Stop washing your hair. 

So frequently anyway. If you told baby ballerina Dagny this years ago, she would have laughed. Sometimes frequent washing is necessary, but trying to decrease washes will do your hair a world of good. Would you wash your favorite silk blouse everyday with hot water and chemicals? Probably not.

Washing your hair every day (or more) will dry out your hair. Not only are are you stripping your hair of its natural oils, but mechanical damage due to scrubbing and drying with a towel will cause wear and tear over time. Also, the hair shaft is particularly vulnerable when it is saturated with water.  Not to mention, you may end up having to heat style your hair more often, which leads to damage.

So how often should you wash your hair?

Ideally, 2-3 times a week. This will vary depending on your hair texture, level of physical activity, and the climate. Your scalp produces oils to nourish the hair. If the oil is continuously stripped away by harsh shampoo, your scalp will kick into overdrive to replace the oil. If you wash your hair everyday, try washing it every other day. After a while (be patient!) your scalp will realize it is not being stripped anymore and will produce less oil.

 

How to wash:

  • Try to use warm to cool water
  • Gently massage your scalp with the pads of the fingers, concentrating the shampoo at the scalp. If you don’t have any other product buildup in your hair, just let the shampoo run down when rinsing, instead of scrubbing the ends with the shampoo too. This will prevent the ends from over drying.
  • Once every week or two weeks mix 1-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (preferably unfiltered) with 8 ounces of water. After shampooing, pour the mixture over your scalp and let sit for a few minutes. This will remove buildup, increase shine, and stimulate hair growth.
  • Do not apply conditioner to the scalp. Use it a few inches away from the root.
  • Never roughly dry your hair. Gently squeeze your hair with the towel. Using an old cotton t-shirt is a great way to reduce friction from drying.

 

Which shampoo should you use?

  • Try to avoid shampoos with sulfates, parables, and other harsh chemicals
  • Shampoo does NOT need to be expensive. Do not buy into pretty packaging with cheap ingredients.
  • Be sure to use a shampoo suited to your hair type. Using a very moisturizing shampoo on fine hair will result in weighed down, oily hair; etc.

 

Which shampoos do I use?

I rotate my shampoos depending on if I oiled my hair or not. Shampoo bars are great for those who do not use many products. They don’t quite get all of the coconut oil out after a heavy oiling day though. Natural shampoos bars are chemical free, gentle, portable, and last for a long time. Some “traditional” liquid shampoos I use are the African Black Soap Shampoo from Shea Moisture, and the Argan Hydrating Volume Moisture Shampoo by Deep Steep. As stated in the name, the Deep Steep shampoo is moisturizing and looks like conditioner. I follow up with the corresponding conditioner from the line. The Shea Moisture shampoo is clarifying without over-stripping my hair. All of these shampoos are under $12. I usually get my Shea Moisture products when Duane Reade has a 3 for 2 deal. Deep Steep occasionally goes on sale in Whole Foods. I buy my shampoo bars from Chagrin Valley, a family owned bath and body company. I have never gone wrong with any of their products. They provide a lot of information on their website if you are interested in shampoo bars!

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Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve: http://www.chagrinvalleysoapandsalve.com

Deep Steep Shampoo: https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Steep-Argan-Hydrating-Shampoo/dp/B016IQTLJA?th=1

Shea Moisture Shampoo: https://www.sheamoisture.com/african-black-soap-deep-cleansing-shampoo.html

 

This is not a sponsored post. I use these products because I like them and they work for me. 

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My hair- a memoir (plus tips on achieving happy hair)

This is a very personal account of my journey to hair self acceptance. My purpose of this post is not to tell anyone how they should maintain their hair. Rather, I hope that it will remind you to love and accept your hair the way it grows, and that you will find my tips helpful.

 

“You have such beautiful hair!”             

“What products did you use on your eyebrows?”

“Your eyelashes are so long!”         

