This past winter, I was in a bonafide cooking rut—which I have to believe happens to the best of us. Looking back, the cold and dreary, mid-Feb-in-NYC weather may have had something to do with it, because I couldn’t muster up the creative energy to do anything besides roast vegetables with abandon.
When I was in France, I experimented with a whole slew of root vegetables. Turnips, celeriac, parsnips, black radishes — you name it, I roasted it.
If you were to tell me in high school that, after graduating college, I would pack up and move abroad, I would more than likely have laughed in your face. My image of post-graduate life involved hole-in-the-wall NYC apartments and cubicles, not working abroad.
But I suppose life can surprise you when you’d least expect it because, as I write these very words, I’m sitting in an empty apartment in France surrounded by two gigantic suitcases, a boarding pass, and 8 months of pinch-me-this-can’t-be-real kind of experiences.
Although it wasn’t exactly a white Christmas this year, it sure was a bubbly one.
Reims, a city located around 80 miles outside of Paris in the heart of the champagne region, was the perfect holiday getaway. Combining the history and culture of a large metropolitan city with the charm of a smaller village, Reims was a welcome surprise amongst the more well-known tourist destinations in France.
Okay, so they’re not all “fun” and they may not exactly be “facts,” but my desire for a title with arguably excessive alliteration won out in the end.
One of my favorite things to do in France is go grocery shopping. That may sound odd, but there’s just something about the food stores here that draws me in. Even if I don’t really have anything to buy, I end up wandering through the aisles, passing the bread station with a smell so heavenly that it makes me go weak in the knees, and normally leaving with a square of really dark chocolate. From Monoprix to Carrefour to E. Leclerc to Saveurs de la Terre to Leader Price, grocery shopping never gets old.
To be honest with you, my Instagram account hasn’t been too active lately. Maybe it’s because my days of summery and colorful foods, city adventures, and #internlifestruggles have been replaced with dining hall meals, campus adventures, and #studentlifestruggles. I can’t complain, though, because I’ve been spending time with my wonderful roommates, in class, and running A LOT (less than a month until the 1/2 marathon!). I guess I’ve just been living my life offline for a bit, and it’s been nice. Continue reading “Lately on Instagram: back to school edition”
“If you see a really beautiful tomato, don’t you want to know where it came from and how it was grown?” asked John Lee when explaining the advantages of eating local. “People want to have access to their farmer.” Continue reading “a taste of Boston’s local food culture at Allandale Farm”
Happy Monday everyone! Hope your week is off to a great start. Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:
DISCLAIMER: Despite the fact that it looks like I eat all day every day, that’s not exactly true. But it does come pretty close. What can I say? There’s just too little time and too much to taste.
1. I get on the subway and, thanks to some miracle from the underground transportation gods, find a seat. A mysterious liquid drops on my shoulder (not the first time that has happened). No idea where it comes from. Ahh the glory of the NYC subway system. #kidding
2. After one very hungry subway ride down to Little Italy and a short walk later, I make it to the quaint café and take a seat outside.
3. The waiter hands me my menu and… OH MY GOODNESS IS THAT MY VERY OWN MINT WATER? Well, that didn’t take very long. I’m in love.
4. I glance at the menu. Pretty sure I’ve died and gone to food heaven because I want EVERY salad, drink, and entree that they offer. If only I wasn’t a poor college student. Oh well, I settle for some avocado toast and a kale salad.
5. My meal comes and it looks like it’s from a magazine. No joke. Here are the deets:
-Local kale, sunfower seed tahini, avocado, green apples, sunflower seeds, and smoked sea salt salad
-Curry avocado toast with cilantro mustard seeds and lime
Eating slowly and savoring your food is seriously overrated. I scarfed down my meal in no time. Don’t worry, though, I resisted for a few seconds to take a picture.
Hottest trend this summer? Leftovers. Save everything you don’t eat after dinner to prevent wasting delicious foods that can be used later for different meals. Case in point: this past weekend, we grilled up tons of veggies (asparagus, eggplant, broccoli, peppers, onions, and mushrooms). I tossed in the leftovers with kale, avocado, cranberries, tomatoes, and lemon juice the next day for a hearty lunch.
If I could go anywhere at this very moment, it would be back to Paris. But, since that’s not very realistic, I guess some delicious nutella, banana, and strawberry crepes will suffice.
Check out one taste at a time’s instagram for more!
I’m always down to eat garbanzo beans in any form, whether they be roasted, tossed in salads, out of the can, or, my personal favorite, in hummus form. Because it pairs well with pretty much everything (carrots, crackers, sandwiches, celery, etc.) hummus has earned its prestigious spot as one of my go-to snacks. My favorite brand is the classic Sabra variety, but I thought I would switch it up a little and make some from scratch. If my food explorations this summer have taught me anything, it is that the simplicity of homemade foods is always better than anything you can buy at the store, so whenever I have the time, I always try and avoid the supermarket shelves and head to the kitchen instead. Get your taste buds ready, folks, this is a good one.
All you need is 1 can of drained and rinsed garbanzo beans, 6 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of tahini, 1 clove of garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 2.5 teaspoons of olive oil. If you’re not a tahini person, that’s okay! There are lots of recipes without tahini that are just as delicious.
Just whip up all the ingredients in the blender and voila! A perfect summer snack full of antioxidants, fiber, and protein.
I’ve also been taking full advantage of the vending machine on my floor conveniently situated about 10 seconds walking distance from my desk. Latest discoveries? Dry roasted edmamae, kale chips, and Vita Coco coconut water. Sometimes in that order.
Whenever I eat soy products (which is not very often), I always choose brands, such as Seapoint Farms, that use non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) soybeans. This way, the products retain their naturally-occurring levels of healthy lsoflavones.
Kale is a superfood. Chia seeds are a superfood. Put them together and you get an extra super duper food. I’m into that. itskale chips use organic, gluten-free ingredients and are baked in extra virgin olive oil. There are only 7 real and easy-to-pronounce ingredients, 100 calories in the ENTIRE bag, and tons of flavor. You can’t get much better than that. #snackingheaven
As I get further and further into my half-marathon training, I’m trying to be extra conscious about properly hydrating myself while avoiding the sugar, fake sweeteners, and dyes hiding in many popular energy drinks. Thank goodness for coconut water.
In a Rodale News article about the best coconut waters on the market, author Christine Olley quotes Jonny Forsyth, a global drinks analyst at Mintel (a global data-research-analysis firm based in London) who explains that “coconut water contains naturally high levels of electrolytes, including potassium, calcium, and magnesium, which have made it popular as a sports drink for natural-foods consumers.”
If you try out any of these scrumptious snacks, let me know! I love hearing what you guys think. I mean, who doesn’t love snacking? NO ONE.