Gettin the Yellow Juice.

8 Dec

I know what your thinking… Yellow Juice sounds like the most amazing thing ever!!

Oh, not what you were thinking?? Because IT SHOULD BE.

 Some Yellow Juice for ya Face.
 

Casually strolling (read power walking and working up inappropriate levels of sweat) through the LES with Cocomama (of CocomamaFoods) we stumbled across this little gem: The Butcher’s Daughter.

Nestled in a barnyard chic stool while I double fisted a fresh juice in one hand and a cashew milk cappuccino in the other – you could say I was kinda happy.

So what exactly is Yellow Juice?? Lemon, Pineapple, and Jicama. JICAMA!! Seriously… jicama has never before entered my realm of juicing potential… and now I can’t get it out of my mind. This was HANDS DOWN one of the most original, refreshing and tastiest juices I have EVER had.

When I discovered their head “juiceologist” is Brandi Kowakski from ABC Kitchen it all made sense.

And peep the food menu: The Vegetable Charcuterie & Cheese (all vegan), black and white quinoa salad, the chopped 10-vegetable salad and the self-proclaimed ‘Best Kale Salad’ all look beyond Amaze.

Unfortunately… we happened upon The Butcher’s Daughter on it’s very first day of existence and they were not serving food yet… I know, it’s such a hard life being a trend setter and what not. Looks like I’ll just have to go back :)

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And I’m not the only one who anticipates great things from The Butcher’s Daughter… Let’s Take It To The Blogs:

Daily Candy heralds their juice concoctions as the perfect hangover killers

Eater says The Butcher’s Daughter sure cleans up good.

Grub Street points out that The Butcher’s daughter’s owner, Heather Tierney already co-owns Apothéke and Pulqueria and that the menu was created by Joya Carlton (formerly of Buvette)… so we can expect great things from this new juice bar.

Tasting Table simply says ‘healthy but delicious’… I need to know nothing else.

- and Gothamist claims it’s a new home for Vegans.

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What’s your best kept secret for out of the box, uber-awesome juice creations?!?

That Time I Was Regina George.

19 Nov

Sure High School was great and I totally was that girl who was way over involved in a whole bunch of activities… but let’s not kid ourselves here – I was never that person who got cheered on at Pep rallies.

Pep rallies were reserved for football players and maybe the basketball team – but most definitely not for cross-country runners and school treasurers who thought applying mascara was a Friday thing only.

So when I was given the opportunity to become the star of a High School Pep rally last week – you better believe I was in my element.

Sure, it wasn’t my high school and maybe at 25 I’m a few years past my high school days… but these “facts” soon became irrelevant when I ran through a banner and heard an auditorium of teens and their mascot screaming… for me!!!

(okay… so they were actually screaming because my producer had given them the ‘time to cheer’ cue. But again with these “factual details”)

The pep rally all part of our One Vote election special for Channel One. And the school went all out for us – cheerleaders cheering a Channel One chant, the marching band drumming away, and even the mascot doing a dougie. Yup – it was everything a Pep Rally should be and I got the chance to help host it.

Host it… slash relive high school as the most popular girl on campus… it’s really a toss-up.

Did I mention that a cheerleader came up to me and said, and yes I do quote: “We just wanted to tell you that we love your outfit”. I would like to say I reacted with a hair flip and a whatever nod… but let’s be real – I got all giddy, did a little jump and said love yours too. I just wasn’t meant to be Regina George.

 

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For some more reading to put ya right back in High School… Let’s take it to the blogs!

- Remember how applying to college and figuring out what to do after high school was the single most important thing in the world? These teen bloggers over at The New York Times The Choice Blog will remind you.

- To take a look at high school from your teachers perspective, check out these top teacher blogs.

- And for some laughs about being a teen written by teens, check out High School Humor Blog.

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If you could go back and relieve a day of high school at your current age… think you’d be any different??

Interwebs Supper Club – Summit 1.0

9 Nov

What is the one thing that could bring me out of my multiple month hiatus from writing you ask!? I’ll give it to ya in one word: FOOD. Okay, here are a few more words: Copious amounts of decadent, wondrous all 100% vegan, Gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free Thanksgiving food cooked up by some of my favorite women in the world.

Yeah… that’ll do it.

