When I heard that I was so excited because I had a hat to wear!
Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. The weather was absolute perfection. Sunny and warm with the bluest of skies.
Classic Cinnamon and Currant Scones
Of course there were scones, two kinds in fact. Interestingly I heard celebrity wedding designer Colin Cowie say on tv that the proper pronunciation isn't scone with a long "o." Instead it rhymes with the word "con" so more like "scahn." So if you go to the UK you might want to try that out.
- Top Left : Orange Peel and Cranberry Scones
- Top Right: Ripe Papaya with Mint Yogurt
- Center Left: Lox with a gorgeous vegetable garnish!
- Center Right: Dungeness Crab and Caramelized Onion Waffle
- Bottom Left: Spiced Beef Tenderloin with Black Olive Baguette w/ Lady Apple Slaw and Pear and Coconut Currry Chicken Petite Brioche Roll
- Bottom Right: Pear and Coconut Curry Chicken Petite Brioche Roll
Do you see it there on the fountain?
when I attended an event at the Penthouse in December I learned all about the Fairmont's Honey Bees. From that post:
"The honeycomb above was served alongside a cheese tray. The really cool part? It was from the hotel's own bee hives! There are now 5 hives that house 80,000 honey bees that live at the hotel! So cool right? Executive Chef JW Foster wanted to do something eco-friendly to help support honey bees which, since 2006, have been decimated nationwide by a phenomenon called "Colony Collapse Disorder." If you've never had honeycomb before you should try it if you ever have the opportunity. It's really delicious."
I really wanted to find the bee hives and had once heard they were "on the roof" so I headed downstairs to see if I could sleuth around a bit and locate them. I thought they might be on the Roof Garden but before I could arrive there I spotted them along the way.
And how cool are those raised beds? Gardening would be so much easier if you didn't have to bend down to do it!
At the east end of the Epicurean Garden I spotted the bees.
They were buzzing around the hives. I think they were enjoying the weather!
I walked across the hallway and stepped out into the Roof Garden.
Ah, so the bees fly up to the fountain to grab a little drink of water.
Cell phone photo snapped by Kevin Chin.
Here are Photographer Michelle Walker and I in our hats. I think I'll be wearing dressy hats more often. It's kind of sad they're such an underused fashion accessory here in the United States. Perhaps it's a lack of closet space that has kept them from becoming popular here?
My thanks to The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco, San Francisco Brides Magazine and Josephine Fisher Interior Design for hosting such a lovely event and inviting me to it!
If you'd like to see more pictures of The Fairmont San Francisco visit these posts on The Flirty Blog