Ain’t that the truth. A delay in JBD posts occurred because I have been deep into beginnings. A lot of changes are happening in my life, all birthed from a beginning. The most recent days sure saw some seeds sprout into buds. I look forward to sharing the flower garden of stories with you. In the meantime, I am here to say to you: go stand in the light of your heart’s desires. Begin now. Your future self will thank you, tenfold.
Globe trotters unite. Have you heard of the Maldives Island Resort of Gili Lankanfushi? This 5-star resort is set on the private tropical island of Lankanfushi in the Malé Atoll, one of the 19 atolls that stretch over 800 kilometers through the Indian Ocean. It is one of the 1190 islands that make up the Maldives. This particular coral island is in a sparkling lagoon, with jetties threading across the gleaming water. Now is as good a time as any to slow down, appreciate the abounding marine life and wholeheartedly embrace their mantra of: “No News, No Shoes.” Sign me up!
Images via Maldives Resort: Gili Lankanfushi
Nourish Kitchen + Table is a seasonally-inﬂuenced, locally-inspired takeaway food shop and café that offers the West Village community in New York City the comfort of a kitchen away from home. Created by nutritionist, author and superfoodie Marissa Lippert, she understands the need to bring flavor and balance back to the table. Nourish’s innovative fare bridges the gap between healthful eating and really delicious food. Ms. Lippert is the kind of woman one wants to stand beside to be inspired. Truly, she embodies what delicious living is all about! Read on for more about her culinary jewel box and a real slice of life.
Do you recall the moment when you knew you were meant to open this fabulous restaurant?
When I walked outside of Equinox and looked up and saw a “for rent” sign hanging from Nourish’s current space. I’d been looking for nearly a year and a half and had almost given up hope of finding the space. Our current location at 95 Greenwich Avenue couldn’t have been more fitting.
You were a history major in college but chose a clinical nutrition path right after graduation. Was that path always a passion? How did that choice lead you to your current career?
I can remember from a very young age being enamored by culture, food and cooking. Health started weaving its way in there in high school and college. From there, the intention of melding health, nutrition, cultural trends and amazingly, delicious food continued to grow. I started by weaving nutrition and approachably healthy, tasty food into the media, I still frequently contribute to publications.
Describe a typical day in the life of…
There isn’t one! I aim to hit the gym a few mornings a week to maintain my sanity and a normalized schedule of some sort. Then I usually head into Nourish Kitchen + Table for much of the day and keep myself busy working with my incredible staff on the planning of upcoming events, additions to our menu, running to the farmers market, press-related items, oh-so-fun administrative tasks, and any number of other things that pop up.
You’re also author! Your book, The Cheater’s Diet, shares secrets to losing weight in a short amount of time. Is that really possible?
It is possible! The book is broken up into a eight realistic and structured chapters. Most of us eat a decent amount more than we really need to…or have let eating schedules and metabolisms slip. The Cheater’s Diet help bring patterns and long-lasting lifestyle change to light and helps readers cement change while figuring out how to keep all the foods they love (in moderation) in the picture.
Autumn has arrived in the Northeast. What is a favorite seasonal recipe?
Farro with thyme-roasted mushrooms and truffle oil is one of my faves…we can’t remove it from Nourish’s menu!
What are your favorite comfort foods to serve at any time of year?
Ooh…that’s tough. French fries and a big glass of wine. When it’s 90 degrees and humid…ice cream, chips and guac and margaritas. When it’s freezing cold…braised short ribs or pasta.
Three ingredients you cannot live without?
Aleppo pepper, garlic and lemon.
Any tradition in the kitchen?
Rocking out to old-school hip hop when I cook!
What will never go out of style?
A classic dish like roast chicken or beef stew. That and whatever your favorite dish of your grandmother’s was.
When you aren’t creating a recipe, you are…?
Looking at what’s next for Nourish Kitchen + Table. And probably flipping through a zillion cookbooks and magazines for food and design inspiration.
Best foodie city?
Istanbul (and Paris).
If you could dine with anyone, who would it be and why? And: what would you eat?
Hardest question possibly ever. Probably Alice Waters because she’s had such an incredible impact on how we eat and view food and health today. We’d eat outside and linger over the incredible Turkish breakfast spread at Hotel Padma in Alacati, Turkey – one of my favorite food memories ever.
Note: This interview has been edited and condensed.
Images c/o Marissa Lippert
Hi JBD’ers. Part of me felt I should make more time to further expand this blog post, but the deeper part within me, the inner voice, said just type it out. Feel it, write it, publish it. It’s what you are reading. An unedited stream of consciousness on the late evening of a total lunar eclipse.
