a celebration of spring

I look forward to the spring each year, because Jules’ annual company meeting happens around that time, and that means I get to tag along and head to Europe with him. The weather in France at that time of year is completely unpredictable, and I usually spend an unusual amount of time figuring out what to […]

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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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kindness with kitchari.

I’m not someone who can stick to a cleanse – I’ve tried my fair share, from juice cleanses (I always feel like I need something to chew by the end of the day), to the leek broth diet (I’ve never peed so much in my life), and the worst one of all, the Master Cleanse (the […]

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fairytale pumpkins for a fall lasagna.

I experienced my first memorable fall in September 2001, when I moved to San Francisco.  My friend’s parents had a house in northern Marin County where the back porch was nestled into the edge of the wooded area with trees that were starting to shed their foliage.  In the early morning, you would see deer creeping […]

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obrigada, brasil!

Before we begin, I want to state that I’ve referred to this as a “Brazilian Bowl” because it’s inspired by one of the dishes from Sage Organic Vegan Bistro in Los Angeles. Sage’s lunch menu lists the Brazilian Bowl as “kale, black beans, plantain, guacamole, jalapeño, pico de gallo, leeks and crimini mushroom, served with rice or […]

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gracias madre flautas {vegan}

Several years ago, I went through a serious yoga phase.  I’m talking seven days a week of heated 90-minute yoga classes, including one morning that I chose to go to my 10:30am yoga class instead of going to brunch (I know, WHAT?!). During my yoga phase, I also decided to embrace a healthier lifestyle, including […]

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sonoma meets france: caillettes

Jules and I returned from a few weeks in France at the end of last month, and every time we come back to the States, my heart aches. It’s not that I don’t like it here, but there is something about being in the French countryside that really resonates with my soul. I’ve never considered […]

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