skip the fat-free option

Sometimes eating fat-free could be risking your health. According to an article from Woman’s Day, you may not want to choose fat free options for these items: Salad Dressing While fat-free dressings are lower in calories than fat-based dressings, they block absorption of fruits’ and veggies’ nutrients, like carotenoids which protect your body’s cells. According to the study, dressings with monounsaturated fats (from canola and olive oil, for instance) boosted the absorption of the veggies’ carotenoids. Dressings made with polyunsaturated fat (from soybean oil) and saturated fat (from plain old butter) helped absorption, too, but it takes more dressing to … Continue reading skip the fat-free option

broadway shake at tom’s diner

“da da da-ta, da da da-ta, da da da-ta da-ta da-ta … I am sitting, In the morning, At the diner, On the corner …” before Suzanne Vega’s hit song in the early 80s and the Seinfeld sitcom in the late 80s thru late 90s, lived a diner on a corner in the upper west side named Tom’s Restaurant. around since the 1940s, it is a popular place for hungry Columbia University students to eat and hang out – as well as – devoted fans and tourists to visit. i’ve had many meals there with some favorites including the cheese fries with gravy … Continue reading broadway shake at tom’s diner

healthy ingredients swap

with simple food swaps, everything you already eat can have a place in a healthy lifestyle by replacing high-calorie and unhealthy ingredients with good-for-you items that taste just as delicious. * Caesar Salad Swap out: Bottled Caesar dressing Swap in: Simple homemade Caesar dressing Ingredients 1/4 cups pasteurized egg substitute 1 clove garlic, minced 1-1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan 8 cups romaine lettuce coarsely cut Preparation In small bowl, whisk together egg substitute; garlic, anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and … Continue reading healthy ingredients swap

tw: SFT juice and ice

to save the best for last, a dessert place that is like no other:: SFT juice and ice. it has the most amazing shaved ice. there is only one location and that is in Shilin Market. the first time i came here was with my cousin around 10 years ago and i have been telling everyone who was going to visit Taiwan about this one-of-a-kind ribbon ice. i was so excited to go there again and it was just as amazing as i remembered. between the six of us, we tried five different flavors: green tea ice with red bean, ice with … Continue reading tw: SFT juice and ice

tw: i-baked

while walking through shi da night market, my niece pointed out an ice cream sandwich shop and after having an amazing ice cream sandwich at The Meatball Shop, i had to try it! co-owner, ivy, grew up in the states loving to bake cookies. when she moved to taiwan for work, she learned that people in taiwan didn’t know cookies could be soft! so she opened up i-baked with a friend in 2009 selling cookies, ice cream sandwiches, brownies, muffin and blondies. the cookies have fun names including: cookie monster, napoleon dynamite, b-nut putter, m-squared, snow white and the seven … Continue reading tw: i-baked

tw: soft serve tower

when you’re in tamsui, walking by the waterfront and watching the waves, how about a tamsui soft serve? in fun fruit flavors and colors, they are thin and tall, pilled higher than the length of your palm — thinner and taller than mr. softie. it’s also not very sweet so it doesn’t weigh you down. cool! ________________________________________________________________________________ have a soft serve tower in tamsui, tw Continue reading tw: soft serve tower

hk: das gute

hong kong is a walking city and since it is still early september, it was quite hot out. so it is important to make many stops to sit, rest and hydrate. one place we stopped at was Das Gute in the food level of the SOGO department store. known for its cake and bakery, Das Gute also has a variety of gelato flavors that i couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try! so, i got 5 flavors: green tea, mango, sesame, mint chocolate chip and pomelo. they were all so good! my family and i enjoyed trying each flavor and … Continue reading hk: das gute

van leeuwen artisinal ice cream

the first time i saw the Van Leeuwen ice cream truck over a year ago in soho after dinner with friends. it caught my eye bcuz it had an earl grey flavored ice cream – my favorite tea. since we just finished a huge meal, i couldn’t fit any more food so we had to walk by without a taste. since then, i have seen the pale yellow truck several times in the city but always at similar inopportune moments. today the streak ended. after the fun outdoor concert and a yummy late dinner, k tempted me with gourmet ice cream … Continue reading van leeuwen artisinal ice cream

you’re such a meatball – and i love it!

you know how sometimes you have a taste in your mouth and you just have to satiate it? i had a hankering for meatballs the other day and luckily i knew exactly where i wanted to go: a place JUST for meatballs. i read about the meatball shop quite a while ago and i never forgot about it. i’m glad i didn’t! the shop does not disappoint. using a dry erase menu and dry erase markers (reusable and smart!), you choose: what kind of meat (beef, spicy pork, chicken, vegetable or the day’s special which happened to be lamb) what kind of … Continue reading you’re such a meatball – and i love it!

have a scoop at blue marble ice cream

while on a walk at the brooklyn bridge park on a nice breezy summer day, i was in an ice cream mood. i saw the blue marble ice cream truck so i had a scoop of their coffee ice cream. yum! while i like ice cream, sometimes it is too rich and sweet but leave me feeling heavy. but not blue marble ice cream. perhaps it is the ingredients from local dairy from healthy cows in new york state farmers, avoiding artificial coloring or flavoring, and when possible, natural sweeteners by seasons. in addition to using organic ingredients in their … Continue reading have a scoop at blue marble ice cream

place your order at the counter

m had a bad experience with a peanut butter milkshake last year so when i read about the peanut butter and chocolate shake from justdesertnyc, i decided to take m there. other than shakes, The Counter is a burger place. all burgers are 100% natural angus, hormone and antibiotic free, and humanely raised and handled. it specializes in allowing you to create your own burger in 5 simple steps. choose a patty choose a cheese choose 4 toppings choose a sauce choose a bun if you don’t want to do the work, you can also choose burgers that has been … Continue reading place your order at the counter

amorino is blooming with flavor

i had been looking forward to going to amorino since i read grub street’s article about free gelato during its opening day happy hour. but what caught my eye wasn’t the free – it was the beauty of the flower shaped scoops. not only did i want to get one, i wanted to see the artistry in the service – and what a lovely presentation it was. you may think that creating an art form for an ice cream cone, would take too much time but the servers are pros. first, place your order of size. when its’s your turn, you … Continue reading amorino is blooming with flavor