This past weekend, I finally got to experience all the amazing madness that is Natural Products Expo West otherwise referred to as Expo West.
Hanukkah starts tomorrow night! 8 days of being commanded to eat fried foods! You can’t have Hanukkah and NOT have latkes or donuts! It’s like having Thanksgiving without stuffing (the horror!)
But the thing about latkes? They take sooo long to make only to be eaten up in minutes!
The other thing about latkes? Because of fact number one above, a lot of people go with the store bought latkes and those contain flour and sometimes other unnecessary ingredients. Which leaves me latke less and sad at Hanukkah parties! (Plus lets be real the store bought ones don’t usually taste that great…)
I just started back up at work after three months off and I try to pack my lunch as often as possible. Usually on Sunday nights, I make a big batch of roasted veggies and a protein or two and throw them on top of some lettuce each morning and call it a day. It’s simple and filling and since I’m a creature of habit, it almost always does the trick.
BUT sometimes, salads are… BORING. And dark leafy greens is really not what I’m after. Ya know?
But I know when I eat a big sandwich or the big giant bowl of Gluten Free Pad Thai from P.F. Changs when the office orders from there, I’m usually ready for a nap about 30 minutes after lunch.
So to resist the salad boredom AND the post sandwich slump, I’ve been working on a few new recipes that are easy to whip up and a little bit different.
Enter this Mango
Over the past week or so I’ve been on a makeup makeover kick. My husband forced me to clean our overly cluttered bathroom and devised a terrible, yet genius process where he put everything that was all over the counter into a big bag. He told me to pull from the bag everything I use over the course of a week and leave it on the counter when I was done. Then at the end of the week, we would see what was left in the bag — which would force me to face the facts that I either don’t use it and should toss it or that I use it only once in a while and should store it somewhere (anywhere!) other than our bathroom counter.
But how can something that has nothing be so delicious, you ask?
I’m not sure but I think the answer lies in bananas & chocolate.
All I can say is – This bread is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S!
Last week all of my college friends came in to town to celebrate and shower one of our friends who just had the most precious baby girl! We’ve done this for every one that’s had a baby- we all fly in for the weekend, we all buy a new book for the baby’s library and we all cook brunch together and spend the day eating and drink mimosas and we are usually asleep by 10 pm because well… it’s been TEN years this spring since we graduated college and those crazy late nights are noooo more.
Usually these brunches are filled with foods that are delicious but full of gluten, dairy, soy and the like. But my friend/the new mom is doing an elimination
Let me be clear: I’m no stranger to cooking fails.
There have been cookies that completely fell apart (but still tasted great crumbled up on top of some coconut milk ice-cream), banana bread that didn’t quite rise and definitely wasn’t sweet enough (but still tasted ok with some almond butter spread on top) and of course, there was the time I was supposed to make a pretty ombre Hanukah cake turned anything else than pretty. (But I was able to salvage them into delicious and festive cake pops.)
Usually, I’m able to salvage the dish and turn in to something edible. But this one? This one was a throw-it-in-the-trash-how-do-I-get-this-taste-out-of-my-mouth-I-could-probably-use-this-to-torture-someone-to-get-information-I-need kind of bad.
Some people are cake people. For others it’s cupcakes. Or cheesecake (looking at you, husband) Or pie.
I’m 100% an ice-cream/frozen yogurt (and chocolate chip cookie/scone) kind of girl.
Case in point: during my first summer hiatus at The Oprah Winfrey Show, I got a job working at a frozen yogurt shop. While all of my other co-workers spent their time off traveling & relaxing – I spent my summer spooning mochi balls and fruity pebbles on top of tart yogurt for $11 an hour at Berry Chill (RIP):
It’s how I first discovered I was allergic to dairy. After consuming fro yo all day everyday for 3 months, my skin looked worse than a 14 year old in the midst of puberty and I felt awful.
So, after my Dr. delivered the devastating news, I cut out dairy and go figure, my skin cleared up.
Flash forward to 2016.
Is there anything better than the start of pumpkin season? For some reason as soon as August hits, everyone is jonesing for some of the orange stuff.
The annual return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte might as well be a national holiday- there are currently countless articles on the interwebs speculating the release date of the OG Starbucks beverage, and Dunkin Donuts just announced their PSL will return August 29th! Pumpkin recipes (bars! pies! muffins! scones! soups!) are already flooding your Instagram feed and while every year you TRY to fight off the pumpkin frenzy because, well it’s still SUMMER and like 85 degrees outside, you can’t help but feel the need for some pumpkin.
But since I can’t get my hands on a Pumpkin Spice Latte just yet, I kicked off pumpkin season in a whole new way. Besides, I’m trying to save that beloved sugary PSL (and the calories that come with it) for the first brisk day
By now you’ve likely heard of Cryotherapy. A freezing cold (read: between -200 and -260 degrees Fahrenheit) chamber where you stand naked (well you DO wear socks and gloves, and if you’re a dude, your boxers- so there’s that) for anywhere from 90 seconds to three minutes while someone on staff cheers you on (and if you’re lucky, as in my case, your mom) while blasting a favorite song and trying not to think about how cold it is because it’s supposed to be good for you. The pamphlet says it is, the internet says it is, and a whole lot of celebs who are obsessed with it also tout it’s supposed benefits: great for pain and inflammation, alleviates sore muscles after a workout in an instant, better sleep, clearer skin, more energy, weight loss and the list goes on.
I first came across this crazy sounding trend while researching Mandy Moore (yes, the Mandy Moore who drove a green VW bug while
This has been a very exciting week. The Boy and I celebrated two years together (crazy!), I found out that Backstreet Boys will be not only be the show “Undateable” next week- but they will also be on the same lot WHERE I WORK. (Poll: Do we think it’s okay if I “coincidentally” wear my Backstreet Boys studded denim jacket to work that day?! “Oh, this old thing?”)
Oh AND I tried a new snack… Beef Jerky.
So much excitement, so little time.
Here’s the truth about Beef Jerky. When I think about Beef Jerky I think about growing up seeing Slim Jim commercials and those tubular things of beef at the gas station that looked (in my opinion), beyond nasty. 8th grade me thought why have that as a snack when you can have Gushers? or Teddy Grahams (chocolate ones, obviously). Or those yogurts that came with a thing of sprinkles to pour into it! Sprinkles in a