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Getting it Together on the Road: Los Angeles Travel Guide

A Los Angeles Travel Guide that focuses on the healthier side of LA.

As we all know, late last October I had a twinge-y Achilles that I ignored and kept running on until I couldn’t do a squat, let alone walk, because of it. I spent two-ish months in physical therapy, still aiming towards being able to run the LA Marathon. Finally, when I still wasn’t able to run in early December, I scrapped my plans and just focused on getting my Achilles healthy again.

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Part of the allure of running the LA Marathon was that the Olympic Trials were the day before. I thought it would feel really historic and cool to run the same course (spoiler alert: not the same course) as a lot of the elite and professional runners I admire. Emily and I decided that while I was no longer running the marathon, it would still be cool to spend a weekend in LA and watch the Olympic Trials — it felt like a shame for them to be so close to SF and to not go.

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It was totally the perfect weekend of running (including my first double-digit run in months), relaxing, napping, drinking a lot of coffee, eating delicious food and girl time we both needed. I actually already have a trip planned with Kristine and Jane to head back down next month for another wellness weekend in Santa Monica (think SoulCycle, more brunches and laying by the pool).

GjelinaIf you’re going to splurge on one meal (dollar-wise, not so much calorie wise) in LA, definitely hit up Gjelina on Abbot-Kinney in Venice. They’re famous for their pizzas, veggie-centric dishes and mushroom toast. Em and I were having a “wellness weekend” so we ordered a couple veggies (Brussels sprouts and grilled kobucha squash) and two meats (seared scallops and a wild boar  sausage with homemade sauerkraut and mustard). I’m definitely looking forward to going again and trying more of the menu next time I’m in LA.

CassiaOn a whim we decided to go here on Saturday night after seeing it on Eater LA’s Essential 38 list. This space is huge (something we’re not really used to in SF), absolutely stunning and they have Scribe Sylvaner on their wine list — done. They serve up Southeast Asian fare, going a little heavy on the French influence — think pates, oysters, the most amazing beef curry I’ve ever had, jellyfish salad (as far as I know, I had never had jellyfish before) and delicious grilled Chinese broccoli with fish sauce.

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Sage: There’s three outposts of this vegan bistro (Echo Park, Pasadena and Culver City) and even if you’re not vegan, this place is a must-try. They have nourishing bowls, salads, sandwiches and tacos and have a ton of gluten-free options. I recommend the Brazilian Bowl — fried plantains, black beans, quinoa, guac, mushrooms and leeks.

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Eggslut: Living in SF, we’re accustomed to waiting in line for things (Bi-Rite, The Mill… that time we waited two and a half hours for brunch at Plow…) but I don’t think we expected the hour wait on Valentine’s Day at Eggslut. Located in the Grand Central Market it Downtown LA, the line for breakfast sandwiches and the famous Eggslut (eggs coddled in a potato puree and topped with cheese and chives, served with crusty baguette) wrapped around the building. A bacon, egg and cheese with avocado was much appreciated after SoulCycle.


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Alfred CoffeeYou know when decor makes a place almost more famous than the food does (Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, anyone?) — well, I think that’s the case at Alfred. Their coffee is great (Is any place that serves Stumptown not great?) and they also have a $10 latte, which is just Pressed Juicery Almond Milk over espresso. The guy was cool enough to give us a sip of their kombucha on tap too, which was a beet flavored one. There’s locations in Brentwood, Santa Monica and Silver Lake.

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Woodcat Coffee BarBecause I was originally going to LA to actually run the marathon I wanted to stay near the start at Dodgers Stadium so I booked a place in Echo Park. Emily and I obviously needed coffee the day we arrived after we ran and ate some lunch at Sage. (Fun fact: in three days we made at least six coffee stops.) Their beans are from Wrecking Ball in SF which is probably a half-mile from my apartment.


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Compartes Chocolatiers: We all know I’m obsessed with Compartes (there actually is a photo of me with like 8 different Compartes bars at my kitchen table). If you’re in LA stop by their Brentwood store and stock up on the best chocolate ever.

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Shout & AboutI literally wanted to buy everything in this store. If you need a gift or just a fun pick me up, head to this Echo Park store.

BurroBefore dinner at Gjelina, we popped into Burro to shop for things we didn’t need but everyone wants — pricey candles, beautiful paper foods, Pendleton blankets, cookbooks, pillows and a bazillion other things I wanted.