“Your hair is naturally straight, it must be so easy to take care of.”

 

I have always had a complicated relationship with my hair. As you can see, I have a lot of it. And as a woman in the modern world, I am constantly being bombarded with advertisements for a million and one products to remove, grow, improve, maintain, love, and hate my hair. I remember seven-year-old Dagny, eyes heavy at 5:30 am, struggling to sit up as mom secures her hair into a ballet bun before she had to go to work. She was still too young to do it herself. I remember eight-year-old Dagny, tucking her legs under the subway seat on a hot summer day. She was wearing shorts, and was embarrassed about her dark black hair on her pale skin. I remember twelve-year-old Dagny taking out her ballet bun in geometry. Shaking her head in relief as her teacher asked: “Wow, you really need all of those pins to keep your hair up?” Her curly-haired friends next to her only needed a fraction of the ones she used. I remember thirteen-year-old Dagny, sitting patiently in a chair, finally experiencing the moment she had been waiting for all her life- for her eyebrows to be tamed. With every small prick, with every hair Juan removed, she was one step closer to being happier when looking in the mirror. He was her personal fairy god mother, delivering something much more meaningful and lasting than a dress. I blocked out the age I was finally allowed to shave, but I do remember promising to allow my daughter to do it as early as she wanted. My next major hair event would come years later, after growing my hair to hipbone length. At nineteen, I decided to donate nearly two feet of hair. My hair was sectioned into four parts, and I almost cried as the first one was cut. With that cut, I released years of bobby pin abuse, and found new sense of “me” without a protective blanket of hair around me. The first night I washed my now shoulder-grazing hair was a liberating moment. I never washed my hair so quickly before. At twenty-one I am now back to hipbone length hair, and I have discovered threading. I can now joke about not having to use products on my eyebrows, and I feel comfortable without mascara. Accepting what my body does naturally took years of embarrassment and self-loathing. Coming from a mixed heritage background, my Asian mother simply never understood how to help me with maintenance, as I clearly inherited my hair pattern from my European/Jewish father. Save for my straight, black texture she simply could not relate to me, or to my feelings of insecurity. Cutting off most of my hair gave me a chance to start over, to learn to be gentle and patient with my hair. I hope my story reminds you to be more gentle with yours.

 

Easy hair care tips

Stop being mad at your hair.
Your hair texture is perfect the way it is. And yes, it is natural to be covered in hair no matter how many razor commercials are trying to convince you otherwise. In order to achieve beautiful looking hair, understanding your personal hair needs is imperative.

Be gentle.
Pulling, tugging, and yanking have no place in a healthy hair care regimen. Avoid harsh chemicals and pulling on your hair at every level of care.

Ditch heat.
Try to avoid heat styling as much as possible. The more you damage your hair with heat tools, the more you will think you need them to make your hair “look good,” and you will be stuck in a damaging cycle.

Get rid of harsh chemicals.
Read ingredients lists, knowing that the list goes from highest to lowest concentration. Familiarize yourself with controversial chemicals. Lastly, try to treat the problem instead of masking it. For example, try using a hot oil treatment for frizz-free hair instead of taming fly-aways with silicones.

Less is more.
While it may sound unthinkable to some, washing your hair less is very important for hair health. Your natural oils nourish your hair better than any product, and mechanical/ frictional damage can occur from over washing. While it may take an adjustment period, your body will eventually realize its oils are not being stripped away constantly, and it will stop overproducing oil.

Rethink your pillowcases.
If you are lucky, you will spend about eight hours asleep every night. That’s about one-third of your life! That is a lot of time for your hair to make contact with your pillowcases, so it is important that you try to swap out your (moisture sucking) cotton pillowcases for satin or silk pillowcases. They can be found online or at discount stores such as T.J. Maxx. These pillowcases will allow your hair to glide with less friction, therefore reducing damage. At the very least, make a loose braid. Never tie your hair too tightly to sleep or you can do more harm than good.

