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French Salad with Parchment Baked Chicken and Mustard Vinaigrette

Let’s talk about something that is a total time suck for me: BACK STALKING MYSELF. WHY?! I spend at least an hour a week looking at my old Instagram photos, tweets and blog posts. I’m secretly the most narcissistic person. I’m just always real concerned someone new is going to pop into my life and I’m worried of what they will think when they back stalk me, because they will  – am I cool enough? Should I have deleted all the photos of ex-boyfriends?

Fun story, re: social stalking. My friend Jordan from college texted me Sunday night to say “I also love how you seem to eat all the time and you are so fit”. I Snapchatted (follow me at @cpisone, BTW) a photo of two burritos and Bloody Mary. This was after probably Snapchatting four pieces of toast at The Mill, all the food at Comal and ice cream at Bi-Rite the day before. He then learned exactly 0 burritos belonged to me (but the bloody was mine – there was a guy at Treasure Island Flea with a mimosa + Bloody Mary cart so how could I say no?) and retracted his statement. If only my metabolism was that great.

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I have to eat salads like this all week because I feel the need to eat Bi-Rite ice cream every weekend.

On to this salad, which is why we are all here. Unless you’re here to read my train-of-thought rambles, then even better. Lentils make me think of France, even though I’m 99% positive I never ate a lentil in any of my three trips to France. So that’s why this is a French salad. Also, brie cheese. I remember my mother explaining brie cheese to me as a little girl as “like butter, but better” and I’ve basically been obsessed ever since. Brie in any dish on a menu? Ordering it. I wish this were a salad with escargot and foie gras. That’s my kind of French salad.

Also, parchment baked chicken is the best. It’s stupid easy to make and delicious. I’m honestly not too into meat but I eat it to stay full so this is an easy way for me to not screw it up.

I need to go eat like a thousand salads to counteract my weekend. And because I need fresh produce before I go to Pittsburgh this weekend where I don’t think vegetables are a thing yet. They’re just now getting into over-charging for toast.

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French Salad with Parchment Baked Chicken and Mustard Vinaigrette

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French Salad with Parchment Baked Chicken and Mustard Vinaigrette
 
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Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner, Entree
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 2 salads
Ingredients
Salad
  • 6 cups arugula
  • 1 cup sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 cup cooked lentils
  • ½ cup grapes, sliced in half
  • 2 oz brie cheese, chopped
Chicken
  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 1 tsp turmeric
Dressing
  • ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • ½ tbsp chopped shallots
Instructions
  1. Place chicken, olive oil and seasonings in a glass container or ziplock bag and combine until chicken is well coated. Season with salt and pepper. Let sit on counter for 20 minutes or in fridge up to overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Place a large sheet of parchment paper on a baking tray, place chicken on and fold edges to create an "envelope" for chicken. Bake for 30 minutes or until an internal thermometer reads 180 degrees.
  4. On another tray, place sweet potatoes and roast for 30 minutes, flipping once halfway through.
  5. Mix all the dressing ingredients in a small jar or container and shake well to combine.
  6. Once chicken is done cooking, remove from oven and chop.
  7. Place arugula in a large bowl, season with salt, pepper and salad dressing and toss.
  8. Split arugula into two large bowls or plates and put half the salad toppings and half the baked chicken on each salad to serve.

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Now Trending – Best Links Week of 8.24

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Let’s talk about something I’m really tickled with myself about – the fact I “run commuted” to work this week. Chrissy and I took everything we needed to get ready for the day on Thursday to our office on Wednesday, ran home from the office Wednesday night and then ran back to the office on Thursday morning. Despite there being way too many tourists/pedestrians on the way home Wednesday night and my frustration getting a little vocal, it was awesome. The worst part of my day was completely non-existant. I think the run commute is going to have to happen at least once a week.

Since I was sick last week this post didn’t happen (I know, you’re all really torn up about it) so I have like, a bazillion best links to share with you. Okay, maybe just twelve because I wanted to save you from having 15+ browser tabs open. You’re welcome.

