When summer temps top out, and the sun starts to blister in the Bay, it’s time to seek some spots for swimming. Lake, lagoon, pool, or beach, there’s more than one way to beat the heat.
If we've learned anything over these last few years, it's that along with the beauty of living in the Bay Area: access to hiking trails, proximity to one of the world's greatest cities, stunning beaches, and some of the country's best dining, comes the need to be prepared for the occasional natural disaster. According to NASA's Earth Observatory, "Eight of the state's largest ten fires have occurred in the last ten years." This winter's heavy rains and storms, known as "atmospheric rivers," have created mudslides, flooding, and downed powerlines. Earthquakes are rare but can leave residents without electricity and drinking water and often leave fires in their wake. What can we do to prepare so we can rest easy knowing that when nature issues us a challenge, we're ready to meet it head-on?
Whether you’re a hardcore marathoner or someone who prefers to limit daily exercise to the distance between the fridge and the couch, having kids changes everything. The goal of being in shape becomes less about fitness for its own sake, and more about staying healthy to be around for the long term. No matter your objective, Lamorinda’s gyms, fitness centers and studios are ready to help you succeed.
If the recent winter storms and the threat of wildfire have taught us anything, it’s that we need to be more self-reliant. There are many ways to prepare for power outages, and plenty of things you can do to make your family more self-sufficient and less dependent upon outside sources for things like power, water, and food.
This year’s bird flu has made it hard to find eggs on the shelf and left us gazing longingly at our neighbor’s hens. Before you get all foxy and start stealing from other people’s coops, consider laying in some chickens of your own. The hobby of raising hens has become a popular and productive suburban pastime with many AVID chicken parents in Lafayette, Orinda and Moraga.
As most of us know by now, staying healthy requires a synergistic approach. Exercise alone is
not enough, nor is eating the right foods. The effects of cortisol, the “stress hormone” can take a
toll on the body, just as physical ailments may eventually take a psychological one and should be addressed. Research on alternative therapies and treatments has shown that taking care of the mind and spirit can have a significant impact on overall personal wellness. When you’ve decided it’s time to focus on the health of your whole self, you’ll find many practitioners in the Bay Area who can help.
You’ve got your favorite food spots down to a science - which is important because you pride yourself on clean eating and for whatever reason, health, mental clarity or whatever, you need fresh and healthy - average restaurant food won’t cut it.
The East Bay has you covered! From Oakland and Berkeley to Walnut Creek and Danville.
Some of the most frequented spots may (or may not!) be trendy. One thing they all have in common is a commitment to fresh ingredients. You know, similar to those you would use at home: local, organic, sustainable, wild, grass-fed, and pasture-raised..all the good stuff you’re happy to feed your body, soul and family.
Cruising down the 24, the historic Orinda Theater lights beckon the eyes to look and light up a sleepy downtown that has some vibrant and well-loved businesses. Lafayette boasts the “Hill of Crosses” - which is visible from the freeway and commemorates soldiers lost in the Iraq war - with one cross for every soldier lost...and wholly cared for by community volunteers. . Hacienda De Las Flores in Moraga is a beautiful venue that hosts food trucks, lawn games and family friendly fun on select Fridays in the summertime. While these attractions are defined landmarks of the three towns that make up Lamorinda, each has its own distinct vibe and things to offer the community as a whole. What can you expect from each of these sister-towns?
While we stay away from shameless plugs and try to give you a fair overview of what’s what in Lamorinda - in one category there is really no true alternative to My Sustainable Table. The way many get around ‘Delivery Dilemma’ in the food and nutrition realm is to turn to this unique, fresh cooked, consciously planned and super healthy family delivery service. Sharon and her team offer family-sized portions of balanced meals, delivered to your doorstep.
Meals, soups, bone broths and healthy treats are all made in her Oakland commercial kitchen.
We’ve all been there. Those days when you’ve had a long day at work, traffic is a nightmare and you can’t bear the thought of driving to the grocery store or worse, getting everyone out the door only to sit through a long meal. You know your fridge and cupboards are bare and you know you can’t call in from one of a hundred restaurants like you did when you lived in the city. When you’re feeling “jammy time” rather than playing the shopping cart shuffle during the after-work rush, we’ve got options for you.