a taste of Ancolie, featuring mindful eating, French-inspired flavors, and sustainability

It’s not everyday that you get to step away from your desk to unwind and enjoy a balanced, wholesome lunch.

Chloe Vichot is on a mission to change that with the opening of her new restaurant, Ancolie.

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Lately on Instagram: dishing out diversity

However sad I was to leave France, I was hungry for America and for its diversity of flavor. French cuisine is certainly not homogenous, but America is a culinary melting pot of a country, and I was eager to take a seat at the table after 8 long months away.

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Adventuring out of the Library

These days, I spend most of my time hibernating in the depths of the library. And although I love my classes this semester, I would much rather be nourished by sunlight, fresh air, and adventure than by neon lighting, vending machine snacks, and perpetual sedentariness.

To take my mind off the fact that I’m forced to spend my weekends with Aristotle, Charles Dickens, and André Breton, I spend my study breaks virtually exploring New York City, Paris (cue the nostalgia), and London via Trottermag. Obsessed is an understatement. Some may call this procrastination. I call it cultural enrichment.

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Screen shot 2014-10-23 at 1.02.40 PMScreen shot 2014-10-23 at 1.02.16 PMI have also been perusing through my study abroad photos (AKA stalking myself like no other on Facebook) wishing I could still eat an entire baguette with no shame or consume camembert cheese like it was a main food group.

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How many days until summer?

Trust me friends, I most definitely do NOT want to rush this year. But with the looming onset of the Boston winter (when the sun barely comes out and I suffer from what probably is a severe Vitamin D deficiency), part of me wishes it was still 80 degrees and sunny and I could spend my days swimming, hiking, paddle boarding, and reading.

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And spring break is most definitely on my mind. However much I love sitting on a beach and doing nothing besides digging my toes progressively deeper in the sand, I’m feeling a bit more adventurous. Gotta admit, this looks pretty amazing. Or this. More to come about spring break plans soon!



Lately on Instagram: The Butcher’s Daughter

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.

It seems like The Butcher’s Daughter is all over instagram these days, so I had to try it out myself to see what the hype is all about. Here’s a breakdown of my heavenly experience:

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.

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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.

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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.


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Today’s Inspiration: NYC Streets

There’s a word in French, flaneur, which literally means “stroller” or “wanderer,” something like a connoisseur of the street or an urban explorer. I like to think that, during the time I spent in Paris, I was a flaneur. I wandered the streets of the city, past the cafés, bookstores, and boulangeries, down the avenues, through the parks. I wandered through hoards of both tourists and Parisians, comfortably fitting myself somewhere in between. I passed countless cafés, flower shops, and cast-iron balustrades bordering the Métropolitain signs of the metro stations. I wandered so that I could come closer to the soul of Paris, so I could feel the drumbeat of the city’s life pulsing through my veins.

Since returning home from Paris, my inner flaneur has not subsided and my wandering has continued… just in a different city. Wandering around New York oftentimes isn’t quite as magical as wandering around Paris, but I guess angry taxi drivers and never-ending crowds have their own charm, right?

Anyway, during my time in the big apple this summer, I have come across quite a few beautiful, even inspirational, gems in the thicket of the concrete jungle.

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A Watermelon Obsession

I’ve always loved watermelon, especially during hot summer days when it provides an extra burst of hydration. Recently, I have been experimenting a bit with making some watermelon juice and I think it’s safe to say that this qualifies as my latest summer obsession. It’s thirst quenching, sweet, colorful and incredibly hydrating – IMG_4194especially after a hard workout. In fact, I recently came across a study from the Journal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry claiming that watermelon juice can help reduce your heart rate after a strenuous cardio session in addition to easing muscle soreness.

Plus, it’s incredibly easy – all you have to do is carve out the delicious insides of a watermelon (you can use a whole or a half depending on how big the watermelon is) and blend it with ice. If you feel like getting your creative culinary juices flowing (pun intended), you can also add other freshly squeezed fruit juices like lemon, lime, or grapefruit.

IMG_4818I prefer to make watermelon juice myself but I do occasionally stop by Organic Avenue (AKA juice heaven) in NYC to buy some when I’m pressed for time. I have yet to try any of their green, red, coconut, turmeric, or ginger juices but they’re definitely all on my bucket list so stay tuned.



The Beginnings of a NYC Summer

Since I’m spending this summer interning in NYC, I’ve been doing lots of exploring (AKA lots of getting lost and subsequently saved by a knight in shining armor otherwise known as Google Maps) around the different neighborhoods… from the West Village to Meatpacking. Each neighborhood has a different feel to it (kinda like the districts in the Hunger Games minus the whole senseless killing part) in addition to different types of food, parks, and monuments. Even though I’ve lived close to NYC all my life, only this summer have I begun to truly understand that the big apple is not only big, its GIGANTIC (the blisters on my feet can attest to this). I’m pretty sure I’ll only be taking a small bite out of this monstrous apple this summer, but you better believe it will be a juicy and delicious one.

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Commuting. #lifeofacommuter will be trending pretty much all summer in my life. Oh, how I love Metro North and all of its charm. I actually have no idea what I would do without the comfort of the crowded trains, potent coffee smells, passengers who pretend like they Imagedon’t see me looking for a seat so they don’t have to move their bags which obviously deserve an entire seat to themselves, and conductors who stare me down as I try to get my ticket out of my wallet. Alright, alright, I’m being a bit dramatic. It’s not all that bad. I mean, I do find time to read (I’m currently LOVING Paris: The Novel by Edward Rutherford). Plus, I enjoy living at home for the summer so I can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some green grass, stars, and my dog. So really, I can’t complain.

Grand Central Market. Not going to lie, my heart started beating a little faster with excitement when I stumbled upon the Market at Grand Central. HOW HAVE I NEVER KNOWN THAT THIS EXISTED? No worries, I’m making up for lost time by visiting pretty much every evening before heading to my track, gazing in awe at the spice collection and colorful fruits and veggies.

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Rooftop Bars. Who knew being 21 came with such good views?! I sure didn’t. There are tons of rooftop bars in every corner of the city. I found a nifty list of 80 rooftop bars in NYC on Thrillist. Although I probably won’t even make it to 1/4 of these for the sake of my bank account, I’m definitely going to try and visit a few. So far, one of my favorites has been Gallow Green. Not gonna lie, it was pretty darn pricey. But the atmosphere was amazing – such a good respite from the suffocating city streets.