California Dreaming

Photo taken by my friend Anne Ylvisaker on her iPhone- unfortunately I left my camera at home on our walk today!

Every time I visit California, I realize this is where I belong. The air is so fresh, the sun is (almost) always shining, there are great places to get vegan food, and you can hear the ocean from everywhere. I always feel so rejuvenated, especially since I've been stuck in the Midwest for so long. After college, you can definitely count on me heading to the west coast. Just look at how beautiful it is here, how can you resist?! 

Also by Anne!

Because I'm pretty busy starting my internship with the natural history museum, I'll just leave you with a quick and easy lunch recipe that I made for my mom and I while I was home. It's from my favorite cookbook I mentioned before, Big Vegan. These wraps were super tasty and incredibly healthy!

Easy Veggie Tahini Wraps 

serves 2

1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
2 cups chopped kale
3 tbsp tahini paste
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
2 large spinach tortillas

1. Steam the broccoli and kale so that they become tender and bright green. Drain them and pat dry.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together the tahini, lemon juice and salt until smooth. Mix in the broccoli, kale and tomato halves. Warm up the tortillas in a toaster oven or microwave and fill them with the veggies. Wrap up and enjoy!

I think these are about to become a lunch staple for me.

I love listening to this song by the ocean. Excuse me while I go dream about dolphins and waves...


  1. Yep, that is a good ocean song. And thanks for this recipe-- I think it will become a lunch favorite of mine as well. What beautiful ocean photos from an iPhone! Who can resist?

  2. Anonymous11.1.12

    Ruby, don't let Luke see the photos, he's ready to go to California and skipping college altogether. Is Big Vegan your favorite Vegan cookbook.

    Your neighbor, Chris

  3. Chris,
    Uh oh... what about college IN California? And so far yes, I would say Big Vegan is my favorite cookbook for meals and savory things! For vegan baking, I love The Joy of Vegan Baking.
    Hope all is well!

  4. Nice wraps and nice photos. I'm ready to move!

  5. Love the simplicity of the wraps--I often get so involved in making complicated dishes and I forget that simplicity is often the key. And yes, California--I love it so much! And you have my dream job/internship!! (I was an environmental studies major.) Post more about it please :)

  6. Thanks! Simplicity is definitely often underrated in food. And I will be posting more about my internship and California shortly! Environmental studies is such a cool subject.