Nourish from the inside out.
Healthy hair is low on your body’s priority list. All other vital metabolic reactions will happen before you grow healthy hair so make sure your diet is full of whole, fresh foods.

Be patient.
Hair grows at an average of 0.5 inches a month. In order to see growth, maintaining a good moisture/ protein balance will help prevent split ends, and therefore you will need fewer trims. (And no, trimming your hair does not make it grow faster, more on this on a later post).

I wish you a peaceful hair journey!

 

Chai Granola

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Adapted from the original recipe by Peaceful Cuisine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmyNb3seDLI

 

Although you may associate the word “fiber” with prunes and getting older, granola’s oats deliver impressive amounts of fiber which will keep you fuller for longer. The nuts add healthy unsaturated fats, and some protein. Tea provides added antioxidants. However, in order to reap these benefits, try to avoid granolas with added sugars and oils. This granola recipe is fast, easy, gluten-free, and vegan. Best of all, you know exactly what is going into it. I usually make my granola on the weekend and enjoy it throughout the week for a filling breakfast.

the ingredients:

300g rolled oats
120g liquid sweetener (I used maple syrup)
60g coconut oil
30g shredded coconut
60g raw almonds
3 tbsp tea leaves (I use rooibos wedding chai from Alice’s Tea Cup)
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt

optional: dried fruit such as dried blueberries or dried cranberries

the method:

  1. Heat the oven to 180C/350F.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together EXCEPT FOR THE DRIED FRUIT.
  3. Bake on a split or parchment for 25 minutes.
  4. Add dried fruit if using.

the notes:

  • “except for the dried fruit” was in caps for a reason. Don’t do what I did and end up with a batch of burnt dried blueberries ruining your wonderful granola. I painstakingly picked most of them out that time, to make it edible.
  • I tried this recipe with raw hazelnuts instead of raw almonds, and I found that the hazelnuts got overcooked. The almonds hold up nicely.
  • Store in an airtight container.
  • My favorite ways to eat this granola is plain, as cereal with almond milk and berries, on top of yogurt, or on top of ice-cream.

 

 

 

Enjoy!

 

This is not a sponsored post. 

Russ & Daughters

For this past Mother’s Day, my mom, sister, and I got up bright and early (on a Sunday, love you mom) and headed downtown to Russ & Daughters.

 
Russ & Daughters Cafe opened in 2014, on the 100th anniversary of Russ & Daughters — the world-famous appetizing store and New York City institution. After a century in which generations of customers patiently waited in line at the store; it was time to give everyone a place to sit down.

 

If you couldn’t tell from the matzo ball soup, bagels, and smoked salmon, Russ & Daughters serves top quality “jewish delicatessen” food. From caviar to chocolate babka, there is something for everyone in their store and cafe. Now run by the 4th generation of the Russ family, you’d be hard pressed to find better lox in New York City. Most of the time there is little wait, but like most places in New York City, standard peak times like weekends and lunch time are definitely not the best times to go. But I would say that it’s worth the wait.
 

 

To find out more (or to ship a chocolate babka to your door) visit:

 
 

This is not a sponsored post. 

Study Apps

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As I approach the end of my senior year of college, I have accumulated (and deleted) many study apps. These are a few of my favorites that have stood the test of time.

FOREST
Price: $1.99 on iPhone, Free on android 
Stay off your phone and plant trees! It’s that simple. Sort of. Set a timer, and with accumulated “coins” that correspond to time spent off of your device, either redeem a new type of tree icon or donate a tree to be planted through Trees For The Future. If you exit from the app (incoming calls excluded) the tree will die. It is quite satisfying to see a little forest of productivity.

I used to use the app “Focus Time” which can help you categorize your study sessions.  Meaning, you will be able to record what you are spending your time working on. For example, reading, writing, studying, etcetera. Since I don’t mind not knowing the categorical breakdown of my study time,  I would prefer that my studying helps to plant trees.

