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Apiary joins the crowd of high end, seasonal New American restaurants that have been breeding like bunnies this decade. The sleekly designed newcomer offers a louis vuitton handbags familiar blend of fine and casual dining high prices, farmers’ market driven food, no tablecloths, and dark wood.

But after a few visits, it becomes clear that Apiary’s chef isn’t interested in pandering to trends. Instead of the requisite pork belly, we get pork tenderloin ultra lean, most unlovable part of the pig. Chef Neil Manacle brines it overnight in a mixture of smoked Spanish paprika, black pepper, bay leaves, and brown sugar, rendering the meat rosy and saturated with flavor. Instead of more predictable roast chicken preparations, Manacle’s is coated with Clickkeyword[Morocco]” >Moroccan spices and served with perfect, minted couscous. Lamb chops are sided with an uncommon disk of louis vuitton handbags fried hummus.

And it’s no small trick to put together a neighborhood restaurant that works harmoniously on all levels servers, the host, the bar, the menu, the food most spots trip over at least one of louis vuitton handbags these fundamentals. And as long as it’s not the food, I get over it, but it’s a pleasure to find a place that manages the intricate choreography in a relatively casual setting.

After a long day, I stagger into Apiary with my clunky gym bag under one arm and my everyday bag under the other. (Most of the time, I look like I have absolutely no business going to the restaurants I frequent.) The host doesn’t bat an eyelash and suggests I sit at the bar until my reservation time. From a selection of about 30 wines by the glass, I choose a Clickkeyword[Santa+Barbara]” >Santa Barbara white blend. My friend arrives and also orders a glass. When our table is re louis vuitton handbags ady (right on time), before I can even hop down off the stool, the server has our two glasses balanced on a smart silver tray and one of my bags in his hand. This server (who happens to be adorable) goes on to distinguish himself by managing to recommend dishes and wines without sounding like either a used car salesman or an academic.

Each time we visited, we never had a plate removed before everyone was finished. Also, we were never upsold, never given long lectures on the menu, and never felt pressured to be chatty with the server. And each course followed the previous one with perfect timing. Maybe this makes me sound easily impressed, but it’s hard to find such spot on service in a restaurant that’s not a formal temple of gastronomy.

The bar and dining room were designed and furnished by Ligne Roset, a French furniture design firm. It turns out that two of Apiary’s partners own Ligne Roset shops in Clickkeyword[Long+Island]” >Long Island and New Jersey. So, essentially, everything in the restaurant is for sale at those showrooms. I’d be annoyed by this convenient “synergy” if it were made explicit, but it’s not; you have to ask to find out.

Meanwhile, the room is a functional stunner. The red and chocolate brown chairs are roomy, comfortably padded, and have little silver handles in the back to make them easy to pull out and push in. There are plenty of interesting design elements to look at if you’re into that; if not, it all recedes into a background glow.

Apiary’s menu is divided simply into appetizers and main courses is seasonal, as you would expect. Recently, appetizers focused on late summer produce heirloom tomatoes and peaches seafood. Most of the main courses are straightforward, balanced plates of protein, vegetables, and starch (your mom would approve). Those simple ingredients are often zipped with the Spanish or North African touches that Manacle is fond of deploying.

A steamed mussel appetizer is cooked so gently that the bivalves are at a wonderfully gushy, almost pudding like consistency. They sit in a shallow bowl with their cooking liquid at the bottom wine, garlic, parsley are augmented with thin slices of fuet sausage, a dry cured Spanish charcuterie. The bowl provided for shells is whisked away just before it becomes full and is swiftly replaced by an empty one.

The fried calamari appetizer gets an airy rice flour coating, which sizzles up crisp and light. Halibut crudo looks dainty but turns out to be as potent as ceviche, the mild white fish jolted with grassy serrano chilies, citrus juices, and slices of Persian cucumbers. Heirloom tomatoes darlings of the greenmarket right now sliced onto crostini along with salty feta and bitter arugula, and pur into a chilled golden tomato soup.

Main dishes are generously portioned, although they should be, since they aren’t cheap. In a delicious rabbit dish, a luscious, braised leg is served with the leaner, serrano ham wrapped loin. The bunny bits sit atop an earthy mixture of red wine reduction, wild mushrooms, and brown butter crisped spaetzle. That’s Manacle’s cooking at its best: unfussy and completely pleasurable.

Spice crusted lamb chops are glazed with a syrupy sweet and sour sauce scattered with currants and apricots, and the smoked paprika pork tenderloin is sided with a delicious mustard fig jam. Both walk that sweet savory line that’s refreshingly old fashioned lamb and mint jelly, updated.

