bullet-proof coffee + collagen.

i’m not going to candy-coat this…

i’m on the couch, wrapped in a blanket, still in my jammies, watching dr. oz…

…at 9:30 in the morning.

it’s way too late for dignity.

in my defense, i’m nursing a terrible headache that’s been hanging on for more than 2 days.  it’s hard for me to accept that i get to have these mornings, when i know so many people who work so hard and never get this kind of luxury, no matter how badly they feel.

anyway, that’s my own issue.  on to the reason for this post!

as i already reluctantly admitted, i’m watching dr. oz.  he’s talking about my beloved coffee, and some hacks that can add health to it.

have you all tried the bullet proof coffee recipe?  i posted about it a while back, but wasn’t super crazy about it because it turned out greasy the first few times i tried it.  this time it really worked!

apparently, coffee mixed with grass-fed butter, will curb your appetite and help you lose weight, while giving you lots of energy.

and this morning’s show added collagen!  okay NOW i’m interested.

so here’s what i did this morning:

  1. i made my coffee, just like normal.  we have a nespresso and it makes a gorgeous, frothy decaf.
  2. i melted a tablespoon of KERRYGOLD grass-fed butter in the microwave.
  3. in a milk frother (or you can use a jar with an airtight lid, like a mason jar), add the butter, 2-4 Tablespoons hot water, and a scoop of collagen (found in most health food stores).  shake, or froth, until thoroughly combined, and add to your coffee.
  4. drink!

i am thrilled with the flavor and texture.  it’s rich and satisfying, and i’m anxious to see if the collagen makes my skin firmer.  also, collagen has protein in it, so i’m glad to get a little more protein in my diet, while drinking coffee!

i can never do anything consistently, but i will TRY to have this bullet-proof coffee + collagen every day and report back to you all with the results!

i am definitely extremely full after the cup of coffee.  like i just had a pasta dinner!

 

pixycleanse day 5.

FINAL DAY!!!  this was such a challenge and i learned SO much about myself in this process!  i’m super proud of my 6 pixycleansers, who rocked this week!  you are amazing!

here are the final recipes…

JUICE OF THE DAY: KITCHEN SINK JUICE

i put everything but the kitchen sink, as it were, in this juice.  everything that was left in my fridge and fruit basket.  the only thing that is left in my kitchen is a pineapple that didn’t make the cut.  it’s a barren land in there.

here’s the juice:

  1. jicama
  2. honeydew melon
  3. oranges
  4. apples
  5. ginger
  6. carrots

pretty clean and simple.  yummy too!

SMOOTHIE OF THE DAY: STRAW-ANA DELIGHT 

my favorite concrete at andy’s frozen custard is the straw-ana.  fresh strawberries and bananas atop creamy vanilla frozen custard.  to be honest, i usually eat all the fruit and about 4 bites of the concrete and that’s really all i can handle.  i wind up in a sugar coma just from the bananas.  (where has that girl gone, who could eat all her halloween candy in one fell swoop?)

this is a nod to that summer treat:

  1. bananas
  2. frozen strawberries
  3. almond butter
  4. coconut oil
  5. cinnamon
  6. supergreens water
  7. chia seeds

yummmmm….

SALAD OF THE DAY: HEARTY CARAMELIZED ONION SALAD 

this salad was invented at 4:59 this morning, when i had made the juices and the smoothies and looked in my fridge and had absolutely nothing in there but a bag of organic romaine lettuce, cannellini beans, and a large sweet onion.  uhhh – what in the world am i gonna do with this?  i thought about juicing the lettuce and making a soup with the onion and beans, but my brain hurt too much to even think about making a soup.

so i caramelized the onions.  here’s the salad:

  1. romaine lettuce
  2. thinly sliced sweet onions, caramelized in a large pan with a little olive oil and salt
  3. one box grape tomatoes
  4. cannellini beans

the dressing:  garlic, dijon mustard, juice of 2 lemons, a dash of balsamic vinegar, a little rice wine vinegar as well, olive oil, salt and pepper.  blend.

