What girl doesn’t love a good bag? I know I do! Clutches, totes, satchels, I am an equal opportunity bag lover (bag obsessor). However, there is one particular bag that holds a very special place in my heart. Baggu. In a gorgeous array of colors and patterns these eco-friendly, reusable bags are not just for the grocery store. I have used mine as a shopping bag, beach bag, tote, place for my wet spin clothes etc. etc. I keep a Baggu in every one of my purses so no matter where I am I always have one at the ready. I long ago gave up taking disposable shopping bags from stores, and thanks to Baggu I am always carrying my purchases in style.
My favorite part of summer is eating meals outdoors. Last night when the heat had broken and the rain had ended Doug, Maddy and I went for an impromptu dinner at one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. That’s right, Maddy came too. We sat outside and tied her to one of our chairs while we ate. She loved being included in our outing and had a great time people (and dog) watching while Doug and I ate dinner.
I am a big believer in eating as seasonally, locally and organic as possible. In season, local, organic food simply tastes much better. It is also much better for you as you do not have to worry about scary chemicals and pesticides leaching onto your fruits and veggies! If you doubt me try a tomato in December and then again from a local farm in August. It’s a different fruit all together. Ditto for corn. I will only eat corn in the late summer, preferably from one of my many favorite farm stands on Long Island.
Having an organized kitchen is key to healthy cooking. Knowing what you have and having it easily accessible will get you cooking more and ordering out less. An organized pantry full of staples will also save you time and money. We’ve all been there, you come back from the grocery store with another jar of coconut oil or bottle of vinegar when it’s twin is already sitting in the pantry!
I love the comfort of a routine. I truly am a creature of habit and thrive when I have a set schedule to follow. Perhaps this is why I always loved school? Being able to look at my schedule and know that (at least for the semester) every Monday would resemble every other Monday was comforting to me. Now, as an adult my weeks are far less symmetrical. One day I could have back to back to back meetings and appointments all over the city, and the next I could be at my desk all day.
I am not one to turn down a challenge, self inflicted or otherwise. In general if I set my mind to something I can get it done. Quit chocolate for a bit? No problem. Commit to exercising 6 times a week? Done. Get more sleep? Difficult (due to my love affair with my DVR and sub-par television) but doable. The same applies to my recipe creation. I love challenging myself with new ingredients and new ideas.
Sometimes I love an ultra glam makeup look, and sometimes I like to keep things super simple. In the daytime when I am often pressed for time I love a look that is dependable, quick and most of all easy! I am also a firm believer that too much makeup during the day can seem fussy and overly “done.”
I am thrilled to announce that VegNews Magazine, my favorite vegan publication has decided to feature my How To Make Almond Milk video on their VegNews TV channel! VegNews TV is a great source for vegan recipes, how to’s and more. I am truly honored to be in such great company on their site! Check out the video here!
We just got back from a fantastic week in Los Angeles. L.A. is truly one of my favorite places to visit. For years my mother, sister and brother lived there so I always feel at home when visiting. L.A. is also the last place I saw my brother before he passed unexpectedly so being there always makes me feel close to him. It’s amazing how certain places hold very powerful and charged memories.
I am not a huge drinker. I like an occasional glass of wine ( white, usually Sauvignon Blanc) with dinner, but as a rule I try not to drink except on weekends, and never at home. I will admit though, I have a weakness for margaritas. This is probably not a surprise with my love of Mexican cuisine. However, I don’t just like any margarita. I like mine completely free of added sugar, and preferably very spicy! When I am at a restaurant instead of ordering a margarita I usually ask for a tequila gimlet on the rocks, or lime juice and tequila on the rocks. I find that much easier than saying, “I’ll have a margarita, no triple sec, no simple syrup.” If there is some sliced jalepeno, habenero, or serrano peppers that can be add to my drink that is even better! I then add 2-3 drops of the liquid stevia I always keep in my purse, and instantly my drink is the perfect balance of spicy, tart and sweet. Perfection.