Alert: The Fiddleheads at Integral Yoga are beautiful!

May 17, 2013

It’s Friday in NYC (and probably everywhere else, too!) and I was just at Integral Yoga.  You bitches know how much I love that place! Check out these fiddleheads!  And, they have the BEST LOOKING GINGER EVER!  And, as usual, everything is organic.  I love you so much, Integral Yoga!  And your produce dudes are THE BEST!

Fiddleheads at Integral Yoga 5_17_13

Look at how tender these are! They were so beautiful!

Fiddleheads

Local. Organic. Expensive. But man, they look good!

Ginger

Look at this ginger! Oh man.

 

 

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Alert: Free show and book signing at Books of Wonder Tues 4/30/13 – 4 p.m.

April 28, 2013

Story Pirates at Books of Wonder 4_30_13

The Story Pirates will be at Books of Wonder this Tuesday to act out the story of Septimus Heap! My middle schooler LOVED this series and got me to read it, and I love it, too.  Do not miss this!  SUPPORT INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLERS!  

Free Theatre Storytime at Books of Wonder with Author Angie Sage and The Story Pirates!

Books of Wonder, the oldest and largest independent children’s bookstore in NYC, will hold a free theatre performance and book signing with author Angie Sage on Tuesday, April 30th beginning at 4 PM (18 West 18th Street, between 5th and 6th Aves in Manhattan).

Fyre, the seventh and final book in the Septimus Heap series, was published last week to enthusiastic fan reception. Often compared with Harry Potter and other works of fantasy for middle grade readers, the series follows the adventures of Septimus Heap, who as a seventh son of a seventh son has extraordinary magical powers. An original fantasy about lost and rediscovered identities, magyk and intrigue, and one family’s warmth and strength, the series has appeared on national bestseller lists and garnered worldwide acclaim; Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to make a movie of the first book.

To celebrate the book’s release, local literary-based acting troupe The Story Pirates (www.storypirates.org) will introduce new readers to the series by performing scenes from the first book, Magyk!

Also in attendance will be the series’ author, Angie Sage. Following the performance Ms. Sage will meet with fans and sign copies of all of her books.

The event will begin at 4PM and is open to the public.


Alert: Ish horseradish!

February 22, 2013

Last week, I was in Forager’s Market and tasted a sample of Ish Premium Horseradish, and people, it was AMAZING.  I ponied up the money (get it?) and bought a jar of the ginger flavor.  It’s amazing on sushi, fish, and I even mixed some with tamari to make a dumpling dip.  I can’t wait to try it on some pork, or maybe even a roast beef sandwich.  Soon, I’ll just start spooning it into my mouth.  It’s made in the Hudson Valley, it’s in a glass jar (bonus points), and it’s good for you.  Plus, Carolyn seemed like a nice person in the 30 seconds that I talked to her while gulping down delicious samples.  Just buy some of this.  Trust me.

Ish Horseradish

Carolyn Sherman, of Ish Premium Horseradish

Epilogue: People, it’s the next day, and I mixed some of my ISH into hummus and had it on Mountain Sweet Berry Farms potato chips (available at the Union Square Farmer’s Market!).  Wonderful!  Try it!


Decadent but healthy holiday treats?

December 13, 2012

Before I go into listing my favorite decadent but (relatively) healthy treats, I need to mention the new holiday tin from Hail Merry.  This past February, I posted about how much I loved their Chocolate Mint Miracle Tart and today, I sampled their Choco Macaroons in the First Love Blue tin tonight at Organic Avenue and they are ridick delish.  They were not overly sweet (but just sweet enough) and the shredded coconut was not overwhelming.  You know how sometimes a large amount of dried, shredded coconut can make something taste a little like soap?  Well, these chocolate macaroons had no trace of that.  Plus, they’re vegan, gluten free, kosher and non-GMO certified.  According to the website, the tin is $20 and includes shipping!  If you want to try them first, you can buy a small four-macaroon (less festive) soft-pack ($3.99 at Organic Avenue).  I bought one of the small packs after sampling one in the store.  That’s right — money where my mouth is, yo.

Hail Merry Choco Macaroons

Gerry from Hail Merry is even prettier in person. You think there’s something to this “raw oils” thing? Duh.

Here are some ideas for some really decadent, but (relatively) healthy treats (in no particular order).  WARNING: all of these are ridiculously rich and decadent and I would STRONGLY advise you against eating an entire package  of any of this stuff at one time.  Seriously, it’s too much.  I’m a big eater, and I’m used to a very high raw-fat diet, and they’re even too much for me.  Portion it out before you start.  If you’re the kind of person who can’t stop yourself half way through a package, don’t even get started with these treats.  Trust me.