i hope it was good.  it was just too early to even taste.

and that’s all.  that’s the last of the healthy, living food in my kitchen.  pixy’s kitchen is officially closed for business, and in serious need of a deep cleaning!

what i’ve learned in this process:

  • i really, really like to get up early.  it’s kind of worrying me.  how is this possible?  i love watching the sun come up, especially from my kitchen.
  • if you’re driving early in the morning and you aren’t awake, play lionel richie’s “all night long” and you will be singing and dancing in your car.
  • i have no willpower what.so.ever.  and i don’t even have the willpower to work on my willpower.
  • you pixycleansers were AMAZING.  i loved doing this for you.
  • doing things for others is the greatest way to start your day.
  • a nap does not take the place of 8 hours of sleep at night.
  • i have some unfinished emotional healing to do.  working on it, starting now.
  • i’m addicted to fun.

i learned more, but i’m too tired to think of any of it.

goodnight.  🙂

(and see you soon for REAL food posts tout’de suite!!!)

 

pixycleanse day 4.

day 4 and finally the battle of the century has stopped between my left brain and right brain!  what have i learned from this?  i’ve learned that your body holds every single emotion in there until you find some way to face it head on, deal with it, and let it go.

exhausting.

my acupuncturist slapped my hand a bit for doing this cleanse.  she thinks it’s too much of a sugar spike.  sorry cleansers!  oh well ~ we fortified our bodies this week, and now we can move on to lean meats, fish, veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds when all is said and done.  this week is really just the beginning of a healing journey anyway, right?

today’s meals are giving me so much energy, though!  it’s only 12:45 and i’ve already eaten them all…oops.

JUICE OF THE DAY: WATERMELON COOLER

  • a whole watermelon, rind removed
  • 4-6 apples
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 inches of ginger
  • half of a large box of supergreens
  • 5 oranges
  • 1 grapefruit

SMOOTHIE OF THE DAY: SAME AS DAY 3 (it’s just so good ~ i didn’t want to mess with it)

SALAD OF THE DAY: ASIAN INVASION (my favorite salad so far!)

  • red cabbage, shredded
  • napa cabbage, shredded
  • red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • radishes, thinly sliced
  • green onions, chopped
  • broccoli, chopped into small, bite-sized pieces
  • toasted sesame seeds

i feel like i’m forgetting ingredients ~ but seriously, you can add beans, water chestnuts, carrots, anything your heart desires.  it’s SO healthy.  just keep dropping in the veggies!

dressing:  omg it’s so good.

  • miso paste
  • dijon mustard
  • honey
  • a few scallions
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • organic tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
  • cilantro
  • sesame seeds
  • sesame oil
  • olive oil
  • rice wine vinegar
  • 3 inches ginger
  • hot water if it needs thinning

drop it all in a blender and blend.  that’s it.  it keeps in the fridge for days and you can use it as a dip for veggies.

add peanut butter if you’re feeling nutty.

so insanely good.  i’m not going to put the amounts for most of that because it all depends on taste.  just add a little of everything and go from there.  gives you an excuse to taste while cooking!!!

and i just had to take a few pics of this beauty…

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much love to all of you!

 

pixycleanse day 3.

this post may feel like an over-share, but i want to be honest during this cleanse…

i don’t know about the rest of you, but this cleansing thing is SO HARD.  i’m definitely eating other whole foods right now, because i can tell i just need a little more food to make it through the day.  but i’m keeping things super clean ~ an apple, some raw nuts, sometimes a bowl of vegan soup from my freezer at night.

also, i am extremely emotional.  i was in really bad shape last night.  i think i have some serious skeletons in my closet that need to get worked out, and they are doing the thriller dance in my head, without my control or permission.  so there’s that.

i started out so peaceful and grateful for this journey, and now i’m lost, exhausted, and feel utterly hopeless.  time to work through some things today and get on the other side of this.

