Summertime Garden Party Menu

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A summer party should be easy, stress-free and permit ample time to spend with your guests. Enjoying the weather outside with friends and homemade food is what I think makes summer memorable.

Recently I attended a garden party with some of my fellow blogger friends and it was so much fun that we decided to share our day and menu with you.

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Quinoa, Arugula & Fig Salad

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I don’t like restrictions–period. So when I hear the word diet, I feel frustrated by all the things I won’t be able to eat. Imagine my surprise when I learned that the Mediterranean Diet isn’t what we traditionally think of when we say “diet”, but is a lifestyle that should be enjoyed with both pleasure and health in mind. Can someone give me an Amen?!

Enter Amy Riolo, author of The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook who made the word “diet” sound very inviting by focusing on the importance of enjoying meals with others, and maintaining physical activity.

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Shiitake Frittata & Yogurt Culture Book Review

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Wake – Dip, Dress, Drizzle, Spread – Sip – Slurp – Chill… sounds like a perfectly planned day, but it is actually a few chapter titles to a fascinating book on yogurt.

Yogurt Culture – A Global Look at How to Make, Bake, Sip & Chill the World’s Creamiest, Healthiest Food by Cheryl Sternman Rule, is an intriguing journey into the diversity of one of the most versatile ingredients used throughout the world. Continue Reading →

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Fermented Spicy Sweet Potatoes

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Every once in awhile I make something that is out of my comfort zone and am shocked by how good turns out. Lacto-fermented spicy sweet potatoes is one of those recipes.

Fermenting is currently the rage in Los Angeles; from trendy restaurant chefs & mixologists to vegans & home cooks alike. Continue Reading →

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Street Art in Valparaíso, Chile

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Only two hours northwest from the Chilean capital of Santiago sits the eccentric port city of Valparaíso. Some consider it the San Francisco of South America. Valpo, as the locals like to call it, has all the charms of a hillside town overlooking the sea.

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Parts of the city looks elegant, refined, and very old, like Europe. Other parts are a mishmash of architecture typical to many South American cities, with neighborhoods climbing up the sides of the city’s 48 hills, surrounding the bay.

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