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What Does it Mean to Love New York?

Unless you are living under a cave, you’ve seen and heard it a million times. Milton Glaser’s infamous catchphrase printed on shirts, bags, and your yellow cab receipt: I ❤ NY. While the logo is as catchy, iconic, and timeless as the city itself, for many New Yorkers like myself, it truly does signify a deep love and appreciate for the place we call home. This city never ceases to amaze me and I try to get as much out of it as I can on a daily basis.

All of this might be the reason why I made an impulsive reaction and quickly splurged a whopping $50 on Daniel Humm and Will Guidara’s cookbook “I ❤ NY: Ingredients and Recipes.” That beloved logo printed on a cookbook was something I never expected to see and it was the only selling feature needed to convince me to buy it. Once I received my book in the mail, I sat in the middle of the floor like a kid with a new toy and eagerly flipped through the pages.


But as I read through, I realized something: Humm and Guidara’s concept of “I Love NY” was different than mine. They focused on emphasizing their love for New York State farming and agriculture and the fresh local ingredients that they produce. I’m truly a city girl and I tend to stay within city limits so New York agriculture was the furthest thing from my mind and none the least expected to be the focal point of this cookbook. Initially, I was slightly disappointed but I kept reading anyway. I came to respect and even appreciate Humm and Guidara’s mission with their book and I found it very kind of them to care to acknowledge the local ingredients that go into New York cuisine as well as to reveal the historical narratives of the farmers work to produce these local ingredients. Turns out that I wasn’t entirely disappointed and I even decided to give one of the recipes a go!

Many of the recipes in this book are way too advanced for a neophyte like myself or just too damn expensive so I opted for the modest but healthy Oven-Baked Asparagus.


Surprise, surprise! These things were amazingly, breathtakingly, and delightfully good! Something like the city I love: New York.


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Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Healthy Foods


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The Dangers of Being Addicted to Food

I’m not a health guru, calorie counter, or constant dieter but I do know a little something about the difference between eating right and eating wrong. As of lately, I have been inexcusably careless, possibly even reckless with my choices in food consumption. However, yesterday took the cake. The day started off as usual: a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast and a banana. Innocent enough. But it was downhill from there. I won’t make excuses or point any fingers, instead I’ll just lay my shame on the table. Lunch consisted of  a cheeseburger, cheese fries, and a hotdog; midday snack was a Strawberry Surf Rider smoothie from Jamba Juice and dinner was a Cinnabon.


I really should have done better, especially considering the fact that I had just finished reading James Erlichman’s, Addicted to Food: Understanding the Obesity Epidemic earlier that morning. The truth is, I have very little discipline when it comes to food. I see it, I want it, I get it. Luckily, I am blessed enough to not have a weight issue, however, I am not immune to getting diabetes or even heart disease. Indulgence every now and again is fine, but overindulgence, or gluttony, is indeed dangerous. One of Erlichman’s objectives is to warn people like myself as well as those who are obese of the dangers of food addiction. He writes:

In the past 30 years food has quite literally, become our fourth substance addiction, easily outpacing the three more traditional vices [tobacco, drugs, and alcohol] in capturing new and vulnerable addicts.  Food is killing people across the globe, with no sign of this ‘obesity epidemic’ slowing down, much less coming to an end.

Scary isn’t it? It may sound a bit overly dramatic at first, but if you really think about it, Erlichman is right.

ImageSo in an attempt to redeem myself from this week’s gluttony. I’ve prepared something I generally don’t bother with.. a salad. This recipe I devised on my own. I combined:

  • mixed greens 
  • baby spinach
  • dried cranberries
  • sliced strawberries
  • feta cheese
  • sliced almonds
  • croutons
  • balsamic vinaigrette dressing

And with that, I feel a slight sense of equilibrium between eating good and bad.

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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Healthy Foods, Salad


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