Travel
I think taking a solo trip is something everyone should do at least once. Here are 15 Destinations for Women Traveling Alone (I can vouch for Hong Kong since I used to spend time alone in the city when I was living there!).

Skip the basic bitch London, Paris and Rome when you go to Europe and check out these other cities in Europe (disclaimer: I have been to London, Paris and Rome and they really aren’t basic but I have a sense of humor to keep up here).

Holding onto this list of places to elope. JK I already know where I’m eloping – The Seychelles, providing they are not underwater by that point.

Blogging
I’m honestly kind of bad at e-mails. I always read them right away then don’t respond because I typically want to give a thoughtful response… which means I don’t stay on top of them. I need these tips to keep my inbox from stressing me out.

I’ve started going to a lot more PR and press events since moving to SF. My first one was admittedly scary… but these tips for events are sure to help.

Running, working all day then coming home to “work” more on freelance articles, this blog and more makes me really not want to get shit done sometimes. Loving these tips for staying motivated even when you don’t want to do anything.

Running and Fitness
I admittedly do not get to yoga as much as I did when I lived in Pittsburgh and as often as I need to… here’s a good reminder of why to get your butt to yoga.

I want to visit the invite-only Nike Training Studio in NYC. Can someone make this happen?

Here’s what your workout looks like with emojis.

Food
I really need to get out of my salad rut for lunch and these 10 Sandwich-Free Lunch Ideas might do the trick.

Someone please make me these divine looking Blueberry Pancakes from Clinton St. Baking Co.

Incase you didn’t know, it was my girl Davida’s birthday yesterday so I’m making her Healthy Cookie Cake to celebrate until I can drink champagne with her in SF next month.

Chat with me:
Have you ever done a run commute? Have you ever traveled alone? Would you ever travel alone? What does your normal lunch look like?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 8.9

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I’m currently writing this en route to Vancouver to run SeaWheeze this weekend! I’m so excited and also feeling like I completely forgot something. I think writing this post on things to pack for a destination race helped remind me of a few things (i.e. hat). Plus, if you haven’t entered yet, I’m doing an awesome giveaway with Vega on said destination race post so check that out!

Even though my week was a little busy, luckily for you I had a solid plane ride to find the best links of the week.

Travel
Where you should travel based on your horoscope sign. I know, I’m too California-astrology-weirdo for my own good, but the Pisces one is spot on for me (beach with activities for days because I’m restless + love water).

Traveling together can really make or break a friendship. Here’s what you should look for in a travel buddy.

Lifestyle
So… you want to write a food blog. This satirical post is SPOT ON. If I ever start asking dumb questions at the start of my posts, someone punch me.

I feel like I’m really good at being super positive and upbeat at work for the most part, even though most days it’s kind of stressful. Here’s how you can be happier at work.

Looking for a cool gift sometime soon? Buy something made in your state! I’m 100% surprised WV’s “gift” wasn’t Fiesta Wear.

Uh, I want to throw a pop-up dinner party. I seriously need to plan something for my one year SF-versary/SF Nike Women’s Half.

I really don’t wear my jumpsuit enough… but here are some tips on how to pick the best jumpsuit for you!

Running and Fitness
Want to run your first half marathon? I rounded up a bunch of great half marathons for first timers for Brit + Co. Also if you want to run a Rock n’ Roll race use promo code RUNTOGETHER15 for $15 off!

In honor of Seawheeze this weekend, the Vega team pulled together tips for race day from some of their bloggers (including myself).

Kind of obsessed with this article on what professional athletes eat to perform their best. In another life, I would have been a sports nutritionist.

Susie basically summed up everything I’ve wanted to write lately about when you’re a pacer/coach/whatever, your workout isn’t about you anymore, it’s about them. 

Food
I’m pretty sure I could give up any meal except breakfast. “Not having enough time in the morning” is no excuse to skip the most important – and best – meal. Make one of these 55 (!) Make Ahead Breakfasts from The Athletic Avocado.

I kind of wish I were basic and didn’t care about being a size 0 so I could drink all of these Frappuccinos. I used to kill those in middle school/high school.

Can someone come make these Gluten Free Cinnamon Blueberry Bagels for me? K thanks.

