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The Benefits of Matcha

July 6, 2017

I’ve been drinking matcha regularly for over a year now, not because it’s trendy (although I love how easily I can find it now in the city) but because the taste to me is phenomenal, and it has many extremely healthy benefits for the body. In college, I would drink a hot cup of green tea (soaked from tea bags) to calm my skin whenever I broke out. I read about it in a magazine, and I felt it really did help. And growing up with an Asian mom, I’ve tried lots of different kinds of Asian desserts, and matcha flavor (on top of taro) was always my favorite. But I never had matcha in it’s raw form until my boyfriend made me a cup of it unsweetened near the beginning of our relationship. I was addicted ever since. Matcha is basically the more raw, concentrated version of your basic green tea. You are consuming the entire tea leaf as opposed to a brew, which gives you 10 to 15 times more nutrient per cup. Now, I replace my normal morning cup of coffee with a cup of matcha, and it has been life changing. No more stomach aches. Clearer skin. Less bloat. It kick starts my appetite. And I feel like my general well being has shifted because of this daily change in my routine and diet. 

Here is all the reasons why I love matcha:

1. It’s an antioxidant boost, which in turn strengthens your immune system. I’ve noticed that I have gotten sick far less since adding matcha to my mornings every day. Less colds, less coughing, less sinus infections. It even eases digestion. I feel great! 

2. It acts as a cleanser because it contains high levels of Chlorophyll, which helps detox the blood and throughout the body. The more toxins that are flushed out of your body, the better of course. Matcha is a great step in the right direction when it comes to clean eating. 

3. It helps keep you slim because it helps increase your body’s rate at burning calories. Mixing matcha with a healthy diet and a regular workout routine is the best way to get in shape. 

4. It’s energizing because it contains a healthy form of caffeine. it’s not the same kind of caffeine found in regular coffee. Matcha’s caffeine is a slow-release of energy. Starting your morning with a cup will ease you into your day at a much healthier pace, rather than shocking your system awake. And you’re energy will last much longer throughout the day. 

5. It’s so pretty! Probably one of the main reason’s it’s so popular today, especially on Instagram. It’s light green emerald color is easy on the eyes, and so complementary to Millennial Pink (like the tone of my mugs at home). For someone into aesthetics, matcha is the winner as opposed to that dark and aggressive cup of joe. I like mine with a spoonful of agave and a splash of low-fat vanilla soy creamer. Perfection in a cup.

Hope this post inspires you to jump on the matcha bandwagon. I always make my own matcha, unless I’m out early for the day and don’t have time to make my own, craving it right after the gym, or traveling. The one I get is from Whole Foods, but Asian supermarkets sell them, too, and probably for a much better price. Make sure your matcha is from Japan. That stuff is the real deal 🙂

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Good Eats | Maman Tribeca

March 19, 2017

Maman Tribeca
211 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Maman Tribeca is one of my favorite places in the city to grab brunch on a weekend, or a lunch on a weekday. The first time I tried their selection, it was at its Soho location, a darling little spot on Centre Street that is curious to all passerby. White, rustic French decor, and the cutest little coffee cups, on top of a delicious range of easy, made to-go breakfast and lunch selection that also were made to be healthy and fresh, really made me a fan. 

And then they opened a much larger location in Tribeca, plus an even larger one in Greenpoint which I have yet to try. One can always find something they find mouthwatering at Maman. The Tribeca location has a sweet coffee-shop and comforting (plus totally Instagram-worthy) style front, for the customer who wants just a coffee, a croissant and a quick chat with friends on their lunch break. They serve hearty farm fresh salads, quiches, sandwiches, soups, an assortment of pastries and desserts, and a selection of artisanal breads in the front. The back is a sprawling array of sit down, white washed tables . . . romantic for sure at night. The sit-down menu is an epic array of family-inspired recipes from the South of France and North America. My favorites are the Roasted Carrots and Quinoa Salad (an endless bowl of nourishing heaven), the Pesto Spaghetti Squash (so flavorful), the Deconstructed Avocado Toast (I can eat endless amounts of this) and the Maman Breakfast Sandwich (a reliable classic that is the best kick start to your Saturday morning). 

Definitely hitting up Maman Greenpoint for brunch soon!

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Sunday Favorite | AP Cafe

November 13, 2016

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I’m take pride in my neighborhood. And yes, I think that the best places to eat are in Brooklyn. Many in Bushwick, such as the lovely, well-lit and very Instagram-worthy AP Cafe. I can walk to this spot on a late Saturday morning from my apartment and never have to worry about waiting for a seat. The burger here is diviiiineeeee. I’ve been bopping around all of New York City since 2013 taste testing what should be the best burger in town, but none have yet beat the one from AP Cafe. The caramelized onions add the most phenomenal touch. Complete with a side of the thinnest, crispiest fries that came straight from heaven I promise you. For those looking for a healthier, and less indulgent option that is still well-rounded, the kale pesto quinoa bowl (I like to add chicken to this), is a great choice. I could take pesto on just about everything. AP Cafe just gets it right every time, all the way down to the succulents that add a simple delicacy that makes this one of the best places to get work done if you are just in a mood for a good coffee. If you ever have the chance to explore Bushwick, make sure to come by this spot for a coffee, a burger, a donut, or any of the other delicious plates they have on their menu. You’ll be back for sure.

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Vancouver Eats | The Birds and the Beets

July 6, 2016

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The Birds and the Beets
55 Powell Street
54 Alexander Street
Vancouver

This is a new spot our friend Kiara was very keen to bring us to since it was new and she has hear many good things since its opening. Plus, it’s decorated with flowers. Isn’t that just a brunch lover’s Instagram dream? lol. I had the Rolled Oat & Chia Bircher Muesli. One of the best tasting oatmeals that I have ever had. And so healthy, too. Look at me. It takes a lot to get me to eat oatmeal in the morning. This place is certainly changing the standards in the breakfast game. Stop by for a healthy snack or a sandwich, or an incredibly good and incredibly strong cup of joe. Anyway you like it! Vancouver, you are literally the bee’s knees when it comes to being all cute and hipster and shit. Love you.

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