My Story with Food

By | 2018-03-30T08:05:09+00:00 March 30th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Mary Lee Community, Table Conversation|Tags: , , , , , |

The funny thing about this post is, I technically should have written it last August. And then I should have written it by last October. And then I should have written it by the end of December. And then it was January 31, and I finally got the first draft of this post in. I only mention all this because everything in life converges, and I’m pretty sure my deep inability to act during seasons of chaos and stress (which [...]

My Food Journey Continued: Equity Around the Table

By | 2018-02-07T20:59:40+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Table Conversation|Tags: , , |

Last year, I shared deeply about the true beginnings of my “food story.” I didn’t know what to expect...I had no prediction about how writing it or publishing it would feel--I only knew that I wanted, that I needed to be honest with myself and others about all the reasons why food is an important part of my life, and how it came to be that way. And so, without expectation, I left myself open to whatever emerged from telling [...]

The Beginning of My Food Journey

By | 2017-05-14T08:50:20+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Table Conversation|Tags: , |

Hello Mary Lee community! As you may know, we are shifting towards longer story-telling, and are separating out the stories from the recipes in order to make both easier to find. Here is a deeper look into my story. As a head's up, I am quite honest about how my food journey intersects with mental health at different points. For some this might be triggering, so read informed.  Lately, despite the fact that I professionally trade in narratives and life [...]

Repost: Seder + Passover + Traditions

By | 2017-05-14T08:46:42+00:00 April 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Food and Faith, Table Conversation|Tags: , , , |

(this was originally posted in 2015) As today marks the beginning of Passover and the Passover Seder, I wanted to spend some time really discussing the idea of tradition. Especially the traditions in each of our different cultures. You might not realize, but the Passover Seder is a meal that is eaten in a particular order and is always a specific grouping of food (each having a different representation). While eating, the story of the liberation of the Jewish people [...]

Sanctuary at the Table

By | 2017-04-15T09:54:53+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Table Conversation|

If you live in the United States, this last week has been filled with a lot of emotion. No matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on, there has been a lot of conflict, fear, and division--a lot of which I have felt deeply. I needed most of last week to sit quietly and reflect on what was (and would have been, no matter the outcome) a historic presidential election. My emotions have been on a rollercoaster for [...]

Candouni: An Experience in Fine Greek Dining

By | 2017-05-12T13:32:40+00:00 September 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Mary Lee Community, Table Conversation, Travel|Tags: , , |

Recently, my husband Ian and I traveled to Istanbul and Greece. To say it was incredible is an understatement. Awe-inspiring history, intriguing culture, spectacular views, and of course, mouth-watering dishes made this an unforgettable trip. When we travel, we like to immerse ourselves in as much of the culture as possible, and the best way we have found to really know a place is to eat their food. For our entire trip, we ate no American food, and it was [...]

Megan Eats at the Indian Road Cafe in Manhattan

By | 2017-12-13T20:58:25+00:00 May 5th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Table Conversation|Tags: , , , , , , |

  I wrote recently on the blog about my brief but very enjoyable trip to San Francisco. One of the things that struck me most about the city was the integration of nature into a bustling metropolis; the city is plopped right into a beautiful bay and is surrounded by rolling hills. I experienced several “grass is always greener” moments, unable to stop myself from comparing San Francisco to the concrete jungle of my home in New York City. But [...]

Elizabeth and Ashley’s Herb Tips + Tricks

By | 2016-03-07T14:36:55+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Recipes, Table Conversation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

No matter where in the country you are, the days are getting warmer. Here, in Pasadena we had temperatures in the 90s last week! Naturally, our minds turn toward making fresh and light foods in the springtime, particularly with fresh herbs. Ashley and I have small containers of herbs that we grow year round, so naturally the herbs act as a complement in our cooking. Below, we have listed some of our favorite ways to better feature herbs, elevating their [...]

Domenica Restaurant: Where Community Happens Around Food

By | 2015-12-09T16:15:50+00:00 December 9th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Recipes, Table Conversation|Tags: |

In the Spring of 2012 two friends and I were traveling to rural Georgia for a wedding. To save money, we decided to do a partial roadtrip. Liz and I, were going to fly to Austin and meet up with Megan, then drive the rest of the way. I took an earlier flight than Liz because she flying standby. So when she couldn't get a flight out of Southern California into Austin, we told her to find any flight that [...]