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Places & Spaces: Bardessono, Yountville, California

A premier example of eco-chic, Bardessono is one of only two U.S. hotels that are LEED Platinum certified. Imagine going away on vacation without leaving the faintest trace? This is not a plot point for an episode of CSI, in which, should the aforementioned happen would make for the most unpleasant […]

The ‘Marlboro Man’ Returns to Ruffle Green Feathers

He’s baaack! You’ve all heard of Richard Pombo, right? For 14 years, he represented a real-life version of the smoke monster from Lost to environmentalists everywhere. The Tracy, CA cattle rancher was even given a cute nickname by President George W. Bush: “The Marlboro Man.” From 1993 to 2007 Pombo […]

California Dreaming: Why I Heart the Ocean

The west coast of the United States is truly a venerable landscape. So often, I travel by plane and forget at times what I miss when flying over the country, rather than driving across it. As I mentioned in last week’s post, I’m currently on a month long road trip […]

Cinco de Mayo: More Nachos than Nostalgia

We’re celebrating what? Leslie and Steven Ticktin are gearing up for their annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta in San Francisco, ordering the taco truck and buying the beer and tequila to entertain their social circle – parents clad in peasant shirts  and sombreros and munching on cheesy nachos as they […]

6 of America’s Coolest Trees

Explore a forest. Remember the Lorax who spoke for the trees? As colorful as they may be,Truffula Trees have nothing on the ones in our own backyard. These six magnificent trees would leave even the Lorax speechless — and you don’t have to venture into a Dr. Suess book to find […]

Roadtripping Across America: Nebraska to California

Fashion writer Johanna Björk continues her drive from New York City to Ojai, California, eating good food the entire way. During the first part of my six day roadtrip across America, I made it through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and about half of Nebraska, all […]

Get Your Goat!

Got goats? If not, there’s a family-owned and operated grazing service in Orinda, California that will deliver to you a South American shepherd, Border Collie and trained herd to graze your ranch or yard. Used primarily for fuel mitigation, star thistle eradication and reducing pesky hillside brush, the livestock comes […]

EcoMeme: The New ‘Niners & Gold Rush

First Kanye West and Jamie Foxx, now gold diggers have upset environmentalists and economists. It’s been like 1849 online with blogs abuzz over gold prices, prospectors and water use in California. The precious metal is priced at a record dollar high now, thanks in part to China and India snapping […]

Gut Check West: 3 Reasons Why California Is Still Cool

Growing up in the industrial Midwest, “California Dreaming” was more than just a song. It was an homage to someplace totally “other” – a shining state on the Pacific, full of light and beauty and forward-looking promise. When it came on the radio everyone immediately forgot what they were doing […]

Exploring America, Eco Style: My Trip to Death Valley

When Woody Guthrie sang of redwood forests and diamond deserts in “This Land is Your Land”, his lyrics suggested his roaming and rambling was entirely on foot. But the reality is that the United States is so vast and diverse that these days, motorized transport of some kind is needed for serious […]

Foodspotting Friday: Top Veggie Friendly Dishes in Long Beach

Top five delicious and vegetarian friendly dishes in Long Beach, California. Earlier this summer we ran a contest to find your favorite locavore picks. Reader Annabel Adams sent us her top five from Long Beach, California, and we couldn’t stop drooling over the vegan friendly list, so much so, that […]

Name This Robot!

This September, The Nature Conservancy will launch the first controlled study of its kind to assess the impact of trawl fishing off California’s Central Coast-and you can be part of naming the new Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that will be gathering the data. The nominations are: Beagle -Darwin’s famous ship. […]

California: Good Eggs, After All

From 2015, all eggs in California will be sunny side up – at least for the chickens. State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a new law that makes California a cage-free state for chickens by 2015. The bill, which was backed by the Humane Society of the United States, will […]

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Cell Phones and Cancer: Berkeley Wants Warning Labels

Cell phones have been worrisome for quite some time now because of fears that they cause brain cancer. As a result, Berkeley is attempting to be the first city in the nation to require cell phone packaging carry a warning label. Are cell phones and cancer a real risk? “Cell […]

Myrrhia Knitwear Sustainably Made in California

Designer Myrrhia Resneck’s Spring 2013 collection features elegant, flattering, edgy knitwear, sustainably made in California. One important part of sustainable fashion is local manufacturing, and it can still be challenging to have a fully “Made in the U.S.” fashion line. Oakland-based knitwear designer Myrrhia Resneck of Myrrhia Fine Knitwear has […]

6 of America’s Coolest Trees

Explore a forest. Remember the Lorax who spoke for the trees? As colorful as they may be,Truffula Trees have nothing on the ones in our own backyard. These six magnificent trees would leave even the Lorax speechless — and you don’t have to venture into a Dr. Suess book to find […]

Cinco de Mayo: More Nachos than Nostalgia

We’re celebrating what? Leslie and Steven Ticktin are gearing up for their annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta in San Francisco, ordering the taco truck and buying the beer and tequila to entertain their social circle – parents clad in peasant shirts  and sombreros and munching on cheesy nachos as they […]

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