Grace Dickinson

I am a very hands-on person and love to create. I’ve always expressed this through playing around in the kitchen, and as I grew older, messing around with a camera in my hands too. Both activities hold very dear spots in my heart.

What I enjoy  most about cooking is that the options are endless. In the kitchen, there’s rarely room for boredom. Fruit in my summer rolls? Why not. Sesame tahini in my cookies? Even better. For me, cooking is all about experimenting, reaching beyond my basic know-how, and letting whatever’s fresh be my inspirational guide for the day.

Though I love creating new collaborations of ingredients, I also run on simplicity. I’m a busy lady, as I’m sure many of you can relate. Between teaching evening yoga classes, post-work runs, photo gigs and late night bike rides, there’s only so much time in a given day. Efficiency goes hand in hand with the amount of fun I can fit into 24 hours, and often it’s the simplest dishes that taste the best anyway.

As I navigate my way around the grocery store, garden, and into the kitchen, I aim to keep health/nutrition on my mind. A healthy body is a happy one, and many of the necessary elements to ensure this are derived from food. But trust me, there’s definitely room for items like dark chocolate (and a considerable amount of peanut butter) in this equation. Moderation has always been my motto, and this is where that comes into play. Ya feel me?

I follow a pescetarian diet that errs on the side of vegan (meaning my diet consists mainly of meatless meals with the occasional addition of seafood). This is my personal key to a happy mind and body. As a yoga teacher, I’m also a firm believer that balance and optimism are the keys to life, and attribute a daily dose of sunshine and Fresh-Air to keeping me sane.

When I’m not creating art projects in the kitchen, you can catch me cruising on my bike with my camera strapped to my back. Currently, I reside in Philadelphia and am on a mission to meet as many people, take as many photos, check out as many coffee shops, and hit as many local eateries as one girl could possibly handle. Come say hi if you’re ever in the area!


50 Responses to About

  1. “I am an avid runner, a cook, an artist, and a poet. I am also a yoga teacher and in love with all that yoga embodies. Balance and optimism is the key to life. I also adore the outdoors and contribute sunshine and FreshAir to what keeps me sane.”

    You have just descibed who I am, too!!! Thanks for finding my blog and for your comments lately. Much appreciated and as a fellow yoga teacher, I say Namaste to you my friend :)

  2. Hey Grace! Thanks for the comment–I love meeting new bloggies!! It’s especially fun to meet college bloggies!! Looks like we have a lot in common minus the artist part :)

  3. balancejoyanddelicias says:

    hey~ welcome to the blog community! :D I love meeting new bloggers! :)

  4. Liz says:

    Thanks for the comment. Sounds like you have some really interesting passions in life. Looking forward to reading more! Yay for yoga and running…two of my loves!

  5. Nico says:

    Connected to your cool site, after reading your distance running comments on NYTimes. Great work and you are one hot Hippy Chick in those photos!

    Namaste,

    An admirer in NYC

  6. Mari says:

    Thank you so much for commenting on my page! I love meeting new bloggies…

    I love what you wrote about Yoga, I feel the same exact way! Yoga is a way of life =)

  7. Oraphan says:

    Hello! So nice to meet you! I LOVE food, fitness and fresh air too. I love your blog and you have such a great concept here. I’ll add you on my favorite blog list and will come back to visit you again.
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving lovely comment, I really appreciate your time.
    p.s. I’m a vegetarian who loves seafood so much but I’ve been on a vegan diet since Oct. 1. Your post about salmon made me feel hungry. I have to come back to read all your wonderful posts very soon.

  8. Lali says:

    Namaste Grace Ji,

    Last time when bumped into your blog was a very wrong time, coz i was hungry and your blog just talked about food, :oP. I was on flight from Baltimore to LA with a 4 hour stopover at Houston, and the only food which was served in the flight was nonveg, and i thought atleast i’ll get something at the airport but noway, the airport seemed like it was owned by continental airways and they dont like serving vegan, there was not even a single place serving vegetarian food and even a dish. And at the same time i opened up your blog and i was like, ooh no, all i could see was pictures off food that i couldn’t find. :).
    Well i met everyone in your family but you, but i did see a part of in your room and your pictures and the wall in your room on which you had written all those colorfull things.

    No doubt you do have a skill to write and its good that you opted for journalism, you are on the right track. This will take you to places if you stick around it.

    Keep in touch,
    Lali.

  9. Christy says:

    hey! great blog! i came across your blog bc i absolutely love all 3 food, fitness, and freshair! And i’m not too far from you (sorta).

    Christy by way of Pittsburgh!

  10. Angie says:

    Welcome to the blog world!!

    Love your blog title. I look forward to reading more!

  11. [...] Thanks for the reminder Food-Fitness-Fresh Air [...]

  12. alex says:

    you live in philly?? quite possibly my all time favorite food city. i have an unhealthy obsession with Bonte waffles (i need the recipe, sersiously) and Maoz falafel, but my favorites are Mercato (byo on spruce and 13th ish) and tarte (3rd and arch, near the betsy ross house – overpriced but deelish mini key lime pies and hazelnut tartes!). oh, and the mussels at monks!

