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You can still have fun when you're sick...

San Francisco: Two weeks ago, sunshine, and blue skies and then, Instant Antarctica! What happened? SF is supposed to be chilly, foggy and rainy, but not bitterly cold! This is East Coast level cold: hat, mittens, snow pants, and shovel the driveway. Lucky for us, we have our resident Brit, Fleur who can keep us healthy and happy with her Hot Toddy.

The Healthy: This drink has medicinal properties if you are sick.

The Happy: This drink has booze properties if you are sick and bored and want to have fun while watching zombie movies. If you aren’t sick, you can feel morally superior about ingesting antioxidants while you are tying one on… stay warm!

Baby it’s cold outside, and it’s Friday so I fancy myself a nice stiff drink that’s going to warm away those winter blues. While I’m grateful it’s not nearly as cold here in San Francisco as it is in my homeland of the UK where they are suffering another severely brutal winter (even talking to my family back home makes me shiver), we have been experiencing some unusually cold weather here recently, and a Friday night ice-cold martini is just not going to the trick. So I’m turning to my infamous Hot Toddy.

Alongside the general feeling of warmth and relaxation that comes with a good Hot Toddy, the medicinal benefits are so great they also deserve a little recognition, especially with all those nasty cold viruses lurking at this time of year.

A good Hot Toddy is made with whiskey, lemon, hot water, and honey or sugar if desired. But I’m going a bit further with mine and adding some fresh ginger, to give it a little spice and gain some a little extra boost to my health.

Whiskey gives a calming, relaxing effect; lemon is packed with Vitamin C to boost the immune system and sweet, soothing honey has excellent antibacterial properties. Honey is also known to help transmit the goodness of the final valuable ingredient, ginger. Ginger is known for its expectorant, antiseptic, analgesic, anti inflammatory and stimulating properties.

…Putting all of these ingredients together and drinking them hot is exceptionally good for you as the steam helps to clear the airwaves.

It’s not a work of art: a glass full of floating pieces of lemon and ginger, but having a snotty nose and hacking cough ain’t exactly glamorous either is it?

Fleur’s Hot Toddy
A good sized pour of Irish or Scotch Whiskey
Juice of half a lemon
One tablespoon of honey
Five slices of fresh ginger root
Stir together with hot water in a mug.

And here’s to your health, cheers!


The Greens Scene at Fort Mason for your wedding...

I’ve had enough of the turkey and I’m ready to go green… this week I’ve fallen in love with one of the most artistic, picturesque and delectable vegetarian restaurants in the city.

Located in a converted warehouse in the heart of the historic Fort Mason in San Francisco, Greens restaurant is one of the city’s most noted gems for aesthetic distinction, with an outstanding seasonal menu to beat.

Sunlight through the fog vow exchange.

Created by nationally recognized Executive Chef Annie Somerville, her innovative menu is focused solely on vegetarian cuisine. Somerville has earned a reputation for her creative approach to vegetarian cooking; she teaches classes throughout the Bay Area and is also the author of Fields of Greens: New Vegetarian Recipes from the Celebrated Greens Restaurant (Bantam Books, 1993) and Everyday Greens (Simon & Schuster, 2003). Her ideas have been featured in many publications, including Gourmet, Food and Wine, Ladies Home Journal, and Vegetarian Times.

Listed as one of the Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants by the San Francisco Chronicle, Greens has a Michelin Guide recommendation and is recognized as one of America’s top restaurants by Zagat. Produce is selected from local organic farmers, alongside their very own Green Gulch Farm in Marin County to ensure the freshest and most delicious seasonal ingredients in their dishes.

Architechtural, urban, rustic and luxe...

Greens is an ideal venue for a wedding reception with spectacular unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Marina and Yacht Harbor, and the Marin Headlands. Founded and owned by the San Francisco Zen Center, the primary focus of Greens is service. Weddings are personally catered to the specific needs of the couple by event coordinator Ashley Pier, ensuring a special menu of unique appetizers, entrees, desserts and wine pairings. Floor plans, décor, flower arrangements, music, dancing, candlelight and photography are just some of the areas within Ashley’s expertise to ensure a perfect and memorable occasion on the big day.

The whole restaurant is available for buyout any day or evening of the week, for a wedding reception and ceremony. Greens can accommodate up to 135 people for a sit down meal or 200 for a standing reception, and the private dining room can seat up to 50 people for a meal or 70 people for a standing reception.

For further information about holding your wedding at Greens or to arrange a personal meeting, contact Ashley Pier, Special Event Coordinator at 415.771.7955 extension 114, or at

The restaurant is open for dinner every evening, and for lunch Tuesday through Sunday. You can view Greens spectacular seasonal menu on their Web site, and check out their Facebook page for photos and information of previous events and weddings.

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