Huddle in, it’s story time my friends. It all stared online… as all great love stories of the 2000s do. Five women who lived world’s apart decided to create a pinterest board so that their love for all things food could transcend geography. Mrs. Boston would wake to find Ms. DC had pinned a delectable recipe for overnight oatmeal. And much to her delight, Ms. NYC discovered Mrs. world traveler had pinned a recipe for authentic Pad Thai that she had just eaten off the street in Thailand. Soon, new friends were invited and the foodie loved spread throughout the Interwebs and across the county. It was only a matter of time before the online culinary sparks started a real fire in the kitchen. So in November of 2012, 6 women (with a few new friends collected and invited along the way) bussed, drove and flew to a pre-thanksgiving cookathon.

And of course there were multiple occasions for a good ole Kombucha Cheers :)

 

Welcome to the Interwebs Supper Club Summit 1.0. Here are the rules:

1) All athletic apparel all the time. (Gotta love that stretch in the yoga pants come plate refill number 3…)

2) The Pinboard is the answer – all recipes must be from Pinterest and pinned to the interwebs board.

3) All recipes must be Vegan, GF, Soy-free, dairy free… and 100% tasty. Oh, and the theme is Thanksgiving. Because we role like that.

4) Dance breaks are mandatory.

5) There is no such thing as making too many desserts.

6) You DO NOT talk about the interwebs supper club summit.

7) Cook like a Champion.

 

Let the eating begin. After much debate… feast your eyes on the Interwebs Supper Club Summit 1.0 menu below. I’ve linked to the original recipe (like I said… it’s all off pinterest!)

 

The post spin class pre-eating fest Appetizer: Roasted Cauliflower Pumpkin Swirl Dip. 

This was AMAZE! Like… lick the entire bowl clean good. We added some of extra of the onion/cauliflower crunchy goodness on top. You could dip pretty much anything in this and it would be fab – but we were lucky enough to have these babies for our dipping needs: Home made raw Mediterranean bread and raw onion flax crackers curtesy of the raw chef behind www.Tastymakes.com :)

The genius behind Tastymakes also whipped up these parsley pesto beet towers… you should probably just get jealous… now.

 

 

Time for some dinner. Let’s meet our Interwebs’ Thanksgiving entree first: The Lentil Loaf.

okay first of all… lentil loaf is really hard to photograph so cut me some slack here! But is was FAB! Tasted like a hearty meat loaf. There are a few lentil loaf variations on there… I liked this one because it’s nut free. Good for allergies… and because it helped me save nut room for my cashew ice cream later :)

And obviously… we had sides galore!!

We knew we def wanted Brussels and shrooms. Initially, we thought a balsamic roasted mushroom medley and maybe a brussel sprout slaw. But we decided to save our cooking stamina for desserts and just pan fried some brussels and shrooms together with coconut oil… and it was spectacular.

For our Stuffing option, we stuffed the heck out of some delicata squash with Cocomama’s cranberry orange Quinoa. Sweet and savory wonderment.

And not pictured but certainly eaten… Garlic and Sage Mashed Sweet Potatoes (sub coconut oil for butter)

And for the sauce that mixes it all together: some Vegan, GF gravy. This creation came from the mind of I’m Turning Veganese -

W.O.W.

This baby needs it’s own detailed blog post at some point… but for now I will just tell you this: MAKE THIS STAT. It WILL change your life.

Which brings us to dessetS. Note the plural. Also note that all desserts taste better with some coconut/cashew based ice cream on the side. booooyahhhh

Tiramisu is great… but how about a vegan, GF PUMPKIN tiramisu for Thanksgiving. YUP.

The cake? Moist. The Pumpkin? Caramel and taffy’s love child. The outcome? Perfection.

And my personal contribution to the dessert bar?? Deep dish cookie dough pizzookie.

This was by far one of the greatest things I have ever made. It’s vegan, GF, and NO sugar added! ahhhhhhmazing!! This baby will MOST DEF be getting it’s own blog post soon… but for now, just admire.

And just in case you wanted a crunchy alternative… Here’s some Pumpkin Maple Caramel Popcorn for ya face.

This pic pulled in quite a few comments on instagram. My reccomends: Straight to the face. OR on top of a sundae.

Welp, every great meal must end… but the best part of thanksgiving??! The sandwiches the next day. And thankfully, the mind being I’m Turning Veganese came prepared with homemade GF bread and home made nut cheese. Seconds please!

Expect more follow up details on some of these pics soon… I’m salivating as I post and already cannot WAIT to get back into the kitchen with these fab women.

