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Fruity Roasted Fennel Salad

After a fun-filled weekend, I’m back. Yes, it may be Monday, but I have a recipe that is über colorful and really, just makes me smile when I look at it. Before I get to that, let me tell you about some of the new and cool things that I experienced the past couple of days. Warning: this post has lots o’ drool-worthy pictures, so get a napkin ready. ;)

DTLA // Mohawk Bend

Friday was awesome because the weather was beautiful and I finally got to get lunch with Lindsay of Happy Herbivore. It was great chatting about her Light & Fit book coming out later this year (which as some of you know, I took food photos for) and us working together on her next book. We ate at Mohawk Bend, where I had the Hearts of Palm Sliders and we shared the vegan S’mores dessert, yum!

My Tote!

There was crafting to be done, on Saturday! I was invited by the radical Joni, to attend Crafty Commune at her sister’s new boutique in Long Beach. What was awesome about this event is that Kristen (the owner of Fox & Moon Clothing) provided handmade totes and things to decorate them with, afterward she put them in her shop to sell and when they do 100% of the proceeds are going to a local charity.

Chef Dave // Coffee // Maddy Mac // Molly describing the Gelato

After that, I made a mad dash for West LA to have an extremely tasty dinner and dessert with my friend Kedar. We met up at the new Maddy’s on Pico, with a fully vegan menu from Chef Dave Anderson (of Madeleine Bistro). I got to meet him and Molly, who were both extremely nice and helpful, plus enjoy the Big Maddy Mac (a fancier, vegan Big Mac) and a sampler plate of ALL OF THE GELATO FLAVORS. That’s 11 flavors of vegan gelato, people. They haven’t had their grand opening yet, but I seriously recommend heading over there.

Of course, Sunday was Father’s day which started off with a Bloody Mary for my dad. I told you it was a tradition! We spent the day outside, doing random yard work, cooking, but mostly relaxing. I checked up on my super-late-in-the-season seedlings, and so far I have some corn stalks, some watermelon seedlings, dill, plus some others that I’m hoping will sprout soon. :)

Now, it’s Monday, and there is work to be done! So, I have for you an easy and refreshing recipe that is great for a weeknight dinner, or even a lunch prepared the night before. This salad has fresh fruits, balsamic roasted fennel, peppery arugula and a strawberry citrus vinaigrette. Tantalizing, no?

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Michigan & Enormous Produce

After my (too short) trip to New York, I flew to Michigan to visit family and celebrate my grandma’s 86th birthday. Most of my family here is from the Detroit area, but my grandparent’s house is pretty much in the middle of nowhere about 25 minutes outside of Cadillac. After meeting up with my parents, we headed up north and spent a few days there; unfortunately the weather sucked and it was freezing, windy, and raining.

But, the trip was relaxing and not all bad. One of the neighbors that we’re close with has a big garden and brought two HUMUNGOUS heads of kale, a baby-sized rutabaga, and a nice zucchini over for me to cook! I was totally overwhelmed by the size and quantity of the kale (pictured above) and it took me quite a while to trim and clean it, so get ready for a lot of kale recipes!

It’s really awesome to experience the middle of fall out here in Michigan, it’s nice and cool now with a breeze and the leaves are falling all around. I’m out here for another few days, so we’ll see what adventures I can find and I may just post some non-food pictures showing you where I’ve been. Do you think that’s a good idea? :)

Huge Rutabaga!

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Starting my Garden!

Planted some seeds yesterday to grow vegetables and herbs; I’m so excited to try gardening again for the first time in years! I hope it all goes well! :) I also hung out with Michelangelo (tortoise) for a little bit outside.

Tortoise

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