In the springtime, joyous spring- time, When the birds begin to sing, And we hear the murmuring brook- lets, Then the bees are on the wing. When the long, cold days are over Bees are out to sip the dew And the nectar from the clover, Buttercups and daisies blue.
Supers placed above the beehive For the honey bee to find, Will be filled if showers are given To the flowers of every kind. Then the bees are kind and gentle "Take it hog," they seem to say; "We will work again the harder After the next rainy day.
"And we'll fill again the super, We don't mind with you to share, Early morn will find us busy Gathering honey everywhere. We just gladly gather honey, And the wax from off our back We produce, now is'nt it funny, No material do we lack.
"For our queen cells we have polen, Any egg a queen may be, From the proper food and cover, We produce a queen, you see. If some drones we wish for mating, Other food we must supply, Just the food we give while waiting For their hatching by and by."
"But when frost on field and hillside, In the autumn kills the flower, And in vain we search for honey, In each glen and leafy bower, Then in every hive is stationed Guards to watch our winter's store, For if you would rudely take it, We would search in vain for more.
"And we sting with all our fury, Take our honey if you dare, For we want to keep from starving In the winter, so beware." There's a moral we may gather From the busy bee for all, Gather food stuff in the summer, And protect it in the fall.
This week we were invited to attend the Imitation of Christ preview of their F/W 2012 collection at the ever-epic Buddakan. The show was dramatic and romantic - highlighted with a magician who made birds appear, women disappear, and awed the audience with flames. We were impressed.
We've always loved Buddakan - a spectacular space that juxtaposes light and dark, compressed bar spaces with grand double-height dining rooms, taxidermy birds with wax covered bird candle holders. The lighting is always fantastic (a mark of a well designed restaurant if you ask this girl) for everyone wants to look amazing while dining out.
As one could expect, there was much excitement in the air - models stood (with much strength and perseverance) for 2 hours as bloggers snapped photos, editors meticulously noted, interns tweeted, and yet the magician continued to entertain. We were seduced by the romantic dresses (specifically that stunning red number), big, messy-yet-lady-like hair, and dramatic eyes all under the massive chandeliers of the main dining room. Ah, how we crave.
As we lusted for silk frocks we sipped on champagne spiked with fruit, nibbled on dumplings filled with Edamame, and ate bites of charred beef to name a few of the delicious appetizers that were passed around the crowd.
We continue to be so obsessed by the Edamame dumplings that we did some google research to turn up the recipe! It sounds rather simple, and we will be making them tonight for our Valentines Day Feast.
Recipe: Edamame Dumplings
Michael Schulson, Previous Executive Chef, Buddakan
Brian Ray & Yang Huang, Current Executive Chefs
Today we're pleased to present a guest post by one of our favorite gals around, Miss Amanda de Beaufort of the wildly successful parent-style blog, Coos & Ahhs. Whenever we're in a jam for gifts to get for the little ones in our life, we always turn to C&A for some seriously cute and stylish finds. Additionally, we're terribly fond of her son, Master Henry Hugh, who is not only one stylish two year old, but also is quite the little gourmand. We've seen the little chap down raw oysters, pasta carbonara, steak - pretty much whatever mom's eating, and she's always serving up something divine.
So we asked Miss de Beaufort to give us a round up of some of the best foodie finds she can recommend for the little gourmands in your life.
Without further ado:
Gifts for the Littlest Gourmand
I am honored to contribute this gift guide for my favorite foodie ladies!
Like most food-loving parents, one of my greatest fears was giving birth to a picky eater. Okay, slight exaggeration! Kids are kids, but I strongly feel that feeding your child real, homemade, healthy food as much as possible is key to a healthy adventurous eater. Here are some of my favorite foodie gifts for little ones...happy eating!
People. Popcorn is delicious. Don't even try to hide it - it's the reason you go to the movies, it's the reason you stay at that bar for hours after you should, and its a main staple of your diet. It is for us too, and that's where the truffle salt comes into play....
Popcorn. Watch it come to delicious fruition in 12 seconds:
Sometimes twitter is full of gems. Today we laughed out loud when we saw this tweet from Mitchell Davis over at Cook and Eat Better - explaining subtle nuisances of social media through....donuts. Genius, we say!