the first thing i did this morning was make out a list of all the things that i need to admit to myself are everyday necessities for me ~ no matter what.  whether i do them or not right now, there are just some things that i know in my gut would make my life so rich and full.  i asked the hub to do the same thing, and wow ~ his list was so amazing that i bawled my eyes out.

see?  emotional.

i’m not usually a crier.  i went through a lot in my 20’s and 30’s, so i just don’t cry much anymore.  perspective doesn’t allow the tears to flow.

so my list is full of have-to’s and want-to’s.  HAVE TO PRACTICE.  WANT TO HAVE FUN EVERY DAY.  but that wasn’t the exercise.  the exercise was the necessities.

the hub had EAT GREAT FOOD, DRINK GREAT WINE, COMPANIONSHIP, SOLITUDE ~ amazing stuff like that.  and he was so right on.  he didn’t put down anything that even remotely sounded like a chore.

i need to clear my muddled mind all day long and come up with a bare necessities list that doesn’t look like a to-do list ~ cuz there’s a battle going on in this tired mind of mine and it’s time to figure things out.

on to happier subjects ~ the food!

JUICE OF THE DAY:  DREAMING OF GAZPACHO

  1. 3 red bell peppers
  2. 3 cucumbers
  3. 2 bunches celery
  4. handful of parsley
  5. 1 pineapple
  6. 4 green apples
  7. 1 jicama

add tomatoes and onion and it really would taste like gazpacho!

SMOOTHIE OF THE DAY: BERRY MANIA

  1. 3 cups spinach water (you know how to do this by now…)
  2. 2-4 tablespoons chia seeds
  3. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  4. 1 lemon, peeled, seeds removed
  5. 2 cups frozen berries
  6. 2 bananas
  7. 1 Tablespoon coconut oil

SALAD OF THE DAY: ITALIAN WINTER SALAD

i’m eating mine right now, as i write this.  it is so darn good, and filling.  these salads are supposed to be for dinner, but i’m eating mine midday and making a vegan soup tonight for the hub and i.

  1. romaine lettuce
  2. dark green lettuce mix (or just spinach)
  3. cannellini beans (i used dried and made them in the crock pot yesterday)
  4. macerated red onions
  5. kalamata olives

did i forget anything?  4:30 was soooo long agooooo….

this would be amazing with artichoke hearts and tomatoes!

dressing:  it the usual base ~ stone ground mustard, honey, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper and olive oil.  added ingredients to make it more italian ~ sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olive JUICE, red wine vinegar, and fresh basil.

i used the jarred sun-dried tomatoes, but really prefer the packaged ones that aren’t in oil.  i couldn’t find those ~ i hope you PIXYCLEANSERS liked it anyway!

by the way, i don’t have any pictures of this stuff because it’s 4:30am when i make it, and i can’t think straight that early in the morning.  also, you’ve seen a fresh juice ~ not very exciting!

 

 

 

 

 

pixycleanse day 1!

All the meals have been delivered and now I’m home and feeling SO GRATEFUL.  This has already been such a wonderful journey, and it’s just the first day!

I made juices, smoothies and salads for 9 people this morning.  Man, it was so hard to do this for more people than just little ole me, but I think I’ve got the hang of it now!

Just a couple things before I post the recipes:

  • I have done so many detoxes and cleanses, and have never completed them because they were just too strict.  So I really want to stress that I think it’s best for us to listen to our bodies, and take our activity levels into account, and allow ourselves to eat a handful of raw almonds, or add a lean protein with your salad at night, if you need to. I feel strongly about this, after beating myself up so many times.  These cleanses should be a time of reflection and just letting your body breathe.  No guilt!
  •  I also feel like we shouldn’t cut out caffeine completely either, if you already drink it.  Just make it “clean” caffeine (no soda ~ green tea or black coffee is best) and limit your intake to just one cup in the morning ~ no sugar or cream.  We Americans don’t even let ourselves be tired!  It’s okay to have a sluggish moment here or there!
  • This cleanse is power-packed with all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body has been dying for – so let’s focus on that, instead of focusing on what we can’t have, or what we shouldn’t have, okay?  If you slip up and eat something naughty, just remember: you have given yourself so much already today.  You are fortified, and that’s a powerful thing!