Annnnnnnd gotta give props to MamaRullz for instigating the summit and opening up her home to hours of cooking.

And I would be remiss not to give a shout out to my puppy… heck, she’s a lady too afterall :) Hi Boo!!

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So what do ya think? Which vegan, Gluten free, Soy free, dairy free recipe will you be eating at your Thanksgiving table this year??!

48 hours… two state check off!

13 Jun

In the “states I’ve been” checklist that lives in a irrationally competitive portion of my mind – the Northwest has always stood vacant. So when a high school in Idaho won a Channel One contest to have us host a show from their school my first thought jumped straight to – Two more states to check off my list!!

Yes. This is me. Giddy off of my Washington/Idaho Check Off high

First Stop: Spokane, Washington!

Annnnd don’t be pulling that “oh, this doesn’t count as a new state because you only flew into it.” First of all: airports count as state visits! Are you, or are you not on land in that state?! Fact. I win.

Second: We drove through Washington to get to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. So I even roadtripped in Washington. Boom. Double state status.

Roadtripping from Washington to Idaho!

And while the landscape was be-ah-oo-tih-ful right away, can we talk about the weather? I do not know how Northwesterners do it – living life in a constant state of almost rain. But the wonderful side effect of all that wet weather?

Double Rainbows.

Full On.

Before we could take in any more scenery, there was work that had to be done. And yes, this work involved me fulfilling on of my life’s greatest goals: To pretend  to be a rockstar.

I mean, someone had to host the show from the stage and introduce the band and then yell from on stage for the crowd to make some noise – okay maybe they didn’t need me to jump up and down and play an air guitar… but we agree to disagree.

And yes, these were the seniors who decided to wear Jorts to the concert as a senior prank… The fact that this was the crowd at my pretend concert moment is very fitting.

The show is wrapped and we have 8 hours until our flight?? Sounds like the perfect time to meander. Shall we stroll around this boardwalk along a breathtaking lake in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho? Why yes. Yes we shall.

I heard a rumor that this is the longest boardwalk in the nation. And while that’s definitely not true, it’s most certainly a great rumor.

:)

Final stop: Seattle, Airport. What a tease.

Now, here is where I will agree with all you state visit naysayers out there. While I HAVE been to Washington, State – I concede that I have not been to Seattle.

My rule on cities: To have been to a city, one must eat in that city. Until next time Seattle…

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Let’s Take It To The Blogs -

- Need to pump up your 50 state quest? Flavorwire has got your 50 patriotic jams.

- In my absolute fav representation of the 50 states: The 50 States of Sandwiches by Stately Sandwiches!

- Kevinbparsons is tackling all 50 states… and blogging about it every single day along the way.

- Eater updates us on a way to get free grand slams for life – by eating Denny’s in every state!

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How many states have you checked off your State Checklist?!?

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Lobstah!! When I think of Maine, I dream of Lobster.

31 May

Here’s a pic to make you keep reading:

Yes. This is real life.

Welcome to Portland, Maine!

I got sent up to Portland for my first shoot with Channel One: a feature on a local high school’s innovative seed saving program. And when I heard Maine… I heard Lobstah!!

And I’m not alone in my foodie expectations. Portland was named America’s foodiest small town – so obvs I had high hopes.

Here is my trip to Portland, Maine – in eating (and working) chronological order:

* The trip started out strong – Within our first two hours in Maine, my producer and I were knuckle deep in lobster. Based on my research for the shoot (read: my comprehensive analysis of Portland’s food blogs) we choose Street and Company for their epic seafood spread. And Maine’s best finger food did not disappoint – we were sucking those lobster legs clean!

* Perfect way to cure a Lobster Belly? A night time stroll on Portland’s cobblestone streets!

* How does one top off a seafood overload induced sleep? A morning Cappuccino – Obvs. I knew I had to get some caffeine pumping in me before my first shoot, and let’s be real – I’m always down for a Cappi Hunt. So up and off to Bard Coffee I went for a soy cappi, oatmeal, and a cold pressed iced coffee to go!

*With my cold pressed coffee in hand – we hit the road!

* After a 2 hour ride sight seeing Maine’s waterways, we arrived at our road trip destination: A local high school’s horticulture class (and yes, this made me think of Harry Potter.) One step into their greenhouse and I knew this shoot was right up my alley – look at all the pretty plants and flowers! Hello plant biodiversity!!

