Not a coffee drinker

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Not a coffee drinker

Coffee smells good but tastes bad. I understand it’s an acquired taste, by why bother? There are so many other delicious drinks to be had.

And if you think I’m alone, check out this quote from a recent Telegraph Article:

“For many it is the first highlight of the day, just when you need it most: the scent of freshly brewed coffee wafting through the house first thing in the morning.

But scientists claim to have solved the mystery of why coffee never tastes as good as it smells.

The act of swallowing the drink sends a burst of aroma up the back of the nose from inside the mouth, activating a “second sense of smell” in the brain that is less receptive to the flavour, causing a completely different and less satisfying sensation.”

Also if anyone is wondering, the above-pictured drink is actually foamed milk, honey, and cinnamon. My drink of choice at any coffee shop.

 

What I ate: Hawley, Pennslyvania

When some people think of vacation, they think of lazy afternoons spent on the beach. My oldest sister decided to treat my other sister and I with a ‘weekend retreat’ for her birthday. Two months later and with much excitement we roadtripped west to Hawley, Pennsylvania and possibly the most luxurious hotel digs I will ever stay.

To give you an idea of the clientele, I came across kayaking photos from Lucky Magazine’s editor in chief while browsing on Instagram.

As may be common with luxury spa resorts tucked into the Poconos, it was an all-inclusive experience. Meaning each day we received 1hr massages gratis at the world-class spa, and could enjoy over 20 activities and classes daily. Meals were included.

Suffice to say – this ended up being one of the best rejuvenating stays I’ve ever had. I worked out about 3 hours per day, tried out every single one of the 5 jacuzzis and whirlpools, swam (aka frantically doggy-paddled) in the heated pool, and fell asleep happy and exhausted.

But before getting too worked up about how awesome the hotel was, I wanted to share some of the lovely meals we had. Without much further ado, here they are:

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The morning view from the dining room. 15 ft floor to ceiling window views to the forest, with the lake peeking from behind the trees.

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A typical breakfast with a yogurt and baked goods buffet as well as complete meal. I had poached eggs over polenta and grilled tomatoes and squash.

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Grilled asparagus.

 

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Beets and baby arugula salad.

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Wedge butter lettuce salad.

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Braised, stuffed artichokes.

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Steak frites.

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Soft shell crab.

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Shrimp and grits.


The Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen

 Click here for the original PDF from the Environmental Working Group.
The Clean Fifteen is a list of the fruits and vegetables that have the lowest levels of pesticide residues and are less likely to test positive for multiple pesticides. In fact, 89 percent of pineapple, 78 percent of mango, 75 percent of kiwi, and 61 percent of cantaloupe tested had no residues at all.

The Dirty Dozen (Always Buy Organic)

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Hot peppers
  7. Nectarines (imported)
  8. Peaches
  9. Potatoes
  10. Spinach
  11. Strawberries
  12. Sweet bell peppers

+PLUS

  • Collards and kale
  • Summer squash and zucchini

The Clean Fifteen (OK to Buy Conventional)

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocado
  3. Cabbage
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Corn
  6. Eggplant
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Kiwi
  9. Mangos
  10. Mushrooms
  11. Onions
  12. Papayas
  13. Pineapples
  14. Sweet peas (frozen)
  15. Sweet potatoes