Bako, my beloved

I’m in Bakersfield this week and being here always gets me thinking about how much my hometown defines who I am — wherever I’m living. These thoughts are especially on my mind now that I’m raising a baby in Switzerland; a place that feels somehow more foreign as I wonder how it is shaping who he will be in the future. A […]

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This week I am…

  …making my favorite guacamole recipe in honor of Cinco de Mayo. …impressed by Japan’s approach to low-cost architecture with an Olympics-inspired airport. …scrolling through Kentucky Derby photos and dreaming of champagne mint juleps. …fascinated by this study on prayer (apparently we all say “please.” Just good manners?). …applauding my home state for leading the U.S. in water conservation and […]

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My ‘California cool’ salad

My first week as a freshman at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill I stopped by a local sandwich spot and ordered a turkey on wheat. Add avocado. “That’ll cost you extra,” the server said. “That’s ok, it’s worth it,” I said. “Let me guess, you’re from California,” he responded. I was taken aback. […]

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What I’m reading lately…

My husband and I have a running joke about how much I love California, because I seem to interject my home state into every conversation without even realizing it. He’ll be talking about, well anything (wine, vegetables, weather, bed linens, dogs…), and I’ll respond with “oh, in California                is […]

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