  13. Kristen says:

    I’m such a fan of the benefits of fresh air!! Looking forward to reading more. :-)

  14. Nicole Geurin, RD says:

    Thanks for adding me to your blogroll! I’m excited to read more of your blog posts– I love food, fitness and fresh air!

  15. Lynee says:

    Hi
    Do you have an email for me to contact you? I would like to know some things about journalism-decisions. Can you contact me at the email I left? Thanks.

  16. So great to get to know you!! Your bio is filled with a life well lived! If you were closer, we would have loads to share together over smoothies….in the mean time thankfully we can connect in the virtual world! I will be following your posts :)

  17. I really love your blog. (I’m not even sure how I found it, but it’s definitely going in my “favorites” to check often.) I am, myself, dedicated to healthy living and a lifestyle centered on balance through yoga, healthy cooking, and outdoor activities. While I now live in New Zealand, I was born and raised in the states. Anyway, I look forward to your future posts as I thoroughly enjoyed going back and reading your past ones! Thanks for sharing, Namaste~

  18. pleasefeedme says:

    I eat meat, but love vegetarian foods as well, very cute blog! Adding to my blogroll.-pleasefeedme.wordpress.com

  19. Marija says:

    Really interesting blog. My idea of healthy living is also based on healthy eating (which in my opinion includes meat, too) and exercising. I do not like and support restrictive diets!

    I was wondering if you would like to exchange links? You can contact me on the e-mail I left.

    Keep up the good work!

  20. Vern Myers says:

    I came across your blog by accident, following interesting sounding title links from blogs I already follow to other blogs, to other blogs, etc. I find some great sites that way!

    Very nice blog; covers a lot of my interests:

    Running – One of my greatest passions.
    Health/Fitness – Ditto.
    Nutrition – I’ve reduced meat consumption, considering vegetarian; on board with it philosphically, just haven’t quite made the leap.
    Yoga – Just starting to learn a little; wanting to learn way more.

    I also love art and poetry (although not an artist or poet) and the arts in general. I added Food-Fitness-FreshAir to my blog list, and look forward to reading more!

  21. Jerusha says:

    Thanks for all of the comments on our blog–we appreciate your readership!

  22. MOM says:

    Still love your blog!! I love the picture of the Moosewood cookbooks and the frown picture beside your blog about school lunches. You do an amazingly great job of writing and taking pictures, and, of course, I love the topics you write about!!

  23. Hey, I just started a blog and came across yours. It sounds like we have a lot in common and I love your optimistic attitude! I look forward to reading your updates!

  24. bhealthier says:

    hey wonderful blog! I wanted to thank you for your comment awhile back on my half marathon- at the time I was engaged in october, and my fiance kicked me out just before my race… so I was doing everything i could to keep it together, finish my goal of completing the half, finish finals and move! I think I skipped out from commenting for a bit – but i’m back now! I love your recent post on yoga selfishness and being a yogi- How do you get those emails sent to you?

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  26. Kristine says:

    Love meeting no-excuses women who are taking charge of their health in fun, creative ways. Your simple recipes are inspiring. Happy running, writing, and cooking. Look forward to following you!

  27. Philip M. says:

    Hi Grace! I just found your blog and I’m hooked. You have so many good things to say about cooking — which is rather daunting for lots of people in this day and age, myself included. At the moment I’m grappling with some turnips from my CSA box — I’ve never cooked them before! But, of course, I don’t need to look hard to figure out how to enjoy them properly. Please keep up the good work.

  28. Patrick says:

    Greetings from the High Plains of Northern Colorado! Love your blog.

    Temple Owls Are Everywhere! ^_^

    –Patrick

  29. pleasefeedme says:

    Hola! Love your blog:) I represent various clothing websites and a couple of them have yoga/workout clothing and equipment. If you ever want to offer a discount for your readers let me know!

  30. Ryan Wilkins says:

    Hey Grace!

    I love your site! I found it on the blogroll over at Eat, Move, Love and I really enjoyed what I saw! I work for POM Wonderful, and would love to chat with you some more about maybe getting a case of our juice out to you! After checking out your blog, it looked like something that you might really enjoy!

    If you’re interested, shoot me an e-mail! I’d love to chat some more!

    All the best,
    Ryan Wilkins
    rwilkins@pomwonderful.com

  31. Mark says:

    Last time when bumped into your blog was a very wrong time, coz i was hungry and your blog just talked about food, P. I was on flight from Baltimore to LA with a 4 hour stopover at Houston, and the only food which was served in the flight was nonveg, and i thought atleast i’ll get something at the airport but noway, the airport seemed like it was owned by continental airways and they dont like serving vegan, there was not even a single place serving vegetarian food and even a dish. And at the same time i opened up your blog and i was like, ooh no, all i could see was pictures off food that i couldn’t find. .Well i met everyone in your family but you, but i did see a part of in your room and your pictures and the wall in your room on which you had written all those colorfull things.
    +1

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  33. Sue says:

    Will be at Temple for a conference 6/4 – 6 and am looking for recommended yoga classes in the area (walking from Temple would be ideal but not essential). Thanks!

