Well, that took a while.

We returned to California exactly a month ago, and before I could fully arrive, life rushed back in, strongly insistent that I get over this jetlag toute suite and be here now, because there were queries to respond to, jobs to schedule, calls to be had and friends to catch up with. Interestingly enough, it was the little details of quotidian life that were a struggle more than the overall vibe of being back in “the West”. After a month of going with the flow, it was time to take charge of our meals again and the planning side of my brain was very rusty.

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  • It’s amazing to be able to witness this part of the world through your eyes. You’ve got such a stunning way with composition and perspective… your work just keeps getting better and better.

    p.s. Those colors!ReplyCancel

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      Those colors, I know Cheryl. It’s a riot for the senses! Thank you for your sweet comment xoxoReplyCancel

  • […] the conclusion of my trip to India last October, I headed eastward to meet M and to spend two weeks in Bali, Indonesia, before […]ReplyCancel

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Tomorrow I leave for a five week trip to Asia, featuring three weeks in Northern India and two weeks in Bali, Indonesia. The suitcase is far from packed, and I have more herbal tinctures and remedies than clothes, but I am ready. Ready to go back to India, and to explore what the North has to offer. We will be on the move for ten days visiting various cities, after which we’ll spend five days in the Himalayas on a yoga retreat. Like the last trip I took three years ago, I am boarding tomorrow’s flight on a cloud of support from my people here. I don’t know what sort of connectivity I will have on this trip, but the best way to follow along is on my Instagram feed, if you’re so inclined. See you back here in November.

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I’m excited to feature Coco Morante’s writing talents for this farm profile. A friend and fellow member of the South Bay Salon, Coco writes for Edible Silicon Valley as well as her own blog, It Was Just Right. Photos by yours truly. ~Danielle

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On a warm, late-August morning, Danielle and I took a drive down the coast to visit Fifth Crow Farm in Pescadero. Co-owner Teresa Kurtak met us with her baby Charlie in tow and graciously took us on a tour, steering her ATV-style stroller through the furrowed fields all the while.

Fifth Crow Farm was born seven years ago when founders Teresa, Mike Irving and John Vars leased 10 acres of land from private landowners Gene and Donna Richeson. Things have changed a lot since the early years, when 14 to 16-hour workdays were the norm. The farm has grown – it now leases 80 acres of land (of which 30 acres are used for vegetables), and all of the founders are new parents: Teresa and Mike’s son Charlie was born on March 1st of this year, as was Naima, daughter of John and his wife Maggi. Read More >>

  • That’s our CSA! Some of those very tomatoes & lettuces are probably in my kitchen right now. 🙂 Yay!ReplyCancel

  • So lovely both in photos and in words! Happy to know about this place and its commendable practices.ReplyCancel

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My friend, Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo was invited to the inaugural Women’s Meat Camp hosted by the Belcampo Meat Company and brought me along as her tent-mate and photographer. It was a four-day all-girls’ extravaganza featuring butchery and open-fire cooking of some fine cuts of meat, accompanied by: copious amounts of rosé, cocktails, yoga on the lawn, hands-on sausage-making, farm walks, hair-braiding, story-telling, grilled peaches and hand-churned ice-cream. My Instagram feed offered a preview of the fun we got into, but here’s a “proper” (ie, larger) selection of images from the weekend. Don’t forget to turn up the volume!

One of our camp mates worked on Belcampo’s brand strategy prior to its launch, and as she tells it, the search for the right name faced numerous parameters that diminished the prospects of an eventual selection the more it grew. They finally settled on the coupling of two Italian words: Bel Campo. Beautiful Land. The choice speaks for itself and for the values that this company holds dear: doing meat right, at scale, on large swathes of farmland in the Shasta Valley. I hope they stay around for a while.

The next Meat Camp happens October 16-18, head over to the Belcampo website for more details and to register.

Other Meat Camp reflections:

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This is my favorite quote from ‘Wild’ the movie, because any opportunity to seek out and be in the presence of beauty is an opportunity not to be missed. We took this to heart on a recent jaunt up north to Sebastopol, the heart of the Russian River Valley. Inventive food, spectacular Pinots and all around us, Nature in her lush Spring glory.

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  • Great photographs. Glad you were able to get outside and have some fun. Hope you’re doing well!ReplyCancel

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