Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Todd Selby x Alice Waters

Edible Selby x Alice Waters to celebrate 40 years of Chez Panisse restaurant and raise money for Edible Schoolyard.

I blogged about Edible Schoolyard last week and just spotted Todd Selby's images and synopsis at NY Times. (Todd Selby is now doing Edible Selby with the NY Times. It's brilliant, he rules at photographing people in their places and has an eye for good food by inspiring people.)

I wanted to share some cool things that Alice Waters said.

"(edible schoolyard) is a way of bringing children into a new relationship to food...to an interactive experience in the garden, in the kitchen, and at the children."

"We discovered that when kids grow food and when they cook it themselves they eat it, and they love it, and they love to eat with their friends"

"We have to bring them into a positive relationship with food"

true words.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Product: "A Delicious Revolution"

Levi's Edible Schoolyard $30

These are my favorite shirts out of the The Edible Schoolyard x Levi partnership. The Edible Schoolyard is a revolution for the kind of food students eat and the food education they receive. These t-shirts are limited edition and proceeds go to The Edible Schoolyard foundation. This really excites me because it is the 2 things I am post passionate about: Education and Real Foods. My day job is teaching 23 cute first graders. My other passion is real foods, especially local, that's good and good for you.

The 5 shirts are designed by the coolest as they come people. One of which is Alice Waters the restaurant owner of Chez Panisse located in Berkeley, CA. Anyone up for a San Franciso trip? I have got to go eat there.

Go support and wear a cool shirt!

via Oh Happy Day on Babble

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Product: Reusable bags

Do you use a reusable bag when you go grocery shopping? I often forget and I go through phases of being really good at it. There really is not excuse because I have plenty in my closet and I go shopping on Saturdays. I guess I just haven't figured out the perfect system of bringing my groceries in the house to unload and then remembering to take my bags back out to my car. But maybe if I had cooler bags I'd be really good at the system?! What I like about the bags below are their color, the material, the neat little purse friendly size, and the prices.

flip & tumble $10 for 24/7 bag and $11 for 5 produce bags

ChicoBag $11.99 each

ChicoBag $11.99 each

Baggu $8 each

What reusable bags do you use? I feel so good when I use a bag I brought from home, it just makes so much sense for the environment. Looking at these bags makes me want to go shop for some fresh produce and cook up something wonderful.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Read: Food Rules

My friend Gloria gave me Food Rules for my birthday. (I think gifting books is so great and particularly one's with handwritten notes inside) I have pulled it out during pool time this summer and in between other reads. This book reads as bullet points almost which makes it easy to pick up when you have a second. I have loved reading it so much. Michael Pollan has a way of putting things so simply and direct that it's easy to walk away with a little rule to follow.

Some of my favorite rules so far:

Avoid food products that make health claims ("Don't take the silence of the yams as a sign they have nothing valuable to say about your health")

Avoid food that are pretending to be something they are not (aka imitation butter)

Eat only foods that will eventually rot

Eat your colors

Eat animals that have themselves eat well

Oh man, what am I saying? Every rule is amazing. You should get the book and get inspired!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Watch: Eat

Via my friend Kylie (her and her husband's blog is amazing, check out their photos and travels)

Yesterday I watched all three of his videos; Eat, Learn, and Move. I felt really excited about life and traveling. I'm posting the Eat one and I love so much how he is experiencing food. I feel strongly that food and eating needs to be enjoyed and thoughtful. When you look at your food, take a bite, and taste it, what a better experience you have then putting things in your mouth and not even realizing it. Today, look at your food, take note of the taste and texture they have, then swallow, and feel satisfied. Now you can walk away from your meal and you will have a better day.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Products: Food Storing

I get giddy about food storage organization. I feel that a well kept and organized kitchen only makes for a more enjoyable place to cook and gather. My mom is really good at keeping her kitchen cupboards neatly organized. She has used clear oxo pop containers for years and makes cooking easy and inspiring. Little by little I have been introducing food storage elements to my kitchen and cupboard and I never regret it. I keep my cereal in an easy pour container (like this one), my oats in the glass jar below (find one similar at World Market) and tea in tins from Ikea.

I've found what makes it really work is to start with storing foods that you will always have in your pantry (i.e. flour, sugar, salt, nuts, cereal, seeds, dried fruits, etc.). This way you buy the right size container and simple refill when it's empty.

Here are some I've found that all really appeal to me. Do you use food storage containers in your kitchen and pantry? What do you like?

Target: I store my real salt in one of these.

Target: perfect for leftovers in the fridge

Williams Sonoma: ideal for pantry foods. I love the button lid, makes it easy to use.

Williams Sonoma: best look for packing a neat lunch

Terrain: This is my all time favorite favorite piece of food storage ware. It comes in a couple different sizes and shapes and I decided I'm just going to start buying little by little so that my whole pantry will be so organized in them.

Ikea: this is a good look all around, and I love the use in this deep drawer. brilliant!

Ikea: I like the clear top. This is good for fridge storage.

Anthropologie's bread bin. I just want this on my counter. So prits.

Crate&Barrel: I have four of these and I like to keep gummi worms or homemade trailmix in them as frequently as possible. Love that it's clear, and love that it's glass.