Monthly Archives: April 2009

Pretty Green Tip: Ice Ice (Wine) Baby

I love wine. Like, a lot. Sometimes nothing’s better than coming home from work and pouring a big glass to have with (or before!) dinner. Or, ok, having a beer in the shower after a great workout – the most random thing I ever learned from having an alcoholic roommate (NOT my current roommate, by the way. Also, I only do the beer thing about once a year, probably, lest you think I am talking about an alcoholic “friend”). Boy, do I have some stories about that roommate. Someone remind me to tell the tale of Thanksgiving Apple Pie one of these days. 🙂

Anyway. Since I’m usually just cooking for me, and my roommate (again, not the alcoholic one!) and I aren’t always on the same schedule, I sometime don’t want to open a bottle if I won’t use it all up that week. Yes, I definitely could have a glass every night, but I probably shouldn’t. Also, I often cook with recipes that call for just a little bit of wine, which can be a pain, since, again I’m usually cooking for one. I hate opening a bottle and letting any of it go to waste!

The solution? Wine ice cubes! The other night I REALLY wanted a glass of Syrah, but knew I had plans the rest of the week and probably wouldn’t get to finish the bottle. So I made myself a HUGE glass of ice water to clear out my ice cube tray (can’t waste water, of course!) and filled it up with the rest of the bottle of wine. The next morning – voilà! Wine ice cubes!


By the way, I do not buy plastic baggies! A relative had sent me home with leftovers in one, so I washed and reused.

Mmm, wine ice cubes. I’m thinking about breaking one out for a Mandatory Popsicle Break one of these days! That’s totally acceptable, right?

My winecubes are now in the freezer ready to be used any time I have a recipe that calls for a little vino. Last night I made chicken with a red wine & shallot pan sauce – threw in a cube and it worked perfectly! Now I just have to make some white ones. C’mon, weather get warmer, so I can have a nice crisp glass of Chardonnay!

My friend Andrea points out that there are other great uses for your winecubes – like chilling a delicious Sangria or your lukewarm Pinot Grigio without watering it down! Is anyone else seriously craving some Sangria right now? Just me then?

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8 Things

Tag! I’m It!

The awesome Laura from Hey What’s For Dinner Mom tagged me in the 8 Things survey that’s going around. Aww, my first tag! By the way, if you’re not already reading Laura’s blog, you should be! I’m so impressed with the healthy and eco-friendly way she is raising her family, and all stuff she makes/grows/raises on her own!

Here goes. I’m going to add my own twist at the end – 8 Pretty Green Tips!

8 Things I’m Looking Forward To:
1. Glamping for my birthday!
2. Getting my braces off (supposedly in December. I hope!)
3. My friends’ weddings this summer (Jen, Jaime and Jes!)
4. Visiting old friends and a new baby in San Diego this summer (and hopefully some new friends, like Hallie!)
5. The Nike Women’s Half Marathon (ok, but half dreading!)
6. Going to France someday – volunteering on an organic farm, then going to Paris
7. Getting married and having kids (someday!)
8. My next meal (no matter when I post this, it will be true!)

8 Things I Did Yesterday:
1. Took my second photography class
2. Ate completely vegetarian, kind of by accident
3. FAILed at wrapping a breakfast burrito. Oh well, it still tasted good with a fork and knife. 🙂
4. Emailed my grandmother (she signs her response “luv.” Cute!)
5. Drank Berryblossom White tea
6. Listened to Wilco and Britney Spears
7. Wrote Horoscopes and celebrity gossip trivia
8. Ordered produce from my CSA. This week, I’m getting: avocado, spinach, “cheddar” cauliflower, English peas and dry-farmed tomatoes, plus I ordered a jar of nectarine conserves. Mmm!

8 Things I Wish I Could Do:
1. Math (especially splitting the check! I always way overpay cause I’d rather do that than figure it out)
2. Take better photos (see: photography class)
3. Get rid of my car
4. Eat whatever I want and not gain weight 🙂
5. Dance
6. Go back in time
7. Sew
8. Make everyone care about being green

8 Shows I Watch:
1. Scrubs (the best!)
2. Greek (One of the best shows on TV, I think!)
3. Oprah
4. 90210 (nowhere as good as the original, but as long as anyone from the original cast is on, I’ll watch)
5. Gossip Girl
6. The Hills (I own Laguna Beach on DVD. Love it. The Hills isn’t as good, though. They need more Lauren and Lo, less Speidi)
7. American Idol
8. The Today Show (when I’m getting ready in the morning. I kinda think it sucks, but it’s an old habit)

8 Pretty Green Tips
1. Clean your lint traps
2. Get it “for here”
3. Keep your carrots fresh
4. Take a shorter shower
5. Print green
6. Get mesh produce bags
7. Shut the fridge
8. Save your scraps for scratch paper

I’m not going to tag anyone else, but I’d love to hear yours in the comments or on your blog if you haven’t done this yet!

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Sushi, Ice Cream & Other Cute Things

Happy Monday, all!

I had such a fun weekend! It started with dinner with my girlfriends from college at my favorite sushi restaurant, Tataki. It’s sustainable and amazingly delicious! It just melts in your mouth, yum! I love sushi, but hardly ever eat it for sustainability reasons, so this was a real treat. Of course, I had to take a few pictures!

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Golden State – all-local tribute to California: spicy scallop with minced apple topped with albacore tuna, avocado and 24k gold flakes

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Extinguisher – spicy amberjack topped with avocado, habanero masago, hot sauce

So good! Oh, and here’s a goofy pic of my side of the table. The rest were way too silly (or just plain bad/embarrassing) to post! 😉
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Saturday, I headed up to Sebastopol, a small town in Sonoma County where I went to high school, for the Apple Blossom Parade and festival. I brought my roommate and future roommate-in-law, Jaime and Chris of Wedding Road Trip. Check out their blog, it’s awesome! We had a great time watching all the silly parade floats and eating apple pie. But the best part was a stop at the best homemade ice cream place in the world, Screamin’ Mimi’s. I’m telling you, if you ever find yourself in Sonoma Country, it is a must- try! My favorite is Mimi’s Mud: espresso ice cream, homemade fudge, chocolate chips and chocolate sandwich cookies. To die for! I also had a bit of creme de menthe and Galaxy, a chocolate chip that is out of this world (har har har). And I was so excited to see their new packaging – compostable bowls and spoons!

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I also stopped in an adorable store, Shiki Monkey, and finally got the bag I was lusting after the last time I visited. Check it out – isn’t it so cute? It’s made by Bungalow 360 out of organic canvas! I was seriously so excited after buying this and couldn’t stop talking about it! I also got a matching clutch I’m totally taking to bars. Hey, recycling goes with everything!

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Bungalow360 uses solar energy and hybrid cars, recycles and reuses, and donates a portion of their proceeds to animal rescue charities. How cool is that?

On Sunday, I BARTed over to the East Bay for lunch with my sister – an amazing dungeness crab, avocado and pepper jack sandwich. So good! Then we spent the day thrift shopping for some new (used) clothes for her new job as an Education Coordinator at a succulent garden! I was her Personal Thrift Shopper and it was a ton of fun – she was surprised at how much she liked the stuff I picked out for her. 😉 She ended up getting 2 pairs of jeans (Express and Bebe), a Bebe dress, a sweater and four shirts for $110. We were shocked at the total – such a good deal! Buying used is totally win-win.

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All her bounty in the Envirosax I got her!

All in all, a pretty fun, pretty green weekend!

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And the Winners Are…

It’s time to announce the winners of my Natural Dentist giveaway! Thanks so much to everyone who entered!

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I added in everyone who tweeted and linked from their blog – thanks so much, you guys! So, without further ado, the winners are (picked using random integer generator):
#3 and #19!

#3 – Elizabeth from Don’t (White) Sugar-Coat It
#19 – Ashley from Healthy Ashley

Congrats, ladies! If you could send me your email addresses (Ashley, I see one on your site, but just want to make sure that’s the email you want me to use!) I will pass them along to Susan from The Natural Dentist so you can figure out what you want in your prize packs. Yay!

Even if you didn’t win, click here for a $2 off coupon! Happy Brushing!

