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Clean Cleanse: Week 2 Recap + Vegetable Lasagna

Yes. You read that correctly. I made a CLEAN lasagna with the help of the clean cleanse blog. Of course I found a way to work pasta into the cleanse, you didn’t think I’d converted completely, did you? But fear not, I didn’t break the cleanse with this lasagna as you will see in the recipe below. Recapping week 2 – this will be much shorter than last week’s as the week continued on much like week 1. This week the temptation for me was more alcohol than food. I had a pretty hard week and I really wanted a glass of wine at the end of the [every] day. However, I resisted. Mostly for fear of shaming myself to everyone at work and all my friends if I broke the cleanse, but still. I also had the strong urge to just pig out on something. You know when you eat way too much pizza, chinese food, ice cream, anything and you feel horrendous afterward but you just couldn’t stop yourself from pigging out? I missed …

Salty/Spicy/Sweet Noodles

Clean Cleanse: Week 1 Recap + Salty/Spicy/Sweet Noodles

Don’t worry we aren’t turning into a health blog! Just giving some healthier options in time for Spring cleaning. First up, my recap of week 1 on the cleanse followed by a recipe for Salty/Spicy/Sweet Noodles! Hint: they’re not actually noodles…Skip to the bottom if you just want the recipe! Let me preface this recap by saying that for those of you who I don’t know personally, I work in events for a restaurant group and catering company. As you can imagine, this isn’t the most conducive environment for any type of restrictive diet. This week was especially trying as I had events almost every night of the week and each one with a food item I had not yet tried. GREAT TIMING. A sampling of the things I didn’t eat: croissant apple cinnamon bread pudding with caramel sauce, my FAVORITE mac n’ cheese in hors d’oeuvres form, a porchetta slider on focaccia, a 6′ muffaletta hero, and a remoulade macaroni salad. Did. Not. Eat. Not. A. Single. Bite. Or. Taste. I think if I …

Mango Avocado Salad

Clean Cleanse: Mango Avocado Salad Recipe

Just a quick note to say hey! I’m still alive! and no, I haven’t broken the cleanse. Also to post this recipe which was oh so popular on our instagram this week. If you aren’t following us, get on it! Noshandtell is the username of course. This mango avocado salad is fool proof and requires NO cooking! Mary Helen…I’m looking at you. (she’s starting the cleanse this week and is slightly challenged in the kitchen). It’s refreshing and absolutely delicious. I crave it now! Do yourself a favor and make this light salad for lunch next week. Print Mango Avocado Salad Author: Whitney Prep time:  10 mins Total time:  10 mins   Ingredients 2 ripe mangoes, peeled and chopped 1 large avocado, peeled, pitted, and chopped 1 tablespoon lime juice 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves [ I omitted these bc I didn’t have on hand and salad was still delicious] 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds [I used white bc I didn’t have these] Salt and pepper to taste Instructions After you have the …

BOLOGNA–E.V.O.Oh My Gah I’m in Italy (9)

So there was this one time I skipped a ton of school to travel. That would be my time abroad in Italy. That would be mostly this weekend when I went to class Monday and Tuesday and then decided along with my friend Amy, eh, nahhh I don’t think we’re going to go to school anymore this week, why don’t we go to Bologna? Can’t say I regret that decision at all. I had been bugging people to go to Bologna with me the entire time we’d been in Italy. We were gonna go early one Saturday morning….and then we drank too much the night before and couldn’t move the next day to go. Well…this week was different. Amy and I booked a hotel. We were going. Why did I have to force someone to come along with me? Because if you’re not really into food there isn’t a TON to see in Bologna. There are a few things: the oldest university in the world, the leaning towers, some museums and I’m sure some other …

Summer Risotto with Zucchini Ribbons, Corn and Fresh Basil

Oh who doesn’t love risotto? It’s creamy, delicious, filling and well it’s perfect. The main reason why I love risotto so much is because you really can do anything with it. There are so many different additions you can make- different vegetables, different wines- the options are really endless. Yesterday I wanted to make a seasonal risotto, one that is the true epitome of summer. So what comes to mind when it’s summer? Corn, Zucchini and lots of fresh basil. I’ve been noticing this summer that there’s this new fad of making “zucchini ribbons.” I’ve seen them in salads, pastas, with fish, etc. Not that I want to be a huge follower…but UM these zucchini ribbons are such a great idea! They’re delicate but still pack that tender bite that zucchinis are known for. To make them, simply use your vegetable peeler and run it along the zucchini to make fine little “ribbons.”   Ariel’s Summer Risotto 2 cups Arborio Rice 1 sweet onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tbs butter 2 tbs basil …