At a significantly young age, I knew I wasn’t part of a crowd. I consistently had visions of the future, I somehow innately knew there was beautiful truth in a statement I had heard my Dad mention time and again: “When the student is ready the teacher will appear.” While there are many examples to share, the past 12 months (and even, actually, 12 weeks) I’ve especially known this to be true. I’ve welcomed the teacher in and want to share a few lessons with you.
Forgiveness. It is connected to EVERYTHING. Almost a year ago, during a time when I was struggling to release lingering bits of sadness, anger and fear from a past relationship, I walked into my first acupuncture appointment. The wonderful acupuncturist is someone I still see on a regular basis, and a poem she shared with me after one of our first sessions popped into my memory today. This simple mantra was one I said aloud each day, for 21 days, after receiving it from her. I remember standing alone on an Icelandic glacier, reciting the poem five times on the final, 21st day, feeling the release, letting it all go:
The spirit within me forgives the spirit within you (insert name of person you want to forgive). The spirit within (insert name of person you want to forgive) forgives the spirit within me. All is well between us now. We are both forgiven.
This brings me to Synchronized Guidance. I’ve learned that when I surrender to myself, to the universe, even to the loud crowds of people on the New York City subway, things just feel lighter. I wrote about going through a health scare, recently, on this blog. The entire experience brought me back to the present moment, like wow. It inspired a desire for change, mostly subtle, but all significant. I had been traveling so much for my day job, I was not fully tuned into my well-being. The shake up brought me right back to what is important. I am grateful for it because it woke me up. It lead me back to a daily practice of yoga and meditation. Whatever it is for you, surrender and embrace. When you do, you’ll feel the synchronicity of life circle you.
Just how you choose to move about your day directly echoes your Inner Voice. Listen to that voice. I have a hunch it’s one of kindness. It’s one of compassion. It’s one that is a big believer in “letting it go.” It believes in YOU.
Image Credit: Jenny Graham
Quote found via Bee Bosnak
What have you read lately? Between New York City subways rides and all of my jet-setting travel, I breeze through a new book every week or so. The past two weeks I have read two stellar tomes. So good they must be shared with you!
What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman made me feel like I was right there with her, as she candidly recounts her global escapades, all of which are sly, sexy, hilarious, truthful, spirited and full of adventure. Time columnist Joel Stein said of the book: “If Mark Twain was a woman and he had actually done things in the countries he traveled to, he would have been a lot more pleasant. He also would have written this book instead of The Innocents Abroad. This book is so good that, of the many I have blurbed, this is the only one I read.”
Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior by Leonard Mlodinow unravels the complexities of the subliminal mind by showing us an exploration of our evolutionary heritage. He explains, “If you really want to understand the social world, if you really want to understand yourself and others, and, beyond that, if you really want to overcome many of the obstacles that prevent you from living your fullest, richest life, you need to understand the influence of the subliminal world that is hidden within each of us.”
And, just for kicks and a peek, the image above is from an easy read…Loren Hope’s new Look Book. Enjoy.
I’ve been collecting Jessica Durrant watercolors for a few years. A handful of her gorgeous, calming, feminine creations fill the walls of my living room and home office, many gifted by family who know they can’t go wrong at Christmas with this pretty gift. Paris is usually on my mind, more so now because I know I’ll be there this Fall…pink skies sure do delight, don’t they?
I’ve never full-on decorated my home with a big piece of pink. But this sofa has me re-thinking that rainbow tune.
I walked along a sunshine trail. That kind of path one falls upon, easily and joyfully, with light wind at your back and warmth all around. St. Helena is an in-the-moment kind of place. One with exquisite weather, abundance of nature and where wine tastings abound.
I recommend wandering over to Whitehall Lane Winery. This family-owned Napa Valley outpost offers tastings of their finest Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Reserve wine. Our effervescent host, Chandler, took his time by sharing tidbits of Whitehall’s history, answering our questions and ultimately turning a usual Cab drinker (me) into a bonafide fan of Whitehall Lane’s Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc.
Throughout our day in a piece of paradise, among barrels of French and American oak, we learned all sorts of new wine facts. One diddy stood out for its fun name, Brix. This measurement of the sugar content of grapes is the degree of the grapes’ ripeness at harvest. Most table-wine grapes are harvested at between 21 and 25 Brix. Wine and science, how can you go wrong? You can’t! A day spent in St. Helena is a day well spent.
Image Credits: Jenny Graham