There is no doubt that autumn is in the air here in beautiful Seattle. It is time to start prepping your veggie and other gardens whether they are on a farm, estate, yard, or balcony. The best thing that you can do for your garden (or pot) is refreshing your garden (or pot) with some organic mulch. We use our favorite, honest, local brand Cedar Grove Organics Compost Mulch.
Inspired by a gorgeous photo on the cover of Food & Wine we set out to create our own modified version David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl’s fabulous recipe. We of course we recommend using all local, organic vegetables and fruit for this recipe to really make the flavors pop.
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 scallion, thinly sliced
1 jalapeño, seeded and thinly sliced
1 small shallot, thinly sliced
2 nectarines, cut into thin wedges
1 Hass avocado, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large orange, green, and red bell pepper, finely julienned
1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
3 Persian cucumbers cut in half and sliced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
Optional few slices red onion (finely chopped)
Optional 1/2 cup of garbanzo beans
In a large bowl, whisk the lime zest and juice with the olive oil, scallion, jalapeño and shallot; season the dressing with salt and pepper. Gently fold in all the fruits and vegetables. Refrigerate the salad for at least 2 hours. Fold in the cilantro just before serving and serve the salad chilled.
Are you like us and always on the hunt for a delicious organic wine at a reasonable price? One of our favorites that we discovered at our local Whole Foods is Innovacion by Santa Julia. It is a fabulous blend of Temparnillo and Malbec grapes from Argentina that pairs perfectly with a grass-fed beef or tomato based pasta. At a price of only $11 you cannot go wrong with this wine.
It is movies like Hungry For Change that can re/invigorate you to take hold of your life (and your family’s) to start choosing better. I watched this fabulous documentary again last week on the struggles we go through with food, exercise, our health, and the politics that play into them. Urge you to buy or order this movie via Netflix.
We believe that living a sustainable and eco-friendly life begins with your own personal health. Opting for local,seasonal, organic foods that haven’t been doused with pesticides and are rich in nutrition are not only the best for you but the environment too. When you opt for fresh food free from packaging you’re not only maximizing the vitamins, but you’re reducing waste that processed food is packaging heading to landfills.
Encourage the entire family part of the cooking process. Source a healthy recipe online or from a friend that everyone can make together. Kids can pick the fresh ingredients from the garden or fridge, wash and prep or whisk the ingredients together. When everyone’s bellies are full don’t forget to store the leftovers in your BPA-free Preserve Food Storage containers.
Opting to walk or ride your bike to the office, coffee, store, dinner, not only keeps you fit, but obviously reduces your carbon footprint. When I used to live in car-loving Dallas I used to put my errands into my backpack, jump on my bike and buzz around town dropping of dry cleaning, picking up groceries, meeting friends for coffee, yoga, etc). You will be able to take in some fresh air, burn some calories, and get a little Vitamin D.
Don’t forget beauty comes from the inside AND out. The old saying, “You are what you eat,” rings true. A healthy diet is an essential part to having a beautiful complexion. Average and unfortunately common skin care products are filled with toxic and synthetic chemical ingredients. Read the labels before you wash your face or smear night cream on your body’s largest organ. Our favorite organic and all natural skin care brands right now are Odacite, Amala Beauty, G.M. Collin’s BioOrganique, and Arise Skincare. For hair and body we are loving the entire Intelligent Nutrients line for shiny locks, Blithe and Bonny‘s luxury bath goods, The Soap Cartel bath bars, and LuLu Organics Hair Powder.
Start a back to basics healthy lifestyle and live a life more aware.
Want to go a little gourmet this Memorial Day? Show the neighbors a thing or too about how to grill? We recommend aFire’s hand selected and sustainably harvested grilling planks. These easy to use, beautiful pieces of wood add smoky flavors and aroma to your meats and veggies. All you have to do is soak, heat, smoke and enjoy. Available through Amazon in Cedar, Sugar Maple, & Golden Alder in 2 or 4 packs.
Can’t afford all organic produce? Start with the ‘Dirty Dozen’. The ‘dirty dozen’ are the 12 fruits and vegetable found to be the most contaminated with pesticides. Whether you are buying all organic or not, always wash your produce thoroughly with a vinegar based solution. Our favorite veggie and fruit scrub, Environne, is inexpensive and can be bought at Trader Joe’s or online. Minimize your exposure to pesticides and maximize the nutrition to you and your family.
The ‘Dirty Dozen’ includes imported grapes, peaches, apples, pears, bell peppers, potatoes, celery, spinach, red raspberries, nectarines, cherries, and strawberries.
Tired of cold, snowy, wet weather? Santa Monica’s fabulous year round weather and gorgeous expansive sandy beach is the perfect destination for a quick getaway. One of our favorite hotels to stay at is the modern and eco-friendly Shore Hotel on Ocean Ave.
The Shore Hotel is a boutique beachfront property for the environmentally conscious traveler that doesn’t want to sacrifice luxury amenities. The efficiently designed property has a contemporary pool in the courtyard as well as a fitness center for all guests. The guest rooms are hip with colors of the sea and sunsets. Each room has a private balcony with an array of different incredible views of the ocean, courtyards, and/or cityscape. The technology the hotel utilizes is cutting-edge. You can get a RFID (radio frequency identification) card at check-in that automatically adjusts and controls lighting, temperature and other features as you leave and enter the room.
Blue Plate Taco is a fabulous recent addition to the Shore Hotel. The menu features fresh and inventive coastal Mexican cuisine and cocktails for lunch and dinner. Be sure to try the lobster tacos and guacamole.
While there may not be a permanent bar or restaurant physically in the hotel it does host a small bar in the lobby each evening so guests can enjoy a cocktail poolside or in the sleekly designed lobby. The rooms are also stocked with a variety of well priced organic snacks and beverages to munch on.
Ideally located just steps from theSanta Monica Pier, Heal The Bay Aquarium, and the ocean. Rent abeach cruiser and take the bike path down to Venice Beach Boardwalk for some serious people watching or walk ocean side and possibly catch a whale breach. The property is close to all of Santa Monica’s fabulous shopping. You can head towards the 3rd Street Promenade, Fred Segal, or Uber it to Beverly Hills famous Rodeo Drive.
Whether you venture out or want to just relax the LEED Gold Certified Shore Hotel has everything you need in eco luxury amenities and in its superb location.
In need of some fabulous wines for gifts or to share with friends? DeLille Cellars selection of fine wines in an array of different price points. These beautiful award-winning wines are delicious and sell out quickly. Their sustainable farming practices make them as eco-friendly as luxurious. Simplify and order online today.
The Fairmont San Francisco takes being green seriously. So serious that when Chef JW Foster saw an available and prime area on a section of rooftop he decided to put in a garden. The garden grows fresh herbs used as ingredients in some of the exquisite food made at the hotel, but more importantly it is home to thousands of honey bees. The honey these busy bees produce is used in the Fairmont’s delicious dishes, their Honey Saison beer, as well as jarred and sold in the gift shop. During your next visit be sure to stop by to view the beautiful culinary garden through floor to ceiling windows in the foyer leading to the hotel’s Pavilion Room.