I’m looking to escape the city and have a weekend (or more) of wellness. Do you recommend any yoga retreats that are easily accessible by train (amtrak/metronorth/etc.?) Thanks!
Dear “Yoga Escape”,
Take 10 days off and head up to the Berkshires for a FREE Vipassana Yoga experience. Food and lodging are free, paid for by unsolicited donations by students who have participated. Volunteers feed you and silently help you around. See, you won’t be talking. Or doing yoga, per se. Or texting or writing in your dream journal. Vipassana is a regimented practice of early rising, simple vegetarian meals, and days spent sitting, standing, and walking in silence (for more info and to sign up, visit Dhamma.org).
Full disclosure: while I have practiced the technique in shorter intervals, I have never been able to successfully schedule a retreat. Best to do so 6 months in advance, particularly if you’re a woman. Men can often get a reservation with shorter notice. There are Vipassana locations worldwide offering the same 10 day format. After participating once, you can attend again as a participant or a volunteer, cooking meals, attending to students and chatting. Eventually you can build to 30 day practices.
On Friday October 18th, 2013 from 8pm-midnight, HUMAN@EASE (31 Nassau Ave) proudly presents The MAD HATTER’S HOWLING MOON TEA PARTY!
MAD MEN & MAD WOMEN we cordially invite you to join us for a spectacular evening of costumed revelry, fitness feasting, healthy harvest eats, tonics, libations, live music & dancing under the Mad Full Moon! RSVP
OPEN HEALTH BAR: Enjoy Seasonal Bites, Fit Treats & Potluck Tastings served along with SPECIALTY COCKTAILS Mad Hatter’s Tea Toddy & Vampire’s Bloody Punch!
LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES throughout the evening featuring:
• THE SHAMANIC LUNATICS & special guest artists
• DJ BENGEY will be spinning thrilling, spine-tingling, monster party anthems in the Ohm Room.
• Step into the TIME WARP with a Dance Lesson provided by ZUMBA MANNY
• TAROT READINGS in the Tea Parlor by GYPSY ROSE
MADDEST HAT CONTEST:
Express your most outlandish fashion muscle for a chance to win Guest and Sauna Passes. The wilder, the radder the better! Points for Style & Creativity!
TRICKED OUT TREATS POTLUCK CONTEST:
Trick our palates with your yummiest, Healthy Halloween inspired dishes ala Mummy Meatloaf, Monster Mashed Cauliflower Witches Stew or Devilish Eggs.
Bring us your healthiest most creative and most ghoulishly delicious dishes. Be sure to leave out the icky processed fake food stuffs (anything in a boxed or canned)
PRIZE: Winners receive 1 month B.E.S.T. Membership (value $129), Cash Prize & recipe will be featured in our Fit Low Down Newsletter.
ALSO Raffle Prizes and special surprises throughout the night!
It will be a night of Magic and Mischief that you won’t want to miss
ADMISSION: $15 or 2 for $25 / $7 with Potluck Dish
- Your dish should offer no less than 10 Servings as guests will be voting for their most favorite dish.
- Food should be ready to serve room temperature.
- Provide any necessary serving utensils. We will provide paper plates & eating utensils.
- Participants please email your recipes with ingredients including allergy warnings no later than 10/15.
Medicinal herbs, healing plants, the magic of nature – all bottled up by Curandera NYC, a featured vendor at today’s Fall Market. Hurry it’s from noon-6pm at From The Source (69 West St).
Curanderas are traditional Latin American healers. Living in the big city can be rough on the mind and body and Curandera NYC offers folk remedies for modern times to treat stress and depleted vitality.
We spoke to Curandera NYC’s Josie Castaneda, who uses Reiki, flower essences, Yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, and herbalism to inspire her Brooklyn-based brand. Continue reading →
goodyoga owners Flannery & Ray are so zen that while you were doing your goodflow you probably didn’t notice there was an annoying landlord dispute happening at the Calyer St space. They are putting all that bad energy behind them and have moved into a brand spanking new space at 114 Greenpoint Ave and are hosting classes at The Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave) in Williamsburg! And there is talks of a sauna!!!
