Before starting my job at a "health-supportive" culinary school, I didn't really get the whole farmers market thing. Sure it's cute to buy produce out in the open air like in some small French town, but it just seemed so pretentious. I saw the Greenmarket as a hoity-toity place where hipsters would languorously browse through organic kale and artisan breads, probably because they had nothing better to do. I also assumed it would be expensive to buy farm-fresh vegetables - not to mention inconvenient. Why go through the trouble of finding a farmers market nearby . . .
Since Rene has lived in Cobble Hill for the last couple of months, I have been spending a lot of time there. I've always been fond of the neighborhood but now I love it even more. It's lively yet quaint and entirely self-sufficient. There's a ton of grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques and parks nearby, so you never really have to leave if you don't want to. It's basically the perfect place to live. I hope that one day I'll get to live there too, but as it stands, I still enjoy the 'hood as a mere visitor, albeit a frequent one. And since I've gotten . . .
When I was about one, I got sick with a bad case of bronchitis, so much so that the doctors warned my mom about the worst case scenario. Ukrainian hospitals at the time were not up to par with American ones so I'm sure I was not treated the way I should've been. I had a bad cough and persistent fever and was in the hospital for a long time. Thankfully, the bronchitis eventually went away but as a result I still have a weak immune system and get sick way more than the average person, despite eating plenty of vegetables and drinking green drinks. And whenever I get sick, . . .
On a recent weekend, my fabulous girlfriends and I got together at my friend Sofya's for a homemade brunch. I wasn't originally planning to write about it but I really wanted to share these photos and hoped these easy brunch recipes would inspire you to have brunch gatherings of your own. Good food and day drinking - what's not to love? For the menu, we wanted to make a variation of eggs, a protein and a fun vegetable, and to serve it family-style as to not fuss with plating individual dishes. A frittata is the perfect way to make eggs for a crowd since . . .
So last night you were all... But this morning you're like... Yup. The results are in: You had a little too much fun last night and now you're hungover. Symptoms include but are not limited to: a pounding headache, nausea, sensitivity to light, fatigue, a general ickiness, regret and self-hatred. You're also probably wondering why, oh why did you do that last night, and swearing to never have another vodka tonic again. But it's okay, it happens to the best of us and believe it or not, you will feel better soon. Here is the fuel your body needs right now to . . .
Last night, I attended a food media event called Taste Talks NYC. On the way out, I was handed a swag bag (score!) and from within said bag, I nonchalantly pulled out an informational flyer for Exo protein bars. The flyer boasted that the bars are all-natural, gluten, soy and dairy-free. And, that they are made with cricket flour, which really caught my attention, as you might imagine. This nifty chart on the back of the flyer showed the protein and sustainability superiority of dried crickets versus traditional animal proteins. "Is this a joke?" was my first . . .
Since my first post on this topic was so well-received, I decided to share some more tips for eating healthy - woot! To reiterate, I don't generally believe in "cheat days" or restrictive diets - unless instructed by a doctor. I believe in finding a balance between mindfully eating a wholesome diet and knowing when treating oneself to a bacon cheeseburger or creamy pasta is a-okay, regardless of what day of the week it is. So without any further ado... 1. Avoid fad diets: You will undoubtedly lose weight if all you eat is kale and cottage cheese (or whatever . . .