lately i’ve been…(ii)

1. eating this salad: greens + cranberries & walnuts + gorgonzola + champagne vinaigrette. Every day.

2. downloading fonts like it is my job.

3. enjoying California campfires at the beach.

4. listening to the Lana Del Ray album on repeat. I cannot get enough of her voice!

5. attending musicals like Jersey Shoresical. Yup, that happened.

6. drinking espresso. Everyday. I feel so Italian!

7. cleaning like a crazy woman (spring cleaning and visitors coming this weekend)!

8. hiking.


inspired dining

Our dining area, if you can even call it that, leaves a lot to be desired.

We’ve got a hand-me down table – a high, four top with stools. It is great for our always-small apartments, but hopefully we’ll be able to serve a meal to our friends or family someday! It is literally impossible to fit 4 place setting on the table.

We won’t be moving into a bigger space anytime in the near future, but I still like to envision things.

When I think about my dream dining room, this is what comes to mind…


Complete with modern french doors leading towards a lush, green yard…

What would your dream dining room look like? 


table: blox dining table via CB2

white chair: ypsilon side chair via Crate & Barrel

metal chair: lyle side chair via Crate & Barrel

light: random light via DWR

slate + wood boards via West Elm

succulent arrangement: via Geninne’s Art Blog

best {natural} food trends of 2012


The latest natural food trends have always intrigued me, but since working in the natural food business, they are also something that I needed to stay on top of.

It is one of the reasons why I prefer to go to the store alone – then I can spend all of the time I want wandering up and down every single aisle, every single time I visit the store. (And I could literally go to the store every day).

These are my favorite natural food trends of 2012 – they aren’t necessarily “new” items, but are really popular this year.

  • Gluten-Free: I’m glad that there are more delicious options for those who must follow a gluten-free diet, but there is also a lot of “junk gluten-free” products out there. (Which means Gluten Free isn’t necessarily healthier)!
  • Probiotics: Are everywhere! In food, drink, water and pouch form. I’m a huge fan of probiotics but I still prefer mine via supplements.
  • Convenience Foods: Foods that require little to no prep time are still a staple in 2012 and come in all forms of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Kombucha: The kombucha section is growing at a steady rate and I’ve tried  a number of them, but my favorites are still GT Kombucha and Kombucha Wonder Drink.
  • Greek Yogurt: Like kombucha, I swear I see a new Greek Yogurt brand/variety every time I visit the store. There is even frozen greek yogurt, but I have yet to try it.
  • Coconut: Found in waters, teas, oils, baked goods and bars, ice creams, milks and sweeteners.

Which of these food trends do you enjoy? What would you add to the list? 

warm farro & artichoke salad

I was visiting some friends at Intelligentsia (super cool coffee shop) a few weeks ago and I decided to stay and work through lunch after they left. There was a farro salad on the menu which sounded amazing.

I normally don’t order grain salads when I’m out, but the Warm Farro & Artichoke Salad on their menu sounded too good. As luck would have it they were out, so I had the pear salad (also delicious) but I couldn’t get the Farro & Artichoke Salad out of my mind. And when that happens, I usually find myself needing to make it the following day.

You may be wondering – what is farro? It was certainly my first time cooking with farro and I’m not even so sure that I had ever eaten it before! Farro is a whole grain that is similar to barley. It has a nice chew to it – like al dente pasta – and is related to wheat. Nutritionally speaking, farro has 100 cal, 27 g carbohydrates, 3.5 g fiber, 4 g protein per 1/2 cup cooked. More fiber than quinoa and almost as much protein!

This warm grain salad, with marinated artichokes, shallots, leeks and parmesan was just the salad I was craving. And it was really good. Really good! I packed it in Richie’s lunch (yes, I pack his lunch), I ate it for lunch, I ate it for brunch with wilted arugula and a fried egg on top (amazing!) and we ate it alongside vegetables for dinner.



Warm Farro & Artichoke Salad

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 30 min


Ingredients (4-6 servings)

  • 1 cup farro
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small leek, thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups artichokes, roughly chopped (I used marinated artichokes)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • parmesan cheese
  • parsley for garnish


Bring farro and water to a boil.

Lower to a simmer, cover and cook for about 30-40 min, until tender and all water has been absorbed.

Heat oil in pan.

Add shallots and leeks, sauteing for about 3 minutes.

Add artichokes and cook for another 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and set aside.

Whisk together juice of lemon, olive oil and salt & pepper.

Toss farro, artichoke mixture and dressing together.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

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