Tuesday, April 30, 2013

CHARITY KITCHEN TOUR PT.1

Few weeks ago I attended this fun charity event with my sister-in-law, her friend and friend's mother, where we got to tour some magnificent houses in our town and taste appetizers and desserts from local top chefs. It was really interesting to see how people live in their big houses, get inspiration and decor ideas. This is an annual event and the charitable cause are the local schools. It cost $40 for the ticket and that included also after-tour gala where a whole bunch of amazing gift baskets were raffled and free food and drinks were served. This was my first time attending and if we're still around next year I'll definitely do it again.
This kitchen was a bit too dark for my taste (I love white kitchens), but the food here was awesome!




One of the houses had a  taco truck parked in their backyard serving the most amazing cactus tacos. That just might have been the best taco I've ever had in my life. So tasty!
Some houses didn't look like much from the outside, but the interiors blew us away. Some amazing renovation and interior design showcasing. Makes me wish to have a house again...
To be continued...

Monday, April 29, 2013

TACOS LOCOS

Tacos have been our easy weeknight dinner tradition for years because of the unlimited possibilities with what to stuff them with. Chopped raw onions, tomato, beans, lettuce, bell peppers, olives, sweet corn, maybe some Trader Joe's soy chorizo for me and some chopped chicken for husband. You can also use tempeh, barbequed eggplant, tofu, seitan, cauliflower and so on. Or how do you like the sound of these: Black Bean Tacos with Cilantro-Infused TortillasVegan Tempeh Tacos with Avocado-Lime CremaBarbecue Eggplant Tacos , Thai Lemongrass Tofu Tacos with Lime-Sriracha Aioli and Basil-Cucumber SalsaThai “Pulled Pork” Tacos Chipotle Cauliflower TacosVegan Buffalo Tacos Strawberry Chipotle Sausage Kale Tacos? I say YUMMY!
Here I also used some red cabbage since I like a good crunch. And I love raw cabbage. Always did.
For tons of more vegan taco and guacamole ideas go check out this awesome Pinterest board "Vegan Taco Mania"! Hope you'll have a great week! XO

Saturday, April 27, 2013

SATURDAY STREET STYLE

We took over the cobblestone streets of Dumbo one sunny Sunday and even while we were late for our party, we thought there would be time for some photos. I mean, there's always time for photos, right?

Friday, April 26, 2013

SNAPSHOTS OF THE WEEK

 I've spent too much time on Pinterest this week, but also done yoga and taken walks to balance that out a little. :) Weather  has been quite amazing (except on Tuesday), so I hope to get our little concrete patio a little more inviting. I'm dreaming of a backyard oasis and Pinterest has been my place to go for some inspiration and ideas. I'll share some of those images with you soon. I've also started growing organic heirloom tomatoes. I haven't had good luck with growing my food before (herb garden was huge fail), but maybe my luck has changed. We shall see soon... But seriously, how awesome would it be to pick your veggies from your own yard? 
Yay, spring is (finally) here!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY'S FIVE FAVES

INDULGE! Pasta made from quinoa!? Vegan "Elbows alla Vodka" in the making! 
CLEANSE! Yup, this will be one of the crucial things I'll do this spring. Need to get cleansed out so detox here I come!
SUPER IT UP! Trying some new superfood powders. Irish Moss helps in regaining the youthful properties of hair, skin and nails. It is full of nutrients and minerals that can maintain the beauty and health of the human body: Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, F, and K, Amino acids, Beta-carotene, Calcium, Iodine, Iron, Potassium, Protein, Sulfur and Zinc. Read more about it here.
EAT! I love bread. My snack lately has been sprouted whole wheat and flax seed rolls with hummus, tomato, balsamic vinegar marinated cucumber, capris and some tabasco sprinkled on top (I'm addicted to hot sauce). Yum!
PLAY! No matter how tired I am i put in some playtime with the cats when I get home from work. It's like they've been waiting for it all day and bring me their toys as soon as I sit down. Here we're playing one of their favorite games: throwing feather-tailed ball up the stairs and they try to catch it and smack it back down. Good times.
Sunday drive down the FDR on our way to Brooklyn. Such different views I'm used to. Very refreshing to see Manhattan from the other side.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

AT RED'S LOUNGE, RED EYE GRILL

Last week we were utterly spoiled at a nearby restaurant called Red Eye Grill when they threw a fabulous concierge appreciation event for us hospitality professionals. Red Eye is located right across the street from Carnegie Hall at 7th Avenue and 56th St. Red's Lounge features an 88-foot mural by the world-renowned artist Red Grooms.
The Redeye Grill derives its name from the infamous late-night flight linking America’s two cultural hubs. The fusion of the two coasts is present both in this grand cafĂ©’s interior design and its menu. COme here to listen to live music nightly and enjoy a cocktail.
We connected with many interesting characters of the concierge world and shared experiences while munching on some delicious appetizers, desserts, wine and cocktails that kept coming our way non-stop. The staff made sure we never had an empty glass or plate. Live jazz music was nice touch as well.
Thank you everyone at Red Eye Grill for the most wonderful, delicious, memorable night in a while!
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The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles. 
William Penn

Monday, April 22, 2013

HAPPY EARTH DAY! BE THE CHANGE!

 I try to do my part in preserving the Mother Earth by recycling, walking short distances rather than driving, bringing my own shopping bags to the supermarket and saying no to the plastic bags, not buying so many new things, but rather used stuff from flea markets and friends (thanks Saara, Heidi and Cheryle!), support our local farmers markets and even using eco-friendly cat litter Shweat Scoop Wheat Litter (clay-based kitty litter is actually helping to destroy mountains, because it is acquired through strip-mining AND takes several decades to biodegrade). I've also eliminated the use of toxic chemicals in cleaning our house and only use biodegradable, earth- and animal friendly products. This applies to most of my cosmetics as well. 
But the biggest single thing you can do for earth is to go vegan. Eating meat is one of the worst things because it's wasteful, causes enormous amounts of pollution, and the meat industry is one of the largest causes of climate change. Adopting a vegan diet is more important than switching to a "greener" car in the fight against climate change. Nuff said.
Eating meat doesn't just hurt animals—it hurts people too. It takes tons of crops and water to raise farmed animals. In fact, it takes up to 13 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of animal flesh! All that plant food could be used much more efficiently if it were fed directly to people. The more people who go vegan, the more we can feed the hungry. If you are interested in making a real change and go vegan (or vegetarian at first) check out this "Vegetarian Starter Kit" (in English) or here (in Finnish). I'm also here to answer any questions you may have and help you along the way. Just comment or email me!
Here's few fun upcycling ideas for your Earth Day entertainment (source):

Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls to Organize Cables and Chords

toilet paper rolls used to store cables and wires

 Upcycle Old Light Bulbs Into Candles

old lightbulb turned into candle

Turn Old Picture Frames Into Serving Trays

using picture frame as serving tray

Reuse Ketchup Bottles as a Pancake Squirter

using ketchup bottle as pancake squirter

Use Paperclips to Organize Your Cables

paperclips clipped onto side of table using handles to organize cables

Reuse Old Kleenex Boxes as Bag Dispensers

using empty kleenex box as grocery bag dispenser

Turn an Old Door Into a Frame for a Standing Mirror

old door frame used as standing mirror

Use Mason Jars to Carry Your Salad

using mason jars to transport your salad
Do you part and make one change today to become more eco-friendly! Earth will thank you.
"Only After the last tree has been cut down, Only after the last river has been poisoned, Only after the last fish has been caught, Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten." Native Wisdom