When I first think about how this blog started 3 years ago, I realize how much I’ve learned and how much the blog has changed. I had recently moved from Philly to Santa Monica and was loving how inspired the warm weather and abundant farmers’ markets were making me to cook and eat whole & seasonal foods. After posting a few pictures of my meals & snacks on social media I received some encouragement from friends and family to start a food blog so I decided to give it a go. I dove in head first creating recipes and testing out food photography (egads thoseRead More →

My brain feels like it has gone away on the crazy train. Buh-bye. My focus lasts about as long as…We’ll call it summer brain. Or have lots of life events happening brain. In the best way possible. After completing a Half Ironman (#stillcantbelieveididthat) and crushing my goal by over 30 minutes, I was flying high. So much commitment and training actually did pay off and I came out basically unscathed, minus some sore legs the next day. And then my boyfriend who was me and my friend’s Sherpa, schlepping our gear all over the place, taking photos, cheering us on all day while we raced,Read More →

There is no better way to spend a Friday afternoon then to duck out of work a bit early, lay in your hammock, go for a run at sunset (too cliche?), and then come back and have a solo dance party in your living room. Thank you Marc Anthony, Bomba Estereo and Celia Cruz. To continue my night I wanted to eat something healthy and homey, so I share with you one of the ultimate comfort foods made plant-based, light & healthy.Read More →

Have you ever been to a really good tea house? Where you feel relaxed before you even open the door? In Philly I used to live around the corner from a place called The Random Tea Room. It was tiny, cozy, and they made the BEST chai latte. It was great to meet up with girlfriends, ordering pots of chai while philosophizing the important things of life, such as art, boys & books. This was the real deal. I am not ashamed to say that I used to enjoy walking by here on trash day because it smelled wonderfully of cardamom, ginger & cinnamon. Man,Read More →

              Have you ever wanted to live or study in another country? My advice: DO IT! A summer. A semester. A year. How ever long you can do it. I promise you it will be one of the best decisions you ever make in your life. Find a 2-week long language course or volunteer. I had an absolute love affair with Spain from the time I was 15 and took a trip with my high school to Andalucia. I was obsessed with speaking another language, pesetas (before the Euro), tiles, the people, the food, the beaches! Everything was withinRead More →

    What do you do when you have 3 lbs. of cherries that you could’t possibly eat before you go on vacation? Make a cherry cheesecake, duh!   (Makes 12 muffin tin sized bites) Crust: 1/2 c. cashews 1/2 c. almonds 2 tbsp. coconut flour 3 tbsp. coconut oil 1 tbsp. shredded coconut (optional) 7-8 pitted medjool dates 1 tsp. vanilla extract a pinch of sea salt Cashew cheesecake: 1 1/2 c. cashews soaked overnight OR soaked in boiling water for 15 minutes. 2 tbsp. coconut butter (omit if you don’t have or replace with 1/4 c. shredded coconut) 5-6 dates soaked OR 2Read More →