Carrots, celery, lemon, ginger and beet :-) So beautiful and so sweet! Plus totally energizing and revitalizing!
What a wonderful way to wake up in the morning! It sure beats coffee! Wait, no it doesn't. That's a lie. I LOVE drinking coffee in the morning! I guess they each have their place and serve their purposes in their own way. :-)
Then I made buckwheat pancakes with almond butter date sauce. If you have not tried this almond butter date sauce, I highly recommend that you do! It's kinda my favorite thing ever right now. So sweet! But in a good for you kinda way. It's amazing how naturally sweet dates are!
Check out the doggies today.
Kona was just laying there when Django came up and laid his little head on her. She was chill with it at first until....
Django decided to get his bone and start chewing it on her. Kona was like, WTF man?
But, eventually she was like, whatever, I'm too lazy to do anything about it. Carry on.
Yesterday, Woody and I drove down to San Francisco to hang out with my dear friend, Dara who was visiting from Canada. We met at the yoga teacher training that I did in Mexico. I had only seen her once since then and that was over a year ago, so it was amazing to see her and catch up. We have a beautiful connection and have incredibly similar eyes! See?
Dara, Woody and I walked around on Haight street, checking out funky little shops and eventually made our way to Magnolia Pub and Brewery where they have good beer and play The Grateful Dead and Phish. It's pretty chill:-) Dara had a hard cider and Woody had beer. I wanted both and neither at the same time.....so I just sipped off both off their glasses. Yes, I cheated. I was planning on going this whole month without drinking any alcohol, but you know what? I'm human and imperfect and life is short! And I had a damn good time. A few sips of booze isn't going to kill me or make me want to beat myself up over it. No regrets. Today is a new day and I'm not drinking today. It's all about balance. :-)
After that, we met up with two of Dara's friends and went to Millennium for dinner. Holy Goodness! If you are ever in San Fran, do yourself a favor and go to Millennium. You could totally order anything off the menu and not be disappointed. It's exquisite. It's all vegetarian, they use fresh and organic produce and support small farms, sustainable agriculture, recycling and composting. Amazing!
Now, let me just warn you. I am NOT a photographer. Hopefully you'll be able to look past the dark and unfocused photos and see the soul of the moment and appreciate the raw quality of the photos. Plus, it's not really about the photos, right? It's about the experience. I hope that you can get a sense of the experience regardless of how crappy my photos are!
hazelnut oil, balsamic vinegar and thyme
Crusted Oyster Mushrooms
Chickpea flour and thyme dredge, radish salad with ginger aioli, grapefruit-habanero chile jam
Black Eyed Pea Fritters
Charred serrano salsa, tangerine-coconut cream, cider dressed cabbage and carrot salad, allspice dust
Housemade Potato Gnocchi
Seared exotic mushrooms and roasted parsnips in an Aleppo chile-spring onion broth, spigarello kale, crisp chickpeas, toasted almond-herb gremolata
Sea Vegetable and Avocado Salad
watermelon radish, sea vegetable noodles, kale, shredded root vegetables, sweet ginger-umeboshi dressing, Korean chile spiced macadamia nuts, wasabi oil
Exotic souls, caramelized smiles, chocolate covered hearts saturated with organic laughter, pure creamy golden buttery bliss sauce. Yum!
Stuffed Artichoke Thingy
(I forgot what was in here and it is not on the menu online...but it was delicious!)
Oaxacan Green Corn Arepa
Pinquito bean pozole rojo, grilled exotic mushrooms with roasted butternut squash and poblano chile, avocado, grapefruit and serrano chile salsa, orange-cashew "sour cream"
Guess what? I ate gluten. And you know what else? I totally got down with some dessert. Yep, I broke my little sugar cleanse. It was totally awesome, completely worth it and I have no regrets. Like I said, today is a new day and I'm not eating any sugar or gluten today! It's alllllll gooood! :-)
Chocolate Ganache Cake
Baltic porter filling, chocolate covered pretzel-fudge swirl ice cream, coffee anglaise
White Chocolate Torte
Spiced coconut shortbread, coconut-lime cream topping, orange caramel, mojito ice cream
A beautiful dinner with gourmet friends. Or do I mean, a gourmet dinner with beautiful friends? I think it works both ways!