j’adore le sud-ouest.

With my parents living in Honolulu and my husband’s parents living in France, I consider myself super lucky that a visit to either “home” is never a bad thing. Not only do my hub’s parents live in France, but they live in the Southwest – home to some of the most pristine countryside I’ve ever […]

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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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feliz navidad: tamale time. {mexico}

Christmas is my favorite time of year.  I love most things about the holidays – the fresh cut Christmas tree we bought from Little Hills in Petaluma, the mulled wine our neighbors made for after dinner drinks this weekend, the stash of European treats I squirreled away (Christmas pudding, dark chocolate Digestives, and marzipan), and […]

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an egg feast from the middle east.

I often dabble in vegetarian and vegan food, but I’ve realized that my love of eggs and cheese (especially together) is a big reason I could never commit to a fully vegan lifestyle. Vegetarian has been the somewhat accidental food mode in our house lately, as it’s been so warm here in Northern California that […]

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sueños, guitarras, paella. {spain}

I don’t know how it happened, but Spain wove its way into my heart since I was very young.  I was fascinated with flamenco dancers as a child (my mom can tell you stories about this), I was probably one of the only 16 year olds I knew who listened to Spanish guitar music (receiving weird […]

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a raw, fresh perspective. {so-cal recap}

Spoiler Alert: There is a recipe for a raw, vegan key lime cheesecake at the end of this post. Now, before you start thinking I went full-on granola hippie since my last post, I have no qualms about cooking with full-fat butter and cream or eating a (very rare) steak. When you’re surrounded by really good […]

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postcard from st. emilion! {bordeaux}

If you ever find yourself in the Southwest of France, don’t miss the opportunity to explore Saint Emilion – a village known mostly for Châteaux Margaux, Cheval Blanc, Ausone, and Angelus.  The views are splendid and the wine is spectacular, but the absolute must-sees of St. Emilion are the underground monuments: the hermitage of St. Emilion […]

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spring awakening: nowruz & reshteh polo

The start of spring signifies new beginnings – buds start to reappear on trees, grass begins to push up from previously frozen ground, and the daylight lasts a little longer.  During the first official week of spring, Iranians all over the world celebrate New Year, or, Nowruz, spending time with family and friends, and eating […]

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