Back in March, during my detox, I gave up caffeine for the month. And my relationship with coffee has never been the same.
While I probably drink just as much as I did before going off alcohol, I’ve made a conscious effort to try to only drink coffee during times of intentional hedonism or mornings of extreme desperation, like when my alcohol consumption has exceeded expectations.
Most of the time though, I love not being dependent on coffee to defog my head, even if my local hipster barista looks at me with a hint of an eye roll every time I order herbal tea out on the town.… Continue Reading
I got back from California last night and woke up today totally beat beyond belief. Maybe the numerous vineyard visits in Napa and Sonoma and the vacation diet of multiple orders of Sardine Chips at Rich Table finally caught up with me. But the last thing I would ever want to ingest right now is this grilled strawberry bellini recipe.
My return to clean eating aside, I developed this cocktail earlier in the summer for a grilling show I shot for Healthination. They were looking for easy cocktails that somehow involved the grill, and there’s nothing easier than throwing some fruit on the barbi, pouring Prosecco over it, and calling it a bellini.… Continue Reading
As you know, I’m all about finding mature twists on my childhood favorites. So you’d think by now, 6 years past my Jello-shot prime, that I’d have thought to put booze in popsicles.
But alas, it wasn’t until I came across this recipe for gluten-free margarita donuts that I started to imagine the possibilities of combining dessert and happy hour into one seamless magical sequence. And thus, Coconut Mojito Popsicles were born.
If I wasn’t old and lame, this is the type of thing I’d serve at a semi-adult pregame, to grease the wheels before tequila shots start getting poured.… Continue Reading
Well folks, peanut butter banana smoothies aside, I’m officially home from Greece!
Thank you so much for putting up with my posting delinquency this week, and for your continued patience as I slowly endure my fall from grace, which included countless sunsets, donkeys and dips (both of the Greek yogurt and Aegean Sea variety).
Luckily, I had a house guest while I was away. So last night instead of walking into an apartment that smelled like one too many pairs of old Chucks with an empty fridge, I got to come home to a vase of fresh hydrangeas and a bowl of perfectly ripe avocados.… Continue Reading
As I admitted a few weeks ago, one of the results of my month-long sobriety is that I’ve become a bit of a fancy pants when it comes to wine. Since I got back on the sauce, I’ve not only been trying to drink better wines, but also cleaner wines that are responsibly made.
Organic wines have been cropping up more and more these days. These wines are made using organic farming and harvesting practices – no pesticides and such. You’ll notice that wine stores have started putting green tags or labels on some of these bottles. If they don’t, you can simply ask the wine buyer at a store.… Continue Reading
As I mentioned in yesterday’s newsletter, I’m doing my own version of a detox this month – no alcohol, caffeine, or sugar. I’d like to call the experiment: Jews Do Lent.
The alcohol has weirdly been the least emotionally problematic of these three vices. This weekend I managed to soberly survive an afternoon brunch dance party followed by an even more dancey wedding. The biggest learning experience is that without alcohol (and its subsequent hair tosses and flailing limbs) I am acutely aware of my lack of rhythm. Being in on the dance floor felt a little bit like being forced to watch videos of myself doing bad camp skits as a brace-faced adolescent (i.e.… Continue Reading