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Deconstructed Sushi Bowl with Cauliflower Rice [Paleo, Gluten Free]

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I’ve probably sat here for a combined hour staring at this blank screen. I’ve written a first sentence and deleted it over and over. I just can’t think of anything really life changing to say about sushi. It’s not new to anyone. It borders on being basic if you’re not careful (RIP Pink Zebra pop-up). But truly great sushi is really, really amazing. Actually, in SF I’ve seen uni (sea urchin) avocado toast on two different menus now – and I’m really regretting not getting it at Gather in Berkeley. (It was bomb.com at Huxley if you’re wondering – also I had just ran 13 miles, so there’s that.)

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Note: This photo is sans nori because I forgot and ate all the ingredients by the time I was going to reshoot.

So what did I do? Totally bastardized sushi by taking out the key component (after the fish, of course), rice, and making it out of cauliflower. Did you know a lot of really great sushi is because of the sushi rice? I think in sushi chef school they spend like a year learning how to make rice.

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Still learning to plate food attractively.

Clearly I’m at a loss for words for what to say so I give up… just make this deconstructed sushi bowl with cauliflower rice. I promise it’s delicious beyond words.

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Deconstructed Sushi Bowl with Cauliflower Rice

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Deconstructed Sushi Bowl with Cauliflower Rice [Paleo, Gluten Free]
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Japanese, Paleo, Gluten Free
Serves: 4 bowls
Ingredients
Deconstructed Sushi Bowls
  • 2 heads cauliflower, riced (about 8 cups)
  • 2 cups shelled edamame
  • 2 cups roasted sweet potato
  • 2 large cucumbers, spiralized with blade B
  • 8 oz smoked salmon
  • 1 avocado
  • 8 sheets nori
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
Sauce
  • ½ cup tamari
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp crushed ginger
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp Sriarcha
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Clean and slice sweet potatoes into rounds.
  3. Place rounds on a Slipat or lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until they begin to brown, flipping once half way through.
  4. Mix all sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set to the side.
  5. Spiralize cucumbers (or chop into thin shreds) with blade B, then cut to make into smaller noodles.
  6. Place cucumber strands in a strainer lined with paper towels and sprinkle salt over them. Let sit for around 30 minutes to lose some of their water.
  7. Chop cauliflower into florets and place in batches in food processor. Run until cauliflower is rice-sized. Repeat until all cauliflower has been riced.
  8. Heat a wok on high heat. Spray with coconut oil and add rice, stirring until it begins to brown and soften, about 7-8 minutes.
  9. Add rice wine to cauliflower rice and let cool.
  10. Once cucumbers have drained, place in a medium sized bowl and pour half the sauce over the cucumbers. Stir well.
  11. Construct your sushi bowls. Place two cups of cooled cauliflower rice, ½ cup edamame, ½ cup sweet potato, ¼ of the cucumbers, 2 oz smoked salmon, ¼ avocado, 2 sheets nori (cut or torn apart) and 1 tsp sesame seeds. Drizzle over sauce and serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bowl Calories: 374 Fat: 14 g Carbohydrates: 37 g Protein: 35 g

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What is your favorite type of sushi? Have you ever had a sushi bowl? Do you hate places that try so hard to be cool?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 8.3

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Remember last week when I said nothing interesting happened to me that week? I forgot that I SAW A COYOTE. In the city! Chrissy and I were hiking (loose term) after work in Mt. Sutro Nature Reserve and a coyote crossed the path in front of us. He was kind of cute but I was mostly terrified. Like… what do I do if I see a coyote? According to my immediate Google search, he was more scared of me than I was scared of him.

This weekend is another jam-packed one. Long run Saturday, stand-up paddle boarding and East Bay adventures planned, brunch on Sunday, hopefully getting my brows/nails done before heading to Vancouver for Seawheeze (!!!) next weekend, maybe another hike… and it’s Outside Lands! I’m tempted to go on Sunday with a friend who asked but… festivals. I might have out-aged that situation.

