I spent a wonderful few days on the coast of California at Pismo Beach (pictured above) to attend the Berry Health Symposium recently. I also got a chance to visit my local farmers market, work in my garden, and eat some fabulous plant-powered meals. Follow along with my week in photos.

Pomegranate Flowers, My Organic Vegetable Garden

Spring is really here in my garden, I’ve got my pomegranate trees full of buds and flowers, can’t wait to pick these beauties in about 7 months!

My Organic Vegetable Garden

I’ve been planting up a storm in my garden, with rows of corn, squash, cucumbers, onions, herbs, greens, tomatoes, eggplants, and more. You can see a row of corn here, behind my perennial strawberries and the arugula that pop up each year.

Olive Buds, Organic Vegetable Garden

Look at those packed olive buds on my olive trees! Can you imagine how many olives I’ll have this year?

Pasadena Farmers Market

With spring here and my vegetable garden just planted, I’m making regular pit stops at my local farmers market.

Onion Scapes, Pasadena Farmers Market

Are these cool or what? Have you tried cooking with scapes? Scapes are the flower stalks of the onion (or garlic or leek) plant. If left on the plant, it will burst open into a flower.

Colorful Cauliflower, Pasadena Farmers Market

Just can’t get enough of this pretty cauli!

Citrus, Pasadena Farmers Market

It’s still citrus season in my neck of the woods. I’m enjoying citrus as much as I can while it’s fresh and seasonal.

Berry Health Symposium, Pismo Beach

The food was so delicious at the Berry Health Symposium, such as these gorgeous veggie wraps. I also gorged on berries, three meals a day.

Berry Health Symposium, Pismo Beach

I learned about the cutting edge science on berry research at the Berry Health Symposium. Scientists are exploring a wide range of health benefits related to intake of berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, cranberries, and raspberries. These potent plants are packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds linked with protection against neurodegenerative disease, cancer, heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.

Sea Glass, Berry Health Symposium, Pismo Beach

I went for a walk on the beach and found a handful of sea glass.

Colleagues at the Berry Health Symposium, Pismo Beach

My dietitian colleagues and friends Carol Berg Sloan and Toby Amidor were at the Berry Health Symposium, too.

Berry Health Symposium, Pismo Beach

Science goes along with good taste!

Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, CA

While my son Nicholas was home for spring break, we went to visit the Petersen Automotive Museum—yes, that is THE real Back to the Future car!

Vegetable Appetizer, Drago Restaurant, Mid-Wilshire

We enjoyed dinner at the restaurant located in the museum, Drago. The Drago brothers are famous for providing excellent Italian food in LA. This appetizer of vegetables and dips was so delightful! Roasted mushrooms, caponata, fava bean puree, artichokes, and peppers…yum.

Sports Research Oils

I tried this range of products recently, which are a line of natural moisturizing oils made out of plant ingredients. Love the idea of nourishing the body with traditional, non-polluting ingredients.

Sports Research

I also enjoyed trying these new supplements form Sports Research.

Note: I am not a consultant for (nor do I profit from) these products or food companies on my regular Week in Photos post. Sometimes I may receive a free sample of a product to review; other times I purchase these foods. The Berry Health Symposium was a sponsored educational opportunity I was invited to take part in.

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