Vietnam Part 2 | The Best of Food and Coffee in Da Nang + Hoi An

Vietnam Part 2 | The Best of Food and Coffee in Da Nang + Hoi An

There are two things that I believe will always help you to deeply learn about a new culture from the inside out- people and food. Books, research, and visiting monuments are all well and good, but if you want to get to the heart of a culture, talk to the people and eat their food. In fact, if you get the chance, talk to the people while you prepare and eat food together. 

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Strawberry Lemon Yogurt Cake + Belated Birthday Wishes

Strawberry Lemon Yogurt Cake + Belated Birthday Wishes

There is a conversation that I feel like I have been having a lot lately, resonating even more in light of turning a year older this past week. It is on the subject of finding that fine balance between hard work and surrender.

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Vietnam Part 1 | Travel Diary + On Finding Joy in Being the Outsider

Vietnam Part 1 | Travel Diary + On Finding Joy in Being the Outsider

I am not even sure how to start writing about Vietnam. My mom and I spent a little over two weeks traveling and working in this stunning country and we did so much in that short amount of time that I am still trying to wrap my mind around it all. However, I wanted to share some of the experiences with you now, while at least it is still fresh and vivid. 

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Two Travel Bites | Chocolate Fig and Almond Butter Cinnamon Toast + My Out-of-the-Box Packing Essentials

Two Travel Bites | Chocolate Fig and Almond Butter Cinnamon Toast + My Out-of-the-Box Packing Essentials

Today’s post is a bit short + sweet because I am writing from roughly halfway across the world. My mom and I are currently in a little Airbnb with the windows flung open, looking out over palm fronds and a little herb garden below, just outside of the historic town of Hoi An, Vietnam. We have had two and a half days of walking, sight-seeing, and a lot of eating incredible food. While taking a mid-afternoon break from it all, I wanted to pop in and share some general travel insights with you all, along with a recipe, tested and tried for this very trip. 

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Work Behind the Work | Lauren Stringer, Children's Book Author + Illustrator

Work Behind the Work | Lauren Stringer, Children's Book Author + Illustrator

It has been far too long since my first Work Behind the Work interview. One of my goals this year for this space is to make it a regular feature, highlighting the process and beautiful minds of creatives and artists that I am lucky enough to know. 

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Spiced Carrot + Date Loaf Cake

Spiced Carrot + Date Loaf Cake

Lately, despite life reaching slightly hectic heights, there is one thing that I have consistently been making time for: books. I have been reading without fail first thing each morning and just before going to sleep. Sometimes it is the same book, sometimes I juggle a non-fiction in the morning and fiction at night (always in that order for some reason), but it has become so rooted into my days that I am packing multiple books for my upcoming trip, just so that I don’t run out of reading material and ruin my comfy little routine. 

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How I Learned Moroccan Arabic + 5 Ways to Self-Study Any Language

How I Learned Moroccan Arabic + 5 Ways to Self-Study Any Language

I have written briefly in the past about my language-learning adventure, first with French and then with Darija. However, I still have so many people constantly asking me, “How did you do it?” How have I gotten to the point where when I speak Moroccan Arabic people frequently get confused and ask me if maybe someone in my family is from Morocco? 

The truth is that it boils down to one thing. The fierce determination to feel like I belong. 

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Almond, Maca, + Chickpea Flour Granola

Almond, Maca, + Chickpea Flour Granola

I am the kind of person who likes to make lists and check things off. I get immense satisfaction from organizing my days and adding up the little accomplishments. While this has served me well in terms of getting things done, staying on top of the small daily tasks and being someone who doesn’t forget deadlines, it also has worked against me in terms of adopting more of a yoga mindset into my life. 

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The Classic No-Bake Tarte Citron + On Failure in the Kitchen

The Classic No-Bake Tarte Citron + On Failure in the Kitchen

Since I began to learn how to cook, I have viewed the process of preparing food as something more than just the mechanic task of feeding oneself. There is creativity and spirit in the kitchen, making the cooking or baking process lively, meditative, mindful, or educational. It may be a stretch, but I would venture to say that one’s relationship to cooking can tell you a lot about them. My love of it began with finding joy in methodic creation paired with experimentation and risk, all tied together by putting your heart into good ingredients and making something delicious that brings a smile to everyones face. 

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