Being out of my kitchen for a week is always an odd feeling. Whether it is because of a vacation, a busy week of dinners out, or displacement due to a hurricane (hopefully not a frequent occurrence!) not being able to eat food that I have created makes my body feel out of whack. My body craves the massive dose of greens I give it each day via juices, smoothies and salads. While I was able to get my greens in last week, they certainly were not as plentiful as usual.
I am completely taken by this image from the cover of this week’s New York Magazine. Hailing from part of Manhattan that was in the dark in the days after Hurricane Sandy hit, I find the stark contrast staggering. Before I go into my personal experience with the events of last week let me preface this post by saying that I am truly blessed. Yes, I lost power, heat and hot water. Yes, I climbed many flights of stairs getting myself, my husband, my dog, my sister, my mother and my sister’s twins out of TriBeCa. Yes, I had to move uptown and stay with family and friends for the week. Yes, my routine was disturbed and my internal rhythms were all askew. In light of the utter devastation in Staten Island, New Jersey, The Rockaways and other areas I got out unscathed. There was no flood damage to my home and after a few hours of cleaning and laundry things were restored to normalcy. My heart truly goes out to all of those suffering in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. In the New Your area there are many volunteer opportunities and donation collection sites, I know I will be doing everything I can to help those in need.
Happy hurrication! Sandy. Such a sweet name, such a vicious storm. For the past few days Sandy has been the main topic of conversation around here. How bad will it be? Will we lose power? Will the MTA shut down (it did as of last night)? Should we evacuate? There is an eerie calm in my neighborhood this morning. Looking out my window there is no one on the street. The skies are grey. With everything closed and cancelled there is nothing to do but wait for Sandy to show up. My plans for today include catching up on my DVR, reading in my favorite chair, cleaning out my office and hallway closets, visiting my niece and nephew upstairs, and cooking dinner (provided we still have power!)
Last winter my dear friend, amazing stylist, and incredibly talented jewelry designer Cari Smulyan moved from New York to Chicago. I was beyond heartbroken to see her go. Cari is a very special person and my day is always a little better when she is around. She is the friend I text a picture of my outfit whenever I leave the house. I rarely make a clothing purchase without consulting her. Twice a year we clean out and reorganize my closet together and then take pictures of fun new outfits for the upcoming season. She is a true talent and a wonderful person all around.
As October starts to wrap up (crazy!) I find myself deep into the fall food zone. I am sipping Pumpkin Pie Smoothies, perfecting my Pumpkin Spice Granola (available soon- stay tuned!), and starting to think about Thanksgiving dishes. We may end up spending Thanksgiving at a restaurant this year (for various reasons) but that doesn’t mean I’m not working on an artillery of fall dishes for the surrounding weeks!
I get asked a lot about breakfast. What do I eat for breakfast? What do I recommend eating for breakfast? Personally my morning goes something like this: wake up, drink warm water with lemon juice, work out, drink 32 oz of green juice. I don’t really start eating until about noon when I have some fruit. After years of experimenting I have discovered this is what works best for me and my system in the morning. My body just isn’t ready to start digesting food until the afternoon.
Sadly there has been a lot of cancer in my family. When I was in high school my mother was diagnosed with stage IV inflammatory breast cancer. She was told to get her life in order, take a trip around the world, and say goodbye. Luckily she did no such thing. Thanks to some amazing and experiential treatments, and a great combination of Eastern and Western medicine my mother is very much alive and healthy today. She really is a miracle.
This past weekend was one of indulgence. Doug and I were in East Hampton for the holiday weekend, and we certainly made the most of it. We checked out the Hampton’s Film Festival, ate an amazing dinner at Tom Colicchio’s new Topping Rose House ( it was very dark so sadly no photos), rode the new Soul-Cycle bikes at the Bridgehampton Barn, and spent many hours lazing around. It was the perfect way to end my Birthday Week (yes I said week). There is no place I would rather be than by the beach with my husband and dog. It truly is my happy place. Read more