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PC Fast Food @ Burgerville

The concepts of political correctness and a cheeseboiga don’t seem compatible. Oxymoronish maybe. But then there’s Burgerville, a fast food joint with sustainability at its heart. Go figure. And there are quite a few to choose from along the I-5 corridor from soutwestern Washington through central/southern Oregon. A quote from Burgerville’s website: “When you choose […]

This Land is My Land

I’m almost afraid to talk about it because I can’t believe it’s really true. I’ve had a dream for many years to buy a piece of land on Orcas Island and the perfect opportunity finally came about. I know it may sound crazy when the economy is in such bad shape to use our nest […]

Sweet Dreams on the Line . . .

. . . the clothesline. Iceland’s volcano blew the day we were to leave, but after the drama and delay, Italy. This past week I’ve been enchanted by Venice’s romantic, damp decay, quiet plazas at sunset where children play and mothers visit, pizzerias and trattorias, gondola-crowded canals, churches glittering with art, passageways leading nowhere and […]

Stir-Fry a la Jamie Oliver

I’m not sure how many of you have been watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution but I’ve been finding it both fun and inspiring. Sure, it’s a reality TV show but in this case, it’s all about replacing the sugar, fat & salt-laden processed food served in most public school lunchrooms with fresh, nutritious, homemade food. […]

Eating Out, Staying Green

I’ve wondered about small neighborhood restaurants and if many of them have local and sustainable in mind. If my own neighborhood is any indication they do. Sustainability is our 21st century zeitgeist. When we eat out, sushi for example, we want to know that the fish we’re consuming won’t be obliterated in a decade because […]

What’s Up With the Paper Cup?

Oscars tonight. In the meantime something else to ponder, and sorry, no gowns involved. It’s the not-so-glamorous, but equally frivolous paper cup. Use them once and discard. While others have been carrying their reusable cups into coffee shops the past few years, I rarely have. Truthfully, I don’t buy much coffee out, but still, I […]

Shop Your Pantry & Freezer

Last week while my car was being repaired, I was forced to think about my all-too-often impulse to “run to the grocery store” to pick up something for dinner. Run meaning, of course, drive. I’m sorry to say that it took me not having my car to look at the food I already had and […]

Carbon 101, Foodprints

In the past few years I’ve read several books about food and meat production, Omnivore’s Dilemma (Michael Pollan), Grub (Anna Lappe & Bryant Terry), watched the film, Food Inc. I reached a tipping point recently while reading Eating Animals (Jonathan Safran Foer). A perfect storm of revelation and repulsion happened. I guess you could call […]

Mixed Greens 2010 Calendar Giveaway

It’s time for our first giveaway of 2010. All you have to do to enter to win a Mixed Greens 2010 Calendar is comment on this post by January 24th. In your comment we’d like you to mention at least one sustainable practice you hope to incorporate into your daily life during 2010. It can […]

Desperately Seeking Silence

Is it just me being cranky or has Seattle gotten much noisier? Not that we need one more thing to worry about but city noise is starting to take a toll on me. I’m reluctant to even bring it up since you may not have been aware of it. It’s the kind of thing that’s […]