Monday, July 21, 2014

MEATLESS MONDAY : BROWN RICE AND ASPARAGUS BOWL

From my easy-breezy summer kitchen: brown rice, beans, onion and asparagus quickly fried with coconut oil. Served with a side of kimchi. Similar recipe here.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

MY WEEK IN SNAPSHOTS

 It has been lovely having Saturdays off and heading out to our little farmer's market first thing in the morning. I so much rather shop this way than at the supermarket. I actually hate going to the supermarket which is why we usually get our veggies and fruits through a delivery service called Door to Door Organics that brings a box full of goodies right to our door once a week. These peaches above were super sweet and juicy, perfect for my smoothie and just to snack on when craving for something sweet.
After the farmer's market we went to hang out at our local bookstore and browse around, getting inspired and enjoying the atmosphere. There are very few independent bookstores left and I sure want to support them. So no more ordering books from Amazon. Except if I need an audio book... Oh, and we got towed back home from the middle of the highway one day when coming back home from the city. This is the second time in the past 3 months when our tire blows up. The sunset was beautiful though, if I have to think something positive from that evening :)
One day I spent couple of hours in downtown NYC just walking around the riverside while waiting for hubby to get out of a meeting. We also dined at Smorgas Chef and I had my favorite comfort food of all time: veggie meatballs, mushroom sauce, mashed potatoes, lingonberry jam and red cabbage slaw. So good! South Street Seaport sure has changed since my last visit (before hurricane Sandy) and I love the public hangout areas such as the picnic deck with sun chairs overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge. South Street Seaport was my favorite area when I first moved to NYC and I would walk there from my apartment in Lower East Side every single day when I was off from work. So I have warm memories from here. It was exciting time, moving to the city where I knew no one, started working in a brand new job and living in Lower East Side. Good times.
We also finally went to the beach! First time this summer and oh my, how wonderful it felt to walk (run) in the hot sand barefoot and feel the warm ocean breeze. I could live in the beach. No, seriously, I could. Long Branch Beach has become a favorite beach since it is only about a 50 minute drive away, it's clean and pretty. Previous posts about this beach can be found here and here. For all beach posts check this out. Follow me on Instagram here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

ELLARY'S GREENS IN WEST VILLAGE

I've  been wanting to try Ellary's Greens since they opened, but just never quite made it there. Until my friend Mirva had her birthday lunch. Ellary's menu focuses on natural, organic vegetarian food with limited meat and fish options. Butter and cream are banned from the kitchen. Menu clearly indicates what dishes are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free. Decor is very warm and earth-tones rule the restaurant. Plus lots of greens. This is a place where I could hang out writing blog posts, sipping some delicious green juice and snacking some vegan delights. Note that they do not offer WiFi, so if you need to be connected find another spot.
We ordered juices and three very different kind of dishes.
Escarole with Smoked Tofu, Chickpeas, Olives, Walnuts, Red Onions, Nori, Red Wine Vinaigrette.
Salmon Cakes with Yoghurt Sauce and Chopped Hard-Boiled Egg.
Ancho Glazed Salmon with House-Made Ancho Adobo, Tomato-Lime Coulis.
Love the decor!
ELLARY’S GREENS juice was absolutely frigging mind-blowingly delicious: kale, green apple, lime. So simple!

Monday, July 14, 2014

MY FAVORITE KIND OF TOAST

After working out my body just screams for fuel and before I get to cooking I satisfy the biggest hunger with some simple, delicious toast. My favorite is the Ezekiel which is a combination of six grains and legumes, it is non-gmo, organic, sprouted and contains no flour. I toast it and spread some almond butter first, then lemon juice smashed avocado and finally sprinkle with a little himalayan or sea salt (or kelp granules), nutritional yeast and hot sauce. Snack it with fresh, crunchy veggies, almonds and nuts.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

5 QUESTIONS BLOG CHALLENGE

I received a challenge a while ago from the lovely Tibs of Tib's Tips and I finally managed to put my answers together. I am the master of procrastination...


1. Your favorite clothing brand?


This is difficult because I've never been into brand name clothing. I get my stuff from street fairs, Indian markets, H&M, F21 and Strawberry... 

2. How would your dream house look like?

Ranch style (one-level) open floor plan beach cottage. Chef's kitchen and a little yard to grow veggies and herbs. It would also have a yoga and meditation room. 
3. What was your dream career when you were a child?

Dancer in Broadway musicals. I got pretty close to Broadway, but dancing I stopped before I even moved here. 

4. Scent you'll never forget?

Hmm... India.
5. Your biggest dream now?

To have a career that helps people to live happy and healthy and saves lives of animals. Be able to travel much more and not be stuck in one place.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AN AFTERNOON IN NEW HOPE

 Last Sunday we took a little trip down to Pennsylvania for a Summer Solstice Expo and Holistic Fair. Little did we know that the town where this event took place was cute as a button, just like something out of a storybook. Beautiful historic houses, interesting little stores, antique shops, art galleries, cafes, restaurants, vibrant night life and location right by the river. The name of the town was New Hope. It was a popular gay resort in the 1950s and still has an active and large gay community, which was quite noticeable from the rainbow flags hanging everywhere. New Hope also attracts bikers as you may see from some of the photos below. 
During our next visit to New Hope we're planning on taking The New Hope & Ivyland Railroad that takes you through the historic and scenic line through Bucks County. I always wanted to ride the steam locomotive! That should be so much fun. Another sightseeing option is the ferry boat that leaves right next to The Landing Restaurant. 

Few bikers in town...
We had dinner at The Landing Restaurant right by the river, sitting outside of course. Their menu seemed just like an any average American restaurant's menu and I had no high hopes on the food, but was pleasantly surprised how good it was.  I had their Portabella Sandwich and it was one of the most delicious Portabella sandwiches I've ever had. Oh, New Hope, you stole my heart. We'll be back very soon!