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Now Trending – Best Links Week of 6.22

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Happy Friday! Isn’t it weird how Friday changes from when you were a kid (or in college) to when you were an adult? Except I kind of felt the same on Fridays in college as I do now because I was typically hungover from Thursday… why did I not heed the re-hydrating properties of coconut water as a senior when I had heard rumors of this magic potion? My Fridays wouldn’t have been so wrecked.

Speaking of being an adult, I have spent the past few weekends working on my gallery wall and now all that’s left is the actual hanging, which is stressing me out. It’s also stressing me out that I’m like a real adult and worrying about shit like decorating on my Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Times like these (and basically every day at most times) I wish my dad were a short drive away so he could come hang my pictures in places they won’t hit me on the head if there’s an earthquake.

Enough with my big exciting life that is home decor and on with the best links from the week.

Travel
Doesn’t Alaska feel like the great unknown? I would have no clue where to start planning for a trip there if it weren’t for Gal Meets Glam’s Alaska Itinerary.

Can we all agree that airport/airplane food is typically the worst? Here are some of Food52 editors’ favorite foods that fly well.

This list of awesome Chicago summer spots makes me want to escape Karl the Fog and head east.

Nashville has been on my must-visit list for a while.

Lifestyle
Totally loving all these looks from the CFDA X Neiman Marcus party. Now I need a reason to dress up in SF…

I relate to this post on dealing with anxiety and heartbreak on so many levels. True story – dealing with your problems and trying to heal is a lot harder than staying depressed and anxious.

These pro tips to get your shit together will help with your summer cleaning. Is that a thing? I am wondering how I have accumulated so much stuff in 8 months…

Blogging
I need to invest in some food props… this list of Seven Photography Resources that Changed My Blog from In It 4 the Long Run is awesome.

Running and Fitness
This post on the Top Five Confessions of a Fitness Professional made me feel so much better about every group fitness class I have ever taken – including the one time I took both Ashley’s BodyAttack and BodyPump classes back to back!

Ever wonder why your fitness class is so expensive? I am going to let you in on a little secret – paying almost $30 for a 45 minute spin class will ensure you get your ass there… early.

As I contemplate a fall marathon (Portland) here’s a nice reminder on how running 26.2 miles wrecks your body.

Food
I’m having my friend Sam over for dinner Saturday night… and I’m totally suggesting we make Erin’s Plantain Sweet Potato Tacos with Guacamole.

I think we can all agree… gelato > ice cream (but ice cream still rules).

Definitely having this Grain-free Breakfast Cobbler from immaEATthat next week for breakfast.

Chat with me:
What confession would surprise people about your job? How do you handle anxiety and heartbreak? And most importantly… gelato or ice cream?

Vegan Berry Almond Chia Pudding [Gluten Free, Paleo]

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Are chia seeds paleo? Are fruits and vegetables paleo? I am going to assume so and call this recipe paleo. My second recipe in two days and dietary restriction friendly as well!

If you’ve known me for more than two seconds, you know I’m kind of bad with time management, in the fact that I think I can accomplish more than I can in a given amount of time. Since I am constantly on the run (literally and figuratively), it’s nice for me to not worry about food sometimes. I sometimes substitute solid lunch at the office for a nutmilk blend when I’m super busy. It keeps me full the rest of the day and gives me a ton of energy.

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Chia seeds are so hot right now.

I also do enjoy solid food and have been all about the chia puddings lately. I’ve been trying to eat less dairy in the afternoons and evenings (Is my life a constant “how can my nutrition be tweaked experiment”? Yes.) so chia pudding has been an alternative to my beloved Greek yogurt. Since it’s berry season, I thought subbing in Naked Juice’s new Berry Almond Nutmilk for normal almond milk would be a summery switch-up. Plus, each bottle contains 26 blueberries, 8 blackberries, 2 raspberries, 1 strawberry, 24 almonds, 1 3/4 apples and 1/3 of a banana, so basically my fruit servings for the day are taken care of in one serving.

Both the Berry Almond Nutmilk and another new Naked Juice, Peachy Almond Nutmilk, are hitting shelves early next month. I know it will be equally as good because of Naked Juice’s commitment to finding the best blends of fruits and vegetables to put in it’s bottles and deep tradition of goodness. They are both great non-dairy breakfast substitutes, post-workout refuel or mid-day snack.

