Get Drunk on Vegetables

I’ve never loved any cocktail quite as zealously as I love Bloody Marys. I’ve even inherited my mom’s habit of traveling with airplane bottles of vodka and cans of tomato juice. Part of the appeal, for me, comes from knowing that my alcohol intake is chased with antioxidant-rich tomato juice.

Recently, as I sought out my liquid multivitamin at my local, um, apothecary, The Beach Cafe, my favorite bartender Paul instead presented me with a margarita made with pineapple-turmeric shrub. Sipping it, I felt the happy high you get from chugging coconut water after a grueling cycling class. Surely the healing properties of turmeric root were kicking in.

Read the whole story on Bon Appetit’s healthyish here.

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Walk This Way: 8 Rad Streets Flying Under-the-Radar

The art of wandering is all but lost, as travelers too often use Google Maps’ tangent-averse directions to propel themselves to restaurants and museums found on Yelp or TripAdvisor.

Yet one of the best ways to explore a new place is to walk — to meander up and down a main drag, sleepy street or undiscovered back alley.

This pedestrian strategy is especially effective in the country’s second- (or third-, or ninth-) tier cities, which have miles of untapped charms and lures.

Here, eight of America’s greatest urban thoroughfares you’ve probably never heard of.

Read the whole story via the New York Post.

8 Incredible U.S. Solo Travel Destinations to Book Now

 

Courtesy of Pearson's Pond Luxury Inn
Courtesy of Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn

If pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is at the top of your agenda this year, booking a solo travel experience might be a good place to start. Friends weekends and romantic getaways are great—and, often, very necessary—but there’s something potentially life-changing about testing your own boundaries by exploring new places on your own.

“Solo travel makes you more outgoing, it requires you to engage with people you normally may not need to speak to, and can open your mind to all different types,” says Dr. Magdalena Swierczewski, the founder of ExplorerMD. “You also learn more about yourself, as you have time to observe, reflect and learn who you are and how you react to certain situations. Solo travel makes you feel strong.”

Where to start? Check out the full story on Glamour here.

 

16 Foods to Beat Cramps, Bloating, and More PMS Symptoms

When PMS strikes (not to mention during your period), it’s totally normal to crave plenty of unhealthy indulgences. But rather give into all those double-pepperoni-plus-garlic-knots-please hankerings, try these nutrient-dense, RD-approved foods to stop cramps, fight bloating, boost your mood, and more.

Read the full story on Redbook.

Jana Kramer on ‘Dancing’ Through Painful Past Year

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To say it’s been a year of highs and lows for Jana Kramer would pretty much be the understatement of the year. In January, she welcomed her first child, daughter Jolie Rae. And after just a short time off, she resumed touring as both fan and critical acclaim poured in for songs released from her Thirty One album, including the touching love song, “Circles.” She joined the cast of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, and became a fan favorite by the very first episode of the season.

Read the full story on Rolling Stone Country here.

The One Secret Six Different Sex Experts Want You to Know

Sometimes we all need a little expert advice. But if you’ve never made it to a sex therapist’s couch, chances are, you’ve probably wondered what kind of game-changing sexual healing, erm, wisdom is shared behind closed doors. Well, we unveiled the (lace, of course) curtain, to get top sex experts and docs to reveal the one piece of advice they wish everyone knew. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re gonna go flick the lights on (see tip #3!)…

Read the full story on Glamour.

12 Airbnbs That Will Give You Serious Wanderlust for a BFF Getaway

Chocolate, roses, champagne, candlelit dinners pour deux. Pfffftttt. Single or taken, there are some vacations where we just want to banish any hints of romance and trade it for koozies, culture, and craziness with our flock of best friends.

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But why stay at a cookie-cutter hotel when you can rent out one of these swoon-worthy abodes from airbnb? You’ll remember them for years to come and, when you tally up the final budget, you’ll probably save a few bucks along the way. Plus, treehouse living, anyone? All of these choices come loaded with cool extras, and are located in cities and towns around the world packed with fun breweries, live music, amazing park adventures and more. P.S. We’ll still take that chocolate and champagne, though.

Read the full story on Glamour here.

 

What to Do When Your BFF is Addicted to Her Phone

 

The Wharf harbor. Gulf Shores, Alabama.
The Wharf harbor. Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Last week, I experienced one of the most magical days of my life. While road tripping with a friend to the Gulf Shores (a true beach town gem in Alabama), we played music full-blast, caught up on the year since we’d last seen each other, and ate way too much fried everything. The Wharf was like some kind of adult Disney World: a hybrid of Rodeo Drive chic with Charleston charm, complete with palm trees and a light-up ferris wheel. Snap. Hell, let’s pause and take a video too. We giddily slurped up oysters and vodka-sodas at the cozy waterfront bar. Snap. Snap. Later that night, we went to a Miranda Lambert concert that happened to be in town. Basically, 24 hours don’t get much more magical than this.

And don’t worry, I have 78 photos, 5 videos, 7 PBR-infused snapchat stories, and too many texts to prove it. I say this to illustrate that I, too, fall guilty to the throes of over-documenting epic nights. And, that’s OK: We all have a night (or eight) where we realized we spent so much time tethered to our phone that we forgot to, you know, experience it…

Read the full story on Glamour.

 

Hip City Veg’s Burger Is Worth Two Hours on a Bolt Bus

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But really, though. It’s that good. One of my favorite things to do is eat. One of my favorite things to do when I’m traveling is eat more than I normally do. One of my favorite things to do when I’m traveling to see DMB is eat more than I normally do when I travel since I’m burning off all those calories dancing at concerts (I’m sure the added calories from booze don’t matter…).

This June, my friend Jess and I (I’ve known her since 2006 when I was in high school and she was 23 and not so tired of life….I think we met via IM through a DMB message board…), embarked on our annual when-we-can pilgrimage to DMB at Camden. As per usual, I made a detour to the incredible Hip City Veg, a take out, entirely plant-based not-quite chain in Philly (and DC too). Sure, I could be drunk and cheat with pizza or grilled cheese. But with a burger THIS good (the Ziggy Burger is made with organic smoked tempeh and special sauce)…why?

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Perfect Sunday Morning Chia Pudding

It feels like just yesterday I was racing against the clock in culinary school during our flourless and frozen desserts unit to get this ready along with chocolate almond pastry cream and ninety other things, sneaking laughs of desperateness as Holly, my culinary school BFF, pulled off the same feat of boiling her homemade almond milk and getting her batch ready for “presentation” (that’s culinary school fancy speak for everybody grabs a spoon and eats too much while the chef critiques it all). Now, here I am, swirling up a tupperware’s full alone on a Sunday morning. A little less hectic, for sure, but somehow not quite as comforting. And isn’t that what Sunday’s are all about? A cup of green tea and the Sunday New York Times Magazine didn’t quite make up for that lack of comfort (missing Holly), but gave me that soothing element I craved.

1/4 cup chia seeds + 2 cups (ish) almond milk + teaspoon cinnamon + teaspoon vanilla extract + lots of orange zest + 2 tablespoons maple syrup + whatever you need to taste (dark chocolate shavings are quite good, always; I topped mine with pomegranate seeds that looked better than they tasted and fresh berries) = lazy breakfst/dessert perfection.

Seal in a container and shake it up every twenty minutes or so (or whenever you remember) until mixture becomes gelatinous (give it at least two hours in your fridge).
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