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124 Merton Street, a Boutique Office Building, Yields Bountiful Crops and Inspiration for Artist/Chef Vivian Reiss

Most office buildings are cloistered away from nature, let alone agriculture. One exception is the Toronto’s www.124merton.com  a boutique office building, whose bounteous crops reap benefits for the tenants both local and international. Owner, artist, designer and chef, Vivian Reiss has been … Continue reading

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New HD Video of Vivian Reiss, interviewed in her garden

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“It’s a Long Long Time From May to December”

         “Maypole” Columnar Apple Tree in Bloom on the Rooftop Garden 124 Merton Street in May 2011            The song , “It’s a long, long time from May to December”, chronicles the stages of love, womanhood and relationships. In retrospect the “Malus Maypole’s” journey … Continue reading

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Tomato Panic or Red Alert [or yellow, purple, white, pink or maybe, striped alert]

Last week I had a tomato panic. I found out that Doris Giardino, who grew my beautiful heritage tomato seedlings for my www.124merton.com rooftop garden, was not growing them again this year. What would become of the annual tomato tasting? … Continue reading

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Palm Beach Hedge Fund

    In midieval San Gimignano tall towers were the symbol of wealth and power. Eventually there were 72 such structures rising ever higher in this Tuscan hilltop village. Today few still remain. In Palm Beach, Florida such symbols are thriving and are indeed literally living … Continue reading

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Vivian Ssier Painter

        If only I had a last name that sounded fabulous spelled backwards. Arnold Issacs had such luck. In 1954 he was commissioned to create 10 dresses for a General Motors magazine ad. He charged $1,000 per dress, a vast sum … Continue reading

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Flora and Fauna, US VI

 I didn’t manage to capture the dolphins dancing and playing for us in the bay below our house but did capture the hummingbirds feeding on the cactus flowers. Here is a photo gallery of some of the wild goats ,chickens , donkeys ,insects, … Continue reading

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Ground Provisions, St. John US VI

Buying groceries at the local supermarket named Starfish, I was also perusing the aisles for local fare. The only thing I came up with were basketful’s of tubers; tania, local sweet potatoes and yams. They were positioned in baskets next to several varieties of  potatoes. … Continue reading

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Banana Bird

   I am on the furthest eastward point of St. John US VI in a beautiful rented villa open to the sea and air on all sides. The only discordant part of the gorgeous setting and decor are the fake indoor plants that … Continue reading

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The Birthday; A Delight At Any Age

Touring Hungary, several years ago, I had to laugh as we passed Lake Balaton. Even being used to flowery Hungarian exaggerations, the fact that Hungary is a landlocked nation, and that Lake Balaton is the largest lake in central Europe, Balaton, didn’t seem to be “the … Continue reading

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In a circular line, it all comes back

   It was announced that for the first time in years the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks were to displayed in the Hudson River. The last time I had seen them over the Hudson, was in the year of my sixth grade graduation. I … Continue reading

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Tomato tasting: Part 4; Goddess Salad

Ariel and Rachel have been  friends since they met at Frosh week at university. The two would sit at my kitchen island as I fed them delicacies that I had just cooked. Rachel would sometimes refer to me as “The Chocolate Goddess.”I think … Continue reading

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Corn-servation

 Buying supplies for my rooftop garden, I had an after thought.” Why not try growing corn in the planters? I am sure it will look beautiful and rustic.” I picked up a cell pack of corn seedlings and headed up to the garden … Continue reading

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There will be cotton

Today, I noticed our cotton is growing fat bolls. When they burst we will have cotton. Cotton has been cultivated for 7,000 years, but is this a first for Canada?

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Spoon Tomatoes

  Standing in the greenhouse looking at a choice of seedlings of 200 varieties of heritage tomatoes I could grow was a thrill.This Spring having built more wooden boxes and added more colored plastic tubs to my office roof top vegetable garden I could still only accomodate about 60 varieties, accounting for … Continue reading

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Seeds along the Silk Route

 My daughter Ariel  www.interaxon.com  plucked a dill flower from the garden . “Mmm tastes like plov.” It wasn’t a stretch of her gustatory imagination. Ten years ago, Ariel, Joel and I took a trip to Central Asia. Plov figured prominently … Continue reading

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Aujourd’hui “Christina” est arrivee en France!

 Early this Spring a very stylish and beautiful woman came to my studio to buy a painting.Her name is Christina. As we looked through some of my portraits her equally stylish and handsome husband asked if I could do his wife’s … Continue reading

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White Waves, Paint White, Fully in the Color Spectrum: Michelle Lloyd’s Birthday

It’s not often , I get to spend time fully in the color spectrum,  in a world of white. It was Michelle’s birthday and we got to boat across the white capped lake to her and her husband David’s island paradise. The … Continue reading

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No one here but us chickens!

no one here but us chickens On the road to Crowe’s Landing ,Stoney Lake ,there is a farm wth an arresting sign: a life size soft sculpture of an old man holding a board that reads,”EGGS”. If you are lucky … Continue reading

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Not your usual Medieval Salat; more Recipes from the Concert

Last month on a tour of the Medieval Gardens At The Cloisters, the uptown branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the docent paused in the herb garden to tell us of the Medieval  cooks ’ love of salats. That is salad to … Continue reading

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Mutiny on the Blueberry Bounty

  Driving back from The Stratford Festival on Sunday amongst endless grain fields stood a blueberry farm. Of course I had to stop . The farmer convinced  me that I wanted to buy all the rest of his bounty since he wanted … Continue reading

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Will there be cotton?

Last cold and rainy Summer was not the best time to move from edible gardening to wearable gardening but by September last , the cotton did bloom. It didn’t have time enough time to set  cotton though. This year in  early April I … Continue reading

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The Tempest at Stratford Ontario

Christopher Plummer commands the stage, so it is not a stretch, as Prospero he commands a tempest.When Prospero said goodbye to Ariel it made me cry. I played Ariel as a child and my daughter is an Ariel, just what … Continue reading

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Radishes

Last week in New York ,I was in a restaurant called Cascabel, www.nyctacos.com a lower east side vibe on the upper east side.  Low and behold, what did I see on the menu but radishes with Mexican herbs.  Of course I had … Continue reading

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