I was too busy double-working out all week (NTC workouts on the Marina Green while tourists comment “I just love San Francisco, everyone is working out all the time” and SoulCycle) in the evenings to do much blog writing/reading, but here are the best links I found this week!

Travel
Looking for a small town US vacation this year? Maybe try one of the 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015.

I want to visit Boon Hotel + Spa, and Guerneville in general, soon. Stop being so perfect, Northern California.

15 Good Travel Habits – I think I follow most of these. Still working on getting everywhere early… and carrying extra copies of my passport and ID because I got lazy and cocky and stopped doing that.

Lifestyle
I get the Sunday Blues pretty hard sometimes but these Tips to Make Monday Suck Less are definitely helpful.

Google is going to start telling you how long wait lines at restaurants are… which in SF is at least two hours, unless it’s 11 PM and then it’s one.

I meant to bring this up weeks ago, but did you know there’s about to be a musical version of The OC? That show totally influenced my high school style and lifelong musical taste. Anything Marisa Cooper wore I had to buy.

Health and Fitness
Too busy to stretch? Now you can go to a class for that. There’s a Stretch Lab in LA now… but I would totally go if there was one in SF.

Pumps & Iron’s workouts always kill me so I’m excited to try her Kettlebell Superset Pyramid Workout.

Food
I knew I liked Kylie from Immeatthat but I’m basic-ally (pun intended) obsessed after she made this Basic Bitch Salad with Rose Dressing.

Don’t throw away those corn husks! You can do things like bake fish or make tamales or cook sticky rice in them.

Watch 13 Sandwiches From Around the World be assembled. Some look amazing (choripan) and most others look awful with the exception of Croque Monsieur, bahn mi and PB&J.

Your favorite food combination might tell what kind of friend you are. Once again, how am I supposed to choose? I guess I’m avocado toast?

Chat with me:
What does your favorite food combo tell about what kind of friend you are? What’s the most basic thing you love? What TV show influenced your life?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 7.27

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I don’t have any fun stories for you this week like living through an earthquake. Since I’ll just sit here trying to be funny for 30 minutes, I’ll spare you and just give you the best links I found this week.

Travel
I want to visit NYC just to eat at these restaurants featuring food from far off places like Tibet, Venezuela and Sri Lanka.

I’m not the “all-inclusive resort” type… but these all-inclusive luxury resorts that are affordable (they’re making that term very liberal) look pretty awesome – especially the one in Utah.

Marisa from Uproot From Oregon’s Glacier National Park To Do List makes me want to pack my bags for Montana even faster than I typically want to pack my bags for Montana.

Lifestyle
I hadn’t heard of a cooking club until this article from The Kitchn… and now I want to start my own. SF friends, who is going to join?

Being an adult is hard. You have to do things like pay rent and do your own laundry and clean out your fridge. These tips for keeping a home are really great (and I follow most of them!).

Do you think you’re a rational person? I don’t think that I am and this test tells me I’m definitely not.

Running and Fitness
I’m a huge fan of Runner’s Connect podcast, Run to the Top. I’ve been listening to Podcasts all week running slow, stiff recovery miles. I mentioned earlier this week I’m trying to lose weight right now and these eight nutrition tips for runners are great.

A collection of awesome running tweets. Fun fact: before I

Food
These Protein Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches from the Vega team definitely have to happen soon. I’m thinking this weekend?

Despite realizing my diet is basically 40% fat (a little high), I still refuse to ever give up nut butter. Here are 12 Awesome Homemade Nut Butters I rounded-up for Brit + Co.

Here’s what your favorite ice cream flavor says about you. Mine depends on the day but I guess if someone told me I could only have one flavor the rest of my life… maybe mint chocolate chip?

Let’s keep the ice cream theme going today since summer (for everyone not in California) is almost over. Here’s ice cream and wine pairings you should try.

Chat with me:
What does your favorite ice cream flavor say about you? Do you keep your home clean and tidy? What’s the most interesting regional food you’ve eaten?