First and foremost, on behalf of Down to Earth Markets, the crew behind your Sunday farmers market at McGolrick Park: Thank you! This market keeps growing and it’s because of your enthusiastic support. Every week, you come out to the corner of Russell Street and Nassau Avenue and buy fresh from the farmers, as well as the makers of breads, pies, popsicles, pickles, tempeh, and charcuterie, locally-roasted nuts and coffees, and more.
This market also features delicious fish and pasture-raised meat and poultry. In the past few weeks, we’ve added three wonderful new vendors: Sohha Yogurt, MoMo Dressings, and Vulto Creamery.
Momo Dressings was founded by newlyweds who have also teamed up to create a line of Japanese-influenced dressings and spreads, including edamame hummus.
Sohha Yogurt makes savory yogurt and sources their milk from Hudson Valley dairies. The company’s founder, Angela Fout, is from Lebanon, and the word Sohha means “health” in Arabic.
Vulto Creamery is the newest addition to the market and he brings much-solicited cheese to your weekly neighborhood market.
Compost drop-off at the farmers market has started! We now collect household compost every Sunday from 11 am-1 pm.
Yet we still need your help to assure this site is a huge success:
We are seeking volunteers to help monitor the drop-off site during weekly open hours, 11am-1pm. If you’d like to volunteer for a quick and easy shift at the composting bin, please tell the market manager. She will connect you with our partner in this project, BIG! Compost.
TOMATO TASTING AT THE MARKET THIS SUNDAY:
And last but not least, August brings in the best of summer: the tomato harvest!
This Sunday, August 25th, from 11 am to 1pm, join us for the Annual Tomato Tasting. Stop by the market manager’s tent and sample bites of all the tomatoes available at the market. (See this photo of heirlooms by Great Road Farm to get tempted…)
Last year during the Tomato Tasting at the McGolrick market, an older gentleman shopper come by to sample. He tried a tomato, relished it, and said, “This is what tomatoes tasted like when I was a boy.” For those of us who grew up on the tomato varieties best groomed for shipping, the taste of a true tomato will be a revelation for us, too.
For a simple way to enjoy this fresh taste, we turn to local food maven, Deborah Madison, and her book Vegetable Literacy. In it, she writes, “Tomatoes’ short and sweet season is a time for heady indulgence. Experience the real thing and going back to anything less becomes unthinkable.” AGREED. To enjoy “the real thing,” we recommend stopping by the market this weekend for the FREE tomato tasting. And to try Deborah Madison’s simple recipe below – enjoy!
A Fresh Tomato Relish
Even with a few tomatoes, you can make a relish to spoon over something when a fresh accent is appreciated. For example, you can spoon this over the ricotta that covers griddled eggplant rounds, over toast, or toss them with spaghetti for a room temperature pasta.
1 large shallot, finely diced
Vinegar, such as a good quality balsamic, aged sherry vinegar, or a Cabernet or Merlot varietal
2 pint various mixed fruit tomatoes, such as Sweet 100s, red and golden currant tomatoes, Sun Golds, pear, Jaune Flamme, black cherries, etc.
Your favorite olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Cover the diced shallot with a few teaspoons of vinegar to moisten well. Set them aside to mascerate while you cut the tomatoes into halves and quarters. Leave very tiny ones whole.
Add the shallot and its juices; pour enough olive oil to moisten well, then season with a pinch or two of salt and some freshly ground pepper. Gently turn the tomatoes into the oil and vinegar. Taste one for salt. If you’re not planning to use them right away, don’t salt them until the last minute, as the salt will draw out their liquid.
(Sponsored) Greenpoint Fitness & Wellness Center, Human@Ease (31 Nassau Ave) seeks two test subjects for a holistic weight loss case study.
Human@Ease is looking for two ideal candidates who are highly motivated to participate in a 12-wk case study.
We are looking for one male and one female between the ages of 24-55 who have struggled with long time weight issues (losing or gaining), and are currently experiencing issues with managing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Each participant must be willing to complete the 12 week program in its entirety with full compliance. Participants’ progress will be photographed, documented and displayed for marketing and informational purposes.
