Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Get Naked


I was first introduced to Naked Pizza while housesitting. After feeding Ping, Mango and Mars, I ate Naked Pizza, drank a BBC Coffehaus Porter and watched my first episode of Lost with J.
Meet Ping. He likes food.
I was hooked (to all of the above). But for the purpose of this blog, let's focus on the pizza. First they didn't laugh in my face when I requested a pie without cheese. Second it was ready right when we picked it up from the neon storefront, hot and smelling delicious. Their original crust is not made with white flour-instead it is a 10 grain crust(oats, brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, teff, spelt, tapioca, two types of wheat)-made w prebiotic agave fiber and probiotics. Ours were veggie-filled,but if you're an omnivore all meats are free of growth hormones and antibiotics (you just have to get past ordering a cartoon pig, chicken or cow).
Their small left me satisfied, but not stuffed, and ready to dive right into Lost.

So a few weeks later, after tweeting about how impressed I was with their pizza, they invited Lindsey and I behind-the-scenes for a tour. We dragged Jessica and Tim along for the ride and met the Brookline Manager, Tim, and he told us all about the company's food and business philosophy and how showed us how a Naked pizza is made.
Founded in New Orleans by an anthropologist interested in nutrition and a financial/real-estate guru, originally they were called "the world's healthiest pizza" but a branding professional suggested that it might not be the best way to sell product.
Hey-i want your shirt
From their website: "Real, delicious food, that’s also good for you. We don’t add sugar, high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oil because it tastes better without that junk masking the whole food ingredients."

the ovens
In a rush? no worries. each pizza takes 15-20 minutes tops
Going Gluten Free? They have a huge commitment to no contamination and offer a gluten free pizza every single day.
perks of being a dietitian's significant other-we get your free, delicious food. right Tim?
we all know how messy pizza can be!
Because I like to wrap things up by coming full circle, I brought home two more small pizza's and J & I finished Season 1 of Lost. (yes, I realize I am 6 years late to this party)
And I was too hungry to make it all the way back to the apt. oops.
spinach salad for some extra veggies

So get your To-Do List Handy
and go get Naked!

Boston:
1331 Beacon St
Brookline MA 02446

433 Washington St
Brighton
, MA 02135

@nakedpizzaboston

Everywhere:
Twitter: @nakedpizza
Facebook
Livnaked.com
Nakedpizza.biz

Enjoy being Naked!

Monday, March 21, 2011

I'd Rather be a Role Model Than A Super Model

In my internet wandering i found this picture that really describes where I am right now:

I'm definitely Not On a Diet (and you shouldn't be either), I make sure to take care of myself , and I live pretty Guiltless-ly
I heard Diane von Furstenberg speak and a lot of what she said about love, body image, and beauty empowered me
Join me. Fight for the right to love yourself. Let's Stop Self Hate
Who's joining me in arms in this battle?
Spring has sprung-let's start it on a brand new (body/self loving) foot!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Dining in the Dark

I feel like I'm constantly chasing the NYTImes' self-proclaimed "foodie trends." Miracle fruit was one of the most amazing food experiences of my life, and I have been dying to try "Dining in the Dark"-enjoying a meal without any visual input-totally blin
d. The theory is that without your sense of sight, all other senses will be heightened, elevating your meal to a whole new level.

So when I saw the invite from the Massachusetts's Dietetic Association that a group of dietitians was going to dine in the dark, with a special presentation by one of my mentors, Marci Anderson, on Mindful Eating, How could I say no??? I quickly registered and counted down the days till blindness struck.

Located in a beautiful Beacon Hill Mansions, The Hampshire House (and attached to Cheers), was the scene of our adventure.
I caught up with Jessica and Jennie before we were allowed to enter the actual dining room, where I was seated (with my nametag + "vegan" sticker) with Janel, Marci and Janice Bissex (1/2 of Meal Makeover Moms).
They provided very entertaining dinner company.

Before we dug in, Marci Anderson, an amazing dietitian and eating disorder specialist in Cambridge, led us through an eating meditation, where we explored the different types of hunger one can have.
It was a great way to kick off the event, before we begun our blind journey. Little did I know that there was also a theatrical element. Dining in the Dark hires a pianist and singer to take you on a "journey" through a tropical island (Lost?) as you discover these new meals in front of you.

I was very grateful that they provided a vegan option (so rare, thank you!) but the food was mostly bland or over-salted (and I swear it wasn't because my "senses were heightened")
First Course: Samplings from our Caldrons
Trilogy of gingered chantenay carrot soup, caramelized pumpkin soup and cream of parsnip
Second course: Textures from the Oceans
Vegetarian: Arugla and apple salad with spring rolls
Roast beast and Trimmings:
Vegetarian: Tofu with spinach and roasted vegetables
Heavenly sweets:
vegan: the best lemon sorbet I have ever tasted and fresh fruit

Dining in the dark can get a little messy, but we definitely enjoyed ourselves.
Without the sense of sight, I definitely was much more curious about what was placed in front of me, and noticed smell much more. I don't think it enhanced the taste, but maybe that's just me! I was very grateful that they provided a vegan option (so rare, thank you!) but the food was a little underwhelming. Some of it was very over-salted (and I swear it wasn't because my "senses were heightened"). If you want to experience this yourself Dining in the Dark does both public and private events! Check it out!

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done, food-wise?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Raw Curls

Beverly MA, is slightly North of Boston, and would have never fallen under my radar if it wasn't for a very special little Organic, Raw Cafe, called Rawberts.
I'm a huge fan and went with Annabelle several weeks ago to redeem our Groupon savings.

if you have any questions about herbs, ask this girl!

