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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you say tomato, i say yum! {france}

One of my fondest childhood memories of my sister, Veronica, involves her gleefully eating tomatoes straight off of the vine.  Our grandfather was quite the gardener, and kept strawberries, pomegranates, apples, mandarins, plums, and tomatoes growing around our house in San Diego.  Veronica was our grandfather’s shadow – wherever he was, she was – so […]

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Springtime = Scafata

When winter finally packs its bags, it’s time to keep an eye out for the first spring vegetable bounty.  Tender baby artichokes, spring onions, and favas are some of my favorite seasonal veggies and when I am able to get them straight from the farmer’s market, I don’t have to do too much to enjoy […]

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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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spring rolls for (almost) springtime.

We had an amazing bout of beautiful weather over the weekend, and it put me into the mood for something light and refreshing.  One of my favorite things to eat are Vietnamese goi cuon, spring rolls often times made with shrimp and pork.  This version is made with a ceviche of scallops, chives, and spicy […]

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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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