Sides come with the main dishes and can also be ordered separately (which gives your vegetarian friends at least a few options). There’s spiced eggplant down to silk, with the slightest bitter edge fluffy couscous studded with fresh mint and dried apricots. But sometimes, simple is as simple does: Green vegetables like haricots verts and sugar snap peas are barely cooked and arrive fashionably crisp tender. They’re practically crudit would taste better cooked longer.

Appropriately enough, given the restaurant’s bee centric name, Apiary’s dessert menu showcases honeys of impressive pedigree. The best is the goat cheesecake, a disk of gamey, sweet curds drizzled with lavender honey. The cheese plate comes with a selection of three honeys a recent visit: bamboo, summer flower, and raspberry from Andrew’s Local Honey and Tremblay Apiaries, both of which sell at the Clickkeyword[Union+Square]” >Union Square Greenmarket.

Manacle actually spent four years as a New York City bus driver before decamping to culinary school and then cooking under Clickkeyword[Bobby+Flay]” >Bobby Flay. “I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel,” he told me. “This is stuff that I like to eat, and if you came to dinner at my house, chances are I’d serve you one of the items on the menu.”

Good as it is, dinner at Manacle’s house doesn’t come cheap. A glass of wine, an appetizer, a main dish, and a shared dessert, with tax and tip, rings up to between $70 and $80. When places like Hundred Acres and Brooklyn’s James are doing similar food at a lower price point, it’s hard not to conclude that Apiary is overpriced.

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A Cedar honey farm lost approximately $15,000 worth of bee pollen to sticky fingered thieves on Sunday.

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“One of the bags that they stole had a rip in it so there was a trail of bee pollen from the pump house, where I keep the pollen, to around the corner and down the hill, where I guess they parked their car.”

Fredrich said the theft is particularly devastating because there are only six weeks in the year when pollen can be produced.

“We can’t collect it again until mid July 2014,” he said.

“Farming is hard on a good day and to have someone take half of what you produce in a year is just not great.”

Fredrich said he has filed an insurance claim but doubts it will lead anywhere.

This is the first break in louis vuitton handbags Fredrich’s Honey has had in almost 20 years.

“It makes you feel weird, that’s for sure, especially when it’s so random and so specific,” Fredrich said.

“We’ve moved the rest of the pollen to a super secret location and we’ll have to beef up security next year.”

Fredrich said some of the bags of pollen were almost 100 louis vuitton handbags pounds each, and the thieves must have had a market for the goods because they left expensive tools and motors in the same building alone in favour of pollen.

“It’s funny, I feel bad for the bees, because the bees work really hard to collect it. It’s a lot of work that’s gone down the drain.”.

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Pharmacies supplier and health and beauty retailer Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API) said on louis vuitton handbags Wednesday that it had reduced its expectations of store rollout by 100 stores as the pharmacy sector underwent a structural change partly due to reforms to the federal government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

“While we have adjusted our internal modelling to reflect a more conservative and historical network growth rate, management still has confidence that reaching approximately 500 stores over the next five years is very achievable as pharmacists transition to a retail brand to compensate them for dispensary margin pressures,” API chief financial officer Graeme Fallet said in a briefing for market analysts on Wednesday.

API, which owns the Priceline, Priceline Pharmacy, Soul Pattinson and Pharmacist Advice brands, announced asset writedowns of $131 million earlier in April, mainly related to changes to the value of its loans to pharmacies and a review of the expected growth of its retail network.

API’s underlying profit, which excludes the writedowns, rose 29 per cent to $16.2 million.

API chief executive Stephen Roche said the impairment charges were regrettable, but the underlying result was very strong and strategic initiatives were gaining traction.

API expects its underlying net profit for the full year to be in the range of $28 m louis vuitton handbags illion to $30 million.

In the first half, API’s network of Priceline health and beauty stores and Priceline Pharmacy stores, which combine health and beauty products with pharmacy services, lifted sales by 11.5 per cent to $395.3 million and lifted gross profit by $6.2 million.

The number of Priceline and Priceline Pharmacy stores grew to 373, from 363.

Online sales in the six month period reached $2.2 million, nearly a threefold increase on the same period last year.

API said the inclusion of health and beauty products in Priceline Pharmacy stores was helping pharmacists sustain sales and profits, compared to independent pharmacists who were feeling the pressure from reforms to the PBS, and competition louis vuitton handbags from supermarkets and discount louis vuitton handbags operators.