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a classically trained chef taking holistic plant-based nutrition on a grand adventure through North America. When I’m not creating in our traveling kitchen, you can usually find me on my yoga mat or a hiking trail.

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After three weeks on the road we made our way to Portland, Maine.  We decided to treat ourselves and rent an apartment for five nights.  

 

We spent time exploring the city, eating delicious food, checking out some local breweries, taking Hudson to the dog park and playing on dog friendly beaches. 

  

It was a nice little break from camp life but to be honest, by the end, I was ready to be back in our traveling home.  I guess our camper and rooftop tent are starting to really feel like home even if the ground beneath it is ever changing. 

 

It always surprises me how quickly I adapt to the life of a “gypsy” traveler.  More quickly than I adapt to being home after my travels (reintegration is so much harder). 

 

This is the first trip I have taken of its kind but definitely not the first time I’ve spent consecutive months traveling.  It is these times when my soul seems to soar.  I feel more like myself in my own body and I am just living. 

 

I know it isn’t easy to give up on the modern conveniences we are used to but there is something freeing about having everything you need (for a little while) traveling on your back or in your car. 

This wonderful world is at your fingertips.  It is there for you to explore.  I believe our time on this planet is a gift and I want to see as much of it as possible. 

This trip is exciting because I am exploring my own backyard… the USA and Canada; as opposed to hopping on a plane to see other countries and cultures. 

I am learning to appreciate the subtle differences in cultures and cuisines through the regions on the continent I grew up on. 

One thing I really missed while we were in Portland was feeling the rhythm of the day.  After only a couple days living inside I was starting to feel out of sync.

 

Now, lets talk a little about food….

 

If you don’t already know this, I love shopping at farmers markets!

It is a great way to eat seasonally and but the freshest produce possible. 

I get a lot of my recipe inspiration from what I find at farmers markets and sometimes it isn’t even the produce...

This particular trip I found some chaga sourdough bread I was super excited to try! (Chaga is mushroom renowned for it’s medicinal properties)

It was delicious!  I made my favorite version of toast with it and was sad I didn’t buy more!

For the toast; it’s just a smear of tahini and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.  It doesn’t sound like much but man, it is delicious!!  Hopefully, you liked this easy recipe and a glimpse of our super cute airbnb!

Love and light,

Crystal

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