HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE!
It’s hard to believe how quickly we whipped through 2013, and here we are again getting jolly over another round of holidays! Inhabitat’s team has grown to span the globe, and this year we wanted to share how we plan on spending our holiday break. From hot and sweaty Buenos Aires to the snowy corners of Quebec, keep reading for all the fun festivities our team will find themsleves ho ho ho-ing! over this year. And don’t forget to share your own plans with us in the comments below—we want to hear from you too!
Jill Fehrenbacher, Founder and Editor in Chief
Happy Holidays Inhabireaders!
This year, per usual, I will be laying low in NYC, doing the Santa thing and baking with my kids. This year we have two mischief-makers instead of one, so it’s double-trouble for me. We’re hoping it snows so we can go outside and build snowmen. Thanks to the Inhabiteam for a great year and thanks to our readers for reading.
Mike Chino, Managing Editor
Celebrating the holidays is pretty straightforward in my family – it’s all about the food! This year I’m whipping up an adaptation of one of favorite salads served up by GreenSalads.org at the fantastic Linea Caffe, which just opened on my block in San Francisco. It’s a kale winter salad with a guacamole twist that pairs well with a wide range of dishes. Here’s how you make it:
- 2 bunches fresh baby kale
- 2 medium avocados
- 1 lime
- 4-6 clementines
- 1 cup pecans
- Grated parmesan
- Salt and pepper to taste
1. Wash the baby kale, dry it, and then chop it into fine shreds. (If you’re working with fully grown kale you may need to “massage” it a bit.)
2. Mash the avocados in a big bowl then add the juice of 1/2 lime and salt and pepper to taste.
3. Toast the pecans in a skillet over low heat until they are aromatic. Peel the clementines and chop the sections into halves.
4. Combine everything and adjust seasoning to taste – you may need more lime juice, salt and/or pepper. Top with a bit of grated parmesan and enjoy!
Yuka Yoneda, Managing Editor, Inhabitat NYC
All of my family members live in tiny apartments, so this year, we decided to cut the crap (literally) by not buying presents. Instead, we’ll be feasting on a potluck dinner and donating what we would have spent on gifts to Typhoon Haiyan relief. Click here if you’d like to do the same (it also makes a really meaningful last minute gift).
Diane Pham, Senior Editor
This year I will be spending the holidays with my family in my hometown of Chino Hills, CA. I plan on feasting, watching movies, and cross-stitching between sips of wine. It’s nothing too crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Merry Christmas, Inhabitat readers!
Timon Singh, News Writer
Merry Christmas from the UK! I hope all our Inhabitat readers enjoy the festive break and will eat, drink and be merry as much as I hope to do! See you in 2014!
Ana Lisa Alperovich, Design and Architecture Writer
This X-mas I am staying in looking after kitten G@tita, as she won’t love the pyrotechnics. Two close mates are coming over for dinner and we’ll probably make something quick and raw, over some bubbles (It’s super hot over here in Buenos Aires). Then I am off with some friends for a week. We rented some cabins on the beach at Pepe Mujica’s wonderland. I can’t wait!
Have a happy and healthy 2014!
Lea Stewart, Design Writer
A very happy holiday to all of the Inhabitat readers, from the snowy Midwest. This will be my first winter season living in Michigan, as well as the first time living in a rural area of the US. So my family will be enjoying the perks—like having a yard and a gorgeous frozen lake front view. It can be a challenge this time of year to find down time, so here’s wishing that all our readers have the opportunity to pause and take in the beauty of nature around them!
Lana Winter Herbert, DIY and Features Writer
My husband and I celebrated the Winter Solstice with an amazing vegan dinner, and we will be spending Christmas with our extended family. Great company, amazing traditional Quebecois food, deer-watching, and curling up by the fire are all on the menu for this year’s festivities, and if we’re feeling brave enough to venture out in -30C weather, maybe some cross-country skiing.
Happiest holiday wishes to all!