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July 2017

Ooey-Gooey Healthy Brownie (single serving, egg-free)

Blogged while hate watching The Walking Dead

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It’s hard to eat healthy when you’ve got a crazy sweet tooth like I do. I’m always looking for alternatives and replacements to still be able to eat my favorite sweets without too many calories. I’m excited to share this healthy brownie recipe. It doesn’t have any oil or fat and instead is surprisingly high in protein (from cottage cheese).

Clay Ramekin

A million years ago, I bought a home fondue set that came with a clay ramekin. I wish I could remember where I bought it or even what it’s called, but I think this one comes pretty close to what I have. It’s a little pricey on Amazon, but I always see it at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s for much cheaper.

None of the ingredients should be hard to find. Odds are, if you’re used to eating mostly healthy meals, you’ll already have these items in your pantry.

I’m working on a large batch version of this which I hope to post later.

Enjoy!

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Visiting the Cloisters

One Saturday morning, I woke up early and decided to spend the day venturing out into the city, further beyond than I’d ever traveled before. So two trains and an hour and a half ride later, I was at 190th street in Inwood (The Bronx).

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Fort Tryon Park surrounds The Cloisters, a Medieval style castle that pieces together “ecclesiastical and secular spaces arranged in chronological order.” The motif itself is very religious, so be prepared to see relics, paintings, and sculptures dedicated to worship. However, there are secular aspects, such as the beautifully embroidered tapestry with images of a group of men and dogs attacking a…unicorn. The word cloisters itself means enclosure and it’s meant to represent the closed off lifestyle of worshiping monks. Other than religious motifs, there are beautiful courtyards and gardens, all which evoke a sense of peace, serenity, and unity with nature. Enjoying a lunch among the old stone courtyard almost makes you forget that you’re really just minutes away from one of the busiest cities in the world.

 
You can view a short documentary about the history of the Cloisters here

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NYC Food Hall Tour

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There has been a recent boom in NYC of something known as a Food Hall. What is it? In reality, it’s just a glorified Food Court. There is an abundance of just about everything in NYC, with the exception of one very important thing: space. Because of the lack of space, our malls simply can’t fit food courts. So instead, we rename them Food Halls, jack up the prices, and invite only the hippest and hottest vendors to join. But what should you eat when there’s so many to choose from? I recently took on the painstaking task of travelling around these places and sampling the goodies that were there: you have to make sacrifices for your craft. Below is an overview of a few places I would recommend and some that were a bit disappointing.

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