Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Clean Plate:: Micro Green Arugula Salad with Fresh Mozzarella

Despite the amount of desserts that I bake and feature here, the majority of the time I am eating a very healthy diet consisting of a lot of leafy vegetables, fruits and healthy fats.  In fact, right now I am on a healthy cleanse (I am inspired by Bon Appétit's Food Lovers Cleanse) trying to get my body back on track. The steroid medication that my doctor subscribed must leave my body (this medicine can linger for over a month in your system), so I am trying to assist by eating very clean for at least one week, which means no added sugar, dairy or gluten, let's see how I do.  Yikes! (The recipe below includes dairy, in the form of mouth-watering homemade mozzarella, this was PC - pre-cleanse. )

In order to reflect that I am excited to start a new column here titled, Clean Plate, where I will dedicate posts to not only eating healthy, but simple meals that do not take a long time to prepare.  Oftentimes when it comes to eating healthy, time is of the essence, so each recipe that I share here will take this precious element into consideration.  I am starting off today with a Micro Green Arugula Salad with Fresh Mozzarella that not your typical greens, yet are a powerhouse of nutrients.  This salad is topped with my go to dressing for every salad - a lemony vinaigrette that features buttery olive oil, lemon juice and Dijon mustard and paired with fresh mozzarella, handmade at Caputo's here in Brooklyn.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Take Me There: L'Hôtel Particulier Arles, France

 I almost love researching trips as much as I enjoy going on them.  I love scoping out attractions, museums, food and of course hotels, in particularly their designs.  While researching our honeymoon I came across L'Hôtel Particulier in Arles, France that is just too pretty not to share.  I adore the use of white and the exposed stone walls that lend the perfect amount of Provencal charm.  Wouldn't you just to love magically appear there now? 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Trend Spotting : Feminine Shorts

Happy Monday everyone! Did you have a nice Easter weekend?  It was warm and sunny here in New York, in fact there was so much sun that my poor skin that had not seen the sun in months got sunburned - I guess next time I will reapply.  

It seems like nearly forever since I last wore shorts, so I am eager to to slip on a pair and enjoy springtime.  One look that I am loving that was spotted off the fall runways is a feminine version of shorts the spring and summer staple.  The silhouette is longer, chicer and is definitely do able for a professional setting (if your job allows it).  Paired with heels or heeled sandals this is one look that I cannot wait to wear once the weather begins cooperating.