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Travel stories, city guides, travel tips, recipes, and more inspired by our home state of California.
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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Roasted Cilantro Chile Lime Spatchcock Chicken Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Roasted Cilantro Chile Lime Spatchcock Chicken Recipe

This recipe is the opposite of ambitious — it's not lazy or uninspired, it's just resourcefulness at its best. This Cilantro Chile Lime Chicken came about because I wanted a super simple, quick-ish way to roast a whole chicken with flavors that could go with all my favorite foods.

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Pomegranate And Persimmon Wild Rice Salad With Miso Dressing Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Pomegranate And Persimmon Wild Rice Salad With Miso Dressing 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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Avocado Toast with Soft Boiled Eggs Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Avocado Toast with Soft Boiled Eggs Recipe

Avocado toast certainly isn't anything new and there are as many versions as there are avocado varieties. But that doesn't mean it gets any less delicious each time you make it. I like texture of crisp toast with mashed avocados, spicy greens, and perfectly soft boiled eggs, but make it your own and mix it up as you please.

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Sparkling Pear and Tamarind Cocktail Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Sparkling Pear and Tamarind Cocktail Recipe

This cocktai is a total wild card, which is all the more reason you should try it out. Tamarind is one of those flavors I use for Thai food or vinaigrettes but almost never in cocktails. I combined it with some pear juice, and Prosecco, for a drink that's a total wild card but also a total winner. 

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{Kabab Chenjeh} Grilled Saffron Beef Kebab Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Kabab Chenjeh} Grilled Saffron Beef Kebab Recipe

A simple recipe for classic Persian style beef kebab with a garlic, onion, and saffron marinade.

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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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