Wednesday, December 26, 2012

NO-COOK BLUEBERRY CHIA PUDDING!

RECIPE - Ahh, my first adventure to our newly opened Trader Joe's!  I entered with the intention of buying a guacamole kit and left having traded two crisp twenty dollar bills for two large bags of groceries.  Inside one of said bags was $5 the Chia Seeds, purchased (of course) on an impulse of sheer curiosity.  Very much intrigued by the idea of having new goodies to gobble up for breakfast (and hearing rumor that they help you lose weight), I took advantage of TJ's recipe for No Cook Chia Pudding and did a little SJ-style tweaking.  The result was something mildly funky, strangely sweet, and perfectly purple... oh, and did I mention that every spoonful is jam-packed with Omega-3s, dietary fiber, protein, and antioxidants!?  Ohhhhh, yes.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

RECIPE: BASIC BROCCOLI SCRAMBLE


RECIPE:  Trees are down, power is slowly coming back up, and people are fighting each other tooth and nail for gasoline... so naturally I have only what is in my fridge to work with.  Lucky for me, I like what's in my fridge, sparse as it is at the moment... avocados, eggs, soy milk, oj, an onion, garlic, ketchup, a half dozen eggs, and an ENORMOUS bunch of broccoli!  Silly as it sounds, this bunch of broccoli has been my salvation this week and the perfect way for me to calm my NYC Breakfast Withdrawal.  Great for all you veggies out there, this is a certified lactose freedom meal... and you can thank @sopermama for asking me to post the recipe!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

DIY CHALLENGE - GOURMET VEGAN MAC & CHEEZ

DIY CHALLENGE: Having recently purchased some ungodly expensive (but fantastically delicious) "gourmet mac" in Brooklyn, I took it upon myself to revive the DIY Challenge.  In case you've never heard about this particular challenge before, the rules are simple.  I buy something at a restaurant that is just as expensive as it is delicious and then try to recreate it (and enhance it) in my home for approximately the same cost.  Traditionally, this has left me with anywhere from 2-6 servings of the original meal... which is a mind-blowing inspiration for me to cook at home instead of ordering out.  This challenge is to recreate my $9+ meal of Vegan Mac & Cheese w/Broccoli from Brooklyn Mac and turn it into a quick and easy homemade meal.  After a grand total of two tries, I have found great success in this recreation, although the less expensive of the two options is veggie, not vegan... but that's okay with me.

Monday, October 29, 2012

RETURN OF THE DIY CHALLENGE!



WHAT IS THE DIY CHALLENGE?: The DIY Challenge began several years ago when I developed a taste for gourmet cooking (compliments of NYC) but my wallet began to develop a strong distaste for it.  Paying top dollar for tiny portions (although delicious) is great if you're on holiday or have the money to toss around, but let's be frank here... that's not the case for the vast majority, myself included.  What was my solution?  Well, I am a master budgeteer and foodie turned experimental chef so I challenge myself to recreate these delectable dishes at home and at cost... often managing to spend little enough to tweak the dishes a bit and enhance them!  Success thus far has come in the form of Hummus, Pasta Dishes, Gourmet Ravioli, Ice Cream, Cookies, Cupcakes, Smoothies and much much more.  Just click through my recipe links and see for yourself.  You can cook these meals for your entire family for the price of one tiny meal at a restaurant.  I'd love to hear about your recreation attempts!

RETURN OF THE DIY CHALLENGE: Having spent an average of 15 meals per week in the city that never sleeps, I have had plenty of inspirations for the revival of the DIY Challenge... so expect to be seeing a lot of that in the near future!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

