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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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A Few Little Rituals

December 7, 2016

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STRETCHING

Stretching is one of my favorites things to do. Right when I wake up, before an intense workout class, at the end of the day. It helps clear my mind, and takes away all the tension in my body. I had back issues growing up do to my scoliosis, and ever since my surgery, stretching has become such an important part of my life. It keeps my body feeling free, and when it feels free, I feel like I can do anything. It’s easy to overlook on a daily basis until the end of the week and your back is killing you. I just remind myself that it is the best way to get things flowing in the right way each morning. Now body craves it on the regular. When I’m not stretching, I love taking classes at B Studio, Flex Studios, Fly Barre and Physique 59. Here I am wearing a workout top by Outdoor Voices, and leggings and sneakers by Nike.

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BRUNCH

New York City isn’t New York City without brunch. Brooklyn and the West Village are two of my favorite places to hunt for a good brunch spot. It’s a cozy feeling walking into an inspiring space where you can get delicious food to fill your tummy with. I love food that is made well. Food that I can analyze every taste and appreciate the work that goes into it. The presentation, as well. This day in particular we checked out Bluestone Lane and I got the Green Baked Eggs. It is my favorite dish on the menu, but I was also eyeing my friend’s Bacon & Egg Roll. Damn, that egg is cooked perfectly sunny side up. Just thinking about it running is making my mouth water. Those Australians know how to do brunch, that is for sure.

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EARLY EVENING WALKS

Because a sunset is my favorite color. Hehe. I don’t mind taking a little break near the end of a busy day to enjoy some fresh evening air and a hint of sunset. Maybe I’ll spend even more time out to catch that sunset all the way. And I love to watch everyone else out on the streets, those in route to the subway, tourists taking photos around every corner, people walking their dogs . . . stop as well to watch a little magic in the sky happen. Deep down inside, I know that no one can pass on a good sunset. It’s one of those experiences that we all love unconditionally. At least we can say we agree on one thing. Here my coat, purse and shoes are all by Kate Spade.

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END OF DAY UNWINDING

Another one of my favorite parts of the day! I look forward to this time so much, because I can finally kick back! Organizing my room, even the things on my bedside table, relaxes me. I just light my candles and get at it. My bed becomes my late night work space when I have slow evenings with nothing else on the itinerary, so I take advantage of the extra time to fit in some editing work, which doesn’t actually feel like work at all. As you can tell, I like to light as many candles at once as I possible can. A little lamp lit up in the other corner, and my room is light enough to read another chapter of my book, but it is dark enough to feel soothed. I very much savor my time alone at home, since with my busy schedule, these times are rare. And I make sure to make the environment as calming as possible to make the most of it.

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Going Digital with Audible App

August 31, 2016

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I always swore before that I would never go beyond the good old paperback or hardback copy when it came to reading my novels. But living in NYC and traveling far more often than I ever had before has helped sway my thoughts on this topic. I recently learned about Audible, an app that provides digital spoken audio entertainment in the form of books and on-demand channels.

My recent trip to Paris was the perfect opportunity for me to try out the new app and bring my reading to the road in a new digital way (new for me at least). One of my favorite authors is Isabel Allende, and I have been waiting to get my hand on her new book that came out called The Japanese Lover. Audible app has literally ever book you ever wanted in audible form. I searched this title because I was curious, and yup there it was . . . the first thing that came up. Of course, it was my first Audible download and I am now addicted! As someone who attempts to pack light (but usually fails) when traveling or even making the trek into Manhattan from Brooklyn, there isn’t much room left for a book in my purse or carry on. It’s so much more convenient I found to have everything I’m reading (well in this case, listening to) right on my phone for easy access. It’s one less thing to weigh down my shoulders, and I can listen anytime. In the case of my Paris trip, the slow Parisian mornings gave me time to kick back in our quaint hotel room and get some listening of The Japanese Lover on with my coffee before heading out for lunch. At the airport my audible story keeps me company and makes the wait to board my plane that much more bearable. And now I can continue the story here in NYC on the subway, when I’m waiting in long lines at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, or just went I want to chill in the park when the summer evenings start to cool down. My stories can go with me anywhere nowadays.

It’s quite relaxing having a lovely voice speak the story to me and I can close me eyes and imagine it coming to life. No more lines are missed, or re-read over and over because my mind is wandering. Listening on Audible actually makes me less distracted so I can focus much better. And for someone who is also a true multi-tasker, the benefits of using Audible really are a dream come true. I can get things done and get my reading done the same time. And now I’m getting into Audible Channels, as well, which is something totally new for me. Basically, Channels is an organized collection of original programming and exclusive content including episodic programs, distinctive comedy, lectures and the best of audio periodicals. It’s fun browsing through the list on the app and seeing what catches my eye (or actually should I say ear). So many topics . . . the range is so wide. This section is definitely made for the curious person who likes to get adventurous with what they listen to, or who is open to learning new things. By the way, Channels is a free benefit for Audible Premium members.

Are you curious now about Audible now? Well perfect timing, because the app is offering a 30-day free trial for new users. Plus one free audible book download. Click the link HERE to come check it out. It might actually change your life.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.

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#PeriodProjects with U by Kotex

May 20, 2016

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I love the concept behind U by Kotex‘s very first #PeriodProject, The Period Shop. The Period Shop was a pop-up shop on 138 5th Avenue aimed towards fulfilling your every “time of the month” needs such as an unlimited stock of pads and tampons, chocolate for those with sweet cravings, and lots and lots of pain reliever (can’t even get enough of that). The necessities, of course. But there were also lots of fun stuff . . . stuff that reminds us that being a girl is probably the best thing ever . . . even though we get periods. The Period Shop was filled with all things frivolous and pink and outrageously feminine, like undies, pins in the shapes of tampons and pads (yes, this is real), tote bags, as well as mugs and phone cases that with attitude. Everything with a sense of humor, which in my opinion is the best way to go about dealing with our periods, just like life in general. What’s better at curing cramps than a good laugh, yeah?! Oh yeah, and lots and lots of ice cream with rainbow sprinkles on top.

The Period Shop was inspired by a Tumblr post from a young woman named Sara Michelson that called for a change in the negative way women’s periods are talked about not just publicly but even just amongst women! She wanted periods to be something positive and empowering, not something women must feel the need to hide and be ashamed of. U by Kotex worked with Sarah to make her vision a reality with a new series of Period Projects in line with the brand’s passion for creating change. Sarah’s tumblr post is the start of a movement to celebrate.

The Period Shop is U by Kotex‘s way of saying loud and clear that talking about our period is NOT A BAD THING AT ALL. In fact, it should be something that is strongly embraced. A topic that requires no blushing, just honesty and openness about everything . . . from the pains and the cravings to the mood swings and the stains. It happens to all of us, it’s real and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s natural, and natural is beautiful! Why waste a whole week complaining about the downs of it all, when we could be celebrating our bodies and the fact that being a woman rocks. I love sharing my period stories with my girlfriends and sister. Funny ones and ones that are meant to give a little motivation during a rough patch. TLC and a little time spent with myself is my favorite way to kick away the period blues. Chocolate, tea and a good book is everything I need.

100% of the proceeds from The Period Shop went to Susan’s Place charity, which provides clothing, food, shelter and support for women in need in NYC. A beautiful shop with a beautiful cause celebrating a beautiful thing that happens once a month. I don’t think there could be a better reason for a pop up shop 🙂

Craving something from The Period Shop right now? You can shop it digitally right HERE.

Plus, check out the Period Projects website HERE to learn more about what was going down in The Period Shop.

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