Tulum, Mexico


  Where we stayed: The Weary Traveler, roughly $10 USD a night. Offers free breakfast, free purified drinking water, WiFi, air conditioned private rooms or dormitories, free shuttle to the beach- approx. 10 minutes away. Where we ate: El Camello, Antojitos La Chiapaneca (order the tacos all pastor for 50 cents each) What I thought…

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Easy Summertime Pineapple Sangria


Last summer, my best Seattle friends threw me a paella party to celebrate my book deals. An incredible Spanish-style cookout. And of all the deliciousness, Barnaby’s sangria was my favorite part. Spanish tapas and brandied cherries followed closely behind. This is my inspired spin on his fruited, fizzy wine. I like to let it sit…

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Cancun and Isla Mujeres, Mexico


One month ago, Camille and I found ourselves, for the four hundredth time in a week since we’d arrived stateside from our Costa Rica and Panama travels, on the phone retelling- for the four hundredth time, no doubt- all of our favorite Central American adventures. They ranged from stories of torrential tropical downpours on secluded…

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Low Calorie Low Carb Spaghetti Alternative


To start, this is not pasta and will not ever be pasta. It is lovely and light and beautifully summertime, but really- there’s no fooling ourselves in the delicious department. None of us will eat this thinking we’re at our Nana’s house being nurtured by meatballs and garlic bread. So here’s the reason why using…

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Slow Cooked Beef and Mango Quesadillas


Sweet mango slices. Smoky barbecue beef. Sharp cheddar cheese. Melted. Slow Cooked Beef and Mango Quesadillas 2 lbs top of the round beef roast 1 cup barbecue sauce 4 large whole wheat tortillas 1 large mango, peeled and thinly sliced 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese Directions: 1. Combine…

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Helping my parents move


Friends, In the past week, I’ve moved my parents from one town to the next. A lifetime of stuff packed in classy things like trash bags and dresser drawers and Staples boxes.  All of these pictures to show you just how much of my mother’s exquisite decorating we had packed up in our arms, shuffling…

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Andrew Scrivani Hosts Photography Workshops in San Francisco May 19 & 20


  Friends, If you live in or near San Francisco, or if you’ve always wanted to visit the Bay Area, this is the time. One of my very favorite friends, Andrew Scrivani– food photographer for the New York Times, is leading two photography workshops on the weekend of May 19 and 20. Tell me you’ll…

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What Does 1800 Calories Look Like?


Breakfast 1 bagel 300 (preferably whole grain, but whichever you love most)3 tablespoons full fat cream cheese 1002 cups fresh fruit 100500 calories Lunch Loaded lunch salad– see this post400 calories Snack Apple (or any fist-sized piece of fruit)100 calories Dinner Vegan Black Bean Burger on a whole wheat bun with toppings 400(toppings include: lettuce,…

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What Does 1200 Calories Look Like?


Breakfast 1 cup whole grain cereal 100-1401 cup lowfat milk 1001 banana 70-100300 calories Lunch Loaded lunch salad- How to Make a Delicious 400 Calorie Salad400 calories Dinner 3 ounces Simple Poached Salmon with Pesto and Feta2 cups cooked vegetables or roasted broccoli300 calories Dessert 1 scoop frozen yogurt on a small cake or sugar…

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I found your emails…


Friends that feel and act like my family, This morning I went to my dark place- my email spam folder- and therein found hundreds of emails from you. Naturally, I was shocked. How did y-? Who put these there-?  None of it made sense. The only conclusion I’ve come to is: Gmail hates you. Just…

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