Week & End


Happy weekend! Are you up to anything exciting? It will be a low-key weekend around here, as it usually takes me a whole week to really get back into the swing of things after returning from Ghana (in fact, my jet lag typically hits me most acutely about six days after I've been home - what's up with that?!). Yoga and City Surf will definitely be in the mix, as will some recipe-testing (likely this salad chock full of summer produce and this fun twist on pasta salad) and maybe some tacos and margaritas for good measure. Lots of reading, too! I'm finally the next in line to pick up Go Set A Watchman at the library. I devoured J. Courtney Sullivan's novels, Commencement and Maine, while traveling to West Africa - highly recommend! Enjoy some links from around the web, and have a great weekend!

Is it just me or does this double-chocolate layer cake look in.sane? Now, to find a good excuse to bake it...

There are several new spots around town that I've been wanting to pop into - Local Press + Brew, Read Between the Lines, Rapscallion, and especially Set & Co., a gorgeous home goods store in Oak Cliff. Korena snapped the photo of the interior of the store shown above - isn't it heavenly? I want one of every item, please.

Allison sent me this article about wellness and I found it really, really interesting and accurate in so many ways. Check it out; I'd love to know what you think.

This home tour gave me some serious decor inspiration. The plants, the styling, the guest bedding, the gallery walls, the subway tiles in the kitchen - I love it all.

For the past couple of years I've been watching as Nicaragua grows as a tourist destination, and this post pushed me over the edge: I'm ready to plan a trip.

Photo by Korena Bolding Sinnett

Fara Coffee

IMG_0535 It's not news that I love coffee (and tacos, too), so when the kind people at Fara Coffee offered me the opportunity to review their product for my blog, I jumped at the chance. Not only did their coffee selections sound right up my alley, but also they are a cause-oriented company, which really made me stoked to learn more about their Austin-based brand.

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The coffee itself was delicious. I tried the French Roast, which is a departure from my usual coffee preference, but this particular roast was delicious and robust without being overly rich - I didn't even have to add almond milk or sweetener like I usually do because the taste of the coffee easily stood on its own. I'd love to try the Breakfast Blend next, as that's the type of coffee (light and mild but still super flavorful) that I typically gravitate towards. I have no doubt that it will be equally as tasty.

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Perhaps even more delicious than the coffee itself is the fact that Fara prides itself on being socially responsible. The coffee is roasted in Austin but the beans are grown and harvested on family-owned farms in Nicaragua. I think this blurb from their marketing materials really sums up the company's mission:

"Not only do we pride ourselves on our high quality, small batch roasted coffee, but the proceeds help fund the Fara Foundation, which supports the Fara Clinic in Matagalpa, Nicaragua; an elementary school [in the same area]; scholarships for promising youth in Nicaragua; an elderly care facility; and food assistance programs."

How great is that? Additionally, Fara Coffee is Rainforest Alliance certified, which means that they comply with standards set in place to conserve ecosystems, protect wildlife, and provide fair and safe working conditions for workers (all of whom receive free health care at the Fara Clinic!). This is definitely a cup of coffee that you can feel good about drinking.

Dallas folks can buy Fara Coffee at Central Market, Sprouts, and Whole Foods, and those of you who live outside of Texas can shop for your beans (or Keurig pods) online. This coffee is definitely going to become part of our morning caffeination routine!

P.S. My favorite mug, pictured alongside the coffee, was a birthday gift from Karli via Lindsay Letters - I love it!