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Kiki Morris: Greenpoint’s Best-Loved Trainer Talks Health, Happiness and Longevity

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Kiki Morris: Best Trainer in NYC...probably the world!

If you’ve ever taken a run around McCarren Park track, the chances are you’ll know Kiki. Kiki Morris has been a regular fixture at the northwest corner of the track for almost 18 years and is one of the most well-loved figures in the neighborhood. He trains people in the park every day of the week and is greeted by pretty much everyone who passes by. Mothers with strollers come up and say hi, NYPD cars slow down on Driggs to honk and wave, shirtless muscle-rippling joggers remove their earbuds and stop for a chat, and little kids run over and high-five him. It’s no wonder he’s earned himself the unofficial title of Mayor of McCarren and the official title of Village Voice’s ‘best outdoor personal trainer in NYC’. Continue reading

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It’s Time To Get Healthy: Food For Life Cooking Class Begins Thursday (DEAL!)

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Photo Earth & Wellness Cafe

Did you know that reviews by the American Institute for Cancer Research show that as much as 40% of cancer risk may be related to diet?

The contemporary Brooklynite’s diet (I’m looking at you!) which consists of going out and enjoying overly indulgent bacon infused everything (even cocktails) can leave us all feeling sluggish, unwell and not ourselves. Sound familiar? Not to mention it may put us at risk for disease down the line.

For the price it costs to go out to a fancy (heavy) and expensive dinner once, why not take a course (which includes 4 informative & hands-on classes) and learn to cook for your health!

Earth and Wellness Café (397 Graham Ave) is offering a Food for Life Cooking Course, which includes 4 classes on the following Thursdays (3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10)

 from 7–9pm and costs on $135.

Plus they are offering a DEAL! 10% OFF discount to Greenpointers readers! 
Enter “Gpointer2014″ when you sign-up. Continue reading

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Miranda: Gift Guide (DISCOUNT!)

Looking for a place to celebrate the holidays with family, friends or co-workers?

Miranda offers a delicious mix of Italian cuisine with a Latin American flair featuring handmade pasta as well as vegetarian and gluten free options.

Everything from bread to dessert is made in house, with LOVE! Husband and wife team Sasha and Mauricio Miranda create a relaxed atmosphere with warm servers and boutique wines which makes for a great place to both bring a group or a date.

$10 off of YOUR next visit with every $50 gift certificate purchase when you mention Greenpointers.

Now accepting reservations for New Year’s Eve!

Miranda is also an excellent place to host your holiday party now or throughout the year.


Miranda
80 Berry Street (corner of North 9th Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Follow Miranda on Facebook & Twitter.

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Recipes Gone Wild: New Amsterdam Clam Chowder

 

Clams have feelings too, you know…maybe? Disturb them and they’re liable to spit right in your eye. Such an action, so uncouth, so impulsive, warrants a long vacation in the soup pot, if you get my drift. What I’m saying is Ahoy! It’s time to make chowdah. And I’m not talking about that silly Manhattan version that some people have to mention when the word “chowder” comes up.  You don’t live on that island across the river, do you? So why would you make a stew that bears its name? The choice is clear (actually the choice is opaque, but whatever). This week’s recipe, New Amsterdam Clam Chowder, will keep you pleasantly fortified, as you brave the cool and craggy Brooklyn coast line. It has all of the traditional New England version’s flavor, but less of the cream—using more broth and potatoes to attain that silky-smooth texture. And while your simmering, maybe you can make some of these too, for dunking.  Otherwise, a nice, hearty slice of Balthazar multigrain boule works perfectly as an accompaniment. Continue reading

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Epic Ride via The Yana Banana Voyage (Photos!)

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To wake up at 6:30 am on a Saturday, you must be nuts, you say?  Maybe I am.  But I woke up hella early because I was going on the Epic Bike Ride! Just a quick rundown:  it’s 40 miles, from Williamsburg to the Rockaways, taking the coastal route of Brooklyn.