Chat with me:
Have you been to LA? What are your favorite places? What spots should I hit up when I go back next month?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 2.22

Best links of the week including where to spring break as an adult, five times you shouldn’t save money traveling, the pizza styles of the US and the best tank top for your workout.

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Fancy seeing… me here. I’m going to sit here and try to think about what to write for thirty minutes when I could really do something more productive so I’m just going to get to it and give you the best links of the past month week.

I wish spring break as an adult was still a thing… even though I’m going on two trips in March.

Cait from Pretty and Fun went on an amaze trip to Japan and definitely has me scoping tickets to Tokyo.

Traveling is expensive, I know. Here are five times you shouldn’t save money traveling.

If you follow me on Twitter, I tweeted this out earlier this week, but The Most Annoying Habits on Social Media is so spot on.

I feel like this girl is better at being me than me, apartment-style wise.

Anyone who is close to me knows I’m like, real weird and read my horoscope (Refinery29) weekly and totally buy in to all the Pisces this-and-that BS. Anyway, this article on what your birthstone means is actually interesting.

Running and Fitness
Speed work is something I need to get back at ASAP (but I did do some tempo miles this Thursday which felt nice after months of running slow).

My friend Kristine has literally everything on lock-down, but she also has the best tank for your workout whether it’s running, SoulCycle, yoga or a tough strength training workout like Barry’s.

The amount of time I have spent thinking about bagels in the past six months is absurd. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Here are some can’t miss bagel shops in NYC.

The amount of sugar in most recipes is really absurd and unnecessary — if you want to cut down the amount of sugar, start with these tips.

I’ve read a few articles about how SF doesn’t have good pizza (but those people have never been to Del Popolo). People get real aggressive on the different/best types of pizza in the US.

Can I have these poached egg breakfast tacos for lunch and dinner too?

Chat with me:
Where would you Spring Break this year? What’s the most annoying thing to you on social media? What’s the best type of pizza?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 2.1

Best links of the week including the best places to travel in 2016, easy weeknight dinners, workouts to do while you Netflix binge and the Instagram accounts you should unfollow this year.

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This is like 20 kinds of late but I miss writing these posts! Can we really believe the last Now Trending was a month ago? And I only wrote six posts in January. Things have been busy around these parts and blogging is the first thing to go in a quest to get enough sleep and keep my sanity.

Also, Super Bowl 50 has been like, ruining my life on the daily. I’m 100% refusing to leave the Marina this weekend. Bike commuting has made me the biggest ball of fear and stress in the world. Thursday there were pedicabs taking up the whole bike lane and people in like, early-2000 Ford Explorers basically almost ready to hit me on my bike. I think I have a grey hair from all of this.

Here are the best links I’ve found… the past month. Whoops.

How have I only been to four of these best places to travel in 2016 (Montreal, Catalonia, Puerto Rico and Sayulita)? Ojai definitely needs to happen soon.

11 tips for sleeping better on a plane.

little late, but these are the Instagram, accounts you should unfollow this year.

I want to live in this cozy Portland cabin.

As I mentioned, I’ve not been feeling like myself due to a lot of outside stressors. One of my fave SoulCycle instructors, Molli, talks about what to do when you’re off your A game on her blog.

Running and Fitness
Fitness goals that have nothing to do with losing weight. I’m all about learning – or honing – a new skill.

Fun fact: I only watch VEEP when I’m working out. It’s like a way to make me do at home workouts. That being said, I haven’t watched an episode or done a strength workout at home in weeks (FML). Anyway, here are workouts you can do while Netflix binging.

Surfing casual 80-foot waves. NBD.

A requirement to be my friend: we have to order a bunch of plates when we go out to eat and share everything.

Did you buy 20 different types of non-wheat flour on a quest to make the perfect gluten-free whatever? Yeah, me too. Here’s how to use them up.

An easier way to make a grilled chocolate sandwich.

I don’t know about you but the last thing I want to do when I come home from work is to cook dinner. These simple easy dinner ideas are right up my alley!

BRB, running to Pressed Juicery to buy a Compartes X Pressed Juicery Bar.

I went to an event at Facebook HQ this week and heard the CMO of Lyft speak. She was great! I’m obsessed with this spot they did with Jerry Rice as a Lyft driver.