Here are the recipes!

(almost all of these ingredients are organic, by the way)

BREAKFAST:

CARROT-ORANGE VITAMIN C BLASTER

This is what went in the juicer at 4:30 this morning:

  1. 1 large bag of carrots
  2. 4 oranges (peel and all!)
  3. 1 large jicama
  4. 3 inches ginger
  5. 2 sweet potatoes
  6. 1 pineapple

LUNCH:

BERRY YUMMY SMOOTHIE

The key to a healthy smoothie is this concoction I made up over the weekend ~ it’s raw almonds, raw cashews, and hemp hearts, covered in water, and allowed to sit overnight.  The next day, blend and add more water if you want a thinner consistency.  It’s a creamy hemp/nut milk that serves as a healthy base for these smoothies.

  1. 2 bananas
  2. 1 cup hemp/nut milk
  3. spinach water (blend 3 cups water with 2-3 large handfuls of spinach for 90 seconds)
  4. frozen berries
  5. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. 2 lemons, rind and seeds removed
  7. 2 Tablespoons coconut oil

These measurements are for very large smoothies for all your friends.  But it’s easy to cut them down ~ you don’t have to worry about exact measurements.

DINNER:

HAIL CAESAR!  KALE CAESAR

This is a seriously great way to get your kale in.  It’s really filling, but I recommend adding a small piece of salmon or a veggie soup to go with it if you’re starving.

Here’s what’s in it…

  1. kale (duh)
  2. red onions (macerated in red wine vinegar overnight)
  3. blueberries
  4. sliced raw almonds
  5. cooked chick peas
  6. sunflower seeds

Here’s the dressing:

In a blender, combine 2-3 cloves garlic, the juice of 1 or 2 fresh lemons, 1-2 Tablespoons tahini paste, 1-2 Tablespoons stone ground mustard, 1 Tablespoon honey, 1/3 cup olive oil, salt and pepper ~ and blend!  Adjust the measurements according to taste.  This dressing will keep in the fridge nicely for a few days.

Don’t forget to drink TONS OF WATER!!!  And also ~ journal, meditate and breathe!!!

 

 

 

PIXYCLEANSE PREP.

Monday marks the first day of the first cleanse I’ve ever led all by myself!  I am so excited!  I have FIVE wonderful people who are willing to place their lives in my hands next week.  Ha ha.  Well, it’s not that important – I’m just making juices, smoothies and salads, and delivering them, but still – I’m so honored.

I’ll be posting the recipes, so even if you aren’t doing the PIXYCLEANSE, stay tuned for tips and ideas for a healthier, happier, more peaceful week.  I’ll try to post something brilliant every day, but it’ll probably just end up being something silly and possibly thought-provoking.  That’s good enough, right?

A cleanse is really all about getting out of the ruts that just don’t serve you – eating too much, drinking too much, laying around and watching TV with your hand inside a bag of doritos instead of doing something uplifting, staying chained to the computer instead of taking a moment to breathe.  All the things that have become my norm lately (minus the doritos – but I’ve gained some serious weight just gorging on roasted chick peas).

Before we focus on juices (the hub said this today and I thought he said “focus on Jesus” – ha ha ha.  Well, OKAY!) I’d like to remind you of some beautiful activities you can add to your cleanse, or just your normal everyday life.  I want this week to be less about losing weight and more about forgetting I need to lose weight in the first place.  I’m so sick of that ticker tape that is always running through my mind!  And while I’m at it, I’m going to work to forget about anything else that causes me heartburn. (Money, wrinkles, my e-mail inbox, Donald Trump…)

Here are some things to consider adding to your week, and you Pixycleansers, I hope you will really take note:

1. MEDITATION: Try adding 5 or more minutes of meditation to your meal time.  Time to clear out all of those stressful thoughts and negative attachments to certain foods.  Just set a timer on your phone, close your eyes, and breath in and out for 5 minutes and you will feel refreshed.

