Salton Sea, California

Salton Sea, California

On Monday, I shared a bit from my recent road trip to Joshua Tree. On the way back, we detoured south to check out the Salton Sea before our car broke down on the middle of a mountain (yup). The Salton Sea was formed by accident when some people diverted the Colorado River in the late 1800s and flooded the ancient salt flats.

In the ’50s, it became a happening tourist destination. Then the lake got so salty, algae blooms (from the surrounding farm/pesticide runoff) wreaked havoc and it became the ecological mess it is today. The “sand” is made up of fish and bird bones, as far as we could tell — and dead fish are washed up all over the shores. It’s eerie and interesting at the same time.

A few people still live in the ghost towns surrounding the lake, and there’s still an active parks department there… but it’s a pretty desolate place.

Salton Sea, California

Salton Sea, California
Salton Sea, California

Salton Sea, California

Salton Sea, California

Salton Sea, California


Snaps include the Salton Sea State Recreation Area and the once-thriving town of Bombay Beach.

8-Minute Paleo Tuna Hotdish

Paleo Tuna Recipe

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Joshua Tree, California

Joshua Tree

Hope you like travel photos, because I’m going to be making a lot of them now that I finally learned how use my camera and Lightroom like an adult human instead of a tiny baby. But hey, travel is the best kind of pause — a super worthy pause, amirite? Here’s a few from this weekend’s desert road trip to Joshua Tree,… Read More

German Bratwurst Slaw

German Bratwurst Salad

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Paleo Mangalorean Sweet Pulao

Paleo South Indian Cauliflower Rice Pulao

I probably eat cauliflower rice, uh, about once a… day.  Honestly, I think I like it more than regular rice since I figured out that you should always, always bake it in the oven. Because it’s such a staple, I try to get creative with it so it’s not just plain ol’ cauli-rice again and again (even though that’s totally delicious… Read More

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Aloo Fry Recipe-1

I could eat a LOT of this stuff. Scratch that—I do eat a lot of this stuff when I make it. Simple as it is, aloo fry is one of the best Indian dishes. And that’s a fact, not an opinion. Aloo means potato in Hindi. And fry means… fryyy? Yeah, I think it’s just code for fried potatoes. Whether… Read More

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Natural Eyebrow Serum

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Paleo Korean Buger-1

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Tomato Basil Soup-1

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korean savory crepes recipe - paleo - worthy pause

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No words. Only beautiful, beautiful art today. Well, not no words, because I have to tell you the name of the brilliant artist at the very least. Ana Teresa Barboza is a Peruvian embroidery artist created these modern, natural landscapes that escape their frames. The series is called “Suspensión.” You like?