I thoroughly enjoyed the documentary More Than Honey.
The short 95-minute documentary was both educational and beautiful.
We could not live without bees – the little critters did their jobs for us to have vegetables and fruits.
It was quoted that Einstein said human would die about 4 years after bee extinction.
Bee colonies had been dying off in the past 15 years with unknown causes.
One piece of good news from this documentary was that perhaps there was hope for human being after all.
The movie followed the “bee business” from around the world.
It showcased traditional bee keeping in the Swiss Alps, a small and a large commercial bee keeper in the US.
I loved that the tone of the documentary was amazingly neutral and non-judgemental - viewers could draw their own conclusions and kept their own opinions on the styles of bee keeping, the bee keepers’ relationships with the bees, and their environmental impact.
Sprinkled in between the bee keepers were knowledge and current bee situations in other parts of the world.
The movie provided some possible causes for vanishing bee colonies.
They also interviewed researchers who had spent their work and time to understand bees, and how bees communicated in a colony.
One stunning fact shared in the movie was that some part of China had no bee.
In turn, people were hired to gather pollen from one area, transport and then sold pollen to another area.
The pollens were then hand-painted by humans onto the flowers that required pollination – essentially humans were doing bees’ job.
I was utterly dumb-founded – the situation was just incredibly wrong.
Aside from delivering knowledge and education, the cinematography of the documentary was stunning.
Not only that it showcased the gorgeous landscape from the Swiss Alps, American desert or even almond farms in America; there were large amount of footage dedicated to filming the bees in exceptional close-up.
With my personal bee encounter, the normal tendency was to avoid, or stood completely still hoping that the bee would not sting me.
There was no chance to admire or observe these little hard-working bees.
One could see almost every eye, hair, and tentacle of the bees, plus the tinier bee mites that caused infestation to colonies.
Viewers had a chance to observe the birth of a queen bee, a busy work day by the worker bees in the hive, and bees feeding bee babies.
These were all priceless footage, and they gave us an opportunity to respect the work of the underappreciated yet extremely important being.
I hope as human beings, we were wise enough to get ahead of the deteriorating situation - to save the bees and to save ourselves.
My friend told us about this new dim sum place on the eastside called Eastern Pearl in Redmond.
Since most dim sum places on the eastside were lack-luster, we were always up for checking out a new spot.
The only place on the eastside I would attempt dim sum was Top Gun; however, it also came with a high price tag especially when compare to my favorite place in the International District – Jade Garden.
The dim sum menu in Eastern Pearl was fairly small, with congees and soy milk listed as dim sum items as well.
We had shrimp dumplings, sticky rice, pork shu mai, bbq pork bun, soy skin wrap and tripe.
The shrimp dumplings were surprisingly good, dare to say even better than Jade Garden’s.
However, the BBQ pork bun was dry on top with more bun than pork; the tripe was also dry on top.
Both the tripe and soy skin wrap were average but the price tag was extremely high.
Dim Sum were about $3.50 a plate, even more expensive than Top Gun.
With this quality of dim sum, it was not worth the money at all.
We also got the sweet soy milk, thousand-year old egg and pork congee and the special pan-fried noodle.
The soy milk was average, and the congee was exceptionally tasty.
I would get to-go for their congee anytime - it was flavorful, smooth and creamy.
The pork was tender with generous amount of thousand-year old egg and pork in the congee.
The pan-fried noodle on the other hand was inedible.
It was super salty, and heavy on soy sauce flavor, which was not exactly authentic.
I was not impressed with their food.
Perhaps the restaurant would improve as they worked out their kinks from being newly opened.