When I study for a few hours at a time, I typically set a 25 minute timer and focus for the full session, then take a 5 minute break. After a few of these rounds I take a longer break. I find that it helps me to be efficient and not get fatigued.
GOAL STREAKS
Price: $4.99 iPhone, free on android. With focus time-$7.99
Track your goals! Writing them down will help them manifest. Set reminders and track your progress. Currently I have a blog writing reminder, and I am tracking how many times I do yoga each week.
NOTABILITY
Price: $9.99, not on android
My favorite app for working with PDFs. Easily allows you to highlight, add text, and add voice notes. Perfect if you are reading a lot of PDFs and you want to highlight them, but do not want to have to carry papers.
QUIZLET
Price: free for iPhone/ android. Photo option is $19.99/yr
For creating digital flashcards, text only. Easy to use, and easy to share sets of flashcards. Helpful for language learning as you can listen to pronunciation if you set a language. You can view the flash cards, or quiz yourself several different ways.
ANKI
Price: free on computer/andriod app, $24.99 on iphone. Worth every penny. 
Next-level quizlet. It is a complex program for making digital flashcards. I am able to make photo flashcards. Great for biology, chemistry, anatomy and more, but has a steep learning curve. Once I got used to the program it was great. I find that if I don’t use it for awhile I need to watch YouTube tutorials for a refresher.

 

 

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Adapted from the original recipe by Lizel Jane: http://liezljayne.com/3-ingredient-peanut-butter-cookies-gluten-free-sugar-free-dairy-free/

 

I absolutely love peanut butter cookies. They are always rich and satisfying, but sometimes a bit too sweet. This simple recipe is gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free. While coconut sugar is still sugar, it does have more nutrients than refined sugar. You can use the same amount of regular cane sugar if you don’t want to use coconut sugar.

 

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the recipe:

Ingredients:
-1 cup unsweetened peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
-2/3 cup pure coconut sugar (maple syrup can be used, but it will result in a softer cookie)
-1 egg

Optional Ingredients:
-1/4 tsp cinnamon
-1/4 tsp vanilla extract
-tiny pinch sea salt (don’t add salt if your PB has added salt)

the method

1. Preheat oven to 180°C/ 360°F

2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper (you don’t even need to grease your tray, there’s enough natural oils in the peanut butter – and so you should be able to lift the cookies easily).

3. Mix the egg, peanut butter, and coconut sugar together in a bowl with a fork or spatula.

4. Add the optional ingredients if you want to (cinnamon, vanilla, pinch sea salt).

5. Give the batter a quick mix with your hands.

6. Roll the batter into little balls between the palms of your hands, and place on the baking tray.

7. Spread the cookie dough balls out on the tray, so that they all have enough space between them. They don’t expand very much.

8. Gently press each cookie dough ball onto the tray with a few fingers to flatten them slightly.

9. And then optionally, you can also gently press the back of a fork onto each cookie to give it some cute little lines.

10. Bake the cookies at 180°C/ 360°F for 8-12 minutes (depending on if you prefer your cookies a little softer, or more crunchy)

  •  I baked my small cookies for 9 min and let them cool on the tray. After baking, remove the cookies from the oven (take note that they won’t look cooked yet, but they are – they need to cool to set).

11. Leave the cookies to cool (so that they can set properly) before lifting them from the tray.

Once cooled, store in an airtight container to keep fresh, they should last up to a week (if they aren’t all gone before that).

 

Lizel says: “If you measure out the batter to make 20 cookies before baking, then each cookie will only contain 100 calories”

I made 26 cookies, each with a ~3cm diameter. I like to make my desserts on the smaller side. I know I will eat more than one, no matter the size, so it is better if they are smaller. Feel free to make them larger too, just increase cooking time.

