Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hi East Bay friends. A new clinic in Oakland has recently opened, so if you're in need for an affordable treatment, you should check it out. Or, if you've never been to a community acupuncture clinic, and want to know what it's like, you should view this video.

If you live in San Francisco, check out San Francisco Community Acupuntcure, I currently volunteer there, and we have some brilliant acupuncturists on staff. You can see them for a quarter of the price they charge for private treatments.

Green living-Consumerism, Bill Cunningham, and Keeping It Simple

Kate Bosworth in a timeless yellow blazer-from Pinterest

I'm not alone when I say, I like clothes and gadgets. But I often find myself faced with a conundrum when it comes to buying things. Not only is it that most of the products we buy are made in sweatshops across seas, but tons of water is used making sweaters and computers. If you haven't heard the recent episode of This American Life that got Apple a lot of bad press, you can listen to that here.
Although, sadly,  I can't say that I'm ready to give up my iphone, I think there are things we can do. I have lots of ideas on this subject, and I know you do too, so I hope this will be a recurring theme in my blog so that we can exchange ideas. 
One of the things I do is keep things simple. I find staple/ageless pieces of clothing I can wear to exhaustion. Living in a tiny apartment in San Francisco, it's almost mandatory that I have a limited wardrobe. 
There's no one I've seen who does this better than Bill Cunningham. Have you seen the documentary Bill Cunningham's New York yet? He is inspirational for SO many reasons. This documentary touched me so much that I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I saw it in the theaters last year. If you haven't seen it yet it is currently streaming on instant watch on Netflix.
It's incredible how he is able to devote his life to fashion (which he obviously loves) but doesn't let the consumerism of it sway him from his simple life. There are many lessons to be learned in this film, and I  know you'll fall in love with him if you haven't already.

Have you seen it already? What did you think? How do you keep it simple in your life? 

Monday, January 30, 2012


I was a vegetarian for years, and when I craved a "meaty" texture I always turned to mushrooms. I used to only cook with them for their flavor and texture, but I've recently learned more about their nutritional value...which is pretty impressive! For starters, they are one of the only natural sources of vitamin D, which is valuable if you live in a foggy city. Mushrooms are also becoming famous for their immune boosting properties, and are often given in pill or tincture form to boost the body's own defense systems. Reishi for example, are being researched for their ability to prevent tumor growth. What's not to love? 
If you want to know more about mushrooms, I recommend stopping by Far West Fungi in the Ferry Building. Their employees are super knowledgeable and helpful, and you can find many wild varietals that aren't usually grown in the U.S. Also, one of my favorite local food bloggers recently posted an entry about truffles that you can find here

 Mushroom and barely soup-recipe after the jump

So, if you're craving that umami mushroom taste tonight you can try one of these recipes. I love making mushroom and barely soup on cold days. Barely has a unique ability of warming you up, and satisfying you when you're craving comfort food.
Or, if you're hosting a dinner party (or wanting to try out your pastry dough skills) you can make this less healthy, but equally delicious mushroom crostata. I made this for New Year's Eve and it went pretty quickly! If you have a favorite mushroom recipe, or if you take mushroom supplements for any reason, please share in the comment box! Happy eating.

The cooling mushroom and pancetta crostata