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- of extraordinary quality, as if arising from some external creative impulse

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Beacon Day Trip

Last Saturday we took a day trip to Beacon, New York in the Hudson Valley. I had been wanting to get up to the Dia:Beacon Art Museum for a while now and was so excited to have a beautiful free day to do it. The  85 minute train ride from Grand Central is an event in itself--the trip runs along the Hudson River providing amazing views of Englewood Cliffs, West Point, and Bear Mountain. Beacon lies right past the Breakneck Ridge Trail, which is also a fun day trip outside of the city.

Mike and I walked from the train to Main Street, a quaint strip of artisinal cheese shops, creameries, art galleries, and restaurants. We had lunch at Max's on Main before walking back towards the river to get to the museum. The Dia:Beacon is definitely a must see for contemporary art fans. The museum itself was so spacious and bright and it was a relief not to be in a museum where you are bumping into people like in so many great museums in the NYC. There is a wonderful exhibit of Minimalist Sculptor Carl Andre on display and amazing large steel sculptures by Richard Serra that I was blown away by as I walked through them.

For a refreshing and fascinating day out of the city, I definitely recommend making the trip up to Beacon!

Monday, June 2, 2014

JR at the Park Slope Farmer's Market

I have been keeping a tab on JR's Inside Out Project for a while now, after seeing an installation of photos a few years ago in DUMBO. It is such a beautiful project created to share stories and connect communities, despite different backgrounds, races, religions, way of dress, or whatever else can become reason to divide us. I was delighted to see the project come to Park Slope's Middle School 51, overlooking my favorite neighborhood Sunday Farmer's Market. The walls of the school are now covered by 74 portraits of kids, creating a powerful reflection and celebration of the diversity and personality of the school itself. You can learn more about the project and discover how to participate here.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Memorial Day in Ocean City

This past weekend Mike's family hosted a couples' wedding shower for us at their beach house in Ocean City, NJ. My family came down from Connecticut and our friends from Brooklyn made the trip down as well, and it was amazing to have everyone together. I have been so thankful to see our families blend so seamlessly and have such a fun time with each other. It is so easy to get caught up in the planning of the wedding day itself that this weekend was a welcomed pause to celebrate and be grateful for the great community of friends and family we have supporting us. Not to mention how wonderful it was to be able to spend time outdoors by the beach on such a beautiful weekend! Hope you had a great Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fed Up Challenge

A few years ago there was an article in the New York Times entitled "Is Sugar Toxic?" It was the first I had read of sugar's significant contribution not only to obesity and diabetes but other chronic conditions including heart disease and cancer. I later read Sugar Blues by William Duffy and was shocked to discover the extent to which sugar is poisonous to our bodies. It was alarming to me how much factual and historical evidence of the danger of sugar exists and yet how little is done to diminish its presence in practically everything marketed and sold to us on a daily basis.

I was thrilled to learn of the new film, Fed Up, which seeks to change all of this by bringing an awareness to just how bad sugar is with a call to action to do something about it. The film includes interviews with real-food pioneers Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman--bringing a reputable team together to place a spotlight on the corporate food industry and the government's role in the obesity and diabetes epidemics in America.

The film also has sparked the Fed Up Challenge of going sugar-free for ten days. It is truly amazing to realize how prevalent added sugar can be in unexpected items once you start paying attention to labels--especially as sugar can masquerade itself with 56 different names. I started the challenge today along with a few friends from work and we have agreed it already is eye-opening to realize how addictive sugar is now that we are focused on going without it!

I'm starting the mornings with smoothies to up my protein intake to help cut sugar cravings and have planned out my meals ahead of time, using Kris Carr's helpful meal plan to ensure I have healthy snacks on hand and meals from ingredients without hidden sugars. Last night I made these delicious and filling vegetable quinoa burgers from Sprouted Kitchen to have for lunch for the week. I am thankful to have this challenge to be extra intentional with what I am eating over the next ten days and am excited to be doing it alongside so many other people who have been inspired by the film. You can learn more about Fed Up and sign up for the challenge here!

Homemade veggie burgers!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Music for Your Summer Kick-Off

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

We made it! I have been looking forward to the start of this summer with more anticipation than usual, as I am getting married in September and thus the summer is full of pre-wedding fun. This weekend we are heading down to Ocean City, NJ to celebrate with our families and bridal party. In the past few months of planning the wedding itself has seemed far-off and almost not quite real. Now that we are less than four months away things are starting to change--it will be an exciting summer!

The playlist below is for road-trips, beach days, picnics in the park, and everything else you have planned for the warm months ahead. Have a wonderful long weekend!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Prospect Park Surprise Party

Sunday we threw a surprise gathering in the park for our good friend Pat in honor of his birthday. After this long winter, I am not alone in trying to get in as much time outdoors in the park as I can. Prospect Park has a renewed energy to it in the Spring, as the collective gratitude for sun and fresh air is palpable among all of us who have been cooped up hiding from the cold for too long. Champagne, balloons and Frisbees in hand, a group of us hid out in the park to surprise Pat. Our awkward ducking may not have been the smoothest per-say, but he was surprised nonetheless!