Day-trip to Ojai, California

When you need to escape from Los Angeles or need to find inner peace, drive about 80 miles up North and you’ll find yourself in Ojai just few miles off Highway 33. Ojai is a quaint town that’s located in Ventura County. With many charms and natural beauty, it is a place for many local artists, spiritual retreats and a hippie haven. Ojai is also a perfect place to go nourish your body and soul. My cousin Bets and I much needed a short getaway, so we spontaneously planned a day trip to Ojai two weeks ago.

Mélisse

Au revoir foie gras! California foie gras ban takes into effect today. The pricey delicacy is lusted after by chefs and diners who love the rich robust flavor of the duck’s liver. Hence, “foie gras” in French means “fatty liver”.

Baked Asparagus Spears

 

Here, is a quick and easy asparagus recipe that does not require a lot of prep. Healthy, low carb and low in sodium, what’s not to love? The olives and capers have a slight salty taste, so this recipe does not require additional salt because we all know salt is notorious for causing water retention and make our belly puff up.

Baked Salmon with Citrus Dijon Mustard Sauce

The sun is shinning, and the temperature is rising. While Summer is just around the corner, it’s time to shed the muffin top and get beach body ready. That means no more junk food/processed foods. My plan is to eat more lean meats, seafood, salads, and good carbs (brown rice, quinoa, gluten free pasta, etc.). This is a quick and simple recipe you can make for dinner. To make a full meal, steam some veggies for a side dish. Enjoy!

Baked Salmon with Swiss Chard

When cooking, I find it much easier to make something creative and not always go by the cookbook. This is a simple recipe I created using whatever ingredients I had in my pantry. Making the marinade was effortless. Just throw in the seasonings, whisk in the olive oil and voila! Now that’s instant marinade.