As I get more and more into the world of natural, holitsic, healthy living—a by-product of growing up + living in California—I’m discovering more and more health food blogs, something I never used to be that tuned into. Much to my delight, one of the blogs I found was by a San Diego-based holistic health coach. Chassie of Forkin’ Healthy shares recipes that are approachable and easy to understand without forcing us to buy all sorts of expensive natural food ingredients.
She also teaches cooking classes, offers detox programs and hosts events around San Diego. (The next one is March 22.) And much like many health food bloggers, Chassie didn’t always have such a well-balanced diet. Girl loved Slurpees! And if a girl who loved Slurpees can blossom into a holistic health coach, then we know there’s hope for all of us.
Today Chassie talks about her current favorite cookbook, raising chickens on her one-acre property (!) and how bunnies can be a total buzzkill.
My favorite foods veer into the adolescent arena: pizza, sandwiches and ice cream. Since moving to San Diego, I’ve secured two favorite pizzerias (Buona Forchetta in South Park for Neapolitan, Luigi’s in Golden Hill and North Park for New York-style) and a mom-and-pop ice cream parlor (Mariposa in Normal Heights), but oh, the elusive sandwich.
Much like the duality of pizza, I believe in two camps of sandwiches: gourmet and casual (subs are a whole other category; don’t get me started). The casual spot is TBD, but I have a new favorite spot for gourmet sandwiches: Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe.
On the spectrum of San Diego neighborhoods, La Mesa doesn’t usually rank high on the “cool” end, but you’d be surprised to know that this quaint suburban area with a pedestrian-friendly downtown village is absolutely worth checking out. It’s charming and laid-back, with a small-town feel. The people are warm, the time seems to move so much more slowly, and much like South Park, it feels like a community.
No, there aren’t blocks upon blocks to explore, but what La Mesa lacks in size it makes up for in quality. You’ll find hip restaurants, a ridiculously cool florist shop and a phenomenal selection of antique shops. (We all know the antique shops in less-visited ‘hoods have the best stuff—and just wait until you see what I scored for $25.)
La Mesa is also incredibly dog-friendly. Errbody wanted to meet Teddy. One woman stopped her car in the middle of the street—it’s that quiet there—once she saw him and showed us her 6-month-old golden retriever pup in the front seat. Even the antique shops were happy to have Teddy inside (we didn’t bring him in; that animated tail would knock over everything)!
Here’s a look at the best of La Mesa, thanks in large part to recs from La Mesa local Cara-Mia:
My parents’ visit, Teddy’s 1st birthday, the San Diego Museum of Art’s Cultural & Cocktails event (Bollywood-themed this month!) and a few other beautiful San Diego vistas—here’s a look at my February.
Have a great weekend!
Music: “California Soul” by Marlena Shaw (Diplo and Mad Decent remix)
My relationship with coconut oil began with my grandmother. She would smooth the Indian beauty staple onto her hair almost every day, leaving the bathroom smelling like a tropical paradise. Since then, I’ve practiced my fair share of coconut oil beauty regimens — most recently = this coconut-brown sugar body scrub — but I needed to find a way to make a bigger dent in my big jar from Trader Joe’s.
Coconut oil has been so in vogue in food recipes these days, but I don’t love throwing it into just any dish. It has a distinct taste, and I don’t think it goes with everything. But I was on a mission to find (and share with you) three recipes that are totally awesome/totally delicious with the fragrant oil.
From breakfast to snack time to lunch, here are three coconut oil recipes you need to try right now:
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