By Laura Stec
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About this blog: I've been attracted to food for good and bad reasons for many years. From eating disorder to east coast culinary school, food has been my passion, profession & nemesis. I've been a sugar addict, a 17-year vegetarian, a food and en... (More)
About this blog: I've been attracted to food for good and bad reasons for many years. From eating disorder to east coast culinary school, food has been my passion, profession & nemesis. I've been a sugar addict, a 17-year vegetarian, a food and environment pioneer, macrobiotic, Master Cleanser, ayurvedic, and officially-designated health-nut or party-girl (depending on the year). Professionally, I've worn many industry hats including: line cook, corporate chef, Food Coach, caterer, product developer, restaurant reviewer, culinary school teacher, corporate wellness educator, food co-op clerk, author, and even Cirque-du-Soleil lead popcorn concessioner! For years I managed an outdoor kitchen, deep in the bear-infested woods of Tahoe, and also for hospitals (the most unhealthy kitchen I ever worked in?), Singapore high-rises, mule-pack trips, Canadian catholic rectories, and more events than I could ever recall. Yet I still keep discovering. Actually, I adapt everyday by new lessons learned from teachers, customers and students. However there is one food truth I now hold sacrosanct: Eaters are motivated by pleasure. So no matter what we discuss here - recipes or restaurants, food politics or pairings, local events, food as art, or even as God, I will always come from a high-vibe, party perspective. Oh I do still long to change the world with great tasting food, but know in my heart, "If it ain't fun, it don't get done!" So - wanna come to the Food Party? By the way - it's a potluck. (Hide)
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Hello Food Partiers! from the Southern California desert. Sorry to miss the discussion last week, (please remember The Food Party! is an insult-free blog) but I’ve been lost in the non-connected world of the Joshua Tree National Park.
- notice the Joshua Tree blooming in this shot - first time since 2019
- when the flowers fully open, native Americans use the blooms like lettuce
We’ve had good weather, not too hot or cold, but the desert is always a harsh environment. 75 degrees seems to feel like 90, as reflection off pink rocks and white sand hit your body at every angle. And as they say around here, the desert is trying to kill you.
Pre and post-Joshua Tree Park found me traveling solo, and inspired to start a new Food Party! sub-series titled…well, the same. Traveling Solo
will offer ideas and motivation (recipes and restaurants) for many I know are out there. You want to travel more, but have hesitation to do it alone. Finding a good traveling partner is tough, but we aren’t getting any younger. Seeing the world with folks is wonderful fun, but group travel shields experiences with a familiarity safety bubble. Traveling solo submerges you into worlds anew. We could wait forever wasting adventure, or damn hesitation and stroll solo.
But how? There are tips and tricks. Age gives us a chance to figure things out, and I’ve realized I’m really good traveling solo. I manage to see a lot and learn lots, seek out wild adventures, get good exercise, not get bored, cook delicious and easy to assemble meals, stay safe, and save money to boot.
So next time well start our exploration solo / together, heading to the Salton Sea area of Southern CA, with a side camp trip around Palm Springs.
Courageous Travelers - until then.
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Sorry for typos
Photos by LSIC