Hello! I am a Fermentationist, Educator, Health Coach, Artist, Beekeeper, and Writer. After a near-death experience, I turned to holistic medicine for help. Radical diet and lifestyle changes led me deep into the study of fermentation, old world food preservation, the human microbiome, food ethics, and holistic health. I run a popular fermentation project called Contraband Ferments, contribute as a writer for Edible Brooklyn, am also a guest co-hosted on the radio show “Fuhmentaboudit!” (on Heritage Food Radio Network), co-Organize the NYC Fermentation Festival, and finally, am a co-organizer of the NYC Ferments Meetup! (Phew!) I am currently working on my first book and at the same time am teaching workshops and at festivals both regionally and internationally. I lives in Brooklyn, NY with all of my cultures as pets (aka: bacteria, yeast, and mold)! Now that you know a bit about me, here is what a typical day looks like for me. If you enjoy this and are interested in undertaking a Kombucha-making adventure, check out my MYrago experience
7 AM: Alarms. More alarms. I lay in bed and tinker around my phone for 30 more minutes before peeling myself out of bed. This is most days, but some mornings I wake up at earlier and am right to it.
7:30 AM: Water first and then coffee. This my favorite part of the morning. I really like taking my time, I water all my herbs, burp all my jars of ferments and check to see how they are doing, I like to burn some sage or paulo santo, and I like to linger in the morning. Typically, I put on a meditation or NPR, sometimes I stretch, and sometimes I dance it out to 2-3 songs to get the bloodflowing.
8 AM: Monday's and Wednesday's it usually me making breakfast, finish packing up for the day, and getting ready for a long day teaching. Usually I'm hustling my partner and myself out the door. The rest of the week I'm either working from home in the morning and doing fermentation work, or headed to the gym or yoga. Today is different because my morning appointment is cancelled so I have been able to do extra morning work from home and am meeting my partner in the city for breakfast.
9 AM: Working: finishing writing an article today, sending notes to my editior & soon to be book publisher, paying bills, and then headed to pickup a big order of materials in Manhattan.
1 PM: Lunch: I believe in meals and sitting to eat them. If I am home I prepare something quick nutritious and lots of times leftovers from last nights dinner. If I am not home then it's packed lunch. I try to be outside whenever I can during lunchtime to get some sun and air and get a little walk in.
3 PM: M/W I am teaching at this time so I am in full mode with that. The other afternoons of the week is filled with workshop prep, production, and dealing with whatever other work comes up!
5 PM: T/W I am still teaching at this time which is fun and magical. However, always ready for a break so on other days I use this time to chill a bit or hit the gym.
6 PM: Commuting on NYC Transit or bicycle. Usually reading and listening to music.
7 PM: Tonight it's dinner and drinks with a fermenter friend after work.
9:15 PM: I'm staying at my partner's house tonight so after dinner I put on a little music and decide to walk instead of taking subway.
9:30 PM: I arrive at my partner's house. We have cute times and talk and pack lunches for work tomorrow. The rest of the night is just us chilling and talking and watching a show on the laptop in bed.
10:30 PM: Confesssion: TV and partner cuddles just knock me out immediately. I just barely wake up enough to realize my partner has finished the show without me and I know it's somewhere between 10:30 and midnight and I roll back over and go to sleep.