ZOMBIE YOGA & OTHER ADVENTURES

JOURNAL - I can hardly believe that October's already here.  It seems like just yesterday that I signed on for my summer yoga journey into the heart of who I am as a teacher and now it's four months later and my whole world has been turned on its head.  My commute has been reversed, so I am spending weekdays in the city now, but this just means that I have five (or more) opportunities to try new foods, crazy craft beers, and various yoga classes here and there.  Weekends are either spent working or indulging in pure ridiculousness... such as zombie yoga parties, big wheel races, or pirate conventions... which I will begin to share with you once I adjust to my new schedule a bit more.  I've finally started reading again so that can only lead to one thing... more writing... which then leads to more blogging... which then leads to more interesting and silly things to share with you, my readers.  I am sorry that I've been somewhat MIA as of late, but if you've been following on tumblr or instagram, you'll know that my time hasn't gone to waste and that I have much to share in my upcoming posts.  I will try to write a journal more often and do my best to faithfully post a "Tea for TWOsday" and "Thirsty Thursday" post weekly, mixing in "Friday Five"s and "Visual Diaries" here and there... until everything falls into place.  For now, enjoy a few zombie yoga pictures to hold you over until the next big post.  A bientot!


 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

BREW BLOG - TIS THE SEASON!


BREW BLOG - Summer is always lovely, fun, and as light as the clothing we all begin to wear, but year after year I find myself falling for Fall.  I absolutely adore hoodies, for one thing, and what better time to sport my Orange Iguanas pull-over, jeans, and matching orange Chucks than in this cool-down and kick-around-leaves kind of weather!?  Add to that some fresh-picked homemade apple pie and a pint of some glorious seasonal craft brews and I'm in heaven.  With that being said, check out three (extremely different) beers I fell for this week!  They're a party for your palate!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

VISUAL DIARY - PIRATECON 2012

Once upon a time on the Isle of Manhattan, hundreds of pirates stormed the filthy beaches in search of grog and good times. This be the blooper reel mysteriously captured by me little swashbucklin' cam-ARRRRRRR-a. Avast!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

YOGI POEMS - "LET IT FLOW"

"LET IT FLOW"

For what are you looking,
my sweet little squirrel,
as you sneak through the bushes
and jump into lakes
as you climb awkward fences
and dig in the mud?
Your hair's rough and matted.
Your paws sore and cut.
Your eyes filled with longing.
Your body grows thin.
For what are you looking,
you once chipper thing
that danced in the sunlight
and lept without fail
that wrestled your loved ones
in the green, growing fields?

You're running in circles,
you talk them as well.
You're confusing your loved ones!
You're confusing yourself!
You're grasping at air!
You're digging for threads!
You're reaching for sun beams
too far over your head!

For what are you looking,
my sweet little squirrel?
You will find no answers
beneath flowers or stones,
in the depths or on lake shores,
in another's back yard.
You will not find your answers
buried deep underground,
or hidden in foxholes,
or by asking the birds.

You can search all you want.
You can search high and low.
You can search far and wide
as your little feet can run.
You can climb with weak arms,
You can dig with sore paws,
You can swim with short breaths,
You can question the world!

But for what are you looking,
you lost little thing?
The answer's not hiding,
your eyes are just closed.
The sun may be blinding,
the woods may be loud,
the weather is changing,
but why should that matter?

My sweet little darling,
with matted brown hair,
and sore scraped-up paws,
tiny frame growing thin-
Don't fight with your lovers,
your brothers, your kin
don't scour the world
for the answers within!
Take simple, sweet breaths,
inhale long, exhale slow
and keep your eyes closed
just as long as it takes
for the answers to surface
in mind-rivers and lakes
for the love to come floating
down stream to your heart!

The current will find you
have patience, have faith
The stream may be rocky
but water flows on,
so maybe stop searching
and breathe where you are
the water will find you!
Take this time for yourself!
Go swimming for fun
eat berries, climb trees
and clean yourself off,
let your little paws heal.
Just float on your back
watching clouds as they pass
and breathe it all in
sweet and full.
The answers will arrive shortly.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

RECIPE: MINI MINT BURGERS!


RECIPE - Summer is coming to a close as school is revving up and free time is growing short.  So what better way to hang on to the last leg of warm weather, barbecues, and bike rides than with a quick and easy little summer-inspired treat?  That's right... Mini Mint Burgers!  There's no nuts, no meat, but yes, chocolate!  These creative little cookies are the perfect after dinner (or after real/veggie burger) snack for the whole family! ...and best of all?  No baking required!  Fun for all ages!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

TEA FOR TWOsday - EARL GREY CHALLENGE (Round 1)

TEA JOURNAL - Compliments of this weekend's trip to DAVIDsTEA on Bleecker and a fantastically strong craving for some Earl Grey tea, I have put these two deliciously different beauties up against one another in Round 1 of the Earl Grey Challenge.  One's a Green and one's a Black, but both are absolutely delicious blends that were chosen by scent alone to compete here this week.  Are you ready to meet the competitors?

