The Clean Hippie

Seeking the sustainable life in New York City

Get yo’ sweet fix March 27, 2010

Filed under: Food,recipes — Alden @ 3:10 pm
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You know what I miss sometimes? Flavored frozen coffee. It doesn’t matter from where: Starbucks, Caribou, Dunkin’ Donuts, a corner coffee shop… I miss the sugary, yummy concoctions with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel. I don’t even like coffee, but these drinks are heaven.

Unfortunately, one 16 oz Frappuccino from Starbucks can pack up to 310 calories, and the ingredient list is a closely guarded secret. After doing some research, I’ve surmised that it involves some sugary syrup, a cream base, a coffee base, and ice. So yeah, who knows what crazy stuff is in there and where it came from?

Well, I’ve found a substitute that I can make right at home, and it’s good for you. That’s right, it benefits the body, instead of dragging it down with sugar. It doesn’t have any coffee in it, but that’s ok. It’s absolutely delicious. And come on, the coffee wasn’t the point.

I lifted this from the Clean Program, and have tweaked it a bit. Behold…

Alden’s Frozen Un-coffee:

8 oz. coconut water

2 tablespoons agave syrup

1 tablespoon almond butter

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

1 ½ cups of ice

Throw it all in a blender until smooth. Don’t stop blending until all those little ice chunks are gone! Pour it in a glass, stick a straw in, and enjoy! (If you really want the experience, buy some heavy cream, vanilla, and sugar, and whip it all together for homemade whipped cream. Yummm.)

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Where to get your tea, where to get your coffee – in NYC November 17, 2009

Filed under: Food,Places to go — Alden @ 10:23 pm
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This afternoon I had the pleasure of enjoying a delicious lunch with a new friend, Anne, at Franchia Teahouse and Restaurant. (Park and 34th) I had heard good things about the space, and since that particular neighborhood is a refined-dining desert, I naturally chose this Tea House as a good place to get together.

Franchia’s philosophy is that “tea time is a time of self-reflection, a time for discovering peace of mind and simply a time for enjoying conversation with family and friends.”

It also, apparently, is a good accompaniment to light, delicious vegetarian fare. Ann and I each chose a unique tea – I chose organic lotus tea, she chose dewberry – which was brought out in porcelain bowls with strainer for the loose leaves. My light miso and tofu soup had a pleasant, almost beer-like scent, and my vegetarian rolls were crispy and delicious. Ann said her spicy noodles weren’t actually very spicy, but yummy all the same.

After lunch Anne recommended a new coffee shop housed in the edgy-cool Ace Hotel on Broadway and 29th. I was so impressed with the lobby that I immediately called both my sister and mom to recommend the hotel for their trip this weekend. Alas, they’ve already booked a place on 77th.

Anyway, Stumptown Coffee is an antithesis too the elaborate “authentic-hoax” of Starbucks. The menu board screams “don’t you dare order a tall, skim, extra-whipped-cream, decaf mochachino – you poser.” It was packed with hip alternative patrons. Maybe it was a bit gimmicky, but I totally fell for the newsboy outfits of the staff, who quickly handed me an Americano in a simple porcelain cup. (I’m a sucker for european affectations.) I took it to the counter to people watch the street and occasionally look over the shoulder of a playwright scribbling dialogue on a yellowpad next to me.

I would totally recommend this place if you happen to wander south of the main Broadway drag and need a charming afternoon pick-me-up. No worries if your a conscientious drinker, their products are direct trade, and some – like the Ethiopian varieties – are organic!