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Marisa’s Pesto Recipe for Chicken Zoodles!

For my parents’ wedding anniversary this past weekend I bought them what every couple wants— a Ninja blender from Bed Bath and Beyond! I have been wanting my parents to start drinking smoothies, and they had this ancient little bullet-type blender thing that had a hard time shredding even a piece of lettuce. I knew […]

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Garnished with maple syrup, frozen Safeway berries, and shredded coconut

Marisa’s GF / DF Chocolate Mousse!

I’ve been gluten-free and dairy-free for 7 months. My life has improved in uncountable ways. Some friends find gf and df particularly distressing— but only when we’re talking about dessert. You gave up pasta? NO problem. You gave up bread? NO problem. But DESSERT? Controversy arises when we discuss dessert. In fact, there was so […]

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6 Life Lessons for Women at Beach Yoga

An impromptu yoga session at China Beach revealed unexpected revelations. Don’t discount your everyday experiences! There are lessons to be learned all the time. While these lessons could surely apply to anyone, they seemed to apply directly to women as I mulled them over.   1. Take Up Space Women often sit cross-legged or stand […]

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Celebration. Gratitude. Joy.

1) CELEBRATION Recently I’ve had a lot to celebrate. Shane and I are celebrating eight years together. Here we are just yesterday on a Sunday hike in Marin up at Bon Tempe Reservoir. We’ve always loved exploring the outdoors together; after all, we lived on the road for 256 days when we graduated Georgetown.  I’m […]

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the amazing cooking space at Casa Jacaranda

Cooking with Jorge and Beto at Casa Jacaranda

Today my students will celebrate Cinco de Mayo this afternoon in class, and no Cinco de Mayo celebration would be complete without tales from a Mexican kitchen! In April I booked myself a cooking class with Jorge and Beto at Casa Jacaranda. This was my first cooking class ever, and it truly enriched my culinary […]

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3 Reasons Why Dishero Is The Food App I’ve Been Waiting For!

Recently I’ve been following foodie app Dishero @disheroapp on Instagram. As readers of my blog already know, I consider myself a bit of an aficionado when it comes to food hashtags, and Dishero takes #foodie #foodtography #foodlove and #foodporn to a whole new level! If you have a hankering for something, but you can’t exactly […]

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Mexico City for Foodies

Oftentimes travel can be stressful for foodies on healthy diets. Indeed, the airport was a nightmare for me at SFO last week. Normally I fly with Virgin out of Terminal 2, and for whatever reason, there are great food options there like the Plant Organic Cafe and the Lark Creek Grill. Last week I was […]

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Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City

Mexico City in Four Days

Last week I flew into Mexico City Tuesday evening and left Sunday morning, which gave me four full days in between. Keeping in mind that Mexico City is one of the world’s largest cities with over 20 million people, there’s a lot to do, and so four days is an achingly short amount of time. […]

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3 Budget-Friendly Hotels Near Barcelona’s Colorful Experiences

When savvy travelers think of colorful sights in Barcelona, Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia tends to come to mind first. However, there are other places in Barcelona to enjoy a vivid visual experience away from the center of the cathedral’s tourist bustle. Colors abound in northeastern Spain, especially in summertime, and Hipmunk has you covered for landing affordable […]

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Bibimbap Power Bowl

Case of the Mondays? This Monday-after-Easter blog post will kick that 2:30 feeling for ‘ya. After all, my Bibimbap Power Bowl is chock-full of proteins, greens, and cleansing cabbage! I’ll make this blog post just as quick and super-easy as making yourself a Bibimbap for lunch! I’ve been eating a lot of Korean food recently. […]

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