Learning and Eating in New Mexico

March 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Los Poblanos Inn in Albuquerque

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I am excited to share some travel photos from a recent trip to New Mexico.  I love planning trips that combine all of my passions.   This long weekend consisted of  an Ayurveda cooking workshop with Dr. Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, accommodations at a very cool ranch, healthy & yummy food, and a really nice hike through Tent Rocks.  My friend and travel partner also made some time for a trip to the Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams museum in Santa Fe.

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Local Potter Inspired Eggs

February 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

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A recent trip to Peter Pots Pottery in West Kingston, RI inspired me to make a sweet egg breakfast.

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Beet Burgers and Farm Visit

December 12, 2013 § 1 Comment

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Last week Kyle and I visited Blue Hill Farm in Westchester, NY.  I highly recommend a visit to this beautiful place. We enjoyed a self-guided tour of the farm and visit to the cafe  before an incredible dining experience at their restaurant.  I can only imagine how cool this place must be during the summer growing season.  Essentially, we drove about six hours in one day just to got out to dinner and Kyle kept reminding me of this.  Lucky for me, it was well worth it! I’ve dragged Kyle to distant foodie destinations in the past and it hasn’t always worked out so well. But, I had really built this spot up and we were both overly impressed.

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Adventures in Learning, Eating, and Travel

November 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Last week I had the incredible opportunity to visit the California College of Ayurveda for a week long intensive.  I’ve been studying through a distance learning program at CCA since last December and in two weeks I will have completed my Ayurvedic Health Educator Certification.

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A Swiss Village in Newport RI

October 30, 2013 § 2 Comments

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For the ten years that we’ve lived in Newport, I’ve never had the opportunity to visit Swiss Village Foundation, a 5 minute drive from our home.  This all changed for me in 2013.  This private property is only open to the public for one day in June each year.   In May, I was able to attend a lecture  by Philip Ackerman-Leist highlighting his book, Rebuilding the Foodshed.  In June, I finally made it to the SVF tour open to the public.  And, this past week, I visited SVF twice!  First, on Tuesday as a guest of my friend Charlotte, who is a member of the Barrington Garden Club.  This was a very cool experience, I tagged along with garden club for lunch at Sweet Berry Farm followed by a private tour of SVF.  Crazy, but true, I found myself at SVF the next evening for another lecture, this time it was chef/owner  Jake Rojas of Tallulah on Thames and Pat McNiff of Pat’s Pastured (in case you need a Thanksgiving Day Turkey!) speaking about local food and farms.

To learn about SVF, it’s history, and their work to save heritage breed animals, check out their website, Swiss Village Foundation.   I’m planning on attending more talks from their lecture series and I’m also looking forward to swinging by to purchase some eggs, beef, and pork from their acorn-fed pigs 🙂

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Trip to Oregon

October 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

Had to purchase yet another farmer's market bag!

Had to purchase yet another farmer’s market bag!

Last week, Kyle and I traveled to Portland, OR for our fall vacation and to celebrate our sixth year wedding anniversary.  I love heading west for a getaway (although, I do love heading east in the direction of Europe even more).  In all honesty, we did enjoy our time in OR even though we had to skip the two days planned in Crater Lake and come home early due to inclement weather.  Before I share some of the details from our trip, I’ll come clean and tell you that our primary motivation behind choosing Portland was to EAT!  And, of course, to unplug and enjoy some quality time in nature together.  You’ll see from my photos that we stuck to our plan. « Read the rest of this entry »

Trip to Chester, CT

September 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Poached swordfish at the River Tavern.

The weather was perfect last Sunday and I was beyond excited to be heading to Chester, CT to meet my dear friend Lori for a farmer’s market stroll, delicious lunch, and some good quality time with one of my favorite people.  You know that friend you’ve had for years who just gets you and grounds you?  Well, Lori is definitely that friend for me.

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