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Paradise Found

Paradise Found

It’s funny how being away from home is. I never miss my family or friends while I’m doing the mundane activities that are part of the routine of any place, no matter how spectacular that place may be. Instead it’s the remarkable that makes me wish they were here most. This is my Paradise. Looks…

Recap: A Cooking Class

Recap: A Cooking Class

Since I’ve been here, I’ve gotten to assist Chef Sadhana with a number of cooking classes, which has been wonderful. Not only do I help out by running back to the kitchen to grab ingredients, but I also get to listen in and learn how the food is prepared alongside the guests! Fresh produce generally…

Amuse Bouche: A Masterpiece

Amuse Bouche: A Masterpiece

Over the past week I’ve had the opportunity to work on a couple amuse bouches for dinner service alongside Chef Sadhana, which has been awesome. I’ve really loved working on them because they allow for so much improvisation and creativity. After picking a few base ingredients you can take the bite-sized amuses to a whole…

Scooter and Storm

Scooter and Storm

There’s something instantly calming about petting a horse. It’s the same way with dogs for me; I had a yoga teacher back in New Haven that had us match our breathing to the pace of petting a dog or cat we loved during savasana, which I still often do on my own. She called it…

German Chocolate Cake with Pecan Coconut Frosting

German Chocolate Cake with Pecan Coconut Frosting

I was supposed to meet Jen the other day to work on a dessert for afternoon tea (she works here and does them a few days a week), but since she wasn’t feeling well I ended up making the dessert entirely on my own! It was my first time doing something from start to finish…

A Day at the Biointensive Garden

A Day at the Biointensive Garden

My room at the inn faces east, which means that I can instantly tell when it’s a sunny morning from the strong rays striking my face around 7 am. Last week on one of those sunny days I decided to check out the biointensive garden. There are three garden interns here at the moment: Tania,…

Area Event: Comptche Barbecue

Area Event: Comptche Barbecue

This past Sunday I ventured out of the Stanford Inn/Mendocino area to check out the Comptche BBQ at the Volunteer Fire Department, about a half hour up the road from the Inn. I don’t have a car here, which makes getting out of the immediate area slightly complicated, but I was able to catch a…

A Day in the Kitchen

A Day in the Kitchen

After living at the Inn for a couple weeks, I quickly realized that I really like spending time in the kitchen. Chef Sadhana, the creative director at The Ravens’ Restaurant, was nice enough to let me observe and take pictures of a private cooking class she gave my second day here, and ever since then…

Welcome to Monica’s blog!

Welcome to Monica’s blog!

Hello there! My name is Monica DiLeo, I’m a rising junior at Yale University in New Haven, CT. For two months this summer I’ll be living and working at the Stanford Inn, and writing about all of it on this blog! It’s my first time being on the West Coast for more than a couple…

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