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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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Eat Thiebaud, drink Blue Bottle, see Avedon at SFMOMA

September 8, 2009 – 3:36 pm
And slices from Mondrian.

Richard Avedon Photographs, 1946 – 2004, runs July 11 to November 29 at SFMOMA.
James Freeman’s newest Blue Bottle coffee shop …

Cuisine Noir Magazine goes live — epicurean adventures for African Americans

September 4, 2009 – 3:12 pm
Seafood is the theme of Cuisine Noir September.

Oakland publisher discovers the joys of culinary diversity, educates her palate — and now, shares the flavors online
Story by Wanda …

Are you a culinary traveler? — 22 clues

August 15, 2009 – 7:40 pm
Basque breakfast Bakersfield.

You know you’re a culinary traveler when:
Whether it’s a day trip, a weekend escape or a round-the-world vacation, what you …

Top 10 Facts: 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa

August 15, 2009 – 6:49 pm
Durban stadium model.

When does the 2010 Fifa World Cup begin and how long will it last?
The first game kicks off at Soccer …

Gay Pride — Ya gotta eat!

June 27, 2009 – 2:46 pm
Dykes on Bikes, Gay Pride 2009

Top 12 Castro dine-out hotspots

The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration runs Saturday June 27 noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday …

Tomales Bay kayaking and oysters

June 17, 2009 – 2:20 pm
Go eat oysters at Tomales Bay.

A delicious adventure —

“Why am I living in a city?”
The question came the first time when I glanced upward …

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 …

Butterfly effect links Buddhist groups in South Africa and San Francisco

May 29, 2009 – 2:37 pm
Two of Mbali Ndlovu's cousins play in the yard.
And a miracle called Woza Moya is born in KwaZulu-Natal

Story and photos by Wanda Hennig
First published in the Sunday Tribune, South Africa
The Ufafa district, near Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is home to around 23,000 people. Families reside in a sprawling muddle of family compounds that stagger up hills and tumble into valleys, forming a jumbled patchwork of mud, thatch, concrete block and tin. The dwellings have no electricity. Water for drinking, washing, cooking and bathing is hand-pumped from underground wells and carried in plastic bucket and barrels. The area could have been forgotten. But — was it serendipity, karma or …

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 …