Some Things I’m Liking Lately

Every now and then I like to share with you a few things that are inspiring me. I hope you had an amazing weekend. I worked a lot, wrote a lot, drank a lot of coffee, and packed a lot (more on this soon).

Chocovivo Chocolate. This is the real deal. I’ve actually stopped buying it because I have trouble practicing any self restraint. It’s untempered (the process that makes chocolate pretty and shiny) bean to bar chocolate made in Southern California, so it has a nice rustic look. My favorite flavors: Almond and Sea Salt and Cherry, Almond & Black Peppercorn.

Two new-to-me blogs, This is Naive and Food in Jars. The first is a little tough to explain, actually. The blog’s written by Tommy, a creative gal living in London. She is an incredible photographer and writes about travel, food, home and garden, health–but does so through her tasteful lens and discerning eye. I like her point of view. I think you will, too. The second blog delves into all things canning, with creative recipes, how-to canning tips, local resources etc. The most recent post on orange rhubarb butter makes me smile. I can’t wait to try it.

Canal House has a new online site. Check  it out. Spend a little time clicking through the visual blocks, and explore music, gardening inspiration, and links on the world’s best aprons. If you’re not familiar with the seasonal Canal House cookbooks, they’re some of the most inspiring, beautiful collections I’ve ever seen.

Sweet Paul Magazine. Haven’t gotten my hands on a physical copy yet, but I’ve explored the web version and this is one beautiful publication! It’s brand new, has luscious colorful photos, and fabulous looking recipes. Check out their blog here.

Shanna Murray’s sweetly illustrated wall and window decals. Enough said.

An Etsy shop I’m loving lately: Casey at Modapple specializes in mid-modern finds like low-ball glasses, vintage casserole dishes, and collectible old-school cookbooks. Really good stuff.

Good to the Grain Cookbook. I can’t say enough about Kim Boyce’s new-ish book featuring insanely creative rustic baked goods made with whole grain flours (from teff to amaranth). For those of you in the Bay Area, Kim’s actually going to be at Omnivore Books tonight (May 24th) from 6-7 p.m. It’s free. I’ll be there. Hope to see you there, too!

O.k., that should help you slog through this dreary (at least it is here) Monday. See you back here soon with recipes and updates!


  1. El

    Thanks for the wonderful suggestions. And that chocolate site looks great!

  2. Manggy

    Thanks for the recs Megan - I totally agree about Canal House Cooking. They remind me of those nicely produced UK cookbooks :)

  3. Denise | Chez Danisse

    And where exactly are you purchasing this Almond, Sea Salt and Cherry chocolate? I must have some.

    1. megang

      We sell it at Heath Ceramics in Sausalito, Denise! It goes quickly (largely because the employees all snatch it up) but there are quite a few bars right now. If you stop in, ask for me. I'd love to meet you in person!

  4. Denise | Chez Danisse

    Okay...I'll be planning a trip to Heath soon. It will be fun to look around Heath for a while, even if you are sold out of chocolates.

  5. Danielle

    Oooh, you had me with the chocolate site, great idea to list it at the top ;)

    Denise: Chocovivo is also on Foodzie ( and they're apparently working on an e-store for their website.

  6. Laken

    Oh, I downloaded the Sweet Paul magazine to my computer because the pictures were so pretty I wasn't ready to move on yet : )

    I love this list.

  7. A Canadian Foodie

    Thank you! I have already found a few of your referrals very compelling. Love this sharing.

  8. Shannalee

    Thanks for all the fun links! Gives me something to peruse this morning. :)

  9. Asha@FSK

    Nice post and thanks for the links to the newly discovered blogs

  10. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite

    Thanks for sharing Megan. It's nice to learn a little more about you through this list of things you're liking :-)

  11. Marisa

    I realize that I'm a month out of date, but I only just saw this post and felt compelled to comment. I am totally delighted to know that you like Food in Jars. And if you can still get rhubarb in your area, you should definitely make that butter. It is really wonderful stuff.

    1. megang

      Hi Marisa! I'm totally delighted that you stopped by the blog...and I'm hitting the farmer's market this sunday on a hunt for any rhubarb stragglers. Have a great weekend!

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