When summer comes, I’m not exactly thrilled. High temperatures, redirecting my attention to summer skin care, and the unwelcome return of certain insects that like to bite kind of ruin my vibe. But there are positives! The abundance of produce, a legit reason to get out of my home to travel to another city with more desirable temperatures (here’s looking at you, Santa Barbara)
Summer also gives us a reason to spend more time outdoors. Think porch picnics, watching the sunset, post-dusk walks when the temperatures drop and you can escape the heat at the end of the day.
It’s already July and the advent of summer is right upon us. As the sun looms longer and the temperature is beginning to rise with each week, I am reminded of the value and intention of living seasonally. A change in selection when it comes to imbibing (lush iced coconut cream coffees, floral overnight oats, crispy & bright salads) has been in rotation. While summer isn’t exactly my preferred season, that doesn’t stop the flurry of inspiration. Whether its the local produce to select from, bright afterglow of sunlight
Bread hasn’t been on my radar for quite a while. Because most gluten-free breads are not vegan, and others don’t have the same taste or texture. Finally, most breads come in plastic packaging which I try to avoid. Lo and behold Bread Srsly exists to fulfill our fermented-dough-dreams.
Leaving Cambria was hard y’all, a girl can get used to a beautiful ocean view & lush green flower fields pretty fast. But I was incredibly excited for our next adventure. We made our way to San Francisco, to embark on the Alcatraz tour (which I documented on my Instagram Stories so follow me on there!) Back in the city I must say it was quite bustling but the trolleys were quite fun! We had to drive on to the next city of Santa Rosa to check in to our hotel. The next day we had breakfast at Jeffrey’s Hillside Cafe that was absolutely remarkable. We let the waitress know that I have Celiac, so she very thoughtfully and diligently took care of my order and made sure my breakfast didn’t come into any contact with allergens. They also serve a damn fine cup of vegan coffee. They do have several plant-based & vegan options for y’all! Nick & I loved our meal and with full bellies, we went up on out north.
Ever since I saw the beautifully hued drinks that echo colors of gemstones and elusive unicorns, I knew I wanted to recreate them.
Drinks for me are a therapeutic routine.Whether its waking up early (or even creating them at night!) to brew a warm cup of coffee and topping it with spices and pink salt, pouring the creamy frothed milk as a finishing touch. I take pride in the aesthetic process and nutritional components, savoring the nuances of flavor and these stolen moments of reflection.
But I also enjoy playing with the rainbow, in the form of nature’s palettes. Consuming edible for me comes from a place of nourishment and creation – enjoying the process and seeking the arrangements. Contentment in what I’ve made (or being cognizant of what to do next time)