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ingredients

I have a tiny kitchen and mise-en-place is usually not practical. French for “put in place,” the idea is to organize all of your ingredients in the proper amounts before you cook. If I did this in reality, I would have no counter space left. True story. After I took this picture I mixed everything into a large bowl. While the chef in me says “don’t tell them to NOT pre-measure everything,” it’s really not necessary with this recipe. Just measure everything directly into a large mixing bowl. This brings me to my next point. If you’re not trying to take a pretty picture of the mixing process, use a practical mixing bowl, not a shallow serving bowl.

Before mixing with hands. I always make a large ball with the dough, and divide it into halves as many times as I need to until I have enough dough balls of the right size. (Think: 1–> halves –> quarters –> eighths –> until the balls of dough are small enough for each cookie).

 

 

Enjoy!

Skincare Basics

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No matter who you are, having a skincare routine will do wonders for your skin. Consistency, not complexity, is key. These are the steps that I believe are essential for a basic skincare routine.

Note: In this post I will just talk about basics. I will do in-depth posts about each of these steps in the future, where I will also recommend products.

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0/ remove makeup (optional)

If you wear makeup, it is a good idea to use a makeup remover in addition to a cleanser. I use a water based remover then an oil based remover to make sure all of my make up is dissolved before I cleanse.

1/ cleanse

Pick a cleanser designed for your skin type (dry, oily, combination, normal, etc.). You want to avoid cleansers that make your face feel tight or dry. This does not mean that they are “more effective.” In fact, you could be stripping your skin of much needed oils, and disrupting the naturally acidic pH of the skin. Maintaining the “acid mantle” is essential for maintaining optimal skin health. Feel free to use more than one cleanser depending on what is needed at that time. When I use face makeup, in addition to removing the makeup, I use a cleansing milk and a foaming cleanser to ensure absolutely all traces of makeup are removed. However, I do not need to cleanse so deeply if I don’t wear makeup.

2/ tone

Toners are designed to equalize the skin’s pH after cleansing. Toners also help remove any residue left over from cleansing, or residual makeup. As someone with sensitive skin, alcohol based toners irritate my skin. I opt for rose water instead. Keeping your face damp when applying products helps them to sink in more effectively.

3/ serum

Serums are designed to deliver a dose of concentrated nutrients. They can be used to treat specific skin issues such as dark spots, scarring, or wrinkles. I mix a cocktail of oils depending on my skin’s needs. Think of skincare like food. You wouldn’t eat the same exact thing everyday, why feed your skin the same thing? Some oils I keep in rotation include rosehip oil, argan oil, seabuckthorn oil, pomegranate oil, and neem oil.

4/ moisturize

After applying serum, you may need to apply a layer of moisturizer. Since moisturizer acts as a protective barrier for you skin, all of your lighter weight products should be applied before hand. Generally, I find a few drops of oil mixed into a spritz of rosewater to be moisturizing enough. If I need it, I apply lightweight moisturizer on top.

5/ eyes

Your eyes get quite the work out during the day. If you are younger, you may not need to think about eye cream yet. However, you should be aware that the skin around your eyes is particularly thin. Although expensive eye creams may seem like a gimmick, the reason it is a separate product from face cream is that you do not want to put a very heavy products onto your eye area. This could result in milia, or tiny bumps around the eyes. Dot and pat in eye cream, do not drag your eye area.

twice-thrice weekly

1/ 1.5 exfoliate

Exfoliation is key to make the rest of your skincare regime effective. By removing dead skin cells, not only are products are able to penetrate the epidermis more effectively, but your skin will look brighter. There are chemical and physical exfoliants. Those with sensitive skin should also exfoliate. Chemical exfoliates can be the more gentle option for exfoliating.

once a week or as needed

1.5/ apply a mask

Using a mask once a week, or as needed helps target specific issues like breakouts or dryness. Masks should be done after cleansing, and possibly after exfoliating. A gentle exfoliation before a mask can help the mask sink in better.

general skincare rules

consistency is key.

