Gazpacho

In July this summer (tear as summer is officially over. SOB!), my mom and I both tore out this recipe for gazpacho from the NYTimes. It looked simple yet delicious. It wasn’t until we recently had an abundance of tomatoes from the CSA that we decided to make it. And not to #humblebrag but HOLY CRAP THIS IS AMAZING AND I AM A STAR CHEF. This would win every and any food competition ever. I am now a phenomenal chef — this rocked my socks off. (I actually know it’s all about the recipe and the fresh CSA vegetables… but I can dream I’m a great cook, can’t I?)

 

July 2015 New York Times.

A July New York Times.

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Dr. Singha Mustard Bath

With the unbelievably freezing cold weather in New York City (and everywhere else), everyone is sniffling and getting sick. So, here is a natural cold remedy / muscle soreness / all around healer to help us out… Dr. Singha Mustard Bath Salts! It will kick your cold to the curb.  Stimulating, rejuvenating and cleansing, Dr. Singha Mustard Bath uplifts and restores by helping detoxify your body.

 

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Dr. Singh Mustard Bath and Dinosaurs (the perfect pairing)

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Fingerless Gloves

Winter is here in NYC, which means it’s hat, glove, scarf, and mitten time. One has to bundle up to survive the cold. However, doing errands (especially pushing a stroller, carrying kids, picking up toy cars and airplanes) is almost impossible with normal gloves.  My new jam?  Fingerless gloves! They are warm, cozy, and give you the freedom and flexibility to move your fingers around. PLUS, they look cool. Kind of like leg warmers for your wrists.

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Eugenia Kim Hats

Hats are like workout clothes: they can be difficult to buy because they seem so damn expensive, but then you end up wearing them EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. So it is worth it in the end.  Also, you want nice looking hats (and workout clothes, too) as there is nothing worse than a bad hat in grey cold weather. Eugenia Kim hats are my splurge.

Eugenia Kim launched her namesake hat line in the early 2000s, and won a CFDA award for Accessories Design (2004). She is known for her innovative wovens and inventive, quirky felts and straws trimmed with vintage ribbons and feathers. Her hats and head accessories are sold at Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks, net-a-porter, shop bop, Zappos, as well as 200 smaller boutiques. DAMN girl. But of course, she has her own e-commerce site, so go there! Straight to the source!

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Check out the hat selection. LOVE.

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Lemon Ginger Tea

I am sick. Sick of being sick, too. My head throbs, my ears ring, my nose runs, and my throat burns. Yes, cry me a river — I hear the violins loud and clear — but being sick is the worst. Nothing tastes good, everything is melodramatic, and I am boring and un-fun. The only thing I feel good about is my ability to make and drink lemon ginger tea.

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For whatever reason, we have about 3 dozen different types of cups. No surprise, I am very specific about what size cups I like to use, and for what type of liquid/food. Coffee cups need to be mid size, tea cups are slender, and big cups are for ice cream and cereal. Handles are preferable.

Ginger is known for its magical characteristics that make it a natural remedy for many ailments. It is well known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea and indigestion (I chewed on ginger chews daily while pregnant to help curb my morning sickness). It is a warming remedy, ideal for boosting the circulation and lowering high blood pressure. Ginger is anti-viral and makes a warming cold and flu remedy.  Due to the spicy flavor and warming qualities of ginger, making a lemon ginger tea is perfect for a cold. Both lemons and ginger are high in vitamin C and together, they temporarily relieve sinus pressure, a burning sore throat, and can temper coughing.

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I happen to LOVE ginger. The spicy and dense flavor tastes good in sweet or savory foods!

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