The Ultimate Guide to San Francisco Part Two: Restaurants

Your Guide to San Francisco Restaurants, just in time for your trip to the city for the Super Bowl or vacation.

This is the second part in the Ultimate Guide to San Francisco series. I’m teaming up with my friend Kristine (who has lived here her entire life, so she’s an expert) where she’s telling you where to work up an appetite (spoiler alert: SoulCycle).

It’s no secret I love to eat, consider myself a foodie and love giving restaurant recommendations and/or judging you based on where you eat while you’re in SF. Unless you’re lame and go to like, Rainforest Cafe (I swear there is actually one in the city), it’s hard to have a bad meal in San Francisco.

I could talk about food all day and where to eat in the city but since you’re here for a limited amount of time, I’ll cut to the heavy hitters and can’t miss spots. This list is by no means comprehensive. And if you’ve missed it before, here are the best vegan restaurants in San Francisco and the best coffee shops in San Francisco.

The Marina
My stomping grounds!


Blue Barn Gourmet
Home of the $20 salad (I swear they’re worth it… and only $20 if you get ahi tuna but you need to get the ahi tuna), they have chef-created salads or Make Your Own. They also have soup and sandwiches if you don’t want to eat a bowl of veggies.

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Because man cannot live on salad alone when visiting SF, there’s pizza that involves burrata cheese.

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Rose’s Cafe
This is where you want to brunch in the Marina because breakfast pizza is a thing.

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Stands for North of Panhandle, right by the Full House House.


My favorite restaurant in the city, duh. Go for brunch or dinner but make reservations or eat at the bar. I love eating at the bar though sooooo…

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NOPA’s Mexican little sister, go early if you want in. Last weekend I went with three people at 8:30 and was told they weren’t taking parties bigger than two any longer!
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The Mill
If you haven’t heard, San Francisco invented fancy toast. Pony up the $4 for a delicious piece of Josey Baker Bread with all the spreads. Better yet, take a friend and get all the breads and all the spreads.

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Little Chihuahua
If you don’t want to blow your entire paycheck on a meal, head to Little Chihuahua for a burrito, tacos or some of their crack salsa verde (it’s seriously that good).

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Pacific Heights
Elevation gains, beautiful houses and even better views.

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The Progress
This place won a James Beard award and I think maybe has a Michelin star. Anyway, make reservations because that’s the only way you’ll get in, unless you date one of their chefs for a hot minute, not that I know about that or anything.

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State Bird Provisions
If you can get in I totally respect you and you win at San Francisco. I still haven’t been but you should go so I can eat vicariously through you.

The best acai in SF – and also on the Big Island in Hawaii at their original location, where I fell in love with them. You’ll wait in line so go for broke and get a large when you finally get to order.

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The Mission and Portero Hill
Everything that’s right about SF as far as food and wrong as in everything else.

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Craftsman and Wolves
Just go get a Rebel Within and call it a day. It’s a soft-boiled egg baked into an asiago and sausage muffin.

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Farmhouse Thai Kitchen
There’s a ton of well-known Thai places (Les Rois, Kin Khao, Hawker Fare) and trust me, I’ve tried most of them, but this place is my jam. They have blue rice!

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Bi-Rite Creamery
The best ice cream in the city, duh.

Because you want to wait in line for brunch for two hours.

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The Tenderloin and Hayes Valley
Also known as the Trendyloin also known as not a place I frequent (well, Hayes Valley is super nice).


How do I not have photos of Souvla on my phone? Legit one of my favorite places in the city. Fast-caual Greek food — order at the counter and choose from veggie, lamb, chicken or pork in a salad or a wrap. Leave room for their frozen Greek yogurt for dessert. They also have a solid and affordable wine list.

If you’re determined to eat avocado toast while you’re here, go to Huxley because theirs has uni on it.

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Chat with me:
Do you want to visit any of these restaurants? Where do you want to eat in SF? What other places here do you love?

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies are made with no refined sugar, dairy or grains and don’t even require an oven to bake! The perfect holiday treat for everyone in your life.

Remember the plight of the Snickerdoodle LARABAR? I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own. But it’s Christmas/[the holidays if we are being politically correct], so I had to make them into cookies instead. And they have five ingredients, one of which is salt so it doesn’t even count. They’re Paleo, gluten-free, vegan, raw vegan — basically, unless you have a nut allergy specific to cashews, you can nosh on these cookies.

