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ah yes! it’s spring, people, and it’s high time for getting in those bitter greens to clean the liver. the bitter-er, the better. YUM!
…about those bitter greens…
you gotta do what you gotta do to get to the “YUM”. it is a bit tricky getting them down, especially when you taste bitter most acutely at the back of the tongue, just few taste buds short of the gag reflex spot. it is mostly a mental thing. but if you need some help, read on.
dang you, ginger for being so dang good and good for me!
when i saw on the menu at mark’s kitchen that they had a gingerbread sundae, i just had to go for it. what’s in it: gingerbread, ginger ice cream, ginger topping, whipped cream.
i specifically made sure that my mung bean pancakes and grilled veggie skewers were light enough. i needed room indulge during my late lunch meeting with my fab photographer Connie Martin Trevino.
as it turns out, this delight was totally worth it. not too sweet. lots of ginger in all the right places. and just the right amount of dessert so i didn’t feel like a pig. best part: we finished up at 3 pm so i had plenty of time to burn it off.
…and if you find yourself in takoma park, md…
check out Mark’s Kitchen, one of my favorite places to meet.
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pretty much every year since i became food nerd (read: a while now), it has been the billboards on the sides of buildings and buses that remind me that spring is just around the corner and the season of lent is upon us. they used to advertise just one fish sandwich per consumer, now it’s two for $2 or (is it $3 now since the dollar is down?). by the way, where is the sacrifice or discipline in eating two sandwiches at one meal?
well, well, well… isn’t it all so reminiscent of december’s stage for consumerist shenanigans… for (at least) 40 days, we’re encouraged to buy-to-satisfy and enhance our spiritual fortitude. we can do better. let’s be a bit more mindful, shall we?
please do not let a clown in a yellow and red onesie (or some dude who is the king of a sandwich) determine how you spend these few weeks of lent. here are a few other things you do instead of choosing to purchase non-food from uncompassionate retailers for your “meatless friday” needs. Continue reading
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did you know that chocolate has more antioxidants than kale?
*the author briefly imagines and rapidly dismisses the idea of chocolate covered dino kale*
while briefly reviewing my posts, i realized how many of them reference chocolate–a lot! the pattern of continual cocoa reference indicated that i just need to go on ahead and come out of the closet as a chocoholic. ok… here it goes.
hello. my name is tazima and i am a chocoholic.
…hmm that wasn’t so bad. i can live with myself.
and just to be clear, i am a bit of a connoisseur, i’m rather discriminating with my shit, so please don’t start sending me waxy-ass, un-decadent grocery-store-check-out-aisle chocoCRAP bars. thanksmuch…mmk!
for my fellow chocoholics out there
below is more than enough justification [and encouragement] to indulge and a bit on how to be smart about it. Continue reading
Before you rush down the aisle and grab 2 or 3 bags of seasonally appropriate, foil-clad, fun-sized chocolates on the cheap, consider the source. If you are getting that much product for next to nothing, then who IS paying? Is it a quality product? Are you really getting enough bang for your buck?
Choosing Clean Chocolate
Below are a few things to ponder when selecting the chocolaty goodness… Continue reading
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eating out in modern day america can really screw with your senses… know this: no matter what your mama said, you don’t ever have to [and you probably shouldn’t] clean your damn plate. that coupled with a tendency to repeat the gargantuan portions can, and will, exponentially increase your waist line. here are a few things you can do to maintain and improve your physique and beat the perenial american glut. Continue reading