French Lentil and Arugula Salad

I’m so excited about the new Food52 Vegan cookbook written by my friend Gena Hamshaw. Her blog and first book Choosing Raw are both fabulous resources for delicious plant-based recipes and health tips. Gena’s latest cookbook is based on her popular New Veganism column that she has been writing for Food52 since 2012. Gena’s recipes are always accessible and full of flavor, making them appealing to seasoned vegetarians and foodies, as well as omnivores looking for more creative vegetable…

Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Pancakes

These chocolate pancakes are the best gluten-free vegan pancakes I've ever tasted, and all of my friends I served them to at brunch agreed. They have a terrific fluffy texture (a far cry from the typical cardboard GF pancakes you can get), and fabulous flavor. Forget that they're gluten-free and vegan. They're just perfect pancakes no matter what you're dietary stripes. This righteous recipe comes from my friend, Meghan Telpner, a Canadian nutritionist and founder of the Academy of…

Chicago: College Tour ends at Northwestern

It was really special to end my tour in the great city of Chicago with the students from Northwestern University, as that is where Spoon University was founded, and is still the only spoon chapter in the country that publishes a print food magazine. Pick up a copy. It is a really beautifully produced publication. I teamed up with the Northwestern Spoon chapter to set up my last smoothie blast bar of the tour. Mariel Falk, Lauren Goldstein, Ally Mark, Sam Spector, and Kirby Barth were…

San Francisco: Epic Smoothie Bar at Berkeley

San Francisco is such a magical city. I always look forward to visiting, and I always stay at the legendary Westin St. Francis right in the heart of Union Square. This hotel is so rich in history and is in the most amazing central location to catch all of the sights. The history of the Westin St. Francis Hotel is, in many ways, the history of San Francisco itself. Opening its doors on March 21, 1904, it was barely two years old when it was ravaged by flames during the Great Earthquake…

Phoenix: Westin Downtown Rocks

One of the highlights of my last tour was staying at the Westin Phoenix Downtown with my friend Wendy. You might remember our adventures with Ernie last year! This hotel is so exquisite and chic, the rooms are gorgeous, the view is amazing, the location is awesome, and the staff are so friendly. There is also a ton of healthy food options to enjoy on their gorgeous outdoor patio. I was welcomed with a platter of superfoods off the Westin Eat Well Superfoods RX Menu the menu which is…

Houston: Fresh Juices at Westin Downtown

I had such a wonderful time with Chris Ziadie and Executive Chef Oscar Mejia when I stayed at the Westin Houston Downtown last year on my tour that I couldn't wait to see them again. I was greeted like family with the most amazing bowl of fresh berries when I arrived. Chris and her staff define what brilliant hospitality is. They make every guest feel like family. It was incredible to meet so many guests hanging out in the lobby who were returning for the 6th, 7th, and even 50th time!…

Austin: Smoothie Bar at UT

Austin is my favorite city in Texas, and it was so much fun returning. I teamed up with the lovely students from the Spoon University chapter at UT to set up a smoothie bar on the outside terrace at GreenGos. Megan Prendergast, Hayley Weycer, and the other spoon members were fantastic to work with, and, again, the smoothies and samples were very popular. Just like with the previous schools, my amazing sponsors shipped in a ton of free samples for students to try and take home. Megan…

D.C: Westin Downtown City Center

I had an incredible time in Washington D.C. I was particularly excited to spend the week in D.C because my amazing assistant Hanna lives there and is the editor-in-chief of Spoon University at American. She was kind enough to accept all of the packages from the sponsors. Her and her room-mate and fellow students were incredibly generous converting their dorm-room into a storage facility, and unpacking the loot from the sponsors for both smoothie bars at American University and George…

New York: NYU Smoothie Bar

I just love New York. I always feel energized the minute I step into the city. I was excited to return to the Westin Grand Central after such an incredible visit last year. This is my favorite hotel in NYC. I always stay here. It is in the best location right by Grand Central Station, and the rooms are really big by NYC standards. In fact, they are one of only five hotels in the city that have rooms this big. But, it's the staff that keep me coming back. They are so friendly and always…

Boston: Smoothie Tour Kicks off at Boston University

I was really excited to kick off my college tour in Boston. My flight was delayed, and so I arrived at my hotel at about 1AM. The staff at the Westin Boston Waterfront were so friendly, and boy was I happy to flop into that Westin Heavenly Bed. Westin changed the hotel industry forever when they introduced plush white linens in all of their hotels. The rest of the industry followed, but the Westin beds are still the best. It's like sleeping on a cloud. When you can't sleep at home,…

Detox Green Smoothie

If you love fashion, photography, and simple fresh food, you may enjoy a look at Jessica Milan's new Lookbook Cookbook. Jessica is a young model turned photographer, and a cook. After combining her talents to create the Lookbook Cookbook site featuring desserts, she has published her first book dedicated to fashion-loving foodies with each recipe accompanied by a photo of one of her young models enjoying the food. The cookbook includes recipes for smoothies and shakes, brunch recipes,…

Vegan Mango Coconut Lassi

Coconut lovers: I have a treat for you! Meredith Baird's stunning new book, Coconut Kitchen is all about coconut, and it's chock-full of incredible information, fabulous tips, and amazing recipes for using every single part of the coconut. Coconut is a miracle food, and can be used in a myriad of ways both internally and externally both as a medicinal food and a cosmetic, and Meredith covers them all! I crack open coconuts daily, and I find myself referring to this book constantly for…

share

Pinterest

Subscribe

Menu
menu