Posts Tagged 'well-being'

life and Atlanta’s Cupcake Factory

So I’ve been busy, some involving food, some things not. Obviously Thanksgiving was a few days ago, but I’m sure you all have had your fill of recipes and such. I’m sorry I haven’t been attentive – this real world work stuff is exhausting. So let me update you really quickly about what’s been up in my world of food:

– The week before Thanksgiving I did a semi-raw food/vegetarian week. I modified a really awesome raw food recipe by Ani Phyo of shredded zucchini, roasted butternut squash, and avocado. It was amazing, and surprisingly filling. I’d post the recipe, but I can tell you in one sentence: mix shredded zucchini, sliced avocado, and cubed roasted butternut squash in bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper. I had it with a co-worker’s left over pulled pork sandwich. She didn’t want it, and I can’t pass up free food:

pulled pork sandwich and raw food medley. the picture was taken with my phone, but i promise it was delicious!

– I made these dumplings last week for the Thanksgiving potluck I went to. They didn’t look nearly as amazing, but they still tasted good.

– This week I’m making a Persian stew by our friends at Nibblous. I will post that this week (hopefully).

And this past weekend was Small Business Saturday, sponsored by American Express (which is ironic because most small businesses don’t accept AmEx). So I went to Young Blood Gallery and Boutique to pick up some holiday cards, and I went to the Atlanta Cupcake Factory to have my first Atlanta cupcake. It’s smaller than the original Magnolia’s cupcakes, but whether or not they have fewer customers I’m honestly not sure. It was just one nice lady behind the counter with a small case of cupcakes. I wanted something different but also something standard, so I got a sweet potato bourbon and a red velvet.

red velvet on the left, sweet potato bourbon on the right. tasty all around.

The sweet potato bourbon cupcake was amazing. I licked the icing off my plate, my fingers, and the wrapper. The red velvet was also delicious, but the frosting was piled too high. Delicious as it may have been, I had trouble eating it. Not an elaborate review of the cupcakes, but the bottom line is that they were delicious. So go eat some.


Change Up the Pace

I realize that this blog is about food and the awesomeness of living cheap and eating well. But right now, I’m going to change it up a little. I’m going to talk about nutrition as it pertains to health. And we’re actually going to go a bit broader here – we’re going to talk about the pharmaceutical companies and universal health care.

Over the past week, I’ve had a UTI and I haven’t been able to take a decent shit. So I’ve been drinking water, pure cranberry juice, pear juice, apple juice, green tea, and something my work calls a “Spinach Slam” (which is absolutely delicious – pineapple juice, spinach, and mangoes). I’m still in square one. Usually most of those things work for what I need them to do, but the fact that I still have this infection is bullshit.

All I need is a simple antibiotic – ciproflaxin – but because you can’t buy antibiotics without a prescription in the USA, i still have this stupid infection. (Somewhat ironically, I’m pretty sure cipro has the side effect of making you constipated.)  I don’t have a car, so getting to the hospital or emergency room is a huge ordeal, even if I had the time to go. I understand the risks of antibiotics, i.e. developing an immunity to them if taken too often. That’s why I rarely take them. UTIs are the only thing I can ever remember choosing to get antibiotics for.

Here’s the other thing that angers me: last night I saw an advertisement for a drug that treats “Ulcerative Colitis,” which is a form of inflammatory bowel disease. It occurs in less than 0.1% of the US population. Less than 0.1% of the population. So we’re pouring all these resources into developing a drug to treat less than 0.1% of the population, meanwhile at least one in five women is likely to get a UTI in her lifetime, and is the second most common type of infection? WHAT THE FUCK PEOPLE?!

So my point is that you need to take care of yourself, regardless of what your budget is. Eating well will help you prevent health problems, big or small. Make it a priority to enjoy well-rounded meals and a healthy diet!

Fish and Corn

I know, I know, I haven’t posted in a while, but I really enjoyed this fish and corn recipe from Sensible Cooking. Really simple, really tasty, really quick!

i remembered to take a picture! yummy!

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2 Day Detox: Follow up

Last time you heard, I was feeling depressed about my detox. When I got home last Tuesday, I decided “Screw it. I’m going to eat because I want to eat.” And I did. It was awesome. I went to Elmyr on Euclid Avenue and had a spinach burrito and a mango margarita. Noms.

In the end I realized that I really had no reason to do the detox. I didn’t want to do it in the first place, and I don’t really like grapefruit juice. Maybe someday I’ll decide that I truly do want to do a 2 day detox, but I think I may design it myself with a variety of juices. I think that was the most difficult part – the lack of variety. I don’t like eating/drinking the same thing all day (especially if it’s something I don’t really like to begin with). The acidity hurt my throat and left a terrible taste in my mouth. I just wanted all the detox juice out of my system, which I don’t think is the intended effect.

