Growing up, I lived a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan. Nearly every day during the summer I’d go to the beach, but on the hottest afternoons, I stayed indoors. On these lazy days, I’d grab a fistful of freshly peeled carrots (this was before the ubiquity of packaged “baby carrots”) and a stack of picture books, and disappear for a while to my hiding spot— above a floor vent, under a sunny window, behind a big, blue chair.
- Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg
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.
Adapted from The Yummy Life’s Overnight Oatmeal Recipe
Dudes! The Fourth of July has passed. August is fast approaching. Sure, this constant humidity and 90 degree heat sucks and begs us to stay indoors in front of the AC racking up the electric bill, but we cannot let Mother Nature win!
Autumn’s cool breeze will be blowing leaves in our faces before we know it. We’ve got to take charge and make the most out of the last of our summer weeks. Here are a few inexpensive suggestions to help you end these hot, sunny days with a BANG.
1. Bike to Coney Island
I dare you! It’s not as far as you think. Well, it is, but it’s a pretty flat, easy route and once you arrive you can eat a hot dog at Nathan’s, jump in the ocean depending on how hardcore you are, and then brag to your friends that you biked 26+ miles. Once you get past Prospect Park, you’re on the Ocean Parkway Greenway for a little more than 4 miles. This bike path is mostly shaded and separate from the street so it’s safe and for the most part a pretty sweet ride. If you’re one of those New Yorkers who’s never been to the historic amusement park, I highly recommend it. Heck, I demand it. It’s equal parts awe-inspiring and gross, but will dazzle you nonetheless. Also, you’ve got to ride the Cyclone at least once in your life.
City Sculpting is looking forward to another spectacular summer beginning July 8th at our Manhattan and Greenpoint locations!
Art teachers Vanessa Solomon, Elaine Carl, Katherine Valentine and Gemma Gibb bring their diverse artistic experiences and talents to our students.
Our 2013 City Sculpting Summer program will explore countless ways of making, building and casting all sorts of sculptural creations. We use life casting to inspire projects around a theme of self portraits. We will make exotic clay creations inspired from Africa and Mexican masks. Children will learn to weave, bead and make endless crafty creations. Not to mention print making and water colors and basic life and fantasy drawing.
Children build on projects one day at a time, expanding their technical skills and creative realms.
We are outward-bound everyday, weather permitting, for free play and outdoor picnics, and our Greenpoint location has a magical garden!
Many children come back for a second week and return with friends to our program every year!
DISCOUNT! 10% OFF IF YOU MENTION GREENPOINTERS!
The average class size in Brooklyn is 6; in Manhattan it is 12 to 18. Child teacher ratio is 6 to one.
The program runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Extended days are offered at both venues, pricing will vary according to numbers.
Registration is weekly and only a few spots are available. Hurry to inquire by emailing Vanessa (at) citysculpting.com or call Vanessa at 646-2218450
Go to www.citysculpting.com for details and more information.
Register for the program: http://citysculpting.com/join.html
Check out the images on our blog: http://citysculpting.blogspot.com/
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There is nothing more refreshing on a hot and muggy day than fresh shaved ice. A group of local artists opened Brooklyn Raspa’O, a Colombian shaved ice stand at McCarren Deli & Grill (57 Nassau Ave) open Thursdays-Sundays in the afternoon. Their homemade syrups are 100% organic with lots of interesting toppings to chose from.
Since Brooklyn Raspa’O is around the block from Greenpointers HQ, I have been there multiple times. On my first visit I tried the strawberry mint and the lemon ginger honey, but I didn’t get fancy with toppings.
On my second visit, I ordered the Espresso from Ky, who said she would make it the way she liked it. Being an espresso purists, I would never have ordered it with sweet red beans and mochi, which are gooey rice cakes, drizzled with condensed milk. That sounds crazy, but it was out of this world! The toppings served the same purpose as sweet marshmallows in kid’s cereal; even after the last one you keep searching for that sweet flavor and satisfying texture beneath the shaved ice, which is not sickeningly syrupy sweet.
I can’t wait to go back for the Passion Fruit Chili!
Have you tried Brooklyn Raspa’O yet? What do you think?
It’s a bitch out there, so cool off at the McCarren Park pool, which opens today, for $free dollars.
That being said, it’s not a free-for-all, there are rules and procedures to follow. Behave and don’t act like a fool so everyone can enjoy the pool.
Last year we put together this 12 Step Guide to the McCarren Park Pool.
Keep cool, Greenpoint!
Start your summer off properly with BBQ and Cocktails at The Richardson!
Chef Ryall Hyatt has created an inspired Lamb and Beef Kofta to pair with the Rye. The Kofta (think of it as a spiced, skewered meatball) will be grilled then served with a Rye-infused honey sauce and a sprinkle of fresh herbs.
For only $10 you can try them both, or, order a la carte for $6 each.
Come early as supplies of Kofta are limited!
Sponsored post courtesy of The Richardson.
Goodbye tomatoes. Goodbye summer squashes. Goodbye radishes.
Like any proper New Yorker, I am going to be away for the next six weekends of the summer. This is the hardest part of having a small, highly sensitive, needy garden — you have to make a choice about how worthwhile it is to have a friend come by to water it, when you aren’t getting any produce to begin with. My crops are just too temperamental, and simply not bountiful enough to devote another person’s time to. It’s like any one-sided relationship — at some point, you have to let go. Continue reading
Saturday was the perfect day to engorge ourselves on hot dogs and drink Kelso beer knowing that ALL proceeds are donated to Food Bank for NYC. We tried our best to sample each and every dog. We even had a method to our madness, but after a valiant effort we sampled approximately 70% of the dogs. While there was an audience vote and judges’ favorite, we had our own winners in mind.
Some of the best snacks are the healthiest and simplest. Peach season is here so make a peach boats! They are succulent, sweet, savory, crunchy and tangy – basically everything that is awesome, in one big juicy bite. A great appetizers at a BBQ, they take no time to prepare. Cut each peach in half and remove the pit. Stuff it with crumbled bleu cheese, top it with almonds (walnuts & pecans are great, too) then drizzle balsamic glaze* on top. That’s it!
Also called Balsamic Vinegar Creme, you can find it at The Garden (921 Manhattan Ave) Or, you can just reduce balsamic vinegar down until it’s thick and syrupy. It last until forever in your fridge and is perfect over ice cream and salads, too.