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This post is going to be a little different from the others. I’m taking you to another part of my life, one where food isn’t always a priority.

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  • This is just beautiful. I feel so inspired.ReplyCancel

  • I’ve been so curious about your trip! Sounds absolutely amazing/life-changing. I hope that one day I’ll have the opportunity to do something like this.

    Your photos are STUNNING.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Ng

    Great read.ReplyCancel

  • Eva Howe

    Here, here! I love the pictures. I completely agree with you about the passage of time here. We have been here almost three weeks and although we have settled in, I don’t feel like I have really gotten a good sense of things in the way I thought I would have. I also completely agree with you about it always turning out ok and letting go. My motto has just been, “I give up” and “It will turn out alright in the end and if it isn’t alright, it isn’t the end.”ReplyCancel

  • Eva Howe

    Here, here! I love the pictures. I completely agree with you about the passage of time here. We have been here almost three weeks and although we have settled in, I don’t feel like I have really gotten a good sense of things in the way I thought I would have. I also completely agree with you about it always turning out ok and letting go. My motto has just been, “I give up” and “It will turn out alright in the end and if it isn’t alright, it isn’t the end.”ReplyCancel

  • Bettina

    The photos are superb! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Great post! And for not really focusing on photos you got some amazing shots.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    Thank you ladies, you’re all too kind.

    Tracy – I’m sure a trip like this will happen for you, it’s only a matter of time. And I have a feeling you will love India immensely!ReplyCancel

  • Stunning, stunning photos, Danielle. I resonate with what you wrote about food consumption in America and how common it is for all of us to eat and consume SO MUCH. We are also finding we need less than we thought we did.ReplyCancel

  • Stunning photos and words as always. I am so happy to finally have a chance to hear a little about India since we have not had a moment to catch up.ReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful photo essay! I came over from your other blog and I’ve really enjoyed seeing your Mysore experience through your eyes. Thank you for sharing. I also found your comments about teaching modalities really refreshing. I, too, believe there should be space for all and that the variety should be celebrated. Well said.
    I’ve been a fan of your blog for a while now and have just started a yoga blog of my own. I’ve linked to you in the sidebar, if that’s okay. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    @Shanna: Unconscious consumption, that’s the problem! It’s truly a first world problem to find it refreshing to eat less.

    @Denise: I know! It’s about time we stopped talking about meeting and actually did…

    @Savannah: Thank you and welcome.ReplyCancel

  • About 8 years ago, I was *this close* to going to Mysore to deepen my yoga practice and just explore and take it all in but I found out I was pregnant and never made the pilgrimage. Now my daughter is 6 and one day I’d love to take her and go together. Everyone I’ve ever known who’s gone to India comes back changed, with eyes more open; and this post is beautiful. Thank you for the gorgeous photos & message!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Shultz
  • Danielle

    @Averie: Your story sounds familiar. I met a lot of folks who had been planning their trip for years before their life and responsibilities allowed them to make the trip. I’m sure it will happen for you one day. Nice to meet a fellow Ashtangi 😉ReplyCancel

  • Liz B

    What a lovely post! I also practice Ashtanga yoga, and am looking forward to a trip to Mysore one day xxReplyCancel

  • […] went to India for six weeks to study yoga. Her photos and stories are beautiful and […]ReplyCancel

  • Alex Godfrey

    Beautiful. Thanks for this. Oh, those lovely dosas!ReplyCancel

  • Candice Aiken

    What a beautiful post! xxReplyCancel

  • Priscilla Bolanos-CillaKilla

    How amazing! what an awesome experience!ReplyCancel

  • City Femme

    I miss India..its colors, spirituality. The sense of time is indeed different there!ReplyCancel

  • […] Este post do blog Beyond the Plate é awesome. A escritora fala-nos da sua viagem de 6 semanas à Índia para praticar Yoga. Tenho de admitir que eu quero mesmo muito fazer algo do género um dia. Mais numa onde de retiro espiritual pela experiência em si. […]ReplyCancel

  • I have a great affection for India and all things Indian, never yet visited the country but I was lucky enough to share food and experiences with the large Indian community whilst I lived in Bahrain.

    My wife and I picked up many cooking tips as a result 25 years later our main taste is in Asian foods.

