Reaping the Tasty Benefits of Organic Gardening

This week I’ve been writing about my time on Catalina learning what some of the brilliant minds of today are doing to solve problems of food security for a better future. You can read my recent posts on reducing food waste using black soldier flies and revolutionizing food production with aquaponics to learn more. Both…

Fish are Friends

I bet you never thought goldfish could be the missing link to sustainable food production. Well, you better take a second look at these humble little guys, because if you’ve ever wanted to grow your own food—without a lot of space, soil, or chemical fertilizers—then a goldfish just might be your new best friend (along…

The Future (of food) is Now

What if we could produce most of the food we eat right in our backyards, without using any chemicals or soil, and without producing any waste to go to the landfill? Wouldn’t that be amazing? Sounds like some idealistic Ecotopia scenario, but guess what? It is 100% possible! That’s the groundbreaking fact I learned this…

Take Back the Brunch: The Vegan Joint review

Welcome to the first review in my Take Back the Brunch series! The Vegan Joint is one of our neighborhood go-to’s. It’s in walking distance from our apartment, and they also deliver—and we’ve felt lazy enough a number of times to take advantage of that service. In a separate entry I’ll review some of the…

Take Back the Brunch: A Los Angeles Vegan Brunch Odyssey

I love Saturday mornings. Especially the mornings when I sleep in until the sun shines warmly through the slits of my bedroom shades, softly waking me without urgency or force. When I finally do get out of bed I lazily sip a cup of tea and peruse some interesting articles online or read a book…

Farmer’s Market Treat: Bond Bars hit the chocolatey sweet spot

Every Wednesday USC hosts a farmer’s market on campus for students, staff, and community members alike to conveniently purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and a variety of snacks and prepared foods. I love famer’s market day because it’s a wonderful excuse to take a stroll outside for a little while, get some sun, and pick up…

Food for Thought: Keep it Real (and organic)

Originally posted on Kristen Cheri Weiss:
“You are what you eat eats.” –Michael Pollan, author Are supplements all they’re cracked up to be? Or have we become too reliant on quick fixes that can’t live up to the hype? In my last entry of this series, I left off questioning why we have in general…

Good Karma Never Tasted So Good

Finding the trifecta of food perfection (vegan, organic, and most importantly TASTY) can be difficult, especially on a college campus where fast food is the go-to lunch fare. Even most of the salads and vegetarian options are not very healthy. Luckily, last semester one of my students introduced me to the Good Karma Café, a…

Too many sweets for the sweet

You can never have too much of a good thing, right? Except when you can. And when it comes to sugar, too much, however ‘sweet’ it may seem at the time, can literally kill you—this according to a new scientific study linking added sugar intake to higher incidence of cardiovascular disease mortality. Most people these…