carrot cake smoothie

if you struggle to incorporate veggies into your diet because dessert sounds more appealing, you are in for a treat.  this smoothie is loaded with vegetables (three types of squash!), healthy fats, protein, and adaptogens, but it tastes more like it’s fresh from the ice cream aisle than the garden. summer squash, like the yellow […]

stockholm, sweden

a little more than a month after we returned from our trip to morocco and barcelona, i found crazy cheap flights from jfk to stockholm.  because responsibility is overrated and a very busy holiday season had just passed, we decided to plan an early anniversary trip to sweden by way of new york city.  three […]

a new year.

one year.  three hundred and sixty-five nights, three hundred and sixty-five moments when the clock strikes midnight, three hundred and sixty-five new days.  with three hundred and sixty-five so-called fresh starts available, why is it, then, that i, like many others, wait for that one turn of the clock, that one new day when the […]

essaouira, morocco

first things first–it’s pronounced ess-ah-weer-ah.  despite speaking elementary french and being reasonably good with phonetics, that was a tough one for me. when i was finalizing our plans for our trip to morocco, i debated whether we should visit essaouira or ouarzazate.  after reading a few fodors and tripadvisor forums, i went with my gut and […]

marrakech, morocco

sensory overload.  it’s the only way i can describe our first day in marrakech.  we had slept for less than four hours the night before after a long day of travel, and our jet lagged brains weren’t quite prepared for the day ahead.  but first, breakfast.   our flight from barcelona to marrakech landed around […]

fat balls

  go ahead and giggle.  fat balls.  say it a couple times and snicker a bit more, and, now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about these fat and protein-packed little jokers that satiate like none other.     healthy fat is good for you.  healthy fat keeps your brain and body functioning,  your […]

tortilla de (sweet) patatas

  when we visited barcelona last september, we spent our first evening just outside the city in my sister-in-law’s hometown, matadepera, relaxing and dining with her family.  her mother prepared us a sprawling spread of charcuterie, pan con tomate, and tortilla de patatas, and we stuffed ourselves fuller than i ever thought possible.  i didn’t […]