Lila Volkas is a Berkeley based writer and illustrator who has a deep love for wellness. She creates hand drawn and digitally colored illustrations that whimsically capture the essence of her subjects and are easily digested by readers. Much of her inspiration comes from her undeniable love for vegetables, as well as her deep devotion to our Earth. Lila has had several pieces published in KQED's Bay Area Bites as well as in Edible East Bay Magazine. She combines her fascination with the absurd and passion for health in her kombucha brewing workshops that she leads once per month around the Bay Area. For more of a taste of Lila, check out her website lilavolkas.com
If you have never been to Burning Man, then bringing food and water for an entire week in the desert may seem like an impossible and unappetizing feat. The food at Burning Man, however, is so much more than cup-o-noodles, beef jerky and trail mix. Exploring the animated city, you’ll find various food-themed camps that embody the second of ten guiding principles of Burning Man –- that of gifting.
Trouble sleeping? Head to the refrigerator instead of the medicine cabinet. In your kitchen you can choose from an array of foodstuffs to help you get your zzz's. Lila Volkas shares her exploration of edible answers to sleeplessness through an illustrated guide.
Breakfast partners almond milk and granola are easy to make yourself, don't include preservatives like many store-bought brands, and tend to taste much better when they are freshly homemade. Get recipes to make your own.
Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old system of medicine that embraces all the elements (air, water, fire, earth and space) as tools for healing. The science of Ayurveda recognizes each individual’s unique qualities and aims to guide people towards balance through the food they consume, conscious lifestyle choices and medicinal herbs.
See how a dripping blob of bacteria and yeast makes fizzy, homemade kombucha and bonds a mother and daughter. Liberally illustrated with drawings of Kombucha Killers, Vessel Guide, Friendly Add-Ins, Dangers Signs and Brewing Steps.
To celebrate The Year of the Snake, Bay Area Bites playfully examines the food habits of each animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac. Are you a fussy Rooster, a junk food loving Monkey or a trendy Rat who has to be the first to try the newest restaurant?