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Sweet Gift Ideas: Red Bee Holiday Boutique This Weekend in Weston

20 Dec

Marina Marchese, she's the bee's knees

Marina Marchese, she’s the bee’s knees (from press release)

Red Bee Honey is hosting a Holiday Boutique on 12/21 and 12/22 from 11-4 pm on both days at the Red Bee Cottage in Weston.  While this is a perfect time for the gift procrastinator (you know who you are), it’s also a great time to get some stocking stuffers or just stock up on some great local goods.

The Honey Connoisseur Marina MarcheseYes, you can expect Red Bee Honey there (with a free tasting too!), but there are tons more to purchase, too.  There will be handmade soaps, beeswax candles, lip balms, skin care products, and you can even put together your own gift boxes.  And, for the sweetest gift of all, you could buy Marina’s books (Honeybee:  Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper and The Honey Connoisseur) and she’ll even sign them.

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SWEET! Book Signing and Honey Tasting with Marina Marchese of Red Bee Honey at Greenwich Audubon

10 Jun

The Honey Connoisseur Marina Marchese

“Tart words make no friends; a spoonful or honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.” Ben Franklin

“When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees.” Joseph Joubert

“`Well,’ said Pooh, `what I like best –‘ and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.” A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

“The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” Henry David Thoreau

“We lived for honey. We swallowed a spoonful in the morning to wake us up and one at night to put us to sleep. We took it with every meal to calm the mind, give us stamina, and prevent fatal disease. We swabbed ourselves in it to disinfect cuts or heal chapped lips. It went in our baths, our skin cream, our raspberry tea and biscuits. Nothing was safe from honey…honey was the ambrosia of the gods and the shampoo of the goddesses.”  Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

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Marina Marchese, she's the bee's knees

Marina Marchese, she’s the bee’s knees

Who knew that there were so many things to say about honey and how deep and philosophical honey could be?  We dig what Winnie the Pooh was saying about the anticipation of eating the honey being one of the sweetest things ever, but…hey, we know he’s never had some Red Bee Artisanal Honey.  That’s craft, high-quality honey that’s produced in Weston, Connecticut by C. Marina Marchese.  She’s not only the person who created Red Bee Artisanal Honey, she’s also a beekeeper, and has authored two very successful books.  Her first book is Honeybee:  Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper and her newest book is called The Honey Connoisseur, written with Kim Flottum who is editor of Bee Culture Magazine.  In this brand new book, Marina and Kim discuss the origins, flavors, pairings, and uses of more than 30 different varieties of honey.  Yeah, so, there’s more than one type of honey…definitely more than that golden plastic bear filled with honey you find at the stores.  You’ll learn how to taste and pick out the perfect honey to match with your foods, plus you’ll learn about all the factors that go into the production of honey, basically called terroir.  You’ll also find some recipes inside to put your newfound honey knowledge to the test.

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