Brussels Sprout Salad.  It’s amazing.  Just tear off the leaves of Brussels Sprouts.  Combined with pea shoot leaves.  A little goat cheese (Pantaleo), thinly sliced sweet onion, some chopped pistachios, and avocado.  Simple.  Easy.  Tasty.  Dressing is combination of olive oil, lemon juice and zest, Mac nut oil, Moscato Vinegar, Dijon mustard and salt and pepper. Magic!

Brussels Sprout Salad. It’s amazing. Just tear off the leaves of Brussels Sprouts. Combined with pea shoot leaves. A little goat cheese (Pantaleo), thinly sliced sweet onion, some chopped pistachios, and avocado. Simple. Easy. Tasty. Dressing is combination of olive oil, lemon juice and zest, Mac nut oil, Moscato Vinegar, Dijon mustard and salt and pepper. Magic!

Crossfit Foundation Class - Class 1

I finally did it! First foundation class under my belt. I don’t know if its a good or bad thing that i never would have guessed the hardest part of the WOD today - running??!! Really - I jog and walk my dog a lot and have run 2 full marathons and 2 half marathons - albeit in the past. I’ll take it as a sign I need to up my cardio workouts but also take it as a sign I’m stronger in other areas than I thought. WOD:
Run 270m - basically to the end of the block and back
21-15-9
Squats
Sit-up
Ring Row
270m

I did the full cycle (for time) and finished at 9 minutes and 20 seconds. Should have been around 7 minutes, according to our trainer Christian Fox. What a great name - sounds like a cousin to Christian Gray… Only this was 50 shades of Crossfit. Ha!

So, my company has a Home Brew contest and I’ve decided to enter! I went to an awesome class in Brooklyn, at Bitter & Esters, for two hours. Really cool to see how easy it is. Almost like following a baking recipe. Now, just need to figure out what type of beer I am going to make, name of my brewery, beer name, etc. Sounds like a brainstorm while in Aruba might be needed. I am thinking of making some kind of organic, ginger and fruit beer - preferable gluten free if possible. So excited to try my hand at this. I’ve been successful with home brewed Kombucha and Rejuvelac - so hoping I have similar success with this. Should be fun.

"Ample Hills" - awesome name for an ice cream shop, right? I got the "Crack" ice cream which pretty much describes how addicting it might become. Good thing I live in a different Brooklyn neighborhood. Otherwise it would be a sure +10 lbs.

This is awesome!!!

This is awesome!!!

As I placed my salad on my plate last night, I couldn’t help but notice how it looked like a heart.  I did shape it a little more for this picture - but I think my food loves me, and I love my food.  It’s amazing how eating clean can make you appreciate the beauty in food - not just how it tastes.  This salad had buckwheat sprouts, sunflower sprouts, torn dulse, hemp seeds, Himalayan salt - all in a nut oil and lime dressing.   I also had some rosemary/walnut/zucchini crackers from my dehydrator that I sprinkled on.  After taking the picture, also added avocado.  This is pretty much the S&M salad from One LuckyDuck - with a tweaked dressing.  Yum!

As I placed my salad on my plate last night, I couldn’t help but notice how it looked like a heart. I did shape it a little more for this picture - but I think my food loves me, and I love my food. It’s amazing how eating clean can make you appreciate the beauty in food - not just how it tastes. This salad had buckwheat sprouts, sunflower sprouts, torn dulse, hemp seeds, Himalayan salt - all in a nut oil and lime dressing. I also had some rosemary/walnut/zucchini crackers from my dehydrator that I sprinkled on. After taking the picture, also added avocado. This is pretty much the S&M salad from One LuckyDuck - with a tweaked dressing. Yum!

Raspberry Tarts - all raw!!! A sweet summer treat - and no dehydrator needed for the crusts. Just a food processor and freezer. Yum!