Spring Break!–E.V.O.Oh My Gah I’m in Italy (8)

Yes. We’re still on my posts from abroad. When will they end! Soon. (ish). So my Spring Break trip was one of the greatest weeks of being abroad. We went to Rome for 5 days, Dublin over St. Patty’s day and then to Amsterdam to end our break. As you can imagine, it was incredibly fun. Rome ended up being one of my favorite cities in Italy. It’s a perfect mix of small Italy town life  as well as being a bustling metropolis. I would move there in a heartbeat. I don’t actually think I have pictures of food from Rome, but the food was great. We got sushi which we hadn’t had in 2.5 months. I’m sure many New Yorkers would agree with me when I say that sushi is a main staple of my diet, I missed it desperately while in Florence (not that I was starving or anything!). Other than that…we ate a lot of gelato. And I ate a lotta artichoke! Mmmm carciofi soaked in oil. Yumm. A flight later we …

Switzerland–E.V.O.Oh My Gah I’m in Italy! (7)

So I’m not really IN Italy anymore which really makes the title of this blog a lie…but what the hey I wish I was still there anyway so I’ll go with it. Double lie because this post isn’t even about Italy it’s about an entirely different country! Good ol’ Switzerland. Gotta love the cheese, and the cow paraphernalia everywhere, and the chocolate and the hot extreme sporty men. Good times had all around. My friend Liz and I went in the beginning of February so it was still pretty cold though now I’m sure it’s great summer sporting time there too. I almost didn’t go on the trip and I am SO glad that I did. We went to Interlaken–a tiny little town in Switzerland that a lot of student travel groups take trips to. It was amazing. Other than the night sledding and 4-wheeling illegally on Swiss highways, the food also happened to be a highlight of the trip. The one tip I got before going to Switzerland: eat Rösti. What is Rösti you ask? Oh only something …

Venice Carnevale–E.V.O.Oh My Gah I’m in Italy (6)!

Carnevale is basically Europe’s Mardi Gras. Lots of drinking, ridiculous costumes and amazing amounts of fun. We chose to spend Carnivale in Venice, one of the major celebration cities in Italy. It was incredible. I have never seen such elaborate costumes and Venice, oh Venice. It feels like you’re walking around a movie set. Absolutely breathtaking. I loved it. We happened to eat pretty well in Venice, don’t get me wrong it’s an overpriced tourist city–well worth it though. But this post is going to be more of a mix of travel info about Venice and food because my experience in Venice was less about the food than it was just about the city itself. Drinks: While in Venice, try an Aperol Spritz. It’s made with Prosecco, Aperol Orange Liqueur and soda. They put a blood orange slice in it to made it look pretty and if you wanna get an extra buzz from this already stiff drink, eat the orange slice.   Also you’ve gotta get absinthe–real absinthe. Now it’s legal in the US …

La Dolce Vita–E.V.O.Oh my gah I’m in Italy (5)!

Ciaooo! Still here in Italia living La Dolce Vita! Haven’t been able to post much lately due to lots of traveling but rest assured that I have been photographing all my amazing meals along the way. Let’s see..the last time I posted I think was after I had been to Lucca? Since then I’ve been to Chianti, Montepulciano, Rome, Venice, Milan, Sorrento, Interlaken, Bologna, Capri, Prague, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Positano annnddd Pompeii…whew, is that it?! It’s been an amazing few months and I can’t believe I have to go home in less than a month! I am NOT ready to leave Italy or Europe in general. It’s an amazing amazing place. I feel so lucky that I have been able to travel so much of Italy and Europe while I’ve been here and of course I have my parents to thank for that! And school…for being so relaxed and letting me slack off majorly this semester haha. Anyway, here are just a select FEW of the sweets I have eaten while in Italy. Both I …

E.V.O.Oh My Gah I’m in Italy! (4)

So I’ve been in Italy for about a month and a half now. Amount of pasta eaten: couldn’t tell you. Amount of cheese eaten: no clue. Amount of wine consumed: well our shelf of bottles would beg to differ but I’m gonna go with, countless glasses. As you can see things are going well! I will say I am missing being able to bake…especially after I go through my Google Reader and see all these amazing things that people are making! But I am able to cook in our cozy little Italian kitchen which I know I should be thankful for. This blog post is from my very own home for the semester, Firenze! (Other wise known as Florence). A few weeks ago I went to a chocolate festival held in the Piazza in front of Santa Croce in Firenze. It was a weekend long festival filled with chocolate everything. I mean everything. Chocolate galore. It was my dream. Strawberries for dipping in chocolate! They had tools made out of chocolate, chocolate liquor, hot chocolate, …