Kickstart Kalasada Coffee

Kalsada Coffee Kickstarter

I’ve decided to join Kalsada Coffee’s mission to support Filipino coffee farmers and bring the Philippine coffee industry back to its former glory, one farm at a time. Kalsada Coffee is currently in Kickstarter mode and is 80% funded with less than 2 days to go. I invite you to consider backing this Kickstarter. You can find more info at kalsada.org. Salamat!

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Creamy Coconut Garlic Mushrooms Healthy Way to Satisfy Comfort Food Craving

While many in the United States have spent much of this winter enduring one snowstorm after another, here in Seattle we’ve been enjoying balmy, spring-like days featuring bright blue skies, blossoming trees, and glorious sunsets.

Then Mother Nature reminded Seattleites that we live in Seattle.

And that it’s March.

Rainy day in Seattle

On this wet, gray day, I craved a warm and comforting dish. I also needed something that was healthy and in line with the grain-free, dairy-free diet that I’ve been following for the last 8 months. I opened my fridge, spied a box of mushrooms, and knew exactly what I should make.

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Forgiveness and Father’s Day

My dad drives me crazy. Not in an endearing, “Oh, Daaaad” TV-sitcom kind of way. More like a he-makes-me-want-to-punch-a-hole-in-a-wall feeling.

Every year, I dread Father’s Day. Friends post sweet photos and memories on Facebook of their fathers. They talk about the lessons their dads have taught them, how their dads inspire them, and how their dads are their best friends.

I have nothing like that to share. And it hurts.

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My For the Glow Journey with Jenn Jordan

It’s 5:30 in the morning. I’m in my basement staring bleary-eyed at my laptop, and I’m sweating—a lot—as I do my best to follow an online workout video.

After completing a particularly grueling set of exercises, the instructor takes a quick break on her mat. She catches her breath and says, “I don’t enjoy that. Not at all.”

The moment makes me laugh because it is exactly what I was thinking. It also inspires me because right after the instructor says this, she launches into another set of challenging moves.

This is Jenn Jordan and For the Glow.

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Cooking with Michael

A few weeks ago, an acquaintance of mine named Michael sent me a message asking if we could get together and cook.

He wrote, “One of my favorite ways to get to know someone is to learn how to cook something.”

It was an unexpected and lovely invitation to connect.

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What’s On My Phone Wednesdays: A Run, A Challenge, and an Egg in an Avocado

On the first day of 2014, I went on a run…
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I stocked up on fruits and vegetables in preparation for the For the Glow Resolution Challenge…
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And I tried out a new dish–baked egg in avocado.
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I have big goals for 2014, which I’ll be sharing soon. What are you hoping to accomplish this year?

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My Favorite Food Memoir of 2013

One of my goals for 2013 was to read at least one new book a month–which I’m happy to report I did! While taking a look back at what I read, I noted that my first three books of the year were all memoirs.

Wael Ghonim’s “Revolution 2.0” charts how he utilized social media to play a major role in the 2011 Tahrir Square protest movement in Egypt. In “Breaking Up With God,” Sarah Sentilles discusses faith, theology, and her ordination process to become an Episcopal priest.

The third memoir was “Fresh Off the Boat” by Eddie Huang. It’s the story of Eddie’s life–how he grew up, and went from being a drug dealing thug to lawyer to streetwear mogul to Food Network cooking show competitor to restaurant owner.

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