California

Travel stories, city guides, travel tips, recipes, and more inspired by our home state of California.
Vanilla Poundcake with Kumquat-Thyme Marmalade | https://saltandwind.com

Vanilla Poundcake with Kumquat-Thyme Marmalade

February in Northern California is one of our favorite times of the year to road trip. It's that one moment when you can hit Napa, hike into the redwoods, and skip down to Big Sur and have it all to yourself. And when we road trip, we like to bring provisions; car snacks like this Vanilla Poundcake with Quick Kumquat Thyme Marmalade  so we can pull over at a vista and slice a piece and slather it with marmalade.

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Sweet Sausage and Three Cheese Lasagna Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Sweet Sausage and Three Cheese Lasagna Recipe

An easy, crowd pleasing take on Italian-American lasagna made with ricotta, mozzarell, sweet Italian sausage, and an easy homemade tomato sauce.

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Papalote-Inspired Roasted Tomato Salsa | https://saltandwind.com

Papalote-Inspired Roasted Tomato Salsa

We did it — we cracked the code. True it was years ago but I still do a little victory dance everytime I think about it. Back when I moved to San Francisco and in the very first days of my life as a recipe tester, my then-boss was obsessed with figuring out how to make the Roasted Tomato Salsa from his favorite taqueria, Papalote.

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Healthy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Healthy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili Recipe

A super easy and healthy vegetarian Black Bean Chili recipe loaded with sweet potatoes, chiles, and herbs. 

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24 Hour Itinerary: Santa Monica with Gaby Dalkin | https://saltandwind.com

24 Hour Itinerary: Santa Monica with Gaby Dalkin

Gaby's sunny personality and effortless cooking would have you believe she's been a California girl her whole life, but she wasn't always sure she wanted to live here. The creator of What's Gaby Cooking shows us her One Perfect Day in Santa Monica – from spinning to juices and cocktails – proof she is right at home in her adopted city. 

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Asian Chicken Salad with Creamy Mustard Miso Dressing Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Asian Chicken Salad with Creamy Mustard Miso Dressing Recipe

I was going to call this the “Ladies Who Lunch” salad but that seemed way too chichi for these parts. Why the name? Because I don’t get to do lunch with friends nearly enough but a few weeks ago I had a lunch date with Catherine McCord (yes, the lady behind the wonderful Weelicious) and like the ...

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Blue Cheese and Pear Puff Pastry Bites Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Blue Cheese and Pear Puff Pastry Bites Recipe

A simple plant based puff pastry appetizer made with carmelized pears and blue cheese!

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24 Hours In West Hollywood, California With Aida Mollenkamp | https://saltandwind.com

24 Hours In West Hollywood, California With Aida Mollenkamp

Professional eater, LA native, and Salt & Wind Editor-In-Chief, Aida invites us along as she sets out for her One Perfect Day in West Hollywood, California. 

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Cinnamon Walnut Date Shake Smoothie | https://saltandwind.com

Cinnamon Walnut Date Shake Smoothie

It's an unspoken rule among us Californians that, when in Palm Springs, a date shake is a must. Tons of dates are grown in the desert so someone sometime got the genius idea of swirling dates and spices into a vanilla milkshake and the rest is history. But, let's be real, drinking a date shake on the regular is not a good habit and doesn't mix well with trying to hang out poolside so I came up with this Cinnamon Walnut Date Shake Smoothie.

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Pomegranate, Persimmon, and Pistachio Wild Rice Salad Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Pomegranate, Persimmon, and Pistachio Wild Rice Salad Recipe

Consider this like the Little Black Dress of salads -- it works in any occasion from a formal dinner party to a light lunch. This wild rice salad came from very humble beginnings (aka me cleaning out the fridge) and then I started sharing it with everyone around me: first for a casual lunch with ...

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Five Favorite Pins: California | https://saltandwind.com

Five Favorite Pins: California

Aida’s been away for a while now, and let me be the first to say, she’s certainly been missed around these parts! I know she’s been having a wanderlust-worthy journey (have you seen her Instagram photos lately?!) but, if she's like me, then it’s usually around the 2-week mark of a vacation that you start to feel a little homesick, you know? So I thought I’d plan a little surprise for her – my favorite pins this week are all about Aida’s favorite place in the whole world: her home state of California.

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Roasted Tomato Sausage Kale Soup Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Roasted Tomato Sausage Kale Soup Recipe

This is a loose interpretation of the classic Portuguese soup known as caldo verde. Made with potatoes, sausage, kale, and vegetables, it makes a healthy-ish one pot meal.

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Touring Anchor Brewing | https://saltandwind.com

Touring Anchor Brewing

My best friend is about to marry a drummer for an up-and-coming SF-based indie band, Geographer. We joke that she finally gets to live out our angst-y teenage daydream of being band aids, attending shows, and tossing about cheesy phrases like, "I'm with the band." 

Geographer is San Francisco's s...

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Lillet Lemonade Cocktail Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Lillet Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

After a recent girls weekend driving up California Highway 1 that was filled with car trouble, storytelling, and a few late nights, I wanted something to toast our memories. Something refreshing and a tad sweet – aka the equal-opportunity hard lemonade – so I came up with this Lillet Lemonade Cocktail. 

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Mercado Olympic | https://saltandwind.com

Mercado Olympic

It was one of those rare L.A. moments when the streets were empty as if everyone had overslept or just plain skipped town. It helped that I was racing through downtown L.A.’s Warehouse District, which is all but abandoned during the weekends -- or so I thought. As I headed down Central Avenue tow...

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Eating Itinerary: Where To Eat Taiwanese Food In Los Angeles | https://saltandwind.com

Eating Itinerary: Where To Eat Taiwanese Food In Los Angeles

Here are my tips for where to go to get the best Taiwanese food in Los Angeles's San Gabriel Valley.

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Vegetarian Spaghetti and Quinoa Meatball Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Vegetarian Spaghetti and Quinoa Meatball Recipe

Say hello to this meatless spaghetti and “meatballs” dish, made with spaghetti squash and quinoa. I know, all my Italian relatives are slapping me silly from an ocean away. But, really, they shouldn’t knock it ’til they’ve tried it.

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