I’m Smitten With….Thug Kitchen

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It’s Monday night and you know you need to eat, but you’ve worn out your healthy list of options and you’re looking for something new. You Google up “healthy recipes” and gag at the descriptions of “wholesome” or “fit” fare. How many times can you bend over backwards to make brown rice and veggies palatable? Well I have good news for you. I’ve found kick-ass veggie cooking instruction with some major sass. If Martha Stewart, Tony Soprano, and Snoop Dog had a baby that blogged this would be it. Thug Kitchen shocks you into paying attention to what shit goes into your pie hole with a big F-you! Don’t think filthy language and clean eating go together? Think again. This guy (who not Vegan but his girlfriend is) started blogging to inspire the masses to eat like they give a fuck. He writes ah-maz-balls recipes that are simple enough for even well, the laziest MF’s to make. But don’t take my word for it. Get your ass over to Thug Kitchen so you can grub like a fucking champ not a chump.


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Nanoosh
Unconsciously, I try to eat vegetarian most of the time. I find that when I do- I feel lighter, look better, and have less digestive issues. So, when I’m being led to a healthy lunch in Manhattan, I pick Nanoosh. Nanoosh is an organic translation of all things mediterranean- Hummus, Tabouleh, Greek Salad with organic veggies, Quinoa, and all-natural meat. My pick is the Hummus Tahini Wrap. It’s creamy hummus, organic greens, tomato, cucumber, and parsley along with a Quinoa salad made of organic raisins, walnuts, and cranberries. It’s served rolled in a whole wheat wrap or as bowl. Perfect light lunch or dinner. They also serve wine and beer so if you need a cheap but cheerful date meal they’ve got your back. Find them at one of their three locations in the city or the one just opened in Paramus, NJ. I was eating my wrap at my desk in the studio the other day and a client remarked how good my meal looked. That’s right- good looking and good for me too.

 

 

Who What Wear
Big surprise that I like a good daily email full of things I might might find myself smitten with. Who What Wear is just that email. The brain child of two fashionistas- Hillary Kerr a former associate editor at Elle mag and Katherine Power who also got her start at Elle. These lovelies bring you a daily snapshot of what’s happening in the fashion and beauty world. Wanna know what the latest trends are? Who wore what at that awards show last week? What are the stylish celebrities donning these days? THIS is the email for you. Not annoyingly wordy, full of glossy mag-like pictures- this email is easy to scan and digest so it won’t clog up your inbox or brain. They also have a beauty version which I just signed up for. I’m sure it bolsters my beauty product obsession as well as my Sephora bill. Thank you ladies for creating a visual dream board for my fashion and beauty day dreams.

 

 

Dark and Stormy
Although our winter here in NYC has been mild, I love a good warming cocktail for a frosty climate. My client Emma and her beau Patrick had been drinking this libation and warned me I would get hooked. Here’s the recipe via Rachel Ray. The dynamic duo use Gosling’s rum, and I use the yummy Ginger Beer they have at Trader Joe’s. Here’s to keeping warm from the inside out!

Ingredients
Ice
1/4 lime
2 ounces dark rum (recommended: Goslings Black Seal Bermuda Black Rum)
10 ounces of ginger beer (recommended: Milligan’s Island Tropical Mango Ginger Beer)
Lime wedge, for garnish, optional

Directions
Fill a 12-ounce glass with ice. Squeeze the lime wedge over the ice in the glass. Drop the wedge into the glass. Pour the rum into the glass. Add the ginger beer. Stir lightly and garnish with another lime wedge, if desired.

 

 

Kimberly Snyder
Don’t you just love it when you ask for something and it simply appears? I have been trying to find a easy non-detox detox for myself since the New Year rolled around. Everything I’ve seen is all about deprivation or excessive preparation and seems like a form of torture. Imagine my bliss when I stumbled upon the mademoiselle of meal planning- Kimberly Snyder. After seeing a short video of this lovely flower, she seemed as easy to digest as her food. A quick visit to her site and I gave my email to her list freely. So far, I’ve gotten two emails- but with so much helpful and usable content I’m not a bit sore. Simple suggestions for changing your diet for the better like hot water with lemon in the am, romaine lettuce roll-ups, and her promise of beauty from the inside out with her glowing green smoothie. Good lookin’ is what’s cookin’ in my kitchen.

 

 

Capri Blue Candle
Oh let me count the reasons I love Anthropologie. One one thousand, two one thousand…three chic-candles-that-smell-divine one thousand. This scent, Volcano (a mix of tropical fruit, sugared citrus, touched by exotic mountain greens) is THE scent of that Anthropolgie store you’ve visited. For years I sniffed the air and sighed at the romantic warmness that the candles in the store provided. I finally took home one in a glass blue jar and have never looked back. When they started making it in a gorgeous mercury glass version I turned into a complete devotee. Now monthly, I get a supply of these so that I can have one burning in my studio at all times. Easy glamour. Instant ambiance.

