Travel stories, city guides, travel tips, recipes, and more inspired by our home state of California.
Santa Ynez Valley: Central California's Wine Country Style |

Santa Ynez Valley: Central California's Wine Country Style

Can we all agree on something? We travel for food first and foremost. Sure, the sites, resorts, beaches, and people are just as amazing but, if you’re like me, you travel to taste a place. I mean, that’s why you’re here on Salt & Wind, right? Because, like us, you’re always in search of the best meal a place has to offer and how to recreate it back home.

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Off Menu: Los Angeles Episode |

Off Menu: Los Angeles Episode

It's official – my new TasteMade food-travel series, #OffMenu, is here! We kicked off the season having Joseph Shuldiner show us around Los Angeles, from the Grand Central Market downtown to beer tasting at Mohawk Bend and an unexpected dining experience in Koreatown. 

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Bringing The Beach Home |

Bringing The Beach Home

There is something about the beach that evokes ultimate relaxation vibes. Warm breezes, gold-filtered light and a sense of slowing down without a care in the world — well, except for finishing that magazine and icy drink before sundown. We think everyone deserves a little coastal comfort year round so we’re bringing that calm inland!

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Aperol Spritz Punch Cocktail |

Aperol Spritz Punch Cocktail

It’s time – time to take a break. As in a Spritz Break. We know each other well enough that you know I love a good aperitivo (aka Italian happy hour). I adore the pairing of sunset, small bites, and a glass of something that works with anything from prosciutto to olives. In the summer months my go-to aperitivo drink is The Classic Spritz but T I’ve been entertaining a lot and wanted a twist on the Spritz that I could mix by the batch like this Summer Break Aperol Spritz Punch.

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Zucchini Rajas Salmon Tacos  |

Zucchini Rajas Salmon Tacos

This weekend Zucchini Rajas Salmon Tacos is where it's at. This a perfect recipe in that they're super easy to make but elegant enough to be from a restaurant. Which is likely because these Zucchini Rajas Salmon Tacos are highly inspired by the Sopa de Crema dish at Taco Maria restaurant. The recipe reflects the restaurant because Taco Maria is pretty unassuming when you first walk in but a few bites and it'll knock your calcetines off (see what I did there?).

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Where To Travel Now: May 2015 |

Where To Travel Now: May 2015

If there's a month when it's a good time to visit pretty much anywhere, it's May. The desert isn't too hot, Europe has started to thaw, and Japan still has some of its cherry blossoms, which explains why this month's contributors have got their bags packed and tickets booked. 

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Brown Rice Whole Grain Bowl With Cashew Lemon Dressing |

Brown Rice Whole Grain Bowl With Cashew Lemon Dressing

You know those times where it's like your living the movie The Hangover – the 1st one, of course, it's best – and you don't know what or when but you know it did happen. It really truly did happen and you need a get-out-of-jail-card? If it's bad eating then this is the cure.

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Vanilla Poundcake with Kumquat-Thyme Marmalade |

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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Papalote-Inspired Roasted Tomato Salsa |

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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24 Hour Itinerary: Santa Monica with Gaby Dalkin |

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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24 Hours In West Hollywood, California With Aida Mollenkamp |

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 |

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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Five Favorite Pins: California |

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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Touring Anchor Brewing |

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 |

Lillet Lemonade Cocktail

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 |

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 |

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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