Green with Envy Smoothie

Can anyone tell I am obsessed with smoothies of the green variation? I can’t get enough of them. Is it just me, or is there something super satisfying about drinking something that is such a bright green colour? You just know it’s good for you and filled with all sorts of nutrients that will keep you going throughout the day.

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While I was living in NYC I was careful where I spent my money. I was there for almost 6 months, and I have to say I never once paid for a smoothie. I had my own blender so I thought it was a waste to spend 10$ for someone else to whip up something so simple, but when I was there a few weekends ago (without my own blender) I was craving one and bit the bullet. I went to the Green Bean Cafe near where I was staying and bought the Green with Envy smoothie packed with kale, banana, spinach, dates and pineapple. Wow! I shouldn’t have waited that long, it was amazing and so close to where I was living, although it’s probably best that I had no idea it existed because I would have been broke. The smoothie was just sweet enough and creamy and so, so tasty. When I got back to Montreal I decided I needed to replicate it right away.

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The best part of this smoothie in my humble opinion, is the dates. They add just the right amount of sweetness that balances the kale really well. I love kale, but if you aren’t fond of its raw flavour but love it’s nutritious value than this smoothie is perfect for you.
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Here’s my version of the Green with Envy Smoothie Adapted from The Green Bean Cafe NYC

{Serves 2}

What you need:

3 dates pits removed
1.5 cups rice milk, almond milk or soy milk
1 banana (I use frozen)
handful of pineapple (I use frozen)
handful of kale washed and de-ribbed.
2 Tbsp Chia seeds

What you need to do:

1. Add the milk in first then the kale, pineapple, banana and dates.
2. blend until nice and smooth (making sure there are no chunks of dates left behind)
3. Add the Chia seeds and blend quickly to incorporate (I do this so they don’t all stick to the sides)
4. Pour and enjoy!

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The Orchid Show: Chandeliers at the New York Botanical Gardens

Orchids have always been my favourite flower for as long as I can remember, so when I heard that the New York Botanical Garden was having an Orchid exhibition I jumped at the opportunity. This weekend I finally made my way to The Orchid Show: Chandeliers, which was such a great way to escape the cold and dreary weather we’ve been having. As soon as I walked into the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, I was hit with warm tropical air and an intoxicating fragrance. I immediately noticed the huge orchid arrangements floating in the pond and thought that, that was going to be the best part of the exhibition, but once I walked through the doors of the main show I realized that was only the beginning and was nothing compared to what came next. The goal of this show is to mimic the way orchids grow in the rainforest by attracting the eye upward with an impressive presentation that highlights the aerial beauty of this iconic flower. Everywhere you look you are flooded with colorful, unique orchids in all shapes and sizes hanging in planters and growing off trees as they would in their natural habitat. The most impressive part, is in the middle of the conservatory where hanging from the ceiling is a huge star shaped, 3 tier orchid chandelier, overflowing with hundreds of plants. I would strongly recommend that if you are in the NYC area between now and April 19th you go and see this beautiful exhibition. It really is a truly breathtaking experience.

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Snapshots of Life Lately and to New Adventures

I don’t really talk much about my personal life on this blog, I’ve used it more as a way to express myself creatively, but I realized that my favourite blogs are the one’s that delve a little deeper. So my goal for this year is to open up just a little more on here. As you may already know, or have figured out from my photos here and on Instagram, I have been temporarily living in NYC the past couple of months with Zack. I knew that after 6 months, if I could’t find a way to extend my visa I would have to leave, and unfortunately my time here is coming to an end. Fortunately, an opportunity came up for me right at the perfect time to go somewhere new, which makes the whole thought of leaving a lot more palatable! For my next adventure, I will be moving to Vancouver! Having lived in Quebec my whole life, minus the few years I lived in Florida before I was 5,  going somewhere new seems like the right thing to do. I always love a new adventure and luckily I have family and a few friends there. I have actually never been to the west coast of Canada, so this will be my first time visiting Vancouver, let alone living there but I have heard only amazing things about the city so I am really eager to explore and find out what it’s all about for myself.  While I am still living in NYC for a couple of weeks, I am going to try and soak it up as much as possible. Here are some snapshots of life lately.

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I am used to a good snowstorm, being from Montreal. Our winters are always long, cold and very snowy but I wasn’t expecting that to be the case in NYC. Unfortunately it has been just as bad here and despite how much I hate winter, I love how beautiful it looks especially in this city. I always feel like I’m walking through a movie set here, the history is so fascinating that I can’t go anywhere without imagining what it must have looked like in the 1800’s and I often stare in awe at the buildings wondering how they were built with such limited resources and how long they have lasted to tell the tale! So inspiring.

