Month: February 2016

Making a Home

Brushing up on some reading material before moving into my new home. For the last few years, I’ve been quite…mobile. Nomad-esque, some would say. I’ve been packing and unpacking suitcases and backpacks, coordinating with my parents to swap out certain sweaters via FaceTime, and having friends from the U.S. bring me snacks and bags of tea when they came to visit Europe. At the end of last year, I decided that my main priority for 2016 would be to start to establish a home for myself somewhere, to get all my physical “stuff” in one place, and to start to feel more grounded in a place, or connected to a community. Over the course of the last several months, it emerged that I would jump onboard the team at Healdsburg SHED (or the SHED ship, as they call it), to help the owner with some special projects. It’s basically dreamland for a gastronome. After all, one of the main sources of inspiration behind the almost three-year-old business was this Wendell Berry quote: “An agrarian mind begins with the love …

Fermentation Fever

What are all those scary things floating in the jars? SCOBYs. If you know me well, you know that I love fermented things. The funkier, the tangy-er, the better. What can I say? I’m weird like that. A few weeks ago, I had the chance to visit my parents, who have migrated West for the winter (smart, huh?), out in Hawaii. I don’t even remember how I ended up there, but I started following Kauai Juice Co. on Instagram a while ago, and was looking forward to having a taste of their concoctions at their retail shop in Kapa’a. Obviously Hawaii is quite blessed when it comes to its growing season, so they’ve got the best of the best in terms of fruits to pick from. There were all sorts of tonics and elixirs and immunity shots and smoothies, from green juice to mango to ginger (my favorite). Here I am picking up (a few days supply of) some turmeric ginger kombucha. Seems turmeric is the super trendy ingredient for all those New Year’s resolution detox type people. …