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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we don’t speak spanish here. {san sebastián}

One of my favorite things about Europe is that visiting another country can often be easier and quicker than driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles.  While we were visiting Jules’ parents in the Southwest of France, we took a four-hour car trip over the border to San Sebastián – the first time for both of […]

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halfway around the world.

Hello there, darling readers!! At the end of this month, Jules and I will head off to stay at this renovated moulin in the Southwest of France, in the Dordogne.  Life is rough, isn’t it?  The property is laden with fig trees, and it is set in a tiny town outside of Bergerac (a town which you […]

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city eats: castagna (marina/cow hollow)

When Jules is actually home by 6pm, I like to take advantage of our evening time together, even if it means we’re going to just walk around our neighborhood.  On one particularly sunny afternoon, we walked from our place down to the Marina and passed by a bright red awning that I don’t remember seeing […]

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