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The benefits of chia and chia parfait

I was SUPER glum, gloomy and facing a HUGE brick wall this morning. I could have tattooed the word UNINSPIRED on my forehead and gone back to bed. Do you know the feeling? Not only that, but I felt flu-ish on top of it. Blah! I do have a LONG list of tricks that normally pull me out of a rut, but for some reason all I wanted to do was mope. I guess that was the biggest motivator to turn to the […]

Why you should get out of your own way and just try it already

Eat Like a French Girl

I did! Yay, me. I finally took a giant step and gave my first public workshop for “Eat Like a French Girl.” Contrary to popular opinion, I’m a closet shy girl. I know—I look fearless on the outside, but inside I am as scared as the little bug-eyed girl sitting in the back of the room  who never raises her hand, and freezes up when asked if she has any questions—even though she has a boatload of them. “Me? Questions? […]

Sweet corn pilau with mustard greens and Jaime Oliver

Sometimes we win things. And sometimes we don’t win things and say to ourselves that it can ONLY be because there is something else  on the horizon for us and if I had gotten that (whatever it was) I wouldn’t be available for this thing that is coming up. That’s what I said to myself when my video wasn’t chosen in Jaime Oliver’s recent search for his next Food Tube Star. I was certain that I was going to win, or […]

Peanut Butter Quinoa

Not much of a breakfast person, I am quite content with strong maté and a green juice. But I experimented for a while with properly food-combined mushy things, soaking and cooking every grain or seed I could think of, attempting to find breakfast foods to feed my clients and myself, of course. I stumbled upon quinoa flakes, which appear to be the perfect breakfast flake! They are light and fluffy, easy on the stomach and cook quickly. This recipe is literally a mistake, but it tastes like peanut butter for some bizarre reason and anything that tastes like a big-bowl peanut butter but isn’t, is brilliant to in my eyes.

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Salty Corn and a Karate Master

I love French Expats. My friend Leeanne and I met a friend-of-a-friend for dinner. A Southern French five-time black belt Karate Master and financial genius been living in Miami for about a decade. But like most French expats, despite his years abroad, his accent and affect remain tightly intact. We met at a favorite restaurant of mine called Michael’s in Miami’s Design District. Michael’s is known for their use of locally grown foods, as organic as possible. It is, however, […]

Kitchen frustration and mushroom carpaccio

Living in Miami sometimes is like living in a third world country. It has nothing to do with the language, or the fact that my Spanish is a bit rusty. The shops on Lincoln Road in South Beach are very modern – there’s a Nespresso and a Pottery Barn, two Starbucks, a pole dancing studio and two salsa studios. It’s more the attitude. In India it was easily detectable in the head waggle. You kind of knew that whatever it was you were requesting may or […]

A cooler and wiser iced tea

Tea and coffee are easy ways to engage and embrace a foreign culture. I’ve always found that when invited for one or the other, I’m able to snatch a vivid glimpse into what’s more than just a caffeine fix. For example, in India, being offered a short cup of sweet-spicy-milky tea in the late afternoon, with the sun belting down and the temperature well over 90, made me begin to understand how spices and hot drinks can be medicinal and […]

Grilled cheese, sort of.

I admit it. I am an enabler.  Entertaining gives me enormous joy, and cooking for large groups of loved ones gives me immense pleasure. Or even small groups, or even for just one. Cooking is a moving meditation for me – a temporal art I can loose myself in. It’s much the same feeling I get from my yoga practice. Recipe re-creation takes the thrill up to an entirely new level. It’s the challenge of taking one’s favorite recipe and […]

Soul-searching and Broccoli Soup

There is a trend surfacing among those near and dear to me. Midlife crisis. I can’t imagine that we are old enough to be in mid-life yet, but I guess we are?  I prefer to think of it as more of a transitional phase – a soul-searching phase. My friends are quitting their high-paying jobs, thinking about sabbaticals or parting from long-term relationships. This is very peculiar for me since I have been somewhat stable for the past few years […]

Parisian Market with Lora Krulak (Video)