridge in a pear tree:
See you there!
[UPDATE: They’re back. This time they’ll be at the CalTrain station n SOMA from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. It’s today. See?
4/30/2010 Cal Train Depot 3PM – 7PM]
You know what you need? You need some free iced lattes from Seattle’s Best Coffee. Just look for the:
“…huge, hard-to-miss “Big Red Fridge.” Visitors will be offered samples of our new canned Iced Lattes, featuring Iced Mocha, Iced Vanilla Latte [Iced iced, baby!] and traditional Iced Latte flavors.”
Thursday 4/22/10 Embarcadero Farmers Market (8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon)
Friday 4/23/10 Giants Blanket Night AT&T Park (3:00 PM – 7:00 PM)
Check it, RTD (Ready To Drink):
“The new Iced Latte’s are now available in major grocery, retail and convenient store outlets in the Western US (Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington) and have a suggested retail price of $1.49 for a single can and $4.99 for a four-pack.”
See you there.
And oh, Petaluma, you too. Bonus!
4/24/10 Petaluma Butter & Egg Days Parade (10am – 6pm)
4/25/10 Antique Faire in Petaluma (10am – 6pm)
You know the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, right? It’s the home of orchids and aphids, and tiny carnivores, and midnight pugilistics, and pugnacious Norman Mailer-looking bus drivers parking in the red zone. Well they‘d love to have you come visit their new exhibit, Edible Expeditions. Read all about it, below.
(Now back in the day, there was a plan afoot to put some coca (that’s right – not cocoa, not cacao, just straight up coca, as in cocaine) on display at the Conservatory – it would have been part of a show about medicinal plants. But somebody put the kibosh on that idea as it might have embarrassed the San Francisco mayor of that era. Matier and/or Ross and the national press would have had a field day with that one, it was feared, and plus there would be security issues, etc. N.B.: this wasn’t so very long ago. Moving on…)
See you there! Don’t eat the plants!
Deets here and after the jump:
May 7 – November 1, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO – Vanilla, chocolate, coffee and curry – easy to find in the grocery store aisle, but how about in the jungle? This summer, the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park offers visitors a chance to see their food in the wild in a new exhibition called Edible Expeditions on view May 7 – November 1, 2009. It’s a discovery journey of edible plants from around the world full of surprises about the treats we eat.
Arranged in lush demonstration gardens, Edible Expeditions highlights the many delicious products that we enjoy from tropical countries. Over 50 species of popular and lesser-known plants will be displayed by geographic distribution.
Featured in the North American garden is the reigning king of candy – chocolate. The cacao tree is a native of the deep tropics of the Americas. This small evergreen tree produces bright orange fruit pods full of the seeds from which chocolate is made. The scientific name Theobroma means “food of the gods”, a reflection of the central role this plant played in the creation stories of ancient Mesoamerican cultures. Cacao beans became so important in the Aztec empire that they were used as currency.
The full release, after the jump.