This chia pudding is naturally gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free and free of added sugar while still being slightly sweet thanks to the Berry Almond Nutmilk. Plus, one bottle has 11 grams of Protein (!!!) and is a good source of both magnesium and vitamin E on top of all the health benefits of chia seeds. Uh, also this recipe has two ingredients so you’re basically crazy if you don’t make it right now.

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Berry Almond Chia Pudding [Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo]


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Vegan Berry Chia Pudding [Gluten Free, Paleo]
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • 1 bottle Naked Juice Berry Almond Nutmilk
Instructions
  1. Place chia seeds in a medium-sized bowl with a lid.
  2. Whisk in one bottle of Naked Juice Berry Almond Nutmilk. Be sure chia seeds are well mixed in and not in clumps in the bottom.
  3. Refrigerate for at least one hour, stirring once or twice.
  4. Eat with favorite toppings if desired (I suggest unsweetened carob chips!)

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.

This post was sponsored by Naked Juice but all opinions are my own!

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Are you good with time management? What are your go-to foods when you’re too busy to cook/eat? How do you eat your chia pudding?

Strawberry Rhubarb Basil Crisp [Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo]

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So, this is the dessert you make when everyone coming to your dinner party has some dietary restraint. Oh, and they are free of refined sugar because you’re on my blog.

Last year I bought rhubarb and never used it… I wasn’t going to let this rhubarb meet the same fate. When I discussed what to do with it, the suggestion “jam” came up but that seemed like too much of a cop-out. That will be for my second batch of rhubarb. I needed to challenge myself with my first batch.

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Pan roasting the rhubarb, strawberries and basil.

Something I’ve recently learned about myself is that I constantly challenge myself. I recently spoke to an ex-boyfriend and he commented that he liked that I challenged him while we were together and I was still challenging him now (by telling him he should lose some weight – I’m such an asshole).

I’m in this weird period of growth and self-discovery and I have found that a quality I don’t like in other people is the inability to challenge themselves. You can stay stuck in a non-ideal situation because you aren’t willing to challenge yourself. It’s easy to be comfortable and live in the same place and hang out with the same people and spin your wheels. I know, I’ve been there. Often qualities you don’t like in other people are qualities you don’t like in yourself.

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Obviously inspired by the DSLR course I’m taking.

Challenging yourself is hard. Change and growth are hard. It’s challenging to leave everything you know and move across the country. It’s challenging to tell your body, “Hey Body, you’re going to run 26.2 miles today.” It’s challenging keeping Almost Getting it Together as my side-hustle. The fear of failure is real.

Okay, this post was real heavy. Go make this Strawberry Rhubarb Basil Crisp and eat it with some ice cream because it’s summer and I’m challenging you to enjoy yourself.

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Starwberry Rhubarb Basil Crisp

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Strawberry Rhubarb Basil Crisp [Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo]
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo, Dessert
Serves: 12 mini crisps
Ingredients
Filling
  • 2 cups rhubarb, chopped
  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped basil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • juice of 1 orange (about ⅓ cup)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Crisp
  • ¾ cup hazelnut flour
  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1½ tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1½ tbsp maple syrup
  • pinch pink Himalayan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with silicone liners.
  3. Place chopped rhubarb, strawberries, basil, maple syrup, cinnamon and orange juice in a small sauce pan on medium low heat.
  4. Let rhubarb mixture cook down for about 15 minutes or until soft and fragrant, stirring occasionally.
  5. While the filling is cooking, mix together hazelnut flour, coconut flour, pecans and salt in a small bowl.
  6. Pour melted coconut oil and maple syrup into crisp mixture and mix until well combined.
  7. Place a small spoonful of crisp mixture into bottom of each silicon liner and press down until covered. You should use about half your mixture.
  8. Once rhubarb mixture has softened, turn off heat and let cool for several minutes.
  9. Portion rhubarb mixture evenly into each silicon liner.
  10. Place remaining crisp mixture on top of the rhubarb filling.
  11. Place in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until tops begin to brown.
  12. Let cool completely and store leftovers in fridge in a covered container for up to one week.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 mini-crisp Calories: 130 Fat: 6 g Saturated fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 16 g Sugar: 5 g Sodium: 17 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 3 g

The theme for this month’s Recipe Redux is pie. Nothing is says summer more than pies – other than bikinis. Crisps are a less caloric substitute to a pie – and makes me think of all the peach crisp my mother used to make in the summer when I was growing up.

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Are you afraid of change? Are you able to challenge yourself? What qualities do you not like in yourself/others?