    Fantastic photos here

    Many thanksReplyCancel

    • Danielle

      Thank you! Indian hospitality is quite something, both within and without India. I haven’t quite mastered Indian cooking yet, still figuring out the many different types of dahl and cooking methods!ReplyCancel

  • It’s been a while since I’ve stopped by, but I just thought I’d check things out and I am so happy I did because this post is just stunning. Thank you for taking us on this journey.ReplyCancel

  • I traveled to India for about a month and a half and I had a similar feeling about being in a washing machine. It was beautiful, dirty, fascinating and loud. I couldn’t have prepared for the culture shock, but once I settled in, it was an amazing adventure. The people are royally kind there and I’m grateful for the experience. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing the incredible photos.ReplyCancel

  • Good pictures and details… great job…

    Here is a link to blog that reviews food hotspots in Mysore:

    Hope this helps.ReplyCancel

  • Hi Everyone, I came from New York, Currently living in India. How much inspired from Indian people I can’t share here with two or three sentence because this is my first visit in India. I have been Mysore while in my vacation trip, that was great seemed. I never forgot destination of Mysore. Thanks for remembering me once again!!ReplyCancel

  • Joan Bluey

    That was a lovely read ReplyCancel

  • […] Beautiful photos of India […]ReplyCancel

  • […] 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 […]ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Tsi

    Oh Eva I can’t wait to hear all about the experience for you guys. It all goes by so quickly doesn’t it? Yes, India does require one to do a lot of “giving up”, even when you think you’ve already done all you can! Enjoy the rest of your trip and I will see you very soon!ReplyCancel


Green Goddess Dressing

Green Goddess Dressing

How many of you have a plan for an entire bunch of herbs once you’re done with snipping the five percent of the bunch needed for your recipe? Apart from lush thick leaves of basil that become pesto, I never know what to do with all that parsley and cilantro and am always struck with a pang of guilt when I learn that their deep green leaves have turned a pale yellow in the crisper yet. again.

Fortunately for social media, I’ve found a new vehicle for forgotten herbs, and turned a hypothetical recipe into a successful riff on the classic Green Goddess dressing, if I should say so myself.


  • Gorgeously green!!ReplyCancel

  • This looks super yummy! I love avocadoes so so much!ReplyCancel

  • I am also guilty of tossing neglected herbs! What a robust and radiant solution! AReplyCancel

  • Big fan of using avocado to replace the “creamy” in salad dressings, especially since we are doing the better for us diet now. I make one with a little tarragon and another with some tahini. So good.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    @Jun: You mean Goddess-ly Green? (hee hee).ReplyCancel

  • wonderful green composition..ReplyCancel

  • This is really beautiful. I’m bookmarking now.ReplyCancel

  • i’ve tired it: DE-LI-CIOUS. love your blog.ReplyCancel

  • i was tired indeed! i meant “i’ve tried it” of course!ReplyCancel

  • I love this! The perfect thing for a pasta salad or a grilled chicken. Pinning this recipe!ReplyCancel

  • I just finished a January detox and have rejuvenated my everyday sauces – this will be making an appearance at dinner tonight!


  • Julie Tullis, Independent Director and Trainer, The Pampered Chef

    This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it! I am always looking for a solution for all the extra herbs I have growing in my garden. I feel like I waste the majority of them! Thanks for the idea!ReplyCancel


BlogHer 2012

In an interesting turn of events, my professional photography career has led me beyond the field of pretty pictures of food and down the path of events and conferences. I’m not complaining. It may be hard work, but it represents, to me, a chance to apply my photography skills to another field and to capture the dynamism of life in a conference setting.

On the surface, conference photography has a rather mundane and unglamorous quality about it. And, to a large extent, it is. There is a “shot list”, a formula of what kinds of shots the client would like, capturing the sponsors, the speakers, the venue, the food, and such. Yet I’ve found that, if I tune in to what’s going on around me, there are endless possibilities to exercise my creativity and make beautiful pictures. Pictures that tell a story.


  • Danielle –

    You captured the beauty of your work on film and now with words. You are spot on!

    Thank you for being the amazing photographer that you are!


  • Great article with so many helpful tips. Thanks for sharing:)ReplyCancel

  • li

    Just wanted to say that you captured this event beautifully. Loved the shots & made it look like it was a super fun event!ReplyCancel

  • Wow that conference looks like so much fun! Wish I had been there 😉

    Maybe that’s the beauty of photography, you get to capture those beautiful moments…ReplyCancel

  • Lanah

    This really helps me look at conference photography in a really relaxed and fun way. Love your approach!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for taking the time to write this! I have my first conference tomorrow and you have helped me relax a little and look forward to it. Thanks 🙂ReplyCancel


Hello hello – welcome, September, with your dusky evenings and chilly mornings. Our summer was awash with work, culminating in a quick, much-needed trip to France at the end of August. Word to the wise: one week is never long enough for a trip to Europe. Not from the West Coast anyway. It takes two days to travel (back and forth), three days to try to get over jet-lag, and then, it’s time to come home. C’est la vie.

