4. California Rose all-natural deodorant- i haven’t used traditional deodorant in years and have instead opted for a natural approach. i’ve tried many (many) different natural kinds and this is my favorite thus far. i’m actually getting through the day without needing to touch up to avoid smelling! it also happens top be created by my brother and sister-in-law. it’s coconut oil-based with arrowroot powder, beeswax, baking soda and essential oils and dries to a light finish. ($8).
5. kishu binchotan from Sort of Coal - this multi-purpose stick is the absolute best way to purify your home from toxins, drinking water and bath water, among numerous others uses.
My friend and food writer of New York magazine -Adam Platt told me his favourite new restaurant in New York City since last year is ABC KItchen. He doesn’t usually pick favourites but after an evening at this Jean-Georges Vongerichten utopia, I now understand.
If you are familiar with the homewear and furniture store ABC HOME, you know it symbolises organic chic, post modern hippies unite with taste and sophistication from organic branches and flowers to old-world chandeliers and industrial age steel. All of these contrasts come together to feel like home. Like a safe haven.
This restaurant has taken this concept and created a menu which stands for the same principles. Organic, Locally Sourced, Perfectly balanced cuisine with warmth and top service in one of the most divine rooms in the city.
As a girl who cares for her figure but loves food there could be no better. The menu is tasty, vegetable friendly but still accomodates trends and everyones palate.
Roasted Beets with housemade yogurt
Our experience of Chef Dan Kluger’s “farm-to-table” concept started with Roasted Beets with housemade yogurt. Although a very simple dish it was wonderfully fresh and well balanced.
Roast Carrot And Avocado Salad crunchy seeds, sour cream and citrus
A Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad felt very hippy dippy but was refreshing and delicious. I think for the price it is fair but anyone wanting something hearty or high level of execution may be underwhelmed as it is more about fresh ingredients and simple preparation.
Raw Diver Scallops sea beans, serrano chilies and lime
The Raw Diver Scallops were divine. If I see Scallops on any menu I will order them and these were the best I have eaten in a while. Tender, Moist, fresh, thickly cut to enjoy the texture and the sweet flesh of the scallop was balanced with sea salt and serrano chillies. Plated on an adorable plate on ice it was undeniably exquisite.
Roasted Squash with parmesan and lemon
The Roasted Squash was yummy, slightly sweet from caramelization from roasting and punch from the Parmesan and acid from the Lemon it was very good, hearty but reminded me of something I would cook at home. But I think thats how they want you to feel.
Black Sea Bass with chilies and herbs, baby market potatoes and spinach
The Black Sea Bass with chillies and herbs was very nice. Simple, refreshing, elegant but I’ve seen it before. We had dinner that night at about 10pm after an event and sadly the Pork was sold out! The early bird gets the pork! Noted.
Overall the experience was wonderful with attentive wait staff and I would return in a heart beat. In a city where people eat out several nights a week this is the new direction of sustainable, beautiful cuisine that recharges your body and soul.
He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time. So small I didn’t even notice, you know?
He wanted me to be something that I wasn’t and I made myself into what he wanted.
One day I was me.
Then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring and being a bride.
Until I was standing there in my wedding dress with no eyebrows and I wasn’t me anymore.
And even then, I would’ve married him. I would have.
I lost myself for a long time. And now that I’m finally me again, I can’t.
I love you. I love you more than I loved him. I love you.
And that scares the crap out of me because when you told me to ignore my Boss’s page, you took a piece of me.
And I let you.
The past couples of weekends (except for hyped-up-hurricane Irene weened) I’ve found myself at ABC Home, the F.A.O. Schwartz of gorgeous furniture. Located just North of Union Square my first trip was with Mackenzie who just happened to win a hundred dollar gift certificate to ABC Kitchen while there. Couple weeks I returned with friend Travis whose an interior designer, and saw everything except for his beloved Johnathon Adler chair while there. Figuring that my girlfriend who works at Architectural Digest, and my interior designer best friend you’d think I was dragged there, but in fact I think I’m the one itching to go back for a third time.
Maybe it’s just my new apartment I moved a month ago, and wanting it to look as awesome as possible. Above are a couple of pieces I’d seriously consider dishing out some cash for.