Sorghum Caprese Salad

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I’m currently on a mission to use all of the non-perishable items in my kitchen. The perishable ones never really have a chance in my place but one can only have so many mostly-empty jars of nut butter, canned staples and unusual grains before you start to feel like you are way too over-prepared for one person.

In my constant quest for self-improvement and personal challenges, I’m trying to not let myself buy anything before I use up what I already have. For example, I have eaten through every jar of almond butter but I have a ton of almonds so I’ll just make my own until those are gone, too. It’s really fulfilling to me to throw empty things away.

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My lunch this week – sorghum caprese salad on top of arugula.

Long story not really cut short, this is how this caprese salad happened. I was digging through my cabinet looking for something and came upon this sorghum that I accidentally bought thinking it was sorghum flour. I have two bags of it (!!) and realized I could use this up before I bought more quinoa. (I basically hate myself for what a pretentious health nerd I sound like with that last sentence.)

I’ve been all about the grain salad lately. I made my Moroccan Quinoa Salad for lunch a couple weeks ago and last week was a greek version of it. My weekends and weeknights have been fairly busy lately so it’s easy to throw a bunch of things in a big bowl over the course of the weekend and just portion a little bit out every morning before I head to the office. One of those whole “meal plan” things people talk about.

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Summer on a plate.

Sorghum is real cool. I don’t know if I had ever really had it before. The texture is kind of like couscous meets rice or something strange like that. I’m kind of a fan and pretty happy I accidentally bought it. You can also pop it like popcorn but I haven’t gotten that brave yet.

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Sorgum Caprese Salad

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Sorghum Caprese Salad
  • 1 cup uncooked sorghum (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  • 2½ cups cooked chickpeas (or 1 15 oz can, drained and rinsed)
  • 5 oz fresh mozzarella, chopped
  • 5 heriloom tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup arugala pesto (see recipe below)
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • ¼ tsp pink himalayan sea salt
  • ¼ tsp sumac
Arugala Pesto
  • 2 cups arugala
  • 1½ cups basil
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp garlic
  • ½ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Cook sorghum according to package instructions and let cool.
  2. While sorghum is cooking, place the arugula, basil, pine nuts and garlic in a food processor until a paste begins to form. Add olive oil and sea salt and continue processing until desired consistency is reached. I like mine pretty smooth but some people like chunky pesto.
  3. In a small bowl, mix balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, salt, pepper and sumac.
  4. In a large bowl, mix cooled sorghum, chickpeas, tomatoes and mozzarella.
  5. Pour dressing on top of mixture and serve over arugula or your favorite salad greens.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1½ cups Calories: 395 Fat: 13 g Saturated fat: 4 g Carbohydrates: 54 g Sugar: 6 g Sodium: 553 mg Fiber: 9 g Protein: 19 g

Chat with me:
Do you accidentally buy the wrong things as often as I do? Have you ever cooked with sorghum? Are you good at using things up?

The Best Coffee Shops in San Francisco

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My favorite types of people are those who require as much caffeine as I do to function. I track my sleep via my Fitbit (PSA – It’s on sale for $80 right now from Amazon?!) and I’m assuming the six hours of sleep I average a night is cause for that. It isn’t for lack of trying… I just wake up between 5:30-6:00 a.m. no matter what.

Getting an afternoon coffee is basically my favorite ritual of the day. I actually stopped drinking coffee for about two years in college and my first year out of school. I gave it up because of the milk and sugar calories and then because I do things like stop sleeping to hang out with boys, started again a little over three years ago because I was trying to get through the work day. I missed the ritual of getting coffee so much. It isn’t the same with tea. I loved going into a coffee shop, carrying my little paper cup… the whole thing.

I don’t enjoy Starbucks coffee. Their coffee is burned and just awful, but in a pinch, I’ll get a tea or an iced coffee there. Also, how are they the only place left on the planet that doesn’t have almond milk? And their coconut milk is full of fillers and preservatives… yuck.

Luckily this isn’t Pittsburgh with sub-par coffee (that thinks it is good) and a lack of almond milk. San Francisco takes its coffee seriously. Actually, it takes most things seriously and actually gives a shit about doing stuff the best.

On a trip to Kona with my dad two years ago, I started drinking my coffee black. Kona coffee is the best coffee – and if you want to drink your coffee black, it’s usually pretty milk so this is a great bean to start weaning yourself off of sugar and cream. So what I’m saying is this is a list of coffee places that have actual amazing coffee since I don’t junk mine up.

