Monthly Archives: February 2011

meatless monday: tofu 10 ways

Tofu. In soups. Salads. Stir-frys. A staple in every vegetarian kitchen, for better or worse. And I confess: it can be a bit of a yawn fest.

Thanks to the peeps over at BlissTree, for putting together this listicle of tofu, 10 ways. Anxious to get cooking and try this glorious looking pumpkin-seed-crusted tofu in lemongrass broth, and this mustard-crusted tofu over wilted greens and sweet potatoes.

a tofu departure: pumpkin-seed-crusted tofu with lemongrass broth, rice noodles, and poached eggs


yoga for wine lovers

Last year’s yoga retreat to Italy looked surprisingly (or unsurprisingly) like this.

Yoga In Italy: A Summer Retreat was so great, we’re returning  for round 2 August 6-13, 2011! Details to come soon. Pics from last year can be seen here.

But why just wait for Italy? A few spots still left for YOGA | SURF | RETREAT in Costa Rica! April 17 – 23, 2011. Details here.

wednesday wisdom

Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

meatless MANday: man + mushrooms

Happy President’s Day! My sweet husband, Michael, has the day off and made a simple, delicious mushroom soup, a perfect lunch for a snowy holiday.

michael, soup, meat-free mondays

“Why the Coke?” I asked when getting his secret recipe. He said he was looking for something to cut the buttery earthiness of the mushrooms without adding a lot of sugar, something with a little zing. Interesting! Keep in mind, the base of the soup is pre-made, so no need to simmer this for hours on end. Enjoy!

1 box of organic mushroom soup (like Pacific Natural Foods)
3 c. crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 c. arugula
1/2 can coke (seriously)
chili pepper flakes to taste
salt & pepper to taste
rosemary to taste

Add all ingredients together in stock pot, simmer for 10-15 min, serve hot with a side of cranberry walnut bread.

wanderlust 2011: the yogic traveler’s guide to traveling well

rome, italy


To the Desert go Prophets and Hermits; through deserts go Pilgrims and Exiles. Here the leaders of the great religions have sought the therapeutic and spiritual values of retreat, not to escape but to find Reality.
-Paul Shepard,
Man in the Landscape

A friend of mine is traveling to India for the first time and has been asking for advice on what to see, eat and do to make the most of her 10 days. Our chat ranged from the practical (bug spray, exchange rates, hailing a cab) to the more esoteric life lessons we as travelers seek. Like, why do we choose to travel at all? What are we seeking anyway? What does traveling tell us about ourselves, especially when our plans turn into a big mess?

mysore, india

Here: a collection of the best travel tips. Some are from personal experience, but most are borrowed from wise, seasoned travelers. Like my dad, the wisest traveler I know, who has trekked the planet from Santiago to Siberia, and whose incredible adaptability and belief in the goodness of people is simply inspiring.

Roll with the punches. Sometimes the worst situations end up being the most memorable.

Rest well. Take care of yourself. Nothing is worth the cost or effort if you sense you’re compromising your safety or health.

Be a traveler, not a tourist. Be insatiably curious.

Trust people, and talk to them. If you need help, ask.

Plans change, for better or worse. Be flexible. It’s part of the journey.

ceuta, morocco

Read the literature. Read Midnight’s Children (Salman Rushdie)  on a train from Delhi. Read One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) on a beach in Central America. Read Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy) while hiking through the Arizona deserts.

Take time to reflect. Keep a journal.

Carry grapefruit seed extract. It has natural antibacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antiviral superpowers. Rub a few drops between your hands if you can’t wash them properly. Squeeze a few drops into your water to prevent traveling woes (like Montezuma’s Revenge).

Have a home base. Spend time in one region or village, and take day trips from there. Live like a local.

Go on retreat. Devote an entire week to Self. What about a week practicing yoga and surfing in Costa Rica? Did you realize we’re headed there this April?

playa guiones, nosara, costa rica

What about you? What wisdom has served you in your wanderings, or changed the way you look at the world?

wednesday wisdom: “the council of dads”

In your inspiring Wednesday Wisdom column: a video from TEDMED 2010. Writer Bruce Feiler shares a story that touches on many points of wisdom: the value of friendship, travel, and taking slow walks, and what we can learn from illness.

meatless monday: for your <3

From Closet Cooking (a blog about cooking in a kitchen the size of a closet), this Roasted Strawberry and Asparagus Quinoa Salad looks perfectly delicious (and perfectly pretty) for V Day. Love love!