So, yes. Things have been busy around here, but it’s a new month, the start of a new season, and I feel charged with excitement about what the rest of the year will bring. Partly because I’m headed off to India for six weeks starting in November, but also because this time of the year always fills me with a sense of renewal and anticipation. I am excited about peppering this blog with more stories, photographs and recipes in the weeks to come. I realize (and apologize) that part of the silence in the past few months comes from a perfectionist streak that I needed to publish the “perfect” post every single time. Perfectly written, perfect photographs, perfect recipes, perfect stories – clearly, too much perfection can cripple you. That will change, and with your help too, if you like! If there’s a story or a recipe or a photography-related question that you have which you’d like to see on this blog, let me know in the comments or drop me a note using the contact form. I’d love to hear from you!

And now – updates and photos!

The Thomas, Napa

The Thomas Fagianis Napa

The Thomas Fagianis Napa

The Thomas Fagianis Napa


  • Felicia

    I’m very glad to see you posting again. Those photos for ‘The Thomas’ are absolutely gorgeous.

    Perfection is overrated. Embrace the moment, capture it, share it!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    “Perfection is overrated” – I need to turn that into a bumper sticker and place it everywhere. Seriously! Talking about blog posts, I’m also waiting for you to start posting again missy!ReplyCancel

  • Your photos are so amazing and your food looks delicious. Love what you’re doing here!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful photos and delicious looking food!ReplyCancel


Edamame Soba Salad with Seaweed and Garlic

This is what happens when a noodle junkie needs a fix. She starts looking at recipes in a whole new way, vigilant for opportunities to incorporate slippery, chewy strands of noodles for a quick, one-bowl meal.

Since I started experimenting with whole grains, I’ve come to realize how easy it really is to switch out the carbs in most dishes to feature quinoa, farro or even lentils, in place of refined wheat. I’ve committed this principle of substitution to heart in my cooking that I’m expanding it into noodle territory, particularly soba – Japanese buckwheat noodles.

Edamame Soba Salad with Seaweed and Garlic

While I’m firm friends with egg noodles (of the Chinese and Italian varieties) and flat rice noodles, soba noodles and I are still getting to know each other. It’s deceived me so far with its unassuming presentation at Japanese restaurants, arriving as a mound of buckwheat strands accompanied by its dipping sauce. Instead of viewing its simplicity as a statement of quality, I deemed it too boring for consumption. It wasn’t until I read Sarka’s post and got myself a copy of Plenty that I began to see soba in a whole new light, mixed with other ingredients and dressings for a very different type of dish. A little unconventional, yes, but inspiring nonetheless.

Edamame Soba Salad with Seaweed and Garlic


  • I am such a huge fan of soba noodles – I love them cold, warm, in soups, with veggies…Love your take on them here. Also, isn’t Plenty one of the most inspirational cookbooks out there? Every time I open it, I seem to push my boundaries. Hope your summer is going well, friend! xoReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    Yes! Plenty is a really awesome resource, I recommend it to everyone whenever we talk about cooking – that’s how much I love that book 😉 Summer is going as well as it could possibly be. I hope yours is rocking too!ReplyCancel

  • WE are huge soba noodle fans. Love them with a lot of spice and crisp little damages. I have yet to try the recipe you reference in Cheryl’s book, but I do love many of other recipes. Have you tried the green beans with pistachio dust? Just love saying pistachio dust. I, agree, Plenty has many great noodle dishes, so hard to decide which to make first. That is my go-to veggie book and I cannot wait for the next one to come out in October!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle, your images and writing just make me feel so calm and relaxed, and you know well that I am not either of those things on a regular basis. Thank you for taking inspiration from my book, and from Plenty (which I, too, adore), and for sharing this inspiration with your readers.

    Now I want soba.ReplyCancel

  • Ah. Your photos are simply lovely. I found you through Brian from A Thought for Food, and what a treat. Thank you for sharing this simple yet elegant recipe. And your pictures…wow. I hope you have a good day!ReplyCancel

  • I just made this tonight and it was delicious! Walter stayed. In his high chair the whole dinner eating the noodles with his hands. Usually he is done within a couple of minutes. I got most of the ingredients at Whole Foods as it was easy, but I was wondering where there was a good Japanese grocery store around here.ReplyCancel

    • Danielle

      Awesome!! So glad to hear that Walter enjoyed it 😉 For Japanese groceries I go to Nijiya Market at El Camino and Grant. Not a really big store, but sufficient for pantry staples and really really fresh fish.ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness…these photos are stunning! What a gift you have. While it’s easy to get into a rut with using the same kind of starches how right you are that a little change-up can go a long way. I love edamame and soba noodles, so am eager to give this a try. Happy to have stumbled upon your blog!ReplyCancel

    • Danielle

      Thanks – let me know how you enjoy this pairing. Happy Sunday!ReplyCancel

  • Felicia

    Mmmmm… cha soba is the PERFECT summer meal! Love the last picture. Good job balancing beans 😉ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    Hehehe, thank you, it took a couple of tries but was fun!ReplyCancel

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