Happy St. Patricks Day, friends! It’s the day of green, and in the spirit of eating festively, I’ve compiled a few recipes to bite into this holiday. It’s no secret that green foods are great for you. The following treats are inspired by today’s favorite color — so sip away and bite into these festive recipes as you celebrate the luck of the Irish!

For those of us who love food, learning what goes into a chef’s vision and menu is incredibly inspiring. When I was invited to meet Akasha Richmond, who’s self-named restaurant lies in the heart of Culver City, I was ecstatic to pick her brain about the colorful and vibrant menu she’s created.

The first time I dined at (and with) Akasha, it was a sensory experience. The color, the flavor, and the intention with her dishes amazed me. I walked out satisfactorily full, and very curious about her Indian-inspired roots of cooking. Guests at Akasha know her personally, and that creates an incredibly communal dining experience.

So, when we arrived one Thursday morning to hang out with her, it did not surprise me in the slightest that Akasha welcomed us into her restaurant warmly, as though she were inviting us into her home. Meeting with her feels just like that. She’s open about her style in the kitchen and loves bringing people into her story. I had to hear more.

As a lover of food and flavor, I adore exploring well curated and unique restaurants all over the country. I recently had the opportunity to experience Fig & Olive of Los Angeles, a local Italian eatery flooded with artisanal olive oils and Italian-everything in abundance.

As part of each meal you’re given various olive oils and the opportunity to taste each one. Through my dining experience, I learned that tasting olive oil can truly be an art.

Fig & Olive’s founder, Laurent Halasz, has put together a guide for tasting olive oil that she shares with us, here: