Greetings from the epicenter of the U.S. Coronavirus outbreak, Seattle!
While many of us are stuck at home implementing and adjusting to the new reality of social distancing, there are still plenty of ways to stay fit. Below is a curated list of subscription services and free workouts encompassing everything from yoga to boot camp to keep you feeling strong and healthy despite the current circumstances.
Tone It Up (strength training, cardio, HIIT, yoga)
If I missed any subscription services or YouTube workouts you love, comment below!
In addition, please stay updated on any COVID19 related news and updates from science-based and/or credible public health resources like the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control. Irresponsible, anti-science rhetoric and misinformation is rampant right now. We have a responsibility to consume and share accurate information.
Presenting Matcha Dark Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats. A combination of three of my favorite things: matcha tea, dark chocolate, and vegan treats. Made with just 5 simple ingredients, these striking green-hued morsels are as delicious as they are beautiful. This recipe is vegan & gluten free.
Peel and quarter 3-4 medium sized beets (about 1 pound of beets). Steam the beets for 15 minutes or until knife effortlessly pierces them. Add the cooked beets to a food processor or high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Measure out 1 cup and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Prepare an 8″ round cake pan with parchment paper and grease around the side.
In a small bowl, combine the flax meal and water and let stand until thickened (5-10 minutes). Meanwhile in a large bowl, sift together flour, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the centre and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the flax mixture, beetroot puree, olive oil, almond milk and vanilla. Add the beet mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake for 50-55 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean).
Remove the cake from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the cake form the pan, remove the parchment paper, and cool completely on a wire rack.
Add the chocolate pieces to a medium sized heat proof bowl. In a small saucepan, gently heat the coconut milk until steaming (not boiling). Carefully pour the heated coconut milk over the chocolate and stir until all the chocolate is melted. Allow the ganache to thicken at room temperature for 40-50 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid chunks of unmelted chocolate. (See notes)
Using a spatula, frost the cooled cake, decorate using freshly cut flowers, and serve.
If your coconut milk has separated during storage (it has a thick layer of fat and a watery layer), it’s important that you mix it back together before measuring; simply whip it up in a blender or food processor.
The ganache may seem runny at first, but it will thicken to a spreadable texture after the alloted thickening time has passed.
To state the obvious: Discard flowers before consuming.
I’ve been a long time reader of the blog The Simply Luxurious Life where the mission statement reads, “The simply luxurious life is something I believe every one of us can attain if indeed we are seeking quality over quantity, sensibility rather than frivolity, personal style instead of trendy fashions and a truly fulfilling life instead of being led around by the nose, thereby creating a life of true contentment.”
Academic overachievers Amy and Molly thought keeping their noses to the grindstone gave them a leg up on their high school peers. But on the eve of graduation, the best friends suddenly realize that they may have missed out on the special moments of their teenage years. Determined to make up for lost time, the girls decide to cram four years of not-to-be missed fun into one night — a chaotic adventure that no amount of book smarts could prepare them for.
Directed by Olivia Wilde and co-produced by Will Ferrell, this movie is certainly not lacking in laugh-out-loud moments.
In this revealing documentary, Taylor Swift embraces her role as a songwriter and performer — and as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.
Intimate and intriguing, even if you aren’t a fan of Swift’s music, you certainly can’t deny her impeccable work ethic and strategic business brain after watching the documentary.
Matcha Love has a divine ceremonial-grade matcha powder from Japan that makes the most sensational tea lattes. This is something I have delivered monthly as it’s my go-to morning beverage.
For more information about matcha (the how, what, ect…), definitely visit chef Candice Kumai’s website. She’s the matcha queen.
Lawrence & Scott x Yokky Wong ceramics:
I discovered Hong Kong ceramic artist Yokky Wong’s work after watching an episode of Samantha Brown’s Places to Love. I was particularly moved by a series of ceramic dishes that use Yokky’s grandmother’s knit afghan pattern as an imprint, creating uniquely textured pieces.
As many of you know, my husband and I co-own a luxury home interiors company, Lawrence & Scott, where we strive to curate, design, and provide the best home products to our diverse clientele. After seeing these pieces on TV, I knew I needed to bring them back to our Seattle showroom. There are still a few of these stunning knitwork pieces left – check them out while we still have them!
Alexis Ffrench is a contemporary pianist and composer from the UK. He studied at The Purcell School for Young Musicians, the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His music recently caught my attention on Spotify this past week and has been on a constant loop ever since.
The 36 Questions That Lead to Love by The New York Times are fantastic questions to ask yourself or a potential partner, but I often bring these up at intimate dinner parties with friends.