What We Ate Wednesday: Stay-cation

July 16th, 2013 - filed under: The Food » Food Styles


Hiking in the backcountry.

So the thing is that I’m seeing someone. There, I said it!

I’m not in any way ready to be all like “Hey everyone, meet so and so he’s my boyfraaan!!!1″ because, well, for one he’s not, and for two . . . I’m just not ready to put it out there all public-like. This thing, whatever it is, is tender-new and turtle-slow and that’s the way I need for it to be right now.

BUT. I’m sick of feeling like I’m hiding something from you guys. And of constantly thinking, “Can they see the change in the way that my eyes gaze into the camera now, that I’m obviously looking through the lens to the person behind it, in that sultry, charged, sort of twinkling sort of way?” Or I’ll wonder, “Wait, can they see his reflection in the window behind me as he’s taking the picture? Will they wonder who he is? Will they ask?”, or, like, “Are my readers noticing that I’m almost manically happy these days? And spending a ridiculous amount of time in LA? Someone’s going to call me out on this. Any. Moment. Now.”

Not so fun, that feeling. I don’t like being less-than-transparent with you guys. So yes, I am dating. And I am super duper happy and we are taking it super duper slow and I am also super duper not willing to get into the details of it. For now.

So there it is. I hope you understand.

Now, here’s what we ate one day on our “stay-cation”.



These are the iced coffee days of summer. Black tea has officially been ditched.

Sleeping in and a lazy morning meant breakfast was more of a brunch lunch, but never mind that. The important part is that we’re talking about pudla here.


For this pudla I pre-sautéed red onion, portobellos, and bell peppers with heirloom red garlic, then stirred them into the batter along with black olives, torn cilantro leaves, and plenty of fresh chopped spinach.


Topped with vegan cheese, diced green onion, and half an avocado apiece. Served alongside a huge green juice, to split. This juice was so freaking delicious we were fighting to guzzle it down, so here’s the recipe: 2 candy cane beets (or pink or golden beets) PLUS their greens, the bushy top off of one medium fennel bulb (the bulb went onto the grill), and 2 tart apples (I used Pink Ladies). DELICIOUS.

We actually ate outside in the backyard:


Pudla con salsa verde.


With our bellies full of awesome, plant-based fuel, we set out into the hills for an early afternoon hike on my very favorite trail. It was a perfect day.

You can hardly tell where the sky meets the ocean.

Sun worship.


Out in nature, I instantly revert to biologist mode, scouring the landscape for any sign of animals. But then again, I’ve always been that way.

So beautiful!

We spent a lovely few hours up on the mountain, but alas we couldn’t stay. We had an appointment back at my house that afternoon . . . with a beekeeper!

Post-hike snackies.


So a while back, I noticed a bunch of bees buzzing around my backyard. And upon further investigation, it became clear that a hive had taken up residence in the back wall of my house, via a hole in the siding. I told my property manager and he was all, “Oh no prob, I’ll call an exterminator” and I was like “NOOOOOO!” *vegan head explosions* and that’s how it came to be that a nice young fellow named Nick came over, on this particular afternoon, to cut a hole in my house and gently remove over 3,000 bees.

Iced coffee and hummus duet while Nick did his work. We killed those hummuses dead.

You should have seen the look on his face when we declined the honey.

After Nick left with all my bees, we finally got ourselves showered and cleaned up. By then it was nightfall and we were off to meet a friend for margaritas. And complimentary chips + salsa, naturally.

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Late happy hours are the best. Sorry for the horrible iPhone pic.

Afterwards, we invited said friend back to my place for a late-night dinner al fresco. I threw this together in like 20 minutes. It was flippin’ fantastic.

A simple salad of red butter lettuce, grated carrot, red onion, avocado, and kalamatas all tossed in red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, crushed garlic, nutritional yeast, sea salt, and cracked black pepper.

Gluten free pasta with frozen pesto cubes and green olives, topped with diced heirloom tomato.


We talked and enjoyed the summer night, until it was time for sleeping. Which is exactly what we did, with our very full, very happy little bellies. Cheers!

  • Tara

    It’s so funny that you described the need to share like you did because a week or so ago you posted some pic, and I was like, she’s totally lookin at a dude. =) it’s funny how we all have that same look.

    Food looks awesome, as always. I have some beets in the fridge now awaiting the juicer!

  • http://coconutandberries.com/ coconutandberries

    So excited and happy for you Sayward! If he’s eating pudla and drinking green juice with you and wears a vegan tee he’s got to be a good guy :D Looks like you had a fab weekend.

  • http://howtofeedawookie.blogspot.com/ WookieWifey

    I actually had noticed a…difference in your look recently, but I’d just chalked it up to single life REALLY agreeing with you.

    Horrified to think that with all the troubles bees have been having lately, someone’s first instinct would be “KILL THEM!” Ugh. Glad you had them removed, though, that is really neat, I didn’t know there were places who would come do that.

