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September 16, 2017 – 2:31 am

In this insightful gem, journalist and life coach Wanda Hennig writes wisely, hilariously and sometimes poignantly about sex and food; living for three-and-a-half years at the San Francisco Zen Center; moving solo from one continent to another; meditation; creative mindfulness strategies and more. Cravings: A Zen-inspired memoir about sensual pleasures, freedom from dark places, and living and eating with abandon (Say Yes Press). Edition Two (Mouth Orgasm edition) published August 2017 (ISBN 9780996820523 paperback; ISBN 9780996820523 eBook).

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SAfm Otherwise: Shado Twala speaks to Wanda Hennig about Cravings (Podcast)

December 2, 2017 – 8:17 am
Author Wanda Hennig and Cravings.

‘Shado’s interviews are more of a conversation than a straight Q&A. The interview will be about the book; how it came about and what it deals with. From depression to social phobia to meditation, celibacy, etc,’ SAfm Otherwise producer Hazel Makuzeni said. I was blown away that Otherwise host Shado Twala had read my book (Cravings: A Zen-inspired memoir…)—and liked it. And, might I say, ”got it”—in the sense that one writes memoir (“one” meaning “I”, natch…) to reach and express one’s truths. Knowing that it will speak to some people. Not to others. Hoping it will speak to “the right people” in an affirming, empowering way…

Travel: Making Waves at Mavericks

January 25, 2014 – 9:02 am
Sam's Chowder House

You don’t have to be stoked on surfing to enjoy a great escape to Mavericks the famed surf spot and …

Best Beaches Northern California: Flavors of Capitola and Santa Cruz

June 10, 2009 – 6:23 pm
View from the West Cliff Inn garden.
Which beach is best? Capitola with its cocktail cuisine has a party flavor — plus family appeal. Santa Cruz main beach has sea lions alongside the wharf, surfing beneath the cliffs and the famous Boardwalk.

Story and photos by Wanda Hennig
All travel has a culinary flavor, given that one has to eat. True culinary travel, however — I’d say what defines it is the focus. It’s about eating the specialties of a place. Learning about the food traditions of the people. It doesn’t imply eating lavishly, isn’t necessarily about haute cuisine, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Visiting a farmers market and creating a picnic from the produce stall … Read more

The Moss Beach coastal stroll — Highway 1’s best kept secret?

June 2, 2009 – 12:38 pm
Beach views from the cliff.

A breathtaking beach walk; a scenic cliff-top hike; a chance to see harbor seals up-close-and-personal; and if you keep your …

Insider guide to Fort Bragg: 20-plus delicious reasons to go there now

May 22, 2009 – 1:20 pm
Cheesecake at The Restaurant.
Could this be wine country’s new culinary hot spot?

Story and pictures: Wanda Hennig

Fort Bragg a hotbed of conscious creatives and sustainable agriculture activists? That wasn’t how I remembered it from previous visits. Good camping, yes, at the MacKerricher State Park three miles north on Highway 1; and the legendary Glass Beach that’s more interesting to read about than to visit; and unmemorable meals in the quaint harbor; and Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout at the North Coast Brewing Company. But now a foodie friend was telling me about their active Slow Food group and saying things like, “I went to Italy and saw what they were doing with agritourism in Tuscany and thought …

Napa and Sonoma Cook

February 16, 2009 – 1:00 pm
Chef's kitchen, CIA.

You can too!
Have you thought of adding “culinary education and cooking skills” to your wine country travel menu?
Story and photos …