This is a new program that will be launching end of summer called the B.E.S.T You! Plan (Balance. Energy. Strength. Tranquility). It’s an all inclusive holistic fitness, detox, & weight-loss (or gain) program that includes personal training, life & nutritional coaching, body assessments, classes, infrared sauna sessions, data tracking & more.
This program is set up and designed to deal with past conditioning and emotional obstacles related to food; proper diet and exercise education; and strengthening and improving not only the muscular and cardiovascular systems– but all systems of the body. The BEST You! Plan is guaranteed to deliver life long results.
This program is perfect for anyone who has ever struggled with weight issues; lack of strength, energy & motivation; confusion surrounding diet and exercise; health & musculoskeletal issues; or anyone who just finds it difficult to staying committed to a program.
Each participant will receive 12 consecutive weeks of personal training, life & nutritional coaching, detoxification sessions, & classes. Requirements must be met to be selected for the case study.
We will be holding interviews for interested individuals on Sunday August 18th at 5:30pm in the Ohm Room at Human@Ease Fitness & Wellness Center 31 Nassau Ave (btwn Guernsey & Dobbin). Please email any questions to Dy at: bestplan (AT) humanatease.com and write “case study info” in the subject line.
I’ve had buttermilk on my mind ever since my friend sent me this clip of the now semi-famous rambunctious ruminant–’Buttermilk‘, a Nigerian dwarf goat playing with her friends. ‘Buttermilk’ plays by her own rules, sure, but what was foremost on my mind as I thought about her was where does she get that energy!? Oh, to have the where-with-all to bounce about with carefree abandon like a tiny, short-legged goat on a Maine dairy farm. What would it take? Hard drugs? I say hard to get!
Perhaps something as easy as a summer salad with homemade dressing can give me “the Buttermilk bounce.” So I mixed up this spicy buttermilk dressing, covered my salad with it, and went on a rampage. I ran out the door and down to Transmitter Park where I chased a flock of pigeons around for ten to fifteen minutes (with zero fatigue, mind you), then zipped up to the corner, stole a frozen Snickers from the deli just for the thrill of it (I don’t even LIKE snickers), then bought all my Christmas gifts for 2013 (I could no longer pass up those beckoning summer sales on Franklin St). Finally, I ran over to the basketball court, “buttermilked” my way into a game, slam-dunked the rock, ran home, and reorganized my cutlery.
Knockout Buttermilk Dressing. Go on. Try it. I dare you.
At a glance: Buttermilk is a good source of protein, calcium, potassium, and B12. It’s actually fermented milk, usually made by adding lactic acid to regular milk, so you’ll be getting some healthy probiotics with every serving, which can aid with digestion.
⅔ cup non-fat cultured buttermilk
½ cup fresh basil leaves
2-3 tbsp. fresh jalapeño, seeded and chopped
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. sea salt
With an immersion blender or in a food processor, combine all ingredients until mixture reaches a smooth consistency. Add more salt to taste or jalapeño for kick.
In a recent conversation with a friend, I was asked “have you heard about the latest rage in breakfast?”
Well, no, I thought.
When it comes to breakfast, had I not seen it all? Could any new ground truly be broken in this meal category?
“Two words…” he continued. (The suspense was killing me!)
Well that sounds a little dull, I thought.
But he followed up by sending numerous links and data on just how amazingly tasty and healthy a breakfast this is. “Perfect for summer”… “loaded with superfoods”… “might start feeding it to my cat”…
Far be it from me to jump on a new food bandwagon, but this particular wagon had so much to offer compared to other wagons I’d recently let drive by (e.g. Peter Pan’s ice cream donut sandwich). This concoction is cool, delicious, and maybe best of all, can be made in a mason jar.
At a glance: Made from oats, chia seeds, yogurt, and fresh fruit, this cool, hearty breakfast is full of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, protein, potassium, fiber– roughly enough satiation to please and pacify a hungry bear.
1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup milk of your choice (I like it with almond milk)
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup chopped peaches, blueberries, or other summer fruit
In a half-pint mason jar, stir together oats, milk, yogurt, and honey. Pour in your chia seeds, screw on the lid of the jar, and give it a good shake (which will keep the seeds from clumping together). Now add your fruit to the mixture, and give a gentle stir.
