NYC loves ABC | Mr. Boddington
I move into my new place June 1st which means for the past month, I’ve made due with the cooking basics– salads, easy stir-fries, and Trader Joe’s. Rather than begin to stock a kitchen with pantry essentials, I’ve relied on simple, no-recipe meals. Here are a few of my Trader Joe’s staples.
1) Steel-cut oatmeal
I ate a lot of this stuff in college and I’d forgotten how much I love it. It’s $1.59 for a carton of two servings. The oatmeal is steel-cut (my favorite!) and lightly sweetened with brown sugar and maple syrup, which means a quick 3 1/2 minute microwave and it’s ready to eat!
A recent Trader Joe’s discovery I made was the frozen falafel. I love falafel. I’ve never made it before and I hopefully will someday but for now, you can’t get much easier than this. Buy some pitas, lettuce, and a carton of whichever TJ hummus suits your fancy (I love edamame and chipotle pepper) and you’ve got a delicious lunch.
3) Quinoa Duo
I have a quinoa obsession and this frozen dish includes two of my favorite veggies: zucchini and sweet potato. A friend introduced me to this in college and now it’s always in my cart. Try eating it with plain greek yogurt!
4) Lite Kettle Corn
I love these portion-controlled mini kettle corn bags.
5) Nonfat Plain Frozen Yogurt
Since moving to NY, I’ve been faced with the night-time dilemma that Pinkberry is only a mere 4 blocks away. Forget about my waistline, I’m more worried about my wallet. While I admit the chain fro-yo is better, this is a delicious alternative. It’s creamier and perhaps a bit tarter.
(And if you feel like splurging, I recommend Mango Mochi or Molasses Chews!)
I couldn’t pack a lot when I moved to New York therefore buying a work appropriate and weekend worthy shoe was a high priority. Since my commute at the moment is a half mile to the subway, the shoes also needed to be comfortable. These are great. I’ve stood in events for hours and trekked miles with zero blisters or tears of pain. Plus, they’re cute!
J. Crew | Lucca suede sandals $198
I love my new job. Being exposed to the interior design industry gives me ample opportunities to be inspired about my own space. Here are three great ideas I found to make a tiny Manhattan space feel larger (or wherever else you happen to be cramped).
Dining: Benches over benches
Kitchen: Nix cabinets in favor of room-opening shelves
Bedroom/Living: Separate with an equally interesting wall
(Images from Design to Inspire)
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there– especially mine. She is the most amazing woman I know.
It’s difficult celebrating a day hundreds of miles apart but hopefully when she looks down at the Kate Spade bracelet I sent her, she’ll know I’m with her.
All the experts say breakfast is the most important meal of the day but unfortunately I happen to value sleep. I started making smoothies in the morning which are quick to make and easily portable. Adding in protein powder makes them heartier and avoiding fruit juices will help alleviate blood sugar spikes. The only downside? Waking neighbors with a loud blender…