Getting it Together on the Road: Big Sur Travel Guide

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Have you ever been somewhere so beautiful or amazing that you can’t get it out of your head when you lay down to go to sleep? Before 4th of July weekend, that list was somewhat short – Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Versailles in Paris, an active volcano in Hawaii and now, Big Sur. I’ve been very fortunate to see a lot in my short 26 years and I’m even more fortunate that one of these is in my back yard.

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Big Sur was absolutely magical and just the weekend I needed. My friend Chrissy and I road tripped from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo, spending Friday and Sunday in Big Sur proper. There wasn’t cell reception. I got a sunburn. We ate an entire bucket of shellfish (and no allergic reaction to Dungeness Crab, which was a relief after I had one a couple months ago). I could finally detach from all of the stress from work and life and blogging.

Do

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McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

  • Hike Julia Pfieffer State Park
    You know those idyllic photos of a waterfall on a white sandy beach going into the ocean? Yeah, that’s here. That hike is like a quarter mile and a total joke but if you go around the parking lot and take the Canyon Trail you’ll go up into the Ewoldsen loop. From there, you can take the water trail and see – you guessed it – water from the Pacific Ocean. It’s super epic. We were going to keep going to the Tin House Trail and onto a vista point but we saw a dismembered skunk skull and animal droppings and decided we should probably turn around and not turn into a bear’s lunch. Plus, it was foggy.
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We stumbled upon this private beach on our hike.

  • Hike Andrew Molera State Park
    We did this hike on Friday and it was a great start to the trip – and a great way to get me to sleep nine hours straight (much needed). We went the wrong direction (we wanted to end at the ocean instead of starting there) but it was okay because it was pretty foggy (surprise, surprise). There was a ton of elevation gain and if you are willing to scramble over a pile of driftwood you will find a private beach.
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No words.

  • Stop at Vista Points
    There are plenty of places to stop for photo ops on the drive. Definitely get on the road early before it’s overrun by tourists (except I was one too, I guess?). Channel your inner-Ben Gibbard and take a photo at Bixby Canyon Bridge.
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Bixby Canyon Bridge

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Bixby Canyon Bridge

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Nepenthe in Big Sur

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The View from Nepenthe

  • Nepenthe
    You’ll feel like you just stepped back into the 1970s at this place but man, are the views worth it. I had just finished an eight-ish mile hike with a lot of elevation change and very little breakfast but I still think this place was great. We split a burger and got two salads – the Caprese and the beet salad (and a half-bottle of Rose because #roseseason). The burger came with a bean salad too and you know with my current bean obsession I was all over that.
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Eating all the food and taking all the terrible photos.

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Incase there was any doubt I’ve ever eaten a burger on bread – here is proof.

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Beet salad.

  • Big Sur Bakery
    I struggle slightly with putting this on the list. The food is great but the service can be hit or miss. We stopped for a post-hike lunch on Friday and I got a salad with chicken salad and bread because I lost all abandon for basically a week and ate all the gluten (then hated seeing myself in a bikini until the last day in Mexico, hence total lack of bikini photos).We went back for breakfast pre-hike on Sunday only to be told they weren’t really serving breakfast for another hour and a half. Our only choices were pastries and a joke of a yogurt parfait (aka trifle). When I asked for more yogurt the waitress who was channeling Adam Driver’s sister from Girls with her eyebrow grooming choices told me they had fruit with yogurt for breakfast… at 10:30. Okay, cool. You don’t have to turn on a stove to spoon some more yogurt in a bowl and then take like $10 for it because it’s over-priced but you’re in the middle of the California coast and you have three options and each are 10 miles apart. As you can tell, I’m slightly bitter – but honestly it’s good (albeit pricer than even what I pay for meals in SF) and maybe that one girl just sucked.
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Big Sur Bakery

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Big Sur Bakery – Greens Salad with added chicken salad.

