The Coldest Month

Freezing in February

I’m not a huge fan of the cold. My hands don’t work well and carrying my tripod feels like holding ice. I know, 😭 big deal. It’s just a little chill. It is a beautiful time of year. Here are some photos from a recent morning hike.

Nisene Things

Sand Point Overlook

When I want to prove a point to myself, I take my camera gear and tripod on a hike through Nisene Marks to the Sand Point Overlook. Pain is inevitable in life, and emotional pain is sometimes worse than physical pain. By the time I finish an 18 mile hike with over 1500 feet of elevation, my mind is at ease.

Californian Almond Croissant, part 1: Companion

Companion Bakeshop at Venus Pie Trap in Rio Del Mar

One of my favorite places to exercise is at the staircase in Seacliff State Beach. With a view of the Monterey Bay and the disintegrating Cement Ship, it provides an amazing scenery to distract you while your legs are on fire. It’s also very close to the new Venus Pie Trap, a fun and beautiful cafe.

Venus Pie Trap offers 11th Hour coffee, pies from Edith’s Pie, bagels from The Laundromat SF, and pastries from Companion Bakeshop. They also have house salads and a pizza pie program designed by Sean Venus, based after New Haven style pizzerias, where he grew up.

Loving Chocolate, Living Well

Solving the Sweet Tooth Problem

Bob’s Red Mill is one of my favorite brands because they offer creative and healthful food products. I grew up during the rise of health food stores, and I’m grateful for the food choices my mother made when I was a kid. There were, however, far fewer choices of desserts that were actually delicious. Bob’s Red Mill is a leader in this important culinary direction.

If we are to solve the health epidemics caused by bad foods, we must make delicious alternatives. As long as the cheap and toxic “food” that fills our grocery stores is more palatable than the healthy alternatives, our people will continue to make themselves sick with the food they eat.

Grain Free Brownie Goodness

This was my first time trying one of the Grain Free baking mixes by Bob’s Red Mill. Made with almond and cassava flours, it is sweetened with coconut sugar. It’s simple to prepare. You just mix the dry ingredients together with three eggs and 3/4 cup melted butter or coconut oil and add to an oiled 8×8” pan. Bake in the oven at 325 degrees for 22-25 minutes and allow to cool completely.

The results? Absolutely amazing taste and a clean burning energy. It has all the dank chocolate flavor you could want without the crash. I give this mix a 9.6 out of 10 for ease, healthfulness, and taste!