* Here’s what I learned on my first shoot: This is what lettuce seeds look like! Boom – some plant knowledge for ya face.

* The shoot is wrapped… so obviously it’s time for our next meal! With no plans except a map through Maine and 5 hours until our flight… we began our meandering. Lucky for us, Lobster Fate was on our side. We pulled up alongside a little roadside shack on the water selling Lobster Rolls… little did we know, these weren’t no regular folk Lobster Rolls – these were Red’s Eats‘ world famous Maine Lobsah Rolls!

* And then we took said world famous Maine Lobstah Rolls and ate them water side… Can I get a collective Lobstah Belly happy sigh?? Oh yeah, there it is.

* And now… A Girl and Her Lobstah: A photo collective.

* Apparently this is the face I make when I think I drop a piece of Lobster. And no, I am not overreacting.

* And after a long day of eating (and working…), I just needed to buy these lobster slippers for my feet. I mean, it was a necessity.

* Spark notes: this sign for a local Portland bar perfectly sums up my relationship with Portland, Maine.

Big props to Portland, Maine for showing my tum a grand time!

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Let’s Take It To The Blogs -

- IndieTravelPodcast‘s list of the top five things to do in Portland starts with Eating and Drinking… so you know it’s legit.

- FromAway eats their way through all of Maine – Portland included!

- The New York Times calls Portland – “one of the best places to eat in the Northeast”

- Food and Wine and Epicurious both offer up their fav Portland Eateries.

- TheAwl delivers great summertime activities in Portland… Lobstah included!

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What’s your best Lobster Belly experience??

Next Stop: Channel One News!

22 May

Obligatory photo shoot in front of the CBS sign during my first week? Yup.

My ode to The Page Program said bye bye to the first chapter of my career in NYC, and now it’s time for a big ole hello to the next stop: Channel One News.

According to Wikipedia (yes, I am quoting Wikipedia here), Channel One News is a 12 minute news program partnered with CBS. It is broadcast via satellite to middle schools and high schools across the United States and is produced with the teen audience in mind. Channel One is owned by Alloy Media + Marketing and based in New York City.

What does all this mean for MaggieTalksLoud?? Well, I’m gonna have a whole lot more to talk loud about!! In addition to in-studio hosting and reading news headlines, the anchors/reporters for Channel One work as correspondents on packages in the field – Read: Adventures!!

So world – let the adventures begin!!

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Have a story you think our teens would like to hear?? Or, just have an adventure you wanna talk about?!? Let me know :)

The best $3 coffee around!

10 May

My love affair with Organic Avenue is well documented. And even though their high prices (while justified) normally prohibit me from buying as many shakes and salads as I would like… I still pop into every Organic Avenue I walk past just to get a quick hit of that wonderfully intoxicating smell of fresh, organic veggies (and BTW – they frequently hand out free samples!!)

On my last impromptu (read: I walked a half mile out of my way so that Organic Avenue was on my way) stop in, I noticed a new visitor on the shelf: COFFEE.

But in true Organic Avenue style… this ain’t no normal coffee. This cold pressed brew is less acidic than normal java and most importantly – It’s FABULOUS.

And, at $3 – it’s actually affordable! Okay… a caveat on the whole 3$ thing – at 7 oz it’s a prrrretty small coffee. But I wanted to use the whole $3 thing to hook ya’ll in for the big whoooah: The Cafe Latte Smoothie. At $6.50 this baby is a little pricier – but TOTALLY worth it. Made with that same cold pressed coffee (did I mention it’s fair trade? Obvs.), mix in some creamy cashew hemp mylk and irish moss?? And because it’s cold pressed, it’s pre-chilled and perfect for the hot summer days ahead.

In sum: It’s absolutely craveable.

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Let’s take it to the Blogs -

- Eatpure and somamagazine both share their love (and some great pics) of OA locations.

- And props to The Denim Guy for loving his OA so much that he ordered his green juice two days in advance of his NYC trip and had it waiting for him at his hotel… that’s dedication I can respect!

- Wanna make some cold pressed java at home? The Kitchn puts together a great list of home brewed techniques.

- The Veggie Nook emphasizes the health bennies of low acid cold pressed coffee.

- and Urban Domestic Diva simply says cold pressed just tastes better!

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Do you have a favorite coffee drink for summer? (That’s still kinda maybe sorta still healthy?!)

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