Epic Bike Ride was organized by the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.  These are the fine folks who have been working with the DOT on the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, which is a 14-mile landscaped route, physically separated from traffic with separate paths for pedestrians and cyclists.  When complete, the greenway will connect neighborhood parks and open spaces from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge. IMAGINE!  Oh, the places we’ll go! Continue reading

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Recipes Gone Wild: Roasted Corn Salad – What to do if you see a raccoon or have an adundance of corn…

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg

There’s nothing much cuter than a fuzzy raccoon, even when it’s peeking out of a greasy dumpster in the summer heat.  Case in point here. But if you have the pleasure of seeing one of these masked mammals lumbering around during daylight hours (as I have this summer at Prospect Park), it might make you wonder what’s up? Does this furry friend, noctural-by-nature, have rabies, and is it about to sink it’s sharp little canines into my shin, only to infect me with it’s life-threatening disease? Continue reading

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Recipe: The Broccoli Rabe Sandwich Made Me Do It (Vegan)

You may notice my father, whose name is Rocco, is always making fun of all our vegan recipes in the comments section. But what he doesn’t realize is my affinity for vegetables is actually his fault.

Sicilian cuisine is mostly a peasant food and back in the day meat was for rich folks. A Sicilian dish called Caponata, which references capons (castrated roosters) is actually a delicious and totally vegan sweet and sour eggplant stew. Thank God because I never want to eat a castrated rooster.

I grew up on fava beans and cauliflower lentil stew. As a child, my father packed Broccoli Rabe sandwiches in my school lunch plastic bag, which was a hard one to explain to the PB&J crowd.

So it’s his doing that I love vegan food. Sicilians are the original vegans, before that was cool.

Broccoli Rabe Sandwich

Cut off the woody ends and soak a bunch of Broccoli Rabe in water (this removes any sand and dirt)
In a pan, sautee garlic and peperoncino (hot red pepper flakes) in extra virgin olive oil
Add the Broccoli Rabe – it can be wet because the water helps it steam
Season with salt and pepper and drizzle more olive oil on top
Put a lid on the pan so the Broccoli Rabe steams
Turn the heat off once it is soft and let it cool a bit
Pile it high onto semolina or any kind of Italian bread
It’s best when the bread is soaking with olive oil

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Quick Fitness: Greenpoints Gem of a Gym!

Quick Fitness (16 Eckford St) is a special gym somewhat secretly tucked away by McCarren Park. Upon entrance to the gym, you will notice that Quick Fitness is flooded with natural sunlight, exposed brick and a lack of waiting lines for equipment! Month to month membership also set this gym apart!  

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What you need to know:
* No Commitment
* No Registration Fee
* $85/Month
* All Classes Are Included w/ Membership

The classes are a main attraction at Quick Fitness. From Spinning to Yoga to Bootcamp and Kettlebell – you will never get bored while kicking your butt.

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Start 2013 right with a gym membership you will actually want to use! Stop by Quick Fitness to check it out.

January Member Special:
Current Members: Get a month free when you get a friend to join!
(Valid Jan 2, 2013 -Feb 1, 2013)

Sponsored Post Courtesy of: Quick Fitness 

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Splendid Spoon: Gift Guide

Nourish the ones you love with the gift of soup!

There’s no better way to soothe and strengthen during the holidays.  The soups are hand made in small batches with your good health in mind: each soup meal is packed with at least 2 full servings of local vegetables!  Pick a one-time Revival delivery or one of the unique soup subscriptions.  Delivered in Brooklyn and Manhattan: www.thesplendidspoon.com/order

Shipping available by request, email info@thesplendidspoon.com.  Happy spooning!

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Recipe: Eggplant Talk

While shopping at the Farmer’s Market, I cannot resist fresh eggplants! There is nothing better than to simply slice and fry an eggplant and eat it, soggy with olive oil, on a piece of Italian Bread. When I fry it in little chunks, it’s perfect on red sauce with spaghetti.

When I see these little itty bitty purple eggplants, I have a mental freak out. My Japanese friends taught me the simplest and easiest way to prepare them. Continue reading

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