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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

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 the PB&Co restaurant announces its presence on our radar screen. Of course […]

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 […]

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