It’s officially spring, which on Kauai actually feels more like summer. It’s more like 2-ish seasons here on the island – hot and rainy, or cool and rainy! In between big downpours of jungle rain, the sun comes out in full blast and it feels like a Louisiana swamp when the trade winds are gone. This didn’t leave much time for my body to transition out of winter practices and …Keep Reading
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Have you noticed? Ayurveda is starting to gain more momentum in the mainstream–from Goop to Hillary Clinton to Oprah–people are curious what this science is and how it applies to their health. There has been a great run of new books coming out this year exploring food and self-care, and there are two that have really caught my eye: Laura Plumb’s Ayurveda Cooking for Beginners and …Keep Reading
A teacher of mine once said it’s a good thing when you’re being chiseled and polished by the challenges of life. If so, then the past month has carved new edges and facets into my being. Like a crystal with its many faces, when held to the light you can see the complexities that lie within, shaped by time and pressure. And when angled into the sun, sometimes all those …Keep Reading
As the season shifts, so does my spice box. Slowly as winter gives way to a warmer spring and summer, the mustard seeds give way to more fennel and coriander. Saffron and cardamom tint my homemade nut milks and an extra pinch of turmeric accompanies my grains and greens. Almost intuitively, I find myself reaching for certain spices that not only flavor a meal but bring balance and support to …Keep Reading
I’ve been in a continuous state of transience for the past two years, living part time in Kauai and Oklahoma and traveling in between. The last six months I’ve found myself in New Mexico, California, New York, England, Germany, Portugal, Singapore, Vietnam, Arizona, Oahu, Kauai and Oklahoma. I’m tired just typing that. And while I value my travel experiences and opportunities so much, I finally hit that point of craving …Keep Reading
This summer I’ve been facing the proverbial question every human seeks to answer at some point in their life. What is my greater purpose on this planet? Really since the election last fall, I’ve been asking myself the question of how can I make a bigger difference in the world. Is my work meaningful? Am I using my time and talents as efficiently as I can? Am I truly living my …Keep Reading
Taos has always held a fond place in my heart. There’s something so special about its many micro climates, of vast horizons over the sage spotted mesa, the white cotton candy-like clouds painting shadows and light across the expansive views, the cold mountain streams tracing pathways through the aspens. It takes my breath away every time.
My dear friend and I have been making annual trips to Taos for the last four …Keep Reading
It’s the last days of summer here in Oklahoma. Though technically we’ve passed the equinox and are fully into fall on the calendar, there’s always this lingering heat the last few weeks of September and early days of October here. Plus, I’m packing up to leave for Malibu next week, where I’ll be cooking for a 4 day retreat by the ocean and I …Keep Reading
One of my favorite parts of food blogging is the opportunity to connect with incredible artisans, makers and culinary creators from around the world. And if there’s one thing I’ve seen in this community – there are some seriously talented women out there shaping the way we eat, think and feel about food! This series on the Vidya Living Journal highlights the kitchen goddesses out there who inspire me each day with their ingenuity of …Keep Reading
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