Meadow Lark Farm Dinner at McCauley Farm

Within hours of landing in Denver, Colorado, I was riding high in an open-air, bright red Jeep Wrangler, alongside a white wolfish looking German sheppard and my childhood friend who had picked me up. We were cruising towards Boulder, and then on just a bit further into farmlands with a specific destination in mind. McCauley Family Farm was where we were headed, for a meal I had waited years to experience. 

Read More
Strawberries and Cardamom Cashew Cream with Mint and Pistachios

This bright and summery dessert plays on the traditional favorite of strawberries and cream but in a vegan friendly twist. The cashew cream is sweetened with a hint of honey and a pinch of my favorite spice, cardamom. Pistachios add a satisfying crunch and the mint forces this dish into the summer season. 

Read More
Nut Butter Breakfast Bowl with Seasonal Fruit

Every morning for breakfast, I either have a loaded green smoothie, a toast piled high with leftovers, or a breakfast bowl. I usually make myself a breakfast bowl when I'm craving a sweet start to my day. I do a base of yogurt or chia pudding and top it off with tons of fruits, nuts and seeds. I created this version of my breakfast bowl every single day for a week while I was visiting London last month, and it was too delicious not to share!

Read More
Self Care Done Wrong

On my first day in Miami, I typed away, creating a list of rules for my “diet” and self-care routine. I printed it off as a visual reminder every single day of what I was striving to achieve. The goal: to become my healthiest self and achieve my peak physical condition to date within two months time. The idea wasn’t to set unattainable objectives but to aim high with the motivation to continually push myself further.

Read More
Kristina Mellegard
New Year, Same Hunger

So many people start January with the phrase “New Year, new me”, but I would rather not do that, because I really love myself just the way I am. Don’t get me wrong, I have big goals and there is always plenty of room for improvement, but I like to take the end of the year to reflect upon my personal growth and accomplishments rather than to dwell on the negative.

Read More
Kristina Mellegard
Stone Fruit And Lavender Ricotta Crostini

I think that bruschettas and crostinis are some of the simplest crowd pleasers to prepare when you are entertaining a large gathering of people. They are extremely simple to make and are so versatile that the options are endless! Sometimes I choose combinations myself and prepare the meal before laying it out on platters as guests arrive. This is nice because it creates a beautiful presentation. Conversely, it’s a lot of fun and even less work to arrange the individual components of the dish and allow friends to compose their own crostini creations.

Read More
A Day At The Minnesota State Fair

As I was saying, Labor Day is a good day. However, while it is great because it hints at the glories to come, Labor Day Weekend is also wonderful in its own right because it happens to fall during one of the single most important events of the year- The Minnesota State Fair.

Read More
Kuromon Ichiba Market

There is nothing like the sensory overload and vibrant energy that one experiences while walking through one of these magical areas. Hordes of customers bustle about, bargaining with vendors for their wares of goods that are artfully arranged in piles around stalls and along aisles. The aromas of fresh and cooked food alike swirl around in the air while the sounds of live music and many languages being spoken all at once attack the ears.

Read More
My First 24 Hours In Japan: The Start Of A Love Affair

After a very long and tiresome journey, I wanted nothing more but to curl up in bed, but I was cold and hungry so I stopped inside a brightly lit, yellow noodle shop down the street from my hostel. Japanese novellas played from a television on the wall and I could see the cooks eating through the open kitchen. Communication was futile for me, so I took a chance and merely pointed to the bowl of the man sitting next to me. What luck I have, It turned out I ordered ramen with pork belly!

Read More
One Night In Bangkok

It is impossible to describe the smell of Bangkok. The scent wafting through the streets changes from moment to moment. At any given second the hot breeze may change to the distinct aroma of sewage, before the wind takes it away and replaces it with the smell of sickeningly sweet pineapple and mango being sold from a nearby cart.

Read More
Braised Pork Shoulder

For this dish, I wanted a warm and lightly spiced, hearty winter meal. I settled on the flavor aspects of orange peel and chocolate for the highlight. I used a chocolate stout beer during the cooking process and then as a finishing touch, added a few blocks of dark chocolate to melt into the finished sauce.

Read More