This week, I introduced a new question to our guest Hummingbird: What makes you a good house guest? Sarah Britton is the author of My New Roots, a vegetarian chef, holistic nutritionist and recipe developer. Her answer follows suit. But she is also a writer, photographer and graphic designer. I wonder if she’d make next year’s holiday cards if I let her sleep over. Then again, a Cashew Dream Cake sounds pretty perfect. I’ll deal with the cards; you deal with the cake.
What’s in your bag? When you pack for a trip, in your handbag, in the pockets of your jeans…?
Essential oil of oregano, a little bag of loose-leaf green tea, homemade granola, an avocado, a notebook and pen, a refillable water bottle.
You have 5 minutes to pack up – for a trip of which the duration you’re not sure. What do you take?
Although I would like to pretend I am a light packer, I must admit that I am anything but. I think only having 5 minutes to pack would actually be a very good thing for me (besides the obvious panic)!
Favorite jeans, a couple light dresses, comfortable yet chic blouse-y tops, a cotton undershirt, Frye sandals, moccasins, knit poncho, Dr. Bronner’s, Jason Sea Fresh Toothpaste, essential oils, supplements and some favorite necklaces.
What is your most essential article of clothing?
A good pair of moccasins. I own more pairs than I would care to admit.
What are the top 5 songs you need to have access to hearing at all times?
That is an impossible question to answer. However, there are a few albums I am always in the mood for:
John Lennon – ‘Plastic Ono Band’
Neil Young – ‘Harvest’
Joni Mitchell – ‘Blue’
Nina Simone – ‘Live at Ronnie Scotts’
Talking Heads – ‘Stop Making Sense’
What is your preferred hummingbird beat/cities you like to frequent?
Berlin, Toronto, Montreal, New York, Marseilles, San Francisco. But my favorite place is my cabin on the St. Lawrence River back in Canada.
What’s something crazy that you did to follow your passion? (Like, did you live out of your car for a month? Drive 10 hours to pick up a certain, weird material you needed?)
I lived in an experimental community in the desert for a year to see what organic farming was really all about.
What is one tip you have for traveling – a beauty tip, a survival tip, a culinary tip… ?
Always go to a local market to eat. Spend one day exploring without a camera. Buy a piece of jewelry as a souvenir.
What makes you a good house guest?
I always cook dinner and do the dishes.
What’s a recent or favorite meal you had while bouncing around the globe?
I recently met my mom and brother in London for a very special family trip. We had some of the most memorable meals there from Mildred’s to SAF, to Ottolenghi. It was probably being in their company and non-stop hysterical laughter, but the food tasted incredible everywhere we went.
Where have you had your best night’s sleep?
In the VW camper van with my husband on our honeymoon in California. Whether we were listening to the waves crash on the coast or in the deep peace of a redwood forest, we slept like babies.
Who would you like to travel with – three people (you guys can caravan together or on separate trips)?
My husband and my two best girl friends on a road trip with our musical instruments (happily, we all get along like peas and carrots).