I have been coveting Savannah’s jewelry for a long time, and I was recently lucky enough to go to her home, where she lives with her puppy Opal. Her home is nestled into the mountain at the top of Topanga Canyon. Going there makes you feel like the word “treehouse” was created from this very spot. You can really feel the magic around her space. Savannah’s calming presence makes you want to spill your deepest secrets, and you leave you feeling refreshed and recharged.
I hope you enjoy getting to know Savannah as much as I have.
What do you do for work/profession?
As an ex-new yorker who ate out all the time, I’ve just been getting into cooking during the past year! I’ve found the Minimalist Baker site a wonderful resource. I especially love this Cauliflower Dal recipe!
Favorite kitchen tip?
Don’t walk away and get distracted while you have things on the stove, ahah, can you tell I’m still a student in the kitchen?
Oh man! It’s so hard to choose a favorite but here are the places where I’ve shared the most meals with my loved ones over the years… Gjelina in Venice, Elf Cafe in Echo Park, Little Frankies in NY, Sweetwater in Brooklyn, and Inn of the Seventh Ray here in Topanga.
Salty or sweet?
Both! Salty dark chocolate is my everything!
Coffee or tea?
Tea. I sit with her each morning as a teacher and friend. Global Tea Hut, Ay’am, and Living Tea have been my guides in cultivating a personal cha dao practice.
I still dream about ‘The Bowl’ with Salmon from AXE in Venice. My best friend and I loved it there but unfortunately, they closed some years back so I’ve been trying to recreate it.
Most memorable meal?
I still remember the first time I was served a whole fish when I was young. I was on a family trip to the Bahamas and my dad ordered it for me, I was a bit squeamish about it at the time but I’m so grateful that my dad was always inviting us to be adventurous and try new things.
Hawaii feeds my soul. I feel this sense of awe and wonderment when I go there that this is the planet we get to live on. And the ocean is a master healer for me.
A place you would love to travel to?
Egypt! I’ve always been so inspired by ancient Egyptian art so it would be a dream to visit the temples and feel the energy there. One day.
Favorite home object?
I have this beautiful vintage Tansu cabinet with lots of little drawers and cubbies to hold my tea and sacred objects.
Fav beauty product?
I love the Jojoba Hair Ritual Oil from La Tierra Sagrada. It keeps my long locks feeling nourished while smelling of Palo Santo and Rosemary.
Lately, I’ve been enjoying an avocado half with a squeeze of lemon and sprinkle of Maldon’s Sea Salt flakes. So divine, I think I could live on avocados and be happy though!
I’ve always loved taking ritual baths with candles, herbs, and stones. However, I’m finding that what I need most as self-care right now is play, laughter, and finding a light heart. My wild child puppy helps me with this!
One thing you can’t live without?
How do you stay active? I’m very grateful to my pup Opal because she has kept me out in nature hiking every day.
3 things you can’t live without in your kitchen?
My kettle, my cast iron pan and I fell in love with the instant pot I bought this winter for dal and curries.
Your favorite quality of yourself?
Creativity. I love my hands, they’re ability to create is a gift that I’ll never take for granted.
Fav cozy spot to hang?
I live in a small treehouse of sorts with a deck that has been built around two big Pine trees so I love curling up out there with a book in the evenings.
What do you do for fun?
My answer to this has shifted in the past year from going out to see a favorite band to now putting on a record and dancing around the kitchen while I figure out how to prepare a new recipe.
What’s your favorite cooking show?
I just went down the Top Chef rabbit hole and loved it! The L.A. season is great and opens with a tribute episode to Jonathan Gold.
If you could cook for one person dead or alive who would it be?
I’d love to have Patti Smith over for dinner, not for any food-related reason although I think she’d be kind about my cooking skills 🙂
You have to eat one meal for the rest of your life
Variations on avocado toast would do the trick.
Your potluck go to
My friend Jules always inspires me in creating ‘Wood Board Love‘ with fruit, cheese, olives and whatever other goodies I can find at the Canyon Gourmet here in Topanga.
Guilty pleasure foods?
I’ve got a sweet tooth so when I moved back to California after 15 years in NYC and saw McConnell’s Dutchman’s Chocolate Ice Cream in the cooler I was so happy. It forms these perfect little ice crystals to create a dreamy texture and transports me to childhood.