Think of skincare as self care. Treat your body well, it goes through a lot.

prevent, don’t correct.

This ties into consistency. If you stick to your routine, and allow it to change and adjust as you age, this will be much better than having to correct skin issues after they happen.

more does not equal better.

A longer ingredients list does not make for a more effective product. Since your body absorbs what you put onto it, try to use natural products where you can. Additionally, you do not want to over stimulate your skin. This could mean using less products, or skipping cleanser in the morning and opting for just water.

lighter to heavier.

The order of products applied should be from lightest to heaviest. Think, your water-like toner goes under a gel serum, which goes under a thick cream. Because you may be paying a lot of money for the products, you want to make sure you put them on in a way that they work most effectively.

miracle products do not exist.

I’m sorry to say this, but there is no fountain of youth. There is no miracle cream. The best thing you can do is start a consistent and effective routine today. Everybody’s skin is unique, so a product that works for your best friend may not be right for you, no matter how much she raves about it.

don’t buy into it.

While having a shelf of matching products may look pretty, do not think you need to buy every product from the same company. There are so many options for products, find the ones that work best for you.

natural vs. chemical laden products.

Try to switch to natural products where you can. I won’t demonize innovative skin care solutions, however, “less is more” tends to be a good mantra for skincare. Also, many products will feature a special ingredient but use a ton of fillers. Remember that ingredients are listed from higher concentration to lower concentration. Why buy an argan oil hair serum full of chemicals when you can buy pure argan oil? While “natural” products tend to be more expensive upfront, they are generally better for your health in the long run, and the higher concentration of the active ingredient means repair, not a temporary fix. Familiarizing yourself with chemicals to avoid will also help when your are purchasing new products.

skincare > makeup.

The better you take care of your skin the less make up you may want to use. Personally, I never wear full face makeup, maybe some concealer for pimples or around my nose. I don’t want to suffocate my skin in chemicals, and I have gotten to a place with my skincare in which I feel comfortable without makeup. Remember, applying makeup could irritate your skin more as you try to cover it. While I am not telling anyone that they should or shouldn’t wear make up, I believe that skincare should be prioritized. If makeup makes you feel more confident, go for it!

know a.m. vs. p.m. products.

Some products with active ingredients can make your skin more sensitive to sun, or shouldn’t be combined with other products or they will inactive each other. Be sure to do your research when using specialty treatments.

hands off!

We are all guilty of touching our face through out the day. However, this could make our skin more prone to breakouts by stimulating sebaceous glands or spreading bacteria. Think about all of the things you touch throughout the day! You don’t want that on your skin.

germs can transfer other ways too.

Cellphones, pillowcases, and towels are all objects that can easily transfer bacteria to our faces. Don’t forget to sanitize your phone once in a while, and try to change you pillowcases and face towels as often as possible.

it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

A huge part of skin health is your overall health. Bad diets and hormonal fluctuations can both impact the skin’s appearance. Drinking lots of water, avoiding sugar, alcohol, and processed foods, and eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables all help with getting that “glow” from within.

sweat it out.

A great way to remove toxins from the body is exercise. The increased blood flow can also help the skin’s overall appearance by bringing oxygen and nutrients to the skin.

don’t forget the pantry.

Many natural skincare treatments are hiding in our kitchens! Try to incorporate simple yet effective natural DIYs. This can save you from nasty chemicals and spending on unnecessary products! Always research any body DIY thoroughly before you try it though. I found out that my face doesn’t like aloe vera gel the hard way.

most importantly- don’t stress it.

I know. It’s much easier said than done. But stress greatly affects your skin’s health in addition to other bodily processes. Also, your skin care regimen shouldn’t stress you out! Find a simple (or complex routine) that works for you. Take a few minutes out of your day to take care of yourself, and reap the benefits!

