There are some experiences that stay with you long after they are over.  I recently had just that.  About a week and a half ago, I ventured east to New York City for the weekend.  It was my first trip to the Big Apple, and within minutes of arriving, I knew it would not be my last.  While I love the wide open spaces I come from, the vibrancy of the city left me feeling inspired and energized.

What brought me to New York?  Well, I had the privilege to photograph a cookbook by my friend Laura, ‘The Best Homemade Kids Lunches on the Planet’.  She was having a book signing at Barnes & Noble that weekend and graciously invited me to tag along.  We have a second book (!) coming out in just two short weeks, so this was a chance to celebrate that, the beginning of work on a third book and a time for us to collaborate face to face.

Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast with Cumin Salt

Laura is no novice when it comes to New York, and I could not have had a better tour guide for the weekend.  One of the first things we did, was venture to the Top of the Rock, the 67th floor at Rockefeller Plaza.  From that vantage point, she taught me the layout of the city, as well as its’ streets and Burroughs.  After a few pics of the gorgeous skyline, we set out to explore.

If the step tracker on my phone is right (and my legs/feet would agree), we put in a good 13 miles of walking each of the three days we were there.

Avocado Toast with Cumin Salt

Avocado Toast with Cumin Salt

I have so many pictures to share from my NYC adventure. Below are just a few…Rockefeller Plaza, Union Square Farmers Market (oh the lilacs!), and the book signing. I’ll save the rest for another post…the One World building and memorial, Times Square and Central Park.





Best Homemade Kids Lunches on the Planet

Two food bloggers hanging out in a place like New York, and there’s sure to be some goodness when it comes to eating. On Friday, we had a late, light dinner at Le Pain Quotidien. Two words: avocado toast. So simple, and brilliant. Avocado on thinly sliced, crusty wheat bread topped with course gray sea salt, cumin, lemon zest and red pepper flakes. I loved it so much I had it again for brunch on Saturday, after visiting the Union Square Farmers Market.

Avocado toast with cumin salt

Avocado Toast with Cumin Salt


  • 2 slices whole grain bread, toasted
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Cumin salt
  • Hemp or chia seeds (optional)
  • *if making more, half an avocado to each slice of toast is a good ratio
  • For Cumin Salt
  • 1/4 cup coarse Grey Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes


  1. Toast slices of bread to preference under broiler or in a toaster.
  2. After cutting avocado in half, place slices onto toasted bread.
  3. Sprinkle avocado slices with chia or hemp seeds (if using) and Cumin Salt
  4. For Cumin Salt
  5. In a small bowl or 8 ounce mason jar mix together all ingredients.
  6. Sprinkle over avocado.
  7. Seal in an airtight container when not using.


Inspired by Le Pain Quotidien

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2 Responses to Avocado Toast with Cumin Salt

  1. I love NYC! And YES to that avocado toast! Yum!

  2. Debra says:

    Please include me in ur email list.
    Thank u!

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