  34. You’re an absolute success. Nice blog, by-the-by.

  35. hey, i just found your beautiful blog and thought i’d say hello! i’m also a runner and pescetarian; looking forward to stealing a few tips :)

  36. What a beautiful, beautiful blog! I am enjoying feasting my eyes on it all, even the stuff I can’t eat!

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  38. Emma says:

    Hey Grace:
    Wow I love your blog- It is so inspirational plus you are one smart cookie! (yes had to use a food comparison). Welcome to Philadelphia by the way!
    Emma Fogt
    President of Nutrition for Kids, Teens & Families.

  39. Philippe Bloch says:

    Hi Grace,

    This is the FIRST TIME I have ever posted on someone’s blog. I saw your link to this website from your comment concerning the NYT article on using yoga to reduce hangover. I looked at your blog and found it interesting. Your core values are a lot in line with what I profess.

    I read your entry on Kombucha as I am a big fan of that beverage as well. I would like to comment that in my area (Massachusetts) Kombucha was taken off the general market for several months from this summer on through most of the fall. I believe it was a labeling issue as laboratory analyses showed unacceptably high levels of alcohol in the product (no matter which manufacturer) which caused the product to be withdrawn. I imagine this could have been a problem for those who forswore alcohol and were consuming it unawares in a “tea.” I believe several of the analyses showed alcohol level as high as 3-4 % which is on a par with some American beers. The product returned reengineered and reformulated to the market in late November but I have found its replacement to be like a kind of Kombucha “lite.” It no longer has the same “bite” etc. or potency. Yet they charge the same and have not altered the labels. I believe it is less “bang for the buck” although they do seem to have satisfied the inspectors. Is this something you would care to comment on or discuss on your blog?

    Respectfully,

    Philippe P. Bloch
    Cambridge, MA

    p.s. Keep up the good work and high spirits! Best again, Philippe

  40. Vanessa says:

    Hi Grace!

    I always see your comments on the NYT – and had to visit your blog via the URL you listed. I like your devotion to leading a positive lifestyle out of health and wellness. It is one of the facets of our lives in which we can only only be truly wealthy.

    - Vanessa
    Project Zen

  41. Jasmin says:

    Love your blog! You’re a great writer and I really like your pics too. ;)

    Jasmin

  42. Olga says:

    hey! i just read your reply to the NYT piece on runner’s high (endocannabinoids. hmm!). i was wondering whether you’ve ever heardof or experienced a “walker’s high” — my knees can’t handle running, but if a fast walk could make me feel floaty and relaxed, then i’d be willing to dig up ye olde sneakers. :-)

    thanks for any insights!

    - olga in seattle

  43. Jessica says:

    Hello,

    I just came across your food blog & adore it! I would love to promote some of your recipes through Four Green Steps.com. Our Community features a popular Vegan and Vegetarian recipe section, you can check it out here: http://www.fourgreensteps.com/community/recipes

    Four Green Steps is a fairly new site, we recently launched the World’s largest Green Marketplace of exclusively eco-friendly products, as well as an extensive international Green School Program. Our site also features an Infozone of environmental news and a Community of blogs, green tips, videos and recipes!

    Let me know if you are interested. If you are I would simply copy the recipes from your site with a link back to your site. Also be sure to check us out on Twitter and Facebook if you use any of those sites.

    Warmest regards,

    Jessica

  44. Corinne says:

    Gracey!

    I love to revisit your blog from time to time. Always wonderful things to read (and dream) about making/doing/seeing/etc. I hope you’re well! I hope to (randomly) catch up with you sometime soon. Always love sharing stories with you :-)

    much love,
    corinne

    p.s. expect a plug to your blog from the SKIDA website sometime next week :-) My spring break starts this weekend! xoxo

  45. vinicooksveg says:

    HI your blog is so beautiful! So much of variety! Beautiful pictures! Loved the blog!

  46. vinicooksveg says:

    Hi there, I loved your beautiful blog and I have nominated your blog for ‘Blog of the Year’.award.
    Please visit http://vinicooksveg.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/thanks-for-all-awards-and-appreciation/ for further details.
    Thank you

  47. flfbroke says:

    Hey there, just stumbled onto your blog today. Everything looks amazing :) I think we’ll be trying out the Tempeh Bacon later this week! Adding you to the blogs I follow. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself highlighted over at MY blog :)

  48. I just stumbled upon your blog and I absolutely love it! I am an organic farmer and home cook and your fresh recipes are right up my alley!

  49. Salima says:

    Your pictures and recipes are so fresh I feel as if I could reach into my computer and just pluck the food right out! Thank you for being an inspiration into my culinary exploration!

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