So that’s that. I realized I haven’t made a curry in a long time, so I’m going to try a curried chicken recipe from Recipezaar/ Peace out.

Two Day Detox: It Begins

So it’s not even Tuesday yet, but I feel like I should let you know how I’ve prepared.

I’m a native Californian, and I will always bleed NorCal. I am, however, living in Atlanta. So for anyone who has been keeping up with the news, the Atlanta Braves played the SF Giants tonight to determine who goes to the world series. So, obviously, I had to go to a bar and watch the game, which means I ate a greasy french dip, tater tots, fries, and 4 beers. But the way I see it, that’s a perfectly good reason to detox.

So it’s 11:16 as I write this, and I already broke into my first gallon of detox. It’s what I’m craving right now. I need something that will (hopefully) make me feel less hungover tomorrow morning. (I’m a lightweight, by the way.) Again, the way I see it, why detox if you’re already eating and feeling well? I just treated my body like shit tonight, and therefore that’s a good reason to do a two day detox.

So good night, and I’ll see you in the morning.

Arden’s Garden: Juice and Smoothies

I’ve recently accepted a job with the Arden’s Garden office, and as a result, I’ve been reading up on juicing and cleansing and nutrition and all that fun stuff. So far I’ve felt conflicted, mostly because I learned in my nutrition class that it’s better for you to eat your food than to drink it. I also can’t imagine that cleanses are that healthy for you, since you basically go on a liquid diet for 2 or 3 or 14 or 30 days.

One of the most important reasons to eat your food rather than drink it is because you need to exercise your digestive muscles. If we were supposed to drink our nutrients, we probably wouldn’t have so many muscles in our stomachs and intestines. Another problem with drinking instead of eating is that our bodies are not accustomed to receiving calories and nutrients from liquid. It takes practice and discipline to train your body (and mind) to feel full after drinking a meal’s worth of calories. Since your body doesn’t have to work as hard to process the nutrients, it doesn’t think it’s getting any, and so you don’t feel full, and so you eat more.

If, however, you’re not eating well to begin with, fresh juice and smoothies may be a great option for you. Drinking your fruits and veggies is still nutritious, and probably much easier than eating apples and spinach and blueberries while driving to work. You can easily have a serving of spinach if you blend it with fruits like strawberries, bananas, and blueberries. Furthermore, if you replace sodas, sports drinks, or processed juices with fresh juices and smoothies, then you’re cutting out bad sugars from your diet, especially since most Americans drink their calories nowadays. For example, if you replaced a glass of whole or even 2% milk with a smoothie with spinach, you could get your serving of calcium without the saturated fat from milk!

The only thing I’m still skeptical about is this cleanse business. A lot of people have made money through this kind of stuff, but I don’t believe that you need to do a cleanse in order to lead a healthy lifestyle. That being said, I may do one, just to see what it’s like. As Daniel Tosh of Tosh.0 said, “Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.

Careening Through the Universe

For those of you who don’t already know, I’m leaving NYC at the end of June. (I’m planning a farewell brunch, which I will tell you more about soon!) Being the lover of food that I am, I’ve made a list of all the places I need to eat before I leave. I thought I would share it with you, with the hope that you’ll give them your patronage after I’m gone. After I visit each of them one last time (for now), I’ll write more about why it’s so special to me and why you should/will like it.

New Tu Do: this is my favorite pho place in the city. It’s the only place I’ve been going to consistently during my four years here. The link takes you to the description of their old location, but they only moved across the street.

Wo Hop and/or Joe Shanghai: I list them as and/or because I don’t know if I’ll be able to convince my friends to go to both within the next couple of weeks. I’m guessing I’ll go to Joe Shanghai, simply because Wo Hop’s cuisine is more like what I get back in California, but I had never seen soup dumplings before.

Middle Eastern chicken: I’ve never been to this place on 1st Avenue btw 14th and 13th streets, but it looks like the chicken place I went to in Cairo. I feel like it would be a shame if I never went.

Grimaldi’s: Not necessarily my favorite pizza place, but it is quite awesome. And possibly run by the Russian mafia.

Corner Bistro: If you don’t know about Corner Bistro, then you must’ve never asked anyone “Where can I get a good burger?” If that’s the case, then why are you in NYC?

Shake Shack: Inititally I wasn’t a fan. But then I was. And their custards are just ridiculous.

Momofuku milk bar: Again, I’ve never been. I’ve had things from it when people have brought cookies to parties or whatever, and they’re always amazing.

So that’s my list for now. I’m sure many things will be added to it in the next couple of weeks.

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