Place the mixture in the fridge overnight, and in the morning you’ll find that the oats have softened, and the chia seeds have expanded, creating a rich pudding-like consistency.
Enjoy it right out of the jar.
Summer porridge can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days.
• Window Facing Inward @ Active Space (566 Johnson Ave, Bushwick) Opening Reception: Saturday (8/3) 7-10pm, FREE, Hilary Doyle’s recent work is centered around often unnoticed objects and moments in our daily lives. Doyle’s paintings calls reality into question—some objects may appear real from afar and upon closer inspection, look wobbly, hand-made, and even grotesque, More info
WEDNESDAY 7/31 ♥ Red Hook Firefighter Cook-Off @ Fairway (480-500 Van Brunt St) noon-3pm, FREE, Teams of firefighters will compete to see who can cook the best BBQ! ♥ Goonies Screening @ McCarren Park Summer Screen (Bedford & No. 12th) 6pm, FREE, Screening begins 8pm, Music by Hector’s Pets / The Numerators / Juniper Rising ♫ Melvins / Baroness / Honky @ House of Vans (25 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE ☺ Heavy Metal Laser Plane Comedy Show @ Legion Bar (790 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, FREE, RSVP ♫ M. Ward / Kami Lyle Trio with Joey Spampinato & Tad Price @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 9pm, $15
THURSDAY 8/1 ♦ OMG Webcats: A Retrospective @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) Opening Reception 7-10pm, Arwork by Scott Chasse, OMG Webcats regurgitates mundane yet humorous internet chatter in the form of simple text blurbs along side a seemingly never-ending supply of line drawings of cats, RSVP ♫ Manawi Thorn / Oneironaut / Black Smoke / Alcian / Look a Fang @ Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, $8, RSVP ♫ The Love Language / Eternal Summers / Nightdogs @ Glasslands Gallery (289 Kent Ave) 8pm, $10
FRIDAY 8/2 ♦ To Paint With Fire @ Gallery 1205 (1205 Manhattan Ave, #241) Opening Reception 6-9pm, works by Jennie Jieun Lee and David Bratton, two Greenpoint-based artists who both mix the materials and processes of painting and ceramics, Curated by Ulrika Strömbäck ♦ Pop-Up: The Art of Johnny Rizzo @ Bunny Cutlet (158 Roebling St) 7-10pm ♦ Rural Route Festival Begins @ Museum of Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, Astoria) 8pm, highlights works that deal with unique people and places outside of the bustle of the city, thru Sunday 8/4 ♦ A Summer’s Tale Screening @ Transmitter Park (Greenpoint Ave & East River) 8:30pm, FREE, More info ♫ Tijuana Panthers / Le Yikes Surf Club @ Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, $10 ♫ DJ Bengey Asse’s Soul & Funk Dance Party @ Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave) Midnight, Free, RSVP
SUNDAY 8/4 ♦ As You Like It by William Shakespeare @ McGolrick Park, 3pm, Free, Bring the kids, pooch and a seat ♦ Find Waldo Party @ Word (126 Franklin St) 3pm, after searching for Waldo all over Greenpoint in July, children and families are invited to enjoy snacks, drinks, and prizes ♥ Terrarium Class with Claire “Succulents Edition” @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) 5-7pm, $50, includes all plants and material plus a beer, 4 tix left • Wet Legs / Judson Claiborne / Dead Painters @ North Brooklyn Boat Club (49 Ash St @ McGuinness) 6-9pm, Free, RSVP • Sunday Supper #8 @ North Brooklyn Farms (Havemeyer Park) 7-9pm, $45 – SOLD OUT ♫ Roots 66 Live Reggae Party with Radicators / Daredevil @ Coco 66 (66 Greenpoint Ave) 7-11pm, RSVP
MONDAY 8/5 • Surf and Health Workshop @ Human@Ease (33 Nassau Ave) 6:30-8pm, $20, learn surf specific exercises, basic sports nutrition, how to look after your body so you can surf better and keep surfing forever, email info at humanatease.com
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