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Go Wild on your salmon!

So, you all know you should eating WILD salmon, and NOT farmed Atlantic salmon. Right?


I’m not going to delve into the full story on this post, but if you want more information check out here.

And according to Seafood Watch,

One of the biggest concerns is the amount of food required to raise farmed salmon. It generally takes three pounds of wild fish to grow one pound of farmed salmon. The environmental impact of salmon farming is still increasing as global production continues to rise.

Most salmon are farmed in open pens and cages in coastal waters. Waste from these farms is released directly into the ocean. Parasites and diseases from farmed salmon can spread to wild fish swimming near the farms and escaping farmed salmon can harm wild populations. As a result, all salmon farmed in ocean net pens get an “Avoid” ranking.

Farmed salmon also has higher levels of the toxin PCB, and get their pinkish hue from food with pink food dye. They are also fed grains (um, who ever heard of a fish who ate GRAINS?) and also disgusting leftovers from slaughterhouses. Now, this isn’t every salmon farm, but there is just no way of telling. That’s why I don’t order Atlantic salmon at  restaurants anymore.

But here’s the issue: you know you should be eating your fish (up to 12 ounces a week of low-mercury fish) and getting your healthy omega-3s!

Enter wild salmon. If you like salmon, your best bet is to eat WILD salmon.

And it just so happens that I had the most kick ass salmon last night from the company Henry & Lisa’s. You can check out the website for their story and their other products, but last night I (ok, Matt) made the Wild Alaskan Salmon with Asian Ginger Marinade.

Oh my god, amazing! Super easy to prepare, cook, and NO fishy flavor. Truly superior.

If you live in NYC, you can find their products in smaller retailers pretty much all over. You can type in your zip code and see where their products are carried near you. I bought mine at the Park Slope Food Co-op.

This is definitely going to be a staple in my freezer!

August 11, 2010 at 1:21 pm 4 comments

The Devil Wears Red Velvet-Ode to Ladybird Bakery

You can eat this iPad

Cake, that is. Red velvet cake.

This weekend we celebrated Matt’s 33rd birthday with an amazeballs cake in the shape of his beloved iPad (see picture above). It was the best dang red velvet cake I’ve ever had. And I’ve had a lot of red velvet cake.

This edible art hails from the charming Ladybird Bakery in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It’s no wonder it was voted best bakery in the area–when I stepped inside the quaint shop, I was blown away by all the incredible dessert, cake, pie, and confection offerings. And I’ll repeat–this girl knows her desserts.

So, if you’re in the need of a birthday cake, custom cake, or just want to take a trip to satisfy your sweet tooth, check out Ladybird!

July 12, 2010 at 1:07 pm Leave a comment

Drop down and give me 134.4 pounds!

I'm sorry, but this is the most RIDICULOUS photo I've ever seen. This picture makes women go on diets.

Yes, friends, that’s my weight, right there in BIG, BOLD letters.

A year ago, I would’ve been ashamed to tell you how much I weighed.

Now, I feel absolutely NO emotional connection to that number. As of today. I mean come on, it’s just a number, right? Right?

This morning I started Boot Camp again (Park Slopers, it’s awesome!) and after an hour of sweating my tush off, the trainer took measurements (to be done monthly). I haven’t looked at a scale in months, but I knew my weight was creeping up. These thoughts were confirmed when I looked down at the scale and saw the number 134.4 pounds SPEAK back to me (Yes, this scale not only displayed the number but SPOKE it…more like SHOUTED it!)

For the first time in my life, I looked down at that number and felt nothing. No disappointment. No, “Oh, I’m a bad, unmotivated person and I am worthless and should be ashamed of myself!” I’ve had years and years of that tape playing in my head, and truthfully it was getting really worn out.

Today I CELEBRATE my INDEPENDENCE from my weight. Would I like to lose a few pounds? Yes. But I’m motivated by getting into better shape and FEELING better about myself, and not living my life by the number on the scale. As someone who has been 145 pounds and also 118 pounds, been there, done that.

I can’t tell you how liberating I feel. To know that my self-worth, as a woman, a human being, has NOTHING to do with the way I look is friggin awesome. Sure, it took me many many many many many years and lots of hard work to get here, but baby, I’ve arrived!

Do you weigh yourself? What’s your relationship to the scale?

July 9, 2010 at 4:28 pm 6 comments

Review: Park Slope’s new Sun In Bloom

Owner Amy Follette in front of Sun In Bloom in Park Slope

I discovered a fabulous new cafe in Park Slope, and I feel damn proud of myself.

For those of you who live in my hood, you might’ve be familiar with Organic Heights cafe on the awesome Bergen Street.  On Friday afternoon, I decided I wanted a clean, healthy lunch so I walked over to Organic Heights only to discover that it was no longer!

However, much to my luck, a new cafe has taken its place. Sun in Bloom now occupies the casual space with communal tables. A totally chill, relaxed vibe that I enjoyed.  I even struck up a conversation with two very interesting people who educated me on  an enzyme drink they sell. 

The menu is simple but offers a lot of vegan, vegetarian, macrobiotic, and raw offerings. I sampled the “Inspired Renewal Macrobiotic Bowl” and a cup of miso soup and it was DELISH.  I love how they decribe their food as “Breakfast Inspired All-Day Delights,” which indeed they are…and only $8.50 for a large amount of food.

They also offer a selection of fresh juiced concoctions like the Rejuvenade and Ambrosia Elixir. And of course they have a large selection of sweets, both vegan and some are gluten free. I sampled a cupcake and a chocolate chip cookie (just a timy bite) and they were both super tasty.

Aimee, the owner, is super sweet and graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition with me.  We spoke about her plans for Sun In Bloom (which just opened up in January) and she talked about holding workshops, lectures, and group meetings, making the cafe a place where people can enjoy delicious, healthy food and each other’s company. To read a review from the Brooklyn Paper about Aimee and Sun in Bloon, check it out here.

I will definitely be a regular fixture at Sun in Bloom. See you there!

Sun In Bloom
460 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 622-4303

Everyday 8am-8pm

March 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm 2 comments

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