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

I had my first snickerdoodle in elementary school. My social studies class (which was my favorite class, BTW) had colonial school days where we all sat on benches and wrote on hand-held chalkboards and dressed up like it was 1776. It was clearly my favorite day ever because Felicity was my favorite American Girl doll and I had tried on just about every colonial dress in my grandmother’s costume shop until I found the perfect blue dress of my dreams. (It’s so East Coast to have that much of a need for colonial dresses… I don’t think anyone on the West Coast remembers that Williamsburg and the Mayflower and Pilgrims were a thing.) Also involved in colonial school days? Snickerdoodles.

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

Apparently snickerdoodles were a traditional colonial cookie. Everyone was required to bring in two dozen snickerdoodles and there were like two dozen kids in my class so obviously we ate snickerdoodles for a straight month, not that I’m complaining. Also thinking about the work from parents that went into colonial school days makes me never want to have kids because I can not deal with that type of pressure.

Since everyone knows what a snickerdoodle tastes like (and I swear these taste like snickerdoodles, you know I wouldn’t lie to you), I want to just let you know how huge of a dork I was in elementary school because it kind of relates back to Christmas. I was so obsessed with every American Girl doll and especially Felicity that I wanted to live in Williamsburg, Virginia. I’ve actually been there no less than three times — once with both of my parents, once with school (re: colonial school days) and once with my dad on our way home from the Outerbanks when I was in middle school.

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

I planned on going to college at William and Mary when I was little just so I could live in the same town as a fictitious doll. My craziness clearly started at an early age. I should chat with my therapist to figure out what this all means, especially because I lost my shit last winter when it rained too hard in SF and the power was out and I didn’t have cell service so I was bored.

Okay, it’s the holidays and you have things to do so whip up these raw snickerdoodle cookies and relish in the fact I’m secretly kind of nerdy. (An ex-boyfriend once asked what the nerdiest thing about me was… I said my obsession with North Korea but clearly it’s my obsession with American Girl dolls. And yes, I had all the original seven. Duh.)

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

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Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo)
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Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Raw Vegan, Vegan, Paleo
Serves: 15 cookies
  • 1 cup dates, soaked for at least 10 minutes
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of pink himalayan sea salt
  1. Put dates and cashews into your food processor and combine until a ball forms. Occasionally scrape down the sides as needed.
  2. Add cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt and continue to combine.
  3. Place ball in refrigerator in a covered dish for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Roll mixture into 1" balls then pat down with your hand or a spoon to make into a cookie.
  5. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week or the freezer for up to one month.

Chat with me:
Are you judging me for having every American Girl doll? What is the nerdiest thing about you?

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal [Gluten-Free, Vegan]

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal is made from a vegan horchata. It’s a filling and seasonal way to start your day!

It’s been five years but I’ve finally succeeded in my ultimate hipster wish — drinking horchata in December á la Vampire Weekend’s “Horchata” from their 2010 album Contra. Yes, I unabashedly have loved Vampire Weekend from day one (I want to say I discovered them from a song on an AE playlist when I worked in stores) and was devastated my freshman year when they played at the Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh and it was beyond sold out. I still to this day have not seen them live. They filmed Contra entirely in Mexico city, so I’m sure that’s what inspired that lyric.

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal

I was Skyping with Erin last week and she was filling me in on all the delicious Latin American food she ate while in Virginia over Thanksgiving. She mentioned drinking horchata and I stopped her — “Hold on, have to write something down. You gave me inspiration for a recipe and I’m going to tell you but don’t steal it because you’ll do it better.” (Erin actually has a recipe for horchata on her blog so you should go make it.)

So after making horchata seemed like a lot of work (mainly because I didn’t have rice and wasn’t about to buy it just to make horchata), I decided to buy horchata. The Marina Supermarket didn’t have horchata and I was feeling too lazy to go to Whole Foods. I finally found it at Real Good Food, a market on Fillmore Street that focuses on organic and super-overpriced speciality foods but when I looked at the nutrition information and ingredients… uh, if I’m going to waste 160 calories on eight fluid ounces it’s going to be on wine, not horchata so I can Instagram it with a Vampire Weekend quote.

