Monday, September 30, 2013

LA Food Moment - Banana Paleo Pancakes

You may remember a couple of years ago, I dabbled with Paleo (and blogging) here.  Two years later, I'm still abiding by the Paleo principles and I look/feel better than ever.

Close friends know, I eat a lot of food - especially in the morning.  So the idea of skipping breakfast is well, bananas. My fabulous roommate agrees, and as we're hopping out the door in the morning, she introduced me to a super easy and delicious recipe that I feel compelled to share with the world.

Banana Paleo Pancakes 
gluten free, dairy free, paleo, potassium boosting, breakfast.

Ingredients - 2 pancakes

2 eggs
1 ripe banana
1 tsp. coconut oil


1. Add 1 banana and 2 eggs to a medium size bowl.
2. Use a hand blender for 30 seconds to blend (you can whisk by hand if need be)
3. Add coconut oil to non-stick pan
4. Add about half the batter
5. Cook for 2-3 minutes on low to medium heat, flip, cook for 1-2 minutes
6. Repeat step 3-5
7. Top w/ fresh fruit, honey, and any other toppings of your choice and service

Method Video - here


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Monday, September 23, 2013

The road to Burning Man 2014

A couple years ago, a friend once said to me, "what you seek is seeking you," and the expression has stuck with me ever since.  So earlier this year, while at Coachella - in a moment of total serendipity, I was drawn to a group of people I had never met before. They exposed me to the idea of Burning Man and it sparked something inside of me that has only continued to grow in the months that followed.

What I learned from them and other past Burners, is that Burning Man is not any one thing but instead, it's anything you want it to be.  It can be a yoga retreat, a 7-day dance party, a chance to sit & learn from our elders, a time to take action, or it can be all of those things or none at all. That's the beauty of Burning Man.

I'm a firm believer that if you want something bad enough, you need to put it out into the world or it will never happen.  So, while my move to California may have postponed my 2013 plans on the Playa, it's now enabled me to take the time to recruit others to join me for Burning Man 2014.

So if you are reading this - this is your invitation.

Photo cred: Paul Duane
I will be posting more info on dates, tickets, and local events as they become available.

UPDATE: Jan 13, 2014 - tickets go on sale February 20th - learn more here.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Unfiltered: Week in Review

It's 6PM on a Saturday.  I've already been up for 12 hours and I need some air. I tie on my trail runners, head toward the hills, hustle up Fuller drive and make my way into Runyon Canyon State Park. Headphones in, I beeline straight for the ridge sending a dust storm into the air. I pass a few couples, some unassuming celebrity types, and a dog walker as I finally reach the peak. Beneath me lies LA, soaked in a thick sheet of late summer smog that colors the sky a deep red. The Hollywood sign is just within reach, it's eerily quiet and before I know it, the city lights start coming to life. It feels like a scene from a movie.

That being said, my life is nothing like a Hollywood film.  But if it were, here's an unfiltered backstage to week 5 in LA.

Week 5 
Laurel Digs Morning
The Commute

Laurel Hardware

Manhattan Beach

The Greek Theater

Coyote Sightings in the Hills

So Fresh it hurts

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Lucky #4

1 social security number, 2 apartments, 3 close calls on my bike and 4 weeks later, I’m officially starting to make sense of Los Angeles.

Drivers are nice…to people on bikes. Sweats are popular workout clothes when it's 100 degrees out. I never know if the pee I’m smelling belongs to a dog or human. And there are two major health insurance options, a PPO and an HMO – both require a PHd to understand.

I’ve been here for a month.  And I’d be happy to squash any myths and rumors I was told before getting here.   Especially the one about wearing white in LA – it’s just completely untrue that your shirt will be grey by the end of the day. Sorry. 

But seriously, LA is great and still very much a mystery to me. In the coming weeks, I’m looking forward to exploring more hoods, meeting more people and taking my #toofittoquit attitude to places it's never been before – including my first ever triathlon this November. 

Quote of the week

"Winners build on mistakes. Losers dwell on them."

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Cruising down the PCH - Malibu, CA


Monday, September 2, 2013

LA on Two Wheels

In a span of three weeks, I've gone from no wheels to four wheels, to finally, just two. In a city where only 0.9% of the population commutes by bike, I find myself for the first time in my life apart of the 1%. And really, I don't get why.  For a lot of reasons, LA is a the perfect place to ride.  It's sunny, warm, and there are countless bike friendly side-streets along all the major routes.

Full transparency: I never owned a bike in any of my former cities.  Not even Vancouver, where bike lanes are starting to outnumber roads. But here, I find myself compelled to break old habits, and for $100 last week, I bought my first bike since I was 17.

My door to door commute is now just 20 minutes.  Not bad, considering it takes about the same amount of time by car.  Want to go to the beach? No problem, it's a breezy 20km ride from West Hollywood, so just about an hour including stops for wheatgrass and quick REI pop-ins.

In short, I did something I never thought I would do. And it's already opening my mind up to other things that I didn't think were possible. When I first moved here, a friend said to me, "I'm excited for you to find your LA" - and in a city this big, with my mind wide open, I finally feel like I'm starting to do just that.

Quote of the Week 

"Faith is where it begins. Acting on your faith is how it happens."

Safety First in the Office Elevator - Beverly Hills, CA

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