Well I just couldn't get enough, so last week Janel and I roadtripped up to Beverly for another lunch date, and a very special hair cut.
I had a Monk's bowl (greens, chili, kale chips, and sprouted quinoa mmmm) and Janel had the Numa bowl.
We finished it off with a rich, raw dessert. I had the blueberry crumble (the blueberries just sang through!) and Janel had the Apple cake.

It was hard to believe both were raw and so nutrient rich! Read Janel's review of lunch Thanks Rawbert!

After lunch we headed to Cala Renee salon for a curl-specific hair cut. Let me tell you a little bit about my hair. I haven't always liked my hair, and spent many days in highschool straightening it's waves. But lately I have grown to appreciate it even more and keep it curly-not to mention it takes much less time! I have also not experienced many of the 'horrors' that I often hear from curly-hair girls. I have been pretty satisfied with most of my stylist and aside from the junior-high 'crunchy curl' look, and before the the mistakes of combing out my curls into a 'fro (you're never seeing those pictures), I haven't been traumatized by my locks. On the other hand, I never knew how GOOD my curls could look until Cala took them into her expert hands.

Before:
(admittedly not my best hairday. i blame the wind. )
After:
i can definitely say I'm proud to be a curly girl!!
Beverly, I like you, and I'll be back for more organic, raw vegan cuisine, and curl therapy soon!

294 Cabot St.
Beverly, MA 01915

309 Rantoul St
Beverly MA 01915

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tossed in Boston

I feel like I'm constantly bemoaning the fact that there are so few places to get good salads in this city, while when I travel to New York or San Francisco it seems like there is a fresh salad bar on every corner!

So when a PR rep emailed me to say she would love for me to try Tossed in return for review on DWSCI I jumped at the chance.
A place to get a fresh delicious salad, custom-made, in Boston?? Sign me up!

The menu clearly lays out what is vegetarian and they have a wide array of salads, paninis, and crepes (with whole wheat!). Everything is very customizable and there is an entire section on the menu of "Design your own salad or crepe wrap"
I got the Summer salad with the dressing on the side. (I'm super picky about dressings so I always get it on the side to make sure I like the way it tastes before it intermingles with the other ingredients).
The salad was a mixed green base with fresh corn, strawberries, fried plantains, golden raisins and plum tomatos. It was delicious!
not a fan
I ended up not liking the dressing but the salad flavors shown through!

I definitely want to return to check out some of their other offerings! Thanks Sarah and the whole Tossed team!

Disclaimer: Yes I did get a free lunch. But the opinions stated here are entirely my own, and in no ways influenced by the fact that I saved $10 on my meal

Have you tried any great new restaurants lately?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Pho Sho!

Pho: Pronounced "fha" ( listen)) is a Vietnamese noodle soup. The soup includes noodles made from rice and is often served with basil, lime, bean sprouts, and peppers that are added to the soup by the diner. It is delicious

A few weekends ago I met Amanda and Katherine at Pho Pasteur (682 Washington St Chinatown, Boston) to chow down on some Vietnamese soups
Give me Vegetables Tofu, noodles, add your own sriracha, chili paste, unami sauce, and bean sprouts and I am beyond happy. Give me a bill that's under $10 and I become ecstatic!

delicious, nutritious, satisfying, amazing
Bellies full of noodles and broth we headed into the financial district to meet Boston Bloggers for drinks at
Be prepared to wait in line for Howl at the Moon-even before 8-unless you are a VIP, and have a table already reserved for you.
It was wonderful to meet the faces behind Boston Bloggers while being serenaded by dueling pianos. Hearing Tupac and Eminem on a piano is very entertaining-who knew?? Thanks for the invite Kinsey!


Random Monday Thought: Need more oatmeal inspiration? Tastespotting is having an oatmeal month-who knew oatmeal could make you drool so much! Check out all their fantastic recipes that go from savory to sweet!

Have you been to any fun new restaurants? Pray do tell!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Blue State Coffee

While I have no idea where the fantastic month of February went, I am excited to kick of March! Since it is National Nutrition Month and National Peanut Month, I have a feeling it's going to be a good one! I woke up this morning thinking about all the work I have to do this humpday, took a deep breath and thought:
So I headed down the street to one of my favorite local coffee shops: Blue State Coffee Shop

I love Blue State, because not only do they have free wi-fi, a bright sunny seating area, wonderful staff and delicious coffee and food options, but you leave their shop with a warm aura. Feel good about your cup of morning Joe without even thinking about it-just look at their mission statement:

Blue State donates 2% of all profits to community organizations that you help select. Everything from LEAP (Teaching young girls self-defense), to BU’s community service center get a share of the pie, and you vote with every purchase who gets the money.

I’m not a coffee snob per say, and definitely not a part of the coffee culture, but I don’t exactly live under a coffee rock. I've sampled Intelligentista, Blue Bottle, and Counter Culture coffee.I also know that pour over coffee is the hot new trend. (In Boston, Clover also participates in this method of brewing). It may be a slower dance but it results in a smoother, less bitter cup o' joe.

NY Times Magazine breaks down this trend very well, so if you're still confused, head over here.

They also recently started carrying Two degrees Bars.

I heard about these a couple months ago, and ordering a case or two was on my to-do list, but I was thrilled to see them in store! The premise of these bars is that for every nutrition bar you buy, gives a nutrition pack to a child The ingredient list is full of super-healthy raw, whole food ingredients, so you can feel great about what you are putting in your body while you save the world! I have tried the Chocolate Peanut and it was very tasty with a nice quinoa crunch!


Okay, I'm going to return to work and this cup of guilt-free coffee!

Blue State Coffee Boston

957 Commonwealth Ave

Boston, MA 02215