A few months ago a friend asked me why I didn’t have many recipes with tomatoes on my blog. It was April and the answer was obvious to me. I don’t eat tomatoes outside of the late summer months. Tomatoes are one of the fruits that just don’t taste at all the same when they are not perfectly in season. Few food experiences gross me out more than biting into a mealy, tasteless slice of tomato. Ugh!
I cannot pinpoint the exact moment, but sometime in the last two weeks I developed a peach obsession. It all started over a family dinner out one night. My stepmother mentioned she had bought the most delicious peaches at a farm stand in Bridgehampton (about 15 minutes away from me). She couldn’t recall the name of the stand but knew the location and raved about these peaches so much it peaked my curiosity. Then, that weekend at a lunch with my dad, Doug, and his parents my stepmother served some of the peaches she had been raving about. Wow! These were truly the best peaches I have EVER tasted. I had to find the stand and get some for myself.
Over the past few weeks I have fully immersed myself in my own Hamptons summer routine. My August routine is much slower and more relaxed than my usual NYC pace. I have been sleeping a little later, working a lot less, and taking much more time to smell the roses (or sunflowers). While I have been turning it down a few notches this month I am still a creature of habit and always need some sort of routine to rely on. A big part of my routine this summer has been cooking simple Sunday night dinners for Doug and I to enjoy outside. Our weekends have been packed with social activity and house guests, which is both incredibly fun and a bit exhausting. Come Sunday it is nice to slow down and enjoy a meal just the two of us before he has to return to NYC on the 6am Monday train.
I grew up surrounded by coffee and coffee drinkers. My father made his career in coffee, sugar and cocoa, and by the time I was a teen I was enjoying a cup or so of java a day. There were always bags of exotic coffee in our house and the smell still makes me nostalgic for my childhood. You can imagine the shock in my family when I quit drinking coffee about four years ago! For me quitting coffee was a huge step in cleaning up my eating and drinking habits. Not only did I quit coffee but I also was finally able to quit dairy as the skim milk in my daily latte was the last vestige of dairy in my diet.
Do you ever find a store that you love so much you want to visit every day? That is how I feel about wellNEST in Sag Harbor, the second stop on my Hamptons green juice tour! Located in a historic Sag Harbor house, wellNEST is an extremely well curated lifestyle store that carries some of my favorite goodies from Tara Harper Skincare and Priti nail polishes, to loveshackfancy dresses, to fantastic one of a kind gifts for anyone in your life. On a recent visit I spotted an “Adopt a Meerkat” kit which may just end up in the Christmas stocking of several animal lovers I know!
Whenever I travel for any period of time I always make sure I know what my green juice options are where I am going. One of the many, many things I adore about The Hamptons is the plethora of spots to get green juice. While I am here I never have to worry about getting my daily juice in!
Minus the torrential downpour that was most of yesterday my month at the beach has been amazing so far. Actually, the rain was amazing as well. It is so much nicer to be stuck in the rain when you don’t have to navigate the streets of NYC and the subway. Nothing is worse than getting on a freezing cold subway when you feel like a drowned rat. Ok, maybe the way your feet feel after walking around in the rain in flips flops on the dirty NYC street is worse. Gross!
Growing up I was a huge fan of The Cosby Show. It was on at 9:30pm, long after my bedtime, but sometimes I could convince my parents to let me stay up and watch it. I loved Claire and Cliff Huxtable, their perfect Brooklyn Heights townhouse and their large family. No matter what trouble they got into it was always resolved after 30 minutes. Ah, the joys of living in a sit-com!
Few meals make me happier than a huge green salad. No matter where I am eating be it at home or out I always, always start my meal with a salad of sorts. Even if it is just a basic green salad I know that I am doing something good for my body by eating it. My salads vary greatly but I do have a basic blueprint I like to follow to make sure my creation is both delicious and satisfyingly nutrient dense.