ARTISANAL LA

Fall-2014-Poster-w-Bleed-copy-657x1000Sorry I haven’t posted in a little while, things got in the way. There was some travel, some adventuring and more eating than blogging. Which also means that in my future there had better be some gym-going! Ah, the search for the food blog/life balance…

One of my favorite activities blends all of the above distractions into one glorious afternoon: the food fair. Getting to one can require travel (my drive from one end of LA to the other qualified as a road trip), if you’re a brave taster it will always be adventurous, and my word is there eating! Last weekend my girlfriends and I hit up the Artisanal LA fall show which included, in their words, “makers, crafters, artisans and chefs.” Although the crafts were charming and the organic beauty potions, lotions and creams were a delight, it was the food that won the day. Creativity was high at the various booths (each vendor decorates their own space) and I left inspired, nursing a sugar-high and a tummy-ache, and oh so happy.

Each booth felt different, like lovely, mini boutiques.

Each booth felt different, like lovely, mini boutiques.

Attention to detail was high.

Attention to detail was high at Sugarbird Sweets & Teas.

Laguna Salt Company's rosemary salt was a personal fave.

Laguna Salt Company‘s rosemary salt was a personal fave.

m. greenwoods jams was a highlight. I took home Bourbon Peach.

M. Greenwoods Jams was a highlight, I took home a jar of their Bourbon Peach.

I loved Ink + Smog's balloon signage.

I loved letterpress print shop Ink + Smog‘s balloon signage.

Baked goods were everywhere! Go with friends- sharing means you can try everything!

Baked goods were everywhere! Go with friends- sharing means you can try everything!

*Tip: following your city’s local food shops, artisans and boutique owners on Twitter and Instagram is a great way to find out about events in your area. Happy tasting!♥

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BREAKFAST OF CHIA-MPIONS

Chia Seed Poridge

Chia Seed Porridge

Like many people, I’ve been adding chia seeds to my smoothies for a long time. I’ve also been playing around with chia seed pudding recipes and working on my own favorite way to make it (recipe soon!). This morning I decided to make warm chia porridge with whatever I had in the fridge & cupboard. Since chia seeds simply soften quicky in liquid with no special technique required I knew it was safe to wing it. Here’s what I made, try your own with whatever you’ve got (organic ingredients are best if you can):

Chia Seed Porridge
Makes: 1 serving

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 tsp honey
Dash of cinnamon 
2-3 drops of pure vanilla extract
5 honey dates, chopped

In a small pot stovetop heat the almond milk but don’t boil. Stir in honey, vanilla & cinnamon. Take off heat and whisk in chia seeds to prevent clumps. Toss in date pieces, serve.

*I used almond milk because that’s what I had. I’ll try this with coconut milk next time.
*I used the dates for sweetness but I’m sure banana would work just as well.
*If serving this to guests add some berries on top for color.

*For added protein to start the day try topping with nuts or a tbsp of organic nut butter.

chia 1

chia 2

Bon Appetit!♥

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