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Health Kick

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After eating five-too many Shake Shacks, bagel sandwiches, iced coffees with too much sugar, pasta from new and old favorite restaurants (here and here), etc., I’ve finally decided to do my body a favor and eat something green.  While my girl, Martha Stewart, serves a mean dose of healthy inspiration on her website Whole Living, there are clearly some other bloggers that make eating healthy look delicious and easy, as well.  The website, Canal House, has a great photo-based food blog, which consists of what they cook for lunch.  I think I might try to make their “salad of cannellini beans, canned tuna, and tender lettuces and nasturtiums from the garden, served with warm toast” for lunch next week.

In the meantime, here is my lunch for tomorrow.  I’ve never eaten raw asparagus before, but there is no turning back now, as it’s packed and ready for me to bring to work tomorrow.  The vinaigrette supposedly breaks down the asparagus starches so the ribbons become pasta-like.  Good.  I’ve also added chicken because I know that’s what people on a diet love to eat.  Blegh.

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June 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm

New Year’s Resolutions

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Master the art of cooking, cleaning, and gardening.  Today in my yoga class, my instructor read us a short story written by one of her yoga teachers about her teacher’s search for enlightenment.  A few years back, this teacher had approached a yogi and asked him if he could advise her on the steps to achieve enlightenment.  He responded, to her dismay, “you must master the art of cooking, cleaning, and gardening.” This answer was neither what the teacher had expected nor had wanted to hear from the yogi.  Eventually, however, she realized the truth in the yogi’s statement; once she could find happiness and peace in performing the everyday tasks, like keeping a clean and organized living space, and in caring for and nurturing a plant, then enlightenment would become more accessible.  At this point in the practice I began to shift my body a lot as I remembered my probably-once-green fern, Otis, that I had left without water, to die over this vacation.  Sadface.  So here’s to cultivating my cooking, cleaning, and gardening skills in 2011 (and always).  May another Otis never die within my care.  And may my cooking space look as clean and neat as in these photos below.


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January 4, 2011 at 12:34 am

Posted in Health, Holidays, Lifestyle

Community Supported Agriculture

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At one point this weekend I very seriously considered joining the CSA (community supported agriculture) system at the local farmer’s market.  I had grand dreams of fresh, organic, free*, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and ….DINNER parties; thick Greek yogurt, granola, and blueberries for breakfast; salads with herbs like dill and basil, and greens that I would never think to try (hello swiss chard).  But after some careful consideration and thorough due diligence, I realized that my stake in the CSA would come to an end on the 30th of October (instead of going through December as I’d originally thought), and so maybe paying $200 for two months of “exotic” vegetables (that I may not even have time to cook, let alone pick up every weekend) might be a little expensive.  But for a while I really loved the idea of the whole thing.  And I guess I can still go and buy produce from them every week, right?

Here’s a look at the local fruits and vegetables coming up in season:


basil, beans, beets, carrots, celery, celeriac, collards, cucumbers, eggplant, Italian dandelion, raspberries, kale, lettuce, melons, onions, parley, peppers, summer squash, Swiss chard, tomatoes, winter squash


boc choi, arugula, beets, broccoli, scallions, cabbage, napa cabbage, carrots, celeriac, celery, collards, kale, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, parsley, diakon radishes, chard, turnips, winter squash

I hope that without my membership to the CSA I am still committed to eating healthy and local this fall!  It looks so fun and YUM.

Photo Credit: Tartelette

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August 22, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Right Quick: This Week is Spa Week

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“We’ve been so busy stressing over our taxes—and the inevitable extension we had to file—we almost forgot about Spa Week. Almost. The annual event that gives beauty lovers all over the country a chance to experience choice treatments at a selection of local spas—for a mere $50 each—is back, from now through April 18. Below are our top five picks for getting pampered on the cheap in New York; hopefully, a little budget massage therapy will ease away the memory of that sizable “estimate” check we just wrote to the IRS.”

Me too,, me too: Open Wide And Say, Spa!

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April 14, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Posted in Events, Health, Lifestyle

Kiehls Celebrity Designed-Label Art Series

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These are just so pretty – plus 100% of the sales from these limited edition bottles will go to the Rainforest Alliance. I’m sold.  I like the Jeff Koons and Malia Jones labels the best.

After the success of last year’s Earth Day celebrity-designed-label art series, which raised $100,000 for the Waterkeeper Alliance, Kiehl’s is at it again for 2010 with a new crop of green-leaning A-listers getting in on the action. The latest installment of its charitable initiative showcases full-sized bottles of Kiehl’s certified-organic Acai Damage-Protecting Toning Mist with adornment from the likes of actress Julianne Moore, musician Pharrell Williams, pro-surfer Malia Jones, and artist Jeff Koons. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sales of the limited-edition collector’s items will go to the Rainforest Alliance to raise funds and awareness for sustainable biodiversity. To add a little more boldface-name cred to the project, photographer David LaChapelle has shot a campaign with each contributing artist and his or her own design. The mists officially hit stores today, but if you want to get clear skin, smaller pores and do your part for the environment without leaving the confines of your cubicle, click here.

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April 6, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Green Recipes

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In honor of St. Paddy’s Day (again), here is a recipe I saw my girl Martha Stewart prepare on the Today Show this morning.  (FYI, if you’ve read my “About” me, you’d know that watching The Today Show while on the elliptical is a daily activity of mine.  Low point/high point.)

Raw asparagus, peas, and wispy pea shoots are tossed in a creamy, tangy buttermilk dressing laced with tarragon and other herbs.

Read the recipe after the jump.

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March 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Buying Perrier on Food Stamps

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Graduating from school in the middle of a recession has got people going all sorts of crazy.  Not only is it hard to stay employed, but it’s hard for even the most qualified candidates to find a job.  In these times, everyone is feeling the pinch of the recession.  Even hipsters.   That’s why Salon is putting the spotlight on them in their latest exposé.  Young people – who don’t look like Ronald Reagan’s carefully crafted “Welfare Queen”- are using food stamp debit cards to buy ingredients for their dinner parties and to stock up on luxury items like organic whole chickens and glass bottles of Perrier.  “They’re young, they’re broke, and they pay for organic salmon with government subsidies. Got a problem with that?”

I really don’t have a problem with people buying nice produce with food stamps – if – they – qualify – for – it.  I would much prefer to see people buying apples, berries, more expensive whole grains, and grass-fed beef instead of little debbies, pringles, kraft cheese, and hot dogs.  But.  When I read an article that interviews a woman (who might just be the extreme case) who admits she has a penchant for expensive clothing but uses food stamps to sponsor her chic dinner parties, I am floored.  At least it’s interesting to see that the stigma on food stamps has shifted?   I guess what I’m trying to say is on the one hand, I’m glad Ronnie’s “Welfare Queen” image looks different.  But on the other hand, at least I believed a poor black single mother qualified for it?

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March 16, 2010 at 1:46 pm

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