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When the snow falls and blankets the streets, trees and buildings, it quiets the bustling city sounds. It was really only then that I realized how many ambient sounds I was hearing on a daily basis in this city. Back at the end of January when we were experiencing what was supposed to be one of the worst snowstorms of the century, “Snowmageddon” (which you know, ended up being a total dud of a storm) the city shut everything down as a precaution at 11pm. I laughed because these storms are a typical winter occurrence in Montreal but it was actually a really amazing experience. We went out to walk Winslow and realized that the city that never sleeps was asleep. It was so surreal and the snow made everything all the more quiet. I snapped a shot of the empty street which you can check out here.
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Everywhere you turn there’s something to feast your eyes on from the architecture to the stonework, to the rod iron fences and the views, to the fact that you can stand in the middle of the street and have an unobscured view to other side of the city (it’s unique grid layout is fascinating). There is just so much to see in one place that it’s almost overwhelming at times.

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There’s always something worth capturing here, and like I mentioned in my last Snapshots of Life Lately post, I don’t carry my DSLR camera around with me very often because it’s bulky, but I do snap pictures with my iPhone constantly. I will miss that in a big way.

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There are so many things I will miss about New York. From it’s energy to it’s beauty, to the fact that you can get anything you want delivered to your door and I mean anything… starbucks coffee, fro-yo, a chocolate chip cookie, your groceries, your laundry, alcohol… you name it. That you can drop your laundry off and it will be washed and folded for you for pretty much the same price as you would pay doing it yourself at a laundry mat. That you can get a Mani-Pedi for 20$. That there is always an exhibit, book signing, concert or event to attend and that you can walk the streets for hours and never get bored of the views. There are so many other things, but I’ll stick to those for now.
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I am always excited to try new things, so I am eager to start the next chapter of my life in Vancouver, but I am leaving behind a lot of greatness, especially Zack and Winslow and while I don’t know what life will throw my way next (no one ever does), I just keep reminding myself that what is meant to be will be. All we can do is keep pushing forward and I have so many great memories to carry with me that I’ll never forget. I am really grateful for the 6 months I got to spend in one of the greatest cities in the world, and look forward to discovering a whole new one. So here’s to new adventures!

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Snapshots of Life Lately

I take a lot of photos to say the least. I am a very visual person and while I love looking back at photos throughout my life, I really do it because I love the art of photography itself. I am self taught and learning more and more each and every day. I will be honest though, on a day to day basis I shoot with my iPhone and then post to Instagram. I do this because it’s so simple and instantly rewarding. The iphone takes beautiful photos, it fits in your pocket, you can edit them right there on the spot and then upload them without having to do much more… pretty easy! That being said I also really appreciate photography that takes a little more time, with a little more thought behind it. I have a DSLR camera that I love very much, and while I mostly use it to take photos of food for the blog (you can check them out here), I try and take it out with me every so often so that I can mix it up a bit and get creative. I always learn something new when I do that! It’s a little more work than using my good old iPhone, but it’s much more rewarding. I thought it would be fun to start sharing some of them on the blog! Here are a few shots I snapped recently!

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This is my baby Winslow – If you follow me on Instagram, you know he’s one of my best posers!

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This is my cousin Shira at NYFW. Portrait Photography practice

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I love the way the water acts as a mirror after a storm.

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Shadow Play

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Survival of the fittest

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Another one of my cousin Shira. Portrait photography practice, but without reflectors or lights it’s hard to not have harsh shadows.

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What do you love photographing most?

People’s Pops!

I recently bought a friend of mine this for her birthday! She loves to be creative in the kitchen and had recently started making her own popsicles so I thought it would be the perfect gift. Before purchasing it I flipped through it to make sure it would be well liked and was instantly hooked. Each page displayed a different delicious looking popsicle with flavour combinations that made my mouth water!

Their concept is really simple: Local, fresh and in season and they let their creativity and imagination do the rest. Anything can be turned into a delicious and refreshing popsicle, and every season reveals a new flavour combination to try! I knew right then that I was not only going to have to buy my own copy, but on my next trip to NYC I would have to taste one for myself.

This past weekend during my short visit to New York City I got my chance! We went to their shop in Chelsea Market where they had a few flavours to choose from, many of which included strawberries. I steered clear and went for something I had never tried before. It was a Canary Melon and Jasmin Popsicle. It had a bright sweet melon flavour with a hint of jasmin and was very refreshing and extremely delicious.