2. TAKE A BREAK FROM SOCIAL MEDIA: ’nuff said, y’all. So toxic right now. So toxic.

3. GRATITUDE JOURNAL: This is my favorite thing to do.  My mom does it religiously.  I think while I am making the juices and smoothies for my lovely cleansers, I think I’ll say aloud some of the things I’m thankful for, or even the things I aspire to add to my life.  Maybe the positive thoughts will just go right into those juices?  But it’s better to write them down in a journal – or if you feel like sharing them, please add them on this blog!!!  It’s wonderful to hear other people’s aspirations and dreams!

4. CLEAN OUT THE CLUTTER: This is a great distraction, and a perfect time to do a little spring cleaning.  Don’t wait till spring – it’ll be too beautiful out!  If you’re feeling like turning to the potato chips, or you can’t get those cookies off your mind, get up and tackle just one drawer in your house or office that needs cleaning or organizing.  This really works as a great distraction, and it also declutters your mind!

5. BUBBLE BATHS!  There’s nothing, in my opinion, more relaxing and resetting than a hot bath.  Add lavender essential oils and epsom salt, take a book in there, and allow the water to wash all your cares away.  (You know this – but I’m reminding you just in case you forgot how to pamper yourself)

6. PERSPECTIVE:  If you’re doing the PIXYCLEANSE, you are going to have a lot of negative and confusing thoughts racing through your mind (like WHY am I doing this!!!) – that’s the hardest part about a detox.  You really are detoxing your mind more than anything.  Try to remember that this is ONLY ONE WEEK.  Just 5 days of living without that glass of wine with dinner, or that cappuccino you love so much.  This is the hardest part for me, and I need accountability to get past those moments of weakness, so I’m sure I’ll be reaching out to you all.  I want to see this through!

Anyone else have other ideas?  I’m sure I’m forgetting some and will share throughout the week when a thought appears.

Those are the free things to do – and of course, if you have the money, take a yoga or meditation class, get a massage, book a trip to Tahiti – pamper yourself in some way. The list of things that cost money can go on and on.  But you don’t need to spend any money to feel genuinely amazing.  Even this cleanse is easy to do yourself, and cheaper than you think.  $100 for 5 days – the hub and I spend that at one meal out, if we get wine!

And we always get wine.

I think I might actually save money this week.  Crazy.

Well, that’s it for now, folks.  I hope this next week of daily affirmations and PIXYCLEANSE recipes inspire you to get out there and do something really great for your mind, body, and spirit.  You deserve it.

Love, Pixy

 

 

introducing…the PIXYCLEANSE.

Hi Friends!

Next week, I’m trying something new. I don’t know
about you but all the negativity and toxicity in the world has got me
moving slow, and binge-eating my feelings. Feeling this unhealthy and
sluggish is not making the world’s problems go away. I’ve got to
reverse this!

So I’ve decided to give myself the gift of health, vitality, and youth
– and if you live in the KC Metro area, I want to offer it to you, too!

Join me on a 5-day mind-body-spirit PIXYCLEANSE, February 6-10!
Let’s make February a month of love and happy bodies, shall we?  I’m
making all the food myself: a fresh juice for breakfast, a smoothie
for lunch, and a gorgeous salad for dinner – all hand delivered to you
each morning!

If you’ve never done a cleanse, here’s what you can expect:
1. Most people lose weight
2. Your mood will be lifted
3. No more foggy brain
4. You will have tons of energy
5. You will enjoy the taste of fresh, organic fruits and veggies,
bought and prepared for you, and brought right to your door every day!

