Mood Foods

The absolute best deviled eggs from the Fourth.

I recently met someone who looked like she weighed about 95 pounds and introduced herself to me as a ‘food addict’. I don’t think she was joking and she was very distressed about her ‘addiction’. This prompted me to do a confused facepalm.  Are we not all food addicts?

This post is about food, so I’m crossing my fingers that some of you readers out there are ‘food addicts’ (and/or have a pulse), and that this can be of use to you. 

I like to eat foods with very specific results in mind.  When life is stressful, and I’ve got lots of work and cortisol to slice through, I’m prone to resort to eating unhealthy foods.  To avoid this, I like to head into a tough week armed with a full pantry and fridge of healthy ingredients that I know will keep me happy and churning out work.

Below I’ve gathered some mood boosting foods and recipes I love. I hope they’re helpful to you, as you continue on your ‘food addiction journey’ 😉.   

  1. Honey garlic salmon, full of omega 3 fatty acids which improves brain function and cognition. When you’ve got a lot of work to do, stock up on salmon!
  2. Breakfast frittata, eggs and leafy greens. Eggs have Vitamin B12, protein, and healthy fat in them. Vitamin B12 helps your body metabolize serotonin, which makes you feel happy. Leafy greens have magnesium in them; magnesium increases serotonin levels- more happy. In the recipe listed, try replacing the heavy whipping cream with greek yogurt.
  3. Turmeric Ginger Coconut Drink. I really don’t like cooking with turmeric, doing turmeric face masks, or doing anything turmeric related, because it stains absolutely everything.
    But it is fabulous because it contains BDNF, which helps produce new brain cells and strengthens existing ones, ftw. I haven’t tried this TJ’s drink yet, but I have read that it’s delicious. Here are more ways to get some more BDNF into your brain.
  4. Kale chips. I don’t really like the taste of kale, but thankfully, this recipe makes it taste like potato chips. 😊 Kale is a great source of magnesium, which keeps us humans happy. You can also add kale to smoothies.
  5. Chia seed pudding. This is one of my favorite treats and it makes me feel so good. Chia seeds are full of fat, antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium. That’s why they make you feel so good.
  6. Nuts. Full of healthy fat and natural energy, yum.

I am certainly not the first person to opine on this topic. What healthy diet hacks do you have? I would love to know.

Hope you’re having a productive week.


The San Francisco Bae Part 4

Here are a handful more pictures of San Francisco! I’ve got a video and one more batch of pictures after this one.

This is the Fort Mason Marina. East of this there is Fort Mason Center, which holds lots of conferences inside and food truck gatherings outside. There’s also great overlook of the bay, east and above the asphalt.

This is third street in Dogpatch, (Moshi Moshi is on the bottom left,for sushi lovers). and this is what a lot of Dogpatch looks like. Historically, the neighborhood has been a hub for industry, ship repair, manufacturing, and fringe artists. Now it is becoming classier by the minute, but still feels gritty, vintage, and underdeveloped. Dogpatch is where Pier 70 is and I am so excited for what the future holds for this neighborhood.

The SF YSA ward is transient, to say the least.

AT&T Ballpark is on the left. During games, people sit in their kayaks on the bay waiting to catch fly balls. Go to a game!

On the right is the Bay Bridge, which lights up and sparkles at night. Fun fact: The Song Lights by Journey is about San Francisco.

This is up by Golden Gate park, which is massive! It is actually 20% larger than Central Park, and I’m sorry I don’t have more cool pictures of it to share.

/\/\ Mission Rock Resort, in Mission Bay.

Hope you are lovin’ on your Sunday and lovin’ on wherever you’re living.

Happy Fourth!, and #closethecamps

Happy Fourth of July! Or Summer Thanksgiving (as Alison Roman calls it😂). This morning I headed to the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Provo. I was slightly disappointed, because it is apparently a ‘no fly’ day here in Utah. I still want to go for a ride at some point.

Don’t forget to contact your representatives to close immigrant detention camps when you get the chance.

Hope you are having a good one!

Fashion is a Way of Expressing Yourself.

I love clothes.  Growing up I paid a lot of attention to clothes, mimicked my favorites (Emily Ledford and Allison Toskovich) and then eventually sort of found my own style and preferences, navigating through things I like and things I don’t. Fast forward to 2019– I have currently gone two and a half years without purchasing clothes, and I’m absurdly proud of it. 😎 I wish I could say this decision was in the name of a noble cause or waste-reducing efforts, but it’s really just out of necessity. I’m heading to grad school; turns out that’s expensive. 

