Cookbook author Mindy Toomay's blog about eating for health, cooking with spirit, and celebrating life in northern California. Here she dishes up food rants and raves, recipes, and plenty of kitchen wisdom.

By your own efforts, waken yourself, watch yourself, and live joyfully.
-- The Dhammapada

Why not make a daily pleasure out of a daily necessity?
-- Peter Mayle


Bay Area Bests #1

Diversity. The whole wide world right outside my door.

Drinking chai at the new Peet's in Emeryville, a nearby table occupied by happy Chinese speakers, eventually replaced by happy Italian speakers. Later that same day, eating lunch at Veggie Food, a vegetarian Chinese restaurant in north Berkeley, people on one side speaking Spanish, and on the other side a trio of robed Buddhist monks not speaking at all.

So many different skin tones and languages and modes of dress and lifestyle variatioins -- almost everyone co-existing in peace and mutual respect. It's so enlivening to be a part of this rich and diverse and thoroughly progressive mix.


At 2:13 PM, Blogger Stacey Mose said...

Gotta love all the different cultures..and how they can all live in oeace with eachother...wonderful : ) Oh and BTW..Chai is my fav!!! I am soo addicted to it!

At 5:20 PM, Blogger Mindy T. said...

Thanks for visiting, Stacey, and for your contribution to the peace of this place. Ever make Chai from scratch? I can give you a great recipe, on request.
Wishing you well,


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