how to cook black beans

How to Cook Black Beans on the Stove (Vegetarian)

I cook black beans almost every week, for my weekly meal prep. They are one of my favorite superfoods –  full of protein and antioxidants, and it’s super convenient to eat them in a variety of ways, from salads to soups to bowls. Although I am a meat eater, sometimes I make vegetarian meals, and […]

weekend trip to the Bay Area

Travel Diary: Weekend Trip to the Bay Area

I just got back from a weekend trip to the Bay Area. I love visiting Northern California, it’s such a beautiful and scenic place. It’s climate and natural habitat feels a world away from Southern California. Brisk air, being mostly surrounded by water, and awe-inspiring architecture gives both San Francisco and Oakland a cool, eclectic […]

what to pack for a day at the beach

What to Pack for a Day at the Beach

Ah, summer. Now that we’re near the end of May, I need (not want, but need) a beach day in my life. The yearning to ditch work to go hang out at the beach is real. Oh, but what to pack? Nobody wants to call in sick to work, drive (or fly) all the way to […]

How to Make Coffee (Without a Coffee Maker)

In today’s post, I’m going to share how to make coffee without a coffee maker. Backstory: I donated my Keurig machine after it randomly began spitting out at me in the middle of brewing. Luckily I didn’t get burned! I also felt like I needed less “stuff” in my life, and the Keurig took up counter […]