  • Joselle Palacios

    I knew it! ;) Not from pictures but from your love lists. Some of the listings screamed crushed-out and smitten but secretive. :)

  • Sonja

    funny, I was asking myself a few days ago, when you’ll meet someone new. Great, Sayward! I#m happy for you and the food looks amazing as always.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Haha, really? It’s so true though – there’s definitely a “look”, and we ALL get it/do it. So funny you noticed!

    Beet juice is one of my very favorite things. SO good, and SO good for you. =)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    It was a really, really fab weekend. Thanks lady!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I know, with all the bee problems in the world, I cant believe that people exterminate. It’s so sad. I was glad to find Nick who was so sweet and so loved bees, and assured me that the hive was going to take up residence on a blueberry farm! =D

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Yeah I think the Love Lists were the biggest tell. I just couldn’t help myself – that’s what they’re FOR! ;-D

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Thanks Sonja!

  • http://bittsblog.blogspot.com bitt

    So happy for you! It’s nice to see your eats with another adult too instead of just the kiddo. Happy that he’s vegan, is that one of your requirements for dating? Only vegans?

  • Tiffany Millar-Piccirilli

    I love that you called a beekeeper! I have a friend that is a beekeeper and he gets calls from great souls like you all the time! Kuddos!

  • Eve

    You are so sweet. I’m incredibly serious about veganism, though would probably have eaten the honey from a hole in my house. I’m going to make that my vegan exception: I will eat honey left behind by bees I had humanely removed from a hole in the side of my house.

  • Nikki Walker

    I love this post and the happiness it exudes. Everything looks beautiful.

  • Brandy

    Well, we knew there had to be something *really* interesting in LA.

  • Alanna

    Sayward, your food and beverage pics here are gorgeous! They all make me hungry/thirsty, but I am curious about your iced coffee recipe in particular. Do you just brew coffee and mix it with ice and any plant-based milk, or do you have other ingredients or more involved procedure? Thanks. :)

  • rebelgrrrlraechel

    Your happiness that exudes through this post is contagious! What a lovely day. Glad you’re smiling so deeply and truly again! <3

  • Judith

    Haha, this is so funny, I kinda felt it. and that’s so weird, cause we don’t even know each other. I’m just reading your blog, since you started blogging again. Anyway, I’m really happy for you :-)
    <3 <3 <3

  • Lynn

    Yay for you!!! So glad you’re happy!!!

  • Ellie

    I am so jealous that you’re dating a boy with a vegan tee shirt ;) if only I could get mine to quit the whey protein shakes and come to the light side!

  • http://www.sweetandsavoring.com/ Christy Milford

    Oh my goodness, how wonderful :) I haven’t been commenting as much as I’d like lately, but I’m super happy for you- and yes, your happiness comes through your posts quite well! Your hiking day and all the food like just delicious!

  • Rachel from The Vegan Mishmash

    Ahh, Sayward, that’s wonderful. I have noticed you’ve been manically happy lately!

    And seriously, I’m going to have to make pudla soon. Every time you post pictures I wonder why I haven’t made it yet

  • E.H.Uminn

    Really loved hearing you share. I’ve been following your blog for ages, missing it the year you were gone but completely understanding, and loving reading your new posts as you’ve emerged on this side of your sabbatical as an individual and woman with more perspective and experience. We’ve gotta keep sharing this life out loud, I think. :)

  • NicT

    Holy crapola-that’s a lot of bees! So glad your property manager let you move them. :)

  • http://practicalecologist.blogspot.com/ Rachel

    The food as always looks killer! Any clue what kind of snake that is?

  • Sarah C.

    Yay – nice to see you happy and *with* someone! That pudla looks awesome – I need to get my act together and just make it already. I love chickpea flour stuff like the Sicilian street food panelle, so I just know I’d love the pudla.

  • Rebecca

    So glad you are happening and enjoying dating!

    I have also been hiking this week but being on the road around Norway has meant a lot of pre-packaged veggie burgers and sausages. Your food post (as usual) has me drooling! Can’t wait to get back in the kitchen and eat fresh food!

  • Rebecca

    I feel your pain Ellie! Some days I think he’s so close to seeing the light…

  • Vegan Yack Attack

    All of this food looks amazing, especially that breakfast! Santa Barbara is such a beautiful place, I should really go up there more often. I’m glad that you’re doing VERY well. :)

  • skeptk_vegan

    I’ve been MIA on commenting… been busy but still sneaking in my scheduled Bonzai reads late at night. These are some seriously beautiful pictures, and how awesome to have matching plates! Food romance! Gah! I love sharing juice.

    The dinner and set up outside look perfect! Congrats on happiness.

    Editing to add that the first picture of you at the top of the post is f***ing awesome!

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  • http://windycityvegan.wordpress.com/ Monika {windycityvegan}

    Your love lists were totally giving you away – so glad you were ready to share! Also, I’d forgotten how beautiful SB is.

  • veganinbrighton

    What a great weekend! I’m obsessed with pudla at the moment and I’m killin’ a tub of hummus for breakfast right now!

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