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Into the Nightlife

***Last chance to enter The Natural Dentist Giveaway! Contest closes at 12pm PST tomorrow!***

I just got home from Nightlife at the Cal Academy of Sciences. It was awesome! Every Thursday night, it’s only $10 to get into the museum, and they have DJs and a full bar. We had a great time! Hello, they played Britney and had compostable cups! Ok, real glasses would have been better, but I’ll take it. And I love when they label the cans “Recycling,” “Compost” and “Landfill.” Really makes you think! With the DJs, mood lighting and dressed-up crowd, I sort of felt like I was in a Kate Hudson movie! The crowd was a lot of fun – for some reason there was a lot of breakdancing going on. Heh. We even got a “backstage” tour from my friend who interns in a lab there!

The museum is really neat – lots of green practices, especially the living roof! We got to see a rain forest with tons of butterflies, a swamp (with an albino alligator!), a planetarium show about life on other planets (I kept thinking My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas – who remembers that??), a really cool aquarium, a fun bug-catching video game, etc. I really recommend this event to anyone who lives in or visits the Bay Area. I believe it runs through October.

Pics from the night:
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The building was built with blue jean insulation!

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I thought Caitlin would like this one.

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Crazy, huh?

Do you have any cool events like this in your city?

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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Birthday to my best friend since high school, Kate! She has an Earth Day Birthday! That always made it easy for me to remember the date of Earth Day! 🙂 This is one of my favorite pictures of us, taken by the very talented Trish.

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***Don’t forget to enter my Pretty Green Giveaway! Winning products from The Natural Dentist is a great way to celebrate Earth Day!***

I’ve been thinking a lot about what kind of a post I wanted to put up for Earth Day, and since this blog is all about the little things you can do to make easy green changes in your life, I thought I’d talk about what I’m doing today (and in general) and hear about what you are doing!

* I went for a run outside instead of going to the gym. It’s a GORGEOUS day here in SF, and it’s a short run from my house to Golden Gate Park. I actually stopped in the middle of my run to just look at the trees and feel the breeze (ok, and catch my breath). Being surrounded by nature made me remember WHY I care about the environment, and why it’s important to make green changes. I hope you are able to take even a few minutes today to appreciate nature where you live!

* I will not drive at all today. I generally try not to drive when I am in the City (is that obnoxious? “The City?” I bet there are some New Yorkers who would beg to differ with my capitalization! Heh), but today I may go to the grocery store to buy some bulk items, and I have to lug all my compost over to my Dad’s house, way across town. It would be much easier to drive, but I’m not going to. It won’t be convenient, but I will find a way to make it work, because it is important! If you have to drive today, try to carpool!

* I will eat only vegetarian sushi from the restaurant my Dad is treating us to dinner from tonight. I don’t feel comfortable eating the fish there – it’s no Tataki!

* I won’t turn on the lights unless I need to. As I mentioned, it’s a gorgeous day out – the natural sunlight is enough!

* I will avoid buying anything that comes in a package today (with the possible exception of milk, which I get in returnable glass bottles).

* As always, I’ll bring my own bags, try to buy in bulk, and buy local and organic products!

What will you do to celebrate Earth Day? Do you have any unique green tips I may have never thought of?

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Pretty Green Giveaway: The Natural Dentist

I am very excited to announce a PGG contest! Or maybe I should call it a Pretty Green Girl Giveaway – PGGG!

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Earlier this month, I posted about my quest for a natural toothpaste that tastes good and is environmentally-friendly, and how pleased I was to have found one I like. Susan from The Natural Dentist found my post, and we came up with a contest to let 2 lucky readers win a prize pack! It will contain an assortment of rinses and toothpastes – Susan will actually work with the winners to pick out the perfect prize pack (if you have kids, want something whitening, prefer fluoride-free, etc!). How cool is that?

To enter:
1. Leave a comment on this blog with what The Natural Dentist product you’d most like to try.
2. Bonus entry if you link from your blog to the contest
3. Bonus entry if you tweet about the contest on Twitter! Let me know if you do!

You have until Friday, April 24 at NOON, PST to enter. Winners (picked randomly) will be announced Friday afternoon!

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