Friday, August 10, 2012

THE FRIDAY 5 - WORKOUTS THAT WORK!


THE FRIDAY FIVE - The summer may be half over, but we all know that the best time to hit the beach is in the fall... when the water's warm, crowds die down, and (if you live in New Jersey) the beaches are finally free again!  Realizing that Labor Day is right around the corner... or perhaps that your first day of school is coming up... you want to feel and look good going into this new year... and especially going into the holiday season where (let's be honest now) many of us will gladly throw on heavy sweaters to cover up the fact that we're gobbling up all those holiday treats and goodies!  So, how are we going to feel and look great leading into September?  By looking ourselves in the mirror and saying, "I love you" to ourselves and then grabbing one or more of the following workout DVDs to tone up and slim down!  Seriously, I am going to do this right along with you all... I don't want to be left out of our better body renovation and fitness revolution!  So, no matter what sort of shape you are in, how old you are, or how ambitious... I have put together my top 5 DVDs for EVERY BODY.

Friday, August 3, 2012

THE FRIDAY 5 - FOR BANANA LOVERS!

FRIDAY FIVE - Over the weekend I discovered my new favorite tea spot in New York City and took home four lovely little bags of oolong bliss.  One of which inspired today's Friday Five.  This week I'm dedicating a post entirely to my favorite on-the-go snack that often packs a much-needed punch of potassium, dietary fiber, sugar, and Vitamins C and B6.  Great for your heart, bones, kidneys and nerves!  They can increase your mood and have worked every time to get rid of cramping and discomfort in my feet.  Not sure of how much I love bananas?  Drop by my semi-annual Birthday Bananathon and see what kinds of shenanigans ensue on the streets of the Big Apple and beyond!  Although I could probably list a dozen, I will now share with you, my lovely readers, five of my favorite banana goodies...

Thursday, August 2, 2012

PROJECTS IN PROGRESS - POSTS COMING SOON!

TO-BLOG LIST:
  • THE MINI-BURGER RECIPE!
  • A REVIEW OF REAL SANGRIA!
  • YOGA TEACHER TRAINING UPDATE!
  • TEA JOURNAL - NEW TEA REVIEWS!
  • RESTAURANT REVIEWS - SOY & SAKE... AND MORE!
  • EYE ART - NEW MAKE-UP TUTORIAL/SHOWCASE!
  • THE FRIDAY FIVE (FIND OUT THE TOPIC FRIDAY AT NOON!)
DID YOU THINK OF SOMETHING ELSE I SHOULD WRITE ABOUT?
LEAVE IT IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

Friday, July 27, 2012

THE FRIDAY FIVE - PHOTOSETS TO COME - YOU VOTE!

FRIDAY FIVE - This week's Friday 5 will be dedicated to all those events that I've been talking about in my "Where Have You Been?" post.  These are the top 5 events of the last three months that have enough photo or video footage to keep me editing for far longer than I could have possibly imagined.  They are also the events that were so wonderfully exciting and important to me that I have found myself at a loss for words in how to properly describe them so that justice is done.  With that being said, I am offering you, my readers, the opportunity to choose which of these events will get posting priority.  Please leave your vote in the comments section of this page!  And now, without further adieu, the events...

Friday, July 20, 2012

THE FRIDAY FIVE - GREAT NOMS ON A BUDGET (NYC/BK)


FRIDAY FIVE -  After spending four consecutive weekends seeking meat-free lactose-freedom in NYC and Brooklyn (compliments of my Yoga Teacher Training), I have learned a great deal about the delicate task of balancing budget and belly.  I have also discovered the glories of traveling by foot to burn calories instead of cash and why you shouldn't do so in flipflops when the "great idea" to walk from St. Marks to McCarren Park suddenly strikes you... but that's a story for another day.  Right now, we're looking for a way to fill our bellies without emptying our wallets.

