Overnight Quinoa-Chia Chocolate Breakfast Pudding

Overnight Quinoa Chia Chocolate Breakfast Pudding with fruit - BoulderLocavore.com

This post is shared as part of Boulder Locavore’s ongoing partnership with Silk, exploring healthy lifestyles choices and exciting plant-based dietary options. I will confess, the meal I struggle with most for inspiration is breakfast.  ‘The most important meal of the day’.  No pressure.  I’ve personally never been one that finds carbohydrate-based options particularly supportive to rev up my get-up-and-go energy.  On school days I really want my kids to eat something nutritious, and filling but that has a decent amount of protein which will stabilize their energy until a mid-morning snack or lunch. When I was in college at the University of California in Santa Cruz I had a part time job at the local beachside amusement park.  I worked in the ticket booths and on the arcade floor … {continue reading}

Where to Stay in Paris: Cobblestone Apartments {a true gem!}

Paris apartment view Rue de Temple - BoulderLocavore.com

I’ve recently been sharing snippets from our summer family trip to Paris.  After much dialog about visiting different countries we settled on ten days in Paris proper, allowing plenty of time for exploring, embedding and experiencing the city on a more local level.  We’d done something similar in Barcelona Spain a decade prior and emerged feeling to have experienced a wonderful balance of living there and enjoying all the sites a tourist can for a longer visit. Over the past years our diligent pre-travel planning has given way to life demands, leaving us cobbling together a trip structure and often piling onto a plane, guidebooks in hand, to piece together the rest.  This trip was not all that dissimilar having made flight reservations in June and turning to the internet for lodging.  … {continue reading}

Traditional French Chocolate Mousse {Mousse au Chocolat}

Le Parfait jars of Mousse au Chocolat - BoulderLocavore

Don’t you hate that after effect of vacation?  You know what I mean; as you return to your normal routine, you become swept up and soon feel that you are dreaming you actually had a vacation at all even though it only ended a week prior?  Fortunately for me though we are rolling into the school year, it seems to not be gobbling up all of the experience mentally and Paris lingers on in the Boulder Locavore household. Despite beginning to turn attentions toward school year meal preparation, there were definite food moments from our few week stay in the City of Lights that clicked for a remake when back on home soil.   When researching restaurants before going we neglected to factor in the timing of when we'd dine.  We often found ourselves at an odd hour having done a few hours of … {continue reading}

French Ham and Cheese Omelet {Omelette au Jambon et au Fromage}

French Ham and Cheese Omelet with farm eggs - BoulderLocavore

While in Paris I fell in love again with a simple omelet.  So did my son.  Our dining schedule became very haphazard, especially at first, based on our excursions and jet lag.  We found if we were willing to eat at slightly alternative times we could slip into a café with a wonderful street-side table rather than wander for blocks during prime dining hours. Our less planful approach landed us wherever we could dine with a few gluten-free options, identified from a quick scan of a menu rather than laborious negotiations in broken French and English about our gluten-limitation (though we did carry Dining Cards which are a must). Our desire to eat safely (in gluten terms) but with spontaneity and enjoying more indigenous cuisine quickly pointed toward simple omelets and salads always being … {continue reading}

Cafe Americano and Ordering Coffee in Paris

Cafe Americano - BoulderLocavore.com

Coffee has an ambiance all its own.  In the States, the particularity of one’s coffee preference when ordering out is often painstakingly precise; extra hot half caf skinny with a lemon twist and extra foam.  I sometimes think it has become more about the experience of the exotic, or celebrating personal idiosyncrasies in the form of niche coffee drinks baristas are all too willing to indulge.  And then there is the pure experience of it.  Going out for coffee.  Meeting for coffee.  The coffee house ‘scene’.  I even have days where I don’t necessarily want to drink a cup of coffee but my morning feels odd without out. The absence of the aroma leaves morning not feeling like morning.  I’ll nurse a half cup for most of the morning, rewarming it in the microwave allowing it to preside on my … {continue reading}

Back-to-School: 5 Success Strategies for Gluten-Free Kids

Back to School 5 Success Strategies for Gluten-Free Kids | BoulderLocavore.com

This post has been made possible thanks to my ongoing partnership with Udi's Gluten-Free, striving to share gluten-free lifestyle information to make everyday just a bit easier! Back to school.  Three simple words that strike fear in the hearts of moms universally knowing the mad game of musical chairs required to shift successfully from unstructured summer to the military precision required by the school year routine.  For those gluten-free it can be even more so.  Perhaps kids have only learned they need to be gluten-free eaters over the summer.  They might be changing schools with new routines and unclear processes lay in wait. Even if gluten-free eating has been something of a norm, I find each new year required connecting with teachers to ensure the classroom situation supports … {continue reading}