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal

knew I had seen the Califia Farms horchata somewhere but for whatever reason, decided I didn’t need it. (I am well-known for buying things to try and only eating/drinking them that one time then never touching it again, even if I love it.) I then was a girl on a mission after only finding the gross boxed horchata and feeling like I needed to make this recipe. After work on Wednesday I made a pilgrimage to the SoMa Whole Foods after checking the website to see where it was stocked in San Francisco and after a brief bout of fear when it wasn’t with the ‘nogs, I found it.

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal

Also — how cute is this yeti towel? It was a Christmas gift from my friend Mai and it’s already getting good use.

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal

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Horchata Overnight Oatmeal [Gluten-Free, Vegan]
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 1
  1. In a jar or glass container with a lid, place rolled oats, protein powder if using and chia seeds and mix to combine.
  2. Pour in horchata and yogurt (if using). Shake well to combine.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or ideally overnight.
  4. In the morning, add desired toppings and serve!

If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

Chat with me:
Do you love or hate Vampire Weekend? Have you ever had horchata? What was your latest food impulse purchase?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 12.7

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Happy Friday, pals. This is my last weekend of the year in the city. It feels weird that as much as I’m looking forward to going back to Pittsburgh and seeing my family and friends, I also feel weird leaving San Francisco for two weeks. What will I do without all my friends here and SoulCycle and my therapist and my physical therapist and good coffee and good avocados and being able to buy wine at Whole Foods? That’s when you know you’re home, friends. And when I return to San Francisco, my cousin Jaimie will be here!

Here are the best links I found this week, between press events and drinking a very good bottle of wine with my friends to celebrate work and life and sleeping terribly.

Cuba is still high on my travel list… but some of these other up-and-coming travel destinations are earning a spot on my list, too.

11 tips for sleeping on a plane. I mean it’s the most uncomfortable thing ever but I’ve gotten pretty good at the red-eye.

The science behind the five dumbest things you do when you’re drunk. College Cassie lost a lot of keys, made out with boys who were not quite up to par and definitely texted exes. Oh wait, I still do that. And eat two slices of pizza. Oy vey.

A mash-up of the 50 top songs of the year. The number of times I have listened to all of these songs running and in SoulCycle the past year is insane.

Why Instagram captions are the new blogging.

The best food props from the Food52 Shop. I basically want them all.

Running and Fitness
How often should runners really strength train? Twice a week and on the same days as you run, especially a hard run. I’ve been working on my strength since I can’t run. It’s not that I hate it, it’s that I hate making the time for it.

This article penned by someone who used to make fun of SoulCycle… and now they can’t quit. I got on my phone to sign-up at 12:01 p.m. (1 minute after sign-ups opened) on Monday because I was in a meeting… and got wait-listed or on the worst bikes (aka not front row) for every class I wanted. Not real life!

I would be lying if I said I haven’t been craving a bagel for approximately months but I know a West Coast bagel won’t kill that craving. An interesting article though on the rise of the San Francisco Bagel, typically made of sourdough!

This couple Instagrams different types of breakfast from around the world… and I immediately began Googling to see where I could find all of these foods in SF.

This post feels pretty personal — ManRepeller talks about talking about food.

I want this Milk Bread in my life.

Chat with me:
What breakfast food from a different country do you want to try? What up-and-coming travel destination do you want to visit? What do you think about the rise of Instagram as blogging? How can I improve my sleep?

Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup with Crispy Chickpeas [Gluten-Free + Vegan]

There’s a vegan restaurant a few blocks away from me called Seed + Salt. I was meeting my friend Kristine for lunch there a couple weeks ago (#marinagirls forever) and even though I’m not a soup person, their Carrot Coconut Soup sounded delicious and I ordered it. Long story short, I have had that carrot coconut soup on my mind ever since.

Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup | Almost Getting it Together

I’ve strangely been craving a lot of soup lately. There’s a Thai Chicken soup at work that is allegedly very good, I was craving lentil soup (recipe coming soon) the week after that and then this soup just spoke to me. I blame it on the weather. The past few weeks have been the coldest it’s been since I’ve moved to San Francisco.

This soup is also great because I’ve been trying to eat way more plant-based lately. I’m going through a phase where I’m just kind of not that into meat and it’s such a pain to cook anyway. I’m feeling better without it in my diet and figuring out how to get protein in other ways. Also, not running 40 miles a week means you kind of don’t need as much protein as you used to… womp womp.