The following are my Top 5 discoveries:

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

EYE ART - BOHEMIAN SPRING (TUTORIAL)


EYE TUTORIAL - What do you get when you mix lime, fruit punch, and plum on your lids?  A look so funky and sweet that it won't fade or smudge... even after several hours of Vinyasa Power Yoga in 90+ degrees.  Now, add in a splash of blue and a pop of black and you're ready to conquer the world with a fabulously versatile look!  If only Medusa would have tried this... the world would be a sculpture garden.

Interested in finding out how I achieved this look?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

DELICIOUS SIMPLICITY - 5 MINUTE BBQ CHICK'N OPEN-FACE!

RECIPE - It's quick, it's veggie-friendly, and it's the latest in our "Delicious Simplicity" series.  Taking only five minutes to prep and even less time to eat, this summertime open-face is great for the veggie on the go.  (but that shouldn't stop you from making it at your next BBQ!)  How about serving it up with a sweet batch of Hippie Juice to relax your guests and perhaps some Fresh Lemonade for the kids?  Maybe a side of PeaceLoveGuac?  Hey now, this is starting to sound like a party!  I'd like an invite!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

VISUAL DIARY - MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN 30 SECONDS



Once upon a Monday in the early evening hours, I found myself with two hours notice, throwing on the most swingin' dress I could find covered in polka dots and pearls and all topped off with a fine purple felt hat.  I didn't think twice, as I matched up my makeup and pinned back my hair beneath the fun and funky felt creation and hopped in my car quick as can be to drive to the nearest PATH station.

Friday, June 15, 2012

THE FRIDAY FIVE - FAVORITE DESSERTS TO MAKE!

 
THE FRIDAY 5 - This week's Friday Five is dedicated to... DESSERTS!  (and c'mon now... who doesn't love dessert!?)  The title pretty much explains itself, so click the link below to check out my favorite quirky and fun edible works of art!  And don't forget to comment at the bottom with which of these recipes you'd like to see on the blog!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Where Have You Been?


Good afternoon, my friends and readers!  I am so sorry for the delay in posts this last month, but my life became a bit hectic for better and worse and I was admittedly a bit swept up in it all.  My kitchen misses me, I can see that from the start... and I am sure that you could kick off your warmer weather with a recipe or two so I will be sure to include some of those sooner than not!  On the upside, I have many great photos, video, and stories to share with you from my adventures in May and early June that have me bursting with excitement!

Soon you will hear tales of imagination and black lights!  Of dancing and dreams!  Of moshpits and music and the magnificent New York art scene!  There will be bubbles and parades, hula hoops, and painted faces galore... all here for you to gaze at and enjoy on days sunny and gray... for within all of the bad are woven bold threads of the good which glow with such radiance against the dark clouds of life... and are always, without a doubt, far more beautiful.

In short: STAY TUNED!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS... AND FLY!


Do you know what is a BEAUTIFUL thought!? That the past is over, you've survived it... the goods, the bads, the ups, the downs... all just stories now. The past is over and in your hands is every hope, dream, and fantastic idea you could possibly imagine... and even some you haven't imagined yet! In your hands, you hold an infinite number of little seeds... as many as you can think of and more... and the MOST BEAUTIFUL THING about this all is that all it takes for one, five, a hundred, ten thousand, or all of them to grow... is a positive intention. The past is gone, the future is unwritten, and all we can control is what we say and do this very moment. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MOMENTS on what you CANNOT control, but instead find in each one an opportunity to water the seeds of tomorrow and allow them to grow, each at its own pace, knowing that in time the Flowers, Fruit, or Beanstalk will be magnificent for not only you but for all to see and admire... to lift them up and inspire them to plant seeds of their own, to set the wheels in motion with one small positive thought.