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Aww…you missed me! The word on the street is that everyone’s missing their weekly fix of 5 things. Well, we weren’t trying to deprive you on purpose, but in order to redo my blog and create my lifestyle brand, some things had to give. Now 5 Things I’m Smitten With (the killer email that’s been landing in your inbox every Friday) will now only arrive every two weeks. Don’t fret though- ’cause now there’s another way to get smitten with your life! Simply visit my new blog: lindsaylopez.com and subscribe to get updates every time I post. I’ll be blogging about those same things I’ve been smitten with all along, as well as other juicy tidbits on fitness, fashion, food, and any other fabulous thing that strikes my fancy. All I ask in return for your dose of this goodness is share the word!!! Forward this email to someone you’re smitten with, post on your Facebook wall, or tweet away to all your followers- because these 5 Things are too good to keep to yourself!
x~Lindsay

 

Sunday Night Dinner
My friends know me as a kind of maven. If you want to know about the newest restaurant in the neighborhood, the place to buy some cool digs, or what music to put in your ears or novel to pour over- I’m your gal. So it’s no surprise that I knew all about The Sunday Night Dinner in Astoria. Back in 2003 two fellow foodies, Tamara and Zora, met while working in (what else), a restaurant. They bonded straightaway by their love of all things delicious and their home borough of Queens with it’s eclectic eats. What started out as a casual, ‘come as you are, just bring some wine!’ dinner for friends and family, has developed into a regular gig. This underground supper club is the hottest ticket in Astoria. So, when I serendipitously was invited to a get-together for fellow Astoria bloggers, imagine my delight when I realized I was going for an infamous Sunday Night Dinner! A table full of strangers, glasses of wine in hand, my world came full circle. For this special dinner Tamara Renyolds produced course after course of goodness. Candied bacon lollipops, heirloom carrot salad with lemon, cardamom, and ginger, and of course for dessert- roasted plums with burnt honey ice cream. If you’re not lucky enough to get an invite, check out the duos awesome collection of recipes in their book, Forking Fantastic. Such a lovely tradition I was privy to. I encourage you to make your own rituals, they are even more fun on the down-low.

 

Vitamin String Quartet
I get emails from time to time with suggestions about things I just might be smitten with. Last week my old friend (old as in time we’ve known each other, not in biological age. Although we’re both getting up there!) Chris Jerger gave me a fantastic tip, the Vitamin String Quartet. Not a huge classical music fan, I was skeptical that these musicians could imbue a rock n’ roll approach to what usually puts me to sleep. After backing up some of the heaviest rock groups, filling out their harsh music with the groups melodious arrangements of sound, these LA based instrumentalists have expanded with covers of some of the industries most popular artists. They have countless albums to pick from, but so far what I’ve downloaded (their versions of Lady Gaga and Adele) I just can’t shut it off. If you listen carefully you just might hear their sweet-sounding instrumentals playing ‘Paparazzi’ in my studio…

 

Hunger Games
I’ve been devouring books lately. Most of my choices were recommendations from my client Dara. Like me, Dara is a voracious reader and favors a good suspense or who-done-it titles. In preparation for our recent hurricane scare (yes, apparently we can have hurricanes in NYC!) she gave me a couple good reads to pass the time. One of those were The Hunger Games. Author Suzanne Collins intended this series for pre-teens, but it’s caught on like wildfire to all most every adult I know. The Hunger Games is the first of a series of three novels featuring the young heroine Katniss Everdeen as she struggles for survival in the destruction of what once was North America and against it’s malicious governing body. Part thrill, part romance tale, I was hard-pressed to put this down and finally gave in when my clock read 3am! A quick read, but easily habit-forming, you’ll find yourself jones-ing for the next installment the moment you close the book. Stay tuned for a movie version on it’s way to a theater near you.

 

Trader Joes WIne Shop
I recently sung the praises of my California transplant Trader Joes. While in the Cali stores, liquor laws permit wine to be sold right along side the trail mix and frozen pizza. Here in NYC you can’t find the hooch (with the exception of beer) inside the grocery store. Luckily Trader Joes has a resolution- their very own wine shop! The Trader Joes Wine Shop is the only one of it’s kind here in the city, and lucky for me- it’s right down the street from my studio. While the lines in the grocery store usually keep me long enough to discourage me from repeating the wait on the wine side, I recently braved the crowds, and was so happy I did. For an art reception we were throwing at the studio, I needed libations, and at a fair price. I was amazed at the size and selection inside. Frankly, it put the two tiny aisles of bottles I was accustomed to back home to shame. I made it out with 22 bottles of medium grade vino and clocked in at only $150! You can do the math, but that comes out to only $6.80 a bottle. I tried lots of new labels and got a few of my old favs. Here are my choices for your trip to shangri-liquor:

Schloss Biebrech Sekt
An old fav from my friends in Cali. We’ve drunk our fill of this $3.99 sparkling gem to give it a big thumbs up. Clean, crisp, a tad fruity it’s great to drink on it’s own or mix with juice, mimosa style.

2009 Green Fin California White Table Wine
I just had this for the first time on my recent scavenger hunt. Apparently a Trader Joes’ exclusive, this organic wine is from the same producers as 2 Buck Chuck. At $3.99 a bottle this was a surprise cheap hit at the party. It’s almost oaky in color, but in taste is beautifully fruity with notes of tropical locals on your palate.

2007 Picket Fence Pinot Noir
This spicy Russian River Valley favorite usually retails for $30 a bottle. Not so at good ‘ol TJ’s. Here it’s an affordable $8.99 a bottle. One of the most expensive bottles I purchased, I will be going back to get more any day now. Light bodied, with an essence of fruit (strawberries and cherries, oh my!). Low acidity with a delightful vanilla finish. Not to be missed.

 

LinkedIn iphone app
I don’t update my iphone nearly often enough, and I usually barely notice the updates on the apps as they come in. Not the case with LinkedIn’s iphone app. I admit I’m usually much more of a frequent Twitter and Facebook user. So, imagine my surprise when I opened my LinkedIn app and could barely even recognize it! The main page opens up to a dashboard that has all you need- updates, status, profile, connections, inbox, etc. The newest techie feature that I’m planning on using at my next networking trip is the “in person” bluetooth linking ability to share info wirelessly. Now if that’s not Star-Trekky I don’t know what is. Facebook- take a lesson from your friends at LinkedIn. Your app is pretty crappy in comparison…..just saying.