A Small Collection of Joyous Things

Why does it seem the weekend goes so much more quickly when it’s beautiful outside?

I always look forward to these Sunday posts. No matter what ridiculousness the week has brought, it’s a nice time to take stock of the small, good things and dwell on the positive. I’ll often start drafting this post ahead of time so I can take jot those moments down as they come. Sometimes I’ll take a picture instead. For example, here’s a snapshot from a meeting/work gathering at a local restaurant where we shared a selection of appetizers and wine: per lei apps

Here are some things on my list this Sunday. The past week was very focused on communication and work things, but in an exciting way. The fact that I’ve been doing what I do for years and continue to find it energizing is definitely a good sign.

*Though I’m sometimes able to get into a writing groove at home, I definitely focus better outside my apartment. After having been introduced to it this winter through a friend who has since moved to California, I decided to join wework, almost as much for the networking events as the space. For now I’m just doing the starter commons option, but wow—love it.

*I took this really interesting strengths assessment test on Friday and was told my top 5 strengths are:

  • Responsibility
  • Learner
  • Discipline
  • Individualization
  • Empathy

*Sometimes challenging experiences give a fresh perspective or remind me of something important at the exact right time.

The other day, for example, I was quoted in Yahoo Food article that responded to statements made by the owner of fast-food chain Chipotle earlier in the week.  I made the rookie mistake of reading the comments the next day—note to self: don’t do that. No matter how clear you think you are, it’s impossible to escape the fact that there can be a huge difference in what you think you said and what other people think you said!

For the record, I would never support serving less food for the same amount of money, but I am in favor of food companies offering smaller serving options at lower prices to give consumers more choices. I also think that adjusting packaging to make these smaller-portion items more visually satisfying could also be a positive thing. Additionally, though calorie labeling may not be the most popular idea out there, I happen to be a fan of providing  information about what’s in our food so that consumers who want to know what they’re eating can educate themselves and make choices that work for them in the context of their particular needs and health goals.

Anyway, I did get a few good laughs in the process—when hundreds of people take time out of their day to talk smack, you have to have a thick skin and glean whatever amusement or insight you can from it. There is always something to learn. It was also a great reminder that, as much as we’d like to be able to control what other people think of us, the only thing we really can control is our own behavior and the ways in which we reaction to what goes on around us.

* My sister sent me this photo the other morning of Eli, who just wants to be outside playing in the mud all the time. Good thing he doesn’t mind baths. muddy eli

*This piece from Food52 about the various weird foods staff members’ moms made is wonderful. My mom was a fantastic cook, and I definitely picked up my love of leftovers for breakfast from her! Soup for breakfast is another, for sure.

Hope you have a beautiful day!

What’s on your “good things” list this weekend? Any “weird” foods or food habits that seemed totally normal in your family growing up? 

Not Okay

This made me cringe yesterday when I went to get a coffee from Dunkin Donuts.

mom's heartUm, yeah, if by “Happy Mothers’ Day” you mean “die a slow, painful death from complications related to diabetes…”

My uncle pointed out that it’s the same donut they were featuring over Valentine’s Day but with a different name. The blatant marketing of junk food really tweaked me. I know, I know—what do I expect from Dunkin Donuts? But still! Cream-filled, frosting-covered donuts do not equal love! At least not when you consider that some of the ingredients (hello, trans and saturated fats) have been linked to various heart ailments.  It’s like saying, “Here Mom, I wanted to help shorten your lifespan a little.” Besides, naming it “Mom’s Heart” is just too freaking creepy!

I know I may be overreacting, but I am so not okay with stuff like that. Whatever happened to flowers?

What do you think about this Mom’s Heart donut business? 

Mother-Daughter Night

I like to joke that I get my workaholism from my mother. As you can imagine, this makes it hard for us to find time to get together. We finally managed to go out for dinner this week, though.

We explored the Upper West Side on foot, eventually settling at an outdoor table at Citrus Bar & Grill on Amsterdam. To start, we shared their shrimp quesadilla…

…and each ordered a different salad for our main course. I went with the seared yellowfin tuna salad, which also involved greens, seaweed, edamame, avocado, and a carrot-vinaigrette dressing.  

After that we walked around a bit more and made our way to Hells Kitchen for dessert at Kyotofu, a “whimsical Japanese dessert bar” my mom had heard about. I must have walked by it a thousand times in the 4 years I lived in that neighborhood but never stopped in, probably because it’s so close to Gazala Place, one of my favorite restaurants. I can’t remember the last time I went to a place specifically for an after-dinner sweet, and this did not disappoint. We shared the koru coma sweet tofu and the chocolate mocha cake. 

Both were outstanding. Totally worth the trip.

Do you have a hard time finding time to do dinner with your family? What was your last restaurant meal together like? 

Purely Organic Baby Foods

Hope everyone had a nice weekend. I spent part of this weekend with friends and then went out to New Jersey Sunday afternoon for some family tree-decorating festivities.

Speaking of families…my friend Irena is the consulting nutritionist for Inna Zade’s new company Purely Organic Baby. While I don’t have kids myself, I know many people who do. As overwhelming as it can be to take care of ourselves and make sure we eat a balanced diet, many parents wrestle with finding ways to ensure their kids get the healthiest food they can. This is especially important for infants, and while some parents have the resources to make their own baby food, not everyone has time to spend over the stove and blender.

That’s why I thought Purely Organic Baby sounded like such a neat idea for busy parents—It’s organic, homemade baby food that is always individually made fresh (never frozen or pre-made) and delivered free to your home.

All food is made with fresh, 100% USDA Organic Certified ingredients—and lots of love and care goes into every single batch.

As founder Inna Zade emphasizes, “Every bite your baby takes is a nutritional opportunity for the baby to get the vitamins and nutrients that they need for optimal development and growth. The key is to provide your baby with the
freshest, best products out there and that is where Purely Organic Baby comes in. Purely Organic Baby makes sure that you are feeding your baby the very best organic baby food every time.”

Purely Organic Baby offers the food in stages.

100% Certified Organic
No Salt
No Sugar
No Preservatives
No Genetically Engineered Ingredients
No Pesticides Vegan
No Chemical Fertilizers
No Artificial Colors
No Artificial Flavors Continue reading “Purely Organic Baby Foods”

Happy Mothers Day!

Hope all the moms out there are having a wonderful day! Yesterday, my mom came into the city for a yoga class and then we high-tailed it with Chris out to New Jersey for a pre-Mothers Day dinner. It was so lovely to spend some time with her!

Somehow, I got sent home with a ton of leftovers and groceries, as well as a mountain of…soy crisps. I’m actually pretty psyched about that, as they’re not normally something I’d buy myself but do enjoy once in a while. They’re a nice way to round out a veggie-rich lunch and are also great dipped in cottage cheese, or so I thought when I was 20 years old and living in my first apartment…

Interestingly, today is also the 50th anniversary of the Pill’s approval by the FDA. Some are saying it’s ironic that this should coincide with Mothers Day, but to be honest, I don’t think that’s the right word. I do, however, think it’s incredibly important and worth celebrating a development that gives women the ability to have a say in when they become mothers.

Like a lot of women in their mid-twenties, I’m aware that I have a biological clock, and sometimes if I slow down for a few minutes, I can hear it ticking ever so faintly. While knowing I may want kids one day motivates me to take care of myself, for now, I’m perfectly happy with my and Chris’ chlorophyll children and am hoping to adopt a pet at some point in the nearish future. Time will tell.