Ever since I was a little girl, my dream has been to fly. My sankalpah (intention) for the year was to be the truest me I can be... to be honest to myself about what I do or do not like... what I do or do not want... and to make informed decisions accordingly. Not all of them will please every person, but that's not what life is about. Life is about respect, acceptance, and unconditional love for ourselves and for those around us... even those we do not know or like... even those we will never meet. We're all connected... that's the point. What's the point of living a life if it is not to be helpful, useful, and kind? Those are the people I want in my life. That is the kind of person that I want to be. So here's to you, my friends, family, and strangers... a lesson I learned about flying a long time ago... "THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS!"

Thursday, May 24, 2012

30 DAY SHRED: DAY 13/30 - SHRED & SHRINK!


WORKOUT EXPERIMENT (CONTINUED) - After a four day hiatus (compliments of some serious allergies and the day-long United We Dance Parade) I have been back on track with the shred for the last three days.  I've managed to shrink my figure down to 36-26-37 which for me is just fine and dandy.  I'm a fan of ladies sporting the hour glass figure so keeping my bust and hips broad while shrinking down my waist with the shred is my personal ideal.  Hooping down Broadway in NYC, I believe, was a fair substitution for the Shred on Saturday and the other days have been dedicated to creating space in my body and mind through yoga... so time has been well spent!

Friday, May 11, 2012

30 DAY SHRED: DAY 4/30 - SHRED PLUS YOGA!

WORKOUT EXPERIMENT (CONTINUED) - It's Day 4 and that means it the time has come to reincorporate yoga into my daily routine.  Pushing through the soreness, I woke up in the early AM hours and drove over to my local yoga studio for practice.  I have to say, after only three days of doing the Shred, I found myself more grounded in poses and stable in my standing postures.  I'd noticed more strength in my arms and shoulders almost immediately on Day 1 when flowing through my vinyasa, but I found lifting my head from the ground in headstand and balancing on my forearms to be shockingly effortless to do and then hold.  I noticed a fair amount of other improvements that shocked me as well, and every opportunity for a stretch was welcomed by my ultra sore quads and hammies.  If I woke up today unsure if I would be strong enough, I left yoga confirming that it was the best decision to go.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

30 DAY SHRED: DAY 3/30

WORKOUT EXPERIMENT (CONTINUED) - Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls!  I'm still here and kicking (quite literally) on Day #3!  Even I am surprised at my dedication to this muscular suicide mission since I spent the day closing my eyes and wincing every time I had to bend down and pick something up off the floor or attempt to walk down our escalator.  Luckily my shoulder pain gave me the day off because I definitely worked a very trying and exhausting 8+ hour shift.

Throughout the day I found myself wondering how on earth the contestants on the biggest loser so much as walk after working out on the show because I'm in pretty decent shape and still manage to walk around as if I'm wearing stilts and enormous weighted bell-bottom trousers all at once... you know what I mean... that heavy swinging action your legs make after say, you climb off one of those rapids rides whose big finale is a waterfall pouring over your head and making the rest of your day uncomfortable because you don't like the feeling of your soaking wet pants.  Yeah, that feeling.  You know exactly what I mean.  Despite all the muscular discomfort and their persuasive pleas for mercy, I spent the last 20 minutes challenging Jillian to a duel.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

30 DAY SHRED: DAY 2/30

WORKOUT EXPERIMENT (CONTINUED) - Welcome everyone to Day #2 of THE 30 DAY SHRED CHALLENGE.  That wedding's coming up in five short weeks and I've got a long way to go before I can can properly rock that dress and dance the night away.  Recovery from Day #1 was moderate with a little bit of lower back pain from the stress of lifting weights and skipping yoga practice for the day.  I also experienced some soreness in the back of my thighs while climbing the escalator at work, but that was the good sort of sore.  Throughout the day, I found myself doing a lot of forward bends to stretch my hamstrings and lower back because I am pretty sure that my hammies went into shock after yesterday's workout.  Regardless, I counted down the hours until I could set 20 minutes aside and challenge myself to the workout for a second time.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

