salt of the earth (and sea).

I have long been an avoider of salt.  My friend Cindy once followed me around the kitchen with the salt, seasoning behind me because I tend to make things a little on the bland side. I’m a bit of a unicorn in terms of my culture, as Filipinos tend to prefer things pretty salty, but […]

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How To (Host) Brunch Like A Boss

Nothing kicks off a Saturday morning like a perfectly presented Eggs Benedict and a spicy Bloody Mary, but standing in a brunch gridlock line is definitely not the best use of precious weekend time. Ditch your usual plans without missing out on bottomless mimosas or friend facetime – round up your squad and host a […]

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vegan mac and cheese for amy

My friend, we’ll call her Amy, has been struggling with digestion issues, and has been advised to avoid dairy.  As an avid lover of dairy myself, also the wife of a French guy who can eat dairy all day long with no incident, I was initially skeptical that I could make anything vegan that resembled […]

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la vie en rose

I’ve had a mild obsession with everything rose for a while now, perhaps stemming (ha, see what I did there?) from my mom’s rose bushes at our childhood home and the beautiful, fragrant blooms that were just outside our front door. I also have a penchant for white flowers like gardenia and muguet, but I think the […]

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planning for paris.

Every year, we head to Europe for Jules’ annual business conference – we are fortunate enough to be able to piggyback a vacation on top of it. This year, I’ve planned to stay in Paris for a few days before we head to his parents’ place in the countryside, and I’m super excited to spend a […]

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dirt don’t hurt!

I’ve been slowly switching all of my beauty and health products over to things with better ingredients (an attempt to detox our household), and one of the items that I’ve been exploring is non-toxic oral care. For years, I used commercial whitening toothpastes to combat my smoking and coffee habits (I no longer smoke, but […]

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salmon banh mi wrap

Last weekend, I attended my first Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, also known as Expo West on the West Coast.  I only did three days of it, but it was so amazing and full of fantastic new items – as well as a handful of familiar favorites!  I left the show with three packed shopping […]

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pumped up pizza.

I have long resisted using protein powder regularly because it always conjured up images of hulking bodybuilders, with bulging biceps and tree trunk thighs, in muscle tees and spandex, possibly wearing a terry sweatband.  I’m a child of the 80’s, what can I say? Today’s protein powders are a bit more refined and high quality than […]

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