Baby Bok Choy Salad with Wakame
Makes about 1 quart
1 lb baby bok choy, thinly sliced on a diagonal
2 Tbsp sesame oil
3 Tbsp ume plum vinegar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp brown rice syrup
1 tsp grated ginger
1 oz dried wakame, cut into small pieces
3 scallions, sliced diagonally
3 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1. Rinse the bok choy well and spin dry. Set aside.
2. Whisk together sesame oil, ume plum vinegar, soy sauce, rice syrup, and ginger. Toss with bok choy and wakame, massaging the dressing into the greens with clean hands. Toss with scallions and sesame seeds.
3. Allow to sit at least 15 minutes before serving, or store in refrigerator until needed. Eat cold salad with hot or cold brown rice or soba noodles.
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First stop: San Simeon & Hearst’s Castle.
Going south along Highway 1 will give you such beautiful and extraordinary views of the California coast.
The Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in the evening.
A photogenic automobile in Pismo Beach.
Views at the mission in Santa Barbara.
The view of Los Angeles from the Getty Center.
Enjoying the view from the Getty Center.
Delicious veggie burger and green tamales at Hugo’s in West Hollywood. This place has dozens of hearty and healthy vegan options, all clearly marked on the menu. My boyfriend and I agreed this place had the best-tasting veggie burger either of us ever had. The tamales were pretty darn special, too—full of fresh savory vegetables and a cheesy topping of what I suspect was Daiya. These were the best photos I could get because these scrumptious plates disappeared in a mad lip-smacking blur.
Miles of wind turbines greet you to Palm Springs from Highway 111.
My guy and I indulged in a vegan bacon cheeseburger and the Sicilian pizza at Native Foods Café on E Palm Canyon Drive. On a 90° night this water-misted oasis offered this vegan an unrestricted menu of everything from burritos to strawberry shortcake. Was this just another heat-induced delirium, a fantasy? Without my photos, I couldn’t be sure it was not.
If you’re ever in Palm Springs, I also recommend koffi for a frozen slushy heaven of iced coffee and soymilk to keep you from disintegrating in the mid-morning sun.
Unlike me, some things thrive in the heat of Joshua Tree National Park.