What I've been reading, writing, thinking about and indulging in this week
It's almost June! It's feeling summery here in the Bay Area, which means cool and overcast - we get our hottest days in September and October. I'm on my way to visit my family in Victoria, BC this weekend, and I'm pretty excited. Victoria is a beautiful city and on my trips there I try to make the most of the beautiful ocean and trees, fantastic food and super walkable neighborhoods. In honor of my trip, my roundup is all British Columbia!
Sacred Cupcakes: I love the website of Gather: Victoria, the wild food foraging and food blog of Jennifer Aikman and Danielle Prohom Olson. I'm loving this luscious recipe for Wild Rose Cupcakes, with a sacred secret:
Bake these cupcakes in honor of the ancient priestesses whose mystical practices were outlawed by patriarchal religions. Allow their aroma and flavour to uplift your spirit and nourish your soul. Consider them a sacrament to the Magna Mater (Great Mother) Queen of Heaven and Earth, “the one who makes all things flourish”.
Rooms to Eat In: I can't wait to try Nourish Kitchen & Cafe! It was started by the creators of one of my fave places to eat in the world, Charlotte & the Quail, a wee lunch spot nestled in the beautiful 10 acre gardens of the Horticultural Center of the Pacific, and featuring produce from the grounds. Nourish is in an old house near Victoria's harbor, and their gorgeous Instagram feed is one of my fave follows. They're especially known for their beverages: (check out the water kefir growler in the pic!) maybe I'll get a 'Canadiano' (an americano with maple syrup!)
First Nations Foods: Vancouver Island's delicious food is nothing new. This video from the Vancouver Island Traditional Foods Conference hosted by the Kwakiutl Nation last year, has great images of some of the traditional foods of the Island's First Nations, which they are ensuring their young people still know how to find and be nourished by.
I'll be Periscoping TCMTalk from Victoria next week, all about travel, so tune in Thursday June 2 at 4 pm.
Have a great weekend!