The Best Coffee Shops in San Francisco

Tiny Warrior (18th and Mission)
I wish I hadn’t planned on eating Bi-Rite the day I went to Tiny Warrior. They have fancy iced coffees (a Moroccan one with cardamom, cinnamon and clove syrup, for example) and CHOCOLATE ICE CUBES. Yes, that’s a thing.

Sightglass Coffee (7th and Folsom, Divisadero and Page and 20th and Florida)
Sightglass is my favorite SF coffee brand. I totally trust any coffee shop that brews Sightglass. Their flagship space in SoMa is gorgeous and has lots of treats. They also have an affogato bar that I am determined to try one day post-long run with SALT AND STRAW ICE CREAM. Get out of town! Grab a vanilla iced coffee with almond milk and think of me.

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Okay this photo is from the Mill but…. #toast.

Trouble Coffee (Judah and 25th)
Another coffee aficionado that is no longer mentioned on this blog said what I was thinking when we were here – these guys are kind of jerks but this is maybe the best coffee ever. They don’t have a menu so basically know what you want or read the Yelp reviews. Basically you’re supposed to get a coconut and a cinnamon toast when you’re here… I got an iced-coffee because it was post Lands End-Ocean Beach run. I’ll be back for you, coconut and cinnamon toast.

Andytown Coffee Roasters (Lawton and 43rd)
Post-long run at Ocean Beach I needed a coffee and quickly. A quick yelp search brought me to Andytown. Then there were warm gluten free strawberry corn muffins fresh out of the oven and I promptly ordered one with my coffee, which is something I don’t do often… and don’t regret. Their known-for coffee is the Snowy Plover which is San Pellegrino and whipped cream in coffee… what?!

Blue Bottle Coffee (locations throughout the city)
Basically SF is known for Blue Bottle Coffee and their Vietnamese Iced Coffee which is made with condensed milk. You can even buy it in cute little milk cartons now. I would go by Blue Bottle pretty much every day when I was on a photo shoot in NYC a couple years ago and wistfully wish I were in SF… and now I am! Anyway, they take their coffee seriously and it’s always amazing and just… go.

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This latte at Jane on Fillmore turned out not to be mine… whoops.

Jane on Fillmore (Fillmore and California)
When I’m feeling ambitious I’ll walk up to Jane. It’s about a mile and a half from my apartment… uphill. Fillmore is no joke, but one of my favorite streets in the city. They have Stumptown coffee (!!!) and amazing house-made chai. They also do a lot of gluten free and vegan baked goods and salads and brunch things like that. Their spot is super cute and has an awesome playlist and I’m obsessed.

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MINT MOJITO ICED COFFEE!!!!

Philz Coffee (locations throughout the city… and a truck in the Marina on the weekends!)
I’m basically trying to drink my way through Philz menu. They have probably 30 different blends of beans and you tell them how you take your coffee (milk, almond milk, sugar, etc.) and they make it for you. Each cup is poured to order and then they shake it with all your goodies in a martini shaker. The Mint Mojito Iced Coffee lasts me approximately 30 seconds. Going to the Philz Truck at some point on the weekend is must-do for me.

Peet’s (locations throughout the city)
If I have to throw in a national chain, I’m going to pick one that started across the Bay in Berkeley. There is a Peet’s “flagship” in the Marina that my dad and I frequented every afternoon when we were apartment hunting. If I need to get work done and don’t feel like leaving the neighborhood, I head down to Peet’s.

Places I want to try: Equator Coffee, David Rho Chai Bar, Matching Half, 20th Century Cafe, Home Coffee, Blue Fig

Chat with me:
What is your go-to coffee order? Have you been to any of these coffee shops? What is a habit that you really enjoy in people?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 6.8

This week flew by! I don’t even know why or how or what I did. I have a jam-packed weekend, including leading a run group with Vega (come run/yoga/snack with me Saturday morning!), a stop by the West Coast Craft Fair and SoulCycle and a hike on Sunday. Also I’ve been following basketball because I’m a Warriors fan by default… whoops.

Here are the best links I found this week… and keep reading for a giveaway with Krave Jerky!

Travel
I don’t know why LA has seemed so appealing to me lately (I think it’s all the food), but Cupcakes and Cashmere’s Guide to LA makes me want to visit.

