Did you start 2017 with lofty healthy eating goals, yet find yourself struggling to maintain a balanced and nutritious lifestyle? Healthy eating and cooking is easy as long as you take the time to set yourself up for success. Small, simple, sustainable modifications are the key to long term change.Read More
As a born and bred New Yorker, I can confidently say that I have a strong understanding of the dining scene in New York City. I have acquired a balanced palate that can appreciate both fine dining establishments as well as rustic and simple cafes and dives that pepper the boroughs. This is an evolving list that will continue to expand exponentially as I continue my ever-growing appreciation of the New York City restaurant scene. Not everything listed is super “crunchy” and healthy; as I do enjoy dining out, even if it does not have health and wellness in mind.
Having worked as a hostess, bartender, and server for over five years in my somewhat formative period, I have acquired an innate understanding of how well-oiled restaurants run. I appreciate the attention to detail from the moment you enter to the time that you leave, the synchronicity of staff, the knowledge of a server, and the coordination from kitchen to table.
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Properly setting yourself up for success is step one to optimizing a plant-based lifestyle. Your pantry is the backbone to cooking and eating in a health-focused yet flavorful manner. Creating a pantry that lends itself well to a plant-based diet is easy but may be costly at first, so go slow. A cost-effective tip would be to shop in the bulk bins of a health food store that has a high rotation. Or order in bulk from a reputable online distributor. The goal is to make meal and snack composition nourishing and easy. A plant-based pantry is geared toward dried, nonperishable items with the intention of combining the items with fresh whole produce.Read More
The time for gifting and giving is here! What better way to show someone you love them then with a thoughtful and personalized gift or donation! Here is the annual crunchy radish holiday gift guide.Read More
Holiday madness is just getting started! Whether you are hosting your family for a festive meal, traveling, or just trying to manage the tidal wave of hustle and bustle that seems to peak in November and December, this time of the year can be stressful. Despite all the good eats and holiday cheer, finding time to unwind and keep sane is essential. Here are five tips to help you keep calm during the holiday season.Read More
It has taken me a year to finally share our wedding here on Crunchy Radish and our one year anniversary seemed like the perfect time to do so. A part of the delay had to do with the post-wedding blues - yes they really do exist, and I struggled for some time to be able to look back and reflect on the special day. The rest of it had to do with the desire or lack there of to share the intimacy of our celebration and carefully tread the line of private vs shared. I hope our pictures bring you inspiration and a smile, as they now do for me.
For our wedding, we knew we wanted to transport people out of the urban environs of the city. We wanted water, we wanted green, we wanted elegance and, like any couple looking for the perfect backdrop for their "I do's", it becomes a mission. We found the perfect setting that encompassed all our wants at White Gate Farm in East Lyme, Connecticut. The farm and the surrounding areas offered so much beauty, relaxation, and association to food, we were sold. Our incredible die-hard, coordinator Josh Chalmers of Earth 2 Events, made every one of our visions a reality...but more on that later.Read More
I am off on my next adventure! Curious about how I set myself up for success? From the plane to the road, this is what I am packing to stay healthy and look and feel my best!Read More
Easter and Passover are a mere few days away, and signs of spring are taking root. For us here at Crunchy Radish, food is always at the top of our party planning check list, but have you thought about your tablescape? Vibrant and delicious food is essential to any celebration, large or small, yet having a well dressed table can truly add an understated elegance and sophistication to any type of gathering.Read More
Most people have their scent. Whether you are a musk person, gardenia, or lavender, there are specific aromas that draw you in. On a recent outing to one of my go-to markets, I discovered that they carried my favorite soap. I excitedly waved the soap in front my friend's nose, he quickly responded that it smelled like me. If rosemary and patchouli is my essence, I will gladly take it. Saipua Saltwater Rosemary and Patchouli Soap is woody and natural, yet subtle all at once. Crushed sea salt and nori add just the right amount of exfoliating texture, and high quality olive oil makes it luxuriously moisturizing. I often get regretful tearing open the beautiful packaging and putting the soap to use, no longer allowing the wrapped bar's essence to permeate my medicine cabinet. Saipua is known for their gorgeous wild and romantic floral arrangements, but their handcrafted, local (for New Yorkers), cold pressed olive oil based soaps are pretty epic too. All of the soaps are hand made, hand cut, and hand wrapped and are made of food grade oils and butters - making them almost good enough to eat.