I am not loyal to any brand in particular, and this photo happened because I find these products to be particularly gentle yet effective for my skin. Two brands I feel confident recommending right now is Chagrin Valley and Evan Healy. Evan Healy products can be found in Whole Foods and other natural food stores.

http://www.chagrinvalleysoapandsalve.com

http://www.evanhealy.com

Feel free to ask me any questions!

 

 

This is not a sponsored post. 

The City Bakery

Location: 18th St between 5th/6th Ave
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My earliest memories at The City Bakery are of my mom treating me to vanilla sandies after school. (For those of you that don’t know what sandies are, they are buttery pecan cookies). 8 year old me was more often than not, starving after my ballet classes, so I practically inhaled them. Although only the peanut butter version survives today, it is still one of my favorite spots.

Lab classes at Hunter-Bellevue have brought me far enough downtown to let me enjoy twice-weekly study sessions here. There is wifi, but no power outlets. However, some seats are cushioned which is a must for me if I need to study for a few hours straight. There is additional seating upstairs, and even though it gets pretty crowded, I usually don’t have much trouble getting  a seat.

I always buy a Baker’s muffin. Let me guess, you just asked yourself, “What is a Baker’s muffin?” I know because this is always the question I get after I tell someone about my favorite muffin. This huge muffin has a crunchy caramelized top, and a soft but dense base, speckled with raisins and walnuts. The dough is designed to pull apart easily, which also increases the surface area for apple pie-like spices. If you are lucky enough to snag one in the morning, the base is still warm, golden, crispy, and caramelized. The pretzel croissants are fantastic right out of the oven too. It is a plain croissant with sesame seeds. If you like salty snacks, this is for you. There is a large cold bar and other warm prepared foods available in addition to the bakery items.

Be sure to stop by in February for a month of flavored hot chocolates! So far banana hot chocolate is my favorite. Regular hot chocolate and 2oz hot chocolate “shots” are available year-round. Their huge, fluffy marshmallows are just as famous as the hot chocolate. While the food is pricey (or “normal” for downtown New York City), I find it to be very good quality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy munching!

 

This is not a sponsored post. If The City Bakery wants to sponsor me, that’s okay too! Ahem. 

A Little Bit About Me

It has been one month since I announced to the world that I was thinking about making a blog! Your kind words of encouragement have made me believe that I can do it. I still have a lot to learn, but it is up and running thanks to the overwhelming support you have all given me! Below are a few fun facts about me:

IF I DIDN’T STUDY MEDICINE, I’D BE: A ballet dancer.

MY PERFECT DAY WOULD BEGIN: After noon.

MY PERFECT DAY WOULD END: With dancing tango. And then immediately catching the train. One can dream…

DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?  
Nope. But I untie them when I need to put them on.

SUPERHERO POWER I’D WANT: To not have to sleep. But I’ll settle for not needing 9 hours to feel refreshed.

ONE THING I’M EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD AT: Pouring agar gel plates without bubbles.

ONE THING I’M EXCEPTIONALLY BAD AT: Making bacon. I always burn it.

IF I COULD COMPETE IN AN OLYMPIC SPORT I’D BE IN: Swimming.

SOMETHING NICE I DID FOR MYSELF RECENTLY, BECAUSE HEY, WHY NOT? Tried to take vitamins consistently. Lasted 3 days.

BEST ADVICE I’VE GOTTEN: “Just do it baby girl, don’t care what they think!”

LAST THING I BINGE-WATCHED: Versailles on Netflix

IF I COULD LIVE IN A FOREIGN COUNRTY, IT WOULD BE: Italy. Or Japan.

ON MY BUCKET LIST: Seeing as many countries as possible. Cliché, I know.

 

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Me in my natural habitat: No makeup, glasses, a comfy shirt, and sitting at a large in a sunny room. Can’t forget about the anatomy notes.    PC: @fortheirsisariddlenomanswisdom at Instagram

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