NYC Restaurant Week Reservations Now Open

Good day, Foodies! I have some exciting news for an otherwise mundane Wednesday: you can now start booking for NYC Restaurant Week.

By now, I’m sure you know the drill: three-course prix-fixe menus at over 300 of NYC’s best foodie digs ($25 for lunch and $38 for dinner). Visit nycgo.com to see participating restaurants, peek the menus, and most importantly, book your reservations! My Foodie partner-in-crime, Alycia, and I will be on the hunt to visit some restaurants on our 101 list, so stay tuned for updates.

This post is cross-posted from Feel Good Foodies, a fantastic food blog, if I do say so myself!

Foodie Friday: Falling Off the Wagon

Raise your hand if you fell off of the healthy-eating wagon this week.

I know I did, and if you did too, you are not alone. Something about a natural disaster makes people binge. I think that it’s partially a testament that eating can easily become an emotional outlet. I think another part dates back to our hunter-gatherer instincts. I watched a documentary during Sandy, which said that humans used to be conditioned to eat food when they could, in preparation to survive for long bouts without it. Maybe knowing that access to food could potentially be cut off makes us load up a little extra? Whatever the case, I know I was guilty of baking brownies instead of making salads during the dreadful week indoors.

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The New York Times reported Wednesday on the “Sandy Five,” and the Associated Press also reported on New Yorkers finding comfort in junk food. So just when I was starting to feel down in the dumps for gaining back what I lost with my BluePrint Cleanse, Linda Wagner, one of my favorite bloggers, reminded me that it’s ok. We can’t be perfect all the time, but we can be positive.

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So don’t beat yourself up if you’ve fallen down a bit. Get back up, wipe off the dust and start over. Ask for help where you need it, and get back on track.

I’ve had a lot of stress this week, and I know that is another reason that I fell off. But knowing how to identify this, and eating a piece of fruit or drinking a juice instead of going for coffee and cookies is something I am trying to do moving forward. It feels great to scarf down some junk food to feel better, but it never feels great afterwards.

What triggers your unhealthy eating habits? What do you do to avoid turning to junk in times of stress? 

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LinkUps: Inspiration from Around the Web

I’ve been finding it difficult to blog this week. Everything seems trivial in the shadow of Hurricane Sandy. The storm has passed, but there is still so much work to be done to clean all of the areas that were hit. Jamie and I were lucky – the Upper East Side was completely spared. But I think our building felt sympathy, because this morning our hot water went out. This is also trivial in comparison to what others are going through.

Since I haven’t been writing much, here are some highlights of what I’ve been reading this week:

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Janeetha of Meals and Moves blogged about switching to an oil cleansing method to clean her face. Sound weird? I guarantee you this is more popular than it seems. It’s not the first time I’ve heard mention of this method, but hearing it again and seeing Janetha’s healthy skin puts me one step closer to trying it!

Image courtesy of Feel Good Foodies

My Feel Good Foodies partner Alycia baked a healthy banana bread recipe, and was kind enough to share it with our readers.

Image courtesy of The Pioneer Woman

The Pioneer Woman is giving away three Le Creuset 9-Quart Round French Ovens, in a gorgeous “Flame” color. This item has been on my wish list for…oh about three years. All you have to do is comment on her post – the winner will be announced today!

Image courtesy of CPW

Jonique of Confessions of a Product Whore posted a simple and chic DIY, transforming a pair of boring flats into something extraordinary.

Were you inspired by something you read this week? Share some links in the comments section!