The PIXYCLEANSE is $100 for 5 days of yummy veggies, fruits, nuts and
seeds, plus daily, loving support, inspiration, and ideas to make it a
successful week (I’ve got some peace-focusing distractions we can all do together).

DON’T WORRY ~ I don’t shame people for adding meals.  Life can’t stop for a cleanse, so do what you need to do.  I’ll just give you the guidelines on how to get the most out of it!

So, who’s with me????!!!!

Feel free to comment below, or e-mail me at raiseyourvoicekc@gmail.com

Love, Pixy
#loveyourbody #pixycleanse

UGH.

i am having a really tough month.  well actually, october was tough.  it’s november now, isn’t it.  i’ve always had bouts of depression since i was little.  did you know that depression and gut issues go hand in hand?  cure one, possibly cure the other?  well i’ve had both my entire life, so there you go.  and also, i’m the artist type who doesn’t believe in stuffing those negative emotions way down and moving on with my schedule.  wish i could, but that’s not how i’m built.

i think it’s safe to say that this is a difficult period in my life that is not going to be cured by a shopping spree at Ikea, or homemade chocolate croissants.  or a green juice, for that matter.

for a while, i was blaming it on every facet of my life that could need changing or at least tweaking ~ my marriage could use a refresher course (who’s doesn’t) ~ my singing career is feeling a bit stale and needs some attention ~ i stopped running ~ i can’t believe i stopped running ~ i’m so sad about that.  and, i’ve fallen off the health wagon completely. eating sweets and gluten and foods i just can’t digest.

i’ve gone round and round about how to deal with weight-gain, fatigue, and just a general lack of desire in all things that don’t involve a glass of red wine and a good book.

this last week hit me hard.  for many reasons.  but here it is, saturday morning, and i have to do something about it.  i have to either stop the “must-do’s” whirling around in my head, or i need to achieve them.

STUPID MUST-DO’S WHIRLING AROUND IN MY HEAD

(and listen, i’m not proud of this list.  i should be thinking of the starving children in ethiopia, but i’m not.)

“lose 10 pounds ~ you can’t even lose 1 pound, no matter what you do.”

“get back to running. why on earth did you stop?”

“you paid for that yoga class ~ why aren’t you going?”

“wouldn’t a juice cleanse clear your mind and help you reset?”

“you should be more productive than you are ~ you have so much you want to accomplish.”

“why is this american lifestyle so exhausting!  let’s all move to tuscany!”

i’ve put a lot of pressure on myself to be healthier, happier, thinner, less stressed, more successful. and NONE OF IT IS WORKING.

does this sound like you?

so where do we go from here?  do we stay the course?  do we keep tracking weight watcher points and brave the boring gym (where all creativity goes to die), and still continue to see no results?  but i’m healthy, right?  wasn’t that the goal?  NO!  the goal was to look good in a tank top!

this funk has me temporarily out of the kitchen, sadly.  i mean, i’m cooking, but you don’t need to hear about my sad meals consisting of brussels sprouts drowning in frank’s hot sauce.  but when i get over this hump, i’ll be sure to post some clean, delicious food.  in the meantime, if you don’t mind, i would like to use this forum as a sounding board for my confused state.

does anyone out there relate with me, or am i talking jibbrish?  surely other americans feel this same constant pressure coming at us from every angle.  i don’t know how to navigate around it.

thank you for listening.

 

culinary adventures: thailand.

HELLO LOVELY READERS!!!  are you still out there?  sorry i’ve been kinda quiet this summer.  i’ve been traveling some, completing a new project i finished earlier this month, and working on my sun spots ~ i mean, tan!

i’ve really missed posting fun recipes.  this blog motivates and inspires me to get in the kitchen and make healthy, clean, delicious food every single day.  and while i’ve been definitely cooking some healthy food this summer, i’ve also eaten out…A LOT.

hello, restaurant food.  i have a bone to pick with you.

why, oh why, does there have to be the saltiest, sweetest, bacony-est, most garlic aoili-laden dish after dish on the planet?  whatever happened to letting fresh ingredients shine?

i really noticed this when i came back from THE most life-changing, taste bud exploding, gut-healing, culinary experience of my life.

