Meyer Lemon Lavender Mojitos

Meyer Lemon Lavender Mojito -

Perhaps it was an after effect of the dazzling parade of untraditional Margaritas plastered everywhere on the internet for Cinco de Mayo, or temperatures touching the 80’s, or that kids are almost out of school or maybe Mother’s Day this weekend, that inspired me to come up with a light, fresh, yummy new cocktail. It also may have been a trip to the garden store with my son last weekend when we decided to buy a dwarf lime tree in the hopes of filling out frequently needed supply of limes for … CONTINUE READING

Rose-flavored Panna Cotta with Edible Flowers

Rose-flavored Panna Cotta with Edible Flowers -

Mother’s Day is this weekend.  Advertisements and recipes abound with gift suggestions and ideas for a special brunch.  Being a mom, and feeling it has been my most significant life privilege, it nears ‘sacred’ as holidays go for me.  We change up our routine annually depending on my mood.  I usually like to keep the day open to be spontaneous which seems novel in our highly scheduled lives. I think possibly my favorite Mother’s Day was two years ago.  We had not made any extra special plans … CONTINUE READING

Spicy Aji Sauce and Haute Dogs {review/giveaway}

Spicy Aji Sauce {Haute Dogs Quirk Book} -

There is no more iconic summer food to me than a hot dog.  We think of them paired with grilling, ball games, Father’s Day, Fourth of July and as an all-American summer mainstay.  Their reach is actually far broader and thanks to newly released Haute Dogs, author Russell Van Kraayenburg takes readers on an exciting, delectable international exploration of hot dogs and their paired condiments.  Haute Dogs is fun, inspired and perfectly released for summer. Haute Dogs celebrates the dog from … CONTINUE READING

15 Gluten-Free Resources You Should Know

15 Gluten-Free Resources You Should Know |

I have found myself waxing nostalgic about approaching a decade of being gluten-free.  As major anniversaries or birthdays will do, it’s given me pause for reflection on the experiences and lessons learned for me as well as my gluten-free children. This month is National Celiac Awareness Month.  That alone is a phenomenal cultural achievement in my view.  With the unchanging statistic of 1 in 133 people believed to have a form of gluten-intolerance, diagnosed or not, to have an official month … CONTINUE READING

Blackberry-Mint Agua Fresca

Blackberry-Mint Agua Fresca -

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow and whether or not you have Mexican roots, if you are in the U.S. you most likely feel the festivities in the air.  Cinco de Mayo, or ‘Fifth of May’, commemorates a battle win for Mexico over the French in 1862.  The French outnumbered the less well-equipped Mexican army by double however were defeated in this significant battle.  No other country in the Americas was every invaded again by a European army, making it even more to celebrate. The original American Cinco … CONTINUE READING

Churro Fried Ice Cream

Churro Fried Ice Cream -

When I was growing up my maternal grandparents had a flat in San Francisco over the bustling corner of Columbus and Bay streets.  Below them on the hill was the original Tower Records store where all the Cool Cats shopped.  Across the street and a block away was the Cable Car turnaround nearest Fisherman’s Wharf.  In the same block was the original Cost Plus, before it became World Market and a chain.  I loved browsing for hours over exotic incense burners and inexpensive jewelry, wood carved … CONTINUE READING