Mongolia isn’t at the top of anyone’s travel bucket list but maybe it should make an appearance.

If you’re going to visit San Francisco, you should consider a trip to one of these off-the-beaten-path getaways. (I can attest to Pt. Reyes being amazingly gorgeous.)

I love Airbnb… and I’m so excited to stay in an Airstream over 4th of July weekend, but these crazy Airbnb rentals are also on my to-visit list!

Lifestyle
This is where I am a responsible adult for like two seconds: here are things you need in an emergency kit. I saw those previews for San Andreas… maybe I should be prepared.

Continuing on my theme of being dark, it’s not really a secret I suffer from self-esteem issues, despite thinking I’m pretty awesome… because I always think I can be better. Anyway, I’m working through these issues with a professional but I also think these tips for boosting self-worth are great.

I think I agree with all of DKNY PR Girl’s Top 10 Social Media Pet Peeves. The FOMO one is the best one.

This is a little old but this #sadvertising is great. And makes me a little sad I don’t work at an ad agency (what, who am I becoming?).

Food
I’ve said it before… wine tasting should be about learning, not just getting your buzz on. The Food 52 Editors managed to learn a things while wine tasting.

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almond Butter. There aren’t any other words. The only thing that could make it better is Davida personally delivering me a jar. Come to SF please, I miss you!

Who wants to come over for a Macaron Party? This is beyond a brilliant idea.

You know how every day is a random food holiday? Today is National Jerky Day. Who makes these decisions? Anyway, my pals at KRAVE Jerky are giving you the chance to win a pack of their six best selling flavors! I actually love their jerky, as a snack and good protein source but not as a breakfast food from a gas station. The contest is open until midnight on Friday, 6.21 and I’ll pick a winner at random!

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If you’re looking to win other things this week, head over to Running with SD Mom and Erica Finds for even more giveaways.

 

Chat with me:
What are your social media pet peeves? Have you ever stayed in an Airbnb? Did you see San Andreas… should I?

Field Trip: SF Crabbing Crew

Have you ever met a person who doesn’t like crab? I’ve met people who don’t like lobsters (I forget who, maybe it was a chef or a boy or both) but I haven’t met a person who is like, “You know what isn’t delicious? Crab.” Well, I suppose people who keep kosher and have shellfish allergies don’t like crab, but you get the picture.

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Crab nets with bait.

When I was home in May, I received an e-mail from the awesome crew at SF Crabbing Crew asking if I would like to come crabbing one afternoon. Uh, yes please!

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My friend Mai pulling in a crab cage.

So long story short, two guys had been taking their friends out crabbing for a few years then realized they had a pretty solid business model in place – bring lots of snacks and drinks, post up on a wharf overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, throw some crabbing cages out, cook said crabs and repeat. I know a lot about being a good hostess and good customer service and I’m going to say they have it down – making sure everyone is happy, refilling drinks – even catering to their guests who are vegan and don’t eat crabs but want to come hang out. And all of this is only $40 for 3-4 hours!

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A group later was coming for a birthday… so they brought a crab cupcake!

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Catching my own lunch is so #paleo.

If you’re a local or just visiting SF, this is a great way to spend the afternoon. You get a little buzz going, eat seriously amazing crab, watch seals swim by and have tourists take photos of you holding crabs. It’s just like being back in Asia!

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This seal is the honey badger of the Bay.

I’m going to let the photos tell the story. If you have any questions, be sure to visit their website or leave me a question in the comments.

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They bring lots of snacks and libations – Bloody Marys are basically required for crabbing, right?

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Lunch.

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If a crab isn’t bigger than four inches – or is a Dungeness Crab – you have to throw him back.

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A bit of the East Coast in California.

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There’s nothing like your lunch being alive 10 minutes before.

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Quintessential NorCal BBQ.

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Look at this guy!!!! (insert emoji with hearts for eyes)

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Worth the cold and wind.

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The butter sauce the crabs were cooked in – so good!

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Karl taking over. (Yes, the fog has a name.)

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The city lookin’ good.

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The baguette fell in the window so I threw it to a seal that had been hanging around.

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Perfection.

Chat with me:
Have you ever been crabbing? How cute is my mermaid hat? What do you want to do if you visit SF?

What’s In My Fridge

My favorite part of Cribs was always the refrigerator tour. I don’t know why I was always so intrigued by what was in Ja Rule’s fridge. (Was he on Cribs? If he wasn’t, he should have been.) Well + Good always has refrigerator look books of like vegan endurance athletes and people who own soup delivery companies (because New York) and I was inspired to give you a tour of my refrigerator, because I know you’re all so worried about what’s in my fridge.