  • Sweet Mama’s cheesecake – I buy it at Integral Yoga and my favorites are drumstick, berry, and black and white cheesecakes. 
  • Rockin’ Raw – I like their chocolate cake with vanilla frosting, cinnabuns, mocha cheesecake, banana cheesecake and vanilla pumpkin pudding.   Pity me because I’ve never been to their Sullivan Street store, but I usually buy their stuff at Integral Yoga (chocolate cake exclusive) or Organic Avenue (banana cheesecake exclusive).
  • One Lucky Duck / Pure Food and Wine – Tiramisu.  It’s expensive and it’s small.  I don’t know how often they have it at the restaurant, but it’s usually available at the takeaway shop.  This is the dessert that will make you believe in time travel, if you are prone to believe that some omnipotent, nutritionally benevolent version of yourself from the future is bothering to alter the space/time continuum in order for you to taste miracles.  Yeah, I said that.
  • One Lucky Duck / Pure Food and Wine – Thumbprint cookies – probably available only at the takeaway shop.  I doubt they would have these at the restaurant.
  • Hail Merry Chocolate Mint Miracle Tart – I buy these at Integral Yoga, but I’ve seen them all over the place (some Whole Foods, Lifethyme, Organic Avenue, etc.).  These are good enough to give to someone who claims to hate health food and/or a picky kid.
  • Rawlicious cheesecake – pretty much any flavor.
  • Gnosis chocolate – Fleur de Sel bar – 70% raw dark chocolate, dairy free, gluten-free, organic and refined-sugar-free, with big salt flakes in it?  Yes.  Yes, indeed.  Integral Yoga tends to have better prices than Whole Foods on these.

Where can I find great paleo food?

November 30, 2012

Hu Kitchen

Hu Kitchen

People, let me tell you about a little slice of heaven called Hu on 5th Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets in Manhattan.  It’s all familiar looking food – meatloaf, rotisserie chicken, great looking veggies, soups, coffee, muffins, wine, beer.  But it’s better sourced, more unprocessed, healthier, and more thoughtfully curated.

Muffins

Should I still even bake when I can just buy stuff this good? Srsly, $hi+ just got real here.

You can take your Grandmother, your girlfriend who’s in that Greenpoint noise band, your supplement-popping and highly allergic uncle, and your pretentious college roommate here.  You’re going to be very sorry regarding your choice of dining companions, and they’ll balk at the prices (it’s not cheap), but they will all end up finding something delicious and they will love what they’re eating.  There are actual greens on the juice bar AND they have alkaline water, okay?  And the bread and the muffins are grain-free AND delicious.  What the what?!  I mean really delicious, not just some strange, dense, cardboard-y imitation of a pastry item like grain-free or even gluten-free bread tends to be.  Your grain-loving friends will like it.  Just trust me, fool.

Kale and Ridick Delish Cauliflower Mash

The cauliflower mash (left) is stupid good.

Hu has no table service.  It’s all take-out and self-serve, but there’s plenty of seating.  The design is wood-focused modern minimalist and the music was late 90s Kruder and Dorfmeister-esque slo-beat trip hop (but really, what the hell else are they supposed to play?), so it can be welcoming to some and off-putting to others, but no matter how you view the superficial parts of this place, try the food.

A lot of variety, great combinations.

A lot of variety, great combinations.


Where can I park?

November 12, 2012

New York City is rough on drivers, which is why I don’t even own a car.  However, I have found the following database of NYC street parking signs handy for visitors and for when I rent a car.  If you park in a parking garage, make sure you google for garage coupons – nearly every garage chain in Manhattan has them.

New York City Parking Signs -- by block!

New York City Parking Signs — by block!


Gift for a coffee-obsessed freak?

November 7, 2012

Coffee Joulies are a genius gift for someone on your list who is not only so freakishly obsessed with keeping their coffee at the perfect temperature that it’s worth $50 to help them do that, but is also someone for whom you have no other gift ideas whatsoever.

Coffee Joulies

Enter Coffee Joulies, elegantly unnecessary luxury.

These things cool down your coffee if it’s too hot and allegedly keep it just hot enough for hours.  Plus, they’re PRETTY.  And, I have to admit, I love the story.

Two dudes from New Jersey invented them and made their dream a reality via Kickstarter, and they are produced at Sherrill Manufacturing, the only place in the entire United States that still manufactures flatware, and manufactures it out of domestically-produced steel! (That is how I found out about these Coffee Joulie things.  I was looking for American-made flatware and followed a link on the Sherrill site.  I do not know anyone associated with this project/product).  And, oh yeah, not only are they made in the USA, but they’re made out of 85% recycled steel using hydro-power from Niagara Falls.  YEEAAUHHH!


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