THAILAND.

i was there to sing, but the food, and the people, stole my heart.

i have lots of pictures, but let’s focus on the FOOD.  here are some pictures, which will not do the real things justice, i’m fairly sure.

i’ll start with this pretty little nugget of vitamins and sweetness.

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this, my friends, is a mangosteen.  here’s what it looks like on the inside.

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it looks like garlic cloves, but it tastes like a mild orange, with a creaminess, too.  the day i had these, i woke up with a terrible cold, and by lunchtime, i was really feeling horrible.  i had about 4 or 5 of these things.  couldn’t get enough.

next…some kind of perfectly prepared green or yellow curry.  not too hot.  just perfect and so fresh.

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a plate of amazing deliciousness.

next plate: mind you ~ this is a cafeteria where the musicians at this festival were served buffet style ~ and for free.  and the food looked and tasted amazing.  and HEALTHY!

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the soup in this pic is tom yum.  great name for it.  i don’t know who tom is…but yummmm.

fresh veggies in all the dishes.  that’s sweet and sour there at the top.  i don’t think there’s any meat on this whole plate, if i remember correctly.

and that jasmine rice is perfectly cooked ~ sticky but not too sticky. and those little flower-looking wheels on the bottom left are sliced baby corn!  what a great idea!

here’s that cafeteria..

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so classy.  just one of the beautiful places we got to eat every day in thailand.  this is where the buffet was served every day at the university.  it’s a little cafe nestled in the middle of a rain forest.  truly exotic.

and this is mango sticky rice, accompanied by the largest slice of mango i’ve ever seen.

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it’s just what you would imagine ~ the comfort food of rice pudding, with sweetness and fruity flavor, and very rich and filling.

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this is a gorgeous pot of boiling broth, placed on a hot plate in the middle of the table.  and you order the meat and veg you want, and it comes to you in separate bowls.  you add the food to the pot and start spooning it into your own bowl after only a few minutes of cooking, all while chatting with your friends.  it’s a great, family style, “healthy fondue”, i like to call it. and i love it.  i want to do this at home!!!

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that was probably the best curry any of us has ever tasted.

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and this is the best tom yum soup any of us has ever tasted.

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and this is duck soup.  that strange looking spongy thing is duck liver.  i ate around that but did try a bite.  it was delicious but i was too interested in everything else around it!

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fried prawns.  juicy, flavorful, amazing.  the shells were soft and edible, kind of like soft-shell crab.  you can’t see this from the picture, but this table has a view of the amazing beach.

now i want to move on to what i had for breakfast every morning…

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so simple.  so perfect.  flavorful broth with rice and some kind of protein (fish, chicken or pork).  add your choice of condiments ~ very healthy ginger, cilantro, garlic, spicy stuff too.  i felt amazing every day, all due to this soup.

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and with it, a salad bar of sorts.  fresh veggies and beans with a light dressing.  there was also fruit and an american breakfast display, with eggs and toast, etc.  i never even made it to that side.  this side was too good.

moving on!  this was a spread made for us when we performed at a school in the middle of nowhere.  do they eat like this for lunch every day?  it was incredible.

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those are ribs, i do believe.  wow.

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i even enjoyed the snacks in thailand.  this is a 7-11 store, stocked with fun-flavored seaweed nori sheets.  i tried ALL of them and they were so good.  apparently you can get them on this side of the world.  i need some right now!!!

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offerings at a buddhist shrine. but i like to think that they’re all waiting for the subway in this picture.  adorable.

thank you for going on this little trip with me.  just posting these pictures makes me thailand-sick all over again.

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los cabos.

what was once a food blog has temporarily become a TRAVEL blog.  i’ve still got sand in my shoes…

here are some pictures of our vacation to los cabos.  as usual, there are some luscious food pics…

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