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Fun fact, I completely hated every photo I took the first round then re-shot everything.

Thinking about this, I should have done this when I was home so it would have looked nicer in my dad’s Sub Zero rather than whatever it is I have. But you know what – I have a nice, new kitchen with granite counter-tops and I live in a building built in the 1920s so I really shouldn’t be complaining.

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The green bags have farmers’ market goodies.

I shot this on Sunday morning, pre-food prepping for the week (which really just consisted of washing berries and making fancy beans from Rancho Gordo and mixing them with some quinoa, olives and goat cheese). Saturday morning I was feeling ambitious so I went to the Ferry Building Farmers’ Market and went a little HAM.

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These berries are so posed.

Before we go much further, I feel like I should explain why I live by myself and have four bottles of wine. All of these have been in here over a month – some closer to two months. The two dark bottles on top are a Chardonnay and Sancerre from my Scribe shipment last month. The rose (aka summer water) is left over from a trip to Scribe with my friend Chrissy in April.

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Pro tip: invest in glassware for storage rather than gross plastic.

Here you spy some farm-fresh eggs, some containers of tofu, a protein chia pudding, cooked quinoa, a Moroccan Quinoa Salad, homemade pesto and washed berries (green lid container).

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Protein drawer.

Do you have a meat and cheese drawer? We’ve always had them in my family. I have some wild-caught salmon I am going to cook on Monday, cheddar cheese from Cabot in case I need quick snacks for guests and goat cheese that was made two days ago. I love California.

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Not proper storage techniques.

The green bags have veggies that wouldn’t fit in my over-flowing vegetable drawer. The bags in the back are figs, dates and bananas that I use for energy bites. In the left green bag is spinach, in the middle is kale and rhubarb and the middle is a clamshell of basil for tomato salads.

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Crispers.

On the left I keep fruit (cut up lemons for hot lemon water in the container with the black lid, oranges, lemons, peaches, apples, kiwis and some ginger) and on the right are veggies. The paper bag has brussels and there is some sad looking mint, zucchinis and a couple lonely asparagus.

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This is also basically called “I’m kind of over-prepared”.

Here we have all my condiments (tamari, like 5 kinds of mustard, unsweetened ketchup and minced garlic, shallots and ginger), two things of unsweetened almond milk (they were out of Califia Farms at Whole Foods, wtf?!), chocolate cashew milk (to curb my late-night sweet tooth), San Pellegrini (my affectionate name for San Pellegrino), coconut water for smoothies/protein shakes (I buy Harmless Harvest for drinking) and Naked Juice (I’m excited to share their newest juice with you next week!). Also some hemp seeds, flax meal, unsweetened coconut and um… another half-drank bottle of wine that was probably purchased in March/April.

Also not shown are like 5 containers of Fage because it’s basically more impossible to find in this city than the Fountain of Youth so I stock-up whenever I see it.

Wondering what’s in my freezer? Frozen fruit and salmon and chicken and a pint of So Delicious Cashew Ice Cream (Snickerdoodle). Also some macarons from Laudree in Paris that I am hiding from myself.

Chat with me:
What was your favorite part of Cribs? What’s in your fridge? Did anything in here surprise you?

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So… this post is a little late. I had started it earlier in the week but I’ve been surprisingly social and busy all week so it was never finished. Despite going to bed at 11:30 last night (late for me!) my body was up and ready to start the day at 5 a.m. I’m going to feel like death at 3 p.m. for sure.

I luckily had a bunch of the best links I found last week still stored away so I’m sharing these with you and hopefully going back to sleep for a few hours!

Travel
When some people travel to a foreign city, they take a bus tour with other Americans or eat at restaurants with pictures out front (pro tip: never eat anywhere there are pictures of the food on the window). Here is how you really experience a foreign city.

How to travel like Anthony Bourdain. Need I say more?

I want to stay in every single one of these stunning beach homes, but especially Jade Jagger’s in Goa.

Lifestyle
I’ve talked about my make-up free skincare routine before and I’m a big fan of Josie Maran’s Argan Skincare Ritual. People are hesitant on using facial oils but this article busts the myths that you’ll break out or have oily skin.