30 DAY SHRED: DAY 1/30

WORKOUT EXPERIMENT - Another 30 Day Challenge is upon us!  After witnessing for myself the success of the 30 Day Yoga Challenge (which has been repeated now for an eighth consecutive month following the original challenge period) I have decided to jump on the hype and try the STILL bestselling DVD workout from Jillian Michaels called 30 Day Shred.  This workout is designed to combine strength, cardio, and abs through her "3-2-1" system to burn calories, drop weight, and keep the weight off.  The DVD cover boasts that you can "lose up to 20 pounds in 30 days!" so, considering that I have a killer dress to squeeze into for my friends' wedding next month, I figured that now is as good a time as any to try out this little experiment on myself.  All that's required is the DVD, some floor space, a mat, and two weights (I chose 4lb weights)... alongside 20-30 minutes a day for 30 days to dedicate to bettering your body, your health, and ultimately your life.  There is no better gift to your body than exercise.

Now, let's chat about DAY 1...

Sunday, May 6, 2012

CREAMY CARROT PESTO! TRY CARROT PESTO!

RECIPE - If you've been keeping up with my previous pesto recipes or have been spring cleaning detoxing, then all the goodies that you will need to make this wonderful little meal enhancement should be right in your kitchen or pantry.  This recipe was an experiment and an attempt to make some use of the remainder of my pound of fresh carrots that have been hanging out in the fridge... and, like all unintentional findings, turned out to be something worth blogging about!

Oh, and have I mentioned all the health benefits of taking in some extra orange superheros? Full of fiber, half of which is soluble, carrots may help to lower blood-cholesterol and the beta-carotene from their insane amount of vitamin A can help ward off cancers, stroke, night blindness, and heart disease!  Extra Virgin Olive Oil works The broccoli tops you off with some additional beta-carotene and fiber plus the added benefits of vitamin C, calcium, an folic acid which help to lower blood pressure.  Hempseed offers some lovely omega 3 to 6 fats as well as a bit of protein while olive oil helps out the carrots in reducing cholesterol.  You will be warned that this recipe calls for a decent amount of Country Crock (or butter substitute) which probably evens out the score for your cholesterol levels, so if you are watching your weight and your heart, please reduce the amount that you are adding accordingly.  If you are using a bit of this in one meal, you should be fine... but don't make over-buttering a habit!  Health first!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

OUTING | NJ - THE SAND IN THE SPRING

POINT PLEASANT, NEW JERSEY -  Every since I can recall, I have found the beach to be my place of solace.  I am not particularly fond of scorching sands littered with bathing beauties and screaming children splashing about and kicking up sand under the unforgiving heat of the summer sun, but I am a tremendous fan of the beach when abandoned... particularly in the fall, mid winter, and late spring.  Growing up in suburban New Jersey, where the beaches are free only in the off season (Labor Day - Memorial Day), I learned quickly the best times of the year to dig my toes into the sand, do a few cartwheels, and listen to the ocean as I sipped Dunkin Donuts and read a work of literature.  Any time anything went wrong in my life, my immediate reaction was to flee to the coastline and watch the waves crash gently into my ankles before retreating back from whence they came.  I was born a fire sign and not particularly a fan of water, but the ocean and I, we find balance in the company of one another.  We find peace.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

VEGGIE-VEGGIE PESTO! IT'S VEGGIE PESTO!


MY RECIPE - The perfect way to sneak veggies into an old favorite!  Veggie-Veggie Pesto takes everything you loved about Impromptu Hempesto and takes it's health benefits to the next level with the cunning (and stealthy) addition of broccoli and carrots.  These two little alterations not only bump up the vitamins and nutritional goodies you're putting into your body but provide just enough texture to keep things interesting.  Paired with my favorite little wonder (TJ's Spinach & Chive Linguine) this is a meal you won't feel guilty about when you go ahead and have a second helping!

Want to make some for yourself?  Well then...

Friday, April 20, 2012

THE FRIDAY FIVE - LOOSE LEAF TEAS I LOVE!


TOP 5 LOOSE LEAF TEAS - After having traveled far and near for thirteen months in search of the most healthy, flavorful, and original handmade tea combinations, I have collected my fair share of fantastic teas.  Based on the ones that I find myself craving and enjoying on a regular basis, I have managed to narrow down a list of five teas to recommend to you today.   Ranging from green to black and rooibos as well, I am quite confident that you will enjoy at least one (if not all!) of the teas on this list.

