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!