Brightland Founder and CEO Aishwarya shares her simple, refined breakfast

Brightland Founder and CEO Aishwarya shares her simple, refined breakfast

If there is one person to learn how to live in a golden state from, it is Aishwarya Iyer. The Brightland founder and CEO shares her ideal Sunday dinner, nighttime routine, and sweet tooth go-tos in this special edition of Bright Rx. Keep reading for her refined and easy breakfast recipe, as well. 



Q&A with Aishwarya 




Brightland: What does living in a golden state mean to you?

Aishwarya: To me, living in a golden state means consciously taking actions to be more present; reading 10-15 pages of a book on a weekday morning, putting screens away during all meals, lovingly making yourself or a loved one a nice meal, and looking around the space you’re in and practicing gratitude. 


Brightland: If you had all the time in the world, what meal would you cook for yourself on a Sunday night? 

Aishwarya: I would make this divine pasta with fried lemons from NYT cooking, a panzanella salad with tons of Brightland, olive oil brownies with sea salt, and I would drink some natural orange wine from Meinklang, my favorite natural wine purveyor. 


Aishwarya is photographed with Crosby, her cheese-obsessed rescue pup. 


Brightland: What is your nightly wind down routine? 

Aishwarya: Getting in bed, using a jade body roller from my friends at Esker, writing down three things I am grateful for, 5 minutes of meditation, and sleep. 


Brightland: What do you like to keep out on your kitchen countertop or "kitchen shelfie"?

Aishwarya: My kitchen shelfie has: 

1. Bellocq tea

2. A teapot from Japan gifted to me by my sister

3. My favorite cookbooks: Indian-ish, The First Mess Cookbook, and The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

4. Brightland AWAKE and ALIVE 

      Brightland: What is your favorite way to use olive oil? 

      Aishwarya: Currently, my favorite way to use Brightland is to make these delicious olive oil waffles and the aforementioned olive oil brownies with sea salt -- is it obvious that I have a sweet tooth? 




       Pan Con Tomate





      • 1 french bread loaf 
      • 5 tbsp Brightland ARDOR or AWAKE
      • 2 garlic cloves, halved crosswise
      • 2 lb. heirloom tomatoes, cut in half
      • Flaky sea salt
      • Manchego Cheese




      1. Heat a pan with a tiny bit of Brightland's AWAKE
      2. Slice french bread loaf into slices with medium thickness. Toast bread slices on the pan for 3-5 minutes, flipping halfway through
      3. Rub raw garlic on toasted bread vigorously
      4. Rub tomato on toasted bread
      5. Drizzle Brightland's AWAKE on top of the bread+tomato
      6. Chop manchego cheese into slices, and top the bread
      7. Sprinkle sea salt on top