My journey from a two-pot a day coffee drinker to a seasoned tea taster (pinky up!) has been an interesting one to say the least for my body, mind, and taste palate... and I hope that as you begin (or continue) yours, that you will be blessed with equally sensational TEAdventures!  So now, my friends... I shall offer you a tasting!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

NOM BLOG|CO - WYSTONE'S WORLD TEAS


LAKEWOOD, COLORADO - Choose from a list of 150 whole and loose leaf teas accompanied by some light affordable fare and marvelous munchies at downtown Lakewood's Belmar Tea Bar.  A relaxing environment with both indoor and outdoor seating, the vibe here is comfy casual.  A perk of Wystone's corner location, plenty of sunlight illuminates the orange, sage green, and cream decor, giving it a natural, organic, and delightfully friendly bistro feel.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

TEA TASTING: CELESTIAL SEASONINGS


BOULDER, COLORADO -  Founded in 1969, Celestial Seasonings has grown to be one of the largest specialty tea manufacturers in North America.  Originally picked in the Rocky Mountains, its all-natural ingredients are now harvested from 35 different countries around the world, ensuring that that the most authentic ingredients are used in their teas for a healthy, flavorful experience in each cup.  Last week, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit their facility in Colorado for a tour and tea tasting.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

MILE HIGH MUNCHIES

Drinking, Dining, & Detoxing in the Denver Metro Area.

FEATURING: CELESTIAL SEASONINGS - WYSTONE'S WORLD TEAS - OLD MILL BREWERY & GRILL - RED ROCKS GRILL - LEAF - ATLAS PURVEYORS - GYPSY HOUSE CAFE - AND MORE!!!

MORE POSTS COMING SOON!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

PRETTY MUCH PALEO PIZZA

RECIPE - Homemade "Garbage Pie" with a Paleo-friendly twist!

Every time I go away, I am faced with the same dilemma... what to do about ALL the fresh food and goodies I've stocked up in my fridge.   Well, thank heaven for our little Academy Awards get-together this evening which gave me the opportunity to utilize my groceries by creating some edible art on an olive oil gessoed thin crust canvas.

 Quick, simple, and pretty much Paleo, you just can't go wrong with a "Garbage Pie!"  (or for all you vegans & veggies out there, it's more of a "Compost Pie")


HIPPIE JUICE JELLO SHOTS!

ORIGINAL RECIPE -  Hippie Juice Inspired Jello Shots!

Picture this... It's New Year's Eve.  2010 is turning into 2011 and I have been recruited to make all sorts of scrumptious appetizers accompanied by an enormous batch of my infamous Hippie Juice.

The guests will be arriving in a few short hours and I've much alcohol left to find a home for.  I whipped up a batch of my usual Raspberry Jello & Watermelon Vodka shots, downed a few glasses of Malibu & Orange, and made the executive decision to convert my ever-popular Hippie Juice recipe into shot-sized jello form!  ...and there, in that kitchen of alcoholic bliss, Hippie Shots were born.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Peace, Love, and Mindful Quotations

“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

GARLIC MONSTER GREEN PEPPER HUMMUS

ORIGINAL RECIPE - Creamy garlic lover's hummus blended with EVOO simmered green peppers!

I have been on the most serious of hummus kicks as of late all thanks to the Tick Tock Diner coming up with the brilliant plan to make veggie quesadillas by substituting the cheese with hummus.  Even with my profound fondness for soy cheese and other miscellaneous vegan cheese substitutes, I noted that my taste buds and body overall found more satisfaction in these healthy little wedges than I typically had with quesadillas before.  (That, and they give you a side of guacamole and salsa!)

Now, the quesadillas were just the kickoff.  The real spark of inspiration came from having recently visited the new addition to our local mall, Nanoosh.  After experiencing the glory of their Red & Green Pepper Hummus, I decided to dabble in some chickpea art of my own.

Stop Motion Tea Party

BOSTON, MASS - My first dabblings in Stop Motion Film Making, inspired by Museum of the Moving Image... and some tea... in Boston.