Dessert First.

 

 

 

 

LIFE IS SHORT. EAT DESSERT.

I have always wanted to use that little manta on my blog. And what better time than now, when I have such a drool inspiring photo of a dessert worthy of words to accompany. That, my friends, is the brownie sundae from Candle Cafe West. A decadent combination of delicious moist brownie, and creamy vanilla ice cream, topped off by chocolate fudge sauce, a sprinkle of walnuts, and a few fresh berries. Heaven in a bowl is an understatement. And guess what, guys? This dish is 100% vegan and gluten free to boot. Does this mean it’s healthy? Ok maybe not. But full of additives and preservatives and shit no one can pronounce it is not. It is big enough to share (which is what I did, thanks again Jaime G!) but good enough to savor solo. I dream in this sundae. Seriously.

 

Best.

You know that saying “less is more”? Yeah, I know it too, but I disagree completely.

Let me put it into context for you: Thursdays are my week day off. Usually this means I stay up until midnight Wednesday evening (I know I am crazy!) and wake up to no alarm. It’s a glorious little routine I’ve got going. This morning was no different. I slept until 10, made a green smoothie, and caught up on blogs until noon when I high-tailed it down to Tribeca for a SoulCycle class and video shoot with Melanie G. The workout was bananas and I left completely exhausted and smiling, the effect of any SoulCycle workout.

I scrambled back uptown for a staff meeting where I enjoyed an array of delicious treats including bites of every flavor of Levain Bakery cookies. I wasn’t stuffed but I was certainly not hungry. Back at home I read a bit, caught up on email, cleaned, and then the clock stuck 7pm. Instead of putting on my pj’s I ran back down to W77 SoulCycle for another class, a Summer Heat Wave ride with the lovely little Elianna.

Blood. Sweat.Tears. Amazing workout #2 of the day, I left exhausted and smiling, as per usual.

I arrived home to find a sweet husband and a lovely plate of food waiting for me. And then instead of hitting the hay I baked these chocolate chip cookies that I had been waiting to bake for months ( spoiler alert: the recipe calls for a full 24 to 48 hours of dough refrigeration, talk about patience).

 

2 workouts, 2 desserts. A double dose of a damn good day. I pedal that bike so that I can enjoy every single bite with nothing held back. I am of the persuasion that you only get on life to live and I am committed to milking the one I have got. Continue reading

Interstate Style

We move all the way to New York City…and we still end up craving that fast food that marks the highways back where we’re from. Sure I enjoy finer dining, the perfectly crafted ambiance, the impeccable service, the creative culinary offerings, the presentation just as superb as the food itself.

But sometimes I want the quick and the dirty, the greasy crispy fried potatoes doused in Heinz Ketchup and tastes nothing like real cheese cheese sauce hastily crammed in my mouth in a public plaza teeming with overfilled garbage cans, homeless people, and teenagers making out.  I want to wash it down with a big gulp of crazy mixed soda concoctions (think cherry lime dr. pepper, folks!) and then go back for refills. Sometimes I need to de-class it, go back to my road-tripping roots, and do it interstate 8 style.

The Ballpark

Take me out to the ball game

No but seriously, super slaty popcorn, ice cream in a plastic helmet, and french fries galore is as ideal a meal to me as a nice seafood platter and a bottle of bubbly.

We had perfect weather, amazing seats, and high spirits. It was quite the grand finale to a week of momentous occasion.

Seing batta batta batta SWING!

A Right Nice Sparkle

Fact: when life hands you a Le Creuset casserole dish you make (almost) vegan mac n cheese.

And at the very end you throw in some feta because who says you have to be one thing or the other, why not do both!

You better believe we celebrated Cinco de Mayo, crafto de mayo style!

Beth, Celia, Chris and I sat around our living room floor amidst a big pile of goodies and created until our hiney’s could take hard wood no more.

Lucky for us there was a cookie intermission. Hello whole wheat chocolate chip oatmeal yum yums. I used the same recipe from the Joy of Cooking as last week, subbing in dried prunes for a bit of flavor difference. Same recipe, different cookie texture, just as delicious. Oh baking, how you perplex me!

I am still finding glitter all over our apartment. Luckily I never minded myself a right nice sparkle.

Easier Than An Actual Avalanche(bars)

Lord help me. From the way my grubby little paws acted today you’d think I hadn’t just baked enough cookies to last me through next winter.

But you see, dear friends, I had never tasted an Avalanche Bar until today. Hell, I didn’t even know such a thing existed. I have seen the rainbow at the end of the storm and I ain’t ever going back to no rainy days.

A trifecta of ingredients:

1. peanut butter
2. rice kris pies
3. marshmallow
(and white chocolate, just for kicks)

Crunchy yet smooth & sweet with a salty kick = this avalanche done gone and started, y’all. I’m three bars in and still gaining momentum.

Easy Avalanche Bars
[no oven necessary]

Melt white chocolate chips in microwave or with double boiler. Combine chocolate with peanut butter and add in rice krispies. I told you this was easy. Allow to cool for 15 minutes, stirring now and again. Mix in marshmallows and mini chocolate chips. Pour batter into 9 x 9 inch greased pan and allow to come to complete cool. Cut and serve!

Tastes Good Alone

Alone is how I find myself on a Friday night.

So I do the natural thing. I eat a spoonful of peanut butter straight from the jar standing over the sink then put on my pajamas and take a three hour nap.

At 8pm I wake up. I make a green machine smoothie, a baked sweet potato, and slice some fruit. I eat somewhere between standing over the sink and laying horizontal on my
bed with the tv cranked way up.

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