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Sarah Henry, our Edible Excursions guide for the day.

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Lively colors at Juhu Beach Club, a new venture by former Top Chef contestant and Chef Preeti Mistry.

The city of Oakland has been, for a while now, my preferred destination for a ‘night out’ with friends. Perhaps it’s got to do with the fact that some of my favorite people live (or have lived) there, but I know that the smaller crowds, ease of parking and competitively-priced restaurants (compared with a night out in San Francisco) more than compensate for its distance from where we live in Silicon Valley. I’ve pretty much spent the past two years making frequent, 50-minute drives up to “the East Bay”, and though tedious, each trip has always proven worthwhile, both for the people and for the culinary delights that await. While San Francisco is a stalwart in the mainstream food world, Oakland’s been hard at work birthing its own food culture, one that’s as varied, independent and exciting as anything you can find in its more famous neighbor. And it’s starting to show, with the city’s culinary scene making the New York Times’ list of the Top 45 Places To Go in 2012. Read More >>

  • mariavlong

    I my goodness to everything, but specially to those pink walls and those doughnuts.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    Pink is the new black!ReplyCancel

  • a) Kouign Amman is amazing! Its great on it own and I like it even better as a vehicle for an ice cream sandwich…
    b) No idea banchan had that rep! I probably enjoyed a lot of preservative-laced artificially colored banchan thinking I was eating healthy (ish) vegetables/seafood.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful post and pictures as usual, Danielle! This makes me nostalgic for the kouginettes at Larnicol — they are butter bombs in the best way. I’ll have to get up to the East Bay to try out our Californian version!ReplyCancel

  • This is a beautiful post. Makes me want to book a flight out there right now!ReplyCancel

  • Omg. Those doughnuts. I need 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Looks like a fun place to visit. Thanks for all of the tips!ReplyCancel


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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

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  • 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

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