Pack

  • Hiking Boots
    Now that I’m a real life California resident who goes on adventures and stuff, I need to make a trip to REI and buy hiking boots. I could have totally used them on our hikes.
  • Snacks
    You can check out my Healthy Hiking Snacks post for ideas but I love Picky Bars because they actually make me feel satiated. I also love Vega One Bars because they are meal replacement bars with a ton of protein, fiber and even some Omega 3s and a serving of greens. I’m also a major fan of Kind Bars. I kind of rotate through all three of those.
  • Shower Pill Athletic Wipes
    A lot of these trails were SO dusty. I wore shorts one day and was just covered in dust and grime – super attractive to picture, I know (but I ran cross-country in high school, so I’ve been accustomed to getting dirty outside for a long time). You probably still have a couple hours in the car post-hike unless you’re staying somewhere in Big Sur proper so it’s nice to feel clean.

Chat with me:
Have you been to Big Sur? Any places I missed? What place have you been that made you lay awake thinking about because it was so beautiful?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 7.20

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I experienced my first earthquake in SF this week (not my first earthquake – that one happened at my old office in Pittsburgh about four years ago when I thought it was a train). About 2:30 on Tuesday morning I woke up to a loud bang and my bed was shaking to the left and right. I laid there calmly and thought, “hmm, must be an earthquake”. Once it was over, I pulled out my phone to text my friend Chrissy who lives a few blocks away from me to see if she felt it. She hadn’t, but Twitter quickly confirmed there was a 4.-something magnitude quake in East Bay.

So that was the excitement for my week. Also this week in being a real-life SF resident, I ate some delicious hand-pulled noodles at Terra Cotta Warrior and rode MUNI there, took a free SoulCycle class thanks to my job and then walked the two-miles to my office because it’s 60 degrees here and not 90 degrees with 100% humidity like the city I left. I have a jam-packed weekend, including running the second half of the SF Marathon on Sunday.

Since I had such an eventful week, I didn’t do a ton of surfing the internet but here are the best links I found to share with you!

Travel
Would you guess that the most pizza Instagrams aren’t in Italy but rather NYC? Or that poutine is really only Instagrammed in Canada (I would guess that one). Love seeing where the Food Capitals of Instagram are, broken down by food. (SF can only boast burrito photos, go figure).

Today in “East Bay Travel”, we explore Berkeley, where I want to go just to eat at Cheeseboard Collective.

Lifestyle
I love this article with Crishon Lampley, the professional vintner of Love Cork Screw. I think doing something with wine as a career would be an absolute dream.

According to this article, there are three types of restaurants – fine dining, hole-in-the-wall ethnic places and… bistros. If you skip one of those, you’re likely to never have an average or sub-par meal again.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m an only child. There’s lots of studies on us unicorns of the family. I really like this one by Vice, “Does Being an Only Child F**k You Up“, because I really relate to a lot of the character traits attributed to only children – we push ourselves very hard, value alone time, privacy and possessions and sometimes have intimacy issues with more than one or two close people.

Food
I don’t think I’ve ever eaten rutabaga, or at least not prepared it on my own… but now I’m going to have to pick one up to make Lindsay’s BBQ Baked Rutabaga Chips.

I have a bad habit of using the same flavor combinations for everything (hint: it’s probably dijon mustard, vinegar and maybe some herbs). This infographic of base + pairing + flavor enhancer = quick meal idea by The Greatist is awesome – and you probably have most of these in your fridge or pantry.

This Sea Salt & Honey No-Churn Ice Cream looks right up my alley. Then again, I haven’t ever met an ice cream I haven’t liked.

I’ve been back on the acai-additction train lately… so of course I rounded up The Best Acai Bowl Recipes for Summer for Brit + Co.

Chat with me:
Have you ever experienced an earthquake? Are you an only child – do you think it messes with a person? Do you love acai bowls? What are you up to this weekend?

Blueberry Lemon Lavender Scones [Gluten Free]

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Sunday before 10 a.m. I had put away my laundry, emptied the dishwasher, made cashew butter, went to SoulCycle, baked these scones and was getting ready to head out the door to get my nails done. To say I am most productive in the morning is the understatement of the year.

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Scone game on point.

I had been craving scones for months. I’m not a big “buy a baked good” person because unless it’s really good and really worth it, there’s a chance it could be totally lackluster and just not worth the calories and carbs. Those scones sitting in the case at Starbucks? Ew.

