Matcha & Chai Blend

Matcha Almond Milk Latte with Chai spices – very hipster barista offered with such pride.  A departure from the Matcha idea in Japan – after all – we are in USA A stop over returning to the Bay Area – so much driving looms ahead – definitely need to yoga tonight.  Will be seeking that healing from  – Stiff shoulders and neck; achy lower back; tired eyes; tight sore hips; sore cranky legs … a remedy to sleep better.  Yoga works.

Grapefruit Thyme:)  Lovely scent.

Moon Valley also has a MUSCLE RUB that is organic and natural vs. some of the other brands I used to use. It’s not as strong as others that smell like Ben-Gay-ish products (that may have stuff like Triethanolamine (a skin, immune system, and respiratory toxin), DMDM Hydantoin (a formaldehyde releaser), and dyes like Blue 1 (CI 42090) and artificial colors )  –  but feel I rather go for gentle but good stuff for long term use, that can be trusted for it’s purity.  Per their label –

PURE INGREDIENTS ! Organic Safflower Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Safflower Herb, Orange Essential oil, Organic Cayenne, Organic Ginger, Organic Lobelia, Organic Arnica, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Habanero, Organic Clove oil, and Natural vitamin E made from sunflowers. That’s it.

Yes, it’s USA here – a snowboarders, skiers and locals getting their Java – Stars & Stripes – so bright in this dim lit hole in the wall.

 

@ Incline Village

Realizing many options at my favorite hole in the wall, Mountain High Sandwich Co. Their “Harmony Wrap” … soooo delicious. Here we find ourselves, up in the snow capped mountains- just a very short spring break. 

What I love about this place is that there are well labeled options for all – whether you are Vegan, Vegetarian, various shades of Carnivore (red meat, white meat). So a family could have one eating house smoked tri-tip sandwich; another member, “Give-Thanks” Turkey sandwich while another may have plant based wrap (Vegan) or “All about Avocado” (vegetarian but can be made vegan) – all with smiles at one table. No judgment.

Then, there’s of course a gluten free option as well. So fresh – so flavorful ! Their banana muffins are the best I’ve ever had ! They are vegan and gluten free and so delicious! So good that I am hoping to replicate somehow sometime soon.

– sorry no photo – but fluffy chewy nutty crunchy- all in one.  So impressed that for such a small place they can pull off an offering so fresh and “conscious food for people & planet” – to borrow from their own slogan.  It’s not just a slogan, it’s real healthy flavorful fresh foods buzzing vibrations of the beautiful Sierra mountains and the blue lake nearby.

❤️🌈

Yes, Rainbow Grocery store is THE BEST.  I am so relieved it’s still here as so many old establishments are torn down and replaced with franchises and national brands these days.  This place reminds me of Berkeley days coop stores (recall, Cheese Board) and in fact, I lived in a Co-op housing (south-side of campus) as a kitchen manager (job description?  Cooking for the residents and/or getting the cooks for all shifts and sourcing the ingredients from Central Kitchen (northside of campus) or elsewhere – recall walking across campus with a huge commercial size block of cheddar cheese as it missed the delivery target) during Cal days so … my love for coop operation (worker owned cooperative) is still alive. Not very often I make it here but I was in heaven in these isles, marveling at the choices.  Call me a hippie, I LOVE this place.  It’s a magical place …for me.

Came to purchase some Amaranth but walked away with a bit more than I came here for … Inspired by my yogini friend, I will use Amaranth for … ? what? Came upon some recipes?  After testing, will share:)