This was my “going out with a bang” meal in Austin, TX.  Pictured are the last non-vegan items that will be in my system for a very long time.  While visiting my sis in Austin, we decided to brunch it at Hillside Farmacy - on the very up and coming East 11th St  - just down from Blue Dahlia and one of my all time favorite BBQ joints - Franklins (best brisket ever).
We decided to go all out - because everything looked and smelled amazing.  Pictured are the biscuits and gravy - that had a fennel gravy; sausage optional - which is nice if you don’t want all that pig.  THE mac and cheese with a poached egg on top - super creamy; not dry - the way mac and cheese should be.  The featured omelette of the day - with a brie cream, kale and pork belly - oh my; and the home fries were awesome.  Their drinks are NOT to be missed - especially the lovely little Wasabi Bloody Mary (pictured).
We took leftovers home - and had them for breakfast the next day - and it was enough for the two of us and her husband (I did supplement and make a little more eggs with the omelette/ingredients) - but it was a LOT of food!  Definitely would go back - especially for the drinks.

This was my “going out with a bang” meal in Austin, TX.  Pictured are the last non-vegan items that will be in my system for a very long time.  While visiting my sis in Austin, we decided to brunch it at Hillside Farmacy - on the very up and coming East 11th St  - just down from Blue Dahlia and one of my all time favorite BBQ joints - Franklins (best brisket ever).

We decided to go all out - because everything looked and smelled amazing.  Pictured are the biscuits and gravy - that had a fennel gravy; sausage optional - which is nice if you don’t want all that pig.  THE mac and cheese with a poached egg on top - super creamy; not dry - the way mac and cheese should be.  The featured omelette of the day - with a brie cream, kale and pork belly - oh my; and the home fries were awesome.  Their drinks are NOT to be missed - especially the lovely little Wasabi Bloody Mary (pictured).

We took leftovers home - and had them for breakfast the next day - and it was enough for the two of us and her husband (I did supplement and make a little more eggs with the omelette/ingredients) - but it was a LOT of food!  Definitely would go back - especially for the drinks.

Back on Raw Food - and it feels so good.  I made Flatbread Pizza out of one of my favorite books - from Sarma at Pure Food and Wine - with cashew hummus, olive tapenade, fennel, tomato, cucumber za’taar seasoning, etc.  I slightly modified the recipe by adding garlic scapes to the hummus and put a collard leaf down over the “crust” before putting on the toppings so it didn’t get soggy.  Sooo yummy!

My co-op in Park Slope had kohlrabi, and I had pinned a recipe a while back for a kohlrabi carppacio/salad that looked awesome.  This was my edited version - super yummy and easy.  I used my mandoline and thinly sliced about 1/2 of a kohlrabi (after peeling the outside layer), along with some carrot and fennel.  I put some of the fennel fronds on top for some added flavor.  For the dressing - just whisked together lemon juice, honey, olive oil, powdered ginger and dijon mustard with grains - and of course, Himalayan salt and fresh cracked pepper.  It was so good and healthy - food like this does not make me miss cooked, tired and dead food.  

Smirnoff Ice Preparada.  One of the best strangest things I’ve ever tasted.  It’s basically a spicy Smirnoff Ice sangria.  Fill the cup with ice and any combo of fresh fruit (mango and strawberry shown here); some chamoy (a dry spicy seasoning - cayenne pepper and other spices) and a mixture of hot sauces (liquid) and finally, the Smirnoff Ice of your choice (I added Peach Bellini). But wait - there’s more.  You also add in… Gummy Bears!!!   And then, put the lid on and repeat with fruit, seasoning, sauce and gummy bears.  I had this in McAllen, TX.

Smirnoff Ice Preparada. One of the best strangest things I’ve ever tasted. It’s basically a spicy Smirnoff Ice sangria. Fill the cup with ice and any combo of fresh fruit (mango and strawberry shown here); some chamoy (a dry spicy seasoning - cayenne pepper and other spices) and a mixture of hot sauces (liquid) and finally, the Smirnoff Ice of your choice (I added Peach Bellini). But wait - there’s more. You also add in… Gummy Bears!!! And then, put the lid on and repeat with fruit, seasoning, sauce and gummy bears. I had this in McAllen, TX.