Then there’s the whole ingredient list of scones… lots of butter. Lots of wheat flour. Lots of sugar. As delicious as those things are, they don’t necessarily make you feel good afterwards. I wanted to make a gluten free version then seriously lighten it up without losing taste.

This month’s Recipe Redux theme was fresh produce. I didn’t have a ton in my fridge (for once) because I’ve been traveling/socializing so much so I haven’t really been cooking quite as much. I did have a huge thing of blueberries that were begging to be baked into something. I started with a cup of blueberries then realized I wanted these to be really filled with blueberries and added another half cup – good choice.

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Perfect for summer brunch – Blueberry Lemon Lavender Scones

The lemon really brings out the blueberry flavor, too. And isn’t anything involving lavender just… fun? If you aren’t gluten free, regular flour should work. I used Davida’s Gluten Free Flour Blend recipe from her e-cookbook and these turned out perfectly

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Blueberry Lemon Lavender Scones [Gluten Free]


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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 8 scones
Ingredients
  • 2¾ cups gluten free flour blend
  • 1½ cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ almond milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp dried lavender
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • zest from ½ lemon
  • juice from ½ lemon (about 1 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, lavender, cinnamon and salt.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together almond milk, egg, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, lemon zest and lemon juice until will combined.
  5. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  6. Your mixture should still be dough-like. If it isn't, add in more flour a tablespoon at a time until a doughy consistency is reached.
  7. Fold in blueberries.
  8. With wet hands, take dough and form into a ball. Place on parchment paper and flatten into a large disk.
  9. With a large knife, cut the disk into half, then into quarters then into eighths.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until tops of cones begin to brown.
  11. Let cool fully then break apart on cut lines.
  12. Keep in an airtight container for up to one week.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 scone Calories: 212 Fat: 6 g Saturated fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 38 g Sugar: 7 g Sodium: 422 mg Fiber: 5 g Protein: 5 g

Looking for more summer produce recipes? Check out the rest of this month’s Recipe Redux Challenge entries below.

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Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk [Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo]

homemade strawberry almond milk with purely elizabeth muesli

I am 100% predictable. I try to not be predictable (as seen by my ‘go to Mexico and tell my family and like three people’ stunt) but I have a lot of personality traits that as much as I try to change, I just can’t improve on them.

Examples include:

  • Breaking 3 Pyrex bowls while cooking dinner with my friend Sam because I don’t have my shelves properly organized and then breaking a jar two weeks later because I still don’t have things organized (Side note: I am f****d if there is an earthquake, excuse my French).
  • Constantly forgetting my wallet.
  • I’m always late, typically by 15 minutes.
  • Buying a nut milk bag to make nut milk but forgetting to use it.

The last one is what happened with the first time I made this recipe. Luckily the second time I wasn’t so irresponsible.

homemade strawberry almond milk with purely elizabeth muesli

Homemade almond milk – not as scary to make as it sounds!

I recommend you half the recipe if you live alone and aren’t going to go through 10 cups of almond milk in a week. I was literally just trying to make every recipe that included almond milk ever – a lot of Vegan Banana and Blueberry Breakfast Parfaits and chia puddings and an entire box of Purely Elizabeth Muesli. Which I highly suggest making with this Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk.

homemade strawberry almond milk with purely elizabeth muesli

The best breakfast for hot summer days.

This is the first time I ever had muesli to my knowledge and where the hell have I been my whole life? It’s basically kind of like overnight oats but minus chia seeds and with less liquid? Anyway, I threw mine on top of some Greek Yogurt because I’m basically all about adding protein to every meal possible and topped with some more Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk and some unsweetened carob chips because strawberries + chocolate = love.

homemade strawberry almond milk with purely elizabeth muesli

Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk with Purely Elizabeth Muesli

4.7 from 3 reviews
Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk [Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo]
 
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Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan
Serves: 10 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almonds, soaked overnight
  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high power blender and blend on the highest setting until no particles remain.
  2. Place nut milk bag over a large bowl or contained and strain mixture.
  3. Store homemade strawberry almond milk in refrigerator for up to one week.

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.

My friends at Purely Elizabeth sent me some of their new muesli to try but all opinions are my own.

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