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In defense of Carbs

When the Atkins craze finally bit the dust, you couldn’t have found a happier girl than me.  However, all too often I still hear my friends, family members, and fellow bloggers voice a fear of: The Big, Bad Carbohydrates Dun dun dun. (Click for more on the Alfredo Pasta meal above) Pick up any health […]

Candle Cafe

The Candle Cafe was the first vegetarian restaurant I ever visited in NYC (eight years ago with my mom and cousin). On that visit, I was impressed by the elegantly presented meals, the charming atmosphere, and the friendly service. (How could I not have been wowed by the service when the cute waiter insisted we try dessert—a piece […]

Scrapbook Saturday

I didn’t know what scrapbook pages to highlight so I’ll start with what I’m working on right now: Cruise Pages (More on Monaco in this post)

this stuff’s made in New York City

New York City?! (quote from a popular Pace Picante Salsa commercial) Chocolate Banana Butter is made in Texas: However, the creation is partly thanks to a certain company in New York City.   Earlier this summer, we were ambling about in Greenwich Village when suddenly—whatdya know—the PB&Co restaurant announces its presence on our radar screen. Of […]

Spaghetti made from Mushrooms?

Mushroom Pasta???? No, not really. But the stringiness reminds me of spaghetti. (No, I am not replacing pasta with mushrooms. There is room in my heart—and my belly—for both of these foods, thank you.) Asian Market, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. On my most-recent trip, I got a big package of […]

Beware the Mutant Chicken Ducks!

  The second installment of “Strange things I see when I Run” If you missed installment #1, click here. (You’ll be rewarded with… underwear?) While running the other day, I passed by a park.  Enjoying the park were happy children, chatty mothers, and busy squirrels– your standard park-goers. But this park was also home to […]

Little Miss Health Nag

Guess who let me make him dinner again: On the menu: A mixed-green salad, a vegan burger (on a whole-wheat bun, with ketchup, relish, and fat-free Nayo), a V8, and Crispy Sweet Potato Fries. Clean Plate Club! When I first became a vegetarian, my mom made me extensively research nutrition to ensure I’d be a healthy vegetarian […]

Reading Rainbow

Continuing with the non-food-post kick Growing up in Japan, my sister and I watched very little television.  Rugrats, Eureka’s Castle, Muppet Babies: Japanese cable did not air shows such as these.  Therefore, Little Sister and I found other sources of entertainment. Lacking the distraction of a certain purple dinosaur, we became avid readers. Some favorites, over the […]

The future Mrs. Robert Pattison?

Dear Kristin Stewart, Until you learn how to act (and smile!), I am replacing you as the object of Edward’s affection. Have a nice day. Sincerely, CCK Sadly, I’m afraid my chances with Edward are shot, due to the inordinate amount of garlic consumed in last night’s Stir Fry Salad. It was worth it, though! […]

I see the strangest things when I run

First, there was Scary Spandex Man I’ve also seen: a unicycler (so cool!) sneakers hanging from a high-tension wire (they haven’t moved for months) mutant chicken-ducks (more on them in a future post) a beautiful butterfly And this morning, I wasn’t the only hard-core runner braving the drizzly weather: (I couldn’t take a picture of […]

How to Save a Life

Let me introduce you to the best birthday present I ever received: Henry! As an animal-lover, I’ve always loved going into Petsmart on Saturdays.  Well, loved and hated it at the same time.  You see, Saturdays are adoption days at Petsmart, which means the store is filled with adorable little critters in desperate need of […]

Too much food?

Sometimes I feel like my blog focuses way too much on food.  I didn’t initially start it to be a “food” blog per se; the food blog community found me! But I have so many interests other than food. CCK doesn’t just sit around and eat all day. Some of these other interests: Arts-n-Crafts, like scrapbooking or making […]

a giveaway to show my thanks

Thank you all so so much for the birthday wishes. I really felt like a princess, getting all those nice comments (the Facebook comments too). Now, a giveaway to show my appreciation! How about 5 jars of Chocolate-Coconut Love (or any flavors the winner chooses)? Leave a comment—on my Banana Butter post telling me your favorite flavor […]

Quintessential Quintessence

This summer, my mom and I were lucky enough to spend quite a few perfect days (and one not-so-perfect rainy day) in NYC.  One of these perfect days included a picnic in Central Park.  Then we walked all over town, soaking in the magnificence that is New York City.  But all this “sightseeing” made us hungry. […]

Catskill Animal Sanctuary: Where the Blind Horse Sings

Whenever life gets hectic, my aunt (ever the free spirit) likes to say: “It’s time to get back to nature.” Twas a dark and stormy day… Sounds like the beginning of a ghost story, no?  But the vibrant, happy-go-lucky animals of this post hardly qualify as ghosts. Nestled into the Catskill Mountains of upstate New […]