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Here’s the thing — as much as we appreciate movies on demand, a well-stocked minibar and an oversized bathrobe, sometimes hotel life can feel anything but inspired. Which is why we have such a love affair with the idea of vacation home rentals, especially when they can turn our wildest architectural dreams into beautiful reality. Want to spend a weekend in Margot Tenenbaum's bedroom? Sure. How about a night in an actual treehouse? Or a week off the grid in a house inspired by Thoreau's Walden? We're in. Read on for our favorite far-flung, jaw-to-the-ground houses for rent (via Airbnb, btw). Where do you want to go?Read More
Recently we’ve been having a lot of those “I just can’t” days: I just can’t understand why I’m so tired. I just can’t remember where I filed that e-mail I now urgently need. I just can’t figure out why despite having a second espresso at 3:00 p.m. I’m in still in a complete and utter haze.Read More
Did you OD on Whitman’s Samplers last week? Same. Which is why we decided to investigate options.. And by options we mean sweets that go *way* beyond your typical box of chocolates. Or, in better words: Adult Candy.Read More
Given the current schizophrenic state of the weather on the East Coast (Polar vortex! Early spring! Deep freeze! Torrential Rain!), we thought it was time to give you guys a peek inside our winter 2019 medicine cabinets.Read More
Unless you’ve been living under a social media-free rock, by now you probably that The Pegan Diet — a hybrid of Paleo and Vegan — is having a moment. Maybe it’s the 73k posts on Instagram or the fact that Pinterest searches are up 337 percent, but suddenly we’re seeing Pegan mentioned pretty much everywhere. Doesn’t ring a bell? You can read more in this blog post by Dr. Mark Hyman, the medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and a New York Times best-selling author, who originally coined the term. But in short, just like the name suggests, Hyman’s eating philosophy advocates a combination of the popular Paleo and Vegan diets.
Sounds super simple but also incredibly confusing? Basically, Hyman believes that even though a Vegan diet cuts out meat and a Paleo diet is basically all meat all the time, both of these diets share common ground in that they encourage people to put down the crap and only eat real, whole foods. Think of the Pegan Diet as a middle ground where you eat mostly plants (about 75%), but the occasional meat dish (and glass of wine!) is totally fine too. Want the full medical rundown? You can read more about the rules of going Pegan, but in the meantime, check out a few of the Pegan-approved recipes we’re loving right now.
WHAT YOU NEED
For the Gnocchi
4 cups cauliflower, minced
3/4 cup cassava flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt optional
For the Sauce
1 can full fat canned coconut milk
4 cups spinach
2 large garlic cloves
2 tablespoons tapioca flour
salt and pepper to taste
WHAT YOU DO
1. Heat oven to 425F.
2. Steam cauliflower for about five minutes until soft. Ring water out of cauliflower by putting it in a dish towel and squeezing the excess water out. The remaining cauliflower should measure out to about 1 1/2 cups.
3. In a food processor blend ingredients for gnocchi until smooth (you may have to add more or less cassava flour to get the dough to be kneadable).
4. Separate dough into four equal parts and roll out into 3/4" diameter tubes on a surface dusted lightly with cassava flour. Cut the tubes of dough into 1" pieces.
5. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and drop gnocchi in. Once they have risen to the surface, remove, and drizzle lightly with olive oil.
6. Place gnocchi on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and lightly drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn gnocchi over and bake for another 20 minutes until golden.
7. In a saucepan, stir together ingredients for sauce (except spinach) and whisk continuously (or use a hand blender) until smooth and the sauce begins to thicken. If you overcook it, it will become too thick and gooey from the flour. Stir continuously to avoid clumping. Then remove from heat, add spinach, wilt it, then stir in gnocchi.
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So what happens when the holidays are over and it’s time to repent for the New Year? We have a plan and there’s good news: It doesn’t include a whole month of not drinking or juice cleansing — it’s actually as simple as getting away for a few days to renew and recover.Read More
There are so many reasons to escape into a few good books this holiday season — to avoid reality, to relieve boredom during long hours of travel, to avoid speaking to others (both fellow travelers AND family members), to take a tech break.Read More
So I guess this is a cautionary tale. Life throws crazy shit at us all the time and my story is just a tiny needle in a haystack of heartbreaking, life-changing events happening every second on this planet. We all have to learn that vulnerability is not a weakness. It’s actually an incredible show of courage that helps keep our relationships rich and our lives balanced. Opening up sounds like an easy ask, right? I know it’s not, but I’m willing to work on it. I hope you are, too.Read More