I really should have sat down and decided on a color palette for my apartment rather than just jumping in and buying things I hoped worked together. Also, Elsie from A Beautiful Mess’s home is gorgeous. 

Fitness
Don’t have the budget for a gym membership? Not an excuse for not exercising Greatist has a list of cheap or free workout resources. (Hint: Running is also mainly free, but can be expensive if you want it to be too – not that I know from experience.)

It’s bikini season – everywhere but San Francisco because it’s winter here. Tone up your core with these kettlebell exercises.

I can’t get behind body-weight workouts… I don’t know why. Using dumbbells or hand weights are is just so fun to me – which is why I’m going to try this Full Body Circuit Workout with Dumbbells.

Food
I’ve always been a fan of non-traditional meats. My parents made me try everything growing up so I’m pretty sure I had tried Noah’s Arc by the time I was in Kindergarten.

Here’s something you might not want to know about your go-to green smoothie – it might not be as healthy as you think. Three kinds of fruit, two tablespoons of almond butter, protein powder – that stuff lays on calories and sugar quickly. Here’s why I’ve been experimenting with fructose-free smoothies all week.

Speaking of trying to lose weight and failing miserably because there are so many tasty things in the world to try, thank God I’m too lazy to make these Xi’an Style Lamb Meatball Sandwiches because they look insane.

I need to make veggie ice cubes for my smoothies!

Chat with me:
Are you a morning person or a night owl? What is the weirdest meat you’ve ever eaten? Do you have any fructose-free smoothie recipes for me?

Farmers’ Market Shopping Tips

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I affectionately say I love shopping at the farmers’ market because it’s easier than battling Whole Foods (true story: I will occasionally Uber it to and from WF rather than fighting parking) since I can walk there.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, California produces most of the country’s produce and nuts (fun drought facts). This means our farmers’ markets are off the hook. But farmers’ markets everywhere are pretty great because you should eat local and support your neighbors by buying what they produce. Plus, fresh is better! I could get on a carbon footprint box but… I don’t really care enough about it.

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These guys are just asking for some fresh burrata.

I feel like I’m kind of an expert at farmers’ markets now. I can get in and out in a few minutes and I’ve made BFFs with one of the farmers at the market by my office who have started just throwing vegetables in my bag. Use these farmers’ market shopping tips next time you’re there for a successful trip.

Buy Farm Fresh Eggs

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Buy organic farm fresh eggs – so much better than store bought that could be on the shelf for up to 6 months!

After I had farm fresh eggs most mornings in Nicaragua last spring, I was hooked. I actually would schlep down to the Strip District in Pittsburgh to buy eggs on Saturdays because I couldn’t deal with how crappy store-bought eggs tasted to me.

Go Hungry

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Don’t be afraid to sample!

Basically every person selling wants to feed you – because what is a better way to your wallet than through your stomach? Pretty much everyone is giving away a sample of their offerings. And if they aren’t, there are always lots of prepared-food vendors on hand for your snack attacks.

Think more than produce.

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This bread vendor is always super-tempting.

Some of my favorite things to buy at the farmers market include cheese (the best goat cheese at both the Fort Mason and Mission Bay markets), hummus, olives and granola. Also there is always bread and these insane looking pretzels but I don’t buy bread so… womp womp.

Give everything a good look.

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Be choosy.

95% of the time all the produce is top notch but sometimes things fall to the bottom of the basket or there are some bugs or residual dirt or something – since you aren’t being hassled by people with carts and harsh lighting, take your time to look over what you’re buying to make sure you’re 100% satisfied.

Talk to the vendors.

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Tulips get me every time.

Like I said above, this one farmer is basically my BFF. He really missed me when I was in Pittsburgh. I felt like I broke his heart or I was cheating on him or something when I didn’t go buy arugula last week. Anyway, if you’re there every week, introduce yourself. They can hold things for you, give you special deals and all-around, take care of you. The thing with people who love food – they show their love for others with food!

If you’re interested, I love the Fort Mason Farmers Market on Sundays from 9:30-1:30 in the Marina in San Francisco (my neighborhood market, where all these photos were taken). I also have a list of Essential San Francisco Farmers’ Markets on Mode. The Saturday Ferry Building one is pretty epic but I’ve only actually shopped there once – and ran through it about a million times. Sorry if I’ve plowed through you and your kid who isn’t paying attention.

Chat with me:
Do you do much of your shopping at farmers’ markets? What are your staples? Do you have any other Farmers’ Market tips?