Going without buying clothes has been really healthy for me. I have realized that alas, I don’t need much.  I feel like I have also stopped paying quite as much attention to them on other people. I think this is healthy progress, because clothes are fun, but they don’t matter.  It’s a conundrum- clothes are a great conversation piece and it’s always fun to give out a big sartorial compliment, but it can also distract you from getting to know someone and giving them due credit for the things that make them real people.  (In that way I sometimes think that blind people have a big advantage in life- like they are actually incapable of getting caught up in these things).   

But it’s been difficult for me, because…fashion is a way of expressing myself! and I have been hungry to find other ways to do that ever since the end of my clothes buying days. 

Here are some of the clothes I like.  I like fun clothes with weird things on them and gold sequins.  I really love a rich bright green and I can’t imagine my life without solid red clothes in it. I love red, I look amazing in it, and it is my identity. Also of interest, on the topic of clothes, I went through an unfortunate polka dot phase and I have made my fair share of poor sartorial decisions. Withhold some judgment here and I’ll do the same for you. 🙂 

Here is my pinterest board, if you’re interested.  I hope you found some inspiration in here!  Or just a quick break from work. Have a perfect 4th. ☀️🍉🍉🇺🇸

San Francisco Bay Part 3

Hi and welcome! How are you?!

Lest you think that I didn’t sufficiently love on and take pictures of San Francisco when I lived there, here are a few gems for you. Above is a street in the Financial District, or the ‘FiDi’, as tourists call it 🙃. The Financial District is where the TransAmerica building is, beautiful hotels, finance obviously, and the Ferry Building. I really love that part of town. It feels like Downtown New York.

Here is a picture of Russian Hill, facing west from Coit Tower. You can see a little bit of the Golden Gate bridge is in the far right corner. Pretty, right?

The Palace of Fine Arts on a beautiful day.

Eaaarly morning workouts.

Instagram lemmings 🙃. Which picture is better- an actual sunrise, or this picture of us cool millennials?

In San Francisco, the word ‘innovation’ will never go away or leave you alone.

Across the street from the Palace of Fine Arts. You can’t see it in this picture, but there is a big grand piano in that bay window on the left. Yes, please.

Just the right sized gathering. Just the right fantastic people.

This backs right up to the Palace of Fine Arts. Not too shabby.

The Conservatory of Flowers.

Thanks for reading 🥰😃, hope you’ve got a great holiday week ahead, and that your trip to the Bay is booked!

The Bae

Ok, so I wrote about San Francisco, but while I was in the Bay, I actually lived in Palo Alto for three of my four years.

Here are some of the things that make Palo Alto unique:

-The perfect, predictable weather: Palo Alto weather is divine year-round. Honestly, it is gorgeous.

-Driving the 280 (sidenote- I *cannot* believe the GW parkway didn’t make this list! I can’t get enough of the southern piece of that road.)

-The Palo Alto gnarlies.

-Stanford campus and sports. My mom and dad met there and I like to imagine the details of those dating days.

Bowman School , where I used to work. A really special place.

-The food at Google.

Radio Eden

-Radio Eden, funnest hacker house of all time (a hacker house is where interns in need of short term housing come and stay by the week–mostly programmers). I have never known such a genius, geeky, progressive, diverse, thoughtful, inclusive, and hilarious group of people. My people.

-Patxi’s deep dish pizza, where I used to work. The loyal customers, and the fun staff, the never ending patron stories. That’s where we watched Golden State win the 2017 championship. Hugging and high fiving favorite patrons and strangers after a Golden State win is my favorite pastime.

-University Avenue. -The year round lights on at night and pristine Palo Alto style restaurants. The sweet little man outside Walgreen’s every time. I love this street.

Ada’s, a restaurant that employs people with special needs. I will pay a lot of money there, mostly to talk to the sweet cashier.

-Magical Bridge playground, especially going there with my ridiculous middle school kids. It’s the best playground I’ve been to.

-AR/VR companies. Cool tech stores- there’s a b8ta store in downtown Palo Alto that I fell in love with.

-How there are almost no school buses in Palo Alto- everyone bikes and walks, and young kids mostly walk or bike to their friends houses. Knock on wood, Palo Alto is a safe place to raise kids. I can’t tell you how much I love seeing that.

-The gorgeous houses and landscaping in Professorville Palo Alto. Lucky me, I used to live there.

-The parks in East Palo Alto. Spikeball.

-Pools, lots of them and they are open and outdoor through most of the fall and spring because it’s warm enough.

Around the bay:

-Big Basin Campgrounds. Banana slugs.

-The beaches, especially Santa Cruz. It’s an easy day trip from Palo Alto.

-Orinda, where my mom grew up. Nation’s burgers.

-Yosemite.

-(snow) Skiing in Tahoe.

-Donner Lake. I’ve actually never been to Tahoe in the summer, but Donner Lake is less crowded.

So these are the Palo Alto things I can think of. I hope you get a chance to visit the Bay! and that you are getting ready for a good weekend.