Food The Bite:

Eat. Real. Food.

Heather Cox is my neighbor in Amagansett. Just up the road she lives in the most magical modernist beach house nestled up in the trees. There she hosts Treehouse Retreats, intimate wellness gatherings promoting healthy living, clean and sustainable eating and yoga. These getaways create an environment for guests to disconnect from the day-to-day and instead connect to their greater selves, the earth and the sea. When a mutual friend invited me to Heather’s pristine domain, to say I was inspired would be a vast understatement. A woman after my own swoony heart, Heather eats, lives and breathes interior design (I asked a ton of questions AND took notes!), travel, farming and clean, local eating. She has worked at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and in the summers can be found in the fields at Balsam Farms, my favorite local farm stand. Heather’s wholehearted mission is to show others how conscious eating has the power to shift and nourish your life’s path. Heather also exudes sunshine — not only because she is an Aussie native but because her energy is bright, her smile is vibrant and her entire being is healthy and balanced. I could not imagine another person to kick off 2016’s #TheBite — and to inspire us all to EAT. REAL. FOOD!

Eat. Real. Food.

NAME : Heather Cox

PROFESSION : Founder of and The Treehouse Retreats

PHILOSOPHY ON FOOD? I believe that whether you are vegan, vegetarian or a meat eater the most important thing is knowing where your food comes from and how it was raised or grown. Supporting local, organic, sustainable and REAL food farmers is the key to getting our food system (and health!) back to the way nature intended it to be.


ESSENTIAL KITCHEN TOOL? My mini food processor.

Eat. Real. Food.
Eat. Real. Food.


SOUNDTRACK IN YOUR KITCHEN? In the summer, i love listening to fun indie music as it reminds me of summers back home and in the winter it’s Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

MIDNIGHT SNACK? I have a habit of eating cashew butter by the jar…

QUIRKY FOOD HABITS? Hmm. That’s a tough one. I can’t bring myself to eat the grey bit of the Salmon so i will generally eat around it and leave a big grey mess on my plate after… Or it goes on my husbands plate!


Eat. Real. Food.
Eat. Real. Food.

I CAN NEVER RESIST? French pastries.

THE RECIPE YOU ARE KNOWN FOR? At the moment my “chocolate hedgehogs”. They are super easy to make and SO delicious. I took them off my site when i was updating it and i had so many emails from people freaking out that they couldn’t find the recipe!

MOST SWOON-WORTHY RESTAURANT? Now that’s always a tough question! In New York my favorites are Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Sushi Nakazawa and ABC kitchen. In Sydney, North Bondi Fish and Chiswick.

THEY SAY YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT –  WHAT ARE YOU?  A big, raw, organic, colorful salad!



Photos by: Morgan Ione

Salmon , Radish + Apple Salad

Heather Cox


serves 2
  • 2 pieces hot smoked salmon, skin removed (you can find this at the seafood counter in your local supermarket or prepackaged with the regular smoked salmon)
  • 2 big handfuls arugula
  • 6-8 radishes, finely sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 an orange, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced or diced
  • juice of 1 orange
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • *option to add a shallot, finely diced


The Prep

  • In a small bowl or jar whisk together the dressing ingredients, seasoning with salt and pepper and adding more of the orange or lemon to suit your taste buds.
  • In a large bowl toss the dressing together with the arugula, radish, apple, orange and cucumber.
  • Serve plated or in a bowl with the salmon on top, either as a whole piece or crumbles as shown.
  • ENJOY!
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