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I’m not saying that I’m not going to eat meat but I’m probably just not going to buy it and cook it for myself for a while. Also, looking to lower my grocery bill because SoulCycle is eating up my budget. But, my PT’s cute assistant told me “You can’t put a price on good health” and we all know if an attractive guy tells me something, I probably do it (aka the fact I moved to Hong Kong at 19 was partly because my advisor was hot and told me I should).

Not to totally diverge on this soup and bore you all to death, but I’m an almond milk latte in and aside from a glass of wine, that’s when I do my best writing/thinking so here’s a thought — isn’t the power of doing something to impress someone kind of crazy? The number of times I have made a boy go on a run he totally can’t handle, clean up his diet or do something out of their comfort zone (minus move to San Francisco, but that’s a story for another day) is unreal. I really need to harness that power more often. It’s like Kanye West wrote Kanye’s Workout Plan for the guys I seem to attract.

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Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup with Crispy Chickpeas [Vegan, Gluten Free]
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Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup with Crispy Chickpeas is the vegan and gluten-free way to stay warm this winter. Detox from heavy holiday foods with this soup.
Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 4 servings
  • 4 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced into half-moons
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • ½ tbsp fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt + pepper
  • Cilantro to garnish (optional, but encouraged)
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry (or 1 cup freshly cooked chickpeas)
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • salt + pepper
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425F.
  2. Line a baking tray with a Silpat or non-stick aluminum foil. Place carrots on baking tray and spray with coconut oil and sprinkle with paprika, salt and pepper.
  3. Bake carrots for 30 minutes or until they are soft and begin to brown.
  4. When carrots are finished roasting, melt coconut oil in a large soup pan.
  5. Place onion in soup pan and saute until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add carrots and continue cooking with onions for another 15 minutes, or until soft.
  7. Add vegetable broth, coconut milk, curry powder, ginger, crushed red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil then let simmer, covered, for 20-30 minutes.
  8. Remove soup from heat and let cool slightly. Once cooled, pour into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender.
  9. Pour soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro and crispy chickpeas
  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Place chickpeas on a Silpat lined baking sheet (or line with non-stick aluminum foil).
  3. Toss chickpeas with olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper.
  4. Place in oven and bake until hard and crispy, about 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1½ cups Calories: 175 Fat: 10 g Saturated fat: 8 g Carbohydrates: 18 g Sugar: 9 g Sodium: 159 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 3 g

Nutrition information is for soup without crispy chickpeas.

If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

Chat with me:
Soup person — yes or no? (I just figured out how to make an em dash on my Mac keyboard so watch me totally abuse it now.) What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve done because someone attractive told you should? Also, leave me more soup recipes I should make in the comments, please!

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 11.16

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I really should go do my PT exercises for my Achilles and… wow, updated November 26th: I’m an utter failure and totally just published this and never really finished writing anything. Whoops.

Can travel ever be authentic anymore? You see the same photo Instagrammed on everyone’s account of them riding a camel in Dubai, drinking Guinness in Ireland and in a hot spring in Iceland. My key? Go somewhere gritty.

A list of things to do before you leave for Thanksgiving (or vacation or honestly, in general). I actually do all of these (minus leave a meal in the freezer – but gotta start doing that) before I leave.

Unexpected nail polish combinations, for when you don’t know what color to make your party nail (am I the only person who still consistently rocks the party nail?).

It’s not news stress is bad… but are we overlooking that some stress is normal? And why are millennials so anxious? (Answer: Helicopter parents and as much as I love mine, they were helicopter parents.)

Running and Fitness
A woman with terminal cancer runs her last marathon. How scary to just know a race will be your last – and it could kill you in the process. Such a brave, brave undertaking.

I tweeted this link yesterday, but Angela from Cowgirl Runs has an awesome and informative post on Nutrition and Running. I am obviously eating way too much dairy.

I’m tempted to start training with a heart-rate monitor because I know I don’t push myself hard enough.

Very into what wines sommeliers drink at home.

All about the LA darling artisanal chocolate, Compartes Chocolate. If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for me, go this route.

I think I’m going to make this Cheesy Kabocha Squash Breakfast Burrito for a lunch or dinner burrito… yum!

My girl Davida recreated one of my favorite meals from my trip to visit her in Toronto with The Ultimate Buddha Bowl.

Oh hello, infographic of what cheese to put on your cheese plate.

Chat with me:
Do you ever train with a heart rate monitor?

Spinach, Mushroom and Black Bean Enchiladas [Gluten Free, Vegetarian]

At about one a.m. on Sunday morning I decided I really wanted Chipotle chips and guac. Not just any chips and guac, but preferably Chipotle’s. Theirs isn’t even the best guacamole I’ve ever had (that still goes to my ex-boyfriend, unfortunately) but for whatever reason, two glasses of wine and a few sips of bourbon after a 12-mile run, SoulCycle class and a solid several miles of walking, Chipotle spoke to me.

Luckily for me, Chipotle isn’t open (that I know of) at 1 a.m., I only know where two are in the city and one is in SoMa which was too far away, so I texted my father that I really was craving Chipotle and went home and kind of buzzed-ate one of these enchiladas. Adulting is drunk texting your father about your food cravings and not drunk texting your ex that you miss them. #progress

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I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately about people who are sick of Thanksgiving food. Sick of Thanksgiving food? It comes once a year. How can you be sick of it? People suggested subbing turkey for pasta carbonara on one Food52 discussion. On my dad’s side of the family we always had lasagna on Thanksgiving and Christmas (or sometimes gnocchi) but I’m Italian so…

I also saw a recipe for a tamale stuffing which totally intrigued me. What about a Mexican-themed Thanksgiving if you’re sick of Thanksgiving food? I would like to find one person who is sick of Mexican food (minus me, when I came home from Mexico, which I seriously still need to write about).

One of my friends mentioned she ate Mexican food four times in three days over the weekend and someone commented that we lived in California so that was totally normal. I’m thankful to live in such a beautiful, albeit dry, state where I have an abundance of good Mexican food. There’s two amazing Mexican places (Mamacita and Tacolicious) within a few blocks of me!

We all know I’m a yogurt monster because I don’t love meat and yogurt is my biggest protein source. I’ve been a huge fan of siggi’s for basically ever, or since I learned Icelandic yogurt was a thing and has even more protein than Greek yogurt. siggi’s yogurt is made with simple ingredients and not a lot of sugar. There is more protein than sugar in every cup – even flavored varieties, so I love grabbing a few flavored cups to have as a special snack throughout the week at work or after dinner.

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If you’re worried about not getting enough protein in a recipe without animal protein, well, there’s black beans and corn tortillas and cheese and siggi’s! so each little enchilada guy has 12 grams of protein each. You can also save this recipe for after Thanksgiving and stuff your leftover turkey meat inside, too. You’re welcome in advance.

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Spinach, Mushroom and Black Bean Enchiladas [Gluten Free, Vegetarian]
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Serves: 10 enchiladas
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 1½ cups black beans (or one can black beans, drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 3 cups baby white mushrooms, chopped
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 jar green enchilada sauce
  • 2 containers siggis 4% plain yogurt
  • 1½ cup shredded mexican cheese
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • salt + pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large saute pan, heat olive oil on medium.
  3. Add garlic and chopped yellow onion and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally.
  5. While mushrooms are cooking, mix yogurt and 1 cup of cheese in a small bowl.
  6. Add spinach to mushroom mixture and cook until wilted, about 1-2 minutes.
  7. Remove veggies from heat and strain excess water from cooking with a strainer. (REALLY IMPORTANT UNLESS YOU WANT SOGGY ENCHILADAS!)
  8. Add black beans to veggie mixture and mix well. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Wrap corn tortillas in plastic wrap and microwave for one minute to soften.
  10. In a large baking pan, add ¼ cup enchilada sauce to bottom.
  11. Place tortilla in saucy pan, fill with ¼ cup veggies and 1-2 tbsp of yogurt + cheese mixture. Roll so the seam is towards the bottom of the pan. Repeat until you run out of tortillas.
  12. Pour remainder of enchilada sauce on top of enchiladas.
  13. Sprinkle remainder ½ cup cheese on top of enchiladas.
  14. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and top of enchiladas begin to brown.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 enchilada Calories: 176 Fat: 6 g Saturated fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 20 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 296 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 12 g

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by siggi’s yogurt and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

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If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

Chat with me:
Do you ever get sick of Mexican food… or Thanksgiving food? Do you eat non-traditional foods on holidays?

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